1 Samuel 4 / Isaiah 50 / Revelation 10-11
The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue,
Weary because natural flesh and blood bodies are heavy, obtuse and dark with the nature of death that binds them to the earth and makes them one with it.
The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.
The instruction for the sons is not merely listening and acknowledging, or understanding with the mind like the humans learn something. The process of the transformation happens at a deeper level than the mind, which is superficial compared to the sons' receptor levels.
He wakens me morning by morning,
Those who are born to God their new Father must be instructed by suffering to learn the new way until they become ready to accept it (it's a gradual process), then more as they are transformed away from a creature with that heavy and obtuse nature to one who can know the Father because they're like Him—not ruled by the nature of death.
Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
They learn by a sort of unexplainable osmosis, that which the first century authors knew as "the spirit," which wasn't a thing or being, but a process—the way the Father interacted with His own sons. It certainly wasn't for their entertainment, or to be corralled or bottled up like a genie which responds to commands. It's how the Father actually gives birth to beings who cannot comprehend anything except what comes from below, what corresponds to their blunted ability to comprehend anything about Him. But again, it isn't for the humans to use in any way for their own good, because they don't know what's good. The Father acts independently of their wishes, to accomplish His will, for Himself and the family He desires to get from this creation.
The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe. This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.
It is only by having these receptors enabled that the humans can understand on that level i.e., it's not just available to anyone or everyone, as is the testimony of one who knew. There are many other modern day myths about the spirit coming down from the whore, mostly about satisfying the humans' cravings to own their gods and make them act according to their wishes. They made the "spirit," or the process that was happening inside the NT sons of God, referred to in the preserved letters, into another god along with the jesus and devil gods.
The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears,
Until their ears are opened the sons are susceptible to whatever whim comes along they might want to latch onto, but their heart is never satisfied because the truth of their true Father (not any human) is the only thing that will accomplish that. They try to hear this or that, and remain frustrated because even if they want to believe there is something in the earth that the humans are offering which does satisfy that need in them to find their Father (put there by Him), nothing actually does because it can't. Whatever "truth" the humans put forward is their own, made up by them to satisfy the needs they have which come not from the Father (above), but from below, of the earth, conforming only to the heavy and obtuse body and mind they're trying to satisfy.
Who among you fears the LORD
and obeys the word of his servant?
But now, all you who light fires
and provide yourselves with flaming torches,
These reflect the reality of God giving man the desires of his heart, which isn't a cliche at all, but a promise that He makes. The desires of a man's heart is reflected by what he loves and runs after, what he spends his time doing, chasing, pursuing, & acquiring for himself and his DNA carriers. This is the process that keeps the humans in a kind of constant cyclical servitude to themselves, where they couldn't give much of a care about finding and knowing the living God. They have lives to attend to, which are precious and sacred, and those who want to find God are just irresponsible dreamers, scorned and ridiculed as part of their conspiracy against Him, after their ancestors. They are satisfied with the made up gods (religiously characteristic or not), because they look good to the eyes and they appear to be able to get them something valuable. They also don't require much of the humans because they allow them to continue along with their lives as they wish, as all the other animals going about their existences not bothered by any need to conform to another reality other than the one they've chosen to embrace (their own precious reality).
This is truly the desire of their heart, and exactly what they'll get from the living God whom they wanted nothing to do with all their life except to be left alone by Him. They will be left alone, in the ground, to fully become one with the creation they served all their lives. Luckily for them, and because of the mercy of God, they are allowed to fully believe any one of the lies that exists, that they despite their indifference will be going to the made up heaven or paradise because they were so good (in whatever way they decided good was—certainly not diligently searching for the truth about God and not being satisfied with the garbage being presented to them).
Anyone who comes to him must believe that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Whatever we have to say isn't for this mass of humanity, to try to sway them or condemn them. We only have things to say to those who may be being chosen out of the earth, by the Father, for His purpose—to reject the garbage being offered and instead diligently seek out the truth about Him, which doesn't come from the humans or the earth, but from within if the seed has been planted in him (if he has been chosen to have the Father revealed to him). The humans are bound to merely scorn and ridicule whatever we have to say because it doesn't conform to the lie they've created, which is the backbone of the reality they've chosen to accept, religious or not. To the non-religious we'll just be crazy; to the religious we'll just be aligned with their made up devil god because we reject their lie—we are merely a threat to what they've chosen to accept. In the end they're all the same, because they've all just chosen to accept the lie and not want more than that.
In the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.
That God would extend salvation farther than merely to the group of humans who called themselves Jews is only a small part of the mystery. A refinement of that part of the mystery is that it's not delineated by naturally observable things as to who belongs to God versus who doesn't. Not family lineage, the facts you think are correct and adhere to (what belief is reduced to), or the rituals you diligently perform week after week (not the same as diligently seeking, which suggests an honest, courageous heart). Rather, it is who is chosen by the Father to be for His purpose—who He wants to respond to His call (not anyone and everyone generically, as goes another aspect of the religious myth). Jesus was the chosen Son, the promised Messiah and Christ of God, fully anointed by Him to be that One who could save and present to the Father what He wants. He was the perfect representation of God because God lived inside his human body to conform the Son to the Father's reality, not because he was a god. the Son was chosen to be that because it was the Father's desire and will to do it, so He did. The Son's work was and remains hidden from the humans—who he was and what he actually did was only revealed to a few who were chosen to know it as the purpose and work of God in the earth.
I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine.
Another profound mystery is that physically and naturally speaking all of the humans—no matter who they are, what they believe, what they do or claim for themselves—are just the same as all of the animals because of their nature, and how they're fully bound to this creation i.e., they cannot be bound to the Father as His own sons must be in order to be remembered by Him i.e., they don't rot in the ground and remain there forever but are remembered after the order of the firstborn Son because they wanted the Father more than their lives and anything they could get and have to be able to hold on to.
The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
The mysterious condition of the humans is explained in Genesis 3 but the humans can't understand it because they haven't been given the secrets to the spiritual (secret, hidden) kingdom of God. Because of the sin of the conspiracy of Adam, the humans had a curse put on them so they couldn't be able to get to God (because He doesn't necessarily want them unless He has chosen them because He wants them). They were kicked out of the place where He was, where He "Walked in the cool of the morning." They were bonded together, along with the nature of the serpent (the animal conspirator, a mechanism created by God to give the humans a true choice which is important to Him), whom they believed instead of their Father. And because the animals are inherently unclean and cannot come near to God, so too is the case for the humans, because they're inherently unclean, God-hating animals at their core who couldn't be bothered one way or another about what His plight and dilemma might be because they have important things to attend to (getting more for themselves, what they're driven to do via that nature which drives them to survive, what makes them unclean and unable to be pleasing to God who has His own specific burden and plan).
If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.
Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
The good news about the mystery is that some of them, those who have been chosen by God, are being pulled out of that circumstance of being merely animals—out from under the curse of being separated from God because of it and remaining that way—by being able to know what the others don't know, by being given a choice to accept the secret reality of the Father or choosing themselves and the reality they can own and control because it's tangible to them—something familiar and acceptable to them. What the sons are asked to embrace is unacceptable to the humans and what they are because it doesn't follow along any of the lines they've declared as acceptable (okay to choose as long as it conforms to their reality so they can own it and live their lives as they wish, while at the same time holding on to a lie that they've chosen to embrace).
Because of the work of the firstborn Son, a tiny sliver (remnant) of the entire population of the humans could penetrate through that curse and know the truth about their Father, but only because of the active work of Him to do it in them, where everything must happen. Throughout all of the generations of the humans, God has been involved in this process of secretly gathering up His sons from out of the earth. One day the gathering up will be over and He will have them with Him.
We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.
His whole life and meaning was hidden from the humans, on purpose, and revealed to only a few who were specifically chosen to have that revelation inside them. The Son was the embodiment of God, yet God made him look quite unappealing and unattractive to the humans on purpose. The humility of God is seen in His life inside Jesus, who was contrary to all the standards of man, and what men thought God—and His own Son—would look like (something they could own and control—a bevy of gods the suited their needs—that would align with what they're willing to accept).
By one standard it's humility, but in another way it's separation, sanctification, consecration and holiness. It was the Father keeping Jesus clean and unstained by the cooperation and agreement of the humans and the evil that rules them. The humans choose what Jesus rejected, marked out in the temptation account—all the things the humans, as mere animals, want: satisfaction of fleshly cravings, validation of the other humans, earthly glory and recognition, power to make things happen by their own hand to satisfy their own purpose and will. Jesus being rejected by what he rejected is the validation of the evil of the humans, and the separation of himself from them. Looking shameful and unappealing may seem discouraging, but that's only relative to what we think success is, or what we want according to the evil that naturally rules us. Because we're evil, we'll think for a long while that it's good if we're validated and accepted by the humans, and that being rejected by them is bad. It's because we have their point of view stuck in us still instead of God's point of view more fully developed in us as the Son had.
This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.
From that one instance with the human, the helper and the snake onward, the humans believe lies about God, because He wants it that way. The big lie in the garden was the snake could be trusted, that he cared about the humans. But it said something contrary to what God had said, and the human was allowed to be tested by the snake (the mechanism of choice). The same teaching is reinforced over and over with Job, Abraham, Moses, the Israelites, Daniel, etc., that the sons are tested by their Father for His purpose and will. Right from the beginning the spiritual reality, based on the copy which is in the record, states that God's sons will be tested by what seems to be good but isn't. God created the snake and gave it power to appear good, but his message was contrary to God's, hence the choice. That's one important and basic thing the sons of God must learn—what seems to be good and right isn't necessarily so merely because it might look good. They learn, over time and by being tested, that what appears to be isn't, which is foundational for them and their journey to the Father.
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.
God's purpose for His sons is about learning to trust the voice of our Father, which seems foreign because it's not tangible to our earthly senses and doesn't satisfy our natural, instinctual animal cravings. It's firstly about seeing them as different, then becoming separated away from what is evil, and toward Him instead. Those things are the voice of the snake who's constantly trying to get us to satisfy its cravings, and this delineation will ring true to the sons once they start hearing the voice of their Father. They will begin to recognize that it runs contrary to the other voice, which they didn't even know existed as a force which ruled them before, when they just followed it blindly as their only available option. That is the case with the animals, and why they reject the sons—because they can't even recognize the distinction. What they inherently think is good (themselves and their dilemma) is actually evil because it's against God's way (being able to be concerned about His dilemma of having His family). It's not just that they do evil things, but that they are 100% evil by their very nature, meaning the absence of the life of God living in them to be able to lead them to Him. Only God is good, so only a dead life that is alive by the infusion of God's life—His spiritual DNA in them—will be alive. That's one important message of the Son, esp. as he spoke to Nicodemus.
In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
The problem with the religious people, those who say they know the way to God, is that they think it's available to anyone and everyone, and that all they have to do is reach out their hand and grab the life of God and inject themselves with His life—that they can choose to become sons if they desire to, that it's their choice to do it, and not God's at all. However, that is directly against what is reinforced over and over again throughout the preserved words. The fact that God chose Israel to serve as a copy is not comprehended by them, but for the sons the message and purpose of those accounts will be clear.
They know and understand that they didn't choose Him, but He chose them, and there's no rationalizing around that. They will understand the process of being chosen because they'll be going through that process and will realize that all the trying they did before it happened didn't get them closer to God. The only thing that brings them closer to their Father is the life that is growing in them to draw them closer, if it's been planted. It's an active, purposed process that is happening within them, like nothing they've experienced because it addresses them on a level where nothing else can exist in them. The sons understand that their teacher is inside them to give them counsel, as their Father is inside them to give them comfort, knowing they'll be remembered.
None of the humans who ever claimed to be teachers, who ever claimed to be able to point the way to their true Father could ever lead them to Him, because they don't know the way. They could only ever reinforce the lie that they knew the way and had some power in regards to that. These are the ones who claim power that is not theirs, and use whatever earthly power they are given for their own ends, to somehow or another profit themselves. Either financially, emotionally, or to satisfy their own egotistical animal cravings in the name of God like they're doing Him some kind of favor when they couldn't care less about His dilemma because they can't.
These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves.