1 Samuel 7-8 / Isaiah 52 / Revelation 14
See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
Kings represent the humans and everyone under them, in the kingdom of the humans where every reality is seen and heard, observed and calculated by their natural faculties which rule them. The tiny minority amongst the humans is the group of secret sons whom the Father is calling out for His own sake and purpose—so secret they aren't even noticed, so hidden all the humans can do is mock and scorn them because their message finds no home in the vocal majority that rules this world.
Just as there were many who were appalled at him—his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness—
Yet the one they claim to follow is the one who wasn't known amongst the humans. Their version of him was created hundreds of years after the memory of the real Son of God was wiped from the world of humans who rule it. Out of that image they created a system which used his name, but not his message or life—so they could make it into whatever they wanted for their own sake, so they could control the humans in the world they wanted to rule and continue to rule via whatever way they could best exploit it.
So will he sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
The world ruled by humans hasn't been told the truth for hundreds and hundreds of years, but has relied on the lies that are constantly churned up by whatever culture rules them at the time, whatever will keep them happy and satisfied to have their little precious lives and live them as they please—like good little animals grubbing around in the forest looking for worms.
And the whole house of Israel was drawn after the LORD. And Samuel said to the whole house of Israel, saying, "If with your whole heart you now return to the LORD, put away the alien gods from your midst and the Ashtoreths, and set your heart firm for the LORD and serve Him alone, that He may rescue you from the hand of the Philistines."
Feeling safe from the treachery and threat of being overrun by the nations around them obviously benefited Israel, but they didn't seem to be able to hold to the connection between serving God with their whole heart, as a good son does, and knowing the safety of His mighty arm to protect them and keep them safe from harm.
The people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles."
They go up and down with serving God when they feel the threat of being wiped out—basically forced into serving Him out of fear—and then when the threat disappears or their leader dies, they go back a whoring. They never consistently look to God as their leader and savior—their king who fought their battles and kept them safe. They needed a human to look to because they are animals and can only endure as long as they have a tangible witness to their strength. That's epitomized by their asking for a king so they could be like the nations around them who didn't know God.
And the LORD told Samuel: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you."
The sons should see that this story is for their benefit, and reflects the tendencies of the animal in them and the world that reinforces that nature. Their God is one who wants to be regarded not as a king but as a Father, who will protect them, keep them safe and give them what they need. Counter that with what's in the humans, who are since Adam forced into taking care of themselves, being the strong father who must take care of his own offspring and keep them safe, warm and fed.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
Sons serving God their Father is one thing:
The LORD will lay bare his holy arm
in the sight of all the nations,
Coming out from that which has enslaved us all our lives, so they can serve Him, is another:
Depart, depart, go out from there!
Touch no unclean thing!
God wants His people (the Israelites being the copy of the better thing) to be different and separated from everyone else around them, which would reflect that they knew what was true in their heart where the world of humans can't see, despite what they could see with their eyes, what the humans aren't willing to validate for them. The only thing the humans will validate for the sons of God are the lies they have made up about Him, which go against the truth He planted in their heart. So they must make a choice to believe and conform to the unbelievable according to the masses, or conform to what's most convenient for their selves and the temporary existence they call a life.
But you will not leave in haste
or go in flight;
However, there is no power to just be able to do that because one might want to, as though God's plan and purpose was so generic that it could accommodate anyone who decided they were going to act on their whim and join up with whoever's lie sounded best to them and their particular persuasions.
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.
This is important because it is the essence of real faith, believing that the unbelievable has actually happened as opposed to every other lie the humans have made up about faith—convincing oneself that whatever generic, made up god he decides to latch on to will come to life and save him just because a group of humans is saying that it will (even though it can't possibly because it's just another made up god like all the rest of them). This isn't to grind their face into the dirt, or attempt to convince to create some earthly validation for ourselves. They are the behemoth with all their human consensus on their side—they have all the earthly power and momentum. All we are is the young shepherd boy who has heard the word in our heart, which in the world of humans is non-existent. That is what convinces us day after day to believe the unbelievable is actually true (not according to what the liars have been saying).
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.
Believing that the unbelievable has happened is the same as Abraham being willing to leave his home and go to a foreign place, and even more his willingness to kill the promised son because he heard the voice of the Father tell him to, and he was the only one who heard it. God didn't create a big stir in the city where Abraham lived, nor did he work through a big group of humans who all believed Him, who could give Abraham the reinforcement that it was true and the courage to be able to believe. God didn't tell Abraham to go out and preach to the Sumerians and convert them to believe in what seemed ridiculous to them—there was only one God and not many. He quietly spoke in Abraham's ear and just told him to leave, because there was a plan and he was part of it. He believed God and went, and kept believing Him because He kept speaking to him, reassuring him that the unbelievable was still believable, but it wasn't for his gain or purpose because it was God's plan that was being done, not Abraham's.
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
The Israelites on the other hand showed a lack of belief that their God could be and was the only true God, and that He wasn't the God of the other nations around them, just the opposite of what Abraham did. By what he did and how he responded to the voice of God inside him, Abraham declared his true faith in God, and by that he was right in God's eyes.
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, "It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned." Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.
The specifically chosen sons are those who are able to hear the voice of their true Father calling them out of the world, that the humans don't hear (why it's unbelievable). The presence of that voice is totally unapparent in the natural world to the humans around them. When we say what's true they will mock us in disbelief because they can't hear the voice that is so clear to us, which is the design of the Father for it to be that we so His own sons will have a valid choice and a substantial dilemma to overcome. An impossible one, actually, so that they have to wait for and call on their true Father who has revealed Himself to them (initiated the impossible).
When we respond to the voice, which always tells us to come out from them and be separated from those who don't hear the voice, as per the testimony of the words preserved for us, we declare that we believe the voice is true, and that our Father is true, and that is true faith because that is hard to do, a difficult dilemma to overcome.
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
As the Israelites had each other and the knowledge of the one true God who pulled them out of Egypt and delivered them to the land that Abraham never possessed but believed he would one day, we also have the other humans who have also heard the voice of the Father inside them. That is our refuge because we can point each other not back to the world which can't give us anything (that's what the humans do—why we have to be separated from them), but back to the Father who has secretly planted His seed of the unbelievable in us, as per His purpose and desire to secure and retain His family. The Father wants children who don't look like all the human animals who are the vast majority in the world, but like His own sons who just like Him are secret, and few. And the Father doesn't want them treating each other like the humans treat each other—as adversaries standing between them getting more of what they need to survive—but like good children looking out for the interests of the Father and each other, to keep reminding each other that even though it seems impossible and unbelievable, it has happened and the only reinforcement they can receive about that reality will be from each other, never from the world of humans which can only reinforce and validate the lie that it hasn't.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?"
How to actually come out of the world is a thing we don't need to fret over, and we shouldn't try to force anything to how we think it should go because of how we want it to go. That will only come out of the evil that exists in us naturally, because we came from the stock of humans who hate God because they can only love their own little gods who serve them according to heir needs.
If God has truly chosen us, then He is capable of engineering the circumstance so that we are given the ability to choose Him over the cravings inside us, appeasement of our many fears and/or agreement with the world of humans as represented by the various nations around Israel. The instinctual animal cravings (of the flesh) are represented by the continual pull on the Israelites to serve the gods of the many nations that surrounded them—the way the inhabitants of those nations did it according to their customs and ways. The reinforcement of those ways by their exposure to those people would inevitably result in the weakness of the Israelites to deny those temptations, which is why it was so important that they completely wiped them out from the land, and why God kept telling them to come out and be separate.
Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers. Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
The sons of God will reach a certain point in their development where they'll understand that their actions cause certain other reactions from God, both good and bad. It has to do with the life and truth that's put in them, which will begin to be a more recognizable phenomenon because they are more spiritually aware than they used to be. When they agree with the world and participate in it, and satisfy the cravings of their flesh by their own power and hand, they start to feel the consequences of their decisions. This is another form of suffering which leads to obedience, to deny those things which before defined us as the animals we were, and which also pull on us very intensely now more than ever as we pull out of its domination of us.
"And now what do I have here?" declares the LORD.
Therefore my people will know my name;
therefore in that day they will know
How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices;
together they shout for joy.
Burst into songs of joy together,
you ruins of Jerusalem,
The Jews coming out of Babylon is only the copy of what Isaiah's prophesying, because the significance of that only lasted a few hundred years. The being taken captive into and then the coming out of Babylon 70 years later is a pointer, another reaffirmation of the bigger, better message—not for humans but for God's secret sons. The humans have been trying to figure out what it all means for centuries to no avail. The letters that were written by the secret sons in the first century were about a phenomenon that was hidden deep inside of them, one they couldn't prove. They were written by insignificant humans to insignificant little groups of others to whom this secret yet powerful phenomenon was happening. The letters were obscure, and only a handful of people actually read them.
One of the purposes the whore developed and plowed under everything else was to take some of these letters and preserve them, otherwise like so many others things written down in that time they would have just been lost. Because these letters were important to her, the whore had her minions copy them over and over so they wouldn't be lost. It's ultimately for the sons' sake, so they can hear the testimony of their brothers who had the secret life of the Father living in them a long time ago, once they are apprised to the secret interpretation of what it all means, going all the way back to the beginning of all the words that were also preserved, so they could know the whole story.
Then there are the multitude of daughters produced by the whore over the years who like their mother keep insisting that they know the way to God and that their particular institution is the authentic representative of Him on the earth. Their leaders are no better or different than any of the other humans who have no idea, just more polished about their own particular lie—better salesmen at selling their load of crap off as anything genuine.
For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.
The real prophesy is about the firstborn Son freeing his brothers from the oppressor, that which has ruled them all their lives, so they can be free to come out from the land of the oppressor and back home to their Father's house where they belong. The above verse indicates that it's something totally new and has everything to do with the great prophet, the servant who would bring God's real salvation for His real, but secret, sons. When they hear the Lamb's voice they follow him to where the Father is hidden—within the word that was planted inside their heart where no one else can see. Only they can learn the song of the Lamb.
Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.
Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water."
The eternal gospel and plan of God will tie everything up back into the original implementation of the animal nature after it's not necessary any longer. It makes sense on every level, down to our core nature and because of it. It's not just some abstract "religious" thing that happens in a detached way to our senses and experience as humans—what the religious groups have represented it as because they don't know what's true about what's actually living inside them, so they're left to guess at it and create their own sets of ideas far removed from their actual experience, based on what they think in their animal minds according to how they want and need it to be (something they can manipulate and control).
A second angel followed and said, "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries."
The Holy Roman Church was pretty much the first organized stab at this, and has lasted the longest because it's the mother of all the prostitute daughters it ever produced. She is the whore of Babylon mentioned in the Revelation. It also says she is the mother of all the prostitutes, meaning she gave birth to many other groups who look like her because they came from her, with some slight variations (as any mother and daughter are bound to have). These are all the various christian groups who adopted the whore's fundamental lies (the more important ones) and declared themselves separate from their mother via things that aren't very important. The polytheistic myths remain intact in all of her daughters.
The Christadelphians are a little different superficially, according to what they believe a few of the more important facts to be. However, they are fundamentally the same as all the other liars in that they think they can get to God and point others to Him via the outside—thinking the correct facts and responsibly performing rituals, being responsible humans to themselves and the other humans. They think that they can be right with God because of who they are, what they believe, and what they do—just like the Israelites who got it all wrong about God because they couldn't see who He was. They also think they can decide for God who should be in His kingdom, and that He wants as many sons as possible crammed into it, all very absurd. What they fail to comprehend is that God is not for the humans, does not love the humans generally, and is not fair and democratic—that all comes from the culture of the humans who happen to be prevailing at the time.
These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.
The true gospel of God—that He is secret and purchases His sons from among men then sets them free from the unclean animal nature (the one ruled by it can never get close to Him, can never become a son of God)—actually addresses the very state of the human and his nature of fear and self-preservation (because he knows he's dying and tries to stave that off), and everything that stems from that condition. What we are saved from when we are born of God is the prison of the worship of our self, or the worship of the humans who reinforce the self, the agreement with them and our slavery to that old nature. Once we begin to become enlightened to our new nature, which is God's nature, we start to see the truth about our old nature, how it can never lead us to the Father.
You did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
That doesn't mean the old nature will not be in us anymore after we are born of God. Certain aspects of it will be even stronger as He reveals them to us (when we're dead we won't even know they exist). He will create situations where our nature will come out of us in big ways so that we begin to recognize it. Not that we will have any power to make it go away within ourselves, but we do need to see it so that we can learn obedience to the new way for us. He will allow us to be like Jesus in small ways, learning obedience through the things that we suffer—the trials that bring out that old nature so that He can show us the truth about it and begin to change us.
The whole point of this is so we actually start looking more like sons of God instead of animals, what all the other humans are who haven't been chosen to have this process of transformation happen inside them. The Lord spent 30 years doing this—learning who he was and seeing what the nature of self-preserving man was for and how it ruled the humans, guided by the voice of the life of the Father who was his Teacher. Then he learned to deny that nature and choose God's nature instead, which was another prediction from Isaiah about him, that he would, "learn to choose the right and reject the wrong." Because he was born of a woman, yet not by a man but the spirit of God, he could have chosen either one, but he never became a mature animal like all of the rest of the humans do because of the curse of the animal nature going back to Adam. So he never died to God. He was the only one who didn't ever do that, and why he was clean and perfect, unstained in his heart by the nature of the humans.
Then Isaiah said, "Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right. But before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.
Each one of those temptations represented the choice between the animal nature over God's nature, of satisfying his own will and desire instead of his Father's, whom he loved. To bond with the snake would have been easier in the moment—self-satiation of the intense cravings of the flesh; physical, emotional and egotistical—self-glory without the suffering of denying those cravings (self-preservation). To bond with God by choosing Him was the hard way; yet by it Jesus declared that he believed Him more than the other, more tangible thing.
It went against every part of the animal that he was tempted to be. It required that he believed and trusted God more than what was tangible to him at the time—what he could have done with his powers for his own glory. It meant that he had to lay down his life and self-preserving nature, rejecting the wrong, and instead have faith that all of the things God told him were true, choosing the right. Of course the whore of Babylon and all her baby whore daughters who all claim to be the bride, because they think he was some god equal to the Father before he came to the earth, take all of the work he actually did for the sake of his true brothers away from him. They strip him of all the glory he deserves, and make him into some being that would have no problem denying the cravings of the animal nature. They make him into an insignificant joke of a god who doesn't address the condition within the humans, so it has no power except by what they give it to keep serving them like they want it.
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
That will be our dilemma as we grow up into the Son, which means becoming like he was, looking more like our brother and shepherd, and less like the animal we were before. It will not be as intense for us, because our work will not bear the gravity his did. Nevertheless he is the model, and what he wants us to do and what we do as a response to the voice we hear is a proclamation of our belief, even in the face of suffering and disbelief of those around us. Choosing the way of the Father over the way of the humans is food that makes us grow in the hidden way, that they can't understand.
"I have food to eat that you know nothing about." "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work."
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.
For a lot of the first century believers, the work of believing in the one God sent actually meant losing their physical life. For us it may eventually be that, we don't know. Losing our life, whether physical or by incremental steps, will mean learning and choosing the right way, God's way, and rejecting the way of the humans, what we used to live by and for (ourselves). This is our declaration of faith, that we believe the voice of our Father, which only we can hear. It is true faith to hear and respond as a choice toward the unbelievable, and only there is true safety from our enemy, under our good Shepherd's care, in our Father's house.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.
Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."