June 30th.

1 Samuel 11-12 / Isaiah 55 / Revelation 19-20

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Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.

For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear."
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)

The difference between a whore and a bride who is ready to marry her husband is faithfulness and loyalty. The whore stands for everything that was unfaithful and disloyal to God and His purpose. His Son and the family of sons who heard the voice of the Father and responded to Him, who were willing to be honest not on the outside where anyone can hide and justify their unfaithfulness to everyone but themselves, but deep in the heart where only the Father and the Son can see, and be able to judge on that level.

For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

There will be no judgment on the level where everyone live to and among themselves as humans going about trying to fool and hide from each other. The true judgment will be about the only thing that matters—how you felt about God's plan and/or treated His sons who loved His plan and purpose and responded to Him. Do they mock and scorn the sons of God? Do they throw them out of their club as a matter of convenience to themselves and the others who validate their lies?

Will they cry out on the day the secrets of their hearts are revealed that they were tricked by human culture into not being able to recognize the sons for who they were and what they were saying, for being "over the top" about God? In this world where the truth of God is secret and hidden, not found amongst the humans, how could one ever be over the top about Him?

If one is totally consumed with their own plight and struggle all their life, from beginning to end concerned with getting and keeping until they go into the ground, how can they have ever been concerned with God's dilemma of finding and keeping His sons? If that one is stuck rotting in the ground, does his life mean anything at that point? Was it worth the scraping and conniving, manipulating and controlling he was constantly engaged in all the time of his consciousness, just so he could end up alone in the cold ground?

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

God isn't at the mercy of the humans, nor does He depend on them for anything. He who created an entire universe does not require the assistance of even the combined efforts of every one of the humans, who can't even figure out how not to destroy just one of the planets in that universe because of their consuming greed for more for themselves, and fuck everything else in the process of that accumulation because soon they'll be dead and won't have to worry about the consequences. That is the irrationality of what drives them all, not just the bad ones because if we had the opportunity we'd do the same thing and justify it with whatever sounded good (hiding). The animal nature achieves its purpose by being ruthlessly the same for all who are under it, unlike how the humans want to perceive it, that it is stronger in the bad people and less in the good ones.

Although it seems one way to the humans—nothing's happening and they rule the universe just because God is hidden on purpose—His word which is His intention is being fulfilled. Quietly, slowly, methodically, surely, steadily & secretly it is, without the pompous and arrogant humans being aware that it is. If God wants to speak for a while, then be quiet for a while, then speak again—that is something He can do. If He wants things to appear one way when they're another, that is what He wants to do, and can, and does.

Instead of the thorn bush will grow the pine tree,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.

Sons where there were only humans before, as worthwhile to the Father as rats are to men. They have no conception of Him, no desire or way to please Him, to be concerned about His plan and purpose, His dilemma and plight. They run about with their heads full of their own struggle and plight, getting and taking, pursuing, grabbing and controlling for their own gain, until they are no more. They think all the while that they are going to some made up heaven because they are so inherently good according to themselves. Never mind that they didn't give one piss about the One who could either remember them when they are in the ground or just leave them there to become what they wanted—left alone by God to do what they wanted to do all their life. Why wouldn't God just give them what they wanted?

This will be for the LORD's renown,
for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.

Being widely honored and acclaimed is the esteem the Father has from the sons who know Him; it's how they do feel about the Father because they have chosen Him and have been taught to have another heart and nature, with new aspirations, hopes and dreams that don't end when they go into the ground. Instead of being satisfied by things that satisfy these temporary bodies and minds, they receive new aspirations that the Father wants to satisfy, and He can because they are good. They aren't like those of the humans, which are tirelessly about themselves and what they can get and have for their own struggle which is so important to them all.

If the sons can't see the way the humans naturally are, admitting that it is how they are too because they all come from the same place, then they can't know the opposite of that, which is the new identity—to be totally consumed by the Father and His will, so that their own animal struggle becomes trivial. That is entirely unappealing to the humans who are driven to seek out and love that which can enhance themselves, their own and those who uphold their particular cause because the two happen to coincide. It is very much a black and white, opposites game—either one loves the Father and the Son or one hates them. If they love the lie and the myth they cannot love the Father and the Son (the family which exists as a unified whole at this moment while the brothers wait for the rest of us to be joined together).

And you said to me, "No! A king shall reign over us," though the LORD your God was your king.

Both Samuel and God were angry at the request of Israel for a king because a king would take the place of God.  A human king was the system of the nations around them, from whom the LORD wanted His own people to be separated in kind, way and heart. What does it say for them to want to be like the other nations, but that they reject God's desire to be their king and keeper. Up until then, the Judges had ruled the people.  They were representatives of God who spoke on His behalf and did His bidding.  They were servants of God and fellow-servants with the people.  Their portion would be provided from offerings and tithes of the people.  A king, however, was according to the pattern of the nations round about themselves. 

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.

He was someone who would lead, rather than guide.  He was someone who would take his portion, rather than being given it.

This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.

He was someone who would demand honor by virtue of his position, rather than being given it by virtue of his service to God.

Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let's go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take.

A kingly position, therefore, was an untenable one for a leader os God's true people. It lifted up the pride of a man, causing him to believe in his own worth rather than lowering him in order to make him trust in God's ability to sustain.  Here we see the qualifications of Saul having nothing to do with spiritual merit (God love), but only physical (the love of man). 

They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller than any of the others. Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see the man the LORD has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people." Then the people shouted, "Long live the king!

This man's trust was always going to be in himself rather than God, because he had so much of himself to trust in. In the case of Saul and the people of Israel, they were fit for each other in terms of the shepherd and the sheep. Saul did not want to be God's shepherd and the people only wanted the outward veneer of a husband/shepherd. Both of them truly, despite what they appeared to be or say, wanted whoredom and independence rather than faithfulness and love.

Saul, like Adam, did not want to be used by God—he did not want Him or want to help Him. God gave everything to Adam; He surrounded him with "wealth" and love. Adam was God's lamb, but when God said to Adam "Follow me," Adam said "No." He didn't want to follow his Father. Jesus, with the rich man, takes the place of God and Adam. We have to assume the rich man belonged to God, and Jesus called him. Like Adam, God had given the rich man everything he wanted and also like Adam when God called him away he said, "No, I don't want your love, I want my own love." Like Adam he preferred to be separate and independent, the ruler of his own life; not owned by anyone, free to go his own way and rely on his own possessions and self-rightness to make him feel safe and secure.

Jesus, after the line of God's servant David, who when all Israel called him the "Son of David," and were about to make him king; refused the honor, choosing rather to remain a "Man of God" after the example of Samuel and Moses (the guide, the fellow servant, the husband who serves his bride).  He learned spiritual qualities through the things he suffered, so that his attitude was one of humility, what the Father loves to see in His own sons because it's the opposite of what lives in the humans, which is the adversary. 

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Son chose not to claim his rightful kingship as mortal ruler of Israel, choosing rather to humble himself and draw men back to God's rule/kingship/authority, just as Samuel had done. Having made that choice, he will in the future return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords on behalf of God, rather than instead of Him.

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.

On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:



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