2 Chronicles 20 / Daniel 2 / John 20-21
O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?
But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance.
Jehoshaphat's implication is that if God had allowed Israel to invade the lands of the territories around them, there wouldn't be the threat which was mounted against them. The point of what God wanted was not to worry about the lands around Israel, but the land itself—He wanted His people to drive out ALL the inhabitants of the land proper, to completely wipe them out so that the land would be clean from the foreign influence. Otherwise that foreign influence could (and did) lead the Israelites' hearts away from God to serve the man-made gods of the nations around them, which were alluring and enticing because they were more familiar than the hidden God.
The gods of the foreign nations were more alluring because they could be seen, held onto, set on shelves and possessed and controlled by those who owned them. Whomever had the means to have an "expert" (blacksmith or craftsman) forge, mold, cast or carve them an idol had an advantage of possessing the god over those who were too poor to afford it. The God who chose Israel as His representative people wasn't seen or held, owned or possessed; yet He had the ability to wipe out entire armies of nations in order to free His people and pull them out of one land while He delivered them to another. Still, He refused to be able to be controlled by the creatures who are so far beneath Him that their efforts mean nothing.
God wanted them to be different than all the others, separated unto Him, a little capsule of His holiness where He could live in a land free of the world's contamination, amongst a people free of contamination because they were becoming like Him. If they did all the things He commanded them, then they would live in the land, in peace and safety, without the fear of being overrun by the countries surrounding it. He would take care of them and keep them safe, but they had to also do and be something in return for Him. He didn't want them engaging with the other nations in trade or commerce, or depending on the unclean nations for anything they needed, but promised to give them everything they needed within and from the land that would be clean, because He would be living there, and there would be a peace between Himself and the people whom He specifically chose.
You may say to yourselves, "These nations are stronger than we are. How can we drive them out?" But do not be afraid of them; remember well what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt. You saw with your own eyes the great trials, the miraculous signs and wonders, the mighty hand and outstretched arm, with which the LORD your God brought you out. The LORD your God will do the same to all the peoples you now fear. Moreover, the LORD your God will send the hornet among them until even the survivors who hide from you have perished. Do not be terrified by them, for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God. The LORD your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you. But the LORD your God will deliver them over to you, throwing them into great confusion until they are destroyed. He will give their kings into your hand, and you will wipe out their names from under heaven. No one will be able to stand up against you; you will destroy them. The images of their gods you are to burn in the fire. Do not covet the silver and gold on them, and do not take it for yourselves, or you will be ensnared by it, for it is detestable to the LORD your God. Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.
They didn't keep that covenant with Him though. They didn't completely wipe out the inhabitants of the land, and that little influence grew like yeast in the dough, and led the hearts of the Israelites far from God over and over. They weren't separated unto Him as a clean (holy) people, for His purpose, but did just the opposite of what He commanded them to do.
Because you have made an alliance with Ahaziah, the LORD will destroy what you have made.
What God wanted from Israel wasn't what the other nations were doing, who were made economically strong by their trading and commerce with the other nations. Solomon, whose heart strayed far from where his father's was, was big on commerce and trading, but that wasn't what God wanted, which is His sentiment toward Jehoshaphat his ancestor, making an alliance with an enemy of God.
This is what the LORD says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—the LORD Almighty is his name:
"Only if these decrees vanish from my sight," declares the LORD, "will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before me."
The true descendants of Israel and Abraham are not natural humans, but what the natural nation of Israel, populated by human animals, was a copy of all along the way. Only the Levites, who were made clean by complex and stringent ceremony, could come near God. The true Israel is the secret nation (family) of God's sons, who are made clean by the intention of their true Father to make them sons, which is followed by the transformation that has to happen to them in order to become sons. They're what the priests and Levites were another copy of—being made pure to be able to come near to God; to minister to Him and be useful and enjoyable to Him, and to serve Him.
If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
The Father has no use for a bunch of wild vines, chaotically growing whichever way they want (what they naturally do). Nor does He have any pleasure from a nation of animals who can't even know His name because they're like so many rats and snakes crawling all over the ground, doing whatever they want to do, for themselves (what wild animals naturally do), and so cannot ever be useful or pleasing to God.
"The time is coming," declares the LORD,
"when I will make a new covenant
The Father wants, expects and deserves sons who are set apart from the wild animals because they are disciplined to hear His voice and respond by conforming to Him and abandoning the old way of the wild animal who does whatever it wants all the time. The son wants to please his Father instead of himself and he learns to know the difference. He is willing to do that hard thing by conforming to the discipline by which the teacher trains him to not listen to the animal voice of instinct, but to learn to listen to the voice of the Father teaching him to become what He wants His own son to be.
"No longer will a man teach his neighbor,
or a man his brother, saying, `Know the LORD,'
These are the words on which the promise God makes to "the descendants of Israel," who "will never cease to be a nation before me," are based. Something new and different has to happen to the true house of Israel and Judah before they can actually be this nation of the secret descendants of Israel and Abraham, those whom would never cease to be a nation before the true and living God, who lived with Abraham, and was his friend.
It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them, " declares the LORD.
There would be a new covenant, not like the old one written on tablets of stone (natural, what the humans could look at and hold onto, and unfortunately, control and change into what could serve them, instead of them serving God as His separated people, as per the terms of what He wanted from them).
"This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the LORD. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people."
Not written on tablets of stone, which was the old, inferior way, how the old covenant was given to Moses. It was bound to be inferior, because it was a natural thing, what the humans could understand and look at, and more importantly contaminate by the natural power they had to bring everything good down to their ability to own and control it, which is what they did with everything that was from God. What God had been promising something better throughout the history of Israel, something that the humans wouldn't be able to own and control, to piss all over and make theirs by lifting their leg on it as the declaration of their ownership and control, what the wild animals do by instinct. The humans do the same thing, because they're controlled by the wild animal nature, when they come in and say that because they have the power to take whatever it is they want, they are taking it and will own it. That's what they've always done with everything that was good for their own promotion and control.
Then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said: "Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him."
The feet of iron and clay has to be the holy roman church, which did just that (took ownership for themselves) to the new covenant as it existed on the earth. After Jesus and God's true people, the true temple of His true nation of sons was taken by them, this new peculiar kingdom mixed partly with the roman government (the iron part of the feet), and partly with this other substance, the clay (the religious institution created out of the truth the apostles knew).
Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, `I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' "
This is the condition that happened on the earth, just after Jesus did return to the Father, what he told Mary he had to do before his promises to them could become fulfilled. She was filled with grief for a few days, but her grief had turned to joy, and now she wanted to never let him go away. However, his fulfillment had not yet been accomplished and before he could come back to live in her and never have to go away, he had to go to the Father. Once he and the Father were made One, then he would have the Father's power, coupled with the buffer of Jesus the good Son, so that this new Being created by the merging of the two could live in Mary's body, and the apostles, the men Jesus loved and promised to come back for.
"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."
Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, "But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?"
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me."
Although they didn't understand how, he kept his promise to come back to them, which was yet another thing that allowed them to be able to trust the Father. Over and over the Father is willing to give His own sons so many signs that He is calling them, because it's true that He desires that none of them be lost. That is not in a generic sense, but in the sense that He knows His sons and they are specific to Him. He has chosen each of them based upon something specific about each one individually. He calls them individually, by what they are able to comprehend and respond to.
Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."
This was only the second time Jesus came to them, and this word he spoke to them, along with the action of breathing on them, was the intention of God to give them this better thing, the spirit, which would be the life of the Father/Son living in them. We know this giving of the spirit by breathing on them was not the actual manifestation of it, but that which represented the intention of the Father to give them the Son. He later told them to wait in Jerusalem until it happened—plus he had not yet gone to the Father, so it couldn't happen while he was still with them in his second appearance to them.
If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
His promise to come back is speaking mostly about the third time he would come to them, which would be the last time because then they could live as one, just as the Father lived in Jesus' body and the Father/Son would live in their bodies and never have to leave. Then they could truly be one with him and the Father, just as he and the Father were One.
I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name--the name you gave me--so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me.
I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
That was when this new thing would happen, the new covenant, when the law of God would actually be put into the hearts of some of the humans, those who would constitute true Israel, at which the OT Israel and everything natural was only pointing.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!"
Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. "I'm going out to fish," Simon Peter told them, and they said, "We'll go with you."
The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep.
One united family of sons who looked out for each other and took care of each other was God's purpose for His true Israel. It is the manifestation of what He wanted from the Israelites, who couldn't ever do that because the animal drive to serve itself was always too strong. The new condition was the new covenant, which came with a new command which superceded all the commands of the old covenant:
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.
While the humans remain animals, there is no ability to actually ever do this, because the animal curse to cave into itself and only be able to actually love itself, is too strong. The old covenant was for humans who were collectively only a copy of the better thing. It could apply to God's nation of sons, because they weren't that naturally, but spiritually, meaning according to God who is the spirit. He's not in any way natural, meaning He, nor what is true about Him in His reality, cannot ever be taken and controlled by the humans. One family, one group of sons who love the Father, the Son, and each other because they know they are the true manifestation of that true thing that was promised by God. But it didn't find its manifestation in the natural, what the humans could hold onto, look at and control.
That's what this last kingdom of Daniel 2 did to the truth as it existed for a short time on the earth—God living in the bodies of some humans to make them into an even better copy of His true Israel, the nation of sons whose hearts were made pure and clean. He and Jesus, after being united ("Don't hold on to me because I haven't gone to the Father yet—to become One with Him), lived in the apostles' bodies as yet another copy of the true secret family of the hidden sons who look like their hidden Father. We can know that even that condition was still only a copy because it was taken over by the human animals, who once again took what was good and brought it down to their base level to make it into something that could serve them; what the leaders of the church did and still do for their own gain, power, control, and well-being. That's what the wild animals always default to because of their condition of being cursed, bound up with the snake's nature, led by their instincts like all the wild animals.
So when you see standing in the holy place `the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Even this good condition that existed on the earth for a short while, more as a celebration of the Father/Son unification, was predicted to come to an end when the unclean animals would take over what was the good copy of the eventual reality of God's purpose (to have a home and a family), and turn it into something unclean and unholy, by desecrating it—putting the unclean animal back into the heart, where God/Jesus had ruled in those humans who were believers in the first century. When this happened, it would cause that truth of what the apostles knew, had and experienced within them, to leave the earth, and it became desolate of that truth—that manifestation and copy of the good thing, what is God's ultimate desire and purpose with the humans (to have a home and a family).
That's the way it has been and still is. Every thing that calls itself christian came out from that great whore mother of theirs, the mystery babylon, who are the prostitute daughters of that holy roman church. What the christians teach today is very much the same as what the truth that the apostles had, got turned into, concerning the very important details of who Jesus was, what the devil and sinful nature is, who he came to save, what the devil is, even going all the way back to the beginning. There have been some refinements of the whore's teaching on the basic teachings, so that these groups have maybe a clearer understanding of some of the things (christadelphians and other similar groups).
However, although they correctly say what the devil isn't (some separate entity and personality, a fallen angel), they don't actually understand what the devil is (the actual nature that is in them and drives, leads them to be like all the wild animals, driven to only be able to take care of itself, turned inward on itself, and unable to love, which is the curse put on the humans in Genesis 3). The sinful nature is the nature that all the humans are born into, which is the natural process, finding its fulfillment in each of them when they pass from child to adult. So the christadelphians and such groups who have a more refined belief system, make themselves yet another institution which claims to have exclusive access to the way to God, just because they believe different things about Him.
That's not belief, though, as Jesus spoke about belief, which is kind of a joke when you consider they just adopt another of the whore's lines, that one can be "saved" by "believing" the correct doctrine. And so the doctrine itself becomes a holy grail to them, and the thing by which they use their human power to control other animals in order to do just that. Just like any group of wild animals would, they identify themselves as the "good people," and everyone else the "bad people." Anyone who challenges their little holy grail gets booted out of their community, much like a pack of wild dogs. That's the reality of what happens—all the mouth talking and platitudes just dissolve into nothing when a crisis occurs, because the whole house is built upon theory and concept. Who knows where the sons will come from, maybe them, maybe others, maybe from no religious group. Maybe they'll be new-agers who seek what's true and real, and are actually open to the truth not having to look religious in order to be authentic.
Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them, and asked, "Lord, what about him?" Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me."
Whatever, we don't need to worry about it. That's what the humans do in their craving to know and control everything. What the sons need to do is live in the transformation, when it starts in them, so that they can be moved from the kingdom of the animal to the kingdom of the sons, which will just be the intention of God to bring them into the true family, which is a spiritual reality and so cannot be known/understood by the humans.
I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Follow me!"
All we can ever do is come close to knowing what we have, clearer all the time. That happens by continuing to be led by the voice of the teacher, who will teach us how to accept the right way and reject the wrong way. It is a spiritual reality that begins as the seed which is planted, totally invisible to the humans. Because we're so fully human, even the sons will have a hard time recognizing it. They will spend much time trying to figure it out so they can hold it, possess it and own it, so they can control it, like the evil animals they are, because the wild animal nature doesn't just get magically purged out of them, as the false teachers say it does.
Everything about the sons' journey to their true Father, from beginning to end, is difficult because it's so different than we know. All we know is the natural reality, which is the reality we're exercising when we claim to know something about the spiritual reality. God knows what's in the humans, even the sons He has chosen, so He doesn't give them the truth so that they can just piss all over it, which is what they try to do for a long time until they have some level of temperance and humility to realize how and what they are—evil to the core, because that's how deep the life of the animal penetrates them to keep defining them as animals. In that sense the transformation is hugely complex and miraculous, and has to happen on that deep level of their heart where the humans can't see, which is how they are defined according to God.
I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.