2 Chronicles 26-27 / Daniel 7 / Acts 7
Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.)
Daniel has visions of successive kingdoms, including the concurrent Babylonian and three others that would come after it. The fourth is Rome with all her emperors (represented as the 10 kings). Rome is different than the others though. With its legs of iron it was like the rest in that it was a single metal which represented its power. But out of that kingdom arose another representation of it with its feet of iron and clay (instead of just iron like the others were of their singular metal representation). This is the mixture of the pure political and military power, seen in the legs of pure iron gaining control of the world which was ruled by Rome, and the rise of what the clay represents—that old whore of babylon (termed that because Daniel first identified her while in captivity in the actual Babylon) who gobbled up the saints, which were the sons who lived as humans with the life of the Father in them, before that condition fizzled out after the whore's dominion was fully set.
Then I wanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws—the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left.
The Roman empire of Political and military might that conquered the world.
I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell—the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully.
The whore of babylon which came out of Rome as one of its arms. She conquered people via the superstitious religious fear that lived inside of them as the animal nature marked mostly by fear. She took what was true—the only living Father inhabiting the bodies of His chosen sons where He wanted to live (not in any house built by human hands)—and turned it into the lie that it devolved into and is to this day. That is, the original mother the great whore (church of rome) and all of her prostitute daughters (every christian group, all of whom resemble their mother because they believe the same fundamental mythology the whore introduced about the good gods—jesus god, spirit god and father god—and the bad satan demigod).
As I watched, this horn was waging war against the saints and defeating them, until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.
This arrogant horn calls itself the bride of the jesus god, but is actually a whore with bride's clothing on her. She was allowed to take what was good (the life of the Father living in His own sons' bodies) into captivity for a while. She is being allowed to defeat the saints, although not because the saints are God's sons and the purpose of God remains. His family of sons will all be with Him where He is because the real Son of David (Son of [a] man) has done the work which saves the Father's family and therefore they will all be with Him by His side.
In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
The humans always think it's one way, according to what they perceive about the reality they're privy to, while according to the hidden Father of the secret family of His own true sons, it's quite another. They become aware of this reality only because it's revealed to them, via hidden, subtle events that begin occurring inside them at the appointed time. These events are supernatural in nature (not able to be observed by the humans who are and remain natural). They exist in such a way as to not be able to be held onto and controlled by any human because even the sons will try to do that since they come from the humans and that need to own what is being revealed to them exists in a very powerful way. The Father was always with His own true sons in a supernatural way even from the beginning, which the record indicates.
Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt; so he made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.
Joseph represents the secret fork of God's plan and purpose, the secret line with a hidden revelation of the son's knowledge of God as his actual Father. It is invisible to the humans at large, what the ordinary humans (represented by the 11 other natural sons of Israel) don't possess, can't see and don't ever know even exists. They are natural while the sons of God are supernatural like their Father, hidden from the humans at large. This other fork is the purely natural plan and purpose of the randomness of that which is visible, of which the humans are merely another part. That is the natural world of its overlapping cycles of each one of the existences of what is seen—from the life of a flea to that of a pig, human, blade of grass and oak tree—that which exists for a short while then dies off, ultimately and always leading to the same place. Sucked back into the earth by the force of gravity, it all collapses back into itself in a neat and tidy fashion because of this beautiful thing called gravity.
It is the plan and purpose of and the reason for the natural creation, what's apparent on the outside where all the animals can clearly see, what the humans can understand and be comfortable with and hold up as sacred—that out of it God will call His own family of the sons who love Him, whom He draws to be near Him where He lives (not in the natural creation). God seems to be far removed from this creation because He is. Even though it is fascinatingly complex and wondrous, it is in all its beauty just like a layer that exists within another reality that is infinitely more complex. That is where the Father lives with those who are with Him. That reality is revealed to only a few who are chosen to be able to see it because they are given new eyes. They hear the voice of the Father calling them with their new ears. It's a voice that doesn't make sense in the natural reality because it is more complex than the animal mind can perceive, even in the way that it works and sounds.
You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute?
The human interpretations of things that got recorded and preserved always fall short because they have to pull the words into their natural (dead) reality with all its limitations and preconceived ideas about how things have to be, because they are bound to the natural. Even when they talk about their supernatural gods, their comprehension is limited by their own limitations as purely natural beings, so everything gets dragged down to the place where they can find the agreement they must have in order to comprehend. Everything in their explanations of the gods must be in a human form they need to communicate to the other humans, so that nothing is real or true any more than their own existences are real and true, in that in just a few short years they will become nothing and their existence will be as it never even was. It was temporary out of the chute and becomes temporary again once they become something the earth can use to produce another existence, to keep rolling along as per its usual course of things replacing things.
The natural reality is represented by the patriarchs, those natural sons of Abraham, the actual natural lives of the men who made up the "people of God" on the outside, in the natural reality. The nation of Israel which sprang from out of the temporary body of the human Jacob was a copy of the true family and people of God—His actual sons who belong to the secret tribe of Joseph (why Joseph had no tribe named after him—God's actual plan is hidden, like Joseph's name got buried and became unseen). The natural line is represented by the sons of Israel who were born to men, minus Joseph. Joseph represented the secret line of God's purpose and plan, the sliver and remnant; the tiny group of sons whom God their Father holds up as sacred because they are not like Jacob, but like Joseph—taken away from the natural and hidden by God for His own purpose, presumed dead but very much alive as they continue His purpose in the earth.
These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
Joseph already being in Egypt was indicative of the secret mystery of God's purpose being not revealed to men. The sons born to Jacob decided to get rid of Joseph not on their own, but as the secret plan and purpose of God dictated. They had no idea what they were doing or what was to happen because of it (they were saving themselves, even though they intended the events for the evil that was in them to do away with the one who was favored by God and their own natural father). God chose Joseph to be part of the secret thread of the beginning of His plan concerning Israel being the copy of His true people. Even though it looked like one thing on the outside, that which was available for men to observe, something else was happening which was unavailable for them to be able to see. Indeed they didn't know until after it was done and explained to them.
Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, "Have everyone leave my presence!" So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh's household heard about it.
Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph! Is my father still living?" But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come close to me." When they had done so, he said, "I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance."
It's no mistake that Joseph didn't have a tribe bearing his name, because his life is an example of the secret line and mystery of God's will, even as it takes place within the history of natural man, right under their noses. Stephen's speech indicates that there was a secret plan of God, via the "holy spirit,"acting as the mechanism by which the Father revealed Himself to His sons. He also reminds them that the people of God, the natural circle of the tribes of Israel, always rejected this secret way of God and those He had chosen to fulfill it (His prophets, leaders and judges who spoke words they heard whispered in their secret ears).
When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his fellow Israelites. He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian.
God had already begun putting a love in Moses for his true brothers. That drive wasn't just something that was naturally in him. He was no ordinary child even from birth, and when the time was right, God revealed Himself and His purpose in Moses. He began to give him a desire for his brothers, to help them and keep them safe, to deliver them from what oppressed them, to be a shepherd and leader of God's people, for God's sake, to do His will and purpose.
Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, `Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?'
Even though he was starting to have a special, driven feeling about his true brothers, he couldn't do anything by his own effort or power, because he wasn't ready to be a leader. All he knew came from the Egyptian tutors who trained him up to know the ways of the prevailing culture of the ruling humans. It would take 40 years of the humbling life of a nomad driven from the luxurious life of a prince, while his new tutors the messengers of God his new Father were making him ready to be able to do and be what he became, all for God's sake.
This is the same Moses whom they had rejected with the words, `Who made you ruler and judge?' He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself, through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. He led them out of Egypt and did wonders and miraculous signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the desert.
Even if the sons want to stay as slaves and servants of the world and the nature they serve day and night it doesn't matter. If God desires to pull His sons out of the world, that's what He will do. With great signs and wonders they will be compelled to come out and become a people all His own, separated from the common and unclean animals (the rest of the humans who haven't been chosen to be His secret family, His hidden purpose amongst the natural creatures). It'll never be an obvious thing in the natural world, any more than Joseph's true identity wasn't revealed to the natural sons all the time God was working in him to make him what He wanted him to become.
This is that Moses who told the Israelites, 'God will send you a prophet like me from your own people.' He was in the assembly in the desert, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers; and he received living words to pass on to us.
The Jews rejected Moses as ruler and judge, but God chose him as ruler and deliverer, not by the will or power of man, but according to the plan and purpose of God, and by His secret power to accomplish what He wants in the natural world ruled by the humans. Moses told them about the prophet like him, whom God would send—whom the "people" of God rejected and killed when he finally was sent. He didn't look like they expected him to look. He didn't act like they wanted him to act, or be what they wanted him to be, so they just acted on their desire to get rid of him. He spoke about the secret plan of God, not like any plan that man would choose or be able to accept. Even though he, by and because of the Father's power, did many miraculous things—as the Father had done before him in Egypt, through the body of Moses—to prove his authority, they chose to not believe him. Those who did were secretly chosen and hidden to see and hear what the others couldn't. They were such a tiny fraction of the ones who called themselves the people of God, as was represented by the secretly chosen Joseph against all his brothers whom weren't called out.
They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him—you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it. You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute?
The natural human animals, even the self-appointed animals who claim the position of the people of god, always reject those who actually are part of the secret plan of God, the real sons—partly because they can't see and partly because the animal nature is a liar and a hypocrite. Jesus' life and the testimony of the preserved words are the truest example of that truth of the way things are between the humans and the sons. Even though they have the record of who God is and what He's done—He has always been doing something that is invisible to men—they reject that because they cannot see it with their eyes, and it doesn't make any sense to their natural senses, which is all they have. Because of the drive and desire to love, serve and protect themselves—the nature they are completely given over to—they can never be what pleases God. That is, one which is willing to please Him (do His will) more than themselves. Pleasing God has to ultimately be in taking care of, feeding, shepherding, loving His true family of sons. Not the self, and not what the humans want, but what the secret, hidden Father wants to accomplish, which is always opposed to the what the animals want.
The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
The owner's servants came to him and said, "Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?"
"An enemy did this," he replied. The servants asked him, "Do you want us to go and pull them up?"
"No," he answered, "because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn."
Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
"Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, 'Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, O God.' "
Even the true life and purpose of the One they claim to follow (whom they made into another god who is more appealing to them) was actually secret and hidden. What he later became (the jesus god who battled the satan god for control of the souls of the good people) was the creation of the humans so they could control what was good and true for their own selves. It reveals the blindness of the humans, who make judgments based not on what may be happening that is invisible to them, as part of the same secret plan and purpose of God which has always existed and which they have a record of, but only on what they can comprehend with their natural, animal minds (because that's all they are). That is true throughout the history of God's dealing with the humans, and the pinnacle of that is Jesus the cornerstone of God's entire secret family of hidden sons, unknown amongst the humans except as purely a lie.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the holy spirit.
The drive to become a shepherd of God's true people, His family of sons, is the highest thing that can be in a man to drive, lead and guide him. Every one of God's sons' work is to become a shepherd for the others, so that the family is truly taken care of. That desire to lead the sheep toward being pleasing to God, and themselves being safe from harm, is the drive that was in all of God's holy men and women, even Rahab the prostitute who was driven to protect the spies. The humans can never be that way, because of what they're given over to, what lives in their heart to drive, lead and guide them—what they were cursed with.
For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest.
It isn't being a leader the way humans regard and desire to be a leader—to get their egotistical cravings satisfied, a totally animalistic drive. The true leader, the good shepherd of God's true sheep, isn't known at all to the humans, because they are blind to him now, just as they were before. All the humans can know are so many lies about him—whatever flavor they want to make up and say is true is what they become given over to, because they want to believe a lie rather than the truth.
I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
How the humans always naturally are is the opposite of how God is, what how He wants His true sons to be. The way of the humans cannot just be willed away or wiped out because of any thing that's in us, or some rituals we might do. It's first got to be the will and desire on God's part, to enable one or some of the humans to even have that opportunity. The first part of the process is seeing with the eyes that are given, what that one didn't have before, so he cannot ever boast about what's happening in him being part of what came out of him, as though there was anything good living in him before God came. That is what the animal in him—what is him—will always try and make him think, because it just wants to survive and be worshipped.
A dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves."