Job 8 / Micah 3-4 / Hebrews 13
In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established
as chief among the mountains;
"In that day," declares the LORD,
"I will gather the lame; I will assemble the exiles and those I have brought to grief.
I will make the lame a remnant,
those driven away a strong nation.
Why does God love the underdog? Because the humans naturally ignore them, because the humans look on them with contempt. Since the underdog doesn't fit into the scenario of looking like all the others seek to attain to, they are kind of a threat to those who hold up the status quo. Because they are different than the good people seek to attain to be, they don't validate the good peoples' lives and there must be something wrong with them. They must be doing something evil to have brought upon themselves such an existence is the convenient explanation so that the normal people can continue to live for themselves and not have to pay any attention to those who are ill, diseased & outcast. "They must not be following God's rules to be in such a state," provides the convenient justification for those who don't want to be bothered with them.
No one living in Zion will say, "I am ill"; and the sins of those who dwell there will be forgiven.
When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?"
Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."
God has to take care of the diseased, lame, deaf and dead because the humans turn away from them. That thing which makes us turn away from them is the nature that wants to find and maintain all those levels of agreement within its host. The animal is naturally repulsed by anything that threatens its illustrious agreement with itself, whatever challenges its rightness. The irony of this condition is that what makes the humans recoil like this is the great disease inside them, what defines them as animals driven by that selfsame instinct which compels them away from anything that doesn't agree with their agreement they have created inside them.
The living God turns the reality that the humans cling to on its head because that agreement and everything else the humans naturally tend toward is evil, based on the curse He implemented. Does He do it in a general or generic way? Look in the churches and you will see that they are filled with good and normal people, those who obey the rules and are respectable. So no, it isn't done in a general or generic way. The way that's true must be secret in order for it to be genuine, because that is how the living God has chosen to make Himself. He has created an unimaginably expansive, yet at the same time so precise observable creation, even with regards to this one huge sphere that turns on such a precise schedule that one little shift would cause all the life forms to either burn or freeze. Then there's the universe which is itself turning around a center. Yet for all the hints and signs about God, He nevertheless has chosen to be hidden, but why?The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
The Son of God bore disgrace because the Father made him to appear disgraceful, which was His way of hiding the Son from the humans so that they didn't recognize him as the one they were looking for, who would uphold their agreement. Instead, he was purposely made to appear as something opposite to what he actually was and is, in the tradition of the Father who Himself wanted and wants to be hidden and secret from the humans. One formula about God goes like this: whatever is naturally in the humans to be compelled to want to have, be, do, appear as, etc.; then the Father wants the opposite for His own sons. That's because the humans are cursed with a nature that makes them a certain way and across the board they're driven to be that way. There is no escaping the compulsions that naturally live inside them unless a specific thing is done, on a particular level where only they see and know. That way this thing that happens is also kept hidden from the humans at large, just as the Son was kept hidden from them, in the tradition of how the Father has hidden Himself from them also. When that thing happens, they begin searching for a different king of their heart instead of themselves, and a different kind of agreement than the one they have been reconciled to for so long.
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
Everything's a paradox for God and His own sons. Whatever seems to be in the humans world, isn't in God's reality. What the humans are naturally compelled by instinct to love and run after is worthless to the son who wants to find the Father's treasure, which is the knowledge that he has been chosen by the Father to be in the secret rank of the sons of God who have been hidden from the beginning from the humans at large. Even though they were posthumously made into biblical super heroes by the humans, for their own good, nevertheless the sons of God in the time that they lived weren't looked upon by the humans as such.
And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.
"The world was not worthy of them" says it all. The world of the humans is ruled by animals, who make everything conform to their wishes and desires. The sons of God are strangers in this world of wild animals who cannot come near God. The sons must be changed into creatures which have a different nature than that which is naturally born into them, which itself is a foreign and repulsive process that they will not understand because it involves a surgical kind of removal of what they love and are trained to want to hold onto for dear life, literally.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with
what you have, because God has said,
So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
This command is not a negative, in that it isn't as much of, "Do not do this (run after money as though it were important)," as it is, "You don't have to do it, because there is another reality, and according to that reality you don't need to do what the mere humans do according to their reality, which is making sure with every part of their being that they're going to survive by running after all the things they consider valuable (what they truly love) all their lives, including money and everything else they pursue with such tenacity and consistency (respect, honor, acceptance, etc). You have a Father who sees you, and knows that you need whatever He wants you to have."
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Because there's so much of the residue of the human still in us, we don't even know what we should be running after, just like the disciples didn't understand what Jesus was talking about when he said this to them. So why is it that we assume we can know what's going on, since they didn't understand and they lived with him, in his physical presence, for three years? They didn't understand anything he was talking about until he went away and then came back in the power of his newly created body, after being made One with the Father.
Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
Yet we continue to hang on to this need and craving—part of the egotistical component of that nature that is fading—to control what's happening by having it figured out all the time. What we're doing is trying to find an agreement within the natural component of our selves, so we don't have to just trust him who is not at all natural, who started this very un natural work in us a few years ago. When we think we have it figured out, there is no real need to trust in the hope for which we have been called, and continue to trust, because we feel like we own it and can rest from needing to trust him who is calling us. But we'll never find that agreement, because he isn't natural, and neither is the gift he brings.
You have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.
In the same way that there exists the good Father, there is also the good Husband who takes care of his vulnerable bride, which is a metaphor for the covenant of loyalty and faithfulness. These spiritual realities present a picture of dependence and vulnerability which is actually there, in the spiritual world where the Father lives with His Son even right now.
I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.
Is it so hard to trust our good Husband? Apparently it is, but that's just because of our shortcoming, where we came from, who in a big way we still are, the evidence of which we see every day, falling short of being able to trust and believe in him who refuses to be held on to and controlled by our animal powers. The made up gods of the humans can easily be controlled because they aren't real, so they become whatever they were made up to be for the humans who made them.
I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with
what you have, because God has said,
Do little children love money? Little children love to be taken care of by their parents, to be picked up and held, to feel safe, warm, and protected. Sure the animal nature can be observed taking hold of them even when very young—"My toy, my food...mine!" But a very small child just wants to be held, fed, and to know that there is someone there, whom it recognizes, to protect it. Actually they take it for granted, and in most cases they can expect that to be their reality, because most of the time it is. Most normal parental animals are driven by a compelling force to take care of their own offspring like no other force that drives them. That is a picture, an inferior copy, of the Father's feeling toward His own sons.
Even though humans, being evil, know how to take care of their own children; how much more does God not only desire, but also have the ability, to take care of His children. We have to know we actually are His children before we can begin to believe it in real instead of conceptual terms. I mean to say that we can say and think we believe it all we want, but until we are actually born of God and know it because of the spirit of truth and comfort that He puts in us, we will just be mouthing the words. Because God is spirit, and not natural, we have to become spirit too in order to actually know it. What we believe, while we're still animals, is the consciousness of the animal who knows what the world is like and understands that he must fend for himself, provide for himself, and love himself.
Evil is perfected in a man when he matures and has fully grown into the animal nature, a condition that the humans celebrate. Ironically, that's when he is fully dead to God, when he "becomes a man," unable to actually believe in something he cannot see—fully entrenched in the natural world because he is now fully a part of it. Before that, when he is still just a child, there still exists the possibility of the unseen actually being real. The imagination is still intact, to whatever degree, and a child is able to imagine that what he cannot see with his eyes could in fact be real. A child can believe in things which are, to the adult, made up and ludicrous. We're likened to naive children because we're despised by those who cannot see. The humans always hate what is true, because that's a very efficient way for the Father to separate His sons from the rest, those who are not sons.
A human can naturally tell the difference between what is made up and what is real; humans celebrate and encourage it when a man is able to distinguish between the two. They are encouraged not to be children, because it's a bad thing to be or act like a child e.g. "Grow up and quit acting like a child!" To be a child means you are able to be duped, and adults who act like children are scorned and considered stupid. Many negative stigmas come with being or acting young.
For God it's the opposite. Unless we become vulnerable and naive in the eyes of the grown animals we cannot ever know Him or experience His love. That is not accomplished by our own ability to be stupid, vulnerable, or naive—it's just what happens when the life comes, part of the purpose of God to separate His true children from those who claim to be children but can't be, because that is not available to anyone and everyone, as the liars claim. Whereas humans are encouraged to grow up and become independent, invulnerable and un dupable—our Father wants us to be dependent on Him and vulnerable, like a little child is vulnerable and dependent on its parents. That is the real working out of our faith that He is able to actually, not theoretically, provide for us and protect us from whatever may befall us. It takes that kind of childlike vulnerability to know God, because He is invisible, and does not make Himself knowable as part of the creation that is subjected to the cycle of death, i.e. humans.
What the humans did in the second, third and fourth centuries, as the abominators who caused the desolation of the earth of that which is good, is to make the Father and Son, along with the force of good, the mechanism of the new covenant, the life of the Father and Son living in a man's body—the spirit—and the force of evil, the animal nature—the devil—into idols who could then be controlled and manipulated for the humans' gain. They are the leaders of the false bride, she who calls herself the bride of the Son, but who is just a whore who assumed that role when she killed the actual bride off.
MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES
The human must always be on his guard against attackers. Even if he claims to believe in God, he will still protect and provide for himself, because he is fully natural, that's what he knows must be done to survive, because the natural world is full of predators and competition, and the natural animal cannot believe that God is alive enough to actually participate in his life to that degree. The animal who wants to believe in God can only think that He is far away, perhaps waiting to be his Father only after he's been resurrected.
We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.
I have food to eat that you know nothing about. My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
We aren't suggesting that we can just imagine our way to a relationship with God. However, without the ability to believe in something we cannot see, not just with our mouth, with words—we are just animals who can only believe in what they can perceive about the world, a condition all fully grown animals are subject to. We are beginning to realize the possibility of moving out of the former state and into the new state because of the gifts we have been receiving from the Lord in his teaching us to believe in what we cannot see. We are beginning to comprehend that the world where God lives is actually real, and accessible, which means that His love is knowable, not just a concept that isn't actually real. In the times when we are able to see with the better eyes, we know that is the only thing we want—to know the Father's love as our primary consciousness because the consciousness of the animal is lacking and evil; it keeps us from finding and knowing our Father. If it is being diminished in us, then we have to believe that we will know Him. That's what we have to believe now, as we respond to the voice of the teacher who is showing us how to live for our new reality so that the old one actually does diminish in us, and our consciousness and reality will change into something that is better than what we were born into—the curse of the humans to remain bound to the animal (serpent) all their life so they cannot know the love of God.
A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, `I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.' The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.
As we mature in the spirit the natural decreases, and we become less in the natural, in the way of the animal. The stronger and more confident we become in the spiritual, the weaker and more vulnerable in the natural. The actual process of righteousness disagrees with all that man is and strives to become. The process of righteousness, becoming nothing—giving up our life—is the thing that brings us outward shame and allows man to judge us as worthless; just as Jesus was judged and dismissed. However, the same ones who judge and dismiss us cannot see the life that is growing in us, what is prompting us to die to the natural in the first place because we know that we have something infinitely more valuable than anything we could ever get naturally. The weaker we become, the stronger we are. It's crazy and yet so perfect in mirroring the oppositional quality of the spirit reality (God's) toward the natural (the human's)—the hatred of the natural for the things of the spirit and vice-versa.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
When Jesus told his disciples that they had to become like children he wasn't telling them they had any power within themselves to actually become like little children, nor was he suggesting that they don't become like children, but consider it just like a cute little phrase they should aspire to say to each other while they continue to be mature, dead animals. He was referring to the process which would have to take place in order for them to know their Father and comprehend the great love He had for them. As purely natural animals, they had no ability to ever know that, which is why they would have to be transformed before that happened, into being who were like their Father, so they could interact with Him and know His love. It is the same process which the Lord said must happen to a man when he addressed Nicodemus' queries.
I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born from above.
To enter the kingdom is merely a phrase that means you know the Father's love, and participate in a relationship with Him because you are being made into another creature. The only way that can happen is if that animal consciousness membrane has been punctured by the spiritual birth and the transformation begins to take hold. It means that you have been, or are being, changed from the animal to the son who can love because it can perceive God's love, because it's like Him, unlike the humans. It is not available to animals, only to sons, and only to those to whom He has chosen to make it available.
That is the process of what happens when we are born into the family of God, what is a real, spiritual process that happens not in concept but in the reality of the spiritual world, or heaven, where God lives. To the animal everything we are saying will seem childish and undesirable. To the one who has been marked by the Lord for rebirth, it might make some sense at first, and will start to make more sense as that one is farther along in the new life of the spirit. The words we speak are true according to the spiritual reality, so the one who is chosen will respond to them if the ability to find that agreement is put into him. That is the miracle of the spirit of truth at work within the human who was dead before, yet given life by being born from above.
If Paul or Peter were alive today they would get the same sort of contemptible, disdainfully reluctant response regarding the things they said about God—especially by the people who claim to know God, those who "have the truth." They would be considered "over the top," and out of touch with reality, because they are out of touch with the natural reality, and have to be in order to be in touch with the spiritual reality, where God lives. In fact when they lived, they were out of touch with the reality of the animal—the grown men of their day. They were scorned, pitied and laughed at, thought of as fools, out of their minds—dreamers who believed in things they couldn't see, following a man who had been killed. They didn't just think, or hope he was alive, but the reality of the way they lived declares that they believed it enough to stake their lives on that belief.
Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.
In other words, there was something in them, not normally found in humans, a supernatural force which drove them and redefined their lives. The same explanation is found in the Bible about the sons who lived in the first century. There must be a good explanation on why we don't see it today.
The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city (new Jerusalem, bride of Christ as per Rev 21) and the sanctuary (the hearts of the first century sons of God, where He lived). The end will come like a flood: War (the way of the human animals, the opposite of the way the sons treat each other) will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with many for one `seven.' In the middle of the`seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering (the ability to worship in spirit and truth, as per John 4). And on a wing (Rome) of the temple (the bodies of sons throughout the whole earth) he will set up an abomination (setting up the unclean animal nature, the devil where the Father lived in the hearts of His sons, the true tabernacle's holiest place) that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
To be a being without the animal's consciousness is our hope, because it means being someone who knows and believes the Father's love, who has a genuine faith in what He promised, who doesn't cling tightly to the things that the world loves, and is therefore not having to worry about what every animal worries about, or being afraid of everything the humans are afraid of. Rather he is someone who becomes ignorant of those things because they are of no use to him. That is someone who knows the Father's love so genuinely that there is no need to constantly protect himself from the dangers of the world. He has experienced that his Father is alive, and does protect him, and believes that He will continue to. That is Jesus in his final years, and praise God because it is what we must be becoming.
"Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.