Job 29-30 / Zechariah 6-7 / Revelation 3-4
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation.
Not the natural creation, which Jesus deliberately divorced himself from when he refused to follow the ruler of the natural creation, the nature that inhabits all of the animals who are a part of the creation. God's creation is like God—spirit, hidden and invisible from the participants of this creation.
They were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings.
The creatures symbolize that all the animals are the same, whether lion, ox, human or eagle in their natural form. No matter how noble or strong they may seem, they're all just an integral part of the creation where everything is reduced to one short, temporary existence, then nothing else matters beyond that because when it's over then it's over, and no fairy tales or man made myths about the gods flying around taking everyone to heaven are going to be of any value to a carcass rotting in the ground. Those who are taken for God's purpose are like these creatures because they look like animals but they can see what no ordinary animal sees.
Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."
The eyes represent the seeing on a level that was not common to natural creatures. They could see what was real according to God, what the humans are unable to see because His reality is secret and hidden from them. The creatures, having eyes all over them, could see what was real, as Jesus saw what was real (God's reality) versus what was false (the natural reality).
Then Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, " `they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!' "
Those whom God chooses to become sons are given eyes to see His reality, what the others cannot see. They only see what their animal eyes let them see, which is the reality of the natural creation and everything in it. They're born, they exist and then die as part of that terminal creation. They make up all kind of stories about their gods, which keeps them happy and expectant of some great future participation in a world that was created in the minds of other humans which doesn't exist.
I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
True Jews weren't just physically circumcised, while their hearts remained far from what their circumcision actually meant. The true sons of Abraham were those who were circumcised in their hearts, where only God could see their true condition before Him. What the humans recognized about them isn't valid, because man is a fearful liar who needs to always hide from God as his fundamental condition.
Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer.
The sons of God living in the first century were harassed and persecuted by the false Jews. They assumed that they were still the chosen people of the God of Abraham, a covenant that had been replaced with the new covenant, under which the sons who lived in the first century knew God because His life (spirit) lived in their bodies, as per Jeremiah 31:
They will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD.
That condition soon went away though, as predicted by Daniel. Now it would read,"those who are of the church of the false bride," whose father made up the lies they cling to. They say that they are the legitimate bride of the Christ, yet their christ isn't legitimate because he was made up by the men who accomplished the abomination and were the fulfillment of Daniel's prophesy. All of the present day lies came from the same whore (who ironically calls herself the bride) with all her creeds and power consolidations effected in the second, third and fourth centuries, when she slowly and finally stamped out every version of what the apostles knew about the new covenant, along with every other dissenting voice that didn't agree with the whore's new story. The true Father and Son totally withdrew from the earth, which has been in the darkness of the ignorance it is in now.
Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white.
Clothes goes back to the first humans and their lack of clothes, without shame and fear. Clothes were not even a part of the dialog then because there was no shame of nakedness. As soon as they died, they needed clothes and were afraid and ashamed because of their condition. They were dead to their previous condition (able to be pleasing to God who wanted to be the Father of a family), cursed with the animal nature that drives those whom it inhabits on a level below the level of cognition, by the fear and shame about their condition and their need to hide because of that fear.
Those who are far away will come and help to build the temple of the LORD, and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the LORD your God.
Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me: "Ask all the people of the land and the priests, 'When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it for me that you fasted? And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves? Are these not the words the LORD proclaimed through the earlier prophets when Jerusalem and its surrounding towns were at rest and prosperous, and the Negev and the western foothills were settled?' "
"When it was established it was for the specific purpose that you would look away from yourselves and instead to me.You didn't do it for my sake, because you loved me, but for yourselves, for your own gain. You turned what was good and righteous into what is bad, for your own gain. You thought you could procure a blessing from me because you fulfilled some sort of obligation to me by your rituals. Don't you understand that everything you think you are doing for me is all about you, all for you and your gain, your blessings, your safety. Does anyone understand what pleases me?"
What God has always wanted from His people is a contrite and a broken spirit before Him, knowing that we are but specks of dust, even less than that—and He is that much greater than even the universe He created. There is no measure to the disparity of these levels. Yet what is man's constant outlook and attitude? That there is no God because he is the center of everything, and everything revolves around whether he is respected and admired for his own particular greatness. Everything is about him—his many needs and desires. Who could ever see the picture as it is? Only the One known before he came as the Branch has ever been able to properly give God the honor and respect He deserves.
Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the LORD. It is he who will build the temple of the LORD, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
Via the hypocrisy of the animal (the nature that rules the animals who rule the world), the Jews thought they could get an answer of how to please God by some external ritual they might perform, some scrap of willingness they thought they could throw to God, while in their hearts they continued to act out their service to the animal nature for themselves, which always demands that service to act on its behalf. They felt that if they could just do the ritual—the easy thing—then they could feel justified and righteous before Him, while at the same time fully participating in the animal nature, which commands its host to love and take great care of its self. This natural tendency can be deduced by God having to specifically command them to avoid what their natural tendencies drove them to want to do. Instead they were commanded by God to do the opposite if they wanted to be pleasing to Him. It has always been that way with man, and continues to be today, even in our situation which we have the privilege to be in.
The sacrifice God loves can only come from His true sons, because only they have the eyes to see His reality. However, it resembles nothing that is automatic, because their ability to see only allows them to enter onto the path of the long suffering transformation of the animal being pulled from them as they learn another way that's foreign to what they want to accept. What the Father excepts and demands from His sons is a righteousness that is beyond what any of the animals can attain to, but what doesn't come except from that long, slow and painful extraction of what contaminates them, why the transformation is required.
I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
What He wants from them is in effect going against the animal nature that ruled them before He came to them. It is looking past their own physical and emotional needs, i.e. the need to be right, the need to have control and instead of being terminally at service to themselves, learn the way of God, which is to take care of those who have always become oppressed because of the system of the animal's rule over man—the sinful nature. Those are the ones who cannot take care of themselves, like the widows, orphans, aliens and the poor. In the eyes and esteem of the Israelites, these all looked bad. They were easy targets for oppression in the land, because they didn't have the power to properly protect themselves as the richer brothers, who owned land, did. The way of man is always to exploit them and everything else for his own individual gain, which is the opposite of the sons of God who learn to give everything up for His true family of sons, and Him.
This is what the LORD Almighty says: `Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.'
The message has always been the same for His sons: truth requires seeing (the many eyes of the creature who saw the true reality of God) past that which is natural, seeing what God wants from a man who wants to please Him (who has been chosen to become a son, and therefore has the ability to actually see). Understanding the tendencies of the animal is the first step in any kind of attempt to stop living under its servitude. Therefore it is the beginning of the journey. Doing the opposite thing that the animal (himself) wanted the Son to do, and instead taking care of his brothers, was the identity of the true Son who pleased the Father, who is now the ruler of His creation that the humans are not aware of. Naturally, the Son was tempted to not want to take care of the sons, but become the king of Israel, greater than David, receiving the glory, praise and honor from the humans who would have honored him as such.
God makes His true children into the lowly and downtrodden, the weak and despised on purpose, for a good reason. Because He gives them His life, they know without doubt who they are, and it's okay to be in this position in the natural, because they have been assured the greater position in the real world, where He lives. That is something the true children of God know for certain, and it's a position that they welcome, because it was the Lord's position in the world—to be shamed, downtrodden and despised. Unless they have been given eyes to see the reality of God, which is hidden from the humans, they will only see the natural reality.
Jesus existed to show the way to the reality of the Father, which wasn't found in the natural creation. The two realities don't intersect. If we think we can keep our natural lives intact and still be pleasing to the Father, then we can read the scriptures all day, but the fact that remains is that we just don't believe the Lord's words, nor what he was in the natural—a nothing, a shameful nobody, a worthless, shameful criminal who was only fit to be killed as such. He truly was the least in the natural (considering what he could have been), and why he is the greatest in God's world.
What the animal nature believes, who lives in the hearts of the humans, is that the servant they claim to be can be above the Master, even though the words say otherwise. It is the animal's character to lie and pretend, so they hypocritically think that that life was okay for the Lord, but they are above him, and so they do not actually have to give up their lives for his sake. They think they can get to God in the natural reality, by doing some rituals that the experts tell them will get them to God. The experts convince them that they can merely do it in concept, and just pretend they do it, therefore deserve to be honored by God. What they say, though, is that they despise His words, and do not believe Him.
"But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and stopped up their ears. They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the LORD Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the LORD Almighty was very angry."
"When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen," says the LORD Almighty. "I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations, where they were strangers. The land was left so desolate behind them that no one could come or go. This is how they made the pleasant land desolate."
The ways of God are not just unlike the ways of man, the animal—they are completely opposite to them. The animal still living in us will want to respond with our own defense mechanism to the events which occur, and have already occurred via the hand and power of man. The life and message of the book of Job is the life of Jesus first, and eventually all of the true children of God. We lose everything, just like Job did, not because of any wrongdoing on our part, but because it is the perfect way to show man how evil and blind he actually is; how little he knows and how hypocritical he will always be. It is the perfect plan and justice of God to trap man by his own words, his own defiant self-rightness before God.
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death (a shameful, lowly, despised, hated, pitiful enemy of everything man thinks is good), and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.'
But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and stopped up their ears. They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the LORD Almighty had sent by his spirit through the earlier prophets. So the LORD Almighty was very angry.
`When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,' says the LORD Almighty. `I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations, where they were strangers. The land was left so desolate behind them that no one could come or go. This is how they made the pleasant land desolate.'
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 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. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.