December 23rd.

Job 31-32 / Zechariah 8 / Revelation 5-6

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This is what the LORD Almighty says: "In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, `Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.' "

No one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals."

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song:

"You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."

The phenomenon of wild versus tame animal in the natural reality serves as a copy for the sons about their condition (being tamed) versus all the other humans (the wild ones who remain as they are) as per the relationship they have with the Father. That is one of the reasons that the sons must become un human, not living according to the instincts that are naturally there within them to lead and guide them in a real way (what they love in their heart, which is how each one will be judged). They must become separated from themselves, which is impossible unless the intention is there that they become sons because that process, totally hidden to the humans, takes a life of constant and yet subtle miracles to accomplish that level of transformation. If it isn't there then the particular animal will not even be aware of its existence in and domination over them. If it is there then it grows by choosing it over the animal way, what is naturally living in it. That is the process of nurturing the life which is planted in the intended son like a seed that either grows or dies, another natural copy for the sons' benefit. It's also the life of having to suffer when we choose the wrong, being handled with a rod of iron to teach us to choose the right and reject the wrong.

When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.

The Father is not mushy and weak like human fathers who let their own offspring get away with whatever they want because they're afraid of them. If He says this about His firstborn Son, how much more will we be required to learn via the suffering we will face when we embrace the animal and follow its desires that well up within us. This is not for any purpose less than that we definitely learn the way the son must become to be worthy to be called a son of God. No wild animal is allowed to come close to the Father; and one who follows the animal instincts effectively defines himself as a servant of the master he follows.

I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals."

Life comes by the death of those natural instincts that enter into the heart in their various forms, by denying them the right to rule the son and therefore define him as the animal who is driven by those instincts. The animal does everything it can to prevent its own death while it exists. Go out into the forest and try to observe any wild animal and see that they do not come right up to you so that you easily can. They do everything in their power to not be killed, so that men are able to make a sport of it because it is so challenging. The reason for this is because it is the natural instinct of all animals, above everything else, to survive at all cost.

What they don't admit is that humans are also subjected to the same laws of the natural world—instinctual needs, cravings, etc—that all the animals are. Though on a different level regarding complexity, they are all still programmed merely to survive as per their condition and knowledge that this is all they have. With respect to the non-human animals, the humans physically survive to a large degree by exploiting and eating them. With respect to each other, those who are more able to work the system usually survive better and longer. They are the ones with more tangible (money, things, success, etc.) and intangible (honor, respect, admiration, acceptance, etc.) stuff built up around them to hide their nakedness and shame of being mere animals, destined to live and then die, and never know God. They are just another integral part of the natural creation like anything else one can see when they look around at the plants and animals and everything else that makes up the natural creation.

You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

These are the ones who tasted the life of the Lord and the beauty of his presence in them in the first century; but they believed the lie of the snake and followed it, valuing the things that have no value and running after them instead of running after the Father and the gifts He has for those who are sincere and honest in their heart. They said by their life that earthly things could make a son happy and satisfied. They believed the lie that it was okay to indulge their appetite with what the humans love and run after (love of money in the case of the Laodiceans), that it could provide them what they needed. What money does is create an easy substitute for what the son needs. It allows him to feel safe and comfortable by his own hand because it is so tangible and easy to acquire. In that sense it's great for the human animals because it's effective in satisfying that need to feel safe and insulated.

No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

The opposite from the animal's is the son's regard for his earthly existence. He has a choice, which comes down to whether he wants this life—what the human animals love and run after—or the real life that Jesus, who knew God's reality, ran after day and night until he found the Father and was found in Him. The love of whatever the humans love is just that, because it provides comfort and replaces the love of God, which is more scarce and therefore more valuable than any amount of any thing. Scarcity always produces higher value, and the love that can only come from God is so scarce, so very few humans actually find it, that even in that respect it is the most valuable thing.

The opposite of that is the lie that  "God loves everyone," in which case the love of God is so cheap and easy that it holds very little value. That is how they truly regard it because that's how they truly see it. The prevailing religious deception is that since it's just something that's going to be there for all of the "good people" (every one of the humans thinks they are inherently good), then it must not be that valuable because it's going to be there for everyone. Money on the other hand—something the humans love and run after with perseverance and gusto—holds much value because it allows the human animals to tangibly take care of themselves and their brood, being true to their natural instincts, defining them as mere animals. It allows them to feel safe when they have some, so that's what they spend their lives doing. The animals can have their life and whatever lies they want to surround themselves with to make them feel safe. They are perfectly happy to listen to the counsel of liars who claim the title of expert to make them feel warm.

The son knows that the only real safety is by the Father's hand, not merely to keep him alive (that's the plight of the animal), but to keep him safe from the fate of the animals (the second death). The son knows that no amount of anything the humans deem valuable, and therefore love, can keep him safe from that. He knows that the position of being chosen to be known by the Father and therefore loved by Him is not one that comes cheaply as the lie goes which has gone out into all the earth. The son knows the price for this, that it costs everything—his life for the life of God, which also means the love and concern of God. The son has to constantly decide, to make the choice for what he wants—his life or God's life—which catalyzes the transformation. The sons can't believe the lie that they can have both, nor that they can be a wild animal driven by those instincts, and still come near the Father. One way must be chosen and the other denied.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it."

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 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, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.


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