Job 35-36 / Zechariah 11 / Revelation 12-13
Woe to the worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock! May the sword strike his arm and his right eye! May his arm be completely withered, his right eye totally blinded!
When the heat gets turned up, that's when humans expose who they are. Never mind the sugar coated fantasy of the brother who is always so loving, who has the gentle word and the inviting wink, if in the moment of the trial he shrinks back and acts like you're his worst enemy because you threaten his make believe world of safety by his own hand. All that stuff is about the external, the outside , the place where the humans observe, which doesn't matter to the living God whose judgments are based on things so hidden and unknowable the humans can't even begin to start to fathom them. He is taken over by the fear of losing the false security of what he is putting his hope in and responding in kind to that fear. The Lord is perfectly capable of engineering a situation to appear as one thing, yet be quite another in the reality of his purpose, which is the testing of the men who claim to want to love and follow him.
The humans can only make up their own gods who are always happy to do their will and proud of their self-righteous excuses for the way they act, in fear, to protect what they feel they need to control so closely—whatever animal power they have to control their environment. Their jesus god only holds them to what is convenient for them with respect to them living their lives to and for their animal selves like all the others. It actually encourages them to act opposite to the way the real Jesus says they will act if they want to know God, because the ability to know Him isn't there. It is what the leaders in Israel who confronted the real Jesus were guilty of, because they didn't want Him. In the same way, the modern day christians don't want the true God, but the version handed down to them, because they can control that version. They've already decided what that god looks like and how it acts, so they're never surprised and can develop their systems so they can always keep their agreement intact.
The living God who inhabits the true sons of His choosing doesn't act according to the way they would expect or want, because He actually is God, so He isn't bound to the humans and what they're willing and able to accept from Him. Their prejudices abound because they're first and foremost humans, coming from the same animal infested stock they all come from. These prejudices along with their ideas about how things must go, what they're able to accept and everything else branded into their nature via their response to the animal fear inhabiting them which makes them want to hide behind anything they can construct around themselves; are the things that the true sons are called to abandon.
Since that's such an impossible enterprise it must be kept secret from the humans, first because it's not something they're all just chosen to do and second because that's the way of the Father, to be hidden and kept secret from those who can't come close to Him. The christian version of the jesus god is a popular and generally accepted god who loves anyone and everyone. What the humans recreated him to be is a big ball of mush, a kept god who is able to become whatever the humans need it to be, for their sakes, because according to themselves they are the only thing that matters. According to their view, each one of themselves is the actual center of the universe and the only thing that matters, and the jesus god validates that reality by having no particular plan whatsoever. It is defined by its milk-toast nature of being altogether accepting of anyone just the way they are, with no requirements except becoming part of the consensus giving group that makes the lie come alive amongst themselves by the agreement they provide for each other.
It is nothing more than the way of the animal that's blind but claims to see, that cannot act any other way than being the perfect adversary of God and His purpose—stretching from the beginning with the serpent to the end with the beast. God is showing His own sons that without the true light, without true spiritual birth, there is no way to possess the life of the real Jesus, and there is no escaping the animal's hold over them. To become like little children is to be ignorant of the ways of grown up men, who live to defend themselves and protect the things they feel they need to keep control over. Little children have to count on their Father to defend them, because they cannot—there's no other alternative. They cannot make themselves like little children, which is the cause of so much of the affected phoniness of those who are trying to get to their version of the gods by reading the words and using their power to try to affect that change. The "love" they try to manufacture and present to each other is like cellophane because they assume they can produce by their own power what only the living God can and will do, because of their philosophy that anyone can get what's intended only for the sons of God. That is such an impossible undertaking to accomplish that its scope cannot even be considered by the humans, who must make it into something common that anyone can just do since their gods have no preference and it's available to everyone.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
"Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
In the middle of time the Son was sent by the Father to become the source of the life of the unseen truth for His true family of sons. He chose certain men to be created not in the animal's image but in his—the spiritual image of the Son of the Father. He taught these men the new way of real love according to the Father, of what the Father loved and not their own version of what they wanted to love (their own selves and way). That real love for the true brothers was intended to replace the way of the animal which cannot love, but only preserve itself, and which rules the sons of men. The way of the animal is hate and self-defense because it's programmed to respond to the fear by that kind of hiding—lashing out in protective mode rather than taking care of the Father's possessions in the love and peace they themselves would want to be given to themselves by the Father.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
These men were chosen to be sons of God, to wear the shame and humiliation that their master wore before them in his earthly life; because they knew they had been chosen to receive real life as God's real children. In this respect, knowing who they were, they learned that they didn't need to defend themselves, even if it meant being falsely accused or losing their lives, which seems to be a big reason for the book of the Revelation, encouragement for those who were dying because of the name of the Son when it actually meant something.
They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."
The devil "went down" to the earth a long time ago, and has been the accuser and adversary of the true sons of God ever since. He rules the world as the nature of the animal, which became the ruler of men—that which inhabits their bodies—and lives to be an adversary of God and His purpose. He cannot stop lying to men because that is his purpose—to deceive—and if he has his way he would deceive even those who have tasted the life of God in them.
He who has an ear, let him hear.
If anyone is to go into captivity,
into captivity he will go.
This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.
The saints are those chosen sons of God who lived in the first century, who were the first to go into the captivity which was coming, that which would take the truth that they knew away from the earth, into mystery babylon the lying whore and all her daughters who call themselves the bride even though they are lying whores—christianity as it filtered down through the ages from Rome their mother. She took the truth and turned it into a lie, grew fat and powerful and stamped out any competition to her total rule and anything which was a threat to that rule. She passed her lies about the made up gods (jesus god, spirit god, father god and devil god) on down to her daughters who embrace the myths she created, as per the predictions of Daniel, the real Jesus, and so many of the apostles who were apprised of the coming captivity. They all knew that something bad was on the horizon, they just weren't exactly sure about all the details of what it would look like.
After the sixty-two `sevens,' the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War 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. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
It was God's good purpose to make His true sons the targets of the sons of men. Even though they can only hurt them in their natural bodies they do it because the life of their Father lives in His sons to make them the targets of the humans who hate the living God because of what's ruling them. The sons will eventually come to know that it doesn't matter what the humans do to them, it does not change the intention of their Father to remember them when they're in the ground. Their actual and ultimate reality is not in this life, in their existences as creatures bound to the natural creation, but in the world where He lives, which is invisible to the humans because it's a hidden reality, not natural or observable to the animals. Jesus, the head of the sons, exemplified his knowledge of this by what he did versus what he didn't do. He chose not to preserve his natural existence, what the dragon tempted him to do, wanting to devour him by its power to make him obey it and do its will, serve it instead of the Father.
The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.
Once the child was safe with the Father, the woman (the true people of God, the faithful wife) was separated from the humans and their way, what they love and run after to define them as animals. That is the metaphor of going out into the desert, or wilderness, which is the place where the humans don't want to be or live because they find it detestable and uninhabitable (what is inside them hates the idea of being inhabited by, totally given over, in slavery and bound to the Son). The humans want to be around each other, in the city where the humans conglomerate—the opposite of the desert—because they reinforce in each other what is inside them, what they love, which keeps it alive and strong.
The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
The Son, once made One with the Father, came back to live in the body of the faithful woman, his bride (the chosen sons, as he had promised).
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.
The life force he appeared as was the same as that life force (the spirit of the living God) which had lived inside him when he was in his human body.
The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.
It is the same life in invisible spirit form that had given words to the holy prophets who kept speaking about the One who was coming who would save the true family of God from the bondage of the curse that was on all the humans, the stock from which all the sons are pulled.
Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
Holding to the testimony of Jesus was only of value until the name, definition and purpose of the real Jesus was officially changed by the humans into the lie it now remains. After that time the name and testimony of the Son meant nothing because it was changed by the humans to mean something different than how the Father meant it, and who he was, the purpose he worked for and those he came to save. The darkness that has ruled the earth since that time has produced thousands of false jesuses, all made up by the humans to be whatever they want and need it to be for them.
In 381 the council of Constantinople was called to confirm the Nicene Faith, an official declaration that the true Jesus and his work had been effectively reduced to the stuff of folklore and mythology by elevating him to god status along with the spirit, which reduced his work of saving God's true sons by his obedience to the Father's command into a token offering of abstract religious mumbo-jumbo. It means nothing that a god was obedient to another god. It means the reason the Father loved Jesus, in his own words, became insignificant, insubstantial, nonsensical.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.
Becoming an official dictate meant they could now stomp out anything that was "heresy" with the state's political power. That which didn't affirm their official definitions of the new jesus god, the devil, the woman, heaven, hell and life were rejected by this new human church made up of animals who set themselves up in place of God. The animals officially rejected the new covenant by making it ownable, possesable, and controllable since they made up the new definitions and had the power of the Roman political machine behind them to enforce what they made. The animals replaced the living God, who with the Son once inhabited the bodies of the sons—the true first century church, the faithful bride—with themselves as leaders, and the animal nature in the place of God in the temple, which was the bodies of the sons.
...you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house...
The temple he had spoken of was his body.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?
It is the Father's desire to make His true sons look like weak, cursed criminals, and threats to the animals and their way. He wants them to be at the mercy of those who claim to follow His Christ, as the Son who is the model for the rest of the sons was at the mercy of unregenerate animals in his earthly life. It is God's desire to show man, by his own hypocritical judgments and actions—which cannot even be helped—that there is nothing good that lives in him without the life of the only One who was ever good living in his mortal body of flesh.
Without being born of God, one is completely at the animal's disposal, to accuse the sons and be an adversary to God. All of the sons of men will condemn themselves by their own words and actions. They cannot love, but can only be driven by the self-preserving power mongering nature of the animal who wants to defend itself at all cost and call it righteousness while it scorns the words of Jesus and mocks God.
You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
How can we be perfect when we are imperfect? How can we love when there is only hate in us, ready to come out when we are tested, when the heat is turned up just a little? Is it not easy to "love our brother," as long as they look, talk, and act just like us, behaving in an acceptable manner? When they are a threat, when the animal whispers in our ear that they are our enemy—then what do we do? There we will find that we cannot love our enemy, as has always been perfectly demonstrated by those who claim to be shepherds of God's flock who can in reality only love themselves, as seen in the way they act as opposed to their mouth babble. That is the real test of whether the sons want to follow the Lord, because it means we have to deny the animal its power over us, which it has unrelentingly had over the sons of men for so long. That is a difficult thing to actually do, although it may be easy to do it theoretically and conceptually, which in the end will mean nothing because the true God doesn't judge the way other humans judge.
We can only turn our back on our enemy though, that which we love so dearly, if we have been given eyes to see who that is (our very self, the last person we want to do that to). The unregenerate human, one who refuses to be born by the spirit of the living Christ, one who cannot become a fool for his sake, will know only one love from the time he is conscious until the time he is dead—love to and for himself, that to which all the wild animals are relegated. The animal hates the way of God, and it will always tell us that His way is the wrong way, while our way, that which we have incorporated into ourselves via the nature of the animal, is correct. Only by being born of the true Christ who lives for the sake of the sons, can we begin to see with his eyes, the new eyes of the new creation—the eyes of a creature who can love another besides its self.
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (that which killed the power of the animal nature in the body of Paul, one of the sons of God), through which the world (the old way, what he used to live for, what the humans love and run after because of what is in them) has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision (that which is done in the natural, what other humans can observe) means anything; what counts is a new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God (the true family of sons, that which natural Israel only ever pointed at).
Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the spirit of God are sons of God.
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.