Job 38 / Zechariah 13-14 / Revelation 15-16
On that day HOLY TO THE LORD will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots in the LORD's house will be like the sacred bowls in front of the altar. Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the LORD Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD Almighty.
Imagine a city whose inhabitants are all dedicated to the purpose of what the Father and the Son represent (the holy family of the chosen sons of God), who live for the welfare of each other instead of their selves. That is where the nagging of the animal which sends up its constant cravings that demand to be sated is gone so that they are not constantly turned inward toward themselves, plagued with the desire to take care of themselves at the expense of the Father and their brothers.
Then I saw three unclean spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
The Canaanite is the alien who is the adversary of the sons, the unclean animal that gets wedged in to the land, which for the sons is the metaphor for their relationship with the Father and the Son. It leads them away to worship the foreign gods of the wild animals and all the things they love and run after. Money, wealth, success, honor, respect, admiration, acceptance, appetite satisfaction, indulgence, lust, human family—whatever the humans engage in to secure for themselves as part of their natural existence is dangerous for the sons because it validates the natural, which is altogether unclean because it's ruled by the humans who are unclean because they're inhabited by the nature of the unclean serpent to be the way they are—separated from God because of their condition.
See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a tested stone,
The sons of God must come to their Father but they cannot when the uncleanness of what contaminates the humans is living in them. That is why they must be transformed away from that condition, by the discipline that comes from their teacher who lives inside them to teach them right from wrong, which is the opposite of what they learned from the unclean teacher who taught them how to be like it is, like the animals are—filled with fear and hiding behind their walls they build for themselves. Jesus the cornerstone of the temple where the Father wants to live denied his right to inherit his position within the natural existence as the great Son of David, and turned away from what he could attain in it in the style of the humans who would have grabbed all they could if they had the chance he had, according to that which was given him by the Father. Even the men he loved, because they were victims of the animal's inhabitation of themselves, wanted Jesus to be ruled by it as they were, and they encouraged him to that end.
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!"
Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
The Son of God was walking toward the unseen Father who lived inside him to teach him the way which was not only unseen to the human animals, but the very opposite to what they're walking toward. Peter had in mind the things of men because he was ruled by the animal, walking toward the serpent who rules all men from inside their hearts, so that they are all turned inward, serving the god of themselves, which is the devil, satan, the old serpent. Jesus knew something Peter and all the rest of the humans didn't know because he was inhabited by the Father instead of the animal.
During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
The Father taught Jesus about His secret way, and He taught him to choose it and reject the way of the serpent, the animal, the way all of the humans were enslaved to. This is the struggle for the sons whose lives conform to following him who is their master, because like him their actual life isn't about that which is seen, but that which cannot be seen. There's nothing to fight for in the natural except more of what the humans are struggling to clothe themselves with every day, whatever can insulate them just a little bit more from the stark reality of their mysterious existence, coming forth from nothing and going where they don't know anything about. The sons' struggle is against the nature that is in them which wants to lead them toward them being mere animals instead of sons of the living God as it tried to lead Jesus—as recorded in the temptation accounts. The sons fight against an invisible foe, which only becomes visible by the teaching of the word that is inside them to show them the way of their Father, as opposed to the way they have blindly followed all their lives without even knowing it.
Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—
What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,
Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
Humans are self-centered little creatures who very rarely take the time to consider the magnitude of the beauty of all that is, the reality of its nature, and why everything is that way. Very rarely do they understand just what little specks of dust they are in the universe. They're are turned inward toward themselves as any animal would be whose life was hanging in the balance every day it exists with the uncertainty of its existence looming in the back of its mind causing the fear and anxiety that drives it to get, get, get more for itself to insulate it from that which threatens it, whatever competes with its ability to get more of that which can make it feel safer, if only for a moment. The human view of the world and everything in it—even He who created it—is that it must revolve around them since they are so inherently important to themselves. Only by the power of the life of the Son living in us can we be freed from that dominion of darkness where there is no sight, no ability to see things as they actually are. Only then can we begin to understand our place before God, and then develop the smallest understanding of what humility even is.
Do not forget that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
God chastised Job because He loved him. He was chosen to understand, because God wanted Job to be purged of the animal's deception and haughtiness. God is trying to make Job understand who he is with respect to the universe for a good purpose. Hebrews 12 is also about having the animal nature squeezed out of us for our true family's sake because we are so helplessly at its mercy to only understand things according to its skewed viewpoint. We are under the spell of its lies because it has ruled us for so long and it's impossible to reverse what has already been so expertly learned.
On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. I will remove both the prophets and the spirit of impurity from the land.
However impossible it is for this to take place, a more refined copy of Israel's true purpose as metaphor happened in the first century. However, unlike the picture we have today of how it was—exploding everywhere and widely accepted—the phenomenon of the new covenant was secret and hidden, because it was driven by a supernatural force unseen and unknown by the humans at large. The life that Jesus lived was nothing like as reported by the religious institutions who turned him into a bigger than life god, a folk superhero mythical legend—nothing like who he actually was. In the world of humans he was largely insignificant and ignored because he was driven by a force that couldn't be held onto or controlled, but did what God wanted to do, which is always contrary to what the humans would ever do or want to be. The Father turned the Son into what the humans hate and shrink back from, because the way of God is antithetical to the way of the human animals, so it was the Father's pleasure to turn the Son into something for which they seethed with hate and scorned because he was the epitome of the opposite of themselves, which is the definition of God.
This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, 'They are my people,' and they will say, 'The LORD is our God.'
The new covenant existed in its true form in small pockets largely ignored by the rest of humanity because its members were so few. However, they in their uncontaminated form (brief as it was) represented what Israel was meant to represent—a brotherhood of sons of God who lived for Him first, and the brotherhood second; everything else was subordinate to those two things. At first the humans did try to stamp it out by killing those who were chosen to hear the secret words. Then the humans did what they do with everything as they started embracing it so as to be able to control it for their own selves, which was the beginning of the end of that new covenant phenomenon on the earth as it existed in that brief period of time after the Son went to the Father.
Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 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.
The humans took the truth of this secret life and made it into something they could control and have power over, to their own ends and for their own gain. They took the heritage of the true sons, bound it with the power of the political machine, and changed the meanings and definitions of what it was all about. In doing so they took the truth of the life of the new covenant that the sons were under into captivity, and it's been in that state ever since then.
He who has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.
If the truth that the first century sons knew is coming back into the world, for the purpose only the Father can know, then it can only be learned in that same secret way in which the first century sons learned. Not from other humans, because they don't know, they can only ever pretend to know what they have created because the voice of the Father hasn't been speaking to those who believe His plan and purpose is for public consumption. The only teacher that can teach on the level so that the animal nature in the sons can be undermined is the teacher who is alive yet unseen, so he can live in the hearts of the sons of God, on the same level where the animal inhabits and defines them as such.
Then I heard another voice from heaven say: "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes."
The process must be entirely not humanly originating, controlled by or even spoken of by them, because it's entirely secret and hidden from the natural creatures, only revealed to the sons of God who have been called to that revelation, as per all the sons written about in the words that have been preserved. It is unable to be bound or controlled for the humans' sake because it exists outside the natural sphere. It isn't validated or approved by the humans; on the contrary the experience of the sons aggravates the humans, ruled by the serpent, who despise the teacher's presence in the sons, so they drive them away from them. Isn't that what has happened to us on more than one occasion? In the old days they used to kill us, when killing was more widely condoned—now they drive us away because it isn't convenient to kill us since that would bring them nasty consequences. That is consistent with the Father's desire that they go out into the desert where the humans don't want to go, meaning they become separated from them and their lives in order to learn the new way, which is not reinforced by the humans because they can't see it to be able to validate it, so all they can do is reject it as futile and non-existing.
The humans can only reinforce what's inhabiting them, to lead the sons astray to serve the foreign gods. In light of that, one fundamental purpose of the sons's struggle is to unlearn the many unclean and impure ways of the animal that inhabits them to keep them following it, simply because it's all they know. In fact we are born to God, but in reality we will find that the animal still lives in us and its purpose is the same as it has always been—to force us to serve it by listening to and running after whatever instincts are there because of our animal heritage. The many things that happen to us now, which before were just random and purposeless, are to teach us that. Then they serve to unlearn those ways while we are learning the new way of the son instead of the animal. Everything now is for our good, and works for us to that end.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
The 2 things John mentions, by which Jesus will be baptizing, are sufficient and necessary to clean the animal residue & burn off the animal impurities. That is what the living water does, which is the spirit. It cleans us in our heart, where no physical water could ever reach. The animal must be cleaned out of us in the deepest parts, where only the Lord can go, by the power of his life living in us, into the places that are dark, where no light can shine. It is in those deep, dark regions where we need to be clean and honest before our Father, or we will remain dishonest and unclean, an impure animal which could never be in His presence, therefore couldn't be useful to Him.
I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the holy spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
It's easy to clean the outside of the animal, and it's easy to burn up an animal so that it is completely destroyed. Only the Lord can clean the inside and burn off the animal impurities without destroying us, to make us as he was. He does that supernaturally, via the power of the spirit of life and truth, but only if we remain in him so that he can actually do it. It won't seem fair or good, because it's so difficult. The way of the animal is so much more appealing to us because for a long time we are still so thoroughly animals, and those things are what we know and therefore love. We cannot say no to those things unless we remain in him, because we do not possess the power within ourselves to do that.
It will seem like it's not worth staying, because the allure of the world, the urges that used to make us feel good, will be much more appealing than denying them, especially once we've been made aware of the struggle and what we need to be faithful to (not our selves). True love isn't about glitz or manic highs, of having the constant, chaotic animal needs fulfilled. It's about staying, being, and knowing—just knowing that it is actually true, and that he isn't leaving us as orphans. It's becoming dead to all the things the animal learned to love and take care of itself within us. The animal thinks that is rubbish because it needs the glitz, the affectations, and the drama of the life that it learned to exist by, but must now go away. Dead to it and the world is quiet, mournful and alone, separated from what the humans love and run after.
Only the sons of God will know what that means. He creates the place where everything is good and safe. He gives the miraculous knowledge of his presence that we cannot deny, and he continues that in us, because he promised to be with us always. He will remain true to that promise, if we remain in him. If we don't then we get reminded, as the writer of Hebrews reminded the sons that the suffering of losing what we love in all the forms it might take is what happens to legitimate sons. The knowledge of his presence is enough to let us know that he is living here, and that we have life and love from the Father, which is everything—the end and highest purpose of a son.
When we stay, he stays; but when we leave, he leaves also, to teach us not to leave. We have the word, printed even, that tells us if we stay we will be fruitful. If we decide we want to wander out into the world, then we will have to suffer. It's kind of a simple formula that works, and is for the purpose of eliminating the power of the animal inside us, so we can know, serve and love our true Father, and abandon the father who always abandons us. The formula can't and won't be changed just to make it easier on us. What worked for all of God's true children, who were ever chosen by Him, will also be what we live by, because the purpose and end is the same.
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.
The animals won't change, just as we wouldn't be changing if not for the life, the presence who lives in us to tell us that we are the sons of God and loved by Him. It is their curse to not be able to recognize God, and therefore be humble before Him, which is a reason why He cannot have anything to do with them. They are unclean animals, which live and die outside the city, never to be noticed by Him. Contrary to popular belief, they are not His children, so He cannot have the same concern for their welfare as He does for His sons to any degree more than He is concerned with the general welfare of any of the participants of this temporary creation.
Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of
Who provides food for the raven
when its young cry out to God
He does care about every dog, rat, beast in the field or human running about thinking it is the center of the universe. He diligently and compassionately provides them with food to eat, clothes to wear, and shelter to live in—even the ability to think they're going to some heaven after they die so they can do what they've been doing all their lives and live forever which is the ultimate survival. That doesn't mean that their end is not the same, though. Because of the humans' self-centered predicament and philosophy, they naturally place themselves above the other animals and assume that God has the desire to care about them all as much as His own sons. In the real world of God and His true sons, they all live and die just the same. As the Canaanite men, women and children were to be mercilessly slaughtered like the animals they were, who would undoubtedly lead His people astray, so the end is the same with the nature in the sons which can only lead them astray from the Father.
This doesn't say anything negative or heartless about God. On the contrary, it reinforces to us, whom He has chosen, that He is concerned that much more about our welfare—even enough to put His life in us, by which we can comprehend His great love for us which cannot be taken away; unless we just don't want it (Judas). God's purpose and will is that we would be made into the likeness of Jesus, who was clean and pure, set apart form the uncleanness of the world and the animals which inhabit it. Merely being set apart, though, isn't the ultimate answer to the question of why—there is an even bigger purpose and reason for the way things are.
In a certain way there is nothing evil about chaff, except that it is useless to the farmer. In that same way, animals which are useless to God are simply gone when their lives are done. The wheat which is useful is separated from the useless part and gathered into the barn, to be used by the farmer. Our use to God is that we become separated from that animal nature that is against Him, that hates Him, and that keeps us from being near, enjoyed by, or useful to Him. When we are separated from that which is evil and useless to God, then we can become beings which can receive His love, and then give it back to Him—thereby actually being useful and purposeful, and too valuable to not remember.