Job 40 / Malachi 2 / Revelation 19-20
Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)
Only The Son can be directly united with the Father, because he was chosen to have that place of honor. We become sons of God by being united to the Son as his bride so he remains a kind of buffer, just as the new covenant—God living in the hearts of humans—only happened because of the Son existing as the buffer between God and the humans intended to be made sons by the existence of the life, after he was made One with Him so he could be for them as the Father was for him.
The righteous acts are what the sons wear to the wedding, which is the act of becoming one with the Son in the same way the Son became One with the Father. Righteous acts are denying the natural animal reality in favor of the unseen reality that has been revealed to the sons. That reality is uncontrollable, what we cannot own and possess for our own benefit, as per the snake's dictates. Near the end of the 1st century the righteous acts often included being murdered and abused for believing the real Jesus (before the earth became desolate of the knowledge of him, when he was made into a mythical god).
Nowadays those who carry the Father's revelation might just be abandoned and pushed away by the humans for what we know is true within us, and won't let go of. Maybe it's saying no to being one of the humans by the knowledge of another identity driving us, and not denying it by being conformed to the humans, fitting in and being acceptable to whatever group we might want to be accepted by. It is an important thing to the humans to be and feel accepted, so it's not just a small thing to endure. However, there is a family which is the reason for the revealing inside those who are chosen to be in that secret family that only they know about.
After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:
"Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants."
And again they shouted: "Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever."
There isn't a need to go out and find that rejection—it will come by the choices we have to make regarding what we know is true about what has been planted within us, which if it's genuine does not agree with the humans or the systems they create, especially their religious systems. All the daughters of the great whore of babylon adhere to their mother's lies about many good and bad comic book style gods. Those are built by the humans who assume to know the way to the Father, but who also think they can and therefore their right to control that way, like animals control everything they have power to control in order to enhance their own survival because they can directly affect it by the control they presume to have. That need is always present because it's what comes from the animal nature who rules the humans, even and especially those who control those religious institutions. The various made up gods of all those groups serve them according to how the humans have designed them via their interpretations of what the words say. Since they're made up they can be anything the humans need them to be according to what lives inside them (the self-preserving nature of the animal who must control its own destiny).
The true life of the only living God (the united Father and the Son) inhabiting a human is about the opposite of that. It doesn't come by our request or demand, and it doesn't obey our wishes as to what it's going to be, do or look like in and for us. It isn't generic or open for public examination or consumption. It takes the chosen sons for the Father's sake and conforms them to His requirements, not the other way around. It takes them into places they don't want to go because they're ignorant and one-dimensional, ruled by the animal to only be able to see the way the animal confirms is right within them—how the humans naturally see and therefore understand. They cannot actually know the good they are missing because they haven't been made ready to accept it yet since they're still so thoroughly human and ruled by the old nature with all its tendencies to keep them as they are (hiding) because of the fear that lives in them, which is the major component of that nature that keeps them wild, scared animals who are driven to hide from God.
I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.
Being pulled from our hiding places out into the light where we are exposed for what we are, then being forced to go where we don't want to go because we're hesitatingly afraid is a good cursory way to describe the journey to the Father. We have to become naked like little children, stripped of our defenses and everything we learned to hide behind, which is why those first humans immediately sewed grape leaves together to cover themselves with something to hide behind, then when they heard God coming they further hid themselves from Him behind trees.
And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."
That was the first reaction to their new condition and the fear that came in to inhabit them, which before they didn't have, but now it suddenly lived in them because they "died," becoming bound to the serpent by inheriting its nature of death, fear and the need to always hide, which is all part of the curse. Going where we don't want to go is becoming exposed, and walking without all the crutches we picked up when we became fully human, toward something we aren't familiar with.
Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go."
This is about the journey, all in one tight little flip-floppy capsule. "When you were younger" is actually speaking to the old nature of the animal, that which Peter still had when Jesus spoke to him, but which had to be shed in order for Peter to become a son to the Father of sons of God, not animals driven by that nature. He went where and did what he wanted so he thought, but not because he was listening, obeying and serving the master that lived in him to survive (the devil, satan) like all animals must, once they're weaned and kicked out of the nest.
I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
"When you are old" is speaking to what was just around the corner for those men like Peter who were close to Jesus—the giving of and being under the new covenant. Stretching out one's hands and someone else dressing him sounds like what a little child does, who is dependent on another to give him what he needs. Becoming a little child is mandatory according to Jesus, and going where he didn't want to go was the state of losing that animal nature and becoming nothing in human terms.
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.
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
No other human exemplified this better than Jesus, who became nothing according to the humans even though he was actually everything they were presumably looking for, so that he could be everything according to the Father's unseen reality. The wishes and values of the humans are always at odds with the Father, because the humans are inhabited by the nature of the adversary, the deceiver—all that which is seen. The sons of God must have that nature gradually eroded within them so that they can have the true nature of the living God and the Son replace the old, eroding nature.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
The end is the simple thing: abandoning the complexity of the drive to be getting all of the things we lived for, all what we learned to love, run after and employ for ourselves as humans ruled by the animal nature; then living for that one simple thing which is finding the Father's favor and responding to the knowledge of being specifically singled out and chosen by the Father for His purpose. The son's highest aspiration will be a simple one that is the opposite of his aspiration as an animal—to be taking care of himself all the time—that is, feeding the sheep by becoming the shepherd after the model of the Son of David the shepherd—taking care of God's flock, which are His valuable possessions, the reason for the existence of everything that can be seen.
I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 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. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
Becoming simple in our life and singular aspiration is key, as it is naturally the opposite of what the humans always want to have in their efforts to feel that they're surviving in all the different ways and levels of surviving. The more stuff surrounding them making them feel insulated, the more complex and the better. So all the various ways we used to employ to help us survive start dropping off, and our hope starts to get narrowed into the state of being acceptable to the Father, and funneled into the action of making sure that His sheep are also becoming acceptable to Him, which is the natural outcome of the true (not theoretical or maybe) response of the knowledge of being singled out and chosen, of being special enough to the Father that He specifically revealed Himself to the particular son. That is, feeding them as Peter was commanded, not in the way they want to be fed according to their animal cravings, but with the only true food of doing the Father's will, which we learn gives us strength to do more of the same. Giving food to others is that which allows them to become fruitful and pleasing to the Father by encouraging them to be moving away from the animal nature, which contaminates them and makes them unacceptable to Him because they're unclean and can't come near Him.
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.
It cannot be done in our present state in a very full way because the old nature is still so much a dominating force in us, which means we still live for ourselves, as per the animal instincts that are still significantly hidden in the secret places of our heart. Merely our knowledge about what might be true isn't altogether what makes us pleasing to the Father because we're still unclean; that's just the beginning for the life that builds on that foundation of knowledge. In other words, were still too afraid and refuse to let go of the things that we think are good for us because they make us feel safe on that purely animal level where we just want to survive because we're listening to and serving the nature that drives us by the old instincts. That is natural for fearful animals who don't know any other way except than to act according to what's in them, but not for sons who become knowledgeable of the Father's will that they have been specifically chosen to participate in His secret and hidden purpose to have and retain a family of sons who have been redeemed from the old way of everything that is perishing.
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.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
About this we can take our teaching from the copy we have in the wild vs. tame animals. If one becomes mature in the wild (the sons before the Father revealed Himself to them) and then is approached by one wanting to tame it (God revealing Himself to the son), does it all of a sudden become tame and nice to the one who has approached it and wants to tame it? All it has are the instincts that were allowed to be perfected within it as it grew into animal adulthood (what Jesus was prevented from becoming). It takes a long time for that animal to learn another way, which is built around and consists in having to go against those instincts and learn to trust the one who is trying to make it tame, like a little child who hasn't yet been exposed to a hostile world and responded by building up its walls of defense because of the fear that gets cemented into it which makes it want to hide. It doesn't comprehend that the one who trapped it isn't trying to hurt or kill it; on the contrary that one wants to make its existence much better than it was in the wild, having to spend all its time worrying about getting food to eat and generally survive. The gradual wearing away of its instincts by seeing that day after day there continues to be food for it to eat and a dry warm place for it to exist in is the only thing that will do anything.
Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God.
Not about the death of Peter's body, him being crucified upside-down or whatever legend the liars want to hold onto. Death to the old nature (losing his life for Jesus' sake) must happen in order to find life that is truly life. This was told to Peter just after the death of Jesus' human body, and just before Jesus was able to fulfill this promise that Peter would become dead to the old nature, once Jesus went to the Father and became One with Him. Upon that, Jesus could fulfill many of the things he spoke to those close to him, mysterious and powerful things that were relegated to just a few of the humans.
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. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
The new covenant—what happened in the first century—couldn't have been imagined or guessed at by the humans, because what happened then was too fantastic for the humans to concoct, and especially control—then or now. The fact that it went away, as per Daniel's prediction, testifies to that. Since then the world has been filled with all the prostitute daughters (all the various christian religious groups which adopted the whore's beliefs) of the great whore (the mother of them all, the original woman riding on the back of the beast who took the truth into captivity).
"Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants."
The LORD said to Job:
"Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!"
Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at every proud man and bring him low,
Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
We can't realize until we're given the key that all we do because of our nature is accuse God; because we are so fully brainwashed by it into thinking that the universe revolves around us. We are the accuser and we are the adversary (because we're bound to the devil as per the curse), and there is nothing native in us but lies, rebellion, self-deception and pride. What we are in reality, in God's world, is so against how we regard ourselves because of all the various lies, philosophies and propaganda that the world has been telling us, which reinforces that which is natively in us, for however many years until now—that there is something good in each of us. That is what we continue to carry around with us as we try to worship God with our mouth while we hate Him in our heart, meaning we're not honestly praising Him because we can't. That secret place in us is where we will find each of our identities, who we are, which is why that is what we will be judged by—the content of our hearts.
The state of the animal and its outlook on everything is that it deserves this or that, it is entitled to its share, it needs and expects whatever—it, it, it; gimme, gimme, gimme. It's difficult to step away from its guile and hypocrisy, because the lies are built right into our very nature, our own consciousness. It is us, so we don't just decide to divorce ourselves from it like the liars say we can, and all of a sudden become acceptable to the Father. If its power wasn't authentic then it wouldn't be effective. It is because God made it to exist in the humans, so it is true and undeniable. It is impossible in fact without the spirit of truth, the consciousness of the Teacher who must live in us, to even see it. And even then we will still be ruled by it, unaware of its presence even if we think we are aware. Thinking we're aware is just another part of the animal's need/craving to control so it can feel like it's surviving. Until we can reach the point where we do comprehend it, we are hopelessly lost in serving it unwittingly by not even recognizing it. Its elusive, deceptive nature makes it impossible to do that unless we have been given the chance to. That is the race we are running and the battle we are fighting. To constantly choose against what the animal serves up for how to act and react to every situation we now find ourselves in—that's impossible unless we understand that it's even happening. Because it is in fact our own selves, we will think it's not there because we are trained to look for an enemy outside of ourselves.
When we first begin to understand we will say in our heart that we cannot do it, because with that we keep the old way in the reserves, knowing it's always there if everything else goes wrong with the Father because we don't trust Him yet. Knowing that we can still choose it gives us a good feeling, a kind of hope somewhere deep inside us that we don't have to completely turn our backs on its ability to coddle and nurture us, to give us our hope and purpose. That is a normal tendency, since it (us) was our only true love for so many years. It was our friend, as by it we coped with our own particular world and learned how to survive in many different ways.
Now it will take on a new identity to us, and should begin to represent what the Canaanites were supposed to be to the Israelites going into the land. Where we are going now is what all of those scriptures pointed to, and why we have those many accounts of the struggle between God and His people—what they were commanded to do but didn't, and the suffering which resulted from their disobedience. Coming out of Egypt, (the world and way of the humans); and into the land (the Father's reality and way), the place where there would be peace and prosperity among God's children and between them and Him. Only, though, if they listened to and obeyed the word spoken by the prophets.
They were sufficiently warned about leaving the remnants of their enemies alive, and what would come of that mistake. Those who were in the land built houses for them to live in, and planted vineyards for them to liberate. However, if they were allowed to exist within the land that was meant for God's people to live in, there would be trouble they could not even predict, which He told them ahead of time. Because of their animal nature they thought, "Why kill them when they can be of use to us?" That is what Saul thought too when he also went against the word of God for his own gain.
Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, to the east of Egypt. He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword. But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs--everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.
We will begin to regard our old nature in this same way, as Paul also did in his later years. The stories of God's people are meant for this particular purpose, to serve as a copy for the sons so they can understand the hidden reality, what the preserved words point to. Not that we would become Bible scholars, experts in what the words say, but that we would allow them to be our teacher for the information we need about the secret mystery of being led out of Egypt (the way and nature of the animal) and into the land of peace with God where we can know His great love, and live there with Him.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
We will be tempted, as were the Israelites, to think we can hang onto our old nature, that which used to give us so much pleasure—that it doesn't need to be completely obliterated but we can have both. The Israelites were born in Egypt and grew up there, as opposed to being free and then taken into captivity into Babylon. In the same way we were born into the animal nature. It was our father and benefactor, as Egypt was to Israel. After a while, though, it was her oppressor, and God brought her out of there. When we first begin to be brought out of the animal, there too will be signs, wonders and the excitement of knowing that God has chosen us to be His own people, a part of His family of true sons. That is His purpose with the humans, that out of their population He would draw His own sons, the family which would surround Him and give Him a home to live in, not alone anymore.
Coming out of the place that provided us with what satisfied us and going through the desert where those things are not available to us as they used to be will be tough. Let's learn from their mistakes and not grumble or long for the things that used to give us life. Let's yearn instead for the land of peace and prosperity with God, and throw off the things that hinder us, the things of Egypt that now seem so appealing but only lead to death. That's easier said than done, and can only come with time, and the eroding of the old nature which is replaced by the new one, of the son.
Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
It's not becoming strong enough to resist sin, which leads to another kind of pride. It is comprehending that sin is being led by the animal instincts and seeing that our enemy is ourselves. It's understanding what it wants from us, how it manipulates us and how powerless we are within ourselves to resist it. Finally, when we become ready, it is the desire to be ruled by another master instead of that which has ruled us all our lives. We can't have both. The writer of Hebrews knew all of the scriptures very well, and by the spirit of truth, the counselor in him, he knew what their purpose was. All of the stories about God's men from the OT all pointed to the same thing for him because he was enlightened and he knew who his enemy was. More than that, though, he tasted how good the Lord was, and trusted him more than the animal.
In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
"My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,