“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Monday, March 20, 2017

An overview of my new book

I wrote a post on Monday, December 08, 2014. The title was, The Seven Trumpets and The Investigative Judgment. It was a brief overview of my recent book. I had hoped the book would come out soon after that blog post. I submitted the manuscript a couple days before Christmas 2014, but it took another two years before the book was truly ready for publishing. Each time I looked at it after submission I could not publish it like it was. So, after much editing and moving whole paragraphs and sections of chapters around (and continued extra costs), the book came out a couple of weeks ago.

So I want to give another brief overview in case anyone out there might want to read the book. It is in print now, and soon will come out in e-book form.

So, without further adieu…

Revelation chapter 4 through 11 form the core storyline of the book of Revelation. The chapters that follow chapter 11 are brought in to expand and to add more details. The seals and trumpets are not optional to understand Revelation, they form the vital center of the last book of the Bible.

Chapter 1: Revelation chapter 4
The throne of God before sin began. The praises to God concern creation only, and no mention is made of a Redeemer.

Chapter 2: Revelation chapter 5
Sudden change in the angelic atmosphere of heaven. It’s the same picture of the throne of God, except God has a book (scroll) sealed up so tightly that only the crucifixion of Christ could open it. This book is the great controversy, the accusations against God and the issues over God’s Law. God is on trial. Has He been the proper leader? Has His government offered the best for the greatest happiness of the kingdom.

Chapter 3: Revelation chapter 6
The Lamb takes the seals off of the book, one at a time. Before the 7th seal is removed we see a scene of Christ’s second coming. This was not the actual return of Christ—it was the global Advent movement of the 1830s and early ‘40s. But, the people were not ready for His coming. Before He can return, His people must be sealed. The sealing will be the necessary preparation for the day of His visitation of judgments.

Chapter 4: Revelation chapter 7
This chapter introduces the sealing. That is such a major issue that it puts unsealing the sealed book pageant on pause to explain who will stand when the Lamb comes and who will run in abject fear. The answer is: Whoever gets the seal in the conscience will go with Jesus and leave this doomed world. And this chapter gives the first picture of how happily the great controversy will end.

Chapter 5: Revelation chapter 8
After the chapter 7 intermission, we need to come back to where we were when the 6th seal closed. So, the Lamb removes the 7th seal. The sanctuary scene that follows is connected with the 7th seal. Since the 6th seal ended and the seal of God is shown ascending from the east in 1844, then, chapter 8 picks up after the foretaste of all the happy celebration throughout eternity. Silence divides the chapter 7 intermission from the sanctuary scene; it separates the previous rejoicing at the end of the controversy from the solemn events to follow in order to set up a new mindset in the reader. It is a reminder that our celebration is promised, but not yet ours to have. We are the church militant that must first endure the rigors of the trumpet dangers yet to come. Through a special dispensation of faith by an abundant gift of His Spirit, Jesus gives us a way of escape in the Latter Rain, so that we are able to endure the great time of trouble.

The Angel High Priest is in the Holy Place, ready to enter the Most Holy. But, first He casts His censer to the earth and the 1st trumpet blows. We can say that the 1st trumpet is connected with the previous sanctuary scene because the contents of the censer and His blood are what fall from the sky onto the earth during the 1st trumpet. The contents damage “the third part” of the trees and all the fields of grain. This signified God’s overthrow of the denominations and the worst of the Protestants, which rejected the plain truth of the blessed hope of Jesus’ return. The Bible often compares people to trees and grain.

The 2nd trumpet blew and Mt. Sinai is quenched showing the churches’ abrogating the Law of God. Now most of the Protestants had no protection from Satan’s spells.

So, the 3rd trumpet blew and Satan is seen poisoning their hearts and minds, their whole way of viewing this world and the providences of God. Faith, true, genuine faith is gone from every American who remained in the new lawless Protestantism. Now that God is fictionalized by their rejection of His Law, this world is all that most of them can live for.

The 4th trumpet blew and the Sunday churches went totally dark spiritually, as institutions. But, the door of heaven was still open to them individually. Scriptures show that the darkened spheres of light symbolize that the Bible is no longer understood by Protestantism, and its central importance is lost. Now that Protestant America has lost its only resource for a spiritual compass in God’s word, an angel flies alarming the world of the three woes that come with the last three trumpets.

Chapter 6: Revelation chapter 9
The 5th trumpet blew. God looses Satan to ransack Protestantism and bring it and the world it that has blessed into subjection to the powers of hell. Every Protestant not being sealed, especially in Protestant America, is tormented with the same vexation of spirit that Solomon and King Saul experienced when they apostatized from the Lord. Moses forewarned of this for the whole nation in his curses of Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28, 29. Specifically, Deuteronomy 29:18-22 speaks to this 5th trumpet, as does Revelation 14:9-11. In fact, the 3rd angel’s message is all about the 5th and 6th trumpet plagues; the components of those two trumpets make up the message of the 3rd angel of Revelation 14—the torment and desolation of soul that comes from not getting to know Jesus and not taking God seriously, preparing for His judgment and final return.

The ancient false religion that caused such havoc to Israel was Baal worship. But, Baal worship was simply one face of thousands of false religions around the ancient and modern world, all spawned from Babylon. It is a religion that dares to approach God with the worshipers’ own contrived repentance and holiness. The modern counterpart of this is Spiritual Formation. In Spiritual Formation the reproofs of the Law, which bring us to need a Savior from sin, are set aside. Before Christ can be a Savior, He must be a Prince who wields His glittering sword. God will have it no other way. But, Satan, stepping in between God and His people, offers a more comfortable redemption, without the messy humbling which God requires. By peace and flattery he has destroyed many from the days of Cain, and now he is doing the same in the Advent movement. We are repeating the history of Israel at Baal-peor, and many Adventists are falling for it, including many of our leaders. This is the message of the 3rd angel and it speaks of the 5th and 6th trumpet plagues.

The language of the 3rd angel’s message comes from the 5th and 6th trumpets—another reason to believe that the trumpets happen during the heaven-ordained Advent movement and investigative judgment that precede the antitypical Day of atonement.

It only makes sense that all the trumpets should blow during the Advent movement, since the typical feast of trumpets was connected with the cleansing of the earthly sanctuary. There is a time period with the 5th trumpet—5 prophetic months, 150 years. I realize Ellen White made it seem to say that there would be no more time prophecies after 1844. I believe she only communicated what Jesus wanted her to give us at the time. If we had known we would be here for 150 years we would have apostatized into pagan celebration a long time ago.

One thing is very clear, Revelation 9:4 (the 5th trumpet) and 7:3 (1844) are unarguably speaking of the same thing—the seal of God in the forehead. So, my conclusion is that Revelation 7:3 introduces the sealing, and 9:4 explains how it is received. Sr. White wrote volumes on every other subject, while she wrote almost nothing about the trumpets, because Jesus gave her no light on the trumpets. The time must wait until the prophecy was over before its meaning would come to light. That time has arrived. I believe that the 5th trumpet began as we were hammering out our fundamental beliefs in the Sabbath conferences. In 1849, the California Gold Rush altered the face of Protestant America. In 1999, 150 years later, another gold rush occurred—the stock market gold rush of the late 90’s. These two events are the bookends for the 5th trumpet.

In between those years technology exponentially developed and drew the world-loving Protestant multitudes permanently away from God and His Law. And that separation has tormented them like Jesus was on the cross because His Father had left Him. During those 5 prophetic months, the Spirit of God had been leaving Protestant America and Satan had been moving in to fill the void. Largely through the earthly agencies of Rome and her Jesuit masters of deception temptations have stolen all the freedom and happiness that the original Reformers gave Protestant Americans. The Jesuits and the Vatican are the locusts of the 5th trumpet (they are called “the beast” in Revelation 11). Satan, propelling them across the land, is the black smoke.

The 6th trumpet blew. Now that Americans have departed from God and lived on His promised land of refuge without a single thought of Him, He allows for their complete possession by the god they love so much. As the 10 tribes of Israel lived for Baal for 200 years until the Lord vomited them out of His land, so is He doing to Protestantism today. Soon, and very soon, Protestantism’s old enemy of the Dark Ages will have conquered this nation by filling the leading offices of their CIA, FBI, NSA, FDA, FEMA, AMA, Jesuit controlled media, Federal Reserve banking system, and three branches of the U.S. Government. I won’t be surprised if the Vatican initiates the official desolation of free America as Protestantism is ended. By a united, official declaration and documentation, the union of church and state will happens at Protestantism’s 500 anniversary— Halloween 2017.

In the 6th trumpet, the locusts can do what they were forbidden to do during the 5th trumpet, that is, “kill” the soul. All of their torment until 1999 came from the work of separating the people from the one true God of their Reformation fathers. Now that the denominations are fully separated from the God of the Bible, they commit the unpardonable sin and become a persecuting nation. This explains the unjust destruction of Muslims based on the phony premise that Islamists caused the black flag operation of 9/11. All the evidence of 9/11 points to specially placed and protected individuals within American government agencies, who choreographed 9/11 under the purview of Rome. (Dan. 8:12).

9/11 has set the stage for the coming tribulation of all nations. We are in the very end of time. God has just about finished His scattering of the power of the holy people (Dan. 12:7).

When the 7th trumpet will blow, the 3rd woe will mean total world domination by Satan and his filling every heart with his mean anger. Then, the few who took God and His Law and His redemption seriously will stand out from the demon-controlled crowds. Everyone who played off the Spirit of Prophecy as unneeded during the 5th and 6th trumpets God will require it of them in the 7th trumpet.

Chapter 7: Revelation chapter 10
This chapter begins to show glory at the end of the long, dark, distressing tunnel. It opens during the unconscionable desolations by the conscienceless world of the 6th trumpet. Christ is seen clothed with a cloud of incense and glory. The little sealed book (scroll) which He took from His Father in Revelation chapter 5 is now opened after the trumpets have done their work of scattering the power of faith in His Protestant people (which includes the SDAs, as seen in Revelation 11). Christ roars like a lion because His forbearing work as Lamb is finished and it’s time to judge the world, and to end the controversy. With infinite thunder, God agrees with His Son.

So, He swears by His Father that the delay of the 6th seal is completed—the sealing is almost finished—and He can finally come in power and glory. But, first He will give humanity one last opportunity to be saved, as He gave the antediluvian world. He commands John to eat the book of the great controversy and to “prophesy again.” But, if we use scripture to interpret scripture, then this is not speaking of the Millerite Great Disappointment of 1844; it is speaking of an event within the final chapter of the seal/trumpet chronology.

When do we see any prophesying taking place since Revelation chapter 4? We don’t see any up to Revelation chapter 10. But, we do see it in the next chapter, almost immediately following the command in chapter 10 to prophesy again. We see it in Revelation chapter 11.

Chapter 8: Revelation chapter 11
This chapter ends the seal/trumpet story that is the core of Revelation. The chapter introduces its intent to judge the church by John being given a measuring rod. The church is found guilty of apostasy, except for a very small remnant that defends the truth “in the days of their prophecy” (Rev. 11:6). That very small remnant sweeps through 2,000 years to include the apostles, the church in the wilderness, and the Reformation. The fire of truth shoots out of the mouths of God’s champions and devours the enemies of His gospel. This campaign against Satan continues successfully until 1849 when the hosts of darkness fly out of an opened bottomless pit. Then, the Lord’s witnesses are warred against, later overcome, and eventually cease their prophesying. This point in the lengthy prophecy is where the Revelation 10 scene occurs. Thus, it is time to prophesy again.

Satan cannot immediately kill the Advent movement while Ellen White lives. But, he first makes war (also seen in Rev. 12:17), then he overcomes, and finally he kills the Advent movement. We lay dead in the aisles of the church for a period of time that figuratively expresses judgment on God’s people (Luke 4:25; Jas. 5:17). Then, when God has accomplished our total humbling and all of our self-sufficiency is gone, then He resurrects His two witnesses (a leaner Advent movement), gives them the Latter Rain, and the earth is reaped. This ends the 2nd woe, and the 7th trumpet blows. Total chaos rules the world and the last we see is an empty Most Holy Place in heaven because Christ has left there to come and get His people. The mystery of God’s character of love and fairness, as written in the little book, is finished. His judgment is finished, and He is exonerated by His character perfectly reflected in His children.

This ends the core of Revelation. I hope it wasn’t too hard to follow. The rest of the book of Revelation expands upon the main storyline of chapters 4 through 11.

I’ve heard much about chiasms. That subject all began with the book of Revelation. I’ve looked at charts that show the chiasms of Revelation, and it all seems good. I have yet to analyze the way they stand up next to my view of Revelation. But, as I began with in this blog post, I see Revelation 4 to the end of the book simply as basically two halves of one book. First, we have the 8 chapter core that give a bird’s eye view of the book, such as my overview does for my book. Then, the next 11 chapters give details that must be brought in at the correct places of the core storyline.

This method of writing the Revelation visions seems very simple and wise. Chiasms are a little too complicated for me. But, a simple storyline is what I can handle. Even children can understand the simple core storyline. Of course, the symbology is a deeper subject, and that makes the Bible a challenge for adults. But, I’m thankful that Revelation is much more understandable than most people think because of the way it was laid out by the Spirit of God as a simple story.

I hope you get and read the book.

Thank you for your interest.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

My first book completed

I finally finished my first book. It is on Bible prophecy, Revelation in particular. I use Revelation chapters 4 through 11 to explain The Revelation and how current events have been working perfectly to fulfill Bible prophecy. Chapters 4 through 11 make up the core of The Revelation that John saw. Then the second half of The Revelation add details to the first half’s satellite overview.

I have brought into Bible prophecy much of what I have learned of the good news of the gospel. If you appreciate my way of expressing the Bible’s good news (and bad news) then you will find them woven into the Revelation message of blessing and curses, its healing and sealing, as well as its necessary plagues. Even though God is Judge, Revelation shows Him accused as unworthy and being judged of His worthiness to lead His eternal kingdom.

I see a different way of viewing the trumpets, with different placements compared to most interpretations, and having different purposes. You will see that I place the seven trumpets beginning on October 22, 1844. They do not begin with the fall of Jerusalem or of the Roman Empire. They are not military campaigns that say nothing about Jesus. Thus, I see that the seven trumpets of Revelation are the anti-type of the Feast of Trumpets that signaled the typical Mosaic Day of Atonement. Therefore, I see the trumpets as Advent Movement-related events that warn us of the coming of Judgment Day, when the Lamb returns sitting on the right hand of Power. The fifth trumpet’s 5 prophetic month time period concludes close to our day, at the end of 1999. Then the sixth trumpet begins in the first quarter of 2000, largely kicked off by 9/11, and soon to come into full swing. I believe that the signing of peace treaties this Halloween between the Church of Rome and the Lutheran Church, thus marking the legal end of the Reformation’s gift of peace to the world, will shift the sixth trumpet fulfillment into third gear of a five-speed eschatological transmission. Then, the last two gears “cometh quickly” (Rev. 11:14), the seventh trumpet and the Day of Judgment.

Again, my book seeks to reassure everyone that they still have time to make their calling and election sure. But, we must be in earnest now. It’s not all scary; in fact there is great promise. I have done my best in the book to lay out the path to have that assurance. I have sought to weave Jesus into everything I have written. To give you a taste, the website for Aspect Books (published by Teach Services, Inc.) lets you read the first 27 pages of the book. The Lord bless you and keep you, and make His face to shine upon you and give you peace. See you the second Sabbath at the Tree of Life on the far side of the River of Life!

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The science behind science

“Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?” (Job 11:7,8).

Science—the study of nature. Logos—knowledge by study. Wikipedia explains logos as:

“Logos (UK /ˈloʊɡɒs, ˈlɒɡɒs/US /ˈloʊɡoʊs/Ancient Greekλόγος, from λέγω lego ‘I say’) is a term in western philosophy, psychologyrhetoric, and religion derived from a Greek word meaning ‘ground’, ‘plea’, ‘opinion’, ‘expectation’, ‘word’, ‘speech’, ‘account’, ‘reason’, ‘discourse’, but it became a technical term in philosophy beginning with Heraclitus (c. 535–475 BCE), who used the term for a principle of order and knowledge. Logos is the logic behind an argument. Logos tries to persuade an audience using logical arguments and supportive evidence. Logos is a persuasive technique often used in writing and rhetoric….
Despite the conventional translation as ‘word’, it is not used for a word in the grammatical sense; instead, the term lexis (λέξις) was used. However, both logos and lexis derive from the same verb legō (λέγω), meaning ‘count, tell, say, speak’.”

To “count”, to measure, is to study. The sciences are named after this fundamental concept: theology, psychology, biology, archeology, et cetera study, measure, and publish. In terms of logos, science is the pure study of nature. But, the study of creation cannot be purely unbiased without a reconciliation with the Creator. Only when His peace settles the heart, mind, and body; only when pride and ambition are dismissed can scientific truth ennoble the intellect; only the Creator reigning over the soul can evict the deceiver from scientific exercise, along with the deceiver’s war against the truth of the Creator.

This is why the word of God gives precedence to righteousness over intelligence, and obedience to the Law of God over curiosity, and scientific learning and discovery. The first things must come first. First, the alliance of the soul to the Creator, then the wondering and the admirations at all of His created works. The priority of holiness and righteousness over intellectual pursuits does no damage to science; it does not discourage study of the natural world. It amplifies the intellectual pursuits.

If we did not live in a world of sin and the tempter, then everything that each science would offer we could freely delve into. Sinless hearts and minds in a sinless world without a tempter would naturally prevent the over-indulgence of curiosity and mental work, as well as enervation from living independently of the Life-giver. His divine nature pervading our every thought would naturally keep us from falling into any perspective of unbelief; faith would control our conclusions in our studies of nature. Love to God and joy in His creativity, and power and wisdom from Him would guide us in an ever-deepening knowledge base of the physical universe in which we live. The image of God would be continuously strengthened in us as we would witness the imprint of His finger upon every vital force, matter, and thing.

We would never stray from God, even as the heavenly hosts are held back from falling.

“And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to Him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Rev. 4:8-11).

Before sin heaven was a place of perfect happiness. The Father and His only begotten Son of seven Spirits held the main focus of the angels’ thoughts and aims. That perfect happiness was broken by the revolt of Lucifer. “God has kept us in chains! The glory of heaven has been our darkness all along! We don’t know what time it is! We don’t even know how long we have existed! Time has stood still! We have been forbidden to count our days! He has kept us from much knowledge while making it seem like righteousness is all important! We should be measuring ourselves and everything in this kingdom! We need to bend all of our intellectual powers to know the depths of matter and energy! That will fulfill the potential for omniscience that God has put in us! That will satisfy our inner need! Give me a chance to be your leader in this great enterprise, and I’ll show you the pure pleasure of measurement and recording data in your perfect memories! Then you will know perfect stimulation and happiness!

Had the angelic hosts been learning of the universe under God’s leadership? Yes, they had been. But, it was always mingled with a knowledge of His character. The conclusions never failed of lessons in righteousness and truth. The accumulation of only information never entered His curriculum. Knowledge was always allied with the glory of godliness. He never permitted the study of His creation to create diversions from holiness and faith and love. His schoolroom for learning science was a church, a sanctuary. To provide them this true education He gave them His Son of seven Spirits.

“My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” (Prov. 6:20-23).

“And unto man He said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28).

“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.” (Prov. 16:6).

“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” (Prov. 3:7).

“The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.” (Prov. 13:19).

Satan used his subtleties to cause the angelic hosts to depart from God. Then he used the same argument for science and knowledge to cause Adam’s and Eve’s departure from their Creator.

“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3:5).

Is it wrong to learn knowledge? No, not at all. Is it wrong to know evil? Doesn’t God know what evil is? Certainly He does. Then why can’t we be introduced to evil? How can we eschew evil if we don’t know what it looks like? Doesn’t the Bible say we can recognize it? Yes, it does.

“Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.” (Mal. 3:18). We need to recognize wickedness before we are tempted by it. But, notice the context of our education in the knowledge of evil.

“Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered. Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His name. And they shall be Mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.” (Mal. 3:14-17).

How is it that we can safely learn of temptation and evil without being absorbed into it? Only by learning of Jesus and serving God in spirit and truth. By walking happily before the LORD of hosts. By lovingly yet bravely calling sin by its right name instead of calling the proud happy. “Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” (Lev. 19:17,18). We can safely learn of temptation and evil without being absorbed into it by fearing the LORD and speaking often one with another, and so much more as we see the day of His vengeance upon evil drawing nearer. All who are obedient to the fear of God will be spared on the day of His vengeance. And everyone who will not put service to God first will be overcome by the deceiver and become as wicked as he is. They will be destroyed in the everlasting fire of Sodom and Gomorrah because they would not put their heavenly Father first in all their thoughts.

“The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.” (Ps. 10:4).

The science of science—what is the real draw about science? What is the psychology of secular mind that desires to plumb the depths of scientific knowledge? Why were ancient wicked and spiritualistic Babylon and Egypt so heavily invested in science? Is the scientific community in bondage to the same Babylonian, Egyptian, and Greek spiritualism and magic? What is the science of deception? And are the modern science and philosophies any different from the condemned Babylonian science so called and philosophies?

The real attraction to atheistic science is found in the fallen state of mankind. The same attraction to the modern unbelieving religious hearts draws many into the same wickedness and spiritualism.

That fallen state is manifested in “the chastisement of our peace.” (Isa. 53:5). That chastisement urges us into sin and atheism. “I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” (Rom. 7:23). The chastisement of our peace causes the holy Law representing the holy Creator to be a curse to us. All that His Law does to us is scourge us.

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” (Gal. 3:10-13).

The Creator’s chastisement of our peace was upon Jesus from Gethsemane to Golgotha as He separated from His only begotten Son. The chastisement of our peace comes from the same separation of God from us. Our propensity to live separately from our Creator has affected His willingness and rightful ability to give us His life. We have accepted the enemy’s lies about God’s love and have ceased to crowd Him for His love and wisdom. And He has withdrawn His life-giving Spirit of acceptance. It is our happy satisfaction to live apart from God that has caused “the law of sin which is in [our] members.” Part of God’s life for us that He has cut off is His emotional life that can come to us only by living in the bosom of His love. It is this lack of full life that causes our chastisement of peace and the power of sin in us. And it is that lack of peace and life with God that forces us either to surrender to God, or it drives us to serve Satan. As the third angel of Revelation proclaims:

“The smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” (Rev. 14:11-13).

The power driving Babylon was purely intellectual knowledge—the mysteries. The pure intellectual mindset has left her “bitter” and “hasty.” (Hab. 1:6).

“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Rev. 17:5).

Delving into the mysteries of the natural world outside, as well as the inner emotions and psyche, characterized Babylonian science. Its science wasn’t simply from the study of nature, but of the world of the spirits. The rejection of Noah’s kingdom of righteousness by Ham, Cush, and Nimrod permitted Satan to control their minds without any of their inhibition to resist. They were sold to the mysteries; they sold their own souls.

Why did they do that? What drove them to sell themselves to the deceiver? God’s chastisement of their peace drove them. They rejected Christ’s wisdom that was founded upon His righteousness residing in His Law. They rejected the knowledge of the Spirit of the Son in the Law, so God rejected them.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to Me: seeing thou hast forgotten the Law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” (Hos. 4:6).

But, in all actuality God didn’t destroy them; they destroyed themselves.

“For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” (.Matt 13:15).

Jesus is the Master teacher. Before He teaches anything He has always sought to heal the chastisement of their peace. But, He is a Prince and a Saviour. He is a Prince first, and then a merciful Saviour. As Prince, He must present their sins in all of its disgusting horribleness. They see from Him no hope in their old life, and in His promises they hear no hint of permission to serve self. If they lose their pride and repent before Him, then He becomes their merciful High Priest. He will exchange love and acceptance for their willing service. He says of them what His Father said of Him, “Thou art My beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:11). “Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors.” (Isa. 53:12).

He forgives them of all their sins—all of their sins. Through Jesus they are sons of God and God treats them like He does His only Begotten, as if they never sinned. But, it takes faith in the goodness of God to believe that He will forgive them so completely. The plain condemnation of their sins initially takes them aback and shocks them out of their satanic pride and arrogance. Their pride is horrifically challenged by the righteousness and power of God. Who will so terribly need forgiveness for all of their past life of horrid sinfulness that they will endure the apparent maltreatment that truth always brings to a heart in rebellion? Only they will endure the disparaging presence of purity who have stood before the Law of God and let it show them to be as God sees them—exceedingly sinful. Once they have reconciled with the necessary emotional pains of guilt and shame and potential rejection, and they have bowed to the truth of God’s righteousness condemning their fig-leaf covering of morality and ethics, and they have surrendered to their Schoolmaster, then He brings them to Christ to be justified by a faith that they received by wrestling with the Law and bowing to its truth.

“The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.” (Ex. 34:6,7). “For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.” (Ps. 103:14).

But, if consciences had never been chafed, if God as a forgiving Saviour has never been yearned for; if their hearts have not lifted up their thoughts and voice to Him in hope, if their souls have not sought God’s mercy as for a hidden treasure, then when His offensive barrage of their exceeding sinfulness is presented to their conscience, their hearts will reject the Spirit of God as He seeks to call them to repentance. In comparison to their badness toward Him they cannot see His goodness toward them. They have blinded themselves by not letting the Law lay heaven burdens of guilt and shame upon them. They abrogated the Law in their hearts, whether or not their religion abrogated the Law in their doctrine.

So that horrible chastisement of peace remains. The torment leads them to doctor themselves up with the many things that this world of sin offers. One of the things of this world targets both the intellectual and spiritually minded—the mysteries. The scientific mysteries are for the intellectual; and the religious mysteries are for the spiritual one. As much as does the atheistic, intellectual, study deeply into the created things of nature for a diversion from the Creator, plumbing the depths of spiritual things is equally a powerful and satisfactory diversion from surrender to the Lord’s chastisement of our peace with Himself. If the religious depart from the convicting word of God, their study of God will only reveal the devil who will torment without let-up.

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life.” (John 5:39). Theology—the study of God—can be a diversion from love and service to God. We can search the Bible for many other reasons than for faith to reconcile with the Author of the Bible.

“They are they which testify of Me. And ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life.” (John 5:39,40). We can make the Bible an obstacle between us and the Saviour. There is biblical history, biblical prophecy, biblical literature; there are many questions in the Bible to research. And there is nothing in biblical studies that is bad. The problem comes when we use them in place of our dying search for a Saviour in God. Are we distraught like Mary of Magdalene who wept and washed Jesus’ feet in response to His coming crucifixion and His burial because her Lord and Saviour was about to leave her?

The problem of the curiosities of the Bible comes when they are studied before, or are made a replacement for, falling on the stumbling Stone, Jesus Christ, and being broken on Him. And often to compound the curse of the Law are the misconceptions and misinterpretations of the Bible, and human traditions that Satan faithfully attaches to Bible facts in order to prevent the Bible from convicting us of our need of the Saviour’s mercy and loving-kindness. Eventually, the lack of conviction and love from above, and incorrect deductions to the Bible’s difficult chapters complicating the unresolved chastisement of peace sends many to deeper subjects and theological errors that may give them much fire in their minds, but no sweet love, joy, and peace from above. It is all an endless exercise in error, endless because there is no truth in it to verify by scripture or science.

A prime example of this is transubstantiation, which says that the bread does in fact change to the body of Christ, and the wine actually changes into the blood of Christ. But, transubstantiation can never be substantiated, and thereby offers a rebellious religionist endless hours of mental exercise of wondering at transubstantiation to the expense of seeing the beauty of the Lord in His object lesson from the His last supper with His disciples.

Another example of the Babylonian mysteries is the Trinity. At the expense of the wonderful love seen in the will, heart, and power of the Most High through His only begotten, beloved Son to bring us close to Them and reunite our new spirit with Their Spirit, we are led to believe that another person takes Their place in Their most holy redemption and reclamation of us, and is the most present Mediator/Intercessor. That the SPIRIT of God in perfect union with the Spirit of Christ as another divine being is not biblical in the least. Yet, the churches say that even if we don’t see the Trinity ever praised in the Bible, that lack of evidence is a mystery that we will never understand. Thus, the devotee can dwell on it forever, and in a small, short-lived way, minimize the chastisement of his peace. By devoting our minds to the mysteries he feels a little better and he can believe that he is redeemed. But he has bypassed the guilt and shame of the Law, and therefore cannot hear the call of God to repentance.

A third example is in studying the minutiae from scripture. We need bigger pictures of Jesus in our concepts of Him and His mission.

“Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” (Rom. 3:19). If fear and love for God has never humbled the Bible student and given him true love to God as his great Father of all, then he is as lost as the religionist who gives no authority to the word of God.

“For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” (Heb. 12:6-8).

“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear Him.” (Ps. 103:13).

Through religious mysteries millions of slaves and souls of men have spent their lifetimes wondering on worthless chaff and have died without knowing God. They have gone to their graves believing that all their meditations on empty ideas guaranteed them a place in the eternal kingdom. Instead, Satan has hold of their minds and hearts as they wouldn’t surrender to Jesus.

“And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.
Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:
But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.
For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.
Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.
Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.” (Isa. 47:7-13).

“Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.” (Isa. 47:13).

But, the spiritual minded are not the only ones in danger of being Satan’s possessions. No different to the religionists’ love of the metaphysical, science and the curiosities of nature create their own real prevention to stumbling and being broken on the Stone, Jesus Christ. Prior to falling on the stumbling Stone and being broken on Him, the student of science is wide open to the whispers of Satan and his atheism. The last thing the devil wants is for the scientist to find evidence for faith that abounds in the creations of God. The Creator’s fingerprint is everywhere for the unprejudiced mind to discover.

But, Satan is tenacious to maintain his Babylonian kingdom today. So, the scientist finds an outlet from his chastisement of peace in studying all the detailed information bound up in the laws of matter and energy, and the endless products of matter and energy.

But, God’s message to everyone in Babylon, religious or secular, is: “If ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” (Heb. 12:6-8). If the children of men will not have their sins reproved, then He will not be their Father. They have left Him for the father of lies and his forbidding of rest for their enervated heart and mind. But the Father and Son continue Their call, “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28).

Friday, March 03, 2017

Man of sorrows, Man of surrender

“And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
Then saith He unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with Me.
And He went a little further, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.
And He cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with Me one hour?
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done.
And He came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
And He left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Then cometh He to His disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.” (Matt. 26:37-45).

What is surrender if it doesn’t hurt? What is surrender if we are not at our wits’ end?

“They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.” (Ps. 107:26,27).

Isn’t that what we see in Jesus? He was at His wit’s end. All His life His constant, happy song to His Father had been David’s. “Thou wilt shew Me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Ps. 16:11).

But, now the only song that came so painfully from His tormented, down turned mouth was, “O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me.” (Matt. 26:39). How to escape the sudden dismaying loss of the former, excellent atmosphere of His Abba’s blissful presence was uppermost in His immediate reaction to the sudden, total evacuation of His Father’s peace. Jesus was drinking the cup of “the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His [Father’s] indignation; and [He was] tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels,… And the smoke of [His] torment [ascended] up for ever and ever: and [He had] no rest day nor night.” (Rev. 14:10,11).

As so many times before, the Son of God was truly “beside Himself” (Mk. 3:21). But, this was not a physical distress, as it had been during His whole life. What came over Him in Gethsemane was different. “The chastisement of our peace was upon Him.” (Isa. 53:5). It was the guilt of ten billion unpardonable sins that weighed so heavily upon Jesus. Haven’t we experienced the chastisement of our peace? The whole world—all who have ever lived—has, or it all couldn’t have been put upon Him for the whole world. The whole world’s incomprehensible, accumulated unmet emotional need, the depression, the world’s infinite sadness, Jesus’ yearning to lean wholly upon His beloved Abba. His spiritual pangs were completely out of His control. All He could do was what He had already practiced under previous trials—seek His Father with all that was within Him—talk to God until He was heard. And He was heard, but without a satisfying reply.

“Who in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save Him from death, and was heard in that He feared; though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; and being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him.” (Heb. 5:7-9).

Everything within us must be challenged. The very life of our soul must be on the verge of collapse. We must know what Mary said to Christ, “they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him.” (John 20:13). Distraught, distressed beyond measure, the Man of infinite sorrows knew infinite surrender. And infinite surrender didn’t come until He was not only fully cast down, but infinitely destroyed. Not until Christ was lost, guilty of the unpardonable sin and disoriented, and stripped of all restful peace could we identify with His identical human experience with us, which He coveted. Then we could be found with peace and rest in Him. He must know all that has caused us sorrow in our separation from God; and if we follow His example, then in our infinite sorrow He will teach us surrender. In the midst of our sorrow we must say with our Lord, “…nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt” (Matt. 26:39).

Surrender is full of sorrow, and sorrow is full of surrender. It’s not surrender until we have lost our life. If it wasn’t painful to surrender up our sins then we haven’t surrendered them up. “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it.” (Matt. 16:25). “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it.” (Matt. 10:39). Surrender is of our will, our sins, our spiritual life, and the ultimate surrender is of our literal, actual life. And when that happens we won’t have friends and family standing around to witness it and congratulate us, as in water baptism. We will be among enemies, or alone in the world. Only faith will prevail then, faith that sees a ring of fiery angels surrounding us. By faith we must see “an innumerable company of angels,… the general assembly and church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven, and … God the Judge of all, and … the spirits of just men made perfect, and … Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.” (Heb. 12:22-24).

All the tests and trials and distresses that took us to our wits’ lead up to that ultimate surrender.

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!
And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing.
They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
These see the works of the LORD, and His wonders in the deep.
For He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.
Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses.
He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Then are they glad because they be quiet; so He bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!
Let them exalt Him also in the congregation of the people, and praise Him in the assembly of the elders.” (Ps. 107:21-32).

Every opportunity to surrender to self-denial is preparation for the final surrender of self. If we aren’t willing to concede to those smaller baptisms of fire, we will come up to the final surrender and final baptism of fire unprepared. We will fail out of final surrender of self and deny the Lord as Peter did.

“I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!” (Luke 12:49,50). God, our Schoolmaster, first sends us the torturous trouble, guilt, shame, and chastisement of our peace. Then He brings us to Jesus to be justified by the faith that comes out of the suffering and surrender to both the authority of God to condemn sin and the mercy of His Son to win our loyalty to righteousness.

Of the Lord John the Baptist said, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” (Matt. 3:11).

The ultimate surrender was demonstrated by Paul. “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.” (2Tim. 4:6). As he wrote in his last letter,

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.” (2Tim. 4:7,8).

Paul had fought an uphill battle his whole life. And he came to the point that he relished the sacrifice of self. But, unlike his Master on the cross, Paul had perfect peace. He had been cast down but not destroyed, persecuted, but not forsaken. Therefore, he had certainty of salvation and knew he would be received by the Lord at His appearing. Paul could say, “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (2Tim. 1:12). Perfect identification with his Lord gave Paul perfect hope and perfect steadfastness that kept disillusionment from shaming him, even when he looked abandoned by men.

“For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” (Job 19:25-27).

Paul had the anointing that maketh not ashamed. “And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” (1Jn. 2:28). “Hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Rom. 5:5).

Paul knew suffering and surrender like his Master, and was prepared to meet Him at His return. “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (Rev. 22:14).

Have we suffered and surrendered with Jesus in our own suffering and surrender? Do we have perfect certainty of salvation in His resurrection from the dead?

Friday, February 24, 2017

The path of the just

“The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” (Prov. 4:18).

When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

I acknowledged my sin unto Thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and Thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

For this shall every one that is godly pray unto Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto Him.
Thou art my hiding place; Thou shalt preserve me from trouble; Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.
Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. (Ps. 32:3-11).

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. (Ps. 32:1,2).

The path of the just:

His birth into the fallen, sinful, human race on a planet dominated by the wicked one, where he experiences

Sin, corruption, separation from God’s Spirit, fear, misery, loneliness, depression, the call of God, where he experiences

The righteousness of God, condemnation before the Law, wrestling and humbling and surrender to the Law, the need of a Saviour from sin, God immediately bringing the soul to Christ at the Cross, where he experiences

Self-sacrifice, propitiation, mercy, repentance, forgiveness, surrender to the goodness and love of God, conversion of the heart, justification, restoration to communion with God,
conversion of life to righteousness, sanctification, where he experiences

Restoration to community, gifts of the Spirit for service and witness, sealing, redemption, where he experiences

Eternity with God and His only begotten Son, and the whole family of heaven and earth.

“And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.” (Rev. 21:22,23,24).

If You love me give me Your commandments

“The Spirit driveth Him into the wilderness.” (Mark 1:12).

During His growing and developing years in Nazareth Jesus had been blossoming and blooming through the eternal life coming from His Father, as a living root in dry, dead dirt. “He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.” (Isa. 53:2). Compared to the sword-jangling and hard-hearted, beaten down by life people, all around Him, Jesus had righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. And He had been healing people by the healing power of love.

“Jesus was the healer of the body as well as of the soul. He was interested in every phase of suffering that came under His notice, and to every sufferer He brought relief, His kind words having a soothing balm. None could say that He had worked a miracle; but virtue—the healing power of love—went out from Him to the sick and distressed. Thus in an unobtrusive way He worked for the people from His very childhood. And this was why, after His public ministry began, so many heard Him gladly. 
     Yet through childhood, youth, and manhood, Jesus walked alone. In His purity and His faithfulness, He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him.” Desire of Ages, p. 92.

But, now, newly baptized and having heard His Father address Him personally, “Thou art My beloved Son, in whom I am well please.” (Mark 1:11), a new power came upon Jesus. A new aggressiveness, a newly laid burden weighed upon Him. He was of age, and no longer a “stripling” (1Sam. 17:56) like David when he took down Goliath. In childhood and youth Jesus had already taken down many Goliath wicked spirits in high places. Now He was prepared to enter a larger stage. His age of 30 had begun the appointment of everyone dedicated to the service of Jehovah.

“All those that were numbered of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron and the chief of Israel numbered, after their families, and after the house of their fathers, from thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that came to do the service of the ministry, and the service of the burden in the tabernacle of the congregation.” (Num. 4:46,47).

Ever after the time of Jesus’ new birth and dedication to His Father’s service at Jordan a new power took hold of Him. Without measure His virtue would go forth from Him, matching His gift of God’s measureless Spirit. That Spirit of His Father would drive the Son of God as never before. This gift from the God of peace was His greatest delight. Christ moved His Father’s heart; therefore, His Father filled Him with greater drive to please His Father in every thought, word, and act. But, God’s blessedness of infinite peace placed on His Son a greater duty. That love from the God of peace empowered the Son to boldly and confidently speak the plain, unvarnished truth. Thus, the Son of God was prepared to speak the truth in love, infinite truth in infinite love.

To a lesser degree this was the experience given to Ezekiel. “Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity.” (Eze. 1:1,2). Ezekiel’s dedication came when in vision he was given a scroll to eat. This time it was not God empowering His Son, but it was the Son empowering His son, Ezekiel, in his thirtieth year of life. Ezekiel had moved the heart of the Son, and the Son dedicated and drove His son to speak boldly and confidently the plain, unvarnished truth through Christ’s Spirit of peace and love.

“And He said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.
And the Spirit entered into me when He spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard Him that spake unto me.
And He said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against Me: they and their fathers have transgressed against Me, even unto this very day.
For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.
And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
And thou shalt speak My words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.
But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.
And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;
And He spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.
 Moreover He said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.
So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that roll.
And He said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.
And He said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with My words unto them.
For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;
Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.
But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto Me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.
Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.
As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
Moreover He said unto me, Son of man, all My words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.
And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.
Then the Spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from His place.
I heard also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels over against them, and a noise of a great rushing.
So the Spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.” (Eze. 2:1-3:14).

Driven by the power of God, Ezekiel was ordained, matured, enabled to speak with a voice he did not previously possess. Christ’s unencumbered Spirit uninvested of the personality of humanity spoke through Ezekiel, giving his voice authority. This is the same power that moved every spokesman. “Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.” (1Pet. 1:11). “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were movedG5342 by the Holy Ghost.” (2Pet. 1:21). The Holy Ghost was the Spirit of Christ, moving or driving His human representatives. 

G5342 pherō to “bear” or carry (in a very wide application, literally and figuratively: be, bear, bring (forth) drive, be driven, endure, go on, move, rushing.

Pherō gives the impression of power, such as speaking in powerful authority.

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushingG5342 mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:2-4).

“But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her driveG5342.” (Acts 27:14,15).

The maturity and empowerment that comes with the increased measure of God’s Spirit through His Son to the servant of God drives him or her to heights of self-denial and self-abnegation and self-abdication that they didn’t have before, and no one around them has had.

“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death….
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:7-14).

They are made confident in Christ’s love and confident in His power; they trust in His promises. He is their surety to justify them before God. Jesus breathes “upon them the Holy Ghost. In that breath [is] light, power, and much love, joy, and peace.” Early Writings, p. 55. The receivers of Christ’s Spirit represent the true Spirit in opposition to those who accept Satan’s spirit. “I saw them look up to the throne, and pray, ‘Father, give us Thy Spirit.’ Satan would then breathe upon them an unholy influence; in it there was light and much power, but no sweet love, joy, and peace.” Early Writings, p. 55, 56.

The recipients of the Spirit of God change from child to adult.
“Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.” (Jer. 1:6).
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (1Cor. 13:11). “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus…. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (2Tim. 2:1,3).

Yet, as mothers of all living, they keep the warm friendliness of Jesus, the great Mother of all living. The law of kindness in His mouth is in their mouths. The tender plant in His heart is in theirs, “that our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth.” (Ps. 144:12). Jeremiah’s lamentations show the young heart of Jesus in the prophet as he previewed the coming troubles upon the people he loved.

“Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!” (Jer. 9:1). Yet Jeremiah was empowered by Christ “according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.” (Eph. 3:16).

“Behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.” (Jer. 1:18). Are kings powerful? Are princes powerful? Are priests powerful? Are the people powerful? Yes times four. All have the power to destroy. All have persecuting power. But, all the prophets had set their love upon Jesus. He says,

“Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him My salvation.” (Ps. 91:14-16).

Jeremiah needed the strength of Jesus’ tenderness and His power. He needed to see and know His justice and mercy. The leadership and people needed that also. They had all set their love upon a god by another name, Baalim. Baalim was not a loving lord. He was mean-spirited, abusive to children and women, and especially toward the servants of Elohim. Everyone soft-hearted was Baalim’s enemy, because Baalim was Satan and his hosts. Baalim was Beelzebub, Lord of the buzzing demons of schizophrenia and glossolalia and confusion.

Isaiah also knew Jesus’ empowerment.

“The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.” (Isa. 50:5-9).

“As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12,13).

“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is His reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” (Ps. 127:3-5).

“For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Heb. 5:13,14).

When we are of full age in the gospel and experienced with God, then we desire hardships and challenges to our comfort zones. We crave to die to self. We are thankful for every difficulty, knowing that God permits them all for our continued development. Even though knowing that living godly in Christ means persecution, we follow in the steps of Him “who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth: who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously.” (1Pet. 2:22,23).

“The Sovereign of the universe was not alone in His work of beneficence. He had an associate—a co-worker who could appreciate His purposes, and could share His joy in giving happiness to created beings.” Patriarchs and prophets, p. 34.

From the very beginning, the Son of God loved to serve. He was the great Helper. High and low He helped, even before leaving heaven for our salvation. The Son has always loved to serve His Father and Their family of heaven and earth. He has ever needed but one thing—the happiness of His Father and Their children. The great Mother of all living has set the precedent for all women. He has also created that propensity for motherhood in them all. From childhood to aged, they all love to help, please, serve, and nurture.

Will we be children, help-meets, servants, which naturally want to make everyone happy, and live under the strong, fatherly rulership of God? Or will we be great Sovereigns of our own little universe and end up ruled dogmatically by Satan?

“Unto the woman He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” (Gen. 3:16). Her pangs in childbirth, which was a blessing in disguise, would ensure the faithful love and upbringing of her gaggle, her brood, her flock. Her husband’s power over her would add to her blessing by driving her to heights of self-sacrificing service unexperienced without her husband’s loving demands. Her self-abasement and servitude also imitates the ministering angels. “For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.” (1Cor. 11:10).

Jesus’ greatest love was for His Father to rule over Him, to submit to His Father’s demands. This was especially revealed in Gethsemane, when the Almighty ruled over His Son in infinite wrath because of Their human children. And the Father’s expectations were satisfied in our Mother Mediator working as our Shield and Protector. His flesh as a veil transmitted the message from the Most High against our sin, but filtered out Divinity’s fatal high voltage. Thus the Son has been our access to justification and sanctification. The helper children of God, who have known the difficulties of walking in the steps of their Mother of all living, will desire the same power on their head from the angels and from their Commander, which the armies of the Lord know from God. The prayer to God from the mature children is the same prayer from the angelic hosts and their Commander, “Rule strongly over me.” “How love I Thy Law!”

Like the angels who excel in strength, the mature children of humanity yearn to come under Christ’s power. They happily accept His invitation, “If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before Me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as My mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.” (Jer. 15:19).

His spiritual power dominates their will, their conscience, and their thoughts. They see in themselves the utter corruption of sin. Yet, it is always their choice whether or not they will live under His dominion. As Daniel experienced,

“Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:
His body also was like the beryl, and His face as the appearance of lightning, and His eyes as lamps of fire, and His arms and His feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of His words like the voice of a multitude.
And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.
Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.
Yet heard I the voice of His words: and when I heard the voice of His words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.
And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.
And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.
Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.
And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb.
And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength.
For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me.” (Dan. 10:5-17).

The sons of God follow their Master in His burden bearing. “I beseech thee, shew me Thy glory.” (Ex. 33:18). “Rule over me strongly! Drive me! Let me know Your burden.”

“And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.” (Rev. 4:5).

“And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind… and … within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” (Rev. 4:6, 8).

“Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is Thy hand, and high is Thy right hand.
Justice and judgment are the habitation of Thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before Thy face.
Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of Thy countenance.
In Thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in Thy righteousness shall they be exalted.” (Ps. 89:13-16).

“The law of love being the foundation of the government of God, the happiness of all intelligent beings depends upon their perfect accord with its great principles of righteousness. God desires from all His creatures the service of love—service that springs from an appreciation of His character. He takes no pleasure in a forced obedience; and to all He grants freedom of will, that they may render Him voluntary service.
     So long as all created beings acknowledged the allegiance of love, there was perfect harmony throughout the universe of God. It was the joy of the heavenly host to fulfill the purpose of their Creator. They delighted in reflecting His glory and showing forth His praise. And while love to God was supreme, love for one another was confiding and unselfish. There was no note of discord to mar the celestial harmonies.” Patriarchs and prophets, p. 33, 34.

Total surrender means total happiness. We were made to be loved. And we were made to serve. We were made to love acceptance and need acceptance, or we die slowly. Because he was tempted to think that he could rule without his uppermost service to God, Adam died. “And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.” (Gen. 5:5). Adam believed he could be God.

We can’t handle being the person at the top. The divine nature of God loves to sacrifice Himself for the health and happiness of His children. He is driven to lay down His life for His creation. But His creation doesn’t have that drive apart from Him. We need to have someone else above us. We are happier looking up at another than looking down over everyone. Even Jesus, the great Mother of all living, the greatest of servants, the great Help of helpers, preferred to look up to His Father than be the one looking down over everyone. His constant prayer to His Father was, “Rule strongly over Me.”

“From His earliest years [Jesus] was possessed of one purpose; He lived to bless others. For this He found resources in nature; new ideas of ways and means flashed into His mind as He studied plant life and animal life. Continually He was seeking to draw from things seen illustrations by which to present the living oracles of God. The parables by which, during His ministry, He loved to teach His lessons of truth show how open His spirit was to the influences of nature, and how He had gathered the spiritual teaching from the surroundings of His daily life.” Desire of Ages, p. 70.

Only God can endure the unique position of having no one to look up to. No doubt He also would dearky love to have the privilege of depending on someone higher, but it doesn’t exist for Him. The buck stops at Him, and it is lonely at the top. “I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with Me.” (Isa. 63:3).

What Jesus suffered as King of earthly kings in Gethsemane—all the loneliness of being top ruler over His Earth, and therefore being fully responsible for our redemption—all the same aloneness that the Father has suffered infinitely more over the universe and during His great controversy. But, He gave His Helpmeet the privilege of tasting it, and knowing its utter emptiness and gravity. From eternity past, perfectly immaculate, unerring, and total responsibility for the protection of everything good is what had always filled the mind of the one great Sovereign. No one knew, or wanted to know, or could handle knowing, the pressures of those duties that come with being the Sovereign. The closest person to knowing His burden was His only begotten Son. But, even the Son who dwelled in the bosom of the great Sovereign and stood before His powerful rulership, wouldn’t know the fullest duty as owner of the topmost position until Gethsemane to Golgotha. After His victory at the cross God received His Son with great rejoicing and honor because He had another who now knew His burdens.

“All things are delivered unto Me of My Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.” (Matt. 11:27).

We have had our chance to be the top dog, to need no one to look up to and to serve. We have accepted Satan’s new way of life, of being the receiver of all service and of serving self. But, the wages of that has been death. That new regime, which we were not created to hold, has meant death to us, to everyone around us, to our societies surrounding us, and to our world at large.

Creatures cannot be Creators. Only the Creator is the self-existent One. We aren’t self-existent, therefore there exists in each of us a need for help from the One who created us.

“As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” (John 1:12).

And when we receive the quickening Spirit of Him who created us, we are born of Him; we are Boanerges.

“And He ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach,… and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:
 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and He surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder.” (Mark 3:14,15,17).

But, while we receive power as sons of thunder, we “let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind [we] let each esteem other better than themselves.” (Phil. 2:3).