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“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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Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Letter to President of Wikipedia


David Burdick 
To:jwales@bomis.com
Dec 4 at 11:44 AM

Dear Sirs:

When is Wikipedia going to own up to all the conspiracies that are not theories, but realities? The official stories of crimes against the state(s) are nothing short of propaganda. Even if it would not be politically correct, when is Wikipedia going to side with the truth before it's too late? Tens of millions of acres in raging fires because of the old world order, just like the Denver International Airport murals prophesied. When is Wikipedia going to speak out against the unnatural wildfires and the false flag weather modification pogrom against the human race? The atheistic evolution lies pushed upon us by the National Academy of Sciences and the enslavement of the Federal Reserve Board are in place to destroy all faith and hope and freedom in our country so that Americans can never resist the silent encroachments of our wily enemy from the Dark Ages. Surely Wikipedia knows the evil history of the Jesuits and their reinstatement in 1814 because they couldn't humble America by two wars. TARGET: AMERICA https://www.pacinst.com/terrorists/chapter1/target.html. Another good resource on this is Samuel Morse's Foreign Conspiracy Against the Liberties of the United 
States  https://cdn.loc.gov/service/gdc/dcmsiabooks/fo/re/ig/nc/on/sp/ir/ac/00/mo/rs/_0/foreignconspirac00mors_0/foreignconspirac00mors_0.pdf. There used to be a text download of this.  There is no other way than Morse's revelation to explain the new events shaking the world today. Yet, Wikipedia's article on Samuel Morse said not a word of this book that was so famous in the 1800s when Americans were awake to the Jesuit threat. What has happened to us?

If Wikipedia isn't against the conspirators then it is for the Jesuit conspirators and their UN agendas. Who else could be so powerful a resource for truth than your information outlet that is not paid for by the powers that be? Wikipedia has developed an amazing educational empire. I would gladly send $500 if I knew that truth had an advocate in Wikipedia. And many thousands would also send all that they could. It would be way more than 2% donating. Many outspoken people around the world whose causes are crippled because they have no mainline media on their side, and thus have no voice to the masses, would give anything to have Wikipedia be their voice to the world. People and their money would be coming out of the woodwork if Wikipedia were to stand boldly in the gap. The 100,000 homeless who have evacuated California would be thrilled to learn that Wikipedia reports in their behalf for their great losses and for the plague that they know is coming to their whole country. Many friends would stand behind Wikipedia, but many enemies, powerful enemies, will also most assuredly come out of the woodwork.

 And let no one think they will escape the final moves on the world by the great religio-political despot of ages past. While we still have a semblance of a free press, we need to band together. Because all freedom will eventually go away, not only from Americans, but also for the free world that America forged.

But if you aren't going to stand for the truth, then you might as well go to the Jesuits, and let them pay you huge sums of money to propagandize for their agenda. But if you do that, then your income will be blood money.

Wikipedia, we the people, have had enough. Please, join with the people.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

A larger Thanksgiving picture


The great controversy of Lucifer has been replayed all through history. He has been one who could not accept discipline and punishment. We hear his pride in the words of Cain, “And Cain said to the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, Thou hast driven me this day from the face of the earth; and from Thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth.” (Gen. 4:13, 14).

In Bible history and prophecy we see the first great rebel raise up more rebellions in the earth. The anteluvian world, Babel, primeval Babylon and Egypt, the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah, the Canaanite Amalekites, the Philistines, the Chaldeans of neo-Babylon, imperial Greece and Rome, Papal Rome, the Counter-Reformation and Papal Britain, today’s developing Puritanical and tyrannical Evangelical America during the fifth and sixth trumpets, and finally, the near future New pagan World Order of the seventh trumpet.

At each earthly manifestation of Luciferian rebellion, the biblical beast has ascended from the bottomless pit and gone into perdition. Revelation shows this happening only once in Revelation 9:1; 11:7;17:11, but it also shows the dragon being thrown back into the bottomless pit at Christ’s return in Revelation 20:1.

“And it grew great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. Yes, he magnified himself even to the Prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down. And a host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered. ” (Dan. 8:10-12, cf Isa. 14:12-14; Acts 20:29-31).

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that Man of sin be revealed, the Son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God…. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the spirit of His mouth, and will destroy with the brightness of His coming.” (2Thess. 2:3, 4, 8).

“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled; and after that he must be loosed a little season.” (Rev. 20:1-3).

This ascent out of and descent into the bottomless pit indicates a cycle, and Daniel 8 alluded to that cycle as having occurred several times before the final three that that prophecy specifically addressed, Dark Ages papal Rome and its deadly Counter-Reformation response, the fifth and sixth trumpets revival of the Jesuit power as the beast is healed from its Reformation wound, and the Jesuits’ prosperous end in the total enslavement of the world to Satan.

“The beast that thou sawest, was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” (Rev. 17:8).

But, as 2 Thessalonians 2:3,4,8 and Revelation 20 show, the final swing of the Dragon’s pendulum is in the Father’s favor. And better still, in the process of punishing the Dragon (Satan), and the beast (the Jesuit Papacy and the whole world, like on board a seemingly endless train), the Father has an amazing promise to the very small remnant in the end. They will be rare indeed.

“Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and He will destroy its sinners out of it. 
For the stars of heaven and its constellations shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. 
And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. 
I will make a man more preciousH3365 than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.” (Isa. 13:9-12).

H3365
יָקַר
yâqar
yaw-kar'
A primitive root; properly apparently to be heavy, that is, (figuratively) valuable; causatively to make rare (figuratively to inhibit): - be (make) precious, be prized, be set by, withdraw.

Jesuits beware! Rare saints be of good cheer! The rarer the saints get, the more holy and precious they get.

“I will sing to the LORD, for He hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath He thrown into the sea. 
The LORD is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation: He is my God, and I will prepare Him a habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt Him. 
The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is His name. ” (Ex. 15:1-3).

Jehovah is a man of war, but only to the warmongers, the enslavers, the abusers of mankind.

“For I lift up My hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. 
If I shall whet My glittering sword, and My hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to My enemies, and will reward them that hate Me. 
I will make My arrows drunk with blood, and My sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy. 
Rejoice, O ye nations, with His people: for He will avenge the blood of His servants, and will render vengeance to His adversaries, and will be merciful to His land, and to His people.” (Deut. 32:40-43).

“And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the LORD, we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people will He remove from all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.” (Isa. 25:9,8).

“O LORD, Thou art my God; I will exalt Thee, I will praise Thy name; for Thou hast done wonderful things; Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. 
For Thou hast made of a city a heap; of a fortified city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built. 
Therefore shall the strong people glorify Thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear Thee. 
For Thou hast been a defense to the poor, a defense to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. 
Thou wilt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shade of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low. 
And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls will He bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust.” (Isa. 25:1-5,12).

“And on this mountain will the LORD of hosts make to all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And He will destroy on this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations…. ” (Isa. 25:6,7).

“And He will spread forth His hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and He will bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands.” (Isa. 25: 11).

And “on this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest.” (Isa. 25: 10).

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Do Not Disturb


More and more, the heart of the world is closing to the truth. They put their fingers in their ears, they shut their eyes, and open their mouths to keep from being disturbed in their vanity and madness.

We live in a time awaiting the return of Christ in power. What is Jesus’ purpose in this waiting time? The delay has a two-fold purpose—to “cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and …. lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.” (Isa. 13:11). And also to “make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man [of moral worth greater] than the golden wedge of Ophir.” (vs. 12).

“They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of His indignation, to destroy the whole land. 
Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. 
Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: 
And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. 
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. 
For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. 
And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. 
I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. 
Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of His fierce anger. ” (Isa 13:5-13).

To prepare His children for that awful day, Jesus has given them a period of relative peacetime. This time that has some trouble and tragedy, has had the design to best facilitate the sobriety necessary in the mind of all who will accept the rebuke of the Law, and then drink of the water of life freely. This period is called the Investigative Judgment.

Christ declares, “And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Rev. 22:12).

His reward will have been decided by a joint courtroom of the soul within each of His children, between His Spirit and theirs. “There is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” (Job 32:8).

Would they, or would they not, be made more precious than fine gold? This is the question that they must all answer at this time. Graciously Jesus has given His Protestant America, and the world over which it has reigned, deliverance and continued protection from the despotic Dark Ages. However, as a righteous counterbalance for His peace and rest to our current world He has also allowed increasing and accelerated freedom to the old despot of Christendom.

During this time of abundant, but shrinking, quiet in the land, Protestant hearts were to be opening wider and ears becoming more sensitive to the still small voice of the great High Priest, Jesus Christ the righteous. His work has been to mediate the growing wrath of God, as our Father anticipates the restoration of His kingdom that Satan stole from Him in His children’s minds.

These past 175 years have had heaven’s utmost concern and focus toward garnering every honest Adventist Protestant. For that great enterprise our patient Jesus gave to His Advent movement His own voice from a frail, but faithful, human representative — Ellen G. White.
Although at times harsh and clear-cutting, His description of sin through her would lay open His children’s naturally proud hearts. But, in accordance with the repeated requirement to rest on the typical Day of Atonement (see Lev. 23:26-32), the seventh day Sabbath of the Lord was brought out from its burial under mounds of papal encyclicals and pagan falsehoods. The Sabbath was for the whole world to utilize. This, so that humanity could open its hearts and ears to the still, small voice of Jesus, for the purpose of soul-searching, and for the resolving the Law’s initial offense to their conscience from Ellen White, all of which also was the anti-type of the original type (see Lev. 16:29,31; 23:27,32; Num. 29:7).

All along the last days timeline since the 1849, during the five prophetic month fifth trumpet for awakening the world to judgment, another power worked to deceive minds and to sedate hearts so that they would arrive at judgment day unprepared. Sidetracks and distractions galore have prevented the affliction of the soul. But, for their sakes, during this time of growing delusion, intoxication, and distraction, the message through Ellen White, that great woman of God, disturbed and agitated. Now, in the sixth trumpet that began in 2000, the powers of heaven and hell are gearing up for the crescendo of God’s Seal and the Beast’s mark, the big and final 6,000 year clash between those two powers.

During these past two fifth and sixth Revelation trumpets, and their woes, evolution and humanism have been forced on the world’s intellect and the conscience, especially upon Protestant Americans. And atheism has had its deleterious effects on every Protestant. Intoxicating foods and drinks have left the Protestant American body compromised, and its soul addicted to self-indulgence. The mental and physical health of the Protestants are woefully unready and sleeping like the virgins of Matthew 25. The people have been dumbed down concerning their Protestant religion, so that with the new world agenda will have no dissenters. Yet they all believe they are perfectly fine. Their technological world will save them from all future difficulties. Their experiment in humanism and evolution that has thrust their Creator into a myth and fantasy, their brave new world, will sail pleasantly on into an eternal future. Yet, I doubt seriously if the perpetrators against Protestant America believe their scientific lies and nonsense. All they want is control, domination over a world of slaves.

But, God has other plans for His Protestants. For the sake of His Protestant and Adventist remnants, He will judge the whole body of Protestantism and Adventism. Then He will judge the world. “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.” (Ps. 2:4).

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain” (1Cor. 3:19,20).

“Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith…. 
Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity? 
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:4,13,14).

All their hopes in a godless world will end in the judgment that their God sought to save them from.

“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary.… Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary.” (Jer. 51:58,64).

When the new world of lawlessness comes crashing down all around, what will the “wise” people do? They will put forth the utmost effort to hold it together, but to no avail. The experiment of life without the Life-giver will utterly become untenable, the hopes for sustainability will become unsustainable. And the declaration from the 144,000, that the flawed human plans for a better world than the one Noah established does not compare with Noah’s system of God-given righteousness, will only burn in the souls of all the people who thought they were smarter than their Reformation forebears, and their omniscient and selfless Creator.

“Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 
For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 
For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 
Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 
How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 
Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. 
And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 
Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. 
And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more.” (Rev. 18:2-11).

Soon all the evidence will point to an intelligent, omniscient Creator as the origin of life and complex life, rather than to evolution from blind forces. Then, all that supports atheism will unravel on the day that Jesus arrives.

In the meantime, the big response they give us is, Talk to the hand!

Thankful that God's forever doesn't have to be forever

“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 
The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 
And 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.” (Rev. 14:9-11).

“For a fire is kindled in Mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. 
I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend Mine arrows upon them. 
They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust. 
The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs. 
I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men.” (Deut. 32:22-26).

Sometimes the ways of God are incomprehensible. His strange act seems overly harsh. His discipline seems overbearing. His anger seems like sin. Yet, how can a holy God sin? How can the God of love ever be anything but loving?

Can we be humbled and drawn away from our self-sufficiency and natural-born pride by God’s infinite expressions of disapproval? That is the question we need to answer. Probably more than the ever burning hell misconception that has driven so many away from Protestantism and into atheism, God’s punishments have offended and caused the whole world to desire the service to Satan. As King of kings and Prophet of prophets, God as Preacher of preachers is the ultimate “preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5).

Therefore, the devil easily uses his “happy” Ashtoreth mask to woo the world away into his do-as-you-please camp and away from God’s firm stance against sin. Yet, the divine Preacher of righteousness doesn’t back down from His stance. The Father of glory, “with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (Jas. 1:17), and who says, “I am the LORD, I change not” (Mal. 3:6), remains unbending for our sakes. His remnant would certainly all be lost if He ever deviated from His infinitely high, enduring standard. We tremble before the Law of God because something in us causes us to doubt that we can trust the Law. Despite our profession of service, none of us are wholly surrendered to God’s good will. Our fallen nature won’t let us be completely trusting and committed to Him. But, His mercy maintains us in our journey to His holiness and His firm truth is our stability. When His righteousness has brought us to surrender, then we are glad in His peace.

In what seems an eternal darkness, He has grinded us down and shapen us into His image. His working for our redemption seems eternal.

“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars; whilst their children remember their altars and their groves by the green trees upon the high hills. 
O my mountain in the field, I will give thy substance and all thy treasures to the spoil, and thy high places for sin, throughout all thy borders. And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in Mine anger, which shall burn for ever. ” (Jer. 17:1-4).

But, His ever-burning wrath is not a human ever-burning wrath that is full of malice and the cruel venom of asps, and does last forever.

“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 
He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. ” (Ps. 103:8-10).

Divine wrath doesn’t change divine love. Those judgments were Jesus’ judgments. The Messiah, the Wonderful Counselor, the Prince of peace. His judgments were aimed at the present tyranny. “But with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked.” (Isa. 11:4). All of His forever wrath is made to humble His children into meekness, and then to deal with all who refused to be humbled.

His wrath consigns the tyrannical to an unchangeable state of death. And it also delivers a remnant that have been grinded down and shapen into righteousness by the abuse of the tyrannical. His wrath separates the genuine rebels from the apparent rebels. It separates those who Jesus can redeem from those who have given themselves completely over to Satan. Under  the overly unbearable thunders of God everyone who desires to repent will repent, and everyone who is determinedly atheistic will be driven to utter darkness. This is the purpose of God in His “forever wrath” and His authoritative judgments.

“I have forsaken Mine house, I have left Mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of My soul into the hand of her enemies. 
Mine heritage is unto Me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out against Me: therefore have I hated it. 
Mine heritage is unto Me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour. 
Many pastors have destroyed My vineyard, they have trodden My portion under foot, they have made My pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. 
They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto Me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart. 
The spoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness: for the sword of the LORD shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have peace. 
They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to pain, but shall not profit: and they shall be ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the LORD. 
Thus saith the LORD against all Mine evil neighbours, that touch the inheritance which I have caused My people Israel to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them. 
And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land. 
And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of My people, to swear by My name, The LORD liveth; as they taught My people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built in the midst of My people. 
But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD. ” (Jer. 12:7-17).

Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me. 
I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against Him, until He plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: He will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold His righteousness.
In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed. 
In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain. 
Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings. 
Feed Thy people with Thy rod, the flock of Thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old. 
According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things. 
The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf. 
They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee. 
Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy. 
He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. 
Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which Thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old. ” (Mic. 7:8,9,11-20).

“They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not. 
Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. 
And when the LORD saw it, He abhorred them, because of the provoking of His sons, and of His daughters.” (Deut. 32:17-19).

Was Jehovah unrighteous to threaten and burst forth in uncontrollable anger when He sees His children murdered under the direction of Moloch (Baal, Satan) and his priests, and at the hand of their parents?

“And He said, I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith. 
They have moved Me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked Me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. 
For a fire is kindled in Mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. 
I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend Mine arrows upon them. 
They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust. 
The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs. 
I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men” (Deut. 32:20-26).

“For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them. 
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end! 
How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up? 
For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. 
For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter: 
Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps. 
Is not this laid up in store with Me, and sealed up among My treasures? 
To Me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste. 
For the LORD shall judge His people, and repent Himself for His servants, when He seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left. 
And He shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted, 
Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection. 
See now that I, even I, am He, and there is no god with Me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of My hand. 
For I lift up My hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. 
If I whet My glittering sword, and Mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to Mine enemies, and will reward them that hate Me.” (Deut. 32:28-41).

We have a good God. But He only seems good to those who are not among the genuine rebels. But, to which group, the thankful few or the angry majority, do we belong? Have we been privileged with God’s temporal blessings? So had the group against whom Jesus was whetting His glittering sword.

“He made him (Israel) ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and He made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock; 
Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape. 
…thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness….” (Deut. 32:13-15).

But, what did they do with all that prosperity? Were they thankful for His abundance? No. “Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked:… then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.” (Deut. 32:15).

Have we been privileged with God’s spiritual blessing, the gift of God? So had the above group.

“He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; He led him about, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye. 
As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: 
So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.” (Deut. 32:10-12).

When Jesus begins His return, His divine presence will precede Him in the Latter Rain. And there will be two groups within His people waiting—the wise and the foolish. In Jesus’ Matthew 25:1-13 parable, both groups professed to eagerly look for their Lord. But, only some were actually ready, and the rest were not. And, in all actuality, those who were ready weren’t perfectly ready, because everybody was asleep. Everyone was in darkness, no one knew who dark the world had become. None of them looked worthy of being called virgin. Not until they woke up do we know who was wise and worth of salvation.

Not until we wake up will we know who of us is wise. Who will be wise and worthy of being suited up to give the Latter Rain? Who of us are being sealed, even today? Yes, the sealing has been happening since 1844. That may come as surprise to many Adventists today because we have lost the reality of the sealing. Revelation 7-10 are all about the seal of God and the mark of the beast. A post I wrote gives an overview of this. It is my  March 20, 2017 post.

Certainly, the wise virgins will be those who, during the tarrying time, feared before the righteous judgments of God. Who else, surrounded by a world with a palpable atmosphere of sin and idolatry, would expend the effort to be adding to their faith in case the time of trouble might be worse in reality than in anticipation? Who else would let the threats of a jealous God rumble against their sinfulness? Who else would stand before the Law of liberty, and not be able to deny that they were chiefest among sinners? To whom else would Paul’s experience apply,

“For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 
And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 
For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me…. 
But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. ” (Rom. 7:9-13).

Who else would conclude, “Wherefore the Law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” (Rom. 7:12).

Who else would wind up humbled before God, overwhelmed in despair, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Rom. 7:24). Who else would find themselves beseeching the Schoolmaster face to face, propelled by a faith that He gave them during the process of Romans 7?

And who else would find themselves justified by that struggle and its faith, and ready for Jesus’ appearance at the head of His Latter Rain?

“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the Law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. 
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. ” (Rom 7:25-8:2).

Therefore, were it not for the firm judgments of God, His ever-burning wrath, the 144,000 would never be wise and able to trim their lamps for the Latter Rain. They would never be part of the sealing, the “great time of trouble such as never was”, Jacob’s troubles, and finally the visible return of Jesus in power.

At this time of Thanksgiving, even though darkness is covering the earth and gross darkness the people, even though a great evil is sweeping over the world, we can be thankful that these are the fierce judgments of God that will be perfectly tailored to arrest our fixation on the things of the world, and turn our whole heart to our coming Saviour. We need His jealous punishment. We need His rod. His rod and staff settle us, comfort us, and establish us in Him.

I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against Him, until He plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: He will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold His righteousness.” (Mic. 7:9).

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Life is…

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Prov. 16:25).

I woke up this morning with the answer to life’s deepest quest… “What is life?”

One day when I was just starting out in life the aging father of my sister-in-law was visiting from New York City. She came by our house to introduce him to her parents-in-law, my folks. I was sitting in the yard reading my Bible on that long ago Sabbath afternoon, pondering its deep thoughts when her retired college professor father came from behind me and asked me that deep, philosophical question, “What is life?”

I had never been asked that before, and it caught me off guard. That was such a different thought than I was entertaining at the moment, or had ever entertained. The Bible doesn’t go there, not really. It tells us what life is, rather than asking us to come up with our own formula. If I remember right, I gave the aging sage some deep, well thought out answer like, “I don’t know.”

But this morning, still in bed as I came to, I remembered my foolish acts over the years. I seem to be incurably stubborn in my foolishness, which makes some people impatient with me. Sometimes I’ve cried out to God, “Lord, please, no more! Ive made too many mistakes. Just end my life! Kill me! Give the smarter world a nicer time without me because if I weren’t around they would have an easier go at life.” In my repentance I remember the verse, ‘Every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck.’ (Exo. 13:13). Lord, break my neck because obviously I’m not redeemed.” But He never kills me. I have to endure more stupidity, reproof, and humiliation.L 

So, arousing from sleep as I pondered my life of foolishness, I remembered God’s great cure-all for stupidity—the three-legged race. He takes His wayward and stubbornly resistant earthly children and puts them together in one world. He binds them in relationships of family and sibling, of friendship, of marriage, of offspring, of employment, of service to Him with others who are learning to trust Him, of neighborhood and community and society, etc. They must live and work together in confined spaces, a kitchen, a home, a dorm room, a jail cell, a workplace, a quarter acre or more with a fence running down the middle. And they all are forced to learn to get along.

By some common purpose or goal we are all tied together, like the picnic pastime of competing with two-person teams that are tied together at one knee. In that race each couple must learn quickly, in a crash course and with a steep learning curve, the pace and convention of the other personrunning style and speed. (It is a very illustrative game for married couples.) Both members of each team must copy each other. They must give and take. It’s a life and death struggle to surrender to the teammate for the benefit of both—or, lose the race.

At the shout, “Get ready. Set. Go!”, they are off and running. Or maybe it should be called off and stumbling, because they never get it right immediately. No team runs. That would be a miracle, and sinners don’t get miracles. By the end of the race some learn to comply with the other’s inability to conform; but many do not. Their performance is terrible; some teams dont even finish the race. It’s too embarrassing. Just look at them tripping over each other, hitting the ground and laid out laughing, getting back up and trying again! Look at them making a fool of themselves! What a shame! Oh well, that’s life.

So, that is what life isa three-legged race.

Deep. Hmmmm.

Isnt our Lord Jesus profound and wise!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Shooting stars, beautiful stars

Bonnie Casey and Jesus Christ

Take 3 was an amazing Adventist song group from the early 1970s. Beautiful songs from vibrant, dedicated young people. Below is the address for a perfect copy of the full 29:41 minute album, Songs of the Morning. Copy/paste address into search engine.

https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-adk-adk_sbnt&hsimp=yhs-adk_sbnt&hspart=adk&p=songs+of+the+morning+take+3#id=1&vid=5d6d8a3bdaa5fd6147626185326eece4&action=click

I believe that her songs were inspired by the Spirit of the Lord, and flowed from an honest heart that sought Jesus with all that was in her. But, of course, Satan can’t have that...

Bonnie Casey, the soprano, and the three others of Take 3, I believe, were the outgrowth from the revival of Righteousness by Faith by Jesus, under the leadership of Elder Morris Venden, which took place in Seventh-day Adventism in the 1960s and 70s. Bonnie was interviewed by Spectrum Magazine in 2012. In that conversation she reveals some heartache, Adventism-related heartaches, that drove her to express her sorrows in beautiful music for the Lord. Bonnie’s experience bears a resemblance to Jesus in Gethsemane, when infinite mercy was pressed out of a pure, spotless soul by the infinite justice from His Father. There, crushed under the wine-press of Jerusalem the Son of God was “made an High Priest” (Heb. 6:20).

Like charcoal that adsorbs, that is, collects poisons on its surface rather than drawing the poisons within itself, Jesus did the same with the sins of the world at large as God revealed them to Him, and with the unbelief and sinfulness of the surrounding people of Israel. His soul tucked deeply in the bosom of His holy Father’s just and merciful love, the Son adsorbed the world’s sin day by day. Thus He retained a life separate from sin every day as His soul was assaulted by the slowness of heart among His friends, and His heart abused by the animosity among His enemies. Hour after hour and day by day, He must witness the rebellion and lust of the multitudes, and the rampant carelessness toward His Father and carelessness between each other. The rebellion and its diseases that the Son of God healed, were representative of all humanity’s plight.

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses (Matt. 8:17).

All day, every day Jesus gladly carried humanity’s sin, while denying its incursion into His sorrowing heart. And then He gave it all to His Father in a flood of repentance night after night. “Oh, this people have sinned a great sin…. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin —; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written”, because, without them “what good shall my life do me?” (Exo. 32:31, 32; Gen. 27:46, cf John 5:39).

A man of sorrows….  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows (Isa. 53:3, 4).

To sin, wherever it exists, “our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29). Nevertheless, He mercifully refrains from desolating a sinful world so long as His Son can bring it regret and repentance, pains of their conscience for the exceeding sinful of their sins committed and utmost fear of judgment for those sins. Let no one doubt that the great Judge of all the earth resists the presence of our sins, which are ever before Him and constantly beg His notice. But His mercy is forthcoming because the companionship and fidelity of His Son have helped Him to hold the hated presence of sin in continual abeyance for thousands of years.

Night after night, God graciously received the world’s sin from His repenting Son so that His Son would not be weakened or destroyed by bearing the loathsome burden, or be distracted from freely ministering to our needs. The Son of man could agonize under the presence of sin only for a day at a time, but His Father, the great Ancient of days, had done so for four thousand of years. Graphically had the world’s murdering, unrest, enslaving, and abusing played out before the inescapable vigilance of our holy Father. Tragically had the autoimmune nature of sin voraciously devoured the special creation of His image. Vividly had humanity’s demise repeated in His eternal, unfailing memory; and still it does. Yet, for His Son’s sake the Father has withheld our eradication and continued to endure His ages-long crucifixion. The Son’s infinite, disinterested love for childbearing has been the Father’s help-meet to stay His wrath against our sin problem.

Thus, revealing to us the perpetual work of Christ to intercede before God with groans that don’t exist in man to utter, Jesus unburdened His soul to His Father nightly. Knowing the pains that unrepentant hearts caused His Abba, Christ fearfully interceded before God for Himself and then for us. He found no relief for His daily adsorbed sins until He received from His Father again the promise to accept the sin-burdened children of His rearing. But, His sinless nature also comprehended the appreciation and joy that His Abba gained by suffering together with His Son’s necessity to know that Their children were acceptable before the Law of the kingdom.

Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world….  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them (John 17:24, 26).

Each night, shut in with His God and assured that the almighty Father of all had accepted His own weak humanity and that of His human race, then Jesus could sleep in perfect peace. Love, in the context of saving mankind from the enslavement to sin and from its sure destruction, was the sole motive driving every act and look and word from His Majesty, the Anointed from heaven.

Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high (Isa. 52:13).

Thus Michael, the world’s Messiah, day by day patiently carried our absorbed weakness, infirmity, and guilt. And then each night He exchanged our guilt for His Father’s pardon. And in the place of our infirmity and weakness He gladly absorbed His Abba’s excellence, righteousness, and strength. It was this fellowship of like minds that completely rejuvenated Christ every morning after often receiving only a little sleep, and sometimes none. Jesus went forth from those precious vigils fully rested and invested to convince the people that their God was still merciful, and to continue to route the adversary from His kingdom.

And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; and they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all (Luke 6:17-19).

His voice was the first sound that many had ever heard, His name the first word they had ever spoken, His face the first they had ever looked upon. Why should they not love Jesus, and sound His praise? As He passed through the towns and cities He was like a vital current, diffusing life and joy wherever He went The Desire of Ages, p. 350.

He met humbled men and women, broken and degraded by the tempter, and gave them the message of His Father’s acceptance and their life of sin forgiven. He healed hearts and minds as He took the diseases from their bodies. He gave them the Holy Spirit of union with His Father. With contained exhilaration He proclaimed the long awaited time for His good God’s acceptance, “the acceptable year of the LORD” ( Isa. 61:2).

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’s hand double for all her sins (Isa. 40:1, 2).

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel (Mark 1:15).

Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.
I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.
I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him (Isa. 57:14-19).

He brought the peace of heaven to a world hostile to heaven.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

He proved God’s love through a life of blessing, not to Israel alone. But in them He proved His strong desire to bless the whole world.

Then, after having fully gained our love and confidence by thirty-three years of consistent faithfulness and blessing, thirty-three years of going about His Father’s business without falling to the tempter’s devices, thirty-three years of living on a far-flung outpost from His heavenly home, while day by day publicly or subconsciously speaking to His God, and openly rejoicing and confiding with that “certain householder” in “a far country” (Matt. 21:33). He always knew that His Father was only as far away in Spirit as the next thought that They would share together. He had had constant two-way flow between His Spirit and His Father’s. After thirty-three years of that unparalleled faith, then the blessed communion would suddenly end. And with that a complete reversal of Christ’s badly needed remission for sins that He had been carrying for the purpose of blessing the repentant.

Beginning gradually at the last supper, like the dull pain from an epidural wearing off, all the sins that Christ had adsorbed God must refuse to take from Him, with all of its associated spiritual agitation. All the selfishness and idolatry, beheld by His senses and by revelation, each sin for which since Eden He had beseeched His Father for forbearance and mercy, must remain His burden. All this His Father would lay upon Him in an exponentially increasing, multiplying knowledge of wretchedness that had characterized the whole race, and not only of its past and present, but also of its future. For a world, which has sworn moment by moment that, if it could, it would overthrow the holy government of heaven, the Son must bake under the heat of divine wrath.

Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness…
Destruction and misery are in their ways (Rom. 3:14, 16).

Our treason would become Christ’s responsibility, and His Father’s hot wrath would be His due until He must necessarily be consumed by it, obliterated by His own Father. All this might sound like a strange action from His Father, but it was necessary in order to intercept our avowed determination to desolate Their kingdom of righteousness.

The human race has proven that in its very nature it harbors a ready longing to topple its self-sacrificing, benevolent Creators. Our hearts and hands are blood-stained with regicide of the King and His Prince, regicide of the highest order. At the cross, we demonstrated that the Father is not safe around us. From our deepest soul we proclaim, “We will not have this man to reign over us” (Luke 19:14). At birth separated from the presence and power of God’s grace, we are at irreconcilable odds with our Maker. “The carnal mind is enmity [antagonism] against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7). The serpent’s venom has spread deeply into humanity’s hearts. “The poison of asps is under their lips” (Rom. 3:13). The holy Law of God demands the extermination of our determined contumacy. Heaven’s retribution for this world’s harvest of sin and moral darkness must be satisfied. Unless the offenders of the divine Law of God are destroyed forever, the eternal kingdom could never survive the degradation and disintegration inflicted by the insidious spores of our lawlessness. If Satan and his demonic hosts were blotted out, we would succeed them to finish the demolition of the firm foundation of God’s government of peace and righteousness.

What do ye imagine against the LORD? He will make an utter end (Nah. 1:9).

The whole race would be destroyed, unless the divine Representative of humanity would accomplish His vow to be the substitute for all who could be brought to deep repentance and contrition, so that He could give them a new heart to receive His Spirit again and so that He could subvert their natural destruction of everything good. This was the Father’s plan to which Jesus whole-heartedly agreed long before the great controversy erupted under Lucifer. In the Spirit from His Most High God Christ had declared to Him, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38).

An immovable, impenetrable barrier needed to be erected to prevent sin and sinners from ever again threatening the Creator and His kingdom. This barrier will forever act as an immense pillar of witness against humanity repeating their experiment with exalting self above the selfless Father. The immense pillar will continually remind the redeemed human race of the death and desolation that self-worship bequeathed the Creator’s kingdom. This stone of witness is the mark for us to come up to today, for the Father can never admit a single sin-loving heart into His vulnerable kingdom of trust and love. In us there must result from Lucifer’s controversy so voluminous consternation and pain in the conscience that the whole family in earth and heaven abjectly fears a return of the sin plague.

The Godhead have created such a visible stone of witness. That stone against our rebellion is the repaired Law of God, complemented with the crucifixion scars covering the whole frame of the Son. This Mizpah Stone of witness will never be forgotten by the redeemed. And per 1 Corinthians 15:24-28, that Citadel Stone of the Son (see Daniel 2:35) will become His Father’s everlasting Everest that will fill the whole earth “for ever”, “even for ever and ever” (Dan. 2:44; 7:18, 22). Then the children of the kingdom must forever behold the affliction that they brought against their most high King and His only-begotten Prince. No one will be truant in that classroom; all who would contemn it won’t be there. After all that the most holy King and Prince had done for us, this judgment will be fair. But, the children of the kingdom will gladly study the offering that the Father and Son Godhead poured out for Their beloved offspring—humanity, rehabilitated and restored.

Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ (1 John 1:3).

And,

Affliction shall not rise up the second time (Nah. 1:9).

His earthly ministry concluding, Jesus’ agony was His Father’s retribution on account of all the sins for which He had ever requested pardon. He alone had been standing between fallen man and God since the day that our first parents chose to rebel in Eden. And alone He would continue to represent us before God until the day of His second advent.

He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied (Isa. 53:11).

The ages-old plan to spare humanity said that the Son of God must not adsorb, but absorb, His Father’s full agony and wrath against our tyranny, which had so absorbed the Father’s attention. We need to comprehend our Father’s difficult circumstance—the King must see perfect righteousness. The Most High God, who is most holy, can behold only constant perfect selflessness.

Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy (Prov. 20:28).

A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes (Prov. 20:8).

He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend (Prov. 22:11).

With every creature that lives in His eternal kingdom of self-forgetfulness God must hold ceaseless, holy communion. The most holy Father could be satisfied only by continually witnessing self-sacrifice in all of His creations. There could be no other option. And, of all His precious children of Adam, the Father could see that perfection only in His Son, begotten and incarnated into Adam’s fallen creation. Only His Messiah could satisfy His Law. The Son’s supreme act of accepting humanity’s damnation, the Father would forever pronounce to be the Law’s ultimate definition of obedience.

We must understand our heinous condition and see its horrific remedy only in light of Christ’s cross and ours. Our cross begins with deep repentance, which can only come through Christ’s cross. We cannot die to self unless we behold the Son dying to self in a way that is higher than the highest human thought. Then, by comprehending divine love in the Lamb’s substitutionary sacrifice, our death to self is doable by beholding His.

The Father must unburden upon His Son all the reality of our world’s willful trampling upon the Law of love, a poisonous reality which the Father had been adsorbing and holding in suspense since our Eden eviction. If the Son failed here then the King must break forth in a retributive plague upon our loveless, lawless race, obliterating it by fire. And then the Father must consummately cleanse Himself from His contact with our filth. But, this retribution, as correct as it is, simply could not be an option without a plan—the eternal plan—to restore us to Himself through His Lamb. Jesus must permanently hold our abominable self-love plus the Father’s unburdened tonnage upon that defiling cursed thing, until His Lamb would be swallowed up by “overmuch sorrow” (2 Cor. 2:7), and “striving against sin” (Heb. 12:4). In vain Jesus would seek His Father’s help and His mercy for humanity, the prayer which had always been His only faithful outlet.

The chastisement of our peace was upon him (Isa. 53:5).

Jesus “took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy” (Matt. 26:37).

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 (Matt. 26:38, 39).

As He neared Gethsemane, He became strangely silent. He had often visited this spot for meditation and prayer; but never with a heart so full of sorrow as upon this night of His last agony. Throughout His life on earth He had walked in the light of God’s presence. When in conflict with men who were inspired by the very spirit of Satan, He could say, “He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him.” John 8:29. But now He seemed to be shut out from the light of God’s sustaining presence. Now He was numbered with the transgressors. The guilt of fallen humanity He must bear. Upon Him who knew no sin must be laid the iniquity of us all. So dreadful does sin appear to Him, so great is the weight of guilt which He must bear, that He is tempted to fear it will shut Him out forever from His Father’s love. Feeling how terrible is the wrath of God against transgression, He exclaims, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.”
     … Every step that He now took was with labored effort. He groaned aloud, as if suffering under the pressure of a terrible burden The Desire of Ages, p. 685.

He went a little distance from them — not so far but that they could both see and hear Him — and fell prostrate upon the ground. He felt that by sin He was being separated from His Father. The gulf was so broad, so black, so deep, that His spirit shuddered before it The Desire of Ages, p. 686.
   
He … prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me (Matt. 26:39).

There, staggering into that hill garden, Jesus collapsed to the ground emotionally nerve-racked and mentally confused. His ever present Help had left Him and, instead, wrath hit Him with blinding force. He could not see His Father’s mercy past the enormity of His justice. Like never before, Jesus experienced sin’s dreadful total separation from His King upon whomever sin diseases. The Son went where no man had gone before; and neither had He ever been there. In the soul of the eternal Son of God, infinite mercy had always rejoiced for His Father’s tremendous scourgings in the work of His perfect upbringing (see Proverbs 8:30; James 2:13; Hebrews 12:6; Galatians 4:1, 2). But the Father’s infinite burden from man’s sin required of His soul greater scourging from His Abba than those personal, developmental judgments.

He … offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death…; though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered (Heb. 5:7, 8).

Now, in Gethsemane He strove to cope with His Father’s own infinite dying, which was being laid upon Him. By this deep void of mercy from above, He must know all of His Father’s horrific misery from sin-bearing. With all of Christ’s power scattered, the Prince of life struggled to accept this infinite death.

Spiritually uncertain, physically exhausted, and in emotional upheaval, the Son of God grappled over whether He could reach the cross. Could He get to the place of His public offering? How could He be lifted up on a cross so that all men might be drawn to Him if He were to continue losing the measureless Spirit from His Father’s previous, blissful presence?

Jesus must absorb, not adsorb, all of His Father’s disposition toward our sins, and His judgments upon them. Since the beginning of the controversy, the Son had always yearned to allay all the agony of sin that His Father had been carrying. His Father’s infinite dyspepsia from our aversion to perfect excellence, together with His loss of communion with our preferred world, had left the Father in unending turmoil. None except the Son of God realized the Father’s brokenness brought about by Lucifer’s attack on Adam’s race. Like a weakened, older tree fallen into the boughs of a strong, younger tree, upon His own soul Jesus would support His beloved Abba’s need to unburden Himself fully. Absorbing His Father’s infinite consternation, the Ancient of days would thus be relieved of His awful burden.

The Father’s own excruciating anxietal convulsions could never cease until sin and rebellion were destroyed from Earth. This the Son would accomplish in order to spare both His Father and Their human children the anxiety from the God-man alienation. Then in His Father’s revived hope and relief and satisfaction of the sin problem resolved, at Pentecost His Father could anew send to His beloved humanity communications from His reconciled Spirit.

God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:19).

… that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Rom. 8:4).

And it was only right for God to lay onto His trusted Mediator all the accumulated consequence of sins committed. God’s powerful pardons, by trusting in His redeeming mercy, “the righteousness of God without [apart from] the law” (Rom. 3:21), could not forever unbalance His enforcement of a broken Law. God’s perfect gift of grace must have its equivalent complement of His perfect justice. God can never enable sin; by His mercy He will not give Satan that advantage over His vulnerable family of heaven and Earth. From the beginning God’s withholding full justice upon Adam and his children, and the over-accumulation of His mercy, had continued long enough. Sin had been adjudged a cancerous tumor disintegrating the foundation of love and life in everyone it infects. Under the control of the most powerful opiate the subjects of Satan had proven themselves irretrievably addicted to sedition and murder. Sin must be removed; sinners must receive execution. The postponement of judgment upon sin must now end. The limit of borrowed grace was maxed out; repayment must now commence. The equity of justice and mercy must return to equilibrium. The government of mercy and justice must come back into balance.

Intercession would be suspended until this other form of intercession could be accomplished. The dependable, burden-bearing God must evade His beloved Son’s pleas to forgive, until the King’s disgust and anger toward sin would utterly destroy His most blessed One. Like an over-wound clock that could not be winded any more, the time had come when the Great Judge could no longer suspend His capital punishment upon a world of demon-driven, run-away rebellion, and unceasing self-exaltation. “As the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man”, the Father had been tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb” (Rev. 9:5; 14:10).

The Law of God demanded our destruction. The Law of the kingdom must be satisfied; transgression must be dealt with. The justice of the Father must be satisfied so that all the danger of sin to His pure kingdom would be removed. The sanctuary of the Father’s soul must be cleansed and no one else but divinity could successfully and properly carry God’s infinite, infinite load. That crushing punishment, which was due us, Christ must accept, and His Father must feel every ounce of His pain.

But, His blessed and holy One who He had never been without could the Father go through with it (see Genesis 22:2)? Could He risk the eternal loss of His only Son of His bosom who would be weakened under His infinite wrath, and in the grasp of devious and powerful Satan, all for regaining His beloved humanity? Yet, His original provision from eternity past would remain His determination.

His Father’s abounding presence, ever powerful in justice and righteousness, wholly blotted from His sight, the Lamb felt the aggravated, assaulting malignity between the King and sin. Jesus was made to be the wicked who “shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts” (Mal. 4:3). It was wrath like the only Begotten had never known to exist in His God. His Father’s angry thunders of offense against each rebellious and unclean thought, word, and act, conscious and subconscious, even against our self-serving nature coalescing within the very beginnings of our prenatal months, all forced the Lamb to live the destruction of “Sodom and Gomorrha … set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude 7, cf John 5:39). Jesus heard His Father’s thunder and saw Himself forever remaining cursed for our sakes, dying alone and forgotten by His Abba throughout perpetuity.

The Lord … hath put him to grief (Isa. 53:10).

Before any man was ever pepper-sprayed with judgment, the lamb “slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev. 13:8) had Himself pepper-sprayed all over, again and again, ten billion times. Before the Father would ever drop a Judgment Day bomb of reproof on any sinner, the Son must first accept the hydrogen bomb from His Father’s continual offense at man’s disregard of His laws. Father and Son both have been slain since the foundation of the world, both laying down Their lives for Their children. We have a Mediator before God who is touched with the torment and plagues and sicknesses that we suffer. Our Advocate knows the smoking ruins of our lives. He knows the pains of the cancer patient, the drug addicted, and the clinically depressed. He knows the abused and the neglected.

(To be continued…)