2/11/06 Hidden Pavilions
Copyright © 1996-2006 Mel West. All rights reserved.
by Mel West
Pastor John Ferguson
Westbrae Bible Church
In response to your request, I have thought to include some passages concerning the restoration of the Tabernacle in the Latter Days in a general letter to you. I must admit I am weary of writing letters for they always end up becoming meat for another book; and generally they become yet another way of saying the same thing I have been saying all along.
Let's begin with Ezekiel, the Strength of God:
Ezekiel 37.24-26 And David my servant shall be king over them; and...I will make a Covenant of Peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them forevermore.
37.27 My tabernacle* also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God and they shall be my people.
37.28 And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.**
And per Hosea, the Help of God:
Hosea 12.9 And I that am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.
Back to Ezekiel:
Ezekiel 20.35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.
20.36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God.
Haggai 3.23 In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shelaltiel, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a signet1: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of Hosts. (Zerubbabel rebuilt the temple and walls of Jerusalem by permission of Cyrus the Great)
Amos 9.10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, the evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
9.11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old.
9.13 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the Plowman shall overtake the reaper...
Micah 7.11 In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.
7.15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.
7.16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.
Zechariah, Memory of God:
Zechariah 4.5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, knowest thou not what these be? And I said, no, my Lord.
4.6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying This is the Word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts.
4.7 Who are thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace, unto it.
4.8 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
4.9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you.
4.10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.2
6.11 Then take silver and gold, and make a crown, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest;
6.12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of Hosts, saying, behold the man whose name is The Branch; and shall grow up out of His Place, and He shall build the temple of the Lord.3
6.13 Even He shall build the temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and He shall be a priest upon his throne: and the Counsel of Peace shall be between them both.
6.15 And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the Lord, and ye shall know that the Lord of Hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God.4
Malachi, God's Messenger:
Malachi 3.1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts.5
Isaiah, Salvation of Jehovah:
Isaiah 2.19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
4.1 and in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, we will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.
4.2 In that day shall the Branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.
4.3 And it shall come to pass that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called Holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem.
4.4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the Spirit of judgment, and by the Spirit of burning.6
4.5 And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a Cloud and Smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defense.
4.6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.
5.26 And He will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly.7
6.11 Then, said I, Lord, how long? And He answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate.8
6.12 And the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
6.13 But yet, in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a Teil Tree, and as an Oak, whose Substance is in Them, when they cast their leaves: so the Holy Seed shall be the substance thereof.
11.11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His Hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt... and from the islands of the sea.
16.5 And in Mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the Tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.
28.9 Whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
28.11 For with Stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people.
33.9 The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.
33.10 Now will I rise, saith the Lord; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up Myself.
33.17 Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.10
33.18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? Where is the Receiver? Where is He that counted the towers?
54.1 Sing, O Barren, thou that dist not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that dist not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.
54.2 Enlarge the place of thy Tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.
54.3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
54.4 Fear not: for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded: for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.9
54.5 For thine maker is thine Husband; the Lord of Hosts is His Name; and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall He be called.
61.6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their10 Glory shall ye boast yourselves.
61.7 For your shame you shall have double: and for Confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they10 shall possess the Double: everlasting Joy shall be unto them.
61.9 For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their10 work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.10
66.18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my Glory.
66.19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish...
66.20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lord out of all nations upon horses...
66.21 And I will also take of them10 for priests and for Levites, saith the Lord.
66.1 Thus saith the Lord, the Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? And where is the place of my rest?11
Jeremiah 10.20 My Tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they are not: there is none to stretch forth my Tent any more, and to set up my Curtains.
10.21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the Lord: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.12
16.14 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said, the Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
16.15 But, the Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.13
16.16 For behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.14
18.7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a Kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
18.9 If that Nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
23.19 Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.
23.20 The anger of the Lord shall not return, until He have executed, and till He have performed the thoughts of His Heart; in the Latter Days ye shall consider it perfectly.14
25.31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, He will plead with all flesh; He will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord.
25.32 Thus, saith the Lord of hosts, behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
25.33 And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.
25.34 Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel,
25.35 And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of the flock to escape.16
Ezekiel 21.27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn it: and it shall be no more, until He come whose right it is: and I will give it Him.
34.12 As a Shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that He is among His sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the Cloudy and Dark Day.
34.15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.
34.17 As for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord God; behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between rams and the he goats.
34.18 Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures?
34.22 Therefore, will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; And I will judge between cattle and cattle.17
36.24 For I will take you from among the Heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your land.
36.25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.18
36.26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and I will give you an heart of flesh.19
36.36 Then the Heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the Lord build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the Lord have spoken it, and I will do it.19
37.28 And the Heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.
38.14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; in that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely shalt thou not know it?
38.15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:
38.16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the Latter Days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the Heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
38.18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come up against the Land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face.
38.19 for in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel.
38.20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
38.22 And I will plead against Him with pestilence and with blood: and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
38.23 Thus, will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.
Odes of Solomon, 41.8:
Ode 41.8 All those will be astonished that see me. For from another race am I: For the Father of Truth remembereth me: He who possessed me from the beginning.
Israel's Will of Inheritance, Genesis 49.10:
Genesis 49.10 And the Scepter shall remain in Judah, nor shall the lawgiver pass from between His feet, Until Shiloh come: and to Him shall the gathering of the people be.
Testament of Joseph, 1.38:
Testament of Joseph 1.38 For I know that ye shall sin, and be delivered into the hands of your enemies; and your land shall be made desolate, and your holy places destroyed, and ye shall be scattered unto the four corners of the earth.
And ye shall be set at nought in the dispersion vanishing away as water.
Until the most high shall visit the earth, coming Himself as a man, with men eating and drinking, and breaking the head of the dragon in the water.
He shall save Israel and all the Gentiles, God speaking in the person of man.
Testament of Benjamin, 2.6
Testament of Benjamin 2.6 For all these things they gave us for an inheritance, saying: keep the commandments of God, until the Lord shall reveal His Salvation to all the Gentiles.
And then shall ye see Enoch, Noah, and Shem, and Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob rising on the right hand in gladness.
Then shall we also rise, each one over our tribe, worshipping the King of heaven, who appeared upon earth in the form of a man in humility.
And as many as believe on Him on the earth shall rejoice with Him.
Then also all men shall rise, some unto glory and some unto shame.
And the Lord shall judge Israel first, for their unrighteousness; for when He appeared as God in the flesh to deliver them they believed Him not.
And then shall He judge all the Gentiles, as many as believed Him not when He appeared upon the earth.
And He shall convict Israel through the chosen ones of the gentiles.20
Psalm 2 Why do the Heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His Anointed, saying,
Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
He that sitteth in the Heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.21
Psalm 9.15 The Heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.
Psalm 14.2 The Lord looked down from Heaven, upon the Children of Men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no not one.
Psalm 69.20 Save me, O God, for the waters are come in unto my soul...reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none: and for comforters, but I found none.22
Psalm 102.16 When the Lord shall build up Zion He shall appear in His glory.
Psalm 40.7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me.22
Psalm 71.7 I am a wonder unto many; and thou art my strong refuge.22
Psalm 73 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked...Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment...concerning oppression they speak softly...and they say, how doth God know? And is there knowledge in the most High? Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches...If I say, I will speak thus, behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the Sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.23
Psalm 98 The Lord hath made known His Salvation: His righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the Heathen. He hath remembered His Mercy and His Truth toward the House of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the Salvation of our God...Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together before the Lord; for He cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall He judge the world, and the people with equity.
John 5.45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: There is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
John 15.26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall Testify of me:
And ye also shall bear witness, because Ye have been with me from the beginning.24
John 16.7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.
And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.
Of sin, because they believe not on me.
Of righteousness, because I go to my Father and ye see me no more.
Of judgment, because the Prince of this world is judged.
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.
He shall glorify me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.24
John 14.26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.25
John 14.15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever;
Even the Spirit of Truth: whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.25
John 15.12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friends...Henceforth I call you not servants...but I have called you friends.
The Wisdom of Solomon, Chapter 8 & 9:
Wisd. 8-9: I was a well formed child.
And a good soul fell to me,
Or, rather, I was good and entered an undefiled body.
I appealed to the Lord and besought Him,
And said with all my heart:
God of my forefathers and merciful Lord,
Who created all things by your word,
And by your wisdom that sits by your throne,
And do not reject me as unfit to be one of your servants.
For I am your slave and the son of your maidservant,
A man weak and short-lived,
And inferior in my understanding of judgment;
For even if one among the sons of men is perfect,
If the wisdom that comes from you is lacking, He will count for nothing.
You have chosen me out to be King of your people,
And to judge of your sons and daughters;
You told me to build a Sanctuary on your Holy Mountain,
And an altar in the city where you dwell,
A copy of the Holy Tent which you prepared in the beginning:
And with you is wisdom, which knows your works,
And was present when you made the world,
And understands what is pleasing in your sight
And what is in accord with your commands.
Odes of Solomon, 23:
Ode 23: Joy is of the saints, but who shall put it on, but they alone?
Grace is of the elect! And who shall receive it except those who trust in it from the beginning?
Love is of the elect? And who shall put it on except those who have possessed it from the beginning?
Walk ye in the knowledge of the most high without grudging: to his exaltation and to the perfection of His Knowledge.
And His thought was like a letter; His will descended from on high,
And it was sent like an arrow which is violently shot from the bow:
And many hands rushed to the letter to seize it and take and read it.
And it escaped their fingers and they were affrighted at it and at the seal that was upon it...
But a wheel received it and came over it.
And there was with it a sign of the Kingdom and of the government.
And everything which tried to move the wheel it mowed and cut down...
The letter was one of command, for there were included in it all districts.
And there was seen at its head, the head which was revealed even the Son of Truth from the Most High Father.
And he inherited and took possession of everything. And the thought of many was brought to nought.
And all the apostates hasted and fled away. And those who persecuted and were enraged became extinct.
And the Letter was a Great Volume, which was wholly written by the Finger of God.
And the Name of the Father was on it, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, to rule for ever and ever.26
Ezekiel 10.2: And He spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the Cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the Cherubim, and scatter them over the city.
10.12 And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.
10.17 When they stood, these stood; and when they were lifted up, these lifted up themselves also: for the spirit of the Living Creature was in them.
1.4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great Cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof was the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
1.5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.
1.19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the Living Creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.
Psalm 77.13 Thy way, O God, is in the Sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?
Psalm 64.7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow;27 suddenly shall they be wounded. (for they encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?)
Psalm 58.7 Let them melt away as waters which run continually: When he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces...
Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.28
Psalm 40.6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.29
Then said I, Lo, I come: in the Volume of the Book it is written of me.
Psalm 19 The Heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath He set a Tabernacle for the Sun.
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a Strong Man to run a race.
Psalm 18.7 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of His Temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
Then the earth shook and trembled; and the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because He was Wroth.
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it...And He rode upon a Cherub and did fly: yea, He did fly upon the wings of the wind.
He made darkness His Secret Place; His pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire... yea, He sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
Psalm 27.4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the Beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His Temple.
For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His Pavilion: in the secret of His Tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.
Back to Isaiah:
Isaiah 52.8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.
51.15 But I am the Lord thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: the Lord of Hosts is His name.
51.16: And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the Shadow of My Hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, 30 and say unto Zion, thou art My People.
52.5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the Lord, that my people is taken away for nought? They that rule over them make them to howl, saith the Lord; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.
52.6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in That Day that I am he that doth speak: Behold it is I.
52.7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
49.1 Listen O isles, unto me: and hearken, ye people from far: The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.
49.2 And He hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His Hand hath He hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in His quiver hath he hid me.
49.3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
49.4 Then said I, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God.
49.5 And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to Bring Jacob again to him, though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength.
49.6 And He said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel; I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
44.3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring.
44.4 And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.
44.5 One shall say, I am the Lord's; another shall call Himself by the name of Jacob: and another shall subscribe with His hand unto the Lord, and surname Himself by the name of Israel.31
42.1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon Him: He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
42.2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
42.3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: He shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
29.27 Behold, the name of the Lord cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation and His Tongue as a devouring fire.
29.28 And His breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of Vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.
29.10 For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath He covered.
29.11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is Sealed.
29.12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
28.22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.
28.2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing shall cast down to the earth with the hand.
28.5 In that day shall the Lord of Hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people.
Now let me tell you a secret: Zephaniah, God's Secret:
Zephaniah 1.7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord God: for the day of the Lord is at hand: for the Lord hath prepared a sacrifice, He hath bid his guests.
1.8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the Lord's sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.
1.12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with CANDLES, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, the Lord will not do good, neither will he do evil.
1.15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness.
2.3 Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger.
2.11 The Lord will be terrible unto them: for He will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship Him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.
2.8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
3.9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve Him with One Consent.
3.20 In that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord.
Zechariah 11.1 Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.
11.2 Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan, for the forest of the vintage is come down.
11.3 There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.
11.4 Thus saith the Lord my God, Feed the Flock of Slaughter.
11.5 Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the Lord: for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.l
11.7 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me Two Staves; the one I called Beauty and the other I called Bands24 ; and I fed the flock.
11.10 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my Covenant which I had made with all the people.
11.12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
11.13 And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.
11.14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
11.15 And the Lord said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.
11.16 For, Lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but He shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.
11.17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! The sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.33
12.2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
12.3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
12.8 In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and He that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the House of David shall be as God, as the Angel of the Lord before them.
12.10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced,34 and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for His only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for His Firstborn.
12.11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem.
13.4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive:
13.5 But He shall say, I am no prophet, I am a husbandman: for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.
13.6 And one shall say unto him, what are these wounds in thine hands? Then He shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.34
Isaiah, once again:
Isaiah 41.21 Produce your cause, saith the Lord, bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.
41.27 Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the Latter End of them; or declare us things for to come.
41.23 Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.
41.24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.
41.26 Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous? yea, there is none that sheweth, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that heareth your words.
41.27 The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings.
41.28 For I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word.
41.29 Behold, they are all vanity: their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion.
43.9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? Let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, it is truth.
43.10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am He: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
43.12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.
43.26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
44.10 Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?
44.17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.
44.18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.
44.23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob and glorified Himself in Israel.
45.9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, what makest thou? Or thy Work, He hath no hands?
45.10 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?
45.21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: Who hath declared this from ancient time? Who hath told it from that time? Have not I the Lord? And there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
45.22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
45.23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
45.8 I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.
45.6 Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.
45.8 Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb.
53.6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
55.1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
55.2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
55.3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
55.7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: And let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.
55.8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
55.9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
57.19 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.
57.20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
58.4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
58.5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? A day for a man to afflict His soul? Is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day of the Lord?
58.6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
59.15 Yea, Truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
59.16 And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore, his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
59.17 For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of Salvation upon his head; and He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.
59.18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies; to the islands He will repay recompense.
59.19 So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
62.1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
62.2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.
62.3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
62.4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall they land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah (my delight in her) and thy land Beulah (married). For the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
62.6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord keep not silence.
62.7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
66.22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain.
66.23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.
66.24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
Amos 3.6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?
3.7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
Habakkuk 3.3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. His Glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
3.4 And his brightness was as the light; He had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power35 .
3.5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.35
3.6 He stood, and measured the earth: He beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: His ways are everlasting.
Malachi 3.16 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.
Revalation 10. And I saw another mighty angel come down from Heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire;
10.2 And He had in his hand a little book open: and He set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth...
10.7 But in the days of the voice of the Seventh Angel, when He shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets.
10.10 And I took the little book out of the Angels hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
11.11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and Kings.
19.7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His Wife hath made herself ready.
19.8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
19.9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And He saith unto me, These are the True sayings of God
19.10 And I fell at his feet to worship Him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the Testimony of Jesus: Worship God: for the Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophesy.
19.11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that say upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth Judge and make war.
19.12 His eyes were as a flame of fire and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.
19.13 And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His Name is called The Word of God.
19.15 And out of His Mouth goeth a Sharp Sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
19.16 And He 50 hath on His vesture and on His Thigh, a name written King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Notes to Letter E
* Let us reflect for a moment on the meaning of Tabernacle. The Jews have always held that where there are Two Witnesses standing before God in Agreement, there is truth. Christ used this argument in His Trial.
I compared this text to the Masoretic text, and verse 37.27 says:
My Dwelling-place also shall be over them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
37.28 And the nations shall know that I am the Lord that sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for ever.
We mention this because it is important to understand what is meant by God's Dwelling-place. It was defined as His Tabernacle, His Tent. The King James translators converted this word, Dwelling-place to mean Tabernacle. They did not choose any other possible contenders for God's Dwelling-Place, such as the Temple; rather, they chose The Tent to describe His Dwelling-place. My argument all along has been to now build this Dwelling-place of God. And I am surprised that Biblical Scholars seem confused as to what is meant by the True Dwelling-place of God. It seems modern scholars have not only forgotten This Promise of restoring His Dwelling-place, His Tent, but they also seem to have forgotten what the King James translators knew, concerning the meaning of the word, Tabernacle.
To complete the thought of His Dwelling-place, we have the final comment that His Sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore. The Sanctuary was first created in the Dwelling-place, the Tabernacle, and then it was moved to the Temple by David's son, Solomon. The Sanctuary was the Four Pillars and their Veil and everything behind that Veil: i.e. The Mercy Seat and its Two Cherubim. Scholars seem to get mixed up over what is meant by God's Sanctuary also. When Moses allocated the land of Israel to the tribes of Israel, He set apart certain cities as Sanctuaries for Man. Anyone fleeing for his life, for any reason, could go into the named cities and be protected by God, neither having to fear for their life nor persecution. These cities of Sanctuary were open to all men, Gentile and Jew alike. By the same token, as He had created Sanctuaries for Man, He also created a Sanctuary for Himself. Only the High Priest of Aaron's House were allowed in His Sanctuary, and there was an understanding that the High Priest had to be completely pure from sin to enter His Sanctuary. Entering it, he feared death; and because there could be some doubt as to His Purity, from time to time, he entered with a long cord tied around his waist. If he died in the Sanctuary, men could then pull him out without risking entering the Sanctuary to get the stricken High Priest out. This tradition washed over into the Masons, who, in their ritual of initiation into their secret rights, would tie a long cord around the initiate as he entered the secret chamber of communion with God. If the initiate were stricken, he would be pulled out by the officiating Masonic High Priest. We add this footnote on the Masons because many of our forefathers were Masons and they continually remind us of there affiliation with the Masons by the strange pyramid on our dollar bill. On top of the Pyramid was an all-seeing eye. Those who had placed that symbol on the dollar bill had entered the Secret Communion with God and survived it, according to Masonic tradition. So let this be a lesson to us. The Sanctuary of God is God's Sanctuary, not ours. And men would be wise to not tamper with it and distort it into some other meaning or place.
It is true that Christians believe that His Sanctuary must now be in our hearts. It would be nice if every man's heart were God's Sanctuary. But I warn you that to enter such a Sanctuary of God, one has to be pure of heart and free from sin. And reflecting upon this, we can see that getting through the Gate of Heaven has the same requirement: God's Sanctuary on earth has the same requirements upon it, for man to enter, as that of Heaven. And if the High Priests feared entering His Sanctuary, what more can you say for yourself? You cannot hide any secrets from Him as you enter His Sanctuary, so don't even try.
Now man has created all kinds of places which he calls God's Sanctuary. And they all claim that each of their Sanctuaries is God's Dwelling-place.
We mentioned earlier how France, in Nostradamus's prophesy, is called the Temple. And I have called it the place of a Coming Sacrifice. The Temple contains His Sanctuary and the day shall come when you shall find that to enter into that place and go out you would be wise to have a cord tied around your waist. That Cord is my Tabernacle.
** According to Webster's Dictionary, "Sanctuary" means, a place of refuge or protection. Here, we see, the Tabernacle is described as a place of Refuge and protection for man under the Covering of God's Sanctuary, which is in the Tabernacle. For a moment in time, perhaps, France shall become such a Sanctuary, according to the prophesy of Nostradamus and my understanding of it.
1) Referring to the Jewish Bible, the Tanakh, Jeremiah 22.24, we have the definition of a signet:
As I live-declares the Lord-if you, O king Coniah, son of Jehoiakim, of Judah, were a signet on my right hand, I would tear you off even from there.
2) Several points are being made here. Zerubbabel is the Signet of God (his official seal or signet ring, as we saw referred to in Jeremiah). He laid the foundation of the Temple; he also shall finish it, i.e., in the Latter Days. He carries a plummet in his hand (see the Plumbline, I believe in Hosea). He divides something from something else, while setting the foundation of the Temple. He is accompanied with Seven things who are the eyes of the Lord and run too and fro through the whole earth. See also the rock with Seven Eyes, which smote the land and cured it in the name of the Lord in one day. In regard to those Seven, the easiest thing in scripture to fulfill is the identification of Zerubbabel with the Seven Churches in Revelation. In matter of fact, those Seven Churches fill the description of the Seven who carry the plummet with Zerubbabel, for they run to and fro through the whole earth doing what Christ told them to do: spread the Gospel to all the nations; furthermore, they believe they have a destiny to fulfill in Christ's prophesy to the effect that when the Gospel is preached in all the world, then Christ Himself is set to come again. In this context they are a vehicle of judgement.
3) He has to be Zerubbabel.
4) Zechariah has mentioned two proofs that you will measure His Prophesy by: Zerubbabel, building the Temple of the Lord, and those who are far off assisting Him in it.
5) The Latter Day Messiah has the requirement of making a New Covenant with man. We see in the issue of Bands that He breaks the covenant between Judah and Israel (sometimes referred to as a covenant between Judah and Jerusalem), and carries the Plumbline or plummet mentioned in the hands of Zerubbabel. The Plummet in the hands of Zerubbabel is designed to break the agreement between Judah and Israel. This makes sense, because in His Time, the Latter Days, Judah, or Jacob, or, if you will, Jerusalem, is renamed to the New Jerusalem and the Holy Land renamed and called Beulah. The people (Jacob) are also renamed, called Hephzibah. This leaves the Name Israel hanging out in the air with no people in its Nation, unless, of course, Israel is separated from Jacob and becomes what was always intended in Him: Those who prevail with God: i.e., all men who prevail with God. Thus it is asked, Will Jacob rise? The answer is, No, for He is too small. Israel is the greater thing between them and, for practical purposes, Zerubbabel is the sign of that thing; or, to put it another way, Israel is another name for Zerubbabel, for His destiny is not only to rename the Land to Beulah but also to reign over all men as the King of Israel from the New Jerusalem.
6) No one likes to confront this. But we can now look back and see that the Spirit of Burning was far more horrible than anyone would have anticipated.
7) This agrees with the statement that in that day the decree shall be far removed and that you shall behold the nation that is far off; and those who are far off shall come and build in the temple of the Lord.
8) Another epitaph of the Latter Day Messiah is He who inherits the desolate heritages.
9) Enlarge thy Tent to make room for the Gentiles, which you shall inherit. It shall appear to you that you never produced that child which was promised; you will be at first confounded, then you will be shamed. Why will you be shamed? And then why does He say you will not be put to shame, neither need you be confounded? He answers it when He speaks of you as His Widow. In the next verse He calls Himself as Your Husband. Then He says you shalt not remember (you shall forget) the Reproach of your Widowhood. Why would your Widowhood be a reproach? There can only be one answer to all this. God (as the Messiah) died, making you a widow, and in that event you suffered reproach. Isaiah then spends a lot of time talking about the Suffering Messiah who is killed. The reproach is for killing the Messiah. But it is momentary, for the Messiah is charged with the problem of removing your reproach.
10) Isaiah is here speaking of the Gentiles in whom is the Double who is a source of Glory and Joy and with whom God shall make the New Covenant; He says also that He will make of them Priests and Levites! This correlates with the verse referring to Him approaching these people precept upon precept, line upon line, with stammering lips and a foreign tongue.
11) After addressing Israel and all the Nations with the prophesy of Isaiah, the final closing statement refers to the building of God's House. It is clear that at least He is talking about the Tabernacle, if not also the Temple. It seems strange that people can read things into Isaiah to reinforce their own arguments which they would like God and man to believe. Yet, getting them to recognize the thing the prophesies have taken a lot of trouble to clearly spell out being the Tabernacle seems an impossibility. But this is okay with me, as it separates me from them.
12) This is what Zechariah also talked about in Chapter 11 specifically; He first scatters the sheep through His Stave named Beauty.
13) We also have a further description of this country in the North where God scattered his Children: it is called the place of the Dragon! And that is a place where the Children are burned.
14) Zechariah chapter 11, concerning the Stave named Bands, speaks of such a Messianic hunter; He certainly is not a fisherman. Christ said to his disciples, Come, and I will make you fisher's of men. A Coincidence?
15) He leaves you no option in this case; in the Latter Days there will be such a clear statement of what He has done there will be no doubt about it; all this must also come at least in part from the Messiah.
16) Somehow the Christian Ministry have gotten confused on this issue, thinking perhaps that God's controversy with the shepherds who mislead his flock deals only with Israel. But here we see clearly that His Controversy is with all the Nations.
17) An epitaph of the Messiah is that He is not a prophet as He was taught to raise cattle from His youth; He also has an epitaph of judgment; thus, He judges between cattle and cattle, etc. He is also the Gatherer and Redeemer and according to this series of passages appears and seeks out Israel where they are scattered. This is an active Messiah, for He is not sitting in Jerusalem waiting for the Children of Israel to return to Him; rather, He is seeking them out where they are scattered.. A very important point. And that day, just to make sure you understand when it occurs, is on the Cloudy and Dark day, The Lord's Day, the Latter Days. It is a day when the world sees itself being turned upside down like a basket of vile figs; He shakes the basket and all the fruit falls to the ground. This overturning occurs until a certain event takes place: the coming of the Messiah; and He is one whose right it is and the Lord will give it Him.
18) Earlier we had seen that God would cleans Israel with the Spirit of Burning.
19) When He gathers you out of all countries, then He will give you a new heart; the Messiah has an epitaph which we have seen of Inheriting the desolate heritages.
20) We recall how the Messiah will search the earth and judge it with His Seven Eyes, and there will be Seven Women to attend Him, and we mentioned the relationship of the Seven Churches in Revelation concerning this. Here we see that the preChristian Jews actually anticipated the Messiah using the chosen ones of the Gentiles to convict Israel. This presupposes that Israel had done something wrong, which the Gentiles had to witness to be useful in the conviction. But the Conviction is not strictly limited to Israel, since the testament complains that both Israel and the Gentiles denied the Messiah when He appeared in the flesh! Two Messianic events are implied here: one to Israel and the other to the Gentile, which is what we have been showing all along.
21) The Jewish Standard Bible, the Tanakh, reads this differently. But they should reevaluate this verse, for the prophesies clearly talk about restoring the Tabernacle, which is held together with gold bands and cords. This verse anticipates that the Heathen would resist its restoration (which happens to be true and evidenced through this manuscript alone). The modern Tanakh loses this impact. I shall discuss it later when I get to the Rabbis.
22) This agrees with Isaiah's Suffering Messiah and also the Testament of Benjamin, how the Messiah is not believed. If He is not believed, obviously no one would sympathize with Him, i.e., comfort Him.
22) Of course! The Bible describes Him completely! He cannot be anything other than what the Prophesies describe Him to be. His refuge is in the Word which created Him. The Scriptures confirm Him: David confirms Him.
23) Because the Messiah is slated to restore the Tabernacle, (the Psalms mention Him being hidden in the secret of the Tabernacle), then He has to also be in the refuge of the Sanctuary of God; and in that Sanctuary one can see what's going on and understand your end, i.e., what you really purpose.
24) This agrees with the Testament of Benjamin, where the Messiah must convict Israel with the Chosen Ones of the Gentiles. Another name for the Jewish Messiah is The Comforter! We shall speak of this later.
24) Christ said that He carried the Comforter in Him and called Him the Holy Spirit. Yet He spoke of the Comforter as being one who will follow Him and carry the epitaph of judgment; also He will witness for Christ and Testify of Him and not of Himself. The precept of the Suffering Messiah, being one who is denied by Israel, producing Shame and the requirement for a conviction, as we saw in the Testament of Benjamin and elsewhere ( we shall show it even more clearly), automatically demands a vehicle by which He can be defended in the face of the World. Christians claim that the Comforter is not a man but the Holy Spirit; and they all claim, in this regard, to be the Comforter.
But I have to ask them if this is so, why is it that the Comforter has not mentioned the Two Anointed Ones or urged the building of the Tabernacle? And how can He receive of Christ's own and shew it to you unless He faces you face to face? Now, there was a man who claimed to be the Comforter, whose name was Mani and created a sect called Manichisim. But Mani didn't judge the world, nor did He seem to explain anything concerning either the Two Anointed Ones or the Tabernacle, or other relevant issues of the Bible.
25) Malachi says that a Book of Remembrance shall be written before the Lord in the Latter Days. Why would a Book of Remembrance have to be written? Prophesy says that the Lord looked down from Heaven to see if any man understood and sought the Lord; and it concluded that no man understood! Of course there would be a need for a Book of Remembrance to remind you what you were told. Here, Christ is reminding us that that The Comforter will bring all things, whatsoever He told you, into remembrance also. So here Christ is consistent with the other prophets.When He mentions ANOTHER COMFORTER He is drawing a comparison with Himself, as being the Comforter also. He dwelleth with you and shall be in you is the same relationship He claims will occur with Him; that after He returns to the Father He will always be with you and in you. And He is of the Holy Ghost. The precept of the Messiah is that He is the Holy Spirit of God in the flesh.
26) The Book of Remembrance would be such a book, wouldn't it? We recall in Isaiah mention of the opening of the Sealed Book, chapter 29.12; and the epitaph of the Messiah, which is mentioned in Isaiah 42.1 thru 42.3:
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
This Messiah is a Writer and is in agreement with the Odes of Solomon number 23.
27) The Odes of Solomon transfer this arrow into a Letter which becomes a Great Volume wholly written by the Finger of the Lord. This conversion is acceptable, in order to agree with Isaiah chapter 42.1.
28) The Whirlwind accompanying the Cherubim is a Living Whirlwind. It is easy to see how God could call Cyrus the Great His Shepherd, being the force behind the Whirlwind of that epic.
29) The Messiah would Remember this, when He comes to judge, would He not? After all, His refuge is in the Word of the Lord: that is what the Book of Remembrance remembers, I should think. That is why He is called Faithful and True; i.e., The Spirit of Truth or the Son of Truth.
30) We recall that in the story of Jezreel his brother Loammi, after first telling the children of Israel You are not my people; then tells them, after God redeems them, Thou art my people. Christ mentioned the same thing, speaking about His return, saying that there would be those who would claim to have done good works in his name and prophesied in his name, and He said He would say, Get thee away from me; I have never known you!
31) When you subscribe with your hand to the Lord are you not writing? The Letter Writing Messiah is Israel.
32) One should check out the use of this term. For instance, Isaiah used Bands in chapter 28.22; Can the Lord's Bands break the Bands of the Mockers?
33) It is a worse fate that it seems; for in those days the soldiers carried a long shield in their left arm, which blocked the vision in the left eye, leaving only the right eye and right arm free to fight. If your right eye is utterly darkened in this situation you are completely helpless and cannot defend yourself.
34) The Rabbis believe in Two Anointed Ones, Two Messiahs, One who is called Messiah Ben Joseph, a warrior of sorts, and Messiah ben David, the King Messiah who takes revenge upon Messiah ben Joseph's death. Messiah ben Joseph is presumably the Jewish answer to the Suffering Messiah epitaphs. The problem with their assessment of how Messiah ben Joseph is killed, being at the hand of Gog and Magog in the Latter Day Battle between the Children of Light and the Children of Darkness, is that these specific scriptures of Zechariah say it is Jerusalem who wounded the Messiah! It is not some bitter enemy; it is Judah! And that is the Day in which the Lord says He will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people. The vision is of a Wounded Messiah standing before Jerusalem showing her the wounds he had gotten from her hands. And this forces me to ask Jerusalem if she is waiting for this Messiah, knowing that she is prophesied to Wound Him. I should think an easier alternative in resolving this prophesy (not negating it) is to consider whether such a Messiah has already come and been wounded by her fathers. As said before, it is easier to blame the fathers for the crime than the children. I suspect, in this case, the fathers of Jerusalem, long since turned to dust, might agree with me. It seems to be a prudent way of avoiding trouble.
35) These are the same epitaphs as those which apply to the Angel in Linen carrying the writer's inkhorn, mentioned by Ezekiel, and the same character appears in Revelation. In the Psalms He is described with horns coming out of His hand, which is the source of all of his power. To one who writes, the hiding of his power is in the writer's inkhorn. He isn't, on the surface, someone you would be expected to be happy to see, I should think.
(From the letter to John)
St. Luke, Luminous
Luke 6.26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! For so did their fathers to the false prophets.
6.40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.
6.45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
6.46 And why call ye me, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
11.11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask for a fish, will He for a fish give him a serpent?
11.13 If ye, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him? If He saith He shall send another in the Holy Spirit, shall He cast ye a stone? Or shall ye, looking into your hands thinking to see another loaf of bread see nothing?
11.33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
11.43 Woe unto you, pharisees! For ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.
11.44 Woe unto you, scribes and pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.
11.52 Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
13.24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.1
13.25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and He shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are.2
13.27 But He shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
13.28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the Kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out..3 Christ was certainly aware that there would be a great deal of Weeping at The End of Days.
13.29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the Kingdom of God.
16.26 And beside all this, between us and you, there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence...If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead.4
17.26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man.5
17.27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered in the Ark, and the Flood Came, and destroyed them all.
17.28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
17.29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and Brimstone from Heaven, and destroyed them all.
17.30 Even thus shall it be in the Day when the Son of Man is revealed.6
17.32 Remember Lots Wife.
18.8 Nevertheless, when the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?
20.9 A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.
20.10 And at the season He sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.
20.11 And again, He sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.
20.13 Then said the Lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see Him.
20.14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying This is the heir; come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.
20.15 So they cast him out of the Vineyard, and killed him. What, therefore, shall the Lord of the Vineyard do unto them?
20.16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the Vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid...
Mark 13.23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
13.24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,|
13.25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
13.26 And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in the clouds8 with great power and glory.
13.27 And then shall He send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
13.28 Now learn a parable of the Fig tree: When her branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:9
13.29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
Zechariah 3.9: For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua, upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof saith the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
3.10 In that day, saith the Lord of Hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbor under the Vine and under the Fig Tree.10
Micah 4.1 But in the Last Days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the House of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
4.2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the House of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4.3 And He shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nations shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4.4 But they shall sit every man under his Vine and under his Fig Tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.
Matthew22.31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,
22.32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
22.29 Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
22.30 For in the resurrection, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in Heaven.
17.11 Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
13.38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the Kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
13.39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
13.40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of the world.
13.41 The Son of Man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity.
13.42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
13.43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
12.30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
12.31 Wherefore I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
12.32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven Him, neither in this world neither in the world to come.
10.38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me
10.39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
10.40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
10.41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
10.33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
10.28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
7.19 Every Tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
7.20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.11
7.21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the Will of my Father which is in Heaven. 11
7.22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
7.23 And then will I profess unto thee, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
6.19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
6.20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.
6.31 Therefore, take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? Or, wherewithal shall we be clothed.
6.32 For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
6.33 But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
6.9 After this manner, therefore, pray ye:
Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
In earth as it is in heaven.
5.44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
5.45 That ye may be the children of your father which is in heaven: for He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
5.46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same?
5.47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so?
5.48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.
5.20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. What less, therefore, to be done when the Kingdom is come on earth?
5.5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
5.9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the Children of God.
5.17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
5.18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
25.34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Mark 8.38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He cometh in the Glory of His Father with the holy angels.
John 6.39 And this is the Father's Will which hath sent me, that of all which He hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
6.40 And this is the Will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise Him up at the last day.
6.47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
6.48 I am that bread of life.
6.49 your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
6.50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
6.51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, He shall not die: He shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
6.54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
6.62 What and if ye shall see the Son of Man ascend up where He was before?
6.63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh prophiteth nothing: The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
8.50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.
8.51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, He shall never see death.
9.4 I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
9.5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
13.46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
12.47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge Him not; for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
13.20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth Him that sent me.
13.34 A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
13.35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye love one another.
14.3 ...I will come again, and receive you unto myself; That where I am there ye may be also.
14.7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also; and from henceforth ye know him, and have Seen Him.
14.15 If ye love me keep my commandments.
15.1 I am the True Vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
15.2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
15.5 I am the Vine, ye are the branches:
18.36 My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but not is my Kingdom not from hence.
8.47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
5.24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
10.26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
10.27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me:
10.1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and robber.
10.2 But he that entereth in by the door is the Shepherd of the Sheep.|
10.4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
10.11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Luke 17.20 The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
17.21 Neither shall they say, Lo, here! or, Lo there! for, behold, The Kingdom of God is within you.
18.17 Verily, I say unto you, Whosoever shall nor receive the Kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
9.62 ..No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.
9.54 ..They said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
9.55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
9.56 For the Son of Man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.
Mark 4.26 So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground.
4.27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.
4.28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
4.29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
4.20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty fold some sixty, and some an hundred.
4.18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
4.19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
23.24 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Matthew 22.9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
22.10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
22.11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
22.12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
22.13 Then saith the King to his servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
22.14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
13.41 The Son of Man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his Kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity.
13.28 ...Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
13.29 But He said, Nay; let while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
13.30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Job 13.6 Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.
13.7 Will ye speak deceitfully for God? And talk deceitfully for him?
13.8 Will ye accept his person? Will ye contend with God?
13.9 Is it good that he should search you out? Or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock Him?
13.12 your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.
13.19 Who is he that will plead with me? For now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the Ghost.
14.14 If a man die, shall He live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
19.23 O that my words were now written! O that they were printed in a book!
19.24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
19.25 For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the Latter Day upon the earth.
19.26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
19.27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eye shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
19.29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is judgment.
36.29 Also, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his Tabernacle?
38.1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
38.2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
38.4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare if thou hast understanding.
38.19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof?
38.20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?
38.21 Knowest thou it, because thou was then born? or because the number of thy days is great?
38.36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who hath given understanding to the heart?
39.9 Will the Unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?
39.10 Canst thou bind the Unicorn with his band in the furrow? Or will He harrow the valleys after thee?
39.11 Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? Or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?
39.12 Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?
34.2 hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.
34.3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.
And unto the churches:
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Unto the angel of the church in Pergamos, I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Bala'am, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel.
Unto the angel of the church in Sardis, I know thy works, that thou hast a name which thou livest, yet ye are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
And to the Angel of the church in Philadelphia, These things saith He that is Holy, He that is true, He that hath the Key of David; He that openeth and shutteth, and no man openeth: I know thy works: behold I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it, for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Because thou hast kept patience in my word, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Behold, him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and I shall write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon Him a new name.
And to the Angel of the church of Loadicia, I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would that thou were cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.
I counsel thee to anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
There is little time in working with you; yet, I would tell you more things if you could understand them.
Who among you can write a letter such as this? And who among you can take these prophets and use them to say something contrary to what I have said?
Behold, there is but one voice of God and there is no other.
Now these are the word of God and they are not open to interpretation. I have pledged myself to curse anyone who would interpret them, before my Father in Heaven. Further, because they are His Word, and not mine, and because these things and the Tabernacle are His and not mine, I will curse any man who will use my name in connection with them.
Notes to Letter F
1) The straight gate, with regard to the Word of the Lord, is that which remains true and faithful to the Word. If you are not sure of all the details of that Way, then you ought to become familiar with its purpose and be at least even with it. The extent of this Way reaches even to Christ Himself, for He also must be straight unto the Prophesy which created Him; and in this one ought to consider that He cannot negate any part of those prophesies which created Him. He cannot pick and choose; neither can you.
2) This agrees with Loammi's first statement to Israel, Ye are not my people.
3) See Zechariah 12.10 and 12.11.
4) Christ claimed to fulfill prophesy. Here He was complaining that if the people couldn't hear, or listen to, Moses and the prophets, how could they be persuaded to believe in one risen from the dead? The same construction applied to this day, concerning the Christian Ministry, for they also cannot be persuaded to listen to Moses and the prophets; so how could they hope to be persuaded in one who rises from the dead? Yet, they, unlike Israel today, are watching for someone to rise from the dead: i.e., Jesus. their Messiah.
5) He has to be referring to the latter days, since He says Shall be.
6) We recall Ezekiel's description of this, chapter 38.14 thru 38.23. So Christ is keying His appearance to the days of Gog and Magog.
8) The Apostles weren't sure of what He was talking about, since in another place they quote Him as saying the Son of Man in a Cloud..... In a Cloud connects with the coming epitaph of God leading the Children of Israel, appearing between the Two Cherubim in a Cloud by day and a Fire by night. To clear up this matter concerning the Cloud or Clouds, it might be helpful to consult our index. It seems that the prophets were consistent on their understanding of God appearing in a Cloud, often accompanied by a whirlwind. They also consistently understood how God uses other nations to descend upon Israel as a cloud, as in Judgment. I am surprised the Christian Ministry have not understood this relationship of God to the Cloud. And I am surprised that the Ministry would not think of Jesus in this manner, or consider that He might use the same language as God.
9) In the center of the Garden of Eden was a Fig Tree. The Fig Tree later became a symbol of Israel: i.e., Israel is at the center of the world and God's Kingdom. When you see Israel bloom, or cast its leaves, you know that the time is nigh at hand, even at the doors.
10) Indulge me for a moment. Let's call Beauty, Messiah ben David alias Jesus of Nazareth; He said He is the Vine. Let's call Bands, Messiah ben Israel the Fig Tree. We can now look back in this perspective and see Two Nations of God: One under Messiah ben David-Christianity, which the Rabbis call Edom, which we can call The Vine; and the other under Messiah ben Israel which is the Fig Tree. Hence, following this indulgence we can see how every man shall seek the shelter of His Vine or His Fig Tree.
11) Christians have problems sorting out the meaning of Grace and repentance of sin. But I think this is a pretty clear statement from Christ that you will be judged by your works. Did He not say that on His return there would be those who would praise Him and say how faithful they had been to Him, doing works in his name and performing miracles? Yet he said that there would be those of them He would tell to depart from Him, that He had never known them. And He makes it clear that judgment is based upon doing the Father's Will. Here, Christians have problems sorting this out as well, for they seemed to have forgotten that the Father's Will has to do with the Redemption of Israel, restoration of the Tabernacle, and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven as He so clearly described He would do in the Latter Days.
Last evening I picked up my two manuscripts and returned your book on the rapture. Having read your comments on the first manuscript, I can see that you were never able to get beyond the first few pages. I knew that would happen beforehand, though I hoped you might rise to the challenge and read the things you know are in the Bible which are things in which you have no faith. You have no faith that the Two Anointed Ones of whom Zechariah speaks are true to the Word of God.
Faith, as Paul used the word, is an action word. So you cannot have faith without following it up with works. In Ephesians 1.19 Paul says:
Ephesians 1.19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who
believe, according to the working of his mighty power...
Here we see that God, Himself, endows a relationship of faith with works. Without His works, what basis would we have in faith to Him? That He exists? Verily, the entire Bible is a pledge of Works by Him that we will believe in Him. So too, in marriage, our works before Him are assurances that we believe in Him. So you cannot separate one's works from one's faith. We recall Christ saying, If ye cannot believe in me, believe in my works.
Paul was concerned about people who brag about good works but really demonstrate little faith. The crux of the matter, to Him, fell upon Christ: being of good works but denying Christ or the Word of God certainly is not keeping faith with God.
In our inquiry, we have to ask the nature of Christ's Faith in the Father. Being the proclaimed Son (substantially self anointed, except for the Testimony of John the Baptist and the testimony concerning His Virgin Birth),being of the same Spirit of the Father, tells us that He is basically the same who Created the Faith. It is by Christ's works that we know He is of the Father, the Same Word of the Father. For His Works were the fulfillment of prophesy. And whatever prophesy His Works directly fulfilled, that is the thing which He has a legitimate claim to be. But no one can fulfill prophesy out of context of the time a particular prophesy is set. If Israel had been scattered, sifted amongst all the nations of the earth and burned, as a refiner's fire melts gold and silver, for instance, then the Sign of the Virgin, which also requires the contemporaneous sign of the return of Elias, has to occur before this disaspora. If anyone claims to fulfill this prophesy after the diaspora, then such a claim would have to be false; for he would be out of sync with the time in which the prophesy was set. For a prophesy to be legitimately fulfilled, one always has to ask , What time is it, that it is fulfilled? In this regard Christ appeared, with His claim of Virgin Birth, an instant before the diaspora, right on time.
Christ, claiming to be the Word of God, had to know the Word of God. His works demonstrated that He, at least, knew the Substance of it. And the true measure of what He knew is not his miracles, but what He said: His Word. Thus, He said that on His return you will recognize Him by His Word. Yet, He also said that there were many things which He could not say to the apostles, because they would not understand. So Christ represented a Word revealed and a Word to be revealed. In the context of the passage, in John, speaking of the Comforter, we find that it is he, Another, who will reveal more of the Word of God.
Keeping this in mind, we have to admit foremost that Christ knew everything of which I have addressed in my book: namely the Promise of the Tabernacle, its Two Cherubim and the Two Anointed Ones. He knew about Shiloh, for instance; and Shiloh clearly is not a son of David (Judah) according to Israel's Testimony. And Christ came to confirm Israel's Prophesy, as the other prophesies, not to deny them.
As concerning the Two Cherubim of the Tabernacle, who are the Two Anointed Ones, Beauty and Bands, in my book, we see that Paul also knew of them. In Hebrews 9.5 he says:
Hebrews 9.5 And over it the cherubim of glory shadowing the Mercy Seat; of
which we cannot now speak particularly.
So Paul knew of these at least in context that they would one day be revealed. And He called them The Cherubim of glory: something to think about. As for Paul's concept of the rapture, I cannot myself speak of it particularly: neither to confirm it or deny it. But he and I have a common vision concerning the Glorification of Christ coming in a Cloud. My vision puts that Cloud, the Cloud of God, between the Two Cherubim atop the Mercy Seat in the Tabernacle. As for the effect of that Cloud, when it is seen, I cannot speak particularly, though I know you will all grieve before Him.
You and the other ministry have, by your works, apparently tried to sweep the Two Anointed Ones and Shiloh under the rug. Rather than facing the Word, you have buried it. And no gains can come from something which is buried once revealed.
The faithful way of dealing with this matter is to publish it, not bury it. For you cannot gain Wisdom that way. Essentially, all this means is that you have buried, in this case, because the issue is so manifoldly wondrous, the Substance of God's Wisdom and Seed.
Now Paul, in Faith to the Two Cherubim, knew he had to mention them. Yet, for reasons we cannot know, he led us to believe, though he knows of them, he doesn't comprehend them. A proper answer.
Now you could have done the same thing with my book, admitting you knew of its issue so that your flock could inquire of them. For having Faith in the Word of God, one knows that with Inquiry one is more receptive to seeing the Revelation which God has intended. This, then, becomes your responsibility to them, to cast light for them upon things which lead them out of darkness.
The contention and Promise in my book is that The Anointed of God will confront you with the issue of the Two Anointed Ones. The Promise is that you will see God in all His Glory when you see what is in them. So you should not be afraid of them but try to come to know them. As best you can.
You are a busy man, busy being faithful to God. But can you be faithful to God in part, saying, I will walk with you here or there, but of these other things I do not wish to go!
John, in Revelation, says to the church of Philadelphia, in the Latter Days God will keep them from temptation:
Rev. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Now of this I can speak particularly. For it is through the Tabernacle that you shall be kept from the temptation which is come upon the World. God, in Residence there, will keep you from temptation.
What, then, is the temptation?
First and foremost it is the temptation of abandoning Faith in God: i.e., His Word. In that Word is a Promise, that He will bring His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven and all men then will lay down in peace. He who brings this is named Peace. Those who Prevail with Him are named Israel.
Now Israel is the Fig Tree. He who brings that Kingdom into being is the same as the Thing He represents. He is the Fig Tree. For in the prophesy both the Anointed and the Kingdom are linked by One cord into one event at one time. If you see the Anointed, it is the same as seeing the Kingdom which He is designed to set on earth. In like manner, Christ calling Himself the Vine, is the root, or Branch, from which God's Vineyard is set. One of the visions of that Vineyard shows a Fig Tree growing in the middle of it.
If you do not try to understand these things, to inquire of them, you miss out on any enlightenment which is designed in them.
By the same token, In Isaiah, we are told that you shall be made Levites of God; and you are told that in the Gentile shall be the Double who shall glorify them(Isaiah 61.7):
Isaiah 61.7 For your shame ye shall have double; and for Confusion they shall rejoice in their position: therefore, in their land they shall possess The Double: everlasting Joy shall be unto them.
For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will make an everlasting Covenant with them.
This Word relates to the event of the Restoration of Israel. In this passage, and in other prophesies, it is a time when a New Covenant shall be made. And as regarding this, I have yet to find anything which Christ said which stated a New Covenant. He gave a New Commandment, saying, Love one another as I have loved you. In my book, I have called that the New Covenant. Now in that Covenant I have said that in the Tabernacle upon the Mercy Seat, between the Two Cherubim, you will see your God. And this brings us back to the matter of Faith.
I have no doubts in that Promise, and my works, I hope, can help to bring that Promise. In this I have Faith that what God said He would do (having said it in black and white text where all can see long before me).
Just as you cannot separate the Anointed from the building of His Kingdom, neither can you separate the prophesies upon which He and His Kingdom are built.
Now the way in which the Ministry today are practicing the faith, according to the Rapture Promised by Paul, all the substantial building blocks designed, through prophesy, into the Kingdom seem to have been long forgotten. And because they have been forgotten and ignored anyone, who in faith to those Promises, works for them, is also ignored. Worse still, He is left completely alone in his work.
By measure, then, if nothing else, I am a warning. For if there is a trial placed upon you between Paul's version of God's Word, and the unequivocal Word Promised by the other prophets, including Christ, Paul shall lose in the draw. And this, for those of you who follow Paul's word, is unfair to Paul. For you have placed him in contest with His Master.
As for his concept of the Rapture, catching away the faithful to Christ before the Tribulation, during it, or after, no one can say which it shall be, how, when, or why. Or whether it has already occurred. Your answer to me concerning this is that you are still here; therefore the rapture has not occurred. But I say to you, I have confronted you with the issue of the Two Anointed Ones and you have hidden from them. Don't you think that your King descending unto you will know that and ask you, Why?
You see, inherent in the Testimony of the Two Anointed Ones is a burden, and from now on you will carry that burden wheresoever you go.
Now I did not volunteer to carry this burden, no more than you have wanted it. But this is the nature of the thing called the Servant of God. You carry whatever burden is thrown upon you. And in the case of God's Word, you cannot pick and choose the part you want to carry. This book is certainly a good illustration of this; for had I known its formation entirely beforehand, I would not have written it the way I did. But I am happy the way it turned out, for it has been an adventure for me.
Some are blessed with ignorance. Christ blessed the apostles with keeping them in ignorance in certain matters.
This is a time when a heavy burden has been laid upon all men. And to handle that burden, threatening our doom, we require equipment and means equal to dealing with that burden. You need a stronger hand than the one you have been using. And it is not the weakness of Christ of which I speak, but your own weakness in walking with Him. If you were strong you would have no problem relating to the Two Anointed Ones and understanding them. If you were to turn your fears, in this regard, to faith you would see yourself a stronger witness for Christ.
Since Christ has to know about the Two Anointed Ones, even Shiloh, it follows that He must also confirm them. And no man can set himself above Christ.
Westbrae Bible Church
1343 Hopkins Street
Berkeley, Ca. 94702
I hope I have your name right, as I was so shocked from your telephone call I neglected to make note of your name.
I feel compelled to write you and the elders of the church to offer a perspective on the issue of John, which I hope would end in the reconciliation of your differences. I don't know why John is no longer with you, nor do I want to know why. But I believe that whatever happened involved a substantial matter. And to be honest with ourselves and John, I would hope that you might spend a few minutes with me to understand the church's separate needs and yours. And in this regard we must conclude that the first need of the church is to be of One Spirit. That Spirit has been embodied in scripture as a man who walked the earth fulfilling prophesy without being understood. And that man was innocently condemned to death without understanding. Because His death even fulfilled prophesy, it leaves us with a parable of grace which can be applied to all men and all situations.
Now John's story involves a parable of Grace. I will try to explain this in as few words as possible, though it involves considerable matters of substance.
Paul preached Grace, as you know; and the church seems to have been divided between Paul and James concerning the effect of works upon one's Salvation and Grace in the eyes of God. Now Paul was just as concerned about reminding us to assure our works conform to the Will of God, as He understood it, as James. They differed in the matter only in terms of one's way of approaching the issue. Christ said, of course, that the Way to Heaven is to obey the Will of God. He said even that you must strive to be perfect as God, saying the servant is no better than its master nor the master no better than the servant. In His perspective, even the last servant coming to work in the Lord's Field will be paid the same as the servant who had been working in the field from the Beginning. By Grace, then, we can measure John against Paul. Your past pastor, John, can spend ten minutes working in the field, regardless of his past activities, and attain the same level of Grace as Paul, who's works have continued in that field for nearly two thousand years. And we can reflect here upon Paul, because Paul had committed the worst crimes against God: He having persecuted the children who were forming the Body of Christ, the thing you strive to be.
At issue is not how sin may be condemned, but how any kind of sin against God can be purged, redeeming the sinner to God. In this we see that the life of Christ, a parable, sets forth the Way to Redemption. And in that model we need to understand His Commandment: Love one another as I have loved you. Christ said, And this is how you, my disciples, will be known to the world: That you love one another as I loved you.
So this is our baseline which formulates the parable involving your pastor.
The greatest obstacle to Christ's Commandment, which fulfills the Will of God, because Christ obeyed all the Commandments, is a thing often repeated in the Bible called Vanity. All men are vain and tend to raise themselves above others and God. If there is a conflict between God's Word and man's intentions, God loses in the draw.
We can measure the areas where man elevates Himself above others and God. The first ones to observe, who are by far the easiest, are the Pastors. Leave them untended and they will be seen to justify living in nice homes and seeking great names in the marketplace. From the Pharisees to the Bakers we have repeated instances how the pastors become the authority of God and eventually show themselves glorifying themselves rather than God. A Pope (he may have been a Cardinal; I can't remember for sure) of the Medicis argues that riches were permitted among the pastors, justifying his own opulence and wealth. He would throw dinner parties using a great array of gold and silver utensils and, to demonstrate how great and wealthy he was, he would have his servants throw the gold and silver into the lake after each dinner. The astonished guests did not know that he had his servants gather them from the lake after the guests left.
Now there are many types of offences a Pastor can make against God. The first offence is to misquote Him. He calls that misleading the flock. Generally misquotes are derived to substantiate a Pastor's own conclusions as to what God has purposed and how He intends to fulfill His Purpose. Paul, by example, erred concerning this, telling the flock to expect the Second Coming of Christ and rapture in his own time. Had Paul understood the purpose clearly stated in the Bible, He would never have offered such a conclusion. (He erred in thinking that Christ could nullify God's prophesies, even those prophesies upon which Christ is based). For Christ stated that Purpose: to found a Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. His intent by this, as stated in the Lord's Prayer, the thing Christ told you to pray for, is that God is moving here and evidently not preoccupied with raising you up to Heaven. The transformation is rather clearly expressed in terms of restoring Peace and Paradise on earth led by One King: God. And on that Day of the Lord, called the Latter Days, He says He will resurrect those that have been saved in Him. First among these will be the saints of old. Here, we see, that the final Proof of God is demonstrated in that Day of Resurrection.
With this in mind, I would like to plead on behalf of John. Against whom is he a reproach? God or your congregation? Now if you asked him to leave your congregation, he has been humbled. And by measure he, restored to the congregation, has a greater opportunity to help you inquire of God and know Him, than one who has not experienced what John may be going through. Be meek, saith the Lord, lest ye be hit by one of my arrows.
John and I have had a small dispute which I restricted to the confines of his office and ears. He and I are in substantial disagreement. Yet, I would defend him, because He has done something no other pastor has been willing do do with me: to hear me.
I first contacted John by phone and told him that I needed to talk with a pastor concerning certain substantial Bible issues which no pastor would inquire with me. I wrote now hundreds in the Ministry asking them a response to the issues, and they all ignored me and those whom I saw face to face turned away from me. And I have been one all along who has been on the outside of the church trying to get in, but no pastor would receive me.1
I explained these things to John and he immediately invited me to his home and even invited me to dinner, which I had to decline as I had other plans for dinner. But I met with him later that evening and he listened to me. We made appointments for other sessions and over the weeks to come brought me into your church.
I asked him why he had so graciously received me, whereas others turned away from me. He answered that one never knows who will come through his door. It could be an angel of God, He said. A perfect answer to what would seemingly become an imperfect situation. Because of this answer, however, I respected John and limited my disagreements to his ears only. By comparison, I might add that before I contacted John, the same day I spoke on the phone with a pastor in a church in Oakland which, led by a woman, has a television ministry. That pastor refused to meet with me under any circumstance and told me to write a letter to the church. I was then, as now, tired of writing letters. (He even went on to say that I should start my own church! I couldn't believe my ears, as I was only asking questions).
Now we can see the difference between the pastor of the Oakland church and that of your small ministry. And by comparison we can only recall that John knew what Christ had told him to do: gather the sheep and chase after the strays. And he knew how Christ told him to do it: make friends and invite them to dinner. He also knew that Christ really did not provide any means of tithing in His Church, so John made a point to me and his congregation that any tithing should be informal and purely voluntary. I told John that in my opinion tithing, as defined by Moses, is permitted. But Christ did send His pastors out into the world two by two carrying only the clothes on their back and told to go wheresoever a household would open its door. Subsistence for Christ's pastors was vested through the householder who invited them to come in and feed. So John tried to maintain this Spirit, as I saw it, as best He could. As I understand he had to take part time jobs laying carpet to provide for his family.
John and I had friendly dialogues and it was I who left the church. I left because I did not see any progress in reconciling me to the church. And if you knew the nature of my disagreements with all the Ministry, which John quite accurately reflects for all of them, you would also know that I left because I could not bear hearing things which I would call untrue. But this is not an accusation against John, but against all the Ministry. They all formulate words for God which have no bearing to the actual statements one can read He made. But this is my private battle with the Ministry and I have not desired to involve others, the congregation, in it.
In trying to wrap this up as simply as possible, I would urge you to recall John. For he now has a greater contribution to offer you than he had before. And you have something in you which you did not have before. That thing is called Pride. You both have to lower yourselves to become joined again.
Now the easiest way to resolve your situation is to find another Pastor who will tell you what you want to hear and serve you as you would want him to serve God. But this will not lead to greater knowledge of either yourselves or God. It only defers resolution of the thing which often crops up out of the soil, bringing discontent and hate, envy, and strife. I assure you, that if you bring John back in the Spirit of which I have written, you will all enjoy something few men have, or take, the privilege to know.
How, then, can one as I, who was substantially opposed to John's and the Ministry's precepts, defend one with whom I have been doing a verbal battle?
In one of my letters to John I told him the day would come that I would defend him, even though I disagreed with him.
I am defending Peace, Goodwill, forgiveness of sins. And the only way I can defend these things is by example. To make Peace you have to resolve discord. To promote goodwill, you have to show that you are willing and capable of forgiving those who have trespassed you. And to forgive one need only swallow Pride. And if you do these things will you not have gained a higher state of grace than you had before? And once having attained it, will you not know how to keep it with you? That when the next test comes you will be prepared and unafraid?
You see, it is Vanity which has kept me out of your church. And I have asked John and others if it will keep me out of your church would it not also prevent Christ to visit you?
The answer, of course, to this parable, is that you have assumed that Christ is always with you. And you would tend to pull away from a voice which comes out of the blue suggesting that if Christ were here He would not approve of what your are doing. He would likely kick over the tables of one church after another. But he would not kick over the tables of your church, to scatter the money lenders and the sellers of doves.
Thus, because I have asked questions which I know Christ would know, because He is called the Word of God and would have to know all the Word of God, I have found myself on the outside looking in. By example, at issue is chapter 4 and 11 of Zechariah, mentioning the thirty pieces of silver thrown to the potter in the context of Two Anointed Ones. My asking of these, who are called Two Staves, Beauty and Bands, has put me at issue with those who believe ignoring these and evading them is being true to Christ. And by doing so they have put Christ in opposition to the very prophesies which Confirmed Him.
Now no one has to be a Bible scholar to understand the Bible or the word of God. For you can read as well as the scholar. Further, the Bible was not written for scholars but for every man and woman. He uses as His Witness not scholars and priests but the people. And He says to them in the Latter Days you will understand Him Perfectly. And in those days He has threatened to scatter the pastors who have not fed the flock but fed upon the flock. And in this you can even see yourself, for your own reasons, fulfilling prophesy.
There is a wonderful parable in all this if you will take a few moments to think about it. It is a story of grace, and by example, how peace can come unto all men.
I know I have taken up your time and wish that I had a way to broach this issue and others in simple terms which you would both understand and be willing to demonstrate.
All men are servants of God; at least He intends to live in them. He has a pretty big task ahead of Him, doesn't He? For if He cannot intervene to enjoin you in peace, though it be a hard way for you and not the way you would prefer, what chance hath He with the rest of the world?
Finally, I can, by example, show you Grace. For of all the Ministry, I have had but one Pastor receive me, though only for a short time. Oh, how I wished John had chased after me after I left the congregation! But you must see the final outcome of all this. For on the day I stand before Our Father in Heaven, should I be so chosen, I will have to point down to John, saying He alone received me. And it won't make any difference the sins burdened upon John's back. As of this date, still trying to make contact with the Ministry, I can only say, He alone received me. This can never be taken away from him.
We can extend this example back to Christ. Though many actually received Him in His Own Time, there was no one in the end, except Pontius Pilate, who was His executioner, there to defend Him. Now Peter could have rounded up thousands of people to protest the arrest of Christ. But he didn't nor did anyone else. Rather, the crowd accumulated around his mother, who was in grief in the street, outside judgment, calling for Christ's blood. And when we think of it in these terms we have to ask ourselves what she must have been thinking about all Christ's disciples, and the thousands He blessed and healed. We must conclude that no one of them could have looked her in the eye or even touched her, knowing that no one, not even those closest to Christ, defended Him in His Trial. Yet, as they were, by Testimony, who among us can say we are as Holy as they? Or as Holy as the saints who built a golden calf whilst Moses was upon the Mount? Who among us can say we are as Holy as Aaron, God's Prophet, who led the children in building the Golden Calf?
By these examples we can see that we are no different than those men; but since we occupy the Latter end of the Bible, which really is a New Beginning, yet undefined, we know that more is expected from us than the Children of Israel.
Now this thing in man which causes it to cast off its own, and doing so denying God the facilities of Peace making, presents the same problem, in terms of Redemption By God, as you have in redeeming John. And knowing this, how it tears your heart and pride to bridge discord, you can know what God every day feels in Redeeming you. But you are a microcosm of the whole; His Suffering, not just exemplified upon the cross, is for the Many.
By reason of this knowledge, we can see that God has been long suffering in patience to await the day in which all men can be enjoined to him in peace.
This God whom you worship claims He is capable of both good and evil. By measure, a good part of prophesy deals with the evil, or curse, He has placed beforehand upon the Children of Israel. Because He knew beforehand they would deny Him when He comes.2 And because of this, He carries a great deal of wrath with Him.
My issue with the Ministry is that if we wish to know God, we must learn to look through His eyes and listen with His ears. I call this looking through the eyes of Christ and listening with the ears of Christ who is my model.
When you adopt his eyes and ears, a remarkable thing happens: you become isolated temporarily from your brother and neighbor. For you see that they do not use his eyes nor his ears and allow their own egos to reign supreme in the pursuit of life. I call this Vanity. And Vanity causes men to do terrible things. The worst of this can be evidenced in the German people who justified rounding up the Jews, with the support of a complacent world, and sending them to the Pit. Those who drove the trains even knew that their trains were intended to run until the last Jew in the World was killed. And all the people who were needed to support this venture, allowing six million people to be burned, included many who went to church every Sunday to praise Christ and glorify God. Many, even, justified it as the Judgment of God. Hitler justified it through his Vanity of the Superior German Race; bigots justified it by saying the Jews got their just deserts for killing Christ But none considered that God had said, Vengeance is mine. Neither Hitler nor any one else can be justified in vengeance, for any reason.
The expectations planted in the Body of Christ are no less than those planted in the Children of Israel. The Gentile are cursed no less than the Children of Israel were cursed in prophesy. But with each curse was also a Blessing. You may recall that as the Children of Israel marched across the Jordan River their patriarches were divided into two groups and placed upon two opposing mounts. As the Children passed below those mounts, one group Blessed the Children and the other group Cursed them. If they followed the Will of God they would receive the Blessings Promised by Moses; if they defied His Will, then the Curses would be laid upon them. Even so, the prophesies remind us that even though they be cursed, if they repent and return to the Lord He would redeem them. And the repentance was couched in terms of humbling yourself before the Lord.
It is easy to kneel down and pray and claim that you are humbling yourself before the Lord. But this would produce little effect before the eyes of God, knowing at the same time the congregation is in discord. Once again, the pharisees may have shown the greatest humility and done the greatest charitable works, but they neglected to inquire of their God as to the prophesies concerning the killing of the Anointed by Jerusalem. Rather, they passed over them as if they had no meaning and, neglecting His clear warning, killed the Messiah when He came.3 So we see that doing the Will of God involves more than just pulling a few verses out of the Bible and doing them, ignoring other things in the Word as being open to interpretation or without meaning. And the message here is that Doing the Will of God is to inquire and understand. And once you understand His Voice you are bound to obey it. For He would not have written the Bible out of idle speculation with no purpose. For this would cast doubts even upon the being of Christ. So we must endeavor to understand Him; and the first chore in doing so is to look through His Eyes and listen with His Ears. Then when we speak, we will speak with His Mouth. In this respect, you are all expected to become like Christ, as best as you can. And in this I am not speaking of a Suffering Messiah with wounds all over Him, but of His Word, what He really was to the World.
Error is a phenomenon of being human. We are all imperfect beings in an imperfect world. And the intent of God, looking through the view of the Lord's Prayer, is to deal with this phenomena and transform man into a Being of God. A prophet compares this Transformation like unto God marrying Two Whores. God often refers to the Children of Israel as a Whore. We are no better in His Eyes. For we easily stray from Him.
If I can see what is happening in the Ministry, as the world now sees it even on Television, cannot God see it? Is there anyone who can hide from His eyes or His ears? Long ago He complained of the priests doing things saying, Who seeth or who knoweth and The Lord will not do good nor do evil. Would He not say the same thing today? Surely, the things recorded against the Children of Israel are small compared to the extravagant violations of God's Will going on today. By measure, The Children of Israel are saints compared to us. For our generation is the first to walk this earth which has openly desecrated the very garden God created. Our desecration, in fact, through pollution and nuclear devices, promises our children with no inheritance. Today, for the first time in history, there are many places man has made completely uninhabitable, certainly for at least 250,000 years. Where men before us could walk and live, our children will never walk and live. Many believe our children will never grow up to see adulthood.
If I can see these things, which are common knowledge to the world, cannot God see them? If you looked through the eyes of Christ and listened through His ears, would you tolerate them? Would you tolerate, even, what is now happening in your church?
These things being considered, what is the remedy for God unto His own? If Christ were here today, would He bless the seven churches in Revelations, which are typical of the church today? We see that Revelation Cursed six of them and only called the Church of Philadelphia Faithful unto Him. Looking through His eyes and listening through His ears, would He call the Westbrae Bible Church the church of Philadelphia?
If, then, you see there is a need for a remedy to correct the wrong, what remedy would you choose? A remedy Christ would choose or a remedy man would choose? You know, by what you have been taught, Christ would tell you to redeem John, not condemn Him. For the Glory of God is in Redemption.
Now I know the problems of redemption as well as you. And the first thing you have to do is admit one and all that you are all wrong and try to start over with a fresh, new beginning. For you are all naked before God at this moment and equal before His Eyes. You are all His Servants. You are all One Thing, One Spirit, in which God is trying to live.
You have an advantage over the Children of Israel. They were created before the prophesy; and you, now looking back through History, can see that you have been created at the end of the Prophesy. You can look back and,precept by precept, going through the Word of God, say, Verily, God hath done it. So you carry in you the ability to Prove God:. That He exists. And knowing this, if you take the time, you can develop a case for God which no other before you could prepare. And to do this, all you need do is go back and read the Bible through new eyes, the Eyes of Christ, and admit foremost in your heart that of that Word He already knew it. For He said, speaking of the Comforter, whom He said resided in Him, There are many things I would now tell you but you are not ready for it. He knew things that the disciples would not understand. But those things, by issue of the Testimony, were reserved for revelation at a later time: the Latter Days. So Christ represented a Word Revealed and a Word to be Revealed.
Knowing, therefore, that more is to be revealed, even by virtue of prophesy becoming history, it is beholden to all of us to inquire of the Word as it now relates to History and our own times. In this, you have a clear advantage over Paul, though he lived during the time of Christ; for you know, in fact, that the fulfillment of prophesy incorporated the criteria of the Restoration of the Children of Israel to their land. Paul could not see this, but you can see it, for we are celebrating it now for the first time in two thousand years. One should be aware, therefore, that God has worked something Marvellous before our very eyes. We are His Witness!
Many deny the restoration of Israel, however, for reasons we cannot take time to trace here. Many can call Israel's being restored to the map a coincidence or having no bearing upon Biblical Truth. But if you were God, looking through His Eyes, how would you feel about that? The entire end of Biblical Prophesy was dedicated to the scattering and restoration of the Children of Israel. And the very thing that is in this end is questioned! Like a child coming out of the womb, asking its Father, What hath thou wrought? so are many today asking that question. Surely, many say that God must have made a mistake, allowing Israel to be restored before its time. But God doesn't make mistakes. He can't, assuming He wants to demonstrate that He alone is God and there is no other.
We mention this because it deals with your further Purpose. For in Isaiah we see that the Gentile are vested with the Restoration of Israel. He even says they shall carry the Children of Israel back to the Holy Land upon their shoulders and in their arms. Anyone who has ever watched the movie Exodus knows that this is exactly what happened. The children waded ashore from boats launched from the ships standing off shore. In truth, you can prove Isaiah where Paul could not. Nor did he understand it. But you can clearly understand it if you take the time.
If you take the time, you will see that Christ is more than a Being hung upon a cross to purge men of their sins.
Considering these moments, knowing there is a test before you, what is your judgment? Do we have to go through the Tribulation, for instance? Cannot we alter our views and our ways to the benefit of the Word and, so doing, cause God to repent of His Curse upon us which is so clearly described by the prophets: Ezekiel, Revelations, Christ, Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.? Is there any Redemption in the eyes of God?
If your works are dedicated to the Glorification of Israel, will they not also Prove Christ and Glorify Him? And to glorify Israel, does it not involve the gathering of all men together, starting first with the Jews, the Christians, and even the Moslems? Can Peace reign whilst each of them claims to be the Chosen People? Each claims to be the House of God or His Mountain?
When I prayed with the elders in the congregation I offered a simple prayer which differed from those I was hearing midst the congregation. I prayed:
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be thy name,
We pray for Peace in ourselves and peace in the world:
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done,
in earth as it is in heaven.
All the other prayers I heard were dedicated to receipt of God's help concerning illnesses, jobs, and well being. This is not to criticize you, but to show you a different orientation. I prayed for Peace within the Congregation and Peace in the World. And if you pray for such a thing, you will be watching for it; and watching for it you will recognize its signs when it comes.
Now according to Genesis, after creating all things except man, on the sixth day, God said, Let us make man in our image. Before this day, before creating man, having already created all life, the Person involved in that Testimony is God. Suddenly, on the sixth day, He uses the term We. Think about it. Who is We? Are they gods?
We see that the Bible, even the Lord's Prayer, contemplates an end to His Creation which includes Man at its Head with God residing in the Vehicle, or before the vehicle of Man. Knowing this Body beforehand, would you not also refer to it as We? And since He had contemplated at the head of this Body His own Being, an Anointed Being sent to be King, whom Christ called His Son, would He not have referred to that Head, His King, as We? Knowing this beforehand?
Christ did a remarkable thing. During the passover He told you to eat of His Body in Remembrance of Him, that you would become of the Same Spirit as He. Because it was passover, the Jews were celebrating God's passover in Remembrance of His bringing them out of Egypt. They knew that eating the Passover lamb showed their God that they remember how He passed over them as He covered the land of Egypt with plagues.
Is it not true, then, if Christ is the substitute Passover Lamb, that eating of His body and Drinking of the Wine, His Blood, is telling us that by this we can be passed over when God sends His Plagues promised against our world? Is this not a Promise of Redemption for those who are of His Body? And does not this Promise coincide with the Promise to the Church of Philadelphia in Revelation that He will keep them from The Hour of Temptation?
Now the greatest Temptation is that dealing with Denying the Word of God, where each congregation tries to create its own House for God, saying to others, Keep thou away from me, for I am better than thou. This is Vanity and only tends to create Division and compromises the Word of God. And we can see Christ in this aspect, when He kneeled, picked up a stick, and drew upon the ground as the people were preparing to throw stones at a woman who was an adulteress. What do you suppose He would have written upon the ground at that moment?
God described sticks in two areas of the Bible, In one place He called Judah and Ephraim sticks and said He would bring them together as one. In another place, referring to His Vineyard which He brought down, a parable describing what He would do to the Children of Israel, He picked up a broken branch of the vine upon the ground and asked what He would do with that stick. He said, Surely it is good for nothing but the fire. He said He could carve it into a wooden peg to be placed upon his wall, so to hang upon it his cloak, but He is an austere man and needs only one peg for His one cloak. He concludes that all the other sticks are good only for the fire. Now if you were Christ, having picked up the stick before the hypocritical crowd, knowing that the Virgin is a sign of the Scattering of Israel, would you not have been tempted to write: As this stick is good for nothing but the fire, so will ye hypocrites be thrown to the fire. For He knew that was exactly what was going to happen to them. And in this He didn't have to prophesy, no more than prophesying the temple would come down; for the Word of God had already spoken on this issue, that all the walls of God's Vineyard would be pulled down and the seed scattered and sifted midst all the nations of the earth.5
This is not speculation. It's history. And Christ, being the Word of God, had to know that History before it came to pass. And much more..And He didn't have to be blessed with secret knowledge concerning God's plan, for it had already been clearly laid out in prophesy before Him. All He had to know is Who He is. The Bible explains the rest. Thus, He knew beforehand He would be killed for no reason. He could have saved Himself, couldn't He? Was He suckered or entrapped into fulfilling prophesy? Was it an accident? Did He cry out, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? believing He was misled by God? Or, rather, knowing His end beforehand, did He not tell you with His last breath that He is He who is described in Psalm 22? Would you, knowing that Psalm, not have mentioned it had you been He?
So you know more than Paul. In fact, you can know pretty much everything that Christ knew beforehand, because what He knew is now History. What he did not know was the time of His Resurrection or the place. But now even you can know that.
Now then, I mention all this because there is a lot more to Christ than meets the eye. And to prepare for Him, I would caution you to put your house in order and point it in the direction you know Christ will take it: That remaining prophesy will be fulfilled.
As to the preparation for this event, I share the attitude of John: You never know when an angel of the Lord will walk through your door. And I trust that one of the first things He will ask you is, Where is John? And this is the meaning of Grace. May God keep you forever.
Notes to Letter H
1) This is a terrible thing to have to say. Moments before talking with John on the phone I had called a church in Oakland, led by a Woman who conducted a Television Ministry. I had asked to speak with her, but the pastor who answered the phone said that she was out of town. So I asked if I could come over and meet with him to discuss certain issues of the Bible; I mentioned the controversy of the Two Anointed Ones. He outright refused to see me. I answered that I didn't understand. He concluded the phone conversation with a sarcastic statement: Why don't you go out and start your own church (or religion)? Needless to say I was shocked and could not believe my ears, that a pastor would turn someone away who asks the meaning of scripture. I felt sorry for Christ.
2) We have extensively cited these passages of the Bible, concerning a Messiah who seeks comfort and finds none, who is denied, and, in terms of the Sacrificed Messiah, even killed by Jerusalem. These anticipations in scripture certainly testify to God's foreknowledge of how you would treat His Servant when He visits you.
3) At the time I wrote this I was not aware, because of my own ignorance, that the Jews, their rabbis, really did know these verses of the Suffering Messiah. They read them to relate to a Messiah ben Joseph, who suffers not at the hands of the Jews, but at the hands of the Gentile: namely Gog and Magog. And they placed that event not in the days of the sign of the Virgin, which is before the diaspora, but after, in the Latter Days during the Restoration and Redemption of Israel. So our differences are really not that much: just a matter of time and the name of the Messiah who suffers; not Messiah ben Joseph, but Messiah ben David. But that presents a problem in prophesy, because Messiah ben David is seen in the end ruling out of Jerusalem before the Tabernacle of God in the Latter Days.
5 Isaiah, chapter 5.
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