An infinitely huge book, I’d say

Every page we think we’ve “turned” opens on another. We humans are desperately trying to prove how much we have grown up. The result has been massive embarrassment. Juvenile greed and understanding is widespread. Life is for learning amidst a lot of hugging and bugging, aging and eventually disengaging. We live, love and die. The minute we stop learning the truth about our destiny and show ourselves victorious we lose our way.

The tendency to quickly say “I got it” or “I get it” is fatally dangerous.

Hewn by design

O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away. (4) Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth. (5)

Hosea 6:4-5

Prophetic work is not only building up. It also exposes folly and pulls down silly fantasies. Beware the gold medal followers of God who did not even lace up!

How desolate and scared the sacred!

The obsession with truth in the media and the church is just that: obsession. With Bible and secular law in hand agents and operatives of both church and state have made for themselves an image of certified trash. Like the people of Isaiah’s days the current generation has sunk to animalistic levels all the while proclaiming their status as the example of integrity and excellence. It is a laughable development, but we will leave the laughing to God who establishes both the order required for both the church and state. Now that we cannot claim to be without straight paths because of the repentance that brings us first of all into a family relationship with God and secondly into a new life in which Christ is the Way. The church is not to be defined by the thousands of cowardly noisemakers and guides who have trouble admitting that their mixing the Good Shepherd with thieves and robbers is a confession of desolation.

The chances of anything named after Messiah having a healthy life without his exclusive function as ALPHA and OMEGA are nil. No branch can thrive without an active connection to its vine. Christ does not need help from Moses or any other prophet to make his case nor to give eternal life to those who come to God on the basis of what Christ has done. Only desolation can follow if he who comes in Yahweh’s name is rejected.

Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you will not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

Luke 13:35

There is no shortage of people who are completely bogus wise, bogus righteous, and bogus penitent.

Worse than farm animals

Civilized people democratgically-minded popping up in all the places where the most useless and abhorrent practices are the in thing. What can we say a person has learned if, in pursuit of divine excellence, he decides to turn his attention to a temple where animal sacrifices ingrained sacrifices and drink offerings are offered in the quest for atonement with the god of the universe? It is disastrous for people who know prophetic teaching to ignore the fact that Moses passed the torch to one who will succeed him.

The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.”

Isaiah 1:3

It is obvious that neither personal experience nor documentation has convinced the observers of the biblical flow that prophetic priority has come to an end. If one lacks experience then shallow-end swimming is to blame. The vast majority have no share in Holy Spirit blessings. They were never in line behind Christ or his apostles. We can say with John, at the departure of bogus disciples, “They were never part of us” (1 John 2:19). All those trumpeting for making the church a (cheap) copy of the kingdoms of Israel or Judah are bewitched that they do not see the canyon between Christ and Moses. The difference between death and life is muddled by evangelicals; the difference between the success of the Cross and Mount Sinai does not appear.

If one thought that the kingdoms of Isaiah’s lifetime were the only ones that fell off the truck one only needs to look at the neighbours. The United States and Canada are trying to get past their farm animal instincts with little progress. The treatment of women, children and entire ethnic groups is a shame enshrined in the sacred laws of many nations. These sacred traditions have given rise to a culture of lies, stupid mantras, endless cycles of fables and legislative battles, instead of humane and caring values.

The neighbours are all desolate too

  • Moab
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Edom
  • Tyre

Our contemporaries, drowning in the molasses of their golden calves, their consultations with the dead, sacred cakes and drinks, their misogyny, violence and homicides are profane, definitely sacred in their mirrors desolate and scared.

Bye Bibi. The clock is ticking

Twice elected as chairman of his party (1993 and 2005) and competitor in seven elections, the lame duck (caretaker) PM Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is a striking figure.  He obviously likes being the strong man, posturing Israel as a democracy in an ocean of despots. His brash and bold juvenile moves were not enough after twelve his  years in power.  On the scale of lengthy reigns Bibi is a brash and bold baby whose goodbye will burn another hole in the Zionist dream.

There aren't enough terms in office for bad guys to get the job done.

His strength is that of a man who unleashes the Israeli military on a population of landlocked Gaza.  His vision of Israeli independence is either a joke or a nightmare of foreign domination.  Why else would he go to the United States for confirmation of the location of Israel’s capital?

Not even his alliance with Jewish parties espousing strict religious practices has made him a statesman or a roke model.  Netanyahu’s twelve years in the PM’s office is only a quarter Manasseh’s, the king of Israel with the most wicked record, who reigned for 55 years, beginnning when he was a mere twelve year old. 

But they did not listen, and Manasseh led them astray to do more evil than the nations had done whom the LORD destroyed before the people of Israel.

2 Kings 21:9

Netanyahu has faced four elections in two years and this shows that Israel, far from being a genuine democary, is just like Russia, India and Pakistan, holds elections to retain the label democratic and find support among the dedicated democracies of the west. The big red deagon, the People’s Republic of China does not even bother. 

Many in the west are afraid of saying the truth about Israel’s defiance of intarnational law.  It is as if Israel can do no wrong.  No state is getting better.  Israeli clocks stopped clicking a long time ago.  With the passage of time Israeli leaders get better at covering up their wickedness but keep straying further from the actual experiences that have been most beneficial.

Life and knowledge

I imagine that John overheard Yeshua praying because John liked being close – physically close to the Son of Man. People are free to imagine as long as they do not try to turn their images into divine revelation. John reports the following words from Yeshua to his Father.

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

John 17:3

It is obvious that the hunger for knowledge finds a front row seat in the human experience. A child without curiosity csuses parental concern and an adult who stumbles through life saying “I do not know” is likely to have a growth rate near zero.

It is not only natural to want to know, to have familiarity of a topic, item, place or person. There is a supernatural dimension to knowledge. Human procreation flows from this desire. To get inside, to acquire inside information, to experience something or someone is knowledge. Sexual intimacy illustrates the type of knowledge that operates the levers of life at its best.

Was it respect?

Here we are still trying to decide if we dare to wrap our arms around everything we encounter or is there a reason to say absolutely no to some people and things. Major excuses for behaving badly towards our contacts include we do not know what to expect from them, we do not understand them, they have different priorities and they do not deserve our attention. I am trying to understand what plurality means in the modern context when all – ALL- of the ancient wisdom has strong streams of bad blood between communities, outright warfare, pretenses about decency and evident strains of inhumanity. What was it respect for other cultures that made Solomon a polytheist?

Solomon did not buy it

It is impossible miss the canyon between an Israelite monarch and his people’s priorities. Even though the mantra for all the years since the Exodus frorm Egypt had been “One God, One People, One Destiny” the anomalies stand out. Moses became an assassination target right after he demonstrated God’s power and mercy towards the Hebrew people. A learned person in 10th century BC Israel-Judah would not be unaware of the kingdom’s failure to pass the test. Destroying people who go astray is inconsistent with a caring king or shepherd, and this was one of the ways by which God strained out the careless and thoughtless. Solomon chose to employ non-Hebrews and persons of mixed ethnicity in his main project.

  • And Solomon sent word to Hiram the king of Tyre: “As you dealt with David my father and sent him cedar to build himself a house to dwell in, so deal with me. 2 Chronicles 2:3
  • “Now I (King Hiram) have sent a skilled man, who has understanding, Huram-abi, 2 Chronicles 2:13
  • the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre. He is trained to work in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, and wood, and in purple, blue, and crimson fabrics and fine linen, and to do all sorts of engraving and execute any design that may be assigned him, with your craftsmen, the craftsmen of my lord, David your father. 2 Chronicles 2:14
  • Then Solomon counted all the resident aliens who were in the land of Israel, after the census of them that David his father had taken, and there were found 153,600. 2 Chronicles 2:17
  • Seventy thousand of them he assigned to bear burdens, 80,000 to quarry in the hill country, and 3,600 as overseers to make the people work. 2 Chronicles 2:18

Solomon had no intentions of wiping out foreigners. This number of workers – 153,600 – belies Israel’s total population of the remnants of the seven nations resident Canaan since the 15th century BC. These persons had families, and Solomon was not going to lay a hand on the Jebusites, especially, since it was from a Jebusite that David had bought the site for the temple.

By Isaiah’s times the word was out. Something was seriously wrong with society. The prophet had instructions to steer clear of the common habits and narrative. Those instructions would naturally coincide with the king’s ideas of governance.

For the LORD spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.

Isaiah 8:11-13

A king wanting to imitate God would have might, rewards and recompenses as Isaiah says “​Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.” Isaiah 40:10

The failure of Israel’s first king

Did God want killer kings? Does Christ want firing squad disciples? One hardly lines up behind Moses without becoming available for a stoning or a witness to a community going after the neighbours and their property. Something more had to be in the route to rest than test.

Speculation might offer that Solomon lost his way, died in his idolatrous ways and is nevertheless, like the kingdom, a role model of wisdom. That is where Christ’s followers differ. If the discussion is about eternal life and a just lifestyle it seems that someone skipped school and did not get the memo.

Solomon’s government brought major exposure to the kingdom. We cannot say it did the same for Yahweh. Solomon’s respect for the priesthood is not in question. He might have turned a blind eye to their already mercenary ventures. After all the temple was not going to be a thing without an authorized priesthood. David’s music must have transfixed the king.

Wisdom does not bring salvation

How could Solomon not recognize that Israel’s gold and silver were essential to encounters with God. Canaanite and other foreign gods were not unfamiliar to Solomon.

Psalms 115:1-8 shows that the nations (heathen in the King James translation) were asking basic questions about (a tangible and localized) Israel’s God. Might they have asked about cherubim with wings that do not fly just as Israelites ridiculed gods with eyes and ears that do not see or hear. Israel’s God has to be elsewhere. He cannot be exclusively in shrines and enclosed in gold and silver. The works of any human hands are immediately suspect.

1) Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. 2) Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? 3) But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. 4) Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. 5) They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: 6) They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: 7) They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. 8) They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

Day moon and tides of obscurity

It never fails to thrill me that the Messianic vision and mission contains a solid feminine component.  All the testosterone and male dominance of the past is in serious conflict with the majesty of Christ’s mother, and sun and moon are seen in surprising clarity, with no room for darkness.

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars;

Revelation of John 12:1

Misplaced moonbeams

The appearance of signs on heaven (Rev. 12:1, 3 and 15:1) bring us to contemplate the incarnation, the career of the devil,  and the last plagues.  The first sign is explicitly  named great.  The signs appearing 13:3 and 15:1 are labeled “other”  (αλλο) but are of the same kind, namely, great.

The moon in this vista is certainly not providing light and it must be clear that to a woman clothed with the sun and crowned with twelve stars the moon’s light is inconsequential, even as its effect on earth’s waters continues. A light source “under foot” is not going to be helpful for the travelers. In Yeshua’s doctrine, a lamp under a container is useless (Luke 8:16).

Motherhoods merged

If we do not care for s-turns and or u-turns then the unveiling of heaven’s best is sliding right by us.  The fact that Christ did not come to destroy anyone’s tradition does not mean that everything continues as usual.  He could only be successful by introducing change.  Here the moon is under foot but is a great light in Genesis. It is shortsighted to think that Christ changes nothing, or that moonlight is of any relevance when one is clothed with the sun and one’s head is crowned with a dozen stars.

Children like the mother

Here the lamp is atop a woman. In addition, her head is host of twelve stars (suns). You have to be seriously disturbed to have a source of information that raises questions about what Christ has done. There is no theory about priesthood, royalty or messenger that is in this ballpark. The amount of light in this revelation extends to the CHILD and the children. There is a blinding array of light in the mother of the Lord Yeshua that makes the devil and his tide of lies masked by a disgraceful “moon for our day” offer.

Many Christians have committed themselves to proud and suicidal theories. They invent prophetic authority when it is clear that CHRIST closed the shop with John the Baptist. They follow the patterns of an irrelevant, discriminatory and proud priesthood hoping to find divine righteousness when only the donkey riding king has salvation according to Zechariah 9:9.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Surprising outcome

Bewitched or deceived, we fail to be thankful for God’s salvation, then we act surprised when His judgments lash us. It has happened, is happening, and will happen. How can making up our own narrative in the place of God’s story of grace and mercy not end badly?

Certain predictions from Moses in song and reflection

Song for the Israelite

The Lord will smite you with madness and with blindness and with bewilderment of heart; 29. and you will grope at noon, as the blind man gropes in darkness, and you will not prosper in your ways; but you shall only be oppressed and robbed continually, with none to save you.

Deuteronomy 28:28-29

Reflection on a certain future

For I know that after my death you will act corruptly and turn from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days, for you will do that which is evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking Him to anger with the work of your hands.”

Deuteronomy 31:29

You will never know

We protest too much. From dawn to dusk there are situations that do not meet with our approval, and the dangerous options we actually have range between avoidance, disregarding what our perceptions tell us, and mounting a hostile campaign against the circumstances. Most of us have never taken a stand against our own crooked generation yet many so-called leaders are thought to be persons of courage and committed to Messianic revelation. Until you get inside their operations you will never know how great a fall (Matthew 7:27) awaits their sandcastles.

Never know due to not wanting to know

We will never know what it is like to be tested as the sons of Israel were. Their test was not a single specific question as was Abraham’s. Their test was given with the failing grade known to the Examiner.

Now these are the nations that the LORD left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars in Canaan.

Judges 3:1

I still take my hat off to Abraham for travelling three days to a mountain to sacrifice his only son. With so much time to challenge questionable instructions it is amazing that “God’s friend” followed through all the way, right down to aiming the knife at his son’s neck. We know how that ended!

Never know due to not wanting to know

What ever happened to “read your Bible and grow”? It has turned into the bogus excellence of a leadership stuck on a 17th century translation of the Bible. How authentic can one person’s reception of the gospel call be when the message is heard in a mangled form? How intimate can such a person’s interpretation of the message be with a sieve for a cup? Translation, even the best efforts, can be shallow business indeed! It is popular to think that one is reading the apostles’ words first hand – this is important, right? – in any of the world’s hundreds of versions (languages). You will never know what you are missing.

Since God has no need to test the ones to whom he has given the Spirit as Helper or try the ones he has sealed how dare we jump into the finer details of life and promise believers deliverance from experiences God has been known to use to elicit our growth? We will never know why we were personally involved in such treachery. We will never know why a person touched by the power of the gospel can insist on carrying the bondage and instruments of guilt, shame and condemnation with pride.