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The Temple Over The Tabernacle:
The Road to The Desolating Abomination


The Influence of Antichrist: Elevating Self and Feeding the Beast of Pride


The Daily Sacrifice is the Way to Become Sons and Daughters of God

The Daily Sacrifice of one’s time and ego before our heavenly High Priest feeds and nurtures an attitude of praise, thanksgiving, humility, maturity and service. The Lord's call through this daily oblation is to dig up and thresh away any roots of bitterness and resentment, is to practice self-control versus self-gratification, is to sacrifice pride in confession and offers of restitution, and its the sound which guides one up the mountain of maturity, and so combining with the elements of gratitude and thanksgiving, this trumpet call is the key to the gate of the inner sanctuary. In committing to the covenant of the Daily Sacrifice, our Creator has given us the most efficient method for freeing our souls from the bonds of this world, and thereby allowing us to experience heaven in the here and now.

The Tabernacle is the House of God (Ex 23:14, 19; Num 18:1, 5-7, 13). This design was given to Moses shortly after the Exodus of his people out of Egypt. This earthly sanctuary is a copy and shadow of the true heavenly sanctuary (Heb 8:1-2, 5, 9:1, 11). The inauguration of the earthly priesthood was meant as an object lesson to teach of the true and higher role played by our Messiah in the Heavenly Sanctuary. The role of the earthly High Priest was a mere shadow of the Messiah's role for it was priest only, not priest and king. This was so because the Father knows our weaknesses and only the Messiah is the "tested stone" from which to build the foundation of God's holy temple. It is the Creator’s desire and intention for His earthly house to be a sanctuary in the storm of confusion and survival. It is intended to be an oasis of love that grounds the worshiper in the Way of the Lord -- the path to peace and harmony with self, with the Lord, and with each other.

For by committing to following the Lord’s covenant daily, we come to peace within ourselves by mastering our four types of bodies. If they get out of balance by indulging every urge and call of the wild, they can become beasts that control us. But the call of the Lord is for us to become masters over our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies. This is a challenging mountain to climb, but when we finally reach the Lord’s summit and open the gates to the inner sanctuary, there we find the river of life and the presence of the Lord. The presence of the Lord is the Shekinah Glory, the infinite power of the Almighty, and when we are one with it, we are able to face the world, and in partnership with God’s Spirit within, we are truly able to make the decisions that allow us to actually walk the path of righteousness.

It is in this sanctuary that the Lord expects His priests, His representatives, to demonstrate and reflect the presence of the Father. For in His Name we seek the knowledge, wisdom, compassion, strength and confidence to know the Lord and know ourselves enough that we may joyfully share the Father’s abundance. For when we do, the harvest is our joy found in sharing the Love of Christ.

Our Father explains this in Isaiah 58.

Here are selected verses from the NIV translation. I invite all to read the whole chapter.


Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion and … their sins.
For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. …

Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? …

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter -
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; …

If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD's holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
then you will find your joy in the LORD, …
The mouth of the LORD has spoken.


God designed a house to fulfill that purpose and gave His plan to Moses at Mt. Sinai. For at that place the people saw the power and felt the impact of the presence of the Lord. In His presence, one cannot hide from one’s sin. For those not ready to face their sin, it is too painful, so Moses had to cover his face when he came down from the mountain still reflecting the Shekinah Glory in his face (Ex 34:29-30). While God's power and potential for us is very great, if one has stained one’s soul and refuses to come clean, remaining in rebellion, then the power becomes a dreadful force that shakes one to the very foundation and breaks down any walls one may be attempting to hide behind. If one’s self becomes invested in these barriers, then it will feel like you’re dying and you will want to run from it. And anyone who may reflect that power will become the object of your anger.

In God’s plan, encoded within the Law, is this path to peace. The heart of the plan is the sacrificial system. There are many parts to this plan, many elements in the tabernacle that point to the living law, that person who would be a living example of the maturity achieved by committing to the Lord’s covenant, the Messiah. He was the Father’s Lamb sacrificed for us, so let us focus on the alter to learn about ourselves and the risks we face in striving to master the potential beasts within our bodies and create a temple worthy of a dwelling for the Holy Spirit.

Immediately after receiving the 10 Commandments from the Lord,

When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die."
Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning."
The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.
Ex 20:18-21 NIV

Then Moses is instructed on how to build an altar for the Name of the Lord (YHWH):

[The Lord:] 'Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you. If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for you will defile it if you use a tool on it. And do not go up to my altar on steps, lest your nakedness be exposed on it.'
Ex 20:24-26 NIV

It is interesting how the Law is scattered, like seeds sown in a field, waiting for patience, warmth and water to bring forth a crop. Some parts are made clear, others more subtle, gently calling the faithful into a deeper relationship. Not all heed the call, nor take the time to navigate the field and encounter all the parts. Take for example the laws for the seventh year. The Sabbath rest for the land is prominent in Exodus 23:10-11 and Leviticus 25:1-7. However, the laws to cancel the debt of a fellow Israelite or free one who had become a slave are not often mentioned in the same breath (Ex 21:1-11; Deut 15:1-18). Are we paying attention to the law or to our own needs? Well, the Israelites forgot to set their brothers free but the Lord did not forget, and so they lost their nation and became slaves to others (Jer 34:8-22). Is it worth such a price to pay for withholding help from one's brothers and sisters, even one's "own flesh and blood"? Our Lord is trying to make clear that it will cost so much more if those who proclaim Him don't help those in need.

The laws regarding the sanctuary and the altar are very subtle. What does the Lord mean by warning His people to not use “dressed stones” when making the altar???


Who Do You Serve?

Who do you serve, self or the Lord? Are you sure? How does one know the difference, for we tend to bend the Law in little ways, like a creeping vine? For once we all loved the sun; but does one now seek the shade and feel like hiding, but not quite sure why?

The Law was given while the people cowered in fear of the Lord’s power. Their promise to obey was declared loudly, yet it did not take long for the seed of rebellion to take the form of an idol, the golden calf, a point of focus for their fear and lack of trust.

The Way of the Lord is well planned and wise. It gives direction in the midst of confusion, yet often we believe we know better.

The Tabernacle is the house of God. Here is where the heart of the covenant comes alive and guides the people to become a holy nation. It is a place to humble oneself and encounter the power and mercy of the Most High. This is where the priests guide the people in the Way of the Lord. The covenant is the means for the people to remain in communion with the Lord and with each other.

3/5 of the Sacrificial System is designed to foster
attitudes of praise, thanksgiving and service

2/5 of the Sacrificial System is designed to address sin
and to free the initiate from the bonds of bitterness & resentment

For what we keep bound in our hearts binds us to this world (Mt 16:19 ,18:18).

When the intent and goal of the Sacrificial System is understood
and followed from the heart,
it is the most efficient process for freeing the soul
from the entrapments of self,
thereby allowing the soul to ascend to experience higher realms of existence.

The Tabernacle is a tent and not a building. It could be taken down and setup again in another place. This reflects the journey of the soul, that we take on a tent or dwelling for the soul, journey through, then drop the tent as we come before our High Priest and Judge. If our lesson continues in this world, then as the tent is resurrected again in another place, so we take on a new body and continue the journey in another place.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world,
even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep:
in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
Psalm 90:2-6 KJV

The whole concept of the Tabernacle being a tent seems to bring an air of humility and grounded ness to the priesthood.

Then came King David. The Lord is Israel’s heavenly king and was leading Israel by raising up judges led by the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit. But Israel rejected their heavenly king and demanded an earthly king. This was a sin, a transgression against their heavenly king. (It is “the transgression” referred to in Daniel 9:24 KJV, but more on this later ...) However, the Lord gave them what they wanted; an earthly king, yet the Lord issued a stern warning to the people about the other king they would choose.

When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, "Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us," be sure to appoint over you the king the LORD your God chooses. He must be from among your own brothers. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not a brother Israelite. The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the LORD has told you, "You are not to go back that way again." He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.
    When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.
Deut 17:14-20 NIV

King David is beloved of the Lord. But did he violate the Law? Well, for starters, he and his son Solomon took many wives, accumulated many horses, along with much gold and silver. So, they did not follow the Law here, yet whenever their great wealth is mentioned have any priests reminded us of this part of the Law? Did they believe they were an exception? Would anyone dare point out the violation?


The King And the Law

Did God ask David to build a temple to replace His Tabernacle?

After the king was settled in his palace and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, "Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent."
Nathan replied to the king, "Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the LORD is with you."
That night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying:
"Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?" '
2 Sam 7:1-7 NIV

It was David’s idea to build a temple for the ark, because he was uncomfortable when he was in a house of cedar but the ark was not. Yet the ark was exactly where the Lord had asked it to be kept, in a house He had designed Himself. So if David would dare to change that design, would he keep to the intent of the law in the process? (Ex 25:8-9, 40)

The Lord answered David’s desire to build a temple, but did David hear what the Lord was saying to him?

The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son.
2 Sam 7:11-14 NIV

God makes clear that he did not ask David to build a house nor would he be the one to do it. One of his descendants would, but is God referring to his immediate offspring or one who comes much later in his lineage?

When Solomon was beginning to make preparations for building the temple, he sent the following message to Hiram king of Tyre.

You know that because of the wars waged against my father David from all sides, he could not build a temple for the Name of the LORD his God until the LORD put his enemies under his feet. But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster. I intend, therefore, to build a temple for the Name of the LORD my God, as the LORD told my father David, when he said, 'Your son whom I will put on the throne in your place will build the temple for my Name.'
1 Kings 5:3-5 NIV

In the first line Solomon is applying Psalm 8 verse 6 ("put his enemies under his feet") to his father, king David. While David was a type of the Messiah as king, Psalm 8 will not have total fulfillment until after the Messiah returns as king (Heb 2:5-9). So even though Moses saw ahead to the Messiah, Solomon did not in this case and was seeing more of himself and his father than was there. (This can also be seen of David in 1 Chron 17:23-27 and especially in 28:6!)

When the Lord gave Moses instructions for building the tabernacle, He was very specific in all parts. One of the central items in the house of God is the altar. Let’s look at the details for its construction.

Build an altar of acacia wood, three cubits high [NIV footnote: about 4 1/2 feet]; it is to be square, five cubits long and five cubits wide [NIV footnote: about 7 1/2 feet long and wide]. Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar are of one piece, and overlay the altar with bronze. ...  Make a grating for it, a bronze network, and make a bronze ring at each of the four corners of the network. Put it under the ledge of the altar so that it is halfway up the altar. Make poles of acacia wood for the altar and overlay them with bronze. The poles are to be inserted into the rings so they will be on two sides of the altar when it is carried. Make the altar hollow, out of boards. It is to be made just as you were shown on the mountain.
Ex 27:1-8 NIV

Now let’s compare this to the altar of burnt offering constructed by Solomon for the new temple.


Height
Length & Width
Tabernacle Altar (Ex 27:1)
3 cubits (4.5 ft)
5 x 5 cubits (7.5 ft)
Solomon’s Altar (2 Chr 4:1)
10 cubits (15 ft)
20 x 20 cubits (30 ft)

Notice that the Tabernacle altar did not exceed the height of a man. Apparently the altar was placed on a base, perhaps of uncut stone, which allowed a single step up to the altar (Lev 9:22). This did not expose their nakedness and kept the priests close to the congregation. However, when king Solomon expanded the size of the altar (length and width) he also raised its height, which was unnecessary. The height of this altar was above the head of any man and thereby required stairs of cut stone, exposing the nakedness of the priest as they climb up and elevating them above the heads of the congregation. In all likelihood, once one raises an altar of this size, to this height, it must be supported by a base of cut stones.

Why did God warn not to make the altar of cut stone and not to go up steps so as to expose one’s nakedness? I believe it was a subtle warning not to elevate the altar or the priesthood, for that would appeal to man’s pride and affect the purity of those who are supposed to represent the Name of the Lord.

By the time we get to the temple at the end of Ezekiel, the one to be built just before the return of the Messiah (Ezek 43:1-9), the altar is 2 + 4 + 4 which equals 10 cubits in height but now it is measured in “long cubits” (Ezek 43:13-17). A long cubit is here defined as a cubit plus a “handbreadth”. This is an interesting Hebrew term in that it comes from a root word meaning to extend. It seems to remind one of the outstretched neck and warning against pride in Ps 75:4-5. The result of this extension is that the altar is over 20 feet tall, much larger than Solomon’s altar (See NIV footnote for 43:13).

Furthermore, it explicitly lists “steps facing east” and steps are expressly forbidden in the law (Ex 20:26). The NIV footnote for verse 17 states that the law forbids steps but notes they were “required because of the size” of the altar. (As a side note, the law forbids steps, which is plural. So it appears that the one step up to the altar in the tabernacle, technically, was not a violation of the law. It is interesting that it seems the Lord did not want to elevate the priests any more than just one step. Something to think about when it comes to the risk of the ego and the temptation of pride.)

In Ezekiel 43 the Lord himself states the temple is the place for “the soles of his feet”, alluding to the promise to David and that he is the fulfillment of that promise. He then immediately criticizes the king for taking liberties and violating the Law by placing the doorposts of their bedrooms next to the doorposts of the house of the Lord and thereby defiling the Lord’s Holy Name (43:7-9). This was a violation of Numbers 2:1-2 where the Israelites were to camp “some distance” from the Tent of Meeting, the Tabernacle. So when kings David and Solomon had it in their mind to replace the Lord’s house with their own version, they should have paid more attention to the rules of the Tabernacle when converting to their view of what was needed.

And being king, they probably felt they had a right to change things. Was it so bad to replace a tent with a building of cedar and stone, to build the royal palace right next to God’s house, to increase the size of the altar and finally to elevate it above the heads of the people of the congregation? Well according to God, yes it was a problem! For while it may seem like small and logical improvements, who is wise enough to question God’s plan?

It is a violation of the Law and thereby it is the beginning, it is just the seemingly innocent seeds, but they grow into the unmovable trees of rebellion. It is the seeds of the spirit of antichrist.

The Lord warned what the king would do. The Lord is their heavenly king and he was guiding Israel by raising up judges anointed with the Spirit of the Lord. This system guided and kept the nation together for about 400 years. During this time, the people worshiped at the Tabernacle. Then the people demanded an earthly king, which was a transgression (1 Sam 8:7) but the Lord gave them what they wanted and the warning (1 Sam 8:9-18). When the king thinks he can change the law and times, well this is antichrist. While David and Solomon were beloved of the Lord, they started the rebellion by building the temple and elevating the priesthood, and that was the beginning of its decline. For the temple did not have the same air of humbleness and grounded ness that the Tabernacle represented.

After only 3 kings who ruled for about 40 years each and just one king after the one who changed God’s house, the nation of Israel became divided. So after 400 years of being led by anyone whom the Lord may choose, the period of the Judges, the people demand a king who then changes God’s Law and the nation becomes divided in less than half the time than under God’s system. Is there a lesson here for the king named Solomon who thought he was so wise that he could mess with God’s Law? (Ex 25:8-9, 40.)

As the history of Israel attests to, various kings brought much trouble upon Israel due to their sin and the fact that they weren’t always led by the spirit of the Lord. This transgression of asking for a king other than the Lord eventually led to the loss of the nation and being subject to a foreign king, as the Lord had warned. This began the time of the nations (also called the time of the Gentiles, the nations not in covenant relationship with the Lord), which will continue until the transgression reaches its fullness in the manifestation of the Antichrist, the final earthly world-ruling king before the return of God’s anointed king (Ps 2). Since the prophecy of Daniel 9 was given after the destruction of the first temple and it directly pointed to the second temple along with the Messiah, the completion of “the transgression” will not only bring the final earthly king, it will also bring the third temple because it is desired and coveted by this earthly king (2 Thess 2:3-4), not because God asked for it.

When you feed the beast of pride, eventually one gets to a place where one no longer wants to sacrifice that pride in confession. Once one crosses that line then one becomes a creature that hides from one’s sin and begins to live in the anger and resentment that deflects and attempts to keep the sin hidden. Any sin is an abomination to God, and so unconfessed and suppressed sin accumulates and will eventually lead to one's temple becoming desolate of God's spirit. When this happens to God’s shepherds, to the priests, it becomes a terrible thing because it infects the whole congregation, as described here by Ezekiel.

Say to the rebellious house of Israel, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Enough of your detestable practices, O house of Israel! In addition to all your other detestable practices, you brought foreigners uncircumcised in heart and flesh into my sanctuary, desecrating my temple while you offered me food, fat and blood, and you broke my covenant. Instead of carrying out your duty in regard to my holy things, you put others in charge of my sanctuary. This is what the Sovereign LORD says: No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary, not even the foreigners who live among the Israelites.

They are to teach my people the difference between the holy and the common and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean. In any dispute, the priests are to serve as judges and decide it according to my ordinances. They are to keep my laws and my decrees for all my appointed feasts, and they are to keep my Sabbaths holy.’
Ezek 44:6-9, 23-24 NIV

Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain. Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says'-when the LORD has not spoken. The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the alien, denying them justice.
Ezek 22:26-29 NIV

Distinguishing between the holy and the common, the clean and unclean is not solely a reference to knowing the proper animals to offer as sacrifices and food for the priests. It is also a reference to behavior. It’s a pointer on several levels, including the responsibility of the priests during confession to point out what is wrong. And to remind the worshiper of their responsibility to the one sinned against: in apology and restitution, according to the Law (Lev 6:1-7; James 5:16). To confess only to God and not the one sinned against is whitewashing and covering over one’s responsibility toward one’s covenant vows. And in allowing one to keep the sin hidden, the priest is actually keeping his sheep in bondage, likely to repeat the same path to trouble and judgment. When the Lord’s Prince returns to the temple, he will restore proper sacrifice in the temple, true and proper confession and repentance from the heart.


The Plan and Intent of God's House & A Change in the Priesthood

Son of man, describe the temple to the people of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their sins. Let them consider the plan, and if they are ashamed of all they have done, make known to them the design of the temple—its arrangement, its exits and entrances—its whole design and all its regulations and laws. Write these down before them so that they may be faithful to its design and follow all its regulations.
Ezek 43:10-11 NIV

As one can see from this vision in Ezekiel, this temple will be built before the return of the Lord’s Prince. Before the return of the Prince, only the priests who are of the family of Zodak will be permitted to apply the blood of the sin offerings on the altar in the presence of the Lord. These are the regulations that apply when the altar is built, which is before the return of the Lord’s Prince. (Ezek 43:18-21)

But the Lord admonishes Ezekiel to pay careful attention to the regulations for the temple (44:5), because they will change after the Prince returns. For once the Prince returns, it will be his duty to provide the offerings, including especially the sin offering to “make atonement for the house of Israel” (45:17). Furthermore, the Prince is the only one to eat in the presence of the Lord.

Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and it was shut. The LORD said to me, "This gate is to remain shut. It must not be opened; no one may enter through it. It is to remain shut because the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered through it. The prince himself is the only one who may sit inside the gateway to eat in the presence of the LORD. He is to enter by way of the portico of the gateway and go out the same way."
Ezek 44:1-3 NIV

This alludes to the time when Moses and the elders eat in the presence of the Lord, but it was Moses alone who was the mediator and served as High Priest (Ex 24:9-12). So this section from Ezekiel quoted above is making a statement that this royal prince is also serving as High Priest. This then is the order of Melchizedek, priest and king (Ps 110:1-4), which is a change from the order of Aaron that is priest only.

Tell him this is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the LORD. It is he who will build the temple of the LORD, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two.' The crown will be given to Heldai, Tobijah, Jedaiah and Hen son of Zephaniah as a memorial in the temple of the LORD. Those who are far away will come and help to build the temple of the LORD, and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the LORD your God."
Zech 6:12-15 NIV

Here in the Old Testament we have a picture of the sacrificial system in the context of the returning Messiah. He is both high priest and king, reunifying the two offices as they once were with Melchizedek, the person “without beginning of days or end of life”, the first priest we encounter in the Bible and the King of Salem, aka Jerusalem (Gen 14:18, Heb 7:3). But when the earthly priesthood was inaugurated through Moses and began the order of Aaron, the Lord remained the heavenly king. This until the people demanded an earthly king. So in Zechariah and Ezekiel we see that with the coming of Messiah to the temple we also see that our heavenly king has come to earth, and in continuing his role as our High Priest, now merges the two offices here on earth and so we see the change in the order of the priesthood and thereby the change in the law.

This is also a clarification on who will build God’s temple. The Branch does come from the line of David; however, it is not one of his immediate sons.

Another very clear perspective coming from the final vision in the book of Ezekiel is that the sacrificial system continues into the time of the Messiah’s return; therefore, the Messiah never ended the system but only changed it in that he now provides the blood. The Daily Sacrifice never ended. The daily obligation continues only since the resurrection it has been under a new priesthood, the order of Melchizedek.

If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there still need for another priest to come—one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law. He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. For it is declared:
 
   "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
Heb 7:11-17 NIV

The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.
Heb 8:1-2 NIV

When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
Heb 9:11-14 NIV

Notice that while Jesus provided the blood for purification once and done, its application is ongoing and in the present tense: “will the blood … cleanse our consciences”. Here is another witness to the ongoing application of the blood. (Notice also the present tense verb "having" in Heb 10:22.)

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God's elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
1 Peter 1:1-2 NIV

Jesus’ clearest statement on the sacrificial system was given at the “Last Supper”, his final Passover Seder; yet, it is given in symbolic form, one that depends on detailed knowledge of the sacrificial system in order to recognize it. This is knowledge our Lord and Master expected those in covenant relationship to have, for it is fundamental to the Lord’s covenant. Unfortunately, this critical knowledge in no longer “fundamental” to today’s so-called religions. Even in traditional Judaism, this knowledge is often ignored just because there is no temple. But if one really pays close attention to the Law, Jews would know the temple building has nothing to do with one’s daily responsibility to seek the Lord and know His Word.1

Jesus is the Lamb sacrificed as the sin offering

His body was broken as the grain offering

His blood was poured out as a drink offering

For those who know the sacrificial system, these are the required elements of the burnt offering, a sign of total and complete devotion to the Father. When Jesus said his body was bread (Mt 26:26; 1 Cor 11:24) and his blood is “drink indeed” (John 6:55 KJV), he was comparing his sacrifice to the continual burnt offering and its accompanying sin offering of the lamb (Jn 1:29; Eph 5:2; Heb 10:5-7). The continual burnt offering includes a grain and drink offering (Num 28:1-8).  The burnt offering is also referred to as the Daily Sacrifice. When Jesus was crucified, his blood was poured out like a drink offering (Php 2:17 NIV; 2 Tim 4:6 NIV) and his body was broken (Lk 22:19; 1 Cor 11:24). Therefore, he was recertifying the sacrificial system. However, once he offered his blood as a representative of the new covenant, one led by the Spirit of God to follow the spirit of the Law, and then was vindicated and resurrected by the Holy Spirit, he became for us our High Priest in a new order, the order of Melchizedek.

Jesus would never invite people to drink blood in order to have their sins forgiven, for that is a violation of the Law (Lev 19:26; Deut 12:23-28). Why have Christians not seen this for so long? Is it because they don't want to? To give up the current version of communion means revealing the sin and facing the one sinned against. That is the heart of the Babylonian Mystery, atonement without confession according to the Law, allowing one to keep the sin hidden. In addition to true confession and repentance, the Law requires apology and restitution (Lev 6:1-7). To confess to God only, or just to a friend or priest in private, but never to the one sinned against is whitewashing one's responsibility.

By comparing himself to the burnt offering and its parts, Jesus was fulfilling and endorsing God’s Holy Law. He changed it. He did not and would not end or contradict his Father’s Law. And this was a planned change in the order of the priesthood. As established above, now the Lord’s Prince will provide the sin offering, and so he has by providing the blood for purification, once and done (Heb 9:12).

The application of the blood depends upon us. We have another clear model of this in the Passover, which is also part of the “Last Supper” imagery. When Jesus invites us to drink wine, it is the 3rd cup of the Seder, the Cup of Redemption (aka. Cup of Blessing), and we see early fulfillment of this in the life of Christ and this will have complete fulfillment when we decide and commit to following his lead, being led by the Spirit of Love. This is the "cup" that Jesus held up and the one from which he invites us to drink (1 Cor 10:16 KJV, 11:25). The prior cup is the Cup of Wrath, which is poured out as a drink offering. (Ps 75; 1 Cor 10:18-22; Rev 14:9-10.) When the priest pours out the drink offering, it is a reminder of the Lord's call to righteousness, for the Lord expects His priests to represent the Name of the Lord and it serves as a warning, should they fall short, that they also will drink from the cup of God's wrath.

The 3rd Cup of Passover harkens back to the time of the Exodus, when the blood of the lamb applied to the doorpost saved the Israelites from the Angel of Death. A critical aspect of this procedure is that the blood had to be applied to the doorpost of one’s home, one’s temple, of those households in covenant relationship with the Lord. This was a foreshadow of the sin offering.

If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring to the LORD a young bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin he has committed. He is to present the bull at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting before the LORD. He is to lay his hand on its head and slaughter it before the LORD. Then the anointed priest shall take some of the bull's blood and carry it into the Tent of Meeting. He is to dip his finger into the blood and sprinkle some of it seven times before the LORD, in front of the curtain of the sanctuary. The priest shall then put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense that is before the LORD in the Tent of Meeting. The rest of the bull's blood he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.
Lev 4:3-7 NIV

When anyone is guilty in any of these ways, he must confess in what way he has sinned and, as a penalty for the sin he has committed, he must bring to the LORD a female lamb or goat from the flock as a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for him for his sin.
Lev 5:5-6 NIV

The sin offering was brought to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, God’s House, and the blood from the offering was sprinkled on the curtain that was the entrance to the sanctuary. Therefore, the blood of the Passover lamb that is applied to the doorpost is a picture of the sin offering. And since confession, the laying of the hands on the head of the animal, is done at the entrance, this is also part of the picture. So the image of the Passover lamb’s blood saving the Israelites is partly knowing and believing who your High Priest is, but it is also a picture of the sin offering, and for those who have the knowledge of the Law, should also be an undeniable reminder that confession of one’s sin is the necessary precursor to the application or “sprinkling” of the blood at that time, to pay the price demanded by the Law.

Another powerful reminder of the role of confession in receiving forgiveness and healing is when Moses raised the serpent in the desert. The Israelites had been rebellious again and the Lord sent snakes to bite them as a judgment and punishment for their sin. They complained and appealed to the Moses for help with their pain and sickness. Moses raised a brass serpent of judgment on a pole. Those who acknowledged the serpent would be healed. The serpent was only head height, so to acknowledge it, one had to come through the crowd and come to the front. This was a picture of stepping forward to acknowledge one’s sin and responsibility for the judgment that had come upon them. Only upon confessing their sin would they receive healing. This is often whitewashed down to simply saying you must believe. Again, that is only part of the picture. The rest is one’s responsibility as detailed in the Law.2

So the true way to raise and uphold Christ is to honor the spirit of the sin offering, from true confession and repentance, to offering apology and restitution. How many have been taught this version? Or are we taught the version that allows us to protect and keep feeding our pride?


The Temple is Rebuilt in the Body of Christ

When the Lord answered David’s desire to build a house for God, He said “'The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you:”, but David and Solomon did not hear that part. Further, the Lord answered David about the kingdom to be established through the Christ, not necessarily about a temple. But as Scripture makes clearer later, it’s about building that kingdom through the body of Christ as the head of the truly faithful, those in covenant relationship with the Father. (Which begs the question that one must also have a clear understanding of the true covenant.)

A Passover tradition is that the Hallel (“Praise”) Psalms are sung at the end. The final one is Ps 118 in which all Israel praises the Lord for what He has accomplished through the sacrifice of His son (14: “has become my salvation” & 16: “Lord’s right hand is lifted high”). The Messiah (the "tested stone" Isa 28:16 & 26: "blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord") has shown us the way to open the gates to the inner sanctuary and find salvation by approaching our High Priest (the "capstone" of the body of the faithful) in the heavenly temple through confession via the blood applied to the 4 “horns of the altar”. These horns call us to be kings over the 4 aspects of our being by keeping them in balance. This is the path that sets us free from slavery. (Ps 118:5, 7, 14, 16, 18-19, 21, 22, 26, 27. Note that verse 19 is best translated in the KJV as “Open to me the gates of righteousness:” vs. “Open for me …”. A subtle but important difference in meaning. Our Lord opens these gates to us through knowledge: "he has made his light shine upon us".)

The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;
Psalm 118:22 NIV (see also Mt 21:42, Mk 12:10, Lk 20:17, Acts 4:11 & 1 Pet 2:7)

So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.
I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line;
hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place.
Isaiah 28:16-17 NIV

Look upon Zion, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see Jerusalem,
a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved; its stakes will never be pulled up, nor any of its ropes broken.
There the LORD will be our Mighty One.
Isaiah 33:20-21 NIV

So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.
"What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of 'God bless it! God bless it!' "
Then the word of the LORD came to me: "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you."
Zechariah 4:6-9 NIV

From Judah will come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler.
Zechariah 10:4 NIV

Then the Jews demanded of him, "What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?"
Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days."
The Jews replied, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?"
But the temple he had spoken of was his body.
John 2:18-21 NIV

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
Ephesians 2:19-22 NIV

How does one enter into God’s house, how does one become part of the body of Christ? By entering into covenant relationship with the Lord. That means committing to the Lord’s covenant, which is one of service, gratitude and one in which we face our sin, not hide from it. If you can’t handle that, then you are not ready. For that is the meaning of the covenant relationship, to commit to the Daily Sacrifice.

What is that about? As this web site has attempted to explain through various vectors that reveal the heart of the covenant, it is first and foremost about developing an attitude of trust and gratitude. Seeking daily communion with the Lord is the best and purist attitude adjustment. The daily devotion also leads one to service, which often comes with lessons from the Holy Spirit.

And it is the process and place to face one’s sins, when convicted by the Holy Spirit, by approaching our High Priest in prayer (1 Cor 5:6-8; Heb 4:14 NAB). But being willing to be corrected by the Lord and led to acts of apology and restitution is just the beginning of the walk to mastery of self and freeing one’s soul from the bonds of this presently fallen world (Ps 118:18-20).

There were some who were prideful enough to think that they had rebuilt the house of the Lord. Solomon felt he had finished the temple of the Lord (1 Kings 9:1; 2 Chron 8:16). Ezra reports in 6:14 that they finished the temple because of the will of God and the decrees of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia. But it is the Lord himself who declared that it was “finished” (Jn 19:30).

The house of the Lord had been rebuilt in the Christ, for he demonstrated mastery over his potential beasts. Jesus did not give into the emotions of pride, anger, envy or fear. Through unswerving commitment to the Father and His covenant, he demonstrated mastery over the desires of the body, over the stormy sea of emotions, over the power of his intellect and kept the force of his spirit in balance. With the powers of the Holy Spirit and free will, Jesus chose to focus his heart on love and thus was able to master his four types of bodies: the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. He showed the Way to open the gates to the inner sanctuary. Jesus showed how to become ONE with the source of love within ourselves, that part of the Creator which we all possess, and bring forth the compassion, mercy and forgiveness necessary to energize the upper 3 chakras and become a son or daughter of God the Father Almighty. At the moment Jesus died, he completed his mission of demonstrated mastery through the Holy Spirit and thereby was the one who truly completed, “finished”, the temple by showing how to make one’s body a temple for the Holy Spirit.

The sacrificial system under the priesthood in the order of Aaron was an object lesson with many levels of meaning. Primary is the role of High Priest as a reflection of the heavenly sanctuary. This is designed to help us see and understand one of Jesus’ primary responsibilities. As Messiah, his finished work in rebuilding the temple also resulted in Jesus becoming our High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary, the "capstone", the one and only mediator between the Father and us. His finished work provided the blood for purification, once and done. Our High Priest applies that blood to our present sins when we approach him through prayer in the temple of our bodies. He is also our Judge, and so all come before him whether they believe or not. This is what is meant by Jesus is the only way to the Father. For he judges all souls and determines if we are ready to become pillars in the Lord’s heavenly temple or if we return to earth to continue our journey in growth and maturity (Rev 3:12).

Melchizedek represents the merged roles of priest and king over Salem, the city of peace. This is an image of the roles of the Lord’s anointed Son as our High Priest and Judge in the heavenly sanctuary. Through Moses, God instituted the earthly sanctuary with its role of the earthly High Priest to teach His people about the function of their heavenly High Priest. Later the people committed a transgression by rejecting their heavenly king and demanding an earthly king. Jesus came and fulfilled the role of Passover sacrifice providing the blood to satisfy the earthly covenant and make the blood of animals obsolete for purification purposes. Jesus was the ultimate earthly High Priest, and with his sacrifice, rejoined the two offices of priest and king while resuming his role as the heavenly High Priest and King. After his time as God’s Lamb, the Bible tells us he became a more merciful High Priest (Heb 2:17). When the transgression of asking for an earthly king reaches its full measure with the final earthly king, the Antichrist, then Our Lord will return as the true heavenly King and High Priest come to this earth to establish a real heavenly sanctuary on this planet.


To The Jew First: Faith & Knowledge

Why does the New Testament say “to the Jew first”? Paul says it three times: Romans 1:16, 2:9, 10. Is this a statement about race? It cannot be, for God does not show favoritism.

Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.
Acts 10:34-35 NIV

“To the Jew first” is a statement about knowledge. It is our responsibility to take the time to study and understand God’s Word. It is the responsibility of the priests to be the keepers of that knowledge and to share it. They are the gatekeepers of the Lord's temple.

Therefore my people will go into exile for lack of understanding;
Isaiah 5:13 NIV

The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.
Isaiah 33:5-6 NIV

For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth men should seek instruction—because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty.
Malachi 2:7 NIV

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD : Stand at the gate of the LORD's house and there proclaim this message:

Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the LORD. This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. Do not trust in deceptive words and say, "This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!" If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever. But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless. Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, "We are safe"-safe to do all these detestable things? Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 7:1-11 NIV

And knowledge is critical to the Messiah's role of leading us to justification before the Father and so gathering knowledge is part of the call of Judaism.

After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.
Isaiah 53:11 NIV

After reading the New Testament does one clearly make witness of the conversions of faith, especially after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the form of the Early Rain on Our Lord’s Holy Feast Day called the Feast of Weeks (commonly called Pentecost), that they were to the faith of Judaism? (See also Acts 6:5 & 13:43.)

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. …
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Utterly amazed, they asked: "Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs-we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!"
Acts 2:1-2, 5-11 NIV

The sect of Judaism that recognizes Jesus as Messiah is defined as the “Way” in the book of Acts. That is why this web site refers to this site’s theological structure and version of Scripture as “The Congregation of the Way”. (See also Acts 9:2, 19:9, 23, 22:4.)

Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor. When Paul was called in, Tertullus presented his case before Felix: … "We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him. By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him."

When the governor motioned for him to speak, Paul replied: "I know that for a number of years you have been a judge over this nation; so I gladly make my defense. You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship. My accusers did not find me arguing with anyone at the temple, or stirring up a crowd in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city. And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me. However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets, and I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
Acts 24:1-2, 5-8, 10-16 NIV

Scripture says “to the Jew first” because only Jews are truly equipped to understand God’s Holy Word. Only those who practice Judaism, those who study the details of and practice the Law and God’s Holy Feast Days, those who know the language of Hebrew, those who know the history surrounding God’s Word, only these people have the knowledge that allows one the proper context to correctly interpret the symbols of Scripture. However, once one is truly led by the Spirit of God then one has the freedom to follow the Spirit of the Law. This freedom in the christ does not allow one to ignore the Law, so I see no justification to stop following and learning from God’s Holy Calendar. And, in my opinion, since the original “Latter” Scripture is given in Greek (as opposed to the “Early” Scripture given in Hebrew), Greek should be added as a basic requirement in training for the faith.3

Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and brag about your relationship to God; if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? As it is written: "God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you." …

A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man's praise is not from men, but from God.
Romans 2:17-24, 28-29 NIV

Knowledge is a key aspect of being in covenant relationship with the Lord, in addition to faith. A great example of faith and knowledge combining to deliver the faithful is when David killed the giant named Goliath. Everyone is clear that David showed unparalleled faith when he faced this giant Philistine. But do most pay attention to the role that knowledge played in this display of God’s delivery of David and thereby Israel?

First, he had unique training in being a shepherd. One might think that this is a wimpy job, but think again and check this out:

Saul replied, "You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth."

But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine."
1 Samuel 17:33-37 NIV

Just stop and think a minute about the training and skill needed to do this. It must also involve many hours of carefully watching the beasts that stalk his sheep in order to learn their behavior. I would also imagine that David had to have been taught the aspects of his job and survival skills by someone in his family. So much experience must be behind the ability to protect his flock.

Finally, when it came to the battle, Saul, the king, offered David armor and sword but David had the presence of mind, balance and peace within to be able to make a clear decision and say to the king, thanks but no thanks. He then thought ahead and prepared for his battle by choosing stones for his sling, instead of just charging ahead on blind faith alone. But once ready, he then entered the battle without fear.

Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
"I cannot go in these," he said to Saul, "because I am not used to them." So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd's bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. …

As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.
1 Samuel 17:38-40, 48 NIV

It is very important to have faith. Without it, you’ll never make it to the Lord’s summit. However, to encourage people to rely on faith only is like making one leg strong but chopping off the other at the same time. How’s that supposed to carry them any distance? Seeking and sharing knowledge is the other leg we need to run the race to the finish. This is done through reading the Word, studying the world around one and through fellowship in gathering in congregations. By sharing one’s thoughts, concerns, feelings and expressions of worship honestly but respectfully through the Holy Spirit in our gatherings do we continue to pass the knowledge and history from generation to generation that allows us to keep a balanced perspective on life.

For if we only have time to pray for another and encourage their faith but then hurry on, we do NOT represent the Name of the Lord. For only if we take the time to pray together, encourage each other and then hear the boundaries others are wrestling with, can we truly represent the Lord by knowing what is needed to help lift the yokes of others.

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.

In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
James 2:14-17, 20-26 NIV

Knowledge is power, so the more knowledge one has the better-equipped one is to help others and thereby represent Christ. The more knowledge one has of Scripture and its history, the better one’s theology will be. The more knowledge one has of self through commitment to the Daily Sacrifice, the more likely one is at peace within and thereby qualified to help others find balance. The more knowledge one has of the world around us the more likely one is able to earn an income and thereby able to share God’s abundance with those who are still in bondage, for whatever reasons. Those reasons should not be used as excuses to judge and turn one’s back.

My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline and do not resent his rebuke,
because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, …
Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;
by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;
they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.
Proverbs 3:11-13, 17-22 NIV

The Bible speaks of marriage as the path to harmony. Well beyond the primary level of a union between a man and a woman which will create a household that is a mighty temple to the Lord (when entered with mutual respect and understanding of each others strengths and weaknesses, responsibilities and God given roles, and a commitment to the Lord’s covenant), there are also other levels of meaning. On a spiritual level, first and foremost is the marriage between our Lord and the bride of the faithful who have purified themselves through their righteous deeds. The daughter of Zion is called to be a set apart people, striving to climb that mountain of self-control and balance achieved through praise, service and commitment to the Lord’s covenant of daily sacrifice, a sign and seal of that relationship. The only way we can actually walk the path of righteousness up to the Lord’s sanctuary is in personal marriage of our spirit with God’s spirit, of our will with God’s will. And finally, to open the gates to one’s inner sanctuary there is the marriage of faith and knowledge. One needs faith to stay the journey up the mountain but one also needs knowledge and understanding of self. By knowing thyself, one comes to an understanding of the 4 types of bodies and the goal of striving to keep them in balance. Being able to discern one’s challenges relative to these 4 bodies helps one to gain control.

From my experience, it is relatively easy to get inspiration from spirit. It takes a great deal of knowledge to properly discern the details of that inspiration and its source.


Can You Open & Close Your Gates At Will?

Strong negative aspects of our being, signs of being out of balance within, block our access to the ultimate power source at our core. It is a self-checking mechanism built in by our Creator. Only by attaining mastery over our 4 types of bodies, by keeping them in balance, can we keep the gates to our inner power open. For example, as negative emotions rise, such as anger or fear, the gates close. If we choose love and the path of service, if we master the temptations of selfishness and are able to control our animal instincts, then we graduate to attain the right to open the gates to our inner sanctuary where the powers of compassion, mercy and forgiveness will align our being with the forces of nature so that we are one. "One" in the same sense that your soul is connected with your body and you have control over it and so shall it be with the world when you are one with it.

As we have just seen, in order to actually achieve this we must also have knowledge. Learning, understanding and practicing God’s covenant of Daily Sacrifice leads to an understanding of self (vs. gratification of self), and this then leads to self-control, gratitude and a maturing of one’s partnership with the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:1-8.) This is the path to balance, peace and freedom.

The journey of the Israelites is an object lesson in obtaining freedom from bondage. It is journey out of the land of sin (Deut 32:5, 17), through the wilderness of confronting one’s lack of trust in being led by the Lord, and into the land of promise to find the inner sanctuary (Ex 15:13, 17). If one decides to commit to the covenant of peace by confronting one’s short comings and completing the path to maturity and mastery, then one attains the ability, through this righteous behavior of control of one’s bodies, to climb the hill to Mt. Zion and open the gates of the inner sanctuary to let in the glory of the Lord.

Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.
He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob.  Selah

Lift up your heads, O you gates; 
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory? 
The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.4
Psalm 24:3-8 NIV

Peter experienced the ultimate demonstration of this principle. With the encouragement of the Lord (Mt 14:27-29), he was at peace and his heart filled with the joy of the Lord and thereby his gates open to the glory of the Lord as he stepped out of that fishing boat and walked on the water. He did, until he allowed his fear to rise (Mt 14:30) and in so doing closed his gate to his inner power and began to sink into the water.

Jacob had to face his fear when his brother Esau was holding a grudge and wanted to kill him (Gen 27:41). His own mother told him of his brother’s intent and to flee. His father, Isaac, told him it was time to leave home and seek an Israelite wife in Paddan Aram (Gen 28:1-3). Jacob must have experienced fear to have to leave home on short notice and travel alone. Perhaps he had to contend with anger also, since his brother’s threat was not met with the family coming to his defense and protecting him at home. Yet Jacob did not say a word. He controlled his emotions and obeyed his father. But most important, he knew that God is his source and would protect him and provide for his needs (Gen 28:20-22). His gate was wide open to the Lord.

And so when he slept on the open earth, trusting God, resting on a stone as his pillow, not complaining but adapting to the situation, he experienced the presence of the Lord. The gate was open and Jacob experienced a stairway to heaven with the Lord at the top, symbolic again of achieving mastery and energizing all centers to the crown of being in the presence of the power of the Lord. This place, Bethel, became the first house of God for the Israelites. (Gen 28:16-17)

As to our total potential, there is the added dimension of the future promise of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which will enhance the power within us. Knowing this we should focus on the covenant of confession and repentance, working out one’s salvation (Php 2) by confronting one’s demon’s through the power of the Holy Spirit. By using the Holy Spirit as a personal counselor, one can be led to freedom from emotional bondage. If one is able to master one's emotions, etc. and have control over the gates to one's inner temple by the time of the Latter Rain, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the end-times, then you will be truly ready to be empowered at the level most dream of, at the level described by the prophet Joel in chapter 2.

This Latter Rain, the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit to come to the whole world, is the fire from within. Depending upon where one is in one's personal development and maturity, and depending upon one's understanding of self and spiritual reality, this force can either purify or burn. This is the fire Hosea (7:1-6) and Peter (2 Pet 3) speak of that precedes, prepares and produces the fruit of the next age, those who joyfully join with Messiah to be the foundation of this new age of peace and integrity.

For those who don’t attain that mastery by the time of the empowering, that power will be like Moses was to the Israelites when he came down from the mountain. It will be a power that forces to the surface the blocks to one's inner temple and works at breaking down the walls of pride, fear, anger and envy. Those who attain greater power in this world from the dark side, and not through personal mastery, do just that; they are using power from another being instead of using the power from their own core. It may feel great for awhile, maybe even a long while, but when one no longer serves that being’s need, then the power is withdrawn and one is left worse off than when one started. When one attains the power through personal mastery, no one can take that away. God has given you the peace that is not of this world (Jn 14:27).

To deny our emotions is not mastery over them either. To call emotions like anger and pride sin implies that one should never experience them. This is not reality and only results in one tightly suppressing them, along with the positive emotions. Our Lord and Master experienced negative emotions like anger and anguish (Ps 30:4-5 & 31:5-7). The key is that he did not deny his emotions and he also controlled his emotions rather than allowing them to control him. That is mastery.

Our Father wants us to understand the Way to become fully empowered sons and daughters of the Most high. His Son demonstrated this path in all aspects of his life. Jesus is our brother and the Father created him the same as us, as Scripture witnesses that Jesus was made the same as us in every way (Heb 2:11, 17). As such, he experiences the same human emotions and demonstrated the way to keep them in balance.

Controlling one’s emotions does not mean constantly keeping them suppressed. This is unhealthy and will only lead to internal imbalances. Instead of using the will to suppress them, our emotions should be expressed through the control of one’s will. This means to choice the time to express it wisely and to stop it when unrelated pain also begins to come out. It is unrealistic to expect us to never express what we feel; however, the way it is done makes all the difference in the world. If needed, sometimes one should vent with a friend who is prepared, before speaking one’s core truth and feelings in the proper direction and time led by Spirit.

I said, "I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin;
I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence."
But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish increased.
My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:
Psalm 39:1-3 NIV

Our Father who created us knows this very well, and He understands that Jesus is no exception. Anticipating the needs of His beloved Son, the Father provided vehicles to express his pain. I feel one of the most poignant examples of this was when Jesus was crucified. When one has given so much yet is being put to death unjustly, there must be anger that rises. No doubt he felt the pain and anguish of being abandoned and felt that God was very distant from him. Our Father knew the pain would be extreme and would not expect His Son to keep it inside completely. So when Jesus cried out in a loud voice from the cross,

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Mt 27:46 NIV

most understand how he felt. However, some question if this was a lack of faith and therefore would Jesus really say this? Perhaps it might seem that way but be careful, because the Bible can get you sometimes by inverting an apparent meaning through context, and that is the case here. When one has the knowledge that this is the first line of Psalm 22, a Psalm specifically about the Messiah written by king David about 1,000 years prior to the event, it then becomes an incredible statement of faith and at the same time a powerful outlet for our Lord’s pain, foreseen and planned way ahead by the Father. Yet it goes further. Not only does it have unique elements about the Messiah, it also expresses the pain we all feel. Thus it joins the Messiah to all of us for he feels our pain, and so through his psalm, while hanging on that tree, he’s also like a songbird that empathetically sings our thoughts of misgivings. As I appreciate the outlet Our Father provided for our brother, I find this to be most remarkable, indeed, and one of those things that keeps me in awe of the unfathomable wisdom of our glorious Creator!

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent.

From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother's womb you have been my God.
Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.

Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me,
they have pierced my hands and my feet.
I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me.
They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.
But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.

I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.

From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows.
The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the LORD will praise him—
may your hearts live forever!
Psalm 22: 1-2, 10-11, 16-19, 22, 25-26 NIV


God's Altar Calls Us to Mastery: Integrity & Self-Control Through God's Spirit

When the Israelites presented a sin offering, the blood was placed on the 4 horns of the altar. Horns are the sign of a king, as Daniel makes clear. And as the prophet teaches us about our beasts (for more details see: The Keys of Daniel), there is a message of mastery here from the Father. If one truly wants freedom from sin and not to repeat it, then one needs to be king over, master over one’s four bodies: our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. And that is why self-denial, such as fasting on a feast day, fosters self-control (Lev 23:26-32 NIV).

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Galations 5:16, 22-25 NIV

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV

Then he [Jesus] said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me."
Luke 9:23 NIV

Warning from the Word on Our Potential Beasts
Physical
1 Cor 6:12-20
Emotional
Pr 16:32a (KJV)
Mental
Pr 16:18a, 16:21; 2 Cor 10:3-5, 8
Spiritual
Pr 16:18b, 16:32b (KJV)

Our heart is the key to balance. Does one see the world through bitterness and resentment or through love and compassion?

When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
Psalm 73:21-22 NIV

For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.
Matthew 13:15 NIV

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 4:23 KJV

The image of attaining dominion or mastery over the natural beasts within us is also shown in the passage quoted above from Zechariah 6, just before we are told that it is the Branch who will build the temple of the Lord. The chapter begins with 4 horses that are harnessed to chariots, which means they are under control. They come out from standing in the presence of the Lord and help to quiet a spirit of unrest in the north. Then silver and gold are used to make a crown that is set upon the head of the High Priest. This shows us a couple of things. First, the crown on the head completes the picture of mastery. Second, the combining of king and priest is the order of Melchizedek and supports the identification of the Branch as the Messiah and our High Priest. Finally, to make clear that this is a model of mastery in which we are expected to follow, the crown will be passed to others (6:14).

As the ultimate demonstration of mastery, it appears Our Lord determined the moment of his own death through the force of his will. Crucifixion was normally a slow death. The NIV footnote to Mark 15:37, "With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last", states, "The strength of the cry indicates that Jesus did not die the ordinary death of those crucified, who normally suffered long periods of complete agony, exhaustion and then unconsciousness before dying." According to Luke 23:46, Jesus also quoted Psalm 31:5 at this moment, "Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last".

The Bible promises us a way out in time of trouble for those who persevere. I have asked God in time of prayer, where was Jesus' way out when the forces of darkness had encircled him and he was put on the cross? I feel the Holy Spirit led me to see this answer in Psalm 31. Because Jesus is a mature son of God, he has mastery over the 4 different aspects of his being, especially over his emotions. When enough time had passed to complete his mission as the Passover sacrifice, I believe Our Lord called upon his walk of the Way to balance within through the Holy Spirit, calmed his emotions, opened the gates to his inner sanctuary and pushed his soul out and ultimately into the shelter of his Father's heavenly tabernacle.

In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge;

Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.

Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors;
I am a dread to my friends - those who see me on the street flee from me.
I am forgotten by them as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery.

Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I have cried out to you;
but let the wicked be put to shame and lie silent in the grave.
… with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.
How great is your goodness, … for those who fear you, … who take refuge in you.
In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men;
in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.
Praise be to the LORD, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city.
Psalm 31:1, 4-5, 11-12, 17-21 NIV

When Solomon went before God and the whole congregation of Israel to ask for the temple to be blessed, the house that God didn’t actually ask for (Acts 7:46), I believe one of the reasons the Father decided to consecrate the temple is because of Solomon’s promise to remain true to the covenant of confession and repentance. Therefore, it was a place that God could put His Name. However, it also did transgress the Law, and as prophesied in Daniel, the temple will be used by God to finish the transgression of asking for an earthly king by the complete manifestation of the spirit of antichrist, which began with the seeds of pride that brought king Solomon to the place of believing he was wise enough to alter God’s Law (Ex 25:8-9, 40).

Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in front of the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands. … He said:
   "O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. … May your eyes be open toward this temple day and night, this place of which you said you would put your Name there. May you hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive.

   "When a man wrongs his neighbor and is required to take an oath and he comes and swears the oath before your altar in this temple, then hear from heaven and act. Judge between your servants, repaying the guilty by bringing down on his own head what he has done. Declare the innocent not guilty and so establish his innocence. …

   "When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and confess your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance. …

   "When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to a land far away or near; and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, 'We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly'; and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land you gave their fathers, toward the city you have chosen and toward the temple I have built for your Name; then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you.

   "Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. Now arise, O LORD God, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. May your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, may your saints rejoice in your goodness. O LORD God, do not reject your anointed one. Remember the great love promised to David your servant."

When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying,
    "He is good; his love endures forever."
2 Chron 6:12, 14, 20-23, 26-27, 36-7:3 NIV

The heart of the covenant is confession. However, seeing our sin can also be quite challenging. Often one is blind to sin because of giving into some desire that is out of balance and is overshadowing the knowing of the heart. When king David committed his greatest sin of taking Bathsheba and having her husband killed, he did not see it until confronted by the prophet Nathan. But being led by the Spirit of God, David heard Nathan and confessed. The moment he did, the Lord took away the death penalty for his sin. Yet even though David was forgiven, there were still consequences for that sin.

Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD."
Nathan replied, "The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.
But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the LORD show utter contempt, the son born to you will die."
2 Sam 12:13-14 NIV

The heart of the covenant is confession. Confession of our sins is the act that takes away our sins and its corresponding death penalty. This is the same before and after Christ. The Law also calls for blood to atone for the sin. For the priesthood under the order of Aaron, this was done through the blood of animals. For those who acknowledge their High Priest under the order of Melchizedek, Jesus has provided the blood, once and done, and so it is applied spiritually on the heavenly ark and on our heart at the time of one's confession.

Embracing the covenant of confession is just the beginning of the path to mastery. For only when one takes a serious look within can one begin to get in touch with the aspects of self that are in balance and those aspects which are not. Knowledge is also needed as a guide up this mountain but there is the challenge of darkness which tries to obscure the path through confusion (Babylon).

It is curious that the Prince is the only one to enter through the East gate (Ezek 44:1-3). Why the east gate as opposed to the others? Upon reflection I believe this harkens back to the tabernacle, which had one gate – one entrance to the outer court – and this gate faced east! (Ex 40:8, 33 KJV)

While the east is associated with sun worship (Ezek 8:16) and the Law warns against this (Deut 4:19), I believe the Bible has another symbolic dimension to the “east”. Apostasy has always been associated with Babylon and Babylon lies due east of Jerusalem.

When the Lord brought the ultimate punishment to Israel, loss of their nation and being carried off into slavery, he used two nations to do this: Babylon and Assyria. Due to the geography of the Fertile Crescent, they always attacked from the north. The capitals of these nations were both east of Israel, but due to the “crescent” shape of the fertile valley along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and the desert elsewhere, these nations expanded west first and then south toward Israel. From Israel’s perspective, this attack came from the north.

The nation of Israel split into two kingdoms, the Northern (Israel) and Southern (Judah) kingdoms, after the reign of king Solomon. Each kingdom was led by a number of selfish kings who added to the nation’s unrepentant sin debt, but more so the Northern. The Northern kingdom was the first to be conquered from the north by Assyria. Some time later the Southern kingdom was conquered by Babylon, and what they found in the temple was taken to their king, Nebuchadnezzar.

From this object lesson of judgment coming from the north through the hand of the kings of Assyria and Babylon, we see the imprint of it in the writings of the prophets, who came from this period and afterward. This theme has deeper meaning and many have been confused by the use of north here and have looked at other geographic locations rather than understanding the setting of the Bible, the Middle East. What is important is the source of these kingdoms, and we get pointed in the right direction by knowing their kings and their capitals.5

Micah is the clearest example of using Assyria in an end-time setting, yet making clear the source which the imagery points to:

Marshal your troops, O city of troops, [Or Strengthen your walls, O walled city]
for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel's ruler on the cheek with a rod.
 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans [Or rulers] of Judah,
out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."
Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth
and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.
He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD,
in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.
And he will be their peace.

     
When the Assyrian invades our land and marches through our fortresses,
we will raise against him seven shepherds, even eight leaders of men.
They will rule [Or crush] the land of Assyria with the sword,
the land of Nimrod with drawn sword. [Or Nimrod in its gates]
He will deliver us from the Assyrian when he invades our land and marches into our borders.
The remnant of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the LORD,
like showers on the grass, which do not wait for man or linger for mankind.
The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples,
like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among flocks of sheep,
which mauls and mangles as it goes, and no one can rescue.
Micah 5:1-8 NIV

This passage is clearly about the end-times, and the figure of the “Antichrist” is here referred to as the “Assyrian”, as he is in other places. The thing that makes this passage special is that the land of Assyria is also identified as the land of Nimrod. This is important because it identifies the true source of the apostasy that is part of the religion of the Antichrist. Nimrod is the founder of both the Assyrian and Babylonian empires. He built their capitals, Ninevah and Babylon, along with other ancient great cites, as the following passage attests to:

Cush was the father of Nimrod, who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; that is why it is said, "Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD." The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Erech, Akkad and Calneh, in Shinar [That is, Babylonia].  From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah and Resen, which is between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city.
Gen 10:8-12 NIV

Nimrod and Ishtar are the original authors of the apostasy founded in Babylon that polluted Israel while in Babylonian captivity and later polluted Rome, which brought it to the Christian faith. This apostasy is referred to as the “Babylonian Mysteries” in Rev 17:5 and is explored more fully on the following web pages. The first one presents a theological dimension of 666 in that it also represents 3 ideas which fall short of perfection, that do not represent biblical truth. The Bible warns that once one accepts the mark, it will be too late (Rev 14:9-12). If being fooled into believing the ideas of 666 by Satan is due to lack of knowledge, I fear that presenting the missing truth is not enough. For it seems the barrier of pride is a tall wall preventing many of the faithful from embracing the true covenant because it usually means having to admit being wrong about something that one may have invested much of self in.

Changes to the Word of God & The Mark of the Beast

The Keys of Daniel

So the symbol of the “East” may also point to the original source of apostasy, Babylon. Furthermore, the “kings of the East” (Rev 16:12-13) may also refer to those who let their beasts rule them rather than following the path of not deviating from the law, neither to the right nor to the left. When one looks at a map, east and west are always left and right. Perhaps the east (and west) are symbolic of straying from the law, either to the right or the left (Ps 75:4-6). It is also interesting that when Cain was banished from Eden, God put a mark on him and he went east (Gen 4:16).

Is this why the people must enter and leave the temple through the north and south gates, not deviating from the law (Ezek 46:9)? Only when one matures to be a prince, a son of God led by the spirit of God to follow the spirit of the law, can one enter through the east gate (Ezek 46:12). For only then can one handle the challenges coming from the east. Going back to the tabernacle that had only one entrance, the gate facing east, the entire congregation had to enter this way. Perhaps this meant one had to turn one’s back to the temptations from the east when entering the tabernacle, and only after being strengthened by the Lord in His sanctuary can one face the challenges of the east upon exiting.

... the house of Jacob. They are full of superstitions from the East;
Isaiah 2:6 NIV

Further, the Israelites camped around the tabernacle in a formation of 3 tribes on each of the 4 sides, symbolic of the numbers of mastery, 3 over 4, which is discussed here and in the Keys of Daniel. When we look at the new city of Jerusalem that comes down from heaven after the millennium in Revelation, we see a wall that surrounds the whole city with 3 gates on each of the 4 sides (Rev 21:10-13), symbolic again of personal mastery (Rev 21:7). No one who serves self, operating solely from the lower 4 centers, just taking what one wants, will be able to enter the city (Rev 21:27). The great thing about this image is that God’s holy place has expanded from a tabernacle to a whole city, a holy city with no need for a temple (Rev 21:22) for it is a city of people who all represent the presence of the Lord by their daily walk with the spirit of God, thereby being temples of the Lord.

Unfortunately at this time, many do not heed the Lord’s call to find peace within despite one’s physical conditions. Most stay focused on their own physical needs to the exclusion of the needs of their brothers and sisters. Many pass judgment without taking the time to witness the burdens of another. Regardless of the example Jesus set of meeting the needs of people, or the commands of the Law to set our brothers free from debt and slavery, or the example of Israel losing its nation and becoming slaves themselves because they ignored their brother’s pain and abused the land, the faithful still seem to find reasons to help themselves and mock those in need. In Psalm 22, those who believe in the Lord, the supposed faithful, mock Jesus and expect him to help himself through his faith alone, while they do nothing.

But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people.
All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads:
"He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him."
Psalm 22:6-8 NIV

Our Lord invoked this Psalm by reciting the first line. The NIV footnote for Psalm 22 makes an interesting observation about the similarities and contrast between this one and Psalm 69. “It has many similarities with Ps 69, but contains no calls for redress … such as are found in 69:22-28.” Our Lord does not invoke Psalm 69 directly. He invokes it indirectly simply by expressing his need for something to drink, “I am thirsty” (Jn 19:28-29). Jesus directly quoted Psalm 22, which has no call for redress but does call the faithful to keep their trust in the Lord, the Father, during the time of trouble. Since Jesus did not directly quote from Psalm 69 yet fulfilled being its subject, the call for redress comes from the Father to address the lack of witness by the faithful.

I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched.

I am a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my own mother's sons;
for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.

Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none.
They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.
May the table set before them become a snare; may it become retribution and a trap.
May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever.
Pour out your wrath on them; let your fierce anger overtake them.
Psalm 69:3, 8-9, 20-24 NIV

Because the faithful, the ones who recognized Jesus as a man of God, did not speak up to witness on Jesus’ behalf when Pilate offered the crowd a Passover choice, because they mocked him on the cross and did not attend to their brother’s need when he was in pain, the Father has brought a blindness to the faithful ("eyes be darkened"). As a price for those who recognized His Anointed Son but did not come to his defense, who did not speak out and help their brother when in need, the Father made the communion table set before us a snare. For those who would lose the knowledge of the sacrificial system and not know the difference between drinking blood and a drink offering, they would receive the cup of God’s wrath instead.

And so blindness has descended upon the body of the faithful and the true covenant has been lost due to a lack of knowledge. Paul speaks of the blindness the Law brought to the Jews and how they will not recognize the Messiah until the Latter Rain. Paul also speaks of the blindness that comes to those who did recognize the Messiah (Romans 11:18, 21-22, 32). When people do not confess their sin to the one sinned against according to the Law and pray to a trinitarian god instead of their High Priest, then they repeat their sin and remain in bondage and so the Lord's table can become a snare instead of the path to freedom.

People often trust in themselves instead of God. The Lord God Almighty should be one's tower (Ps 61:1-4; Pr 18:10) and fortress (Ps 18:2, 48:1-3). In Isaiah chapter 2, the Lord warns that every lofty tower and fortified wall that is built out of pride will be brought low as the Lord raises the mountain of His temple. The Hebrew word for tower used here is the same one used for the Tower of Babel. Its definition is most interesting:

Migdal: a tower (from its size or height); by anal. A rostrum; fig. a (pyramidal) bed of flowers: -- castle, flower, pulpit, tower.
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, H4026.

Isaiah deepens the warning about pride, its potential to prevent one from receiving the promised inheritance and reminds us of God's promise to pour out His Spirit in the end times. It is only His Spirit which will enable the faithful to sustain during the time of trouble.

The fortress will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted;
citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever,
the delight of donkeys, a pasture for flocks,
till the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest.
Isaiah 32:14-15 NIV

The lofty tower of the Temple in Jerusalem had been laid low by the Romans. And the same selfishness that came to dominate the temple would eventually come to dominate the renewed faith given by Christ. For men who are not led by the Spirit of God will find a way to elevate themselves until the time of the ultimate final elevation of man occurs as the Man of Lawlessness comes to power and raises again a lofty tower to himself only to pass it off to the world as a temple to God. And when the Holy Spirit is poured out as God’s elect are elevated to be His powerful witnesses, they will prepare the way for the One who has already been elevated by the Father (Ps 2). Then the Father’s anointed Son will return and lay low the pride of men along with all their lofty towers.

Only those who elevate Christ by showing the sign of honoring the sin offering humble themselves enough to prepare their inner vessels to receive the seal of God (Rev 7:1-8), His Holy Spirit, and thereby rise up to represent the Lord by serving God through meeting the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of mankind during the tribulation.


The Challenge of Pride

I have been stricken with the end-time plague of heavy metal and chemical toxicity. I have had to learn the hard way the lack of integrity around this issue and the control of the medical community that keeps suppressed the connection between toxicity and one’s health. It seems clear that some entity or entities have a vested interest in covering over the liability for that impact upon our health, and the challenge of the complexity in identifying those forces is part of the effort to keep these sins hidden at the cost of our health.

If one wants to truly reform the health care system one should focus on the contractual agreements between doctors, drug companies and insurance companies. To ensure competition, remove the antitrust exemption from the insurance industry. One also needs to include the control of research and grant money and its role in affecting which directions doctors may explore. All these influences combine to create a heavy hand upon good doctors who wish to pursue and establish the connection between toxicity and our health, in my opinion as a patient.6

Our Lord has warned us repeatedly about respecting the land and not to defile it both physically and spiritually. God commands us to love and respect all people, all animals and the earth. This is seen so clearly in the Law we are given to live by, starting with the 10 commandments. We are commanded to rest on the 7th day, the Sabbath. This command applies to all God’s people, any aliens visiting and also for the animals (Ex 20:10; 23:12).

The importance of respecting and not abusing the earth is so important to God that He declares that the concept of the Sabbath rest applies to the land for an entire year once every 7 years (Lev 25:2-7). The people and the animals rest one day every seven, but the land rests an entire year each seven, which should remind us of the importance of not allowing our sins to defile the land. If that were not enough of a warning, the definitions of the Sabbath and Jubilee years are followed by warnings of reward for obedience and punishment for disobedience (Lev 26).

Respect for one’s fellowman and the land is so important to God, they are the primary focus of the 7-year sabbatical laws (Ex 21:1-11, 23:10-11; Lev 25:1-7; Deut 15:1-18). When fellow Israelites fall into slavery because they can not pay their debts, the Lord instructs us to release our brothers from any debt or slavery every 7 years, in addition to resting the land. Most forget the debt part, but God does not. And as stated previously, because the Israelites did not release their brothers from slavery, they lost their nation and became slaves to the king of Babylon (Jer 34). During that time, the land enjoyed its rest every year and was given a chance to recover from the abuse of its masters who worked it non-stop.

When people sin, not only does it destroy relationships but it also defiles the land. Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel talk about man’s idols defiling the land (Isa 24:5; Jer 2:7, 16:17-18; Ezek 36:17-19). This is not just a reference to temple buildings on the land devoted to other gods. It runs deeper than that. It speaks to the whole picture, the entire journey. If your heart is not devoted to God, this will affect all your actions (mark of the beast) and that will affect the integrity of all aspects of society, down to the animals and land that we depend upon for food and our very existence. They will become a curse that comes back upon our heads (Hos 4:1-3). Lack of integrity physically defiles the land, the animals and ultimately our air and food.

So if we disobey God and abuse each other, the animals and the land, by the time we come to the end-times, the Day of the Lord’s Vengeance, we are clearly warned in Revelation:

The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come … for destroying those who destroy the earth.
Rev 11:18 NIV

The Bible has a strong implied message about the toxification of the planet due to sin and warnings to prepare for it. I am beginning to notice how the Law not only was designed to protect an agricultural and farming society in ancient times, it is also designed to protect the faithful from the ravages of the mark of the beast in the end-times. Notice how the clean and unclean laws for food make a clear distinction not to eat scavengers, which is critical protection in a toxic world.

Furthermore, the sacrificial system calls for the blood of the animal to be drained before it is used for food. This is a fundamental aspect of the proper healthful preparation of food known in Judaism as “kosher”. Considering that many diseases and toxins can be borne in the blood, this is indeed a more healthful way to live. Of the animal that was sacrificed, the blood is poured out in symbolic ritual, parts are burned as an offering to God, most is food for the priests and the fellowship offering is food for all who come to worship. Of the animals used for food, the Law calls for the fat, kidneys and especially the fat covering the liver to be removed and burned (Lev 1-7). These again are the areas of the body that would tend to collect toxins, so we see the focus on safety and efficiency in God’s Holy system. It has many levels of meanings designed to guide and protect us, which are still very relevant for us today.

While earnestly seeking answers for my condition, I often encountered anger, blame and deflection. After years of being made to feel guilty for my effort and “wrong” decisions, finding only blame instead of help, eventually I came to see that this is just another case of the emotions involved when one is dealing with hidden sin. And these emotions reveal the lack of mastery by those who claim to be lords and masters, those who have actually given into their fear. They no longer trust in the Lord, yet it has also revealed a lack of trust on my part, for I have tasted fear also.

This has become a tremendous temptation and challenge for me to not fall into the bonds of resentment and anger over injustice, but as I’m led through the lessons of this web page by the Holy Spirit, I’m beginning to see the inversion. As long as I have been fair and just through my path, the only injustice would have been if I had allowed the lack of mastery of others to cause me to falter on the way to my own mastery. I have remained steady and faithful through my relationships, yet left sick and seemingly alone in this world, so it is almost a daily challenge to face these emotions. (I do remind myself that I am not alone: I have the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as my counselor.)

Several years ago I really got tired of living with my anger. I didn’t want it anymore! But I just couldn’t get rid of it.

I had had enough of just burying it inside in order to create the illusion of being free of it. I had also reached the point of analyzing myself to death in order to find the source of my anger, hoping that is the way to let go of it. Sometimes I wondered if there was even a root cause for all of it or that it was possible to access all of it. However, I’ve already dug so deep and unearthed many hidden feelings that ended up being unwound and uprooted, so doesn’t that mean I just have to keep digging, clawing away at my soul and enduring the process in order to find true freedom? Or have I reached the point where I’m just beating myself down? One can only take so much pain at once.

Have you ever been there with this emotion or any other???

I know I needed help but money has been an ever-present pressure for the last couple of years and getting to an office on a regular basis was beyond my reach anyway. Besides, I've been through various types of formal counseling and found many minimally helpful. (The Landmark Forum program was a clear exception and one I highly recommend. I experienced my first major release of a held emotion in one weekend! It occurred well over a decade ago. I picked the anger I held toward my stepfather to work on. I obtained a true shift in perspective through the grace of another person who shared their experience with me, one on one privately in an exercise of pairing us with people of a similar experience. Yes, breakthroughs can be obtained without having to get up to the mike, in case one is wondering. Thanks again to Landmark Education and to my sponsors that weekend. Due to money and added distance, that's not an option now.) I was in trouble and sinking and needed help, so I prayed and asked what could I do. Then one day it hit me. Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the counselor. Why don’t I take that seriously?

If the Holy Spirit can indeed be a personal counselor, then I have the best counselor in the universe and he comes to my house for free! So I did, I took it seriously and believed Jesus, and it began to change me.

I began to pray in a new way to my counselor and I was led to use the Psalms as a vehicle for my teaching. The new way I was led to pray when searching for hidden leaven was not to concern myself with analyzing or finding reasons. No. The call is to search and find the hidden leaven, the raw emotion itself, not to figure out why we are feeling it, but to first focus on what one is feeling. Sometimes it can be very challenging just to identify what one is feeling, especially if there are a lot of judgments and false labels swimming around in one's head.

So I began to confess my pain itself, searching to identify what I really feel inside, and to ask the Holy Spirit to change me. So for my case, at the start of this, I began by praying the following, over and over again, and its working, deeper, and in that sense faster, than any other type of counseling I’ve done. However, one must be patient and persevere, for it took well over a year before I really began to feel different inside, although I felt something right away. I started this way:

Lord, I’m angry and I don’t always know why. I know part of it has to do with my perception of injustice. When I see things that appear unfair, I get angry. I don’t want to feel it any longer. Please send the Holy Spirit to change my heart of stone to a new heart. Please take my anger from me. I no longer want to hold it.

This eventually worked but it’s taken over 2 years of meditating upon Psalm 1 for me to reprogram my brain from my own selfish point of view (wanting justice now) and to see things from God’s point of view. Having a clear understanding of one’s High Priest and Judge in the Heavenly Sanctuary gives one the proper perspective to get the most out of Scripture. It is with this perspective that I read Psalm 1. So knowing that all go before the Judge and he determines the path of souls (“stand in the judgment”), we can be confident that ultimately no one gets away with anything. As we keep in mind that doing what’s right is known by God (“For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous”), we can also be confident our faithfulness will ultimately result in our freedom.

We have free will. God cannot make people do anything. It is up to us. What we choose determines how we affect each other. So we may temporarily suffer in this world. But when one knows that it takes lifetimes to climb the Lord’s summit to find freedom, one is not distracted by the wicked, for one knows when they come before the one High Priest and Judge, they will face justice. This gives one the perspective to let go of so much and give it over to God. For when we trust the Lord completely, we know that all things will be brought to account in the Lord’s time. This is one example showing how correct theology through knowledge is needed to have true peace of mind.

So now I see that since I was just, nothing is unjust for me as long as I am confident in the Lord and don’t give into the temptation of blame (others or myself), anger and resentment. These can prevent one from entering the Promised Land, even a little, as Moses learned. (Note the warning to not harden one’s heart given about this in Ps 95:7b-8) Knowing that I have not compromised my integrity7 then there is no injustice, for the Lord has promised:

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Psalm 1 KJV

As I observe so many people become angry over the recent great financial losses, I no longer resent having lost so much over the last 4 to 5 years. Not being able to work because of being very sick and at the same time having been denied any official financial support from insurance or Social Security, and watching the life savings I carefully built up be used up in a short time, I am losing resentment because many are now facing the same. But that is not the best way to let go of an emotion. Conversely, along the way I have lost much attachment to material things, especially when I had to leave my big beautiful house to downsize in preparation for this medical challenge. In order to realize an actual overall reduction in living expenses, I had to move away from friends and organizations in which I felt safe, and it was far enough to break many ties. Ironically, in letting go of the house I feared to lose and in taking the change seriously, I now live in my favorite house, much smaller, yet I consider it a palace and that the Lord has provided well for me. So I thank the Lord for laying me low.

I have been very hurt by betrayals of relationships, by family, friends, my company, organizations and religious groups who gave promises to be there in time of need. I drew pride from the number of groups I had been a part of, but when the challenge of time and money became great due to the unusual circumstance of this health challenge, the support was not there. Now I know which relationships were not built upon trust but illusions of need and control. I have few friends now, but truer relationships, and again I thank the Lord for laying me low.

Justice is a tricky thing. Its one thing to trust God that justice will be done, for we want so much to see it. Yet we are promised that we will (Ps 37:34), just not in the time frame we expect. Sometimes the Lord may put one in a position to be able to execute justice (such as Joseph with his brothers), but that is a far different thing from taking matters into one’s own hands and creating a little of one’s own so-called justice. The latter is allowing the beast within to rise and will only trap one in the same behavior.

When I have been very sick and alone in bed, I often found myself trapped in the thinking of wanting justice against my family for leaving me like this. I may have ideas of telling one of my brothers off or punching him out for being so selfish and prideful.8 But knowing its unlikely that I am physically capable of anything close to that at this time because of my condition, I get to the point where I am ready to truly turn justice over to the Lord and let go of it. As one who has spent most of my life pushing my body at will when needed, it is strange to experience the internal weakness of chronic fatigue when the body wins and the will no longer has the same power. That feeling of not being physically able to push or defend myself when I decide, it is new for me in the last couple of years, and it is odd, and also sad how losing one’s strength would be needed to bring one to the point of truly letting go and giving the justice part to God. It reminds me of the following Psalm. (See also Ps 63:6-10)

Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him.
In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. 
       Selah
Offer right sacrifices and trust in the LORD.
Many are asking, "Who can show us any good?" Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.
You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:3-8 NIV

What is even sadder is there have been a few times where I felt I was getting better. At a couple of those moments, when I was feeling stronger, I would think about my family and rise in righteous indignation ready to execute my little piece of justice upon their heads. But the Lord speaks to me in the contrast of this Psalm.

An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked [or heart]:
There is no fear of God before his eyes.
For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin.
The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and to do good.
Even on his bed he plots evil; he commits himself to a sinful course and does not reject what is wrong.
Psalm 36:1-4 NIV

I realize there is nothing righteous about the indignation. Justice is the Lord’s only! If He wants one to have a hand in it, He will explicitly put one in that position, otherwise it is just self-indulgence and usually inappropriate venting of pain. At least when I was in bed, in pain and unable to do anything about it, at least then I was able to see I needed to give it the Lord and no longer let it affect me. And so I have learned to be grateful even for my condition, for it has allowed me to see more clearly. (I'm not fully there yet, but I feel I know the direction and will exercise more effort to keep the beast of my intellect in control by keeping the Lord’s perspective.) And so I say with gaining confidence, I thank the Lord for laying me low.

While I understand that my condition is difficult to perceive, and the lack of an "official" medical diagnosis is an added burden for people to believe I might yet be very sick, it has been difficult to reconcile the lack of support from my immediate family. In striving to find a way to break through the walls created, and being too weak for this, I've encountered an added layer of complication in that I've also had to face the probability of lying and deception by my mother in an effort to keep past sin hidden. I did not realize that my advocacy of therapy for my siblings and knowledge of certain old things might be considered a current threat to my mother and thereby reason to drive a wedge between us despite my desperate situation. This threatens to toss me back into anger and resentment and lose much that I have gained.

However, when I meditate upon Romans 12 and I think about the details of my mother’s life and what I personally know that she hides and has yet to confess, for the first time in my life I truly relate to this passage and actually am afraid for her soul when I imagine her falling into the hands of the living God. Any feelings of anger and desires for personal justice fall apart and shrink away as I truly fear for her soul and understand the importance of complete confession in this world before facing the Lord. (My fear of the Lord who judges the guilty allows me to see the place from which I could truly pray for her repentance, but as a human who still feels pain I can also relate to how Jonah must have felt about Nineveh.) So I pray that she lets go of her fear of the consequences in this world and comes clean by confessing to all her children what she has hidden of the past. Only then will she no longer twist and distort the present, and only then will she truly be ready to face her Judge. This is the way she can stop her sin from affecting future generations (Deut 5:8-10, 23:2). And I suspect it would also give us, her children, the only real opportunity to experience complete forgiveness.

I have embraced the Word of God all my life and deeply desire for the Holy Spirit to change my heart of stone, for I no longer want to be a prisoner of my own held negative emotions and perceptions. The feelings of anger bent and twisted into desires for revenge are giving way to fear for these souls when they eventually fall into the hands of the Living God.

I feel I am approaching emotional freedom for I’m beginning to be ashamed of my desire for personal justice and beginning to find the place where I can pray for the repentance of those who hurt me, where before, for some, I honestly could not. So a part of me knows that even though I can see and understand at a high level, my heart is quite a bit behind and I still have a long road to achieve emotional balance. I feel I’m just coming within sight of the outer court, let alone to even see the gates to the inner sanctuary.

I’ve had a glimpse of finding my joy in the Lord and I like it. It’s only brief tastes so far, but I like it so much I’m willing to give up my pain by facing it and feeling it so that I can truly live in that joy, for I know life is in that joy, the joy that comes only from having total and complete trust in the Lord. For when you trust the Lord totally for justice, protection, and bringing souls to repentance or judgment, then everything is exactly as it should be.

If we are able to find the place where we can express our emotions appropriately yet not allow those times to be excuses to vent other unrelated feelings on the currently guilty, if we can find that place within, that possibility, that moment where we express our anger under control of the will and through the compassion of the heart and not let it get out of control, then we leave room for God's anger to rectify what we cannot and should not.

It is an odd thing to get to the place where I can feel moments that I can honestly thank the Lord for my condition and what it has taught me, and so give thanks for laying me low. The knowledge and understanding I have gained is worth all I've been through. For by stripping me of my strength, He is purging me of my pride and that will only lighten my soul and prepare me for the journey to return home. My Lord guides me to be a temple for the Holy Spirit and to be another brick in the foundation of the body of Christ (1 Peter 1:13-2:12).


The Union of God’s Will And Our Will

As a proponent of free will and one who believes the Bible teaches that life is a function of the choices we make, the statement of thanking the Lord “for laying me low” may seem at first glance to contradict these beliefs. Early in my life I knew I enjoyed math and logic, so I choose a path that led to a career in engineering and software development. I choose to wait to marry and focused my spare time in the study of prophecy and theology. I traveled and visited spiritual centers and became a speaker on prophecy. Eventually I married and devoted myself to building a home life upon my well-developed career of working over 20 years at the same company. No one other than I can state that no part of me in any way had any desire to get sick and lose everything, from my career and life savings to eventually my marriage, wife and family. And anyone who would want to find reason that I brought this upon myself through bad choices just to justify free will is shortsighted and lacks any understanding or compassion.

I might leave my defense at that, but as I reflect much more deeply upon the forces that brought me to this point, I can begin to see a place from which the principal of free will applies. This place is very fundamental, raw and personal – it is my burning and unyielding desire to know the truth no matter what. For me, it trumps all desires, even sexual desire, which is still a strong one. From this perspective, I can see that the Lord allowed all things to fall away from me so as to strip my pride and allow me to see the truth of human motivation and the incredible genius and patience of Jesus in supporting the Father’s goal of bringing us all to repentance and maturity.

If I look at the specific causes of the many factors that contributed to my getting sick, it has to do with a whole lot of people bearing false witness, or no witness, when they knew the truth of how whatever area they have charge over is not fulfilling the integrity of its mission and contributing to the big picture of polluting the earth and hurting all of us in the process for the sake of short term gain. Do I direct my anger toward any of these many factors? If I do, I will quickly dissipate the little energy I have.

The Lord does not take things personally and He is responsible for the big picture, so sometimes it’s best to put it all on the Lord and just hand one’s burdens over to Him (1 Pet 5:6-7). At least one will not be misdirecting one’s anger at someone who may have nothing to do with one’s situation. However, being angry at the Lord and just burying those feelings will only came out in same other way. I needed to recognize my own stiff-necked attitude and that the Lord was bringing about circumstances such that I would have a good change of finally freeing myself from a pattern of lifetimes of emotional and mental bondage. Once I realize the great opportunity the Lord is providing, then it becomes natural to thank the Lord!

Unfortunately, in today’s world there are many, many people who appear to be at peace and calm in public and thereby masters of the new age, but in reality they are only masters of suppression. The Way of the Lord is the true path to peace, for by it one confronts one’s internal desires and only by the way of sacrifice and denial of one’s desires at the proper time and pursuing satisfaction at other times, is one led to true balance and peace. This as opposed to the way of devoting one’s being to satisfying all of one’s desires and suppressing them when not appropriate for public display. This raises the beast within and keeps it caged. The danger is that when life situations cause one’s control mechanisms to break down and dissolve the cage, then the beast can come out suddenly and people are surprised.

When one truly seeks the Lord and searches for the leaven within, really trying to see what’s going on and getting in touch with what one is feeling, then we come to know ourselves. Only through practicing appropriate sacrifice and denial, seeking the balance between our will and God’s will, does one bring the bodies into a peace reflective of one’s Source. Then one can maintain that state despite outer conditions. One no longer spends so much energy trying to alter external conditions to suit one’s desires. It used to be that one could create such conditions with money, but even that is being stripped away by the One who lays low all the proud and haughty spirits that keep mankind locked in its maddening cycle of selfishness.

As for finding that place of forgiveness and total trust in the Lord that allows one to truly let go of anger, bitterness and resentment and to be at peace knowing that in the long run all will be brought into account, I found the following from the Edgar Cayce readings on opening all the charkas to be very helpful:

25. (Q) How may I bring into activity my pineal and pituitary glands, as well as the Kundalini and other charkas, that I may attain to higher mental and spiritual powers? Are there exercises for this purpose, and if there are, please give them.
(A) As indicated, first so FILL the mind with the ideal that it may vibrate throughout the whole of the MENTAL being!
Then, close the desires of the fleshly self to conditions about the same. MEDITATE upon “THY WILL WITH ME.” Feel same. Fill ALL the centers of the body, from the lowest to the highest, with that ideal; opening the centers by surrounding self first with that consciousness, “NOT MY WILL BUT THINE, O LORD, BE DONE IN AND THROUGH ME.”
And then, have that desire, that purpose, not of attaining without HIS direction, but WITH His direction, - who is the Maker, the Giver of life and light; as it is indeed in Him that we live and move and have our being.
Reading 1861-4 given on 1/13/40

Perhaps this can help one to see how the path of Daily Sacrifice and focusing on the needs of others and society as a whole is the way to peace. I hope and pray that one sees that it is all that we hang onto, suppress and demand justice of the Lord that are the very elements that act as a cancer and corrode us from within, causing our bodies to become desolate of God’s Spirit and thereby binding our spirits to repeat lifetime after lifetime in bondage to the power of our emotional, mental and spiritual aspects becoming twisted upon ourselves.


What Exactly Has Jesus Asked Us To Do In Remembrance of Him?

For those who accept Jesus as Messiah, we should approach him as High Priest in God’s Heavenly Sanctuary each morning and evening. The model for this lesson is the sacrificial system under the order of Aaron. This is known as the Daily Sacrifice. After Jesus was resurrected, our obligation for the Daily Sacrifice as defined in the Law continues, only now it comes under the order of Melchizedek, for Jesus is our High Priest forever. We need to understand the protocols of the sin, guilt and other offerings, for this is the way to approach our High Priest in the Father’s heavenly sanctuary.

What is important and crucial is to have a clear understanding of precisely how Jesus’ blood pays the price for our sin, that is the death penalty; however, we are still subject to the consequences of our sin as decided by our judge, Lord Jesus. For it is he that decides how the Holy Spirit and the army of God’s angels will mitigate the consequences of one’s sin in the lives of those affected by that sin.

When we sin against God, the penalty is death (Rom 6:23). That is why if there is to be a substitute for your life, it is the life of another. Under the order of Aaron that was satisfied with the blood of animals. Under the order of Melchizedek, the death penalty is satisfied by the blood of Christ.

When does the blood of Jesus pay this price? At the time of confession. This does not mean at the time of one’s confession of faith and then it applies for the rest of one’s life. No. It means at the time of each sin and its confession. As proved above, the references in Scripture to the blood of Jesus paying the price of our sins are all present tense. This can only be understood properly in the context of an ongoing Daily Sacrifice.

The Apostles understood the call for the ongoing sacrifice (Heb 10:17-25). The sign of being in covenant relationship with the Father is shown by observing the call to the Daily Sacrifice. The knowledge of this sign of God has been put into confusion by the non-biblical concepts Satan has interwoven into the faith as represented by the mark of the beast. These ideas were imposed upon the early church by the fourth beast of Daniel, the Roman Empire but actually come from the first beast, Babylon, and are known as the Babylonian Mysteries (Rev 17:5).

The primary mystery is confusing the understanding of Communion and causing the early church to actually believe that Jesus was asking his priests to perform magic and transform the bread and wine of the Passover meal into the body and blood of Christ. That’s the territory of Simon Magnus and is condemned by Scripture.

The magical concept created by the Church of Rome called transubstantiation, in which the priest possesses some kind of special hidden knowledge that allows them to transform the bread and wine of communion into the body and blood of Christ and thereby re-sacrifice our Lord each and every ceremony is expressly warned against in the book of Hebrews (Heb 9:23-28).

There are some in the past who recognized this apostasy and raised their voice in opposition. The first was Mohammed. Almost a thousand years later was Martin Luther. Both were correct in condemning the Catholic version of Communion as expressed in the concept of transubstantiation.

Both focused upon the central issue of the blood of Christ. Mohammed rejected the Catholic sacrament altogether. The Quran declares that the Christ was never crucified, only God forgives sins and none can bear the burden of another, so there is no blood atonement for one’s sins (Q 3:84, 135, 4:157-8, 6:70, 163-4). He thereby created the religion with no form or representation of the Daily Sacrifice and therefore no alternate path to atone for one’s sins in the scales of justice other than by fasting, charity, freeing a slave, paying compensation, or by feeding and clothing the poor. If one commits a great sin, then it might seem impossible to ever balance the scales in a normal lifetime and so leaves one vulnerable to other extremes in seeking to settle one’s sin debt.9

While Martin Luther also rejected the concept of transubstantiation, he still envisioned a transformation of the bread and wine, only not by the priests but by the collective faith of the congregation that peals back the veal and reveals Christ who is already everywhere present. Thus he was still under the impression that Christ asked the faithful to drink blood to have their sins forgiven. Luther did not dig deeply enough into the Law to find the knowledge that would have allowed him to possibly see what Jesus actually meant. Luther at least retained a shadow of the Daily Sacrifice by continuing the aspect of searching within for the hidden “leaven” and making clear one’s obligation to confession and repentance as a prerequisite to receiving the elements of Communion.

Sadly, many Protestants have adopted a view of Communion called consubstantiation where the bread and wine remain bread and wine but also there is the conversion and presence of the elements of Christ’s body and blood. This is no better than transubstantiation for it is based upon the same basic misunderstanding of Christ’s call.

Christians and Muslims have been held too long in bondage by their lack of knowledge and understanding, too long on the milk! It is time for the real meat, the core knowledge that Christ clearly brought and the Apostles understood. It is time to offer the original meal that heals!

First, one must be clear as to exactly what Jesus said. As the Lamb of God, when he said his body is bread and his blood is drink indeed he was comparing his sacrifice the next day to the continual burnt offering with its required sin (lamb), grain (bread), and drink (blood) offerings. He was thereby recertifying his Father’s sacrificial system, only now the Prince provides the blood once and done and it is applied at the time of one’s confession to our High Priest.

The blood of Jesus is applied spiritually to the heavenly ark and the ark of our temple, the heart. This is done at the time of confession of one’s sin and is just one step in the process of the sin offering. The other parts include the search within for hidden sin, confession, repentance as seen by a change of behavior, and most importantly apology and offers of restitution to the one sinned against.

Therefore, when it comes to the sacrament of Communion, to get out of Babylon one needs to know and understand the following:

  1. One does not drink blood to have one’s sins forgiven. That rests solely upon confession, which takes away the death penalty (2 Sam 12:13-14; 1 Jn 1:8-10). Jesus’ blood pays the price for that sin and purifies us but we must acknowledge the sin first.
  2. Jesus compared his blood being poured out to a drink offering, his body being broken to a grain offering, and he being the Father’s lamb completed the elements of the Daily Sacrifice. Therefore, to uplift Christ is to honor the Daily Sacrifice.
  3. To confess only to God, priest or friend is whitewashing one’s responsibility and the core of the abomination. The Law requires apology and restitution to the one sinned against on the very same day one brings the sin offering (Lev 6:1-7; Mt 5:23-24).
  4. Know that we are approaching our High Priest in the Heavenly Sanctuary and that the Father has given him the power and authority to judge and forgive sins. Our Heavenly Father is known by many names and titles including the Almighty, the Most High, YHWH and Allah.

When the Daily Sacrifice is stripped of its core elements, it ceases to be the tool designed by Our Creator to keep us in communion with God’s Spirit. At this point one has effectively lost the Daily Sacrifice and this is an abomination to God for it eventually leads to one’s temple becoming desolate of God’s spirit.


The Desolating Abomination is Not Having A Daily Sacrifice, Which Suppresses Our Full Potential

To faithfully observe the Daily Sacrifice, one must be committed to the search within to even find or recognize one’s sin (Ps 36:1-2). Further, if the sin is not properly handled according to the Law, then it is not actually cleansed from one’s soul. If it is not actually cleansed but just buried deep within, then it affects the motivation of the heart. When enough accumulate, eventually the heart grows cold and the love of God leaves one’s soul as one becomes an empty vessel subject to the winds and tides of this world. And as one further degenerates until the lower 4, our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects get out of balance, one becomes a heartless creature focused solely on satisfying one’s cravings and desires, a brute beast (Ps 73:21-22).

Just as sin accumulated in the Temple or Tabernacle and had to be cleansed once a year on the Day of Atonement, if one does not daily attend to the weights and stains on one’s soul, then the sinful abominations accumulate and eventually the temple of one’s body will become desolate of God’s Spirit. This is the desolating abomination warned about by Daniel in 9:27, 11:31 & 12:11.

But it has another level of meaning. It also refers to the influence of Satan over the centuries to pollute the clarity of God’s Word with confusion, “Babylon”, and thereby effectively take away the Daily Sacrifice. For the removal of the Daily Sacrifice is the desolating abomination that keeps our upper 3 chakras suppressed and leads to the loss of God’s Spirit from the temples of our body. This is the way darkness keeps us down and in bondage, lifetime after lifetime.

Biblical symbols usually have at least the following two levels of meaning:



Biblical Meaning:

Parallel
Metaphysical Meaning:
The deeper inner personal spiritual message about us yet that state is a reflection of our world at large.
Microcosm
The physical object lesson in the world at large, which teaches us about the deeper spiritual message.
Macrocosm

The physical object lesson in the world at large for the Daily Sacrifice and the desolating abomination revolve around the temple in Jerusalem. For as has been shown here, the change in God’s house from the tabernacle to the temple grew out of the rebellion of the people rejecting their heavenly king and demanding an earthly king. This was the seed of antichrist, which raised an earthly king who altered the design of God’s house as the place for the Daily Sacrifice and the Way to maturity for God’s people. Not until apostasy entered and got its nose under the tent, did the leaven grow until it affected the whole structure. Once the temple lost its original purpose, it became a tower to self and a center of confusion. The priests no longer had the knowledge of God and thereby were no longer qualified to be gatekeepers.

God gave a powerful lesson to the world about this when the temple to self was thrown down to the ground by the Roman Beast. It was later covered over by another house of God with a golden dome. This should have reminded the faithful to seek the Holy Spirit, the golden oil that flows from the Most High to those who show the sign of sincere daily prayer (Mt 6:5-15).

But as the time of Antichrist rises, the time of sanctioned lawlessness, the time of glorification of self, so also will rise again the temple in Jerusalem as God continues the object lesson of the desolating abomination. The final earthly king will call for the creation of an international house of prayer.

Once this new “temple” is established, it will be consecrated by the faithful so that the Father puts His Name there and the Shekinah Glory returns. One may ask how Orthodox Judaism could do this if they operate under the old Order of Aaron? Perhaps it is possible if they earnestly seek YHWH’s Holy Spirit. However, after the Latter Rain, after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, all those who practice the pure faith of Judaism will recognize the one their ancestors pierced as the true Messiah and will then worship in truth and spirit (Jer 31:33, 38-40; Jn 4:21-24).

When the faith and covenant is renewed with God’s people through the Latter Rain, they will make the house of God a holy place. It then becomes a place the Antichrist will covet, for he will want to take control of the place that teaches and bears witness of the Way to the Holy Spirit before it brings us out of darkness and we recover the true Daily Sacrifice.

This brings us to the 2 Witnesses of Revelation 11:3-4 who protect God’s temple. On the surface, they represent two who will appear to witness for God in the face of Antichrist. But there is a deeper meaning also. To understand the symbology used here, we need to go to the original vision that the book of Revelation invokes.

Then the angel … asked me, "What do you see?" I answered,
"I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lights on it,
with seven channels to the lights. Also there are two olive trees by it,
one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left."
I asked the angel who talked with me, "What are these, my lord?" …

So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: [‘sown in Babylon’]
'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.
"What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground.
Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of 'God bless it! God bless it!' "
Then the word of the LORD came to me: "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple;
his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. …

"(These seven [the seven lights] are the eyes of the LORD, which range throughout the earth.)"
Then I asked the angel, "What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?"
Again I asked him, "What are these two olive branches beside the two gold pipes
that pour out golden oil?"

So he said, "These are the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth."
Zechariah 4:1-4, 6-8, 10-14 NIV

Paul explains the two olive branches in Romans 11. One branch represents the cultivated olive tree that is the Jews and the other branch represents the wild olive tree that is the Gentile believers. Both of their witnesses, their written testaments to the Lord (one Hebrew, the other Greek), supply olive oil, or the Holy Spirit to the faithful. Only by finding harmony between the two will one find the full supply of oil, the full access to the Holy Spirit. This web site shows the harmony between the two revealing that Christ’s call to Communion is the spirit of honoring the Daily Sacrifice and thereby we come into an understanding of the ongoing and everlasting covenant.

'Listen, O high priest Joshua and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,' says the LORD Almighty, 'and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.
'In that day each of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and fig tree,' declares the LORD Almighty.
Zechariah 3:8-10 NIV

Just as Messiah demonstrates the balance between Priest and King (Zech 6:12-15), the Lord calls us to find the balance between law and spirit, faith and knowledge and ultimately between our will and God’s will. This call to balance also applies to our lower 4 energy centers, where the Lord expects us to understand and apply that balance to each of the major aspects of our being: our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. For only when all are in harmony and in line with the will of God, will we be able to climb the mountain of self-control and find the key to the inner sanctuary that opens the doors of our temple to the presence of the Father. It is then that we are fully energized and open all 7 of our centers to serve as the “eyes of the Lord” and are ready to rise up representing Christ as one of the 144,000, fully mature sons and daughters of the Most High.

For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
2 Chron 16:9 NIV




The promise of prophecy:

By simply maintaining integrity in your own world,
you will be part of the team that transforms the entire world.

For those who choose to use the challenges of the end-times
to complete the personal mastery of their 4 bodies,
even if you die before our Lord’s return,
the promise is that you will be resurrected as the same person
and free of the karmic cycle,
instead of starting over in a new life, like most others.

To paraphrase a Klingon proverb:
“Now is a good decade to die”, as a warrior for integrity. Qapla!


If the Lord is one's source,
then He is one's shield and the wall around the temple of our body & households.

If one has turned one's back to the Lord's sanctuary,
then you build your own walls and they are a separation from God.

Footnotes

1 The temple will likely be rebuilt by Jews who have yet to see Jesus as Messiah. If their primary purpose is to rebuild the house of God and reinstitute the sacrificial system so as to atone for sin under the old Aaronic priesthood, why not just consecrate a priesthood devoted to the covenant of confession and repentance? If the devotion of the priests is true and from the heart, then the Lord will put His Name on them. Once established, then simply erect the Tabernacle wherever the people wish to assemble.

2 Perhaps there is another consequence of raising the altar. It occurs to me that once one raises the altar so all can see, it makes it possible that people no longer have to come forward on an individual basis because the priest can absolve the congregation en mass. Further, this may also be an element in breaking or weakening the tie to individual service by the priest. How can a shepherd really know the needs of its sheep in a megachurch? Does the "stage" have anything to do with this? And where is the altar anyway in these new Rock'n Gospel churches?

3 It is my desire to call myself a spiritual Jew of the sect of the Way; however, I feel I fall short. Each faith has its qualifications and requirements defining membership. I was born into the Lutheran faith and went through the basic training, from Sunday school to Confirmation and graduation into the faith. This training involved foremost an understanding of communion and how to partake. Those who have yet to be properly prepared usually receive a blessing from the minister, so there is even a public distinction in the distribution of communion of the difference between those who have received the required knowledge and those who have not. This education also involved the concepts of the Holy Trinity, heaven and hell, etc, many of which I now openly reject based upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus “destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility” between Jews and Gentiles that had actually manifested into a physical wall in the temple by the time he came to it (Eph 2:11-22 NIV). This was never the intention of the Creator. Aliens, foreigners, or Gentiles, whichever term one prefers to use, were to be treated the same as one’s native-born brothers (Lev 19:33-34, 24:22; Num 9:14, 15:13-16, 29-31). The only stipulation is that if they wish to worship, then the same law applies and they need to learn and understand it. One must know the protocol to enter the courts and approach the High Priest. So the division is based again upon knowledge and was never a separation based upon race. It is the pride and envy of man that made it so. But it is the power of Christ that destroyed this barrier, first by his love and compassion toward all and second, by knowledge and revealing the inner truth.

One of the requirements of Judaism is to know the language of Hebrew. While I feel I know the Law and history well enough, I do not know the Lord’s language of Hebrew and so I feel I fall short. If I did know the language, I feel I would get so much more out of Scripture and especially the Psalms. The music of the Psalms is designed to set our souls free and so I can’t hear the whole orchestra. By lack of knowledge, I feel I can only reach the outer courts and perhaps that’s why the goal of completely letting go of all held emotions still seems to be a distance away.

Yet I hear the voice of the Lord beckoning us to approach the throne with confidence, for our Lord has opened the door to the inner sanctuary (Heb 4:14-16). His love certainly surpasses my understanding.

4 Note that being a son or daughter of God does not mean never defending oneself or others. Mastery is also discerning when to use the power for defense and knowing when to let the beast out.

5 For additional insight on this theme, see the following page at “The Beasts From the East” web site.

6 Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this should not be taken as medical advice. This should be taken as merely the record of one who has experienced toxicity and various methods for removing it from the body in an attempt to get better.

For excellent medical information of this topic, please see Dr. Michael Cheikin's online pdf file entitled: "Heavy Metals: The Trump Card of Toxicity". For further depth, please see Dr. Cheikin's book "Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndromes: A Nine Step Pathway for Healing".

In my opinion, toxicity is experienced in a wide range of severity and various struggles are an expression of that range. I believe most people live with some level of low toxicity. War veterans have experienced high levels of exposure, similar to severe industrial cases. I feel I'm a case of unusual medium level exposure to environmental toxins.

Many war veterans know what I’m taking about, for there are those who have been clearly exposed and suffer. However, most won't discuss this in detail so I suspect our government is taking advantage of their oaths of loyalty. I personally knew and played chess with a Vietnam Vet who went away strong and came back in a wheel chair from “Agent Orange”. I spent many hours watching his pain and I know my pain is similar, although his was much greater and he was far tougher than I am. And I see and feel a similar pain in autistic kids. (Don’t get me started, or the beast will rise in me.)

I played chess with Bobby, the Vietnam Vet, many times one summer. He was in a wheelchair and diagnosed with MS. His head was usually tilted a bit and his eyes gave away the unending battle with pain. He smoked marijuana to help control the constant muscle pain and extreme nausea. I watched the cycle of pain and saw the relief it brought. (It is clear it brings real physical relief of pain in addition to its known emotional relief and thereby has true medical value. So I would call it God's medicine and it appears to be blessed by the Bible - Gen 1:12, 29.) Bobby often apologized for the “embarrassing disease” because he had to pee in a bottle. I watched him many, many times struggle to rise out of the chair, and while holding on with one arm to keep balance, would turn away and pee in the bottle and then turn back to drop into the chair. His job as a soldier was on the ground coming in behind areas burned with Agent Orange and killing anything left alive. The stories were difficult to listen to as a teenager but I knew he needed to talk about it. The government never acknowledged the connection between his condition and his job but he certainly believed there was a connection. He was a very strong man before Vietnam, whom I witnessed riding motorcycles and lifting weights. His younger brother, Brett, was my best friend as a kid. They lived across the street. Bobby was a mighty warrior and I wilt when I remember the level of pain he endured. God rest his soul.

I have been battling heavy metal toxicity, both the condition and the denial, for over seven years. Before the condition became significant enough to knock me below normal health, it affected my digestive system. As it began to change my world, I was beginning to notice unusual knotting and spasmodic behavior in my muscles. Eventually, more muscles were affected and I had fatigue, nausea and difficulty concentrating to the point I could no longer do my engineering job. Under the guidance of a special doctor, I started to address the condition through natural herbal chelation and by changing my dental silver fillings (actually 50% mercury) to white composite. Years later after moving and still not being able to handle a job, I did EDTA IV chelation therapy for about 9 months under a new doctor. I produced 3 urine reports that documented elevated levels of lead, barium, gadolinium, bismuth, mercury and arsenic. The arsenic level was so high on the third report (off the scale) that my doctor did not believe it and copped out on opening a Social Security disability case. That day she gave me the report and her denial happened to be 6/6/06. I believe she was afraid because her wrist was probably slapped on some case before me. I then went on to do chelation therapy with bentonite clay. High levels of uranium came out and overwhelmed me. I stopped that and later tried some DNR products, which were very effective but I was overwhelmed by aluminum and Alzheimer like symptoms affected me for many months. I have taken 20 hair analyses in 7 years to document these metals and others, including cobalt and silver. (It has taken me a long time to trace out reasonable sources of these overloads, but that is beyond the scope of this footnote.) Under the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit, I am striving to use my condition to find the path to emotional freedom rather than allowing it to raise the beast in me.

Autistic children have a similar battle in that they are also dealing with toxic overload. I empathize with their pain and the rocking motion that brings certain types of relief. The one-dimensional defense that a single vaccine does not cause the condition is getting a bit silly. It seems clear it does not. It is a matter of overload: the increased vaccine schedule, combing, types of toxins in the vaccine and mandatory shots early in a baby’s life for some conditions that they are not at risk for, are among the issues to focus on, as clearly articulated by Jenny McCarthy. Despite the attack upon her, she knows what she is doing. Under her guidance, her son has recovered! I believe she is successful because she includes detoxification as part of the protocol. (However, I must caution that choosing EDTA as a detoxification process has other consequences that can be severe and actually make things worse.) Jenny has also started an organization that has begun a community of children who have recovered. For more information, please check out their web site at: Generation Rescue. Go Jenny and Jim!

I recommend natural chelation over artificial, such as EDTA which is not the best because it has side effects, i.e. putting a certain percentage of toxins that were locked in tissues into circulation instead of being excreted. EDTA has an affinity for a range of metals, which may seem an advantage but it tends to "swap" metals before they are completely excreted, leaving some to circulate in the blood and settle elsewhere. This also appears to be true for clay and DNR products. One should also account for “spontaneous” chelation that continues for a period of time after the formal process is stopped. Please note that any complications from choosing EDTA chelation to detoxify does NOT mean that detoxification is not the right approach. It is a key part of the success in helping Autistic children, in my opinion.

For detoxification in general and when it reaches the point of affecting one's muscles, as it has mine, I recommend natural chelation with supplements and deep tissue massage therapy that actually gets knots out over man-made chelation w/ EDTA. I suspect that the EDTA that is used in so many products today results in some levels remaining in our bodies and I wonder if this contributes to the “spontaneous” chelation effect that occurs after a person begins any type of chelation process and brings the levels in circulation above a certain threshold.

As a final observation concerning the possibility that toxification of our planet is having a significant affect upon our health and that concern for liability and money is overshadowing this inconvenient truth, I submit the following. If the “Green” movement, which is so focused on carbon emissions and creating a new industry to replace the old, were truly so concerned about the health of our planet, why is it not bringing focus to and generating outrage at the following, to cite just a few examples:

7 I’m not perfect nor a saint, but I confess when wrong and that keeps me in right relationship with God. I'm a human being who believes there are not good and bad souls, there are just souls. Self-control and compassion are the components that keep us on the path of being a good person or not. This is found through devotion to the Father, respect for His anointed Son and a personal marriage with the Holy Spirit.

8 The loss of my father at an early age and the experience of an abusive step-father have led me to have, or more accurately to remember, significant trust issues which my soul has with God even though I have devoted lifetimes to Him. My confusion over loss, “injustice” and suffering has led to suppressed and hidden anger and fear toward God, and this has been a tough confession for me to realize and acknowledge.

In the more than seven years of being sick, not once has any member of my family taken the time to travel to visit me, sit down and talk with me, and see the many test results I’ve worked hard to obtain. While my condition is challenging to understand, I've expected my family to give me the benefit of the doubt based upon a lifetime of integrity. I’ve also thought my brothers would be the first to take that initiative and see what’s really going on. I’ve listened to my family and done what I can whenever they asked for help in carrying a heavy burden. It has been a challenge not to focus on this “injustice” and to learn to trust in the Lord as my source and as the One to provide the help I need, not my family.

9 I must confess that I have the advantage of almost 2,000 years of theological challenges before me to review, the knowledge of new manuscripts and archeological evidence, a computer and the experience of a lifetime in shifting databases, and the fulfillment of much prophecy, in addition to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to help me get to the core of the covenant of light which Jesus made so clear and to identify the Babylonian Mysteries that have so clouded the faith. Jesus is the one who demonstrated mastery over all the aspects of self and was able to walk in perfection. The rest of us are not perfect, only striving for perfection, and in so being we are all human and subject to the place from which we start. It is my belief that once one decides to commit one’s life to the Lord, it is relatively easy to get inspiration. The true challenge is to gather enough knowledge to properly discern that inspiration. While I state with confidence that Luther and Mohammed were correct in their challenges of the Babylonian Mysteries but did not fully explain the true covenant, I wish to express my respect for Mohammed who had only the Holy Spirit and none of the advantages that I have to help him shift through the falsehoods that have infected our minds from the Roman Catholic faith. Considering that he was the first to challenge the Babylonian Mysteries of transubstantiation and the trinity, it seems to me it was an awesome start. Peace be upon him.

Chakras For more information on our seven chakras and four bodies, the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, see the material from Edgar Cayce and Emmet Fox referenced in the chakra footnote of the Keys of Daniel web page. For a diagram of the 7 chakras, see this page.

For my metaphysical & alchemy friends, here is the beginning of a deeper mapping with the help of Wikipedia and Zech 6:6:
Body:
Physical
Emotional
Mental
Spiritual
Horse color:
Pale
Red
Black
White
Direction:
South
East
North
West
Element:
Earth
Water Fire
Air


Additional note: Another dimension of our body being a temple and our soul going before our Lord and Judge in the heavenly sanctuary (temple) is the karmic cycle. The Adamic body was created to help mankind understand the relationship between his decisions and his reality. In order to create the Adamic body and karmic cycle, one needs a consistent judge to come before. That person is Jesus and the Father gave him that authority. After his life as Jesus, he became a more merciful High Priest. The key aspect of this process is the spiritual realm. The physical vessel is not what makes the karmic cycle and Adamic body, so it may be created through various means. (For more on our origin, see the web page on Zecharia Sitchin.)

Final Note: I must confess that it is pride, in addition to devotion to God and a deep burning desire to seek the truth, that has driven me to fight through the pain in all my muscles, the unyielding nausea, the varying mental confusion, episodes of sweating, the fatigue, the lack of sleep due to physical pain despite medication and the emotional heartache in order to produce what no one else might yet have produced. Perhaps that is a good use of pride.



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First Posted: 5/07/09
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