The Daily Sacrifice
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
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
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
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 --
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
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
Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble
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
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
[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
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???
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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.
|Length & Width
|Tabernacle Altar (Ex 27:1)
|5 x 5 cubits
|Solomon’s Altar (2 Chr 4:1)
|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
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
to the priests, it becomes a terrible thing because it infects the
whole congregation, as described here by
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
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
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
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
. When the Lord’s Prince returns to the temple, he will
proper sacrifice in the temple, true and proper confession and
repentance from the heart.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
was broken as the grain offering
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
“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
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
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
By comparing himself to the burnt offering and
its parts, Jesus was fulfilling and endorsing God’s Holy Law. He
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.
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
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
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
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
Temple is Rebuilt in the Body of
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
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
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
Isaiah 28:16-17 NIV
Look upon Zion, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see
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
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
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
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).
house of the Lord had been rebuilt in the Christ, for he
demonstrated mastery over his
potential beasts. Jesus did
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
love within ourselves, that part of the Creator which we all possess,
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
the world when you are one with it.
As we have just seen, in order to actually achieve this we must also
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
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
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
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
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
To deny our emotions is not mastery over them either. To call emotions
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
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
But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my
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
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
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
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
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
From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother's womb you have been my
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
may your hearts live forever!
Psalm 22: 1-2, 10-11, 16-19, 22, 25-26 NIV
Altar Calls Us to Mastery: Integrity & Self-Control Through God's
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
from the Word on Our Potential Beasts
|1 Cor 6:12-20
|Pr 16:32a (KJV)
|Pr 16:18a, 16:21; 2 Cor 10:3-5, 8
|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
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
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
I am forgotten by them as though I were dead; I have become like broken
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 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
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
"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
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
like showers on the grass, which do not wait for man or linger for
The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, in the midst of many
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
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.
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)
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
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
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
Migdal: a tower (from its size or height); by
anal. A rostrum; fig. a
(pyramidal) bed of flowers:
-- castle, flower, pulpit,
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
help, so I prayed and asked what could I do. Then one day it hit me.
Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the
. 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
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
Psalm 1 KJV
As I observe so many people become angry over the recent great
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
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,
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
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
punching him out for being so selfish and prideful.8
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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
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
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
|The deeper inner personal
spiritual message about us yet that state is a reflection of our world
|The physical object lesson in
the world at large, which teaches us about the deeper spiritual message.
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
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
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
'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
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
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
” 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
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,
is one's shield and the wall around the temple of our body &
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
additional insight on this theme, see the following page
Beasts From the East
” web site.
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
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
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.)
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
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
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
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
started an organization that has begun a community of children who have
recovered. For more information, please check out their web site at: Generation
. 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
chelation to detoxify does NOT mean that detoxification is not the
It is a key part of the success in helping Autistic children, in my
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
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:
- The fact that Somalia has descended into piracy because private
industries and individuals, not endorsed by any government, have been
dumping very toxic waste off its coastline for over 20 years, including
nuclear waste. This waste has utterly destroyed all fishing off its
coast, an area that used to be the fishing jewel of the Gulf region.
The evidence of this was washed up on its shore after the tsunami of
2004. Why does the world not talk about this, the destruction of an
entire country’s natural resources due to toxic waste? (Please see: "‘Toxic
waste’ behind Somali piracy".)
- What about the circuit boards of so many obsolete electronic
devices, called "e-waste", that make their way into landfills around
the world. These boards contain many hazardous metals. Even “recycling"
of these items is often done under primitive conditions that endangers
workers and the environment in developing countires, especially in
Africa and Asia. (Please see "The e-Waste Crisis",
info from University of St.
Thomas, and an article from Greenpeace.)
- How can the largest spill of hazardous coal ash in U.S. history
in eastern Tennessee not be considered a toxic hazard to the residents
of that area? Coal ash contains large quantities of arsenic, lead and
mercury. Why is the "Green" movement not coming to the defense here? Is
it not ironic that Erin Brockovich is now a lawyer and has to represent
the residents to establish the hazard to their health? The federal
government is studying the situation to determine the risk. Right! The
risk is obvious; it is the liability and cost they need to determine
before they declare it a hazard to one’s health. (Please see these
perfect nor a saint, but I confess when wrong and that keeps me in
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.
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
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
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.
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
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:
Additional note: Another dimension of our body being a temple and our
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
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
no one else might yet have produced. Perhaps that is a good use of