Bridging the Two Realms

Of all the pernicious teachings I confront so often is the foul doctrine of false unity.

The preacher thrusts his finger in the air and with grave assertion says, “Until the church unifies on the gospel truth, the world will never take our message seriously.” This was the lie of Constantine. He wasn’t the first to promote it, but was the first to seize upon the political power he saw in it. The early Christian leaders had developed a doctrine of unity that was worldly in nature, seeking to politically unite the churches under one earthly central control. This is nothing more than the Tower of Babel in disguise.

The foundation of this is the error of ignoring the Two Realms. There is the fallen realm of flesh, what the Bible calls “this world.” It is portrayed as a lie, a deception, a condition of the human moral blindness that prevents us seeing reality as God created it. The other is the Realm of the Spirit. Now, I do refer to the moral realm that represents the overlap between the two, where fallen humans can be enlightened and experience Creation somewhat more like it was in Eden. Notice the “somewhat” — we can mitigate the effects of the Fall, but we cannot fully escape them in this life.

So the only way to escape the Fall is to die in this life. You can die as a moral choice — self-death — and get a taste of Eden, but only when this mortal life expires can you enter the Spirit Realm. Even if we get folks to accept this cosmology, they still seriously confuse the meaning of that life in between. Mainstream Christian teaching asserts that more things can be redeemed than what the Bible says. For example, it is an open confession of the Catholic Church that the intellect is not fallen, that it can be fully redeemed in this life. Almost the whole of Christian teaching in all the rest of the denominations agree to this notion, either tacitly or by default. It forms the background of all mainstream theology, even when not consciously stated.

So mainstream Christians all have this basic false assumption that they are supposed to conquer the world in one sense or another. They tend to differ in their methods and imagery, but they all assume that Christianity has failed if someday, somehow, their particular brand of Christian religion does not dominate humanity. They read that passage in Ephesians 5:25-27 as a mandate to unify the whole of Christianity under some particular theology and practice.

This is the world’s way of doing things, not the way of the Spirit. We are the family of God. What does it take for a family to live together in unity? The Germanic tribal imagery, mixed with Greco-Roman traditions, are foreign to the Bible when it comes to such questions. There is no room for Hebrew covenant unity in Western Civilization. Mainstream Christian churches have all kinds of ecclesiastical polity except ANE feudal covenant living. All the various ideas developed by human reasoning don’t hold a candle to the unity God designed us for, and revealed in His Word.

Once more: The lesson of the Tower of Babel is that, in our fallen existence, mankind is designed to live in tiny tribal communities, bound by covenant. This is the model of the New Testament churches before Western rationalism got hold of them. I’ve explained it often enough on this blog that I’m not going to pursue it again here.

My point is that, as we approach the deepening tribulation of God’s wrath on the West, it might be a good idea to understand how this ancient tribal model will prepare us for persecution. What is the one thing worldly minds look for when they have identified an enemy? The nature of the organization. What is the one organization they cannot comprehend? A heart-led covenant family. What is the one form of linkage to each other that they cannot destroy? A heart-led conviction regarding whom the Lord wishes us to fellowship. As long as we eschew the forms of unity fallen minds can understand, they have no target to attack.

We must learn how to live in persecution. We must learn the ways of holding our covenant community of faith together in ways they cannot grasp. We cling to each other on the basis of moral conviction. Only an awakened heart-based ego can understand it, and once you have moved your ego into your heart, the only enemy you have is the Devil. It completely changes the whole outlook.

Disrupt our communications? Sure, they can do that. Keep us from caring and pursuing the same basic moral agenda? They can’t touch that. Our living communion with Creation itself never ends, because it continues beyond death. Our consciousness of Biblical Law is eternal.

So we must learn how to commune with each other by whatever channels are available. God will provide. This is the true church of Christ in persecution; the saints of God will tribulate. If we fail to commune as opportunity is granted by God, and as the Spirit moves, then we merely prove that we need to repent and get right before it gets any harder. Make sure your conscience is clear on this issue. It is wholly irresponsible to sit out there silently and read this teaching unless you make some effort to fellowship from time to time as the Spirit moves. Stop wasting time. Wrath is upon us and we need each other. That’s the Word of God.

I’m not demanding more feedback from my readers. I’m warning you to be aware of this issue as a matter of the moral fabric of Creation. If you have a heart-led fellowship in meat space, you are so blessed. If you do not feel a hunger for fellowship, something is missing in your soul. Our forum is wide open still. Don’t join because I say so; join because the Lord calls for it in your heart. A primary mark of the Holy Spirit’s presence is the desire for fellowship.

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A Sign for Us

The next crisis is economic; keep your eye on that. You can ignore the rest of this post, but don’t fail to grasp the key issue here.

Let me review: The Lord has decreed wrath on the West. It’s a long process. The focus of my calling within the West is the US. I care about people everywhere, but my divine calling is to prophesy against the sins of America. The standard of measure that applies to the US as a whole is the Covenant of Noah. The US has failed in every way possible, so we get special attention from God. This is not an apocalypse; that’s reserved for other occasions. This is most assuredly tribulation.

Part of the problem with the West is how she became the vehicle for a return to the Tower of Babel. The primary lesson of that narrative in Scripture (Genesis 11:1-9) is that it is utterly impossible to unify humanity under any single government. God won’t allow it, and has revealed in His Word that nationalism is much closer to His ideal. Under the Curse of the Fall, the only proper way to live and organize is as tiny little tribal nations embracing the Covenant of Noah. Each little nation should have their own language and culture, and try to live in shalom. The farther you get from that ideal, the more you provoke the wrath of God. The harder you try to pull humanity together, the more forcefully He will drive us apart.

The current manifestation of this Nimrod complex was born around the time of the Enlightenment. It began as a proto-Zionist cult, but split shortly after forming. The dissenting branch wanted a restored Babel without Judaism. The divide between the two groups has grown over the recent centuries, so that we now have Globalists and Zionists as two competing groups. They have used each other, but in recent times their agendas have diverged enough to become open warfare.

God decreed that He wanted to crush the globalists first. He gave the US a chance to do that, but the appointed scourge of God failed. Now the Lord will proceed with a different plan, one that is much more messy. This alternate plan includes accelerating the timeline for economic turmoil. Don’t worry about the political crap still rumbling around, because the window on that has closed. It will be for now the same old crap we’ve had for decades, only nastier. It will provoke more bloodshed soon enough, but that’s not where the real action is. God will reveal His hand to us through economic troubles in the near future. If you want to see the mighty hand of God at work against sin, keep an eye on the economic situation right now.

Seek the Lord in your heart to know how He wants you to prepare. Economic activity will not simply cease, but some sectors of the economy will collapse. This will affect the upper level financial sector most, like the stock market and all the investment capital it represents. The high level debt stuff will fall apart. Nobody can predict how that will play out in detail, but an awful lot of “notional wealth” in the form of debt ownership will disappear because the means to repaying the loans are simply not there. The whole thing is one huge bubble of nothing.

I pray you have a strong sense of God’s calling on your life, so you can prepare accordingly. If your mission requires certain particular equipment or facilities, get it soon as possible. Otherwise, trust in God to supply miraculously. You won’t starve, but it won’t hurt to have some canned goods on hand for surprises. If nothing else, be ready to share with people around you who don’t exercise our brand of faith.

The most powerful weapon we have against turmoil and all the servants of Satan is our obedience to Biblical Law.

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Dreams That Don’t Rest

I slept somewhat poorly. The same dream haunted me the whole night through, something quite rare.

It had to do with a very large church in our area. Keep in mind that, of the people I encountered in my dream, very few even acknowledged my presence. That’s about right, because most of the people there would not take me seriously. The dream was unusually vivid, and began with me standing outside the entrance. Rather suddenly, a very large number of people came rushing out, visibly upset. They got into their vehicles and drove away as fast as possible.

I stepped into the foyer of the massive auditorium and people were yelling and pointing fingers at each other. I had to ask quite a few people there before I got an answer to my query what was happening. With a half-smile, the fellow said, “It’s an exodus.” Then he walked away without another word. I hung around the place and watched as the remaining folks went through their normal Sunday routine there. They were obviously preoccupied with the earlier chaos.

Several times I caught someone saying off to one side, “It’s because the pastor isn’t strong enough.” The implication was the congregation was simply too large for his limited ability to lead. I got the distinct impression he was just a figurehead, manipulated by internal politics. But despite repeated attempts to engage anyone about it, no one would tell me what went wrong. Yet it was obvious there had been some controversy. Eventually it seemed as if the whole place just ground to a halt.

That’s when I woke up.

I’m not going to name the this church; I’ve already stirred enough trouble with my comments about the organization in the past (it’s not Life Church). Still, this thing haunted me all morning, and I feel certain this is a prophecy. I have no sense of timing, but it’s closer than even I like to think. It signals to me that this is likely part of a larger context of turmoil. Tribulation is growing, folks.

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This We Must Defend

The Tower of Babel stands in Scripture as the ultimate example of how bad things can be in this fallen world. It was a government that preyed on people to enslave them to impossible dreams, to pull humanity down to the pits of Hell with no possibility of escape. The ruler of Babylon, Nimrod, is held up as the ultimate example of Satan’s servant. He was a predator extraordinaire.

The ultimate opposite was King David, a shepherd. Notice that both of these men were highly capable as warriors. But Nimrod preyed, whereas David defended.

Don’t get lost in the silly notion that God kept David from building the Temple because David was a man of blood. His son Solomon was no less a warrior, but the issue was that God had given David a different mission. David was supposed to first secure the kingdom against any rival nations. Solomon was to be the builder within that secure kingdom. David’s command from God was to go out and shed a lot of blood among those God said were too much like Nimrod.

And while we are at it, notice how God favors Jacob over Esau, and why. Esau was a predator, a man who knew raiding. Jacob was no less a warrior, wrestling an angel all night. Jacob was no prissy mama’s boy; it was that Jacob understood the necessity of keeping things organized and stable. Esau had no concern for such things. Further, Jacob understood keeping shalom while living in tents, whereas Esau went off to eventually conquer some remnants of the old Horite Kingdom east and south of the Dead Sea. Esau seized cities and ruled; Jacob built up life in utter dependence on God.

So it’s not as if shalom means no human violence, but that violence is used as a tool for some other cause. We live in a fallen world; there will be war. Violence does not forfeit God’s favor. It’s the commitment and purpose of the warrior that can gain or lose God’s favor.

If the orientation of your mind is some mythology that seeks peace in terms of ending strife, then you really do not understand what God has said. That very bad translation, “thou shalt not kill,” should be read, “thou shalt not prey.” You shall most certainly defend those people and things God says to defend, and by any means necessary. Human life is not sacred; the will of God is sacred. His revelation makes clear that a great many warriors were good men of God because they weren’t predators, but defenders. The alleged sanctity of life is a heathen mythology that serves only to restrict human action under the power of the state.

So it falls on us to discern what is worthy of defense. We have to work to keep a grasp on the living shalom to which God calls us. Shalom is not the absence of strife, but a struggle for what God says is right in any given context.

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Draper Bikeway 13

This first shot was from last month before the bad weather hit. As it was, they had laid this temporary dam almost a month ago and brought in all the materials, then did nothing for weeks. You can see the water in the creek is pooled up above the dam.

Today: Here the little dam is washed out after a lot of rain and snow melt ran over it. I’m a little irritated at the waste of taxpayer money connected to this whole project. The dam was placed so equipment could come down the trail from the depot atop the hill and work both sides without tearing up the finished asphalt end off-screen to the right. Other parts of the unfinished bikeway are washed out like this in at least a dozen places. It means extra work putting the dirt back before paving.

This is the bikeway along the old Westminster Road bed near the south end of the lake. The image faces north where a cement mixer truck is pouring into a curb-setting machine. While it isn’t a problem, it’s odd to see them setting the curbs before laying the asphalt.

This is the same trail section from the northern end, after the asphalt was laid between the new curb lines. The work is getting done piecemeal, a section here, a section there. I saw several cars parked near the latest equipment depot, but the place was quiet and I saw no evidence of work anywhere. Efficiency at it’s finest!

But I was quite glad to get back out on my bike. We should have nice enough weather for almost a full week of riding ahead.

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Odds and Ends 05

The new phone came in Friday afternoon. It took hours at our local provider’s store to get it activated. We still have no solid idea why, except that part of it was the failure to get a UIC programmed into the device. Somehow it was sent out without an identifying code. But there were other issues. We won’t be ordering from our provider’s online store again. At any rate, I’m now back to a flip phone and it’s all good.

The last two weeks have seen weather too cold or simply too nasty for riding. We even got some 4 inches of snow a few days ago. Today I gave the bike a tune-up because tomorrow should be all warm and sunny. My body is rather unhappy with the lack of activity. Maybe I can get some pictures worth sharing; I’m heading out to Draper Lake.

Jack posted an interesting article this weekend. The idea is to climb up out of the pit of being a hen-pecked man. What has often disappointed me is the number of men who, having once been taught the truth, still refuse to be men. I’ve run into this a great deal over the years and have had to give up on some guys because they can’t be bothered to take the first step of introspection and laying claim to their divine heritage. They don’t know who they are, and somehow think it’s okay. Women can have similar problems; you’ll notice Jack’s article assumes a man is dealing with a woman who doesn’t know who she is in Christ, either. It’s not just a man or woman problem.

Pray with me about finding a job. I’ve learned the hard way that God won’t prosper the usual methods for me. I have to wait until someone approaches me. It doesn’t have to be a conventional job by any means, either, but I sense the need to be doing something.

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Teachings of Jesus — Luke 15:11-32

The story of the Prodigal Son has been long established in Western culture. It’s a message well worn and I won’t pretend I know so much as to somehow come up with a brilliant new interpretation. The lesson takes place within the context of the whole chapter, how God views penitent people as long lost children welcomed home.

First comes the grousing of the Pharisees and scribes that Jesus would mix socially with outcasts from Jewish society. It’s obvious the Pharisees fail to understand the purpose of their covenant. The rituals of Moses were aimed at awakening a sensitivity to our fallen nature. The rituals conferred no merit; there was no such thing in ancient Hebrew thinking. The goal was never ritual purity, but of dealing with the inevitable defilement. The purest heart is the one who goes looking for those who need redemption so they can worship the Lord together.

So we have the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. The former is covered in Matthew, as well. The latter is a similar lesson from a distinctly feminine point of view — a peasant girl whose dowry was so small that any part of it was a treasure in itself. So it is how God views those of His covenant household. If any one of them has gone astray, it’s worth a lot of effort to restore them. Both of those parables represent a common experience among Israeli peasants, that some loss is expected, so life includes established procedures for recovery.

The story of the Prodigal Son drives that point home. We cannot allow ourselves to forget that every part of Israeli existence was tied up in tribal-feudal traditions. A man with two sons would keep an eye on how his property would eventually be divided into three parts: a double portion for the firstborn and a single portion for the other. The younger son has the audacity to press his father for his one-third share from the existing estate. Most fathers would have refused, and rightfully so. However, it was perfectly legal for him to grant this request.

Do you suppose he didn’t know his own son well enough to be surprised how it turned out? The younger son took his fortune and left the covenant lands to live in some exotic place, quite likely Mesopotamia or Egypt. He didn’t want to hear the nagging of his father or his Jewish nation. Fool that he was, the fortune was frittered away, just in time for a famine to strike the land. No longer independent, the boy hired out to some local agrarian. His job was feeding carob pods to pigs. This entailed knocking the pods out of the trees with a stick because the pigs couldn’t reach them, and having the pigs swarm around him to eat. This should have been utterly disgusting work, since Jews considered swine defiling just being near them. As he started thinking about eating those same carob pods, and how much work that entailed, something clicked in his memory.

Even the hired servants on his father’s property back home fared better than he did at this point. So he steeled himself for humility and memorized the speech he would say when he got back home. Eventually he arrived in sight of the place, but as soon as he did, it seemed his father had been waiting for him. The elder man ran to him and didn’t give the younger time to even spill his whole speech. Instead, he embraced the boy and welcomed him home with an extravagant party.

As if that weren’t enough, Jesus rubbed salt in the wound. He described how the elder brother was indignant about this whole scene. The wandering foolish younger sibling, now broke, was living it up. Had his father ever done anything like that for him, after all these years of being faithful to build up the estate? This was clearly the attitude of the Pharisees and scribes. They felt they had been faithful to God, so God owed them. These sinners deserved to be punished for the rest of their lives.

But the father wasn’t having it. Sure, everything he owned now belonged to his elder son, so if had wanted to celebrate God’s mercy, he could have any time he wanted. But no, he was too obsessed with his share of material property, and cared not a whit about his own flesh and blood. The scribes and Pharisees were locked in slavery to the rituals, and boasted of how they piled on extra requirements, but what would they have when the Father settled His estate with the Messiah? The hellish attitude in their hearts would own them, and they would remain outside the final celebration in Heaven. They were already dead in their sins, and only those who repented were alive — such as the penitent publicans and sinners.

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