Job’s sin must have been in caring more for his own kith and kin, esteeming them and himself better or more worthy of the L-RD’s Gift than those He wished the L-RD would destroy for their iniquity and wickedness; not reasoning as Solomon came to, that the L-RD had made everyone and thing out of compassion and infinite love, which we all are truly unworthy of. He did not create humankind for corruption, but to enjoy the fruits of His Creation, L’Chaim and that in great abundance!
Nevertheless, how do professed Jews live in a world of hostility toward Wisdom, Genuine Faith, Lawfulness – if not worship of the Law Itself for Its’ own Life Giving, Forgiving Sense and Familiar or Familial Fruition upon Foundations Ever-Fertile? (Psalm 99:7).
This faith is all the True Jew desires to live for, express and share with One and all.
Without this Faith – the world becomes a cesspool of iniquity and lawlessness, where no one may find the Way hidden even from they who profess to know it well. In which One as all may prosper in what is True Happiness and Growth Spiritual unto Satisfaction guileless, free from anxiety in a world that otherwise judges everything from toiletry brands to mood enhancing choices to measured mown lawn height to sexual preference and political orientation or worldview, when it may verily be said of the majority that all are under a curse of darkness (Isaiah 60:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4; D&C 38:8, 11–12; D&C 84:49–54; Moses 5:55) both within and without and no longer wish to apprehend what a ‘third-eye’ may reveal or give insight into, having none respect nor gratitude for a Light which shines in a dark place – Their World- or so ‘they’ claim ownership in to all lands and Netherlands, properties accursed by namesake mockery, invention and device damned by intent of inventor and user overwhelmed by want that greed and covetous pride inherently spread as an cancerous, infectious disease to all that may be intently compromised in building a Commonwealth upon the blood of children, saints and prophets (Habakkuk 2), at the cost of real and lasting peace and prosperity equitable and noble in aspiration and inspiration forsaken; leaving half the world and populace thereof yearning for yesterday, stuck nowhere, with next to nothing and the aught half fearing today and tomorrow, unable to experience the present moment for what it may offer in reward for Being aware therein, satisfied therewith and precisely and ardently invested therefore as only One may be when found in the Way that leads to Life, Kingdom come and God’s Will be done (Matthew 6:33), or Torah awareness applied broadly (Psalm 119:96) to One’s life mission, aiming higher than eagles may dare and of which only angels are aware of our merit worthy kavanah and emunah.
So that we may rightly say “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance” (Psalm 16:6).
“I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
Nor may we imagine what may await One and all in this world (Isaiah 64:4) and in the Heavenly Jerusalem (1 Corinthians 2:9) created before the foundations of the world and intended as an eternal resting place unto as many as may claim a portion with the Resurrection of the Just. Olam Haba!
Once upon a time…America lost its sight of the Goal and the right course of action and regard for the Way that leads to Eternal Life.
Psalm 139:24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
Which in a Meridian Way links all times together, both yesterday, today and tomorrow, so that those cut off, out of time and season may have confidence in a life hereafter as well as thereafter (2 Timothy 4:2). Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the L-RD shall be a light unto me (Micah 7:8).
Sages and worthy saints spend these timeless hours in Torah study and Biblical Missionary endeavors, that when any time arrives that may offer an opportunity to use their Gift and portion as talent wisely spent, to the Glory of Him who both judges the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12) of the quick and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1;1 Peter 4:5) and Who may save some (1 Corinthians 9:22) they may do precisely so, God willing.
Wherever you are and whatever may be your circumstance – compose yourself as befits the gospel (Psalm 33:1; Titus 2:1). Pray for personal and communal restoration of both mind and Spirit, body and soul; that the heart’s joy may be fulfilled in the own due time of the L-RD (Doctrine and Covenants 35:25), and perhaps you may save your hearers as well (1 Timothy 4:16).
Whereas priest craft spreads folly, confusion, and pride false whose fruit is hatred eventual and understandable; intently inspired Jewish prayer overheard, converts the soul of the listener and edifies all who have understanding, making wise the simple, correcting the wayward unto salvation understood and is accepted as a sweet savor of incense or sacrifice worthy upon the Altar of the Most High, opening a window to Heaven.
There may be many who oppose those who make life thus worth living and sharing, dying and daring as a notable part and player therein. All who would be a real blessing while enduring the curse of fallen humanity’s unworthy state of affairs scandalous, stupidly and sinfully entertaining, unredeeming, wayward and demeaning – must be firmly settled in their own mind, body, heart and soul’s strength to live unto the L-RD, even as those who must some day die unto Him with the hope alive in them to live again with Him, where He is. Coming from where we are, this cannot be easy, but with His help, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
But if serving the L-RD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the L-RD (Joshua 24:15).
All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the L-RD our God for ever and ever (Micah 4:5).
For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him (Luke 20:38).
Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:27).
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31).
Pride has no place in the Kingdom and force of strength is of no avail in entering therein, though many since the days of Elijah (Matthew 11:14), do and have forced their way into any place on earth where a faithful remnant may be found, either to enjoy Liberty Divine (2 Corinthians 3:17) or mar the face thereof and destroy the Creation not their own, though HaShem has given the world unto the sons of men in a sense (Psalm 115:16 & Revelation 11:18).
Not many are born with the mind, will and wisdom of Issachar, and make little or no use of a good gift, perfectly suited to Eden-ize, and with Messiah and God’s Help Almighty – Kingdom-ize this world and everyone in it, upon whom He has set His Seal as an Eternal Claim and Right Divine to rule over as those Chosen, Elect and Sent by God into His Creation that all mankind might be saved through Faith, Grace and the merit of a Covenant Everlasting, made eternally sure by God’s offering of His own Self in the Person of Jesus Christ (Alma 34:10-15), and a people ever willing to live, labor, fight in defense of and die if necessary for the sake of what is, was and shall be – HaShem of Hosts and His Servants, Messiah and the ‘Jews.’ Contrary to myth, Messiah endures always, the Kingdom is HaShem’s, the world and all who dwell thereupon, the fullness thereof is His to impart, He has given it unto the children of men and not without bestowing the necessary talents, traits, gifts and wisdom wherewith to be made fully satisfied therein from Prince to Pauper. As Solomon decreed ‘I have seen that nothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot’ (Ecclesiastes 3:22). Strong wrath awaits him who leaves the Way (Proverbs 15:10). That we may know how to abound (Philippians 4:12).
This world destroys man’s manhood, making the foolish believe in fantastic schemes that profit no one and create naught but ruined spaces and perpetual desolations, sending many off to fight and die in wars that have no real cause or need but the driving force of never satisfied greed. (There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’: the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’ – Proverbs 30:15b-16). Turning a lad’s whimsy into a dog’s life of perpetual prostitution and a girl’s into something worse than any being once fashioned in the Image of God should ever suffer, Jew or Gentile, but in order to keep up appearances, in every age and generation thereof, these means have been wisdom to madmen and suffered and perpetuated by the masses or multitudes in building Empires of Gadianton Robber Extremes. It is a sad fact that pig callers have made more use of their followers than shepherds wisely invested with their flocks have been able to produce and sustain enduringly Kingdom affairs and needs exacting prudently unto equity and Unity in similarity of circumstance. (Ezekiel 33:21-34:31 & 1 Peter 5:2).
As with Job, Daniel, Jonah and others, THE L-RD seems pleased on either hand with or to use reluctant saviors, who are wholly devoted to the Torah and Way and have a passionate love for God, but don’t want to be bothered with the world nor ensnared by involvement because they strongly dislike the world and love spending all their time with God. God seems to choose them precisely for this reason. Because it will be a hard test for them being in uncomfortable situations and settings among the enemies and unbelievers whom they must figure out how to save because these men, as God, can’t help but love humanity, estranged and alien as they may have grown; hard of heart and spiteful of soul. One of these hearts, softened or a soul touched and filled with the love of God or gratefulness to God for His Love, may cause multitudes in heaven to rejoice. One such man may help change the world one true convert at a time.
Luke 15:7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
Jews desire deeply to go Home for the Holy Days. Gentiles prefer to gather in unholy places, or sit and stoke home fires lazily and indifferently waiting for the Holler Days.
Jews in Diaspora don’t seem to have much but they ought to reckon themselves rich indeed, precisely because of the Holy Days, Torah and obligations binding upon them to set an example in their communities, no matter what the Gentiles may think of them, and show forth exactly why and wherefore these Gifts were bestowed and entrusted into their care and safe keep so that wherever they are, and wherever they may roam, all around them may see and know them to be a very wise and blessed people indeed. (Deuteronomy 4:5-7).
Men are, for the greater part, divot heads, encouraged by false and misleading praise of their dad’s. Flattery, particularly that that may be of a man for a fellow, or dad for a son, is frequently if not always deceptive, full of envy and sabotage at one and the same time, which causes the affected party to believe and accept praise for every dumb decision, ruinous course of action decided upon by another with such guile they believe it was their own intention to spoil their own way and are later on consumed with depression and remorse aimed at themselves, for things they rightly shouldn’t take to heart in that way or suffer a guilty conscience over. Feeding upon a bogusly created male ego with an ‘Us’ against ‘Them’ mentality that pits all against all in a nation divided by the wiles of the Evil One and his cohorts and companions in crimes dressed as necessary employ and crime-fighting caped crusaders, who divide and conquer people already divided and set on fire (James 3:6) against one another, making a bad situation worse, not to mention merchandize of all parties concerned in an all force, no fault intercession in peace keeping, law enforcing mania and delusion of grandeur and stupification eternal as Legion’s opposition to Unity among men and the peace and brotherhood otherwise to be found and enjoyed therein. Everyone in said above experience is in the wrong and when you add even one woman to the mix, in any capacity of representation, all hell breaks loose! The train goes off the track, is derailed and the caboose thereof overcrowded is slowly consumed by its own waste production, input and out, as it lays half on and half off a course provided by rails that run in circular circuit for to keep otherwise unemployed circus clowns working and all spectators in stiches, howling for want of an apt physician and the capacity to laugh authentically at anything anymore that isn’t cruel and unusual. Forget Romantic Comedy, any kind of comedy is no longer tolerated by the majority thirsting for disaster and tragedy only and exclusively, if not bloody murder in Iniquity Inc. The enemy is very subtle and very cunning and most often uses those very close to our hearts and loves to betray us in all the worst ways. Which means we cannot be saved but by the intercession of someone we probably won’t trust or even particularly like at the outset, but much later realize the kindness and favor shown us that may have for a short time by comparison caused us great grief and what we assumed was loss, but in the long run, proved naught but gain and that the most satisfying and worthy sort we may ever win out of life and the Gift thereof.
Doctrine and Covenants 121:6-9 Remember thy suffering saints, O our God; and thy servants will rejoice in thy name forever. My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes. Thy friends do stand by thee, and they shall hail thee again with warm hearts and friendly hands.
What is really insulting however is that a leader considered a terrorist threat and madman stock piling W.M.D.’s (which were never found) had set in motion a solution to a like problem by proclaiming liberty to captives throughout his country (what was anciently known as Nineveh – the very place God sent Jonah to warn and save the people of) before George and his administration attacked, killed all, innocent or not, chased said leader into a hole in the ground and tunneled in to capture the bad guy and hang him high for his crimes against humanity, sponsored by U.S. funding. Chalk it all up to the riddling going on in the Netherlands and the obnoxious price of a bottle of insta-burst wineskin bubbly ~ $300…per bottle!?!
Apparently what Saddam did was in brazen contrast to U.S. Agenda at that time; if permitted to go forward and bear fruit such as happiness, life and the treasuring up in the heart of better things than WMDs, this would prove a fantastic threat to an Agenda dependent upon the fears of its’ own Citizens and their children. In either case, both were dependent upon dishonesty and corruption in arrangement diabolical and the end result has not been a win-win situation.
Nevertheless, what I felt at the time, was a leader struggling to do something real and effectual for his own people and nation. And he who opposed, though I sided with him at the time as an American ought to as our duty in time of war, I know our own leadership to be largely ineffectual and flagrantly violent, mostly because it has no treasure of its own and all its’ intentions are delusional and unkind as Texas enduring a heat wave. Southern hospitality and sensibility has never been known for its’ virtue and kindness authentic, and that far south, it’s deadly and treacherous, always insincere. If anyone is hording WMDs, Texas would be a good testing site! I jest with a very wry grin!
We Northerners don’t take too kindly to snakes and such, and prefer to take care of business in our own backyards and communities first and foremost, and only when satisfied there with a job well done at home, will we gladly lend a hand abroad to the mutual upbuild and prosperity of whomever we ally ourselves with.
We enjoy four seasons of reality and our real treasure is stored in our hearts as well as in heaven. We sacrifice much if not all of our worldliness to ensure that the world may experience and rejoice together in the American Dream – to the end, that some day, our mutual reality may be a perfect representation of the Heavenly Zion on earth, as in no place else. If we are guilty of homeland pride, this is the reason and only reason for our shame of face.
It is well nigh time someone stepped up to the plate and tore the cover of the Ball and arrested the Belle thereof and beheaded every member of the Gentleman’s Club so-called and shut it down permanently. All justice done speedily sans mercy, putting away all lawlessness and those dependent upon the same, eradicated by a small but chosen force of Freemen, bent and intent on restoring Liberty and every good, noble, liberal and just promise of a nation promising, inspiring and delivering all and the same in one glorious and ever after hero’s legend unheard of and unknown to those unworthy of Zion.
Gentlemen, once your gentleness is compromised or gone, you may no longer fulfill the Commandment of ‘Let they gentleness be known to all, the L-RD is nigh’ (Philippians 4:5). And at that point, if angry and moved to wrath (James 1:20), you’d better hope and pray the L-RD is with you, and thine indignation is a righteous manifestation of His own displeasure with whomever you are angry with, the offense worth the violence, with the aim of restoring peace so that thou mayest recover thy gentleness and merge with your people – kind and true in the Spirit of Reconciliation as befits the Gospel thereof.
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great (2 Samuel 22:36; Psalm 18:35).
The most violent and wrathful man or beast is but a ‘dog’ to the L-RD, and He removes such terribly, and where they once pissed territorially and stood in defiance, there remains but a perfectly clean spot and mark of the L-RD’s Excellency. Not a trace or memory of the proud, the tyrant, the oppressor or spoiler will remain and all his wrath and threatening does descend with him into the Pit; his violence returns upon his own pate (Psalm 7:16), and his proud boasts and dealing come to nothing, nor is he remembered, nor does his place, once so violently guarded know him anymore forever. He is as the beast which perish, and no man shows kindness to his descendants or children, till they too are cut off from the earth, which is left to the righteous to enjoy in and as the L-RD would have them, in happiness and peace Everlast.
When not ruled and governated by a bunch of trolls and terribles who do their bidding for vengeance unbefitting and undue any for any offense imagined or real, We The People are the Real Deal.
Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Luke 6:36-38 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 Nephi 14:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
1, 2, 3, that’s enough…
D&C 98:44-46 But if he trespass against thee the fourth time thou shalt not forgive him, but shalt bring these testimonies before HaShem; and they shall not be blotted out until he repent and reward thee four-fold in all things wherewith he has trespassed against thee. And if he do this, thou shalt forgive him with all thine heart; and if he do not this, I, HaShem, will avenge thee of thine enemy an hundred-fold; And upon his children, and upon his children’s children of all them that hate me, unto the third and fourth generation.
The best description of Messiah, Moshiach, Mashiach, what have you…is found very early on in Scripture:
Exodus 23:21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my Name is in him.
Jonah’s predicament is Messiah’s and God’s and the only solution I have found in the Scriptures is to try and love them freely (Hosea 14:4), so that real manhood is achieved and found only in a crucified savior (1 Corinthians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 12:10).
Ether 12:26-28 And when I had said this, Y’shua spake unto me, saying: Fools mock, but they shall mourn; and my grace is sufficient for the meek, that they shall take no advantage of your weakness; And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them. Behold, I will show unto the Gentiles their weakness, and I will show unto them that faith, hope and charity bringeth unto me—the fountain of all righteousness.
Joel 3:10b Let the weak say, ‘I too am strong!’
Hence, the only One with the right to judge so as to even scores, restore justice, maintain equity and obliterate vanity and hatred baseless and of envy is the Risen Messiah; Whom, strangely enough, no one wishes to have reign over them.
Romans 8:33-34 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Just as justice without mercy is so cruel it is stupid, so mercy without justice is so inept it is ineffectual and sevenfold more accursed in outcome corrupt and corrupting from Root to Fruit (lessness). For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil and device thereof (James 3:16).
Much of what this country metes out as “law and order” comes from the imaginations of the most barren of wombs, covetous of hearts, stupid and unwilling of conscience, often unwilling to be conscious at all, and when must for prides evil clutching’s sake, hates on fire; which hate and ill fate does by way of abominated combination most cruel and unmerciful, completely foreign to and absent in mind and heart of what mercy may claim and accomplish and justice demand and do, restore and refresh in judgment, by affecting otherwise the system thereof at the roots and limbs of, overreaching always and directing such dumb beasts as do all they may for bribe and want of honorable virtues never present from womb on into infinity and beyond; only and ever possessing intelligence of what these gifts may have been when in the Light and Presence of the Lamb, shamed into corners shadowy and under rocks concealing for fear of what the Rock of Ages may have been revealing about all of mankind, for the sake of reclaiming the same. Mainly, that their deeds are unworthy and their fates utterly destitute as a bitter and spiteful race of unredeeming creatures of eternal want may know themselves to be but never admit to come Hell or high water. Akin to what Albert Schweitzer coined, ‘the fellowship of suffering’?
And rather than use even a portion of good will, sense and Light to work it in, devote their entire lives, characters, bodies and souls to the darkest side of damnation extant, for to, in self and others, with God loathing, destroy opportunities good and winning and at any and all costs defy and be found wanting among a people lost and losing. The Defiant Ones.
With evil associations and combinations – sex, color, creed, and religion don’t matter. There are no distinctions whatsoever between one and another. The more deceptive and fiendish the better to employ and rely upon. The wicked are capable of the most unforgivable of offenses and the most unthinkable of behaviors and are so hardened, impenitent and perverse, the more bloody and violent the crime the more they wish to be involved and where the ‘haunts of cruelty’ are (Psalm 74:20), all that wish business to continue as usual are only for keeping up appearances and furthering the evil agenda – making the most of the Grand Delusion (2 Thessalonians 2:11) before people begin to catch on. And when they do, the wicked arrogantly and violently yet stealthily and subtly as always increase in audacity, perversity and heartless execution of the evil inclination all consuming. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness! (Matthew 6:23) All they need is the light artificial or otherwise to work by and prefer to lurk in the dark otherwise, shunning the light of day, while laying traps and snares to catch and benight the sons of God.
Alma 10:17b-18 O ye wicked and perverse generation, ye lawyers and hypocrites, for ye are laying the foundations of the devil; for ye are laying traps and snares to catch the holy ones of God. Ye are laying plans to pervert the ways of the righteous, and to bring down the wrath of God upon your heads, even to the utter destruction of this people.
They hate the light and shun the day and want nothing and less to do with holiness and the Spirit of Light and Liberty that destroys their craft and work environments.
Because of these truths, it would be better to have places of never resting iniquity, like the Big Apple, openly practicing whoredoms, etc., in the days before 9/11 than after her facelift.
“Christ is the ladder Jacob saw, the base resting upon earth, and the topmost round reaching to the gate of heaven, to the very threshold of glory. If that ladder had failed by a single step of reaching the earth. we should have been lost. But Christ reaches us where we are.” E.G. White
2 Nephi 28:30 For behold, thus saith HaShem God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.
The last thing this people want is to be judged and assessed rightly, which is what God in Christ does. Not until they are condemned may they be ‘saved.’ Unfortunately, the majority reason as Cain and not Abel. Christ may never arrive at His Rest either until all ‘choose life’ (Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Isaiah 62:7).
The end tail/tale of a Dream gone ashtray to dunghill, rung spill from the Ladder Jacob saw and any may climb as a striving Jew, if only lawfully minded, reminded and humored faithful and fearful at every rung and step thereof oft slipping into days of mire, and praying vociferously to be delivered when sinking therein and there out of, pulled by a helping hand who, if fallen further from Grace’s goodwill in a spill may be worth a kill or sacrifice atoning to avoid a stoning well due. Thanks be to the Judge and King for the Grace that restores him who errs and errs greatly yet may be saved and concern himself with work penitential and Abrahamic thus satisfying in a gratifying manner whence One knew life to be worth the toil and trouble, sans boil and bubble, right diligence and humble occupation afford all men reasoning aright that they were dead in trespasses and sins and would remain so without salt’s seasoning and restorative properties (2 Chronicles 13:5). Where sin abounded, there did grace that much more abound (Romans 5:20)!
“‘Ye are the salt of the earth,’ Jesus said. Do not withdraw yourselves from the world in order to escape persecutions. You are to abide among men, that the savor of the divine love may be as salt to preserve the world from corruption.
“Hearts that respond to the influence of the Holy Spirit are channels through which God’s blessing flows. Were those who serve God removed from the earth, and His Spirit withdrawn from among men, this world would be left to desolation and destruction, the fruit of satan’s dominion. Though the wicked know it not, they owe even the blessings of this life to the presence, in this world, of God’s people whom they despise and oppress. But if Jews are such in name only, they are like salt that has lost its savor. They have no influence for good in the world. Through their misrepresentation of God they are worse than unbelievers.” -E.G. White
Proud and audacious, mankind must needs be humbled for its own sake, if not that such may be reclaimed and redeemed from the hand of the foe, than that it restores a Sense that renews Life with all meaningful experiences recalled and entirely worth it.
1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O L-RD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.”
O Elijah! Things could be worse! “Get up and eat.”
“Elijah knew not what he was doing when in the desert he said he had had enough of life, and prayed that he might die. HaShem in His great mercy did not take him at his word. There was yet a great work for Elijah to do, and when his work was done, he was not to perish is discouragement and solitude in the wilderness. Not for him the descent into the dust of death, but the ascent in glory, with the convoy of celestial chariots, to the throne on high.” E.G. White
2 Nephi 9-27 But wo unto him that has the law given, yea, that has all the commandments of God, like unto us, and that transgresseth them, and that wasteth the days of his probation, for awful is his state!
Jacob 5:6 And it came to pass that after many days it began to put forth somewhat a little, young and tender branches; but behold, the main top thereof began to perish…. And it displeased the L-RD that He should loose this tree…
3 Nephi 6: 10-13, 27-30 But there began to be some disputings among the people; and some were lifted up unto pride and boastings because of their exceedingly great riches, yea, even unto great persecutions; For there were many merchants in the land, and also many lawyers, and many officers. And the people began to be distinguished by ranks, according to their riches and their chances for learning; yea, some were ignorant because of their poverty, and others did receive great learning because of their riches. Some were lifted up in pride, and others were exceedingly humble; some did return railing for railing, while others would receive railing and persecution and all manner of afflictions, and would not turn and revile again, but were humble and penitent before God. Now the judges had many friends and kindreds; and the remainder, yea, even almost all the lawyers and the high priests, did gather themselves together, and unite with the kindreds of those judges who were to be tried according to the law. And they did enter into a covenant one with another, yea, even into that covenant which was given by them of old, which covenant was given and administered by the devil, to combine against all righteousness. Therefore they did combine against the people of the L-rd, and enter into a covenant to destroy them, and to deliver those who were guilty of murder from the grasp of justice, which was about to be administered according to the law. And they did set at defiance the law and the rights of their country; and they did covenant one with another to destroy the governor, and to establish a king over the land, that the land should no more be at liberty but should be subject unto kings.
We The People may blame the current, present day government for ruining the government (though it has been a Gadianton aim to do so for some time now) and thus demand new leaders and a new arrangement, but We must more than demand this, We must be the most important part in ushering in an Age of Restoration to Wisdom’s Right to Arrange such a Government as only Wisdom may. Those who are now destroying our government by participating in a farce gone foul and to the dogs are intently doing so that they may set up a king and rule the land by tribal familiarity as if America were Africa or had no more purpose and aim than the heathen natives so-called, who were but a people who fled the Tower Babel and somehow were first to discover the Promised Land or to be discovered in it by a Chosen Race and driven out to make space for Grace. Many would follow and are still coming to America (mostly for the wrong reasons and understanding of Her) but only those who relied upon the L-RD, Whose Secret was ever in the midst of them (Messiah endureth alway) would be successful in creating a lasting and very fruitful American Dream.
“I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from [the Indians]. There were great numbers of people who needed new land and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.” – John Wayne
Isaiah 33:22 For the L-RD is our judge, the L-RD is our lawgiver, the L-RD is our king; it is he who will save us.
Judges 8:23 But Gideon told them, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The L-RD will rule over you.”
John 12:47-48 If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.
Matthew 12:37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.
The above reasoning on government does not mean that Y’shua/Jesus would condone the Sons of Anarchy or would have nothing to do with the Ruling Republic or Nation’s Ruling Party, Whose God is the L-RD. It means He would have nothing to do with a reigning abomination and would side with if not be the Head of a Party that would be the Solution to every cause of sedition, dissension, threat, injustice, labor woes, dissatisfaction and disruption to the peaceful, prosperous Way and happy life and conduct of a nation and world overcoming all conflict and cause for by restoring One and all to right Liberty and Unity of Purpose Liberally Devoted to Equality by Harmony of Thought brought into captivity of HaShem of Hosts through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
And this we needs must do as We The People United yet divided in or by right disgust with ourselves and our government’s willingness to appease anyone who would share in corruption of integrity for gain ephemeral and meaningless as the dross we have become while waiting in vain for a second advent scheme sold to generations now for filthy lucre’s sake and not for Kingdom or Salvation’s Reapers, both wittingly and unwittingly joining ourselves instead unto an abomination’s desolating causative pejorative. The course of action solution bearing and implementing is righteous lawful composure of a people devoted to overcoming and making all but defunct, unsavory and unnecessary both the laws and government of the land by in nowise giving offense, cheating or opposing the same, except when tyranny and oppression demand a more actively wise reaction.
“If the people lead, its leaders are unnecessary.”
That does not mean we run wild and astray all over the land set at Divine Liberty by Covenant Renewal. But that we turn from our wickedness, lawlessness and yawning dependence, lazy and idolatrous in expecting entitlement to whatever a situation of employment or otherwise may make available to unworthily disposed suckers being taken at every step for every privilege sought and right undue and sevenfold unnecessary to live a life pursuant or in pursuit of just that plus happiness therewith. Which no amount of compromise or government wrangling with will ever bring to We The People precisely divided thereby and conquered by our own shifty and deluded expectations and perilous dissatisfaction with. A life lived plainly yet creatively and busily as we may and ought to be in productivity and usefulness eager, making the most out of our Citizenship and thereby helping if not doing the government’s job for it by willingly working together as One in God We Trust. The Enemy, thus exposed, will perhaps seek less exposure, even though it remain hard to avoid but powerless to act if we are faithful both to it and ourselves in our calling.
1 Peter 3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
So far we have led in a most miserable and deplorable of fashions in this generation! And we owe it to our leaders chosen, ourselves and our children, and most of all, our God to do much better than we have done. We ought rightly to hang our heads in shame, at the very thought of our treachery toward Him! And say, “God have mercy upon us, unworthy sinners! Grant us one last chance to do better and if we do not this, cut us off and blot us out of Thy Book! Cut us down where we stand that we pervert no more Thy ways and cause our fellow men to stumble in ways unworthy of Thee! One last chance, O Holy One of Israel, to show You that we love You more than this world and grant us the strength and courage to keep this our vow and overcome the world and evil one thereof, and be written in and numbered among Thy children, the righteous, even the Israel of God. Amen.”
Don’t be a problem and you won’t have a problem.
It is much more harmonious to be and become what or who you really are in HaShem of Hosts, than to imagine yourself something else or less in the Beast. Most choose the latter quite unbeknownst to themselves because that is what is expected of them; what they are taught and trained to be.
“When the student is ready, the teacher shall appear,” and manifest himself to such as have a inner longing for and to be something greater than this world’s opportunities limited may afford us. That teacher is Christ or Elohim, in His plural form, or what is Pure Revelation of HaShem of Host’s Divine Will and Its’ Being through types, metaphor, allegory, parable, song, speech and action (even inaction) – the operation of His hands works, the members of His Body, etc. Which teach as no man may those things which are most sacred, most holy and most worthy of He and our divine selves in He who created us unto good works and to the end that we might glorify as One, His Holy Name, Personage Divine, prim and proper.
Such people need a place set apart and kept Holy for Holiness’ sake, that somewhere on earth, or more precisely, in the place which the L-RD shall choose to set His Name and establish His resting place forever – Zion, where a remnant people may live distinct; a life apart devoted wholly unto Him Whose Heritage is not to become a tourist trap which would be desecration and sacrilege; but whose impact improvisational, mark miraculous, contribution creative with divine discretion dynamic in developing a deeply denoted display of devotion, crafting character Christ-like, or as many in One as HaShem of Hosts made us to be in He. Nay more, we covenanted to become err we took upon our spirits flesh and became living beings fashioned in His Image unto His Glorification through Our Exaltations.
“I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again” (John 12:28).
As a result, those who oppose are marked by their insistence that there is nowhere to go and nothing greater to become than part and party to nil in misery dressed as bestial fallen man, competing in a race for a crown perishable and chief of rats denoting.
Galatians 4:29 At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now.
The Divine Right Party must be beyond a ‘worldview,’ as indescribable by worldly terms and definitions and known only to overcomers in the Faith, yet almost as a hobby of sport and little import, solve all the world’s problems for it without taking any credit for or boasting of having the least part in, as it is only as a very small drop in a bucket of what our ultimate goals and accomplishments are to be in He who made we to be His own peculiar treasure, etc., (Deuteronomy 7:6; Exodus 19:5; Psalm 135:41; Peter 2:9).
While the worlds strive mightily to achieve and boast of this or that and every bit of flatulence or wind it may bring forth; our lot and portion’s song may be of days in a week of the month of the year arduously, prosperously yet quietly and unobtrusively labored therein unto a holy day’s rest at the end thereof. We must silently go about recreating one paradigm shift after another that the worldling is most hapless and hopeless to follow the trail and footsteps of He who has made our Way for us which are unknown, hidden by the very workings of the Creation He made for to show forth His praise without speech or word being uttered or hindered thereby, for those who enjoy in the Way, ourselves being brim full of consolations many and delights not a few. Until the world or Babylon, as Egypt, can no longer stand the sight of us but pays us to be rid of us – to go away from them to serve HaShem who provides lands and houses in which we may dwell unmolested by and devotedly apart from those whose portion of this world they are therefore satisfied with, proud and fully sated even as men drunk upon their own flesh and blood, who leave the leftovers of their feasts abhorrent to their babes (Psalm 17:14; Psalm 105:38; Nehemiah 11:2; Luke 8:37).
As for the Divine Right Party, though we willingly help the world accomplish these ends unto glut or whatever the world lusts after and desires to have for themselves and their posterity, it shall not be so among us, nor shall the dust of their habitations cling to our feet or sandals. Nor shall any other thing on earth mar our Heavenward course, eye single and treasure incorruptible. What we leave behind us as a blessing evermore is the memory of a people perfect precisely because of our devotion otherworldly – we who helped the world do all she listed to do, and have all it wished to have, while we of our humble selves only ever worked or labored to escape her and find some peace in seeking our true destiny in a place and world not known (Hebrews 11:16).
This is the L-RD’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes (Psalm 118:23).
And in time, we may create a new and better governing body and party devoted to We The People as such; our very best and most redeemable of lifestyles United without hypocrisy and without guile in reckoning affairs and ends met judiciously, wisely and liberally. All charity flowing out from a heart grateful and enriched by a renewed heart and mind in God.
If we do not this for our own sake and our children’s and theirs, Desolation does await to speedily visit the inhabitants of this land and destroy everything in its path, leaving nothing in its wake. The end shall be fulfillment of the Book of Mormon in the worst manner, in which many cities and peoples are annihilated by one another and the wrath of God which is destined to wreak havoc upon cities that will be consumed in fire, earthquake, pestilence, flood and famine. 3 Nephi 7, 8, 9, etc.
Many are destined to harden their hearts and perish in cowardice, indifference and unbelief, as the powers that really be will just as indifferently make merchandize and meals on wheels of passengers on the highway to hell by the busload…
However, none of this has to be. We can overcome by repentance and humility. The afore mentioned ‘powers’ are fully set, intent and overeager to fill themselves – The Grave – with our lives, hopes and dreamless carcasses left for the beasts of prey to devour as so many sheep gone astray from the Shepherd of their souls.
Helaman 7:19 And behold, instead of gathering you, except ye will repent, he shall scatter you forth that ye shall become meat for dogs and wild beasts.
In the Latter-days, Satan not only further afflicts those the L-RD has afflicted, but hordes them, keeps them in cages by implementation of justice turned wormwood, billing the Commonwealth for monies it no longer has to perpetuate the biggest lie ever told by twofold sons of hell (Matthew 23:15).
Almost everything Christians s0-called do, they do out of loathing, hatred and presumption most unforgivable (Psalm 19:13).
And yet they ‘live’ and strive not to gain forgiveness and atonement but only to escape every moment by way of distraction and forgetfulness.
Alma 42:10 Therefore, as they had become carnal, sensual, and devilish, by nature, this probationary state became a state for them to prepare; it became a preparatory state.
Micah 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
Thus was the first Christmas instituted long before Messiah was crucified. They were too eager to wait for his actual advent! Also known by other names, the ‘time of the Gentiles’ (Luke 21:24), ‘sin of the Amorites’ (Genesis 15:16), or the ‘Lamanites and traditions of their fathers’ (Mosiah 10:12) which are of the order of the Nehors (Alma 12-16; 21:6–8; Nahum 3:4), etc., or such idols as Rachel sat upon during her menstrual period, whose Master is Master Mahan (Moses 5:31,49), whose father is the devil whom they have served for time, times, and half a time – which for the wicked is a benefit of eternity in Gehenna. They who Legion favor with abuse and misuse are not enduring blessing but are like N.W.A. – Straight Outta Islam’s Backside. Smells like Green Eggs and Bad S’mores! For those who might have been righteous children of Abraham were made fools for Christ of Paul’s creating and Lot’s hunger sating, as one who enjoys ‘playing with his food.’ And if you can accept it, this Lot is Sirrah, the author of the book of the same namesake and is also Lazarus whom Christ raised from the dead. As I said once a long time ago, Paul’s gospel brings the L-RD out of Christ and very few want to realize this which is to put Christ upon His Throne or Mercy Seat rather than keep him upon his cross in agony perpetual. It would be better to represent him as a brazen serpent in the wilderness hoisted by Moses as a pirate’s flag of sorts, if it would help the Congregation understand God better.
“Man drives, but the Divine holds the reins.” — Jewish Proverb
Dogs and wild beasts prefer to feed on lambs of a flock they may steal and are unworthy of rather than waste their borrowed and wanting strength upon a chase and hunt legit in the wilderness which might jeopardize their lives unnecessarily and bite into a chunk of probationary time wasted napping as dogs who love to sleep on watch (Isaiah 56:10; Nahum 3:18), grunt and feed themselves as their wives have taught them after having got the mastery over them by contest of strength and cunning on proving grounds proving these men to be anything but what they boast of in their Babylonian deluded imaginations, presented mockingly to the entire world via Hollywood filmography vomitus as a cesspool of bloody rags and murder may be. The best way to gain power over another is in giving him what he desires, until it is coming out his ears and nostrils as meat loathsome to him anymore forever (Numbers 11:20).
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it (Genesis 4:7).
These all wasted their days by the flickering light of their ‘sparks’ self-willed or televised glow of their favorite show preempting their bedtime sorrow (Isaiah 50:11).
Kingdom affairs should be as simple as this – ‘He who gathers not with me, scatters abroad.’ And ever since the fathers taught their sons the saying ‘Go West, young man,’ they have relied upon mischief and witchcraft in open rebellion and apostasy, tempting God as never dared the Israelites who perished in the wilderness nevertheless, with the advantage of spreading out as evil men covenanted not to trespass on property neither belonging to they nor their cohorts, but unto We The People, if we would only Be and that quite United in He who calls Home the wayward and the lost to walk in ancient paths of peace and accord (Exodus 33:13; Jeremiah 6:16), humility and security none of man’s making nor securing with military schemes that have only made and left America less safe than before Operation Whatever…
Reactions creative versus reactions destructive are very telling of intention, and the righteous may make better use of evil trees and their fruit than the wicked make of their own (3 Nephi 14:16). This is why, whether in times evil or good Torah must be King. Evil people are dumb people or active beasts who cannot be trusted unless bit and bridled, leashed and limited. But a righteous man or animal or clean beast may be trusted to keep by its master’s crib and likewise trusted to roam at and for its own pleasure, feeding, strength, usefulness at times requiring looking out for or after for protection from evil men and beasts which reason without thought – all belly, no head or heart. Torah is that protection, and in times as lawless as our own, ye shall know them by their fruits since none keep or care for the Law. Ye cannot gather fruit with men who labor in iron or steel, masonry or cement, and such materials as are only good for weapons of havoc and protection from the same (Nahum 3:14). These are environmentally hurtful and pasture destroying. If creation itself cannot be trusted to always yield good and nurturing fruits, how much less may mankind be trusted to govern its own affairs without the Presence and Law of its’ Creator in the midst thereof? If lambs should be separated from goats, hams and players should be kept from dams, ma’am’s and man stayers thus safe from man slayers stayed upon God’s Torah.
Jeremiah 15:19-20 Therefore, thus says the L-RD, “If you return, then I will restore you– Before Me you will stand; And if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, But as for you, you must not turn to them. “Then I will make you to this people; A fortified wall of bronze; And though they fight against you, They will not prevail over you; For I am with you to save you And deliver you,” declares the L-RD.…
To Whom belongest thou, with Him shalt thou stay and remain at end of day (1 Samuel 30:13).
Only let them not return to folly (Psalm 85:8). What greater folly could there be than willfully or ignorantly misusing the Gift of Christ unto damnation instead of salvation?
Paul taught what he did in sincerity, for it is better to be a fool in Christ than wise in your own eyes even as it is better for or to be a living dog than a dead lion. For the living there is hope, even as to be among the living is better than to be among the dead. But the wicked revel in foolishness unto love of death and they endeavor to make the world’s knowledge greater than the wisdom of God, whose condemnation is just, not discerning the L-RD’s Body. Spirit, Power and Holiness, etc. “See a man wise in his own esteem, there is more hope for a fool than for that man”(Proverbs 26:12). “Become a fool that you may become wise” (1 Corinthians 3:18). And again, it comes down to Kavanah/Emunah. For a proud and wicked heart will not bring or offer an appropriate or acceptable gift, will even fight against God to have his own way, even if only for a time, times and half a time. Precisely why God chose Christ who neither claimed to be good nor wise but only obedient (John 5:30). And no matter how far short you may come of the Goal, if you give yourself into the Hand of the L-RD, it is impossible for you to fail, because your self and will die to God in Christ and you no longer live, but Christ lives in you. “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). “Henceforth, all who die in Christ believing shall be blessed” (Revelation 14:13). But the wicked and the one who still goes on proudly in his sins, shall die and be destroyed altogether by the second death. Such swears not by the golden cross around his neck but by the gold it is made of and his faith is a lie, and it would be better to have such learn obedience and love to God and Christ wearing a dog’s collar of dross or hemp, than to put his faith in himself and/or created things, especially idols formed after the likeness of a crucified savior whom that church most abominable above all else which only ever glories in crucifying the Son of God afresh every day, keeps Christ upon the cross rather than in the heart where he belongs.
Not that making fools of men was Paul’s intent (1 Corinthians 3), but his plain admittance of fact, of what he had become as Chief of Sinners and so he said ‘Reign!’ that we might reign with you. But how are they to reign without a King and Teacher? What also marks Paul as legit is he never claimed to be a teacher but a preacher of the Gospel and of God’s Righteousness freely imputed to men through Christ. For, ‘they shall not teach…’ (Jeremiah 31:34). They shall reign through Torah observance and judgment that they might be Holy as He is Holy, as it is written, ‘Be Holy for I am Holy” (Leviticus 11:44). Now, Paul and his followers must be plainly discerned as debtors, even as coming from ‘beneath’ a yoke light and easy to bear if well done, who rely upon the manifest Sons of God for all they have and are (Romans 8:19); being otherwise rightly esteemed as ‘filth’ (1 Corinthians 4:13). They must labor as such however they may for the heirs. Now there may be those who favor one heir or son above another or prefer one more than another to serve, but thus has it always been in our history since the beginning. However Christ died and rose again to break down the walls dividing the brethren, whose walls have so ‘riveted the creeds,’ (Doctrine and Covenants 123:7) etc., because they do not submit to HaShem through Christ and him alone as Messiah, but this or that presentation or manipulation of Zion and Her King who represents not but they and their perfect teacher and shepherd par excellence, who manifest his love for all by laying down his life for them and taking it up again, precisely so they may reign as princes peculiar as One in He and HaShem in He and They, if then…’and now for something completely different’ à la Monty Python or Where’s Waldo? Where’s Christ? Who may we trust and why when the entrusted Jews and chosen 12 could not discern the risen Messiah; one had betrayed him in the worst way possible, ten had fled and Peter, the Rock, had denied knowing him three times and the remainder of the people of Israel, so jilted and jaded by their great disappointment and dissatisfaction, unable to discern the Great Work of the Holy Spirit within them – failing (it seemed) to at once bring them their long awaited Kingdom and the benefits thereof they hoped to gain through loyalty to the One God. What they received instead was the greatest depression the world would ever know, by again not discerning the Body and their place therein for want of a portion of Torah and Wisdom of the Holiness Code, Way of Judaism and Chassidism, etc.,. The world about them was being destroyed in fulfillment of the Scriptures they had searched in vain, along with the Temple and its temporal gain it afforded the Priesthood and suppliers of the Temple’s needs all because of their treachery and apostasy, rebellion and perversely minded Enemy still oppressing through their sell-out to him and Rome because they did not follow Christ or receive him as he revealed to them himself and his calling, but simply for a time and the new things he did in their midst which now seemed absent again, leaving a void in their hearts also predicted in the Scriptures they considered themselves the masters of. Their own bodies and members were destroying the hopes Christ had given them. ‘Where’s Our Kingdom?’ they seem to say…and the answer would come later through another prophetic teacher, ‘Ye ask amiss…’ (James 4:3). Apathy and dependence maketh a weighty anchor to the soul indeed, and sinketh it in despair and misery’s mire. They had run faster than they had strength for (Mosiah 4:27), and had exhausted all their spiritual hope on themselves rather than God (Matthew 6:33). And most had forgotten what Christ had promised them, ‘Ye shall see me again and your hearts shall rejoice!’ (Isaiah 66:14, John 16:22). We go right back to reliance upon the world and its’ trappings and selfishness and ill-concern spread like wild fires, leaving nothing behind but the charred remains of unbelief and faithlessness. And people go back to selling themselves for whatever gain they might and to have control over anything at all. Thus we come to our graves completely forgetful of the faith and Its’ promises, clutching in our hands whatever it was we last snatched at and held in a death grip, unwilling to let go for fear of having nothing at all (Job 1:21), and verily even that which we have shall be taken from us and given to another who may, God willing, know what to do with whatever it is. Therefore the lyrics…’Hold on loosely, but don’t let go…if you cling to tightly, you’re gonna lose control…” Which is to hold something in Faith, fully prepared and able to discern the hour of its’ usefulness to He who gives us power to obtain such things as are needful and not in excess or want, and is always able to give much more than we may ask or imagine, if we should ever have need. All to get, spend, increase and prosper in the Way most serendipitous, bearing the mark of Glory instead of an image and superscription of what lacks all impression worthy, noble and forever meet.
It is important to remember that Paul boasted of being a Pharisee, under the law, blameless (Philippians 3:6), obviously before he fell from grace due to covetousness and every other sin revived (Romans 7:9) in him, making him even Chief of sinners. But because of his experience, he would be one to know what the heirs and sons were dependent upon for forming a ‘Body’ worthy as One, raising a Kingdom sevenfold so. Realizing the Torah leads to the Torah Master (Matthew 5:20; Galatians 3:23-25). The Great Commission therefore is unto perfection (1 Corinthians 13:10).
And perfection is a matter of Who you are United with and what you may witness of the Same in all. “Ye shall be One” (Leviticus 24:22; Doctrine and Covenants 38:27).
The following is based upon Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-17:
“Again and again he had marveled at their unbelief. But he marveled at the faith of the centurion who came to him…Not withstanding the formalism of the Jews, this Roman was convinced that their religion was superior to his own. Already he had broken through the barriers of national prejudice and hatred that separated the conquerors from the conquered people. He had manifested respect for the service of God and had shown kindness to the Jews as His worshippers. In the teaching of Christ, as it had been reported to him, he had found that which met the need of the soul. All that was spiritual within him responded to the savior’s words. But he felt unworthy to come into the presence of Jesus, and he appealed to the Jewish elders to make request for the healing of his servant…They urged ‘that he was worthy for whom he should do this, for he loveth our nation, and he has built us a synagogue’…’As I represent the favor of Rome, and the soldiers recognize my authority as supreme, so dost thou represent the power of the infinite God and all created things obey Thy word’…The Jewish elders who recommended the centurion to Christ, had shown how far they were from possessing the Spirit of the Gospel. They did not recognize that our great need is our only claim on God’s mercy. In their self-righteousness they commended the centurion because of the favor he had shown to our nation. But the centurion said of himself, ‘I am not worthy.’ His heart had been touched by the grace of Christ. He saw his own unworthiness, yet he feared not to ask help. He trusted not to his own goodness, his argument was his great need. His faith took hold upon Christ in his true character. He did not believe in him merely as a worker of miracles, but as the friend and Savior of Mankind…We have nothing to recommend us to God, but the plea that we may urge now as ever, is our utterly helpless condition that makes His redeeming power a necessity. Renouncing all self-dependence, we may look to the cross of Cavalry and say –
‘In my hand no price I bring;
Simply to the cross I cling.’
“The Jews had been instructed from childhood concerning the work of Messiah. The inspired utterances of the patriarchs and prophets and the symbolic teaching of the sacrificial service had been theirs. But they had disregarded the light, and now they saw in Jesus nothing to be desired. But the centurion, born in heathenism, educated in the idolatry of imperial Rome, trained as a soldier; seemingly cut off from spiritual life by his education and surroundings, and still further shut out by the bigotry of the Jews, and by the contempt of his own countrymen for the people of Israel – this man perceived the truth to which the children of Abraham were blinded. He did not wait to see whether the Jews themselves would receive the One who claimed to be their Messiah. As the ‘light, which shineth every man which cometh into the world’ (John 1:9) had shone upon him, he had, though afar off, discerned the glory of the Son of God…Alas, how many are still preparing for the same fatal disappointment! While souls in heathen darkness accept His grace, how many there are in the Jewish lands upon whom the light shines only to be disregarded.” -E.G. White
Whatever your calling, employ, manner of life, back ground and education; from the plowman with his plowman’s bible, to the great sages of Chassidism, to the High Priest with his Torah Scroll self-penned, to the ineffectual and frustrated leaders of third world countries, the tyrant, the beggar, thief and joker, King of England and President of the United States; from the well read to the illiterate, bastard and outcast to orphan and fatherless, widows and the barren wife, the poor and the needy, the rich and well-sated; from the grateful, humble soul, to the proud and spiteful; to the unthankful and the evil – God cares for you and is One and the Same without variance or shadow of change according to the demand and need, through all eternity unto all eternity. And so the greatest gift of all is not the idol the Christian world has turned Messiah into, but is found in the simplicity of His Promise, ‘According to your Faith, be it done unto you’ (Matthew 9:29). ‘But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ’ (Ephesians 4:7). ‘And what does the L-RD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God’ (Micah 6:8).
“To be wavering and half hearted in allegiance to truth is to choose the darkness of error and satanic delusion.” -E.G. White
The past four generations in the United States along with the culmination of this generation found wanting in definition other than wicked and unfortunate, represent what the Israelites who perished in the wilderness would have done to them and would have done in more recent times with their opportunity for revenge against God and Christ and any who love Him. In working all manner of abomination and iniquity with both hands eagerly not but fraud and deception (Psalm 94; Micah 6:11-12; Nahum 2:2; 3:1, 13; Habakkuk 1:16-17) in order to provide themselves with the meat they lusted after in their accursed, wayward journey through a wilderness they insisted upon, and now again, at what should be the cusp of deliverance and a Jubilant re-entry into the Promised Land, ready-made by the Hand of the L-RD they still refuse to see and are only willing to enter on their own terms, that they may continue to walk unworthily before Him, provoking Him to wrath and jealousy, wasting yet again a Promised Opportunity, simply because it was He who promised, Whom they have baselessly hated, despised, denied and ridiculed. It is just as well, for the Promise is not for them, but was for their children and unto such as reason with Moses and Aaron, the Prophets as Joshua and Caleb. In this Latter-day case, however, there is the added blessing unto Joseph (3 Nephi15:1b, 12-24), from Messiah and long before then from HaShem and the very lips of Jacob before he died unto Ephraim and Manasseh, when with Judah and any of the Twelve who may humble themselves and return unto He who they have so deeply grieved (Ephesians 4:30) may.
Hebrews 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Psalm 141:5 Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer will stand against the deeds of evildoers.
Psalm 73:22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
Therefore and finally, One may reckon how men are living free in Christ depending upon whether or not they do His Commandments or find them burdensome; whether they regard one another and all of mankind as befits the gospel, finding all their joy, meaning, comfort and consolation therein.
And if indeed we have been born again and have been faithful and found worthy according to the hidden heart which discovers ways to make wisdom possible as shrewd as snakes and as gentle as doves, who need not fear nor beware the concision looming for the unwise virgins and the arrogant, proud beast that would to reign as God upon His Throne. His Zeal alone will accomplish otherwise (Isaiah 9:7; Philippians 3:2). Beware also of dogs, especially little ones (Matthew 16:26) though even these are granted all they need in faith (Matthew 16:28).
3 Nephi 14:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.
L’Chaim!, so long and…Adieu.