Jer 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the L-RD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the L-RD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
“[We] need the tenets and commandments of religion, with their basis in revelation, to learn what [we] need to know and do.
“I-thou relationships with other human beings thus prepare us for encounters with God and, in fact, are the prime way in which we may meet God.
“’All that God ever reveals in revelation is revelation…He reveals nothing but Himself to man.’
“Torah is a record of the account of the Jewish people with God and, as such, each Jew is obligated to keep the commandments that he or she can…Jews are not free to choose which commandments they want to fulfill, rather, they are obligated to do whatever they can.
“One’s ability to perform a commandment…is primarily one’s ability to feel commanded by God.
“…each of us is obliged to take steps to enhance our ability to obey more of God’s commands.
1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
“Indeed, we must seek to transform the requirements of Judaism into living commandments whose authority comes from within us, as individuals, as well as from God because they derive from the relationship that we have with God.
“…[we must] obey Jewish law to the extent that our own individual relationship with God is deep enough for us to feel a given law as a commandment of God.
“Each time we read the Torah anew, nothing less than God’s revelation is taking place again, and we bless God for that continuing relationship with us.
“It behooves and indeed compels each generation to be active partners of God in determining and implementing the divine will.
“[Prophets] act as covenantal mediators between God and the nation…’word possessed.’
“By experiencing God’s word, they view the world from the divine perspective.
“The prophet is God’s forthteller as well as foreteller (Exod. 14:15-16; Deut. 18:18; Jer. 15:19).
“In the Bible, the prophet’s [also called ‘seer’ (hoseh or ro’eh) and ‘man of God’ (ish ha’Elohim)] word is the sole and absolute mark of attestation.
“…all feats are based upon the will of God and are ultimately ascribed directly to Him.
Showmen , Snowmen, and Towmen.
Assyria, Babylon and Persia
“…the age of the great world empires also witnessed the unique phenomena of the appearance of classical prophets, who interpreted these world shaking events in the light of an entirely new theological viewpoint.
Mat 13:52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
Why and How? Destroy and rebuild.
“[‘classical prophets’] provide the answer to the ‘why’ of the destruction of both the northern (Israel) and southern (Judah) kingdoms and ‘how’ of future restoration.
“Several…prophets were reluctant to accept their calling because their task was unenviable and burdensome. These messengers of God were often rejected by their audience, who constantly and consistently refused to listen to their words and reform their recalcitrant ways. The prophet’s emotional experience upon receiving God’s ‘stern vision’ was overwhelmingly frightening…and they became isolated individuals marked by lonliness and bitterness…primarily harbingers of doom and destruction…[acting as] God’s‘district attorney’ and ‘defense attorney’ for their people…the most distinguishing characteristic…their role as intercessors.
“Abraham, with unbridled daring…challenged God in a futile attempt to save the twin cities of evil, Sodom and Gomorrah.
“Once the die has been cast…God prohibit[s] any further intercession. (Jer. 7:16; 11:14; 14:11-12).
“[The prophet] who has received My word, [can] report My word faithfully! How can straw be compared to the grain? …Behold, My word is like a fire, declares the L-RD…and like a hammer that shatters rock!
“…chosenness was not a bona fide guarantee of immunity but rather a heightened responsibility…only Israel was taken to task for every infringement of its moral and ethical code of behavior…The prophets condemned and castigated juridical corruption, violence, cruelty, dishonesty, greed, oppression, exploitation, bribery, harlotry, debauchery, infidelity, arrogance, luxury, apathy, lust for power, and militarism, because all these were ultimately a blatant rejection of God. So to, they severely attacked the absolutism of the cult, because in their eyes the essence and quintessence of God’s demand was not to be found in cultic practices but in the ethical and moral spheres of life…’primacy of morality’…worship and its accompanying ritual were means of drawing closer to God; whereas justice and righteousness were ends unto themselves…Henceforth, any cultic act by a worshipper whose moral probity was not beyond reproach was considered abominable to the deity. Ritual now became, for the first time, contingent on the individual’s personal behavior.
“…repentance [equals] change of heart and conduct.
Rom 7:24-25 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
“God, despairing of the futility of punishment to evoke a change in their hearts, would eventually implant His will directly on their hearts by a divine ‘grafting.’ [The renewed covenant] would be unbreakable and would presage final redemption…With the covenant renewed, the ‘remnant of Israel’, who will have survived the ‘Day of the L-RD’ would be restored and would live in peace, no longer troubled by oppression, injustice or war…God’s ineffable presence would manifest itself to all humankind (Isa 40:5) and the nations [will] come to reject their polytheistic worship and revere the God of Israel alone…[New} Jerusalem [will] become the spiritual and juridical center of the world, from which God’s instruction [will] be disseminated to the entire world…recounting God’s glory and bringing His blessing and beneficence to the ends of the earth.
~Etz Hayim Commentary
Hopelessness is infectious and has no cure in community, and must be purged even by cutting off head and tail if the people fail to recognize the importance of either and the body as a whole in God. Discriminating minds outnumbered; mob rules out justice in favor of mutual ill will and may the worst man win.
People still hunger and thirst for justice but only on a personal basis and accept whoever may grant them the greater amount of satisfaction therein.
They may not rejoice in the day the L-RD has made, and so gather to murmur and complain and commiserate, even recognizing the most perverse and exulting in the most profane, glorying in negativity rather than striving to overcome or receive correction by way of rebuke and reproval in order to receive a remission of sins, and instead justify absurdity on the basis of its ability to assuage consciousness and conscientiousness.
The cure is in the grafting in wherever we cut off so as to build up the remnant, edify and strengthen the body rather than permit the dilapidation thereof. Keep kicking ass but never whoop about it, Panic ensues and guilt drives the guilty to hate the good and run from the right to the left where they meet what they have fled to.
Only one in ten healed will return to thank or praise God.
Scatter and gather.
Pro 11:24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
Pro 20:26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
Isa 24:1 Behold, the L-RD maketh the earth empty and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.
Mat 12:30 He that is not with me is against me, and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
Jacob 5&6 (Forgive the rambling way the last chapters are written, I have removed vain repetitions inasmuch as were possible but feared changing the message at all. I don’t know why it was translated so tiringly but maybe that is the very reason. To try the patience of the reader? The message is exceedingly accurate and right on time! Please heed the wisdom and sound advice given by our Lord! Try not to be too worried about the late season and time of discovery, turn to Him with all your heart, mind and strength if not for your own sake, for the sake of your children and children’s children. We saints and sages fade day to day, but they grow stronger and stronger from day to day and become our strength and hope for redemption as we admit our folly, counsel them as wisely as we may, and pass on in the same hope of glory hereafter to be raised with the righteous and spared the penalty of the wicked. Let patience have her perfect work. Update 10/4/2016 L’Shanah Tovah! And G-d bless…)
Brethren, do ye not remember to have read the words of the prophet, which he spake unto the house of Israel, saying:
Hearken, O ye house of Israel, and hear the words of a prophet of the L-RD.
For thus saith the L-RD, I will liken thee, O house of Israel, unto a tame olive-tree, which a man took and nourished in his vineyard; and it grew, and waxed old, and began to decay.
And the master of the vineyard went forth, and he saw that his olive tree began to decay; and he said: I will prune it, and dig about it, and nourish it, that perhaps it may shoot forth young and tender branches, and it perish not.
And he pruned it, and digged about it, and nourished it according to his word.
And after many days it began to put forth somewhat a little, young and tender branches; but the main top thereof began to perish.
And the master of the vineyard saw it, and he said unto his servant: It grieveth me that I should lose this tree; wherefore, go and pluck the branches from a wild olive-tree, and bring them hither unto me; and we will pluck off those main branches which are beginning to wither away, and we will cast them into the fire that they may be burned.
And behold, saith the Lord of the vineyard, I take away many of these young and tender branches, and I will graft them whithersoever I will; and it mattereth not that if it so be that the root of this tree will perish, I may preserve the fruit thereof unto myself; wherefore, I will take these young and tender branches, and I will graft them whithersoever I will.
Take thou the branches of the wild olive-tree, and graft them in, in the stead thereof; and these which I have plucked off I will cast into the fire and burn them, that they may not cumber the ground of my vineyard.
And the servant of the Lord of the vineyard did according to the word of the Lord of the vineyard and grafted in the branches of the wild olive-tree.
And the Lord of the vineyard caused that it should be digged about, and pruned, and nourished, saying unto his servant: It grieveth me that I should lose this tree; wherefore, that perhaps I might preserve the roots thereof that they perish not, that I might preserve them unto myself, I have done this thing.
Wherefore, go thy way; watch the tree, and nourish it, according to my words.
And these will I place in the nethermost part of my vineyard, whithersoever I will, it mattereth not unto theem and I do it that I may preserve unto myself the natural branches of the tree; and also, that I may lay up fruit thereof against the season, unto myself; for it grieveth me that I should lose this tree and the fruit thereof.
And the Lord of the vineyard went his way, and hid the natural branches of the tame olive-tree in the nethermost parts of the vineyard, some in one and some in another, according to his will and pleasure.
And a long time passed away, and the Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: Come, let us go down into the vineyard, that we may labor in the vineyard.
And the Lord of the vineyard, and also the servant, went down into the vineyard to labor. And the servant said unto his master: Behold, look here; behold the tree.
And the Lord of the vineyard looked and beheld the tree in the which the wild olive branches had been grafted, and it had sprung forth and begun to bear fruit. And he beheld that it was good, and the fruit thereof was like unto the natural fruit.
And he said unto the servant: Behold, the branches of the wild tree have taken hold of the moisture of the root thereof, that the root thereof hath brought forth much strength; and because of the much strength of the root thereof the wild branches have brought forth tame fruit. Now, if we had not grafted in these branches, the tree thereof would have perished. And now I shall lay up much fruit, which the tree thereof hath brought forth; and the fruit thereof I shall lay up against the season, unto mine own self.
And Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Come, let us go to the nethermost part of the vineyard, and see if the natural branches of the tree have not brought forth much fruit also, that I may lay up of the fruit thereof against the season, unto mine own self.
And they went forth whither the master had hid the natural branches of the tree, and he said unto the servant: Observe these, and he beheld the first that it had brought forth much fruit, and he beheld also that it was good. And he said unto the servant: Take of the fruit thereof, and lay it up against the season, that I may preserve it unto mine own self; for, said he, this long time have I nourished it, and it hath brought forth much fruit.
And the servant said unto his master: How comest thou hither to plant this tree or this branch of the tree? For it was the poorest spot in all the land of thy vineyard.
And the Lord of the vineyard said unto him: Counsel me not; I knew that it was a poor spot of ground; wherefore, I said unto thee, I have nourished it this long time, and thou hast seen that it hath brought forth much fruit.
And the Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: Look hither; I have planted another branch of the tree also, and thou knowest that this spot of ground was poorer than the first. But the tree, I have nourished it this long time, and it hath brought forth much fruit; therefore, gather it, and lay it up against the season, that I may preserve it unto mine own self.
And the Lord of the vineyard said again unto his servant: Look hither, and view another branch also, which I have planted; see that I have nourished it also, and it hath brought forth fruit.
And he said unto the servant: Look hither and notice the last. This have I planted in a good spot of ground, and I have nourished it this long time, and only a part of the tree hath brought forth tame fruit, and the other part of the tree hath brought forth wild fruit; yet I have nourished this tree like unto the others.
And the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Pluck off the branches that have not brought forth good fruit, and cast them into the fire.
But the servant said unto him: Let us prune it, and dig about it, and nourish it a little longer, that perhaps it may bring forth good fruit unto thee, that thou canst lay it up against the season.
And the Lord of the vineyard and the servant of the Lord of the vineyard did nourish all the fruit of the vineyard.
And a long time had passed away, and the Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: Come, let us go down into the vineyard, that we may labor again in the vineyard. For, the time draweth near, and the end soon cometh; wherefore, I must lay up fruit against the season, unto mine own self.
And the Lord of the vineyard and the servant went down into the vineyard; and they came to the tree whose natural branches had been broken off, and the wild branches had been grafted in; and all sorts of fruit did cumber the tree.
And the Lord of the vineyard did taste of the fruit, every sort according to its number. And the Lord of the vineyard said: This long time have we nourished this tree, and I have laid up unto myself against the season much fruit.
But this time it hath brought forth much fruit, and there is none of it which is good. And there are all kinds of bad fruit; and it profiteth me nothing, notwithstanding all our labor; and now it grieveth me that I should lose this tree.
And the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: What shall we do unto the tree, that I may preserve again good fruit thereof unto mine own self?
And the servant said unto his master: Because thou didst graft in the branches of the wild olive-tree they have nourished the roots, that they are alive and they have not perished; wherefore thou beholdest that they are yet good.
And the Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: The tree profiteth me nothing, and the roots thereof profit me nothing so long as it shall bring forth evil fruit.
Nevertheless, I know that the roots are good, and for mine own purpose I have preserved them; and because of their much strength they have hitherto brought forth, from the wild branches, good fruit.
But the wild branches have grown and have overrun the roots thereof; and because that the wild branches have overcome the roots thereof it hath brought forth much evil fruit; and because that it hath brought forth so much evil fruit thou beholdest that it beginneth to perish; and it will soon become ripened, that it may be cast into the fire, except we should do something for it to preserve it.
And the Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: Let us go down into the nethermost parts of the vineyard, and view if the natural branches have also brought forth evil fruit.
And they went down into the nethermost parts of the vineyard. And they beheld that the fruit of the natural branches had become corrupt also; yea, the first and the second and also the last; and they had all become corrupt.
And the wild fruit of the last had overcome that part of the tree which brought forth good fruit, even that the branch had withered away and died.
And the Lord of the vineyard wept, and said unto the servant: What could I have done more for my vineyard?
I knew that all the fruit of the vineyard, save it were these, had become corrupted. And now these which have once brought forth good fruit have also become corrupted, and now all the trees of my vineyard are good for nothing save it be to be hewn down and cast into the fire.
And this last, whose branch hath withered away, I did plant in a good spot of ground; yea, even that which was choice unto me above all other parts of the land of my vineyard.
And thou beheldest that I also cut down that which cumbered this spot of ground, that I might plant this tree in the stead thereof.
And thou beheldest that a part thereof brought forth good fruit, and a part thereof brought forth wild fruit; and because I plucked not the branches thereof and cast them into the fire, they have overcome the good branch that it hath withered away.
And now notwithstanding all the care which we have taken of my vineyard, the trees thereof have become corrupted, that they bring forth no good fruit; and these I had hoped to preserve, to have laid up fruit thereof against the season, unto mine own self. But, they have become like unto the wild olive-tree, and they are of no worth but to be hewn down and cast into the fire; and it grieveth me that I should lose them.
But what could I have done more in my vineyard? Have I slackened mine hand, that I have not nourished it, Nay, I have nourished it, and I have digged about it, and I have pruned it, and I have dunged it, and I have stretched forth mine hand almost all the day long, and the end draweth nigh. And it grieveth me that I should hew down all the trees of my vineyard, and cast them into the fire that they should be burned. Who is it that has corrupted my vineyard?
And the servant said unto his master: Is it not the loftiness of thy vineyard — have not the branches thereof overcome the roots which are good? And because the branches have overcome the roots thereof, they grew faster than the strength of the roots, taking strength unto themselves. I say, is not this the cause that the trees of thy vineyard have become corrupted?
And the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Let us go to and hew down the trees of the vineyard and cast them into the fire, that they shall not cumber the ground of my vineyard, for I have done all. What could I have done more for my vineyard?
But the servant said unto the Lord of the vineyard: Spare it a little longer.
And the Lord said: Yea, I will spare it a little longer, for it grieveth me that I should lose the trees of my vineyard.
Wherefore, let us take of the branches of these which I have planted in the nethermost parts of my vineyard, and let us graft them into the tree from whence they came; and let us pluck from the tree those branches whose fruit is most bitter and graft in the natural branches of the tree in the stead thereof.
And this will I do that the tree may not perish, that, perhaps, I may preserve unto myself the roots thereof for mine own purpose.
And the roots of the natural branches of the tree which I planted whithersoever I would are yet alive; wherefore, that I may preserve them also for mine own purpose, I will take of the branches of this tree, and I will graft them in unto them.
Yea, I will graft in unto them the branches of their mother tree, that I may preserve the roots also unto mine own self, that when they shall be sufficiently strong perhaps they may bring forth good fruit unto me, and I may yet have glory in the fruit of my vineyard.
And they took from the natural tree which had become wild and grafted in unto the natural trees, which also had become wild.
And they also took of the natural trees which had become wild and grafted into their mother tree.
And the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Pluck not the wild branches from the trees, save it be those which are most bitter; and in them ye shall graft according to that which I have said.
And we will nourish again the trees of the vineyard, and we will trim up the branches thereof, and we will pluck from the trees those branches which are ripened, that must perish, and cast them into the fire.
And this I do that, the roots thereof may take strength because of their goodness; and because of the change of the branches, that the good may overcome the evil.
And because that I have preserved the natural branches and the roots thereof, and that I have grafted in the natural branches again into their mother tree, and have preserved the roots of their mother tree, that, the trees of my vineyard may bring forth again good fruit; and that I may have joy again in the fruit of my vineyard, and, that I may rejoice exceedingly that I have preserved the roots and the branches of the first fruit. Wherefore, go to, and call servants, that we may labor diligently with our might in the vineyard, that we may prepare the way, that I may bring forth again the natural fruit, which natural fruit is good and the most precious above all other fruit.
Wherefore, let us go to and labor with our might this last time, for the end draweth nigh, and this is for the last time that I shall prune my vineyard.
Graft in the branches; begin at the last that they may be first and that the first may be last, and dig about the trees, both old and young, the first and the last; and the last and the first, that all may be nourished once again for the last time. Dig about them, and prune them, and dung them once more, for the last time, for the end draweth nigh. And if it be so that these last grafts shall grow, and bring forth the natural fruit, then shall ye prepare the way for them, that they may grow.
And as they begin to grow ye shall clear away the branches which bring forth bitter fruit, according to the strength of the good and the size thereof; and ye shall not clear away the bad thereof all at once, lest the roots thereof should be too strong for the graft, and the graft thereof shall perish, and I lose the trees of my vineyard.
For it grieveth me that I should lose the trees of my vineyard; wherefore ye shall clear away the bad according as the good shall grow, that the root and the top may be equal in strength, until the good shall overcome the bad, and the bad be hewn down and cast into the fire, that they cumber not the ground of my vineyard; and thus will I sweep away the bad out of my vineyard.
And the branches of the natural tree will I graft in again into the natural tree;
And the branches of the natural tree will I graft into the natural branches of the tree; and thus will I bring them together again, that they shall bring forth the natural fruit, and they shall be one.
And the bad shall be cast away, yea, even out of all the land of my vineyard; for only this once will I prune my vineyard.
And the Lord of the vineyard sent his servant and the servant went and did as the Lord had commanded him, and brought other servants and they were few.
And the Lord of the vineyard said unto them: Go to, and labor in the vineyard, with your might. This is the last time that I shall nourish my vineyard; for the end is nigh at hand, and the season speedily cometh; and if ye labor with your might with me ye shall have joy in the fruit which I shall lay up unto myself against the time which will soon come.
And the servants did go and labor with their might and the Lord of the vineyard labored also with them and they did obey the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard in all things.
And there began to be the natural fruit again in the vineyard and the natural branches began to grow and thrive exceedingly and the wild branches began to be plucked off and to be cast away; and they did keep the root and the top thereof equal, according to the strength thereof.
And thus they labored, with all diligence, according to the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard, even until the bad had been cast away out of the vineyard, and the Lord had preserved unto himself that the trees had become again the natural fruit; and they became like unto one body; and the fruits were equal; and the Lord of the vineyard had preserved unto himself the natural fruit, which was most precious unto him from the beginning.
And when the Lord of the vineyard saw that his fruit was good and that his vineyard was no more corrupt, he called up his servants, and said unto them: For this last time have we nourished my vineyard; and thou beholdest that I have done according to my will; and I have preserved the natural fruit, that it is good, even like as it was in the beginning. And blessed art thou because ye have been diligent in laboring with me in my vineyard, and have kept my commandments, and have brought unto me again the natural fruit, that my vineyard is no more corrupted, and the bad is cast away, and ye shall have joy with me because of the fruit of my vineyard.
For a long time will I lay up of the fruit of my vineyard unto mine own self against the season, which speedily cometh; and for the last time have I nourished my vineyard, and pruned it, and dug about it, and dunged it; wherefore I will lay up unto mine own self of the fruit, for a long time, according to that which I have spoken.
And when the time cometh that evil fruit shall again come into my vineyard, then will I cause the good and the bad to be gathered; and the good will I preserve unto myself, and the bad will I cast away into its own place. And then cometh the season and the end and my vineyard will I cause to be burned with fire.
And now, my brethren, as I said unto you that I would prophesy,
This is my prophecy — that the things which this prophet spake, concerning the house of Israel, in the which he likened them unto a tame olive-tree, must surely come to pass.
And the day that he shall set his hand again the second time to recover his people, is the day, yea, even the last time, that the servants of the Lord shall go forth in his power, to nourish and prune his vineyard and after that the end soon cometh. And how blessed are they who have labored diligently in his vineyard; and how cursed are they who shall be cast out into their own place! And the world shall be burned with fire.
And how merciful is our God unto us, for he remembereth the house of Israel, both roots and branches; and he stretches forth his hands unto them all the day long; and they are a stiffnecked and a gainsaying people; but as many as will not harden their hearts shall be saved in the kingdom of God.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye would repent, and come with full purpose of heart, and cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you. And while his arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of the day, harden not your hearts.
Yea, today, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts; for why will ye die?
For after ye have been nourished by the good word of God all the day long, will ye bring forth evil fruit, that ye must be hewn down and cast into the fire?
Will ye reject these words? Will ye reject the words of the prophets; and will ye reject all the words which have been spoken concerning Christ, after so many have spoken concerning him; and deny the good word of Christ, and the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and quench the Holy Spirit, and make a mock of the great plan of redemption, which hath been laid for you?
Know ye not that if ye will do these things, that the power of the redemption and the resurrection, which is in Christ, will bring you to stand with shame and awful guilt before the bar of God?
And according to the power of justice, for justice cannot be denied, ye must go away into that lake of fire and brimstone, whose flames are unquenchable, and whose smoke ascendeth up forever and ever, which lake of fire and brimstone is endless torment.
O then, my beloved brethren, repent ye, and enter in at the strait gate, and continue in the way which is narrow, until ye shall obtain eternal life.
O be wise; what can I say more?
Finally, I bid you farewell, until I shall meet you before the pleasing bar of God, which bar striketh the wicked with awful dread and fear. Amen.