THE TRUTH ABOUT THE OLD AND THE NEW COVENANTS
I N T R O D U C T I O N :
BY ESTABLISHING THE TRUTH, THIS ARTICLE FOR THE FIRST TIME EXPOSES YET ANOTHER OF MAN’S CHIEFEST MISINTERPRETATIONS, WHICH IS ON THE SUBJECT OF OLD AND NEW COVENANTS.
We have been led to believe the lie that the Old Covenant is God’s ‘Calling’ of the nation Israel complete with its accompanying Mosaic laws and commands while the superseding New Covenant is the ‘Calling’ of all nations through Jesus Christ His Son, also called the Gospel. And it would appear that we have no choice in the matter but to believe these lies as they have been well orchestrated into the scriptures with historical authentication by the time or period when these ‘Callings’ are to have taken place –i.e. about four thousand and two thousand years ago respectively. Consequently, it has become our lot to engage in the futile enterprise of the ungodly to have one-upmanship over another by attempting to take one’s history as far back as possible rather than in the fruitful enterprise of the godly to learn the Truth.
A lie is a lie, no matter how sacredly the Jews and the Christians endear themselves to it while the rest of the world go about vehemently justifying their rejection of the One True God (Isa 17:9-11). The ‘sacred lie’ of the Jews so that they may stand ‘lawfully’ justified to rejecting the Holy One of Israel they were called to represent in the first place. And, the ‘sacred lie’ of the churches so that they on their part may stand justified while they pretend to be replacing the old with the new. IN EFFECT, ALL ARE GUILTY OF HAVING CONTRIBUTED TO THE PERTINACIOUS CORRUPTION OF GOD’S INFALLIBLE WORD BY MAN SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING.
SUCH LIES OR MISGUIDANCE, BESIDES DISTORTING THE TRUTH CONCERNING GOD’S COVENANTS WITH MAN, ENDEAVOURS TO DISTORT AND CORRUPT THE ETERNAL GOSPEL OF GOD’S SALVATION FOR MANKIND WHICH IS, HAS ALWAYS BEEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE ONE AND THE SAME FOR ALL – ISRAELITES OR NON-ISRAELITES. HENCE THE NAME ‘ETERNAL GOSPEL’ (Rev 14:6).
For the Truth is God’s interaction or fellowship with mankind did not begin with the Israelites, or to be more specific with Abraham who is their biological ancestor as he is of many other nations besides. Rather, it began with the very first man. IN OTHER WORDS, THE OLD COVENANT IS AS OLD AS THE FIRST MAN. Refer Hos 6:7, “Like Adam, they have broken THE COVENANT….”
[WARNINGS: Therefore, let this serve as a warning to all those who think THEY CAN DENOUNCE THE WORD OF GOD just because they have been told or have personally come to the conclusion that the Bible is corrupted, WHICH DEFINITELY IT IS JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER WORKS OF MAN. To their loss they have only testified to their lack of understanding by undermining the work of the Holy Spirit!
The Word of God comes from God, and God Himself continues to teach, equip, satisfy and bless all those who seek Him wholeheartedly. IF MAN ASSUMES HE CAN INTERFERE WITH GOD’S WORK, IT IS BECAUSE GOD HAS ALLOWED HIM TO IN ORDER THAT HE MAY BE FULLY AND IRREFUTABLY EXPOSED.
Hence, this is also a warning to those that continue in their vain attempts to corrupt the Word of God. For no power can thwart or hinder God’s work. Therefore, understand that just as it is not given to man to thwart or hinder God’s Work, IT IS NOT GIVEN TO MAN TO BUILD HIS CHURCH, THE ETERNAL TEMPLE OF GOD. Rather, it is God Himself who builds it! (At best man can only hope to partake in the Work so that his faith may be well rewarded.)
“The Lord Almighty has sworn, ‘Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand.’ ” Refer Isa 14:24. And to all those who wonder, “What answer shall be given to the envoys of that nation (here ‘that nation’ represents the enemies of God)?” The answer is, “The Lord has established Zion (another word for the Temple or the Eternal City of God), and in her His afflicted people will find refuge.” Refer Isa 14:32.
Anything else man attempts are outside the will of God and hence called IDOLATRY. And hence it is but DIVINE JUSTICE that when one looks at one’s work one should only see the corruption thereof, and that one should remain blind to God’s Work just as one chose to remain blind to His infallible Word.
Refer Isa 28:16-18, “So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a Stone in Zion, a Tested Stone, a Precious Cornerstone for a sure Foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed. I will make Justice the measuring line and Righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away YOUR REFUGE, THE LIE, and water will overflow your hiding place….”]
Firstly, we must understand a Covenant is the basis by which God fellowships and establishes His relationship with man.
Of all God’s creations, only ‘man – both male and female’ are thus endowed so as to be able to fellowship and relate with Him. Yet ‘man’ being the created, merely a handiwork of God, they can only do so on the basis of the holy Covenant of God. Because it is meant to train them in the holiness of God so that they may live according to His holy will and purpose and be made worthy of His holy and eternal fellowship.
As such, man’s unfaithfulness to God’s Covenant would only render him unworthy and result in the breaking of the Covenant. This would mean he would be rendered utterly hopeless, particularly to fellowship and relate with God.
And this is precisely how the Old Covenant that was made with the first man, in Eden, becomes obsolete. Let us read what the Spirit testifies of the first man Adam’s unfaithfulness and likewise of all the others who followed after him, Hos 6:7, “Like Adam, they have broken the Covenant – they were unfaithful to Me there.” And again in Isa 43:27, “Your first father sinned; your spokesmen rebelled against Me.” And, even more particularly of Israel, “….a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against Me to this very day.” (Ezek 2:3) and “Like their fathers they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow.” (Ps 78:57).
In other words, what one ought to understand is that the unfaithful man having proven himself unworthy since the first cannot ever hope to have the Covenant revived in him again. Unless of course he starts anew and proves himself faithful which we ought to realize is IMPOSSIBLE in his new-found circumstances. THEREFORE THE WISE ARE THOSE WHO GIVE UP TRYING AND INSTEAD TURN TO GOD.
Why? Simply because, even though man is unfaithful and will continue in their unfaithfulness, God remains ‘faithful’. He is called the Faithful and True (Rev 19:11). As Paul reminds, let us recall the “….trustworthy saying: …… If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.” (2 Tim 2:11-13). And for wisdom’s sake, also read Jn 10:36-38.
What is more? The wise, having acknowledged their limitations and failures and thereby turned to God, soon learn that not only is God FAITHFUL but also that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD (Gen 18:14, Matt 19:26, Lk 1:37).
THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD IS INSTANTLY MANIFESTED IN THE PRONOUNCEMENT OF THE NEW COVENANT RIGHT THERE IN EDEN (GEN 3:15), EVEN BEFORE THE PRONOUNCEMENT OF THE ANNULMENT OR DISSOLUTION OF THE OLD (GEN 3:16-19), SO THAT HOPE WAS REVIVED IN THE HOPELESS RIGHT AWAY. AND BY MAKING IT MAN-INDEPENDENT – MEANING NO LONGER RESTING ON THE UNFAITHFUL MAN FOR ITS SURVIVAL – GOD DECLARES IT THE EVERLASTING COVENANT.
Therefore it is more than being just presumptuous to even suggest that God would revive His Covenant through man – Abraham or Moses, Peter or Paul, or whoever for that matter! Their examples only serve to reinforce the fact that the Old Covenant has ceased to be and therefore their hope, as much as the next person’s, rests in the New Covenant (eg. Jn 8:56, Jn 5:46, Lk 24:27 etc.).
How does God bring it to pass? By fulfilling the Holy Covenant on behalf of man through Jesus Christ His Son. So that in Him all righteousness of God, lost to mankind through crafty misinterpretations, lies and distortions, are revived, fulfilled and exemplified even as He also paves the Way to eternal life for the perishing mankind by taking upon His eternal (imperishable) Self the penalty for their sins through His vicarious death on the cross. In Him will be fulfilled the Old Covenant in every manner, for example, read Isa 11:9, “……. FOR THE EARTH WILL BE FULL OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD..” and by the Power of His Word alone, not by flesh and blood, shall He raise His children: “…..AND THOUGH THE LORD MAKES HIS LIFE A GUILT OFFERING, HE WILL SEE HIS OFFSPRING AND PROLONG HIS DAYS, AND THE WILL OF THE LORD WILL PROSPER IN HIS HAND.” (Isa 53:10)
THUS, THANKS TO THE NEW COVENANT, THE GOD-ORDAINED PURPOSE OF RAISING A GODLY PEOPLE FOR HIMSELF HAS COME TO PASS THROUGH HIM WHO IS HIMSELF NOT BORN OF THE SEED OF MAN! As, since the beginning of His revelation to man in Word and corresponding Deeds, for example Gen 1:3, all those who have believed and have put their trust in Him to heed and faithfully obey His words shall not perish but, like Him, shall live again and be called the ‘sons or heirs of God’.
For only God’s Word is the Living Word which materializes into visible or tangible works (like Gen 1:1), so that It stands as His Eternal Testimony (Isa 30:8), even beyond heaven and earth (Matt 24:35, Matt 5:18). Just as the fulfillment of the prophesied Coming of the Messiah into the world proves. When His Word (Gen 3:15, Jn 1:1-3) corresponded into His Deed in tangible Flesh (Lk 1:35, Lk 24:39) to live on, visibly seated at the Father’s right hand (Acts 2:33, Acts 7:55), and proven by His Spirit (Jn 14:25-26) poured out on us until such time we behold Him face to face and worship Him in the eternal Kingdom of God (Rev 22:3). This is the reason His faithful servant Job of old testifies, “I myself will see Him, with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:27). As also David amongst many others, “And I – in righteousness I will see Your Face, when I awake (meaning resurrected), I will be satisfied with seeing Your likeness.” (Ps 17:15). Yes, “Your eyes will see the King in His beauty….” (Isa 33:17).
THEREFORE, IN REALITY, THE NEW COVENANT IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE OLD COVENANT THROUGH JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF GOD AND HENCE RIGHTLY CALLED THE ETERNAL GOSPEL.
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the Faithful God, keeping His Covenant of Love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands.” (Deut 7:9). How? Let us learn and understand fully. And let us start with the unraveling of the Old Covenant.
THE OLD COVENANT
Just as we learned, it was God’s divine purpose to create ‘man – both male and female’ in His image and in His likeness and crown them with glory and power over all other creations in order that they may be fully equipped to represent Him in every manner and thus maintain His holy integrity over all (Gen 1:26, 28, Ps 8:4-8).
This is the First or the Old Covenant. For easy understanding, it may also be called the ‘EDENIC COVENANT’ AS IT BOTH BEGAN AND ENDED IN EDEN. Eden, as we know was the original home of man, from where according to the Covenant they were to fill the earth and subdue and rule over all creations of God. Refer to Gen 1:26, 28-30, which begins “God blessed them and said to them…..”
WHY SUBDUE AND RULE? This is the all-important question. Because, of all creations beneath Heaven, only they were to be blessed and entrusted with the Power which is the Power of the Word of God (eg. Gen 2:16-17) to resist and defeat Satan, the ancient serpent (for instance, refer Gen 1:26, “RULE…..OVER ALL THE EARTH, AND OVER ALL CREATURES THAT MOVE ALONG THE GROUND…”).
It was also the Power to beget godly offspring in the oneness of flesh and spirit in order that they may fill the earth with them, neither of which transpired as not only did they end up succumbing to the devil’s ploy regardless, but also no offspring was born to them in Eden, as they ought to have!
[NOTE: For those who don’t know, Satan or the ancient serpent as he is called (Rev 20:2) had become a reality before the creation of man because of the rebellion he led against God early on (refer Lk 10:18, Isa 14:12-15, Ezek 28:12-19 etc.). As a result he was flung to the earth, he and his band of rebelling angels. Darkness and the deep that we read about in Gen 1:2 were created to house them (eg. 2 Pet 2:4, Rev 9:14 etc.), while some of them including Satan were allowed to roam about freely as they awaited their Judgement (eg. 2 Pet 2:4). For God had pronounced His Judgement. And Judgement remains an integral part of His Covenant (eg. Gen 2:17b). We also learn that Satan also gained brief access in to heaven now and then (eg. Job 1:6-7), where he would retain his old seat for some more time until such time when he, along with his seat, will be thrown down for ever (Rev 12:8).]
THEREFORE, THE TRUTH, AS WE IRREFUTABLY DISCOVER, IS THIS: GOD HAD BEGUN TO FELLOWSHIP WITH MAN AS SOON AS HE HAD CREATED THEM, AND HE BEGAN THE SAME BY ESTABLISHING A COVENANT WITH THEM.
The question then is, how was the Old Covenant made obsolete? Or, what was the unfaithfulness on the part of man which brought about its end?
To answer the same, firstly, we ought to remember that the male of the man being the first of the two to be created was right away taught and entrusted with the commandment of God (refer Gen 2:16-17) to ensure he maintained the happy state of affairs as only he could. Therefore it was his divine and supreme duty to keep the commandment or the Word of God that was entrusted to him and guard it faithfully by diligent obedience and teaching. Instead, his unfaithfulness emerged when he failed to do so, thus bringing down the curtain on this otherwise blissful stage of human existence.
[NOTE: Now, to all those so-called Christians out there who justify their worldly pursuits in the name of God’s work, let this serve as a warning that Gen 2:15 implies this divine and blessed work of God alone. Therefore, exemplified and reinstated by Jesus – refer Jn 4:34, “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.” And, Mk 1:38 “Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else-to the nearby villages-so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.’ ” Remember, fending for oneself is the cursed work (Gen 3:17-19) which came upon one as a result of Adam’s fall from grace. Also read Eccles 2:26, “To the man who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.” Also refer Isa 23:17-18, Job 27:16-17, Prov 13:22 etc.]
UNDERSTANDING THE RISE AND FALL OF THE MALE OF MAN:
1. At this juncture, it is imperative that we pause to ponder on the other advantages the male had over the female by the sole virtue of having been created before her. In order to do so, we ought also to learn exactly how spaced out were the two creations.
Surprisingly, we discover that though the creation of ‘man’ was completed on the sixth day, it actually began on the third day. For the Word of God reveals that the male of the man was created “…When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens – and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up……the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being….” (refer Gen 2:4-8).
2. In other words, the male of the man witnessed the creation of all that followed afterwards. We also learn that God brought all living beings to him to see how he would name them, which is a testimony not only to the knowledge and understanding he had gleaned but also to the superiority ‘man’ was endowed with over all other creatures (refer Gen 2:19-20).
3. Yet, he had also sufficient time to sense his immediate lack (Gen 2:20b, Gen 2:18). And his joy was made complete only after God had finished the creation of ‘man’ by creating the female before the end of the sixth day – THE LAST OF ALL CREATIONS.
Why last? So that he may learn and understand God’s plan and purpose in creating them (refer Gen 1:26).
4. Therefore, undeniably, he had personally witnessed a glimpse of the Eternal Gospel demonstrated for the first time, which in fact ought to have been the CROWNING GLORY of his understanding. For references, read Gen 1:26 and Gen 2:21-22.
He understood how they were uniquely set apart from rest of the creations not only in the manner in which they were created but also in the divine purpose it served. He learned that they alone represented the likeness of Triune God by their trinity combination of body, spirit and soul. And he knew, by his unshirkable sense of lack for a perfect companion until the female was created, that only their oneness could perfectly represent the Perfect Oneness of God. For one they were (Matt 19:6) and one they are meant to be (Gen 2:24, Jn 17:21-23).
As such, it was clear that only by bringing her to perfect unity with him could she be equally equipped OR EMPOWERED WITH THE WORD OF GOD to help him keep the holy Covenant of God.
But the question is, did he bring her to perfect unity with him and equip her like he was? The answer is HE DID NOT. For surely if he had, the crafty serpent would not have deliberately chosen the ‘ignorant female’ over him! Refer Gen 3:1-2.
This is the reason, it testifies in Rom 1:18-20, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
5. The typical ‘male superiority syndrome’ had begun to surface even as early as that. Pride had got the better of him, and even though it was God’s prerogative and purpose to name them ‘Man’ or ‘Adam’ for having endowed them equally with the glorious pattern of His Trinity and the power of His Authority (Gen 1:27-28, Gen 5:2), the male takes it upon himself to call her ‘Woman’ first and later on ‘Eve’, following their fall (Gen 2:23, Gen 3:20).
Why ‘Woman’? Because by naming her Woman he demonstrated that he gloried in himself (read Gen 2:23) rather than in God, to whom alone all glory was due (Gen 1:26).
Why ‘Eve’? Because he was vainglorious enough to believe that his seeds would likewise bring him glory conniving that since she was not the instrument of death herself he would still be able to sire the living (Gen 3:20) in spite of the fact that the curse of death was upon him (Gen 3:19)! For all his trouble, his sons and all who followed after him only reflected his marred glory – read for example, Gen 5:3, “When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image….”
Clearly, he showed his total lack of remorse or repentance by embarking on his rebellion towards God by surreptitiously taking advantage of the curse that befell her, literally reiterating that it was he and not God who owned her. And indeed that is exactly what we have been witnessing since!
Just as it is written, “He who heeds discipline shows the way of life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” (Prov 10:17).
6. Let us carefully read Gen 2:18-25 and understand that God created her and brought her to him not to be named and owned by him but that they may be ONE – one in flesh and one in spirit. For God had already named her “man”. Regardless, the male takes it upon himself to give her another name. And we see that it does not stop there. Soon his unfaithfulness takes on new heights as he goes about coining names for God too. Therefore, today there are as many names as there are mouths to defy God and as many gods as there are idolatrous hearts to go astray.
THIS IS THE REASON GOD WILL HIMSELF, ONCE AGAIN, NAME HIS PEOPLE, AND INDIVIDUALLY TOO, WHICH WILL BE KNOWN ONLY TO THE ONE WHO RECEIVES IT (Rev 2:17, Isa 62:2, Isa 65:15b). NOT ONLY THAT HE WILL HIMSELF REVEAL HIS HIDDEN NAME , HIS NEW NAME AND THE NAME OF HIS CITY TO US (Rev 3:12). NO MAN WILL BE ENTRUSTED WITH THEM.
[NOTE: Lest one misunderstands, may one be warned that ONE IN FLESH DOES NOT IN ANY WAY IMPLY THE CURSED AND BEASTLY SEXUAL UNION!!! Rather, it means to recognize and acknowledge their oneness in flesh. Refer 1 Cor 15:39-49, “All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; star differs from star in splendor. SO WILL IT BE WITH RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. THE BODY THAT IS SOWN IS PERISHABLE, IT IS RAISED IMPERISHABLE; IT IS SOWN IN DISHONOR, IT IS RAISED IN GLORY; IT IS SOWN IN WEAKNESS, IT IS RAISED IN POWER; IT IS SOWN A NATURAL BODY, IT IS RAISED A SPIRITUAL BODY. If there is a natural (earthly) body, there is also a spiritual (heavenly) body.***** AND JUST AS WE HAVE BORNE THE LIKENESS OF THE EARTHLY MAN, SO SHALL WE BEAR THE LIKENESS OF THE (ONE) FROM HEAVEN.” This is the reason, Jesus reinstates (Matt 22:30) just as it is written in 1 Cor 15:49, that at resurrection the children of God will inherit the heavenly body and partake of His glory (Rom 8:17) – which in other words is the heavenly oneness of His divine and imperishable body for most assuredly the perishable flesh and blood of mortal man will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 15:50).
***** Please note, I have omitted the in-between sentences as they contradict the Truth:
1. It calls Jesus Christ the ‘last Adam’ or ‘man’ or ‘man from heaven’ or even ‘second man’ – ALL OF WHICH ARE WRONG AND CONTRARY TO THE WORD OF GOD. Rather it ought be the ‘Godly Offspring’, ‘Son of man’, the ‘One from heaven’ and again the ‘Son of man’ respectively. The term ‘second man’ means the female who was created second or after the male.
2. Jesus Christ did not become ‘a life-giving Spirit’. Rather He is the life-giving Spirit.
3. Again, the sentence ‘The Spiritual did not come first but the natural, and after that the Spiritual’ is entirely in contradiction to the knowledge of God. For Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last. There is no question of Him coming second!!!! Remember, it is in His image and in His likeness that the ‘first Man – both male and female’ were created. The Real has to be first, only then can the possibility of making its image arise.
4. The creation of man and the Coming of the Son of man cannot be addressed in the same vein or as it is done here with the same verb ‘come’. For the man did not come but was created whereas the Son of man came – He was not created. The two are entirely different and therefore SHOULD NOT BE INTERPRETED IN THE SAME LIGHT! And it was to proclaim His Coming in the Flesh that they were created. In other words the natural was created to proclaim the Coming of the Spiritual. The said sentence ‘The spiritual did not come first but the natural…..’ can be assigned credibility only if taken to mean that all men are first born natural, and the possibility for one to become spiritual comes second or later. However, the sentence structuring hardly helps one to arrive at it without some struggle, instead it only misleads one to consider the worst!!! BE WARNED!! AND BE EVER ALERT FOR SCORES OF SUCH DISCREPANCIES SO THAT NEITHER YOU ARE MISLED NOR DO YOU MISLEAD OTHERS!!!]
Moving forward on the topic of perfect oneness – one in flesh and spirit: read for example, Isa 51:2, “Look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was but one, and I blessed him and made him many.” Reverting to Gen 12:1-5 where the calling of Abraham is detailed it becomes clear that he was already married to Sarah then. Yet we find the Spirit of God testifying in the above verse, Isa 51:2, “… When I called him he was but one..”
Why one, one might ask? And the answer is given in Mal 2:15, “Has not the Lord made them one? IN FLESH AND SPIRIT THEY ARE HIS. AND WHY ONE? BECAUSE HE WAS SEEKING GODLY OFFSPRING. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth.”
This is the reason, as we read in 2 Cor 6:16, it is established that righteousness cannot be yoked with wickedness, the believer with the unbeliever or the temple of God with an idol! For the holy ‘Oneness of God’ can neither be found nor be formed in any such union whether in the name of marriage, friendship, fellowship or whatever.
[NOTE: Understand that without the oneness of God between a man and his wife, it is but inevitable that one would replace God and become the idol of the other. Yet, it happens to be one of the ‘PET DOCTRINES’ coined by man and upheld by all churches, without exception! Therefore we witness such shams in the name of marriage where women who ought to be temples of God (1 Cor 6:19-20) are instead forced to convert themselves into shrines for their male idols. For instance, refer 1 Pet 3:1-6. There is no quicker means by which one may dissuade a woman from seeking and serving her God, her True Husband and Redeemer, than by prostituting her to a male idol so that in every manner, body and soul, she is preoccupied and weighed down with his affairs, welfare and cause (1 Cor 7:34-35).]
As for Abraham, we see that even he fails to uphold the ‘Oneness of God’ with Sarah and is consequently unfaithful to her, the wife of his youth. Read Gen 17:15-16 and understand how God persisted in driving home the truth, even after He had given the everlasting covenant of Circumcision following Ishmael’s birth, to make the God-ordained oneness in them very clear to him for he continued to disregard Sarah’s inclusiveness. And the question is did he ever learn?
As was pointed out earlier, to this day the male persists in the lie that the female was created for his glory (for eg. Refer 1 Cor 11:7) and go about teaching that she belongs not to God but to him (for egs. Refer 1 Cor 7:4, 1 Cor 11:9, Eph 5:22).
But, the Word of God declares, “I am the Lord; that is My Name! I will not give My glory to another or My praise to idols.” (Isa 42:8).
Come to think of it, is man who is created out of the dust of the ground any better than an idol he creates? – The idols that have eyes but do not see, have ears but do not hear and have mouths but do not speak? UNLESS GOD BREATHES LIFE INTO HIM, OF WHAT ACCOUNT CAN HE BE? Yet, no sooner than he comes alive, he rejects his Maker. In his self-adoration he exposes his bigotry towards God and introduces the terrible sin of idolatry! Yes, literally! And in more ways than one! Very subtly at first, for eg., Gen 5:3 – producing sons for his glory, and most blatantly as time goes by, for eg. Gen 11:5 – producing religions for his worship.
As such it is not surprising that the Old Covenant was made obsolete and the New Covenant announced. Just as it testifies in the continuing verse, viz. Isa 42:9, “See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.” The rest as we know is history.
SO THAT WE NOW KNOW JUST HOW THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S PURPOSE (MAL 2:15) FINALLY CAME ABOUT IN MARY AND JOSEPH, THE ONLY COUPLE TO HAVE TRULY COMMITTED THEMSELVES TO GOD IN THE PERFECT ONENESS OF FLESH AND SPIRIT. AND THE WORLD BEHELD THE PROPHESIED AND THE EAGERLY SOUGHT AFTER ‘GODLY OFFSPRING’ WHO’D CRUSH THE ENEMY – HIM BEING THE FIRSTBORN OF THE SPIRIT AND THE FIRSTBORN OF DEATH!
7. On that understanding, let us return to the subject of the name ‘Man’. What is in a name? One might as well ask. And the answer is everything! For the very creation of ‘Man’ proclaimed the Eternal Gospel – the coming of the Messiah, the Son of man – to be conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of ‘man’ which is the woman and is not and was never meant to be the male of man (Gen 3:15).
Irrefutably, the ‘woman’ or rather the latter ‘man’ just as the latter ‘wine’ came to symbolize the perfection of ‘man’ or the better ‘man’, after whose creation it is written, “God saw all that He had made, and it was VERY GOOD….” (Read Gen 1:31a and compare the same with Gen 2:18).
It is symbolic of the perfection that is attributed to the Bride of Christ – a people perfected (in Christ). And unless men acknowledge this truth which is again as much an integral part of the Gospel as Christ is, how can they even purport to take His holy Name? This rebellion in man continues to blind him to The Truth or the true Eternal Gospel so that by and large he remains deluded to this day whether Jew or the so-called Gentiles (2 Thess 2:10b-12) and will remain so until he is fully exposed!
8. What is more? Following his pride, his unfaithfulness surfaces just as soon. The sloppy manner in which he had passed on the commandment to the woman becomes apparent as we compare the actual commandment (Gen 2:16-17) with Eve’s acquired knowledge of it (Gen 3:3).
Note how the ‘tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ had come to derive a new identity viz. ‘the tree that is in the middle of the garden’? And note how the original warning ‘you must not eat…..for when you eat of it you will surely die’ came to be altered and added upon to construe an entirely different meaning viz. ‘you must not eat…….and you must not touch it, or you will die.’?
Aided by them the serpent’s half-truths like ‘when you eat of it your eyes will be opened…. knowing good and evil’ seemed to take on the nature of The Truth as it was wont to. For when upon touching the fruit the woman discovered that she had not died just as the serpent had assured viz. ‘you will not surely die’ , we see that the added quality of ‘wisdom’ it promised becomes too desirable for her to resist. Compare Gen 2:9b ‘..trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.’ with Gen 3:6, ‘When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, AND ALSO DESIRABLE FOR GAINING WISDOM, she took some and ate it…’ Let us understand there was nothing new in the first two characteristics but in the added advantage it promised in the third characteristic.
Clearly, it was based on man’s false teachings that the serpent could successfully lure her to clinch their misfortune! THIS IS THE GREATEST UNFAITHFULNESS OF ALL! To add or delete from God’s Word. And the outcome has been declared of old, for instance, read Prov 30:6, “Do not add to His words, or He will rebuke you and PROVE YOU A LIAR.” Also refer Rev 22:18-19, Deut 12:32, Eccles 12:12.
THEREFORE, THE TRUTH THAT IN DOING SO THE MALE HAD DUG UP HIS OWN GRAVE IS SOMETHING HE HAS YET TO STOP GRAPPLING WITH AND ACKNOWLEDGE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!
The general assumption, thanks to the tenacious efforts of man, that the said version of the commandment was the woman’s own creation backfires on him as he continues to painstakingly go about, bent upon corrupting all God’s words to this very day and hour! One has only to look about to see for oneself how men continue in their unfaithfulness, particularly with God’s Word.
For example, just as Abraham did and remained unfaithful to Sarah (remember how he risked her to Pharaoh and again to Abimelech). He failed to acknowledge her election and willfully kept her in the dark until God Himself had to intervene and reveal it to her directly just as He Himself had saved her from all aforementioned dangers unharmed. Even after Sarah’s death, Abraham took for himself a wife and many concubines, all of whose sons he sired would later add to the list of his son Isaac’s enemies – his son of the Covenant born to Sarah by the will of God!
LET US THINK FOR OURSELVES, IF ISHMAEL WAS SIRED THROUGH SARAH’S IGNORANCE ALONE, HOW DOES ONE ACCOUNT FOR ALL THE OTHER SONS AFTER ISAAC?
The reason is that man has always been unfaithful to God. “Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?” (Prov 20:6). “Your first father sinned; your spokesmen rebelled against Me.” (Isa 43:27). “He said to me, ‘…. they and their fathers have been in revolt against Me to this very day.’ “ (Ezek 2:3). “A spirit of prostitution leads them astray; they are unfaithful to their God.” (Hos 4:12b).
9. WE MUST NOT IGNORE ANOTHER VERY CRUCIAL FACT that even though the male was with her (Gen 3:6b, “… She also gave some to her husband, who was with her..”), he said or did nothing to prevent it from happening. Instead, when she offered some to him, he took it from her and ate of it in spite of the fact that he knew only too well that God had warned him not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
THUS HE WHO HAD BEEN SLACK ABOUT EMPOWERING HER WITH THE WORD OF GOD WENT ON TO PROVE THAT HE WAS AS POWERLESS AS HER BY NOT ABIDING BY IT!
10. Thus, before long, as was wont to happen, his unfaithfulness had resulted in his disobedience (Gen 3:6b, Gen 3:17a). Thus in spite of being forewarned (Gen 2:17), he had invited God’s JUDGMENT upon himself and through him upon all creations that was subjected to him (Gen 3:17-19, Rom 8:20, 22).
11. There were unfortunately other lacks of which he remained quite oblivious! Namely, the Robe of Righteousness and Wisdom.
Ps 8:5 reminds, “You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour.” And indeed the fact that they were not equal to the heavenly beings is vouchsafed by the concurring fact that they were placed in Eden and not in heaven.
Gen 2:25 declares them UNFIT to enter heaven symbolically by using the word ‘naked’. Besides, Gen 3:8 vouches that it was God who would visit them and not vice versa. The reason being that neither were robed with Righteousness, the wedding clothes of The Bride who alone would be fit to enter Heaven (Rev 19:7-8), the kingdom of God. Also refer Matt 22:11-12. For those who are unaware, one only becomes deserving of the Robe of Righteousness when one perseveres in obedience to His righteous laws (Rev 19:8).
[NOTE: Teachings of men or righteousness of men are not the same as the righteousness of God. For eg., read Matt 5:20. Since the beginning God has decreed the perfect righteousness and holiness of God whether it is in living as children of God, worshiping Him or serving Him. Yet as we have learned from the start the unfaithful man has been following his own evil ways, rejecting the Word of God and literally spinning their own robes (eg. Gen 3:7) which are in spiritual terms no better than cobwebs. Read Isa 59:6-8, “Their cobwebs are useless for clothing; they cannot cover themselves with what they make. Their deeds are evil deeds, and acts of violence are in their hands. Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are evil thoughts; ruin and destruction mark their ways. The way of peace they do not know, there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks in them will know peace.”
Let us read Prov 31, the oracle taught TO KING LEMUEL BY HIS MOTHER and understand how the Wife of Noble Character, who is the Bride of Christ, clothes herself and those in her household. Refer Prov 31:13-14 – she is discerning which means she knows the Word of God, and she brings her food from afar which is of course the Heavenly Manna. Refer Prov 31:21, “……..she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet (the New Covenant of His Blood). She makes covering for her bed (Ezek 16:8); she is clothed in fine linen and purple (Ezek 16:11-14).” Of course the same cannot be said of the rest, for theirs is the ‘covenant with death’ (Isa 28:18) – of Judgment (Rev 20:13) and not of Salvation. For instance, read Isa 28:19-22, “………The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror. The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you……” and as for their works, read Isa 19:9-10, “Those who work with combed flax will despair, the weavers of fine linen will lose hope. The workers in cloth will be dejected and all the wage earners will be sick at heart.”]
And as regards his lack of Wisdom, need one doubt after the callous way in which he treated God’s Word, neither showing fear of the Lord nor shunning evil! Refer Job 28:28, “…. ’The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.’ ” For, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is Understanding.” (Prov 9:10) Knowledge without fear of God amounts to nothing!
LET US UNDERSTAND THAT THESE LACKS WERE MEANT TO BE OVERCOME BY ENCOURAGING THEIR DEPENDENCY ON GOD THEIR CREATOR WHO ALONE REMAINS THEIR FATHER AND PROVIDER. That God was Faithful to provide is something of which at least he had first-hand knowledge of (Gen 2:18, 21-22). Instead, these lacks eventually went on to expose and establish his true inclinations (Gen 6:5b, Gen 8:21b).
[NOTE: The allegory God uses in Ezek 16:4-14 to describe the birth and growth of the nation Israel as God’s chosen people – the firstborn among nations, before they were estranged from Him due to their unfaithfulness, is a fitting allegory to describe ‘man’s’ infantile dependency on God.
WITHOUT GOD, ‘MAN’ IS NOTHING – this is the testimony that holds true for man throughout the history of mankind whether as an individual (the first male – Adam), or as a couple (the first man – Adam and Eve), or as a people (the first nation of God – physical Israel). And this will continue to remain the testimony against this godless generation waiting to perish as persons, families and nations.]
12. The conclusive characteristic of the male that sealed his misfortune is testified in the following verse, “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” (Prov 28:13).
Unlike the female who confesses to what exactly had transpired between the serpent and her (since being quite in the dark about the male’s role) – Gen 3:13, “…The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’”, the male insists on blaming not just the female but also God in his vain attempt to cover up his guilt – Gen 3:12, “The man said, ‘The woman You put here with me…’”.
THIS TRAIT OF UNRELENTING OBSTINACY IN MAN CONTINUES TO BE HANDED DOWN AS ‘PRECIOUS LEGACY OF MANHOOD’ THAT WOULD FOREVER DISTINGUISH HIM FROM THE WORTHY DAUGHTER OF ZION.
How could the Old Covenant that rested on the shoulders of ‘man’ survive any longer under the circumstances! In his blind self-adoration, man had proved himself unfit, unfaithful, unrepentant, unrelenting and unworthy – it would appear almost beyond redemption. All he accomplished was to pave the way for a decadent human race, hell-bent on unfaithfulness, vainglory, disobedience and rebellion that would manifest itself into a legacy of unimaginable abominations – all under the impregnable shroud of Death and Destruction (Gen 3:19, Isa 25:7)!
THEREFORE AS IT IS WRITTEN THE WORD OF GOD SHALL NOT FAIL, AND HE WILL EXPOSE MAN FULLY AND PROVE HIM THE LIAR THAT HE IS AS INDEED HE IS ALREADY DOING. GOD WILL BRING IT TO CONCLUSION WHEN THE ULTIMATE MAN WHO IS CALLED THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS SHALL FINALLY BE REVEALED (2 THESS 2:8-12). Just as Jesus has reiterated, even as He continues to teach the faithful, “…. THERE IS NOTHING CONCEALED THAT WILL NOT BE DISCLOSED, OR HIDDEN THAT WILL NOT BE MADE KNOWN…” (Matt 10:26).
The man and all his lawlessness will finally be fully exposed. He will give full vent to the idolatry he began way back in Eden when he will exalt himself above all and openly go about blaspheming God to lead the entire world into worshiping him by his counterfeit miracles, which are nothing but divinations and sorceries summed up in one word as ‘MAGIC’ (oh! how the world is being trained to flirt with the very abomination of a word!) – THE WORK OF SECRET POWERS OF LAWLESSNESS AS OPPOSED TO THE HOLY AND ETERNAL POWER OF GOD’S INFALLIBLE WORD! For example, compare Ex 7:11 with Ex 7:10 & 12.
He will vigorously add to his number by putting the fear of death in all those who disobey him and fail to worship him. In Truth, he will be the consummate abomination that will herald in the desolation of earth and its inhabitants. For he will enter Jerusalem and enthrone himself in the city believing that he had indeed succeeded in usurping the eternal Throne of God, only to find his kingdom plunged into DARKNESS! There will be no sun by the day or moon by the night. All the heavenly bodies will be concealed.
AND RIGHT THERE IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS REIGN OF TERROR AND DARKNESS, THE SON OF MAN WILL APPEAR IN ALL HIS GLORY AND ILLUMINATE THE EARTH LIKE NEVER BEFORE (MATT 24:27-30, Isa 30:26), SO THAT EVERY EYE WILL SEE HIM AND EVERY TONGUE WILL CONFESS THAT HE IS GOD.
The Lord Himself will fight this ‘ultimate human abomination basking there in all his beastly fullness’ and expose his lies by bringing an end to him and his kingdom. It will be a little while more before Satan, that ancient Serpent, the deceiver of both angels and men, will also be destroyed along with all those who forsook their God and followed after his lies whether administered directly or through man. TILL AT LAST, MAN WILL BE NO MORE, BUT ONLY THE BRIDE WITH HER HOLY BRIDEGROOM. AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO STRIVE WITH THE SPIRIT OF MAN!
UNDERSTANDING THE RISE AND FALL OF THE FEMALE OF MAN:
1. The manner in which God created the female, which is again distinctly unlike the manner in which the male was created (compare Gen 2:7 with Gen 2:21-22), firstly, denotes the prophesied Bride of Christ who will likewise be hewed and carved out of Him (Isa 51:1).
She is the symbolic ‘second or better wine’, the ‘second or better man’. For in her is found the first fulfillment of the prophecy, “But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” (Matt 19:30).
2. In contrast to the dust of the ground used to create the male, we see the rib (bone) of the man was used to create the female. It is a testimony to the vital edge she has over him – a testimony to her upright inclinations, like for instance, made obvious in her quest for wisdom. The reason why it states in Prov 18:22, “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.”
BUT SADLY FOR MAN, HE CONTINUES TO REJECT THE FAVOR OF THE LORD BY CORRUPTING THAT WHICH WAS MEANT TO BE GOOD IN THE FIRST PLACE. Since having begun to lord it over her by his tyranny and lies, he has mercilessly gone about snuffing out the very goodness that was meant to work in his favor and thereby fallen into the very pit he had intended FOR HER. For he soon finds that she can never be faithful to him (Jer 3:20) as her upright yearning for the Perfect One, the Holy One can never be satiated in him.
Jer 3:20 mentioned above uses this ‘perpetual unfaithfulness of a woman to man’ as a metaphor to describe man’s perpetual unfaithfulness towards God. For God is truly the Husband, the Redeemer, of both. Also note how God conveyed the same through prophet Hosea by his symbolic marriage to Gomer the prostitute.
HER BLESSEDNESS CAN ONLY COME FROM HER FAITHFULNESS TO GOD, TO WHOM ALONE SHE IS CREATED TO BE FAITHFUL. For in every sense of the word, He is her True Husband, her Redeemer. And blessed indeed is the woman who finds Him. AS INDEED SUCH IS THE MAKING OF THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB OF GOD! Just as we see it reiterated in Prov 19:14, “……a prudent wife is from the Lord.”
3. Most important of all, the fulfillment of the New Covenant will also come to pass in her, in the sense that it is no longer the Old Covenant of the ‘Man and his seeds of the Seed’ (Gen 1:28a), but the New Covenant of the ‘Woman and her seeds of the Seed or Offspring’ (Gen 3:15).
For example, refer Gen 17:16, the Word of God that came to Abraham concerning Sarah, “I will bless her and will surely GIVE YOU A SON BY HER. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of people will come from her.”
Her creation prophesied the glorious future of mankind and promptly afterwards her election (Gen 3:15), the salvation of mankind. She became the chosen one of God, elected both as the individual (Gen 3:15) and as His people also known as the Daughter of Zion. Hence called the “Suitable Helper” of God. For she would partake in the salvation plan of God – as the individual to bring forth the Son of God, and as His people to bring forth the nation of God (Isa 66:7-10).
This is the reason she symbolized the perfect companion for the male both by her superior constituent (Gen 2:21-22) and by her superior calling (Gen 3:15). To all his lack, she was meant to provide the perfect balance and recreate the perfect oneness between them. She was created to counter his basic earthly instincts with her superior and more upright instincts (remember she was the one who sought wisdom). However, the Word of God testifies to what followed in reality, and how the two ended up falling from grace and losing their divinely ordained glory.
4. Her creation was the grand finale to God’s Work of Creation after which He heralded in the seventh day of Sabbath-rest.
So it shall be at the end of God’s Work of Regeneration, when the holy Bride of Christ shall be revealed heralding in the Eternal Sabbath-rest. “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed……… that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.” (Rom 8:19-21, also refer Rev 19:7, Rev 21:2-5 etc.).
5. As we have learned, she was quick to recognize her lack of wisdom. And the uprightness in her sought it. Prov 4:7, “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it costs all you have, get understanding.”
YET, SADLY, THIS WAS WHERE HER CONTRIBUTION TO THE RESULTING CATASTROPHE CAME TO PLAY.
How? In spite of the fact that she felt none the wiser with the semblance of knowledge that was passed on to her, her fault was that she did not consider turning to God for true wisdom. Read Isa 8:19b, “Should not a people inquire of their God?” Likewise James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” Instead, abetted by her ignorance she had very foolishly allowed herself to be lured into believing the serpent to eat of the fruit.
And as mentioned earlier, even though the male was with her at the time, he did nothing to prevent it but willfully joined her in eating of the fruit through no incitement whatsoever.
Consequently they were both rendered irreparably unfit and no longer worthy to fellowship with Holy God. And true enough they were both estranged from Him, seemingly forever! AS SINCE THEN SHE ALSO FOUND HERSELF SUBJECTED TO THE MALE, FROM UNDER WHOSE NOW CORRUPTED DOMINION SHE WOULD FIND IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO RETURN TO HER GOD.
6. Another remarkable observation we ought not to let go amiss is the fact that she understood it was not just she who lacked wisdom, but that he did too. Let us remember, God describes ‘man’ as ‘slow to understanding’ and ‘stiff-necked’ (eg.Isa 6:9, Ex 33:5 etc.). Therefore she did not withhold from him the only way to wisdom, she had been deceived into believing it to be, and gave some of the fruit to him too. If not anything else, one is comforted to learn that unlike him she was faithful not to withhold from him what she had perceived to be beneficiary to both.
For example, note how Rebekah understood the prophecy concerning her sons and loved Jacob (Gen 25:23, 28) even though Isaac displayed no such spiritual insight. And note, how Manoah’s wife was faithful and prompt to share the Word of God she had received with her husband (Judg 13:6-7). And for her faithfulness, she was the one to whom God sent His Word again even though Manoah had prayed for it (Judg 13:9-10), so that the outcome should result in both of them benefiting from it and equipping themselves equally. That Manoah continued to lag behind and his wife was once again faithful to build him up testifies to her remarkable wisdom even more (Judg 13:22-23).
This contrast in their character defined the course their future would take. So that the New Covenant came to literally rest on the shoulders of the Woman and the Seed, replacing the former one of that of the Man and the Seed. THAT IS RIGHT! HER CREATION REPRESENTED THE FUTURE OF MANKIND. AND HER ELECTION, THE SALVATION OF MANKIND.
Why? Because the mantle of God’s Calling had since come upon her (Gen 3:15). “…. The Lord has done a new thing on earth – A woman will compass a man.” (Jer 31:22). God had forever ordained her and her offspring with the holy enmity with Satan and his offspring.
“WISDOM HAS BUILT HER HOUSE…. SHE HAS SENT OUT HER MAIDS……” PROV 9:1-6
GOD WOULD HIMSELF EMPOWER HER. SO THAT, THIS TIME, THE WORD OF GOD WILL NOT ONLY COME TO HER BUT ALSO THROUGH HER. THE WORD WILL BECOME FLESH IN HER WOMB. AND OUT OF HER WOMB WILL COME FORTH THE SEED OR THE PROMISED OFFSPRING, THE SON OF GOD, WHO WILL VANQUISH THE ENEMY.
[NOTE: GOD WOULD HIMSELF CONTINUE TO EMPOWER HER – MEANING HIS PEOPLE. “It is written in the Prophets: They will all be taught by God….” (Jn 6:45)
How? Having poured out His Spirit upon us, He continues to teach (Jn 14:26) and empower His people Himself (for eg. Matt 28:18-20). As such it is no longer the ‘male’ of the Old Covenant but only they that are taught of God, whether male or female, and are found faithful may teach on behalf of Him (Matt 13:52, Matt 24:45).
But when once again man’s unfaithfulness will surface as it surely will and already has, and man will no longer be heeding the Spirit of God but his own whim and fancy, God will send upon the earth a famine unlike any other famine known to man – the famine of God’s Word (Amos 8:11-14) to seal his destruction once and for all, heralding in the end.]
The history of mankind has since witnessed its fulfillment. No ploys of Satan, no scheme of man could deter what God had ordained. Therefore, in spite of the thousands of years of suppression and unimaginable oppression at the hands of both, she has triumphed over them to rally alongside God and defined the blessed path of godliness in ‘man’ – as an individual (Mary), as a couple (Mary and Joseph) and as a nation of God (the spiritual Israel from all nations and from the ends of the earth).
That is right! For all his show of supremacy and strength, it will be under the title of ‘Woman’ that man will find himself compassed about either which way, be it the holy way of Zion or the adulterous way of Babylon. The future of mankind lies within these two women also called the virgin Daughter of Zion and the virgin Daughter of Babylon respectively.
Why the word ‘virgin’? Because spiritually speaking the word ‘virgin’ means ‘new-born’ as it will be at the end of age that the two will be born or brought forth or revealed. And needless to reiterate but it will be the Woman and her sons of the Seed who will be called the sons of God.
Why Daughter of Zion? BECAUSE ZION IS THE NOW INVISIBLE HOLY MOUNTAIN OF GOD (Isa 2:2, Heb 12:22-24) WAITING TO BE REVEALED AT THE APPOINTED TIME WHEN THE PROPHESIED WEDDING OF THE LAMB SHALL TAKE PLACE. THEREFORE THE HOLY BRIDE BEING READIED IS CALLED THE DAUGHTER OF ZION.
Why Daughter of Babylon? Because Babylon is the now visible high places of men – the idolatry of men which first took shape at Babel. Hence the word Babylon to symbolize all man’s unfaithfulness and idolatry – AS THAT OF A WOMAN WHO WAS ONCE BETROTHED BUT IS SINCE ESTRANGED FOREVER BECAUSE OF HER RELENTLESS UNFAITHFULNESS.
How the prophecy of the New Covenant (Gen 3:15) has been brought to pass is now history and known to all nations. With the coming of the Perfect ‘Son’ of man, the Son of God Himself, in whom is manifested the consummation of the New Covenant by the revelation of Him in Flesh, and by the fulfilling of the Old Covenant on behalf of man in His own DIVINE AND HOLY FLESH.
[NOTE: This should serve as a warning to those who imagine and teach that Jesus Christ was just like any other mortal man in Flesh. BORN OF A VIRGIN AND NOT OF THE SEED OF MORTAL MAN BUT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, INDEED HE WAS BORN SINLESS AND UNLIKE ANY OTHER MAN. Even though Jesus repeatedly reminded, for instance Jn 10:25-26, “…..The miracles I do in My Father’s Name speak for Me, but you do not believe…”; Jn 10:36-37, “What about the One whom the Father set apart as His very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse Me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? Do not believe Me unless I do what My Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe Me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” etc., it is to man’s incredible folly that he has always attempted to put himself on par with the Son of God, whether as sons of Joseph (Jn 7:5) or as sons of Abraham (Jn 8:52-53), and today as churches, the so-called sons of the spiritual Israel (Heb 7:2).
Read Heb 7:2 and understand why it is chosen here in particular. Because of the ludicrous attempt made therein to place king Melchizedek on par with Jesus Christ! The writer went as far as contending that neither had an ancestry to fall back on! And that the two remain priests forever!!!
King Melchizedek was an ordinary mortal man. What set him apart was that he was also the priest of God – in fact the first priest of God Most High, which in itself is OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE as he was assigned the privilege to introduce the True and Eternal Order of Priesthood by his symbolic offering of ‘Bread and Wine’ (Gen 15:18) which we now know proclaims the ETERNAL GOSPEL – the Lord’s vicarious death (1 Cor 11:26).
Though this eternal Order of Priesthood was since ignored and remained lost to mankind due to man’s lack of understanding and unfaithfulness, it was revived and reinstated by the Lord Himself on the eve of His death (Lk 22:14-20) so that their eyes may be truly opened, just as it happened to the men of Emmaus (Lk 24:31). Hence the verse, “You are a Priest forever, in the Order of Melchizedek.” (Ps 110:4). Clearly, the word ‘forever’ is associated only with Jesus Christ the High Priest and the Order of His Priesthood, which happened to have been first revealed by the faithful king and priest Melchizedek!!!!!
Yet, to think how cunningly men try to weave in their lies in to the Word of God!! To think that they even went as far as suggesting that the two were alike because neither had an ancestry simply because Melchizedek’s genealogy was not made known, yet all the while calling Jesus Christ, the Son of God! Really, was Jesus Christ not born of a woman when He appeared in Flesh? So what kind of a comparison is this? And to what purpose? And come to think of it, is man’s genealogy of any importance? Refer Lk 16:15, “…. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.” Or, examine for yourselves and see if it is right to seek honor in the mortal man? Read Lk 11:27-28, “As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, ‘Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.’ He replied, ‘BLESSED RATHER ARE THOSE WHO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD AND OBEY IT.’ ”
Think for oneself, what is this genealogy that men boast about? Could one trace Jesus’ genealogy in men as they so foolishly attempt? Little wonder they are thrown into confusion and fail to arrive at a consensus even on this matter! Refer Matt 1:1-16 and Lk 3:23-38. Truly, could Jesus’ genealogy be actually found in patriarchy in its fleshly application? Once again, don’t you see how God’s Word was fulfilled from the very beginning (Gen 3:15, Jer 31:22). What would Abraham’s role be if it was not for Sarah’s election (Gen 17:15-16), likewise Judah’s if it was not for Leah (Gen 29:35) and Tamar’s (Gen 38:26) election, Salmon’s if it was not for Rahab’s election (Josh 6:25), Boaz’s if it was not for Naomi and Ruth’s election (Ruth 4:13-17)…. until at last, once again, Joseph’s, if it was not for Mary’s election (Matt 1:19-25)? Yet, just it is written, they have eyes but do not see; ears but do not hear and their minds do not perceive Truth at all!!!
Before moving on, let us also MAKE IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR TO OURSELVES THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE ETERNAL HIGH PRIEST WHILE MELCHIZEDEK WAS A PRIEST WHO SERVED UNDER HIM just like every mortal man – male or female, called to serve God as His priests (Rev 1:5-6).
Why is Jesus called the eternal High Priest? Because as High Priest of God, He made the prophesied perfect atonement for our sins by sacrificing Himself as the Lamb of God, once and for all, so that there is no need for another sacrifice (Jn 10:17-18). Only the symbolic remembrance of it by His priests who by faith minister its proclamation until He returns (Lk 22:19, 1 Cor 11:26b). Just like Melchizedek did. For upon His return He will Himself, in Person, once again serve as the High Priest to lead us in the perfect worship and commemoration of it (Matt 26:29, Lk 22:16, Lk 12:37).
Mind, not Melchizedek but Jesus Christ Himself who alone is the eternal High Priest and who alone is the eternal Lamb worthy of worship, honor, power, wealth, strength and praise (Rev 5:6-14, Rev 22:3)!
Reverting to the subject of the sinless and eternal Flesh of Jesus Christ, let us also recall that His is the Only Flesh to have been transfigured back and forth into both His heavenly glory and earthly glory while still in Flesh. And His is the Only Flesh that has both resurrected (Lk 24:39) and ascended into Heaven (Mk 16:19, Lk 24:51, Acts 1:10-11) in its original form. And just as it is revealed in Acts 1:11b, He will return in the same manner but with all His heavenly glory as well so that every eye will see Him for who He truly is and yet recognize Him (Matt 24:30). Whereas all children of God awaiting their resurrection at His coming will FIRST BE TRANSFORMED INTO HIS HEAVENLY GLORY, whether dead or alive (1 Cor 15:50-54), before they are resurrected and gathered up to Him.]
Therefore, now that Perfection is revealed, who among mankind can compare with Him? And who in his right mind would want to continue to seek THE PERFECT in the imperfect ‘man’?
Or as the Word of God puts it so aptly, “WHY DO YOU LOOK FOR THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD?” (Lk 24:5b). Also refer Isa 8:19.
Those who are wise can hope to belong to Him, as the Bride to her Bridegroom. “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the Beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His Temple.” (Ps 27:4). “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Ps 42:1-2) and “O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Ps 63:1).
AND THE GOOD NEWS IN RETURN IS IN HIS PRAYER FOR YOU WHICH IN EFFECT IS THE TESTIMONY TO HIS FAITHFULNESS TO BRING HIS BRIDE INTO PERFECT UNITY WITH HIM – the holy prayer of the holy Bridegroom for His Bride: “Father, the time has come… I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do…. I gave them the words You gave Me…. I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as We are One. I in them and You in Me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me. Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world….. I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them. ” (Jn 17:1-26).
[OBSERVE: It is sardonically funny but true that women are the butt of every man’s jokes as the ones with no brains or at best as the ones with a foolish class of brains all of their own! There are idioms exclusively dedicated to woman’s brain like ‘that a woman’s brain is backward is a foregone conclusion’ (not originally in English but translated) or ‘trust a woman to come up with a foolish idea’ etc.
If we think things are any better in the so-called Christendom, then as they say we’ve another think coming. Because, in just one precious doctrine of theirs they have summed it all up and pronounced their verdict, “I DO NOT PERMIT A WOMAN TO TEACH OR TO HAVE AUTHORITY OVER A MAN: SHE MUST BE SILENT” (1 Tim 2:12) and “…. AS IN ALL THE CONGREGATIONS OF THE SAINTS, WOMEN SHOULD REMAIN SILENT IN THE CHURCHES. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK…” (1 Cor 14:33-34). Their message is loud and clear – women ought to shut up!
Yet they dare to call themselves the congregation of saints! IN REALITY, THEY ONLY TESTIFY AGAINST THEMSELVES BY CALLING ALL SUCH CONGREGATIONS BESIDES THE CHURCHES THAT FORBID WOMEN FROM SPEAKING AS CONGREGATIONS OF SAINTS!!! Personally, I do wonder why they bother with women at all – what they deserve is not women but cows and buffaloes. They could then have all the silence and all the submission their foolish and depraved hearts desire.]
[BEFORE MOVING AHEAD LET US ALSO UNDERSTAND WISDOM IS NOT THE SAME AS THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL:
Wisdom is of the Lord and very unlike the knowledge people are misled into amassing from here and there. For no knowledge is complete without the Wisdom and Counsel of the Lord. Unlike the knowledge of good and evil, WISDOM IS ENTIRELY GOODNESS AS IT HAS NO EVIL IN IT. However Wisdom discerns evil, and shuns it because Wisdom comes from God.
Wisdom begins with the holiest of all virtues, which is the holy ‘Fear of the Lord’. And it progresses with the increasing knowledge of the Holy One, which is True Understanding. Therefore to grow in wisdom is to grow in the fear and knowledge of the Lord (Prov 9:10).
Why fear? Because Wisdom teaches that only God has the power and authority to destroy both body and soul (Matt 10:28) – which means that only God is the Author of our eternity (Heb 12:2). When a man pretends to exercise authority over another by instilling the fear of death WHICH IN REALITY IS ONLY THE FEAR FOR ONE’S ALREADY PERISHING BODY, he is only taking advantage of the cursed end he has brought upon himself to work on his behalf, even though temporarily!
In other words, by not fearing these impersonators, one testifies to and acknowledges that God is indeed the True Author of one’s eternity. This is the reason Jesus reiterates and reinstates that those who love life will lose it and those that lose it for His sake will find it (eg. Matt 10:39, Lk 17:32-33) etc.]
7. To this day, man’s unfaithfulness continues to beget unfaithfulness in the woman (Hos 4:14). Just as we saw it recurring in Sarah after Eve, when the latter offered her maid to Abraham.
HOWEVER, MAN OR WOMAN, NONE WILL BE EXCUSED ON THE DAY OF THE LORD, ALSO CALLED THE JUDGMENT DAY. For, since having brought His message directly to Sarah (Gen 18:9-15), God has driven home the truth that the New Covenant of freedom from man, in every sense of the word, had indeed come into force. See for example what happened in Rebekah’s case – Gen 25:22b, “… So she went to inquire of the Lord.” And the Lord answered her (Gen 25:23).
Therefore, just as the said verse Hos 4:14 concludes, such a people who lack understanding, who do not turn to God or inquire of God, invite their ruin by themselves! For example, read 2 Tim 3:6-7, “….. weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, ALWAYS LEARNING BUT NEVER ABLE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRUTH.”
Having partaken of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, the grip of good and evil has come upon us, inseparable from each other. Throughout the history of mankind, men and women have tried (and still do so) but in vain, to raise themselves above the rest by assuming only the good in them, till they find that they cannot shirk away the evil that would unmistakably rear its head alongside! All their attempts at providing just the right kind of covering continue to fail, whether it is in the name of religion or something as frivolous as the garment of leaf the first ‘man’ had made for themselves. But, as it testifies in Isa 64:6, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”
THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF THE OLD COVENANT AND THE CONCLUSION OF IT
As it is testified in Prov 22:12, “The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but He frustrates the words of the unfaithful.”
Thus the Old Covenant of God that was meant to entrust and empower the created man to work on His behalf to maintain and observe the holy laws of God among all creations until the Judgment of Satan and his band of rebelling angels had come to pass, had ended no sooner than it had begun. And ‘man’ found himself subjected to the very Judgment he was warned to avoid, thus nullifying the Old Covenant of God with him forever.
This is where the unraveling of the Eternal Gospel that was since the very beginning begins to make sense to us. For the Old Order of things was meant to cease to make way for the New Order of things to come to pass. It was imperative that in the perfect plan of God, alongside His Judgment, His Salvation be made known too.
His Salvation and the need for it could not be acknowledged as long as man remained blind to his fallibility and to his spiritual ‘nakedness’. Having witnessed the works of God and understood the wide chasm between the Creator and himself as the created made even more apparent by being placed in Eden and not in Heaven, he ought to have sought the favor of God with undying zeal. Yet by his own folly he had contributed to further widening the chasm by being banished farther away to earth, where they would no longer be able to exercise their old dominion over anything least of all over the evil spirits that inhabited it. Remember, how Cain feared for his life when he was being banished farther away from the presence of God.
Thus, that which was unattainable to him on his own merit in Eden became impossibly unreachable in his present state on earth. And man’s wisdom is in this that he acknowledges his dependency, waits on God at all times and trusts in the Lord for everything (Isa 8:16-17).
SO THE CONCLUSION OF IT IS THIS: BY THE TIME THEIR EYES HAD OPENED TO THEIR NAKEDNESS, IT WAS TOO LATE! Because along with the realization, came the terrible sense of shame associated with it, which obviously neither the garment of fig leaves nor hiding among the trees could help them evade! And having lost their God-ordained glory of superior nature (Rom 3:23), they came to be robed in garments of skin (Gen 3:21 – the imprint or the seal of their new identity) just like the beasts. So that they no longer bear the Edenic likeness and image of God but the earthly nature in the likeness and image of the beast (Gen 5:3, Rev 13:17-18) and perish away like the beast (Ps 49:12). Just as it is written, “This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.” (Rev 13:18).
[Please note, this is the reason the revelation of Jesus Christ in Flesh is also called the revelation of the Lamb of God (Jn 1:29), who is the Son of God. For His sinless nature made Him the Perfect Sacrificial Lamb of God for the beastly mankind. So that, just as the Edenic ‘man’ prophesied the image and likeness of the Perfect Man, the Son of God; the earthly or beastly ‘man’ prophesied the image and likeness of the Perfect Lamb, the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world.
Once again, note the perfect radiance of his imperishable glory described in detail at the time of his transfiguration witnessed by some of his disciples (Matt 17:1-2, Mk 9:2-3). For, being perfect in flesh i.e. in His earthly nature just as He is in Spirit i.e. in His heavenly nature, as mentioned earlier, He is the Only One who was able to transfigure Himself either which way and the Only One eligible to enter Heaven just as He was at the time (Lk 24:50-51).]
Therefore ‘Salvation’ is indeed this – that we shed the ‘Old Wineskin’ of our beastly identity and be clothed in the glorious and radiant ‘New Wineskin’ of Jesus Christ our Savior. For only then the new wine and the new wineskin will remain imperishable in us. As it reiterates in 1 Cor 15:49, “And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of Him from heaven.” For, “I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.” (1 Cor 15:50). Also refer Rev 20:4.
[NOTE: The ‘garments of skin’ God made and clothed Adam and his wife with is the symbolic earthly nature of man. The sinful and perishable nature. This is the reason Jesus reminds that even though outwardly our actions may seem clean, the sinful thoughts our spirits harbor betray our sinful nature (Matt 5:22, 28, Mk 7:21-23 etc.) As such, there is no such thing as small sin or big sin. Be it lying or theft or adultery or murder or whatever, each of them testify to our sinful nature (Rev 22:8) and destine us to death.
Having lost the glory they were adorned with (Ps 8:5) in Eden, the sinful nakedness of their souls were exposed which they did seek to cover up but in vain (Gen 3:7) until God Himself gave them the befitting ‘garments of skin’ (Gen 3:21). It not only provided sufficient covering for their tarnished souls but also made them suitable for their earthly habitation. However, noteworthy is the fact that it also likened them to the beasts – both in nature and appearance. Therefore, man has always sought to hide their fallen state with all kinds of fineries, however to no avail as only the Robe of God’s Righteousness can truly restore them to their lost glory with the added blessing of partaking the divine and imperishable glory of the Lord.
Here is a fine spiritual allegory concerning the sinful nakedness of our soul from the time of our birth. Understand that when God looks at us, we are found, as it is described in Ezek 16:6, “On the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to make you clean, nor were you rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths. No one looked on you with pity or had compassion enough to do any of these things for you. Rather, you were thrown out into the open field, for on the day you were born you were despised. Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood……..”
And as we read on, we learn that only after we have grown into spiritual maturity and are able to perceive our spiritual nakedness, we may permit or invite God to spread the CORNER OF HIS GARMENT OVER US AND COVER OUR NAKEDNESS (the Blood of His New Covenant). And only then we begin to partake in His Covenant and fellowship with Him. He bathes us with water (His Word) and washes the blood (our sins) from us. He then clothes us with embroidered dress of fine linen and costly fabric (His righteousness, His holiness) and puts leather sandals on our feet (the Gospel of our salvation for our spiritual walk with Him) and adorns us with finest jewelry (heavenly or spiritual gifts). Refer Ezek 16:8-13.
This is the reason it is written, refer Isa 1:18, “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Yes, in our earthly nature we are as immersed in sin as a new-born in blood. Hence the verse, “Though your sins are like scarlet…” which is not to be misinterpreted as the sins of a murderer for example.
Our hope is in recognizing it and acknowledging it. So that the Lord may cover our nakedness with the corner of His Garment of majestic and awesome holiness, the splendor of His beauty (Ex 15:11, Ps 50:2, Ps 104:1-2 etc.). And so that we may grow in His righteousness and be clothed with His robe of righteousness. And so that He may bless us and endow us with the riches of His heavenly wealth and power and make us worthy of the eternal dwelling in His kingdom. This is what it means to shed the old wineskin of Adam or the earthly nature and be clothed with the new wineskin of Jesus Christ or the heavenly nature.]
THE UNFOLDING AND REINSTATING OF THE NEW COVENANT AGAINST ALL ODDS
Having understood that the New Covenant is in effect the fulfillment of the Old Covenant through Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God (Gen 3:15), what one might rationally expect is for man to await its fulfillment because in its fulfillment is his true liberation. But to man’s added misfortune, instead of faithfully binding God’s Laws and Testimony to their hearts and waiting on Him, they strive to work for their salvation by themselves!
FROM ADAM TO NOAH:
We find that the vainglorious man simply carries on with his rebellion towards God. His curses notwithstanding, he interprets every aspect of the Gospel as it was unfolded to him step by step to his own selfish end and for his own glory. This is the reason, all men, Jews and Christians included, fail to understand and acknowledge the Truth. The Spirit of God testifies to their folly that was obvious right away – Gen 5:29, “He named him Noah and said, ‘He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.’”
Even though death had begun its reign over men and like Adam all were perishing one after the other (eg. Gen 5:5, Gen 5:8, 11 etc.), quite obviously men continued to put their hope in man i.e. sons of men. In other words, in the seeds of man rather than in the Seed of God.
What is more? Man’s unfaithfulness towards God had manifested in their unfaithfulness towards their brethren (Gen 4:8) and particularly towards women (Gen 6:2).
The mortality of man was the only consolation God had (Gen 6:3) in the face of all their wickedness! For though briefly by third generation after Enosh was born, people were once again calling on the Name of the Lord (Gen 4:26) and likewise Enoch is a proof of God’s renewed fellowship with man (Gen 5:24), it was not long before there remained just one man on earth who’d walk and fellowship with God (Gen 6:9) and be faithful to lead his family likewise (Gen 6:18, 22). So that God’s wrath finally comes upon mankind until all were destroyed by water sparing just this one man Noah and his family of eight members.
Quite literally, it brought Adam’s legacy to a standstill in order that God could begin anew with Noah by establishing His Covenant afresh with him (Gen 9:11-17), having first accounted him faithful. For Noah proved himself faithful to the knowledge of God he had acquired by seeking the favor of God by sacrificing some of the ‘CLEAN’ animals and birds. Clearly, Noah understood that God intended to spare man after all.
Why the deluge?
For all those who are in the dark let it be known that the deluge is once again the proclamation of the gospel (Matt 24:37) – THE JUDGMENT PART OF THE GOSPEL SYMBOLIZED BY BAPTISM OF WATER. For just as the world that was created by Water (which means by the Word of God) and out of water (Gen 1:2) was symbolically destroyed by water (the flood or the deluge), the new heaven and earth will likewise be created by Fire (the same Word of God) and out of fire (the fiery Judgement of God) after the former is literally destroyed by fire (2 Pet 3:5-7).
That is right! It is the same Word of God that works both towards our Salvation and our Judgment! Let us remember the Seed of God remains the same at all times. And indeed the Word of God since the Great Flood has symbolically come to man through fiery manifestations – for eg. to Moses (Ex 3:2) and later on upon all His disciples on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:3). And the world is readying itself to be kindled by the fiery wrath of God (Lk 12:49) just as it had readied itself to be deluged, scoffers and believers notwithstanding!
This is the reason John the Baptist confesses and declares (eg. Matt 3:11) that in as far as his work is concerned he is simply reiterating the message of Salvation preached and prophesied through faithful servants of God in the past (Jn 5:39, Lk 24:27 – eg. Isa 7:14) and bringing it to its conclusive end THROUGH BAPTISM WITH WATER since the time had come for him to reveal the same Word fulfilled in the One who will Alone bring the work of Salvation to its conclusive end THROUGH BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND WITH FIRE.
And the One of whom he speaks testifies, Lk 12:49, “I HAVE COME TO BRING FIRE ON THE EARTH, AND HOW I WISH IT WERE ALREADY KINDLED! BUT I HAVE A BAPTISM TO UNDERGO, AND HOW DISTRESSED I AM UNTIL IT IS COMPLETED!”
That is right, since the revelation of Jesus Christ in Flesh and the baptism (His death on the cross) He underwent, undeniably Judgment has come upon mankind – the Judgment by fire. The Word of God has become like fire (refer Jer 23:29, “ ‘Is not My Word like fire,’ declares the Lord, ‘and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces.’ ”). For following His resurrection and ascension back to Heaven, as promised He did baptize the world with Holy Spirit by pouring out His Spirit upon all flesh (Joel 2:28a), so that all nations will hear the Eternal Gospel preached to them and It will SEAR THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE (eg. Lk 24:32) as a standing testimony for or against them whatever their choice in the matter it may be. Mk 9:49, “Everyone will be salted with fire.” For some it will work towards their Salvation (eg. Isa 4:4 – “….He will cleanse……by a Spirit of Judgment and a Spirit of fire.”) and for the others towards their Judgement (eg. Jn 12:48, “There is a Judge for the one who rejects Me and does not accept My words; that very Word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.”).
[Please note the Judgment of God by DEATH which was first made known to man as soon as the male was created (Gen 2:17b), came to man in three stages allowing for sufficient time for their repentance and Salvation. For as it reasserts in Isa 45:18, “…….He who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it; He did not create it to be empty but formed it to be inhabited..”
Hence, when the stamp of Death came upon them while yet in Eden where they died “Spiritually” following their fall from grace, God did not destroy them completely. It is only the first stage of death, called the Spiritual Death. The signs of it is detailed in Gen 3:7-10, highlighted by such words as “ashamed”, “afraid”, “made coverings”, “hid” etc.
The Physical Death that would follow as detailed in Gen 3:19 caught up with them much later on earth. Yet we see that man continued to ignore God’s warnings and increased in wickedness. Hardly any repented and reconciled with God, for as it is evidenced in Gen 3:8-9, the fallen man does not stop recognizing God’s movements or His words. Therefore, the Lord was grieved that He had made man, and He declared that it was time to show man that the Spirit of God will not contend with man forever. Refer Gen 6:1-7.
Thus God sent the Great Flood after much warnings and calling for repentance. Not a soul repented, and all but Noah and his small family of eight members perished along with all the other creatures that were left out of the ark. That man is mortal and that there is the third and final stage of Death he must face, which would seal his fate forever was completely overlooked until God sent in the ‘Deluge’ which is symbolic of the Final Judgment to come – the Judgment of the souls (Rev 20:11-15).
This world in its present form will be destroyed completely, and just as it was symbolized by the bare remnant of eight people, only a remnant from all mankind who are reconciled to God and is revived spiritually while yet living on earth will survive and inhabit the New World. The Final Judgment or the Eternal Death of Souls will have no power over them. Please note that biblically it is also called Second Death since no matter how one dies physically on earth in their sins the first time, they will all arise once more, even victims of the Great Flood or Sodom and Gomorrah and the likes, and face Death a second time (eg. Matt 10:15, Matt 11:21-24 etc.).]
FROM NOAH THE MORTAL SON TO JESUS THE IMMORTAL SON:
Reverting once again to Noah, we see that it is not long before Noah and his sons follow the age-old path of their fathers and multiply their curses! What a relief though this time that they have only themselves to blame – neither God nor woman!
Once again mankind multiplied even though their living conditions had become harsher and span of life shorter. And once again evil inclinations of man manifested themselves in all kinds of rebellion – and to all their atrocities they now added the monumental ‘tower of Babel’ for their namesakes and glory – THE BIRTH OF RELIGION OR THE FIRST OF ALL RELIGIONS!
For ‘religion’ is nothing but the presumptuous attempt on man’s part to attain Heaven by his own merit and strength!
Thus came the added curse of ‘diversity’ among mankind, beginning with the linguistic diversity (hence the name Babel) which would forever remain a bone of contention between them as He scattered them about throughout the earth (Gen 11:9). It is hardly surprising that they would remain unrepentant and the ‘religion’ that once they had given birth to collectively, will itself be diversified wherever they are scattered.
And to their ignobility and shame, God has been exposing their SHAM like ‘UNITY IN DIVERSITY’ they exhibit in spite of their widening diversities by bringing down every kingdom, every empire on earth as He did to ‘the tower’. Until all of them become a footstool for Him – Ps 110:1 (they can then at leisure measure the towering distance between God and themselves) – for that is what all of them are – ENEMIES OF God!
The historians of this world and the piles and piles of history books we so love to thrust upon our children in the guise of education will testify against mankind! For the rise and fall of every dominion, every empire, every kingdom, every dynasty, every era of changing political dogmas is a testimony to God’s Word. INDEED THE VERY WORD ‘POLITICS’ REEKS OF DIVISION AND DISHARMONY, FOR THAT IS WHAT IT TRULY IS. Just as the very word ‘religion’ reeks of rebellion towards God.
Yet how the churches, who basically rule over God’s flock, testify against themselves (Matt 12:37) when they formulate and enforce the ‘doctrine’ out of their lies in support of their agenda for religious and political authority!!!!! – FOR EG. ROMANS 13:1-7, 1 COR 7:17-24, EPH 6:5-8, COL 3:22-25, 1 TIM 6:1-2, TITUS 2:9-10, TITUS 3:1-2, 1 PET 2:13-14, 18 ETC.
Examine for yourselves, “Can a corrupt throne be allied with God – one that brings on misery by its decrees?” (Ps 94:20) whether it is the throne of the Israelite or the non-Israelite! For who among Israel’s kings or rulers have truly served God wholesomely and wholeheartedly except for one king Josiah? As the Spirit of God testifies of him – “Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did – with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength…” (1 Kings 23:25).
And who but king Melchizedek before the nation of Israel was born is found to have truly and fully served God Most High. And none whosoever since! Therefore, this is what the Lord asks – “When I came, why was there no one?” (Isa 50:2a).
Let us understand, even king Melchizedek and king Josiah, due to their mortality as sons of men, pale in comparison with Jesus Christ who is also called the King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev 19:16). Because at His First Coming as the Perfect Servant of God, He reveals the True and Perfect service which they by their faith had quite successfully mirrored (Matt 11:28-30, Isa 42:1-9, Isa 50 etc.). It is the service which brings perfect glory to God and perfect redemption to mankind at the same time, yes, perfectly in concurrence with one another. Consequently at His Glorious Second Coming as the King of kings and Lord of lords, He will Himself bring to pass the prophesied kingdom of God on earth and fill the earth with His glory. He will rule the nations with perfect Righteousness and Justice. Refer Isa 32:1-5, “See, a King will reign in righteousness……. Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. The mind of the rash will know and understand…….. No longer will the fool be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected.”
It is typical of man’s rebellion that likes of David and Solomon are honored, disregardful of their failures! And men continue to teach that authorities are God’s servants appointed by God – whether religious or political or of religious-polity in nature (eg. Rom 13:2 & 4), all the while pretending to acknowledge the One True King and claiming that they serve for the furtherance of His Kingdom!!
This is the reason it has been prophesied of them, read Isa 23:9 for instance, “The Lord Almighty planned it, to bring low the pride of all glory and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.”
II. The calling of Abraham followed after that of Noah’s, though actually it was to Terah, Abraham’s father that God’s calling had first come about. But Terah followed God only half the way, which is literally and symbolically as far as Haran. Having come upon a finer settlement in Haran, he decided to settle down with his family there and went no further (Gen 11:31). Thus the calling now came afresh to Abraham to set about and go as far as God would take Him. The presence of king Melchizedek who is testified to be the priest of God Most High (Gen 14:18) is a testimony that God’s Word continued to be revealed – albeit among His faithful ones only.
In Abraham and his wife Sarah was thus renewed the Covenant of God with more of His revelations by Word and Deed, most of which we have been briefing ourselves with since the beginning of this article. While the testimony to Sarah’s faithfulness is the nation Israel, the testimony to Abraham’s unfaithfulness are the rest of the nations begotten by him. And lo and behold we have the conflicting world of warring brethren (eg. Gen 16:12) since born, with God’s Word once again seemingly lost in the melee.
III. The calling of Moses saved Israel from their slavery to Egypt but failed to inspire true Godliness and Worship in them for which purpose alone were they liberated in the first place. So that just as it is mentioned at the beginning of this article, the Eternal Gospel manifested fully in the New Covenant came to be distorted, misinterpreted among all mankind particularly among the Jews and the so-called Christians thereafter. Let us examine the following examples :
1.The everlasting covenant of circumcision, the sign of man’s faithfulness toward God and fellow-men came to be misinterpreted and portrayed as the sign of male purity and that too with much show of foolish arrogance both in the household of Ishmael and in the household of Isaac!
Christians on their part chose to let go of it altogether claiming that His Blood of the New Covenant purifies them completely and once and for all. LITTLE WONDER THAT THEY STRUGGLE WITH FAITHFULNESS MOST OF ALL!
2. The knowledge and the promise of the Lamb of God (Gen 22:13-14) was made sacrilegious and replaced by their offerings of lambs, goats, bulls etc. Read Isa 1:12-13, “When you come to appear before Me, WHO HAS ASKED THIS OF YOU, this trampling of My courts? Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to Me……. I cannot bear your evil assemblies.” And Isa 66:3, “But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a man, and whoever offers a lamb, like one who breaks a dog’s neck; whoever makes a grain offering is like one who presents pig’s blood, and whoever burns memorial incense, like one who worships an idol. They have chosen their own ways, and their souls delight in their abominations.”
It is not a wonder that their deluded minds came to regard the Passover as a symbol of salvation for their firstborns (Heb 11:28), while the rest of them shifted their focus from the unleavened Bread, the Heavenly Manna, to the worship of sun (eg. Ezek 8:16) to herald in the superficial harvest-time it is supposed to have brought about! As Jesus testifies of them they are those who try to put the old wine in the new wineskin!
The Christians on the other hand seem to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the True Passover Lamb only to bring His holy work to disrepute by their men continuing to act as intermediaries between God and His flock and lording it over them, dearly latching on to their seeds instead of actually turning to the Seed! As Jesus testifies of them they are those who try to put the new wine in the old wineskin!
3. The setting apart of the firstborn and first-fruit as holy to the Lord (as Abel had done) to honor and commemorate Jesus Christ the Messiah as the Firstborn over all creation came to be misinterpreted so as to be turned into an idolatrous glorification of the firstborn among their sons!
They refused to learn even though God repeatedly exposed their folly and rejected their firstborns one after the other (for example, Ishmael, Esau, Reuben, the firstborn of Jesse who is the father of David, to name a few), who were just like themselves full of wickedness and rebellion towards God.
Let us also understand, NOT ONLY DID GOD REJECT THEIR FIRSTBORN SONS, BUT ALSO ISRAEL AS HIS FIRSTBORN SON AMONG THE NATIONS (Ex 4:22-23).
So that when His remnant are gathered from all the nations, Israel will only rank third along with Egypt and Assyria (Isa 19:24-25). The sons and tribes of Jacob has since become the prophesied ‘Shear-Jashub’ meaning ‘only a remnant’ who will return to the Lord. For the wrath of God ‘Maher-Shal-Hash-Baz’ has come upon them and their land will be plundered and laid waste as it had done to their enemies before them. Refer Isa 7 and 8.
Yet even Christians on their part have made sure they leave no stones unturned to boast and glorify in their firstborn sons and lavish upon them the bulk of their wealth, honor and power!!!!!!!!!!
This is why it is written of the remnant who will finally turn to Jesus Christ, “… They will look on Me, the One they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a ‘firstborn son’.” (Zech 12:10)
[NOTE: Why will Israel be ranked third along with Egypt and Assyria? Egypt, because God had chosen Egypt to display His awesome powers and wonderful deeds when He revealed His mighty hand to save Israel from them, and He will do so once again to save a remnant from them who will turn to Him (Isa 19:19-22).
And Assyria, because God had chosen Assyria as the rod of His anger, first against Israel’s enemies and then against Israel. But Assyria on her part also turned against God (Isa 10:15). So that, only a bare remnant from among them, like that of Israel and Egypt, will turn to God (Isa 10:19, Isa 19:23-25).
That is right! Along with Israel, shortly thereafter Egypt and Assyria came to be elected as God’s chosen nations, and like Israel they had witnessed and understood the Almighty Power of God. Yet, instead of turning to God and humbling themselves, just like Israel they had also become arrogant and trusted in their own strength (eg. Isa 16:15-48).
Who will rank the first ? The Eunuchs of God will rank the first (Isa 56:4-5). Read Rev 14:4, “…..They were purchased from among men and offered as FIRSTFRUITS to God and the Lamb.”
What about the second in rank? The much derided Gentiles, oh yes, including from all the enemy nations of Israel, will bring in the second in rank of the children of Zion. Read Isa 49:21-22, “Then you will say in your heart, ‘Who bore me these? I was bereaved and barren; I was exiled and rejected. Who brought these up? I was left all alone, but these – where have they come from?’” “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up My banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders.’”
And read Ps 87:1-7, “He has set His foundation on the holy mountain; the Lord loves the gates of Zion MORE THAN ALL THE DWELLINGS OF JACOB. Glorious things are said of you, O City of God: ‘I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge Me – Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush – and will say, “This one was born in Zion.’” Indeed, of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High Himself will establish her.” The Lord will write in the register of the peoples: “This one was born in Zion.” As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in You.”]
4. Israelites fail to take up on the knowledge of God which Abraham had received (Jn 8:56, Gen 14:18, Gen 22:13-14) and do not make an offering of ‘bread and wine’ which proclaimed the vicarious death of Christ conveyed to him through king Melchizedek, priest of God Most High. So that it was finally Jesus Himself who after a long wait eagerly reinstates it at the feast of Passover on the eve of His vicarious death in order that their eyes may be opened and they might behold the true Passover Lamb (eg. Lk 24:30-31)!
ALSO NOTE HOW THE LORD EXPOSED MAN’S FIRST LIE! The first lie that man pronounced in Gen 2:23, “The man said, ‘THIS IS NOW BONE OF MY BONES AND FLESH OF MY FLESH, SHE SHALL BE CALLED ‘WOMAN’, FOR SHE WAS TAKEN OUT OF MAN.’ ” absolutely in contrast to the Truth that was revealed and proclaimed in Gen 1:26.
Read Mk 14:22-24, “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, ‘TAKE IT: THIS IS MY BODY.’ Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. ‘THIS IS MY BLOOD OF THE COVENANT, which is poured out for many,’ He said to them.” Also refer Matt 26:26-28, Lk 22:19-20, 1 Cor 11:23-26. That’s right, just as it is written in Isa 51:1, we are all – whether male or female – carved out of Jesus Christ, the Rock or the Quarry.
Moreover, as it testifies in Ps 50:23, “He who sacrifices thank offerings honors Me, and he prepares the Way so that I may show him the Salvation of God.” Adam, as we can see in Gen 2:23, neither offered the due sacrifices of thanks or praises to God and consequently nor was able to prepare the Way for the Salvation of God!
Whereas noteworthy here is the fact that it was not so with Eve (Gen 4:1b – ‘With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.’), and many others like her, for example Leah (Gen 29:35, “She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, ‘This time I will praise the Lord.’..”) who do come to their senses even though a little late.
Yet, even though man’s lie is exposed by the fact that never again was ‘man – either male or female’ brought forth out of another man i.e the male, and never again was he cut open or made to bleed to reproduce another being, he continues to arrogantly boast in his potency to reproduce!
The worship of the male image (eg. Ezek 16:17, Isa 44:12-13) in all its vulgar forms, and the worship of the bull (eg. Ex 32:4, Jer 50:27 etc.) is a testimony to this! And how they have incorporated their idolatry by infiltrating such words as these into the Word of God, read Prov 14:4, “Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.”!!!!!! And, as if on cue, the churches teach, read 1 Cor 11:8-9, “For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.”!!!!!!!
To be sure, both men and women by and large like it this way and both ignore the truly authentic verse in 1 Cor 11:12, “For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. BUT EVERYTHING COMES FROM GOD.”
As it is written, Isa 29:16, “You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, “He did not make me”? Can the pot say of the Potter, ‘He knows nothing.’?” But men have always done it, and God rebukes them, “…… you thought I was altogether like you. But I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face.” (Ps 50:21)
In the Name of God they make unjust laws and issue oppressive decrees to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of His people making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless (Isa 10:1-4, Isa 28:10, Mic 2:9-10 etc.). As the psalmist asks, think for yourselves, “Can a corrupt throne be allied with (God) – one that brings on misery by its decrees?” (Ps 94:20).
Even when man pretends to honor God by mere lip service (Isa 29:13), his deeds give him away. For he not only assumes the ‘authority’ of raising the sons of his seeds on behalf of God but also likewise assumes the ‘authority’ of their bodily destruction, again supposedly on behalf of God!!!!!
“The earth will be completely laid waste and totally plundered. The Lord has spoken this Word. The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish. The earth is defiled by its people, they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting Covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up and very few are left. The New Wine dries up and the Vine withers (understand from Amos 8:11-12); all the merrymakers groan.” (Isa 24:3-7). Jer 50:25-27, “The Lord has opened His arsenal and brought out the weapons of His wrath……” He summons them to “Kill all young bulls; let them go down to the slaughter! Woe to them! For their day has come, the time for them to be punished.”
Read Isa 45:9, “Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him Who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making? Does your work say, ‘He has no hands’?”
That’s right! For truly it was always His Body and His Blood (Isa 51:1) whether Old Covenant or New Covenant for the COVENANT OF GOD IS ONE AND THE SAME – the only difference is that when man’s unfaithfulness failed mankind by the Old Covenant, God sent His only begotten Son so that we may finally see Light (eg. Isa 9:2-7). And until such time that the Son of God was sent, God continued to reveal from His Word to His faithful servants, the true prophets of God, so that all those who have been readied and wait for Him may recognize Him and glorify God. Eg. Lk 1:44-45, Lk 2:25-32, Lk 2:38 etc. Read Isa 64:4-5, “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. You come to the help of those who gladly do what is right, who remember Your ways……”
This is the reason the redeemed are also called ‘twice ransomed’ (Isa 11:11) and reclaimed from all over the world – for we were already His for He is the Son or the Heir of all that He created and having been ransomed by His Blood we are indeed His twice ransomed as He is also the Son or Heir of all that is to be regenerated or created anew. “This is what the Lord says – the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question Me about My children, or give Me orders about the work of My hands? It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts. I will raise up Cyrus (symbolic name for Jesus, for Cyrus was the righteous king of Babylon during Israel’s exile) in My righteousness. I will make all His ways straight. He will rebuild My City and set My exiles free (meaning the spiritual Israel from the unspiritual Babylon which is this world), but not for a price or reward, says the Lord Almighty.” (Isa 45:11-13).
Yet, as it is written, “You were sold for nothing, and without money you will be redeemed.” (Isa 52:3). And true to His Word, we have been purchased back or ransomed by His own Blood. Therefore, we are His twice as much – a treasured possession, His great inheritance. And therefore His promise for us is, eg. Zech 9:11-12, “As for you, BECAUSE OF THE BLOOD OF MY COVENANT WITH YOU, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope, even now I announce that I WILL RESTORE TWICE AS MUCH TO YOU.” Yes, and our reward is twice as much for once again we will not only partake of the fruits of Eden (Rev 2:7) but also dwell in Heaven with Him (Rev 21:3).
Churches, like the Israelites before them (Ezek 16:44-48), desert the Lord to give themselves over to prostitution – i.e to unfaithfulness or adultery towards God, TO OLD WINE AND NEW which has robbed them of their understanding! (Hos 4:10-11) Each forgets to trace back its origin or remember its youth, “In all your detestable practices and your prostitution you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, kicking about in your blood.” (Ezek 16:22).
But like the nations before them, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Sodom and the Samaria to whom they can trace back their ancestry, all of whom were also given to prostitution and unfaithfulness towards God, the proverb concerning the ‘unfaithfulness of man’ continues to ring true : “Like mother, like daughter.” (Ezek 16:44).
God will strike them and they will writhe and cry out in pain as a woman in labor (Isa 26:16-17, Jer 13:21b, Jer 30:6, Isa 13:8), and those who are disciplined will turn to Him and confess, (refer Isa 26:18) :
“We were with child, we writhed in pain, but we gave birth to wind. We have not brought salvation to the earth; we have not given birth to people of the world.”
Refer Isa 65:11, “But as for you who forsake the Lord and forget My holy mountain, who spread a table for Fortune and FILL BOWLS OF MIXED WINE for Destiny, I will destine you for the sword, and you will all bend down for the slaughter; for I called but you did not answer, I spoke but you did not listen…” Again, read Isa 28:7, “And these also stagger from wine….. Priests and prophets stagger….and are befuddled with wine…… All the tables are covered with vomit and there is not a spot without filth…”, making their assemblies evil assemblies of dogs and sows who return to their vomit and wallow in their own filth (2 Pet 2:22).
As Jesus explains neither the old wine can be preserved in new wineskin nor the new wine in old wineskin – for both will be destroyed (Matt 9:16-17). Rather the new wine is put into new wineskin and both are preserved. HENCE THE OLD WINE OF MAN’S LIES HAVE TO ABSOLUTELY GO AND WITH IT THE OLD WINESKIN OF MAN’S CURSED DOMINANCE AND INTERFERANCE.
FOR ONLY THE NEW WINE OF GOD’S TRUTH BROUGHT TO US IN THE NEW WINESKIN OF JESUS CHRIST CAN SAVE US (Hos 2:19-23). Read Zech 9:14-17, “……. The Lord their God will save them on that day as the flock of His people. They will sparkle in His land like jewels in a crown. How attractive and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men thrive, AND NEW WINE THE YOUNG WOMEN.” (Young men and women here symbolize the new generation of the regenerated, hence the word ‘young’.) “…… ‘I am sending you grain; new wine and oil, enough to satisfy you fully; never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations.’ ” (Joel 2:19)
As mentioned earlier, God reveals Himself to man in Word and Deed. In other words, whatever God speaks, He brings to fulfillment. Read Isa 55:11, “So is My Word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
The Word of God stands as His Eternal Testimony. Angels may rebel (as some of them did and are now called demons), man may fail (as the very first man did and brought about the cursed and death-ridden existence of mankind) and heaven and earth may pass away (as the corruption that is corroding at them will testify) but the Word of God shall never fail.
What is more? No matter how the devil and his agents go about corrupting His Word, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear until everything He has said is accomplished. Even when no man will remain to minister the Word of God, remember He is able to make the stones cry out (Lk 19:40). And so it shall be, the end-time will once again witness an eagle (Rev 8:13) and angels (Rev 14:6, Rev 14:8 etc.) proclaiming His Word just as it was done to the house of Israel in her time of unfaithfulness, even through the mouth of a donkey (Num 22:30).
6. That brings us to the next BIG LIE! The defense men concocted to justify the use of fermented drink, beginning with wine (eg.Isa 28:7). The Lord’s Supper, the Wedding of Cana and 1 Tim 5:23!!
a) The Lord’s Supper: Let us be warned that nowhere in the narration of the Lord’s Supper is the word ‘wine’ used. And when Jesus mentions that He will not drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when He drinks it anew with us in His Father’s Kingdom, the usage is ‘drink of this fruit of the vine’. Clearly it only means grape-juice, not the fermented drink at all. You can be certain heaven is not a place for fermented drinks.
Take for instance, the Nazirites, a people avowed and set apart for God. They were forbidden to take wine or any fermented drink. (Oh yes, undeniably, as we see in Num 6:3b & 4, there is the additional instruction about its juice, seeds, skin and even raisins! These are obviously man-induced, akin to what we see in Gen 3:3b – “..and you must not touch it, or you will die.“). Judg 13:4 & 7 clearly retraces back to the original commandment, and they only mention wine or any fermented drink.
b) Paul, who is supposed to have written the letter to the Ephesians and the letters to Timothy, appears to be contradicting himself. Compare Eph 5:18 with 1 Tim 5:23. Need one say more? As Peter writes, 2 Pet 3:16, “His letters contain some things…….which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other scriptures, to their own destruction.”
c) Lastly, the wedding of Cana is hardly an instance to advertise or promote the use of wine. I hope to God, that all those who read this are spiritual enough to see it in its true spiritual light. Suffice it for now to understand that “the second wine” is symbolic of the Lord’s election of “female, the second man”, “the New Covenant”, “the latter rain”, “the Judgment by fire” etc. I shall say no more on the subject now as it will introduce an entirely different subject. But of course, God willing, I shall take it up in an exclusive article.
7. The prophesied Wedding of the Lamb heralded by the creation of the female (Gen 2:24) came to be distorted so completely that throughout the history of mankind, men will continue to pose as husbands (irrespective of their religious backgrounds – thus testifying against themselves) while women will readily sell themselves body and soul to them (Matt 24:38-39, Isa 4:1). Yes, only a remnant will be found who’d recognize their True Redeemer, the Son of God and be betrothed to Him, their True Husband, to be united with Him forever when the Wedding of the Lamb will finally come to pass. For truly Husband means Redeemer and Wedding means Perfect Oneness.
Who among ‘man’ can even pretend to redeem another when he himself is utterly hopeless and helpless? And who among ‘man’ can boast of perfect oneness when one’s own trinity is marred and dismembered and thereby not united within oneself?
As it instructs in Joel 2:16, let His people assemble in true repentance before the Lord – bride, bridegrooms, elders, children, priests, all His servants, even nursing infants. Refer 1 Cor 7:29-31. Rend your hearts and return to the Lord. Then the Lord will be zealous for you once again. He will satisfy you fully with the new wine and oil. Refer Matt 5:3-6. IN OTHER WORDS, RID YOURSELVES OF THE OLD WINESKIN OF ‘MAN’ (GEN 3:21) AND BE CLOTHED WITH THE NEW AND ETERNAL WINESKIN OF JESUS CHRIST YOUR REDEEMER AND LORD (GAL 3:27, EPH 4:23-24, MATT 6:33).
8. What about the Power of God’s Word man failed to exercise over the enemy way back in Eden?
Let us recall how when ‘man’ instead of exercising the power and authority they had received over all God’s creations including over every creature that crawls along the ground, they readily succumb to Satan, the ancient serpent, and thus bring upon themselves ‘fear and helplessness’ where otherwise God had ordained ‘power and authority’.
We discover that the lost ‘Power’ to rule and subdue the evil powers of the enemy is once again restored to us through Jesus Christ who by His own example demonstrated the Power of God’s Word over the enemy when the latter tried to tempt Him (Matt 4:3-11) and on other occasions like for instances read Lk 8:26-35, Matt 16:22-23 etc. Isn’t it written, “… Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (Jas 4:7) or that, “And do not give the devil a foothold.” (Eph 4:27) ?
It is clear that even though God continued to elect and empower man, almost all men remained unfaithful. Very few prophets and servants of God taught the Word of God verbatim so that all who receive it may be empowered.
However, fact is that men at large rebelled against Truth and remained foolishly ignorant, so much so that even the people of Israel were misled into worshiping the very image of the serpent. Read 2 Kings 18:4, “He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. HE BROKE INTO PIECES THE BRONZE SNAKE MOSES HAD MADE, FOR UP TO THAT TIME THE ISRAELITES HAD BEEN BURNING INCENSE TO IT….”
Today, the world over, church-run hospitals included, have the same symbol of Moses to serve as the symbol of healing. Whereas Jesus clarifies, Jn 3:14, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.”
Read Isa 33:10, “‘Now will I arise,’ says the Lord. ‘Now will I be exalted; now will I be lifted up. You conceive chaff, you give birth to straw; your breath is a fire that consumes you (refer Matt 12:37b). The people will be burned as if to lime; like cut thornbushes they will be set ablaze.’ You who are far away, hear what I have done; you who are near, acknowledge My power (refer 2 Tim 3:5)!”
For in Him was fulfilled the prophecy of old (Gen 3:15), the New Covenant of His Blood, when He overcame the world and crushed the head of the enemy and liberated man from death and Hades forever. Read 1 Pet 3:24, “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed.” And refer Isa 53:10-12. It is most disgraceful and utter folly indeed that instead of lifting up the Son of man who was pierced for our transgressions, who was crushed for our iniquities and by whose wounds alone we are healed (Isa 53:5), we continue to lift up the snake which only served as a symbolic pointer to Him. And as it is written in Isa 53:3-4, He continues to be despised and rejected by men. Men esteem Him not! Even though He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet (all men, just as the Israelites before them did) consider Him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted!
Will the Son of man be truly lifted up in the house of Israel so that they may believe in Him and have eternal life? Indeed they will, i.e. only a remnant among them (Matt 23:39). Will the rest of the world lift Him up so that they may also believe in Him and have eternal life? Indeed they will, i.e. a remnant from all nations, Egypt and Assyria included (Isa 2:11, Isa 11:10-11).
Let us ask ourselves: Moses lifted up the snake, whom shall we lift up, now that we know the Son of God Himself is our Healer and life-Giver? Whom shall we exalt?
[NOTE: Lest we misunderstand, it is the Israelites and not Moses who misinterpreted God’s Word. Moses had begun his ministry empowered by the Word (Jn 5:46), and he had already been taught to demonstrate the Power of God’s Word by taking the snake by its tail and rendering it powerless (Ex 4:3-5). Also read Ex 7:12, Acts 28:3-6.]
Read Lk 10:18-19, “He (Jesus) replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.’” Also read Mk 16:17-18, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My Name they will drive out demons; ……they will pick up snakes with their hands….it will not hurt them at all….”
Yes, the lost ‘Power’ to rule and subdue the evil powers of the enemy is once again restored to us, not through the unfaithful man, but through Jesus Christ Himself who had also by His own example demonstrated the Power of God’s Word over the enemy (eg. Matt 4:3-11, Lk 8:26-35 etc.) and finally vanquished him on the cross (Jn 16:33).
9. As regards other misinterpretations, they have been detailed in the article titled “Christ the Savior”. Please trouble yourself to read and understand better how the churches misquote Ps 8:5 to indoctrinate His flock with the lie that the said verse pertains to the Son of God when it is very evident that it pertains to the creation of ‘man’. Why? In order that he may equal himself with Jesus Christ.
10. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” (Matt 24:35). As prophesied, the Coming of the Messiah into this world was waiting to happen. Jesus Christ came into this world and quite promptly set about putting all manipulated and manhandled records of God’s Word straight.
Refer Lk 2:46-47, “…… Everyone who heard Him was amazed at His understanding and His answers.” We must not forget that these are the answers the teachers of the law could not provide (vs. 46).
Let us read Mk 1:38, “Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so I can preach there also. THAT IS WHY I HAVE COME.’ ”
Next, let us read Jn 15:22, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin.”
He continues, Lk 21:15, “For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”
All those who pretend to make God’s Word a platform for their dissension, quarrels or unending arguments have no longer the excuse of ignorance! With the coming of the Lord, all God’s words have been reinstated once and for all. AS SUCH, WHETHER IT IS THE OLD COVENANT OR THE NEW COVENANT, WE FIND THAT THE WORD OF GOD REMAINS THE SAME. It is only ‘man’ who has changed in every manner of speaking. Indeed God is not like man to say one thing now and another thing later. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb 13:8).
And yet when man pretends to retain the Covenant of God – Old or New, he only pushes his self-glorifying agenda, totally heedless to God’s infallible Word. His actions, as much as his words, betray him. For he is either putting the new wine in the old wineskin or the old wine in the new wineskin. Not surprisingly, he fails to retain any of them and perishes with them!
Those who can understand, let them understand and say with confidence, “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; He is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.” (Ps 118:6-9).
To put it in a nutshell and recapitulate on all that we have gleaned, let us learn and understand once and for ever that the New Covenant is the renewal and fulfillment of the Old Covenant with all the following differences or advantages:
- It is no longer man-dependent. This is the reason the Word of God teaches “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh…..” (Jer 17:5). Man has proven beyond doubt, even as he continues to do so, that he is and will always be an unreliable source for Wisdom.
- It is entirely God-dependent. It simply means the faithful will know and understand that all things are made possible to him or her through Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God (Gen 3:15, Isa 9:6-7, Lk 1:31-33) and will depend on Him absolutely. As it is written, “As they make music they will sing, ‘ALL MY FOUNTAINS ARE IN YOU.’ ” (Ps 87:7). And, this is the reason the Word of God teaches, “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him….” (Jer 17:7).
- Yes, God will Himself be the Shepherd of His flock (Jn 10:11, 14-16).
- God will Himself lead us unto all Truth, and He will write His words on our hearts so that no one can take them away (Jn 6:45, Isa 2:3, Isa 51:7-8, Jn 10:42).
- That is right we will be taught by God. In fact only they that are taught by God will belong to Him (Jn 6:44-45).
- And what does God teach? Something New? No. They are New only because we are accustomed to lies served us in the guise of Old by man. In fact as Jesus reiterates it is that which was SINCE THE BEGINNING and made known through His prophets and faithful servants of the past (eg. Jer 6:16-17, Prov 8:2, Isa 46:9-10 etc.). For example, “Jesus replied, ‘Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. BUT IT WAS NOT THIS WAY FROM THE BEGINNING.’ ” Similarly, Jesus continues to teach us His Perfect and Surpassing Righteousness (Matt 5:20) as opposed to those that were purported to have passed down by the Law of Moses – refer Matt 5:21-23, Matt 5:27-28, Matt 5:31-32, Matt 5:33-36, Matt 5:38-42, Matt 5:43-48, Matt 6:1, Matt 6:5-8 etc. etc.). For the Wisdom of God or the Word of God was since the very beginning, even before the beginning of time – refer Prov 8:22-36, “The Lord brought Me forth as the First of His works, before His deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began……. Then I was the Craftsman at His side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in His presence, rejoicing in His whole world and delighting in mankind…” Also refer Jn 1:1-3, Rev 22:13 etc.
- As it is written in Matt 13:52, Jn 16:13-15 etc. the Wisdom of God is like an eternal spring which God allows to flow from within us unto eternity. So that even as we learn, we discover treasures that are both old and new. For it is God’s express purpose to reveal all things to His faithful – for eg. read Prov 1:23, “If you had responded to My rebuke, I would have poured out My heart to you and made My thoughts known to you.” Also read Amos 3:7, Amos 4:13, Ps 25:14 etc.
- And lest one should imagine one can fabricate anything one pleases to make it sound like something new that God had given, let it serve as a warning that all God’s words concur with each other whether taught by the Father or taught by the Son or as it is now, taught by the Holy Spirit. Yes, the scripture stands united at all times, and it is a binding Testimony and Law of the Lord (Jn 5:39, Lk 24:27, Isa 8:16-17). For the revelations of God made to man step by step as Father, then the Son and finally the Holy Spirit is simply the complete revelation of Himself who is One, His words One and His works One. As such His true servants will never teach anything that is contrary or that which is not from God. Indeed God will expose all impersonators and liars!
- The New Covenant is between God and His faithful ones only – male or female, Jew or Gentile, eunuchs included. That is right! Though God’s Covenant has always been for all mankind, it will continue to be broken among the unfaithful (eg. king Saul, king Solomon, Judas Iscariot etc. etc.). As it is written, “For many are invited, but few are chosen.” (Matt 22:14).
- And, what is most noteworthy is that to the shame of the male and his boastings, God has set apart His faithful men and women as Eunuchs – an exclusively privileged people of God, all of whom will in His likeness rise above their genders and live in the true heavenly pattern of a genderless people (Matt 19:11-12, Matt 25:1-13, Rev 14:1-5).
- As a people of God, His faithful ones will offer Him perfect worship and serve Him under the eternal Priesthood of Jesus Christ, His Son. That is right, if Jesus Christ is not one’s High Priest, one cannot serve or worship God at all. For eg. king Melchizedek of Salem who served as priest of God Most High under the Priesthood of Christ, made apparent by his offering of ‘Bread and Wine’.
- Again, as His faithful ones if we do not acknowledge Jesus Christ the Firstborn over all creation and the First-fruit even of death and do not come before Him, washed by His perfect and holy Blood, shed for our sins by the perfect and holy Sacrifice of the Lamb of God, as Abel did, we cannot even hope to belong to His flock – come Jew or Gentile! Read Mal 1:14, “Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable Male (meaning the Lamb of God) in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a Great King,” says the Lord Almighty, “and My Name is to be feared among the nations.”
- For this is the beginning of the New Covenant for every individual who seeks to be restored to God – the first sign of his or her transition from a beast to a lamb of God’s flock by the renewal of His Holy Covenant made possible by the Blood of the Firstborn Lamb, the Holy Lamb of God. Hence called “the Blood of My Covenant with you” (Zech 9:11, Matt 26:27, Mk 14:24, Lk 21:20, 1 Cor 11:25, Rev 5:9 etc.). For example, just as it was made possible in the case of Abraham (Jn 8:56).
- And the New Life of the individual will be the New Walk with God – growing in His Fellowship and Knowledge and persevering in the Fear of God by bearing much fruit. For eg. as Enoch did, until he was united with God forever!
- As opposed to those who merely pretend to call on the Name of the Lord but actually practise the teachings of men, His faithful ones will stand firm like oaks of righteousness in their midst and astound these people with wonder upon wonder so that their wisdom and intelligence will perish with them (Isa 29:13-14, Ps 119:98-100). Like Noah did.
Even now, it is not too late! Let us hasten to God and rend our hearts before Him. There is absolutely no boasting on behalf of man, save for his boasting in the Lord who Alone is faithful to save him. It was so in Eden and even more so now on earth. God who created the heavens and earth and all that is in them also created man. The wise among ‘man’ will acknowledge it and understand how dependent upon Him he truly is. Just as the psalmist who declares, “From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb You have been My God.” (Ps 22:10). The Lord has accomplished it. His zeal alone has done everything on our behalf. His is the Covenant and His its Foundation. He Alone is the Author and He Alone the Builder. He Alone has started it and He Alone will finish it for He Alone is the Perfecter. He Alone is the Authority, the Master, the Savior and the Judge. And it is His love for us that He calls us to partake of everything He has done. And as long as we remember He is the Presenter, the Provider, the Creator and the Father and we the recipients or partakers by His Great Love, Mercy and Grace, it will go well for us. Just as it did for all His faithful ones since the beginning of time.
Finally, let us read Isa 41:4 and rejoice and take solace in His eternal Word, “Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the Lord – with the first of them and with the last – I am HE.”