We are told to fight because sometime long ago, our overlords betrayed us.
We are told to fight because it is easier to do what we are told by our spiritual fathers and mothers and coverings and leaders than it is to fight from the resolve our Father gave us.
We are constantly told that abortion is the priority issue and then we are given a script by every prophet and apostolic overseer tells us this is the right course of action.
Meanwhile, they are blinded to every other aspect of every other issue out there.
And much of the church has joined every other caliber of blindness in existence.
I am done taking my orders from dog whistles in the Democrat Party, the Republican Party, The Trump Campaign, any other political party, the apostolic, the prophetic, or any other source…..
I am done with the bread and circuses that a movement or a group tells me to gather around.
I am done with any sembalnce of pretended objectivity.
I am not going to control another follower of the L-rd with fear or intimidation that if they do not vote for Trump, or Biden, or Jorgensen, they are going to stand before G-d and give an account for why they didn’t vote this guy or that woman into office.
This level of control and alienation comes from the Spirit of Python, and I am NOT buying the garbage of control that flows from fivefold “prophets” and “apostles”.
I am done with the manipulation, the mezmerising spirit, and the blindness. If you are a card-carrying Republican, Democrat, or single issue voter incapable of seeing the whole picture, because you are allowing yourself to cut everything off for the sake of a golden calf, you will not find what I am about to say very useful.
YOU MUST RESIST THE MESMERIZING SPIRIT THAT IS TAKING HOLD RIGHT NOW. Blind people voting from a place of slavery are not liberated people. And liberty, freedom, is dangerous. Full and true liberty, where G-d is not in control, is a terrible thing, especially when someone else has it.
Gang, you have been fighting with carnal and worldly weapons, and I and the L-rd are inviting you to a place where you shun those weapons and the usual arguments for a set of weapons that the election supervisors and the politicians and the carnal or soulish Exhorters cannot leverage, control, or use, but that the Chief Exhorter, the L-rd Jesus Christ, can.
This election and the land are getting toxic, and many of those one “the two sides” are getting toxic. And I am done.
AN INTRODUCTION AND SOME CUSTOMARY PROVOKING STATEMENTS
Because New York passed an abortion law or some such thing, people all of a sudden have started to talk about and exegete the news.
It has been raised as an argument against those who might be pro-life that G-d cannot be pro-life, since, in the Bible, and specifically, in the Torah, he killed babies.
I rarely discuss current events at the same time they are happening. But today I will make an exception.
Check that. Two exceptions.
It is uncomfortable to talk about how unrighteous our government’s actions are in the area of abortion and talking about how righteous a pro-life stance is, while turning the blind eye to the warhawking anti-life nature of conducting police state actions overseas, that are the purview of Republicans and Democrats alike.
Back to what I was talking about, seriously. Sometimes we want to excuse our government’s stupidity by an appeal to one issue, when there are a breadth of issues at play. And such exegesis gets sloppy.
Some days, our exegesis, which can turn to support one group or party over another, is only painted with broad strokes that Scripture does not use.
And when it comes to Scripture, sometimes our exegesis boils down to making sure that the G-d in the right hand side of the Bible apologizes for the actions of the G-d in the left hand side of the Bible.
But here is how I would processionally explain the actions of the G-d on the left hand side of the book, in seven elements.
Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
PREFACING THE SEVEN ELEMENTS: IS HE REALLY AS MEAN AS SOME SAY?
Consider also the fact that the “kinder, gentler” guy on the right hand side of the book, at the end of the right hand side, plagued the whole earth and wiped out a million here and there, in case we think the guy on the right hand side has more reformed ways.
Translation: parsing the Old Testament G-d and the New Testament G-d out from each other as distinct causes the whole book to fall apart greatly. Truly, they are one and the same. Revelation teaches us that. And His Judgment is His mercy.
BACKGROUND TEXTS FOR RECONCILING THE TWO PARTS
G-d, on the other hand, as Scripture RELENTLESSLY teaches throughout both the Tanakh and the New Testament, gives space for people to repent and reform before He executes against them.
Cue cluster of texts that show G-d’s mercy and granting people space and breathing room to repent before He judges.
Jonah 3-4, where G-d relents/repents after the capital of the flaying Assyrians repents.
Revelation 2:21, where G-d gave Jezebel space to repent
Genesis 15:16, where G-d gave the Amorites space to repent, that He didn’t have to, and would have caused something to work out between Israel and the Amorites had they repented.
Genesis 18:17-19, where G-d debated what he would share with Abraham, knowing Abraham’s righteousness, knowing Abraham’s heart to cry out for mercy, and knowing that Abraham was able to affect G-d’s heart because Abraham was the friend of G-d in only the way Givers can be.
Deuteronomy 2:9 and Judges 11:17, where G-d gave Moab their land, and commanded Israel not to harrass them, even before Moab fought against Israel (Joshua 24:9). This could have led to Moab’s national repentance and a reconciliation and commerce between Moab and Israel. And even when the national reconciliation did not take place, G-d STILL played out the drama that should have been between Moab and Israel in the story of Ruth and Boaz.
Genesis 46:4, where G-d SENT Israel down to Egypt, and G-d DWELT WITH Israel IN Egypt, and during which season, Israel had centuries to get to know her G-d, and the Amorites had space to repent and prepare the land for the ISRAELITES, which could have happened instead of their destruction.
Genesis 47:6, where Pharaoh gave favor to Israel in the land of Egypt and with the pagan ruler of Egypt.
Isaiah 19:24-25, where the L-rd will ultimately bring about redemption of the Egyptian nation, and the Egyptian nation will occupy the first place. SECONDLY, <GASP>, pagan, flaying, barbaric Assyria. And third, Israel.
Exodus 4:22-23, where G-d first reveals to a pagan nation His name of “Father”. He then commands, before the first drop of water turns to blood and before the first frog touches the land and dies, Egypt to LET HIS SON GO. And then the judgments start and increase.
And yes, one can argue G-d kept Pharaoh from repenting, because of Exodus 4:21 and 7:3, but to merely argue that is to see only part of the whole narrative. Psalm 115:16, “the highest heavens belong to the L-rd, but the earth he has given to the sons of men.” G-d has given people free will to choose what they will or will not do. He does not always get what He wants.
From the point above, through the entire sequence of issues, the L-rd showed the Egyptians what they had done in infant genocide towards the men of Israel (Exodus 1:22, note the waters turning to blood in 7:17-21 revealed the death that was in the water and the blood that was on the Egyptian hands). The Tenth Plague was the progressive outflow of the response of the Egyptian injustice of Israelite genocide. Again, there are causes and effects. And when you sow the cause, you will reap the effects.
Let me point out also the counsel of G-d in Exodus 9:19; He told the Egyptian people to gather their flocks and herds to keep them from the hail. Some listened, and some did not. There were Egyptians who had livestock that kept them in from the hail and their livestock was spared. This opened the door for some of them to turn. G-d uses every circumstance to bring people to Him, including His judgments.
Recall also Exodus 12:49, which could plausibly imply that, during the plagues, there were some Egyptians in the nation that chose to follow the G-d of Israel, and chose to align themselves with Israel, and celebrated the Passover. Even if there were none that did actually align with Israel, He still made provision for that.
The book of Joshua is completely devoted to the destruction of whole nations while the Israelites possessed the Promised Land.
Element 1: G-d’s decisions, even those decisions that result in human death, are ALWAYS executed in the context of His mercy and His justice, which are the twin facets of His love. What will drive His children to seek Him?
Element 2: G-d’s purposes are aimed at a long-game strategy. He weighs all decisions with an eye toward redemption and how they will impact eternity and His house.
Element 3: G-d aims to eradicate sin, rebellion, iniquity, and abomination from the earth.
Element 4: G-d’s yearning desire is to walk among us, be our G-d, and for us to be His people. Whatever keeps that community from happening He may remove from us.
Element 5: G-d looks for the fruit on the tree. He looks for fresh water or salt, hot water or cold, humility or assertion, upness or downness, filiality or bridality. He looks for consistency that He can utilize. He looks for and brings organized sequence.
Element 6: Sin twists and perverts the good, and that twisting is revealed in the fruit of the tree that is planted. G-d despises things that twist and mar. Element 7: Everything G-d is, does, or permits to happen is ALWAYS with an eye toward straightening out the twistedness.
Look, it is not like G-d on a bipolar whim massacred millions of innocent babies in an unprovoked rage.
He gave all of these nations, including Mizraim, CENTURIES to repent. And when a culture of death and murder is embraced, somewhere down the line, death is going to be result, and the empire that embraces death is going to self-devour.
He exposed the Egyptian culture for the death-bringing culture it had become. Blood was already in the waters before the first plague. He just forced the nation to see the blood that was in the water. He untwisted the reality of the waters. And in so doing, He allowed all of those baby boys’ blood to testify (Hebrews 12:24).
The Golden Calf is an example of a culture self-devouring. The Levites massacred 3,000 of their own families and so were ordained through G-d’s warring against the defiled spirit of idolatry.
National sin has national consequences. Longstanding sin has consequences. G-d even showed longsuffering toward the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities on the plain, and Lot interceded for Zoar, and as a result, G-d spared that city.
And one of the names of G-d (Exodus 34:5-6) is The L-rd Who Is Longsuffering.
G-d is not Hitler, G-d is not Pol Pot, G-d is not Stalin, and G-d is not Mao. And it is not really the church’s job to justify the behavior of G-d to others. G-d can work in, around, and through our objections and the obstacles. But we have to recognize that the principles of Scripture do work. Sexual sin has sexual consequences, murderous sin has murderous consequences. Abortive sin has abortive consequences. Actions do have reactions. Sum of the Forces, Newtonian approximations, and all that jazz.
And Jezebel’s genocide resulted in her blood being shed.
And Naboth’s Vineyard landed on Ahab’s head.
The Principles work, without prejudice, and without caring what you think about how nice G-d or anyone else is.
And ultimately, G-d can work every situation to His glory.
But for us, now is the time to wake up, acknowledge reality in the stead of hiding from it, and bless New York, as we should have, instead of cursing it.
G-d was there first, and this decision on New York’s part is not helped by cursing New York. Rather, gang, let’s not carry on with eighty-five reams of conversation, and instead work with what we know about the Giver and Exhorter design of the state and Manhattan, respectively.
Bless the Giver and the Exhorter dynamic of that state. Just some thoughts here, gang.
People, especially followers of Christ in the United States, are going to certify and legitimize massive alienation beyond what the L-rd has commanded in this season.
Granted, in the case of Saul and Samuel, the removal of G-d’s Spirit from Saul and His commanding Samuel to stop grieving over Saul is one example where G-d legitimized alienation as a result of persistent rebellion–
And DO NOT get it twisted. This blog post is not an opportunity for people to say one political party or another is damned by G-d for its behavior. so do not use it as your time to grandstand for your chosen model
Rather, it is an opportunity to remind you, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Socialist, Progressive; Anarco-Capitalist, Keynesian, Smithian, Austrian economists, Communists, etc., to work for reconciliation and for removal of your pet ideology and to look for the execution of the Kingdom of Our L-rd in your life and with your fellow man.
Granted, various partisan and “non-partisan” groups have taken this time to attempt to alienate you from followers of Orange Man or Sniffit.
But Orange Man and Sniffit are not the point.
Your political ideology is not the point.
The point is the “kingdom of G-d”. Thank you, Judge Barrett, for reminding us of the chief end of man.
Gang, if you regularly digest ANY of the news that is out there now, you are getting fed a regular and mandatory mindset of alienation and fracturing of relationships, when, as a nation, we were meant to build something constructive and help other men and women to a place of sonship rather than a mindset of poverty.
The fly on VP Pence’s head during the debate serves a point.
You are getting manipulated by Beelzebub. He is a threshold guardian.
Do not fall for his trap.
Do not get victimized by saying “because Trump/Biden is in the White House” I cannot move forward.
Damn the mask….put on the damn mask.
Slave to the government. F*** the goverment.
Big Government. Small government. No government.
Granted, we have a need to execute the kingdom.
But, gang, no matter who is in office the next four years.
Look around you on the ground in your immediate vicinity and in/with/among your relationships, and FIND THE RAW MATERIALS that you can use to build something.
Your best work as an American is to be a builder in the life of another human. To help them unpack what they are made to do so they can go do it.
SCOTUS is not your g-d. It is become a golden calf.
Yeshua ha-Mashaich is your G-d, who has made you and predestined you to good things and to help others unpack their things inside of them.
This political theater between two sides of the same coin, intending to control you through fear and alienation, is not your end.
Some of you are hardwired for government and leadership and service.
For a season, or for permanence.
I remind you that the archetype of the husband found in Proverbs 31, and he is a type of the idea, the Proverbs 31 husband was a career politician.
Your job and my job is to find what we were each made to do, and to snub the distractions that seek to bind us to the kingdoms of this world.
And we were made to shake things up.
There were things that Barack Obama did to cause alienation and racism as much as there were things Donald Trump did to bring us together.
I know there people will call that previous statement garbage.
But can you find the good and the bad in a presidency or a politican and still call them by G-d’s intended design for them and call that design good?
If you can, then you have resisted the pull of the Mesmerizing Spirit.
The Mesmerizing Spirit that calls us with its siren song and begs us to label the part that we see as “the whole of the matter”.
Even if you are on one side or the other and you call your side right, you are still only seeing through a glass darkly.
Your job is to reflect His light.
Find what He is doing and where He is operating in you, and go do that.
I understand, this post is way more political than I sometimes like to get.
But my job is to help remind you that you still only see a part of the whole, and others that a part of that whole. G-d intended you each to gather and bring your parts together so you can see the whole more clearly.
Beloveds, I would like to invite your spirits forward should they wish to join me, wherever you are each located, on this, the final day of the window of reconciliation to G-d.
Listen, o spirits of my tribesmen and tribeswomen, to the Word of G-d for you for today, to whatever degree you deem appropriate.
“All this is from G-d, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:that G-d was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”2 Cor. 5:18-19”
Spirit, the L-rd has created a pause, even in the vale of the worst conflicts, for each of us, regardless of level of woundedness or heartache, or spiritual anguish, or mistreatment, or offense, or mischaracterization, to restrain ourselves and seek His reconciliation with those we at first think the enemy.It is in that moment that we give others the honor that they did not earn, but for which Christ died. It is that honor I extend to you.
I bless you with the stillness in the chaos to await the illumination of the Holy Spirit, that that light would not only show you the way, but also that that light would shine wherever G-d wants it to shine, and that He would keep it on whatever point of focus He wants it.
I bless each of you with the moment of stillness to receive the honor that comes from your work as sons of the Kingdom.
I bless you each to refuse to get taken up with mindless speculation and ceaseless disputes, which foster strife, and so miss the moment of stillness that belongs to you in that upheaval.
I bless each of you to slow down and to see the one person to whom you can bring honor, and I bless each of you to resist the Mesmerizing Spirit with its wiles and schemes,
I bless each of you with love and multiplied reconciliation with the Father of the Heavenly Lights.
I bless each of you to know the prevailing fulness of Christ’s abundant grace and love.I bless your hearts with a revelation of HIS tenderness toward each of you and your neighbor, the Samaritan in your life
.I bless each of you to overflow with the ministry of reconcilation that leads to life rather than death. I bless you not to count the sins of others against them in this season
.I bless each of your minds to come alive in and with the mind of Christ and with supernatural Strategy.
I bless your various parts, enforcers, systems, littles, and others with the recognition that each of them are honored and loved and counted as necessary.I bless you each with wholeness, and purpose, and design.
I bless each of your unique designs to spring forth and to spring to defense of the defenseless.I bless each of you with a love that transcends your understanding.
I bless each of you with honor, and recognize that each of you have variously committed to follow the way of love as best each of you know how.I speak to the light and the four winds that they would gather each of you up and move each of you as you wait in stillness to the places where you need to be to each see and hear and know the various pieces of the whole puzzle that each of you have, and to know where those sundry pieces fit, to bring the reconciliation into fulness.
I bless your puzzle pieces, Scrabble Tiles, Monopoly Houses, Go gemstones, and cake ingredients to all align.
That something beautiful would crown this season, and that we can hand those crowns to each of you as the Spirit wills.
In His Holy Name, I resist the spirit of the age that has been released to create an upheaval that would distraction you as you chart your course by His stars to your desired havens.
I bless you in the name of the G-d of the Seven Stars, in stillness.
May you afresh fall in love with Him anew.Be at piece, in the name of אלוהי שבעת הכוכבים
Those of you that enjoy the MCU as much as I do, love picking out various RG’s. Now, trigger for the death of Agent Phil Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D. who is in my mind the quintessential Giver. Consider the following words from Coulson’s death.
“This was never going to work if they didn’t have something to….”-Agent Phil Coulson-
Fight for….those would have been his last words.
This was never going to work if they, the Avengers, didn’t have something to fight for.
That is a positive thing that you do, Giver tribe. Your death or your suffering may provide the impetus for the conception and birthing of a new thing G-d is doing in the earth. Keep doing what you do, gang. It’s not over yet.
Consider the following clips.
First, with the Exhorter Tony Stark in three clips, because the Exhorter does things in threes:
And in the presence of the Ruler, Thor, who is learning how to walk in a fathering role, after which he restores to the Prophet Jane Foster her equipment so she can continue her research.
When the Giver tribe walks by faith, they empower those around them to have the catalyst to create a new resource, or their presence causes new resources to come to the fore or be discovered, or for a new project to be risked on and others to put skin into the game after they have made the initial investment.
And then, in the ultimate sacrifice above. Givers, you may be called to put your life on the line, and your death may be the catalyst for the birth of something new.
Thank you to my friend in Iowa who helped provide the impetus for this set of posts.
The next few posts, while I am continuing concurrently with my series on Leviathan, will cover some dynamics that I like to refer to as from/to principles.
We are designed, not to remain in addictive sin and in junk, but to emerge and move from one reality into transofrmation that is incremental and substantial. By degrees we were made to leap, not merely crawl, into a place that is, to paraphrase Jack Lewis, “HIGHER up and further in”.
I prefer this way of structuring Lewis’ concept from what I consider to be his substantial flop of a book called “The Last Battle”. Pardon my honest take on that book, because it really did a disservice both to its title and Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, when I consider the concept of “battle” in Scripture….
Unless you consider the last battle not to be between Christ and Antichrist, but to be the one we have against sin and death, as we wrestle with recognizing who we are in Meissah and in moving into the place where we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. To the place where we are executing our fight with the clowns from our rightful place as the sons of G-d.
We move from being the dregs of the earth to the apostles of Christ (that word for ambassadors in 2 Corinthians 5:20 is, unvarnished, the word apostoloi, the plural of “apostle”).
The apostolic office has not ceased, gang. It dwells in a measure in each of us.
However, most teaching on the fivefold done in the Charismatic movement is a twisted bastard offspring of the spirit of Antichrist.
More on that in several other posts.
Out of the Silence of the Last Season
I got the wind knocked out of me in the last season. I have a friend who did not realize the voice they had, and the extent to which I had encourage them to not hold back but speak in fuller authority that was given them, accuse me of stifling their voice, and as a result, I entered a season of loss where I had to grieve the loss of a friendship. I am still wrestling with that loss, but I have finally begun blessing them, even in the off mindset, and releasing them.
And now, I must continue writing.
The Design of Forward Movement In Seasons….
Believers were made to move forward. Drive, walk, run, fly, crawl if it comes to that, but always to be pressing forward and upward. True, there are emotional and relational valleys into which we must descend for a season, but valleys and seasons of sin are not designed for us.
There are a few dynamics in which we grow ever-forward and ever-upward.
In faith, in depth, in strength, and in glory.
As we move into these ensuing bits, I would like to offer the encouragement that each of you keep pressing and contending in concert with the L-rd against the clowns that would seek to arrest you and oppress you.
Be at peace, gang.
And be reconciled to the L-rd who Purchased Both Heaven and Earth. He purchased both heaven and earth so that you would have a safe place to expand in your life in Him.
I say “more thoughts” because so believe I have written before on this topic, at least one time.
But these thoughts occurred to me a few minutes ago.
Track with me.
What if the L-rd’s issue with Nadab and Abihu, and the reason he struck them down is because they were interfering with the seven day process of cleansing, consecrating, and ordaining Aaron and them to serve as priests?
What if the events of Leviticus 10:1-2 are their interference and insertion of more action that was not needed into the complex process of preparing the men as priests? Indeed, the L-rd instructed that the men were not to leave the threshold of the tent (8:33).
What if the unauthorized fire they offered interrupted the process of remaining on the threshold of the tabernacle to finish the process the L-rd outlined?
I realize it seems like such a small thing to some, and “all they did was offer a little incense”, but that is missing the point. The point is when the L-rd spoke and gave them a fairly involved process, it was in their best interest to do what He said. Period.
Adding to or taking away from the process that was outlined was a disregard for the L-rd’s requests.
Translation: when the L-rd speaks to you and on those occasions where he spells out what you are to do, then do that.
If you interfere with the L-rd’s instructions, and add your own thing, and leave the threshold of your responsibility to perform some add-on that you thought would be a good thing, when He spells out specifically what He wants to you, then you will have to accept the consequences.
Sometimes the L-rd gives us a blank sheet on which to write, and sometimes he hands us a 37 page instruction manual.
It’s excellent when He speaks, and we must be flexible to dance between those times when He lays out a plan, as with the ten plagues, and times when he tells us to write the script, as at the Red Sea at the Gulf of Aqaba.
But when He prepares a full plan, let’s not edit it.
To be sure, TPH is first and foremost a scriptural exposition site. But closely-linked to this is the application and execution of those principles that are embodied in the life of our Messiah to real situations in life for the upbuilding of the Jesus-follower, that they may continue His work and mission of reconciling us and liberating us from the boot of the tyrant.
Truly, because of the Spirit of G-d, we are able to expand on and defend all that is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and excellent/praiseworthy.
Erin, who is a fellow Florida native, has done her work and fought for our liberties overseas for a season as a soldier, and still fights presently as an RN and BSN.
This is a well-written piece of personal testimony is reposted here with permission:
A few people have asked me to share my Delegation testimony, so here is it…
My name is Erin Marie Olszewski. I am a mother of three little boys (Dylan, Drew, & Logan). Drew was severely injured by a vaccine.
I am an active registered nurse in the State of Florida and hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. I have nearly two decades of front-line clinical care experience including military training as a combat lifesaver.
That being said, I am also a Combat Wounded Veteran of the United States Army Special Operations Command. I fought to defend and uphold the Constitutional rights of American citizens and lost many friends who fought alongside me. I will not allow their sacrifice to our great country go in vain for 0.00000009% (nine-ten-millionths of one-percent) Florida measles rate.
Therefore, any unsupported legislative bill that threatens religious freedoms of any child or adult of our great nation once again deploys me as a soldier to protect those rights I swore by an oath to defend.
I met in-person with Senator Lauren Book a couple weeks ago to gain an understanding of her knowledge on this issue and found it extremely frightening that she was unable to answer basic biology questions that I asked her. I expected more from someone introducing public health legislation, including a response to the inquiry I sent to her via certified mail.
Although the burden of proof should be on the person who sponsors this legislation, she continues to avoid this responsibility.
Therefore, I would like to provide an accurate, unarguable substantiation that DOES protect citizens from the removal of their religious rights. This comes from a sworn under-oath affidavit made by Theresa Deisher, Ph.D., who holds a doctorate from Stanford University Molecular and Cellular Physiology along with a postdoctoral from the University of Washington.
“I am submitting the known scientific facts about fetal DNA contaminants in current vaccines. In the U.S., as of June 2018, according to the CDC, there are 13 manufactured vaccines containing human fetal cells (MRC-5 and WI-38). More are coming. Anyone who says that the fetal DNA contaminating our vaccines is harmless either does not know anything about immunity and toll-like receptors or they are not telling the truth. The beliefs held by many that the cells and DNA of aborted fetuses are used in vaccines are accurate and until that changes, there will likely be religious objections to vaccinations for this reason alone.”
…but none of this matters as the bill is not being heard and I do respectfully thank Senator Gayle Harrell for this. However, I’m glad I got it on the record so Senator Book and any other legislature considering supporting unfounded legislation such as SB64 can consume it at their own leisure.