Throughout the history of our world a recurring general theme is evident. Humankind and its leadership first flourish through Gods grace. They then subsequently become self-satisfied and fall away from His precepts. Having become separated from God, we are also separated from the source of all wisdom. The result is the downfall of whatever was built and accomplished. This is the underlying theme behind the fall of ancient Israel, the fall of Adam & Eve, and the collapse of the tower of Babel. This will also be the theme of the unraveling of America in specific and modern civilization in general.
The later prophets (Isaiah through Malachi) were more accurate than the earlier prophets such as Samuel. The prophets understanding of Gods motives and nature was conditioned by the cultural beliefs of their respective times. The prophets therefore confused, at times, Gods holiness and righteousness for anger, Gods farseeing wisdom for retribution, and His intense concern for the welfare of His children for jealousy.
The calamities that befall a nation are the direct result of the spiritual and moral degeneracy that exists. When a people and their leaders separate themselves from God to pursue their own gain, they also separate themselves from the source of all wisdom and prudence. Our selfish acts carry the seed of their own destruction just as night follows day. The warp and woof of reality is justice and mercy. One can go against this grain but the friction generated burns up the result.
My (Isaiahs) Lord said:
Because that people has approached [Me] with its mouth
And honored Me with its lips,
But has kept its heart far from Me,
And its worship of Me has been
A commandment of men, learned by rote
Truly, I shall further baffle that people
With bafflement upon bafflement;
And the wisdom of its wise shall fail,
And the prudence of its prudent shall vanish.
Those who unknowingly bring about Gods prophecy will be totally oblivious to that prophecy. When we turn away from God, we also turn away from the source of all wisdom and knowledge. We are "blind and blinded," "stupid and stupefied." To many of us, living religion is crystallized into "a commandment of men, learned by rote." We pay lip service to God but have no living connection to Him. What we say and what we do are two different things. Since God, and only God, is the source of love and life, we, like the living branch of a vine, become cut off and withered by our separation from Him.
The intellectual elite of our world appears daily in newspapers and on our televisions. They are the "experts" who write the books about marriage, although they are divorced three times. They tell us how to bring up our children, and yet their own children rebel against them. They know everything about anything, and there is no doubt about it. Ask if they believe in God and somber tones cover the smirk and smile. And yet, the question of God is the essential question of all philosophy, all ideologies, and all human understanding. If this most essential question were on a test, it would count for ninety-nine percent of the grade and the remaining one percent of the test would directly depend on the answer to the first. If you are wrong about God, then you are wrong about very much else as well. Yet the intellectual and political elite are all confirmed in the opinion that "religion is the opiate of the masses." Those who wont say this in public believe it in private, as their very actions and behavior betray them. If our leaders are wrong about the first question, what hope do we have for a peaceful world guided by wisdom. My answer for that is zero. What do you think? Many of us deny or question the existence of the very One who gave us existence. If this were true, we would probably be in great shape. But it isnt and we arent. Establishing purpose and meaning to life without God is like establishing a solar system without the sun. In both situations, planets or people fly apart. Success requires more than good intentions. It requires wisdom and truth.
"People are more important than decalogues, rules, proscriptions, or regulations." The Humanist Manifesto II proclaims the establishment of the brotherhood of humankind. Unfortunately, they do not know that "you cannot establish the brotherhood of man without the Fatherhood of God." Simple, basic, everyday truth, unappreciated by the closed minds of man. Truth is so very valuable because it can be lived successfully. Why have so few found such wisdom? Can we find if we do not seek? Do we seek if we are not thirsty for truth? Are we thirsty if we are still satisfied with our own deceptions? Blessed are the meek, for they are not self-satisfied. They are still open to the light of truth. Love reigns over judgment and wisdom reigns over ignorance.
The future always comes in through the minority. The last battle won, "conventional wisdom" is one step from the scrap heap. We fear and resist change, no matter what its content. Nearly all-conventional wisdom today is wrong! Wrong about science, wrong about politics, wrong about people, wrong about philosophy, wrong about religion and wrong about most anything else we can think of. Our leaders, our intellectuals and our so-called elite will have the same constant refrain right up to the hour when they are removed from their power and prestige.
104A: 1 In those days, saith the Lord, they (the elect)
shall call to the
children of the earth and make them listen to their wisdom.
Show them that you are their leaders Rejoice, children of
integrity, in the truth.
It is our perceptions of God that change and that God is eternal and unchanging. When we are at the beginning of our development we fear the great and powerful God, but as we develop, we begin to understand that Gods true motive towards us is one of love. Our fear evolves through awe, reverence, and appreciation, and finally to love. "Fear is the beginning of wisdom, but love is at its end."
They (the people) cling to deceit,
They refuse to return
They do not speak honestly
They all persist in their wayward course
My people pay no heed
Assuredly, for naught has the pen labored,
For naught the scribes!
The wise shall be put to shame
They reject the word of the Lord,
So their wisdom amounts to nothing.
And so, the leaders lead the people, as the blind lead the blind. And we love to have it so! Notice very carefully, the "wise" reject the Lord (God) and therefore their wisdom amounts to nothing.
Enoch 97:9 But in those days blessed shall they be, to whom the word of
wisdom is delivered; who point out and pursue the path of the
Most High (God); who walk in the way of righteousness, and
who act not impiously with the impious.
1Enoch 91:1 That which was written by Enoch. He wrote all this instruction
of wisdom for every man of dignity, and every judge of the earth,
for all my children who shall dwell on the earth and for subsequent
1Enoch 1:11 Then shall wisdom be given to the elect, all of whom will live and
Transcendence, overcomes the paradox of duality, the experience of the reality of the Kingdom of heaven within allows us to identify with a higher, spiritual reality, instead of a lower, material reality. The higher completes the lower. And the Highest Reality, the source of all reality is God, whos very Will is motivated by love and guided by wisdom.
The crown seems to track "the elect" which passes from Joseph to Ephraim. We have already seen that both terms Joseph and Ephraim are used to denote Lost Israel, which has in turn been identified with Christians. Therefore one might look for the elect among Christians and more specifically the future remnant of the Christians. The elect appears to be the leadership group, among the Christians, who know and practice the "path of God," who are given books of great wisdom (from which they learn the way of every upright path), who point out to others the path of the Most High (God), and who are faithful to the true message of Jesus.
Nevertheless, our failings and weaknesses also work to our good for "all things work to the good of those who love God." And we can all bear witness to this when we look back on our hardest experiences and see the deep changes that they have wrought within. We are smelted, purified, and refined in the flames of affliction; flames that are appeased and regulated by the wisdom and mercy of God. And the wide, smooth sailing sea, still not visible, is just beyond the great rapids directly ahead.
The American Indians and many other indigenous people already possess and use this wisdom that is so neglected by "modern man."
All who would come, can come. Who ever does my will, let him eat and be satisfied, says the Lord (Genesis). Doing Gods will, many times requires self-sacrifice of our goals, our desires, our pride, our anger, our grudges, our self-image, our possessions, our money, our time, and our plans. On the surface this looks like a "raw deal." What "idiot" would even consider it? And so, most of us wait until we are flat on our backs, down for the count, trapped, desperate, hopeless, and in despair before we open our eyes and see above us, for the first time, the stars of heaven, and hear that silent voice of God, follow this way, follow this way. When you are flat on your back, theres no other choice, the "deal" looks pretty good now. The bottom of a pit is the humble starting place of true wisdom.
According to Enoch, the end of the age scenario is explicitly for the spiritual progress of the elect, in order to give them the opportunity for full growth and expression of their maturing faith and wisdom. Only then does it make sense that when "the people of God arise; then all will have rest from warfare." Once the main purpose is achieved (the arising of the people of God) the destructive events are brought to an end through the very efforts of this same people, in partnership with God.
1Enoch 6:11 Then shall wisdom be given
to the elect, all of whom shall live, and
not again transgress by impiety or pride; but shall humble
themselves, possessing prudence, and shall not repeat
1Enoch 48:6 In His presence he existed, and has revealed to the saints and to
the righteous by the wisdom of the Lord of spirits; for he has preserved
the lot of the righteous, because they have hated and rejected this
world of iniquity, and have detested all its works and ways, in the
name of the Lord of spirits (John 17:16).
Here the Son of man is associated with an "unfailing fountain of righteousness and wisdom," exists "before the sun and stars were created," is the "light of nations," is the hope of "those whose hearts are trouble," and reveals the wisdom of God, the "Lord of spirits," to the righteous.
1Enoch 48A:1 Wisdom is poured forth like water, and glory fails not before
Him for ever and ever; for potent is He in all the secrets of righteousness
1Enoch 48A:2 But iniquity passes away like a shadow, and possesses not a
fixed station: for the Elect one stands before the Lord of spirits; and
his glory is for ever and ever; and His power from generation to
generation (Psalms 1).
1Enoch 48A:3 With Him dwells the spirit of intellectual wisdom, the spirit of
instruction and of power, and the spirit of those who sleep in
righteousness; He shall judge secret things.
1Enoch 50:3 And in those days shall the Elect one sit upon his throne, while
every secret of intellectual wisdom shall proceed from his mouth; for
the Lord of spirits has gifted and glorified him (Luke 1:32-33).
1Enoch 90:11 Righteousness shall be raised up from slumber; and wisdom shall
be raised up, and conferred upon them.
1Enoch 91:1 That which was written by Enoch. He wrote all this instruction of
wisdom for every man of dignity, and every judge of the earth; for
all my children who shall dwell upon earth, and for subsequent
generations, conducting themselves uprightly and peaceably.
1Enoch 96:10 Erudition therefore and wisdom are not theirs. And in it shall they
perish, together with their riches, with all their glory, and with their
Do we have the wisdom to recognize those around us who may fill such a description? Who are they? What are they doing? Outward appearances can be deceiving.
1Enoch 97:9 But in those days blessed
shall they be, to whom the word of
wisdom is delivered; who point out and pursue the path of the
Most High; who walk in the way of righteousness, and who act
not impiously with the impious.
1Enoch 97:10 They shall be saved.
In 97:9, again we see those who elect Gods will in receipt of wisdom delivered to them in some manner and means, possibly by the books mentioned.
1Enoch 104A: 1-2 In those days, he (Enoch) says:
105:1-2 "The Lord will be patient and cause the children of the earth
to hear. Reveal it to them with your wisdom, for you are their
guides; and you are a reward upon the whole earth. Until I
and my Son are united with them in the upright paths in their
lifetime, and there shall be peace unto you, rejoice you children of
truth. Amen." (Charlesworth, Pseudoepigrapha)
When the worship urge is admonished and direct by wisdom
begins to develop into the phenomenon of real religion.
There is no standing still in the Kingdom of heaven
If we do not bear the fruits of the spirit, then we are not of the spirit. We can not praise God with our lips but leave Him out of our lives if we do not act on what we know. Some fruits of the spirit are love, wisdom, forbearance, faithfulness, loyalty, perseverance, and humility.
The above excerpts are from "The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand" by Dr. Edmund Roache.