Jeremiah is the one prophet who tells us something about himself and what it was like to be a prophet of God. When Jerusalem went into exile in Babylon. Jeremiah tells us:
The Word of the Lord came to me:
"Before I created you in the womb, I selected you;
Before you were born, I consecrated you;
I appointed you prophet concerning the Nations."
Overwhelmed by this, poor Jeremiah says the same thing that Moses said. He replies in a sheepish voice:
Ah ..Lord God?
I dont know how to speak,
For I am still a boy.
And the Lords booming voice then comes back:
"Do not say, I am still a boy.
But go wherever I send you
And speak whatever I command you.
Im sure that Jeremiah feels little relief until:
Have no fear of them
For I am to deliver you
Declares the Lord.
The Lord put out His hand and touched
My mouth, and the Lord said to me:
Herewith I put My words into your mouth.
See, I appoint you this day
Over nations and kingdoms:
To uproot and pull down.
To destroy and overthrow,
To build and to plant
So you, gird up your loins,
Arise and speak to them
All that I command you.
Do not break down before them.
I make you today a fortified city
They will attack you,
But they shall not overcome you;
For I am with you to save you.
- declares the Lord.
One can only imagine what the
"collaboration" of Melchizedek with the prophets was like. But Jeremiah paints a
very good picture of what it was like to him. My mental picture is of a boy who hears his
name and says "who me?" With his index finger pointing to his chest, and his
head swiveling around, desperate to find anyone else at all. If his friends had been
around, perhaps hiding behind a wall, they would have been howling with laughter. Poor
Jeremiah, suddenly he is over "nations and kingdoms" when just yesterday all he
had to do was the equivalent of todays mow the lawn. Surprisingly, to me,
Moses reaction was just the same as a matter of fact "the Lord" had
to promise to let Aaron, his brother, speak for him to get him to go along at all.
Prophets are normal human beings like everyone else, except that through their
relationship with God they are molded into a new form for a new task, the seed of which
has been planted within their own being, the as yet unfolded flower of new possibility.
The Lord addressed Israel in picturesque language:
Consider what you have done!
Like a lustful she-camel,
Restlessly running about,
Or like a wild ass used to the desert,
Snuffing the wind in her eagerness,
Worse passion none can restrain,
None that seek her need grow weary
In her season theyll find her!
The lack of sexual restraint is a frequent trait noted by the prophets, especially when speaking against Israel, Ephraim, and the Northern Tribes. Heightened pleasure potential and enhanced spiritual receptivity are markers for the presence of Adamic genes, which augment creativity, imagination, aesthetic appreciation and pleasure responsiveness (UB 586, 942).
Turn back rebellious children (Israel) declares the Lord. Since
I have espoused you, I will take you, one from a town and two from
a clan, and bring you to Zion. And I will give you shepherds after My
own heart, who will pasture you with knowledge and skill.And when you
increase and are fertile in the land, in those days declares the Lord men
shall no longer speak of the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord, nor shall it
come to mind. They shall not mention it, miss it, or make another. At that
time, they shall call Jerusalem "Throne of the Lord," and all nations shall
assemble there They shall no longer follow the willfulness of their evil
hearts. In those days, the House of Judah shall go with the House of Israel;
they should come together from the land of the north to the land I gave
your fathers as a possession.
This passage refers to the end of this age when Judah is reunited with Israel. The shepherds (leaders) are replaced by good leaders and "the Lord" is in Jerusalem and on his "Throne" symbolizing the sovereignty of "the Lord," Planetary Sovereign, Melchizedek.
We are told that the new reunified Israel of Christians and Jews, will not revert to the traditions of ancient Judaism but instead will go forward with religion in the new light in which they stand at ages end.
We are also told indirectly, that 'the nations had followed the willfulness of their evil hearts' in times past. This is consistent with the negative judgment of the nations and their leadership expressed many time elsewhere in scripture.
This passage definitely refers to the messianic end of the age by virtue of : 'in that day', 'in that time', 'the assembling of all nations in Jerusalem', and the reunification of Judah and Israel.
And now Jeremiah speaks about the onslaught of Jerusalem by Babylon in ancient times. The Lord says:
Oh the walls of my heart:
My heart moans within me
Disaster overtakes disaster
"The Lords" heart breaks watching his childrens chosen fate of destruction at the hands of the Babylonians. With frustration the Lord says:
The people are stupid
They give Me no heed;
They are foolish children,
They are not intelligent
They are clever at doing wrong.
But unable to do right.
This is a perfect, if not tactful, description of we "the people" now, as it was then. We ignore our prophets and follow our foolish and deceitful leaders into destruction-- over and over and over again!!!
Yet this people has a wayward and defiant heart
They have turned aside and gone their way
Among My people are wicked men,
Who lurk, like fowlers lying in wait
They set up a trap to catch men
So their houses are full of guile;
That is why they have grown so wealthy.
They have become fat and sleek
And they prosper.
An appalling, horrible thing
Has happened in the land;
The prophets prophesy falsely,
And the priests rule accordingly;
And My people like it so.
This fits our country perfectly today. Ends of ages are very similar. America is repeating the history of ancient Israel. Human beings are very predictable. We repeat the same mistakes over and over again. We do not learn from our mistakes. We see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. As God says "My people are stupid, foolish, and unintelligent." We never heed our true prophets. We dont love truth and so we cant recognize it when it is right in front of our face. The collapse of this nation is heralded by its near total disrespect and disregard for the truth. Jesus says, "I have come into this world, to bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears and listens to My voice." We, like Pilate, respond "Truth? What is truth?"
Also consider these quotes about truth.
Mark 4:22 Nothing is hidden that will not
UB 1682 be made manifest (Jesus)
UB 1713 You cannot compel men to love the truth
UB 43 All truth is both beautiful and good
UB ll25 All truth takes origin in Him (God)
UB 1745 There is no peace in the heart or progress in the mind unless you fall wholeheartedly in love with truth.
UB 2078 The pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness leads to God.
UB 42 Truth is valuable because it can be acted out, it can be lived
UB 1459 Truth can never be mans possession Without the exercise of faith.
UB 1731 "fail not to discern the words of truth that come not through the traditional oracles of supposed inspiration" (Jesus)
UB 1466 "the man was not hungry for truth. He was not dissatisfied with himself. He was not ready to ask for help, and the eyes of his mind were not open to receive light for the soul You cannot reveal God to those who do not seek for Him." (Jesus)
UB 1796 "You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free." (Jesus)
UB 247 (The Urantia Book) is assigned to enlarge truth.
UB 1008 The Urantia Book is the most recent presentation of truth.
But truth, if too bright, can blind as well as illuminate, therefore
Emily Dickinson #1129
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm delight
The Truths superb surprise
As lightening to the children eased
With explanation kind
The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind
It is more certain than a law of physics that
A people that is without sense must stumble.
Jeremiah continues, the Lord says:
To whom shall I (Lord) speak,
Give warning that They may hear?
Their ears are blocked
And they cannot listen
The word of the Lord has become for them
An object of scorn; they will have none of it.
From the smallest to the greatest,
They are greedy for gain;
They act falsely.
They offer healing offhand
For the wounds of My people,
Saying, "All is well, All is well,"
When nothing is well
They do not feel shame,
And they cannot be made to blush
And I raised up watchmen for you.
Hearken to the sound of the horn!"
But they say, "We will not."
Above, Jeremiah warns Israel in the days before the Babylonians in 600 B.C. They would not listen. They could not see. They believed what they wanted to believe. They did not love truth. Can we learn from the past?
The watchmen are the prophets gazing out ahead over the changing landscape of events. One can see from these passages that human nature at its worst has not changed one iota since Jeremiahs time.
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. If you answer the most important question about life wrong, everything else you think, do, or know, is colored by this gross misperception of reality. Modern science is far, far more compatible with the idea of an intelligent creative source than it is with the idea of an infinitesimally small, random accident appearing from out of nothing. The physical constants, such as the mass of the electron, are so finely tuned, that if just one of them were changed, by an extremely small amount, then the prerequisite conditions for life would be eliminated! The probability of these constants being so finely tuned by a random accident is so infinitesimally small that it is indistinguishable from zero. And yet this is just what most of our scientists actually believe. They readily accept that a universe can just pop out of nothing for no reason, but to believe that Jesus gave sight to the blind is intolerable. Let us be very clear, the assumptions of most of our scientists, philosophers and other "intelligentsia" are not supported by logical analysis but rather are articles of faith, lacking any plausible rationale whatsoever. History will look back at our so-called "modern intellectuals" with a wide-eyed stare of disbelief; that so many, for so long, could have been so wrong, about so much. Fortunately, the laws of modern physics speak for themselves. They tell us that every part of our Universe is connected to every other part by instantaneous connections. The reason for this is that what we see and measure is a lower dimensional reality embedded in a higher dimensional reality. The seemingly disparate and separate universe phenomena are really unified and coherent at higher reality levels. Modern physics is now contemplating a universe of ten physical dimensions rather than the three dimensions that are apparent. The equations for our modern laws greatly simplify when represented in this ten dimensional form, which may prove to be the form of a new physics for the 21st century. Time will tell. The Urantia Book also tells us that the physical universe is based on the number ten. In truth, no one understands what simple words such as space, time, energy, and mass are. These words are symbolic representations describing a reality that transcends all mental constructs about said reality. The greatest error in philosophy is the confusion of our symbols about reality, with reality itself. For example, everyone has heard about the "wave particle duality" of quantum physics. Hundreds of books have been written about this subject of how small particles can sometimes behave like waves, and vice-a-versa, waves can behave like particles. This confuses us to no end, until we realize that reality is telling us that there are no such things as either particles or waves and that the actual reality is something altogether different and beyond our ideas about that reality. The source of all reality is the transcendent God and therefore, reality is "made out of" something wholly transcendent to mere mortal ideas about it. And so, reality, like a banana peel, slips ever faster from our hands as we try ever harder to squeeze and define it into our artificial mental constructs. The duality is not in nature, rather is it unavoidably introduced by our analytic models of nature. Reality is whole. Analysis must break the wholeness in order to study it. The real limit is in the very nature of how a human, finite, mind must function. The source of the world around us is the absolute, transcendent, and infinite God and since the source of something determines the nature of that thing, all reality is transcendent and "miraculous," wholly beyond the finite grasp of man. Modern physics tells us that when finite mind contacts infinite reality, paradox results. In fact, paradox is a marker for the contact between the infinite and the finite. Paradox tells us that there is something more in addition to what our analytic symbols can represent. The whole is always greater than the part. Humility always results from the understanding of our true insignificance amidst the infinite. And yet, we are deemed worthy by God to inherit an infinite kingdom.
Now, returning to the main text of Jeremiah. The Lord says:
Oh, to leave my people
To go away from them
For they are all adulterers,
A band of rogues.
They bend their tongues like bows;
They are valorous in the land
For treachery, not for honesty
They advance from evil to evil
And they do not heed Me
declares the Lord
One man cheats another
They will not speak the truth
Lo, I shall smelt and assay them
And I will make the towns of Judah
A desolation without inhabitants.
What man is so wise
That he understands this?
To whom has the Lord spoken.
So that he can explain it:
Why is the land in ruins
Laid waste like a wilderness
With none passing through.
God is speaking here through Melchizedek in "collaboration" with the prophet Jeremiah. Most importantly, the prophet misconstrues God as the agent of "punishment." The "punishment" however is actually the necessary result of mans own poor choices and behaviors, which disregard the laws of God. If someone walks off a physical cliff, they will fall on the rocks below. If one walks off a spiritual cliff of rebellion against Gods Will, one will also fall and hit the rocks below. Night follows day. Reaction follows action. Result follows cause. This is why the prediction for crisis in our world and in our country is so easy and so certain. The spiritual laws of God are being intentionally and unintentionally violated on an immense scale. Consequence must follow cause. It is not Gods will that we suffer. It is His will that we choose to become His sons and daughters, inheritors of His kingdom, His junior partners in His magnificent plan for an infinite and ever expanding future. But without freedom to choose wrongly, there is also no possibility for goodness and love, and without the possibility of love, God would venture no universe. And so, the choices of life and death are placed before us and we individually and collectively choose what we will. The biggest problem today is our leadership, our morally bereft political and financial controllers who steer us toward sure disaster. But God will not allow the few to ruin it for the many. There are many, many good people throughout the world that are doing their best for their families and their fellows. However, none of our decent human beings are in positions of true power. The ones with real power are the ones willing to "step on" other people to get where they are. They have "paid their dues" and "sold their souls." Our very worst element of humanity is in control of the destiny of the entire planet. What is required is a leadership transplant. And this is precisely what will be accomplished by Melchizedeks arrival. The meek will inherit the earth and the arrogant will disinherit it. Consider:
Thus said the Lord God.
Behold I am against the shepherds (leaders)
And I will require my flock at their hand
And cause them to cease from feeding the flock
And they were scattered (the sheep, people)
Because there is no shepherd
Therefore I will save my flock
They shall no more be a prey
Woe to the shepherds of Israel (past and present)
That do feed themselves!
Should not the shepherds
Feed the flock?
They who lead this people
Cause them to err,
And they who are lead by them
Are swallowed up.
From that period those who
possess the earth shall
cease to be powerful and exalted
Yet the mighty kings of that
Period shall not be destroyed;
But will be delivered into the
Hands of the righteous and holy (elect)
He (messiah) shall hurl kings
From their thrones and their dominions
The countenance of the mighty
Shall He cast down, filling them
In those days shall the kings
Of the earth and the mighty men,
Who have gained the world by
Their achievements, become humble
They shall be in subjection to
Those whom I (Messiah) have chosen.
But in the day of their (Kings) trouble,
The world shall obtain tranquility.
These passages in Enoch and Ezekiel (with my parentheses) definitely refer to the yet to be consummated, Messianic period, the fast, approaching end of this current age. Perhaps this next line will help convince us about which age 1Enoch is speaking.
I (Enoch) beheld another army of chariots, with men riding in them.
And they came upon the wind from the east, from the west,
And from the South.
The sound of the noise of their chariots was heard
The pillar of the earth shook from its foundations.
This passage describes the approaching air attack on modern Israel by "all the nations." Men riding noisy chariots upon the wind perfectly describes the airplane. 1 Enoch was written over two thousand years ago when men flew in nothing anywhere, with or without noise. The pillar of the earth shaking from its foundation refers to a large tectonic event that occurs with the arrival of Melchizedek, when "all the nations" come against modern Israel and Jerusalem. This tectonic event in connection with the arrival of the Messiah is described consistently and many,many times in scripture.
When Gog sets foot on the soil of Israel,
On that day, a terrible earthquake shall
Befall the land of Israel every human
Being on earth shall quake before
Me (Messiah). Mountains shall be overthrown
Cliffs shall topple, and every wall shall
Crumble to the ground.
Gog, of course, is the unidentified army from the North (? Russia, Moscow is due North from Canaan) which carries out the land attack on Israel, during the time when "all the nations" come against Israel. The consistency and coherence of the Old Testament prophets about these events is quite remarkable and pays silent tribute to their authenticity and validity. Further along this line of reasoning regarding the leaders, consider:
They shall cast their silver in the streets
And their gold shall be removed.
Know ye not that every plant
Which my heavenly Father has not
Planted, will be rooted up? (Jesus)
Tell my children that
I am not only tender of
Their feelings and patient with their frailties
But I am also ruthless with sin
And intolerant of iniquity. (Jesus)
I am indeed meek and humble in the Presence of my Father, but
I am equally and relentlessly inexorable Where there is deliberate evil doing
And sinful rebellion against the will of My father in heaven (Jesus)
And so, the days of our corrupt leadership are numbered, but they will be the last to know.
Be wise Kings and be instructed and warned. Serve the Lord with reverent awe.
Here is their warning! The Kings are our modern day World Leaders. Will they listen?
"Indeed, My servant shall prosper,
Be exalted and raised to great heights
Just so he shall startle many nations.
Kings shall be silenced because of him
For they shall see what has not been told them,
Shall behold what they never have heard."
The servant of Isaiah is the end of the age prophet, the interpreter of the law of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He will startle nations and shut the mouths of kings because he will reveal and inform them of their soon to be ill-fated destiny (as foretold by The Prophets) if they fail to heed their warning. As always, the door will be held open for any that will turn from their way. God desires man to correct his ways. He does not desire their punishment. However, the innocent must be protected, and poor choices have poor results.
Returning to Jeremiah:
I know, O Lord, that mans road is not his to choose,
That man, as he walks cannot direct his own steps.
Secular humanism assumes that man is capable of building his own world and using his own rules. The only problem with this assumption is merely that it is false and is being proven false as we speak. Man not only should want God, but more importantly man needs God and is dependent on Him for everything. This layer of necessity will be laid bare for all to see. The failure of mans sovereign rule is a valuable lesson to all who look upon us.
Man and God are incomplete without one another. They are related as parent is to child. Now, Jeremiah asks the Lord:
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
Why are the workers of treachery at ease?
You have planted them and they have taken root,
They spread they even bear fruit
You are present in their mouths,
But far from their thoughts.
The Lord answers:
I have abandoned my House
I have deserted my possession,
I have given over My dearly beloved
Into the hands of her enemies
My own people act toward Me
Like a bird of prey or a hyena;
Jeremiah asks the Lord what all the prophets ask or wonder. How long will the strong dominate and trample the weak? Next, the Lord, probably Melchizedek here, states that he has abandoned his House, meaning, probably, that his semimaterial presence no longer dwells in the First Temple, as he leaves his rebellious people (his dearly, beloved possession) to fend for themselves in the upcoming Babylonian invasion. The Lord greatly grieves over the situation and says:
Many shepherds have destroyed My vineyard,
Have trampled My field,
Have made My delightful field
A desolate wilderness.
The shepherds again, are the overseers, the leaders, and the ones in power. With the emotion of a father for his errant children, the Lord says:
My inmost self must weep,
Because of your arrogance;
My eye must stream and flow
With copious tears
Because the flock of the Lord
Is taken captive
Because you forgot Me
And trusted in falsehood
"The Lord" (probably Melchizedek) bares the broken heart of a loving father, rejected by his children, for any that would see. But never giving up:
The Lord said:
Surely, a mere remnant of you
Will I spare for a better fate!
Those who heed the warnings of Gods prophet, Jeremiah, will survive due to their receptivity and obedience. Thus a healthy sprig (the remnant) from a dying plant is taken and transplanted in Babylon, and a sprig from that transplant is later taken and planted back in Canaan when Judah is released from Babylonian captivity seventy years later. Spiritual receptivity therefore confers a survival advantage and successive generations of this line thus become progressively more receptive. The concentration of Adamic genes in any given individual determines the biologic substrate for this spiritual receptivity. However, this biologic substrate is only one factor amidst many other environmental, and cultural factors, which influence a persons relationship with God. Family upbringing, for example, would seem to be at least as important. And ultimately, the individual will is sovereign over all. Nothing can override an individuals desire to "connect" with God in the inner Kingdom. Having emphasized this point, we can proceed safely with some further genetic considerations.
The Urantia Book tells us that Abraham is selected from a highly admixed Semitic genetic line containing nodite and secondary sangik elements. This line represents the male half of the subsequent lineage. The female side of the lineage comes from a variety of sources most important of which are the status wives. The status wives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph are also highly selected individuals. For instance, Abraham sends his servant to find a very select wife for his son, Isaac, and says to the manservant:
Do not take a wife for my son from among the Canaanites,
among whom I have settled. But go to my country and my
relatives and take a wife for my son Isaac. (Amplified Bible)
But, Abraham, has received these instructions from:
The Lord who spoke to me (Abraham) and swore to me saying, To your offspring I will give this land He (the Lord) will send His Angel before you (Abrahams servant), and you will take a wife from there for my son. (Amplified Bible)
When Abrahams servant arrives outside the city of Nahor (Abrahams Brother) in Mesopotamia, the servant says:
O Lord, God of my Master Abraham, I pray You, cause me to meet with success today See, I stand here by the well of water (Amplified Bible)
Let it be that the girl to whom I (servant), say, I pray you, let down your jar that I may drink, and she replies, "Drink and I will give your camels drink also" let her be the one You have selected for your servant Isaac (Amplified Bible)
And the girl (Rebekah) was very beautiful and attractive, chaste, and modest And she said, Drink and I will draw water for your camels as well. (Amplified Bible)
"The Lord" (Melchizedek) is similarly involved in the selection of Sarah and Rachel; the status wives of Abraham and Jacob. Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Rachel form the main genetic trunk off of which the two main secondary trunks Judah and Israel will grow. These selected women are all intelligent, beautiful, compassionate, and humble. One could speculate that they derive from an andite stock that has a relatively high concentration of Adamic genes. It would appear then, that the highly admixed male Semitic line is being crossed with a female line of relatively concentrated Adamic genes in a biologic upstepping operation. This would also explain why the "birthright son" in the era of the Hebrew patriarchs is frequently not the oldest son, as one would expect from past cultural traditions. The "birthright sons" are selected through the influence of "the Lord" and appear to be based on the presence of superior qualities of intelligence, sagacity, and spirituality, which result from a relatively high concentration of Adamic genes. An example of this is Joseph, son of Jacob and Rachel. Jacob and Rachel have one other son, Benjamin. Jacob has six other sons by his other wife, Leah, (Rachels sister) and four more sons in concert with his two maids. The total is twelve of course, and are the original branches of the twelve tribes of Israel. The main point here is that Joseph is not the oldest son but he is "chosen" by Jacob to be the "birthright son," who therefore receives the lions share of material and spiritual blessings from Jacob and the Lord. Joseph is the "fruitful" bough that contributes most of the offspring of the Northern Ten Tribes of Israel, subsequently the lost ten tribes of Israel, who we have been previously, loosely identified as present Christendom. Why is Joseph chosen? Joseph is characterized by intelligence, sagacity, graciousness and a highly developed spirituality. These traits reflect the potentials of a high concentration of Adamic genes with which he is endowed. Joseph is the "cream of the crop" produced by the carefully guided genetic upstepping program described previously. Joseph transmits his "chosen" status to his sons Ephraim and Manasseh, with Ephraim being the most favored "birthright son," again, even though he is the youngest. The lost ten tribes today are referred to as Ephraim in scripture because of Ephraims fruitfulness and dominant share of the population percentage. Ephraim, and to a lesser extent Manasseh, correspond loosely today to Christendom, the identity of the Lost Ten tribes of Israel. And so, there are probably billions of people on this planet that have been influenced by this genetic program. We now understand why:
in you (Abraham) will all the families of earth be blessed. (KJV)
And God said to him (Jacob), I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply: A
nation and a company of nations shall come from you. (KJV)
You (Abraham) shall be a father of many nations. (KJV)
God (Melchizedek) said to Abraham (KJV)
You shall not call her name Sarai; but
Sarah (Princess) her name shall be and she
Shall be a mother of nations.
If modern Christendom is "Israel" then prophecy has been abundantly fulfilled. Abraham was promised descendants as numerous as the "sands of the sea" and the "stars in the sky" -- and so it is. Material bounty and military power were promised -- and so they have been delivered to the British Empire of yesterday and to America today. America is the present elect recipient of Gods eternal blessings on Ephraim and his descendants. An area of land much larger than present modern Israel was promised for Abrahams descendants (Israel and Judah). And so it will be. Unfulfilled Old Testament prophecies are promises that God intends to keep.
Next, Jacob prophesies information received from the Lord (Melchizedek), who is present in semi material form.
Jacob called for his sons that I may tell you what shall befall you in the latter days (Amplified Bible)
Joseph is a fruitful bough by a well whose branches run
over the wall the arms of his hands made strong and active
by the Mighty God of Jacob blessings of the heavens above,
blessings in the deep, blessings of the breasts and womb greater than
the blessings than your forefathers and are as lasting as the eternal hills.
Is there any doubt that these blessed people of Joseph, of Ephraim, living in the latter days with bounty and power are the citizens of the United States of America, the most powerful, blessed, and fruitful nation in the history of the world. The Jewish identity, as opposed to the Israelite, is derived from Judah, who is an offspring of Jacob and Leah. This Judah (Jewish) strand has maintained its historical identity and consciousness, unlike the Christians who have not maintained their Israelite identity.
The reason for this discussion is not to create a consciousness of "genetic identification." We need quickly to remember that it was the tribe of Ephraim that first and foremost turned its backs on God and who took up the "pleasure pursuit" with zeal. The most blessed is also the foremost trespasser. Also, compared to normal planets in the universe, we are all decidedly genetically inferior as a result of the Adamic default (UB). Also,
"Abraham was not the racial father of all the Hebrews; he was
not even the progenitor of all the Bedouin Semites who were held
captive in Egypt. True his offspring, coming up out of Egypt, did
form the nucleus of the later Jewish people, but the vast majority of
the men and women who became incorporated into the clans of Israel
had never sojourned in Egypt."
The major reason for this discussion is to point out that within the history of Israel there is a program for genetic uplift that is part of Melchizedeks "complete plan for the rehabilitation of Urantia." Complete refers to the inclusion of material, intellectual, and spiritual components; the three levels of all reality. To further emphasize the point that the individual will, and not genetic factors, is the most important determinant, consider:
The will as the determining factor in mans experience.
The free will of man is supreme in moral affairs.
No other being, force, creator, or agency can interfere to any
degree with the absolute sovereignty of the mortal free will, as
it operates in the realms of choice God has decreed the sovereignty
of the material and mortal Will, and that decree is absolute.
Emily Dickinson #361
What I can do I will
Though it be little as a Daffodil
That I cannot must be
Unknown to possibility
Returning to Jeremiah:
Assuredly a time is coming declares the lord when it shall
no more be said, "As the Lord lives who brought the Israelites
out of the land of Egypt," but rather, "As the Lord lives who
brought the Israelites out of the northland, and out of all the lands
to which He banished them." For I will bring them back to their
land, which I gave to their Fathers."
Very clearly here Melchizedek collaborates through Jeremiah to say that someday he will lead the remnant of the Israelites (Christians) back to the land of Canaan just like he did thousands of years ago with Moses during the Exodus. This time they will be led out of the "northland" instead of Egypt (south).
Next, Jeremiah pours out his own heart:
I have become a constant laughing stock,
Everyone jeers at me.
For every time I speak, I must cry out,
Must shout, "Lawlessness and rapine!"
For the word of the Lord causes me
Constant disgrace and contempt.
I thought, "I will not mention Him,
No more will I speak His Name"
But (His Word) was like a raging fire in my heart,
Shut up in my bones;
I could not hold it in, I was helpless
All my supposed friends are waiting for me to stumble
Accursed be the day
That I was born!
This doesnt sound like a great job description! Anyone interested? Rapine is a frequently used word by the prophets and means: to seize or snatch by force, the property or person of another. Everyone today would also jeer if the truth would be told them. Gods message of accountability and responsibility is quite unpopular in our present society. Without a moral foundation, genuine spiritual experience is an impossibility. We want to skip the "hard" stuff and go right to the "good" stuff. In addition, there are many that hate the Judeo Christian God and His word and if they hate God, they will hate those who love God as well. The basis for this hatred is the human desire to hold his own will supreme without any interference from anyone else including God. Mans own self desires sovereignty. The existence of God is perceived to be a threat to ones self-sovereignty and therefore the resultant anger and hatred toward God. If we deny that there is a God, we free ourselves to do anything and everything that we so desire; without consequences, we think. This is the equivalent of a two-year olds "No!" Man is free to ignore reality but reality cannot and will not ignore man. If we deny the presence of a brick wall, it still hurts when we hit it. Mankind is about to experience that brick wall of reality so very long ignored. Next, the Lord says:
Ah, shepherds who let the Flock of My pasture stray and scatter!
Declares the Lord
It is you who let My flock scatter and go astray.
You gave no thought to them I Myself will gather the remnant of
My flock from all the lands
I will appoint over them shepherds who will tend them
See, a time is coming declares the Lord
when I will raise up a true branch of Davids line.
He shall reign as King
and he shall do what is right and just in the land.
Here the Messiah is envisioned as a human being, born from the line of David. Later, he is envisioned as a divine being, a Son of God. From the Urantia Book, we know that there is much distortion regarding David and his role in scripture.
"The greatest of all distortions regarding Jewish history had to do with David."
It is not surprising then that archeologists have found only small shards of evidence that David ever existed, grossly disproportionate to the grandeur described in scripture. (The Urantia Book tests out true over and over again in the light of present knowledge a fine subject for an entire book in itself.) The Lord continues:
But you, the whole exile community which I (Lord)
banished from Jerusalem to Babylon, hear the word of the Lord!
I will be at hand for you and I will gather you from all the nations
and places to which I have banished you declares the Lord and I
will bring you back to the place from which I exiled you
For I am mindful of the plans I have made concerning your welfare, not for disaster, (but) to give you a hopeful future.
The Lord makes explicit in these lines that all His plans are for His childrens ultimate well-being and that He has no intention of abandoning anyone. Right now, today, God is gathering the Judah remnant (the Jewish people) from among all the countries of the world to which they have been scattered. Thousands of Jews pour through the gates to modern Israel everyday, another prophecy in the process of being realized (Jer 24:14). God speaks through his prophet:
You will find Me, if only you seek Me wholeheartedly.
I will not make an end of you!
I will not leave you unpunished,
But will chastise you in measure
I will bring healing to you
And cure you of your wounds
Eternal Love I conceived for you.
See, a time is coming when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel
and the House of Judah I will put My teaching in their inmost being and inscribe it upon their hearts.
These lines describe a future of restoration and salvation. The New Covenant is the "kingdom of heaven within" that is enabled by the outpouring of the Spirit of Truth by Jesus Christ; and the Spirit of the Father, the internal guide within. What begins in external commandments of what not to do, is completed by internal guidance in the joyful following of Gods will "inscribed upon our hearts." And Gods will is Gods Way. Gods Way is the Way of truth, beauty, and goodness. It is the Way of Love. Next, the Lord says:
Return, Maiden Israel!
Return to these towns of yours!
How long will you waver,
O rebellious daughter?
For the Lord has created something new on the earth: A woman courts a man)
This stanza is a call to Lost Israel in the latter days (now) across 2600 years of time. The time of the latter days is dated by the reference to the liberated woman of modern times, who for the first time "courts a man," reversing her traditional role of being the one courted. Also, notice the term "maiden," which means inexperienced; untried; unused; new; fresh (Websters New World Dictionary, 3rd edition). Israel is maiden because she has never before lived in or known of her homeland in Canaan and her roots in ancient Israel. This maiden is the long lost Israel, Ephraim who awakens from her historical sleep and returns to Canaan and to her roots. This lost Israel is Christendom and its faithful remnant will live in Israel, where Lord Melchizedek will dwell. (Dont sell your house yet.)
They (Israel) build up the shrines of Baal
Where they offered up their sons and daughters.
Ancient Israel turned their backs on the Lord and worshipped the God Baal. They even sacrificed their children to Baal! (Were not so bad after all.)
Baal: A common Semitic word meaning "owner, lord, husband." Although the head of the Canaanite pantheon was El, Baal was the most important god because of his association with the storms that brought annual revival of vegetation and fertility (Oxford Companion to the Bible, P. 70) The theme of opposition to Baal worship runs throughout Deuteronomic literature and the prophets. By the 9th century BCE, Baalism had deeply pervaded Israelite life Saul and David had sons with Baal names alters to Baal were among the appointments in the Jerusalem Temple! (Oxford Companion)
Opposition to Baalism was led by Israels prophets. The fertility rites (sex rituals) associated with Baal worship corrupted the faith in Yahweh, and wrongly deified aspects of nature That the struggle against Baalism was finally successful is signaled by the replacement of the Baal element in some proper names by the word boset meaning "shame" (2 Samuel. 2:8; CF Hosea 9:10). (David G. Burke) (Oxford Companion)
Baal-zebub. In Aramaic, may have been construed as
Baal-zebul came to be used for a leader among the demons opposed to
God Christian interpreters identified Beel-zebul with Satan on the basis
of the Gospel passages. (Oxford Companion)
This "battle against Baalism" is the historical trace of Melchizedeks successful efforts, in collaboration with the prophets, to establish monotheism in anticipation of Michaels (Jesus) bestowal mission (incarnation).
Good crops depended on the favor of Baal. The cult was largely
concerned with land, its ownership and fertility. In general, the Baalites
owned houses, lands and slaves. They were the aristocratic landlords and
lived in the cities. Each Baal had a sacred place, a priesthood, and the
"holy women," the ritual prostitutes Baals were many, Yahweh was
one monotheism won over polytheism.
And this is one of the purposes of Melchizedeks incarnation:
that a religion of one God should be so fostered as to prepare the
way for the earth bestowal of a Son of that one God (Jesus).
Higher and Lower Dimensions
And so we can readily compare the evolutionary religion of man with the revealed religion of God. Mans religion (Baalism) centers around self-interest and self-gratification while Gods religion is the selfless pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness. Is it any wonder why the former is the more popular and the latter is "the road less traveled?" Isnt Baalism without Baal still the most prevalent religion today? Also, notice how well the Urantia Book illuminates known history. It puts history into a higher perspective that explains historical events in a much wider context. This organic flavor of the Urantia Book is the flavor of truth. Disconnected human history is a cross section of a higher dimensional reality, the reality of eternity. If one takes successive horizontal cross sectional views of a vertical tree and its branches, you will first see one large circle (trunk) and then several smaller circles (main branches) and then finally a great multitude of still smaller circles and ovals of variable size and separation (small branches). If you give these cross sectional views to someone who has no idea of how it was formed, he will not see a tree but rather various patterns of circles with no particular connection to one another (similar to looking at a wood ceiling with its "knots"). He will write about these circles in descriptive language of the individual circles and ovals with no idea of the relationship of one circle to another or one cross section to another. If you then tell this person about the higher dimensional reality of the tree and how the circles were formed through its cross-section, a "light bulb in the mind" turns on and his understanding is radically transformed and simplified. Reality doesnt change but our perception of it does. The higher dimensional object, the tree, contains in itself all of the lower dimensional cross sections. In this same fashion Einsteins higher dimensional theory of general relativity contains within it Newtons laws, a lower dimensional cross section. Higher levels of truth take up into themselves the lower level cross sections below just as standing on a mountain puts new perspective into a familiar landscape below. Paradox also disappears at the higher level. Therefore, one way to recognize the presence of a higher dimensional truth is the recognition of this powerful, explanatory, and simplifying character. The Urantia Book has this character, as does all higher dimensional truth.
This transforming illumination by higher order truth is reflected in the passage:
2 Corinthians 5:17
If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold all things are becoming new.
Stated differently, this means that when a person "finds God," or "enters the Kingdom of heaven" the realization within consciousness that God is truly within us, with us, and over us is the realization of the higher dimensional reality that pervades and indwells our very being. This is the equivalent of realizing that "the little voice within" that guides us in what we should do, is in truth, the "indwelling spirit of God," referred to in scripture as the "Guide" within and the "Kingdom of heaven" within. The goal of life then, becomes to find and to listen to this inner guide, despite self-sacrifice, and through obedience become transformed in our journey toward "becoming perfect, even as God is perfect." After the realization of this "inner connection" the universe and our place in it are never again the same. "Old things are passed away," and a "new creature," and a new understanding is born. The confusing circles are gone and the spiritual tree is revealed in its glory. The facts (circles) stay the same, but new meanings (relationships of circles to the tree) are revealed. This is also why Jesus comes to "complete the law" and not to deny it. The former law is the lower dimensional cross section which is part of, then taken up into, and completed by the higher dimensional construct, the Kingdom of heaven within, just as Newtons laws are taken up into and completed by Einsteins. The lower framework is not discarded it is part of the higher structure. The Old Covenant is not discarded, it is taken up into and completed by the New Covenant.
Returning to Jeremiah:
In those days and at that time declares the Lord the people of
Israel together with the people of Judah shall come and shall weep
as they go to seek the Lord their God. They shall inquire for Zion;
in that direction their faces shall turn; they shall come and attach
themselves to the Lord by a covenant for all time, which shall never be forgotten.
This double declarative, in those days and at that time, reliably indicates the Messianic period at the end of The Age. Notice that the people must inquire where Zion is because they dont know where it is! They are "maiden" Israel, (Jer 31:22); untried, inexperienced, unused, new and fresh. They are not familiar with Zion because they have just newly discovered themselves as "lost Israel." They are Christians returning home to unite with the Jews who have been already gathered to modern Israel! The remnant of the Christians and the remnant of the Jews become one people living in an expanded Canaan under the personal stewardship of Messiah Melchizedek.
In those days and at that time
-declares the Lord
The iniquity of Israel shall be sought,
And there shall be none;
The sins of Judah, (shall be sought)
And none shall be found;
This holy status has been obtained through spiritual transformation achieved during the difficult choices of the trial period. The act of choosing the Will of God over all other concerns requires the obliteration of the dead center of doubt and results in the total identification of mans will with Gods Will. Lets look further at these people in scripture who elect the Will of God as their own.
Those Who Elect Gods Will
You shall not fear those who trouble you;
for restoration shall be yours; a splendid light shall shine around
you, and the voice of tranquility shall be heard from Heaven.
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.
The 'word of wisdom is delivered' to the elect through special books as we shall see later. Continuing on with the those who elect God we have:
Let not your spirit be grieved on account of the times; for the
holy, the Great One, has prescribed a period to all.
Let the righteous man arise from slumber; let him arise, and
proceed in the path of righteousness, in all its paths; and let him
advance in goodness and in eternal clemency.
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 generations.
The word of the blessing of Enoch, how he blessed the elect and the
righteous who were to exist in the time of trouble. (the end of the age trial period)
From them (the angels in his vision) I (Enoch) heard all things, that
will not take place in this generation, but in a distant generation,
which is to succeed on account of the elect.
The elect shall possess light, joy, and peace; and they shall inherit the earth.
Then shall wisdom be given to the elect, all of whom will live and not transgress.
Another mystery also I point out. To the righteous and wise shall
be given books of joy, of integrity, and of great wisdom Who from
these (books) shall acquire the knowledge of every upright path.
A particular group of people is being described here. So far, this group, referred to as the elect:
1. Receive books of great wisdom, through which they are made wise.
2. Acquire the knowledge of every upright path.
3. Pursue and point out the path of the Most High (God).
4. Live in the latter days, the time of tribulation, in a distant generation from Enoch.
5. Inherit the earth (after the ruling elite are deposed).
6. Are from among Israel or Christendom of today.
The Book of Revelation contains a vision of the apostle John where John is instructed to write messages to the seven churches. The seven churches are the various types or groups of Christians living at the end of the age right before Messiah Melchizedek arrives. These messages contain a divine assessment of the pluses and minuses of each group or personality type existing at the end of the age upon us now. All of the seven churches have considerable portions of negative criticism except for one the Church of Philadelphia:
And to the church of Philadelphia write: "This is the message
from the one who is holy and true. He (Jesus) has the key that belonged
to David, and when he opens a door, No one can close, and when
he closes a door, No one can open it.
The one who is holy and true, with the key of David, is Jesus Christ who holds the keys to the spiritual kingdom of heaven within. He says to the church of Philadelphia:
I know your works. Behold, I have set an open door before you,
which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power;
and that you have kept my word (or have been faithful to my message:
Phillips translation) and have not denied my Name (Jesus).
This is a group that Jesus gives wholehearted approval (an open door), living at the end of The Age, who are true to the message of Jesus, the gospel of the kingdom of heaven. Consider the "door" which Jesus speaks of:
Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens his door,
I will come in to dine and eat with him and he with Me.
Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find,
keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.
I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, he who does not enter by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way is a thief and robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of sheep
But they (the apostles) did not understand what He was talking about.
I tell you that I Myself (Jesus) am the Door of the Sheep.
The door represents entrance into the kingdom of heaven within where man communes directly with God, as son with Father. For the price of faith and obedience, God promises to do everything else. Jesus is the personification of faith and of obedience to Gods will: "not my will but Your will be done," Jesus prays. And so, the Father is glorified in Jesus and Jesus is glorified in his Father. "The kingdom of heaven is the will of God enthroned in the heart of man." (UB) And so, the door of the kingdom of heaven is always open to the members of the church of Philadelphia because they already know God and seek to do His Will, i.e. they already understand the kingdom of heaven. Now we need to know more about this church of Philadelphia:
Philadelphia, not a very large city, was a busy commercial center. It
was the meeting point of roads from Sardis, from the coast and from regions in the Northeast and Southeast.
(Handbook on Revelation to John United Bible Societies)
The final letter to the church of Philadelphia takes us to the ultimate
evolutionary stage full knowledge of consciousness, a state beyond duality
(Revelation, Peter Lorie, Simon & Schuster)
From the very beginning Philadelphia was seen as a monument to the
possibility of divinity within mankind. The Greek word "philadelphers"
means one who loves his brother" Founded in around l50 B.C., it was
situated on high ground and formed a perfect geographical position for
trade. It was known as a gateway to the East We can suppose that for
John, Philadelphia would have epitomized the ideal of a city which had
balance, good will, and good judgment. This gives us a good allegory for
the final stage of human spiritual evolution that of enlightenment, the
ultimate consciousness, a state that brings perfect balance. At this stage
according to all Eastern and Western traditions, there is no duality, but a
oneness with life and all existence. The other six letters of Revelation can
be exemplified by the opposites of the Zodiac signs Leo and Aquarius,
Gemini and Sagittarius, for example. Here we have characteristics that are
in opposition to one another, whereas in the final stage of human
development (as symbolized by Philadelphia) we become one with
existence enlightened. (Peter Lorie, Revelation)
Put simply we become holy, the word derives from the Old English hal, whole or integrated and complete.
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. Now, lets look at the missing links contained in the Urantia Book regarding Philadelphia:
Within a short time after the destruction of Jerusalem, Antioch
became the headquarters of Pauline Christianity; while Philadelphia
remained the center of the Abnerian Kingdom of heaven.
From Antioch the Pauline version of the Teachings of Jesus and
the teaching about Jesus spread to all the Western World; from
Philadelphia the missionaries of the Abnerian Kingdom of heaven
spread throughout Mesopotamia and Arabia until the later times
when these uncompromising emissaries of the teachings of Jesus
were overwhelmed by the sudden rise of Islam.
the believers at Philadelphia held more strictly to the religion of Jesus, as he lived and taught, than any other group on earth.
Now prophecy is true both in the context of the time of its writing and in the time of its prophetic future fulfillment. And so, the church of Philadelphia spoken of in Revelation as existing in the latter days (now) would have characteristics like the church of Philadelphia existing at the time of Johns vision and writing. One might then expect this congregation or church of the latter days Philadelphia to be a group, like Abners, true to the message of Jesus (the gospel of the kingdom of heaven), and to be concerned with issues of brotherly love such as the brotherhood of man predicated on the Fatherhood of God. This is exactly the effect of the Urantia Book, ie; to explain and inspire the living of the kingdom of heaven within; the true way, the true gospel of Jesus that the apostles did not understand. The Urantia Book actually brings into being this latter day church of Philadelphia. The Urantia Book teaches the doing of God's Will. The elect are those who choose (elect) God's Will. Now if we integrate these concepts from Revelation about the Church of Philadelphia with the concepts of Enoch, one could envision a group in the latter days that:
1. is blessed with book(s) of joy and great wisdom;
2. that give them knowledge of the way of God which they practice and point out to others; (the choosing of God's Will)
3. that know the true message of Jesus and are faithful to it, (the choosing of God's Will)
4. and have reached the enlightenment stage of brotherly love.
5. live in the latter days, the time of tribulation, in a distant generation from Enoch.
6. have but little worldly power, probably a small group.
7. Are found among gentile Christians.
These descriptions from Enoch and Revelation seem to mesh very well. The "elect" congregation is one and the same as the "church of Philadelphia." Also, consider this line of scripture addressed to the church of Philadelphia:
I am coming soon; hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.
Remember this crown?
Let the blessings come upon the head of Joseph, upon the crown
of the head of him who was separate (in Egypt) and prince among
his brothers. (The crown follows the "elect", those who elect God.)
Those Who Elect Gods Will
The blessings on you (Joseph) are as lasting as the bounties of the eternal hills; they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him who is prince among them (twelve sons of Jacob). (Amplified Bible)
Joseph dreamed another dream He said, behold, this time not only eleven stars
but also the sun and moon bow down to reverence me. (KJV)
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. Now consider a slightly different use of the word elect as part of a completely different topic.
In those days the elect and holy race descend from the upper heavens
and their seed shall be with the sons of men.
This "holy and elect" race of people are implied to be not of the sons of men (human kind). Their "seed" shall be with the sons of men, apparently for procreative purposes. These are definitely physical beings because they produce "seed" presumably eggs, sperm or both. Since we are talking about physical beings, their "descent from the upper heavens" is also a physical event, which could be interpreted as coming down from the sky or space and "descending." Now consider:
Is there a possibility that an unexpected and unprecedented event
is about to take place, the sometime return to the planet of Adam and Eve or certain of their progeny
With a large amount of speculation, one might consider 1Enoch 39:1 as referring to the Adamic racial strain as the elect. This would explain why they are referred to as the "elect and holy race" as this race may be the children of Adam and Eve. The crown of Joseph may in part indicate his endowment of Adamic genes acquired through the breeding of a male line of the mixed Semitic heritage with the female line of an Adamically enriched heritage. The word elect may partly refer to similar genetics, as well as other more important intangible factors, such as the election of Gods will as their highest goal. Genetics may play a role in the nucleus of this group, but as in Moses time, in a majority of the group, genetics may play little or no role. Genetic considerations are present, but are a limited factor among many that define this group, or any other group for that matter.
Israel mine elect, I have called thee by name: I have surnamed thee, though thou
hast not known me. (KJV)
Here, Israel is addressed as "mine elect." We already know that Israel is derived from Joseph and that Lost Israel is modern Christendom. Again, the elect are among the Christians. Further, Christ in Christian means Messiah and the Messiah has been identified as Melchizedek, therefore Christians are surnamed after Melchizedek, the Messiah, who then says, "I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me." Christians are surnamed after Melchizedek the true Messiah or "Christ," and Christians do not know anything about him yet! Remember, Jesus is not the Messiah! The name Christ (Messiah) is what Jesus is not. Rather, the person Jesus Christ lies above Melchizedek in the hierarchy of divine Sons, just as Adam and Eve lie below (UB). At the very bottom of the hierarchy of course lies the human being also a son of God, small s of course. We continue with further prophecy regarding the elect:
And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an
inheritor of my mountains: and my elect shall inherit it, and my
servants shall dwell there. (KJV)
This goes along with the statement in Enoch regarding the elect inheritance. The greater the number of different sources, the higher the probability of accuracy, although 1Enoch could be derived from Isaiah or vice-a-versa.
Matthew 24:22 Amplified Bible
And unless the Lord had shortened the days, no human being
would be saved; but for the sake of the elect; His chosen ones (those
whom He picked out for Himself) he has shortened the days.
What is implied here is that God would allow the world to destroy itself if not for the presence of the elect. But we shouldnt get the idea of a "chosen group" this is definitely not so. The elect are those who elect God to a position of central importance in their lives. God has chosen every human being through the gift of His indwelling spirit. We are all chosen, but only some choose Him in return. It is not Gods Will that anyone suffer, either physically or spiritually, but due to prior antecedent causes, freely chosen, there is a harvest of evil to reap for the family of man. And even this, God will turn to the benefit of those that love Him.
Daniel 12:1 Amplified Bible
At that time there shall be a time of trouble,
straightness, and distress such as never was
since there was a nation till that time
And the teachers and those who are wise shall shine like the brightness
of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness shall give
forth light like the stars forever and ever.
Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be
tried, smelted, and refined, but the wicked will do wickedly. And
none of the wicked will understand, but the teachers and those who
are wise shall understand.
Here we have a group who understand, are wise, and who teach others. They purify themselves because they choose Gods will under difficult circumstances and are transformed (purified and refined) in the process. These unnamed people of Daniel fit precisely with what we already know about the elect. Since these people of Daniel do the same things as the elect do, they are the same. Scripture speaks directly to these elect who choose God saying:
Each one helps the other.
Saying to his fellow, "take courage!"
You whom I drew from the ends of the earth
And called from its far corners
Be not frightened for I am your God,
I strengthen you and I help you.
I uphold you with My victorious right hand.
Shamed and chagrined shall be
All who contend with you;
Those who struggle with you
Less than nothing shall be
No weapon against you
And every tongue that contends with you at home
You shall defeat
You shall be called "Priests of the Lord,"
And termed "servants of our God."
You shall see and your heart rejoice,
Your limbs shall flourish as the grass.
Now lets turn to the Dead Sea Scrolls on this important topic about those who elect God. Below, the Teacher of Righteousness, the leader of the Qumran Community, is giving his interpretations of various scripture passages regarding these same elect:
4Q215 Col 2
Prophecy of Naphtali - they (the elect) will endure the affliction of
distress and the ordeal of the pit, and they will be purified by these
things and shall become the elect of righteousness;
By the power of Melchizedek, dominion on earth will pass from
Belial (Devil) to the righteous Sons of Light. (DSC A New Translation, Wise, Abegg & Cook)
This latter group (The Sons of Light) constitutes those who are predestined to belong to the party of Melchizedek, "the congregation of the sons of righteousness." (the elect)
Thy people shall take refuge amid the rage of the enemies of
Thy people, Thou shalt verify Thy glory over the land and sea
And all the peoples of Thy lands shall know that Thou hast created
them and the multitudes shall understand that this is Thy people
Thy holy ones whom Thou hast sanctified. (Wise, Abegg & Cook)
Interpreted (Psalm 2:1) this saying concerns the Kings of the
nations who shall rage against the elect of Israel in the last days. This shall
be the time of trial to come so as to perfect ( represents missing scroll
text) (Wise, Abegg & Cook)
A remnant of the people shall be left according to the lot assigned
them, and they shall practice the Whole Law Moses. ( represents missing scroll text) Thy people who know God shall be strong. They are the masters who understand (Wise, Abegg & Cook)
4Q 243,244,245 DSC
(In that time) those who are called by name shall be gathered
from among the Gentiles, and it shall be, from that day the holy
ones (missing text) (Wise, Abegg & Cook)
The above passages from the Dead Sea Scrolls, describe a group of people who: take refuge from the rage of its enemies, are ultimately glorified by God, are perfected by trials, who practice the "whole law," and are "masters of understanding." Finally, we learn that these people are "called by name" (by God and Melchizedek) and are found among the gentiles in the latter days. These individuals match up with what we already know about the elect from prior descriptions. This group, by many names, is found consistently from among diverse sources of scripture including 1Enoch, Revelation, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Isaiah and Jeremiah among others. In fact, a high percentage of unfulfilled scripture, regarding the end of the age, is about this group and its experiences. Further, we have further scripture interpretation by the Teacher:
This (Psalms 37:14-15) refers to the wicked of "Ephraim and
Manasseh," who will try to do away with the Priest and the
members of his party during the time of trial that is coming upon
them. But God will save them from their power and afterward
hand them (wicked) over to the wicked Gentiles for judgment.
(Wise, Abegg & Cook)
Interpreted (Psalms 37:16), this is the congregation of His elect who
do His Will. (Dead Sea Scrolls, Vermes)
The reference in the first stanza (4Q171) to "the Priest and members of his party" is to the Messianic final prophet to come and "his party" is the "congregation of the elect." The wicked of "Ephraim and Manasseh" are members of "Lost Israel" (leaders of America and England, discussed later) who try to destroy the congregation of the elect. (Probably because they reveal the truth about these corrupt leaders.)
Further interpretation by the Teacher of Righteousness:
DSC p. 234 Wise
This (Psalm 6:1-4) refers to the Last Days, about (the righteous,
when) Belial (devil) planned to destroy them in his fury, so that
none would remain of God will not allow Belial But the Angel of Gods truth
will help keep the Children of Light from the power of Belial. But the righteous are
always beloved, and the Great power of God is with them, (Wise, Abegg, & Cook)
( represent missing original text)
Why Belial is so angry at this group is not explicit, but is presumably due to the promulgation of truth, which discloses and sets up resistance to Belials activities. The divine protection of the elect and righteous, during the messianic period, is described over and over in scripture across many different sources. It has a very high probability of happening. This is similar to the protection afforded the ancient Israelites by "the Lord" as his servant Moses led them out of Egypt. The end is very much like the beginning in sacred history. From Dead Sea Scrolls by Geza Vermes, we continue on the subject of the elect:
4Q381 DSC Vermes Fr.46 Noncanonical Psalms. Thanksgiving Hymns, P 299
Man will not be strong and will not rise
and Thou hast tested all.
And the elect, like an offering;
Thou wilt purify before Thee,
Light shines and joy bursts forth;
Morning vanishes and sorrow flees.
Peace is revealed, dread ceases
Iniquity has stopped, plague has ceased
With no more illness
For He humbles the proud spirit with no remnant
And from the dust He lifts up the poor to eternal heights
He raises freely the totterers of the earth,
And His might is with their steps.
He established appointed times of goodwill for those who
search His commandments and walk in the way of perfection.
And he revealed hidden things to their eyes, and opened their
ears so that they might hear deep (secrets) and understand all
future things before they befall them.
It would appear that God is going to make available to those who elect God and all who will listen, the events that will happen before they befall them. This is possibly mediated through His servant, the final prophet, who is said to reveal deep secrets and foretell all that will happen to the elect through the interpretation of the Prophets of Old. Further:
And you, elect of truth
and pursuers of righteousness and justice
guardians of all knowledge,
How will you say:
We labour for understanding
And keep awake to pursue knowledge.
Finally, we generalize our search regarding the elect and find:
I saw the sun-eyed children of a marvelous dawn
the massive barrier breakers of the world
the architects of immortality
bodies made beautiful by the Spirits light,
Carrying the magic word, the mystic fire,
Carrying the Dionysian cup of Joy
Sri Aurobindo (l946-47), Saut.
You will not have to be good, you will find you are good.
You will not have to be loving, you will find you are love.
Osho (l987), RBSP
To speak the truth they will have closed mouths.
Those who really desire to understand,
Who are looking to find that which is eternal,
Without beginning and without end,
Will walk together in great intensity,
Will be a danger to everything that is unessential,
To unrealities, to shadows.
And they will concentrate, they will become the Flame,
Because they understand.
J. Krishnamurti ( l929)
One hundred years ago, Madame Blatavsky saw a future where
America becomes the cradle of a new human kind. John Hogue
Those who "keep awake to pursue knowledge" and "labour for understanding" are "the massive barrier breakers of the world." Like Jesus, they "will have closed mouths to speak the truth" and they will "walk together in great intensity."
And so we close our comments regarding those who elect God and move on from Jeremiah to our next prophet, Habakkuk.
The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand