Church History & The MAZE V

20171117_161659 So what do we have now? How does Early Church / Pre-Catholic, (Say 33 – 270 A.D.), compare to what we have today? And then ask yourself, “How do I feel about this?” Also ask, “Is there anything I should do?” Here we go…

1.) In earlier articles we showed how Jesus made a shift from the Jewish synagogues and took his Gospel message into “Homes”, the Homes of common people, where instead of preaching from a stone altar, he sat at a simple Table in your house. Instead of a focus on bigger stone temples, he focused on “Heart Temples”, God in our heart. He got in trouble every time he spoke in the Temples, but he flourished in the Homes.

2.) We see the House Church Bishops, starting with Polycarp of Smyrna, standing up to the Bishops of Rome at least until 250 A.D.. There was no “Holy See” in Rome! But as a pagan Emperor named Constantine rose to power, so did the Bishops of Rome. There was great pagan influence in the Church business during this time. And as the Rome Bishop gained more power, the Christian way of Passover Feast was changed into a short-form full of ceremony and pomp. It was no longer the “Welcoming Table“, but a stone altar. And the Holy See gladly accepted the large buildings Rome now offered. The shift Jesus had intentionally established was UNDONE. In effect, it was a shift back to synagogue. And for the most part, this is where we still are today.

3.) Here is one effect of the large fancy buildings: DEBT/MONEY/BIG BUDGETS/PRESSURE/SLAVERIES/BILLS/TAXES/LOSS OF FREEDOM/LOSS OF INDEPENDANCE. Most of our modern churches have a threat constantly hanging over their heads. Got to have a certain amount of money, or we lose everything! We got to PLEASE PEOPLE, or we lose everything. Free-will offerings, a basket by the door is no longer the way, and since we no longer bring everything into a common stock, then we must pull Old Testament “LAW” of tithing and force it into the NEW TESTAMENT covenant. If you’re not giving at least 10%, you’re robbing God! You cannot teach the tithe from the New Testament, a church which started by bringing all things common and a tithe message would have been ridiculous anyway. Ever thought about it?

4.) For a long time, ministers were servants, not superstars. They lived off free-will offerings, and they served their people. They shepherded their flocks and led them into green pastures, and I’m not talking about money. The Cross was very real in their life, not only because they might end up nailed to one, but also the Lord’s Supper still had an emphasis on the CROSS more than the resurrection! For as often as ye partake of this cup you do show the Lord’s ‘death’ until he returns. (But here again, a shift was made by the Bishops of Rome. Bishop Polycarp and the Asia Minor churches fought that change faithfully, declaring they were taught of the APOSTLES how to have a proper Lord’s Supper. But the Bishops of Rome even over-ruled the APOSTLES.) That’s ignorance gone to seed, if you ask me.

5.) In our large churches we have Pastors who do not really know us, and people following Pastors they do not really know either. We have superstar talent and expensive stage lights. We have large congregations, but we are not “family” with each other. And like the Post Constantine church, we have people attending church just because of the “benefits” it affords, not to take up their own personal cross of real sacrifice. Agape Love looks strangely like a cross. Have you ever noticed?  Christianity has camouflaged materialism into simply the right to be successful. I’ll never forget when my last Pastor opened a service teaching about how Jesus did not have a place to lay his head, and immediately followed it by promoting the Harley Davis motorcycle ride they were having the following weekend! (In the meantime, more people starve and suffer lack every day.) They saw no oxymoron in all this.

6.) The Apostle Paul, in I Corinthians 11:17-33, writes to a church having inner struggles, but he describes a way of doing things I’m not familiar with in our modern churches. He gives a few of the details of a proper Lord’s Supper. He admonishes them for not really focusing on the Lord’s Supper, and having divisions among themselves, eating their own food and not sharing with the needs of others. He says they disgrace God’s church and shame the poor. He describes a meal! He describes sharing and checking on those in need. He goes on to speak of the communion of the Bread and the Juice, and speaks of how it announces the Lord’s DEATH until he comes again. What church today celebrates the Lord’s Supper the same way Paul speaks of here, and the same way Polycarp fought the Bishops of Rome concerning in his day? Evidently, this was a very important subject in the early church!

7.) These are a few of the things we have found, and wrote of so far. Now…what does it all mean?

Are congregations to large to be able to do a Lord’s Supper in the way it was done then? Is it impossible to maintain a family environment past a certain number of people? Did the early church intentionally seek smaller groups that would multiply outward, rather than larger and larger numbers coming inwardly to a large building, but a smaller area of coverage? Was money less of an issue when there is no large overhead, and the church is debt free? Should we shift back to a “Table”? The Lord’s Table? Should we shift back to an emphasis on the cross more than the empty tomb, of which we do not actually possess without embracing that cross? Have we become the Laodicean church who is rich and has need of nothing? Which just happens to be the last church in those list of churches. Is the hand-writing on the wall? But if we are to shift to smaller groups, where do you find so many trustworthy Bishops? This then requires another shift we got away from…

8.) DISCIPLESHIP! As Pastors and flock are much more personable, we promote from within! God will raise up leaders we already know and trust, proven leaders ready to bishop, oversee a flock faithfully. It seems to be the Early Church way. What can I say? I don’t know if this is even possible anymore? I know Home Churches are a rising thing here in America, and pretty much a necessity in hostile lands. Is this God’s hand moving us back to our good beginning? My wife and I have concluded this much, for those who miss that first church empty tomb, known as the rapture; I’m pretty sure the foolish virgins will discover the 666 forces us back into the early mode of church. What do you think?

Today has been sort of a regroup and think opportunity. We have covered much territory in our journey for a true vision. Steady progress has been made. I need to give some more early church father quotes and tie up a few more loose ends before we decide where this journey leads next. My wife and I are planning to do an early church Lord’s Supper here at our house this coming 14th of Nisan, which is only 20 days away now. We have never done this before, and I’m still working out my details.

The story I wrote in the previous two articles is somewhat of a pattern and goal. One early church father warned that we must not do the Passover in the same way as the Jews. We have a different agenda and message. We must make sure that what we do declares Jesus as the Messiah they still look for! There is a definite difference in a Christian Passover compared to a Jewish Passover, and that must be made plain. I’m looking very forward to this challenge and blessing.

When I first left the modern church to seek the early fathers, I had no idea a major portion of the evidence and answer would revolve around the Lord’s Supper and Passover. I had no idea I would discover such a thing, and also find myself approaching the very time on the calendar that would allow opportunity to have such a service if I was willing to accept the mission. God timed this. I have to ask myself if that adds any meaning to the search I have made, or has it been pure coincidence? If it is pure coincidence, it’s a mighty big one! 

Therefore I have felt I must accept this challenge. It’s not about how perfect I accomplish some set of rules. Its about the sincerity in my heart. One of the differences in our Covenant, it allows for our honest human short comings. Yes, I want to make it as special, humble, and family as possible. But when God sees the blood OF CHRIST, he passes over my imperfections. If I do what I do because I love Him, and love people, then I’m standing on pretty safe ground. Thank you Jesus.

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“Fellowship of the White Path” / Grandpa White Feather.

Church History / Maze Runner!

20171117_161659 I’ve been away for a few days, lost in running a maze. Hence, new title. And a very meaningful one. We are still in pursuit of unraveling the mystery of our early church fathers compared to our modern American church, because frankly folks, something is rotten in Denmark. And after several intense days in the maze, I’m beginning to have proof.

What has taken me many hours/days/weeks of research, and many many pages of reading, I will hopefully be able to condense for you in the articles to follow. My search is finally starting to pay off. I thought I was going crazy at one point. My mind was literally in a swirl. I wake up every morning with God speaking, helping me finally organize what I learned the day before, giving me some sanity before I come out from under those covers. So before we get into too much, I want to talk about this MAZE.

The devil has done a good job of trying to hide his tracks, but not good enough! The diligent can still find a true path. The discerning can still see Satan’s footprints where he has trod, and beware. But it’s not easy. This maze will eat you alive if it gets the chance! It will crush you in its walls! You may think I’m being too dramatic, exaggerating, but I’ve spent days there trying to survive and find my way. I now have a marked path you can take advantage of and research for yourself. It will unfold here slowly, but it can greatly speed your own research if you so desire.

God has also timed all this perfectly. You are not going to believe what I have found concerning Easter, and a big confrontation in the early churches concerning this! And I’m talking church fathers who sat under the Apostle John! And other Apostles. This has become one of my greatest finds, so far, and is a strong piece of evidence in this church court and trial we have begun to set up! And wouldn’t you know it, here we are in the time of Lent, well on our way to Easter! You would think I set this up, but not I! Grandpa White Feather is not that powerful. Believe me. I can’t even do a rain dance! (LOL).

There is a table I must set in order to properly present the spiritual food I have found. For as you know, this blog site is all about the “Table”, more than the “Temple”. (Please read earlier blogs to understand.) For the appetizer, I need to talk about this MAZE. First of all, I’d like to say it is EVIL! I’m not exaggerating when I say people have tried to use it to confuse the honest seeker, and lead them on paths that are dead ends! The end result being they never find their way out! They finally become so exhausted, they give up and simply yield to whatever strongest stream seems to be pulling them.

I am also amazed that I gave this site the name: “Path Without End”. The one path you are trying to find in a maze is the one without end! All the others dead end! The only path leading out of the prison of the maze is the path that does not end! I remember when I felt God gave me that title for the blog. I now shake my head in wonder.

So… if you have not already been thinking it, yes…this mission I have been on reminded me of the movie: “The Maze Runner”, which I saw a couple years ago, and the final episode of the trilogy is playing at theaters right now. Subtitle to final episode just happens to be: “The Death Cure”. (Wow.) (This is almost too much.)

So I stuck the first movie in my player and rewatched it, to refresh my mind on the details. (I wasn’t too big on episode 2, but looking very forward to #3, and will likely see tomorrow.) As I read the backside of the DVD, consider the plot description it gave >

Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive, ever-changing maze with a group of boys who have no memory of the outside world. Facing dangerous obstacles at every turn, especially the deadly Grievers that roam the concrete corridors at night, Thomas and the others must race to piece together clues in order to discover their true purpose, and find a way out before it’s too late!

I feel like in a spiritual way I have been living that movie! Notice a few coincidental details. His name is “Thomas”, doubting Thomas? – This maze is full of false paths and much opportunity for doubting. 2nd: “Wakes up?” God is calling his people to wake up! And when we do, we discover we are #3> “Trapped”… in a “Box”! And if we try to find our way out > #4 It is a “deadly maze” with changing walls and creatures that want to kill you! #5 And they have no “memory of their past”! (Early church fathers?) Or the world outside their four walls. They can barely remember their name! The deadly maze is between them and the vital answers they need! #6 A message is sent saying their will be no more food or supplies sent to this box, signaling “time is running out”! (Billy Graham passes and if you have not read the previous article “Billy Graham/ Methuselah”, I highly recommend you do!) #7 So they must piece together “clues”! #8 In order to discover their “true purpose”! #9 And find their way out before it is “too late”!

Wow…that even amazes me as I look at it, and I already knew of this comparison.

I try to keep my articles to approximately 1000 words. My recent days in the cave have been very rewarding and I have much to share, but do not want to choke you. Also, a peaceful meal is always best. He is the Prince of Peace. So my plan over the next few days is to keep it short, but write often and soon. So realize this is a very real and deadly maze. I invite you to explore it with me, there is much more to come, but I would like to end with a final note on Billy Graham.

Reverend Graham is being buried today, as a matter of fact, as I write these words, his services just started 10 minutes ago. It causes me to pause to consider that, but I want to point out his services are being held in a large tent, at the foot of a 40 foot glass cross in the side of what looks like a remodeled barn. The photo I saw even showed other farm buildings around. Reminds me of where my Teepee is, and the barn I worked on there just this week. The Internet said this barn is the “Billy Graham Library”. The part I especially want to point out is the CROSS. And here is the reason why>

Reading the early church fathers has greatly affected me. We have our popular modern day writers, and some of them excite us to the point of recommending to others. But because they are not canon scripture, Pastors do not generally preach from them in church. However, when it comes to someone who actually sat under the teachings of the Apostles, and were appointed church bishops by the Apostles, and proved themselves faithfully even unto death, just like the Apostles; I think I would like to know more of things they wrote and taught. I don’t know why our churches have not taught us more of these things? I think they are intentionally hiding certain things. And so far, what I have found, lends to confirming such an accusation. And our Lord’s CROSS has a big part in what I’m finding, even as Reverend Graham is reminding everyone of, this very day, probably this very moment. (Please read the below article, if you want to know more of Billy Graham and Methuselah). When we return we will begin revealing why I’m pointing out, once again, that CROSS. And so it seems is Billy Graham. More coming very soon.

 

Billy Graham / Methuselah?

20170430_151937 This may sound weird, and please allow me to explain what I mean by this, but I have been watching for the passing of Billy Graham for years. It did not surprise me when he lived to be so old, because I “suspect” Reverend Graham may have been a “marker” with God. Has there ever been a more well-known, or stronger preacher of GRACE, than Billy Graham? The GRACE preacher. And what does this mean?

Well…remember how we get a little mystical here…I can only make possible suggestions…you must decide if it has any value, or not. But I see a world racing towards the book of Revelation, just like mankind was in the days of Noah. But God had a marker in that day. His name was Methuselah. He is the oldest living man we have record of, living to be 969! Consider how spiritually interesting those numbers are. Methuselah’s son, Lemech (father of Noah), lived to be 777! Another set of very interesting numbers. And his grandpa, Grandpa Enoch, never died! But was translated 300 years after the birth of his son, Methuselah. More interesting numbers. Then Noah goes into the ark at age 600! (Interesting.) And if you calculate all these numbers you will find that in the same year Methuselah died, the great flood came!

From the date of Methuselah’s birth a clock of judgement began ticking, but God, showing his great mercy and long-suffering for sinful man, extended Methuselah’s life to be the longest of anyone known! And even though Billy Graham lived to be very old against all the odds, and he died at 99, another interesting number, those are not the reasons I have looked at him as a possible marker, although they do add evidence. We have a lot to consider here, and I will try to be as concise and simple as possible.

In Noah’s case, it all started with his great grand daddy Enoch. This guy was the 7th generation from Adam! (Another special number.) And he was so special, it says he walked with God, and pleased God! So much so that “God took him”! He was translated!But before God took him, he had a son named Methuselah, and if you study the name deep enough, you will find meanings of “man”, “mature man”, “extension of”, and “coming judgement”, as in a dart or missile!

I was curious one day and began calculating all the very specific dates (ages) given from Enoch to Noah concerning birth of children and ages of death. It was then I discovered that the flood was unleashed the very year this very long-lived person, Methuselah died! In other words, and I assume no one knew this, but every year Methuselah lived was another year the judgement did NOT come. And in this I saw a tremendous testimony of God’s great mercy and how he does not want to pour out judgement, but eventually the wickedness reaches such a level that there is no other choice.

As you can see, Noah was of a very special linage. It wasn’t just Noah. But how does this relate to Billy Graham? It’s not his great age, or that his number is 99 and Methuselah was 969, or that he fell just short of 100, like Methuselah fell short of 1000. (I had suspected he would not see 100, for this very reason.)

It’s because of what his whole life stood for. God’s GRACE! And if there is to be a judgement, which we know Revelation predicts eventually, and if God would choose to have a “marker”, like he did “in the days of Noah”, then what more likely person than the preacher of GRACE, Billy Graham? What more likely person, in all of the earth, who spoke to so many leaders of the whole earth, was so well respected, was so consistent in his message of God’s love and grace, and whose age and numbers also seem to be “interesting”?

Now I add to this what I see as a civil war going on in the churches, which many do not even seem to be aware of, but a silent and mostly respectable war going on between the “Government Pleasing” churches and the “God Pleasing” churches. (Enoch pleased God?) Hhmmm. (And was raptured?) Hhhhhmmmmmmm.

Enough said on that, but I will add yet one more possibility. Again, only food for spiritual thought. You decide. Our President is known for the “Art of the Deal”, and his abilities in this area. And with the move he made concerning the capitol of Jerusalem, I see it as a move that had to be made if there will ever be the peace treaty there. At such a time as all this, am I saying Trump is the antichrist? NO, I AM NOT. I think before his 4-8 years are over, he could be the beginning of the white horse going forth. Is that the same person as the antichrist? I don’t know, but my theory is, if Billy Graham has been a marker from God, then God just took that marker away. His prayers are no longer rising up from the earth. Whatever the power of his prayers may have been, they are in heaven now, but they are not here.

The Ten Virgins heard a cry and woke from their slumber. They discovered their lamps had gone out! They begin to trim their wicks. I believe a trimming is going on even now. However, only five were actually able to light those wicks! So the five foolish go to the five wise asking for charity, give us of your extra oil, and the five wise say no! A division! A civil war? Hhmmm.

Billy Graham is now face to face with our Lord. I envy him. But he ran his race and completed it. Will we be able to say the same? Perhaps if we are wise, it’s not too late? Let a fire of God light in us before it is too late. The door of the ark closed, the five foolish were left behind, but in every case, the “faithful” made it. Jesus said, “Remember Lot’s wife.” Just three little words. Another special number. SELAH.

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“Mirror, mirror, on the wall.”

20171202_173614 My day usually starts with 3 things: Quiet, white thoughts (prayer), and black coffee. Pretty much in that order. One reason I start my day that way is because I know without “God’s” power in “my” life then “my” monster comes more and more out of the cage God currently has him in. The more I understand Beatitude #1, the better off I am. The more I am the tax collector crying out to God have mercy on me, and not the Pharisee praying “thank you God I’m not like him”, the better off I am. So I like giving God my very first fruits of the day, and taking no chances, for I know what I am. I like gathering the manna God rains down in the morning, but melts away in the heat. It cannot be found after we are worn and weary from our busy day. (So says Grandpa White Feather. LOL)

We have just spent a lot of time on the previous 5 articles: “Is God the Monster?” I must say it has been a labor of love and revelation for me. In the beginning I was hesitant to go down that path, for I was not sure I could do justice to the subject. But God was there all the time, leading me places I was not expecting, and even revealing things I had not seen. For example, God charged Adam to dress and keep the Garden. I always wondered what Adam was supposed to do in a perfect Garden? What work was there to do?

But in these articles we began asking the question, when did Adam’s “turning” actually begin? How long had the “table been set” for the monster to have his day? Adam failed to maintain a certain “spiritual atmosphere” in the Garden. He failed to maintain the “Lord’s Table”, and it became a table set for the monster. I never saw this before. (And there is much more that could be said on that.)

Todays words are mostly to ask that all you very busy people, for I know that we all are, but if you missed any of the 5 episodes, I think it is worth our time to… get quiet… enter some white thoughts…maybe grab a cup of black coffee (or tea)…and go back to read those articles again…I know I have…and will again and again. (The Path of the White Feather.)

If we are the tax collector and not the Pharisee, then we know what we see about ourself when we look in God’s mirror. If we understand Beatitude #1, then we know we are the monster, not God. But the monster wants to dress you up, justify yourself and your actions, turn you into the older brother of the prodigal son, turn you into a Cain!

My words on this today is, never forget what you see in God’s mirror. Look in it regularly, and live a life of love and mercy because we know except for the grace of God, we are still the monster.

“For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in the mirror. YOU SEE YOURSELF, walk away, AND FORGET what you look like. But if you look CAREFULLY into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and DON’T FORGET what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” (James 1:23-25 NLT)

(Verse 27) “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means…(?)

Dear Lord, I pray that by the ministry of your Holy Spirit in us, that you would show us where we are too proud, too much in love with ourself and our ways, and teach us to walk your white path of humility. You walked the red path, so we could walk the white. We are the monsters who ripped you to shreds and turned your path red. May we never forget. Amen.

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Church of the White Path, at Tumble Pigeon Farm.

“Is God the Monster?” Part V

20171202_192016 “Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for there own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. And this is the message I proclaim — that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.” Romans 2:14-16

In the episodes leading up to this point, we have emphasized how it is not God who is the monster, but it is us. In the last episode we even showed a great deal of evidence that God has mercy for those who have never had a proper introduction to Christ, and prayed for such people when he prayed “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” The above scripture (Rom. 2:14-16), is another scripture referencing such a people. We called these people the “Golden Rule People”, and presented evidence that they may inherit the earth, the New Earth! While the Bride of the Lamb enjoys the fullness of God’s Kingdom in New City Jerusalem. Such wonderful possibilities. All indicating God is not the monster some like to believe and teach.

Until now, all this has been the easy part. After much study I cannot deny there is a “Cup of Wrath” slowly filling for all those who are truly monsters. However, what I find so very interesting, is what fills the cup! What is the cup filled with that eventually pours out on the “filler”? Because I think it may not be what most of us envision. Who qualifies as a monster in the eyes of God? The monsters are actually filling their own cup! As we have said, our sin nature is self-destructive. But again, what does God consider to be so evil, that he allows it to fill the cup? What kind of darkness is filling the cup?

This Episode #5 also begins our attempt to understand God as revealed in the Old Testament. I do not consider this a small thing. Our journey will begin in the New Testament, but will eventually also enter the old. I might add on a personal note, I am still between jobs, waiting for the background check to clear, which seems to be moving extra slow for some odd reason; and I am still fighting a virus in my lungs that does not want to go away. All of this has contributed to my being locked away in my cave to ponder and write these things. You be the judge if you think God’s hand is in this, but I am looking forward to being healthy again. Soon! (I hope.)

In Isaiah 60:2a, the Bible reveals “darkness”, and also something called “gross darkness”. “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people:…”

I think we have proven hell is a place God has reserved for “monsters”, but what does God consider to be a monster? Certainly not the innocent. I believe Jesus revealed to us over and over again what God considers to be monstrous, and it is not only darkness, but a gross darkness so evil our minds can barely comprehend! Satan is very good at hiding his true image. No one in their “right mind” would ever want to be associated with a darkness so sick, unless they too are a monster.

God’s word even speaks of a “reprobate mind”, which these people are given over to because they do not want to recognize God is God. What is reprobate? Gross darkness! A darkness that would murder their own Creator in full knowledge of what they are doing. Such as what we might see rise up after the 1000 year reign of Christ. This army of attackers still want to murder God even after 1000 years of peace and beauty! Again we ask, what kind of monster are such people? And may we all pray we never do such a thing ourself, because that seed is in every one of us. Lord have mercy on each of us, and keep us in your grace.

This actually is our first snapshot of Jesus revealing what God considers so evil, that it is monstrous, and if taken far enough, becomes unredeemable. Did you ever notice how Jesus was very merciful to the poor and humble, but very hard to the Pharisees? How is it he could eat with sinners but always ended up in trouble in the Temples?

“Two men went to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector.” (Anybody remember how Jesus treated Zachaeus?)

This parable is contained in  Luke 18, and Jesus spoke it to the Pharisees! About how the Pharisee prayed a prayer of self pride, but the tax collector recognized his own spiritual poverty (Beatitude #1), and cried out to God for mercy. Then Jesus said this: “I tell you this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Verse 14).

Immediately after this parable, probably on a different day, but Luke presents it at this time, Jesus speaks of children: “I tell you the truth, everyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

In an earlier episode we considered the wisdom of a little child and how they have a natural fear of monsters lurking in the dark, and therefore, also have a natural love for light! But as we outgrow our childhood, we have the potential to love gross darkness and hate the light! This is such an evil, and we could name different sins like pornography, adultery, hate, murder, stealing, lying, selfishness; but when you boil it all down, the plain evidence Jesus revealed about the Father over and over again, is that God is going to put down the PROUD and ARROGANT, and lift up the poor and humble. It appears this is what is filling the cup, filled by the sinner themself, and then poured out on himself, only multiplied, because a harvest is always multiplied. We reap the harvest we have sown with our own hands. Spiritual law 101, except for grace!

Back in Revelation again, we find this same analogy. The harlot has filled her cup! But with what?

“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:” (Rev. 17:4) (Full of what? Gross darkness!)

“And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus:” (Rev. 17:6a)

“And then I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.” (Rev. 18: 4-6) (The cup which she has filled!)

From there the scriptures go on to describe what incredible pleasures and luxuries she had indulged herself in. Such pride and arrogance. So what is the measure of a monster? How much does the cup of wrath hold before it spills over? Because this is where it connects to the Old Testament, when God told Abraham he could not have the promised land yet, for at least another several hundred years! “Because the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.” (Gen. 15:16)

Had the Amorites never filled that cup, it would not have poured out on them. But notice what our God judges so severely: Pride, arrogance, exalting yourself at the expense of others, rather than sacrificing yourself for the love of others. The Golden Rule. This is the sin God so hates. This is the sin Satan is so full of, even from his very beginning steps into a world of gross darkness. This is the monster. It is a form of self love over God and anyone else. Yes people, we really can love ourself too much. Think abut it.

So if we would judge God, we would have to say he is the lover and defender of all those who really care about others, even when it cost them a personal price. And he is the judge and enemy of all those who exalt themselves at the expense of others. We see it over and over again in scripture, even in the Old Testament.

In Revelation, when the martyrs are under the altar crying out to God, how long will you wait before you avenge our blood? These people were slain because they followed a lamb! What kind of evil is this?! But the cup of the dragon was not yet quite full. The day came when it was, and their own evil cup began pouring out on them, whereas the saints drank of the good wine, from the cup filled by their Lord as they followed the Lamb in his service.

Here’s an ending thought. The Pharisees asked Jesus: “Then why did Moses say in the law that a man could give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away?” Jesus replied, “Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended.” (Matt. 19:7-8)

I wonder how much of what we see in the Old Testament is actually because of OUR HARD HEARTS, not God’s? Did God really want a time span, or learning curve, of “AN EYE FOR AN EYE”? Or was it us? Jesus ate at the tables of sinners, and got in trouble at every temple. Judge not, lest ye be judged. Would you dare to judge God? We might be surprised to find out how much of our accusations against God is really because of a huge, I mean gigantic, beam in our own eye! Not to mention the condition of our heart. Do you think it might be possible, as the monsters we are, and the self-destructive nature we have, that it might actually be impossible for us to accurately judge the God of love? Are we really in any position to judge what pure love is? Or the rights of the one who created us?

I suspect if we take the Beatitudes and look at their exact opposites we will find what all the cups of wrath are being filled with. After all this, what I see is, God is the friend of the humble, and the enemy of the proud. But evil is really its own worse enemy, and everything that seems to poor out on them really comes from their own gross darkness. In heaven, there will finally be no monsters to be feared. God will be there. He will fill the place. But he is not the monster. And by his great love and grace, no longer are we.

THE END

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“Is God the Monster?” Part II

20171227_125924 Is God the monster, or are we the monster? Jesus said to his disciples: “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves.”

Please allow me to translate what Jesus just said here, “Look, I am sending you, my children, out into a world of monsters. Be careful, they will eat you alive. You are sheep, but they are wolves.” (Be careful of what goes bump in the night.)

We spoke of the Garden of Eden and how there was a monster in the garden, and the monster was not God. But man chose the monster over God, he embraced his destroyer over his Creator. And now we have this self-destructive nature within us.

We have also spoke of how Jesus shifted things from the “Temple” to “His Table”, a Table of Fellowship through His shed blood, the Lord’s Supper, but do you remember there was also a monster at that table? Jesus was not unaware of the monster sitting at the table. In Matthew 26:21, we read this: “While they were eating, he said, ‘I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.”

(verse 22) “Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one, Lord?”

I find it very interesting that each disciple realized their own potential to be the monster. That under the right circumstances, the sin nature in them might take over. “Am I the one, Lord?” Each of these in all sincerity asked honestly. But the real monster knew he was the one! And yet, still asked the question as if he did not know! This is the evil in the world God will judge! How do you plan a good man’s murder and act as if you are innocent? Who are these people? (Except for the grace of God, there go I.)

(Verse 25) “Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, ‘Rabbi, am I the one?’ “

(Verse 26) “And Jesus told him, ‘You have said it.’ “

This question of who is the monster has been taking me some very interesting places. I have found myself waking in the morning, and laying in bed for an hour pondering how to show in scripture why there is a place called hell, and the evil it is created for is so monstrous, that God is totally just in his judgement. It was not those asking sincerely that day, admitting there own human frailty, that Jesus pointed out as the monster. It was the one trying to hide it, trying to deceive and still carry out his plan to murder an innocent man for 30 pieces of silver. And of that man, Jesus said it would have been better for him had he never been born!

Who is this monster known as Satan, the devil, the serpent, so full of death, hate, and destruction, and yet we would love him? We would love darkness in which we cannot even see, and we stumble over things, even walking to our own death, over a world of light in which all can be seen clearly? We are all infected with this self-destructive virus and have become spiritual paupers! (First Beatitude.) But are we one who recognizes our own condition, or are we one who continues to embrace our sickness? Are we one who comes to God asking him to save us from our own evil heart, or are we full of darkness, self-righteous, like the Pharisees?

I think the last two chapters of Revelation sheds a great deal of light on this subject, but before we go to the end of the book, lets look at the beginning again. God creates a beautiful garden and gives it to Adam and Eve as a free gift! And then he warns Adam, you can enjoy all this garden, and have dominion over it, but only do not eat of that one tree. For if you do, there is a monster called death. God is always aware of the monsters. He points them out to us, just like he pointed out Judas, but do we listen?

The monster attacks Adam and Eve and all mankind suffers a great loss. But notice the difference between Adam and Eve, and the future actions of their son, Cain. We know Adam and Eve were ashamed, and sorry for what they had done. They also submitted to God’s judgement that came upon them. They may not have liked it, but they knew they were guilty, and they fessed up to it, even if they did try to pass the buck so to speak, still…in the end they fessed up.

However, fast forward a couple decades or so later, a son of Adam and Eve, CAIN, commits the first murder! The taking of a life! His own brother! Not only is it premeditated, but he never shows any remorse over his actions! He only shows regret for getting caught! Who are these people?! Is CAIN the father of them? Are they nothing but wolves? They have no heart of flesh and blood, but only of stone?

Assuming you know the basic story of Cain, and how he wanted to present his own works to God, (vegetables), and did not want to consider God’s reasons of why that was not acceptable. God makes this offer to him: “Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” (Gen. 4:6-7)

Notice God offers Cain the path of acceptance, just like the father offered to the older brother, in the story of the Prodigal Son, he begged (it says), for the older brother to come in and join the celebration, but he did not! (I wonder if he later murdered his younger brother? Hhmmm.)

Notice the description of sin: crouching at the door, eager to control you. It sounds like a ravenous beast ready to devour Cain, and Cain chose the beast! He literally invites his brother out into the fields, knowing full well his plan is to murder him! He commits the murder, hides the body, and then tries to avoid admitting to the crime when God shows up! (Adam and Eve did not deny their actions.)

Once God passes judgement on Cain, “Cain replied to the Lord, ‘My punishment is too great for me to bear!” (Notice who he is still thinking about? Himself!) You have made me homeless, and anyone who finds me will kill me! (My paraphrase.) (Oh, you mean they will try to do to you what you intentionally did to your brother?) Who are these monsters whose mind works in these ways?! What kind of evil is this?

These are the people who need to fear God, for there is a real hell waiting for them, and with great regret (Ezek. 33:11), God will cast them there! But surely you are not such a person as this? (I hope.) I mean, if you are, then this is real darkness, and you are a monster! There are no plans for you in God’s future, except a place called hell. If God were such a monster, he would cast himself there too. (I sincerely believe this.) But God is not the monster. Satan is, and all those who love his ways.

Now we could speak of the condition of mankind when God flooded the earth, stating that a fresh start was the only hope. We could look at Esau, or possibly Sodom and Gomorrah, and we might eventually, but I mentioned the last two chapters of Revelation. I really like the light these two chapters shine on this subject. That is where we will take up in Part III. I hope you’re enjoying this.

“Is there a God to be Feared?”

20171109_131414 I am afraid the time has finally come I must begin to make some decisions on where this Teepee is going. Half of me is excited about this, and the new things I have seen; and half of me is nervous about what a huge responsibility this is.

I have been in much study for weeks now. Currently I am between jobs and have been sick. This too has allowed me much study time. I start my new job in a pet store as soon as my background check clears. I just left my old job two days ago. We also have much snow, ice, and cold keeping everyone inside right now.

In many ways I feel like the “Rey” of Star Wars in that this sword has been calling to me and I must not say “NO”. This is why I have so enjoyed writing my Star War Series. The new episode came at just the right time for me. And the church I grew up in, could be imagined as the Luke hiding on the island and somewhat compromised in his own darkness. But I have left that bleak picture to embrace a bright vision full of hope and glory, much like Rey trying to learn this ancient way in her modern day. I’m finally at a point of beginning to make some decisions about the “Proper Table Setting” of God’s word and the Fellowship of His Table. Tumble Pigeon Farm is to be such a place.

I do believe Zahnd is right that Jesus shifted things from the Temple to the Table. Even as we see Jesus in Revelation challenging the Churches to be zealous and open the door for Him to come in and “sup” with them. But my question is, have we been zealous enough about a “Proper Table Setting”? Does the Table Setting affect the strength of God’s Presence? We should not only realize we have progressed from Temple to Table, but because of that very fact, be concerned about “Table Setting”.

I just listened to a one hour debate between Brian Zahnd and another Bible scholar concerning what really happened at the cross and is God the Father a vengeful God who sacrifices His own Son, ( a form of child sacrifice), in order to satisfy His own hate/wrath against sin? (Wow, what a question, and yet so much hinges on the answer to it. Just like who told Eve she could not “touch” the tree. Answers to such questions as these are more important than we sometimes realize.)

I love much of what Brian Zahnd says and teaches. I really enjoy his stuff. And even though I don’t think the picture forming in my head is completely the same as his, I do believe he has been a great help in me finding the “balance” I have been hungry for. I have always believed this “balance” was there for the discovery, if only we could search it out, because the American Church has become prideful in her own certainty, and lost her way.

So is there a God to be feared? Does darkness fear light? It should, because light cannot show up without darkness being expelled. But who is of the darkness? Anyone who does not believe in the Word of God, whom we Christians call Jesus. (Basically John 3:18-20). Jesus is the very nature of God expressed in word and deed. So if someone lives according to the Word of God, even though they have never received the “name of Jesus” per say, is that person evil? This is the question I am currently seeing new light on.

But let me say this! If someone truly loves darkness, and they have no respect for God’s will in their heart by the nature of conscience, then that person better fear God! If they are of the principalities of Satan himself, they better fear God! Yes there is a God to be feared! If someone can taste of Jesus and decide to spit him out, that person better fear God! For as darkness cannot stand when light shows up, neither will they be able to stand. Blasphemy of God’s love, His Holy Spirit, is a fearful thing to be guilty of. If we have done such things, we reveal ourself to be so wicked, that the very fires within ourself will consume us forever. Like Satan cannot control his own burning, neither will these people be able to control theirs. By its very nature, light is the end of darkness.

Is God a vengeful God because light is painful to darkness? Would polio consider a polio vaccine as evil or vengeful? I suppose it would, but the person being healed would embrace the vaccine as love and salvation! This world is sick with a spiritual polio and needs a healer. On judgement day, “polio” will be eradicated! We have no love for it. Could we even say we hate it? Yes, I believe that is correct. So if you not only have polio, but you love and embrace it; you are one with it…you love the ways of polio over the ways of God…let me tell you there is a God to be feared!

I’m not sure I’m explaining this very well yet, but this is only meant to be a beginning. I have much to share on these subjects, even some questions to pose that I do not pretend to be sure of the answers. But as we seek answers from God with a totally honest and humble heart, I believe we will see more than we have seen before.

Don’t hesitate to pose questions of your own at this site. I think most people are not looking to be divisive. We simply know we must be faithful to what we believe to be true. I respect that. I think we all respect that, and we all must live by that same code of faith. And at the same time, not be afraid if we might be wrong on something. Hiding in fear of being wrong should never be our answer, because this is simply a form of “PRIDE”, and God hates PRIDE. It is of the darkness, and when God shows up… Well, we know what happens when light enters a dark room. We already spoke of that.

So here we go people. What I have named as “Church of the White Path” at “Tumble Pigeon Farm” is beginning to draw some lines in the sand of what we are. Yes, we are about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the simplicity of Christ, and we have a great desire to know, “What hath God actually said?”

All sincere opinions are welcome.

We are about to enter into questions not often spoke of, and possibilities I have not heard presented. We enter these things in a desire to truly know our God.