October 18 2011 ©Homer Kizer
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Commentary — From the Margins
The Glory of an Allegory
Now even the first covenant had
regulations for worship and an earthly place of holiness. For a tent was
prepared, the first section, in which were the lampstand
and the table and the bread of the Presence. It is called the
The existence of the earthly temple was evidence that the way into the holy places—the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place [Holy of Holies]—was not yet open to Israel; for as long as the first section stood (it stood until 586 BCE, then until 70 CE), the temple blocked the way into the presence of God for both Israel, and for all of humankind … the preceding is a bold claim, for the Apostle Paul declared that disciples of Christ Jesus formed the temple of God (1 Cor 3:16–17; 2 Cor 6:16), with the basis for this claim being that the Holy Place was a symbol or metaphor for the fleshly body of a disciple and the Most Holy Place was a metaphor for the now-living inner self—living after the disciple receives a second breath of life, the breath of the Father [pneuma Theon], thereby making the disciple a tripart living creature: pneuma (the breath of life that has come from God), psuche (the breath of life that comes from the first Adam), and soma (the fleshly body).
The flesh (again, soma) and the breath received from Adam—the breath Adam received when Elohim [singular in usage] breathed into his nostrils (Gen 2:7)—together, are represented symbolically by the Holy Place where the Levitical priesthood daily performed their duties, sacrificing the daily and making sin offerings that have to be repeated for each transgression of the Law. And the visible distinction between the lifeless tent [later, temple] and the Levitical priests forms the shadow and copy of the distinction between the flesh made from the base elements of the earth and the physical inner self represented metonymically by shallow human breath [psuche]. This spiritually-dead physical inner self is most often identified in English translations of Holy Writ as the person’s soul, but the linguistic icon <soul> usually carries a connotative meaning of immortality—and this should not be. For the soul that sins shall perish in the lake of fire, not live forever in torment. According to Paul’s gospel, the person who sins without the Law (a person who is not under the Law) will perish without the Law (Rom ); for it is the doers of the Law who will be justified before God (v. 13). And to perish in the lake of fire is to be no more forever; it is to cease to exist in any form.
In Paul claiming that disciples are the temple of God, the breath of God [pneuma Theon] in the breath of Christ [pneuma Christos] entering into the person’s dead inner self [psuche] resurrects the person’s inner self to life and is analogous to the Levitical high priest entering the Most Holy Place on Yom Kipporim. Thus, the person—if he or she continues in faith to walk as Jesus walked—has two breaths of life, one that activates the flesh (received from Adam) and one that activates the now-living inner self (received from the last Adam). With the indwelling of Christ Jesus in a person through the presence of the breath/spirit of Christ [again pneuma Christos], the person goes from being soma and psuche (see Matt in Greek) as humanity was before the spirit [pneuma] was given to being tripart as Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians when he desires that the holy ones are well in their pneuma, psuche, and soma.
The reason why Paul identified disciples as the
The Apostle John said that when Jesus answered Jews in Jerusalem about why He had driven merchants and money-changers out from the temple in the first year of His ministry, Jesus declared, “‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up’” (John 2:19), with the temple Jesus referenced being His body, a symbol representing the Church, His Body (1 Cor 12:27).
If what the author of Hebrews writes is projected
But again, the
For as long as the Church, the Body of Christ,
stood/stands no person can come into God’s presence, the reality of the Holy of
Holies in the earthly temple, except Christ Jesus; hence by no other name
[authority] can a person be saved (Acts 4:10–12). For flesh and blood cannot
The Church that Jesus promised to build would be based upon the movement of breath from in front of the nasal [nose] consonant as in the name <John> [You are Simon the son of John) to behind the nasal as in <Jonah> [Simon Bar-Jonah), and from exhalation (dead breath) to inhalation (living breath).
Jesus’ physical body died from loss of breath, the significance of crucifixion. His spiritual Body was built on the movement of breath from the breath that sustains physical life to receipt of a second breath of life, the breath of God [pneuma Theon] that is holy spirit [pneuma hagion], received when God the Father draws a person from this world (John 6:44, 65) and gives to the person the earnest of eternal life, the indwelling of His breath [again, pneuma Theon] in the spirit of Christ [pneuma Christos] … the English word <spirit> derives from the Latin word <spīritus>, the direct translation of the Greek word — pneuma, with spīritus meaning “breath” or the “breath of a god.” Therefore, since the Church Jesus promised to build would be constructed on receipt of the Holy Spirit, failure to give the Holy Spirit to another physical generation would result in the death of the Church when the present generation that had received the indwelling of the spirit of Christ died out physically. And who would know that the Church had died other than spirit beings? The person who never had the indwelling of the spirit of Christ wouldn’t know what he or she lacked; hence, the Church Jesus would build could die without its death being noticed by the following generation. The children of Christians who undertook no journey of faith to cleanse hearts but who continued in the practices of their parents would not be circumcised-of-heart even if they were born of spirit. Their children would then not undertake a journey of faith that led them to live as Judeans in a Roman world that despised Judaism, and the Christian Church will seem to have grown into a more perfect understanding of God when in reality, it had died spiritually and was again fully an agent of the Adversary.
But the gates of Hades didn’t prevail against Jesus’ earthly body: after three days, the Father raised Him from death. Likewise, after the third day of the “P” creation account, God will raise the spiritual Body of Christ from death by giving to this Body—the greater Christian Church—indwelling eternal life: after the third day, the Christian Church will be liberated from indwelling sin and death through being filled-with and empowered by the divine breath of God, for the gates of Hades shall not prevail against the Church Jesus built on the movement of breath from in front of the nasal to behind the nasal, from exhalation to inhalation. However, the caveat is that when the Christian Church is resurrected to life at the Second Passover liberation of Israel, the Church will be utterly destroyed through the Church as the last Eve giving birth to two sons, a spiritual Abel and a spiritual Cain: the Church will cease to be, for every Christian during the next three and a half years will be of either Cain, who murders his brother, or righteous Abel, who is indeed killed by the sin that devours his brother.
The significance of what the writer of Hebrews
wrote has escaped Christendom; for no Christian wants to believe that as long
as the Church Jesus built stood/stands, the way to God is blocked by the
Christian Church being the
For God shows no partiality. For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. (Rom 2:11–16)
All who have sinned without the Law are not under grace but will perish without the Law; for it is those who are doers of the Law that will be justified, regardless of whether they are Christians, Jews, Muslims, or even atheists. It is those who show love to neighbor and brother when no one is looking that will be justified before God throughout the period when the Christian Church has no indwelling life, the period between the beginning of the 2nd-Century and early into the 16th-Century, when the glorified Jesus as the last Elijah laid over the dead corpse of Christianity and again breathed His breath into this corpse as the first Elijah laid over the corpse of the son of the widow woman (1 Kings 17:17–24).
The sacrifice of goats and calves made at Yom Kipporim—the Day of Atonement—covered unintentional sins, transgressions of the Law arising from ignorance or innocence, not willful transgressions … grace is the reality of the sacrifices made on Yom Kipporim; the reality that is the garment of Christ Jesus’ righteousness. And grace covers unintentional sins, not willful sins.
No Christian in the flesh can deliberately transgress any of the commandments and be glorified: grace covers unintentional transgressions of the commandments, transgressions that arise either from ignorance or from the weakness of the flesh. Thus, the Christian who knows that the Sabbath commandment references keeping holy the Sabbath—the seventh day of the weekly cycle—not doing the person’s work or shopping on this day, but who nonetheless conducts his or her mundane affairs on this day, deliberately transgresses the Sabbath commandment and is condemned for doing do; whereas the 11th-Century Christian in France who had neither a Bible nor sufficient education to read Scripture but must take his instruction in Christianity from the parish priest did not and could not know that Sunday was not the Sabbath and therefore in innocence transgressed the Sabbath commandment.
With the invention of the printing press and affordable copies of Scripture, and with wider spread literacy, Christians, with few exceptions, read for themselves the commandments of God and lost their cloak of ignorance: by the 17th-Century, most every Christian knew that the Sabbath was the seventh day, not the day-after-the-Sabbath, the day upon which the Christian consciously chose to worship God. Therefore, to prevent wholesale condemnation of Christians, the Church had to be returned to life after having been dead for more than 1200 years (closer to 1500 years). And beginning early in the 16th-Century and as the last Elijah, Christ Jesus laid over the dead corpse of Christianity and breathed His breath into this corpse in figurative mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, pausing to rise from the corpse late in the 16th-Century, then again late in the 20th-Century.
What the author of Hebrews cites that’s of most significance is that the Holy Place, the front portion of the Sanctuary, the portion the priests could enter daily, formed a parable or metaphor disclosing that Israel could not enter into the presence of the Lord:
For as long as the ministry of death stood, with its daily being the morning and evening sacrifice of a lamb, the way into the presence of the Lord was not open to the people of the Lord, and they, Israel, stood as a parable for all of humanity.
Therefore, the transgressions of Israel—its idolatry throughout centuries—should not surprise anyone for even after the way was opened into the Holy of Holies, the circumcised-of-heart nation of Israel [greater Christendom] rejected the way into the presence of God and chose to continue living as people of the nations far from God.
In the earthly temple was first the Holy Place, the outer portion of the Sanctuary, and second, the Most Holy Place, the Holy of Holies, with both of these two sections of the Temple forming symbols, parables, metaphors—all of these words being appropriate—for Israel prior to its Second Passover liberation:
The period represented by the 1st day of the first month through the end of the 14th day of the first month of the sacred year is symbolized by the earthly temple—
The 14th day of the first month, the Preparation Day that is the First Unleavened (from Matt 26:17), represents the entirety of the period when the way was opened into the Holy of Holies (i.e., into the presence of God) via the indwelling of the spirit of Christ;
Thus, days 1 through 13 of the first month [Aviv] are representative of the ministry of death and its glory—the glory that the Holy Place in the temple held, with the ministry of death selecting and penning the paschal lamb on the 10th day of the first month.
But what’s of significance is that the Holy of
Holies, the second section of the earthly temple, was only entered by the high
priest, and only entered one time a year … until the shadow cast by the earthly
temple ends, only the high priest can enter into the presence of God. And
today, Christ Jesus is
The above will seem confusing; for Christians have been taught that they now enter into the presence of God, that Christ made it possible for them to enter into the Holy of Holies. But Christians in the 1st-Century formed the temple of God: again, Paul identified Christians as the temple (1 Cor 3:16–17; 2 Cor 6:16) — and as has been previously explained, there are two sections to a person born of God: the fleshly body that is comparable to the Holy Place, and the living inner self comparable to the Holy of Holies, where the spirit of God [pneuma Theon] dwells in the spirit of Christ [pneuma Christos], with Christ Jesus entering this inner self one time, and one time only. And therein lies a mystery of God that has not been well understood; for the fleshly body of a Christian is analogous to ancient Israel under the ministry of death—for again, flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God just as ancient Israel could not enter into the presence of God, this prohibition seen in the command not to kindle a fire on the Sabbath (Ex 35:3) and seen in the writer of Hebrews claiming that as long as the high priest of Israel made sacrifices for himself and his house and for the people of Israel, the way to God was closed to the nation.
For as long as Israel made animal sacrifices in an earthly temple on Yom Kipporim, the way into the presence of God was blocked by a curtain rent from top to bottom when Christ Jesus died. But just as surely, the way into the presence of God is blocked for the Christian by his or her earthly body—this way will remain blocked until the person is glorified upon Christ Jesus’ return from the presence of God when He comes as King of kings and Lord of lords. Until then, the Christian can only enter into the presence of God through the indwelling of Christ Jesus in the person’s living inner self. The person only has indwelling eternal life through the indwelling of the spirit of God in the spirit of Christ. If Christ Jesus were to leave the presence of God, disciples would lose indwelling eternal life.
The Christian without the indwelling of the spirit of Christ has no presence before God even though this person has professed with his or her mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believes in his or her heart that the Father raised Jesus from death—and to have the indwelling of Christ, the person must walk as Christ Jesus walked … the Christian truly born of God as a son cannot help but walk as Jesus walked. This person cannot fail to walk as Jesus walked; the person has little or no choice about walking as Jesus walked. Therefore, the Christian who doesn’t walk as an outwardly uncircumcised Judean simply has not been born of spirit.
One son of God will recognize another son of God through how the other walks, not outwardly but inwardly. Any person can keep the Sabbath, can appear to keep all of the commandments, can profess that Jesus is Lord with his or her mouth, and can fool most of humanity into believing that he or she has been born of God as a son. But these outward things, which the genuine son of God will do, only form the shadow and copy of what is in the person’s heart, which will be either deceit or love. Therefore, the wife who keeps a close friendship with a man other than her husband will be found committing adultery in her heart—if this woman were truly born of God, she could not continue the closeness of the friendship. She would sever the closeness and would keep her former friend at a distance. Likewise, the man who meddles in the affairs of others either is not born of God as is usually the case, or this man grievously hinders the maturation of the inner son of God within himself, thereby keeping the inner son a spiritual infant for far longer than should be the case. And the Christian teacher who teaches without being called by God to teach has rebellion in his or her heart, rebellion based upon the spirit of competition, a spirit that is not of God but of the Adversary. The Christian teacher who is so presumptuous as to teach without being called to do so seeks to do Christ’s job for Him and consciously or unconsciously judges Christ, determining in the person’s heart that Christ has failed in His primary responsibly of bringing many sons to glory; that without the person’s immediate assistance Christ Jesus will lose sons of God; that this person can do Christ’s job better that the glorified Jesus can do His job. This person has so little spiritual understanding that this person’s ignorance would be laughable if it were not for the spiritual damage the person does to others.
One son of God will recognize another not by
whether the other keeps the commandments but by what the other does in times of
stress, times of crises, times that try the souls of men; for love can be
professed with the mouth and outwardly manifested in donations and support and
can be false, but genuine love cannot be hidden when trials and tests strike
the other person. Therefore, those Christians—Sabbatarian or otherwise—that
cross to the other side of the road to avoid a person beaten by thieves or
robbed by swindlers are like the priest and the Levite who passed by the
half-dead fellow for whom the good Samaritan cared (Luke 10:30–36). The
Christian who would permit a swindler to sit with him [or her] in a Sabbath
service is a spiritual bastard, professing to be a son of God while actually
being the son of the Adversary, with this analogy having relevance today within
the so-called independent Churches of God in the
Returning to the analogy established by the writer
of Hebrews: when idolatrous
The construction of the second temple was by
command of Cyrus, the non-Israelite Persian king of
Why was the temple razed? Because
And I said to their children [the children of the
nation that left
Therefore, son of man, speak to the house of
In offering sacrifices wherever
But again, as the gates of Hades could not prevail over Jesus’ earthly body, the gates of Hades cannot prevail over His spiritual Body: the Church would be resurrected to life through the last Elijah thrice laying over and breathing His breath into the dead corpse, with these three times representing seventy weeks: seven weeks, sixty-two weeks, and one week (Dan 9:25–27) …
When the way into the presence of God again opens to Gentiles, the single kingdom of this world will have been given to the Son of Man (See Dan 7:9–14; Rev 11:15–18), and the divine breath of God will have been poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28), thereby causing the third part of humankind (from Zech 13:9) to become firstborn sons of God. There will no longer be a Christian Church to block the way into the presence of God. Only the person, him or herself, can prevent the person from entering into the kingdom.
Today, Autumn 2011, the still very tiny seven named churches actually prevent Gentiles and Christians-that-live-as-Gentiles from entering into God’s presence … Sabbath observance prevents Gentiles from coming to God; professing that Jesus is Lord prevents Jews from entering into God’s presence; acknowledging that Allah/Yah died prevents Muslims from accepting the glorified Jesus as their High Priest.
Although the actual number of born-of-spirit Christians in this world is too small to have statistical significance, the existence of merely ten such Christians would be enough to prevent Gentiles and Christian-Gentiles from coming before the Lord. So until the last Eve gives birth to two sons, spiritual Abel and spiritual Cain, thus fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy—“‘Before she was in labor she gave birth; before her pain came upon her she delivered a son. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? Shall a nation be brought forth in one moment? For as soon as Zion was in labor she brought forth her children’” (Isa 66:7–8)—the Christian Church is fully represented by the fruiting spurs that will bring forth the seven named churches of Revelation chapters 2 & 3 when the kingdom of this world is given to the Son of Man.
This Commentary will be continued.
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