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Commentary — From the Margins
Chapter Three: A New War Scroll
In February 2004, in the Shaffer
The Apostle Paul asked and answered the question, “Are we to sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means” (Rom 6:15) … sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4); it is lawlessness. And grace is, simply, the mantle or cloak or garment (Gal 3:27) of Jesus’ righteousness that covers a person who has been drawn from this world by the Father (John 6:44) and called to be a disciple of Christ Jesus (John 15:16). As a cloaked spacecraft in the Star Trek television series was invisible, grace makes the lawlessness of a person invisible to the Father and to angels because that lawlessness has been covered by the blood or righteousness of Christ. This blood or righteousness is, according to Jesus, the “‘blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins’” (Matt 26:28). So there is a covenant involved, a covenant that establishes the basis for Jesus’ ongoing covering of His disciples with His blood or righteousness.
With pedagogical redundancy, let it be said again:
grace is, simply, Jesus’ blood and righteousness covering the
If the Law and the Prophets were abolished, there
would have been no reason for Jesus to have died at
Jesus covers, not pardons, the sins of
There is no provision in the Sinai covenant for
forgiveness of sin; nor is there any provision in the
A covenant made with the flesh extends from cutting
to cutting, or from the shedding of blood to the shedding of blood, and such a
covenant will be a shadow of a heavenly or spiritual covenant that is ratified
by better sacrifices (Heb 9:23). The covenant God made with Noah about never
again baptizing the world with water was ratified with the setting of a bow
(rainbow) in the sky (Gen 9:13), a better sacrifice than blood; so this
covenant is an eternal covenant. Likewise, the covenant made between God and
the mixed circumcised and uncircumcised children of Israel on the plains of
Moab (Deut 29:1)—the covenant by which Israel is promised circumcised
hearts (Deut 30:6) upon demonstration of faith (vv 1–2)—was ratified with a song (Deut chap 32), a
better sacrifice than blood; so this is an eternal covenant. But the marriage
covenant made between physically circumcised Israel and YHWH, Israel’s Elohim,
its God—the covenant by which Israel becomes the holy nation of God (Ex
19:5-6)—was ratified by the blood of oxen thrown against the altar made
at Sinai, and on the people (Ex 24:5-8). This blood was like that of a
woman’s hymen broken on the marriage bed; so this covenant is made with
the flesh and is not an eternal covenant. However, this covenant remained in
force until either
The Passover covenant made between “I AM” and Israel, mediated by Moses, was ratified by the blood of paschal lambs and by the lives of Egyptians given as ransom for Israel (Isa 43:3). This is a covenant made with the flesh, and this covenant is a shadow and copy of the new covenant.
covenant made between YHWH,
made with Abraham at
Abraham’s faith caused him to believe God that his offspring would be like stars, and this faith was counted to him as righteousness (Gen 15:6). Thus, Abraham covered his sins with his faith and his righteousness so that the Lord could testify about Abraham that he had obeyed God’s voice and kept God’s charge, His commandments, His statutes, and His laws (Gen 26:5).
The Lord [YHWH] had an additional covenant with Abraham [then Abram] that was ratified by circumcision of foreskins (Gen chap 17): this was a covenant made in the flesh, and as such, this covenant was a shadow and copy of a heavenly covenant. The son of promise that came from this covenant and that Isaac represented was a shadow and type of a spiritual Isaac (Gal 4:21–31).
The additional covenant made with the children of Israel on the plains of Moab (Deut 29:1), mediated by Moses but not to be implemented until after Israel was dispersed because of the nation’s lawlessness and until after Israel returned to the Lord by faith, was ratified by the second song of Moses, a better sacrifice. This is a heavenly covenant, and this is the covenant which the glorified Jesus is now the mediator and the covenant to which better promises were added.
The Passover covenant and the Sinai covenant and the covenant by which Abraham receives the breath of Yah [the addition of the /ah/ radical to Abram’s name discloses that both Abram and Sarai received the same holy spirit or divine breath that King David had]—all were made with the flesh and were slated from their inauguration to be replaced by heavenly or spiritual covenants, with both the prophet Jeremiah and the writer of Hebrews disclosing the terms of the spiritual replacement for the Passover covenant, the first of the covenants mediated by Moses.
The Apostle Paul wrote that the barrier of physical circumcision was abolished so that Gentiles could be brought near to the covenants of promise in the Law of Moses (Eph 2:11–22) … Paul doesn’t write that the Law of Moses (the Torah) was abolished. Only foolish and lawless Christians would make such a ridiculous assertion. Rather, he writes that circumcision of the flesh is no longer the circumcision that matters. The prophet Jeremiah had written,
Behold the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh—Egypt, Judah, Edom, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and all who dwell in the desert who cut the corners of their hair, for all of these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart. (Jer 9:25–26)
All of the
The plans that God has for
The schism that separated the 1st-Century
CE sect of the Nazarenes from the sects of the Pharisees and the Sadducees was
over circumcision, which remains at the center of the schism between endtime
Sabbatarian Christians and rabbinical Judaism. For an Israelite to be
circumcised of heart, since Calvary the person must be born of spirit, receiving
actual life in the heavenly realm through the birth of a new creature in the
same tent of flesh. And the person who keeps the precepts of the law by faith
will have his or her uncircumcision counted as circumcision (Rom 2:26): this
person who had an uncircumcised heart will receive a circumcised heart (Rom
Bridging the schism between Sabbatarian disciples
and Judaism is not really possible until the second Passover liberation of
Islam is composed of peoples the prophet Jeremiah
named as uncircumcised of heart. The house of
Although circumcision was the focus of the schism
between the sect of the Nazarenes and the sect of the Pharisees, the construct
that originated the schism was that Yah, the Creator of all that has been
made, entered His creation as His only Son and died as a man at
Conciliar Christendom, like Judaism, does not
believe that the Creator of all that is
entered His creation and died as a man. Through a linguistic two-step,
conciliar Christendom dances around the Creator dying as a man by adding a
partner, the Holy Spirit, and flying the flag of a triune deity that has one of
three personhoods entering the creation as a fully man, fully God being, of
which only the fully man portion can and did die. This thoroughly Greek
conception of God forms the foundation for the Trojan horse the philosophers of
Achaia used to win an empire from
Arian Christendom, like its cousins, holds that Jesus was a created being; that at best He is now of a similar substance as the Father, but He is definitely not the Creator of all that is. Islam holds that Jesus was a great prophet, a man born as a man and undergoing the same afterlife as other prophets of Allah. And these three—conciliar Christianity, Arian Christianity, and Islam—actually support Judaism’s contention that physically circumcised Israel remains married to its deity to this day although they may well deny what their apologetics argue.
If Judaism remains married to the Creator of all that is, what sort of a wife has Judaism been to
this God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? And what sort of a husband has the Creator been for Rabbinical Judaism
Where was the
Creator of all that is when cattle cars disgorged the elders of the
physically circumcised nation into the gas chambers at Auschwitz, or the
children of the nation at
Has Judaism been a faithful wife, loving her
husband will all of her heart and mind, loyal to her husband, forsaking all
others for him? Or has Judaism, like the house of
For sons of light, there is sadness that cannot be fully expressed by what has happened: Jesus strictly charged His disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ (Matt 16:20), the moshiach. He told them, “‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled’” (Luke 24:44), but He had to supernaturally open their minds so that they could understand Scripture (v. 45). How are those whose minds are not so opened to understand Scripture? If the minds of His disciples, after being with Him from three and a half years plus the forty days, required being supernaturally opened, it is not possible for the minds (even the best minds alive) to understand the things of God. Everything I write will be foolishness, fiction, prose falling into a hybrid literary genre that mingles apologetics with imagination to resurrect Christendom’s abandoned roots.
Jesus acknowledged to His disciples that everything
written about the anointed one, moshiach,
had to be fulfilled, and Jesus knew that everything was not fulfilled in the 1st-Century,
nor yet fulfilled today. Everything will be fulfilled. The basis has been laid.
The marriage covenant made at Sinai had to be broken because of
Today, the foundation has been laid for grafting
The underlying construct of Christendom is that the God who created all that is (John 1:3) entered His creation as His only Son (John 3:16), the man Jesus of Nazareth (John 1:14), and was baptized by John, at which time He received a second life when the divine Breath of the Father descended as a dove, lit and remained on Him, thereby fulfilling all righteousness (Matt 3:15–17). Jesus was born of Mary as the Son of the Creator of all that is and He became the Son of the Father when the divine breath of the Father descended upon Him as a dove. He was then, by birth, the only Son of Theos, and He became the firstborn Son of Theon] when the divine breath of the Father [pneuma Theon] descended upon Him as a dove. He then had two lives, one that came to the flesh from the breath that entered through His nose and mouth, and He had a second life or nature that come through receipt of the spirit of God. He was a man, fully a man and only a man until the divine breath of the Father descended like a dove and lit on Him. He was not born of Mary fully God, but as a human infant. If He were not a human infant, He would not be the Son of Theos, but Theos Himself. So to say that Jesus was born fully man and fully God is blasphemy! To teach that He was born as fully man and fully God is heresy!!
The glorified Jesus told His disciples, “‘Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high’” (Luke 24:46–49). … Repentance and forgiveness of sin in Jesus’ name was to be proclaimed to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem: it was proclaimed from Jerusalem, but when it left that physical city the proclamation of repentance and forgiveness was badly garbled and grievously distorted, not by Paul, but by all those who came from Jerusalem as former Pharisees, and by those who left Paul in Asia (2 Tim 1:15), and by those in Corinth (1 Cor 3:1–3), and by those in Galatia (Gal 1:6), and even by the Jews of Ephesus (Acts 20:18–21).
Jesus warned His disciples not to deceive (Matt 24:4 – read this in Greek); yet somehow a great many converts in the mid 1st-Century CE were deceived and were taught a false gospel. And today, Paul’s warnings about a false gospel are used to justify and to teach a false gospel in an upside-down world. The Adversary won’t win, but he certainly had success in marginalizing and suppressing the early sons of light.
It is small wonder that Christendom has had such a difficult time converting Jews: Jesus said not to think that He came to abolish the Law and the Prophets (Matt 5:17); yet visible Christendom teaches that Jesus abolished the law. Jesus said not to think that He came to bring peace, that He came to bring a sword (Matt 10:34); yet visible Christendom teaches that Jesus came to bring peace and goodwill to men. Jesus said not to tell anyone that He was the Christ (Matt 16:20); yet visible Christendom makes its living telling all who will hear that Jesus is the Christ. Jesus said that many are called to the wedding feast, but few will be chosen (Matt 22:14); yet visible Christendom teaches all a person must do to be saved is mumble the “sinner’s prayer,” inviting Jesus into the person’s heart. What “truth” does visible Christendom teach? If everyone who is of the truth listens to Jesus’ voice (John 18:37), then by extension, there is no one within visible Christendom who is of the truth, for no one can have heard Jesus’ voice and teach the religious junk that visible Christendom teaches. No one is that deaf, or that stupid. It is through willful rebellion that the sons of darkness in the many synagogues of Satan teach what is spewed forth from pulpits on Sunday mornings.
What is to be done with spiritual bastards like John Chrysostom, who knew that the Antioch church kept the Passover on the 14th of the first month into and probably through all of the 2nd-Century, that even the Roman Church was keeping the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost); yet at Antioch in 387 CE, wanting to wipe out the holy days, he railed against Christians who still kept “Jewish feast days.” He did much more harm to Christianity than any good he might have done. He was and he will be remembered for a while in the future as a false teacher, a deceitful workman, a minister of the prince of this world. And men like him represented and still represent Christianity to Judaism; so that is cause for great sadness by all who are genuine disciples.
The problem with Jesus being moshiach is the problem rabbinical Judaism identifies: Jesus did
not come to fulfill all prophecies about the Messiah in the 1st-Century
CE. He came to die. He came to end the marriage covenant made at Sinai. He came
to abolish the offense of physical circumcision so that all nations could come
to God and be born as sons. He did not come to bring peace—He will do
this when He comes again. He did not come to recover
As Judaism contends that the Creator is much too
large to come as a man, moshiach is
much too large to come only as a man. Yes, moshiach
comes as a man: He did this when He was born of the virgin Mary. He will now
come as the firstborn Son of the Most High, the Host of the heavens, and He
Luke records, “And more than ever believers
were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they even
carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as
Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also
gathered from the towns around
Certainly both Peter and Paul were clothed with power from on high—and anything less than having the shadow of a person heal, or a cloth that touches the skin of a person heals is evidence that the person has not been clothed with power from on high.
The person who has been clothed with power from on high has use of the Holy Spirit in a manner analogous to the power Jesus had.
Both Peter and Paul were clothed with power from on high.
After Peter’s and Paul’s death—and possibly, later, John’s death—no one has been clothed with power from on high.
The two witnesses will be clothed with power from on high.
Between Peter and Paul in the 1st-Century and the two witnesses in the 21st-Century, no one was clothed with power from on high.
Because no one has been clothed with power from on high between Peter and the two witnesses—from the mid 1st-Century until the early 21st-Century—no one was to leave Jerusalem …
The visible Christian Church, conciliar and Arian,
has been proclaiming that Jesus is the Messiah to sons of disobedience to whom
the Father has not yet revealed knowledge by having drawn the person from this
world. Without spiritual understanding and without being clothed with power
from on high, visible Christendom has presumptuously taught that Jesus is the
Messiah. And natural
The Father gave to Peter knowledge that Jesus was the Christ a short while before Peter was clothed with power from on high; and still, Jesus had to open the minds of His disciples before they understood the Scriptures … have either the Father or the Son opened the minds of those sons of darkness who transgress the commandments every Sunday morning? Has everything written in the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms about Jesus been fulfilled? Has the Body of Christ suffered and on the third day risen from the dead? Can the resurrection from death after three days of only the Head of the Christ fulfill everything written in the Law and the Prophets about the Messiah? No it cannot. Both Judaism and Christendom have been without the spiritual understanding that the Father gave to Peter and that the glorified Jesus gave to His first disciples.
Although the underlying construct of Christendom that the Creator of all that is entered His creation as His only Son cannot be proof-tested by materialistic inquiry and is thus outside the bounds of scientific discovery, the internal claims made by gospel writers state that this construct cannot be understood or accepted by non-disciples, meaning that neither by scientific means nor by desire can a person know that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob entered His creation as His only Son. This underlying construct must be accepted on faith—and will not be accepted until a person receives a second birth through receipt of life coming from the breath of the Father in a manner analogous to how the divine breath of the Father visibly lit and remained on the man Jesus of Nazareth. A Catch-22 type condition exists. Before a person can understand or accept the construct, the person must receive a second birth and life. Therefore, this construct that underlies Christendom is inherently divisive, separating those truly born of spirit from those who have not yet been so born, with those not yet born of Spirit absolutely unable to grasp or understand or accept what seems logical and reasonable to those born of spirit.
The evidence that those who have not been truly born of spirit—the person not born of spirit is hostile to God and will not, indeed, cannot keep the commandments of God (Rom 8:7)—are unable to understand the things of God is what visible Christendom, both conciliar and Arian, teaches about the nature of God. And joining with visible Christendom is rabbinical Judaism and all of Islam … on one side of a rift stands all human beings who have only the life they received from their ancestral father, the first Adam. On the other side of the rift stand those human beings, few in number, who have received a second life from their spiritual Father, the Most High God. No human being is not on one side or the other, for being born of spirit is an absolute.
But there are sons of darkness on both sides—
Unfortunately, many who claim to be born again or
born anew have only the life they received from their ancestral father; so the
Apostle Paul disclosed a revealing construct that establishes whether a person
has been born of spirit: the person who has not been born of spirit is
hostile to God, does not submit to God’s Law, and cannot submit to
keeping the Law (again, Rom 8:7). There is, however, the problem of born of
spirit disciples who have voluntarily returned to sin (Rom 6:12–13, 16):
they populate the highways and byways, the roads taken and not taken of this
world by being the many called but not
chosen (Matt 22:14). They profess love for Jesus, but they will not walk as
He walked. They sing praises to Jesus, but they continue to live as gentiles.
They are stumbling blocks over which infant sons of God have tripped, bloodied
noses, banged heads, and far too often, have lost their lives. And they
constitute the Christendom that the world recognizes as being of Christ. They
are those who were to stay in heavenly
The self-identified Christian who does not keep the commandments that the Creator of all that is spoke to Moses from atop Mount Sinai—these commandments are those that Jesus referenced when He said, “‘Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me’” (John 14:21)—either has not been born of spirit, or is willfully rebellious, refusing to be ruled by Jesus as one of the citizens who hated the nobleman (Luke 19:14). And for human beings it is difficult to separate self-identified Christians who have not yet been born of spirit from willfully rebellious sons of God, for the new creature born of spirit as a son of God is neither male nor female, Jew nor Greek, free nor slave. The new creature is truly invisible. And the presence or absence of this new creature is only disclosed by the actions of the fleshly body in which this new creature dwells; so (1) the self-identified Christian who has not been born of spirit and (2) the Christian born of spirit but who is too weak to overcome the flesh and (3) the willfully rebellious Christian who has been born of spirit will all break the commandments, often though only the commandment that the person thinks is least (usually the Sabbath commandment). These three will outwardly look the same, but inwardly, they couldn’t be more different. Thus, schisms are necessary to separate genuine disciples from false or rebellious disciples (1 Cor 11:19) even though the Body of Christ is one and is not divided into many dissenting slivers.
The Body of Christ is one Body, one Church: the Christian Church. It is not divided, and it is presently dead. Having been crucified with Christ, dying as He died, and now awaiting resurrection after the third day, for the gates of Hades will not prevail against it, the Body of Christ is separated from God through unbelief that long ago become disobedience. It was not a weapon forged within or without the Body that separated it from the Father and the Son; it was, simply, a lack of belief and a loathing for Moses through whom God has intended to build a great and mighty nation from the beginning.
Genuine disciples are living stones that individually
and collectively form the
When Jesus on the 10th of Abib, four days before He was crucified, cleanses the temple and drives out all who sold and bought in the temple (Matt 21:12), He was the temple about which He had three years earlier said, “‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up’” (John 2:19). The Jews didn’t earlier understand what He said, for they replied, “‘It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you will raise it up in three days’” (v. 20), with those three days being both the remaining three years of His ministry and the three days that He was in the heart of he earth. In the fiftieth year, the length of jubilee, the temple Herod built stood as the more glorious second temple (Hag 2:9), but that stone temple was “liberated” from lifelessness at Calvary.
The temple was “unclean” or had become a “common” place of mercantile activities when Jesus cleansed it at the beginning of His ministry; for as the prophet Haggai asked the priests of the law, “‘If someone carries holy meat in the fold of his garment and touches with his fold bread or stew or wine or oil or any kind of food, does it become holy?’” (2:12), and the priests answered, No. Holiness does not transfer by association. Then Haggai asked the priests, “‘If someone who is unclean by contact with a dead body touches any of these, does it become unclean?’” (v. 13), and the priests answered, Yes. And Haggai said, “‘So it is with this people, and with this nation before me, declares the Lord, and so with every work of their hands. Now then, consider from this day onward. Before stone was placed upon stone in the temple of the Lord, how did you fare?’” (vv. 14–16).
The holy meat was hidden in the fold of the
garment, and was not seen by that which touched it. The man Zerubbabel was a
visible human being, but as natural
Jesus’ latter cleansings of the temple days
before He was to be crucified pertain to
Again, Zerubbabel as holy meat hidden in the fold of the garment of God transcends time, with the man being the shadow and lively representation of the Zerubbabel who will finish the temple, this Zerubbabel being Christ Jesus.
So misunderstanding can be limited from the
beginning: when the prophet Ezekiel saw the glory of the Lord leave the temple
at Jerusalem (Ezek chap 10), the temple was no longer of God, and Israel was a
nation delivered unto death as the nation that left Egypt was delivered unto
death in the wilderness of Paran (Num chap 14).
Rabbinical Judaism has been without understanding:
Sadducees and Pharisees were not made holy through coming into contact with the
The temple that had been made holy by having been
built by Zerubbabel was replaced by one made with defiled hands—yes, the
priesthood was defiled. Neither Zerubbabel nor Joshua had the authority to make
what was unclean by being the dead body of
This is a new war scroll, not a peace treaty made
to mend offenses between Judaism and Christendom. Judaism has been
theologically dead—as a dead man walking—since God delivered the
nation into the hand of King Nebuchadnezzar, who drove the nation, as if the
people were cattle, to Babylon where God, through Jeremiah, told the nation to
stay for He had plans for the nation. Yes, God intends good for the nation, but
this good comes when natural
When addressing the situation that developed at
Corinth in which a man was with his stepmother, the Apostle Paul applies the
concept that must be understood to comprehend prophecy: Paul ordered the saints
“to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that
his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord” (1 Cor 5:5). The prince
of this world is Satan; the king of spiritual
So Herod’s temple might as well have been built by Roman soldiers—it was a defiled structure before it was completed, for the holy meat hidden in the fold of the garment of God could not by association make clean the stew that was the Pharisees, Herodians, and Sadducees. Only that Wave Sheaf Offering of green barley could cleanse what was defiled.
Continued in Chapter Four.
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