The word that came to Jeremiah from [YHWH]: "Arise, and go down to the
potter's house, and there I will let you hear my words." So I went down to the
potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was
making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another
vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the word of [YHWH] came to
me: "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? … Behold,
like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. If at
any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and
break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken,
turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. And if at
any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant
it, and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of
the good that I had intended to do to it. Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah
and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: 'Thus says the Lord, Behold, I am shaping
disaster against you and devising a plan against you. Return, everyone from his
evil way, and amend your ways and your deeds.' But they say, 'That is in vain! We
will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of
his evil heart.' Therefore … Ask among the nations, Who has heard the like of
this? The virgin Israel has done a very horrible thing. Does the snow of Lebanon
leave the crags of Sirion? Do the mountain waters run dry, the cold flowing
streams? But my people have forgotten me; they make offerings to false gods;
they made them stumble in their ways, in the ancient roads, and to walk into side
roads, not the highway, making their land a horror, a thing to be hissed at
forever. Everyone who passes by it is horrified and shakes his head. Like the east
wind I will scatter them before the enemy. I will show them my back, not my face,
in the day of their calamity." (Jer 18:17 emphasis added)
Has not God declared good things for His sons, but has not greater
Christendom—like the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem—followed its own
plan and its own ways and acted out of stubbornness, refusing to hear the word of Christ
Jesus that He left with His first disciples? Indeed, this is the case.
Now, let us go with Paul to his house:
But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its
molder, "Why have you made me like this?" Has the potter no right over the clay,
to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for
dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known
his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for
destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy,
which he has prepared beforehand for glory—even us whom He has called, not
from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? (Rom 9:20–24)
If to Jeremiah the Lord said He would show Israel His back, not His face, because of
this people’s stubbornness that forms the signifier for the absence of circumcised hearts,
then how will the Lord respond to greater Christendom that, because of “Christian”
stubbornness, refuses to believe the Lord, but instead, willingly believe lies told to
establish a 4th-Century Christian orthodoxy that is not of God, Father and Son, and was
not of Paul or of the first disciples?
Was not ancient Israel dedicated to destruction because of its unbelief? It is, wasn’t
it? And was not the House of Israel—the northern kingdom of Samaria—dedicated to
destruction because of the sins of Jeroboam? It was, wasn’t it? And was not Jerusalem
and the House of Judah dedicated to destruction because of the sins of King Manasseh:
Before him [Josiah] there was no king like him, who turned to [YHWH] with all
his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of
Moses, nor did any like him arise after him. Still [YHWH] did not turn from the
burning of His great wrath, by which His anger was kindled against Judah,
because of all the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked Him. And
[YHWH] said, "I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed
Israel, and I will cast off this city that I have chosen, Jerusalem, and the house of
which I said, My name shall be there." (2 Kings 23:25–27)
Should not greater Christendom also be dedicated to destruction because of its
unbelief? Indeed, the Lord’s M.O. is to turn His back to unbelievers, permitting them to
go their way; for was not the lament of the Sons of Korah in Psalm 44 that the Lord was
not responding to their prayers?
Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!
Why do you hide your face?
Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
our belly clings to the ground.
Rise up; come to our help!
Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love! (Ps 44:22–26)
Indented lines are spiritual portions of thought-couplets, which will have the Lord
hiding His face from Israel being the physical shadow and type of the Lord ignoring the
affliction and oppression of a second Israel, greater Christendom.
The Lord’s steadfast love isn’t a “stupid” love that condones whatever Israel did or
does. For the Lord does what Paul understood: the Lord dedicates an
entity—unbelieving Israel—to being sacrificed for the redemption of believing Israel,
thereby judging “Israel” collectively. And if the Lord removes His protection from a
nation or a people because of the stubbornness of the nation or people, the nation or
people will have to go it alone in this world.
But—and this is the caveat that condemns—when God tires of bearing the unbelief of
Israel and sets about to “recover” Israel from the clutches of Sin and Death, the model of
this recovery already exists: the recovery of Israel from physical enslavement by a
physical king in a physical land, with Moses and Aaron forming the shadow and copy of
the endtime two witnesses that will lead a second Israel away from Sin and Death.
Before the prophesied Second Passover liberation of a second Israel from Sin and
Death occurs, however, greater Christendom will see God turning His back to
Christians—all Christians, including the Elect, those Christians truly born of spirit
through the indwelling of the spirit of Christ—and in turning His back to Christians
because of their stubbornness, seen in the simple act of speaking when it isn’t the time
or the place to speak, Christians will have to provide for themselves. For Christians are
not like the prophet Elijah, who was fed by ravens then by the widow of Zarephath
through her flour jar and oil jug not running dry; they are not like the man Jesus who
fed the five thousand and the four thousand by multiplying a few loaves of bread.
Rather, the stubbornness of greater Christendom as well as of the Elect will require a
humbling that perhaps best comes from hunger; thus, establishing in the minds and
hearts of all Christians the absolute importance of feeding the hungry, giving shelter to
the homeless, clothing the naked prior to when it becomes essential that the firstfruits of
God care for one another as they establish an entirely new model for community and
society, a model that does not include any transactions.
Islamists and the Islamic State or the Islamic Republic can function as the shadow
and copy of the Adversary, whom God has employed for the destruction of the flesh so
that the spirit of the saints might be saved when judgments are revealed in a manner
featured in Paul’s instructions to the holy ones at Corinth: “when you are assembled in
the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
you are 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 5:4–5). Therefore, could or would God not
employ other agents to bring humanity and especially lawless Christendom to Him so
that the inner selves of human persons might be saved when Christ Jesus returns?
Might God not resurrect a Christian heresy of the 3rd through 5th Centuries, that of
Arianism, to counter the heresy of Trinitarianism? Indeed, He would and He has in
Latter Days Saints.
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This concludes Chapter Four … Chapters Five through Seven address actual preparing
for not being able, as a Christian, to buy and sell. These chapters will appear on-line but
will not be sent out. Homer