Climax of the Ages
 
 

Continuation 2 of Interpretation:

Earth Shattering!, Divine Arm of the Lord, and The Great Apostasy

December 20, 2001

By

Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D.,

 

©2001

 

Part 2
The Consequesnces of Compromise
 

If God decrees all things, does this mean that God decreed sin? Yes it does. Otherwise, God would not have decreed all things. Decreeing something and causing it are discrete cognitive constructs. Being sovereign, God knew men could not resist His will, yet He wanted a family with whom He could fellowship that would show love for Him by freely yielding their wills to His. Without free will, a person cannot freely yield and true love cannot be known. Notwithstanding sin brings consequences, God chose to give people free will anyway knowing that they would fall. Yet God is faithful to His creation because "where sin abounded, grace did much more abound" [Romans 5:20]. Over time, as men betrayed their covenant relationships with God, He kept cutting new and better ones with better guaranties until at last He swore by His very own blood in the sacrifice of his Son that His creation would be saved. He is not about to let satan win causing Him to lose His creation. In short, He took the responsibility for the possibility of sin, and it looks as if God has been playing one-upmanship with humankind since the first covenant was cut via the blood of an animal to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve in the Garden.

Jeannette witnessed in the first part of "Earth Shattering" a summary of the history of time. History moved slowly at first but picked up speed as the ages flew by. As knowledge increased, she saw sin increase proportionately. Man's enlightened ingenuity and acumen enhanced his ability to destroy his environment en analogue, being directly proportional to the development of his mental faculties. Daniel was told to "shut up the words, and seal the book even to the time of the end (when) many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" [12:4]. Rapid escalation of knowledge was foretold by Daniel's prophecy and has been the cause for hastening the time of the horrific and awful tribulation the earth experiences at the end of this age. Why does it accelerate? Because the seat of natural wisdom and worldly progress resides in the imaginations of men and these are evil continually. God recorded why He had to destroy the antediluvian civilization: "…for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth" [Genesis 8:21]. God's Word and truth never change because it is impossible for God to lie. Truth is not progressive revelation because it resides in a person - Jesus who said He was "…the way, THE TRUTH, and the life…" [John 14:6]. Truth before is truth now, and if God said it, it stands forever.

Five times God spoke through Jeremiah the prophet counseling that the "imaginations" of people's "evil hearts" would be their nemesis or end. We are warned that the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked and no one can know it truly [17:9], which is why Paul tells us to cast down imaginations and anything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God [2 Corinthians 10:5]. Look at the substance of most movies today lest you think this is a bit harsh. Our entertainment forums are loaded with the occult and violence. Is it any wonder that the world is on a wild ride whirling to destruction? The spirits of terror and fear are permanent guests in living rooms all over the world as people fill their minds with vivid pictures of violence, nudity, pornography, and the horrors of warfare. It is only because God is still honoring His covenant with America that the true church of Jesus Christ has not yet been snatched off the earth. Can peace on earth and good will to men obtain when zeal in the worship of material possessions reflected in credit card debt testifies and even accentuates the Laodicean spirit?

 
 

 

Given the freedom to work evil in an open society, the only thing keeping terrorists today from destroying America and bringing on the tribulational period, is the surge of patriotism displayed since 9-1-1. Let me explain. Without America's strength, God's Philadelphian Church,7 the world is doomed to great destruction at the set time of Jacob's prophesied trouble [Jeremiah 30:7].  
 

As long as Americans uncompromisingly keep the word of God's patience, He will keep the door open for evangelization. Betrayal of our covenant with God will shut the door. Jeannette had a preview of what happens when Christians betray the Lord. "There shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time (at the end of the age of the Gentiles): and at that time thy people (saints the world over) shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book" [Daniel 12:1].

At the end of Part 2 Jeannette saw the horrendous end of the terrible trouble brought on by sin. A derailed trolley disconnected from its overhead cables carried its screaming passengers to an atrocious end. Finding themselves in the middle of the spectacle of God's wrath on sin and destitute of help from their lord satan, they could not do anything about their grotesque condition. Things got so bad, they cried for death while cursing God, but death would not, yea could not come. Spirits never die. They live forever in either heaven or hell. These people who had obviously jumped on the trolley in allegorical San Francisco were taken for a ride in a conveyor, which was on its way to nowhere. Had it remained attached to its overhead cables symbolic of heavenly guidance, its heavenly destination would have been assured.

Do you recall that the dragon in the heavenly visitation of September 12th tried to arise from the sea but was squelched by God's heavy hand from heaven? 8 Do you also remember what caused the heavenly atmosphere to push the dragon back into the sea? It was the prayers of God's covenant saints all over the globe that wounded the dragon and aroused the Father. God has an invisible hidden church of true believers with whom He has a blood covenant, and He has instructed them to cry out to Him if they get into a bind [2 Chronicles 20:9]. Any oppressive situation that perplexes is a bondage brought on by the devil. America has cried out to God. Everywhere one goes we see "GOD BLESS AMERICA." She may have been bewildered by the bomb strikes on the nerve center of her wealth, the WTC complex, but she will never be confounded or disgraced without hope so long as there are blood covenant believers still faithful to the Holy Writ who know enough to "gird up (their) loins"…and remember their covenant agreement with the Lord. Praise God George Bush won the presidential election because he has become the right man for our time. He is leading our nation along the right path because he is in covenant with the God of our forefathers and is truly seeking heavenly guidance. His leadership has been a blessing to this nation because he has done what God told Job to do.

  Job 40:7
  7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

What was God doing here? These are not placid mundane words of love. They are heavy words of rebuke. God was chewing out our beloved suffering saint for not standing on his covenant with Him and for complaining about his condition to his friends. His friends were wrong in accusing God of putting Job in the fix he was in, but Job was wrong in not remembering he had a covenant with the Almighty that would have extricated him from satan's oppressive hand a lot sooner. He rebuked Job for wallowing in self-pity and for thinking his righteous deeds were sufficient to earn him a place in God's kingdom. In short, he was a self-righteous weakling self-absorbed with all his superficial goodness. Space does not permit here to delve into the numerous texts that demonstrate his self-righteous attitude. But just to illustrate, the text in verse 1 of chapter 32 declares that Job's three friends ceased to answer him "because he was righteous in his own eyes" [32:1], and in verse 6 of chapter 27 Job says, "My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go; my heart shall not reproach me as long as I live."

In Job 40:7 above, God was reminding Job of the terms of a covenant. When He said, "I will demand of thee", he was putting Job in remembrance that Job had a part to play in His covenant with God; and when He said, "declare thou unto me", He was reminding Job that He had a part to play as well. I'll demand of you and you demand of me. Covenants are that way. They are bonds between two parties that is binding even upon family members and their progeny. There are blessings for mutual benefits and curses for mutual protection against betrayal. Whatever the terms, the parties are obligated to keep them lest the curse for breaking the oath of the covenant be set in motion. As indicated before, betrayal of a covenant is serious business. The Scriptures are replete with avengers of blood seeking restitution for someone's betrayal of a covenant. Christians, however, are told to place all vengeance in God's hands because He alone has all the facts in order to do what is right and just. "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord" [Romans 12:19]. Like Jesus, Christians must trust in God's judgment and His justice. He will defend us and do what is right.

 

Covenants of Strong Friendship

Kiss of Judas: Caravaggio 1602

Recall that Jesus revealed prophetically to Jeannette in the 9-11 visitation entitled "The Kiss" on the day of the targeted twin towers, that her Arab friends had betrayed America? At the time of the visitation on the morning of the disaster, God revealed it was a well-organized plot to destroy America by her covenant friends, people with whom she was in league by agreements or treaties. [This revelation came before our leaders could regroup and acquire the facts pointing to whom it was that did this dastardly deed.] God puts great stock in covenants and disdains anyone who enters one with intent to betray. This is the reason Jesus' words weighed heavily upon Judas: "…woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born" [Matthew 26:24]. Judas had just eaten the Lord's Supper - eating and/or drinking wine (symbolic of blood) being a universal sign of one having made covenant with another - when Jesus gave him the sop and told him to go do what he must. Thus, Jesus was betrayed by his 'friend', His covenant brother. Hear His last words to Judas: "Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him" [Matthew 26:50]. The word 'friend' comes from the ancient termination given to blood covenants called 'covenants of strong friendship.' Recall that God called Moses His friend? Abraham was called the friend of God several times in Scripture?

  James 2:23
  23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God…

He was a strong 'friend' of God because God had covenanted with Abraham through the substitutionary blood of three animals [Genesis 15:8-17] (being a spirit He had no blood to offer); and because Abraham had completed the contract with the Lord through the rite of circumcision in which Abraham's blood flowed [Genesis 17:10-14]. A covenant of strong friendship had been consummated. Note that the stronger of the two initiated the union in keeping with the usual order of things. Typically, the weaker one 'surrenders or else…', although weaker parties can preempt instigation of a pact in order to avert being consumed by the stronger.

Being bonded by a covenant of strong friendship was and still is considered a stronger bond than that of a blood brother since it is not a happenstance occurrence. It is a deeply calculated pact with another and is entered into by choice. Jesus told his disciples just before His passion that he no longer considered them servants, but 'friends'. Why? Because they had received His words as truly from the Father and were in covenant agreement with Him that He is the Son of God. At that point, they were closer to Him than His womb-mate brethren. "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother" [Matthew 12:50]. Further, this is the meaning of the proverb: "…There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother" [18:24] - a blood covenanted friend.

Lest anyone think blood covenants are heathenish, let me remind you that God Himself cut the first one in the Garden of Eden pronouncing blessings and cursings upon the domicile of Adam and Eve's dominion. He covered his children's sins, which should have brought immediate death, with the blood sacrifice of another's life for theirs. They wore the animal's coat as a covering for their sin just as Jesus gives us His righteousness as a covering for our sin. The word atonement comes from the Hebrew word 'kippur' meaning 'covering'. Jesus' blood covers and protects us from the destroyer of life. We cannot get into heaven without this special covering of righteousness. Remember the parable of the King who wanted to know how the guest got into the heavenly wedding supper without a wedding garment?

  Matthew 22:9-14
  9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

The intruder was kicked out of heaven bound, hand and foot, and cast into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth forever. The pain of this man is illustrative of the people in the vision who chose the wrong lane on which to get out of the city. [More about that later.] For the present, note that the garment was a covering of righteousness supplied to every attendant at the supper. His problem was that he did not wear his. He had been given one, but he neglected to put it on. The Bible says in Revelation 19:8 that this wedding garment is made of white linen denoting the righteousness of the saint, and corresponds to our flag's white background with the red threads sewn into it. You say, how can it correspond when we do not read of any red threads being sewn into the garments of saints? In addition, the parable above does not mention blood as a required concomitant to get in. It's there albeit concealed. The red threads are detected when the King called him 'friend' [verse 12].

No one will be allowed to enter heaven without having covenanted to make Jesus their Lord. As the Bible teaches, we make Him Lord by faith. At the moment of birth the Holy Spirit places us in the body of Christ and seals us by circumcising our hearts, a circumcision made without hands. Jesus cut the covenant with God for us, on our behalf, with His own blood on the cross. Our blood is unfit since it came from Adam and therefore, contaminated with sin. In accepting Christ's substitution, we receive Him as our blood covenanted brother, and we entered into a covenant of 'strong friendship' with the Almighty. In the parable above, the King called the guest 'Friend', signifying that the man had made a covenant at one time with Jesus, but at some point, he betrayed his covenant much like Judas betrayed Jesus. Recall that Jesus addressed Judas as 'Friend' during the betrayal. So we see why he could not stay and rejoice with others at the banquet. He would not comply with the covenant rules and come in on the righteousness of Jesus. He short, he presented himself in his own righteous garment. At one time he had entered into covenant with Jesus, but somewhere along life's journey he decided he did not need Jesus' covering. He "counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, (not sacred and precious but profane or common [Strong NT: 2839])…(doing) despite unto the Spirit of grace" [Hebrews 10:29]. Tragically, numerous Christians have done this very thing by discounting that Jesus was divine. Many believers enter Bible College and Seminaries with a pure faith covenanted to Jesus but leave school wearing their own garments of self-righteousness. They will wind up exactly like this man - thrown out of heaven even though they had made a decision for Christ early on in their lives. This parable has dire implications for anyone who believes that once saved, always saved.

Ever since Eden God has had to cut ever better covenants in order to salvage His creation, and although they seem brutish and gross based upon the shedding of blood, the glory and beneficence of God is revealed. If Adam had obeyed, there would have been no need for bloodshed. God was generous beyond comprehension when He gave Adam dominion over all the earth. In spite of everything, His grace is displayed in that He used His own blood to protect His honor. He intends that covenants be blessings because they are based upon the love and loyalty of the parties.

  Exodus 19:5
  5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

He is saying here that if His covenanted people would obey His voice, He has the resources to answer any problem they have and would even work miracles for them in order to display His goodness so that all the world can marvel. Do you believe that? You'll be blessed if you do, and you will miss God if you don't. All God has ever wanted to do is bless people. As an aside, let me note at this point that God forbids the drinking of blood of any animal be it human or otherwise [Genesis 9:4; Acts 15:20,29], for the life of the flesh is in the blood [Leviticus 17:11]. As the carrier of life through dispensing nutrients on the one hand and eliminating toxic waste on the other, blood is both precious and treacherous in God's impeccable human engineering.

Back on the ash heap, do we know Job had a covenant with God? We do, for God said, "Will he (Leviathan, a personification of satan [Job 41:1]) make a covenant with you? Wilt thou take him for a servant forever?" The meaning here is bound up in covenant making. He is asking Job if he is going to keep on giving satan the victory by wallowing in self-pity, playing the controverted part of a covenant brother with the devil. Since a blood covenant is an everlasting binding mutual agreement confirmed by an oath whereby both parties serve the other, God asked Job if he was going to break his covenant with Him and take the wretched Leviathan for a covenant partner instead, binding him forever to a loser. He is intimating here that Leviathan would never covenant to protect Job from death as God had done. Does not this infer that God had made a covenant with Job?

In the east when two parties enter a covenant, traditionally they make an incision in the flesh, drawing blood, and mixing it. The cut is called a "mark" because it heals as a visible scar. Have you ever heard the saying, "He's a marked man?" Now you know where it came from and what it means. God put a mark upon Cain for his protection so that when people saw the mark, they dared not stir up the ire of God, for God had vowed to avenge anyone hurting Cain by killing that person. The Scripture declares repeatedly that God will avenge helpless people such as widows, orphans, and foreigners who are mistreated. This is His promise to play the role of an avenger in a blood covenant. If you have been mistreated and are in covenant with Jesus, be patient because your Father will eventually adjudicate for you. In the final Gentile kingdom, people will be forced to receive a mark from the Antichrist in order to buy and sell. When the incision is made on the hand or forehead, blood will flow from the scratch or etching [Strong NT: 5480] - perhaps the insertion of a chip -, and the mark will denote one's covenant servitude to satan alias the Antichrist forever. Don't take it! It will put you in covenant with the devil and seal your doom forever [Revelation 14:9,10]. There is no repeal from a covenant oath entered into willfully. If you are the progeny of a generational curse, you can be extricated by changing lords. So make Jesus the Lord of your life if He is not already. 9

Blood mixing symbolizes that two people are blood brothers even though they were not womb mates in reality. In the east, even today what is known as covenants of strong friendship are considered more valuable and influential than brother relationships in a bloodline. Recall Jesus' response to the person telling Him that His mother and brethren were outside wanting to see Him? He reacted by saying that the persons in His presence whom He was discipling into a blood covenant with Him by faith were His true family members. Does this not insinuate that blood covenant brethren are more esteemed in God's eyes than natural brothers and sisters. Similarly, the Mafia so esteems its family members and explains why there is so much inner warfare among its various families. To become a member, one must cut a covenant with the family into which he is entering sealing his doom if he ever betrays one of his blood brothers. Cancer of the throat has taken many a life of betrayers of the Mafia. Moreover, many revisers of Scripture, such as the author of The Living Bible and the man who fomented the 19th century revision of the Textus Receptus underlying the Authorized Version alias The King James Bible, have wound up their lives with loss of speech, the seat of which is in the throat. Could this be a universal curse on betrayers? Refrain: covenants are serious business.

Most westerners have no concept of the grave and solemn spiritual impact of blood covenants. Yet, God originated them so they must be extremely important. Only a poet in the person of the Holy Spirit is able to relate how God feels about covenants and that only superficially because of our inadequate and constrained finite minds.

  Isaiah 49:15-16
  15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands;
  Psalms 89:34-37
  34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
35 Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.
36 His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before me.
37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

Jesus' nail pierced hands are eternal marks of His covenant with His family. As an avenger of blood, He avenged the rape of the world by Lucifer and redeemed the Adamic race with His blood. He cut a new covenant with the Father on the behalf of 'whosoever' wants to enter into the most illustrious family of God. "…(w)hosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely" [Revelation 22:17]. The palms of Jesus' hands will forever reflect the magnificent obsession God has with covenants.

Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri c. 1880, " Behold the Man" Christ Before Pilate

Being fully man, He could pay man's penalty, and being fully God through immaculate conception, His blood had no contamination of original sin. Thus, this one man destroyed the barrier separating God and man. He alone cut the covenant with God. Our blood is of no avail. All we can do is enter God's family by faith forever beholding to the loving-kindness shown us by the Father's sacrifice of His Son - a sweet-smelling sacrifice to God and the redeemed. His blood crossed two lines - that of man and that of God. So, He alone has established a covenant with God that can only be entered into by faith. So long as our faith contends for the truth of the gospel, we are assured of God's protection against loss of eternal life [John 10:27-30]. This has important implications for the ecumenical movement. We can freely fellowship with a holy God only through the precious blood of Jesus. Hence, the final covenant between God and man was cut on Calvary and there is no more need for another.

God's covenant with David's seed, Jesus, who is also the seed of the woman, will stand forever. Time does not suffice to discourse further on covenants. Enough has been said to establish that blood covenants must be of great importance because satan is doing all he can to downplay, if not to wipe out, commemoration of them in the church world. Without the blood of Jesus to stand on, Christians are powerless against the devil. Is it any wonder that some new hymnals have removed the blood songs and some newly revised Bibles have eliminated the 'blood' word from their pages? He was defeated by Jesus' blood on the cross and it is Jesus' blood in the Holy of Holies in the heavenly temple that gives anyone access to the mercy seat there and God's power.

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2.) Kiss of Judas: Michelangelo Amerigi da Caravaggio (1569 - 1609). Free Christ Images

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