The Right Hand and the Right Eye
The fool turns to the left, the wise inclines to the right (Ecc. 10:2).
The left speaks prophetically of the Present Body. She is the Earth. She is the Footstool. She is below Heaven just as Christ’s stomach is below his shoulders, neck, and head. She is a tower of brick and tar. She is the left thigh of the loins through which sons of Hagar are brought forth. She bears the son who sits on the left of the throne and drinks of the cup of God’s wrath that Christ drunk (Mark 10:37-39). She is the left hand constantly doing charity to be seen. She is the lower millstone. She is the miry mud. She is Cain’s offering. She is the Valley of the Shadow. She is Mount Sinai. She is the whore of Babylon who rides the beast, her Baal.
The right speaks prophetically of the Body of Promise. She is Heaven. She is the Throne. She is above the Earth as the neck is above the stomach, adorned with pendants and shields. She is a tower of stone and mortar. She is the right thigh of the loins through which sons of promise, of Sarah, are brought forth. She bears the son who sits on the right of the throne and is baptized with the baptism of Christ (Mark 10:38-39). She is the right hand who works in secret and is secretly rewarded. She is Abel’s offering. She is the highest mountain. She is the door of Hope. She is Mount Zion. She is the Bride who descends from above.
And if your right eye causes you to stumble [σκανδαλίζω – stumbling block, snare, trap], pluck it out and cast it from you. For it is better for you that one of your members should perish and not that your whole body should be cast into Gehenna. Matt 5:29 YLT
And if your right hand causes you to stumble [σκανδαλίζω – stumbling block, snare, trap], cut it off and cast it from you, for it is better for you that one of your members should perish and not that your whole body should depart into Gehenna. v.30
You were handed a great many traditions and manipulative lies from the daughter of Hagar. Gehenna is Greek for the Valley of Hinnom which was just outside the walls of Jerusalem. It was the location for the trash. The poorest of the poor would be found there as is the case with any garbage dump today (Psalm 113:7). This is not the Lake of Fire. As Paul said of the Apostles, “being spoken evil of, we entreat; as filth of the world we did become — of all things an offscouring — till now” (1 Cor. 4:13), the time will come when everything will be turned upside down and those at the heights will be brought down to the dunghill and those who are on the dunghill will be among the Kings. The coming judgement turns everything upside down, or should we say, right side up. It does not segregate people between a “paradise” and a “hell”. These are corrupt medieval doctrines invented and propagated by men who know nothing of the justice of God which is perfect, objective, and impartial. Every penny will be paid back (Luke 12:59) which is the declared value of two sparrows (Matt. 10:29). These scriptures were meant to reveal the justice of God in all its beauty, wonder, awe, glory, and perfection. Be ye perfect in justice! They have portrayed the Father as a tyrannical despot with an insatiable appetite for torment, indeed.
Rather, the next age, the Age of Justice, makes the slaves the owners, and the owners slaves. It makes the last the first, and the first the last. It makes the small great, and the great small. The Lake of Fire is the second judgment much later down the road, after the second resurrection. Death is not finished before the second judgement but is rather in the hands of what was once the refuse of all the earth (1 Cor. 3:22). Death and Life are in their hands. Christ gave them the keys to the Kingdom (Matt 16:19). Be careful with strangers whom you cross paths with!
The phrase “cause to stumble” is from the Greek skandalizó and means literally, “fall into a trap” (See #4624). Christ, the master of the Scriptures, has at least this verse on his mind:
Woe to the worthless shepherd, forsaking the flock, A sword is on his arm, and on his right eye, His arm is utterly dried up, And his right eye is very dim!’ Zech. 11:17
The vain, worthless, good-for-nothing shepherd has his arm and right eye cut off. A worthless shepherd is raised up by God himself (Zech. 11:16-17) in order to accomplish his purposes and then cut off. Jesus’ teaching about adultery in the Sermon on the Mount, as with all of his teachings, are prophetic (the right hand, right eye, right cheek). He explains for us exactly who it is that causes us to fall into the trap, and that he comes as a necessity:
‘Woe to the world from the stumbling-blocks! for there is a necessity for the stumbling-blocks to come, but woe to that man through whom the stumbling-block doth come!
‘And if thy hand or thy foot doth cause thee to stumble, cut them off and cast from thee; it is good for thee to enter into the life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast to the fire the age-during. ‘And if thine eye doth cause thee to stumble, pluck it out and cast from thee; it is good for thee one-eyed to enter into the life, rather than having two eyes to be cast to the Gehenna of the fire. Matt. 18:7-8 YLT
Just as Jacob obtained his blessing lame–his hip out of joint—so will it be necessary for us to enter into our blessing. Better lame or maimed, than not at all. Proper interpretation of any text means taking in all the context available throughout Scripture. Yet Matthew 18:7-8 is always ignored when the Church preaches to men about Matthew 5:28. The Body of Promise Christ will by no means allow to be spoiled, darkened, or leavened. Those who try to infuse her with the leaven of Herod, or the leaven of the Pharisees, will be cut-off, or plucked out, and cast away.
God was very plain about defining true justice. Eye for an eye. Tooth for a tooth. Hand for hand. Foot for foot. Burn for burn, wound for wound, fracture for fracture, soul for soul. Not only do these laws show forth God’s perfectly equitable justice but they also prophesy of what is to take place. Jesus was beaten, whipped, and spit on, because Christ’s Present Body beat, whipped, spit, and mocked. Jesus’ hands were pierced because his hands pierced. His feet were pierced because his feet pierced. He was murdered because we his Body murdered (Jam. 4:2). He took our sins of today on his own body then. Not one bone in the Body of Christ was fractured. The bones symbolize the heart/soul of a man. Christ’s heart never did any of these things to anyone. It was we, his Present Body who misrepresented him. In death, Christ’s bone—a rib—is taken and made into his Bride of Promise. As the soldier pierced the side of the Body, water and blood come forth. All of which is symbolic of those who are born after the heart of God. It’s one thing to be the Body of Christ. It’s a whole ‘nother story to be the Heart of Christ, the apple of his eye!
It was never the foreigner or sojourner that was enslaved to the darkness. They are of the darkness. Darkness is not enslaved but enslaves! It was God’s own people that became enslaved. How? “for the Law brings about wrath, where there is no law there is no transgression.” (Rom. 4:15 NASB) One cannot commit transgression where there is nothing to transgress! One cannot anger God or incur his wrath when they have not transgressed! Judgement comes upon all, but anger and wrath to the disobedient. When the Law came upon you, sin came alive, but you didn’t die—you became disobedient. Egypt became your house. Sin is crouching at your door. Hagar gave birth to you. Ishmael: you. Esau: you. Cain: you. The envious son: you. How wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked you are! Jesus came knocking at your door, commanding the men to repent, not the animals of the field.