December 17, 2018

the last days #12

December 17, 2018

God’s twelve-fold perfect justice. This has everything to do with the last days. The perversion of justice is integral to how God’ brings about his judgement, which begins at the Household of God (1 Pet. 4:17). This is something that should be taught straight away to every new Christian, but it never is. The principle is easy enough for a 5-year-old to understand:

  1. Eye for eye (ayin)
  2. Tooth for tooth (shen)
  3. Hand for hand (yad)
  4. Foot for foot (ragel)
  5. Weight for weight (mishqal)
  6. Measure for measure (midah)
  7. Volume for volume (mesurah)
  8. Burn for burn (keviyyah)
  9. Wound for wound (petsa)
  10. Bruise for bruise (chabburah)
  11. Fracture for fracture (sheber)
  12. Soul for soul (nephesh)

Exodus 21:23-25, Leviticus 19:35, 24:20

The word “for” is translated from tahat which means “underneath”. The Church that proclaims “the law is abolished! We don’t need it!” will be the first that succumbs to the new wave of perverted justice. And behold, it has already begun:

One of the major errors of the Church is that the “four walls” of Church somehow provide an immunity to God’s judgement. “There is no condemnation…” they repeat uncritically. Yes, for those actually in Christ. It’s not about being called by his name, mental assent, or being a church attender. You can’t think you are in Christ. You must be in Christ. It’s about being in him and obeying him. Being in him is obeying him. Obeying him is being in him. The two are inseparable. Churches today are actually preaching against obedience. The preacher stands there, himself unable to cope with his own shortcomings and blindness, and preaches that all you need to do is trust that everything will be alright because Jesus doesn’t care about our trampling his courts. He paid such a high price that he can’t even feel bad about what we do anymore. In fact, when he looks at us he sees nothin but Jesus! This is abominating the justice of God because we are exploiting it and taking God for an idiot.

The warnings of Paul and Peter to “those not knowing God” and “those not obeying the gospel” (1 Pet. 4:16, 2 Thes. 1:8) are not to those outside the Church with no knowledge. One has to know the gospel in order to disobey it and then it becomes deliberate. These severe punishments are constantly taken out of the wider context. There are countless passages that detail a spectrum of punishment and judgement.

Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? Heb. 10:8-29

“Those who do not obey the gospel” are not outsiders. They are those who condescend, lord it over, and abuse fellow brothers (“in as much as you’ve done it to the least of these, you have done it to me”). They are those slaves who withhold grace and mercy from their fellow slaves after receiving it.

Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ Matt. 18:33

This sets the stage for the greatest division that will ever happen in the Church. The water is boiling and coming to the point of overflowing with the express desire to stamp out all who “hate”. Half of the body of Christ will join them and subject the other half to condescension, reviling, anger, strife, and vitriol. These sins when fully grown, bring forth death. As in, they always lead to killing, murder, maiming, rape, and genocide if something is not in place to keep it in check. That something is God. But when Day ends, Night begins when God’s power that restrains tyranny and genocide is lifted. That death will arrive by surprise to other half that doesn’t realize what’s happening. Like a thief in the night. Because they slept.

This is God’s own doing. In Ezekiel 1 we find the lower half of the body of Christ surrounded by a radiance like “the appearance of the bow that is in a cloud in a day of rain” (Eze. 1:28 YLT). Take note of the cloud on a day of rain. That is a dark, gloomy cloud, not a white fluffy one. A dark, gloomy cloud. A mass of people are likened to a cloud quite often in the Scripture. The Shekinah Glory, which is no dark, gloomy cloud, is interpreted as “the great cloud of witnesses which surrounds us” (Heb. 12:1).

At the same time that this rainbow encompasses the lower half of Christ’s body, the upper half is engulfed in fire. That’s judgement. The threshing floor. The sifting in the sieve. The removal of things which can be shaken. The testing of what each man has built upon the foundation of Jesus. It is the fire of wickedness (Isa. 9:18). In Ezekiel 8 this image flips around. The upper half of Christ’s body is gleaming bright and the lower half is engulfed in fire. This is the day of the Lord, the day of dread, darkness, lament, and a whole lot of wailing. And look how near it is!