The Problem of Ecumenism: All Gods are not One

One thing I ask of Yahveh, this is what I seek; that I may dwell in the house of Yahveh all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of Yahveh and to seek him in his       temple…Hear my voice when I call, O Yahveh. …My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”   Your face, Yahveh, I will seek.  Do not hide your face from me….Teach me your way, O   Yahveh.        Psalm 27.4,7,8,9,11

Oh Yahveh, our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the earth!                                                                                       Psalm 8.1

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An intersection of consciousness

Abraham searched the world and saw himself in the presence of God.  He came to the conviction that God could be known and that he, Abraham, could be known by God.  He approached God on the basis of this belief.  He studied his world and concluded that the God of all worlds owns infinite majesty.  He saw his own finitude and frailty.  He saw the vast difference of scale and virtue between himself and his God, enough to fear God, while he also perceived that this God, like himself, had all the attributes of Person.

Abraham heard the call of the sovereign God.  Undoubtedly he also heard the call of his Self contending for its own sovereignty.  But he did not despair under the weight of his own willfulness or the immensity of the gulf to be crossed.

Obscurely we imagine that there is a message written in Creation as it is in Scripture, the message that God has not abandoned his Creation with no way to come to him.  We hope that somehow God has bridged the gap between  man and himself.  Perceiving this message written in the world, Abel pleased God with the sacrifice of a lamb, a prayerful acknowledgment that he could not come before God but for the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, that from Abel’s flock being but a symbol and a portent.  Perceiving this same message Abraham told Isaac on Mt. Moriah, “God will himself provide a lamb.”  Completing this message, our Messiah, the Lamb slain since the foundation of the world, gave his life in Jerusalem upon a cross, taking upon himself all punishment for our rebellion.

At the cross it is possible for a man to see the person of God, to see that a way has been made for him to know and be known by the person of God.  In the face of the one who went to the cross it is possible to discover that the Person is the atomic unit of spiritual reality.

Abraham opened his heart to being known by God.  In prayer he brought his life into the presence of God.  He began to carry in his heart the counsel of God.   He was marked by the lingering presence of the Spirit of God.  He was set aside for God.   From that day he began to live as a stranger in the world.

                                   

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An exclusive allegiance

Not all men find their way to God.  In some cases we may blame the enemy of God, the deceiver, the one who works to seduce mankind.  In some cases we may blame the teachers who fail to convey accurately the truth of God.  In many cases we may blame the perfidy of the righteous, those shepherds who claim knowledge but actually refuse to live in the truth.

Popular knowledge of the God of Israel suffers under this depreciation.  Most of the world knows little of the true nature of the God of Israel due to centuries of distortion and the infidelity of those who have claimed to act in his name:  the Holy Roman Empire; the Crusaders; the Inquisitors; the liberal seminarians teaching the  “death of God;” the conservative fantasy known as premillennial dispensationalism; Fr. Teilhard de Chardin, S.J., spinning lies in renunciation of God and giving birth to the New Age movement; the gross distortions of modern “ecumenical” Catholicism; the apostasy of Papal theology; the cynicism of a Judaism which imagines that the circumcision of the body is more determinant than the circumcision of the heart; the outrageous aggression of secular Zionism; and the whole Western world taking comfort in the rape of the Muslim world in the name of God, for the sake of impostors who cynically claim a genetic entitlement to the promise of history.

Next to the harm done by the faux adherents of the God of Israel, the rebukes of those who hold to other religions are but a glancing blow.  Other religions in fact shelter countless persons who, within their given framework, strive to know the truth of God.

To be specific, this is the writing of someone who claims to wear the colors of the God of Israel, through the grace of the Messiah of Israel, who is Yeshua. He found me and has overtaken me.  Now I give fealty to him, the anointed king of Israel.  I come to him directly, not through any synagogue or church.  Belonging to Yeshua my king, I claim every entitlement as a subject of the realm.

Yahveh promised through Isaiah that all who genuinely pursue him also belong to him, and are incorporated within his transcendent people:

For this is what Yahveh says: “…Foreigners who bind themselves to Yahveh to serve him, to love the name of Yahveh, and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer …for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”                                 Isaiah 56.4,6,7

There is a Psalm which declares that the people of the nations of the earth, all who give their hearts to him, are given the right to claim membership in the true Israel of God.  Here is the Zion which belongs not to a single genetic division, but to the people of the earth:

He has set his foundation on the holy mountain; Yahveh loves the gates of    Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.  Glorious things are said of you, O city of God: “I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me – Philistia too, and Tyre,   along with Cush – and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’”

Indeed, of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her, and the Most       High himself will establish her.”

Yahveh will write in the register of the peoples: “This one was born in Zion.”  Selah.  As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in you.”     Psalm 87        

There is even a passage in Isaiah which implies that the membership of Egypt and Assyria in Israel will someday be more significant than the membership of native Israelites in Israel:

In that day there will be an altar to Yahveh in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to Yahveh at its border.  It will be a sign and witness to Yahveh Almighty in the land of Egypt.  When they cry out to Yahveh because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender and he will rescue them. So Yahveh will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge Yahveh.  They will worship with             sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to Yahveh and keep them.  Yahveh     will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them.  They will turn to   Yahveh, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them.

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria.  The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria.  The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together.  In that day Israel will be third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth.  Yahveh Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”                     Isaiah 19.19-25

Fealty to the God of Israel is, like all fealty, an exclusive allegiance to the person and code of the master of the covenant, by which covenant the subject and his Lord are joined.  It necessarily means exclusion from competing claims.  A person is chosen by a Lord, and the person responds with total allegiance.  They now belong to each other by an oath “to the death.”  One is “set apart,” which is the practical meaning of the word “holy” or “holy to God.”  By the covenant oath we are now devoted to our king.

The king of Israel is Yeshua our Messiah in mystical union with Yahveh, the Father, God of all Creation.  Through Yeshua God reveals his being to mankind.  Yeshua is the Word [Logos] made flesh.  John opened his gospel with these concise words, pregnant with mystical meaning:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it….The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth….No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.                                                                             John 1.1-5,14,18

So John gives witness to the total union of Yahveh and Yeshua.  Yeshua is ”Immanuel,” God with us.  He is “God the One and Only.”  Yeshua is both God manifest and God in his true being.

John in this same chapter also describes how Yeshua came to the historic nation.  Historic Israel was the vehicle through which Yahveh chose to enter human history.  Yeshua came to earth and was rejected by that nation.  Now, revealing himself to all the world, he calls to himself people of all nations who wish to belong to him and put aside the rebellion which has claimed most of human history:

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.     Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to         become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.                            John 1.10-13

We who receive Yeshua as Lord are bound to him by a covenant sealed with his blood.  For this reason we are unable to support any religious sentiment which might serve other gods.  We live within an exclusive allegiance.

That allegiance does, however, demand of us a heart open to the world.  We are called to know and serve the heart of the God who loves his Creation, who calls all people to himself.  God chose to enter into human history through the Son of Man, the son of the woman, in order to reveal to us his love.

Yeshua, who revealed himself in human history two thousand years ago and went to the cross as sacrifice for our sin of rebellion, this Yeshua rose from the dead and is now seated in union with Yahveh upon the throne of heaven:

“She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.    And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.”  Revelation 12.5

Yeshua at this moment has no longer the mortal body which was nailed to the cross.  In John’s apocalyptic vision he saw a semblance of the post-ascension appearance of our Messiah in heaven:

“I turned to see whose voice it was who spoke to me, and on turning round I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the middle of the lampstands one who resembled a human     being, with a long robe and a belt of gold round his breast.  His head and hair were    white as wool, white as snow.  His eyes flashed like fire, his feet glowed like molten bronze, his voice like the sound of many waves.  In his right hand he held seven stars, and out his mouth came a sharp double edged sword.  His face shone like the sun in full strength. When I saw him I fell at his feet like a dead man, but he laid his hand on me   saying, ‘Be not afraid.  I am the First and the Last.  I was dead and here am I alive for ever more, holding the keys of death and Hades.”        Revelation 1.12-18

Yeshua our king will return at the end of this era, a date which draws near.  This shall be that re-appearance of the Messiah which shall satisfy the expectations of all who are bound to him, satisfy their hopes for peace and justice and union with the heart of God.

When Yeshua returns he will not be bearing a “gospel” that “all gods are one” or that every man may take comfort in his own imagined truth.  He will be returning in the truth that he alone is the One God, Yahveh, Lord of Creation, above whom there is no other, no Lucifer, no Vicar, no all- seeing eye, no mystical oneness of mankind, no Omega Point.  Yeshua himself shall return.  His true subjects, now in communion with him through his Spirit, await his return.

John, in the book of Revelation, describes prophetically this reappearance of the Logos on earth:

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice he judges and makes war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns.  He has a name written on him that no     one knows but he himself.  He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Logos of God.  The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.  Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.  “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”  On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”                                                                                      Revelation 19.11-16

 

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The return of the king and the opposition of the nations

The above quotation stated that, as Yeshua returns, “out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.”  That sword is not made of steel.  That sword is the word [as speech] of God, including his law and his creative speech.  As Yeshua created the world through his speech so will he bring about justice through the words of his speech.

Why is it that when he comes he must strike the nations?  John, in the book of Revelation, reveals prophetically that in the time of the return of Yeshua, the entire world will have given itself over to the rule of the Antichrist, all but the remnant of men and women who have given their hearts to Yeshua.  The exclusive nature of loyalty to the king of Israel does not allow service to the Antichrist.  This very exclusive nature of the bond to Yeshua causes the Antichrist to hate the God of Israel and those who belong to him.   Therefore, by the time of the return of Yeshua nearly all who are faithful to him will have been either killed or hunted from society.

There will still be plenty of religion to go around.  All the hierarchical religions, even most sects of Judaism and Christianity, will make their peace with the Antichrist.  Only those individuals who are truly related to the king of Israel by the bond of the Spirit will hold true to him and reject the mastery of any other allegiance.  John says this very clearly:

The dragon [Satan] gave the beast [Antichrist] his power and his throne and great authority. …Men worshipped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast?  Who can make war against him?”  The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months.  He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven.  He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them.  And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.  All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast – all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.”                                          Revelation 13.2,4-8

The books of Revelation and Daniel portray through many settings that in the last years of this era the world at large will reject the call of God and follow an impostor who sets himself up as god.  This will happen because men abandon their care for the truth.  Mere truthiness will suffice.  They will not care for the demands of true allegiance to the God who created mankind and the heavens and the earth.  As their just reward for a hollow faith they will receive and follow a hollow god.  But the God of Creation will return to earth as conqueror, will dispel those who stand as his enemies, and will reclaim his creation.

The opposition of the nations against the Messiah of God is as old as civilization.  It began with the seduction of the fallen angels, who came to earth and seduced mortal women, creating the “great men of old.”  This led to the flood in judgment against them.  Afterward men again united against God at Babel.  God drove them apart and gave them diverse languages.  According to his care for them he took the disparate groups and established the original seventy nations, each under the guardianship of an angel from the courts of heaven.  But these nations rejected the knowledge of the God of heaven.  Yahveh then called Abraham out of Mesopotamia and through the many events recorded in Scripture made him into a nation, out of which should come Immanuel, God with us, our Messiah.  But even this nation, reserved by God for himself, rejected its God and ultimately rejected its Messiah.

Nevertheless, the great promise to Abraham, the great promise of history, stands firm.  Yahveh will not abandon his world.  Even king David saw the whole play of history and wrote the second Psalm describing the ultimate Messianic victory over the opposition of the nations:

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?  The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against Yahveh and against his Anointed One [Messiah].  “Let us break their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.”  The One enthroned in heaven laughs; Yahveh scoffs at them.  Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.”    I will proclaim the decree of Yahveh: He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.  Ask of me and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.”                       Psalm 2.1-8    

About four centuries after the writing of this Psalm God gave Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, a prophetic dream.  Daniel, a Jew in exile in the Babylonian court, both told Nebuchadnezzar the contents of his dream and interpreted to him the content.  The dream contained the figure of a statue, the head made of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, feet part iron and part baked clay.  Daniel revealed it as a figure of the great kingdoms of the earth… Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon the head of gold; silver, the Medo-Persian empire of Cyrus; bronze, the Greek empire of Alexander the Great; legs of  iron, the Roman empire; the feet a mixture of clay and iron, in other words a broadened Rome made of a mixture of peoples:

Finally there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron – for iron breaks and smashes everything – and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay.  As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle.  And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not  remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.  Daniel 2.40-43

Rome does not go away.  It transforms itself into the Holy Roman Empire.  It masquerades as a purely ecclesiastical institution which just happens to have great influence over emperors and kings, and in the end it reconstitutes itself and stands as the great incorporation of all the earth, still Rome.

But Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar that at the same time that these kingdoms are rising and falling Yahveh will be building his own eternal kingdom.  He will ultimately claim the earth for his kingdom, and this will bring an end to the dominion of the civilization of rebellion:

“While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands.  It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them.  Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer.  The wind swept them away without leaving a trace.  But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth…”                                                       Daniel 2.34,35

Daniel’s interpretation:

“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people.  It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.  This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain , but not by human hands – a rock that broke the iron, the     bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.”  Daniel 2.44,45

Global Rome is not trying to abolish diversity of religion.  Global Rome, like ancient Rome, wants to be inclusive, to make room for all religions and their gods, as long as no one of them has any trace of independent authority.  In ancient Rome you earned your certificate of relativism through public recognition of the ultimate divinity of the Roman emperor.  In our global Rome the standard is being developed that all gods are one, that however different they may seem on the surface, they all bespeak “the same core reality.”  If it can be established that no god has independent authority above the authority of the Empire, then there can be union.  The primary devices for achieving this goal are the post- modern cults of Tolerance and Relativism.

For the sake of Tolerance, all behaviors and creeds which do not openly oppose the social order are to be recognized as legitimate and their constituents given equal rights alongside every other creed and disposition.  As for Relativism, the church and the world government each conspire in their own way.  John Paul II gathered the leaders of the world religions at Assisi and had them all set their gods upon the Roman altar for honor and blessing. Pope Francis is busy tearing down every barrier of church dogma which might offend any other religion or life style.  He has even denounced “ideology” [by which he means theology] in Christians as an “illness.”  With no spine at all, surely his church can not offend, and the whore will establish herself as mediatrice between all the cults of the earth.

The United Nations, through its religious and educational programs, teaches moral Relativism, the idea that truth is entirely relative to the person who holds it as his own.  Therefore your adherence to certain tenets as valid for you may be valid with regard to you, but it in no way affects the condition that an entirely divergent truth might hold equally well for another person.  “No standpoint can be uniquely privileged over all others.”

This effectively is the death warrant for two “fundamentalist” religions: allegiance to Shia Islam and allegiance to the Messiah of Israel.  Shia Islam considers itself under the authority of an infallible spiritual leader named by God.[1]  The United States, its Western and Sunni allies [including Al Qaeda] are at work to erase Shia Islam from the earth.

Fealty to the God of Israel has been abandoned by most of Israel and most of Christendom.  True servants of Yeshua flourish in isolation, as in the home churches in China, where they are hunted by the state.  The increasing presence of the global power will bring isolated subjects out into the open where they will stand as witnesses before all the world, martyrs to the truth of the God of Israel.  They will be hunted from the earth.

“They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.  They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.”   John 16.2,3

Looking at the prophecy of Daniel, it is obvious why the global government must hate the God of Israel above all.   It is the kingdom of the God of Israel which is the final enemy and victor over the kingdom of the world.  Satan knows that there is only one real threat to his attempt at dominion over the earth, and that is the God of Israel who created him.  The new global order and all its ecumenism are Satan’s project, designed to swallow the rock of Israel in a swamp of  relativism.

The great fear of world religion and the global powers is that God will keep his promise:

In the days of the seventh angel’s voice, when he now blows his blast, then shall the secret purpose of God be fulfilled, as he assured his servants the prophets.                                                                  Revelation 10.7

 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment – to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.    Ephesians 1.9,10

 

Lawrence S. Jones,

email: lstewartj@sbcglobal.net ,

website: https://jerusalemgraffiti.com/

 

[1] unlike Sunni Islam  which follows the direction of the consensus of the community.

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