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The Wedding Party Parted

March 10, 2014

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. Now lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it; and let the children of Israel go on dry land through the midst of the sea.” Exodus 14.15

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I can see where those who don’t believe in the Spirit might find it unbelievable that a Prophet of God could lift his rod and part a great sea. This fanciful imagery lends itself for spectacular storytelling in the cinema, and can make a lot of money for a lot of people, but it’s a difficult miracle to sell to a nonbeliever. And yet, it’s nonbelievers who say there are no demons, as they watch a movie like Twelve Years a SlaveThe whippings produce raw flesh, and blood, and screams and cries, and festering wounds and open throbbing sores, where filth and flies congregate in unseemly conditions … But the nonbeliever says there are no such thing as demons … and the lights go out that he might watch Lord of the Rings, where the once white wizard Saruman succumbed to the dark magic he studied, and fell prey to the great evil Sauron.

I know priests who have serviced their parishes for decades who speak of demons as if they are something far from them, as if these have only invaded the minds of those who do terrible things, but what they don’t understand is that something as seemingly simple as showing partiality can infect an entire system, to where it causes many to look the other way when terrible things have been done.

If you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2. 9-10

Is this cold? Is this a cold thing to say? If yes, my response is this: You either believe God is Spirit, or you don’t. Of course I know that many would never turn away from the cries if they heard them, and they would not turn away if they saw the raw flesh, and the blood … and the festering wounds and open throbbing sores, where flies congregate in unseemly conditions, but do these see only the forest and not the trees? When they look out over their blessed congregation, or join in matins with their brothers, what do they really know? Do they know when a brother priest sitting beside them at supper is a child molester? Do they know the parishioner who comes up for communion every Sunday has been beating up his wife and children? Do they know that his bishop has been stealing the hard earned dollars of his parish community for illicit and selfish dealings? After all, they have them eating out of their hands … and they serve the official head of the organizations … But can they see the trees in that forest, and do they hear when they fall?

I was in a certain parish a few years ago for the very first time. I was excited to be there. I found the Liturgy interesting, and rich, and the parishioners friendly, but the bishop who was presiding over the Liturgy seemed off. I had never been in the company of this man, nor had I been in the company of these people, and yet, I sensed something not right with the bishop. When I went up to receive a flower, I could not kiss the big cross he held. Something was off, and I was cautious in his presence. I did not go in with preconceived notions about any of these members; I had studied the theology of the institution, and read up on the liturgical process that I might be able to follow along with the expected language differences. Seven months after my first visit, my sense on the bishop was confirmed. According to many of his members, he is a crook. I read about it.  And to make this story even more persuasive, I’d had a dream during my time in that parish that shed light on some of the dealings in the house. When I awoke from the dream, I knew that money was being stolen. This, too, was confirmed a number of months later. A large sum of money had been stolen, and the articles in the news stated that no member on the parish council was responsible, or knew anything regarding the theft.

Dreams … I think the priests and bishops need to start listening to those in attendance, unless they would rather eject them from their seats, but in this, who then will  be suspect. No longer will there be excuses for wrong being done to those who walk through their open doors. For centuries the people have been taught that they need the priests from birth to death, with everything in between … it is now up to these men to start knowing, for these will be held accountable in how they wear their dress. If anyone positions himself over another, claiming knowledge, he will be held to these words, and the conduct, as well as the product. And the higher the number, the harder the climb.

Take up your cross … 

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Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me?” What does Lord mean in saying this? He is saying, “You know the way. You know what must be done. Go forward.” Lord is telling Moses that the children of Israel are no longer slaves.

It is no secret anymore what’s been going on in the organizational hierarchy of religious brothers and sisters. There is no reform for this sector and its placement. Partiality has shown its intent, and its devastation. These systems will implode and be no more. The walls will collide. It’s a different enemy today than it was in the day of James. Money holds the color once understood as Spiritual Growth and Healing. It has made itself head, and has established itself as the great dream, capable of solving all problems and all ills … all struggles, and all nightmares. It buys the quick fix for the maladies of man. It’s the drug of all drugs. It’s the almighty matin.

What do the divided waters represent in Exodus 14? What is meant in Lord telling Moses to let the children of Israel go on dry land through the midst of the sea? The water is the Sea of Knowledge, or, one might like to call it, Seeing the Message. The children go forward between sides. They remain in the middle. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11. 30 Moses lifts his rod and stretches out his hand over the sea to divide it. The rod is the staff of Malachi, meaning, my messenger (my angel). With the lifting of Lord’s messenger, “the ID” of God is revealed.

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Brother against brother. The Wedding Party … we have seen it before; we will see it again. It is written. There has never been unity because there has always been the sin of partiality. There has never been The Church in mankind’s way because there has always been seduction, and stifling of Gift, and sedition. The priest has not been listening. He has not heard the cries of hell within man, the seeds of seduction … the war cry of Lot.

“But Moses does not think it right to incline either to the right or to the left, or in short to any part of the earthly Edom; but rather to proceed along the middle way, which he with great propriety calls the royal road, for since God is the first and only God of the universe, so also the road to him, as being the king’s road, is very properly denominated royal; and this royal road you must consider to be philosophy, not that philosophy which the existing sophistical crowd of men pursues (for they, studying the art of words in opposition to truth [ known as spin-doctoring by man in this Day], have called crafty wickedness, wisdom, assigning a divine name to wicked action), but that which the ancient company of those men who practiced virtue studied, rejecting the persuasive juggleries of pleasure, and adopting a virtuous and austere study of the honourable– this royal road, which we have stated to be true and genuine philosophy, the law calls the word and reason of God, for it is written, “Thou shalt not turn aside from the word which I command thee this day, to the right hand nor to the left,” So that it is shown most manifestly that the word of God is identical with the royal road, since Moses’ words are not to depart either from the royal road, or from this word, as if the two were synonymous, but to proceed with an upright mind along the middle and level road, which leads one aright.” The Posterity and Exile of Cain: Philo Judaeus of Alexandria
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Now, I ask, does the tortoise of the Road choose the fast and furious, or the hopping over and jumping into–the detours, thinking all along that he has the race won? No, he is steadfast, and consistent, as Truth Prophet of ‘his’ Day–that Day–the Road.
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Prophets are not born to please the idiocy and illusory adages of mankind’s trust. Prophets are born for One, and in [this], the Prophet compels. The Prophet’s Work is always before him, but he has the panel of Life in Whom he is spent.
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Priest, it is not for the Prophet to do the homework of man. The Truth Prophet is not slave to mankind. He is not peasant to the aristocratic negligence of institution. He is not married to these. He is fact of God.
Peace and Love.
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