VANITY O VANITY
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What is this word to destine, predestination, to elect, or to choose? "A stupid man will get understanding, when a wild ass's colt is born a man".
Though you were perfectly innocent and righteous, of what good are you, or what would be your effect in the heavens to stake a claim? You are but a created thing, and as such bound to appeal for mercy. Had you created yourself, and made your arm strong you could have sung of your right before Him who is.
But your footsteps are in the earth, your impression in the dust, for like the Lord said; "it is changed like the clay under the seal".
What is this predestine thing upon which you lay claim, or to choose one from the other, right from wrong? Did He not 'create' all things, each to His will into His purpose? So He made the one and the other.
He did not say; let us predestine man, nor, let us choose, but "Let us make man." And so they were made the one and the other - created in His wisdom by His Almighty hand.
How then will I speak in a tongue of man and not rather by His creation? Or what is my desire, or the joy of my heart in the creation? It will be as Job said; " That a godless man shall not come before him".
This for me is His creation, this for me my salvation. Let the Lord have honor and all glory, for to Him belongs all that is, and what is, is the Lord, the God of all ages.
A man to choose, or destined. The Godly secret is that man harms himself in his own will, and the Lord ordained from before all time for these not to enter into His rest, since the creation is His, and His alone. He forms as He will, and who are you to say unto Him, what are you making?
Will a wooden spoon judge the man that made it? Or the sofa in a living room asks the master of the house why he takes his rest on him?
I now gave you the truth, but the truth is not to your likens. And why then should you complain that you were not in His election, when you make your dislike of Him quite evident? I spoke a word, its sound was that of "creation", but how shall it be understood without its rigors?
Yet who am I to speak in understanding? Is it not written; "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will thwart." All those of the ages, their prolific words, and to what end O ye men have you labored? "Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?"
"The debaters of this age." How indeed they were debaters, but for the exception of His sons. "We, so one of them said; preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles". And why was He crucified? It was for this; "That no human being might boast in the presence of God."
No boasting before Him, for there was this creation, and it was His, and His alone. His creation so I proclaim to you in the one and in the other. Leave it then to the debaters for a choice, and to the wise in their own heart for each their destiny, but I will look to the Lord that He may sustain me with a word.
It then was said: "The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned." And now I should pause to let these words sink in for the debaters among men who seem to know better than God.
But then again I may speak the word of the Lord as He said: "If the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out My hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of My people."
The Lord - so I said, and His creation - so I pronounced, as He willed, and in His will - so are we. I create war, and I create peace, the good and the evil, and so I might add - to the end that man might know both the good and the evil.
Prolific writers and vehement preachers, but in the end He will make fools out of all of these. No fool was ever so wise as the sons of men for all the ages of the gentiles, for in their grains I have yet to find such to bear the seal of God in His grant mysteries.
The inquisition of the Lord will be for all men, and it will dawn more severely on the teachers of men. My heart was in tears when I learned how there were no teachers of Christian grid through the ages of the Gentiles. And how those that had ascended on high were more evil than those which were below.
If now I read what the one is saying of the other, quote; "The Reformers themselves . . . e.g., Luther, Beza, and especially Calvin, were as intolerant to dissentients as the Roman Catholic Church.
And: "This fact is forgotten by Protestants. They read blood-curdling stories of the Inquisition and of atrocities committed by Catholics, but what does the average Protestant know of Protestant atrocities in the centuries succeeding the Reformation?"
And: "Melancthon asked the state to compel the people to attend Protestant services."
And: "Later on, in Saxony (1623), even auricular confession and the Sacraments were made strictly obligatory by law, punishable by banishment. Calvin, in Geneva, also pushed religious compulsion to an absurd degree."
January, 1547 in Calvin's Geneva, one James Gruet, a kind of free-thinker of
dubious morals, was alleged to have posted a note which implied that Calvin
should leave the city:
This method failed to reveal anything except that Gruet had written on one of Calvin's tracts the words 'all rubbish.' The judges put him to the rack twice a day, morning and evening, for a whole month . . . He was sentenced to death for blasphemy and beheaded on July 26, 1547 . . .
Evangelical freedom had now arrived at the point where its champions took a man's life . . . merely for writing a lampoon!"
Quote: "Calvin was a cruel, murderous tyrant, who considered himself to be the pope of Geneva." John Calvin had no love, no compassion, no patience and no tolerance for those who did not believe his Institutes. Criticism of Calvin's Institutes was considered heresy for which the sentence was death by burning at the stake"
In 1554 Calvin wrote "Dogs bark at me on all sides. Everywhere I am saluted with the name of 'heretic,' and all the calumnies that can possibly be invented are heaped upon me; in a word, the enemies among my own flock attack me with greater bitterness than my declared enemies among the papists."
All total he murdered 58 persons and exiled 76, for being more righteous than himself.
Is this enough, or shall I go on to cite the crimes of such as by some or many are held in high esteem? Why is it that the world must always honor and glorify barbarians, and murderers?
The muslims worship a murderer, as do the romans in their pontiffs, and the protestants in their reformers. All of them do so because they do not know whom they adore, and refuse to know or learn that these were none but murderers, and loveless beasts.
If then of me it will be said "We cannot tell if he be right," it is for their lack of understanding. And in the end it will be said, that only the Lord speaks truth, and by the Lord alone His sons were instructed, as it is surely written: "They shall all be taught of the Lord."
The Star of every Christian.
To love one another is the shiny star of every Christian. Therein are the children of God known, "if you love one another." For this is Christ Jesus, He so loved the world to give himself a ransom for all men.
And what now do you wish me to say O my dear people, should I have said elect rather than the world? Do I not confirm Calvin and also condemn him, and do I not speak for your sake, for all those of my household?
This is what was missing of those reformers, and of the many before and afterwards. It is the fulfilling of the law, with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your soul to love the Lord your God, and your neighbor.
If then I call my enemies in far away countries my neighbor to love them as myself, how will you not love those near to you as yourself?
I am a mixed up person for as often as I speak in reprove I love them still. And though I slay them with a rod yet my soul longs for them. Do not turn your eyes upon me lest I should forget to use the whip. For you are dear to me, each and all of you, and while I turn my face away, how shall I not love you created of the Lord my God?
If I should not love them that hate me, where would they be? If I did not love even my enemies, then unto what end was I born? If I love only them that love me, where is my gain? And if I love them that revile me, there is no reward, since for them I came into this world.
They know not their right hand from their left, and how then for this ignorance should I withhold my compassion for them? For had they known their right from their left they would not have reviled me.
My life is not my own, it belongs to the Lord, and for the multitude I will grant them the gift that is given me. Though they do not believe me, yet I will subject myself, and though they hate me, yet I will not hate them, but I will have compassion on them, that they may come to rejoice in me.
My love is for all, for my love is the Lord's, and my compassion a grant of Him who has send me. Yet I will requite my enemies, the enemies of my people for their iniquity against them. Vengeance will overtake them who in vengeance mistook themselves upon my people.
Did I not mention the word "Creation"? And in what context was it that I spoke thereof? Are there ears to hear, and hearts to meditate? For I will speak in the wisdom that has been granted me, in a tongue not like the sons of men.
I will begin by quoting the words of my Lord; " But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, My friend; you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, "You are My servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off".
The words "whom I have chosen," comprises a book in itself. But to narrow down that book I will begin with the beginning when the Lord thought to create another creature of flesh and blood, and to place a spirit of understanding into it so that they might come to know "Who" it was that created them, wherefore He formed them after His own image, in His likeness.
And so appeared before Him the whole race of man. And He made an earth for them, a place to live where they might rejoice in His abundant compassion, and to glory in His might.
But how is the created to be like the un-created, or flesh and blood to have a truth of its own, or a righteousness other than that of his Creator? How thus shall the man be planted to aspire unto its Creator?
"I will cover them with a cloud, and their forthcoming in thick darkness, so that their aspirations may be manifested wills they seek Me, or find for themselves another god that is not. Let them be counted for I have made man after our own image, a creature made in the dust of the earth after our own likeness." And so stood the whole race of man made in the earth, and subject to it.
And now, what of him, of the created? Will he be as the un-created? Will he be a god unto himself, or even seek to unseat his Creator? Will the left hand claim to be the right, or the foot ordain a voice unto itself?
And what of the dung of man, will it complain because it was shed from the body, and as such to have no purpose? In His image as gods so they were made, and as gods they be, yet then so spoke the Lord:
"Set forth your case, says the Lord; bring your proofs. Let them bring them, and tell us what is to happen. Tell us the former things, what they are, that we may consider them, that we may know their outcome; or declare to us the things to come. Tell us what is to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods; do good, or do harm, that we may be dismayed and terrified."
So you see it was not in them to be as the uncreated, nor could they be as the uncreated, since they were the created. But who is to give them leave to depart from their own image, to scorn the very essence of their own being? Yet so they took unto themselves, and did not consider Him who made them.
And when one begets two, and two begets four, their arrogance was multiplied in them so that the uncreated came to say: "Behold, you are nothing, and your work is nothing; an abomination is he who chooses you."
You now were to declare His praise, to know Him who is, instead He spoke of you as you spoke of Him, an abomination. And would He now choose you? No, not so my people, though you are not my people.
But this He did, seeing it would be abominable to pick you up from the dust, He said; " But you, Israel, the offspring of Abraham, My friend; you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, "You are My servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off".
What therefore does it mean, from the ends of the earth, its farthest corners? He came to create another creature, as He declared saying; "The people whom I formed for Myself that they might declare My praise."
Not a people born in the dust of the earth, but a people born of Himself, in His own will, and not the will of man. Nor did He therefore destroy the man which He had previously formed, but He created one for the other.
And of this new creature He said; "I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations."
Obviously if there is to be One for a covenant and a light, there must also be those for whom that light was given, as one for the other.
For again He said; "To open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness."
"In darkness", do you remember that? - How I spoke of a darkness, a thick darkness for a swaddling cloth? It was of a truth, and of necessity, and by virtue thereof in the ignorance of man came the dungeon. But what of this dungeon, and what of those eyes unable to see?
For is not this 'extreme generosity' to have created a people of His own will, and established a Covenant, a light for that man in darkness?
What then are your thoughts O my people, though you are not my people, your aspirations? Will you be as the created, or not created, to reside in His will, or in a will of your own?
Let it be as you were made, for there is no dust to survive the fire, nor is it in the sons of the earth to stand before their Creator. But what is made of heaven shall be in heaven, and what is made of the earth shall be in the earth.
Created and created so I came to say, what is this election of yours, or this predestination as were it in your mind to conceive what is for the Most High in His grand esteem? Do you not know whom you are, or have I withheld knowledge from you?
Who are the violent ones among you, and who are the needy whose rights are withheld from them? Look what it is that my Lord said of them, of you my dear people, though you are not my people; "When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them."
Did I not say to you that as often as I reprove them, I still love them? An abomination so you were, and so you are, wherefore my desire was not in you.
Yet how am I to forget you, for as often as I think of you my heart turns for you. A people not desired, yet when your lips are dried out from thirst, and the meat has fallen from your bones, how shall my compassion not awaken?
There is a King, and "He will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice. Each one of them will be like a hiding place from the wind, like a covert from the tempest, or like streams of water in a dry place."
In this my dear people, though you are not my people, I will rejoice, and you will be glad. Yet what is it that "we" have accomplished? For thus it is written:
" Like a woman with child, who writhes and cries out in her pangs, when she is near her time, so were we because of Thee, O Lord. We were with child, we writhed, we have as it were brought forth wind. We have wrought no deliverance in the earth."
All those many preachers, and the wise of the earth, and in what did they succeed? Ministers and evangelists, run and save yourselves, and yet did they not save their own selves.
And what more? Does it not follow saying; "And the inhabitants of the world have not fallen." We did not bring deliverance, but for all its calamities neither did the inhabitants fall, the citizens of the world. For again so it was said;
"Thy dead shall live, their bodies shall rise. O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For Thy dew is a dew of light, and on the land of the shades Thou wilt let it fall."
I am not anything like Calvin am I? Nor anything like Luther. Nor anything like so many of your well-doers, that hang you for a word, and glean the pearls from the sweat of your brow.
My love for you is a true love, and the moist of my speech a light to fall upon the shades, for it is He who has send me that will let His Light fall on you. Therefore it was said; "awake and sing for joy."
Elect, and election, predestined and created, but who knows the score, to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
There was one to emerge from the West, and the Lord called him from the North, and so spoke the Lord: "He shall call on My name; he shall trample on rulers as on mortar, as the potter treads clay."
This now does not sound like being a covert from the tempest, nor a pool of water in a dry and dusty place. But on whom was it that he would take vengeance, does it not say something like, governors and princes, the rulers of the earth?
It is not on the poor and needy, nor on the abused, nor on the peaceful, but such men as Hitler, and Saddam, Stalin, and a multitude of others that have not outrun their reward. They will beg me for mercy, yet you will have to see how the Lord my God deals with them in their time.
And so it continues in the book of Isaiah where many will come to say; "We can't tell if he be right." Then the Lord speaks by the mouth of Isaiah; "Behold My servant, whom I uphold, My chosen, in whom My soul delights; I have put My Spirit upon Him, he will bring forth justice to the nations." His chosen One, The Lord of ages, the Redeemer of man, Christ Jesus His name.
"He", so said His Father; "will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street." But now let us stop here and meditate upon these words. Not heard in the street, nor cry aloud, how is that when there are so many in the gate lifting up their voices, and even invoking the powers of State to enforce their cry? Are they not His servants? For so indeed is their claim.
Shall I provide you with an answer? Indeed I will; "A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not quench; but He will faithfully bring forth justice. Nor will He fail, nor be discouraged till He has established justice in the earth."
On the contrary now your highly esteemed ones not only crushed the reeds that were bruised, but the healthy as well. And if there was any wick to flare up, they burned it altogether.
But those on water's edge found patience, nor will they have long to wait. For so the word continues; "For a long time I have held my peace, I have kept still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in travail, I will gasp and pant. I will lay waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbage; I will turn the rivers into islands, and dry up the pools."
O you mountains and you hills, you bloody ones, you guilty ones, guilty of lies and of deceit, you will be wasted, and your congregations will dry out. It is not far off, then you will know. And where will be the word of truth, that men may learn righteousness? I shall give you the word of the Lord:
"Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord God, "when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it."
But for you that are blind, who have not seen their footsteps before them, the sacred ones whose need is within them, thus is the word;
"And I will lead the blind in a way that they know not, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I will do, and I will not forsake them."
If then these despicable mountains, and these vulgar hills teach you of the elect in Christ, hear them, for they speak truly. But if they teach you of only the elect in Christ, pay them no heed, do not believe their words. For you are my people though you are not my people, and while I loathe you, I love you still.
I lifted up my voice on high, and my prayer came before Him. It is not my soul O Lord, nor my salvation that so concerns me, but that I might bring Thy Word of truth before the people, and Thy word only.
Let Thy word be truth, and may my soul rejoice in it. My prayer O my Lord is for the people, that Thy cause with the people may go forth and be accomplished.
It is not for me, but that Thy word O Lord may abound to the people, Thy cause be my cause. As for me O Lord if but my word may serve Thy creature. And for me, this thing I ask of Thee, let me not O Lord have my abiding with the people, with them that go to the pit. Let me not see their faces, nor hear their voices, for I have seen and I have heard, and they are to me an abomination.
This my prayer, for I beheld Thee my Lord, and I beheld myself, and what is the son of man, even me, that I should have the strength to stand before Thee, or to desire the life of my soul? I will speak Thy word, for Thy word is salvation to the sons of men, even the sons of men.
I have no boast other than in Thee O Lord. I am but dust, and my boast is but the strength of the Lord. This was Thy gift to me that I might love righteousness and truth. Nor shall I portray that such a noble spirit is of man, for I am not worthy of Thy grace, much less that Thou should call me a prince.
From where then might this noble thought be, the thoughts that exceeds the nature of man, who before all else looks to himself? For the thought of man is foremost to himself.
It is from the Lord, His gift, I indeed honor His grace, if then He will cause me to walk among His sons, so be His will, or if He will bring me back to before I came into existence, so be His will.
If only I may glorify Him in word and deed, after which let me be whatsoever Thou wilt O Lord. Only do not leave me with the sons of men, for I have been with them as I am yet this day, and it is a curse unto me.
My mind seeks Thy love O Lord, My soul draws with affection for Thy love, and for all men, for their welfare. What is my soul O Lord but that I might love Thee, to have a love of Thy love, a soul of Thy soul, the nobility of Thy nobility. Let me be righteous as Thou art righteous, that I may bloom in Thy righteousness.
O how am I to explain the thoughts of my heart or the feelings of my soul. I do not look for myself, to have a name to myself, but to be a part of Thee.
Let me live but for the people, or let me die but for the people. What are my princely stakes, there was none but contempt in me, where than are my princely desires?
As often as I reprove the people I love them still, as often as they revile me, I do not withhold myself to a blessing. I am Thy creature O Lord, made in Thy will.
Are you a one dollar bill, or a ten dollar bill? Some no doubt will claim themselves a hundred dollar bill, and to swindle as many of those from the people as they can. And of the people there are always those to cast their pearls before the swine, and turn their behind for still more poison.
I now have heard of the name of Christ, and of none other. Any man therefore that calls himself by any other name worships idols.
If you are a Lutheran, let Luther save you, or a catholic let the devils captain save you, and if you be a Calvinists let Calvin save you. For that is the reply you will receive on the day of the great tribunal.
The Scripture says; "when one says, "I belong to Paul," and another, "I belong to Apollo," are you not merely men?" And men do not enter the kingdom of heaven, but the sons of God do.
If therefore your aspiration is a Baptist, go unto the sea and tell it not to drown you. Or the Presbyterians, let them lay their claim before the elders, for neither the sea nor the elders will enter into His rest.
And what am I to say of those many other denominations? "I know you not, depart from Me you workers of inequity," that will be the answer.
For as long as you do wherein Paul calls you men, you run in vain, for then you are but men, foolish and devoid of understanding. Let Mohammed save the Muslims, and that piece of fat stone the multitude that worship it.
And neither will the cross save you O you so called Christians, but only Him who bled upon it, whose word seems to be revolting unto you.
And when the East-wind strikes you that worship but the church, these will be buried in it. For there is but One name named, and whosoever lacks this understanding has not known Christ.
Christ the Lord
It is written; "A stone that will make men stumble, a rock that will make them fall; for they stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do."
These last words then; "as they were destined to do", who will rephrase them? What is man to oppose the will of God, or to judge Him? He forms as He will, both the righteous and the unrighteous. He will condemn man as He wills, and He will save them as He wills.
And who are you O man to talk back to Him, when you are destined to disobey His word? And what is it to you if He will forgive another to keep His word?
Why do you elect to share your wealth with but a few, and not the whole race of man? Will you tell me that it is your right? Why then O you man are you angry with the Lord, and jealous of them whose sins are forgiven? You are forsaking the law of love - are you not?
Be obstinate as you will, but that my dear man will come to your own hurt. And when at last you have seen the glory of the Lord then you will acknowledge Him, and your tongue will praise Him.
Calvinism, Lutherism, Armenian, Universalism, or whatever, it is he who indeed will keep the commandments to love the Lord your God, and your neighbor as yourself -- these are the sons of God, by free-will or by election.
Whosoever then does not keep that simple command will be written in the earth. These it are that complain and twist the word to their likens.
What is wisdom, if not to fear the Lord? And what is understanding if not to depart from evil? Man cannot be righteous of himself, wherefore his Creator from before all time came to redeem him that even man might come into His glory, and be for a likeness unto Him. His redemption was coexistent with his creation, for He made the dust that even it might know Him.
In how many ways must I make it clear that God alone is righteous, and that this word "alone" has a definite meaning? Even those of His angels in their free will choose not to honor their Creator, how then shall a man made in the dust carve his own righteousness?
And what is in this word "ungodly" that is ascribed to all that ply without God? It means to be doing it on their own, to carve a road for themselves, to build a mountain in their own name.
Yet who is the Creator, the one and only Creator? Are they not therefore promoting a lie, an inconsistency in what is? To thus say ungodly is to rephrase it to "un-created". And if they are un-created how do they exist?
Wherefore there is no existence for them that are without God who are gods unto themselves since God is One and only, and the One and only Creator.
But the wisdom of the One and Only is marvelously grandiose, and His compassion equally grand to have made His creature in granting them a will of their own, so they too might be as gods, as in after His own likeness. But that which is in likeness is not the same as the One to whom they aspire.
For like the image in a mirror are we to Him who is. If then He turns away from the mirror the image has vanished. What then is the image to acclaim that it is it, as in for real? Without the One and Only showing forth His image - there is no image, and man or angel would be as the un-created, the ungodly, as in not reflecting from Him.
Was not therefore the redemption of man coexistent with his creation, that by His abundant grace He might bring even the dust, those made of flesh and blood into His image? For this comprises the grand secret, the marvelous mystery, to say "Let us make man after our own image."
And no sooner were these words spoken or a whole realm stood forth, a realm so vast and so grandiose as to defy the imagination of both man and angel.
There are three parts in that sentence, there is man, there is image, and there is us, and these co-exist in that single sentence spoken of the Lord. Therefore also can we co-exist with God into all eternities, in His marvelous wisdom to bring forth the harmony thereof. And if not so we would be as the uncreated, as in the ungodly and not the image, nor therefore in the light of eternity.
Let us then take 'man' and 'image', just those two parts of that most grandiose sentence ever pronounced. Can these exist without that third part, the word 'us'?
Most certainly not, for as man cannot be righteous of himself, as in man without the image, so he is in need of redemption, a means to harmonize the image with Him who is casting the image. And this came by the word "us", which is in coming of Himself and the Word of God.
Before anything was made therefore, the Son of God, as the Word of God were co-existent, God and His redemptive Spirit, whereby man might be made in the image of Him who fashioned him.
For here again if not the Word of God existed with Him from ever in being un-begotten, or uncreated, to be from ever, man might be made, but without the image.
For as there was the "us" so there was the "image", or visa versa, nor could therefore the third part, the word of "man" be lacking.
And so you see what all is in this short sentence, and the harmony thereof, how each one is not without the other, nor could any two be without the third. If then a twofold cord is not easily broken, much less a threefold. For in like manner did He form the whole of His creation, by a threefold into the seven of His works.
But such mysteries are but for the few unto whom He has gracefully granted the same, mysteries He has withheld even from His angels. And will then you a man written in the dust think to overcome Him, to discover what He holds in store?
Wisdom exalts itself, for there is none greater, and have I not placed it before you, that marvelous three in seven? Yet whom from the sons of men have understood, or even placed a reply, or given me counsel?
You are not portraying the image, there is no reflection in that mirror, because He elected not to show Himself to you. And why might that be? Consider the answer, the reply that is to be brought forth, is it not in the same word "image"? And into what does that word aspire? Is it not Him who is God, wherefore these are to be gods, the likeness of Him.
But how many gods can there be if there be no subjects, and who then will be in the image but such as are made of Him? For so again it is written; "They shall each walk in the name of their god, but we shall walk in the name of the Lord our God." This sentence too portrays more than one, there is the 'they' and the 'we', and the 'theirs' and the 'ours'.
How silly of the preachers of election, and of destinies, to have missed this very sentence, because so I say unto you, they were not endowed with wisdom. Their hearts were not conceived in the image, wherefore their minds became darkened.
Yet they spoke of many things, and how did they speak of it? You too can speak in wisdom if you duplicate my words, but will it then be of you, or not rather borrowed goods? How thus will you rate that sevenfold wisdom which was to be given to one in the ending the sixth day of creation?
I spoke of a bottle, and I spoke of a breast, one to serve the milk from a bottle, or to serve from the breast. Who then is able to serve from the breast if not these alone that are sent in His very image, that are indeed gods, whose armor is the grace of Him who send him?
None O my dear people, though you are not my people, are able to serve from the breast lest indeed they are with child, and it is forthcoming.
And so what do you have to be content with when there are none pregnant among you? It are the hirelings which must gather the milk from the written word, and place it into bottles so you might be fed.
But man has a will of his own, and such as are not born of God have foremost their own concoction in their bottles, yet then they mix the milk with it, so as to make it appear white, or how else will they labor in the vineyard?
I now am not alone, and though a flood of water, living waters, may proceed from me, one should not bury the other. Accordingly I will give you the word of my friend: (Ecclesiastics)
must not say; "Did I not learn correctly?"
For if indeed you have, it was God's doing with you and that which He
hates you must not do.
created man, and from the beginning gave him his own free will,
and if you so
desire, keep his commandments and perform that which pleases Him in true
has placed both fire and water before you take of both what you will, for there
is both life and death before a man, and what of either or both he desires,
shall be given him.
the wisdom of God is great, and He is mighty, He sees all things, and his eyes
are upon them that fear Him, and He knows very well what is done aright or
What is it that my friend said, which he served from his breast? "What of either or both", these words, let us take these words to a reckoning. 'Either' means life or death, salvation or condemnation, to be saved or not so.
But the word 'both' seems inconsistent with what the preachers, the hirelings teach, as they preach that one is either saved, or condemned. These therefore are not teaching you the truth, not the word of God, the word of wisdom.
For thus speaks that very same Spirit in me, the very same words along with the mystery thereof. Of both, as you desire, so it will be given you. You can have all of death if you will, as my Lord will instruct me to impose upon men like Hitler, (and I named him since he is recent to you).
Or you can have part of death, and part of life, like Clement, bishop of Rome, spoke saying; "If not heaven to come as near as possible."
And now what have I done, I am revealing far too much. Just yesterday I spoke to myself saying, no more writing Leonard, you have spoken far too much, you are going to drown them in words, and to what purpose then have you spoken?
But who is to plug a fountain, to stop it at its roots, for it will only burst forth again when the pressure exceeds the restraint.
But what now have I said to bring restraint upon the sons of men, to show them that to glory is to glory in Him who is, and not the image in itself. But if you will do so hear the word of your Creator;
"Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked where they stand. Hide them all in the dust together; bind their faces in the world below. Then will I also acknowledge to you, that your own right hand can give you victory."
You see how the Almighty One will extend victory to you provided you can accomplish what He said? You now did so, some of you anyway, but it were not the proud that you humbled, nor did you tread upon the wicked, but you crushed the needy and the innocent, whom had done you no harm.
Your right hand therefore brought you a condemnation, an everlasting disgrace. And what part of life will you have along with death if not the disgrace as I mentioned?
If then you seek more of life than of death, keep love with one another, and do not betray the needy. And again I will let my friend speak to you, quote;
created man out of the dust, and returns him again into dust, He ordered periods
of their lives, and created both, each according to their nature, and formed
them after his own image.
gave it so, that all flesh should fear them, and that they should rule over the
beasts and the birds.
taught them, and gave them a law of life; He made an eternal covenant with them,
and revealed His rights to them.
"He beheld them above all other animals", for we are but animals are we not? What a glorious thing therefore that we might know Him who made us, that we are not like the cows or the sheep serving for food and sustenance to another. And, "He gave them a law - beware of all unrighteousness."
What then is unrighteousness if not that which is not correct, like man having a righteousness of himself when he is but a created thing? Therefore also was it said by my friend, "You must not say; "Did I not learn correctly?"
And what answer shall I give, but what he said? Let then the image that is upon the mirror honor Him Who is before all, for you O man are but the image, made in it.
I will speak yet a little more of Wisdom, She who was first created;
praises itself, and among the people she glorifies herself, she opens her mouth
in the congregation of God, and triumphs in His kingdom.
proclaims; "I have come of the mouth of the Most High, and hovered over the
earth as a cloud, my dwelling was in the highest, my seat in the clouds.
Does it now appear to you that perhaps there is a knowledge within me? And was it not said of one in the ending days to receive sevenfold wisdom and of knowledge? It was spoken by the seventh from Adam, and shall he not then appear?
If you have gathered a single fold or even twofold, or perhaps threefold, how are you to deny his appearance? And so I must conclude not to over-burden you, as I shall with the words of my friend.
exalts her children, and accepts those that seek her, he that loves her loves
life, and he who seeks her diligently - shall have her to much
that serve her - serve the right faith, and they that love her are loved of the
though at first she comes adverse to him, bringing fear and dread on him,
grieving him with her rod, trying him with her discipline that she may discover
that he is without deceit.
No Savior of men
"I do not reprove you for your sacrifices; your burnt offerings are continually before me. I will accept no bull from your house, nor he-goat from your folds."
In this sentence alone there will not be any Savior out of man, not the Bull, nor the he-goat. How therefore can Christ Jesus have been a son of David, or the Lion a son of Abraham? For so the Lord said; "I will accept neither the Bull, nor the he-goat from you."
The Lord Himself denied being a son of David, as He said, "How can He be a son of David, when David calls Him Lord?" And I say; How can I be a son of Abraham when I was before Abraham?
Or like I once said; "I wish to return home from where I came forth, this exile being grievous unto me." And of the Son it is said; "His only begotten, -- the Son of God." As then there is a Son, there is a son of the Son acceptable in the sight of God, since neither were of the folds of man.
But O how shall I speak to convey the thoughts of my heart, to appear before men, when it is not in the light of men? I am not man anymore, for I cannot speak as I wish, not as a man. Nor was my birth of any man.
Due constraints are laid upon me, for He who bound me with everlasting chains knew how terrible it would be for me to have a knowledge not of man among the sons of men.
I shall recall the words of my mother; "Be
silent O you bitter cry in the darkness
And in another light; The Lord my God said He would not reprove us for our sacrifices, our bulls and our goats, and yet He would not accept them either. What inconsistency, or paradox thus may be found therein?
For if Thou O Lord will not accept the he-goat, nor the bull, to what end are my pains, or the words of my mouth? To what end did Thou create me that I should behold the misery of my people, and the scars upon their backs?
I am truly no longer a man, for man cannot perceive these words spoken of Thy mouth, nor have I seen or heard of any among men to have gathered this treasure.
No Lord, I am not expounding it before the eyes of men, for Thou has laid Thy restraint upon me. And so I speak but in a prayer to Thee, to pour out my soul before Thee.
It is the pain in my heart O Lord, the pain of exile, to have my abiding far from home, my residing among the sons of men. And to have a knowledge not of any wisdom among men.
Thy word is so beautiful, and so wholesome, but while I partake of it, I cannot share it. And so I must bear the full pain thereof, for while the sharing of joy is double joy, and the sharing of pain half the pain, I am bound to bear the whole thereof.
And what then did I begin O Lord, in placing this Thy word before the eyes of men, while it is as no word, as a fleeting sound?
It is my heart O Lord and my desire to share, it is horrible to me to be alone, and yet never alone. This exile that Thou has placed upon me is grievous to bear, but in Thy love I bear it, and in Thy love for all Thy creation.
JOB, chapter 21.
My bones are bones of Job, and my flesh that of the stricken. The wicked prosper so Job said, Thou does not lay pains on them as Thou does upon the righteous, while they say unto Thee, to depart from them. They do not care for Thy knowledge, nor is there any profit for them in serving Thee so they acclaim.
O how merciful Thou art even to Thy enemies, how good Thy soul for the sons of men. If Thou were to bring them pains for their ways, as Thou does try Thy own, would not these turn to Thee?
But then my soul hears, and it comes to consider yet more of Thy words, I think of David, and his words. And as I beheld Job in the wisdom of his speech, I at once cease to expound, to place a lid upon my mouth.
But this my soul cries out to Thee O Lord, how grandiose Thou art in mercy, and how inconceivable Thy compassion, and my soul thank Thee O Lord, I thank Thee for all the sons of men, for the endless multitude thereof.
And my soul rejoices in Thee for Thy grace, and for Thy mercy, for my love is Thy love, and my compassion the image of Thy compassion.