With two value systems, we have two completely different cultures being represented. There is the culture of heaven, that which defines everything that the Kingdom of God represents, and the kingdom of darkness, which this present evil age is subscribing to. These two cultures have two different mindsets at their core, two different ways in which they relate to and consider their surroundings, and two completely different ways in which they seek for salvation. What has struck me is that everyone is seeking for a messiah. Even they who know not what they long for are searching for something to put all trust and hope in, subscribing entirely to this messiah.
Protesting, politics, rioting, and even entertainment through sports, Internet, and celebrities are all signs of the search of a savior. Humanity needs something to put their hope, identity, and future into. They need something to invest all into. We will either do this according to the wisdom of the world, which employs all of these selfish and self-serving means, or we will search according to the wisdom of God, which employs sacrifice and deference in love.
What precisely we’ve placed our trust in will be revealed in John’s formula, that they who are the people of God are manifest in their love for one another. Yet, they children of the devil are made obvious in that they despise their brother. Jesus made the comment that the children of Abraham act like Abraham, and this is truth for all circumstances and pledges. When you’ve pledged allegiance to the Kingdom of God, and His wisdom and patterns, then you can act in no other way but to manifest His wisdom and patterns. These things should be obvious, but in case they are not, God’s values are faithfulness, acknowledgement of God, mercy to the poor and oppressed, wisdom, and justice/equity.
Why did Cain slay Abel? Was it not because Abel’s works were righteous, but Cain’s were wicked? This is manifest within our own day and age. They who are the seed of the serpent, claiming to be the seed of the woman, are the very ones devoted to the spirit of antichrist. They are Babylon to the uttermost, all the while boasting that she is the queen of heaven, and therefore declaring to be Zion and God’s delight. Yet her deeds are made manifest. Instead of caring for the brethren, and providing to they in need when that need is made known, she withholds and blesses, as if that were enough to put food on the table, or clothe the naked. She is like Canaan who sees his father’s nakedness and doesn’t do anything about it. She is like the brother of David who accuses instead of rejoicing at his brother’s zeal for the Lord.
The two cultures are magnificently revealed in whether we’re eating from the table of the Lord, or whether we’re eating our so-called brethren. Are we taking of the bread and wine, as Jesus offers it at the Last Supper, or are we taking the bread dipped, to then go out and betray? Let me remind you that many antichrists have arisen, and they are made known in that they have went out from us, for if they were of us, they would have never went out. Yet, just as it says with Judas, that when he went out from among the fellowship, it was then night, so too are these who break from the fellowship of truth finding themselves to actually be walking in darkness.
Many have betrayed the altar, making it a stench unto God, calling the Table of the Lord detestable, and yet taking carelessly the communion. For this reason many are sick and dying in our congregations. We’ve betrayed one another, eating one another’s flesh in gossip, slander, lack of compassion, and sometimes in outright violence to the covenant itself. We haven’t neglected the covenant and the brethren; we’ve murdered them by taking a covenant with death and hell. We’ve adopted the language of death, always seeking to die again and again, crucifying the Lord afresh with our attitudes of rejecting one another, and tearing one another down, rather than building one another up, and living in the resurrection.
They who feast upon the Table of the Lord feast upon the bread of heaven, which has come down, and the Lamb slain from the foundation of the earth. This is the bread, the true bread, which is broken for us, and we ought not mock that brokenness between Jew and Gentile, and even within denominational barriers. Christ was broken on our behalf so that His Body might not have to be. Yet we’ve made the division all the worse in our demands of Baptist versus Pentecostal, Catholic versus Protestant, Hebrew versus Greek, and even Israel versus Church. If we do not eat Jesus’ flesh, the true bread that was broken for us, then we eat the flesh form the table of demons, the knowledge of good and evil.
We reap judgment upon ourselves. If we eat our brethren, we reap judgment, for God has not given us our brethren for feasting. How is it that some come to the table, knowing their in a hierarchy in society, and therefore allowed to eat first, and so they are feasting while others get nothing? Has God not provided good food? Has He not provided enough? How do some get drunk in the Spirit while others are panting of thirst? How do some continue to get meat until it comes out of their nose, while others are crying out day and night for a word from heaven? We have not taken from the Lord’s table in these things, but have given ourselves over to demons, stealing from His beloved when we tear into our brethren.
Withholding your words is to speak. When God has given meat, to keep it to yourself is to show which tree you truly eat from. When God has given you sustenance, to withhold that from your brethren who are in lack shows which tree you truly eat from. We mustn’t tear into and devour our brethren, as the prophets of old have declared the ancient Israelite leaders to do. Rather, we must be like our Messiah, who doesn’t break a bruised reed. He cares for the poor, and He lays down His own life in sacrifice on behalf of His brethren. From which table do you feast, and which tree do you eat?
An excerpt from The Theocratic Kingdom (the second edition, which this is from, available soon in both ebook and print)