Updated: May 11
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Good morning bus riders!
It is so nice to see a captive audience packed into this bus stop bench.
You might have noticed there is only one bench at this bus stop. It can accommodate as many people as can squeeze in on it together. On a rainy day, the bench might get filled to capacity. At other times, some “private” spacing might have people stand, rather than sit. Still, there is only one bench and the one space that is covering that one bench.
Not everyone here now is going to the same destination. Some might be riding on one specific bus that picks up here, while others will wait for another bus. This is where the city sends its buses; and this is where those going to ride a bus must wait.
This can be seen in the theme set by todays readings from Scripture. That theme comes from Jesus having an encounter with some scribes, who said he had Beelzebub possessing him.
They said the Spirit of Yahweh - which did possess Jesus and was the Spirit that made him an ‘overnight sensation,’ casting out demons when came upon them - was nothing but a “Lord of the flies” – the meaning of the name “Beelzebub.”
The scribes, who were then the equivalents to modern seminary professors, who never preach anything to anybody about the meaning of Scripture. They just come up with one wrong assumption and one wrong conclusion after another; and, expect everyone to believe whatever they say, just because they have some advanced degree of some kind.
The scribes just called Yahweh a “Lord of flies.”
Jesus said that would condemn their souls for eternity.
So, don’t ever tell anyone who is truly filled with Yahweh’s Spirit – and thereby Holy, Sacred, Saintly, and Set apart divinely – what you think, when you don’t know the Spirit of Yahweh personally.
Jesus said that is heresy.
Now, speaking of heresies, Jesus said any other wrong-doing can be forgiven.
He did not say it will be forgiven. Forgiveness is Yahweh’s alone; so, always remember you have no powers to forgive anyone, much less yourself.
The reading from Mark today was one ole Abe Lincoln used in one of his speeches, made in 1858, when he was running for the senate. That was before he was elected president in 1860.
He said, “A house divided against itself, cannot stand."
He then added:
"I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.
I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do
expect it will cease to be divided.
It will become all one thing or all the other.
Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the
public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its
advocates will push it forward, till it shall become lawful in all the States, old as well as
new — North as well as South."
Imagine how old ‘honest Abe’ was like a scribe, because he memorized a line of Scripture, without having a clue what “A house divided against itself, cannot stand” truly means.
It sounds like he was playing god just a little bit there, saying what he thought - about something very divided going to "cease to be divided." Too bad old Abe wasn't the captain of the Titanic. He might have kept it from sinking, by will alone!
In essence, Abraham Lincoln was Beelzebub, as Satan-incarnate casting out demons into American souls. Those demons still exist in American souls today.
In the reading from Mark, Jesus spoke of three examples of things divided: a kingdom; a house; and Satan. That begs one to understand how those three apply today.
A “kingdom” would have been Israel. The reading from First Samuel tells about the Israelite elders going to Samuel and saying, “We want to be a kingdom, like other nations.” This says ole Abe should have quoted Jesus saying, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.”
Israel did not stand. After Solomon’s death, it divided into Israel and Judah, both of which ended up in ruin. To say “dissolved” would be putting those ends mildly.
That means Jesus prophesied the end of the United States of America, as a natural law that says not being undivided means death.
According to a Wikipedia article that lists the kings of Israel and Judah, Saul (the first king) came to power in 1020 B.C. The last king of the Northern Kingdom left office in 723 B.C. – or roughly after three hundred years. The last king of Judah held out until 586 B.C., or another one hundred thirty-seven years later. All-in-all, the kingdom divided in 915 B.C., lasting in a divided state for 192 and 329 years respectively.
This July 4th America will be 245 years old. It became divided around 1850, if not before.
Raise your left hand if you are a registered Democrat, your right hand if you are a registered Republican, and cover your mouth with both hands if an Independent or illegal alien.
<Look for hands in the air and covering mouths.>
I rest my case. America is still divided kingdom, like other nations.
Here is a bit of trivial for you to take with you: There have been zero – nada – zilch – not a one – nations ever begun that have not divided and collapsed in ruin, in the known history of the civilized world. Those still in existence today are all divided, so headed to eventual ruin.
Count on that.
That brings up for discussion what Jesus meant by a “house” being divided.
Jesus knew a “kingdom” was different than a “house,” and so too did the scribes. Keeping in mind they were all eggheads who sat in rooms with others like them or alone with books and papers; so, they were some smart dudes. They knew Jesus was insulting them back.
Why? Because there was no “kingdom” of the Jews. Their “kingdom” had divided and fallen and after their ancestors had been slaves for the Babylonians, they were released by the Persians and allowed to move back to the land they had been taken from. Of course, that land had then been possessed by the Persians, so the returning Jews did not return to a "kingdom."
To save some face, they became a “house” of religion.
For honest Abe to not know that difference between a kingdom and a house says he was an ignorant fool. However, knowing he was indeed a slick willie that would single-handedly cause over six hundred thousand Americans to march to their deaths, he was referring to the government of the U.S.A. [like a bicameral thing, with a house and a senate - another division]. Many of those 'heroes' of the Civil War (those lives who Abe cared nothing about) were wet-behind-the-ears conscripted immigrants, allowed to die in the name of their new nation.
In reality, old Abe knew what he was talking about. He saw the United States of America as the worlds newest form of religion, where the rah-rah of Independence Day and Democracy were the Beelzebub that Abe sought to be. He wanted to be the “Lord of thirty-two flies,” called states [in 1858].
Abe wanted to fulfill a king's status, like that Samuel warned the Israelite elders they should expect. Samuel (if alive and advising in 1860) would have warned, "Someone like Abe here will send your suns to be killed or maimed, rather than let the country divide."
Oh how the public loves a bloodthirsty king!
Abe’s idea that the U.S. of A. is a religion has stuck, so much so that America is now deeply divided between the pseudo-religious and the pseudo-atheist.
A divided house cannot stand, any more than a divided nation can.
Still, the reality of a “house” being a religion needs to be seen in the concept of modern views of religion.
Islam is divided between Sunni and Shiites.
Christianity is divided in so many ways, it is hard to keep up with what new cult or faction is opening its doors for business [tax exempt of course] as we speak.
The scribes knew that Jesus was telling them the Jews of Judea and Galilee were divided into Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes, none of which saw eye-to-eye about where Judaism was supposed to go.
Jesus then prophesied the collapse of Judaism, when he said, “If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.”
While there is a stolen piece of property today called “Israel,” and while it is ruled by Zionists Jews, and while there are still synagogues where Jews walk to on Saturdays, that “house” fell apart when Jesus was sent to begin Christianity.
Still, Yahweh did not send Jesus to recreate a religion. This takes us to the First Samuel reading, when the Israelite elders went to Samuel and told him, “You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.”
When Yahweh told Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them,” that defines a “house” of Yahweh.
The only “kingdom” that can never be divided is one when a soul of an individual marries Yahweh’s Spirit.
The only time that “kingdom” or “house” divides is when death comes. Then the body of flesh returns to dust and the soul is released from imprisonment in the material realm, free to remain with Yahweh forevermore.
In the alternate reading from Genesis, which is never alternate in my approach to ministry, Eden must be seen as the “house” of Yahweh. In that divine realm, Yahweh was the King. Every soul-spirit there was wholly one with that “kingdom,” with that “house,” including “man” and “woman” and “serpent.”
Then, the one rule that could never be broken was broken and that meant those three all sinned. The “kingdom” did not divide, but those within the “kingdom” who divided themselves were banished from that realm.
This is where the duality of two trees represents that division. The tree of life means one gets to live happily in the kingdom of Yahweh. However, the tree of knowledge of good and evil means one gets to happily do as one’s soul pleases, just not in the kingdom of Yahweh.
The fact that must be this lesson says true kingdoms never fail. It is only the subjects that fail the kingdom. That says attempts to buck the system cannot be allowed, or everything collapses.
Had Yahweh said that eating from the fruit that wanted to be like other nations was okay, then Yahweh would cease to be the source of all truth. That did not happen. The Israelites were allowed to cut themselves off from eternally being able to return to Eden.
This is where Jesus pulled Satan into the mix.
The scribes had called Jesus as “Lord of the flies,” which was an insult to Yahweh.
In the same way that Yahweh told Samuel, “they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me,” Jesus was Yahweh speak through him, telling the scribes, “You just rejected the God you claim to be your king.” Therefore, you do not worship Yahweh, you worship Satan.
This makes the tree of life be Yahweh and the tree of knowledge of good and evil be Satan. Yahweh’s kingdom is heaven on earth – Eden. Satan’s kingdom is over all the souls incarnated on earth.
To realize this, you have to see the condemnation Yahweh gave to the serpent as being a permanent banishment from heaven, sending him forever into the material realm. As he was still “the craftiest” of all the animals, he would be destined to influence all the kings of the earth to serve his desires and wants.
When we read Genesis say, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel,” this means the world is where knowledge of good and evil is the only place where division like that is allowed. The serpent “overwhelms” the “head” of all souls trapped in the femininity of that realm. This becomes the bane of sin, which always surrounds the “heels” or “feet” of humanity.
This makes the outcast serpent be Beelzebub – the Lord of the flies – with all souls making up humanity the flies that no one truly controls, as each is the lord of itself.
This is what Yahweh told Samuel to tell the Israelite elders. Everything he told them about giving up everything to follow a human king was a sentence to always serve the flesh, never the soul.
The warning given by Yahweh, through Samuel, said “You will have no control over yourselves. You will do whatever a human king demands.”
That works, until death comes. And, death always comes in the physical realm.
So, Yahweh had Samuel tell the Israelite elders: “And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
Can you say … Judgement Day?
That is why Jesus said Satan would never go about assigning some human – like he was and like the scribes saw him as being – any powers that would cast out demon spirits possessing Jews. It Satan was divided as to who could overwhelm the brains of human souls, letting someone undo what he had done, then Satan would destroy himself.
The logic says only idiots would say that.
If Satan would have done that, then Samuel would have blown some fairy dust in the faces of the Israelite elders and they all would have come to their senses, heard the warnings of Yahweh spoken by Samuel and say <slapping their foreheads with the heel of their hands>, “Doh! We didn’t think about all that!
The history of Israel would have forever changed, if Satan had become divided and collapsed in on himself.
In Paul’s second letter to the Christians in Corinth, he stated they were all good Jews who read Scriptures and spoke in support of what they memorized. What they spoke was based on a belief that the words they knew were true. Still, they did not know from personal experience. Therefore, none of them had any true understanding of what the words meant.
They had no knowledge of good or evil. They had only been told, memorize this, which they did.
They were like “man” and “woman” in the garden of Eden. The only fruit they ate was from the tree of life – Scripture.
Raise your hand if your parents regularly took you to children’s church or Sunday School as a kid.
<Look for raised hands.>
I firmly believe that 99% of all Christians possess little more than a Sunday School education as to the meaning of Scripture. By that, I mean the vast majority of Christians know some Bible stories, but don’t have a clue what those stories mean.
Many Christians like to quote Scripture; but none of them seem to realize there was nothing originally written in English. Everything they quote is some paraphrase that is void of most truth hidden in the original languages.
The use those quotes like big kids trying to impress God with how much they memorized.
All that would be well and fine … if it wasn’t for the fact that all children grow into adults, many of whom have children of their own. Those children [if taken to church] will always ask, “Why?” and other questions about what they learn.
Adults don’t know the answers to tell their children; so, they tell them to ask the “elders.”
That is where divisions in the “house” of Christianity comes in.
“What does speaking in tongues mean?” one child asks.
Contradictory answers flow from every nook and cranny of the many denominations, all self-proclaiming to be in possession of the “Christ” Spirit.
They are not divinely possessed.
They have been demonically possessed by Beelzebub, showing there is no controlling what “speaking in tongues” means. They just buzz about aimlessly.
No one is led to marry his or her soul to Yahweh. Most are afraid to say the name "Yahweh," because that sounds so … so Jewish.
They are then influenced to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Then, they act just like the serpent, saying, “Believe me. Don’t ask Yahweh. I say its okay to believe what I say.”
That is why Paul then said, “We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus.”
Listen to what that says.
By saying “we know,” that is a statement of faith, where knowledge is the truth of Yahweh.
Yahweh is the one who raised Jesus, so the “Lord” of Jesus was Yahweh.
Yahweh then raised Jesus’ soul in Paul and the true Christians of Corinth.
What Paul and the other Jews believed, from ignorance, was no longer divided between the wild imaginations of innocent children and the wilder imaginations of adult leaders of a religion.
The divisions that had kept Paul and the others from knowing the truth was Judaism. Their common religion was a divided house that had no consistency beyond simple “beliefs.”
The problem is history repeats. As above, so below.
America was founded on simple beliefs and philosophies, but the world became a much more complex beast than simple beliefs could control.
America has been lording flies since day one.
Judaism began lording flies when the elder flies said, “We no longer want Yahweh to be our Lord. We want to be like all the loser souls of this planet, who have failed souls calling themselves kings, emperors, presidents and prime ministers. Despite all the warnings, we want Beelzebub to be our lord. We want Satan to overwhelm out brains and bring the filth of sin upon our heels.”
Paul wrote important advice for lost souls: “So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.”
The meaning of “heart” is the “inner self” or the “soul.” Paul said being a Christian meant taking the necessary steps to save one’s soul, so the soul is not lost.
That means the “outer nature” is the flesh that a soul is trapped within. It “wastes away” with age. Because humans are mortal, the flesh is made to die.
Because humans tend to only eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil – the world of Satan – their wasting away bodies of flesh will also waste away the soul within. That is how “heart” is lost.
Yahweh must be the King of one's soul, in order for it to be saved. The flesh is the serpent whispering to the soul, "Let me lord over you and show you all the wonders of my world."
Paul and the true Christians of Corinth – likewise ALL CHRISTIANS ALWAYS – eat from the tree of life, which comes to them from marriage of their souls to Yahweh. Thus ‘manna from heaven’ comes and “renews” one’s soul. The presence of the Spirit of truth washes away all past sins of the flesh. The brain no longer is controlled by the flesh and the heel no longer steps where the body desires itself to go.
The meaning of “day” is then the eternal light of Christ, which is Yahweh’s “Anointment,” coming from His Spirit. The darkness of the world is removed, so only light leads one’s way.
The Psalm 138 reading, accompanying the First Samuel reading, sings, “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing your praise.”
In that, “whole heart” means “with all my soul.” There is no division as to who is the King ruling over one’s self is. Like Jesus told Satan, "Get behind me as a servant," the serpent has no power to do anything more than whisper influences.
The use of “gods,” which is the Hebrew word “elohim,” needs to be see as a soul married to Yahweh’s Spirit.
Samuel was one of God’s “elohim.” So too were Paul and the Christians of Corinth. So too were “man” and “woman,” when they were in Eden and they never lost that marriage after being banished. They served Yahweh all their years on earth.
The naming of a religion that means ALL INDIVIDUALS ARE LIKEWISE ANOINTED BY YAHWEH [all Christs] says all who are qualified to assemble under that name [Christianity] are “elohim.”
Paul was singing praises of Yahweh "before the gods" in his letters!
In the Psalm 130 option, which accompanies the fall from grace story in Genesis, David wrote: “My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.”
In that song of praise there are several mentions of “waiting,” which becomes a statement of “patience, endurance, and self-restriction.” A “soul” that is married to Yahweh, as His wife on earth, must have the “patience” of a Saint and resist all temptations that the exiled serpent will certainly bring.
Jesus was tempted by Satan before he entered ministry. He waited until Yahweh was finished using his extension in the flesh. This means “waiting” means serving Yahweh as a priest.
When David sang “more than watchmen” twice, the “more” is reference to his “soul” having the “more” that is the Spirit of Yahweh.
A “watchman” only comes out at night, keeping watch until the dawn. The dawn is the first peek of daylight, which means Yahweh is then shining light upon the earth.
One who has “more than a watchman” is like Paul wrote, “our inner nature is being renewed day by day.”
I know the bus is about to arrive, so I will end now. May the light of Jesus Christ find its way into your hearts.