Homily for the twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost – The end times

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Good morning bus riders!


I hope everyone is signed up to receive the email with the link to the lectionary page, so everyone has already read all the readings set aside for today. We don’t waste time here with pageantry, singing songs, and handing out free samples of supposedly holy stuff. I also don’t pass a hat or plate around.


The only true holy stuff is the readings from Scripture. They were written by holy people in ways that require holy people to understand that written. Still, it is one being led to see for oneself that is the holy stuff received; so, it is not about being close to someone holy. It is about being holy.


Ministry is all about receiving the holy stuff, becoming a holy person; and, then going out to let others know the meaning of holy Scripture.


That is not a part-time job. It requires taking the time to ponder the Word and ask questions to Yahweh about the meaning. I have done that this past week. Now, I am here to share what I was led to understand.


This is the next to last week of the Ordinary after Pentecost season. This is the season for ministry; and, as such it offers multiple paths to travel – Track 1 and Track 2 (plus sometimes more).


I combine all into one broad path; so, I expect everyone to read all the readings and songs.

In two weeks, when we enter Year C, with Advent lessons, the readings will drop down to a basic four most Sundays.


Just know that the selected readings are leading all who seek to know the truth to grow and develop, with the ultimate goal being ministry. Everything is about you, as everything was written to each one of you, individually; so, you can grow and develop into ministry for Yahweh.


So, with all that said, let’s get started!


In the readings today, it is easy to see the Daniel reading and the Mark reading and see a link that is related to what people like to call the End Times.


It is not so clear in the First Samuel readings about Hannah. The Hebrews reading can be easier to see as following this theme; but you still have to hold Paul’s words up to the light, in order to see that clearly.


This past week, as I was contemplating the Song of Hannah, which takes the place of an accompanying Psalm of David, I was led to ponder the esoteric meaning of the number seven.


In Hannah’s song, she wrote the verse that sings, “The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.”


In the past, I have explained how names have meaning, so one has to slow down and look at the word making up a name and see the deeper intent that is hidden in a name. The same goes for numbers. The number seven needs to be understood.


I found the terms “completion” and “perfection” as being symbolized in the number seven. I also saw how the number is found in the Holy Bible many times, with fifty-four alone in The Revelation of John. That reference site said the number seven is relative to the “rest” that came on the seventh day, after the six days of Creation.


When one then realizes the first significant placement of seven in The Revelation is in the “seven churches,” for the first time I realizes seven is not about a number of churches. Instead, “seven” is a statement about the “churches” that “rested,” saw themselves as “completed” and thought their views on religion were “perfected.”


Each of the churches named in The Revelation had done some things that pleased Yahweh; but all had flaws that needed to be corrected. That need for reaching the true point of “rest, completion, and perfection” was why the soul of Jesus told John to write the letter to be sent to those who reflected the number seven erroneously. One letter was written to all: The Revelation.


It is from this one little verse in Hannah’s song, where “The barren has borne seven” becomes the link to the Daniel and Mark readings that reflect the End Times.


In the Old Testament selection about Hanna, verse four says, “Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters.” Nothing is said as to how many children Peninnah had. Only in the Song of Hannah can one see her fifth verse puts the number seven as a reflection of that.


In that song, the full verse says, “Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away.” That needs to be understood.


In Hannah’s story, she prayed in the Tabernacle at Shiloh and was ridiculed by Eli, the high priest there. Eli treated Hannah the same as did her sister wife, Peninnah, with insults.


In Hannah’s song of thanksgiving for becoming pregnant, she has become a wife of Yahweh and allowed to divinely write a song of lasting praise. Her words in song are then an eternal prophecy, just as is her story in the previous chapter.


She was the voice of Yahweh singing not only about Peninnah as a mother who truly was barren, because her children sold their souls to the worldly realm, nor only about Eli being a hired hand who had to sit in the Tabernacle and watch women pray.


The story of Hannah is she would not “rest” being barren. She emotionally promised her soul to Yahweh, as well as that of her child, if she could only have the fulfillment of Creation by the hand of Yahweh. Being without child made her a work in progress; and, Hannah was not satisfied with being given double portions of sacrificial meat, cooked on the altar fire. She knew she would not truly be a “seven” until she had sacrificed her soul to Yahweh.


Her story is about the fulfillment of “rest,” because Yahweh answered her prayer.


Her song of thanksgiving is all about the promise of Salvation, which would come at her end time.


This is then the theme or cord that runs through all of the subsequent readings for this Sunday. It is not about some nebulous “End Times.” Instead, it is about each individual’s death, at which time one’s soul is released for judgment by Yahweh.


That has to be seen in all the readings for today.


The last verse of the Hannah story says, “In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I have asked him of Yahweh.”


The name Samuel means, “Name Of God” or “Heard Of God.” This says Hannah named her son because Yahweh heard her prayer and allowed her to no longer be barren. This means her son was not named after her human husband, “Elkanah,” but the true Father of the child – Yahweh. She gave her son the “Name Of Yahweh,” knowing her son would be born an elohim.


This is because the presence of the Hebrew word “el” in Hebrew names does not mean Yahweh – that would be “yah” of “ja” or “je” – but instead one of Yahweh’s elohim. That means the name reflects a “servant” of Yahweh, as one of His “angels” in the flesh.

The “el” is a statement of the soul within the flesh.


Relative to that, her human husband’s name means “God Of Jealousy” or “God Of Zeal.” That cannot be seen as any statement that Yahweh is jealous or Yahweh has zeal, as that would be ridiculous to say. It says, however, that El-kanah was an elohim of Yahweh who was filled with zeal to serve Yahweh, which is the root of the meaning of “jealousy.”


For Hannah to name her son after Yahweh – in His name, as one who will be known to hear the voice of Yahweh – Hannah reflects the truth of the number “seven.” Her soul could “rest” when she born Yahweh’s son and offered him to the school of prophets, where Eli serve as a hired hand, so full of himself knowing everything about the Law that he drove off seekers, rather than offer then spiritual food.


The Tabernacle in Shiloh, under Eli, was one of the “seven churches” Jesus told John to write a letter to warn. Eli rested, thinking his soul was assured eternal life; but Eli was wrong.


The name Eli means “My God,” which means he was an elohim owned by Yahweh. He thought his name was enough to enter heaven; but he was not Elijah – My God Is Yah[weh], or one of the true Yahweh elohim.


Speaking of names, the Daniel reading offers this as its first verse: “At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise.”


We read that and recognize the name Michael as that of the archangel, whose name questions: “Who Is Like God?” or “What Is God Like?”


Again, the presence of “el” needs to bring a translation adjustment, where the “god” aspect is seen as one of Yahweh’s elohim. From that the question is, “Who Is Like Yahweh, as one of His elohim?” It asks who personally knows “What It Is Like to have Yahweh within, transforming one’s soul into an angel like Michael?”


When that name is realized to be a question as if one’s soul has become a Yahweh elohim, then the verse literally translates from the Hebrew to say, “at that time it shall stand up as Who Is Like Yahweh elohim the ruler great, who takes a stand over the sons of your people when there will be a time of trouble.”


In that, the Hebrew written says “sons,” which the reading says “your people.” The use of “sons” needs to reflect back on the reading of Hannah’s story, where Peninnah had “sons and daughters.”


To be waiting for the archangel Michael to come with his flashing sword and protect you, as one of the people, you fall into the same failures of the “seven churches.” To wait on Michael is to feel, “I am at a state of rest, completion, and perfection,” so all I have left to do is wait for my protector to come take me to heaven.”


This view of Daniel refuses to see how Daniel was shown – and thus writing to tell all who would read his vision, forevermore – the need for everyone to have their souls elevated [“stand up”] and answer the question, “Here I am. Take me!”


Can you see how we are called to become Michael, in the same way Jacob was renamed spiritually, as Israel?


<Look for shocked faces or nodding heads.>


The names in Scripture are telling the readers to see that meaning in oneself. However, the tendency is to hear a name and go “ho hum” and think nothing of it.


When we then read Daniel saying so much trouble will come, greater than any nation has ever experienced, we forget that the focus is on “your people,” which were the Jews in captivity, then in Persia. The “Since there was a nation” or “since the nation of Judah came into existence” is not to be globally applied to every nation of the world.


When the translation of “nation” is allowed to be stated as “people,” as Yahweh telling Daniel, “since there existed your people as Mine,” then the dream experienced by Daniel is relative only to those whose souls would be married to Yahweh … like Daniel’s soul was.


Daniel answered the question, “Who Is Like Yahweh’s elohim” by saying, “I am” … the name of Yahweh.


This then leads to Daniel writing, “at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.”


What is “the book”?


<Look for quizzical faces and shaking heads.>


I imagine back in the day of Daniel the Jews regularly went to gather at places where scrolls of the books of Moses, the Psalms and any ‘early edition’ scrolls of Prophets would have been read on Shabbat; but they had been overrun because few people actually knew more than taught to them as children.


The Hebrew word “sepher” is written here, which means “a missive, document, writing, book.”


Today we read all this from one book, called the Holy Bible, with the word “bible” meaning a collection of books.


To have one’s name written in the book means to be like one of the characters told of in the Holy Bible. As far as Christianity is concerned – and Yahweh would have known about that, even if Daniel did not – the most prominent name is Jesus.


The name “Jesus” means “Yah[weh] Will Save.”


To be “people delivered,” where the Hebrew word written translated as “delivered” [“malat”] means “to slip away, to escape.” The word can also mean “preserved” and “saved.”


Still, how many here read those words about people having their name written in the book and think, “Oh, that must mean some ethereal book in heaven, where God writes names in a book”?


<Look for more quizzical faces and heads being scratched.>


This told to Daniel by Yahweh is a prophecy of Christianity, when it will be known that the only way to gain eternal life is to be married to Yahweh and take on His name, which will be the name written in all the books of the New Testament, when His Son is reborn within one’s soul, saving them.


When you can grasp that, look then at Yahweh telling Daniel, “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”


“Sleep” is metaphor for death. All flesh is death waiting to happen, as it is only animated by the presence of a soul; and, that cannot last more that seventy to one hundred forty years, or so. So, everyone here is “sleeping in the dust of the earth,” which is your body of flesh.


To hear “many shall awake,” the metaphor of “awake” is to “arise,” meaning to elevate one’s soul to understand the need to marry one’s soul to Yahweh, in order to not be punished when physical death comes knocking on your door.


To be “awake” is like that stated earlier about Michael, who will “stand” or “take a stand,” rather than staying “asleep” and be lying down.


It is then from those who come to this elevated realization that “some will marry Yahweh and gain everlasting life.” However, even knowing it is mandatory to marry one’s soul to Yahweh – out of love and complete devotion – some will find the shame of self-worship and when death comes, then their souls will find “everlasting contempt.”


This is Yahweh telling Daniel, in essence, the same thing Jesus told his disciples, about the judgment of the sheep and goats. Both called themselves followers of Jesus, but only the sheep would find eternal life. The goats would be cast away, with Yahweh saying, “I do not know you.”


Can you see how these verse of Daniel are not to be thought to be about some distant times – the End Times – which always seem to be like worrying about the nation’s debt – “Let the future worry about that.”


Raise your hand if you know you will die, eventually.


<Look for all hands raised.>


Okay, raise your hand if you know when you will die.


<Look for people sitting on their hands.>


This reading needs to be seen like the Hannah readings prior. Everything is relative to one praying earnestly to Yahweh, begging Him to not let your soul be barren. Then, you have to become Jesus reborn, so you possess the name of Yahweh in your soul.


Just like the sheep Jesus told of, none of them knew they had done anything worthy of special treatment. That says none of them held onto their egos. Egos have big brains attached to them, and they like to pretend they are equals to God.


Now the accompanying Psalm to the Daniel reading is one of six that are called a “miktam.” Nobody is certain what a “miktam” is, but the Jews see it as an epigram, or some satirical musing.


In the Wikipedia article about “miktam,” they say some associate it with a Babylonian word that means “lid, a metal cover for a vessel.”


I saw that as Psalm 16 being David’s way of singing a song about his death, where it would have been whimsically premature; but the sealed vessel would be like a song for an urn of ashes.


That theme would certainly qualify Psalm 16 to accompany a reading from Daniel, which talks about people waking up from their sleep in the dust of the earth.


What do you think?


<Look for nodding heads.>


The first verse then states the main theme of the psalm, singing, “Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; I have said to the Lord, "You are my Lord, my good above all other.”’ Now, that translation (which is poor) lets one see how “I take refuge in you” as a theme about marrying one’s soul to Yahweh. Without out that being done, it would be hard to write an epigram about one’s know-to-come death.


The first word, translated as “protect me,” is actually a word that says “preserve, keep, watch me.” This states knowledge that everything one does is “watched” by Yahweh. By taking “refuge” in Yahweh, then one’s soul has married Yahweh’s Spirit.


Now, where it says “God, the Lord, and my Lord,” the reality is David wrote the words “el, Yahweh, and adonay.” This means Yawheh keeps “watch” because David was an “el,” which is one of the elohim. Rather than David telling Yahweh anything, it was Yahweh who told David he was one of His “lords” on earth, which means David was the hand of Yahweh who others would be attracted to, so David could lead their souls to marry Yahweh. That is the meaning of “lords” or “adonay.”


In verses three and four, which shows as saying, “But those who run after other gods shall have their troubles multiplied. Their libations of blood I will not offer, nor take the names of their gods upon my lips,” this too is poorly translated. However, the place where “other gods” is translated, the word written only says “another.”


The intuiting of “gods” is really speaking about how people worship their own souls as “gods,” to the “other” they marry their souls to is anything other than Yahweh. That is what multiplies their troubles.


The repeating of “names of their gods” is also not written. The names not to be spoken by Yahweh is then a reflection on the Daniel reading, where he wrote of the name written in the book.


That says the only name Yahweh will recognize is His Son’s name, which has to be one’s soul’s name, via divine possession.


Therefore, the talk about “blood” means the human blood in one’s own body of flesh, which must mingle with Yahweh’s Spirit, becoming the blood of Jesus resurrected in new flesh – yours – or the answer to Michal is, “I Am Not Like Jesus.”


From this mention of who will suffer by worshiping their own souls a gods then turns to David singing about his “inheriting” eternal life, which was what the rich man asked Jesus about not to long ago. There is no “inheriting” heaven because one’s “blood” is Jewish, or Israelite, or even Christian.


The only “libations of blood” will be those cups raised in celebration of divine marriage, when one’s blood becomes that of a soul in a body of flesh that has been Anointed by Yahweh as His wife. That becomes the truth of “the blood of Christ.”


In the Hebrews reading, we read Paul saying, “Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

That is a mouthful; and, that is why all the Epistles must be read in segments, not ‘full sentences.’


Where the translation says “sanctuary,” the word written translates as “set apart by God, sacred, holy.” When this is where “the blood of Jesus” is to be found, that which is “sacred” is a human body. The Greek word “hagiōn” means a “Saint.”


Paul’s words say Jesus lives in the flesh of a Saint, where a Saint’s face does not look like what we think Jesus looks like. A Saint’s body of flesh becomes the “curtain” or the “veil” that hides Jesus underneath.


The soul of Jesus resurrected within a Saint makes Jesus the “high priest” in that “house of God,” which becomes that via divine marriage to Yahweh.


One’s body becomes the tabernacle or tent, under which serves Jesus, with the Saint being a dwelling for Yahweh.


In this selection from Hebrews, the truth of it having been originally written by Paul in Hebrew – then translated into Greek, then English – can be seen in the quotes that come from Jeremiah 31:33-34.


These quotes state Yahweh in the Hebrew, which gets lost in translation to Greek, and thus English. Jeremiah did not write anything in Greek.


When Jeremiah said, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says Yahweh: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds” and then “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more” – that is the prophecy of Daniel restated.


It is doubtful that anything Jeremiah wrote was known by Daniel. Jeremiah went to Egypt, not Babylon.


Still, what Yahweh told Daniel in a dream is the same as was told Jeremiah, which Paul wrote in his letters in Hebrew.


It says one’s soul will be married to Yahweh, so Yahweh will be within one’s inner man or soul, where full knowledge of the Covenant will be known. The Covenant written on the walls of a heart are the marriage vows of love between a soul and Yahweh.


Paul wrote what it takes to be saved, the same as did Daniel and Jeremiah. The story of Hannah becomes a model of how such a divine marriage takes place.


The problem that comes from not being able to read the truth of Paul easily means when he is seen to say, “when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins,” this makes many Christians think its free sin time for them, because there was this “one time death of Jesus on a cross” that means nobody ever has to worry about not being saved. That is wrong to believe.


Believing that becomes the meaning of Daniel saying, “There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since” people started believing being Jewish meant inheriting eternal life. The same applies to Christians who believe the same way.


What Paul wrote does not name Jesus. It does not even state “Christ.” He wrote, “one for sins having offered sacrifice in perpetuity.” Just as Jesus showed everyone how death was not the true End Time, by coming back and spending forty days with his disciples, each and every soul in a body of flesh must make a one time sacrifice for perpetuity. He or she must sacrifice self-will and self-ego in submission to Yahweh. That is the sacrifice of marriage, which allows a wife to become the tabernacle for His Son.


Once Jesus is reborn in a soul, there will never be any divorce. Once saved, always saved. To be saved, one must become Jesus resurrected.


This then leads to the Gospel reading, when Jesus told his disciples every stone of the Temple would be overturned.


It is important to see how the disciples were taken in by the beautification of Herod’s restoration project. It would last sixty years before finished. The building became a reflection of all the wealth that the Temple leaders flowed into making it so attractive. The disciples were in love with the beauty that seemed to say, “Yahweh lives here!”


When Jesus told them, “all will be thrown down,” he was not simply talking about the stones that were used to construct the Temple complex. By saying “all will be thrown down,” the meaning includes those who had led to that project. It means those who gave so that project could be continued for so long. Jesus meant Judaism would be destroyed.


That becomes the prophecy of Daniel and the verse of Hannah’s song that told of the barren having borne seven – who rested by breaking their Covenant of marriage to Yahweh, thinking all then needed to inherit eternal life was a bloodline.


It equally applies to Christianity, where there are no longer Saints, like Paul, who understand Scripture and teach it to the children. Thus, while there might be “many children,” they have been raised by the “forlorn.”


In reference to Christianity being prophesied, Jesus spoke the truth about what Paul and the other Apostles and Saints were the beginning of, when he said, “Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’” That happened. It was when many were truly Christs – Anointed ones of Yahweh. Many were reborn as Jesus.


What is the mistranslation in that is the Greek of those Saints’ claims, such that the words written – “Egō eimi” – does not say “I am he!” That would be false claims, where self-ego would not have been submitted to Yahweh. Those two words simply state, “I am,” which is the name to be Yahweh. Many would come just as Jesus, saying, “I speak for the Father because the Father is in me.”


After the Romans got involved, changing their empire to a holy empire, they usurped the freedom of Saints and institutionalized priests as their designated people who mediated for God. That was a return to the model of the Temple, which would have ever stone overturned.


The same thing happens to any religion that becomes wars between who rules the people.

When Jesus said to expect that, saying “the end is still to come,” that means death will bring the truth of what people and nations and kingdoms will fight for. Death is always the reckoning.


I see the bus is coming now, so I will end here. I want everyone to see how the lessons of today are all supporting the individual’s quest to not be barren. One needs to establish a line of communication with Yahweh – don’t be afraid to call Him by name!


Ask Him to take your soul in exchange for salvation. Trust He will respond and listen for what He says in your thoughts.


I hope everyone has a great week ahead. I look forward to seeing you again next Sunday.


Amen

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