Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Toe the LGBTQI line; or pray for them instead? & concerning the Shekinah

In Canada, if parents refuse to go along with their child's gender choice, the child can now be removed from the parents by the authorities by law. Interestingly this article points to efforts to make this type of thing happen in Australia too, but so far it hasn't.


We certainly seem to be living in the decline of Christendom in the West, i.e. Christian political influence/worldly power. This might not be a bad thing - as Soren Kierkegaard pointed out in 'Fear and Trembling', Europe and the West was only nominally Christian anyhow, and the one thing the bourgeois people of his day did not understand was salvation by faith, i.e. what faith is, that faith is both serenely easy and incredibly, impossibly difficult; (in fact it is a gift from God and can't be earned). In that book Kierkegaard points out that Abraham had to offer Isaac for sacrifice, before he received God's blessing on his son. Anything significant we receive from Jesus we must first give up, I believe. Perhaps this may include God's blessing on our society. This certainly must include a wife for me, if such a miracle ever happened, for I have already had to give up on more than one before ever marrying them.

But my obsessions aside, what will become of the Western powers is far from decided.

Nevertheless, one thing we must remember is that flesh and blood is not our enemy.

The LGBTQI activists are not our enemies, nor, actually, are Moslem terrorists (though they believe we are their enemies, and indeed believe that they are commanded by God to be our enemies), nor are left-wing politicians our enemies or right-wing economic rationalist politicians nor anyone else who hates Christians.

(& if we don't pray for all these groups, why are we surprised when they descend further and further into irrationality, lies and half-truths?)

No, all these groups, to a lesser or greater extent, are deceived by the real powers that are our enemies. These powers are behind every earthly power that persecutes or hates Christians - these are the heavenly powers opposed to God, the powers that crucified Jesus, this same 'power of the air' that has fought against Israel and caused gentile pagan nations and nominal Christians to hate God's chosen people, the Jews, throughout the centuries, and these same powers have tried to corrupt and destroy God's church through the centuries, from without and within, by persecution, heresy, and at other times by comfortable worldliness and self-indulgence and riches and luxury.

These evil heavenly powers are Satan and his angels, arrayed against God and every sign of God's presence on earth. They have, by the way, already been thoroughly defeated by Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. But until he returns to claim final victory, the battles must continue, I believe for the sake of those who might (and will) be saved, plucked away from Satan's kingdom to belong to Jesus, in the interim.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, before Jesus came, by the way, God's presence on earth was the Shekinah, the glory-cloud, on the throne on top of the box of the covenant, and in the holy Jewish temple, although God's presence is also everywhere in heaven and earth. Now, since the abandonment of the Jewish temple by the Holy Spirit* and its destruction, and since the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and the coming of the Holy Spirit upon those who believe in Jesus, God's presence is found with those who believe and confess Jesus Christ, whose bodies are themselves temples of the Holy Spirit, and who together make up Christ's body on earth - his hands and feet to do God's will and pray and bring God's kingdom on earth.

Accordingly, we must pray for and (when in a position to do so) love and serve LGBTQI activists, Moslem bigots, left wing intolerants, right wing atheists, and anyone and everyone who hates Christians. After all, perhaps the people who are blind need our prayers even more than those who can already see...

*Re the Shekinah, the Glory Cloud, abandoning the temple. It was recorded to have happened in Holy Scripture by the prophet Ezekiel in around 594BC, when the sin of the Israelites was so great that God's glory left the temple, and hovered above the 'mountain which is on the East side of the city', the mount of Olives (Interestingly Jesus spent many nights on the Mount of Olives teaching and praying with his disciples, and the Garden of Gethsemane where he was betrayed was at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Christ exhibited a real fondness for this place, beloved (strangely enough) of the Shekinah also...):

 “Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court.  Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’S glory...”Ezekiel 10:3-4 

“When the cherubim stood still, the wheels would stand still; and when they rose up, the wheels would rise with them, for the spirit of the living beings was in them. Then the glory of the LORD departed from the threshold of the temple and stood over the cherubim. When the cherubim departed, they lifted their wings and rose up from the earth in my sight with the wheels beside them; and they stood still at the entrance of the east gate of the LORD'S house, and the glory of the God of Israel hovered over them" Ezekiel 10:17-19  

"Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.  Ezekiel 11:22 

 And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.” Ezekiel 11:23 

Furthermore, apparently, in the era immediately after the New Testament was written, in 66 AD, the Spirit also is recorded to have left the temple and apparently abode on the Mount of Olives for three and a half years as a witness against the sin of the people. This is not found in scripture, but in other historical sources from the 1st and 2nd centuries, which I give you - whether this contradicts the tearing of the temple curtain when Jesus died I do not know - but the sources include Eusebius, an early Christian writer, so...

“Moreover, at the festival which is called Pentecost, the priests on entering the inner court of the Temple at nightfall, as their custom was in accomplishment of their ministrations, stated that they first became aware of a commotion and a roar, and after that the voice of a great multitude saying “We are departing hence” (Josephus' War VI, 299).

“… A sudden lightning flash from the clouds lit up the Temple. The doors of the holy place abruptly opened, a superhuman voice was heard to declare that the gods were leaving it, and in the same instant came the rushing tumult of their departure.” Histories, 5:13 Cornelius Tacticus

Rabbi Jonathan “abode on the Mount of Olives hoping that Israel would repent, but they did not; while a Bet Kol [a supernatural voice from heaven] issued forth announcing, Return, O backsliding children [Jer. 3:14]. Return unto Me, and I will return unto you [Mal. 3:7], when they did not repent, it said, I will return to my place [Hosea 5:15]” (Midrash Rabbah, Lamentations 2:11). — Secrets of Golgotha, by Ernest L. Martin. 84.

 “Believers in Christ congregate from all parts of the world, not as of old time because of the glory of Jerusalem, nor that they may worship in the ancient Temple at Jerusalem, but…that they may worship at the Mount of Olives opposite to the city, whither the glory of the LORD migrated when it left the former city.” (Eusebius’ book Proof of the Gospel Book VI, Chapter 18 (288)).


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