Considering that it is the second edition of the book, I had to work thoroughly on making the message complete, so that all parts would be interconnected and consistent. For a fraction of the calendar year the Almighty revealed a lot to me, shedding light on things that I either didn’t cover before, or revealed in an assumptive manner. Working on the second edition, I was a little surprised myself by how many things have become clearer and more definite in a rather short period of time. Of course, there are still more questions than answers, and that is, in fact, absolutely normal, because it is a process of constant movement. One thing is answered, and another thing raises questions. Considering all of that and meditating over what is happening, I see a distinctive hand of the Heavenly Father, how much He is in control of this whole process, not letting it halt even for a little while. I am perfectly aware, that despite all my gifts and talents, which I try to keep in perspective with His help, it would have been simply impossible to get and comprehend even the hundredth part of all that was revealed, after I got the revelation on this entire topic more than three years ago. Of course, a certain time was indeed necessary to unravel and confirm some of these things, to get consistent affirmations and verifications; without it many things would have been piecemeal, “unripe” and half-formed.
Some verses of the Scriptures, that were quoted in previous parts, are going to be quoted here as well, and some key “connection” points are going to be repeated for the sake of their better “digestion”. This topic is rather new and “untrodden”, so I think it will do no harm. I intentionally tried not to use any personal testimonies, revelations and experiences of different brothers and sisters, because things considered and studied here are so “borderline” for many, and for some even “beyond the bounds”, that I wouldn’t want to use anything as the foundation, except for the Holy Scriptures. Only “the rock” can be a sure foundation. The rest is rather unsteady, if there’s no such foundation. As we go forward in the process of “laying of a foundation” I’m going to share the word and certain experience, that I believe was revealed to me by the Almighty, and I have faith that everyone that has ear, will hear – definitely hear – what the Holy Spirit wants to say to the King’s people.
As we know, many things are hidden in details, overlooked by most of people, therefore it’s hard for them to grasp the meanings that avoid superficial quick glances. Study of the Scriptures is somewhat alike to travelling a rather tricky landscape, where the majority sees only the most obvious things, and even that is not in every instance. But there are so called “pathfinders” or “guides”, who use some rather insignificant details to define, who has trodden this path recently, where the danger may lie, where one can find water and where it is safe to camp. Study of the Scriptures is a lot like this. One has to be attentive to details and have help and guidance of the Holy Spirit to see everything at right spiritual angles, with a following summary and right conclusions. All of that gives us understanding of things concealed from many because of their impatience, “superficiality”, lack of attention and desire to have everything not just chewed over, but also “spoon-fed”. Of course, all of us have different callings and gifts, that’s why someone has to “chew over” extremely hard food for us, which is actually, O.K., but we have to always remember that the Scriptures were given to all of us, and that the Almighty can reveal hidden things to everyone by His Spirit. In this context our desire is very important. Pay attention to the details.
Purifying of the Heavenly
Let’s continue this part with stating that after so-called “universal mutiny”, Heavens needed purification. And not just “Heavens”, and “Heavenly” per se, but also all those, who remained faithful, but having faced sin and death needed this purification. Also, purification was necessary for all who were “Heavenly” by their origin but were going through their spiritual quarantine. Let’s read:
Job 15 15 If God puts no trust in His saints, And the heavens are not pure in His sight.
Of course one can assume, that the “saints” this abstract is talking about, are some “earthly saints”, however, here it is possible only as some additional plane, as a prophetic hint, but the main conceptual association is with those saints, that were connected to Heavens, and who became impure because of some kind of a problem. The following verse says that the Heavens had to be purified, and that it was in the original plan of the Almighty:
Heb.9 22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. 23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be [j]purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
Let’s read it again in another translation:
Heb.9 22 The law requires that almost everything would be purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. 23 All earthly things, made by the image of the heavenly things, had to be purified in this manner, but the heavenly things have to be purified with better sacrifice than these.
In literal translation it sounds more understandable. The Scripture clearly says that “the heavenly things have to be purified”. It also says it was the “heavenly things” that were the main and final aim of purification, because the “earthly things”, being an “image of the heavenly things” by definition, could have been purified even with the blood of earthly animals. Right here and now I’m not going to delve into the topic of existence of heaven dwellers and also earthly dwellers, including everything that is related to this. There are several planes of understanding here, so we’ll come back to that a bit later. At the moment in the context of this “plane” we are considering “the present situation”: by “heavenly things” we understand those, who “remained in truth”, and didn’t get spiritually quarantined, and by “earthly things” – those, who got into this quarantine. Also, the highlight here is not on the “heavenly things” as personalities, but the “heavenly” in general, and not “earthly things”, but on everything “earthly”; that is very important in this regard.
Therefore, first points the purification of “the heavenly”, including all those, who remained in Heavens, didn’t betray the Almighty, who remained in Truth, and didn’t get into “spiritual quarantine”. This verse also shows us, which is the second point, that there are people here on earth, who are in fact “Heavenly”; they were with the Father in His Kingdom “before this world existed”, and also that it were our “heavenly souls” that needed purification by the Life of One, Who has Life in Himself. Only Yeshua’s Life, as the One, Who had “all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”,could be entered as a payment, becoming an instrument of Redemption and purification of souls of all the Heavenly persons, and all souls of the Heavenly Father’s children who have His image, in general. That’s why He had to create conditions to make it all possible.
To understand and accept all of that, one has to understand the heart of the Heavenly Father, that is loving and compassionate. One has to understand, that the Heavenly Father is going to fight for life of every one of His children till the last moment, while it is possible, while there’s at least one chance. The enemy, in contrast, have always strived to distort Father’s character and essence, trying to present Him as cruel and unpredictable, unjust and unmerciful tyrant. But in fact, it is all “quite the opposite”. Although, from the first glance many people think that the words of “son of the morning” have at least “a grain of truth”. For us to better understand the situation, that was created when this “universal mutiny” was suppressed and stopped, let’s consider the following.
After the purification of Heavens and the following active war phase, when the “measure of iniquity” was filled to the limit, after which the Almighty’s judgments followed, we see the moment described in Gen.1:2. That was a certain important point, that divided all Heavenly and Earthly persons into several “categories”, so to say. The first one included all those who remained completely loyal to the Almighty. The second one included those, who opposed the «loyal ones”, following in the footsteps of the fallen Cherub, by finally rejecting the voice of the Holy Spirit and righteous principles of the Creator. The third category was compiled of “all the rest of them”, who didn’t fit in the first two. “Universal mutiny” was stopped, and “a decision had to be made”, because there is not only black and white in real life, but also a great number of transitional shades.
These three groups had their nuances, and they weren’t completely homogenous. The fact is, all Heavenly and Earthly persons had their individual spiritual immune systems and the severity of exposure to the sin virus, and therefore the effect of it was different for all of them. Each of them had a different degree of contact with this virus, their own experience, their own way and their own relationships with the Almighty. That’s why here we can speak only of several suggested things, without any attempt to generalize all of them.
The outcome of the resulting opposition in its first and main phase was that in a certain moment Heavens were cleansed from the rebels, that were removed outside the camp, like those with leprosy. The opposition was relocated into the earthly worlds, where in the long run there happened something that was later called “The Great War of the Worlds”; we’re going to discuss it later. The final result of this war was described in Gen.1:2, and partly in some other verses. What pertains directly to our world, where we now have this spiritual quarantine going on, that we call “the Final Testing Ground”, it seems like it had experienced the utmost devastation. The place that had the utmost devastation has become the one that has the most amount of grace and mercy. Where there was perfect darkness, appeared the greatest light. We are going to consider the matter of other worlds later. Meanwhile, I want to point out only two verses of the Scriptures. First – the letter to Hebrews, where it is written, that the Heavenly Father created different worlds through His Son, without specifying how many were there, what they were and how it happened — Heb.1:2. The second one from the book of prophet Isaiah, where it is said that “neither have the inhabitants of the world(s) fallen” (Is.26:18б).
It is written that “sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (Jam.1:15), so the moment came, when many things have become obvious for all the living. After THAT war was over, it was decided to establish a “spiritual quarantine”, that in this book we call the “Final Testing Ground” or just the “Testing Ground”. Our world, our land was appointed to be covered with a dome over its minor part – rakiya (Heb.); we can read about that in the 1st chapter of the book of Bereshit.
Ezek.28 15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. 16 “By the abundance of your trading (business activity) you became filled with violence (falsehood) within, and you sinned;therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones.
Here we see several stages. First comes iniquity, that eventually starts to accelerate its development, until it grows to some “critical mass”. The state of “becoming filled with violence (falsehood) from within» didn’t happen overnight – often it’s a rather long process. It was in the process of certain business activity, in the process of some actions and relationships, that this “filling with violence (falsehood)” happened. After getting to this critical tipping point, the action of sin happened. Not just secret thoughts, but something already manifested in a definite action. The Scripture says that only after the inside of the “covering Cherub” was filled with falsehood to some critical point, the action of sin happened: “you sinned”.
Every person, that caved in to be “filled with falsehood” to some degree, had his own particular features and personal relationships with the Heavenly Father. Everyone’s “sinful processes” were and are different. Someone, like the “son of the morning”, was filled with “falsehood” to a degree that surpassed the acceptable limit, and that was expressed in “blaspheming” Holy Spirit. They hardened their hearts so much that they were unable to turn to tshuva, or repentance, and receive correction from above. They’ve crossed the line of “critical hardening of the heart”, as I would like to put it.
Once a moment came, when “the son of the morning” was cast out “as unclean”, and all of those showing any “leprosy of sin” with him. In Israel, which is a prophetic image of Heaven, this issue was solved in the following manner: Koen (priest) conducted a visual analysis and made a relevant decision if certain physical symptoms appeared. When leprosy symptoms were clear, the leper was cast outside the camp till he or she was healed; and we understand that sometimes they were never healed. If the situation was questionable, a particular period of time was appointed for the symptoms either to go away or show up so clearly, that there would be no doubts about it. It was a certain time of leprosy “ripening”. This “certain time” of quarantine usually took seven days, and I think that you see where I’m going with that. Those who were cast outside the camp could return, when they were healed. This depended on their immune system and also on a miracle, that was never ruled out, because the God of Israel was always with them. The question was, however, how far was the heart of a leper from the God of Israel. The leper couldn’t be cast out, if there were no corresponding physical symptoms. It is our clue, that THEN also nobody could be cast down from Heaven, until something that showed spiritual leprosy of sin manifested itself. And it was manifested not in motives, but in certain action, that was evident for everyone around.
In the process of all these events everyone got a different “dose of sin virus”, and therefore had their own different level of “sinful contamination”, a particular level of “filling their insides with “falsehood”, so to say. When the opposition grew to a certain level, and something later called “The Great War of the Worlds” started, all of this was further aggravated by defiling from contact with death, that increased during this war. Who fought against whom? What, where and how? Don’t get too hasty, we’re going to cover it in a due time.
It was time when all the happening events filled the “measure of iniquity”, and after that the Almighty, as a Righteous Judge, delivered the necessary judgement, stopping the war. This exact period of time is described in Gen.1:2. Apart from “loyal” and “fallen” there was a third group, that was for some reason not included in neither of the first two. They had only two options: either everlasting exile and punishment, or some kind of “quarantine” with a chance of rehabilitation.
Job 4 18 If He puts no trust in His servants, If He charges His angels with error…
What angels does the Almighty charges with error? Is it those, who already rejected Him and joined the mutiny led by the fallen Cherub against Him? Unlikely. Their all existence and actions turned into one big error. So, is it those, who remained loyal, and weren’t defeated by the sin virus? They didn’t cross the acceptable limit and didn’t do anything to be charged with disloyalty.
Surely, not everything comes to the light in the same time, and those, who remained loyal also did not escape the virus of sin. We see this example in the 6th chapter of the book of Bereshit, that is revealed in depth in the book of Enoch. Unfortunately, the virus of sin “ripened” in the souls of a certain group of sons of the Almighty, that were called the Watchers, and they did what they did. Their case was very complicated, and we are going to talk about the reason for their action and everything connected to that in the rest of this part.
Nevertheless, those who had strong spiritual immune systems, and those who remained loyal, were defiled by death to a certain degree, and they had to be Redeemed by Life, just like all Heavens, as we already said before. Despite the measure of the sin virus they’ve taken in, their spiritual immune systems could suppress its devastating effect, and they didn’t cross the dangerous line. Crossing the line meant that they had to undergo a spiritual quarantine, their “Testing Ground”.
As it always is, such cases have “something in the mean”. But in this particular case the mean was far from “golden”. By the way, there is an opinion in this regard, based on some prophetic hints, that approximately one-third was loyal to the Almighty, “holding to the Truth”, one-third followed the lead of “the son of the morning”, and one-third stuck somewhere in the “mean” between these two groups… There are different errors: in direction, in depth. I cannot say that this proportional division is hundred percent true, but I admit, that it might be so.
As was already mentioned, “sin infection” contaminated the souls of many Heavenly and Earthly persons, damaging their “insides” – heart and spirit – to one degree or another. “Sin virus”, if one can make such analogy, damaged to some degree the “program” of every affected person, that was written by the Creator. Somebody had to find a “cure from death” to save them. Also, after the virus of sin was defeated and removed, this person’s “program” had to be written over. And it had to be done in a way, so this person’s personality, experience and memory would not be damaged as a result.
The Problem of the Blood
Now, we do know and understand that the blood of the Son of the Most High could “devour death” and “cleanse from all sin”. The Torah also says that there’s no redemption without shedding of blood. And we know that the Torah, i.e. the first five books of the Holy Scriptures, is the main textbook the Almighty gave us, that accumulates all prophetic images and all prophetic models of behavior, so to say, that we need, up to the end of the seventh millennium, that we are just about to enter. The problem of the blood is one of the central prophetic images, if we want to understand the essence of what we are addressing here. Why blood? Why not something else? Blood is not important per se. I emphasize – it is not the blood that cleanses. The Torah has a key hint to that:
Lev.17 10 ‘And whatever man of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell among you, who eats any blood, I will set My face against that person who eats blood, and will cut him off from among his people. 11 For the life (nefesh) of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul (nefesh).’
The soul, defined in the Scriptures by Hebrew word nefesh, is in the blood. Soul (nefesh) is life. By the way, it is why the Almighty forbids blood to be eaten, because in some not very evident way this “part of somebody’s soul” starts to have a bad influence on the soul of a person, who eats this blood. Some unnatural, “unauthorized merging of souls” begins to happen, and that is strictly forbidden.
In regard of the main idea, it is written: “life for life”. Justice of the Almighty required life to be paid for destroying another life: measure for measure. Any sin damages life to some degree, so it is no more as ideal and whole, as the Creator intended for it to be. Therefore, after being contaminated by the “sun virus”, the question of a permanent death was just a matter of time. I think that many readers understand this point, because it is taught in one way or another always and almost everywhere.
So, the Father makes a decision together with His Son to fulfill the law of justice, by paying the price: “Life for life”, giving a chance of reconciliation, redemption and cleansing. But there was a problem: how is it “technically” done? I want to make a point of the fact, that before this key moment, that we’re considering here, Heavens had no Blood per se! As Yeshua once said: “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God”. There is an understanding, that before the Fall Adam and Hava didn’t have blood in their “veins”, but they had a manifested glory of the Almighty flowing in them. After the fall some very serious changes happened in the human body, that caused such substance as blood to appear. The Heavenly Father made it on purpose, so that Life of the soul could be put into this Blood, making it a technical instrument of Redemption. Life redeems and cleanses, and Blood per se is just a “transport”, i.e. some “technical equipment”. Did glorified heavenly bodies have some “veins”, that had “light of manifested glory» flowing in them instead of blood – I don’t have a clear revelation on this matter yet. But there’s an understanding that this special light of the manifested glory of the Creator washed over the glorified heavenly bodies, as if by waves, bringing the renewal of Life.
At that point of time there was no “cure”, able to neutralize and remove this “infection of sin”. This instrument, this tool had to be created, so that under certain conditions and stated will of some individual or another it could help to make Cleansing and Redemption possible. That’s why it was necessary to create certain conditions in terms of the existing Plan, that would give a chance to those, who did have it. The Heavenly Father – He “has no pleasure in the death of the wicked” and He fights for the life of His children to the very end, using all of His power, wisdom and strength, without violating the freedom of choice, and His own rules and laws as well. Here I talk about the children, that existed in His Heavenly family before the earth was created. That’s what the following Scripture verse talks about; I suggest reading it with additional words translation, because the common translation has some uncertainties:
Heb.2 10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain (original cause) of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of One, for which reason He is not ashamed (not shy) to call them brethren, 12 saying: “I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.” 13 And again: “I will put My trust in Him.” And again: “Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.” 14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same [flesh and blood], that through death He might destroy him who had [carried] the power of death, that is, the devil…
This is a very interesting and deep passage, but I want to draw your attention to those three underlined fragments. The first one says that many sons are brought to glory. The second one says that “He who sanctifies” that is Yeshua the Messiah, and “those who are being sanctified” – incarnated souls of the “sons of the Almighty” – all of them are OF One. And the third fragment plainly speaks that the Heavenly Father has made his children partake of flesh and blood, i.e. “clothed them in flesh and blood”; in fact, he put their souls in bodies of flesh and blood. It is not written that He adopted and made His sons those “people, humans” who are from flesh and blood, but it is said that the children have partaken of the flesh and blood. And this, as it is commonly said, is a whole different beast.
Breath of life (souls of life)
Bereshit 2 7 And Yahweh Elohim formed man of dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath/souls of life (neshmat hayim), and man became a living being/soul (nefesh haiya).
Physical body of the first man at the first stage was planned as “two in one”, that is, a man and a woman together. A glorified physical body was prepared, it was some kind of “avatar” so to speak, into which the Heavenly Father breathed two Heavenly souls: souls of life (neshmat hayim — Heb.) of Adam and Hava.
There exists a “Heavenly soul” — neshama (Heb.), and when it connects to the physical body, an “earthly soul” is formed — nefesh. The word neshama is used only to describe the Almighty, as His breath, and also describing people: His sons and daughters. Animals have got only nefesh. This is just a couple of strokes, so that we could see the main line of motion. The soul of Hava, her neshama in her spiritual body has been sleeping till the appointed time, and then it was extracted from the combined body, getting a body of her own in a while.
I think that many of you were asking a question, as I did: why did Adam and Hava hadn’t got any kids BEFORE the Fall? Couldn’t she just get pregnant? Because as soon as the man got his other half — a woman, the “first commandment”, i.e. “to be fruitful and multiply” has become possible. And I don’t think that first people were disobedient in anything, especially in this matter. But here we have a lot of other nuances, and many of them can be understood it you read the text in the original language. One can definitely say, that it was all part of the Plan, because there is no other explanation, even one that could be at least remotely logical.
As you understand, if the children had been born before the event we now know as the Fall took place, everything would have changed so much, that the entire Plan would have been ruined. Therefore, everything that had happened to Adam and his wife, happened not by “arranged circumstances”. Everything happened step by step, according to the laid down principles. Let’s remember, that the first son has been “of the wicked one”: 1 Jh.3:12. The Scriptures says that “the devil has sinned from the beginning” (i.e. he was the first one to sin) — 1 Jh.3:8. Try to consider this in terms of progression: first an “alternative” appears, that outgrows the permitted limits and steps over onto the territory of sin. Therefore, Cain was the first to be born, and he suggested alternative variant of making a sacrifice. Such way of sacrifice has been rejected, which made him jealous of his brother, who made a right sacrifice. This envy turned into anger, that set him on murder. Symbolically, everything progressed in this way THEN. And Cain, who was “of the wicked one”, i.e. a tare, prophetically reflected the events of THOSE days in this world. One of the keys, that helps us understand the happened events, is that everything visible came out and continues to come out of the invisible. Earth is a certain projection of Heavens, and what happened on earth, and what we can see starting with Gen. 1:3 and onward is a prophetic picture of what happened THEN.
Restoration from the Source
Redemption and purification are the processes of “legitimation” or “legalization of purification”, that is, they confirm the justification of forgiveness after the corresponding payment is made. But what about the personalities and souls of those, who was “contaminated by the sin virus” and was damaged from within in some degree or another? The Almighty has provided a genius solution for this problem as well! Through the sacrifice of Yeshua the Messiah and its voluntary acceptance, the “personality program” of a soul could be “written over” so to say. It was “written over” from the main “Source”, that was in the Son of the Almighty, Yeshua the Messiah, Who participated in birth of all the Father’s children and also in the creation of all living beings. Here I am using computer slanguage, and I hope that many of you got it right, while it is a very illustrative and fitting image, that helps to have a deeper understanding of what really happened and is happening now. In other words, it is written that “we are the new creation in Yeshua the Messiah”. The souls redeemed on earth are not just purified by the Life of the Son of the Almighty through His spilled Blood, that had His soul during His life on earth. But those souls as personalities are being “renewed”, “overwritten without any faults”, i.e., they are being restored in their ideal state without any faults, as they were supposed to be from the beginning. After accepting, tshuva, repenting and admitting Yeshua as one’s Messiah and King, an individual gets a rightful opportunity to let Him into his spirit through the Holy Spirit and to “overwrite” his “personal spiritual source code” without any faults from within the very core of his spirit. In fact it is nothing else but “becoming a new person in Yeshua the Messiah”. It is written, that “of Him [Yeshua the Messiah] and through Him and to Him are all things”, and in a way, Yeshua Himself had all the “source codes” of all the created souls and personalities inside of Him. “We are in Him, and He is in us” — it is the same as to get into the Person of the Creator Himself, and for Him to get inside of us, so that He could not just “patch us up” a little, but completely “re-create”, “overwrite” us without any damage or faults that were caused to our souls by the sin virus.
Aside from out complete renewal as persons, we had something that the Scriptures call “image of the Almighty” being restored within us by the Holy Spirit. A right “source code” is being restored, that has in it an “IDEAL” that we strive to achieve, and also it has a “movement algorithm”, i.e. the limits of this movement and development.
By now many may have a better understanding of the phrase that “there is no such sin that the Blood of the Messiah could not remove”. From the point of view of the law, Life of Yeshua the Messiah is enough to be paid for the life of any person, who has ever sinned. Whatever was the damage, caused by the virus of sin, everyone can be fully “re-created” so to say, through Yeshua without any remaining faults. It is important for the individual to voluntarily accept Yeshua as a King, allowing Him to do all this work. Those persons who didn’t fall apart permanently, but were exposed to this contamination of the sin virus, had to undergo some kind of “spiritual quarantine”, where after their voluntary decision they could be “purified and healed”. And we see that this present earth from the moment of its restoration after the so-called “Pre-Adam Flood” has become a place for this sort of “spiritual quarantine”, some sort of a “Final Testing Ground”.
Tares, sons of perdition
The fragment from Mat.13:24-30, 36-42, that has been quoted in the preface to this edition, is a very important and serious proof that part of the souls born on this earth were those, whose destiny has been already decided. It doesn’t mean, that the Father wanted to appoint someone for destruction just “for no reason at all”. We need to understand the nature and the heart of the Heavenly Father and His motives.
First of all, there’s a justice principle. It is a quality called DIN, which in Hebrew means the principle of righteous, fair trial. The Almighty cannot violate this principle under any circumstances, because it goes against His nature. As for another principle that is called HESED in Hebrew, i.e. a principle of mercy and kindness, it means the Almighty has a certain mercy to all of the creation, but even in this “matter of mercy” there is a certain “measure of justice”. That is, if the Creator is merciful according to His nature, then He’s merciful to everybody without any exception. But, “above this minimum limit of mercy”, in a manner of speaking, that belongs to everybody, just because it is the Creator’s nature, there’s also a measure of mercy, that is completely His sovereign right, when He personally decides what measure it will be and “how far He can go in it”. He said about Himself, that He’s all-merciful, full of mercy, generousness and faithfulness.
There is a principle, that I’ve notionally named “increasing of mercy through intercession”. But as they say, each intersession is different. The Almighty accepts even those “formal” prayers and requests, if they include praying for mercy. And the higher the level of compassion and empathy of the heart, the more it resonates with the heart of the Heavenly Father. Remember the intercession prayer of Moshe, when he prayed for Israel, when the people were about to be destroyed, because they’d made a golden calf. Moshe said, he was ready to die together with the people of Israel, and not only physically, but to be completely removed from the Book of Life for his people. It’s hard to even comprehend such a sacrifice, and even more — something that is higher than that. Such compassion and readiness to sacrifice himself found response in the Father’s heart and Israel was pardoned excluding those 3000 “activists” that hit the permitted “line of mercy”.
Besides, there are some individual sovereign moments, that only the Almighty Himself understands, and that is His special measure of mercy in each individual case. He is the One, Who has His own feelings, His will and who has discovered the depths of His heart, except for His Spirit? This matter is a mystery, but I can give one clue, that has been revealed to me. Think of that story, when Yeshua was talking to Kephas and asked him three times, whether he loved Him? So, in the first and the third time He used the word “agape” in the question “do you love”; this word means unconditional love, that a normal loving mother has to her child, whom she loves without any conditions. But in the second time He used greek word “filio”, that means love as friendship, in friendly relationships. I believe, and I have a personal revelation, that Father’s mercy to those, with whom He has friendly relationships, is higher. In fact, this measure of mercy can be increased in the moment, when those having a “filio” friendship with the Almighty, pray and intercede for someone.
In one case Abraham “bargained” with the Almighty on the minimum amount of righteous people, that could help save the city of Sodom from being destructed. And when they lowered it down to the minimum possible limit of the righteous, it is written that “the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham”. Why did He went away? I don’t disregard the possibility of Abraham persuading Him for something more, if He would stay… Or the second case, that we can read about in the end of the third chapter of the book Dwarim (Deuteronomy), where Moshe tells how he pleaded with the Almighty to let him into the Promised Land. God showed him the Promised Land indeed, by offering Moshe to climb the nearest mountain; however, he wasn’t let into the Promised Land. What’s most interesting is that the Almighty forbid him even to speak on this topic again. Why? Once again, it might be that if Moshe continued to plead with Him, he could have succeeded, but the Almighty had another plan. I want to remind you of the fact that both Abraham and Moshe were called friends of the Almighty, even by Himself, by the way. Just think of it. I’m sure, that there’s something more that is hidden in here, and that will always remain hidden.
Therefore, the quality of nature of the Heavenly Father, that is “justice”, must allow everyone born into this world to make their own choice. We do know, that the Almighty is no respecter of person. But if there is such category of people, that have no options, it is already a violation of this principle. The Almighty is timeless, He knows everything from the start. But how could He convince heavenly creatures, that someone is worthy of everlasting destruction, if there was no choice? The principle: “I’m the boss, and you’re — wrong”, doesn’t quite solve this problem, so that everyone would have been convinced of fairness of this choice. I think that almost everyone thought about this. Yes, the Almighty “foreknew” and knows, how one will behave oneself, and etc., but the Torah has a principle, that until a person commits a crime, he or she cannot be judged. Remember this verse in the Scriptures, when Moshe prayed and said that he calls Heavens and Earth as witnesses. It is a very deep moment, but one of the implied meanings of it is this: to have a fair trial over somebody, at least two witnesses should be present. And in the mentioned case, the Israel, as the people of the Almighty that Moshe speaks about, and who is often called “the sons of the Almighty” (does this ring any bells?), should be convicted by two witnesses: Heavens and Earth. We also see a prophetic hint there: “Heavens” in this case are motives, thoughts and heart intentions, and “Earth” is the “earthly, carnal, physical”, i.e. the image of a physical action. That is why the only legitimate charge against Israel as a nation, as sons of the Almighty, could be the testimony of two “witnesses”: both, heart motives and the committed sin, as a physical act. That’s why thoughts, doubts and torments are the thing, that cannot be a sole reason for the Final Judgement. Therefore it’s against the nature and principles of the Father to judge any individual without giving an opportunity to express their choice.
So here we need to understand, that the responsibility of the Heavenly Father is not to destroy, but to: “save that which was lost”. Let’s analyse some other verses of the Scriptures:
1 Jn.3 12 not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.
The Hebrew tradition has a version, that gives the following interpretation of this part of Scriptures, that Hava first sinned and ate the fruit, and then she had an unnatural sexual intercourse during which she conceived Cain from the nahash (“the serpent”), that was deprived of all his limbs and started to crawl on his “belly”. This interpretation, although it’s not that “simple” and has its own arguments, does not explain many things and contradicts many other verses of the Scriptures. I, personally, can not agree with it only for the reason, that if one draws a parallel between this situation and an episode from Genesis chapter 6, when the sons of the Almighty entered into relationships with earthly women, this mix produced hybrides, many of which were giants due to the combination of their DNAs. In case of Cain, the Scripture does not tell us that he was any different from his parents or his brother in terms of his physical appearance. The Scriptures do not call him a hybrid (rephaim), or a giant. We can observe only his moral fall. Then how do we understand this piece of Scriptures, that Cain was “of the wicked one”? Every interpretation, that I’ve heard, never explained the point, only obscured the issue even more. Let us consider the following verse:
Jh.17 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
Judas is called here “the son of perdition”. Yeshua said, that He kept all, whom the Father gave Him, except for one. Why? “So that the Scripture might be fulfilled”, the Scriptures say. But this answer without understanding of its meaning looks like an answer parents give to questions their kids are asking sometimes: “Why?” — “Because the day of the week ends in “y”. And the kids have to back up under such “serious argumentation”. What does “the son of perdition” stands for? Let’s read another verse:
2 Thes.2 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?
What about this verse? Different ministers have an opinion, that this “son of perdition” won’t be a human in full sense of this word, but he will be a fallen “man” with a hybrid DNA, who is going to have the fallen Cherub or Satan himself as a father. I’m not going to make a thorough analysis of this point from the “technical” side, but I will say that it’s not a 100% true fact, although I won’t deny it, as I think it is rather possible. I think this matter goes way deeper than that. If we consider these Scripture verses, especially the last two, without “minding things too high”, but reading as “it is written”, we can see, that these two persons were either “born by perdition” or, which is almost the same, “born for perdition”. That’s all clear as crystal. People always tried to explain it somehow without questioning fairness and the loving heart of our Heavenly Father. It didn’t go so “well”, and that really contributed to doubts of non-believers, and not only them.
Try to objectively consider without “rose-colored glasses of christianity” the all-known fact that one woman ate some fruit, hanging on the tree, and that led to terrible sufferings of billions of people on earth, and also to the terrifying fact of perdition of some lesser amount in eternity. Admit, that almost all non-believers have made this argument and still do, and we ourselves have often asked this question as well. However, we were taught, that “God is always right, if you think that He isn’t, see rule #1…” People have also always added in order to stifle all other similar questions, that “when we get to Heaven, we’ll learn everything: what, why and for what reason”. And we lived with that, trying to trust God, which is in fact very right and wise. Nevertheless, we didn’t get an answer to this question and the enemy often sent those “worms of doubt” to kill off our faith and plant in our hearts the seeds of doubt about justice and, what is also important, good heart and mercy of our Heavenly Father.
There’s only one acceptable explanation, that doesn’t contradict the above mentioned things: there was a reason, why people were born for suffering from the beginning, and also why some were originally born for perdition. “Perdition” is a synonym of “death”:
ἀπώλεια (apoleiya) destruction, annihilation, perdition, loss, ruin.
That means, that in fact, some people were “born by death and perdition”. The reason is that many souls coming to earth have made their choice already THEN. First and most of all the Almighty wants to know our decision. And it consists in the question that defines our eternity: who is your king? Yeshua, that is the King of kings and Lord of lords, or speaking in very general terms, His adversary, that has become a “father of sin”? There’s light and darkness, two kingdoms — two options. The New Testament uses the word “satan” not only for one individual who is a fallen Cherub, but also for any adversary, opposing the Almighty. If we accept Yeshua as Messiah and King, then together with it we accept His rules, His principles, His Word and His “image” also. If someone accepts as his or her king either the fallen Cherub or somebody else, including themselves, then together with it goes the other kingdom: the “alternative” one. Sooner or later the main decision must be made. The opportunity to make this decision has become a manifestation of infinite mercy of the Heavenly Father, that let not only those who didn’t betray Him wholly, by completely shutting off the voice of His Spirit, to get a chance, but showing His love to the extent that He let His Own Son experience these sufferings and therefore share in this pain.
Souls of many people born to this earth were not so “innocent”. As for Adam and Hava’s “issue”, we’re going to get back to that later. The souls that got a certain measure of the “sin virus” THEN, during the “Universal mutiny”, were born to this world with the same measure of it. And that is just. Everyone was born with their own “baggage”, with their level of “soul damage”, with their own “aggravating circumstances”. The Almighty doesn’t speak about it directly, due to many reasons: first of all because of a spiritual baby state of many individuals, that can make this food hard to digest. But afterwards, with consistent maturing and studying, all of that could and should have been revealed. Let’s read and consider some points in the following abstract:
Rom.9 6 But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, 7 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” 8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. 9 For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac 11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 12 it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.” 14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” 16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” 18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens. 19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” 20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? 22 What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
Let’s take notice of two such categories of people as “the vessels of wrath” and also “the vessels of mercy”. And then pay your attention: after that rather incomprehensible and dubious abstract the Holy Spirit says through apostle Saul:
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! (Unrighteousness — Injustice)
That is, notwithstanding some complicated explanation, the Almighty highlights the fact, that He’s absolutely just. In this abstract He addresses His spiritual children first of all, pointing out that He’s the Creator, that is The Highest One, and therefore firstly, He has every right, and secondly, He knows far more than we do, and He does everything that we cannot yet understand because of His knowledge of some things unknown to us. But simultaneously it is explicitly highlighted, that we shouldn’t take any doubts in Him and His personality, because He is absolutely just and extremely merciful. And if it is true, and that is 100% true by default, that means the problem is that He knows much more than we do, and based on these facts He does what we cannot comprehend, but it never violates the justice principle. He has RIGHT, because He is the Creator, and that is the main point of this abstract, but it is also stated that the Almighty is not some kind of tyrant, that does something out of despotism, being no subject to justice. Look at it from this perspective, and it is going to be another argument in favor of the main idea of this whole study.
If the Almighty have had temporarily “blocked” the memory, as if “zeroing out the virus of sin”, or, let’s say, “leveling it up” for everyone in every soul born, it would have been absolutely unjust. Someone in Heaven just “slightly stumbled”, “deviated a bit”, “caught” this “virus”, but wasn’t able to do anything “seriously bad”, and maybe even managed to “repent”. And somebody’s soul was almost completely contaminated by the sin virus and this somebody managed to do so many things, that a little bit farther, and the final “point of no return” would have been hit. So is it possible, that considering those souls had a chance, they should have gotten equal conditions? That is absolutely unfair. Which is why Heavenly Council, presided by the Heavenly Father defined, who shall be born, when and under which circumstances and with what “genetic inheritance”, so that everything would be just and that everyone would get a chance. And it is written, that the Heavenly Father had a great patience towards the “vessels of wrath”, maybe using the final chance, that we are going to discuss now.
There is found something good…
1 Kings 14 12 Arise therefore, go to your own house. When your feet enter the city, the child shall die. 13 And all Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he is the only one of Jeroboam who shall come to the grave, because in him there is found something good toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.
I’ve read this verse many times, and though it didn’t “knocked me out” completely, but still the true meaning was “hidden behind the veil”. Hidden deep. What happened to that child? As we know, he couldn’t make any choice yet, couldn’t even tell good from evil. The child has died, to begin with, although it probably was very good for him, while if he’d grow up, then maybe the curse of Jeroboam could “bring him to the grave” in every sense of this word. The death of this child from the context and from the pshat (literal meaning of the Scriptures) was Heavenly Father’s mercy for this child. It is written, that this baby was the only one, who was allowed to come to the grave, which means that he was allowed to “gathered to his people”, that equals to be carried to “Abraham’s bosom”, and therefore achieve salvation in eternity.
It is said, that something good was found in this child, according to the Almighty. So, considering objectively, there was found “something good”. “There was found” is a translation of Hebrew word מצא «matsa», that can also be translated as to be enough, to satisfy.
That’s why this phrase can be understood as this child had something “good” in a certain sufficient amount, that satisfied the Almighty as a Righteous Judge, to do what He did. We see that this child wasn’t “a son of perdition”, but this soul had “something good enough” according to the Almighty as the Righteous Judge, that gave Him reason not to let this child perish in the future through being contaminated with the virus of sin, that could destroy this “something good”. That is already His mercy. What did this mercy consist of? If the soul, incarnated in this child has decided to reject sin already THEN and admit the sovereignty, power and rules of the Heavenly Father, then maybe going through that kind of “cleansing” (not to confuse with “Catholic purgatory”!), it had an opportunity to be “restored”. Without any “rewards”, as if “out of fire”, but it was a clear sign of mercy. The fact that this soul, that used to abide with the Almighty (“He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world”), has been reincarnated in human body here on earth, and has been subjected to certain risks of death and eternal damnation, gave the Heavenly Father a legitimate right from the point of view of justice, to save, “purify”, “restore” this soul, this person, because “something good” in it was “satisfactory”, i.e., it had a “necessary measure of goodness” for God to do that.
Let’s remember the story of a criminal, hanging next to Yeshua, who received Him as the Messiah, and admitted his own sins. He also didn’t do anything after his acceptance/repentance. But it could be that the soul of this criminal wasn’t able to make its choice THEN, and here on earth it had a last chance, because of the mercy of the Heavenly Father, and he used it. And the soul of the child that died, probably made its choice and repented already THEN, and that gave the Almighty an opportunity to save it, notwithstanding all its past transgressions, by walking it through incarnation and birth in this world. It is written that: “whoever calls on His name [Yeshua the Messiah] shall be saved”. Therefore, without the fact of tshuva, i.e. addressing the Almighty and accepting one’s sins, there can be no salvation or restoration, whenever it took place.
There’s also another possible variant of interpretation of the case of Jeroboam’s child. Let’s imagine, that this soul has been among those, who hit some “red lines” THEN, and crossed the permitted line. Apart from sinful actions, committed under the effect of sin virus, the soul was subjected to its power and some things were done not recklessly, but rather consciously, which is a definite sin in our understanding. The level of sin can be different of course. Someone committed a brutal murder of a family, mocking the corpses and taking their possessions, and another person stole some food on the market to eat, or deceived a neighbor, and gossiped with a friend about someone. And all those sins were committed consciously, with an understanding that it is a bad thing to do, and it goes against the perfect will of the Almighty. On the other hand, an action of temptation is making people blind, and sending different justifications in their thoughts, suggesting that it isn’t all that bad.
Our Heavenly Father sure knows and objectively understands the level of heart exposure to this virus, and also knows our ability to recover. So if He thinks that in spite of the sins and even certain sinful motives (“the second witness”), this someone wasn’t completely taken by the sin virus, if there was “something good”, that satisfied certain Heavenly criteria, if this someone didn’t reject the Father THEN, considering all mentioned above, this person had a chance. Maybe this person didn’t even make it to admit his mistakes, or didn’t do it sincerely enough, and we know that it happens a lot. Maybe he was saved “like a firebrand plucked from the burning”, as was said earlier, and maybe he and those like him would be given a chance not to perish entirely, but to be incarnated into a human body during the Millennial Kingdom.
Maybe during the Millennial Kingdom some amount of souls get their opportunity to have their Testing Ground in less hard conditions, for instance, considering all the circumstances connected to them and perhaps some mitigating factors. Yeshua had once said that if someone gives a glass of water to one of His disciples, when the latter needs it, these persons will get their reward. And what if even THEN notwithstanding his bad actions and unrighteous motives this someone has not been contaminated completely, and managed not only to quench somebody’s thirst but to save a life? Perhaps he was able to show some love towards others with his actions, and it is written that love covers many sins? There are also some other arguments, confirming this point, that we are going to analyse further.
That’s why we have an equation with a lot of variables, that only the Heavenly Father can solve, because He is an all-merciful Judge, and maybe this matter will give us a lot of surprises when the time comes, and everybody will be witnesses to it.
I’m not pressing that my opinion is the only one or that it’s absolutely true, but I see that this verse of the Scriptures is another small detail, that opens up the veil to the whole picture. One can of course roll their eyes and puff up with self-importance, trying to think of something “long-winded”, but if we try to be honest and objective, there’s basically no other interpretation of this fragment of the Scriptures; and the same goes for many others.
Of tares and sons of the Kingdom
Mtt.13 24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” 36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.” 37 He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
As we know, all prophetic things have many different levels and sides of interpretation. Let’s analyse the “obvious” one, based on the explanation of Yeshua Himself, and also based on the context of our topic of discussion. The “man”, sowing “good seed” is the Almighty. The “enemy” is the “adversary” in general or the fallen Cherub. The “good seeds” are the sons of the Kingdom, and “tares” are the sons of the wicked one. “Sons” are not just people, living on the earth, they are souls, that were sowed into this world. The field is, as written, our present world. “Seeds” are not people yet, they still have to sprout and grow. The seed is in the earth until the moment it comes up above the ground — it is like in the time of pregnancy. The sprout showed up above the ground — the baby is born. Take notice: even while they were still not born, until the sprouts showed up above the ground they ALREADY were sons, either of the Kingdom, or of the “wicked one”. It is a very important detail.
This parable contains no intermediate groups, only two. We see the representatives of these two groups from those appearing on earth as those who “decided” already. One of them have decided, that they want to accept Heavenly Father’s chance to rehabilitate and be restored, the others are adamant in their mutiny and opposition. The first ones, called the sons of the Kingdom, were not really homogeneous in their group. Let’s take a brief look at them.
The first group consists of those, who were always loyal to the Almighty, and who were actively participating in THAT WAR in some degree and in different roles, and who were so closely exposed to death, that they were defiled by it, getting a certain measure of the sin virus. Sin affected their souls in some way, prompting them to certain decisions and behaviour. Perhaps it wasn’t critical from the loyalty point of view, but the fact of defilement has been present, together with the violation of the Almighty’s will, therefore they couldn’t just get away with a simple “I’m sorry”. That’s why it was just as in that prophetic image, when all the men, being at war and taking up arms had to remain outside the camp for a while, making confessions and sacrifices for any deviations from the King’s will. Seven days outside the camp after warfare or touching a dead body is a prophetic image of everyone defiled by death in THAT WAR, waiting for complete and perfect purification by the Blood of the Messiah in the end of those 7 000 years.
The second group — are those who despite the temptation, seduction and mistakes made still admitted their fault before some “Zero hour”, and realized their sin in a certain measure, returning to the side of the Heavenly Father, accepting His will and His principles. The majority of them also participated in one way or another in the colossal struggle in the realm of earthly worlds.
The third group — those, who were still hesitating in the last critical moment, when everything was already “decided”, not able to make up their mind 100%, and who had time to do a lot of mistakes “out of carelessness, ignorance or neglect” and other reasons. This group, as it seems, is the central one, so the main battle goes for it. Their spiritual immune systems were weakened and affected more than those of the first two groups, therefore they had such results. Israel had cities of sanctuary, for anyone, who killed someone unintentionally. That is, there was a fact of sin, but there was no motive. Same goes here: considering that before all these events there was no sin per se, there was no experience and understanding of consequences, and the results of such actions. There also was no experience in opposing temptation.
The “undecided ones”, let’s call them this way, of course saw what kind of mess they got themselves in, and they agreed to the plan of the Heavenly father to get and use their chance of redemption and restoration. That’s why all those groups can be called “the sons of the Kingdom”. The prodigal son from the parable didn’t stop being a son, and the father waited for his return from this peculiar “business trip”. Perhaps, based on this parable it would have been more correct to call this group “the prodigals”. And considering all of the above, one can understand, that the “starting conditions” at birth couldn’t be the same for everyone.
As for those, who rejected the will of the Creator and Father, siding with the revolted “alternative-seekers”, by completely rejecting the voice of the Holy Spirit — all of them are called the “sons of the wicked”, “tares”, “vessels of wrath”, “sons of perdition”. If they were tares, then unlike this child, who had “some good found in him”, they had nothing from this “spiritual wheat”, but they’ve completely turned into a “stipitual weed”. It’s hard to say, what amount of them was allowed to be born in human body here on earth; it is a separate difficult topic, that we shall perhaps consider later; although I don’t think it is essential.
Surely, this is a very general “scheme”; you understand that there are specific nuances and details at all times and in all places. As we mentioned earlier, there was a category of individuals, who had “something good found in them”, and as we remember, the mercy of the Almighty, that is our Heavenly Father, rises above judgement. That’s why there are some hidden things, that only He can see and understand, therefore, someone who seems to be completely lost, can get a special mercy from Him, a chance of Redemption and returning Home through the action of His Sovereign will and Mercy, that does not violate His Righteousness.
Those, who decided back THAN to get/return to the side of the Heavenly Father, had to choose to be born on earth, and walk the appointed path to manifest their conscious decision, being a “Remainder”, that was inherently saved by the Heavenly Father not based on their deeds, committed on this earth in human body. However, entering into something they were “given”, they had to keep up with this “calling”. In spite of the fact that they made a corresponding voluntary decision THEN, it didn’t rule out the principle of “amends for actions”, that is known mainly as “bearing fruits worthy of repentance”, because it’s out following actions that confirm the sincereness and truthfulness of our words, of course, if they were spoken from heart. And in this connection, let us consider the following: there is a concept, that is ingrained in the identity of the majority of Hebrew people, and according to tradition it started with Abraham and Moshe. It is called “Repair of the World” or “Tikkun olam” in Hebrew. This phrase, well-known to everyone in the Hebrew community, contains immense depth. “Repair of the world” starts first and foremost with repairing your own ways. But one can come to this world for repairing, starting it with one’s own soul, only when it (the soul) was already damaged somehow before this person was born. It has rather simple logical links, that don’t require being a master of theology. It doesn’t mean that everything was easy and risk-less. The Scriptures say that notwithstanding the fact, that there are those, “chosen by God”, “your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion to seduce even the elect”. And apart from all the promises, decisions and election, everybody coming to this world from among those souls, didn’t come here “clean”, but managed to be “contaminated” by the sin and defilement from death. Therefore, in spite of being from the amount of the Remainder, everyone had to deal with one’s own “soul damage”, walk one’s own course, one’s own path of humbling and reparation.
It is written that “the Remainder” was chosen by “foreknowledge” of the Heavenly Father. And what is this “foreknowledge”?
It is a Greek word πρόγνωσιν (prognosin).
Variants of translation: course, providence, foreknowledge.
One of the meanings is to “know before” or “to have knowledge or understanding of something, that hasn’t happened yet”. The knowledge of all decisions and committed actions has given the Almighty an opportunity to make a decision and release a special grace, defining certain conditions for those, who were called the Remainder, without violating His Justness.
The Son of the Almighty, the Eternal Word of the Father, who was called Yeshua in this world, had to be incarnated in this world not in a glorified body, but in one that was weakened by sin through those, who were this “Remainder”, i.e. through those, who made up their mind even THEN. The others from those who “renounced and were lost” were allowed to be incarnated here on earth to use the provided chance with their “baggage” and that measure of soul damage by the virus of sin, that they had at THAT moment. They make their decision HERE, which is manifested in tshuva (surrender and repentance), that is inherently connected to admitting the Sovereignty of The Creator, His principles and will in general. The issue of accepting Yeshua as the Messiah is a separate bit issue, while there was a big group of people, that died before His incarnation on earth, and also those, who learned about Him after many years or even ages after His atoning sacrifice. The concept of “faith in a future Messiah” is also a complicated topic, which goes outside of this book’s framework. But I hope you’ve grasped the main idea: those of the “renounced and lost” THEN, who didn’t make their decision by the “Zero hour”, had to admit and confess it HERE, to be reconciled with the Father. That is this numerous group, these souls that the main battle was for. We are going to talk in more details about the Remainder and everything connected to it in the following parts.
Just as those Heavenly and Earthly souls, destined to salvation by the Heavenly Father and called “the Remainder”, were allowed to be incarnated in human bodies, the souls of those, who had completely sided with the darkness and became “fallen”, were also allowed to do the same. It was a requirement of justness and impartiality of the Almighty as the Righteous Judge. We do understand, that the order and rules for incarnation of different Persons into human bodies here in this world were defined from above by Him, who is the Almighty and the Creator of everything. That’s why these “tares”, i.e. “sons of perdition”, were allowed to be born. The enemy was allowed to sow tares on the field, that is our world. The Heavenly Council has defined GENERAL rules: absolutely equal without any partiality. That’s why the “enemy of man” had certain reasons to get an opportunity and resources, taking all efforts to sway the choice of those born to this world in favor of his principles and goals.
This Universal opposition for being chosen as a king has a certain “relatively suggested balance” between “faithful” and “fallen”. For instance, there is a Messiah, that had an opportunity to be incarnated on earth and to serve His people, and there is a “false messiah” or the “antichrist”, that will be given power “over every tribe, language and nation” for a certain period of time. Specific rules and conditions were drawn for everything happening here, so that nowhere the principle of Justice would be violated.
Many believers and not only believers, have often appealed to the argument, that if the Almighty is so all-powerful, why then He won’t just kill the Satan, the fallen Cherub as an annoying fly? Why can’t the Creator make the whole world know and understand that He exists, and He reigns over EVERYTHING? Why can’t He remove the veil from the spiritual realm, so that everyone would see the real state of affairs and would run fast to repentance, racing one another? Why won’t He prove everything by telling and showing to all of the humanity how it was in reality, so that there would be no doubts? Why won’t He show everyone without exception and in many details the Heavens, hell and what and how happened in the Garden of Eden, and also how sin came to be and the “son of the morning” fell, together with those, who were infatuated by sin? Why can’t Heavenly Father just “simply” save everyone? Isn’t it written that He doesn’t want for sinners to perish, and wants to save everyone? Why can’t He just do that? Is it because He doesn’t want, or He can’t? Why, why? Because! Because if you read carefully and meditate on the word, without using learned religious clichés and far-fetched strange arguments, it becomes evident, that there are certain rules, that were “accepted and established” in the spiritual world; and it also becomes very clear, that the events in the Garden of Eden were parts of the Plan, just as many others.
In this case we start to understand different verses and “strange” abstracts from the Scriptures, that have been incomprehensible to many people, because they break their doctrines and religious “theology”. Someone would be glad to erode and rip out these verses from the Scriptures, but they still remain, and the Almighty provided that His Word would be passed on to us. The Heavenly Father took care that we could understand and learn everything as it is. But He made it absolutely impossible to understand with a “carnal mind”, except for its literal interpretation, and even that only sometimes. The Creator made sure that only those, who are more open for Him, who loves Him, could reveal the mysteries and get knowledge from Him; that’s why it is said that we should love Him with all our heart, all our mind and all our strength. And it’s important to remember, that we live in such a time when many seals are being broken, and the things are being revealed, that were hidden right for these so-called “End Times”.