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Wheels within Wheels

Wheels within Wheels

I use the concept of Wheels within Wheels to refer to the cyclical nature of time and the way humanity (and created matter) may experience God working.  There are several ways I hear this described by many:

  1. A “Greek”, reductionist mindset that focuses on a linear, causal relationships that develop mastery and control over an idea. An “Oriental” (Near Eastern, Eastern, Semetic, or Hebrew) mindset is pattern based, looking to understand the pattern of something in its origin, and when finding a similar pattern in something else, makes a connection leading to understanding and/or action.
  2. Because the “Hebrew” mindset/concept operationally will use patterns to identify and determine/ascribe meaning to something (patterns based on something already existent), there isn’t anything “new”. Solomon states this in Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10

Lexham English Bible (LEB)

What has been—it is what will be;
what has been done—it is what will be done;
there is nothing new under the sun.
10 There is a thing of which it is said, “Look at this! This is new!”
But it already existed in ages past before us.

When Ezekiel experiences seeing 4 living creatures, there is a wheel with each one, intersecting the other wheels, and there is a throne with a figure of a man, yet full of fire, brilliant light, like the radiance of a rainbow. This is the GLORY of YHWH, focused on and radiating through the King over all things. The throne is seated over the intersecting wheels, which communicates to me the domination the King of Heaven and Earth has over the living creatures and the wheels. I believe these wheels are essentially spirals, that when viewed from any angle appear like several different circles intersecting.

I think a way to understand this spiral is to perceive it as the Will of Yahweh as it swirls down the corridor of time. Take a piece of paper and draw a line on it, then roll the paper up into a cone and see what the line looks like. While it was a clear line, straight and true, it is visible and experienced through a progressive experience that gets narrower and narrower as it goes to a final point. And all of the lines eventual join into one singularity.

The line starts at an origin, which is creation. Yah initiates something, and whatever Yah does is PERFECT. And Yah sets things in motion, encircling things with Time. Time puts a “twist” or motion and change to the 3 dimensions of space.

And the plan of Yah has a Start and an End, and as things go along, they begin to get more focused. In our experience, things seem to get faster, and we seem to see patterns emerge. Things seem more and more familiar, and we see what seems like repetition.

Yeshua alludes to this describing how things come to an end, and uses the context of “birth pangs”. Anyone who has been through childbirth, watched it, or studied it has seen this. The contractions at the end progress in both intensity and frequency. Faster and Harder. And then the end.

Think about this almost as a cone, and as you travel around the cone, you get going faster, and faster until you hit the terminal point, and the lines are intersecting at more frequent intervals. The creation inside of Time and Space experiences the Will of Yah in a linear fashion, because our experience is RELATIVE. To Yah, who is infinitely above and beyond us, it OVER all those things experiences them as all one thing. Is this is Einstein’s Theory of Relativity?


Brad Scott connects the cyclical nature of experience to the “Hebraic mindset” in scripture by his short article on Psalm 23:3. The term “paths of righteousness” is far better interpreted and understood as “cycles of righteousness”.


Is it possible that NOTHING is literally “NEW”? For the God of Heaven and Earth, who sits over space and time, is Singularity (Echad, Holy and other ideas come to mind).

sin·gu·lar·i·ty ˌsiNGɡyəˈlerədē/ noun

  1. the state, fact, quality, or condition of being singular.

“he believed in the singularity of all cultures”

synonyms: uniqueness, distinctiveness

“the singularity of their concerns”

  1. PHYSICS/MATHEMATICS a point at which a function takes an infinite value, especially in space-time when matter is infinitely dense, as at the center of a black hole.

God WAS, IS, and WILL BE, is ECHAD (“One” in Union), and is described as “never changes”. To us, within the context of time, things are happening in a progressive fashion, yet also becoming more and more familiar and repetitive. And when things happen that appear new to us, the LORD sends information to us to explain (often experienced as “revelation”, which is a revealing to us of something already there) that it was already planned.

An example of this might be to look at the experience of Shavuot (Pentecost) that occurred in Acts 2. The disciples experienced the Spirit of God in a way that was revolutionary to them. However the first description (given by the Spirit we must suppose) from one of the disciples was to cast this event in context to a prophecy given by Joel. What was happening was something already devised, described, and was only now being delivered.

In fact, going even further, this experience isn’t unprecedented; there is already a pattern for this. Numbers 11:23-25 is an event where the grace/spirit upon Moses (who is a type/pattern/shadow of the Messiah) is given to 70 others, who spoke ecstatically. The English word prophecy isn’t gathering quite the intensity, as this is really ecstatic speech.

These are only small glimpses of “Wheels within Wheels”. We see types and shadows repeated over and over again, with greater frequency, and at times greater intensity. We see this with ANTI-Christ concepts as well. From Gen 3, there is an announcement of enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. Then we see individuals rise up in enmity to the promise, from Haman to Hitler, from Antiochus Epiphanies to the coming final emergence of an individual so totally corrupt as to finish the pattern.

The concept of the promise/election of God, and not genealogy or blood is seen in repeated experiences. First born sons received double portions of inheritance, which also comes with an implied responsibility to care for and provide for the others.

 

  • However, Issac was the second born (first born of Sarah however), and Issac was the child of promise

 

  • Jacob was the second born and received the first born blessing, both from Esau himself, and then deception of Issac.

 

  • Jacob bless Ephraim and Manasseh as his own sons, however Ephraim got the first born blessing.

 

  • In these cases, the elder was still blessed, and blessed significantly, however the younger truly did receive the greater blessing.

 

  • Johns baptism called all people, regardless of birth or lineage to repentance, rather than trusting in their own blood.

 


Another interesting concept is the directives of YHVH in response to our experiences. Bill Cloud goes significantly in depth about this topic in his series “The Restoration of All Things”.


 

Our Kings prescription to any problem or issue is to REPENT. Turn BACK to God. Go BACK to Yahweh and do the things commanded originally. The Prophets in scripture are calling people back to Torah and Obedience. God will RESTORE not by doing something new (although to us some of it will seem new), but by bringing us back to the things already established.

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Thoughts on Shavuot 2015

Some thoughts keep coming in and around my brain this Shavuot. For the last 2-3 years, on each festival I seem to learn something new, or have something become more developed. I realize this is a long (if not lifelong) process of discovery and learning. Not just learning, but integration. It isn’t enough to learn something or know something. Learning is a means to an end. Without implementation, it would be better if I DIDN’T learn something. There is implied accountability to knowledge, along with a real struggle not to get “puffed up” with some nugget of knowledge.

I realize that many times I come across as antagonistic. I need to be careful. I truly don’t yet have much tolerance for either christianity or judaism. I came out of one, and I want to avoid the other one like the plague. Both (to me) are so full of man made nonsense, I cant extract much of the good stuff. That doesn’t mean there isn’t any, nor does it mean the people involved are any different than me, stumbling along as God leads. If it sounds like I’m on an anti-christian diatribe, please forgive. I do not think I’m actually doing this, however between my lack of good communication, maturity, and defensiveness many christian folks feel like they have to respond with, this could be a minefield. I don’t mean it that way.

So What if…

Here are some thoughts that Im meandering around in my mind as I learn more about Shavuot.

What If….

Shavuot (in Greek called Pentecost) is NOT the “birthday of the church”.

There are basic reasons why this SHOULD be obvious, but are significantly obscured by modern christianity. Let’s put aside Replacement Theology/Supersessionism. If you believe that doctrine, none of what I’m going to say will have any place to land, nor would you care to do anything else but debate.

  • The Church isn’t new. The word church in Greek (which most folks believe is what the “New” testament is written in) is normally “ekklesia”. If you use that word, and then search how that word was used in the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the “Old” testament, it becomes pretty clear its basically the same word as “assembly”, which is fundamentally the same thing as the people gathered at the foot of the mountain hearing, accepting, and obeying (or not!) the spoken out loud words of Yah to the people Yah gathered “out of Egypt” as a unique people.
  • The disciples that gathered together per the directives of Yeshua to “wait in Jerusalem” were the assembly of Yeshua already. Yeshua had called them out of the judaism (not being “Jewish”, but the rabbinic driven religion created and run by men for the previous 500-600 years) to be Yah’s own people. This is very similar to the process of the Hebrews being called out of the world population, as well as delivered out of Egypt and set apart for Yah, waiting for the meeting at the Mount Sinai.
  • Every celebration prior to this ONE holiday celebration (not to take ANYTHING away from it!) was focused on obeying the directives in Torah, and the common belief is this holiday celebrates the giving of Torah.
  • Is there any evidence in scripture that post Acts 2, there was any change in the command to celebrate the holiday?

What is the focus of the Holy Spirit?

There is no way I could ever say with confidence I could understand all the myriad aspects of the real Spirit of God. I have a significant history with the classic charismatic/pentecostal christian milieu, and I feel comfortable speaking from that perspective. And I think we could look at scripture simply and try to grasp a little context post Acts 2.

  • The main role of the Spirit post Acts 2 is presented in context of the activities through the Apostles, and the presentation seems to be set always in context to proclamation of the Gospel, and working Salvation. The first activity is an enabling of communication to diverse people, with an attending breakthrough of salvation.
  • Pre Acts 2, the context for the Spirit is the cutting of the covenant in the heart of an individual, circumcising the heart, and in my understanding essentially is putting the things Yeshua said (the goal of Torah) INSIDE the follower of Yeshua. Basically taking the Torah from an external, codex of instruction to an internal, motive changing power. The Spirit is doing what the Torah was unable to do (not through some failure, but by design) and not just describe/proscribe righteousness, but provide the power to do it.
  • Peter’s first act is to connect the experience and presence of the Spirit to a HISTORICAL setting. It seems as if he is saying “This seems unusual and new to us, and it is. However the reality is, this is what was written about BACK in Joel”. This is a serious point. This promise, received and demonstrated, is clearly set within a comprehensive context. While it is new in our experience, it is just even more unveiling of things already determined in Torah. This is no a “new age” of the church, but a continuing emergence of things already stated. We are playing catch up.
  • As best as I can say, I’m up for anything the Spirit does that edifies, strengthens, encourages etc… me personally. I NEED it. However so much focus has been spent on justifying super-nature in the last 20 years. The only phenomena that seems to be present in the scriptures in a clear and simple way is things that are being done by God to confirm Gods words to us, fulfill promises, reveal the intentions and desires of God, and facilitate the sharing and reception of those things. If it takes something “super” natural, or it is seemingly “natural” even though the source is clearly non human, so be it. In historical setting, the “visitation” of the Spirit in Acts 2 has characteristics that make far more sense when put in historical setting. Fire, “coming down” upon people gathered together waiting, people being “saved” as opposed to dying. These all make sense in context of the specific day and holi (holy) day being celebrated. The Spirit of God can do ANYTHING, so the signs or signals mean something. But the focus on the signals (to me) undermines the whole point. This is the follow up promise given to help fulfill the first. Spirit AND Truth.

The Messianic Age

George Eldon Ladd writes clearly and deeply about the eschatological context on the “New” Testament. When viewed this way, many things get so clear. The work of Jesus, the call to obedience and repentance, and the signs and events following Yeshua and the followers of Yeshua, point to “the end of the age”, or “the Messianic Era”.

The connection Peter proclaims to Joel has huge implications. The events happening with the presence of the Spirit of YHWH moving upon individuals means far more than meets the eye. The definition and setting of Joel as an explanation for the phenomena people are experiencing seems ot be far beyond just personal experience, or even salvation in my opinion. The work of the Spirit in such direct ways proves that the person who died at the hands of the Romans, rejected by the judaic leadership, and was resurrected from the dead as testified by a group of people, was not only A Messiah (an anointed one, just as Saul, Samson, even a shield had been in Torah), but THE Messiah.

This specific one was the awaited for deliverer who seemed so confusing for the last 53 days. The guy preached and did Torah perfectly, explained the nature of YHVH through demonstration, unwound the man-made traditions etc…. Then allows Himself to be killed at the hands of foreigners, which seems totally the opposite of the expectation of what THE Messiah was supposed to do. The there is a resurrection from the dead, and the struggle to believe it, let alone understand it.

Then understanding it begins to reveal whole new things that were sitting there THE WHOLE TIME. This means that not only was Yeshua THE Messiah (which they believed, but now is being proved), the AGE TO COME is HAPPENING. Its already coming to bear, and it is totally different than we could understand. But now things like prophecies in Joel are coming to bear. Those prophecies mean the promises of the Age to come are coming about. This is the signal, and it’s going to get incredible.

I realize many people are already connected to these ideas, or have never seen these conflicts. I have seen these, and Im wandering through them. I don’t claim to have total understanding. But as I learn and go through cycle after cycle of these festivals and holidays I get challenged in my mental approach. How I think about these things, and what I think, are being renovated constantly. I’m not realizing I’m presupposing, I already think I know what is happening. But I don’t really. I’m constantly getting retrained, and each time something valuable happens. Hopefully some of these wanderings help someone else.

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You look a little puffy lately…

Being Puffed Up looks like . . .

For me, Puffed up comes out as a critical, judgmental, aggressive positioning for me. In fact, years ago, I asked God why there wasn’t nearly as much incredible and life altering things coming to me. Im not saying Im some super profound individual. Far from it. But there are personal things that YHVH has shown me throughout the years that were RADICAL in their effect. Forcing me into repentance, giving me insight into my own difficulties, sometimes even seeing that play out in others. Occasionally I could speak into something from my own experience.

But Gods own answer was CLEAR. I can summarize it with the following:

“Well buddy, every time I share something with you, it takes YEARS for you to work through it and get to LOVING OTHERS with it instead of JUDGING OTHERS. The deeper the issue, the longer you take to get through it.

I’m not going to make you stumble and sin. So I’m only going as fast as you can learn to love”

I think it is possible that Im getting faster at the process, but remain agonizingly slow when I realize how Im behaving.

If you want more revelation and understanding, the character of God is critical. Not walking in the same Spirit that Yeshua did, essentially makes you (at best) immature and lacking, or (at worst) an importer. To go further, I HAVE seen people (very, very rarely) who are literally FALSE.

Make your choice.

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What is a week?

Im totally studying something else, and like almost anything else Ive started to research, 3 steps in and Im in the fractal reality. Wheels within wheels. Layers upon layers.

Ill have to go back and research this more, but just take a look at the word “week”, specifically from Gen 29:

[Gen 29:27-28 NASB] 27 “Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which you shall serve with me for another seven years.” 28 Jacob did so and completed her week, and he gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife.

Then look at the root word, and find all the other places it is used. Look at the patterns, the context. I dont know where this is going, but it might be just like everything else. How far does this rabbit hole go?


[Gen 29:27-28 NASB] 27 “Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which you shall serve with me for another seven years.” 28 Jacob did so and completed her week, and he gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife.
[Exo 34:22 NASB] 22 “You shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks, that is, the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the turn of the year.
[Lev 12:5 NASB] 5 ‘But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean for two weeks, as in her menstruation; and she shall remain in the blood of her purification for sixty-six days.
[Num 28:26 NASB] 26 ‘Also on the day of the first fruits, when you present a new grain offering to the LORD in your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work.
[Deu 16:9-10, 16 NASB] 9 “You shall count seven weeks for yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. 10 “Then you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the LORD your God with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you shall give just as the LORD your God blesses you; … 16 “Three times in a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses, at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast of Booths, and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.
[2Ch 8:13 NASB] 13 and did so according to the daily rule, offering them up according to the commandment of Moses, for the sabbaths, the new moons and the three annual feasts–the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Booths.
[Jer 5:24 NASB] 24 ‘They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the LORD our God, Who gives rain in its season, Both the autumn rain and the spring rain, Who keeps for us The appointed weeks of the harvest.”
[Eze 45:21 NASB] 21 “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you shall have the Passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten.
[Dan 9:24-27 NASB] 24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. 25 “So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. 26 “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. 27 “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”
[Dan 10:2-3 NASB] 2 In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning for three entire weeks. 3 I did not eat any tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed.