Old Testament Tithing
Our Lord fully recognized the imperfect and provisional character of the Mosaic Law and the Old Dispensation. Were the Old faultless, no place would have been found for the New. Had grace and truth come by Moses, the advent of Jesus Christ would have been unnecessary.
The Mosaic legislation was not in every part absolutely the best that could be given, but it was such as the Divine wisdom saw best for the time being and under the special circumstances of the Hebrew people.
Not only did the Old Testament set forth a typical economy, to give place to another, but it embodied ethical elements of a defective and provisional kind, which must pass away when the incarnate Son had fully revealed the Father!
The Old Testament is conscious of its own imperfections. Jeremiah writes: “Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant I made with their fathers…”
We see this, for example, in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. The Levite, passing by the victim lying on the road, was actually obeying the OT Levitical purity laws. Should the victim die while he attended to him, touching the corpse would be in violation of the OT purity laws.
But the Good Samaritan parable demonstrates the departure from OT law, showing the grace and truth and compassion of Jesus Christ now in the New Covenant. I strongly hold such a New Covenant change to be true for giving.
Now we see “Give to him that asketh thee; and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.” “Freely ye have received, freely give.” “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” “Sell all thou hast, and distribute unto the poor…”
“Rather give alms as you are able, and behold all things are clean unto you.” So to say that “a tithe of mint, and anise, and cummin,” which the Pharisees did, which they “ought to have done,” is a broad and sweeping definitive statement for financial tithing for everyone in twenty centuries to follow – was a matter for Jews of the day.
“Rather give alms as you are able, and behold all things are clean unto you.”
Tithe-paying was enjoined upon the Jews, by God, in the law. So were the purity laws enjoined upon the Jews, by God, in the law. Those today who say Jesus as a Jew paid tithes use the words, “we contend,” “it appears,” “it seems.”
If Jesus were dependent on alms, did he strictly adhere to the Demai chapter of the Mishna? It directed the poor man who received pieces of bread, or fragments of fig-cake, to tithe each piece separately. Can you imagine Jesus doing this every day?
Tithing is not in the Ten Commandments which were and are binding. Our Lord fully recognized the imperfect and provisional character of the Mosaic Law. Tithe if you like. And if unable, “Rather give alms as you are able, and behold all things are clean unto you.”
Counterfeit Ceremony for Emerging Jerusalem Temple!
At the Feast of Tabernacles in Jesus’ time, giant candelabras burned in the sanctuary (Court of Women) that illuminated the Temple courts. At the same time, dancers with flaming torches processed through the Temple amid singing and music.
Already for decades, the occult Freemasons have prepared for this with a counterfeit Temple ceremony. (See photos below.) This is because Lucifer “the light bearer,” the god of Freemasonry to indwell the Antichrist, has always wanted to be worshipped “as God.”
The occult Sai Baba Society will be included. For decades, at Mason-backed Interfaith ceremonies, the disciples of Sai Baba have sung, “Allah, Vishnu, Jesus, Krishna, these are names for our one God.” This is a lie but is the Freemason glue for tying all into the prophesied world religion, a prerequisite needed before a world govt. Is possible.
Every one of these 21st-century Temple syncretistic ceremonies and pageants will seriously violate the First Commandment: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.”
All of Masonry’s world religions will have their “gods” represented in the emerging Temple. Buddha, Krishna, Allah, Vishnu, Shiva, are not other names and representations for Yahweh. You have been forewarned!
In the challenging days ahead, pastors and priests will have more and more opportunities to chose Love or Fear. That is, to base decisions and actions on love – or on imagined and sometimes intensifying fears, which magnify and become the narrative, when not spiritually dealt with and speedily confessed….
“As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man.” In the days of Noah, the imaginations of men were evil continuously.
Evil imaginations include those based on fear. Well-meaning clerical controls – often in direct opposition to the will of the Holy Spirit – kick in and wrongly control others, who then lose their spiritual freedoms because undisciplined pastors (undisciplined in this area) need to see more security in themselves than spiritual freedom in others. This is a conforming to the spirit of the age.
Many of us remember when we first encountered the words, “It is not Love and Hate that are opposites. But Love and Fear!” When clergy make fear-based rather than love-based decisions, they are sacrificing their freedoms – and the freedoms of others – for what they perceive to be security.
It is security in traditional ways and what has been routinely familiar. Meanwhile, while this striving based on fear is going on, afflicting and constricting others, traditional and conventional ways and methods slip from one’s clerical grasp, anyway.
The only things that do not change are God and change itself. In God is total Love and no Fear. To be in the image of God, of course, is to be in His Love. The challenge in the perilous days ahead, of course, is to make decisions on Love rather than Fear.
This involves inwardly taking a stand! This end-times stand always involves the question, “Am I making myself feel better by making others feel worse? Am I attempting to make myself feel more secure while destroying the God-given freedoms of others? Am I prideful rather than humble?”
Yongi Cho, instead of closely guarding and controlling the small congregation he had, put it in God’s Hands and watched it grow! He found it not only right but an effective method of evangelization. He let go of the security his five loaves and two fish gave him, and joyously watched them multiply and multiply!
So the end-times task of clergy is not to make “logical” decisions based on fear – where Satan is conforming them to his image – but based on Love. The Precious Love of God! In this way, Holy Spirit Liberation will continue to liberate, taking its full effect, instead of being suffocated and subdued by clerical decisions blindly based on fear – and self-righteously afflicting others with repercussions….
In this respect, clergy must determine to not conform to the spirit of the age, by unwittingly conforming to the words of world-government-forcing Henry Kissinger, who said, “The time is coming when you will gladly trade your Freedom for Security.”
The Christian perspective is that troubled clergy can have real Freedom AND Security, by prayerfully making decisions based on Love – avoiding wrongful control of others and a dangerous suppression of the Holy Spirit. No matter how altruistic and well-meaning fear-based decisions may seem, leadership oversteps its God-given bounds and needs to be rectified.
Stand! And keep Standing! With Divine Love saturating your decisions! While always checking one’s clerical spirit for fear and for the wrongful, damaging manipulations it causes, with people under your spiritual umbrella.
Another contrivance of the spirit of the age is the “Thought Crime” legislation, on the books since 1996. That is, if one is even suspected of one day going to commit a crime, that person can be arrested. Needless to say, that is anti-Christian legislation and is unjust.
In the same way, fearful pastors can arrest the spiritual development of others by fearfully obsessing that, one ominous imagined day, one of the laity may do something wrong, someday. Truly, it is the pastors who need to switch over to Love mode and put all in God’s Hands.
For Freedom AND Security for themselves and others! As C.S. Lewis would say, one must successfully overcome the spirit of the age. In our end times drama, this includes the overcoming of prioritizing security in one’s clerical self, to rather opt for “Freedom all around” for oneself and the struggling laity.
In our western civilization, one is innocent till proven guilty. “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Those who do this, will not perpetually obsess with accusing fellow Christians of “thought crimes” – of maybe one day causing disunity, for whatever reason – but will successfully overcome the spirit of the age, as a true Christian leader!
The Theater of Forgiveness
In these epoch times of COVID and COVID-variant madness, never has the world seen so many levels of division and unforgiveness. It’s phenomenal.
It’s a call for everyone to be Christ like in ways not usually demanded. Theaters of Forgiveness are now being built in every home, neighborhood, church, organization, village, town, city, county, province, state, region, island and nation around the globe!
Some of these theaters will never experience a single person. Others will see a trickle, here and there. But many will see theater goers with a genuine need to forgive – who will do their best to Forgive. This category is known as the Bride of Christ.
Clearly, painstakingly, millions – maybe billions – on both sides of the pro and anti-vaccine controversy, believe they neither need to be forgiven or be called upon to forgive. How does one handle this? C.S. Lewis emphasized one needs to keep on forgiving, not just once but many times.
Indeed, the world’s most widespread Divide-and-Conquer scam quietly rages, unabated and intensifying. To be in the image of Christ and be forgiving, for the majority (on either side of the debate) seems elusive, impossible and unattainable. What a challenge!
Strongly believing both are right, all go to bed with righteous, though often suppressed, anger and justifications. But this does not change the fact of Matthew 6:15: “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Mothers are not allowed to family Christmas dinner, unless they take the deadly jab. Pastors want the unvaccinated shed on and will not listen to reason – insisting all be in “unity” in the same service – while disagreeing with these uninformed pastors is to be “divisive.”
Hundreds of millions, globally, believe the lying MSM Fake News as truthful narrative. Organizations lose key employees. Pastors follow the uninformed dictates of their organizational “church coverings” – who are actually as dangerously ignorant as many pastors.
Definition: Don’t be angry at someone for doing something bad if they are ignorant and don’t know what they are doing is wrong, or if they don’t know a better way to do something. This expression comes from Luke 23:34. It is for Today.
Here’s the worldwide irony. Both sides of the controversy will think the other are ignorant. This applies to the one side, who has given their hearts to the COVID religion which cannot be violated – and to uninformed church coverings which cannot be violated. Of course, the lying MSM Fake News assures them daily that they are right.
In their delusion and ongoing deception, nevertheless, if they want to remain practising Christians – who want their own sins forgiven by forgiving others – then they still must believe in their hearts, “Father Forgive Them for They Know Not What They Do.”
And this is true of the other side – for those who know the truth the Holy Spirit has shown them about deadly vaccinations, shedding from the vaccinated, misguided organizations and pastors – they also must nevertheless believe in their hearts, “Father Forgive Them for They Know Not What They Do.”
Under the present spiritually-engineered and socially-engineered Divide-and-Conquer circumstances, this is the titanium thread which, for now, will keep the True Church intact. Whether sincerely done under true or false premises, let the Theaters of Forgiveness, around the world, resound with “Father Forgive Them for They Know Not What They Do.”