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Feeding on Manna then and Now

Proverbs 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:  Feed me in the Hebrew is:  HTRYPNY  Tear off for me – break of for me  Convenient in KJV  us another incredibly bad translation Hebrew is LHM-HKY The bread appointed for me – “my daily bread”  

So in the Lord’s Prayer, When Jesus selected the phrase: “Give us our daily bread.”  There is a high probability that at least on disciple recognized Jesus was quoting from Proverbs 30:8 and that asking God to: “measure out to you your daily bread’ carried with it a request for neither poverty nor riches. 

I want to pause here and give God the Glory. 

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

In my thirty plus years as a believer I have found these words of Christ to be true. In my youth I delighted myself in the Lord and his Law and read and meditated upon it day and night. During those days I read the New Testament through seven times cover to cover and I read the Old Testament start to finish three times. For a decade or longer the Holy Ghost used to not only bring the whole word of God to my remembrance but without a concordance I was able to find the location of these verses.  I have sort of been aware of the Spirit bringing all things to your remembrance for quite a few years, However tonight while writing I want to acknowledge the Lord’s hand in something else.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

In  a sovereign way as I have testified else where beginning in April of 2004 according to the words of Christ the Holy Spirit would come and as part of his coming He has been guiding me to all truth. In the above verse John 14:26 Christ declares that the Holy Spirit shall teach you all things.  And this has been one grand journey

Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

For sixteen straight months the Holy Spirit has been revealing all manner of truth to me.  Foundational truths and insights into Adam and Christ that I did not ask for an understanding of, truths that I have generally not studied or given much thought to. These revelations have largely occurred while in prayer, while fasting, or while meditating upon the Lord. At those times the Holy Spirit illuminate a subject matter; for example: Christ being the Second and Last Adam.  Once I would hear I would then meditate upon what I had heard pondering what I knew of Scripture in the matter and generally what I had been shown would be expanded upon. I would then hold up this revelation before the Lord that He might substantively confirm what I had seen in his written word  -- and then the scriptures would begin rolling one after another generally filling pages, and then it would further be confirmed in the Greek and Hebrew and then many time it would be confirmed once again in the writings of the Apostolic Fathers. Well somehow it has passed over my head what has been going on here. 

Today when I was looking over the opening passage  Proverbs 30:8 “Feed me with food that is convenient for me.”  and that some months ago for no logical reason that I had made a connection between it and The Lord’s prayer: “Give us our daily bread.” I found this rather extraordinary.  I went first to the Greek Septuagint to look up Proverb 30:8 and found to my displeasure that three entire chapters in the end of Proverbs had been removed from the Septuagint.  So I then went to the original Hebrew and found that these two dissimilar passages indeed do have a direct relationship. It was at that point that words of Christ came to mind  ”When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth.”

I want to fully acknowledge the Holy Spirit’s guidance into all truth. I can not take any credit for what you read I am only recording that which I see and hear.  If this was by my powers of mental observation one would have expected me to have gotten all of this down twenty or twenty-five years ago.


 Luke 17:20-21 And when He was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Likewise we can say that the kingdom can of heaven can not be found by man’s power of natural observation.  Big Churches, burgeoning ministries, evangelists compassing land and sea to make proselytes, none of these are demonstrative of the kingdom of heaven being in our midst, or even as to the state of the Ecclesia. For the Kingdom cometh not by observation, but by revelation. Revelation of what?  A change within as the word becomes flesh and is written upon the fleshy tables of our hearts,

Long before Peter was “Converted” God was working in Peter’s life and in his unregenerate state one day Peter came to the place that he was able to receive revelation from the Father.

Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

In other words Peter was for the first time able to receive a piece of his daily bread from the Father and Christ celebrated that moment with Peter. But before we make too much of this event we need to understand that this did not deter Peter from swearing and cursing and calling oaths on himself that he did not know Christ. So likewise I will say that though the Holy Spirit has undertaken leading me to things that are not revealed by flesh and blood – this is by no means to be taken that I have arrived to some lofty state rather If any man think he stand – take heed least he fall.

Romans 9:15-16 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

I rejoice in the workings of God but do not rest in them   

Let us now press on into the subject matter.
Interestingly the above verses concerning our daily bread remind me of the Children of Israel in the wilderness where they received their daily bread and sustenance from the hand of God..

Exodus 16:15-20 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.
   This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents. 17   And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. 18   And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating. 19   And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.  20   Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.

This passage in Exodus could be entitled The Law concerning the bread of God.

First I would like you to consider who received this of daily bread? The children of Israel, all the Levites, all the priests Aaron the High Priest and even Moses himself.

Consider now that neither Moses nor any of the Priests received a double portion of manna. The portions, the availability and the rules regarding the gathering and use of this manna were identical.

By the same token also Moses and the Priests did not receive any special rations from God. Nor did Moses and the Priests feast on steak while the commoners ate manna stuff. This was their daily bread – it was the only bread. They had it all in common, and as scripture declares those that gathered much had nothing over; and those who gathered little had no lack. (This sounds strangely like something in the book of Acts.)

Further nobody was allowed to profit from the manna. The young entrepreneurs among them were not able to set up manna stands, and sell manna by the pound. There weren’t any manna griddlecake stands.  There were no deep fried manna donut stands. There wasn’t even a manna bread wagon making its morning circuit through the tribes of Israel. If the entrepreneurs among the children of Israel tried to get out early and get enough manna to sell, trade, or hoard – it bred worms and stank.

The carnal Children of Israel partook of this bread involuntarily. Believe me when I say they were unwillingly participants and they ungratefully ate of this manna.  And it appears that they were displeased with the bread from God on two counts. First the form in which it appeared , and the manner in which this blessing was to be received.

Numbers 21:5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

Exodus 16:14 It was a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost.

There was nothing distinctive about this manna to brag about.  So much so that this manna wasn’t even the kind of thing that one could even boast about to his neighbor as having received this from the Lord.

And so the Israelites with complete contempt for this substandard stuff and despite Moses in Exodus 16:16 telling the Children of Israel  “This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat..” The Children of Israel named it manna. Manna was a Hebrew word meaning  “What is it?” It was meant as a jib. It was a complaint. They could have called it “The food of God.” They could have called it; “The food of Angels.” They could have called it; “Bread from Heaven.”  But instead they treated it with contempt and called it; “What is it?”

First off the stuff was not even bread. It was a some tiny seed that had to be ground up and baked. Then the way the stuff was delivered was completely humbling. You had to stoop over, or kneel to get it. And then there was the fact that the stuff was always lying on the ground – in the dirt. Making it hardly the kind of thing a child of the king would even want to eat.  

And if that wasn’t bad enough God had engineered this stuff so that you couldn’t profit from it either. You couldn’t sell or trade it. It had to be gathered fresh every day,

The Israelites hated getting their daily sustenance from God. They literally resented having to get all they’re needs taken care of by God. They wanted their flocks; they wanted absolute control over their food. They wanted absolute control over their finances, and they wanted all the amenities of Egypt. And instead they find themselves in the wilderness having to live according to God’s sovereignty.

1 Corinthians 10:1-11 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

We are told over and over in the New Testament that those things that befell Israel in the Law and the Prophets have great meaning to us as believers in Christ. And that somehow all of this relates to us.

Now if all of these people – (let me be real plain here) if every Jew, if every Levite, if every Priest including Aaron the High Priest Aaron, and all of the 70 Elders that had the spirit that was upon Moses poured out upon them perished in the wilderness and never entered into the promise. This should make us stand up and take motice.

Note that even with all the signs wonders and diverse miracles Moses had only one convert in the first 40 years in the wilderness, and one convert in the second 40 years and those people were Joshua and Caleb.

So the question comes how exactly does this manna falling from heaven even relate to us as the Church? The manna falling down from heaven is the word that proceedeth from the mouth of the Father.

How do I know that? Because Jesus himself told us that when he said: Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth for the mouth of the Father.

Many preachers in this day assert that the manna is the written word of God but it is clearly not for the children had the written word from the hand of Moses. So the bread from heaven is something apart from The Law, The Ten-Commandments, and the written word of God. Few in the ministry understand at all what Christ was speaking of when He spoke of: the word proceeding from the mouth of the Father. – Fundamentalists, Pentecostals, Charismatics, and even so called word of Faith people all lump it together and calling it all the written word of God.  The reason for this is: in large part they have not read the word of God for themselves and come to their own doctrinal conclusions by pitting scripture against scripture. Instead they read other people’s books, commentaries written by dead men, they wile their time away listening to other peoples tape seminars, and they go to bible school and or seminary where they receive heavy indoctrination.

Now if indeed Manna represents the word that proceedeth from the mouth of the Father and that the Ecclesia in the wilderness is the fleshly forerunner of the bride of Christ then if we re-examine this passage in light of that we should by the Spirit of truth be able to discern some things that not easily seen by a church that is bound by self-made cages of the doctrines and traditions of men.

First off who in the Ecclesia Church is to receive of the word that proceedeth from the Father?  Who has the right to hear from God and speak what He says?

It has been taught for centuries both in the Roman Catholic and Protestant Church that it is only the leadership ie. your priest your bishop, your pastor, your teacher that can hear from God.  Wars between one church and another have been fought over this. Inquisitions and purges killing probably over a million believers were done over this question.

Exodus 19:4-6 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself. 5Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign (Kings reign so this passage also refers to believers being kings and priests unto God.) with him a thousand years.

I was taught as a Child that the reformation was fought over three issues: 1) The authority of the written word of God over Church doctrine. 2) Justification by faith rather than by penitence and works. 3) And the priesthood of all believers.

And through neglect for three decades I had put my trust in books written about other books rather than having ever read the writings of Martin Luther, John Calvin or Menno Simons. We upon reading the writings of Luther I discovered that the reformation was a sham. It was actually a Coup d'état  where Martin Luther became the pope over half of the roman catholic Churches in Germany, Calvin became the Pope over several cities and provinces in Switzerland and Menno Simons became Pope over hundreds of Cities and provinces in France and central Europe

And on the three great issues that they built their rallying cry these three men in no way delivered to their followers what they should have received. 

On the issue of the authority of the written word of God – was brought up only to block the oral traditions of the Roman Catholic Church.  They did away with a few traditions they did not like and kept the rest and then created their own traditions – this is hardly tossing out all that can not be found in the word of God. 

On the issue of justification by faith  -- it was the opposite that these sinful and carnal men sought, Instead of ushering holiness and righteousness the doctrine was designed that sinful and corrupt men could maintain their communion with the church – that was done through the insertion of the doctrines of predestination and eternal security.  As long as you believed you could “Murder a 1000 men in an day and commit adultery 1000 times in a day” and you remained clean as the wind driven snow.

On the issue of the Priesthood of all believers – it was ballyhooed as the centerpiece of the Protestant movement but the independence to hear from God and obey him rather than men was never given. For every denomination has set in their own priesthood and the priesthood like in the Roman Catholic Church inserted itself between God and men and made them mediators for God.  In Scripture it says all believers were to be priests unto God and thus act as their own mediators

So when we look at the pattern in the wilderness in counter distinction to what we see now when it came receiving the manna the people, all the Priests, the High Priest Aaron, and even Moses himself were all equal. 

As stated above neither Moses nor any of the Priests received a double portion of manna . So in like manner neither one’s pastor nor teacher receives a double portion of hearing the word that proceedeth from the Father either.

Many evangelists claim they have received a special grace from God concerning the word that proceedeth from the mouth of the Father.  But when we look at the written record in scripture we see that concerning receiving of the manna that neither Moses nor the Priests received any special rations from God in other words they did not feast on steak while the commoners ate from the dry letter of the word.

This was the law regarding the word that proceedeth from the mouth of the Father. – It was the only bread that proceedeth from the mouth of the Father and they had it all in common, and they all had to gather of it daily early in the morning.

Scripture declares those that gathered much had nothing over; and those who gathered little had no lack. In other words regardless if one spiritual capacity to receive from God or regardless of ones ability to go and gather due to infirmity when they ground the manna up and made their bread whether there was a little or a lot all were filled to capacity.

Further, according to the biblical record in the wilderness nobody was allowed to profit from the word that proceedeth from the mouth of the Father. Yet the Christian entrepreneurs and Evangelists that have set up shop right in the church.  This is a day where revelations are routinely sold. It is a day where people travel the gospel circuit as professional panhandlers going from church to church, and ministry to ministry profiteering from how they were “healed,”  “delivered,”  “singing” or sharing some “revelation” that they supposedly had.

In first century as written in the Didache the oldest Christian Document these practices were not to be found among believers:

That no man shall live among you in idleness because he is a Christian. But if he will not do so, he is making traffic of Christ; beware of such.

Woe to him who receives; for if any man receive alms under pressure of need he is innocent; but he who receives it without need shall be tried as to why he took and for what, and being in prison he shall be examined as to his deeds, and "he shall not come out thence until he pay the last farthing.

And when an Apostle goes forth let him accept nothing but bread till he reach his night's lodging; but if he ask for money, he is a false prophet.

And no prophet who orders a meal in a Spirit shall eat of it: otherwise he is a false prophet. 10 And every prophet who teaches the truth, if he do not what he teaches, is a false prophet.

And whosoever shall say in a Spirit `Give me money, or something else,' you shall not listen to him;

This profiteering from the gospel and from the word that proceedeth from the mouth of the father was not so among the children in the wilderness. For those who got up early to gather much so that they might profiteer with it by selling manna to others, or to trade it with other s for other goods, or to just plain hoarding it were thwarted by God. For all the extra that had been gathered bred worms and stank.

I will suggest here that if we could see by the eye of the Spirit those preachers, ministries and professional panhandlers who have made it their business to profiteer from the word that proceedeth from the mouth of the father, we would see that they have been given up and over to corruption, that they have bred worms, and these preachers ministries and pan handlers have about them the savor of death and corruption.

The reason God does not heal as in times past is not that Gods arm is shortened, it is not that God can not heal, it is the proclivity of sinful and evil men to use any given healing as evidence to justify their teachings and doctrines.  It is because sinful and evil men will use any given healing of their calling to make themselves multi-millionaires. And it is because any given person that is healed today can end up traveling the gospel circuit trafficking upon the Gospel – and then burning in hell for having been healed.

In the words of Christ it is better to live a godly life with one eye one leg or one arm than to get healed and made whole and live a corrupt and sinful life. The latter end of that house is worse than they former end.

Matthew 5:28-30 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Who gets all the girls and the worship and adoration of the corrupt Christian masses? A) The broken up deformed man?  Or B) A man perfect to look upon in every way that has been made rich by preaching about his healing and his being delivered?  The answer is the church loves winners, the church of this hour is success orientated and loves and lauds stories of the triumph of the human spirit.  And all of this is a complete 180 from the Gospel that Christ and the Apostles preached.

Matthew 18:7-11 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

And what do you suppose those offences against the little one’s are? Jesus does not enumerate the offenses here. Jesus said: “It is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather (or blind) than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.”

Jesus is flat saying here it is better to go through life halt and righteous than be healed and because of that healing fall into sin.  Jesus is saying it is better to be lame all your days and live righteously God, than to be healed and in that healing fall into sin. And finally Jesus says it is better to be never healed of blindness, and be blind and righteously serve the Lord than to be healed and with you sight become filled with covetousness of all the things you had never seen before and be filled with lust for all the women you had never seen.  I never thought a day like this could come. 

When I was young I was taught that it was always the Lord’s will to heal you. I have heard dozens of sermons on those who pray if it be thy will heal me from Kenneth Hagan and the like.  Shall I indeed follow the words of these corrupt men rather than Christ? Kenneth Hagan did not die for my sins, he can not save me. I owe all that I have and all that I am to Christ.  Shall I disciple and chain myself and partake of their sins? I think not

I see by the Spirit of God concerning this passage and other of the carnal Children of Israel in the wilderness that they did not voluntarily decide to give up their personal sovereignty and be led by God on a daily basis or have to seek God for their daily subsistence. 

I see that they wanted instead to be free of the slavery of Egypt, that they openly welcomed the signs and wonders and diverse miracles, but once they were out in the desert they balked at having God provide all of their needs according to his riches in glory. Especially when those riches were not gold rained down from heaven, but a small round thing like the hoar frost that they had to get up early daily and stoop and grovel to gather it.

I see that the key to understanding the failure of the ecclesia in the wilderness was that even though the Jews as a people had lost their sovereignty in Egypt and had become slaves at no point did they realize that the Father had in fact redeemed them. In other words the never came to any realization that God had bought them with a price and that they were no longer their own. And on this issue the Church of this hour at large has grave problems as well.

The Phrase “And I shall be their God and they shall be my people” is routinely interpreted as: “And He shall be God and we shall be our own people choosing what suits us and when it suits us to serve Him.  From a foundational point of view this is where it all went wrong.. They never accepted God as their King, as their Lord, and as their sovereign  and that they had become his servants.

Probably one of their chief complaints of the children of Israel in the wilderness was that nobody ever asked me if I wanted   ________ (Fill in the blank.)

But there was a lot more to this than their just wanting the king of the universe to ask them for permission before doing anything. What they really wanted was to reserve all rights to say NO to any idea God floated. They wanted freedom and independence from God.  They wanted the same freedom that the sons of Adam had to walk away from God which had led to them utterly corrupting themselves and the flood. But God would have no part of that.

Since the fall of the early Church, believers have walked away from any notion of: “And I shall be their God and they shall be my people.”  The Church has actively inserted anti-Christ’s for us to follow in place of Christ making so that Christ is not our King, our Lord or our Sovereign. That which calls itself the Church is NOT subservient to Christ or the Father and never has been. The Preachers Teachers and Evangelists all act as independent agents Like Luther, Calvin and Simons who were obedient to God’s word only when it suited their purposes.   

What the children of Israel really wanted was God in smaller more controlled doses and because of this two generations of Israelites ended up perishing in the wilderness. Sadly the church achieved this exact status of limiting God in its midst after it fell from grace somewhere around the year 200 AD. For this we have had paid a terrible price for the sins of our fathers. Sixty generations of Christians have perished in the wilderness and have not entered into the promise, and in the year 2005 this shows no sign of abating. The generation that I belong to has itself been found wanting before the Lord and rejected and God is now looking to the next generation

Some have viewed this prolonged return of Christ as a blessing because of all the generations of believers in the interim period of time that have come to a knowledge of our Lord. However during the same period of time the number of souls that have gone to hell have dwarfed those that were saved.

Because of the sins of our fathers hell hath enlarged itself to accommodate at that have come to its doors.   

From the so called church in almost every quarter the word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Father, and the gifts and operations of the Spirit are under assault.  Within the so called church Christ and the Father are denied access to the laity at large unless they play by the denomination or ministries rules.  And so another generation bites the dust and their bone bleach in the wilderness – the saddest thing is “but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.”

“And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face.”

Concerning this manna or the word that proceedeth from the mouth of the Father scripture says: It was a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost

For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; (The Seven Spirits of God) they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
When the Jews returned from Babylon only a small fraction actually returned I have read an estimate of 10% of those of the tribes of Benjamin and Judah I have read that only 4 priests returned and a handful of Levites – this was a day of small thing.  So to in the end when Zerubbabel shall be sent to restore the church few shall return to the Lord to take part of the restoration  

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Even as Christ and the Father were rejected of the Jews so have Christ and the Father been rejected and despised of that which calls itself the Church. We discerned not His body, we esteemed Him not, we have despised the day of small things in our midst. 

Concerning the manna we read It was a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost there was nothing distinctive about it and likewise there is nothing distinctive in hearing the word that proceedeth from the mouth so that we might brag or our spiritual prowess, brag that through our prayers we turned the head of God, through our powerful auditory we persuaded God to do something or that by our righteousness or our gifts and offerings God felt compelled to answer our request. 

Receiving manna for the children of Israel wasn’t even the kind of thing that one could even boast about to his neighbor as having received this from the Lord. So too should be our attitude in receiving the word that proceedeth from the mouth of the father.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

And Paul also spoke of one being caught up in heaven to hear the word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Father and of this he said: Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory,

Yet in this day the sins of the Church are to testify that it was by my wisdom, my strength, my perseverance in prayer, my persuasiveness in speaking to God, etc.. And those who speak glorify themselves and their ministry as if the power to heal save or answer prayer was their own personal possess and they lift up and exalt themselves rather than give all the glory to God.  

The Israelites had such complete contempt for this substandard stuff they refused to call it the bread that God had given them as spoken by Moses. Manna was a Hebrew word meaning  “What is it?” It was meant as a jib. It was a complaint. They could have called it “The food of God.” They could have called it; “The food of Angels.” They could have called it; “Bread from Heaven.”  But instead they treated it with contempt and called it; “What is it?”

This same loathing exists to this day for those who speak in tongues, prophesy or any laity member that dares to claim that they have heard the word that proceedeth from the mouth of the Father. 

Instead of calling it “the work of the LORD, or the operation of His hands it is impugned as being the work of the flesh or the work of the devil. It is denounced as emotionalism, and wild fire. It is declared that no behavior as such falling under the power, shaking quaking stammering speaking in other tongues and other behaviors associated with this can be found in scripture. Yet there is chapter after chapter in the law and the prophets testifying that when God comes down and visits men their flesh and emotions as affected by the presence and the Glory of the Lord.

Beginning with Adam, Abraham Issac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Balaam, Joshua, Samuel, Saul, David, to name a few their testimonies and the words in the Hebrew and Greek Septuagint show completely different picture of the Spirit of God among men and the operations of God, than the backslidden unregenerate churches of our day wish to portray. The question is who are we going to believe the testimony set forth in the infallible scriptures in the OT and enumerated in the New or the traditions and doctrines of a particular church or denomination or a group of denominations? The hour has come to decide whom we shall serve – the living God or our particular church of denomination.  

Do not forget that in order to receive this manna – this word that proceedeth the Israelites had to rise up early and humble themselves they had to stoop over or kneel to get it. And then there was the fact that the stuff was always lying on the ground – in the dirt. Making it hardly the kind of thing a child of the king would want to eat.  

In the Church today survey after survey for the last three decades has indicated that preachers and congregants alike spend mere minutes a day seeking God in prayer –they literally are taking a few gasps of prayer a day between breaks at work or such.

How can Christ be your personal friend if you never speak to him except a hello and a good bye. It is utter fantasy to believe one has been redeemed and spend no time with God. As I have said already when Christ redeemed us he purchased us. We are no longer out own. We have been bought with a price.  In America it is hard to understand to concept of being a servant – most people consider themselves co-equals of partners with God this is so completely delusional words fail me. We have been taught wrongly that every promise in the book is mine.  We have been wrongly taught to demand of God in the wilderness we see what their demands got them – death in the wilderness. Servants don’t demand, servants don’t say make me rich, servants don’t presume to be their masters equal and partner. For those who completely don’t get it  a servant is a slave. We are slaves that have been purchased by Christ – and only to those who have had much forgiven will they show their master (Christ) any kind of gratitude for purchasing them. Instead those who believe they have been forgiven little and that they aren’t getting the kind of deal they should be getting their eyes being filled with lust go on the pull looking at those around them and measuring what others have received. They become filled with jealousy and envy and become defiled.  And their light becomes darkness and they proceed down the path of death while justifying their every action.

Simply put those that will come out from the great whore and her daughters are in for a radical lifestyle change one that entails prostrating yourself before God for hours every day – that we might hear and know him. One that when he speaks that we be obedient. One that requires a love for the truth so that we will spend hours everyday in his word and meditating upon it.

One will say I can not do such and maintain my home and lifestyle – then sell your home downgrade to something more affordable and seek him – As his servant Christ your master is more important than your Job or anything else you are seeking to do.

Calvin and Luther claimed to be men of the written word of God.  Luther vehemently argued a doctrine that he called Sola Scriptura

Genesis 14:18 –15:1 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.(Made Sacrifices and he called upon the name of the Lord) After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

So now when Abram called the Lord came. So we see that Obedience is better than sacrifice. We see that Abram was justified by works but not just any works the works of obedience to the word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the father the Sola Dictum Dei. We see that the Faith was something that Abram saw by the spirit in Jehovah, something that he had apprehended and touched in God. It was not that Abram willed something the he pleased God. It was not that Abram acquired a set of beliefs or what we would call doctrines that he pleased God.  it was not that Abram hoped in God building a memorial on what God had done and what God was doing in Abrams life and laid hold on God with that hope. It was that Abram saw that his only hope of fulfilling God’s promise of bringing forth the coming one was that it was in Jehovah not in Abram. And so now when Abram build this altar made the sacrifices prescribed in the Sola Scriptura and he calls upon the name of the Lord that God comes.  And howbeit the Lord makes himself known only to Abram even while the others are with him.  

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Bible believing Christians have chosen to venerate the written word because it cannot of itself speak. And as the Jews of old because the written word is not alive Men cut it up and divide it as it pleases them and weave in it their own traditions and doctrines. Contrary to that Jesus said that the Scripture points to him – men say scripture points to men and the synagogues and temples which they build, Jesus said that men do not come to him that they might have life because their religious hearts are filled with the knowledge of good and evil and they love their darkness and what they create of their hands with the knowledge of good and evil rather than the light of Christ. Their deeds, their word their acts their doctrines are their own and evil. Again is this true of false?

Christ says that we have deceived our selves into believing that we get salvation and eternal life from scripture and our unregenerate searching reading and study of it. Why would he call to us again and again that we need to come to Him if we are there already?

Interestingly the Roman Catholics have had this debate on this specific issue with Protestants particularly Martin Luther on this subject – Martin Luther created the doctrine Sola Scriptura  the words mean: only in the Scriptures. The doctrine state that the final authority is in the Church is scripture alone.

Roman Catholics state that the final authority in the Church is Sola Verbum Dei – the spoken word of God.

The Reformation Doctrine of Sola Scriptura ultimately pointed to a most basic concern of the faithful Church of that day which was expressed in their cry of Soli Deo Gloria, meaning, to God alone be the Glory!

Matthew 4:3-4 "And when the tempter came to Him, he said, if Thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But Jesus answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

While the 20th century Baptist will say that the word that proceeded is the written word, the founder of Fundamentalism in 1530 Menno Simons did not hold that view. Nor did any fundamentalists for the next almost 370 years. Along with the people that do not hold this view we can add all the shades of Pentecostals and Charismatic believers.

So where did this notion come from that this verse that says a spoken word that is procceding and procceding and proceeding from the mouth of the father – is actually in fact the written bible. And the there are in fact no words that have proceeded from the mouth of the father since Pentecost in acts 2:4, that there are no visions, that there are no dreams, that men and women do not prophesy and that especially no one can speak in tongues.  The Baptists in 1910 had a convention in which a man put forth the notion that   

Only in the word that is written down. What Martin Luther said if anyone prophesies has a dream or a vision I will kill them, if an angel comes to me to speak to me I will kill them. Martin Luther believed that his nightly dreams were inspired by Satan 

I would say that Luther was a man in great torment over his sins. And chose a path of denial rather than repentance.

Catholics hold to Sola Verbum Dei, "only the Word of God," whereas Luther held to Sola Scriptura, "only the Word that's written down";  

This begs the question of whether Jerome operated with a principle that approximated the later Protestant doctrine of sola scriptura.  Only the canonical books of the Bible, Jerome states, have the authority to “confirm” right doctrine.  This paper will not seek to address this question of sola scriptura.  It can be pointed out, however, that the Protestant reformers who coined the phrase (Martin Luther) sola scriptura did not use it in opposition to tradition per se, but only to the notion that tradition was of equal authority to Scripture.  Lutheran (Luther) and Reformed theologians (Calvin) continued after the Reformation to work within the context of the broad tradition of the church, Scripture being given a unique place in confirming what doctrine was or was not to be held. (Out of what they had already selected)  Sola scriptura does not necessitate a bare inductivism (Inductivism is truth that is the result from close, careful and accurate observation of the facts as revealed through thorough examination of the word of God.)  that of necessity rejects tradition, (Theoretically Inductivism would blow out all tradition but in fact at the time of Christ he said that the Pharisees the great inductivists of his day had rendered the word of God of none effect by their traditions – that is because they are corrupt, they breed corruption no matter their intent.) later an inductivism was developed among the more radical reformers of the sixteenth century (The writer believes they rectified this – he is wrong on this point. Because they are corrupt, they breed corruption no matter their intent.)  Is stress this point here only because of confusion my use of the phrase has fostered among those less familiar with Protestant theology.
Cited from: When a Universal Tradition of the Church is Wrong Canon, Text, and Jerome's ad fontes call to the Hebraica Veritas Gregory Johnson • St. Louis University • Fall 1999

So what we see here is that Calvin and Luther’s argument concerning the final authority in the Church was Sola Scriptura  -- from scripture alone was a specious argument for it is fully documentable that this doctrine was crafted not to be a guide light for those who followed Luther and Calvin but it was to block the authority of the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church – for in every place that it suited Luther and Calvin they continued in what they knew were roman catholic traditions so that they would not lose their base of catholic converts. And where it pleased them they out of whole cloth created their own to bind these converts to them as the only ones in possession of truth.

Equally specious was the Roman Catholic counter argument that the final authority of the church rested in Sola Verbum Dei – the spoken word of God or the word that proceedeth from the mouth of the Father.  One the face of this it sounded like a return the the words of Christ and that the Priests and Holy See perpetually waited upon God so that He would speak and guide them – in reality it was that they had taken the mantle of being the mouth piece of God upon themselves and were pawning off the notion that their carnal words, carnal doctrines and carnal traditions were indeed words proceeding from the mouth of the Father – which is utterly blasphemous.  So on the argument of Sola Scriptura and Sola Dictum Dei the words of both parties had no meaning all they were seeking was that their words doctrines and traditions would receive supremacy. 

Unfortunately the story of Sola Scriptura and Sola Dictum Dei does not die there because after the deaths of Luther, Calvin, and the Pope and Bishops of day both doctrines were elevated to that of sainthood as “venerable and long-held traditions.” And more importantly the definitions of these doctrines over the ensuing hundreds of years have been revised again and again and again.  So much so that whatever Luther, Calvin and the Roman Catholic hierarchy originally argued and whatever their original intent,  all that no longer matters. All that matters now is the light of their historic and ground-breaking revelations.

By this argument Balaam was a great man of God, and a venerable father and prophet of the nation of Israel who did a great service for Moses and God in that he helped weed out a great number of tares among God’s people

By this argument Mormonism is a great Christian religion, whose founder helped bring millions into the Christian faith through the doctrines of polygamy and child marriage.

 According to Christ roots matter, and foundations matter. The root and the foundation of a group, an organization or a denomination define what it is for all time. That which is of the flesh is flesh and that which is of the Spirit is Spirit. But the unregenerate mind does not see it so. They believe that all that matters is that something gets founded or started and that once it is begun then we can make any changes needed on the fly. So according to evangelicals the early Christians were pagans and savages and that through time and by man’s refinement Christianity has become the all-inclusive great religion that it is today.  So there is nothing to go back to or look too in the early church.  At very least they are telling us that what they have and what they are doing has no relation with the early Church and therefore it has no relation with Christ and the Apostles either.

I have not yet mentioned here in this piece that the great reformers Luther, Calvin and Simons were all Roman Catholic Priests. All three lived at the same time, All three corresponded to each other with letter over a period of years and shared their doctrinal ideas until they broke away from Rome. All three named denominations after themselves and appointed themselves as the Pope for life over their denominations. All three came to hate and revile each other when it became apparent that the others would not submit themselves or their denomination to their Popery.

John 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

Revelation 17:1-5 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the Great Whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and (With whom) the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS and abominations of the earth.

This passage tells us of the Great Whore and her daughters – who are her daughters – the spawn of her doctrine and traditions. Those who where born in her Luther, Calvin, and Simons and many others. Those who have drank of her golden cup of abominations and the filthiness of her fornications.

Doctrinally all churches that were created in the reformation and their spawn over the last 500 odd years are all her daughters and all have been made to drink deeply of her cup. We have all been tainted with her traditions and doctrines, we are all dressed in filthy garments as we try to minister before the Lord. We are all at the Laodiceans before God – through no fault of our own but through the sins of our fathers.

Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.


Mark 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.

This tells us that things are still to get worse. How much worse you may ask?

Matthew 23:31-33 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?


Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
Who is they? The same people Jesus said
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers . . . These are “Believers” “God’s Children”  “the Elect” going after the very elect. The called going after the chosen committing the sign of Cain which was if they could remove God’s favored son God would have to deal with them because they were the only game in town. We could call this the sign of Joseph we could call this the Catholic Church turning on the Jews in 300 AD so God could not repent of his selection of the backslidden bride of the church.

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
Who is Christ speaking of here? These are “Believers” “God’s Children”  “the Elect” going after the very elect. The called going after the chosen.

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Whose iniquity shall abound? These are “Believers” “God’s Children”  “the Elect” going after the very elect. The called going after the chosen.

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Who is enduring here to the end? No one is flying away anywhere in this passage. This is the very elect, the chosen of God partaking of Christ’s cup as Peter and the Apostles did. These are those that loved not their lives unto death.  This is not those vast multitudes that call themselves believers.  These are not casual or even fully committed church goers. Christ paid an extreme price for your sins and if you are not willing to do the same for others as He did for you, you are not worthy of him.

Not Worthy of Him means not worthy to be his disciple or not worthy to receive salvation of Him.

I find myself being challenged do I want to live in the comforts of this world do I want to listen to the siren song of the fallen church that all is well with my soul and I am in need of nothing or am I willing to forsake all to receive the excellency of Christ? To live as Abram as a stranger in the land seeking a city not made with hands. The Prophets did so. Christ did so. The Apostles did so. What are we to do accept the pleasures of a season with our fallen brethren or suffer with Christ without the gate? Time is running out, for the Clesia.

The question of this hour is: Who shall speak to them? Who shall declare to them of  sins?