I Call The Generations From The Beginning
This paper is not for babies still wrestling first principles of righteousness, Hebrews 5:12. If the 5th Seal is not open to your understanding, the subject matter to follow is too high for you. "Kindergarten" concepts shall not be considered here. For those of you desiring to know what our Father is doing, be pleased to read on.
Our Father is just that, "Father" and '"Teacher". A scheme to educate the "billions" of "Family" He desired was planned before the foundations of the Earth, 2 Esdras 6:1-6, Oxford Annotated Apocrypha. The principle methodology is to teach by "comparison and contrast" using both good and evil experiences. Accordingly, He revealed through Moses that He "set two ways before us" as it was first experienced by Adam and Eve in the Garden. Evil was facilitated by the creation of a super-robot force, Satan, and he was given power to reproduce. Satan's family of evil spirits are the "hurdles, traps, and barriers" on the earth, God's "exercise" course, Ecclesiastes 1:13; Romans 8:18-22. Here, man's first phase of education is to experience a "net negative" first existence analogous to God's first life of suffering and loneliness. This phase is a life mixture of good and evil. Thus a cross is given to man, that is, a certain portion of the good-evil mix. And devils will certainly "cross-up", confound, and kill to assure each man's crucifixion. Isaiah 53 is about the depth of the meaning of the sacrifice of Jesus. Since he was an allegory and an object of prophecy and revelation for his "body members" (all men), that same chapter is about God's use of all men in the various generations. Just as Jesus was born of God, came down from heaven, was accounted a sinner, was attacked by devils through the people, and was crucified and raised to heaven, so it is for each man and his generation, Luke 20:37-38. God said, "I call the generations from the beginning", Psalm 22:21-31, 102:18; Isaiah 41:4,9.
All too often men have wondered "why" God has done and still is doing what is being done in this world. We have disagreed with the suffering we and others experience. We have blamed God for not caring and turning a deaf ear to our complaints. We have had "darkened counsel by words without knowledge" in our own hearts, Job 38:2. Many of us feel we do not deserve to suffer in the ways we have, and, thus we become the "Job" of our own souls. Indeed, Job is a prophetical and revealing work concerning the "job" God is doing for the benefit of many, making them perfect in the process. J O B is therefore a W O R K!!
By rotating the generations, one generation of earthly men is "called" up (raised) to Heaven to become students "taught of God", while a new set of baby spirits is sent down in the flesh to become teaching tools on the earth-stage for the educational benefit of that new student body above. After a time that earthly generation of men is called up to become a new class of spiritual "kindergarteners," and another set of baby spirits is sent down to become yet another generation of earthly men. This is the means by which God has been providing Himself a continuing class to teach and also teaching "tools" for instruction. Earth has been the "outer court" using temple terms, or the "stage" where educational plays have progressed. These are "psychodramas" to be evaluated by those above. Adam and Eve were simply the first actors, while the first angels were the first students. Later Adam and Eve and their generation became a new heavenly student body evaluating "good and evil" and learning vicariously from the experiences of men below. Job's case was a very significant study because it taught a wealth of information about God. They "learned of Me", Isaiah 54:13; Matthew 11:25,29-30, and were burdened with new light to carry and shine.
Stage roles are predestined or '"fixed" as Paul suggests, Romans 8:29, 9:16-25. Psychodramas are skits and scenes (incidents in our daily lives) of the interplay between good and evil designed primarily for the benefit of the "watching" (court of jurors, audience, or student body) spirits of just men being perfected in knowledge and understanding... to teach them moral lessons, 2 Corinthians 5:1-5; Hebrews 12:22-24. Angels of glory are used to "key" men to the good portion of their acts and scripts, while devils are used to supply the evil portion of our acts and scripts. Observe how Solomon told this: Ode of Solomon 16:15-17, "The treasure chamber of light is the sun (God), and the treasury of darkness is the night (Satan): And He made the sun for day that it may be bright, but night brings darkness over the face of the land; and THEIR ALTERNATIONS ONE TO ANOTHER SPEAK THE BEAUTY OF GOD". Those baby spirits "elected and chosen" for negative roles will conform to their roles all their earthly sojourn time (despite my efforts and those of many good intentioned evangelists to "change them"). Those baby spirits "elected and chosen" for positive roles to display the merits of the good ways of God also will become such. Their percentage in the population is "few" and evangelists may help them. Finally there are roles which fluctuate in which "day and night alternate" continually. "Churchy" people like to call them hypocrites and backsliders. In fixing these teaching roles and psychodramas for earthly men, God fits them in the mold of Isaiah 53:5-6,8-10, "Men are wounded for the former transgressions of the newly risen Host members, they are bruised for their old iniquities: the chastisement for the peace of the new host member is upon earthly men; and with their stripes the newly risen are healed (learn). All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one his own way; and the Lord has laid on earthly men in their roles the iniquity of us all... for the transgression of the "just spirits being made perfect" are earthly men stricken. Men did no violence, neither was deceit in their mouths in the absolute sense because all is an act, a role and script under My direction. Yet it pleased Me to bruise earthly men (because My heavenly students learned and were perfected): I put men to grief: when I shall sacrifice them (raise them from their bodies) for sin, they shall see My Hosts, they shall live eternally and My pleasure shall prosper in their hands." So all the various skits and scenes have their own moral lessons to be learned concerning the depths and degrees of the "laws" of behavior God desires as well as the behavior to be avoided. They show the nature of sin revealing "the Wicked" (2 Thessalonians 2:7-8) and establish in the students' minds the personality, power, and authority of the Father Himself.
Throughout time earthly men have not been aware of this "fixed" plan for man. The "blueprints" or the schematic format was not revealed to us. Therefore earthly men in their generations had questions, fears, and complaints which they either vocalized or held within about their "stage-life" and plight. Those who learned of God or "the gods" held the powers responsible for their miseries. Certain men of God were told that man is given a "fixed" portion of the '"good-evil" mix or a "cross" to endure before our perfect knowledge of it today. See 2 Esdras 6:1-6, 7:3-15 (Oxford Annotated Apocrypha), Ecclesiastes 1:13, and Secrets of Enoch XLIX:4, Psalm of Solomon V:6(4), (Lost Books of the Bible, Collins-World Publishers).
2 Esdras 6:1 And he said to me, "At the beginning of the circle of the earth, before the portals of the world were in place, and before the assembled winds blew, 2 and before the rumblings of thunder sounded, and before the flashes of lightning shone, and before the foundations of paradise were laid, 3 and before the beautiful flowers were seen, and before the powers of movement were established, and before the innumerable hosts of angels were gathered together, 4 and before the heights of the air were lifted up, and before the measures of the firmaments were named, and before the footstool of Zion was established, 5 and before the present years were reckoned; and before the imaginations of those who now sin were estranged, and before those who stored up treasures of faith were sealed -- 6 then I planned these things, and they were made through me and not through another, just as the end shall come through me and not through another."
2 Esdras 7:3 I said, "Speak, my lord." And he said to me, "There is a sea set in a wide expanse so that it is broad and vast, 4 but it has an entrance set in a narrow place, so that it is like a river. 5 If any one, then, wishes to reach the sea, to look at it or to navigate it, how can he come to the broad part unless he passes through the narrow part? 6 Another example: There is a city built and set on a plain, and it is full of all good things; 7 but the entrance to it is narrow and set in a precipitous place, so that there is fire on the right hand and deep water on the left; 8 and there is only one path lying between them, that is, between the fire and the water, so that only one man can walk upon that path. 9 If now that city is given to a man for an inheritance, how will the heir receive his inheritance unless he passes through the danger set before him?" 10 I said, "He cannot, lord." And he said to me, "So also is Israel's portion. 11 For I made the world for their sake, and when Adam transgressed my statutes, what had been made was judged. 12 And so the entrances of this world were made narrow and sorrowful and toilsome; they are few and evil, full of dangers and involved in great hardships. 13 But the entrances of the greater world are broad and safe, and really yield the fruit of immortality. 14 Therefore unless the living pass through the difficult and vain experiences, they can never receive those things that have been reserved for them. 15 But now why are you disturbed, seeing that you are to perish? And why are you moved, seeing that you are mortal?
Ecclesiastes 1:13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
Secrets 49:2 And I swear to you, yea, yea, that there has been no man in his mother's womb, but that already before, even to each one there is a place prepared for the repose of that soul, and a measure fixed how much it is intended that a man be tried in this world. Yea, children, deceive not yourselves, for there has been previously prepared a place for every soul of man.
Psalm of Solomon V:6 (4) For man and his portion (lie) before Thee in the balance; He cannot add to, so as to enlarge, what has been prescribed by Thee.
"Why" was never "revealed" to them. However, God did supply the answers in "here a little, there a little" style, or in piecemeal fashion to various writers in different generations. For us today, He created a "word puzzle" to provide light for whoever He chooses.
To understand what is going on the student of God on earth must master certain prerequisites just as prerequisite courses are required for enrollment in calculus, analytical chemistry, and molecular physics at a university. (1) We mentioned that knowledge of the "mystery of death", or the opening of the 5th Seal is required. (2) Another requirement is that one must understand the "role" of Israel as the "chosen" nation... that they were chosen actors to prophetically reveal God's love for His twelve orders of mankind on earth! (3) It is essential that the student understand Satan, God's purpose in creating him, and the role of devils in God's educational scheme. In other words "that man of sin", or "the Wicked" must be revealed to the would-be student on earth. (4) One must comprehend love, that is, the love of God for His children ... that He cares equally for all without respect of persons and created each man's spirit as an immortal replica of Himself, an image of His eternity. He cannot and will not destroy them, nor has He ever intended such cruelty. If one has these prerequisite concepts as lights in his mind, understanding will be quite easy.
Men on earth must repeat the roles of past generations, because the curricula for each heavenly grade level is a constant. For example, "kindergarteners" must learn to recognize numbers and letters of the alphabet in every new "class" or newly risen generation. Therefore all those skits and scenes involving numbers and letters will be repeated on earth in the generation of men. For that reason the wisdom of man has noticed that "HIS-STORY repeats itself", and that observation is echoed again in the last half of Psalm 90:9. All men on earth today are "set" in a role that will teach the heavenly neophytes a "good" lesson, a "bad" lesson, or both. The "watchers" compare and contrast as they learn. Negative lessons serve to accentuate the positive or enhance the '"good", so that it is emphasized in the students' mind as "better" than it would have impressed him otherwise. (I will borrow a phrase from Hebrews 11:40: "They without us shall not be made perfect", but they with us as "guinea pigs" shall be made perfect. Thus "comely and uncomely body members" need each other, I Corinthians 12:18-27). God told Moses that "negative vessels for unclean use" would be used as "morals of stories" and teaching tools, Deuteronomy 28:20,37; Ezekiel 5:14-15. Men playing "good" roles as "vessels for clean use" are also used as objects of lessons in God's program, I Corinthians 4:9; Hebrews 12:1. Jesus also informed us that we would be seen by all those in (God's) the house, Proverbs 15:3; Matthew 5:14-16. A good example of a repeating role told in reverse is the prophet Jonah vs Simon Barjona (Peter), Acts 10, where Joppa is the common site and "gentiles" hear the Word of God.
I doubt if knowledge of these things will make the sufferers like it. Jesus is one who had knowledge of these things before he came down. But he did not like to suffer. Instead he was a "man of sorrow acquainted with grief." He had a "baptism (?)... to be baptized with and was straitened to get it accomplished". He was very anxious to go back to the Father and leave the earth. Furthermore he asked God to take away the bitter cup! God expects men to complain, curse, and howl over the indignities heaped upon them in this first phase of existence on the earth stage. However He will not remove us from this "furnace" until the set time because of the perfection the heavenly students derive at our expense. Here are some scriptures for those of you who are too lazy to "dig for gold" (search and look up the scriptures presented):
Each generation is "called up" by the Father:
Isaiah 41:4,9, '"Who hath wrought and done it, CALLING THE GENERATIONS FROM THE BEGINNING? I the Lord, the first, and with the last (infant spirit to be born on earth); I AM HE"!! Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee and not cast thee away."
Psalm 22:27-31, "All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the Lord's and He is the governor among the nations. All they that be fat upon the earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow down before him: and none can keep alive his own soul. A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. THEY shall come and declare his righteousness (as angelic teachers above) unto a people that shall be born, that HE Hath done this."
Psalm 145:4,11-13, "One generation shall praise thy name to another and shall declare thy mighty acts. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations."
Psalm 102:18, "This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise "the Lord."
New arrivers in heaven become "watchers" in the classes (wings) of the Archangels.
Daniel 4:13, "And I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and a holy one came down from heaven."
Ezekiel 1:18, "As for their rings, (see 2 Esdras 5:42, Oxford Annotated Apocrypha) they were so high they were dreadful; and their rings were full of EYES round about them four."
Malachi 3:6,17, "For I am the Lord, and I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. And they shall be mine saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when 1 make up my jewels; and I will spare them as a man spareth his own son that serveth him."
Luke 20:35-36, "Those which obtain that world are equal to the angels".
Hebrews 12:22-24, "But ye are come unto Mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church ofthe firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect."
Malachi 3:18, '"Then shall ye return (to earth via Cod's TV as a "watching" student), and discern between the righteous and the wicked, botween hirn that serveth God and him that servath him not".
Hebrews 12:1, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and every sin which doth so easily beset us".
Men are given "crosses" or portions of suffering in their psychodrama roles by God which the new watchers study and learn from them.
Psalm 66:10-12, '"For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net; thou hast laid affliction upon our loins. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water, but thou broughtest us into a wealthy place."
Psalm 71:20, '"Thou hsst shewed me great and sore troubles, and shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth".
Isaiah 30:20, '"And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner (of heaven) anymore, but (you shall be there and) thine eyes shall see thy teachers:"
Ezekiel 36:11, "and I will settle you after your old ostates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the Lord."
Isaiah 54:1,10, "For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy redeemer. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee; neither shall my covenant ofpeace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee".
Hopefully this paper is positive light for you, the reader. Your God and Father has a good reason for doing to us what he has done, "subjecting us to vanity". He does not expect us to love our circumstances. We must understand what is happening and not fret because our powerless prayers to "change" the format go unheeded. "Afterwards" our whole generation (collectively we form "the world" of men today) will yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness. In the meantime, hold on because rocky times are forecast.
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