John’s Reversal of Daniel

Daniel’s third beast, was signified as a Leopard, “had four wings of a fowl; the beast also had four heads; and dominion was given unto it” – Dan. 7:6. This third beast came after the Lion (Saul) and the Bear (David). Daniel’s message was pure midrash looking back to the books of Kings and Chronicles for typical application. This was also confirmed by Daniel’s 70 weeks or 490 years which accumulated all the years of kings’ reigns from the books of Kings and Chronicles. Christianity, later being solely Christ-centric or ego-centric like other nations around, projected Daniel’s symbol or prophecy, as they call it, forward in time. Christianity cannot ever accept that the scribes spoke only of their Jewish nation, their kings and their governance. They need to see their Christ in numerous OT recalls. The scribes knew such a beast would again arise, albeit in a different humungous form, drawing upon Greek, Roman and other influences which were then dominating philosophy and theologies of all kinds. To the writers of Revelation, the beast would be “in likeness”, an accumulation, of the beasts of their past but next time universal. Its form could never be prophesied.

With competing belligerence of every persuasion dominating the whole world the scribes foresaw massive institutions arising, form, all claiming complete authority in governance and spiritual correctness over the largely illiterate population. Later, the writing of the gospels would be literalised to the nth degree, morphed, the good news changed. But Revelation was their encyclopedia – it traced their Jewish record from woe to go, from alpha to omega, from the revelation of Jesus – Rev. 1:1, through the testimony of Jesus – Rev. 12:17 to “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” – Rev. 22:20. Nothing could replace Revelation once constructed. It was the final “making” and atonement. Soon as predicted years of darkness engulfed the minds of all inhabitants on the face of the planet – believers and non-believers alike – all deceived, duped. Distracted away from the unique Hebraic thought process of the endless locomotion of society and the individual.

Their writing comprises a midrash golden thread highlighted by Rev. 13, but in reverse order. Yes, reverse order. When John of Patmos (a community of Ancient scribes) looked back into recollected embellished history they saw Solomon, then David and then Saul. And further back they recalled their serene governance under the rule of their community Judges. With persecution and crucifixion rampant and the Jewish leadership cow-towing to Roman overtures the Ancient scribes had to record the erring of governance. They accumulated type after type (trumpets, plagues, messengers, angels etc,) from all their OT fables as a massive object lesson, and wrote it in words, for the record – as a memorial, a gift, to the world to come. The nation was on the brink, facing the most catastrophic event – complete annihilation. Darkness could only follow for centuries and maybe indefinitely. There would be no resurrection then or in the foreseeable.

Now Solomon was very wise and certainly had four heads and did much “four wings”. “He was filled with wisdom and understanding” – 1 Kings 7:14; “Solomon exceeded … for riches and for wisdom” 10:23. At Chron. 9:23 we read, “All sought … Solomon, to hear his wisdom.” Solomon increased in power and wealth, had gold in abundance, weapons of war, a throne of ivory, built his own house, gave cities to Hiram king of Tyre and had numerous wives and concubines.
Solomon’s wisdom is epitomized, “The king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to one, and half to another” – 1 Kings 3:25. It is a wonder the scriptures weren’t censored as seditious.

The same yesterday, today and forever.

Worse coming … Jeroboam and Rehoboam.

What is Resurrection?

“When scholars poured over the Christian Scriptures, the language they worked with was Greek, not Hebrew. When they studied the biblical roots of Christian theology, they inevitably looked through the lens of Greek philosophy” Resurrection P4 Bishop Spong

“Unconscious of its Western anti-Semitism, however Christian scholarship developed with little openness to the primary midrashic content of the Christian Gospels” – Resurrection p4 Bishop Spong

But beginning at least with Polycarp and Justin Martyr in the second century, the typical Christian understanding of this tradition was that the Jewish prophets had simply predicted concrete events in the life of the messiah who was to come” Resurrection p5 Bishop Spong

“I am amazed today at the blindness in those who taught me Scripture. I no longer accept the proposition that anyone can understand the Bible, and most especially the New Testament, without understanding the method of midrash” Resurrection p.3 Bishop Spong

“What is midrash? It is both a collection of the interpretations of sacred Scripture and a method for the continual expansion of the sacred Scripture” Resurrection p. 8 Bishop Spong

“Midrash is the Jewish way of saying that everything to be venerated in the present must somehow be connected with a sacred moment in the past. Resurrection p. 8 Bishop Spong

“one can artifically resuscitate the dead corpse of yesterday’s religious conclusions only so many times” Resurrection p.13 Bishop Spong

“The possibility that Chronicles was an example of Jewish midrash on the Book of Kings had not dawned on me” Resurrection p.14 Bishop Spong. Daniel’s 9:24-27 has not been perceived even by progressives to derive from Chronicles and Kings. It will soon.

“Beyond that I have finally begun to see the midrashic element of timelessness in the entire corpus of the canonical Gospels” Resurrection p.19 Bishop Spong

“Traditions always change. That is the meaning of midrash.” Resurrection P. 20 Bishop Spong

“Literalistic Christians will learn that a God or a faith system that has to be defended daily is finally no god or faith system at all.” Resurrection p.22 Bishop Spong

“The question to ask of this midrash is not, Did it really happen? That is a Western question tied to a western mind-set that seeks by sensory perception to measure and describe those things defined as objectively rea.” Resurrection p.10 Bishop Spong

Nathan’s Parable of Ewe Lamb – Why only a Camel goes Through the Eye of a Needle

Nathan was sent to David (the bear). There were two men in one city; the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds. But the poor man had nothing, save one ewe lamb, which grew up with him and his children. This ewe did eat his own meat, drank from his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
And there came a traveller unto the rich man … but spared his … and took the poor man’s lamb and dressed it for the man that was come to him. And David fumed saying that the traveller shall surely die and wanted a fourfold restoration.
But Nathan said to David – “Thou art that man”. David had been given thy master’s house and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given thee such and such things.
Nathan lambasted David – “thou hath despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight … killed Uriah with the sword, and taken his wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon”.
Nathan gave the final verdict – “the sword shall never depart from thine house … thou hath despised me … Behold I will raise up evil against thee our of thine own house”. Thou did it secretly (the ordinary church established worldwide dogma stealthfully). Thy child (representing the tradition of rich man) “shall surely die”.
Antitype – Midrash
It is impossible to understand the NT metaphors standing alone. A good example is the camel through the eye of the needle. Matt. 19.24 reads, “… I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.” This ditty was a replication of Nathan’s reprimand to David.
We all want to condemn the rich man outright and be supportive of the camel. Starting at Rom. 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” The camel had more spirit than the rich man. Also 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.” The church is not the remnant having promulgated darkness for over two thousand years.
The following texts are also appropriate. “And behold, one came and said unto him (Jesus) Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” – Matt. 19:16. “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give it to the poor … and come and follow me” – Matt. 19:21. That was Nathan’s call in vain to David.
But why a camel?
Let’s think. The rich man has possessions (e.g. David the supreme type). And the camel has no possessions. For one it is all “my” and “mine” having everything (many examples today). For the camel can just give a ride. The camel has nothing to give but trudge, perhaps milk. So the camel is a giver?
There are other quotes that may give an insight to what this is about. “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation,” or paratereis = ocular evidence, not with outward denominational prudence, ritual ceremony, piety, tenets, creed and defined doctrine, “The kingdom of God is within you” – Luke 1:20, 21. And we are told clearly “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” – 1 Cor. 15:50. So what does enter the kingdom if it is not “flesh and blood”?
In the metaphor “eye”, Greek trilemma, means an aperture, opening, hole – an opportunity to go through texts or a lifetime. It is a slot, a needle we have to go through. Maybe it midrash, the inkhorn? We are not considering the pathway of a thread. An aperture, opening or hole gives one a clue as to why a camel may have no trouble of entry. We are being told to enter. It must be the Testaments, the accumulated story within. We have been told one can and the other person can’t. So what maybe the source of this oblique hieroglyph?
Ezekiel writes, “… the hand of the Lord God fell there upon me (“there” refers to Ezekiel’s vision of Jerusalem while in Babylonian captivity – almah (a virgin – set apart – without), and the spirit lifted me up … and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem … He said, Son of man seest thou what they do? Even the great abomination that the house of Israel commiteth here, that I should go from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations. And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall” – Eze. 8. This “hole in the wall” is the forerunner of the “eye” of the needle.
This word “hole” from Hebrew is chor or chur means a cavity, a hole, hollowed out place. The Ancient scribes made the hole. It is equivalent to the Greek word trupema. Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now (investigate) in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door (Rev. – open the book, please open the door). And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here (typified by the backslidden churches of Asia-Minor but then worldwide). See Ezek. 8:1-18 for all the details. We each have a chance to open the door to revelation.
The rich man in Jesus’ day could look through this hole in the wall of Jerusalem, that became a door, and seeing such abominations, he would never enter. He was seeking the kingdom of heaven by outward possession, control of governance and spiritual detention. He could not interpret the text nor understand the text’s intention, much like our priestly and ministerial elites who regurgitate. So, no, he could not go through the door. He would not want to tarnish himself. He was carnally of flesh and blood, justified by wealth and power, but was dead for all purposes. “The carnal mind is enmity against God”. They believe they are in heaven but never sacrifice to find heaven’s open door. David had nothing to give but only took. His persona was one of righteousness, highest ethics and highest morality. His riches gave proof, his justification, his steadfastness. Having eyes to see Nathan said he had no perception. He keeps the revelation of “Jesus Christ” a mystery. The front door of his church remains bolted.
The poor camel, unbound by precepts and statutes is willing go through the “eye” without compunction, is non-judgmental. He or she enters Jerusalem, “The Written Word” of the fabulous Ancient scribes, and finds the “holy” set apart – “bethulah” – within. The rich man reads the surface but never uncovers, never lifts the veil of the Ancient codes.
You cannot have the second testament without the first. You are best working from the original metaphor of Nathan. “You can’t have one without the other.” Are you prepared to enter Jerusalem? Can you enter?
The open book of Revelation of Jesus Christ – the testimony of the scribes saying “Come”.

Nathan Reproves David

David is the only character in the OT that matches to Dan. 7:5 – like a “bear” – “raised up itself on one side” (raised up one dominion), “three ribs in its mouth” (Moab 2 Sam. 8:2, Syrians 8:6, Edomites 8:14), “devoured much flesh” (conquered all the various people of Philistia).

Nathan reproved Solomon having smitten Uriah the Hittite and taken his wife Bethsheba – their first child died after 7 days (symbolic time of creation to God’s rest). Solomon again lay with Bethsheba and bared Solomon.

David’s exploits are listed in the book of Samuel. He is certainly the most overwhelming personality of the OT in his conquests, military organisation (based on that of Saul) – all males could be summoned to serve – twelve bodies of twenty four thousand. David had a body guard.

The civil administration was by the king himself and assisted by a council controlled by Jonathan, the king’s nephew. The religious institutions were part of the constitution of the monarchy. David offered sacrifices in usurpation of the priestly office.

In one incident David fled from Absalom – David went up by the ascent of Mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot … and all the people … went up, weeping” 2 Sam. 15:20.

In another the angel of death descended – “And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the Lord stand between the earth and the heaven, having drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem” – 1 Chron. 21:16.

In the NT’s book of Revelation the Ancient scribes wanted to record the absolute annihilation of their society under the Pharisees and Sadducees. They perceived there was no hope of resurrection such was the overwhelming defeat by the fourth decade. The scribes wanted to leave a remembrance and project the struggle from the national level to the universal. They decided to write an accumulation of types as a great memorial for all generations. What else could they do? So they set about, in community, as they had under the Judges, to write up the ever recurring authoritarianism that divides the civil from the sacred. They had experienced it time and time again.

David was to set up the everlasting kingdom but his egotism meant he carried on as the nations aroundabout. Solomon built the temple but decline set in under Rehoboam and Jeroboam. Israel succumbed. Hezekiah, Immanuel, Wonderful, Counsellor and Noble

restored the temple that Shishak had plundered. Hezekiah changed society from almah – virgin (without God) to bethulah – virgin (with God). The last seven kings of Judah did evil etc. The everlasting kingdom set up by Judas Maccabees, the rock, failed to perpetuate under the Hasmoneans and the Pharisees and Sadducees.

So Revelation is a book to be opened. It reveals Jesus Christ from woe to go (Mara, Joseph and Joshua), from alpha to omega through the turbulent times as a priest of the everlasting order of Melchisedec from time immemorial and forever – they wrote of the “testimony of Jesus Christ” – Rev. 12.17 bringing “forth a child” 12:13. The woman with child had to “fly into the wilderness” so she could be nourished. This construction by the Ancient scribes took decades to conceive through turbulent times. The book was completed by about 70 AD or just after the fire of Jerusalem, their complete destruction. The gospels emerged justifying the criticism of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Revelation provides the material for the emerging remnant of the Apocalyptic refreshment. The spirited do not die but find a path less travelled.

Even after leaving Egypt the population turned to idolatry and built a golden calf. They wanted to return to the only thing they had known. In the 21st century we cling to orthodoxy and instituted beliefs – the David of today. It is time to be inclusive. It is time to move forward.

Wisdom of the Scribes

Solomon “made himself a chariot of wood of Lebanon” – Song of Sol. 3:9. “Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse…my sister” 8:9 … “look … from the mountains of the leopards” 4:8. Daniel’s third beast was “like a leopard with four wings of a foul and four heads” illustrating much wisdom. Only Solomon had much riches (six hundred threescore and six – 1 Kings 10:14), much wisdom “proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah (the restorer of the soul Temple) “copied out” – Prov. 25:1. The scribes writing was as one and very layered.

To the Ancient scribes Solomon was the leopard. Daniel 7 was pedagogically recording an object lesson for abstract application. When the scribes accumulated the book of Revelation they too remembered the lion (Saul), the bear (David) and Solomon (the leopard). They knew there is nothing new under the sun. In the Apocalyptic age a great deceit would be exposed. Society always reverts to great knowledgeable institutions for guidance but they have feathered their own nest … from the wings of Solomon.

David – Bear – 2 Sam. – Dan 7 to Rev. 13:2

Details of David as the bear is pending. David was first recognized as the “bear” at 2 Sam. 17:8 when Hushai who overthrew Ahithophel who supported Absalom said of David and his men “they be chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field”.

The Ancient scribes were formulating types for admonition. All David’s attributes match – raised up on one side, had three ribs in the mouth, and devoured much flesh as outlined in Dan. 7:5.

In the Apocalyptic age John of Patmos again reiterates the type in Rev. 13 – “and the beast which I saw was like a leopard (Saul), and his feet were the feet of a bear (David), and his mouth the mouth of a lion (Solomon) and the dragon gave him power”.

This apocalyptic beast is the institution orthodoxy that has dominated all cultures with a misinterpretation of the Testaments. Power was given to it for 42 (1260 days) months annihilating the divinity of humankind.

Midrash revives and reveres the Ancient scribes’ sagacity.

To be continued.

Saul – The Lion & Witch of Endor

The Record of Saul (later with midrash at Dan. 7:4 to be called the Lion)

– received a new heart
– was converted on the first day after Samuel’s anointment
– began well but soon came under influence of natural evil impulses, lack self-control
– had a series of victories over Israel’s enemies – Moab, Ammon, Edom, kings of Zoab, the Philistines and the Amorites – the peak of his reign
– but he had a bodyguard of Benjamites chosen for “their beauty and stature”
– he appointed two commanders – when he “saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he took him unto him”
– he had a “chief officer” – an Edomite, named Doeg, who became infamous as a betrayer of priests. Even the high priest attended the commands of the king … as a means of consulting the divine will
– the king was distinguished by a tall spear, suited to his statute
– However Saul united with idolatry – “Thou has rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from being king of Israel” – 1 Sam. 15:26
– Saul became jealous of David
– Saul attempted to kill David
– Saul again attempts to kill David (David becomes a fugitive)
– an evil angel “terrified” him
– Saul’s heart became hardened and his mind darkened
– Saul slayed the priests at Nob
– Saul took men to Engedi to seek David
– Saul liaised with the witch of Endor – “Saul fell straightaway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid” – 1 Sa. 28:20 Saul inquired of the familiar spirit – evil angels and messengers from Satan
– “Saul took a sword, and fell upon it” – 1 Sam. 31:4
Daniel 7:4 states, “The first (beast) was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given it.”

Saul’s standout features are as follows:

• “Lion” had “eagle’s wings”: — In Proverbs 23:4–5, the writer narrates concerning eagle’s wings, saying, “Labour not to be rich … riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle towards heaven.” So this king we need to identify had riches, and this was synonymous with eagle wings. In the book of Samuel, Saul took the spoils of the Amalekites, sheep and oxen, and the chief of the things that should have been utterly destroyed. See also the stock of Saul in Chronicles. Saul’s riches transgressed the word of the Lord, with the quick destruction of the Amalekites. Saul was rich and quick-footed like a lion. Saul matches the description of eagle wings.

• “The wings thereof were plucked”: — “Plucked,” from merat, indicates “peeled,” “polished” (confident, elegant, and skilled). This is exactly how Saul was characterized. “There was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish … a mighty man of power (substance, wealth). And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he” (1 Sam. 9:1–2). Saul overwhelmingly demonstrated all these superior facets. Saul matches the sophistication emanating from the word plucked.

• “Lifted up from the earth” and “stand upon the feet as a man”: — In Daniel, the lion “was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man.” A lion standing upright on his hind legs would be taller than any man. Very tellingly, Saul, “from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people” (1 Sam. 9:2). Every scholar knows Saul was mighty in height. Numerous times, artists have drawn Saul’s lion like stance towering over others. Only Saul could be said, in early chronicles, to be this one.

• “And a man’s heart was given to it” (the lion): — Samuel anointed Saul (1 Sam. 10:1), “And it was so, that when he (Saul) had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart” (1 Sam. 10:9). This must have been the world’s first heart transplant. It is more than just a coincidence that Saul matches the fourth characteristic. Saul is the only grand character to be given a new heart.

From Daniel’s laboratory, we have specific attributes of the lion. Saul perfectly passes four tests. Saul was the king who had riches, Saul was polished, Saul was lifted up, and Saul was given a new heart. This is picture-perfect, indisputable, beyond a reasonable doubt. Let’s not jump ahead of ourselves, but it is getting exciting that we are able to pin Saul down as the lion king. What would Disney think?

Let’s summarize Saul’s character and why he was identified as a lion beast in Daniel (and later recalled midrashically in Rev. 13’s apocalyptic era):

• “that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul” (1 Sam. 18:10)

• “and Saul became David’s enemy continually” (1 Sam. 18:29)

• “Saul sought to smite David even to the wall” (1 Sam. 19:10)

• “Saul sent messengers to take David” (1 Sam. 19:20) … “again the third time” (1 Sam. 19:21)

• “Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan” (1 Sam. 20:30)

• Saul disguised himself “and they came to the woman by night … pray thee, divine unto me” (1 Sam. 28:8)

• Saul “fell likewise upon his sword” (1 Sam. 31:5)