By: Martin Cisneros
1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. 6 If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. 7 But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. 9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. 10 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 11 These things command and teach. (1Timothy 4:1-11 NKJV)
A lot of people look at 1Timothy 4 as a license to eat absolutely anything that they want. Others rightfully take the passage to simply mean that they can eat anything that’s sanctified by the Word of God and prayer. But then when they consider eating in line with the Scriptures, they’re all too ready to mix the Old Testament Law with the New Testament Covenants of grace, mercy, and peace. If we were living either in "Cartoon world" or on a game show, then I’d love to be the one that would sound the annoying buzzer while having the large red "X" enclosed in a red box just appear in front of everybody’s eyes to indicate that that was the wrong answer. The Old Testament was a Covenant of blessings to the few at the expense of all others, until the time would come when the New Covenant would come along and offer blessings to all.
Incidentally, contextually, and context is everything: the "bodily exercise" reference in this 1Timothy 4 passage isn’t referring to jumping on your Total Gym or your Bow Flex before you go to work in the morning. Verse 7 says to "reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness." That’s spiritual exercise. By contrast within this passage, he’s talking about the issues of marriage and of foregoing eating certain things when he says that that’ll profit a little for this life if you’ll exercise self-control and abstain in those areas. But spiritual exercise, or exercising yourself towards godliness has promise for this life and for the one to come. Bodily exercise in abstaining from certain foods, like potatoes which can make you fat, or in abstaining from marriage can help you reach your health, weight, and other personal goals because you’ve minimized your distractions in this life and can more fully pursue the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). But if you stop at worrying about what people are eating with no regards for God’s covenantal purposes, then you’ve fallen far short of where you ought to be. This is what distinguishes my message from that of typical veganism in that I’m not coming at you with a message of minimizing suffering through intelligent choices, although this [definitely] includes that and would lead to that. I’m talking to you about God’s covenantal purposes where animals are concerned.
I’m talking about purposes of divine grace that are beyond God’s call and election for Israel and for the Church. I’m talking about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in a rather unique area of the Creation that you probably never heard about in Sunday School when you were a child. Some would ask that if it’s wrong to eat animals, then why did God ever allow the eating of animals to start with? That’s sort of like asking why God allowed the sufferings of Job in the Old Testament when he was the seed of Abraham (Genesis 46:13).
Do you remember the situation with Job with how it was his own demonic fears that came upon him (Job 3:25-26)? People were not allowed to eat animals because of the devastated vegetation after Noah’s flood. That is a total misnomer. We’re talking about the God Who is able to raise up descendants for Abraham out of rocks, according to John the Baptist (Matthew 3:9). And we’re also talking about the God Who grew a really large plant for Jonah either instantly, or in a few minutes to give him shade (Jonah 4:6). Again, do you remember the situation with Job with how it was his own fears that came upon him (Job 3:25-26)? Did you ever notice that it was after the fearfulness of each of the animals was mentioned in Genesis chapter 9, verse 2 that God [essentially] said to man, "behold, they’re in your power, but don’t touch their blood!"?
2And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
3Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
4But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. (Genesis 9:2-4 KJV)
So, grab your Bibles and make note of everything that the Bible says about fear and just remember that the same spiritual laws that apply to human beings also apply to animals! Particularly grab your Bible and Concordance and make these notes if your Church background hasn’t included a steady diet of the Word of Faith message to where you’re not as aware as a lot of Charismatics would be of the destructive nature of fear and how it ties you to Satan and to death. And that passage in Genesis, again, is Genesis 9:2-3, 4. Wipe your minds of any considerations of God having allowed mankind to eat animals because of devastated vegetation. That’s not why that happened at all. I have a feeling that Noah’s flood was far noisier than any of us have yet ever considered and that when the animals left the ark that they were emotionally a terrified wreck to where it affected their genes! They heard people screaming to be allowed onto the ark and they saw Noah, at God’s instruction, have to turn a deaf ear to the suffering outside of the ark from both human beings and animal-kind.
The fear of animals is what gave them over to the destruction of their flesh into the hands of religious and secular mankind. Their fear served them as a self-fulfilling prophecy. God didn’t purpose it. But once that door was opened, animals have been a prey ever since. And, unfortunately, there were no intercessors aware of the problem and the nature of the problem. And there was no one diligent enough in their relationship with the Lord to turn the tide and bring deliverance and restoration from those fears. Consequently, age after age passed until the Lord had to start giving Scriptural reminders that all things don’t continue as they were from the foundation of the world (2Peter 3:3-7), but things have wandered away from His original purposes [severely] where all life is concerned (Genesis 1:29-30). It’s not His purpose that things should remain as they are on any level whatsoever (Isaiah 11:1-9). And we’re the ones who’ve been entrusted with the full armor of God and the anointings of the Lord as the dispensers of the full knowledge of the glory of the Lord in the earth. If people or animals get eaten then it’s 100% the fault of the Church and it isn’t "just one of those things!"
Let’s look at a part of the New Testament’s commentary on the Mosaic Law and it’s comparison of the Mosaic Law with the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. Turn with me to 2Corinthians chapter 3:
4And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
5Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
7But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
8How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
9For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
10For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
11For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
12Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
13And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
14But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
15But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
16Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
17Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2Corinthians 3:4-18 KJV)
2Corinthians chapter 3 talks about how the Old Testament Law, though having a measure of glory about it, isn’t as glorious as the New Testament "Law." 2Corinthians chapter 3 says that the Old Testament Law only offered a ministry of condemnation. Then how can we look to it for perfect lessons on grace? Though Paul said that the things that were previously written were written for the benefit of those of us that the ends of the ages have overtaken (1Corinthians 10:11), it doesn’t follow that we need to follow every element of cruelty that the Old Testament Law introduced in the absence of the perfectly redeeming Blood of Jesus Christ and the Covenant Life that God has given for us to have [life] within ourselves in this age. The curses aren’t ours under the Law of grace, but the blessings are ours to minister to absolutely all of the families of the earth. And Jeremiah 31:27-28 lets us know that we’d better not count out the animals in our count of the families of the earth!
Under the Mosaic Law dispensation, both men and animals were bound by the Mosaic Law. If Christ has redeemed us as human beings from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13-14), has Christ left animals under bondage to the law? This is a very important question to consider because it strikes to the heart of both sides of this issue. If Christ has left animals under bondage to the Mosaic Law, then they owe you their flesh and bodily fluids for your consumption – provided that they’re the particularly clean races of animals that we’re supposedly allowed to eat (if we’re under the Law). I don’t believe for a minute that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13-14) while at the same time having left animals under the curse of the Law. There’s nothing in the whole New Testament to indicate that. And there are quite a few things that specifically specify otherwise. There is absolutely no basis for continuing to consume animal derived products for anyone who believes that they’re redeemed from the old Adamic race that fell in the Garden of Eden.
21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (Romans 8:21 KJV)
Romans chapter 8, verse 21 says that the animals are to enter into the liberties of the children of God. We can’t facilitate those liberties while at the same time we’re eating the animals. When the end of the previous world was drawing near, animals were only rescued by 2s and 7s. St. Peter seems to indicate that that was what I would call "an antimatter reality" to our world, or a silhouette of contrasts with what we’re to expect for the future. So, by the end of this world, we should not expect more than 2s and 7s of the animal kingdoms to get killed in the process of our transition to the New Earth! Obviously, that would be of what animals remained until then that haven’t already gone extinct. But I do believe that there is a future age in which all of these animals are raised from the dead and inhabit the New Earth and perhaps other worlds.
The vision in Isaiah 40:11 of Jesus in His High Priestly ministry caring for animals may perhaps offer the hope that we won’t have to wait for thousands of years until Christ delivers up the Kingdom to the Father, according to 1Corinthians 15:28 before we see resurrection life being exercised in the behalf of the animals that have died and of those that have gone extinct. The raising of animal life from the dead and allowing it to achieve it’s zenith in Him may be within the power of His High Priestly ministry [for our age] because of the continual language in Scripture from cover to cover describing Him as a Shepherd.
Jesus is our Shepherd in the New Covenant. He’s a Shepherd from the perspective of being the seed of David. And He’s a Shepherd to animals according to Isaiah 40:11. It’s interesting how Isaiah 63:14-16 says that they’re given rest through the Holy Spirit. Christ’s specific and direct Personal activities in the behalf of animals are within the framework of His High Priestly ministry. And as always, His High Priestly activities are only carried out as those of us who have the full armor of God mentioned in Isaiah 11 and Ephesians 6 are pursuing His covenant purposes in the behalf of the Creation around us by exercising our own royal priesthood.
Jeremiah 31:27-28 is a covenant provision made for these ends. This is not just so that we’d be so bonded to animals that the reasons would become abundantly self-evident for not harming them. This is also so that the Lord would be obligated towards them, in His High Priestly Office, because He did sow the House of Israel and the House of Judah with their "seed," according to Jeremiah 31:27-28. Again, as always, whatever the Lord does, He always does it through a covenantal framework in Scripture. And most believers, as of when I’m writing this, have not yet had their eyes opened to this particular Hosea 2:18; Jeremiah 31:27-28 covenant that I’m speaking of.
In Isaiah 11 and Hosea 2 it mentions the animals being at peace with one another [because of my preaching] and then the nations being gathered to Christ and Israel being restored, as it was when He brought them out of Egypt. This tells me that this whole thing with both the animals and the restoration of Israel to Christ is a fulfillment of an upcoming Passover or two – though not necessarily in back-to-back years. Of course, I don’t mean to imply that all of this will come about through my preaching alone, but I do believe that preaching is involved in inheriting that altered state of reality outlined for us in Isaiah chapter 11 and Hosea chapter 2. I used to think that Isaiah chapter 11 was vague and not very detailed, but I’ve been in a season, recently, when the Holy Spirit has been correcting my understanding of it.
As you comb over the details of Isaiah chapter 11, it very definitely brings up the preaching anointings in that passage. It also talks about the full armor of God as being worn by the segment of the Body of Christ that catches the vision of the implications to the entire Creation of what a fully matured Gospel ministry means in this earth, per Ephesians 4, Mark 4, and Isaiah 11. Incidentally, for those of you who’ve wondered about a "7-fold Spirit of God" or "7 Spirits of God" that are mentioned in the book of Revelation, this Isaiah 11 passage gives you the explanation:
Spirit of the Lord (or Lordship);
Spirit of Wisdom;
Spirit of Understanding;
Spirit of Counsel;
Spirit of Strength;
Spirit of Knowledge;
Spirit of the Fear (or Worship) of the Lord
That they’re Named here would seem to make one to wonder if this passage is an understood subject of the book of Revelation, even if it didn’t spell out for you absolutely all of the consequences of each of it’s judgments.
I’ve never previously been a teacher on all of the various forms of typology in the Scriptures, so you’ll have to bare with this first creud attempt at teaching where I’m attempting to demonstrate types, shadows, and antitypes in the Scriptures. But the Lord has shown me something in relation to providing a third Scriptural witness to the general timing of when we could expect the Hosea 2:18 covenant to begin baring fruit in the earth. And with this additional 5 or 6 passages of Scripture that I’ll be talking about, referencing or just mentioning, it would raise the number of witnesses in the Scripture that I’m able to cite in seeking the timing of fruitfulness for this Hosea 2:18 covenant to 7 or 8 passages when combined with the passage in Mark chapter 5 and Isaiah chapter 30 that I’ve previously cited in providing a general time-frame for when this Hosea 2:18 covenant came online from the Hand of the Lord as an upgrade to the programming of the New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ for our lives.
The number 40 seems irrevocably linked with animals in the Scriptures. During what we tend to call "Noah’s Flood," it rained for 40 days and nights according to Genesis 7:12. During the time that Moses was given the Law, he fasted 40 days and nights. And it was during the giving of the Law that the animals were bound to the sacrificial system of the young Israelite nation. Moses had to deal with the golden calf situation shortly afterwards. Those of you that have seen the Ten Commandments movie with Charleton Heston already know the story without my elaborating further. When the idolatrous situation was dealt with, Moses wound up extending his fast up to 80 days in total as he wound up re-writing the Law of God for the young Israelite nation.
I don’t want to spend any time at this point trying to explain the animal sacrificial system that was pretty near the heart of the Mosaic Law. I believe that I’ve previously dealt with it briefly and that’ll have to do for now. I’m sure the Scriptures contain a fuller explanation than I can give at the present for why the animals were used as a sort of credit card system with regards to the sins of the people until the actual payment of Jesus Christ would come into the earth to deal with the sin problem and free every creature from it’s fallen past.
In 1Samuel 17 it says that Goliath had harassed the heirs of the Mosaic covenant for 40 days before David came along and killed him. David promised the flesh of the Philistine Army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field. (The flesh of a Goliath will always belong to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.) Later, the prophet Elijah is fed by ravens for a time period. He’s the only person in the Old Testament, that I’m aware of, that was supernaturally catered to by animals in such a way. And he wound up doing a 40-day fast which renewed his youth as the eagle’s right before he was caught up into the heavens as an eagle and taken into heaven by the angel of the Lord. So again, we notice the number 40 associated either directly or indirectly with someone who was in some relation to an animal in the Scriptures.
Lastly, Jesus fasted for 40 days as He was both preparing Himself for full-time ministry and as He was taking to Himself the whole sacrificial system that was to find it’s fulfillment in Him rather than in the flesh and blood of animals. And Jesus is pictured in Isaiah chapter 40 as ministering to animals while He’s at the right hand of God and operating in His High Priestly ministry in the behalf of Christians. Evidently, we’re supposed to be remembering animals in our priestly duties as Christians. 1Peter says that all Christians are a royal priesthood, so this isn’t in reference to either your place of employment and source of income or your particular denomination or type of Church or whatever. If you’ve embraced the Lordship of Jesus Christ then you are a king and a priest before God, whether you’re in active public ministry or not.
I want to make a special note of approximately when Jesus did His 40-day fast. Your best scholars have placed the crucifixion of Jesus at 32A.D. based on extra-biblical sources that give them a date for the particular Passover year when it became totally dark outside, as we’re told happened in the Gospel accounts of the crucifixion story. If Jesus’ ministry was around three and a half years as both tradition and many scholars insist, then this would place Jesus’ fast as having been around 28A.D.
I personally believe that these references to the number "40" in relation to the animals aren’t without significance. But what can they mean, some would ask? Obviously, nothing happened by 68A.D. to have ended all of the senseless slaughter of animals, other than Christ having paid for that ultimate reality at the same time as He paid for everything else in His self-sacrificial work in 32A.D. I personally believe that the Bible is indicating for us that from the day that Jesus concluded His 40-day fast that it would be roughly 40 Jubilees before we’d see the fullness of the Hosea 2:18 covenant start to enter into the picture. A Jubilee in ancient Israel was a special year that only happened every 50 years and during that time period debts were canceled and liberty was to be proclaimed throughout the land. And yes, in the laws of Release and of Jubilee in Leviticus chapter 25 there is a passing reference to not forgetting to be kind to animals in the 7th verse. However, there’s no doctrinal or other form of commentary given in the immediate context to explain it’s [immediate or prophetic] significance in the passage.
In saying what I’m saying, I’m not meaning to imply by any stretch, lest I be laughed at by scholars that’ll see this – I don’t mean to imply that 28A.D. was in any way a Jubilee that can be verified in the Rabbinical literature. I’m saying that Jesus is our Jubilee and that as He taught us to expect our Father to reward us openly regarding our fasting, that perhaps the miracles in the 4-Gospels aren’t the extent of Christ’s reward for His extended fast. Perhaps He was given more control over certain aspects of time in the purposes of God than we’d previously considered. Might the "rapture" have been sidestepped in 1988 and 1989 and in 1993 and in all of the other years that people were expecting it, not necessarily because anyone who took that leap of faith was automatically wrong in their assertion, though they likely were? Is there the slightest chance that what is said of the Old Testament heroes of the faith in Hebrews 11:39-40 might have happened to our generation as well? Could God have decided to reach for something bigger and grander and more excellent than merely the completion of the Body of Christ?
39And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
40God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. (Hebrews 11:39-40 KJV)
So, if a Jubilee is every 50th year in the Scriptures and I’m counting 40 Jubilees from 28A.D., then I’m essentially saying that the Scriptures are indicating to me that by 2028A.D. that we should see a tremendous amount of liberty worked out in the behalf of animals in our society that’s rooted, spiritually, in this Hosea 2:18 covenant. I’ve previously taught that Isaiah chapter 30 has a passage that seems to strongly indicate that the New Covenant was amended with this Hosea 2:18; Jeremiah 31:27-28 covenant on September 11th of 2001 "in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fell." And in teaching this Hosea 2:18 covenant, I’d previously drawn attention to the number 2000 being associated with the pigs that ran into the water, that I likened to baptismal waters, when the demoniac was set free in Mark chapter 5. So, I believe that this gives us, roughly, a 27 or 28 year time period within which to very diligently fast and to pray many times throughout each day looking to our heavenly Father for a prophetic fulfillment along these lines. We should behave as Daniel did in the Old Testament for God to fulfill His promises in the behalf of the heirs of the covenant in his day. We can expect for an enormous amount of miracles in the behalf of animals to take place within this season.
Some have wondered if Daniel was a vegetarian because of the 1st chapter of the book of Daniel. Whatever may have been involved with that, it was more likely a partial fast of some type because then in the 10th chapter of Daniel we’re told that during his 3-week partial fast, in that instance, that he didn’t consume any flesh, which would indicate to me that otherwise he would. As a kosher Jew, he wouldn’t have said that he was abstaining from crabs, pigs, and shellfish for three weeks because even when he wasn’t on a 3-week partial fast those ceremonially unclean animals were never a part of his normal diet. But that he made a special point of emphasizing that he didn’t eat any animal flesh during his 3-week partial fast would indicate to me that he was normally in the habit of eating some type of meat. Whether it was livestock and fish that were regarded as religiously clean in the Mosaic Law or some other type of meat that was allowed by the Mosaic Law at the time, (because of the hardness of the human heart,) we’re not privy to those details. But it’s very likely that Daniel wasn’t any type of vegetarian. In having said that we should emulate Daniel in looking to God to fulfill His promises to our present day where animals are concerned, I’m certainly not calling attention to Daniel’s diet. I’m pointing to his fervency in prayer until he received a clear answer from God regarding the issues at hand in his day.
Remember when I said that Moses fasted 80 days, total, before they had a copy of the Law that they were going to hang on to for the balance of that age? 2028A.D. just so happens to be the 80th anniversary of the re-establishment of the nation of Israel. And Jeremiah 31:27-28 says that, spiritually speaking, it was in the House of Israel and of Judah that the Lord would be sowing the beasts of the earth with the intent of no longer doing them any harm, but of at long last building and planting their lives. And Jeremiah 31 goes further to say, after it’s outlined the New Covenant, that if these ordinances can be done away with, then the House of Israel will cease to be a nation before the Lord forever.
Now, listen to me clearly on this and don’t misunderstand and slander me. I am not saying that Jesus will come back by then. And I am not saying that no one will have any pets any more after 2028A.D. I’m not saying that at all. And I’m not saying that animals will automatically totally cease to die under either mysterious or sinister circumstances on that date. I’m saying that this is the season of the Lord’s favor in the behalf of animals and that if we’ll take this open door that the Lord promised us in the book of Revelation (very carefully compare: Revelation 3:8 with Daniel 7:21-22 with Revelation 19:11), then we can inherit the Isaiah chapter 11 scenario when animals no longer harm one another, no longer harm us, and when people are no longer harming animals. Isaiah 11 indicates that this takes place prior to the conversion of Israel. I’ve recently been musing as to whether or not this is the particular aspect of the New Covenant that St. Paul was hinting at that was supposed to make Israel envious in such a way as to lead to their ultimate restoration to Christ in Romans 11. Even in the book of Hosea, we find this "Animal Gospel" spelled out early in the book, while the restoration of the tribe of Ephraim doesn’t happen until the last chapter of Hosea.
My personal curiosity [that I don’t want to be dogmatic about] as to whether or not Paul was hinting at this very thing in his comments about the final restoration of Israel to Christ as perhaps being from the envy kindled through this Hosea 2:18 covenant having an expanding prophetic fulfillment with signs and wonders following is because of Paul’s allusion to this very text in Hosea in the 8th and 9th chapters of Romans, as I’ve previously mentioned elsewhere in talking about this covenant.
I'm more convinced than ever that we're the generation that'll see the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, per Daniel chapter 9 and everlasting righteousness brought in for all. In saying all that I’ve said thus far in this article, I’m not saying that if nothing more happens by 2028A.D. that this Hosea 2:18 covenant is in any way invalidated. And I’m not seeking to set dates for any particular aspects of it’s fulfillment. Neither am I in any way saying that nothing could be expected either before or beyond that date. Things could continue to progress until 2012A.D. and then nothing further happen in the behalf of animals until the following century. I pray that that’s not how things work out, but I’m simply illustrating the fact that I’m not setting dates nor seeking to limit the dispensation of the promises of God towards animals. It’s merely been my hope to demonstrate from the Scriptures in multiple ways a general season for when we could expect for the Lord to begin prioritizing more than human life as He’d express towards us the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness towards us.
The 2028A.D. date is speculative on my part, as to it’s particular significance. And it’s an interesting coincidence that it would just happen to overlap with the 80th anniversary of the restoration of Israel as a nation in the light of all that I’ve pointed out regarding God’s usage of the number 40 in the Scriptures and in relation to Moses having fasted 80 days while obligating animals to the sacrificial system of ancient Israel. There may be a significance there, or there may not be. If there isn’t, then counting 40 Jubilees from Jesus’ birth, since Jesus is our Jubilee Who ever-liveth to make known to us the acceptable year of the Lord, then counting from Jesus’ birth, you’re still faced with a time-period that’s roughly around the year 2000A.D.
Counting, from Jesus’ birth, 40 Jubilees in the light of the association of the number 40 with the animals in the Scriptures would give you a third witness to the general timing of when the Hosea 2:18 covenant would begin to take priority in the Heart of God as an important amendment on the New Covenant of Jesus Christ. It would agree with the general timing that I’ve previously alluded to that I see special significance in with the passing of the 2000 pigs beneath the water. And it would seem to agree with my interpretation of the day of the great slaughter passage from Isaiah chapter 30 that I’ve previously mentioned a few times as relating to the Twin Towers catastrophe from September 11th, 2001. I’ve previously mentioned this passage as giving us a time-frame to know when to expect this Hosea 2:18 passage to take special significance in the appointed times and seasons of the Lord. This concept of Christ’s 40th Jubilee that I’m extracting from Scripture for your blessing and consideration would seem to harmonize with that.
I believe that this Hosea 2:18 covenant is foremost a covenant of peace and that it’s God’s scriptural legal technicality for beginning to address the fear in the lives of animals that has existed since Noah’s flood. And I believe that in proportion as the fear of man is lifted from animals that mankind’s apparent insatiable appetite for animal flesh will begin to melt away from mankind. Jesus came to deliver those who through the fear of death were all of their lifetimes subject to bondage according to Hebrews chapter 2. And to me, Jeremiah 31:27-28 is His declaration that He’s not ashamed to call these animals "brethren." Again, Romans 8 says that they’re destined to enter into many of our liberties as the children of God. And I say, from all that the Lord’s shown me thus far, that the time for this is now. It’s time for each of us to look beyond ourselves to the sufferings of others and to begin to put off the old man with his animal exploitation deeds and to put on the new man which is the last Adam according to 1Corinthians 15.
Yes, the road towards animal liberation in Christ is a gravel road at points and at other points it’s sort of paved, but at the same time it’s filled with potholes because of cultural and religious slander regarding God’s purpose of the age where animals are concerned. There are many Goliaths along the way that’ll have to fall before the pressure of this Hosea 2:18 covenant as we begin to put the pressure on it in our prayers and in our fasting. It’s time to begin speaking blessings to animals that they’d be free of this terror that they’ve had that has worked together with every other evil principle at work in the world to bring all of these evils into their lives. There will come an ultimate Armageddon in our lifetimes when the flesh of the kings of the earth will belong to the birds of the air.
I’m totally convinced that the judgment that comes upon mankind through the beasts of the earth that’s mentioned in Revelation 6:8 is talking about their liberation from the fear of man. We can see this most especially at the point of Revelation chapter 19 which isn’t the Second Coming of Jesus Christ but a prophecy of God’s outpoured Spirit upon all flesh. The windows of heaven were opened to John in Revelation 19 for him to see the risen Christ judging and making war with the sword of His mouth. It was the same sword and the same methodology with which He warred against certain heresies in the first three chapters of the book of Revelation during His times of Visitation with those 7 Churches. The book of Acts in chapter 3, verse 21 says that Christ comes back at the time of the restoration of all things, which would seem to place His bodily return in sync with the coming of the new heavens and the new earth.
Jesus and His Apostles told the Pharisees that their millenial expectations were wrong. I think that many people hold to premillenialism rather than to postmillenialism because of the people who are being raised from the dead in Revelation chapter 20. But any time that there has been a really strong outpouring of the Holy Spirit, there’s been the raising of the dead and the securing of a heavenly reign on the part of believers throughout history. That’s happened with every outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Study all of the various ones of the 20th century for anecdotes about the raising of the dead. The dead were raised in the Old Testament through the prophets Elijah, Elisha, and Ezekiel, and they were raised from the dead through the Apostle Paul’s ministry in the New Testament. In the 20th century people were seen raised from the dead through various Pentecostal ministries such as Smith Wigglesworth, Kenneth Copeland, and various others.
Any new entrance of the Holy Spirit is an impartation of life, a raising to newness of life, an elevation in the standard of living, life from the dead, and any other manifestation of life that’s ever needed whether bodily or in some other way. But when Christ returns, according to the book of Daniel, the Gospel of John, and the book of Acts, the righteous and the wicked are raised from the dead together. The "dead" under Christ’s administration are raised first and then those who are the righteousness of God in Christ are raised and they’re all judged at once at the White Throne judgment. After the wicked are sent into the correction of the ages and the righteous are sent into their rulership over the ages of correction, according to Matthew 25:46, then gradually we’ll see the completion of the fulfillment of the promises of restoration after every judgment and punishment has been executed to the very letter of the law. Absolutely every promise of punishment, destruction, and restoration must be fulfilled in fullness.
Incidentally, in passing, when I wrote the first 5 major articles that I wrote for this website on the Hosea 2:18 covenant, I viewed my eschatology as being premillenialist because that’s what I grew up being taught. I didn’t know back then that there was any other perspective in the Church among sincerely diligent students and disciples of the Word. Postmillenialism is the perspective of scripture that says that the millenial reign is the millenial reign of the saints and that Christ doesn’t return, bodily, until after the millenium. Premillenialism is the belief that Christ’s bodily return begins the millenial reign of Christ during which He’ll do all that He told us to do in discipling the nations. But upon an indepth careful re-examination of the entire book of Revelation in the strictest translations that I could find, as well as looking very carefully at the Bible’s usage of the term "thousand" from cover to cover, then that’s when the transition occurred in my beliefs to what would be labeled as "postmillenialism" in theology.
I’d never heard of the postmillenial perspective until several months after I’d already embraced it. Several months later, on a whim, I looked up what the online wikipedia had to say about the book of Revelation and within a link or two I was reading what they had to say about postmillenialism. That was when I found out for the very first time what the theological name was of my newly established perspective on Bible prophecy. I’m saying all of this to say that I already saw this Hosea 2:18 covenant with clarity while I believed in premillenialism (which seems to be the predominant view of Christians as of when I’m writing this). So, agreeing with my newly embraced postmillenialism isn’t necessary. It’s not a deal maker or deal breaker for embracing this covenant that Christ has initiated with animals. You’re free to take one subject at a time and to look at it individually in your own time as you pray and seek the Holy Spirit for yourself regarding the truth of all of this.
Postmillenialism, not to be confused with Amillenialism by any remote stretch, simply seems more consistent with the Scriptures; the Spirit of Christ; the principles of the seed which Christ validated, drew lessons from, and gave absolute preeminence to in Mark 4; the promises regarding Christian destiny in the earth; and other things that I’d always wondered about. Unlike several postmillenial authors, I lean a little heavier towards a more literal thousand-year time frame for the millenium. 2Peter chapter 3 with it’s talk about the Lord’s return and upon the Lord’s return the immediate setting on fire (whether spiritual or physical fire) of the elements, the earth, and the works therein was always a "problem text" for me when I was a premillenialist. But that chapter harmonizes beautifully verse by verse with my recently revised beliefs and doesn’t require a cookie-cutting of a verse or two to try to line it up with my previously held premillenialist presupposition. Daily I’m feeling more and more towards the doctrine of the rapture what I’ve grown to feel regarding the erroneous doctrine of eternal punishment. True love never fails and true love never bails.
Unless the animals also left in such a rapture, [which has never been consistently taught by any premillenialist who believes in a rapture,] then wouldn’t it be the greatest animal cruelty of all to leave the animals with a world full of the ungodly without a single born again soul in sight, according to the premillenialist worldview for the future? Animals are inevitably ignored in such a scenario of God, Satan, and fallen man supposedly having it out for 7 solid years. There’s no consistency to that with the holistic views of creation, redemption, and eschatology that the Bible sets before us. Both the incarnation and the resurrection forever make Jesus Christ a shepherd.
In the hour of the world’s greatest need, the Church will be right here teaching, discipling, delivering, restoring, performing the acts of a good Samaritan, and challenging the world more than ever to come out from under the wrath of God into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son. The Church is mentioned in Revelation chapters 12, 13, and 15 as those who dwell in heavenly places. According to St. Paul that is the present positional reality of all who’ve embraced the Lordship of Jesus Christ and are driven along by the Presence, Power, and Expression of the Holy Spirit. Christ will open each of the 7 seals of the scroll that is in God’s right Hand and Satan will go forth to steal the Word that will be sown, as Jesus said that he’d definitely try to in the parable of the sower. As we see calamity upon calamity coming upon the world to try to distract from the Everlasting Gospel, we’re still assured in Scripture that the opening of the seals dries the tears that are coming from every eye as we see John no longer weeping but rejoicing because the message held back until the opening of the apocalyptic seals is being released. Whatever the message is, it causes the worship of every single creature in the entire creation in heaven, earth, and under the earth to abound to the glory of God the Father in Revelation 5:13:
13and every creature that is in the heaven, and in the earth, and under the earth, and the things that are upon the sea, and the all things in them, heard I saying, `To Him who is sitting upon the throne, and to the Lamb, [is] the blessing, and the honour, and the glory, and the might -- to the ages of the ages!' (Revelation 5:13 YLT)
Acts chapter 1 says that Jesus will return in the same peaceful way as He ascended. And Psalm 110 says that He sits at God’s right hand until His enemies are made His footstool. So, scripturally, there’s no place in the covenant for a fulfillment of the premillenialist’s erroneous expectation based on Revelation chapter 19’s imagery. To hear premillenialists talk, we’re to expect a cosmic Rambo to be judging and making war in the natural, carnal realm through brute force totalitarianism rather than through the fulfillment of the Gospel Commission, as though Christ were a carnal Emperor like Napoleon Bonaparte – which He’s not! The heavens were opened in Revelation chapter 19 for John to see and not for Jesus to return at that particular time. I most emphatically do believe in a literal, eventual, bodily return of Jesus Christ that’ll begin the judgment after the [yet future] thousand years are passed. I simply don’t believe that Revelation 19 is talking about the Second Coming.
To me the passage in question in Revelation 19 simply speaks of a tremendous outpouring of the Holy Spirit that’ll lead to the destruction of the carnal nature of all of Israel’s enemies. And perhaps [I’m suggesting] there may be a parallel fulfillment either simultaneously or previously in the behalf of the animals as they face an Armageddon of sorts in the book of Hosea where their covenant with the Lord is outlined. And again, we have another outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Revelation chapter 20 when those who’ve either physically or socially and emotionally died in the behalf of the cause of Christ are brought into newness of life to reign with Christ’s High Priestly ministry. This will be for the thousand years yet to come when Satan will be removed from human contact and from hindering the furtherance of the Gospel. Look with me in Daniel chapter 7, verses 21-22:
21I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
22Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. (Daniel 7:21-22 KJV)
To me Revelation chapters 19 and 20 are simply the fulfillment of Daniel 7:21-22 when it talks about those who are being raised from the dead who were beheaded for the cause of Christ either literally and physically or metaphorically, emotionally, socially, and financially. Daniel chapter 7 says that the spirit of Antichrist is winning until a judgment is rendered by the Most High in the behalf of, and in the favor of, the saints. History is a witness to how the spirit of Antichrist has been winning against the animals until the judgment that was recently rendered by the Most High in the behalf of the animals through the Hosea 2:18; Jeremiah 31:27-28 covenant.
14As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name.
15Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?
16Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting. (Isaiah 63:14-16 KJV)
There’s a reference to the full armor of God in Isaiah chapter 11, verses 4-5 which tells me that the rest that animals are entering into in that chapter isn’t either on the New Earth nor after Satan has been bound for a thousand years. It’s for right now! It’s a rest [for the Creation] that’s administered through those who are overcoming in Christ according to Revelation 2:25-29 through the power of Jesus’ High Priestly ministry.
4But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. (Isaiah 11:4-5 KJV)
25But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
26And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
27And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
28And I will give him the morning star.
29He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 2:25-29 KJV)
As Christians are inheriting the fullness of the Spirit (Isaiah 63:14-16); of the commandment of love; and are learning to operate in the heavenly realms that they’ve been raised up to in Christ, [according to the book of Ephesians,] they must proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom and dismantle the curse everywhere they find it (2Corinthians chapter 10), while discipling every nation (Matthew chapter 28). Christians are to reign over life, in every area of life, economics, and culture with the rod of iron of all of the redemptive promises of Scripture. Animal exploitation isn’t a part of their righteous reign according to Isaiah chapter 11 and Isaiah 63:7-16:
9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:9 KJV)
7I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
8For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.
9In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
10But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.
11Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?
12That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?
13That led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble?
14As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name.
15Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?
16Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting. (Isaiah 63:7-16 KJV)
As with every other expression and level of growth with the "seed" of the kingdom we see "first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear." (Mark 4:26-29) Psalm 104 seems to precede Isaiah chapter 11 because in Psalm 104 we see that although God has decreed that the grasses and herbs are given by God for the animals and for the service of man (verse 14), yet the young lions are roaring after their prey (verse 21). This indicates that the animals are not yet leaning towards their dominant genes of being grass and herb eaters but are still functioning under the recessive genes of their fallen past. This isn’t the case in Isaiah chapter 11.
But Psalm 104 concludes in it’s 35th verse with talking about the judgment of sinners who are harming these animals. And in Isaiah 11:4 we find that those judgments and vindications from the Lord lead to the place of God’s rest for the animals in the 6th through the 9th verses. Isaiah 63:14-16 says that they’ve entered into the liberties of the children of God at that time that were promised to them in Romans 8:21. And again, I would remind you that these judgments are being wrought by those who are wearing the full armor of God according to Isaiah 11:5 because Jesus has promised us that as we’re overcoming that we’d judge the earth with the rod of our mouths in Revelation chapter 2. And it doesn’t make sense that we’d be clad in the full armor of God after Satan has been bound for a thousand years or after the New Earth has been created.
Many within the Church, particularly of the Charismatic or Pentecostal persuasion, are currently boasting in what they perceive to be a 5-fold ministry in Ephesians chapter 4. According to many of them, there has been a full restoration in recent years of the Apostolic and Prophetic offices that were given by Christ for the development of the Church in it’s Kingdom purposes. This is from a segment of the Church in the earth that has conservatively surpassed 500 million people in numbers. If a full heralding of the Gospel of the Kingdom is an announcement of all that Christ has done and of His demands upon every heart, then this message must begin to take root within the Apostles and Prophets of the Lamb in our day.
This message must come to the forefront because it’s where we’re heading as a people and as a world. As the Kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17; Matthew 6:33), the Kingdom is likewise not merely a rediscovery of humanity’s original purpose or ultimate destiny through Jesus Christ. The Kingdom is the full realm of God’s glory and includes every single subject of God’s Kingdom and not just human beings.
Let me remind you that Mark chapter 4 says in the parable of the mustard seed that although the Kingdom were the smallest seed, that it would grow to the point where the birds of the air would be able to find rest in it’s branches. Isaiah chapter 11 says that animals would no longer harm one another, animals would no longer seek to harm human beings, and human beings would no longer seek to harm animals when the full knowledge of the glory of the Lord is in the earth through the Church’s prophetic mantle. Turn in your Bible to 2Corinthians chapter 4 and read this with me:
3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
14Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. (2Corinthians 4:3-15 KJV)
2Corinthians chapter 4 says that the full knowledge of the glory of the Lord is in discerning in the Gospel, through the Holy Spirit’s aid, the full knowledge of the glory that shines in the face of Jesus Christ. What else would make Christ’s face shine more than all of the joys and pleasures of a New Heavens and a New Earth that has been inaugurated through a global conquest of every soul through the Gospel of Jesus Christ by which every thought has been brought into captivity to obedience to Jesus Christ? What else would make Christ’s face shine more than every life on this side of the New Earth totally setting the world on fire with reaching the zenith of it’s destiny – the furthest that it could possibly reach within the limitations of the present heavens and earth? I believe that when the Holy Spirit can’t possibly take us any further in the present world that then [and then alone] will it be time for a new world in which righteousness dwells in the heavens!