By Martin Cisneros
I want to reaffirm, as we get into our Bible lesson again, today, that it is extremely important that you pay attention to every Scripture reference in this presentation. And where I took the time to write out the Scriptures, longhand, please make sure you are actually reading those yet again, instead of either skimming them or skipping past them. I'm not a Bible teacher who often spends a lot of time writing out many of these verses longhand. This particular presentation was written out in a spiral notebook with an old fashioned pen before it was typed out because I had certain goals regarding the length of each section, to specifically make them 4 pages a piece on my college ruled writing pad. Sometimes I crammed a little on that rough draft of this, but I was after a certain depth, while making each portion readable and re-readable in a sitting.
12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. 13 Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you, 14 knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. 15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease. (2Peter 1:12-15)
Sounds like St. Peter adopted the habits of our Lord Jesus in being repetitive. It's good to be repetitive as long as you are being repetitive about the right things. I noticed something the other day of a repetitiveness of our Lord Jesus through the aid of the Concordant Literal New Testament. It was in Jesus's parable of the mustard seed that I know that I've referred to elsewhere in my Animal Gospel writings, though not in this series. They used the word “roost” to translate what Lord Jesus had said in Matthew, Mark, and Luke:
31 Another parable He places before them, saying, "Like is the kingdom of the heavens to a kernel of mustard which a man, getting, sows in his field; 32 which, indeed, is smaller than all the seeds, yet, whenever it may be grown, is greater than the greens, and is becoming a tree, so that the flying creatures of heaven are coming and roosting among its boughs." (Matthew 13:31-32)
30 And He said, "How should we be likening the kingdom of God? Or by what parable may we be placing it? 31 As a kernel of mustard, which, whenever it may be sown on the earth, is smaller than all the seeds of those on the earth, 32 and whenever it may be sown, is coming up and becoming greater than all the greens and is making great boughs, so that, under its shade, the flying creatures of heaven are able to roost." (Mark 4:30-32)
18 He said, then, "To what is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I be likening it?19 Like is it to a mustard kernel, which, getting, a man casts into his garden. And it grows and became a great tree, and the flying creatures of heaven roost among its boughs." (Luke 13:18-19)
Where the Concordant Literal New Testament will render the Greek as “flying creatures,” the NKJV, NASB (Updated Edition), and Scarlett's New Testament from 1798 will simply say “birds” in all of these accounts of the parable in the Bible. For 9 years, I'd taken this parable to simply express that the Hosea 2:18 Animal Gospel was an end-times message, with the mustard tree depicting the growth of the Church through the preaching and teaching of the Gospel. That as we seemed to have such a small beginning, the message of the Lordship of Jesus would reign supreme on the earth and when we were full grown in the Ephesians 4:13-16 sense, then animals would be welcomed in our growing consciousness of a more holistic message. And for 9 years, I'd take the parable of the mustard seed to indicate that as many believed the Bible to say the least towards animal rights, yet the message was undeniably there, then in God's timing the least emphasized aspect of grace, (only according to how many have read the Bible,) would become the greatest.
I noticed the word “roost” the other day in my Concordant Literal New Testament. I'd read these three accounts of this parable from the Synoptic Gospels in my Concordant Literal New Testament many, many times all of these years. But I'd always assumed the Animal Gospel had Passover language associated with it in Hosea 2, Jeremiah 31, and elsewhere. And it does, but it was only saying that God's power would be displayed in the behalf of this Hosea 2:18 Covenant in as startling a manner as God's power was revealed in the Exodus. And I knew, for the most part, that that's all those passages were largely saying when taken in context. But I'd never noticed this word “roost” in my Concordant Literal New Testament.
So I looked it up the other day in the lexicon at the back of my Concordant Literal New Testament. It says it's the Greek word “kataskenoo” and they render it in Acts 2:26 as tenting where Peter quotes David as saying “my flesh also shall be tenting in expectation.” In the lexicon at the back of my Concordant Literal New Testament they give for “kataskenoo” the definition “down-booth.”
Is it possible that Lord Jesus was linking the Animal Gospel in Matthew, Mark, and Luke with the feast of Tabernacles? That would place it's fulfillment with the Matthew 25 parable of the sheep and goats and Zechariah 14's judgment where if you don't do right by King Jesus by treating New Jerusalem right, then you'll go without the rain that particular year and until you get it right with Him.
(If you do not know...follow in the footsteps of the flock, and feed your little goats beside the Shepherd's Tent...Song of Solomon 1:8)
He's a wall of fire around people and animals in Zechariah 14 because of the Blood of Jesus having been applied in the 9th and 13th chapters of Zechariah. He said that He'd deal forcefully with false prophets, spirits of uncleanness, and everything else Zechariah says He'd deal overpoweringly with through the Blood of Jesus and the Outpouring of His Holy Spirit.
This would reach a place of such global sanctification by the Blood and Spirit through the preaching of the Gospel that Zechariah 3:9 says He'd remove the iniquity of the land in one day! Zechariah 14:14 says that our praises (i.e. Judah) would fight in our behalf and the gold, silver, and apparel would be gathered together for our exit from this Babylonian system, just as when Israel spoiled the Egyptians in the Exodus (Psalm 105:37). When Israel left Egypt, their animals went with them, and although in that case they probably had to carry the gold, silver, and apparel 'cause of the means of the time period, there was not one feeble among the animals either! When we've truly left this world's paradigm and have truly made the Gospel's paradigm our own, then the animals go with us!
This is going to turn out as He wanted it. As Joseph came out of the pit in Genesis and Balaam's donkey rebuked the false prophet, according to 2Peter 2:16, the animals that are going to experience the fullness of God's mercies in the coming years and generations of animals not even born yet are going to be a rebuke to those that have tried to keep them as prisoners in a pit with no water!
It can't be stopped. Daily, more and more people are being reached by Christ Jesus to lay aside all of their harmful ways of the past. More and more animals are experiencing miraculous deliverances as the preaching of this Hosea 2:18 Gospel acts as more and more kindling for the Zechariah 2:4-5 wall of fire around the animals.
The iniquity of the land has run it's course. These aren't end-times. These are the beginning of times as His Spirit is picking up the baton from Christ Jesus through our preaching and is making all things new.
He said in Jeremiah 31:27-28 that He would build and plant where people and animals are concerned. It's going to take a whole lot of money on our side of things for the practical aspects of His will being done on earth as it is in heaven to be a materialized reality. However, our praise, our Lion of the tribe of Judah, is roaring and as Zechariah 10:3 says, He's riding us as His royal horse in the battle! The gold, silver, and apparel of Zechariah 14:14 can no longer be held back from us and we will treat the King right every single year by caring for animals, prisoners, the poorly clothed, the sick, the hungry, widows, and orphans, and we will emerge as unpolluted by the world because Lord Jesus is our Champion!!