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Hosea 2:18 Covenant > 19. Hosea 2:18: Faith For The Next Level: Part 6

by Martin Cisneros

Many truths are hidden in the Scriptures. They've been hidden through the violence of the punctuation of the translators who've not had the full mind of the Lord and have lacked the humility of the Jewish scribes of previous millennia who avoided adding tons of punctuation to what God had said in the Scriptures.  If God didn't say it, they avoided their grammatical 2 cents worth! The following passage that relates to the Hosea 2:18 Covenant, and what I'm about to say about it today, is one of the passages that come to mind where half the truth of the text is hidden in plain sight by the publishers.  I'm not advocating for translations without punctuation, nor am I calling for public linchings of Bible translators. I'm simply stressing greater care be taken by students of the Word regarding the full meaning of God beyond the intermediaries that have been set up that publishers have thought was harmless punctuation, “edited for today's reader” inserts that they've included along with the text that was given by inspiration of God. Their bungling of the text isn't given by inspiration of God, but the original Words that God said were given by inspiration of God.  I want us to have a closer look at Ezekiel 34:25-31:

25 “I will make a covenant of prosperity with them, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. Ezekiel 34:25

God's not vowing the extinction of animals in this verse, but is clearly speaking to the issue of the wildness of animals that came as part of the Genesis 9 curse upon animals.  He can AS EASILY cause wildness to cease from the beasts of the land as He can subdue our iniquities in Micah 7:19 because He delights in mercy according to Micah 7:18 and Isaiah 54:9-10.  God's declaration that what follows in Isaiah 54 is as the swearing He did to Noah and the animals in Genesis 9 means that God's promise in Isaiah 54:13 that all your children shall be taught of the Lord and great shall be the peace and prosperity of your children also applies to the descendants of the animals that were out there with Noah on the day that God addressed Noah in Genesis 9.  Isaiah 54 is the Covenantal basis upon which He would remove the wildness of the beasts in Ezekiel 34:25 without removing the beasts themselves from the land that we're assured in Romans 8:21, Isaiah 63:14, Hosea 2:18, and elsewhere that they likewise inherit the land forever and the Scriptures cannot be broken according to John 10:35. 

In a historical context on what God was likewise addressing when He addressed the first hearers of this prophecy, God was likewise promising not to personally attack the people of the land with animals as He'd formerly done.  Numerous references exist in the prophets of the Bible where the people were going to be attacked with wild animals. Some of those references can be read as references to other nations that would come after Israel as God's disciplining Hand, others of those references are clearly speaking of animals and all of nature in general having turned on them via Climate Change [Isaiah 30:26; Isaiah 34:8-15; Joel 1:17-20; Zechariah 7:14, Malachi 4:1, etc.] and various other issues that were turning the whole Creation against Israel in the Old Testament, most of which God was insisting in the prophets was self-induced!  So there's a portion of this that's addressing Climate Change where pests have been running wild in various ways with God saying that He would address that and curb that and restore balance to the Creation around them.  But, Apocalyptically, God was likewise speaking to the matter of human and animal relations that as Christ was wrestling more and more sinners from their sins and making them trophies of His grace, His Gospel, His righteousness, and His holiness that He would likewise begin dealing with the wildness of animals who were wild against human beings.

26 I will make them and the places all around My hill (hill is perhaps a Biblical codeword for "lifestyle") a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing. Ezekiel 34:26

Hills grow, over time, into very large mountains when there's volcanic activity under them.  Showers of blessing is one thing we've not stood on Leviticus 25:21, Isaiah 51:1-3, Zechariah 10:1,  Ephesians 1:3, and elsewhere with enough firmness, solidarity, seriousness, singleness of purpose, and singularity of focus.  We've ignored the blessing that comes through Jesus as our High Priest in favor of other bowls of beans from the Scriptures!

27 Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them. Ezekiel 34:27

[Hosea 2:20 likewise says the animals will know the Lord because of similar circumstances to this verse because of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant.  Reread Isaiah 11:6-9 about the extent of the fullness of the knowledge of the Lord that completely drowns the whole world in replenishing/restoration/dominion from bottomless love as the Gospel to all of Creation is preached in fullness to every creature, as serpents are taken up, per Mark 16:18, by the preaching of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant and they return to Isaiah 11:8 and Isaiah 65:25 gentleness as a result of this message covering the earth in Mark 4:30-32 fullness.  Doesn't mean we're bringing animals into our Churches and serving them Communion 'cause Lord Jesus did say not to give the sacred to dogs in Matthew 7:6, but as the supernatural power of this Hosea 2:18 Covenantal declaration permeates all of Creation, who's to say that that commandment from our Lord Jesus isn't like His Matthew 10:5 commandment to ignore the Gentiles completely, which He repealed after His resurrection?  Might we at some point successfully serve them Communion where they would rightly discern the Isaiah 40:11 arms that are around them and leading them?  There's the promise of science, right now, as scientists are making slow progress in decoding their languages, and this Covenant also promises that the barriers of communication between people and animals MUST INEVITABLY FALL, per Ezekiel 38:20 and other Scriptures.]

In Ezekiel 34:27, some people would either make the trees or the earth itself a reference to people bringing forth real productivity spiritually, economically, soulishly, procreatively, and in other ways, and while those readings may be valid because of what it says elsewhere in Scripture, this is also saying that when the relationship between people and animals is going back to Edenic benevolence that the root vegetables, trees, herbs, and everything else will begin to prosper because of the end of man's war with Creation being within reasonable reach at long last!  Hosea 2:22, Joel 2:22, and many other passages of Scripture speak to this issue of increased nutrients in the food that's coming from the earth, increased subduing of insects where their gluttony is no longer matching our own as human beings in detrimental ways where our crops are concerned, and that there would be increased amounts of food harvests.

28 And they shall no longer be a prey for the pagans and secularists, nor shall beasts of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and no one shall make them afraid.  Ezekiel 34:28

Clearly if God had meant by the 25th verse the extinction of the beasts of the field, then they couldn't have been brought up here in the 28th verse as living with us and what remains of pagans and secularists while Christ is still subduing the Creation through us via the Gospel and from God's right Hand via all that's at His disposal from all that that means that He's seated at God's right Hand.

29 I will raise up for them a garden of renown, and they shall no longer be consumed with hunger in the land, nor bear the shame of the pagans and secularists anymore. Ezekiel 34:29

This Garden of Renown is as much a revelation of CONSISTENT Mark chapter 4 hundredfolds from the proclamation of the Gospel after we've embraced a fuller Gospel that includes God's glad tidings to every animal kingdom as well as every human kingdom, but it also includes every romantic garden that rightfully belongs to every marriage that's embraced the Lordship of Jesus when you filter Song of Solomon through the Cross of Christ and see the end of marital conflict and the fullness of Edenic and romantic purpose coming forth in married couples who aren't regularly sharing in animal bloodshed by what they purchase, what they eat, wear, and use in other ways, and what they endorse to others of other animal abuses that are betrayals of the entirety of the Gospel.  These acts of betrayal against animals, that rob them of their innocence of life with us, that some call “Speciesism,” are among the Ezekiel 38:20 walls that must fall, per the Hosea 2:18 Covenant. When we walk by the fullness of what Lord Jesus in His suffering and death purchased for all of Creation and what that demands that our response to all of Creation in our lifestyle is to become, then you're beginning to advance in the kind of Agape that's not only the most instep with the expectations of Christ and of St. Paul's Gospel, but you're also nullifying enmity on quantum levels around the world that have never even dawned on you by each step of Veganism you're taking, together with fervent prayer, love for humanity, and dedication to spreading the Gospel and investing in the spreading of the Gospel to all of humanity via every available voice and channel that exists for doing so [Joshua 1:8 with Colossians 3:16, 2Corinthians 9:6-8, Ephesians 2:4-10, 2Timothy 3:14-17, Hebrews 13:20-21].

30 Thus they shall know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are My people,” says the Lord God.’
31 “You are My flock, the flock of My pasture, you are men, and I am your God,” says the Lord God. Ezekiel 34:30-31

My NKJV puts a semi-colon after the word “pasture” in verse 31, implying the rest is just a restatement of what preceded the semi-colon, but it couldn't be further from the truth.  Here in verses 30 and 31 you've got one of those statements like Jeremiah 31:27-28, Ezekiel 38:19-20, Zechariah 2:4-5, Jeremiah 33:6-16, and elsewhere where people and animals are being spoken of side-by-side.  A correct reading of this is that Israel is addressed in the 30th verse, the animals are addressed with the word “flock” in verse 31, regardless of their scientific classifications that often shade our idea of words dealing with animals in the Bible, the “men” mentioned at the close of verse 31 aren't the house of Israel, nor are they the animals that are indicated by the word “flock,” but they're the Gentiles.

4 who said to him, “Run, speak to this young man, saying: ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it. 5 For I,’ says the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’”  Zechariah 2:4-5

I don't ever want to get into a dispute with anyone about whether or not the above passage could have had a partial fulfillment during the Old Testament time frame.  I could argue all of Old Testament prophecy having been fulfilled during the Old Testament time frame.  I've spent enough time with Old Testament prophecies to see a side to it that had “audience relevance” for those who were original recipients of those prophecies.  All of the Messianic prophecies that everybody believes apply to Jesus had Old Testament fulfillments, though they're equally valid and take on deeper and higher dimensions in their fulfillment in the life, vicarious sufferings, and High Priestly ministry of Christ Jesus as King of New Jerusalem.  Isaiah 11's branch and rod from the stem of Jesse is explained to us in Zechariah 6 and elsewhere has having been the Old Testament High Priest Joshua the son of Jehozadak.  Every other prophecy has that type of Old Testament explanation, including the Immanuel prophecy of Isaiah 7:14.  The whole book of Isaiah has it's 36th through 39th chapters for the immediate context to which it was predominantly spoken to. 

Yet, the New Testament teaches us to look to those Old Testament prophecies for fulfillments in the life and Gospel of Jesus Christ and the activities of His reign and His Holy Spirit's operations among us.  We're taught by the New Testament to re-interpret the Old Testament for all future, successive history from the birth of Lord Jesus onwards.  The Hosea 2:18 Covenant that I teach has the same weight of veracity of every other New Testament teaching because of it's Old Testament roots, fulfillments, testimonies, principles, proofs, allegories, and spirit.  If we do not have the redemption of animals from human barbarism and cannibalistic exploitation against them, then we have every right to question the harmony of the books of Matthew, Acts, Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, Hebrews, and 1Peter as fulfillments of Old Testament doctrine.  It all comes crashing down, at once, if we fail to acknowledge God's eternal purpose for animals as running parallel with His purposes for Jews and Gentiles.  This is THAT important and THAT interwoven into the veracity of our New Testament on it's roots in the Old Testament Abrahamic faith. This isn't another testament but a continuation of both, affirming all that's gone before while affirming the same prophetic love for every animal kingdom as well.

I would contend that Hebrews 10:1 as much applies to animals as Hebrews 10:2 applies to redeemed humanity through Christ and that Hebrews 10:1 argues for what I'm saying as much as for it's direct context, that the Old Testament treatment of animals didn't reveal their destiny, value, purpose, nor God's perspective on them, but the Hosea 2:18 Covenant DOES!  We're told in Isaiah about God's tender mercies and everlasting affection towards all animals in our day to put away our “futility-consciousness” the same as we've put away our “sin-consciousness” through the Blood of Christ (Romans 8:19-24; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 10:1-2).  To continue to exploit animals, to continue to rob them of their innocence by such barbaric practices as we've applied to them for the sake of our appetites, is not only a continuation of “futility-consciousness,” but also of “sin-consciousness!”  Otherwise, where's the Genesis 1:25-31, Edenic-living, that Isaiah 51:1-3 says that our Galatians chapters 3 and 4 New Covenant is?  2Corinthians 3 says we're no longer under the ministry of condemnation, but if we continue to minister the ministry of condemnation to any portion of God's Creation, then how are we no longer under the ministry of condemnation and both recipients of and ministers of the ministry of righteousness?? 

If any portion of God's Creation isn't leaving the [Biblical allegory of] Egyptian bondage with us, [of all that the Old System required of us against Creation,] into God's Promised Land for us and for them, us and the animals, then we've not yet inherited the Kingdom of God!  This is what Hebrews 12:18-24 is saying, along with, and together with, every other passage of Scripture I'm citing today, that if animals are still dying at our hands via what we're approving for our mouths, our clothing, or anything else that we make daily usage of for our pleasures, comforts, and the removal of life's stains and stresses, then we're not only not living in the Biblical Zion that pertains to Christians in Hebrews 12:18-24, but we've not yet left Sinai and are still living by the blood of fresh sacrificial victims, even if the animal sacrifices are only for us because we've not yet accepted Christ's Atoning work for all of Creation that was made FOR US as well as FOR GOD!  We must not only proclaim the Gospel to every creature, but we must embrace the Gospel to every creature that's for every creature, and a lot of people among us have never done that, as is evidenced by their diets, their wardrobes, their overall attitudes towards animals as being commodities rather than individuals.

18 “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. 20 The beast of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen. 21 This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise. Isaiah 43:18-21

14 As a beast goes down into the valley, and the Spirit of the Lord causes him to rest to make Himself a glorious name...Isaiah 63:14

Isaiah 63, when you understand it's 14th verse in the light of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant and the verses that lead into Isaiah 63:14, then it's clear that God is hinging His faithfulness to Israel to His faithfulness to the Hosea 2:18 Covenant.  Look at Isaiah 63:7-16 with Isaiah 63:14 as it's depth, remembering Jeremiah 31:27-28 about the expansion of the seed of Israel and the seed of Judah with the seed of Gentiles and the seed of Animals.

Preterists acknowledge a Second Coming of Christ in various passages of Scripture for the judgments on Israel in 70AD, while many of them don't discount an Acts 3:21 and 1Corinthians 15:25-28 Second Coming.  While not denying an Acts 3:21 and 1Corinthians 15:25-28 Second Coming, I contend Isaiah 40:10-15 describes the same kind of Second Coming as Christ's coming to Jerusalem in 70AD, but this time in the behalf of the specific Animal Rights of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant and that if people don't embrace the Hosea 2:18 Covenant and walk a God-fearing Vegan walk thereafter that the end of many among us will not be too different from how Jews in Jerusalem in 70AD turned out.  Isaiah 40:10 says His Work is before Him, verse 11 says animals are in His arms, which would definitely be in front of Him rather than behind Him.  Read together and the reward that's with Him isn't necessarily the same reward spoken to us through the generally accepted Gospel, in Hebrews 10 and the book of Revelation, but is specific wiping away of every tear from the animals, the peace, rest, and anointings specific to the Hosea 2:18 Covenant so that they would all know Him as the whole earth is drowning to life in His knowledge in Isaiah 11:6-9.  Each person who becomes a Vegan as a result of this proclamation of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant is one more person in the midst of an Isaiah 11:6-9 drowning to life.  Christ is every bit the glory in the midst of animals as He is the glory in our midst based upon everything St. Paul ever told us about God's glories to us as redeemed humanity.  There are more glories from God than St. Paul spoke of, or more than we have copies of writings of his about if he ever wrote more than Romans 8:21 and Ephesians 1:8-10 about this matter and we simply don't have a copy of it.

4 who said to him, “Run, speak to this young man, saying: ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it. 5 For I,’ says the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’”  Zechariah 2:4-5

We're told in Hebrews 12:22 that the New Testament is the Kingdom of New Jerusalem and those thoughts in Hebrews 12 are echoed in Galatians 4 and Revelation chapters 21 and 22 as the reality that is ours in the Covenantal New Heavens and Covenantal New Earth that are ours after the seating of the resurrected Christ Jesus at God's right Hand.  This theme of a Covenantal New Heavens and a Covenantal New Earth from Christ's resurrection onwards has many echoes in the book of Isaiah and Isaiah in various chapters weaves the Covenantal realities of new life in Christ with the realities of an expanding Animal Rights ethic that is growing out of Hosea 2:18 Covenant mindfulness and thoughtfulness.

Healings in the ministry of Jesus, the circumstances of His own brief situations that He'd encounter, and the fruitfulness of His Gospel Kingdom were measured by the limited Rabbinical understanding of Animal Rights they had in Jewish culture back then in Matthew 6:26, Matthew 7:6, Matthew 8:20, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 12:9-14, Matthew 13:31-32, Matthew 15:24-27, Mark 4:30-32, Mark 16:15, Luke 9:58, Luke 12:6-7, Luke 12:24, Luke 13:10-21, Luke 14:1-6, Revelation 5:13, etc. because of a passing awareness, a nodding glance at Scriptures that said that Animal Rights were also on God's plate of the things He would do and “someday” in their perspective from where they were at on the HIStorical timeline of what God was doing and I contend with the fullness of the backing of heaven that that day they anticipated to a lesser extent, on this matter, is this day.  They anticipated it to a lesser extent not because it's a lesser Covenant, [Mark 4:30-32 perhaps even calling it among God's greater Covenantal acts,] but their anticipation of it was less because of how distant it appeared to what would be fulfilled in their day.  I would go so far as to appeal to all of us to, from this day forward, based on the Hosea 2;18; Isaiah 11:2-9 Covenant to view every last reference to “Jerusalem” as a reference to this Hosea 2:18 Vegan Covenant on the authority of the certainty of Zechariah 2:4-5.

Just settle it forever, in your intercessions, that the meaning of “Jerusalem” in the New Covenant is the Covenantal surrounding of people and animals by the fire of God in Zechariah 2:4-5.  It is the deeper meaning of and amending of Hebrews 12:18-24 that we must all embrace to enter into the fullness of God's fire that brings the peace and prosperity to people, animals, cities, and the planet in Ephesians 2, the Hosea 2:18 Covenant, Zechariah 1:17, Zechariah 2:4-5, Isaiah 11:9, Ezekiel 38:19-20, Habakkuk 2:14, and elsewhere.  While writing this, I was particularly blessed that my Center-Column Study Reference NKJV that I bought in 1995 includes a Center-Column Reference to Hosea 2:18 on Isaiah 11:9, meaning this is in the subconscious of many Christians everywhere but they've simply lacked the light on this Hosea 2:18 Covenant to show them the way.  If you had the same edition of the NKJV that I have, when reading along in Isaiah 11, you'd find a number by verse 9 and in the Center Column Reference it would indicate (among other passages) Hosea 2:18.

Again, develop a full commitment that every reference to “Jerusalem” in the Bible is a codeword for the Hosea 2:18 Covenant based on the authority of the certainty of Zechariah 2:4-5.  So how would that expand our prayer emphasis in Psalm 122 if we've fully entered into the wall of fire of Zechariah 2:4-5 through which God has spoken this Hosea 2:18 Covenant to us?

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the Zechariah 2:4-5 walls of fire of the Lord.” 2 Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Hosea 2:18 Covenant! 3 The Hosea 2:18; Isaiah 63:14 Covenant is built as a city that is compact together, [within the fire of God according to Zechariah 2:4-5,] 4 Where the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, [Ephesians 2:11-3:7; Jeremiah 31:27-28] to the Testimony of the Prince Who has power with God, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. 5 For thrones of Apostles are set there for judgment, the thrones of the house of David [Zechariah 12:5-10 with Isaiah 40:11). 6 Pray for the peace and prosperity of people and animals: “They will prosper who love people and animals, Veganism, Animal Rights, restored righteous relations between people and animals. 7 Peace and prosperity be within your walls of fire [Zechariah 2:4-5], Prosperity and peace within your palaces.” 8 For the sake of my brethren and companions [companion animals??], I will now say, “Peace and Prosperity be within you.” 9 Because of the house of the Lord our God [that's made of Jews, Gentiles, and Animals in Jeremiah 31:27-28, Revelation 5:13, and elsewhere] I will seek your good. Psalm 122

In Genesis 1:25-31 God's estimation of Good and Very Good was a Vegan existence.  Can't obey Psalm 122 from a New Covenant perspective, as the Hosea 2:18; Zechariah 2:4-5 Covenant would have us understand “Jerusalem” without Veganism!  Zechariah 12:5 calls this Hosea 2:18 Covenant the strength of the seed of Christ in the earth [Isaiah 53:10; Jeremiah 31:27-28; Hebrews 7:14].  Let's look at another reference to “Jerusalem”:

2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all Gentiles shall flow to it. Isaiah 2:2

Mountains in these Scriptures where a geographical designation is nonexistent or in some other way up in the air is a reference to a Kingdom, and I don't know if this can apply to all references to “hills” in Scripture but at least in this passage and maybe one other and with the context of what we're talking about “hills” in this verse seems to be a reference to lifestyles since lifestyles are nations and nationalities within Kingdoms and Nations but on a smaller-scale.  We've already established from Jeremiah 31:27-28 that the Lord's house is a Hosea 2:18 Vegan Covenantal lifestyle that acknowledges the place of people and animals in the good and very good works of the Lord.  As a further witness to this, in Isaiah 51:1-3, the Abrahamic Covenant is made synonymous with the creation of Eden being in the works through the successive Gospel ages that are mentioned in Ephesians 2:4-10.  The Good works of Ephesians 2:10 would have to be the good Vegan works of Genesis 1:25-31 because they would be the works that build up “Jerusalem” in the way that Christ has redefined it for us in Jeremiah 31:27-28, Zechariah 2:4-5, and Isaiah 40:11 where animals are also enveloped with us in the Covenantal Holy Spirit and fire of God.  As we continue reading in Isaiah 2 it says:

3 Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion [the Church] shall go forth the law [the Gospel], and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. Isaiah 2:3

Let's look at Zechariah 8:

20 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Peoples shall yet come, inhabitants of many cities; 21 The inhabitants of one city shall go to another [i.e. Evangelism], saying, “Let us continue to go and pray before the Lord [i.e. Hebrews 10:24-25], and seek the Lord of hosts. I myself will go also.” 22 Yes, many peoples and strong [including financially strong] Gentiles shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in “Jerusalem” [that's enveloped in walls of fire in Zechariah 2:4-5 protecting it's cargo of people and animals on starship Earth], and to pray before the Lord.’ Zechariah 8:20-22

We just read what some of that praying looks like when Psalm 122 is filtered through our growing vocabulary of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant.  In Isaiah 2:3 the Word of the Lord would come out of “Jerusalem.”  Not just historically, 2000yrs ago, but out of what the Lord calls “Jerusalem” in Zechariah 2:4-5, His Isaiah 54 Covenant for people and animals that repeals His Genesis 9 Covenant where destroying animals by culinary means was allowed until our generation.  The Hosea 2:18 Covenant is our “Jerusalem” and out of the midst of His fire around Christ's redeemed people and animals He is speaking this Vegan Covenant to us as His leaders over Creation.  Continuing in Isaiah 2 we read:

4 He shall judge between the Gentiles, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks [swords and spears having had hunting as part of their job description in previous eons – modern equivalent in the U.S. would include the repeal of the 2nd Amendment and the confiscation of all guns from the public]; Gentile shall not lift up sword against Gentile [or anyone else in Jeremiah 31:27-28 and Zechariah 2:4-5], neither shall they learn war anymore.  Isaiah 2:4

14 As a beast goes down into the valley, and the Spirit of the Lord causes him to rest to make Himself a glorious name...Isaiah 63:14

18 In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, with the birds of the air, and with the creeping things of the ground. Bow, sword, and battle I will shatter from the earth, to make them lie down safely. Hosea 2:18

I used to say this Covenant was solely in the Blood of Christ Jesus, but now I'm wondering how much of it is also God's oath in the blood of victims like in the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut shooting at an Elementary School, that God would get some good out of their deaths, answering the cries of their blood and the cries of the public for a more humane and a more just world.  Animals DEFINITELY scream and cry to God [Joel 1:20 and other passages] and bleed everyday in slaughterhouses, in nets, on hooks, and on boats.  Out of this, God will make Himself a glorious Name, as it says in Isaiah 63:14! You can be sure of that!!  That's why they're in His arms in Isaiah 40:11. They come to Him with their wounds and He shows them His [Zechariah 12:10; Zechariah 13:6].  In Zechariah 12:10 His Spirit is poured on the inhabitants of “Jerusalem.” It's the same Jerusalem mentioned in Zechariah 2:4-5 and if the fire surrounds the animals in the same way it surrounds redeemed humanity, then certainly people aren't the only ones who see His piercings.  When His glory covers the earth the way that water covers the seas, per Isaiah 11:9 and Habakkuk 2:14 then He'll likewise reveal Himself to the fish and all who dwell in the oceans.  I'm certain that's why the waters of Isaiah 40:12-15 are mentioned together with Isaiah 40:11, because it's the same [redemptive] imagery: beasts in His arms, fish in His palms; Christ inheriting the rest of His glorious Name, per Isaiah 63:14.  Weaned children can put their hand in the viper's den, per Isaiah 11:8 and Mark 16:18, as this message takes over the world, rediscipling it to increase their level of submersion in His Isaiah 11:9 glory, because of the piercing of Christ's hands/wrists.  This is Covenantal.  Christ tasted the serpents bite for every weaned child and for every nursing child playing by a cobra's hole.  Creation will rapidly advance towards that without religious fools tempting fate and stepping out of boats beyond their knowledge of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant.

People have mistakenly confused Biblical passages related to the Hosea 2:18 Vegan Covenant with promises of world peace at any point during the reign of Christ Jesus.  Christ said He didn't come to bring world peace.  He came to bring a Sword, according to Matthew 10:34 and 1Corinthians 15:22-28 says He has no intention of putting His Sword away, but will keep on fighting until the sweet end when He presents His Father with every soul in all of Creation, redeemed, sanctified, purified, and all at His Feet.  We're promised a growing fire that'll consume all people and all animals and convince us all of His great love for each of us, whether we're Jews, Gentiles, or Animals.  We're not promised world peace, we're promised inner-peace with all of Creation; self-control that reaches far enough until it transforms all of Creation around us with God's consuming fire according to Jeremiah 33:6-16 and Zechariah 2:4-5.  Read the ever-ascending Jeremiah 33:6-16 with me and rejoice:

6 Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace/prosperity and truth. [What we've just talked about above.] 7 And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first. 8 I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me. 9 Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all Gentiles of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it [Ephesians 3:6; Galatians 3:29; Jeremiah 31:27-28].’ 10 “Thus says the Lord: ‘Again there shall be heard in this place—of which you say, “It is desolate, without man and without beast [Ezekiel 34:25, 28; Zechariah 8:10-12]”—in the cities of Judah, in the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without beast, 11 the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say: “Praise the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for His mercy endures forever”— and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house [again Jeremiah 31:27-28 and Zechariah 2:4-5] of the Lord. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first [i.e. Genesis chapters 1 and 2],’ says the Lord. 12 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In this place which is desolate, without man and without beast, and in all its cities, there shall again be a dwelling place of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down. 13 In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the lowland, in the cities of the South, in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, the flocks shall again pass under the hands of Him who counts them [Matthew 6:26; Luke 12:6; Luke 12:24; Luke 15:4-6],’ says the Lord. 14 ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah: 15 ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David a Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. 16 In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’  Jeremiah 33:6-16

Isaiah 40:11 identifies “the man” for us that Lord Jesus inquired as to the identity of in Luke 15:4. That's why I capitalized the “him” in verse 13 in Jeremiah 33, quoted above.  Luke 12:6 says: NOT ONE OF THEM IS FORGOTTEN BEFORE GOD!

 

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