by Martin Cisneros
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
In ANY consideration of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant, you must be willing to obey this passage about not remembering the former things, nor considering the things of old. If you're not willing to allow the Scriptures to divorce you from the traditions received from your ancestors, then you're not willing to be on God's side regarding His “new thing” that He's declared in Scripture that He's doing where animals are concerned. In the worst of natural circumstances, this passage makes it abundantly clear that God is making a way for animals, a new path between people and animals. He's chosen THIS for Himself, that from this should abound praise to Him and about Him. This says it'll “spring forth” in our day. Hosea 2:18 speaks of bow, sword, and battle being “shattered” so that these animals can have peace and safety and freedom from the sudden destructive tendencies of mankind! The beast of the field will honour Him. We have in Scripture where a donkey that nobody had ever ridden upon honoured our Lord Jesus, and we have the Old Testament rebuke of a prophet by a donkey. I personally believe that under a better Covenant established upon better Promises, which is what these animals have in Christ, that they'll go further with honouring our heavenly Father than any of us have ever seen!
14 As a beast goes down into the valley, and the Spirit of the Lord causes him to rest, so You lead Your people, to make Yourself a glorious name. Isaiah 63:14
Our heavenly Father is bringing rest to the beasts of the field to make for Himself a glorious Name. He's lead people for thousands of years, but here we have the wholesale leading of every creature on earth to the green pastures and still waters that God has been preparing for them from before the foundation of the world. Every last one of them, from the 1st to the last, will be a part of His making for Himself a glorious Name! This is not permission for any of us to ignore our pets, figuring that God will take care of them, because 1Thessalonians 3:13 says He comes with His saints and Zechariah 13:7-14:5 expands upon this with talking about Him coming with His saints and with His animals. Revelation 19 depicts Him with the army of His saints coming with horses. Zechariah 14 goes on to talk about horses having “holiness to the LORD” engraved on their bells. In these two instances of Scripture, we've got horses standing for all of the animal kingdom, just as Zechariah chapters 13 and 14 do the same thing with “sheep.” I'm all too aware of the fulfillment of Zechariah 13 that took place in the 1st Century at the arrest of Lord Jesus, however the Apostles weren't the only scattered sheep that God has had since the beginning of time.
In Zechariah 14:5 it says that the LORD my God will come and all the saints with ___ and then there's a discrepancy between the NKJV where they put “You” with a capital “y” and a Center Column Reference that says “Him,” depending on the ancient version the translators would appeal to, but I contend that this passage is a continuation from Zechariah 2:4-5 because chapters 13 and 14 of Zechariah read together are another “then and now” or “in the past, but now we're building and planting” passage like Jeremiah 31:27-28. Chapters 13 and 14 of Zechariah begin with the scattering of the sheep and I believe this is saying in Zechariah 14:5, or was intended to say within the context of the passage – even if not within the context of centuries of Church and ancient Rabbinical dogma – that a regathering of the scattered sheep has taken place under the oversight of both the Lord and His saints, and the difficulty between the Hebrew as to whether it's a lower case or capital “y” on “You” or Septuagint, Vulgate, and other ancient sources that indicate a “Him” is because of the fatalism that there's been in previous eons of Jewish and Christian theology, particularly having to do with their eschatologies. In verse 6 of Zechariah 14 we've got the diminishing of the glorious ones who've not been willing to acknowledge this Hosea 2:18 Covenant. God comes with His saints and the saints always are to come with the Creation, per Genesis 1, Zechariah 2:4-5, Ezekiel 38:19-20, Isaiah 63:14 (quoted above), Mark 4:30-32, Romans 8:21, and many other passages of Scripture.
9 “For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. 10 For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you. Isaiah 54:9-10
Christians and Jews who've read Isaiah 54:9-10 have not looked for God's place for the Animals that He's chosen in these days, that this chapter from Isaiah is the repealing of what He told Noah regarding the Animals. It's not a repealing of there being no more worldwide floods, but there's a repealing of the fear that's existed between people and animals since Noah's Flood:
7 “For a mere moment I have forsaken you, but with great mercies I will gather you. 8 With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer. Isaiah 54:7-8
While there's a historical context with the previous two verses regarding God's Old Testament judgments of Israel that goes into the 9th and 10th verses of Isaiah 54 that Isaiah is speaking as comfort to Judah at the time that the King of Assyria was asserting that the God of Jerusalem was no different than the pagan idols of other lands that he had conquered, that though God had previously judged them in horrendous ways, that this particular issue with the King of Assyria wasn't one of those times, and it can be said that these two verses obviously speak regarding mankind as a whole who was banished from Paradise with the sin of Adam, God is speaking further in Isaiah 54, not just addressing people, but also addressing animals. Animals were forsaken by God after the Garden of Eden and after the worldwide flood. He's saying this Hosea 2:18 Covenant isn't going to be like those previous Covenants of His. Yes, Isaiah 54 is still speaking to people who've embraced the Lordship of Jesus, but the metahumans that Christ is creating through His Gospel through their obedience to Him and discipleship to Him and through the work of His Holy Spirit aren't the only ones that Isaiah 54 is written to.
19 For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel, 20 so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’ Ezekiel 38:19-20
In our discussion of not remembering the former days, that we began our study of God's Word today regarding, it's important to note that while the context of Ezekiel 38:19-20 includes a time of war in the Old Testament, some scholars believing Ezekiel's “gog and magog” prophecy of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 to have been fulfilled in the time of Esther, in whole or in part, or in other areas of Old Testament history, in whole or in part, there's an important promise here to our day regarding the wall of separation that many Christians have tried to build up high between themselves and any considerations of God's inescapable love ever going towards animals, individually, and to every single one of them. It says in Jeremiah 33:
9 Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations 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.’ Jeremiah 33:9
I believe the fearing and trembling of Jeremiah 33:9 to be exactly the same shaking at God's Presence that's discussed with us in Ezekiel 38:19-20. Jeremiah 33:6-16 is a passage that speaks regarding people and animals being reclaimed to the very last individual. While there's a partial fulfillment in the life and ministry of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, much about this Joshua the son of Jehozadak is given to us as prophecy about our Lord Jesus that the vast majority of Christian scholars accept. That there's such language in Jeremiah 33:6-16 about God's “Branch” makes the whole passage of particular interest and concern to all students of the New Testament! Ezekiel 38:19-20 is written in such a careful way as to distinguish between Jews and Gentiles AND the Animals who are experiencing this great shaking in God's Presence. It says it's a shaking in the land of Israel, yet all the men on the face of the earth are to experience this shaking, AS WELL AS the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep on the earth. What kind of goodness and prosperity from the Presence of God towards animals could bring about such a violent shaking? It says in Isaiah 11:
6 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. 9 They 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 11:6-9
I have read this passage for years and never [previously] noticed the mention of the word “fatling” in this passage. A fatling is an animal that was fattened for slaughter, yet this passage says that God's protection will extend to them as well. Wolfs and lambs, leopards and goats, calves, young lions, and those who were appointed by human beings alone for slaughter will not be hurt nor destroyed in God's holy mountain because of a fullness of the knowledge of the Lord that's to come in our day. Even if this passage had a partial fulfillment in Joshua the son of Jehozadak's life, there's nothing to indicate, in any portion of Old Testament history, that fatlings were protected from slaughter in Israel's and Judah's religious sacrificial system or in any other area of their lives! This is talking about something else that's BEYOND anything they experienced in the Old Testament. This is talking about those who were over-fed or even over-fed and under-nourished being completely delivered from their demonic, human, cultural, and religiously inspired appointments with death. A fatling AND a young lion dwelling together, lying down, not being hurt nor destroyed by circuses, slaughterhouses, or any other cultural, economic, religious, or other interest of humanity! We're told in Isaiah 63:14 that this is so that God can have a glorious Name where all of His Creation is concerned. This is about His total reconciliation with all of Creation through Christ.
Let's look at something earlier in Isaiah 11:
2 The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. 3 His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; 4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. 5 Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist. Isaiah 11:2-5
God has been talking to me about this as a Promise for Christians the whole time I've been saved, embracing of the Lordship of Jesus, and born again.
Revelation 2:25-28 promises to Christians, who walk by faith and not by sight, the right to strike the earth with the rod of their mouths that Christ is giving to those who have what 1John calls world overcoming faith. Ruling the nations with a rod of iron is something done with the Hosea 2:18 Covenant with the clear goal of refashioning the whole world with the Mark 16 Great Commission until it's indistinguishable from what's described in Zechariah 8:3-5 and Isaiah 11:6-9, simultaneously.
3 “Thus says the Lord: ‘I will return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, the Mountain of the Lord of hosts, the Holy Mountain.’ 4 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each one with his staff in his hand because of great age. 5 The streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.’ Zechariah 8:3-5
6 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, because the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:6-9
Micah 4:1-4 and Isaiah 2:2-4 make it abundantly clear that Zechariah 8:3-5 and Isaiah 11:6-9, simultaneously, are to flow from the Gospel that's proceeded out of Jerusalem into all of the world:
1 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 peoples shall flow to it. 2 Many nations 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 law shall go forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 3 He shall judge between many peoples, and rebuke strong nations afar off; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. 4 But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken. Micah 4:1-4
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 nations shall flow to it. 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 shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. Isaiah 2:2-4
Revelation 3 says:
12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. Revelation 3:12
God's Temple, as far as the Hosea 2:18; Jeremiah 31:27-28 Covenant are concerned, is made up of Jews, Gentiles, and Animals, and we've previously discussed “Jerusalem” as a Biblical euphemism for the Hosea 2:18 Covenant. The name of the city of Christ's God, New Jerusalem, is given to us in Jeremiah 33:6-16 as “YHWH Tsidkenu,” and of course, taken in context, this name only appears in a Zechariah 2:4-5 context as you read through Jeremiah 33:6-16 very carefully. Jeremiah 31:27-28 together with Jeremiah 33:12-13 make it abundantly clear that Isaiah 49:19-21 and Isaiah 54:1-3 are speaking directly to this matter of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant:
19 “For your waste and desolate places, and the land of your destruction, will even now be too small for the inhabitants; and those who swallowed you up will be far away. 20 The children you will have, after you have lost the others, will say again in your ears, ‘The place is too small for me; give me a place where I may dwell.’ 21 Then you will say in your heart, ‘Who has begotten these for me, since I have lost my children and am desolate, a captive, and wandering to and fro? And who has brought these up? There I was, left alone; but these, where were they?’” Isaiah 49:19-21
“Sing, O barren, you who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord. 2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. 3 For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited. Isaiah 54:1-3
Obviously verse 5 of Isaiah 11 sounds too much like the Ephesians 6 full armor of God, and you can find in St. Paul's writings evidence of his praying every single one of those Isaiah 11:2-5 anointings into the life of every believer!!
I've determined, in my own situation, Dispensational Premillennial theologians are really who had taken Isaiah 11:2-5 away from me with my not realizing it was simply an Old Testament version of making a 1st person fulfilled confession of faith regarding the attributes of love from 1Corinthians 13 & fearing I was treading sacred space that belonged to Jesus solely with His physical return. I've kept being Told, HOWEVER, to make a 1st person DAILY confession of faith, putting it in a fulfilled tense in my own life where Isaiah 11:2-5 is concerned BECAUSE according to everything from the Gospel of John through Colossians, I do have the Holy Spirit and His ministry to lead me into all truth, to remind me of what He's said to me, to bring conviction and realization of redemptive truth, and I am a part of the Body of Christ and the Body of Christ has this particular assignment according to Zechariah 8 and too many other Old and New Testament promises, including 2Peter 1.
Some things when you're not sure if God's telling you, a VERY VERY few of those things if it's God today, it'll be God tomorrow. (Perhaps MOST really are "right now" moments of obedience where you step in or miss out completely, though the season for action varies depending on WHAT, if a harvest was at stake for seasons BEYOND that step, etc.) Something kept coming to me in the early 90s that I resisted doing ALL OF THESE YEARS because when it first came to me, I thought I was naive, wet behind the ears, so new to the Word of Faith message that I had flesh trying to flare up with an exalted view of my own importance, so I suppressed doing anything with it, cast the imagination down & though completely forgot about it, it's come up several times.
When God started dealing with me about it, it was about a month later that the David Koresh thing hit the tv as nonstop "reality tv," so I shied out of doing it, thinking I'm not ever ever going to go wacko like that, NOR give adversaries any place to ASSUME very ugly things about me. So I've cast it down more times than anyone would imagine and completely forgot about it between those seasons. I believe I can now defend it with the New Testament, phrase by phrase, in proving it's part of the inheritance of the saints and in saying that, that by itself is revealing I've got a good head on my shoulders with not trying to go all "private interpretation" about it with saying it's one of the mantles that's available for every Christian that's ready to assume their role in the midwifing of the Hosea 2:18; Romans 8:21 Covenant.
(I want to briefly address matters related to the Animal Liberation Front where the Hosea 2:18 Covenant is concerned:
Just a quick reminder that faith begins where the Word of God is given first priority and final authority. It's roots are developed through a series of uncompromising decisions that are rooted in the realities of redemption and the New Testament principles of the Christian life. It's roots are developed through quality decisions about which there is no argument and from which there is no retreat. It's nurtured by one's hope, love, generosity, and thanksgiving that's based upon the Great Commission, 1st, and the Covenants of Promise that relate to each area of life that one's redeemed in, secondarily.
Faith is NEVER the successful masturbation of one's EMOTIONS! Faith comes by hearing and hearing, according to Romans 10:17 and not from HAVING HEARD (past tense). It's an ongoing nurturing of the divine nature through the divine promises, principles, and pursuit of God with thanksgiving for the provisions that are pursuing one and overtaking one that you're seeing through the eye of faith that's an eye that's chosen that the Word of God is 1st priority and final authority on this and absolutely every other matter!
Be careful not to get the laws of sin and death working against animals, UNINTENTIONALLY, by moving in zeal rather than in faith regarding intervention in the lives of animals. The Biblical laws of restitution still apply and with failing to seek the face of God regarding the breaking of the yokes of these animals, according to Isaiah 58 and various other Scriptures, you can PROLONG how long animal exploiters are able to function with apparently divine sanctioned impunity 'cause rather than function in the laws of the spirit of faith through Christ Jesus you functioned by sight, by emotions, etc., rather than by the Hosea 2:18 Covenant that'll shatter more yokes than any Animal Liberation Front group that's not baptized with the Holy Spirit and being lead by the Cross of Christ's provisions in the Scriptures in the behalf of these animals.
You can involve Lord Jesus in His High Priestly ministry on it and the outpouring of His Spirit upon these animals, according to Isaiah 40:11 and Isaiah 63:14 and at His leading God will begin opening the gates of the prison for you to walk in there and take every single animal out of there in the exact same way, (though on a grander scale,) that the Angel of the Lord was sent to let the Apostle Peter out of jail in the Book of Acts because you can find out from Him on a day by day basis EXACTLY HOW to save THE MOST LIVES. Lord Jesus always went to particular people in the Gospels that He spiritually saw His Father healing, according to His own statements, and you can be lead in the exact same way, by faith in the Scriptures and the Holy Ghost, and supernaturally be untouchable in seeking and saving animals that appear as though all hope is lost for them because of the culture we have to function amongst.
1st shatter the yokes in the spirit by the leading of the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit, then follow His directions and "what you're going to do, do quickly!" Your life will never be the same & neither will the lives of countless animals. You'll see more supernatural things by only moving WITH your heavenly Father instead of AGAINST the laws of the spirit than you ever imagined in your life that you'd see. Go after those Isaiah 58 yokes FIRST! SHATTER THEM with your praise and thanksgiving on the Hosea 2:18 Covenant with your Isaiah 58 lifestyle, then get SENT by Him in full Apostolic appointment to PARTICULAR ANIMALS to set free those you've ALREADY spiritually set free in your prayer closet and with the Scriptural laws of faith!! – end of my discussion with the Animal Liberation Front in this series.)
I want to briefly deal with numerous passages from St. Paul's epistles that could be brought up by those extremely ignorant of what St. Paul was confronting in his ministry, namely Romans 14, 1Corinthians 8, 1Corinthians 9, 1Corinthians 10, 1Corinthians 11, Colossians 2, 1Timothy 4:
St. Paul was addressing Kosher and Idolatry matters. He was addressing the keeping of the feasts from the writings of Moses that related to the 1st coming of Lord Jesus, and with Timothy he may have ADDITIONALLY been dealing with matters related to the permissible acts in the marriage bed and the suitability of wine for Christians, since various acts within the marriage bed and concerns about the suitability of the drinking of alcohol have accompanied Christianity from it's beginning.
Predominantly, though, St. Paul was addressing Kosher regulations and concerns about things consecrated to idols, the sanctification and consciences of believers relating to Paganism in Romans cities that were overflowing with idols and politically expected Animal sacrifices as a matter of one's Civic Duty to participate in matters of idolatry as a faithful Roman citizen.
In absolutely no place in any of St. Paul's writings was he addressing matters of Veganism. The convictions, lifestyles, and diets of Vegans and those who are observant Jews are entirely different, one is a matter of Old Testament ritualized holiness, the other is a New Testament matter of concern for the individuality and plight of animals needlessly exploited by the culture as commodities. There AREN'T general principles from those passages in St. Paul's writings that apply to the matter of the Hosea 2:18 Vegan Covenant. One is a religious sanctity issue while the other is a right to life issue. St. Paul was speaking of the weakness of those from a Jewish background who were wandering back into a Jewish background in order to appease their family members, and he was addressing matters of weakness where people were very easily overriding their consciences for other cultural and economic reasons. St. Paul wasn't calling the Hosea 2:18 right to life issue for all animals any type of weakness, nor anything that's superseded in Christ. Not when there's every bit as much of a coming of Christ in judgment in the behalf of animals as there was a coming of Christ in 70AD to deal with those who had crucified Him, according to Revelation chapter 1, with inflicting upon them the death penalty for such a Covenantal moral outrage.
Veganism isn't a matter that addresses the same purity concerns as the Kosher lifestyle. The Hosea 2:18 Covenant for our day and for the future is the work of God in the earth. Only Christians appear capable of deeply confusing the Ancient Judaism addressed by the Bible with Veganism in areas of the New Testament where they're functioning under a Matthew 28, Luke 24, Acts 1, and closing chapter or two of John's Gospel mandate. Mark 16 is a mandate to take better news to the Creation and it's human representatives than that! No part of the Bible called for such a broad sweeping of their concerns under the carpet and hopefully those types of slanders of God's intent for the Creation are at their end because of the anointing for the opening of the eyes of the blind and the opening of the ears of the deaf going forward so that Christians will begin to hear the plight of the Creation around them!
As to St. Paul's comment about God not caring for oxen but only speaking regarding Gospel preachers in something commanded by the Mosaic Law regarding the treading of grain, I can find much stronger language in the Old Testament against Gentiles that was actually meant in that way at the time, yet today's translators sweep large numbers of those under the carpet by using the word “nation” or “nations” in many of those Old Testament passages where it's pretty obvious that “Gentile” or “Gentiles” is the more obvious sense. St. Paul wasn't meaning his comment about oxen with the malevolence towards animals that's been exercised by Pastors and Theologians since Thomas Aquinas and every other disciple of Aristotle ever since! Lord Jesus DID say that man was more important than animals, but in saying that, He was no more consigning animals to Hell, the Devil, and man's wicked vices than God was consigning 11 tribes of Israel to eternal torment in Zechariah 12:7 when He said that Judah was most important in His saving acts!
As the Sabbath was created for man and not man for the Sabbath, man was created for the animals and not animals for the man, per Psalm 8, Genesis chapters 1 and 2, etc. Man gives the Creation it's identities. The same people who insist upon animals being for the service of man are usually the exact same ones that insist that Christ Jesus came to be served rather than to serve. I'm NOT playing word games. These are the confusions shared by many that pass for sound doctrine in our day! Man's interpretations of Scripture are often self-serving at the expense of not being Creation-serving, as the image of God to the Creation through Christ. People will have to come to the point where the tables are so turned that on certain matters where animals were automatically doomed in the past, it'll have to be true of the animals, based upon 1Timothy 5:18-20 that on certain matters, certain types of offenses, no one will receive an accusation against an animal except from two or three witnesses (see: Jeremiah 31:27-28, Zechariah 8:10-12, Isaiah 63:14)!
It's astonishing how quickly many people, in the name of Evangelism, will side with tribal peoples against the Word of God on the matter of animals. It's the same kind of logic that sides with rape against women based upon the culture in some obscure part of the world, or some other sin. This is a very serious matter and we're not compelled by one part of the New Covenant to to violence or to be supportive of violence against another part of the New Covenant. We're not compelled to side with one set of heirs of the New Covenant against another set of heirs of the New Covenant. Though we'll NOT drag animals into our Churches, that doesn't mean we don't have a Biblical responsibility for their care in the sanctuaries that are able to care for their needs. We must protect the remaining natural habitats of animals, as far as is possible and practical:
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
Some people, when they hear of anything approximating animal rights will liken their own lifestyles to that of various indigenous tribes around the world that rely on animals for their sustenance. Not only is there generally no genuine comparison between the Western World and indigenous tribes, philosophically or morally, but animal exploitation for pleasure, profit, convenience, entertainment, research, and other forms of ongoing cruelty are at the end of running their course. Within 2 centuries, at the absolute maximum, I suspect, indigenous tribes aren't going to be relying on animal kind in equally barbaric ways.
Killing is still killing.
For us to see a change, even among the indigenous tribes, it requires the elevation in the standard of living of all of us, for food, real food, and water supplies to be easier to come by, and all of the other improvements that are in the works.
As a Bible believing Christian, I'm basing my views predominantly on a Postmillenial view of Scripture where from my own personal studies of Bible prophecy, I'd be very very deeply surprised if this cruelty to animals went beyond this century.
Dr Richard Ryder attributes a lot of the western mentality about animals to Thomas Aquinas, citing Church history where the Church had a lot of “Animal Liberation Front” leanings during it's first millennium, as he documents in "Animal Revolutions: Changing Attitudes Towards Speciesism."
The Church had a good millennium, fell off the wagon on the animal cruelty issue for the second millennium, but I believe will not disappoint in the 3rd millennium, though I realize how much of a minority point of view that is. But again, I'm a Bible prophecy student that's getting more and more excited by what he's seeing and is simply trying not to make the errors of others with date setting that others have made on other subjects for "when."
Even the tribal animal cruelties won't always be around, and not necessarily because of their becoming ""more civilized"" but because of the increase of resources and the increase of the ready availability of resources that if we're not confining our views to the next 50 years, but are thinking more long-term and are willing to entertain the remote possibility of not all of it coming by purely secular means, then all of us know in our hearts that more than enough technologically, and in every other form of human progress is going to ultimately triumph over every animal cruelty on the planet, although it's unfortunately been a bloodier war than it should have ever had to have been.
But while the animal cruelty paradigm is allowed in any kind of relativistic thinking, then the same logic protects and defends that on the other side of the world where humans are concerned. Trafficking in human slavery is making a very startling comeback where there's more human slavery going on today, actual slavery, not just someone works at Walmart and is on slave wages for all of that. No, actual slavery as in the Amistad movie or the Amazing Grace movie is more prevalent today than in previous centuries!
Those two philosophies: animal cruelty and human slavery go together. You can't have one without the other. That's why both have to fall for there to be any kind of genuine liberty on the planet. I'm not talking about economic grievances over the “haves and have nots,” but this whole issue of being able to do with others what one wants, if one is able to gain the upper hand. This will pass from humanity when it's not allowed on any level, whether between us or towards other species.
The whole “exploitation of others” worldview is destined to fall, whether one approaches this from my perspective or simply has an optimistic Star Trek view of the future with the kind of progress humanity will make. On the animal issue, the people we really have to work with in mass are breeders who make economic profit on having x-number of animals per year so that we can have this kind of exploitation. If cows, pigs, chickens, and other populations of these animals weren't bred in a way or from a perspective that isn't sustainable without exploitation so that the cows and these other animals have to, in some way, justify their existence and right to be cared for by the cash that they can bring, which then creates the vicious cycle, then the battle on this front would be 75% won.
Besides: wanting to ask about tribal usage of animals around the world, and trying to infer from it anything just is like wanting to talk about tribal usage of any other sin around the world. Romans says where there is no law, there is no sin, yet at the same time it does help to shorten their lives and the quality of their lives, and conservationist researchers are currently deeply concerned about various species of animals that tribes have been exploiting 'til near extinction and where they've understood how, they've been trying to curtail the amount of killing of these animals. There are consequences even to tribal usage of animals that some have [regardless] tried to hold on a pedestal that wasn't due it.
We have a moral obligation to tribal peoples of the world, to let them know that their cultural distinctives that involve the inhumane treatment of animals are not okay. I know a lot of missionaries who know their Church history on the behavior of missionaries and missionary societies where tribal people are concerned may hesitate 'cause they don't want to create the impression that they're a continuation of all that was wrong in the past with acting as though civilizing tribal pagans was synonymous with driving the roots of Christianity deeply within their souls, when it's not synonymous, but we must remove this evil interpretation from our midst of various things St. Paul said regarding a limited, historical context on Kosher matters that predated the full revelation of Jesus Christ in the behalf of animals via the Hosea 2:18 Covenant. As to 1Corinthians 10:24-31 on eating whatever is set before you, asking nothing for conscience's sake:
1Corinthians 10:27 on the passage about eating whatever is set before you by the heathen, then there's a few verses about not harming the conscience of any, I really don't think this is intended as St. Paul's teaching, [in the way this is normally interpreted,] because of the 8th chapter where he says almost the diametric opposite from the traditional interpretation regarding meat eating. When you read Matthew 10:10 and Luke 10:7 and notice the strong similarity of the choice of wording in 1Corinthians 10:24-31, noticing from 1Timothy 5:17-18 where St. Paul seems to favor Luke's quotation of the passage as what Lord Jesus was saying in this, then 1Corinthians 10 may be addressing matters of compensation and what some have called, over the years, "filthy lucre" with saying to take in whatever is set before you, though if they tell you it was involved in something idolatrous, which in our day might include gambling or other forms of serving mammon, then to take a long, hard look at whether it would wound their conscience, [without further instruction,] for you to receive that into your ministry! If in 3 of the 4 passages in the New Testament where this kind of language comes up, 1Timothy 5, Luke 10, Matthew 10, this is unquestionably talking about matters of financial compensation, then I see no reason to believe it's stretching the text to say that in 1Corinthians 10 the Holy Spirit is likewise talking about matters of compensation!
People in this country still use "bringing home the bread" or "bringing home the bacon" euphemisms and a number of other similar euphemisms with regards to their paychecks and other forms of FINANCIAL compensation!
Let's look at 2Peter 3:
1 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), 2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,
Whatever else we're to be mindful of, we're to be mindful of everything I've said thus far on this Hosea 2:18 Covenant because it has to do with what the holy prophets of the Bible said, even if that's not immediate audience relevance to those that St. Peter was speaking to by this epistle in the 1st generation that received this epistle. All I've said about the Hosea 2:18 Covenant is an appeal to the same prophets that St. Peter would have had in mind, even if the coming of the Lord St. Peter is refering to is a reference to the 1st return of the Lord in 70AD. We're told in the 17th verse of this same chapter: "To Him be the glory both now and for the day of the age. Amen." What St. Peter was referring to had to do with the glory of God for their day and the glory of God for the day of the age. Obviously, St. Peter is referring to God's Acts 2:4 glory being revealed between his day and 1Corinthians 15:28 when Acts 3:21 would take place with the return of the Lord after the abolishment of death and all enemies of bygone eras from that time period in the distant future having become His willing and obedient disciples; St. Peter was referring to every move of God that would take the shape of this chapter of his 2nd epistle. However, those who insist that Noah's Flood, which St. Peter refers to in this chapter, was a judgment upon everyone on the planet rather than a very massive, regional megaflood have to deal with problems their own eschatology has created for them that makes the current place of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant fit as such a neat little missing piece of the puzzle on what God is doing.
The return of the Lord that's often taught from this particular chapter of 2Peter, on most of the eschatological views that the Body of Christ has held to from the beginning, is usually the John 5 judging of spirits, yet this chapter is likening the judgment that hits in fulfillment of 2Peter 3 to be a judgment like the one that happened in Noah's Day, which is predominantly a judgment of all flesh on the whole planet, whether human or animal. I realize this hopelessly complicates people's handlings of this chapter and elsewhere that this is brought up in the New Testament, because they didn't know the Hosea 2:18 Covenant was coming along as the justification of life for fish, the beast of the field, the birds of the air, and the creeping things of the ground. Factoring in the language of great shaking from Ezekiel and the wall of fire from Zechariah 2:4-5 that God spends the book of Zechariah speaking of His valiant defense of the people and animals engulfed in it in our day, then this chapter of 2Peter more readily fits with what I teach on the Hosea 2:18 Covenant than with many other scenarios.
Again, I'm not discounting every other prophetic scenario that's been taught from 2Peter 3, but sorta like how Old Testament prophecies had all of their fulfillments in Old Testament times, but many of them had a much bigger, much fuller fulfillment in the 1st Century, I believe that though this chapter can refer to everything from 70AD to something that's after some people's interpretations of the White Throne Judgment, it may very well uniquely fit within the Covenantal language of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant because of the references that are made to Noah's Day in this chapter that brings the animals and God's redemptive mercies towards animals that are spoken of in the Hosea 2:18 and Isaiah 54 Covenants and the disintegration of all that's stood between us and the Zechariah 8:3-5 and Isaiah 11:6-9 world.
3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
How much of the Body of Christ, at first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth mention of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant would join secularists in asking about the promise of His coming in the behalf of this Hosea 2:18 Covenant? Christian Vegans wouldn't. They're rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, but those walking according to their own lusts where the flesh and bodily secretions of animals are concerned would very readily do so, forgetting the previous global judgment effected both people and animals and the same Word that preserves them and that preserves all of Creation has promised new things to people and animals from the midst of the fire that we're all being spoken to about this Hosea 2:18 Covenant.
8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
How would the sky, the universe, or the heaven of heavens (depending on your view) pass away with a great noise? Obviously this is alluding to some great noise that's ascended to the throne of God, 'cause where else would this noise be coming from other than the earth that has the air to support the traveling to and from of this great noise. What works would be burned up if God was making a saving move, by the Hosea 2:18 Covenant, in the behalf of animals in our day? I'm contending that the answer to what this great noise would be would differ greatly, depending exclusively on the particular Coming of the Lord you can find in the Scriptures that you'd be using this passage to teach on, and in the case of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant, this is talking about the cries of every animal in every slaughterhouse, the gasping silent screams of every fish being pulled from the water with the violent hands of man, and every whimper of an animal that goes up to God from the pain of having just been shot or pierced through by a hunter is the great noise that's causing God to rend the heavens in Isaiah chapters 63 through 66 in the behalf of His animals that are being physically and mentally annihilated on a daily basis at the hands of unreasonably ungodly, wicked men, women, and children around the world. Every one of those works against animals will be burned up.
11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
God has been longsuffering but the day of the age of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant that brings all animals through His Zechariah 2:4-5 fires, falling into His arms of infinite love in Ephesians 1:8-10 is upon us, and the commentaries of the Body of Christ for centuries have twisted everything related to the Hosea 2:18 Covenant thus far, but those days are over!
17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and for the day of the age. Amen.
For many of you reading this, the Veganism that this message is calling you to may be the only CLEAR commandment you ever receive from our Lord in this lifetime, besides the general principles of the New Testament regarding embracing the Lordship of Christ Jesus, sexual purity, and the avoidance of all idols and all appearances of evil. Please restudy all of these writings on this subject and don't be led away with the error of the wicked with “going along to get along” regarding the continual commodification of animals that people have received by tradition from their ancestors that has absolutely no place in the life of anyone that's committed to living in Zechariah 8:3-5 and Isaiah 11:2-9 fullness of Christ's knowledge and manifestation in them and around them, including experientially! Christ's purpose is infinite love for all life everywhere. Every act of submitting one's life further and further to His Gospel to every creature that's given to us in the Prophets of the Old Testament and the writings of the Apostles of the New Testament is a further revelation of His will being done on earth as it is in heaven. Every Vegan act committed by a disciple of His that's a disciple of this Hosea 2:18 Covenant is an act of perfecting love and the development, by training, of an awareness of one's full responsibility where all of Creation is concerned, beyond the expectations of the Great Commissions that are given to us by Matthew, Luke, John, Acts, and 2Corinthians. This one goes much further into the Mark 16 Great Commission that's concerned with Cross-Centered Good News for every creature EVERYWHERE.
You don't have to do anything weird in your Churches to press towards development of all of the mercies of Christ in your life by adherence to this Covenant, beyond the promotion of this along with everything else you teach, and encouraging others to go Vegan specifically in the light of this Covenant because it's a step of faith towards reconciliation between Vegans and Animals. You don't have to form any additional relationships with Animals than you already have. Some of you may even be allergic, unless over a period of years the changes in your diet, wardrobe, upholstery, and other areas that demand you live Compassionately-Correct where animals are concerned winds up sorting out your body's allergy issues as every chemical reaction in your body is returning to God's original intention. Veganism is where you await the coming of the Lord in the behalf of this Hosea 2:18 Covenant with increased signs and wonders in the behalf of it. You don't need to tempt God nor any aspect of Creation by trying to fit into the world of animals that society generally regards it prudent not to try to tangle with, such as lions, bears, alligators, etc.! God's healing work in the life of animals as a result of your putting down your culinary weapons at the grocery store and in other ways is something we're to continue to pray for and stand in faith upon all of the Scriptures that I've cited so far on this subject, and any others that God gives you a sense for that they're a part of this Covenant. You can't “make it happen” any more than you can make any other aspect of redemption happen within your own spirit and soul. Your Veganism will serve a similar purpose in relation to Creation as your water baptism has to do with your relationship to God's Kingdom and your tithing and receiving of the Lord's Body and Blood has to do with your fellowship with God. You're taking a Covenantal stand of faith upon a superior Covenant to the Genesis 9 Covenant, which is the Hosea 2:18 Covenant, that the fear that has been in the lives of animals where humankind and one another has been concerned is over, and in the Lord's Name you're standing in faith against there ever being another generation of it in this world!
You may at some point be asked about the inclusion of animals in some of your services that aren't specially trained animals for helping the handicapped, but are just pets in general. I would advise against turning your Churches into barns because of personality conflicts between people's pets, between people and the pets of others, and because it would greatly distract in innumerable ways from all aspects of your worship and teaching services. It'll be an insurance and cleanup nightmare, and potentially a number of safety issues for you, your members, and people's pets. Doesn't matter how well some people believe their animals would behave. It's all fun and games with the animals 'til someone's dog eats a cat half to death, then someone's snake comes out of nowhere and swallows the dog and cat whole! You don't need ANY ANIMALS in your Churches AT ANY TIME, no matter what! You need to preserve a general sense of order with your services. You're free to tell Vegans “no” if they're wishing to bring their animals into your Churches. You're not violating the Hosea 2:18 Covenant, nor showing intolerance towards animals or Vegans. You're not participating in Speciesism if absolutely no animals can come into your Churches beyond those that are specially trained to assist the hearing and seeing impaired. Your stance of Veganism on the basis of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant is your stand of faith for all that God would ever do in restoring the animal Creation, the earth, and anything else we have exceedingly great and precious promises regarding His restoring work through the faith, hope, and love affair we're having with Him through Christ on the basis of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant and every other Covenant that's part of the various Great Commissions of the New Testament. Hebrews 1:14 applies to the Hosea 2:18 Covenant, just as much as it applies to every other Covenant that New Testament living upon the Prophets of the Judeo-Christian Bible is based upon. The more firmly you build your stand of faith, worship, patient generosity, and hope on the Hosea 2:18 Vegan Covenant, the more Angelic assistance will increase in the behalf of all animals everywhere, inspiring and accomplishing the saving Acts of God in each of their lives! This Hosea 2:18 Covenant gives you one more basis for an additional love affair with God and by your Veganism being expressed as a tangible stand of faith on the Hosea 2:18 Covenant, you're His agent in ending animal suffering, His prayer representative where all of Creation is concerned, and in the ages to come the animals will sing your praises together with His for your courageous Covenantal stand on the Scriptures for the manifestation of the Holy Spirit's power against their exploitation!