By Martin Cisneros
27). Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast.
28). And it shall come to pass, that as I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to throw down, to destroy, and to afflict, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, say the Lord.
(Jeremiah 31:27-28 NKJV)
We are told in Ecclesiastes chapter 3 that there is a season for everything and a time for every purpose under heaven. Were the doctrines of eternal punishment through either eternal torment or eternal annihilation true, then it couldn't be said that there was a season for everything and a time for every purpose under heaven. Both eternal torment and eternal annihilation require a final belief in limited atonement because they necessitate a duality of either purpose in the Incarnation, Atonement, and Mediation Ministries of the Christ or a duality of consequences arising from the Incarnation, Atonement, and Mediation Ministries of the Christ.
According to Jeremiah 31:27-28 God has accepted the blame for everything that's ever made a prey of either man or beast in their spirits, souls, bodies, and everything else that pertains to them. In Ecclesiastes chapters 3 and 4 we are told that man has no preeminence over a beast but is proven to be a beast in his relations to his Maker and to the animal kingdoms around him. [i.e. men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil...] Again from Ecclesiastes chapters 3 and 4, there is yet a final assurance that as the spirit of man has risen to heaven through the babel tower of animal oppression and the spirit of animals has been ground into the dust as man has continued to war against all that was righteous in himself in the Garden of God --man will yet, together with the beasts, know the place of being built and planted by the Lord where neither will any longer know Him as Master, but as Husband according to Hosea 2:14-23. Unquestionably, to everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven!
The Lord said that He would WATCH over man and beast and their seed to build them and to plant them. As the man is to be liberated through this building and planting, so is the animal. According to Isaiah chapters 10 and 11:
And it shall come to pass in that day that his burden shall be removed from your shoulders and his yoke from your neck and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.....the calf and the young lion and the fatling together shall be led by a little child, as they play by the cobra's hole....the earth shall be FULL OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD.
From Jeremiah 31:27-28: man and animal being WATCHED by the Lord to be built and planted --far from yokes, burdens, and oppression. Truly there is a season for everything and time for every purpose under heaven!
What goodness will the Lord withhold from mankind and from the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the creeping things of the ground? in the words of Hosea 2. We're promised that we'll fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days in Hosea 3!
Anything that reduces the final goodness of the Lord towards all of Creation to abstract conditions that by their very definition can never be fulfilled by all of Creation prior to the resurrection is to diminish this grand truth that God is Love, that God so loved the world, and that to His Son there is a season and a time for every purpose which He came to fulfill for the Father of Mercies, the God of all Comfort. As High Priest Jesus is watching today, eagerly to build and plant! Let Him build and plant something special in your life today, and in the life of every animal that you come into contact with today and tomorrow! His goodness isn't limited by His power and His power isn't limited by His goodness. Feel free to enjoy God together with nature, rather than chasing nature in the Name of God like an antisemitic holy land Crusader of previous ages!
Some may ask why they should work to end animal oppression when they themselves are currently being oppressed by their jobs, their families, or life in general. To fight against oppression in one's life, one must have in view all of the oppression that one comes in contact with. To say that because I'm oppressed that I'm going to continue to oppress animals does absolutely nothing to lift oppression from your life. Every victory against oppression in your life is a genuinely solid victory against the oppression in your life!
The fact that any of us are hurting doesn't give us the right to hurt others. While many of us know, acknowledge, and believe that where other humans are concerned, this is equally true in our relations with the animal kingdom. We must work to alleive their sufferings at any and every cost. That doesn't mean that we give animals absolutely everything that they could ever want. As a society, we don't allow for an absolute abandonment of ourselves to the casual whims of other people. That should be no different where animals are concerned. I'm not arguing for an animal gospel where anything and everything goes and we should simply allow the animals to soil our carpets beyond the least possible recovery of either our own personal dignity or theirs.
Righteous standards should be in place. Just because the cattle on a thousand hills are our Lord's doesn't mean that they're there for us to oppress and violate. Psalm 2 says that the heathen are the inheritance of Christ. And yet it is now universally acknowledged as sinful to take that as a license to go rape, murder, and enslave the heathen for not believing as we do, such as in the time of the Crusades and Inquisitions of European history. That God will kill the fattened calf in the behalf of His recovered prodigal is no more of a literal statement of the Sword of God being at the throat of an animal than to say that the Angel of God in Revelation 19 will literally give the flesh of human kings over to the birds of the air to physically engorge themselves on. The prodigal son story is using symbolic language in letting us know that no area of the Father's house can be left at enmity with the returned prodigal --least of all the "elder Brother." And in the case of Revelation 19, God is not saying that birds will feast on the bodies of the kings who've oppressed the earth. He's saying that the birds will feast at the expense of the kings of the earth when all of their wickedness shall have been put under foot. Man has oppressed animals for thousands of years and through the Hosea 2:18 covenant God will cause them to feast at our expense as co-heirs of our liberty in Christ!
And I know the ploy of the Enemy all too well. Some people may perhaps be under the impression that while Romans 14 and 1Corinthians 8 clearly teach the reasons for abstaining from the flesh of animals, that 1Corinthians chapter 9 at least says that dairy products are universally Biblically permissible. 1Corinthians chapter 9 was actually an exhortation towards not abusing your authority in the Gospel and not hindering it. The very fact that dairy is mentioned in the same context as offerings and marriage issues with ministers is a strong argument rather in favor of abstaining from dairy --lest you hinder the Gospel of Christ! Paul said earlier in 1Corinthians that if it's at all within your giftings from God to abstain from marriage, the Gospel could actually be freed from an additional care of this world to go forth mightily through you. Here in 1Corinthians 9 he's bringing dairy products up in the same context of saying that though your protectiveness over animals could fairly make dairy your just reward, you could also get to where, as Jesus would warn --"you have your reward already..." As someone could be open to the charge of only being interested in the money when talking of their rights as an Apostle to be well provided for, you could be open to the charge of only being into animals for their wool, milk, and anything else you could privately "fleece" them of! It's no different in the eyes of the Apostle who saw Jesus as he laid down his Spirit-filled comments in 1Corinthians. As the Apostles were silly enough to think that Jesus's comments against the leaven of the Pharisees were an indictment against themselves, as Apostles, for having no bread, you can easily make it look as though your only arguments against the meat and dairy industry are because we have no quality organic meats and dairy products! May we all be shown by God how to rid ourselves of the leaven of the Pharisees in anything that we say that could ever be taken to imply that we're only after "humane slaughter" or a more gentle ripping of the milk from the nipples of the cows and the goats.
We're after a total abolishment of all animal cruelty and a restoration of a righteous relationship with animals, amen?
Many people talk as if the New Testament placed no special emphasis upon our words, our acts towards what some would call outsiders, and our behavior at the table. But that simply is not the case.
Let brotherly love continue.
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
Remember the prisoners as if chained with them --those who are mistreated-- since you yourselves are in the body also.
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.
We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His Name. (Hebrews 13:1-3, 5, 9-10, 15)
According to St. Paul's writing to Titus, the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world as we await the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, the heart being established by grace that's mentioned in the book of Hebrews is a heart that's established in the hope of final salvation and it's a heart that shuns ungodliness and worldly lusts as it awaits the coming of it's Lord Jesus Christ. The book of Isaiah describes Jesus in Isaiah 40 as coming as a Shepherd in His second coming. He's slain the Goliath of our sins and now He'll rule His people Israel for the ages of the ages until all enemies are brought to kneel before His feet. According to 1John, those who have this hope in themselves are soberly diligent about the process of purifying themselves even as He is pure. He's described as coming back to care for both man and beast, as the minister of the Hosea 2:18 covenant. Those who have this hope in themselves, of the soon return of the Lord, are purifying themselves from all of the abuses of their brethren, whether they're "man," "beast," "bird," or "creatures that creep like a reptile."
Therefore, there is absolutely no getting around this, that if you treasure this hope in your heart of the restitution of all things, then it demands that your compassion isn't in word or tongue only, but that it's also in deed and in truth. It's time to pray it from your heart, and to no longer run from this, saying "Jesus, I bow before Your Lordship in every area of Creation and I trust You to supply the Holy Spirit within me that already bares your crucifixion and that's baring it to this world to separate us and them from our sins. I trust You to cleanse me, to repair my relationships with everyone and every animal around me. And I trust You to speak to my heart as often as necessary and by any means necessary to see to it that I live a life that reflects and foretells Your endless love for all of Creation!"
When we turn to Colossians chapter 2 we find a series of comments that are alleged by some as definitive proof against the validity of this Hosea 2:18 Covenant. In that passage we are asked why we're submitting ourselves to human regulations regarding the touching, tasting, and handling of certain [taboo] things. We're also warned about festival keeping that's either a shadow of the things that were to come through Christ or of any type of cultural, religious, or political maneuvers that would distract us from Christ that weren't even temporarily commanded by God to start with. For some people this poses a very deep problem with regards to this Covenant that I'm speaking of. But if you'll look at the context, it'll be obvious that on the one hand we have a comment very similar to that of Gamaliel's in Acts chapter 5 that if these things aren't the commandments of God that they're inherently destined to pass with the times. We're also warned in Colossians chapter 2 against angel worship, imaginary visions, and types of neglect of the body that are of no real value against the indulgences of the flesh. Here's a very simple answer to this concern:
Hosea 2:18 isn't a precept or doctrine of mere human origin. It's not an imaginary/imaginative "vision" that I'm claiming as being a spiritual vision without grounds. As we study God's sacred Word, it's very obvious that this has substance in Christ in Isaiah 11, Isaiah 30, Isaiah 40, Psalm 23, Revelation chapters 4 and 5, and countless other passages that assure us of Christ being minister of the Hosea 2:18 Covenant. Rather than taking away from the commission of the body of Christ in the earth, it's one of it's highest and most virtuous purposes that nourishes itself spiritually and brings very badly needed relief and wholeness to the Creation around us. We're told in Romans 8 that if we suffer with the Creation that we'll be glorified together with the Creation. It's asserted in Romans 8 that the Creation entering into the liberties of the children of God is a major sign, if not the consumate sign, of the entrance of the body of Christ into it's fullness of the knowledge of the Son of God. A basic principle of this world that we've died to, in Christ, is the cultural mandates that we've grown up around that dictate to us which people and animals it's our priveledge to exploit for our purposes, celebrations, and whims. All of the language of Colossians chapter 2 rather than warning against this covenant rather seems to point us to anything and everything that has it's substance in Christ. And all animals were created through Christ, for Christ, and are destined/betrothed to Christ. Rather than warning against humility and restraint of the flesh, Colossians chapter 2 is saying to keep your priorities Christ-centered rather than culturally and politically centered or centered on any religious heritage that Christ came to annul in claiming everyone for Himself and to Himself. As further proof of this interpretation, consider that in Colossians 2 that we're told not to submit to human regulations against touching, tasting, and handling certain things while Colossians chapter 3 begins by saying that since you're seated with Christ at the right hand of God that you're to stop all fornication, uncleanness, malice, and covetousness. This says that there are moral restraints and even covenant imposed restraints on our conduct that whether they have any place in the commandments and doctrines of men, they still have claim on the life of those whose life is hidden with God in Christ!
Participating in the meat, dairy, leather, silk, wool, and every other animal exploitation industry, in the light of Hosea 2 is practicing uncleanness of a sort that is not permissible on the grounds of New Testament principles of love, respect, prayer, protection, and cultivation of the Creation around us through Christ-centered principles, doctrines, graces and virtues. Above all things we're exhorted to put on love as the bond of perfection. Whatever we do in Word or Deed, we're told to do it and say it in the Name of Jesus Christ causing thanks to abound to God the Father through Him.
For those who've accepted it as their calling in life to pray and to work towards the liberation of animals from the concentration camps that they are suffering and dying in by the billions every single year, we must come to the place where we love the animal abusers/exploiters while at the same time hating the animal abuses/exploitations that they're conducting. Some of them even imagine themselves to be carrying out such cruelties in the Name of God!
Many animal abusers portray themselves as taking moral stands on other matters. Some of them are very passionately against abortion and homosexuality, or the death penalty, state/national government, alcohol, aspartame, and tobacco! Whatever anyone's belief on those matters, it still becomes a matter of frustration far too often to hear of someone's alleged moral stance against this or that, all of the while they seem utterly clueless about the rights to life and being for animals.
When the Scriptures teach that love will cover a multitude of offenses, that doesn't mean to imply that love will close it's eyes to holocaust after holocaust in the name of loving the Hitlers of our present day in the Spirit of Christ. Love is the bond of perfection, the purgation of all fear, and the ultimate curse [upon] and destruction of death! Love in all of it's, or rather "His" fullness can so cover a situation with such strength and purity that though the most atrocious sin is committed in it's Presence, that sin becomes harder and harder and harder to repeat in His Presence!
The Love of God has been lavished towards and within our hearts without measure in Christ. The Love that'll never fail to bring a prostitute back to innocence, healing, purity, wholeness, and holiness will likewise shatter the illusion that animals are here to be consumed at our sole discretion! Through the power of the Spirit of Christ each and every single one of us can love animal exploiters until they no longer wish to harass, molest, kill, and otherwise utilize animals for their own selfish and hereditary ends that they received as their crafts and customs from their youth and their forefathers.
We can overcome all pain and all selfishness with the Blood and the Love of Christ that's worked in us thus far in every other area of our life in God's dealings with us and in our dealings with others on other matters!
Some may at this point wish to see how I would answer at this point the idea that my case for the Hosea 2:18 covenant falls utterly apart if it were successfully demonstrated that many of the passages that I've cited could be used in reference to the gentiles or to Israel when it was in a backslidden situation in regards to it's fellowship with God.
I personally do not believe that this is the case at all. Theologians have long clung to the notion, with regards to other doctrines, of an idea of what many of them would refer to as an inherent law of "double reference" in the Scriptures. Perhaps at this point many would be alarmed because, in their view perhaps, many of my interpretations would seem to allow for a new law of "triple reference" in Scripture, as if a thing may be said of Jews and Gentiles at different points in history and providence, but that it may also apply to the Hosea 2:18 Covenant.
Those who are shy about the doctrine of "double reference" in Scripture may 'triply object' that if Scripture were to be granted so many meanings, then the concept of relativity would necessarily be the plight of Scripture, that of necessity then that the Scriptures would have no meaning at all of divine origin. I do not believe that this is the case at all. On the principles of God's foreknowledge and predestination and the relevancy of the original Scriptures for all times as the inerrant Word of the living God, it must be conceded that deeper meanings and interpretations may lie within it's pages, that while seldom (if ever!) contradicting previously established doctrines of Scripture, the Scriptures themselves as the "Logos" of God must contain within themselves a divine germ of all that human beings are ever capable of knowing.
There is neither an explicit nor an implied set of statements in Scripture that because at a certain time in history, for whatever the reason and to whatever the degree, that animals were allowed to be eaten by humans that that in any way denied God's future purposes of grace towards animals, nor is there anything in Scripture to explicitly and necessarily form boundaries and inherent limits or partialities around or towards God's compassions.
For anything, at all, to have more than one meaning or to have different meanings to different peoples at different times is not to say that it, therefore, inherently, has no pure original meaning. God Whose purposes, powers, compassion, judgments, and knowledge are infinite and Who always revealed Himself in Scripture as the "Ever - (Him)Self - Revealing - One" has shown us His pattern throughout history of saying one thing that while literally true of one age, dispensation, or situation was still carefully Worded to have greater, grander, and fuller implications towards future ages, dispensations, and situations. Note the references to fulfilled prophecies in the New Testament that were given in the Old Testament, particularly in the life of Christ (i.e. "out of Egypt have I called My Son..." et.al.). Note also the prophecies in the book of Daniel that while regarded by many theologians as having had literal (and some would say, qualifyingly, "partial") fulfillments were still to have future implications towards the first and second comings of Christ Jesus, so that it may be said that even the allegories of Scripture that while definitive for an age still revealed purposes of divine gracious judgment for future ages and situations where the mercy of God would be desperately coveted!
And note also that while it is inherently in the vocabulary of many of our day to downplay what they would consider foreshadowing fulfillments or perhaps partial fulfillments (because of lost records of history that prevent complete details of events to be known), they do recognize purposes of divine grace in the exact Wording of those prophecies that may have not been recognized interpretations of Scripture for many millennia, until events unfolded which made further and greater fulfillments self-evident and humiliating to the human ego. Many are superstitious against claiming too great of a fulfillment of certain passages lest they be charged with either preterism or finding themselves on the uncomfortable grounds of having to defend themselves against charges by critics that there's the same vagueness to prophecy in the Bible that is inherent in the so-called prophecies of many psychics, mystics, and witches of our day. They don't know enough about the Scriptures, are uncertain of God's purposes beyond a general sense, and have enough unhealthy self-doubts to keep them from giving a proper defense of Scripture as being a revelation of God's areas of Self-declared control in the affairs of mankind. Therefore, many people will not like a presentation of this Covenant not on the grounds that it would therefore be too gracious or that it would create any vagueness to the Scriptures, but because it would be too intrusive into their lifestyles! Plain and simple. It declares God's ongoing purpose of upsetting the comfortable and of comforting the upset with brighter areas of His love and power.
And while many may try to rationalize themselves out of an acceptance of this covenant on the grounds of Hosea chapter 2 being extensively used by St. Paul in Romans chapters 8 and 9, there are too many other passages, such as Jeremiah 31:27-28 which state purposes of redemption and the divine hope for both man and animal in the same sentence. That passage does not allow for an interpretation of "beast" as a reference to either rebellious Israelites or rebellious gentiles because it's into the house of Israel and the house of Judah that the seed of both - and the word "both" is very important and pivotal - man (without regards to being either Jew or gentile) and beast (without qualifying or implying superlatives of a different sort which would allow for less than a literal interpretation) into God's redemptive purposes. Christ is declared to be watching over both under the New Covenant to build and to plant both man and beast. And it's not very edifying to an animal (or any one else!) to suddenly find one's self on the dinner table! Note the contrast of building and planting in the passage with breaking down, tearing down (i.e. in pieces), and uprooting. To uproot would be to allow for no possibility of continuing to abide in a habitat or in any state of being or grace. And this Scripture is saying that the divine mercy - on equal footing - is to be shared by both man and beast.
There are too many passages yet to be explored to allow for any kind of dismissing of this Covenant as being somehow less than literal or less than binding upon all of us, which I will yet explore in the future with my audiences.
The war for the freedom of animals from the fear of man can only be won by the anointing of God at work in the earth through believers who've consecrated themselves towards it. Only by setting ourselves apart and by setting an example of the love of God towards all of creation will we fully know the truth of God as it's revealed to us, as St. Paul would say, by not knowing Jesus Christ any longer after the flesh. Christ came to accomplish far more than the orthodox have ever dared to grasp, as will be readily acknowledged by all Christian Universalists.
Some animal rights activists will say that the war for animal independence won't be won in a day, but it'll be won through incremental changes as new legislation is passed and as economic profit is hindered in the animal exploitation camps. Many people believe that when animal abuse is no longer financially profitable that animal abusers will cease to abuse animals and will move on to other things in order to make their money. In my view that is, what Jesus called, "the deceitfulness of riches" talking in an indirect way. That's like saying that when prostitution is no longer financially profitable that there will be no such thing as prostitution in the world! That is wrong because people still have manipulative and coercive intents and motives that are separate and distinct from financial considerations, plus people really love sex in general! Many people get a physical and an emotional rise and release that borders on the sexual in it's impact on their psyche as they abuse animals and express what they consider to be their power over animals or their so-called rights.
The changes that are necessary won't be won in legislative terms. A fundamental spiritual shift will be necessary to cause the kinds of changes that'll bring animals the deliverance that so many have coveted from criminal exploitation against them. Many people are in denial of the spiritual link to the exploitation paradigm, but many animal exploiters will readily admit that they savour for animal abuse is a celebration of all that they consider themselves to be as human beings and as touched by the divine. Many animal abusers speak of animal sacrifice, though not necessarily in those blunt terms. They'll speak of how connected they feel with nature, with each other, and with some form of divinity at work in the world today. Many people don't understand as of yet that feeling the presence of God does not anymore automatically signify His automatic blessing than feeling anyone else's presence. That only signifies that God is present and they for once were in touch with that, or that He went out of His way to touch them inspite of their conduct or perhaps in rebuke of it! God overcomes evil with good and many of His confrontations of human nature are incrementally done over many years and perhaps over centuries in some cases since He has equal access to the living and the dead.
The New Testament says that as we mature as the sons of God through Christ Jesus that one of our priorities will be in being co-laborers with God in overcoming evil in every created being. And as it's incrementally done by the divine, so will it be done by the human in union with the divine. However, the keys of the Kingdom have been granted to humankind, in Christ Jesus, and we will be held accountable for our part in the reconciliation of all of Creation to God and to each other and the mutual sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit that we're to submit to and cultivate amidst ourselves. Another epoch of time in the prophecies has arrived when what our forefathers got away with, with God passing over their ignorance, is something that could easily send us straight to a burning hell! These animals are destined to know the divine power of the living God in liberating them from all of their afflictions. To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. The purposes of God of universal love, universal respect and holiness will not be held back for all time. If we will not crucify our flesh then God will crucify it for us in His intent to reveal the abundance of grace, healing, and provision towards the least of these, His brethren. God has made promises from eternity and these animals won't be without their portion of Christian inheritance that God has granted towards them and will make known and manifest in our day of His love and His delivering and nurturing power.
I've honestly never heard anyone make this argument against my interpretation of Ecclesiastes chapter 3, but this just occured to me and I thought that I would answer it. Someone may try to say that the "man has no preeminence over the animals" simply means that in an Old Testament context of Old Testament covenants with God that man would have no preeminence without the blood of animals.
Some translations and study Bibles indicate, from the knowledge of the Hebrew text that the translators had in the preparation of their Bibles, that there's no other way to take this passage than that Solomon was saying that mankind has total equality with animals. They do this by trying to theologically reason themselves out of such a blunt interpretation. See the footnote in the Amplified Bible on this text that's more inspired by Aristotle and the heretic Thomas Aquinas than by the written manifestation of God. That's a perfect case in point where speciesism is embarassed by a clear statement in the Bible and shows it's weak ground by trying to argue a weird case that the Bible's presenting this "wisdom under the sun" in contrast with what they consider the "wisdom that is from above" with their animal exploitation paradigms.
However, were one to successfully make the point that Ecclesiastes 3 is the Old Testament counterpart to the New Testament claim that man has no preeminence above (or without) Jesus Christ by saying that, in that time period, that man had no preeminence without the blood of animals, this would still not weaken a face value interpretation of this passage, as I've thus far defended it, on several grounds.
First of all, animals are promised entrance into the liberties of the children of God in Romans chapter 8. They are covenanted to God through Christ according to Isaiah chapter 11, Hosea chapters 1 - 3, and they are mutually addressed with human kind in the great promises of redemption in Jeremiah 31 and in various other passages. Man and animal fell together, and man and animal are entering into the kingdom of God together according to Mark chapter 11 with the example of Christ riding a donkey into Jerusalem as a foreshadowing of apocalyptic events. That God looked to animals as a temporary atonement in Old Testament times indicates that the soul of the flesh which was in the blood of animals was on the same level in the eyes of God, though not on the same level of accountability, responsibility, or calling. Man and animal were consistently judged together throughout the Old Testament. If they are together in the judgment, together as heirs of the coming kingdom through many prophetic types, shadows, and outright statements of the Scriptures, then their equality is established before God, though not necessarily an equality of calling, accountability, or process and predestination. We are together from the standpoint of being eternally together in all of God's dealings. We were created together and creation rises and falls and rises again together in Christ. These things have been clearly demonstrated throughout what I have said along these lines. Ecclesiastes chapter 3 in no way implies any contradiction to the Hosea 2:18 covenant, whether their equality be a matter of creation, sacrifice, or redemptive promise. We share in judgment together and through Christ we're all to know everlasting cleansing, sanctification, and wholeness. The promises of God are no less powerful towards animals than they are towards us. And the acts of Christ in the behalf of mankind are not in contradiction of the Hosea 2:18 covenant, and neither are they inherently "qualifiers" or "limiters" of the glad tidings of God towards all of Creation. God has His own divine methods of bringing hope to the hearts of animals as He builds a bridge for them back towards wholeness and towards their intended place in the heart of mankind.