Part 2 Seeking the kingdom
How do we seek the kingdom? What can we do in a world so deluded in its own vain religion?1 What hope is there for a society where men construct the city-state of Cain, despise free dominion of the individual, and speak evil of dignities. They rebel against God as their king, as Core [Korah] did in the wilderness. Men feast on false charity which will hang upon them like a millstone hung in the stormy seas of the people?2
To read and think about the Kingdom is not enough. God is a God of action and we are made in His image. The kingdom of God is not a do-nothing kingdom. It is fruitful and active. Those who seek the kingdom strive. They are industrious and diligent.
If you love God, when you congregate, ask not what your God can do for you, but ask rather what you can do for His sheep. Make no agreement with the unrighteousness. Covet not your neighbors’ goods nor the benefits supplied by their compelled sacrifices. Be as concerned about your brother and his rights as you are about your own God-given rights.
Do not forsake the gathering together and seek His righteousness.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
The Law of God
God gave us the commandments to aid in our growth and maturity and Jesus told us to obey them. Moses and the Messiah expounded upon those commandments so that we might understand them and better implement them fruitfully in our lives.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:19
We are to love God and have no other gods before him. We know Paul says that there are gods many and Jesus says that ye also are gods. We also know that a god is someone who may make laws and exercise authority over others. When the Bible was written, the word for “god” was the title for a judge in courts of law and administrative courts.
We know that God told us not to bow down nor serve those gods3 that men make for themselves. We are told not to make covenants with the people under those gods nor with their gods, judges.4 Appealing to those gods, it will become a snare to you.5 He told us not to say that we put our trust in His Name and, then, actually give our trust to someone else.6 He told us because he took us out of a governmental system called Egypt, wherein we did not own our labor or our land. He also told us to never go back there again.7 If we desire to partake of the benefits offered by those governments, we should put a knife to our throat.8
When the Israelites were in Egypt and Moses came to free them, he did not say, “Disobey Pharaoh.” When Jesus came to set the captives free from the Pharisees and foreign despots, he did not say, “Don’t pay Caesar the tax you owe him.” He said that they were to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and He also said that they were to give to God what is God’s.
Are you pledging the service, that you should giving to God, to Caesar? Do you owe Caesar your service and, if so, how did this come about? Did you swear or apply to Caesar to obtain his benefits or protection? Did you make him the Father of your estate, your status?
The Israelites were in bondage in Egypt because they jealously threw their brother into a pit of slavery. The world is under tribute, an excise called income and property tax, because the people desired to force their neighbors, rich or poor, to pay for their desired public dainties. They coveted the gifts and benefits promised by systems they created and did not mind that the spotted charity of those “civic altars” was extracted by force. Through their own covetousness, they have been made human resources.9
In Egypt, they sacrificed to the gods of Egypt, who were the ruling judges of Egypt. Those gods appointed officers and taskmasters over the people and compelled the people to pay into the civic altars of the Pharaoh. In God’s kingdom, the people chose to sacrifice to God upon His living altars according to the service of its chosen ministers. What the people need to do is to learn what it means to sacrifice to the Lord. They needed to learn what it means to feed and care for His sheep and what it means to love their neighbor, without coveting his goods or his right to choose. There is no salvation in simply baptizing the outside of your bodies. You must repent and be baptized on the inside of your hearts and minds.
If the Church and the people had attended to the business of Christ, the people would never had needed to apply to Caesar. They would owe him nothing and would have remained free. The Kingdom is still at hand and repentance is the first step to salvation.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. John 15:10
The other commandments give us clues on what this all means. These basic laws have many applications in our lives for like the laws of God’s creation they are repeated at many levels in similar and repetitive ways.
We were to be industrious and work six days and rest on the seventh, nor are we to deprive anyone else of that rest. Some put great emphasis on the seventh day, but often forget the six days of fruitful labor that sets that day of rest apart.
We are to honor our Father and Mother as we honor our Father in Heaven. Income tax is a “patrimonial right” of the Fathers. Each Son and Daughter is to give their offerings upon their domestic altars. Then, according to the individual discretion of the head of the family, a freewill contribution is granted to the servant altars of His kingdom.
Thou shalt not kill or be the cause of death or injury by intent or neglect, but each man is responsible for the life of each other man on earth. You shall not take a man’s flesh nor his blood nor his sweat without his permission and you will not damage anyone in a scheme or plan to take the blood or sweat of your neighbor or the strangers amongst you through the agencies of others, including the governments you may devise for yourself.
Thou shalt not commit adultery. Obviously sexual adultery is a betrayal of your spouse, but also a betrayal of God. Marital vows are before God, not just each other. But God has also given us our bodies to care for as the living temples of our souls.
You shall not adulterate your own body or the body of your family or any other family. You shall not consume any adulterant, pollutant, contagion, contaminant, or any poisonous substance, nor contribute to the violation of any other individual with any form of adulterant. This could include something as obvious as drug abuse and smoking or something seemingly benign, like eating too much or eating a poor diet or drinking to excess.
Jeremiah speaks of a whole nation committing adultery in Chapter 3. He says that they defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and stocks. In Chapter 7, he associates this national adultery with national stealing, murder, and swearing falsely or sacrificing to Baal10 ,along with the following of other gods or judges.11
Thou shalt not steal. You shall not take from any one what they do not wish to give. You shall not have agents and accomplices to take from others. You shall not allow anyone to take from your neighbor without their permission and agreement, either directly or through deception or through any agency or administration. This could include imposing taxes, but it would also include applying for benefits financed by such compelled taxes. The modern tax system is Nicolaitan and includes an element of fear and force.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. You shall not lie to people, mislead people, keep the truth back from people. You will not be a part of any fraud or deception or unjust weights and measures that eat away at the wealth or goods of the people.
Caveat Emptor, Let the buyer beware, should not be heard in the kingdom of Heaven. You should not take advantage of the ignorance of others, either directly or through the agencies of others. Knowing the truth, you shall not keep it secret, but promote the knowledge of truth. You shall expose all lies to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house. You will not take from a man’s household or any portion of his home. You shall not take from your neighbor’s house by threatening to take it by force if he will not pay you or your rulers usury, no matter what benefit it may bring you. This would include free schools for your children, police or fire protection or any service where your neighbor is forced to pay and deprived of the choice to give. Nor shall you desire or hope to take any part of benefits that are financed by such coveting systems.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor any portion of the labor of his servants, nor any part of his assets, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. All that is your neighbor's is his and you or your servants, either public or private, will not take anything that is your neighbor's without his desire to give it to you freely. You shall not draft his sons or force his daughters to labor for you or for your elected agents, nor shall you desire or hope to take any part that is your neighbor's.
This is what happened when men chose a centralized ruler, or king, in the days of Samuel. God and Samuel warned us that this is what will transpire if we reject God and choose to have men rule over us and be our lawmakers. Men keep returning to the same error and the solution never changes either. Christ showed us, but so did prophets like Nehemiah.
And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding; They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God’s law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes; Nehemiah 10:28 29
Nehemiah and the people returned to the precepts of God and separated themselves, being different from the nations of the earth, as Jesus also said. With understanding and right knowledge, they gathered with their brethren and contributed willingly to the altars of God, as we see the first century Church doing. They forsook tribute and did not impose a tax but said that they alone would charge themselves to contribute.12 This is the Kingdom of God and the subject of what the Church should preach to all those who say that they believe the Christ.
If we seek to set all men free, then we shall become freemen under God.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. John 14:21
Over and over, Christ said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” If we kept the commandments, the lives and rights of our neighbor would be as important to us as our own. Could we send our children to public schools when those schools are financed by force and fear? Could we vote to increase any levy for schools and teachers at the expense of our neighbor? Could we tax our neighbor in order to support civic projects, like beautifying the town, or our cemeteries, funding fire departments, helping the deaf, aged, poor, or needy?
There is no clause where God says you can take from your neighbor if it is a worthy cause. Might does not make right in the Kingdom of God. The end does not justify the means. Under God’s liberty, your neighbor may give or not give. There is freedom in the Kingdom.
In a democracy, every man is king, but not of himself alone, but also of his neighbor. He rules his neighbor with the power of his vote. A democracy as a common purse of rights and runs towards death. The laws for the king apply to the mob as king, called democracy.
All such policies of desiring to benefit from the taking from your neighbors’ house or any violation of the Ten commandments should not be a temptation to us if we have truly accepted Christ into our hearts. How can we say that He is Lord and continue a policy that does not do the things He has said to do? How can we claim to have accepted Him if we do not know and do according to His sayings?
In The Covenants of the gods, we detail how the obligations imposed by systems of world of men and power are the result of numerous violations of the Ten Commandments by us. What these commandments are saying is that you may not desire the benefits that come from these compelled assessments because that would be coveting your neighbor's goods. It is not saying that you do not owe them. We may owe them because we have failed to follow God’s Word and the teachings of Christ. The ways of God do not fail, nor do they deliver men into bondage. It is us who have failed to adhere to the righteousness of God’s Kingdom.
Some people propagate the lie that the Ten Commandments were done away at the cross. If that were even remotely true, Jesus would not keep saying, “Obey the commandments.”
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. Matthew 19:17
If some did not lie or deceive or mislead the people about the gospel, many people would be out of business. Whole systems would shut down. Nothing has robbed the people more than usurious money systems that deplete the value of personal wealth day by day.
Taking the silver out of coins was dishonest. Thinking that silver has the same value as iron is deception. Yet, many people were gobbling up silver quarters and giving out iron coins as if they had the same value. The government economists knew they were not the same, but they encouraged the people to think they were. The reason they removed the silver is because it was worth more than the iron coins that they gave out in their place. They knowingly robbed the people and, anyone not revealing that truth, is a part of that lie and deception, but this is only one small example of the vast scope of modern delusions.
Luke 18:20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
How an administration could have enslaved an entire population and still calls itself “Christian” is hard to conceive. People say that we need taxes to support government. Yes, we need funds to support government, but do we need to force those funds from people in order to get them to contribute? Is that the Kingdom of Heaven or Babylon? Is that of God and Christ, Abraham and Moses, or is that of Cain and Nimrod, Pharaoh, and Caesar?
Mark 10:19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
If Jesus were going to do away with the Ten Commandments or create an easy salvation, whereby you say a few words, get choked up, and make an doleful altar call, then what is Christ saying when he states, “if you love me, keep my commandments?” John 14:15
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:29-31
You cannot love your neighbor and take away his rights. Thomas Jefferson said it best when he stated, “Democracy is mob rule where fifty-one percent of the people take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”
This is telling us that, at least, 51 percent of the voters do not love Christ as a matter of policy. This is not to say that the other forty-nine are not sinners, too. They just did not get the largest block of sinners during the vote. Though a thing is legal, it may still be a sin against God. Of course, not everyone votes to take things away from their neighbor. Some people consistently vote to stop their neighbor from robbing.
So, what is the solution? We cannot flee to the new world; there is no new world to go to. The answer is that we must flee to a new way. Jesus has been talking about it from the beginning. It is not without burden, but it is light compared to other options.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
1If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:26-27
2Likewise also these [filthy] dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses… Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. Jude 1:8-13
3Ex 20:5 6 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Ex 23:24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.
4Ex 20:2.. I [am] the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
5Ex 23:33 They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.
6Ex 20: 7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
7Deuteronomy 17:16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the ›LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.
8Pr 23:1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
92 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
10Baal means lord or the supreme citizen or ruler of a government that has authority.
11Jeremiah 7:9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;
12Nehemiah 10:32 Also we made ordinances for us, to charge ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God;... shewbread, ... meat, ... burnt ... and for the sin offerings ...