You Can’t Push a River
"The Lord God said, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation, so that he that believes shall not make haste." -- Isaiah 28:16
As the articles on Where Is Zion? and Isaiah Chapter 53 explain, "he that believes" is the modern son of man, who is now 71 years old, suffers many things and is rejected by his generation, as the prophets Isaiah and Jesus foresaw. He knows "Zion" is not merely a place in the world, but is in the realm of the spirit where the spiritual foundation has been laid. And these are his thoughts about why it has taken so much time for him to accomplish his mission to tell people about it.
Life is like a river, meandering ever forward toward its destination, the infinite ocean. The water, having changed form, having originally evaporated and become clouds and then fallen to earth as rain, returns to its source. And mortal life is much the same.
You cannot push a river, because it flows where it will, and such is our life. Things happen in their own good time, and often not as soon as we wish, or as we wish. We can plan, and it is perhaps good to plan, but we cannot know what life has in store for us. We can only imagine the best future possible, follow our heart and our joy, and do what we love to do with abandon, with faith that our destiny will be a good one.
The modern son of man understands that, but he was stricken and afflicted and suffer many things, as the prophets Isaiah and Jesus (Yeshuah) foresaw and foretold. But, like Hephaestus, whose parents threw him down from Mount Olympus, the son of man was crippled and afflicted because he displeased God with his "wilfulness and covetousness," but he learned why and became "contrite of spirit." (Isaiah 57:15-21). And, at the same time, he learned that his affliction and suffering is also "a guilt offering" and also to "bear the iniquities of his people." (Isaiah 53:9-11) So he accepts it, understanding that the body is merely a temporary housing for his spirit and soul.
It is no wonder that people who hear of his assertion that he is the son of man chosen and sent by God do not believe it. Educated humanists are quick to dismiss him as just "another religious nut with a messianic complex." And most religious people reject him and even accuse him of heresy because he refutes some of their most deeply held beliefs.
Religious people do not understand the true meaning of the prophecies about him (as have been explained in articles on the menu to the left that explain the truth about prophecies).
Consequently, Jews reject him because he rebukes Israel from the West, serves in a new name, and he has not been "approved" by the Rabbinical clergy of Judaism because they do not yet see how he fulfills the prophecies of Isaiah and the other Jewish prophets. Christians reject him because he is not the "second coming" of Jesus himself, he is all too human and far from perfect, and he is not an almighty warrior king coming down from out of the clouds. And other religious people reject him because he is apparently not a "holy" man as they expected. He is of your brethren, and from your midst, according to real prophecies.
But who can blame them those who reject him because they don't yet know the real truth? Many religious people have been led to believe in the doctrines of the religious patriarchs who established their organized religions, and no one likes their political and religious beliefs refuted.
Besides that, his assertion and proclamation that he is the modern son of man seems to them to be the height of egotism and vanity.
Ironically, that is exactly why Jesus of Nazareth foresaw that the modern son of man would first be rejected by his generation, and it’s why the prophet Isaiah foresaw that the true servant of God would fear all his work has been in vain and for nought.
Nevertheless, the son of man must deliver judgment. And, so doing, he states that he feels like a parent who chastises their child and says, "This hurts me more than it hurts you." That is so true. Being a judgmental fault-finder comes back on you, and you reap what you sow, as is explained in The Story of the Modern Son of Man.
Fortunately, even though the truth hurts the son of man and will bruise the ego and shatter the image of those who have caused so much conflict, division, hardship and suffering, the truth is good news for the great majority of people in the world.
People will ultimately realize or learn that the true wealth of a nation and a people is not what they individually have in a bank, but what they produce by working together, in concert, cooperatively and collaboratively, sharing and sharing alike, using the common wealth for the common good.
People will ultimately realize or learn that just as it takes a village to raise a child, so it takes all the people in a village to work together to take care of the village for the benefit of all. And as it is for a village, so it is for a town, neighborhood, city, nation, and our whole world. And when everyone realizes that and acts accordingly, all people will be wealthy, in spirit, and materially.
But, there will be a lot of questions and discussions about who and what the son of man is, and many scholars and noted authorities on Judaic, Christian, Islamic, and other scriptures will provide all kinds of opinions and interpretations of scriptures, either to acknowledge that the son of man is who and what he says he is, or to try to discredit him.
In fact, some people, especially religious "fundamentalists" calling themselves Jews or Christians of Muslims, will try to "crucify" him through character assassination once his message is widely known, and when his identity is finally revealed or discovered, they will probably use his past mistakes, offenses and sins to try to discredit the message he delivers.
But, as the prophet Isaiah wrote, the servant of God will be "numbered with the transgressors," he will have been "covetous and willful," certainly not perfect, and he will have "wrestled with God," like Jacob, who he "brings again."
However, God especially loves the repentant person who is contrite of spirit, and the fact is that it’s the message that is important and not the messenger. And the modern son of man is but a messenger and servant of God.
It is the truth and nothing but the truth that will unite, empower and liberate humanity. That is why the son of man has to address the issue of who and what he is, and trust that the people will realize the truth even though it comes from a flawed human being. For even though he is only human and certainly does not claim he is infallible, he is the prophesied one and must say so.
On other pages (particularly on Prophecies Re: The "One To Come") the most relevant prophecies about him are quoted and paraphrased, and his story provides a summary of his life. But, on this page, certain other things about him are mentioned to prevent misunderstanding.
In the earlier versions of the message, in books and on a previous web site, the son of man "spoke of himself ," so it should be clarified what the Christ Jesus meant by the following statements:
"He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory. But he that seeks the glory of who sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him." (John 7:18)
"When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth. For he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me, for he shall receive of mine, and shall declare it to you." (John 16:13-14)
The prophesied son of man is the authorized messenger for the Spirit of truth. He says who and what he is, honestly, without reservation, not to glorify himself, but to reveal that he is only too human.
The son of man bears the testimony of the Ancient One who is in heaven with God, and declares it to you. And he does so anonymously to emphasize that he glorifies God and the Ancient One, not himself. He says he is but a servant of God the Holy One, and but one pillar in the Temple of God, who by any other name is still God.
However, it took him 39 years after first witnessing and being spiritually anointed by God, to develop the message to this point. After all, there is a very good reason why Solomon wrote that God, like any good parent, chastises loved ones who misbehave, and that a true servant of God should not grow weary of being chastised. For while the Spirit of truth nourishes the spirit, it prunes the ego. And to accomplish that, it takes physical suffering to soften a hard-headed person.
That is why it took such a long time for the son of man to finally and fully realize why Jesus said, "Of myself I do nothing."
In other words, he realized it is vain folly to allow his ego to take credit for the good news, or let his conscience blame himself for judging bigots, hypocrites and wrongdoers.
It took him many years to learn how to put his self aside, let go of egotism and its idea of success or failure or judgmental self-righteousness, and let God guide him in ways that often amazed him and made him very grateful to be of service. But it’s been a very difficult and painful process, and he has admitted that as a judge, he has been too harsh, refusing to acknowledge that even wrong-doers have redeeming qualities. He knows, because he is one.
He is now 70 years old. But after he witnessed the actual God at the age of 30, he had utter and complete faith in God. He felt it was vain folly to try to judge anyone, or to try to convince anyone that their political and/or religious beliefs are wrong. He understood that we should judge not, lest we be so judged in turn, and we should love even our enemy, because our enemy is often a reflection of our self.
When he was 39, however, he began to learn how and why he had been called and chosen to deliver judgment, as was prophesied, and he began a long process of accepting that it is his mission to correct those who have caused so much conflict, division, pollution, corruption, violence, and destruction.
He has many critics because of that, and most who hear of his message and assertion dismiss or reject it. Many are skeptical of and turned off by anything "religious," because so many religious bigots and hypocrites have given religion a bad name.
Another criticism is the claim that "a true prophet would not have to revise and improve" the message he delivers. But given this wonderful medium, the Internet, it only makes sense that the son of man has taken advantage of the opportunity to make revisions to improve his written message, and further clarify and explain things as he learned of questions, concerns, criticisms and feedback on many different Internet discussion forums and Web sites.
And, as it turns out, using this electronic medium to reach all over the world and provide this free message was, after all, prophesied by Jesus of Nazareth, the christed (anointed) one who spoke of this message from the next son of man being seen all over the world, in a flash, like "lightening."
The criticism and accusation that has bothered the son of man, however, was put forth by someone on one forum who claimed that he is what he accuses others of being. In most cases when that statement is made, it is true. In fact, the son of man has said that your enemy is often just a reflection of your self. He knows that very well, and it’s why Jesus advised to love even your enemy.
Even the son of man sees himself as a hypocrite for judging religious bigots and hypocrites, even while he reminds everyone else that we should judge not. It is a nagging self-criticism, even though he understands why Jesus of Nazareth did the same thing, and he understands why he must follow that precedent. But, in spite of that, it has been a terrible dilemma for the son of man, because he is a man of conscience, and he struggled for many years to overcome the guilt of being judgmental.
He keeps in mind that even Jesus, in the last moments of his life, said: "My God, why have you forsaken me?" In saying that, Jesus echoed the words that King David had written in Psalm 22. For all true servants of God realize they are not God. They acknowledge that they are only human, and they accept that God’s will is not their own.
In fact, they have to go through what is called “The Dark Night of the Soul” during which they must face their darkest side and fully acknowledge that they are merely like the grass which sprouts and grows and even flourishes, but must also wither and die, to become part of the soil again – in a continual cycle of life. And so the true servant of God is humbled, and contrite, knowing that he is unworthy, and that in the end he knows nothing compared to God.
Nevertheless, the son of man cannot deny who he is. And he is, as all human beings are, a complex entity. He has realized God and realized that we are all children of God the Great Spirit-Parent. But the highest state of consciousness is not a permanent state of mind. It cannot be. For even if we are spiritually reborn, we are still children of our biological parents, born into this world with a certain astrological imprint, behavioral disposition and propensities, and with an inherited genetic code and DNA, all of which we must then seek to overcome or transcend to be more in touch with our true, Inner Self, which is one with all. But we all fail to maintain a selfless state of mind, and unless we realize and face that, we are being merely egocentric.
We all live with the entirety of who we are. Even Jesus said, "Why call me good? There is but One who is good, and that is God."
The son of man feels the same way. He knows that God and the Ancient One in heaven knows his works, his labor and his patience, and how he cannot bear those who are greedy, corrupt, selfish, self-important, self-righteous, malicious and evil. God knows he has judged and tried them, along with those who claim to know and serve God but do not, and has found them liars. And God knows he has not given up trying to deliver the message, because he hates the deeds of the wrongdoers, just as Jesus did.
But, even so, it's very difficult not to judge and hate himself for it, which is why he knew he had to give up the mentality of the righteously incensed critic and judge (the "old," egocentric self), and try his very best to return to the loving mentality he was blessed with before he had to serve as a writer, critic and judge. He knew he had to give it up, and try to focus on the beauty and the love in this world, thank God he can still see it, and be the change he wants to see in the world.
The son of man has not sought personal power as an official religious leader, nor has he sought the political power or official authority to make political decisions that affect people's lives. He rejects the throne of worldly power, as well as the throne of spiritual power, and he has not sought to be an orator who pontificates from behind a pulpit or dictates from behind a podium. That’s not what he is supposed to be.
In fact, that is not what anyone is supposed to be now, and such displays of self-important egotism will diminish and eventually become non-existent. Our religions and houses of worship will be more peer-operated, without any pontificating from authoritarian individuals who act superior, and without any bigotry or exclusive sectarian interpretations of scriptures that alienate and mislead any group of followers with a superiority complex. Moreover, our governments will be truly of, by, and for the people. We, the people, shall rule, and the son of man is merely a messenger who relays the message about how we may do that.
The son of man has expressed the truth as he is able, and has delivered the written truth because it is indeed the truth, and nothing but the truth, that shall unite us all, empower us all, and set us all free, and it is not the messenger that the world needs, but the message. That is why he must give up his role, and be not concerned whether or not the message is accepted during his lifetime, or after he has passed on. He must let it be, according to God's will, not his.
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