Concerning the potter in the house of the Lord, Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote in his Zechariah booklet, :
“And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them” (Zechariah 11:13). Notice what is happening here! Christ is taking this personally. He was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver! “…And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.” (p. 76, Zechariah – The Sign of Christ’s Imminent Return)
Now what shall be the reason why God shall break the staff Bands? – There has to be a Judas type betrayal that shall happen again.
And to better understand the theme surrounding this betrayal, we have to go to the Jude booklet:
(Jude) wrote one of the most powerful small books in the Bible. He showed us that we must build the character to rule the universe. That is why we are here. We must learn to keep and administer God’s law—be executives of God’s government—in the World Tomorrow. That is what the gospel is all about. This is what Jude was trying to get God’s own people to fully understand. But his book is primarily prophecy for God’s end-time Church. Many of God’s people are dying spiritually today, as they were at the time of Jude’s warning. Nothing could be more important for us to comprehend. This book shows us why the angels on this Earth failed and how we can succeed (p. 19)
Mr. Flurry said that it is important for us to comprehend and fully understand Jude’s warning in his epistle. And it revolves around keeping and administering God’s law and government – God’s way!
“Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.” (Jude 1:8)
Who are these “filthy dreamers”? Could they be the same group of people that was discussed in Zechariah 10:2? – “For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams”. If these are one and the same, then they are the “idols” and the “impostors” inside God’s own Church! They are the antichrists that shall betray Christ in the flesh!
To fully understand the context of what Jude is trying to convey to us, let us find the definitions of some of his words that were inspired by God that would describe the prevailing spirit of those that has crept inside God’s Church.
“Defile” comes from the original Greek word “miaino” which means; to sully or taint, i.e. contaminate:–defile.
“Sully” according to the dictionary means: “PLACE UNDER SUSPICION OR CAST DOUBT UPON; MAKE DIRTY OR SPOTTY; CHARGE FALSELY OR WITH MALICIOUS INTENT; ATTACK THE GOOD NAME AND REPUTATION OF SOMEONE”
“Flesh” in Strong’s is sarx; flesh (as stripped of the skin), i.e. the body (as opposed to the spirit, or as the symbol of what is external, or (by implication) HUMAN NATURE (with its frailties and passions), or a human being (as such):-CARNALLY MINDED, FLESHLY.
Looking at the definitions above, the phrase “defile the flesh” could appropriately mean:
- PLACE UNDER SUSPICION OR CAST DOUBT UPON another person by being CARNALLY MINDED
- CHARGE FALSELY OR WITH MALICIOUS INTENT; ATTACK THE GOOD NAME AND REPUTATION OF SOMEONE using HUMAN NATURE WITH ITS FRAILTIES AND PASSIONS
“These men are grumblers and FAULT FINDERS; THEY FOLLOW THEIR OWN EVIL DESIRES; THEY BOAST ABOUT THEMSELVES and FLATTER OTHERS FOR THEIR OWN ADVANTAGE”. (Jude 1:16, NIV)
What kind of people are they?
Then Jude returns to the subject of the Laodiceans, and the intensity of his message increases. ‘But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves’ (verse 10). They are like brute beasts—there is no Holy Spirit there guiding them. We must be able to discern that. I am learning more deeply as time goes on that we must look at fruits—we can’t measure conversion by sweet smiles. Animals act according to their instincts. These ‘brute beast’ rebels act according to their natural carnality. God has been pushed out of their lives. They were and are guided only by evil human reasoning. (p. 25, ibid.)
And why is this so? Aren’t these men supposed to use God’s Spirit in administering God’s law and government of LOVE? Why are they doing such atrocious acts?! Indeed they are SPIRITUAL TERRORISTS as Mr. Flurry describes them!
Is it any wonder that Jude aptly described these men as having not the Spirit of God? AND THESE ARE THE VERY MEN THAT CAUSES DIVISION INSIDE GOD’S CHURCH!
“These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.” (Jude 1:19, NIV)
“These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit” (Jude 19). The Companion Bible reads “are separating themselves.” These individuals had it and lost it, or they never had it. The RSV reads, “It is these who set up divisions.”The International Critical Commentary states, “These are they that make separations.” They try to divide and conquer God’s Church! There will always be a few of these people within the Church, trying to destroy the harmony. (p. 33-34, ibid.)
And what is God’s view about those men? Well, there’s a complementary prophecy in chapter 2 of Haggai:
“In the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts: Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying, If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it become holy? And the priests answered and said, No. Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean. Then answered Haggai and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.” (vv. 10-14)
To better understand what God wants to convey through the prophet Haggai let’s define each Hebrew word in verse 12:
If : lo! also (as expressing surprise) if: – behold
One: a man as an individual or a male person; steward
Steward: In Scripture and theology, a minister of Christ, whose duty is to dispense the provisions of the gospel, to preach its doctrines and administer its ordinances.
Bear: to lift, desire, exalt self, lift self up, raise up
Exalt: to raise in rank and power; to elevate by praise: glorify
Holy: a sacred place or thing; rarely abstractly sanctity: – consecrated (thing), dedicated (thing), hallowed (thing), holiness, most holy, saint, sanctuary.
From H1319; flesh from its freshness; person; also by euphemism the pudenda of a man: self.
[H1319. to be fresh, i.e. to announce glad news:-messenger, preach, publish, preach good tidings.]
Skirt: an edge or extremity; a pinnacle, overspreading, uttermost part.
From H898; a covering, that is, clothing; also treachery or pillage: – apparel, very treacherous covering
From Brown-Driver-Briggs Definition beged
- treachery, deceit
[H898:to cover with a garment; figuratively, to act covertly; by implication to pillage:–deal deceitfully, treacherously, unfaithfully, offend, transgress]
(Just like in Malachi 2:16 wherein the garment is used to conceal violence and treachery: “For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.”)
covertly means secretly; closely; in private; insidiously.
Insidious means awaiting a chance to entrap; treacherous (also means, likely to betray trust)
1. Plunder; spoil; that which is taken from another by open force, particularly and chiefly from enemies in war.
2. The act of looting or plundering.
3. Something taken as booty
4. To strip of money or goods by open violence
to touch, i.e. lay the hand upon for any purpose; euphemism, to lie with a woman; by implication to reach, touch.
With all the definitions stated above, for Haggai 2:12, “If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy?” We can paraphrase it this way:
“Lo! Behold any steward or minister of Christ who desires for himself to become holy or desires for himself to be raised in rank and power to God’s holy office, yet he acts covertly, secretly, even insidiously, while his real intention is to pillage and plunder, to deal deceitfully, treacherously, unfaithfully, to offend and eventually transgress; So while he is in the pinnacle of his deceit, he lay his hand upon God’s work to preach, to publish and carry good tidings, to conduct Passover ceremonies, to baptize people, or to anoint with oil for healing inside God’s own Church. Shall whatsoever his hands lay upon be holy? NO!”
This sounded more like the Simon Magus-type-men who has already crept in inside God’s own Church! (This subject will be discussed in detail in chapter 7)
“Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean.” (Hag. 2:13)
But what does God meant when He speaks of a dead body? The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:10;
“And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”
And here is what Mr. Herbert Armstrong said regarding this verse:
Verse 10: “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” I think a lot of people don’t get that. The body is dead. Paul says ‘I died’ when the truth came and so on. I’ve tried to explain my own experience of conversion that the self in me had to die. I had to give it up just as if it was dead. My body still kept on breathing and my heart kept pumping, but it didn’t live as it had before. It was dead to those things. (Tucson Bible Study: Romans 8 given on January 12, 1980)
Further on the Apostle Paul wrote:
“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” (vv. 6-8, 13)
Therefore, a dead body spiritually speaking refers to our human nature. And what is human nature? Here is what Mr. Armstrong wrote about it:
In a word, the selfishness, hostility, deceitfulness, wickedness, rebellion, etc. that we call ‘Human NATURE’ is actually SATAN’S NATURE. It is Satan’s ATTITUDE. And broadcasting it, surcharging the air with it, Satan actually NOW WORKS IN the unsuspecting all over the world today! That is HOW Satan deceives the whole world today (Rev. 12:9; 20:3). Being invisible, Satan is not seen by people. …People will feel depressed and won’t realize why. But those unaware of this phenomenon, with this self-centered attitude being broadcast and injected into their unsuspecting minds from earliest childhood, do, to a greater or lesser degree, absorb it until it becomes their normal attitude. It becomes habitual. It does not, of course, exhibit the same degree of effect in all minds – one person will become more evil than another. But the natural tendency is there. They come to have it naturally. It becomes their very NATURE. And we call it ‘human nature.’
All this is an outstanding example of just how subtle Satan is! The finest and most brilliant human minds have been deceived by it. Thus the WHOLE WORLD has been swayed by Satan into what I often term, simply, the ‘GET’ way of life — the way that has become HABITUAL and NATURAL which we term ‘HUMAN NATURE.’ (HUMAN NATURE Did God Create It? 1976 edition)
Let’s move to Haggai 2:13:
“Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean.”
The word “unclean” in Strong’s means: defiled, polluted, unclean. Now we can decipher what God wants to convey through the prophet Haggai: So if a minister in God’s Church uses human nature instead of God’s Holy Spirit in dealing with God’s people and in doing God’s Work, everything that that minister will lay his hands upon shall be defiled, polluted, unclean! Mr. Flurry wrote in the Royal Vision:
CONFRONTING HUMAN NATURE
God is teaching us to know and fear the devil. Mr. Armstrong said, ‘I know Satan is a thousand times stronger than I.’ He really does have power, and if we don’t stay close to God, he’s going to really deal us a death blow. We all have human nature to conquer. …We know Simon Magus didn’t even attempt to conquer his evil human nature. The Laodiceans don’t want to deal with theirs. But there is a high price to pay for failing to do so.” (p. 8, November-December 2012 issue)
For emphasis let’s read again what the prophet Haggai asked from the priests concerning the law:
“If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No.
“Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean.”
Now to better understand, let us again consider the following paraphrase:
“Lo! Behold any steward or minister of Christ who desires for himself to become holy or desires for himself to be raised in rank and power to God’s holy office, yet he acts covertly, secretly, even insidiously, while his real intention is to pillage and plunder, to deal deceitfully, treacherously, unfaithfully, to offend and eventually transgress; So while he is in the pinnacle of his deceit, he lay his hand upon God’s work to preach, to publish and carry good tidings, to conduct Passover ceremonies, to baptize people, or to anoint with oil for healing, inside God’s own Church. Shall whatsoever his hands lay upon be holy? NO!”
“And if that man who is defiled by his human nature, lay hands upon any of those, shall God’s work become defiled as well? Yes it shall be defiled!”
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10)
“Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean” (Hag. 2:14).
In God’s view, His own Church became unclean because of those ministers that defile it.
Considering further, let’s read what Matthew Henry Commentary wrote regarding Haggai 2:12-13:
God sees there are many among them that spoil this good work, by going about it with unsanctified hearts and hands, and are likely to gain no advantage to themselves by it; these are here convicted, and all are warned thereby to purify the hands they employ in this work, for to the pure only all things are pure, and from the pure only that comes which is pure…
Perhaps Haggai was therefore ordered to consult the priests, that out of their own mouths he might judge both them and the people committed to their charge, and convict them of worse than ceremonial pollution. (See Lev. 10:10-11). Now the rules of the law, in the cases propounded, are:
(1.) That he that has holy flesh in his clothes cannot by the touch of his clothes communicate holiness…
(2.) That he that is ceremonially unclean by the touch of a dead body does by his touch communicate that uncleanness.
Again for emphasis, as indicated in Haggai 2:12, the holiness of an object CANNOT be imparted and transmitted to another object when it is brought into contact to that holy object, while the uncleanness of an object CAN be imparted and transmitted to another object when it is brought into contact to that unclean object.
So in a very big way, 1 Timothy 5:22: could very well be a complementary scripture for Haggai 2:12 which says:
“Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.”
From Barnes Commentary regarding 1 Timothy 5:22 we read:
Lay hands suddenly on no man – …the obvious meaning is to refer it to ordination. It was usual to lay the hands on the heads of those who were ordained to a sacred office, or appointed to perform an important duty…The idea here is, that Timothy should not be hasty in an act so important as that of introducing people to the ministry.…He should not at once introduce a man to the ministry because he gave evidence of piety, or because he burned with an ardent zeal, or because he thought himself qualified for the work…
While Clarke’s Commentary states this:
Neither be partaker of other men’s sins – IT IS A SIN FOR ANY IMPROPER PERSON TO THRUST HIMSELF INTO THE SACRED OFFICE; and he partakes of that sin who introduces, helps him forward, or sanctions him in it.
And JFB Commentary has this to say:
neither be partaker of other men’s sins — by negligence in ordaining ungodly candidates, and so becoming in some degree responsible for their sins.
So just as in Haggai 2:12, the Apostle Paul reminded Timothy that if a minister who is holy will ordain someone in a hasty manner a person who is ungodly, then that minister even though he is holy will be a partaker of the sins of that ungodly person that was ordained –
The holiness of the minister CANNOT be imparted or transmitted to that ungodly person that was ordained, but the uncleanness of that ungodly person once ordained CAN be imparted and transmitted to the holy minister. And anything that they both lay hands upon shall be defiled. And on and on the uncleanness will be transmitted to the others as well, like a very contagious disease. This is the same principle in Habakkuk 2:18 – “What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?”
If that “molten image” (idol priests or ministers) has created individuals after their own image of being a teacher of lies, and not after God’s image, then those people whom they have spiritually formed and shaped after their own likeness are just considered to be “dumb idols.” So whatprofit does that individual get from it?
Nothing! Just plain vanity! (Zech. 10:2) And aside from speaking vanity, these “impostors” wanted to raise their rank like Lucifer (Isa. 14:13-14). They will do everything they can to make it happen through “wealth, honor, fame, which he makes to himself, the creatures of his own hands or mind, their greatness existing chiefly in his own imagination before which he bows down himself” (Barnes Commentary)
Now if that is the prevailing spirit of some of the people who do God’s work today, what does God has to say about it? He speaks through the prophet Haggai:
“Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.” (Hag. 2:14)
Everything that these idol priests or ministers have touched will become unclean in God’s eyes, and so is God’s own sanctuary! Regarding Haggai 2:14, here is what the International Critical Commentary says:
Now, the priests had said that uncleanness was contagious. It is natural, therefore, to expect that the prophet will here make an application of this important fact, and the next clause, yea, so with all the work of their hands, seems to meet this expectation. …Thus it came to pass that what they from time to time offered on the altar already erected was unclean.
It does seem very clear now that God has to cleanse His own sanctuary because it has become unclean and polluted even by the ministers inside His own Church – the PCG! Continuing from Matthew Henry Commentary about verse 14:
How it is here applied (v. 14): So is this people, and so is this nation, before me. He does not call them his people and his nation (they are unworthy to be owned by him), but this people, and this nation. They have been thus before God; they thought their offering sacrifices on the altar would sanctify them…: ‘No,’ says God, ‘…that if they be profane, and sensual, and morally impure, if they have wicked hearts, and live wicked lives, though they work ever so hard at the temple while it is building, and though they offer ever so many and costly sacrifices there when it is built, yet that shall not serve to sanctify their meat and drink to them, and to give them a comfortable use of them; nay, the impurity of their hearts and lives shall make even that work of their hands, and all their offerings, unclean, and an abomination to God.’
GOD NO LONGER calls them “His people and His nation” but “this people and this nation” because they are already defiled in His sight (see also Jer. 4:10). This prophecy is the same as that written in Ezekiel 24:21
“Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary.”
“Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?” (Dan. 8:13).
“The transgression of desolation” is why there has to be a second fulfillment of 1150 days, but this time for the evening sacrifice –because the sanctuary has become unclean, polluted, and defiled. So after the fulfillment of this time period “then shall the sanctuary be cleansed” AGAIN. (v. 14)
And what shall God do to cleanse His sanctuary and separate the wicked from the righteous?
“Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel” (v. 14)
God shall break the staff Bands that He might be able to completely separate the Philadelphians (Judah) from the Laodiceans (Israel). Apparently, there are already two women on an ephah that built God’s house in Shinar (Edmond, Oklahoma).
When Mr. Flurry as “the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall” – the rod, God’s government shall be broken again. As Mr. Flurry wrote in the Royal Vision:
Think about it: Why would God allow His apostles to die? Surely the people thought, amid all the persecution, that they needed those men! But God responded, No – YOU NEED ME! You need to know that I AM with you! In too many cases, the people of God didn’t understand that. We all have the power we need. Jesus Christ Himself is leading His Church! But look what happened after Mr. Armstrong died. The people DIDN’T SEE CHRIST, and everything fell apart. God really does want to know if we truly LOVE His law and government. He wants to see if we can stand alone with Him – and without another man.” (p. 8, September-October 2012 issue)
God simply wants to deeply etch in the minds of all His people throughout all generations that WE NEED HIM and not those puny little men around them. We need to know and clearly understand that God is with us if we truly love His law and government – Because if we put our trust in a mortal man, God considers it already as idolatry, PERIOD!
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