Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Messianic Consciousness in Jewish Prophecy (LXXII) Isaiah

"Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the fountain of Judah; who swear by the Name of the Lord and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness. For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel, the Lord of hosts is His Name." (Isaiah 48:1-2)

The Creator rebukes again Israel's reluctance to fulfill their part of the Covenant, which is to reveal God's Presence in the material world. The Torah commands us to do it by making truth and righteousness rule as the heralds of God's ways and attributes. God's call is for Israel and not for other nations, for Israel represents the creative potential of goodness in human consciousness. If Israel doesn't comply, there is no Final Redemption or Messianic Era.

"Because I knew that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew, and your brow brass. Therefore I have declared it to you from of old. Before it came to pass I announced it to you, lest you say: 'Mine idol has done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, has commanded them'." (48:3-4)

It is either ego's materialistic fantasies and illusions with negative traits and trends in consciousness or God's ways, attributes and Commandments to fulfill our mission in the material world. The egocentric mentality is obstinate by definition, as well as addictive to its destructive predicament. Hence we end up blaming our negative actions and their consequences to our fantasies and illusions as the idols we have created, and to which we become servants.

"You have heard, see, all this; and ye, will ye not declare it? I have announced onto you new things from this time, even hidden things, which you have not known." (48:5-6)

We have heard it from God through the Torah and His Prophets, yet we don't acknowledge it or proclaim it. This means that, even if we admit God's Final Redemption we refuse to accept it. We don't even recognize the good things it brings that have been concealed by God, until we begin to believe in them and embrace them. We rather keep living the fantasies and illusions that make us live a meaningless and not transcendental life, making us live in order to die. God has plans for us in His promised Messianic Era to reveal hidden things we are destined to know in order to live with a new consciousness. It manifests itself only with positive choices for positive ends that we will be able to know only when we remove the negative traits and trends that have controlled our lives thus far.

God continues confronting the children of Israel for ignoring not only God's Covenant but also their Essence and identity, calling us traitors. In spite of our predicament, He reaffirms His Love for us (48:9). He also reminds us that we have learned very little from the suffering in our exiles He calls "the crucible of affliction". God wants us to honor Him by choosing His ways.

"Hearken unto Me, O Jacob, and Israel My called: I am He, I am the first, I also am the last." (48:12)

The Creator again reiterates His absolute control over His Creation, reminding us that only His will is what matters (48:13-21). Hence our duty is to know His ways and attributes as our reason and purpose in life (48:18).

"There is no peace, says the Lord concerning the wicked." (48:22)

We have referred to the meanings of peace in our consciousness, as totality, completion and harmony that we can only achieve in our connection with God. Evil, wickedness and negativity are traits that oppose goodness as our common bond with God. Hence as long as we live by and for ego's fantasies and illusions, as well as negative traits and trends, we won't have the completion and wholesomeness of living in God's ways and attributes. In this context, Love's ways and attributes as the material manifestation of God's Love are the redeeming qualities we must enthrone in every aspect and dimension of consciousness to enter the Final Redemption, and to begin knowing what God's Love is about.

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From the Book's Foreword

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