Sunday, September 7, 2014
The Messianic Consciousness in Jewish Prophecy (LXXIII) Isaiah
"Listen, O isles, unto me, and hearken ye peoples from afar: the Lord has called me from the womb, from the bowels of my mother has He made mention of my name." (Isaiah 49:1)
Israel affirms his identity before the nations of the Earth, by quoting God's words through the Prophet. These words allegorically emphasize Israel's status given by the Creator in the Torah, referred to as His chosen people for the plan He has in the material world.
"And He has made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of His hand has He hidden me; and He has made me a polished shaft, in His quiver has He concealed me. And He said unto me: 'You are My servant, Israel, in whom I shall be glorified'." (49:2-3)
Part of the Jewish identity is to articulate clearly God's messages for humankind, like a "sharp sword". This allegory also means that God's ways and attributes don't cohabit with anything different or opposite to them. God's truth is like a cutting edge that separates goodness from evil, Light from darkness, righteousness from wickedness, positive from negative. Israel's identity is also a Commandment from God to glorify Him by making goodness prevail in the world. Yet we rather live in the servitude of ego's fantasies and illusions than in our Essence and true identity.
"But I said: 'I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothingness and vanity. Yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God'." (49:4)
We indeed work in vain for the futility of ego's fantasies and illusions, until we finally realize that the truth is with God, and it is also our own reward. Goodness is the reward for goodness, for it is its own cause and effect.
"And now says the Lord that formed me from the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, and that Israel be gathered unto Him. For I am honorable in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has been my strength." (49:5)
God reaffirms Israel's identity and destiny, which is up to us to realize and manifest. The Prophet tells us that at the end of times all Israel will return to our Essence and true identity, for God sees the goodness with which He created us and that is also our strength to be it and manifest it in all aspects and dimensions of consciousness.
"Yea, He says: 'It is too light a thing that you shall be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the offspring of Israel. I will also give you for a Light of the nations, that My redemption be unto the end of the earth'." (49:6)
Goodness is indeed the Light God wants us to be for the nations. As we have mentioned often, the nations represent the negative traits and trends in consciousness that are destined to be transformed into positive ways and means. The allegories in this verse refer to the children of Israel as the positive creative potentials in human consciousness (the Tribes) and their outcome (the offspring). Thus we understand this outcome as the Redemption promised by the Creator, regarding the final purpose of goodness in the material world.
"Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel his Holy One, to him who is despised of men, to him who is abhorred of nations, to a servant of rulers: kings shall see and arise, princes, and they shall prostrate themselves. Because of the Lord that is faithful, even the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you." (49:7)
This verse encompasses the culmination of God's plan for the Messianic Era. The positive traits and trends in consciousness, which have been despised by their opposite nature (the nations), will rule over all levels of consciousness. Therefore the kings and princes as ego's drives for desires, fantasies and illusions that "rule" over us (and make us their servants) will be transformed into servants of Love's ways and attributes. These encompass the Essence and identity of the people of Israel as the chosen ones to prevail for the final stage of God's plan known as the Messianic Era.
"Thus says the Lord: In an acceptable time have I answered you, and in a day of redemption have I helped you. And I will preserve you, and give you for a Covenant of the people, to raise up the land, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages." (49:8)
God again tells us that His Final Redemption is imminent, and that it will last forever as part of our Covenant with Him. Thus we will be able to elevate our consciousness and all dimensions of life (the land), and possess the creative potentials that we desolated for thousands of years.
"Saying to the prisoners: 'Go forth'; to them that are in darkness: 'Show your selves'. They shall feed in the paths, and in all high hills shall be their pasture. They shall not hunger nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor sun smite them. For He that has compassion on them will lead them, even by the springs of water will He guide them." (49:9-10)
Our positive creative potentials held prisoners by ego's fantasies and illusions shall go forth out of their darkness. They shall be nurture by the goodness of God's ways and attributes as the paths and high hills. These are the ways of the highest levels of consciousness that are permanently connected to God. He is the Redeemer and guide that protects us from the heat and oppression of materialistic fantasies and illusions. God's Love gives us the waters of the Torah that sustain us in the paths He wants us to walk.
"And I will make all My mountains a way, and My highways shall be raised on high." (49:11)
From the Book's Foreword
Let's reexamine our ancestral memory, intellect, feelings, emotions and passions. Let's wake them up to our true Essence. Let us engage in the delightful awareness of Love as the Essence of G-d. The way this book is written is to reaffirm and reiterate its purpose, so it presents its message and content in a recurrent way. This is exactly its purpose, to restate the same Truth originally proclaimed by our Holy Scriptures, Prophets and Sages. Our purpose is to firmly enthrone G-d's Love in all dimensions of our consciousness, and by doing it we will fulfill His Promise that He may dwell with us on Earth forever. Let's discover together the hidden message of our ancient Scriptures and Sages. In that journey, let's realize Love as our Divine Essence, what we call in this book the revealed Light of Redemption in the Messianic era.