What is this website about in a nutshell?
I see a coming of Christ in the behalf of His animals that predates the bodily coming of Christ to His Church which many teach precedes His coming for the world. It is my hope to further show that there's absolutely no such thing as a futile life in the eyes of God and in the light of Christ's growing [saving, restoring, healing] Empire.
This perspective that I am sharing rather than stopping at reconsidering animals and what ideally should be our relationship to them actually calls for a reconsideration of what God Himself is saying about these animals and about ourselves.
I'll take this so far as to say that while the Blood of Jesus destroys sin and restores man's righteousness before God, to undo the death that entered by sin, THIS ISSUE of man's relationship with the animals MUST BE repaired in the sanctifying union of the Hosea 2:18 covenant. This covenant isn't to make me or anyone who believes or preaches it one of God's weirdoes. The specific purpose is to abolish death!
This Covenant necessitates a stand of Veganism. How can we be at peace if you were continually eating my children or spoiling them of their bodily fluids for your profit, pleasure, convenience, or in the name of your "liberty"? If the death penalty was mandated for animals who killed a man in the Old Testament, then these animals are more intelligent than 21st century Western-minded Christians give them credit for. Our inescapable, never failing, love in Christ DEMANDS veganism, if this Covenant is to come to the point where this age can close.
This clearly teaches me that animals have been grafted into Israel. The Church is very clearly the Judah in this passage, so, here we have it, the animal nations and kingdoms are very plainly taught by the New Covenant to be of the house of Israel; of the family of Judah! Hence, when any vegan likens the conditions in the slaughter houses and in the egg factories and all of the other places of cruel animal servitude as if it were in fact Auchwitz, then the analogy is VERY fitting and scripturally very appropriate!
I want to briefly deal with how to make Hosea 2:18 a reality. Because if my interpretation of Hosea 2:18 is correct, as well as my examination of it in context, then for those who would see the completion of the regeneration of all things, this can present a problem of "how" to inherit the promise.
According to Jeremiah 31:27-28 God has accepted the blame for everything that's ever made a prey of either man or beast in their spirits, souls, bodies, and everything else that pertains to them.
Some may casually ask:
"What's wrong with believing that this Hosea 2:18 Covenant isn't something that's inaugurated until the Lord returns?"
#1.) You can't make any area of the love of God revealed and manifested through the Cross of Christ an eschatological event.
#2.) Since His unchangeableness is part of what defines Him, Christ's love for animals isn't limited to an eschatological event.
#3.) However, were one to make a successful argument for Christ's love, manifested in a Covenant with the animals, as something that's only eschatalogical, what would move Christ towards compassion towards animals? Our faith in Him as the Good Shepherd of anyone who needs a Shepherd? The cries of the animals? Why this sudden change in the future life's expression of the unchanging Savior? Or have animals always been very very deeply on His heart?
#4.) Christ comes, according to Revelation 11, to destroy those who are destroying the earth. And yet there's more than one thing called "earth" in Scripture. When He comes, we see Him in ministry towards animals according to Isaiah chapters 10 and 11, Isaiah chapter 40, Isaiah chapters 65 and 66, and according to you (or anyone who would ask this question) in Hosea chapter 2. If animals are honestly primary on the agenda JUST FOR WHEN Christ returns, where does that leave you since the coming of Christ is the beginning of THE JUDGMENT? Where does this leave animal abusers? And why aren't you preaching about Christ the Savior of the animal kingdom at His appearing, if that's how you HONESTLY take Hosea 2:18 and other Scriptures along those lines? Where does this leave "Second Coming of Christ" preaching that hasn't majored on the eschatological interpretation of these passages that I'm teaching on? Where does this leave Bible prophecy teachers who because of the lust of their appetites won't preach the full meaning of the return of Christ where animals are concerned?
BOTTOM LINE: The thing that's wrong with your question "What's wrong
with believing that this Hosea 2:18 Covenant isn't something that's
inaugurated until the Lord returns?" and the assumptions that are at the
foundation of this question is that that mindset relieves too many
people of responsibility towards the animals and in Gospel preaching and
teaching that it does not in any way, genuinely, relieve any of us of.
You're still accountable for the false information that you're more than
likely helping to spread/maintain in the general public about what
animals being placed in our custody by God means.
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