God’s Promise to Every Creature!
Moses, the bringer of the law, once disobeyed God, then he died and God buried him. Many generations later, Moses appeared in the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus and Elijah. He was transfigured with Elijah and Jesus and his face shone like the sun. It seems to me that Moses had made some very great progress and his development towards perfection had only taken many hundreds of years longer than anyone, except God could have anticipated. Unfortunately, many of us have inconsistencies with the Christian life that are much more tenacious than we expect. He who began a good work in us will complete it. (Philippians 1:6) Moses stands to me for an example of that.
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God is in the process of bringing His Kingdom back to the earth. This is no small thing. This is life changing. According to the gospel of the Kingdom, the animals along with the people are going to be delivered from the bondage of death and decay into the glorious liberty of the children of God. When it comes to people, there will be whites and blacks and yellow skinned people, people with red skin, people with brown skin, all entering the Kingdom: there is no difference to God.
When it comes to animals, we all feel that Bambi, Lassie, Morris the Cat and perhaps all 101 Dalmatians and maybe even Woody Woodpecker will make it into God’s presence. But who cares about the multiple millions of salmon that are killed along with walrus’, stingrays, and species such as opossums and skunks. I recently watched a documentary on the Animal Planet about tribal people and hunters and fisherman in Alaska, Siberia and other northernmost regions. After seeing this documentary I might want to refer to it as the anti-Animal Planet.
The salmon came in to the picture from netting them and there was a continuous flow of them knee deep to the fishermen. They reminded me of a time when my daughter hooked onto a cutthroat trout. It weighed 14 pounds; I put it “out of its misery” with a stick for that purpose. Before I did so the fish looked at me as if to say, “This cannot get much more overwhelming. What did I do to warrant this kind of treatment.” I looked at the fish, straight into his huge eyeballs, questioning me, and deprived it of its right to live. This was long before I became a vegetarian but the fish’s look helped influence that decision. I am still haunted today about the way that fish looked at me. All those salmon, in the documentary, reminded me that they must be feeling the same way as that trout, multiplied many thousands of times over because of their numbers.
The walrus in the documentary were being shot to death so that all their one ton of meat and blubber could be fed to hungry sled dogs and people who insisted on living out the life of their ancestors killing and eating raw meat. The hunters did carry dog biscuits purchased at a local market to augment the walrus so the walrus wasn’t a necessary thing to feed the dogs.
Part of this documentary showed the journeying of the caribou from Canada deep into Alaska. There, animals are gentle once they are introduced to man and his training but now that the oil industry is at work in Alaska, and perhaps soon on tribal lands near ANWR. The trees are being cut down. The birthing grounds for the caribou are being ravaged. The community and refineries for the oil wells in this northern tier has become the greatest producer and releaser of Co2 on the planet. This huge industrial area also supports strip clubs and other commercial entertainment centers to feed the flesh.
It is long enough since we became acquainted with the biblical scriptures that say that God will deliver every creature of the original formation (those that He, at the first formed). He will deliver them from their subjection to death and decay and into the manifest liberty of the children of God. (Romans 8:21 NLV) He who, because of our past ignorance and spiritual lack of understanding, subjected these creatures to this life we could describe as brief, tormentous and a vain way of living has also subjected these same creatures to hope. (Romans 8:20) He has called for the manifestation of the sons of God to guide the animals into the future they are eagerly and anxiously awaiting and again I assert to according to the word of God He has subjected them to hope. (Romans 8:19)
Genesis is called the “Seed Book of the Bible.” If one does a study of the first three chapters of Genesis, you will be able to see that creation and God in Heaven had an interactive role in creation. In Genesis 1:20 it says, and God said, “Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creatures that has life and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of Heaven.” Verse 21 of Genesis 1 says, “And God created great whales, and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”
My question is, “Who made the fowl of the air and the moving creatures in the sea?” Did God do it, or did the waters bring them forth? There are many parts of Genesis that reiterate this synergy but what I am alluding to is that there was a cooperation that brought them forth between God and the waters. God spoke to the waters in verse 20, He told us to speak to the creatures He originally formed (see Mark 16 from the original Greek) and He tells us in Job 12:7-8 to, “Ask now the beasts and they shall teach thee and the fowls of the air and they shall tell thee or speak to the earth and it shall teach thee and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.” Maybe you do not care to speak to animals unless it’s Spot, your dog or Fluffy, your cat, but God does. In the scripture that so many carnivores love to quote (you know, God owns the cattle on a thousand hills) it actually reads, “I know the giant elephants on the mountains, I speak for them, care for them and understand them.” It says nothing about God owning cattle anywhere in that passage. God not only speaks to the fowls of the air, the fishes of the sea and great elephants, He even speaks to donkeys, mountains and fig trees.
The entire world should be happy to learn that Moses continued to be worked upon by the spirit of God even after his death until he could be blessed with the brilliance that can accompany our Lord. He that began a good work in him was kind enough to finish it. (Philippians 1:6) We have that hope for ourselves and theoretically for every creature.
We would be extremely offended, disappointed and fighting back if we heard that whites or blacks or any other race of people was being excluded from God’s loving care and concern and our own. Why would we presume to reject any creatures from God’s list of all the creatures subjected to hope? Let’s assume that Bambi was received into glory. And let’s believe that even the 101 Dalmatians entered into the joy of the Lord. But isn’t it also time that creatures such as sharks, bison, whales, and walruses were included in this list of species that are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? There is no creature that I know of which is too petty, insignificant and so unloved by the Creator as to be excluded from the list of creatures He gave hope to. John 3:16 says, “That God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes upon Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” You can see that protecting all life is the work of God’s Spirit.
If God said, “The whole creation is awaiting the manifestation of the sons of God,” does that mean that a man carrying a bible should shoot a caribou cow in the birthing ground? Does this mean that the walrus on the ice flow should be killed while resting on the flow or that rays and halibut should be fished for through the ice? How contradictory are these ideas to what God has presented to the creatures…and the preachers? Do we need to support traditions which are no longer necessary but are part of the distant past? Why did Jesus tell the scribes and the Pharisees in Mark 7:9, “Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition.” God indicated He is doing a new thing on the earth and that the millennium will bring in a new age where carnivores and omnivores no longer eat meat. God doesn’t care at all about us liking meat to eat or creatures to hunt or fish. He cares about His promise that the lion will lie down with the lamb and the bear will eat straw with the oxen. His vision should mean everything to us. God needs to give you hunters a new heart, one that is filled with love. The demands of our flesh should be reckoned irrelevant. We may protest that giving this up is causing me to suffer. “If we suffer with Him we shall also be glorified (manifest) with Him.” (Romans 8:17)
Every time we make a decision that is based upon integrity, moral values and the leading of God’s spirit, we draw closer to God. Should we not begin to move closer to the upcoming revelation of God’s written that will express the nature of the millennium? Should we not begin to care about what the Bible addresses, “every creature” nothing less, should be tolerable to people who are going to be ambassadors for God’s Kingdom as we accelerate into the end of this age? Can we, like the apostle Paul declares, “Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.” (Colossians 1:29)
I hope you all answered yes to this final question. May God have mercy and give empowerment to His message with signs following. May His Kingdom come. In Christ, Minister David Prather
Church in the Green will soon be opening its Soma Christian Trading Center. God said that we must give up our soul life in exchange for the life of the spirit or the oil for our lamps. If we choose to continue hunting or trapping or spearing animals like whales and polar bears because Grandpa did so, or because we enjoy the hunt, is this any logical reason why we should ignore God’s instructions and thwart His intentions by pleasing ourselves? Soma Christian Trading Center is initially about denying ourselves in order to accommodate the Creator and eventually it may take on some objectives that will help us all survive this period. For more information, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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