Animal Gospel

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the sea. ~Isaiah 11:9

Frequently Asked Questions

What about those who don't see animals as having "ages to come" but as only living during this age?

This would be a question that would have as it's underlying presumption the futility of animal life as having no purpose outside of the service of man, up to and including on man's dinner table! People don't like to acknowledge God's plan of redemption for animals, through Christ, because then it forces them to face their prejudices against animals. And in today's society, no one likes to look at their own prejudices. The fad of today is to either be outright prejudice or to have the self-righteous opposite extreme (i.e. if it can be called an "opposite") of criticizing the prejudices of others, while thanking God that they themselves are not (?) as other men (i.e. the prejudice, the deceitful, etc.).

There are far too many promises spoken throughout the Bible regarding God eventually reclaiming animals from the curse that befell them with the transgression of man, to not take seriously God's compassion, wisdom, and intention to reclaim animals from the pit of destruction that they've been in for the last several thousand, or, God forbid, the last several million years.

Also, there's an element of that question that smacks of anti-semitism, both from the Jeremiah 31:27-28 passage that I've cited on numerous times and from the standpoint that this same set of ideas of a part of Creation that doesn't have a relation to the whole of eternity is a bit of a favorite of what's known in theological terms as "replacement theology," which is the view that the Gentile segment of the seed of Abraham have been brought to the forefront for the express purpose of replacing those to whom God first gave His covenants of promise to. This type of question denies any literal sense to scripture in favor of [overly exaggerated] dispensational types and antitypes.

As Israel is a nation before God forever and as the Blood of Christ has redeemed the souls and bodies of all of mankind forever, to be fulfilled in the two stages of the Biblical concepts of "release" and "jubilee" at the respective times and seasons that are in the Father's timing, so in the case of the animals: the animals are in Covenant with God through the Hosea 2:18 covenant, this is in our behalf, and there are temporal and eternal aspects and seeds to this that will continue to unfold both now and forever!


Go on to What about those who see this whole covenant, the way you've presented it, Martin, and still think that it smacks of too much legalism for them (i.e. like the denominational garbage that Christ has been setting them free from)?
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