Messianic Intentional Community:
Where, Why, How, When!
Until The Return Of The King!
Money Dependency And The Manifold Compromises It Engenders!
Nowadays, too many are trying to build or join an Intentional Community, while still stuck in Westernized traditions; doing so where economics is the major role in how it all plays out. Also, too many christianized people are driven by fear and paranoia, and thus, seek others to create some prepper fortress to ride out Armageddon.
So, if one is driven by fear, and owns firearms in the belief that one can extend ones earthly life, with such force, and are even trained in the art of death; we are not on the same path. Preferred are those who, if physically able, are not afraid to Labor
by the sweat of the brow. This is intended to be, well, Messiah centric; a fossil fuel free, calorie burning, work smart, Love driven entity.
Therefore, if you are conspiratorial
, political, defiant, bigoted, rebellious, anger driven, obstinate
, suffer from machismo
, are pride conquered, or are still trapped in Satans tiny divisional worlds, such as the cult of patriotism
, then save your time; seek elsewhere.
This Koinonia will closely resemble those of the first century; we will be a collective of mostly social rejects; the economically marginalized; the poor, broken, disabled, unwanted, unattractive; perhaps without kin that truly cares about us, only because we are the precious creations of YHVH Love, with eternal Souls of incalculable worth. We learn who truly Loves us, once we have nothing whatsoever to reciprocate!
The many westernized christianized people – those who have merely swapped the word Jesus for Yeshua, perhaps to distinguish themselves from those others whom they deem distasteful – are still (likely) not individuals fully dedicated to living full–time under the Messianic Cross: But that is just, and only, what this is all about. Anything else is unworthy to pursue; it would be just another capitalistic real estate transaction. And that paradigm is fully unsustainable.
My Master (Messiah Yeshua) was considered a radical, when compared to the enculturation
molded masses He was surrounded by; and so are all His disciples, then and today. All Messianic disciples are extreme, but not to the extreme left or right nor anywhere in between; instead, all disciples (past; present; future) are extreme high center, and apolitical
:33–36). Messianic disciples are not Tanakh
Torah keepers; that pharisaic state was ameliorated upon the Messianic Cross: We now honor only one Law!
Still here? Awesome! The initial (proverbial) slap is intended to move the religion brand shoppers along elsewhere. So, are you tired of making the rich even richer? The economy was rigged
by the wealth–class a millennia ago; nonetheless, economic inequality is not only a monetary economic thing, it is also a social thing; it is (to some degrees) a choice. Being dependent upon the greater economy now comes with too many risks associated with it.
Many people are rightfully seeking a place to belong; to be among others who are not so fully soaked in the bathtub of satanic inspiration. We were created to be social beings, and it can get difficult to go it alone in this world. But a calling is marked by an internal drive to seek out truth, come what may.
One must be called to be a Messianic disciples; one must be called to a monk lifestyle; the call is why people seek out Messianic Community (intentional or otherwise). The problem is (and has been) that they have been in the bathtub for too long already; they seek a crossover place that is still in/of/for the World, but a bit less worldly. This will not be that.
Transportation Choices Impact Everything!
Please allow one example (there are many): I/we do not use or own a car, and therefore do not buy one penny worth of gasoline, oil, tires, car parts, maintenance or repairs, insurance, tickets, titles, taxes, nor any of the many expenses associated with owning/operating a personal car. I/we do not collaborate with any who profit from any of these products or services. And that's just the monetary association. Risking the life of others is a trillion fold above those dollar expenses.
Instead, I/we walk/hike, e–scooter and pedal bike, and infrequently use Public Transportation (PT) like Amtrak
(preferred) and Interstate buses
(rarely), and local PT when going distances beyond 20 miles. Living near an Amtrak
, or at least a Bus depot to take us to Amtrak, would be ideal; even without any of them, we can still walk and bike.
Hypocrisy? I've already sent certified letters to all of these Transportation and Delivery entities, demanding that they switch over to 100% renewable and/or sustainable fuel sources or modes or methods. I/we explain our Love–driven ecological stance, and how I (personally) gave up that last automobile in Y2K for environmental reasons, and that they too, should immediately abandon anything sold by the fossil fuel industry, and also adopt the RRR
Now, it is understood that they are going to ignore it; surely the letter got trashed the day it was read. After all, they are capitalistic, money–serving, money dependents; economic parasites and predators. As such, they are going to do whatever it takes unto the devout service of their god Mammon
, no matter what the short or long–term consequences are: Horrifying but understood.
However, since (as an individual) I can only "be" the change I want to see in the world, and live my lifestyle accordingly; I do so, knowing that I cannot force another to do likewise. But anyone can state their case, so that if anyone questions my sincerity for lifestyle sustainability
, they can look at the certified letter receipts, and how I live now; the light on the hill indeed! But that living testimony would surely look better within a Messianic Community forest ecovillage or transition town
Whenever someone implies that because I personally do not own a car, that I still benefit from others who use these destructive and dangerous systems, I can then point to the certified letters as proof of my stance; that I am trying to get them to see and to change. And if virtually everyone else would send their own certified letters, to those fossil fuel consumers that they too, are forced to use, I am certain that such changes would be seriously considered.
What I cannot do, alone, at least in this life, is to end Big Oil
, or Big Car, and remove most of the roads, infrastructure, and the million square miles of life blocking asphalt and concrete that the Creator hater – planet trashers
, are rushing to resurface this YHVH planet with, just to roll about everywhere.
For decades I have written that we, as a society, must make those, whose actions (or inaction's) cost something to others, to pay for the consequences of those "freedoms!" E.g. Those who make guns & bullets should have to pay for the human losses that come from those products, regardless of political document amendments. Just like with Johnson Talcum Powder lawsuits
, only a million times more than they have paid out in court.
Such costs would be passed onto the buyers of guns & bullets, which would now be way more than current costs (e.g. an assault rifle should cost $20,000+). In like manner, anything that has an outside cost, such as tailpipe emissions; they too should pay up, via tax or fine or fee. Allow everyone the same freedoms we all have now; however, institute accountability; make those who use their freedoms that end up costing others, to pay up!
This is a new idea, personal accountability. It may seem that is what a Justice System is for, but humans do not have those; we have a Judicial Industry, and the profiteers of that industry – those with Law degrees: Judge; Prosecutor; Defender – they will live and die without a conceptualization of what actual justice, is!
That is why so many want to leave places that try to gain more control over human behavior. But any place that grows in human numbers, and who does not control them; that place slowly but surely goes to hell; it always does. Rather than force people to comply, tax dependent governments pamper them because of perceived freedoms! But: Freedom Without Accountability Is Tyranny!!
There Is Great Confusion Between Freedom And Power!!
Now, I fully understand this mentality: I want to do whatever the hell I want to do, wherever the hell I want to do it, because I am free!
This is called Satanic (or christianized) freedom! It is pride conquered self-centeredness! Conversely, Messianic Freedom is the kind of freedom that comes packaged with real Love
. It is entirely different; it puts others before self; it accepts responsibility for all personal actions (directly and indirectly); it is exemplified in lifestyle.
Personally, I will obey the Design Paradigm
(think garden of Eden), and as an eternal Messianic servant, I will not allow such an infrastructure to grow on any of the (still virgin Kingdoms of) YHVH planets, which we Messianic disciples will be assigned as partner stewards of, once we are beyond this "blink of a blink" of time life on Earth (1Co 6
This only applies to those with a living, transcendent, lifestyle affirming Faith! We can only give our lives unto the Lord; to live under His Lordship. There is no way to give our hearts to The Lord; that is nothing more than a lifeless, purposeless religious slogan, too often void of literal truth and tangible results.
The cartoon christianized, loosely following Abrahamic roots (or what little they know of them), wherein the explanation of creation, was itself a creation; they have some odd and fictional perspectives on the afterlife, with no basis in the reality of YHVH, measured either in scripture, nor in the more sure Logos:
the natural world; the YHVH Creation
, which attenuates into the tendency toward bibliolatry
Unfortunately, Earth will not be one of them; it is a doomed planet (2Pe 3
:10–13; Rev 21
); eventually rendered a floating "dead of life" monument to the consequences of Lord free freedom, the superpower of human volition, the catastrophic force of human pride and ego, and thus, the summary consequences of satanic sin–evil on a global scale. The New Jerusalem
will not be on this planet, and maybe not even planetary.
The mark of the beast is money itself; specifically, the USD, and that means the mechanism or delivery system is economics itself. If a group decided never to use the USD again, only trading voluntary time and homemade material things, those actions are not taxable, and thus under no ones control. Satan, via his human followers, are only about control, power, dominionship and lordship. Satans trinity in (this) the world
is religion, politics and economics.
While still living on Earth (and now well into the end–times), one thought is to reside within an already established network of Amish travelers; a horse & buggy would be awesome; plus, who don't like horses, right? But the needs of horses can be expensive, depending on what they are utilized for. But I/we are open to it if there is a way! Places overtly humanized are not animal friendly.
As for transportation options, there are many. Since about 2017 or so, e–scooters have come a long way for local transport (I can still ride my peddle bike for short trips). But being where traffic is more accustomed to slower travelers, may have better safety advantages for us Messianic disciples, as we exhibit a perpetual Messiah centered light (Matt 5
The wide variety of e–scooters
, such as those built for off–road or unpaved pathways such as trails, are as impressive as those built for more urban settings, even the street legal (motorcycle) kind. And like Messiah Yeshua would do, I/we too oppose the catastrophic car cult
It may seem unlikely, not to participate in making the rich even richer, but think about the Amish; they don't order anything from Amazon.com (but I/we do, for now at least). They (too) live simple lifestyles, and make almost everything that they do not buy at Walmart.
But as with all protestants (and everyone else under the Abrahamic religious umbrella), living without the mind of Messiah Yeshua, they can only be like whatever their enculturation tells them to be, which is only a piecemeal of what Messianic Koinonia looks like.
Most everything one needs can be made with wood, the great renewable (the planets fat layer
) thus limiting things bought online and shipped overseas
from the mega–rich suppliers and makers of all things sold! The shipping industry is itself, a YHVH hating planetary force for destruction, and that is just its environmental impacts. Like money hoarding or wealth hunger, consumerism is also Spiritual cancer, and everyone even nearby the Messianic Cross, know it well (Mark 12
Living in a rural or small town setting, would limit the trips to the big box retailers too. The Amish may like Walmart, but then, I/we are not Amish, though I/we do like many of their lifestyle choices
. But just to be clear; Amish are not Messianic disciples, but a more conservative branch of protestantism. Oh, and Walmart is OK too I guess.
The Amish learned a powerful lesson, long ago now; that land ownership itself brings with it, a whole new set of problems when it comes to humans living together in proximity on this planet. This is why the American Amish have (long ago now) dispensed with the communal models of income sharing and/or a community of goods, once popularized in the first century Acts
(1 thru 5) archetype, though other Anabaptist
rooted protestants like the Hutterites
When Native Americans first learned of land ownership
, after their first contact with the Colonizers, they were puzzled by the very notion of land ownership; that any one human could possess what was/is (for them) eternal and vast beyond measure. Earth will always be here, but our life is but a vapor; a millisecond inside a millennia (Eccl
)! How could anyone think they could "own" land? It is like believing you can "own" the air we all breath! From the dust of Earth we came and so shall we return to it; it is therefore impossible to be its owner.
But the dominionist conquerors had left a continent that was already being squeezed by too many anti-Messianic people (lords, or desirous of a lordship), occupying it at the same time, and that always creates problems, since the bulk of our species are little more than advanced primates, and all primates are territorial and thus violent when others who are not of their breed will (proverbially) crossover their territorial urine lines. And the same thing will happen here too, as it did in all Empires
Fast forwarding to modern times here in the Ununited States Annexed, the same pathology exists, but has had to evolve (or devolve?) into what we are now witnesses to; the seemingly civilized market share feature of that base territorialism; the massive Ponzi scheme
called the Real Estate Industry. And that is all anathema unto the only Owner of Earth. Parasitic (or usury) economics now covers the globe and has fully infected everything and everyone. But in the meantime, we Messianic disciples must endure it (Matt 10
Messianic Koinonia Versus The IC!
All of this is no different than anything, which falls under the banner of land use, including the Intentional Community (IC) model. This impacts the vast majority of Intentional Communities (or IC's) among the westernized, since I have not yet been to, or communicated with, any IC's outside of the English speaking world. But the bent logic of dominionship and its landlordism, verily has no planetary boundaries.
Therefore, most IC's in the USA will be little more than real estate transactions. The notions proposed of one big happy family sharing equitably in the bounties of Earth, are at best, delusional. It is the individual (or the business entity) that holds the deed to the property in question, that holds all the power therein, and reaps all the rewards that are developed on that deed lorded land.
That explains why so many of them like to offer a free stay, in exchange for labor of some kind, because paying an employee a living wage would cost them a lot, but crashing on their proverbial couch, via basically camping on their land, costs them nothing extra than what it already costs. Personally, I have no interest in using land to exploit anyone in that way; I am a carpenter by trade (a Tekton
) and so I labored hard all my life; I just cannot exploit people.
Therefore, there is not one IC, which at the very least, can be found on the Wild Wild Web, wherein someone can be free to be! There is no such thing as true freedom; just ask any Native American how it all works
; or many of the homeless
living inside the prison of economic affluence.
True freedom is the absence of a monetary system; at least, in the way that those systems were initiated in feudal Europe
. Those educated therein, know how such corruption shaped Western culture and all that followed it, including the economic production that is Christendom.
Like my Master (Messiah Yeshua) I'm a pacifist
, and will endure suffering, even on a cross if necessary (which is unlikely but I am ready, nonetheless), to show how much Love that Messiah Yeshua has for all of us. Our Kingdom is not even of this world (John 8
:23; John 18
:36–37), and so, all we can do is Love
everyone and everything always, and live Messianic lifestyles, and let The Lord do the judging
, and the attracting.
Notwithstanding, it is worth it to post this, so to keep the proverbial doors, always open to a Messianic Intentional Community, here in the Ununited States Annexed. There may indeed be the few, the humbled, the redeemed, here on this continent, but if that is you, I/we want to meet you. But it is equally important to point out these inherent problems, up front, and why such an entity may never be possible in the money dominated USA.
If you are already money wealthy, it would be better to move to a South Pacific or Atlantic island; Hawaii, The Bahamas, or even emigrate to New Zealand (that is what many with the mean$ already do). Indeed, anywhere that is 25 degrees South or North of the Equator, and is relatively safe, and spoken English is widespread, assuming that is the only language you know.
For us staying mainland, it has even been suggested to go in among Tribal Indigenous Americans, to see if anything like this is possible among them. It may end up being the only way; nevertheless, I/we am still hopeful for a simple Messianic Monastery
, as freed from money dependency as we can make it; as self–reliant from the greater economy as can be achieved.
Ideas Worth Pondering!
One Time Big Buy:
Hilly land is not worth much to crop farmers, nor real estate developers, but for those into forest farming
, it is a worthy option. These are the reasons why it is better to be a forest farmer than a flat land sodbuster
. As a pescetarian
, I/we also avoid eating anything made from hybridized wheat
, and eat an otherwise low carbs diet in general. Thus, a healthy fishing spot nearby is almost a prerequisite.
Forests can grow tree nuts, shade grown coffee beans, and a host of herbs and vegetables, just to name a few. And I/we love to design and build greenhouses. Forests are also a great place to raise egg laying chickens & turkeys. Being a sodbuster is backbreaking hard work, and requires lots of tilled land, lots of chemicals, and equipment. I/we recommend mostly stand-up harvesting; that of trees and bushes and vines
, as well as the technique of vertical farming
Nevertheless, buying land is a daunting task. But this particular Intentional Community will be a forest community, and thus, it targets those who like and prefer the forest. This vision is a forest like those in the (US geographical) Ozark Plateau
, the Ouachita Mountains
, and the southern sector of the Appalachians
, though most forest lovers enjoy all forest biomes
, myself included.
Plus, it is also very expensive land, and, much of its higher elevations can have brutally cold winters. Now, if money were no object then location selection would not be so hard to make. Nevertheless, for daily living, I think it should be a consideration to live South of (roughly) the 37th parallel
, and where it is deeply forested, so that winters are mild and growing seasons are longer, requiring less resources to survive; namely, to warm ourselves, but also, to produce more; to be able to stay active longer, both sides of winter.
One idea proposed was to appeal to Federal or State agency's about the possibility of leasing Federal or State land, at an affordable monthly price, rather than trying to buy land. The point made would be that we would not develop it, but would instead, live by the Leave No Trace
camping model of land use. Land that is not ripe for development anyway, or is intentionally restricted from development, would be a possibility. But I/we are always open to ideas!
For example, I personally know how to build self contained and self-powered tiny homes on high stilts that respect the land (and animals) underneath it and around it; to compost everything; to beneficially expand the natural world around us, by living via mutualism and commensalism
; in a specific way, to be symbiotic with nature. Digging and trenching, cutting down and mowing, and paving over the surface, are completely unnecessary, and indeed only destructive.
Sweet Growth Zones!
When accounting for the importance of greatly limiting the need for the US$
, one must first look at what requires the most, versus the least of them. The less dependent that anyone is on money, will mean more independence and interdependence: Buy and Sell Local
, indeed! Or fair trade is even better; time and things!
Land will cost the most, initially, and so, a location where the per acre cost is as low as possible, is ideal, while still being in a sweet zone. For example, buying 300 acres of desert land, cheaply, will not provide much for this kind of endeavor, whereas, 50 acres of hilly rocky forested land will yield far more.
Monthly Buying: Look at what costs the most at any local grocer, and then at the Farmers Market (if there is one close), and then with online purchases. Whatever costs the most, that is what an IC would make onsite, and sell the excesses thereof. For example, beans, grains (like oats) and brown rice are, per pound, fairy cheap; growing and harvesting them on a small scale is not. Therefore, it is better to just buy them with money.
This same logic gets applied to all, as it is possible. For example, one cannot grow pineapples on any large scale, in, say, the lower US Midwest, but avocados
can be grown there, which are super healthy, and a bit expensive, store bought. I/we eat them, and cruciferous vegetables aplenty, and all the roots, especially carrots and a host of tubers
Now, look what costs a lot, especially online, and, does not weigh too much. I personally enjoy designing and building plant greenhouses and nurseries, with focus on stand-up greenhouse gardening, especially for perennial herbs
, and sit down (or even wheelchair accessible) raised bed for growing root vegetables
and cruciferous vegetables
A great US$ earning home business, would be to grow and make and sell, small but high priced things online, such as ginseng and others. For example, a pill machine
is fairly cheap and easy to operate, and shipping small bottles is as easy as handing it off to a US Postal Worker who delivers mail.
Power and Water: The sun shines all day; wind moves most all the time; river water flows in perpetuity; sunshine and movement can be harnessed for power. Acquiring land where a large river flows is often expensive, but rain falls freely everywhere! In other words, an IC would want to be where there is plenty of annual rain fall; water is life! Rain catchment is a necessity.
If there is enough rainfall, that will be sufficient: If not, then there needs to be another source; ideally, a river or a large lake, which might have its own problems with pollution. Otherwise, potable water must be trucked in, if a Well is not monetarily or geologically feasible; not a good option.
But if the land has a large enough stream flowing through it, with a good volume of water annually, then it is time to build a small hydro power dam, and thus a small lake for fishing and swimming, as a side perk! That is also a possibility with hilly land where their valleys offer a decent amount of water flow. Here's 1 example at YouTube
; there are much better ideas but this is a quick sample to see how easy it is. Salvage yard alternators are just one way to reuse.
Trees have been growing on Earth for countless millennia, and by the literal quintillions, and will continue to do so, forward in time, long after the last human has turned to dust, and will do so until the sun grows cold! See intriguing YouTube videos about Chernobyl reclaimed by nature
Trees are, by far, the most sustainable, and the most abundant renewable element, on Earth. Obviously, rocks or stone (Earth's upper crust) would outweigh and out volume trees at any given point in time, but then, they do not change or grow or die; they are just there always (and this, without delving into the consequences of subduction
And it is the same with water; the hydrological cycle
of Earth does not add nor subtract any appreciable amount of H2O, liquid, frozen or gaseous. It is reusable and therefore would not be classified as a renewable, outside of aquifer depletion, which if left alone would recover naturally.
However, trees grow like literal weeds in all forest biomes present at any given point in time. Forests grow slowly when measured in human time but in geological time they are fast growing.
Therefore, one cannot have an intelligent conversation about a renewable, healthy, and sustainable lifestyle, without making trees and wood products a major component in such assessments. The goal would be to use wood everywhere, as much as that is possible, replacing plastics and metals where feasible. Perhaps that is why YHVH–in–skin decided to be a carpenter!
An IC Q & A
was written and posted online, well before Social Media
existed, but since most emails about a Messianic Intentional Community in the USA, were mostly questions pertaining to theology and lifestyle models, such questions served to expose the Americanization
that deeply impacts almost everyone, and only a few here, will ever transcend it all to become disenculturated
via the auspices of the Indwelling Holy Spirit.
More to come! By all means, share your ideas, even if you are not interested in this Messianic Koinonia
. In the Love of Messiah Yeshua via Ruach HaKodesh. In the eternal servitude of Adonai our Elohim: YHVH!