Oracle: Corporeal Conduit of YHVH!

Etymology Online: Oracle (n): 'A message from a god, expressed by divine inspiration,' from Old French oracle 'temple, house of prayer; oracle' (12c.) and directly from Latin oraculum 'divine announcement, oracle; place where oracles are given,' from orare 'pray, plead' (see orator), with material instrumental suffix -culo-. In antiquity, 'the agency or medium of a god,' also 'the place where such divine utterances were given.'

Wiktionary: Oracle: A shrine dedicated to some prophetic deity. A person such as a priest through whom the deity is supposed to respond with prophecy or advice. A prophetic response, often enigmatic or allegorical, so given. A person considered to be a source of wisdom. A wise sentence or decision of great authority. One who communicates a divine command; an angel; a prophet. In Jewish Antiquity, the sanctuary or most holy place in the temple; also, the temple itself. Synonyms: priest acting as conduit of prophecy; a prophet.
(See also: Oracle: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language)
(1Pe 4:10-11; Heb 5:9-14): 'If anyone speaks, let them speak as the oracles of Elohim!' The English word translated into 'oracle' takes on slight varies of meanings, depending upon the language one translates it from. But the general theme is clear, especially for all disciples: My Master was The Oracle; The Prophet; He orated pure truth concerning the sum of reality. My Master died (in part) so that I – and other individuals of every generation, dedicated to Him as living disciples – could and would be like Him in many ways (John 17); we copy Christ not culture!

I And The Father Are One! (John 17:11,20-23)

Without the indiscriminate Love of YHVH, reigning within, the average human still remains little more than a mammal (John 6:53-58,61-66); it is our design paradigm; our DNA; we are physically mammals and there is nothing wrong with that. Unfortunately (and religious or not, churched or not), the Faithless-Godless-Loveless human masses (Matt 7:13-14), openly or covertly seek power over others, not equality, egalitarianism, unity, community, and oneness with all.
The power-monger control freaks, operate primarily from the primate state, which is fear and paranoia, guilt, shame and condemnation, and its subsequent anger and vengeance responses, and thus competitivism, adversarialism, domination, controlism, territorialism, dominion, hierarchy, authoritarianism, and satans most prized human work, us-against-them-ism, which manifests as social stratification. These are the satanic 'traits-of-the-primates!' And the fuel is mammon.
Rather than being at-one with everyone, they are not truly one, with anyone, and thus, as far from the Messianic Cross, as it is humanly possible; again, religious or not, churched or not, educated or not. Even the religionists operate from the now normalized satan paradigm; that of personal empowerment through money hoardings. They are the mere byproducts of their enculturation; in this case, westernization and its subsequent mammon service and devotion (Luke 16:13-15): And thus their theological calculations must align with this reality.
Anyone who sees anything, but the raw evil that exists in money and its economic constructs, simply cannot see The Way. Thus, they exploit that money-infused power, to control or manipulate other humans, and in doing so, remain oblivious to a real, eternally enduring, egalitarian relationship: They expose themselves like mature tree fruit (Matt 7:15-20). Those who need money to survive, remain the slaves of those who hand it to them. But it is a deep fear (an unconscious production of their eternal doom) that drive them to seek power over others in the here and now.
In that state of perpetual, relentless, primal-carnal 'us-against-them-ism', and all the competitivism, and fear, which exists because of money-dependency; the Spiritual blindness of the human masses, causes them to see all things from the confines of their enculturation (whatever that is), rather than from the mind of Messiah Yeshua (1Co 2:11-13,14-16); rather than from the root-core; the Love of YHVH, which produces a completely different form and level of freedom (John 14:25-27; 15:1-5) than what the World knows or understands.
All 'us-against-them-ism' is satanism, with the human creation of YHVH being captured by the fear-paranoia of an albeit subconscious awareness of their eternal doom; again, religious or not, churched or not. In the carnal-primal world of the territorial, proxemic mammalian masses, ones own family becomes the core of the self (e.g. the Mafia's infamous 'family is everything' slogan). Conversely, in the global human family of YHVH (John 3:16), all of us are deeply connected, via Adonai our Elohim; our Love; our friend (John 15:10-15).
Theology has become little more than a manifestation of academic competitivism, with bibliolatry itself as one fruit of that battle. However, stating the reality of oneness with Messiah Yeshua, as being problematic, is nothing new (Mark 10:36-40,41-45). Avoid the 'us-against-them' people, for they are dangerous on a local and on a global level; indeed, they are the only real danger on Earth, no matter where or when they were or are.
The idea of capitalism created criminals is very real; create a culture that you know some will fail within, and then criminalize them for it. Read: Belief in Meritocracy Is Not Only False It Is Bad For You! Like its step-child, social stratification, meritocracy is simply egocentrism exposed; the hunger-lust to be superior to others, manifest; it is Lovelessness as a social exhibition. But the Spiritually blinded masses cannot and therefore will not see this; at least, not during this life-experiment.

The Fellowship Of The King: Disciples of Messiah Yeshua!

We disciples of Messiah Yeshua, stand here in spacetime, in His stead: Each post-Resurrection generation of humans, has nestled within them, a tiny but vital peppering of people (now globally) who are living Messianic disciples, who speak from and to this generation: You can tell by our/their lifestyles, as we live for the King, not for the World. We disciples are not capitalists, consumerists, political, military, or economic. We recognize all those things as human corruptions; our Kingdom (our reason for existence) is not even of this world (John 18:33-35,36-37).
And yet, my Master, Rabbi, Lord, King, Friend, Spouse, and Creator of all, finds a unique way of providing all human needs (Luke 12:22-27,28-34) independent of the corrupted, especially money. It does not matter where we live or when we lived, for Adonai our Elohim will always provide us with that manna from the heavens, in any and all forms.
Of all those forms, it is (or was) only rarely money itself, though here in these end-times, wherein the mammon service is now global and comprehensive and absolute, YHVH has to be creative in providing the needed resources for us daily-dying disciples of Messiah Yeshua, to do His work on Earth, while here in these destined end-times.
While the Godless (and the Godless-religious) crave jackpots of money-wealth, I would be completely thrilled if YHVH provided a way for me to live without the need of/for any money. To lead us from temptation-evil (Matt 6:13), is for us to genuinely have no interest at all, in money or money-wealth. That means getting our base needs as much as possible, directly from nature itself, living contented (1Ti 6:6-11).
For the disciples of Messiah Yeshua, living on Earth will be our only hellish experiences, because it is that place and time wherein we must endure satan and his trillion demon army and the host of humans that the demons impact and influence perpetually: What my Master always referred to as the World.
When presented with temptation-sin-evil (outward stimuli), humans react to it, either from Love, or from pride-ego-emotion: That is one fruit-evidence (among many others) to look for. When we disciples look upon the world created and perpetuated by the Godless and the Godless-religious masses, we can easily see the things our Master taught us, in word, in deed, and in lifestyle choices. The worldly masses are like leaves on a raging river; they just go along: Traditions, rituals, holidays and habits (lifestyles) are fine examples of this (Matt 8:18-22; 15:1-4,5-9).
The term oracle is just a title or an identifier that humans gave to others, whom YHVH used as earthly vessels and conduits of communication. Another is an apostle, or a messenger. They/we are inspired by the Indwelling Holy Spirit to speak and/or to write; to communicate the presence of, and heart and the will of YHVH.
In each generation of humans everywhere, YHVH communicated with certain people, at differing times in their life-experiences, in the hope of bringing about a knowledge of YHVH, no matter what term was used or in what language as an identifier. The trick was/is to do so without violating the human superpower of volition and free will.
But a vital part of that communication calculation, was/is an awareness of (the presence of) satan and his massive army of incorporeal demons, who have been faking this attempted relationship between YHVH and humans, by creating a mockery, via the paraphernalia of religions, to distort or replace any potential for a marriage-level, personal relationship with YHVH. Once the barrier of sin was removed from the equation – propitiation made upon the Messianic Cross – satan and crew had to distort all things in yet other ways.
Even though the last few sentences of The Gospels is this, John 21:24-25: The bibliolatrous want/need others to believe that all YHVH wanted to communicate with creation, begins and ends, with and in, the catholic monk's canon selections (the bible); that this statement is mere hyperbole. But that is absurd.
Especially once you fully understand the gospel of John from (roughly) chapters 14 onward to the end: That Messiah Yeshua was/is the Holy Spirit; that the Catholic theology of the Trinity is just a repackaged Polytheism, designed by satan as leaven in the proverbial lump (Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1-3; 1Co 5:4-8): Doctoring the texts should be self evident! (See 1Jo 5:7-8)
So why do they want this? Because they have adulterated the scriptures (2Co 4:1-4 nasb); they make mammon (because of and) from the very existence of God, bible, religion, ritual and tradition (2Pe 2:1-3): They did and still do this, just as the Pharisees did with all their Holy writ; they adulterated the word, and so it was necessary for the Word to become flesh (John 1:14).
The antiChrist hierarchical authoritarians, who created a 'thou shalt not' law list, did this – and they are still doing this – so they can, in turn, lord it over other humans: That is satanic! Times change but people do not; from the times of Babel, cultures change in most every way, but within all of them, the human heart remains constant.

Seeds Of Change!

Therefore, YHVH had to use, and still does use, the Messianic disciples of every generation, to be the living, time-culture relevant, present oracles of Elohim, so that the flow of information continues, in keeping with the context of these sweeping social and cultural changes. This does not attenuate what has already been written and published: The core-root of wisdom is scripture indeed; however, the scriptures are inspired by the same Indwelling Holy Spirit that is needed to understand them today (2Ti 3:14-17; Heb 13:8; James 1:17), regardless of who wrote them; what or where or when.
We humans are the Temple of the Lord (Matt 18:19-20; John 2:18-21; Acts 17:24; 1Co 3:16-17; 6:19-20; 2Co 4:6-11; Eph 2:19-22; 1Pe 2:4-5): The earthly temples of YHVH are no more! Post-Pentecost, the temple is summarized in the physical body, the only container of/for the Holy Spirit. It is impossible to respect the inanimate, such as flags or land masses; respect is only possible for the living that can understand that you are respecting them (or not), and most importantly, respecting the self. You cannot Love others as yourself if you do not respect yourself (Mark 12:28-31,32-34). If you do not Love/respect the person in the mirror, you are not in the will of YHVH.
All disciples of Messiah Yeshua are living walking harbingers and hosts of YHVH Spirit; the Indwelling Holy Spirit (Rom 8:9-11). Without YHVH-in-you, the gods of men will become the stars of your focus, and money the core of all considerations; these attitudes and mentalities are warning signs.
All individuals, past and present and future, who have surrendered unconditionally unto the supreme and eternal Lordship of Messiah Yeshua, and have died to this life so they can be reborn (born-again) as Spiritual, are the only true living disciples under The Lordship of Messiah Yeshua, the only future resurrected beings from Earth. Unfortunately, the bulk of the christianized world could not so much as define Lordship, must less does a Lordship define them!
Since our bodies are the property of YHVH and the Temple of YHVH, post-Pentecost, and, we as bond-servants do not own ourselves (Gal 2:20; 1Co 6:19-20), everything we do with our bodies is a reflection of our (Love and thus) care for the Temple of YHVH. We are merely the stewards of our flesh, just as we are merely the stewards of Earth, and in our long-term future, the stewards over other resources, throughout the cosmos, which we disciples will be given control of, all of which are still the property of YHVH, Creator and Owner of all, everywhere, always.
My brothers and fellow disciples of Messiah Yeshua, Stephanas, Fortunatus, Achaicus and Timothy, who collectively wrote the first fellowship letter (epistle) to the Corinthians from Philippi *; they penned these collaborated words:
Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the Saints? Do you not know that the Saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, the things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the congregation. I speak to your shame! Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? No, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law with brother, and that, before the unbelievers! Therefore, there is utterly a fault among you, because you go to law, one with another. Why do you not rather take wrong? Why do you not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, you do wrong, and defraud, and that of your brethren. Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of YHVH? Be not deceived: Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, shall inherit the Kingdom of YHVH. And such were some of you! But you are washed; but you are sanctified; but you are justified in the name of The Lord Yeshua, and by the Spirit of Adonai our Elohim. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. (1Co 6:1-12) {cf. Dan 7:18-22; Matt 19:28; 2Co 6:14-15; Rom 6:16}

The Nazi Paradigm!

Anyone who claims any land on this YHVH owned planet, will be cast into outer darkness, left unrepentant. It is militarism (and machismo) that YHVH abhors the most: Patriotism and nationalism, colonialism and empire-building, are profuse and unabashed sin; a level of darkness unrivaled, and indeed, the precursor to all (soon coming) end-time cataclysms (Luke 21).
The Pentagon paid sports teams millions for 'paid patriotism' events, which is Orwellian indeed, and so deeply sinister that the Spiritually doomed religious masses, will not see it during their corporeal lifetime. But the reality of it all, will someday be the source of their unending suffering in the abyss of Darkness.
To think that you own anything on Earth, is itself, a reflection of one's devout, marriage-level commitment and devotion to satan and his dominating social, economic, political, and cultural productions. Only pacifists fight for freedom, by opposing the dominators and conquers and militants among us; all the westernized sundry lordship roles are satanic at their core. Patriotism is the world's largest most dangerous cult, but it's just a byproduct of the fear-driven warmongering primal masses.
This planet (all of it) belongs only to YHVH, and anyone who tries to justify, validate or rationalize colonialism, domination, conquering, landlordism, militarism or empire, are the Spiritually doomed, because they cannot be (and will not be) Resurrected into eternal bodies, and thus, be the eternal workmen of YHVH, upon countless other planets. Among the most sinister of all humans on Earth, are the end-time antiChrist proprietors of a pharisaic Dominion Theology (e.g. Handmaid's Tale): And it comes from fake christianity, or 'Xianity' and its 'Xians', satans most favored harbingers for his demon hoards.
But all of this is just the outcome of the Broadway masses, being what and who satan directs them to be and do; they are drones of their enculturation, and in this particular example, the drones of westernization. Nevertheless, as human populations grew, the pathology of landlordism or primate territorialism, forced the masses to dominate the space they occupied, thus driving away others; hence, the compulsion to venture out (exploration), which eventually morphed into the colonization of Earth: The end-times! Such sprawl was the inevitable result of a planet filling with antiChrists, with war a perennial certainty (James 4).

Spiritual Resurrection, Then Bodily Resurrection!

YHVH entered into a human; Messiah Yeshua, to personally provide atonement for the world we live in (Matt 3:16-17; Luke 3:21-22). After all, YHVH created it, both the good and the evil, for YHVH is Sovereign and the only Creator-God; Monotheism summarized. But this is for a much bigger design plan: Us! No, we are not superior beings over other life-forms, and in fact, part of the observation plan, was to place us in the midst of other life-forms that we could gain dominion over, and see if we are the wise stewards of them or not: It's a part of the greater/grander test.
The purpose of that atonement was so that you and I could partake of it, as a form of empowerment against the powers that seek to work against us; or more accurately, to work for themselves, which opposes YHVH: That is, satan and his demon army, working through the bulk of humanity, to do evil always (and why 'hell on Earth' is even a slogan). You and I can then choose which path to follow, thus the sheep and goat analogy. YHVH is watching to see who will walk the dark side, and the light side.
We who walk in the light see all, but those in darkness are either oblivious to the fact that they walk in darkness, or they covertly like it (John 3:19-21; 8:12; 12:35-36,44-47; Luke 1:76-79; 1Jo 1:5-7; 2:8-11). Either way, we who walk in the light, use it to point the Way for the Elect and infinitesimal few, who will be fervently seeking it (Matt 5:14-16). First, we die to self completely, and then we are Spiritually transformed and effectively resurrected; only the Spiritually resurrected will be (future) bodily resurrected.

We Were Reborn That Way!

The future resurrected few on Narrow Way (The Way), will be only those who demonstrate, in the here and now, a dedication to a Messianic discipleship; a Love of all humanity; indeed, that is what we are here for! That is why Messiah Yeshua came to us! Salvation is not a belief-gift or reward for 'believing in Jesus!' Salvation is a calling and a destiny; hence, the infinitesimal and inconspicuous Elect of YHVH (Matt 7:13-14).
Salvation was/is a Person, and He was/is not a mascot or avatar of any religion; He was/is Lord unto anyone who truly and totally believes that He was and is and is to come. To make or allow another Being, to be the Lord over your personal (and professional) life, is how a Lordship works, but most people do not even understand that fundamental aspect of Messianic discipleship. Religion manufactures a specific set of theological beliefs from biblical cut-and-paste (that's called Denominationalism), and they each put their trust-faith in those written words, but not in the living Elohim, yoked within via the Indwelling Holy Spirit.
Church businesses were (and still are) the production$ of enculturation (Matt 15:1-4,5-9); traditions that Messiah Yeshua obliterated on the Cross (Matt 27:49-53; Heb 8:13; 10:19-25). Unlike communal sister-brotherhoods, the patriarchal dens of thieves which morphed (Matt 21:10-13), were exposed by my Master; the YHVH Monetizers or hypocrites (then & today) were brought into the light of pure truth (John 3:19-21). Hypocrisy Is To Move The Target Onto Another!
Self-righteousness is a byproduct, a fruit, and thus an exhibition, of human pride-ego-emotion that has been impacted by guilt-shame-condemnation. The self-righteous who have been religiously enculturated, are therein driven by works righteousness, found only in religion-acts centered around the church-businesses and their respective rituals, rites, celebrations and traditions, and thus corporate politics; all of which are unabashedly monetized for mammon, which is a raw satanic production. YHVH Is Love, Satan Is Pride! And it is pride that is confused with dignity, integrity and determination.
Satan responded to his assured doom (from the 1st to the 21st Century) by exploiting the pride-ego-emotion of men, and especially among those of the COP Cults (COP = Catholic; Orthodox; Protestant), as always happens, and they in-turn, built what is corporately known of as Christendom, via the power of mammon (Luke 16:13-15; 1Jo 2:15-20), thus gaining the only lordship power Lucifer will ever experience (2Co 4:1-4 nasb).
If any man speak: Peter proceeds to speak of two particular forms taken by this manifold grace of God; (1) the power to speak; (2) the power to minister. The speaking is, of course, public preaching in the Church; and the man who does so is to do it 'as oracles of God.' Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers.
You can read from protestant bishop Charles Ellicott, his rather pompous declaration that all oracles are, 'of course, public preaching in the Church!' Obviously, this is not truth, but from Chucks very limited micro-experiences, it might seem that way. And so it is with all who are not in a personal, marriage-level, daily-dying relationship with Adonai our Elohim; with a connection that is free of what any other humans think, or assess.

The COP Cult Theology of White Male Privilege!

Yet, the global human experience, over all times and cultures, is hardly represented in 19th Century urban Europe, and certainly not within the confined experiences of White Male Privilege; a bishop of the Church of England. But like all merely christianized people, he remained Spiritually blind, and this evidence only exposed it, though he likely died oblivious to such exposure. The hell-pounding terror of arrogant pride is why eternal darkness is described as (and will be) hellish.
Pharisees and Sadducees too, were religious professionals (humanity's self-appointed authority), but they clearly did not speak for Messiah Yeshua; instead they opposed Him, and some even had Him assassinated! They were satans disciples, posing as the real thing. But Ellicott's assumption comes from his clearly limited cultural perspective; his micro-experiences; his confined enculturation, which is (itself) the evidence of Spiritual blindness; an assessment not from the Messianic.
The statement quoted is just another marketing scheme, perpetrated by the YHVH monetizers of the religion businesses (past; present; future) who in fact, have no clue what being a devout disciple of Messiah Yeshua would even look like. The religion businesses exist as a replacement to a daily dying Messianic discipleship, driven by Love-wisdom-humility; a distraction from facing YHVH-truth, which serves to expose us, to us! All of Christendom is a distraction from a living, communal, daily dying Messianic discipleship.
It is easy to claim that god saved you when you were not the one that died! The dead (obviously) cannot make such claims. In reality, far-far more people die in preventable deaths, than survive them: But the survivors have a voice. This is the warped logic of those who still believe in the active god theory; that god fixes things or moves things; that god helps them but not all the others. This is twisted scripture, which betrays the true corporeal nature of YHVH, and creates a false god product, witnessed mostly in christendom, as well as others from the Abrahamic religions.
This favoritism is egocentric (or satanic), not Holy Spirit infused or Love centered. It is to make the assumption that god is on your side, when in fact, YHVH is on no individual's side (John 3:16-17), and even abhors competitivism, adversarialism, authoritarianism and hierarchy; any manifestation of 'us-against-them-ism'. When You Love You Can't Hate; When You Hate You Can't Love! If you hate (or oppose) any human, you hate YHVH too (1Jo 2:8-11). These are the satanic traits; i.e. the antiChrists, who were (and still are) into the neutering of The Way.

Action At A Distance! *

But Adonai our Elohim is not powerless in the corporeal. We know that YHVH showed Shekhinah Glory unto Moses, via a burning bush, rather than just be as a person. This is because no one has seen (or can see) YHVH at anytime or anywhere; not while in the corporeal. But, at a special point in/of spacetime, YHVH had to take on human form, in order to interact with us humans, to clear up all the confusion that came through (yep) the scriptures; that is, the wildly incorrect interpretations of them (i.e. all religions).
But more than that; Elohim had to provide needed propitiation (1Jo 2:1-2; 4:10-12), so that the Holy Spirit (the Soul of Messiah Yeshua) could occupy us personally and individually (John 17), due to the fact that the Law failed utterly.
So, Elohim took on flesh (John 1:1-5,6-9,10-14), and we just call Him Messiah Yeshua, after what His mother named Him, and what everyone that personally knew Him, also called Him. This is still true today: We who Love Him, honor Him and call Him Yeshua, whereas, the religionists; the westernized-monetized-christianized-industrialized, and others, call Him by what the Catholic scribes translated into the form, Jesus Christ. We, His present day disciples (the Elect of YHVH); we still call our Lord and Rabbi, Messiah Yeshua, out of simple respect. What a beautiful name it is, indeed!
We, the (infinitesimal & inconspicuous) Elect of YHVH, we know that our Redeemer lives; to us, Faith is not an adjective or a noun; Faith is a verb: Hebrews 11 summarized! Our Master calls us out of the boat (Matt 14:29-31). We disciples never use the word 'faith' in place of the word religion, as do the christianized. 'What is your faith?' refers to someone's religious beliefs, but all future resurrected Saints of YHVH are as opposed to religion as our Master Messiah Yeshua was, and who was crucified because of it.
For the Elect of YHVH, our future resurrection and eternal life, is more certain to us, than you reading these words, right now, is a certainty or a reality to you. Consequently, we understand the great and awesome responsibility of being a disciples of Messiah Yeshua; what that means as we navigate in this YHVH owned and created world, and how that will play out, beyond this vapor-of-time corporeal experiment, we call life on Earth (James 4:13-16).
Thus, the power of YHVH should not be politicized nor monetized; such power is not a bargaining chip (Acts 8:14-19,20-24). My earthly identity is meaningless; my social position pointless; my possessions worthless. I am a mere servant of a Master, a bondservant of Messiah Yeshua; thus, I do not have, nor do I seek, freedom. As a disciple, I must continually and deliberately decrease that He may increase (John 3:27-30,31-34). Who I am is irrelevant; how I live and what I do in the open service of my Master is all that matters.
The oracles of every generation, have the empowerment of the Indwelling Holy Spirit; the exact same power as all disciples had, and will have, from the 1st to the 21st Century; the last generation of humankind, who are living in front of, and under, and because of, Christus Victor, as it applies within the cultural context of the Constantinian shift: the degradation of what originally occurred on the Cross of Messiah Yeshua, via the monetization, politicization, and general enculturation done by the multi-fold COP Cult productions; the antiChrists.

God's Are The Inventions of Men Via the Products of Religion!

Adonai our Elohim created all things, including the possibility of evil to abound. But as with all things, this randomness in the greater creation paradigm, serves a purpose. Religions were the works of men; formulated by the con artists of every generation of men, they recognized that the masses were fearful of uncertainty. So, they (psychologically) capitalized on this, and manufactured a power beyond human might, for the blessings of rain or food, offspring or healing; to avoid the consequences of calamity.
All this is understandable. They also wanted protection from other evil people who used their might to avoid the toils of labor; safety from those who stole by force or coercion what they needed and wanted, rather than to labor by the sweat of their own brows. Religionists are the pimps of the God's, which is what makes it among the greatest sin-evil possible on Earth.
All the religions of men practiced on Earth, even those thriving at the time and place of Messiah Yeshua; they all have one thing in common; to appease their God's (e.g. rituals) so that those God's would bless or benefit them, on Earth now. After all, what good is a God if you lose and suffer and die anyway? If we are truly on our own here; if we have only our own power to fend for ourselves, what do we really need (the) God's for? And we see this with the empowered here on Earth; a dismissal or an attenuation of the God's. It is why the empowered are far less religious than the weak and/or the poor.
That is why prayer and ritual, morphed so radically from one religion brand to the next, and thus, why YHVH (in the Person of Messiah Yeshua) came to set all things back upright again. Messiah Yeshua exposed the sin of religion (and their proprietors), and indeed anyone else who exploited other humans for their own advantages, so they could avoid the labor curse, and egalitarianism in general, thus becoming accursed themselves, and thus the curses to others: Beware of the Monetizers!
This all manifests in mammon service, the monetization of the entire creation, including other humans, and the social stratification that satan pushes so heavily, to distract people from the guilt and shame and condemnation, which the Holy Spirit in the world, gently uses to drive all men unto (and then under) the Cross of Messiah Yeshua (Rom 8:1-4,5-10). This is why we see the beginning of the Messianic ministry focused on understanding and Faith: E.g. Matthew 5 thru 7.
All humans everywhere, knew that there was/is a supreme Creator-God; they just did not know who YHVH was directly. But the workings of Elohim our Adonai began – as it had to, somewhere and at sometime – at a time/place when humans had developed to the point that we could fully comprehend and appreciate the (otherwise) complexities of corporeality itself, as it connects to the incorporeal realm of YHVH. Early humans were not yet ready for all of that! Yet, they knew intrinsically that this life was not all there is.

Spiritual Metamorphosis, Not Religious Conversion!

The great and Love spawn hope, is to see the christianized, and the unchristianized, radically converted (radically Spiritually transformed) into living disciples of Messiah Yeshua, by our lifestyle-light (Matt 5:13-16); a complete Spiritual Metamorphosis (2Co 3:18). Those who are not truly seeking YHVH truth, but are only exploiting God (or the gods, or goddesses, etc), must and will, turn away from any and all light (John 3:16-18,19-21; 8:44-45); it is destiny. Predestination: You Can; You Should; But You Won't!
Won't what? Surrender unconditionally unto the supreme and eternal Lordship of Messiah Yeshua, and die to this life; die to ones pride-ego-emotions; die to all earthly dreams and power; die so that one can be reborn (born-again). Instead, generic religious consumerism and emotionalism becomes the replacement to daily dying (Luke 9:23-27; 1Co 15:28-31); peek emotionalism is the replacement to YHVH Love. To be crucified alongside Messiah Yeshua, is to die 100% to self; the I must die:
For I am crucified with Messiah; nevertheless I live: Yet not I, but Messiah that lives within me! And the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of Elohim, who Loves me and gave Himself for me (Gal 2:20).
Freedom takes on a whole new meaning (John 8:31-36; 1Co 9:16-19; 1Co 12:13; 1Pe 2:15-16). My past brothers, fellow disciples, and (some as) ambassadors in chains, clarified; even the imprisoned can be free (2Ti 2:8-10); even those living under dictatorships can be free (1Co 7:20-24); when The Son sets you free, you are free indeed! The worldly seek freedom from restraint; from accountability; from simplicity; from living under a Lordship. Endure the injustices and the losses (1Co 6:1-5,6-10); for the Saints, this life is not even about this life!
The very reason-purpose for the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit, was not to fulfill earthly dreams, but to obliterate them. The old self dies and is replaced with a new creation (2Co 5:17). It is to fully realize what He came for; what we are here for; what Messiah accomplished: To show Love as a verb (not an emotion); to express Love via personal sacrifice; an indiscriminate Love for everyone, which empowered Him, even in the midst of humiliation, suffering and torture, to say about/to His torturers and murderers: Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do! (Luke 23:33-35)

Also I say unto you: Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of Man also confess before the angels of Elohim. But he that denies Me before men shall be denied before the angels of Elohim. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him: But unto him that blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven. And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates and powers, take no thought how or what thing you shall answer, or what you shall say: For the Holy Spirit shall teach you in the same hour what you ought to say.
Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what you shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the Torah of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning Me!
Then He opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. (Luke 12:8-12; 21:14-15; 25:44-45) {cf. Jer 1:9; Eze 2:1-2; Exo 4:11-12}
When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly, there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Then there appeared unto them, cloven languages, like as of fire, which sat upon each of them, as they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4)
Finally my brethren, be strong in The Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of Elohim, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle, not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Therefore, take unto you the whole armor of Elohim, so that you may be able to withstand in the evil days, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. But above all, take the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Elohim. Pray always with all prayer and supplication, in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all Saints. As for me; that utterance may be given unto me that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds; that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Eph 6:10-20)

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