Robert who was raised in Hawaii lives out in the countryside of Augsburg, Germany today. He loves sharing the Passion Paradigm.
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Isaiah 55:6 (NIV)
Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
Isaiah 55:7 (NIV)
“Cannery Row's inhabitants are, as the man once said, 'whores, pimps, gamblers, and sons of bitches,' by which he meant everybody.
In my life, we had a saying in my theological circles which went like this "if you cannot find Jesus in the Old Testament, you will not find him in the New Testament."
In the life of Jesus during his ministry, the teachers of the law, the pharisees, the sadducees and the priests knew the scriptures. They missed Jesus. In fact during this period, most Jewish people had a very good understanding of the scriptures in the original language, Hebrew. The average Jew at the time of Jesus probably knew the scriptures better than most college professors do today. They knew the scriptures, and the Hebrew and Hellenic languages, but many missed the coming of the man, Christ. The Jesus in the Old Testament was not recognizable in their hearing and seeing. Of course, the New Testament was not written. The New Testament was alive, walking the earth and in their presence.
God reveals himself in His Son. God does better than just reveal himself in his Son. God has reveal himself as God, as the Father, as the Son and as the Spirit. The Father, the Son and the Spirit is referred to "holy trinity" in the creed and in doctrine. The "trinity" is part of a recited exercise in saying the creed. The trinity is also a burdensome doctrine that carries the burden with very little truth. "We believe in the trinity." So what! How can anyone believe in something without understanding the story or stories? The recited trinity is empty words without really knowing the story or the stories. Trinity as a doctrine, is a burdensome dogma that often sets up a "impression of three gods". Christian spend an wasted amount of time trying to explain where one god can have three persons. There is really no decent metaphor for the explanation of the "trinity".
God goes through a lot of trouble to tell a story or actually seven stories. These stories are actually weeks. Two are obvious and straight forward as far as understanding a "week". These two stories are: (1) the Genesis Week and (2) the Passion Week. The longest story or week of the seven is the Genesis Week. The shortest story or week of the seven is the Passion Week. The most important part of these stories is ability to read and see Jesus. The Passion Week is the "story that bleeds" in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. The Passion Week is the "Paradigm Week". All weeks mirror the Passion Week.
Jesus said, "You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life." John 5:39-40
The goal in this essay is to present the "Seven Stories" or more specifically "Seven Weeks" that God fulfills. A full explanation of each of these "stories or weeks" is impossible to accomplish in these paragraphs. Explaning the whole of the Passion Paradigm in this essay is impossible in this short essay. The burden of understanding the story and stories rests on the reader who has to go through the trouble of reading the Old Testament and the New Testament. Without reading or having a "feel" for the Old Testament and New Testament makes it impossible to see or understand the Weeks or the working of the "Paradigm Week, the Passion Week. To understand the "Weeks" is dependent on reading the Bible, the story.
God is walking. Catch him if you can.
“Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.” ― Groucho Marx
1. God in the Garden: God is light. Readings: Genesis 1, 2, the whole bible and anything in time.
The Genesis Week is mainly in the first chapter. The week's layout is pretty simple. The story is crisp, short and direct. The week is probably 15 billion years long and not a day shorter. Who is counting a day when a second is 40,000 to 80,000 years? Most Christians are bogged down in the creation where a missed important reality of the assumption of death happens when night and day are separated. This means time. Time implies a beginning and a end of things. Time for most creatures is to be born,to live and to die. Time is not eternity. God has limited himself to a time period when he set the day and the night. Until we reach First Adam, we really have no idea where God is going with the Genesis Week except for the fact that he as slowed himself down from light to a crawl in time.
The most important part about the Genesis Week is measuring time against eternity. Many Christians spend a lot of time arguing "creationism" contra "evolutionism". There are no winners. Creationism has too much in too little meaning time. Evolutionism has too little of something in way too much time. The problem is either too little time or too much time. Too little time means placing too much of what has happen in 24 hours days. When assuming something arrives in the massive amount of time leaves for a huge "margin of error" when placing an singular event or something in a time line. To assume giant reptile or birds showed up a million or even a billion years ago. Our intelligent history is maybe 7000 years. We can finger a dinosaur that was hanging around a million or even a billion years ago. The Genesis Week is about light. God say let their be light, but has not point out his person. When the Eighth Day arrives, God is light.
Time is the given a period locked between eternity. Time is dust in the wind when compared with eternity. There are lots of good metaphors for time. There is absolute no good metaphor for eternity except the "First Day and the Eighth Day meaning they both are one and the same. What does that mean the First Day and the Eighh Day are the same? The both exist in eternity at the same time. This requires understanding how is it possible for Jesus to resurrect in the Eighth Day and he can also step into the First Day.
Eternity means "light". God in the fullness of light is the fullness of his eternal being. The Genesis Week is a "typical seven day week with a Eighth Day" in its allegorical form. God has not entered the Eighth Day to fulfill the Genesis Week. God has not quite "revealed himself fully" because God has not entered the Eighth Day.
God works the Genesis Week. This week has not been fulfilled. This week will end last. The Genesis Week is the week that is first but ends last. God is light.
For those without fire, any fire is strange fire. - Bill Johnson
2. God in a Bush. God in a box. God is holy. Reading: Exodus 3 thru Exodus 40. From the burning bush to placing the two tablets in the Ark of the Covenant.
In the Biblical story, Moses climbs Mount Sinai and is warned by God in the burning bush that the ground is holy. When the Ark of the Covenant is complete, this box is holy. Only the priests can actually handle the Ark of the Covenant. When reading the story of David moving the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, the oxen pulling the cart with the Ark of the Covenant stumbled. Uzzah tried to steady the ark and was struck dead by the Ark. (2 Samuel 6) The Ark of the Covenant is holy. Only certain individuals are allowed to touch the Ark.
With the Ark of the Covenant came the Law of Moses. The Israelites tried to live the law. No one has truly been successful at living the law or being holy. Many people still try to fulfill living out the law, and some take pride at how well they are doing in keeping the law. David was terrible at living the law, but the scriptures describes David as a man after God's heart.
“. . . the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”
1 Samuel 13:14 (NIV)
The holiness of God rests in the heart, the soul, the mind, the eyes and the ears of the heart of a man in seeking and following God. Fooling the rules may not be that important when placed in a man practicing faith, hope and love. Man is not holy. This story is 50 to 50 weeks long with a "Jubilee Week". to understand the time line, the Ark of the Covenant is completed 50 weeks after the Passover. This can be followed when reading the story. In understanding this week, an hour is a week. The "Jubilee week event" is when the tablets are placed in the Ark of the Covenant. God went from the bush to the box.
The Father works the Ark of the Covenant Week. This week is fulfilled. God is holy.
You don't have to put on the red light --- Police
3. From the Shekinah in the First Temple to a woman at the well. God is worshipped in spirit and truth. Reading: 2 Chronicles 7 thru John 4.
When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying,
"He is good; his love endures forever.” 2 chronicles 7:1-3 (NIV)
If this story begins at around 967 BC with the first temple, Solomon's temple, one thousand years will lapse before Jesus speaks with the Samaritan woman at the well. The start of this week is extremely dramatic and eventful. The end of this week is anticlimatic. What is so exciting where "truth" in the flesh speaking to a woman whose heart has been opened by the "spirit". The woman was either a prostitute, an adulteress, like the idea of marraige or like practicing "the open marriage life". When she talked to Jesus, her moral compass shifted enough that she could hear truth. She ran into the town to get probably all the men who she might have shared in an affair. They were probably worried what the prophet said.
The interesting piece about this whole story, the Temple Week, is the fact that time passes a thousand years from the Shekinah to the woman at the well. This thousand years is the "only" thousand years that anyone will find in the sense of a millennium to the scriptures. The secret to understanding the "millennium" in Revelation 20:4-6 rests in understand this week, the Temple Week. No one will find the "millennium week or even be able to count out a one thousand years" in Revelation 20:4-6. The understanding is hidden in the Temple Week which is the "only thousand year" Week. The "mystery" lies somewhere between the "Genesis Week" and the "Temple Week" in the concept and reality of truth. An explanation of this "thousand years or millenium" is almost impossible without understanding and digesting the Temple Week and understanding and digesting time in the Genesis Week. Try to understand a 15 billion year week is very much like a 1000 year week. The reality rests in understanding what an hour is equal to. In the genesi week an hour is ten years. In the genesis week, an hour is 300,000,000 years with a huge margin of error. If one thinks and hour is an hour in light that any hour needed in a "week" to fulfill what needs to be done. This is a good example why a "literal seven day and twenty four hour week Genesis Week" held by many Christians falls absolute flat in understanding the thousand years in the book of Revelation. Genesis Week needs a lot more time than a literal 1000 yeas.
The Temple Week is 500 to 500 years. An hour is 10 years. The jubilee 10 year event is Jesus with the woman at the well. The Father works the Temple Week. This week is fulfilled. God is worshipped in Spirit and Truth.
This world that I'm living in makes no sense to me. I'm still dreaming about the man who fell to earth. A baby is born in the stillness of morning. Ten minutes
4. From being form from soil, First Adam to a baby is born, Immanuel, Second Adam. God is with us. Reading: Genesis 1 to Luke 1.
In the beginnings of Genesis, a lot of mini-major events occur when First Adam arrived onto the scene. There is sin for eating a forbidden fruit. There is a snake in the garden. There is the man who blames the woman. There is the woman who blames the snake. There is a snake slithering off into darkness to come back for another day. There is a brother who murders a brother over vegetables and sheep. Fast forward, there is a flood. Fast forward again, maybe 50 generations, a baby is born.
A long story takes place from First Adam to Second Adam. How long is this story or week? One might guess from the flood to Jesus is fifty generations. The reason is because from the birth of Abraham to the birth of Jesus is 42 generations. Adding eight more generations from the flood to the birth of Abraham would be 50 generations to the birth of Immanuel. What is important to helping plot the Immanuel week to understand this time line in light of the three major events. Three major events are important to get a feel for this week, the Immanuel Week. The first event is the formation of First Adam. The flood event, the middle event, is the middle of time between First Adam and Second Adam. The birth of Second Adam,Immanuel, is the end event and is the "jubilee event" where the week is fulfilled. Time is not quite even on both sides of the flood and neither is a generation a good measure of getting the hours. The week is a 50 to 50 hour week although the hours are a bit difficult to "count out". The one main reason is "the life span of the people before the flood was very long." These three main events help to understand the working of the Immanuel Week.
There are three major events, beginning, middle and end. This situation is best understood in understanding scripture, "Time, Times and a half a time". In this case, time is the complete period of time. This would be "Time" which is the complete period of time plotted at the begin event and end event, in this case, from the begin event, First Adam to the end event, Second Adam. "Half of time" is the middle which is the "flood". To recognize a big problem with "weeks" is weeks with long time period has lots of activities and stories. Not all of these activities and stories are important to the fulfillment of "this or that week". This is the advantage to a short week like the Passion Week. The events that are important to the week are a lot easier to find. For instance, Peter denying Jesus or Mark running off really do not "actually" have a part in the "events that define a week". Peter and Mark's actions are very important to the bible story, but not to the Passion Week's Paradigm.
God is in a crib. He is not walking at all. Look and behold. Jesus, the Son, works the Immanuel Week. This week is fulfilled. God is with us.
What if God was one of us? ----Joan Osborne
5. The Passion Week is the Paradim Week, the Passion Paradigm. God is touched: Readings: Matthew 21 – 28, Mark 11-14, Luke 19-24, John 12-21
When Jesus enters Jerusalem for the Passion Week, he is hugged, kissed, arrested, beat, punched, slapped, arrested, nailed, stabbed and touched. God is just one of us. To best understand this story, there are four short chapters in the four Gospels about the Passion Week and the Resurrection of Christ. Please read the Four accounts of the Passion Week and the Resurrection.
A quick glimpse of the paradigm will be presented here. The paradigm in the basic form is set in the names of Leah's children in name, meaning of name and birth order. This is interesting because these children were named over four hundreds before Jesus is born. Whole explanations of the names will not take place in this essay. Understanding the names and the importance of the meaning to the events that take place in Jesus in the Passion Week is most important. Reading the Gospel accounts of the Passion Week is the only way the names and meanings take on understanding the paradigm.
For day one, Jesus enters Jerusalem. Leah's oldest son is Reuben which means "behold a son". The day is called "Reuben".
For day two, Jesus cleanses the temple. The second son is Simeon which can mean "hearing" or "there is sin". The day is called "Simeon".
For day three, Jesus discusses his authority with the religiouus leaders. The third son is Levi which means "joined to". The day is called "Levi".
Now, day four falls out or in church tradition is "silent". Jesus spends the day in Bethany with a dead man, Lazarus. The day has not name, but "judas" is the traitor. Judas is derived the name, Judah. Judah means "praise". There was no praise.
The week shifts. The shifting of the week is important. An explanation of the why the weeks shifts is unfortunately, to long, to time consuming and too much to discuss here in this short essay.
Day five becomes day four and Jesus celebrates the passover and the last supper. Leah's fourth son is Judah, "praise". After the supper is done, Jesus leaves the building and enters darkness or the night. For those of you who wish to understand enter the belly of the whale or three days later, the journey down the throat of the whale begins when Jesus leaves the building. This day (or night) is called "Judah".
The sixth day becomes the fifth day. Jesus is nailed to the cross. The fifth son is called Issachar, "the hired man". Jesus becomes the hired man. This day is callled "Issachar".
The seven day becomes the sixth day. Jesus is in the tomb. The sixth son called Zebulun, "the glorious dwellilng place". Jesus is in the glorious dwelling place. This day is called Zebulun.
On the Eight Day, Jesus rises. The names for this day is a combination of two names, Dinah which means "vindicated" and Shechem which means "back or shoulders". The incident in Shechem, Genesis 34, is an important key to understanding weeks.
The quick and dirty look at the paradigm, the Passion Paradigm. The Passion Week is no more greater than any other of the seven weeks which God fulfills.
God bleeds and dies just like everyone else. When Jesus rose from the dead, this story was fulfilled. God, the Son,works the Passion Week. Tnis week is fulfilled. God is touched.
drunk in the spirit. where there were three, now there are one hundred and twenty.
6. Two witnesses become a whole room full of people. God is in us. Readings: The three Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 17, Mark 9, Luke 9) thru Acts 2.
“They have had too much wine.” Acts 2:13 (NIV) --- God is in us
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
Acts 2:1-4; 13(NIV)
The story or week begins with the transfiguration on Mount Tabor. Jesus takes three apostles with him. On Mount Table, Jesus is visited by Moses and Elijah, the "Two Witnesses". Knowing these two men are the "Two Witnesses" helps to understand who the "Two Witnesses" are in the book of Revelation. To understand the "Two Witnesses", one has to follow the Spirit to the upper room. The "Two Wintnesses" become a 120 plus people. Who are the "Two Witnesses" in the book of Revelation?
Because we know that Pentecost requires a "fifty day" period for either the resurrection or the ""tear in the curtain". Church tradition has Pentecost starting at "the Resurrection of Christ". The count actually begins when Jesus dies and the curtain tears. Jesus dies is for the Passion Week. The curtain tears is for the Pentecost Week. The Pentecost Week is 50 to 50 days. The first day begins at the "Transfiguration" to the "tear in the curtain" to Pentecost in the upper room.
The key to understanding this week is best by understanding the places Jesus visits while traveling from Mount Tabor to Jerusalem. The walking trip is an easy fifty days. After the resurrection, there are only a few keys to the Pentecost Week. The road to Emmaus is more about "the Spirit" than Christ walking with the two men. The Road to Emmaus marks the "3rd hour" of the second half of the Pentecost Week. This would be like "ninth hour-tenth hour" when Jesus dies. The Spirit cannot die.
The Spirit works the Pentecost Week. The Spirit has given birth to each new child in Christ in the last 2000 years after the upper room. Are you born again? Did you take the test, 2 Corinthians 13:5? Did you pass the test? This week is fulfilled. God is in us.
“Flames to dust. Lovers to friends. Why do all good things come to an end?” --- Nelly Furtado
7. The King is leaving the building. Long live the King! God is the Kingdom. Reading: Revelation
Christianity is dying. Can Christianity die? There are many in the world who hope Christianity will die and be a dead religion. The sign is empty buildings, museums of a bloody religion where the followers practice cannibalism.
The King is dead. All hail the King. Christianity cannot die so long there is a living King.
The book of Revelation is a hard book. Besides the "First Resurrection Week", the seven year week with a Eighth day. A big elephant,the Second Pentecost, is standing in the corner of the book of Revelation. Most of the book is about the Second Pentecost. The Second Pentecost is a very colorful story with mythical creatures. In reality, the Second Pentecost week is simply a 50 year to 50 year week. The Second Pentecost Week is dependent on the reality of the fall of the living temple, First Resurrection Week. The Spirit has to leave the living temple just like the Spirit "tore the curtain" when Jesus died. Jesus gave up the Spirit.
The Second Pentecost has not been fulfilled. There is a possibility that the Second Pentecost began with the "Jesus Movement" with suspect years of either 1969 which the "early rumbles of the Jesus movement happening in California". or 1972 which was the "height of the Jesus Movement". One main point about weeks, one can almost always see the middle of the week coming. Noah saw it coming and built a boat. Noah needed quite a few years to build a boat with a stone hammer. Jesus saw it coming and went to Jerusalem.
At this point in time, 1972 seems to be a good date which puts the middle of the week ins 2022. 300 million Christians are experiencing extreme persecution in the world. When two billion Christians are bleeding and suffering, the Second Pentecost might just be active and alive. There are some other interesting factors. The influence of the Christian religion on religion and politics is changing and diminishing. New values, ethics, morals, spirituality, standards are replacing the aged, ancient, tired, "biblical", maybe not so biblical values. The whole of the Christian religion was never really tied to the Biblical story and more connected to "its" traditions in the last 2000 years.
The Second Pentecost has not been fulfilled. The week may or may not be active. The Spirit works the Second Pentecost Week. God is the kingdom.
The interesting curiostiy today is one can be a Christian, profess one's faith and not believe or know Jesus. As a "Christian", one does not have to believe anything, read or study the Bible and not go any "Christian gatherings". At the same time, one does not have to follow the law which Jesus fulfilled the law, to be holy, to know the truth, to worship in the spirit, to know jesus or to be filled with the Spirit. It is quite possible to indoctrinate oneself into the "Christian religion" without even following Christ. The art of following Christ and being a disciple is most likely a "lost art" which might have ended with the last living Apostle, John.
Fortunately, the Biblical story still bleeds Jesus. As long as he lives, he is still king. Hope is still there. Faith still has a direction with the king on the mercy seat. Love never fails. Everyone should either hate Jesus or love Jesus. Anything less of the either "hating or loving" is just plain "lukewarm" and "vomit".
Hopefully, the seven weeks or stories as briefly explained can become a "part" of understanding the scriptures and who God is. The seven weeks or stories each have a part of the revelation, reconciliation, redemption, resurrection and kingdom story. There are seven other weeks which deal with Israel and one extra week which is the responsibility of the gentiles. This will be saved for another day.