A History and Commentary on the Tree of Life

Chapter IV: The Great Cloud

Chapter IV

The Great Cloud

And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the North, A GREAT CLOUD, and a fire INFOLDING itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof, as the colour of amber (the resinous, life-giving, inward substance of a great Tree), out of the midst of the Fire.

Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of Four Living Creatures. And this was their appearance; THEY HAD THE LIKENESS OF A MAN(Ezekiel 1:4,5).

Four Living Creatures: an Ox, a Scorpian (but sometimes an Eagle), a Lion and a Man.

The great 6,000-year Circle of Western History, from Genesis to Revelation

And they had the likeness of a Man (the Universal Man)…Ezekiel 1:5; Acts 13:38

THIS IS THE METATRON, THE ANGEL OF DIVINE PRESENCE (Exodus 23:20-25). IT IS THE VERY LORD OF NATURE–THE GOD OF WAR–HIMSELF, REVEALED HERE TO THE WORLD IN HIS LOWLY, NON-VIOLENT, TWO-HANDED FORM…(The 11th chapter of Bhagavadgita; Ephesians 1:17-23; 3:17-19, KJV).

“Ezekiel experienced this vision near the beginning of the sixth century B.C.E. . Even before his book was canonized as part of the Bible, his vision had become the archetype of Jewish mystical ascent. Until the emergence of the Kabbalah, Jewish mystics used Ezekiel’s account as their model. Ma’aseh merkavah, the account of the Chariot–as it came to be called–was expounded in some circles, imitated in others. An entire literature developed recounting the visionary exploits of those who followed in Ezekiel’s footsteps…The journey was arduous and dangerous, requiring intense, ascetic preparation and precise knowledge of secret passwords in order to be admitted to the various heavenly palaces guarded by menacing angels. THE FINAL GOAL WAS TO ATTAIN A VISION OF THE DIVINE FIGURE ON THE THRONE.” The Essential Kabbalah, by Daniel C. Matt, pp.3,4.

The Great Cloud Now Assembles Itself out of the East Westward.

The last two thousand years of human history (the age of Pisces) began to unfold with the beginning of the Christian Revelation. The journey carried the mind of the Nation-church and the entire Gentile world, out of the East in every direction, but ever Westward. “He shall come as a Cloud to cover the earth.” (Native American saying)

And the Lord said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a THICK CLOUD, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee forever.

And Moses told the words of the people unto the Lord.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them TODAY and TOMORROW, and let them wash their clothes (see Revelation 7:13-17; Luke 13:32,33). AND BE READY AGAINST THE THIRD DAY: for the Third Day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon Mount Sinai…(Exodus 19:9-11).

The Third Day symbolizes all the events of the 20th century.

Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the Way, and to bring thee into the place that I have prepared (see John 14:1-3).

Beware of him, and obey his voice (see John 14:15), provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions; for My Name (YHVH) or (YHWH) is in him (the name is now YHShWH, or Jehoshuasee the chapter on the Divine Name),

But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy to your enemies, and an adversary to your adversaries.

For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee into (the place where the number Six, or, in this verse, where the symbolic “Six Gentile nations” reside…see verse 23), and I will cut them off.

Thou shalt not bow down to their gods (especially if they now call their god Hesus, or Jesus, while they themselves refuse to walk in the ways of these same teachings), nor serve them; nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them (out of your mind), and quite break down their images (not literally, because the Torah also says: “Thou shalt not revile the gods,” but completely out of your thoughts)(Exodus 23:20-24). .

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So Moses finished the work…Then the Cloud covered the Tent of the Congregation, and The Glory of the Lord (all of Nature) filled the tabernacle (see 1 Corinthians 2:6-8; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9).

And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the Congregation, because the Cloud abode thereon, and The Glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle (understand Isaiah 6:3).

And when the Cloud was taken up (see Acts 2:9-11), the children of Israel went onwards in all their journeys. But if the Cloud was not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.

For the Cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by Day, and Fire upon it by Night, in the sight of all the House of Israel, throughout all their journeys (see 1 Thessalonians, chapter 5)(Exodus 40:33-38).

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On the day that the tabernacle was reared up the Cloud covered the tabernacle…and at Evening there was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of Fire, until the morning.

So it was always: the Cloud covered it by Day, and the appearance of Fire by Night.

And when the Cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, then after that the children of Israel journeyed: and the place where the Cloud abode, there the children of Israel pitched their tents (as they are in America today…see Numbers 24:1-9)

At the commandment of the Lord they rested in their tents, and at the commandment of the Lord they journeyed: they kept the charge of the Lord, at the commandment of the Lord by the Hand of Moses…(Numbers 9:15-23).

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These are they which have come out of great tribulation…Revelation 7:14.

YET IN THIS THING YE DID NOT BELIEVE THE LORD YOUR GOD, WHO WENT IN THE WAY BEFORE YOU, TO SEARCH OUT A PLACE TO PITCH YOUR TENTS IN…A CLOUD (the ways, and the possibilities of Peace) BEFORE THEE, AND A FIRE (the terrors of War) BEHIND THEE BY NIGHT, TO SHEW THEE THE WAY YE SHOULD GO…(Deuteronomy 1:29-38)..

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Moreover, brethren, I would that ye should not be ignorant, how that all our fathers and Mothers were under the Cloud, and all passed through the Sea (where the nations dwell, and where the Great Dragon lives);

And were all baptised unto Moses in the Cloud and in the Sea.

And did all eat the same spiritual meat.

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that Spiritual Rock that followed them (see Exodus 17:1-7; Numbers 20:1-13; Deut.8): and that Rock was Christ.

But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Now these things were our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things.

Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them, as it was written: The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play (see Exodus 32:6-18).

Neither let us commit fornication (with the other nations of the earth) as some of them did, and fell in One Day three and twenty thousand.

Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents (that is, by their own natural ways)

Now all of these things happened to them as ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come…(1 Corinthians 10:1-11).

What is this Great Cloud? This “Cloud of Unknowing?” It is not only the ways and all the possibilities of Peace that have gone before the children of Israel in all of their journeys (with the ways of War, however, following close behind), to show them the way that they should go, but it is the people themselves who have learned to walk in these ways. This Cloud rises from a remnant (a remnant in every generation who have been keeping the precepts of the Spirit to perfection…see 1 Kings 19:18; Revelation 11:13), and is fulfilled in a multitude:

Wherefore seeing we are compassed about by so great a Cloud of Witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily doth beset us;

Looking unto (the Mystery of) Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross (see Galatians 2:20; 6:14-17), despising the shame, and is set down at the Right Hand of the Throne of God (see 1 Corinthians 1:18-24).

The Western ends of the Earth.

Therefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees. and make STRAIGHT PATHS FOR YOUR FEET (paths that reach from the beginning of this age all the way to those places on the Tree of Life named Endurance and Majesty), lest that which is lame be turned out of the Way; but let it rather be healed.

FOLLOW PEACE WITH ALL MEN, AND HOLINESS, WITHOUT WHICH NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD…

For ye are not come unto the Mount that might be touched (in violation of the Torah, see Exodus 19:12-25), and that burned with Fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest.

And the sound of the trumpet, and the voice of words (or in other words, ye have not come yet to the same terrible state of actual warfare as other regions of the world are presently subject toSeptember 11th not withstanding…Isaiah 30:25 ), which Voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken anymore…

And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake: But ye are come to Mount Zion (the moveable Mount Zion, as the Vedic Meru, as the Far-off Mosque), and unto the City of the Living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels.

To the general assembly and the Church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just souls made perfect.

And to (the fulfillment of the Mystery of) Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel (see Exodus 24:7; Leviticus 8).

See (therefore) that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall we not escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from Heaven (with the Voice of Many Waters–many nationssee Revelation 10:7,8).

Whose Voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shall not shake the earth (the mind of the West) only, but also the heaven (or the East as well).

And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE…(Hebrews, chapter 12).

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But exhort one another daily, WHILE IT IS CALLED TO DAY; lest any of us be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (Sin is the departing from the Law).

For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end…(Hebrews 3:13,14; Romans 10:1-4).

To enter into this great Mystery is to follow the pathway of the Festivals of the Lord out of the ancient East to the West, and to all of the unfolding realities of our own times. (The Rainbow Pathway to the West is the sign of the covenant that God made with Noah):

THREE TIMES thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the Year.

Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread (Passover). (Thou shalt eat unleavened bread Seven Days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty.

And the feast of harvest, the Firstfruits of thy labors, which thou hast sown in the field (see James 1:18), and the feast of Ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labors out of the field.

THREE TIMES IN THE YEAR all thy males (interpret correctly here…see the following chapter) shall appear before the Lord God…(Exodus 23:14-17).

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These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

In the fourteenth day of the First month at Evening (from the East as far as the West) is the Lord’s Passover.

And on the fifteenth day of this same month (when the Sun and the Moon–Christianity and Judaism–are able to proceed together in their own glorysee 1 Corinthians 15:41) is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: SEVEN DAYS YE MUST EAT UNLEAVENED BREAD. (Again, an indication that Passover must be observed from the first day of this festival in the East, to the Seventh Day in the West).

In the first day (Sunday) ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. (Please see Romans 14:5,6).

But ye shall make an offering made by Fire unto the Lord SEVEN DAYS: in the Seventh Day (Saturday, the Sabbath) is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein (see Hebrews, chapter 4)

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the Land (into the State of Mind) which I give unto you, ye shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the Firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest (see James 1:18)

IN THE SEVENTH MONTH, in the First day of the month (when the Moon–which has faded away before the light of the rising Sun, and which has gone into occultation until its appointed time–reappears), shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation…

Also on the Tenth Day of this Seventh month there shall be a Day of Atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls (for all of the evils that have been accomplished in the Name of the Lord all these centuries, of which every one of us are complicit), and offer an offering made by fire (internal transformation) unto the Lord.

And ye shall do no servile work in that same day: for it is a Day of Atonement, to make an atonement for you before the Lord your God…(Leviticus, chapter 23).

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