“Occupy till I come.”
November 24, 2010
We have a land to possess that was
given to our forefathers.
"All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers. And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments or no." Deuteronomy 8:1-2
It is, at once, refreshing, edifying and encouraging to look back over the whole course along which the faithful hand of our God has conducted us; to trace His wise and gracious dealings with us; to call to mind His many marvelous interpositions on our behalf, how He delivered us out of this strait and that difficulty; how, oft-times, when we were at our wits' end, He appeared for our help, and opened the way before us, rebuking our fears and filling our hearts with songs of praise and thanksgiving.
We must not, by any means, confound this delightful exercise with the miserable habit of looking back at our ways, our attainments, our progress, our service, what we have been able to do, even though
we are ready to admit, in a general way, that it was only by the grace of God that we were enabled to do any little work for Him. All this only ministers to self complacency, which is destructive of all true spirituality of mind. Self-retrospection, if we may be allowed to use such a term, is quite as injurious in its moral effect as self-introspection, In short self occupation, in any of
its multiplied phases, is most pernicious; it is, in so far as it is allowed to operate, the death-blow to fellowship. Anything that tends to bring self before the mind must be judged and refused, with stern decision; it brings in barrenness, darkness and feebleness. For a person to sit down to look back at his attainments or his doings, is about as wretched an occupation as any one could engage in. We may be sure it was not to any
such thing as this that Moses exhorted the people when he charged them to "Remember all the way by which the Lord their God had led them"
We may here recall, for a moment, the memorable words of the apostle in Philippians 3. "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
Now, the question is, what were the "things" of which the blessed apostle speaks? Did he forget the precious dealings of God with his soul, throughout the whole of his wilderness journey? Impossible; indeed we have the very fullest and clearest evidence to the contrary. Hear his touching words before Agrippa: "Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great." So also, in
writing to his beloved son and fellow-laborer, Timothy, he reviews the past, and speaks of the persecutions and afflictions which he had endured: "But," he adds, "Out of them all the Lord delivered me." And again, “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all forsook me; I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion."
To what then does the apostle refer when he speaks of "forgetting the things which are behind"? We believe he refers to all those things which had no connection with Christ things in which the heart might rest, and nature might glory — things which might act as weights and hindrances; all these were to be forgotten in the ardent pursuit of those grand and glorious realities which lay before him. We do not believe that Paul, or any other child of God or servant of Christ, could ever desire to forget a single scene or circumstance, in his whole earthly career, in any way illustrative of the goodness, the loving kindness, the tender mercy, the faithfulness of God. On the contrary, we believe it will ever be one of our very sweetest exercises to dwell upon the blessed memory of all our Father's ways with us while passing across the desert, home to our
“Man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord." Matt 4:4
Here we have the only true, the only safe, and the only happy attitude for man, namely, hanging in earnest dependence upon "every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord." Blessed attitude! We may well say; there is nothing like it in this entire world. It brings the soul into direct, living, personal contact with the Lord Himself, by means of His word. It makes the word so absolutely essential to us, in everything; we cannot do without it. As the natural life is sustained by bread, so the spiritual life is sustained by the word of God. It is not merely going to the Bible to find doctrines there, or to have our opinions or views confirmed; it is very much more than this; it is going to the Bible for the staple commodity of life — the life of the new man; it is going there for food, for light, for guidance, for comfort, for authority, for strength, for all, in short, that the soul can possibly need, from first to last.
Understand the objective
The united States of America was the first ever constitutional republic in all of time. The American Revolution delivered the land for ownership to the people on the land who were now sovereigns; no longer subjects of the government, the King of England. The Treaty of Peace signed by the King granted to the people all of the rights of a King, and ownership of all the colonial lands.
The Treaty of Peace made all of the Citizens of the colonies sovereigns. In America, no longer was government sovereign. In no other country has this happened before or since. In other countries, the people are subjects and the government sovereign. Laws are made for the subjects, and grants to the subjects such rights as the government will allow. In the united States, the People were sovereigns, endowed, by their creator, with
certain unalienable rights for which the government was instituted to secure. The federal government was charged with strength sufficient only to defend the People never to enslave them. The powers given to the federal government by the state republics is described in the Constitution for the United States of America.
Since the federal government is defined by the Constitution, and the Constitution declares the people as sovereigns, why does the government treat them like subjects? The sovereigns are treated by the government as subjects who are charged rent for the use of property. Failure to pay the rent (taxes) causes the renter to be removed. Who really owns the land? Could a King have the land taken away from him if he did not pay a tax? Even a sovereign cannot suffer harm without compensation. Who cares that a slave suffers? Myriads of rules and regulations in America act to reduce all people to the status of slave. There are no sovereigns left in America. Who alone can resurrect the dead?
“Treason. Treason. Treason” shouts the Constitution for the united States of America. Is there a man anywhere who does not bow to the “Prince of this world”?
Our Forefathers crafted such a seat of power for the occupation of the entire American on their land. The very small subsets of laws they are to follow are defined in the Constitution for the united States of America...
After the civil war, another distinct class of citizen, a federal corporate citizen was created.
A corporate federal citizen, also called: a 14th Amendment citizen, a citizen of the United States, , a citizen of the District of Columbia, a US citizen has civil rights that are almost equal to the natural rights that Constitutional Citizens have. The corporate federal citizens are subjects of Congress, and their rights are granted by the Congress and can be taken away by Congress. Corporate Federal Citizen is a person enfranchised to the federal government (the incorporated united States defined in Article I, section 8, clause 17 of the Constitution). The individual States of the union may not deny to these “resident persons” any federal privileges or immunities that Congress has granted them. This specific class of citizen is a federal citizen under admiralty law (contract law or International Law). As such they do not have inalienable common rights recognized, secured and protected in the Constitutions of the States, or of the Constitution for the united States of America. Corporate Federal Citizens have no absolute property rights.
All property belongs to the corporation. The Corporation grants all rights to property, all the rights to work and contract, all the rights to inheritance, and all the right to travel….etc.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, the corporation, uses the threat of jail time and many other means of extortion to prevent anyone of their corporate citizens from vacating the corporation to return to their exclusive constitutional rights. Secession from the corporation is similar to vacating hell through acceptance of the blood atonement. It can be done. It is never easy. The barrel of the gun is cold.
Now you can understand why the Corporate UNITED STATES has only one-sixth of the worlds population yet has more of its citizens imprisoned than all of the rest of the world combined.
Is it not time to occupy again the seat of government left to us by our founding fathers?