I was brought a vision upon a prayer. The Elephant and Donkey in all their Red, White & Blue Glory, the original classifications of Man in America. The choosing of sides, the parlor of defense for a belief system, a representation of opinions on worldly matters. And I asked the Lord, what does this mean to me?
So many times, in my life I have fallen on both sides of the fence as well as square on top of the fence a few times. I had never resorted to labeling myself with one party or the other as I had an instinctual feeling that politics were made of man and I served a higher power. My King was Jesus Christ and no government could convince me to fall prey to their Belief Systems as they portrayed corruption and deceit. With that being said, I stayed out of the political world for a long time, until recently where it all became too clear that we had a divided nation and there were two places you could stand, on the Left or the Right.
While I have some opinions of which party is headed in a favorable position for my flesh; I struggled with the rendering of my flesh and my Spirit. I could not connect with the demeaning, attacking and downright persecuting of the other party’s members. I felt they were simply uneducated and blinded by the world, so I felt a sympathy instead of a hate. You cannot scream at the blind for not seeing, can you? It is not in the ways of humanity to be so cruel. Yet, this force of reckoning was becoming so apparent that it was pulling neighbor from neighbor, arming men with words of hate and even separating blood from its own kind. So where was I to stand?
In my prayers, after watching more rhetoric from my party’s media, I felt lost and full of fear. I felt like I was being directed to hate, to scold and to snuff out anyone who would not understand these things to be true. I felt the need to squawk this rhetoric out loud and shout a warning to people that the end time is coming! But, alas… That was a fleeting moment wherein my flesh was spewing its nature. After the emotional upheaval, I felt empty and tired. I settled myself, prayed and waited. And in that silent moment, I saw there were two sides to every story, with no one to govern them. Who will support both parties to remove fear, doubt, lies and replace them with Hope, Confidence and Truth? How can we love those who cannot see? Convince those who fear? Give Hope to those who have already indebted themselves to the wrong beliefs? How do we give them options that lay outside of their sight?
He said, “Look at the ways they tried to define themselves… Look at their symbols of integrity.” (this is when I saw the Donkey and Elephant appear in my mind) We must use their symbols to speak to them while showing the Peace of His Kingdom. We must give the people the Bread of Life to chew on because they are hungry. And, we must quench their undying thirst with Living Water so that they will hear! I began to research to understand what this meant. What did these animals represent in the Bible as opposed to their symbolism to their political parties? The symbolism shocked even me.
When we look at the symbolism of each animal in the Bible… It seems we need all the things they each symbolize in scripture. Although these were not the traits I was experiencing when dealing with members of these parties. Neither party was waving flags of Spirituals while they spread their rhetoric. Though, looking back on the history of the founding of the political party animals, I do not believe that was the point in Thomas Nast’s cartoon drawings in 1828 at all. However, how many times does man follow the Prophecies that God has set forth for mankind without intention or understanding the ramifications of their actions? Too many times to count I would say. So, looking at these two animals, the elephant and the donkey, I wanted to better understand what God said about these creatures and how they were symbolized in the Bible so as to see the accidental incarnate symbolism man had created for himself unknowingly.
Donkeys were portrayed in Biblical works as symbols of service, suffering, peace, and humility. They are also associated with the theme of wisdom in the Old Testament story of Balaam’s ass.
Elephants in our Bible stand symbolic for wisdom, calmness, faithfulness, and intellect.
So, when we compare these animals to today’s political parties, we see they stood for nothing near tyrannical leadership or hate speech. These Spirituals are ways we should be leading our fellow man to Christ! These are the ways we portray our Faith and our Belief System in Christ! These are the ways we boast in our Righteousness! Wisdom, calmness, faithfulness, intellect, service, suffering, peace, and humility are the ways Christ walked the earth to save the souls of men. So how do we argue our party’s rhetoric now? How can one say that they would choose only one side when these characteristics are brought to life? Would we choose wisdom over humility? Or intellect over suffering? If so, where then do our hearts lie?
Is there not even one Democrat that calls himself a Christian? Or one Republican a non-Christian… Therefore, our segregation and affiliation are not found in our political parties which are of this world. Our affiliation and/or segregation are found in our BELIEF SYSTEM and in our Hearts! For what man can hide His Faithfulness?
Hebrews 4:12 NASB
12. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Luke 6:45 NASB
45. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 NASB
9. “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it? 10. “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.
Man can only serve one God, whether it be our Father in Heaven or whether it be idol. God knows the Hearts of man and they will be judged by their hearts, by the deeds of their Beliefs, and they will reap of their own fruits. And by this man will grow hungry.
Deuteronomy 8:3 NASB
3. “He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.
For this will be a hunger that can only be fulfilled by one thing, God’s word. And as we traverse through these times, may we not share hellfire and damnation, but the Bread of Life and Living Water that comes only from God’s Word. May we share it with Love, Humility, Patience and Wisdom! This will be the separation of Man from Party. This God said is Good, to Hold up His ways in the ways of man so that we can stand true on a foundation that will never falter.
2 Timothy 4:2 NASB
2. Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
For this will be the separation of wheat from the chaff with an unquenchable fire that John the Baptist spoke about. And as Believers, we too will see this fire all around us. And just as the Son of God stood with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, so He will stand with us. He will cleanse the earth of its wickedness through fire and we shall not be burned lest we take our eyes off Him.
Psalms 37:34 NASB
34.Wait for the Lord and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
So then reader, know that there is a time, a season, that is upon us that we as Believers will endure. But only by the ways of the Lord will we withstand this cleansing of the earth, this great fire. For the world will be shed of wickedness for the coming of the Lord is upon us and we shall be sanctified by Spirit having dwelt in the House of the Lord with Lamps Lit.
We will sing of His Praises while the dead prosper their demise. We will hold strong to our Knowledge and our words will not be empty for we have been given Wisdom of Word. We will spring forth a bounty of Life in the dead sea where all who are predestined for the Greeting of the Lord might take refuge. And they will board our boats and we will sail in the storms singing and shouting Glory to God on the Highest! For He has come to travel with us that we may fish men from the sea! Our Song will be great, and Our Heads will be lit with His Righteousness. We will not grow weary for the Spirit is in our Sails and we will triumph each battle that is fought with Grace and Love. For the Lord comes to reckon His Love to Adam through Forgiveness. This Love writes a New Covenant Mark upon our heads through our Belief that He is the True Living God who died for our sin.
Woe to those who come against this body, for they will be stricken down by the humility God has bestowed on their heads. And by the edge of the sword they will hear Truth and Wisdom of the Word. And woe to those who bring lies as truth and darkness as light! And woe to those that preach their good intentions, for their words come in wicked cleverness. The winds of their wrath will not touch a hair on the head of the Body, for He has been summoned in Peace and Placed at the Head of the Table of His enemies. His people shall gather as one no matter the width or girth of the sea and they will proclaim the Son of Man has come.
Isaiah 5:20-21 NASB
20. Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! 21. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight!
There is a place we should be seated as Believers in this government of people and that is at the Right Hand of God in Heavenly Places. The Blood of Christ has been sealed on our Heads and we have been crowned in Righteousness. So therefore, let us be the ones to sum up the definitions of their stances as they sought what was right in the darkness. These labels they use to define themselves could have brought truth and light to their ways if they were only seeking God instead of themselves. But they are blind to even the truths their own tongues told for they cannot see their ways even now being manifested to bring forth the Prophecies of God. For they defined the ways that man should go but did not take heed to the ways of God. Therefore, they have become the desolate opposite in the TOKOGAE translations of their destiny. Their definitions of Hope became Fear and their Truths wrought Lies.
Matthew 18:7 NASB
7. “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!
For the Mark of the Beast will lie on every head that seeks a Government that is not of God’s Kingdom. All things that bring a distraction from Christ are Anti-Christ. Wherever you mark your belief and place your trust, whether it be your provisions, your strength, or your master, so there you will lie. Man cannot serve two masters with one heart for it will be torn and unable to sustain life. But the man who builds his house on sure ground will stand sure of the quakes that will come. Therefore, choose one party and live by those beliefs. Do not jump sides or reckon with one while desiring another. There is no middle ground in these end days. And the only party as Believers we can choose is that of the Church of God, the Body of Christ, the Bride’s Party… This is where we hold our Covenant and our inheritance.
24. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.
24. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
So, use these tools, these Spirituals, wisdom, calmness, faithfulness, intellect, service, suffering, peace, and humility, to bring Hope, Love and Faith to the people around you in these hard times. The parties of the world have tossed their pardoned meanings and given these tools to the Believer to Fish the Men of the Sea. We will prevail these times as the times we grew the body the most! For we are truly being set apart, rationed from the world to be a steadfast fruit of Hope to the dying in their time of need. This is a season of turmoil for the dead, but not the Believers! We are not of the dead! We are the Living Body of God and as His People rise, so shall the Blessed Land to our Feet!
So, call out when you get confused, worried, fearful. We do not conform to the ways of man. We have a higher power to call on whenever we are in need. The Lord comes to fill us with His Hope, Love and Peace. We simply need to ask for His guidance more than ever in these hard times for the battles are everyday now and the weak will fall to the wayside.
3. But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself; The LORD hears when I call to Him.
Stay encouraged Believers! There is much that we have to hold onto. Do not fall into the discussions of matters that don’t concern us. Be vigilant with your Lights for God. Share that Light with the world even when you are persecuted for His Name Sake. We are the Children of the Lord, for whom He is pleased. Let us frolic in His Mercy and Shine Brightly His Grace for the World.