In the truly spiritual revelation of The Way, the most dedicated and worthy of disciples were given the true gifs of the spirit, which included the ability to enter into the Kingdom that Yeshua/Jesus declared was within us (Luke 17:20-21).
To enter the indwelling Kingdom, one must become a Nazirene -- i.e., they must live the vow to be totally set apart for the Lord -- they must purify and consecrate their physical body and mind -- they must let loose of all manmade doctrines and traditions, and seek to learn in the presence of the Lord.
The disciple who lived in accordance with the Royal Law of Love and the vow of the Nazirene, was able to enter the Kingdom and ultimately dwell simultaneously in both worlds.
THE KINGDOM: When Yeshua/Jesus said the immortal words: "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matt 4:17 KJV), if a more precise Greek to English translation was to be made, this would instead read: "Open and unloose the mind, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand"! Which words conveys the reality and the essence of New Covenant teachings with respect to The Way being a bridge between this world of the "outer darkness" that leads the Genuine Christian along the "narrow path" that opens the "strait gate" into the indwelling Kingdom of God.
The idea that we must die in order to enter the Kingdom, is recognized by the disciple to mean that we must die with respect to the thinking and culture of this world. This fact is especially seen in the words of Yeshua/Jesus when one of his followers asked if he could go and bury his father who had just died, and Yeshua/Jesus replied: "...Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead”. we can begin to see that those people who are of this world have never even begun to live.
his Epistles the Apostle Paul writes that the carnal mind is dead to man’s
spiritual reality. In this
respect, what the believer would ignore as being too extreme, the disciple
understands that these more mature Gospel concepts convey the means of waking up from
the stupor, sleep, or death of being focused in the physical, as seen in the words: “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall
speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Matt
12:36 KJV). It must be
understood that to be consciously aware of “every idle word”
requires one to be in total control of their mind.
That this total control of one’s words begins with a total control of
one’s mind, can be seen in the commandment of the Apostle to “…take
captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor 10:5 NIV).
James, Yeshua’s brother, the first leader of the New Covenant Church who
was known as a true holy man, wrote that in order to fulfill the vision of the
Gospel, one had to “…bridle the whole body” (James 3:2 KJV).
The Apostle Paul confirmed these words when he wrote of the necessity to “…beat
my body and make it my slave...” (1 Cor 9:27 NIV).
And commanded the followers of Yeshua/Jesus to “Put to death, therefore,
whatever belongs to your earthly nature” (Col 3:5 NIV).
The problem is that these biblical commandments have absolutely nothing
in common with the doctrine of faith that was developed by Martin Luther in the
Middle-ages. Moreover, these things
can only be accomplished by one who has taken the vow of the Nazirene, and has
dedicated their lives to the pursuit of following in The Way and entering into
the indwelling Kingdom of God.
Unlike the carnal Jewish sects of the Sadducees and Pharisees, Spiritual Israelites who were the true people of the New Covenant, were always vegetarians. If the objective of the teachings of The Way is the return of the prodigal son to the Kingdom, then the disciple of Truth must live in the manner of God's original vision, and do no harm to any living creature. With respect to the above verses in the Book of Genesis, the Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament writes: "From this it follows, that, according to the creative will of God, men were not to slaughter animals for food, nor were animals to prey upon one another; consequently, that the fact which now prevails universally in nature and the order of the world, the violent and often painful destruction of life, is not a primary law of nature, nor a divine institution founded in the creation itself, but entered the world along with death at the fall of man, and became a necessity of nature through the curse of sin. It was not till after the flood, that men received authority from God to employ the flesh of animals as well as the green herb as food (Gen 9:3); and the fact that, according to the biblical view, no carnivorous animals existed at the first, may be inferred from the prophetic announcements in Isa.11:6-8; 65:25, where the cessation of sin and the complete transformation of the world into the kingdom of God are described as being accompanied by the cessation of slaughter and the eating of flesh, even in the case of the animal kingdom."
What the Keil & Delitzsch Commentary clarifies is the fact that if man is to return to the Kingdom, then he must inflict no harm upon any living creature. This is one of the main tenets of what is referred to as the Royal Law of the Most High. With respect to the above verses sited at Isaiah 11:6-7, Keil & Delitzsch Commentary writes: "There now reign among irrational creatures, from the greatest to the least -- even among such as are invisible -- fierce conflicts and bloodthirstiness of the most savage kind. But when the Son of David enters upon the full possession of His royal inheritance, the peace of paradise will be renewed, and all that is true in the popular legends of the golden age be realized and confirmed. This is what the prophet depicts in such lovely colours. The wolf and lamb, those two hereditary foes, will be perfectly reconciled then. The leopard will let the teazing kid lie down beside it. The lion, between the calf and stalled ox, neither seizes upon its weaker neighbour, nor longs for the fatter one."
Unlike the Old Testament, in the New Testament there is the very clear and open declaration that the Kingdom of God will never come upon the earth as carnal man expects, because it already exists within us (Luke 17:20-21). The objective, then, of the teachings of The Way, was to prepare carnal man for the next stage of birth that will enable him to gain access into the inner Kingdom. While this could not be accomplished by those who were given "one talent", it was well within the ability of those who are given what Yeshua portrayed as "five talents". As demonstrated in the example of James of whom it was said that he "...drank no wine or strong drink, nor did he eat meat. No razor came near his head, nor did he anoint himself with oil, and he did not go to the baths", a much lesser set of requirements are expected of the entry level believers where James states: "It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath" (Acts 15:19-21 NIV).
While the requirement to refrain from eating the flesh of slain beasts is contained in many of the first century writings that are not in our Bibles today, the oldest known complete copy of our Gospels is called the Evangelion Da - Mepharresh and in it we find Yeshua/Jesus saying at Luke 21:34: "See that you do not make your minds heavy, to do this, never eat meat or drink wine." In my own experiences, on my very first journey into the Kingdom when I was brought into the Presence of the Light, I was told to cease from eating any flesh for food. In like manner, the Apostle Matthew was himself a vegetarian, as seen in the words of Clement of Alexandria: "Accordingly, the apostle Matthew partook of seeds, and nuts, and vegetables, without flesh" (Clement; The Instructor). In the Clementine Homolies, the Apostle Peter is quoted as saying: "I live on Olives and Bread to which I rarely only add Vegetables."
Even among the Gentile converts, the earliest of Christians abstained from the eating of flesh. The Church Father Irenaeus recounts how, when the followers of Yeshua were accused of cannibalism with respect to the eating of the Lord's body and drinking his blood, the martyr Blandina replied: "How should those persons endure such accusation, who, for the sake of the practice of piety, did not avail themselves even of the flesh that was permitted them to eat?" In like manner St. Jerome wrote: "The eating of Flesh Meat was unknown up to the big flood, but since the flood they have the strings and stinking juices of Animal Meat into our mouths, just as they threw in front of the grumbling sensual people in the desert (Essenes). Jesus Christ, who appeared when the time had been fulfilled, has again joined the end with the beginning, so that it is no longer allowed for us to eat the Flesh of Animal Meat." In total agreement St. Basil wrote: "The steam of Meat meals darkens the Spirit. One can hardly have virtue if one enjoys Meat meals and feasts. In the Earthly Paradise, no one Sacrificed Animals, and no one ate the Flesh of Animal Meat." Clement of Alexandria in like manner explained: "Sacrifices were invented by men to be a pretext for Eating the Flesh of Animals."
Further confirmation that the original followers of Yeshua/Jesus ate no flesh foods is seen in the Clementine Homily 7, chap 4, where it reads: “Wherefore, as then ye were deceived by the forerunner Simon, and so became dead in your souls to God, and were smitten in your bodies; so now, if you repent, as I said, and submit to those things which are well-pleasing to God, you may get new strength to your bodies, and recover your soul’s health. And the things which are well-pleasing to God are these: to pray to Him, to ask from Him, recognizing that He is the giver of all things, and gives with discriminating law; to abstain from the table of devils, not to taste dead flesh, not to touch blood; to be washed from all pollution; and the rest in one word, — as the God-fearing Jews"
Inner Kingdom: When Yeshua/Jesus was asked when the Kingdom would come upon the earth, he replied: "And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:20-21 KJV). With respect to this saying Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament writes: "Within you [entos (grk 1787) humoon (grk 5216)]. This is the obvious, and, as I think, the necessary meaning of [entos] (grk 1787). The examples cited of the use of [entos] (grk 1787) in Xenophon and Plato where [entos] means 'among' do not bear that out when investigated. Field (Ot Norv.) 'contends that there is no clear instance of [entos] in the sense of among' (Bruce), and rightly so. What Jesus says to the Pharisees is that they, as others, are to look for the kingdom of God within themselves, not in outward displays and supernatural manifestations. It is not a localized display "Here" or "There." It is in this sense that in Luke 11:20 Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God as 'come upon you' [efthasen (grk 5348) ef' (grk 1909) humas (grk 5209)], speaking to Pharisees. The only other instance of [entos] (grk 1787) in the New Testament Matt. 23:26 necessarily means 'within' ('the inside of the cup'). There is, beside, the use of [entos] (grk 1787) meaning 'within' in the Oxyrhynchus Papyrus saying of Jesus of the Third Century (Deissmann, Light from the Ancient East, p. 426) which is interesting: 'The kingdom of heaven is within you' [entos (grk 1787) humoon (grk 5216) as here in Luke 17:21)]."
One of the references made in the above is the two important recent Christian archeological discoveries known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri and the Gospel of Thomas where we are able to see an essential teaching of Yeshua to his disciples on how they were to gain entrance to the inner Kingdom in the words: “When the Lord was asked by a certain man, when should his kingdom come, he said unto him, when two shall be one and the without as the within, and the male with the female, neither male nor female”. That this is an authentic teaching of the Lord to his disciples was affirmed by St. Clement, the disciple of Peter, in his The Second Epistle of Clement where he writes: “Let us expect, therefore, hour by hour, the kingdom of God in love and righteousness, since we know not the day of the appearing of God. For the Lord Himself, being asked by one when His kingdom would come, replied, 'When two shall be one, that which is without as that which is within, and the male with the female, neither male nor female’”. What these important teachings convey is the reality of an inner Armageddon, and the spiritual birth of the disciple in the Kingdom within.
what the Bible describes as entering a purely spiritual realm (Rev 1:10), the
disciple who is able to fulfill the above saying of Yeshua/Jesus within himself, is
able to move beyond the three-dimensional barrier of this physical place in
which we presently dwell.
A mature Jew or Christian who lives in accordance with the Royal Law of Love, the
Commandments of God, and is under the vow of the Nazirene, is permitted
to gaze out into these other worlds that exist in parallel dimensions to this
physical world. This is readily seen in the words of the Apostle when he
wrote that he would “tell about the visions I've had, and revelations
from the Lord. Fourteen years ago I was taken up to heaven for a visit. Don't
ask me whether my body was there or just my spirit, for I don't know; only God
can answer that. But anyway, there I was in paradise, and heard things so
astounding that they are beyond a man's power to describe or put in words (and
anyway I am not allowed to tell them to others)” (2 Cor 12:1-4 TLB).
That the Jews and Christians of the simple faith will look upon the Mysteries of God as "foolishness"
-- and thus, the mature Jew or Christian who has overcome his carnal nature is "...not
allowed to tell...others" about the realities that are taught to
him as he is permitted to enter the indwelling Kingdom, is well documented in
the first three chapters of Paul First Epistle to the Corinthians.