Agriculture - Abel’s
It has been suggested to me that agriculture was a manifestation or
form of Babylon (the false or religious system of things). I will reply.
all come from dust and feed from it. The carnal man eats the
dust, crawling on it. Agriculture is the means of providing us with
food, clothing and shelter. It all began with agriculture... Adam and
Eve tended a garden; Cain and Abel were farmers.
Hear this: Cain was in idolatry of agriculture. How do I know? He was
offended when his agricultural offering was rejected. He placed too much
emphasis on the value of his offering. “Why,” he thought, “should
anything so good be rejected? Is it not good enough even for
Cain despised honest,
wholesome, God-ordained labor, and became a vagrant.
So what did Cain do? Angered by the rejection of his idol, he didn’t
repent of his idolatry and ultimately left the presence of God. Appearing
to leave his idol behind, he took it with him in the negative. Idolatry
is self-serving and Cain was serving himself.
He despised honest, wholesome,
God-ordained labor, saying, “There is no profit in it,” and
became a vagrant. That is what the word “Nod,” the name of
the land to which he went, means - vagrancy. And there, it says, “he
built a city.” Is it not primarily in the cities that we find vagrancy?
Do not vagrants seek out cities and certainly not farms where the work
is from dawn to dusk and the pay does not compare to that of almost any
It seems ironic that cities, rather
than farms, resulted from idolatry of agriculture.
Wouldn’t one think that farming would be the logical
outcome of agricultural idolatry? Idolatry, however, serves the idolater
and not the idol. How many would choose the farm life as the means to
Do not those who think farming is great soon find out the hard
way that this particular idol is not worth worshipping? Sometimes they
find out too late and are stuck where they are.
In Cain’s idolatry of agriculture, rejection of honesty
and reality, and false religious spirit, he left the farm and went
to the city, a place of security outside of God, a gathering of men -
Babylon - false religion, adulteration of truth and spiritual principle,
for nothing, seeking security in something other than God, his works
being rejected of God.
Is agriculture Babylon? No, agriculture is good,
God-ordained and required, the basis for natural life on earth where
the Lord God put man to labor. Abel’s sacrifice was accepted and
Abel remained a farmer. He was righteous. Is the farm a manifestation
of Babylon? No. Earthly cities can be, though not all living in a city
are in idolatry. There are many kinds of idols and fruits thereof. I
defend farming to encourage some not to fear farming as though it was
idolatry in itself.
Cain’s religion was false and he left
the presence of God. He built a city.
False religion is Babylon. Cain’s religion was false and in that
falsehood, he left the presence of God. Did he farm? No, he built a city.
But what does Isaiah say?:
“Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field,
till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of
the earth! In My ears, said the Lord of hosts, Of a truth many houses
shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant” (Isaiah
Is this not an admonition against a repeat of the Tower of Babel, looking
for security, provision, self-sufficiency, “to be placed alone
in the midst of the earth,” to prevent being scattered by clustering?
This can mean city or farm. Take the Hutterite colonies for instance;
are they not “cities”? Is this not what denominations are
all about? Are not tares “bundled,” only to be burned?
And what of the saints who gathered for fellowship in Jerusalem shortly
after Pentecost? I do not blame them or criticize them, but were they
not scattered through persecution under the sovereignty of God? Does
not water live only when it flows as in a river and not when it sits
as a stagnant slough?
a child I recall some of our farmer neighbors in rags and hardships
with us, then leaving the farm and discovering “the easy life” in
which they rejoiced and reveled. They now had certain and bigger pay
checks, fewer working hours, and less risk. They didn’t have to
worry about sick cows, getting the hay off, depending on fickle weather,
and being tied to the farm seven days a week.
They now had time for leisure, sports, and entertainment. They had opportunity
for exposure and participation in so many more activities, events and
people. If they went into self employment, even if risky, they had opportunity
and potential for much more than they could ever dream of as farmers.
And they were no longer despised as “stinky, ignorant farmers,” poor
(relatively speaking), and “out of touch with the world.”
Cain promises that one is well
rewarded by abandoning the farm for the city.
We must fear God and repent of being in any kind of idolatry, be it
of agriculture or non-agriculture.
Today, it is said, is the “Age of Information.” “If
you have information, you have the power for all you need.” Great
works are built up seemingly independent of agriculture. Cain and his
seed promise that one is well rewarded, at least temporarily and in certain
ways, by abandoning the farm for the city. Cain is still building cities
and, to do so, needs inhabitants. Where do they come from? They either
come from other cities or, ideally, from the country.
Why ideally from the country? For two reasons:
1) All cities are Cain’s and it is not productive to rob one to pay another.
2) Cain is in rebellion to God and would seek all to leave His presence and
join him. “Misery loves company.”
Again, I’m not saying that all those living in cities are idolaters,
or of Babylon, or that all those living on farms are in the presence
or favor of God. It is all in the motive and deliberation within.
The world has laws to diminish
the farmer and to reward the warrior.
Men are religious because they serve mammon. At the core of false religion
is money or self serving. That is the spirit of Cain, and he has many
followers and supporters. Case in point: After becoming the Prime Minister
of Great Britain, I am told that Tony Blair directed people to leave
farming, move to the city, take on other occupations, as with high technology,
others produce the food.
The Farmer vs. the Warrior
world has put in place laws to diminish and impoverish the farmer
and to reward the warrior. Why do I say that the warrior is the counter
to the farmer? Because like it or not, one ultimately gets his physical
living from the farm.
We can’t eat newspapers and microchips, or clothe
ourselves with computers and TV sets, or house ourselves in guns and
bullets. We need land; we need clothing, shelter and food - all from
agriculture, from the soil. We can either attain these things honestly,
or take them from the hard-working, honest ones.
International acts and
laws have been instituted to do the latter. Consider the Farm Act
of 1949, where members of the American Farm Economic Association
determined to do away with parity amongst farmers and, pushing for unregulated
trade, established Industrial Agriculture (which has led to commercial
farms, feedlots, the Cargills and ConAgras, at the expense of the
small, independent family farm). The farmer vs. the warrior.
This is the scene of the back alley thug who knocks someone on the head
and takes his wallet, though this kind of thief is far more subtle and
common. For examples: Why do farmers have to pay so much for machinery?
Why do they have to buy commercial feeds, fertilizers, and chemicals?
Why must they have computers, electronics, and specialty tools and equipment?
Why must they deal in “genetically advanced” breeds of livestock,
many of which are dependent on still other schemes of Cain? Why must
they be subjected to certified seed, hybrid seed, and suppliers like
Monsanto that prosper in supplying them with that which they could and
should produce themselves or do without?
Why are there more and more
laws laid on farmers to regulate almost everything they not only
do but even say or think, with costly compliance and costly penalties
don’t comply? How is it that if a farmer sells one glass of milk
to even a friend or neighbor, he could lose his whole dairy herd or even
his farm, when milk is relatively harmless, and healthier raw than processed?
Meanwhile, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pornography and so many other products
that are proven killers are openly and legally marketed with great profit
The self-serving Cain
continues to slay the simple, laboring, and giving Abel.
Why do fat wheat boards, bloodsucking unions, and parasitic experts
complicate matters, and devise and invent still other ways to bleed the
farmer? Why are farmers in grave danger, above almost any other occupation,
from the machinations and schemes of the ungodly corporations who destroy
the earth with chemicals, genetic engineering, systems and equipment,
who promise gains but only take them? On every level, the subtle, self-serving
Cain continues to slay the simple, laboring, and giving Abel.
I recently saw a farm go bankrupt, having to sell off land to a commercial
feeder to whom the farmer owed for feed. Profits were promised and
profits came, not to the one promised but to the one promising.
saw I needed venting in my garage. A “whirlybird vent” is
the typical solution. Fifty dollars and a hole in the roof. Suddenly
an idea struck me. In the same time it would take to install
a potentially troublesome and expensive commercial vent, I took little
trouble to remove eaves boards, and screen the hole. There is the escape
for hot air. Cost? Zero.
So then Cain comes along and says, “You’re selfish! Buying
a vent provides employment.” He wants us to support his retreat
from the presence of God, his lust for quicker, easier money, and his
city-building enterprises. Let the Abels also provide him with food or
beware; he will kill them in a jealous, guilty rage.
The Cains are stealing,
killing and destroying the Abels all over the earth. The bankers,
financial consultants, professionals, lawyers, realtors, computer analysts,
and others who make big bucks live leisurely city lives on the backs
of the poor and laboring farmers. The Cains hold the gold and their
golden rule is, “He that holds the gold, makes the rules, and rules.”
get me wrong... I’m not against bankers and lawyers per
but what does each do and why? Are they unwitting participants
of a system
which they must repent and be delivered, even as was Matthew the
The age of corruption
is complete and now is the Day of the Lord.
I have news of hope for the future. This whole scene is about to change
historically, all over the world. The Lord is finished with the tyranny
and rule of man, governing himself for himself. The age of corruption
under the headship of Babylon is complete and now is the Day of the Lord
wherein is the governing of His Kingdom in justice, truth, mercy and
If we turn to the Lord, He will bring us back into His presence; He
will open our eyes, teach us wisdom, and take us back
to the basics of
life wherein, first of all, we worship Him, not Babylon or agriculture,
not delivery from Babylon or agriculture, and not even delivery from
worship of Babylon or agriculture. No one will find security or sufficiency
in any other thing but God.
He will then rebuke the devourer and deliver
us from the destroyer, the waster, the seed of Cain, the merchandisers
who have taught us to depend upon them for so many things. He will
take us back to basics, restore us, and give us a pure and holy God-sufficiency,
not self-sufficiency - and each of us will “sit under his fig tree” in
peace and prosperity. Then will they say, “The Lord has done great
things for us.”
We have joyfully accepted the rightful place of
all things in God.
Indeed, with our coming full circle and returning to the simple basics
of life, as it was in the beginning, recognizing the earthly portion
of our sustenance, its value and place, it would seem in appearance to
the carnal mind that we are in worship of agriculture, but it is not
so. We have been redeemed and have acknowledged and joyfully accepted
the rightful place of all things in the Lord God Who created these things,
all well and good, for our sakes and His.
The initial turning back to basics and to the soil, as it was in the
beginning, will be accompanied with the shedding of blood, our blood,
and one will see RED everywhere. At first
one must look the fool, even as Noah did as he built the huge ark nowhere
near water. The
Lord always calls for faith and makes one to look like a fool or even
as evil, but the appearance will be justified in the end. ORANGE is
coming to cover the earth. First did the blood flow RED;
then comes the reward, the GOLD,
the vindication from God. Mix the two together and one gets ORANGE.
ORANGE is a happy, prosperous end awaiting
Praise the Lord!