No greater oxymoron should ever exist than Christian infanticide--the deliberate murder of newly born spiritual Israelites. Yet, typology links circumcised Israel’s sacrifice of firstborns to Molech with spiritual Israel’s teaching of iniquity to newly drawn disciples. The latter magnifies the former in the same manner that Jesus magnified the law, equating hate with murder and lust with adultery. Iniquity, which is lawlessness or sin (1 John 3:4), causes disciples to reject the laws of God that have been written on hearts and minds through receipt of the Holy Spirit; thus, iniquity is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, the unpardonable sin. It cannot be pardoned for the person who practices it will not be ruled by the laws of God even though those laws were internalized. This person rebels against God in the same way that Satan did (Ezek 28:15); this person is the seed of the devil; and this person will be resurrected to condemnation (John 5:29) even though the person was born anew as a son of God.
Who, you ask, teaches iniquity to newly drawn disciples?
You do, if you, as a teacher of Israel, tell born again disciples to ignore the laws of God written on the hearts and minds of newly drawn disciples.
Before developing how you, as a teacher of Israel, condemn yourself, let us examine what typology reveals about the present state of spiritual Israel by looking first at the shadow and then at the reality of Israel in the supernal realm. The endtime harvest of humanity casts a double shadow through history, just as sunlight through rain casts double rainbows (time is a fluid as water is). The first shadow is physical, the second spiritual, and the endtime reality is physical and spiritual just as the sons of Zadok, David’s high priest, who shall minister to the Lord in the sanctuary during the Millennium shall be circumcised both physically and spiritually (Ezek 44:7, 9). Israel is first the physically circumcised nation that brought the male child who will rule all nations with a rod of iron (Rev 12:5). Then Israel becomes the spiritually circumcised nation whose offspring keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus (v. 17). When the kingdom of the world becomes the kingdom of the Most High and of His Christ halfway through seven years of tribulation--when the days are cut short for the Elect’s sake; when Satan is cast from heaven; and when the Holy Spirit is poured out upon all humanity--all of humanity will be mentally liberated from bondage to sin; i.e., from bondage to Satan. All of endtime humanity will become the holy nation Israel. The world will be one nation: the Christian Church. Genuine Israelites will live as spiritual Judeans. False Israelites will accept the mark of the beast, will worship Satan, the beast, and the image of the beast, the Cross. The spiritual king of the North doesn’t appear like a lion, a bear, or a leopard. It appears like a stick man, like the cross of Calvary on which Satan had Christ murdered. The mark of the beast is Chi xi stigma, the tattoo [stigma] of Xx [Chi xi], and a person who accepts this tattoo will be marked on the right hand (i.e., physically) or the forehead (i.e., mentally). All who desire to do business, small and great, poor and rich, slave and free, will bear this physical or mental tattoo of the cross (Rev 13:16-18). Without this tattoo, an Israelite will necessarily have to live by faith. But all who do live by faith--all who endure to the end--will be saved (Matt 24:13-14). This is the good news that must be proclaimed to the world before the end comes. This is the reality of both circumcised Israel being the holy nation of God (Exod 19:5-6), and of spiritual Israel being the holy nation of God (1 Pet 2:9). So again, all the world will become the holy nation of God 1260 days before Christ returns as the Messiah. Circumcised Israel (i.e., the Congregation) forms the first shadow of endtime Israel; spiritual Israel (i.e., the Church) forms the second shadow of endtime Israel. And in both the first shadow and in the reality, we will see the physical mass murder of Israelites by the holy nation itself when the nation rejects the statutes and Sabbaths of God. This mass murder also occurs in the second shadow, but occurs in the spiritual realm.
What happens to endtime humanity during the last 1260 days before Christ returns has been revealed through the double shadow of Israel in the physical and spiritual realms. But the history of the Church as the spiritual shadow of harvested humanity in the Tribulation isn’t an idea that has been well explored.
The double rainbow concept of physical and spiritual Israel foreshadowing the harvest of humanity is a mystery of God that could not be explored without a typological base having been first established. It was revealed in John’s vision, but that vision (the Book of Revelation) has been sealed with the literary trope of not occurring until the Lord’s day--John’s vision occurs when the time of the described events that happen is near, or soon (Rev 1:1 & 22:6-7, 10). The seals on the scroll are not removed by the Lamb of God until John sees the Lamb remove them on the Lord’s day. No one was found worthy to remove the seals earlier than when the Lamb of God removes them 1260 days prior to His return as the Messiah. So the scroll remains sealed until the middle of the Tribulation. But because the scroll is written within and without, a little of the scroll can be read. And by using the lens of typology, what is written without (i.e., on the outside of) the scroll can now be disclosed.
John writes, "And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth… She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron" (Rev 12:1-2, 5). The male child is the man Jesus of Nazareth. Physical Israel gave birth to Christ, but the woman is more than physical Israel, for the dragon "became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus" (v. 17). Disciples of Christ keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. The woman gives birth to both Christ and to His disciples. She is Israel, the single nation of heirs promised to Abraham, the single nation that encompasses all peoples who have circumcised hearts and minds. She wears the sun as a cloak. The moon reflects the light of the sun. And without stretching imaginations, we can say that the moon represents physically circumcised Israel as a reflection of spiritual Israel, both of which are the clothing and footstool of the woman that is endtime humanity, or better, humanity, the mother of the glorified heirs of God.
Satan, when he sees that his time is short (he will be destroyed by fire coming out from his belly [Ezek 28:18-19]), pursues the woman, whose offspring keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. Prior to the liberation of physical Israel from bondage in Egypt, the nation could not keep physically serve YHWH: "And the Lord said to Moses, ‘When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. Then you shall say to Pharaoh. "Thus says the Lord, Israel is my firstborn son, and I say to you, ‘Let my son go that he may serve me.’ If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son"’" (Exod 4:21-23). Pharaoh, whose heart had to be supernaturally hardened so he could serve as the shadow of Satan as the king of Babylon, would not allow Israel to serve the Lord. And here we begin to see the sun/moon relation of spiritual/physical shadowing: Pharaoh as the shadow of Satan as the spiritual king of Babylon (Isa 14:4-21) is made to fit the reality of Satan as the true antiChrist (i.e., the second beast of Revelation chpt 13). The physical reflects the light of the spiritual, which clothes the reality. The "reality" of all things is Christ (Col 2:17). Therefore, the reality of all that is against Christ is the antiChrist. This is what John references in his first epistle (1 John 2:18 & 4:3). The antiChrist casts many shadows that are the many antichrists have come by which John knew "that it is the last hour" (2:18). These shadowy antichrists went out from the apostles, from Jerusalem, from the Church, but they were never of Christ. If they had been, they would have continued with Christ. But they went out that it might be plain that they were not of the Holy One. They lacked knowledge (vv. 19-20).
Christ tells John that wisdom is called for to understand the mark of the beast (Rev 13:18). Jesus tells His disciples through Matthew that the reader needs understanding to realize who is the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel (Matt 24:15). John writes to disciples, "I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son" (1 John 2:21-22). The ultimate denial of Jesus being the Christ will be for Satan, when cast from heaven, to come as the antiChrist, as the messiah to establish a millennium reign. As the spiritual king of Babylon, he has been the king of kings, a title that is given to Jesus as the Most High’s Christ when the kingdom of the world becomes the kingdom of the Most High and of His Messiah (Rev 11:15). This is when Satan is deposed by being cast to earth. This is when he knows his time is short, and when he seeks to devour Israel by requiring newly born disciples to accept the mark of the beast (the tattoo of the Cross – Chi xi stigma). As the reality of all that is against Christ, Satan slaughters new born infants in the spiritual realm by requiring them to physically accept the tattoo of the Cross, which is, again, the image of the fourth beast of Daniel chapter 7, the demon who possesses the man of perdition. Thus, knowledge coupled with wisdom and understanding comes from and with obedience, from and with hearing the words of Jesus and believing the Father (John 5:24), from and with holding the testimony of Jesus and keeping faith in Jesus (Rev 12:17 & 14:12). Keeping the commandments of God is the beginning of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.
Therefore, to all Israelites, if your teacher doesn’t keep the commandments of God, your teacher lacks knowledge, wisdom and understanding, regardless of how much love your teacher has. Retain the love--you must have love--but seek a teacher who keeps the commandments, for the people of God are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hos 4:6 – read all of chapter 4). The spiritual Tree of Life only grows within the laws of God; it grows nowhere else. You cannot eat of its fruit in a San Francisco delicatessen, or at a Coney Island hotdog stand. Its fruit is not for sale. It is freely given as the gift of the Father, but only to Israelites in covenant with Him and with His Christ.
It is easy to say that Satan as the reality of all that is against Christ is responsible for the murder of Israelite infants. Certainly Pharaoh as a shadow of Satan ordered, ‘"Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live’" (Exod 1:22). Moses, as a shadow of the man Jesus of Nazareth, was cast into the Nile in an ark of bulrushes. As such, Moses is foreshadowed by Noah, and is the shadow of infant Jesus going to Egypt to escape Herod’s murder of male infants. We see this play of shadows and foreshadowing in Hosea’s words, "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son" (Hos 11:1). Matthew writes that an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream, and Joseph rose and took Jesus and Mary to Egypt to fulfill the prophecy, ‘"Out of Egypt I called my son’" (Matt 2:15). But YHWH identifies Israel as His firstborn son (Exod 4:22). And we see the rainbow effect of light bouncing around inside a water droplet to exit at various points, thereby creating a primary rainbow, a secondary rainbow, and multiple other rainbows, each weaker as less and less light remains inside the water droplet to exit. Historical narratives become analogous to water droplets, with time being a fluid just as water is. When Christ as the spiritual reality of all creation shines through a spray of historical narratives, a series of shadows of the spiritual reality is produced just as sunlight shining through water droplets produces multiple rainbows. Pharaoh’s slaughter of Hebrew male children is a shadow of Herod’s slaughter of Jesus’ peers, and is the primary shadow of, "And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne" (Rev 12:4-5). Satan tried to physically kill the infant Jesus, then tried to spiritually kill Him by having Jesus worship him, then does physically kill Him. But Jesus lays down His life as the perfect sin sacrifice. Satan can do nothing that Jesus and the Father don't allow, the described situation in the beginning of the Book of Job.
Satan as the reality of all that is against Christ was behind both the murder of Moses’ peers, and the murder of Jesus’ peers. And he will be directly responsible for the spiritual murder of all those who accept the mark of the beast, but he doesn’t do the actual killing.
Again, once Satan is cast from heaven, all of humanity becomes Israel, a nation holy to God. Satan tries to slay these potential sons of God by requiring them to, "worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed" (Rev 13:12). He no longer has the power to control mental landscapes from the supernal realm; he will be inside time, and must do his own murdering, which is only of physical bodies [psuche and soma]. He cannot kill a disciple in the spiritual realm, just as he couldn’t kill the man Jesus of Nazareth in the spiritual realm. Disciples, though, can commit suicide in the spiritual realm by worshiping Satan, the beast, or the image of the beast
An element of irony is here introduced: Satan doesn’t kill those who accept the mark of the beast. God does (Rev 14:9-11 & 16:2, 20). Satan goes after those who will not accept the mark of the beast during the Tribulation. He kills disciples who will not worship him or the beast. He kills those disciples who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus (Rev 14:12), as God allows (Rev 13:9-10) him to kill or imprison them. And it will not be easy maintaining faith in Jesus when being killed by the antiChrist for that faith. This is why the gospel that all who endure to the end will be saved (Matt 24:13) must be proclaimed to the world as a witness before the end comes (v. 14). All of the world will be Israel for the last 1260 days of the age. All will be called in, Come out of her [Babylon], My people (Rev 18:4), for all of humanity will be the people of God. All can be part of the resurrection to life, but the shadow reveals that fourteen of every fifteen will reject being ruled by Christ (40,000 crossed the Jordan even though 600,000 crossed the Red Sea, suggesting the 400,000,000 of 6,000,000,000 will be glorified). Too many in Israel will not believe that the cross belongs to the antiChrist, despite Jesus being killed on a cross. The cross is a murder weapon that Satan will again wield to slay sons of God. The life of the man Jesus of Nazareth is the shadow of the lives of disciples, and of the redemption of humanity. The cross is the weapon Satan uses to slay disciples, just as Jesus was slain on a Roman cross. The empty cross isn’t a symbol of Christ overcoming death, but a statue of the spiritual king of the North, the fourth beast of Daniel chapter 7. And the disciple who bows to a cross acknowledges the person’s servitude to demons!
Am I being shrill? You bet. For if you do not overcome the cross as Christ did, you will be resurrected to condemnation. Satan intends to kill you in the spiritual realm by having you worship the cross, not that that is what his ministers say. Oh, the cross is not an idol, but merely focuses attention upon Christ – like hell does, right?
The greater Christian Church today was sent into mental bondage to the spiritual king of Babylon 16-17 centuries ago. Historical exegesis has continued that bondage to sin. Yet this nation of spiritual Israel has remained the holy nation of God. Spiritual Israel isn’t restricted to seventh-day Sabbath keepers even though all of the nation should be keeping the seventh-day Sabbath (there is no other weekly Sabbath day that is holy to God). Spiritual Israel isn’t restricted to Sabbath keepers who keep the annual holy days, or to Sabbath keepers who keep the annual holy days and the new moons. Rather, the holy nation of God consists of all who have been drawn and baptized in the name of Christ. This holy nation of God has multiplied as Israel did in Egypt; it will soon be half of humanity. When it is, the second Passover can occur: Israel will then be liberated from mental bondage to Satan as the shadow of the great endtime harvest of humanity being liberated from mental and physical bondage to sin. But Satan will use the Cross to try and recover Israel, just as Pharaoh took his army after physically circumcised Israel. The three days journey into the wilderness for which Moses asked is the shadow of the three year journey into the mental wilderness which spiritual Israel will be granted after the slaughter of firstborns in spiritual Babylon.
No words exist to sufficiently stress resisting taking the tattoo of the Cross when the many teachers of Israel are celebrating the return of the messiah and the inauguration of his millennium reign, achieved by the power of the Cross. A disciple must keep the commandments of God, with the fourth commandment then becoming the initial test to determine genuine from false teachers. The little horn of the cross-shaped fourth beast will attempt to change times and the law (Dan 7:25) – and this attempt to change the Sabbaths of God by the man of perdition might be all a disciple has to cause the disciple to resist being murdered in the spiritual realm.
Satan is a murderer. But he is also a coward in that he seldom does his own killing. In fact, since being defeated he can no longer kill in the spiritual realm. He needs, absolutely, disciples to commit spiritual suicide, or for God to kill them.
God killing Israelites is almost unthinkable--until one reads Scripture.
Returning to the physical shadow cast by spiritual Israel: circumcised Israel and this holy nation’s uncircumcised children would not keep the statutes and laws of God. Instead, the nation made up its own statutes while the nation profaned God’s Sabbaths. So God gave His holy nation statutes by which they killed themselves…Israel remained the holy nation of God, for God will not break covenant. But Israel killed the nation’s firstborns because of statutes He gave them. Consider what the Lord says,
Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel…[l]et them know the abominations of their fathers, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: On the day when I chose Israel, I swore to the offspring of the house of Jacob, making myself known to them in the land of Egypt…[a]nd I said to them, Cast away the detestable things your eyes feast on, every one of you, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the Lord your God. But they rebelled against me and were not willing to listen to me…. I gave them my statutes and made known to them my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live. Moreover, I gave them my Sabbaths, as a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them. But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness…. And I said to their children in the wilderness, Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers, nor keep their rules, nor defile yourselves with their idols; I am the Lord your God; walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules, and keep my Sabbaths holy that they may be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God. But the children rebelled against me. They did not walk in my statutes and were not careful to obey my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; they profaned my Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them…moreover, I gave them statutes that were not good and rules by which they could not have life, and I defiled them through their very gifts in their offering up all their firstborn, that I might devastate them. I did it that they might know that I am the Lord. (Ezek 20:1-26)
The Lord God--YHWH, Israel’s Elohim (Exod 20:2)--claims responsibility for giving His holy nation statutes that defiled them through their sacrificing their firstborns. He gave Israel His statutes and His Sabbaths through hearing His spoken words, but circumcised Israel spurned both. He then gave the uncircumcised children (Jos 5:2-7) of the Israelites who left Egypt His statutes and His Sabbaths in the second covenant (Deu 29:1), but these children spurned both. Finally, He directed them to kill themselves that they might be horrified at their rejection of His statutes and Sabbaths, but the slaughter of their firstborns never horrified them. They took their practice of slaying their firstborns with them to Carthage and beyond, and to the steppes of Russia, from where we today get the nursery rhyme, Rock-a-bye Baby in a treetop. Instead of the remains of firstborns being placed in tophets as was done by the tribes that emigrated to Carthage, firstborns were abandoned in cradleboards as Israelite peoples migrated north and westward into European forests.
Again, circumcised Israel forms the shadow of spiritual Israel, and together, both circumcised and spiritual Israel form the double shadow (like a double rainbow) of endtime Israel, the holy nation that is harvested after Satan is cast from heaven. And circumcised Israel killed its firstborns because God defiled them through their gifts after they rejected the terms of the covenant to which they had agreed and by which they were made the holy nation of God. They defiled themselves by rejecting the statutes and Sabbaths of God; they were ultimately responsible for murdering their firstborns even though humanly, we would like to assign their guilt to Satan. But as God’s holy nation, Satan couldn’t cause Israel to "do" anything unless God allowed the activity.
The concept of Satan’s restricted activity has not been previously developed: Flip Wilson used a line to the effect that the devil made me do it. The line can be true for everyone who belongs to the King of Babylon. Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar, ‘"You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of men’" (2:37-38). Satan, as the spiritual king of Babylon (Isa 14:4-21) rules men, including Israel, wherever they dwell; Nebuchadnezzar never ruled men in the Americas, or in China. So what Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar is physically true to an extent, but spiritually true of all humanity, for Satan rules as the prince of the power of the air (Eph 2:2). He rules over the mental topography of humanity, except for the minds of those who have been drawn from the world by God the Father (John 6:44, 65). He rules over all who are not mentally in covenant with God.
When in covenant with the Father, having both the Breath of the Father and the Breath of the Son, disciples cause Satan to flee from them. Satan has no power over the minds of these disciples. Satan cannot cause an in-covenant disciple to do anything. Disciples sin (and all come short of perfection) because of either wandering away from the covenant, or by being weak in faith and surrendering to one’s flesh. Away from the covenant, Satan can mentally abuse disciples, thereby causing disciples to do what they never would do if they were close to God. But disciples have to first walk away from the covenant by which Christ bears their sins. And if they die away from the covenant, they will, most likely, be resurrected to condemnation (John 5:29), for they are without excuse.
So Satan didn’t cause circumcised Israel to burn their firstborns, God did. Before entering the promised land, Israel was offered the Holy Spirit through the euphemism of receiving circumcised hearts and souls/minds [naphesh] upon obedience to God (Deu 30:6). Except for a few exceptions, Israel never obeyed God. David received the Holy Spirit (Ps 51:11 & Mark 12:36). But most of the nation and the kings refused to be ruled by God. Thus, the better promise of the second covenant is receipt of the Holy Spirit prior to obedience--when the mediator was changed from Moses to Christ, Israel went from being a physical nation to being a spiritual nation. Receipt of the Holy Spirit prior to obedience became necessary to cause a person to leave the world. The nature or carnal mind is hostile to God, will not submit to God, and indeed, cannot submit (Rom 8:7). Therefore, for the Father to draw a person from the world (John 6:44, 65), He must give the person a puff of His Breath. The person has now received the Holy Spirit, which will cause the person to rebel against the world. The person has been born anew, and is as a physical Israelite infant of less than eight days age. Baptism now replaces circumcision of foreskins as the inclusionary rite of passage by which a person is made part of the holy nation of God. And with baptism comes judgment (1 Pet 4:17).
In the reality of circumcised Israel burning the nation’s firstborns to Molech, endtime humanity receives circumcised hearts and minds when the Holy Spirit is poured out upon all flesh. Spiritual circumcision is a euphemistic expression for the equally euphemistic expression of the laws of God being written on hearts and minds (Jer 31:33; Heb 8:10 & 10:16). Both expressions mean that a person has received the Breath of God [Pneuma "Agion]. But the expressions mean that a person is now without excuse for not obeying God: the laws of God are not far from the person, but within the person. The person is no longer under the law, but has internalized the laws of God. So all of endtime humanity should immediately begin obeying God. However, the double shadows of physical and spiritual Israel reveal that endtime humanity will have to be taught to obey, will have to be taught how to read the fine print of what has been written on all hearts and minds by using the royal law as a mirror. And those spiritual Israelites who are liberated at the second Passover and then return to worshiping the beast will not teach endtime Israel to live within the laws of God. They will celebrate the triumph of the Cross, and they will experience the undiluted wrath of God (Rev 14:10) for accepting the tattoo of Christ’s cross.
The imagery associated with the endtime harvest of humanity is grim:
Then I [John] looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, "Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe." So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped. [paragraph break in translation] Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, "Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe." So the angel swung his sickle across the earth and gathered the grape harvest of the earth and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress, as high as a horse’s bridle, for 1,600 stadia. (Rev 14:14-20 emphasis added)
Two harvests: the first is the harvest of the earth; the second is the clusters of the vine of the earth. Christ is the true vine (John 15:1), but He is not the vine of the earth. The vine of the earth looks a little like the true vine, but isn’t of the Father. It is the antiChrist. And a great many people will think they are attached to Christ. They will identify themselves as genuine Christians. They will have taken the mark of the beast. And they will be killed by God because of their "Christianity." For the Father will not be mocked once He has made the peoples of the earth His holy nation.
Jesus spoke of two resurrections (John 5:29). One to life. One to condemnation. Doing evil gets a person into the resurrection to condemnation. Doing great works in Christ’s name, casting out demons in Christ’s name, prophesying in Christ’s name while not doing the will of the Father gets a Christian cast into the lake of fire. All judgment is given to Christ, and in the parable of the pound, He as the young nobleman who returned from a far country will have His enemies – those who will not be ruled by Him – slaughtered before Him. This is not the sweet little baby Jesus who was laid in a manger. He returns as a man of war, the Lord to whom Moses sung (Exod 15:1-18). And He will shed much blood upon His return.
Again, when Satan is cast from heaven, there will only be Christians on earth. All of humanity will have received the Holy Spirit. All will accept Christ as their Savior. The mental landscape of humanity will not be hostile to God (Rom 8:7), but will seek to please God. And the antiChrist will be on earth, a spirit being claiming to be the returned Christ here to set up his millennium long reign as king of kings. But there will be continual war, one clue that this Christ is the antiChrist. This false Christ will cause humanity to worship the Cross, which is the image of the beast. This false Christ will enforce the changes of times and laws of the man of perdition, who was the last shadow of Satan prior to the dragon being cast from heaven. And this false Christ can only kill the bodies of genuine disciples, who keep the commandments of God and keep their faith in Jesus. He cannot touch them in the spiritual realm, for he cannot return to heaven. He will be confined to being inside time, while awaiting his destruction. He gets an interrupted seven year run at humanity from inside time: three and a half years before Christ returns as the Messiah, then three and a half years at the end of Christ’s Millennium reign as Lord of lords and King of kings. And for a thousand years, he gets bound inside time, where humans can see him and taunt him as he has done the glorified Jesus while He and the Father awaited the ripening of humanity so that humankind could be harvested.
The clusters of grapes from the vine of the earth will be a harvest of Christians who will not live within the laws of God. These clusters of grapes will be deceived by Satan through physical means. Today, as the prince of the power of the air (Eph 2:2), Satan deceives by reigning over the mental topography of humanity. Certain thoughts, such as obedience to God, cannot take root in the soil of this landscape. Only when the ruler of a person’s mental landscape changes by the Father drawing the person from the world and giving the person a puff of His Breath can a person serve God, or desire the things of God. Even though a person is created in the image of God, as long as Satan remains as the ruler of a person’s mental topography, the person will have the spiritual understanding of a dog.
Except for a remnant of spiritual Israel, the holy nation of God is today ruled by Satan through his surrogates, the kings of the North and of the South. This holy nation has received the Holy Spirit, and actually desires Christ in the same manner that Eve was cursed with desire for her husband (Gen 3:16). The Church is the second Eve. And she will experience pain in childbirth, her hard labor pains being the seven years of the Tribulation. Her teachers have the Spirit of God, but are ruled by the spiritual king of Babylon, just as the house of Judah lived in Babylon, where God sent them for their good just as the Apostle Paul commanded the saints at Corinth to give a member over to Satan so that the fellow’s spiritual life might possibly be saved, and just as YHWH gave statutes to circumcised Israel to sacrifice their firstborns so that the act of murdering babies that belonged to God might horrify the nation and thus return the nation to Him. The greater Christian Church is ruled by antichrists who deny that Jesus came in the flesh, was sacrificed on a Cross, spent three days and three nights in the grave, and was resurrected to glory. Oh, the greater Church accepts a little of the story: these antichrist make Jesus fully man and fully God (if He were fully God, He would not have been tempted as I have been tempted, for the fully God portion of Him would not be temptable). These antichrists then adorn altars and steeples and parking lots with statues of a filled or an empty Cross, thereby making the Cross an idol (which is appropriate considering that the mark of the beast is the tattoo of the Xx, or Christ’s cross). These antichrists conclude their heresy by denying the sign Jesus gave of His divinity: they teach that He was alive in the grave, preaching in hell, for a couple a nights and a day. Thus, these many antichrists that teach by the authority invested in them by the king of Babylon murder spiritual new-borns in the spiritual realm, where Satan cannot harm them. They have to do Satan’s killing for him. And they are the shadow of grape clusters who will be harvested from the vine of the earth. Many of them will live into the Tribulation, and will never abandon their worship of the Cross, that stick-figured fourth beast of Daniel chapter 7 whose body is burned (Dan 7:11-12) when the kingdom of the world becomes the kingdom of the Most High and of His Christ (Rev 11:15). They will readily accept the mark of the best, and will willingly worship the image of the beast, and will command their students to do likewise. They practice today, and will practice in the future Christian infanticide. They sacrifice babes in Christ in the lake of fire just as circumcised Israelites burned babies to Molech – they do in the spiritual realm what circumcised Israel did physically. And they do it for the same reason: to please God after they have rejected His statutes, His laws, and His Sabbaths.
Yes, the many antichrists of John’s day and of this end time desire to please God through their worship of Him on their terms and by their statutes and on days they have determined to be holy. They don’t want to worship Satan. Their desire is Christ. They preach Christ to the world – not really: they preach the Cross to the world. They do not teach disciples to live as Judeans, what Peter taught gentile converts. Paul doesn’t chide Peter for teaching converts to be Judeans, but for separating himself from these converts when the circumcision faction came from Jerusalem (Gal 2:14 – the passage is not well rendered in most English translations, and should be read in Greek). The circumcision faction was those whom John mentions who went out from them, but were never of them. Jesus warned His disciples not to mislead, for many would come in His name and mislead many (Matt 24:4-5 – verse 4 is not well translated: His disciples won’t be misled, but can mislead). So the circumcision faction could well have been led by a person of authority in the Jerusalem Church. Based on Paul’s letter to the Galatians, that seems to be the case.
Paul’s accursed gospel was mixing the physical covenant with the spiritual covenant, was requiring spiritual Israelites to first become physical Israelites. Scripture supported the circumcision faction (Gen 17:1-14), making this controversy the shadow of the role of women in the endtime Church. And the mixing of physical and spiritual covenants is taught in what is popularly called the "prosperity gospel" – all who teach that a spiritual Israelite will be physically blessed for sowing seed into a spiritual ministry are liars, are antichrists, are teaching a doubly accursed gospel. Their teaching violates both the physical covenant, and the spiritual covenant. For the endtime reality of the double shadows of physically circumcised and spiritually circumcised Israel is the end-of-the-age holy nation of God not accepting the mark of the beast and thereby not being able to buy and sell and profit in a worldly manner. The reality of the shadows is being cut off from the means of acquiring wealth--that one must live by faith. Spiritual Israelites, today, as a shadow of the reality that does not accept the mark of the beast, will not prosper physically for sowing seed in any ministry. Their treasure will be in heaven where it neither rusts nor rots. And they will, must likely, struggle economically while being rich spiritually. They are not of this world even though they remain in this world – and by not being of this world, Satan as the king of this world is not inclined to bless them physically. The covenant by which God blessed Israel physically has been abolished (Eph 2:15). So if neither Satan nor God blesses spiritual Israelites physically, who will? Only the disciple him or herself. The disciple will earn his or her prosperity by the sweat of the person’s brow, which agrees with Paul saying that the person who doesn’t work doesn’t eat.
A doubly accursed gospel that mixes the physical and the spiritual covenant causes babes in Christ to become disillusioned and quit on God when judgment is upon them. If they die out of covenant, they will have committed spiritual suicide. They will have returned to the world to get the material blessings they were promised for sowing seed into a television ministry – and they might be so blessed, especially if Satan determines that by blessing them he can lead them away from Christ through the disciple focusing upon what is physical rather than upon what is spiritual.
Now, let us examine you as a teacher of Israel. How is your spiritual understanding? If you have been sent by Christ to be a teacher of Israel you will acknowledge that the laws of God are written on the hearts and minds of born again disciples so that these disciples can obey them in every decision the disciples make. If you are of Christ you will comprehend that Christ is the reality of the festivals, new moons and Sabbaths of God, that to reject these holy days is to reject their reality. If you are of Christ you will have love for all sheep who have been drawn by the Father, and you will attempt to shepherd them by returning them to spiritual Eden, the walls of which are the laws of God. You will not reject some sheep because they are lame or black or Catholic. You will risk your life to recover all that are wandering among the dry wadis of Babylonian deserts. You will slay spiritual bears and lions, and Satan himself as the reality of Goliath. You will live by faith. Outside of time, you will have already been glorified as a foreknown, predestined and justified son of God. You will actually be able to watch yourself work out your salvation. And you won’t be watching yourself from anywhere if you are not successful. Everlasting life is only received as a gift from the Father. It doesn’t come from fornication, from petrie dishes, or from physical fathers and mothers. To teach otherwise reveals your lack of spiritual knowledge.
Satan slays disciples in the spiritual realm through deception. Disciples will slay Satan by having Christ return their sins, by covenant agreement, to Satan on the reality of Yom Kipporim. Grace is Christ bearing the sins of disciples in the spiritual realm as the reality of the Azazel goat. No sin is imputed to a disciple once the disciple accepts Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary, where Satan had Him crucified on the image of the beast. But Christ’s sacrifice pays the physical death penalty for sins. The spiritual death penalty will be paid by Satan if the disciple remains in covenant with the Father and with Christ. The disciple has to do nothing but hear the words of Jesus and believe the Father – believe upon the desire to obey. Grace covers all of those times when a disciple is unable to remain with his or her decision to obey. The disciple is absolutely without sin as long as the disciple remains in covenant, which asks of the disciple belief unto obedience. That’s all. The covenant asks the disciple not to murder, not to hate, but to have love even for one’s enemies. The covenant asks the disciple not to commit adultery, not to lust, but to love the spouse of one’s youth as the person loves him or herself. The covenant asks the disciple not to lie, steal, cheat, have mixed measures, differing standards, false advertising, false righteousness. The covenant asks the disciple not to worship the stick-man or things, but to worship the Father and the Son. The covenant asks disciples to keep the Sabbaths of God, not the sabbaths of man. The covenant asks disciples to choose life, not death. Hypocrisy is rejection of the covenant by deception – and hypocrisy is the hallmark of the antiChrist.
Christian infanticide is widely practiced in the television ministries of evangelists who went out from Christ but were never of Him, for they have not continued in His doctrine. They teach iniquity or lawlessness to new-born disciples, thereby causing these infants to commit spiritual suicide. No wonder Jesus doesn’t acknowledge them in their judgment. They were never of Him.
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