July 12, 2014
July 6, 2014
Beasts in the Book of Daniel
I titled the previous post The Two Thousand Year/2nd Millennial Reign Of Christ’s Kingdom: Birth To 2014. As I studied the Kingdom of Christ, I revisited Daniel’s prophecy of Chapter 7 in which the Prophet saw that the Kingdom of the Lord would crush human kingdoms. We know already from the Archangel Gabriel’s explanation that the beasts represent four kings that were to arise from the earth. In other words, they were not yet in power at the time of the vision.
The timeline is important because Daniel had several visions:
A. DANIEL 7 – Prophet Daniel saw the four Kingdoms represented by the Lion, Bear, Leopard and a fourth and terrible beast.
B. DANIEL 8 – Prophet Daniel saw Kingdoms represented by a ram, he goat, four horns, then a king of dark countenance and fierce sentences.
Archangel Gabriel was present in this vision and give the interpretation to Prophet Daniel, which he said would be fulfilled “at the time of the end...” (Daniel 8: 17). This phrase is key to understanding of the biblical phrase “end times or last days” since it simply means in later days. We know this is so because the Kingdoms or era of the World Powers of the Medes, Persians, Greeks and Romans have been fulfilled in the earth.
Important points about the Daniel 8 prophecy:
MEANING OF HORN (S) IN SCRIPTURE
Qeren (H7161) is used for horn in scripture. However, in the context of Daniel’s vision, horn would refer to great strength, military power and might. A conglomoration of nations is represented by more than one horn on the head of the beast, with the head being the more powerful. For example, the British Commonwealth:
… his horns H7161 are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth… – Deuteronomy 33: 17.
My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn H7161 is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation - 1 Samuel 2: 1.
The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn H7161 of his anointed - 1 Samuel 2: 10.
And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns H7161 of iron: and he said, Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them - 1 Kings 22: 11.
And he came to the ram that had two horns, H7161 which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power – Daniel 8: 6.
And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: H7161 and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand – Daniel 8: 7.
And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns H7161 which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem – Zechariah 1: 19.
KEY THOUGHT – SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES
As I studied, Archangel Gabriel showed me a comparison between the beasts in Daniel 7 and 8. In Daniel 7, Prophet Daniel was shown four beasts or kingdoms which would succeed the Medes and Persians (ram), Greeks (rough goat) and the Romans which was represented by a King of dark and fierce countenance.
However, the Medes/Persians and Greek Kingdoms or World Super Powers were barnyard animals in comparison to the fierce jungle animals or Lion, Bear, Leopard. The analogy speaks to the greatness, and might of the rule of the latter kingdoms in the earth. In other words, the latter kingdoms would rule in more extensive areas of the earth.
The King of dark and fierce countenance in Daniel 7 and the fourth and terrible beast in Daniel 8 seem to represent Kingdoms or World Powers with occultic powers. Archangel Gabriel said that this was true of the Romans (Daniel 8: 24).
We see therefore, that in each era of time, at least one kingdom will supersede the others in greatness, violence and might. Even though a kingdom may remain, it would diminish from its former might, strength and glory. The British Empire and Communist Russia are modern-day examples.
In keeping with scriptures, we saw the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the decline in communism, although Mr. Putin is attempting to reestablish the former power and glory of his kingdom. I do not believe that this will happen, in keeping with the scriptures.
In 610 AD, the nation or Kingdom of Islam emerged and conquered of nations in specific geographic regions of the earth. By 2010, over 1.6 billion or about 23.4% of the world population were reported to be Muslims. Of these, around 62% live in Asia-Pacific, 20% in the Middle East-North Africa, 15% in Sub-Saharan Africa, around 3% in Europe,] and 0.3% in the Americas (WIKIPEDIA.ORG)
We see the Nation/Kingdom of Islam exerting its horn by literally pushing down and warring against the saints, very much like the kingdoms seen in Prophet Daniel’s visions. How long will Islam prosper against the saints? The Nation/Kingdom of Islam parallels Rome in behavior. However, I anticipate that the horn of Islam will be broken by the prayers of the saints, just as they broke Rome and Communist Russia. Any kingdom that wars against Christ will be broken without hand.
I hasten to say that America must beware because this nation wars in many ways against the righteous laws of the Lord.
I also noted that Prophet Daniel was first shown the kingdoms/World Powers that would emerge hundreds of years later in the earth (Daniel 8). He would have been familiar with the Medes and Persians, but it may have been unthinkable in that era that they could have conquered the Babylonians, who were strong and ruled mightily in the earth.
I am rather amused that Islam seems to be imploding on itself. The people of the Islamic nations are uprising against the autocracy of their rulers and we saw the events in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria. Syria appears to be no more. A kingdom without people is no kingdom at all. The King of Sodom and Gomorrah told this to Abraham. We must pay attention to the Middle East as the events unfold in order to understand how the patterns in scripture evolve in the planet.
We see from scriptures that satan works through human kingdoms to oppose God and to accuse and persecute the saints. This is certainly true today. However, God has placed an expiry date on the power and reign of the kingdoms of earth. They will all be overthrown by God and His Christ, through His CHURCH, according to Apostle John:
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night – Revelation 12: 10.
The kingdoms emerge in tetrads or groups of fours. Four in scripture symbolize new season, with each kingdom successively becoming more cruel than the previous. Also, according to the pattern in the two visions, we see that the final Kingdom in the tetrad overtly opposes God and wars against the saints.
Now I need to find out which Kingdoms or World SuperPowers emerged after the Roman Empire?
Apostle John saw these Kingdoms or World Super in Revelation 13.
GOD JUDGES WORLD SUPERPOWERS/KINGDOMS
However, let us see the end of Daniel’s beasts of chapter 7. Furiously and seriously aggravated by the fury of the beasts, especially the fourth, against His Name and His Church, the Ancient of Days emerged in justice and cast down their thrones (Daniel 7: 9 & 10):
It is in this vision that Jesus appeared in the Earth as the Son of Man, with the clouds representing the Glory of God in which He was shrouded. He was presented to the Ancient of Days on the Day of His Dedication, in keeping with God’s command “That thou shalt set apart unto the LORD all that openeth the matrix” (Daniel 7: 13 & Exodus 13: 12).
You must note that Prophet Daniel did not write the vision of Chapter 7 in chronological order, but we see that he spoke about the saints, or the Church of Jesus Christ in order to indicate the era of time. The fourth beast would war against the saints and speak great things against God. I will study further on these kingdoms or World Powers and seek out their identity, since this is the pattern set by Archangel Gabriel.
CONTINUATION OF THE PROPHECY/PARABLE IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION
I note that the beasts or Kingdoms of earth SPEAK against God. This would explain their anti – God/anti – Christ laws, policies etc.
The next task that I have set myself is to further explore the Kingdoms in the vision of Daniel 8. Thank you Father, for showing us the events in World History through your servants the Prophets.
I now leave you with the blessings of Numbers 6: 24 -27:
The LORD bless thee, and keep thee
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them
June 22, 2013
1. Introduction to “Jerusalem is the GARDEN of Eden”
I had begun to write about the River Pison when I decided to explore the Hebrew word for GARDEN .
I did so because I had been thinking about Archangel Gabriel’s Words that “Israel is Eden, Jerusalem is the Garden of Eden” (#Archangel #Gabriel’s Question About The Garden Of #Eden).
As I reviewed the Hebrew word for “GARDEN” my eyes were opened to an astonishing discovery which confirmed Archangel Gabriel’s Words that “Israel is Eden, Jerusalem is the Garden of Eden.”
Here are the key texts:
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the GARDEN1588, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
The translators of the Hebrew text used other synonyms for Gan. These synonyms, when applied to Eden/Jerusalem, reveal that is was:
As I read the texts related to GAN/GARDEN I decided to explore its root word GANAN/H 1598. GANAN/H 1598 occurs eight times in seven verses in the Hebrew concordance of the King James Version of the Bible.
These texts serve to reveal that:
Father I ask now for blessings, peace, angelic prosperity and protection upon your people Israel.
I found three Hebrew and one Greek word that are used for Garden. However, they do not refer at all to Jerusalem as the Garden of Eden. GANAN/H 1598 is the only word that does so very specifically -
August 30, 2010
Scriptures reveal that God established the Law of New Years by inaugurating Earth’s first New Year on SUNDAY JANUARY 1st on YEAR 1. However, we see that humans have deviated from God’s established patterns:
Should we worry about the deviation from God’s established pattern?
Yes. God established patterns for light, darkness, days and years for a reason. I have seen, for example, a terrible consequence of beginning new days at midnight. As I have shown, God’s pattern for new days or the 24 hour day cycle is sunrise to sunrise. Here are FIVE consequences of starting days at midnight:
Detailed examination of the Holy Scriptures will reveal that people up to the time of Christ began days from sunrise to sunrise. Time therefore has “changed”, in a sense, under “newer and more modern” calculations.
Exodus reveals that God gave the Jews a New Calendar system in order to reestablish His System for celebrating New Years on Sunday January 1st. When God established the Jewish New Year He commanded Moses:
“This month shall be … the BEGINNING of months… it shall be the FIRST month of the year to you” (Exodus 12: 1)
On what day was that FIRST Jewish New Year? The answer is revealed directly in the book of Exodus:
This is a perfect match with God’s Creation Calendar. I can easily show you other texts supporting this teaching that God always began New Years on Sunday 1st.
Yes, it is:
Most of all, when we follow God’s patterns, we begin to think like Him and understand how He thinks. I hear the Lord say that this is the MOST CRITICAL thing. Blessings!
April 26, 2010
1. God commanded Adam to SUBDUE the earth
I wrote in the previous post that God made Adam in His image and likeness, thereby establishing proprietary rights to His creation. Furthermore, God then made Adam King over the earth by first delegated the rights of direct rule or DOMINION of the earth and its living creatures, including satan and his demons:
Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and SUBDUE it and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (Gen 1: 28).
2. What did God mean by this command to SUBDUE the earth?
Kabash (H3533) is the Hebrew word for subdue. I again explored how the word was used in the scriptures in order to paint a picture of what God meant when He told Adam to subdue the earth. I was relieved to discover that kabash occurs 15 times in 13 verses in the Hebrew concordance of the KJV
3. Adam was therefore given the right to exercise military strength over God’s enemy satan
It is important to twin the words subdue and have dominion because God twinned them in Genesis 1: 28. In discovering their meanings, we find some important revelations:
4. There are two realms of rulership – the natural and the invisible.
Here are some important questions that I would like you to answer:
April 24, 2010
1. What was the covenant that God made with Adam?
The Lord drew to my attention the covenant that He had made with Adam. By virtue of the fact that Adam had been created by God, the following truths were established:
God demonstrated His rights to Adam in several ways. By:
2. Blessings that come with obedience of the covenant with God – dominion.
When God initially revealed His thoughts about man, he said that He would create him in His own image and likeness and let them have DOMINION in the earth (Gen 1: 26). Here are some important revelations:
3. What is dominion?
Radah (H 7287) is the Hebrew word used for DOMINION in Genesis 1: 26. I tracked its usage in scripture and found the fascinating results:
I gave additional references to show that God gave man dominion in BOTH the natural realm and invisible realm. Humans have learnt how to tame wild animals and harness the natural resources of earth to a greater extent. However, we are still held captive to a tormenter who holds great power and ability to bring people into addiction and death. If dominion related solely to being wealthy, educated etc tell me why many wealthy people are drug addicts etc and why nations are at war.
Blessings and more to come!
April 22, 2010
1. God told me to tell you that the temptation and fall of man is written in a parable
It is important for us to understand that the account of the temptation and fall of man is written in a parable. God showed me that this parable is parallel to the way Jesus taught hidden truths about the Kingdom of God by saying, “the Kingdom of heaven is like unto…”
The parable of the temptation and fall of man is a behind the scenes view of the conflict between the Kingdom of heaven/God and the kingdom of darkness. It is written in a parable for several reasons:
2. Key to the parable of the temptation and fall of man
3. How do we explain the following events if the account of the fall and temptation was written literally?
A. The death of Adam and Eve by eating a fruit
B. God told Adam and Eve that they would “surely die” the day that they ate the fruit. Did He mean instant, physical death? Not at all. The aftermath revealed that the results of the fall were of a spiritual nature…
Blessings and more to come!
April 17, 2010
1. What did satan mean when he told Adam and Eve that their “eyes will be open”
Paqach (H6491) is word used for the phrase “shall be opened” and is found 20 times in 18 verses in the KJV of the Old Testament. I read and categorized the usage of the word in each verse in order to understand what satan promised to eve. The opening of the eyes was also used in these verses:
2. What does the word “paqach” reveal about the opening of the eyes?
Paqach is the same word used in the phrase ““the opening the prison” in Isaiah 61: 1. I wrote about this truth a few days ago at http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/gods-exchange-…owledge-of-god/
In order to fully understand the temptation and fall of Adam and Eve, we have to interpret the context in a spiritual and not a natural sense. This truth of interpretation will be supported when we answer FIVE questions:
The current usage of the word paqach reveals the following truths:
April 14, 2010
1. The goring out of the captive’s eyes
I’ve been writing about the horrific practices of oppressors who would take captives in war and other forms of aggression. The captives and their families would be bound and taken off to foreign lands as slaves. Not satisfied, the captors would in some cases GORE OUT THE EYES of the captive as in the catastrophic situation of Samson and also King Zedekiah of Judah whose eyes were gored out by the Babylonians.
These captives would not have been given an anesthetic and a hot metal instrument would be used for this procedure. The captors would mercilessly restrain the captives as they kicked and screamed against the searing, relentless agony. Dripping and bleeding, the captives would then be forced to walk the long miles to the prison house, not afforded any privileges of their status. Samson was a President and Zedekiah a King.
2. Adam and Eve were the first captives whose eyes were gored out by satan
According to Ezekiel 28, spurred by his own beauty, wisdom, influence and wealth, the devil said, “I am a God, I sit in the seat of God in the midst of the seas”. This is the place where God’s throne is surrounded by the sea of glass (Rev 4: 6). Satan had once been a very important person in heaven. He had been present in the Garden of Eden and was at one time a prodigious musician and priest who played a leading role in heaven. Forgetting that he was a created being, satan warred against God, but Archangel Michael threw him out of heaven so fast that he and his demons fell to the earth with the speed and electricity of lightning (Lk 10: 18 Rev 12: 7-10 ).
Once in the earth, satan determined that he would rule the earth and its inhabitants and establish himself as god in the earth and its airspaces. However, he had heard God telling Adam and Eve to subdue the earth and have dominion over all its living creatures. He knew that that these were military tactics and that Adam and Eve had authority to overpower him with the word of God and rule him.
Therefore, in order to rule the earth from them, satan had to EITHER to Kill Adam and Eve OR take them into captivity, bind them hands and feet, and gore out their eyes. By blinding them to God’s truth, they would be unable to obey God and he. satan, would have control of their power forever.
Studying Adam and Eve carefully, he discovered that Eve was more likely to give up her power in exchange for something that he could give to her.
Here are the tactics that satan used against Adam and Eve:
December 26, 2009
The Lord alerted me today that some people are having great difficulty believing that the devil is represented in the book of Genesis by the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This is because we have been taught, for some reason, that Adam and Eve ate an apple in the garden. I need therefore to add further clarity. If you read Genesis and the scriptures carefully, you will find that the word fruit, while meaning real fruits produced by trees, is also used to represent:
1. Fruit or food (s) are used to refer to teachings or doctrines
God told the Jews that they had “… plowed wickedness … reaped iniquity… eaten the fruit of lies:” (Hosea 10: 13). False prophets had been lying to them causing them to sin, just like the false prophet in the garden of Eden, who had appeared in such a pleasant and engaging manner to Eve. Jesus told us to beware of false prophets, because they are ravening wolves inside. Satan was a ravening wolf, mercilessly killing Adam and Eve, a murderer from the beginning as the Lord said.
Jesus also used the imagery of food if not fruit, to refer to His teachings. He said:
Apostle Peter also told the disciples to desire the sincere milk of the word for spiritual growth.
Science shows that the food that we eat will either nourish or harm our cells, leading to growth or death. Poor nutrition will lead to obesity, cancer and other nutritional disorders. The devil’s diet led to the immediate death of Adam and Eve’s spirit (loss of fellowship with God, infection with sin) AS WELL AS slow physical deterioration and death. Will you eat or believe and practice the devil’s doctrine which is really based on half-truths OR will you believe the pure word of God and be saved? (Jn 8: 51).
2. Fruit is used to refer to the outward evidence of the inner condition of the spirit
People who obey God’s wisdom will produce its fruit such as an excellent spirit, prudence etc while those who refuse to follow His wisdom will produce fruits of perversion, frowardness etc (Prov 8).
God told Jeremiah that He deals with people according to the “fruit of our doings”:
“I the LORD search the heart, [I] try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, [and] according to the fruit of his doings” (Jer 17: 10)
We saw that Adam and Eve produced fruits of their sins. They began to cover up, hide from God an they became evasive. He had to deal with them accordingly by preventing access to the tree of Life. While the fruit of sin will bring forth death and every evil work, the fruit or evidence of God in a believer will be God – like characteristics such as love, joy, peace etc (Gal 5: 22-23)
3. Fruit referred to people
Fruit was used to refer to people such as offspring who were called “fruit of thy body” (Deut 28: 4); and fruit of the womb (Ps 127: 3). God called the nation of Israel a “basket of summer fruit” that has only a temporary lifespan (Amos 8: 1,2).
Jesus referred in His teaching on false prophets, referred to two types - good or bad false prophets or trees which produce good or bad fruit. In this parable, he said that we will know what is hidden in the prophet’s spirit by the fruit they produce. Good/true prophets trees will produce good fruit, while corrupt prophets/trees will produce corrupt fruit (Mt 7: 15-20). If we apply Jesus’ revelation to the sin in the Garden, we will immediately understand that Adam and Eve had no problems before they submitted to the temptation of satan the false prophet. He was false because he mixed truth with lies that would lead to eternal death. Adam and Eve’s descendents were plagued by the knowledge of good and evil whose fruit was hatred, murder, lies, violence and all forms of rebellion against God.
4. Fruit referred to productivity
Those who fear the Lord will be productive (Ps 1: 3) even in their old age (Ps 92: 14). In the parable of the Gardener and the vine, Jesus referred to unproductive believers who bore no fruit. They had withered and dried up as a result of disconnecting from fellowship with Him. This was the situation of Adam and Eve as well as Cain. Like the branch in the parable of John 15, they were now worthy of nothing but to be cast out of the Garden. God in His mercy, however, purged them, but did not permit them to physically live forever. Cain was cast out however, because he refused to bring forth fruits of repentance and remained obstinate about his sin.
Fruit referred to words that we speak
Scriptures also refer to words as the fruit of the lips. If we speak good, we will reap good, but people speaking violence reap violence (Prov 12: 14 &13:2). We are also told that we will either live or die based on what we say with our lips. Proverbs 18: 21 teaches that if we love life we will speak life, but if we love death we will speak with the lips.
Jesus said that the things that come out of our mouths are really evidence of what we possess in our spirits. The spirit or the inner person is really a store house. If good is inside the spirit, we will speak good, while an evil person will bring forth evil from the spirit:
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh (Lk 6: 45).
Fruit referred to evidence of our work done for God
God expects believers to bring forth fruit, symbolic of other believers (Jn 15: 8).
Blessings and have a great day!
December 24, 2009
1. The devil is the serpent who tempted them
While the word serpent is used literally in scriptures, it is used figuratively to represent wicked people who are venemous like serpents (Ps 58: 4); people who bite when they are not charmed (Ecc 10: 11). The word dragon is also used in both Old and New Testament as a synonym for serpent. For example:
Rev 12: 9 is the scripture that clearly shows that the devil is the serpent that taught Adam and Eve to sin:
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man-child (Rev 12: 7, 9, 13)
This scripture refers also to past events when the devil rebelled and was cast out into the earth. Chief Prince Michael cast him out of heaven so hard that Jesus chuckled and said that he fell like lightning (Luke 10: 18). Once on the earth, Eve became a target.
Genesis 3: 1 explains that the devil, the serpent (Strongs 5175 = nachash) was more subtil or crafty (Strongs H6175 = `aruwm) than any beast of the field.
2. Eve had befriended the devil, spending time with him
God called the devil a beast, a derogatory statement. Micheal told me that the devil is not even worthy to be called an “it”. That beast, the devil, used a friendly approach which led to Eve succumbing to his teachings. God revealed this friendship between them when He told the serpent that He would break up their friendship and cause them to hate each other:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel (Gen 3: 15).
God’s words to the devil shows us that Eve and the devil had become great friends, although they had been expressly forbidden. The Lord had told them not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. However, Eve was presented with a mixture of truth and lies. The devil spoke truth when he said that her eyes would open and that she would become like a god, knowing good and evil if she did what he said. However, she believed him rather than God when he lied and said that she would not die.
She and the devil had become friends. She looked at his presentation and saw that the tree THE DEVIL, was pleasant (she did not discern the deception). Furthermore, she really believed that he had the ability to make them “wise” (Gen 3: 6). Eve became resentful, believing that God had hidden knowledge from them and that she and Adam should have access to this knowledge. Following the devil’s instructions, she and her husband did all kinds of things that God knew would harm their spirits and their relationship with Him.
3. The devil, representing the tree of knowledge of good and evil influenced them to do so
Why did God permit the devil into the earth? That’s another discussion. Why was he called the tree of knowledge of good and evil? (Gen 2: 9). What is bad about “good”? Minister Winston first taught me in 2006 that God used the imagery of a tree to represent people – Satan (tree of knowledge of good and evil) and Jesus (Tree of Life). Following God’s example, writers in Scripture continued with the imagery. For example, the writer of Psalm 1 compared those who walked in God’s ways to trees that bring forth fruit in his season (Ps 1: 3). Adam and Eve were warned not to eat from the tree. That is, do not eat its fruit.
4. They sinned because they believed satan’s knowledge and submitting to his way of evil, gained access to death
Eve, having listened to this pleasant-looking devil, took what he said and invited Adam to join in the quest for his version of knowledge and wisdom. However, we have spoken already about the disastrous effects. What was the fruit that Eve ate? Was it an apple, as we commonly say? As I said in the previous post, the word fruit is used literally in scripture until Proverbs 8, when it is used figuratively. My mind blew when I read this chapter this morning and I had to do so repeatedly.
God’s wisdom, which existed before the earth, is personified, crying to us to listen to it. The chapter does three things:
Wisdom is a characteristic of God’s Spirit and those who respect Him will also be wise. God, who is Wisdom, reveals this as follows. God:
God is the source of wisdom/He is wisdom
In very eloquent and majestic words, Proverbs 8: 22- 32 shows that God was wisdom before the beginning, from everlasting, even before the earth was created and at its creation. His way leads to joy, blessings, wealth, life and favor with God.
Proverbs 8 shows some of the elements of the spirit of the devil. Satan is every thing that God is not. He is perverse, lacking understanding, a liar, perverse, speaks and does evil. He is froward (Strongs 8419) – lacking faith in God (Deut 32: 20); speaks evil things (Prov 2: 12); rejoices and delights in evil (Prov 2: 14), plans evil and mischief and sows discord (Prov 6: 14 and 16: 30); does not speak what is acceptable (Prov 10: 32); spreads tales and separates chief friends (Prov 16: 28); lusts after women and commits adultery in the heart (Prov 23: 33).
Now I would like to ask if you know anyone with any of these characteristics. You do? Then think of what the devil is possibly like on a small scale. Using Proverbs 8 as reference, you can explore the Hebrew words relating to the elements of God’s wisdom. This will point you to all that the devil is not. I hope that this teaching instructed you just as it instructed me. Let us pray that God will give us the spirit of discernment that He possesses. He answered all of the questions in the Garden, needing no one to tell Him exactly what had happened. If you are weak and falling to temptations, there are many ways in which you can be helped. Start by confessing, asking for cleansing, then walking with the Lord for protection and deliverance from the evil one.
December 24, 2009
Adam and Eve were created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1: 26-27; 5: 1,2). However, they followed the devil’s teachings and gave him access to their spirits by obeying him. They therefore took darkness in to their spirits when they sinned against God. Here is what happened:
2. The fruit of sin in Adam and Eve
What was the fruit of Adam and Eve’s sin? They had eaten or partook of the devil’s doctrine and now showed evidences that they had learnt new behaviors:
* they became aware of sin – eyes opened and they knew they were naked, having become aware of desire, lust and sin.
* they began to cover up – noone admitted to his/her role in the rebellion. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the devil. We know that Adam was fully aware of what he was doing (1 Tim 2: 14).
* They became afraid of God and began to run from rather than to Him – they hid and did not reveal their location to the Lord.
3. Can sin be transferred?
Yes. There is a law of spiritual inheritance, just as there is a law of physical inheritance. This is the reason that Cain, the first child, learnt to sin? Adam and Eve became infected with the sin trait and possessed the ability to pass on the sin DNA to their offspring. God had given them His DNA – which was every thing pertaining to life and godliness. Adam and Eve were created to be righteous, faithful, fearing God, understanding the fear of God fruitful, full of might, wise, self controlled etc. They were also created to be productive – to be fruitful, multiply, replenish and subdue the earth. However, sin created blackened infection in Adam and Eve’s spirits, causing their spirits to lose the light and life of God. This was now an unnecessary burden for the human spirit to bear. The spirit of man now has a craving for wrongdoing and sin became the chronic infection of the spirit, in the same way that an untreated illness becomes chronic or even fatal. In the same way that offspring inherit all kinds of physical traits from parents, the trait of sin passed on to all of Adam and Eve’s offspring.
I’d like to use an example from scripture to illustrate. Jesus warned the disciples to beware of the leaven or doctrine of the Pharisees (Mt 16: 11,12). Apostle Paul later warned the disciples that a little leaven or yeast leaveneth the whole lump (Gal 5: 9). In other words, it only takes a little bit of yeast in flour to make a large amount of bread. It only takes one wrong person or doctrine to lead others astray. Apostle Paul also aptly stated that ‘as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor 15: 22). First child Cain is a sad example of the effect of sin in the human race.
Here are other examples. Isaac’s wife Rebekah was a devious woman and taught her son Jacob to lie to his father and cheat his brother. She learnt from her father and brother Laban. Jacob’s wife’s Rachel stole her father’s idol and lied about it. She learnt from her father Laban, the master trickster who was famous for cheating his nephew Jacob. OK. Enough of the soaps! Jacob’s wives Rachel and Leah (who were sisters) vied violently with each other for Jacob’s favor, often involving their children. What kind of example were they setting? We don’t know what transpired in the Adam and Eve home, but somehow Cain learnt from them. Moreover, the devil might have had conversations with him. I somehow feel that satan played a role in the murder of Abel, a true worshipper of God.
I think that I should stop here, but there is a lot more to cover. Thanks for reading. Blessings.
July 24, 2014
Father in heaven, your name is HOLY and I worship and extol you, for you ALONE are God Almighty. There is none beside you. All the gods of the nations are demons, according to Your Word, and tremble in fear at Your Name. I decree now, according to your Word, that the kingdoms of earth belong to you. You created it all, and like the Psalmist, Father, your people wonder why the heathen rage and conceive the impossible rebellion against YOU.
Father God, you said in your Word that you will laugh at them and mock when their calamity comes. You have decreed that the heathen belong to you. You shall break them with YOUR WORD and shall dash them in pieces like a clay jar. Therefore, we agree with your Word Father, that the kingdoms of the earth belong to our God and His Christ, Messiah, our Lord and Savior Jesus. Halelujah.
Father, do not allow the heathen to win over your people. Let them flee when no one chases them, confound them and make them ashamed. You said that You surround Your people and that we shall never be ashamed or confounded. I praise You today, Father, that You have blessed us with this Favor of MERCY, GRACE AND KINDNESS.
We forgive our enemies for doing us evil and ask in return that you forgive our sins. I ask Father, that you provide the resources we need today for daily sustenance. I ask for protection and deliverance from harm, for the release of Your Holy Angels to our nations, families and all that concern us. Deliver us from terrorism, accidents, natural and other man made disasters, sickness and lead us in the path of longevity.
I thank and honor you Father. I join with the CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN and say “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4: 11). In Jesus’ name.
July 20, 2014
1. Review of the World SuperPowers Revealed to Daniel
In the previous post, I wrote on the Background for understanding world superpowers or Kingdoms in the Book of Daniel. With tongue in cheek, God compared the Superpowers to animals or beasts. This is because they rule under the control of satan, who was more subtil than any other beast of the field. He was therefore able to deceive Adam and Eve and also nations of the earth as a result.
God gave Prophet Daniel two visions about World Kingdoms or SuperPowers as the World Power of the Babylonians began to wane. The scriptures therefore reveal that God gave fair warning through His Prophet that every SuperPower will be destroyed.
Daniel saw the lion, bear, leopard and fourth and terrible beast in the FIRST year of Belshazzar. Prophetically speaking, the number ONE represents the shedding of light on future Kingdoms or SuperPowers. God reveals that He will judge and entirely remove the power of the most destructive kingdoms of earth.
Prophet Daniel then saw the vision of the ending of the kingdoms of his era in the THIRD year of Belshazzar’s rule. THREE represents the emergence of earth from under the waters or deliverance from oppression. Darius the Mede, aka Cyrus, conquered Belshazzar and released the Jews from captivity in the first year of his reign (Table 1).
Archangel Gabriel told me that Israel plays a role in each of these prophecies. How? The nation of Israel is affected by each of these World SuperPowers and we should therefore interpret the prophecies with this understanding. History has certainly proven that the prophecies speak about Israel’s diplomatic relationship with other nations and also to their role in World history and affairs.
Table 1 Summary of the visions of Daniel 7 and 8
|Daniel 8||Revelation 13|
|FIRST year of Belshazzar king of Babylon||THIRD year of the reign of King Belshazzar|
|556 BC||553 BC|
|Lion||Ram = Medes and Persianshad two high horns, but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last
Ram stood on the river in the nation of Iraq.
|Apostle John saw ONE beast which looked like a leopard, had feet like a bear and a mouth like a lion- Revelation 13: 2.It had seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns|
|Bear||Goat = Greekscame from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.Greece is West of Iraq or Babylon.
Four horns emerged. Then one little one became dominant.
|Another beast emerged with two horns like a lamb, although he spake as a dragon (Revelation 13: 11)|
|Leopard||King of a fierce and dark countenance = Rome|
|A fourth and terrible beast|
|Lion, Bear and Leopard had their “dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time” (Daniel 7: 12).|
|The fourth beast, which was “dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly,” had his throne cast down, was judged by God and slain (Daniel 7: 7 – 11).|
2. Which World Superpower is represented by the Lion (‘aryeh/H744) in Daniel 7?
a. Is the identity of that SuperPower revealed in the usage of Lion (‘aryeh/H744) in the text of Daniel 7: 4?
Using blueletterbible.org, I first did a word search on the Hebrew usage of the word LION (‘aryeh/H744) in the text of Daniel 7: 14. ‘Aryeh was used nine other times in the book of Daniel to refer to the den of lions into which Daniel was thrown because he prayed to God in spite of the anti – God Law. However, God sent His Angels to shut the lions’ mouths and to save the life of His Prophet Daniel.
Seeing the power of Daniel’s God, King Darius commanded Daniel’s enemies and their families to be thrown in. The lions were so ferocious that they overpowered Daniel’s enemies who were thrown in and broke their bones even before they reached the bottom of the pit (Daniel 6: 24). King Darius then commanded all the people in his great kingdom to serve God (Daniel 6: 26 – 28). I believe that this miracle prompted him to release the Jews from captivity, since it appeared to have taken place in the first year of his reign (Daniel 6: 1).
I saw that the usage of LION (‘aryeh/H744) did not give an indication of the World Superpower which Daniel saw in the vision of Daniel 7: 4. However, because of the texts and circumstances associated with of the word ‘aryeh, I was shown some key truths about the nature of that LION:
b. Is Israel the World SuperPower revealed in other scriptures in which the word LION is used?
Israel was compared to a lion in the scriptures. However, is Israel the lion in Daniel 7: 4? In order to find out, I resorted to a general word search on lion:
a. As he prepared to depart from the Planet, Jacob prophesied about the future of his sons or of the nation of Israel and compared the Tribe of Judah to a lion’s whelp or cub:
And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days
Judah is a lion‘s (‘ariy/H738) whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? (Genesis 49: 1, 9)
b. Forced by God to change his curse to a blessing, Baalam prophesied that no spell could work against Israel and that the nation was like a lion. We see the same spirit of Judah or worship being transferred to the entire nation:
Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: H738 he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain (Numbers 23: 24)
God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows
He couched, he lay down as alion, H738 and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee (Numbers 24: 8 & 9)
c. Moses described Dan as “a lion’s H738 whelp: he shall leap from Bashan” (Numbers 33: 22).
d. The men of the tribe of Gad who followed David had faces that were compared to lions – intelligent and strong:
And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, H738 and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains (1 Chronicles 12: 8)
e. Prophet Jeremiah compared the Kingdoms of Assyria and Babylon to lions which had destroyed Israel. However, the lion in Daniel’s vision is clearly a SuperPower that emerged after the destruction of the Babylonian Empire:
Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions H738 have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones (Jeremiah 50: 17).
However, given the context and usage of Lion in Daniel 4: 7, it does not seem that it refers to the Nation of Israel. Practically speaking, Israel at the time was in captivity in Babylon, returned to the land in 539 BC and was ruled by the Greeks, Romans and other nations throughout their history. Israel never regained its former glory that it enjoyed under David and Solomon due to rebellion and sin. Additionally, Apostle John saw the remnants of that lion in his Revelation 13 vision. At that time, its power had waned to some degree and it had formed a conglomerate with the leopard and bear.
3. We see from Daniel 7: 4 and other texts that LION hates Israel. These include Assyria, Babylon and other Gentile nations:
Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions H738 have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones (Jeremiah 50: 17)
Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say unto him, Thou art like a young lion of the nations, and thou art as a whale in the seas: and thou camest forth with thy rivers, and troubledst the waters with thy feet, and fouledst their rivers (Ezekiel 32: 2)
Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion H738 two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch (Amos 3: 12)
And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion H738 among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver (Micah 5: 8)
For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion (Joel 1: 6)
4. Archangel Gabriel taught me that David prophetically destroyed the Lion as a youth, because he knew his God. He was a worshipper and warrior:
And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God (1 Samuel 17: 34 & 36).
More to come on the identity of that Lion in Daniel 7: 4. Have a blessed week. Blessings, peace and angelic prosperity and protection.
July 13, 2014
Lady Patricia Charles, wife of Bishop Ishmael Charles
June 28, 2014
1. How these ideas were provoked
I was up in the wee hours of the morning, trying to organize for a school event, when I heard David Jeremiah preach about the millennial reign of Christ. As I listened, I began to see some things I had never seen before about the millennial Reign of Christ, and would like to share some of them.
Some of these ideas need further search in the scriptures, but I hope that they may be useful when we consider further interpretation of Bible prophecy.
2. We are living in the Second Millennium Reign of the Kingdom of Christ and do not realize it
Archangel Gabriel showed me that the church is looking for a future millennial reign of Christ when we are actually living in it. In that sense, we are like the Jewish religious leaders who doubted that Christ was the Messiah because they had mindsets about how His Kingdom was to be manifested in the earth. They had expected that the Messiah would come to restore the Kingdom to Israel and to deliver them from the Roman rulers. They had not remembered the prophecies that said that Messiah would come riding on an ass and in the Spirit of Judgment.
3. The millennial Launch of Christ’s Kingdom began on or around AD 30
The millennial Reign of Christ was ushered into the Earth at the time of His birth. Prophet Isaiah foretold about the Kingdom of Christ in the prophecy:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever… (Isaiah 9: 6).
However, He could not reign on the Throne as a child and began His Official Reign in His Kingdom on or about AD 30. The forerunner John also introduced the imminent Kingdom of Christ:
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 3: 1 & 2).
He baptized Jesus during his preaching ministry and saw the Heavenly Dove descend to confirm the Lord as Son of God (Matthew 3: 16 & 17). Jesus then went into the wilderness and overcame the temptation given by satan to dethrone Him as Son of God.
The Lord then began to establish or build His Kingdom in the following manner. He:
Now the nation of Israel increased in righteousness, health, longevity, wellbeing and wealth during the earthly reign of Christ in His Kingdom. He turned beauty for ashes, sorrow to joy and raised up the old waste places according to Isaiah 61. He began to restore the Tabernacle of David as we saw the return of spontaneous worship in the Tabernacle and in the streets as the people rejoiced for the great things the Lord did among them.
The Lord intended for the subjects or citizens of His Kingdom to exercise the same authority over the kingdom of darkness that He demonstrated. On returning from their kingdom preaching mission, seventy members of His church exclaimed surprise that the devils obeyed them when they commanded them to leave in His name.
Jesus taught us in His response that the key to authority in the kingdom of CHrist is the expulsion of satan from heaven:
And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven – Luke 10: 18 – 20.
Now we know from Prophet Ezekiel that satan’s fall took place after the creation of Adam and Eve because the prophet saw him in the Garden of Eden. This would explain the familiarity that he seemed to have with Eve in the Genesis 3 account.
According to Genesis 3, the serpent, satan, is introduced rather suddenly and we wonder where he came from. However, Ezekiel shows us clearly that he was known to the inhabitants of Eden, but as a worship leader, musician and a bright and beautiful angel. The Prophet revealed that satan became corrupted and preoccupied by his brightness and glorious beauty and sin entered his heart. He committed treason because he wanted to be God and to ascend to that place where Adam and Eve would worship him as God:
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created
Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire – Ezekiel 28: 13 & 14.
4. The subduing of the Kingdoms of Earth by the Kingdoms of Christ
The scriptures show us that God first established a Kingdom on earth through the Church in the Wilderness. This church was responsible for physically removing the ungodly kingdoms in the region and for reestablishing the worship of God in the earth. The people of the kingdom were given the Word and ways of the Lord to keep by the Apostle Moses. They were given a system for diet, morals, worship, health care, etc
The kingdoms of men establish reigns based on conquest, power and military might. God, in contrast, establishes His Spiritual Kingdom based on holiness, worship and service to Him:
And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel – Exodus 19: 8
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light – 1 Peter 2: 9
Scriptures and modern events show that the kingdoms of earth are subdued by the Kingdom of God, but not through military conquest.
Prophet Daniel saw in vision that four terrible kingdoms rose up in the earth – Daniel 7
b. four great beasts arose from the sea – Daniel 7: 3
c. The Ancient of Days judged the fourth beast
After this, Daniel saw that the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7: 9), whose description parallels Christ in Revelation 1: 13 – 15, judged the nations out of the Book of Life (Daniel 7: 9 – 11). The Ancient of Days utterly destroyed the dominion of this beast by His fire of judgment because of the words which were spoken against God. However, the other beasts remained for a season and time.
d. Daniel then saw that The Lord Christ “came with the clouds.”
These are the words:
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds/`anan/H6050 of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him
And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed – Daniel 7: 13 & 14
`Anan/H6050 which is used for clouds, can only be understood by the root word ä·nän’ (H6051), which was first used when God told Noah that He would set a bow in the cloud (Genesis 9: 13). Exodus 13: 21 then told us that “the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, H6051 to lead them the way.”
The Lord personally guided His people in the wilderness, but He was shrouded in a cloud. He was in the cloud looking out when the Egyptians began to experience trouble (Exodus 14: 24). Subsequent to that, the Lord would visit His people in a pillar of cloud – on Mount Sinai, in front of the Tabernacle. Read these scriptures for more.
Therefore, Daniel saw that the Lord appeared to His people in the earth to set up His Everlasting Kingdom. This time the cloud was his human body. We know that this Kingdom was established in AD 30, because the preaching began then. Souls were ADDED TO THE CHURCH on the day of Pentecost!
e. The saints conquered the kingdom of the beast
Subsequent to the establishment of the Kingdom of Christ in the earth, Daniel recorded the prophecy that the saints of the Lord would conquer the kingdoms of earth. It is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord.
History shows that the gospel infiltrated the Roman Empire, and Constantine commanded that God should be served. The Power of the Word of God has conquered Communism and other ideology. Jesus said that the truth shall make us free.
These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth
But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever
Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet
And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows
I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them.
More to come on these ugly beasts and their relevance to the Millennial reign of Christ the Lord. Blessings, peace, angelic prosperity and protection.
June 22, 2014
1. How the dream began
Some time during the week of June 8th or thereabouts, I began to wonder “what would earth have been like if humans had never sinned?” I would like to share some of my thoughts with you.
2. Humans would have been wealthy
Adam was a Gardener and was placed in the Garden of Eden where he was responsible to:
We see that Adam never lacked food. However, he also had an assignment to extract the treasures that were hidden in the earth. These included gold, bdellium (pearl) and onyx (Genesis 2: 12). Scriptures mention other precious metals and jewels that God put in the earth for man’s use.
3. Why did Adam need wealth?
I believe that God intended earth to be patterned after heaven, like a miniature. Jesus told us to pray that God’s will or desire would be done in earth as it was done in heaven. If humans had never sinned, they would have lived forever. Death was never in the Original Plan. Therefore, Adam would have needed wealth for the following reasons:
a. for external ornamentation
b. to build and decorate houses – there are gorgeous mansions in heaven.
c. to build beautiful and gorgeous cities
d. to build streets – there are streets of gold in heaven.
e. to create work tools and other utensils
f. to transfer an inheritance to his descendants
g. Other possibilities
The list is not exhaustive. If humans had never sinned, Adam and his descendants would have used earth’s resources for:
Father, I thank you for your goodness and mercy to the humans that you created and placed in the earth for fruitfulness, multiplication and preservation of the earth and its resources. We have messed up, destroyed the earth and have not been responsible citizens.
Father, we lost much because of sin, but we humbly ask that you will show us how to regain what was lost.
Father, please be merciful to us. Show us the path of life in Jesus name I pray, Amen. Thank you Father.