1. The meaning and usage of leopard in the holy scriptures

Prophet Daniel  also saw a leopard in the vision of Daniel 7. He must have thought that he had a nightmare. FIrst a lion, then a bear and this leopard:

After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it – Daniel 7: 6.

Then the third of these strange beasts appeared, and it looked like a leopard. It had four bird’s wings on its back, and it had four heads. Great authority was given to this beast – NLT.

2. The character of the leopard in scripture

Nĕmar (H5245) is the word used for Leopard in the Daniel 7: 6 scripture. Used only once in the King James Version, it comes from the root word namer (H 5246).  There are only six  texts associated with the root word.  While the scriptures say less about the leopard in comparison to the lion, we see from comparisons that they are similar in nature:

a.  like the lion, the leopard’s habitat is in the mountains

Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards H5246-(Songs of Solomon 4: 8).

b.  like the lion, the leopard is a beast of prey that lies in wait before it destroys and kills. It moves swiftly. However, the nation that is the leopard would lie in wait to destroy Israel because of their sins and rebellion against God:

Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard H5246 shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased (Jeremiah 5: 6).

Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard H5246 by the way will I observe them (Hosea 13: 7).

Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, H5246 and are more fierce than the evening wolves (Habukkuk 1: 8).

c. The spots of the leopard are  compared to those of the Ethiopian, an individual of color or from the black race.  This led me to question whether or not the leopard represented a nation of black people?

Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard H5246 his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil  (Jeremiah 13: 23).

3. Known facts about the leopard give us an indication of  the location of the nation that Prophet Daniel saw in his vision

Species

The leopard (Panthera Pardus), comes from the family of  big cats which include the tiger, the lion and the jaguar. With an average height of 60 to 70 cms (23 5/8 to 27 9/16 inches), it  is the smallest of the cat family (Wildlife Pictures Online, 2014,  Planet Wildlife, 2013).  

The leopard is  stealthy, possesses a unique ability to climb trees even with the carcass of the prey, and is also able to run at the speed of nearly 58 kmph. Leopards hunt best between sunset and sunrise. They  silently stalk the prey then pounce at the last-minute, destroying with a strangle hold  (Planet Wildlife, 2013). The leopard is also described as being the most secretive and elusive big cat and a cunning, opportunistic hunter (African Wildlife Foundation, nd).  

The  statistics could either refer to the height of the people and/or (more likely), to the relatively small size of the leopard’s Empire in comparison to that of the lion, the former British Empire.

In spite of this, however, the two nations were similar in ferocity towards  Jewish people and/or people of Jewish descent. Maybe the nation is also genetically related to the British. So much for racial superiority of whites over blacks! 

God also revealed that the leopard was as much a threat and dangerous enemy as the lion.

Appearance

The Leopard has a large head, powerful neck and shoulders, and short, muscular limbs (Wildlife Pictures Online, 2014).  Its coat is yellow although color varies depending on the locale, tending to be paler and cream colored in desert populations, more gray in colder climates and a darker golden hue in rainforest habitats (Planet Wildlife, 2013).

The leopard’s top coat is covered in dark, irregular spots called rosettes which are circular in East African leopards, but square in Southern African leopards (African Wildlife Foundation, nd).  The underparts are white with black spots and the tail is also white underneath with rosettes on top. Interestingly, each leopard’s spots are unique, similar to human fingerprints, since no two leopards have the same markings or color (Wildlife Pictures Online, 2014).

Again we have confirmation that the markings on the leopard seem to identify it as a black race. In the vision, Prophet Daniel saw these distinctive markings and other physical characteristics that made this big cat stand out from others in the family, especially the lion which also featured in the vision.

Did not the Prophet say that similarly, neither the Ethiopian nor the leopard could change spots or genetic makeup.  

World population of leopards

In modern times, the leopard is native to more than 35 African countries (African Wildlife Foundation, nd), with species also located in regions of Pakistan, India, Indochina, Malaysia and China  (Planet Wildlife, 2013).  

 

The Biblical comparison between the Ethiopian and the leopard seems to indicate that this nation is from a region of Africa.

4. Finally

We still need to explore the meaning of the two fowls’ wings  and the four heads  on the leopard. Let’s hope that we are right so far:

After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it – Daniel 7: 6.

Then the third of these strange beasts appeared, and it looked like a leopard. It had four bird’s wings on its back, and it had four heads. Great authority was given to this beast – NLT.

CLUE

The antagonism of these Empires (LION AND LEOPARD), could have been directed, albeit unknowingly, towards the LOST TRIBES OF ISRAEL

 

 

 

Prophet Daniel saw that the bear was “chafed in its mind” – a bitter and furious nation

In the previous post titled “The Bear Of Daniel 7: 5 Represents A Nation That Devours”  we learnt that the bear, though ferocious and destructive, can be destroyed by the power of God through a leader who knows his God and does exploits. This is a man or woman like David – intercessor, worshipper and warrior.

And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear (Dob/h1678), and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh (Daniel 7: 5).

Dob (H1680), which is the root word for bear in Daniel 7: 5, gives a true picture of the spirit of the bear:

The following words were spoken by Hushai as he advised Absalom on his strategy to capture his father during the uprising. Hushai warned Absalom not to follow Ahithophel’s advice to pursue after and to capture the king, since David and his men would be “chafed in their minds” like a bear that is robbed of its young ones:

For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father andhis men, that they be mighty men, and they be chafed in their minds, as a bear H1677 robbed of her whelps in the field: and thy father is a man of war, and will not lodge with the people – 2 Samuel 17: 8

You know your father and his men; they are fighters, and as fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs. Besides, your father is an experienced fighter; he will not spend the night with the troops (NIV)

Mar (H4751) is the word used in the  text of  Daniel 7: 5 for “and they be chafed.”  Usage of the phrase  The bear of Daniel 7: 5 at http://pppministries.wordpress.commeans that the bear is bitter.  The phrase  and they be chafed“: or bitter, was used in the following contexts:

1. an individual is robbed of something they treasure:

Esau cried with a ” great and exceeding bitter H4751 cry” when he lost the blessing to Jacob – Genesis 27: 34.

And she was in bitterness H4751 of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore – 1 Samuel 1: 10

2. a supply source is inaccessible because it is bitter or poisonous

And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: H4751 – Exodus 15: 23

3. the cause of a curse

And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and uncover the woman’s head, and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy offering: and the priest shall have in his hand the bitter H4751 water that causeth the curse – Numbers 5: 18.

4. angry to the point of murder – the Babylonians were described as a bitter nation – killing and destructive

Let not thy voice be heard among us, lest angry H4751 fellows run upon thee, and thou lose thy life, with the lives of thy household – Judges 18: 25.

Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness H4751 of death is past – 1 Samuel 15: 32

Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness H4751 in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren? – 2  Samuel 2: 26

 

5. A state of discontent and bitterness – ripe for political conflict, grieving,angry, speaks bitter words, a heart of bitterness which produces wickedness to others

And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, H4751 gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them – 1 Samuel 22: 2

And another dieth in the bitterness H4751 of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure – Job 21: 25

Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter H4751 words – Psalm 64: 3

Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, H4751 because it reacheth unto thine heart –  Jeremiah 4: 18

A nation can be bitter and angry to the point where they rise up against other nations in order to rule them

Scriptures show that nations can be bitter and angry.  We see this in the use of mar in the following text about the Babylonians. They conquered, pillaged and destroyed other nations in order to become the World SuperPower of their era, and succeeded:

For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter H4751 and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs – Habukkuk 1: 6

Additionally, marar (H 4843), the root word for mar, confirms that that rulers can rise up against other nations with great anger in their bitterness to conquer and rule. We see this in the modern-day scenario between Russia and the Ukraine and also in the Hamas war against Israel:

And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler H4843 against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: 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 the king of the south shall be moved with choler, H4843 and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north: and he shall set forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his hand – Daniel 11: 11

 

Adolph Hitler’s Germany – is it the Bear?

The bear loved human flesh. It loved to kill. In the vision, Prophet Daniel saw that it had three ribs in its mouth.  Additionally, the bear was told to arise and devour much flesh.

Adolph Hitler devoured  approximately 6, 000, 000 Jews in the bitterness of his spirit in a spate of  genocide.

THE TRUTH

The Holocaust was conducted under the auspices of racial hygiene. Between 1939 and 1945, Nazis and their collaborators were responsible for the deaths of 11 million to 14 million people, including about 6 million Jews, representing two-thirds of the Jewish population in Europe. Deaths took place in concentration and extermination camps and through mass executions. Other persecuted groups included Poles, communists, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and trade unionists, among others (history1900s.about.com/od/hitleradolf/a/Hitler-Facts.htm).

 

 

Flag of  Berlin 

The flag of Berlin was adopted 13th May 1954 for West Berlin and in 1990 for all Berlin

Adolf Hitler: 1889-1924 – explains the source of Hitler’s bitterness

34 Facts About Nazi Leader Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler Biography

Holocaust Encyclopedia (1933 – 1945)

 

Question: Is Adolph Hitler reflected in the biblical descriptions of one who is chafed in his mind?I believe so based on his biography.

 

Interesting bear facts

Black bear mothers seldom attack people in defense of cubs, but typically bluff or retreat, while grizzly bears will attack (http://bearwithus.org/understanding-bears).

The surname of BEAR meant one of surly temper.  The bear has generally been regarded with a mixture of fear and amusement, due to its strength and unpredictable temper on the one hand and its clumsy gait on the other (http://www.4crests.com/bear-coat-of-arms.html)

What bear cubs did Hitler need to defend? He was just a bitter, angry man who was full of hatred for Jews.
Angelic blessings, peace and prosperity.

 

 

Can we can move on to explore the identity of the  bear in Daniel 7: 5?

In the previous post titled, “the Lion Had Eagle’s Wings, According To Daniel 7: 4″, we discovered that the former British Empire is the Lion while the Holy Roman Empire is the Eagle. Today, we move on to study the identity of the bear seen by Prophet Daniel in the vision:

And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear (Dob/h1678), and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh (Daniel 7: 5).

 

Similarities between the bear in Prophet Daniel’s vision and the bear that David killed at age 16 years

Since bear (dob/ h16780), is used once in the King James Version, I had to explore the root word dob (H1680) in order to understand the meaning of this bear seen by Prophet Daniel.  I found several cross references for dob (H1680), one of the first being the report given by David about his encounter with a bear that DARED to steal a lamb from his flock.

This picture was given to us by David in the scenario in which the Jewish army, under the leadership of weakling King Saul, was faced with invasion by the Philistines. No one in the army dared to confront the champion Goliath out of fear of his size, height, weaponry and daring words against them and their God.

David was just 16 years old and a lowly shepherd, at least in the mind of his brothers. He was keeping sheep, overpowering a lion and a bear, while the brothers cowered with the best of Israel in their tents out of fear of Goliath.  Sent by his father to provide food for his siblings, David discovered the plight of  the Defense Force. Indignant at Goliath’s behavior, he offered to fight and kill the giant.

David reported to King Saul that a bear robbed his flock of a lamb (1 Samuel 17: 34).  In the David and Goliath at http://pppministries.wordpress.comscripture, Israel is symbolically compared to sheep and therefore the lamb refers to the young, defenseless and susceptible ones from the flock. David represents the shepherd, ruler or protector of Israel.

I hear the Father showing me the comparison between the bear in Prophet Daniel’s vision in whose mouth he  saw three ribs AND the bear that robbed the lamb from David’s flock

                                                       Parallels

Prophet Daniel’s vision = picture of the plunder of Israel by the bear. This is Israel without a true shepherd David and the bear = Israel under a leader who know his God and does exploits David and Goliath = Israel under a leader who fears no man because he knows his God
In the vision, Prophet Daniel saw a bear with three ribs between the teeth, meaning that it had already plundered, killed and eaten God’s people.The deed had been already envisioned and done in the mind of the bear.

 

 

A bear stole a lamb and ran off with it in its mouth. David compared Goliath, the uncircumcised Philistine, to the bear that stole a lamb from his flock of sheep.  The bear is an uncircumcised, Gentile nation.

 

Goliath means Splendor and comes from a root word which means uncover, to have one’s nakedness revealed, captivity, exile, carry captive, carried Israel away out of their own land.

 

Based on his challenge, Goliath, compared by David to the bear, represents a nation that overpowered, enslaved the Jews and took them captive.

 

 

Goliath was intimidating in appearance, weaponry and threats of destruction of the nation’s champion. He promised to kill Israel’s champion and to enslave the nation, in keeping with his name. He will intimidate those who do not know their God.

 

As fearless as he appeared to be, Goliath did not offer to fight the entire army. He is a bully, fighting with intimidating words and weaponry:

 

If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.

 

And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.

  David engaged in face to face combat with the bear and delivered the lamb from its mouth. The bear had to release the lamb and fight with his paws. He was no match for Israel under the anointed leadership of an Intercessor, Worshipping, Warrior King:And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, H1677, and took a lamb out of the flock:And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him

Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: H1677 : and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, H1677, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee (1 Samuel 17:  32 – 37).

Goliath is confident in his military strength and uses intimidating words to show disdain for the apparent inexperience of   Israel and its Leader:  And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance…

 

And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

 

  David prevailed against the Philistine with a primitive weapon of war and by the POWER OF GOD.The bear is not invincible: 

45. Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

 

46. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel

47.  And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands 48. And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that DAVID HASTED AND RAN TOWARD THE ARMY TO MEET THE PHILISTINE

 49. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth

 

50. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  Archangel Michael said that we need to identify the Eagle before we name the Lion of Daniel 7: 4

As I  read the previous post titled “Nations That Are Represented As Lions”  in order to get my bearings for today’s study, I heard Archangel Michael say, “the Lion had eagle’s wings.”

I laughed because I was deep in thought and was absolutely delighted to hear Michael speak. Therefore today, we will attempt to answer the questions:

  1. Which nation is represented by the Eagle?
  2. Nations that are represented as Eagles

 

2. The usage of eagle’s in Daniel 7: 4 shows an immediate comparison between King Nebuchadnezzar and the Lion

a. Hebrew usage of eagle’s

Neshar (H 5403), is the Hebrew word used for eagle’s in Daniel 7: 4.  It is used only twice in scripture:

The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ H5403 feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws (Daniel 4: 33)

The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s H5403 wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it (Daniel 7: 4).

I saw these comparisons as I read these two texts, the first of which refers to the great King Nebuchadnezzar, who, for seven years,  was driven from among men, ate grass, lived outdoors and who looked like an eagle in appearance.   In contrast, the lion had eagle’s wings which were plucked off, after which, the lion looked and behaved like a human.

b. The judgment in which King Nebuchadnezzar grew his hair like an eagle’s feathers and got long claws

Because of this contrast, I need to examine the scenario preceding the judgment of Nebuchadnezzar in order to determine if there are any similarities.  King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream in which he saw a great tree in the midst of the earth. The tree was so tall that it reached up to heaven. It was a source of food and shelter for animals, birds and humans.

In the dream, King Nebuchadnezzar saw “a watcher and a holy one” descend from heaven. This watcher and holy one gave a decree from God which was intended to show humans alive in the earth that God rules over the kingdoms of men and gives rulership to whoever He chooses.

The watcher and holy one:

cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches

Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth

Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him

This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men  (Daniel 4: 14 – 17).

Puzzled by the dream which his magicians were unable to interpret, the King asked for  Prophet Daniel who gave the interpretation:

  • King Nebuchadnezzar was the tree.
  • He had grown great and became so strong that his greatness reached to heaven, and his dominion to the end of the earth.
  • he would be driven from men to live with the beasts of the field and eat grass like an oxen until he learnt that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever he will (Daniel 4: 25).
  • The stump of the tree remained to indicate that Nebuchadnezzar would not lose his kingdom (Daniel 4: 26).
  • Daniel then counseled the King to escape this judgment by living righteously and by showing MERCY TO THE POOR (Daniel 4: 27).

c. Fulfillment of the prophecy

Twelve months later, King Nebuchadnezzar walked in his palace and boasted about his great kingdom as if he had gotten this greatness in his own strength. God immediately judged him and he was driven from human habitations to live with animals. He ate grass, his hairs grew like eagle’s feathers and he grew long claws.

Just as God decreed, Nebuchadnezzar regained his reason seven years later and confessed that GOD IS THE GREATEST POWER, (according to Heaven).  He repented of his pride and glorified and praised the God of Heaven.

Here is the full text for greater clarity:

At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon

Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?

While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee

And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will

the same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws…

And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation

And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me

Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase (Daniel 4: 29 – 37).

Daniel 4 – NIV

 

d. Meaning of the comparison

Scriptures show that King Nebuchadnezzar ruled over a great and mighty kingdom that consisted of “people, nations, and languages” (Daniel 4: 1).  However, God humbled him due to pride and he took on the spirit and behavior of an oxen, losing his throne for a seven year period. He ate grass like an oxen and looked like an eagle, which is a great majestic bird, ruler of the sky and bird of prey. However, this parallel was paradoxical since the king lost his kingdom and throne for seven years and became like a farm animal which was usually harnessed to a yoke and made to labor in the fields.

The Lion, in contrast, had eagle’s wings, which implies that it was ruled by another nation and was in a state of  subservience. The wings were plucked, which means that the eagle lost dominion over the lion.

This is an interesting comparison between the lion, the greatest of the beasts of prey, and the eagle, the greatest of birds of prey.

This tells us that the nation that is represented by the eagle is extremely ferocious.  However, Nebuchadnezzar became like an eagle, somewhat paradoxically, during the seven-year period of abasement.

God reveals in this paradox that a nation can look like an eagle and yet be weak, just as the greatest beast of the forest looked like a lion, but had to gain the spirit of a man in order to prevail over the eagle and rule.

The paradox is so interesting because eagles usually build their nests high in rocks. This must have been a great and mighty nation to prevail over the lion. However, the nation that was the lion must have been in a crouching position during the period of rule, waiting for the moment when it could seize dominion over the eagle.

Scriptures did not describe the lion as a whelp or cub, so it was not young and inexperienced and seems to have had some degree of power. However, the lion could not prevail until it began to think and behave like a man.

King Nebuchadnezzar ruled over many kingdoms because he had a man’s heart or spirit. In other words,  God endowed him with the spirit to rule and to have dominion over nations of the earth, although he did not understand or acknowledge that his power came from God.

The lion did not have that spirit of dominion over nations. Remember that dominion, rulership or the power to subdue was given to Adam by God, although He never intended for humans to rule over each other in a godless manner.

God took this spirit of dominion and kingship  from Nebuchadnezzar and he became like a farm animal with the potential to rule in the sky like the eagle that he resembled.  The Lion, the greatest of the beasts, was ruled by a bird of prey because it did not understand the principles of dominion and did not have the spirit to rule over nations. This dominion only came when God lifted it up and gave it this spirit to rule, reign and become a mighty Kingdom or SuperPower in the earth:

Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him (Daniel 4: 16)

The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s H5403 wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it (Daniel 7: 4).

 

3. Nations that represent themselves as eagles – which one was a SuperPower that ruled the Lion?

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5. AND THE ANSWER IS …

The LION – UNITED KINGDOM, says Heaven. History shows that the British Empire was the  largest empire in history.

The EAGLE  –  HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE.

NB: The USA, represented by the Bald Headed Eagle, escaped from the Lion, which is the United Kingdom.

 

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Where do we go from here?

I’m puzzling over the question, “Which Kingdom Or World SuperPower Is Represented By The Lion in Daniel 7?”   Based on the Hebrew usage of  the word LION in Daniel 7, my current understanding is that the text refers to the PERSECUTION OF THE JEWS. Actually, this was said to me by Archangel Gabriel.

Hence, while scriptures compare the Tribe of Judah to a lion, I do not believe that the lion of Daniel 7: 4 refers to the Nation of Israel. After Reuben committed adultery with his father’s concubine, Jacob stripped him of the right to lead and replaced him with Judah. Jacob later prophesied that Judah would become  the Ruler and Lawgiver in the later days of the nation’ s existence (Genesis 49: 10).   This prophecy was further fulfilled when King David of Judah established his throne and when the Lion of Judah established His earthly Kingdom and ruled on the Throne of David.

This is the vision that Daniel saw about the Lion:

The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it (Daniel 7: 4).

 

The nation that is the LION might be revealed by its UNIQUE IDENTIFIER

Each nation on the planet uniquely identifies itself  either by its FLAG and/or  COAT OF ARMS.  Did Daniel see  LION on the flag or coat of arms of  one or more nations? We also need to remember that the lion had eagle’s wings for a period of time.

God commanded Israel to uniquely identify each tribe or state by a standard/banner/flag each of which carried an ensign   (symbol or distinguishing mark). This was drawn to my attention by  Save your heritage. 

The distinguishing mark or ensign was associated with Jacob’s prophecy of Genesis 49. Therefore, Judah’s standard, banner or flag would have carried the ensign of a Lion.

Prophetically ordained as Ruler, the standard of Judah always took the first place. The Prophecy is still fulfilled today because King David came from the Tribe or State of Judah and the Jewish National flag bears the STAR OF DAVID. God still intends for Israel to be a leader in World Affairs because of that prophecy and also because Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah who tore up satan’s kingdom.

                         Stars/Stripes

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And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, H1714 throughout their hosts – Numbers 1: 52.

Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, H1714 with the ensign of their father’s house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch – Numbers 2: 2.

And on the east side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the standard H1714 of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies: and Nahshon the son of Amminadab shall be captain of the children of Judah – Numbers 2: 3.

In the first place went the standard H1714 of the camp of the children of Judah according to their armies: and over his host was Nahshon the son of Amminadab – Numbers 10: 14.

 

SEVEN NATIONS WITH LIONS IN THEIR COAT OF ARMS

These are seven of the nations on the planet which associate themselves with the Lion.  Which of them is the Lion that Daniel saw?  Here is the key to  the answer:

  1. the nation  would have had to  be recognized as a World SuperPower – with territorial rights over other nations as seen in the vision of Daniel 8.
  2. It should have been ruled by the Eagle at some point in its history.

 

What is the nature or character of this nation that is compared to a lion?

Language used in the scripture to describe  the lion show that it is brave, fierce and violent killer – an animal that  hunts  prey. It roars terribly at its prey, stalks, hunts and eats flesh.  It hides then suddenly attacks and kills the susceptible.

Like the lion, this nation was  fearful to humans. It ate its prey by tearing the flesh viciously with its teeth:

  • ... he couched as a lion – Genesis 49: 9.
  • … as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain – Numbers 23: 24.
  • Samson went down…to Timnath… and a young lion roared against him – Judges 14: 5.
  • the men of the city said unto him …what is stronger than a lion? – Judges 14: 8.
  • there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock – 1 Samuel 17: 34.
  • he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion – 2 Samuel 17: 10.
  • The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion – Job 4: 10.
  • Thou huntest me as a fierce lion – Job 10: 16.
  • Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions – Job 38: 39.
  • Lest he tear my soul like a lion … – Psalm 7: 2.
  • He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor… – Psalm 10: 9.
  • Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places – Psalm 17: 12.
  • They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion – Psalm 22: 13.
  • The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion… – Psalm 19: 12.
  • The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets – Proverbs 22: 13.
  • I reckoned till morning, that, as a lion, so will he break all my bones – Isaiah 38: 13.
  • … like a destroying lion – Jeremiah 2: 30.
  • she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men… – Ezekiel 19: 6.
  • The lion hath roared, who will not fear?… – Amos 3: 8.
  • The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin – Nahum 2: 12.
  • Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour – 1 Peter 5: 8.

Proverbs 30: 30 describes the lion as the “…strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any.”  This suggests that the lion in the vision of Daniel 7: 4 was the strongest and most powerful SuperPower of its era. This lion was so destructive that it leaves desolation in its path.

 

 

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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

        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:

  • Presidents and Princes will envy the Prophets and people of God (Daniel 6: 1 – 4)
  • They will lay traps for the Prophets and people of God (Daniel 6: 4 – 9)
  • They will legislate anti – God laws in order to throw the Prophets and people of God to the lions (Daniel 6: 4 – 9; Daniel 6: 11 – 13).
  • The lion is a killer, but God will send His Angels to shut the lions’ mouths.
  • The Presidents, Princes, their families and possessions will be thrown instead to the lions
  • Nations will serve the God of the Prophets because of His indisputable greatness.

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 lionH738 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

  • the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon = 556 BC (Daniel 7: 1).
  • King Belshazzar succeeded King Nebuchadnezzar in 556 BC and was the last of the Babylonian Kings.
  • According to scripture, Darius the Mede conquered Belshazzar’s kingdom and began to rule over Babylon when he was sixty-two years (Daniel 5: 31).
  • God overthrew the Kingdom of Belshazzar because he was very irreverent and worshipped demons in a celebration in which he desecrated the utensils brought out of the Jewish Temple. These had been sanctified for the worship of God and not devils – Daniel 5.

 

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:

  • The Prophet received the vision in the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar = 553 BC.
  • Prophet Daniel  saw a vision of  a terrible ram with two horns. One of these horns was higher than the other, with the higher emerging last. This ram conquered other beasts or nations.
  • In the vision, Archangel Gabriel told him that this was the  kings of Media and Persia (Daniel 8: 7 & 20).
  • Daniel also saw a he goat come from the west. It was swift and had a notable horn between the eyes.  This goat overpowered the ram with great fury – Daniel 8: 7.
  • Archangel Gabriel told Prophet Daniel that the rough goat represented the king of Grecia or Greece, with the great horn  between his eyes referring to the Medes and Persians – Daniel 8: 21.
  • In other words, the Medes and Persians would not be entirely destroyed, but would wane in power.
  • However, the great horn or Super Power of the King of Greece/Greeks was broken at the height of his strength  – Daniel 8: 8.
  • Archangel Gabriel told Prophet Daniel that the Super Power or great horn of the Greeks would be destroyed and would be replaced by four kingdoms that were not as powerful – Daniel 8: 22.
  • A little horn emerged at the latter time of the kingdom or rule of these four and became very great. It conquered nations of the south and east and also the pleasant land or Israel – Daniel 8: 9; 23
  • This kingdom would prosper by occultic practices – Daniel 8: 23 – 25.
  • Archangel Gabriel prophesied that this Kingdom would oppose Christ, but would be “broken without hand.”  In other words, this kingdom would be destroyed by God  (Daniel 8: 24).
  • This final kingdom in the vision represented the Romans which replaced the Greeks as a World Superpower. Indeed the Caesars decreed that they should be worshipped as God and furiously persecuted the saints for refusing to comply.

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.

OTHER PATTERNS

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):

  • According to Daniel’s vision (Daniel 7), the fourth beast, which he described as “dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly,”  had his throne cast down, was judged by God and slain (Daniel 7: 7 – 11).
  • In other words, this Super Power was entirely destroyed (Daniel 7: 11).
  • God also judged the Lion, Bear and Leopard. They had their “dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time”  (Daniel 7: 12).
  • In other words, these Kingdoms remained in the earth, but with  a decline in power.

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

  • We see the merging of the three remaining Superpowers of Daniel 7 in Revelation 13: 2 since  Apostle John saw ONE  beast which looked like a leopard,  had  feet like a bear and a mouth like a lion.
  • Another beast emerged with two horns like a lamb, although he spake as a dragon (Revelation 13: 11).
  • This is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, or rather dragon in sheep’s clothing, dragon representing satan,  as this kingdom is satan’s copy cat, according to Gabriel.
  • This is the Kingdom or SuperPower of a FALSE PROPHET. Ahem.

I note that the beasts or Kingdoms  of earth SPEAK against God. This would explain their anti – God/anti – Christ laws, policies etc.

 

TIME FRAMES

  • Medes and Persians – fulfilled from  549 – 330 BC.
  • Greeks – fulfilled from 330 – 63 BC.
  • Rome – fulfilled from 63 BC – 476 AD.
  • What Kingdom or Super Power succeeded the Roman Empire?

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

 

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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:

  • ordained 12 Apostles who were taught the secrets of authority that had been hidden. These Apostles would later become the Governors in His Kingdom after His departure from the earth.
  • began to work the works of the kingdom by – teaching, preaching and working mighty signs and wonders through power of His Holy Spirit.
  • began to preach the  Gospel of the Kingdom of God – Matthew 4: 23.
  • trained the Apostles and other disciples and sent  them forth in teams to preach the gospel of the Kingdom to the cities of Israel. He commanded them to preach the gospel with the demonstration of Power – Luke 9 & 10.
  • The Lord told us that He gave us the Keys or authority of the Kingdom to  bind and to loose because He wanted the Church to exercise the same authority that He demonstrated – Matthew 16: 19.

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

a.  the four winds of the heaven strove  upon the great sea – Daniel 7: 2.

  • First of all, the location is in the heavens.
  • Winds, ruwach, refers to spirit.
  • The usage of ruwach in the  root word  refers to the Spirit of God, evil spirit, lying spirit, spirit of humans etc.
  • What is the striving of the four winds? Strove in the Hebrew refers to  breaking forth of the sea from an underground cave, pain and travail of a woman in labor before a child breaks out of the womb and also a battle in which set themselves in array in order to burst forth against an enemy.
  • Does this vision mean that there is war in heaven between satan and the  Three members of the God family?
  • The earth came under the power of satan’s influence when he was tossed out of  heaven
  • When a Jew spoke of the Great Sea, he most commonly meant the Meditarranean which formed the western border of Israel.
  • About.com identified the following nations along the Mediterranean – Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Morrocco, Tunisia, Cyprius, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain  and Turkey. I do not want to say ding ding, but most of these nations are Islamic. Furthermore, much of the recent political conflict in the earth was centered in many of these nations.
  • I would like to believe that sea refers to these nations since the beasts are kingdoms of earth that emerged or burst forth from hiding or maybe obscurity in the earth.  Let us explore the prophecy further to discover the truth.

 

b.  four great beasts arose from the sea – Daniel 7: 3

  • we know from the Angel’s explanation that each beast represents a king or kingdom that shall arise out of the earth – Daniel 7:  17.
  • the first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings.  Daniel looked until till the wings  were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it – Daniel 7: 4
  • the second was  like a bear, it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs between its teeth, symbolizing conquest of the lion – Daniel 7: 5
  • a leopard, which had four wings of a fowl upon its  back. It also had four heads – Daniel 7: 6
  • a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and exceedingly  strong ; and it had great iron teeth which utterly destroyed the other beasts. This beast also had 10 horns. A little horn came up among the ten and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully – Daniel 7: 7 & 8.
  • Read more in Revelation 13

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.

 

 

 

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 the LORD God planted a GARDEN1588   and there he put the man whom he had formed.

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.

And a river went out of Eden to water the GARDEN1588; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads…

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the GARDEN1588 of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the GARDEN1588   thou mayest freely eat  (Genesis 2: 8 – 10; 15 & 16).


2. Gan, the Hebrew word for the GARDEN of Eden

A review of the cross references show that Gan,  the Hebrew word for GARDEN  was used specifically in reference to the:

  • GARDEN  of Eden
  •  GARDEN  of Eden, which was the point at which River Eden parted into four heads.
  • location of the Tree of Life
  • site of the temptation and fall of the human race into sin.

 The translators of the Hebrew text used other synonyms for  GanThese synonyms, when applied to Eden/Jerusalem, reveal that is was:

  • well watered – Genesis 13: 10; Isaiah 58: 11.
  • a garden of herbs – Deuteronomy 11: 10; 1 Kings 21: 2.
  • associated with Kings’ palaces or dwellings – 2 Kings 21: 18.
  • enclosed – Songs of Solomon 4: 12 (parallel in Isaiah 5).
  • a place where spices, pleasant fruit, flowers like lillies,  cedars and other trees grew – Songs of Solomon 4: 16 & 6: 2; Ezekiel 31: 8& 9.
  • the garden of the Lord/His place of relaxation – Genesis 13: 10; Isaiah 51: 3; Ezekiel 28: 13; Ezekiel 31: 8& 9.

As I completed this paragraphy, I heard ARCHANGEL GABRIEL SAY THAT HE IS CALLING ON ISRAEL TO RESTORE  JERUSALEM, HIS GARDEN /GAN,  BACK TO ITS FORMER  GLORY AND A PLACE WHERE THE FATHER CAN DWELL.

3. The secret that JERUSALEM IS EDEN is hidden in  GANAN/H 1598, the root word for GARDEN/Gan

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.

GANAN/H 1598, the root word for GAN/GARDEN  is used specifically in reference to the city of Jerusalem:

  • For I will defend1598 this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake – 2 Kings 19: 34.
  • And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend1598 this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake – 2 Kings 2o: 6.
  • As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend1598 Jerusalem; defending1598 also he will deliver [it; and] passing over he will preserve it –  Isaiah 31: 5.
  • For I will defend1598 this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake – Isaiah 37: 35.
  • And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend1598 this city -  Isaiah 38: 6.
  • The LORD of hosts shall defend1598 them… –   Zechariah 9: 15.
  • In that day shall the LORD defend1598 the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David [shall be] as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.  – Zechariah 12: 8.

These texts serve to reveal that:

  1. Jerusalem is the GAN/GARDEN  of Eden.
  2. God will defend His GAN/GARDEN from extinction by enemies because of His Promise to David. I pray that Israel will take comfort in the Word of the Lord and look to Him for refuge and defense.

Father I ask now for blessings, peace, angelic prosperity and protection upon your people Israel.

4. Comparisons

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  EdenGANAN/H 1598 is the only  word that does so very specifically -

  1. ginnah/H 1594
  2. gannah/H 1593
  3. garden of cucumbers 4750
  4. Greek word – garden 2779

 

 

RELATED READINGS

The Garden Of Eden

Keys to Understanding the Parable of the Garden of Eden

The Parable of the Garden of Eden – Secret One

#Archangel #Gabriel’s Question About The Garden Of #Eden

The Temptation And Fall Of Adam And Eve

The Tree of Life

1. On what day did God institute His Creation New Year?


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:

  • The Gregorian calendar begins arbitrarily on any day of the week
  • The Jewish New Year (which is Nisan, according to scriptures), begins in the middle of the month of April.

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:

  • At least two days over lap.
  • For example, Monday 29th August “began” at midnight.
  • This means that we stole about 6 hours of Sunday
  • Sunday overlapped with Saturday
  • This is nothing but bedlam as far as God is concerned.

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.

2. On what day of the month did God command Moses to celebrate the Jewish New Year?

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:

  • The Passover was celebrated in the evening of Saturday 14th Abib or Nisan
  • The Jews left Egypt on  Sunday 15th Nisan
  • This readily tells us that SUNDAY was the first day of the Jewish New Year and therefore the month of Nisan.

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.

3. Is it important to follow the New Year pattern that God established?

Yes, it is:

  • God’s pattern of beginning New Years on Sunday 1st helps humans to keep accurate calculations of days, weeks, months and years.
  • Humans have disrupted God’s established order and chaos is the result.
  • We would have been able to match dates and days in history without using a calendar.
  • God uses NEW symbolically to refer to ENTIRELY NEW BEGINNINGS
  • Beginnings speak of new creation and renewal – God always starts on a new page.
  • People and nations that are renewed begin with God (three people with one name); God moving, God breathing or outpouring His Spirit, God speaking and establishing new things.

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!

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

  • the second reference to the word subdue occurred when Moses spoke to three tribes telling them that they had to go over Jordan with the others and war against the Canaanites until the Lord had driven out His enemies and subdued the land (Num 32: 21-22).
  • Joshua 18: 1 showed that the Israelites warred against    the Caananites, taking possession of their cities and property and as a result the land was subdued before them. 
  • 2 Samuel 8 is a brief description of  how King David subdued enemy nations in war. He took possession of their territories, placed Israeli forces there, made the people  his servants, made them bring gifts/dues to him.  King David was a terror and his enemies feared him
  • King David commanded the people to help Solomon his son, since the Lord had helped him to conquer the nations and subdue them (1 Chronicles 22: 18)
  • To subdue means to bring someone else into bondage or make them a servant or slave (2 Chro 28: 10; Neh 5: 5; Jeremiah 34: 11, 16)
  • Weapons are used to subdue enemies (Zech 9: 15)

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:

  • God commanded Adam to treat satan as an enemy and not as a friend
  • Most of the references to the action of subduing  relate to the conquest of the Land of  Canaan in which ungodly, demon worshipping nations were replaced with people who God called “a Kingdom of  priests and a holy nation” (Ex 19: 6)
  • We can therefore infer that God’s intent when  He created Adam was the deposing of satan
  • God also intended that HIS  KINGDOM  OF RIGHTEOUSNESS would be transfered into the earth through an earthly ruler 
  • Adam’s job was to fill up the earth with God- like people who would worship and serve Him  AND keep the devil in his place so he would have no territory to occupy.
  • Adam and Eve were commanded to rule over the devil with strength;  prevail against him; run him out of their earth; and teach their descendants to rule as Kings and Princes in the earth. 
  • If  you scan through the Old Testament, you will discover that the nations of the earth understood the concept of ruling as Kings and Princes in the natural sense.  However, they gave up control  of the invisible realm to the devil, allowing him to subdue them and bring them into bondage of  many heinous sins.
  • Time does not permit, but you will see that God called Abraham a Father of  many nations.  Jacob was called a Prince because he had prevailed with God.  Ishmael was also a ruler who produced 12 princes, but ungodly men.

 

4.  There are two realms of  rulership – the natural and the invisible.

Here are some important questions that I would like you to answer:

  • Are you ruling  in the natural realm but a victim  to satan? 
  •  Are you like God or like satan?
  • Are you a member of  the Kingdom of  God or the Kingdom of  satan?
  • You will know whose Kingdom you belong to based on the beliefs and lifestyle practices that you pursue
  • God’s  Kingdom can be entered only by  a rebirth of that tainted, sinful spirit.  To read more about the transformation of  your spirit, please visit

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/07/17/jesus-said-tha…-be-born-again/

Blessings!

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 automatically had exclusive rights to  be called Adam’s  God.  
  • God did not sign a licensure agreement with the devil or   give “resale rights”  to satan.  Even in a natural sense, people retain rights to their inventions and ideas, patenting them for protection. 
  • Adam  had a right to love and obey God.
  • Genesis explains God’s patent rights on human beings

 

God demonstrated His rights to Adam in several ways. By:

  • making  Adam  a replica of  Himself
  • breathing “His”   Spirit into Adam
  • preparing  a  home, food, wealth, leisurely occupation and a companion for him
  • testing him in the naming of animals to see how well he would reflect  the wisdom, knowledge, understanding, discernment etc of  God.  Animals come in species, categories etc so this was not as simplistic as it appeared.
  • Teaching Adam His Word
  • giving him a commandment  to obey His Word only as well as the dangers of  rebellion
  • giving him blessings of the covenant

 

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:

  • God made man like Him and to have dominion like Himself.  God rules in heaven and earth is His footstool.
  • The dominion of  man was spoken in a  command in the same way that  God said “let there be light etc”
  • The  dominion of man is the INITIAL  blessing that is revealed and is  important  to the  Law of   Prominence.  
  • Being like God is related to the dominion of man
  • Dominion is inherent  to God’s nature.
  • God established the covenant even before the man was actually formed – this is His prophetic plan for the human race. We are His and should love and obey NO OTHER GOD.
  • Dominion meant that God delegated rulership of the earth to Adam and he was given the  title of  Earth King under God   

 

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:

  • dominion over the fish of the sea,  fowl of the air, cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth (Gen 1: 26 & 28).  Since we are speaking in the spiritual and natural, God commanded man to rule over satan.  Humans portray demons in the form of  fishes, cattle (the Hindus worship cattle); serpents (the  Greek demon of  medicine was a serpent around a staff), scorpions and creeping things  etc.  Now do you  understand why the serpent was more subtil than any other beast of the field?  How about the signs of the zodiac?
  • Dominion refers to ruling
  • Reigning over enemies, killing them, causing them to flee even when no chase is being made (Psalm 18)
  • Ruling over people, the mighty, noble, geographic regions  (Psalm 149; Daniel 10)
  • Delegating  authority to Chiefs and Princes who would rule the  people
  • Rule with strength – no one would revolt
  • To prevail

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. 

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H7287&t=KJV

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/25/adam-and-eve-w…ikeness-of-god/

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/god-created-th…ith-his-breath/

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/god-is-the-father-of-spirits/

Blessings and more to come!

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:

  • to allow only seeing eyes to discover the truth
  • to show us the key players and scenarios in the conflict between the Kingdom of  God/heaven and satan
  • to show the ROOT  of the human condition – our spiritual eyes  that were designed to be open to God were ruthlessly gouged out by a merciless liar, murderer and thief.  Our fore parents were taken  into captivity and made to serve the devil, imprisoned in darkness of sin and ignorance of  God’ s  Word/truth.
  • to show that Adam came under satan’s control when he  broke his covenant with  God (say what? More on that later!)
  • to hide the sordid details of the sins and rebellion  of  Adam and Eve  (rated above R)
  • to show that  there is a natural and spiritual realm and how to identify the parallels in scriptures (only seeing eyes will see.  Father, please open my eyes).
  • to explain the nature of the conflict between the children of the kingdom of  God/heaven  and the kingdom of hell

 

 

2.   Key to the parable of the temptation and fall of man

  • the Lord God commanded the man =  Word of God; covenant with man
  • eat = practice; partake of;  believe the doctrine of  devils;  fellowship with devils (1 Corinthians 10)
  • surely die = your spirit will disconnect from Me; you will lose your purity;  you will die to truth; lose your authority to satan;  come under satan’s power and become his slave. 
  • Tree of life = Jesus, Word of God; Word of Life  
  • tree of the knowledge of good and evil = satan;  doctrine of devils, sin
  • fruit = doctrine; results; lifestyle
  • serpent = devil, satan
  • beast =   demon
  • field = earth

 

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

  • Why didn’t Adam and Eve drop dead immediately after having eaten the fruit?
  • Would an apple kill anyone in the literal sense?
  • Wouldn’t it be more logical to say that the fruit was a  poison berry?
  • Why did satan make a new offer – you will not die but your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.

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…

  • Adam and Eve did not drop dead immediately 
  • their eyes opened although they were not physically blind
  • they became aware of  their nakedness and became ashamed
  • They did not go to the grave immediately, but  God  killed an animal to atone for their sins  
  • Why didn’t God kill them Himself  if the “apple”  had failed to do so?  
  • God symbolically dressed them in leather in a climate that was perfect in order to help them cover their nakedness.  Humans are still obsessed over the issue of  external covering and  neglect the godly  growth and development  neglect the inner spirit. 
  • Why did God ban Adam and Eve from access to the literal tree of life if the initial death was intended to be a physical one? 

Blessings and more to come!

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:

  • Adam and  Eve’s eyes were opened after they sinned (Gen 3: 7)
  • God opened Hagar’s eyes and she saw a well of water in the wilderness as she wandered with Ishmael her son (Gen 21: 19)
  • The son of the Shunnamite woman opened his eyes after Elijah resurrected him from the dead (2 Kings 4: 3 – 4)
  • Prophet Elisha prayed for his servant’s eyes to be opened, thus allowing him to see the invisible angels surrounding and protecting them  (2 Kings 6)
  • Prophet Elisha blinded the Syrian army then told them he could show them the way home, but led them instead to the  King of Israel (2 Kings 6: 18 – 20)
  • Prophet Isaiah spoke about Jesus who would open the blind eyes and bring the blind out of the prisons (Isa 42: 7)

 http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H6491&t=KJV

 

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:

  1. Were Adam and Eve were in full possession of their sight? Yes
  2. Since they were not physically blind, why did satan promise to open their eyes?
  3. Why did he promise them the knowledge of good and evil?
  4. Why do we commonly assume that the fruit of the tree was  an apple?
  5. Why would an apple kill two healthy people (“it keeps the doctor away”)

The current usage of  the word paqach reveals the following truths:

  • By telling Eve that her   eyes would be opened to good and evil, Satan suggested that God had hidden something from them, arousing resentment against God.
  • By telling them that their eyes would be opened to good and evil, satan suggested that they were dead.  God had told them they would die if they had this information.
  • Satan aroused lust for the knowledge of good and evil by giving  Eve a demonstration of power. This is suggested as  the dialogue said – “when the woman saw… “
  • Adam and Eve  received information that they had not know prior to  this exposure.  This is seen in the opening of Hagar’s eyes to a well that had either been hidden to her OR one that God had placed in her path.
  • They received information about the invisible realm that God wanted to protect them from
  • Satan promised them that the opening of  their eyes would make them become like God, implying a form of rebellion against God that was equal to the one that led to his exile from heaven.

 Blessings!!!

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/24/the-fruit-of-a…ir-descendents/

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:

  • he introduced a suggestion of doubt to Eve when he asked “hath God said?”
  • He told Eve that she would not surely die if she ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  His first choice was to kill them.
  • He told her that her eyes would be opened 
  • Adam and Eve would be like God (The lust to be God and rule heaven and earth lay at the root of satan’s fall)
  • You will  know good and evil 

 Blessings!

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/26/the-tree-of-the-knowledge-of-good-and-evil/

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/24/why-did-adam-and-eve-sin/

http://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/12/24/the-fruit-of-a…ir-descendents/

Introduction

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. teachings or doctrine
  2. evidence of the inner condition of the spirit
  3. people e.g. offspring
  4. productivity
  5. words are the fruit of the mouth
  6. work done for  God

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:

  • eat my flesh and drink my blood (Jn 6: 53-60)
  • I am the Bread of Life (Jn 6: 48-51). My teachings will give you life, but beware of the leaven of the scribes and Pharisees
  • I am the Living Bread (Jn 6: 53-60)
  • that the bread of the Last Supper represented his body while the wine represented HIs blood
  • I am the Water of Life (Jn 7: 37-39)

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!

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:

  • Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon (Strongs 8577 = tanniyn) shalt thou trample under feet   (Ps 91: 13)
  •  For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents (Strongs 8577 = tanniyn) : but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods (Ex 7: 12)

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:

  1. highlights the characteristics of wisdom, which is really an element of God’s character or Spirit
  2. it contrasts God’s wisdom with the devil’s wisdom
  3. it reveals that God is the source of true wisdom (Prov 8: 22-34

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:

  • has an excellent spirit (like Jesus and Daniel)
  • speaks right things, truth (satan lied), righteousness
  • hates to speak wickedness, or anything froward or perverse
  • instructs
  • is prudent
  • discovers witty inventions
  • hates evil, pride, arrogancy, a froward mouth
  • counsels right, gives sound wisdom, is understanding and strength
  • bestows power to kings, nobles and princes
  • gives judges the ability judge
  • loves those who love Him
  • reveals Himself to those who seek Him early
  • gives durable or lasting riches and honor (not one that is gained by foul means)
  • is the way of righteousness and judgement (Adam, Eve and the devil were judged fairly)

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.

Blessings

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H5175&t=KJV

http://library.thinkquest.org/C007974/2_6sch.htm

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1. Introduction

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:

  • Satan taught Adam and Eve godless, sinful behaviors that were not a part of their spirits at the creation. God had breathed His Spirit into them and they were pure and innocent when in the sinless state. As a result of sin, their spirits  lost the light of God and they came under the dominion of the kingdom of darkness. 1 John 1: 5b says that God is Light and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. In fact, Light was the first thing that God imparted to the earth.
  • The spiritual DNA of sin and rebellion against God was passed on to all humans and all humans came under the curse of sin (1 Cor 15: 22, 45). 
  • Satan and his ways represented the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  To explain further, the word “fruit”  is used literally in scriptures until  Proverbs 8: 19 when wisdom said that her fruit was better than life.  While good things are the fruit of wisdom,  Proverbs 8 showed that those who lack wisdom are wicked, perverse, lack understanding, pride, arrogancy among others. This is a true picture of the devil.  To illustrate further, Jesus also used the  imagery of fruit to describe the outward evidence of the true condition of wicked human spirits (Matt 7: 15-23). 

 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.

The nation represented by the leopard

Last week we began talking about the leopard in Daniel’s vision:

After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it – Daniel 7: 6.

Then the third of these strange beasts appeared, and it looked like a leopard. It had four bird’s wings on its back, and it had four heads. Great authority was given to this beast – NLT

Only three of the four  the nations affiliated with leopards are from Africa.

Here are their coats of arms:

Flag of Somalia

Somalia coat of arms

Coat of arms of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg

Emblem of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Flag of Malawi

Coat of arms: Malawi (lion and leopard)

[South Ossetian flag]

Flag of South Ossetta with coat of arms which is a golden snow leopard with black spots Source: http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/ge-so.html

MAP OF AFRICA

Map of Africa - Africa Map

 

Sunday 10th August – Samuel sisters annual back to School at Rillan Hill Church of the Nazarene

I was one of three persons who were invited to speak to the children at the  Samuel Sisters annual Back to School Giveaways which was held at the Rillan Hill Church of the Nazarene.  The Samuel children live in the United States, but for the past four years, they  generously donated their time, efforts and finances to assisting needy children with school supplies.

Chief Organizer Cim, one of the Samuel sisters, spoke about the poverty of their childhood, their mother’s giving spirit and the blessings that came to every family member later in life after they migrated to the USA.

I had been instructed to speak about David, the lion and the bear, then prayed for the children, laying hands on them for the transfer of the anointing and spirit of excellence and success.  Mrs Marshall and Mrs Abraham, sisters in the faith, also did a great work when they challenged the parents and children about excellence. Mrs Abraham also led the children in a declaration of  excellence.

VIEW THE SLIDES ON 12 THINGS THAT HAPPEN WHEN THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD COMES ON A CHILD

DAVID-LION-BEAR-slide-show

 

I heard the children in a vision saying that they are not afraid anymore

Early Monday morning and later, I heard a vision in which the children spoke about not being afraid of satan anymore. They were excited and spoke about how they had that same ability to conquer satan that David had received from God.

I was amazed at what I heard because I heard them speaking at different times throught the day. They whipped satan in the invisible realm for all he had done to their parents. Satan complained bitterly that he had lost souls, but Archangel Gabriel told him he could have some, but not all. He agreed that this was indeed true.

Scriptures instruct us how to bring up children in the fear of the Lord – by speaking and teaching the Word of God at every opportunity. However, we learn from scriptures that the anointing of God is transferred by the laying on of hands. That is why God commanded parents to present their children to the Lord on the 8th day of life, with eight being equivalent to one, or light.

Moses laid hands on Joshua and the Spirit of God was transferred to him for leadership. Additionally, he spent most of his time in the tabernacle where the Presence and Glory of God dwelt.

It is time for us to reorient our thinking about our children. Let us take a new approach to rearing them. God can and is able to teach and instruct them in His ways. I challenge us today – our children are our precious jewels, our defenders when we are in distress and the hope of the future.

Blessings, peace, angelic protection and prosperity to you.

 

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