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This month's teaching : Repentance

Understanding the Basic Truth of Eternal Life (Part 3)

As we continue to seek understanding on the permissive conditions that exist within a creature before a tragic fall, we have accumulated some conclusions. I am not giving reference to the common failures of man. I do believe if we better understand where the enemy’s deceptive strategies thrive, we will become more aware of where he tries to negate against us, the redeemed. Let us recognize some fundamental and foundational truths that are often deemed unimportant to acknowledge. We want to continue to find answers as to why Lucifer, the anointed cherub, had an eternal fall from the very presence of God in heaven. We also want to have a deeper understanding on why the fall of Lucifer, as well as the fall of mankind, both happened in the presence of God. We know that Lucifer, the serpent, had influential power over Eve in the first known place of God’s creation. He used the written word, which is eternal. Can the written word be misinterpreted, causing a massive fall from eternal life into a spiraling hell of death? The answer is clearly, yes. Let us learn by analyzing several things.

The only overpowering source over death, darkness, and evil, must be eternal, having accomplished victory over all opposition throughout all eternity. This foundational life source is eternal in nature and eternal in existence. It must have outlived a framework of continued endurance so vast and powerful that it cannot be conquered by any form of opposition. It would have to be a superpower to overcome all sources of destruction that age, revolt, compromise—one that eccentric opposition cannot taint or destroy. It would have the power to triumph over any obstacle or enemy or anything that would oppose in any way. It would have to be an almighty powerful force called eternal life! We have a name for this being: Elohim, meaning, God, The Eternal Creator!

This eternal life must be made available to receive as a resource to live by or else all would be doomed in death. This eternal existence was created for the purpose of relationship with created man in the beginning. The one who holds the title of eternal life has framed a created time substance He called the beginning. He created this beginning for Himself to express His glory before all that exists. We humbly confess that we have been created within this timeframe to reveal His glory to the entire creation on earth as it is in heaven!

Everything that has a beginning is not eternal unless it is imputed from one who is eternal. This eternal being, God Elohim, is the highest of all because He is eternal. So, there is none higher, none more holy. He is proclaimed King of eternity! I confess and acknowledge Elohim as the only God and that He has a Son and a Spirit who are holy and complete within the eternity that He inhabits, and that He is entirely predominant and the master chief of all eternity! All subordinates that He created were or are part of His Kingdom. This King of eternal life is found as the only truth.  This truth has been given through Him who holds the title of truth in whom we find the name Yeshua—Jesus. Hallelujah!

As we all understand by faith, God is the creator of all life. God translated portions of that life at the creation in the beginning. For this to happen, God had to first separate light from darkness. Life-form after the creation comes from a seed, not so with death. Death seeks to destroy life and it is a complete enemy at all times. Life and death are forces of extreme opposites. They cannot mix in any way because one gives life and light and the other death and darkness. One builds with creativity from a seed that spurts life, and the other always seeks to dominate with evil death against life, conception, love, creation, and many more attributes of God. 1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

We, as saints of Elohim, are imputed with the just requirement of Elohim’s eternal righteousness by faith in the only provision, the one sacrificial lamb, the Messiah who conquered all death. The acceptance of this truth is Abrahamic faith. Abraham is the father of all them that believe. This is where we are part of a kingdom in complete conflict with fallen Lucifer, the once-anointed angel, serving among the highest in ranks.

This is the limit of my space constraints for this letter. I will sign off with the verse that will lay the foundation for the next message.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 

How are the Mighty Fallen? (Part 2) 

How can a heavenly anointed angel living in the presence of Almighty God, fall from his assigned place and function and end up spending eternity in Hell, completely banished from The Creator and Holy God? How can one third of Heaven’s holy angels fall in chaos and be thrown into the same pit? How are the mighty fallen?

When man comes to a place of independence and needlessness, he declares himself self-sufficient, needing no-one to draw from. Independence is very dangerous; this is why God placed a head over the body which is called the body of Christ. This placement in the body of Christ brings the purpose of many gifts that function as assistances and servants to one another.

The rage of this century’s modern church is to make leaders; it places everyone in a position of importance and demands output and skills to preserve its physique. Many of these leaders are not disciples. You can be a great leader and know nothing of servanthood. Leadership is not spiritual nor is it required. Kingdom servanthood is spiritual and it is what Jesus instructed us to attain to. The escalation of the two is an obvious contrast. Leaders go up and need no cross, while servants go downward which is the work of the cross. This push of the teachings of synthetic motivational intellectualism, or leadership, is one that can never be confused with true cross-bearing discipleship. The Webster definition of intellectualism is: the exercise of the intellect at the expense of the emotions. This is where it becomes a doctrine that is extremely dangerous to spiritual church structure. There is a significant difference between being made a leader and being made a disciple. I completely believe that the anointing from the Holy Spirit is the strength that makes effective kingdom servants. David was anointed king long before he was a king. He had to learn servant-hood next to the jealous anointed king.

I understand the writings in Ezekiel 31 to point to Lucifer’s fall from influence because of his greatness. He “shot up” because of the large river that watered him. Ezekiel 31:7 Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters. V.9 I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him. The pride of Lucifer produced an element of envy in the smaller trees in the garden. Does one’s envy produce a defense of pride, or does pride produce a dominance that causes someone to envy?

It is the accuser toward someone’s ego that acknowledges his own ego. It is an almost perfect analogy to conclude: that which one accuses in another, is also a proficient problem in the accuser himself. This rule of resemblance seldom fails. How are the mighty fallen? Is it the secret tangling of envy against pride? I do understand this to have been the cause of the fall of Lucifer and one third of the angels. This gives us a glimpse of understanding into why the kingdom of darkness is divided against itself.

We learn it to be of great importance that any disciple of Christ under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, guard themselves against pride in spiritual gifting. This is why we need to understand God’s chastening and buffeting at times. 1 Peter 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. The problem is that God does not set us down and inform us that we will now be chastened or buffeted. Herein is often a great misunderstanding in the saint. There is no one so perfect that he does not make mistakes. Everyone does so and to be buffeted for it is seldom a season of encouragement. It is to be taken with patience, knowing that all will be well again one day. We also need to discern whether it is Satan the accuser, or Jesus the chastiser.

The sovereignty of God uses these measures to keep His mighty servants of valor from a complete fall. Herein lies the making of true disciples. This element of truth is where Lucifer could not bow because of the strength of his pride. He could not yield his position as any lower than God’s placement for him.

The carnal instincts of man always fight for position rather than yielding to assignment. When one’s eyes focus on self-desired position, as in pride of leadership, he loses his assignment and a fall becomes imminent. Our eyes can never desire position. Position is what Lucifer desired and he even threatened to take God’s seat from Him.

2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election stable: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

Understanding the Fall of the Mighty (Part 1)

One of the ways to understand the enemy is to know from where he has fallen, and what is his agenda. In the following few messages I would like to bring some understanding on this subject. I believe it has a certain importance, that our lack of knowledge does not destroy us.

In Ezekiel 31 we clearly read how Pharaoh, King of Egypt, fell from his position among the nations. In verse four it says the waters made him great and his feeding program went out and watered all the trees of the garden. It says that the abundance of water shot him up into the heavens and caused all the fowls of heaven to make their nests in his towering branches. Some have understood the fowls of the air to be subordinates under the assignment of certain influences, perhaps being evil in nature. This king-tree was so great that under his shadow dwelt all great nations.

Ezekiel 31:7 Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters. V.8 The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chestnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty. V.9 I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him.

This was by far the greatest, highest, and most magnificent tree in Eden—the garden of God, yet it is speaking about the fall of the Egyptian king. God made him fair by his many branches which caused two significant things to happen. It brought envy from all the smaller trees in the garden, and his heart was lifted into heights beyond his calling. This is the problem with all kingdom conflict to this very day. If this tree was God-created and pomp in stature, why then did it go wrong? Was envy or pride the problem?  Both are attuned to each other and yet are enemy companions that bring down some of God’s greatest habitations of the Holy Spirit in a person or in the body of Christ. This happens in heavenly places and it took Lucifer, the anointed one, right out of Heaven and directly into the Hell of his future pit along with a third of the angels. Why did a third of the angels fall? Was it that they envied his place? I believe so. This is the reason there is so much chaos in the kingdom of darkness. They are not one with each other at all. I am not aware that we read anywhere that Satan persuaded the one third to be against God, but we understand that they fell with him. Pride of position and envy for position are the greatest of opposing forces and they destroy more kingdom unity than anything I know. One feeds the other, like Ahab feeds Jezebel and Jezebel feeds Ahab. It is raw Hell-strength against the body of Christ. Consider the suggestion of the serpent to Eve in the garden. God knows that if you eat you will be like God, knowing good and evil. Eve ate, thinking it could escalate her to a higher position.

Can God make something so great that it turns against Him? Can greatness, importance, and prominence destroy a man even if God brought him to that place? Can destruction come by voluntary humility as was the case with the mighty Pharisees?  V.18 To whom art thou thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? yet shalt thou be brought down with the trees of Eden unto the nether parts of the earth: thou shalt lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and his entire multitude, saith the Lord God.

How can a created angel adorned with anointing and God’s own holiness, fall and become a hell-devil destroying nations, lands, and multitudes that God made for Himself? How in all of God’s intended creation is this possible? The word is a complex and yet simple one—pride. Does this have anything to do with the pursuit of self-power, self-dependence or self-righteousness? Somehow, Lucifer came to a place where he thought himself needless of dependence. He thought himself equal with God, and furthermore proclaimed that he will be like God and sit in the seat of God. Even the king of Egypt from the garden needed no one else.

Was there a Pharaoh of Egypt way before there was Egypt? The answer seems to be yes. Why was Daniel’s prayer hindered for 21 days by a ruling king of Persia while Daniel was praying from Babylonian territory far away? Are there kings set over things that are invisible, having territorial dominance in the heavens? We might never know all the spiritual technicalities nor understand the oracles of God. However, this is what Lucifer is—he is a legal expert and knows the Word of God far better than many humans.

The root word for Lucifer means: a light-bearer, morning-star. The position, importance, and anointing that he once held is obvious. He had brilliance and intensity so great that it got his attention off his purpose, even in the very presence of God. He considered himself at once to be invincible. He considered himself not in need of God but rather independent of God. He thought himself in a place where he could neither be wrong nor go wrong.

He did it all because he became gifted and of high stature. God made him in that specific way. “I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him.” Can we now see a purpose with Paul’s thorn in the flesh?

Understanding God’s Love

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Who has ever denied love from someone? Love is almost always understood as being synonymous with the word ‘accepted’ yet they are not the same at all.

We live in an era where there is much talk about the Father’s love. Books have been written by the thousands about a wooing kind of love from the Father. What I have repeatedly seen in this explanation of love is that it is seemingly a “wow” experience and then vanishes after some months and the same difficulties resurface. The true love that comes from Heaven is not intended to leave people in the same condition of sin and bondage that they were in when Christ received them. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Our old nature, which is not friendly toward those we esteem higher than us, had to be won by someone becoming lower than us. This was the true remedy for the pitiful human race without exemption. This person was the Messiah, Jesus the Christ.

In God’s love for the lost and dying creation, His desire was to bring back this entire fallen state of humanity and restore them back to Him. 1 Peter 2:9 Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a separated people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light:

This Christ-appointed plan of salvation to bring about restoration to children lost in darkness and deteriorating eternal defeat, is a plan of superior royalty. It is a plan of restoration and reconstruction. The cost of restoration is one of the greatest conflicting phenomenons in a Christian’s life. This process often starts while we are yet carnal and see little through spiritual eyes.

This season of reconstruction and restoration has a major character component in which we suffer great loss within our personality. Many cannot accept this marvelous work from the love of the Father. This transformational event within the true believer is so dramatic in different phases of the Master’s process, that most fail the test and hold the hand of God away from them in utter disappointment. This is the exact reason that most Christians never come to a place of spiritual usefulness. The loss and rebukes are considered too destructive. The result: there can be no rebuilding unto spiritual royalty. Becoming a servant of God in continual surrender without offense is the only way God can and will bring someone into Heavenly places in Christ. Many would even agree with this very statement, yet could never endure the love-chastening of God. The intensities of such deep valleys of sorrow can only be endured by those who refuse to become offended in God or in each other.

When Jesus looked into the eyes of Peter and said, “Get thou behind me Satan”, Peter needed no explanation of what was just said. Today, this would be the offence that would establish a new church. Peter did not argue, he was not offended; he was not hurt, he did not run away, he did not blame nor did he plead his cause to anyone. The difference between the multitudes of Christians today and the early Christians, is that they were disciples. What God wants to do in every believer is to make them disciples.

In our modern times, we do not want to be disciples, we want to be leaders. We find our own opinions to be of great importance. This is one of the delusions that Satan has inputted into the church of the day. This breeds a generation of impatient people that defer the sufferings of Christ. This delusional state of being restores nothing within the heart of the believer. This carnality will never bring any Christian to the maturity of God’s heavenly intention. We continue as babes stumbling on milk and remain untouchable, while we should be teachers. The immature state of most professors of Christ is a very sad condition. We must understand that the purpose of receiving God’s love is for restoration of the deprived soul. God chastens and scourges those whom He loves.

May I then receive the Father’s love so that I can live a life free from all offence and misunderstandings. A disciple of Christ will not fail when rebuked. Why? He is a disciple and has not claim but to his Master and true fellow saints. The Lord is not easy on those whom He truly loves, however it is with royal, heavenly purpose!

Hebrews 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: V.6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. V.7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? V.8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.