REFORMED THEOLOGY

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LAST REFORMATION
The truth, logic, sense, synchronicity, oneness

KEY POINTS

1. The most important point is the question of God’s omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence and sovereignty.

The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all (Psalms 103:19 NASB).

2. One belief invalidates another. If God is sovereign over all of His creation, including all angels whom He created, and us according to His own image and likeness; then do angels have the free will like we do? Do they procreate in a fleshly and sexual way having angel children? Aren’t they flames, winds and spiritual messengers?
3. The question of the existence of other people on earth when God created Adam.
4. The question of Cain taking a foreign or one of his sisters.
5. The question of Satan being a king; hence having his own kingdom.
6. Is there a difference between Hebrew Satan and Greek Diabolos?
7. When Jesus said in John 14:27 that it is He who gives His kind of peace to us, not as this world gives, then from which realm did He bring that peace; from the realm of Lucifer’s rebellion and a fallen angels, or from the realm, which surpasses all comprehension?


THE BASIS FOR THE LAST REFORMATION

Isaiah 45:5-7 describes God as the one who is in complete control, the Creator of all things. As an additional note: it seems that the nations still struggle with polytheism. The Hellenized Jewish mind (Mark 3:23-26), introduced dualism to Christianity e.g., God versus Satan, and along with that belief also demonology (Beelzebul or Beelzebub (KJV) of Matthew 12:24-27). “God in the flesh” “Cohorts of demons” “The god of this world” have been deeply rooted in Christianity.

Seeds of the final reformation are being planted as we speak, which will deal with the reformation of our mind.

Questions like these do pose serious logical quandary: Is God only part mighty, or is He the All Mighty? If there’s no darkness in heaven then how could Lucifer plot? Why Isaiah 14 speaks of the king of Babylon, a flesh and blood man, who took himself for a god; and yet was eaten by maggots? If it were Satan, then in a silly way, there should be nothing left of him right now. If Heaven has no fixed territory then is there anything to fight over? If God knows our thoughts before we even think them, did He not know Lucifer’s thoughts? If there is no time in heaven then how could someone plan ahead of time, and then hide that plan in the obscurity of the nonexistent darkness?

DISCREPANCIES

The book of 2 Samuel 24:1, written before the exile to Babylon speaks of God’s wrath, which incited David. The Book of 1 Chronicles 21:1 (written in Babylon and copied in the post-Cyrus Jerusalem) brings Satan as if it were his work of incitement. In Babylon, the monotheistic Jewish thought was impaired. Reformation: the interpreted wrath of God is often vented through Satan—His subordinate angel who acts as a prosecutor in God’s court, and under God’s complete rule. However, it is rather God’s holiness coming in contact with the commonness that provokes wrath.

In the book of Job, Satan could not do more than allowed. God sent an angel, with sword in hand, who called himself Satan (original Hebrew text of Numbers 22) to oppose Balaam’s mission to curse Israel.

In the New Testament Satan receives permission to sift Peter like wheat; and when the sifting was complete Peter would have emerged stronger, and then would strengthen his brothers (Luke 22:31-32). Jesus prayed so that during Peter’s trial his faith would not fail; nonetheless, Satan received the permission from God, or rather it was God-ordained.

Apostle Paul delivers two men over to Satan to teach them not to blaspheme (1 Timothy 1:20). Also, Paul did not fight with Satan (opposition and withstanding), or his messenger, but rather implored the LORD, “that it might leave me.” The messenger called, “Thorn in the flesh” was to keep Paul from exalting himself.

Satan was often personified, but only for a Hellenized Jewish or the gentile mind. Polytheism was compromised; hence the emergence of dualism.

The final reformation shines a much brighter light on our dualistic concepts regarding God and His sovereignty. Finally. Satan remains rather an emotional issue than a logical one.

FAITH, BELIEF & BAPTISM

A belief is a personal conviction that may be based on a complete or partial knowledge, which means that one must not necessarily get all the details in order to believe. One might get only an impression of something being true. A court jury does not necessarily deal with all the facts, but rather with shadows and fragments, which may contain truth, but also half-truths and lies. However, based on the jury’s belief it is decided whether to convict or to exonerate.

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32).

Continuing in the word of Jesus, leads to discipleship, then comes the knowledge of the complete truth; and then comes also the complete freedom.

He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit” (Acts 19:2).

These people believed and were baptized with the baptism of John the Baptist, which was for repentance, but they did not receive the Holy Spirit, because John’s baptism was before the (Acts 2) Pentecost experience. So there are dimensions of beliefs, which carry different properties. A baptism in a Pentecostal church differs from that of the Baptist church. And it still differs from the baby sprinkling (called baptism) in a Catholic church.

Conclusion: each baptism functions as a seal on a measure of personal belief.

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying (Acts 19:5-6).

The first baptism was good and necessary, witch sealed the people with the truth of repentance, but it was not for the extra dimensional works of Christ, which He commissioned us to do. The second preaching (of Paul) created an extra dimensional belief that led to the second baptism; then laying on of hands and then receiving of the Holy Spirit, which is called Baptism in the Holy Spirit. This time the people spoke in tongues and prophesied. The order of events must be noted.

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ (Romans 10:17).

Faith comes in, or is born; it arrives, appears, and becomes present when Christ the Savior is being proclaimed. In whatever way He is being proclaimed, the word that points to Him creates a milieu in which the gift of faith is given. In one case this gift of faith thrives while in another does not. Why some are convicted of sin and righteousness; and are persuaded; while others are not?  We can say that what suits one may not suit another, nonetheless one decides to believe or not; therefore, it is based on the personal will and choice. It is like a hungry person who is being offered a loaf of bread, but he or she does not stretch his or her hand to receive it. The giver, with a loaf of bread, is about to feed the hungry, but the hungry does not take it; the same is with our belief.

This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? (Galatians 3:2).

Hearing with faith does not much more than helps one to accept, embrace and believe. When a teacher in school teaches, a pupil must believe in what he or she is saying as being true. Once a pupil believed the teacher, then he or she has also learned something new.

So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? (Galatians 3:5).

Miracles must be expected and accepted as coming from God today. If that acceptance is not there God will not throw pearls before swine. Therefore, the milieu, or the habitation for God’s gift of faith must be prepared. After the gift of faith finds a lodging place then the miraculous is certainly going to happen. It is no longer a personal conviction, presumption, bravado or enthusiasm, but cooperation between the Giver and the receiver.

So we preach and so you believed (1 Corinthians 15:11).

Conclusively, what suits one, may not suit another; nonetheless one decides to believe or not. Based on that decision one continues or stops. One chooses bondage when one stops the progressive education in the truth for regression leads to bondage of one kind or another. Or, one embraces the ever tighter as well as the teacher, becomes the Truth’s disciple and eventually experiences the complete freedom.

DIFFICULT TERMS USED IN THE BIBLE

The son of perdition, son of Belial, devil, demon, unpardonable sin, eternal damnation, the beast, false prophet, fall, arrest and release of Satan, cosmic wars, dualism, etc.

SENSATIONALISM

The natural senses, when permitted to run wild, may drive every single human being to madness. The desire for spectacular, outlandish and incredible things resides in us all. When we use sensationalism in reference to God, faith and the miraculous we will always run into problems, because the God of peace works with peace.

Sensationalism contains fear. The Perfect Love (God the Father) casts out all fear. Because of the play with fear and speculations—regarding the unknown—the speculative human too quickly allows the seducing arm of a lie, but also on the same path doubt returns as quickly as it was planted. A lie is not able to grow a deep root, that’s exclusively the truth’s nature. However, when the real faith comes in; it does not drag behind itself, as if on a long leash, that rabid dog called doubt.     

INTELLIGENT QUESTIONS

Is the past better than the present? Why would God do miracles only in the past, but not today? Why do we glorify the past; are we afraid of today? How would we treat the real prophet Elijah if he appeared today? Why we tend to exalt only the established things in religion but seek for innovations that would improve the quality of life? Why do we like a new house, new car, new shoes and new appliances, but at the same time, and quite satisfactorily so, settle for the old in religion? Why we prefer a sermon preached by someone well known, but already dead for hundreds of years, whereas we doubt, and even completely discard a present day preacher of God’s wisdom? Why do we tend to not recognize God’s supernatural works in and amongst us today? Is elapsed time more precious than the time today? Is the glorious or perilous future worth of our anticipation? Can we change the future with the concentration on the now? Do we venerate only the past and anything dead and show contempt for anything new and fresh?

These questions help us unravel mysteries of our brain functions, which over time have become much more complex. Abraham’s mind, of almost 5000 years ago, was not the same as that of Moses. The mind of Daniel in Babylon was not the same as that of Jesus and His disciples who became the apostles. The mind of the apostles was different from the mind of the church founders, popes, and crusaders. Today’s mind is different from those who went through the WW II, and our mind today is different from those conducting the American great evangelistic crusades in the 50‘s.

The extraordinary mind Jesus displayed flabbergasted most people; as a result some turned against Him while others were drawn to Him. In time, others seized the opportunity to make Him the founder of their new religion. And, under the Roman Emperor Constantine, around 300 AD, Jesus was eulogized the Christian deity, which deepened the rift between Judaism and Christianity. Some 300 years later Muhammad spread his monotheistic religion. Ever since then wars ravaged Europe and the Middle East for centuries. These differently formed minds still seek to dominate other minds and yet there is no common ground or a platform upon which wisdom and logic can take preeminence.

We have wired our brains to go for the old and stale. Now is the time to get rewired again, if you are willing to go that far.

No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him… (…) no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father (John 6:44, 65).

But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:26-27).

If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you (John 15:18).

If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well (John 15:24).

Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You; for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me (John 17:7-8).

Of those whom You have given Me I lost not one (John 18:9).

From the above verses we see that some belong in the inner circle of God’s family upon this earth, while others don’t; nonetheless they pretend to, while their fruits show something else. By their fruits we will know them (Matthew 7:16-22). Those fruits are often hatred, oppositions and persecutions. No matter how we go about it we will always come to these tenets of our faith and understanding.

“But he said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. ‘Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn”’” (Matthew 13:29-30).

He goes on to explain it all.

“The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels. So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:37-42). 

·      The field is the world, the masses.
·      The good seed are the sons of the kingdom.
·      The tares are the evil sons.

The Greek text does not use hyphenations, as in “Jesus’ word” or “for God’s sake,” but “word of Jesus” and “for the sake of God.” In the case “sons of the evil would make no sense unless the “one” was added to the sentence. The “one” (in italics) is added in NASB just to make sense. But, that also implies the devil or Satan, and him being the evil one who had sown the tares.

When we logically synchronize the biblical text, starting with Genesis and ending in Revelations, we come upon a lot of misconceptions. For example, in the Old Testament God’s wrath was poured out through an angel called Satan, adversary, prosecutor and the accuser; nonetheless it was still God who poured His holy indignation, and not the angel as if from himself.  However, the later books of the Bible, especially the New Testament, imply that it is Satan who comes with great wrath and it is he who is evil and only does evil. Hence, he is hesitantly called Satan in the Old Testament, but rather the devil, which is derived from the Greek word Diabolos, which has more pagan connotations than the biblical.

That angel in Balaam’s story only fulfills what God commands. In this sense Satan, with a drawn out sword, stood in the seer’s way whose heart was set on cursing Israel although God warned him not to.

FINDING ANSWERS TO DIFFICULT QUESTIONS

[An excerpt from http://www.christadelphianbooks.org/croconnor/tokan/tokan17.html]

The Devil

1. The Devil is a title, which means: “The Transgressor”, which God has chosen to describe the source of all transgression against Him, that is, mankind’s own innate propensity to sin, “the passions of sins”, Romans 7:5. This same title is then used to describe people and human governments, which are dominated by that propensity to sin, John 6:70; 1 Peter 5:8.

2. God charges all the World with being His enemy, 1 John 2:16. He identifies the “passions”, Romans 7: 5-25, and “lusts”, James 1:13-17, which are in men, as the force that generates all the sins men commit, Mark 7:20-23.

3. It is this “thinking of the flesh” which He condemns as the source of the World’s enmity to Him, Romans 8:7.

4. It is these innate propensities to sin which God identifies as “The Devil”, Hebrews 2:14, which it was Christ’s work to destroy. This he did in his own case two thousand years ago, and will do for us who believe in his Truth when, very soon now, he returns from heaven, Hebrews 9:24-28; Matthew 25:31.

5. “The Devil invented by Catholic and Protestant theology is a perversion of this doctrine, which misuses unrelated Bible passages, regardless of their general or particular context.

6. To speak of a Devil who is a rebel angel is to deny the supremacy of God and invalidate the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”, Matthew 6:10.

7. To speak of a Devil who is immortal is to deny the justice and truthfulness of God, who says; “The wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23; Ezekiel 18:4, 20.

8. To speak of a Devil who is a rebel, sinful angel; who is spirit, and yet can die; is to deny both the worth of our own hope of salvation and the express teaching of Scripture that angels cannot die, Luke 20:36.

[End of Excerpt]

The only thing I might add to the above statement #1 is that it was not God’s choice to describe the devil as the source of all evils, but rather it was man’s choice. To the statement #2 I would say that the World is not God’s enemy for after all He created it with love. And, to the statement #5, neither the Catholic or Protestant theology has invented the devil. Apostle John (John 8:44) specifically says that the devil sinned from the beginning; being the first murderer, liar and the father of lies; and he concluded it in 1 John 3:8-12 that indeed the first devil was Cain; hence a man and not a cosmic being.

The Greek word “daimonion” is equated with devil, or a devil; a supernatural being with powers to torment humans. The KJV of the Bible translates daimonion as “devil,” but almost all other translations choose the English word demon.

“Diabolos” is an entirely different word and it is translated into English as “the Devil” and interchangeably equated with the Hebrew Satan. However, Diabolos comes from mythology (slanderer) a supernatural being believed to be the ultimate enemy of God, and of people. Since the ancients believed the devil to be supernatural being it does not fall short of being a candidate for a god.

BABYLON, PERSIA & GREECE

God sent a terrorizing spirit to Soul, which the scripture terms as an evil spirit from the Lord. Later this did not fit well in our mindset because of the dualistic theology of good versus evil, light versus darkness and God versus Satan. But originally it was not so.

The impairment took place during the Babylonian and Persian exile of the Jews and ever since then Jewish literature drastically expanded with mythological ideas. Kabala and the Book of Enoch, writings about Azazel, etc., carried on with the fantastic, mysterious and unexplained, which was produced for purely commercial reasons. The Hellenistic period further impaired the monotheistic Jewish thought. The New Testament was then heavily spiked with references to Satan as one and the same “Diabolos” the devil. However, hardly anyone notices the fact that the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness where He was going to meet Satan and the devil and be tried by them. I did separate Satan from the devil on purpose, because Satan is an angel and the devil is a man (earlier note). No one else, but the Almighty God sent the faultfinder Satan. Hence, it was the Father who was doing the test. Satan tempted Jesus in the spiritual things, and the devil tempted Him in the physical things, like wealth and earthly power. Jesus repelled both. He was physically brought to a high mountain and up to the pinnacle of the temple, and that was done by no one else but a man who was quite familiar with the secret passages leading up to the pinnacle in the temple.

NOTE: After the Hasmoneans scored some victories over the Greeks they established themselves on the temple mount in Jerusalem. The Romans honored the autonomous status by granting the Jews a full access to the then Herod-built temple.

As already mentioned, the devil (if one has to use this term at all, diabolos) is a human being. Cain was the first devil (John 8:44) the first murderer and liar; hence his genetic pool was sealed when God placed a seal on him and his thinking. Cain’s love for just the physical things testifies of his lack in grasping the timeless and mater-less spiritual realm. Cain lacked faith in eternal life and those impaired genes reside in the tares, called Kenites.

As we will reveal, only the tares and the seed have life, but not the field; hence, Cain was also God’s son because his father was God’s son (Luke 3:23-38); but Cain chose wrong and so he became the first tare. Having divine life yet going astray. This mystery will also be explained in greater detail. Those like Cain are the tares and can be singularly called as the devil, son of Belial or the son of perdition. Jesus said this:

“Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?” (John 6:70).

(The Original Greek text reads, “one of you devil is”), obviously a person can be called devil and that was Judas.

Portrayal of the Kenite: Cain’s descendants, Genesis 15:19; Numbers 24:21-22; Judges 1:16. Money was involved, betrayal and lying, which ended up in torture and killing; these are typical characteristics of the first devil. 

TIME & THE DEPARTED

This brings us to the point of understanding what unclean spirits and demons really are. Simply put, these are past lives, images and energies, which sponge off of the living. But how do they do that? Anyone living now has that power of life, but when misused and abused one attracts many undesirable things. But why would one do that? The answer lies in sensationalism, which we have touched on in the beginning. Fascination with the unknown, especially something wicked or evil, reaches beyond the boundaries assigned to the presently living. This fascination with the outlandish and mystical helped producing volumes upon volumes of books ever since copying and printing was invented. This fascination continues beyond the written form; it continues to overflow into motion pictures and popular media.

It takes only understanding of the passed down to us truth to stop all nonsense.

However, not too many want to part with the sensational, for they might feel that they deprive themselves of something deliciously pleasant. Anything sensational, works on senses ranging from sexual gratifications, brain electricity to visual stimulations … Take your pick. Any detachment from senses might be viewed as deprivation.

WHY DOES GOD ALLOW SATAN TO FUNCTION

This question has never been properly answered to me or to anyone else as if people are not interested in really getting to know God.

Questions like where from did Cain get his wife have also gone unanswered. For example, daughters were not recorded and hardly mentioned in the days of the formation of the biblical record. Yet, Genesis 5:4 clearly states that after Cain left Eden (region) and went to the land of Nod, and after the birth of Seth, Adam had other sons and also daughters.

Many have insinuated that brothers married sisters and that’s how the earth was populated. Would the same God who forbids incest (Leviticus 20) have only allowed it in Adam’s family?

Our religion is spiked with unanswered questions. It is God’s call on my life to not only answer these questions intelligently, but also bring about the final reformation before Jesus comes again. His bride must be without spot and wrinkle and like the five (full of grace) virgins.

Many still ponder upon God’s absolute sovereignty and omnipotence and yet we still deal with dualistic notions of God versus Satan. Why would the Almighty God allow Satan to do all that we attribute to the devil, fallen angels or demons?

Again, there are no clear answers, as if no one knows the truth; yet, we blabber about things that stand in doubt as if they are true. So is our faith directed toward unanswered questions and fantasies, or our faith should rest on things we know to be true?

Why would God allow Satan to do bad things is not even a well-structured question because we have assumed that Satan fell and with him one third of his supposedly subordinate angels as if we can precisely say what’s one third of all angels that God created. If we do not know the complete number of all angels then how can we determine the one third? This is a classical example of how readily we have accepted the ancient’s speculative assumptions as being the truth, but why? – Perhaps we worship the past or the future, but not the most glorious now. Not only we don’t use sense and logic, but also through our preaching and teaching we propagate it even further to the newborns; those who come in contact with this nonsense for the very first time. Should I confuse my children just because I am confused? Is our mind so steeped in fairytales that there is but little room left for the truth?     

Gathered from many scraps of information we have also developed a theology of two gods, the good versus the bed, one is only limited to light and the other is the prince of darkness; one is God while the other is the god of this world. Which one is the true God? Have we blindly accepted something passed down to us by people who mulled over these things for 600 years? But was their logic better than ours today? Were they closer to God than we are today? If that is your assumption than you have blindly accept something by believing or rather assuming.

From the time of prophet Jeremiah, Babylon and Persia, to the second temple period under Ezra and Nehemiah, the Hellenistic and Roman periods and the start of Jesus’ ministry elapsed 616 years.  During that period of time the monotheistic mind was severely impaired.

TIMELINE

586 BC Nebuchadnezzar
536 BC Cyrus
Sixteen years later (516 BC) the temple is restored. That gives us about 66 years.  
On December 25, 168 BC Antiochus Epiphanes plundered and desecrated this temple by introducing pagan worship by sacrificing a pig upon the altar of God.
December 25, 165 BC, Judas Maccabeus completed the repairs on this temple and rededicated it to the Lord.
37 BC Pompey 
19 BC Herod the Great rebuilds the temple
30 AD Jesus begins His ministry
33 AD the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus
42 AD in Antioch the name “Christian” appears for the very first time.
Christianity is born and the Christian church is growing. Meanwhile in Jerusalem the Zealots and Sicarii take matters into their own hands. 
64 AD Herod completes the restoration
66 AD Jewish Revolt the Sicarii, with Zealot helpers
70 AD Romans destroy the temple and Jews are exiled

DISCIPLES OF JESUS

Zealots and Sicarii were part of Jesus’ entourage. Simon the Zealot and their sympathizer, Peter who carried a sword just as all Zealots did. It is also suggested that the epithet “Iscariot” is a Hellenized form of Sicarius. The suffix “I-scari-ote” denotes membership in the Sicarii sect. Just as it’s repeatedly emphasized in the gospels, in order to differentiate between Simon the Zealot and Simon Peter; in the same way Judas of the Sicarii was identified.

Upon realizing what he had done Judas returned the 30 pieces of silver and was killed by his peers. Hence, the story of Judas is shrouded in mystery. Yet, Jesus also died for Judas and since Judas repented, God will deal with him in His own way.

Those two characters, Balaam the son of Beor, and Judas Iscariot are the two archetypes of sons of perdition. Although God used them as His agents for the greater good—Balaam blessed Israel and Judas brought about the ultimate atonement—He will have to deal with these characters differently and separately. Our humanistic approach does not play any role in this whatsoever; and this brings us to the understanding of God’s omnipotence and absolute sovereignty over all of His creation.

GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY

We have been encouraged in faith, to build faith and to trust God, but it remains difficult, if not totally impossible to remain in confusion about God and His kingdom and then try to trust Him. So, is God completely in control, or only partially? Do I trust Him completely, or also partially; for after all, if Satan found a way to sneak into the Garden of Eden and make the first people fall, like he fell, then where is God in all this? Am I a god who needs to determine how to deal with fallen angels, demons, seduction and temptation? And how to successfully defend myself against the devil. One fragment contradicts another, and these jungle voices do not help my faith or trust.

Is God completely sovereign over all of creation, or is His domain limited to only light, while Satan’s sovereignty is only over matter and darkness? How do I know which one is which?

We have heard so many teachings on the subject of hearing God and being led of His Spirit, together with the confusing fall of Lucifer and the devil on the prowl like a roaring lion. On one hand we must resist the devil and then submit to God, but how often do I have to do it, every day, once a weak, once a month, or for the rest of my life? If that is the case then my faith in God will always be challenged; and when I’m not watchful enough I might be robbed of my faith. I know that I must stay in the Word, go to church and pray regularly. I must lead the good Christian life; otherwise the many pitfalls the devil digs for me will eventually make me stumble and wobble in my faith. How do I deal with despair and heartache a result of failures and lost battles?

These needless questions have been addressed already and are still being addressed, but are only answered fragmentarily; hence inadequately. It is like that hamster in the wheel that thinks that he is going somewhere, but goes only in circles. We often have the illusion that we got it; only to lose it later on; back and forth. Endlessly.

Aren’t you tired of this kind of faith in God and the devil, His sovereignty and Satan’s sovereignty? Are you ready to know the truth and be made totally free?
    
BALAAM, BELIAL & THE SON OF PERDITION

Balaam was killed not because he blessed Israel, or he served God in that regard, but because he incited the Median (Kenites) to seduce Israel with sexual promiscuity. God is sovereign and when He makes covenant with someone then no one can touch this eternal bond. God choose one for the sake of another. Balaam, in his own heart and of his own will did evil; even though he had experienced God’s sovereignty when He changed the son of Beor’s cursings into blessings in his own mouth. Typical example of gifts and fruits, we shall not be exempt from judgment based on being used of God via gifts, which serve as conduits between the supernatural and the natural.  We shall be judged according to our fruit bearing, which two of them are love and compassion, whilst the fleshly fruits are hatred and ruthlessness.

--> If an ass can speak then that beast was endowed at that very moment. That gift came from the Almighty who sent His lackey called Satan (only in the Hebrew text the angel is called Satan) in order to stop Balaam from actually cursing God’s chosen. This relationship between Israel and the nations has always been rocky, to put it mildly, but especially in religion. As neutral observes we see resentment, jealousy and maliciousness, against the Jew, that led to the murder of millions. Based on these fruits of flesh; animosities toward God’s chosen roll over them and go on toward their God as if the gentiles can just adopt their God without His people. Well, this has been the practice for millennia, for all pagan nations picked their own gods to serve them as they liked. Their pagan theology was self-made. However, in the case of Israel and the Bible, God chose a people, taught them His laws, compassion and care. For this reason He chose a people for the world.    

Balaam touched the eternal bond God made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob whose name God changed into Israel. The apple of God’s eye (Zechariah 2:8) has always been Israel and the eternal covenant. No matter how much we might dislike, compete with; or undermine the validity of this covenant; or the validity of the people called the Jews; still only a fool would dare to touch the apple of God’s eye. And, this brings us to the fear of God.

Regarding Belial we must turn to Rabbinical and Apocryphal Literature.

Angelology and demonology along with the apocalyptic speculations literature has been preserved in the Hasidic circles. Belial held a very prominent position, being identified altogether with Satan. In the Book of Jubilees (i. 20), Belial is, like Satan, the accuser and father of all idolatrous nations. Writings like these, “The uncircumcised heathen are the sons of Belial” portray only self-righteousness and self-love. In the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, Belial is the archfiend from whom emanate the seven spirits of seduction that enter man at his birth, the source of impurity and lying, the spirit of darkness etc. Belial has been equated with Azazel to be opposed and bound by the Messiah, cast into the fire forever, from which we have the emergence of the Book of Revelations of the New Testament.

Belial is identified with Sammael, which is the earlier name of Satan, which went through several transformations in the mind of those people. An evil angel, called as the angel of lawlessness and the ruler of this world, whose name is Matanbuchus (a corrupt form of the Zoroastrian teachings about “Angro-mainyush” or “Ahriman.”) 

In Christian Literature Sibylline is being equated with Belial who was believed to have descended from heaven as Antichrist, and appears as Nero, the slayer of his mother. Belial is seen as the seducer, pseudo Messiah, who would appear among the Samaritans, leading many into error by his miraculous powers, but who will be burned up by the heavenly fire. Along by the sea to the land of earthquakes Belial would be carried and there he would destroy his followers; and that would happen when a woman (Cleopatra) would rule over the world. Later it was attributed to Jesus as being the false Messiah and that He and His followers would be destroyed with the heavenly fire. These prophesies, or rather insinuations if not altogether hallucinations; had occupied the ancient mind, Jewish or Greek.

It is inevitable that these words would not land in the New Testament for that was what people were busy with. It was most popular literature of those days.

Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? (2 Corinthians 6:14-15)

The fascination with evil continues to this day. The same goes for the son of perdition. Jesus used this analogy to a devil, as stated earlier, a Kenite. 

While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled (John 17:12).

From these expressions (allegorical and parable-like style of speaking; Jesus frequently used words like these “He who has ears to hear, let him hear”) we deduce what He meant. It means that either we must be quickened to get it or just leave it be. Since not everyone has the spiritual ears to hear what He was really saying, they left it alone and unexplained. It is nothing sensational, it is for those who are spiritually endowed and whom the Father has endowed, or illuminated by His Spirit. The Son—being solely dependent on the Father and not being able to do anything from Himself (John 5:19, 30)—also relies on the Father to open ears of those He chooses to. The opening of ears is the spiritual quickening, endowment or illumination.

This word “perdition” (ἀπώλεια apōleia) is applied in various ways and it means: ruin or loss (physical, spiritual or eternal), damnable, destruction, die, to perish, pernicious ways and waste. This brings us to this verse.

Nevertheless (Kain, NASB) (Kenite, KJV) or singular Cain will be consumed (Hebrew, BA’AR, a complete waste—to burn, consume, kindle, be kindled); how long will Asshur keep you captive? (Numbers 24:22)

By synchronizing scriptures in a logical manner we will finally arrive at a conclusive and final point. In this physical world anything allotted to man has to arrive at a last item on the list, and each of us has a list. Each one of us can endure only so much; and each has different mission in life. But, that is only given to someone who has been given the ears to hear, and who is endowed with spiritual comprehension without which synchronization would not be possible.

Watch these words, last day.

[John 6:39-40] This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day. 

[V. 44] No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.

[V. 54] He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.

What does it mean? Many interpret it as the day when Christ returns and the dead will be raised. Well, let’s include that too. But there is more. As already mentioned, there is the allotted to every man amount of tests, which are designed to prove to each of us as to of what stuff we are really made. God already knows it, we need to produce the outward fruit and thus prove to be His disciples (John 15:8). The apostles spoke of every man’s work (1 Cor. 3:13 & 1Peter 1:17), which must go through the fire test (also Malachi 3:2-3). Hence, we conclude that the last day is the day of all the trials and tests we must undergo on this earth. We must continue in His word, become truly His disciples, then we learn the truth and then we are truly free (John 8:31). The aid has been provided already and it is the Holy Spirit (John 14:16 & 16:13). He guides us into all the truth. All that we need to do is to be like children, yielded to His influence. 

So, the Spirit of the Lord must speak to you first and then lead you back to (DABAR [Hebrew] & LOGOS [Greek]) the written record and then out of the compiled books of the Bible the Holy Spirit makes sense. This sense is oneness, which is solely God’s for He is Spirit and not flesh-and-blood being, which is fragmented. Just as the sand of the sea is made out of individual pebbles also trees contain parts of a root, trunk, limbs and leaves, everything else appears in parts. Our thinking is also partial or fragmented because of the overbearing preoccupation with just the fleshly things. Time itself is the fragmenter because it divides days and nights into 24-hour intervals. There is no escaping from time, but there is an escape from mundane and the so-called down-to-earth thinking.  

Now let’s logically synchronize Numbers 24:22 with Matthew 13:30. What do we get?

Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, first gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.

Here we have the final burning of the tares, which are the Kenites and those who manifest fruits of hatred, carelessness, hardness of heart and insensitivity regarding God and His kingdom. They have served their purpose on this planet and they have immensely helped God’s seed to fulfill its mission on earth. It may sound exclusive, but being chosen and being God’s beloved speaks of exclusivity.

FEAR OF GOD & THE CLEANSING PROCESS  

If God is only a god, or one of the two gods (God vs. Satan), then the real fear of God has lost all respect and awe. However, if He is the all mighty and sovereign-over-all God, the Creator of all things—including His district attorney even lackey, legal prosecutor, accuser, and faultfinder in God’s court of law—then our fear of Him is valid.

One authority tries to tear down another authority for it seeks to replace it with one’s own. This is very much an earthly mentality, which has reached even the heavens, where a subordinate to the Almighty God angel allegedly tried to impose his authority over God’s. As preposterous as it may sound, still it found a foothold in our theology. We must examine our hearts and carefully inspect our beliefs if they are legitimate and rooted in the truth.

All that has been said is only a straw in a haystack. In order to complete the reformation you must decide, and then stick to that decision. If you are really serious; and you do love God; and want to know Him in truth; then like a severely obese person; who must lose weight at any cost; you must also get on a diet of the truth.

There is the truth and there is its counterfeit illusion, only the skilled in truthful perceptions can recognize which one is which.

The last reformation, before Christ’s return, deals with our mind. Truthful perceptions are straight, clear and simple. They are not complex in any way, just as our God is not a complicated being. He made us to reflect Him. He made us like Himself. He made us compatible with Him. He is Spirit, and we are also. The Spirit of Truth is the Holy Spirit, the Teacher, Helper and Comforter. He is also the Seal. Once He seals you with the truth no one can break that seal, and no one can confuse you anymore. It is a permanently done deal. That’s what happened to many others and me after we have gone through the cleansing process of reformation being illuminated by the Spirit of Truth.

All things in life must pass through the cleansing process of reformation, but this is the last process after which we enter another realm.

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  1. God never created evil. To some extent the Gnostics were right by saying that matter is evil, because from matter came possessiveness, lust of the eyes and lust of the flesh, [read or hear the booklet http://forte-shop.com/de/Buecher/Der-Ursprung-des-Stolzes], which is not of God or from heaven but from this world - 1John 2:16 says. That is the reason why FIRST God gave us the law, to which most Christians have an aversion; although this is not what Paul really preached. Paul specifically spoke of the Pharisaic (interpretations) of the law which became so heavy that no one was able to carry it, much less fulfill.

    Jesus made it clear by saying, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves” (Matthew 23:15).

    It is a fact, to this very day; anyone wanting to convert to Judaism in order to be Jewish, will be burdened with stuff that is impossible to keep. This is today. The law was given to keep us in balance between heaven and earth.

    Now. Back to the subject.

    God did not make evil for God is Spirit (John 4:22-24) but the moment the physical world was made and physical Adam also; territorial desires kick in. Stealing killing, and all sorts of pain-causing abuses are called SIN. Without matter there is no ego, no self and therefore no sin.

    Fools assumed that evil came down to earth from God’s perfect heaven and from the perfect Almighty God. If that were so then they talk about the devil or Satan; therefore their god of whom they know nothing. Senses driven speculations are typically pagan. For if the devil secretly slipped into the Garden of Evil then already this mentality invalidates God’s absolute over-all sovereignty; and therefore postulates the existence of another (evil) god.

    God was shielding His People Israel from this pagan sensational speculation. Pagans had many gods and much sensationalism ruled by the unexplained and mystical. God explained to us who He really is: [Exodus 33:19] And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” = GOODNESS.

    [Exodus 34:6-7] Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” = LOVINGKINDNESS

    So God introduced Himself to us. If He were not the God who also created Satan for His own purposes then he is only a (some imaginary) god.

    Pagans took Satan as yet another evil god, but that is their problem not ours. We are God’s children even children of God’s Perfect love, which casts out all fear. Whoever is perfected by this awesome love know God in truth and all speculations fade into mist of a complete nonsense complete falsehood.

    If there is a god who created another god who created yet another god etc… then we have Greek mythology and any embrace thereof is still a very heavy paganism. Make your choice idiots!

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