URGENT Prophetic Word – How Easy is it to Believe the Gospel?

This is a long and difficult article.

It was also quite difficult to write.

Take your time in reading it and carefully consider the cost of following Jesus.

This article is long because it not only presents the true gospel, it also deals with many other issues such as the conspiracy theory of a coming new world order and one world government, the time of the antichrist, the mark of the beast and the hard way of the cross which is ironically also a very light burden because by following the way of the cross we abandon all our cares in this world and are set free by the Holy Spirit to worship our God in spirit and in truth.

 

The cartoon used in this article has been used without proper permission. I do not know the actual composer of the cartoon, but it was used by Reverend Marshall Davis as an illustration to his blog article published 28 January 2014 entitled, “Rethinking Repentance”. In the opening paragraph of his article, Marshall wrote, “The gospels tell us that Jesus’ message is summed up in the words, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” When I hear those words, cartoons of doomsday preachers come to mind – pictures of bearded, hair-coated prophets holding signs predicting the end of the world and urging people to get their act together before it is too late.”  

Although I have used a cartoon illustration for this blog article it is not to trivialise or make light of the message by any means. By my estimation, this is probably the most serious, sobering and urgent message I have written to date – which indeed requires repentance.

But what is repentance?

In Marshall Davis’ article, he suggests that the call to repent provokes a guilty conscience to make people feel bad – and in Davis’ words: 

“When seen in this way, Jesus’ words feel like a divinely inspired guilt trip causing me to feel bad about myself, my behaviour and my thoughts. When I hear ‘Repent,’ my immediate reaction is to feel bad, which is supposed to produce an inner resolve to be good. Repentance is not an apocalyptic attitude prompting a moral conversion because of the imminent threat of death or hellfire. We have known that for at least a hundred years, but it seems not to have found its way into the pulpit or the pews.”

I do not entirely agree with Marshall Davis. In a draft article, entitled, The True Gospel Contrasted Against the False , I attempted to show that a particular method of “preaching the gospel”, known as “EE3” or “Evangelism Explosion” has suggested that the gospel message is simply that Jesus paid the price for your sin and died in your place – and that by simply believing that “gospel truth”, you are assured of a place in heaven for which there is nothing that you can do to save yourself. It is implied that your salvation is entirely the work of the Lord. But it doesn’t quite “ring true” and I would go so far as to claim that it is false, seriously misleading and a gross misrepresentation of the gospel. 

It would suggest that repentance simply means to believe in a “creed” or “statement of faith” –  that Jesus died for your sins, that he paid the penalty for sin, which is death and that he died in your place so that there is nothing you can do to become deserving of heaven other than to believe that. It implies that we all remain sinners but are saved from condemnation by simply believing that Jesus paid the price for our sins and died in our place. 

If such a suggestion is put forth as “the gospel”, then it is little wonder that there are so many professing “Christians” who continue to live as they always did as habitual sinners no different to anyone else who has never heard or understood “the gospel”. How would we know that such a presentation of “the gospel” is completely false? We know, because if such an inadequate, misrepresentation of the gospel were to be believed, it says absolutely nothing about the power of the Holy Spirit to transform and to change a sinner – and if the person goes on sinning as they always did, then it is because they have actually believed a downright lie and will indeed always be troubled by guilt and will not know how to really and effectively repent.

No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister (1 John 3:6).

It is true that when a sinner is told to repent, their conscience may be prodded and they may think they need to start being good and doing good deeds. However, no matter how the conscience is prodded, no matter how a person may resolve to do good, it is not a matter of human resolve and a change of mind, if the mind remains under the control of the flesh – which is the case for all of humanity who have not been born again of the Spirit.

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:5-8).

It is not so much a case of a change of mind by believing creeds and focusing our minds on inspirational words and positive thoughts. It is a matter of a completely renewed mind which is no longer controlled the way it was by the flesh and its desires, but by receiving the Holy Spirit and submitting our minds to the control of the Holy Spirit. 

In other words, it is not a change of mind, but a complete change of who controls the mind. Through the Holy Spirit we begin to think in harmony with Jesus Christ. People’s minds are under the control of the flesh, the governments, the propaganda, the sinful lusts, the many world opinions etc. and repentance is to believe the gospel, be baptised into Jesus’ death and burial – and being raised to a new life in which our minds are submitted to the Holy Spirit.

How is the mind brought under the control and influence of Jesus who is heaven? Therein lies the mystery of the gospel, we receive the promised Holy Spirit who comes into us and completely transforms us from within by his power.

As the Lord said through Ezekiel the prophet with my comments in brackets derived from Scriptures elsewhere – to which I have frequently referred, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Then [when you begin to walk through being led by the Holy Spirit] you will live in the land I gave your ancestors [we are being gathered in faithful obedience and we look for a heavenly country, the home of the righteous]; you will be my people, and I will be your God. I will save [effectively] you from all your uncleanness (Ezekiel 36:26-29).

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose (Philippians 2:12-13).   

Without the gospel being adequately taught and proclaimed, the call to repentance may only frustrate a sinner more and bring them to a place of total despair with a guilty conscience. Paul described the dilemma, and futile frustration of a sinner who tries their very best to reform their behaviour by trying to do good, including that of trying to observe the external rules and regulations of the Old Covenant Law.

For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work:  Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.   For in my inner being  I delight in God’s law;    but I see another law at work in me, waging war  against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin  at work within me.   What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?    Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:18-25).

I have heard one well respected Bible teacher suggest that this is the plight of a Christian – that we remain wretched sinners until we actually physically die. However, in the next chapter following on the above quotation, Paul describes how we are saved which is through submitting our minds to the control of the Holy Spirit and putting to death the former control of the flesh and its desires. Please read  – and re-read – Romans chapter 8 until the truth of the gospel becomes a reality for you and pray that you may be filled with the Holy Spirit. 

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13).

If you have not yet asked God to give you the Holy Spirit, then you have not heard or believed the gospel adequately – even if you profess to be a “Christian” and to believe in Jesus. The term “Christian” means an anointed one – i.e. anointed with the Holy Spirit.

While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them (Acts 19:1-6).

Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervour and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately (Acts 18:24-26).

 

It is possible to have a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures and to be a reliable theologian and teacher of the Bible and indeed have a form of godliness but denying its power (2 Timothy 3:5). What power do such theologians often deny? There has been so much chaos and false “power” and pseudo-spirituality through what are commonly known as the “Pentecostal and Charismatic” movements, that many sound teachers have criticised and found to be motivated by another counterfeit spirit and not the Holy Spirit who leads us out of sin into a holy life.

I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough (2 Corinthians 11:2-4).

As we approach the coming powerful delusion of the man of lawlessness through which there is going to be apostasy, (falling away from the true faith), combined with rebellion against Jesus and the kingdom of God, it will become harder to discern between the genuine move of the Holy Spirit and the spirit of lawlessness which masquerades as an angel of light with superficial human goodwill and shallow sentimentality. 

Of course, we should take care that we remain obedient which comes through genuine faithfulness and we should take care that we are not led astray by the serpent’s cunning. But so too, should we resist dry formality of religion which has a form of godliness but denies the life-changing, sanctifying power and work of the Holy Spirit of which Paul warned that we should have nothing to do with such people for they are hypocrites (2 Timothy 3:5). 

If you have not received the promised Holy Spirit and have not experienced his power as he moves you to obey Jesus Christ as Lord, Saviour and King, then please read no further for now. Rather pause here. Take time to pray that you may be filled with the Holy Spirit.

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So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbour, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

 

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:17-30).

It is possible to begin your Christian walk by believing in a false gospel which has no power to transform you. It is also possible to start your Christian life by having once been transformed and led by the Holy Spirit as you kept your focus upon Jesus. However, it is also possible, as the believers in Galatia found out, to be completely distracted so that you lose touch with the Holy Spirit and get into a religious habit of observing inadequate external, religious rules and regulations. You can go to church, sing songs of praise, listen to Bible teachings and yet you may no longer be led by the Holy Spirit – which makes everything else vanity.

Jesus said to the church in Pergamum, “I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna” (Revelation 2:14-17).

And Jesus said to the orthodox church at Ephesus, “You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place” (Revelation 2:3-5).

The church can very easily slump into dry formality and routine which seems quite orthodox, but there is no power of the Spirit and no real love either, and really quite hopeless – because the love of God comes only through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us (Romans 5:5).

I am absolutely convinced that if the church does not repent, then, as per the warning to the churches at Pergamum and Ephesus, their prophetic light will be removed and they will be largely ignored and ridiculed by the world as a by-gone, irrelevant institution – and eventually Jesus will himself, fight against the professing church which is unfaithful, worldly, disobedient and void of his Spirit.

There are about 2,8 billion professing Christians living in the world today, but quite obviously not all are genuinely faithful and obedient to Jesus Christ the King. Probably because they have not yet fully counted the cost of discipleship or adequately understood the gospel. 

However, if perhaps you, as a Christian, have not yet counted the true and full cost of discipleship, then while you still have life, so too do you have every opportunity to repent. 

For, as the prophets have been saying for thousands of years, “Repent, the end is near!” The end is indeed near for every generation for very few people have or will live beyond one hundred years. Your mortal life is but a mist, it is here today – and gone tomorrow. (Over 20 million people have died so far this year – and all that mattered is: Were they reconciled to God and given eternal life?) 

Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:25-33).

A human being is either still in the flesh and controlled by a mystery spirit of lawlessness that appeals to the desires of the flesh. Of course, most people are quite oblivious to the fact that in the flesh, they are controlled not by the Holy Spirit, but by Satan. Satan has cast the “straw-man” decoy that suggests that people controlled by him are sadists, murderers, brazenly evil and extreme perverts – but not the average, regular human being, they are reasonably good people.

The reason for the decoy is that Satan wants to appear as God, as an angel of light – as one who promotes the good of humanity in the flesh and under the control of the flesh. Satan wants people to worship him not as an obviously evil person, but as if he were God.

A person is either fully under the control of Satan, the god of humanity in the flesh, or they are set free to submit to the control of the Holy Spirit which puts to death their former life in the flesh which most people have a natural tendency to cling to.

We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life (1 John 5:18-20).

People are either sealed as belonging to God by the Holy Spirit because they have been set free from the power of the devil and set free from their former sinful life, or they are under the control of the devil. However, when the opportunity to believe the gospel closes – people will no longer be able to be set free from the control of the mysterious spirit of lawlessness and they will be trapped in a delusion. Such is the mark of the beast – a person becomes trapped in this world under the control of the evil one with no hope of salvation any longer. We know from the use of this type of expression that the mark is not a literal mark placed on someone by a human – it is a spiritual association, either with good or evil.  

Now the glory of the God of Israel went up from above the cherubim, where it had been, and moved to the threshold of the temple. Then the Lord called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it. ”

As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple (Ezekiel 9:3-6).

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel (Revelation 7:1-4).

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:29-32).

If a person is not marked or sealed with the Holy Spirit as having been redeemed and purchased by Christ as his treasured people under his protection, then they will eventually be handed over to the liar (“marked by the number of man in the flesh”) who will lead them to their destruction.

And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ (Romans 8:9). 

The spirit of lawlessness and the Holy Spirit have been at work within the world since the coming of Jesus. People will either be sealed with the Holy Spirit as belonging to God, but if they continually harden their hearts and refuse to love the truth of the gospel through which they may be saved, they will be marked as belonging to the kingdom of this world and the spirit of lawlessness.

The Jewish people under the Old Covenant were to bind the law upon their foreheads and on their hands as a demonstration of belonging to God according to his binding covenant. They actually tried to do this in a very “literal” and symbolic manner with the phylacteries. 

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

“Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.

“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Matthew 23:1-12).

Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:27-30).

A Christian who has been born again and led by the Holy Spirit with whom they have been sealed as belonging to Jesus, are no longer under the control of the evil one – they have been set free. This means that those who spread  conspiracy theories inciting suspicion and fear as if by some trick of physically marking a person with a vaccine or microchip implant that any Christian, sealed with the Holy Spirit,  may somehow be suddenly snatched from Jesus’ protection as if their faithfulness never counted, is completely unfounded. The seal of the Holy Spirit ensures that we walk in the obedience that comes from faith, – faith which is expressed in love.

The mark of the beast is to give in to the control of the evil one to the point of stubbornly refusing to love the truth. The spirit of lawlessness will eventually possess humanity when Satan is unbound to display the full extent of his power in humanity in the flesh. This has not been the case during the period of the preaching of the gospel. Of this I believe I have the full assurance and confidence to dispel all the fanciful conspiracy theories. The book of Revelation makes use of symbolic language, including that of “the mark of beast” which enables a person to engage in the economy of the world government system. We know from the book of Daniel that an animal type of beast was used to describe the nations and kingdoms of this world. 

Satan entered Judas when he had decided to betray Jesus. Many Christians will betray Jesus by giving their solidarity to the Zionists who reject the King of kings.

Jesus spoke of his betrayal. “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned against me.’

“I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”

After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”

His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”

Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night (John 13:18-30).

When it says that the man of lawlessness sets himself up in God’s temple, many people suppose that the temple in Jerusalem will need to be rebuilt for the fulfilment of this prophecy. But the temple was symbolic of the worshipers. God has established himself in the temple of living stones of the new humanity in which he lives by his Spirit.

 

Consequently, you [formerly Gentiles who have been called out from among all the nations ] are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit (Ephesians 2:19-22).

As you come to him, the living Stone —rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame” (1 Peter 2:4-6).

 

However, those who resist the Holy Spirit and refuse to believe the truth, will similarly to Judas, open themselves to the spirit of lawlessness that glorifies the flesh. (The Law pronounced the sentence of death upon sinful flesh – hence the one filled with Satan in the realm of the flesh, is called the man of lawlessness.)

For decades there have been hundreds of conspiracy theories going around about a future new world order with a one world government system controlled by Satan through the mark of the beast and the antichrist or the man of lawlessness.

Satan offered to Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour in the realm of the flesh and which will only last for a short period (Matthew 4:8). Jesus’ kingdom is eternal but is not of this world. 

Christians who rebel against the possibility of a one world government in the time of the man of lawlessness should be careful that they don’t become arrogant and slander the devil in their protest against such a new world order. For Satan is the god of this world and when he is unbound, he will certainly have power to persecute and kill believers in Christ. But we are not to fear him who can kill this body of flesh and then do no further harm.

In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct—as irrational animals do—will destroy them.

Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion (Jude verses 8-11).

For a further detailed study of what the dispute was between Satan and the archangel Michael, please look out for the forthcoming article entitled, “The Body of Moses and the Body of Christ”, you may have a sneak preview of the article which is still in progress at this link to Google Drive,  The Body of Moses (link temporarily removed because it allowed editing access, which should not have been the case).

The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?

[A passing comment for careful consideration: If any person is brave enough to lead a revolution against the beast of a one world government system, they should also be prepared to be conquered, or “defeated” from the perspective of this world and killed – martyred for the kingdom of God.]

The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. Whoever has ears, let them hear (Revelation 13:1-9).

As it happened in the time when the tribulation came uniquely upon the Jews in 70 AD with the siege of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple, so will it be in the time of tribulation when God judges the nations and Satan is unbound. Satan will masquerade as God in seemingly bring a new one world government and those who oppose him will be treated a if they were opposing God.

Jesus said, “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them” (John 16:1-4). 

However, [and probably more importantly, Christians who may protest against the beast – or one world government of the man of lawlessness, ought to make sure that they are not deceived so that they may, in thinking that they are being faithful to the God of Israel, join the Zionist rebellion against Jesus. 

Christians who may indeed be opposed to the beast and to the one world government, must not respond by being opposed to the new, one world order of the new humanity founded in Jesus and through the unity of the Holy Spirit. Zionism is intent on segregation and apartheid. The ideology of Zionism is opposed to the new humanity in Christ in which there is no longer any distinction between Jew or gentile. The ideology of Zionism is to establish a segregated “Jewish” state as if it is being faithful to God.

God’s purpose in Messiah, which was accomplished two thousand years ago was to scatter the Jewish people throughout the world, to break down the former barriers and dividing walls between Jew and Gentile, between Scythian and Greek, between Roman and Arab – and to call humanity out of its darkness in a new order through the new covenant with Jesus as the King enthroned in heaven.

The new humanity are Christ’s ambassadors in the world. They are a new creation, one holy nation and citizens of heaven who have been called out of darkness into the Light. Jesus the Messiah and King is the Light to the nations. In the new humanity there is no longer division between Jew or Gentile. Former barriers of race, culture, nationality, geographical borders and man made rules and institutions have been broken down through the cross.

We have been called to the obedience that comes from faith (Romans 1:5 and Romans 16:26).

Since forming the missionary teaching initiative called The New Humanity Project, the main focus has been to draw attention to the new humanity founded by Jesus the Messiah, – united and raised to new life by the Holy Spirit – and in which there is no longer any distinction whatsoever between Jew or Gentile.

Attention was also drawn to the very clear implication that Zionism, the ideology of establishing a racially segregated Jewish nation was by its very ideology opposed to Jesus the Messiah and the new humanity founded in him by the power of the Holy Spirit. Zionism by its own definition is a rebellion in human flesh against the Holy Spirit and Jesus the Messiah. Although I am labouring this point it is to show as clearly as possible that those who profess to be faithful to Jesus the King, but who align themselves with Zionism, are actually betraying Jesus while professing to honour, worship and obey him. 

It is figuratively like that of following the way of Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus with a kiss as he conspired with the Jewish leaders who hated Jesus and wanted to kill him. Zionism not only refuses to believe in Jesus and that through his death on the cross, he broke down the barriers between Jew and gentile, but in their blind rebellion they quite literally build dividing walls and provoke racial hostility with racial, national and religious pride in the flesh!

Jesus has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility (Ephesians 2:14-16).

Not only must professing Christians speak out against the Jewish rebellion of Zionism, they should also take care that they do not, when reacting to the conspiracy theories of a new world order and one world government, protest too loudly, lest they find themselves also opposing the new order and one holy nation reconciled to God from every nation throughout the world.

I have heard teachers, who oppose a one world government, thereby suggest that nationalism is the answer – it is not. We are called to be one holy nation in Christ.

It should not surprise the reader to learn that Abraham, the father of all nations, was promised that he would be heir of the whole world under a new world order of unity in Jesus the Messiah and King of kings. There is no place in the kingdom of God for patriotism and national pride.

It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not (Romans 4:13-17).

The Law of Moses was not opposed to the promise made to Abraham but it did oppose human sin and rebellion against Jesus the Messiah in the realm of the flesh. All flesh, Jewish or otherwise, now stands condemned and certainly not justified by the Law of Moses. The Law of Moses once set Jew apart from Gentile, but only in the realm of the flesh which has been abolished by Jesus’ death on the cross.

Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand and the table with its consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now. The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning. This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings —external regulations applying until the time of the new order  (Hebrews 9:1-5; 8-10).

Satan will appeal to humanity in the flesh and try to imitate the one holy nation in Christ by also bringing in a new order of a one world government.

The Law applies to the life in the flesh and it condemns sin manifested in the realm of the flesh. It is by dying to the realm of the flesh that we are set free from sin and therefore, also from the Law.

It has been noted many times through the teaching of The New Humanity Project that Christians cannot claim in genuine faith to have died to the Law if they continue to sin and live according to the flesh. It is by the Law and its harsh death sentence for the sinner, that we have also died in Christ to the Law.

Do you not know, brothers and sisters —for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code (Romans 7:1-6).

It is an irony that through the death sentence imposed by the Law, we die to the Law and are raised to a new life in the Spirit.

For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God (Galatians 2:9).

This has been written in the Scriptures for two thousand years but so completely misunderstood. However, the purpose of restating it in this article is to make it as abundantly clear as possible that Jesus came to establish a new one world order,  a global government, through which he commands all people, from every nation, to submit to him as the King of kings – through the obedience that comes through genuine faithfulness.

Christians are not opposed to a one world new order, they are opposed to the one world “new order” of humanity in the flesh which is hostile and opposed to Jesus the King and which will be handed over to Satan and the man of lawlessness

The Law of Moses which separated Jew from Gentile and all of humanity from the Holy Presence of God was only given until the time of the new world order established by Jesus the King of kings (see the Scripture quoted again below). 

When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning. [The veil separating the Most Holy Place was torn and the Temple then demolished, because the new order had come when Jesus was crucified and all flesh condemned].

This [the temple and the old order of the Old Covenant] was an illustration for that {present} time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered [they are no longer being offered] were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. They were only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings —external regulations applying until the time of the new order (Hebrews 9:1-10).

Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:23-29).

In consideration of the above – and that we have been called out of darkness into one holy nation who declare the praises of our King, professing Christians must take care to no longer identify themselves by their former nationality to the extent that they protest too loudly about a one world government. There is a one world government and that government is already upon Jesus’ shoulders – he has been given all authority in heaven and on earth.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this (Isaiah 9:6-7).

Satan and his rebellion will be permitted by Jesus for the purpose of testing our faithfulness and to provide the final powerful delusion which God send upon those who refused to love the truth. 

Where it says in Isaiah 9 that he, the Messiah will reign, was still in the future in the time of Isaiah the prophet. However, the good news is that our God reigns now, the King is seated upon his throne in heaven and the kingdom of God has come as a present reality and he rules by putting his Spirit in those who believe so that they may obey him. Jesus the Messiah has come and he has been raised from the dead – and he is seated in heaven with all authority in heaven and earth already given to him. Those who speak of a future millennial, (literal one thousand year) reign of Jesus, detract from the good news of the kingdom of God now and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit through which we are moved to the obedience that comes from faith.

Jesus has authority higher than the angels and he has authority to release Satan towards the end of the present age to deceive the rest of humanity who have refused to love the truth and so be saved and reconciled to God through faith in him. (The one who now holds Satan back under restraint is most likely the archangel Michael – but that is not a matter for discussion or speculation in this particular article.)

There is already a one world government against which the rulers of the nations in the flesh, including the government of the modern state of Israel, plot and rebel. 

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:

He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father (Psalm 2:1-7).

When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. That day Herod and Pilate became friends —before this they had been enemies (Luke 23:812).

The rulers of the kingdoms of the world share one thing in common – they oppose Jesus the King of kings. Herod and Pilate had been sworn enemies, but when they plotted in vain against God’s Anointed King, they became friends. When Satan leads the final rebellion of humanity in the flesh against the kingdom of God, he will unite all the unbelieving nations – and even Israel in the flesh will become friends with all other nations as if humanity had finally reached peace, goodwill and unity – but destruction will come suddenly when Jesus appears in his glory to overthrow the rebellion.

Humanity will either bow in submission to Jesus the King and be raised to new life in obedience, or  be handed over to the powerful delusion of the man of lawlessness and the power of Satan, because they have rebelled against Jesus the King and the truth. But one way or the other, there will be a one world government, either of good under the Messiah, or under the counterfeit delusion led by the man of lawlessness and empowered by Satan.

People should take care before they rebel against the one world new order and government. For if people are not reconciled to God through genuine faith, they are not counted as crucified with Jesus and are still quite vulnerable and under the control of the devil who keeps them under his control through their fear of death. 

Do people in the realm of the flesh still fear death? Yes, they do and they are easily unsettled and thrown into panic and confusion as the very mild coronavirus pandemic seems to have proven to some extent. 

If people are not united through God’s project of the one new humanity in Christ – if they have not responded to the call to the obedience in Christ that comes through faith – if they have not offered their body of flesh, (like Isaac was), on the altar as a living sacrifice in obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit into a new life, no longer under the control of sinful flesh which was “once” subject to the death sentence required by the Law of Moses – then, if they refuse to love the truth, they will be handed over to a powerful delusion which they will neither discern nor be able to resist. The Law brought death, but through the delusion, the man of lawlessness will seemingly negate the following promise:

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:56).

The man of lawlessness is called such because he will not impose the death sentence upon sinful flesh, but will glorify himself in the flesh as he leads humanity in their final rebellion against the kingdom of God.

The sting of death is sinthe soul who sins will die (Ezekiel 18:20) – The accuser of the people is also appointed as the destroyer of sinful human flesh.

No human flesh will ever be saved from death on the day of the Lord! On the contrary, when Jesus appears in his heavenly glory and splendour, the faithful who are still living in their mortal body of flesh, will, if they had counted themselves as having died with Christ, be transformed from mortality to immortality.

However, one cannot be counted among the new humanity in the spirit, if one still continues to sin according to the old humanity in the realm of the flesh. 

One such person, who was in the fellowship of the redeemed in Christ, became quite bold in the flesh, having mistaken God’s grace to perhaps be a license for immorality. This person committed sexual immorality of a kind not even tolerated by the pagans. Just as a person in the time of Moses disregarded the Sabbath day and was immediately sentenced to death, how much more so was one to be punished who had turned God’s grace into a license for immorality? So Paul issued the following instruction:

When you are assembled [as the church of Jesus Christ] and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord (1 Corinthians 5:4-5).

Hand this person over to who for the destruction of their flesh? To Satan. However, Satan, the destroyer who has power over the first death of the body, will not kill those who bow down to him as the god of the present age. He will wage his war with those who have bowed in submission to the King who is in heaven.

I have been cautioned that I am perhaps speculating as far as this next point is concerned, so I have considered very carefully how I will present it and I appeal to you the reader to carefully consider the Scriptures and you decide. 

Is this speculation or is it sound insight derived from the authority of the Scriptures. I am not boasting that I have perhaps received a novel doctrine. I am not suggesting that one should speculate or follow any conspiracy theories.

Paul cautioned us: 

This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other. For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? (1 Corinthians 4:1-7).

Satan had permission from God to test Job’s faithfulness through intense suffering – but God prohibited Satan from actually killing Job. Satan cannot harm or kill us beyond what God has allowed. But God has allowed many of the righteous to be killed as the ultimate test of their faith.

Jesus said, “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:26-28).

“These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death (Revelation 2:8-11).

Our King who died for us also calls us to take up our cross and consider the cost of following him. He does not save us from death, on the contrary he redeems us from the sinful life in the realm of the flesh and actually frees us from sin and death –  through death. He removes our fear of death so that we may remain faithful even to the point of death if necessary. By the sentence of the Law, we die to the Law, as Paul taught. We are crucified to the world and the world is crucified to us. Jesus died to remove our fear of death to the flesh, because it is through death of the flesh that we are raised to the new life in the Spirit.

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil — and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted (Hebrews 2:14-18).

When people have refused to die, through being baptised in Jesus’ death and by the sentence of the Law – when they have refused to love the truth of the gospel of the kingdom of God, so that they have become sworn enemies of the cross – and finally when they have been handed over to a powerful delusion by God so that they come under the control of the one world government of the man of lawlessness – in order that the delusion has the full extent of its power to deceive, the destroyer of sinful flesh – will no longer accuse sinners according to the strictness of the Law. On the contrary, the man of lawlessness will command people to worship the beast and Satan under the threat of death, but will not kill those who do bow down under such a delusion.

However, when it becomes evident that they have been deceived into rejecting Jesus, then neither will they have the opportunity to die in Christ so as to be set free from the control of Satan in the realm of the flesh and neither will they have the opportunity to be raised to the new life in the Spirit. They will find themselves in torment worse than what Jesus or Job or any of the martyrs were ever made to endure. 

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgement and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:26-29).

If the destroyer of human flesh does not impose the death sentence required by the Law – and if people have been deceived and find themselves trapped having forfeited the only way of salvation, then people would not even attempt suicide if they knew that their only expectation was one of judgement and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Those who have not died in Christ and raised to new life in the Spirit, will be subjected to the second death

During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them (Revelation 9:6).

Satan already knows that his time of “glory” in the flesh will be very short because Jesus will appear from heaven in his glory and majesty and put an end to his rebellion. However, during the short reign of Satan on the earth, humanity in the flesh will probably not die of natural causes.

Job cried out to the Lord when he suffered at the hand of Satan while his faith in God was put to the test – and Job communicated the extent of his torment with these words:

“Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul, to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure, who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave? Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in? For sighing has become my daily food; my groans pour out like water. What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil” (Job 3:20-26).

Satan, the accuser and destroyer of sinful human flesh, will not kill those who in the flesh have bowed down to worship him – and such human beings may long for death to set them free, but through dying their souls will still suffer the torment on account of their rejection of Jesus and his atoning sacrifice through which he offered his body of flesh as payment of the ransom which set his people free from the control of the devil and saves their souls for eternal life.

I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:50-58).   

The power over sin – which issues the sentence of death, is the Law, but if the man of lawlessness offers clemency for the sinner – but cannot offer death through dying with Christ – nor can he offer the new life of the Spirit – nor can he offer eternal life in the presence of God – misery and regret remains all that the sinner is left with. Would such a person attempt to commit suicide when all their life they have clung to his wretched life in the flesh and there is nothing else – no future hope?

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:21-25).

If humans are not rescued through faith in Jesus Christ and his death on the cross – from this wretched body enslaved to sin, then they will find themselves in the eternal torment with the evil one whom God will eventually throw into the dreaded lake of fire – what then becomes of the tormented soul? I do not wish to imagine or even dare know how to describe it.

But, that is not the end of this message.

There is only one escape from the one world government of the man of lawlessness and that is to bow down to Jesus the King and fully accept the death penalty imposed upon all flesh by the Law, because all have sinned. 

Through faithful obedience and through keeping in step with the Holy Spirit, we may die to the old life and be raised to the new life even before this mortal body actually dies. This is the message of the gospel of the kingdom of God. Consider it carefully and count the cost.

This is your choice: 

To die to the law by the very sentence of the law or submit in the rebellious flesh to Satan and the man of lawlessness and his one world government which will be allowed to rise up to test and purify the faithfulness of the new humanity. 

Accept the first death of the flesh or be trapped in the one world government of the man of lawlessness which will be destroyed in the second death. 

Jesus told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:29-36).

Jesus told his disciples to flee from Jerusalem as soon as they saw the Roman army approaching. Jerusalem was destined to be made desolate and figuratively comparable with Sodom and Egypt where the people were in slavery and sin. The “lock-down” of Jerusalem came very suddenly with the Roman siege between 66 and 70 AD and for those trapped in the besieged city, the only way of possible escape for three-and-half-years was to attempt to flee from the city, (but it was already too late). 

 

Every person who attempted to flee was apprehended by the Roman army and because they did not have the resources to take war prisoners, they crucified them. As Josephus recorded, there were not enough crosses for the bodies and people  were killed more speedily so that their dead bodies could be removed to make way for the next crucifixion victim. Those who resisted the cross of Christ faced even greater torment because they tried in vain to cling to the sinful life in the flesh and overthrow the Roman oppressors.

The cross is the way by which the humble and meek lay down their lives in submission to God. We are like sheep led to the slaughter. However, following the Holocaust narrative, not  of Jesus, but of supposedly six million Jews, the Jews in the flesh now live as sworn enemies of the cross as they cling tenaciously to their identity as Jews in the flesh.

Their motto is never again. Instead of being led like sheep to the slaughter, (as horrid as the analogy may sound), they will instead squeal like unkosher pigs who trample upon the atoning blood of Jesus. This is not an anti-Semetic sentiment, on the contrary, it is a blunt analogy of those who hate Jesus and refuse to be reconciled to God through faith in his Holocaust, the pleasing sacrifice of his body of flesh so that humanity may be raised to new life in the Spirit of God.

 

When it is too late, there will be no purpose to try resist the one world government of Satan and the coming man of lawlessness. The only way to be saved is to take up the cross, put to death the old life in the flesh – and be raised to new life through faith in Jesus the King of kings. There is no easy way. The cost is high either way. The soul who sins, will indeed die by God’s decree. Either we die in Christ and are reconciled to God and forgiven or we will die in sin and be finally cut off from God’s holy nation.

The “lock-down” of the world will mean submission to the man of lawlessness.

The alternative way to escape is also through death, but by taking up the cross in  perfect obedience to Jesus Christ – where no hypocrisy will be tolerated and the sinner will be handed over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh.

This means compliance to the kingdom of God through death, by offering yourself as a living sacrifice on the altar in genuine worship through which you will know the will of God as you are raised up by the Spirit to the obedience that comes from genuine faithfulness. Or, the one who is the accuser will indeed bring every accusation against you and you will be exposed as a hypocrite. 

All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. Come now; let us leave” (John 14:25-31).

If you sin, you may deceive yourself and other humans but you cannot deceive God and he will hand the sinner over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh. 

The accuser had no hold over Jesus and could not kill Jesus. Jesus willingly laid down his life. If we lay down our lives by offering our bodies as a living sacrifice to God, we will be raised to new life and eventually even our bodies will be raised in immortality. In the meantime, we take up our life by being led by the Spirit who raised Jesus – and we are led into a new life – even while we live out our days on earth as sojourners in the tent of this body of flesh. The same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead, will give life to our mortal bodies offered as living sacrifices. But our faithfulness will always be tested –  sometimes even to the point of death. All who are still living in the tent of this body, please consider this:

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline —then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed (Hebrews 12:4-13). 

Is the way of the cross an easy choice? Will you choose death to the flesh to gain life in the Spirit?

Easy choice?

Perhaps easy to “believe” as in accepting the truth of the word, but if not combined with genuine faithfulness, it leads to religious pretence, which is hypocrisy. However, always remember, you can deceive yourself and others, but you can’t deceive God – and Satan is the appointed accuser and destroyer of sinful flesh. He cannot kill any sinner until allowed to do so by our sovereign God in heaven. 

You cannot say you have died to the Law if you deliberately continue to sin in the flesh and the accuser will find you out, he will still have a hold over you because he controls humanity in the flesh and he will have power to persecute you and kill you, – but perhaps even for your own good if, like the sexually immoral sinner in the church at Corinth was handed over to satan for the destruction of the flesh,   – if you have become a hypocrite.

You are either a part of the new humanity because you have put to death the deeds of the flesh, or you are still held captive in your wretched flesh by the god of this world. The way of the gospel is the way of the cross.

Easy choice?

You cannot choose eternal life if you choose life in the flesh; you have to forsake one or the other to gain one or the other. You can only be a disciple of Jesus by taking up the cross which is deadly and all too often, painfully slow as we endure all kinds of trials in this world. 

Easy choice?

No, death by crucifixion is indeed slow and agonising. To forsake the life in the flesh is not easy.

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel (Hebrews 11:24-28). 

Jesus, our King, who has removed our fear of death and who laid down his life in death, only to take it up again, said that even he was overwhelmed to the point of death and he sweated drops of blood in his anguish while, like many of us, who like his disciples then, slept in their blissful ignorance of the way of the cross which we all will eventually have to follow. 

Easy choice? 

Take up the cross or live in the flesh. 

Accept hardship, trials, suffering, persecution which is the way of the cross or embrace and indulge yourself with the pleasures of sin.

You cannot be in the new humanity if you still live in the realm of the flesh. 

Is this the gospel message you first heard and accepted? Or did you perhaps hear another gospel that suggested that Jesus died for you so that you may have thought that the Law was abolished and that you could continue living like you pleased in the realm of the flesh, perhaps under lawlessness

Or did you perhaps hear another more pleasing “gospel”message, one where you could pretend to live and embrace the Law, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and that, because of God’s, it would perhaps not kill you? Were you told that because of God’s grace, “”You surely will not die”? Such a lie is not the way of the cross and the true gospel. 

The Law brings death to the flesh as the means of new life in the Spirit. 

There is no new life in the Spirit if there is no death to the old life in the flesh. There is no way of pretending to the devil who is the accuser nor to God who is the Judge and there is only one mediator to act in your defence but don’t ask him to defend you if it happens to be that you are a hypocrite still indulging the pleasures of sin in the realm of the flesh as an enemy of the cross. 

Easy choice? Is it easy  to choose the way of the gospel which is the way of the cross? 

No, the gospel comes with the cross and the cross is not friendly with the world or with sinful guilty flesh which has not genuinely been offered as a living sacrifice on the altar. 

  

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