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Prophetic word for today
Fear of the invisible

 

This morning [May 20, 2020], between around 3am and 4am [U.S. Mountain Time], I had a vision: I was in a temple or a place where a pastor was giving a "speech". There was a large table where I was seated on the right-hand side. The speaker said several things, but what I was able to catch woke me up. I don't know if the speaker was referring to a person or something else, but he said: "They called it '9 to the inverse'".

 

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Fear and faith

In the previous posting, we made a very brief mention of this prophetic word. And, as we shared then, the phrase "9 to the inverse" refers to how the matriarchal system uses fear as the "inverse of faith" to produce illegitimate power ("9") for itself through a wicked and distorted application of the "B.P. law", the spiritual law that declares that faith (i.e. believing) releases real, tangible power in the visible realm.

 

To better understand how fear acts as the "inverse of faith" and how it can generate so much destructive power for the matriarchy, we shall be meditating on fear itself in this and future postings. In this posting, we shall focus on fear and its relationship to the invisible.

 

Exceeding fear

As many of you may know, the Greek word for "fear" is phobos, from which the English word "phobia" is derived. There are several words in the original Greek text of Scripture that are directly derived from phobos, one of them being ekphobos, which has the prefix ek meaning "out of", the prefix from which the common English prefix "ex-" (as in "exhale") is derived. Because of this, ekphobos can be translated as "exceeding fear", in the sense of a fear that is so great that it overflows from within the person and is manifested on the person's exterior. The word ekphobos only appears twice in Scripture, the first time being in verse 6 of the following passage, translated as "sore afraid":

 

"2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. 3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. 4 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. 5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 6 For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid. 7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 8 And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves." (Mark 9:2-8)

[The word "appeared" in verse 4 was translated from the Greek word optanomai, which literally means "to look at, behold, to allow oneself to be seen" and is the word from which the English word "optical" is derived. Therefore, the Spirit's emphasis in verse 4 is on Moshe and Eliyah becoming visible in the natural realm.]

 

Notice from Peter's words in verse 6 how Peter's attention was on the 3 people before him, Yeshua, Eliyah, and Moshe, and that the ekphobos that came over him stemmed not only from the supernatural whiteness of Yeshua's raiment but the manifestation of 2 beings who had already died (or "moved on", in the case of Eliyah). Based on the fact that the Father had to draw their attention to Yeshua (v8), it can be argued that the disciples actually attributed the supernatural whiteness of Yeshua's raiment to the supernatural presence of the 2 "undead" men with Him. In other words, they were impressed with Moshe and Eliyah and thought that Yeshua was basking in the glory of these 2 men. This is the mindset that led to their state of ekphobos.

 

The only other appearance of ekphobos in Scripture after Mark 9:6 is in verse 21 of the following passage, translated as "exceedingly fear":

 

"18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: 20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel." (Hebrews 12:18-24)

 

Notice that Moshe himself had ekphobos from God's supernatural manifestation at Mount Sinai. Notice also how the Spirit of God contrasts Mount Sinai and Moshe's ekphobos to Mount Zion (v22) and the New Covenant (v24). This means that ekphobos flows from an Old-Covenant, Moshe mindset, a mindset that believes in a permanent separation between ministers and laymen, between the "spiritual" and the "natural", between the "invisible" and the "visible". By contrast, the New-Covenant mindset is one that sees us in an assembly of "angels" (v23), i.e. "soulless spirits"; it is a mindset that sees us as "spirits being perfected" (v24). In other words, the New-Covenant mindset blurs the distinction between "supernatural spirits" and "natural men".

 

Therefore, the fact that the only 2 appearances in Scripture of ekphobos directly involve Moshe means that ekphobos arises from people who have yet to fully enter into a New-Covenant relationship with God and who still see a solid, immutable barrier separating the spirit realm from the natural realm, failing to see that God's restoration allows man to be what he was always supposed to be, a spirit being with a soul who inhabits a body in the natural realm. This contrasts with the Old-Covenant view of man as a physical body with a soul that operates in a realm that is completely separate from the dreadful and "spooky" spirit realm.

 

Everyone has faith

As we have shared before, the word for "faith" in Greek is the noun form of the verb "to believe", meaning that the English word "faith" is just a fancy synonym for "believing". This means that everyone, absolutely everyone, has "faith", since everyone believes in something. The only difference is what people believe in, i.e. the object of their faith. Even the staunchest materialistic atheist has "faith", and his faith is in a reality where God does not exist and where the material world is the only trustworthy source of certainty. Some may argue that this is not "faith" because it involves believing in something that is visible and verifiable. This argument, however, fails on three grounds:

 

  1. First, accepting something that is undeniably true and verifiable is still faith, for it involves your wilful act of believing it. In other words, you can have faith in something that is absolutely and verifiably true because faith is the act of believing it to be true. It is possible to have "faith" in the statement "2 + 2 = 4" (under the traditional arithmetic definition of the "+" operator), even when you know the statement to be irrefutably true (by definition). Why? Because accepting the statement involves embracing intangible mathematical concepts and seeing in your mind how those concepts lead to the truth of the statement. In short, you can have "faith" in something that is 100% certain because you can choose not to believe it.

  2. Second, the statement "Something is true if and only if I can touch it with my hands, see it with my eyes, or sense it with a scientific instrument" is itself unprovable. Isn't the statement itself an invisible metaphysical declaration? How can you scientifically prove that only what is scientifically provable is true and real? Also, how can you prove that something does not exist if it is not measurable with the instruments you have at hand? Isn't that expressing a "leap of faith" in the scientific knowledge that you have available? As we shared in the previous posting, believing in something that defies the known laws of physics does not mean that one is declaring those laws untrue or unreliable. Instead, it implies (or, at least, it should imply) believing that a superior, invisible law is at work, a law that is overriding the "visible" or "known" laws and that falls outside the scope of the currently available known instruments. In short, the statement "Something is true if and only if I can touch it with my hands, see it with my eyes, or sense it with a scientific instrument" is self-contradictory because the statement itself cannot be touched with your hands, seen with your eyes, or sensed with a scientific instrument. It is a metaphysical statement that falls outside the realm of "physical science", meaning that it requires faith in something that cannot be proved true. In fact, we just proved it to be metaphysically self-contradictory, and, hence, false. Thus, it is ironic that those who scoff at "faith" whilst believing in this statement are actually exhibiting the most delusional of faiths: faith in something that is clearly false.

  3. Third, relying blindly on physical, "scientific" laws for all "truth" has a problem it cannot resolve: time. It is impossible for anyone, even the staunchest of materialists, to prove that the laws that have worked in the past will work in the future. Even if a law has worked a million times before, it is impossible to prove that it will work the next time. How can you prove, with 100% certainty, that the law of gravity will "do its thing" the next time you release an object from a certain height? Why are the "particles" involved in gravity (unclear to scientists even to this day) obligated to work the same way the next time, causing the object to fall? Yes, common sense dictates that we can have a very high degree of certainty that the law of gravity will operate the next time it is "put to the test", and that degree of certainty is almost equal to 100%. Yet, not even the brightest atheist (pardon the oxymoron) can metaphysically prove that the degree of certainty is exactly 100%. Therefore, he is practising an act of faith (i.e. belief) when he assumes that an object that he releases from a height will fall to the ground just as it has done a million times before. In short, even materialist atheists have to trust that the future will be the same as the past, and they have no way to guarantee 100% certainty on the laws that they trust in, especially laws whose metaphysical foundation they cannot explain.

 

Expectations and fear

Now that we have established that everyone, even the most radical of materialist atheists, has "faith" in something (including things that are not 100% certain), we can say that everyone has expectations, since believing in something means that you will make predictions about what can or cannot happen in future based on what you believe in the present. For example, if you believe in the power of electricity, you will expect that someone will experience a great deal of pain if he touches an electric fence. If you believe that objects can only float on a liquid if they have a lower density than the liquid, you will expect an iron anvil to sink if thrown in the sea.

 

Since your faith creates expectations, anything that contradicts those expectations will either create surprise or fear. In the case of souls trapped in the Old-Covenant mindset, any strong manifestation of the spirit realm will create extraordinary fear. This is because the Old-Covenant mindset creates such a strong trust in the visible and such strong expectations about what can or cannot happen that the manifestation of a mostly foreign invisible realm, a realm that has a "life of its own" generates fear, as when an apparently inert object in front of you starts to move like a living being. Said another way, the Old-Covenant mindset denies the reality of the life that exists beyond the visible realm and is therefore "exceedingly scared" when that life invades the visible realm in an unexpected way.

 

The abundance of life outside of the visible

Sadly, the Old-Covenant mind has not peered enough into the nature of the visible realm to realise that even the life that it sees and expects in the natural realm can only be explained as coming from the life-filled invisible realm. Consider, for example, all the complex actions and decisions that an ant can perform, even when a grain of sand is much larger than its brain. Any experienced software developer would tell you that developing the AI (artificial intelligence) required for a robot to imitate an ant in any significant way would be so complex that it would require a large team of developers working for thousands upon thousands of hours. And, even after all that effort, the end result would still be unable to replicate all of an ant's functionalities, and it would have to run on a robot so large that it would never come close to matching the size of a live ant. To add to the frustration, it would be a gargantuan task to get those ant robots to produce more robot ants on their own, the way that live ants can reproduce on their own without the visible intervention of "more intelligent" beings. Thus, the more that science and technology develops, the clearer it becomes that the remarkable abilities of tiny creatures such as ants cannot be explained by mere electrochemical reactions. Those remarkable abilities come from the fact that those tiny creatures have a soul. That tiny "breath of life" injected into them from the life-filled invisible realm is what gives them the abilities that they have, and, once that tiny breath of life is appointed to depart their miniscule bodies, those bodies become useless lumps of cells, even if they contain the same material components that they did a few seconds earlier (when the soul was still within them).

 

Some devout followers of the "atheist materialist" faith may argue that the ant's abilities are the result of millions of years of evolution. This personification of evolution as some sort of God-replacing intelligent agent ignores the reality that what they call "evolution" is itself a lifeless process that is the product of random chemical reactions. These reactions are not "trying" to add wisdom and order to the world. On the contrary, as is known in the world of physics, these reactions are constantly adding "entropy", i.e. "disorder", to the world, as per the 2nd law of thermodynamics. Even if you believe that, somehow, the "survival of the fittest" weeds out the unwanted disorder and leaves behind those that have accumulated greater "order", this "weeding out" process is so slow that it does not explain how the law of averages does not quickly catch up to the ones with greater order as they breed with some of the ones that still have greater disorder in them. In other words, you have to believe that, somehow, entire species of animals have been able to collectively accumulate order within them over millions and millions and millions of years, defying the law of averages, producing the same type of order and organisational structure across all their "communities". Consider, for example, how ants and bees all over the world manifest the same organisational structure with a single queen and a myriad of servants dedicated (for some odd reason) to working for her, collaborating with each other to gather food in the same organised way. If this were the product of random "groupings of order", one would expect to see a multitude of diverging organisational structures within the same species developing over millions of years. Randomness does not produce organised homogeneity. On the contrary, the only homogeneity that can be expected from randomness over the course of time is scattered disorder, i.e. molecules that are spread out evenly and are not clumped together into organised clusters of "life".

 

But, even if you are willing to believe that randomness and time can produce such an amazing amount of homogeneous order that consistently defies the law of averages over millions of years, the question remains: How in the world can the miniscule bodies of ants and bees contain so much intelligence in them, intelligence that thinking human beings cannot reproduce mechanically despite all the advanced technology available? And, even if you are persistent enough in your "evolution" faith to think that humans will eventually be able to reproduce that wisdom (i.e. that it is only a matter of time), how can you explain that random, impersonal, and lifeless evolution has been able to produce it? The "wait-enough-billions-of-years" argument does not cut it. Why? Consider, for example, the "many-monkeys-typing-out-Hamlet" argument that materialist atheists have such devoted faith in. This argument, based on the mathematical "infinite monkey theorem", argues that, given enough time and enough monkeys with a typewriter each, one of the monkeys will eventually type out Shakespeare's entire story of Hamlet, word for word. The implication, therefore, is that, given enough "billions of years", even the unlikely formation of extraordinary intelligence in minute animals such as ants and bees is possible. As indicated on wikipedia.org, however, even if there were as many random-typing monkeys as there are atoms in the observable universe typing at extreme speeds for trillions of times the life of the universe (as believed by scientists), the probabilities of the monkeys replicating a single page of Hamlet (or any other Shakespearean work) is very, very small. Therefore, to believe (i.e. have faith) that the intelligence of minute animals such as ants and bees is the result of time plus randomness in the physical, palpable realm borders on blind and euphoric fanaticism. If trillions of random-typing "monkeys" cannot produce 1 page of Shakespeare, even after trillions and trillions of years, how can you expect lifeless randomness to produce an ant whose behaviour cannot be replicated even by large teams of intelligent software developers writing hundreds of thousands of complex, non-random lines of code? And, even if these developers were able to produce the necessary code, they would not be able to make it run in a device the size of an ant's body, and they would not be able to make that tiny device capable of physically reproducing itself with no outside intervention, not in a million years, not in a billion years, not in a trillion years.

 

"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear" (Hebrews 11:3)

 

In short, those trapped in an Old-Covenant mindset are somehow unaware that the plethora of visible life in front of them has its source in the invisible realm, a realm that is much more "full of life" than the visible realm will ever be (when it is separated from the invisible realm). The visible realm is life-holding; the invisible realm is life-producing.

 

"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit" (1 Corinthians 15:45)

[The word "quickening" was mistranslated from the Greek verb zoopoeio, which is derived from the verb zao meaning "to live" and poeio meaning "to make, produce".

The phrase "was made" only appears after "the first man Adam" but not after the "last Adam" in the original Greek text. This is because the life in the first Adam is injected into him from the invisible realm, which produces it. Whereas the first Adam "was made" with life from the invisible realm, the last Adam simply "is" and can inject life into the visible realm because he is connected to the invisible realm.]

 

The Lord's intent is to break the Old-Covenant barrier currently in place, a barrier that separates the visible from the invisible realm so that the life of God Himself will overflow across the entire visible realm:

 

"6 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. 7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it." (Isaiah 25:6-8)

 

"For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea" (Habakkuk 2:14)

 

Troubling phantoms

As we mentioned above, the Greek word for fear is phobos, which appears in verse 26 of the following passage, translated as "fear":

 

"22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear." (Matthew 14:22-26)

 

The word "spirit" in the phrase "it is a spirit" of verse 26 was sorely mistranslated from the Greek word phantasma, the word from which the English word "phantom" is derived; phantasma itself was derived from the verb phaino meaning "to bring forth into the light, to shine, to appear". Hence, it has the connotation of something that emerges from the "dark" (i.e. what is not visible) into the "light" (i.e. into the realm of what can be seen with natural light). Hence, the word phantasma emphasises how the invisible produces fear when it manifests itself in the visible realm, especially in those who are still within an Old-Covenant mindset.

 

As we shared above, the fear of the invisible derives from a faith that produces expectations that are contrary to the invisible when it manifests itself. However, there is another subtle element to that fear, an element that becomes evident when we consider the word "troubled" in the phrase "they were troubled" of verse 26 in the passage above. That word was translated from the Greek verb tarasso, which appears in Scripture for the second time in verse 26 above. Its first appearance is in verse 3 of the following passage, again translated as "troubled":

 

"1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him." (Matthew 2:1-3)

 

Notice how Herod became tarasso-ed by the prospect of someone becoming supernaturally manifested to replace him as the "king of the Jews". This potential new "king of the Jews" seemed to have the backing of powers from the invisible realm, as shown by the fact that a new star had been made to appear in the dark sky, representing the manifestation of someone surfacing from the dark invisible realm and into the "lit" visible realm. Hence, Herod's tarasso-ing emerged not only from hearing something that his faith did not expect; it emerged from his concern that his kingship in the visible realm was being challenged by something emerging from the invisible realm. As a Girgashite "king of the earth", Herod was afraid of losing control at the hands of the invisible. Girgashite kings fear the invisible because they know that they cannot contain it with their cursed methods of containment, for it is like trying to contain radio waves inside 4 thin walls.

 

Religions to fence off the invisible

In the biographical film "China Cry", the protagonist, a persecuted Christian believer, is told by a Communist prison official, "... your God in ten years will be in a museum", to which she replies, "To do that, you would have to imprison the wind" (as detailed on vernonjohns.org). This exchange illustrates both the fear that the kings of the Earth have towards the invisible and their brutal but futile efforts to contain it. As they come face to face with the fact that they cannot "imprison the wind", Girgashite kings (who are cowards by nature) are somewhat willing to allow some presence of the "invisible", but only as long as they can control it and mould it to fit their visible paradigms and agendas. This is when most "religions" begin to emerge. Girgashite kings begin to craft substitute religions that can be used to channel people's interest for the invisible. In other words, these substitute religions are an effort to create a manageable entity that explains or channels the invisible things that people somehow discern. These religions manage the invisible by doing one of two things, or both:

  1. They diffuse the power that faith in the invisible generates by aiming it at futile nonsense
  2. They channel that power towards things that solidify and strengthen their worthless kingdoms

 

This is what the worthless American white liberal elites, for example, have done. Left-leaning people are, by their very nature, drawn to the invisible, since invisibility is inherently left-handed. Because of this, American white liberal elites have crafted and fostered a substitute religion called "liberalism" (its spiritual name does not include the letter "b"). It is a religion that causes people to have inordinate faith in caricatures and the existence of evil windmills that must be defeated through destructive and consuming don-Quixote crusades. This religion channels left-leaning people's faith in the invisible in such a powerful way that it causes them to deny the truth of the visible and irrefutable facts before them that contradict their caricatures and windmill beliefs. Thus, it is ironic that such a radical disregard for visible and irrefutable reality creates power that solidifies the rule of the visible kings and hinders the influx of God's invisible reality into the visible realm. At the root of these religions is always a false fear in a threat that does not exist, a fear that inverts the faith in people and channels it towards producing power that allows the visible kings of the Earth to maintain their "control" of the visible realm and prevent the life of God's invisible reality taking that control away from them.

 

The worship of impossible ideals

These artificial religions -- whether they be American white liar-alism, whinie-the-piece-of-poo marxism, the mooslim ideology, or matriarchal "Christianity" -- always revolve around invisible entities, i.e. "deities", that are external to the people that follow them, and these deities always have "visible representatives", "demigods", that are also eternally unreachable to the faithful. In the case of American white liar-alism and whinie-the-piece-of-poo marxism, the external invisible deities are a set of ethereal and unrealistic Hegelian ideals that are always one or two windmills away from being fulfilled. Because these ideals are imbued in falsehoods and therefore unattainable, the faithful never have the opportunity to live them out in real life, meaning that they are a perpetually elusive goal that is always foreign and external to them. Even so, their religion compels them to continue sacrificing themselves for these external and unattainable ideals, so they begin to surrender their individuality more and more, reducing themselves to nothingness and becoming indistiguishable cogs in a lifeless and inferior collective machine.

 

As the faithful remain detached from the real nature of their illusory ideals, they also remain detached from the elites who are supposed to embody the ideals that they are pursuing. These demigod elites can peer behind the sacred veil and see that it is not all that they have advertised it to be. As a result, they are not as deluded as their followers, and they live out a "less sacrificial" existence (since they know that all the excessive sacrifice is in vain). This creates a wicked 3-layer system consisting of an unreachable deity (the unrealistic ideals), a caste of privileged demigods (the elites), and a lower rung of faithful who empower the elites through their perennial sacrifices but who can never become one either with the elite demigods or the impossible, invisible ideals that they have deified.

 

The mooslim fabrication

The same pattern described above is easily discernable in the mooslim faith. There, the deity consists of a fabricated distortion of the God of Israel that is intended to shift the title of "chosen people" from the envied sons of Isaac to the "disenfranchised" sons of Ishmael. The man who fabricated this deity and its religion knew that, as descendants of Abraham, the Arabs had a craving and an openness to connect with the One True God. As indicated on wikipedia.org, pre-mooslified Arabia was mostly polytheistic, but there was significant influence of monotheistic Judaism and Christianity in the region. In Yemen, for example, Judaism was the dominant religion, and Christianity had taken hold in the Persian Gulf area. In the second half of the sixth century, when the fabricator, also known as Meshuggah, was born, Arabia was beginning to yearn for a more spiritual form of religion, making it a fertile ground for the growth of Christianity and even Judaism, as shown by the fact that Arabic pagan terms were being replaced by Jewish and Christian loanwords from Aramaic. Meshuggah the fabricator and the people akin to his soul saw this trend, and, fearing that they were about to lose control to an external, invisible "foreign" force, they seized the opportunity to create "an Arabified" version of the God of Israel and Yeshua.

 

As they promoted their fabricated deity, a need for demigods naturally emerged, and Meshuggah the fabricator happily volunteered. No one in the mooslim faith can dare think that he or she will ever be like Meshuggah, who is so "special" that no one can dare draw a cartoon of him or question him in any way. After Meshuggah's death and descent to the fires of Sheol, the role of demigod was taken over by the clerics who claim to have some sort of special closeness to Meshuggah through their technical knowledge of the book he left behind. These demigods constantly demand sacrifice from the faithful and the continual surrender of the faithful's individuality, to the point that the more sincere ones openly demand that the faithful reduce themselves to literal nothingness through destructive suicides that will coerce others to recognise the "greatness" of these demigods and their fabricated deity. Naturally, the demigods never commit the destructive suicides that they call others to carry out because, deep inside, they know that a human life is too precious to waste on the imaginary causes they promote. They live behind the veil all day, and they know that the spiritual power and reality of what they preach is stale and lifeless; otherwise, they would be more drawn than anyone else to commit destructive suicide for the sake of their deity. So, as the demigods keep singing to themselves "Staying alive" by the Bee Gees, the faithful continue to empower them through futile life sacrifices, and the ones who do not kill themselves stay alive only to adhere to a faith that never emphasises their individual importance in the eyes of their Maker; they remain attached to a faith that never tells them about their magnificent and unique spiritual potential, for doing so would prompt them to think on their own and would take the spotlight away from Meshuggah and his band of scaring clerics.

 

To prevent this faith with no hope wearing thin on the prophetically-inclined Arab people, Meshuggah and the other demigods made sure to turn the Jews and Christians into permanent daemons that are to be feared and hated with visceral hate. This barrier of fear was intended to ensure that the invisible presence of the God of Israel would be kept away from the Arabs' visible realm.

 

The worship of visible order

As you may have already perceived, the pattern described above is also prevalent in the Old-Covenant version of "Christianity" promulgated by the pastoral matriarchy. The pastors who control the Church are afraid of the power that may flow from the invisible realm, especially if that power flows directly through the faithful who are supposed to be permanently under them. The less Girgashite amongst them are happy to see that power flow, but only if they are the ones managing that power before it reaches the masses and only if they are perceived to be the earthly source of that power. Allowing that power to enter into the visible realm directly through the faithful (and without their "wise supervision") would mean "chaos", for chaos to them is synonymous with them not being in control. This is why they promote a fear of "chaos" and "rebellion" amongst the faithful, indoctrinating them on how anything that is not authorised or managed by them borders on "Jezebelian rebellion". Sadly, the faithful who embrace this fear do not realise that it is actually their very demigods who are practising Jezebelian rebellion against God. Because they are trapped in the visible and do not consult the invisible God, the faithful never become aware of this, and their fear of "chaos" and "rebellion" becomes permanently entrenched in their hearts, acting like an impassable moat that keeps the invisible Kingdom-forging power of God "safely" outside the visible realm.

 

The virus religion

Some of you may have noticed how all of the above correlates with all the recent hysteria around the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Spiritually speaking, the virus and the reaction to it was America's vitriolic response to the threat of God's invisible dominion penetrating America's visible realm. Even though the virus hit multiple places throughout the world, it is clear, from a natural and spiritual perspective, that the virus' deliberate target was the United States, and New York City in particular. The virus was satan's response to a prayer that culminated on 7 March 2020, an angry and fed-up remnant prayer calling for devastating death judgement upon New York City to kill off all the worthless enemies of God living in it. This prayer was to declare God's dominion over New York City and surrounding areas, decreeing eviction (by death, if necessary) against the millions of matriarchal whores infesting New York like cockroaches that do not deserve to live and breathe on Earth any longer.

 

Even though the virus-related deaths and the exodus from New York that has ensued would appear to be the answer to the remnant's angry, fed-up prayer, it was, in reality, satan's and its minions' way of saying,

"No, God has no dominion over New York; we do. We decide what happens or does not happen here. And, instead of you evicting us, we evict you, and we will be forcing you to comply with our decrees, not the other way around."

 

Despite this, the remnant have not been evicted from New York City. Despite the attacks and the attempts by the matriarchy to claim dominion and drive God out, the remnant continue to be present in New York. The remnant continue to be the King of New York, and cursed is (and will be) anyone who dares to defy this truth. The matriarchy has tried to use the virus as a weapon to pretend that it has the "crown" ("corona" in Spanish), but the crown (stephanos in Greek) is firmly and irrevocably on the remnant's head, to the honour and glory of Almighty God and His Son Yeshua. Cursed is the tub of lard sitting on a throne of excrement in the Northern Capital; cursed is the bastard boy whinie-the-piece-of-poo; cursed is the pathetic coward that thinks that he has gotten away with this. The God of Israel despises him and shall slay him. He will soon die a shameful death, the death of a coward, and he will descend into the deepest recesses of Sheol, where he will suffer in torment, screaming in extreme agony for eternity alongside obastard for having colluded with the matriarchal system to release this virus into the Earth. And anyone who defends or exalts these bastards will share in the curse that is on them. Step away from them!!! God's wrath is about to be poured on them and everyone around them!!!

 

"23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 24 Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. 25 And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. 26 And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins. 27 So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children." (Numbers 16:23-27)

 

In the false virus religion that has ensued, the deities include a naive ideal about a faceless, impersonal, and ethereal "community" that everyone must serve and sacrifice for. Because this community is so vague and ambiguous, the justification for the sacrifices made on its behalf are also vague and ambitious. The question is not, "Why are we doing this?" but rather, "Doesn't this action make us feel good about ourselves and our positive role in this ethereal communal entity that we serve?". In the virus religion, things are never evaluated on the level of truth inherent in them but on the fuzzy, communal feelings that they evoke. As long as the impersonal community is exalted, the widespread destruction of actual individuals and their lives can be tolerated, for the "community" is not the sum of the individuals in it; the "community" is a separate entity that claims to represent all the individuals and demands that the individuals lose themselves in it. The well-being of this "community" cannot be calculated by aggregating the well-being of the individuals who are supposedly in it, for this community's well-being is completely independent from the individuals' wellness. This is why the individuals' economy, physical, and mental health can be in shambles even as the "communal entity" becomes strong and thrives, feeding off of the sacrifices of all the individuals that have blind faith in it.

{As a side note, the above is analogous to how Wall Street was able to thrive and prosper during the 8 years that obastard the mandrill soiled the White House with its fetid presence, driving the economy into a permanent state of Carter-like malaise and stagnation. Cursed is Hittite Wall Street and cursed are those who promote it as a prime manifestation of "capitalism". It is a parasite that feeds off of the bounty produced by true capitalism, acting like a cheap and inferior replacement of the true investment system of sowing and reaping where you sow and patiently work on your planted seed until it produces a real harvest that you can reap and enjoy (as opposed to gambling on pieces of paper in a zero-sum game where you can only profit at someone else's expense and where perception about a company becomes more important than the company's actual productivity).}

 

In the virus religion, the demigods are the kings of the earth that pretend to be in tune with the ethereal "communal entity" and its capricious desires and intentions. These demigods relay these desires and intentions to the masses of devoted followers who are itching to sacrifice something more of themselves to placate the communal entity's whims. In this environment, those who dedicate themselves to mundane pastoral service (e.g. nursing and food service) are exalted as "heroes", but only if they work in direct submission to the demigods' directives, acting as both examples of "sacrificial service" and "laudable, faceless compliance". These "pastoral heroes" may gain a few "perks" here and there, but they will never be allowed to join the "Mount Of-limp-pus" of demigods who are empowered by their service and who never seem to make all the sacrifices that they ruthlessly demand from these "heroes" and the rest of the lowly peasants.

 

In the virus religion, the masque (yes, this is the correct spiritual spelling for it, even if it is not the "correct" one literally) has become the crucial instrument to distinguish between the faithful followers who have bowed their knee to the "communal deity" and those who have refused. The masque is also a crucial component in maintaining the psychological Hittite fear in an invisible enemy. As explained earlier, this fear acts as an "inverse form of faith" that supplies the demigods with artificial power that helps them to pretend that they have the crown of dominion (the "corona", as they would call it), and it helps to keep the lowly peasants in permanent fear of an invisible threat. As explained above, it is this fear of the invisible that acts as a moat to prevent the infusion of the invisible dominion of God and His remnant into the visible realm. The masque is a visible reminder that the invisible is to be feared, which effectively keeps the minds and hearts of the virus faithful from being open to the invisible Presence and Power of God.

 

The widespread wearing of masques is actually a decades-long "Oriental thing" with roots in Taoism (as explained on qz.com). Hence, the widespread wearing of masques in the West is, in a sense, a "tipping of the hat" to the animals in the Orient that released this virus into the world, meaning that it is the Westerners' unwitting way of saying, "We recognise you and submit to you and your rule, and we aim to be more like you and adopt the ways that you espouse". Said another way, masques have been worn in Oriental countries for decades for absolutely no reason at all (even amongst many Orientals living in the West), with or without an "epidemic". Thus, when people in the West have blindly adopted this practice without using common sense and without analysing it for themselves from a scientific standpoint, they are saying,

"I shall be more like the Orientals who released this virus upon us; I shall masque even if I have no reason of my own to wear it other than an ambiguous concern about a vague threat that may be out there, even if the facts, the numbers, and my personal experience indicate otherwise (just like Oriental people have for decades)"

This writer (who only needs to go back 2 generations to find relatives who were born in mainland China and 1 generation to find relatives who grew up there) is disappointed at the knee-bending of gullible Westerners to Oriental dictates without applying any Western, scientific thinking to what they are doing. It is as if so many Westerners are gladly willing to surrender the covering anointing that God Himself bestowed upon them through Japheth, allowing the Hamites of the East to cover them (and their faces) instead.

 

As a few of you may already know, an article posted on the New England Journal of Medicine in May 2020 (2 months into the hysteria) indicated that masquing has no positive benefit against flu-like viruses like the WuHan virus, and it even pointed out that masquing may actually increase the risk of becoming sick. That article went on to indicate that (real) infection requires a prolonged, close interaction of around 20 minutes with a symptomatic virus carrier. As is also indicated on the Swiss Policy Research site, on rcreader.com, and in study after study in recent years going back to 2009 (during the outbreak of the first version of this virus), there is no evidence that masquing is beneficial against flu-like viruses. All of this prompts this writer to believe that the true source of widespread contagion is not "airborne" but rather hand contact with infected people or surfaces followed by touching your eyes, nose, or mouth (and where the infected people involved are symptomatic and have a significant amount of the virus in their system). This is why this writer believes that, if anything needed to be covered to prevent the spread of the virus, it was people's hands. Thus, if the demigods of the virus religion had truly been interested in people's health and in crafting policies through scientific evidence, they would have issued a strong recommendation (not a decree) to wear gloves, and they would have ended that recommendation after a month or two when the hospitalisation rate declined significantly. The demigods, however, would have never accepted the glove-only option because gloves do not have the same psychological effect that masquing does. Gloves are not on your face reminding you every second of the day that there is "an invisible monster out there" that wants to "kill" you, and gloves are not the first thing you notice in a person when he or she is walking towards you on the street, for your eyes generally aim for the other person's face, not his hands. Also, gloves have been used by people in the past to enhance their attires or to indicate "sophistication", meaning that gloves, practical and effective as they would have been, would have also helped people to feel better about themselves whilst giving them a sense that they had a handle (literally) on the invisible enemy out there, thereby reducing the fear of the invisible instead of exacerbating it.

 

As we are saying all of this, it must be emphasised that, as is explained at hiddendominion.com, information from the CDC itself indicates that the odds of a person under the age of 50 dying from the Chinese virus are lower than the odds of being hit by lightning. In other words, the drastic masquing and lockdown measures have been instituted to deal with a disease that is not at all deadly to the majority of the population, even as the proper medication (hydroxych loroquine) has been deliberately denied them for political reasons.

 

The fact that the demigods' demand for masquing was not inspired by concern for people's health is exemplified by bastard boys Andy Coma and Bill DeCaca and their mishandling of the New York City subway system. It is pathetic that, 7 months into the hysteria and arbitrary decrees, none of the demigods have taken the time to study how the virus spread so quickly in places such as New York City and Italy. Many (including this writer) believe that, in New York City, the brunt of the contagion happened in the city's subway system. The infection started somewhere, probably in lower Manhattan's Chinatown or Queens, and it spread as infected people travelled on subway trains, leaving the virus on the handles and tubes that standing people use to hold themselves whilst the train is in motion. Despite this being a scenario that anyone with a smidgeon of common sense could have envisioned, bastard boy Andy Coma (aka andrew cuomo, the little whore that sits in Albany, New York and pretends to be the king of New York state) did not institute any sort of cleaning regimen on subway cars until 6 May 2020, some 7 weeks into the arbitrary lockdown he instituted. For some dysfunctional reason, the control of New York City's subway system comes from Albany, not New York's City Hall, which prompted the inept and corrupt Bill DeCaca (aka Jew hater warren the Nazi wilhelm), pseudo-mayor of New York City, to sit on his hands the whole time. Not even once did he try to organise a coordinated effort with Andy Coma to clean the subway cars, and when bastard boy Andy finally acted, he remained a passive observer. Why? Because neither he nor bastard boy Andy ever cared about the people's health. To them, the virus was nothing but the perfect opportunity to flex their muscle over the population, subjugating them under their pseudo-dominion, all whilst inflicting damage on the economy so as to undermine the strongest selling point for a Trump re-election. The people's economic suffering was never a source of true concern for them. In their world, the destruction of lives was a reasonable sacrifice in honour of them and their deity. The demigods knew that they would never suffer any of the consequences, and they could always shift the burden of economic relief for the "masses" to Trump and the U.S. Federal government, thereby increasing the odds of making Trump look "merciless" to the voters in November 2020. In other words, they were willing to destroy others in order to empower themselves and then demand that others fix their destruction in order to turn those others into the culprits of their crimes. As a side note, by the time that Andy Coma began to clean the subway trains, the infection wave, which crested around 7 April 2020, had already receded, so the cleaning that started 1 month later was tantamount to injecting a dead man with medicine to treat his mortal disease. The WuHan virus "crisis" ended on 7 April 2020; all the "crisis" since then has been one big artificial Hittite fabrication and nightmare.

 

The fact that masquing was never intended to sincerely and intelligently tackle a health issue is emphasised by the examples of Denmark, Sweden, Holland, and Finland, where masquing never became mandatory and where life was allowed to continue without the imposition of draconian and lengthy lockdowns. In fact, the government health officials from these countries have publicly questioned the validity of masquing, emphasising that there is no medical evidence that they really tackle the virus problem in any significant way (as evidenced by charts on pjmedia.com illustrating the effect of masquing decrees on reported "cases" in various countries).

 

Consider also the example of Israel. Israel has had one of the strictest and most brutally-enforced lockdowns on the face of the Earth. Led by the compromising buffoon Netanyahu, the Israeli government showed its visciously Jebusite tendencies by oppressing the Jewish and Arab people within Israel's borders, constantly patting itself on the shoulder, praising its "self-discipline" and "masculinity" as it ignored any complaints by souls that, in their opinion, do not know how to live under "discipline" and "structure". Even so, when it ended its lockdown, the number of "cases" in Israel rose dramatically, as if the virus had been standing outside everyone's doors, waiting for them to eventually come out. Instead of allowing the population to deal with the mild symptoms and develop herd immunity, Israel has placed itself in a never-ending cycle of self-flagellating lockdowns. Cursed by the God of Israel is Netanyahu, a man who has enough truth available to him to seek after God and walk towards Yeshua but who refuses to do so, arrogantly thinking that he already knows all that he needs to know as he compromises a bit here and a bit there with the world just to prove how "hip" he really is despite his strong façade. He should have helped Israel absorb the West Bank (which was supported by West Bank Palestinians), but, instead, he chose to listen to the liberal bastard boy that Trump keeps near him, jared kushner, and he surrendered Israel's claim to that land in exchange for some meaningless "peace deals" with a few Arab countries. What a fool! Instead of taking the historic opportunities before him to solidify the land of Israel and resist the world's effeminate hysteria against a virus (that needed to be tackled in a completely different way), he chose to act like the rest of the world, making decisions once and again that would earn him the applause of the world, all whilst destroying his own people and keeping them from having a real encounter with their God.

 

Masquing and lockdowns have also been proved useless by the example of Argentina, the nation with the longest ongoing lockdown in the world (around 200 days and counting, at the time of this writing, as indicated on the Jordan Schachtel site). Its economy, which was already weak from years under demagogic leftist leaders, has gone into absolute freefall as a result of the prolonged lockdown. And, for icing on the hysteria cake, Argentina is currently experiencing some of the highest virus death rates in the world. Consider also how the country with the strictest lockdown policies (and one of the earliest) in the world, Peru, was actually leading the world in virus deaths, at least as of August 2020, according to Jordan Schachtel's website.

 

Thus, we can conclude that lockdowns and masquing are just a charade. It is everyone performing in a masquerade (hence, the "masque" spelling in the spirit realm). In this masquerade, all the wilful participants are pretending to block and defeat an invisible enemy through measures that "look good" to the naive eye but are in truth ineffective and destructive. The virus should have been tackled through a sensible hand-sanitising strategy, the use of the cheap anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for those infected, the explicit and targeted protection of the only population segments that were truly vulnerable to the virus (the elderly and those with serious pre-conditions), and an approach that promoted herd immunity and the courage to ride out minor symptoms. But, since the intention was never to solve the medical problem but to use it for evil spiritual and political purposes, the pursuit of every true solution (such as hydroxychloroquine) and the avoidance of every non-solution (such as massive masquing and lockdowns) were always politicised and villified enough to scare people away from them. The virus religion needed the idea of a virus that was more lethal than it really was. It needed "9 to the inverse". It needed fear (the inverse of faith) to produce power to fend off a real invisible "enemy", the Presence of the Invisible God of Israel.

 

{Cursed by God are the bastards and whores in the media who have villified hydroxychloroquine. May you bastards and whores never find salvation. May your children die young. May the door to salvation from hell be closed to you and to your children. May your finances collapse. May your relationships deteriorate into perennial conflict and hatred. May suicide abound in you and your families. Cursed are you, bastards and whores, for your willingness to murder myriads and myriads of people just to defend the lies in your head and destroy the people that your eternally-damned souls hate. You will be spat upon and shamed for all of eternity, just as you have ruthlessly worked to shame and shun those who do not comply with you. You do not deserve to continue breathing the oxygen on this Earth, and God will ensure that you do not breathe it for much longer and that you will agonise greatly every second that you do.}

 

Courageous warriors

As we saw earlier, the disciples cried out in fear when they saw Yeshua walking on the sea (Matthew 14:26). However, fear was not the response that Yeshua was looking for from them, as shown by what He said to them:

 

"But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid" (Matthew 14:27)

 

Notice that Yeshua did not wait for a few seconds, "basking" in the fear that the disciples were experiencing. Instead, He "straightaway" told them not to be afraid. The word "spake" was translated from the Greek verb laleo, which, as we have shared before, is spiritually related to prophetic utterances. On the other hand, the word "saying" was translated from the verb lego, which is the verb form of logos, which, as we have seen before, is spiritually related to apostolic judgements. Hence, Yeshua was speaking to the disciples from a spirit of prophetic freedom and apostolic truth.

 

The phrase "be of good cheer" in Matthew 14:27 above was translated from the Greek verb tharseo, which is the verb form of the word tharsos meaning "courage, confidence". Therefore, a more exact translation of Matthew 14:27 would say "Have courage","Be courageous", or "Turn confident". Thus, tharseo is not merely speaking about a "mood shift", as the phrase "good cheer" would make one think. To further understand the spiritual nature of the word tharseo, we must consider how it is used elsewhere in Scripture.

 

The first time that tharseo appears in Scripture is in the following verse, again mistranslated as "be of good cheer":

 

"And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee" (Matthew 9:2)

 

The phrase "sick of the palsy" was translated from the Greek word paralytikos, which is derived from the prefix para meaning "next to, to the side of" and the verb luo meaning "to loose". Hence, paralytikos has the connotation of someone who has his arms hanging loosely from the sides without being able to move them on his own. It therefore speaks of someone whose will is unable to move or affect the things around him. As we have shared before, the heart is where the will resides, and the endowment most directly related to the heart (and the will) is the evangelistic endowment. Thus, Matthew 9:2 above is spiritually referring to Yeshua restoring a man's spiritual will so that it can operate in the power and authority it was always intended to operate in.

 

"4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:" (Psalm 8:4-6)

 

The fact that Yeshua began by pointing out to the man that his sins had been forgiven means that the root of his healing lay in him becoming aware that the sins that were separating him from God had been removed and that he could now approach God and be One with Him, which meant that he could now operate in God's nature and authority as he began to walk with Him. In other words, he could now affect the environment around him through his will, just as God can affect the environment through His will.

 

This intertwining of man's will with God's is emphasised by Yeshua's answer to the scribes who were offended by His comment about forgiving sins:

 

"6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 7 And he arose, and departed to his house. 8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men." (Matthew 9:6-8)

 

Notice that Yeshua did not say, "that ye may know that the Son of God". Instead, He said "that ye may know that the son of man", meaning that He was emphasising the authority that man can have when he is restored to what God intended for him from the beginning (before the fall - Genesis 1:26). The fact that the Lord said "son of man" also emphasises the fact that this kingship is not limited to a single, specific individual but is accessible to the entire "line of humanity", especially those who descend from the second Adam.

 

Notice that, in verse 8, the amazed multitude glorified God for giving "such power unto men". They were not glorifying God for giving such "power" to one specific individual (i.e. the historical Jesus). Instead, they were accepting the "son of man" message that Yeshua had just uttered, and they were recognising that this "power" was being made accessible to man in general. Notice also that the Spirit of God makes no effort in Matthew 9 to chastise the multitude for glorifying God for the "wrong" reasons. Instead, the Spirit of God seems to imply that the multitude had correctly understood Yeshua's words and were glorifying God for the right reason. Otherwise, the Spirit of God would have simply declared that the multitude glorified God "for the miracle they had just witnessed" or "for Jesus's prowess".

 

As a side note, it is worth mentioning that the word "power" in Matthew 9:8 above was mistranslated from the Greek word exousia, which, as we have seen before, speaks not so much about (dunamis) "power" but about "jurisdictional authority", especially the authority to use the apostolic sword of judgements. This means that they were recognising man's authority to make judgements about man's nature, including judgements that declared man's authority to exercise evangelistic, kingly dominion on Earth.

 

The fact that Yeshua told the man to "go unto thine house" (Matthew 9:6) was the Lord's way of saying,

"Go back to your home, go back to your castle and start to exercise your God-endowed kingship over it now that I have restored it in you"

 

The second time that the Greek word tharseo appears in Scripture is in verse 22 of the following passage, mistranslated as "be of good comfort":

 

"20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: 21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. 22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour." (Matthew 9:20-22)

 

The phrases "hath made thee whole" and "was made whole" in verse 22 were translated from the Greek verb sozo, which literally means "to save". Hence, sozo points directly to the evangelist endowment, since that is the endowment most directly related to salvation. Yeshua's reference to the woman's faith also points to the evangelistic endowment since, as we have shared before, that is the endowment most directly related to faith. Therefore, we can see once again how tharseo (i.e. "be of good comfort") in verse 22 above points to the evangelistic endowment of kingship and conquest. In other words, the Lord was telling the woman to have evangelistic courage and confidence because the wilful exercise of her faith had released power into the natural realm and wrought change, meaning that the will in her heart had decreed a change in the environment around her, just as a king can do.

 

The third time that tharseo appears in Scripture is in Matthew 14:27 above, in the passage that describes Yeshua walking on the sea. The fourth time is in Mark 6:50, in the parallel passage in the Gospel of Mark that describes Yeshua walking on the sea. The fifth appearance of tharseo is in verse 49 of the following passage, again translated as "be of good comfort":

 

"46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. 48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. 49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. 52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way." (Mark 10:46-52)

 

Notice that, when the blind man presented himself before Yeshua, Yeshua asked him to express his will. After the blind man expressed his desire, power was released so that his desire became a reality, meaning that Yeshua empowered the blind man to act as a king whose will affects the environment and causes things to immediately materialise in the natural realm. The phrase "hath made thee whole" was also translated from sozo. Hence, Yeshua's reference to the man's faith and to him being sozo-ed once again points to the evangelistic endowment of kingship and conquest.

 

The 6th appearance of tharseo is in Luke 8:48, in the parallel passage in the Gospel of Luke describing the healing of the woman with the issue. The 7th appearance of tharseo is in verse 33 of the following passage, translated as "be of good cheer":

 

"31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? 32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:31-33)

 

Notice how tharseo is used in the context of "overcoming", which yet again points to the evangelistic endowment of conquest and warfare. Hence, contrary to what the "be of good cheer" mistranslation conveys, the Lord's words in the passage above are not intended as an "emotional pick-me-up" but rather as a call to make war against the world and conquer it in Him despite all the tribulation attacks that the world will endeavour to inflict upon you. This correlates with the 8th and last appearance of tharseo in Scripture, in verse 11 of the following passage, its only appearance outside of the 4 Gospels, again mistranslated as "be of good cheer":

 

"10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle. 11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome. 12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy." (Acts 23:10-13)

 

Notice how Paul was forced to battle through tribulation on account of the Jews, but notice also how, as Yeshua declared in John 16:33, God provided Paul with enough protection to shield him from defeat at the hands of the attacking Jews. As is detailed in the rest of Acts 23, God exposed the Jews' Jebusite-Hittite conspiracy against Paul's life to the soldiers who had been assigned by God to care for him, and Paul was able to slip past his enemies and continue with his spiritual work.

 

The faith that does not fear phantoms

In the previous section, we saw how Yeshua exhorted the disciples to be evangelistically courageous instead of fearing the "phantasma" that they thought was walking on the sea before them. And, as we have seen so far, walking in that evangelistic warrior courage implies breaking out of the Old-Covenant mindset and operating in a New-Covenant paradigm where we can see ourselves walking in Oneness with God. This is why it was Peter, the most evangelistic of all the disciples, who, without realising it, prophetically spoke the words in the following passage:

 

"28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus." (Matthew 14:28-29)

 

Notice that Yeshua did not chide Peter for having the "audacity" to believe that he could do the same thing that Yeshua could do. Instead, He encouraged him to come towards Him and to exercise the same faith that He was exercising as He walked on the sea. At that moment, Peter shifted from an Old-Covenant mindset that fears the invisible "phantasmas" into a New-Covenant mindset that believed that he could walk with God Himself, conquering and having dominion over his environment just as God Himself can conquer and have dominion over it. This is why Peter "blurted" out such an odd "identification request" to Yeshua. A person operating under natural thinking would have said something such as "If you are Jesus, please come closer so that we may see your face" or "If you are Jesus, tell us what we did yesterday", or even "If you are Jesus, make the winds stop and calm the waters". However, Peter chose as "proof of identity" the ability to walk on the sea as well and challenge the surrounding environment that was endeavouring so hard to intimidate him and the disciples. This is what New-Covenant thinking prompts you to do, and this is how the Old-Covenant fear of the invisible phantasmas is overcome.

 

As most believers know, whilst Peter was walking on the sea towards Yeshua, he allowed the fear of the invisible soul winds to overtake him, and he began to sink:

 

"30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" (Matthew 14:30-31)

 

The word "wind" in verse 30 was translated from the Greek word anemos, from which the English word "animal" is derived. Hence, it strongly points to the soul, since, as we have shared before, animals are in essence soul beings without a spirit. The English word "animus" is also derived from anemos, which again points to the soul, since "animus" refers to a strong emotional dislike, and the "centre" of the soul are the emotions (as we have shared before). Thus, it is no coincidence that the Italian word for soul is anima. On the other hand, the word "boisterous" in verse 30 above was translated from the Greek adjective ischyros, which is derived from the noun ischys. And, as we have shared before, ischys is related to evangelistic, kingly strength in a positive sense and to Amorite-king strength in a negative sense. Thus, the word ischyros (i.e. "boisterous") means that the soul (the anemos) was trying to exercise kingly dominion in order to regain control of the situation, since it was clearly losing the battle against Yeshua and Peter. Unfortunately, Peter allowed his fear of the invisible soul winds to return him to an Old-Covenant mindset.

 

When Peter went back to being an Old-Covenant believer, he went from a walking conqueror of his surroundings to a paralytical beggar in need of help. This is why he immediately cried out to Jesus to be rescued from the very surroundings he had been conquering just a few seconds earlier. Notice that Peter did not decline into a total state of unbelief and simply cry "I am a dead man; tell my family that I love them; I am walking towards the light, now; bye!!". Instead, he had enough faith to cry out to Jesus and believe that Jesus could indeed rescue him. Even so, Yeshua did not praise Peter's faith by saying, "Congratulations, Peter, for having enough sense to still cry out to me even in the midst of your overwhelming circumstances", and neither did the Lord say, "That is what you get, Peter, for pretending that you can do what only I can do; I hope you have learnt your lesson and put yourself back in your place where you belong". Instead, He confronted Peter by saying, "You of little faith; why did you doubt?", meaning that the faith that Peter exercised to be rescued was not enough in Yeshua's eyes. God is not against us crying out for help and depending on Him in times of trial and sorrow, but He is against us staying in a state of Old-Covenant dependence on Him, just as a father is against his son remaning a dependent little baby all of his life. This does not mean that God wants us to be "independent of" and "separate from" Him. Instead, it means that God wants us to grow into a free and "autonomous" manifestation of Him in us where we "independently" exercise sovereign authority and judgements just as He does, all whilst being permanently connected to Him. In other words, He wants us to eventually exercise the ultimate form of our sovereign individuality even as we are immersed in Him and united with the rest of the Body of faithful believers. This is the type of New-Covenant walk that breaks the Hittite fear of phantasmas.

 

The king-eating prophetic worms

As we saw earlier, the Spirit of God describes in Mark 9:2-8 how Peter, James, and John were ekphobos-ed by the incident where Moshe and Eliyah appeared alongside Yeshua in front of them. The fact that Yeshua only took these 3 disciples to the high mountain to witness this event is no spiritual coincidence.

 

As we all know, Peter was by far the most "evangelistic" of all the disciples, meaning that he represented the evangelistic endowment. James, on the other hand, represented the prophetic endowment, since, as is described in Acts 12:1-2, he was the first of the "12 apostles" to die, and the ministerial endowment most directly related to sacrificial death is the prophetic endowment. James' death at the hands of Herod happened right before Herod imprisoned Peter, who was supernaturally freed from prison by the angel of the Lord; the angel enabled Peter to wrap himself around a "cloak of invisibility" (Acts 12:8) and escape with prophetic stealth without being noticed.

 

"1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. 2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. 5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. 6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. 7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 9 And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him." (Acts 12:1-10)

 

Even though it is not explicitly stated in Scripture, the fact that James' death is mentioned right before the narration of Peter's liberation from prison means that James' sacrificial death played a crucial role in Peter's escape, an escape that had the effect of emboldening believers and preventing them being ekphobos-ed by Herod's intimidating soul winds. Had James not given his life in sacrifice, the prayers of the Church on behalf of Peter would have been very weak and ineffective, as shown by the believers' reaction when Peter knocked on Mary's house after escaping from prison. As you may recall, the believers praying at Mary's house actually evidenced staunch unbelief (i.e. lack of faith) by refusing to embrace the idea that it was Peter who was knocking at the door (Acts 12:15). Had these believers been praying with profound faith, some of them, especially the more prophetic ones, would have sensed the moment when the angel liberated Peter; they would have known that God had done something to set Peter free and would not have been as resistant to the notion that Peter could possibly be knocking at the door. As we said above, faith creates expectations, and a strong faith in them would have prompted them to expect some sort of supernatural manifestation of or on behalf of Peter.

 

It is also worth noting that Herod's death is narrated immediately after Peter's liberation in Acts 12, meaning that James' sacrificial death not only emboldened believers but also terminated the source of the soul winds that were trying to intimidate the righteous.

 

"20 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country. 21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. 22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. 23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost." (Acts 12:20-23)

 

It is ironic that Herod was killed by the angel of the Lord as he was speaking to a crowd of brown-nosing citizens who were flattering him to no end because they depended on him for food and wanted to get back on his "good" side after angering the fickle king for some reason. In other words, Herod was reduced to nothingness as he stood before a crowd that was intimidated by his boisterous soul winds. Instead of fearing the One whom they should truly fear, the crowd were fearing a man that did not merit fear.

 

Interestingly, the word "smote" used in verse 7 to describe the angel of the Lord hitting Peter on the side to wake him up was translated from the Greek verb patasso, which is also the word from which "smote" was translated in verse 23 when describing the angel of the Lord mortally striking Herod to death. In other words, the angel of the Lord's "smiting" served to raise Peter up and it served to bring Herod down, thereby establishing who had the true evangelistic kingship in God's eyes.

 

The phrase "eaten of worms" in verse 23 above was translated from the Greek verb skolekobrotos, which is derived from the verb bibrosko meaning "to eat" and skolex meaning "worms". Interestingly, skolex only appears 3 times in Scripture, all of them in Mark 9, in 3 identical verses:

 

"42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. 43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: 48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. 50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another." (Mark 9:42-50)

 

It is no spiritual coincidence that the only appearances of skolex, i.e. worms, are in Mark 9. As you may recall, our previous post on faith and power, to which this is a spiritual follow-up, was based on Mark 9:23 and referenced Mark 9 repeatedly ("Mark 9" appears 29 times in that posting). In fact, this writer just realised that the very passage above was quoted in that posting as well, in the context of how the power we release through our faith is to produce a peace that makes no compromises as we maintain a willingness to cut off certain soul relationships in order to preserve our apostolic and prophetic salt. Notice also that Herod was speaking to the people of Tyre and Sydon because they "came with one accord to him" and "desired peace" (Acts 12:20). This means that the incident narrated in Acts 12:20-23 was one where people were desiring a "peace" that was not of God, a compromised peace born out of fear and that was unwilling to exercise the faith needed to release the power needed to terminate the intimidating "king of the Earth" before them. Ironically, Herod was terminated as they cowered in fear under his shadow, but only because of the fearless faith and sacrifice that others had been willing to exercise against Herod's pseudo-dominion.

 

When the Tyrean and Sidonian crowd chanted "voice of a god, not of a man", they were expressing a profound belief in the Old Covenant of castes where some are "measly little laymen" and others are "demigod ministers". As they did this, they said to God,

"We shall not cut off our soul ties to this man. We do not have enough faith in You to challenge him. We would rather compromise and make peace with him the natural way. We will 'hitch our ride' to his and go where he can take us. Since he is the visible king, we will be safe with him and will not have to fear the invisible."

Unfortunately for them, when they did this, they sealed their own spiritual fate, joining Herod on a trip towards a worm-overridden destination. Interestingly, the phrase "gave up the ghost" in Acts 12:23 was mistranslated from the Greek verb ekpsycho, which is derived from the Greek prefix ek meaning "out" (the equivalent of "ex" in English) and psyche (or psuche) meaning "soul". In other words, the invisible part of Herod (his soul) exited his body at that moment, and as it did, his visible self was no more, becoming nothing more than a bag of biological waste. This means that the visible "power" in Herod that the Tyreans and Sidonians had just joined themselves to vanished right before their eyes. By fearing the invisible and relying on the visible, they denied the reality that even the little power that is manifested in the visible realm depends on the invisible realm that most people, including believers, would rather hide from or contain.

 

It is also worth pointing out that the skolex "worms" mentioned in Acts 12:23 also point in a subtle way to the green-horse work of Tola and Jair believers that we have shared on before, since "Tola" means "worm". This connection to Tola correlates with James' green-horse sacrifice, and it explains why the next word after skolex (G4663) in Strong's Concordance is the Greek noun smaragdinos (G4664) meaning "of emerald", which only appears once in Scripture, in verse 3 of the following passage, translated as "unto an emerald":

 

"2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. 3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. 4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. 5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God." (Revelation 4:2-5)

 

Notice that verse 3 speaks of God's throne having the appearance of emerald, which is green. Thus, the Spirit of God is pointing to how green-horse prophetic sacrifice helps to establish the evangelistic kingship of God on Earth. This is how the skolex worms from James' green-horse sacrifice are related to the smaradignos emerald of God's throne.

 

As a parenthesis, it is worth noting that the verb bibrosko, which is part of the Greek word translated as "eaten of worms" in Acts 12:23 above only appears by itself once in Scripture, in verse 13 of the following passage, translated as "eaten":

 

"7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, 9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? 10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. 12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. 13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. 14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world." (John 6:7-14)

[The reference to "much grass in the place" in verse 10 speaks of the colour "green" permeating the place, which subtly points to emerald and to green-horse sacrifice]

 

There is much to share regarding the passage above, but suffice it to point out here that the only verse in Scripture where bibrosko appears (v13) mentions the number "12", which, as we have shared before, speaks of "kingdom government" or dominion. And, as we have also shared before, barley is spiritually associated in Scripture with "poverty" and with evangelistic kingship, and the number "5" is associated with ministerial grace. Thus, the 12 baskets that were filled with the fragments of the 5 barley loaves speaks of how the ministerial grace of the poor (i.e. "resource-limited") lad (v9) was enough to exercise dominion over that place.

 

As we have shared before, bread, in a general sense, points to the prophetic endowment, and the prophetic endowment points to sacrifice. Therefore, the fact that the lad surrendered the only loaves that he had so that Yeshua could use them points to the lad's willingness to make a prophetic sacrifice that would enable the establishment of the Spirit's kingship over that place (represented by the 12 baskets of fragments that were spread across the place, like an occupying army). All of this points once again to the prophetic sacrifice that James made so that Peter's evangelistic dominion could rise up and Herod's pseudo-dominion could be taken down (which is also why Peter is subtly mentioned in verse 8 above). All of this also explains why the people who witnessed Yeshua's sign (mistranslated as "miracle") declared that Yeshua was indeed the prophet that was to come into the world (v14), like an "invader" coming to take over the land that belonged to Him.

 

It is no coincidence that the very next verse after the passage above, John 6:15, declares that the crowd wanted to take Yeshua by force to "make Him a king". They perceived the dominion of Yeshua's Kingship as a result of what had just happened, but, unfortunately, they interpreted it in the Girgashite flesh, for which reason Yeshua departed from them and went up into a mountain alone. It is also interesting to note that the verses that follow, John 6:16-21, narrate the incident where Yeshua walked on the sea and told the disciples to have no fear, thereby reaffirming the spiritual connection between the bibrosko "eating" of John 6:13, the skolekobrotos "eating worms" of Acts 12:23, James' New-Covenant sacrifice mentioned in Acts 12:2, the excessive Old-Covenant ekphobos fear of Peter, James, John mentioned in Mark 9:6, and the Old-Covenant phobos fear of Peter and the disciples described in Matthew 14:26-30 when Yeshua walked on the sea towards them.

 

Apostolically fearless John

As we shared in the previous section, there was a spiritual reason why the Lord took Peter, James, and John to the high mountain to witness Yeshua speaking with Moshe and Eliyah. As we saw above, James represented the prophetic anointing that is fearless before kingly intimidation and is willing to die in order to take down its pseudo-dominion. Peter, on the other hand, represented the evangelistic anointing that shows fearlessness against strong winds of intimidation, as evidenced by his willingness to walk on the sea (at least before he allowed fear to conquer him). Thus, we can infer that John points to the remaining "male" endowment of apostle.

 

It is interesting to note that all 3, Peter, James, and John, are mentioned at the very beginning of the events narrated in Acts 12:

 

"1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. 2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)" (Acts 12:1-3)

 

Even though John was strongly prophetic himself, we can say that, in this context, the "role" of prophet is played by James, which explains why the Spirit of God says, "James the brother of John" when mentioning James and his prophetically sacrificial death in verse 2 above. The fact that John does indeed point to the apostolic endowment in this context is subtly certified by two facts, one of which is related to the explicit references to John in Scripture.

 

As far as this writer could discern, John the disciple (and apostle) is only mentioned explicitly by name more than once in 7 chapters of Scripture:

ChapterNo. of verses
Mark 12
Mark 92
Mark 102
Luke 93
Acts 34
Acts 42
Revelation 13

 

The interesting thing, however, is that, in the verses referred to above, John is almost always mentioned along with another disciple, either his brother James in the 4 Gospels or Peter in the book of Acts. Therefore, if you only consider the verses where John is referred to by himself, the verse count in the above chapters is reduced to the following:

ChapterVerses
by himself
Verses
with others
One of the
others being...
Mark 10 2James
Mark 91 1James
Mark 100 2James
Luke 91 2James
Acts 30 4Peter
Acts 40 2Peter
Revelation 13 0---

 

Notice that, out of the 3 "surviving" chapters (Mark 9, Luke 9, and Revelation 1), only Revelation 1 mentions John by himself more than once, and it is in the context of John introducing himself as the writer of Revelation. As you may know, John wrote 5 books in Scripture, with Revelation being the longest in terms of chapters. Even though the Gospel of John is much longer than Revelation in terms of words and verses, it is a narration of events, which explains the need to use more words. Hence, it can be said that the book of Revelation per se was the strongest manifestation of John's apostolic nature, since apostles are by their nature writers of laws and principles, and Revelation is a book of laws and principles related to the spiritual process that leads to the manifestation of Yeshua on Earth (obviously, this does not take away from Revelation's strong prophetic nature as well). Thus, we can see how the explicit references to John the disciple in Scripture point to the "apostolic" book of Revelation and to John's apostolic nature.

 

The other fact that indicates that John played an apostolic role in the trio of Peter, James, and John can be found in Matthew 14, the same chapter that we have been studying in various parts of this posting. At the beginning of Matthew 14, the Spirit of God speaks about Herod and John, even though, in this case, it is John the Baptist:

 

"1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, 2 And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. 3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. 4 For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. 5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet." (Matthew 14:1-5)

 

Notice that John (the Baptist) was acting apostolically by judging Herod for his unrighteous behaviour with Herodias. Notice also that Herod did not immediately kill John for judging him but, instead, held him in prison for a time, which again points to the apostolic endowment, since apostles are prone to prolonged periods of literal and/or figurative imprisonment, as opposed to prophets, who are prone to die quickly, just as James did. Therefore, John was showing apostolic fearlessness before Herod the king, unwilling to be intimidated by the "kingly power" that Herod could wield. Humanly speaking, it is ironic that Herod was the one showing fear, for, as verse 5 above declares, Herod was postponing killing John out of fear of the people, who counted John as a prophet. Eventually, Herod did kill John to please Herodias and his dancing daughter, as is narrated in Matthew 14:6-11; and, as we have studied before, this points to the Canaanite spirit of people pleasing, which is inherently anti-apostolic. It is interesting to consider that Herod also imprisoned Peter to further please the Jews after he saw that it had pleased them to see James murdered (Acts 12:2-3).

 

Even though Matthew 14:1-11 literally refers to John the Baptist and not John the disciple, it is spiritually clear that the common name is more than a "coincidence". It is as if the Lord allowed John the Baptist to be the literal representation of John the disciple's apostolic fearlessness before Herod. God's intention, as explained in John 21:18-19, was for John to outlive all the other disciples, including Peter, meaning that John the disciple could not be allowed to play the role of literally confronting Herod, especially since John was still growing in the Lord, so John the Baptist stepped in to fulfil that role. In a sense, it is as if John the disciple was imprisoned when John the Baptist was imprisoned. As is silently hinted by John himself in John 1:35-39, John the disciple was first a disciple of John the Baptist before following Yeshua after hearing what John the Baptist testified about Him. Thus, it can be said that John the disciple became an extension of John the Baptist, for which reason God gave the same name to both. It is no spiritual coincidence, therefore, that John the disciple would eventually live out a prolonged form of literal "imprisonment" at the end of his own life in the island of Patmos (where he wrote the book of Revelation), even though it is believed that he died at an advanced age of natural causes, as opposed to a forcible death by a king's decree.

 

As a side note, this writer has doubts on whether John the Baptist was always intended to die when he did. Unfortunately for him, John the Baptist began to show signs of doubt about Yeshua. Even after clearly seeing the Spirit descend from Heaven upon Yeshua like a dove and abide in Him (John 1:32), John continued his own separate ministry, and he never instructed his disciples to join Yeshua now that Yeshua's public ministry had begun (e.g. Mark 2:18). In fact, John the Baptist kept his disciples in a state of "reservation" about Yeshua's "Messiahship", and he even sent two disciples at one point to ask Yeshua whether He was truly the Messiah or whether they were supposed to wait for someone else (Luke 7:18-23). Because of this, John the Baptist slowly became a hindrance in Yeshua's earthly ministry, causing people to be uncertain on whether to follow the ascetic and "religious" John or the more "colourful" and "liberal" Yeshua. In fact, even after his death, John continued to cause confusion in people's minds and hearts, a confusion that prompted many to think of Yeshua as a "resurrected version" of John the Baptist (Matthew 16:14) instead of recognising Yeshua for who He was. Hence, it is no spiritual coincidence that the passage in Matthew 14 that narrates John's death begins by stating that Herod thought that Yeshua was "John the Baptist risen from the dead" after hearing about Yeshua (Matthew 14:1-2), as if to indicate that this was the spiritual root behind John's early death. This writer believes that, had John the Baptist remained faithful and not doubted (as his father Zacharias had done - Luke 1:18-19), he may have gone through imprisonment at the hands of Herod anyway, but he would eventually have been set free by God in a supernatural way, just as Peter was later set free from Herod, and that would have acted as a great testimony to the glory of God that would have led more people towards Yeshua. Instead, John the Baptist died at the hands of Herodias (not even Herod), and he continued to hinder people's minds even after his death.

 

Evangelistic ghostbusters

In the previous sections, we saw how, in the Peter, James, and John trio selected by Yeshua to go to the mountaintop and participate in the transfiguration (Mark 9:2-8), James represented prophetic fearlessness and John apostolic fearlessness, whereas Peter clearly represented evangelistic fearlessness, not only because he was the most evangelistic of all the disciples, but because of his (kingly) leadership prominence in events related to the 3 (consider, for example, how it was Peter who spoke during the transfiguration, giving his "brilliant" recommendation to make 3 tabernacles - Mark 9:5).

 

On the other hand, the transfiguration also featured 3 other persons, Yeshua, Eliyah, and Moshe (mentioned in that order in Mark 9:2-8). Moshe represented "the Law", meaning that he represented the apostolic endowment of laws and judgements. Eliyah represented "the prophets", meaning that he represented the prophetic endowment, and, Yeshua, the King of Kings, represented the evangelistic endowment of kingship and dominion. Hence, we can see how the 3 "male" endowments of apostle, prophet, and evangelist were represented both in the trio of Yeshua, Eliyah, and Moshe and the trio of Peter, James, and John. The question then becomes, What is the spiritual significance behind this?

 

On the one hand, the 2 trios speak of the importance of a "male", "spirit-centric" mindset to overcome the fear that the soul system tries to impose on God's people. On the other hand, the 2 trios present a contrast of how the "male" endowments operate in a New-Covenant mindset, as opposed to how they operate in an Old-Covenant mindset. As mentioned in Mark 9:6, Peter, James, and John had ekphobos, i.e. exceeding fear, in the midst of what was happening. The manifestations before them, which were coming from the life-filled invisible realm, were too "phantasmagorical", too overwhelming for their souls, and they were having a difficult time taming those fears because they were seeing everything that was happening as "external" to them. They were "mere, flesh-and-blood mortals" standing before beings who were, in their eyes, from a dimension they did not belong to. By contrast, Yeshua the man was not uncomfortable in this "phantasmagorical" environment but, instead, saw it as part of what He was to operate in, especially at that moment in time. Yeshua did not see these manifestations from the invisible realm as external to any of them, for He never saw Himself as a "mere flesh-and-blood mortal" the way that Old-Covenant souls become accustomed to thinking. He understood how the New Covenant makes you aware of the eternal love with which God sees you as you are pruned in His judgements ("people left of the sword") and embraced in His Kingship ("they shall be My people") ...

 

"1 At the same time, saith the LORD, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. 2 Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest. 3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee." (Jeremiah 31:1-3)

[Notice how the Lord says that He will be the God of all families, not just a select few]

 

When enveloped in a New-Covenant understanding, you know that you can have direct access to the invisible God of Israel, and you know that you can know Him directly, as a friend knows another friend. This is when the line between the visible and the invisible begins to blur, and that is when the invisible, which the Old-Covenant soul fears so much, begins to flow into the visible realm.

 

"31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. 35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: 36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever." (Jeremiah 31:31-36)

 

As mentioned in Mark 9:7-8 above, a cloud overshadowed Peter, James, and John at the mountaintop, and a voice came out of the cloud saying, "This is My Beloved Son, hear Him", after which Moshe and Eliyah were no longer visible and only Yeshua stood before them. As we shared earlier, this was intended to emphasise Yeshua's humanity and to counter any inclination in the disciples' hearts to idolise the invisible men who had become visible before them. However, it was also intended to emphasise an important spiritual reality: that the manifestation of the invisible is ultimately intended to establish evangelistic dominion. In other words, the apostolic (represented by Moshe and John) can fearlessly judge the Herods of this world, and the prophetic (represented by Eliyah and James) can fearlessly sacrifice themselves in defiance of them, but all this effort is for naught if it does not forge the rise of God's evangelistic dominion (represented by Peter and Yeshua) in the visible realm. This is why the cloud, which represents our feeble, visible human nature, shadowed over everyone, which represents the establishment of dominion over everyone and everything there. At times, we shall manifest apostolic fearlessness and at other times prophetic fearlessness, but the ultimate purpose of our fearlessness will be manifested in evangelistic fearlessness that openly challenges the intimidating kings of the Earth who will try to use the invisible to get you to submit under them.

 

"28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. 29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. 30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last. 31 The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee. 32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected." (Luke 13:28-32)

 

Notice that Yeshua first speaks about the dethroning of those who seem to be "first", which happens as men begin to sit down in the Kingdom of God to exercise God's dominion in the visible realm. Notice also that, in "the same day" (v31), i.e. in immediate reaction to these words, the Pharisees tried to lock Yeshua out of that territory by bringing up a vague threat of death from Herod. Again, this was an effort by the soul system to generate power over God's people by creating fear over an invisible menace. Instead of succumbing to their fear, however, Yeshua rose up in evangelistic defiance and called Herod a "fox", declaring that He would complete what He, in His evangelistic kingship, had set out to do, and that Herod had no authority to stop Him.

 

The word "fox" in verse 32 above was translated from the Greek feminine noun alopex, which only appears in 2 other verses of Scripture, Matthew 8:20 and Luke 9:58, and, both of those times (apostolically in Matthew and evangelistically in Luke), Yeshua speaks of the foxes having holes and the birds of the air having nests but the son of man not having where to lay his head. The foxes refer to the people with visible power who have established niches or strongholds of power on Earth; those niches and strongholds are like pathetic holes dug in the ground when seen in their true reality. The birds of the air refer to the principalities and powers that have established niches or strongholds of power in the Earth's spiritual atmosphere as a result of the enabling done by the souls of men; those niches and strongholds are like pathetic nests built in the air that allow those spirits to have a "stable" outpost from which they exercise false dominion over regions. The soul system enables the existence of the foxes' holes through their Girgashite, robotical submission to visible power-holders, and it enables the existence of the birds' nests through Canaanite emotionalism that empowers unrighteous spirits and allows them to seductively gain a stronghold in people's emotions, short-circuiting people's ability for sound judgement and common sense, which then prolongs their residence in the air. Once these fox holes and bird nests are in place, there is no room left for Spirit-centric man to be at peace and to comfortably exercise Head authority on Earth. This is when he must become apostolically fearless, prophetically fearless, and an evangelistically-fearless ghostbuster in order to expel the foxes from their holes, drive the birds from their nests, and establish God's Dominion on Earth.

 

Notice that the Lord speaks of three days in Luke 13:32: today, tomorrow, and the third day. This speaks of a 3-stage process through which God's dominion is established. The "today" points to the apostolic (i.e. John and Moshe), for, as we have shared before, the apostolic endowment points to what is, exposing through judgements the way that things are now. The "tomorrow" points to the prophetic (i.e. James and Eliyah), for, as we have shared before, the prophetic endowment points to where we are going. Thus, we can conclude that the "third day" points to the evangelistic (i.e. Peter and Yeshua). When this endowment is manifested in its fullness, the process is "perfected", meaning that it achieves its intended purpose: the infusion of the son of man's Dominion from the invisible realm into the visible realm.

 

The entrance of light

In Acts 12:7, the Spirit of God declares that, when the angel of the Lord came upon Peter to liberate him, a light shone in the prison. The verb "shined" in Acts 12:7 was translated from the Greek verb lampo, which, as you may imagine, is the word from which the English word "lamp" is derived. Interestingly, lampo only appears in 6 verses of Scripture, and only in 2 verses outside of the 4 Gospels. One of those verses is Acts 12:7, and the other is the following verse, which is the only verse where it appears more than once:

 

"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6)

 

Notice how the verse above speaks of light from the invisible realm (i.e. the "darkness") being manifested (i.e. shining) in the visible realm. And, just as God commands this infusion of light from the invisible realm into the visible realm, we are to command such infusions of light as we operate in His nature. This is what Yeshua did during the transfiguration:

 

"2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. 3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. 4 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus." (Mark 9:2-4)

 

As we shared earlier, the invisible realm has a dimension and intensity of life that is unparalleled in the visible realm. This is why the whiteness that Yeshua's raiment manifested was unlike any whiteness that could be produced on Earth (v3). Therefore, the invisible realm should not be feared but should instead be longed for. The soul system is doing everything in its power to maintain Old-Covenant man's fear of the invisible because it knows that, once the invisible seeps into the visible realm, the Dominion of the Spirit will be fully manifested, and the soul will no longer have the power to assert its pseudo-dominion on Earth.