As we said above, the "Republic of Alabama's" flag featured the "goddess of liberty" holding an unsheathed sword in her right hand. As we have said before, "man" in Scripture is a figure of the spirit, and "woman" is a figure of the soul. Therefore, the defiant female "goddess of liberty" in Alabama's flag was a figure of the soul defiantly declaring to God:
I will not submit to the Spirit. I have ruled until now, and I shall continue to rule
It is no wonder, therefore, that the article posted on wikipedia.org takes the time to point out the fact that the Alabama flag was designed by a group of women from Montgomery, Alabama. The Republic of Alabama's flag was a figure of the soul matriarchy's defiant unwillingness to surrender.
As we have said before, these are the times of God's green horse of the Apocalypse, which comes to obliterate the soul matriarchy so that the spirit nature in all believers may be manifested. The American Church, however, chose not to welcome God's green horse, preferring instead to raise its sword in proud defiance of God's decrees. The American Church said to God:
We are willing to do many things for You. We want your presence. We want your love. And we even accept many of your judgments. However, don't you dare, God, to remove the soul from the throne!! Don't you dare, God, to remove the pastoral matriarchy from the Church, for we will fight you tooth and nail if you so much as try to take away the freedom of our soul!!
Cursed be the American idiots who have chosen to defy the God of Israel!!! Cursed be the exposed Korahs who are walking around like "emperors with no clothes". They have deceived themselves into thinking that they are still clothed with regal power, despite the fact that God has already exposed their vulnerability through His red-horse and black-horse riders.
One day, not many weeks ago, as I was walking down the street, the Lord reminded me of a 2003 song called "White Flag" by a British singer named Dido. These are the song's lyrics:
[Lyrics adapted from lirama.net]
I know you think that I shouldn't
still love you
Or tell you that
But, if I didn't say it, well, I'd still have felt it
Where's the sense in that?
I promise I'm not trying to make your life harder
Or return to where we were
I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be
I know I left too much mess and
destruction to come back again
And I caused nothing but trouble
I understand if you can't talk to me again
And if you live by the rules of "it's over"
then I'm sure that that makes sense
And when we meet, which I'm sure we will
All that was there will be there still
I'll let it pass, and hold my tongue
And you will think that I've moved on....
For some reason, whenever I heard this song, I would feel it tugging at my heart in a powerful way, and there were times when I would be driven to tears, even though I did not identify with the lyrics in a literal way. Some two and a half years later, I can now understand why I was so touched by this song. This is a song related to the "Penuel experience".
Jacob, the man that would later be known as "Israel", had been an ingenious man all of his life. He believed that, with some "help from God", he was clever enough to squirm his way out of any jam. Even though that had worked for a while, the time came when He was to encounter God Face to face. And, before the God of Israel, all the human ingeniousness in the world is as worthless as a pile of rubble. To see God's Face implies facing the Sun of Righteousness that irradiates judgment everywhere it shines. This means that God's Face comes with fiery wrath against those who stubbornly refuse to admit their mistakes (Romans 1:17-19). Therefore, when God came to see Jacob face to face, He came in the form of an Esau full of wrath against Jacob's conniving ways. Jacob had used human trickery to snatch his father Isaac's blessing away from his brother Esau (Genesis 27:1-41), and Esau was now coming to exact his revenge.
As always, Jacob tried to squirm his way out of trouble through human ingeniousness. He tried to appease Esau's wrath through earthly gifts:
"13And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother; 14Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams, 15Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals. 16And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by themselves; and said unto his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove. 17And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meeteth thee, and asketh thee, saying, Whose art thou? and whither goest thou? and whose are these before thee? 18Then thou shalt say, They be thy servant Jacobís; it is a present sent unto my lord Esau: and, behold, also he is behind us. 19And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying, On this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye find him. 20And say ye moreover, Behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me." (Genesis 32:13-20)
Notice that Jacob gave Esau 9 different things:
30 nursing camels with their calves
"21So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company. 22And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. 23And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had. 24And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacobís thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 27And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. 29And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. 30And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. 31And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh. 32Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacobís thigh in the sinew that shrank." (Genesis 32:21-32)
Jacob was forced to risk his life as he fought the angel of the Lord. As shown by verse 29, Jacob understood that he would die if he saw the face of the angel. Yet, he chose not to let go of the angel until the angel blessed him, even when the day was breaking (v26). When it came to getting the favor of the Lord, there was no "ingenious scheme" that would work. There was no "inalienable right" he could claim. Jacob was totally at the mercy of God. When he surrendered himself to the mercy of God, when he surrendered control of his future to God, he gave the 10th thing that God was looking for. Jacob tithed with his own life, and he finally fulfilled the promise that he had made to God many years earlier at Bethel:
"20And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21So that I come again to my fatherís house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: 22And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be Godís house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee." (Genesis 28:20-22)
Notice that Jacob's Penuel experience was a mixture of "surrender" and "unwillingness to surrender". It was "surrender" because he realized that he was now facing a circumstance that escaped the realm of his practical ingenuity; he could not scheme his way out of Esau's wrath. This meant that he had to swallow his pride and place himself at the mercy of someone else. On the other hand, Jacob also expressed an "unwillingness to surrender". Even though he was at the mercy of the angel's will, he fought with the angel all night, and he was unwilling to let go of the angel until He blessed him. Jacob knew that he was sacrificing his life, but, on that night, Jacob did not see any sense in remaining alive if that meant that he would not live out God's purpose for him, and he was going to beg, plead, and sacrifice until a breakthrough was reached.
If you revisit the "White flag" song lyrics included above, you will notice that it also expresses a mixture of "surrender" and "unwillingness to surrender". It expresses "surrender" when it declares the following:
I know I left too much mess and
destruction to come back again
And I caused nothing but trouble
I understand if you can't talk to me again
And if you live by the rules of "it's over"
then I'm sure that that makes sense
Instead of justifying herself, the singer admits her mistakes, and she recognizes that she has no right to "come back again". She admits that she is now at the mercy of the other person, who has the prerogative of deciding whether the relationship can continue or not. On the other hand, she also expresses an "unwillingness to surrender":
I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be
And when we meet, which I'm sure we will
All that was there will be there still
I'll let it pass, and hold my tongue
And you will think that I've moved on....
Notice that her unwillingness to surrender is predicated on love ("I'm in love, and always will be"), not on merit. It is a persistence that longs for the other person, not a persistence that demands from him.
As we have said before, "man" in Scripture is generally a figure of the spirit, while "woman" is a figure of the soul. Therefore, the fact that the song "White Flag" is sung by a woman is a prophetic figure of the soul surrendering her illegal matriarchal "rights" and placing herself at the mercy of the Spirit. The matriarchal soul is like Vashti, who thinks that she has a right to demand from the Spirit:
"5And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the kingís palace; 6Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble. 7And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels being diverse one from another,) and royal wine in abundance, according to the state of the king. 8And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel: for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every manís pleasure. 9Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus. 10On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, 11To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on. 12But the queen Vashti refused to come at the kingís commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him." (Esther 1:5-12)
[The word "law" in verse 8 was translated from the Hebrew word dath, which literally means "decree, law, edict"; the phrase "none did compel" in verse 8 was mistranslated from the Hebrew text and should really say "No one compels". In other words, verse 8 should say, "And the drinking was according to the edict: 'No one compels'...".
The word "man" at the end of verse 8 was translated from the Hebrew word iysh, which literally means "male".]
Notice that the king's feast did not differentiate between "great" and "small". Therefore, this feast is a figure of the "Year of Jubilee" when believers can finally walk in the Spirit freedom of the New Covenant, a covenant in which there is no distinction between "great" and "small" (Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 10:16-17, 2 Corinthians 3:6-18). The "7 days" of the feast means that, in the Year of Jubilee, believers begin to receive a full impartation of the 7 Spirits of God. The fact that no one was compelled to drink and that the officers should do according to "every male's pleasure" (v8) is a figure of how, under the New Covenant, the "male" spirit nature in believers is no longer repressed by those who minister to them (i.e.- the "officers"). The "seventh day" mentioned in verse 10 represents the 7th Spirit of God: the Spirit of Laodicea, the Spirit of Prosperity. On the "7th day", the Lord tests the hearts of men to see how they handle His prosperity. Those who act like Vashti and who use their God-given prosperity to make a feast of their own shall be banned, and those who reciprocate their God-given prosperity with gratefulness shall be blessed. The "ministers" in the Church have used their God-given prosperity to build queendoms unto themselves. Like Vashti, they have chosen to exclude the Spirit from their feasts because they know that, if the Spirit is allowed to enter, He will automatically exert Lordship over the soul (2 Corinthians 3:17 --- the Lord is the Spirit) and the soul will not be able to govern.
Unlike Abraham, the Church's "ministers" do not return the "Isaacs" that are given to them. God gave Isaac to Abraham, and then He asked Abraham to give Isaac back. Abraham was not under a "law-style" obligation to give Isaac back, but he did, for he was a grateful believer. Like Abraham, the 10th leper in Luke 17:11-19 was not obligated under the Mosaic Law to return to Jesus and thank Him for what He had done, but he did, for he recognized the Melchizedek priest who was standing before him, and he understood that the Melchizedek priesthood is superior to the Aaronic priesthood (Hebrews 7:11-17). Like the 10th leper, Abraham was not obligated under "the Law" to give Melchizedek a tithe of everything (Genesis 14:17-20); Melchizedek was not "demanding" this tithe, neither was he "pressuring" Abraham to "sow into his ministry"; instead, he was waiting for the tithe to voluntarily flow from the grateful heart of a prospered Abraham. Like Abraham, prosperous Jacob was not "obligated under the Law" to wrestle with the angel of the Lord at Penuel. He had already given 9 gifts, but he voluntarily gave the 10th gift (himself), and that is what sealed God's blessing on his life. My heart is gripped with grief when I think about all the believers who have been blessed but who fall one step short of having their blessing sealed for eternity. In the midst of their prosperity, they become ungrateful Hivites whose blessing does not transcend the temporal realm and into eternity:
[The word "intreaties" was translated from the Hebrew word tachanuwn, which is derived from the word chanan, meaning "grace". In other words, the poor appeals to the other person's mercy to find grace from that other person. When Jacob was wrestling with the angel of the Lord, he was a "poor" man appealing to God's mercy in order to find "grace" before God (Genesis 32:26, Genesis 33:10).
The word "roughly" was translated from the Hebrew word az, which literally means "strong". In other words, the rich man replies from a position of "strength". Temporal prosperity gives Hivites a sense of false strength and invulnerability, from which they constantly make arrogant demands.]
"10When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee. 11Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: 12Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; 13And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; 14Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; 15Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; 16Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; 17And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. 18But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. 19And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. 20As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God." (Deuteronomy 8:10-20)
As we have said before, those with the Spirit-of-Laodicea endowment turn into Hivites when they stray from God's heart. Therefore, one of the keys that prevent prospered believers from turning Hivite is grateful tithing. We will share more on this in a future posting. As can be inferred from what we have studied so far, "tithing" refers to much more than just giving "money" to the "local congregation".
It is no coincidence that the book of Esther (from which we quoted earlier) mentions "India" in its verse (the country of India is only mentioned twice in Scripture, in Esther 1:1 and in Esther 8:9). The name "India" was translated from the word hoduw in the Hebrew text, and it literally means "flee away" or "give ye thanks". This is no coincidence. Once a spirit of sincere gratitude sets in, the soul matriarchy of the Vashti spirit is disintegrated, and the rising star of a soul surrendered to the Spirit can be manifested (Revelation 2:28). The name "Esther" literally means "star".
Gratefulness implies a "debt"; that is the reason why people speak of a "debt of gratitude". According to Scripture, indebtedness is a form of slavery:
"The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender" (Proverbs 22:7)
[The word "servant" was translated from the Hebrew word ebed, which literally means "slave". Notice that the chapter number is "22", which correlates with sister Shirley's vision, and the verse number ("7") points to the 7th Spirit of God, the Spirit of Laodicea. This is no coincidence.]
Therefore, we can safely say that gratitude turns you into a slave of the person you are grateful to, and when you are a slave to another person, you are at that person's mercy. It is not a coincidence, therefore, that the French word to express gratitude is merci (i.e.- "thank you").
Gratitude ==> Slavery ==> Mercy
When Esther approached the king to ask for the redemption of the Jews, she was at the complete mercy of the king. Had the king seen her approach as a sign of irreverence, he would have had the right to kill Esther, and neither Esther nor anyone else would have had a "right" to demand that the king be "impeached" (Esther 4:11). When you are at the mercy of another person's will, you have no right to make demands, and you will be grateful if the other person extends his scepter in mercy towards you (Esther 5:1-3).
"15For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 16So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy." (Romans 9:15-16)
"1Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 2Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? who can shew forth all his praise? 3Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times." (Psalm 106:1-3)
[Notice how this passage speaks of "keeping judgment" and "doing righteousness", even in the midst of speaking of God's mercy. As we have studied before, God's mercy is poured upon those who seek after righteousness and who do not abhor His judgments. When we recognize our sin and repent in sincerity, we become seekers of righteousness, and we become candidates for God's mercy (Proverbs 28:13).]
This connection between gratitude and mercy explains why the singer of "White Flag" speaks of a "silent" unwillingness to surrender. She says that she is pretending like she has "moved on", but, on the inside, she is unwilling to surrender, and she is hopeful that the other person will accept her repentance, forgive her, and show love to her again. In the same way, Jacob understood that he could not "demand" that Esau's wrath be turned away. He understood that Esau's wrath was indeed God's wrath, and he understood that he was at the complete mercy of God. For once in his life, Jacob was not in control.
"And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me" (Genesis 33:10)
Notice that the verse above is verse "10", which correlates with Jacob's spiritual tithe to God. This tithe is what moved God to mercy and allowed for God to be pleased with Jacob. Without that tithe, the other 9 gifts would have been useless. When Jacob gave those 9 gifts, he gave them out of compulsion; he was trying to save his physical life. However, after voluntarily giving the "tithe", his attitude towards those gifts changed from "compulsion" to "a voluntary desire to bless his brother Esau". Esau had already forgiven him; yet Jacob felt the desire to give the gifts to Esau anyway:
"9And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself. 10And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me. 11Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it." (Genesis 33:9-11)
The 9 gifts that Jacob gave are a figure of the 9 spiritual gifts listed by the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. God willing, we will post a future article on this:
According to Scripture, the spiritual gifts we are all endowed with are not designed to exalt us above our brethren. They are freely given by God at His prerogative; they are manifestations of God's grace given to us so that we may bless, enable, and exalt others (Ephesians 4:7-16). Our 9 gifts are made perfect when we add sacrificial love. This is the reason why 1 Corinthians chapter 12, which speaks about the 9 spiritual gifts is followed by 1 Corinthians chapter 13, the chapter on sacrificial love, and that is the reason why the passage on ministerial gifts in Ephesians 4 ends with the word "love" (Ephesians 4:16). The tithe that God requires of us under the New Covenant is love, which seeks to edify our neighbor rather than put him down. When you move in the love of God, you become aware that the Body is One. Those who use their gifts to exalt themselves above others are the ones who attempt to divide the Body of Christ into 2 bodies: the "ministerial" body and the "laymen" body. This is the reason why Jacob speaks of "two bands" at the beginning of Genesis 32:
"7Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands; 8And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape. 9And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: 10I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands." (Genesis 32:7-10)
[The word "servant" in verse 10 was translated from the Hebrew word ebed, which literally means "slave"]
Notice how Jacob bluntly declares in verse 10 (the "tithe" verse) that he is not worthy of the least of God's mercies, and he calls himself a "slave" of God. A weak soul begins to "tithe" when she recognizes that she has no rights before the spirit and when she recognizes that she is a slave at the mercy of the spirit. When the weak soul surrenders her matriarchy, the artificial "two-band" division of the Body is broken, and spiritual gifts become a means to voluntarily exalt others, rather than a means to impose an exalting of self. That is what tithing is all about.
As I finished typing the words above, the Lord made me hear a song entitled "Wake me up when September ends" by the American group "Green Day". As we have said before, this song is a prophetic expression of America's regression from "11" back to "9", since September is the 9th month of the year. It is also a prophetic expression of how the American Church chose to remain at "9 gifts" without "tithing" in love. It is no spiritual coincidence that all of these words are being birthed out of a spiritual vision in which America is divided right down the middle. Since the American Church refused to end the artificial two-band separation in her, the Lord shall enforce a spiritual line of separation in America. To quote the people from Burger King, the Lord said to America,
Have it your way. If you want to preserve the earthly kings in you, if you want to remain divided between 'ministerial kings' and 'regular believers', I shall grant you your wish. I shall divide you, and I shall force you to pay the consequences of your artificial division. I shall treat you harshly, American idiot, and I shall shake the idiocy out of you. Once you see the consequences of your division, you shall repent and you shall come to Me begging for My mercy. When I see you tithing yourself in sacrificial love, I shall bind you up and heal you, and you shall stand as One Body before Me. September shall end, and when you enter into your October and your November, you shall see the Glory of My Face, says the Lord.
Shortly before hearing the song "Wake me up when September ends", the Lord made me hear a news report on the radio regarding the current state of things between Israel and the Palestinians. As I heard the report, the Lord said the following to my heart:
The division of Israel into 2 states is a reflection of the artificial two-band division that the American idiot has maintained in My Church. Just as the American idiot has dared to split My land between Palestinians and Jews, he has also dared to maintain his artificial division within My Church, and he refuses to tithe to Me. Just as the American idiot has been willing to compromise My land by pandering to the Palestinians in the midst of My land, he has also been willing to compromise My spiritual inheritance by pandering to the Ammonites in his midst. I shall therefore fill the American idiot with tribulation. He will strive to find tranquility, but he shall find none. He will strive to get his house in order and mind his own affairs, but he shall be unable to. He will strive to work with his own hands and progress, but he shall only find stagnation and regression, for I shall not promote a divided country, and I shall not ascend a divided Church. I shall force America to face the consequences of its division.
As we have said before, the only solution authorized by God for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a solution where Palestinians are absorbed into the Israeli state as law-abiding Israeli citizens with equal rights. In the same way, the only solution authorized by God for His Church is a Church that ends all division, both artificial and real, within its midst. The artificial division between "ministers" and "laymen" shall be destroyed, and the real division between the "sons of God" and the "sons of My people" must be destroyed through judgments that force the Ammonites to either conform or be banned.
"1For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob. 2And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors. 3And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve" (Isaiah 14:1-3)
When the green horse comes, it comes to end the matriarchy of the soul. The only response that the green horse will accept from the soul is a mixture of "surrender" and "unwillingness to surrender":
This implies admitting the evil and error of her ways, and recognizing that she has no right to make demands from the spirit. As the soul raises the "white flag" of surrender, she is admitting defeat and accepting death in prophetic sacrifice.
As we said above, Esther was willing to stand in a position of surrender and weakness before the king when she spoke on behalf of the people. Interestingly enough, the name of the king -- "Ahasuerus" -- means "I will be silent and poor". This reveals the following principle:
Only those who are willing to surrender shall be exalted and seated with the King; only those who are willing to stand as powerless (i.e.- poor) men and women shall be allowed to sit on the throne with God; only those who stand in silence without demanding any rights shall be told "Come up hither" and exalted unto God (Matthew 5:3, Revelation 3:20-21, Revelation 11:7-13).
Once the soul raises the white flag of defeat, she places herself at the mercy of the spirit, who has the complete prerogative to determine whether she will be forgiven or not. However, a soul that truly loves the spirit will be unwilling to accept rejection. It will cry, it will plead, it will struggle "all night" like Jacob. Just as it is described in the "White Flag" song, this struggle will be a silent struggle, a struggle that is not based on "rights" but on a request for mercy. When Esther stood before the king, she understood that the people of Israel had placed themselves in the precarious situation they were in because of their unrighteousness. It was that unrighteousness which prompted God to scatter them out of their homeland. Because they had walked after other gods and sought their protection, God scattered them and left them unprotected in order to make the Israelites understand how "good" the other gods' "protection" was. Esther could not plead for her people on the grounds of righteousness, for her people had no righteousness to stand on. All Esther and the Jews could do was to admit that they had sinned, that they had been the architects of their own precarious condition, and that it was up to the mercy of God as to whether or not they would live to see the next day.
The soul that loves God will not consider it worth living if it means living separated from God. Even though she has surrendered all rights to make demands, the soul that loves God will not give up, and she will wrestle with God, pleading for mercy. This wrestling requires an apostolic endurance that is willing to wrestle "all night". At a time of day when he was supposed to be "resting", Jacob fought and wrestled until he could draw from the well of God's mercy. Along with apostolic endurance, the soul that loves God will wrestle with evangelistic determination, with a strong-willed heart that will refuse to take "No" for an answer, begging and pleading until she is either killed by God or restored in God's mercy, for a soul that loves God prefers death rather than a life without the Only One for her.
As we have said before, "angels" are apostolic-evangelistic in their nature. Therefore, when Jacob was unwilling to surrender as he struggled for God's mercy, he was acting like an angel. As he wrestled with the angel of the Lord that night, he was acting like an angel himself. That is the reason why the angel of the Lord did not "prevail against him" (Genesis 32:24). As an angel, Jacob was unwilling to "put a white flag above his door".
While Jacob wrestled with the angel at Penuel, the angel touched Jacob's hip socket:
"25And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacobís thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me." (Genesis 32:25-26)
Even with a dislocated hip, Jacob continued to wrestle, and he staunchly declared that he would not let go of the angel until God blessed him (v26). This means that Jacob was "negotiating" from a position of weakness, but, even so, he was unwilling to surrender.
"29And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. 30And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. 31And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh. 32Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacobís thigh in the sinew that shrank." (Genesis 32:29-32)
The phrase "that shrank" at the end of verse 32 was translated from the Hebrew word nasheh; Genesis 32:32 is the only verse in Scripture where this word appears. Interestingly enough, nasheh is derived from the word nashah, which means "to forget, deprive". Therefore, nashah has a connotation of "privation" or "poverty", and is related to nasheh in Hebrew in the context of failure. In other words, the word nasheh speaks of a poor person in a state of failure who is appealing to the mercy of a powerful man. As Jacob insisted with the angel, he was a failed man, a man who had admitted defeat and failure. He was a surrendered man insisting out of a call for mercy, not a strong man insisting out of a position of strength.
Any soul unwilling to react this way shall be utterly destroyed. The green horse is an exterminator that does not make compromises. The soul that wants to maintain its "queenship" and that refuses to recognize the Kingship of the Spirit shall be devastated. The soul that refuses to recognize the unrighteousness of her ways and that refuses to submit to the righteous judgments of the Spirit shall be abolished. Wherever the green horse appears, only the souls that seek after God's kingdom and righteousness shall stand. The green horse is already galloping, and the Earth is being filled with the judgments of the Lord:
"1O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. 2Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. 3Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. 4Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. 5Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; 6O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. 7He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth." (Psalm 105:1-7)
[Notice the reference to "Lord seekers" in verses 3 and 4. To seek the Lord is to seek His evangelistic kingdom and His apostolic judgments (which yield righteousness). Notice also the direct reference to "Jacob", His chosen one, in verse 6.]
Notice how this psalm begins with a call to gratitude, which correlates with the spirit of God's green-horse riders. They are men and women who are willing to be sent to Sheol for the sake of others. They are believers who are willing to bear the iniquity of others (Isaiah 53:5-6) so that others may be restored. As they voluntarily assume the unrighteousness of others, they become recipients of God's chastisement, are sent to Sheol prisons, and are left at the mercy of God. As they persistently cry out to God for mercy, God comes to set them free, and they become filled with gratitude over what God has done for them. Hallelujah!!! Merciful is the God of Israel, and glorious are His works!!!
I now understand that the song "White Flag" is a prophetic expression of the UK's attitude towards God. Believers in the UK cannot boast of "large" congregations and ministries. They cannot boast of cities and towns where practically everyone goes to an evangelical church on Sunday. They cannot boast of a currency that says "In God we trust". They cannot boast of large congregations in so-called "Pentecostal revival". On the contrary, they are aware of the so-called "humanistic secularization" of the UK. They are aware of the "spiritual emptiness" in the atmosphere. There is a sense in the UK (conscious and subconscious) that there is something missing, that there is a spiritual well that remains untapped, of an outpouring and overflow that is imminent, but is nowhere to be found. Believers in the UK cannot point to a list of "religious feats" that can certify them as the "chosen nation" that "deserves" revival. They are aware that, as a nation, they have failed God, and they can only appeal to God's mercy for the UK to be restored. There is a remnant in the UK that is unwilling to surrender, that is unwilling to give up on the idea of God's Glory visiting that land. And, because of that, God's Glory shall be seen there, and His purposes shall be fulfilled in the "Blue Kingdom".
While the UK is already singing Dido's "White Flag", the USA is still too proud to sing such a song. The American Church has too many "religious credentials" to think that she is a pathetic group of believers in need of God's regenerating mercy. The American Church is too self-deceived about its "hotness" to realize its "coldness". On the one hand, she is a Church that longs to please God and is receptive to many things related to the remnant spirit. On the other hand, however, she is also a Church that is too patriotic, too "proud of America", to admit that she has been doing things the wrong way for over 300 years. She is too proud to understand that American fundamentalism is an abomination to the God of Israel and that she needs a deep regeneration that can only come as God is stirred to mercy. America's evangelical fundamentalism is a pile of worthless rubble in the eyes of God, and it sure does not award her any "points" in His eyes.
"14And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." (Revelation 3:14-22)
[Notice how the message to Laodicea ends in verse number 22, which points to the number shown to sister Shirley in the vision where the United States was split in two.]
The Republic of Alabama's flag mentioned above featured the words "Independent Now and Forever". This reflects the spirit of defiant pride that made the American Civil War necessary. There is an old song that I was taught as a young lad in music class that said the following (amazingly enough, I still remember some of the lyrics):
Hurrah, hurrah, for Southern rights, hurrah
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star
The South seceded because it was not about to let anyone tell them what they could do with their lives. They were ready to claim and fight for their "Southern rights". They were unwilling to raise the "white flag" that surrenders the right to claim any "rights". Ironically, as they claimed their right to "freedom" and "independence", they were bent on preventing black slaves from living free and independent lives, even when the God of Israel had already decreed that the time for black slavery was over.
In the spirit realm, the American Church raised the Republic of Alabama's flag in the summer of 2005. She refused to surrender to God, and she refused to place herself in a vulnerable position where she would be compelled to plead for God's mercy. This is the reason why the Lord has decreed a spiritual civil war in America. This is the spiritual reason why talks of a "civil war" in Iraq became so common earlier this year. As we have said before, USA president George W. Bush is a Jehoshaphat who has shown a constant reluctance to go "all the way" on many issues. Interestingly enough, all these issues have to do with "overruns" across a given border. Because of his lack of discernment and his unwillingness to deal a decisive blow to Syria, the Syrian and Jordanian borders with Iraq were overrun with Hittite terrorists who are now wreaking havoc in Iraq. Because of his naive attitude towards Latin America, the U.S.-Mexico border continues to be overrun by Canaanite-Hittite Latin Americans who love the American dollar but who hate the American and European values --- such as integrity and respect for law and order --- which have made the American dollar so abundant. In the same way, Bush's administration was witness to Lake Pontchartrain overrunning the New Orleans levees as he naively expected the Canaanite authorities of Louisiana and New Orleans to handle Katrina with greater proactive professionalism (which they obviously did not). Bush, therefore, is a personification of the American Church's half-hot and half-cold attitude in the spirit realm. Because of this wavy half-heartedness, God has drawn a spiritual line across America, and He is forcing her to make up her mind on what she wants to be.
Will you be with Me, or against Me? For I am tired of your religiosity, which you expose before Me with so much pride, without giving Me the tithe which I have asked of you, the tithe that you promised to Me in the Bethel of your days.
"12Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? 15Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 16Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. 17Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?" (Joel 2:12-17)
[Notice how verse 13 appeals to God's mercy. Notice also how verse 14 phrases God's reaction in the form of a possibility: "Maybe God will have mercy on us and bless us". Why? Because those who raise the "White Flag" of humble surrender understand that it is God's prerogative as to whether He will hear the plea for mercy. There is no inherent "right" to a favorable reply.
Many arrogant "ministers" would argue that verse 17 refers to a "chosen caste" of "ordained" pastors and teachers. God, however, would "argue" otherwise, for He has said that we are all a nation of priests and we have all been appointed "ministers of God" (Isaiah 61:6, 1 Peter 2:9, Revelation 1:6). To be a "minister" is a functionality, not a description of inherent value. The only label that adequately describes your inherent value is "Son or daughter of the Most High God". There is no label greater than that, and this is a truth that is only understood by those who are willing to tithe with their own lives. Let him who has ears hear and understand.]
In my spirit being, I can hear the words in this passage being raised in travailing prayer, rising like fragrant incense over the evening skies of the UK. On the other hand, when I turn around and look towards America, I see a smokescreen hanging over a sunny day, not a cloud of fragrant incense. I see a cloud of Amorite, Girgashite, and Canaanite cigarette smoke. I hear cries for "mercy" that emanate from religiously proud hearts, hearts that are arrogantly bent on believing in an inherently flawed and unrighteous spiritual system that God intends to topple and destroy. My eyes shall see the positive response of the Lord God of Israel to the silent cry for mercy over the UK. My eyes shall behold God's mercy pouring down over the land of England, Scotland, Wales, and the land of Ireland. When that portal in the sky is opened, Jacob's ladder shall be seen over the UK and Ireland, and the fragrant incense of gratitude shall emanate from those tiny islands to the north and west of the European continent. A grateful people shall rejoice over God's visitation, and all will understand that the God of Israel is indeed an awesome God.
From all that we have shared so far, we can safely say that the following terms are actually spiritual "synonyms". Wherever one of them happens, the others automatically arise:
|Surrender||This implies an admission that the old structures are inherently flawed and beyond remedy. It also implies yielding any right to "demand" from God.|
|Slavery to God||
It is no spiritual coincidence that Joseph is the only son of Jacob explicitly mentioned in chapters 32 and 33 of Genesis, the chapters related to Jacob's Penuel experience (Genesis 33:2,7).
|Recognizing God's mercy||This implies recognizing that God has no obligation to redeem us. After surrendering, we begin to speak from a position of weakness, and all we can do is hope in God's mercy (Psalm 33:16-22).|
|Gratitude||This flows from the fact that we did not "deserve" to be redeemed. As we become aware of God's mercy, we become agents of God's mercy ourselves, which implies voluntarily giving of ourselves for those who cannot provide for themselves. When that happens, we begin to walk in "Level-2" righteousness, i.e.- the righteousness that operates on voluntary sacrifice, not compulsions of an external Law.|
|Tithing||This implies giving an "unrequested" tenth that flows from the inward compulsion of a higher law, not the external pressure of human demands. This inward compulsion is propelled by gratefulness, as was the case with Jacob in Genesis 28:16-21 and Abraham in Genesis 14:17-20.|
|Receiving God's blessing||As we surrender the "unrequested" tithe in gratitude, we are given a blessing of God that transcends the natural realm and reaches into eternity. Jacob already had a natural blessing, but he wrestled at Penuel to receive a blessing whose effects are being felt even to this day (Genesis 32:26-28). Abraham was also blessed by God after he tithed in thanksgiving (Genesis 14:19, Genesis 15:1-20). When you become a true tither, God opens a door of uncontainable, eternal blessing on your life (Malachi 3:10, Luke 5:1-11, Luke 6:35-38)|
|Love||As we become agents of God's mercy, we give of ourselves for others in sacrificial love. Tithing is an act of love. Without love, any so-called "tithing" is not a tithe. Love (1 Corinthians 13) is the invisible ingredient that gives transcendent meaning to the 9 gifts (1 Corinthians 12, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3). In that sense, love is the "10th gift", the "tithe" that completes the other 9.|
|The end of the soul matriarchy||As we surrender by admitting the failure of the old structures, and as we "tithe" in gratitude and love, the final process that leads to the extermination of the soul matriarchy gets underway.|
|The appearance of the green horse of the Apocalypse||
The deathblow to the soul matriarchy is brought on by God's green horse of the Apocalypse. Green-horse riders are people who are willing to go to Sheol for God's sake, bearing the iniquity of others upon them, and relying upon God's mercy in order to be redeemed out of Sheol. This redemption is not based on the "demand of rights", but rather on an insistent appeal to God's loving mercy.
A true tither is willing to go to Sheol for others. That is love. That is what Yeshua did for us, and that is what we ourselves are called to do for others (Colossians 1:24, Luke 10:37, Ephesians 5:25, Galatians 2:20-21, 1 John 3:16).
|Belief in 1 Body||Those who tithe in the Spirit and who are willing to go to Sheol for others are those who do not deem themselves superior (or inferior) to others. They recognize their own inherent value, as well as the value of others. Therefore, they do not split the Body into 2. Those who split the Body of Christ into "ministers" and "laymen" are not spiritual tithers, they lack the love of God (1 John 3:16, 1 John 4:20-21, James 2:8-9), and they are unable to truly understand the depth of God's mercy for us (Hebrews 8:8-12).|
|Entering into covenant with God||A heart that is willing to put up the "white flag" of surrender will be ready to enter into covenant with God, which implies a voluntary death. This is the reason why Abraham entered into a covenant with God right after he thankfully tithed to Melchizedek (Genesis 15:1-21). A tither is a believer in binding Godly covenants. Jacob also bound himself unto God in Genesis 28:16-21 when he promised to tithe to God.|
|Marriage||As we become true, grateful tithers who recognize and channel God's mercy on Earth, we are positioning our souls for marriage with the Lord (Revelation 19:7-8, Revelation 12:11, 6:11). Marriage is a covenant that requires believers who understand that the Head (i.e.- Christ) and the Body are One, not two separate and unequal entities. You cannot marry someone you consider yourself inferior to (Revelation 19:7-8, 10, Genesis 2:18).|
|Prosperity||As you tithe with your own life, and as you enter into a binding marriage covenant with God, the Laodicea Spirit of Prosperity shall descend upon you, and you can rest assured that the prosperity you will walk in will not be contaminated by the Hivite spirit of self-indulgent prosperity. Marriage and prosperity are intimately interrelated.|
|Beholding God's Face||
As Jacob became a true tither, he beheld the Face of God at Penuel (Genesis 32:30). Esther, who risked her life in merciful sacrifice for others, was also allowed to behold the face of the king (Esther 5:2). Abraham, a man willing to tithe Isaac (i.e.- himself) unto God, beheld God in Genesis 18.
According to Matthew 18:10, to behold the Face of God is equivalent to having the heart of a "child". In other words, being a true tither requires that you adopt the meekness of a child as you allow God to take you by the hand to wherever He wants you to go. Only a "child's face" can behold the Face of God and live. A child's face draws a smile from the Face of God that says "I am well pleased in you" (Luke 17:1-8, Genesis 33:10).
Shortly after March 17, 2006 (St. Patrick's Day), the debate over the issue of Latin American illegal immigration has intensified in the USA. On March 20, president Bush was in Cleveland, Ohio, answering questions related to several issues, including Hispanic immigration. In that conference, Bush spoke of how Hispanic immigrants are "honest" people "trying to put food on the table". A few days later, Hispanics organized massive demonstrations protesting against Bush and the Republican Party, condemning them as "hatemongers". Hispanics are indignant over "racist" ideas such as restoring the breaches in walls around the border with Mexico, increasing the number of people who enforce America's immigration laws, and ensuring that illegal immigrants not benefit from public funds they do not pay taxes into. People like Bush are hated and reviled in Hispanic circles, which goes to show how "grateful" they are to him, even when Bush has bent over backwards to please them and make them feel appreciated by him.
As we have studied before, Moses had an emotional attachment to the people of Israel which prevented him from allowing God to execute purifying judgments on them (Exodus 32:10-11). The very people that Moses had spared from destruction judgment became a constant torment in his life. They never appreciated the affection that Moses had for them, proving once again that you must never make prophetic sacrifices for Canaanite dogs or invest apostolic pearls of wisdom in Girgashite swine (Matthew 7:6). As the constant complaining of the people got to him, Moses blamed his situation on God (Numbers 11:11-15), but he had no one to blame but himself. God had offered Moses to birth a new nation out of him, a nation of Israelites according to Moses' spirit (Exodus 32:10, Numbers 11:26), but Moses chose to stick with the irremediably rebellious crowd he had before him.
"1And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. 2And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched. 3And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them. 4And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? 5We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: 6But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes. 7And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium. 8And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil. 9And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it. 10Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased. 11And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me? 12Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers? 13Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat. 14I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me. 15And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness." (Numbers 11:1-15)
[Notice how Moses was still "defending" the rebellious people from God's judgments (v2). God was judging them for complaining, and, after Moses spared them from this judgment, they immediately began to complain again (v4-6). This means that there was absolutely no repentance in their hearts. As we have studied before, Scripture clearly shows (despite the pastors' attempts to preach the contrary) that repentance is a prerequisite for Godly forgiveness. To forgive a person who has not repented is not only "not recommended"; it is a sin against God and contrary to God's righteous nature.
Notice how Moses turned into a complainer himself (v11-15) as a result of "hanging around" with the complaining crowd which he defended. If you read the verses that follow verse 15, you will notice that God completely ignores Moses' complaint against Him, limiting Himself to detailing a practical solution to Moses' practical issues. The Lord had already tried to solve Moses' problems from the root, but Moses refused, so God was limited to dealing with the recurring external symptoms. Because of this, both the rebellious Israelites and Moses were banned from entering the Promised Land.]
All of this shows that Bush is behaving like a pandering Moses, and the Latin American community in the US is behaving like the ungrateful bastards in the wilderness. Before you complain about the use of the word "bastard", consider the following passage:
"6For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?" (Hebrews 12:6-9)
In other words, when Moses prevented the unrepentant people from coming under the fullness of God's judgments, they turned into a people of "bastards". Why? Because a bastard is a child whose father refuses to recognize him as his own. In that sense, a bastard is a child with motherly protection and "nurturing" but with no fatherly chastisement. Mind you, a child may have a literal father, but, if that "father" is not raising the child in justice and judgments, it is as if the child had no father at all, because "fatherhood" is a spiritual functionality that emanates out of a righteous nature, not a title on a birth certificate; if a child is raised by his mother, but he is raised in justice and judgments, that child is not "fatherless", even if there is no physical father present. Abraham was a man who did not hesitate to raise his children in justice and judgments (Genesis 18:19). That is the reason why God chose him to be a "father of a multitude" (that is what the name "Abraham" means). Abraham was not about to allow mercy to precede justice.
According to Hebrews 12:9 above, God is the "Father of spirits", meaning that He begets spirits, and whoever He takes for a son or daughter is placed under the Sun of purifying judgments so that the spirit nature in him or her may be fully manifested. When Moses did not allow God to act like a Father to the people, he left them "fatherless". And, whenever the "father's seat" is left empty, a pseudo-father will eventually appear to fill the void:
"21I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son." (1 John 2:21-22)
[Whoever rejects God's judgments is "denying the Father" because he or she is denying God the right to act as a "father", and, whoever "denies the Father" is operating in the spirit of anti-Christ (v22).
Notice how verse 21 speaks of "knowing the truth", as opposed to believing a lie. As we have said before, truth and judgments are inextricably intertwined in Scripture. Therefore, anyone who denies God's judgments automatically prevents him or herself from knowing the truth.]
"44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not." (John 8:44-45)
[When a person rejects truth, it is because he or she is rejecting the judgment that is inherent in that truth. To reject truth is to reject God's judgments.]
The father of lies begets children that are not conceived in truth, meaning that they are not conceived in righteousness and judgments (since truth and judgments are inextricably intertwined). Therefore, when Moses prevented the rebellious Israelites from being judged, his soul gave birth to a nation of rebellious children begotten by the father of lies. Unbeknownst to Moses, he did conceive the nation of irremediably rebellious children that made his life miserable (Numbers 11:12). That nation was born out of a lie, and that lie was the following: "These people do not deserve to die; they may have problems, but they do not deserve to be destroyed by God".
The father of lies, however, is not a "responsible" father. He is like a "deadbeat" father who begets children and then runs away from responsibility. He is like a filthy womanizer who goes from woman to woman, deriving pleasure and extracting resources from them, and then moving on to his next victim. He is a fornicator that begets "bastards" because he begets them out of covenant. As we have studied before, every covenant demands a death prior to enjoying the benefits of the covenant. In other words, the harvest of a covenant can only be reaped after sowing in death. In a marriage covenant, each partner dies to his or her right to deep intimacy with anyone else, and that "death" occurs prior to enjoying each other's intimacy. This voluntary death sanctifies the enjoyment derived from the marriage relationship. As we have also said before, gates or doors are spiritually related to the making of judgments, and God's judgment word is a death-causing sword. Therefore, every covenant demands that each partner figuratively walk through a "gate" or "door". This is why the Lord says the following about the cursed father of lies:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." (John 10:1)
[The word "thief" was translated from the Greek word kleptes, which means "one who takes away by stealth". Therefore, it points to the Hittite spirit of deceit. The word "robber" was translated from the Greek word lestes, which literally means, "plunderer". This means that it has a connotation of "taking away by force". Therefore, it points to the spirit of Amorite strength (Amos 2:9) and Girgashite work.]
All of this explains why the word "bastard" correlates with most (though not all) Latin American illegal immigrants. They have not cared to enter the U.S. through the door of "legality", and that "door" goes way beyond merely having "their papers in order". That "door" involves two key elements:
This implies recognizing that the culture they come from is inherently flawed. It implies admitting that Latin America has remained an underdeveloped region because of its people's culture, not because of "American imperialism" or a few corrupt politicians. The corrupt politicians are just symptomatic of deeper, underlying issues that most Latin Americans are unwilling to admit to. As we have said before, Latin Americans are the immigration group in America that has maintained the greatest ties to the culture it supposedly "left behind". Most Latin Americans who migrate to America are convinced that Latin American culture is a "great" culture and that Latin American values are more "human" and "family-oriented" than the "colder", more "impersonal", and "decaying" American values. All of this begs the question: "If Latin America's culture and values are so 'great', why do Latin Americans need to migrate to America in droves to find a better life?" Most Latin Americans, using the Canaanite logic of a mad cow, are quick to reply, "Because economic conditions are better in the US than in Latin America", but such a reply betrays a naive belief that "economic conditions" are completely unrelated to moral values and culture. Latin Americans are unable to admit that economic conditions in Latin America are bad because Latin American societies are permeated with envy, jealousy, corruption, and lack of respect for your fellow man. Most Latin Americans are quick to complain about these maladies when they are personally inconvenienced by them, but they are unwilling to feel a sense of "collective, societal shame" with regard to these issues. They are quick to point out the large-scale manifestations of corruption at the government level, but they are quick to dismiss the small acts of corruption that they carry out in their daily lives, arguing that those evils are not deserving of moral condemnation because they are "small". That is like saying that a cockroach does not deserve to be stomped on simply because it is "small".
Whether Latin Americans want to accept it or not, God has declared that Canaanite cultures must submit to Shem and Japheth. Europeans are descendants of Japheth, which means that Canaanite cultures, such as Latin America's, are compelled by God to admit that European values are inherently superior to their own. As long as they continue believing that their culture and values are "better" than Europe's (and America's), they shall remain under the curse of God pronounced through Noah in Genesis 9:24-27. Cursed be anyone who defies God's decrees, and cursed be anyone who cavalierly denies them!!!
As long as Latin American immigrants are unwilling to "surrender" by admitting the inherent failures of their Canaanite societies, they will remain agents of Canaanite contagion in America. Latin American immigration was instrumental in satan's successful effort in 2005 to stall the latter-rain revival. Most of the American Church is completely oblivious to this fact, but there are a few remnant believers who are aware of this, and who are "stirring the pot" in the spirit realm through their prayer; this "pot stirring" has led to the issue of Latin American immigration becoming such a hot topic of debate. Their prophetic prayer is releasing judgment into the spirit realm, and it is causing underlying issues of unrighteousness to come to the surface. Strong judgments from God shall descend upon America in the near term, and these judgments will make it evident that God is indeed angry with the Latin American spiritual influence in the US. The stench of "Latino pride" has reached the nostrils of God, and He shall soon reveal His forceful anger against that cursed stench of unrepentant and self-righteous pride!!! Punishment shall come on the day of visitation (Exodus 32:34), and the day of visitation is now!!!
This requires a determination to absorb the righteous qualities that have allowed America and European nations to prosper and live in relative peace and stability. Just like Jacob, who fought all night at Penuel to receive an impartation of God's nature, Latin American immigrants must long to absorb European qualities such as "respect for your fellow man", "law and order", and "uncoerced integrity". After Jacob fought all night with the angel of the Lord, his name was changed from "Jacob" to "Israel", which reflects a fundamental change in his inner nature (Genesis 32:28). Jacob abhorred his old nature; he was willing to put up the "white flag" and admit that his old nature was inherently flawed and worthless before God, and that he desperately needed a fundamental change. Latin American immigrants who are willing to think like this are worth embracing, supporting, and enabling. Such Latin American immigrants will not see America as a "dollar cow" that they can milk for all its worth. Instead, they will see America as a precious land of freedom and opportunity. Instead of demanding rights, they will be grateful for the opportunity to live and grow in America, and they will see America's acceptance of them as an act of Godly mercy, not an "entitlement" they "deserve".
Some weeks ago, a New York newspaper ran a story about a pregnant Chinese woman who had been living in the US for 10 years and who was deported back to faraway China, a country run by a government so repressive that it even monitors its citizens' Google and Yahoo! searches. It angered me that immigration officials would focus on a pregnant Chinese woman, especially since they could easily deport thousands of illegal Latin American immigrants by simply raiding McDonald's restaurants in the New York area. It is ironic that a Chinese woman who obviously valued the political and religious freedom of America was heartlessly deported without so much as a "beep" from the media, while an uproar is immediately caused if anyone so much as "thinks" of deporting one illegal Latin American who would most likely return to a nearby democratic country where he would enjoy political rights such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion. This is just another example of how America has this twisted tendency to help the wrong people and hinder the right people.
Not all Latin American immigrants are "ungrateful bastards". Some migrated to America for more than a "quick buck". Some migrated because they were in love with America and wanted to live in its atmosphere of freedom and opportunity, away from the contaminated air of Latin America's corrupt culture. Some, like the Cubans who have escaped from castro's regime (cursed is he), are eternally grateful to America for the opportunity they have been given. Their desire to live in America did not derive from an interest in money; it derived from a desire to breathe the air of freedom, an air that is, oh, so fragrantly sweet when you have breathed the air of oppression most of your life. Many immigrants from certain South American countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile also show the same sense of appreciation and gratitude towards America. Interestingly enough, these are countries with a heavy European influence, both "biologically" and culturally.
In short, those who will be "unwilling to surrender" will be those who are sincerely in love with America itself, not with its dollars. They will struggle to enter America out of a sincere love for her and a sincere desire to bless her, and, once they are allowed in, their love will be strengthened by a sense of deep gratitude to a land that was not "obligated" to receive them but which was willing to open its doors for them anyway.
Any Latin American who plans to enter the US should be spiritually forced to "sign a covenant" comprised of the 2 points above. It is ridiculous for president Bush to be defending them as "people seeking to put food on the table". Such rationalization only reinforces Latin America's rape and fornication of America. Most of the Latin American illegal immigrants hate America; they hate its so-called "imperialism"; they hate its so-called "materialism"; they hate its so-called "racism", but they are willing to treat America like a cheap whore. They are willing to "sleep with America" for a few years, make a few quick dollars in the land they hate so much, and then go back to enjoy those dollars in their corrupt and underdeveloped countries. They don't care if America the whore gets bombed to the ground by bin Laden after they leave! No wonder the most Latin American of all US states has a name that is so strongly associated with fornication: "Californication".
Migration to any country is very similar to a marriage. Just as the Lord declares in Genesis 2:24, you must leave "father and mother" (i.e.- your traditions and culture) behind and go through the loneliness of a black-horse wilderness in order to become one with your "spouse" (i.e.- your new homeland). Marriage is a covenant where you die to certain temporal things of the past in order to enter into a new relationship. In the same way, migration implies a deliberate decision to break ties with your past in order to embrace a set of values and culture that you deem superior to the ones you left behind. In a sense, marriage is a figure of our transition from Old Covenant structures to New Covenant structures. When we make that transition, we must be willing to declare that the New Covenant is a "superior" covenant:
"4Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?" (Hebrews 1:4-5)
[As we have studied before, the angels mentioned above refer to the intermediaries of the Old Covenant. Therefore, this passage is speaking about the transition from an Old-Covenant relationship that has permanent intermediaries to a direct, New-Covenant relationship with the Father. This new relationship is "more excellent" than the old one.
When people migrate to America, they should be longing for the freedom of a casteless society where every individual has a direct opportunity to succeed and prosper. When people migrate to any country, they should be doing so because they abhor the permanent intermediaries in their countries of origin that are standing in the way of them fulfilling their calling in life. This implies an inherent admission that their "new country" is "better" or "more excellent" than the "old country".]
"19For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. 20And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest: 21(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) 22By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament." (Hebrews 7:19-22)
[The word "testament" in verse 22 was translated from the Greek word which means "covenant".
When people migrate to a new land, they should admit that the new country offers structures that provide a "better hope" than the old country. This again implies a confession that the new country is inherently better than the old. Most Latin American illegals would rather die than admit that the American culture is inherently better than the Latin American culture, which begs the question, "What in Sheol are they doing in America?". By refusing to admit Latin American inferiority, they condemn their stay in America to Sheol purposelessness, and they "minister" that Sheol purposelessness to the Americans around them.]
"6But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. 7For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second." (Hebrews 8:6-7)
[There would have been no need to seek after a new covenant if the first covenant had been faultless. In the same way, an immigrant would have no need to move to a new country if the first country was faultless. However, such an admission is too much for most Latin Americans' ego.]
"16But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. 17By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son" (Hebrews 11:16-17)
[Notice how this verse makes a spiritual connection between "desiring a better country" and "offering up Isaac". Isaac was Abraham's grateful tithe unto the Lord. God is silently demanding a spiritual tithe from America, and that demand applies to all those who have chosen to make America their home. God will not be satisfied until every group in America provides that tithe. America has clamored unto God for revival and transformation. Just like Jacob at Bethel (Genesis 28:16-21), America has voluntarily promised her tithe to God, and, now, as the Green Reaper is galloping across America (and the world), God has come to collect that tithe.]
"37They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect." (Hebrews 11:37-40)
[Notice how the transition to a better covenant requires a period of "wandering", "destitution", "affliction", and "torment" in the black-horse wilderness. This represents the transition from a life of slavery in Egypt to a life of unadulterated freedom in the Promised Land. Those whose hearts remain in Egypt cannot enter the Promised Land. Latin American immigrants whose hearts remain in Latin America cannot enter the spiritual Promised Land (Acts 7:38-41), and they turn into hindrances that prevent America as a whole from entering into the fullness of her calling.
Notice also that those who truly long for a better covenant have a sacrificial spirit about them. They are willing to pay a price so that others may benefit in the future (v40). This means that they are willing to lay down their life and "go through Sheol" (literally and figuratively) so that others may have access to that New Covenant that their hearts long for.]
We cannot have our cake and eat it too. We cannot embrace the New Covenant while retaining the structures of the Old Covenant. That is what the Church in Latin America has fought so hard to do, and that is what Latin American immigrants in the US are doing when they want the benefits of the "New Covenant" (i.e.- life in America) while retaining the structures of the "Old Covenant" (i.e.- the corrupt values of the Latin American culture they supposedly left behind).
"8For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord." (Hebrews 8:8-9)
[The phrase "regarded them not" was translated from the Greek verb amaleo, which literally means, "not to care about". Latin Americans, as a group, have despised the New Covenant that God placed before them, because Latin American culture despises binding covenants, especially when those covenants demand a personal price. Therefore, God no longer cares for Latin America and its cursed culture and values. The Latin American immigrants in the US who serve as a stronghold for the Old Covenant in America shall be removed from God's way, for God abhors those who get in the way of others who do have the potential to embrace His New Covenant (Matthew 23:13).]
Latin American illegal immigration is a physical manifestation of the Ammonite spirit. As we have studied before, churches across the world are filled with Ammonites who have been begotten by adulterating the Gospel in order to "accelerate" their "conversion". Because these Ammonites have been "converted" through earthly and soulish means devised by God's people in the flesh, God calls them, "the sons of My people", not His sons. These Ammonites' spiritual birth is not legal because it is founded on unrighteous, human means. The Latin Americans who enter America illegally, without so much as remorse over what they are doing, have a physical residence in the US that is born of "blood" and the "will of the flesh", not the will of God (John 1:13). They are Ammonites birthed out of an unwillingness to go through the more difficult and painful "legal" (i.e.- righteous) process.
Latin America is a land that reacts to prosperity "Hivite-style", meaning that it becomes self-indulgent and ungrateful whenever it is empowered in any way. Once Latin American immigrants gained some political and economic power in the US, they immediately used it to demand more. Instead of being grateful to their new home, they now demand that the home that they illegally sneaked into give them more. It is as if they feel that their "cockroach-style" ability to sneak into America (like a cheap thief) through the window (instead of the door) should be seen as proof of their "ingenuity" and "creativity". Instead of feeling shame or pleading for mercy from the home's owner, they organize demonstrations that condemn the home's owner for even thinking about installing safer windows ... after they themselves snuck in through those windows! How much more arrogant and self-centeredly illogical can you get!
Instead of surrendering to the verdict of their illegality and crying out for mercy from America, Hispanic illegals are arrogantly holding demonstrations, protesting against legislation that would require that employees prove their legal working status when hired. That is equivalent to protesting against legislation authorizing the use of radar guns to enforce the speed limit on highways! How much more ludicrous can you get? Cursed be the Hispanic Korahs who stand in self-deceiving defiance against God's decrees against them. They shall suffer the same fate as Korah, for the wrath of God is against the bald Korahs who fail to realize that they stand as bald and naked fools before God and before His host (Jude 1:14-15).
Because of its zest for Canaanite affection, Latin America is a stronghold of the pastoral matriarchy on Earth. This is the reason why "Mary" (that cursed harlot) is so revered in Latin America (and that is the reason why "Maria" is such a popular name among Hispanics). More so than in other regions of the world, Canaanite "motherly affection" is given a value far, far higher than apostolic "fatherly correction" in Latin America. This has turned Latin America into a "matriarchal community of bastards" who value convenience over conviction and who place little importance on "ethereal" ethical values. In Latin America, the value of covenants is very, very low, which turns Latin America into a factory of bastard projects and ideas, because these illegitimate projects and ideas are "born outside of the boundaries of righteous covenants". This has led to Latin America's perennial underdevelopment, despite being a region blessed with great natural and human resources.
No ethnic group in the history of mankind has been so thoroughly "drenched" with the message of the Gospel --- without experiencing a fundamental moral transformation --- like Latin America. Latin America is a spiritual Capernaum, and any society that openly harbors her iniquity shall not see the Glory of God. You want to see the Glory of God, America? Put away the infected ones from among you!
"10Ye stand this day all of you before the LORD your God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel, 11Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water: 12That thou shouldest enter into covenant with the LORD thy God, and into his oath, which the LORD thy God maketh with thee this day: 13That he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 14Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath; 15But with him that standeth here with us this day before the LORD our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day: 16(For ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which ye passed by; 17And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:) 18Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood; 19And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: 20The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven. 21And the LORD shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law: 22So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up after you, and the stranger that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses which the LORD hath laid upon it; 23And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath: 24Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger? 25Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt: 26For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them: 27And the anger of the LORD was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book: 28And the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day. 29The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law." (Deuteronomy 29:10-29)
[Notice how verse 12 speaks of entering into a covenant, which points to entering through the "door of legality" mentioned above. The root that "bears gall and wormwood" mentioned in verse 18 refers to the Canaanite bitterness against God's judgments, which is common in Latin American culture. Latin America has had a hard time progressing because it has a hard time admitting to mistakes and misdeeds pointed out to them from outside. As shown in verse 19, Canaanites like to deceive themselves into thinking that they can achieve shalom (i.e.- peace and prosperity) even as they continue to walk in the "imagination" of their unrighteous hearts. Canaanites love to say, "I ain't done nothin' wrong, and I deserve to be treated right", even when they haven't cared to do what is right and have treated others wrong.
Before the end of 2010, the question quoted in verse 24 shall be asked with regard to a specific section of Latin America. It shall also be asked within specific sections in America as God unleashes His wrath against the Latin American Canaanite influence in the US.]
Even though it may not appear so to some, all that we have shared in this posting is intimately related to sister Shirley's vision of the American states. There is much more to say on this vision, but we will share it in the next posting...