The Adversary in the Scriptures

egoTHE ADVERSARY

Is it the Devil?  Satan? Your Enemy? Conflict? You? Them?

People seem so certain and yet, their interpretations are in flux with the message intended.  Sure the scriptures have been translated, transliterated many times and a lot gets lost in this process.  Scribbles on paper have become both Gospel and Sword and the biggest fear during the English religious Reformation of the 16th century was that people would begin to challenge what they were told and seek to better understand the importance of the Words.   To ensure the supremacy of the Roman Papacy? Dominion of Kings?  What determines their worth?  In the 21st century we can look back at these historical events and think:  “These people were quite mad!”  How different is it today?  There’s still a class-system. incarceration system and capital is still GOD.   We see the parallels drawn between America and the Roman Empire but do we really see them?

There’s always been a clear message to me in the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelations.  Knowledge corrupts and that which you know can not be unknown, no matter how deep you bury your head in the sand or bury that information in your head for that matter.  The Great Beast isn’t going to emerge on the horizon like Godzilla.  It’s always been more subtle than that and that mistress of Babylon, is the great union of Church and State.  Only, it’s not the power of the religious or the matters of the people.  What does any of that matter when it’s just you against the blade of the world?

Daniel 7:17

These great beasts, that [are] four, [are] four kings, they rise up from the earth.

Daniel 7:18

and receive the kingdom do the saints of the Most High, and they strengthen the kingdom unto the age, even unto the age of the ages

The age of ages.  In the 21st century people have been led to believe that they are free.  Free from the Dominion, Free to Choose, Free to be as they are.  Free. Free. Free. I don’t believe that, never have and probably never will.

Some say that the Bible itself is the great Mark of the Beast and that the Roman Papacy purposely changed the Sabbath day to Sunday to ensure that God’s Commandments would be broken, thus damning adherents to hell eternal.  Does this make the Pope Satan?   Hold back your laughter, it’s funny I know but plenty of people believe this which is why the Catholics are most hated among Christian sects.  Universal?  Hardly. Break-away groups challenge Catholic Orthodoxy and go their own way to live this so-called ‘good Christian life’.  Why was a messiah necessary in the new age, if all believers had to do was follow God’s Commandments to avoid eternal punishment?   Matters of the there-after, are only of concern when you stare death in its face anyway.  I’d say people are more concerned with daily distress of living, not dying.  Life is a Battlefield.

Matthew 10:34

Ye may not suppose that I came to put peace on the earth; I did not come to put peace, but a sword

Does that make Yeshua Satan?  Perhaps in some regard to the Classical Hebrews.  What bothersome people they were, which may account for their conquering by both Assyrians and Babylonians. That’s the ancient propaganda at least.  The Semites we encounter today are more likely to be entirely different peoples.  How could they not be?  Time, events and generation after generation tend to change a people.  I am so unlike my ancestors and I couldn’t even attempt to emulate their way of life or thinking.

During the Hellenistic period we see more scribbles penned by Hellenized Jews about a Savior.  People that feel oppressed tend to look for heroes to save them from plight.  Is slavery a state of mind?  Can conquered people be Free?

Enter the Adversary.  As young as I can remember there was always some force of power pushing against me.  Pushing hard too.  When you’re a small child and it seeks to break your spirit (like breaking the spirit of a horse) it gives you cause to lament.   In youth you learn your lessons, the most valuable being those had in your self. I could either continue in my distress or see my way through it…Beyond it.  If I was being forced to do something I didn’t want to do, or saw no wisdom in doing, I learned to play along in some cases and in others fight against it by claw.  The former is easy, the latter can give rise to great personal injury.

Having been injured time and time again, you also learn Pain. In doing so you also increase its threshold.  While I’m quite the vain creature, my body is covered in scars.   Some have trivial stories behind them while others could never be trivialized by the telling of their story.  I’ve caught myself trying to convey a message pointing to remnants of a past that could never truly be understood, by anyone.

In that regard, the Scriptures remain Occult.  If you’ve been there, you understand.  You can’t un-know what you know.  You’ve been corrupted by it.

Daniel 7:25

and words as an adversary of the Most High it doth speak, and the saints of the Most High it doth wear out, and it hopeth to change seasons and law; and they are given into its hand, till a time, and times, and a division of a time.

Luke 22:31

And the Lord said, `Simon, Simon, lo, the Adversary did ask you for himself to sift as the wheat

1 Samuel 29:4

And the heads of the Philistines are wroth against him, and the heads of the Philistines say to him, `Send back the man, and he doth turn back unto his place whither thou hast appointed him, and doth not go down with us into battle, and is not to us for an adversary in battle; and wherewith doth this one reconcile himself unto his lord — is it not with the heads of those men?

1 Kings 11:14, 23

And Jehovah raiseth up an adversary to Solomon, Hadad the Edomite; of the seed of the king [is] he in Edom

And God raiseth to him an adversary, Rezon son of Eliadah, who hath fled from Hadadezer king of Zobah, his lord

Numbers 22:22, 32

and the anger of God burneth because he is going, and a messenger of Jehovah stationeth himself in the way for an adversary to him, and he is riding on his ass, and two of his servants [are] with him

and the messenger of Jehovah saith unto him, `Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? lo, I — I have come out for an adversary, for [thy] way hath been perverse before me

1 Chronicles 21:1

And there standeth up an adversary against Israel, and persuadeth David to number Israel

Psalm 109:6

Appoint Thou over him the wicked, And an adversary standeth at his right hand.

Zechariah 3:1-2

And he sheweth me Joshua the high priest standing before the messenger of Jehovah, and the Adversary standing at his right hand, to be an adversary to him.

And Jehovah saith unto the Adversary: `Jehovah doth push against thee, O Adversary, Yea, push against thee doth Jehovah, Who is fixing on Jerusalem, Is not this a brand delivered from fire?

The message from the Apostle Peter was this:  BE ALERT. KEEP YOUR MIND SHARP.  I’d take that a step further and say, it’s valuable to be self-aware but we forget. It’s easy to forget.  To forget what you know, the pain, the memory of past errs, and so, the best anyone can do is to remember. Remember yourself.   The ego has been regarded as Devil and I believe that to be true.  Ego eimi.  Even in a scriptural context the Apostle John regards it as: I have been… What I know is not just collecting information from source material but rather life experience wrought. I have been there.  The Devil inside propels me.  It may account for why I’d never ride a horse either.

The 600 Club Topic Tie-in:  Your Personal Manifesto

SIN JONES

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Authority?

Each person assumes the role of authority over their own lives; it’s when they presume to be the authority over the lives of others that conflict ensues.

The English term ‘Authority’ has had an interesting evolution linguistically speaking.  The Latin term Auctoritatem implied some invention, advice or opinion that was given by an Auctor.   The Auctor is where we get the English term Author.  There was a time when the Auctor was considered to be a master, commander, and leader that demanded respect and acknowledgement as being correct.  In 13th century France, the term was adopted Auctorité under the dominion of Kings.  The divine sovereign was considered to not only be correct, but held prestige and with the gravity of the scriptures.  By the time the term was adopted into the English language in the 16th century, it simply meant the power to enforce obedience.  By the 19th century, the term indicated the powers held by those in charge, such as the police and governmental agencies.

Today, the term authority takes on a similar aura but when used by a private person, can be problematic when deciding:  Just who has the authority to settle disputes?  It may lead to the individual asking many questions and the primary being:  By what authority do others have the power of an Auctor to dictate the daily lives of human beings?

The question seeks an answer but do you dare?  The answers may lead you to the realization that You are a Slave.  I can lock my door, I can enact my personal authority to not allow you entrance, unless of course there is probable cause for an Auctor to over throw my power and enter with a warrant issued by Law.  Well, then that places your personal authority in a different light now doesn’t it?  What authority do you actually have?

1.  Do you have full authority over your life?

If that’s the case, then why are laws in place to ensure that YOUR life is held in the hands of a higher-authority?  Don’t believe me?  Test it.  Try to take your life, and what consequences you will face if you don’t carry it out fully.

2.  Do you have full authority over your property?

Then why is your property used as collateral and taxable asset?  If you live in the U.S. you will NEVER own the land your dwelling stands on.  If you do not pay the property taxes on the land leased to you by the government, not only will your property be seized as collateral damage, you will still owe the taxes in balance even if they seize everything you ‘own’.

3.  Do you have full authority over how you live your life?

If you think you do, perhaps you might consider the constraints placed upon it by the Auctors and in full support of the ‘all the Kings men’.  Government manages the daily function of society so that each person living will have the benefit of having basic survival needs such as food, energy, and shelter.  Beyond that?  There is added legislation to ensure you live by the divine authority of Kings.

We do enjoy the delusions of freedom don’t we?  The Plebian role of eating cake.  We are left with crumbs and we do what we can with it, but does it truly provide us nourishment?  Hardly.  We are emaciated all the while stuffing our faces with porridge masked as a feast.

What will it take for mankind to realize how truly far we’ve fallen from Grace?

Isaiah 14:12-15

12 How hast thou fallen from the heavens, O shining one, son of the dawn! Thou hast been cut down to earth, O weakener of nations.

13 And thou saidst in thy heart: the heavens I go up, Above stars of God I raise my throne, And I sit in the mount of meeting in the sides of the north.

“For men-servants and for maid-servants, And they have been captors of their captors, And have ruled over their exactors.”

I know, I know… You really believe this story is telling a tale of literal God, an over-seer, an over-man…An Auctor in the sky.  He will save you, from yourself.

14 I go up above the heights of a thick cloud, I am like to the Most High.

15 Only — unto Sheol thou art brought down, Unto the sides of the pit.

And you wonder why Venus rises and falls each day, crying for the monotony of it All!  Perhaps you are falling, falling, falling…Into the pit.  No way out.  No sign of the Sun to bring in the dawn of day.

The idea of a messiah saving the human race from the Demiurge isn’t exactly original.  The essence of man pitted against the physical world of labor, toiling and for what?  How much of your life do you really spend living?

From Ancient Sumer to Modern Judeo-Christian-Islamic societies, it’s much of the same.  How much has man really learned about himself during his existence?  Not much by my account.  It’s all blah blah blah, we are the people, we have Authority!  Not while you live in the dominion of Kings.

Revelation 13

13 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and I saw out of the sea a beast coming up, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon its horns ten diadems, and upon its heads a name of evil speaking,

and the beast that I saw was like to a leopard, and its feet as of a bear, and its mouth as the mouth of a lion, and the dragon did give to it his power, and his throne, and great authority.

And I saw one of its heads as slain to death, and its deadly stroke was healed, and all the earth did wonder after the beast,

and they did bow before the dragon who did give authority to the beast, and they did bow before the beast, saying, `Who [is] like to the beast? who is able to war with it?’

And there was given to it a mouth speaking great things, and evil-speakings, and there was given to it authority to make war forty-two months,

and it did open its mouth for evil-speaking toward God, to speak evil of His name, and of His tabernacle, and of those who in the heaven tabernacle,

and there was given to it to make war with the saints, and to overcome them, and there was given to it authority over every tribe, and tongue, and nation.

And bow before it shall all who are dwelling upon the land, whose names have not been written in the scroll of the life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world;

if any one hath an ear — let him hear:

10 if any one a captivity doth gather, into captivity he doth go away; if any one by sword doth kill, it behoveth him by sword to be killed; here is the endurance and the faith of the saints.

11 And I saw another beast coming up out of the land, and it had two horns, like a lamb, and it was speaking as a dragon,

12 and all the authority of the first beast doth it do before it, and it maketh the land and those dwelling in it that they shall bow before the first beast, whose deadly stroke was healed,

13 and it doth great signs, that fire also it may make to come down from the heaven to the earth before men,

14 and it leadeth astray those dwelling on the land, because of the signs that were given it to do before the beast, saying to those dwelling upon the land to make an image to the beast that hath the stroke of the sword and did live,

15 and there was given to it to give a spirit to the image of the beast, that also the image of the beast may speak, and [that] it may cause as many as shall not bow before the image of the beast, that they may be killed.

16 And it maketh all, the small, and the great, and the rich, and the poor, and the freemen, and the servants, that it may give to them a mark upon their right hand or upon their foreheads,

17 and that no one may be able to buy, or to sell, except he who is having the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18 Here is the wisdom! He who is having the understanding, let him count the number of the beast, for the number of a man it is, and its number [is] 666.

Turn it on its head, and its 999.  So whether you see this parable as a prophecy of mankind or the number of millennia it will take for it to sink into man’s evolution matters little today.  Today?  We are still dancing the Fool’s Jig in the court of Kings.

Maybe, just maybe you might learn to become the Auctor rather than bending to authority.  How will you learn this?  Well… The story of man is still being written, will the history of our kind be recorded by the victors or will your legacy speak for itself?

Only time will tell.

Sin Jones