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?
These great beasts, that [are] four, [are] four kings, they rise up from the earth.
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.
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.
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.
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
Appoint Thou over him the wicked, And an adversary standeth at his right hand.
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.
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