OUR DELIVERY FROM SLAVERY

Today is Aug. 16, 2000, as I start what may be the longest paper I have ever written.

It has to do with Satan, demons, understanding the end time scenario and how the demons fit into it, and how we will be released from our slavery to Satan.

I would suggest that you read everything else that there is on the website of Solid Rock’s People about demons and Satan before reading this paper. This paper will include much review of the Bible subjects covered before and how they apply to the line of thought in this paper.  We certainly do not want to become dull of hearing when it comes to God’s word.

Matthew 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

As I have said countless times in papers, there is no understanding God’s word without accepting this verse.

1 Corinthians 10: 11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples, and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by imp].) a stamp or scar, by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type”), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

The very fact that God says the Bible is written to the people who live in the end time with all its prototypes, with all its things to be imitated opens up a vast understanding of end time events. Does Christ say in vain, that from the days of John the Baptist the kingdom suffers violence in Mt. 11:12?

Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

God’s people entered a new era at John the Baptist’s day, or maybe a better way to say it, obtaining salvation was taken to another level.

“Violence” is Strong’s #971 meaning, “to force, i.e. to crowd oneself (into) to be seized…”

“Violent” is Strong’s # 973 meaning, “a forcer.”  “Take it by force”, is Strong’s # 726 meaning, “to seize (in various applications): – catch (away, up)…”

I’ve shown you in other papers how to seize the kingdom from Satan, how to be a “forcer,” how to carry the Big Stick, how Christ has given his end time disciples the power over Satan and his demons, to make them obey and if they don’t to punish them.

Let us review some principles to refresh our memory. Go to Luke l0:17-20.

Luke l0:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

In verse 17, “subject” is Strong’s # 5293 meaning, “to subordinate, to obey, be under obedience, put under…”

OK, if we are to believe God’s word, the demons have to obey us through the proper use of Christ’s name. Notice in verse 19, there are two words for power. The first is Strong’s #1849 meaning, “(in the sense of ability, privilege, i.e. subj.) force, capacity, competency, freedom…” Christ gives us this power. The second word “power” is Strong’s #1411 meaning, “force (lit. or fig. special miraculous power, (usually by impl.) a miracle itself…”

This definition is interesting because it tells us that we have to seize or force our way into the Kingdom. Notice how closely it relates to Mt. 11:12, which we just covered on page one.

“Tread” is Strong’s # 3961, “(means, a path), to trample. (lit. or fig) tread down under foot.”

“Serpents” is Strong’s # 3789 meaning, “(through the idea of sharpness of vision), a snake , fig. (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, especially Satan.”

I have shown you in other papers what the demons fear most is being sent to the bottomless pit.

Luke 8:31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.

This word “deep” is Strong’s #12 meaning, “depthless, i.e. (spec.) (infernal) abyss, – deep (bottomless) pit.”

As in many things that God has given us instructions on, there is a set way that He has determined that it will be done. If we are consistently expecting to obtain the desired results, we have to follow Bible examples.

I have sent many demons to the bottomless pit in recent months, and I’ve also run into several instances where it seems there was no obedience. There have been many other times that the obedience was slower than I would like. After rereading the accounts of Christ dealing with demons, it became clear that they did not necessarily obey Christ instantly. Notice what happen in Luke 8:28, 29

Luke 8:28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. 29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness)

In verse 29, Christ had commanded the demon to come out. What happened? The demon started a conversation with Christ and tried to make a deal. This demon doing the talking was the “legion commander” and no doubt the most powerful of the many demons who were dwelling in this man.

Notice another example in Mark 9:25-26.

Mark 9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. 26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.

About the reaction being slower than I would like, remember how Moses dealt with Pharaoh? Moses would warn Pharaoh in advance what would happen, then Christ would enforce the punishment. Pharaoh is a type of Satan, and Egyptians are types of the demons. We will get into that in detail later.

In dealing with demons, I seem to get better results by warning them first. There has seemed to be some outright disobedience at times also. As we go through the paper, you will see that Satan had to be punished into obedience. This is still a learning process to me here in mid August 2000. I’m sure we all have much to learn about demons in the future. I could visualize in certain instances that a warning from us wouldn’t be issued in certain confrontations. I see no example of Christ warning a demon before he cast him out. Actually, warning demons before you act could just happen on rare occasions, depending upon circumstances.

I have come to see in the last 3 or 4 months in dealing with Satan himself that there has been a certain amount of insubordination. Remember what Luke 10: 1 7says. The word “subject” means, “to be subordinate.” As I sit here and remember this has been primarily in my challenging Satan about other human being and their spiritual understanding. This leads right into the theme of this paper. In one sense, all of Satan’s activities are insubordination to Christ and the Father. He was not created to act that way. The whole earth is Egypt today, and Satan (Pharaoh) is its king. Mt. 4:8,9, 2 Cor. 4:4 and Ezek. 29:3.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Notice what this king of Egypt, the god of this world has done, he has blinded minds. God has allowed this. Mt.25:5 is true.

Mt.25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they ALL slumbered and slept.

Is Satan getting too big for his britches, as my dad use to say? Is this what’s happening in the end time as God’s end time doings slowly creep along? Notice also Satan’s attitude in Isa. 14:13-14.

Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Pharaoh (a type of Satan) and the Egyptians (a type of demons) had to be plagued into letting God’s people go. That was just something to be imitated in the end time. It was a prototype. Will God have to plague Satan and the demons into turning God’s end time church loose as God starts to give us the cry at midnight to wake us up, Mt. 25:6?

Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

The purpose of this paper is to examine the prototype of Israel being freed from slavery and see how it applies to us. As I have covered many times in papers, “Moses” is one of the hats that Elijah wears. Look at Mt. 1 7:10-13, where in these verses, Christ was describing both a present and a future Elijah.

Matthew 17: l0 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come [future], and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already [that present day], and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.

13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

In Luke 1:17, it is clear that Elijah is the one who makes ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Elijah is the one who makes ready a people prepared for the Lord.

The story of Moses in the Bible is a prototype, a thing to be imitated in the end time.Moses of the Bible took on the physical Pharaoh and the Egyptians in freeing the Israelites. The end time Moses will take on Satan and the demons in freeing the end time church. That is why the rod in Moses hand, Ex. 4:2, will eventually eat up all of the snakes (demons), Ex. 7:12.

Exodus 4:2 And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.

Exodus 7:12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.

The end time virgins may not know about this showdown between Christ, Moses/Elijah and Satan till after the confrontation is over, since we are all over the world in all nations. The Israelites that are to be sealed are in various parts of the earth, Revelation 7:4. The other great group in Revelation 7:9 comes from all nations; but in hindsight we will see and understand what has happened, as we wake up and make our run for the kingdom.

Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.

It could very well be that this end time Moses/Elijah man had already confronted Satan about a few of God’s people, that he knew personally, in trying to have a Feast season with some fellowship to get away from the isolation Satan has imposed on us all. I am sure if he had challenged Satan on the issue, it was to no avail until he learned the following that we are starting to look into. As we understand this we will see clearly that Christ deals on a spiritual level with Satan and the demons, and this human that is in the mix, may well be doing the best he can, and still blundering along.

(Today is June 28,2002. It has been almost two years since I wrote this paper. During that time I have seen that there is good evidence in the Bible to support the idea that the same thing is going on in the angelic world as in the physical world.)

Before we get into the first plague of the water turned to blood, let us look at a couple things.

In Exodus 7:1, Christ has put this end time Moses/Elijah in a god position toward Satan who is the Pharaoh figure. Moses/Elijah acts as a god-figure to challenge Satan and set in motion God’s instructions for that period of confrontation.

Exodus 7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.

No doubt this man has been catching an incredible amount of hell from Satan in the past years and months since Satan knew what was coming and he didn’t. We will probably learn much about what the original Moses and that it was just a prototype a thing to be imitated in the end time by the end time Moses/Elijah. When this scenario kicks in,  we will know we are nearing the end of the famine of the word, Amos 8:11-12.

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

Moses revealed God to the ancient Israelites, gave them God’s laws and commandments, etc. They were in slavery and asleep to the real God, just like we are in the end time. Again I ask, is Mt. 25:5 true or not?

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they ALL slumbered and slept.

Let’s go through Ex. 6:1 -11 and see how this applies to us in the end time.

Ex. 6:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.

2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:  3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. 4 And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.

5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. 8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.

9 And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.

10 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 11 Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.

We need to substitute Satan’s name for Pharaoh and demons for the Egyptians. In Ex. 6:1, put Satan’s name in place of “Pharaoh,” “them” would be the end time church. His land is the entire world.

2 Cor. 4:4 -In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

We have to come out and be separate.

2 Cor. 6:17 – Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

In Ex. 6:4, the covenant is to give us the Promised Land. Eternal life is our Promised Land.

In verse 5, God has heard the groaning of his end time people as their fellowships have been smashed into oblivion. God’s true sheep are in isolation of one sort or another, whom the demons (Egyptians) keep in bondage (slavery), because we are all asleep.

In verse 6, Christ says He will free His end time church from the slavery of the demons, the heavy mental and physical burdens with which the Egyptians (demons) have overwhelmed His people.  In verse 7, “people” is equal to those sealed in Revelation 7:1-4, 9, 14.

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel…

9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;…

14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

When we see and understand what has happened, how God has delivered us from our demon taskmasters, we will start to know the real God as we wake up.

Verse 8 speaks of our ultimate reward. Verse 9: had this Moses/Elijah been speaking to God’s people for a period of time and they would not listen because of the cruel bondage the demon taskmasters had inflicted on them? Remember what it said in Mt. 17:10-13.

Mt. 17:l0 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? l1 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. l2 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.  l3 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

Notice Verse 13, they understood that He was talking of the then present John the Baptist/Elijah.  What did John the Baptist do?

John 1:23 He said, I am the voice of ONE crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

Has this end time Moses/Elijah been a voice crying in the wilderness of religious confusion with maybe a home page, articles, tapes, etc.? Did this end time Moses understand he was to challenge Pharaoh (Satan) to let God’s people go out of his “world,” his system? I think this is an interesting set of scriptures.

Exodus 6:10 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 11 Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.

Let’s go into the first plague now and see how it applies to the end time scenario.

Ex. 7:16 And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.

This end time Moses will tell Satan to let God’s people go that they may wake up, Mt. 25:5, and serve Him in the Spiritual wilderness we are in, in the end time.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they ALL slumbered and slept.

The physical miracle that was performed by Christ of turning the water of the Nile River to blood was just a prototype, something to be imitated now in the end time.  You may be thinking Satan and the demons are spirit; they do not need water like Pharaoh and the Egyptians. Let us stop and think a minute. EVERYTHING COMES FROM THE FATHER. The Father is Spirit and Holy. This “everything” covers everything that exists, with the possible exception of Christ. If suddenly for some reason the Father withdrew all his spirit back to himself, I think every thing both physical and spiritual would cease to exist. There is no escaping the fact after you have understood this and it may take some time, all that exists is still tied to the Father. That is such an overwhelming thought to our finite minds it may take a while to get it. The angelic world, or resurrected Christians when we are sons and daughters of God, will never be self-existing.

Notice a couple of verse about the Holy Spirit. Read Rev. 22:1 that describes a “RIVER OF LIFE.” A river moves, flows, some more, some less. “Proceeding” is Strong’s #1607 meaning, to depart, be discharged, proceed, project, come forth…”

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of WATER OF LIFE, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Rev. 21 is describing the New Jerusalem. This WATER OF LIFE proceeds from God’s throne. It’s called WATER OF LIFE even in this spiritual context which has nothing to do with anything physical. Isn’t this telling us even as spirit beings with eternal life, we are still dependent on the Father for life? Could we live forever without access to the flowing of the Holy Spirit out from God’s Throne? Now, aren’t Satan and the demons dependent this day Aug. 18, 2000 as much on what flows from that Throne as we physical humans are? You bet they are.

John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

This water that Christ gives us is the Holy Spirit. “Well” is Strong’s # 4077 meaning, “(through the idea of gushing plumply)…” “Springing” is Strong’s #242 meaning, “to jump: fig. to gush- leap, spring up,” so the Holy Spirit is this water of life proceeding from the Father.

Can this living water that flows from the Father to Satan and the demons be befouled, or turned to spiritual blood, or something equivalent? You bet it can, because the Father is the source and has complete control. Satan and the demons need this flowing of the clean Holy Spirit to sustain them. Will they start to die without it? Yes, what do humans do without water? We soon die. Remember this is WATER OF LIFE proceeding from the Throne of the Father, and if it is anything but pure Holy Spirit, if it is polluted in any way, it is not fit for consumption.

Can Satan and the demons die? You bet they can. Read my paper on Satan’s Execution. If you are willing to believe God’s word, it is plain that spirit beings can suffer the plagues of God.  Notice in Ex. 7:23 – Pharaoh (Satan) went into his house.

Exodus 7:23 And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also.

“House” is Strong’s # 1004 meaning, “a house in the greatest variety of applications, especially, family…” It seems clear from God’s word that Satan has a home or headquarters, or something equivalent.

Rev. 2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

“Seat” is Strong’s # 2362 meaning, “(to sit), a stately seat (throne)…” “Dwelleth” is Strong’s # 2730 meaning, “to house permanently, i.e. reside, lit. or fig., dwell…”

If we are to believe God’s word, this first plague on Satan and the demons will have little effect. Then this end time Moses/Elijah with Christ’s inspiration turns up the heat a notch.

Exodus 7:25 And seven days were fulfilled, after that the LORD had smitten the river.

After the seven-day plague of befouled Holy Spirit on Satan and the demons is complete, Moses, at Christ’s inspiration confronts Satan (Pharaoh) again.

Exodus 8:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

LET GOD’S PEOPLE GO, Moses will tell Satan; if not, here comes plague number two.

Exodus 8:2 And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs:

“Borders” is Strong’s # 1366 meaning, “a cord (as twisted) i.e. by impl. a boundary…” What would be your reaction if everything in your area were crawling with frogs? Do you have a problem visualizing this? OK, think about the following words. This is a spirit application of what happened physically in Egypt. From border to border in Satan’s kingdom will be some sort of spirit frog or something that acts on a similar spirit level to torment Satan and all the demons. Where do they come from? In Moses’ time they came from the river Nile and other water sources.

Exodus 8:5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt.

In the end time they come from this river that flows from God’s Throne, this river of life. This river of life may very well create ponds, lakes, etc. as stored waters of life. Do you have a problem seeing that it could have frog life? Are all the things we see physically just prototypes of spiritual things? Read the upcoming paper about the physical creation. These spirit frogs (I’ll call them that for lack of a better term) will saturate Satan’s domain, border to border thoroughly.

Ex 8:3,4 – And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneading troughs: – 4 And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.

Let me inject something here as food for thought. Do demons as well as the righteous angels have ovens and kneading troughs? If you think not, what do you do about this statement in Luke 14:15?

Luke 14:15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

Notice some one at the table, the meal made the comment whoever eats bread in the kingdom is blessed. Did Christ deny that statement? No, notice he went right into the parable of the great banquet. Luke 14:16-24. In Mat. 22:1-14, he gives more information on this banquet. In verse 4, the ox and the fatling are killed.

Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

If we are going to eat spirit meat, why not spirit bread?

Are these spirit type frogs that torment Satan and the demons just something that God creates for the occasion? The actual physical prototype was a special creation with a short life span maybe a couple days. Is that what will happen on the spiritual level? I don’t know, but if the prototype holds true, yes, but it would no doubt be longer than two days.

Can there be such a thing as a spiritual odor, one that stinks?

Exodus 8:14 And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank.

Genesis 8:21 says that God smelled a sweet savor, or odor.

Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake- for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

Ex. 8:15 – But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.

We see that Satan reneges on his promise made in verse 8. This sets the stage for the next plague in Ex. 8:17 in which we see the plague of lice. “Lice” is Strong’s # 3654 meaning, “in the sense of fastening; a gnat, (from infixing it’s sting)…”

Ex. 8:17 And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.

Does “the dust of the earth” throw you a curve? Satan is spirit, so what is going on here?  Again I ask the question, is what we see in the physical just a type of what already existed in the spiritual realm? Go back to Rev. 21:18-21.

Rev. 21: 18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. 19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony- the fourth, an emerald; 20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius- the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

Do we not have the physical the things that are mentioned in the spiritual here? The city was pure gold, verse 18. Do we not have gold in the physical? Of course we do. Now go to Rev. 22:2.

Rev. 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Do we have trees? Do our trees have leaves? Do some of them have fruits? Is it not clear that at least part of our physical creation is pattern after something that already exists in the spirit realm? Do our trees grow in dirt? Does it not stand to reason that the tree of life in Rev. 22:2 grows in dirt? It has to grow in something. It can’t just be suspended in spirit space.

So with that in mind, is it hard to see the spirit application of Ex. 8:17, with spirit dust to become spirit lice to torment the evil spirit beings, Satan and the demons? So this mighty Jesus Christ tightens the screws some more, as he continues to pressure Satan to let his people go, but true to form, Satan will not budge.

Exodus 8:19 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.

Some of Satan aides (the magicians in verse 19) are starting to give God the credit. Now the stage is set for the next plague. Again, the end time Moses/Elijah challenges Satan to let God’s people go.

Exodus 8:20 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 21 – Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses, and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.

Notice the word “flies” is in italics, which means it has been added by the translators. “Swarms” is Strong’s #6157 meaning, “a mosquito (from its swarming)…”  Wouldn’t a spirit mosquito be capable of inflicting a painful bite on a spirit being, just like the physical mosquito can do to us? Notice in verse 22-23 what Christ did.

Exodus 8:22 And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth. 23 And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be.

Up to this point, all the Israelites had endured the plagues also. Have the righteous angels been enduring what God has been doing to the demons up to this point? Who is “my people” in the spirit world? It’s the righteous angels, of course. So they didn’t have to endure the swarms of spirit mosquitos that God sent to plague Satan and the demons. “My people” in the end time scenario are the end time church.

In verse 25, Satan starts to cave in a little.

Exodus 8:25 And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land.

Verse 27 says we will not worship our god in your presence, Satan. We will leave your presence and go into the spiritual wilderness to worship.

Exodus 8:27 We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he shall command us.

Verse 32 shows us again how Pharaoh (Satan) lies and goes back on his word.

Ex. 8:32 And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go.

The stage is set for the next plague.

Exodus 9:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

The end time Moses/Elijah confronts Satan, commanding him to let God’s end time church go.

Ex. 9:2,3,4: are there spirit animals? What does the Bible say?

Exodus 9:2 For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, 3 Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain. 4 And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children’s of Israel.

How does Christ’s army travel? Rev. 19:14 says on white horses.

Revelation 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Notice Ezek. 1:10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.  Three animals are mentioned here that are common to man. Here again the bible makes it plain that the physical creation is at least partially patterned after some spiritual counterparts. Notice again Matthew. 22:4, which was just covered a couple of pages back. It is talking of a banquet for spirit beings, so we eat spirit cattle.

Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

This brings up another thought in understanding these plagues especially this one where the animals die. Humans own animals, enjoy and use them. Do righteous angels own spirit animals? If not, who owns all the horses that Christ’s army rides? Interesting thought, right? So if the righteous angels own at least a horse, could we suspect they own other animals also, or that the demons and Satan own animals, also? Remember that when Satan and the demons were created, they were righteous, and the righteous angels had the gifts that God gave them.

Look back to the plague of the animals dying. In Ex. 9:4, God made a difference between the children of Israel and the Egyptians.  In this end time prototype God will make a difference between the righteous angels and the wicked ones.

Exodus 9:4 And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children’s of Israel.

In verse 6, “cattle” is Strong’s # 4735 meaning, “something bought, i.e. property but only livestock…”

Exodus 9:6 And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one.

All of the animals (livestock) of the demons (Egyptians) died. It seems to me that spirit animals are in the same category as physical animals to be used in similar ways.

Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

Isn’t this spirit beef that we will eat? This is a spirit wedding banquet.

As mentioned earlier, read my paper on Satan’s Execution, and you will see that He will eventually take Satan’s and the demons’ lives also.

Again, in Ex. 9:7, Satan will not release God’s end time people.

Exodus 9:7 And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go.

The stage is set for the next plague, the plague of boils.

Ex. 9:8 – And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. 9 And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blaine upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.

“Boils” is Strong’s # 7822 meaning, “to burn, inflammation, i.e. ulcer, boil, botch.” In light of all we’ve see so far, I have no trouble visualizing Satan and the demons being covered in boils like Job.

Job 2:7 – So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

“Boils” is the same Hebrew word, Strong’s #7822. Satan could dish it out to Job. I bet Christ sees if he can take it also. Were Satan and the demons covered with boils all over like Job?

It would sure make me feel good to know that they were suffering some in this end time battle between Christ and Satan with Moses/Elijah in the middle of it.

In Exodus .9:12 the same thing happens as before. There is no repentance coming out of Pharaoh (Satan).

Exodus 9:12 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had spoken unto Moses.

This time it does not say the plague of boils is relieved before the plague of hail starts.

In Exodus 9:13, Moses again challenges Satan to let God’s end time church go.

Exodus 9:13 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve Me.

Christ is really starting to put the pressure on Satan and the demons in verse 14.

Exodus 9: 14 For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.

“Heart” is Strong’s #3820 meaning, “very widely used for the feeling, the will, and even the intellect…”  Jesus Christ is really moving to get into Satan’s mind here. Notice also in verse 14, Satan has servants. “Servants” is Strong’s # 5650 meaning, “a servant- X bondage or bondman [bond]-servant…,” which is just another word for slave. “Upon thy people” means Satan’s demons.

Jesus Christ is going to make it very plain there is none like Him in all the earth, this includes flesh and spirit. Let us be realistic and believe Gods word. Notice Ex. 9:16.

Ex. 9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

Is this why Satan is the God of this world, 2 Corinthians. 4:4?  Could Christ be speaking of a measly weak flesh and blood human who has no power at all against spirit? NO this is a direct slam at Satan to bring him down to make him know that even with all the power he has, it is nothing compared to this mighty Jesus Christ.

Continue in Exodus 9:17.

Exodus 9:17 As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go?

And yet you Satan you exalt yourself against my END TIME CHURCH, my people who obey me, my people whom you have locked down with your deception, and you dare to refuse to let my end time church go.  Verses 18-19, the warning is given to Satan.

Exodus 9:18 Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now. 19 Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die.

Do you have problems visualizing a massive spiritual hailstorm on Satan and his demons and their spirit world? Remember back in Rev. 16:21, there will be a physical hailstorm with the stones being the weight of a talent, which some commentaries say could be in the 90 to 100 pound range.

Exodus 9:20 He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses:

Some of the demons are starting to get the message. Notice the hierarchy here. Satan has servants, and the servants of Satan have servants. Evidently, in this hierarchy, power rules. Read verse 21 and 25.

21 And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field’. The demon that still hadn’t got the message left his servant demons out to die.

25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.

Were these servant demons, these bondsmen, powerless to save themselves, or were they forced to stay outside? I don’t know. The descriptions of the physical hailstorm that was unleashed on physical Egypt was very frightening. Can our human minds even grasp the ferocity, the power, unleashed on the spiritual level?

26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.

The human prototype showed that the Israelites in Goshen were spared this. So will the righteous angels escape any harm from this incredible unleashing of power by Jesus Christ?

27 And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.’

Evidently, Satan was faking a repentance here to get the pressure off. Notice the last part of verse 29.

Exodus 9:29 And Moses said unto him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the LORD; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the LORD’S.

This message is most certainly addressed to Satan, not some puny man, like the Egyptian Pharaoh.  Remember who the god of this world is, 2 Cor. 4:4.

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Isaiah tells us how God looks at mankind.

Isaiah 40:15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing…

17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

Jesus Christ is making this statement directly to Satan with all his pompous vanity. Review Satan’s attitude in Isa. 14:13-14.

Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 1 will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Exodus 9:30 But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the LORD God.

There is no real fear of God in Satan and these demons to obey. They do fear their execution day and being exiled to the bottomless pit as I have shown in other papers.  As mentioned above when I was covering verse 27, Satan was faking repentance. Verse 34 is proof of that.

Exodus 9:34 And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants.

So again, the stage is set for the next plague.

Ex. 10:3 And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me.

Exodus 10:4 Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast:

Moses/Elijah again confronts Satan about releasing the end time church. Study Ex. 10:5,6 and think of this on a spiritual level.

Exodus 10:5 And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field:  6 And they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither thy fathers, nor thy fathers’ fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day. And he turned himself, and went out from Pharaoh.

This is not physical. The physical was just something to be imitated, a prototype to be played out in the end time. Review the definition of “examples” in 1 Corinthians 10:11 on page one of this article, if this is not already a part of your spiritual understanding. We do things on the spirit level. We are in spiritual bondage.

Some of Satan demons are really starting to get the message in Ex. 10:5. They are starting to believe the servant of God, Moses/Elijah, backed up by this mighty Jesus Christ. Last part of verse 7 indicates that their whole spirit world is lying in shambles from these mighty plagues.

Exodus 10:7 And Pharaoh’s servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?

Notice the time frame in verse 9, when this happens on the spiritual level. It’s in late summer, not the spring.

Exodus 10:9 And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a feast unto the LORD.

The primary meaning of the word “feast,” Strong’s #2282 is, “a festival.” Remember the original of Moses and Pharaoh was in the spring just before Passover. They could not hold a Feast they were traveling on the first day of Unleavened Bread. We in God’s church today go to the “feast”, partake of the festival. This scenario is unfolding in the late summer, so God’s people will be released to go to the feast of Tabernacles. More about this at the end of this paper.

In verse 15, these spirit locusts cover Satan’s whole domain.

Exodus 10:1 5 For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.

In verse 16, Christ knows Satan is faking another repentance.

Exodus 10:16 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you.

In verse 20, Christ is going to be sure that Satan gets the message. Christ is not through with him yet.

Exodus 10:20 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.

Can you start to realize that everything comes from the Father, even Christ’s power? Does this verse tell us there was a time when Christ didn’t have this power and the Father gave it to Him? We should, by now, start to realize that the Father can do any and everything, whether on a physical or spiritual level.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

If physical humans could feel the physical prototype of darkness, how much more intense would it be on a spirit level? If you have ever been in a cave and all lights were put out by the guide and experience total darkness, this is the only way I can relate to this. All orientation would be lost shortly.

Let us review a little; Satan’s domain is lying in shambles as the result of these plagues that Christ is sending on a spiritual level. His very existence, his thread to life, the living waters he has to have to exist, have been tampered with in the first plague. Some of his demon servants may well be dead. Most or all of the spirit animals may be dead. Christ has surely started to reach Satan’s mind somewhat. Now put a spiritual darkness over the demon world, Satan whole domain a spiritual darkness so intense that even spirit beings can’t move in it. But again the righteous angels had their normal light in their dwelling also in verse 23.

Ex. 10:23  They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.

24, And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you.

Satan fakes repentance in verse 24 to get the pressure off, so after three days this plague is lifted. This Mighty Jesus Christ is not through with the demon world yet. Notice in verse 23 He again hardens Pharaoh’s (Satan’s) heart.

Exodus 10:27 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go.

Satan is going to know that the earth is Christ’s and the only reason Satan is god of the world is that Christ and The Father let him be!

Now the stage is set for the final plague, the death of the first born. Is this hard to grasp? In the spirit world this will be the first created rather than born. Were all the angels created in one fell swoop? I doubt it. Was mankind’s creation patterned after the angelic creation? Remember Eve was created as a help meet for Adam.

Gen. 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone, I will make him an help meet for him.

Is this the reason that Satan has servants? If so, they were created to help him when he was righteous. Wouldn’t Michael and Gabriel have servants also?  Read Ex. 11:3 and 9:20.

Exodus 11: 3 And the LO RD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.

Exodus 9:20 He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses:

Were they created originally as helps for Satan, before he went bad and made slaves out of them? I would certainly think that could be possible. Are the legions in Christ’s two parables the same situation? A powerful angel was created and a lot of helpers were created for him. I call him the legion commander. You can find the parables starting in Mark 5:1 and Luke 8:26.

Was every spirit animal created in one fell swoop or was it piecemeal? Being a piecemeal creation is the only thing that makes sense. There had to be first born or created among Satan’s animals also. The angelic servants and animal no doubt were brought into existence as the need arose. This angelic creation could have taken place over a period of hundreds or thousands of years. The same situation that we see in the demon world, represented by Pharaoh and the Egyptians would still be in effect in the righteous angelic realm, operating according to God’s rules.  So this mighty Jesus Christ who has had all power given to him, sends death to all the first created (born) in Satan’s evil demonic kingdom, world or domain, whatever you would prefer to call it.

In Ex. 11:4 and 6 is this “cry” at midnight somehow related to the “cry” at midnight in Mt. 25:6?   Maybe, maybe not, we will see.

Exodus 11:4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:

6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.

Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Notice Ex. 11:9.

Ex. 11:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.

Is this a clue to even something more that Christ will do in this end time drama of forcing Satan to let his people go to keep a Feast. Continue in Ex. 12:12. Remember Satan is the god of the world, 2 Cor. 4:4.

Exodus 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.

In the demonic hierarchy, you would have lesser gods who are lesser in power. These gods will be taking it on the chin as this mighty Jesus Christ does his thing. Is this it, is it over after the first created is slain by Jesus Christ? The Israelites are released, but that is not the end of the story. Let us revisit a couple of verses that makes me think it is not, Ex. 11:9 first.

Exodus 11:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.

Now notice back in Ex. 11:1-7, Christ was instructing Moses in what to do, and what would happen.

Exodus 11:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.

2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbor, and every woman of her neighbor, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold. 3 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man

Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.

4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: 5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. 7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.

In verse 8, the flow seems to change and continue in verse 9.

Exodus 11:8 And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger. 9. And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.

Now let us go back to Ex. 7:4.

Ex. 7:4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.

Now let me paraphrase this as to how it might very well read after we put all the verses together. (Jesus Christ is doing the talking here). Moses, Satan will not listen to you so that I may lay my hand upon all Satan’s world or domain (represented by Egypt in the original prototype) that I may bring forth my armies.

Rev. 19:11,14  tells us about the armies in heaven and their commander in chief.

Revelation 19: 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Revelation 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Did Jesus Christ bring forth this angelic army to deal with this puny little piece of dirt called Pharaoh in the original prototype, the thing to be imitated in the end time? NO, but He will bring forth this mighty angelic army in this end time battle, freeing God’s end time church. Let us go back to the original story to get more information on this, how this will unfold in the end time.  Christ sent death at midnight to the physical Egyptians and to Satan and his demon world.  Satan let the end time church go. Then what happened? Look at Ex. 14:4-9.

Ex. 14:4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honored upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so. 5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?

6 And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him: 7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.

8 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand. 9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.

Pharaoh mobilized his army and pursued God’s people in the original account of the prototype, so in the end time account Satan musters his army with the intention of going and recapturing God’s end time people. That is why there is this little inset statement in Ex. 7:4, “that I may bring forth my armies.” This could also refer to armies of slaves or captives. Isaiah 14:17 makes it clear that Satan has prisoners, read surrounding verses 12-20.

Isaiah 14:17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

Exodus 7:4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.

What do we have on our hands now? We have a massive power struggle, a major war between spirit beings. Is this what is happening in Rev. 12:7? “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels…”

Let us ask some questions as we get into this war condition, with all the titanic power that will be used. Remember this fight is over the end time church, the end time Christians which Satan was forced to release but at this point has refused to give up on. As covered earlier, The Father is all-powerful. All power comes from Him by means of this living water, the River of Life that flows from His Throne, Revelation 22:1.

Why does God choose to let the demons and righteous angels fight it out? With The Father’s power, He could put a spiritual hammerlock on every evil demon in the cosmos, and end it without the war. But it’s obvious that that isn’t the way He chooses to do it.

Has it something to do with the way God has ordained that we are to obtain salvation? I suggest that you read the paperTHE POWERS THAT BE. An example was covered earlier in this paper. From the days of John the Baptist theKingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force. The bottom line in that verse is that we have to take the Kingdom from Satan who has our way blocked.

Look at James 4:7. I have covered this many times in other papers.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

“Resist” is Strong’s # 436 meaning, “to stand against i.e. oppose…’ It does not say praying will make it go away. Isn’t it saying we have to slug it out with Satan?

Notice what it says in Eph. 6:12.

Eph. 6:12 For we WRESTLE not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

We have to fight it out with Satan and the demons just as Christ and his army are going to fight it out with the demons in obtaining the release of the end time church.

Look at another example of spirit beings fighting in Dan. 10:12, 13.

Dan. 10:12Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom ofPersia withstood me one and twenty days, but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

We assume this is Gabriel. There is also reason to believe it could have been another archangel. Regardless, this was a struggle or fight between two archangels of the same power. Verse 13 tells us it lasted 21 days. This was a fight between the forces of good and evil. So why didn’t The Father and Christ just tip the balance of power to the side of good? From the scriptures, we can only believe they were spectators. They did nothing to interfere, unless they actually sent Michael to tip the balance of power on to the side of good. We can just as easily assume that Michael jumped in on his own. Notice the ratio it took, two to one on the side of good, to let Gabriel finish his mission of giving Daniel the message in verses 14-19. What did Gabriel do once he had finished with Daniel?

Daniel 10:20 – Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.

He went back and picked up the fight with Satan. “Fight” is Strong’s # 3898. There is an interesting word in this verse, for it means, “to feed on, fig. to consume, by impl. to battle (as destruction)…”

This stand off between Gabriel and Satan brings up a thought we should give consideration to.  Have there been times in your Christian experience that it seems there was a dead lock, a stand off, everything was just on dead center and would not move? I have experienced this feeling many times especially in the last five years. It’s a very frustrating thing. The next time it happens to you give some thought to the Satan versus Gabriel scenario. Gabriel had to have additional spiritual help when this happened. Is that what we need, some extra spiritual help? Are we in effect locked down in a spiritual baffle with Satan or some other evil demon? Give it some thought the next time this happens to you.

Now getting back to these spirit armies that do battle in the freeing of Gods end time people.  Satan took one third of the angels with him in his rebellion, Rev. 12:4. That left two thirds of the angels being righteous.

Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

If it were one third against one third in this end time battle, it could very well be a stand off like Satan and Gabriel, but the balance of power in this end time army of righteous angels is two to one over evil.

Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war…

Revelation 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Go back to Rev. 12:7.

Rev. 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.

The battle waxes furious; verse 8 tells us Satan is losing.

Revelation 12:8 And prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Notice carefully the last part of verse 8, “neither was their place found any more in heaven.”  “Place” is Strong’s #5117 meaning, ‘a spot (gen. in space) but limited by occupancy…” Is this the place or spot we are made aware of in Job 1:6 and 2:1?

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.

It is obvious that Satan’s crew is banned from God’s presence ever again. Their place can be found in heaven no more.

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Is this when the release of the first wave of end time Christians is obtained? After this battle Satan never again will be allowed to stand before God’s Throne and accuse the brethren like he did in Job 1: 10-11.

Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

Revelation 12:9 gives us a clue to Satan’s power or influence. He deceives the whole world.

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Because Satan has let his vanity take him away, this mighty Jesus Christ and His armies are putting him in his place. After a mighty struggle in the spirit world, the first wave of God’s end time church will be free from Satan, not in the sense that we will be totally free from Satan’s attacks and influence, but we will be freed up to the point that we can proceed with God’s end-time work. This freeing by Christ in the end time of HIS Church may very well just apply to the Philadelphia church, as they will be the ones that will be deputies of the end time Elijah in accomplishing the end-time work.

Notice Rev. 12:17.

Rev. 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Satan was so furious with Christ and His Church, or that first group of it, once the fight was over Satan went to make war with the remnant that also kept the commandments of God. Why did I say this freeing up might just apply to the Philadelphians? Because if you will study the letters in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 to the seven churches, you will see that Philadelphia and Smyrna are the only ones with which Christ does not have a problem.  Philadelphiahas this open door before it. That is the door to do God’s end-time work. The little strength they have is their personal tithe money plus the little strength found in small numbers of people. They are given a place of safety as world events head toward a climax while the two witnesses and Elijah are doing their things.

Christ doesn’t express a problem with the SMYRNA people, but it seems that their end time mission is to suffer and apparently they are located away from the wealth of the world.

Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

If God’s word is true, if 1 Corinthians 10:11 is true, it’s a done deal. The original episode of Moses and Pharaoh that is described in Exodus is just one prototype of the many that will be acted out in the end time. I mentioned several pages back that this seemed like a late summer event because of the wording in Ex. 10:9.

Ex. 10:9 And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a feast unto the LORD.

This is also mentioned in Exodus 5:1: And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.

The phrase “hold a feast” is Strong’s # 2287, in this case a slightly different word. The definition of 2287 is very interesting. It means, “to move in a circle, i.e. spec. to march in a sacred procession, to observe a festival, by impl. to be giddy, celebrate, dance, keep, hold a (solemn) feast…”

At first glance what does that definition mean to you? Go back and look at it again, while I ask you some questions. The primary meaning is to move in a circle. Don’t God’s people in today’s society almost without exception make a ROUND TRIP to the Feast and back? Remember the old days in the World Wide Church of God? If you came through that system, at the feast sites as it got closer to the time of services, the people just flowed or marched into the auditorium, coliseums, or even the big tents used back in the 1960’s. Notice that “march in a sacred procession” is one of the definitions above.

Haven’t you heard it said we are here to “CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES”?  “Celebrate” is one of the definitions of Strong’s #2287. Those two verses are what make me think it could very well be a late summer freeing of God’s people from slavery so that they can observe the Feast of Tabernacles.

To me personally the Passover and Unleavened Bread days are a lot more somber, more serious, and in reality, they are a time to get sin out, to choose and reflect on our Passover Lamb (Christ). It is not a time we would be giddy, dance, etc.

Do you think that there was any chance that Moses intended to make a round trip into the desert and return to Egypt? Fat chance of that!

The only question is WHEN will this happen, not IF it will happen. Will it be the late summer of year 2000 in preparation for this year’s Feast, or might there be just a token release this fall with the major release of God’s end time people from slavery in the spring 2001 or 2002 Passover season? Regardless of when it happens, it will happen. I certainly am personally ready for it. I’m ready for some real fellowship with like minds, with the fences and barriers torn down that Satan has erected between God’s people. As in most cases now, Satan has God’s people locked up in slavery in solitary confinement. I’m ready to be free from the oppression of these demon taskmasters who keep causing a constant barrage of problems to irritate us, to cause us to sin.

Part Two.

Today is June 3, 2001, almost ten months since I wrote part one of this paper.  There was no intention of there ever being a part two of this paper.  A lot more understanding about the subject has emerged as I have continued to study God’s word, looking for a way out of the slavery that I am in.

I am certainly tired of having Satan’s chain around my neck.  When we are freed from this spiritual slavery we’ve all been in, we will be appalled at where we have been and what we have done spiritually.  For many, being released from severe health problems, even ones to the point of death, will be part of obtaining freedom.  We as individual Christians will have a major part to play in our own release.  I did not realize how much of a part it would be last summer when I was writing part one of this paper.  In my experience so far, God does not seem to do much by magic. God is dealing with us on the spiritual level, rather than on a physical level like the ancient Israelites.

I keep saying that we are enslaved by Satan, but to this day I only know one person who really believes that.  There may be several reasons for this one person’s strong belief in that at this point, but that is immaterial to this paper, so let us proceed.

Ten months ago when I was writing part one I had no clue this verse was in the Bible, though I must have read it many times since 1966.  This verse is Ezekiel 29:3.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

Do you need proof of who the great dragon is?  Revelation 20:2 should be sufficient.

Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Is God’s word true or not?  I have said repeatedly and written that there is no understanding of God’s word in the end time without understanding I Corinthians 10:11.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning.”

“World” is Strong’s #165: “prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):—age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).”

Study the definition of “example” closely.  If these things happened and are written for us upon whom the ends of the age have come, we need to look at these prototypes, these things to be imitated, carefully.  The physical original Pharaoh had slaves.  If God’s word is true and we can believe it, then we should be certain that the end time Pharaoh, king of Egypt, the great dragon, has slaves also.  Since we are doing the spirit application of God’s word, does it not stand true (if God’s word is true) that we are in spiritual slavery to Satan?

God reveals in his word how we are released.  I will get to that later. The first step in obtaining freedom is realizing that we are trapped, that we are being held captive, 2 Timothy 2:26.

2 Timothy 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

“Captive” is Strong’s #2221 meaning, “to take alive (make a prisoner of war) i.e. (fig) to capture or ensnare…”  “Will” is Strong’s #2307 meaning, “a determination, (prop. the thing), i.e. (act) choice, spec.  purpose, decree…”  If we can never admit that Satan has the power to take us spiritually captive at his will, we can never be free.  It is the truth that sets us free, John 8:32.

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

I realize that initially many virgins will bristle and hackles will rise at the very mention of this.  How do I know?  I have already seen it happen, been there, done that as they say.  If you are one of these people who become spiritually defensive about that statement, how do you deal with Matthew 25:1, 5.

Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Remember, God allows this.  It is not that Satan has overpowered God and taken us prisoner.  If we are converted, we have to submit to God’s will and his word expresses his will to us in the end time.  We are judged by what is written in the books, Rev. 20:12.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Go back to Matthew 25.  The bottom line here in these two verses is that if you are a virgin (have the Holy Spirit) you have been asleep, sleep-walking with Christ.  Is God’s word true or not?  With no exceptions, every single one of the virgins has been sleeping spiritually, some more soundly than others have.  I am embarrassed at how sound asleep I have been in certain areas, till the truth started freeing me from it.  Some of us may be thinking, “Hey, I have the Holy Spirit.  I understand the truth.  I was baptized years ago.”

Just how much Holy Spirit do we have?  Just how much truth do we understand?  Do we really understand God’s word, or do we just understand it according to the way Herbert W. Armstrong taught or some one else in a satanic hierarchy system in another fold of God’s sheep?  Notice a quick example.  Go to Matthew 25.

In Matthew 25:27-28, “talents” is money.  In verse 27, notice it is called money.

Matthew 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

Did Christ hand you a bag of money when you were called or did he put you in charge of his money (his tithes)?  How much tithe we have is pretty much determined by what part of the world we live in and how hard we work.  To make a long story short, look what happens on judgment day, Matthew 25:20,22.

Matthew 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

Matthew 25:22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

Notice the phrase in each verse, “I have gained five more,” or, “I have gained two more.”  It doesn’t say or imply that I and HWA or I and my favorite minister gained two more or five more talents.  It is “I and CHRIST.”  This is called working out our own salvation with fear and trembling, Philippians 2:12.

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Now, return to the point of this paper, being freed from slavery to Satan.  John 8:32 says the truth sets us free.  John 14:17 speaks of a spirit of truth.

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

If the spirit of truth sets me free, why was I in bondage, slavery to the Worldwide Church of God system from 1967 to about 1997?  Why was I enslaved to a system that spent my tithe money for me?  Why were many or most of you in the same situation?  I, Edgar Bennett, was 100% obedient to that hierarchy system and sent my first, excess second, and third tithe and offerings to that system for them to manage and spend for me.  This was and still is contrary to God’s word.  Read my article on tithing.

Now back to the question I asked a page or so back.  Just how much of the Holy Spirit do we have?  It certainly is not enough if John 14:17, 26, John 15:26, John 16:7,13 and John 8:32 are true.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Are we willing to believe God’s word or not?  Look at II Corinthians 1:22, and 5:5.  “Earnest” in both verses is Strong’s #728 meaning, “a pledge, i.e. part of the purchase, money or property given in advance as security for the rest.” Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the New Testament says it means, “earnest money, pledge something which stands for part of the price and paid before hand…”  It is common practice here in the US when you intend to purchase an expensive item, like a home or automobile, to put a certain number of dollars down as earnest money.

2 Corinthians 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

2 Corinthians 5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

It is quite clear that if we have the earnest of the Holy Spirit that it would be a small mount with quite larger amount promised to come later.  Let us look at another example of our being enslaved, June 7, 2001, Psalms 103:2-3.

Psalms 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Is God’s word true or not?  If it is true, I can sit right here in my home today and accuse God of not doing his word, not backing it up.  “All” is Strong’s #3605 meaning, “the whole, hence all, any, or every…” God says he heals all our diseases meaning the whole, all, any, or every.  Herein lies a major problem.  You and I both could name many personal friends, acquaintances and family members who have not been healed if you have longevity in God’s church.

Just four days ago, I learned that a church friend of mine had just been diagnosed with lung cancer.  Will he be healed or will we make the same old worn out excuses such as, “ Maybe he did not have enough faith; he will be healed in the resurrection, etc.”  I have known this man for almost 30 years and I am sure his baptism goes back into the 1960’s.  Look at Acts 3:1-8.

Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Acts 3:3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

Why aren’t these things being imitated today, June 8, 2001?  Where are the Peters and Johns?

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.  Review the definitions on page one.

I ask again, is God’s word true or not?  Why aren’t these prototypes of the early church being imitated?  We can make excuses for God until we are blue in the face, but the fact is we are still in slavery to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, the great dragon, Ezekiel 29:3.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

God does not want us to make excuses for him.  Just simply believe his word.  He will deliver us on his own schedule, but we have to know where we have been.  Notice John 14:12.

John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

The word “greater” is Strong’s #3187 meaning, “larger (lit. or fig. spec. in age)- elder, greater (est.), more.”  Hey, lets face it, if we can’t believe John 14:12, we can’t believe this thing about salvation either.  If God lies about any given verse, the whole thing, the whole Bible is worthless and we are in a futile quest for eternal life.

Let’s revisit Matthew 25:1, 5.  If we are virgins, we have been asleep.  There are no exceptions.  “All” is Strong’s #3956 meaning, “all, any, every, the whole…”  “Slumbered” is Strong’s #3573 meaning, “to nod, i.e. (by impl.) to fall asleep…”  “Slept” is Strong’s #2518 meaning, “(to sleep); to lie down, to rest (by impl.) to fall asleep…”

Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

The fact is EVERY virgin in the end time is or has been in some stage of spiritual sleep.  Does our sleepwalking with Christ have something to do with the sorry state of the church in June 2001?  Has this something to do with all this division among God’s people?  The idea if you are not in my group, you are lost.  I just had this expressed to me three weeks ago by a man who had no clue how sound asleep he is.  See, when you are in slavery, you do the taskmaster’s will, not your own.  Witness the Jews during World War Two in slavery to Hitler and his system.  Did they not do exactly the taskmaster’s will (Hitler)?

What about this concept of sleep walking with Christ?  Where does it leave us?  As long as we are asleep spiritually, we have no true concept of our spiritual surroundings.  Just like when we are physically asleep, we do not know what is going on around us.  God makes a statement in Acts 17:30 about this blissful ignorance that we walk around in.  “Ignorance” is Strong’s #52 meaning, “ignorance, (prop. the quality):-ignorance.”

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

Will God send us to the lake of fire for being ignorant?  No, after all, he holds the key to our ignorance, John 16:13, John 8:32.  We can be nothing except mostly ignorant of God’s word with just the earnest of the spirit.  With just this earnest of the spirit, we will still be in slavery. Go back to Acts 17:30.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

“Winked” is Strong’s #5237 meaning, “to overlook, i.e., not punish- wink at.”   Once we start understanding the real truth, then there is the command to repent.  One aspect of repenting is becoming conquered by God and this comes through believing and testing God’s word.  Our attitude has to be, “Yes, Dad, if you like it, I love it.”  This all ties right into the truth setting us free from this sleep walking with Christ and from the slavery to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, the Great Dragon, Ezekiel 29:3.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

If we today in early June 2001 have the full spiritual freedom that comes with the spirit of truth, how do we explain the condition of God’s church today worldwide?  Some people may take exception to the things I’ve said about healing.  Can’t this Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon manipulate things to his satisfaction?  Consider what happened to Job.  If you are a student of the Bible, you know the story.  It’s quite an understatement to say that Job needed to be healed.  Would anointing and the sacrifice of Christ have healed Job, or did he need another form of healing, the simple removal of Satan?  Read my paper on anointing for a thorough explanation of the subject.

Let us face it.  Can Satan or a demon cause an illness?  Did Satan control the problems in Job’s case?  Look at a couple of New Testament examples, Matthew 17:14-18.  What would we call this today, maybe schizophrenia, split personality, etc.?  Notice this was demon caused and the demon removal healed him.  “Cured” is Strong’s #2323 meaning, “to wait upon mentally, i.e. (fig) to adore (God) or spec. to relieve (of disease)- cure, heal.”

Matthew 17:14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Matthew 17:15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. Matthew 17:16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. 17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. 18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

Again, notice Matthew 12:22.  Removal of the demon gave this person his sight and ability to speak back.

Matthew 12:22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

One last example, Luke 11:14.  Casting this demon out allowed the mute person to speak.

Luke 11:14 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.

Now I want to ask a couple of questions.  First, were the individuals in these examples enslaved to the demon world?  You bet they were.  Can’t Satan fake any disease that he would want to for his purpose of keeping us deceived?  If Satan wanted to “heal” one of his faked diseases, all he would have to do is call one of his ministers to do it, 2 Corinthians 11:14-15.

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Am I saying that everyone that does a fake healing is a minister of Satan?  No, if this person has the Holy Spirit, he is just sleep walking with Christ.  Again, I would ask, can’t the taskmaster do as he pleases with his slaves and use some this way, use some that way?  Did Hitler?  So, let us not be too quick to condemn others as we wake up and are freed from slavery.  What if the person we are condemning is destined by God to remain in slavery a longer time than we who are doing the condemning are? Let us allow the spirit of truth do the work.

Back to the idea of Satan faking things, wasn’t even the physical Pharaoh able to do a certain amount of it?  Read Exodus 7:10-11; Exodus 7:19-20, 22; Exodus 8:5-7.

Exodus 7:10 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.Exodus 7:11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.

Exodus 7:19 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone.

Exodus 7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.

Exodus 7:22 And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said.

Exodus 8:5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt. 6 And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt.

7 And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.

Let us look at one more example of our slavery, John 9:4.  Here is an excellent example of being asleep.

John 9:4  I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

Christ was saying that after his death, night would descend and no man could work.  So, what does the King of Egypt, the great dragon do with his slaves?  Witness what Herbert W. Armstrong did with us, the members of the Worldwide Church of God.  Did we ever do this worldwide work?  What are the results?  HWA is dead, we are not in the kingdom, his so-called church of God is smashed into smithereens and we members with the earnest of the spirit are mostly isolated into small groups or alone by ourselves or just with family.  Yet, some of these leaders keep trying to do a work.  Christ says plainly that after his death the night would come when no one could do a work.

What happens at night?  Historically, people go to sleep, though not so much in the modern world as prior.  What happens to the church when night comes, Matthew 25:5-6.  The word night in John 9:4 and “midnight” in Matthew 25:6 is Strong’s #3571 meaning, “night (lit. or fig.):-(mid-)night.”  Let me say it again.  A slave does his master’s bidding.  Until Christ frees us from our taskmaster, Satan, we will do what God allows Satan to do with us.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

Even though we are slaves to Satan at this point, God still sets the bounds, Job 1:12, Job 2:6.  Over all, this is God’s responsibility.

Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

Job 2:6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

Let us look at a couple of verses in Exodus that show the difference in physical and spiritual delivery.  Notice first Exodus 12:33.  The Egyptians were urgent.  “Urgent” is Strong’s #2388 meaning, “to fasten upon, hence, to seize, to be strong…” The Egyptians were forcing and hurrying the Israelites out of their land in fear of death.

Exodus 12:33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.

Now look at Exodus 11:1 and Exodus 3:19-20.  Notice there is no urgency here.  “After” in the word “afterwards” is Strong’s #310 meaning, “in the hind part…” Also the word “after” in verse 20 is the same.  “Altogether” in Ex. 11:1 is Strong’s #3617. The primary meaning is, “a completion…”

Christ brings one final plague on Satan and the demon world in forcing our release.  The word “plague” is Strong’s #5061 meaning, “a blow (fig) an infliction…”

Exodus 11:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.

Exodus 3:19 And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. 20 And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.

During this time, we will be learning truth that will set us free, James 4:7.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

“Resist” is Strong’s #436 meaning, “to stand against, i.e. oppose:- resist, withstand.”  That is when we will be carrying the big stick.  If one army opposes another army, either they go to war or one army backs down.  In this case, Satan flees from us.  This is the point we are freed from Pharaoh King of Egypt, the great dragon, Ezekiel 29:3.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

This freedom comes by Christ forcing the issue by plaguing Satan and the demon world and also giving us the education we need to deal with demons.  As we learn, we will start to enjoy spiritual freedom as well as physical freedom in situations that we have not experienced before, John 8:32.

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Published July 11, 2002

© Edgar Y. Bennett
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