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The “Barren Land”…

“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places* seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’” Luke 11:24 (*sometimes translated “arid places“)

“…But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.” Psalm 68:6

“And in the columns of heaven I beheld fires, which descended without number, but neither on high, nor into the deep. Over these fountains also I perceived a place which had neither the firmament of heaven above it, nor the solid ground underneath it; neither was there water above it; nor anything on wing; but the spot was desolate.
And there I beheld seven stars, like great blazing mountains, and like spirits entreating me. Then the angel said, This place, until the consummation of heaven and earth, will be the prison of the stars, and the host of heaven. The stars which roll over fire are those which transgressed the commandment of God before their time arrived; for they came not in their proper season. Therefore was He offended with them, and bound them, until the period of the consummation of their crimes in the secret year.” 1 Enoch 18:13-16

(another version says ” And beyond that abyss I saw a place which had no firmament of the heaven above, and no firmly founded earth beneath it: there was no water upon it, and no birds, but it was a waste and horrible place.”)

I have for a while now been a fan of Round Saturn’s Eye and his videos, (and continue to be, finding validity in both his personal testimony and confession of the Gospel), and there is one theme that pops up very frequently in his material, which just recently became a lot more clear to me.

He is constantly mentioning this idea/imagery of the “barren land“. He talks about it again and again and again and again, often times when breaking down the embedded symbolism in some commercial or movie or Olympic ceremony, or whatever, whenever some kind of desert-looking, salt-flats type of scenery is being shown. And it’s amazing how often this occurs, these shots of very Luciferian and nephilim related themes, constantly being filmed with a backdrop of this barren, desert landscape. And after a while, I was really starting to wonder, what is the deal with this “barren land” stuff, what is that supposed to symbolize?

Well recently when I was reading back through the chapters of 1 Enoch, (in the interest of seeing more of what it has to say regarding flat Earth ideas or “Enochian cosmology” etc.), I was reading that portion in the 18th chapter, where it is talking about when Enoch is being shown the place where the fallen Watchers are to be imprisoned until the Day of Judgement (“until the period of the consummation of their crimes in the secret year…”)

Suddenly the light bulb clicked on. I immediately thought of that verse where Jesus casts the evil spirit out of the mute man, and then uses the parable of tying up a strong man in a house, to explain about how demons leave a person, and then “travel through arid places”, before coming back to the cleaned “house” (person), this time bringing along seven more spirits more evil than itself.

That verse has always been one of those ones that just made very little sense to me, where eventually you just shrug your shoulders and move on, figuring that well, Jesus obviously knows what he’s talking about, so, okay!

I had always been really confused by what “arid places” could mean, or why Jesus would say it like that, if he was describing sort of how a demon would just “fly around in the air” after being cast out. Were demons bound to dry air? Were they somehow pulled towards the desert? Hmmmm. Of course, that’s not what any of us who believe in the reality of demonic spirits would realistically think, because we logically we understand that these spirits are bound within a certain dimensional barrier somehow. They don’t literally fly through the physical air molecules like a mist, prowling for people to inhabit.

But here again, this “barren land” realization is part of a larger theme I’ve been exploring lately, involving this broader question of there being “places” in a dimensional sense.

Most of us who believe in some form of spirituality are probably already likely to believe in this already, on some conceptual level at least. I’d say that I more or less always did, but I suppose it is only now that I am beginning to stretch my imagination further, in pondering just how much this dimensional aspect may permeate our reality, our entire universe…

We tend to think of other “dimensions” as being a fairly ethereal thing. At least I’d say I did. But maybe now that I’ve been taking a much more serious look into things like the concept of the “firmament”, or the idea of the stars themselves being both a physical aspect of our Created world, and also, somehow, attached to luminous, angelic beings. The “multidimensional universe”… This concept has taken such a hold of me. My whole comprehension of the distinctions between what we call “physical”, and what we call “spirit”, seems so much more complex, and yet, so much simpler at the same time now.

In the Book of Enoch, he basically describes being taken up into the heavens, where he talks about walls being built of “crystal stones”, and “portals” (basically doorways) and rings and pillars of fire, etc. He sees mountains made of gems and fountains in the deep, etc., and He sees the very throne of God. The “desolate place” where the Watchers and spirits are imprisoned, is described as having no water in it, as well as no water OVER it either. I find that very interesting. It propels this notion that the firmament over our own place of existence does indeed have water OVER it. This actually makes a lot of sense, when we think about the Great Flood and other things, and I have also wondered if the “sea of glass” or “sea of crystal” described in Revelation and elsewhere, doesn’t in fact pertain to something going on at the top of firmament…(!?) It’s very weird, but also very thrilling too, to start thinking of all these possibilities in a more literal, yet “multi-dimensional” way.

I suppose the reason this would be of any real practical significance for us, at least while we’re still on this side of eternity, is when considered in the context of all that is progressing in the World right now, in terms of things like CERN, and the Luciferian agenda, etc. The Bible speaks of a time where the events are so incredible, amazing, and terrifying, that men essentially become paralyzed with fear.
I do believe that part of keeping our Faith in the times ahead, involves taking a deep look at the scriptures and at least being willing to keep an open mind towards a broader cosmology that might be a far cry from the traditional modernistic, dichotomous mentality that mainstream Evangelicalism has held, particularly in the last century or two. We need to be in such a place as to not be surprised or overwhelmed by whatever crazy or mind-blowing things may transpire in the coming times. We should be able to stand firm, and unmoved, even if we WERE to witness things as fantastic and frightening as the spiritual veil being torn, and entities from the dimensional realm of the “barren land” being unleashed upon our own plane of earthly existence for a short time.

I do believe this is what they have been conspiring FOR, all these millennia. It was the Bible prophecies will take place, when it speaks of Apollo, or Abaddon, coming up out the Abyss, out of the “pit”, with his hordes. It a very real place, this desolate land…

It’s gonna get weird, folks. But we should not be shocked or dismayed by any of it. The scriptures tell us who the victor is, who is the King over heaven and earth, death and hades, over every dimension, every creature, every spirit. We know Who will judge all, when the Books are opened, and the dead are raised, and we look forward to that Day…

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But What If It’s Not Just A Figure Of Speech…

I read this story the other day, and it really did just break my heart…

I am almost afraid to even write anything at all on the subject, as it is such a horrendous tragedy, and I cannot imagine the pain being felt by the family, and yet, at the same time, as the article itself admits, this is not an isolated or unique case. These sorts of stories have affected, and are affecting, so many families in this country and around the world, and obviously the entire subject of clinical depression, suicide, and anti-depressant drugs is such a massive and daunting one.

What really struck me though when reading this piece, was how often the author (the mother) referred to what she eventually came to think of as “the demons”.

She writes toward the end:

“My daughter lived more than six years with an incurable disease that filled her head with devils that literally hounded her to death…”

Yet Natalie was clearly a bright and beautiful human being who indeed longed to be free from the internal suffering, who sadly after years of only numbing the voices and pain through meds came to conclude that nothing could truly cure her.

I also found this article as a possible notable anecdote in light of a conversation/debate I participated in not long ago, whereby the atheist author was basically arguing the point that “backwards religious people” were responsible for the injury and death of many individuals because they ignorantly attributed depression and other mental illnesses to demonic oppression, rather than the much more “scientifically enlightened” view of treating it as a chemical imbalance requiring the appropriate medication.

The thing is, if my arm was being devoured by a pack of rabid wolves, you could shoot me full of morphine until I could scarcely feel the sting of their teeth ripping my flesh, but the carnage would still be taking place…

It is indeed incredibly ironic that in the context of a case where seemingly there WAS no “religious ignorance” involved, and the doctors and specialists and all the resources of the medical establishment were being trusted with complete confidence, the “illness” somehow was still of such a nature that it prompted this kind of personification, this allusion to the ‘antiquated’ notion of devils and demons hounding someone mercilessly. Why would ‘chemical imbalances’ have such a pointed and twisted agenda..? Why would molecules in the brain seem to have the ability to speak, and prey upon our fears and pain..?

Why use such a figure of speech if there couldn’t possibly be any truth to such an outdated idea from the Dark Ages…

God of Love, or Death..?

exodus-scene-6Recently I was invited to chime in on a post on the question of miracles and the Bible. My main response included a fairly long list of the examples of humanly inexplicable miracles found in both the Old and New Testaments. The author responded with what I thought was a very thought-provoking comment, which after thinking about it I decided probably deserved further exploration. He says:

1.) Plagues to kill thousands of people
2.) Parting the Red Sea to drown thousands of people
3.) disintegrate a city’s massive stone walls using only trumpets to kill every living thing in it
4.) make the sun stand still in the sky and prolong the day so they can kill more people
5.) make earthquakes happen, so that they rip the earth into a chasm which swallows up our enemies
6.) trigger massive meteor showers that will utterly destroy entire cities

These wouldn’t be miracles from a God that I could ever consider worshiping.

You are entitled to your opinion but you might want to drop the 6 examples above when you are out witnessing for Jesus.

This is an interesting question… Would it really be better to drop examples like those above when telling people about Jesus? Should we just focus on Jesus’ teachings on “loving our neighbor” etc., and try to whitewash the Bible as best we can? I certainly grew up being familiar with enough church circles who more or less attempted to do this very thing, in one way or another. Downplay the “scary” God of the Old Testament, all the wars, death, “weird stuff”, and just try to boil it all down to as simplistic an idea as possible in order to coax someone into saying the “sinner’s prayer”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not disparaging people from making simple prayers of repentance in faith. What I’m saying is simply that all of that stuff IS in there, and like it or not, you have to face it. Atheists are quite fond of bringing up what they believe are incredibly damning examples of this “genocidal God” who they regard as being oh so terribly cruel and unfair in causing the deaths of so many people, in so many ways…

The thing is, the Bible is essentially an epic war story. From beginning to end, it outlines the story of Creation, the Fall, and Redemption, in the context of a great spiritual battle between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Darkness.

warinheavenThe many examples of people being killed by war or plague in the Old Testament simply cannot be rightly understood outside of this broader spiritual context. People such as the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the Egyptians, the Canaanites, the Philistines, the Greeks, the Romans, etc., etc., all of these peoples/nations were living under the worship and “covering” of their various pantheons of pagan gods, and under the influence of their demonic spiritual “princes” were constantly in opposition to the nation which God had set aside for Himself. The spiritual and physical battle lines can be understood to be very much intertwined when looked at from this perspective, and so it must be emphasized that nowhere in the Bible do we ever see God simply deciding to go wipe out some populace somewhere who were minding their own business, simply because God was like some bored sadistic child wanting to entertain himself by burning ants with a magnifying glass.

According to the Bible, the conflict did not originate in the Garden of Eden, but in the realm of heaven, involving an angelic individual named Lucifer who became proud and sought to take the Throne of the Almighty for himself. Whether we like it or not, all of humanity has been thrust into the epicenter of this cosmic battle, and ultimately every single one of us must choose which kingdom’s agenda we will serve. There is no “opting out”. No neutral parties in this war.

Like I said, many objections to the God of the Bible involve these questions of how a loving God could possibly kill humans who people who have rebelled against Him or the people He chose to implement his purposes. This has honestly never been much of a philosophical thorn in my side. It just hasn’t. Such arguments really couldn’t even be made in the first place if an omnipotent, omniscient God was actually as petulant and tyrannical as is being suggested, because you be fried by a lightning bolt the second you were about to open your mouth to criticize him.

Instead, I admit I have struggled FAR more with the simple question of why God would allow a majestic, angelic being such as Lucifer to Fall from Heaven and then wreak havoc upon the human race in the first place. My own human faculties would seem to think that it would’ve saved us all so much pain and heartache if he had just tossed Lucy into the pit or the lake of fire right from the start and just gotten it over with! Wouldn’t that have been so much more logical God, and saved us all so much hassle…?? Jesus wouldn’t have had to die, no need for a Flood, or a “Passover Lamb”, or Armageddon, or any of it. We’d all still be blissful nudists drinking fruit smoothies in the Garden, right?

But of course, that’s not what God elected to do, and instead He allowed the serpent to wind his way in there, and kick off this whole war, which someday will finally end when the “Seed of the Woman” destroys the “Seed of the Serpent”. The God of the Bible allows lots of seemingly unnecessary evil to persist longer than we would think makes sense, not only with Satan in the Garden, but with the Watchers who came down on Mt. Hermon, who are then later not destroyed, but instead imprisoned in a place called the Pit, or the “Abyss”, held in chains until a time in the future when they will once again be let out.
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Again, to me this is one of those things that I must simply confess I don’t understand the full reasoning behind God’s decisions, but I simply have to trust it. God has allowed the Kingdom of Darkness to have dominion over this world, up until a point in the (near) future when the entire epic of world history will culminate in a very intensely climactic conclusion. In that time, there will once again be some seriously “Old-Testament-style” plagues and distributions of mass-death, yet just as it was in the days of Old Testament, it will not be something that anyone is left without a means of escaping…

In the modern political climate of the “war on terror”, we constantly hear about this idea of “winning hearts and minds”, and this is exactly what the Bible declares this epic War of the Kingdoms is ultimately all about. The Winner of this War was decided 2,000 years ago, when He laid down His own life and took it up again. We all have now have this pathway open to us, if we are but willing to lay down our own lives, in order to take them back up again. This is a battle that is ultimately fought, and won, by letting go. Letting go of your own little crown, your own little self-determined right to rule over your own life, your own definition of “morality”, your own ability to shape and harden your own conscience as it suits you. That is essentially the manifesto of the Fallen Cherub himself, the one who entices humanity into questioning God’s goodness, God’s wisdom, God’s love. Satan is the true god of Death, not Yeshua.

Those who were killed in the body by the God of Israel in the Old Testament had seared their consciences in just such a way, and chose to follow the flesh-gratifying enticements of their false gods, instead of bowing their knee to the true God who demonstrated His own superior might and majesty. We all ultimately face this same judgment ourselves, before the Throne, whether we die a violent death or of old age safely in our beds. The War is already won, but you must pick a side, and you will ultimately choose between the God of Perfect Love or the god of Death…

The “Disney-fication” of the Enemy…

mickey-mouse-david-m-cookRecently I was listened to the latest episode of God’s Property Radio, where they interview Russ Dizdar, and towards the beginning of the conversation, they touched upon what I thought was an extremely interesting and important point. Same, one of the hosts of GPR, mentioned how he had heard Tim Kilkenny of Revelations Radio News (another one of my podcast favorites) talking about the “Disney-fication” of the devil, how it so perfectly described so much of what has happened within “Western Christianity” in regards to the prevalent attitude held towards the existence of things like the demonic realm, spiritual warfare and “radical evil” as a whole.

This really struck a chord with me, because it really gets to the heart of so much of what I have myself personally wrestled with, and also encountered as I’ve tried to engage other people, both Christians and non, in talking about things like the “New World Order” or 9/11 or what-have-you. As I listened to Sam and Dan from GPR talk with Russ about it, it just really made sense. It clicked. This is really the point that first has to be addressed, when trying to get someone else to recognize what it going on in the world today. When you are trying to discuss the effects of radical evil in our culture, government, society as a whole, it is like talking to a brick wall, if that person is coming from a perspective where they don’t believe in “radical evil” in the first place.

I confess that it’s sort of sad that I’m so slow to realize the depth of something like this, when I myself took SO long to really come to such an understanding myself, but I suppose that is also why coming to an understanding of Genesis 6 or the “Satanic underground” was really so ground-breaking in terms of my own worldview. Suddenly, through the perspective of realizing that not only is the Devil “real”, but has been so intricately involved in interfering with the affairs of mankind since the beginning, I found myself looking at the Bible itself in a whole different way. It became more “alive” in a sense, more “life and death”, the description of a cosmic battle for the eternal destinies of the souls of men and women… Suddenly, the Bible was anything but a dry, boring book on Theology, but the most mind-blowing and fantastic account of the history of everything disneydevil2I had ever heard. Truly, I suddenly found myself realizing that when one takes the Bible totally at face value, the Truth is most definitely stranger than any piece of human fiction…. 😉

You hear all kinds of knee-jerk responses to the idea of “Conspiracy”. It’s the stuff of loons. Paranoid misfits. People who can’t deal with reality.

Interestingly enough, I have come to accept the reality that if one claims to believe in the reality of the Bible, then one is faced with the most massive “conspiracy” portrayal of all time. Jesus says of Satan, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44) Think about that statement… The father of all lies! From the beginning of human history, in the Garden of Eden, we see the serpent, infiltrating the perfect Creation and using deceit to lure Adam and Eve away from their intended place. After the Fall, God prophesies about the one who would crush the serpents head. From this account in Genesis, through to the end of scripture, where God reveals to the apostle John how the Beast will rise at the end of the Age, we see this “conspiracy” at work, the Rebellion, led by a fallen angel, pulling as many hearts away from the Redeemer as he can.

When speaking with Christians today on the topic of Satan, or the occult, or demonically-related things, the kind of response you so often hear is “Let’s not give the Devil more attention that he deserves”, or “God doesn’t want to fixate on so much negativity, I like to focus on the positive”, or better yet “We shouldn’t have an unhealthy interest in such things, it’s borderline idolatry”… (At least, these are all examples of stuff I’ve heard myself)
We have indeed “Disney-fied” the devil, to the point where he is little more than an generic yucky idea, a concept, a myth even. He might as well be the villain in a Disney cartoon, someone who is part of the “story”, but isn’t something we believe we’d ever have to personally face, and certainly not a literal being who has shaped the nature and formation of a “Christian” country like the United States!

For me, growing up in the church, my concept of the demonic realm, and spiritual warfare, basically consisted of the idea that if Satan/demons tumblr_m2a7ulcFAX1qjszcdo1_5001were to “engage” in influencing people, it more or less just consisted of them somehow hovering over person a making them feel “bad” or “negative” or maybe tempting them to sin. Sort of the “Frank Peretti school of the spiritual realm.” Now, I’m not saying there isn’t a large degree of validity ot that sort of thing (the “flaming arrows” of the Evil One), but just that this is where my concept of what was possible came to a stop. There was really no room to consider the possibility of things like “portals” and “gateways”, ley-lines and spiritual “power-grids” which encompass the globe, thumbantediluvian structures with demonic hybrid connections, or even the basic concept of angelic beings having DNA themselves. Like so many others, I would read passages referring to things like the “Prince of Persia” and go “Huh… Wonder what that’s all about”, and then move right along, having no framework through which to truly understand the idea of territorial angelic beings, i.e. “tribal gods”…

Anyhow, the point is that I have become ever so thoroughly convinced that we are not “elevating” Satan or giving him “undue attention” by speaking out about the reality of his rule over this fallen, temporal world.  One needs only to look at the teaching of Jesus Himself to see just how much the Messiah actually spoke about Satan, about hell, and about how this invisible reality is waging war against us all the time.  We cannot fight an enemy by pretending that he is some cartoonish figure, instead of the Father of all Lies.  The problem with those who object to calling out the Enemy for who he is, and what he is doing, is that they falsely assume that the danger is in making Satan out to be “too big”, rather than the danger being in actually making God too small….