Satan Doesn’t Want to Fill Hell

Here’s a brain twister for you:

Satan doesn’t care how many people go to Hell or Heaven. If he did, he would have opposed abortion since that filled Heaven with millions of innocent souls.

Satan cares about ruling: power and authority. He has won as long as he can disarm Christians through false doctrines that make them ineffective in society.

As an example, consider the pre-tribulation rapture theology.

Just like the Ten Virgins who believed they had all the anointing required to attend the wedding feast, many Christians believe all they need is the sealing Holy Spirit to keep them safe until the Rapture, all the while praying that the Lord comes soon.

Most preachers have wrongly taught that the blessing is attached to attending the wedding feast. However, the blessing is linked to being invited (Revelation 19:9): both the wise and the foolish virgins were invited, and both participated in that blessing. But the wise virgins understood that disregarding the power of the oil would get them into trouble.

Christians today spend their lives staying out of the way of Secular and worldly concerns, happy to be sealed for the Rapture, and praying that it happens soon. They eschew most things associated with Holy Spirit except that bit about the sealing.

They follow, practice, and elevate doctrine and good bible teaching churches above all else, rather than following and pursuing a living relationship with Jesus.

They look at the parable of The Talents and presume that preaching, teaching, and other noble gifts are the things God expects them to use and perfect, all the while not recognizing that the currency of Heaven is Faith.

They cannot discern between good and evil, even when it stares them in the face through mainstream media and lying government agencies. Essentially, they have become non-effective in doing the Master’s bidding of keeping the house safe when the thief arrives.

A day is soon coming wherein you must be able to discern between the Wolves in sheep’s clothing and those who are simply broken. The wolves have injected the Church with paralyzing and sterilizing doctrines However, it is the broken who hurt people by their actions.

You can restore the broken, but you must exile the Wolves and their false doctrines.

The Seal of the 144,000

What is the seal of the 144,000 in the Book of Revelations?

Someone asked, “please do a blog on the seal of the 144,000 in Revelation.” I said, “sure, I’d be happy to!” But, boy… did I stick my foot in my mouth.

I didn’t realize how out of sorts I would be trying to put pen to paper. I didn’t know it would take a month of Sundays to approach a plausible understanding of those 144,000 people. One can’t just look at the Seal of the 144,000 without falling down a giant rabbit hole.

My Disclaimer

I do not assert that I have approached a final say on this subject: I continue to have questions.

What’s a Seal?

There are two seals, or two marks, in John’s Revelation.

Seal of the Beast

There is too much to unpack regarding the Seal of the Beast – better known as the “Mark of the Beast” – but let’s set some ground rules.

The Beast isn’t just a person; it’s also a kingdom and governance.

After this, I looked in the night visions; and there before me was a fourth animal, dreadful, horrible, extremely strong, and with great iron teeth. It devoured, crushed and stamped its feet on what was left. It was different from all the animals that had gone before it, and it had ten horns. “While I was considering the horns, another horn sprang up among them, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. In this horn were eyes like human eyes and a mouth speaking arrogantly.

Daniel 7:7-8

The Seal or mark is not limited to some printable or injectable device used to enable approvals of commerce. Should that be the only thing we’re expecting to observe, then we will have missed the presence of the Beast when it and he arrives.

The Mark of the Beast reflects a generally accepted paradigm, a way of thinking and behaving: just like the compliance with vaccine mandates and control of commerce during the government-enforced lockdowns. Those who were on board with those actions reflect the attitudes of those who will take the Mark of the Beast.

The Seal of God

This other Seal seems a bit more mysterious: we’re usually not familiar with it elsewhere in scripture, and it seems to be applied to a mysterious group of 144,000 people.

This is a Seal of God, and it has this effect upon its recipients: it protects them from the judgments of God –

And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, holding the seal of the living God; and he called out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth, or the sea, or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.”

Revelation 7:1-2

The Purpose of Gods’ Seal

In other words, it is a seal of protection, just like the Ark sealed Noah and his family inside – protecting them from the judgment they were living through. It’s just like the lamb’s blood placed on the door posts, protecting those inside living through the night of death. So then, the Seal of God covers the 144,000 from the judgments described throughout the book of Revelation.

Who are the 144,000

So then, when reading about the 144,000 that are sealed, most people believe them to be a group of people being supernaturally selected (e.g., think along the lines of Calvinism) from the tribes of Israel for some purpose during the tribulation. This purpose is usually described as evangelism.

That was my assumption too. But then I discovered a problem: what followed after that.

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” … Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

Revelation 14

Actually, I had at least four issues.

Problem #1

First, 144,000 is not such a large assembly of people that we can’t fathom trying to count them. Nowadays, it’s a number far less than a couple of the largest college football stadiums. So they can’t be a group of people “that no one could number.

Problem #2

The ones coming out of the great tribulation are from “every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages.” Yet the 144,000 are specifically from the tribes of the sons of Israel.

Problem #3

In many traditions, the 144,000 are assumed to be Evangelists. But they must do so without the assistance of the Holy Spirit since He has presumably been taken out of the way – at least according to most popular doctrines (2 Thes. 2:7).

Since the people “coming out of the great tribulation” are at the throne of God, they must be those who are saved due to the evangelism of the 144,000 – right?

Problem #4

Nobody repents during the tribulation.

I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and the one who sat on it had the name Death, and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, and famine, and plague, and by the wild animals of the earth.

Revelation 6:8

The star is named Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the waters because they were made bitter.

Revelation 8:11

A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire, the smoke, and the brimstone which came out of their mouths

Revelation 9:18

So then, what is the result of the judgments? Do the people repent?

Revelation 9:20-21

The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Revelation 16:9

They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.

Revelation 16:10-11

{the} People gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.

Therefore, the job of the 144,000 cannot be evangelism because if it were, then we would see repentance and salvation during the tribulation. If we called them evangelists, then we might even suggest that the word of God comes back void during this period:

So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:11

But even if we assume that the Gospel is used for judgment …

The one who believes in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe has been judged already …”

…  a time is coming and even now has arrived, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

John 3:18-21; 5:22-25

… we still cannot excuse nor ignore that those people under the judgments described in Revelations “do not repent.” Therefore, the Gospel’s preaching is not required to enact God’s judgment during the tribulation.

Furthermore, the people who are sealed are protected against the judgment of God BEFORE those judgments are poured out – that much is clear. Therefore, those exposed to the judgments are not sealed; hence, they do not believe, seeing that they are “judged already.

This is another way of saying we can’t have our cake and eat it too. We can’t have those being judged also finding repentance since scripture says, “they did not repent and give him glory,” and yet have them sealed later on so that they don’t suffer under other judgments of God. So the 144,000 are sealed before the judgments are released: “Do not harm the earth, or the sea, or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.”

Next things …

We need to continue an investigation into the Seal. Specifically, is it spoken of elsewhere? And if so, to whom is it applied?

Looking at those things will indicate who the 144,000 represent, that perhaps they’re not a literal Ekklesia or Congregation of people but a representation of something else.

Woke-ism and the Beast

Is Woke-ism (aka Liberalism) the new One World Religion?

Try this on for size: Woke-ism is a religion.

A Religion for the End Times

Evangelicals have historically suggested Islamism in a cohort with Christianity would become the new world religion. Primarily because of Revelation 20:4 and Islam’s observable propensity to participate in such things.

But we KNOW the Beast is not just a person – it’s a Government, a way of thinking, acting, and living: the embodiment and practical outward expression of worship.

After this, I looked in the night visions; and there before me was a fourth animal, dreadful, horrible, extremely strong, and with great iron teeth. It devoured, crushed and stamped its feet on what was left. It was different from all the animals that had gone before it, and it had ten horns.

“While I was considering the horns, another horn sprang up among them, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. In this horn were eyes like human eyes and a mouth speaking arrogantly.

Remember that the Beast controls commerce: manufacturing, healthcare, food, and transportation (because without the mark, no one can buy or sell).

And also, remember that Social Credit scoring is becoming a thing. A predecessor to controlling buying and selling will be access to credit and banking based on socially acceptable norms. This is happening now: certain businesses are denied credit and banking services.

Finally, recall that Norway is tracking the purchases of all its citizens, a thing Biden’s handlers want to bring here.

A logical follow-on is the denial of the purchase of specific goods and services, not because of bad credit, but because the Government needs to control particular resources. Again, an approved way of thinking and living.

Enter Woke-ism, and its effect on Social Credit scores and, consequently, a Government mandated limit on buying and selling.

So then: do I have any takers? Shall Woke-ism be the new One World Religion? I think it might just be.

What is God directing His people to do right now?

We are entering a time and season, unlike anything we’ve seen before in this nation. I believe that crime, famine, riots, and increased government oppression are on the horizon. So what should we be doing, and how should we be prepared?

The Tree of Life: Testing Everything

Examine yourself – Not to see if you’re “in the faith” (saved) but to see if you’re eating from the Tree of Life (TOL), as opposed to eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (TKGE). We could call eating from the TOL “being in the faith” from a certain point of view.

The TKGE is used for assessing life through the soul. The mind, will, and emotions – but don’t forget logic and reasonings, as those come from the mind, too.  Eating from the TOL involves testing everything – and I mean EVERYTHING – before stepping into it. 

Would you like examples of learning how to get everything? I’ve got them.

  • Do you need to go to Wally World for supplies? Do you have a choice as to which one to visit? Test it.
  • Need groceries, and you have a choice of where to go? Test it.
  • Any other decision you need to make, then test it.

We must learn the “voice of the Lord” in the mundane to enable ourselves to discern the voice of the Lord in the critical things yet to come. Otherwise, we’ll miss the important stuff through confusion. Additionally, we may not always have the opportunity of peace and safety when testing the voice of the Lord.

Also, note that the “voice of the Lord” is not equivalent to the “word of God” (Psalm 103:20). They are related, but one is not the other. Ask me if you have questions about what I mean. Lastly, the Husband and Wife make a single unit – learn how to test things together.

I’ll provide another post soon to provide some simple steps we can perform to begin the journey of learning the voice of the Lord through testing everything.

Seeking God First

The next thing is tangential to the eating from the TOL: Seek God for His sake, but NOT to be approved. 

The best example I have of what I’m talking about is the nature of KJV-only-ism. The KJV-only doctrine’s core is that we “must read the right thing, to believe the right thing, to do the right thing so that we can be acceptable to God.”  

Bible worship is a real thing, and we learn Bible worship primarily through exposure: it is a thing we catch along the way. It is in the same vein as worshiping God the Father, Son, and Holy Bible. It places Holy Spirit as a random effect that shows up now and again but doesn’t have any real necessity other than sealing one in salvation.

1 Chronicles 22:19 – Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God;

Psalm 14:2 – The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.

Isaiah 55:6-7 – Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near.

Amos 5:4-6 – For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel, “Seek Me that you may live.”

Sins & Repentance

Live in repentance. Only two of the seven churches of Revelations were approved; the others were rebuked and (presumably) had their lampstands removed. Those five churches were like the olive tree that Jesus withered because it was not producing fruit out of season.

Don’t confess sins you’re unaware of committing. If you don’t know that you did it, don’t bring it to the Courts of God in sorrow and repentance.

Don’t confess the same thing twice unless you do the same thing twice. Doing so indicates a lake of belief and trust (faith) that God has forgiven.

Prayer – Don’t Beg God

Not too much to say here, but we must learn to stop begging God.

Almost every prayer we hear from the pulpit is man’s idea and is usually tantamount to begging God.

Learning His voice means we learn how to act like the Kings and Priests He has made us be: we make declarations for things to be done, and we make decrees to alter the environment within the realms we’ve been given authority.

Why Adherents of the Apostolic Age and Cessationism are Wrong

The apostolic period extends from the day of Pentecost to the death of St. John, and covers about seventy years, from 30 A.D. to 100 A.D. The field of action is Palestine, and gradually extends over Syria, Asia Minor, Greece and Italy. The most prominent centers are Jerusalem, Antioch and Rome, which represent respectively the mother churches of Jewish, Gentile and united catholic Christianity.

https://gracenotes.info/documents/topics_doc/apostolicage.pdf

The first problem is the suggestion that there was an apostolic age that began and then ended. But given that we can, with well-indoctrinated cognitive dissonance, suggest this Scripture is both the word of God and is not, it doesn’t surprise me one bit that some have defined an apostolic age:

"... And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, and various kinds of tongues."

In other words, Scripture clearly says one thing, and Man says another. Therefore, one either adheres to cessationism or continuationism. There is no middle road.

What is the Word of God?

But to have this conversion, we must define what is the word of God? Is the Bible the word of God, or does it contain the word of God?

I’ll answer that question with another question: was King David’s rape of Bathsheba and the murder of her husband God’s idea, or was it David’s? Let’s assume it was David’s idea, but not God’s. That makes David’s actions, not the word of God – not God’s idea.

So then, we’re left with suggesting how the story is told, and the fact that the story is in the Bible is God’s idea – making it the word of God because it’s His STORY, but not His IDEA. Hence, the Bible both contains the Word of God and is the Word of God.

If we bring that logic forward, we’re left with this question: at what point did parts of Acts, 1 Corinthians, and Ephesians stop being “God’s IDEA” (aka, His WORD) and become just His STORY that He wanted to tell to make some here-to-now unknown point? And which other parts of the New Testament are just His “story bits” that we should now ignore, presuming them to not be God’s idea?

Finally, who is in charge of discerning and promulgating what should be sliced and diced out as authoritative?

Milktoast Christianity

Do you want to know what’s wrong with America and the world at large?

I’ll tell you.

Very early in the church, from its foundation, we were taught how to “preach the gospel,” how to “save souls,” but never did we learn how to disciple nations (Matt. 28:19-20). From the beginning, His people were to be a kingdom of priests (Ex. 19:5-6), but they were afraid and changed the contract: “Speak to us yourself, and we will listen, but do not have God speak to us, or we will die!” (Ex. 20:19).

What do you think He meant when He said, “the government will be on His shoulders” (Isa. 9:6)? Did you think Jesus was going to come down to earth and run things from day one, or did you think God wanted us to go to hell in a handbasket until the 1,000-year reign of Messiah?

No, neither.

We are the body, He is the head, and the government was designed to rest on His shoulders. But mistakes were made, and consequently – at the end of this age – we have a global society filled with milktoast Christians who are comfortable tolerating things worse than a bogus POTUS and Watergate-esque corruption.

Many of this generation’s Christians shall pass in their tribulation: we are likened to the Israelites that crossed the red sea, to those who would not enter, who would instead take orders from a preacher than enter into a real relationship with their King.

You need to decide this: will you be a complainer and a sitter, or will you be a Joshua or a Caleb in the days to come? Are you willing to choose something new?

But what is God’s answer to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not knelt down to Ba‘al.” It’s the same way in the present age: there is a remnant, chosen by grace. 

Romans 11:4-5

Seeking first the Kingdom of God – Part II

But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  

(Matthew 6:33)

What is the Kingdom of God?

the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, shalom and joy in the Ruach HaKodesh. 

(Romans 14:17 CJB)
the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit 

(NASB)

I once heard someone say that the Kingdom of God is the Holy Spirit. That is a simplistic view; it is not entirely incorrect, neither is it entirely correct. It is better to focus on righteousness, peace, and joy, and work backward from there.

Recall that everything we do can be manufactured from any spirit we choose to align ourselves from. We can choose happiness in a legalistic spirit or joy in a religious spirit. We can find joy in evil:

Don’t let those who are wrongfully my enemies
gloat over me;
and those who hate me unprovoked —
don’t let them smirk at me. 

(Psalm 35:19)
For I said, “May they not rejoice over me,
Who, when my foot slips, would exalt themselves over me.”

(Pslam 38:16 NASB)

Thus, our fruit, the expression of Holy Spirit – the qualities of the Kingdom – must be grown from our relationship with Holy Spirit:

Beware of the false prophets! They come to you wearing sheep’s clothing, but underneath they are hungry wolves!  You will recognize them by their fruit. Can people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?  Likewise, every healthy tree produces good fruit, but a poor tree produces bad fruit.  A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, or a poor tree good fruit. 19 Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire!

So you will recognize them by their fruit.  (Matthew 7:15-20)

Remember: trees do not labor nor choose to produce fruit at will. Fruit is a natural by-product of WHAT they ARE. Such is the fruit of the spirit:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, self control. Nothing in the Torah stands against such things.

(Galations 5:22-23 CJB)

“… So you will recognize them by their fruit.”

What is Righteousness?

There’s no good, succinct way to explain righteousness as a concept, so I’ll refer you to this scripture and allow you to infer the implied qualities:

It will be righteousness for us if we are careful to obey all these mitzvot before Adonai our God, just as he ordered us to do.

(Dueteronomy 6:25 CJB)
and it will be righteousness for us if we are careful to follow all this commandment before the Lord our God, just as He commanded us.

(NASB)

What is His Righteousness?

Jesus the Christ is God’s righteousness:

It is his doing that you are united with the Messiah Yeshua. He has become wisdom for us from God, and righteousness and holiness and redemption as well! Therefore — as the Tanakh says — “Let anyone who wants to boast, boast about Adonai."

(1 Corinthians 1:30 CJB)
When those days come, at that time,
I will cause to spring up for David
a Branch of Righteousness.
He will do what is just and right in the land.

(Jeremiah 33:15 CJB)

And the Kingdom of God is?

The Kingdom of God consists of these qualities:

  1. Seeking after Jesus and His righteousness
  2. Living by the spirit, so that the fruit of the spirit is naturally produced in your life.

Seek first the Kingdom of God

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.” It’s an interesting turn of phrases when we understand that the Kingdom of God is “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Righteousness is a derivative: think of it as a verb or action word that can only be derived from the necessary quality of Holiness. Holiness is a state of being, a noun, and it means to be separate from the unclean. Hence, we are called to be holy: “but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior.”

An important distinction between the two is that any person can perform righteous acts – doing the right thing or being holy in behavior – but nobody can be made holy outside the new life imputed by God.

Seeking first the kingdom means that we seek those righteous behaviors, which consequently are followed first by peace, then joy.

But seeking “His righteousness” means to seek after that righteousness that can only be found in Jesus. Hence, we can seek “righteousness, peace, joy, and His righteousness” knowing that they are all distinct threads woven together making the tapestry of His kingdom.

The Stigmata of the Mark of the Beast

How many times can I say, “I told you so”? Perhaps at least once more.

In a few previous posts, I explained how the Mark of the Beast is not as simple as a simple “mark” or “stigmata” on one’s hand or forehead. Instead, the Mark of the Beast is first concerned with what might be described as Statolatry.

In his 1944 work Omnipotent Government, Ludwig von Mises defined Statolatry as being literally the worship of the State and analogous to idolatry.

Statolatry asserts the glorification and aggrandizement of ‘State’ or ‘Nation’ is the object of all legitimate human aspiration at the expense of all else, including personal welfare and independent thought. Thus, Statolarty can be observed to exceed simple patriotism, and it might best be described as super-patriotism or chauvinism.

People who worship their political party or State put their faith in an idea – or philosophy – that adherence to a given system of beliefs will solve society’s ills. When we do such a thing, when we trust the party’s philosophies or the State to care for us and solve our problems, we are practicing Statolatry – we are worshiping The Beast.

Today, people worldwide have been gently coerced to bow to a shared philosophy promulgated by the State. That philosophy, more or less – depending on where one makes an observation – classifies people as either clean or unclean. In many instances, unless proof of compliance is provided, certain goods and services are denied to those deemed unclean.

God’s Mark of the 144,000

Although I’m planning on covering this subject in more detail, I’ll suggest now that the mark God places on the 144,000 is directly tied to the mark described in the Torah. As such, it is a mark of worship: it is a mark of the submitted heart, mind, and soul to God:

You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.

Deuteronomy 11:18

These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart … You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

The Beasts’ Mark

COVID-19 Passport

Today, we see the implementation of the COVID-19 Passport as a prophetic harbinger to the future mark of the beast.

As such, it will come with identical but strictly enforced buying and selling requirements similar to that which we observe today:

  • It will be world wide.
  • It will be commonly accepted.
  • It will appear to be a reasonable guesture.
  • It will divide the clean from the unclean; the socially acceptable from the rejected
  • It will be used to enforce compliance for buying an selling

Making it Convenient

Today, we have at least two technologies actively suggested as a mechanism to make vaccine passport information quickly and readily accessible.

But let’s rephrase that:

We're no longer in the territory of theory or hypothesis regarding a method used to tag people with information that can be used to enforce their ability to interact with society (e.g., buying and selling). 

Instead of being theoretical, we have companies and scientists actively pursuing courses of action to convey vaccine information that marks people as compliant or non-compliant.  Information that is intentionally being purposed for enforcing the interactions permitted to the receipient of the vaccine.

… {A} lack of standardized immunization recordkeeping makes it challenging to track vaccine coverage across the world. McHugh et al. developed dissolvable microneedles that deliver patterns of near-infrared light-emitting microparticles to the skin. Particle patterns are invisible to the eye but can be imaged using modified smartphones. By codelivering a vaccine, the pattern of particles in the skin could serve as an on-person vaccination record

https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/scitranslmed.aay7162

Thousands of people in Sweden get microchip implants for a new way of life –

Small implants were first used in 2015 in Sweden and since then people have become active in microchipping

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/2145896/thousands-people-sweden-get-microchip-implants-new-way-life

The Harbinger of the Beasts’ Stigmata Has Arrived