The preface below is my private talk with Yeshua/Jesus.
Oh, Father. Thank you for a wonderful time of praying (speaking) with you. I want to get this down, here, if I can:
In my prayer this morning…the shades over my mind snapped up so the light of your Word was emblazoned in my heart; you warn us repeatedly, with examples we toss around as ‘bible history.’
I’ll paint the picture. You, the only God, Elohim, who said your name was ‘I am’ and ‘Yehovah’, created the universe, this earth and all that is in it. You created angels, your messengers, to communicate, give direction and do your bidding on this earth. Jesus says in Luke 10:18 that he saw Satan fall like lightening. Genesis tells us that your creation of earthly beings were created in your image; Adam and Eve, and you placed them in a perfect place with only 1 rule that is forever recorded in the Word. It’s so familiar; I’m taking the liberty of paraphrasing:
Do not eat of this one tree. It will bring death and mortality and other things you cannot imagine or conceive, as you’ve never experienced or understood these things. You must show me that you believe me, trust me, obey me and stand on these truths in faith, without wavering, and it will be well with you…
Backstory. Yeshua saw Satan fall like lightening from the sky… The word tells the story of Lucifer. He was perfect in beauty; he was the crown of the angelic community. And he wanted to be like God, he wanted to help God, he wanted to BE god….
You say we must worship You only. Period. Satan was thrown down and in his rage at this offense, in his arrogance, he continues to morph into the absolute antithesis of goodness, purity, righteousness and light. He is the prince of evil, lord of arrogance and most skillful deceiver this universe has ever known.
He works in stealth. He works in wheedling, chumming up, lie upon lie, deception upon deception to destroy everything he can that is from God, those in His image, those that He created, and all that He rules over. He wants to destroy God and in his maniacal madness he uses every ancient and current methodology he has found successful to do just that: He steals kills and destroys the earth and the heavens. He destroys our faith. He destroys our trust in God/Yehovah and he destroys our belief in Him and His written, eternal, living Word, written for our source of absolute truth and living through Christ, via the Holy Spirit in those of us who believe him, trust him and have faith in him.
And here is the evil kicker. Satan knows all this. And he rages against God and he destroys us and throws it in Gods face. And we as people have eaten all the apples he puts before us, some to eternal death, some to a lifetime of difficulty and questioning and a few clinging to Him for the faith to believe and understand this one truth: Yeshua/Jesus died for us on the cross and we are no match for His enemy and ours, satan and his minions. Father, help me to write clearly what I learned in my prayer time…The power is in the prayer, not me teaching about what I learned in the prayer ie., helping YOU to help people. Ach, Father. Let me type the prayer, please. Amen and amen…
11/30/17. (Rats. I think I’ve forgotten it, or I need to settle down and let it rise up)
Deception: The Destroyer of Faith
In the Disney movie, Snow White, there is that awful scene where the evil queen, disguised as an old hag, offers her a beautiful, shiny, red apple…
This is Satan’s most well-known methodology. He croons over the luscious, forbidden fruit hanging on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the fruit God said would bring death. Satan simply asks Eve if God really said, and the deception was in swift motion.
What does that mean to me? To be made like You. You are powerful. All-knowing. Eternal. Supreme. Untouchable, unmatchable.
Adam & Eve did not know – until they disobeyed God – anything but perfection. Everything in Eden was perfection, without weeds & thorns, without any evil – truly, heaven on earth. This bears fleshing out. No striving, no misunderstanding, no competition. And stop for a minute to find those precious jewels of memory in every area of your life – the perfect moments; and when you put them all together we get the smallest glimpse of what they had.
Absolute perfection and they were innocent and pure. Their bodies were perfect; no bad hair days, no blemishes, no wrinkles, perfect teeth, perfect hearing, perfect sight, no allergies, no aches and pains, no boss, no mortgage, no traffic, no cars, no tit-for-tat, obligations and expected appropriate behavior, actions or thoughts. No judgement, no abuse, no swearing, no vulgar comments, no put-downs, no shocking crudeness, no meanness, no cruelty, no dominating, no terrifying, no manipulating, no ‘grooming’, no pornography, no wicked thoughts, no power struggles, no other nations warring, no war, not strife, no murder, no torture, no fear. No natural disasters, no earthquakes, no floods, no tornados, no hurricanes, no car accidents, no train wrecks, no plane crashes, no sunken ships, no bombs, no grenades, no mines, no nuclear threats, no nuclear reactor meltdowns, no garbage, no smog, no terrifying weather, no salmonella, no botulism, no MRSA, no measles, no malaria, no pneumonia, no CANCER, no heart disease, no brain malfunctions, no mean kids, no bondage, no prison, no confinement, no wild animals, no venomous creatures, no bullies, no arrogance, no put downs, no one-upping, no unattainable goals, no liars, no cheaters, no deceivers, no tricksters, no con artists, no deformities, no blindness, no deafness, no fear. No weakness, no exhaustion, no dread, no failing eyesight, no glasses, no hearing aids, no crutches, no canes, no wheelchairs, no starvation, no bulimia, no addictions, no secrets, no shame, no confusion, no mistrust, no trampling, no rage, no tempers no fists, no restraints, no shame. No grime, no illness, no killing virus, no killing bacteria, no plague, no ferocity, no lying, no death. No disease. No fading, no wearing out, no running down, no end. No toothaches, no false teeth, no getting old, no tiredness, no foggy thinking, no bowel troubles, no stomach troubles, no disease. No sickness. No money. No need. No lack. No pining, no whining, no wheedling, no complaining, no gossip, no whispering, no judging. No demands, no commands, no government, no countries, no military, no garbage trucks, no sewage, no air pollution, no water pollution, no draught. No tension. No devils, no demons, no occult, no drugs. No mental numbness, no guardedness:
What they had was no knowledge of evil. They had perfection.
They knew God. They lived with Him. They loved each other and God. And God gave them everything and only ONE restriction. Only one.
Adam and Eve never knew, or imagined the evil we live with, in our day to day lives. We are numb to the truth that evil is the environment of our world and lives. We push back the creeping edges when they get too close – when we can – but we always live with a guarded tension for our very existence, whether we are aware of it, or not.
Because they only knew perfection, how would they be able to discern good from evil or evil from good? They had no concept, no way to even contemplate this. They had no experience with deceit, with malice, with trickery, with joking, with teasing. Nothing. They were innocent. So how would they know to beware a betrayer; a conspirator, an evil, sly, wicked one, showing up in their garden, their yard, and suggesting that God was holding back from them? They couldn’t.
And God, being God, who alone can handle the enormous, big picture, chose not to share the war in heaven and Lucifer’s fall, because he had
a better, simpler plan to keep them safe. He asked them to believe Him. To trust Him. To obey Him. Not in those words, but as loving and simple as possible – a loving parent command: do not eat that or your world will be turned upside down. Believe me. Trust me. Obey me.
So that is the background for where I am going.
Yeshua/Jesus states in Mathew 24:4 a command, a prophecy. From the very lips of God the Son: Do not be deceived. Notice the simple, clear commands: do not eat from this tree, do not be deceived. Implying truths we are shockingly flippant about: “Yeah, yeah, I won’t! I read my bible, I study, I pray. I’m good, LORD. Thanks for the heads-up.”
Not even considering the possibility that we live in a world that is full of depravity, and has been from the start of humanity. We are immersed in evil and our faith and love for Him seem like that’s all we need to navigate our lives here. As if we, at our best, are any match for the destroyer of everything. We who are the flip side of Adam & Eve in perfection. We who navigate our entire existence through the muck and slime of deception and are so busy with the effort, we don’t even recognize that our entire world is truly a mirror reflected dimly of eternal death & depravity. And about now, I’m rearing back, thinking: but look how beautiful nature is, and how awe inducing is the sight and sound and feel of a tiny, helpless baby placed in my arms. Moments, glimpses, really, of the envisioned life, the beautiful, perfect, pure life we were intended to live. A rambling secondary thought: look how stubborn the chosen people were, that God rescued through Moses at the Red Sea. God held sea waters back for, I’m guessing, a million or so Israelites, to walk, not drive, through the Red Sea and out into the journey to the Promised Land. They barely had the sand out of their sandals and already they were complaining! We think we are any different? That if we walked through the Red Sea, by Gods’ grace, we would never doubt or saunter through life like we are untouchable. That kind of thinking is easily deceived. Depressing, isn’t it? Frightening, actually.
If they, who knew only perfection and walked with God in the cool of the garden – if they could be deceived – don’t kid yourself, we have been, too.
I have clung to Mathew 24:4 as a very serious warning for years, but recently in an intense time of prayer and communion with Him, this crystallized into terrifying reality: I am capable of being deceived. This is really hard to swallow. But I know if from my gut. We all are and in shocking ways, we will someday see the effects of minor to massive deception in our personal lives, which also twines with our families, our churches, our friends, our work and our ministries.
This reality hits hard because I believe the Word; both the written, living Word and the resurrected Yeshua. So, the depth of His simple, but clear statement, “do not be deceived” a statement I’ve known has deep consequences, finally clicked. We live in what appears to genuinely be the last days. It seems the upkick of deception has been going on, is now increasing in intensity and will continue every day we draw breath. We are in a spiritual battle of such magnitude, such finesse, such stealth, such perfection that Satan was able to con 1/3 of the angels who saw God face to face. That is shocking. How many times have we all read all these verses and not comprehended the absolute perfect EVIL that Satan is? He wanted to supplant God. He hates God. He hates Israel, he hates Yeshua, he hates believers, and he hates unbelievers. His total existence is one of churning rage, evil, violence, seduction, suggestion and on and on. He has had six thousand plus years to steal, kill and destroy and he never relents, never repents, never, never, never.
It seems that what I realized is that the magnitude of the spiritual realm is so vast, so complex and so beyond our mortal ability to grasp that I settled on a bit of ignorant complacency. What I mean is this: as Adam & Eve were innocent and clueless and unprepared for what happened to them, as the Hebrews/Israelites were unable to recognize their own Messiah – and few yet do – we are ill-prepared for what goes on in the spiritual world and we need to accept that this is true. We need, more than ever to put our focus on Yeshua – Jesus, and Yehovah, stay in the Word, live lives that are honoring to them and others and ourselves and never, ever, forget we have an enemy that makes Hitler look like a schoolboy in lederhosen, complete with a mom spit-combed side part.
We know Satan uses people, but if I’m honest, I rarely see past them and see who the artist behind the horrible behavior is.
I had a trusted friend deeply betray me, hurt me with vicious attacks and even though I recognized the she was a mere tool to come after me, I didn’t until months later, contemplate how powerful his tricks and deceit really are. I forgave her, immediately. And I learned that Jesus, in Mathew 24:4 was not issuing a warning like our mom’s did; “wear your coat or you’ll catch a cold!” He was warning us, commanding us, really, not to be deceived. So what am I doing to be obedient? I have made a huge shift in my personal life; I didn’t really even notice it until sometime later. This may be for a season or it may be permanent, I don’t know, but I don’t drink at all; and as much as I enjoy a great Cabernet, I just don’t want any. This isn’t me acting holy. It’s Him. I live alone in my wonderful, little motorhome. It is a sanctuary in the woods, a secluded place of rest, study, prayer and worship. I lean hard into this precious time I’m in now. I’m not suggesting anyone else should do this; it’s just a beautiful time in my life, which allows me to contemplate and get strong in my King. I eaked out time, when I had a husband, and cat and two kids. This is different and has a sense of urgency, for me. I can’t imagine why, but I think it will be clear in time. Simply put, I am to live in moral purity. And I am. I feel the clock is really ticking and I’ve been fortunate to see this and I believe, trust and obey my Rock, my Fortress, my Strong Tower, the Horn of my Salvation, my Messiah; Yeshua. Jesus, the Christ.
I’ve also learned not to cling to what I think or am told the Word says. Oh, I believe it and rely on it. But I also know there have been deceptions since the dawn of our planet and that I’ve been deceived and I need to cling to Him, study hard, and read daily (and I don’t mean a 5 minute devotional). Reading, praying, contemplating the scriptures I’m in and searching for truth.
Paraphrase of Daniel 10:12
“Set your mind to gain understanding and humble yourself before Yehovah God and your words will be heard.” Hallelujah.
Father, I think I understand, now, how all the unbelievable things Jesus told us will happen in the last days will happen. I understand and see why people destroy each other, families imploding and friendships shattering. It’s because we are no match, can’t compete (and must not) with Satan, the evil, fallen angel Lucifer. Belief is a wonderful gift, faith is our strength, and trusting God we must never, ever, stop doing and obeying what He warns us to do or not to do. It is urgently important.
Come quickly, Jesus.