The term "Prison Planet" is getting a lot of play these days, everyone from Alex Jones and his brand to the blinded new-age folks behind the Satanic propaganda piece "Zeitgeist" liberally throw the term around in an effort to demonstrate that we are all being held captive on this planet with forces beyond our control serving as our prison guards, and warden. The internet is full of web sites pointing out the gross violations of civil liberties in this country and around the world. People are screaming from the mountain tops that the police state is coming, our freedoms are gone, the system is broken, our economy is beyond repair, the FDA is in bed with big pharma, fluoride is bad, the bankers stole all of our money, the UFO's are coming, and on and on they go.
These are all valid observations, and while they do a great job of explaining the superficial nature of what is transpiring around us, they fall far short when it comes to telling us why all of these horrific things are happening around us and to us. Many guesses are made, ideas put forth, and conspiracy theories hyped from a seemingly endless number of perspectives, however, just about all of them either fall short or are simply outright wrong. Quite a few explanations stop at the corrupt nature of men engaging in shadowy activities aimed at exploiting all of mankind, some explanations go as far as mentioning various secret societies existing within a secret cabal of Satan worshiping men and women known as the Illuminati who are responsible for pulling the strings on the world's puppet stage.
Once again, these observations are absolutely valid and accurate, however, they simply fall far short of adequately expressing the true nature of what is currently taking place and that which is about to take place. The specific intent of this post is to examine the explanation put forth by the Babylonian Church, and then expose that horrifically inadequate explanation by shining the light of Truth on the matter.
Like the vast majority of Babylon Church goers I was subjected to the teaching that Satan was one of God's most prized servants and then one day to the absolute shock, surprise, and horror of God he rebelled and started doing very bad things, and thus became God's arch nemesis. Although Satan did indeed rebel and begin to do very bad things, the teaching that he surprised God and became His arch nemesis is absolutely incorrect. The heads of house leading the Babylonian Church also taught me that God is absolutely Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent as well as absolutely Sovereign, which is quite true. At the time all of this seemed like a reasonable explanation and set of teachings to me as I had not yet come to realize that massive disconnect existing within this pedagogical framework.
During Bob's visit to Pittsburgh last summer a great number of truly miraculous events took place. During his first morning here we began looking at some various things that he had written in Beyond The Veil with a main focus on 1 Thessalonians 5, knowing the time, etc. After nearly three hours of going through that material and searching out the matter a rather extraordinary thing happened as the Lord granted me insight into the true nature of the dynamic that exists between Him and Satan, which ultimately granted the prized insight into the true meaning of life.
If that last sentence caught you off-guard, don't worry as it was rather overwhelming and intense for me when it happened. You may think that I am completely off my rocker, out to lunch, have lost the plot, or any other colorful descriptive phrase to insinuate that I am completely insane. However, if you bear with me I can explain that which needs to be known by a few, but will be rejected by most.
In order to deal with the problem of Satan and the radical evil which he perpetuates, we must first arrive at a correct understanding of Satan's origin. I do believe that some people erroneously believe that Satan has simply always existed, and lose sight of the fact that Satan is a created being that was created by God the Father through His son Jesus Christ, Y'shua HaMashiach.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. ~ John 1:1-3
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. ~ Colossians 1:15-20
11“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; forYou created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” ~ Revelation 4:11
I believe it is rather plain to see that these scriptures attest to the fact that all things were created through Jesus Christ, Y'shua HaMashiach, and it was for Him which all things were created. I do believe it is also rather evident that the word "all" includes Satan into the category of things which were created by Jesus for Jesus according to His will, right? Right.
If we are willing to be radical and take the Bible at face value and simply believe what it says, then we are left with a rather large disconnect found within the teaching of the Babylonian Church concerning the nature of the dynamic between God the Father, Jesus Christ, and Satan. Let's see if we can work this out and see this through to the Biblical conclusion. So far we know that Satan, and everything else for that matter, was created by God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. We also know that God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ are all-knowing and sovereign. It is within this set of truths most people break down and simply stop, but let's continue on!
8 “ Remember this, and be assured; Recall it to mind, you transgressors. 9 “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying,‘ My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’; ~ Isaiah 46:8-10
If we believe that God is truly all-knowing and sovereign, and we also believe He created Satan we must also conclude that God KNEW what Satan was going to do as it was God who created Him in the first place, right? Right!
We know how evil Satan is and how much pain, suffering, death, and destruction he has brought upon the world and how much more pain, suffering, death, and destruction lies ahead. With all of that in mind, the real question now becomes what was God's purpose for doing this? Why would a God who dwells in unapproachable Light and Who is Love and Holiness choose to create a being whose sole purpose would be to steal, kill, and destroy?
The simple answer: Life is a Love Test!
Life here on "Prison Planet Earth" exists with the confines of three-dimensional space-time. Change cannot occur in the absence of time, and time cannot exist outside of space. The current space-time construct is necessary as it enables the ability for choices to be made, changes to occur, and the Lord's plan to come to fruition. It is important to realize that time itself is a servant construct that is appointed a specific purpose as well as an appointed beginning and end. At some point in the future time will indeed come to an end as the Lord fulfills His ultimate plan of The Restoration of All Things as referenced in Acts 3:21, but that is a bit beyond the scope of our present discussion.
The entire purpose of this existence is a test to establish the eternal hierarchy by determining who loves God, and how much they love God. At this point you may be wondering how one exhibits their love for God. I am glad you asked!
21 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) *said to Him, “Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “ If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me. ~ John 14:21-24
How does one show their love of God? In one word, Obedience. Many will be tempted to dismiss obedience and rely upon all that they have done for God in the name of God. Many will point to their tithing, their work with the poor, healings they have performed, prophecies they have given, and miracles they may have performed as evidence of their love of God and of their good standing with the Lord. For those who may find that route appealing, please allow me to present the following Word from my Lord Jesus Christ:
21 “ Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ ~ Matthew 7:21-23
If upon reading that you are not struck with the fear of God, may I suggest that you stop and take a true and accurate assessment of where you are in your walk?
So what does Satan have to do with obedience to God? Without options, choices, and decisions to make between that which is holy and commanded by God and that which is offered by Satan and his worldly kingdom how could any test be conducted? Satan and his minions are here to provide a valuable service to the Lord by being the instrument which is used to test, try, and refine His people! The most commonly referenced example of this dynamic is the story of Job. Another excellent example of this dynamic on an individual scale is what happened to Simon Peter when Jesus spoke to him and said:
31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; 32 but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” ~ Luke 22:31-32
Satan is a tool. The host of hell, agents of Satan, and those of the genetic lineage of the serpent are all tools as well. Literally, and however else you would like to take that statement. Satan is not God's arch-nemesis regardless of how much the heads of house leadership at your local Babylonian institution of Churchianity tells you he is.
L.A. Marzulli is touring the country promoting his newest book that describes the relationship between the Sovereign God of the Universe and Satan as two entities engaged in a cosmic game of chess featuring a move-countermove dynamic. I will give L.A. credit for describing the situation in a way that makes sense to a lot of folks, but I must point out that his observation of a move-countermove dynamic is only valid on a superficial level, and a superficial level is not nearly good enough for those striving for Bride contention.
A more mature perspective illustrates the sovereignty of God and Satan as His agent subjected to God's sovereignty. Once again I refer to the Book of Job which provides an excellent example of Satan needing God's permission to come against Job and even then only within the strict parameters established by God.
The mature perspective is not that of God engaged in a game of chess against Satan, but that of God moving Satan like a chess piece across the chessboard of reality to fulfill His will. We must come to realize that the sovereignty of God trumps all. Period. When we firmly grasp the fact that God is truly sovereign, then we are able to grasp that there can be no legitimate challenge to that sovereignty.
A natural argument would be to cry out as to how unfair it is that God would create a being strictly to cause misery and do harm to others. If that thought is crossing your mind, I offer the following:
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour. ~ Romans 9:20-21
As we just read in Romans 9 it is the Lord's good pleasure to create who He creates for whatever purpose He deems appropriate according to His will and good pleasure. Keep in mind, there is indeed a plan for The Resoration of All Things. With that in mind, let's continue on.
At the time of this writing we are only one moon cycle away from the transition into the final Shemittah cycle that marks the beginning of the final seven years of the age! With that in mind, all that I have presented thus far takes on an even greater import as the hour is getting late and soon we will be faced with tests, trials, tribulations, and suffering that is impossible to fathom.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; ~ 2 Corinthians 4: 17
10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you ~ 1 Peter 5:10
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. ~ Romans 8:18
With the "fire season" rapidly approaching, it is important to understand how "the love test" dynamic fits into the big picture of what is about to transpire with the revealing of The Lawless one on the 13th day of the first biblical month in 2015 and everything that comes before and immediately after. As Bob has eloquently presented in his The Testimony of Gethsemane - Part 3 (Your Final Exam) many of us will be faced with the "final exam" of "the love test" that comes in form of being willing to lay down our lives out of love for the Lord. All of the struggles, trials, tribulations, tests, and suffering that we have endured thus far have been part of the necessary preparation of the "frying pan season" that is soon to give way to the intense suffering and refinement of the "fire season".
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds. ~ Matthew 16:24-27
The Lord is overseeing and carrying out the necessary work to ensure that He has a Bride purified, refined, and ready for His arrival. She will be without spot or wrinkle, and it is the ongoing process of refinement, and subsequent separation from the profane, that will ensure her readiness to receive Her Bridegroom. If you find yourself thinking that the entire church is The Bride and are unsure of the dynamic of which I speak, you have a lot of catching up to do.
Satan and his work through the Lawless One will create an intense, refining fire that will purify the Lord's people.
3 “ Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. 2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. 3 He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness. ~ Malachi 3:1-3
The Bride will be the people who comprise the barley crop, which is the sacrificial crop that is mowed under to ensure a more fertile field for the wheat folks who will be following in short order after a stint in the Great Tribulation to wash their robes and ready themselves to receive their King.
7 Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is near, For the Lord has prepared a sacrifice, He has consecrated His guests. 8 “Then it will come about on the day of the Lord’s sacrifice That I will punish the princes, the king’s sons And all who clothe themselves with foreign garments. ~ Zephaniah 1:7-8
I have presented the truth of the matter the way the Lord revealed it to me, and I believe that some of you will accept what has been presented. The Lord is so good, and regardless of how chaotic, how difficult, how painful, how sorrowful, or how seemingly impossible times may appear to be I exhort you to stand firm in the Lord and know that He has a plan and He has EVERYTHING under control! The Lord has a truly AWESOME plan and it is working, and will work!
33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? 35 Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? 36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. ~ Romans 11:33-36
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