8 Again, the devil took Him(Jesus) up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world(man's systems) and their glory.
9 And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me."
Satan could legally offer the world to Jesus. It was his as Adam and Eve forfeited ownership and dominion over the planet when they broke the law of God. God's sovereignty no longer covered them and they were prey for the stronger being. Seeing man's fallen state, other angels following Satan's example took advantage of mankind also. Although a totally different species, these angels fathered children with the daughters of man. The resulting fruit of this union, were half angel, half man creatures that were evil, hard and cruel, giants in stature. Their natures and actions were unnatural, wicked, corrupt and lawless. When God sent the flood on the earth to punish man for their involvement with the angels, only Noah and seven others were preserved, but the evil offspring of the angels fled their bodies and continued life in the supernatural. God bound the evil spirits to earth as this was their origin so these supernatural beings way outnumber us and although unseen, are very much in our midst today. All of creation is affected by them one way or another.
Understanding these spirits exist and the nature of them helps us to understand the evil events happening around the world. Stories of people randomly killing strangers in mass murders grace the headlines of our newspapers. Children killing parents, parents killing children, children killing schoolmates are demonstrations of how an evil spirit can cause its human to carry out Satan's plan to rid the earth of the human species. Many times the killer takes his own life as well! The evil spirit or spirits that caused this atrocity simply look for another human to live through, leaving a trail of death behind.
Unfortunately as surely as man interacted with the fallen angels before the flood, they are deliberately interacting today with their offspring. Who do we think we are seeking counsel from when we seek wisdom from a fortune teller or psychic? Ouija boards, tarot cards, séances etc. are all a part of the dark side of the supernatural. There are actually so called intelligent people that knowingly seek direction from spirit guides! These evil ones may even choose to prosper them as Satan would have Jesus, but at what cost? Looking to an evil spirit for advice is the same exact thing Eve did. A huge mistake! We not only lost our intimate relationship with God, but ownership plus dominion of the earth. Our nature changed, we lost our immortality. Man became his own enemy starting with Cain, the firstborn of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother. Satan himself probably saw to that one. He would prefer the likes of Cain to populate the earth. God however gave Eve another son, Seth to add to the human family so one day He could reclaim a remnant of humanity that would once again be His. Through the line of Seth, Noah was born thus saving us from extinction! Through the bloodlines of Noah's son Shem, Abraham was born whose seed once more saves us from extinction. Through the bloodlines of Abraham's son Isaac Christ was born, and through Christ, we too become the seed of Abraham thus again saving us from extinction. We are therefore heirs of Abraham's covenant as well as the covenant of Christ! Now here is the great news, the earth was promised back to the seed of Abraham through the Abrahamic covenant and total restoration of all things as in the beginning through the covenant of Christ!
27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if you are Christ's, then you areAbraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Why are we not walking in these blessings then? Let's read down in chapter four verse one.
4 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he ismaster of all,
It's not enough to be born again in Christ, we must feed on the knowledge of God to mature and unitedly walk together in faith and power as His body.
Proof again is found inEphesians 4:13.
13 till we all come to the unity of the faithand of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
We must grow to the full stature of Christ, become flesh of His flesh and bone of His bone. Jesus is the Word of God, the knowledge of God who was given a body of flesh that man could see Him and follow His example. So as we become walking epistles of the end time message, the Word of God appears again to the planet. The message is the spiritual flesh that covers His body. As we separate from the world as individuals and become bound to Him and His Kingdom only, we also become the spiritual bones of His body. Every joint must move smoothly, be held together by the sinew of faith and love for the brethren which becomes a driving powerful force as we unitedly assemble and with one mind, one language, one focus, move in the same direction as directed by Christ. Then, as the prophetic word is spoken or sung within the body, the breath of God is exhaled and the body comes alive, at long last. the full stature of Christ. Now humanity really stands a chance. Christ is on the scene with a body to function in!
Through the eye of discernment, the unseen evil spirits behind all of mankind's failures, becomes obvious as Christ through His body teaches mankind their origin and exposes their evil plans to destroy us. The inner ear begins to hear and recognize the voice of the Lord through His Body and differentiates from the voice of the offspring of the angels that has been bending our ears for centuries. Jesus says, "I know My sheep and My sheep know My voice." The rotting, decaying, infectious smell of the world begins to enter the nostrils of their spirit man as they are made aware of the true architects that founded this world. They gladly separate from man's systems and their society founded on the morals of evil spirits. The Body of Christ will preach the end time message as it is revealed giving direction to those that call on the name of the Lord. It reaches out to those that do not know Him that they may receive salvation. Jesus as one bodysuit taught and the multitudes hungrily followed Him. He will do the same today through His Body.
Who are those that make up His Body? Those walking in the message released for yesterday are sure not it. Although it may have been truth that was needed for the past age of the church much more has been recently released and they are far behind where the Lord is instructing us to be today. He has a plan for restoration and to be a part of it we must be willing to eat fresh manna and allow the adjustments in our lives that truth will bring about to remain a part of His Body. Those walking according to false doctrines and the traditions of man are obviously not a part of His Body either. The evil ones would try to convince us "everyone that knows the Lord is a part of His Body", but not so. He is Jehovah Rohe, the great shepherd through His Body and there are the sheep that follow. His Body consists of office holders as His head, His government, through whom comes direction for the establishing of His Kingdom and protection of the sheep. He also physically functions in all areas of life through the rest of His body members to set the example for others to follow. They too are set aside from the world however. They, like the head, do their best to walk in faith and love, united in purpose, not allowing the enemy in through petty arguments or echoing the voice of the accuser of the brethren and above all they walk in repentance where they fail. His Body is the house or tabernacle of David, the greater David that is, Jesus. Isaiah prophesied:
6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder(the head). And His name will be calledWonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this(through His body).
29 "Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,
We know Jesus did not claim the throne the first time, but this time He will govern through His Body.
Acts 15:16-18was written after Jesus ascended to the Father.
16 'AfterthisI will return(a second time) and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up;
17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord(to lead the way), even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does all these things.'
18 "Known to God from eternity are all His works(God's plan).
God has a plan to restore us. The adversary, along with the evil spirits that do his bidding, have tried their best to deter it in every way. But the knowledge of God is being spread across the earth to illuminate God's people in fulfillment of Isaiah 11:7-9.
7 The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's den(Restoration of all creation).
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain(Zion, spiritual home of the greater David), for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
The mountain Isaiah speaks of is the spiritual Mt. Zion where the house of David, the head of the Body of Christ dwells, while the body members make their home in New Jerusalem. The mountain is the complete opposite of the exceedingly high mountain Satan took Jesus to, showing Him all the kingdoms of the world, the city is the direct opposite of Babylon. Satan's mountain and city is governed by the evil powers and principalities found in Ephesians 6:12.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but againstprincipalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
This evil mountain is built from black living stones etched by evil spirits. Many of these black stones were called of God, but not chosen for they were unfaithful. The mountain is exceedingly high, remember the scripture we opened this blast with? The city, Babylon is made of complacent stones, ones satisfied with moldy bread and yesterday's message. Pew sitters, ones that hope to pay their way to Paradise through tithes and gifts, grace her huge edifices as well as her little "give me that old time religion" groups. She harbors also the world's secret religions that back her secret societies. In fact, in her are all the world's religions and the world belongs to Satan.
God's mountain, that houses the tabernacle of David, is formed of living stones also, but these stones are etched by God not man or evil spirits and directed by the Holy Spirit not Satan. The same is true of His city, New Jerusalem.
I Peter 2:5
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrificesacceptable to Godthrough Jesus Christ.
Let us close by reading verse 9 of Isaiah 11 one more time to see again the victory along with Revelation 18:21.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
The black mountain loses!
21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore.
Satan's city is defeated also! The giants behind it all lose!
Through His body, His mountain and His city, God will bring the victory already accomplished through His death and resurrection in the supernatural, to the earth defeating the giants in the land.