Notification: Unjust Steward
This is the PDF on the unjust steward and Lazarus and Abraham in Luke 16. The problem with most interpreters is literalness and a neglect to contextualize or use intertextual methodology. The Unjust Steward
This is the PDF on the unjust steward and Lazarus and Abraham in Luke 16. The problem with most interpreters is literalness and a neglect to contextualize or use intertextual methodology. The Unjust Steward
I see so much online about Satan, fallen angels and the occult that I thought it was time we took a deeper look. The saying goes that the greatest trick the Devil ever played was convincing us that he did not exist. Well, he most certainly exists, and he is mentioned in the Bible. We know for example that Satan tempted Jesus – the question is not whether he exits (we use the title Satan and Devil here interchangeably even though they mean different things) but what he is. Well one thing we can say with utter certainty is that he is the enemy of mankind because that is what the word Satan means. It means enemy.
Satan is the Hebrew for enemy, but how can you defeat your enemy if you do not understand who or what he is? I post this video below because I think it is informative and gets you thinking (not because I think it is completely correct).
The video says that Jesus referred to Satan as the god of this world. That is not entirely true it was the apostle Paul, and he did not name Satan explicitly, but it is a fair assumption:
“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Cor 4v4).
Satan (actually Kosmokrator see fn.9) is also called the “prince of the power of the air” in Eph 2:2. He is the “ruler of this world” in John 12:31. However, the prince of this world would find “nothing in Jesus” (John 14:30). In the gospel of John, the reference may well be to worldly, human rulers. The rulers and princes in this case could be the authorities (High priest, Herod, Pilate etc) who put him on trial (1 Cor 2:5-8). The references to human rulers is less likely in Eph 2:2 but we note that “Satan’s” capabilities are limited to this world (the air not the heavens) Whoever he is, he has limited capabilities. He does not rule the universe and we find his subjects only on earth. Nowhere else. His domain is over unbelievers only (the children of disobedience). Believers are no longer under the rule of Satan (Col 1:13).
So then? Who is this Satan? Is he a rebellious angel that God kicked out of heaven? Non-Canonical Jewish literature such as the book of Enoch seems to suggest as much. The book of Enoch speculates on the fallen ones and relates it to the Nephilim in Genesis 6. Satan is even given the name Azazel (from Wikipedia):
In the Dead Sea Scrolls, the name Azazel occurs in the line 6 of 4Q203, The Book of Giants, which is a part of the Enochic literature found at Qumran. Despite the expectation of Brandt (1889) to date no evidence has surfaced of Azazel as a demon or god prior to the earliest Jewish sources among the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Book of Enoch brings Azazel into connection with the Biblical story of the fall of the angels, located on Mount Hermon, a gathering-place of demons of old.  Here, Azazel is one of the leaders of the rebellious Watchers in the time preceding the Flood; he taught men the art of warfare, of making swords, knives, shields, and coats of mail, and taught women the art of deception by ornamenting the body, dyeing the hair, and painting the face and the eyebrows, and also revealed to the people the secrets of witchcraft and corrupted their manners, leading them into wickedness and impurity until at last he was, at Yahweh's command, bound hand and foot by the archangel Raphael and chained to the rough and jagged rocks of [Ha] Dudael (= Beth Ḥadudo), where he is to abide in utter darkness until the great Day of Judgment, when he will be cast into the fire to be consumed forever. 
So, we see that fallen angel and rebellious angel is a late Judaic development a midrash on the Nephilim in Genesis 6.
The devil (or Satan) is portrayed as the “horned one” or the “hairy one” and often he is portrayed as a goat. Why is that? Well, he is portrayed as a goat because the Jewish priest laid his hands on the head of the scapegoat transferring the sins of the nation to the goat. The goat was then released in the wilderness (dry places) and left to roam. So, in fact, the goat – the two horned one – the hairy one – is the sinful Jewish nation. It is the scapegoat. It symbolized the nation being sent into exile (Babylon). The nation was banished from the land. Like Cain was banished from Eden. One goat sent away the other goat slaughtered. Cain sent away (under divine protection) Abel slaughtered. Barabbas (Son of the Father) released, and Jesus slaughtered. Do you understand now?
Why did God exile the nation? Well, he exiled them because he hopes to forgive them and restore them. He did not command the scapegoat to be killed but exiled. On the other hand, the second goat was killed, and its blood made atonement for the nation. However, Jewish legend has it that on one occasion the scapegoat found its way home after release. To prevent this, they took to throwing the scapegoat from a cliff thus pronouncing judgement on themselves. They tried to throw Jesus from a cliff in Luke 4:28-30 but Jesus avoided that because he was not the goat for Azazel but the goat for Yahweh.
So, now you know why the devil is portrayed as a hairy goat by why red? Well once again we go back to a biblical story of two brothers. One brother (Jacob) used deception to achieve the blessing and the other brother (Esau the progenitor of the Edomites) was quite happy to abandon his inheritance (blessing) for a bowl or red lentils. He is portrayed as a profane man of the flesh who thought the promise of God worthless. He was a very hairy man, and his name means red. So, now you know why the devil is red, horned, hairy and looks like an old goat (lol). One thing must be said – Jacob’s desire to obtain the blessing is admirable but his method (deception) was despicable. God taught him as much because throughout his whole life Jacob himself was deceived again and again. What goes around comes around. His whole family was dysfunctional because of his behavior.
Here is the shocker. Satan only has power over those who give into temptation. Satan had no power over Jesus. Satan promised Jesus the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them in Matt 4:8-11 Jesus refused to worship Satan -which means that he refused to worship his flesh. Note that he is on a “high mountain” the same as Moses when he was shown the promised land in Deut 32:49-52 but Moses was told that he could not enter the kingdom because he had neglected to give God the glory by sanctifying him. It also reminds one of the boasts of Nebuchadnezzar in Dan4:30-31 about the house that he built for his own glory. The Nebuchadnezzar story functions as a midrash on the Jews who had boasted about the glory of their temple etc but were now captives in Babylon. The divine response was to turn Nebuchadnezzar into a beast (ox the symbol of Israel under the law) because that is how God regards the kingdoms of men. As wild beasts. The world kingdom at the end of time is simply called the beast. Jesus was not harmed by the wild beasts in Mark 1:13 and neither are the witnesses (Rev 11:7) – only when their three -and-one-half year ministry is complete are they murdered by the beast (like Jesus was) who ascends out of the abyss. In the beginning Satan is portrayed as a serpent:
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made” (Gen 3v1).
Note that he is a beast and that God created him. Elsewhere he is called that ancient or old serpent and given the aliases, dragon, devil, and Satan (Rev 20:2). From a naturalistic aspect humanity has always feared serpents and Christians are promised power over the serpent (Satan) as in Mark 16:18. This is taken literally by some (you always get a few) but Christianity is not a circus act. From a natural point of view reptiles are survivors from a different age (from before the last catastrophe) and they are ancient, cold blooded and poisonous. The bite that the serpent delivered in Genesis was forbidden knowledge (anyone ever wonder why the apple logo is an apple with a bite out of it?). Man could gain esoteric knowledge and become a god. It is the Causa sui of everything that is happening now. I ask myself why Christians are so blind. The technocrats explicitly state that they want to become trans-human (transcend being human). That they want bio-digital convergence. That they will use genetic engineering to achieve this (mRNA platforms anyone?) They even write books about it.  And yet you remain blind.
Did a snake really talk to Adam or is this a metaphor? The beauty is that it does not matter whether you take it literally or not. The serpent becomes the first liar and the first murderer (he murders humanity with his lie). He is the father of all who believe that man can become a god through his own efforts. Jesus said as much to the Jews of his day (John 8:44), and they are at it again. They are now the serpent tempting the world with magical powers (sorcery=pharma) that will make them “gods”. They never learn. Every. Single. Time.
So, what of does the bible tell us about Satan? Well, he wanders around the earth, and he stands before God and God allows Satan to test Job (Job1:6-9) He is obviously allowed to exercise divine power in certain circumstance as with his promise to Jesus. He stands before God (the judge) and acts as prosecutor in the heavenly court casting allegations at Joshua (cf. Jesus) while Michael acts as angel for the defense (Zech 3:1-3). Jude warns us not to disrespect the Devil or rebuke him (Jude 1:9). This all seems a bit strange for a rebellious angel given over to evil. Moreover, the name of God and Satan are used interchangeably in parallel passages (compare 1 Chron 21:1 and 2 Sam 24:1). In these parallel passages God is Satan. God clearly says that he creates both good and evil. God creates evil circumstances that does not mean that God is evil. How does God create darkness? By withdrawing the light. Darkness is the absence of light.
“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things” (Isa 45:7).
It is notable that Job argues with God about the calamities that have befallen him and accuses God of making some kind of mistake (lol). He does not take up his appeal against Satan. He wants his day in court to argue his case and asks God for an intercessor. Why is God angry with me? What have I done wrong?
There is harmony in heaven. There are certainly no rebellious angels for we are taught to pray that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Luke 11:2). It is on earth that we have rebellion and on earth that Satan is allowed to exercise proxy power. It is not the angels that are in rebellion but man. God tempts no man (James 1:13-16) but he does test them to see what is really in their hearts. Does Satan give power to certain men to do what is in their hearts? Popular literature calls this making a deal with the devil. A Faustian bargain, a pact whereby a person trades something of supreme moral or spiritual importance, such as personal values or the soul, for some worldly or material benefit, such as knowledge, power, or riches. … A Faustian bargain is made with a power that the bargainer recognizes as evil or amoral.
It does seem that some people have inordinate worldly power, and it seems to concentrate in those who are immoral and psychopathic. Job noted that the wicked seem to prosper and die of old age. Did they make a bargain with the devil, so to speak? In a way yes. God gave them over to a reprobate mind (Rom 1:28). Like they say, you become what you worship. In this mindset and without any moral compass they lie, cheat, and murder their way to the top. Sorry for the swearing and blasphemy but this is how they think – for real. And he is right the 20th century was all his but that is about to end. (A good movie…works well as a parable but lots of profanity – the devil has a potty mouth).
Yes, they see God as an absentee Landlord, but the rent is overdue.
“When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons” (Matt 21:40).
That is how Satan is depicted in popular culture. You must make up your own mind. As for me I know that God is in control of everything. The only creature in rebellion to him is man.
Their religion is based upon the Kabbalah, the Luciferian Philosophy, and the worship of the Sun. They are not bound by any oath or, allegiance except their own. They are loyal to no government or People but their own. And they are Citizens of no country, but they are already in place for the secret world government.
It is obvious that Evans is controlled opposition. Beware of these people who supposedly stand for freedom etc and are secretly occultists and Masons.
Altiyan Childs, the winner of X-Factor Australia 2010, posted a YouTube video claiming to expose the secrets of the “hidden religion” he used to belong to. Is the video worth five hours of your time? I would say that it is. I watched the full five hours. I already knew much of this but putting it all together is shocking. The video went up last month.
I believe that this expose is correct. Even many Free Masons are unaware. Many of the celebs and rockers probably think they are being “rebellious” and “cool”. It is only the higher degree Masons who are initiated into the real secrets behind the movement. They use the movement to filter out the unsuitable. Only the truly degenerate make it to the top. Oh, and never forget the connection between Masons and Jewry.
Obviously, I do not agree with everything Altiyan says but I particularly liked the references to Zech 11:17 (referencing the darkened eye) and to Deut 16:22, Hosea 10:2 (with reference to phallic Obelisks as images is actually pillars) 
Many of these people are Masons or Jews (or both) melting the old pagan and the new religions together in one syncretic soup.
The Order of Christian Mystics was a 20th-century spiritual order that was promulgated to give to the Western world advanced Christian mysticism based on the Western mystery school tradition. The order was founded in Philadelphia in 1908 by Harriette Augusta and Frank Homer Curtiss. Altiyan Childs mentions their 1926 book at 3 hrs 52minutes. (Coming World Changes Harriet and Homer Curtiss, 1926). They say:
“This will bring about a complete reorganization as the earth’s life system as the human creation begins to operate with a new magnetic and electromagnetic power“…they talk about a new “sub-race” emerging after a period of wars, earthquakes, cyclones, volcanic eruptions, meteoric showers, floods etc followed by a cataclysmic battle from which the victors emerge as a sixth Great Race the seed of a New Race to populate a New Land. Curtis et al were disciples of Madame Blavatsky the mother of the New Age. They blend Christianity with the occult but note how even then they talk about a new magnetic and electromagnetic power. Something that they are not telling us perhaps.
Supporting exposition and commentaries PDF versions:
An investigation into cherubim symbology
Image of Malachi comparison table
Digression on Malachi
The witnessing in Revelation 11 from the PRITA commentary
Isaiah by Harry Whittaker read pages 510 to 520 on Isaiah chapter 59 and 60
Full video see link below:
Jesus was never “just a rabbi” he was the son of God and those who looked upon the face of Jesus saw God in action. Jesus was the manifestation of God. There is no other way to approach God and no other name under heaven by which we can be saved. If we are talking about translating words (the Logos) it is the difference between functional equivalence and dynamic equivalence. A literal translation or giving the sense of the word. Christians have expended so much energy debating the nature of Christ and his relationship with the Father. This muddying of the waters by the different -isims (Trinitarianism, Arianism , Sabellianism, Modalism, Unitarianism etc etc etc) is also result of Jewish sabotage perpetrated to force a barrier between Jews and Christians. It halted the conversion of Jews to Christianity and stopped the hemorrhaging because Jews could point to Christians as polytheists and idolators.
No Jew would ever believe that God had been put to death. However, Jews were discussing the relationship between the messiah and God in the first century. This is known as two powers theology and is why Jesus questioned them about Psalm 110 showing that the second lord (adoni) was invited to share the throne. Notice that the word “thrones” is plural but that does not necessarily mean more than one throne it is probably an intensive plural for amplification. The Psalm starts with the words; “A saying of Yahweh to my lord (adoni)”. Even the famous Rabbi Akiva ignited controversy (Sanhedrin 38b, The William Davidson Talmud, Sefaria.org) by stating that David (meaning Messiah) will sit next to HaShem on one of these thrones. (Seeing them as separate thrones in reality the “throne” is the mercy seat). Rabbi Akiva went on to declare Bar Kochba the messiah which set seal to the destruction and dispersion of the nation. So much for refusing to acknowledge the messiah-ship of Christ.
Psalm 110 twins with Psalm 2 where Yahweh proclaims the messiah (anointed) victorious and says: “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee”. The day of his resurrection is portrayed as the day of his birth (think here of born again/from above in John3) and his complete victory over the enemy (sin and death). The Catholic Church was subverted early on especially by the Jesuit movement who were all Jewish converts. It is pure deception to refer to the council in Acts 15 as an approval of Noahide laws. The council was an interim measure to placate Jewish Christians especially with regard to food laws and table fellowship. Followers of Christ live under the perfect law of liberty. They do not reside under the laws of Moses or Noah. They have been set free from the bondage of law which leads to death but now they act with a good conscience towards God. They no longer live under condemnation. On the other hand the Jews love the laws that they could not keep. When they become too onerous they change the interpretation of the laws using Pilpul making the word of God of no effect. They are law breakers. They love their law therefore God will judge them by their law. Christian take note. Noah was saved by faith:
"By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith" (Heb 11.7)
P.s. The fear mentioned here does not mean that Noah was "afraid" but that he was motivated by "fear of the Lord" having respect and deference unto the creator.
Noah was given the sign of covenant mercy as a memorial after he was saved not before he was saved. He was not saved because of law keeping. Of course, the rainbow already existed it was just given special significance to remind Noah of divine mercy. The covenant was not just made with man but with every living creature (9:12) fowl, cattle, and of every beast (v10). The living creatures are the cherubim with the faces of an eagle (fowl) ox (cattle) lion (beast) and man (Noah). This was the divine promise (covenant) of the “living God” who dwells between the living creatures (cherubim) on the mercy seat not to destroy all flesh by means of a flood. It was a sign of mercy and grace not a sign of law. This is a promise that normal seasons and weather would continue until the end of the age:
"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease" (Gen 8:21).
This promise will hold true until the time of the last judgement which will herald cataclysmic changes and usher in a New Heavens and a New Earth.
Note that under the covenant made with Noah there were no unclean foods only a prohibition on consuming blood. The slaughter of animals for food was not prohibited but butchering other humans was (remember the earth was destroyed because it was filled with violence). Blood represented the life force and therefore the murder of a man is condemned because humans reflected the image of the divine. Noah was instructed (like Adam at creation) to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth but the relationship between man and creation had changed to one of fear and dread (Gen 9:2) which is reflected in the next chapter where we are told that Nimrod was a mighty hunter (Gen 10:8). The so called Noahide laws are derived from the Talmud not from the Torah. The Jews do not understand their own scriptures (they never did). In short, Nohaide laws are a Jewish deception to subjugate the goyim and to charge practicing Christians with idolatry.