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The Bible as an Absolute Point of View
by Thomas Lee Abshier, ND

 In the beginning, before the beginning of the creation of the Earth, God the Father said, "I Am that I Am".  In other words, He looked inside His mind and declared that there was another point of consciousness which He also was.  One capability of the mind is to create images within the mind.  This image the Father held in His mind was a complete and accurate duplication of His mind.  That second point of consciousness was "The Word," "The Son."  Thus, in this process, the Son was created, fully God and present in the beginning with God.  John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

 The Holy Spirit is likewise a duplication of the Father, He is the local representative of the God the Father and Son.  The Holy Spirit carries the message and abilities of God to the individual or situation, to speak to their mind and spirit, to give them power and ability, to give them words.  God moves the creation through His Holy Spirit, He is the arm of power of God.  Thus, we have the Holy Trinity: The Father (original consciousness); The Son (complete and identical duplicate of the Father); and Holy Spirit (carrier of the consciousness, words, and power of the Father & Son).  All three are fully God; all three are fully within the mind of God, all three fully have the mind of God.  All three are submissive to their roles as aspects of God while still being fully conscious of all of God.

 Jesus/Yeshua means, "Savior"; Christ means, "Anointed"; Messiah means, "anointed, consecrated"; Immanuel means, "God with us"; and The Logos means, "The Word."  All these terms are descriptions of aspects of the Son of God.  

 Jesus the little baby, the human form, the flesh body was a product of an earthly mother and a Heavenly Father.  He was a normal human to the extent that the cellular material which composed his body was of half earthly lineage; he was not a normal human to the extent that half his genetic material was of perfected God origin.

 The earthly lineage of David had been prepared and chosen by God to contain the full range of spiritual influence.  Jesus had a genetic family heritage from Mary consisting of adulterers, murderers, kings, wise men, ordinary men, and patriarchs (David, Bathsheeba, Solomon, Abraham).  Jesus was fully human; He had a body, soul, and spirit; He had a mind, emotions, desires, and a will; He was similar in his fundamental structure, function, and programming to every other living breathing human.

 But, Jesus was different from the normal man in one important way, His spirit--it was fully mature and able to govern the soul and body without deviation from the perfection which God planned for His spirit.  Thus, the spirit which directed His soul and body was identical to the Spirit of God the Father.  That spirit was capable of complete mastery of the rebellious human soul and the decaying body.  The Spirit of Jesus, was mature in its ability to master and command the body/mind by faith.  Jesus was strong in His commitment to listening to the Spirit, following it perfectly, and manifesting its commands.

 Consider a possible metaphor for the structure of the human spirit; it may be likened to a collection of capabilities, particles, or aspects.  In the normal human, this spirit is immature in its ability to discern good and evil and to affect the movement of the body, mind, and soul.  The purpose of man's life is develop mastery over his body and soul by the spirit.  Life provides us with various stimuli and puts us through various trials, it challenges us, it pushes on our innocent and immature potential; life is a process of grinding and inexorably pushing us toward perfection of our spirit.

 This spirit, the spirit of each man, is made by God, and is the aspect of man which is made in the image of God.  For purposes of imagery, visualize the spirit as a volume about the size of a melon, behind the eyes.  This volume is filled with nothing visible, it is colorless, apparently empty, but is full of many many many points of consciousness, all of which function as an integrated whole.  All these points of consciousness are capable of affecting a certain action or ability by faith; they all must be exercised and mastered, each one matured and focused in the service of God's plan.

 Each particle of consciousness, each aspect of the spirit, each area of potential capability and discernment must be challenged and matured.  One of the necessary steps in maturation process is development of the ability of each point of consciousness within the spirit to move the inner and outside world by faith.  For example: when temptation comes, it is necessary that the spirit be able to command the body and mind to not execute that evil action.

 The spirit-soul-mind-emotion-body complex is a system built upon layers; the spirit wills the soul to move the body, the soul interfaces with the body, and the body actually moves.  The ability of the mind to discriminate between good and evil, choose good, reject evil, and then by faith move the body in the direction of good is one of the most important and basic of the steps in the growth of the spirit.  

 The spirit must move the mind to make the choice.  The mind is the realm of the spirit and soul, and the brain is the organ which interfaces with the physical world.  The spirit in its most simple nature is an observer, aware of self and other, but non judgmental.  The soul interfaces between the spirit and body, imprinting the memory of the spirit with the indelible marks of perception.  Thus, the soul embeds the spirit with character, and it is the spirit activates the soul.  There may be portions of the soul and mind which are already activated and powerful at birth/early life.  These would be the onloaded innate capabilities, the spiritual gifts, the family spirits.  These spirits may speak to the innocent human spirit and direct it to function in unGodly ways.  Since the first spiritual father we all have is Satan, he always gets first shot at directing and shaping our spirit.  This is why the correction, shaping, and discipline of the child in righteousness by the parents is so important.  

 Another important step in spirit maturation is the ability to have faith for that which one cannot cause to occur without the intervention of God.  Many things in life are external, they cannot be influenced without God's help.  In this case it is necessary to listen for the speaking of the Holy Spirit, to pray that God move His hand in a miraculous way in the situation, and to do what one can to affect the outcome.  


James 2:26 "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead."

  This is the process of pleasing God by Faith, as without faith it is impossible to please God.  This type of faith is the faith that comes when one is able to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit from amid the multitude of voices from the world and spiritual worlds.

Hebrews 11:6 "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."

 The soul contains desire, motivation, sensation, memory, will etc.  The soul is possibly contained within the subtle bodies of man, the aura, chakras, meridians, and flows of energy if such things actually exist.  The soul is the location of many aspects of the our mind, personality, and emotions such as: habits, likes and dislikes, emotional reactions, fears, memories, the heritage that we have from our parents, family curses and blessings, abilities, tendencies, the genetic codes, and the original on load of the knowledge of good and evil.  

 When we are born, we are born into a world dominated by the prince of this world, Satan; he is our original lord who dominates and directs the motions of our lives.  It is he who sits at the left hand of God with the goats and rebels.  It is he who has been given authorization by God to punish, chastise, and extract the proverbial pound of flesh from those who have sinned, missed, the mark, broken the Law.  It is by this legal contract that Satan extracts his due.  

 There is a more subtle aspect of missing the mark which we must all recognize, it is not the missing of the mark of blatant sin, but rather the missing of the mark because of immaturity, ignorance, or blindness.  The corrective or teaching force which may be applied to the person who is ignorant of the law is not always regulated in its intensity.  Recall the story of Job; God and Satan consulted about Job, God authorized the attack on Job, and Satan took as much as he could up to the limit God allowed.  Job's 'missing of the mark' was to be in fear.  He had been afraid for his children after they were together partying that they may have sinned.  The sin was Job did not just have faith that God would take care of them and execute His perfect plan.  He also fell short in that he did not fully understand how great God is.  But, when Job matured and grew in these areas of his life, his second state was better than his first.  Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

 Life is a process of growth from the initial state of ownership by Satan.  We start life in a position where we automatically have knowledge of Satan's ways, we resonant with his world, motivation and actions; we have a tendency toward following his commands and desires; our initial allegiance to Satan may not be strong but certainly it is present; if nothing else, Satan operates as an ever present pollutant and confusing influence on our minds.

 At the start of life we reside in Satan's camp, but our goal is to move and grow and mature into love and allegiance toward God.  This process of growth from immature child bent on evil, to mature man in love with God, is the universal content of the rite of passage into real life.  

 This drama of overcoming evil, of continually being beset by temptation and trial, or battling against confusion is important on a deep level.  Having choice between good and evil, and having the choice be gray is the basis upon which free will lies.  This observation is not trivial, the balance point at which the struggle between good and evil lies is extremely delicate.  If the world is too good, there is no challenge, people just automatically do good.  If it is too bad, the creation just destroys itself, and there is no drama.

 The fundamental nature of the creation is that there really is no one here but God, the entire creation started out as God, and then from the substance and essence of Himself, God created the entire creation.  Thus, the whole creation is really only a reflection of the mind of God.  This is again, not to say that we are God, we are not, but nevertheless, when we track it all back, the whole play only started with one player.  The trick in this kind of situation is to create a universe where God can experience true relationship, love, and satisfaction from that relationship.  Since ultimately this relationship is only a relationship with Himself, it is important that He separate out the difference between Himself and His creation as much a possible.

 God did not want a creation where His creatures loved Him automatically, that kind love would be robotic, empty, or at best immature and childlike.  The love of a child toward his parents is wonderful, but it is automatic and un-won; it is different than the love of a lover who has chosen to love as an adult, as an equal, as a partner, as a lover from respect and a desire for companionship.  God made man with the hope of producing a companion, one who is equal, one who has given himself to loving and being in relation with Himself out of an educated, experienced, and mature free will choice.  God's perspective is truly Pro-Choice, but He is the ultimate Pro-Life advocate.

 This desire of God's to have man choose God, freely, is a primary consideration upon which God has constructed the universe.  Thus, the world was built so that freedom of choice is an absolute and inalienable right of man.  But, if we examine the battle between God and Satan, if we examine the ultimate shape of the two kingdoms, God's kingdom is one of freedom, and Satan's Kingdom is one of tyranny and no-free will.  Satan is continually trying to pull us into his world of imprisonment with his bait, while God is continually trying to pull us into freedom by warning us about Satan's traps.

 It is interesting to examine these two worlds.  God is the apparent tyrant when he tells us not to fornicate, lie, cheat, steal, hate, do drugs, or magic.  All of God's commandments and rules are nothing more than road signs; they tell us about hazards along the way.  We are free to travel down the road, the road sign doesn't care if a car goes too fast around a curve or not, it just says where the curve is, it's a warning, it implies that there are consequences associated with going too fast.  There is freedom following the rules; a car which obeys the signs can keep traveling along the road with no interruptions on the trip; no delays, pain, or struggles such as come from needing a tow truck or a trip to the hospital.

\ Satan's kingdom is very different from God's; his signs say, "Ignore the road signs, the real action is in breaking the rules."  Sadly enough, the result of breaking the rules is little more than the short term thrill while flying off the road.  After that short term thrill, there is the very long term heartache, pain, and expense while recovering from breaking the rules.  It's the same pattern of long term punishment, grief, and anguish after a short term thrill whether breaking the rules regarding sex, parents, property, or God, it all leads to disaster when God's rules are broken.

 God's rules are fairly clearly and openly listed, but there is a lot of doubt cast on the validity of the rules.  Satan's job is to obscure, obfuscate, minimize, confuse, cast doubt, disguise the rules, and camouflage the effects of breaking the rules.  The nearsighted, the foolish, the inexperienced, and the rebel all see only the short term thrill, the excitement of deviation from the path, the exhilaration of breaking the fetters of commandments, rules, shoulds, regulations, laws, tradition, and common practice.  This rebellion has within it the false air of being an adventurer, being free, striking out into the rarified air where real men go and where the timid fear to tread.

 Man truly has been given the freedom to choose between various options which he can choose to exercise.  Satan speaks to man's mind through thoughts, signs, power, coincidences, pleasurable emotions, painful emotions, and external temptations.  Satan's purpose in speaking to the mind of man is to catch unsuspecting victims as allies and members of his camp, to draw off the energy from their life blood, to gain credit and power from the actions given to evil.

 Likewise, God speaks to man's mind through the Holy Spirit using signs and wonders, pain and pleasure, thoughts and emotions, healings and sickness, prosperity and poverty, the inner conscience and the external coincidence.  God desires that man be part of His camp, one of His allies, completely devoted to His service and acting out His will.  God wants us to love Him for the creation that He has created, enjoy His world, and revel in who He is.  God wants us to listen to His commands, reap the benefits which come from being His child and being on His team; He wants us to harvest the crop from following the leading of His Holy Spirit, listening to His voice, having faith in His ability to work good things out of bad.  God wants to give good things to those who choose Him; he wants to reward those who forsake the short term pleasures and temptations and instead have faith that there truly is a long term payoff associated with forgoing the immediate satisfaction.  He wants a following of men who are willing to listen to Him as Lord, who are loyal, trustworthy, and dependable in following His righteous commandments.

 In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The word "Father" and "Son" imply a relationship of First and second.  Whether or not there was a sequence relationship or merely an aspect description of the various parts of God is unimportant.  The important realization is that there is an intimately close relationship between the two, possibly far more connected than any human example could illustrate.  The Father has at least divided or partitioned or assigned a part of His Godhood to an aspect of Himself that he has labeled "The Son" or "The Word".  It is this portion of the Godhead, the Word, which has created all of creation.  

 There is no shadow of turning in the Father, there is none good except the Father.  There is no evil that comes from God, God is incapable of evil.  But, much of what is characterized as evil, which happens in our world, is not evil, but rather, part of the way that it is necessary to construct a free will universe.  It is necessary to admit that there is evil in the world, but the job of God in this regards is to turn evil into good.  But, since there is no evil in the Father, and we have admitted that evil does exist, then it must have been created by The Son.  All things that were made were made by him.  Thus, Lucifer, Satan, the Devil, the Tempter... were made by the Son.  

 In popular theology, it is assumed that God made only good things, and that there was a rebellion in heaven, and that Lucifer became Satan when he was thrown out of heaven.  Thus, it is assumed that God did not create evil, but rather, it was the self willed angels who created evil.  This is a thin attempt at isolating God from being the source of evil.  In fact, God being omniscient, He knew that the angels would rebel, just as He knew that Eve would eat the apple.  

 The question is more one of relevance than authorship.  It should be easily deduced that the Son was given the job of creating the world so that it was at least fertile for evil to arise within it.  And, at most, the Devil, the Evil One, was created as the polarity of evil by the Son, as the Left Hand of God.  From scripture, the most likely scenario was that Satan was a created being, who was evil from his very origin.  John 8:42 states that Satan was a murderer and a liar from the beginning, implying that he was always evil, not that he was good and then fell.  

John 8:42 "Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here.  I have not come on my own; but he sent me.  Why is my language not clear to you?  Because you are unable to hear what I say.  You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire.  He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.  When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.  Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!"

 When Satan was created, he was created as the polarity to Jesus/The Son, He was created as the polar opposite to the goodness, truth, life, and justice that was represented by the triune Godhead.  He was created so that there would be a polarity in life; so that there would be a choice, so that there would be an opportunity to not choose God's way, so that there would be a comparison and an option to choose other than God's way.

 The play of Adam and Eve in the garden, the opportunity to choose to disobey, the temptation to follow another voice besides the voice of God, all reveal aspects of God's plan to produce free will in the creation.  Examine the results of choosing the non-God path, they reveal the struggle between God, Satan, and man.  In the Garden of Eden, God purified the struggle between good and evil and the principle of free will down to the most simple and primal of choices; 'whether or not to eat a fruit that looked good, but which man was told that there were dire consequences for eating.'  Interestingly, God's plan was for good and not for ill in this setup; His plan would require much time and drama to produce good from eating the fruit of the tree, even though the evil effects were deep and long lasting.

 Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 Eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was the initiation incident for Adam and Eve into the world of multiple choice, confusion, deception, lies, and death.  It is possible that the very act of eating the fruit, taking it internal to the body was a metaphysical, metaphorical act which allowed the penetration of evil influence, an actual spirit, into the body, soul, and spirit of man.

 The Adam and Eve fruit eating incident was the initiation of the drama of the maturation of mankind.  Man started out innocent, perfect, and childlike in his love for God.  There was no possibility of not loving God, they had no other options, they were not free, they were just blessed.  But this world, while idyllic, was untested, it was immature, it was a world which abounded in good, but there was no free will, there was no possibility of choosing anything other than good.  As such, the love that these children gave to their Father, while wonderful, was still not on the level of equal lovers.  It was not on the level of mature god-men who loved God from a place of free will and choice.  

 God knew that Adam would fall, He knew that they would not be wise enough and strong enough to follow His instructions and heed his warnings.  God had built into their hearts a vulnerability, a weakness, a susceptibility to temptation.  Since their will was not strong, since they were not knowledgeable of good and evil, they did not have the inner strength, the comparative capacity, and the intuitive insight to know the end from the beginning, they were babes in the woods, and they were slaughtered by the wolves.  

 Since God set up this whole play, He had a plan for bringing the creation though this birthing and testing process.  He designed in a plan for redeeming the creation, for winnowing the wheat from the chaff, for distinguishing those whose hearts were on His side, for recognizing and honoring those who had the faith, insight, and dedication to see Him and love Him despite the distractions, deceptions, confusion, and apparent injustice.  God's plan of redemption was to crucify Jesus; a plan which was set in place before the dawn of time, a plan which was agreed to and executed in the fullness of time, a plan which God revealed and manifested in a mystery through a strand of history.  

Revelation 13:8 "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (the Beast), whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."

 Free will is a necessary component of the creation to create a world where true love may be given.  God has placed the highest value on love of all human/spiritual attributes.  

I Cor 13:13 "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love."  

1 John 4:15  "If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.  In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.  There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love."

 To have free choice, it is necessary that the ends of the two choices be disguised.  This disguise can take the form of obscuring the nature of the action (whether it is actually good or evil in its nature), or by obscuring the ultimate outcome of the action (whether the result is pleasure or pain, life or death).  

\ By contrast, examine the implications, outcome, and dynamics of a world which was created with no obscuring nature.  If people were programmed to pursue pleasure and avoid pain (as we are), then if a person was faced with a choice between absolute good and the choice of absolute evil, and the choice of evil produced pain and death immediately, and the choice of good produced pleasure immediately, then, everyone except the most rebellious and misprogrammed would choose good.  The drama of the world would be trivial in its dynamics, it would be very little different than the garden of Eden scenario.  People would consistently choose good, and evil would be quickly extinguished.

 Thus, if one of the primary purposes of God was to nourish, nurture, and develop mature love in His people, then such a creation would not do it, the testing and evolution cycle is too quick.  A world where the end result of each choice was absolutely clear from the onset would provide only a small amount of choice.  It would require virtually no commitment or love toward the creator, people would simply choose good to avoid sure death and pain.  But, the purpose of this creation is not to create pain and death avoiding inhabitants, although that is important, rather, its purpose is to develop lovers and partners with God.

 Thus, in a 'free will world' the distinction between, 'what is good and what is evil' must be somewhat unclear; there must be some reasonable doubt about the sureness and severity of the punishment.  In the free will world, the prize is the heart and allegiance of man, the two opponents battle it out behind the scenes, both vying for man to serve their respective sides.  God attempts to draw man's heart toward him in the face of Satan who is continually trying to twist circumstances so that God appears to be evil.  It is Satan who creates problems, and then he fixes the blame on God, he works circumstances so that good actions bear little reward, he insures that the evil prosper, obtain happiness, power, and fame, but only for a season.

 God knows the play and the deception that man must face, and He knows that eventually righteousness and goodness will be rewarded.  But all this illusion has a purpose, by making the end obscure to man's mind, He is able to test the perfection and purity of each man's heart to a high degree.  This process, this gauntlet of life produces a selected strain of man, a species clearly isolated and purified through trial, a precious distillate of humanity which has chosen to love Him.  This breed of man loves God even though there was trial that appears to be perpetrated upon him by God.  This breed of man continues to serve God, trust God, and obey His commandments even though there is little immediate reward.  This is the filter of life, and God wants those who choose Him, He wants to develop and raise up a family who truly love Him out of their own free will and choice.

Gal 6:7 "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."

 Thus, the play of God pursuing a people who love Him must be a riddle hidden inside of a mystery.  It must be open only to those who are truly lovers of God.  And, it must not be illuminated in the eyes of those who would use the secrets of God for their own manipulation and advantage.  His desire to keep his mysteries secret was seen in the reply of Jesus when he was asked why he spoke in parables.  

Luke 8:10 "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand."

Matthew 13:10 "The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"  He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.  Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.  Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.  This is why I speak to them in parables: Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.  In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: `You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.  For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.  Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'  But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear."

 God clearly did not want to let everybody in the gate without a testing process being applied to them.  His gauntlet separates those who are hard, it eliminates those who are open but shallow, it exposes those who are open but weak, and it selects those who are open and are willing to grow deep.  

Luke 8:5 "A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up.  Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil.  It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.  When he said this, he called out, He who has ears to hear, let him hear."  

Matt 13:38 "The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom.  The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil.  The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.  As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.  The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.  They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

 God wants us to choose Him, and He is clearly not taking any chances in testing our loyalty, our love, and our persistence in our love of Him.  To use an engineering paradigm, a system is only tested under extreme stress when there is expectation of the system being used in operational situations under conditions of extreme stress.  In other words, God knows what He has planned for this world, He knows the end from the beginning, He knows the trials and challenges that will be required of His creation and His people.  

 This world is an extremely hard testing ground; the tests are difficult and they are long lasting.  God being the ultimately efficient engineer must not be doing all this testing without a purpose; God may have a phase of His plan which will require us to use the strength, the faith, the loyalty that we have developed under this present system.  Possibly there will be a time when His loyal army of followers will be required to stand up under extreme stress, under life and death spiritual stress.  Is it possible that God is raising up an army of solid soldiers,  committed and well trained warriors in the skill of spiritual warfare?  Possibly it is a future battle with a new level of evil, a new opponent which God releases to continue the play of His creation?

 The Bible does promise that Satan will be released again after a thousand years.  Possibly the Millennium is a time of learning to function as an army of God, learning to love, care, and work together in harmony, clearly learning the distinction between good and evil.  

Revelation 20:1 "And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.  He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.  He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended.  After that, he must be set free for a short time."

 When Satan is released again, he may be stronger, maybe more overt, maybe more devious, insidious, and subtle.  This release of Satan into the world may be a final testing of the hearts of those who have allied with God.  This may be a final test of their loyalty, their love, their hearts, and their perseverance.  The intensity of the battle and the strength of the opponent will probably be stronger since the people of God are more clear about the secrets of God.  Thus, the deception must be more refined, the intensity must be greater to produce this further level of perfection in testing.  The purpose God may have in mind for this latter day warfare might merely be a further cleansing of His universe, or possibly He may have in mind a continuation of the play of creation in a new chapter--the chapter beyond Revelation.

 The name "Jesus" means savior.  He came to save our spirits from the consequences of following Satan.  If we examine the nature of spirit, we note that the spirit of man, the spirit of Jesus, and the Spirit of God the Father are essentially the same.  This is not to imply that man is God--man is not God, but the structure, the pattern, the 'image' of the spirit of man is similar to God.  

John 4:24 "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

 The similarity between the spirit of man and the spirit of God is seen in the similarity of capabilities: man has the ability to know, to generate and destroy, and to move the spiritual and physical world by faith.  

Genesis 1:26 "Then God said, Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."

 The spirit of the Son is the same as God the Father, they are identical in capability and vision, but the process of creation of the Son put Him in a different viewpoint, in a different location.  God the Father said, "I Am That I Am," and in that statement he caused the formation of a duplication of His consciousness and spirit; the point of view of God the Son, the Logos, The Word was created at that moment.  This process took place before "the Beginning" referred to in Genesis.  

Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.  God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning--the first day.  And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water."

 God made the Son, and the Son made the universe.  

John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.  There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John, He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe."

   When Jesus was conceived, the Son inhabited and was localized in the flesh of the baby/boy/man called Jesus.  Jesus, was entirely in contact with the perfected and mature consciousness-spirit of God the Father from the moment of his birth.  It was this perfect spirit which allowed Him to go through life without sin.  Jesus faced every temptation that any ordinary man faced, but He resisted them all, made no mistakes, and never missed the mark.  This is not to say that Jesus did not suffer and struggle, to become perfected; His process of perfection to perfect the body, mind, and soul with his already perfect spirit.  Jesus faced all the human drives and temptations from Satan's arrows, but He never rebelled, and He was never ignorant.

 Jesus lived a life clearly pulled by the Kingdom of God and Satan; the pull of the consciousness of the perfected way of God and the consciousness of the pull of the flesh.  The pulls were essentially equal; the kingdom of God pulled toward perfected human behavior, and the kingdom of Satan pulled in the opposite direction.  Thus, Jesus the human, having the consciousness of God as well as man was always faced with a clear moral dilemma in each moment.  But, his commitment was solid, he unswervingly chose God.  He was able to have absolutely clear discernment because His spirit was mature and perfect, thus, His only test was His loyalty to obeying God in the face of temptation and immediate pleasure.  Throughout His entire life, Jesus accurately discerned right from wrong and never sinned; he never missed the mark, he never misunderstood, disobeyed, or was deceived.  He always saw the true nature of reality and chose correctly.

 It was in this process of living life fully, pulled by both heaven and Hell, that Jesus proved his acceptability as the Lamb without spot or blemish worthy of being the perfect sacrifice.  Jesus lived a life which was no different than the life that we mortal men live.  He was tempted in all the ways that we are tempted, but the difference is that He never sinned.  

II Cor 5:21 "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."  

1 Peter 2:22 "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."  

1 John 3:5 "But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins.  And in him is no sin."

 Jesus, the God-man went through all of the developmental tests and challenged-exercised the spectrum of the spiritual capabilities latent within man.  Jesus embodied and lived the possibility that is inherent with each of us, He was tested in all ways, and He chose God's way in each circumstance.  

Hebrews 2:18 "Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted."  

 The normal man does not go through life with a fully matured, and powerfully speaking spirit, rather, man's spirit is weak and confused and easily led astray, even though God does have a perfect plan and pattern for it.  The ultimate manifested maturity is possible, qualities such as: the development of wisdom, the development of discernment, the will to do only good, the will to resist and not do evil.  These are the ends of the human who is persistent in prayer and commitment, and who has put Jesus as the Lord of their life.  

Hebrews 11:6 "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."

 Jesus listened to God perfectly, acted on the Father's directions, and maintained perfect obedience.  Jesus was the one man who listened to God's voice and man's voice and always chose God's voice.  He was challenged with the temptations that beset every man, but he always chose God's way.  

Hebrews 12:1 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."

 Jesus was perfect in His spirit, in that he obeyed 'The Law' (that is God's perfect will), and because He had no sin, death had no legal claim to him.  Satan could not act on a spirit which had never sinned.  There were no binding spiritual holds on Him; death could not keep him.  

Acts 2:24 "But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him."

 The Christening of Jesus happened when he was baptized in water and then by the spirit.  He was baptized in water by John the Baptist in the Jordan, and then immediately afterward, he was baptized with the Holy Spirit which came out of Heaven like a dove.  It was at that moment, that Jesus (the man who always had the consciousness of God's will) became Jesus the Christ (Jesus the Anointed).  The anointing was the full establishment of ability and power to Jesus (He now was given the authority to move the creation with power and action).  He was born with a connection with the Father, He knew the Father's will, and He obeyed everything the Father told Him to do.  Then, when he was baptized, he was anointed with the Holy Spirit and given the power and authority to move in the miraculous.

 After his Christening, he was then led into the desert to fast for 40 days and then be tempted.  The connection with the Father, and the ability to move with power did not remove Jesus from the possibility of being tempted, or from the possibility of falling for that temptation.  Rather, Jesus needed to be tested fully, both as man and as God.  In all these things he passed the test, he resisted the temptation and was not overcome by pride or conceit about His power.

 Matthew 3:13 "Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.  But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"  Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness."  Then John consented.  As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.  At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.  And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."  Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.  After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.  The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."  Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"  Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.  "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down.  For it is written: "'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'"  Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"  Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.  "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."  Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan!  For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"  Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.  When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee.  Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali... the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."  From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."

 Thus, the baptism of Jesus in the Holy Spirit was the moment of His Christening.  This was the completion of the process of bringing the fullness of 'being human' onto the earth.  He was the first born of many brethren.  Jesus had now expressed and attained the high possibility that he was calling for all men.  He was given the authority to act with power because His actions, will, and decisions were fully submitted to the will of His Father.  His words moved the creation because the Holy Spirit moved and created as He spoke.  His words were fully the Father's words, and hence fully in concert with the perfect plan, there was no resistance or higher authority to negate or overpower his commands.  Jesus became the man with the Holy Spirit empowering His actions and words, and the Holy Spirit executed any decision spoken by the Lord.  And yet, he continued to stay in prayer and in humble submission to the Father.

 Jesus then began His ministry.  It was a ministry of power and wisdom.  He had spent a lifetime (infancy, youth, and young adulthood) confronting the issues and situations which present themselves in life.  He had developed the experience as a human choosing correctly while confronting the spectrum of human experience.  He had developed his soul perfectly.  His spirit conquered all of the tendencies, the temptations, and pitfalls of life.  His spirit was so perfect that He was given the Holy Spirit as His arm of power.  He reached maturity and perfected His manifestation of the human form.  It was in this state of being the perfected man that He was able to function as the pure lamb, the redeemer, and shed the eternally atoning blood.

 It is from this pinnacle of perfected development that He did His public ministry, taught righteousness, trained His disciples, and lived as a perfect human in word, thought, and deed.  It was this perfected body/soul/spirit which became the sacrifice, the atonement, the redemption of the world.

 The metaphor and acceptability of substituting the death of the unblemished lamb for one's sins was fully established by Old Testament Law.  This sacrifice, while effective, was not effective once for all sins, it had to be done each time a sin was committed, or at intervals to atone for the sins of the previous period.

 The spiritual process which transpired when one offered a blood sacrifice to God was the spiritual equivalent of feeding the pound of flesh, pain, and life-energy to the hounds of hell.  This spiritual process was effective because of the spiritual reality which underlies it.  The first hint seen in the Bible of the need of the spirit world for blood is seen in the story of Cain and Abel.  Cain was rebuked by God for not bringing an acceptable sacrifice before God, Cain was a farmer so he brought grain as his sacrifice.  On the other hand, Abel was a hunter or rancher, and he brought an animal as a sacrifice to God.  Abel was praised by God for his sacrifice, while Cain was rebuked for his sacrifice.

 Clearly the rebuke had nothing to do with Cain or Abel, their attitudes toward God, or their attitudes toward sacrificing.  Both brothers were giving the fruit of their hands, both were obedient to the command of God to bring a sacrifice, and neither had been given any specifics about what to bring as a sacrifice.  Thus, the fact that God was angry with Cain indicates that God expects people to be mindreaders and punishes them for not following arbitrary rules.  Or, God has rules, He has lessons, and he wishes to teach those lessons by experience, and that the lessons have a significance or a meaning, but it is hidden from the casual observer.  In other words, God wished to establish a spiritual metaphor for the future, and he wanted to give a hint about the structure and dynamics of the spiritual realms.  But, he did not want to be overt about telling the reason for establishing blood as the acceptable sacrifice, rather, he wanted to give clues, so that those who wanted to know would be able to get that revelation by faith and love.

 After this initial introduction into the principles and dynamics of sacrifice, God then gives explicit instructions to the children of Israel and established the Levites as the keepers of the ritual.  Included in that law was the requirement for an unblemished lamb.  

Hebrews 9:22 "In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness."

 Without an understanding of the reasons behind God's rules about sacrifice, the requirements that God has established seem nonsensical or arbitrary.  But, when we see the spiritual play which God was unfolding, and the metaphors that He was establishing, we begin to see a pattern unfolding.  The bottom line is, God wanted to make it a significant and meaningful concept that blood must be shed for the remission of sins.  

 The spiritual play which occurs behind the scenes with regard to blood sacrifice is a play that occurs in the Hell World demonic realms.  When blood is shed, Satan, his demons, the hounds of hell are fed and satisfied by the blood.  There is a hunger that the Satanic legions have for blood, pain, and death.  There is a right to extract blood, a right to inflict pain and death when a man commits a sin.  That blood, pain, and death can by all rights be extracted from the sinner himself.  The commission of a sin is an automatic, self inflicted warrant that is put out on that man's life.  The demons are blood thirsty, they are after the life of the man.  Their taste is for blood, they have a thirst which is only quenched with the taking of life.  

Leviticus 17:11 "For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life."

 The demons desire to produce death, because the penalty of sin is death.  They desire the taste of the blood of life, they wish to take blood from the man to the point of death.  

Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

 When a blood sacrifice is made for the atoning of sins, the spilled blood is given to hungry demonic hoards.  Thus, the rightfully deserved blood meal has been given, the sin has been paid for.  It is a process of transference or substitutionary sacrifice which God has established as a means of placating the demonic debt collectors and evening the score.  

 Thus, when the ritual of substitutionary blood sacrifice was established by God, it was the prototype of the substitutionary blood sacrifice which Christ would later offer.  In both cases it was required that there was an intention to transfer the debt, to dedicate the spilled blood to the process of atonement and filling the required terms of the debt that was established by sin.  

 In the temple, there was a yearly sacrifice given by the high priest for all the people.  This again was a pattern, a type and shadow, a metaphor for the process which would be done in its finality by Jesus, who is the high priest as well as the sacrificial lamb.  

Hebrews 9:7 "But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance."

 The demons, the hounds of hell, the spirits of Satan have a taste, a desire, a drive for blood.  This desire operates on the same principle as any desire or hunger or thirst which we as humans may have.  They are driven by this desire because that is they way they are made.  The demonic hoards are the enforcers of the spiritual world.  It is they that put the bite in sin.  While they are not good in the sense that the things they do are good, they are good in the sense that they provide a polarity to good.  The existence of this active spiritual principle provides a built in incentive to do good.  The demonic pressure which produces pain anytime sin has been committed.  Plus, they are engaged in actively promoting activities which have the consequence of pain, slavery, and death.  Thus, there is an active competition for domination of the minds and hearts of man between Heaven and Hell, thus there is a choice available in life, and because of the choice, it is possible for there to be free will.

 Even though the demons receive their justly deserved and lawfully deserved blood meal because of a man's sin, they are not satisfied completely.  Rather, the only sacrifice which fully satisfies the hunger of the hounds of hell is a blood meal of the most pure form of life.  The hounds will drink the life blood of any victim that they can get, but their true thirst is only partially quenched by anything but the most perfect of blood sacrifices.  Thus, the blood sacrifice of the priests and people had to be perfect.  The sacrifice of a less than perfect animal would not have been effective in stopping the rampage of the demon on the life of the people.

 Thus, the pattern of sacrifice and atonement was set for Jesus to function as the final atonement lamb.  Jesus was God Himself, He lived a perfect life, He developed a perfect soul, He had committed no sin.  There was no writ on Jesus life, he had no need for atonement Himself, He was perfect already.  It was for this reason that Death had no hold on him.  Death is the punishment for imperfection, for missing the mark, for sin; Jesus never sinned, there was no authorization for Satan, demons, or death to take Him.  He was perfect life, there was no stain of imperfection in his blood.  

 This blood is the blood that the hounds of Hell hunger for.  They hungered for blood which was unstained and unmarked.  When Jesus died, the blood he shed was shed for eternity, it was blood that was pure, it was not consumed by His own need for sacrifice.  Rather, it became an item of eternal utility.  The blood of Jesus can be appropriated by any person who has sinned by recognizing that Jesus died and that He was the Son of God.  By claiming that blood for the washing of one's own sins, we take the spiritual cleansing benefit of feeding the blood of Jesus to the hounds of Hell which seek to take our lives as payment for our sins.  The blood of Jesus is pure, it satisfies the thirst of the hounds, it causes a complete remission of the guilt.  Shame is no longer an issue, we have been washed, restored, we have been given clemency.

 When we sin we have rightfully and lawfully put ourselves under spiritual obligation to Satan.  He now may rightfully extract the suffering, death, and pain from us which that breech of law allows.  The suffering is assignable; if a pure animal, one which has no prior claim of ownership by Satan is sacrificed and given to God, then God will give that pain and suffering to Satan and his Hounds of Hell.  That will satisfy them until another offense allows them to renew their hounding.

 This world functions on a spiritual banking system.  When we do good, worship, pray, tithe, serve... there is a spiritual aspect to that action which is credited to the Heavenly bank account.  Likewise, when we do evil, murder, curse God, sacrifice in Satan's name, hate our neighbor, adulterate, do magic, worship idols... then the Kingdom of Satan is credited with spiritual currency.  

 If we are dedicated to God and His service, when we do good, God gives us back some good feelings as a payback, as an incentive to continue to do good.  Likewise, if we are dedicated to evil and serving Satan's kingdom, when we do evil, then it feels good, pleasure is felt, this same principle of pleasurable spiritual reinforcement is given.

 When people try to change spiritual camps, there will be a last ditch effort by Satan or God to pull them back.  For example: if someone begins to commit evil when they were once good, then God the Holy Spirit will send spiritual commands to them to make them feel bad, guilty, shamed, and unforgiven.  Likewise, when a man who was once evil, attempts to leave his evil ways, he will be hit with worthlessness, shame, guilt, and unworthiness.  

 Both spiritual kingdoms use mankind as cows.  Satan uses people who do evil as depositors into his Bank of Hell.  Likewise, when people do good acts, God is given credit, and deposits are made in the Bank of Heaven.  The Heavenly spiritual bank accounts is used for producing miracles, which are spiritual interventions and actions on earth, done by God, the Holy Spirit, the Angels, or any other authorized representative of agent for the king.  Likewise, smiracles (Satan Miracles) are spiritual interventions performed for Satan's Kingdom by Satan, his lieutenants, or other authorized agents.  A credit is given to a kingdom because there has been service done for that Kingdom, thus any action either good or bad accumulates its corresponding credit or debit in the bank of heaven or hell.  The miracles and smiracles draw down the reserve in their respective accounts.  The accounts must in general be kept balanced between spiritual credit and expenditure.  An example of a miracle or smiracle in everyday life is the action of the spiritual world on a person's thoughts, emotions, actions, and circumstance.  It appears that neither Heaven nor Hell use the overt Miracle/Smiracle very often.  Possibly these actions take large amounts of spiritual energy, and are hence only used occasionally.  

 Jesus was born into the world to become the ultimate heavenly banknote.  Jesus descended into Hell and let the captives go free.  In other words, those who had been cast into the lake of fire prior to His descent into Hell were freed.  Ephesians 4:8 "This is why it says: 'When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave

gifts to men.'"  (What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?  He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)"

 He applied the credit of His blood to their account, their debt was paid in full.  Since Jesus had not violated any of the Law, He was not obligated by spiritual law to remain captive by death or Hell.  His release of the prisoners of Hell proved His power over death, the Law, and the hold of Satan.  Thus, Jesus established Himself as the ultimate authority in the commutation of any spiritual legal sentence.  It is in this sense that Jesus is Savior.  It is for this reason that He is called by the name "Jesus" (Savior), because He is able, capable, and willing to save anyone who claims Him as Lord from the inexorable and inevitable captivity of every human soul by Hell.  

 Why should Jesus be worshipped as Lord, and what is it to worship Him?  Examine the meaning of the word worship; it comes from roots meaning worth and honor; its definition is: the performance of devotional acts in honor of a deity; the act of paying divine honors to a supreme Being; submissive respect; loving or admiring devotion.

 Obviously, the God who created the entire universe deserves respect.  Certainly none of us mortals would have a clue as to how to create a universe, much less the actual ability to do it.  Respect and honor are trivial when we look at and recognize the awesome craftsmanship, the considerations involved, the purpose behind it, the amount of creativity, the remarkable balance, the intricate play between the polarities, the hidden and gentlemanly nature of God, etc.  There are innumerable aspects of the creation which are masterful, superior, and mysterious.  Certainly the God who created this universe, and set up the drama for our lives is due admiration.

 When we consider the concept of Lordship, we immediately confront the issue of leadership, guidance, direction and position in that the Lord is superior in knowledge, skill and insight.  Thus, worship or deep respect is an appropriate posture to take when in relationship with Jesus, the chief authority in the universe.  When we place Him as Lord, we are submissive to His way of living, we follow His guidance in our life direction and daily walk; we listen to the gentle speaking of the Holy Spirit in our ear, we are committed to listening to it, we wholeheartedly want to follow the direction that He would lead.  When His values are dear to us, when we want to mold our lives into a personal correlate of the life He lived, when we feel the pull of our will and we choose His will instead, that is when we have made Jesus Lord.  

1 Corinthians 12:3  "Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit."

 Until we are all fully perfected, until we put on immortality, until we take up full Sonship, we are properly submissive to Jesus as Lord.  After that, we are brothers and heirs with Christ.  

1 Corinthians 15:20 "But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.  But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.  Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.  For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.  The last enemy to be destroyed is death.  For he "has put everything under his feet."  Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include The Father, who put everything under Christ.  When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to Him who put everything under Him, so that God may be all in all.

 Jesus left the earth so that the comforter might come.  The comforter was the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit's guidance and direct presence is now available at all times in our lives.  

John 16:5 "Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?'  Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief.  But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away.  Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.  When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.  I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.  But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you."

 Worshipping Jesus as Lord, giving our allegiance to Him as the one true way to God, is the key which unlocks the Holy Spirit's entrance into our lives.  It is this immersion in the Holy Spirit which likewise holds the possibility of our own operating with miracles and spiritual power.  The mind has power to create and organize, but the real source of power is the sovereign power of God.  God has made Jesus the gatekeeper of that power.  No man comes to God except by Jesus.  Likewise, no one has access to the power of the Holy Spirit except through the name of Jesus.  There is no other name in heaven or earth by which you must be saved.