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by Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D., ©2004

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The problem with the ‘seeker-friendly’ religious life style is that it subtly masks the ONLY way to God through repentance. Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish [Luke 13:3,5]. The goodness of God must be balanced with the preaching of His severity or else tolerance for the sake of unity and peace will cloud the way to heaven.

Romans 11:21-22

21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

Preaching about the severity of God is not popular because it disturbs people. This is partly the reason I ran from the dream. Not because I want to be popular, but because it disturbs people and offending people disturbs me! Nevertheless, promoting the offense of the cross, that it is the only way to heaven, is infinitely more important than catering to one’s self-interest.

While some park in a comfort zone, others travel great distances to hear ‘smooth things.’ Judgment seems unreal when basking in the sun on a cruise ship sipping sodas aloft the high seas as a preacher teaches on the benefits of being a Christian. True to the Laodicean image, the end-time church is for the most part asleep in her affluence and does not know that the shame of her nakedness is about to consume her [Revelation 3:18].

So long as a Christian’s comfort zone is not disturbed, he/she will listen to the prophets prophesy ‘smooth things’. However, suggesting that one crucify the flesh and deny self, take up his/her cross, and follow Jesus is construed by some as a denial of the favor of God.

Mark 8:34-38
34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Who will blow the trumpet for Jesus? Are only a few of us qualified to sound the alarm to make ready? When He left this planet, Jesus gave His authority to all the Church. Having commuted His personal mission into the great commission, at His departure we all were authorized to go and tell the world [Matthew 28:18-28]. Jesus has done everything He can do. He suffered torture, avenged not shameful abuse, and whipped the devil in his own domain taking from him the keys of hell and death. He did it all for us. Then, He amazingly turned over the keys to the Church, which for the most part has never used them as God intended.

Keys To The Kingdom

Keys represent authority. Whoever possesses the keys to something controls access into it. In essence, that person has rulership over whatever the keys unlock. Listen to the bewildering statements Jesus made to His disciples:

Matthew 16:18-19

18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Two chapters later we read:

Matthew 18:18

18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

The keys belong to every member of the body of Christ and not a select few; yet how many are using them? Can you see the mandate we have? Jesus gave all believers everywhere authority to witness with power about the power of the gospel of Jesus. He did not keep His victory over satan to Himself. He did not need to recover Adam’s lost authority over the earth for Himself. The creation always has been and ever will be His. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof [1 Corinthians 10:27]. Again: (t)he earth is the LORD’s, and the fulnessthereof; the world, and they that dwell therein [Psalms 24:1]. In addition, the potter has power over the clay. But now, O LORD, …we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand [Isaiah 64:8].

What Jesus did, He did for man. He did not want His Father to lose the beautiful creation predestined to become the city of God. Why do you think He made man in the likeness of Himself? He wanted sons and daughters with whom to fellowship and who could help Him rule His creation. Angels were never created to rule with authority. They were created to be servants to God and His family members [Hebrews 1:14]. Jesus came to recover the authority Adam foolishly turned over to satan. Until Adam’s God-given lease runs out [cf. Mark 12:1], the usurper of the lease has a right to walk up and down in it [Job 1:7; 2:2] because he holds temporary rights to the original lease [Matthew 4:8]. This fact is the basis for understanding the meanings encompassed in this vision.

Had the penalty not been paid (‘the wages of sin is death’ [Romans 6:23]), all things would have been lost forever including man. But God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever takes His death as a substitutionary payment for the penalty of his/her sin, will not perish but have everlasting life [John 3:16].

Adam could not recover from the grip of his sin because satan had the keys to hell and the grave, and he kept people locked up and bound through fear of death.

Hebrews 2:14-15

14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Note that verse 15 says it is fear of death that keeps people in bondage to satan and sin. Jesus said, I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death [Revelation 1:18]. When Jesus left the domain of hell and rose from the dead, He stripped satan of the keys, and gave them to us Christians. We must find out what belongs to us right now in the devil’s world so that we can recover ourselves as well as others from captivity to his whims. We will not need the keys in heaven.

Can you see why we need the authority that Jesus gave us? Without it, we cannot rule in this earth. Reread Matthew 16:18 above and notice that it says ‘the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’ The Church ought to be aggressively pursuing the devil with the authority of the name of Jesus taking back ground he took away from Adam. We have not been saved to sit back and relax. There is an outlaw at large, out on bond till his lease runs out, and Jesus needs us to expose the wickedness of Babylon and complete the formation of Zion. Our commission, like Jesus, is to finish the Father’s work and complete the body of Christ [John 4:34].

It takes spiritual warfare to do the work of the Lord. Heed the instructions of our King. Speak in His stead, cast out devils, and spread the good news that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand and unlocked. There is an open invitation now to anyone who wants to enter in.

Having finished His work on earth, Jesus is now doing the work of a High Priest interceding in the throne room to the Father for each one of His brethren. Furthermore, He oversees that the devils obey when we make demands of them. And whatsoever ye shall ask (Strong’s NT:154 = ‘aiteo’ - demand) in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask (NT:154 = aiteo - demand) ANYTHING in my name, I will do it [John 14:13-14]. Do you believe that? You must believe it in order to manifest any power when you speak to devils. You are not demanding of God but commanding devils to loose their captives.

Unfortunately, believers seem careless and indifferent to their commission in life. Thank God, however, there are a few voices in the wilderness, and there is still time to make the turnaround to meet God’s grace instead of His judgment. The Father is ever ready to receive anyone who will answer His call to repentance. He is no respecter of persons. As Peter said in

Acts 10:34-35

34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Praise God that in the midst of the gloom of this vision, there is hope for the captives and Jeannette. You do not have to end up chained like her unable to escape from the tower. The call is out to everyone everywhere to enter into Jesus’ Kingdom now, not tomorrow or the next day. Right now! …Behold, now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation…[2 Corinthians 6:2]. You can be rapture-ready now! Contrary to Scarlet O-Hara, “tomorrow (may not be) another day.” If you follow the Biblical command to watch and stay ready, you can escape the inevitable consequences of those who are left behind. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man [Luke 21:36]. Those are not my words. They belong to Jesus.

The important thing to remember as you read any of the communiqués’ on this website is that you do not have to experience any of the sinister hardships symbolically portrayed in the prophetic action of the dreams, visions, and prophecies. Like the prophecies of the Old Testament, some relate to good things God has prepared for those who obey His voice; but, alas, some prophesy evil if the warning in the message is not heeded. Indeed, the singular supreme purpose of these messages is to exhort you to stay perpetually ready to become airborne in order to escape the horrid things envisaged in some. After the great shout of our Lord to ‘come up hither’ 3 in Revelation 4:1, there will be no time to get ready. You will have entered the point of no return into the great tribulation about which this vision speaks.

 

A Tale of Two Cities

Introduction

Jeannette found herself walking down a lane in a city, seemingly peaceful with no sign of disorder. From all appearances, it looked like it had been resourcefully conceived for she was impressed with its magnificent beauty. This city represents the cosmic system of world order (see Appendix 1) because we learned at the tail/tale end of the dream that Jeannette was given the name of the Queen of this city – Babylon.

The observation that Jeannette was alone on a street that should have been bustling with activity and commerce is the first sign that all is not as it should be. The chains that would soon bind her would belie its apparent charm. Up close and personal, all seemed well, the acme of perfection and an attractive habitation, but hidden beneath the harmonious whole was chaos at its root. We know from the narration and Scripture that the magnetism of this city is charged by the evil one who for the time being mysteriously but de facto rules the world. Let us see how this occurred.


The World - A Sheepfold By stealth and deceit, Lucifer climbed up the back wall into the sheepfold of humanity through a snake and robbed the human race of its legitimate right to rule God’s earth 4 . The legitimate entrance into this world’s sheepfold is a human body.

John 10:1-3

1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

In order to function within this physical universe one must possess a material body. Jesus intimated in the passage above that the sheepfold was the human race, and no one has a right to be in this enclosure that is not of the species of the metaphorical sheep.

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God created man to have dominion over the earth, which is the reason He made the man in His image and after His likeness [Genesis 1:26,27]. He intended for him to be a ruler like Himself, for He said, …Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth [Genesis 1:26]. Dominion denotes sovereignty or the exercise of control over something. Thus, we can rightly infer from Jesus’ comments in John 10, that it takes a human body made of the same substance of the earth, the dust of the ground from which man was formed [Genesis 2:7], to operate and interact with material things in this physical world.

Jesus said the porter would open the door to the legitimate shepherd of the sheep. In Jesus’ time, several shepherds used one corral in which to secure their sheep at night. A shepherd could enter the sheepfold and retrieve his sheep by calling to them. They know his voice and will not follow the voice of any other. This analogy is not to intimate that there is more than one legitimate shepherd because there is not.

John 10:7-9

7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Jesus clearly said that He is the door of the sheepfold implying that there is no other safe way out of the fold. Every other being posing as a shepherd that takes out sheep is a thief and robber whose intent is to devour them. To put it another way and be more specific, the only way sheep can go outside the enclosure safely to green pastures and still waters is by way of the good shepherd who is the door leading to life eternal. He is the only shepherd who ‘leads into paths of righteousness [Psalms 23] that lead to heaven.

IT Takes An 'Earth Suit' To Martriculate In The Earth

The import of the passages in John 10 establishes the notion that it takes a physical body to lawfully interact with the human-race sheepfold. This is why Jesus had to become a man. Being a legitimate member of Homo sapiens, He could pay the penalty of death for men’s sins. No other shepherd in all of human history has claimed to have given his life for the sheepfold [Acts 4:12] and they never will because they do not qualify. I’ll come back to that. Jesus did. He said, I am the good shepherd: and the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep [John 10:11], and again He said, ‘…there is none good, but one, that is God [Mark 10:18].

Being the good shepherd, Jesus has done for the sheepfold what no other man could do. … Being equal with God…He made himself of no reputation and …was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and ‘became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross’ [Philippians 2:6-8]. Since He became a sapiens member, He can legally enter into the pen and call out those sheep that are his.

Wolves In Snakeskin

If a being enters into the sheepfold any other way than with a human body, Jesus said he was a thief and a robber. Scripture explains that satan crawled up the back wall via a snake’s body, entered the sheepfold illegally, and stole from man his right to govern this planet. He beguiled Eve to disobey God’s command [2 Corinthians 11:3], which enticed Adam to do so also. Regardless of how you cut it, the fact that they chose to obey the coaxing of a snake made the serpent their new lord. Thus, as we have already noted, satan took possession of the right of rulership over this planet because Adam gave it to him. God gave it to Adam, and Adam turned it over to satan. Satan became his spiritual malefactor-lord by betraying his true and legitimate benefactor-Lord.

In order to understand the Babylonian mystique in this vision, one must discern this illegal acquisition. If it were not written down in the Word of God, it would be hard to believe that God’s preexistent enemy has the right of ruling His creation. Look at this startling statement made by Luke:

Luke 4:5-7

5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

Note that the devil indicated the lease rights to govern this world with all its kingdoms were given to him. In addition, unless satan had a legitimate right to give to Jesus rulership of the kingdoms of the world, the temptation noted would have been invalid. Furthermore, Christ referred to him as the ‘prince of this world’ [John 12:31] while Paul called him ‘the god of this world’ [2 Corinthians 4:4]. It appears as if he is in charge legitimately albeit illegally! Something’s amiss and smells fishy here. We can only surmise why God permitted this ambivalent situation to arise in the first place. At present, we yield to the Bible’s declaration that satan’s rule and exercise of power is in the sphere of this world, and he has a right to it!

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This call by Jesus to John, who symbolizes the church, tocome up here’ is a signal to the reader that this is the point at which the true church is raptured. How do we know? It occurs immediately following the close of Jesus’ historical documentation of the Church Age in the second and third chapters. The terminology is reminiscent of Isaiah’s words in his prophecy that declares: Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast [Isaiah 26:20]. John’s phraseology confirms that Isaiah’s words are referring to a rapture of God’s people at some point in future time for the prima facie purpose of missing the indignation otherwise known as the wrath of God. The word ‘come’ is a Hebraic idiom a lover uses to invite one into marriage. (in)
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