Continuation 4

 

 

Interpretation

 
of Prayer and Slaves
 

Thursday, November 14, 2002

by Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D,, @2002

   
 
The Father of Illegitmacy
 
MICHELANGELO Buonarroti Head of a Satyr 1501-03 British Museum, London
We have noted that America has a similar election and fate as Israel. She was raised up in like manner by the providence of God to fulfill the mandate of the Philadelphian church. God guaranteed her open doors [Revelation 3:7,8] to propagate the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ in a sinful murky world run by the rulers of darkness. Billions of people in other parts of the earth know what hard bondage to a malevolent god is about. They have been bound and enslaved for centuries and even millenniums to gods that squeeze the life and vitality out of them for a meager subsistence on earth. I do not think it necessary to relate the myriad ways that life is hard in other parts of the world. So let's get to the heart of the message in this vision. People who are bonded or enslaved to illegitimate gods, idols that are not really gods, have offspring that are born uncovenanted to the only authentic God there is.
 
 
 
Deuteronomy 32:16-18
 

16 They (the Israelites) provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.
17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.
18 Of the Rock that BEGAT thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.


 

Notice the above states that the Rock, which is Jesus, begat the Israelites who forsook Him for strange illicit gods. It says they were formed by Him and we know from other passages of Scripture it was for the purpose of becoming a people of His own - a holy people to be a holy family with whom He could fellowship. We can conclude then, that the authentic God of heaven had it in mind to be a Father of a family. From this, we can infer that the Israelites were not connected to, nor covenanted with, the strange gods of this world, yet, they were offering sacrifices to them. The One that formed Israel to be His family is the legitimate creator of the world and rightful owner of earth. However strange it may seem, according to the above, after being miraculously delivered out of bondage, they were astoundingly sacrificing to devils, alias idols that did absolutely nothing for them. Given the numerous signs, wonders, and miracles they experienced, perhaps this answers the question, "How stupid can you get?"

Anyone who is not regenerated and placed in the family of God is begotten of satan, is his offspring with his sin nature, and is his heir of stolen goods. Children are given the name of their father because it is through the male that the seed comes, the sperm that is planted in an ovum. In addition, the father furnishes the blood. Children therefore typically assume the surname of their father and thus will incur any malediction associated with it. The father of deceit blasphemed God and stole rulership of the earth with lies. Hence, he became the illegitimate god of this world in the Garden of Eden, and anyone not born again and made a new creature is his progeny, being the way they are, born with a sin nature due to his work of deceit. Consequently, his children inherit his name and can be called 'bastards' because they inherit his illegitimacy. One meaning of the word 'bastard' is illegitimate but there are others which we shall see in due time. Being the illegitimate god of this world, satan's progeny are illegitimately in control of most of the world at this time. Unfortunately for them, their father is a capricious despot and wicked overlord, who being without compassion and totally self-serving, will torture and torment his children in the extreme. Because they are in covenant with and bonded to the devil, they are at risk of dying bonded to him never having escaped from the generational curse passed down from Adam. "How shall we escape, if we (bastards) neglect so great salvation…" [Hebrews 2:3]?

Given the above, illegitimacy derives from parentage and is inherently tied to covenant relationships. Rather than question whether there is a covenant relationship, a marriage between parents for a child's covering, ask what covenant bond exists between a parent and his god for a protective covering. An offspring is enslaved to the spiritual marriage arrangement of his parent and his god. Since every person stems from Adam, the entire race is yoke to him and satan, the spiritual father from whom he acquired his sin nature. To unravel the message of the vision further, we must quit thinking of the offspring as bastards or illegitimate. A child has nothing to do with his legality or legitimacy. The parent is culpable. Then again, illegitimacy is only one meaning of the word 'bastard.' It also means something that is of irregular, inferior, or dubious origin.10 There we have further light on the meaning of the statement spoken by the person in the rocker. We are not talking here about shadows but real relationships - those of the spirit world [Hebrews 8:5; 10:1]. Parental relationships in marriages in the temporal world are mere shadows of the unseen progenitors of men.

 

Of Dubious Origin

The god of this world is not only illegitimate, he is a bastard with a dubious origin. The above Scripture in Deuteronomy 32 informs us he is not a god at all even though the Bible calls him the god of this world in 2 Corinthians 4:4. This so-called god is an angel and by deceiving Eve and enticing her to sin, he stole the right to lord it over her, and her husband as well when Adam deliberately disobeyed His Creator. Disobedience is sin and a holy God will not fellowship with sin. Thus, God turned his creation over to satan for fellowship. What an awful dilemma Adam and his progeny were in. He became enslaved by the devil to practice sin. The baggage of satan became their burden. So, as slaves and bondservants to satan and sin, our original parents who fostered humanity had bastards whose spiritual father is the illegitimate god of this world. This predicament made their offspring slave to do the works of the devil whether they wanted to or not.The only way out was to be purchased in conformity with God's Mosaic Law, by a blood brother who was not enslaved himself. He had to be a freeman not enslaved by a sin nature because a slave is not free to buy and sell.

Jesus Christ on the Cross

The only other human not enslaved with a sin nature was the Son of Man, Jesus, who was born of a virgin without the contaminating blood of Adam. God the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and the baby she bore was fathered by the legitimate God of heaven [Luke 1:35]. Because His parentage was not illegitimate, and because His blood was precious and pure not being indentured as a slave, He was qualified to purchase man's redemption. In dutiful obedience, He went to the cross and spent His entire endowment for us - five quarts of precious blood! Hence, His physical life was 'spent' for you and me on the auction block of the cross to break the yoke of bondage.He could have said like the first Adam in innocence who, being her next of kin had the power to save Eve from ruin, "The price is too high, I'll not pay it." But, the second Adam and Creator of man said, "It's worth it, I lay down my life for the sheep" [John 10:15]. "Amazing grace, how sweet it is that saved a wretch like me!"

The bottom of page 53 of Olney Hymns shows the first stanza of what became "Amazing Grace".

The reason He is called the Son of Man is because He had to be a man in order to purchase men out of the slave market of sin. He was not called the Son of Israel, or the Son of Americans, or the Son of Indians or Chinese. He was the Son of Man because He came to redeem all men. Adam was the culprit. It was because of his trespass that we are in the predicament we are. We can be thankful and we will be eternally grateful for His bountiful love in arranging things so that He could legally recover His creation. In due time, all will be refurbished and will no longer be under a curse. Thus the original enslavers of the human race were Adam and Eve and each generation of progeny thereafter inherit a sin nature derived from their original parents because like begets like. "…(W)ho shall deliver us from the body of this death" [Romans 7:24]? Thank God we can change lordships through the Savior, Jesus [7:25], and get saved according to His mercy, "by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" [Titus 3:5].

 

An Inferior Position

Instead of obeying His Creator, Adam chose to listen to and act in accordance with a being in an inferior position to the true God. Satan is not a god at all but a powerful angel who can intimidate others into obeying him through fear, terror, enticements, and deception. He has ruled the world ever since the Garden episode in this manner. Adam lost his authoritative position over satan when he chose to follow him and sin. Being made in the likeness of God [Genesis 1:26], man was created to rule, while angels were created to serve. After disobeying, without God and without innocence, Adam lost his covering and protection from on high making him powerless to contend with the devil. He had to bow the knee to his new lord of hate and fear. Sin is a spiritual matter, thus this fallen estate Adam bequeathed to his offspring was inherited from the spirit being who fathered it, satan. Anyone who has not been born again and made a new creature [2 Corinthians 5:17] is tethered and bonded through Adam to their father the devil, the illegitimate father of men. Let's hear Jesus speak to this condition.

 
John 8:44
 

44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

An Irregular Estate

In speaking to the Scribes and Pharisees, Jesus said there was no truth in the devil, that he was a murderer and the father of lies. He has the dubious distinction, which is highly irregular, of being called a god even though he is not one. The only way he can stay illegitimately the god of this world is through deception. He tries to make people think he is a god and even worse that he does not exist at all. Yet, he does exist because the Bible so declares it - but he is not a god. He has to steal the Word of God out of a person's heart in order to maintain his status quo as a bastard. Anyone who wants to can escape out of his hand because all it takes to change lords is through a confession. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" [Romans 10:13]. To confess something means you agree with what has been declared. A criminal confesses either innocence or guilt to an indictment brought against him. I suggest you call upon His name and make Jesus your Lord right now if you are not regenerated. Get out from under the control of satan, and get yourself connected and indentured to the only true and authentic God there is. "…(I)f thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" [10:9,10]. Right now, if you believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God sent by the true Father of Heaven to save men from their sins, confess it with your mouth and receive your salvation. God will accept anyone who makes that confession. If no one is around, confess it to the holy invisible angels that surround you. Give them opportunity to work on your behalf for your eternal welfare.

 

John 6:37-40

I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God sent by the true Father of Heaven to save me from my sins, I confess with my mouth and receive your salvation. In Jesus Name Amen!

37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

If you confessed Jesus as your Lord and asked Him to save you, you are no longer an inferior offspring of an illegitimate father. Furthermore, you are no longer a slave to sin and satan. You are a new creature and have become a bondservant of the truly benevolent God of heaven who crowns you with loving kindnesses and tender mercies [Psalms 103:4]. As a new creature, your past is over, ALL your sins are forgiven and washed away. As Jesus told the sinning woman, go and sin no more [John 8:11]. When satan was your lord, you were a bondservant to unrighteousness. Now, "(b)eing…made free from sin, you have become the servant of righteousness" [Romans 6:18]. Don't yield your body to an angel and keep on sinning; rather yield your members to work righteousness. Read the entire chapter 6 of the book of Romans and learn about what it means to be a bondservant or slave to someone or something.

 

God Has No Grandchildren

Do you recall that the person in the rocking chair pulled out a sheet that looked like a genealogy of some sort? The sheet with a list of names represented the genealogy of humankind from Adam to now. "In every nation anyone who fears God and works righteousness is accepted with God" [Acts 10:38]. These people are the chosen saved of the world. God knows who desires salvation and He will be righteous to see that he or she gets information on which to be saved. We do not have to be concerned because God is quite capable of preserving anyone who wants to be saved until information comes on which that person can act. We have precedent in the book of Acts where Cornelius was supernaturally sent information regarding salvation. Stop trying to be God and figure things out. Act on the information and knowledge you have right now at your disposal. Those people who are accepted with God and have made a connection to heaven 11 have their names written down in the book of life [Philippians 4:3] and are not blotted out [Revelation 3:5], 12 which is what the list represented. Some names were skipped over because there was a blank spot where they should have been. Others were marked indicating they were designated to receive eternal life. Because we are born with a sin nature, at some point in life there must be a switch of lords. According to the Bible, when Jesus becomes Lord, we are delivered out of the kingdom of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God's dear Son [Colossians 1:13]. How do we know this has happened? By faith! We take God at His Word for He cannot lie and then He gives us a witness in our spirit that we are a child of God. We are now bondservants to Christ and no longer indentured to sin and satan. At this point, being a slave to slaves is cancelled. Our Father is the legitimate God of Heaven, and we are not tethered to the infamous appellation 'bastard.'

Having received Jesus as Lord means one is now blood covenanted to God who has sworn with an oath and promised that you will go to heaven when you die so long as you keep Him Lord and do not revert back into the kingdom of darkness. It is possible to backslide and is the reason we must stay ever vigilant to maintain our faith. God never forces anyone to be indentured to Him. The choice is ours. Remember, however, that the way of the sinner is hard [Proverbs 13:15] and it leads to death [Romans 6:23]. The better way is to become a jewel in the Father's Kingdom. If you are born again, you are right now a partaker of the magnificent riches of the glories of heaven. Ask the Lord and He will show you things to come. Call upon the Father everyday and ask the "…God of hope, to fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit" [Romans 15:13] who indwells you.

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The vision 'His Voice' talks about our connection to heaven. (have)
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2. Olney Hymns was published by John Newton and William Cowper. "Amazing Grace" is a Christian hymn with lyrics written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725–1807), published in 1779. With a message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of the sins people commit and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, "Amazing Grace". Wikipedia.org

3. Amazing Grace preformed by Band of U.S. Air Force Reserve-Our Citizen Airmen.

4. Picture of Jesus: The Passion of Jesus

 

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