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Interpretation Top of the World

by Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D. © 2004

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Every Knee Shall Bow

Why was Jeannette told to make the blows just above the knee? It was because God has prophesied:

 
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Isaiah 45:23
23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
   
Romans 14:11
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
 
Philippians 2:10
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
 

The above three Scriptures are enough witnesses to confirm the vision’s veracity as to what God is in the process of doing. Whoever will not bow down to God willingly will be forced to do so in the judgment. God is breaking the image at knee-point illustrating that satan will be forced to fall on his knees and admit he is powerless against an Almighty God.

Satan’s armour – the fear of death – has been stripped away, which the second blow upon the chisel depicted.

 
Hebrews 2:14-16
  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.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

From the above Scripture, we see that Jesus partook of flesh and blood in order to be able to enter earth by the doorway and taste death as a man for all humanity. Thus, He came into earth legitimately as the seed of Abraham with the express purpose of redeeming earth from satanic rulership. In accomplishing His mission, He paralyzed the devil when He stripped him of his armour and released men from the fear of death as verse 15 above so notes.

Fear of being hurt or killed is what causes people to act cowardly. They fear what men will say or do and conform to the ways of the world even when they know it is contrary to biblical precepts. Jesus said, …fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell [Matthew 10:28]. For those who have taken Jesus as Lord, death has no more hold upon them because they have been given eternal life through having been made new creatures in Christ. Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new [2 Corinthians 5:17]. Christians ought to be ready to die. Are you?

From the above Scripture passage in Hebrews, we are told that Jesus destroyed satan’s stronghold upon men. As believers, we ought not allow the devil to intimidate us into backing off God’s Words. If God has said something in the Bible, it is gospel truth and we should act accordingly. Believe God and do not let the devil rob you of your miracle. Study the Word and receive your inheritance because Jesus has paid the ransom and it is yours today.

 
Holy Bible
The Bible is God’s Will – His last Will and Testament for his children – and is full of promises for blessings in the here and now. Let me ask you something. When does the provisions of a will go into effect? When you die or when the benefactor dies? Most Christians are waiting till they die to get their inheritance. They say, when I get to heaven I will have the power of God at work for me, or I will get my healing when I die. What a travesty! That is exactly what the devil would like you to think. Remember that Jesus said he is a liar and cannot tell the truth for there is no truth in him [John 8:44]. So, quit listening to him. Read the Will and take your inheritance – NOW!  
 

Jesus died and came back from the grave to probate His own Will, to make sure everyone who claims his inheritance in it by believing His Word over against the devil’s lies receives exactly what is specified in it. It is a matter of faith, a matter of believing what God said instead of what the world says. Remember what happened to Adam when he chose to believe the lie of satan? He lost his right and privilege to rule this earth for God. Jesus has regained this right to rule in earth and has given believers His Power of Attorney to do so in His name. Moreover, He has sent the Holy Ghost to empower you with God’s strength to ward off the demons of hell. If you do not believe God’s Word, you too will forfeit your right and privilege to reign in life on earth NOW.

 
Romans 5:17
  17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

How do we reign in life? By receiving God’s abundant grace and living in the Word.
It is God’s will that His children …prosper and be in health even as (their) soul prospers [3 John 1:2]. The way to get your soul to prosper is found in James 1:21.

 
James 1:21
  21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls (from wrong thinking). NKJV

According to the above, you must put away sin and get into the Word of God. Receiving with meekness means to believe it as a little child would believe his parent. A little child hangs on to and trusts in every word his mommy or daddy says. As you study it, the Word is implanted into your spirit and becomes a part of you. Then it is able to deliver you from bondages to satan thereby freeing you up to receive and experience your inheritance of prosperity and health. This is the divine life Jesus came to give us. The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly [John 10:10]. Abundant life is potential. It all depends upon how you treat God’s Word.

 
Call In The Big Guns
Cannons of World War I
 

Since the crucifixion of Jesus, satan is no longer in control of earth. Jesus has control because as we have seen all authority in heaven and earth has been given unto him. In order to enforce this newly recovered authority, God’s children have been given the Holy Spirit to empower them. It is one thing to have authority, but if there is no enforcement power, the authority is worthless. Why do you think police officers carry guns? Their badge gives them authority to enforce the law, but their gun gives them the power to do it. The reason that God wants His children to be baptized in the Holy Ghost is for power. Man is no match for spirit power.

Jesus specifically told the first born-again converts to wait in Jerusalem until they were empowered by God to go forth and teach people about the gospel or good news of the Kingdom of God. As Christians, we are not waiting to get into the Kingdom; it has already come upon us! Jesus said not to go out looking hither and yon for the Kingdom of God because it is within you. We are living in it right now. Everything a believer needs to succeed in life and do God’s bidding is within us. What we must do is look within to the Holy Ghost who indwells us and the abiding Word of God that has been placed there through study.

If the Word of God is not abiding in you, then you do not have much spiritual food for ammunition against the big guns of the devil. Since Jesus has taken actual rule away from satan, he no longer can rely solely upon the might of physical armies to control things. He has called in the priests and prophets of his statue. Their job is to become false priests and false prophets in order to deceive believers. He is not so concerned about unbelievers because they are already working for his kingdom. But, believers have the power now of binding and loosing spirits in the name of Jesus along with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He gives us the necessary might to move mountains and speak to obstacles that are in the way. It takes faith, however, to activate the power. For this reason, it is important that believers understand faith concepts as explained in the Bible.

Without a working knowledge of the Bible, anyone is at the mercy of false teachers and prophets. These are satan’s big guns that he has been using since the cross. They keep the way of salvation confused and embroiled with contentions. Their biggest job is to keep people out of the Word. Without knowledge of the Word, anyone is a candidate for deception. Truth only lies in the Word of God. Everything else falls in the category of facts, which are changeable. The only way for the devil to maintain control of people is to deceive them and so much the more since his authority has been taken away. He knows believers have the upper hand. He can read Scripture and he knows it says: Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world [1 John 4:4].

Can you see that God’s children ought to be reigning in life? We are OF GOD, born of God, and have the Holy Spirit residing in us. Is not God greater than angels? Of course He is. The problem is that God cannot get His children to take Him at His Word and actually use it as ammunition against the big guns of satan. The only way false teaching can prevail is if the truth is not known. Anybody can fall for anything then. Therefore, satan’s big guns today are spiritual deception regarding truth brought about by false teachers and prophets. They started to work immediately after Jesus left earth for heaven. One cannot read the letters to the churches in the New Testament without coming across admonition after admonition to beware of these false priests and prophets.

 

Conclusion

We have seen that satan sneaked into God’s beautiful garden that He had planted for His man Adam and stole Adam’s lease to rule earth. This put God in a peculiar bind because His Word is on the line and it must not be perverted. God’s plan to recover rulership of earth began in the garden when He established that the seed of the woman would bruise or kill the head of the serpent. From that moment on, God had to gradually get His Word back into the world to legally repossess dominion of the planet.

In working out His plan of action, God had to make a series of covenants 1 with men who would take Him at His Word and allow God to do certain things in a legal way on earth. It is very important that God not be like satan who uses deception and illegal means to work his will. Everything with God must be legal and upright.

After seizing control of earth, it did not take satan long to reduce it to rubble. Sadly, God had to stand by and watch. Nevertheless, God had gotten His Word out into the world that when Methuselah died, a flood would come. A literal translation would read, ‘when he dies, it shall come forth.’ His name was given to him by Enoch his father who was probably told by God to name him that. Because the Bible says that Enoch walked with God, I am sure he heard from God regularly. Moreover, Methuselah helped Noah build the Ark because he did not die until the day the flood began.

In order to make Methuselah’s prophetic name true, God had to step in and cleanse the earth with a flood. By the time of the flood, God had a legal right to act in the world because He found men who would covenant with Him and speak words for Him. Keep in mind that God watches over His Word to perform it. It would probably be better to say His holy angels do.

The first blow upon the chisel was the flood. This knocked out satan’s use of evil angels to help him rule. After they were sidelined, satan summoned armies of men to work his will. Kingdom after kingdom has arisen but none of them has been able to weather the sin natures of men. The devil has his hands full trying to keep the lusts of men from destroying everything once he has gotten things under control. I venture to say that many a war was not the will of satan. He would rather be able to control without the carnage that often forces him to start over again in reaching his goal of being worshipped as God.

 
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The second blow upon the chisel was the cross. This was where satan really got pounded. He lost his rulership and authority to the Son of God and was stripped of his ability to control his subjects. Christians were now empowered to go forth and build the Kingdom of God. In the midst of the devil’s cosmic system, the Kingdom of God has been growing mightily and has become a huge tree covering the entire earth. Unfortunately, true to the parable, the fowls of the air are lodging under the shadow of it.
 

These fowls are the big guns satan uses to make casualties out of Christians. Unbelievers do not give the devil much worry because they are already working for him in his cosmic system. What he is afraid of is that believers will learn about their authority and Holy Ghost power and start using it on him. Therefore, it is imperative that he steal the Word of God from people. The foundation parable of all parables is the one concerning the sower sowing the Word [Mark 4:13]. In it, Jesus describes that satan will use five things in order to keep people from learning about their inheritance – afflictions, persecutions, the cares of this life, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things [Mark 4: 16-19].

Dear reader, the statue of satan is crumbling. He has only a short time left. He cannot recover from the two devastating blows he has sustained by God. If you are not yet a citizen of the Kingdom of God, I beseech you to make a change now while there is time. Jeannette felt the earth shake with violence and she saw the earth wobbling violently. The anguish upon the faces of people she saw bound to earth disturbed her.

  We have seen that the footings of the statue are gone and it has no place to go but down. If you have not yet taken Jesus as your Lord, I encourage you to do so. There is a page on this website that can help you make that commitment to Jesus. It is entitled ‘How To Become A Christian.’ Read it and say the sinners prayer at the end and let us know if you do. Jeannette and I are very concerned about where people go at the end of their lives. It is for this reason we have established with God’s direction this website.
How To Become: Click here!
 
May God go with you wherever you are and bring you to your hope of heaven..
 

 

 

 
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Update: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:34 PM