Those of you who are regular subscribers to Jacob’s Ladder have perhaps wondered why I have only published a few articles this year. Since October of 2008, I have been editing and rewriting a book that I plan to publish by year’s end, and I have attempted to devote all of my writing time to this end. At the outset of my writing project, God revealed something to me, unrelated to my book, that I had been studying for 20 years and never saw. This revelation has triggered an understanding in me, about God’s Word and who I am, that has been mind altering.
I will publish a five-part series on why God placed a divine mark of protection on Cain after he murdered his brother Abel. The first three articles will demonstrate satan’s success in influencing some Churches, and how he has parlayed this success to control certain aspects of our belief. The fourth article will address why God capitulated to Cain’s appeal that his punishment was too severe. And the fifth article will examine a few other Cain-like figures in the Bible and explain why we don’t see them in their true light. As an example, if all you have seen regarding Job is that he patiently endured his satanic affliction, then you have missed the greatest social crusader of all time.
I trust that this series will be as revolutionary to your thinking as it has been to mine.
It is easy to take for granted that an individual does not understand spiritual things unless they are Christians, but this notion flirts with deception. Although anyone who does not have a relationship with Jehovah God cannot understand the mysteries of His Mind, they still have the potential to understand that a spirit world exists. In fact, Paul warned those at
18.For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19.Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20.For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21.Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened (Romans 1:18-21)
Our world is ruled by physics laws: what goes up must come down (gravity); every action has an equal and opposite reaction (law of motion); and the Second Law of Thermodynamics states that over time things of a higher order, will become more disorderly, like when a hot cup of tea sits long enough to turn cold. These are just a few physics laws that rule our universe, but there are also spiritual laws that are relevant in our lives, whether we are Christians or not: one will reap what they sow; prayer and meditation places one at a higher level of consciousness; and faith in God will move any mountain1.
Just like if one throws a ball in the air, gravity will pull it back to the earth, those who practice spiritual principles will generally see results. In fact, I would argue that aside from the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II, three of the most significant events of the 20th century were spearheaded by spiritual men, whose faith was in God, and only one was a devout Christian: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a charge that slew Jim Crow in the United States; Mahatmas Gandhi demonstrated the awesome power of passive resistance, which caused the collapse of the British Empire in India; and the Ayatollah Khoemeini led a social uprising that overthrew the U.S. backed Shah of Iran.
In each of the above cases, these men proved that a standing army is no match for one who has faith in God and is willing to lay down their life for their cause. This combination is the only threat to the purveyors of satan’s kingdom.
I grew up during a time of black, social awareness, and I would hear the black activists beating their chests proclaiming that the reason the ‘white man’ was holding them back was because he was afraid of ‘the black man.’ What lunacy! Those who hold the super secret launch codes to a nuclear arsenal fear no man, with the exception of someone who is deeply committed to serving God, and demonstrates faith that will literally move mountains, and has lost the fear of death. This man has the potential of altering the balance of power in our world, and those who sit at the helm of our civilization understand that better than anyone, and therein lies satan’s motivation for undermining the Scripture by attempting to control the interpretation.
[s]atan cannot afford an Enoch, or a Job, or an Apostle Paul to rise among the people and disrupt thousands of years of satanic planning, and the most effective tool for arresting our growth is to control what we are fed spiritually. If you understand this, then you will understand the key to this series. The devil is less interested in your health and wealth than he is in your ability to discern the times. The British author, Charles Dickens, could have been referring to the modern day
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way."
“A Tale of Two Cities” depicts the plight of the French peasantry under the oppression of the French Aristocracy in the years leading up to the Revolution, but it proved to be prophetic as a description of the state of the modern Church. John picked up on this paradoxical condition in his letter to the Church at Laodicea: Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked (Revelation 3:17). And this is the greatest deception of all C that a spiritually blind man will boast in his knowledge of God’s Word; neither realizing his condition nor taking any action to reverse it.
…to be continued
1 An example of a heathen’s faith moving God was the Canaanite woman who came to Jesus asking for deliverance for her demon possessed daughter. She was not of the lost sheep of the House of Israel, and was therefore technically ineligible for Jesus’ blessings. However, once He saw her faith, He granted her plea:
25.Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26.But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27.And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. 28.Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour (Matthew -28).