Deception, deception, deception, a seed planted that has now come to its time of maturity. Therefore, a time for the revealing as to deceptions true nature is upon humanity. To uncover this root of deception one must consider where the planted seed took place and what its source is. In this, Peter in 1 Peter 5:8 exhorts us, “Be sober [self-controlled], be vigilant [watchful]; because your adversary the Devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” In this, three distinct enemies are trying to halt and hinder the believer’s spiritual growth, the Devil, the world, and the flesh. This scripture tells us how the enemy walks or roams about as a roaring lion, given us a warning. When lions hunt, they most generally look for the weak, young, isolated, and unguarded animals first. These are then marked for attack. While the ultimate agenda of the enemy is to destroy us all, His desire is not only to merely hurt, maim, or to discourage, but also to devour and destroy us. He does this when he gets us to bow to circumstances, pressures, or forces of his evil design, hoping thereby to make us yield to him.
Let us remember, when man fell while in the Garden of Eden, God placed a curse upon the serpent that had deceived Eve. This curse declares that the serpent order has but one source of food, the dust from which God made man. Gen. 3:14, “So the Lord God said to the serpent: because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly [speaking of its earthly, carnal appetites] you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.” Therefore, in order to feed itself the serpent order must seek out kindred, tongue, people and nations as its source of strength, its source of food.
The Greek words used for these groups speak to us of the true nature manifested through these people who yield to the roaring lion who seeks to devour. “Kindred”, the Greek word “PHULE” speaks of an offshoot, race or clan, speaking of a people who are the offshoot or sprout of the Adamic race, having his fallen nature. In today’s world however, the people of creation are God’s purposed creation and from among them, He calls forth a people with a greater purpose. These are to become mature by the indwelling Holy Spirit and made into God’s dwelling place, a people of His likeness and image.
“Tongue” is the Greek word “GLOSSA” which means a language, that which can separate a people unto themselves from any other peoples (remember the tower of Babel’s time of confusion). In this, we should consider the common believed doctrines among the many groups that separate and bind the people together unto their own particular beliefs and separate them from others. “People”, the Greek word “LAOS”, a word that has the meaning of a people in general. This denotes a people who are of the same language. This also points to people whom among their own groups, they separate from others, as they speak the same language or doctrines while excluding others. Thus, those of today’s church order that form their own denominations sometimes exclude any other denomination.
“Nation”, the Greek word “ETHNOS” is speaking of a race, a tribe consisting of non-Jewish foreigners and pagans, the Gentiles. As used in the Old Testament it speaks of those not worshiping the “true God” of Israel. Thus, pointing to believers who worship the wrong things, they follow the desires of self that shouts out loudly of carnality. Today it speaks of church groups that allow themselves to yield to carnal avenues and mind-sets for a type of success as seen in their own eyes.
A carnal church, as it now exists, has become the breeding ground for that portion of the Christian community that promotes carnal doctrines, selfish pride and position. These separate themselves from that, which is Spirit and Truth. These groups are becoming the weightier influences, on a natural level; they led the people into what scripture calls destruction. While the carnal mind is the enemy of God, it pulls the people into what is becoming the heart of this carnal church. Read 1 Tim. 6:3-10 while quoting verse 9, “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.”
This breeding ground, now ripe and mature, is birthing a realm of deception that the scripture calls the “beast”. This beast, birthed from this realm of carnality and considered by the many as the church, is but a movement promoting a will that is not God’s will. It moves in a mind-set other than the mind of Christ. It manifests emotions that feed the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. It also births desires other than righteousness, which includes all manner of corruption.
Peter describes this beast nature clearly in 2 Peter 2:12-17, “But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deception while they feast with you, having eyes full of adultery [spiritual and natural] and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water; clouds [groups of people] carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.”
The above description of the beast nature, as revealed from scripture, shows us “the beast” that comes up out of and is birthed from within a people. These people are the people of the carnal church and are spoken of as the “sea” while having a heart that issues forth only from the carnal mind. This, so called church then is one that manifests the heart or nature of the beast. Rev. 13:1, “Then I stood on the sand of the sea [waters]. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea [waters], having seven heads and ten horns [judgment], and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.” What is this “sea” spoken of here? Scripture reveals the “sea” or the waters as a group of people known according to Rev. 17:15 as, “Then he said to me, the waters which you saw, where the harlot [carnal church] sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.” Thus, these are the carnal church members that manifest and live with a like-mindedness as the beast nature.
This beast church then is that harlot church which even now wars against the pure Word of God that speaks only of Spirit and Truth. These speakers of Spirit and Truth are the true witnesses of the Christ as they stand against the carnality that has permeated the church order. This corrupt church, also known as Babylon the Great, accepts all socially acceptable sins in its failure to honor the covenant Christ has provided for them. Rev. 17:5-6, “And on her forehead [mind] a name [nature] was written: Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and the abominations of the earth. I saw the woman [carnal church system] drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.”
To the natural eye, this Babylonian church is of such natural splendor that it is something of a marvel. It appears to be of such aggrandizement that, in amazement, many people flock to its deception. But, remember God’s truth as spoken by Jesus to the woman at the well. John 4:21-24, “Jesus said to her, woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews [through Christ Jesus]. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth [not the deception of the carnal mind].”
The above verses speak of God having for Himself a true church, a true people whose lives manifest the nature of Christ for the corrupt world to behold. These, the elect of God, become the judgment of God in the earth. God’s word through them brings justice from God as Spirit and Truth. In the Christ-like nature judgment proceeds, because God’s word on tablets of stone and ink written on paper (scrolls of legalistic laws of man) have become obsolete because of God’s new covenant, that is to say His nature is now to be written on and in man’s heart, his soul. (Read Heb. 8:7-13). Note verse 13 which declares, “In that He says, a new covenant, He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.”
The beast, coming forth from the sea or heart of the carnal church now sits in judgment. God’s two witnesses, the spirit and truth, speak of a people knowing the reality of Christ-in-them. These have and are becoming the word of God manifesting in the earth. Their personal earth of spirit, soul, and body has changed so that they now stand in the world as the judgments of God. Herein God’s judgment comes forth to judge the earth of all corruption. This judgment precedes the glory of God’s New Jerusalem, which are His kingdom order people. This judgment will establish a time of peace wherein the kingdom of God rules over the earth. This ruler-ship proclaims the government of God as the nature of God is manifesting through His elect. These elect minister complete justice to all with each vessel having opportunity to receive understanding as to God’s eternal purpose for all creation.
Where does this glory, this government, this nature proceed from? Rev. 21:22-27 declares, “But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple [a swallowed up in Him, His many member Christ company], the city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lambs Book of life.”
Herein stand the people of God’s Spirit and Truth. These only worship Him in Spirit and Truth through complete obedience in surrendering their will, mind, emotions, and desires to Christ. Herein they become a people living in the presence of God to manifest Him unto the nations. Out with the “beast” and his nature as the Christ nature now arrives to manifest God’s kingdom. Is this not God’s time to bring forth judgment and establish His kingdom?