August 17, 2014 ©Homer Kizer
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The War to End
A person who purports to be of God cannot behead another person and pretend that God condones the beheading: the person—in this case, members of the Islamic caliphate ISIS—deceives him or herself, calling evil good, thereby condemning the person to the lake of fire, never to depart … in this physical world, a person has the ethical right to defend him or herself, not that such defense should become necessary for the person born of God. A son of God cannot do with a gun what can be done with the voice of this disciple when he or she speaks in faith, absolutely believing what the disciple declares in love for God, neighbor, and brother. The endtime two witnesses will speak much in faith; they will need neither M16s, nor AK47s to defend themselves because of what they speak although the entire world will despise their prophecies. They will, with their mouths, envelop those who would harm them with fire and in fire that cannot be quenched.
In this world, there will be no prophets greater than the two witnesses—not Moses whom they teach, not Jesus whom they teach, not Muhammad whom they contradict … the two witnesses will contradict not only Muhammad, but also what rabbinical Judaism and greater Christianity teaches; for none of the people of the Book faithfully delivers the message that was apparently entrusted to them, this message being that only one way of life leads to life, and that way is love for God, neighbor, and brother, which will have the person absorbing wrong when it can be absorbed. When two parties in any dispute, in any interaction absorb the shortcomings of the other party out of love for the other party, the two parties will find that their own shortcomings require forgiveness, what it means to absorb the shortcoming of others. And when both parties realize that both need forgiveness on occasion, disputes dissolve into the type of interaction that occurred between Esau and Jacob when they met after being separated for two decades (see Gen 31:38):
And Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two female servants. And he put the servants with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all. He himself went on before them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. And when Esau lifted up his eyes and saw the women and children, he said, "Who are these with you?" Jacob said, "The children whom God has graciously given your servant." Then the servants drew near, they and their children, and bowed down. Leah likewise and her children drew near and bowed down. And last Joseph and Rachel drew near, and they bowed down. Esau said, "What do you mean by all this company that I met?" Jacob answered, "To find favor in the sight of my lord." But Esau said, "I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself." Jacob said, "No, please, if I have found favor in your sight, then accept my present from my hand. For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God, and you have accepted me. Please accept my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough." Thus he urged him, and he took it. (Gen 33:1–11)
Did Esau with four hundred men have to make peace with Jacob his brother whom he had previously wanted to kill for Jacob’s deceit? Was Jacob, after wrestling with the Lord, the same person as he was before? Laban hadn’t been impressed with Jacob’s integrity; for the herds Jacob had should have been Laban’s if Jacob had somehow messed with cattle genetics, doing what Laban didn’t understand and what isn’t today well understood.
As soon as Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, "Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country. Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, that I may go, for you know the service that I have given you." But Laban said to him, "If I have found favor in your sight, I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you. Name your wages, and I will give it." Jacob said to him, "You yourself know how I have served you, and how your livestock has fared with me. For you had little before I came, and it has increased abundantly, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I turned. But now when shall I provide for my own household also?" He said, "What shall I give you?" Jacob said, "You shall not give me anything. If you will do this for me, I will again pasture your flock and keep it: let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, and the spotted and speckled among the goats, and they shall be my wages. So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen." Laban said, "Good! Let it be as you have said." But that day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in the charge of his sons. And he set a distance of three days' journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob pastured the rest of Laban's flock. Then Jacob took fresh sticks of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the sticks. He set the sticks that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink, the flocks bred in front of the sticks and so the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted. And Jacob separated the lambs and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban. He put his own droves apart and did not put them with Laban's flock. Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob would lay the sticks in the troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed among the sticks, but for the feebler of the flock he would not lay them there. So the feebler would be Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's. (Gen 30:25–42 emphasis added)
Laban practiced divination as well as had household idols that Rachel valued enough to steal; so in Laban’s household, there was no “pure” worship of God. Laban and his household were to the Lord as greater Christianity is today to Christ Jesus.
What was in what Jacob did with fresh sticks of poplar, almond, and plane, peeling white streaks in them that caused Jacob to prosper? Nothing. Jacob was also practicing witchcraft; for peeling a white strip in a fresh bough will not release chemicals in the watering trough that will cause an unspotted bull to breed a spotted calf in an unspotted cow … Laban had removed all of his spotted or streaked livestock from Jacob’s keeping; so while all of Laban’s livestock would have carried genes for spots and streaks, Jacob also practiced a form of divination by placing partially peeled boughs in the watering trough for these boughs would not have affected the color of the hides of calves, lambs, and kids born in the flock Jacob was tending. What would affect outcome is the Lord, whom Laban had learned by divination was with Jacob.
The Lord allowed Jacob to peel streaks in freshly cut boughs and place these boughs in the watering troughs where herds and flocks bred … the Lord didn’t stop Jacob from practicing the witchcraft found in Laban household; nor has the Lord intervened to stop the endtime sons of Isaac and of Ishmael from practicing their form of witchcraft.
Christians who want to put freshly cut boughs in watering troughs to see if they can duplicate what Jacob did are without spiritual understanding, and will themselves have to wrestle with God as Jacob had to do in order to leave behind their witchcraft and begin to worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:24).
Consider Rachel whom Jacob loved: she steals her father’s household gods (Gen 31:19), then when her father catches up with Jacob and his party and flocks, Laban being warned in a dream about what he can say to Jacob can only accuse Jacob of theft of his household gods. And Rachel has to lie to her father while sitting on the fruit of her thievery, telling her father that it is her time of the month, the reason why she will not dismount, be caught and be slain according to Jacob’s declaration (v. 32). If Laban would have found his household gods with Rachel, most likely Jacob would never have left the land of Haran, the land representing death (the death of the old self, the old man).
The two witnesses come to put an end to death; to the disobedience of Israel; to the witchcraft of Judaic mysticism and Christian orthodoxy and Islamic revelation. Unlike Christ Jesus who didn’t come to judge or condemn the world but to save it (John 12:47), the two witnesses will come to condemn the world through bringing an end to Death; for a thing is not established before God except by the testimony of two or three witnesses. Yes, Christ Jesus defeated Death, but He is only one witness … the Adversary will say that Jesus lived after death because He came from heaven, that Jesus is proof that those who are of heaven will never die, with the Adversary twisting reality to reassure rebelling angels consigned to death in this world that they will not die when this is not the case.
The two witnesses will be men humanly fathered by the same father; they will be brothers as Moses and Aaron were brothers, with one truly born of God as a son as Moses was adopted into Pharaoh’s household as the son of No-Name. This one will then be filled with spirit at the Second Passover liberation of Israel while the other witness will be filled with spirit before being born of God: this latter witness will be as Aaron was, reared as a slave of Pharaoh, having lived his life as a slave, and only in his later years again meeting up with his brother to do a work that he had not expected to do.
The war to end Western Civilization will not be a simple good guy versus bad guy fight. If that were the case, there would be no need for the prophesying of the two witnesses during the Affliction, nor for the whole world to rejoice at their deaths. But “because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth” (Rev 11:10), the world will rejoice for three days before dominion is taken from the Adversary and his angels, the two witnesses are resurrected and called into heaven, and the single kingdom of this world becomes the kingdom of the Son of Man.
The war to end Western Civilization will see Trinitarian Christendom at war with Arian Christendom, with both slaying Sabbath-keepers whenever they can—and with Trinitarian Christendom and secular humanity waging war against Islam that will eventually ally itself with Arians [strict monotheists]. Nationalities won’t matter. Ideology will, however, matter; for it is the inner self [the spirit of the man that dwells in the soul of the man] that escapes or doesn’t space-time, escape dependent upon the manifestation of love for God, neighbor, and brother.
It is easy to think physically; to think in terms of endtime Israel being the modern nation-state of Israel, conceived in guilt from having turned around Jews attempting to escape Nazis, and born in the dust of Zionism, a nation-state in which and for which the endtime descendants of Judah, the son of Jacob, the grandson of Isaac fight and will fight; a nation-state that still wrestles with the Lord in spiritual darkness as Jacob wrestled all night with the Lord.
The strength of Jacob was great, but he was no match for the Lord. Nor is the endtime nation-state of Israel any match for the Lord. Yet, the struggle of the nation-state must continue until the dawn of the third day [of the Genesis “P” creation account] when dominion over the single kingdom of this world is taken from the Adversary and given to the Son of Man (cf. Dan 7:9–14; Rev 11:15–18). Only then, when the spirit of the Lord is poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28)—lion and bear, Isaac and Ishmael—will the natures of the great predators be changed (Isa 11:6–9). Only then will Isaac and Ishmael burst forth from the unbelief in which they are presently sealed. Their liberation from sin and death will come about from receipt of the mind of Christ Jesus, inherent to the world being baptized in spirit when the Adversary is cast to earth.
The Adversary is a liar, and has been a liar from the beginning. And as he lies to those angels who joined him in rebelling against God, his ministers, his servants spread disinformation to humanity, claiming that human persons are biologically born with immortal souls … the jihadi who blows him or herself up while seeking to kill enemies of God will never see the face of God; will not enter heaven, but will become a physical as well as a spiritual casualty of Islam’s war to end western civilization. This jihadi will do to him or herself what even Satan could not do directly, that is condemn the soul of the person so that God will not resurrect it to life.
Let no person continue in deception, believing that he or she has an immortal soul when this is not the case; believing that when the person’s fleshly body dies, the person’s immortal soul will go either to heaven to be with God, or to the Fire where it will be tormented forever.
Every human person is born with a soul [psuche] that is, however, consigned to disobedience and to death, with Matthew’s Jesus expressing this concept when He said, Permit the dead to bury the dead of themselves (Matt 8:22) … permit the dead jihadi [one who struggles] to live physically in peace with neighbor [Christian] and brother [Jew] for there will be a time when the struggle ends and all the world is ruled by the Messiah, who will then be the newly reigning Prince of the power of the air, having replaced the Adversary who remains as the presently reigning prince. The jihadi who, today, dies to spread the visions of Muhammad dies in vain; dies as a servant of the Adversary, who reigns over both the endtime descendants of Ishmael, Abraham’s eldest son, and Isaac, the second of eight sons born to Abraham, but the only son of Sarah, through whom descent via spirit comes by way of Christ Jesus being the promised offspring.
Until a person is born of spirit through the indwelling of Christ Jesus, the soul of the person is dead: lifeless. And when a person is born of Christ, the person will strive to walk in this world as Christ Jesus walked, meaning that the person will live as a circumcised or uncircumcised [outward circumcision doesn’t matter] Judean, keeping the Commandments by faith and eating what is food for Israel … in his visions, Muhammad permitted the person who was without food to eat whatever was available so as not to starve, but otherwise held that the meats given to Israel as food should be food for the Muslim. This differs from what is taught within the Sabbatarian Churches of God, but in a degree that is not appreciated: in the Sabbatarian Church, a Christian’s desire should be only for those foods that are meat for Israel. But to avoid harming the faith of a spiritual infant, a Christian can eat what is served the Christian as long as the meat is unidentified by the host as being unclean, not food for Israel. If the meat is identified by the host as being unclean, it would be declined for the sake of the conscience of the host. For the meat itself will not defile the Christian: it is desire for what is unclean that defiles the Christian.
Muhammad didn’t understand the principle that with God the flesh doesn’t matter. It is the inner self that matters. It is the inner self that is defiled not by what goes into the belly, but by what comes out of the heart and mind, with lust for what is common meats defiling the Christian even when no common meats are eaten … this is the principle Jesus expressed in Matthew’s Gospel: “‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart’” (Matt 5:27–28).
When a person looks at another with lustful intentions, no adultery has been committed in the flesh. Nevertheless, spiritual adultery has already occurred. Therefore, the Christian who looks at a ham sandwich with lustful desire might as well eat the sandwich; for before God, the person has already defiled him or herself.
In all things spiritual, the physical reveals and precedes the spiritual. The Adversary and his cohorts have been condemned to death as Korah and the men who supported him were condemned to death, with the earth opening up a chasm that swallowed these rebels alive … Korah and those who supported him died in the chasm, with no recovery of their bodies being made. They were buried by God while physically alive. The Adversary and his cohorts slipped into the Abyss while spiritually alive—and until cast into space-time, they will remain spiritually alive in what is that portion of heaven that poured from the rent as water and blood poured from the wound in the side of the dead crucified Jesus.
Muhammad’s visions are not, nor have ever been spiritual. They are unlike the prophesying of the two witnesses that comes to put an end to disobedience and death; so that when the kingdom is given to the Son of Man, a person will have to take the mark of Death [chi xi stigma — the tattoo of Christ’s cross] upon the person if the person wants to die. Otherwise, all who endure to the end shall be saved (Matt 24:13; 10:22), for Death will have been defeated by the two witnesses through their public resurrection and being called up into the clouds.
Satan is a liar; his servants, ministers are liars. And the foremost lie the Adversary has told is that human persons are born with immortal souls, which he knows is not true—a lie that his ministers have spread to all peoples of the Book.
Jesus came to die physically, with His death paying the death penalty for those whom the Father will call out from this world and deliver to Christ Jesus to be His younger siblings. And as Jesus needed no sword to defend Himself until it was time for Him to die on the Preparation Day for the High Sabbath [on the First Unleavened that preceded the Feast of Unleavened Bread], His disciples need no assault rifles to defend themselves until it is time for them to die as sacrifices for all of Israel to come to God; for the servant is not greater than his or her master, nor is the disciple greater than his or her teacher.
Jesus healed the damage Peter did to the servant of the high priest with Peter’s sword. The two witnesses, however, will not attempt to heal the damage they do when they weaponize weather and make war against sinners wherever they dwell.
Until the ministry of the two witnesses begin, no person has the right to kill another and justify doing so by claiming they do the work of God. No murderer does God a favor. When God needs to kill, He is capable of doing so. And yes, the Lord used various peoples in ancient times to serve Him through bringing about the destruction of other peoples via the sword. He will again do so if that is the best means of bringing a people to repentance. But that isn’t and hasn’t been His M.O. since the spirit was given and the Israel of endtime prophecies ceased being the outwardly circumcised nation and became the nation circumcised of heart.
God will use the ministry of the two witnesses to bring about the destruction of the lawless and the idolater. He will need no one else to do this work.
A lack of love for one another abounds among those human persons not yet born of spirit, with the nation represented by the descendants of Ishmael—greater Islam—displaying outward hatred for the descendants of Isaac. This should not be.
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