Chapter 7: The Mystery of Iniquity

 

 

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The Power of Good & Evil

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The Kingdom of Darkness

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The Preexistence of Man

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 Lowered Into Evil

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Overcoming Evil

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 Return To The Heavens

 

The Power of Good & Evil

       The virus was a corkscrew affair, a skinny spiral with a tiny pod at one end. Highly contagious, it fell from an alien world and landed in Eden. Eve was infected first. Succumbing to its poison, a helpless sigh whisped from her throat, a wounded weep of death mingled with sweetness. Then cold her body convulsed, and collapsed to the earth in a fleshy heap.

       Deadly, infectious, the virus began to replicate. The contagion spread quickly from Eve to her husband, and then to their children, as the Adamic race was plunged into physical and spiritual death.

       Today this same malignant disease is still loose upon the earth. All mankind is infected and the mortality rate is 100%. It multiplies in the mind, then overwhelms the spirit. The infection is swift, lethal, the virus cunning and virulent, a concert of constant mutation ever surviving in ingenious modes of new expression.

       The onset is void of symptoms, each young host feeling self-directed and in control of his destiny. Later indications are confusion, idolatry, immorality, failure, and aging.

       The virus secretes a sugary anesthetic, an affection for the things of the world. Advanced cases appear increasingly numbed by the saccharine of temporal accomplishments. Death follows quickly, often accompanied by a sickening sweet delusion of self-satisfaction, and the spirit departs, rarely ever sensing the true purpose of its visit. This disease is ďEvil,Ē and this is the Mystery of Iniquity.

       From ancient times, the purpose of evil has been sought as an urgent serum. Discovery of a benevolent motive, hiding in its folds, might assuage the pain of earthly life, upholstering its rubble with comfort and meaning.

       The doctors of divinity, convened in postmortem, have long tried to isolate the cause of Adamís demise and to explain the epidemic of evil. Superstitions of every sort have been proffered, the most common being to blame the Devil, declaring that his purpose is contrary to his maker. Beyond that, many charge individual men, asserting they are the Devilís tools.

       But these lame excuses are incomplete, and demeaning to an all sovereign God. And still, there is no religious doctrine that has been able to synthesize a cure- because there is no cure for the working of God. And the profusion of theological fables has only further obscured his true purpose, in the Mystery of Iniquity. Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously? Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root.

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       There was a time when only the presence of God occupied the empty space where creation now resides. He appeared as an immense stream of elliptical plasma, a galactic swirl, adorned with momentary webs of cerulean iridescence. There he hovered in the dark stillness, a churning storm of incandescent power, the repository of every idea.

       Then, all things existed only as dreams, an intangible animation, a coloring of creatures and objects yet to be. There, in the darkness, eons before time began, God the Ever-Living One pulsed in silent thought, boldly considering his next spectacle.

       Look out on a starry night and peer into another realm. That great void between the stars is filled with an interstellar Supreme Being. This supernatural force is the creator and sustainer of all things, visible and secret. I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself. By his sagacious power he formed every physical and spirit entity in existence, and now they live to accomplish his pleasure. For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

       God is not sanctimonious religion. He is not long robes and longer faces. He is not solemn ceremonies, traditions, or theology. God is science and fact. He is real. He is an extraterrestrial spirit being who exists as the source of all energy. He dwells in your presence, his coddling work surrounds you at this moment. All that you can perceive materialized from the mind of God. Good and evil, success and failure, life and death, they all declare his divine purpose. Finding this purpose will reveal his cosmic plan, shatter your limitations, and thrust you in to a utopia where God fills every atom in existence, and every blink of daily life. 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.

       The first words spoken at the dawn of time brought forth the creation of light. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. With this sweeping command, God established two opposing forces, darkness and light, installing them both in his universe and featuring them in harmonious balance. These two appear to be perpetual enemies, yet God chose to set all his ensuing creation into schemes of their alternating power. By his design, darkness and light cooperate to clothe the universe. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

       But light is the opposite of darkness, and darkness is the absence of light. Thus one defines the other. Without a region of darkness, light would escape detection, remaining inexpressible, unnoticed, and therefore unappreciated. Both light and dark must exist before either can be properly understood. Thus the Master sustains the darkness, to enable your comprehension of light. For he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

       Besides its opposition to darkness, light itself is also composed of two contrasting forces that revolve in delicate synergy. Light exists and propagates by continuously transforming itself from electrical energy into magnetic energy, and then back again. This transformation occurs about 500,000,000,000,000 times each second. Each of these energies flash as a tiny wave, each wave manifesting perpendicular to the other. And yet these alternating, contrary motions, combine to speed light on its way at over 186,000 miles per second, by far the fastest thing in the universe. Thus light itself is two opposing energies that work in concert, to accomplish a mutual and wonderful goal. With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.

       Delving still deeper, you find that both electrical and magnetic energies are each themselves composed of two opposing forces. They each contain a positive and negative polarity. Though plus and minus seem to be perpetual rivals, yet in the hand of God they cooperate in function and purpose, causing power to flow from one to the other, and back again in continuous amity.

       In this design of cooperative contradictions, God hid the secret of his power and substance. Positive and negative join to make electricity. Electrical and magnetic energies combine to make light. Light and dark unite to cover the universe. So also, good and evil combine to make God- for his presence enfolds the constant interaction of these two opposing forces. Both these energies originate from within him, and work in unison to accomplish his purpose. I am the LORD, and there is none else. ... I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

       God is the creator of all good and all evil- these flow from his wisdom as torrents to his creation. Both are essential to his plans. Every good and evil spirit was created by God. He sustains every device of terror and tranquillity. Every virtuous and malignant thought was first fashioned in his mind. See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

       On the grand scale of Godís wisdom, evil is not counterproductive. It is not in competition with God. It is not contrary to his wishes. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? Evil is a portion of Godís power, just as is good. The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. Good and evil are opposite energies that function as a unified force to accomplish the purpose of God. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

       Evil is the force that illuminates the benevolence of good. Like darkness and light, they are mutually defined, with the understanding of one, being based on the other. Like opposite ends of a ruler, both must be known if you are to measure the distance that divides them. Thus you must first experience evil, if you are ever to comprehend the dimensions of good. Without a knowledge of evil, good will always be found thoughtlessly strewn on the floor of ingratitude, as an ineffable, unrecognized blessing.

       Good and evil are thus tutors for your education, and their mastery is essential if you are ever to comprehend the totality of God, for he is composed of both. If you knew only good and nothing more, you would be excluded from the deepest fellowship with your Heavenly Father, for his depth would always elude you. If you are to know him intimately, you must have a personal, experiential knowledge of both good and evil. Thus evil is the progenitor of gratitude, the interpreter of good, and a prerequisite for entering a complete understanding of God.

 

       Although they appear to be in conflict, good & evil actually oscillate in harmony, to propagate the love of God. Before any evil can be expressed, it must first pass through the infinite layers of Godís goodness. There it is tempered by his purpose and targeted to the ultimate production of lovingkindness. Every evil ever allowed will one day produce more of Godís love. Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.

       Like the negative terminal on a battery, evil represents a lack, or desperate need for God. As good flows into it, a spiritual current of love is created. Thus the opposite polarities of good & evil are both necessary to spark the creation of Godís love. Between these two opposing forces, the essence of deity is generated. Love ye your enemies and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

       The love of God is like a whirling fire, a spinning vortex that is fueled by good and evil. When God allows an evil to be manifest, he creates a need. This need is like a deficit of love. Godís love then dispatches forgiveness to fill this need. When forgiveness encounters the face of evil and interacts with its hardened surface, the forgiveness is transformed into new love. This newly generated love satisfies the deficit and annuls the evil. The love then arcs back to God, completing a circuit of primal power. Evil demands forgiveness, which generates new love. Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

       Then the cycle begins again with renewed momentum. Evil is manifest. Love conceives and dispatches forgiveness. The forgiveness is transformed into new love, which counteracts the evil. The new love brings forth more forgiveness, and on it goes, the cycle spinning as a fiery tempest of self-perpetuating splendor.

       Good and evil thus form a reactor for the production of Godís love. And this love is the substance of God. Love, agape-love, is not merely one of Godís attributes. It is the sum total of his essence. It is the material of which he is composed. God is love (agape); and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God.

       This is the mysterious purpose, divine in inspiration and glorious in consequence, that lurks in the heart of evil. Evil mandates the eventual birth of Godís divine substance, in those who experience it. Without evil, the process could never begin. No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. When evil is allowed, God has purposed to bring more of himself into being, inside those who are trained by its pain, as they are spun into begotten agape-love. For love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God.

 

          While good can be enjoyed throughout the heavens, its true significance and greater blessing is lost on beings who have no concept of evil. And this is the case with most of Godís creatures. For eons they have been sheltered from evil by their compassionate Heavenly Father. They have never seen rebellion, torment, or failure. They have basked in glorious good, while oblivious to the alternative. Without an understanding of evil, they could not truly appreciate the wonderful peace that their Father provided. And more importantly, they could not possibly comprehend him, because the depth of his nature was hid from their eyes.

       God knew this and one day conceived a plan to reveal himself fully to his creation. All were to be educated by a global demonstration of evil. Which things the angels desire to look into. This new instruction would energize their appreciation of his goodness. By a guided tour through his inner workings, they would gain a greater cognizance of their maker. Their joy would be multiplied, and their gratitude overflow. To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.

       Thus God determined that all his creation should witness a display of evil, of course on a scale in keeping with his spectacular nature. But some, he knew, must be the object of the demonstration, as specimens in a lab. Some must actually experience the evil firsthand, so that all the rest of creation could look on and learn. It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

       Those special creatures who would actually walk for a time in the environment of evil would have to be chosen with care. For if they pass through the electrodes of good and evil, the fire of Godís love would ignite within each of them. They would in fact become new reactors of love, just like their Heavenly Father, and nothing could prevent this ultimate result. And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil.

       These most favored creatures would come to know God intimately, from the inside. I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts. Partaking of his secrets, they would ultimately exude the mysteries of his power, and each would burst into an autonomous vortex of divine love. That the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them. Becoming this love, they would gain the glory that only the God of creation had ever possessed. The glory which thou gavest me I have given them.

       After completing an experience in good & evil, those so carefully chosen and greatly honored of God, could never again be found to lack from the fullness of God himself. They would irreversibly become what he is. In love having been firmly rooted and grounded ... in order that you may be filled up to the measure of all the fulness of God. Ephesians 3:19 (Wuest).

       These select beings would enter an intimacy of fellowship with God that even he has not known before. As thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us. With this glorious purpose in mind, God set about to rain evil upon his creation. Who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

The Kingdom of Darkness

       To begin the experiment, God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. Then he chose Lucifer, the archangel, and filled his mind with iniquity. Lucifer was injected with the power of Godís evil, and by this transformed into Satan. Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

       For ministers, Satan was given a contingent of angels. They were turned to the folly of rebellion; their minds were bound in blackness, and their desires twisted to destruction. Satan and his entourage were then thrust down to the earth, to establish the Kingdom of Darkness. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

       With the making of Satan, all the knowledge of evil that was hidden in the mind of God, was loosed upon the creation. But this evil was carefully constrained to a single tiny speck in the cosmos. Evil was imprisoned on earth, the only planet with air. According to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.

       Earth was made the celestial repository of wickedness, corruption, and rebellion. Permeating the atmosphere, these evils were ingested by everything that breathes, that all might come under their sway. Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. Earth thus became a unique habitat of iniquity; a place where some of Godís creatures could go to experience things never before imagined. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

       Planet earth became the Kingdom of Darkness, tyrannically ruled by a demented monarch. Power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. Accordingly, the rules of earth are different. They are unlike any others in creation. Here, for a brief time, evil will flourish. Godís light will be eclipsed by a furious cloud of raging depravity. Malignancy will prey on good as a parasite that kills its host. Disease and discord will course through the veins, corrupting all flesh. The inhabitants of earth will be turned to insanity, to feed on cravings for worthless trinkets. The earth is given into the hand of the wicked. In this crazy world, decay and death will reign supreme, for a time, the seemingly invincible victors of every conflict. This is your hour, and the power of darkness.

      In this dismal maze the Living God is forgotten, hidden, shrouded from view. His will appears to be thwarted, his purposes maligned. His love seems to be rejected, his deity trampled by pitiful defiance. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

       The impious creatures who roam the globe have grotesquely altered Godís visage, preferring instead the deranged doctrines of their own making. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes. The people of earth have dismantled Godís character, corrupted his truth, and deserted his plan. In their silly dementia they cackle, relegating God to a groveling place as a beaten and humiliated loser. Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

       Earth is an environment of perfect evil. It is a terrarium of iniquity, hand-crafted by a loving God. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil. ... I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

       In all the ages past, evil has never before been seen by any creature. But now, according to Godís plan for eternal blessing, evil has been manifest upon the earth. Like a celestial theater, earth is a stage where the masque of good & evil is played out, while all the creation looks on.

       Bewildered, the angelic realms peer into this quagmire to watch the unfolding wisdom of God. The amazing sight is sickening and yet addictively intriguing. They have never seen anything like this before. They have never witnessed rebellion or disobedience. They are accustomed to Godís directives being accomplished with lively devotion. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

       But in spite of appearances to the contrary, the reins of earthly evil are firm in the grasp of Godís hand. The evil of earth is like a little cone of shadow, surrounded and constrained by the light of Godís glorious purpose. He has intended every tear and purposed every pain. They are a wonderful schooling for the observing angels of God, and the promise of eternal perfection for the participants. Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses.

The Preexistence of Man

       After the earth was carefully prepared and turned to destruction, in the primordial days of old, God interviewed all his creatures, seeking some to become the principal players in the drama of good & evil. Knowing that these beings would be permanently altered by the experience, and enter into a state of deity, his wisdom chose carefully. Those he would send must be pristinely eligible for the highest possible destiny.

       But surveying the applicants from creation, God found nothing that could meet his requirements. As with Adam in Genesis, there was no help meet found for God. The LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam. ... But for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

       God thus resolved to look inside himself, and there he chose a piece of his own ďrib.Ē The ďribĒ of God was a piece of his own structure, closest to his heart. It had a specific function, and like your rib, it was composed of many individual cells. And he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

       Symbolically, the ďribĒ of Genesis represents a group of spirits called ďElohim.Ē They were taken out from the side of God, just as Eve was taken out from Adam. This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

       Elohim is one of several Hebrew words for ďGod,Ē and was translated as such in the KJV more than 2,500 times. But in the Hebrew, the word Elohim is both plural and feminine. This signifies that Elohim is something more than simply ďGod.Ē The Elohim is a group of spirit entities who possess feminine characteristics. The Elohim group is the creative portion of God, just as a woman is the child-bearing half of a man. Elohim gave birth to the stars. In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heaven and the earth.

       The Elohim company of spirits has existed always with God. And just as Eve was given the feminine half of Adamís genetics, so also the Elohim have been given the feminine half of Godís spiritual genetics.

       The spirits of Elohim were perfect for Godís sublime experiment on earth. These he selected from within himself and sowed into bodies of earthly clay. The Adamic people of earth are in fact, the spirits of Elohim made flesh. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? This amazing fact was confirmed by Jesus Christ in John 10:34, where he quoted Psalm 82:6. I have said, Ye are gods (Elohim); and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

       When humans set about to make more humans, they always begin with tiny pieces of themselves. They unite these pieces in a process of gestation, and soon a new human appears.

       So also with God. God knew that a gestation in earthly good & evil would reproduce his character and power, in those who experienced it. Nothing in creation was eligible for this honor, and no created being possessed any of Godís spiritual genetics.

       Thus, as with human reproduction, God decided to begin with a piece of himself. He removed some of the individual spirits of Elohim from himself and placed them into Adamic bodies. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be. These spirits will become his full-born offspring, and he is even now developing them in a womb of good & evil on planet earth. As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.

       God is in the business of producing a group of mature Sons, each conceived in the image of their Father. Each will be a vortex of divine love, born from the travail of earth. Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons.

       In the ages before time, the spirits of men dwelt with God as the Elohim. They had awesome responsibility and were involved in all of Godís doings. A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary. Godís wisdom has told of these ancient days. When he appointed the foundations of the earth: then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I [Wisdom] was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men (Adam).

       The spirits of men are not some random, short-order ready-mix, hastily dumped onto the earth. They are not accidental, haphazard, or inept. The spirits who come to earth as Adamites are well known of God and carefully selected. All were trusted companions, proven in the ages past. And all were equipped for ultimate victory before they arrived here. Who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people?

       The Elohim spirits were chosen for the grandest adventure ever conceived. And at the announcement of their selection, they gave way to triumphal shouts of euphoria, as athletes who had just been named for the interstellar Olympics. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding ... When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

 

                  Your spirit did not spontaneously pop out of nowhere when your body was formed in the womb. Your spirit is as ancient as God himself. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. You were with him from the beginning. We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. Though this fact may be hid from your eyes, yet in the aionion mists of time past, you lived, worked, frolicked, and fellowshipped with God. According to the peculiar purpose and favour, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before age-during times. 2 Timothy 1:9 (Emphasized).

       In those heady days of fearless excitement, when the brassy courage of youth spoke louder than experience, God designed the happenstances of your earthly visit. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

       In his workshop, before the first sunrise, you met with God and discussed your impending journey. He described the terrors of the unexplored depths that awaited you, and a result of Elysian magnificence. That the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth. It was then that you were selected for an ultimate destiny of inconceivable glory. According as he made choice of us, in him, before the founding of a world, that we might be holy and blameless in his presence; in love marking us out beforehand unto sonship, through Jesus Christ, for himself. Ephesians 1:4,5 (Emphasized).

       The works of God are meticulously planned, certain in execution, and stunning in effect. He commands every fate, orchestrating all things by his counsel. The only actions that can emerge are those that he has predestined, for nothing is left to chance. So also with the spirits of men. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.

       In the lost folds of antiquity, the spirits of men were ordained for dazzling splendor. Itineraries were engineered for each, and their destinies sealed in spiritual genetics. God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.

       Jesus Christ was the first of these spirits to complete a gestation and enter into the fulness of his Fatherís design. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he [Jesus] might be the firstborn among many brethren. But in those ancient days of busy preparation, many others were also taken for the same celestial wealth. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

       Long before the stars were made, you and Jesus were kinsmen in the Elohim company. For both he that sanctifieth [Jesus] and they who are sanctified [you] are all of one [God]: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren. Your spirit and Jesus Christ were brothers before the world began, and you are brothers now. Ye have been with me from the beginning. Jesus came to earth because his siblings were already here. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he [Jesus] also himself likewise took part of the same.

       Jesusí mission was to demonstrate the Fatherís plan to his brothers. Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren. But Jesus also needed to complete his own gestation in earthly evil, just as you are now doing. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren. On earth, Jesus completed the steps that transform a spirit of Elohim into a fully begotten Son of God. He was the first to accomplish this in its entirety. Thus he was the first to be born from the earthly process of good & evil. Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead.

       Both Jesus and you have been the doting concern of God from time immemorial, and there he apprehended you for greatness. By his gracious love, he decided to lower you from your station in the Elohim, and place you into a body of failing flesh. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels (Elohim), and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

       On earth you will experience evil firsthand and learn the secrets of God. This is a frightening venture, at times overwhelming. But as your older brother demonstrated, this is the path ordained for Elohim, to obtain the fulness of God. Now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour.

Lowered Into Evil

       In empyrean wonder you reveled, cherishing your good fortune. Then you blinked and awoke in the destructions of earth. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. You opened your eyes in the dust of Adamic decay, to survey a hellish swill where Satan reigns unchecked, where demons heckle and dance, and death skips laughing through the streets.

       This is the earthly realm, the Kingdom of Darkness, the morbid showcase for all the evil of God. And here your life is but snake food, the provender of evil by the edict of your Heavenly Father. The LORD God said unto the serpent, ... dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.

       Just as Eve came out from Adam, became flesh, and was turned to failure, so also the Elohim came out from God, were placed into bodies of flesh, and plunged into a fuming cauldron of earthly corruption. Thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.

       This was the diligent work of God alone, as the next step in his plan. God is the maker of the corrosive concoctions that permeate this planet. Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us. He is responsible for the depravity that is served up as earthís daily fare. Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen. Like a wise master chef, God carefully prepared a brew of futile calamity, then lowered his best friends into the vat, allowing them to paddle for a time in the woes of iniquity. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope.

       To be certain that no one escaped the experience of evil, God went one step further. After dunking his companions into external evil, he then arranged for them to be corrupted from the inside as well.

       In Eden, God turned human nature to turpitude. She [Eve] took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. God fused the spirits of Elohim to the fallen carnal mind, cementing them to the horrors of insanity. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. He gave the mind of man an affinity for failure, twisting it to crave the stings of death. This mind succumbs to iniquity as to an infectious disease, and now produces all the symptoms of evil. The imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth.

       The carnal nature is the finest of Godís sculptures in evil. Yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. It is modeled after Satan, and blind to the existence of God. By this internal dementia all men are corrupted within, while they walk in the evils without. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man. The fallen carnal mind of man is the meticulous design of your Heavenly Father to ensure your inundation in evil. O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear?

       As your spirit slipped into the stratosphere of earth your memory was erased. The ancient beginnings of Elohim are lost to the human mind. Your identity and purpose for being here have become elusive secrets, veiled by a body of flesh. Your primordial relationship with God has been doped into slumber. Your earliest friends have been hidden, your exploits concealed. Now you fret in a sort of spiritual amnesia, searching for clues to explain your new world. Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old.

       God could not accomplish his purpose in evil if you could remember who you are. Truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. Thus the silence of your memory consummates your utter subjection to the Kingdom of Darkness on earth. This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.

       The depravity of earth is an alien landscape where God is muffled at best. Sometimes you perceive his presence, but often he seems far away and nowhere to be found. Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?

       Part of earthís effectiveness is this illusion that you have been forsaken by God. After eons of intimate fellowship, you now feel empty, abandoned in lonely longing. Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever. Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression? For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.

       God wanted you to feel, for the first time in your existence, an estrangement from his presence. This is part of your education. Never before in the heavens could you know a separation from God. You had to come to earth and be encased in evil to experience this anomaly. In the alienation of carnal flesh you feel alone and rejected. You dwell in a realm cut off, with an impossible gulf preventing your passage to the land of your dreams. This disaffection from God is a sensation unique to earth, a new experience for you, and one you shall never know again. For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, This captivity is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

       God lowered your spirit into vanity. He turned your eyes to folly and hid himself in the process. He hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. He gave you a heart that desires failure, and placed you into a tiny microcosm, on a solitary planet, where failure can exist. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

       Earth is the classroom of evil. In this humbling school you are reluctantly educated in things you never wanted to know. For thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter. Here all men are students of perversityĺ at first because they like it, and later as they search for answers to explain it. For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave. In either case, all who trod terra firma will come to an experiential knowledge of evil, and this is the plan of God. Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.  

        God has ordained the desolations of earth, and designed the intricacy of its evils. He constructed betrayal and suffering. He fashioned disease and death. He has raised up the godless as leaders; he sustains the oppressors. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. He invented national terror, calling chaos his minister. Now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant.

       God is not your credit card for worldly ease. For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake. To the contrary, he intends only the prosperity of your spirit, at the expense of your human comfort and goals. Spiritually prosperous are those who are mourning. Matthew 5:4 (Wuest).

       You were plunged into iniquity by the purpose of God. You are the fire that warms his thoughts; you are the reason for all that he does. With every beat of his heart you inch through the darkness of earth. Though you are seldom aware of him, he never leaves you for a moment. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.

       Every instant God surrounds you, arranging, dispensing, and energizing the precise doses of good & evil that you require for your spiritual development. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down. As a costly crown prince of the heavens, he attends and dotes on your care. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

       As you walk through the desolations of earth, remember that absolutely nothing can harm your spirit. For all the frightening specters of daily life are but the ambassadors of Godís love for you. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. All things on earth work to your eternal benefit, and from here your spirit will one day burst forth with the power of an emerging star. If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

       This world is not your home. You have been dropped onto foreign soil, a bizarre domain where nothing works as it should. These all died in faith ... and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. You do not belong to earth; you are not from here and you will not be staying long. You have come from a heavenly estate to acquire a knowledge that cannot be obtained in any other way.

       Your physical endeavors here are only deceptive vapors that will disappear with the first rays of morning. But the spiritual acuity and strength you will gain from your experience on earth is a treasure most permanent. Your time here is purposive, but your destiny is with the stars. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country ... they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly.

       Your descent into the evil of earth comes linked with a guarantee of astral proportions. For while it is true that God has lowered you into confused affliction, it is equally certain that he shall return you to the heavens in glory. I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again. Your hostile mind will one day be abolished and your memory restored. Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. Then you will wear your experience on earth, as the woven wisdom of God. This will clothe your spirit with the perpetual radiance of autonomous life and love. Thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, ... and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

       The press of earthly evil is a special environment, essential to a spiritual plan. In this incubator of good & evil you will be born into your Fatherís image and reproduce his capacity. You Who have shown us all, troubles great and sore, will quicken us again and will bring us up again from the depths of the earth. Psalm 71:20 (Amplified). This is the phenomenal purpose for the existence of evil on earth, as you shall soon see. Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

Overcoming Evil

       When the spirits of Elohim fell from the heavens, they dropped through the veil that separates glory from madness, and were lost in the abyss. Plummeting headlong into the blackness of earthly evil, there was no way for them to go back. There was no chance of return. On earth there was no fountain that could wash away evil, and no fire that could burn away shame. There was no way for them to shed their carnality, much less regain their previous state.

       The Elohim were entombed in the earthly sphere, permeated with sin, and incarcerated in the evil of God. And there they would remain, in the chains of darkness, soiled by the mire of iniquity, for a very long time. The Elohim had crashed into paradise lost. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

       As one who has fallen among thieves comes staggering to consciousness, you were born into the Kingdom of Darkness. Given the nature of these surroundings, and the deception of your own mind, you were conceived as a captive of evil on earth. Your spirit was sold into sin. Deficiency could be your only bread and despair its waiting reward. Without an external injection, there was no possibility of your ever recovering from the devastation of human failure. You were marooned on an alien world with no hope of escape. Until someone came to your rescue. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

       In the precision of Godís time, Jesus was sent to the earth to empower the redemption of his brothers. But first he had to complete his own personal maturity, just like you. Thus he was born first as a man. The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken.

       Jesus then had to complete his own education in evil, being betrayed and murdered, though innocent. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin. By his cross, Jesus killed the curses of Eden, and redeemed himself from the carnal nature of man. By the triumph of self-sacrifice, he came to a glorified resurrection, as the firstborn Son of God. Declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

       By his immersion in the iniquity of earth, Jesus was born into the substance of his Father. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Jesus Christ was the first member of the Elohim company to complete his earthly gestation in evil. He opened the spiritual matrix and became the first traveler from the Elohim to return to the heavens. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

       Jesus Christ inaugurated the spiritual highway that rockets down from the stars, passes through the murk of earthís evil, then curves back up into the celestial realm. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, ... received up into glory. Having completed this prescribed course, Jesusí spirit then contained the power and genetics of his resurrection victory. And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation. He was then in a position to rescue his brothers. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.

       After his resurrection, Jesus quickly empowered his brothers for success. He gave the languishing spirits of Elohim a small nucleus from his own resurrected spirit. This was a masculine spiritual sperm, which when joined to the feminine spirits of Elohim, instigated within each, the gestation of a new Son of God. This cellule from the resurrected Christ contained the missing spiritual genetics necessary to manufacture love, which is the substance of God himself. ďAs the Father sent Me, so in the same way I send you.Ē And having said this, He infused Himself into them, and said, ďReceive Holy Spirit.Ē John 20:21,22 (Fenton).

       This spiritual DNA replicated within his disciples, then spread throughout the earth, implanting itself into his brothers and empowering them to overcome their subjugation. For out of His fulness as a source we all received. John 1:16 (Wuest). As a divine and benevolent antibody, the life of Christ is the antitoxin for evil. Here was something new, something powerful, a real tool, a tangible hope. Here was a chance to bring forth new life. This was the key to the dungeon, and a jailbreak began to brew.

       A grain from the resurrected spirit of Christ contains the secret ingredients you require for spectacular spiritual victory. It will meld with your spirit and begin to grow. He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. This new life is a secret weapon, smuggled in to the prisoners of earth. Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. With it you can fight your way out of the Kingdom of Darkness and return to the heavenly realm from whence you came. As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.

       Along with this supernatural seed of life the Elohim were assigned a spiritual guide who knew the way of return, back to the stars. When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth. This is the Holy Spirit, and he will teach you Godís plan and direct your steps to the secret path that leads from earthís shadow to the eternal light of the Begotten Realm. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.

       Once you are armed with these two implements of war, you suddenly have a new option in dealing with the afflictions of earth. When the meteors of evil crash into your life, you can respond as a human and gain nothing, or you can respond as did Jesus, and reproduce his resurrected life in your own spirit.

       Those without the life of Christ can draw only from their internal source of deceived sensuality, returning anger and accusation for iniquity, and thus creating even more evil. For without me ye can do nothing. But any who have acquired the life of Christ and enlisted the aid of the Holy spirit can draw from a new internal spiritual power, and act from a new set of rules. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

       Once you possess the seed of life from the risen Jesus Christ, you can employ the evil of earth to spin for you a new garment of spiritual majesty. When evil rises to smite you, rather than curse the perpetrator, you can forgive him. This forgiveness is love, fabricated from affliction. Forgiveness will create more love in the receiver. This new love will then seek out the original source of the forgiveness, and return to you, completing the circuit.

       When you unconditionally forgive someone of an offense, you send love out and they will reflect love back to you. This is an immutable law of spiritual physics. We love him, because he first loved us. As this cycle is completed, your love is multiplied and your spirit energized by the generation of a new embryonic power. Creaking and groaning in this first, arduous turn, your infant spirit will slowly grind out the first few volts of new love in you. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

       This newborn love will in turn issue more forgiveness, in response to other needs. And each of these mercies will produce yet more love in the receivers. This new love will then curve back to its source, energizing your spirit with the power of begotten love. I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.

       When your Father sees that you are suddenly feeding from the hidden wisdom of love born from evil, he will send greater offenses against you. As these difficult afflictions pass into your sphere, each in succession must be turned to forgiveness, and transformed into love. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come.

       In the heat of this increasing inner conflict, carnal ignorance melts. Your values and character are changed into ruby puddles of molten understanding. Your adversities are blasted by searing wisdom and transformed into a living compassion. Your spirit comes alive as temperatures soar in the agony of travail. Love endures long ... does not display itself haughtily ... does not insist on its own rights ... takes no account of the evil done to it. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (Amplified).

       Then at once your spirit will burst into flames of spiritual power, spontaneously igniting to become a whirling inferno, a fiery reactor generating love, which is the substance of God, within you. Faster the reaction spins, each sweep escalating in energy and triumph, until the evils of your life are blurred and fused into a shimmering diadem of victory, a permanent possession, with love flowing out in effortless streams. In the ardor of this spiritual storm you will become a dynamo of love, a brand new source for the eternal substance of God. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you.

       In this white-hot flurry of love and affliction your errant Adamic nature will be eradicated. For he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin. The fallen nature of man is a fragile thing, utterly selfish and incapable of forgiving anything. It cannot survive in a furnace of forgiveness. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

 

                       As forgiveness and love are generated within you, your carnality will be consumed. The evil will be ripped from your mind, and you will be delivered from the land of carnal ruin. I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich.

       As your Adamic nature is killed, your spirit will be successively unshackled, free to grow and to return to the heavens. It will begin to flourish, blossoming in understanding, and expanding in effectual dominion. Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. Each day your sway will extend further, your spirit pushing its boundaries outward, spreading its insight to encompass every happenstance. Ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.

       Your revelation will reach beyond lifeís evils, to surround every pain. As a beautiful pearl is created from a harmful irritant, so also you will become a gem in the heavenly realm, mollifying every anguish, layer upon layer, with the gleam of supernatural wisdom and life.

       Soon your spirit and its love will grow to exceed every adversity in the Kingdom of Darkness. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? You will become larger than every evil, more powerful than every fear. You will have overcome the world, the flesh, and the Devil. 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.

 

                       As you begin to operate in this fresh new realm, scales fall off your eyes, and all the evils of earth unexpectedly focus into the purpose of God. Amazingly, the offenses of this realm turn, ever so slightly, to reveal a new perspective. To your astonishment they become more than just loathsome malignancies- they have another side.

       Before the eyes of a conquering spirit, misfortunes are transformed into spiritual opportunities, fearsome to be sure, but still gateways garnished with gold, awaiting your response. This does not mean that you suddenly like evil or condone it. It means that you finally recognize that God is the doer of evil, and that it occurs in accord with his purpose, for your ultimate glory. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

       This is the process of spiritual overcoming. As the troubles of earth rise against you they are converted to love, killing your carnal nature, and energizing your spirit for ascendant growth. I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.

       The transient evils of earth are only spiritual exercises. They are your opportunity to grab for eternal perfection. For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. As you master them with forgiveness and love you will come to understand the true nature of your Heavenly Father, and garner for yourself the laurels reserved for the Overcomers. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. When you complete this process you can claim your inheritance in the realms of celestial glory. An inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, ... Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.

       This is a magical road that swoops down through human poverty, then arcs up high into spiritual wealth. This cleverly concealed ribbon to the stars is aptly named, the Mystery of Iniquity. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work.

Return To The Heavens

       Through your education on earth, you will gain a permanent experiential knowledge of good & evil, comprehending their height and depth. You will become one of the few beings in the universe who has actually lived within their bounds and felt their stings. You will know the deception of temporal good, and you will have learned the painful consequences of evil. This will give you possession of a wisdom kept hidden since before time. And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places.

       When you finish your earthly tutelage you will be able to recognize evil from afar, and easily untangle its beguiling subtlety. Never again will iniquity slip by disguised, to loose its poison into your thoughts and actions. Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. By experience in devastation you will learn to abhor evil, to despise its mutant forms. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. As you overcome it, you will learn to defuse its every expression, changing them all into love. Hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

       The anguish of evil is a lesson you will never forget, for it will be indelibly stamped on your spirit, leaving an embossed residue of sadness that will never go away. And this is the result that God has been waiting for. For after a healed scar of evil is implanted into your character, you are made his capable and trustworthy ally. If a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.

       Having experienced the pain of earthly betrayal, you will never in all the future ages, ever imagine to betray your Heavenly Father. With a heart branded by the knowledge of evil, you will never again be a party to evil against him. I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts.

       After your dip into iniquity and your deliverance from it, rebellion will be unthinkable, for you will radiate unfailing gratitude. God can then trust in your friendship. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

       Observing this, God can then transfer to you all the power of creation, and know that his throne is safe from insurrection. He can give you the earthly and heavenly realms, resting in the comfort that they are well attended and secure. If we suffer, we shall also reign with him.

       When you have dissected the evils that fall to your hand, and locked their helpless parts within an understanding of love, your education on earth is complete. God will then return you to the heavenly realm of your ancestry. No man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven.

       The magnificence of this mind-numbing eventuality is certain and unchangeable. As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Your dunk into evil is the work of your Father, thus he also is responsible for your safe return. For in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. You were besmeared with vanity by his hand. In due time he will reverse this curse. Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. Earth rebounds to the pleasure of God, and by his wisdom sends back to the stars, all who touch its surface. For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

       The script of your earthly tumble includes a dazzling redemption. You came down from the heavens to become a new source of wisdom and love. When this is accomplished in you, you will be called up to the spectacular dimensions of divine glory. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Your present life as a human is only a momentary wisp. It is a single grain in the hourglass of eternity, designed to procure your permanent resplendence. And I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

       You will soon be drawn back from the dark mist of earth and thrust high into spiritual excellence. For in the brief but ardent afflictions of evil, the Elohim will become the begotten Sons of God. And this is your ticket home. Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city [heaven], and thou shalt dwell in the field [earth], and thou shalt go even to Babylon [the fallen carnal nature]; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

       When you come rocketing victoriously up through the veil of earthly evil, you will be swept into the Begotten Realm and there receive the inheritance promised to the overcoming Sons of God. This treasure is a possession of galactic grandeur. We were taken as an inheritance, according to the purpose of him who energiseth all things according to the counsel of his will. Ephesians 1:11 (Emphasized).

       The inheritance of Godís Sons is to be born into the character and capacity of their Father. Through the Mystery of Iniquity on earth, they will become what he is. We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory. This inheritance is the threshold to everlasting brilliance. It is a possession of immortality, wisdom, and power. It is the stargate that opens to the perfected offspring of God. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

       When you see this result accomplished inside you, when you learn what you have become, the tears of your captivity will spring into laughter, sending streaks of lustrous ecstasy rippling from your inner man to light the creation of God. Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

       In elation, streams of joy will splash from your spirit, spilling and washing all in the beaming satisfaction of an athlete who has just won the gold medal at the cosmic games. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

       Sorrows will coalesce into carpets of spiritual jewels, and your experience in failure will flare into a burnished aura of tangible, permanent glory. I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me. And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it.

       Arriving at this preeminent destination you will take your place amongst your brothers, as a commander of spiritual things. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

       The inheritance of the Sons of God is a direct result of their subjection to evil. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. By their trek through corruption, their endurance in sorrow, their triumph over iniquity, they will find within themselves the features and mannerisms of God. The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

       As his offspring, the Sons of God will resemble their Father in stature, ability, and character. It doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him. Like him, they will be interstellar, supernatural beings, clothed in light and without limitation. And nothing shall be impossible unto you.

       With him they will traverse the voids of space, their vibrant lives coexisting in a union of flawless fellowship. That they may be one, even as we are one. By any standard they can never be found to lack. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

       Heated evils warm the turf on spaceship earth, the floating greenhouse for the Sons of God. As you grow in its tepid climate, rising above its afflictions, you can become like your Heavenly Father- you can become what he is.  

                  Ultimately you will possess a new character of love, wrapped around an experiential knowledge of good & evil. On the outside you will appear as a benevolent star of lovingkindness. All your thoughts and actions will subtend the proliferation of love.

       But hidden inside your memory will reside a perfect understanding of evil. And if you should ever choose to express the evil you have learned, it will first have to penetrate the expanse of your goodness, and be purposed to spark the production of love in those who see it. This corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality.

       Then you might notice a family resemblance, for you will have grown into the image of your Father. The trials of earth can only build into your spirit the permanence of love, which is the nature and substance of God. To know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.  

 

                   The earth was created as a prep-school for the future rulers of the universe. The evil that prowls its roughened surface is a catalyst that ignites the fire of love, which in turn casts a luster on the painful but unavoidable pathway to the character of God. Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

       This narrow passage swoops down through the gloomy clouds of earthly affliction, then rises up to a brilliant pinnacle, transporting all its voyagers to celestial glory. And this is the Mystery of Iniquity. Ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought.

       For six thousand years the evil of earth has been carefully restrained, metered by the hand of God. Only enough evil has been manifest to guarantee the completion of his Sons. Earth must continue embroiled in this evil until all the firstborn Sons of God have been matured and birthed. I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

       At the end of this age, just prior to the establishment of Christís government on earth, God will withdraw his bridling hand and earthís evil will accelerate to a raging crescendo. As a rabid fever, iniquity will exceed its maturing function and erupt into destructive meltdown, promising to blast the earth to extinction. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

       This hurricane of evil will herald the dramatic coming of Jesus Christ and his firstborn Brothers. These supernatural beings will have already been perfected by the afflictions of earth. These Sons will assume the helm of creation. And being impervious to the ills of iniquity, they will switch-off evil as effortlessly as you might blow out a match. This will usher in a thousand years of tranquillity, and from then on, God will have Sons, born in his own image, to share his nature, his life, and his glory.

       This is the origin, purpose, and destiny of evil. This is the Mystery of Iniquity. For the mystery of that lawlessness already operates; only the Restrainer intervenes for a time: until he is removed; and then the outlaw will become manifest, whom the Lord will destroy by the spirit of His mouth, and extinguish by the manifestation of His presence.  2 Thessalonians 2:7,8 (Fenton).

 

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