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Feminists honour Deborah.
She judged Israel when there was no king.
Oh, female leadership.
One brave individual used the power of speech to set in motion a series of events which would cast down the heresy of this female leadership.
This power of speech would echo throughout the centuries and ultimately shape Christ’s victory – a victory shared with us.
Who was this brave man who spoke these words?
What man’s speech set in motion the defeat of feminism by setting the stage for Christ’s victorious sacrifice?
It was not a man at all. Her name was Deborah.
2 Kings 10:10
Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the word of the LORD, which the LORD spake concerning the house of Ahab: for the LORD hath done that which he spake by his servant Elijah.
Woman was supposed to be a helper, not a leader.
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.
1 Corinthians 11:9
Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
When Adam hearkened to female leadership, the results were horrific.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned
Abraham commanded his family…
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment;
…except for this time:
Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
When Abraham hearkened to female leadership, his own ‘good’ works created nations of destruction, as Hagar bore wild man Ishmael.
And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him;
In a time when Israel had no kings, God raised judges.
Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.
And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.
She reminded Barak to go:
And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men…
And Barak had one of those moments like Adam and Abraham.
He wanted a bit of female leadership.
Barak only would go if Deborah went with him.
And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.
Deborah agreed to go with Barak, but, being a wise judge, she said that, because of Barak’s ineffectual desire for female leadership, shamefully, the honour would not be for him, but for a woman.
These words set in motion a course of events which would ring throughout history.
And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.
A woman (Jael) killed Sisera (the commander of the enemy army) and thus the honour was for a woman (Jael)…
Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.
And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.
…and this woman who received the honour inspired the song from Deborah and Barak.
Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.
He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.
She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.
At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.
Death by hands to head, and falling down at feet… how those themes would repeat throughout the ages.
Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.
And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi.
And he was sore athirst, and called on the LORD, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?
What was Samson thinking? He literally gave his strength to Delilah.
That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a rasor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.
Falling down and then hands to his head:
And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.
More hands to pierce head (leading to Samson's enslavement and death):
But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of bronze; and he did grind in the prison house.
Samson’s fall was cheered by the worshippers of false god: Dagon.
Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.
False god worship is female authority/rebellion in God’s eyes, as God sees false god worship as a woman fornicating.
…they went a whoring after other gods
And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring.
1 Samuel 5:2-4
When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.
And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.
And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him.
What happened? Hands to head for death.
1 Samuel 5:7
And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.
But with Samson’s repentance, he had revenge for his pierced out eyes – and we have a reversal of the hands for death – and falling down:
…that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.
And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.
And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein.
2 Corinthians 10:6
And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Long hair didn’t go well for Samson.
But Absalom was beautiful from head to foot – and nice hair!
Absalom did not give his strength to a woman, but his strength was rather feminine.
1 Corinthians 11:15
But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
2 Samuel 14:25-26
But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.
And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight.
…for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree
Again, long hair did not go well, as his head got caught in the tree – and then hands of death towards his ‘heady’ state.
2 Samuel 18:9-10,14
And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak…
And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak...
And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.
Why hands to the heart (and not to the head)?
Absalom's attempted, rebellious coup
against King David was via the heart (after Absalom's hands and kiss to the head) – and required reversal.
2 Samuel 15:5-6
And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him.
And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
2 Samuel 18:17
And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in the wood, and laid a very great heap of stones upon him: and all Israel fled every one to his tent.
Perhaps long hair on men isn’t working out.
1 Corinthians 11:14
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
Beauty in men:
The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
The gray head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
What should men’s crown be?
Her, that is, beauty.
And her, that is, gray-haired wisdom.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
We follow Christ like sheep.
So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
For those who may think that being a ‘sheep’ is ineffectual, remember that a male sheep is a ram.
And a ram’s crown instantiates his strength.
…behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.
And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.
Abraham has a covenant with God.
This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee;
A covenant relationship is: ‘what is mine is yours'.
Abraham had access to what is God’s and God had access to what is Abraham’s.
If God required Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Abraham would do it.
And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
…while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Abraham did not need to sacrifice his son Isaac, as Christ (sacrifice) took his place (becoming a ram/sheep/lamb – becoming human like us).
And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
A ram caught by his horns (crown)… strength in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:10
…for when I am weak, then am I strong.
In the last days, those who refuse the only leadership that can sort us out (Christ’s), experience a reversal.
While those of Christ have a covenant where the strength of the ram becomes weak (horns caught in thickets) sacrificed on our behalf…
…those against Christ experience his horns – his wrath – not the strong ram’s wrath, but the sacrificed lamb’s.
And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Christ’s one sacrifice fell the enemies – unlike Old Covenant priests who had to repeat sacrifices.
Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
Christ’s victory includes the proper use of woman.
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman…
The woman’s head (crown of beautiful hair) at feet (right after preparation for death by hands to head):
And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
Note the very costly ointment – even more so than the progressively more expensive water, milk and butter from the song of Deborah and Barak.
He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.
In the last days, Christ’s people have made themselves ready – with righteous acts…
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of saints.
…right before Christ returns.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Christians participate in the defeat of this Whore of Babylon which is feminism, setting the stage for Christ’s return.
And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
…he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
Death by hands to head – drinking that cup of death:
And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Head, even horns (a dark parody of the ram):
I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
Like the expensive ointment, and the progressively more expensive ‘water, milk and butter,’ the pinnacle of expense, Babylon, has fallen:
And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of bronze, and iron, and marble,
And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
Note how the final expense is souls.
How do Christians defeat the Whore of Babylon which is feminism?
Not death by hands to head, but a reversal: life by hands to head – lift your cup to your mouth.
We have the blood covenant via communion – a different cup.
1 Corinthians 11:24-25
Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
We bow before Christ, fall down and die – but rise up with Christ.
Life by falling down:
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
We put our weapons into action and overcome the Devil: life to head (communion of blood drink), life from head (speaking the eternal Word), and life from death with Christ.
We overcome Satan when we testify personally to what the Word of God says the blood of Christ does for us – and we are completely committed (including our lives).
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Christ took our death and fall.
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all…
Christ’s victory was death by hands to the head, and falling down at feet.
And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha…
And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
Christ did not die by being nailed to the cross.
For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
After crucifixion, the two thieves crucified beside Christ were still alive (and had their legs broken so that they would die).
The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.
But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs
How did Christ die?
He died of a broken heart – as for the first time, when he called to God – God would not answer.
And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
…I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
…they pierced my hands and my feet.
…They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.
They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
Why would God not answer Jesus?
Death to the head via hands.
And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
…fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
God would not answer Christ, and would forsake Christ… as Christ had taken our sins as our leader.
He took our sins to become the ugly serpent with his crown of thorns.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up
Christ was cut off from God.
Christ wore a robe that was red? Or purple? But not blue.
Cut off from the heavenly:
And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe
Christ falling down:
I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:
Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.
Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
Final victory of Christ: no longer falling, but raised – hands, feet and head.
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church
Before Christ’s final victory, Elijah spoke these words regarding Jezebel (archetype of female authority):
1 Kings 21:23
And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.
After Elijah was gone, his words struck: death via hands to head and falling down.
Accordingly, making up the face didn’t work for Jezebel – hands to head.
2 Kings 9:30
And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.
Falling down, hands, feet and head.
2 Kings 9:33-36
And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot.
And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's daughter.
And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.
Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel
But even Elijah was not able to finish Jezebel’s authority, as her female authority has reappeared throughout the ages.
Without Christ, like the Old Covenant priests, Elijah’s victory over Jezebel was only temporary.
Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
Christ’s arrival was heralded by John the Baptist, in the spirit of Elijah.
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elijah truly shall first come, and restore all things.
But I say unto you, That Elijah is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
Christ’s return is again heralded by a return of Elijah.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Sometimes it seems that we are really losing.
Sometimes it seems that we need a home run to win, because we are in the bottom of the ninth, and we have two outs, two strikes – and we got no balls.
The Devil is pitching, and if the Devil strikes out one more batter, we’ve lost.
The first Elijah did not entirely defeat Jezebel, as she returned.
Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel
And John the Baptist fell to female authority. That’s the second out.
And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger.
But, we have one more batter.
With the return of Elijah, the Devil is laboring on the pitching mound.
Is the returned Elijah a great slugger? Is he an amazing athlete?
The Devil will hope that the returned Elijah stumbles up to the plate and lacks hand-eye coordination.
The Devil’s hopes are correct.
Elijah is very ordinary.
Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are…
1 Kings 19:4
It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
But despite being weak, Elijah has what matters: his bat.
…But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.
And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent;
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Unlike the first two outs, the returned Elijah has something special.
For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
Unlike the first two outs, the returned Elijah is just like normal Christians, and has the victory that Christ has already won.
1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Just like normal Christians, the returned Elijah has the Holy Ghost.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
The returned Elijah has read the end of the Bible.
Like normal Christians, he knows that he just has to participate in the victory.
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.
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
The final Elijah has, in his hand, all 66 books of the Bible.
…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit
The Devil might have the most deceptive curveball ever, but, like normal Christians, the returned Elijah just has to participate in the victory already won by Christ – with his hand’s sword:
The power of speech via the Word.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written
Even though those bases look empty – as if we have no Blade Runners on base – the bases are indeed loaded, ready for a grand slam home run.
2 Kings 6:16-17
Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
…my great army which I sent among you.
And the Devil has to pitch to Elijah. The Devil cannot pitch around Elijah and walk Elijah.
Because the Devil plays ball.
To avoid condemnation, the Devil’s best interest would be to try to let this age never end.
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
But the Devil always wanted to be like God and worshipped.
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
…and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
He always wanted to be like God and have his own people.
And God promises the Devil his own people.
If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation;
But getting to this Mark of the Beast which will allow the Devil to have his own people is a long process.
The human race has to develop technology (bronze age, industrial revolution, computer age, etc.) to create a world which will house the digital currency which will host the Mark of the Beast.
And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
To get to the level of technology where he has his own people, the Devil will play ball.
The Devil has never given up, and he will pitch the ball to the returned Elijah.
Elijah, like normal Christians, has his Bible, the Word of God in his hand.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit…
The Word is Christ.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…
And, we put on this power, righteousness, strength, wisdom, virtue… not our own.
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ…
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me
So, the Devil can deceive with pitches from various arm angles, changes of speed, multiple breaking balls, but the Devil cannot strike the returned Elijah out.
Because the Devil’s accusations fall short, as, when the Devil looks from every angle at the new Elijah (or any normal Christian), the Devil can only see him clothed in the righteousness of Christ.
All those accusations bounce off Elijah’s bat, as he fouls off every nasty pitch.
…for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
And, the Lord magnanimously lets us share in the victory, even giving us the death-blow.
Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.
They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them
This bat in Elijah’s hand has a history.
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
So when Elijah does get that pitch to hit…
Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.
And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers
Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?