Thursday, April 19, 2012

Medical symbols and pharmacy

(An extract from Charl Durandt's Book called "Demonized Doctoring"

The serpent god logos of todays medical and pharmaceutical profession

The serpent, god logo, appears in many variations of the same theme.

The formal name given to this abomination is the “Cadeceus” or “Staff of Asclepius”, the same god to whom the Hippocratic oath is made. Not happy with one serpent, some staffs have two serpents so as to keep the yin/yang fraternity happy. The two wings represent the wings of another god called Horus, and the staff represents the power over the Tree of Life, or in other words, power over the knowledge of good and evil!

The infantile medical apologies given for this blatant devil worship, is that it represents the brass snake as used for healing by Moses in Numbers 21:8-9. What nonsense! Even that brass snake
of Moses was idolised by the Isrealites at some stage, and the use of it was prohibited in Scripture:

He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did bum incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.17 (2 Kings 18:4 (KJV)).

The same serpent which is idolised by the westem doctors is found in most of the occult world. 

Why? Because the serpent is the pnme symbol of Satan! 

Christ is the universal lamb and Satan is the universal serpent in Scripture!

The symbol is as old as humans. Any good reference book will divulge the occultic meanings and purpose of the cadeceus and the serpent or dragon. For instance: Kerykeion - The Roman caduceus. A herald’s staff, originally a magic wand. Two SERPENTS are intertwined around its top, their heads facing one another. An attribute of Hermes (Mercury) in particular. Variously interpreted, sometimes as a Symbol of fertility, two serpents copulating over an erect phallus. 

Yet it must probably be, understood primarily as a symbol of balance. In alchemy, it is a symbol of the union of opposing forces.

Dave Hunt has the following succinct answer to a question on the serpent:


I think one of the great evidences against the authenticity of the Bible is its treatment of the serpent. In the Bible the serpent is the embodiment of evil whereas ancient myths and religions give exactly the opposite view. The Bible equates the serpent with the devil, but the most ancient religions, some of which are even practiced to the present time, almost universally identify the serpent as the Savior or at least as benevolent and to be worshiped. How can the Bible be true and at the same time be so much out of touch with what is clearly the common intuition of humanity?

This is a fascinating subject, and its implications go beyond our ability to understand fully. There is no doubt that the Bible repeatedly identifies Satan both as the serpent and the dragon, not only in Genesis 3 but elsewhere. For example, " And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the Devil and satan which deceiveth the whole world" (Revelation 12:9)

In view of the usual human revulsion and fear of both dragons and serpents, one would think that Satan would do everything possible to deny such a connection, yet the opposite seems to be the case, for some strange reason. How intriguing it is that both are so closely associated with nearly all pagan religions! The dragon is found on thousands of temples throughout Asia, while the serpent
permeates and even dominates the religions of India.

In view of the natural human revulsion for these creatures, this association could hardly be of human origin and would require another explanation. The biblical indication that Satan is the “god
of this world” and thus the originator of all false religions would seem to offer that explanation. Furthermore, archaeologists and explorers continue to uncover ancient representations of a woman, a serpent, and a tree in close association, a connection which undoubtedly reflects the  Genesis story of the temptation in the garden. Even today, one finds ancient Hindu temples deep in the jungles in northern lndia bearing centuries-old faded wall frescoes in which one can still make out the woman, serpent, and tree.

When asked the meaning of these symbols, the villagers, who worship the serpent, explain that the serpent brought them salvation. (maybe this explains the affinity of the medical industry for using the red cross as a symbol, themselves being fake serpent saviours, they also want to replace the real cross with their version of the cross.)


In the temples of ancient Egypt and Rome the body of the god Serapis was encircled by the coils of a great serpent. In Hinduism one of the three chief gods, Shiva, has serpents entwined in his hair. Yoga is symbolized as a raft made of cobras, and its goal is to awaken the kundalini power coiled at the base of the human spine in the form of a serpent. Numerous other examples could be given,
from the plumed serpent Quetzalcoati, the Savior-god of the Mayas, to the annual snake dance of the Hopi Indians. One of the greatest authorities on the occult (himself a practitioner of
occultism) has written:

Serpent worship in some form permeated nearly all parts of the earth. The serpent mounds of the American Indian; the carved stone snakes of Central and South America; the hooded cobras of
India; Python, the great snake of the Greeks; the sacred serpents of the Druids; the Midgard snake of Scandinavia; the Nagas of Burma, Siam and Cambodia . . . the mystic serpent of Orpheus; the
snakes at the oracle of Delphi . . . the sacred serpents preserved in the Egyptian temples; the Uraeus coiled upon the foreheads of the Pharaohs and priests - all these bear witness to the universal veneration in which the snake was held. . .The serpent is ...... ..the symbol and prototype of the Universal Savior, who redeems the world by giving creation the knowledge of itself. . . . It has long been viewed as the emblem of immortality. It is the symbol of reincamation…

In Greek mythology a serpent was wrapped around the Orphic egg, the symbol of the cosmos. Likewise at Delphi, Greece (for centuries the location of the most sought-for and influential oracle
of the ancient world, consulted by potentates from as far away as North Africa and Asia Minor), the three legs of the acular tripod in the inner shrine of the temple were intertwined with serpents. As
one further example, consider the Greek and Roman god of medicine, Aesculapius, whose symbol was a serpent-entwined staff, from which the symbol of modem medicine, the caduceus, was derived. In the temples erected in his honor, Aesculapius was worshiped with snakes because of an ancient myth which said that he had received a healing herb at the mouth of a serpent. Here again we have the Genesis story perverted: The serpent is not the deceiver and destroyer but the Savior of mankind, replacing Jesus Christ. At graduation ceremonies of medical schools around the world, where prayers to the God of the Bible or to Jesus Christ would not be allowed, graduates, upon receiving their degree, repeat loudly in unison the Hippocratic oath. It begins "I swear by Apollo, by Aesculapius, by Hygeia and Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses.”

Notice how the Bible depiction of Satan as a serpent and dragon, the deceiver and destroyer of mankind, and then as the god of this world, who originates pagan religions, fits the model embraced by the medical industry. 

Not satisfied with having their own special brand of idolatry, the pharmaceutical/ medical/industrial complex then foists another abomination on the patient. That is the famous prescription sign,
used worldwide and in multilingual format. The sign is the RX.

The symbol is used for the instruction (prescription) of the doctor (priest/healer) to the sorcerer (pharmacist), to issue the patient with a magic healing potion. From a medical industry textbook, this is how medical students are lulled into believing the lie by making the occult sound like a benign fairy tale:

From the medicine man of ancient times to the medical man of today, the evolution presents a fascinating study. The line of advance is not always straight and obvious. Yet, no professional owes more to the long, ago past than does the doctor. To this day the mystic sign Rx adorns the top of his prescription. Its origin
appears to go back some 5000 years and to be based on the legend of the Eye of Horus. The Egyptians used this magic eye as an amulet - to guard them against disease, suffering, and all manners of evil . . . Suffering had made Horus a healing god. As a child, he lost his vision after a vicious attack by Seth demon of evil. The mother of Horus, Isis, hurriedly called Thoth, scribe and sage to the rescue. Thoth with his wisdom, promptly restored the eye and its powers. This led the Egyptians to revere the Eye of Horus as a
symbol of godly protection and recovery.

During the Middle Ages, the Horus Eye reappeared in a new form resembling our numeral 4. Doctors and alchemists scribbled it on their prescnptions to invoke the benevolent assistance of Jupiter.

Gradually, by slow transformation, the Jupiter sign changed to Rx. . . It is this late descendant of the Eye of Horus which serves to the present day as a link between ancient and modem medicine . . .a true symbol of the durability, strength and benevolence of the healing profession through the ages. If this is not witchcrafi, then what is! And parents think that their child is being taught “science” at medical school?

Notice that some more gods have entered the arena, namely Jupiter, Thoth and Isis.

From another textbook: Egyptian Medicine

When the new-fledged doctor, fresh from his course in twentieth century medical science, examines his first patient and writes his first prescription, he avows himself a neophyte of a pagan magical cult. He may not know it as he scribbles his instructions to dispense the latest antibiotic or the newest sulpha drug. But, at the top of his prescription, he writes Rx, just a Roman ‘R’ with a stroke through the foot - and in this act he invokes Horus, the bird-headed god of the Egyptians. It is modem science reinsuring itself! Of course, as a rational being, he will probably deny it. He will say that it is no more than the dog-latin of the medico — “R” for recipe, meaning "take", just like the cook's "recipe": Take four eggs. . . .' No, sir! As Sir William Osler pointed out, it is the ‘Eye of Horus,‘ the Egyptian amulet dating back 5000 years.“

In summary then, the doctor makes an oath to a god, invokes the spirit of Horus, instructs the sorcerer to prepare the medicines, and the patient gets healing! Science indeed?

The role of the pharmacist is critical because his function is to dispense the magic potions. The word pharmacy is derived from the Greek “pharmakos”, meaning sorcerer. This function has been largely taken over by the pharmaceutical manufacturers, who pre- package the magic elixirs.

By observing the modem doctor, one can detect the strong occultic flavour surfacing.

The basis of modern medicine

The original hippocratic oath:

"I swear by Apollo, the healer, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath and agreement: [swearing allegiance and submission to the demonic realm i.e satan]
To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art; and that by my teaching, I will impart a knowledge of this art to my own sons, and to my teacher's sons, and to disciples bound by an indenture and oath according to the medical laws, and no others.
I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.
I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.
But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts.
I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art.
In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction and especially from the pleasures of love with women or with men, be they free or slaves.
All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal.
If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all humanity and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my life."

What does the Bible say?

Matthew 5:34-37

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
34 But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or [a]by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING. 36 Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is [b]of evil.

2 Corinthians 6:15-20

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 Or what harmony has Christ with [a]Belial, or [b]what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,
17 “Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord.
And I will welcome you.
18 “And I will be a father to you,
And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,”
Says the Lord Almighty.

Only a Satanic ritual could be more blatant than this oath! 

The latest version of the oath, (simply the Hippocratic oath that has been “laundered”) is taken by modern doctors, worldwide as follows:

Adopted by the 2nd general Assembly of the World Medical Association, Geneva, Switzerland, September 1948; amended by the 22nd World Medical Assembly, Sydney, Australia, August
1968, and the 35th World Medical Assembly, Venice, Italy, October 1993.

At the time of being admitted as a member of the medical profession: I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due;
I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity; the health of my patient will be my first consideration;
I will respect the secrets which are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
I will maintain all the means in my power, the honour and noble traditions of the medical profession; my colleagues will be my brothers;
I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, party politics or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient;
I will maintain the utmost respect for human life, from its begirming, even under threat, and I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity. 
I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honor. 

A Scriptural analysis of this oath reveals it to be a masterful recruitment, by Satanic forces, of fresh graduates, for the ranks of the damned. 

An analysis of the modem oath which is shown above, reveals the
following facts about the dedication made by medics:

“solemnly pledge” means it is an oath.
“consecrate my life” means accepting another god.
“service of humanity” means secular humanisn, the very basis of New Age religion.
“teachers” means the demonised tutors who took the same oath.
“respect the secrets” means non-transparency, a hallmark of the occult. (In “double-speak” it could be used as an excuse for protecting the priviledged information of the patient).
“confided in me, after the patient has died” means don’t witness against “brothers”.
“noble traditions” means perpetuating the evil.
“will be my brothers” means an occultic blood bond.
“religion” means God’s Word is unacceptable.
“laws of humanity” mean the laws of Satan.
“promises solemnly” means it is an oath.
“honour” means human honour, but not honour to God.

It is blatantly clear that the millions of medicals who have partaken of these two oaths have rejected God and His covenants. The implications will become clear as this chapter unfolds.

One of the most surprising aspects of demonisation is that people become blind to it, as if they are “not there”. A blatant example is the serpent god logo, symbol of the pharmaceutical/medical/industrial complex, which is displayed with abandon and pride. This occultic, pagan edifice is

advertised, carved, painted, woven, printed, imaged, displayed, promoted, in thousands of variations, and revered by the world at large. How blind can one be! It appears on ambulances,
periodicals, hospitals, medical universities, stationery, bedding, curtains, unifonns, pens, gifts, medical insnuments and anything that can be marked with a logo.

The serpent, god logo, appears in many variations of the same theme. The formal name given to this abomination is the “Cadeceus” or “Staff of Asclepius”, the same god to whom the Hippocratic oath is made. Not happy with one serpent, some staffs have two serpents so as to keep the yin/yang fraternity happy. The two wings represent the wings of another god called Horus, and the staff represents the power over the Tree of Life, or in other words, power over the knowledge of good and evil!

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Meaning Of The Tabernacle

The Meaning Of The Tabernacle - Zac Poonen

(Summary of Bible-studies given at a Conference in Bangalore India - December 26 to 28, 2000)
Reading: Exodus chapters 25 to 31; and 35 to 40.
The Old Testament tabernacle was to be a sanctuary where God could dwell in the midst of Israel (Exod.25:8).
It was also a picture of Jesus Who came in the flesh and 'tabernacled' among men (Jn.1:14). There are many things about the tabernacle that give us an understanding about God's dwelling with man and also about the church - God's ultimate dwelling place.

Exactly According To The Pattern

God was very particular that every part of the tabernacle should be made exactly according to the pattern that He gave Moses (Exod.25:9). God gave Moses specific instructions about the sizes of the different parts of the tabernacle and the materials to be used for each. Many Christians do not realize the need to do everything in the church and in their lives exactly as the Lord has commanded in His Word. They allow their human understanding to decide how far to obey God and where to modify His commands.
Moses had seen the construction of magnificent pyramids in Egypt. But he did not modify God's simple pattern of the tabernacle to make it more appealing to human eyes. In every detail, he constructed it exactly as the Lord had commanded him (Exod.39:1-40:33).That was why the glory of God filled it. If Moses had been given this pattern when he was 40 years old, he would perhaps have tried to 'improve' on God's pattern with his Egyptian wisdom! The tabernacle may have looked better then - but the glory of God would have been absent. This is what has happened in many churches.
God's thoughts and ways are far higher than ours (Isa.55:8,9). Those who do not realize this will always add their human ideas to God's commandments. Only those who are eager for the glory of God to be manifested will be able to find God's perfect pattern and will for their lives.
Our Lord lived His entire life on earth fulfilling minute details of Old Testament prophecies that had been made concerning His birth, life and death. He was careful at all times to fulfill everything that was written "in the Book" concerning Him (Heb.10:7).
There are many things we can learn from the way that Jesus - the first "body of Christ" - lived on earth. For example, He was born in an ugly cowshed and grew up in simplicity, having nothing about Him that was attractive to man (Isa.53:2). The second body of Christ (the church) is to be the same. Those in the church today who try to attract people through impressive buildings and music and programs etc., have not realized this truth.
At the end of our Lord’s life on earth, He could say that He had finished the work that the Father had given Him to do (Jn.17:4;19:30). Paul too lived in such a way that he was able to complete the entire course of God's plan for his life (2 Tim.4:7). If Christians don't bother to find out what the Lord wants them to do, but instead plan their lives, according to their own wisdom, the glory of God will not rest on their lives or their ministry.
While human wisdom would have started with outlining the dimensions of the tabernacle first, before going into the smaller details, God began first of all by giving Moses the pattern for the ark of the covenant. The ark was a small piece of furniture to be placed in the smallest room of the tabernacle - the most holy place (Exod.25:10). But that room was where the glory of God was going to be present. And so that had to come first. This teaches us that everything in our lives must begin with God - even as the Bible itself begins with the words, “In the beginning God…...". We must consider God first in every decision that we take.
It was when Moses was alone with God on the mountain, fasting and praying for forty days that he saw the pattern for the tabernacle (Exod.25:40). People who are in too much of a hurry to wait on God or who care more for the opinions of men will never be able to understand the will of God.
God called Bezalel and Oholiab to build the tabernacle and He gave them supernatural abilities through the Holy Spirit to do this task (Exod.31:1-3). The power of the Holy Spirit is what we need too, to build the church today.

The Parts Of The Tabernacle

The outer court of the tabernacle was 150 feet long by 75 feet wide. A sheet of fine white linen - symbolizing the righteousness of Christ - enclosed it. That which separates those inside the church from those outside is not a different level of human righteousness, but the fact that those inside are clothed with the righteousness of Christ. The white linen also symbolizes the simplicity that should characterize the church. Babylon the harlot, on the other hand, is depicted in the book of Revelation as being grand and pompous in many ways – quite a contrast to the simplicity of the Bride of Christ (cf. Rev.17:4 with 19:8).
There was only one entrance to the tabernacle – a 30-foot multi-coloured curtain on the eastern side of the tabernacle. This indicates that there is only one way to God and into the church - through Christ alone. No man can come to the Father but by Him (John 14:6).
One entered the tabernacle with his back to the sun (in the east), indicating thereby his rejection of the worship of the sun (that was common in Egypt and all over the world at that time).
In the outer court, the very first item was the altar of sacrifice - symbolizing the cross on which Christ died for our sins.
Beyond this was the laver - a large vessel full of water for washing - symbolizing both the "washing of water by the word of God" (Eph.5:26) and water baptism.
At the far end of the outer court was the tent, which had two rooms – the holy place and the most holy place. The tent was entered through a curtain at the entrance to the holy place. Between the holy place and the most holy place, was another thick curtain (“veil” – Heb.10:20).
All Israelites were permitted to enter the outer court. But only the priests could enter into the holy place. The holy place contained the altar of incense, the lampstand and the table of bread.
Into the most holy place, only the high priest could enter – and that too, only once a year, on the day of atonement, with the blood of the sacrifice. There the ark of the covenant was kept, covered by the mercy seat, and the glory of God was visibly present.

The Tent And Its Boards

The tent was 45 feet long, 15 feet wide and 15 feet high. Inside it, the holy place was 30 feet long and 15 feet wide. The most holy place was 15-feet square.
The tent was constructed with boards made of cheap acacia wood overlaid with gold. This symbolized Jesus being both God (gold) and Man (wood). It also symbolizes the members of the Body of Christ today who although human, have also been made partakers of the Divine nature (2 Pet.1:4).
Each board had two legs that sat in two silver bases for stability when resting on the desert sands. This symbolizes faith and obedience that should be found in each individual believer for stability in the desert of this world. Those who major on faith without obedience will be as unbalanced as a board with just one leg. Those who stress legalistic obedience without faith will be equally unbalanced.
These wooden boards were placed next to each other without any gap between them - symbolizing the close fellowship that God desires should exist between the members of Christ’s body. Each board had four loops through which bars were placed, to hold the boards together. A fifth bar was passed internally (from end to end) through the middle of all the boards. These five bars held the boards close together and made them stable. This symbolizes that besides faith and obedience, we also need close fellowship with each other in the Body of Christ if we are to be stable Christians ourselves.

The Coverings of The Tent

The tent of the tabernacle had four coverings. The innermost covering was of fine linen with intricate designs woven into it, symbolizing the beauty of the righteousness of Christ. The second covering was made of goats' skins symbolizing Christ as the scapegoat who took our sins far away. The third covering was made of rams' skins dyed red symbolizing Jesus as our Substitute Who shed His blood for us. The outermost covering was made of badger's skins - which had a dirty brown appearance - which was always covered with the desert sand. So the most beautiful covering was visible only from the inside of the tent. The true beauty of a Christian and of the church is to be inward, not outward.
The badgers’ skins symbolize “the reproach of Christ". Outwardly, the church will be misunderstood, dishonoured and reproached. In the world however, things are quite the opposite - beautiful on the outside but filthy on the inside.
Jesus did not come to earth with an attractive outward appearance (Is.53:2). He was despised and rejected by the world. Only those who wanted godliness came to Him. It must be the same with the church. People should be drawn to the church, not by any worldly attractiveness that it has on the outside, but rather through the quality of its life and fellowship.
Those who belong to Jesus will go to Him "outside the camp of this world " and "inside the veil to fellowship with God" (See Heb.13:13 and 10:19,20). The vast majority of Christians however, live inside the camp and outside the veil!!
To go outside the camp means to be rejected by the world. If Jesus was misunderstood and called the prince of devils by people in His day, we the members of His family will be called by even worse names (See Matt.10:24). The reason why most Christians are popular with the world (unlike Jesus) is because they seek to please men and are diplomatic and compromising. It was not the worldly Romans or Greeks who opposed Jesus but religious Jews. The Jews hated Jesus because He stood for God's truth without compromise. Opposition for Christians today too will come primarily from religious people – religious Christians and other religious people.

The Bronze Altar of Sacrifice

The first item in the outer court of the tabernacle was the altar of sacrifice, which was a hollow bronze enclosure placed on the ground. The sacrifices had to be placed on the ground inside the altar, for God had said that His altar was always to be one of earth (created by God and not constructed by any man - symbolizing Calvary's cross, an altar made by God Himself - Exod.20:24,25).
The altar was also not to have any steps going up to it, but only a sloping ramp - symbolizing the fact that there are no "steps to salvation" (Exod.20:26).
The altar was made of wood covered with bronze. Bronze stands for judgment. When the bronze became hot with the altar fires, the charring of the wood inside could not be seen on the outside. This symbolized the inner sufferings of Christ that no one could see (1 Pet.4:1).
Most Christians have seen only the external sufferings of Jesus on the cross. They have no idea about the inner sufferings that He endured during His earthly life, as He faced different situations and temptations each day (Heb.4:15). Jesus had no tears for His own sorrows. He wept only for ours. Godly men are also like Him. When Paul mentions a list of his sufferings in order to convince the Corinthians about his authority as an apostle, he never mentions anything about what he went through inwardly. But Paul’s whole ministry came out of his inner sufferings.
The altar had four horns in the corners to which the sacrificial animals were tied, before they were slain. This speaks of the steadfastness with which Jesus set His mind to go to the cross (Lk.9:51). This steadfastness must be found in all of us too, to take up the cross every day (Ps.118:27).

The Bronze Laver

The laver of water in the outer court symbolizes the cleansing we receive by the word of God - as we hear and obey it (Eph.5:26). It also symbolizes water baptism.
God cleanses us by water first and then by the fire of the Holy Spirit - even as gold is cleansed both by water and by fire (See Num.31:21-23).
If we read and obey the old covenant, our life can become purified from many external forms of sin. This is how the Law cleanses us “by water”. But Jesus spoke of sin as being a deeper issue than merely the external action. He said that those who looked at a woman with lust had actually committed adultery with her in their hearts (Matt.5:27,28). This is where the fire of the Holy Spirit cleanses us - from inward sin.
If we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, He will show us even deeper levels of adultery than that. He will show us that admiring another woman's cooking over our wife's is also adultery! Adultery (like the love of money and many other sins) is like an onion that has many skins all the way to the center!
Washing by the word from external sins in the outer court will give us a good testimony before people. But if we do not go into the most holy place and let the fire of God cleanse us inwardly, we will never become truly spiritual. We will only remain as religious people.

The Golden Table of Bread

Inside the holy place there was a table on which 12 loaves of bread representing the twelve tribes of Israel were kept, which only the priests were allowed to eat. They ate the bread on behalf of all of Israel’s tribes.
This represents Jesus as the Bread of life and also the Word of God as the bread by which we are to live (Matt.4:4).
There were twelve separate loaves in the old covenant, because Israel could not become one body. Each tribe retained its own distinctiveness. But in the new covenant, we have only one loaf of bread representing Christ’s body at the Lord’s table, because we are all one body, even though we are from thousands of tribes across the world.
We are all to partake of this bread, because each of us is to live by Christ our Head, through direct contact with Him, and not through leaders as it was under the old covenant.

The Golden Lampstand

The lampstand inside the holy place symbolizes the testimony of our life as well as of the local church.
The priests were to ensure that this lamp was always kept burning, indicating thereby that our public testimony must be brightly burning at all times.
In the old covenant, the lampstand was one, with seven branches. This symbolized Israel as one denomination with many branches.
But in the new covenant, we see (in the book of Revelation) that each church is represented as an individual lampstand, and that the Lord walks in the midst of them, as the Head of each lampstand (Rev.1:20).
This teaches us that new-covenant churches are meant by God to be independent units directly under the headship of Christ (unlike the tribes of Israel). But most churches today still follow the Old Testament pattern of being branches of a large denomination (one large lampstand).
Each lamp in the lampstand (symbolizing each member of a local church) was to burn brightly. Any member of a church who sins (whose light has died out), should set matters right and trim his lamp at the earliest opportunity. Otherwise, he should withdraw from his local church so that the Lord's testimony in that church is not dishonored in any way, because of him.
It is only as we follow God's pattern exactly that His glory can fill a local church.

The Golden Altar of Incense

The altar of incense inside the holy place represents prayer in Jesus’ Name (Rev.5:8). Prayer is an expression of our dependence on God, and prayer in Jesus’ Name (like this incense) is to rise up from our hearts to God at all times (Exod.30:8; Luke 18:1). Our prayers ascend as a fragrance unto the Lord.
Moses was commanded specifically that this incense was to be prepared in a certain proportion only for the Lord and never to be made for any man (Exod.30:37). This symbolizes two things.
First of all, it symbolizes that we cannot pray to God in our own merit. The Name of Jesus is not a magic word (or a mantra) that we use to come before God. It implies that we come in the merit of the Lord Jesus alone. If we pray as those who deserve to get answers from God because of some imagined merit in us, then such prayers are not being offered in Jesus’ Name. Prayer in the Name of Jesus implies that the only standing that we have before God is what we have in Christ. Those who consider themselves better than others or senior to other believers will find that God answers the prayers of others and not their own, because those others go to God without any merit of their own.
Secondly, this symbolizes that we must never pray for anything for our own benefit. Whatever we do, we are commanded to do for the glory of God alone (1 Cor.10:31). Jesus taught us to pray for the Father's name to be hallowed, for His kingdom to be established on earth and for His will to be done. Every prayer that we pray for ourselves should also be for the glory of God. This is the reason why the prayer of a righteous man is powerful - because he seeks God's glory alone in everything (Jas.5:16).

The Way Into The Most Holy Place

The tabernacle (the outer court, the holy place and the most holy place) was a picture of man - body, soul and spirit (1Th.5:23).
Just as the outer court was the only part of the tabernacle that was open and visible, our body too is the only part of us that is visible. The holy place and the most holy place are covered and invisible from the outside, just like our soul and spirit.
The most holy place, as we have already seen, was cubical in shape. The new Jerusalem is also cubical in shape (Rev.21:16). A cube has equal depth as it has height and width (seen in front).
This symbolizes that those whose depth (inner life) is not equal to their external life - the front that they project to others - cannot live in God's presence. God rejects hypocrites who give an appearance of spirituality to others, but who have no corresponding inner life (depth).
The word of God is like a sword that divides between soul and spirit (Heb.4:12). When we read God’s Word, it first enters us through our body (our eyes or our ears). Then it should enter our soul (mind, emotions and will). It must instruct our mind and stir our emotions. But if it stops there and does not make us yield our will in obedience, then the Word cannot enter our spirit - and we will not grow spiritually.
For example: If we read in God’s Word, that our heavenly Father will accept our prayers and offerings, only after we have asked forgiveness from those whom we have hurt (Matt.5:23,24), we may understand it and even be challenged by it. But if we do not actually go and apologize to the persons concerned, our spirit will still remain dead. This applies to every other word also that we have understood and been challenged by. It is only when we yield our will that the Word penetrates the curtain that separates the holy place (soul) from the most holy place (spirit).
Jesus came down from heaven not to do His own will but the will of His Father Who sent Him (Jn.6:38). We could say that He thus rent the curtain between His soul and spirit - by saying to His Father all through His earthly life, "Not My will but Yours be done".
This is where we are called to follow Jesus too. Many do not become spiritual because even though they understand God's will and are stirred by it, they do not give up their own will to do God's will.
When Jesus was in heaven with the Father, His will was the same as His Father's. But when He came to earth and took on a flesh like ours, He received a will of His own, which He had to deny in order to do His Father's will.
It would not have been easy for Jesus to submit to Joseph and Mary when He was a young boy, for He was perfect and they were not. But Jesus denied His own will and submitted, because that was the will of His Father for Him during those years.
This is the issue that many wives have to deal with, when they have to submit to husbands who are unsympathetic and disobedient to God. Likewise for brothers when they have to submit to elders in a church, with whom they disagree.
In Gethsemane too, Jesus did not want to drink the cup that the Father gave Him to drink, but He gave up His own will and finally drank the cup.
Denying one’s own will and doing the Father’s will is the secret of true spirituality.
Our spiritual life does not depend on our feelings. We can be tempted to “feel” discouraged when things are not going as we expect around us. But we can set our will to praise God – (1) because God is “the Blessed Controller” of all things in this world (1 Tim.6:15-Paraphrase), (2) because Satan has been defeated on the cross, and (3) because God has promised to make all things work together for our good.
Even when our prayers are not answered, we can still praise God and refuse to live by our feelings. Only if we continue consistently along this way, will we become truly spiritual.
If Jesus had not denied His own will consistently, all the days of His life, He would not have been a spotless Lamb. If He had done His own will even once, He could not have been a perfect sacrifice for our sins; and then the curtain into the most holy place would not have been rent either.
Jesus has inaugurated this new and living way now for us - so that we can walk on it every day (He.10:19,20).
This is not a door through which we enter, once for all. It is a way on which we have to walk all through our life. Only thus can we live in the most holy place at all times.

The Golden Ark of The Covenant

The most holy place contained the golden ark with the mercy seat as a lid on it. The ark of the covenant and the mercy-seat were together a picture of Christ as the Mediator of the new covenant between God and Man.
The mercy seat was where the blood was sprinkled on the day of atonement. It had two golden cherubs on it. Cherubs were the ones who guarded the tree of life in Eden with a flaming sword (Ge.3:24). That sword first fell on Jesus, when He died on the cross. But that sword fell on us too, for we too were crucified with Him (Gal.2:20). The only way for us to come to the tree of life (Christ) now, is by accepting this sword and allowing our self-will to be slain.
Inside the ark were kept the two tablets of stone (with the ten commandments written on them), a golden pot (with some manna) and Aaron's rod (that had come to life and budded).
Even though the manna came from heaven, when some Israelites kept it overnight, it bred worms and stank. But when the same manna was kept in the presence of God, it did not stink throughout the forty years in the wilderness. We learn from this that if we hold God's truth only in our minds, it will bring death. But if we hold it in humility in God's presence, it will remain fresh perpetually. There is an anointing and a freshness when a man who lives in God’s presence preaches God’s Word. But the same message, if copied and spoken by another, can be as dry as dead bones.
There was a time when people questioned the authority of Moses and Aaron (Num.16). God then asked each tribe to bring a dead tree-branch. These rods were kept overnight in God's presence. Aaron's rod alone budded during the night and brought forth fruit (Num.17). This rod was thereafter kept in the ark as a reminder to the people that God bears witness to His delegated authorities by bringing forth resurrection-life out of death. This rod also remained fresh for 40 years, teaching us that authority also remains valid only when exercised in the presence of God.
In the days of Samuel, some curious Israelites once lifted this mercy seat to see what was inside the ark and they were slain by the Lord immediately (1Sa.6:19). This shows us how dangerous and foolish it is to try to analyze the inner soul of Jesus - to try and explain how He could be both God and Man simultaneously or how He could have been tempted as we are as men, etc. We don't have to understand all this. All we need to do is believe what God has said in His Word.

The High Priest’s Dress

Aaron the high priest symbolizes Jesus our High Priest. His outward dress consisted of three items.
First of all, a tunic made of fine white linen symbolizing the righteousness of Christ.
Over that he had to wear a blue robe, with bells and figures of pomegranates alternately hanging all round the bottom of the robe. Blue is the colour of the sky and speaks of heavenliness. The pomegranates symbolized the fruit of the Spirit, and the bells the gifts of the Spirit - both of which we need if we are to serve God.
On top of this robe, he had to wear an ephod, which was a multi-colored apron. The ephod had three items that came along with it:
(1) Two shoulder-plates having the names of the twelve tribes of Israel
(2) A breastplate having 12 stones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel
(3) The "Urim and Thummim" placed in a pocket of the ephod.
These three items symbolize Christ's power supporting us, His love caring for us, and His wisdom guiding us. These three are brought together in 2 Tim.1:7 as the virtues that the Spirit of God communicates to us today. gifts of the Spirit - both of which we need if we are to serve God.
The high priest had to wear a golden plate on his forehead (attached to his turban) that had these words engraved on it, “HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD”. Thus Aaron was to bear the guilt found in “the holy offerings” of Israel (Ex.28:36-38). There is sin even in our “holy offerings”!
On the day of atonement (which was once a year), the high priest took off all these colorful clothes and went into the most holy place wearing only a simple white dress. When he came out of the most holy place, he had to put on his colorful clothes again before going in front of the people.
This symbolizes that when we go before the Lord, we must go in simplicity and humility and brokenness before Him. But when we come before the people, we must anoint our face, hiding our sacrifices and prayers and fastings from them.

Three Levels of Christian Living

The three parts of the tabernacle - outer court, holy place and most holy place - symbolize the following:
Three stages of growth:
(1) forgiven by God; (2) serving God; and (3) fellowshipping with God.
Three types of Christians:
(1) a carnal Christian; (2) a soulish Christian; and (3) a spiritual Christian.
Three ministries of the Holy Spirit:
(1) born of the Holy Spirit; (2) baptized in the Holy Spirit; and (3) led by the Holy Spirit daily.
Three attitudes towards God: (1) thanksgiving; (2) praise; and (3) worship.
(In thanksgiving, we think of God's gifts that we have received and been blessed by. In praise, we think of God's greatness and almighty power that are exercised on our behalf. But in worship, our focus shifts to God Himself, and we adore Him for Who He is.)
Three levels of light:
(1) human reason; (2) the teaching of God's Word; and (3) God’s nature.
(All of us live our lives by the light and understanding that we receive from one of the above three sources. The light in the outer court and holy place was created light - the sun in the outer court and the lampstand in the holy place. But the light in the most holy place was the uncreated light of God’s own presence.)
Three levels of fruitfulness:
(1) thirty-fold; (2) sixty-fold; and (3) hundred-fold.
(The good ground in the parable of the sower was also of three types, just as the bad ground was of three types (Mark 4:1-8). The measure of fruitfulness in the good ground depended on the measure of wholeheartedness).
Three levels of Christian maturity:
(1) babes; (2) young men; (3) fathers.
(Babes are dependent on others. Young men are zealous. Fathers are full of wisdom-1 Jn.2:12-14 ).
The way into the most holy place is through the rent curtain of the flesh that our Lord has inaugurated for us (Heb.10:20). The curtain does not have to be rent today, for it has already been rent. But every day we have many opportunities to walk this way and to live in the most holy place.
God's perfect will is that we should live every day in His presence. Many do not have a fresh anointing on them always, because they live either in the outer court or in the holy place. We must take up the cross daily if we are to enter through the curtain daily and live in the most holy place (He.10:20).
The way of the cross we must remember however, is a way and not a goal. Our goal is fellowship with the Father in the most holy place. So we do not major on the message of the cross but rather on the message of fellowship with the Father.
May we all live in that blessed fellowship all our days.
Amen and Amen.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Do You Believe In Miracles?

by E.W. Kenyon
Man and Miracles
Jesus -- the very Name has within it miracle working Power, even to this day, though nearly two thousand years have rolled away since He walked with men.
    Jesus, the Galilean, was a miracle worker.
     Jesus' Life was a miracle.
     His wisdom and teachings were miraculous.
     He made miracles common.
     His death was a miracle.
     His Resurrection was a miracle.
     His appearances were miraculous.
     His ascension was a staggering miracle.
But perhaps the most outstanding miracle of all those wonder days was the event of Pentecost.
From the upper room, went forth men and women boldly to testify of Jesus' Name, who fifty days before shrank in fear from the very names of the High Priest and his associates.
Peter, the trembling, fearful Peter, is now clothed with a Power and fearlessness that is inexplicable; he goes out and faces the Sanhedrin, senate, and High Priesthood with a courage that amazes us.
A stream of miracles flowed from the hands of the apostles that upset Judaism and shook the Roman government to its foundation.
They made a discovery -- the Name of the Man Whom they had loved, Whom they had nailed to that cross in nakedness, now has Power equal to the Power that He, Himself exercised when He was among them.
The sick were healed, the dead were raised, demons were cast out by simply breathing that Name over the afflicted ones. 
What a stream of miraculous love, life, hope, and joy showered from the ministry of those humble Galileans.
Those first thirty-three years of early history as seen in Acts, were sample years of the acts of the Church until the return of Her Lord and Master.
Man is the offspring of the Miracle Worker.
The miracle working desire is embedded deep in the consciousness of man.
Christianity is based on a series of miracles culminating in Pentecost.
Miracles Normal
Mark 16:17 "And these signs shall follow them that believe."
Christianity began in miracles; it is propagated by miracles.
Every New Birth is a miracle; every answer to prayer is a miracle; every victory over temptation is a miracle.
When Reason takes the place of the miraculous, Christianity loses its virility, fascination, and fruitfulness.

  • Christianity is not a religion.
  • Christianity is the Life of God in man.
  • Christianity was the unveiling of the heart and nature of the Great Father-God in the Man Jesus
There could not be a religion that would appeal to humanity that was not founded upon miracles and propagated by miracles.
Man craves a miracle working God today. Whenever there arises a man or woman whose prayers are heard and answered, the multitudes flock to them.
  • Man wants a Living God.
  • Man craves a miracle.
  • The deep seated hunger in the human heart for God is the reason for all religions.

The Soul Cry for Miracles
The curiosity for the miraculous is deep seated in man.
Man was brought into being by a miracle working God, and man will ever yearn for miracles.
The Supernatural realm is really man's realm. 
Sin has blinded us and has kept us from finding the secret door that will lead us back to our lost estate.
But the hunger is there, and the miracle is the way to bring man to God.
Is there a miracle element in Christianity today?
Did miracles end with the death of the disciples?
Are the so-called miracles that men claim to perform today fraudulent or purely psychic?
These are questions that we cannot ignore.
There has come a falling away on the part of the churches.
Modernism dominates the great religious forces of Christendom; its denial of the Supernatural element in Christianity makes it simply an ethical religion. 
On the other hand, we have those who are contending for an original, miraculous, element in Christianity, but declaring that miracles ceased with the death of the apostles; that Christianity does not need the miraculous today to convince men of the Deity of Jesus.
Then we have a third group who claim miracles are still being performed; that the sick are healed, that prayers are answered, and that God is a Living Reality in the daily life of the believer.
We cannot ignore the amazing growth of Christian Science, Unity, New Thought, and Spiritism.
The people who are flocking to them are not the ignorant masses, but the most cultured and wealthy of the land, and their strongest appeal is the supernatural element of their so-called religions -- the testimonies of healings by their followers are their strongest asset.
We cannot close our eyes to the fact that in many of our cities on the Pacific Coast, Mrs. Eddy has a stronger following today and a larger attendance at her churches than have the old line denominations; and the largest percentage of her followers have at one time been worshippers in the denominations -- they have left them because they believe they are receiving more help from Mrs. Eddy's teaching than from the preachers.
They will tell you how they were healed and how they were helped in their spiritual life by this strange cult.
This is a libel upon the modern church -- it is not only a LIBEL but a CHALLENGE.
What We Need
We have lost the Supernatural element out of Christianity and we are clinging with trembling hands to a historical Christ that has no power to heal the sick and no ability to meet your daily needs.
The spirit of real evangelism is almost a thing of the past.
We have driven the miracle working Christ out of the Church; now we are driving the believers in miracles out of the Church. 
We cannot blame the missions and non-conformist cults that are rising everywhere.
It is a protest of the people against the modern theological thought that dominates the Church.
Christian Science could not have grown to the place where it is dominating many of our large cities unless there had been a demand in the heart of the people for a Supernatural religion.
The Pentecostal movement could not have risen with the Power that it has, had not the heart of the people been craving a new, fresh vision of Christ. 
A dead orthodoxy has no Resurrection Power within it -- no Miracle Working Force back of it. 
The people are putting up with extravagances and fanaticism in order that they may get a little touch of the Supernatural God.
Cultured men and women will listen to uneducated preachers because the uneducated preacher in the dingy mission has faith in a Living God.
When men tell us that we do not need miracles today -- that education will take their place -- they have not thought through on this subject. 
No man can actually live and walk with the Man of Galilee without living in the realm of the miraculous.
Jesus is as much a miracle now as ever.
Man needs His Miraculous Touch now, more than ever. Nothing but a return to this God of Miracles will save our land and nation.
Is This True?
If a preacher has the reputation of acting on James 5:14 or Mark 16:18 he is disqualified for most of the denominational pulpits. 
The Church is no longer in the grip of God, but under the sway of scholastic intolerance.
Our slogan should be -- "Back to the Living, Miracle Working Christ." 
People want Him, so they crowd the building where He is allowed to act.
  • Jesus attracted the multitude by miracles.
  • Jesus will attract them today.
  • "He is the same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews.13:8).

How Faith Talks
Isaiah 55:8,9, "For My Thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My Ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My Ways higher than your ways, and My Thoughts than your thoughts."
Faith talks in the language of God. Doubt talks in the language of man.
When I dare to say that I am what He says I am, then I am what He says I am.
The Word says that, "I am complete in Him."
Well, God is the Author of the Word.
He is the Author of my Redemption, so if He says I am complete in Him, then I must be complete in Him.
It is barely possible that I do not understand His standards of perfection. But I rest in what He says. 
What He says is what He sees in us by Grace, and what He sees in us is what we really are.
It is not what we believe, or what the church has taught us, but when He says, "We are the fullness of Him that filleth all things," we are.
When He says that "He has blessed us with every Spiritual blessing in the heavenlies," then we are blessed. Whether we have enjoyed it or not, that is not the issue.
He has blessed us.
When He declares that, "we are seated together with Him in the heavenlies," we are.
Now, you go about your work, today, and every idle moment that you have, repeat some of these great Facts over and over again.
After a while they will become a part of you as the multiplication table is a part of you.
Just so will the Divine-consciousness of Jesus-consciousness become a part of you.
You cannot think God's Thoughts after Him without God following His Thoughts into your life; and changing your thoughts into Reality.
You think weakness and you are weak. You think strength and you are strong.
You think about God indwelling you, and God will rise up and fill your body, His temple, with His Glory.
Just as He over-shadowed Solomon's Temple with the Cloud of His Glory, so will He over-shadow you. 
Just as He filled the Temple with His Glory so that the priests could not stay to minister, because of the wonder of His Presence, so will He fill you today, so that the world thoughts will be unable to minister in you because of the ineffable Glory of His Presence.
Let Faith speak through your lips today. Don't talk doubts any more. Just talk faith!