Reprint: September 1, 2023
Della was in Canada last weekend to minister to a sister in the
Lord I've written about numerous times throughout the years in these Coffee
Breaks! Eileen Finnman is the sister that we worked
with for six years at the Calgary Stampede. She had what was called the Country
Kitchen. We did breakfasts, coffee (and other beverages) and -- most of all --
Eileen's famous cinnamon buns. During those years we made enough money from the
kitchen to send hundreds of kids to summer camp, and the majority of them got
to know the Lord as a result.
has been struggling with physical issues of late -- issues that the doctor
hasn't had answers for -- until just a couple of weeks ago when he diagnosed
her with a very aggressive form of cancer and gave her a very short time. We
refused to accept that prognosis. Della took some vacation time and flew from
Anchorage to Calgary. She went with Mary Ellen and Doreen to the hospital. When
she got there, she called me; I called George Robinson (who has seen a fabulous
series of healings -- more than 10 people healed completely -- in the last 30
days), and we joined together in a prayer of agreement for Eileen's healing.
There was a tangible manifestation of healing for Eileen before Della left the
hospital room that night, and the healing process continues as I write this
the Lord is honoring Della in her labors at Zales
Jewelers in Anchorage. The corporation is preparing to honor her (and her
store) for bringing that store to the number 3 position in sales across the
nation. Considering that the store ranked nowhere among hundreds of stores
nationwide before Della took over eight months ago, and now is number 3 is a
testimony to the favor of the Lord. Administration has been Della's gift even
before I knew her, and we are celebrating 30 years together today!
frequently tell Della that I thank God with every breath I breathe that He
brought her into my life and gave her to be my wife! She is truly a gift from
the Lord to me!
Good Morning to you! Ready for the day?
pick up where we left off last week. We were talking about the significance of
the seven mountains.
17:10, 11 states (in illustrating the seven mountains), "And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is,
and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short
space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the
seven, and goeth into perdition."
must remember that the whole of the Revelation, which John wrote, was addressed
to the seven Ekklesias. I will remind you that the
seven letters precisely describe the attributes of the seven nations which
inhabited Canaan. The purpose of these letters is to bring the Bride to the
place of a total overcoming of those seven spirits which were epitomized in the
seven nations. The seven nations, the seven mountains, and the seven spirits
are illustrated in the seven kings.
John is told, "five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space." This is an extremely important picture when considering the seven nations, the seven spirits, the seven kings. "Five are fallen..."
five? The Hittites, the Hivites, the Jebusites, the Girgashites, and
the Canaanites. "....and one is..." Which
nation, or king, was the one described as being in power at the time of John's
you have heard me share, or read any of the revelation which the Lord has given
to us over the last thirty or so years on the seven nations which inhabited
Canaan, and their relationship to the
seven letters, you will remember (and I have described this background and
history in fairly extensive detail in the series, SEVEN NATIONS, SEVEN
LETTERS) that the doctrine of the Nicolaitans
came straight out of the spirits of the Amorites and the Perizzites.
was a doctrine divided into two opposite parts with a single objective. (I will
not try to cover all of the historical evidence relative to the Nicolaitans in this letter, since it is covered in that Coffee
Break series -- and soon to appear in book form.)
doctrine of the Nicolaitans was the doctrine of
humanism: "Man is God." "Man is the final arbiter of
himself." That which was drawn from the Amorites, came through the Sadducees
when they accepted Jesus Christ as the Messiah, but clung to their Judaistic traditions, legalism, and particularly, hierarchical
government. This was the kind of government which established leadership
(in the Ekklesias) through apostles, prophets,
evangelists, pastors and teachers (see note) -- at first -- and finally,
through bishops, and other ascending tiers of hierarchy. It traded Ekklesia for "church," and put men in the
position of saying how, what, why, when and where God would operate. Intimacy
with the Lord was replaced by an accumulation of men in various strata who
served as "go-betweens" in interpreting the will and desire of the
(**Note: This should not in any way be construed as to suggest that apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are not valid ministry functions. They absolutely are! It's just that the Lord Jesus Christ never intended for them to become offices and titles which supplanted individual relationship with Him. The words, "apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers," simply express facets of the Lord Jesus Christ and His ministry to the Body.
sent as "apostles" are simply commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ
to fulfill the role of establishing those purposes to which He sends them.
Likewise, those sent as prophets simply become that word and speak forth which
they have both seen and heard, by and through His Spirit.
same is true for each of the five ministry facets of Jesus. He never intended
for them to become hierarchical offices from which power and authority would be
exerted over those people coming into a
place of relationship with Him. Those fulfilling each of the five facets of His
ministry were expected to work themselves out of a job by
sharing that life which He transmitted by His Spirit. The recipients would grow
into the same place of relationship, and the five ministry functions would
continue in others until intimate relationship ("that which was perfect") for
the body of Christ was achieved. In the place of intimacy with Him, there is no
need for apostles, prophets, evangelists, etc., because He is all of those
things in one.)
opposite side of Nicolaitanism came out of the Perizzites through the ex-(?)Pharisees. Like the ex-(?)Sadducees,
they clung to many of their Judaistic tenets, the
legalism and traditions of the past and, especially, democracy!
This was the system which gave people the right to choose their leaders through
a system of voting. They voted on their elders, their deacons, their pastors,
etc., etc., etc., ad nauseam. The concept of being called, appointed, and
anointed by the Lord -- with, or without the approval of other brethren and
sisters -- was absolutely missing.
The primary criterion in the determination was fear: The Fear of Man. If people feared power being vested in "a man," they chose a "democratic" system. If they feared that truth and genuine authority would be weakened and watered down in the multitudes, they chose hierarchical systems. In either case, the determining factor was "man" in power.
you say, What does that have to do with "....and one is...., and the other is not yet come; and
when he cometh, he must continue a short space."
the answer is staring us in the face.
John was receiving the Revelation, the spirit of the Amorites (the
"king," or presiding spirit of the Amorites) was just coming into
full bloom. It manifested itself through the Nicolaitan
doctrine of hierarchy, and reached the apex of its power and influence when the
Roman emperor, Theodosius, declared Christianity to be "the religion of
the state" in 378 A.D. He thereupon declared himself to be "The
Bishop of Rome."
hierarchical government, which was the backbone of what we have referred to as
“Roman Catholicism,” became the pattern structure for virtually all churches
for approximately 1,400 years. Even when Martin Luther broke away,
"Lutheran" church government (and its successors) remained the same.
Yes, they disposed of "popery," and "cardinals," and much of
the upper-upper echelons, but the presiding spirit remained the same. Not until
"congregational" government was introduced did the spirit of the Perizzites begin to emerge as a force and power in the life
of corporate churchdom.
me to insert a parenthetical note here for a minute. I realize that the things
I'm sharing in this discussion probably run counter to what many of you have
been taught and have considered "gospel" all of your lives. This IS a
break with a lot of eschatological doctrine and teaching many have heard. If
you have difficulty with what I'm sharing, please put it on the shelf for the
moment. Don't just throw it all out. Give Holy Spirit time to bring revelation
spirit of the Perizzites is still very much alive in
a substantial part of the so-called "charismatic" church-world,
although some of the tenets and aspects of the Amorites' spirit and operation
are a very active force in various organizations. The spirit of the Perizzites, which we know better as "democracy,"
is a force at work in the world today.
is the "king" which
John saw, that was "....the
other.." which was "not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short
is a mistake to assume that the sixth king, or spirit -- the spirit of the
Amorites/Sadducees/Nicolaitans -- would be driven
from power when the seventh king, or spirit -- the spirit of the Perizzites/Pharisees/Nicolaitans
-- came into power. Both spirits have the same goal. Both kings are subservient
to, and take their orders from the King of Babylon.
Both kings have humanism at the very core of their purpose and
function. Both kings have a principal objective is to get "man" to
make the final decision -- and to ace the Lord Jesus Christ right out of the
picture. Thus, both kings coexist today, and function cooperatively.
see it daily in the workings of democracy and hierarchy. (We even have a trite
saying in America which is accepted as gospel, “Democracy may not be the best
way of governing, but it is way ahead of whatever is in second place.” No it
isn't! And America was not founded as a democracy: it was founded as a Republic
following Biblical patterns established with and by Moses.)
order to properly understand the "King" of Babylon to whom Isaiah
prophesied, the "woman," which John is shown in his Revelation by the
angel of the Lord, and the picture given us by Ezekiel as he prophesies against
the King of Tyre and Sidon, with the relationship of
these prophetic illustrations to one another, we need to back up in time and
review certain historical items and happenings. In order to show you this
picture clearly, I will take certain events out of chronological order, and
then piece them together.
First, let's consider Ezekiel's prophecy to the King of Tyre, and then to Sidon. He describes this "king" as having been "in Eden, the Garden of God." (see Ezekiel 28:13) Obviously, Ezekiel was not addressing a literal man in this prophecy.
had long since been hidden, and entrance to Eden had been blocked by an angel
with a flaming sword. With the great deluge and Flood which inundated the
earth, geographic features changed. Noah and his family would have been the
only living beings on the face of the earth to have even the remotest
approximation of an idea where Eden once lay.
prophecy was directed, therefore, to the only other individual who could have
been in the Garden with Adam and Eve, and the Lord: Satan himself -- the former
archangel known as "Lucifer"
-- the King of Babylon -- the King of Tyre -- the
King of Sidon. They are all one and the same.
question then arises, "Why refer to the same being, Satan, as the King of
Babylon, or the King of Tyre, or the King of
answer is quite simple. Satan is the master, the controller, the force behind
these thrones. When Ezekiel takes up his prophecy against Tyre,
he begins by addressing thePrince of Tyre, as opposed to the King of Tyre. The differentiation, in this case, is due to the fact
that this Prince is under the rulership
and control of the King.
Prince is the administrator, so to speak, the one who carries out the commands
of the King. The Prince would be defined using the same Greek terminology which
Paul used in Ephesians 6, Kosmokrator: a
world-ruler of darkness; a lord of this world; a prince of this age; in other
words, a prince among demons.
why identify with Tyre or Sidon? It is absolutely
crucial to our understanding that we see why the Lord has given us this
obvious that we're not going to have the time to finish this part of that
discussion today, so this is where we will resume next week.
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