Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Part I

Matthew 10:16
King James Version (KJV)
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

As sons sent forth from God, we are to govern our existence in these bodily temples with over-standing wisdom.  We are to progress before our God Father, doing justly, showing mercy, and walking in humility with God. 

Micah 6:8

King James Version (KJV)
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

In the animal world, wolves are void of compassion.  They are also ravenous, preying on the sickly, weak, slow and fearful.  There is zero room for error in the face of wolves.  You must know exactly what to do.  Another interesting point about wolves is that they only fear fire.

As vessels of God, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit manifested Himself as cloven tongues of fire upon the heads of Christ’s disciples. 

Acts 2:1-4

King James Version (KJV)
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Serpent= symbol of wisdom:
Garden of Eden-

Genesis 3:1-5

King James Version (KJV)
Now the serpent was more subtil (refined) than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made….

Lucifer/Light Brearer (Sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, perfect)

Ezekiel 28:12-16

King James Version (KJV)
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the LordGod; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

“If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God”

James 1:5

King James Version (KJV)
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Luke 11:13

King James Version (KJV)
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
The serpent is a symbol of wisdom, and has some relation to fire in the former title/name of Lucifer, being “The Light Bearer”.  Serpent is also synonymous to angelic form.  In the book of Revelation, angels are associated with the act of carrying vials of fire.  Which bring us to the understanding of the possibility that the “hell fire” prepared for Satan and his angels is not necessarily composed of only the literal properties of known fire.  But, that is a side thought.  Here is a more direct correlation to what I am discussing at the moment:

The Fiery Flying Serpent

The Biblical Texts Reviewed
“The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent,” (Isaiah 30:6).
In this verse the Bible mentions an intriguing creature, the fiery flying serpent.  The Hebrew words are m’opheph [translated flying] and saraph [translated fiery snake].   It is here distinguished from the viper.  Moreover, Isaiah 14:29 states: “Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.” Here the same animal is listed as distinct from all serpents in general.  What exactly is this ancient flying creature referenced by the prophet Isaiah?
The scriptural word “flying” in the original Hebrew is of interest. About it, Goertzen writes:
That Hebrew word, m’opheph Jpvfm, is a polal participle; a form used only by Isaiah when describing the reptilian saraph (14:29 and 30:6). The polal indicates an intensive of the root pvf ooph that means to fly or flutter. BDB, [Brown-Driver-Briggs] then, interprets it as meaning to “fly about, to and fro.” The imperfect form of the polal is found in Gen. 1:20, “flying creatures that flutter to and fro…”  The meaning may be best illustrated by a polal infinitive construct in Ez. 32:10 “when I cause my sword to fly to and fro” or “when I brandish my sword.” The rapid back and forth movement of the sword (brandishing) illustrates the emphasis of the polal intensive. The idea of TWOT [Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament] then, that m’ophephJpvfm could indicate a serpent’s swift bite, will not work since a serpent’s strike is not a back and forth motion. The word indicates an animal with swift back and forth motion, like the flying of a humming bird.[i]

Original artwork by Richard Dobbs
The Hebrew word for “fiery snake,” saraph, is even more interesting.  It is used by the prophet Isaiah to describe the angelic beings that fly around God’s heavenly throne (Isaiah 6) and comes from a root that means “to burn” or “to kindle.”  I believe that these angelic beings appeared to be like the fiery flying serpent that Isaiah knew in his day.  It would be akin to John’s recording of these creatures in Revelation 4:6-8, where he likens these six-winged angelic beings to specific animals.  But unlike John, Isaiah did not see their faces in his vision; for they covered their heads with two wings and their legs with two wings, leaving only their hands (vs 6) and trunks uncovered.  They looked like svelte, glowing winged serpents.  It is likely that the N.T. author also referenced these fiery angelic saraphs when writing to the Hebrews: “Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire” (Hebrews 1:7).  The emphasis is on the seraph’s bright, fiery nature.”

In Christ’s admonition to dawn the nature in character of serpent/dove, He was in-fact commissioning them in the capacity of angels; this, for the reason that we wrestle not against flesh and blood. 

The nature of the dove is not to strike in aggression, and even more intriguing than this, the symbol of the dove was also used to describe the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 3:22
And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove on him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, You are my beloved Son; in you I am well pleased.


The dove is a symbol of purity, holiness, peace, and gentleness.  Then what does this fusion of serpent and dove mean? What is it exactly? What is the function of a serpent/dove characteristic?
Serpent-Dove is the mindset and state of character our Father God bids us to dawn upon baptism of the water and spirit.  Christ’s very own comment before being baptized is evidence of that fact.  He stated to His disciple that “It becometh us to fulfill all righteousness”.  In another place, it is written where He says, “Our righteousness is to exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees”.  As our natures are changed, we enter a realm where our natural/carnal inclinations are useless against the hostile spiritual world we have entered.  After baptism you are in direct line of fire and conflict with Satan, his powers, and his principalities.  Christ stated that he “did not come to bring peace, but a sword”.  The anointing fire of God is upon you, and Satan with his hosts can see clearly in whom God’s Spirit resides, and he has come to attack you.  “Does one hide a candle under a bushel?”  God has lightened you with His Spirit that you might give light in the world against the Prince of Darkness.  The strange thing is that the children of darkness have become wiser than the children of light. 

If we follow the reasoning that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, then we see that we must move along much further than just the acknowledgment, or respect of God.  We must begin to learn of Him.  He says, “Come unto me ye who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.  He’s saying, “you all are weighed down with the cares of this life.  You need to renew your strength that is being drained.  I give you an order in life that is free from stringent laws and limited parameters.  Let me show you the way to success that is easy on your conscience. 

The world’s education prepares the masses to be slaves in building Satan’s great kingdom of Babylon.  Satan is attempting to re-erect a tower of intellect, power, and praise against the Kingdom of Heaven.  And, the world’s systems, institutions and societies are pulling from the resources of intellect, talent, gifts, abilities, strengths, passions and life forces of the masses, for tokens of material wealth, recognition and “made history”, in a meager life expectancy, and for many, a lost soul.

This is warfare unlike human warfare.  The casualties are misdirected and abbreviated lives; lives cut short in their probation allotted to receive the promise of eternal life and salvation through Christ.  Simply put, Christ came to give us more, and Satan has come to steal it.  But, also, Satan has come to kill and destroy.  If you die in your sins, he doesn’t burn for you…and you further his cause.  If you do not accept Christ, you will die in your sins, because you have no power to resist him.  Your power comes from receiving God’s Spirit, and that does not happen if you are not born again.  His Spirit comes upon us, as it did with Christ, when we are born again; and, now that we are born again of the Spirit, we do not walk according to the senses and tendencies of the fleshly body, but according to the Spirit.  This is the third phase of development in Divine wisdom and stature. 

Part II to be continued…..

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