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Saturday, December 3, 2022

 

MANY ANTICHRISTS HAVE COME!

By

Doug Krieger

In 1 John 2:18-27 there is a startling discovery of “last hour” consequence which may shock you.  Cutting to the chase:  Those who would lead you astray from the “anointing” you have received from the Holy One—from that intimate fellowship in which you have entered between the Son and the Father—bears the insignia of the LIAR and is linked to the deceiving throng of the “many antichrists who have come” to deceive us all in these last days. (Ref. 1 Jo. 2:18)

Wait!  You didn’t get that yet . . . let me repeat it another way:  In 1 John 4:1-3 we learn “how you can recognize the Spirit of God” – How’s that? 

Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.  This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.” 

Ask a believer what is “the spirit of the antichrist” and “those in the know” will tell you that someone who denies the incarnation—the Son of God came in human flesh—has the spirit of antichrist . . . viz., someone who rejects the doctrine: “God became a man.”  This is normally followed up by James 2:19: 

You believe that there is one God.  Good!  Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” 

In other words these demonic spirits are more than apt to declare Jesus is the Son of God (and on occasion declare as much according to Matt. 8:28-30; Mark 3:11; Luke 4:41); but, demonic admission that Jesus is the Son of Man come to defeat them as “the incarnate One” is a bridge too far because such a confession spells their demise.  The demonic hordes know He is the Son of God but utterly resist Him Who declared to Satan himself:  Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word which proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4).  Indeed:

“‘The first man Adam became a living being’  The last Adam became a life-giving spirit . . . And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man” (1 Cor. 15:45, 49).

“. . . according to Christ . . . Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them [having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us . . . taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross], triumphing over them in it” (Col. 2:8-15 Excerpts). [Note:  Christ triumphed over principalities and powers by His death and resurrection as a MAN—He is NOW the glorified Son of Man.  Admission that Jesus was the Christ, a man, “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” – Phil. 2:8) defeating the powers of darkness as a man devastates these principalities and powers.]

Thus, denial of the incarnation is the “spirit of antichrist” – and that’s about as far as most ardent Christians go.  Moreover, most will likewise admit that the “anointing” mentioned in 1 John 2 is the “moving of the Holy Spirit” in one’s life—and that all believers in Christ have such an anointing—sort of like the gospel song:  Every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart I pray, pray, pray.”

RELATIONSHIP – THE FATHER LOVES THE SON

Notwithstanding these scriptural profundities, these are not the main topics of discussion in I John 2 and 4; so what is/are?  In 1 John 2 it is talking about RELATIONSHIP between the believer as a “son” and the Father.  Furthermore, it speaks of the eternal fellowship/relationship the Son of God, the Anointed One, the Christ, has with the Father wherein each of the “sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:26) have been brought, as a result of the Holy One, into that same fellowship the Son has with the Father. 

This is precisely why I am “trinitarian”:  Our God is eternally ONE—distinctly Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  “Church father” Origen went off the rails (my opinion) on allegorizing the Word of God to the extreme; however, he did make one candid observation:  To be the Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6) demands an eternal Son. Herein is eternal love between the Father and the Son (John 3:35, 5:20, 10:17, 14:31, 15:9-10, 17:23-24, 26; Eph. 1:6; Matt. 12:18, 3:17, 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 3:22, 20:13).  

In sum, a believer via faith in Jesus Christ does not have a superficial and/or only an objective encounter with the Holy One, with Christ, but a marvelous subjective one described as such:  But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth” . . . to the extent . . . “you do not need anyone to teach you.  But as his anointing teaches you about ALL THINGS and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him” (1 Jo. 2:20, 27).  This anointing you have received of Him teaches you to “remain in the Son and in the Father” – i.e., “remain in Him” means to stay, remain, abide in the fellowship and love between the Son and the Father.

ANTICHRIST BREAKS YOUR FELLOWSHIP/LOVE WITHIN THE TRIUNE GOD

But there’s something else going on here which frustrates the believer’s “abiding life” in the fellowship between the Son and the Father—and it is to this I strongly speak. 

I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray” (vs. 26).  You have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth” (vs. 20) . . . but those who would lead you astray are speaking lies—and “Who is the liar?” (vs. 22).  That’d be “whoever denies that Jesus is the Anointed One (viz., “the Christ”) . . . “Such a person is the antichrist—denying the [relationship] that the Son has [with] the Father and foments lies which dislodge you from their blessed fellowship. 

How is this done?  Whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” Once that blessed acknowledgement is broken the anointing enjoyed in that fellowship and love between the Father and the Son—which is shared with you via the Holy One . . . then you have been led astray by the “antichrist spirit.”  That “antichrist spirit” will COUNTERFEIT the anointing, the fellowship and even the love of God by substituting a multitude (viz. “many antichrists”) for the “real thing.”

Deception—to be PROFOUNDLY deceived—must appear as the “real McCoy” (“Satan masquerades as an angel of light”—2 Cor. 11:14).  Normally, the spirit of antichrist or false prophet, seems to have the goods—some “form” of healing may be taking place . . . the “false prophet” in particular enshrouds within his utterance “thus saith the Lord” or “God is telling me to tell you” and, most assuredly, the attention giver is centered on the prophet himself.  They want you to “wait on the Lord” (not for the Lord to speak to you but so they can speak a word into you).  I’m not saying that from time to time such a “word” is not for you—but TEST THE SPIRITS whether they are from God or not (1 Jo. 4:1).   

Once the Liar through these “antichrist spirits” dissuades you from your “abiding place” with the Anointed One (the Son), you lose your vibrant relationship with your Father.  In other words, the Anointed One brings you and me into His anointing ipso facto into the fellowship between the Son and the Father through the Spirit.  However, these “spirits of antichrist” have one chief aim:  Those who are trying to lead you astray” from the anointing He has given you “Who teaches you about all things” (vs. 27).

These antichrists who have “gone out into the world” are antithetical to the truth, the Anointed One, the Holy One, the anointing you have received of Him.  They would lead us all astray from our abiding in His truth and the moving of His Holy Spirit in us.

SATAN ENTERED INTO JUDAS ISCARIOT

Many of us, including myself, have had for many years a “prophetic focus” on the coming of the final Antichrist—an awful end-times figure ready to be embodied, as was Judas, with Satan (who “entered into Judas Iscariot” to commit the dastardly deed of betrayal—Luke 22:3; John 13:27) to become “the Beast” (Rev. 13:1).  I do not diminish this end-times’ reality; however, we have lost sight of the many antichrists sent from the Liar to dissuade us by usurping the authority of the Holy One in Whom we should be abiding.

How do these lying spirits (“test the spirits to see whether they are from God”), these “false prophets” – the “spirit of the antichrist” who would “lead you astray” (1 John 4:1-6) – how do they achieve their goals among us wherein the relationship that the Son has with the Father is no longer enjoyed by the believer?  It is broken, your PEACE is disrupted.  Yes, you heard a voice, even an audible voice or a swirling impression in your mind directing would-be steps.  Listen to the wisdom of Smith Wigglesworth:

“It is satanic to feel that God has a special message for you and that you are someone more special than anyone else.  Every place that God brings you to in a rising tide of perfection is a place of humility, brokenness of heart, and fullness of surrender, where only God can rule in authority.  It is not where you are somebody, but where God is everything and where you will be living for His glory . . . We have to live in the place of knowing the Scriptures and listening to His voice so that we are able to divinely discern whether these things are of God or not” [– yes, “test the spirits” for Jesus came in the flesh as Son of Man, Son of God in fellowship and love with the Father!][i]

The major theme of 1 John 2 is the relationship that believers have with the Father and the Son.  That relationship is both “the anointing” from the Holy One expressed through the “new commandment” (John 13 and 15) that we should love one another AS Jesus loves us—it is by His love that we love one another . . . this is “because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining” (1 Jo., 2:8) through each one of us for “anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light” (1 Jo. 2:10).

RELATIONSHIP BY LIFE

Again, the theme of this relationship is reinforced by 1 John 2:12-14 wherein John writes to children in relationship with their fathers.  First children, then fathers, and then young men.  He skips the sequence—it could have been children, young men, and fathers but his emphasis is the immediate relationship between children and fathers—twice we find this order (1 Jo. 2:12-14).

In this sequence/order between children and fathers is “the love of the Father” vs. the “love of the world”—“the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:15-17).

Against this backdrop His “dear children” are enjoined to recognize “the last hour” wherein “many antichrists” will seek to separate His dear children from the Father’s love.  John then draws a major distinction between them who “went out from us, but they did not really belong to us . . . For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us” (1 Jo. 2:19).

Why did they leave us?  Because they were never with us in the first place—they were NOT in relationship with the Son and the Father; therefore, they were not of us.  Yet, the “spirits” of these “many antichrists” would seek to sever through lies via the Liar himself—that blessed fellowship/anointing given to us by the Holy One, the Anointed One, the Christ, our Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ (1 Jo. 2:1).

Brothers and sisters, when we lose that anointing . . . when we are led astray by these false prophets, these ANTICHRISTS, who are in opposition to God’s presence and moving in our lives, then our abiding in Him is shipwrecked.

“The spirit of the prophets is subject to the prophet” – 1 Cor. 14:32

Why highlight this scripture?  What does this have to do with these “lying spirits” who would lead us astray—these antichrists?

When a believer speaks by the Spirit of the Living God, that person speaks or prophesizes as the “oracle of God” (1 Peter 4:11).  The person doesn’t lose control of their speaking—they are not robotic, for the “spirit of the prophets” is under control of the prophet himself (1 Cor. 14:32). 

But more so!  That prophet is likewise not under the control of someone else: “Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said (discern) . . . The spirits of the prophets are subject to the control of prophets” . . . “for you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged” (1 Cor. 14:29-32).

Speaking as the “oracles of God” is NOT under the jurisdiction of another prophet or someone else who is prophesizing/testifying/sharing in the congregation.  They are imparting the “revelation” which has come to them (1 Cor. 14:30) but “if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop” and obviously allow the second speaker to share their revelation as well.  This is not confusing nor an indignant interruption . . . “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the Ekklesia of the Lord’s people” (1 Cor. 14:33).  This multiplicity of prophets is another assurance that no man or woman is lifted up as THE prophet in the assembly.

This does NOT sound as if some overseer is orchestrating the conversation, participation, contribution or sharing in a Christian gathering—nor is it a free-for-all.  The God of Peace prevails in such a congregation:  Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy” (1 Cor. 14:39).

Nor does this sound like someone controlling what is being shared in a gathering; and, for that matter, staying in lockstep with someone’s ministerial notes because, although the saints are prophesying, they most certainly are not necessarily prophesying about the same thing.  Again, I speak concerning the “general assembly of saints” and not the equipping ministry on behalf of God’s people.

This kind of prophesying appears to welcome diversity, not uniformity—each person is responsive to their own prophetic revelation which is not under anyone’s “authorization” or even “scrutiny” but as 1 Cor. 11:3 states:  The head of every man is Christ” (the “Anointed One”).

It’s when such fellowship is threatened, when such prophetic diversity is squelched, that the “spirit of antichrist” manifests.  Isn’t this “Ekklesia in action”? 

What then shall we say, brothers and sisters?  When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.  Everything must be done so that the Ekklesia may be built up” (1 Cor. 14:26).

BIBLICAL NUMERICS – THE NEW JERUSALEM

For those brethren whose fascination are the absolute measurements from Scripture, you won’t be surprised that I advocate the expression of the New Jerusalem as a cube and not pyramidal in shape—why?  Firstly, because the passages in both Ezekiel 40-48 and those in Revelation 21:16 indicate as much: 

The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth.  And he measured the city with the reed:  twelve thousand furlongs.  Its length, breadth, and height are equal” (Rev. 21:16)

These are the exits of the [holy] city.  On the north side measuring four thousand five hundred cubits . . . on the east side, four thousand five hundred cubits . . . on the south side, measuring four thousand five hundred cubits . . . on the west side, four thousand five hundred cubits . . . all the way around shall be eighteen thousand cubits” (Ezekiel 48:30-35)

This “equality” of measurement expresses God’s “impartiality” (“For there is no partiality with God” – Romans 2:11; for “. . . glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good” – Romans 2:10).  Even so:

And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius.,  But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius.  And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, saying, ‘Thee last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’  But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong.  Did you not agree with me for a denarius?  Take what is yours and go your way.  I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.  Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things?  Or is your eye evil because I am good?’  So the last will be first, and the first last.  For many are called, but few chosen” (Matthew 20:9-16).

You may wish to dispute my simplistic exegesis; however, this does not circumvent overcomers whose rewards exceed those who “shall escape so as by fire” (1 Cor. 3:15)—but it does demonstrate the fairness of the Almighty Who has no intention of man’s governance “top-down” in that Jesus clearly taught: 

You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.  Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.  And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:25-28).

From the “divine perspective” the River of Life (Rev. 22:1-2) flows throughout the Holy City, New Jerusalem—yes, this demands gradation or a top-down as in the “Mountain of the Lord”—but the Bride, or the Lamb’s Wife, the Woman of Revelation 21:9-10, is described as a cube whereupon each of her six faces are 144,000,000 square furlongs (12,000F * 12,000F = 144,000,000 sq. F.).  The “throne of God and the Lamb” is the source of this “pure river of water of life” and expresses God’s authority which eternally waters the Holy City and from whence the “tree of life, which bore twelve fruits and whose leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” nourish and heal her residents—so they are the cube, and His Throne supplies the Holy City with this abundant expression of nourishment for all. 


There is a pernicious tendency among the people of God to consign one’s “anointing” to someone else’s responsibility—be it the pastor, an anointed prophetic voice among us, or a self-appointed authoritarian or someone designated by the happy throng “who speaks on our behalf.”  

Brethren YOU “having gifts differing” (Romans 12:6-16), should be equipped by gifted members of the Body of Christ to stand in your CALLING which is directly given to you by the Holy One—anything else which does not release you into your calling, which stifles your spirit is not of God but is of those antichrist spirits who have gone out into the world to lead you/us astray from the Holy One and His anointing in us.

CLEVER DECEPTION:  SMOOTH TALK & FLATTERY

What am I saying here?  There are those brethren—yes, brethren—who ascribe special status to themselves through “smooth talk and flattery deceive the minds of naïve people” (Rom. 16:18) in that their self-described classification as the “Lord’s prophet” – their special anointing and/or maturity in the faith once delivered – actually causes “division and puts obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned.  Keep away from them.  For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites” (Rom. 16:16-18 - NIV).

Brethren—these surreptitious “overlords” may sound so authentically spiritual but their clever words, smooth talk, and devious ways to subjugate the children of God for selfish gain is naught but a denial that Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One—they are antichrist—they substitute Christ . . . for them Christ has not come in the flesh; no, they have come “as Christ”!

“For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.  Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach (belly) and their glory is in their shame.  Their mind is set on earthly things.  But our citizenship is in heaven.  And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring EVERYTHING UNDER HIS CONTROL, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Phil. 3:18-21).

Once they cross the line and truncate the moving of God’s Spirit within your spirit and in so doing, quench the Spirit, break your spirit, wound one’s spirit, confuse your mind, wreck your peace, damage your fellowship with the Father and with His Son—then they either purposefully or inadvertently bear testimony to the Antichrist, the father of lies.

Phrases like these can be either announced or understood but are naught but “controlling mechanisms” designed by those who would feed their own appetites: 

“Brother, you are not under authority . . . you are rudderless . . . you need to be subject to the leadership and follow them in order to ‘learn the lesson’ of submission.”

“. . . embrace the cross, deny yourself, learn from your elders and only speak when they decree.”

“Brother Smith has a ‘prophetic mantel’—only when you are in alignment or under his prophetic mantel can you be an effective spokesperson for the Lord.” 

“Without the ‘apostolic anointing’ of God’s mouthpiece on the earth today, you simply cannot have any fresh revelation from the Holy One.  You have an anointing but only if that anointing finds its source from God’s spokesperson whose maturity in Christ is head and shoulders above any of us in this room.”

“Get out of your mind, follow your spirit—your spirit will tell you to follow the one with God’s anointing, our leading brother among us all.”

Worse yet is the tragic put down to younger brethren who are told they are not mature enough to “share their portion” in a gathering until they have “learned to be in submission” to the elder brethren.  No, I am not advocating there should not be “accountability” in the Body of Christ—indeed, John clearly states there are children, fathers, and young men whose relationships to one another are by “life” and not by “organizational” ability.  Clearly, children should be in submission to their fathers but it is a matter of the “fellowship of life” and reflected in His love.

The subversion of one’s personal anointing with the Holy One can be most insidious.  Particularly egregious are those factions and/or sects within Christendom who assert that the anointing is bequeathed upon a brother or sister through the “laying on of hands” via the presbyter or elders/leaders.  Without their hands upon the novitiate the naïve cannot secure the anointing—furthermore, the innocent’s consecration into the Body of Christ is forthwith given by this laying on of hands and even the baptism of the Holy Spirit may be secured therefrom.

In point of glaring fact this type of “consecration” is into the “group think” and truncates the immediate reception of the Holy One whereupon “all of you know the truth” (1 Jo. 2:20).  For by one Spirit we have all been baptized into one Body” (1 Cor. 12:13). 

This laying on of hands, if practiced simply to convey mutual support for the supplicant whereby the Body of Christ affirms that individual is welcomed into God’s family, is one thing—but to ascribe special status or anointing by so doing borders on cunning subterfuge which is anathema to the gathering of His people.  

In the main, these “false prophets” will have what appears as “divine utterance” or unique and celestial dreams with strange aberrations confounding the “normal mind.”  Such outbursts demand attention, respect, and even adoration; notwithstanding, the focus is always upon the prophet and one’s ultimate obeisance to “God’s oracle on the earth today”—although such entitlement is normally deferred until a defining moment, place, and time when the “prophet” is formally acknowledged by followers who have known all along that he/she was the ONE.

Once the prophet is recognized or formally acknowledged it automatically demands one’s surrender of their will, their thinking, and tragically, their human spirit to his supernatural authority and person—henceforth, he has usurped the position of the Anointed One and defacto is antichrist!     

THEY WENT OUT FROM US – I AM OF CHRIST

Listen up—there are many antichrists out there who have come to lead us astray. There is some suspicion that those who “went out from us, but they did not really belong to us” may have been those trying to lead us astray in that “their going showed that none of them belonged to us” (1 Jo. 2:19). 

Tragically, when someone is excluded from a sectarian group of “brethren” the person exiled or “disfellowshipped” is informed either by word or by “group think” that they are outside of God’s anointing and will suffer loss or, forbid, even death!  Such declarations are infested with the spirit of antichrist—history more than bears this out . . . everything from Exclusive Brethren to Jim Jones, from the Inquisition to “Christian cults” are adroit at banishing brethren who are accused of thinking “independently” or operating “outside of the anointing” or “prophetic mantel.” 

I’ve often wondered:  What could possibly be wrong with saying “I am of Christ” or as the NIV puts it:  “I follow Christ” (1 Cor. 1:12)?  Well, for one the phrase is ensconced within a most sectarian-divisive entourage:

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.  My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.  What I mean is this:  One of you says, ‘I follow Paul’; another, ‘I follow Apollos’; another, ‘I follow Cephas’; still another, ‘I follow Christ.’” (1 Cor. 1:10-12).

 Obviously, someone’s copped an attitude.  If I were to embrace “I am of Christ” in contrast to what someone else has embraced in this pool of “heroes of the faith” (Paul, Apollos, Cephas), then “my Christ” puts all of them to shame—there’s no competition!  The only problem is this:  My embrace of “this Christ” has made me the most sectarian of them all because I have purposefully or inadvertently championed my sect akin to something like “the Church of the Immaculate Perception”—please, come up to where I am!

FALSE UNITY VS. TRUE ANOINTING


“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is

For brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil upon the head,

Running down on the beard,

The beard of Aaron,

Running down on the edge of his garments.

It is like the dew of Hermon,

Descending upon the mountains of Zion;

For there the LORD commanded the blessing—

Life forevermore.”

(Psalm 133)

You may find it impossible to believe that there are those among us who are convinced that the anointing oil poured out upon Israel’s high priest, Aaron, is an archetype of the unity we all share in the Body of Christ—with Aaron’s head symbolic of Christ, the Head of His One Body . . .but alas, this passage of Scripture which should ignite the Body of Christ to rejoice in their unity under Christ, and they, members one of another sharing in His anointing, is used by many a false prophet to illustrate how key brethren among us must first experience the “anointing of the Spirit.”  We must learn from their anointing, must await as it flows down from them/him/her until it reaches us underlings (sorry to be so crude).

That’s right, you cannot receive this anointing oil or flow of the Spirit upon His Body because it is a “top-down experience” in which the brother or sister with the “most anointing” (the most “transformation”) bequeaths it to you—but you must be under the priest/prophet/anointed one’s ministry in order to enjoy such anointing.

Yes, God is moving today; however, for you to be “in His move” you must link up with a Body of believers who understand and experience this “flow of the Spirit”—ANY extraneous spiritual experience which is outside of this anointing upon the Body is superficial at best, and at worst is dangerous to the “unity” of the Body of Christ!

This in a word is so egregious to the true unity in the Body of Christ.  It smacks of an elitism and deception.  Christ has given “gifts in man” (Indeed: 

“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness . . . Let love be without hypocrisy . . . Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, burning in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality . . . Be of the same mind toward one another.  Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.  Do not be wise in your own opinion.” (Romans 12:-16 Excerpts)

Furthermore:

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  Therefore, He says:  ‘When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men” (Eph. 4:7-8).

Each one of us has been gifted; moreover, He is leading a train of vanquished foes and displaying us as trophies of His conquest.  All leadership should be under the King of kings and Lord of lords.  It is not we who choose our gifts nor gifted ones but the very Head of the Body, the Anointed One from Whom all blessings flow and from Whom we all have received—grace upon grace!

Those who claim that a “rebellious one” who resists the flow of this anointing—who blocks the anointing in this top-down model—had better consider Who’s leading this train of vanquished foes and get in line instead of trying to usurp the One Who triumphed at the cross, is now being lifted up and so shall He draw all men to Himself.

They who consider their expression of unity demands utter fidelity to a specific segment of the Body of Christ and that all other “expressions” of unity in Christ are at best deficient and at their worst naught by “Babylon the Great” are living in fear and division from other members in the Body of Christ. An “agenda-driven unity” outside of Christ alone is pure folly and leads to more and more separation and division from the greater Body of Christ.  This type of “unity” says:  “I stand for the oneness of Christ’s Body—if you do not meet with me you are in opposition to the unity of the Body of Christ—you are standing on the wrong foundation . . . you must join me lest you divide any further the Body of Christ.”  In print this sounds awful—and guess what, it is!

Yes, His anointing is upon His Body—but it starts with Him as the Head of that One Body and flows from there to all parts of His Body.

THE SIN AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT

Now, we surely are living in “the last hour” awaiting the coming of THE Antichrist . . . but the proliferation of “many antichrists” out to subvert God’s Anointed One’s fellowship with the “sons and daughters of God” are legion and far more devious than ever. 

Our God is a jealous God and will hold accountable all who supplant the Holy One’s anointing in the life of any believer—whatever the superfluous language used in subverting His direct communion between Himself and any follower of the Lamb is the spirit of antichrist.  Jesus said:

And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.  Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come” (Matt. 12:31-32).

And why is this the case?  What is this “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” that is unforgiveable?  Could it be “because the Spirit is the truth” vs. the “spirit of falsehood” is at stake? “We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.  This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth, and the spirit of falsehood” (1 John 4:5-6). 

When the Spirit of truth is juxtaposed with the “Liar” wherein “no lie comes from the truth” (1 Jo. 2:21) it becomes crystal clear that the sin against the Holy Spirit is any “liar” who “denies that Jesus is the anointed One, the Christ”—this denial is a rejection of “His anointing [which] teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him” (1 Jo. 2:27).

Let no man, no liar, no antichrist dislodge you from Him—REMAIN IN HIM and HIM ALONE!  YOU have an anointing from the Holy One—reject outright “those who are trying to lead you astray” (1 Jo. 2:27).

Finally:

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 Jo. 4:4).



[i] Smith Wigglesworth Devotional – Daily Strength for Daily Needs, 1999, Whitaker House, New Kensington, PA, pp. 506-7



Wednesday, November 2, 2022

 THE PARABLE OF THE TEN MINAS


T

he parables of Jesus have always been a “prophetic fascination” to me; especially, the ones dealing with money and finances.  A group of brothers with whom I have a weekly Bible study have been going through the gospel of Luke of late (October, 2022).  Lo and behold we came to Luke 18 and 19 wherein I found six parables and/or incidents in which Jesus encountered issues related to monetary matters—it’s quite remarkable:

 

Luke 18:9-14 – The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Luke 18:18-30 – The Parable of the Rich Young Ruler and the Kingdom of God

Luke 18:35-43 – The Miracle of the Blind Beggar (begging, no doubt for sustenance and money) who Receives His Sight (beggar)

Luke 19: 1-9 – Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

Luke 19:11-27 – The Parable of the Ten Minas

Luke 19:28-47 – Jesus comes to Jerusalem and throws out the Money Changers from the Temple

I did not notice these monetary and/or weight recordings in Luke 18-19 until I came to the “parable of the 10 MINAS” (pronounced:  MEE-NUHS).  I discovered that this MINA was not the same as the Hebrew “MENE” mentioned in Daniel 5:25-28—but both the Hebrew MENE and the Greek MINA are related to the “gerah”.[i]  The value of the Hebrew MENE is 1,000 gerah and the value of the Greek MINA is 756.14 gerah[ii]; clearly seen as:

 

1 MENE (Hebrew) = 1,000 Gerah

1 MINA (Greek) = 756.14 Gerah

 

Before we delve deeper into the parable of the MINA (capitalized to clearly connote either the Greek or Hebrew number of Gerah), let’s get into the parable of the 10 MINAS; perhaps there is a more profound significance of these numeric values.  Could it be they are somehow related to the Eternal Plan and Purpose of the Almighty—a sort of divine revelation akin to what Paul said in Romans 16:25-26?  We read in his doxology to the believers in Rome:

 

Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY THAT WAS KEPT SECRET for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—

 

Think about it:  A “mystery kept secret” – that’s like a double mystery.  First, it’s a mystery and then it’s a mystery enshrouded in secrecy.  Can’t get anymore mysterious than that!  Yes, it has to do with the revelation of Jesus Christ, but it also has to do with His Eternal Plan and Purpose in bringing into the Holy City, New Jerusalem, people from the nations—from every tribe, tongue, nation and people into His Elect into eternal relationship/fellowship with Him as the Lamb and His Woman, the Lamb’s wife (Revelation 21:9):

 

“Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb” . . . and he carried me away in the Spirit . . . and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God” (Rev. 21:9-10).

 

So let’s see if we can unravel this parable—after all, expositors and commentators have been deciphering this parable since Jesus spoke of it:


11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. 12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas.[a] ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’18 “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’19 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’22 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”

Before we get into the MINAS’ “numeric” values, I’ll admit that most commentators see the parable refers to the first and second coming of Christ.  His “subjects” hated Him and even sent a delegation after Him to say, “We don’t want this man to be our king” (Luke 19:14).

Notwithstanding, Jesus, the king in the parable, was “made king” and then returned to his Father (i.e., “home”); however, prior to His leaving He gave out 10 MINAS—one each per “servant.”  He told them before he returned home to “Put this money to work . . . until I come back.”  For when He returns He expected the initial investment will have earned more.

The King singled out 3 of the 10 would-be investors in His parable.  So, there were 7 of the 10 mysteriously left out of the equation—therefore, let’s put these 7 aside and see if there’s a reason why He chose just 3 of them out of the 10 and what might be the relationship between the 7 and the 3 or is it possible that these 3 and 7 are related as factors?


THE RETURN OF THE KING - THE THREE - WHERE'S MY INVESTMENT?

 

LET’S GET INTO THE VALUES OF THE GREEK MINA



The Greek MINA:  1 MINA (GREEK) = 756.14 GERAH[iii] 

Let’s consider the “756” and “14” in Scripture—the “756” has everything to do, initially, with King Solomon’s “Mystical Sea of Cast Bronze” –


THE "756" AND "792" OF SOLOMON'S MYSTICAL SEA OF CAST BRONZE

The number set “756” is the fractal/resemblance of the 756 inches of the circumference of Solomon’s Mystical Sea of Caste Bronze.  The determination of the 756 inches is derived from the 252 inches of its diameter.  This immense laver built by King Solomon is calculated based on the measurement of the Hebrew Sacred/Royal/Long Cubit as found in Ezekiel 40:5; 43:13 in order for us to obtain both the 756-inch circumference and the 252-inch diameter—so, let’s decipher the length in inches of the Hebrew Sacred Cubit (sorry, if this is redundant to my readers—but a refresher never did harm):

“The length of the measuring rod in the man’s hand was six long cubits, each of which was a cubit and a handbreadth . . . These are the measurements of the altar in long cubits, that cubit being a cubit and a handbreadth:” (Ezekiel 40:5)

To substantiate in inches (Latin) the precise length of the Hebrew Sacred/Long/Royal Cubit (HSC) there are numerous metrological lengths derived from sundry sources; one being the New International Version (Spirit-filled edition of the Bible, p., 1050):

“The long cubit of about 21 inches or about 53 centimeters is the basic unit of measurement of length throughout chapters 40-48.”

This somewhat arbitrary measurement of the rod/reed based on the 21 inches or the HSC would make the rod/reed to be 6 * 21 inches = 126 inches or 10.5 feet; however, there is far more information regarding the precise measurement of the HSC from antiquity wherein the reading of Ezekiel 40:5 and Ezk. 43:13 can be read as follows (for clarification):

The length of the measuring rod in the man’s hand was six long cubits . . . each one of these cubits is equal to a standard length cubit plus the measurement of an adult palm; therefore, the measurement of the ‘long cubit’ is a standard cubit + an adult palm measurement – once you find out what this measurement is then you multiply by 6 and you will find out what the length of the rod/reed is.

A cursory review of multiple Bible translations will give us a plethora of various lengths of the “standard” Hebrew Cubit.  Most settle on the “standard Hebrew cubit” to be 18 inches in length with an additional handbreadth or palm to be 3 inches giving the HSC (long cubit) to be 21 inches in length; therefore, 6 * 21 inches = 126 inches or 126 ÷ 12 inches = 10.5 Ft. Rod/Reed.[iv]

The famed Assyriologist, Julius Oppert discovered the measurement of the “palm” in antiquity to be 3.6 inches.

DR. JULIUS OPPERT DETERMINED THE "PALM" TO BE 3.6 INCHES

Thus the “handbreadth” or “palm” measured 3.6 inches.  Furthermore, Dr. Oppert discovered the length of the Royal Assyrian and Royal Persian Cubits to be 25.20 inches in length, to wit:


DR. OPPERT DETERMINED THE HEBREW CUBIT OF 25.20 IN. COMPORTS WITH THE PERSIAN AND ASSYRIAN ROYAL CUBITS

Once we understand the “cubit” measurement is based upon the 3.6 inch palm then we can see that the “standard cubit” of Dr. Oppert would have been (in order to achieve the measurement of 25.20 inches to be that of the Assyrian/Persian Royal Cubit) that of 3.6 inches X 6 = 21.6 inches or 6 palms @ 3.6 inches with the 7th palm of 3.6 inches moving from the “standard cubit” to the length of the “royal cubit” or 21.6 inches (6 palms) + 3.6 inches (7th palm) = 25.20 inches (or 7 palms).  This “7” is the “divine number set” in that the Almighty rested on the 7th day and connotes “completion” in Scripture. 

Therefore, the measuring rod found in the “man’s hand” was 6 HSC or 25.20 inches X 6 =151.2 inches ÷ 12 inches (to determine the number of feet) = 12.6 Feet.  This “126” is most significant as a fractal/resemblance of the rod/reed found in both Revelation 11:1-3 and Revelation 21:15-17 (KJV):

"Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod[a]And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two monthsAnd I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days [1,260 days], clothed in sackcloth."

And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.

Therefore, as far as the 12.6 Ft. (126) measuring reed/rod in Ezekiel goes, its counterparts found in Revelation 11 and 21 must be very much the same length.  There is justification to suggest that the “126” can be seen, as well, in the 1,260-day prophetic witness of the Two Witnesses and of the 42 months of the trampling asunder of the Holy City in that 42 prophetic months is equal to 30 days a prophetic month X 42 months = 1,260 days and in both cases the “126” stands out.

This “126” as the 12.6 Rod/Reed in both Ezekiel and Revelation can readily relate to the 3 ½ years of Jesus’ ministry on the earth or His own 1,260-days of ministry—viz., this “126” is the very TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST to which we are called to bear both then and now in the latter days: 

“The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants . . . to his servant John, who testifies to everything—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 1:1-2)

“I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.” (Rev. 1:9)

“. . . those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.” (Rev. 12:17b – NIV)

According to John’s Gospel there appears to be at least 4 Passovers and 3 other “Feast Days” in which Jesus participated:

1.      John 2:13, 23 - First Passover

2.     John 5:1 – Second Passover by implication

3.     John 6:4 - Third Passover

4.    John 11:55 through John 19:14 - Fourth Passover

5.    John 1:29, 35 - 1 Day of Atonement 

6.    John 7:2 - 1 Day of the Feast of Tabernacles 

7.  John 10:22 - 1 Feast of Dedication in which Jesus participated for a total of 7 Feast Days.

Jesus was about 30 years of age (Luke 3:23) when He began His ministry; therefore, if indeed He commenced His ministry at the baptism of John the Baptist (John 1:29-35—Tishrei 10), and encountered His first Passover six months later in John 2:13, 23 (Nisan 14), and His second Passover in John 5:1; then 1 ½ years would have elapsed in His earthly ministry with the third Passover in John 6:4 bringing us to 2 ½ years of His earthly ministry.  And finally, His final Passover/Crucifixion from John 11:55 through John 19:14 bringing us to 3 ½ years of His earthly ministry or 1,260 days, 42 months.  This is the TESTIMONY OF JESUS.

All this to say that the Measuring Rod/Reed’s 12.6 Ft. is a fractal of the 3 ½ years of 1,260 days of the earthly ministry of Jesus or the Testimony of Jesus—it is the very measurement of Christ. 

We who bear the Testimony of Jesus Christ are measured, owned, by Jesus Christ and none other!  We are not here to “compare ourselves with ourselves” (2 Cor. 10:12) but to align with the Testimony of Jesus Christ; therefore, the Hebrew Sacred Cubit’s measurement is 2.1 feet (7 * 3 = 21 in the context of the Parable of the 10 MINA separated as 7 and 3) or 25.20 inches.

Consequently, in reference to Solomon’s Mystical Sea of Cast Bronze we understand that the 10 Cubits (2 Chronicles 4:2) of its diameter are calculated as follows:

10 HSC * 25.20 Inches = 252 Inches

God is the master Geometer and profoundly calculates the Laver’s circumference as 30 HSC or:

30 HSC * 25.20 Inches = 756 Inches

But this cannot be because the formula, at a minimum, in configuring the circumference of a circle is:  C = Pi * D or C = πd – therefore:

Pi = 3.142857 X 252 Inches = 792 Inches

Therefore, the circumference of Solomon’s Laver should have been 792 inches and not 756 inches because 30 HSC = 25.20 * 30 = 756; however, the diameter is equal to 252 inches (10 HSC * 25.20 inches = 252 inches) X 3.142857 = 792 inches (the actual circumference). 

Thus:  792 v. 756—which is accurate?  Answer:  BOTH!  The one (792) answers to the “Heavenly New Jerusalem” wherein 12,000 Furlongs X 660 Ft. (1 furlong) = 7,920,000 Linear Feet (Rev. 21:16) or “792” whereas the other (756) answer to the “Earthly Holy City” is found in Ezekiel chapters 40-48.

The “756” can be found in that earthly “Altar unto the Lord at the border (Giza) of Egypt” found in Isaiah 19:19-20a and substantiated by Jeremiah’s statement found in Jeremiah 32:20:

“In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the heart of Egypt, and a monument[v] to the LORD at its border.  It will be a sign and a witness to the LORD Almighty in the land of Egypt . . . You have shown signs[vi] and wonders in the land of Egypt, and to this day in Israel and among all mankind, and have made a name for yourself, as at this day.”


THE SQUARING OF THE GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZA @ BASE EDGE OF 756 FT.

That “Altar unto the Lord at the GIZA (border) of Egypt” is in point of fact a “sign . . . in the land of Egypt” or a “monument in the land of Egypt” which can now (today) be viewed but shall persist into the prophetic future bringing the peoples of the earth together in unity with Israel:

“In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria.  The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria.  The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together.  In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth.  The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, ‘Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.’” (Isaiah 19:23-25)

The only MONUMENT at the Giza of Egypt of any wonderment is the Great Pyramid of Giza (GPG) whose base edge as determined by the famed metrologist, Sir William Flinders Petrie, was determined to be 756 Ft.[vii]

When the base edge of the GPG is subjected to the HSC of 2.1 Ft. we discover the following:

756 Feet ÷ 2.1 Feet = 360 HSC

360 HSC X 4 Base Edges of the GPG = 1,440 HSC

Not only is the “360” a reflection of the 360° of the circle, without beginning or ending as per the Eternal God but the “144” demonstrates the “144” of the Wall of the New Jerusalem found in Revelation 21:17:

“The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits . . ..”

When calculating the 756 Feet X 4 base edges of the GPG we find that its perimeter in feet is 3,024 or “324” – which comports to that of the wall of the New Jerusalem wherein 144 HSC * 2.1 Ft. = 302.4 Ft.  Therefore, it is not a quantum leap to suggest that the GPG and the New Jerusalem are interrelated in some way.

May I suggest that they are connected to the “. . . angels ascending and descending upon the Son of Man” as found in John 1:49-51:

“Then Nathanael declared, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.’  Jesus said, ‘You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree.  You will see greater things than that.’  He then added, ‘Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the son of Man.’”

Herein is a marvelous declaration and understanding of the Son of Man—our Lord Jesus Christ.  He is the Son of God from heaven’s glory bringing God to man upon the earth and He is the King of Israel bringing the earth to God in heaven—and He is through incarnation and glorification the glorified Son of Man who unites both heaven (792) and earth (756) together as Jacob’s Ladder whereupon the angels are ascending and descending upon the Son of Man—GREATER THINGS!

I know, that’s a mouth full and not easy to follow—but follow we must because only the Son of Man can reconcile and/or sync Ezekiel 40-48, the Holy City upon the earth with the Holy City, New Jerusalem descending from the heavens to the earth – only then can 756 be combined with 792—DISTINCTION, YES – SEPARATION, NO.  There is but one Holy City—it is multi-dimensional bearing a heavenly and earthly expression. 

The “difference” between the 756 and the 792 is “36” or “306” which is a fractal/resemblance of the Eternal God without beginning or ending of 360° of the circle.

This, then, is the “756” of the 756.14 Gerah found in the Greek MINA given to the 10 servants. 

THE “18” IS THE COMPOSITE EARTHLY & HEAVENLY REFLECTIONS OF THE HOLY CITY


THE MULTIDIMENSIONAL HOLY CITY, NEW JERUSALEM

To substantiate the multi-dimensional aspects of the Holy City, thereby highlighting the “18” held by the 3 servants at the conclusion of their investments, we must view the New Jerusalem through mathematical eyes in that the 12,000 furlongs X 12 (the 12 edges of a cube) are equal to 12 * 12,000 furlongs = 144,000 linear furlongs X 660 feet per furlong = 95,040,000 Linear Feet[viii] ÷ 5,280 Ft. (one mile) = 18,000 Linear Statute Miles (Rev. 21:16).  So, this is the “18” of the heavenly view of the New Jerusalem.

The “earthly reflection of the Holy City” is found in Ezekiel 48:30-35 (excerpts):

“These will be the exits of the city:  Beginning on the north side, which is 4,500 cubits long, the gates of the city will be named after the tribes of Israel.  The three gates on the north side will be the gate of Reuben, the gate of Judah and the gate of Levi . . . on the east side, which is 4,500 cubits . . . On the south side, which measures 4,500 cubits . . . On the west side, which is 4,500 cubits . . . The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits . . . And the name of the city from that time on will be:  THE LORD IS THERE.”

These two sets of 18—the heavenly New Jerusalem’s 18,000 miles and the earthly Holy City and its 18,000 cubits combined (18 +18) are equal to “36” reflective of the 360° of a circle, the Eternal God, without beginning or ending and must be viewed as multi-dimensional aspects of the singularity of the Holy City, New Jerusalem. 

THE “14” OF THE GREEK MINA’S 756.14

But what of the “14” separated from the 756.14 gerah?  The “14” demonstrates KINGSHIP.  Matthew introduces Jesus as the King, the Messiah of Israel:

“Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah . . . This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:17 and Matthew 1:1).

These three generations add to “42” wherein 14 + 14 + 14 = 42.  Again, this “42” is representative of the 42 months found in Revelation 11 and 13 and is the very Testimony of Jesus Whose earthly ministry is reflected in the 1,260 days or 42 months.   

Indeed, in the parable of the MINA to the original audience we read that they  “. . . did not want me to be KING over them”—Luke 19:27. 

 

Therefore, using the Greek MINA we can understand the Plan and Purpose of the Almighty in the building up of the earthly and heavenly New Jerusalem—and how the King (14) plans to administrate His Kingdom (756) by initiating and separating out His measuring system (7 * 3 = 21).  Here’s what we can perceive of these 10 MINAS:

(1)       The Kingdom of God did not appear at once as the disciples contemplated—it appears as an investment – OVER TIME – MINAS are being invested by His servants (each one of us). 

(2)        What are these MINAS producing?  Yes, the Lord wants a return on His investment—the investment is calibrated at several levels.  We must look at these MINAS, as most do, as investing into the Kingdom of God.  Are these “investments”—these MINAS the souls of men whereby some believers who “Put this money to work…until I come back” would include both the souls of men and the various “deeds” or “works” of believers adjudged at the Bema or Judgment Seat of Christ “Until I come back”? 

(3)            He starts out with 10 MINAS then separates out “Three Mina Investors” and keeps Seven (7) off to the side for some reason—He now focuses on the 3 MINA Investors.  Here’s what happens to the three investors:

·        Investor 1 – Produces 10 more Mina

·        Investor 2 – Produces 5 more Mina

·        Investor 3 – Produces 0 Mina

Therefore, the total Mina involved are calculated in this manner:

1 + 10 = 11

1 + 5 = 6

1 + 0 = 1

Therefore:  11 + 6 + 1 = 18 Mina

It can clearly be seen, then, that “18” is the summation of the 3 Mina Investors.  Therefore, it is not a major conjecture to consider this “18” does have a precise fractal resemblance to the cardinal number of the New Jerusalem which is “18” – we, therefore can view these “18 MINAS” beyond individual investment/investors to the cooperative investment goal of all brethren foreseen in the Golden City:  The New Jerusalem.

What Jesus is after is not only to reveal one’s personal investment in souls, deeds, the exercise of gifts given, etc., but His Ultimate Intension of the very New Jerusalem, His Bride, the Woman of Revelation 21.  Brethren, what God has given you is designed for us all to invest in His eternal plan and purpose – the full manifestation of the Kingdom of God:  THE NEW JERUSALEM!

But by what measure or standard or strategy is our investment, our MINAS, increased?  How can we get an increase on our investment, our MINAS, our gifts God has given to us—in what way can we measure their success?  I would venture to go out on a limb and say that the “7” MINAS are likewise given to individuals—they are not mentioned just for miscellaneous observation—they have a purpose for being there in the first place.  Why?  Because they may, most likely they do, have a relationship with the three MINA examples within the parable.

IS “18” FROM THE 3 INVESTORS RELATED TO THE “7” OUTLINERS?

I would propose these “7” outliners are initially given as a “factor” in relationship to the 18 Minas ultimately produced by the three investors and constitute a clue for us in that they are God’s perfect number of “7” – for after His full six-day creation He rested on the Seventh Day – and there are, after all, seven days in a complete week and 7 major feast days on the Hebrew Calendar. 

This “7” then is related to the “18” – for is it not God in Christ Who is building the New Jerusalem?  Absolutely!  So let’s see what these factors of “7” and “18” produce when we multiply them:

7 * 18 = 126

“126”

The “126” is the basic fractal or resemblance of the following:

  • 1,260-Days found in Revelation…..
  • 12.6 Ft. Rod of Ezekiel 40:5 and Revelation 11 and 21
  • 3 ½ Days of the Week
  • 3 ½ Years of Jesus’ Earthly Ministry
  • 42 Months of Jesus Ministry and of the Trampling Asunder of the Holy City and Persecution (Rev. 13)
  • Time, Times, and Half a Time of both Daniel 7:25; 12:7 and Revelation 12:14.

HOW ARE GOD’S PEOPLE THEN MEASURED?

Again, the “126” is the very Testimony of Jesus—it is His Standard, His Measurement—He measures us, in this manner:  The Temple, the Altar, and the Worshippers at the Altar.  What He measures He owns.  We should never “compare ourselves with ourselves” – we are enjoined to be measured in this manner:

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the WHOLE MEASURE of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:11-13)

“. .. so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the MEASURE of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:17-19).

Here in Ephesians 4:11-13 and Ephesians 3:17-19 we, the Body of Christ, are being matured unto the WHOLE MEASURE of the fullness of Christ . . . we are experiencing the full capacity—it’s width, length, height, and depth—of the love of Christ which is beyond measurement, surpassing all knowledge wherein His Body is FILLED TO THE MEASURE of the very fullness of God!  We are measured by the measurement of Christ Himself and none other – for we are being prepared by the “126” (the 12.6 Ft. Rod/Reed) for His New Jerusalem, His very Bride:

And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equalAnd he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. (KJV – Rev. 21:15-17).


MEASURE THE TEMPLE, THE ALTAR, AND THE WORSHIPPERS AT THE ALTAR WITH THE 12.6 FT. MEASURING ROD/REED

Yes, this Holy City is accomplished via the “measure of a man” – an “angelic man” – a “Heavenly Man” – the very “Glorified Man” bringing many sons to glory – transforming them into the GOLDEN CITY, New Jerusalem.  It has “fullness of capacity” – length, breadth, and height – all equal in measurement to 12,000 furlongs or 12,000 * 660 Ft. = 7,920,000 or “792” but at “full capacity/volume is equal to:

12,000 * 12,000 * 12,000 or simplified @ 12 * 12 * 12 = 1,728

And this 1,728 is wrought by the “Measure of a Man” – Who holds the GOLDEN REED (Rod) in His hand:  For it is the “measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ!”

Thus do we “see” the “18” MINAS are His Perfect Man wrought via the “126” – the man with the GOLDEN MEASURING REED in His Hand—HIMSELF?  The rod/reed has become GOLDEN—utterly transformative . . . He has transformed the “worshipers at the altar” through His cross, His suffering in and through them unto the New Jerusalem!

Again Ezekiel 40:5 tells us clearly that the Holy City seen by Ezekiel is measured by the length of this measuring rod of 12.6 Ft.

“The length of the measuring rod in the man’s hand was SIX LONG CUBITS (aka, the measurement of one long cubit is that of a Hebrew Sacred Cubit) . . . each of which was a “standard cubit” (21.6 inches) + a handbreadth (or + 3.6 inches of a man’s palm” (Ezk. 40:5).

Therefore:  6 palms or 3.6 inches * 6 palms = 21.6 inches (one “standard cubit”) + 3.6 inches (or the 7th palm of a man’s hand) = 25.20 inches = 1 LONG CUBIT or 1 Hebrew Sacred Cubit. 

Calculating 6 such 25.20 inches we must configure as follows:  25.20 inches ÷ 12 inches (to determine feet) = 2.1 feet (Long Cubit) * 6 = 12.6 Feet – THIS is the measurement of the Reed or Rod used by Ezekiel to measure the Holy City and I believe this is the very measurement of the “12.6 Ft.” in which John was enjoined to measure the Temple, Altar and those worshippers at the altar and this, likewise, was the “measuring rod” held in the “Angel’s Hand.”

Remember, “The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city” – the New Jerusalem – measuring God’s ultimate manifestation . . . listen up:  “The angel measured the wall using human measurement” (Rev. 21:17); that is, of a “man’s palm” – a human measurement.  But what kind of human have we here?  I would declare this “human measurement” which measured the wall of the New Jerusalem @ 144 cubits with the “measuring rod of gold” was the “human measurement” of the HAND which was pierced for our salvation—He alone can measure us by His standard, His hand, His palm, His “12.6” – His 6 (man’s number) long cubits of 2.1ft. * 6 (human measurement) = 12.6 Ft. 

It’s really not all that complicated when you see that the ascended Glorified Son of Man alone can transform you and me into His Holy City, the New Jerusalem—that’s what He’s always seeking to build—to conform us to His Image, His Bride, His New Jerusalem!

“The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so also are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven.  And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so also shall we bear the likeness of the heavenly man . . . (1 Cor. 15:47-49 – Berean Study Bible).

Brethren—let us not settle for anything else.  The Parable of the 10 Minas is a marvelous investment to produce an eternal weight of glory:  God (7) and the New Jerusalem (18) expresses the very fullness, the “measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ – all accomplished by Christ Himself (7 * 18 = 126) – REJOICE – GOD IS DOING HIS ETERNAL WORK!  The 7 (God) is, as well, viewed as the 3 (the Triune God).  Let us unite together to accomplish His Plan and Purpose of the Ages—nothing else will suffice!  Let’s cooperate with the King:  PUT THIS MONEY TO WORK!

For additional study regarding "Biblical Numerics" please read SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS AND ON THE EARTH--MAN'S DAYS ARE NUMBERED AND HE IS MEASURED




[i] A gerah Hebrew "גרה" is an ancient Hebrew unit of weight and currency, equivalent to one-twentieth of a shekel, a shekel being 180 barleycorns or 60 carob divided by 20 = 3 carob. This is 0.568 grams. A gerah is in Aramaic a ma'ah "מעה". It was originally a fifth of a Denarius/zuz, as seen in Exodus, then became a sixth of a denar/Zuz, such as the Yehud coins which came in two denominations, approximately .58 gram as a ma'ah and approximately .29 gram as a half ma'ah, and which is about the weight of a Zuz/Denarius based on a 14 gram Shekel. The Jerusalem Talmud Shekalim, in the Mishnah, debates if a kalbon, which was added when annually giving a half shekel to the Temple, was a "ma'ah" or a "chatzi ma'ah".  (Source:  DEFINITIONS @ https://www.definitions.net/definition/gerah - Retrieved on 10.28.2022)

[iii] The mina was the standard unit of weight and currency in the ancient Greek world. This mina coin was worth 100 drachmas or 756.14 gerah. The standard wage for a laborer in the ancient world was one drachma per day, so this coin was worth around a quarter to a third of a standard low to middle class income – the equivalent of around $8,000-$10,000 today. (Sourced on 10.30.2022 @ https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/telkedesh/field-seasons/2010-2/ )

[iv] Please see: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+40%3A5&version=CSB and compare other translations which vary in “cubit length” with the majority of the translations being 21 inches is the HSC measurement.

[v] See various translations of this “oth” as “pillar” – “memorial stone” – “monument” – “sign” @ https://biblehub.com/parallel/isaiah/19-19.htm

[vi] Strong's Hebrew: 226. אוֹת (oth) -- a sign - Bible Hub

https://biblehub.com › hebrew

Probably from 'uwth (in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.

[vii] Sir William Flinders Petrie’s base measurements were taken over the course of several years and are the most meticulous undertaking by anyone both past and even present; they are summarized as follows:

Length of Base (Linear)

Great Pyramid of Giza

Measurement Given in Feet

West:

755.76

Feet

North:

755.41

Feet

East:

755.87

Feet

South:

756.08

Feet

Petrie’s conclusion, therefore, determined that the original intent of the builders of the Great Pyramid of Giza after scores of earthquakes and settling of the GPG was 756 Feet.  See Also:  https://brainly.com/question/4599388

[viii] http://islamtk.weebly.com/distance-from-the-sun.html - It is of interest to this author that Islamic scholars calculate the distance of the earth to our sun at 95,040,000 miles—the same as the full measurement in feet of the 12-edged cube of the New Jerusalem or 12,000 furlongs X 12 edges of any cube = 144,000 linear furlongs X 660 Ft. per furlong = 95,040,000 Linear Feet – thus a fractal is precisely realized in miles of the distance of the earth to the sun.  The New Jerusalem has no need of the sun in that the Lamb is her Light (Revelation 21:23).