While driving to a client site recently and listening to the Audible version of “The Message” (which I HIGHLY recommend), something that was being said SPOKE to me very clearly from within. It was a reference in Hebrews where we are told that at Mt. Sinai no one could touch the mountain, neither man nor “beast” or they would be put to death. This caught my attention. Why couldn’t a “beast” or animal touch the mountain? I believe this is NOT a physical animal, but rather a spiritual animal as I hope to reveal to you. Why would they have their physical animals with them at the Mountain?
This made me think of the what God has been revealing about the TWO Kingdoms or “seeds” on Earth. One is the “seed” of the Serpent or the Devil and the other is the seed of the “woman” who we know was Christ. This is based on what God says in Genesis 3:15 when he was speaking to the serpent (Satan).
And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” Genesis 3:15 NASB
Then I started to ask myself who exactly is “the woman”? This ran me off a little rabbit trail which I ended up creating a whole separate post for to keep things as simple as possible.
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Exactly who is the woman? Is she just a physical woman or something more? What I found is very interesting… Although she was also “Eve” a physical woman I believe God’s Word tells us MUCH more about who Eve is a sign or type (pointer) of. Eve the woman may have been the beginning of all the physical living, but what about the spiritual side of creation? I hope to have these thoughts posted soon as we may possibly see a connection between Eve and the Holy Spirit, both of whom are “helpers”. Could one be the mother of all physical living and the other is mother of all the SPIRITUAL living?
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Back to the two “seeds” or Kingdoms. One is Earthly (seed of serpent) and one is Heavenly (seed of God – Jesus). We are told of these two seeds and Kingdoms and why they will fight each other way back in the 3rd chapter of Genesis verse 15 that I put above.
So, are these “seeds” or Kingdoms somehow related to “beasts” and “animals”?
YES! I hope to show you this and maybe it will shed new light on why animals or “beasts” were sacrificed under the Old Covenant. I will tell you upfront what I have concluded: One of these “seeds” or Kingdoms is man and one Kingdom God calls “beasts“. So, let’s look at these two seeds or Kingdoms a little more in-depth.
I believe that the seed of the serpent is Satan’s earthly Kingdom of unbelief and many of us know the seed of the woman is Christ who is the start of God’s Kingdom. Christ was born of a “woman” right under the serpents nose in HIS OWN KINGDOM of the flesh and darkness! God is so clever. However, I have to admit that I can’t rule out the possibility that Satan does report fully to God as we know that Jesus is the head of all rule and authority according to Col 2:10.
Back to the two Kingdoms. Is there any other places in the Bible we hear about them?
Yes, from Jesus himself.
Jesus speaks more on these kingdoms in Matthew 13 in a parable. Although it is a parable, we can learn DEEP truths about God and the things of the Spirit. If God gives us eyes to see this, we will actually see how the two kingdoms from Genesis 3:15 are working together right alongside each other. One is a believer and one is not. I am sure you know which Kingdom is which.
Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. 26 But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. 27 The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves *said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he *said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’” Matt 13:24-30 NASB
Once the crouds left Jesus tells his disciples in private what he was talking about. This shows us the true meaning of these powerful words.
Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.” 37 And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man Matt 13:36-37
So, we know this. The sower of the good seed = “son of man” or Jesus himself.
and the field is the world Matt 13:38 NASB
Also, we are told that the “Field” = “The World”. Now, when you come across the word “field” in the Bible, try replacing it with “the World” and see what God may be trying to reveal to you from the true realm of the Spirit. You can also think of Jesus as the “sower of the good seed”. What else can we learn?
…and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one (Matthew 13:38 NASB)
Now, we know more specifically that the “good” seed are the son’s of the Kingdom or true believers. The “tares” are the sons of the evil one. Jesus tells us more in the next verse.
and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels (Matthew 13:39)
Do you see the RICH story here that Jesus is telling us?
We have the two Kingdoms on Earth growing side by side since Genesis 3:15 and into this current age called “The Church Age” or “Age of Grace”. This current age has one purpose – to identify and quicken to life the body (bride) of Christ. These are the son’s (and daughters) of the Kingdom that have been identified so far and quickened to spiritual life in him to form his “body”. The other Kingdom is the Kingdom of darkness or Satan’s Kingdom or the “seed” of the serpent. Now, before someone reads this and gets all bent out of shape or scared that Jesus says he will destroy Satan’s Kingdom at the end of the age, please take your time to understand exactly WHAT Satan’s Kingdom is.
I hope to be unpacking this more and more, but I can assure you that God hates all self righteousness or the belief that you can obtain your own righteousness apart from him. This is THE Lie that is created by the power of sin and death in our bodies! This lie is just as prevealent in religious circles as it it outside of them, maybe even more so. God does NOT hate the people themselves. He loves them. He hates the DARKNESS or “UNRIGHTEOUSNESS” that keeps them believing lies and thus they can’t see the truth. Under the new covenant, God calls this “disobedience” or simply “unbelief”. Satan is the father of all unbelief or “disobedience”. Check out Ephesians 6:12 as it shows us that people are not the enemy.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Eph 6:12
The next verse gives us some more detail about this as it tells us who is in charge of this darkness and that his spirit is working in the “sons of disobedience” to produce unbelief. This is because he is still darkening their spirit man and Jesus has not yet quickened their spirit to life.
in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Eph 2:2
The people are “in” unrighteousness” or “disobedience” or simply in “unbelief”. They, themselves who are SPIRIT are not the unbelief. They are IN unbelief or UNRIGHTEOUSNESS/disobedience. I hope you can see the difference as it’s VERY IMPORTANT! It is like saying someone is in a totally dark room. They are NOT the dark room itself. They are only IN it. The dark room is what causes them to not see. There is NOTHING wrong with their own vision. If Jesus comes and shines a light in that dark room by the door, they WILL be able to see it and walk out through the door. This is a VERY POWERFUL concept to understand when it comes to understanding how faith works.
So, what exactly is the power of “DARKNESS” or “disobedience” (unrighteousness) that causes the unbelief that they are “in”?
GREAT QUESTION to ASK! Their fallen body still contains the power of sin! Their spirit-man has not yet been quickened to life (no light in the room yet!) and are simply IN darkness or IN flesh yet or “IN” unrighteousness or “in sin”. God always separates the person from the behavior of the outer man or “flesh” whether believer or not. He only recognizes if their spirit-man has life or not. You are either (spiritually) alive or (spiritually) dead. He only recognizes a person by the state of their heart or spirit man and not their outer person or “the flesh”. He tells us that we too are to recognize NO ONE according to the flesh or “outer man”.
Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 2 Corinthians 5:16
God tells us to recognize NO ONE, both believer AND unbeliever, according to the flesh! The “flesh” is our outer man and the natural, spiritually dead inner man or our “spirit” before we are “reborn from above” at new birth in Christ. Once we are reborn as a son of God, the flesh is only the outer man or our “human appearance” which includes ALL “behaviors and actions”! (Think about this side thought: We are told to not even regard JESUS according to outer “appearances and behavior” anymore!) The “flesh” or outer man is where all unrighteousness and sin is now. We are to recognize ALL others (believer and unbeliever) according to God’s TRUE view which is according to their INNER man or Heart/spirit. A person is either “dead” or “alive” according to God. If Jesus has quickened a person’s inner spirit-man to life that person is now (spiritual) alive and is NO LONGER “dead” or in Satan’s Kingdom. Their being (soul and Spirit) has been transferred or “translated” to the Kingdom of the Son or “heaven itself”.
For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son Col 1:13 NLT
When a person believes the truth because Christ revealed it to them inside their heart or “spirit-man”, their being who is Soul (individual personality) and Spirit (life force) is no longer in Satan’s Kingdom of darkness. They now are a “citizen” of Heaven (Phil 3:20) and are also “seated WITH Christ in the Heavenly places”. Eph 2:6 This person is no longer “in” their sin because sin is now only in the physical human body and NOT their soul or spirit (true self) who is in Heaven, a totally different realm or dimension.
It’s important to remember that the “seed” of the Serpent or Satan’s Kingdom is the Kingdom of the flesh or dead spirit man and the outer, natural man (physical body). Jesus’ Kingdom for now is completely spiritual, but one day they will merge together fully and be one due to Christ’s reconciling work at the cross.
Once we learn how God separates our true being or “me” from the “flesh” where sin is, we can understand more parts of scripture. This is why Jesus said “you will die IN your sin” to the self-righteous Pharisees. Their “sin” was their “FLESH” that produced UNBELIEF and was their dead spirit and SOUL man who was still under the power of darkness or Satan. I believe the “you” or individual person he was talking to or about is their soul. Our soul is our individual human or personality that makes us unique. Our spirit is the life force that is either “sin” under power of darkness (Satan) or “righteousness” under power of light (Jesus). Thus, one way we can interpret what Jesus meant is that their soul would “die” before they were reborn in their spirit man or heart. Truly, this happens to every natural person. “The soul who sins shall die” and the “wages of sin is death”.
It was not God’s plan for them to be brought to Eternal life in this current age while their natural, physical body was alive. They were not part of his true body. But, God is not done with them yet. His plan spans many ages. As a matter of fact, check out another most astonishing thing Jesus told a PHARISEE!
“Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. Matt 21:31
This is SO POWERFUL to what I am saying and one of the overall things I am hoping to share about God’s plan. According to God’s Word, there are two types of people. One is the body of Christ who WILL believe the truth and enter the KINGDOM in this current age. These are the ones who know they have NO RIGHTEOUSNESS of their own. Jesus calls them “tax collectors and prostitutes” but really they are the humble ones who know they can not do anything to fulfill God’s law. So they surrender to Jesus fully. The second group are the self-righteous Pharisees. They believe they are good enough to do something to get into heaven. They are fully deceived. But, look at what Jesus says to them at the end of Matt 21:31 above.
He says that they (tax collectors and prostitutes) will enter God’s Kingdom “before you” (Pharisees)! See, God is not done with even the self-righteous people. He has a wonderful plan for everyone and it is an awesome plan of LOVE and true love does “not take into account wrongs”, “focuses on OTHERS needs” and “NEVER FAILS”! 1 Cor 13. Remember, God IS love and Jesus paid for the sins of the WHOLE World!
Sorry, Gods plan is so amazing and so good I keep getting ahead of myself. Let’s get back to the discussion of flesh and who God says the real person is.
We must always remember that God loves the person who is Spirit (and soul), but hates the “flesh” part which is “self will” or simply unbelief which is in the OUTER, NATURAL man caused by the power of sin in our bodies. This is what God will destroy and refine away in his Holy Fire at the end of time as this creates self-will or unbelief. All unbelief is caused by the very power of sin and death itself that is inside the human body (both “saved” and “unsaved”). More importantly, it is the POWER OF UNBELIEF or DARKNESS! “It” really “HE” or the “God of this world” makes us believe the very same lie that he himself believes – “we can be GOD WITHOUT God!” See Genesis 3:1-6! This belief, really LIE is in the “flesh” which is in the outer man or human body. See, we are spirit/soul (immaterial) beings that are simply born into bodies of darkness or “disobedience” (unbelief). We were all placed into these bodies of “disobedience” by God himself. Why did he do that? This will amazed and astound you when the Lord reveals it to you.
For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. Rom 11:32 KJV
I will let you sit with that one as it’s a tough one to believe that God is that good. I can personally and positively assure you that he is!
Let us be reminded AGAIN (we can’t say this enough!) that God says our individual person is in our INNER man or Spirit man and not the external natural, physical man. See Romans 7:17 where Paul shows us that we are not the “sin” that is in our “members” or physical body itself. We are not sin, we can only be “in” it as an unbeliever or completely separated (circumcised) from it as a believer. This is one of the most powerful things that God can ever show us. It is the truth that really sets us free! See previous article where I explain that there really is ONE sin now under the NEW Covenant and that is the sin of UNBELIEF! Ponder all this with the Lord, he will show you these great and mighty things.
Thus, at the end of time, God will destroy the power of sin and death. This is what creates the UNBELIEF that resides in our “flesh” or natural human bodies (outer man). Who is the one who has this power? We are told in The Devil had it in Hebrews 2:14, but it also says that Jesus came to “destroy the one who had the power of death”.
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil Heb 2:14 KJV
Friend, take my word. With God there is no “MIGHT” or “MAYBE” or “SHOULD” like man translates these verses into different languages. Jesus will do what he came to do. He was God himself.
So, who holds the power of Death now?
Look at what Jesus tells us in Rev 1:18.
and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades Rev 1:18
Whether Satan is still running this current realm of darkness or not, it really does not matter. He is under Jesus and Jesus is his head. Jesus now holds the keys of death himself. Now, do you see how the serpent’s seed and his Kingdom or darkness (death) and unbelief would be crushed? His Kingdom is only based and held together by the power of death or separation from God that is created in our minds by the power of sin in our bodies! God tells us plainly that the “last enemy to be abolished is DEATH“! This is when God turns on the LIGHT FOR ALL mankind and the covering of darkness and unbelief will be removed! ALL will see clearly with no more deception that comes from the power of sin in our bodies. Think about this beautiful scripture!
being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart (Ephesians 4:18)
On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations (Isaiah 25:7 NIV)
This will be the most magnificent day when the Lord destroys all spiritual flesh (death, sin and unbelief) and removes the covering of DARKNESS that is over all mankind! For now, during this current age, only his very body will turn to him and the veil or “covering” is removed selectively for them.
but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away (2 Corinthians 3:16)
Remember when Jesus said “the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it” in Matt 7:14? I believe very strongly he is referring ONLY to this present age called the “Church age”. Only his very body will find life in this age because thats what the Father’s plan calls for. This is a “relatively few” compared to the masses. HE is the one who causes this to happen, not us. Then, in the next age call the Millennial rule or “Thousand year reign” his very body (those saved in the current Age) will rule with him and truly spread the Gospel to the Ends of the Earth. Isaiah talks about this quite a bit and it’s great reading to lift your spirits.
We must really understand that God’s plan is over many ages. Think about the words of Jesus here.
“Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come. Matt 12:32
Many don’t realize when Jesus spoke those words he was in the Age of the Mosaic law before the cross. He basically said unbelief or “disobedience” will not be forgiven in this age (Mosaic law) and the next age (Church age or current age). The next age after Jesus spoke those words is our current age or “Church age”. The one after that is the “Millennial rule” or “Thousand year reign”. The age of Millennial rule is 3 ages from when Jesus said those words, but he only said this age and the next it wouldn’t be forgiven. Ponder that a bit. Could he be saying that things could be dramatically better for salvation in the next age or “Millennial Kingdom”? Could this be why he often calls it the age of “the Harvest”? Could our current age be “preparing the workers” for the harvest? Fun and existing things to think and ask him about.
At the end of the current Church age, when the Lord reappears, Satan will be locked up through the Millennial rule age and sin will no longer be present in any bodies. Those who believed in this present age will get immortal spiritual bodies at that time but the rest will still have natural, mortal bodies yet. The “Church” or believers from this age will have new, powerful, immortal spiritual bodies are actually part of God himself. It will be the very body of Christ that we will live and experience each day with no physical bodily needs and strong spiritual abilities just like Jesus himself. That is going to be so amazing to experience. During the next age or “Millenial rule” his body will go and deliver the Gospel to the rest of the world who are unbelievers and are still in natural (non spiritual) bodies without the power of sin (deception or darkness). This will be the TRUE harvest of righteousness when millions (maybe BILLIONS) will come to know Christ and be quickened to life just like his bride or very own body was in this current age.
Isn’t God’s plan so POWERFUL and exciting? Doesn’t it sound TOO GOOD to be true? It is and only Christ himself can give us the faith (his very own faith) to believe these things. I am praying he will do that for anyone who is brave enough to think deeply and search the scriptures about these things.
Well, I hope you enjoyed looking at the two Kingdoms that are growing side by side on Earth along with all the awesome rabbit trails we went down. I pray God will continue to enlighten us about The Kingdom of Light and the Kingdom of darkness which is fading away.
In the next article about this, I hope to go into all the talk of “Beasts” and animals of the Old Testament. I think you will be amazed at what God is really saying to us when he speaks in code as he refers to each of the two kingdoms. One Kingdom he calls “man” and the other he calls “beasts”.
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