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He is the Image of the invisible God, the Firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in Heaven and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.[1]

Jesus Christ is the Image of the invisible God because not only is He Immortal, but also Eternal and Divine.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, would never have been killed on the cross if He had not permitted and chosen to lay down His life, as He said. His mortality came out of His choice in obedience to God, whereas Adam’s mortality came out of his choice in disobedience to God. That is the difference between the mortality of Adam and Jesus—obedience and disobedience. Adam received his mortality out of disobedience and Jesus Christ subjected Himself to death on a cross; His mortality out of obedience. Because of his loss of immortality and being disfellowshipped from God, Adam could not enter the eternal life of coming to know God and Jesus Christ. As such, Adam was neither able to offer eternal life nor immortal life to his sons. Jesus Christ, on the other hand, is able to offer immortal and eternal life to all who are His children, born again not of the flesh but by the Spirit through faith in God’s words. For anyone who put their faith in the word of God has cut themselves off from Adam, the first man who did not put his faith in God’s word by obeying it. Thus, Jesus as the Father of all who believe and obey God, for He was before Noah, much less Abraham, is able to offer immortal and eternal life to all who believe Him.

To those who choose to lay down their lives for His sake, He is able to offer resurrection from the dead so that “He who lives and believes in Me will live, even though he dies,” just as those who choose to live and believe will never die if they believe what He said of those who live and believe.[2] Immortality is to live even though you die; and to live and never die, that is to be unkillable.

To those who believe in Him and obey Him, He can also offer eternal life, that is, as He defined it as a life “that they may come to know You, the Only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You sent.” Eternal life is possible only through Jesus Christ because Jesus Christ alone knows God the Father completely. The knowledge that any other man has of God is limited, no matter how vast, for no man was with God before the foundation of the Earth. As such, any religious life offered by any man’s teaching about God is never eternal, but will end because a man’s knowledge of God had a beginning in time and therefore an end in time. Jesus Christ’s knowledge of God began before time began and therefore is not governed by time, but held in eternity. It was eternity that gave rise to time, not time that gave rise to eternity.

Therefore, whatever men preach about God and no matter what they claim to know about God, their knowledge is limited and will run out, at which moment they will face certain destruction, for “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.”[3] If God can say, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge,” how much more those who are not His people?

As such, show no concern for any man who purports to offer you their knowledge of God without submitting to this truth, that Jesus Christ already knows all there is to know of God. Show them no fear, for as Paul said, your lack of fear is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but you will be saved—and that by God.[4]

Religious life is possible through any men claiming to be sent by God, but eternal life is possible only through Jesus Christ. Immortal life however, is not necessarily eternal life. Satan and the angels are immortals, but even their knowledge of God is limited, for they were all created by Jesus Christ for Jesus Christ. And in the case of Satan, his immortality will never lead to eternal life, for he will be cast into the Lake of Burning Sulphur. Likewise, the man who is the false prophet will achieve immortality as he is cast alive into the Lake of Burning Sulphur, but will have no eternal life, for he will live forever, never knowing any more of God than this one thing; God is destroying his soul.

Thus, when the understanding of God can lead you to dividing between immortal and eternal life, between immortality and eternity, you can see the power of understanding. God asked of Job, “Look at every proud man and bring him low, look at every proud man and humble him.”[5] Understand the difference between immortality and eternity, and you will bring down every proud man, for no man has ever offered what Jesus has offered: “Whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.”[6] They can’t even offer that to themselves, those men who thought they were gods, like Hitler and Stalin, to name a couple. What could they offer even to their most faithful followers?

From the eternal life that Jesus offers all who believe, to those who would make themselves one with the disciples of Christ as fellow disciples of Christ who would submit themselves to His glory for His glory, He offers a life superior to eternal life, a life that is better than knowing God, the life of understanding God as Jesus understands God through the Spirit who declared Him to be the Son of God by raising Him up from the dead—the Holy Spirit. To those who would submit themselves and let the glory of God change them to become one as He is One with the Father, He offers them the Divine Life of the Eternal One. This He prayed to the Father at the end of His prayer of John 17: “Father, I want those You have given Me to be where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world.”[7]

To be able to see creation before it began, to be with God at the planning stage of creation—not the execution stage of creation—is to have the understanding that preceded the knowledge. God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, understood just what They were doing before a single angel or physical atom was created. They understood what They were planning before a single throne or power or ruler or authority was created—whether visible or invisible—whether in Heaven or on Earth or beneath the Earth. And as powerful as the understanding was between Themselves, the love that united Them far surpasses knowledge.[8] Knowledge may lead to love, as you cannot love someone you do not know, but the love that God is and has, contains not only perfect knowledge of the Ones They love, but also understanding.

Jeremiah wrote: The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? But God said, “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”[9] God has searched His heart and His mind, Each One of Them. The Spirit has searched the mind of God as the Father has searched the heart and mind of Jesus. They understand Each Other. Divine life is not just coming to know God as God knows God, but to understand God as God understands God, to come to that place in Christ, to be in His glory, to see His glory, the glory He had before the creation of the world is to begin to understand why God made creation, and where He is going with creation. If you understand how and why God created man in His Image and Likeness and placed him in the Universe, then one day you might be able to do the same yourself together with Him as Jesus was with Him before anything else began.

Thus, the end game that God has in mind before the arrival of Jesus Christ, is not only to do what is obvious, but to produce what no one can see, to give immortal life to some who live, to give eternal life to those who believe, and perhaps, raise up witnesses who can testify not only to the immortal and eternal life that Jesus has brought, but the Divine Life itself.

Satan has no understanding of why he was created; he just knows he was created perfect in beauty and full of wisdom. Death has no understanding why he exists, except to take most sinful men from this earthly realm, so that those few who overcome him through faith in Jesus’ words of immortality will shine like stars in the darkness. He does not understand why and how Enoch and Elijah escaped his grip. Neither does he understand why Jesus could die, but he has no hold on Him. No matter how great the thrones or authorities or powers or rulers are, even gods, unless they understand why God created them, they will never be able to overcome or master the fate and purpose that God has for them. Only those who understand why God created them can fully master the fate God has for them. If one can master the fate that God has for them, then mastering sin is no problem.

Thus, God has hidden understanding from those who do not wish to seek His divine life, but are pleased with immortality and eternity. Jesus made this painfully obvious that though God desires all to come to repentance and none to perish,[10] He does not want everyone to see or understand all that He is, when He said, “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.”[11]

Thus, the acquisition of understanding gives you a foretaste of the divine life that is God’s and awaits all who cry out aloud for understanding. For then, you will understand why He created each and every throne, power, ruler or authority, be they visible or invisible, be they on Earth or in the Heavens. The look of understanding, the face of understanding, is what will bring every throne, power, ruler and authority down.

Jesus knew and understood why Pilate had the power to either free Him or crucify Him, and He showed us that when He said, “You would have no power over Me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore, the One who handed Me over to you is guilty of the greater sin.”[12]

In that same understanding, we have no fear of the beast, even when he succeeds in killing the two witnesses of Revelation 11, for we understand it must be done so that the numbers of the martyrs are fulfilled and vengeance can begin. We also know and understand that three and a half days after their death, Jesus will arrive above Jerusalem. So when the Earth celebrates their death, we wait three and a half days.

With understanding, you would know not only was Satan created, but why. You would know why the false prophet must come and understand the purpose of his ministry. You would know all demons are part of God’s creation, and you’d understand why the Gospel is to be preached to all creation. And so on, and so on.

The more understanding you can add to knowledge and wisdom, the more you would add to your fear of God until you have no fear for anything or anyone except God because you understand Him. With understanding, you would realise that Jesus so soundly defeated Satan and Death, as well as all other demons and gods who are not God, that in order to test us, train us and teach us, He had to create a new god, a god that our forefathers had not known, and gave him power over the saints for a season.[13]

Jesus did not say, “You cannot serve God and the devil,” or, “You cannot serve God and Death,” or any other power or principality, but He did say, “You cannot serve both God and Money.”[14] The victory of Jesus was so complete against all existing foes, that He had to elevate a previously minor power, money, so that the church would have a worthy opponent and tester of its metal—money, or rather, the love of money.

Money was no temptation or issue to the Lord, even when He needed a coin to pay His taxes, yet money or mammon is the only thing that He clearly said about, “You cannot serve God and Mammon.”[15] That is why Paul wrote for us that Jesus, having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.[16] Until Jesus said, “You cannot serve both God and Money,” money had very little power, and trade was conducted by and large by barter as it always was. Silver and gold for barley and wheat, barley and wheat for cedar wood, and so on. Solomon, for all his riches, never used money, but barter was conducted; a produce for a produce. Even when barter was conducted by trading in silver and gold, the trading was conducted by weight (shekels), using something made by God and not by man. Money bears the inscription of a man, ‘Caesar’, so that Jesus said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”[17]

Having freed ourselves from fighting defeated and disarmed foes, we are now free to fight the one foe that the antichrist himself will worship, for it is written: “The king will do as he pleases… he will honour a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his fathers he will honour with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honour those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price.”[18]

Money, the love of money, brought down the fortress of Israel as they sold their King for thirty pieces of minted silver inscribed with Caesar’s face. The love of money brought down Ananias and Sapphira, and placed the Laodicean church in dire straights with Jesus.

With understanding, we know our true enemy and his weak point, so that we can force him out until he forces all to take on his mark to continue the practice of buying and selling so that the end can come.

“God has laid the siege, and sounded the trumpet …tremble in fear of the Lord all who understand God and rejoice… He comes.”


 

[1] Colossians 1:15-16

[2] John 11:25-26

[3] Hosea 4:6

[4] Philippians 1:28

[5] Job 40:11-12

[6] John 11:26

[7] John 17:24

[8] Ephesians 3:19

[9] Jeremiah 17:9-10

[10] 2 Peter 3:9

[11] Matthew 13:13

[12] John 19:10-11

[13] a revelation given to Mark Cheong

[14] Matthew 6:24

[15] Matthew 6:24 NKJV

[16] Colossians 2:15

[17] Matthew 22:21

[18] Daniel 11.36,38-39

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