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“But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person.”[1] That is the command for those who will listen to Jesus, but those who prefer to listen to James the Younger will go by his command: Resist the devil and he will flee from you.[2] That will be how you will be able to distinguish between those who are in the body of Christ who listen to Jesus and those who do not in the days of evil that are upon us.

You see, many believe in Jesus and they will be saved. Those who do not believe after they have had the Gospel preached and confirmed with signs following are condemned. But those who heard the Gospel without signs confirming may still escape condemnation, for that is justice, and even Jesus said, “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders, you will never believe.”[3]

Thus we, the disciples, should have always realised that without miraculous signs and wonders, people will not believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, yet we have tried to preach it without signs and wonders to confirm it, expecting people to convert and believe. And when they didn’t, we condemned them as pagans and excused ourselves to destroying them with powers that are available to men – war, swords and guns – and successfully subjugating whole populations to a religious system whilst alienating them from a true relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It should not surprise anyone that the world treats the Christian religion with such scepticism and even hostility. History shows we are poor employees of Christ. We have not done what we have been told.

The grace of God is such that those who refused to believe in the preaching that had so signs and wonders accompanying it are still subject to His grace and mercy, whilst those who did believe even when the signs were absent are doubly blessed, for Jesus said to Thomas, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”[4]

In the end, it is the judgement of us, His servants, that will be a most fearful thing, and yet the failings of 2000 years of disciples who did not listen to Him but preferred to listen to men like James, is now a source of grace to all the world. For if the world came to this stage of unbelief and evil despite 2000 years of signs and wonders confirming the Gospel, then its judgement would be most fearful. However, it is because of the failure of the servants of Christ to confirm the Gospel with the prescribed signs and wonders, then this world still has grace from God. As such, if you are still holding to the delusion that the 1/3 of mankind that must perish before His return is made up of all the unbelievers, then see the truth.

No lord and no master will want to keep his servants who did not do the little they were supposed to do and entrust them with the greater things. If the church cannot be trusted with 6 billion souls, then how can He trust them with the latter-day harvest of the Millennium? For in the Millennium, we will still have humans who are being born and also still need to hear the Gospel and believe. Believe what? That Jesus Christ who died 2000 years ago is the Son of God? No, but that Jesus Christ, the Man who sits on the throne of Man in Jerusalem, is the Son of Man and the Son of God, and they will still need to be convinced with signs and wonders.

Thus, the elect of Jesus Christ who are coming back with Him for the Millennial Reign, are those who are prepared to show people that the Gospel of Christ is the truth, even if it costs them their lives. That is why only the martyrs are returning. Those who have lived a good life, a moral life, as they prayed and pleased God, resisting Satan as they marched to Heaven, displaying a form of godliness that is devoid of the miraculous power of God, will not come back. If Jesus, who is the Light, leaves Heaven to be on Earth, will it be possible that for the duration of the Millennium, Heaven will be in darkness, as a cinema is in darkness whilst a movie is being played? Could this be what Jesus meant when He said, “And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”[5]?

For, would not the Father and the Holy Spirit be watching what Jesus is doing through the Millennium with the greatest of joy? But would those servants who did not listen to Jesus be watching with the same joy? Horror of horrors… darkness and weeping and gnashing of teeth in Heaven! How else to prepare for the great white throne judgement for both the righteous and the unrighteous? Those who are coming back to reign for the Millennium have already been judged, judged worthy to sit on thrones with Jesus for a millennium on Earth. Judged worthy to be entrusted with the latter-day harvest of trillions of souls; judged worthy to be spared from the great white throne judgement, and not only spared but to judge even angels from their thrones; and judged worthy to be spared the second death.

It is the grace and mercy of God that the command to listen to Jesus is now restored, and is and will be preached back to the church in ever increasing volume with ever increasing signs and wonders to convince them to repent for the Kingdom of Christ is near. It is the mercy of God and His desire to glorify His people that the beast will come and be permitted to force everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.[6] For it would give those who have not yet listened to Jesus enough to be empowered by the Holy Spirit that they would “be strong, and shall stand firm and do exploits [OKJV/AMP] and display strength and take action [NASB] and will firmly resist him.” [NIV][7] That is, a people who are strong, who stand firm to take action and do exploits to firmly resist him.

And to those who have not listened to Jesus, but remember and believe enough of the word of God not to take on the mark of the beast as it is called, are given an opportunity to be beheaded because they had not worshipped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands… they came to life and reigned with Christ 1000 years.[8]

Would the Lord condemn those who have not been warned not to take on the mark? No! Would He allow those who have believed, but yet are too weak to resist the temptation, to take on the mark? No, for God does not tempt anyone nor test them beyond what they can endure without opening a door for them to escape. And so, the perishing of 1/3 of mankind will be the escape route for all who believe in Christ yet have not listened to Him or practised His word enough to survive, to go. Thus, the escape route is not by a glorious catching up but by a freedom to perish, for did not God once do that to a people of His who refused to obey even after He waited patiently and sent them messenger after messenger to turn back and to listen to Him?

He said, “You have not obeyed Me; you have not proclaimed freedom for your fellow countrymen. So I now proclaim ‘freedom’ to fall by the sword, plague and famine.”[9] The people of Israel experienced the freedom of God in their perishing until less than 10,000 survivors were left. And Jesus said He had fulfilled the scripture of Isaiah 61:1-2 “to proclaim freedom for the captives.”[10] Anyone who claims to be in Christ, but has not proclaimed freedom for their fellowmen with signs and wonders following, can fall under the judgement of Jeremiah 34:17 for God’s people. As such, be in fear of God if you claim you believe Christ lest He finds you a hypocrite, one who does not practise what they say but does the opposite. You believe in Jesus, good, then why don’t you listen to Him? At least pagans who believe in their gods seek out their gods to listen to them and their messengers. Have you not noticed how intently the worshippers of mammon listen to the servants of mammon and their predictions?

What is troubling is how those, who say they belong to Christ, also listen attentively to the prophets of mammon and pray for the prosperity and stability of the kingdom of mammon, divining away the droughts, earthquakes, plagues and disasters that can destroy mammon’s kingdom. Is it not because we have no miraculous power to multiply food, change water to wine and wood to gold that we believe in Christ yet are slaves to mammon?

Like the slaves of Egypt, what do we do? Cry out to God and believe in the One He sent us—Jesus Christ. Remember, Israel was not delivered from Egypt by prosperity and abundance but by plagues and disaster. So, do not expect the church to be delivered from mammon by peace and prosperity, but by the days of distress, unequalled since the beginning of the world.

Understand what you are called for. The primary command, “Do not resist an evil person” stands, yet the Lord also said to Daniel, “but the people who know their God will be strong, and shall stand firm and do exploits, display strength and take action, and firmly resist him.” There appears to be a contradiction; first we are told that we who know our God will firmly resist the beast, yet we are commanded: “Do not resist and evil person.” But there is no contradiction.

Just as God prospered Egypt with the 7 years of abundance and 7 years of famine so that Egypt possessed everything, only to be decimated by the plagues of Moses 400 years later, likewise, we do not resist the evil. We do not approve of it or help it, but we do not resist it or the men who perpetrate it. That is, those of us who hear Jesus and practise His word, for even if we do not understand the command, even if we do not like the command, even if the command seems wrong, we obey it. Why? Because these words of Jesus, “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders, you will never believe,” were said to a man who believed in Jesus enough to beg Him to come and heal his son who was close to death and who took Jesus at His word and departed.[11]

Since the beast himself is not yet here and since his mark has not yet manifested in the physical realm, we do not resist the evil and the evil persons who want to bring him forth, so that he may be ushered in undelayed. When he does arrive, we will do what the Lord has said in Daniel 11:32 and firmly resist him by taking a stand that ensures he is thrown into the Lake of Sulphur alive together with the false prophet. We resist him by assisting him so that he has no other fate than the Lake of Sulphur, even to the point of raising up the two witnesses, the two prophets who will shut up the sky so that it does not rain and change water to blood so that the beast’s system of buying and selling will prosper, and all are offered the choice to take up his mark because of the lack of food and water in those days. We do not resist him so that he will overcome and kill the two witnesses, and as the world rejoices with him and exalts him, he will proclaim himself ‘god’ in God’s temple, thus ensuring his irrevocable condemnation.

Likewise, we do not resist the antichrist and his helpers, other antichrists, but equip them with sufficient powers, even powers of the age to come, so that they may go forth to deceive and ensure that the false prophet faces no other fate than the one written for him.

In the meantime, you will see those, who love to listen to James the Younger and put his words to practice, resisting all manner of evil and all persons of evil on their various crusades doing what seems good, delighting to see good triumph over evil.

Why then did Jesus tell us not to resist an evil person? For the joy of the reunion we are looking forward to is not the joy that comes from the reunion of the good God with His good Son, but rather, the reunion of the Perfect Father with His Perfect Son who has been perfected through suffering. The joy of the reunion on the Mount of Transfiguration was not the reunion of the good with the good, not the triumph of good over evil, but the triumph of the perfect over both good and evil.

We are called not to be good; indeed, we were first commanded not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. We were never to have anything to do with good as much as nothing to do with evil, but to remain perfect as He is Perfect. The return of Jesus Christ is the return of He who is Perfect, and the joy of the reunion is the joy of Perfection overcoming all that is imperfect, both the evil and the good.

That is why Jesus said, “Do not resist an evil person,” and began to show us what to do and what the Father does to the evil and the unrighteous. “He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”[12] We are to seek perfection as He is Perfect with this command: “Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is Perfect.”[13] And perfection begins when you have nothing to do with evil, that is, you do not resist it. In having nothing to do with evil, then you will have nothing to do with good either, for both are the fruit of the same tree.

Thus, those who listen to James and resist the devil because he is evil, and come up with various good works to combat evil, have eaten of the same fruit and will also die. That is why Solomon wrote: All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not.[14] They all die.

Yet Jesus said, “…and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”[15] It was the man who took Jesus at His word who saw his son live. It is those who take Jesus at His word who will live to see their children live through these days of distress likewise.

Thus, the days of distress are like days of evil that are coming, and the evil will increase on the Earth as the apostles wrote, and even Jesus said, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.”[16] Their love will grow cold because they will see both the good and the evil, the righteous and the wicked, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not perish and die in the war between good and evil. Only those who are not satisfied with the good, who have a distaste for what is good as they do for what is evil, for it comes from the same fruit, who hunger for the perfection of God and nothing else, will live.

It is those, who are prepared to take Jesus at His word no matter how ridiculous, who will live, not those who judge the teachings of Jesus as being hard or easy yet leave Him when the teachings are hard, to do the good ones. Only those who seek to be perfect as their Heavenly Father is Perfect and who love their enemies.

The greatest love you can show your enemy is to ensure that they receive the fate that God has prepared for them beforehand, for God is not only Good, but He is Perfect. The greatest love we can show the false prophet and the beast is to ensure they come to the fate God has prepared for them, for that is perfect. The greatest love we can show Satan is to ensure he receives the fate that God has ordained for him, for that is perfect.

For surely we desire to receive for ourselves the eternity God has planned for us and not what we have planned for ourselves. For we are all poisoned by the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and even when we hate evil, the best we can do is good, and in so doing, we still die.

And if we desire to receive for ourselves God’s fate for us, the perfect fate for us, then we will obey what Jesus has commanded us, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…”[17] and we will ensure that all receive the fate God has prepared for them. Those who are destined for the Lake of Fire to the Lake of Fire they go, for that is perfect for them. Those who are destined to be dogs, then let them be dogs, and those who are to be gods, let them be gods.

For when the beast comes, he will be given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All the inhabitants of the Earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. He who has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.[18]

Patient endurance and faithfulness to see not that which is good but that which is perfect.

For our battle is not with evil but against good and evil, for our true enemy, our last enemy, is Death. And Death came by the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, but He who is Perfect is the Giver of Life. So, our joy is to see perfection triumph over both good and evil. And our joy of reunion is to see He who is Perfect reunited with those who are the sons of He who is Perfect.

It is written: When perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.[19] So, do not live as ones who are resisting evil with good and disobey Jesus, but live as ones who are perfect as their Heavenly Father is Perfect, with the joy in their heart that they will be soon reunited with Perfection when He arrives over Jerusalem on clouds of glory.

So, be encouraged by the apostle’s words: Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to Face.[20] We who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever…[21] whom we shall see Face to face, Perfection to perfection.

Paul left us with these remarks: Finally brothers, good-bye. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.[22] And God’s love is not good. God’s peace is not good… but Perfect!


 

[1] Matthew 5:38

[2] James 4:7

[3] John 4:48

[4] John 20:29

[5] Matthew 25:30

[6] Revelation 13:16-17

[7] Daniel 11:32

[8] Revelation 20:4

[9] Jeremiah 34:17

[10] Luke 4:18

[11] John 4:47-50

[12] Matthew 5:45

[13] Matthew 5:48

[14] Ecclesiastes 9:2

[15] John 11:26

[16] Matthew 24:12

[17] Matthew 7:12

[18] Revelation 13:7-10

[19] 1 Corinthians 13:10

[20] 1 Corinthians 13:12

[21] 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17

[22] 2 Corinthians 13:11

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