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Building on what everyone knows and has taught on faith… the utilisation of faith as a weapon shows the justness and therefore the fairness of God.

Before we proceed any further, the reader should realise this one and most important point: God is omnipotent and as such, in any war that He fights, He is the assured Victor. There is no enemy – no man, no spirit or gods – who can fight and win any war against God because He is the Creator of every man, spirit and ‘god’ who is not God. As such, His omnipotence makes any conflict so one-sided that God is never the warmonger even though He is the Warrior.

As stated earlier, God did not start this war, but He will finish this war and make the peace, which is why His sons are called ‘peacemakers,’ as Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”

So know and understand this about God when He said, “I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on Earth, for in these I delight,” that kindness, justice and righteousness are extended through every aspect of His life and person, even to the very weapons and tactics of His warfare.

Kindness to His enemies in that He forgives them and tolerates them, not delighting in their death, but being patient with them in the hope that they repent, as Peter found out and wrote for us: He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

If there is anyone who understands the patience of God, it is Peter who was called Satan by Jesus because he did not have in mind the things of God; who did not go to Bethsaida or Galilee as instructed when instructed; who denied Him three times when he said he would not; who recommended they fill Judas Iscariot’s vacancy before the Holy Spirit had arrived with Jesus’ decision, and so on, and so on. Indeed, Peter’s actions carry for all of us a most comprehensive list of our failings as disciples of Jesus and an example of Jesus’ grace and patience, so that like Peter, we can continue with our learning. For like Peter:

  1. We all have a tendency to not listen and obey, but set off with others to places that suit us at times that are convenient to us.
  2. When we are exposed, we do not repent, but cover up our disobedience with some bravado act of faith like walking on water.
  3. Since, like Peter, we are not in the habit of listening and obeying, we do not know what God has in mind when we do listen and we tend to say something that shows we do not have in mind the things of God, but rather that of men.
  4. Like Peter, we like to think and boast we would never deny Him, and like Peter we can deny Him when the time comes and in less oppressing circumstances.
  5. Like Peter, we do not like to believe the messages of fellow disciples or revelations we are not part of, and even when we are confronted with the evidence, we prefer to hide rather than go as commanded.
  6. Like Peter, we like to propose our solutions to a perceived problem without waiting for the One sent by God with the solution.
  7. And like Peter, we tend to value the opinions and praises of men more than God’s.

These seven ‘failings’ of ours as disciples make us perfect as vessels to receive God’s grace and mercy, so that through us God can remain gracious and merciful to those who have not been called or chosen by Him. For if those who are called and chosen by Him can fail Him so and yet still be recipients of His grace and mercy, then how much more those who never could repent or believe because the Gospel was never preached to them with signs and wonders to confirm it remain in His grace and mercy? So that God’s kindness to disciples like us who do not listen and obey, who do not repent, who do not have in mind the things of God, who boast of our loyalty yet who are in truth unbelievers, who replace God’s ways with our ways and who value the opinion of others more highly than we do God’s… permits God to continue to show justice to the unrepentant and the unbelievers who are not His disciples.

Paul spoke of this in his letter to the Romans in chapter 11 when He was comparing the election of Israel to that of the Gentiles, writing: Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that He may have mercy on them all.

As it was with Jews and Gentiles so it is now with believers, disciples and unbelievers. If God can be patient with His disciples like Peter and us, waiting for us to come to repentance, then it is justice that compels God to be even kinder and more patient with those who are not His disciples and worse still, even His enemies. And this stance of God whose gifts and call are irrevocable with those who are yet unbelievers and unrepentant and may even be opposers of God because of His disciples’ failure, is the righteousness of God that He “…exercises on the Earth.”

See the verse that God is speaking of… the justice, kindness and righteousness that He exercises on the Earth for those who are from the Earth – the man and the woman who come from the dust, to dust they will return. This kindness, justice and righteousness are not that which is exercised by God in the Heavenly places, for indeed, there is no need for this. For there are no creatures created in the Heavenly realms who have not beheld the glory of God and who have not been privileged to come into God’s holy presence and hear His voice and know Him.

From the first book of the library, it is written: One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming through the Earth and going back and forth in it” – so that we might know that angels and even Satan have seen and spoken to God. As such, the privilege (blessing) and the grace that come by faith are no longer theirs, and we who are born of the dust of the Earth are forever more blessed, for as Jesus has said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Likewise in Psalm 82, it is written: God presides in the great assembly; He gives judgement among the ‘gods’: “How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Of these ‘gods’ He has said, “They know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the Earth are shaken.” And He sentenced them, saying, “I said, ‘You are ‘gods’; you are all sons of the Most High.’ But you will die like mere men; you will fall like every other ruler.” (In Psalm 82 is a list of those we are to defend and those we are to oppose.)

And we know from one reading that the demons knew and recognised who Jesus is, like the one in Luke 4.33 who called out at the top of his voice, “Ha! What do You want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” There are no angels, no cherub like Satan, no ‘gods’ or demons, who do not know who God is and who Jesus is… they have all seen and beheld the glory of God and many have chosen to rebel despite knowing God. As such, in the execution of the war against the evil spirits and rulers in Heavenly places… there is no need for God to show the kindness, justice or righteousness that He shows on Earth. Why? Because all these angels, Satan, ‘gods’ and demons have seen and known and yet chose to rebel. Whereas on the Earth the wicked, the unjust, the evil amongst men, have not yet seen and have rebelled ignorant of the majesty and goodness of God compared to the measure shown to the spirituals and rulers in Heavenly realms.

Paul wrote to the Ephesian church about the armour of God, which you are all familiar with: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the Heavenly realms. However, to the Colossians he wrote: And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (or them in Him). Reconciling Paul’s two verses, a disarmed enemy is one that you should not have to struggle against… unless you are ignorant of their state of disarmament or lack the knowledge to know the extent of their disarmament. Ignorance of an enemy’s state of disarmament can lead to a waste of time and resources trying to disarm them… we have such a real life scenario played out in the last ten years on the world stage.

So, having finished the preamble, let us look at the weapons of God and their power in the light of the knowledge of God who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on the Earth and who wages war for justice with mercy out of faithfulness. Remember also that God’s kindness to those who are ungrateful is the sign of His fullness of mercy, as Jesus taught us, “…be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

Faith, as many are familiar with, is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see, and it is through faith we are saved by grace and it is that which the righteous live by and through which our righteousness is credited as it was to Abraham. However, for a person, whether spirit or flesh, faith only can exist if you have not seen, if you have not known and if you have not rebelled. For the person who has seen does not have the substance called faith, for that substance exists in the surety of the hope and certainty of what we have not seen. The person who knows cannot have the believing faith, for he knows. And the person who rebels cannot have the fullness of faith, for that can only come by obedience. This faith in its various forms, which is the substance of what we hope for but have not seen, which carries with it that certainty of the unseen, which exists in those who believe in what they do not know and who obey that which they know… is not, and I repeat, is not available to angels, demons, ‘gods’ and Satan, for they have all seen, for they all know and have all disobeyed.

Faith is not a substance available to the spirituals who oppose God, and therefore oppose us, to use at all, and as such, they have to harness and rely on the faith of humans who have faith because we have not seen that which we hope for and neither do we really know. However, what we lack in the faith available to humanity is the obedience that brings faith to its fullness. However, having some is better than none, which is why these spirituals – ‘gods,’ demons, fallen angels and Satan – have started so many religions and cults so that the faith available to men is also available for them to use as a weapon. For faith is required to bring into existence that which we hope for as well, and without faith we cannot receive what we ask (or speak) for… as Jesus has said, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here or there,’ and it will move.”

Without any faith of their own in any form, the spirituals have had to ‘con’ faith from men – the only creatures in this conflict who have any faith – for the side of those who oppose God, the rebellious angels, ‘gods’, Satan, demons and men. Understanding this allows you to understand why the enemies of God raise up so much and so many religions that utilise ‘faith’, and why they can continue to harass and cause so much suffering amongst mankind with ‘faith’ wars or religious wars. For though the spirituals need the faith of men for them to have their way on Earth, they themselves are haters of men because man is made in the image of God… and they hate God in the first place, which was why they rebelled with Satan in the Heavens until they were defeated by Michael and his angels and were driven down to Earth. Even before that war in the Heavens that expelled them, the rebellious spirituals were already harnessing God’s gift to men – ‘faith’ – so that they could manifest what they hoped for, raising up peoples and nations that would worship them and take possession of this world, which is filled with God’s glory. The ultimate aim was to use men through their faith to take possession of this Earth in whatever name these ‘gods’ had called themselves, so as to take possession of the repository of God’s glory in the hope that they can use this glory to so change their own nature that these rebellious spirituals – these ‘gods’, these demons – would somehow also become omnipotent gods like God is.

That then is the root and the real motive of these ‘gods’ starting religions, deceiving men and women everywhere not so much for the adulation or praise or worship, for all that is meaningless unless these ‘gods’ themselves can acquire the means to become as ‘God’, omnipotent, so that they are at least equal to God Almighty and therefore escape destruction and perhaps even fulfil the hope, desire and ambition of their ring leader – Satan – to “make myself like the Most High.”

However, faith like a mustard seed has three parts – a seed coat, a food store and an embryo from which comes life – and if only one of these is missing or defective, then the tree that comes from it is maimed and fruitless.

Deprived of faith of their own because of what they have seen, what they know and what they have disobeyed, these ‘gods’ now had to acquire whatever faith they could, with the only available for them being that of sinful man… faith that is faith because men have not seen nor does man know, but incomplete faith, for man has also disobeyed… faith that is like a seed without a seed coat or a food store or an embryo. Seed that cannot yield a harvest, but nevertheless ‘faith’, the substance of things hoped for, the certainty of things not seen by which what is said can be formed. Hence you see and understand the practice in these religions of the gods of the need of their believers to be ever in prayer, chanting, reciting, mantra-ing whatever has been given to them, so that in believing their faith would permit what is said to be, and if they say it often enough, long enough, they might just be able to achieve what Jesus said a person could if he has a mustard seed of faith.

However, whatever is formed by the faith will have the longevity and endurance of that faith. An incomplete faith can only form the incomplete hope and bring about the incomplete result.

However, God did choose faith as the means by which this war would be fought in the first instance, the faith of man, so that all are equal in this war, and even God’s omnipotence would not hold sway in the battlefield less the enemy cry foul and taunt God for being unfair and therefore unjust and unrighteous. When you understand this about faith as the weapon chosen to win this war, then you will begin to understand why God has to wait for men to believe Him, to love Him and to obey Him, and why every religion likewise seeks the same from the men and women who adhere to them.

Because, By faith we understand… so it is by faith we begin that journey that leads to the understanding that by faith we believe, we search, we listen, we seek, we acquire the knowledge and secure the wisdom to come to the place where we do understand. Faith therefore is not the weapon that is in our sole possession, but is available to all men.

So then, in the selection of His personnel, the Lord and all His enemies look for the same type of servants – men and women of faith, believers – and as far as the type of faith is concerned, both natural and supernatural in quality that can overcome the mind of men and women. So that the four categories of weaponry mentioned in the previous chapter of weaponry – personnel, natural and supernatural phenomenon, and psychological aspects – all speak of the different aspects of faith, the common weapon of this war.

Eve believed Satan when Satan told her she would not die and she chose not to believe God who said she would, so the first round of the war went to Satan. Likewise, Adam believed Eve and chose not to believe and obey God whom he knew and had seen, and so Adam handed his faith over to Eve whom he believed and knew but did not have to obey. Through Eve, Satan harvested (acquired) the one thing he had none of – ‘faith’ – and however tainted it was, it was faith, enough for the war to begin. With that successful acquisition of some faith, the rest of the rebellious angelics likewise threw in their lot with Satan, and to strengthen their hold on God’s repository of glory, they began to breed with the women to create their own sons – Nephilims who would help ensure that mere men would continue to commit their faith to these ‘gods’ who fathered such heroes… these half sons of the gods of legend and mythology, except they were not myths but were real, as real as Goliath’s head that stopped David’s pebble.

However, when a son of man – Abel – began to show faith in God to shed blood in offering animals to Him, he had to be stopped, and so Cain succumbed to the sin of murder that crouched at his door and killed Abel. With Abel out of the way, Seth’s and Cain’s lines were able to propagate the Earth and began to bring forth a world that so grieved God’s heart that He had to destroy it all… and that came when Noah’s faith in God provided the instrument necessary for God to win the battle with the flood. Noah had the faith to believe whom he had not seen and what he did not know and to obey the command to the letter… the faith that had all three parts. And from Noah, Mary, the virgin who likewise believed what she was told without knowing or seeing He who would conceive in her Jesus by His power, in obedience to the angel’s message, permitted God to field His ultimate Champion of faith – Jesus, His Son, the Faithful One. Faithful, for He had in Him the heritage of the faith of man and His own faith, the faith of an obedient Son to the Father, even to the point of death. The faith of One who laid down His power as Son of God so that He then endured the cross as the Son of Man, and rightly took to battle as One fully eligible to fight the war as Man with faith in God and as God with faith in Man. In Him was found the natural faith of a Son of Man who believed, trusted and obeyed what and whom He knew, even Mary the mother, as well as the supernatural faith of the Son of God who obeyed God even when He was forsaken. A faith superior to that of all sons of man and all the sons of God who were there before the foundation of the Earth as well, those angels who did not hold their positions.

Through Him, all men who put their faith in Him, if they were men, would not be condemned or perish, for they would come to know God whom they had never seen, much less know, and all angels who obey Him would likewise be rewarded through the transformation and transfiguration afforded them by His glory.

As for the enemies of God – the men and women who believe their gods whom they have not seen – they can never come to the fullness of faith, for once they come to know these gods in spirit and in truth, they can never fully obey them. For who can fully obey someone who has been lying and deceiving him from the beginning? This is the genius of God and His fairness… using a weapon available to all that neutralises even His omnipotence, but a weapon that can only come to full power if all three parts are present – certainty of the unseen, belief in what is unknown and obedience to what is known – so that God who Himself has no faith since He has seen all things, knows all things, and has no one that He can obey, would present it to His enemies knowing that even if God made Himself no longer omnipotent, His enemies would not be able to reach the fullness of faith, which has no doubt, and so have whatever they say.

However, Jesus in submitting Himself to the Father’s will and becoming fully Man, then acquired the faith of man, and in His complete obedience to His Father became the only One on the field of battle with the fullness of faith, the Faithful One, so that whatever He says even as the Son of Man… will be.

And to all who believe in Him, that is, commit their faith of the unseen to Him, and to all who practise His word to come to know Him so that they would believe what and who they know, and all who do not shirk away from their obedience of His word even unto death… He will likewise form in them that same fullness of faith, which one needs a mustard seed’s worth to move any mountain.

That is why He has said, “Anyone who believes in Me, has faith in Me, will do what He has been doing. He will do even greater things than these,” and, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you,” because of this incredible weapon of God called faith, which does not come to full power unless it is handled by One who has the faith of God… who sees the unseen and the certainty of hope as God sees, who believes in what He knows as God knows, and who obeys the commands of God as God obeys them. For this is what Jesus did… in becoming the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world, He believed and hoped with certainty in what was not yet seen… in doing and saying exactly what the Father showed and told Him to say and how to say it, He believed what and whom He knows. And in applying to Himself all that His own words commanded and decreed, He also obeyed fully the One He knows, loves and serves – God Himself.

A trifecta of faith in all its fullness that no man or spiritual can match, and as such, no one, no son of men or ‘god’ or demon or cherub or angel, can bring forth a faith that would also ensure whatever they say will happen. For only perfect faith casts out all doubt as surely as perfect love casts out all fear.

The very incompleteness of the faith of all who oppose God ensures their inferiority when it comes to having whatever they say to manifest, and in so doing, ensures their defeat. Now, can they blame God for that? No, for God likewise limited Himself to the use of faith once the war began. No, the enemies of God can only blame themselves because they chose to ally their faith not with T/truth but with lies. That mistake of the enemies of God ensures that no man or woman, once they discover how they have been deceived of their faith, will be able to complete their journey of faith… and that is to obey the one they know even to the point of death. The choice of Satan to lie to Eve to steal from her her faith ensured his own demise. For man is made in God’s Image, and God is the Truth… so that men can never live forever with a lie but only with the truth because of the very basis upon which man was created.

How different the war would have been if only Satan did not lie to Eve and told her the truth, saying, “Did God say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’” and after Eve gave her answer, all he had to do was say, “Indeed you will die, but at least you would have died a rebel, free from the burden of obeying God who made you.” Had he dared say that and Eve still listened to him and ate, then he would have acquired Eve’s faith in truth. Then… just perhaps he might have received whatever he said, “I will ascend to Heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”

But alas, it will never be, it will never happen, for faith does not come into its fullness on the basis of a lie, but only on the basis of truth, and so that which the man of God said will happen instead, “But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.”

You see, although sin originated in Satan, Satan never mastered the sin, which is why God’s command to a man who was about to make Satan his father and become a murderer, was this, “If you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” For whoever has mastered sin is no slave of sin and has turned the originator of sin into his tool as well, whom he can use as he chooses to. That is why, elect, our apostle – the one who is abnormally born – was able to use Satan (the originator of sin) as an instrument to teach Hymenaeus a lesson for his heresy and bring him back to the Lord, as he wrote to Timothy: Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.

For he was prepared to obey that which he had not seen to the fullness of its letter, even killing and imprisoning those who followed Jesus, blasphemers, blood drinkers and flesh eaters by their own admission, who deserved to be cut off as written in the law, but when confronted and he saw Jesus, he was likewise repentant in his utter obedience of that which he now knew and obeyed that which he was now commanded even to the point of suffering, imprisonment and death. In him, the first elect of the Holy Spirit who stayed the course like Shammah of old, his stand ensured God’s victory of which we are now participants and beneficiaries of.

So then, having come to know and understand God your Father – the God and Father of Jesus Christ – boast that He does delight in showing kindness, justice and righteousness on the Earth. But in the Heavens He has no need to do such things, for no kindness need be shown to those who have seen the glory of God and still rebelled. For it is justice to offer the Heavenlies no repentance, only judgement, for they have heard, they have seen and as they have boasted, they know. It is righteousness that those spirituals – these ‘gods’ who are not gods, demons who recently appeared (whom our fathers did not know or worship) – be convicted of their judgement, for it was their judgement, not God’s, their judgement that erred and caused them to make a decision that would see them face a sure defeat and condemnation. That is why the Holy Spirit who convicts of righteousness and sin, convicts the devil unceasingly of his judgement because by his judgement he stands condemned.

But even now God’s mercy has no bounds and no limits, so that Satan could escape his final fate if only he does not go out to deceive Gog and Magog to gather them for battle when he is released from his prison at the end of the millennium. Such is the omnipotence of our God that He can reveal to His enemy the opportune moment for him to effect an eternal stalemate knowing it can never be, it will never be… for Scripture cannot be broken.

So elect, “Have faith in God,” and commit your faith to the Truth.

God alone is God and there in no other God besides Him, for God Himself has searched and found… none, not one.

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