Nov 18, 1998
First, let me say that I have been impressed with all of your answers and if I had to point out which ones were wrong I don’t think I could do so. All your answers contained aspects of the whole truth and I immensely enjoyed reading them all.
I know everyone enjoyed Monique’s masterful look at the numerology involved. Then Glenys did some great research into Bible Commentary.
There was even truth to be found when LeLona and Nancy disagreed with me. Lies may not be the key word we are looking for, but the Beast does use lies when necessary to maintain his power.
Now we’ll go back to the key word and elaborate a little: the positive and negative use of authority. There is a subtle distinction that I have not seen elaborated on before.
I talked a little about this in a previous article:
“In the true student-teacher relationship authority is only recognized because it is earned.
“Let’s say you want to learn Spanish and two teachers surface who say they can teach you. They both seem equally convincing, but the truth is that one of them knows the language well and the other one does not. If you accept either as an authority just because he or someone else tells you to, then you have a 50-50 chance of getting a bad teacher. What do you do? You test the teacher. Have him actually speak some Spanish. Give him several paragraphs from English and see if he can translate and then check out the translation for correctness. Finally, you will establish in your mind that one of them can truly teach you.
“Once you have tested your teacher then you do not have to check up on him in every little detail; but when you have learned the basics and want to go to advanced Spanish, you do need to check again to see if he has anything more to teach you or if you need to move on to another teacher, or become a teacher yourself.”
Thus positive authority is that which has been earned. Such an authority is ready, willing and able to prove his or her credibility at any given moment. He does not fear a challenge because he is secure in his ability.
Unfortunately, there are not very many positive authorities in the world today. Often those who have studied, apprenticed and worked hard at their skill are often the worst authorities to rely on.
Take medical doctors, for instance. They generally place patients on standard prescription drugs that do more harm than good and discourage alternative treatments that have no harmful side effects.
We go to psychologists for authority on mental health and happiness, yet as a profession they have among the highest suicide rate in the world. Thus again we have authorities telling us to be happy when they have not discovered the key themselves. The average person on the street obviously has a greater concept of what makes life worthwhile.
We send criminals to the prison authorities to go to a “correctional” facility yet when he is released the authorities have turned him in to a more dangerous person than he was when he began his sentence.
We hire politicians as authorities in making laws and spending money and they make laws that the average person realizes make no sense and they spend our money with the intelligence of a ten year old kid who just found a hundred bucks.
We set up ministers, priests and evangelists as authorities in scripture and over our spiritual life, yet many of them do not even believe the scriptures and many little old ladies have a better knowledge than they do. Then there are many ministers who have never had a true spiritual experience, have abused children or have never found God yet are telling others with the voice of authority how to lead the spiritual life.
We could go on and on. How many lawyers do not have a true sense of the just use of the legal system? How many bosses got their position because of who they know, not because of what they know? Such people often hurt the company and cause much grief to subordinates.
Many of these people have worked for a lot of years to earn their position of authority, but they lack just one thing. They have never demonstrated in the real world that which they claim to be able to teach. Just because a doctor has memorized massive amounts of data and procedures does not mean he can heal. Just because a person goes to law school does not give him a just appreciation of the law. Just because a minister gets a church does not mean he is a spiritual man.
Even though these people are often no better authorities in their profession than the average person with common sense most of them have at least gone through some learning process. There are still other authorities that have even bypassed normal learning channels. Thus the false authority is he who cannot demonstrate the truth of that which he claims to teach or practice.
One of the main causes of false authority is the use of the power of appointment by another false authority. The power of election (decision) is given to us so we can ﬁnd our true authorities and place them where they can be useful dispensers of their wisdom and talents.
Our elected ofﬁcials are not perfect but they are much better than appointed ones. The IRS, for instance, consists exclusively of appointed ofﬁcials and fortunately our elected ofﬁcials worked this last year to undue some of the problems they created.
So let us apply this to the beast. The beast is a thoughtform under the control of “the dragon” (the Dark Brothers). This thoughtform covers the entire planet. He causes ALL to “receive the mark” (verse 16). This is why Satan (the adversary of light) is called “the god of this world” in the scriptures.
Over 95% of the religious world think the beast has not yet surfaced; yet, ironically, they are under the control of the false authorities (beast) themselves.
Now I’ll elaborate on several earlier questions:
“And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” Matt 7:28-29
The scribes were the ones the people looked to as authorities in scripture, yet there was something about the authority of Jesus that was different. What was it?
This is interesting wording. “For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”
Why would it say this when the scribes were considered the greatest authorities on the scriptures? The reason was that their only source of authority was their black and white memorization of the scriptures. They knew the words but did not know what they mean. They could never stand up and teach and just say the words inspired by the Spirit pouring through their hearts. They could not teach without quoting some other authority.
Jesus, on the other hand, taught new things that were not quotes from any known book and this seemed to demonstrate a new kind of authority they had never seen before, an authority bestowed from within and accepted from within by others. They were so astounded by this authority that did not depend on degrees and books that it is written:
“And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?” Matt21:23
Jesus had an authority that he could demonstrate and no one remembered seeing such a thing in the spiritual realm before. Jesus was the one man in the kingdom who did not have the mark of the beast.
One ﬁnal question we presented earlier:
Jesus spoke boldly against the negative use of authority. “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” Matt 23:13
How does a similar use of authority keep people from entering the Kingdom of Heaven today??
Go to any church or even a new age movement and try and teach them something contrary to that which their authorities tell them and see what happens. You will often encounter fear and very high resistance.
Now remember an authoritative tool of the beast does not have to be a human. It can be a book, crystal or unseen alien, even the Bible itself. If you really want to sense the power of the beast attend any church with an authoritative dogma or leader and just ask a question in Sunday School that forces their minds in the opposite direction of their beastly authority.
If you are attending a fundamentalist church and they are talking about having Jesus in your heart and accepting him as your personal savior just say this:
“I’ve read the Bible all the way through and can’t ﬁnd anything about Jesus in the heart. Can you show me in the Bible where it says that or anything about a personal savior?”
It is fun to watch the reaction when you ask this question because the ones I have met have never been asked this before. Here is how it went last time I asked this:
Me: Find that in the Bible for me please?”
Them: A long pause while they try and think of the scripture that at ﬁrst they are sure exists. Then after about a minute they become aware that it just may not be in the Bible. Then someone says: “Who are you? Where did you come from? Who are you with?”
Me: I’m just a student of the truth.
Then they start asking other questions. “Are you a Christian? Are you saved by the blood of Jesus? Do you accept Jesus as God? Etc.”
After a brief interrogation they decide that they want me out as fast as they can get me there. I’ve had them shout at me, order me out and call the police to arrest me for trespassing at some of the churches I have visited.
New age groups seem to be a little more polite but they also get extremely uncomfortable when you ask the wrong questions. I ﬁnd that I do not ﬁt in groups where they rely on an authority other than the soul or the kingdom within. I have found that I do not ﬁt in with any spiritual group that I have met.
Thus do the teachers of religion, even today, not enter into the kingdom and make sure their congregations are protected from the likes of me and you so they cannot enter either.
I do feel right at home with my friends on this list, however. Thank you for sharing your search for the truth and allowing me to share mine.
Nov 18, 1998
You guys must be doing something right with the Song because the energy I pick up from you is great! You have dispelled much negativity.
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