Thursday, January 20, 2022

Whose Mind?

 Whose Mind?                                                                       20/01/2022

Not surprisingly, a great deal of attention is given lately to the four beasts mentioned in the book of Daniel (Daniel 7:3-7), and to the seven-headed mystery beast of Revelation (13:1-2).  These 'critters' certainly have a lot in common, and in addition, also make for an apt description of the world as it is today. And as mentioned in last week’s letter about the days of Noah, if our eyes are open, we will see plainly that a pre-flood-like period is also alive and well at present.

This, however, is not the topic of this letter.  For two thousand years the Kahal/ Ecclesia (church) of Yeshua, that is, the redeemed of YHVH, have been living in, or alongside, the kingdom of man's devised systems, made up of nations and their governments and leaders (religious or political).  Because the “Body of Messiah” is to be in this world but not of it, the apostle has some very sobering messages to the seven “churches” (Rev. 2,3).  Obviously, there are not seven different bodies of Messiah, but one; made up of many members. Thus, in reading what the Spirit is saying to each one, there is an all-conclusive message for all, if we have an ear to hear and a heart to understand.

Some contend that we are living today in a period that is not unlike that of the church of Laodicea (the seventh and last mentioned, Rev. 3:14-22).  One can certainly make a good case for this point, as the latter was a very wealthy and lukewarm body of believers.  Yet the very last words of Yeshua, to each of these respective congregations, are identical: "he who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The plural ending seems to indicate that He wants every member of His body to “have an ear to hear” what He is saying to all the seven groupings of the said Ecclesia.  We are to have one mind, as both Paul and Peter exhort us in their letters. 

“Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the Elohim of love and peace will be with you” (2 Corinthians 13:11 emphasis added).  " stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel… fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind (Philippians 1:27; 2:2 emphases added).  “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous” (1 Peter 3:8 emphasis added).   

These words of exhortation to be of “one mind” become even more important as we draw closer to the days of the seventh angel, with the seven bowls of YHVH’s judgments (Rev. 17:1). In chapter 17 reference is made to those whose names are not written in “the Book of Life” (v. 8). These are the ones, who along with their rulers (kings), are one mind with the harlot who sits on the back of the beast with the seven heads, which are seven mountains (Rev. 17:3, 9): “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast… “For Elohim has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of Elohim are fulfilled” (Rev. 17:13,17 emphases added). 

YHVH has allowed humanity to worship itself (i.e., the flesh, with its bestial nature) in order to fulfill the above scripture. Transhumanism has answered the call to merge the computer brain with the human one, in order to make it possible for mankind to have one mind. Satan’s (dragon) ultimate intention, from before the days of Eden, was to become like Elohim, thus turning man (male and female) into the image of himself through the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

We can see the evidence today, as the mind of humanity has been twisted, snarled, confused, and muddled into calling good evil and evil good.  This inability to discern the difference means that the conscience has been snuffed out and has been replaced by “lawlessness”.  Only divine intervention can change the direction that this world is heading toward.   This is why we, His redeemed people, must be of one mind, that is “the mind of the Messiah” (1 Corinthians 2:16), and have “an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying” today more than ever before. Having "one mind" is not an option anymore – but whose mind will that be, that of Messiah or the adversary?

“Now may the Elohim of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Messiah Yeshua, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the Elohim and Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah” (Romans 15:5-6).   

1 comment:

  1. Amen to every word: this has never been more important than now in these disturbing and distressing days. God grant His people the "one mind" of Messiah with which to evaluate the decadence pressing in on every side--and may we find the "way of escape"!