Overcoming the Enemies
Evil King and Prostitute of Babylon
Isaac and Rebekah
Jacob and Rachel
David and Bathsheba
He said, "Who told you that you were naked? From the tree which I commanded you not to eat from it, have you eaten from it?" (Genesis 3:11)Sin destroyed the perfect Marriage and Right Man - Right Woman relationship. And sin continues to be the major problem in the Right Man - Right Woman relationship. Sin causes spiritual death and slavery to the Cosmic System. Sin destroys love, and sin brings divine discipline with cursing and suffering into the Right Man - Right Woman relationship.
The sin of jealousy knocks out love and destroys the Right Man - Right Woman relationship. Jealousy divides love and breaks it apart. It drives a wedge between the love of Right Man and Right Woman, which is the strongest human love. "Love is as strong as death; jealousy is as cruel as the grave" (SOS 8:6b). Jealousy can come in many ways (Prov. 6:34; 1 Cor 3:3; 13:4; Jas 3:14-16);. It drives the love of money, feeds ambition, and festers in selfishness. Regardless of its source, jealousy is cruel to Right Man and Right Woman because it knocks out their love. The sin of jealousy must be recognized and handled like any other sin by using Rebound.
Sin may come from the world (Cosmic System and people in it), the flesh (Old Sin Nature), or the devil and his demons.1 Thus, the three enemies of the Right Man - Right Woman relationship are the world, the flesh, and the devil. Sin from the three enemies is the obstacle to a good Right Man - Right Woman relationship. Personal sin is a matter of choice. Sin from the world can be avoided to some extent through separation from the world. However, under the rules of Satan's Appeal Trial, he is allowed to cross examine people. Therefore, Satan and his demons can infiltrate the life of the believer without the believer's personal permission.
Sin is all around and impossible to avoid. However, there are procedures for dealing with it. The Church Age Believer with the Filling of the Holy Spirit and the unique Spiritual life has the power to overcome the problems of sin. With the power of the Holy Spirit it is possible for the Church Age Believer to overcome the curse of sin and salvage the Right Man - Right Woman relationship. The divine solutions available to the Christian can overcome the obstacles due to sin in the Garden. Even though Adam sinned and that sin was passed down to the human race, the Lord Jesus Christ paid for the sins on the Cross and opened the way for a new Spiritual life with the power to overcome the curse of sin.
Overcoming the enemies of Right Man - Right Woman requires Spiritual growth. As the believer matures Spiritually, the Right Man - Right Woman relationship will also advance on the road to prosperity. Each level of Spiritual growth will be attacked by the enemies. Levels of maturity and corresponding attacks include:
Abraham and Sarah
Abraham and Sarah were Right Man and Right Woman, who advanced all the way to Spiritual Rapport. As Abraham grew Spiritually, he separated from the world. He left his home in Ur of the Chaldeans and went to Canaan (Gen 12:1-3). Ur was part of the Babylonian Empire, which symbolizes the world. However, when a famine occurred in the land of Canaan, Abraham and Sarah went down to Egypt, which is also a symbol of the world. Now, even though Sarah was at least 65, she was still a very beautiful woman. She caught the eye of Pharaoh, who brought her into his harem and married her.
Genesis 12:14-15Abraham was partly to blame because he put out word that Sarah was his sister. He was afraid he would be killed because of Sarah. However, Pharaoh was one of Satan's Evil Kings, and Satan was out to take Abraham's wife to prevent the birth of the child of the promise. Abraham was in Spiritual Warfare and was being tested. He needed to defeat the Evil King to get his wife back. As Abraham trusted God, the Lord struck Pharaoh and his castle with great plagues because of Sarah. Pharaoh caught on and sent Sarah back to Abraham along with a lecture.
14 And it came about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15 And Pharaoh’s princes saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.
“Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her and go.” (Genesis 12:19, NAS)The Lord protects the Right Man - Right Woman relationship. If the wrong man marries the woman, he can wind up dead. Pharaoh got rid of Sarah before he died.
It should also be noted that Sarah was called Sara in those days. Sara means contentious. Abraham and Sara didn't get along well. When she and Abraham reached Spiritual Maturity, her name was changed to Sarah, which means princess.
After living in Canaan for ten years and having no children, Sara gave her Egyptian maid, Hagar, to Abraham in hopes of having a child through her. Abraham listened to Sara and married Hagar, who bore him a son, Ishmael. Ishmael turned out to be a wild child, "a wild ass of a man" (Gen 16:12). He was unfit to be Abraham's heir.
What happened here is that Hagar symbolized the Prostitute of Babylon. In an attempt to destroy the Abrahamic Covenant, Satan had attacked Abraham and Sara to provide an heir from the wrong woman. The child of the promise could only come, however, from Right Man - Right Woman. Only after Abraham and Sarah reached Spiritual Maturity did God work a miracle for them to have a son in their old age.
However, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, who was apparently a peeping tom, saw Isaac and Rebekah having sex.
It came about, when he had been there a long time, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out through a window, and saw, and behold, Isaac was caressing sexually Rebekah his wife. (Genesis 26:8)"Caressing sexually" is the Hebrew tsachaq in the Pi'el participle, meaning to tickle sexually (conjugal caresses); to sport, fondle, or play sexually (Gen 26:8; 39:14, 17; Ex 32:6). In the Qal stem it means to laugh.
King Abimelech took the high road and demanded an explanation from Isaac, who admitted that she was his wife. So Abimelech gave Isaac a lecture and ordered no one to touch Isaac or his wife on penalty of death.
And Abimelech said, "What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us." (Genesis 26:10)Here again, Abimelech symbolized the Evil King, who posed a danger to Isaac and Rebekah, who were Right Man and Right Woman. However, God blessed Isaac and protected him from the Evil King. Later, Isaac and Rebekah had twins, Jacob and Esau, and Jacob became the child of the promise.
When Simeon and Levi massacred the Hivite family at Shechem, Jacob was forced to move away with his family for their own protection. God commanded Jacob to go to Bethel and build an altar there. Jacob had promised upon fleeing Esau to build an altar there (Gen 28:19-22).
So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your clothes." (Genesis 35:2)Jacob commanded his family and servants to separate from their idols. This included Rachel's idols. This was followed by a command to "purify yourselves," which included Rebound and washing the body and clothes. Washing the body symbolized sanctification of the person - Positional Sanctification. Washing the clothes symbolized the robe of Righteousness, Ultimate Sanctification, Resurrection. They were also commanded, "And change your clothes." Putting on clean, festal garments were the symbols of the robe of Righteousness (Job 29:14; Isa 61:10), the clothing of a Resurrection body. This symbolized Positional Sanctification, Resurrection, and Spiritual Rapport.
Jacob collected the idols and buried them under the oak (terebinth) at Shechem (Gen 35:4). This corresponds to sanctification on the way to Spiritual Rapport. The people purified themselves, which included washing and putting on festal clothes, to symbolize sanctification. The earrings, which were worn as amulets and charms, were also buried. God sent a supernatural terror, to prevent enemies from the land from pursuing Jacob and his family (Gen 35:5). This was divine cursing of the unsanctified enemies of Israel.
At Bethel, God appeared to Jacob "again," and "He blessed him" (Gen 35:9). This was Jacob's promotion to Spiritual Rapport. God had appeared in a dream to Jacob 30 years before when he was fleeing to Paddam-Aram (Gen 28:12-15). This time God appeared by daylight in visible form (Gen 35:13). Jacob was reminded of his new name, Israel, which had been given earlier (Gen 32:27). Jacob received the second confirmation of the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 35:9-12; 48:3-4). The second confirmation corresponds to promotion to Spiritual Rapport as it did with Abraham (Gen 17; 22:15-18) and Isaac (Gen 26:3-5; 24-25).
After leaving Bethel on the way to Ephrath (Bethlehem, house of bread), Rachel went into severe labor while they were still in the wilderness (Gen 35:16-17). As she was dying, she named her new-born son, Ben-'Oni, son of my sorrow. However, Jacob named him Benjamin, son of the right hand. The right hand is the place of honor, corresponding to a child born from Right Man and Right Woman. Rachel died in the wilderness.
SummaryThus, when the Right Woman rejects the Spiritual life and the Right Man reaches Spiritual Rapport, the Right Woman will die the sin unto death.
1. Rachel kept the household idols (Gen 31:34) until Jacob stripped them away and buried them on the way to Bethel. Thus, Rachel symbolized the Prostitute of Babylon just as Eve after she sinned in the Garden.
2. Rachel was negative to the Spiritual Life and did not advance Spiritually along with her husband as Sarah had done.
3. When Jacob reached Spiritual Rapport, his wife, like Job's, did not qualify for blessing.
4. Instead Jacob's blessing of Spiritual Rapport became the sanctification that condemned his Right Woman, Rachel.
5. Rachel died under the curse of childbirth (~age 46) in the wilderness under the sin unto death (Gen 48:7).
Then Satan attacked David as the Evil King, and David had Uriah murdered. David Rebounded, however, and took his punishment, which was horrible beyond belief and occurred over a number of years in installments. He eventually qualified for Evidence Testing, which occurred during the Absalom Rebellion. In spite of all his wives and sins, he eventually reached Spiritual Rapport and Maximum Glorification of God. However, he never married his Right Woman. Finding and marrying the Right Man or Right Woman is not a requirement for the Spiritual life as Paul tried to explain (1 Corinthians 7:25-38).
Much of the testing is simply the result of Right Man and Right Woman being caught up in the Angelic Conflict. The couple are caught up in a war between the angels along with the Judgments of God in human history. Surviving the pressures of the war and divine Judgments are major tests for the couple. They have divine operating assets and Problem Solving Devices of the Spiritual life to handle these conflicts, but they do not receive much benefit for surviving to fight another day. They are like foot soldiers in a great war. If they can survive, they will be invited to the victory celebration.
Failure of the tests in the Right Man - Right Woman relationship can lead to death, and passing the tests can lead to blessing. If one member of the relationship makes it to Spiritual Rapport and the other is negative, the negative one will die in the wilderness the sin to death. This occurred with Jacob and Rachel (Gen 35:19). Marriage to someone else's Right Man or Right Woman can lead to death, like going to the Cross. Ruth's marriage to Machlon led to his death. This prepared the way for Ruth to marry her Right Man, Boaz.7
There are also many tests that relate directly to the specific Right Man - Right Woman relationship. Although God's purpose in these tests may never be known, the tests provide incontrovertible evidence to validate the relationship. These tests include Identification Tests, Compatibility Tests, Eclipse Tests, Weather Tests, Fire Tests, and National Tests.
The chasing and wild behavior beginning in the teens is due to Reverse Process Reversionism. In the absence of the Right Man or Right Woman in the soul, the person is madly attracted to a paramour, who can never assuage the insatiable lusts of the soul in a frantic search for happiness. Trips into Reversionism are evidence of flunking the Identification Test. Every time there is desire for a paramour, the person needs to ask God, "Is this my Right Man or Right Woman?" If the Holy Spirit reveals the answer is "No," then the paramour should be rejected and the case closed. If there are lascivious lusts or illicit desires for the paramour, the sins must be confessed and the desires rejected.
The Right Man or Right Woman may not come along for years. In the meantime the same routine should be followed. If there is any doubt, ask God. If the attractive person is not Right Man or Right Woman, drop it. That is the routine for the Identification Test.
Of course, this only opens the door for a thousand other questions of what is acceptable behavior for singles. The Holy Spirit will answer all those questions. The Bible prohibits sin and illicit sex, which is sex outside of Marriage (often called fornication and adultery). The Bible teaches the Spiritual life, not morality. God determines the principle of Spirituality. Man decides the limits of morality, which have no bearing on Spirituality. Even the most Spiritual believers have to live in a world with moral and immoral people. So, the limits of acceptable behavior for singles are often a matter of personal judgment.
During the entire period of Biblical history, the parents decided who the children would marry. Some children were closely sheltered and not allowed to date, such as Isaac. A servant had to find his Right Woman for him, but he had a great marriage. Others went looking for themselves. Dinah was raped when she was visiting her worldly friends, and Samson's wife of his own choosing did not last through the honeymoon, even though she was likely his Right Woman.
Upon meeting the Right Man or Right Woman, the Identification Test may result in powerful emotional experiences as the Holy Spirit attempts to get the person's attention. This is due to a blind spot on the cerebral cortex where the truth about the identity of the Right Man or Right Woman should be. In the absence of truth, there will only be an illusion, through which the emotion floods. The roller coaster of emotion in the soul should be a clue of the importance of the Right Man or Right Woman. Then, to be sure, a person can ask God, who will verify Right Man or Right Woman. The exact time and place of meeting is important, since even the planets and astrological signs overhead convey a message about the future of the relationship.3
Identification Tests don't end with the first meeting. They will continue for a period of getting acquainted, during which the Lord will capture the attention of both parties, and each will discover pertinent issues and traits of the other. The other person's Spiritual beliefs, calling, and maturity level need to be discovered. The person's Birth Chart should be examined for additional Spiritual identification. And a personality assessment needs to be understood. A hand reading will reveal psychological details as well as the Right Man - Right Woman relationship.4 And biorhythms will reveal relationships between the two. This does not mean adding or subtracting the waveforms in so-called compatibility modes, but noting the effects of critical periods and peaks of one's biorhythms on the other person.
Biorhythms are cycles of Divine Judgment related to the day of birth. Astrological Birth Charts are similar Divine Judgment (or record of Divine Design) related to the day of birth. The hand is a record of the thoughts along certain paths in life from birth. Since Right Man and Right Woman are inseparably united, there will be correlations in their biorhythms, Birth Charts, and hands. For example, when one goes through a critical biorhythm phase, the other will feel the effect. The Birth Charts often have Moon Signs that relate. And the hands of each usually reveal the other.
There are also similarities in the information revealed in biorhythms, astrological charts, and hands. Biorhythms are based on 23-day, 28-day, 33-day, and 38-day cycles. The 23-day cycle corresponds to life, or living, as opposed to death, or dying. The Lord warned Adam that if he ate the forbidden fruit, "dying you will die." He would die spiritually and eventually die physically. The judgment or testing of life and death is related to the 23-day biorhythm cycle. The 28-day cycle symbolizes a cosmic stronghold. It corresponds to the influence of Satan's Cosmic System, or the world. The 33-day cycle symbolizes the purifying (or sanctifying) judgment of the Holy Spirit. And the 38-day cycle symbolizes dying in the wilderness. It corresponds to the fate of reversionists, who reject God's Grace. It is a weaker indicator than the other three biorhythm cycles.
The 23-day biorhythm corresponds to the Ascendant and Descendant axis (East - West) of an astrological chart. The Ascendant is rising and the Descendant is setting. The Ascendant symbolizes birth, awaking, or rising, and the Descendant symbolizes lying down, sleeping, or dying. On the hand, the 23-day biorhythm cycle corresponds to the Life Line.
The 33-day biorhythm cycle corresponds to the Midheaven (MC) and Bottom of heaven (IC) axis (vertical). Midheaven is highest heaven, or zenith, and symbolizes glory. The Bottom of heaven in contrast symbolizes Sheol, or the Grave. Midheaven corresponds to Divine Justification and Purification, which opens the way for maximum glory. The Bottom of heaven corresponds to Divine Judgment that condemns or destroys. On the hand, the 33-day biorhythm cycle corresponds to the Destiny Line. The Right Man - Right Woman relationship and Marriage show up on the Destiny Line. The Heart Line is the story of a person's love life, but it is generic and must be correlated with other lines to tie it to Right Man or Right Woman.
Capacity for Life/Love Tests
Since it is impossible to love a person until you know the person, the love relationship between Right Man and Right Woman should grow as the acquaintance progresses. Right Man and Right Woman are expected to love each other with both human soul love and Divine Love. Their love must be pure and not adulterated by sin or lust. Their love must be a function of their Spiritual lives. Since this demands Spiritual maturity, tests of capacity for Life and Love are to be expected. As the Edification Complex of the Soul (ECS) is being erected through Spiritual Growth there will be Capacity for Life and Love tests.
Capacity for Life tests are tests of life and death. Life and death refer to spiritual life and spiritual death. However, failure to pass the tests can lead to the sin that leads to physical death. Capacity for Life tests include Spiritual Warfare and fighting the good fight of faith.
But we are not the kind who retreat into destruction, but those who believe for the preservation of the soul. (Hebrews 10:39)The believer who does not live by doctrine dies without it. Capacity for Life tests include tests of endurance (Hebrews 10:36; James 1:3-4). They also include tests of capacity for sexual life (Prov 31:3, 17).
An example of a Capacity for Life test is the 23-day biorhythm cycle. When the cycle is in the critical phase, there is a distinct feeling of loss of physical energy, which symbolizes dying. This must be countered with Spiritual strength from the Edification Complex of the Soul. When either Right Man or Right Woman reach the critical phase of the 23-day biorhythm cycle, it will be felt by the other also.
Passing Capacity for Life tests can lead to receiving the Crown of Life (James 1:12; Rev 2:10) and to historical uptrends denoted by the number 23. Failing the test can lead to weakness, death, and destruction (Heb 10:36). Yellow, which is the color for a life, may be associated with a Capacity for Life test.
Capacity for Love tests include tests of love for God, Right Man or Right Woman, and others (Jn 13:34; 1 Cor 13:4-7; Eph 5:28; Tit 2:4). Some older woman have a Spiritual gift for helping younger woman learn to love their husband (Right Man) with Marriage Intimacy Love (MIL) from the Intimacy Room of the ECS.
in order that they may bring the young women to their senses to be loving their husbands intimately (MIL), loving their children (Titus 2:4)"Loving their husbands intimately" is the Greek philandros, from philos (intimate love) + andros (husband; Right Man) = intimate love of husbands or Right Man. This is Marriage Intimacy Love – a divine intimacy Love for the Right Man, who is assumed to be the husband. In Marriage it includes conjugal love. This Love is produced by the Holy Spirit and comes from the Intimacy Room of the ECS. Right Man and Right Woman are the exclusive recipients of Marriage Intimacy Love. This love does not exist for third parties.
During Compatibility Testing, the woman will be thinking about how she can serve and help the man, and the man will be thinking about how he can truly love the woman. The woman will be tested to determine if she will serve the man, and the man will be tested to determine if he will love the woman through the trials and tribulations of life.
There are also sanctification tests (Prov 5:15-20; Eph 5:26; 1 Thess 4:4). Sanctification means set apart from sin and consecrated to God. The Right Man - Right Woman relationship should be sanctified just as Holy Matrimony is sanctified. Sanctification means that the Right Man - Right Woman relationship is the exclusive right of one couple only.
Each of you learn to possess his own wife (Right Woman) by means of sanctification and honor. (1 Thessalonians 4:4)"Sanctification" refers to experiential sanctification. Right Man and Right Woman must make daily decisions to separate from the world and be consecrated to God (2 Cor 2:16). The Right Man should also honor his Right Woman. Honor means respect for another. Honor is putting the other first, meeting the person's needs, and helping. Honor means attention to protocol. Honor is not human good production (e.g. flowers, candy, and cards).
Not by means of lustful passion just as also the Gentiles, who do not know God. (1 Thessalonians 4:5)Sanctification means that the Right Man - Right Woman relationship does not include lustful passion as in the case of Gentile unbelievers in lawlessness. It requires the Filling of the Holy Spirit and separation from the world.
The 33-day biorhythm cycle is an example of a sanctification test. The critical phase of the 33-day biorhythm cycle corresponds to the purifying (or sanctifying) judgment of the Holy Spirit. When Right Man or Right Woman enter this critical phase, the other will feel the effect. Significant sanctification tests may also show up in astrological charts or the hands.
The test of true love is to be willing to sacrifice for and be loyal to the other (Eph 5:25; 1 Pet 3:1). This begins with sanctification. It is impossible to have a Spiritually pure relationship with sin involved. Each individual must first sanctify himself. This requires Salvation and Rebound. Only the Filling of the Holy Spirit can sanctify from personal sin and the Old Sin Nature. A person who cannot handle himself, will not be able to have a stable relationship with another. Right Man and Right Woman must be pure (2 Cor 11:2; 2 Tim 2:22; Tit 2:5).
Sanctification also requires separation from the world (1 John 2:15). The world is the Cosmic System and the people in it. Without separation from the world, the Right Man - Right Woman relationship will go no further. Forsaking all others in the Marriage vows is not just a requirement not to commit adultery. It requires separation from the world. Otherwise, the world will intrude upon the Right Man - Right Woman relationship and stifle it.1
An example of the problem of separation from the world in the Right Man - Right Woman relationship can be seen in the 28-day biorhythm cycle. The number, 28, stands for a Cosmic stronghold. When the 28-day biorhythm cycle is in the critical phase, the Right Man and Right Woman will not only experience it individually, but each will pass it directly into the other. Since Right Man and Right Woman are connected, the Cosmic System will come in from the other person. When it comes in, it must be handled with the Problem Solving Devices to prevent further loss of sanctification.
Sanctification is also accomplished through executing Bible Doctrine, which is Truth (John 17:17; 2 Cor 5:7). The Right Man - Right Woman relationship is sanctified through executing Bible Doctrine. When an issue of doctrine comes up in the relationship, Bible Doctrine must be obeyed.
Right Man and Right Woman have the closest love relationship in the human race. They were designed to be one. Separating Right Man and Right Woman is a very severe test.
"Put me as a signet-ring on your heart,The Shulamite woman could not bear the separation from her Shepherd Lover (her Right Man). A ring symbolizes a covenant. The Shulamite herself was the covenant on the heart of her Shepherd Lover. A signet-ring worn like a bracelet on the arm symbolizes a stronger bond than a finger ring. It symbolizes a bond-slave. "Because love is as strong as death." The Right Man - Right Woman relationship, like Marriage, lasts till death. "Jealousy is as cruel as the grave" because it knocks out love. Jealousy is the Hebrew qine'ah, which comes from a verb meaning to be red in the face from high blood pressure.
As a signet-ring on your arm.
Because love is as strong as death;
Jealousy is as cruel as the grave;
Its (Love's) flashes are flames of fire,
The flame of the LORD. (Song of Solomon 8:6)
Many waters are unable to quench such love; nor rivers overflow it. If a man were to give all the wealth of his estate for love, he would be utterly despised. (Song of Solomon 8:7)The flame of love in Right Man and Right Woman, which comes from the Lord, cannot be quenched by many waters. Nor can the flood waters of a raging river sweep away love. Love cannot be overpowered (quenching); nor can it be pushed away by counterattacks of this life (flood waters). Trying to buy love is prostitution. The person who tries to buy love will be utterly despised.
Passing the separation test requires trusting God in the face of the loss. Abraham and Sarah faced this test when Sarah was taken into Pharaoh's harem (Gen 12:10-20). Job faced this test when his wife sided with Satan against him and undoubtedly left him (Job 2:9). Whether or not she was his Right Woman, she was his wife and intimate partner. The Shulamite woman faced this test when she was separated from her Shepherd Lover and married to Solomon (SOS 2:5; 5:8). And Hosea faced this test when his wife left (Hos 2:2).
Counterattacks from the world, the flesh, and the devil will be brought against the Right Man - Right Woman relationship. If not checked, sin from any of the three enemies will destabilize the relationship. Satan destroyed the perfect Right Man - Right Woman relationship in the Garden by getting the woman to sin (Gen 3:1-5). And he has continued to attack believers throughout history (1 Tim 5:14; 1 Pet 5:8). The Right Man - Right Woman relationship is sacred. To secure God's blessings, the relationship must be sanctified. Satan is out to destroy that. He prowls around with his demons putting thoughts in people's minds to destroy the Divine Institutions of Right Man - Right Woman and Marriage.
The world, which resides under the power of Satan, will also destroy the sanctity of the Right Man - Right Woman relationship. Those who are friends of the world make themselves the enemies of God (Jas 4:4). Worldly friends destroy the Right Man - Right Woman relationship. Right Man and Right Woman must separate from the world to maintain their spiritual relationship with each other (1 Jn 2:15-16). The separation may invite animosity and counterattacks (1 Jn 3:13). However, the believers who stand firm in Bible Doctrine will win the victory over the evil counterattacks from the world (1 Jn 4:4-5). Satan controls the world and those in it (1 Jn 5:19). To receive God's support and blessing Right Man and Right Woman must separate from the world.
Believers are their own worst enemies due to the Old Sin Nature. The Right Man - Right Woman relationship is doomed if either the man or the woman fall under the power of the Old Sin Nature (the flesh). The couple must operate in the Filling of the Holy Spirit to overcome the desires of the Old Sin Nature with its sin, lust, human good, and evil (Gal 5:16; 1 Pet 2:11). This requires Rebound. Since sins were paid for by the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross, they must be left behind (Rom 13:14). Living in sin, including grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit, will destroy the Right Man - Right Woman relationship. It is impossible to execute the Right Man - Right Woman relationship in sin. Executing the Right Man - Right Woman relationship can only be done by executing the Spiritual life. Therefore, the power of sin must be overcome (Eph 5:27).
When Adam's lights were put out by the woman in sin, he was in an Eclipse Test. When he sinned, he failed the test. The problem of sin could only be solved by the Lord Jesus Christ going through the Eclipse Test of the Cross. There was a solar eclipse when the sins of the world were poured out upon Christ and Judged at the Cross (Matt 27:45; Mk 15:33; Luk 23:44). After facing spiritual death as a substitute for mankind, He died physically, was buried, and was Resurrected. He survived the Eclipse Test to provide Eternal Redemption for all mankind.
There are two kinds of eclipses, solar and lunar. The Solar Eclipse symbolizes the Eclipse Test of the Right Man produced by the Right Woman in the darkness of sin. The woman has the power to torpedo the relationship, just as she has the power to destroy the Marriage. During the Eclipse Test, the man can trust God or cave in to the darkness of the woman. If he trusts God, his deliverance through the test will be like the Resurrection.
The Lunar Eclipse symbolizes the Eclipse Test of the Right Woman produced by the Right Man. The Right Man also has the power to torpedo the relationship. When he falls into the darkness of sin, the woman also falls into darkness. She is like the Moon, which has no light of its own and only reflects the light of the Sun. When the light of the Sun (her Right Man) is cut off during an Eclipse Test, she is left in the dark. During the Eclipse Test, the woman can trust God or cave in to the darkness of the man. If she trusts God, she will be delivered like the Resurrection.
Eclipse Tests are reserved for Right Man and Right Woman. They do not occur for wrong man and wrong woman or husband and wife. Eclipse Tests are the true tests of Light and Love. They identify Right Man and Right Woman with the first man and woman in the Garden. They demonstrate trust in the true Light of God. And they prove the willingness to lay down one's life, or go to the Cross, as a test of True Love. The Lord Jesus Christ went to the Cross to sanctify His True Love (John 3:16; Eph 5:25-26).
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fire in you, the test that comes face-to-face with you, as though some strange thing were happening to you; (1 Peter 4:12)Fire Tests prove Divine Good production versus dead works (1 Cor 3:14-15). They may also be National Tests. Fire Tests may prove the metal of the male or symbolize the failure of the female. The volcano is a Fire Test that represents the burning heat of the female who is reacting to her Right Man.
Foundation Stone of Nation
Abraham and Sarah
David and Bathsheba
The Prophet and the Prostitute
Hindrances to the Priesthood
God promised Abraham that his descendants would be a great nation. The great Client Nation of Israel came from the Right Man - Right Woman relationship of Abraham and Sarah. It did not come through any of Abraham's other children with other wives. The rise and fall of Israel was tied to Right Man - Right Woman. The generation that left Egypt and died in the wilderness were adulterers who rejected Right Man - Right Woman. Israel became a great nation under David and conquered all of its enemies. However, when God and the Right Man - Right Woman relationship were rejected, the nation was divided and conquered. Yet, the Lord did not forget His promise to Abraham and brought the exiles back from captivity. The nation rose again and has periodically suffered holocausts.
God promised Abraham that He would bless those who bless him and curse those who curse him (Gen 12:3). Throughout history, as the Jews have been dispersed into the world, the nations who have accepted them have been blessed, and those who have rejected them have been cursed. God promised Abraham a great nation before Abraham ever had a son. And the Jews to this day have the blessing of the Abrahamic Covenant, which was fulfilled through the Right Man - Right Woman relationship of Abraham and Sarah.
As it was with Abraham and Sarah, so it is today with Right Man and Right Woman. Right Man and Right Woman are a foundation stone of society and the nation. As goes Right Man - Right Woman, so goes the nation. The nation is blessed or cursed based upon the Right Man - Right Woman relationship. And the Right Man - Right Woman relationship can only be executed through the Spiritual life. God blesses in Grace, and those who quality for blessing must be Grace oriented. The rise and fall of nations is not due to great leaders, but to the salt of the Earth, which is believers who are bound together as Right Man - Right Woman.
Now the LORD said to Abram,Abram left Ur just before it was destroyed. He left Ur with his father, his nephew, Lot, and his wife, Sara. They settled in Haran with his brother Nahor. However, God told him again to separate from his relatives at Haran, who were apostate believers and still practiced idolatry. Abraham had to separate from the world in order to be blessed. Neither the Spiritual life nor the Right Man - Right Woman relationship can succeed without separation from the world. So, Abraham left Haran and settled in Canaan.
“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father's house,
To the land which I will show you; (Genesis 12:1)
And I will make you a great nation,The Lord promised Abram, who didn't even have a son at the time, that He would make from him a great nation. This is the Abrahamic Covenant, which would be further amplified and confirmed at future times. The great nation was later explained to be Abraham and his descendants (Gen. 17:7-8). Thus, descendants only included Jews born from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The descendants began with Isaac, who was the child of the promise and son of the Right Man - Right Woman relationship of Abraham and Sarah. Thus, the Abrahamic Covenant is a promise to make a great nation from a Right Man - Right Woman relationship. Even though Abraham had children from other wives and concubines, they were not heirs of the promise of the Abrahamic Covenant.
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so be a blessing; (Genesis 12:2)
And I will bless those who bless you,The Abrahamic Covenant was the promise of national blessing through the Right Man - Right Woman relationship. It was also a promise of blessing for society and "all the families of the Earth," which is international blessing. Those nations who blessed the Jews would be blessed, and those nations who cursed the Jews would be cursed. Thus, the Abrahamic Covenant, which came through Right Man and Right Woman, would be the basis for blessing and cursing society and nations.
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the Earth shall be blessed." (Genesis 12:3)
Ishmael, the Wild Child
After living in Canaan for 10 years and having no children, Sara decided to give her Egyptian slave girl to Abram to have a child.
So Sara said to Abram, “Now behold, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Please go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children through her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sara. (Genesis 16:2)Abram agreed and the Egyptian maid, Hagar, was soon pregnant. But when she became pregnant, she committed the unpardonable sin for a slave. She became arrogant and cocky. She strutted around mocking Sara. Sara treated her harshly, and she ran away. However, the Lord sent her back and told her to submit to Sara's authority.
The angel of the LORD said to her further,The Lord, who appeared to Hagar in the form of an angel, said that Hagar's son should be named Ishmael. Ishmael means God hears. The Lord had overheard Hagar's suffering.
"Behold, you are with child,
And you shall bear a son;
And you shall call his name Ishmael,
Because the Lord has listened to (or overheard) your suffering. (Genesis 16:11)
He shall be a wild ass of a man."Wild ass" is the Hebrew pere', meaning wild ass (probably for its swiftness), or onager (Job 39:5-8). Onagers ran wild in the desert and were hunted for their meat. Ishmael would be a wild child, the son of wrong man and wrong woman. Ishmael was the son of cursing, who fought everyone and everyone fought him. He was a lawless Arab. He would live to the east of Israel and fight Israel. Thus, Ishmael and his descendants brought cursing to Israel. The children of wrong man and wrong woman are still wild children and still bring cursing to the nation.
His hand shall be against everyone, and everyone's hand against him.
And he will dwell before the face of all his brethren. (Genesis 16:12)
When Abraham was 99 years old, "God Almighty" confirmed the Abrahamic Covenant to him and promoted him to Spiritual Maturity on the condition that Abraham be circumcised (Gen 17:1-14). "God Almighty" is the Hebrew 'El Shaddai. Shaddai means almighty; omnipotent (LXX, pantokrator, all-mighty); sovereign; from Arabic tadyun, breast (BDB); connected with the Akkadian, sadu, "mountain." (TWOT). The mountains symbolize female breasts. God Almighty is the omnipotent one over all, who comforts His children like a mother comforts the child on her breast. God comforts and provides security for the believer just as the mother does for the child.
God again promised Abraham that he would have a son the next year. However, Abraham was already sexually dead, and Sarah was past the menopause. Abraham laughed at the impossibility and proposed that Ishmael be his heir (Gen 17:18). God emphatically rejected Ishmael as heir and told Abraham that his own son, Isaac, would be his heir.
When Abraham's dead phallus was circumcised, his sexual life revived and through a miracle Sarah became pregnant and bore a son, Isaac, meaning laughter. Circumcision became a requirement of the Abrahamic Covenant for all future Jewish males. The ritual of circumcision symbolizes sanctification of the phallus of the Right Man for the Right Woman. It also symbolizes the removal of scar tissue form the heart (Deut 10:16; 30:6; Jer 4:4; Rom 2:29). Isaac became the heir of the Abrahamic Covenant, and though Ishmael was blessed, he did not have a part in the Abrahamic Covenant, which was for Abraham and his descendants only.
All Israel Not Israel
The promise to Abraham and his descendants was not just to racial Jews, born from the line of Abraham. Only true Jews, that is, Jewish believers, could qualify.
However, it is not as though the Word of God has failed; for you see, not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. (Romans 9:6)Not all racial Jews are true Jews.
Romans 9:7-9, NASNone of Abraham's descendants except Isaac were heirs of the promise of the Abrahamic Covenant. Ishmael did not qualify because he was not born from Right Man - Right Woman. Nor did Abraham's descendants through Keturah qualify (Gen 25:1-6).
7 neither are they all children because they are Abraham's descendants, but: “through Isaac your descendants will be named.” 8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants. 9 For this is a word of promise: “At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.”
Romans 9:10-12, NASIn the case of Jacob and Esau, both of whom were descended from Isaac and Rebekah, only Jacob qualified as a true Jew and descendant of Isaac. Esau was a semitic unbeliever, but he was not a true Jew. The Spiritual promises of God were not passed down through unbelievers. Wild children did not receive the promises of the Abrahamic Covenant. As demonstrated with Jacob and Esau, Salvation was a prerequisite for receiving the promises of the Abrahamic Covenant. And after Jesus Christ arrived in the flesh, only those who believe in Him have Salvation. Racial Jews who reject Jesus Christ are not true Israel.
10 And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; 11 for though the twins were not yet born, and had not done anything good or bad, in order that God's purpose according to His choice might stand, not because of works, but because of Him who calls, 12 it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.”
Thus, the sin of David and Bathsheba rippled into the nation of Israel. All this happened because Bathsheba was the Right Woman of Uriah. Uriah was a general in the Army of Israel, and all he had was Bathsheba, who was called his little ewe lamb. Because Uriah's Right Woman was violated, David's wives were raped, criminality did not depart from his family, and he lost his kingdom briefly.
At first when the LORD communicated to Hosea, the LORD commanded Hosea, "Go, take to yourself a wife of prostitution and children of prostitution because committing prostitution, the land commits prostitution back away from the LORD. (Hosea 1:2)The Lord specifically told Hosea to marry his Right Woman, who was a prostitute. The word translated "communicated" is the Hebrew dabar, which means to specify. The Lord specified the command to Hosea to marry his Right Woman prostitute. The word, "wife," is the Hebrew 'ishah, for wife, or Right Woman. The marriage to the prostitute would symbolize the nation, which had rejected the Lord in Reverse Process Reversionism. Thus, Hosea's marriage would correspond to the relation of the nation against the Lord. The failure to execute the Right Man - Right Woman relationship led to a degenerate nation. "And children of prostitution" means to have children through the prostitute.
The Right Woman was Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim. Gomer means to end, come to completion. The nation was coming to an end. Diblaim means fig cake, which is applied as medication for a boil. When Gomer had her first child, the Lord told Hosea to name the son, Jezreel.
Hosea 1:4-5Jezreel means God sows. It is the name of the fruitful plain in northern Israel. The Lord said, "I will visit the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu." This means that although Jehu had successfully destroyed the house of Ahab, he himself was not free from evil (2 Kings 10:31). Jehu left the golden calves for idolatry in the land. Jehu's administration marked the beginning of the end for the Northern Kingdom of Israel (2 Ki 10:32). Consequently, the Lord was about to destroy Israel in battle in the valley of Jezreel. Thus the child of Hosea and Gomer was a prophecy of the end of the Northern Kingdom of Israel
4 And the Lord commanded him, "Call his name, Jezreel; for yet a little while and I will visit the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and I will put an end to the Kingdom of the House of Israel. 5 "And it will come about on that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel."
Then she became pregnant again and gave birth to a daughter. And He (the Lord) said to him, "Call her name Lo-ruchamah, for I will no longer have mercy on the nation of Israel, that I should ever forgive them. (Hosea 1:6)The next child was a daughter, who was to be named Lo-ruchamah, where Lo means not and ruchamah means an open womb. So Lo-ruchamah, not an open womb, means unfavored or having no mercy. The Lord would no longer have mercy upon the nation of Israel. He would not forgive their wrongdoing, and they would be destroyed.
Then Gomer gave birth to a son, whom the Lord said to name Lo-`ammi, not my people.
And He (the Lord) said, "Call his name Lo-`ammi, for you are not My people and I will not be yours." (Hosea 1:9)Not my people was the Lord's rejection of that generation, which amounted to loss of Client Nation status.
After bearing three children, Gomer left Hosea and became an adulteress. She apparently became the mistress of wealthy men. One would keep her until he was tired of her and pass her on to the next. Gomer's rejection of her Right Man and life of adultery was like the other women in Israel. The Lord described the situation by addressing the children of the land.
Say to your brothers, “Ammi,” (My people) and to your sisters, “Ruhamah” (Favored). (Hosea 2:1)The brothers were called, Ammi (My people) and the sisters were called Ruhamah (Favored or Having Mercy or Compassion). He uses names from Gomer's children but he leaves off the Lo (not) because He is still their Father.
"Contend with your mother, contend!Here, Israel is symbolized as the wife of the Lord. The description of the Lord and Israel in this verse corresponds to the relationship of Hosea and Gomer. The Lord tells the children to contend with their mother to express their disapproval of her prostitution and adultery. That is what the women of Israel were doing and what Gomer had done. The breakdown of Marriage Culture corresponded to the degeneracy of the nation. The Lord said He was no longer the husband of Israel. However, He only rejected Israel after Israel had already rejected Him. This rejection by the Lord is tantamount to ordering the destruction of the nation.
For she is not my wife, and I am not her husband;
And let her put away her prostitution from her face,
And her adultery from between her breasts, (Hosea 2:2)
Therefore, I will have no mercy on her childrenNot only will the Lord have no mercy on the mother, neither will he have mercy on the children. This is a general statement that applies to the children in Israel that were conceived in prostitution, i.e. idolatry. This was the ritual prostitution of Baal worship.
Because they are children of prostitution. (Hosea 2:4)
"For their mother has committed prostitution;Gomer and the other women of Israel rejected their Right Men and went after paramours. This is Reverse Process Reversionism. The women got their food, clothing, and drink, from their lovers. However, it is really the Lord who provides these things in Logistical Grace.
She who conceived them has acted shamefully.
For she said, 'I will go after my lovers,
Who give me my bread and my water,
My wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.' (Hosea 2:5)
And I will devastate her vine and her fig tree of which she said, 'They are wages of prostitution to me, which my lovers gave me.' And I will make them a forest and the animal of the country will devour them. (Hosea 2:12)The women called the grape vines and fig trees in the Agricultural Economy their "wages of prostitution." Israel regarded her possessions as presents from idols through her ritual prostitution.
Eventually, after Gomer's lovers grew tired of her, she was sold into slavery.
Then the Lord commanded me, "Go again, love the woman who is loved by her companion, yet committing adultery, as the Lord loves the children of Israel, and they turn to other gods and love raisin-cakes." (Hosea 3:1)The Lord commanded Hosea to return to his relationship with Gomer. "Love the woman who is loved by her companion." "Woman" is 'ishah, Right Woman. "Companion" is re`a, meaning a companion, friend; denotes a companion with whom one lives in closest intimacy. "Committing adultery" is a reference to Gomer.
"As the Lord loves the children of Israel" expresses the comparative, which is ratio and proportion. Hosea:Gomer::Lord:Israel. The relationship of Hosea and Gomer symbolized the relationship between the Lord and Israel. Just as Gomer left Hosea to commit adultery with her rich lovers, the children of Israel turned to other gods in idolatry and loved raisin-cakes. "Loved raisin-cakes" (or grape-cakes) is equivalent to enjoying a delicacy. This refers to enjoying the sensuality of idolatrous worship (2 Sam 6:19).
So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a half (lethek) of barley. (Hosea 3:2)Hosea purchased Gomer for 15 pieces of silver, or shekels, where 15 is the number for a covering, which solves the problem, or covers sin. A homer was a "donkey load," which was equal to 10 ephahs (Ezek 45:11) = 8 bushels. A lethek (half-homer) was 5 ephahs. Thus, he bought her for 15 shekels of silver and 15 ephahs of barley (12 bushels).
Then I said to her, "You shall stay with me for many days. You shall not practice prostitution, nor shall you belong to a man; so I will also be toward you." (Hosea 3:3)Hosea commanded Gomer to stay with him for many days. She would not be allowed to practice prostitution or have sex with a man. Similarly, Hosea would not have sex with her. This was the price of sanctification for her adultery, and it illustrated the coming Fifth and Sixth Cycles of National Discipline in which Israel would be conquered and the people carried into exile in Assyria.
For the sons of Israel will remain for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, and without ephod or household idols. (Hosea 3:4)After the Northern Kingdom of Israel fell, it would be many days without a king, and there would be no Temple nor sacrifices. There would be no sacred pillar, or monument. Monuments were consecrated to Baal worship. There would be no Ephod. The Ephod was used by the High Priest but was also duplicated for idolatry (Judg 17:5; 18:5). There would be no household idols (teraphim). The teraphim were household idols that were worshipped to provide earthly prosperity and as oracles to revealed the future.
Afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king; and they will come trembling to the Lord and to His goodness in the last days. (Hosea 3:5)This is Israel's return to the Lord in the Tribulation in preparation to the restoration in the Millennium. It symbolizes sanctification of the Right Man - Right Woman relationship, where the Lord is the Right Man and Israel is the Right Woman. It symbolizes a return to the Garden. And it represents (though not stated) the sanctification of Hosea's marital relationship with his Right Woman. If she followed, the analogy, she would be sanctified and restored to fellowship. Thus, the Right Man - Right Woman relationship of Hosea, the prophet, and Gomer, the prostitute, corresponded to the apostasy of the Northern Kingdom of Israel before its fall and the revival of Israel in the Tribulation.
You husbands likewise, dwell together with your wives according to knowledge (of Bible Doctrine), as a weaker vessel who is a woman; and grant her honor as a joint-heir of the Grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7)As previously explained, 1 Peter 3:7 applies not only to husband and wife, but also to Right Man and Right Woman. The husband should dwell with his wife according to knowledge of Bible Doctrine, and the Right Man's relationship with his Right Woman should be according to knowledge of Bible Doctrine. The Right Man must be sensitive to the Right Woman as a weaker vessel (body) and "grant her honor as a joint-heir of the Grace of life." The Right Man and Right Woman are a corporate team, who execute the New Spiritual life together after Salvation. Their life together should be in Spiritual Rapport with God and Harmonious Rapport with each other.
The reason all this is so important is "so that your prayers may not be hindered." Prayers refer to the function of the priesthood and not just to prayer. Lack of domestic tranquility hinders the Grace of God in the Spiritual lives of believer priests. It hinders the Spiritual life. The Right Man - Right Woman relationship is a foundation stone of society and the nation. Failure in the relationship or Marriage leads to grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit and thwarts the function of the priesthood and prayer.
"Hindered" is the Greek egkopto, from en (in) + kopto (to cut) and meaning to hinder, thwart; impede; arrest; from the military practice of making slits in the street to hold up a pursuing enemy, hence, "to block the way" (Rom. 15:22) (TDNT).
Released September 15, 2010 - Revised September 25, 2013