Commonwealth of Israel Theology Summary, Elevator Pitch, Logline

Commonwealth of Israel Theology Summary

God elected Israel (Deut 7:6) and entered into a marriage contract with her at Mt Sinai (Exo 24:7-8, Jer 31:32), commonly referred to as the Old Covenant. Sadly, instead of being faithful, Israel repeatedly went after other gods (Jer 3) which lead to the split of the united kingdom into the southern kingdom of Judah (house of Judah under Rehoboam) and the northern kingdom of Israel (House of Israel/Ephraim under Jeroboam) (1Kings 11:31-32). Finally, after seven hundred years of adultery since Sinai, God gave the northern kingdom a certificate of divorce and sent her away (Jer 3:8, Hos 2:2), calling her No-Mercy (Lo-Ruchama) and Not-My-People (Lo-Ammi)  (Hos 1:8-9) and she (ten tribes) assimilated into the pagan gentiles (nations) (Hos 7:8, 8:8, 9:17, 2Kings 17:23-24). Judah likewise deserved divorce but God would not because of his promise to David (Hos 1:7, 1Kings 11:32).

God then promised to betroth the house of Israel to himself in righteousness (Hos 2:19) and to restore the two kingdoms into one (two sticks per Ezk 37:16-23). That promise created a divine dilemma because God’s instructions (law) did not permit a woman to come back to her first husband after she had been married to others (Deut 24:1-4) (that was the curse of the law) (Gal 3:13).

This divine dilemma was resolved by Jesus’ (the husband’s) death which canceled the Old (Marriage) Covenant and canceled the curse of the law (due to her adultery) (Rom 7:1-4). Now those who were not his people (Rom 9:24-26) and who had not obtained mercy (1Pet 2:10) could come into the commonwealth of Israel as full members and citizens (Eph 2:11-19) which was also in fulfillment of Ephraim becoming the multitude of nations (Gen 48:19, Rom 11:25).

Commonwealth of Israel Theology Elevator pitch

Commonwealth of Israel Theology teaches that God married Israel at Sinai (Old Covenant).  Israel was unfaithful, divided into two kingdoms, and then God divorced the northern kingdom (though Judah deserved it too). He then promised to betroth Israel again but the curse of the law (due to adultery) prevented that. Only through the death of the husband, Jesus, could the curse be removed and could Israel (scattered and assimilated into the nations) come back to God. The good news is they/we can be full members of the Commonwealth of Israel and God will restore the two houses into one.

Commonwealth of Israel Theology Tag line

COI Theology teaches the good news that we former gentiles can be full citizens of the Commonwealth of Israel and that Israel and Judah will be restored into one nation.

No Leaven: Symbol of a Pure Life 

Appendix 7: No Leaven: Symbol of a Pure Life 

To celebrate the feast of Unleavened Bread, we change the recipe for our bread and do not use leavening agents, or we simply buy matzah that does not have leaven. In preparation for the feast, we review the Bible passage that tells us, “On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses” (Exod 12:15), and we remember that yeast and leavening agents are symbolic of sin. Just as yeast puffs up bread, we see that selfishness and arrogance puff up a person to be haughty and sinful. As part of the celebration of the feast of Unleavened Bread, we look through our homes to try to find any leaven that might be there, such as bread crumbs, cookie crumbles and bits of baked goods. Then we get rid of it. We search in the corners and crevices because our goal is to have the house free of leaven, while at the same time, we search our spiritual house with the goal that it will be free of sin.  

Paul says in First Corinthians 3: 

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are (1 Cor 3:16–17).  

But then he goes on in First Corinthians chapter 5, saying: 

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles–that a man has his father’s wife! And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus (1 Cor 5:1–5)  

Paul is saying, “You need to stop fellowshipping with this guy.” Now, ‘deliver him to Satan’ means to let him pursue the evil he has chosen, and it will run its course, and hopefully the bad results will cause the person to return to God in repentance so that he will be saved when Jesus comes back. God says that we must not let him remain as part of the congregation thinking that he’s okay. Isn’t that what Jesus said to the seven churches? You are doing this right and this right, but I have this thing against you. He then instructs them to change and warns them of the consequences of remaining in sin. “Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?” (1 Cor 5:6). 

Because with this little bit of leaven (this immorality and this arrogance), the problem is that it spreads. It is completely incompatible with the kingdom of God, which is going to be revealed at Jesus’ second coming. Arrogance, immorality and perversion have no place in God’s kingdom. We need to start practicing a life free of arrogance, immorality and perversion now, not just wait until Jesus returns. If we wait until then, it is too late. We have to practice it today. We are told to purge out the old leaven because Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  

“You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread; you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib (Exod 23:15).  

And then Jesus took the bread. He took matzah, unleavened bread, and He blessed it, and He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body” (Matt 26:26). That unleavened bread, the matzah, is this picture―Jesus says, “This is me.” There is no sin, there is no impurity in His body; we are to take and eat that matzah in remembrance of Him.  

Then Paul says in First Corinthians:  

Therefore, purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us (1 Cor 5:7). Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (1 Cor 5:8). … But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner–not even to eat with such a person (1 Cor 5:11). 

We are to look at the plank in our own eye before we point out the speck in our brother’s eye. That is what we do first. But after we have taken an inventory of our heart in great humility, then we want to be careful not to keep the wrong company.  

It was Christ, who took His life in His hands; and He went to the cross as the sacrifice. He was the blood that was put on the door lintel of Passover. If we are under the blood, and we are saved, then God passes over us and we are protected from the judgment. But we must first get out the old leaven. 

Paul is clear about the requirement for believers to live right; in fact, the entire Bible plainly states that followers of Jesus will live righteously. He says:  

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites (1 Cor 6:9), nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:10). Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against His own body (1 Cor 6:18). Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? (1 Cor 6:19).  

 These are sobering words―“The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Fellow believer, I want to challenge you, encourage you and exhort you during this time that God has given us an opportunity to look at our own lives; Too often we point our finger and say, “Well, it is because of the homosexuals, it’s all their fault. If it were not for them, we would have a wonderful country.” 

They have their issues, we know that. However, did we look at the list of God’s top ten? Do we see homosexuals and fornicators on the list? We absolutely do. Yet look deeper― covetousness ―that 10th commandment, “You shall not covet.” Nobody can see you coveting, except one. He can see you coveting. If we covet, we will not inherit the kingdom of God because it is incompatible with God’s character.  

How can you have fellowship with God if you are coveting? How can you have fellowship with God if you are committing any one of these behaviors that God calls abominations? This is an opportunity for us to look deep at our own hearts and say, “Lord! Forgive me, I have been coveting.”  

Some years ago, I was going through the 10 commandments and just doing an internal check of how I am doing. I started with the first, “Have no other gods before me, I am the Lord your God that brought you out of Egypt, You shall have no gods before me,” and of course I repented, “Lord, I’m sorry.” “You should not make any graven images,” I do not know where I was on that; I think I had a pretty good score on that one. Then, “Don’t take His name in vain,” “Keep the Sabbath…” and I went through the commandments.  

I got to number 10, and I realized that I had been coveting. I had been coveting my neighbor’s house. I had been coveting my neighbor’s wife. I had been coveting my neighbor’s car and my neighbor’s bank account. I had to repent. As I came to the realization that I had broken the command: “Do not covet,” I then also realized that through coveting, I was actually having other gods in my life.  

By breaking number 10, I was breaking number 1. “You shall have no other God before me.” I was setting up idols in my heart. What I was really saying was, “God, I don’t trust you; I don’t believe you; I don’t think you’re sufficient for me.” Therefore, I have to look to things outside of what I own and possess, and say, “Oh! If only I could have that thing, then I would be happy.” When God has promised to be sufficient, to give more than enough. I was guilty of violating the 10th commandment. I was guilty of covetousness, which is idolatry. I was worshiping the harlot.  

Idolaters are saying, “I don’t think God is enough, the God of heaven, who made heaven and Earth is not enough for me; I want something else.” That is what Mystery Babylon is all about. This is the kingdom that reigns over the entire Earth, and we all can fall prey to the lure of unrestrained desires that will ultimately enslave us in this kingdom. “… Babylon has fallen, fallen! All the idols of her gods lie shattered on the ground!” (Isa 21:9). It is idolatry to live an unchecked pattern of covetousness. God has instructed us to be humble and content, yet we refuse to be satisfied. We fall prey to the green-eyed monster and become envious and greedy, then plummet into covetousness. It is the one sin that nobody can see. I cannot see you coveting; You cannot see me coveting (unless you put chocolate too close to my face). But that is what is happening. We say, “Oh! If only I could have that.” Coveting involves lusting for something you cannot have, whether it is of a sexual nature, finances, power, or fame, it is still lust, which is coveting. The further danger of covetousness is that it leads you to violate more of the 10 commandments. It always happens; It is guaranteed.  

We read about the doctrine of Balaam in Revelation, chapter 2. Jesus said, “Look, you’re doing okay here, but ‘… you have those who hold to the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality (Rev 2:14). … Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth’” (Rev 2:16). We read about this incident in Numbers 25 when: 

“Israel … began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab (Num 25:1). … and the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel” (Num 25:3).  

They provoked Him to anger with their deeds, And the plague broke out among them (Ps 106:29).  

We profess to know the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, who sent His son Jesus to die on the cross; yet we have idolatry in our hearts. We need to sober up. Let us not be deceived. What a man sows that he will also reap. If you sow to idolatry, you are going to reap idolatry. Paul tells us that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. This is the time for us to repent, “Oh! God, forgive me.”  

Paul says the same thing in Galatians:  

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal 5:18–21). 

Maybe you have prayed to receive Christ as your Savior. Hallelujah! I am glad that you did. I would encourage you if you haven’t, to pray, “Father, forgive me. Cleanse me of my sins. I make You my King.” That is always a good thing. If you have not done that, do that. If you have done that, and you see yourself on this list, pray again, “Father, forgive me.”  

Peter says: 

“As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance (1 Pet 1:14); … knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers (1 Pet 1:18), but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot (1 Pet 1:19). … Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart (1 Pet 1:22). 

Our God has found a way to forgive us for lusting after the harlot. He sent Jesus, Yeshua, our Mashiach or Messiah. It does not matter if you say it in Hebrew, it really does not. If you have not given your life to Him, if you have not repented of your sins, today is the day.  

Are you lusting in ways that people cannot see but you know, and God knows? You say, “Well, you know what? I don’t look at pornography.” Great! That is good. But are you coveting other things? You might look at the list and say, “Well, none of those apply to me, none of them.” Are you that perfect? Look at this list, these different lists that Paul gives us (See Appendix 5 Balaam). He says that if we practice these things, we will not inherit the kingdom of God. God is going to destroy the harlot. We need to purge out the leaven in our lives, or we will be purged when He comes back. 

What are the Abominations of Babylon? 

Appendix 6: What are the Abominations of Babylon? 

By lavishing perverted pleasures on mankind, the goddess has the world under her thumb. She is the one who reigns over the kings of the Earth, who reigns over the TV and radio stations—who reigns over social media and all things on the internet. She enslaves people with the allure of pleasure, but not God’s pleasures.  

She is THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH (Rev 17:5). “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins and … receive of her plagues” (Rev 18:4). 

What are the things that God hates? We do not have to guess; we can look in His Word and be informed. Let us take a look in the Bible and hold it as a mirror to check ourselves. In Leviticus 11: ‘And every creeping thing that creeps on the earth shall be an abomination (Lev 11:41). There are certain animals that God said do not eat. When God said, “Look, that animal is not food for you; it’s an abomination to you,” then you should listen and not eat it; just stop and repent.  

‘You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination (Lev 18:22). Homosexuality, in God’s opinion, is an abomination. In Appendix 3, I said, “Wait, we shouldn’t throw stones at them.” What I am saying is we need to be honest with ourselves, because what happens is that people feel justified to throw stones at this abomination, but not at the abominations that they hold dear. Let us go on in our list.  

They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods; With abominations they provoked Him to anger They sacrificed to demons, not to God, To gods they did not know, To new gods, new arrivals That your fathers did not fear (Deut 32:16-17).  

We see that Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab (See 1 Kgs 11:7), the god who required child sacrifice, or as we would say with a modern word “abortion?” Why does abortion happen? ―Because people have sexual relations outside of a committed relationship of marriage. They have pregnancies they do not want and choose to get rid of the baby. That is an abomination in God’s sight. All right, that one is easy to throw stones at because I do not do that, I am a good Christian. 

What else? Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight (Prov 11:1).  

Dishonest scales. Well, I am not a merchant; I am not selling things so I cannot be guilty of that. However, maybe I am not being honest in my business dealings, even if I do not use a scale to weigh things, but are you giving good value? Are you stacking the scales to your favor and not being honest with how you sell things? Or how you buy things? Or how you do commerce? How do you negotiate and conduct business with others? Are you an upright businessman or businesswoman? Are you an upright customer? Do you point out your coworker’s shortcomings and failures, but you hide and cover your own to protect your image? Are there rules that you want applied to other people (things they shouldn’t be allowed to say, ways they ought to behave, things they shouldn’t be allowed to get away with, etc.) but you exempt yourself from those same standards? 

Another abomination: “One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination” (Prov 28:9).  

What? My prayers can be an abomination? If I will not hear and obey His instructions, my prayer can be an abomination. God said, “Don’t do that,” and if I do it, and then I pray―it is an abomination.  

These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look … (Prov 6:19).  

A proud look is at the top of the list. God hates a proud look. Why does He hate a proud look? Because if we were to really understand who we are in comparison to Him, we would see that we are lower than the ants—the ants that are under my feet and I walk on them without even thinking about it. We are less than that; we are a worm.  

We are nothing, and yet we think that we are amazing and that people should take notice of who we are. If I think that I am better than my neighbor, and I have this haughty look, this is being proud. If I look down on my neighbor because I can do something a little better, or have a slightly higher IQ, that is an abomination to God. 

… A lying tongue [is an abomination to God], Hands that shed innocent blood [that is an abomination] (Prov 6:17), A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil (Prov 6:18), A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren (Prov 6:19). 

All these are abominations. We should look deep into this list. Proverbs 6:16–19 is our checklist; you should go study it, meditate on it and say, “Lord, search me, see if there’s any wicked way in me, that I may repent and turn from that character trait that God abhors.” Before we stand before our Creator and while there is time to change, we should do a self-inventory and ask, “Am I guilty of any of these? Do I have a proud look? Do I have a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running into evil? Am I a false witness that speaks lies? Am I the one who sows discord among brethren?”  

If any of these describe you, those actions are an abomination—As much as a man lying with another man is an abomination in God’s sight. They offend God as much as someone getting an abortion. These acts are an abomination in God’s sight just as much as this Mystery Babylon the great, who is the mother of harlots and abominations. When we commit these other abominations, we are worshipping her. 

Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD. In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil (Prov 16:5–6).  

If you saw yourself in these descriptions, there is hope. This is the antidote―the fear of the Lord. The cure is to understand who I really am compared to Him. When I have that right perspective on God, then I will have the right perspective with you, my brothers and sisters. I hope you will have the right perspective with me. We must fear God and humble ourselves in order to repent.  

This takes us up to the “abomination of desolation” (Mark 13:14).  

The abomination of desolation is all these things put together. One day someone known as the “Son of Perdition” will be the embodiment of all this sin, the man of sin. He will have a lying tongue that speaks outrageous lies and sows discord among brethren. His heart will devise wicked plans and his feet will run to evil. He will shed innocent blood. This haughty renaissance man will embody the abominations that we have reviewed. In the height of his arrogance, he will go and do the ultimate sacrilege.  

Inanna goddess of Transvestism, Transgenderism, Homosexuality

Appendix 3: Inanna goddess of Transvestism, Transgenderism, Homosexuality 

Inanna, the seductive woman who rides the Beast, was also the goddess of transvestism, transgenderism and homosexuality. In the Akkadian hymn, “The Enheduanna”, the High Priestess of the Moon in the Sumerian city of Ur – From Passionate Inanna, ca 23rd Century BC., Ishtar is described as transforming men into women.cclxxii It was said that this goddess could:  

“turn a man into a woman, and a woman into a man.” [These are your powers Inanna]. … one well known text of similar antiquity … describes a religious festival held in honor of Inanna. “The people of Sumer parade before you. … The male prostitutes comb their hair before you. … The women adorn their right side with men’s clothing. … The men adorn their left side with women’s clothing”cclxxiii  

Imagine this scene: Semi-nude devotees dance in drunkenness around the canopied statue being carried down the street to the frenzied music of drums, cymbals and castanets. It is a festival day for the cult of the goddess. Effeminate men giggle and dance in ecstatic, awkward movements, hyperextending their limbs, but experiencing no pain or fatigue. The flamboyant carnival parades through town, out into the country. At the climax of the mad dancing, a man castrates himself in honor of the goddess as other men tear apart a small animal and feast on the banquet of raw flesh. In a grove of trees, the crowd reclines, but the feverish clip of the music continues with the addition of pipes and flutes. Women share phallic shaped bread to consume with the wine. Intoxicated with alcohol and rhythmic song, the women take on the identity of the goddess. The merger of sexuality and spirituality allows the energy of desire to break down inhibitions and unify the group in 

exual pulsations of passion. Homosexuality and lesbianism are divine deeds; Breaking gender constraints is a religious rite. The bloody, wine-soaked debauchery ensues with abandon to fill every indulgence. The orgy incites lust and unbridled passions for homosexuality, bestiality, and bloodletting as a gift from the goddess. As the crowd reaches exhaustion, the priests and priestesses refill the wine and lead in lifting a glass to the goddess and chanting in unison. The ordained then begin to reveal to the crowd the secrets of the Mysteries.  

This scene of a mystery cult could have taken place in many ancient places such as Rome, Greece, Egypt or Canaan. Some of these rites took place when Israel bowed to the golden calf. Adherents to the mystery schools performed these rituals as agrarian magic for fertility, to seek enlightenment and power, or perhaps with a goal to ascend beyond being human. Mystery Babylon is a thread entwined through the warp and woof of our history, and it entangles us still today. Modern demands to accept changes in sexual-orientation and gender are rooted in ancient religion—the same religion that Abraham confronted, and that Paul exposed in his travels. It seems hard to deny that our society is worshipping Inanna, the woman that rides the Beast, because the entire world is drunk on her perversions and fornications. DDDB notes the paradoxical qualities of Inanna which lead to strife:  

It has been suggested that the goddess is the embodiment of qualities or lifestyles that seem contradictory and paradoxical and call into question the categories or values of the society and thus confirm their existence; an embodiment, that is. Of figures who are marginal (e.g. a prostitute), bi-sexual, or anomalous (e.g. a woman of the respectable upper class who, however, is powerful, free and undomesticated). Alternatively, it has been suggested that she is the embodiment of strife.cclxxiv (See Appendix 4 Easter). 

TRANSGENDERISM TODAY 

Inanna’s influence has clearly manifested today through the transgender movement. Today we have people who are born men that want to be women and vice versa. Because this is a sensitive and personal topic, I want to state I am not against transgender people. I desire to show the love of Jesus to people identifying as transgender. Sadly, there is a fundamental misunderstanding on their part, and our society has sown a lot of confusion on this issue. In reality, the person claiming to be transgender is more than likely a victim, not the perpetrator.  

Militant pushing of the transgender agenda and normalizing the absurd is the problem. It is likely one of the steppingstones that will lead humanity to accept the Mark of the Beast and worship the image of the Beast, which we will explore in detail in the next book. Transgenderism, at its core, is a rejection of God’s rightful rule and a rejection of His image; It’s a blatant declaration that we do not want to be in God’s image, but in the image of our own making. 

We reason that since we have evolved to this point, why not take charge of our future evolution? If there’s no God, as posited by Darwin and Nietzsche, and we are the product of evolution, (from the goo to the zoo to you), then we are free to direct our own evolution. If we can choose all aspects of who we will be, then we can decide our own gender. The UK Telegraph recently reported that Facebook has seventy-one gender options availablecclxxv for you to choose what you want to be. You can choose to be human or to change from being male to be female, or you can identify as an animal, a house pet, a doll or even a demon. It’s up to you.  

While modern humanism touts that you can be anything, you must remember that God created you to bear His image, which is the most awesome image that you could achieve. Inherently, you project God’s dignity and power. All alterations result in an inferior persona. God made only two genders: male and female. Each man and woman is made in the image of God. Mankind’s enemy, Satan, is the one who has wanted to mar that image—the one obsessed with corrupting the image. His evil forces drive people to hate their own image and to mutilate their bodies. God’s perfect plan involves only two sexes, a binary construct—A or B, which is assigned by the Creator and is so much easier: male or female.  

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital, says transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, and that a sex change is “biologically impossible.” He states: 

“This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes … The transgendered person’s disorder is in the person’s “assumption” that they are different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature. It is a disorder similar to a “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight.” This assumption, that one’s gender is only in the mind regardless of anatomical reality, has led some transgendered people to push for social acceptance and affirmation of their own subjective “personal truth.” 

Dr. McHugh points out that:  

Studies show between 70% and 80% of children who express transgender feelings “spontaneously lose those feelings” over time. Also, for those who had sexual reassignment surgery, most said they were “satisfied” with the operation “but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery.” 

Because of these studies, McHugh reported: “At Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs.”  

Performing a surgery can change the plumbing in part of the body, but it does not change a man into a woman. Inside of our DNA, in our genes, we have either an XY chromosome, which means male, or we have an XX chromosome, meaning female. Amputating body parts does not change a person’s genes. It is biologically impossible to change your gender since it exists on a genetic level. You may change what you look like on the outside, but you cannot change who you truly are. However, the cult of Inanna has taken deep root in our society and there are misguided doctors who are pushing it, even to the point of giving children “puberty-delaying hormones to render later sex-change surgeries less onerous—even though the drugs stunt the children’s growth and carry a risk of sterility.” Dr. McHugh likens such action to being “close to child abuse,” noting that nearly 80% of those children will “abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated.” Dr. McHugh went on the record to say:  

“‘Sex change’ is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is a civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”cclxxvi 

Thus, we have well credentialed specialists stating the fixation and desire for a sex change is a mental disorder. We know its origin and that the idea of a sex change is nothing new; it is a perversion that goes back to Inanna. This goddess, Mystery Babylon, was said to have such legendary powers that she could do a sex reassignment. However, it was impossible back then, and it remains impossible today. 

People are free to choose to follow Inanna, but it will lead to suffering. If a person continues down that path, there are severe consequences. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Rom 1:28). God allows us to choose evil if we want it. He has laid before us life and death. He wants us to choose life because He knows the consequences of our choice. God created man; male and female He created them. He created us equal. Men are not better than women; Women are not inferior to men. We simply have different roles. God gave the man a role; He gave the woman a role. Neither is better than the other. They’re both equal, but they’re distinct roles. I say let’s embrace our roles. If you’re a man, be a man. Be the leader. Be courageous. God has given you testosterone for a reason. Stand up and have a backbone—Have an opinion. Be strong, but don’t browbeat the woman. Don’t be a jerk. If you are a woman, be a woman. Enjoy the role. If the man is the head, then the woman is the neck which turns the head. We should all embrace the gender that God has given and not rebel and reject His ways. 

For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices (Ps 1:29–31 KJV). 

Many people are seeking their own way, and they may have to eat the fruit of their decision. Gender transformation, one of the “powers” of Inanna, is prepping mankind for the Mark of the Beast. Gender confusion makes us question the most basic assumptions about who each of us is at the core: male or female. To arrogantly remake yourself into an image of your choosing is 100% antithetical to God’s design when He created man, male and female. As a society, if we have agreed that gender is an option which can be changed, then the next logical extension is for people to change themselves genetically, and then perhaps our very humanity is up for grabs.  

Angels Created with Freewill

Appendix 2: Angels Created with Freewill

God created His ministers of fire with the ability to choose, a quality which we humans share, as well. This quality is what will allow Satan, the Beast and the False Prophet to wage war against God. In order for us to appreciate the ability to choose contrary to the desire of our Creator, we need to go back before anything was, before the blackness of space, when there was only the Most High who existed within and as His own dimension.  

Imagining God in and of Himself is a challenging mental exercise, for we should not imagine God was floating around in the darkness of space in eternity past, (which I used to imagine as a boy). Neither space nor darkness had yet been invented! We cannot speak of where God existed, as “where” had not yet been created. God does not exist in a place nor in a dimension. There is no space, dimension or reality outside of who God intrinsically is. This hurts our heads a bit, but it necessarily must be true since to suggest otherwise would mean that something existed apart from Him creating it, and Scripture is replete with verses saying that all things have been created by Him.  

According to the study of higher dimensions, the tenth dimension is both timeless and space-less.cclxvi It is pure information. Such a mathematical description of reality closely parallels biblical theology. God is both timeless and space-less. He is the mind from which all matter emanates. Mathematically, He is the tenth dimension from which all others proceed. Interestingly, the Big Bang theory has come to a similar conclusion—all matter, including space itself, was tightly packed in a dot smaller than a period on this page. Some have postulated that the dot was not actually there. Nevertheless, if all matter AND space itself was within the dot, where was the dot? The answer is hyperspace: a dimension beyond our own. 

The best minds of quantum physics over the last one hundred years have concluded that behind the matter of the universe is a mind. Max Planck, often considered the father of quantum physics, stated matter comes from a Mind: 

As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.cclxvii 

Einstein’s famous equation, E=MC2 essentially states that energy and mass (matter) are interchangeable; they are simply alternate forms of the same thing and under the right conditions, mass can become energy, and energy can become mass.cclxviii Indeed, Einstein stated there is no matter: Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.cclxix 

Thus, before Creation there was no differentiation (outside of God Himself and His indescribable tri-unity). On that first day, God created things that were not. The first day was the beginning of differentiations. He created a space outside of Himself; He created darkness which had never been (Isa 45:7), for God is light and there is no darkness in Him whatsoever (I John 1:5). Thus, the absence of His glorious light in the newly created void was new and different. For the first time ever, there was darkness. God revealed this to the prophet Isaiah: 

I form the light, and create (בֹורֵ֣א) darkness: I make peace, and create (בֹורֵ֣א) evil (ra’ רָ֑ע): I the LORD do all these things (Isaiah 45:7 KJV). 

Until that moment, darkness (the absence of light) did not exist. Therefore, before day one (or Genesis 1:1–3) when He created the void, which is space, it initially was devoid of God’s light and did not even have photons. Until God conceived of the absence of light, there was no such thing as darkness; it was His idea. When God decided to create a space / dimension outside of Himself, which was not automatically filled with His light, He then by necessity, created the potential of the absence of light which God called darkness. God then created physical light, photons as waves and / or particles, in order to fill the space. 

In the same way, God is good (Exodus 34:6), and no evil or sin or imperfection is in Him. We might say that God has the corner on the market when it comes to good. Good, according to the Bible is defined as what is in accord with God’s will, desire or plan. Therefore, any deviation from that is by definition not good and is therefore “evil”. Thus, when God desired to give the angels, including Satan, and man the option to follow Him or to disobey, He must have by default, created the potential for them to completely exercise their own will by not choosing the good (that is God’s will, desire or plan). It is self-evident that no one can choose that which does not exist. Henry Ford once said that people could choose any color Model T, so long as it was black. It is also similar to the infamous communist regimes where the people are allowed to vote, but there is only one candidate. In reality, having only one candidate (or one color to choose from) is no choice at all.  

WHAT IS EVIL? 

Isaiah 45 states that God is in fact the very One who created evil: “I form the light, and create (בֹורֵ֣א) darkness: I make peace, and create (בֹורֵ֣א boreh) evil (רָ֑ע ra’): I the LORD do all these things” (Isaiah 45:7 KJV). 

Some translations render the word evil (ra רָ֔ע)cclxx as “calamity”, which is an option in the context of Isaiah 45:7. Nevertheless, the word is the same in which we are first introduced in Genesis 2:17, where God commands man to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (ra רָ֔ע). 

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (ra רָ֔ע) you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen 2:16–17). 

God is also the essence of all that is good. Following God involves doing what is right and good. Thus, if Adam could only choose from all the “good” things that God had made, then there really was not free choice at all. That, in a nutshell, is why God created the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; there had to be a way for Adam to exercise his own will independently, even if it meant it would be contrary to God’s will.  

God defines evil in Isaiah saying they “did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight” (Isaiah 65:12; 66:4). This gives us an amazingly simple definition of evil: “doing something in which God does not take pleasure.” God, the master programmer, had to code into this reality the potential to choose contrary to His wishes. He had to create the potential for His creatures to exercise their own will and choose something in which He does not delight. Just as there was no darkness until He made it possible, so too was it impossible to choose something besides His desire.  

The creation of evilcclxxi is what made choosing contrary to His wishes possible, and it is what makes choosing to follow, obey and love Him meaningful. For God’s creatures to genuinely love Him, the option to reject Him had to be available. Satan, the angels, Adam and Eve—all had to have the opportunity to choose against His will to be able to truly choose Him and hence

have true love for Him. Therefore, it is true that God created evil; yet, He never caused any one to choose evil. Giving individuals the choice between two real and viable options is not the same as making us choose the bad option.  

The creation of evil is analogous to a large rock on a cliff. The rock has potential energy; a tiny nudge will turn the potential energy into kinetic energy. The rock’s potential energy need never be triggered, or made kinetic; so too, mankind’s choosing contrary to God’s desire need not have been actualized. God, in a sense, told Adam not to push the rock and warned him of the consequences if he did, but Adam, of his own free will, pushed it and suffered the consequence when the rock’s energy became kinetic and killed him.  

God created two options: one in accordance with His desires, which leads to life; and, one contrary to His wishes, which leads to death. Angels and humans have the ability to determine their paths. Satan chose the path contrary to God’s wishes.  

No Other Way

Chapter 21 of Corrupting the Image vol 2: No Other Way [Part-2]

WORTHY IS THE LAMB! 

Due to Jesus’ heroic act, the heavenly scene changed for John who had been watching. The camera pans back and we see the millions and millions in heaven rejoicing and praising the lamb.  

Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever (Rev 5:11–14). 

Jesus did it. He took the hard road and paid the full price to redeem us and destroy death and the works of Enlil, Satan the slanderer. Now it is only right that those in heaven and Earth should praise Him and serve Him. We should give all our affection to Him, and we should give our commitment and our loyalty and fidelity to Him, and to Him alone, because no one else has done, or could do, what He has done.  

He laid down His life and let Himself be put to death on a cross. Nails were put through His hands and feet, and He died on a cross. And then He conquered death, and that was just the beginning of the end for Satan. As we see in the rest of the Book of Revelation, Satan is not going down for good without a fight. He is going to do his best to try to thwart the ultimate redemption of planet Earth. Satan will work extremely hard at it; I guarantee you that. He is not going to say, oh well I have lost, so I will just kind of retreat and go down in flames. No, he is still going to try to win.  

Without His sacrifice, Jesus would not be worthy to take the scroll and open its seals. The scroll, I believe, is a bit of a mixture of the title deed to Planet Earth and also a Ketubah, marriage contract, because a marriage is ultimately going to come as one of the many facets of our redemption. The redemption Jesus offers is all-encompassing, just as Boaz was not only redeeming the land, but was also serving as the kinsman-redeemer and taking the bride. Jesus is redeeming the planet, but is also redeeming the bride, and all of this is made possible by His sacrifice. All heaven and Earth say, “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.” They said, “There is no one like our God. There is none like our King!” 

Through His death, Jesus defeated the dreadful snake-dragon, for:  

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage (Heb 2:14–15). 

Jesus said to John at the beginning of his visions:  

“Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death (Rev 1:17–18).  

Milestone Marker 3 and Beyond 

Figure 64 Roman Milestone on the Road of the Patriarchs between Jerusalem and Hebron https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons. 

We journeyed through the ancient world, retraced Satan’s steps and discovered his diabolic plan for world domination. Convinced he could be like God, Satan began by refusing to be a servant—the one thing that he needed to do to truly be like God, and he proved himself an unfaithful steward. He flat out staged a coup by swindling Adam and Eve of the dominion God gave them. By usurping the authority over the world, Satan secured what he needed to keep God at bay and himself on the throne. 

As mankind faced the resulting decay and death, God then gave a ray of hope that He would send the Promised One who would crush Satan’s head.  

Throughout our study, we have seen how God has revealed Satan’s top-secret battle plans and strategies. God, the great King, has laid bare Satan’s secret machinations for world domination, both in the past and the future.  

Restricted behind the veil, Satan then sent angels to Mt. Hermon to mate with women and create Nephilim bodysuits for them to inhabit. After that dream went down the drain, Satan gave his DNA to create a rebel hybrid who would open a stargate for human-demonic communication. Though God thwarted the plan by confusing the languages, nevertheless the Rebel became the hero of legends, literature and movies for the past five thousand years—the one who the Bible predicts will return in the last days. He was also responsible for the incursion of Nephilim in Canaan that resulted in the land being overrun with hybrids and idolatry when the children of Israel left Egypt and first saw the Promised Land. Though God went before them and destroyed the giants, Satan’s Trojan Horse, the woman who rides the Beast—known as Mystery Babylon—found its way into their hearts. Israel, through Balaam’s influence, cursed themselves. Mystery Babylon remained in Israel until God divorced the northern kingdom of Israel and sent her away. The land of Bashan with its peak, Mt. Hermon, reigned again and cast a shadow of death on the Galilee region.  

The darkness was interrupted abruptly when God’s long awaited and promised champion arrived and declared that the Gates of Hades and their host would not prevail and irreversibly enslave the world. Jesus came not to be served, as the dragon had demanded; rather, He came as a servant. Satan believed he could destroy his would-be-head-crusher by nailing Him to the cross, only to discover that he had helped Jesus reclaim dominion over the Earth. Jesus retook the Keys of Hades and Death and the title deed of planet Earth which Adam had lost; He took it not through military might, but through His sacrifice.  

Nevertheless, Satan did not quit after his defeat. He once again has used the woman that rides the Beast to cause God’s people to forsake their heavenly birthright in exchange for his kingdom of death. Just as Israel followed him and found themselves living in the shadowland of death, so too Christ-followers forfeit their birthright. In the seven letters to the churches, Jesus rebukes His people for following Jezebel (the very woman that brought Mystery Babylon into Israel), and He rebukes them for following the doctrines of Balaam who made Israel sin at Ba’al Peor. (See Rev 2: 14, 20). Thus, God calls, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins and … receive of her plagues” (Rev 18:4) (See Appendices 3 (Inanna) and 6 (Abominations of Babylon)).   

That falling away is what Paul predicted: “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away [αποστασια] comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thess 2:3). The falling away refers to people who hold to a religious position, and then desert it. That is, Christians who fall away from the true faith into the ways of Babylon. The apostasy occurs when men love the darkness rather than the light. Jesus says, “This, then, is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).  

When the world is ready, “the beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition” (Rev 17:8). Satan will then raise up his dying and rising god. He will bring back his hero, the Rebel, Lord of the Earth, king of the city, Nergal / Pabilsag / Ninurta / Nimrod / the Beast. The rise of this super-human will be the culmination of a plan that was millennia in the making. He will be Satan’s endgame to extend his reign over the world indefinitely.  

The coming Beast will be a composite of the kingdoms that came before him. He will be “like a leopard”, representing the kingdom and might of Alexander the Great (Dan 7:6), “his feet were like the feet of a bear”, representing the kingdom and might of Persia, “and his mouth like the mouth of a lion” (Dan 7:5), representing the kingdom of might, Babylon (Dan 7:4). To this individual “The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority” (Rev 13:2).  

The little horn Daniel saw in which “were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words” (Dan 7:8), is the same Beast full of names of blasphemyccxx that John saw in Revelation; it is the culmination and an amalgamation of all the former beasts. The Beast will possess all of their power, strength, speed, influence, authority, glory and pride. However, he will be even more than the sum and epitome of his predecessors: He will be the incarnation of Satan himself. He will be the slanderer incarnate. Satan’s qualities of “seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads” (Rev 12:3), are the same as the Beast’s: “seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name” (Rev 13:1) (Emphasis mine).  

Satan wants to incarnate himself in a man of his choosing, but only to empower himself. Thus, giving his power to the Beast is a fulfillment of his ancient plan to actuate a fusion of himself with a willing and qualified individual; the man will become a god and the god will become a man. Together they will be the Son of Perdition, the man of sin, “the beast who was, is not, and will ascend out of the abyss” (Rev 17:8). 

Through the Mark of the Beast, Satan will finally have his bodysuits and his secret weapon to enslave the world. Men will once again surrender to Satan and curse themselves. The Mark of the Beast will be the mechanism by which they become one with him genetically and thus become his slaves.  

Then in the time of the end: This king will “speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High” (Dan 7:25). He will open the Gates of Hades that Jesus prevented from opening and unleash hordes of Pabilsags. Satan will raise up an army of unprecedented proportions by bringing back the Beast who was, the one who will ascend out of the Abyss in a moment of triumph for Satan. The Beast will then be used by Satan to unleash his dark forces from the Abyss. Satan will have the upper hand for three and a half years until a cry goes forth to bring back Jesus. This prophesied cry for Jesus will initiate the great Day of the Lord and the Battle of Armageddon.  

There are still many questions that remain which we will address in the next book. We will consider the Mark of the Beast, the image of the Beast, the false prophet, the Battle of Armageddon, Gog and Magog, the two witnesses, and the one thing that will bring Jesus back to save his people.  

No Other Way

Chapter 21 of Corrupting the Image vol 2: No Other Way [Part-1]

People sometimes think an almighty God should have been able to merely snap His fingers right after Adam and Eve made their gigantic blunder and eliminate Satan and make everything go back to normal. However, Satan calculated that God is also righteous, true and just. He does not violate His own laws. What He has said that He will also do.  

He cannot say: “Oh, I messed up. Sorry, can I have a do-over?” There are no do-overs, no mulligans. What God says He will do, He will accomplish. You can always stand on the promises of God.  

Satan, too, has been standing on the promises of God. He absolutely relies on God’s steadfast character. He thinks aloud, “Well, you said that the day Adam eats this, Adam will die. So now, Adam died. And you gave authority and dominion of the planet to Adam; and now, he has lost his dominion and forfeited it all to me.”  

Once the dominion of Earth was forfeited, God still had the power to destroy Satan, but not the authority. That was the genius of Satan’s plan. He found God’s one weakness: God can not lie. He cannot contradict himself and remain righteous and just. There are teachers who claim God has the authority to break His own edicts; yet this is incorrect. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit, Balaam declared: 

God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Num 23:19). 

The Psalmist put it this way: “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face” (Ps 89:14). The author of Hebrews wrote that “it is impossible for God to lie” (Heb 6:18). Satan understood and was therefore “standing on the promises of God.” If God could have blown Satan to smithereens and thereby contradicted His own word.

then Satan’s plan would not have worked. If He were not righteous or just, then He would be no different than Satan. It is this one weakness that Satan has sought to exploit.  

Thus, to gain back dominion of the Earth, Jesus had to outsmart Satan, and he had to pay an incredible price. Jesus did not come as a great overlord with His army to defeat Satan on the battlefield; he came as a humble and lowly King;  

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey (Zech 9:9). 

Though Jesus is the mighty Lion of Judah, the greatest of creatures who walks around tall, proud, and afraid of no one, ready to take on any challenger, He could not just snatch the Tablet of Destinies from Satan’s hands. The only way forward was to lay down His life. We know this is true because Jesus agonized and asked the Father if there was any other way to fix things:  

He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matt 26:37–39).  

Satan, via Judas, then came to the garden with soldiers and in the greatest of all treason, betrayed him with a kiss. Satan certainly thought he had the upper hand in this situation. When he finally saw Jesus nailed to a cross, he may have smirked thinking once again, he had outfoxed God. He imagined that the prophecy of doom that hung over his head for thousands of years was annulled; the One who was going to crush his head was in agony, near death.  

Psalm 22 gives us a window into the spiritual realm to see the gloating and roaring of Satan and his swirling minions. This Psalm is incredible because it talks about our Lord’s sacrifice on the cross in amazing detail: He was forsaken, He groaned, He was mocked by men, He could count all his bones, His hands and feet were pierced. Nevertheless, there are two verses that only begin to make sense in light of the discoveries we have made.  

First of all, Jesus says “Elohi, Elohiccxiv My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning?” (Ps 22:1). He was not just saying this as part of the decoy—he truly felt abandoned and alone. Nevertheless, such verbiage would have confirmed Satan’s conclusion that he had beaten God.  

In Psalm 22, after reflecting on God’s faithfulness to others, the text says of the Messiah:  

But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people. All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, “He trusted in the LORD, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him” (Ps 22:6–8). 

This prophesy from the Psalms was fulfilled with spectacular accuracy: 

And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, “Save Yourself, and come down from the cross!” Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among themselves with the scribes, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save (Mark 15:29–31). 

As the Psalm states: “Be not far from Me, For trouble is near; For there is none to help” (Ps 22:11), so too was there none of Jesus’ friends and disciples to help, except for John and Jesus’ mother. However, then something odd happens in the text; something occurs that seems out of place, unless you consider our discovery in deciphering the inscription text which revealed what happened on Bashan, “According to the command of the great bull god Batios.” The Psalm continues to describe Jesus during his crucifixion: 

Many bulls have surrounded Me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me. They gape at Me with their mouths, Like a raging and roaring lion (Ps 22:12–13) (Emphasis mine).  

Bulls of Bashan were present at the crucifixion! We now have the framework to recognize the ancient identity of these strong bulls that circled Jesus. In Psalm 22:12, the first phrase, “Many bulls have surrounded Me,” [סְ֭בָבוּנִי פָּרִ֣ים רַבִּ֑ים svavooni parim rabbim] is an excellent translation. However, the next phrase is the challenge. The word “bulls” in the second phrase, “bulls of Bashan”, is the word [אַבִּירֵ֖י abirei]. TWOT notes that abirei means “mighty”, “strong” or “brave”, and it carries a connotation of a bull-god.  

It is undeniable that ’ābı̂r relates to the Akkadian abāru “be strong.” Not so certain is the connection with the Ugaritic ’br “bull” or “humped buffalo.” However, as in Hebrew, it may be an element in a divine name in Ugaritic. The Ugaritic form ibrd may mean “the Mighty One of Hadd.”ccxv 

We see this aspect in Psalm 78, speaking of manna, where: “Men ate angels’ [אַ֭בִּירִים abirim] food” (Ps 78:25). The translators correctly translate abirim as angels’, that is, “mighty ones”, instead of bulls. The food was the food of spiritual beings, just as the bulls encircling Jesus were spiritual beings—great bull gods. In the instance of manna,  the translation of abirim fits. It is a good thing because the Psalmist would not be exulting in God’s mighty deeds if God had only given men bulls’ food—grass to eat.  

The emphasis of Psalm 22:12 is not merely on the bulls. The word parim, “bulls”, ought to be viewed in light of abirim. Viewed together, the meaning we derive is a blend of the bull concept with the “might ones”, the beings from the other realm. We know bulls can often represent false gods. In fact, we concluded that the transcription on Mt. Hermon was “According to the command of the great bull god Batios … ” The “great bull” is Satan, who is also known as Baal, Ninurta, Melqart, etc. We have seen artifacts from history that depict bull gods, such as Molech. At Mt. Sinai, Israel made a golden calf. Even one of the potential translations of abirim is “Apis”, the name of the sacred Egyptian bull.”ccxvi  

The next word, of course, is Bashan [בָשָׁ֣ן], which we have discovered is not merely a place, but refers to Satan the Great Dragon, the snake-dragon, Ninurta, Melqart, Heracles, Marduk, Og of Bashan, the Mušuššu, the Ušumgallu, and the Anzu, and of course, all the fallen angels who serve alongside him. The Psalm gives us a window to peer into the spiritual realm and not just see the physical!  

The Psalmist then shares Jesus’ vantage point: “They gape at Me with their mouths, Like a raging and roaring lion” (Ps 22:13). The image is powerful: Jesus was on the cross in agony, freely and willingly dying for our sins in the only way possible, while the mighty snake-dragon gods encircled him with their mouths open, roaring like lions at their dying prey. “Jesus,” they may have gloated, “the one who planted His kingdom flag on our mountain! Look at you, nailed to a cross! You are a pathetic loser! If you are the son of God, come down. How will you save the world when you are dead? Who do you think you are? You are no Messiah!” The words of the mockery and berating must have hurt and cut deep, like nails.  

Satan likely imagined he had overcome God; He had offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world on Mt. Hermon, for just a small price. If Jesus would only worship Satan, all the kingdoms of men could have been His. But Jesus refused, and the momentary victory He enjoyed on Hermon, the mountain of Bashan, would end with His last breath—thus preempting the possibility of the Messiah crushing his head, or so Satan may have arrogantly thought.  

The snake-dragon gods may also have circled Jesus like lions eager to eat their prey. Satan may have been eager to see Jesus suffer the fate that had been decreed for Satan:  

“Hell [Sheol] from beneath is excited about you, To meet you at your coming; It stirs up the dead [Rephaim] for you, All the chief ones of the earth; It has raised up from their thrones All the kings of the nations. They all shall speak and say to you: ‘Have you also become as weak as we? Have you become like us? (Isa 14:9–10). 

PROCLAMATION TO THE SPIRITS IN PRISON 

As Jesus died, perhaps Satan shrugged in a gesture of “Is that all you got?” He might have thought with Jesus “being put to death in the flesh” (1 Pet 3:18), He would be assigned a fate along with the Rephaim, and that was fine because Satan had the Keys of Hades and Death (Heb 2:14–15). As we saw in the Ugaritic texts, this is the fate of the underworld (chthonic) god in Bashan, Og of Bashan; and in the Mesopotamian texts, the underworld was inhabited with Ninurta / Pabilsag, Nergal / Melqart / Heracles, all syncretisms of Ninurta who was made into a gibbor and became the son of Enlil.  

Satan was sending Jesus to a place that he controlled and over which he exercised authority. Imagine the shock, however, when Jesus showed up in Sheol / Hades and announced His victory to the spirits who came down on Mt. Hermon, “According to the command of the great bull god Batios” and who then, “swearing an oath in this place go forth.”  

He went and preached [κηρύσσω kerusso] to the spirits in prison [φυλακή phulake], who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water (1 Pet 3:19–20).  

That Jesus went to the underworld is explained by St. Irenaeus in “Against Heresies 5, 31, 2”, (C. 180 AD): “the Lord went away into the midst of the shadow of death where the souls of the dead were.” Scripture tells us about the prison to which the disobedient spirits go:  

It shall come to pass in that day That the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones, And on the earth the kings of the earth. They will be gathered together, As prisoners are gathered in the pit, And will be shut up in the prison; After many days they will be punished (Isa 24:21–22). 

The prisoners are put into the “bor” pit, which is also the place Satan will be cast, called “Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit [bor]” (Isa 14:15). This is the place where God sent “the angels who sinned” and “cast them down to hell [Tartarus] and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment” (2 Pet 2:4); This is the same prison that “when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison [φυλακής phulakes]” (Rev 20:7).  

Thus, there is no question of where Jesus went; He descended to the underworld. The question is what exactly did He “preach ”? Was it a message of doom to evil angels or a message of hope to human souls? Irenaeus, in that same work, interprets His descent suggesting:  

The Lord descended into the regions beneath the earth, announcing there the good news of His coming and of the remission of sins conferred upon those who believe in Him.ccxvii 

That sentiment is likewise echoed by St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechetical Lectures 4, 11 (C. 350 AD) saying Jesus: “Descended into the subterranean regions so that He might ransom from there the just…” These two early church commentators were likely thinking of a Scripture that Jesus would fulfill: “To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house” (Isa 42:7). Thus, the question comes down to the word “preached”. Was it the gospel He was bringing?  

The word translated as “preached” is κηρύσσω, which means “to make an official announcement, announce, make known, by an official herald or one who functions as such.”ccxviii  

The word does not necessarily mean to bring good news, as in the gospel. Instead, Jesus’ message was a public declaration of record. He made a public service announcement to “the spirits in prison who were formerly disobedient … in the days of Noah …” Thus, it was good news for human prisoners, but was certainly bad news for: “The angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode… in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day (Jude 1:6).”There was clearly a special region of Hades reserved for those angels in chains of darkness. Peter’s use of the Greek “Tartarus” is significant in that it was considered the worst part of Hades, a special prison for the Titans.  

According to Hesiod’s Theogony, Tartarus, god of the underworld, was father of the Giants, which we examined in the study of Nimrod. The Greek word “Titans” (τιτάνες) appears twice in Scripture, and both occurrences are in 2 Samuel 5:18–22 (LXX 5:17–21), “The Philistines also went and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim [την κοιλάδα των τιτάνων]” (2 Sam 5:18). Thus, Rephaim is rendered in Greek as “Titans”!  The Titans were thrown into Tartarus, the lowest rung of Hades, which is the place Peter says the bad angels were sent.  

Isaiah says the Rephaim were sent into the bor (the Abyss). Greek mythology is based on historic reality. They are talking about the same beings who are located in the same place. 

In other words, Tartarus is the prison that was reserved for the angels who came down on Mt. Hermon in the days of Noah and took an oath, according to Satan’s command, to take the daughters of men and create Nephilim.  

Bible Scholar Dr Bob Utley notes in his 1 Peter commentary:  

When all of these are compared, a message to the fallen angels of Gen. 6 or the humans of Noah’s day who drowned seem the only textual options. Noah’s day is also mentioned in 2 Pet. 2:4-5, along with Sodom and Gomorrah (cf. 2 Pet. 2:6). In Jude rebellious angels (cf. Jude 6) and Sodom and Gomorrah (cf. Jude 7) are also linked together.ccxix 

Thus, Jesus not only staked His claim on top of the physical mountain of Bashan and showed His glory, but He also made an announcement to those very angels who disobeyed in the days of Noah. After millennia of Satan (as Enlil, etc.) claiming to be the great mountain, the great dragon, the one who controls fates, the destroyer, king of the underworld, the one who causes the dawn, the god of the 33 stars, the lord of the Earth, lord wind (prince of the power of the air)—Jesus proclaimed His victory.  

After years of the Akitu festivals in which Ninurta, reenacted by the current king, would bring the “good news” (same word as “gospel” in Hebrew) to Satan that he had killed the creator, Jesus delivered the “good news” to all those in the underworld. If only He had taken a camera to get the reactions of those rebellious spirits as He jingled the Keys of Hades and Death in front of them—the very ones who had come down on Hermon and had set in motion the actions that led to the Flood. Until then, Satan firmly held the Keys of Hades and Death in his hands, but through Jesus’ incredible sacrifice, He had retrieved and forever would hold those Keys.  

Peter gives us the effect of Jesus’ message “who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him” (1 Pet 3:22). The angels, authorities and powers, including Satan up until then, had previously held control in this world, but through Jesus’ death, they were made subject to Jesus.  

“Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil 2:2–11).  

The formerly disobedient spirits, who were imprisoned under the Earth, heard the news that Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, had snatched the Keys of Death and Hades out of Satan’s hand and their eternal reign of terror was coming to an end. During those three days, Peter applies the words of David to Jesus:  

Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Hades, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence (Acts 2:26–28). 

In other words, Jesus’ stay in Satan’s underworld kingdom was temporary and short. Consequently, “God raised [Him] up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it (Acts 2:24). Jesus’ resurrection from Satan’s underworld abode showed Satan how nailing Jesus to the cross only sealed his own defeat. Satan helped Jesus to crush his own head, just as promised. He had inadvertently assisted Jesus to ultimately fulfill the promise given in Psalm 68: “You ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, Even from the rebellious, That the LORD God might dwell there” (Ps 68:18).  

Satan and his snake-dragons thought they were disarming the Messiah when, in fact, it was Jesus who “disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (Col 2:15, Emphasis mine). What Satan imagined to be his greatest victory turned into his greatest and most humiliating defeat. Satan’s legal stronghold over the world was shattered. The Tablet of Destinies onto which he tenaciously held was snatched from his hand. Jesus “wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us” (Col 2:14). It was through Jesus that God would “reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross” (Col 1:20).  

He is the one who put it all back together, for many things happened at the cross; All the “legal paperwork” was stamped, if you will. Jesus told His disciples not to tell anyone about the Hermon / Bashan experience “until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.” He may have done so to quash questions and speculation from His disciples about the top-secret plan. After Jesus rose from the dead, the snake-dragons, the mighty ones of Bashan, would understand all too well how they had been completely outsmarted. Jesus freely laid down His life and endured the taunting of the snake-dragon-gods, the might bulls as they encircled him, roaring at him like lions, gloating in their perceived victory over Him.  

The epic, cosmic battle that Satan imagined God was staging at Hermon was in fact being fought while Jesus was on the cross, having been put there at the hand of Satan. It was not through a mighty act or the slaying of His enemies that He would be made worthy to open the scroll. It was not a challenge of strength, but authority. In order to reclaim the authority and dominion of the Earth, He allowed himself to be the slain Lamb; there was no other way. Because He acted as a servant, “The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool” (Acts 2:34–35). 

It was in light of this incredible backstory that an elder told John, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals” (Rev 5:5). John looked and saw “a Lamb as though it had been slain” (Rev 5:6). It was this feature which allowed Jesus to take “the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne” (Rev 5:7), which is confirmed by the creatures and the elders who sang:  

“You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth” (Rev 5:9–10). 

Thank God that Jesus did not take the shortcut. Instead, He did the hard work that was necessary. He died on the cross so that He could redeem us with His own blood. Jesus says: “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out (John 12:31). Thank God for the hero, the hero who did what nobody else was able to do. By His own blood, He defeated the enemy which made him worthy to take the scroll. 

Jesus Reclaims the Land of the Snake-Dragon (Hermon) 

Chapter 20 of Corrupting the Image vol 2: Jesus Reclaims the Land of the Snake-Dragon (Hermon)

There in the land of Bashan: land of the Snake-dragon, land of Og and the dead and deified king, land of the Rephaim, the abode of the dead—Jesus made it clear that He, the anointed one of Israel, had come to win. He would free mankind from the snares of the ultimate snake-dragon (Rev 12:9). He declared His victory at the base of the snake-dragon’s mountain when He said the Gates of Hades (Kingdom of Darkness) will not prevail.  

He then declared: “I tell you the truth, there are some standing here who will not experience death before they see the kingdom of God come with power” (Mark 9:1 NET). Then just “six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John and led them alone up a high mountain privately” (Mark 9:2), to stake His claim at the top of the mountain Hermon,ccvimeaning “devoted to destruction”. Also known as Mt. Bashan (batios), it is where the watchers came down and execrated themselves: “According to the command of the great bull god Batios, those swearing an oath in this place go forth.” It was on that mountain that: 

He was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiantly white, more so than any launderer in the world could bleach them. Then Elijah appeared before them along with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus (Mark 9:2–4 NET).  

On the mountain that Satan’s team claimed as their own, Jesus showed them that the kingdom of God had come with power.  

So Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters [σκηνας skenas]—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (For they were afraid, and he did not know what to say.) Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came from the cloud, 

“This is my one dear Son. Listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more except Jesus. As they were coming down from the mountain, he gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They kept this statement to themselves, discussing what this rising from the dead meant (Mark 9:5–10). 

It must have been amazing to see Him transfigure and to hear the Father’s voice, but why was this event so important? Why did Jesus go on a secret excursion on that mountain? Why did he need to transfigure in front of Peter, James and John? Did he just want to encourage them by letting them witness His glory, or could there be another reason? King David provides important clues in Psalm 68:  

MT. BASHAN IN PSALM 68 

A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan. Why do you look with envy, O mountains with many peaks, At the mountain which God has desired for His abode? Surely the LORD will dwell there forever. The chariots of God are myriads, thousands upon thousands; The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness. You have ascended on high, You have led captive Your captives; You have received gifts among men, Even among the rebellious also, that the LORD God may dwell there (Ps 68:15–18 NASB).ccvii  

There are in fact, three peaks at the top of Hermon, which led Easton’s Bible Dictionary to suggest: “There is every probability that one of its three summits was the scene of the transfiguration.”ccviii It very well may be the reason Peter suggested building three tabernacles—one on each peak.  

Peter later mentions the experience in his second epistle and explained how God the Father’s “voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’” (2 Pet 1:17). Peter implies they were on Hermon (meaning devoted, set apart for destruction) when he says: “We heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain” (2 Pet 1:18). 

The top of Hermon is also loaded with pagan temples, and perhaps Peter considered this landscape and thought it would be fitting for their team to stake a claim by having tabernacles (dwelling places) there, as well. We may never know the exact reason. The Psalmist seems to mock Bashan, the mountain with many peaks, because it is envious of God’s mountain. It is not clear in the text if Zion is being referenced as God’s mountain, or if this is a tacit reminder that ultimately, Bashan also belongs to God.  

The presence of the mighty prophets, Moses and Elijah, at the transfiguration served as a reminder to the forces of darkness that God intended to keep His promises to His servants. The three apostles watched as Jesus radiated with His glory, then Moses and Elijah appeared, and God’s voice boomed from the sky, calling him “Son”. Moses was, of course, the one who brought God’s people to the edge of the Promised Land. When they saw the people of Bashan: the snake-dragons, the Nephilim-Rephaim corrupted-people—they lost their faith in God and retreated, to wander the wilderness for forty years. In a sense, the snake-dragon people contributed to Moses himself not being allowed to enter the Promised Land.  

Moreover, Elijah was forced to deal with the corrupted king and queen of the Northern Kingdom, Ahab and Jezebel, who were caught in the grip of Batios / Baal (Melqart / Ninurta) and Ashtoreth (Ishtar), which are manifestations of the snake-dragon. Elijah, who ironically was called “troubler of Israel,” 

confronts this power couple and exposes them as the ones who have grievously troubled Israel. Elijah sets up a public test of the powers resulting in Yehovah / God triumphing over the Baal / Ashteroth, et al.  

Jesus transfiguring on top of Hermon was also a fulfillment of a promise He had made earlier in Psalm 68, that He would bring back captives from Bashan. If we keep in mind that Bashan is not just a place, but is the snake-dragon, then we discover an entirely new perspective. Charlesworth reminds us: 

M. Dahood, who wisely employs Ugaritic to shine light upon dark passages in the Psalter, perceives that Bashan in Ps 68:23[22] refers to a dragon-snake or serpent … The translators of the NEB also opted to bring out a reference to a snake in Ps 68:23[22]: “from the Dragon”. It is clear that in antiquity Bashan meant not only a mountain but also a mythological dragon-snake. The meaning “dragon-snake” is what was intended in Psalm 68:23[22] (Emphasis mine).ccix  

We also recall how on the pinnacle of the Temple, Satan challenged Jesus to throw himself down using Psalm 91:11–12, but stopping before the next verse: “You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra (peten – venomous snake), The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot (Ps 91:13). Jesus would tread on the peten [[פתן, a creature which is closely related linguistically to the Bašmu snake-dragon. (See Figure 63, opposite). DDDB notes the tension between Mt. Sinai, where God came down after the Exodus, and Mt. Bashan, where the “gods” or fallen angels descended, according to 1 Enoch and the Hermon inscription. 

In Ps 68: 16 … Bashan is a har ‘elohim, the same expression used in the Bible to designate -Yahweh’s abode … According to the same Ps 68:9, 19 Yahweh has His original abode in Sinai … Mount Bashan is rather set against Sinai.ccx  

King David thus prophesied that God would take possession “of this divine mountain as His own ancient abode,” and thereby evict the “divine dwellers of Bashan whom the Ugaritic tradition records are: the mlkm/melakim (rpum/Rephaim).” ccxi Notably, the description of Bashan in Psalm 68 has “the syntagma har/ harim gabnunnim, most commonly construed as a metaphor for ‘high mountains’ … and the tauromorphic appearance of Baal and other deities in Canaan.”ccxii The tauromorphic appearance of Baal is exactly what we deciphered on the Hermon inscription—“According to the command of the great bull god, Batios.” 

Figure 63 Mušḥuššu H. Frankfort, Cylinder Seals, text-fig. 33 (=ANEP #511) (Gudea; Girsu [Tello]). 

THE TRANSFIGURATION: WARFARE OF MISDIRECTION?  

When a country becomes a nuclear power, it detonates one of its weapons to demonstrate to the world that the nation has arrived and is not to be provoked. Jesus’ transfiguration was a significant showdown. We must not miss the importance of Jesus’ show of strength.  

For months before the invasion of Normandy beach, the Allies created inflatable tanks and stationed them in locations in Britain to give the spying Nazis the impression that the landing would take place further north in Calais. Their fake show of force worked, and the Nazis were caught by surprise on D-Day. Despite the obstacles, the Allies were able to establish a foothold in Europe which led to the ultimate defeat of the evil Nazi regime.  

Jesus’ transfiguration was a significant demonstration of His weaponry. It was an epic, intergalactic tour de force. The transfiguration may have been a decoy analogous to the fake tanks in Britain. After all, no real battle took place; we saw that Jesus was transfigured and chatted with Moses and Elijah, and then the Father spoke. No doubt it was impressive and meaningful, but from a strategic-war perspective, it was a non-event. Or perhaps, that is how God wanted it to seem! 

Here is what we know: Bashan was the very mountain where the sons of God descended according to the command of the great bull god Batios… that is, according to Satan’s command as found on the Hermon / Bashan Inscription. Satan knew of God’s stated intentions concerning Bashan, as gleaned from Psalm 68: that God was claiming it as His own abode (vs 16); that God’s chariots were in the millions, that God was going to be among them (v 17); that Bashan would be the place where God / Messiah would have “ascended on high” and “led captivity captive” (Ps 68:18)—which Paul quotes in Ephesians 4:8–10 after the fact, of course. 

Looking at Psalm 68:20–22, we learn more clues:  

Our God is the God of salvation; And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death. Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies, The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds. The Lord said, “I will bring them back from Bashan. I will bring them back from the depths of the sea” (Ps 68:20–22). 

Satan, who is learned in the scriptures, would have known that God would save people from death, would shatter His enemies’ heads, and would return (or bring back). DDDB notes how it will be at Bashan that the God of Israel will make His return.  

Bashan, the divine mountain, is simultaneously the ‘infernal’ sphere from which the God of Israel promises to make his faithful return (v 23). This coincidence of the ‘celestial’ and ‘infernal’ levels is congruent with the Canaanite mythology that locates here the abode of its deified dead kings, the mlk(m)/rpu(m) that dwell(s) in ‘Štrt-hdr’y. Again the parallelism clarifies the issue, making plain the infernal character of Bashan. (Emphasis mine.) ccxiii 

God will do those things on the very mountain that was known as the infernal abode of the deified dead kings and where the angels came down to war against God. God’s faithful return will be nothing short of a show of force and an outright declaration of war! Just as the Nazis thought the Allies were amassing tanks for an invasion in the north of France, Satan likely interpreted the activities of Jesus at Mt. Hermon as the pause for a deep breath before the battle. After all, visibly present were Moses, the one who bested Og, King of the snake-dragons and Elijah, the one who defeated the four hundred priests of Melqart (Satan’s alias in Ezekiel 28). Satan would have been well aware of God’s strength, as demonstrated in Psalm 68, and in the story of Elisha (Elijah’s understudy, whose servant feared the Syrian army but gained resolve when he saw that God had myriads and thousands and thousands of chariots): 

And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha (2 Kgs 6:15–17) (Emphasis mine).  

Satan most assuredly has many texts stored in his photographic memory that could have come to mind. For example, Isaiah’s incredible vision of God’s fire and His chariots: 

For behold, the LORD will come with fire And with His chariots, like a whirlwind, To render His anger with fury, And His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword The LORD will judge all flesh; And the slain of the LORD shall be many (Isa 66:15–16). 

Also, Isaiah 2 could have come to mind, because it references the impending battle of God that results in men casting away their idols that were used to worship Satan and His minions.  

In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver And his idols of gold, Which they made, each for himself to worship, To the moles and bats, To go into the clefts of the rocks, And into the crags of the rugged rocks, From the terror of the LORD And the glory of His majesty, When He arises to shake the earth mightily (Isa 2:20–21).  

The battle of Gog of Magog could have come into Satan’s mind, for he understands the Sumerian meaning of the name, Gog, and he knows that the battle is directed at him.  

“I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord GOD. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. “And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone” (Ezek 38:21–22).  

Jeremiah’s prophecy against the arrogant usurper, could have flooded his mind:  

But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth will tremble, And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation. Thus you shall say to them: “The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under these heavens” (Jer 10:10–11). 

And of course, in the Garden of Eden, God had promised that the Messiah would crush his head. The text in Psalm 68 said, “Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies” (Ps 68:21). Satan may have concluded that this was it! This was the big moment, the show down for which he had been planning for millennia. God was assembling the troops and chariots; God had His champion, Jesus, who had donned His glorious apparel and showed His divine prerogative to cover himself “with light as with a garment” (Ps 104:2). Matthew says Jesus’ face “shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light” (Matt 17:2). Jesus is putting on His armor of glory as prophesied in Isaiah 63: 

Who is this who comes from Edom, With dyed garments from Bozrah, This One who is glorious in His apparel [הָד֣וּר בִּלְבוּשׁ֔וֹ], Traveling in the greatness of His strength?—“I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.” Why is Your apparel red, And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress? “I have trodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one was with Me.  

For I have trodden them in My anger, And trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes. For the day of vengeance is in My heart, And the year of My redeemed has come (Isa 63:1–4). 

Satan may have thought this was God’s big move to deliver a checkmate. All the signs suggested the battle would be fierce, a battle unlike any other:  

All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; All their host shall fall down As the leaf falls from the vine, And as fruit falling from a fig tree. “For My sword shall be bathed in heaven; Indeed it shall come down on Edom, And on the people of My curse, for judgment (Isa 34:4–5).  

We know from the book of Revelation that such a battle in the heavenlies between Satan and his forces and God’s army is real and is coming. 

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him (Rev 12:7–9).  

We also know that it was possible that such a battle could have taken place at that time, due to Jesus’ own statement in the garden of Gethsemane:  

But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. “Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? (Matt 26:52–53).  

Jesus revealed that roughly sixty-thousand angels were ready for him to give the orders to attack! His statement reveals that God’s own angels likely did not understand the details of Jesus’ mission, as Peter explained: 

Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully … (1 Pet 1:10). To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven–things which angels desire to look into. (1 Pet 1:12) (Emphasis mine). 

Angels are incredibly smart, but they are not all-knowing, nor do they have knowledge of the future, other than what God reveals. Thus, they were eager to learn how God’s plan would be fulfilled. The implication is that they did not know what Jesus was going to do, but they stood ready to do whatever their captain called them to do.  

Thus, we conclude that Satan viewed the transfiguration as the staging of the coming battle: He realized that his kingdom was in grave danger. As the supreme leader of this kingdom, he took immediate action to hold his ground and protect his assets. If our theory is correct, then the decoy worked: Jesus’ transfiguration on that location, the dragon’s home turf, goaded Satan into action because he was not about to go down without a fight.  

Naturally, Satan understands warfare. Quite possibly he inspired Sun Tzu in his book the Art of War, which said: “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” So Satan’s reasoning must have been like this: God’s champion would not be able to usher in the Day of the Lord, battle for dominion of the earth, and crush his head if He were dead. If he could take out God’s champion before the battle even began, then he might avert the battle altogether, or at the very least, level the playing field.  

Such conclusions seem well justified based on the fact that Satan was personally involved in the betrayal of Jesus by making sure it happened exactly according to plan: He first planted the seed: “The devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him” (John 13:2). Then, he assumed the controls of Judas, his vessel: 

Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them. And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. So he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude (Luke 22:3–6) (Emphasis mine).  

Satan entered Judas to make sure the job was done right. After all, this job, the entrapment and execution of the Promised One, must be done right in order to stop the One who declared war at Bashan—the One who was prophesied to stomp on his head. 

At the Passover celebration (Last Supper), Jesus was aware of Satan’s presence and declared Judas would betray him. “Having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot” (John 13:26). “Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, ‘What you do, do quickly’” (John 13:27) (Emphasis mine).  

Jesus called out Judas’ evil intentions and gave him the bread, and after Judas ate it, Satan possessed him. Were Jesus’ words, “Do quickly” addressed to Judas or to Satan, or both? Judas certainly carried the culpability of his actions, yet it was clearly Satan in the driver’s seat. It was almost as if Jesus was daring Satan to do it, urging him, “Go for it!” Satan accepted Jesus’ challenge, for shortly thereafter, in the garden of Gethsemane, Satan delivered. Through his agent Judas, Satan walked up to Jesus and kissed him, in what has gone down in infamy as the greatest demonstration of betrayal.  

And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” (Luke 22:47–48).