He is Risen, Lessons from the Edge of Eternity

The following snippet is from my upcoming book “Edge of Eternity.”

“No one took my life from me,” Aryeh said joyously. “I laid it down of my own free will; I had the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it back again!” (John 10:18) Enosh looked at those around him amazed at his proclamation for there was saying there among the dead, “what valiant man can live and not see death? Who can deliver himself from the power of Sheol?” (Ps 89:48) Enosh rejoiced at the thought that the place had no power over him and that death would have no power over him. (John 11:25; Rom 14:8; 2 Cor 5:14; Rev 1:18)

“Now I shall depart,” he said resolutely. Elyón is not leaving my soul in Sheol and is not allowing me to experience corruption. (Ps 16:10) The keys of Sheol and the keys of Death are now mine.” (Rev 1:18) Then he was gone. The virtuous dead cheered for it was the first time that anyone had ever left the Bor of his own accord!

 Yet still Enosh remained.

“It has now been thirty seven days since Aryeh left Sheol and yet here we remain,” Enosh said to Hava and the millions who were standing near them. “He promised he will deliver us from the depths of Sheol because his kindness for us great. (Ps 86:13) Hava said reassuringly. Elyón will truly redeem us from the power of Sheol. He will surely receive us! (Ps 49:15) Suddenly they felt themselves lifting up out of Sheol.

“At last,” Enosh called out joyfully. “We are finally, at the appointed time, escaping the place of our banishment. What a gift has given to us!” (Eph 4:8) They were quickly up over the Earth, though no living mortal could see them. They looked over and saw Aryeh also ascending from the Earth to a cloud which hid him from the living standing on the Earth below (Acts 1:9; Rev 12:5) as a door in the veil opened. (Acts 7:55, 56)

Enosh considered the days before there was a veil and how Elyón had simply wanted live with him and his sons and daughters without any separation between them. (Ezek 37:28, 43:9; 2Cor 6:16; Rev 7:15; 21:3) He had wanted to make his home with them and share his heart –  (John 14:23) all cut short cut short by the slander of Rakhíl. (I John 3:8) Consequently, Elyón’s compassion forced him to put a wall of separation (Eph 2:14) between himself and Earth to destroy it. (Isa 30:33) The veil had shielded the earth and its inhabitants from Elyón’s fiery lightning presence which was too powerful the degenerative and decaying Earth (Exod 19:18; Ps 97:5, 104:32) Only at the time at the restoration of all things, (Acts 3:21) when Enosh and sons (Rom 8:19-21) clothed with yeshuáh ((Proverbs 13:9, 20:20, 24:20; Job 18:5, 21:17; Isa 61:10; Dan 12:3; Mat 13:43; Rev 19:8) could the veil come down. (Isa 25:6-7, 34:4; 2Pet 3:10)

Rakhíl stood looking at Enosh and Hava and their sons and daughters passing by him through the second realm of heaven into the third, the domain of Elyón. He was utterly stunned by the expense that Elyón went to rescue the sons of Enosh. He was speechless for a time because he had calculated so cunningly and precisely that Enosh and his sons would never be free and would be slaves in Sheol forevermore. His authority over the planet was broken. He knew that Elyón could have squashed him at any moment if it were merely a matter of power. However, Elyón had given the earth to Enosh and he had foolishly forfeited it to Rakhíl which gave him authority over Enosh and his kin and the very planet itself; that was why he was able to take Aryeh and show him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory could give Aryeh all those things if he would just fall down and worship him. (Mat 4:8)

Rakhíl was obviously not willing to relinquish his authority freely which is why Elyón did not send Aryeh immediately after the Downfall but now Aryeh had completely disarmed him and his malakhim through his selfless and humiliating act on the tree and had made a public spectacle of them. (Col 2:15) Aryeh fixed his eyes which were like flames of fire on Rakhíl as he victoriously marched past with the captives declaring, “You have been judged (John 16:11) because from the power of Sheol I am rescuing them, from death I am redeeming them. Death, where are your plagues?!” Aryeh mocked. “Sheol, where is your destruction?!” He said laughing joyfully. “My eyes will remain closed to your pleas for compassion.”(Hos 13:14)

Enosh smiled jestingly at Rakhíl, the prince of the power of the air and at his principalities, his powers, his rulers of darkness of that age, and past the spiritual hosts of wickedness in those heavenly places behind the veil (Eph 6:12) as they traveled triumphantly past who all looked on with contorted, exasperated and confounded faces at those who were formerly slaves without any apparent hope. (Col 2:15) Aryeh led his entourage to his throne which was at the right hand of Elyón; all of the rebellious malakhim, authorities, and powers had been made subject to Him. (1Pet 3:22)

Aryeh saved them from the power of darkness and brought them into his kingdom (Col 1:13) because he overcame Rakhíl. They had been slaves under the basic principles of the world, yet when the appropriate time had come, Elyón sent Aryeh, born of a woman under the law of sin and death (Gal 4:4; Rom 8:2) in order to redeem those who were under the law and adopt them as sons of Elyón with the spirit of Aryeh in their hearts they would cry out “Abba!” (Gal 4:5-6) They actually became new creations and were born not of the earth but of the immaterial, created directly by Elyón (2 Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15)

We thank you, Aryeh,” Enosh said, “for you are far above every ruler, authority, power, dominion, and every name that can be named, not only in in this age, but also in the age to come!”  (Eph 4:10, 1:21)

The above snippet is from my upcoming book “Edge of Eternity.”

The Resurrection and Firstfruits

But now Christ is risen from the dead, [and] has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Cor 15:20)

Jesus the firstfruits of the resurrection

Jesus the firstfruits of the resurrection

Yeshua/Jesus through His incarnation, death and resurrection has become the paradigm of what we are going to be like when we awake in His likeness (image, form). The Psalmist stated it beautifully when he said:

As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness. (Ps 17:15)

Peter boldly stated that we will become partakers of the divine nature!

…by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption [that is] in the world through lust. (2Pet 1:4)

Yeshua/Jesus death and resurrection give us so much reason to celebrate because of our sins forgiven and also what we shall become!

And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam [became] a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man [was] of the earth, [made] of dust; the second Man [is] the Lord from heaven. As [was] the [man] of dust, so also [are] those [who are made] of dust; and as [is] the heavenly [Man,] so also [are] those [who are] heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the [man] of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly [Man.] (1Cor 15:45-49)

How thankful we are that Yeshua/Jesus was willing to take on flesh, die and then rise again! May we contemplate on His incredible love througout this day!

– Doug