At first, Matthew 8 Part 5 is going to APPEAR to look like the opposite of what I wrote in the “Blanket of Peace.” But the truth is - it is actually the other side of it!
You see, the opposite of Peace is complete Chaos;
and the opposite of eternal life is eternal death.
Matthew 8 Part 5 symbolizes what is to happen to the spiritually dead when they get to the other side if they don’t have Jesus.
I invite you to hop into this message, and join me for the ride.
“When Jesus arrived on the other side of the lake, in the region of the Gadarenes, two men who were possessed by demons met him.”
The scripture says, “They came out of the tombs and were so violent that no one could go through that area.
They began screaming at him and said,
“Why are you interfering with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torture us before God’s APPOINTED TIME?”
There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding in the distance. So the demons begged, “If you cast us out, send us into that herd of pigs.” “All right, go!” Jesus commanded them.
So the demons came out of the men and entered the pigs,
and the whole herd plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water.
The herdsmen fled to the nearby town, telling everyone what happened to the demon-possessed men. Then the entire town came out to meet Jesus, but they begged him to go away and leave them alone.”
Don’t you SEE?
This story is the epitome of our eternal damnation when Jesus is NOT with us.
This story represents what is waiting for us on the other side of physical death!
If we are NOT clothed in God’s blanket of peace, which is His Divine Spirit,
and if we do NOT carry HIS Seed of Promise, which is God made flesh - then we are just like the men, living in caves, who live in the dark, indwelled by demonic spirits.
Lord, help me to shed your light on this.
First, we have to SEE that Jesus has always been with us!
The Word of God was spoken and manifested since the beginning of time!
Jesus IS the Promised Seed, and through His spiritual
bloodline, the children of God are birthed through His spiritual DNA. And it's through the expression of the gene of faith, that they are no longer birthed through the Seed of Adam.
Humans were given a spirit that will return to God,
but God has already declared eternal damnation for the children of Adam. And God is not like a man that He should lie!
And yet, because of His abundant love,
God made a way to save humanity from eternal death -
He kept His Word. He kept His promise, and He declared war between Satan and the Woman. He said to Satan, "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; her seed shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel."
This passage is the first mention in the scripture of God's redemption plan because it came right after the fall of man. Satan will have temporary power over the Seed of Adam, but the Seed of God's Promise (which is Jesus) will destroy His opponent by stomping on his head.
Isn't it amazing that God loves us so much that He sent His beloved Son to die for us. The Apostle John wrote in Revelation Chapter 5 that no one in heaven or on earth was worthy enough to open the scroll, except for the Lamb of God.
"Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
"Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”
God made a way! He came out of heaven to be made flesh so that His blood could purify us.
As Isaiah described,
“It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord.
He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple.
Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings.
With two wings they covered their faces,
with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.
They were calling out to each other,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!
The whole earth is filled with his glory!”
Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations,
and the entire building was filled with smoke."
Then I said,
“It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”
It is so unreal to think that by His blood we are purified. By His blood our sins are forgiven.
It's crazy to me that the Lamb of God came out of Heaven, to be slaughtered - so that His blood
could be placed on the alter of God as a final sacrifice for our sin.
It's unbelievable that those with faith who place His blood on the doorposts of their hearts,
will have the angel of death pass over them.
What an image!
Human beings are like boats, they are just physical vessels who carry the spirit of man within them.
And we must understand that the spirit of man, through the seed of Adam, has been declared as spiritually dead.
Unless our spirit is impregnated with the Word of God, through the Seed of Jesus Christ, they we will not live.
This is so important! I urge you to listen with spiritual ears.
Let me say this again.
The Word of God has always existed, and at the appointed time, God put on flesh and came as a man to redeem those who would listen, trust and follow Him.
You must know that “no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation.
For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
2 Peter 1:20-21
These words are not my own! For I am human and way too dumb to have this kind of wisdom.
Salvation does not come by man alone, but by the very Word of God. For it is written,
"Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
The question is, when the Word of God comes to the spiritually dead person, who is infected by the curse that was placed upon the Seed of Adam - will they receive Him?
When His light is shed into the tombs of dark places, what will happen?
The fallen angels who hate God have inhabited men for long enough.
They know that the Son of God, the Lion of Judah is coming for them!
“Have you come here to torture us before God’s APPOINTED TIME?” the demons said.
The demons begged Jesus, “If you cast us out, send us into that herd of pigs.” “All right, go!” Jesus commanded.
You SEE, even the demons knew who Jesus was! And they also know that they only have an appointed time. They absolutely know who has complete authority over them! And they know, for a fact, that God is preparing a new Heaven and new earth, while also preparing their eternal death!
In the meantime, until the appointed time comes, the demons use our bodies as their playground,
but the time is coming when they will exist no more!
We must SEE.
Every human who is not inhabited by the Spirit of God is nothing more than the walking dead, and their body is an open door for Satan.
And then there's the herdsmen who "fled to the nearby town, telling everyone what happened to the demon-possessed men. Then the entire town came out to meet Jesus, but they begged him to go away and leave them alone.”
This is no different then what happens today. The Word of God is seen as a threat to most humans, and they cast Him away. It’s only through mustard seed faith that humans can come to believe “that the Word of God is alive and active. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.”
My prayer is that many hearts will return to the Lord before their vessel reaches the other side.