Month 6:04, Week 1:3 (Shleshi/Bikkurim), Year 5935:146 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Friday 2 September 2011
Carnal Man's Struggle for Power & Toqef
Continued from Part 1
Yesterday we compared the ways of the carnal man in its attempts to have power over others and the Way of Dominion given to every man and woman within their resective spheres of toqef (authority). Every soul is given complete and total toqef (authority) to determine whether it shall be obedient to Yahweh or not and therefore has the right to resist, for example, attempts by unrighteous individuals (such as parents and spouses), organisations and governments to prevent them from doing so provided that resistance takes the non-violent and respectful form prescribed by Messiah and is not flesh-directed. The toqef (authority) to determine to whom our soul or being shall belong is exclusively that of the individual.
All toqef (authority) given to man is, ultimately, delegated toqef - no human being has absolute, independent toqef even if the fallen, sinful natures demands and seeks it. The realities of life will, in any case, soon divest your mind of that delusion. If you don't believe me, just try refusing to pay your taxes or ignoring the rules of the road. Governments, we are told in Scripture, are also given delegated toqef (authority) to rule us (Rom.13:1), even if they usually exceed it. You can be as anarchistic in your attitude and lifestyle as you like but in the end you will be forced to submit or end up in prison where you have even less toqef (authority) and freedom than you ever had on the 'outside'. So what I am speaking of here is, for the most part, common sense.
So, yes, all toqef (authority) is delegated, even within the the basic unit of society, the family. The toqef (authority) of wives is delegated by husbands, the the toqef given to children is delegated to them by their parents. If this toqef (authority) is disrespected or disobeyed, chaos and suffering result.
Family toqef (authority) is under major attack by the enemy these days through governments which want that toqef (authority) for themselves, and governments that attempt to seize it, are at war with Yahweh Himself and must eventually fall. And the greatest menace to the the family in our day and age is, without doubt, the satanocratic religion known as Marxism. To ally yourself with that antichrist religion is to make yourself an enemy of El Elyon, the Most High. And yet only the other day I read the profile of a politician who said that politically he was 'red' whilst spiritually he was 'Methodist'. Needless to say Christianity and Marxism are 100% incompatible, and such Christian-like values that the Marxist faith has adopted were stolen from the Bible and made out to be the invention of man. The god of Marxism is man, which is the devil's own philosophy. And as a footnote, I have to say the same about capitalism so as not to be categorised by anyone in some worldly political box. As one wise East European said: "Capitalism is the exploitation of one part of the population by the other; communism is the other way round". So as authentic believers these are not labels we can stick on ourselves: we are, from begining to end, theocratic - that is, submitted to the rule of Yahweh alone and to His Torah alone. My 'politics' is the Word.
The carnal mind is very predictable. In a word, it's 'devilish'. It is submitted to no toqef (authority) but its own and only submits to other human toqef as a means to an end or because it has, for the moment, no choice. Given total freedom, this world would be populated by billions of people each claiming absolute and total toqef over their own lives, even though common sense tells us that this is impossible. Therefore the restless, agitated carnal mind can never find shalom (peace) - it is constantly at war trying to get what is impossible. This is the very mind of Satan himself who does the same thing. His goal (like that of Marxism) is the total domination of mankind - absolute, raw power. And a soul that sells itself completely to this 'line' is totally possessed and totally deluded.
Most people have degress of common sense and accept the limitations to their toqef (authority) that is imposed on them by external human powers. Simultaneously, they find themselves frustratingly blocked and opposed by the Higher Power, Yahweh, even though they don't always know it is Him or are in denial that it is Him, substituiting this opposition for fantasies like 'karma', 'destiny', 'fate', 'chance' and other lies. What this means is that all the unsaved - including the saved who are disobedient - are in a constant state of INNER CIVIL WAR - the one side seeking total toqef (authoity) and the other side reluctantly submiting to toqefim other than their own. The soul living in this condition is constantly PLOTTING and SCHEMING to do evil against those who possess both legitimate as well as illegitimate power.
"He who plots to do evil will be called a schemer" (Prov.24:8, NKJV).
People waste their lives scheming, trying to get power which, even if they may get it for a short while, soon slips out of their hands. And those who war against Yahweh's people, to control or destroy them, commit the greatest act of folly that there is:
Though Yahweh's people may be made to suffer by such wicked conspiracies, they cannot be destroyed - the planned evil always turns back and devours those who admit it into the levim (hearts), to end up destroying them. Why do they persist? Because they are driven by dark powers they have no control over. Indeed, without realising it, they have surrendered their dominion mandate from Yahweh to Satan himself! They have lost all toqef (authority)!
"What do you conspire against Yahweh? He will make an utter end of it. Affliction will not rise up a second time. For while tangled like thorns, and while drunken like drunkards, they shall be devoured like stubble fully dried. From you comes forth one who plots evil against Yahweh, a wicked counselor" (Nah.1:9-11, NKJV).
Those who pursue the ways of the flesh do need to understand a fundamental emet (truth) about what they are doing to themselves, even those who have the highest positions of authority in the world system, for of them Yahweh says categorically:
It is indeed the height of folly to wage war against Yahweh and His set-apart ones. These carnal men and women are restrained by Heaven and they know it, and hate it, and rage against it. They are permitted, from time to time and for reasons only known to Yahweh, to overpower Yahweh's people, but only for a season and to their great cost. They need to understand this one thing when they ally themselves to the Enemy:
"Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against Yahweh and against His Anointed, saying, 'Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.' He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; Yahweh shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: 'Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion'" (Ps.2:1-6, NKJV).
"Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,' and 'A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.' They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed" (1 Peter 2:7-8, NKJV).
Every human being is appointed to the Word of Yahweh and when they stumble it is because they are disobedient to it. And there is no escaping it! Though a dog which escapes from its master may exult in its freedom to roam and do as it pleases for a while, it is soon rounded up and brought under toqef (authority) if it is not run over by a car and killed or meets some other untimely accident. It is so with us also. The moments of 'escape' into reckless anarchy may seem to last for ever during the heightened sense psychic 'life' that results from rebellion, but the time of disobedience and rebellion soon comes to an end and we are rounded up and brought to account. THERE IS NO ESACAPE FOR ANYONE.
"But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!" (Matt.18:6-7, NKJV).
Only a very few in this world - the cream of the Úlite - ever manage to get hold of any substantial amount of power and hold on to it for any length of time, and to do it they must utterly sell out their souls to the devil and keep a watchful eye over their shoulders for rivals for their power. They are, of all people, the most to be pitied because getting out of that system of total control is nearly impossible. Most never dare because it usually spells their death. The few who do cannot survive without total surrender to Yahweh...the best thing that could ever afctually happen to them.
I pray you do not have to climb so 'high' in wickedness that you have to waste your life and have to fall so 'low' and be humiliated, for even though your abasement may ultimately be your salvation if you repent, you will not be getting many credit points in the resurrection for the good things you could have done in a productive life for Yahweh had you not been serving the devil. Nevertheless is it better to be saved than to be consigned to hell. And no matter how gifted or intelligent you think you are, you will not survive in the jungle which is the kingdom of the enemy without progressively selling yourself as a slave and whore.
My concern is the salvation and deliverance of those who have fallen for the enemy's snare and are tumbling into oblivion. They are in a dangerous spiritual sleep that allows the enemy to do almost what he wants with them. I therefore take seriously the admonition of Yahweh:
That is why I preach, witness and write. How could I not? How could any believer not?
"Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter" (Prov.24:11, NKJV).
I hope this word of warning will encourage someone. The Good News is that an infinitely better life awaits those who follow Yahweh-Elohim and His Son Yah'shua (Jesus). Don't throw away your chayim (life) for counterfeit 'life' which is really only death dressed up to look like the real thing. Accept the invitation of the Master who says to all:
"Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in lev (heart), and you will find shalom (rest) for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Matt.11:28-30, NKJV).