Behemoth counterpart to Leviathan

This study is part two of a three part Powerpoint presentation. The presenter is available for speaking engagements. Speaker contact information is at the end of the paper. In a previous study we shared about "Leviathan" the king over all the children of pride (http://www.scribd.com/doc/39328114/Leviathan). Today we are going to talk about his counterpart Behemoth, Self-Righteousness, Rebellion and Deception. All scripture quoted is taken from KJV unless otherwise stated. This study will focus on the attacks of Behemoth on our individual lives, physically and mentally, which affects us spiritually. We will continue with a follow up in another study of both Leviathan and Behemoth’s deadly attacks on the church and the world. We will expose who they really are in Bible prophecy. We need to learn from Job’s experience so not to repeat his mistakes of pride, self-righteousness and a rebellious attitude, but to have a humble, submissive spirit towards our Creator. We need to understand how Satan is deceiving and controlling, not only the lives of individuals, but of churches and nations of the world. THIS MEANS YOU AND ME AND OUR FAMILIES!! Praise God He has not left us in the dark but has revealed the battle plan of the enemy, the great dragon! Continuing with the story of Job. In his pain and distress, and through his own wisdom he became rebellious, self-righteous and justified himself, claiming God was unjust in his dealings with him. Job desired to have an audience with God. Job 31:35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me... Job 31:37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him. Job 32:1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. Job 32:2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu ... against Job ...because he justified himself rather than God. Job 32:3 Also against his three friends was his (Job) wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. Job 34:5 (Elihu speaking) "For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment.

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Job 34:9 For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God. Job 34:35 Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.... Job 34:37 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God". God granted Job an audiance with Him as he had a very important point to make to Job. Job 38:2 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth (or gives murky) counsel by words without knowledge? Job 38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. In chapters 38-40 is recorded 74 questions which God asked of Job. These questions were not to settle an argument, but for God to reveal Himself - His goodness, power and wisdom. He did not explain to Job the reasons for his sufferings, but was showing him through these afflictions, a flaw which had been hiding in the character of this righteous man and could only be manifested through these trials. God's purpose was to open Job’s eyes and rescue him from this deadly, unseen mammoth foe.
Job 40:3 So the Lord answered Job and said, "shall anyone who holds a

controversy with me try to instruct or reprove me as well? He that thinks he is right to argue or justify himself against me, let him answer or give account to his reasoning.” Job 40:3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, Job 40:4 Behold, I am vile (impure, sinful, unclean); what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Job 40:5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further. Notice that in Job’s answer to God, he did not justify himself but admitted that he had sinned against Him. This revelation forever changed Job’s attitude and outlook towards himself and towards his Creator. Apparently Job needed further instruction and understanding, for once again, out of the whirlwind returns the Divine voice of God. I believe God's main purpose was not to shame Job, but to lead him in a new experience.

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The next 8 verses, (Job 40:7-14,) will be paraphrasesd for a more simple understanding of what God is saying to Job. "Strap on your belt of strength like a warrior as I am going to ask you some questions and have you answer me." Will you also discredit my judgment? Will you condemn or declare me wrong to justify your self-righteousness? Do you have an arm that is mighty and powerful like mine? Can you produce a thunderclap? If so, then dress yourself now with majesty and exaltedness and array yourself with glory, honor, beauty and magnificence. Spew forth the furies of your anger, look upon every one that is arrogant and humble him. See everyone that is proud and bring him to bend the knee into subjection, and tread down or crush the wicked with your foot till they are as powder under your feet. Bury them all in the dust together. Cover their faces in the grave. If you can do all this Job, Then I myself will praise you that your own right hand is strong enough to bring your own salvation (save, free, avenging, defend, deliver, rescue, get victory). Job 40:7-14

Behemoth - The unseen, silent foe. The spirit of deception.
God is now going to share with Job an unseen, silent, undetected, formidable foe by describing to him a land beast which was familiar to Job, to give him an understanding of this deceptive enemy he was dealing with in his own life. His name is "Behemoth" Again, I will paraphrase the next 10 verses (Job 40:15-24) for simplicity reasons only. In describing behemoth to Job, God says; "Look at behemoth (large quadruped or 4 legged beast) the mighty powerful, dumb (meaning mute or silent) beast. I created him just like I created you. He eats grass like an ox. His great strength is in his loins and his power is in the navel of his belly.

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His tail is like a ceder tree; the muscles or sinews of his thighs are woven together. His bones are like tubes of bronze; his legs are like bars of iron. He is the first or beginning of God's works and only his Maker can destroy him. The mountains present him their crops, yet all the beasts of the field play there. He lies under the lotus trees, hidden by the reeds and swamp. The shade trees hide him in their shadow; the willows of the stream surround him. He plunders and causes destruction to the river and is not afraid. He is confident that he can gulp the Jordan river with his mouth. He will seize it with his eyes and with his breathe he will strike through and ensnare.

Behemoth / Kingly, Gigantic Beast
The following thoughts are taken from author Paul S. Taylor: "Behemoth means kingly, gigantic beasts. The Bible's best description of a dinosaur-like animal is recorded in. ....Job 40:15-19. The book of Job is very old, probably written around 2,000 years before Jesus was born. Here God describes a great king of the land animals like some of the biggest dinosaurs, the Diplodocus and Apatosaurus. It was a gigantic plant-eater with great muscles and very strong bones. The long Diplodocus had leg bones so strong that he could have held three others on his back. The behemoths were not afraid. They did not need to be; they were huge. Their tails were so long and strong that God compared them to cedars - one of the largest and most spectacular trees of the ancient world. After all the behemoths had died out, many people forgot them. Dinosaurs were extinct and the fossil skeletons that are in museums today did not begin to be put together until about 150 years ago. Today, some people have mistakenly guessed that the behemoth mentioned in the Bible might be an elephant or a hippopotamus. But those animals certainly do not have tails like the thick, tall trunks of cedar trees! Although it cannot be stated with certainty, it appears that dinosaurs may have actually been mentioned in the Bible. This should not sound so strange. After all, God tells us that He created all the land animals on the 6th day of creation, the same day that he created mankind. Man and dinosaurs lived 4

at the same time. There was never a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth. From the very beginning of creation, God gave man dominion over all that was made, even over the dinosaurs".

Apatosaurus was one of the largest land animals that ever existed,
with an average length of 23 m (75 ft) and a mass of at least 23 metric tons (25 short tons). (www.wikipedia.org) God is revealing behemoth to Job as an enemy which is much larger, more dreaded and formidable than any beast, even the monstrous dinosaurs. This evil foe will quietly and elusively, with cunning and craftiness, make his way into our lives, to plunder and cause destruction. Once he is in, he grows into a monster larger than a dinosaur and becomes almost impossible for us to deal with. As it says in Job 40 verse 19, God made him and he alone can destroy him. We must be on our guard against Behemoth but in order to do this, we must know who he is and what his works are. Let’s again go over these verses in Job 40 to see the spiritual lessons concerning Behemoth. Job 40:15 Behold (lo! [is expressing surprise]. With this expression, God is asking Job to direct his attention to the massiveness and power of this creature. "see now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth (consumes, devours) grass (in Bible symbology grass represents the frailty of flesh [1 Peter 1:24] ) "Satan studies every indication of the frailty of human nature, he marks the sins which each individual is inclined to commit, and then he takes care that opportunities shall not be wanting to gratify the tendency to evil." (Great Controversy, page 555, Ellen G. White) "as an ox" (used for plowing or to plough {Web. Collegiate Dict. 5th edition}; 1. "An implement used to cut, lift, invert, and partly pulverize soil. 2. To turn up, break up, or trench with a plow. 4. To go, move, cut, or cleave as through water in sailing or as a plow does through soil.) Remember, Leviathan cuts through the water (symbolic for "people" [Revelation 17:15]) and Behemoth plows through the ground or soil (symbolic for the "heart", which is our mind, will, thoughts and feelings, which constitutes our moral character) [Luke 8:5-15]). “If the thoughts are wrong, the feelings will be wrong; and the thoughts and feelings combined make up the moral character.” Job 40:16 Lo! now, This expression using the word "now" in conjunction with "Lo! is even more intense as it is implying "to entreat with urgency." In other words, God is saying, "this is very important, don't miss it." 5

Lo now, his strength (firmness, power might) is in his loins, and his force (effort, success, ability, wealth, fruit) is in the navel (a cord, sinew; from the root word H8324 to be hostile, an opponent, enemy) H8270: a string, as twisted, that is, the umbilical cord (figuratively as the centre of strength) of his belly (the womb; as they that be born). This great controversy between Good and Evil is about truth vs. lies, right vs. wrong, our best friend vs. our worst enemy, our Saviour vs. our opponent. God is showing us that our enemy's strength (firmness, power might) is in his loins. Everything about the enemy is in opposition or a counterfeit of the truth. In Ephesians 6:14 we are told to have our "loins girt about with truth." With this insight, then behemoth's strength in his loins must be his lies, falsehood, and deception. "He [Satan] constantly sows his tares in every heart that is not barricaded with the truth." (Home Missionary, Feb 1, 1890, Ellen G. White) This is what this study is all about, the enemy's hostile determination to destroy every soul Jesus died for (John 3:16), through his lies, falsehood, and deception against the righteous character of God (His laws) and the truth of His Word (Bible). His evil work began when Satan, through the serpent, beguiled Eve with doubt against God's word and used her to bring disbelief to Adam. It worked in the garden and it is still working today with astonishing success. THIS WAR IS REAL! Job 40:17 He (bends or flaps) his tail like a cedar (or with firmness and determination): the sinews (a thong [pressed together], to crowd upon, that is, attack: invade, overcome. Job 40:17 "...the sinews of his stones [H6343 testicle, to cause fear] H6342 "to be startled by a sudden alarm; or the object feared, feeling dreadful or terror) "are wrapped together" (to intwine, a wreath). "Tendon"; A tough cord or band of defence. So his sinews, intwined as a wreath, supplies strength and power. They are his tough cord or band of defence uniting or pressing together a muscle with some other part of the body (in this case, his stones) and transmitting or sending out a signal (fear, terror) by the force exerted by the muscle. Behemoth is shown here as a male which brings much fear. He is closely connected to a power source through the umbilical cord, "she who begot him." In the study of "Mystery Babylon the Great" we will take a deeper look into these two beast powers (Leviathan and Behemoth) and who they represent.

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In vs 16,"strength" means "to be firm" also (from its hardiness as a large lizard: {dragon, dinosars} and also meaning chameleon: "The composite term Apatosaurus comes from the Greek names apate /apatelos, meaning "deception"/"deceptive" and sauros meaning "lizard"; thus, "deceptive lizard" (www.wikipedia.org) Just like the serpent and the super crocodile, the dinosaur is from the reptilian animals. Web. Collegiate Dict. 5th edition: Chameleon chamai - on the ground, dwarf + leon, lion (dwarfed lion) 1. Any of a group of lizards remarkable for the change of color of the skin according to the mood of the animal or surrounding conditions. 2. A person who is fickle or inconstant. "Fickle"; Liable to change; unstable, faithless. (An apostate: One who deserts professed principles of faith; a renegade. [Web. Collegiate Dict. 5th edition]. I believe what it is saying here is that the invasion which Behemoth uses against mankind is with firmness and determination, and is bound up or hidden in a neatly wrapped package, secured with a cord or band of defense for protection (secrecy). At the right moment, (when all are asleep in carnal security) it will send out its signal of attack by the force of the muscle (power, troop, army). Because of its chameleon ability to change the color of its skin to the mood of its surrounding conditions, this veiled, obscured, silent attack will not be detected by those who are asleep because of the drowsy, dreamy, benumbed state of mind they are in. Job 40:18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass, his bones are like bars of iron. "His bones" meaning his body or his substance. Web. Collegiate Dict.5th edition; "substance"; 1. That which underlies all outward manifestations; real, unchanging essence or nature, that which constitutes anything that it is. 2. Characteristic components. "are as strong pieces" meaning a container, or a tube. "of brass" (taken from the root word H5175 snake, hiss, serpent) "hiss" means; whisper a (magic) spell; "his bones (unchanging nature or characteristic components) "are like bars of iron" (hammering out as forged). The description here is saying that the mammoth body of Behemoth is a container holding the unchanging nature or characteristic components of a snake or serpent (Satan, cunning and crafty) which hammers its victims like iron.”

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Remember the word “hiss” means “to whisper a magic spell” or “to enchant’; to charm, put under a spell, allure, bewitch, fascinate, infatuate, captivate (to capture, subdue, to acquire ascendancy (control) over (something or somebody) by art of attraction.) "Pleasing, bewitching fables captivate the senses, and lead men to reject the Bible as the foundation of their faith. Christ is as verily denied as before; but Satan has so blinded the eyes of the people that the deception is not discerned." (Great Controversy, page 557-558, Ellen G. White) Job 40:19 He is the chief (the first, in place, time, order or rank "of the ways of God": (Mode of action, creation). The gigantic dinosaurs were the great king of the land animals. That made them first in rank. Lucifer was a chief arch angel, next highest in rank to Michael. "he that made (or created) him can make his sword to approach unto him (or destroy him). Only behemoth’s Maker (our all powerful God) can and will destroy him with His sword at the end of time. Back to behemoth's captivating, ingenious tricks. Job 40:20 Surely (nevertheless) "the mountains" meaning to loom up. In Bible symbolism, mountains or hills (high places) represent places of worship, good or evil [churches] (See Isaiah 2:2,3, Micah 4:1). High places; (Deuteronomy 12:2, Judges 5:18) "bring him forth" to lift, exalt (self), furnish, honour, magnify, raise (up), yield) "food" (produce, a crop [wealth: fruit, increase] "where all the beasts" (alive; raw flesh; life, company, congregation, multitude) "of the field" (land, soil {earth}) "play" (to laugh in pleasure or detraction). "Men of intelligence are infatuated with Satanic sorcery... Thousands accept the opinion of the minister or obey the injunctions of the pope or priest, and neglect God's word and despise his truth." {Signs of the Times, May 18, 1882 par. 14, Ellen G. White} Behemoth is not only out to destroy our physical body, which affects our spiritual health, but he is coming after our souls. People in all the religions of the world are being devoured through deception of this gigantic, devious beast.

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He plows through the soil of their heart, mind, and souls, while hammering and treading on God's word of truth with his huge iron feet. Nevertheless, all these religions, in their self-righteous forms of worship, continue to exalt, honor and lift up this modern-day Molech of immorality and idol worship. Frail humanity is attracted to this enchanted ground where Behemoth beguiles them with his mystical, captivating charm. He allures them with his "smooth words" and "feel good" sorcery to partake of the forbidden fruit which is attractive, beautiful and inviting (on the outside), but its meat is evil and full of deadly poison. He will plant seeds of doubt in their minds against God's truth, making them to believe they are wise enough to follow their own ways (like Cain). Discarding God's holy law and commands, they believe that He will save them in their sins, not from them. Satan knows that away from God and on their own, humans are no match for him. If he can get them to veer from the truth of God's holy Word, before they realize it, he will have them drinking from his golden cup the wine of abominations and filthiness. At this moment of our worlds’ history, Behemoth has captivated and now holds under his spell by the art of attraction, the majority of humanity. This is how Behemoth is fed and continues to grow and yields an increase on earth. Just because something looks or sounds good does not make it right. We must be watchful. A small amount of poison in a clear glass of pure water can kill you. What are some of the other things that Behemoth is doing to beguile or charm the people into his trap? Job 40:21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens. "He lieth" (for rest, sexual connection or any other purpose)

Soul & Heart Ties, the tie that binds.
God created marriage as a bond, tie or union between a man and a woman, husband and wife. Marriage is not a contract but a covenant, a blood covenant, the strongest and most sacred of all covenants. Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. Mark 10:7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; Mark 10:8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. Mark 10:9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

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1 Corinthians 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

A honorable marriage is blessed by God.
This is a command of God and Satan hates God's laws and is at war against them. He is out to destroy humanity by deceiving people into thinking that evil (transgression of God's law) is good and good (obeying God's law) is evil. Do you see Leviathan at work here, twisting people’s minds? God created the marriage union to show us how he wants that intimate relationship between Himself and His church (see Ephesians 5:25-27). Satan is out to not only pervert the sacred marriage union between a man and a woman but to unite all humanity together (even children) through adultery, fornication, and all promiscuous sexual activities. It's called "soul ties". "What does the term "soul or heart ties mean"? "The word "soul" in the Scriptures.... is used interchangeable with the word "spirit" and sometimes coincides with the Hebrew usage of "heart." (The Marriage Covenant And Sexual Sin p.5, by Al and Collette Martin) Soul ties are connected with our mind or intellect, emotions and desires (lusts). Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: "In other words, to be joined together as "one flesh" would involve the mind, emotions; choices and the moral behavior, would have solid ties to the heart and soul. Thus we could call it soul or heart ties....one is positive (within the marriage) [Genesis 2:24] and one is negative (outside the marriage) [1 Corinthians 6:16]. Could it be that in the understanding of being "one flesh" might mean that a transfer or mingling of emotions, thoughts. etc., would take place?" (The Marriage Covenant And Sexual Sin p. 6) "When two people come together in a sexual encounter (good or bad) the soul; the mind, intellect, the emotions and desires of two people are joined, attached, united, coupled or merged together....not only physically but also spiritually." (The Marriage Covenant And Sexual Sin p. 8, by Al and Collette Martin)

How does illicit sex unite one with Behemoth?
“Illicit” - “not permitted; improper; unlawful” [Web. Collegiate Dict. 5th Edition] {see Exodus 22:19, Leviticus 19:20, 20:11,13, Deuteronomy 27:20-23}. "The shocking reality that must be considered is that Satan is connecting people through sexual encounters outside of marriage, which gives him the right to control in this area. Through sex and sexual relationships of every kind, the devil

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is connecting the world and bringing them under his bondage. (The Marriage Covenant And Sexual Sin p. 7, by Al and Collette Martin) Satan is trying to unite the whole world together through illicit sex. Sex is an object of worship in satanic rituals and every day multitudes of men, woman and children are being sexually abused. We are talking about people who are willingly choosing to commit these sins against God’s law and against their fellow man. There are many who have been unwilling victim in these sexual sins which brought them much pain and suffering. God understands pain and suffering more then anyone. He watched as His arch enemy Satan tortured to death His sinless, innocent, blameless, loving Son. He had the power and authority to send all the angels of heaven to snatch Jesus from the grip of this cruel enemy, but He loved you and me too much to stop our salvation, the atoning Lamb from being slaughtered, the only sacrifice that could bring man back into reconciliation with God. This was true love. As long as sin is in this world, there will be much injustice, pain, sorrow and suffering. But if we stay faithful to Jesus, He is coming back soon as King of kings and Lord of lords to serve justice to Satan and his seed (those who choose to willfully follow him) and to take His loyal followers back to heaven. John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. {See also Revelation 19:11-16} I want to make sure everyone who may be reading this understands that God loves you no matter what sin you may have or are committing. He extends His offer of eternal life to all humanity. He has done His part to save us from this evil world. The choice is for us to accept or reject. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. When a woman taken in adultery was brought to Jesus by the leaders of the church, He first addressed the church leaders by saying; John 8:7 ...“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” He knew that they were as guilty as she was and had no right to condemn her.

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John 8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, … and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. John 8:10 When Jesus ….. saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. Jesus did not come to earth to condemn people but came to save them. Our first obligation for salvation is to believe in Jesus as the Son of God, but we show our belief in Jesus by following His words: “go, and sin no more.” Man co-operates with God. We confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanses us from all unrighteousness (sinning against His law). Our obligation is to “go sin no more.” We choose not to do these evil deeds any more and trust in the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus for victory over all sin. (1 John 1:6 -9, Isaiah 1:18) If we are condemned, it is because we condemn ourselves, by choosing to love darkness and continuing in our sins rather than accepting His light of truth. John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. Getting back to Job. Job 40:21 He lieth under the shady trees...," the shady trees" "Lotus tree." Web. Collegiate Dict. 5th edition; "lotas" : The fruit eaten by the lotas-eaters, causing indolence and dreamy contentment; Any of several flowering water plants represented in ancient Egyptian and Hindu art. "Lotas-eater"; In the Odyssey, one of a people who subsisted on the lotas and lived in the dreamy indolence it induced. From www.helium.com is a quote about the lotus tree. "In the book "The Odyssey", the lotus tree produced fruit that caused the one's who ate it to become drowsy..... The fruits from the lotus were narcotic and addictive. Some of the lotus-eaters would feel drowsy for days after eating the fruit.....Some scholars have found the lotus having much in common with the opium poppy flower .....It is not advised for people to feed off of these lotus plants because some can be dangerous and poisonous to humans."

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"The people of God are in a condition of slumber... Satan is stealing a march upon us. .."Those who do not arouse will be passed by..." {Ellen G. White, Home Missionary, February 1, 1890 par. 4} This battle is real. Behemoth has many ways to keep not only the people of this world, but mainly the professed people of God, in a dreamy, drowsy, benumbed state of mind so they cannot think. He knows that if he can keep them in this stupor condition, they will not have that relationship and trust in Jesus that is so very critical for their salvation. If he can keep the minds of the people in an altered, lethargic state, (and he has multiple ways to do this), then they will not be able to hear the still small voice of the Holy Spirit calling them to repentance. They will not stand on the side of truth, for they have not learned to trust in Jesus, but will follow the deception of the world. "With many the appetite clamors for the disgusting weed, tobacco, and ale, made powerful by poisonous, health-destroying mixtures. ... Their debased appetites call for stronger drink, which has a still more benumbing influence upon the brain. Thus they give themselves up to every excess, until appetite holds complete control over the reasoning faculties;...Manhood and honor are alike sacrificed to appetite. It required time to benumb the sensibilities of the mind....The indulgence of the appetite .... prepared the way for every kind of indulgence, until health and intellect were sacrificed to lust." {Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, June 27, 1899 par. 2} God is showing us through this study of Behemoth, the dangers of surrendering our minds and bodies to any other power but Jesus (He has the right as He is not only our creator, but He bought us back by His blood). Let’s look at just a few of the things in which Satan can gain access into our mind & life, most in which we allow. Anything that is addictive for the body: Drugs of all kinds, narcotics, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine etc. “It is by sinful indulgence that men give Satan access to their minds, and they go from one stage of wickedness to another.” (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 404, Ellen G. White) Foods, drinks and things that benumb the mind and clogs the body: MSG, food coloring, additives, sugars, overeating, eating between meals, processed foods, greasy foods, meats and dairy products [poisons and clogs the digestive system], highly seasoned foods, sickness & disease, chlorinated water, fluoride, caffeine, etc. "The mind must be enlightened; for the understanding is darkened just as Satan would have it to be, because he can find access through perverted appetite, to debase the soul. . . ." {Ellen G. White, Colporteur Ministry 133.1} "His (Satan's) temptations are leading multitudes to ruin. Intemperance dethrones reason; sensual indulgence, strife, and bloodshed follow." (Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 4 p. 406, Ellen G. White) 13

God has written His law upon every nerve and muscle, every fiber and function of the human body. The indulgence of unnatural appetite, whether for tea, coffee, tobacco, or liquor, is intemperance, and is at war with the laws of life and health. By using these forbidden articles a condition of things is created in the system which the Creator never designed. This indulgence in any of the members of the human family is sin. . . . The eating of food that does not make good blood is working against the laws of our physical organism, and is a violation of the law of God. The cause produces the effect. Suffering, disease, and death are the sure penalty of indulgence.-- Letter 123, 1899. {Bible Echo, September 18, 1899 par. 10, Ellen G. White} Activities which benumbs your mind and soul and distracts you from your walk with Jesus: T.V, sports, too busy, over worked, not enough sleep, laziness, parties, up all night, sleep all day, lack of fresh air, exercise, sunshine, uncontrolled use of computer, (wrong games, movies, music), love of money and pleasure, love of fashion and display, gambling, etc. (Some of these things are bad because they are abused and some are just plain destructive. You decide!] The Quest for Pleasure.--Multitudes are vainly seeking happiness in worldly amusements. They crave something which they do not have. They are spending their money for that which is not bread, and their labor for that which satisfieth not. The hungering, thirsting soul will continue to hunger and thirst as long as it partakes of these unsatisfying pleasures. O that every such one would listen to the voice of Jesus, "If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink." Those who drink of the living water will thirst no more for frivolous, exciting amusements. Christ, the wellspring of life, is the fountain of peace and happiness. {Ellen G. White, Youth Instructor, November 6, 1902 par. 1} Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) This last group is things which destroy the soul: These are the characteristics of Satan which will not be allowed in the Heavenly Kingdom. Jesus has made it possible through His atoning blood for our cleansing of these character defects. We need to surrender them to Him and choose not to continue in these sins. (Revelation 22:15, 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10, Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:3-6, Colossians 3:5-9, 2 Timothy 3:1-5) Unforgiveness, hatred, anger, bitterness, stubbornness, fear, fantasy, lusts, doubting, judging, resentment, violence, rebellion, retaliation, pride, selfishness, deception, arrogance, criticism, accusing others, controlling, quarreling, guilt, idleness, stealing, mockery, jealousy, envy, evil surmising, greed, self-pity, intolerance, temper, contention, gossip, self-righteousness, lying, murder, occult, witchcraft, sorcery, sexual sins of all kinds, pornography, idol worship, disobedience, careless indifference, cheap conversation, intemperance etc. etc.

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"All who indulge sinful traits of character, or willfully cherish a known sin, are inviting the temptations of Satan. They separate themselves from God and from the watchcare of His angels; as the evil one presents his deceptions, they are without defense and fall an easy prey. Those who thus place themselves in his power little realize where their course will end. Having achieved their overthrow, the tempter will employ them as his agents to lure others to ruin. " {Great Controversy, p. 558, 559, Ellen G. White} "It is a law both of the intellectual and the spiritual nature, that by beholding, we become changed. The mind gradually adapts itself to the subjects upon which it is allowed to dwell. (Ellen G. White, Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 4 p. 406) "Satan takes advantage of the weaknesses and defects of character that are thus revealed, and presses his temptations where there is the least power of resistance. He makes evil suggestions, and inspires worldly thoughts, knowing that he can thus bring the soul into condemnation and bondage. To those who are selfish, worldly, avaricious, proud, faultfinding, or given to detraction--to all who are cherishing errors and defects of character--Satan presents the indulgence of self, and leads the soul off upon a track that the Bible condemns. . . ." {Our High Calling, page 88 par. 3, Ellen G. White} Philippians 2:12 …work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; All these things (and much more) are destroying our body, minds and souls. Some are more blatant than others, but it does not matter, Satan will use them to take us down. 1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 15

Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

More about the "Lotus tree"
Please understand that behemoth has many ways to deceive humanity. He has a gimmick in his bag of tricks that will attract every type of character. We as Christians need to be careful and watch for these things. Most of his deceptions are glossed over and sugared coated, looking so good and innocent.

BEWARE and BE WISE.
If you are familiar with "yoga", you understand that the sitting position for meditation is called "the lotus position. " Here is a quote taken from www.minddisorders.com. "The word "yoga" means "union" or "yoke." The various physical and mental disciplines of yoga were seen as a method for individuals to attain union with the divine" (and they are not talking about Jesus Christ). There are basically 4 poses in hatha yoga which are the tree, cobra, triangle and lotus. The lotus is the meditative pose. This is when you empty your mind of your thoughts, and the "divine one" (the enemy of souls) will put his thoughts in your mind. The lotus is symbolic of self-cleansing, purity and faithfulness. In these mystical religions, you become your own saviour. Remember what God said to Job in chapter 40 verse 14 after he asked him if he could do any of these marvelous feats which only God could do, but which was impossible to man. "If you can do all this Job, Then I myself will praise you that your own right hand is strong enough to bring your own salvation. Self-salvation is impossible! Don't be fooled. Yoga is not just exercise but a form of worship. They admit that it is for "body, mind and spirit." Anytime you submit your mind to another being, it is a form of worship, good or bad. Many Christians are caught up in this deceitful form of idol worship. Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 2 Corinthians 10:5 ...bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 16

As Christians, Jesus Christ should be our only Master. If we hold on to any other, we are committing spiritual adultery. Matthew 23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: 1 Corinthians 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. "There are few who have any just conception of the deceptive power of Spiritualism and the danger of coming under its influence. Many tamper with it, merely to gratify their curiosity. They have no real faith in it, and would be filled with horror at the thought of yielding themselves to the spirits' control. But they venture upon the forbidden ground, and the mighty destroyer exercises his power upon them against their will. Let them once be induced to submit their minds to his direction, and he holds them captive. It is impossible, in their own strength, to break away from the bewitching, alluring spell. Nothing but the power of God, granted in answer to the earnest prayer of faith, can deliver these ensnared souls." {Great Controversy, 1888 Edition, p. 559, Ellen G. White} Back to Job 40:21 "in the covert" (to cover, to hide by covering, conceal, disguise, protection, keep secret). Remember that this evil principality Behemoth is very cunning, a professional liar, deceitful to the max, sly, misleading, double-dealing, crafty, tricky, fools people, hoaxer, mocker etc. This is how he disguises and hides himself from people in seeing who he really is. "Satan's plans and devices are soliciting us on every hand. We should ever remember that he comes to us in disguise, covering his motives and the character of his temptations. He comes in garments of light, clad apparently in pure angel robes, that we may not discern that it is he. We need to use great caution, to closely investigate his devices, lest we be deceived." {Our High Calling, page 88 par. 2, Ellen G. White} We must know, recognize, and expose this enemy as he veils his evil fallacy by mingling truth with very cleverly thought-out error. The counterfeit looks so real. We cannot afford to be ignorant of his schemes and cleverness of inventions. "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." [2 Corinthians 2:11.] "... none need be deceived by the lying claims of Spiritualism. God has given the world sufficient light to enable them to discover the snare. ..." (Ellen G. White, Great Controversy, p. 556)

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We will be bring more to light on the "modern" snares of Satan and the lying claims of Spiritualism" in the study on "Babylon the Great". Back to Job 40:21 "of the reed" (as erect); by resemblance a rod. From a root word meaning "to erect", or create; to procure, to attain, possess, provoke to jealousy. Web. Collegiate Dict. 5th edition: "erect"; To build, to raise in rank or esteem; exalt, To set up or establish. To draw or construct (a perpendicular or figure) upon a given base. To set up. "One often sees the lotus as the throne upon which the Buddha sits. Here, the Buddha is the symbol of the awakened Mind, which is self-existent, independent, and self-regenerating." (www.minddisorders.com) [Notice that the word "Mind" is capitalized?] Web. Collegiate Dict. 5th edition: "create"; 1. To bring into being; cause to exist; 2. a. To invest with a new form, office, or character. b. To produce, form, or bring to pass, by influence over others; as to create a favorable opinion. "lotus position - the arrangement of the body and its limbs; "he assumed an attitude of surrender." (www.thefreedictionary.com/lotus+position) (The attitude for surrender to God is on your knees with a humble heart!) Web. Collegiate Dict. 5th edition; "procure"; 1. To bring into possession; to obtain by any means. 2. To contrive; effect; cause. 3. To obtain for illicit intercourse or prostitution. (Adulterate / fornication/idolatry) "Yoga - Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfection, spiritual insight, and tranquility that is achieved through the three paths of actions and knowledge and devotion". www.thefreedictionary.com/lotus+position (Here we see the "three trinity gods"! More on this in "Babylon the Great"). This is idolatry & self-righteousness!! God’s way for his people to receive spiritual insight is to buy of him his eye salve or discernment of His Holy Spirit. To receive His perfection is having on the pure white robe of Christ's righteousness, and tranquility, is gold tried in the fire, having the faith & love of Jesus. I believe "in the covert in the reeds" is just another way of saying how cleverly behemoth is hiding his idols in our life. Any objects or things (this includes false doctrines, or anything against the commands of God) in which we place our passionate devotion, loyalty, and homage is an idol. There is only one true living God is which we should worship. All false gods are idols.

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Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all... Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God...(can be provoked to anger) Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Matthew 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (This is Behemoth hiding!) 1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. If you believe what God is saying is truth and you feel that the enemy may have you blinded concerning any idols or gods in you life, please take this seriously and plead with God to show you what or who it may be as well as any love of the world in your life that needs to be overcome and cleansed. He alone can open your eyes and give you the victory through the blood of Jesus Christ. Psalms 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: Psa 139:24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Back to Job 40:21 "and fens (a swamp: mire (-ry place) mud Web. Collegiate Dict. 5th edition, "Mire" Bog, deep mud, slush. (a) To cause to stick fast in or as in mire; hence to entangle or involve. (b) To soil with mud or foul matter. To sink or stick in mire. From www.thefreedictionary.com/lotus+position "The lotus produces a beautiful flower even with its roots in the dirtiest water. The symbolism is that a person can rise above being rooted in the ugliness and suffering of this world, and should try to be pure and help others with the beauty of the spirit". "Lotus yoga - in our practice, the soul rises like a lotus above muddy waters." This is self-righteousness, believing that a person can change his ugly, sinful, dirty life into a beautiful and pure character by himself. This is the point that God

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was showing to Job, that he could not save himself by all his righteous ways and good works, that God alone had the solution to the lost sinful condition of humanity. Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags.. Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; We are saved through grace and our faith in the atoning blood of Christ but our faith is shown by our good works. So what are "good works"? Good works or obedience to the will (commands) of our Heavenly Father, is the fruit of our faith and love. 1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. John 10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. What is the will of God? Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. In the act of God showing Job that his own righteousness and good works could not save him, just illustrated in a very profound way his desperate need of a Saviour. God did not indicate to Job in the slightest that because he was in need a Saviour that it would now be in vain for him to continue to live a righteous life (keeping God's commands) and doing good works. A thousands times NO! James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? James 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. From this time forward Job's spiritual life just improved. He never stopped worshiping and obeying his Heavenly Father and doing righteous works. After 20

Job prayed for his three friends who condemned him in his trials (love for his fellow man), the Lord bless him. Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: This trial was just a spiritual growth experience for Job, another rung in the ladder of sanctification. Back to Behemoth in Job 40:22 "The shady trees" (the lotus tree) "cover (to entwine as a screen; cover over, protect: - defense, defend) "him with their shadow" (hovering over, to shade, as twilight or an opaque object: - begin to be dark, shadowing) H6754; root meaning to shade; a phantom, illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, especially an idol: image, vain shew) "Satan's step is noiseless, his movements stealthy, and his batteries masked. He does not venture to show himself openly, lest he arouse the Christian's dormant energies and send him to God in prayer." {Maranatha, page 60 par. 5, Ellen G. White} "the willows" to braid, that is, intermix; technically to traffic (as if by barter); also to give or be security (as a kind of exchange): - engage, (inter-) meddle (with), mingle (self), mortgage, occupy, give pledges, be (-come, put in) surety, undertake; Ezekiel 28:4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: Ezekiel 28:5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches: In the study of scripture you will find that there is the physical, which covers the literal, financial and political side of life, and the mental or spiritual, which covers the religious side of life. In the final few verses of this chapter, we will touch on the financial area in which both, Behemoth and Leviathan, have entangled the people of the world. The spiritual or prophetic side of these verses, we will cover in the follow-up study of Mystery Babylon the Great. The practice of credit or borrowing money is not a good policy. It violates scripture. Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another… Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance puts it this way; “Owe to no one, no not anything, nothing at all.” 21

Why does the Bible speak so strongly against borrowing? Proverbs 22:7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. Borrowing produces bondage or enslavement to the lender or creditor. God wants His people free from earthly entanglements in order to serve Him. 2 Timothy 2:4 No man that warreth (to serve in a military campaign) entangleth (entwine, involve) himself with the affairs (transaction, negotiation) of this life; that he may please him (God) who hath chosen him to be a soldier (warrior). Money is necessary for life but the love of money is covetousness and the root of all evil. Satan has set the bait of the “credit (covet) trap” (breaking the 10th Commandment of God) to appeal to the selfish feelings and human pride. He sweetens it with the lust and desire of “things”, rather then purchasing needful items which in most cases, could have been paid for without incurring debt. 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money (fond of silver (money), that is, avaricious: - covetous) is the root of all evil (injurious: - bad, evil, harm, ill): which while some coveted after (long for, desire), they have erred from the faith (stray from truth), and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (grief, to sink, to go “down”). Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. 1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich (seek after) fall into temptation (adversity) and a snare (trap), and into many foolish (unintelligent) and hurtful (injurious) lusts (desires, set the heart upon, long for (rightfully or otherwise, especially for what is forbidden), which drown (begin to sink) men in destruction (to destroy; ruin, punishment) and perdition (ruin or loss (physical, spiritual or eternal): - damnable (-nation) THE BREAKING OF ANY OF GOD’S COMMANDS BRINGS A CURSE UPON THE VIOLATER. IT IS A LAW, JUST LIKE THE LAW OF GRAVITY. If you step of the cliff, you are going down. There are consequences to pay for breaking a law. Whatever nation or individual who builds their economy or finances upon borrowing or credit, and continues to do so, they find themselves drowning in credit card debt and high interest loans, sinking in the mucky mire of inflation, bankruptcy, mortgages, foreclosures, and ultimately the loss of freedom. This is the plan of the enemy. He hates freedom and want all the people of the world under his command and as his slaves. What is God’s council to us regarding these things? 1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

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We are to seek for the true riches which lead to eternal life. Matthew 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? Matthew 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Christians should be content with what God has given them and not seek or have their selfish hearts set on the riches or things of this world. 1 Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1 John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. “Be determined never to incur another debt. Deny yourself a thousand things rather than run in debt. This has been the curse of your life, getting into debt. Avoid it as you would the smallpox.” {Ellen G. White, Counsels on Stewardship, page 257 par. 1} Remember that having money or even being rich is not a sin. It is the motive or reason in which you desire money and how you use it, which determines what is in your heart. The question is; Do you make money an idol or is it just a tool to live by? Money can either be used as a blessing or a curse to your soul. "of the brook" a stream, especially a winter torrent; also a shaft (of a mine): flood, river) "compass him about" (to revolve, surround or border). "Satan beguiles men now as he beguiled Eve in Eden by flattery, by kindling a desire …by exciting ambition for self-exaltation. It was cherishing these evils that caused his (man’s) fall, and through them he (Satan) aims to compass the ruin of men.” {Great Controversy page 544, Ellen G. White} Every day thousands of people are consumed by this monster. People sell their souls because of their love of money, while others become his slaves through debt. Behemoth keeps people totally surrounded with things that pollute and

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destroys them. Lust of the eyes, smooth fables and false doctrines for the ears, forbidden fruit for the mouth, luring fragrant smells and sensual pleasures for body and a rebellious, uncircumcised, and selfish heart for the soul. He has a tailored made, neatly wrapped gift for every soul that is willing to take the bait. Once hooked, they find themselves slowly sinking down into the swampy, slimly, mire of sin. Finding it impossible to get out on their own, they realize that certain death will be their fate. Suddenly they are gripped with fear, guilt, anxiety, depression, and hopelessness. But there is hope …..

THE ONLY WAY OUT IS JESUS:
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. This next question is one each of us has to answer for ourselves. Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? I see these last two verses as prophecy taking place before our eyes. Job 40:23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. Job 40:24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares. Job 40:23 "Behold (lo! Pay attention as this is important!), he drinketh up" to press upon, that is, oppress, defraud, violate, overflow: - (to) get deceitfully, deceive, (use) oppression], -or), do violence (wrong) quarrel, strive with) Web. Collegiate Dict. 5th edition; "oppress" 1. To crush; trample; overpower. 2. To burden spiritually as if with weights; 3. To crush, burden, or trample down by abuse of power or authority; to treat with unjust rigor or with cruelty. defraud: to cheat, deprive of some right, interest or property. violate: to infringe on, to break or disregard, as a promise, abuse. "a river"( figuratively, prosperity: successful progress). "and hasteth not": to start up suddenly)

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"he trusteth" be confident or sure: - be bold, secure) "that he can draw up"; to gush forth (as water), generally to issue: - break forth, labor to bring forth, come forth, draw up, take out) "Jordan" (a descender; from root word H3381; to descend (literally to go downwards, to fall); causatively to bring down, sink, subdue) "into" (with) "his mouth" (speech); according to: command (-ment), sentence, word. Slowly over the years this mammoth beast has been moving in the dark without much notice of the sleeping, drugged induced people with their happy feelings of false security. By violation and defraud through the abuse of power, he is now bringing oppression and crushing the people with heavy burdens, by taking away their prosperity and religious freedoms, treating them with unjust rigor and cruelty. He has no fear that his well laid trap will not succeed for he is very confident and sure that through the power of his word he will bring down or cause to fall the spiritual and financial prosperity of this mighty nation and of the world. Job 40:24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares. “He taketh” (carry away, seize) "it with his eyes" (figuratively) affliction) his "nose" (from H599; to breathe hard, that is, be enraged: - be angry (displeased) "pierceth" (to puncture, literally (to perforate, with more or less violence) or figuratively (to specify, designate, libel): - appoint, blaspheme, bore, curse, express, with holes, name, strike through) "through snares" (H4170; a noose, a hook (for the nose): - be ensnared, trap; from root word H3369; to ensnare (literally or figuratively): - fowler (lay a) snare. Through the affliction of the great loss of our freedoms, possessions and livelihood bring grief, misery and distress to all, it will cause much anger and disturbance among the people. This is just a trap or snare to make new laws and to bring a libel against the people. What is a libel? Web. Collegiate Dict. 5th edition: Libel: 1. A handbill circular...defaming a person. 2. Loosely, any defamatory statement, oral or in writing. 3. Any statement or representation, published without just cause or excuse, or by pictures, effigies, or other signs, tending to expose another to public hatred, contempt or ridicule. Every day there is posted in newspapers, on bulletin boards, in magazines, on the internet, the names of businesses and individuals who are in foreclosures, 25

bankruptcies, judgments, lawsuits, etc. This defames and brings shame and causes ridicule and contempt. It causes divorces, suicides and ruins lives and families. It even brings down mighty nations. The United States is bankrupt and is looked upon with contempt, ridicule and hatred by the rest of the world. With Protestant America leading the way, the deceptive and carefully laid financial snares of Behemoth was the debt trap of false prosperity through borrowing and living beyond one's means, as we blindly raced on out of control. Now that millions are in slavery to this indebtedness, he swallows or dries up the false prosperity and the reality of this mammoth bondage is staring everyone in the face. "Money will soon depreciate in value very suddenly when the reality of eternal scenes opens to the senses of man." { True Missionary, January 1, 1874 par. 10, Ellen G. White} I’m not sure that the reality of eternal scenes has yet opened to the senses of man as Satan still has many believing (not only the people of the world but professing Christians) that things are going to get better, that the financial dilemma will be solved and that life will continue on as usual. People are betting on the outcome, hoping and believing that tomorrow they will still have a job to pay their bills. Professed Christians continue to spend the little bit of money they have left on selfish desires rather than on advancing God’s kingdom by getting the truth out to the deceived and dying. It is the enemy of souls that makes Professed Christians feel secure because of the false belief that they are saved because of what they believe, but God has a very severe warning to such a belief. Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. … Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: …. Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:9 ….Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (He will spew that person out of His mouth) 26

Romans 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. The following quotes basically cover and wrap up all that we have been sharing on “Covetousness” especially for the professed Christians of Protestant America, “…Satan bade his angels lay their snares especially for those who were looking for Christ's second appearing and keeping all the commandments of God. Satan told his angels that the churches were asleep. He would increase his power and lying wonders, and he could hold them. …. Go, make the possessors of lands and money drunk with cares. If you can make them place their affections upon these things, we shall have them yet. They may profess what they please, only make them care more for money than for the success of Christ's kingdom. ... Present the world before them in the most attractive light, that they may love and idolize it. We must keep in our ranks all the means of which we can gain control. The more means the followers of Christ devote to His service, the more will they injure our kingdom by getting our subjects. …Be very vigilant then. Cause disturbance and confusion if possible. Destroy love for one another. …Present every plausible excuse to those who have means, lest they hand it out. Control the money matters if you can, …Battle every inch of ground. Make covetousness and love of earthly treasures the ruling traits of their character. As long as these traits rule, salvation and grace stand back. Crowd every attraction around them, and they will be surely ours. And not only are we sure of them, but their hateful influence will not be exercised to lead others to heaven. When any shall attempt to give, put within them a grudging disposition, that it may be sparingly." {Ellen G. White, Early Writings page 266, 277} "When the professed people of God are uniting with the world, living as they live, and joining with them in forbidden pleasure; when the luxury of the world becomes the luxury of the church; when the marriage bells are chiming, and all are looking forward to many years of worldly prosperity--then, suddenly as the lightning flashes from the heavens, will come the end of their bright visions and delusive hopes." {Ellen G. White, Great Controversy page 338, 339 [1911 edition]}

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What is God's council to us? Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. Luke 21:35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. 1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. If we as Christians truly believe that Jesus is coming soon, then we will show it by how and what we spend our money and time on. Satan will whisper in our ears that we could be wrong in interpreting the signs of Christ’s second coming and that we could still have many years left. He wants us to relax and go back to sleep. If we do this, we are gambling with our salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day (the day of the Lord’s coming) should overtake you as a thief. 1 Thessalonians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. We need to make our calling and election sure and be about our Father’s business. The day is soon coming in which God will destroy Behemoth, the mammoth beast of deception, and Leviathan, the fierce, destructive, sea monster. Until then, we must daily dress for war with the whole armor of God. This war is real. We cannot slumber or sleep nor lay our swords down. We must press this war to the gate of the kingdom. - - - -A watchman on the wall .... lynette We Are Living, We Are Dwelling
We are living, we are dwelling, in a grand and awful time, In an age on ages telling-- to be living is sublime. Hark! the waking up of nations, Gog and Magog to the fray; Hark! what soundeth? Is creation Groaning for her latter day? Christian, rouse and arm for conflict, nerve thee for the battlefield; Bear the helmet of salvation, and the mighty gospel shield; Let the breastplate, peace, be on thee, take the Spirit's sword in hand; Boldly, fearlessly, go forth then, in Jehovah's strength to stand.

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Wicked spirits gather round thee Legions of those foes of God. Principalities most mighty, walk unseen the earth abroad. They are gathering to the battle strengthened for the last great strife, Christian, arm, be watchful, ready, struggle manfully for life. And the prince of evil spirits, great deceiver of the world! He who at the blessed Jesus once his deadly weapons hurled, Cometh with unwonted power, knowing that his reign will cease When the kingdom shall be given to the mighty Prince of Peace. Christians, rouse! fight in this warfare, cease not till the victory's won; Till your Captain loud proclaimeth, "Servant of the Lord, well done!" He, alone, who thus is faithful, who abideth to the end, Hath the promise, in the kingdom an eternity to spend. (Arthur C. Coxe)

A Wall Like Jericho
It was a cold dark desert night, the commander faced the wall, with no way open, no weakness found, It was wall no earthly army could bring down. "Oh Lord", he cried, "I have no place to go", then an Angel came with a message from the Lord and said, "Joshua march around the wall, Joshua see my name exalted, and you'll see the wall come down, yes, you'll see the wall come down." I built a wall like Jericho, with a hedge around the will, mortared will pride the heart holds ground, even my best laid plans couldn't bring it down. "My child", He said, "receive my grace, you've sought my doctrines well, now seek my face." Child of mine, march around the wall, child of mine see my name exalted, and you'll see the wall come down, yes, you'll see the wall come down, YES, YOU’LL SEE THE WALL COME DOWN!!
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