By Carron Lake @ www.thelightoftheword.org

We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this
world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
(Ephesians 6:12)

Notice carefully that the prince of Tyrus was a man just like any other man, but the spirit of deception that worked through him is the same spirit of deception that works through all, who denies The Power and Will of GOD, WHO works in the hearts of those, who receive and live by HIS Word of Truth. It is that same spirit of deception that led Eve and Adam to reject The Authority of GOD'S Word, to follow another way, which brought death to Adam--the father of all of mankind. For there is no other way, but The Way GOD has revealed to us by HIS Word of Wisdom. Yet, the spirit of deception that works in the hearts of men, to sin against GOD and HIS Word is the same spirit of deception, whose heart was lifted up against The Authority of GOD'S Word, to work also through the pagan rulers, to declare that they were also Gods, because they sat in a seat of authority, as a God reigning over the people, to control their hearts to follow and do their will against The revealed Will of GOD in HIS Word. And like man, who was created by GOD through HIS Word, GOD said by HIS Word to this spirit of deception, and revealed to him that even though he had set his heart, as the heart of God to sit and reign over the people, to be wiser than Daniel, and to be filled with wisdom and understanding, he was not GOD, WHO created all things, including him by HIS Word.

Adam would have been the channel of GOD blessings to the whole human race had he trusted in GOD and HIS Word, but after being deceived by the enemy of souls, the same spirit of deception that worked against Adam and Eve has worked through the pagan rulers, and those, who serve him to present his commands and doctrines, to influence all men, to follow his will against The Will of GOD. And like Eve, who walked in sin contrary to The Will of GOD, and HIS Word through her husband Adam; many are being led to serve this spirit of deception, who seeks to reign by his authority over the whole world. As the Pharaoh of Egypt commanded the Hebrew midwives, to kill, and abort by death all the sons that were being born to the Hebrew mothers, and to save only the daughters alive; this spirit of deception used the kings and rules, as pawns in his endeavor to prevent and destroy The Messiah from coming into the world, to save His Own people from the bondage of slavery to this enemy, who seeks to reigns over men in their bondage of sin.

To reveal this power of darkness to men that we might overcome him, The Lord revealed to John in a vision, the spiritual wickedness of this spirit of deception, who seeks to make this world, the home base of his kingdom and use men as his pawns in doing his will. Of the vision John saw, he testified and said, "...there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and [to] his throne" (Revelation 12:1-5).

Like king Herod, who killed all the baby boys one year and under, to destroy the birth of Jesus, Who would reign over all the nations of the earth, this spirit of deception that has sought to maintain his reign over all the earth, has sought also to protect his reign by using men, who are kept in darkness to the truth that he might sit and reign over all the world, including the people, who seek to worship God. But because of his great wisdom, which became corrupted, and all the treasures he had gained from his trading, Lucifer, who became Satan--the spirit of deception, whose heart was lifted up, because of his riches, and because of the beauty in his brightness to cause Eve to see him as desirable, and the fruit of his heart to make her wise, The LORD said by HIS Word that he "shalt die the deaths of [them that are] slain in the midst of the seas."

Some might question what is meant by him being slain in the midst of the seas? Is GOD speaking of the ocean of waters? Although the ocean can at times be calm and peaceful, rather than rough and violent by wind blowing waves, The LORD by HIS Word has revealed to John what HE means by the word "seas". To John, The Word of The LORD came and revealed unto him The Truth of this deceiving spirit, "And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth" (Revelation 17:15-18).

It would be the work of deception to deny in our hearts The Word of Truth, and to reject what GOD has revealed to John by HIS Word. For Jesus has Testified and said, "...as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth [them]; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all [men] should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." (John 5:21-29).

Notice that The Man Child, who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron, and was caught up unto GOD, and to HIS Throne is The Son of GOD, Whom The Father has sent into the world to save all, who would believe and receive Him. He was caught up to GOD to sit with HIM upon HIS Throne in heaven. GOD'S Throne is HIS Seat of Authority, from which HE reigns over all--both heaven and earth. GOD--The Father has given to HIS Son The Authority to execute HIS Judgments in all things, in both heaven and earth that all might honor The Son, even as they honor The Father. And if men, or angels, who were created by HIS Word of Authority do not honor The Son by receiving Him, as GOD'S Word of Authority, then they are not giving The Father honor in giving honor to HIS Son. It was in rebellion against GOD'S Will, to give honor to The Son of GOD that led Lucifer and the angels that followed him, to reject The Will of GOD'S Authority in HIS Word--The Son of GOD. For The Throne of Christ Jesus is The Seat of GOD'S Will and HIS Judgment in both heaven and earth. "For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things [are] naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:12-16). Notice that since Christ Jesus has been caught up to GOD to The Throne of GOD, Which is "His Seat of Saving Grace", He has occupied that Seat of His Power, to be a Source of Help to all, who will come unto Him, to receive His Mercy and Grace. He has not blind to what man, have done, are doing, and continue to do against GOD Will of Authority, but from The Seat of Authority given to Him, He has been Merciful and Gracious to all, who will repent and turn to GOD by trusting in Him.

Yet, it is believed that Christ Jesus built His church upon Peter, and has conveyed to him His Seat of Authority in being the first representative of Christ. But there are teachings that are being taught to my brothers and sisters around the world that Peter would never have agreed to follow, which goes against The Authority GOD has revealed HIS disciples by HIS Word. For by going against HIS Word, they would dishonor GOD by dishonoring HIS Word. It is the spirit of deception who has led many to believe that the traditions of men are higher in Authority than The Revealed Will of GOD in HIS Word, Who is The Son of The Living GOD--The Rock upon Which His church is built. For Jesus made it known through His servant John, saying in His prayer to The Father, "...now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received [them], and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them" (John 17:5-10). Notice that from the prayer of Jesus to The Father, He did not pray only for Peter, but for all, who have received Him from The Father, and have come out from of the world of darkness by believing What The Father has revealed to them of The Treasures of HIS Word, Whom HE has sent, and they have received. HE did not send to men simply a tradition of men, but HIS Only Begotten Son, Who has revealed Himself as The Bread of Life to men.

Being The Authority of GOD'S Judgment and Will to all, Jesus has revealed GOD'S Will to those, who sought to place their traditions above The Judgments of GOD'S Word. For Matthew testified and said, "Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" (Matthew 15:1-3)

As the disciples of Christ followed GOD'S Judgment in HIS Word, Peter and the other disciples were forbidden by the priests, to teach and preach in Jesus Name. But "...when they had brought them, they set [them] before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:27-29). Notice that Peter--a disciple of Jesus Christ, whom many believe to be the first Pope to the church; he, who was one of twelve examples to those, who seek to follow Christ, or the one disciple, who chose to dishonor Him; Peter has made it clear that, as a follower of Jesus Christ--The Word of The LIVING GOD, we are to obey GOD rather than man. Peter pointed us to The Seat of GOD'S Authority of HIS Word, Who was being glorified in him, just as The Father was, and is, and will always continue to be glorified to men in HIS Word--HIS Only begotten Son. But many are being led to follow the example of Judas, who betrayed The Authority of GOD'S Word in him.

Speaking of the spirit of deception, who in high places deceived the council of those, who followed the traditions rather than The Word of GOD; it is written that "...the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him" (Revelation 12:9). The Word of GOD has revealed, and has said of him that he "shalt die the deaths of [them that are] slain in the midst of the seas." It is The Word of GOD, Who is "...quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). It is He, Who has The Power of GOD, to do HIS Will in both heaven and earth. He is The Spirit of GOD, Who knows, and can read the treasures of the hearts of both men and angels, because they are not covered before His eyes. And how can we defeat this spirit of deception, if we continue to follow the traditions of men, who are being overcome by the enemy, and rely not, or trust not in Power of GOD'S Word?

Christ Jesus sent His disciples into the entire world, to proclaim to the hearts of men The Treasures GOD has revealed to them by and in HIS Word. Through the apostles, (not only Peter) Christ has established His church, according to His Message of revelation to the churches through His servant John. For John testified of Jesus Christ, Whom he saw, as The Most Holy Angel--The Messenger of GOD to man, and said of Him, "...he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance [was] as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches" (Revelation 1:16-20). Notice Who has The Power in His right hand over hell and death, to both the seven angels and the seven churches in which He walks among men. Peter never had these keys. It was his faith in The Holy One, Who had The Power then, and has it today, to give life to those, who put their trust in Him, as John did in Him. Having Christ Jesus in one's live is The Key and The Power over hell and death. He is The Key to Heaven and Eternal Life to all, who put their trust in Him.

John testified of What he had seen of Christ when he said, "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send [it] unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks [one] like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle" (Revelation 1:10-13). Notice that John was in The Spirit of Christ on The Lord's day when he heard His Great Voice speaking to Him. According to The Word of GOD by His prophet Isaiah, The Lord's day has never been changed to the first day. And as John has revealed in his writings to the seven angels of the seven churches, it is the spirit of deception, who has deceived the world to follow him in error. For it is written that, "...the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17).

Notice that Christ is presented as being in the midst of the seven candlesticks with the stars in His hand of Power, which reveals the promise He made to His disciples, when He said, "...All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:18-20). Jesus never commanded His disciples to keep holy the first day of the week. And it would be a dishonor to Jesus, as GOD'S Word of Authority for His disciples, whose lives were in His hand, to follow the enemy to death and hell, by teaching the world doctrines that He never taught them. Notice also that the picture John presented to the churches, was one that revealed that Christ was not to be found in a city, a town, or a building somewhere on the earth, but His Spirit, Who is just as real, as He had revealed Himself to the prophets of old, to abide in the hearts of all, who received Him, as GOD'S Treasure of Light and Life, to be glorified in those, who would received Him; He gave them Power to become the sons of GOD, by their receiving Him. To those, who sought to see a sign from Him, Jesus said, "...Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body" (John 2:19-21).

Through the churches, which were established by Christ through His Apostles, they were His messengers of His gospel at these church centers, which were the seat of their office of influence; the See, or the place of their "seat" of influence, which was established to spread, not the traditions of men, but The Word of GOD through the gospel to the lost sheep of Israel. The Christian centers were call "bishopricks", or the "office of a bishop", or The Seat of their office of influence over an inhabited place of people--The "Sees". Since Judas fell by transgression from his "seat" of influence and led many away from giving glory to The Word of GOD in them; Peter stood up in Jerusalem, and in the midst of the disciples, he spoke of The Scripture been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost spoke concerning Judas. He made the motion to the brethren to let another take Judas "seat" of influence to be among the eleven, in the office of overseeing a Christian center, for the work of spreading The Authority of GOD'S Word through the gospel to the house of Israel; that Israel might take and spread The Word of GOD to the world. By The Word of GOD, Peter set the qualification by which the brethren would select, and appoint a replacement to the office from which Judas fell. He--Peter quoted from The Word of GOD, Who spoke through His servant David of Judas, who would betray Christ, saying, "Let his days be few; [and] let another take his office" (Psalms 109:8). Although the eleven disciples cast their lots to appoint a replacement, which Matthias was chosen, The Lord later chose Paul to take the gospel to the Gentiles, to reach the world, not with the traditions of men, but with The Gospel of The Things they had seen and heard of GOD through HIS Word, Whom HE had sent.

It was through Paul that The Lord Jesus Christ revealed and said, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness" (1 Corinthians 3:16-19). "What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit" (1 Corinthians 6:16, 17). Paul also said of Christ, "...though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth" (2 Corinthians 13:4-8).

Notice that the "Seat of the Apostles influence" to the people in these Christian centers were based upon The Power of GOD'S Word, Who's "Seat of influence" was in their hearts. And GOD'S "SEAT of Influence" to men is Guided by The Power of HIS Word of Authority to those, who receive HIS Son. But the serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, which deceives the whole world, he has declared that he is a God, and sits in the seat of God, in the midst of the "seas" of people, to influence the people to go against The Will of GOD. But The LORD GOD said by HIS Word, "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit" (Isaiah 14:12-15).

Notice that Satan sought to deceive men to establish his seat of authority above the stars, which are in The Power of Christ hand. He declared in his heart that he will be like Christ, Whom GOD has Anointed above all, including him. But those, who live by GOD’S Word of Power rather than the tradition of men, shall cut him down to the ground by The Spoken Word, or The S-Word—Which is The Sword of The Spirit of GOD. For Jesus met the attack of Satan against Him with The Words "...It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). And although Satan sought to fight back by using Scripture, he would twist the scripture to fit his own will. Today, many are powerless against the enemy, who overcomes them, to follow his will, because they have bought into the enemy's influence in presenting and receiving the flood of man's interpretations of The Scriptures, which has weaken the nations, by weakening man's understanding of The Word of GOD, which can be just, as deceiving when the enemy twisted The Scripture by his interpretation to defeat Eve in her defense against him. And if the traditions of men are higher than The Word of GOD, then men are viewed to have more power than GOD and HIS Word. But this in itself is deceiving to those, who believe this view.

As Christ established The Seat of His Authority in the hearts of those, who received Him, to form His Temple of the called out ones--"The Church", the enemy has also established his seat of authority in the hearts of those, who have been deceived by him. The LORD by HIS Word has seen before hand what the enemy would do; and although event after event has revealed through history the very thing that GOD spoke by HIS Word through generations before, yet many are blind to the deceptions that are taking place right before their eyes. It was through the prophet Ezekiel many generations ago that GOD revealed by HIS Word what the enemy would do in the fullness of time. He used the prince of Tyrus, as a means of revealing to men the power, who was working through this prince to work against HIM and HIS Word in deceiving the world. Although many believe that the Christian Church is built upon the rock of Peter, whose name is defined as "a rock, or a stone", through him, The LORD has declared by HIS Word, saying, "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe [he is] precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, [even to them] which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy" (1 Peter 2:5-10).

The Temple of The Living Word of GOD.

Notice that the spiritual sacrifices, which are presented to GOD, are made acceptable to HIM by The Holy One, Whom many have rejected to be disobedient in building their faith on tradition, rather than The Word, Whom GOD has sent. By building upon traditions, men are excluding themselves from being a people, who are acceptable in The Only Begotten Son. For HE, WHO accepts our spiritual sacrifices, have done so by HIS Anointed--Christ Jesus, The Son of The LIVING GOD, Who made The Sacrifice for all, who will come unto Him. For He is The Chief Corner Stone, Who is The Head of The Corner upon, Which The Church is built. And having been brought before the council for proclaiming The Word of GOD with Power, Stephen being filled with The Spirit of Christ in him, and speaking of David's desire to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob, he testified to the brethren, and to the high priest of the Jews, and said, "...the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven [is] my throne, and earth [is] my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what [is] the place of my rest? Hath not my hand made all these things?" (Acts 7:48-50) And just as GOD receives our praise and thanksgiving through Christ Jesus our Lord, Who is HIS Seat of Authority in The Sanctuary in Whom we dwell, the spirit of deception, has placed his seat of rebellion against GOD in the midst of the sees, to receive his worship, as the most high God by those, who sit in his seat of influence.

For many have rejected Christ The Corner Stone of their faith, to build their faith upon another "rock", which has placed his seat of authority in the midst of the church, which reigns over the kings of the earth. For the name Tyrus also means "a rock", which the root meaning reveals a "flint, hard pebble". With this meaning of the name Tyrus, who declared himself to be a God; The LORD has revealed by HIS Word, saying, "...I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never [shalt] thou [be] any more" (Ezekiel 28:2-19).

From the evidence of Scripture, The Word has revealed Christ, as The Corner Stone, Who builds His church upon The Rock of Truth that He is The Son of The LIVING GOD. And although many might believe that Peter is the rock upon whom Christ has built His church, yet through him, Christ has revealed that we are also, as lively stones, built up as a spiritual house, and an holy priesthood in Him. The evidence also reveals the spirit of the prince of Tyrus, whose name means a flint rock, who has corrupted his wisdom, and has set his seat, as a God in the midst of the seas, and has defiled the sanctuaries, by the multitude of his iniquities of influence. The question we must answer for ourselves is "Upon which rock are we building our faith upon?" Is it upon The Rock of Truth--The Son of The LIVING GOD, or the traditions of men, to be higher than The Authority of GOD'S Word, or is it the spirit of deception who sits in the midst of the seas to reign over the kings of the earth, and is the spirit of rebellion, whom GOD will destroy upon the earth?

As it was mentioned earlier in this study that there are things being taught by men from the spirit of deception that are not based upon The Authority of The Word of GOD. And if Peter built his faith upon The Power of GOD'S Word, Whom he worked to share with all of Israel, then as an influence to all, who would follow him, he pointed men to GOD in Whom he trusted by HIS Word. For in seeking understanding of GOD and HIS Word, two men were sent by Christ to Peter, to reveal to them The Things GOD had revealed by HIS Word. And in His instructions to Peter, Christ Jesus said to Peter, "Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what [is] the cause wherefore ye are come? And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. Then called he them in, and lodged [them]. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped [him]. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean" (Acts 10:20-28).

Notice that if Peter--the "rock" were to receive worship from men, as a God, and to setup his seat of office of influence, as an established tradition for those, who take his seat of office; then he would not have objected to having Cornelius the centurion come and fall down at his feet, to worship him, because his seat of office made him a God. But this was not his teaching, which he based his influence on The Word of GOD. For Jesus instructed them, as He traveled with them, saying, "...be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, [even] Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, [even] Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted" (Matthew 23:8-12).

With this understanding, Peter declared to Cornelius--the centurion that he was a man just like him, which would imply that he was not a God to be worshiped by men, and neither was his seat of influence being used to seek worship from men. However, the spirit of deception in the prince of Tyrus, whose name is also defined as a rock; his seat of influence is one, that is influenced by the spirit, whose heart was lifted up and sought the worship of his own fellow angels, who were created the same, as he was. He is the same spirit that sought to get Christ--The Son of GOD, Who created him, to bow down and worship at his seat, to redeem the kingdoms of the world. If Peter saw himself, as a God reigning over men, then he would have had Cornelius--the centurion come to him, rather than humbling himself to go to his home and serve him. Yet, he was following the instructions given him by The Lord, Who still works with those, who will believe in Him, and trust in The Authority of GOD'S Word. As a brother in Christ, who served The LORD in spreading The Word of The Gospel of Christ soon return to this world, Paul testified and said, "Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God" (2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4).

Many of my brothers and sister are being deceived in this world by the spirit of deception, who led our first parents to rebel against GOD and HIS Word of Light and Life, to bring darkness and death into this world. And although Christ Jesus is sitting on The Throne of Majesty, at The Right Hand of The Father, His reign is over both the heavens and the earth. The members of His Own Body--The Church do not need another mediator between Him and those, who are joined together in One Spirit with Him. For He spoke by His Spirit through John, and has testified and said, "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."

"Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would [no doubt] have continued with us: but [they went out], that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [(but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also]. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

"And this is the promise that he hath promised us, [even] eternal life. These [things] have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him" (1 John 2:1-6; 18-29).

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