DON’T PRAY FOR THE LOST!
(Message For Christians Only)
That’s right! Don’t pray for the lost! My ruminations may bring ilk and ire down upon me, I may lose friends, but folks, the points I want to make are part of the end-times equation. Don’t simply write me off, I hope for at least some dialogue from Christian believers. Comments from ‘the world’ I really don’t give a rip.
So much is happening in our worldly environment today, things are not only skewed, but screwed up! Imagine the sum is like bringing water to a boil; at some point all hell breaks loose among the charged molecules, and the cauldron goes raucous.
Scripture instructs us to be in season and out of season ready to give an account of the hope that is within us (believers). Perhaps you have been one of those individuals who can’t contain themselves, you are as if compelled to share Jesus with others, as many as you meet. Or, perhaps you simply maintain a silent ‘witness’ in your daily life. In either case, you may have noticed individuals who just don’t give a hoot about this Christian stuff, never give it the time of day, and never will!
I’ve noticed many threads with comments by angry people against Christians and the points of faith they share. Some are inwardly wrestling with the truth of the gospel as they deny it, hardening their heart in the process. Another explanation might be is these individuals lack the necessary spiritual component, consequently they simply cannot respond to the gospel message of Christ. It’s impossible for them to do so, let me explain below. Additionally, we find not only rejection to the message, but outright usurpation of it and us. They are “lost” and trying to take us with them!
Have you ever seen one of those old-timey sepia toned photos? There is a sepia filter that renders pictures you take like something from a century ago. What is the point of the saying, ‘rose colored glasses?’ They allow us to see life differently, enhancing or diminishing perceived aspects. The same thing works with biblical knowledge and insight, depending on the filter used.
Ok, here we go, the long explanation. The first scripture in the Bible that gives an inkling our living God has an agenda is Genesis 3:15. The Tempter referred to as the serpent (Satan, the Devil, or the Shining One) has deceived Eve, and Adam has gone along with the first recorded sin. God is rightfully mad and upset. He speaks to the serpent and says,
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; he shall bruise thy head, and you shalt bruise his heel.” (KJV)
Scholars and theologians universally agree this scripture indicates the literal offspring, the Christ, who comes many hundreds of years later in the future. Jesus the Messiah is the promised seed of the woman, his heel bruised at the cross. Ok, we like that, but here’s the filter created when many of these same scholars allegorize the seed of the serpent, thus treating what God said differently. They reject a literal interpretation. But, we must ask, could there really be a literal seed of the serpent in the earth; in the like manner as Jesus was the literal seed of the woman?
Three chapters on in Genesis 6, the whole earth is so corrupt God laments he has given man authority over his creation, and reveals the plan to Noah wherein he will destroy all living life, everything that breathes! Exception being Noah and his family.
Whoa, pardner! the ‘lost’ might say, where is your all-loving god in that?
Reading closely we realize a glossed over truth: fallen heavenly beings had raped human woman, and in the process they produced a corrupted DNA population, the Nephilim who become mighty in the earth! The seed of the serpent is embodied in the offspring of fallen angels mating with human women! Church leadership has an aversion to such a scenario, adopting the rationale that these ‘sons of god’ are the righteous lineage of Seth who took wives of the wayward/wicked line of Cain. Their offspring just happen to become powerful, wicked men in contrast to other men!
The Noetic flood was a purging measure by God not to be judgmental or mean, but the only way He could safeguard his DNA creation! Noah was found “perfect in his generations…” meaning Noah and his wife did not have corrupted DNA in their makeup! Remember, an uncorrupted human DNA line was necessary to bring forth the promised Messiah, a divine incarnate act by God (the kenosis), brought about through the chosen vessel (Mary) who was completely human.
Perhaps you’ll understand this was Satan’s strategy since the garden fiasco: to corrupt the human DNA gene pool so profusely, the promised ‘seed of the woman,’ either could not come about, or he, too, would be corrupt, not able to be God’s Champion. If you think this strange, remember, the “lost” in Hollywood were well aware of this possibility, their understanding demonstrated in the 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby, then followed by The Exorcist and the Omen.
The Genesis record states there were these Nephilim before the flood, and afterwards. This could only mean that one or both of Noah’s son’s wives had angel DNA in their makeup, or that more fallen angels engaged in the practice again after the flood as the population began to increase.
You remember, as time progressed God chose Abraham to begin a people group special to him. It was later during the 400 yrs. of slavery to Egyptians that the Israelites became a formidable population, for the most part, a gene pool without DNA corruption. Then when Joshua spearheaded the reclamation of the promised land, it was there they confronted enemy tribal groups God had ordered complete annihilation of; men, women, children, beasts and possessions all to be destroyed! He wasn’t being a ‘mean’ god. These earmarked population groups were again so DNA corrupted, only by removing the leaven before it mixed with the dough could prevent contamination. Unfortunately, God’s command was not completely heeded, and we find record in the Bible that some of these groups were allowed to live and serve the Israelites. Of course there was assimilation over the years, and subsequently to some extent, corruption of the gene pool.
The Genesis 6 record stating that heavenly beings had sexual intercourse with human women, giving rise to progeny of mixed DNA individuals is the lens filter we must use to understand many difficult aspects of the New Testament. In a fictional short story written for the Wattpad.com #OnceUponNow contest (Everything Pans Out In The End) and also published at Smashwords.com, I use this information to reconsider the wheat and the tares story told by Jesus. Here is an excerpt from my story.
[Bobby talking to friends at a lunch party]
“The Rabbi Jesus was instructing his followers concerning the Kingdom of God. He told the story of a farmer who had sewn good wheat seed in his field. However, on the day the wheat began to grow, the man’s gardeners saw that tares, some kind of undesirable weed that looks like wheat, had been sewn amongst the wheat, and were growing also.
“The gardener asked his master if he should pluck out the tares, to which, the farmer told his hired man not to, because in so doing he might pluck up some good wheat by mistake. He told him to wait for the harvest, then the wheat would be separated from the tares.”
Tammy piped up, “I know! The tares represent all the bad people, and the wheat are the good ones, right?”
“Tammy, you hit upon the most logical explanation, the one many Christians have held for a long time, that the wheat represents the repentant sinners, and the tares are those who are unrepentant individuals. But to my way of thinking the metaphor doesn’t align with this.” Bobby offered.
Although the material in this conversation was foreign to Deidra, she understood the metaphoric implication. “Now, the conversation is getting interesting,“ she had thought, cause Bobby was usually reserved, and not so overtly opinionated.
“How’s that?” asked Tammy.
“Well, for one thing, in the Bible it says Rabbi Jesus explained that while the man had sewn good seed in his field, an enemy had come and sown tares among the wheat.”
“So, I still don’t see another explanation to the metaphor,” Gloria Jean broke in.
“Well, the scriptures claim the Hebrew God created the first human couple, Adam and Eve, right?”
“So?” came a response.
“The wheat seed is God sewing the earth with the first human beings. For the metaphor to be consistent, there must be an enemy of God, and tradition states it to be the fallen Archangel, Lucifer, who in this case sews the tares. In other words, Lucifer introduces something less than pure DNA humans as other organic beings with many characteristics resembling true humans!” Bobby explained.
“Where in the world did you get such an idea, Bobby? Who among us aren’t true human beings?” asked Gloria Jean.
“Nephilim!” Bobby responded.
There was an almost unanimous response, “Nephilim?”
“What the hell is that?” asked Tammy.
“Nephilim were the children of women who had been raped by angels!” Bobby answered. “These angelic beings corrupted the human gene pool so profusely, the Hebrew God brought a great flood to destroy all but eight people!” [end]
We Christians are so quick to quote John 3:16 and 17, or the Roman’s Road to our generation, believing EVERYBODY has an opportunity to obtain redemption, yet far be it the case. People who perished in the flood were condemned by God without the prospect of redemption! In essence, they amounted to one gigantic ‘tares’ population. It will be at the coming judgment that the tares of this age are ultimately separated. Through no fault of their own making, they are ‘lost.’ Remember, these ‘tares’ resemble the wheat, but are not true wheat, and thus will receive no redemption opportunity.
Another consideration. If Jesus’ Wheat and Tares parable is actually indicative of God’s creation standing side by side with something he didn’t create (angel-human hybrids) than we must understand, there is NO way we can transform a tare into a wheat!
You ask, “Henning, are you losing your mind?” To which I say, “Stay with me now!”
If we consider the arguments of predestination in light of the above, it strains the free-will of man concept because there would be no free-will operative in the life of those ultimately lost, destined as they are to the second death. As I posit, they lack the spiritual component necessary to respond to the gospel as do ordinary sinners because they are hybrid humans. The whole corrupted DNA thing has us look at predestination passages quite differently. And remember, it was Apostle Paul who remarked that the gospel of Jesus Christ is a sweet scent like perfume to those who are being saved, and a stench of death to those perishing. There’s nothing smacking of a labor of love in that statement!
We’ve all heard a preacher say we should pray for the lost, pray for those lost souls, right? I considered that if this was the case, the New Testament should be replete with injunctions to do just that. So, as an exercise I used Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to find every NT reference to pray, prayer, and praying from Romans through Revelation. To my surprise there was no urgency, command or injunction to pray for the lost! The preponderance of requests for prayer are for the welfare of individuals who had already believed, as well as Paul’s repeated requests that prayer be made for open-door opportunities to preach the gospel. There was no indication or command that we should ‘labor in prayer’ for the lost! Interesting, eh?
[On a side note, I did find two times that curses are made toward individuals who have rejected Christ and the gospel message, and one request that prayers be made in behalf of all men.]
Here’s another way of looking at this. Bible prophecy is ostensibly cloaked in language that obscures the message. Passages penned by Ezekiel, Daniel and others use what is termed apocryphal language. Perhaps you are familiar with Revelation, a book heaped with such apocryphal imagery. Eschatologists (those who study end-times prophecies and world events) often decide what points should be understood literally, and those that paint a figurative picture. I have heard the mantra, that one should view the writing literally if at all possible, and if not, look for the meaning behind the written statement.
So, given that, there is a thread of information running throughout Revelation that has precedent all the way back in Genesis. God’s book! After Moses led the Children of Israel out of Egypt, and he goes up the mountain to receive God’s commandments, he descends to find many are reveling in sacrifice to demon gods. When Moses ascends again to God, he’s aware this was a great sin. In an effort to defuse God’s anger, Moses proposes that he alone be scratched out of His book, and for God to forgive all the sinners. God refuses, and reassures Moses with, “…Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.” (Exodus 32:33, KJV)
Now jump to Revelation 3:5 where Jesus is addressing the angel of the believers at Sardis wherein he says of the overcoming ones, that he will not blot out their name from his book of life. Jesus has a Book of Life with names in it!
Here then, we must believe the mention of this Book of Life is a literal fact, and that there really is a book of names. It was Jesus’s book that Moses referenced, and here we have mention of it again! It is my contention that every true human being begins this life listed in the Book of Life. However, any of those names can be blotted out, given the circumstances judged by Jesus himself.
In Revelation 13:8 there is mention of beast worshipers with missing names in the Book of Life. But in Revelation 17 verse 8 we find individuals whose names were never written in the BOL from the foundation of the world! Thus we see there are those who from the beginning have their name in the Lamb’s Book of Life, those who have been blotted out, and yet others who never had their name in Jesus’ book!
Which of the three above groups is most likely composed of human hybrids? Conclusion: don’t pray for the lost.
As a Christian, I have always been troubled by the inability to reconcile the massacre of the world population during the Noetic flood with Christ coming to save sinners. Were not the people of Noah’s time ‘sinners’ just like you and me, sinners needing redemption, too? Would not Christ’s blood sacrifice avail for them?
Down through the ages there have been many periods of evil and carnage, despots torturing and murdering countless millions of people. Yet, God did not bring about judging calamity then! In our time we’ve witnessed countless examples of gross immorality, hedonism, wickedness and all manner of sin, yet no judgment.
When Jesus was asked by his disciples what would be the sign of his coming and the end of the age, he replied, “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of man.” Something very extraordinary was happening in Noah’s time. Because Christ introduces this historical time period, we have to take into account heavenly beings were at one time engaged in DNA engineering! This fact offers the insight to understand what was at stake here in the earth.
I firmly believed the Deceiver has not been idle, but has been at the task ever since the garden. Certainly such perspective helps us account for those bizarre ‘mythical’ creatures that dominate Greek and Roman culture, not to mention others. Now modern medical science folk are involved. We need be ready for the extraordinary to break loose in the cauldron any moment!
I do believe that the early Christians were aware of this situation that my article above describes. However, Apostle Paul stresses that we are ‘in the world’ but not ‘of the world.’ Ultimately, the end-time reapers will make the distinction between the sheep and the goats, the wheat and the tares. Enclaves of believers wanted to alienate themselves from the ‘world’ and live apart, freely to worship God. History has born that although this may have been our heart’s cry, to live apart lives pleasing to the one true God, ‘the world’ system of politics, economics, and ethnic interaction, including wars, has diminished the prospect of aestheticism, and we see a more syncretic amalgamation of Christians and ‘the world.’ I believe the injunction to not give heed to ‘fables’ is Paul’s warning to not take this understanding to the extreme in daily interaction with others. However, Jude’s letter introduces some strange insights, and I think he was addressing the issue, also, a point very serious for us Christians today.