THROUGH EYES of FIRE SERIES #11
BY: DANIEL YORDY
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Hebrew is very different from English. Translators must fill in between the blanks all the time. Ancient Hebrew
The Hebrew in verse 28 gives three specific commands: 1. Fill the earth. 2. Subdue (IT) 3. Rule over the animal kingdoms. The verb “fill” has an object – the earth. The verb “rule” has an object – the animals. But the verb “subdue” does not. Thus the translators inserted the word “it,” causing us to think that God said: “Subdue the earth.”
God did not say, “Subdue the earth.” He said,
The command “subdue” is the Hebrew word, kabash: to subdue, bring into bondage. Here is a larger definition.
“Verb subdue, bring into bondage (Late Hebrew, press, oppress; Aramaic, tread down, beat or make a path, subdue; Arabic press, squeeze, knead (body or limb, as in the bath, massage), also attack, assault).”
Here are the English words or phrases kabash is translated into through the Old Testament. assault (1), brought them into subjection (2), forced into bondage (1), forcing (1), subdue (1), subdued (5), subjugate (1), trample (1), tread under foot (1), under foot (1). http://biblesuite.com/hebrew/3533.htm
Let's bring in three references to get a larger picture.
Now the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of meeting there. And the land was subdued before them.
There were also those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our lands and vineyards. Yet. . . indeed we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters have been brought into slavery. It is not in our power to redeem them. . .”
Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and
will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
The best picture of the concept of “subdue” is found in
So it was, when they brought out those kings to Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the captains of the men of war who went with him, “Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings.” And they drew near and put their feet on their necks. Then Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage, for thus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.”
The word, “subdue” or “overcome” is the action verb of God's great story. Here is the strongest verse in the Bible on subjugation,
body, according to the working (energia) by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
Then Hebrews 2:6-9:
Jesus is Man, that is, God revealed. All things being subjected to Him means all things under our feet.
But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
“Till His enemies are made His footstool”
There is a problem in the thinking of many who say,
And thus many think (and I understand why, God's claims are just too much), “I rest inside of God. God does
That is not union. If God rests, I rest in Him; if God does, I do with Him. I can do nothing apart from Him; God
If Jesus subdues all things to Himself, I subdue all things to myself, for He and I are one. It is He in me doing it; it
This is the chair upon which we have seated ourselves. Yes, we have no business here, but here we sit. We have
We speak Christ our only life. If it's true of Jesus, that's all I am, that's all I do, that's all I could possibly be.
I am not alone; God fills me full; the Word is in my mouth.
In my last letter, “Christ, God's Story,” I used the seven churches in Revelation 2 & 3 as a template describing the
However, in itself, using the seven churches to describe church history is just an intellectual exercise with little
Let's stop here. – I attempted to continue in the “Bible Study” mode, bringing in the seven verses of overcoming
I have just recast this series on John's vision as
There is so much in that metaphor that I sense in my spirit, but that I do not yet see. I want to see.
Subjugate all things – Stand fast in liberty – Labor to enter His Rest – Overcome the Beast.
God brings all things under submission by setting everything free. God sets everything free by bringing it all
Overcome is outward, not inward. We do not subjugate “the flesh.” To subjugate the flesh is to get Christ solidly
One of two things happens if we imagine that we must bring ourselves under subjection to God. Far better is it
subject to “Christ.” That is not what happens inwardly, however. What actually happens is that they bring an “image
The flesh belongs to God; it is the eternal dwelling place of the Father. It is the one thing we have no right to
Overcome is outward. Overcome is the action coming out of our seamless union with Christ.
To overcome is to set all creation free.
Subjugation with God is to bring all things into the Mercy Seat, into the Lamb-Slain where all offense is caused
Overcoming does not “get us to” the throne; overcoming, subjugating all things, is what comes out from the
Only those who seat themselves upon that throne, by daring boldness, by audacious presumption, by having
To overcome is to bring all things under the power and into the freedom of Love.
To overcome is to be the tip-point of the Pillar of Fire as it carries all things into Life and Love.
Okay. I've said all these words because they are what God has taught me to say over the last couple of years. But
We have carried a completely backwards definition of “to overcome.” Indeed, I have addressed our wrong seeing
To him who overcomes I will give to eat of the tree of life. . .
You do this first, then, after that, you will get life. But without life, how do we do the things of life? Without life,
It is the veil, placed there by God to keep out those who do not belong, those whose hearts are not given wholly
To overcome begins by eliminating every thought of “going into God” from our minds. To be “going into God”
You know, really, almost all firmly believe that Life must be earned. They believe that to sit upon the throne of
In complete contrast, in all things, in every circumstance, at every moment, God in us and we in God are going
Never see yourself “going into” God. Always see yourself utterly IN God, looking out through eyes of fire and
This reality is NOT real by how we feel or by outward sight. It is real by faith.
The Word is in our mouth.
Let's look at the whole verse.
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach – speak): that if you confess (speak) with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
This is one of the “gospel road” verses. One of the key verses in the gospel tracts and known by all believers. Yet
Now, seated here upon this throne of heaven, looking out through these eyes of fire, I hear the words,
Paul said the
God is in my mouth. God is in my mouth.
I want to look again at a line I addressed in
– We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has
This is the mind in which we once lived; it is 180 degrees backwards. Here is the truth.
– As we joy in all Life received now, our old ideas just vanish as meaningless. As the new shows itself real by
faith, the “old skin” simply disappears from all thought. –
Death does not produce life; life swallows up death.
Life comes first.
I want to do two things here. First, I want to put before our eyes the verses of overcoming in Revelation 2 & 3. I
find no unction to deliberate over any specific meanings. If and when I do find particular things from these verses
Second, I want to bring all this thinking back into the seeing of the final chapters of my book,
Here are the overcomes. I have put them in this form as a means for us to see the picture God has placed before
These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden
These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life. . .
These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword. . .
says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat . And I will give him
a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”
These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass. . .
overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations — ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ as I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the morning star.
These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars. . .
These things says He who is holy, He who is true,
These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God. . .
Could these things be written backwards? Would this be a better way to say what God means?
He who eats of the tree of life will overcome.
He who has My name written upon him will overcome.
He who sits in My throne will overcome.
You see, it seems to us that Jesus said,
The first step of overcoming is found in these words, “I have failed; I know I can never 'overcome.'” The second
step is: “Christ, You are my only life.” – God is in our mouth.
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Do you see why I say that the only way we could possibly understand John's vision is to see it entirely through 1
Being born of God comes first; believing that Christ is our only life comes first. Faith is the only come-over to
Now, God is very practical. One wonderful thing that Pastor Joel Osteen continues to do for me is to remind me
Speak Christ concerning all things, especially the little things of everyday life.
Now, in the final chapters of
Our heart is the throne of heaven, the Mercy Seat, the throne of God.
Out from our heart proceeds all authority. Yet that great authority IS a gentle touch, a tender word, a cup of cold
As we bring all the ordinary things, the little things of life into the Mercy Seat of God, the universe is forever
You see, those who are forever “going into” God, are forever seeing backwards. Let's turn around, seated
And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
From the throne proceeded. . . voices. – The Word is in your mouth.
We see through those seven lamps of fire, each one of the seven Spirits of God. And each one of those seven
Let's bring in the seeing of Isaiah – 11:1-5
There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide
God is in your mouth.
First, lets not turn these seven Spirits of God into word studies and principles. Let's allow them to remain Fire
The Word is in your mouth.
Do we love people? Of course we do; Love fills our hearts to overflowing. God says He does, and He always tells
Once in awhile I shop at our local Walmart. Our Walmart is centered amongst poor people. It is filled to
Now, there is a mind-set in this world, particularly among the elite and powerful, that would call all this overflow
The planet is filled with billions just like them. Billions who will never pursue life, never overcome, never rise
Yet I walk through the store marveling in my heart. This fattest, dumpiest one, cart and mind filled to
with tender regard by the God who fills our hearts full and of more value than all the wealth of the universe.
God loves each one; we love each one. We lay down our lives; we speak Christ, and the Word coming out of our
This is the throne of heaven; this is how we “overcome” all things.
Reading through “Until My Enemies,” Chapter 16/18 of
And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. – “Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals” . . .in the midst of the throne. . . stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
That's pretty cool. We don't look through two eyes of fire, but seven.
What is this scroll? I have heard a number of explanations, some anointed and some intellectual.
The short answer? I don't know. The longer answer – we can place this scroll where it is.
We do not read this vision of John as either a chronological or a logical progression from Chapter 1 to Chapter
I now see Chapters 1 through 9 as a unit, with the two Throne Chapters as its center. All things proceed from
Thus, lets put the first verses on each side of the Throne side by side.
And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he
went out overcoming and to overcome. – To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I
also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
Two nikes on one side and two nikes on the other.
Now, the majority want to call the guy on the white horse “The Antichrist.” There are a couple of problems with
that, however. First, there is no such thing as “The Antichrist,” and second, it is Christ alone, the Lamb-Slain, who
Five of the opened seals correspond directly to elements of the curse. Seal 2: “In pain you shall bring forth
Two are left out of this particular picture: judgment upon the dragon (you shall eat dust, that is, human flesh)
Now, this brings us back to a statement I made in “Authority Revealed.” The end of the age is in our hands, the
hands of the sons of God.
A big part of “overcome” is the necessary judgment of God on that which must be judged. Judgment must come
Creation cannot be set free any other way.
If a wicked man is beating your child, you do not just keep placing lotion on your child's wounds between the
blows. First, you put a stop to the wicked man! Then, the healing means something.
Yes, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. But death still took Lazarus out.
You know, there are actually people who don't want “Jesus to come” quite yet, because there are ever so many
Do you see how satanic “Christian” thinking really is.
If the wicked powers of heaven and the wicked powers of earth, operating out from the curse and ruling by the
lie, are causing endless sorrow and death, robbery and murder, debauchery and perversion all across this earth,
And how is it that Salvation Revealed is not good for all these people that “need to get saved”?
I can no longer comprehend “Christian” thinking; it is so absurd. Grace is not where someone goes after death
Grace is God present in us NOW in all fullness and flowing out through us NOW into all creation. Grace is Man,
So, let's bring this to the main point of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. That point is the defeat of the lie and the
The lie said that Christ is not our life; the curse said that we have a life not His.
The lie said that Christ is not our life; the curse said that we have a life not His.
What is the real meaning of our sitting down in a chair where we have no business being?
It simply means that we do not know the lie, that we do not regard the curse.
Christ is our life; we have no other life.
Christ is the only Story we speak; Christ is in our mouth.
How do we overcome? The prophetic Word of Christ which we speak, carried by the Lamb.