but to show that I really do want to answer you even if you don't believe me or want to believe me
Mat 14:10 And he sent, and (((beheaded John)))) in the prison.
Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] ((((the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God))))), and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
so both John the Baptist and the souls of the 'witnesses of Jesus" are beheaded for the WORD OF GOD;
now, these are obviously the Kings and priests because they reign with Christ a thousand years, right?
if they are literally beheaded, how does this help them be better priests?
but if they are "beheaded" as in "their own desires and will' as in their own carnal mind, then they would be useful because as John said, I MUST DECREASE so he Christ can INCREASE
surely you don't think that John got smaller and smaller as Jesus got bigger and bigger LITERALLY, do you???
how does a literal beheading help anyone become A BETTER WITNESS OF JESUS and BECOME more of the WORD OF GOD???
the bottom line is, spiritual beheading is really more REAL than physical beheading:
why? Because once your physical head comes off, there is NOTHING you can share with others about the WORD or your WITNESS OF JESUS:
the whole beheading is prophesied in the OT in Deuteronomy 21:
Deu 21:1 ¶ If [one] be found slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, [and] it be not known who hath slain him:
Deu 21:2 Then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which [are] round about him that is slain:
Deu 21:3 And it shall be, [that] the city [which is] next unto the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take an heifer, which hath not been wrought with, [and] which hath not drawn in the yoke;
this word for heifer is used the first time during Genesis 15 when God makes the first covenant with Abraham where he tells him to divide the carcases of the animals and walk between them with a light:
the animals represent the DESIRES OF THE SOUL that have to be divided so God can ENTER WITHIN THAT SOUL and bring light to it:
the blood of bulls and goats (desires of the PRIESTHOOD) are not sufficient to overcome SIN; why not? The DESIRES ARENT PURE NO MATTER HOW MUCH ONE SACRIFICES THEM
its like an addict sacrificing his desire to practice his addiction as a sacrifice to God:
I mean thats great as far as his addiction goes, but it isn't SUFFICIENT TO MAKE HIM AS INNOCENT as if he never had an addiction in the first place
that requires a WHOLE DIFFERENT DESIRE....it requires the BLOOD of AN INNOCENT ONE but blood being the place where LIFE is found:
blood is the metaphor for a medium where LIFE RUNS through us....
CHRIST IS the BLOOD OF GOD, how life runs through us.....
we need this BLOOD to PURIFY OUR DESIRES and make them ABLE TO BE FILLED.....
if we desire right, we will receive right
JESUS CHRIST DESIRES ONLY TO DO THE WILL OF GOD......IN US
his blood is sufficient in us to satisfy GOD because IT FIXES what is wrong in us
it makes us WANT THE RIGHT THING because HE IS IN OUR HEART, the LIGHT that is the LIFE of our heart
when the priest in us is beheaded, we can EXPERIENCE the ENTERING INTO THE KINGDOM of heaven, because NOW we are able to HAVE a "head" (consciousness) that can SEE THIS KINGDOM.....and the head is Christ who is the head of Jesus, who is the MAN that is the head of the woman/soul/church:
being beheaded leaves room for the head of JESUS which is the same as being BAPTIZED INTO HIS NAME
and able to COME IN HIS NAME
since JESUS is the MAN who is the CHRIST, we COME in the name of JESUS when CHRIST is begotten in us and is FORMED IN US as the MAN
no longer male and female
or Jew or Greek
but a NEW CREATION
with a NEW HEAD
Eph 1:22 And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church,
Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.
no, not literally as in "I am without my physical head, but I am without my old spiritual head"
and if you are really Christ's you should be beheaded as well or you are not yet HIS
Rom 8:9 But (((ye are not in the flesh)))), but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
priests represent our desires sacrificed for God
kings represent our "will" either joined to God or not joined to God, which makes us Kings that are not yet kings of the KING:
Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
This message has been edited by Harpazo on May 16, 2010 6:24 PM