The God of this World (2Cor. 4:4)
James Scott Trimm
1 Because of this, we are not weary in this service that we have received, according to
the tender mercies that are upon us.
2 But we have renounced the hidden [things] of shame, and we do not walk in craftiness,
or defraud the Word of Eloah: but we show our nefeshot, by the manifestation of the
Truth, to all the minds of the sons of men before Eloah.
3 But if our Good News is hidden, it is hidden to those who are perishing;
4 Whose minds, the god of this world has blinded, in order that they do not believe: lest
the Light of the Good News of the glory of the Messiah, who is the likeness of Eloah,
should dawn upon them.
(2Corinthians 4:1-4 HRV)
Every element of “truth” of this universe is coated in a shell of darkness. These shells of darkness are called in Hebrew Keliphot ("husks" or "shells"). These shells of darkness conceal each element of truth in this universe with deception. Like an M&M all we can see is the shell that encompasses the truth, until we break through these shells and liberate the truth which they have hidden from us.
These shells of darkness they have personality, they are the "principalities" Paul speaks of:
because your struggle is not with flesh and blood,
but with principalities and with authorities
and with the possessors of this dark world
and with the evil spirits that are under heaven.
(Eph. 6:12 HRV)
The word for "principalities" in the Aramaic is ARKOS which corresponds to the Greek word ARCHONS. It is the job of the “Archos” to keep mankind deceived by this dark world and keep us from seeking the truth.
It should be no surprise to us that we as believers suffer oppression in this world, because HaSatan is the "god of this world" that is to say the world as it is generally perceived is not the truth, but the "dark world" (Eph. 6:12) with which HaSatan hides the truth from man.
However we read in the original Hebrew text of Hebrews:
Behold faith is the principle of things hoped for
and the appearance of the illuminated things that are not seen.
(Heb. 11:1 HRV)
At WNAE we are engaged at the work of cracking open the shells of darkness and revealing the light of truth in this dark world. Of course HaSatan does not go easily... he is kicking and screaming every step of the way.
HaSatan wishes "to steal and to kill and to destroy" (Jn. 10:10) and he knows the time is short and has stepped up his war with those who proclaim both Torah Observance and Faith in Messiah (the two pillars of Nazarene Judaism) (Rev. 12:12, 17; 13:7). But no weapon forged against us will prosper (Is. 54:17).
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