The Overcoming Flesh Angel, part 1 (revised)
Jun 28, 2016
Revelation 16:10 says,
8 And the fifth angel poured out his bowl upon the throne of the beast; and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, 11 and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.
The fourth and fifth bowls are closely related. The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the “sun,” which represents kings and leadership in general. The fifth angel poured out his bowl upon “the throne of the beast.” Hence, the kings and their thrones are both judged.
The psalms sung at the time of these two drink offerings at the feast of Tabernacles are also closely related. The fourth bowls of wine and water were poured out while singing Psalm 94:16-23, while the previous verses (Psalm 94:8-15) were sung with the fifth bowls. Both passages are part of the same psalm, but in reverse order.
Since the throne of the beast comes under divine judgment in the fifth bowl, one would think that this throne would be mentioned in Psalm 94:8-15. However, the “throne of destruction” appears in Psalm 94:20, which is identified with the fourth bowl. Hence, the two bowls seem intertwined.
The role of the Overcoming Flesh Angel (personal revelation) is seen clearly in the passage that was read while pouring out the fifth bowls. Psalm 94:8-10 says,
8 Pay heed, you senseless among the people; and when will you understand, stupid ones? 9 He who planted the ear, does He not hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see? 10 He who chastens the nations, will He not rebuke, even He who teaches man knowledge?
This angel is assigned to change people from “senseless” and “stupid” to overcomers by means of divine judgment, thereby fulfilling the prophecy of the water and wine together. He “chastens the nations” in order to “teach man knowledge.” The judgment of the “wine” therefore has a good purpose, because it is accompanied by the “water” of the Holy Spirit. So Psalm 94:12-15 continues,
12 Blessed is the man whom Thou dost chasten, O Lord, and dost teach out of Thy law; 13 that Thou mayest grant him relief from the days of adversity, until a pit is dug for the wicked. 14 For the Lord will not abandon His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance. 15 For judgment will again be righteous; and all the upright in heart will follow it.
We may view this on two levels. First, in distinguishing between “the wicked” and the “senseless among the people” who are also called the “stupid ones,” we note that both groups need some chastisement. The difference is that one groups repents, while the others do not. One group is taught “out of Thy law,” while the others refuse to learn His laws and His ways. This viewpoint shows us how God will separate His people from the wicked, bringing “relief” to His people and “a pit” for the wicked. This separation occurs at the time of Babylon’s judgment.
The broader view, of course, is for a later time at the Great White Throne judgment, where the wicked will be turned, and every knee will bow. All will “swear allegiance” to Christ, as Isaiah 45:23 tells us, and Paul adds in Philippians 2:11 that this will be “to the glory of God the Father.”
It is the responsibility of the Overcoming Flesh Angel to teach the law to the “senseless” ones among God’s people, so that they understand the mind of God. By His power, their ears and eyes are opened. The psalmist reminds us that God created ears and eyes. He reminded Moses of this in similar fashion, telling him in Exodus 4:11,
11 And the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him dumb or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
At the end of Israel’s forty-year wilderness experience, Moses said in Deuteronomy 29:4,
4 Yet to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear.
This blind and deaf condition seen in the church in the wilderness has also prevailed in the church during the Pentecostal Age of the Seven Churches. These, then, are the “senseless” and “stupid” people whose eyes and ears will be opened as their flesh is overcome. Such teaching is necessary for them to be part of the Kingdom in the Age to come, for anyone who wants to retain the right to sin will have to do so in “outer darkness,” rather than in the Kingdom of Light.
This great moment of history, where blind eyes are healed, is to be compared and contrasted to the great healing center of Aesculapius in the city of Pergamum.
Pergamum is Satan’s Throne
The throne (or seat) of the beast appears to be connected to Pergamum, or Pergamos, “where Satan’s throne is” (Revelation 2:13). It was where the great throne of Zeus was located, as we noted in an early study. Hence, there is a connection between “Satan’s throne” and “the throne of the beast” in Revelation 16:10.
In his book, The Latter Rain, Jay Atkinson writes an article, saying,
“Pergamum was the famous site of the temple to Aesculapius, the Greek god of healing supposed to be the founder of medical science and immortalized in the sky as the constellation Ophiuchus. The city became the seat of Babylonian sun worship, a noble center of idolatry and demon controlled religions with splendid temples to Nature. People from all over the Roman empire came to seek healing in this pagan temple and the shrine area was inhabited by thousands of harmless snakes. On the hills of Acropolis stood resplendent buildings, statuary, palaces, and the great library as well as the temples and an altar of ‘Zeus the Savior.’ Medicine and science was worshipped here and the symbol of their worship was the serpent. The snake was carried down into our own day with a staff entwined with serpents called the caduceus, still using the snake as a symbol for the medical arts; Aesculapius is depicted holding the caduceus in his hand.”
The caduceus is, even today, the primary symbol of the medical profession. It can have either a positive or a negative connotation. On the negative side, the caduceus of Pergamos, “Satan’s throne,” referred to the serpent in the tree in the story of Adam and Eve. (Note the caduceus in the lap of Baphomet in the picture below.) On the positive side, it was the bronze serpent in the wilderness under Moses. When the people looked upon that serpent, they were healed of the serpent bites (curse of sin). Numbers 21:9 says,
9 And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.
In John 3:14, 15 and again in John 12:32, 33, Jesus was compared to that serpent that Moses lifted up in the wilderness. Some find this strange that Jesus would be compared to the serpent when He was lifted up on the cross. But in His death, He was made to be a curse for us. The bronze serpent was the antidote to the poison of the serpents that had bitten the people. That poison is sin, and the antidote was that Jesus was made a curse for us, that we might live.
This is the positive side to the caduceus, the serpent on the pole or tree. The priests in the temple of Aesculapius in Pergamos did not know the positive side of this. Their serpent-worship was a counterfeit that ended up worshipping the serpent in Genesis 3, and this made them “Satan’s throne.”
The Fulfillment in 2004
We were led to pour out the fifth bowls of water and wine in Washington D.C., the throne of the beast in our time. In April 2004 Bob Henley and I drove to Washington D.C. on a scouting trip in preparation for pouring out the fifth bowls. I was led to take a jar of water from the Mississippi River near an island in Minneapolis called the Island of Peace. We were to pour out this water somewhere in Washington on April 8 to fulfill the law of spiritual warfare found in Deuteronomy 20:10,
10 When you approach a city to fight against it, you shall offer it terms of peace.
After walking the entire area and visiting each point on the pentagram north of the White House, we prayed to know which place to pour out the water. The Lord said to do so at Scott Circle. This street intersection is located on the forehead of the goat (Baphomet) directly north of the White House. When the city was built in the late 1700’s, the streets were designed by the Masonic builders to form a pentagram in order to portray the nation’s capital as the City of Baphomet.
Baphomet is “the god of wisdom” to high-ranking Masons. He was portrayed as having the head of a goat, but had the body of a man and breasts of a woman. He was also part dog and part bull. This was the way he was portrayed in the 19th century painting below by the well-known Mason, Eliphas Levi.
In William E. Mann’s book, The Knights Templar in the New World, p. 121 and 122, he writes:
“The Nineteenth-century occultist Alphonse Constant, a former Roman Catholic priest who took the Jewish pseudonym Eliphas Levi, wrote extensively about Baphomet as a conduit to God. According to Levi, the head of Baphomet is seen to combine the characteristics of a dog, a bull, and a goat, which are meant to represent the three sources of the pagan Mystery tradition . . . Baphomet’s androgynous nature is emphasized by one arm being mascular and masculine while the other is of a more feminine nature.”
Later, on page 185, the same author writes,
“It was determined that there exists a secret code in a number of the Dead Sea Scrolls that the Templars may have learned during their time in the Holy Land. Indeed, a noted expert on early Christianity, Dr. High Schonfield, demonstrated that if the name Baphomet was written in this code and then translated, the result would be the Greek word Sophia (meaning wisdom). From this, it can be concluded that when the Templars worshipped Baphomet, what they were really worshipping was the principle of wisdom and not some form of Satanism.”
In spite of their claims to worship wisdom rather than being Satanists, the great Freemason of the Scottish Rite in the 1800’s, Albert Pike, was an avowed Luciferian. Furthermore, I once had to cast out this spirit of Baphomet from a woman whose high-ranking Masonic parents had dedicated her to Satan when she was five years old. Hence, their claim not to worship Baphomet or Satan is designed to deceive people into joining the order, where they soon become trapped by terrible oaths.
The street design in Washington D.C. placed the White House at the “mouth” of Baphomet, in order to turn the presidents into the spokesmen for the false god of Freemasonry. In April 2004 we were led to scout the area in preparation for pouring out the bowls of water and wine upon the throne of the beast—Baphomet—located in Washington D.C. While we were there, the word of the Lord came to us, telling us to pour out these bowls at Scott Circle, which was positioned on the forehead of Baphomet.
To be continued.
This is part 122 of a series titled "Studies in the Book of Revelation." To view all parts, click the link below.
Dr. Stephen Jones