by Pastor Mark Downey
I’m not sure where to start this message, so let’s go to the beginning of Genesis where the thought is whispered to Eve, “Thou shalt be as gods” (Gen. 3:5). Such a deal! Regardless of what you think the tree of knowledge of good and evil was literally, don’t you think Adam and Eve (even if it was for a fleeting moment) thought of themselves as gods? Until they heard the voice of God say, “Where are you?” God must have anticipated this problem from the very beginning (being that He knows the beginning from the end) that man would try to deify himself. So much so, that the priority of His Law has always been first and foremost, “Thou shalt not have any other gods before Me” (Ex. 20:3) and “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Mt. 22:37). That… is virtually impossible to do if you have the mindset to presume that you deserve some kind of deification for yourself.
Paul said in I Cor. 8:1, “We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up… And if any man thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if any man love God, the same is known of him.” It doesn’t take a genius to love God. I used to ask my congregation, “How well do you know God?” But I had an epiphany one day and realized the greater rhetorical question is, “How well does God know you?” Of course, He knows us better than we know Him or ourselves. “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered” Luke 12:7. I don’t even know how many hairs are on my head and as I get older, I’m sure the number changes. But you see, that’s why He’s God and we’re not.
Over the years, I’ve noticed a dark and disturbing commentary that’s trying to creep its way into the minds of our Christian Identity community and that is the deification of man. Well, what does that mean? The implication here is that someone is changing the truth of God into a lie and fomenting a subliminal worship of the creature or created being more than the Creator (Romans 1:25). What is the truth of God? In both the Old and New Testaments, Scripture explicitly and repeatedly affirms that there is only one God. “Ye are My witnesses [no, this is not referring to Jehovah Witnesses] saith the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He; before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me” Is. 43:10. And in I Cor. 8:6, “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him, and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him.”
Our faith counts only one deity and therefore rejects any number above that calculation. The Word very clearly teaches that God is an absolutely unique being who is distinct from the world as its Creator and eliminates the idea of pantheism, polytheism and a slew of other isms, according to which the world is either, identical to God or an essential aspect of God’s existence. As we move closer to the New World Order, I think we’re going to be pounded by the media with the idea that everything is God and therefore people are God by association. As absurd and nonsensical as that sounds, many people will be deceived by the sophistry of an ecumenical priestcraft designed for the deification of man. It really does nothing other than puffing up the ego of man to think more highly of himself than what he ought to (Romans 12:3).
A deity is a postulated supernatural immortal being, who is thought of as holy, divine or sacred by its believers. Deities are depicted in a variety of forms, but our focus today is man who is exalted to the position of a god or the God i.e. deification. The root of the words ‘divinity’ and ‘divine’ literally mean ‘Godlike’ and sometimes is applied to living, mortal individuals. Political leaders are known to have claimed actual divinity in certain early societies like the Egyptian Pharaohs assuming the role as objects of worship and being credited with superhuman status and powers.
More pertinent to recent history, leaders merely claim some form of divine mandate, suggesting that their rule is in accord with the will of God. The doctrine of the divine right of kings was introduced as late as the 17th century, proposing that monarchies rule by divine decree. A more subtle approach is the modern corruption of Romans 13: be ye subject unto the higher powers. Such a deal for a black president with White judeo-Christian citizens. In effect, it wasn’t much different than the alien philosophy of Japanese emperors ruling by divine mandates right up to the end of WWII. To this day, Catholics are supposed to acknowledge the Pope to be the mouthpiece of God on earth. Mormons think they are intrinsically divine, having a direct link to God through pre-existence as His offspring.
The fatal flaw in all of these suppositions is that the deification of man usurps the authority of God. Yes, God delegate’s authority, but he doesn’t authorize man to create any new authority. That little stipulation in Romans 13 makes it perfectly clear that, “Rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil” (v.3). That principle has been convoluted for thousands of years. When Israel wanted a king like the heathen nations around them, they were rejecting God as their King and the system of judges that were a reflection of God’s authority. Perhaps one of the best examples of heathen deification is found in Isaiah 14 with the king of Babylon and why it’s not a good idea to emulate other races. This is the only chapter in the Bible where we find the word Lucifer, which the Masonic Lodge allegedly worships.
In 346 AD, the Catholic translator Jerome took it upon himself to change the Hebrew word ‘helel’, meaning ‘morning star’ or ‘daystar’ into the Latin word ‘Lucifer’, which meant ‘shining one’. At that time, these words may have meant the same thing. In biblical history, “the Bright and Morning Star” has long been an appellation for a great and mighty ruler or human king. The king of Babylon was obviously not a literal star and we can see the term also defined as a “light bringer”, a metaphor to convey the idea of royalty. For one to fall from heaven means they have fallen from authority or that they are no longer serving the purpose of their leadership. The New King James Study Bible states, “Fallen from heaven is a figure of speech meaning cast down from an exalted political position.” The king of Babylon lost all of his power and prestige because he went against what God wanted.
This passage in Isaiah is a beautiful description of the deification of man whose glory dimmed and his bright illumination extinguished. I think there might be a parallel here to what’s been called the Illuminati; a one world government run by the all-seeing eye of megalomaniacs. Nothing could be more poetic for the overthrow of this grand tyranny, than the idea of a star falling to earth. The ‘shining star’ is also an epithet for the planet Venus, which the king of Babylon identified with and plays into pagan mythology (as one of its gods). I think Isaiah is writing to future generations, an admonishment against paganism and political corruption (in White nations). This king of Babylon believed himself God as well as his many subjects and proclaimed himself with the title of the ‘Morning Star’, the great light-bearer that rises before the dawn.
We don’t have the same ancient pagan mindset as they did back then and it’s difficult to understand how anybody could consider themselves God. However, a permutation of Judaism does this very thing. The jewish author of the Satanic Bible, Anton Levay, tells his followers repeatedly that they are a God. He describes, in quite graphic language, how each person should work to gratify every carnal desire and lust they have, in order to affirm and solidify the concept that they are God. One of his devotees writes, “We worship ourselves. The only God we can ever perceive is in our own existential world. We are each a God.”
This really comes as no surprise to Christian Identity, but may come as a shock to judeo-Christians or Christian Zionists, when we are informed about the Talmudic perspective of their theological Messiah. In Elizabeth Dilling’s classic expose ‘The Jewish Religion; It’s Influence Today/The Plot Against Christianity' (which includes photocopy documentation), “The untutored Gentile [sic] has been led to believe that adherents of the Jewish religion are simply believers in the Old Testament who are still awaiting their personal Messiah. However, in Judaism that Messiah is already here, and it is the “Jewish people” themselves. For example, the Jewish Talmud [or more properly called the Babylonian Talmud], in Kethuboth 111a, states: “The Messiah is without metaphor the Jewish people.”
This sick and twisted theology or we could say theocracy, does not sit well with the Creator of the universe. God’s Word assures us that He will bring down the proud and arrogant Edomite jew just as surely as He did with the king of Babylon. We see then that even today, as with the king of Babylon, who Isaiah was speaking about, there are still those who think themselves to be gods. According to Isaiah, Babylon and its king were just cruising for a bruising. I guess the bigger they are, the bigger they fall. “And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah” Is. 13:19.
In order for a man or a nation to fall, it first must be exalted to a rather high status. And we read that this King Morning Star, “Hast said in his heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God… I will be like the Most High” Is. 14:13-14. What’s that proverb? “Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov. 16:18). We see just how pathetic self-deification becomes through pompous arrogance. The following verse speaks of this once proud king being gazed at by those who once saw his power and might. “They that see thee shall stare upon thee, and consider thee saying, "Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms” Is. 14:16.
I was motivated to write this message, because I was informed about this cute little blog called ‘Beyond the Pale’ that constantly pulls the plug on itself, but nevertheless has an interesting choice of titles. This blog loves Christian Identity about as much as the Simon Wiesenthal Center; in fact, I wouldn’t doubt if that’s where it emanates. Among the myriad of bipolar contradictions that riddle this site, purporting to be White, Christian and a proud heretic, is the double-minded notions that “Man is not God” AND “the deification of man” with no explanation of how the twain shall ever meet. I think he’s pulling a lot of gullible people’s leg and having a good ole time jerking people around.
Well, let’s understand what the ‘tongue in cheek’ blog name means. The word ‘pale’ is almost an obsolete word except for this phrase ‘beyond the pale’. A pale was a stake or pointed piece of wood and relates to a staked out area with fencing. A pale became a figure of speech when dealing with large geographic regions considered enclosed and a safe haven; somewhat like a ‘city of refuge’ in the Bible. Therefore, ‘beyond the pale’ was outside the area of safety. Catherine the Great created a ‘Pale of Settlement’ in Russia in 1791. This was a western border region of the country in which jews were allowed to live. The idea was to restrict trade between jews and Russians. However, as a concession to some jews, they were allowed to live beyond the pale. The message was clearly, if there’s a pale, it’s a good idea to stay inside it. The evil figs of Judah became the proverbial wandering jews sticking their nose into the business of the good figs (often without a safety net) and God said they would be, “A reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them” (Jer. 24:9). Even on the internet, you can tell when someone is out of their element and our anathema.
Prophecy condemns the antichrist jew to ultimate destruction and likewise the mongrel jew does everything to destroy us. Their crusade is not mere heresy; it is the epitome of insanity. Try as they will to convince true Israel to bathe in the stagnant waters of blasphemy with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them (II Thes. 2:10); for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased (Luke 18:14); try as they will to deify man in lies and clever reasoning, I’m persuaded that the true believer cannot be separated from a love of the truth or from the love of God, which is in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:39).
When the Holy Spirit dwells within Christian believers and transforms them into the image of God in Christ, eventually endowing them with the resurrection, with immortality and God’s perfect moral character, it does not mean that men are deified. The question of whether the Bible ever calls men “gods”, in a positive sense, focuses on Psalms 82:6, “I [the Lord] have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the Most High”; and its citation by Jesus in John 10:34. This is the chapter where Jesus says, “I and My Father are one” (v.30). There is not the remotest suggestion that all of us, collectively, are one and the same God. It was enough to limit this concept to Himself that would lead to His crucifixion.
We can easily rectify the statement in Psalms by putting it into context. In verse 1 we read, “God standeth in the congregation of the mighty, He judgeth among the gods.” This is when a Strong’s Concordance comes in handy. Looking up the Hebrew word for ‘gods’, we find ‘elohiym’ (#H430), which can be “occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates.” And sure enough in verse 2, we read about judges, “How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked?” Seems like we got the same problem today with black-robed devils. These were Israelite judges who were supposed to be representing God as administrators of the Law, but were doing a pretty lousy job of it. The fact that they are called “gods” is an ironic figure of speech in order to make the assertion seem ridiculous or sarcastic. It was a condemnation of judges playing God and a mockery of the deification of man. Sorry, to any would-be gods out there, but this Psalms does not teach that men were created to be gods. Indeed, verse 7 negates the notion by saying, “Ye shall die like men.”
One teaching that places great emphasis on the deification of man is the doctrine of man as created and redeemed in the image of God. They claim man is an exact duplicate of God based on their understanding of the meaning of ‘image’ in Gen. 1:26-27. This raises some serious questions. If we’re a clone of God, does that imply that God Himself is an exalted man (as Mormons believe) or perhaps a spirit with the physical form of a man (as H. W. Armstrong believed)? Does the image of God in man imply that men may become “gods”? First, we should believe Scripture that says God is not a man (Nu. 23:19; I Sam. 15:29), “For I am God and not man” (Hosea 11:9); of course, this is prior to the First Advent of Christ, the Word made flesh. Second, to create or make something in the image or likeness of someone means to make something with a difference that nevertheless pictures or represents that someone. Gen. 1:26-27 is telling us something about man, not about God. The creation of man in God’s image is not the model to deduce the nature of God.
The Hebrew word for ‘image’ is ‘tselem’ (#H6754) and means ‘to shade’, as being a resemblance and hence a representation; often used to mean similar, as in the phrase “shades of the past.” Adam was the shades of God; in other words resembling God’s image and having the moral disposition of God by His Spirit, the ‘breath of life’ He gave us. There’s also the mistaken presumption that man has the DNA of God, who is Spirit (John 4:24). What right does anybody have to limit God to fleshly genetics? God gave us dominion of the earth as physical beings, not spiritual beings such as angels. Being in the image of God means man was created as a physical representation, not a physical reproduction or clone or “Avatar.” Man can attain moral perfection and immortality, but there is nothing in the Bible that warrants the conclusion that man will ever be gods. We’ve been given a slice of the pie, but that doesn’t mean we are the pie! We may be the sons of God, but there is nothing that says we must also be gods.
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of mans heart was only evil continually (Gen. 6:5). This is the mindset that led to the great Flood of Noah. I would think that in order for man to subscribe to deification, he would have to have an extraordinary imagination. “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he might instruct Him?” I Cor. 2:16. I mean, if you can imagine that you’re a god, what would prevent you from a little constructive criticism of Creation or perhaps some new legislation.
There are many mysteries throughout the Bible and one of them is ‘the mystery of iniquity’, which is what we’ve been talking about today. This mystery can best be understood by its counterpart ‘the mystery of godliness’. Paul speaks of both of these terms by way of contrast. In I Tim. 3:16 the mystery is unveiled, “Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness, God was manifest in the flesh.” It’s the deification of Christ, God becoming a man. Therefore, the mystery of iniquity is just the opposite. It’s the deification of man, man becoming a god. When we’re told in II Peter 1:4 to, “Become partakers of the divine nature”, it should not be construed to mean the divine essence of God. Peter is speaking of Gods moral character.
Christian character is in a woeful condition these days, lacking in God’s moral standards to escape the corruption of the world through iniquity. Iniquity is sin and defined as the transgression of the law. So we’re talking about the mystery of lawlessness. Iniquity then is a lack of moral character that is in rebellion to God. When I read the descriptive context of the ‘mystery of iniquity’ in the 2nd chapter of II Thessalonians, I am comforted with the idea that God created all things for His own glory and that some things are hidden by God until brought forward and even when revealed, remained hidden from the carnally minded man.
Jesus answered His disciples about all those parables and, “He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them [the Pharisees] it is not given” (Mt. 13:11). How the mystery of iniquity or the deification of man can bring glory to God may not register in our minds at the moment, but rest assured that this is exactly what will happen.
Let’s start with II Thes. 2:3, “Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come, except there comes a falling away.” The day of the Lord will not come to pass until we see an apostate church that uses every means of deception. Where is the church today? Why doesn’t it rise up and fight the antichrists who were there then and here now? Is there some kind of conspiracy? Yes! It’s called the mystery of iniquity. The antichrists are pretending to be Christians and ministering to the church a bounty of lies. The predatory preachers tell their congregations “judge not” and “we must be tolerant.” Now I’m well aware of how the judaized churches treat these Scriptures; the church is conspicuously absent from their interpretations thereof.
In verse 3 Paul connects the ‘man of sin’ and ‘the son of perdition’ with the mystery of lawlessness. We know from John 17:12 that Jesus called Judas “The son of perdition” in his betrayal. Judas had helped the jews to crucify Christ. The jews usurped the throne of David that rightfully belonged to Jesus Christ. This is the mystery of lawlessness and the descendants of Esau-Edom, who call themselves jews today, would crucify Jesus all over again with the help of their judeo-Christian churches for a small investment of 30 pieces of 501c3 silver. Am I being too hard on them? This is what Jesus is going to profess to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, ye that work iniquity” (Mt. 7:23).
Hence, in verse 4, Paul tells us that the man of sin, “Opposes and exalts himself above every so called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God” (paraphrased). This describes perfectly the religion of secular humanism, being inculcated in public schools according to the 10th plank of the Communist Manifesto. Paul was speaking in the present tense, because the temple in Jerusalem was still standing and stood until 70 AD. But we still have the same problem today with sinful men deciding for themselves what is right and wrong. In other words, man playing God. We know that the temple of God has made a transition. It is our body and the head is Jesus Christ. When the Holy of Holies has a sign hanging on the outside that says ‘no vacancy’, then something other than Christ is occupying our thoughts and beliefs. It’s a form of blasphemy that most Christians seldom think of.
Babylon and Jerusalem were rival cities that came to represent two competing kingdoms, but both were destroyed. However, the original spirit behind these two cities would reemerge in the prophetic manifestations of Mystery Babylon and New Jerusalem that are symbolic of the mystery of iniquity and godliness respectively.
Verse 7, “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work, only he who new letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.” In the KJV, “letteth” means to restrain or hinder. In plain English it means anyone who is hindering the Holy Spirit is going to be eliminated. Christ is not coming back as a mild mannered lamb; He’s returning as the Lion of Judah, to consume the wicked with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming (II Thes. 2:8). Look out you bright morning stars. The deification of man was at work at the time of Paul’s writings and it’s with us today working overtime.
In recent times there have been shameless proclamations fulminating from the “Holy Father” in Rome against all who dare to do their own Christian thinking. In a much celebrated catholic bull (it’s bull alright), the Pope said, “We declare and determine it a principle absolutely necessary to salvation that all human beings are subject to the Pope.” Is it any wonder that we are commanded to, “Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4)?
While researching this subject, I came across a synonym for deification and that word is ‘apotheosis’. It means ‘to be made divine’; the term has meanings in theology, where it refers to belief, and in art, where it refers to genre. The latter caught my attention, which led me to the discovery of a fresco painting in the interior dome of our nation’s Capitol Building called ‘The Apotheosis of Washington’ (meaning George). More specifically, apotheosis means the deification of a prince or other distinguished person among the heathen deities. This deification of George Washington can be seen in the rotunda, looking up and beholding the gods of ancient mythology.
Between the deified Washington (at the center of the artwork, suggesting heaven) and the earth flies the Virgin. Her position between heaven and earth was meant to identify her as the Roman goddess Minerva or Venus (got bright morning star?). The eagle at her side is the mascot of Jupiter, the ruling god of Rome; it represents Roman justice. In fact, the motto of our Justice Department is Qui Pro Domina Justitia Sequitur, i.e. “He who follows the Goddess Justicia.”
Other details of this painting under the patronage of an alliance between Roman Catholics and Freemasons attached their symbolism, used by the occult, to further their goals. But there’s one more feature, a subtle and insidious depiction of an innocent looking boy who is called “Young America.” Young America wears a little cap known as a ‘Phrygian cap.” They were given to freed slaves (in the Roman Empire) to show the world their liberated status. However, Roman law stated that this freedom could be revoked at any time for any cause. In other words, their liberty was given as a privilege, not as an inherent inalienable right. A red Phrygian cap is also depicted on the seal of the U.S. Senate. It’s significant that the Jesuits (jewish catholics) and Freemasons (jewish cabalists) were allied in designing much of Washington D.C.
Symbolically, they put our government under the statue of a Roman goddess in the guise of liberty, while putting us into bondage. When the South seceded from the Union, the Constitution was replaced with Executive Orders by Lincoln. He was assassinated before the Constitution could be reinstated. Technically, we have been under a dictatorship since that time. We still have some freedoms, but we have been given a Phrygian cap. Our freedoms however, are privileges granted by the government of man and not rights under the government of Christ. There are two yokes in the Bible. One is the iron yoke of antichrists and the other is the wooden yoke of Christ. Jesus said, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me… for My yoke is easy, and My burden is light” Mt. 11:28-30.
We have been given the illusion that God smiles down upon us in this cesspool of multicultural diversity as long as we maintain the façade of a pious image. Some of our people voted for a mamzer Messiah and they think he will save us. Another Nimrod, who built a city and tower called Babel, which means confusion; and he rebelled against the legitimate rule of Noah and Shem, who were the rightful rulers of the earth. And we are too… the heirs of the promise. That’s why it is imperative to know who we are and what we are not. We are not God. We are Israel, and Israel means ‘ruling with God’, not ruling as a god.