If He’s “The Man,” Who Are You?

The Voice of Elijah®, July 2001

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And again, I saw under the sun the place of the Judgment (the Wicked One was there), even the place of righteousness (the Wicked One was there). I said in my heart, “God will judge the Righteous One and the Wicked One because a time for every desire and every deed is there {at the place of the Judgment}.” I said in my heart concerning the sons of the man: “God is going to purify them and show them that they are a beast because the fate of the sons of the man: is the fate of the beast. They have one fate! As this one dies, so that one dies. And all have one spirit. The man has no advantage over the beast because everything is futility. All are going to one place. All are from the dust and all are returning to the dust. Who knows that the spirit of the sons of the man goes up above and the spirit of the beast goes down below, to the earth?”
(Ecclesiastes 3:16–21) —my interim translation

Anyone should be able to see that the Prophet is mocking the “wisdom” that Solomon exhibited after he turned away from “The Way” of the Lord (1 Kin 11:1–11). However, it is not as obvious that he is also playing with parabolic imagery in the Passover Parable which describes the triumph of “The Man” over “the beast” on Judgment Day. In his use of that parabolic imagery, he discloses why the Prophets cryptically refer to the Antichrist as “the beast.”

The Prophets knew that the Serpent would one day be allowed to slither down out of the Sea of Waters and walk on two feet like a man. They talk about it all the time. But as Job, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and the other Prophets of Israel make clear, Satan’s fate has already been sealed. “The beast” has no hope of his spirit ever going up to God. It must go down to the dust like every other creature who is a member of “the beast.” Although Satan is unwilling to accept the Truth, it is exactly as Moses stated:

Then His Majesty—God—said to the Serpent:
“Because you have done this,
You are more cursed than all the domesticated animals
And all the wildlife of the field!
You will go on your belly
And you will eat dust all the days of your life!”
(Genesis 3:14) —my interim translation

Most folks never stop to consider the fact that “the beast” which inhabits the same planet as the man is subject to death because it has—like “the man”—been cursed. But unlike the man, “the beast” has no hope of salvation because God has not provided any. That is why the spirit of “the beast” does not share the same fate as the spirit of the man. So why would anyone ever call “the beast” a man? Even if he looks like the man, walks like the man, and talks like the man, he is still just “the beast.”

“If He’s ‘The Man,’ Who Are You?” The Voice of Elijah®, July 2001, p. 12

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Pages 20
Author Larry Dee Harper
Language English

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