Apostle Sergio Enríquez.
Recently we talked about the coming of the Lord, and how this message is hidden in different passages of the Bible. But in this opportunity, I would like to talk about the raised man because it represents the Rapture. The Bible says in Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV) The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. I believe that the man who has the name of the Lord as a strong tower, will be taken above in the latter times. The name of the Lord acts as a seal in the body, in the soul, and in the spirit of a believer; this seal protects a Christian from the seal of the devil. Another verse that talks about the Rapture or the raised man is in Psalms 91:14(NKJV) Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. Again, we can see how the name of the Lord is closely related with the Rapture. The Lord will also take with Him those who are humble. Humbleness is the key to achieve all the blessings of the Lord. Matthew 11:29(NKJV) says: Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
The blessing of the Lord must first rest in our heads and notice that I am talking about the brain. In other words, if our head is blessed then our whole body will be prospered, but if something is wrong with our thoughts, then we will do evil things. This order of the blessing is described in Psalms 133:2(NKJV) It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. Therefore, the anointing of the Holy Spirit must fall upon our heads and then our whole body will be fixed by His power. All of this is needed because the Lord will put crowns upon our heads right before the wedding of the Lamb. But at the same time, the devil will try to steal our reward; his plan is to put his evil crowns upon our heads. Now let’s see what kind of crowns the enemy is trying put upon God’s children.
Isaiah 28:1(NKJV) Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower which is at the head of the verdant valleys, to those who are overcome with wine!
Notice brethren that this crown of pride was upon Ephraim, and Ephraim belonged to the people of God. Nowadays Ephraim represents a Christian who allowed the devil to put a crown of pride upon his head, and those who are crowned with pride will not enter the kingdom of God. Another aspect to consider about drunkards is that not all drunkenness comes from alcohol, there is also drunkenness of violence, of bitterness, immorality, etc.
II Corinthians 10:5(NKJV) casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
The verse above mentions the things that are in the head of a haughty person, i.e. arguments against the knowledge of God. For example, the Bible says in Psalms 14:1The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” But we brethren, must fight against this kind of thoughts. We must take them captive to the obedience of Christ, and recognize that evil thoughts come from our enemy.
I Corinthians 2:1(AMP) And when I came to you, brothers and sisters, proclaiming to you the testimony of God, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom.
In this verse, Paul shows us how we should talk. It is not fitting for a Christian to talk with superiority or pride. If we do so, it will be counted as sin; boasting ourselves in vain things is not the will of God, therefore we must watch our words. II Corinthians 10:17says: But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”
Romans 12:16(NKJV) Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
The Lord is clearly saying that we should not be arrogant or proud to think; sometimes we don´t say a word but our thoughts are evil. These thoughts can be influenced by racism, economic status, etc. But we want to think according to the kingdom of God, and be crowned by God not by the devil.
Isaiah 2:11(NKJV) The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.
According to Isaiah’s verse, we can write the next sequence of words: eyes – head – crown – kingdom. If your eyes are lofty, then your crown will be pride, but if your eyes are humble, the Lord will put a crown in your head.
Psalms 10:4(NKJV) The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, are able to change every evil crown, that is, the crown of haughtiness and put a crown of humbleness in our heads.