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Tonight, Lord willing, we're going to do a comparative study which will compare the kingdom of God to the kingdom of heaven. For many years, I believed what I had been taught, that the only difference between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven is that the kingdom of God identifies who the king is, and the -- when we say the kingdom of heaven, it identifies the location of the kingdom. But the Lord has recently taught me that this is not His intention in varying these two terms.
I know I touched on this subject not too long ago, and I believe that I told you that the kingdom of God was the imputed anointing and that the kingdom of heaven was the imparted anointing. But as I've told you many times in this ministry, we're learning on the run. As God teaches me, I'm teaching you, and I don't have time to perfect my doctrine before I teach it to you. So as God corrects me, I'm correcting you, and you're going to have to roll with the punches. If it's disturbing you, ask God to help you because it's -- that's what he's doing here in this ministry.
So this is what He's telling me as of today, that the kingdom of God is referring to the mind of Christ alone. The kingdom of heaven is referring -- well, let me back up again. The kingdom of God -- first of all, the kingdom is talking about a man, and as we go through these Scriptures, we're going to see that Jesus clearly says the kingdom of heaven is as unto a man. It's as unto a man. We have a whole church world looking to fly away to heaven, but Jesus clearly said that the kingdom of heaven is like a man, and then He describes that man. And what He's saying is that when your mind is in a particular condition, you're in the kingdom of heaven. That's what He's saying. And He also says, "Behold, the kingdom of God is within you."
So we find that the teachings of Jesus are different than the teaching of the church on this particular issue, and this is what He has taught me. The mind of Christ, when it is appearing in a man is -- that man is the kingdom of God. That man is the kingdom of God if the mind of Christ is appearing in him. Remember, at the back of the Book of Revelation it says, "And the kingdoms of this world were given -- have become the kingdoms of the Christ." Each and every one of us is a kingdom, and when the mind of Christ is appearing in your kingdom or in the kingdom which you are, you are one of the many kingdoms which are under God. Because the mind of Christ is appearing in you, you belong to God.
The kingdom of heaven, you may recall me telling you, if you look it up in the interlinear, has a -- the way it appears in the interlinear is that it says the kingdom of the heavens, plural, the two heavens. A more accurate translation would be the kingdom of the two heavens. And what is a heaven? A heaven is the mind, so if you have two heavens, if you have two minds, if you have the mind of Christ and you also have the carnal mind and you are living out of the Christ mind, you are a kingdom w- -- through which the two heavens are being expressed.
Now this is not talking about the double-minded man now. Let me make this clear. You are a manifestation of the kingdom of the two heavens when you have the mind of Christ and a carnal mind and the mind of Christ is ruling. If you have two minds, the mind of Christ and a carnal mind and your carnal mind is ruling, you are a double-minded man. If you have both minds and the mind of Christ is ruling, you are a manifestation of the kingdom of the two heavens. Everybody with me?
So what I told you earlier, I had said that the kingdom of God was the imputed anointing, which it may or may not be true. Usually, when I make a change, it's not that what I said before is wrong. It's that the Lord just shows it to me deeper. So does anybody have a problem with what I just said? I feel to say it again. Let me say it one more time.
If you are a human being in whom the mind of Christ is being formed, you are a manifestation or one of the kingdoms which is under God. Men are kingdoms. Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms of this world. I've been teaching this for a long time. What he said to Jesus was I'm going to give you dominion and authority over the human being on this earth. What a liar that guy is. The Father God gave the kingdoms of this earth to the Lord Jesus Christ. How could Sa- -- you know, that's like trying to sell the Brooklyn Bridge. That's what he was doing. He was trying to sell Jesus the Brooklyn Bridge. He said, if you serve me, I'll give you what God's going to give you anyway. That guy is too much.
So if the mind of Christ is being formed in you, you are a kingdom or one of the kingdoms which is under God, and the kingdom of God is within you. You are an expression -- let me put it this way. You are an expression of the kingdom of God which is within you. And because the kingdom of God, which is the mind of Christ, is within you and being expressed through you, you are one of the kingdoms of this world.
Now if you have the mind of Christ -- everybody that has the mind of Christ, including Jesus of Nazareth, also has a carnal mind because your carnal mind is what makes you a human being. Jesus was formed in the likeness of sinful flesh. He was formed as a man, as us, so that He could identify with us, and there were two overriding characteristics that made Him a human being. Anybody remember what they are? What did He have? What two things did He have that made Him a man? He had a physical body, and He had a carnal mind. He had everything that we have, but He had something in addition to it. He had something in addition to what the average human being has. He had the s- -- the mind of the Father. He had the seed of the Father which produced the mind of Christ in Him. He had two minds, and at the time Jesus Christ was born or that Jesus of Nazareth was born into this world, He was the only one.
Check, at the time that Jesus Christ was born into this world, there was a manifestation of the mind of Christ in Israel. There was a manifestation of the mind of Christ in Israel, but it was an imputed Christ. It was being -- it was falling upon them from on high. It was not a rising up from underneath their soul. What Jesus of Nazareth had that no other man had, including all the men in Israel that had the imputed anointing -- what Jesus had was the seed of the Father, that mind of Christ which was coming forth from within His very spiritual being. We're told, in many of the Hebrew prophets, when the Father wanted to speak to Daniel, at one point He grabbed a lock of his hair, we're told. The spirit fell upon them, but in Jesus of Nazareth, the spirit arose up from within Him.
So we see that for -- that [?they're?] -- if you have two minds, if Christ is being formed in you -- you must have a carnal mind to be a man, and if Christ is being formed in you, you can be one of two things. You can be a double-minded man, which means that the majority of time your carnal mind is ruling or that your carnal mind is giving that mind of Christ enough trouble for you to be bouncing back and forth like a [?bouncy?bouncing?] ball. But if you have two minds and a serious percentage of the time -- I can't give you a number, but Jesus knows. If a serious percentage of the time you are responding and living out of that mind of Christ, you are a manifestation of the kingdom of the two heavens, and the kingdom of the two heavens is within you, and your two minds are functioning, a large percentage of the time, as one mind. And what does that mean? It means that the mind of Christ in you has brought your carnal mind or is bringing your carnal mind into submission.
Brethren, every time you have an opportunity to make a decision, if the mind of Christ is being formed in you, there is a war going on for which mind is going to make the decision. And by what you think and by what you do will reveal which mind made the decision. Sometimes, your carnal mind's got you real good, and you make a carnal decision, and God sends someone else who's a little stronger in Christ to join to your Christ, and you change your mind. Praise the Lord. Maybe now you're a double-minded man, but as the Lord moves to strengthen you, hopefully, in the near future, you shall be a manifestation of the kingdom of the two heavens. But if the mind of Christ is being formed in you, you are a manifestation of the kingdom of God. He's in there; He exists; He's being formed in you.
So we might be able to say that the kingdom of the two heavens as an expression of a more mature mind than the kingdom of God. Well, we can say that, or we can also say -- if I say to you that the kingdom of God is within you, we're not really telling whether or not or to what degree you're living out of that kingdom of God. All Jesus is telling -- if you check through the Scriptures that talk about the kingdom of God, pretty much, He's just telling you that it's in there, but the kingdom of the two heavens -- for you to be a vessel expressing the kingdom of the two heavens, what that is saying about you is that you are prevailing by the power of God in your mind. Now there's no way you can be an expression of the kingdom of the two heavens if you don't have the kingdom of God within you because if you don't have the kingdom of God within you, you don’t even have two heavens; you just have one heaven. Is everybody OK?
So what I would like to do today is look at a few Scriptures. I have absolutely no idea how long this is going to take. I never know where the Lord's going to lead me in a study like this. There's a good chance it'll be more than one meeting.
So I would like to start with the kingdom of God. If you look in your Strong's concordance, you'll find that in the Book of Matthew, I don't think that there was one reference. Well, let me put it this way in case I'm not accurate. The majority if not all of the reference to either the kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven in the Book of Matthew were to the book -- or the kingdom of the two heavens. There may not even have been one reference to the kingdom of God in the Book of Matthew. And as we go on, we see some references to the kingdom of God. If you look in your Strong's concordance, there are more references to the kingdom of the two heavens than to the kingdom of God. And specifically where Jesus says, "And the kingdom of heaven is -- can be likened unto," there were many more references to that than an instance where Jesus was saying, "And the kingdom of God can be likened to." There was very few references, only two or three. I may -- don't hold me to the number, but much less references to Jesus saying, "And the kingdom of God can be likened to," than Jesus saying, "And the kingdom of heaven can be likened to," many more references to the kingdom of heaven.
Why? Because it's wonderful if you have the kingdom of God. It's wonderful if the mind of Christ is being formed in you, but unless you ascend to a place where the kingdom of the two heavens is being expressed through you, that mind of Christ may be doing you no good at all. And the example that I always give you is an electric light. If you don't turn the switch on, you don't have any light; it's up there. The fixture's there. The bulb is there. The wring is connected to the main cable on the street, but if you descend here from Mars suddenly and you don't know that you have to turn on that switch to get the light to work, you're sitting in the dark. So, yes, behold, the kingdom of God is within you, but you must use that kingdom of God to bind up your carnal mind, to take authority over it, to not listen to its commands and to not permit it to direct your behavior.
And as I have told you before, that the carnal mind -- I've told you before that the carnal mind has two major weapons to control us. Brethren, we must be controlled. Any man must be controlled by one of two minds or one of two spirits. If Christ is not controlling you, your carnal mind is controlling you. So we have a lot of people being drawn by the Lord, and they're saying, oh, no, I don't want that religion stuff now. I'm not going to be controlled by that. Well, that's fine, but don't be deceived. If you're not controlled by Christ, you are controlled by your carnal mind. You are not your own. None of us is our own. We are all external expressions of some intelligence. And the God of Christ is?
The Father, and the God of the carnal mind is Satan. Brethren, if the Father, through His Christ, is not controlling you, Satan, through his carnal mind, is controlling you. It's one or the other. Jesus said, "Either you're for Me, or you're against Me." If you're not for Me, He said, you're against Me. What does that mean? If you are not fighting with your carnal mind so that your thoughts and your behavior can be Christ, if you're not fighting the war, you don't have to guess. You don't have to look in the encyclopedia. Don't knock yourself out. I'm telling you right now. If you're not fighting the war, who's running your life? Your carnal mind.
If you haven't prayed about it, if you haven't asked God to help you to do what He wants you to do in this specific situation, don't be deceived. Your carnal mind has made your decision. Would you do me a favor? When I'm -- not now, but when I'm into the preaching, check the needle, OK. Just look at it. If it's going over past five, it's too high, when I raise my voice, OK. Thank you.
OK, so we're talking about -- what are we -- so we have three categories here. We have someone who is completely dead; all they have is a carnal mind. If all you have is a carnal mind, you're a kingdom. Who knows the name of the kingdom that you are, if all you have is the carnal mind? What?
Well, that's true, but there's a scriptural term.
Well, you could say Babylon, but in the New Testament, Paul says the kingdom of darkness. The Old Testament says the kingdom of Babylon, but the New Testament says -- it may not be Paul. It may have been John, says that the -- it's the kingdom of darkness, that the seat of the beast, the throne of the beast, is an -- which is the carnal mind, is in the kingdom of darkness. And we have the throne of Christ, is in the kingdom of the two heavens. So if all you have is your carnal mind, you are a manifestation of the kingdom of darkness. If Christ is being formed in you, you are a manifestation of the kingdom of God. If that Christ which is being formed in you is ruling whatever will -- God will accept -- I'll say more than 50 percent of the time. If that kingdom of he- -- of God is ruling over your carnal mind at least 50 percent of the time, you're a manifestation of the kingdom of heavens -- of the two heavens, so that is the basic difference, and we've also added in a third kingdom, the kingdom of darkness.
And, of course -- well, there's four actually. If you don't -- if all you are is the -- if all you have is the carnal mind, you're a manifestation of the kingdom of darkness. If Christ is being formed in you, you are a manifestation of the kingdom of God, and at any given moment, based on the decision that you make, you are either mani- -- if Christ is being formed in you, you are either manifesting double-mindedness or the kingdom of heavens, depending on what decision you make. If you have two minds and your decision is carnal, at that moment, for that thought, for that crisis, for that decision, you are a manifestation of a double-minded man. And in the instance that you take the victory and what you think and what you do lines up with the Christ, you are a manifestation of the kingdom of the two heavens, for that moment, for that thought, for that decision. This is a warfare. The name of the war is?
Armageddon. Brethren, if you are focusing on the Middle East, you are going to miss this whole thing. Because let me tell you what's going on in the Middle East is a physical expression that is appearing because somewhere in this earth there's a company of people who are fighting this war, and the war between Christ and the carnal minds in the company who are fighting it is being visibly expressed in this world through the appearance of anti-Christ. So if you're watching the moving picture, you're missing the whole reality. You want to watch the moving picture, you watch it. You want to be where the action is, you have to start fighting it in your own mind. Do you want to be a participant, or do you want to be an observer? Do you want to partake of this thing, or do you want to be a bystander? It's time to fight the war.
So we're going to start with the kingdom of God, and the reason I'm going to start with the kingdom of God is that there are much fewer entries under the kingdom of God. So if the Lord will help me, we will start in Mark, Chapter 4, Verse 26. "And Jesus said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come."
So we see, in this parable, Jesus explaining to us how the kingdom of God begins to be formed in you. This is a parable giving information as how that mind of Christ begins to be formed in you, so let's take it a few words at a time.
Verse 26, "And Jesus said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground."
And who is the man casting the seed? The Father. Jesus, the glorified Jesus Christ is now one with the Father. He is the Father to us, and He is casting His seed. And who's the ground?
[UNINTELLIGIBLE] -- well, more -- that's true, but more than that He's casting His seed upon our -- the ground of our soul, and the carnal mind is within our soul. The carnal mind is the mind that is within the soul, but the seed is being cast upon the entire living soul, the entire Adamic soul, yes, the fallen Adamic soul.
"As if a man should cast seed into the ground."
So what do we have? So the kingdom of God or the mind of Christ comes to pass when that man, the glorified Jesus Christ, begins to cast His seed into this fallen living soul, and that began, brethren, on the -- who knows when it began? When did His seed begin to be cast into the ground? Anybody know? Well --
On the Day of Pentecost, Jesus poured out of His spirit. Now, remember, He was crucified. He was raised from the dead. He ascended back up to the Father. He became spirit again, and on the Day of Pentecost, He poured out of the heavenlies and fell down upon the disciples, and His falling down appeared as cloven tongues of fire. He returned to the earth. A lot of people think they're waiting for the return of Jesus or for the second coming of Jesus. He's already come. He came on the Day of Pentecost, but we're wait- -- and He's in the earth. Where is He? He's in the hearts of men. He's doing signs. He's doing wonders. He's doing miracles. He's raising the dead. He's doing it all. If you know where to go to look for it, He's doing it. He's here. He returned. What we're waiting for is His appearance.
He has returned, but He returned in the seed form, and that's the seed that we're talking about in this parable, and the seed is growing, but it's not fully appearing yet. When a seed first starts to grow, it's under the ground. It puts down some roots, then it breaks the ground, and the first thing you see on the plant is the flower. Well, what we see in the Pentecostal church today is the flower of the life of the glorified Jesus Christ. The plant is flowering, and we're also beginning to see the fruit. There's another parable where Jesus talks about the corn, and then He s- -- or the ear. He either says the ear or the corn. I can't remember the exact word, and then He says comes the full ear or the fully mature corn. So the corn is appearing, but it's the immature life of Christ. No one that I know of is in full stature yet, but that fully mature corn is about to appear in a company who -- of men who will be the first ones that it will happen to, every man in his own order. It's for everybody.
And if we get to it tonight, we'll see that Jesus clearly stated, and He called to me to work in His vineyard. That means to come in, let His kingdom be formed in them. And I think it was at least three if not four times He went out and He made a call, and the people who He called in at the last minute got the same pay, which means they got the same kingdom of the two heavens as the people who had been laboring in the kingdom for 30 years. With God, all things are possible. We are not restricted to the time and space of this world system. With the kingdom of God, it is not accurate to say you can never catch up to someone who's been studying for 30 years because you would have to study for 30 years, at which point they would be 60 years ahead of you. It doesn't work like that in the kingdom of God. Jesus Christ is not restricted to time. He can do anything He wants in you as slowly or as quickly as He wants to do it.
So let's try and understand this. We're saying here, in Verse 26, that the kingdom of God or the mind of Christ comes to pass when that man, the glorified Jesus Christ, began to cast His seed into the ground of the fallen living soul.
Verse 27, "And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how." "And should sleep, and rise night and day."
I'm not really teaching tonight. This is really an exhortation, so I'm not going into it a word at a time. You're free to disagree with anything I say, but I want to suggest to you that that phrase, "And sleep and rise night and day," [sic] is referring to the fact that the whole creation is spiritually sleeping. You may have heard that preached before. There are several Scriptures establishing that. And he's rising night and day. I want to suggest to you that's referring to the generations. Jesus Christ is sowing, has sown and is sowing His seed into the ground of this fallen soul, and He's arising into this world system. People are being born; people are being dying; people are being born night and day. And He is sowing His seed throughout the generations, and He's waiting to see the seed spring and grow up. He's sleeping throughout the generations because this creation went to sleep when Adam fell at the beginning of time.
And even though the seed of Christ is in the -- now in the living soul; it's been sowed into the living soul. The living soul is still sleeping. How do I know we're still sleeping? Because that means that we're spiritual dead. How do I know that we're dead? Our body dies. Brethren, if we were not spiritually dead, our body would not die. Jesus Christ of Nazareth was alive. He had the life of the Father, and He said, "No man taketh My life, but I lay it down." If He did not agree to laying down His life, His body could have never died. His body would have never died. That's how I know that we're sleeping and that we're spiritually dead, because our bodies die, because our bodies get sick, because our bodies age. I know that the mind inside of humanity today is dead because that mind is not preserving our bodies, very simple test.
So we're in Verse 27. So this man who sowed the seed, He's sleeping, but He's rising night and day. He's producing many generations, and He's watching to see this seed spring and grow up. And, again, I haven't looked up these words. I'm preaching off the top of my head, but I want to suggest to you first the seed sprouts, and then you see it growing into full stature. We're talking about two anointing, the imputed anointing, the imparted anointing, and the imparted anointing is in two stages. There's an immature imparted anointing, which is what?
Which is the two-witness company. Yes, that's the name of it.
Absolutely. That's OK. OK, the immature imparted anointing is the functioning mind of Christ which is not in full stature, and it is called the two witness company. That's correct. It is the kingdom of the two heavens. It is a man who is ruling over his carnal mind more than 50 percent of the time. It is a man who is obeying Christ, even though his carnal mind is screaming and yelling and doesn't want him to do it.
I did start to tell you before, and I got distracted. There are two major weapons that the carnal mind will use against us. Anybody remember what they are? Pleasure and pain. Look, the bottom line, brethren, is control. The bottom line is control. Who is controlling you, the carnal mind or Christ? So the carnal mind comes to, usually, the person who's not moving in Christ [UNINTELLIGIBLE] usually to the carnal person, and he offers him pleasure, whatever your pleasure is. You like to drink; you like to take drugs; you like to fornicate; you like to eat when you're obese, whatever your problem, whatever your pleasure is. And the carnal mind will tempt you to do what God calls sin. That's usually when you're very young spiritually. Once you start -- well, he can -- what I mean. I mean that he can tempt you with pleasure and get you to disobey God's word. That's when you're spiritually young. There's nothing wrong with being spiritually young. You should know how old you are.
As you start moving into Christ and maturing spiritually, Satan will find out that he can offer you all the pleasure in the world, and you have found in Christ the strength to say no. So then he changes his tactics, and he starts trying to control you with pain. Now listen to this. First he says, if you sin, I'll give you pleasure. Now he says, if you obey God, I'll give you pain. I tell you the truth, ladies and gentlemen. I know what I'm talking about. If he can control you with pain, he will control you with pain. We are called to come to a place where the carnal mind cannot control us.
And I've been preaching this for five years, and I'll continue to preach it. It's possible for anyone to be overcome, but if you're laying there on the ground and you're completely paralyzed and you can't move, all you have to do is have -- is think, Jesus, help me, and you've won the battle. I tell you the truth. If you give it to Jesus and say I'm completely overcome. That carnal mind is killing me. I don't have any strength to do anything, but if You'll let me -- if You would let me, I would obey You. If You would -- Jesus, if You would give me the strength to do what You want me to do, I would do it. [UNINTELLIGIBLE] you got the victory. I'm telling you. That's all that it takes. You have to recognize this enemy in your mind. You have to recognize his tactics, and you have to sell out to Jesus.
You know, when I first came to the Lord, I was sick every day of my life, and I had an open fleece with the Lord. I didn't stay home from work, and I didn't stay home from church unless He gave me permission to stay home. I'm not telling anyone they should be a martyr. All I'm saying is ask the Lord what He wants you to do. That's all I'm saying. That's all He wants from you. He knows when you need to stay home. He knows. What He wants is your obedience. He doesn't want your dead body. He doesn't want you to being agony, but He wants to know that you've offered the decision up to Him. That's what He wants to know.
And then when you offer that decision up to Him, you have to believe that if He wants you to go, He's going to give you the strength to do it. And I'm not going to lie to you. You could be uncomfortable, but if He tells you to go, He's going to bring you through, and the result of it will be that you're strengthened. But the bottom line is that He wants that decision. This is called the laying down of your life. It's [?calling?called?] the sacrifice of your soul. He wants control over your life, and He's only fighting with Satan to a certain point. He wants you to say, Jesus, I give it to You. I choose You over the carnal mind. He will defeat Satan for you to the point that you are freed up enough to make that decision, to say, Jesus, if you just give me the strength, I'll do what you want me to do. He'll fight for you up to that point, and at that point, He wants you to make the decision. Just witness to me, Lord, what you want me to do. Give me the strength to do it, and it's done. That's what He wants from you.
But don't be deceived; I don't mean to oversimplify this. There are going to be obstacles. There are going to be difficulties. There's going to be emotional distress. There are going to be people opposing you, people accusing you falsely. It's going to be a strong testing, so the most important thing is that you establish this relationship with Christ that you can hear Him, that you know what He wants, that you know that He's faithful. He's faithful that once you make this commitment in your heart, that you're going to do whatever He wants you to do, that it now becomes His responsibility, to put it in your head, to put the understand in your head of what He wants you to do. Our job is to submit and obey. His job is to get the understanding in our brain, which sometime is a challenge, to get us to understand and to show us the way, to open our eyes and open our ears. That's His job. Our job is to submit and obey, and when we do that, the other stuff becomes His responsibility.
So we're on Verse 27, and we said that there's a man, the Lord Jesus Christ. He's casting His seed upon the living soul, and He's exi- -- and He is present in this sleeping soul, and He's rising night and day. He's going through from generation to generation, and He's waiting for the seed to spring up and grow. And I really didn't look at this in the Greek. It says He knoweth not how. I'm not really sure what that says in the Greek, so I'll tell you this. Either it's just there for the parable because the parable isn't clear who the man is [AUDIO CUTS OUT]
-- tell you this. Either it's just there for the parable because the parable isn't clear who the man is, or it's really not an accurate translation because we know that the Lord Jesus Christ knows exactly how this spir- -- how this seed is going to spring up.
Verse 28, "For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade." Oh, here's the Scripture I was speaking about, "first the blade, then the ear, and after that the full corn in the ear."
So the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself. Now that's not speaking about the seed of Christ. What that's talking about is the spiritual weed known as the carnal mind. You see, our living soul is a garden. It's a spiritually fertile place, and Jesus says He's sown His seed, but the earth is bringing forth fruit of itself. He's talking about a spiritual weed, plant life which is coming forth from within the earth, not from -- not because it's been seeded with an external seed, and the name of that fruit is the carnal mind.
"For the earth" -- now let me just point out the difference to you here. In Verse 26, we see the seed of Christ cast upon the ground, and in Verse 28, we see the earth bringing forth fruit. And if you do a study on that word ground, you'll find the difference between ground and earth is that ground has been vitalized. It has been invigorated, and I want to suggest to you that the ground is that part of the soul which has been touched by Christ. So when the seed of Christ is present, it's affecting the entire soul. In the person where the seed of Christ is present, the earth of that soul becomes ground. In the human being where seed of Christ has not been sown, it's earth, or we could say good ground and bad ground. Doesn't Jesus say that in another place? He talks about three kinds of ground that re- -- or three kinds of earth that reject the seed, and then there is the good ground.
Verse 28. "For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, and then the full corn in the ear."
So the blade, if you look that up in the Greek, it really means grass. It means grass, the first signs of spiritual life, the imputed anointing, and then we see the imparted anointing in two stages. The imputed anointing and the imparted anointing, we see the blade, the first sign of life; it's the imputed anointing. Now, brethren, the life in the church that we see today is Pentecost. There is spiritual life in the church. We see the gifts of the spirit. We see speaking in tongues. We see the gift of prophecy. We see all of the gifts. This is spiritual kindergarten, and what it means is that the seed, which was under the ground, is beginning to appear above the ground.
Does anybody know what the manifestation of the presence of God, when the seed is still under the ground, is? Does anybody know? It's faith. We have a whole denomination of Baptists and possibly in other mainline denominations. I'm no- -- I don't know everybody individually, but there are people that have been raised in the Christian Scriptures, and that those Scriptures have produced faith in their heart. And that could be a seed present under the ground, but it isn't until that seed breaks through the ground and we see grass, we see signs of spiritual life, that we really know that it's there. It's hard to tell that the seed is under a ground. It's hard to tell, but when you see the blades of grass, you know that there was a seed there.
So in Pentecost, what we're looking at is the first sings of spiritual life. It's spiritual kindergarten, and I don't mean this to insult anybody or hurt anybody's feelings, but if you think that you're in college or if you think that you're a fully-grown adult and you're just in kindergarten, you've got a problem. Everybody has to know who they are and where they are, and then you pray and ask the Lord to grow up. I'm not insulting anybody. Denial and deception never got anybody anywhere. So Pentecost is spiritual kindergarten. It's -- the Lord is letting us experiment with spiritual happenings. We experience the Holy Ghost moving through a service. We experience the joy of the Holy Ghost. Sometimes people start dancing in their seats, and God is letting us experience His Spirit. That's what's happening. But as we grow up, those manifestations that are in Pentecost become internalized in the individual, and we start experiencing the manifestation of His life through the way we think and through what we speak and what we do.
We're speaking about heaven or hell. You know, a lot of people hear me say that heaven is in your mind, and they think that what I'm saying is that heaven is not a place. They think that I'm saying it's just a condition of -- that it's in your mind; it's how you think. No, that's not what I'm saying. I'm saying it's not how you think -- I'm saying its which mind you think with, and it exists in your mind. It exists in your life, and it exists corporately in the physical earth that we see, and the change begins by changing over from the carnal mind to Christ, and it changes in your life. And, eventually, as all of the men on the face of the earth being to think with the mind of Christ, this physical world out there will be altered. Exactly how it's going to happen, I don't know. We know the first time it happened with a flood, a physical flood, but, of course, that was a destructive alteration. We don't know how it's going to change, and I don't have any idea at this point, so I won't waste any time on it. OK
Let's try and do a few on the kingdom of heaven. It's pretty early. It's only 9:15. We'll start with Matthew -- oh, I'm sorry. I'm not finished with the kingdom of God yet. I did pick out three other Scriptures, not where Jesus is likened the kingdom of God to something but just giving us information about the kingdom of God that I thought would be interesting to you.
We're going to Romans, Chapter 14, Verse 17, "For the kingdom of God is not meat" -- excuse me -- "is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."
"For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."
So we see here what the kingdom of God is not. It's not in food. That means what you eat or what you do not eat will not influence or will not get you into or keep you out of the kingdom of God. What you eat will have nothing to do with your entering into or your being locked out of the kingdom of God.
Now there was a man on Long Island, 10 or so years ago, that preached that if you would keep the dietary laws, it could improve your health, and I was in the meetings when he preached that, and the man was crucified for it. People were saying all kinds of things about it. I never missed a meeting in that church. He never once said your salvation depended upon keeping the dietary laws. He never once said that if you keep them or if you don't keep them that it would affect your standing with Christ. What he said was that the Lord had shown him that they're a good basis for choosing foods, that there could be some improving to your health, to your physical health, if you chose to follow it, and he was crucified for it, misquoted, lied about, and I don't think it's such a bad idea. I mean, if you want to do it, you might want to look into the dietary laws. Maybe it could help your health if you're having a problem with your health, but it's -- whether you do it or whether you don't do it is not going to get you into or keep you out of the kingdom of God. You don't have to agree with him. You don't have to do it if you don't want to. Food has nothing to do with your entering into or being kept out of the kingdom.
"For the kingdom of God is not meat nor is it what you drink." So, brethren, if you obtain completely from alcohol and wine, that is not a guarantee that you're getting into the kingdom. So if you choose to make a religious law in your life that you can't even have a glass of wine, if that's what you choose to do, there may very well be a scriptural basis for it, but it's not going to get you into or keep you out of the kingdom. Now the scriptural basis for not drinking, as far as I'm concerned, is that if you are intending or you consider yourself to be a priest, it's not advisable to drink because you never know -- and if Christ is in you, you're a priest. You're a king and a priest. You never know when the Lord is going to call upon you to minister. You never know. It could come at the drop of a hat, in a moment's notice, and if you have been drinking, you will not be ready at any given moment to serve God. That is my scriptural basis for never drinking.
But if you want to have a glass of wine, I will not condemn you, and anyone who condemns you is in error. They have no right to condemn you. If they -- you see, if you can't convince somebody to do something because of logical, beneficial reasons, you really should be dropping it. If you're trying to force somebody to do something because you want them to conform to your law, there's no life in it, but if you genuinely have a reasonable reason, a good reason, then you should give them the information, but give it to them and leave it. You can't be forcing people to do things.
So the kingdom of God is not in meat in drink, whether you do it or you don't do it. There may be reasons to do it or not do it, but it's not going to affect your salvation or the formation of the mind of Christ in you.
Now I'm not talking about a compulsive alcoholic. I'm talking about a glass of wine before you go to sleep at night. You can have the mind of Christ being formed in you if you take a drink from time to time, but the question is not whether or not the mind of Christ is being formed in you. The question is are you living out of him. And if you're drinking, I'll tell you right now, He's down. If you're drinking, it's your carnal mind that's up. Christ -- I don't believe Christ takes that drink. I believe, if your carnal mind takes a drink, I don't believe you're going to lose the mind of Christ, but for that moment that you're drinking, Christ is tread underfoot, and your carnal mind is up. Does anyone not know what I'm talking about? That means that if there's an assignment that God wants you to do, you're not in a condition to do it. But if you take a drink once in a while, you're not going to lose your salvation, if you can restrict it to once in a while. If you start drinking on a regular basis, it's going to kill the carnal -- it's going to kill the Christ in you.
"For the kingdom of God is not meat or drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost." The mind of Christ, brethren, is righteousness. It's doing righteousness; it's thinking righteousness, and it's peace because the kingdom of God has put down the carnal mind. You see, the -- if you are a double-minded man -- we talked about this at the beginning of the message. If you have Christ being formed in you and you also have the carnal mind and you're battling from second to second, one decision the carnal mind wins and the next decision Christ wins, well, that could be a very tormenting life. It's a life of turmoil. It's a life of spiritual storms where you're constantly in warfare, and there's no peace. You're fighting for your very life all day long.
But I want to tell you, once Christ in you gets to the point where He's prevailing over your carnal mind at least 50 percent of the time, you begin to have moments of peace, and those moments of peace last longer and longer and longer. How come? Because Christ has put the carnal mind underfoot. He's bound Satan in that bottomless pit. He's put a chain on him, and for as long as Christ keeps him down, you have peace. Now Satan still rises up out of the pit, but it happens less and less, and for as long as Christ has him down in that pit, you have peace. When you have a war, he rises up, and you put him down again.
But until you get to the place where he's down for any significant amount of time, your life is in turmoil because when you first come to the Lord, your carnal mind is your god. He's the god in the midst of you. He's ruling your entire life, and this seed that can be likened to a mustard seed has entered into your heart and is standing up and giving you completely different thoughts. Your carnal mind's not going to take that easily. Every time you try to obey, Christ is going to slam you, whatever your weakness is.
What do I mean slam you? Whatever your weakness is, if your weakness is towards infirmity, you're likely to be sick. If your weakness is towards alcoholism, you'll be tempted to take a drink. Whatever your weakness is, every time you try to live out of Christ, he's coming to for you to get you to do what your weakness is. And you're going to be up and down, up and down, up and down, up and down maybe 15 times in ones day. But if you don't lose faith, if you don't give up -- what does the Scripture say? If you don't what?
No. If you don't faint, in due season, you shall see the mind of Christ appearing in you, and you shall begin to enter into a period of extended times of peace, and they'll get longer and longer. This is a warfare. It is nothing less than a way. If you're not in the war, then your carnal mind is ruling and reigning over you.
So we're told the kingdom of God is not in what you eat or drink, but the kingdom of God, which is the mind of Christ, is righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Now this phrase, joy in the Holy Ghost, is not a good translation, and I would like to suggest to you that what it means, after studying it in the interlinear, it's saying, but the kingdom of God, or the mind of Christ, produces righteousness in your thinking, righteous thinking which produces righteous behavior which puts down the sin in your mind and creates peace, and it gives you joy in the -- it gives you spiritual joy.
Now this Greek word translated ghost, it's the Greek word for spirit. And, as I said, I'm not teaching tonight, so I don't have all the little details for you, but when I looked it up in the Greek, that word holy is not placed where it is in the English. Now what the Lord told me it was saying is spiritual joy. The kingdom of God is righteousness and peace, which is in the soul realm, and also spiritual joy.
And then if you take that word holy, it really belongs in the next verse. "Because the one that does these holy things, in service to Christ, is acceptable to God." Now what holy things? He's thinking and doing righteousness. Righteousness is holiness. When in every conflict that you have, in every situation that you have to make a decision, when you choose to do the righteous thing, even if at the moment it looks like it -- you might be losing something because of that righteousness, that is a holy thing that you're doing, when you choose righteousness despite your personal gain. That's a holy thing that you're doing which produces spiritual joy.
Righteousness and the peace which results from resisting sin in your mind produces spiritual joy. Now this is a big misunderstanding in the church today. You see people going through severe trials and other people going over to them and saying you should be joyful. The joy is not in the flesh. It's spiritual joy in the midst of the problem, and it cannot be imposed upon someone as a law. It is a spiritual joy that arises from underneath their soul like a well of water springs up out of the earth. You cannot impose it on somebody by saying to them you should be joyful in this crisis because, if you say that, what you have done is you have condemned them. Their heart is breaking, and you've put a greater on them.
What you can do is ask the Father to give them joy in the crisis and see if He will not cause that wellspring to rise up in their heart and give them joy in the midst of the crisis. Brethren, your soul hurts. When someone you love is in trouble, if you've experienced a lost, if your body is in pain, your body hurts; your soul hurts. You can't go to someone and tell them that they're supposed to be joyful. But if God chooses to answer your prayer and to raise up that joy of the spirit in the midst of the crisis, that's a blessing to that person. The first is a condemnation which hates them and kills them, and the second is the love of God which will bring them relief in the midst of the crisis. No matter what's going on there, my Bible tells me that it's Bible, if God will permit, for us to have a joy in the spirit, a joy which comes as a result of our relationship with Christ.
So let me just read this for you again the way God showed it to me. For the kingdom of God is not in what you eat or drink. The mind of Christ, you don't get it or you don't lose it because of what you eat or drink, but it is a mind that thinks righteousness, and that righteousness produces peace because righteousness puts down the sinful thoughts of your carnal mind and produces spiritual joy because these holy things that serve Christ is acceptable to God and approved of men. It's acceptable of God and approved of men. Did anybody not understand that before I go on? I never understood that Scripture, joy in the Holy Ghost. I don't know. It just never sat right with me. Righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Righteous -- the mind of Christ is righteous. That righteous mind puts down the criminal carnal mind and produces peace, and the result is spiritual joy, and these holy works are acceptable to God and to men.
So if you are living your life, making your decisions and siding with people and taking stands based on righteousness and not based on self-gain, you know that, in a measure, you're moving in the kingdom of God. If your life used to be a torment and now you have longer and longer periods of peace, you know that you're moving somewhat in the kingdom of God. If you have ever experienced spiritual joy in the midst of a crisis, you know that you're beginning to experience the kingdom of God.
I have to tell that I've experienced spiritual joy in the midst of a crisis. You know, I never would have believed it, that you could be filled with joy when someone's trying to destroy you. But I want to tell you, when you've got a revelation, when that revelation comes out of the realm of the spirit that this person who's trying to destroy you, first of all, they can't destroy you. They can't do it, and second of all, they're trying to destroy you is a sign that Christ is appearing in you, that they're enraged because Christ is really appearing in you. I want to tell you that's joy in the spirit. That is joy in the spirit, knowing that Christ is appearing in you to such a measure that someone out there wants to destroy you. To the carnal mind it sounds weird, but I want to tell you I have been -- I have danced around the house with this revelation. Hallelujah.
I Corinthians, Chapter 4, Verse 20, "For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power."
For the kingdom of God is not in what you say, brethren, but it's in the power that's manifested through you. We've got a lot of people in the church today talking one really good game, but let me see the power that follows you, brethren. Let's see the power. If the kingdom of God is truly operating in your life, there should be signs of power. Power to do what? Power to change, power to produce a positive change in people's lives, starting with yourself.
I Corinthians 15, Verse 31, "[?Brother?], brethren" -- oh, I'm sorry, wrong Scripture. I Corinthians 15, Verse 31, "I protest by your rejoicing" -- that doesn't look right either. I Corinthians 15, Verse -- well, I guess I have the wrong Scripture.
It said something about the kingdom of God.
Verse 24 -- I Corinthians 15, Verse 24, yeah, it does say something about the kingdom of God. I must have -- I don't see how that would relate to this study though, so I must have written down the wrong Scripture. OK, we'll just take that out, unless it was II Corinthians. Nope, no Chapter 15. I Corinthians 15, hmm. Well, I don't know. We'll just go on.
We'll start with the Book of Matthew, the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 11, Verse 12.
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Matthew, Chapter 11, Verse 12. Well, this is not likening the kingdom of heaven unto anything, but I decided to put it in, so let's take a look at it.
"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of the two heavens suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."
Now a lot of people in the church will use this Scripture to say that we have to take the kingdom of heaven by violence, but I want to give you another thought, and I want to suggest to you that what this Scripture is saying is that the kingdom of the two heavens suffereth violence. What it means is -- let me review the kingdom of the two heavens for you again. The kingdom of the two heavens is a man who has two minds, the mind of Christ and the carnal mind, where both minds are under the leadership or the dominion of the Christ mind. The kingdom of the two heavens suffereth violence, and I want to suggest to you that the violence is coming from the carnal mind which has been subdued by the Christ mind in that man.
Let me say it again. The kingdom of the two heavens is referring to a man in whom the mind of Christ is being formed and who also has a carnal mind, and the man -- and the mind of Christ is dominating or prevailing over the carnal mind, and that carnal mind, which is not completely subdued, is waging violent warfare against the Christ who has him underfoot. And when the carnal mind in that man wages violent warfare against the Christ, you feel it. If you are a man in whom the kingdom of the two heavens is existing, if Christ is being formed in you and started -- has started to take dominion over your carnal mind, brethren, when your carnal mind fights back, he's not just hitting on Christ; he's hitting on you.
So if you are a man whose mind is the kingdom of the two heavens, you are suffering violence. You're suffering spiritual violence. You're being persecuted in the spirit. People's thoughts are persecuting you, and you may or may not be suffering in your body. I can't tell you that everybody is going to suffer in the body. It refers -- it depends on your family curses and everything. But the -- everybody, every man in whom the kingdom of the two heavens exists is suffering spiritual violence.
Their own carnal mind is doing everything he can to break the hold of Christ upon him, to break the bands that are restraining him, and everybody that comes into your life who doesn't have control over their carnal mind is manifesting their carnal mind. How? To strengthen your carnal mind. You may recall that I said, about an hour ago, that if you have the kingdom of the two heavens in your mind and you're bouncing back and forth and having trouble making a decision, God might send another believer to strengthen the Christ mind in you. Well, brethren, Satan sends other carnally minded people to strengthen the carnal mind in you. It's a question of who's the heavyweight. That's what it comes down to. That's why you need people praying for you; you can't be in this thing alone, not if you're really in the war.
So the kingdom of the two heavens suffers violence, curses being flung at them, spiritual warfare from their own carnal mind and from other people's carnal minds. But if you stand faithful, God will give you the victory every time. The Scripture says a righteous man can be cast down seven times, but he can never be destroyed. And why would God let you be cast down? Because this warfare is an overcoming. God will let a strong manifestation of the carnal mind come against you, even if He knows it's going to cast you down. Why? Because you're going to learn from the experience. You're going to get stronger. You're going to stand up on your feet, and you're eventually going to overcome that thing. God lets the war come against you because that's how you get strong.
If you're overcome, you go before the Lord. You ask Him what you did wrong, what you could've done if you had it to do over again. You get all of your praying done, get all of your instruction, and it's coming for you again. And this time, you ta- -- whatever the crisis was, this time you're ready. You know what to do. You know how to handle it. You know how to resist it. You know how to kill the thing. It's an overcoming, so the kingdom of God suffers violence, and the violent man or the carnal man tries to take it by force.
So we find carnally minded men seeing -- they could get -- they could see the kingdom of heaven. They could see it. They see spirituality on somebody. They see healing on somebody. They see the glory of God on somebody, and they want it, but they don't want to submit themselves to the processing that will bring it forth in them. They want to be able to buy it. We know there's one man in the Scripture that wants to try and buy it. He offered money for it. He wanted the Holy Ghost. He offered the apostle Peter money for the Holy Ghost. Well, he was ignorant. He was using the methods of this world to try and obtain spiritual riches, and you cannot obtain spiritual riches by the methods of this world. We were talking about that in the car coming up here. You can't buy it. You can give a million dollars to the church. You cannot buy spiritual gifts.
If you give, you should give because you feel it's the right thing to do, because you want to bless somebody. If you're giving to buy someone's favor, there's no glory for it. God's not going to bless it because it's just pride. If it's the right thing, you give. If you want to bless somebody, give. But Jesus said, give, but don't expect to get back. Give because you want to give. Don't give because you expect something back.
So the kingdom of God suffers violence from your own carnal mind and from other people's carnal minds, and violent men or carnal men try to take the spirituality, which is in Christ, by force, usually because of ignorance. They simply don't know better, or because of sin, because they're proud and rebellious, and they don't want to submit themselves to the ministry and the training that will produce that same kingdom in them. It's for everybody. God's no respecter of persons, but you can't buy it. There's a price to buy. You have to submit yourself to the ministry. You have to show yourself approved. You have to submit to God. You have to be willing to be changed. You have to be willing to admit your faults and change, and it's -- it takes time. You can't just go out and purchase it.
So we'll go on to Matthew, Chapter 13, Verse 24, "Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of the two heavens is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. And when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest, I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn."
So Jesus is giving another parable saying the kingdom of the two heavens is likened unto a man. There it is. Jesus said it Himself. The kingdom of the two heavens is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field. So we see there's good seed. Now if there's good seed, there must be --
-- bad seed. So the kingdom of heaven is likened unto the man, the Lord Jesus Christ, glorified Lord Jesus Christ, which sowed good seed, and He is the seed. He sowed Himself into His field, and His field is humanity.
"But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way." Now please note that there was a single man which sowed good seed. That's the Lord Jesus Christ, but Verse 25 says while men slept, he sowed the seed in many men. His enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. So we see here an account of what has happened to humanity, that the seed of Christ is growing in men but that the seed of the carnal mind, which was sown by Satan, is also growing in men. And Jesus said that it was an enemy that sowed it. But while men slept, the enemy of man came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. Just -- OK.
Verse 26, "But when the blade was sprung up," when the gifts of the spirit started to appear, "and brought forth fruit," and when the fruit of the spirit started to appear, imputed, imparted anointing, "then appeared the tares also."
Now, brethren, I want to point out to you that you can't see -- the tare is the carnal mind. You can't see the carnal minds of men until the blade and the fruit begins to appear. It isn't until you see the righteousness of Christ that you can recognize the unrighteousness of the carnal mind. If you have nothing to compare it against, you can't recognize it. This is another account of II Thessalonians, Chapter 2, speaking about the man of sin being revealed. It's when the fruit appears that -- when the fruit of Christ appears in your mind, that you begin to see the man of sin in your own mind.
Verse 27, "So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, Didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares?"
And I just point out to you that in Verse 27, it's speaking about the servants of the householder, and I want to suggest to you he's speaking about the individual men who are servants of Christ, the ones who are submitted to the best of their ability to Christ, the church world if you will. They're saying, sir, how did this sin get into mankind? How did this sin get into our own hearts? Where did it come from? And Jesus answered them, an enemy hath done this. That's not the best translation. The interlinear says an enemy, a man did this. It's com- -- the -- those words, a man, is completely left out of the translation. The enemy is a man. The beast is a man. It's man. It's fallen Adam. Fallen Adam did this.
And what's more, as I examined the interlinear, I noticed that the indefinite articles didn't even appear. What is the indefinite article? The two words, an and a, "An enemy of man did this." All -- you know what the Greek says? The Greek says, enemy, man, did this. Man, who is the enemy, did this. God's enemy is man. God's enemy, man, did this. He impregnated himself. Have not we been teaching this for a year? The creation impregnated itself, and a retarded baby was born because it's incest to impregnate yourself if you can do it. It's incest, and the creation today, humanity today, is spiritual retarded because incest produces retardation and other forms of perversion.
We're in Verse 28. "Jesus said unto them, man, who is my enemy or man, the enemy of God, hath done this. And the servants, those who are faithful to God said unto him, wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? Should we cast out these tares?" Now, brethren, I've been talking about deliverance here for a long time. Yes, demons are real. Yes, demons need to be cast out, but there is something in fallen man that cannot be cast out. You can read about it right here.
Verse 29, "But Jesus said, No; because if you try to cast it out, when you gather up the tares, you'll root up also the wheat with them."
And then although it's not clear there, I also say to you, if you g- -- if you root up both the carnal mind and the Christ mind, you won't have a mind. You won't have any mind. You'd probably die. Now I'm going to tell you again that the casting out of evil spirits is God's ministry to the man who doesn’t have Christ. It's God's deliverance to the man who doesn't have Christ. Christ is the weapon that overcomes the carnal mind. Demons grow out of the carnal mind. Now once Christ begins to be formed in you, you still can experience deliverance if God decides to weaken the carnal mind by casting a demon out of you. But by and large, from the time that Christ begins to be formed in you, the war- --- the nature of the warfare changes, and it's no longer so much of a casting out of demons which are bits and pieces of the carnal mind, but it's an overcoming of the carnal mind and putting it down under the feet of Christ. And demons can come out during this process, but the primary thrust of the warfare is the putting down of the carnal mind.
If there are demons, they have to come out, but they will come out as a byproduct of you taking authority over our carnal mind. When you are in a vicious battle with your carnal mind and you win and Christ puts the carnal mind underfoot, the demon that represents this particular trial, whatever it was that you were trying to overcome, will come shooting out. Now there is an overlapping. There's a time when Christ in you is overcoming your carnal mind and the demons are coming out because of that, as an offshoot of that. And God, because of whatever circumstance, could require you to sit in a chair and have five people stand around you and say, come out, in the name of Jesus. He can do anything that He wants. My whole word to you is, if you are one of those people who are telling God that He has to continue to do it the way your learned five or 10 years ago, you are in a war against God because He's going to do it however He wants to do it.
And I tell you all the time that in this ministry I am open to anything that the Lord wants to do. If He wants to sit somebody in a chair and let five people stand around and say, out, in the name of Jesus, if that's what He wants to do, I'm not arguing with God. But if He's not doing it, He's not doing it. You can't force it, and it's time to expand your mind and realize that He can bring forth deliverance in you any way that He wants, but by and large, what we called -- what we call old order deliverance, standing around someone sometimes for up to an hour or more saying, out, in the name of Jesus and seeing people roll on the floor and sometimes vomit and do all these things -- I'm not against it. I know someone's going to twist my words. There's nothing I can do about it. I'm not against it. If God brings it to pass, then you do it, and I'll do it. We did it, and we had the police at my house not too long ago. I do it. I was down on the floor when the policeman ascended up my steps, holding down Michelle with my leg wrapped over her waist. Look --
Look, God has to run this show. God has to run this show. And I want to tell you, if you've had an obsession with old order deliverance and you are demanding that God gives you these experiences of rolling on the floor, He may never give it to you. Why? Just to show you He's God. On the other hand, if you have a fear of this, if your pride is so strong that consciously or unconsciously you're saying not me, you'll never see me down on the floor screaming so loud that someone called the police, well, probably there's no way that you could get deliverance unless you agreed to let it happen to you if God wants it. He is God. Would this church world please stop telling Him what to do? It's His intention to raise this whole creation from the dead, and He's going to do it. He's going to confound the minds of men, and He's going to oppose pride on every turn.
How did I get into that? What was I talking about? Oh, I was talking abo- -- oh, OK. We're in Matthew, Chapter 13, Verse 29. Jesus said don't cast out the carnal mind; you'll die. If you could do it, you'll die.
Verse 30, "Let both of them grow together." Let the carnal mind and the mind of Christ grow together until the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares" -- well, I'm going to take that a little bit at a time.
"And in the time of the harvest," now, remember, the harvest is the full maturation of the mind of Christ to the point of -- that He's so mature that He no longer needs the womb of the carnal mind to survive. And at that time, He will say -- Jesus will say to the reapers -- who are the reapers? We are the reapers. "Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles."
Brethren, as I said, I'm not teaching tonight, and I'm not going into detail, but I'm going to tell you what this Scripture means if you study it in the Greek. Bind the tares in bundles. It's not there, but I'm telling you that Jesus is saying bind the tare; bind your carnal mind to the mind of Christ. Bind it up. Let them grow together, the mind of Christ and the carnal mind, and at the time of the harvest, when Jesus is fully born in you, bind up that carnal mind in a bundle. And if you look up the word bundle in Webster's, it means the bundling together of two or more things. Now why are they going to be bound together? "Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them." Because the binding of your carnal mind to Christ will burn your carnal mind. [AUDIO CUTS OUT]
Bind your carnal mind to Christ so that it might be burnt. And what is the burning? We read in the Book of Revelation about everlasting burnings. The fire of Christ will burn your carnal mind, but your carnal mind will not be consumed. Did you hear about the bush that burned but wasn't consumed? Brethren, your carnal mind is going to be under the fire of Christ which will prevent it from sinning. The kingdom of the two heavens are the two minds joined together. The carnal mind is not -- well, I don't want to get into too -- I don't want to get too technical now. Satan is not going to be ripped out of the creation. He's being brought into submission to Christ.
He's necessary -- Satan is necessary. He is the pestilence in the dust of the earth. The dust, the darkness is what reveals the invisible spirit. Satan is not being cast away or destroyed. He's being brought into subjection. He has a function. His function is that he is in the darkness. He is the earth which is lying on top of the spirit which lets the invisible spirit be seen, but he must submit to the rulership of Christ. Right now, he's out of his place, and the whole world's dying because of it. He's not being cast away. He's just being brought into subjection. Does anybody not know what I'm talking about? He has a function, but he's not doing his function. He's doing God's function, and the whole creation's messed up. You've got to do your function because if you do someone else's function, then you're messing them up, and no one's doing what you're supposed to be doing, and everything's a mess. So you have to know what your function is. If you don't know what your function is, you've got a problem.
So He said let them grow together until Christ is fully matured to the point that He doesn't need the carnal mind anymore. That's what the harvest is. And in the time of the harvest, which is a specific time season -- I just read in the newsletter not too long ago. There's no such thing as a specific season. I don't know. My Greek lexicon says that word means it's a specific time or season. In the season of the harvest, in the season that Christ will begin to be mature in individuals to the point that He doesn't need the carnal mind to survive anymore, I will send My people, the reapers, to gather together their own carnal minds and bind them to the Christ so that their carnal minds might enter into the everlasting burnings which will subject Satan and force him into his God-ordained role. But the wheat gather into my barn. Let Christ flow together in the many members of the church because Christ is not divided.
Well, how are you doing? It's 10 o'clock. Maybe we'll take one more. Let's see how long these are. Matthew, Chapter 13, Verse 31 and 32. That's a short one.
"Another parable Jesus put forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of the two heavens is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field." Well, I think we -- this is similar to what we read about the kingdom of God. "Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs or plants, and it becomes a tree." What's the name of the tree? The Tree of --
-- Life, "so that the birds of the air," so that the spiritual men, so that the Christ in men can, "come and lodge in the branches thereof." I was just talking about that. The kingdom of the two heavens is a place where Christ can live.
Chapter 13, Verse 33, "Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened."
Well, in these last two parables, we see He's saying pretty much the same thing as He said about the kingdom of God. So we see that the kingdom of God has some similarities to the kingdom of the two heavens, but the kingdom of the two heavens is greater than the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is the mind of Christ, and the kingdom of the two heavens is that mind taking dominion over first the carnal mind and then the whole vessel of the human being. So the kingdom of the two heavens is greater than the kingdom of God. Is everybody OK on that?
It's greater. OK. [UNINTELLIGIBLE] OK. The kingdom of the two heavens is greater than the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is the mind of Christ, but it might be -- if the mind of Christ is in you, it might be functioning; it might not be functioning. If the kingdom of the two heavens is being revealed through you, that's the same thing as saying the kingdom of God is being formed and you and is doing the job. He's taking dominion over your carnal mind, and He's running your entire life. So the kingdom of the two heavens is a greater manifestation of God in your life than the kingdom of God, OK.
Verse -- we're still in Chapter 13, Verse 44. Well, I'll try and finish it up. They seem to be very short. Verse 44, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man has found it" -- you see, every time he talks about the kingdom of heaven, it's about a man, "in which a man has found it, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth the field." "The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure, something valuable, which when a man has found it, he hideth."
And I want to suggest to you that the intent of the Lord is to say when he finds that treasure, he hides himself in it. He hides himself in that treasure. Now we see a perversion of that in the world. When a man has money or if a man has gained power in this world. Is there anyone here that doesn't know that people hide behind their money and they hide behind their power and they don't frequently let people know what they're really like? All you see is that exterior, that powerful business tycoon or what his money can buy or his big house or what he can do. You don't really know what he's like. People hide behind their treasure.
Well, the kingdom of God is a hiding place. It's a [?cover?] from the storm. Only when you hide behind your treasure in this world, it's destructive because you stranglehold yourself. No one can get in, and you can't get out, and you die from loneliness. But when you find the kingdom of God, it's a hiding place. It's godly safety. It's safety that doesn't destroy you. To hide behind a false face in this world destroys you, but to hide behind the kingdom of the two heavens, there's life in it.
"And for joy thereof," he's going to experience joy. When we hide ourselves in the kingdom of the two heavens, we will experience joy. Now what does it mean to hide yourself in the kingdom of the two heavens? It means that you're going to live your life out of the righteous mind of Christ. "And for the joy thereof," and that's going to result in spiritual joy because the kingdom of God is not in eat and drink, but it's righteousness and peace, and it's spiritual joy. So if you hide yourself in the two heavens, you're going to experience spiritual joy.
"And for the joy thereof, he goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field." Brethren, if you want to enter into the kingdom of the two heavens in any measure of fullness, you have to sell everything that you have. Now I'm not necessarily talking about physical possessions. I'm talking about all of the dreams of your heart, all of your aspirations, all of the desires, all of your plans that you've had since you were a little boy or a little girl of what you wanted to do with your life, you've got to sell it, brethren. And you buy that kingdom, and you get whatever God gives to you. You have to give up everything that you've ever planned for your own life. And, of course, you might have to lose all of your physical possessions too, but that's not always true. That's not always true. It's frequently true, but it's not always true, but you do have to sell all of your dreams and your aspirations.
Verse 45, "Again, the kingdom of heaven -- of the two heavens is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls." Now this word -- the Greek word translated goodly, it means fine pearls, and pearls usually typify -- they typify wisdom.
"When, when he found one pearl of great price" -- now he was looking for fine pearls, but he found -- fine pearls, plural, but he found one pearl that was of a great price. It was greater than fine. When he found that one pearl, which is what? Pearls meaning wisdom, which is the wisdom of Chr- -- that is in Christ, when he found the wisdom. Now this wisdom that this man was looking for, he was going to Buddha. He was going to Buddhism. He was going to Hinduism. He was going to the Eastern religions. He was looking for spiritual wisdom, but when he found the one, true wisdom, which is in Christ, what did he do? He went and sold all that he had. He gave up everything for the wisdom which is in Christ.
Paul said he had counted everything that he achieved in the world as dung, and all that he wanted was to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. Brethren, he wasn't talking about the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Paul was talking about the power of that resurrection which was happening in his own heart. He said the power of the resurrection, that it should happen to him. If you want that resurrection that happened to the man, Jesus, to happen to you, if you want your Christ, the dead Christ in your raised from the dead, if you want the mind of Christ to be your mind, you have to sell everything you have. And what that means is you have to be willing to give up anything and everything as God takes it from you.
If you get rid of it as a religious work, whether it be physical things or whether it be emotional things, if you give them up as a religious work, that's all that it is, a religious work. It will not buy you the kingdom of God. But when God takes it from you, when you let it go, it will result in the kingdom of God. God must be in control.
Verse 47, "Again, the kingdom of God is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
I'm going to try to do this. It's 10:15, and it's the last -- oh, it's not the last one. Well, I'm going to do this one. Is everybody OK?
OK. "Again, the kingdom of the two heavens is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind." Now we know that the sea typifies the living soul, and it gathered together all kinds of men, all religions, all races, all sexes, all kinds of men. "Which, when the net was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away."
Now I know that this translation sounds like there are some good people and there are some bad people, but I want to suggest to you that there is good and bad, and it is spread out throughout the entire creation and that what this Scripture is saying is that when they gathered all of these people, they drew to the short, and they sat down, and the people who were drawn gathered the good unto themselves and cast the bad away. The kingdom of the two heavens, brethren, is the power which is in Christ to gather unto yourself the good which is in Christ and cast away the bad.
We find a Scripture in the Old Testament which said that we will be able to cast our sins into the sea. Brethren, it takes a miracle of Christ to cleave unto the good and to reject the bad. The average man can't do it. He can't cleave unto the good and reject the bad. That's why he's out there in trouble. That's why he's in jail. That's why he's drinking. He can't do it. It takes a miracle of God to cleave unto the good and to throw the bad away.
So all of these people that are drawn into the net, they're going to be given the power because the net is the kingdom of the two heavens. The kingdom of the two heavens is like unto a net, and everyone that's caught in that net will receive the ability to sit down and gather unto themselves the good of Christ and cast the bad away.
"So shall it be at the end of the world," and that Greek word translated world means age. This physical world is not coming to an end through an atomic explosion, but this age is coming to an end. When is this age coming to an end? When the new age begins. And the new age is Christ; Christ is the new age, so when Christ comes into your heart and grows up to full stature, as He's harvested, the age that you were born into will come to an end.
"So shall it be at the end of the age: the angels" -- now remember who the angels are. We've been teaching that here for quite a while. The angels are the Christ in the people. You have an angel, a very big angel. His name is Christ. It's the Christ that's growing in you. He is the Son of God that's in the midst of you, and He's going to come forth at the end of the world. This is the end of the world, Christ in you coming forth. I just said it. And when He comes forth, He's going to "sever the wicked from among the just." When Christ comes forth, He's going to show the difference and -- between Christ and the carnal mind, and after that showing will come a separation. It's called sanctification.
Verse 50, "And He shall" -- now this is the angel. "He shall cast them into the furnace of fire." Cast who? The angel in you, Christ in you, is going to cast the carnal mind in you into the furnace of fire. And how is that going to happen? It's going to happen when the carnal mind is bound to the Christ in you. We just read about it in another Scripture. Cast it into the fire, bind it to the fire.
"And there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." Now I do want to spend a few minutes on this. The translation could be better. This Greek word translated wailing, the interlinear says weeping, and the intention is tears. And you may recall that we found out that tears typify Satan. Tears are saltwater. The salt sea is Satan, and the sea of crystal typifies Christ. So Satan typifies tears, or tears typify Satan. [AUDIO CUTS OUT] And this word gnashing of teeth is Strong's 1030, and this word -- it's speaking about beasts who gnash their teeth when they attack their prey. It's speaking about the attack of the prey.
And the phrase, "There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth," there shall be is Strong's 1563, and it doesn't mean there shall be. It means in the place where you have been banished to. This translation is not good at all. There shall be, well, it's two words. The one word is 1563. It means in the place you've been banished to, and the second word is 2071, and it means shall come to pass, and I want to suggest to you that the correct translation is, "And Satan and the carnal mind shall find themselves in the place where Christ has banished them to." "And Satan and the carnal mind shall find themselves in the place that they've been banished to." Why? Because Christ has bound them to Him in a bundle. They're going to be ba- -- where are they being banished to? They're being forced down into the -- what'd you say?
Down to Christ.
Down to Christ. They're going down into the bottomless pit. They're going be chained there. And the angel shall cast them into the furnace of fire, which is themselves, and Satan, the tears, the wailing -- and Satan, the wailing, and the one who's gnashing their teeth, the beast, the carnal mind, shall find themself in the place that they have been banished to, the gnashing of teeth, the beast, the carnal mind, the wailing, tears, Satan. Satan and the carnal mind shall find themselves to the place where they've been banished to. When? When Christ took authority over them, bound them up to Himself, thereby casting them into the furnace of fire, and they found themselves in the place of banishment, underneath the feet of Christ. And Satan and the carnal mind shall find themselves in the place where Christ has banished them to, underneath His feet. Hallelujah.
Well, Matthew 13:52, let's take a look at that. "Then He said unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man" -- there it goes again. The kingdom of the two heavens is like unto a man, "that is a householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old." "Therefore every scribe of every scholar," that's us, "which is instructed into the kingdom of the two heavens," that's us tonight, "is like unto a man that is a householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure," and Jesus told us in another place that your treasure is where your heart is. "He bringeth forth out of his heart things new, the mind of Christ, and things old, the carnal mind."
The kingdom of the two heavens is a man who has two minds under the dominion of Christ, and it involves instruction. Jesus said right here that it involves instruction because instruction builds the mind of Christ. You can get the seed planted in you, brethren, but it's the instruction and the study that causes it to prosper and grow. Somebody said to me once, about five years ago, what is all that doctrine going to do you? Brethren, the doctrine coming forth out of your carnal mind isn't going to do you any good at all, but if the doctrine is feeding the seed of the mind of Christ in you, you can't get into the kingdom of the two heavens without it. Everything has to be in its place. If the seed is not engrafted in you, well, the doctrine may be doing you no good at all. You need to be under a heavy outpouring, a heavy anointing, because the only thing that matters is that that word engrafts to you, but once that word engrafts to you, you need the doctrine. You're not going to enter into the kingdom casting out demons. You've got to have the teaching. You can cast out demons if God lets you, but once that word engrafts, you've got to have the teaching.
Matthew, Chapter -- oh, I'm not going to do that, Verses 1-16. Maybe I'll just make some brief comments on it. Matthew -- because there isn't enough left over for a second message.
Matthew 20, Verses 1-16, "For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man," again, it's a man, "that is a householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard." The vineyard is the church. The vineyard -- it's -- the vineyard is the mind in which Christ is growing. See, Je- -- Chri- -- Jesus went out, and He's calling men to share His mind. "And when He had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, He sent them into His vineyard," Jesus calling a category of people. "And then He went out again, and He saw other standing idle in the marketplace, and he said into them; Come into My vineyard," so that's the second time Jesus calls.
Verse 5, "Again He went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and He did likewise. And about the eleventh hour He went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?"
Well, this parable is saying that Jesus is calling men at different times, but He's offering to pay them the same amount of money, and they're going to ge- -- and not only are they getting the same amount of money, but in Verse 8, He says to His steward, pay the ones that came in last first. And we see it happening today, and a lot of people that have been laboring in the church for years are stumbling because they can't believe that God's giving something to newcomers that He hasn't given to them. And I encourage you all to join me in the prayer that I pray all the time. If the day ever comes that God tells me, witnesses to me, that He's sent someone with a greater anointing than me, that I should be able to see it and submit because I don't want to get locked out of the kingdom.
So we see in Verse 10 that the ones who came earlier, "But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; but they likewise received every man a penny. And they murmured, saying," Verse 12, "These last have wrought" -- they've only worked one hour. What are you giving them the same pay that you gave us for? Verse 13, "But Jesus answered one of them and said, Friend, I've done no wrong to you: didn't I do what I agreed to do?" Didn't I give you what I promised to give you? Why do you care that I'm giving this salvation to others that haven't lived as good as you've lived, people that you called sinners? Do you have a Jonah complex? Do you not want this salvation to go to the whole world? Is there something in you denying it to men, to women, to other religions, to people who have rejected Christ when you've been laboring in the church living a holy life and they've been out there living with that man, and now, the last minute, God's taking them in? Do you think it's unfair? Jesus is saying to you, have I not given to you what I promised you? Mind your own business.
I want to tell you, Mary and I were in the church that night when we had an open meeting about this concept that God is reaching out to the whole world, and these women were going crazy. I'm telling you. They didn't want their husbands to enter in. They were going crazy. He hit me. He lied to me. He cheated on me, total [?mad?] -- mass manifestation in the whole church. You mean to tell me he's getting in? I've been coming to church every day for 30 years while he was out drinking, and now you're telling me that you're taking him too?
You were there, weren't you?
I couldn't believe my eyes. They were talking about their own husbands. Well, the answer is yes. For 40 years you've been leading a holy life, going to church four nights a week, and he's been in the corner bar, and when the hour comes, he's going in right with you. And if you don't get your act together, he's going in, and you're going to be on the outside.
Verse 15, "Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?" And this whole human race is his. "Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first shall be last: for many be called, but few are chosen."
Keep your eyes on yourself people. Keep your eyes on yourself. [?Did I just do that?]? Oh, there's just one more. Let's take a look at it. Matthew 25, Verse 14. "For the kingdom of the two heavens is as a man." There we go again, it's a man, "traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And he gave five talents to one, and to another two, and to another one; to every man He gave according to his ability; and he took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them another five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained another two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money." That's speaking about the mind of Christ. He hid it under his carnal mind. He didn't use it.
"After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things."
I'm not going to waste my time reading this. Basically, what the Lord is saying, that He's giving of Himself to everyone according to their ability, and He's expecting you to do what you can do according to your ability. So what am I saying to you? Don't look at someone like me. You know, I have had people come to me. I had one woman come to me five years ago, hysterical, thinking that because I spend all of these hours studying, that she had to do that. No, brethren, I have been called to study, and you have been called to enter into my labor. You don't have to do everything that I'm doing, but do what God has called you to do, and He expects you to work to the fullest extent of your ability, whatever that ability is. Whatever your ability is, do it to the fullest.
And according to this parable, He's saying that the people that have the least ability, the one that got the one talent -- why did they get one talent? He gave everybody according to their ability, so the people that didn't have a lot of ability, they just got a little bit of Christ, but they didn't do anything with it. They just hid it under the carnal mind, and at the end -- well, I'll read you the last verse. Jesus says they're going to lose what they have.
Verse 28, "Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For every one that hath shall be given." If you have Christ in you, you're going to get more, "and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not," for the one who hasn't increased at all, "it shall be taken away even that which he hath." We've been calling it spiritual abortion here. "And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness," which is what? it's a life where you live with not spiritual life. You just live by the lusts of your flesh and your mind, the lust of your mind, "and there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
And I remind you that that phrase, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, means and Satan and the carnal mind shall find themselves in the place where Christ has banished them to. Brethren, this carnal mind is going to be banished to one of two places. Either it's going into outer darkness, which is a li- -- which is eternal torment, or it's going into the lake of fire. There is righteousness and peace and spiritual joy. Does anybody not know what I'm talking about? When your carnal mind is bound to Christ, you're going to have righteousness because your mind's going to be the mind of Christ. You're going to have peace because the beast is -- it's goi- -- and Satan's going to be underfoot, and you're going to have spiritual joy because you're going to be doing good works because your mind will be righteous.
So the best thing that can happen to you, or to the beast within you, is to be cast into the lake of fire, but you have to choices. You can be cast into the lake of fire, or you can be cast into outer darkness. You can't play games with God. Either you're going to use what He's given you, or you're going to lose it. Glory to God. Well, that's all that I wrote down. I can't believe we did the whole thing. We did the whole thing. Does anybody have any questions? Just please take the mic if you have a question.
Can you explain [INAUDIBLE] Jesus [INAUDIBLE]
What? I didn't hear you.
You said that weeping typifies a type of Satan. What does it mean when it says Jesus wept, in the Scriptures?
What did it -- I don't know that it -- first of all, I don't know that it's the same Greek, OK, but I will tell you what it -- to the best of my knowledge. I don't know that I studied it, but what it's saying is that Jesus -- my understanding of the Scripture -- you mean He wept when He saw their condition, is that what you mean?
Yeah. It's that He had great compassion on them. I haven't looked at it in the Greek thought, but this is wailing -- first of all, it's not weeping. It's wailing. Does it say weeping?
Weeping. I don't know if it's the same word, but even if it is the same word, it's used in a different context. Over here it's wailing and gnashing of teeth, OK. And in the other context, if it is the same word, it says and Jesus wept. You have to put the whole thing together, you know, but, actually, I haven't studied it. Anybody else? No questions tonight? Going. You have a question?
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