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Praise the Lord. We are going to do an exhortation and a partial translation. It will be a translation but not as formal as I usually do it.
In Matthew17:24-27, And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money, came to Peter and said, "Doth not your master pay tribute?" He saith, "Yes." And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him saying, "What thinkest thou Simon, of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute, of their own children or of strangers?" Peter sayeth unto him, "Of strangers." Jesus sayeth unto him, "Then are the children free. Not withstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou into sea, and cast up an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up, and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money, that take and give unto them for me and thee."
Well brethren, as I have always told you, the deeper the revelation, the deeper the spiritual message that the Scripture is bringing forth, the more bizarre the carnal translation tends to be. And this series of verses has been used to preach that we do not have to pay taxes, but we should do it to honor the government. It has been preached in so many ways, and it is all wrong.
This Scripture, these series of verses, are talking about a deep spiritual truth. See, as I have told you before, some of these Scriptures can be translated on the surface level and be valuable. Messages that bring forth faith or hope in the promises of Jesus Christ. History, we can learn from history. Proverbs certainly give us wisdom to survive by, but certain Scriptures in the King James and the sister translations are really damaging to the body of Christ.
And anybody who believes that this Scripture supports the fact that we should not pay taxes is under a seduction and believing a lie of the Serpent, and that could never be of God.
Now, based on everything that the Lord has brought forth here over the last eleven years, I could just look at these verses and pick out a few spiritual principles.
For example, Verse 27 seems to be the most powerful verse. Well first of all, we know the sea is Satan, right? Cast a hook, who's the one that's hooked? Who's the character in the Scripture that's hooked?
PASTOR VITALE: Leviathan is the one that gets hooked, yes.
And then right after the word, hooked, we see the word, fish, and we did a whole series on "Fishing For Leviathan."
It is a translation of the verses where Peter says right after Jesus was crucified, Peter was saying, "I go a fishing." And we found out that what Peter was talking about was not that Peter was going fishing for a physical fish as we know fish, but that he was going fishing for Leviathan, so that he could have a true conversion.
We see the word, hook, we see the word, fish, we see the word, sea, we see the word, mouth, which sometimes can be translated to mean the Fiery Serpent, because the mouth is a receptacle.
Well let's see what it says. I don't know about you, but I am just so glad for this deep revelation that the Lord is giving us, it's just setting me free, because to me that's a very controversial Scripture with regard to taxes. And however it's preached with regard to taxes it's misused, because the verse has nothing whatsoever to do with taxes.
The word, tribute, which appears for the first time in Verse 24, is a Greek word. It appears in the Strong's Concordance under the #1323, and if you follow this word all the way back to its root, it's a word that means force.
The concept of tribute, especially in the days of the Roman Empire is that all of these nations paid tribute to the Romans because the Romans exercised force over them. The Romans came into their countries and captured them and forced them to pay tribute to them.
So the Greek word that is translated "tribute" really means force, to gain something by force. And if you follow that word all the way back to its root, you will find out that the root that this word arises out of means "the Serpent," and it means to grasp and to entrap.
So we're talking about taking something by force, and not at all necessarily taxes. Verse 24 says, "And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter and said, "Doth not your master pay tribute?"
Well, the word, Capernaum, means "the correctness of the law." So you could believe that the disciples arrived at the city called Capernaum and had an experience there, or you could believe that this is a parable that is telling us when the correctness of the law appeared, and the correctness of the law can appear at any moment.
The correctness of the law manifests through people who have religious and bondage spirits. The correctness of the law can appear to you or to me at any time.
"And when they appeared in Capernaum, when the correctness of the law, when they appeared, or when the correctness of the law appeared to them," we don't even know who they're talking about here. We'll see that it turns out to be Peter and Jesus and, maybe, some of the other disciples.
So when those who are, and, of course, what is the correctness of the law? It's talking about the Pharisees, those who go by the letter of the law, that's what it's talking about. So, when those who live by the letter of the law approach Peter....well we have a few more words in there. Capernaum means the correctness of the law, and I've amplified, and I've translated that to say, okay, then I'm putting that together with the word, tribute.
Those who live by the letter of the law try to"seize by force." That's my translation of the word, tribute,"to seize by force." The word is translated tax, but it means "to seize by force."
And the carnal mind says, because the carnal mind is concerned mostly with money anyway, money and the things of this world, but to seize anything by force is to cause somebody to pay tribute to you, it's to cause someone to bend their knee to you, and to give you of their substance.
They could give you of their physical substance, of their spiritual substance, or of their money.
So we see that Peter is having a spiritual experience here. Those who are of the letter of the law approached him, those who seized the kingdom by force.
I amplified the word kingdom in there, because I know that the Scripture says that the kingdom of God suffereth violence, and there are those who try to take it by force.
We were talking about this around dinner tonight, and the example that the Lord gave me to give you, I'll put it on the message, is a man that we knew whose wife was dying and eventually died, and he spent two years reading Scriptures to the Lord, telling Him what He had to do. This man spent two years reading Scriptures to the Lord Jesus, saying, this is what is says in the book and you have to do it.
Well, the man was shocked when the Jesus didn't do what was written in the book, in the King James translation anyway, and the woman died. The man was shocked, became bitter, and backslide.
See, those are the people who try to seize the kingdom by force. They say, "Give it to me, I don't have to comply with your instructions, I don't have to comply with your rules, I got a hold of this book, and it tells me that you have to do such and such for me, at least that's what my carnal mind tells me it says."
Those are the ones who try to take the kingdom by force. But brethren, the only way we can acquire the kingdom is to humble ourselves before the Lord Jesus Christ and ask Him for it. There is no other way to get it. You cannot take the kingdom by force.
So we see that the word "Capernaum" is talking about those who keep the letter of the law. And I find that very interesting that it doesn't say Pharisees, and what that says to me is that there were people who were, people from other groups other than the Pharisees, who followed the letter of the law. And also this Scripture could be applied today.
We don't have formal Pharisees today, but there are a lot of people in the church who keep the letter of the law. So we find this symbol, a parable, which encompasses all of these people. It doesn't limit it to the Pharisees.
Now we're told that people who keep the letter of the law try to seize something by force, and I suggest to you it's not taxes, but it's the kingdom. Everybody that takes this book or takes their carnal understanding of it, or takes carnal understanding or interpretation of any teacher and goes before the Lord and says, "You owe me," they are keeping the letter of the law, and they are trying to steal the kingdom, they're trying to take it by force.
There's only one way to get it. It must be given to us, and it will be given to us when we comply with the requirements of the Lord Jesus Christ. He doesn't have to give it to anyone that He doesn't want to give it to.
And, if for no other reason, the Scripture says, You must come to the Lord in His Spirit, and in His truth, or in the Spirit of Truth, and the haughty spirit that would pray that kind of prayer, "Jesus this is what the book says and you have to do it," that's a haughty spirit, that's a spirit of pride, and destruction and death is waiting for that person. How unfortunate.
I really think that woman's life could have been saved if her husband would have humbled himself before the Lord. And now this very man is bitter towards God for taking his wife.
Brethren, the lack of education in the church is very troubling. See, if he had heard this information and chosen to not humble himself before the Lord, well that's his business, but I consider it a tragedy that this information didn't come to his ears, if it didn't, maybe it did, but I don't think it did. It's a tragedy.
Of course, it's not the Lord's fault, it's the fault of man. So, people who live by the letter of the law are the ones who try to seize the kingdom by force, and one of these approached Peter, the one who had received.
What did he receive?
He received the kingdom. You see, I'm using the same exact words, I'm just rearranging them. The King James translation says, "They that received tribute money," and the word, money, isn't even there. It just says "tribute." "Money" is in italics, that mean the King James translators added it in.
So you could do anything you want, if you are a translator you could do anything you want with that word, received, and the truth of the matter is that the word, received, is several words after the Greek word that means "tribute."
So the King James translators themselves took the word "received" and put it before "tribute," but I didn't take the word "received" and put it before "tribute." I left the word "received" right where it was, and amplified the word "kingdom."
So the one who kept the letter of the law, one of those who tries to seize the kingdom by force, approached Peter, the one who had received.
Received what? What the one who tries to seize the kingdom by force was trying to get.
So we see, the one tries to seize the kingdom by force who keeps the letter of the law had not yet received the kingdom of God.
And this one who's completely out of order and had not yet obtained, approached Peter, the one who had received the kingdom of God.
Now brethren, you need to know that as Christ comes forth in you, Satan will be rising in people to steal what you have, and they don't come wearing a big sign that says thief. They come as your friends, they come as your loved ones, they come as your relatives, they come as your co-workers, and they come to you in the spirit.
I don't know about a spirit, but they come to you in a demeanor, in a persona of friendship and kindness, and they whisper to you in a soft voice, and they say to you something like, "Oh, so your master, the one you serve, he's the one who can save your soul is he? Really, are you sure about that? Well I heard someone saying the other day..."
I want to tell you, brethren, that these kind of suggestions go into your mind, and they stay there, and they repeat themselves like an echo over and over again. You have to close your ears off.
So we see we have the words, doth pay, and the Greek word "doth pay" means "to fulfill, to pay up, to pay the debt, to fulfill, to complete," that's the word.
So the King James says, "Does your master pay tribute?" But the Alternate Translation says, "Does your master fulfill?"
Does your master fulfill what? I heard it said that Jesus has come to fulfill the law. I heard it said that Jesus said, "The law will never be taken away, but it will be fulfilled, every jot and tittle of it."
Now, when I stop and ask myself, if I were one of Jesus' disciples in that day, and someone came to me and asked me if my master paid taxes, I wouldn't think that was a particular wily way of trying to trap me.
You see, to say to me, "Does your master pay taxes?" To me that's out in the open, to me that's asking me, "Well, do you pay taxes or don't you?" I wouldn't have any problem with that, but what this man did was he came and he cast doubt in Peter's mind. "Oh, so he's the one who saves your soul is he? So he's the one who completes the law is he? Ah, so you think you're saved do you?"
Now that's the kind of communication that can cause a problem. I know when I was in the church that I was training up in, some prophet came through that church preaching that we should not pay our taxes. I got all excited, I thought I'd have more money for myself, then when I read all of the information, that you really had to break the law to do it, I decided that it wasn't for me.
So you see, that kind of false prophet isn't very dangerous unless you're a very susceptible person. It didn't take me very long to come to the conclusion that I was a single mother, I wasn't very well, I had a difficult child, I worked full time, and that the last thing that I needed was to get into a tangle with the IRS based on principle. I didn't have to go to college to figure that out. I didn't have to fast and pray for six months to figure that one out.
But I want to tell you that when someone comes and suggests to me, although they can't do it anymore, but in the earlier days, if someone suggested to me, "Are you really sure that you're called of God? That doctrine that you're preaching, it doesn't sound right, are you sure it's from God?" There was a time in my life that such a suggestion, such a question would have done me a lot of damage.
So the King James translation says in Matt.17:24, And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter and said, "Does Jesus pay taxes?"
The Alternate Translation says, And when they appeared in Capernaum, or when those who keep the letter of the law appeared, the ones who try to seize the kingdom by force, when they appeared and approached Peter, the one who had already received the kingdom, he wasn't trying to take it by force, he had it. The one that didn't have it said to the one who had it, "Do you really think you have it?" This master, you are one of the twelve who disciple directly under Jesus, "Does he really save souls?"
Brethren, watch out for the people that don't have what you have, you should not be taught or receive the suggestions of people that don't have what you have. Look for people who have what you have, plus more experience than you. Stay with your own kind.
Don't be taking counsel or advise or suggestions, no matter how casual, you have to know that, that's a suggestion. "Oh that teacher that you study under, I heard that he fulfills the law, does he? Is it true?" You've got to know that, that's a suggestion, that, that is witchcraft going into your mind.
Now Peter was a disciple under Jesus, what was his response?
Verse 25, he said, "Yes." So I think that Peter had the right answer. Peter didn't get into a tangle with him, Peter didn't get into a hassle with him, he just answered him, Yes.
And to be honest with you, I'm not sure whether Peter discerned the motive behind what the Lord was saying, but perhaps the Lord will reveal it as we go on with this study. Maybe the one who keeps the letter of the law was so subtle that it went past Peter. Peter thought it was an honest question, because in Verse 25, King James, Jesus says to Peter, well the Scripture says Peter said, "Yes," and when Peter came into the house, Jesus prevented him saying..."
And all that means, that word "prevented," the Greek word that's translated prevented, it means that Jesus anticipated him, Jesus was waiting for him. Jesus heard his conversation, and Jesus was waiting for him in the house.
Well you might ask yourself if Jesus was waiting in the house, and Peter had this conversation with the guy who tried to seize the kingdom by force and kept the letter of the law, outside of the house, how did Jesus hear this? How did Jesus anticipate him, how did Jesus know he was coming into the house, and how did Jesus know about this conversation? Does anybody know the answer to that question? Okay.
COMMENT: By the Spirit.
PASTOR VITALE: Yes, Jesus heard this conversation in the spirit. So Jesus was waiting for Peter, just like I wait for you sometimes.
Don't I wait for you sometimes? I hear something, either something that you've told me a day or two before and the Lord tells me to discuss it with you. Sometimes I'm waiting for you when you come in to try to talk to you about conversations that you've had with other people, and to try to help you to try to understand the motives of the other person, and to try to tell you, for the future, a better way that you might have handled it. So I anticipate your arriving here, and I have it in my heart frequently.
This is what Verse 25 is talking about. Jesus heard the conversation, and He was anticipating, He was waiting for Peter to come in so that He could discuss it with him. And when Peter arrived, Jesus said to him, "What thinkest thou Simon, of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute, of their own children, or of strangers?"
The Greek word translated "do take" can be translated, to use witchcraft, and all these definitions now are coming either from Thayer's, and I think Brown/Driver/Briggs is only Hebrew, so this is coming from either Thayer's or Strong's, and they tell me that the Greek word translated "do take" can mean "to use witchcraft."
And then we have the word "to seize," let's look at this again. "What thinkest thou Simon, of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute?" We're translating that "take custom or tribute," the word "take," we're translating it "to seize." And again we're translating the word "tribute," "by force."
The Greek word translated "custom" can be translated "to complete oneself." And this is the Alternate Translation, I amplified a few words, I amplified the word "energy," and I'll read you, it's a brief Alternate Translation, I haven't really polished it like I usually do, but this is what I have for you.
And Jesus knew what Peter said, and when Peter came into the house, Jesus said," What do you think Simon, do the kings of the earth who use witchcraft to seize the kingdom by force, do they complete themselves, (and that "complete" is a translation of the word "custom,") do they complete themselves with the energy of their own children, or do they take the energy of strangers?"
Now, this is so interesting, the Lord just never ceases to amaze me. As soon as He gives us a revelation here, He's showing us a Scripture on it. This revelation has been coming down that there are spiritual vampires.
I think I just preached it maybe just a week ago that to ascend in witchcraft, to ascend into the serpent's timeline and exercise witchcraft on an ongoing basis, you have to be obtaining energy from outside of yourself, because it consumes so much energy, it takes so much energy to manifest on a high spiritual level, that if you're using the energy from your own person, you would get sick and die after a period of exercising witchcraft power.
You would get sick and die if you don't have a source of energy from outside of yourself.
So there are some people in this world, some who know that they're doing it, and others who don't know that they're doing it, they engage in the practice of witchcraft, by which they obtain another person's energy.
Now if you have ever been around somebody, and every time you're around them, you get exhausted, they zap your strength. That's what I'm talking about. Some people just zap your strength. Maybe they talk about themselves continuously, maybe they exalt themselves continuously, and when you walk away from their presence, you're just exhausted, they've taken your strength.
That person doesn't know that they're vampires, and that they're draining your energy so that they could continue on in this high manifestation of pride, by which they obtain the pleasures and the materials and the riches of this world.
A high pressure salesman would fit into that category. They wear you down, they zap your energy until you buy what they want you to buy. They live by witchcraft, mind control, and they seduce you and influence you to do what will make them rich by zapping your energy.
But there are also high level witches. I don't understand exactly what they do, but I know the Scripture says that they go hunting, and that they go hunting in the astral plane, and that somehow they ascend into the astral plane. Whether they astral project or not, I really don't know the details of it, but they ascend into the astral plane, and they zap energy from other people.
Now the Lord gave us that revelation very recently, and here it is in Matt.17:25, And Jesus said when Peter came into the house, "What do you think Simon, do the kings of the earth who use witchcraft to seize the kingdom by force, do they complete themselves with the energy of their own children, or with the energy of strangers?"
Are you going to make your own children sick, are you going to deprive your own children, so that you can live on a spiritual level that will obtain the blessings, I don't want to say blessings, that will obtain the riches of this world for you by causing your own children to get sick and die?
Not many would do that. Some do it, they abuse their own children, it gives them a high. Why do they abuse their own children? It satisfies a need in them. They take the energy of their children, and their children get sick and die. But these are usually people that don't know what they're doing.
Although in some Satanic rituals, they abuse their own children, Satan worshipers, but there are also witches that would not do this to their children, and, somehow, they astral project, and they take energy from the astral plane from other people. I don't really know how that operates. And as soon as the Lord gives us the revelation, here it is.
Verse 26, Peter saith unto him, "Of strangers." Jesus saith unto him, "Then are the children free." Well I guess we pretty much kept that translation, Peter says, "Of strangers", and Jesus says to him, "Then the children are not enslaved."
Let me read that again. "What do you think Simon, do the kings of the earth who use witchcraft to seize the kingdom by force complete themselves with the energy of their own children or with the energy of strangers?"
So Peter says, "Of strangers", and Jesus says, "Then the children are not enslaved." I'm not sure what that means at the moment. Let me go on, I did this study a few days ago.
Let me go on to Verse 27, and I'll come back to that. I think what Jesus was saying to him was, that this man came to steal your energy. See, I don't really understand how it works, but if someone can seduce you, if someone can come to you and cause you to lose, a thief, for only, however long it takes you to recover, somehow they have gained energy from you. They gain your energy.
I remember when I was in Africa a few years ago, I was very naive at that time about the depths of witchcraft, and I was told that there was a particular crime being committed very commonly in the market places, that people would come over and grab, either grab a woman's breast or grab a man's testicles, and whether it be the breasts or the testicles, they would shrivel up, and the woman would not be able to nurse her children, and the man would not be able to produce children anymore.
And I asked them, "Why would somebody do that?" And the people were afraid to go into the market place, because these people would come out of nowhere and just grab them. And in Africa, having children is very important.
I couldn't understand why anybody would do that, and the young lady I was talking to couldn't believe that I didn't understand it. She said, "Well they do it to get power." Somehow this is required to do evil things, they get power from Satan.
So I believe that Jesus was telling Peter that this conversation, well it wasn't really a conversation, the man that asked you a question, and you answered him, "Yes," he was out to get your energy.
Now, I don't see any information here, I've only done these few small verses, I didn't even know I'd be preaching this tonight, I don't see any information here, that would indicate to me that Peter received the doubt. I don't see any information that would make me believe, I don't see any information in either direction, whether Peter understood what the man was doing and took the victory over him, or whether Peter was discouraged or fighting this war in his heart, because he didn't really believe it, but you see when a word goes in, it goes in like an arrow.
I'm in a war right now, I just spoke to someone an hour ago, who is not my enemy, she's a friend, but she told me something that someone else said about me, and it wasn't even in a way that I could have even rebuked her, you know, and I really don't even want to repeat it, but it went to my heart, and I'm in a war right now to not receive it. I will not let myself receive it.
Sometimes we should tell someone else what someone said, but we should really, I mean this person didn't mean me any harm, but you really have to be careful when you repeat when other people say evil things about you.
The person who told me was just saying, "Yea, but I didn't listen to them." It was that kind of a thing, but I'm in a war right now to not let that word distress me. You have to be very careful what you repeat to other people, and you really ideally should not be repeating third party information. Although I can really understand why she said this.
So I think at this point, in this message, as the Lord brings it forth in me, that Peter really didn't know what happened. He didn't know that the person who keeps the letter of law approached him with the specific purpose of trapping him and tripping him up, and humiliating him, and stealing his energy.
That's just like me coming to you, and it's Jesus in me. So if Jesus is really in me, and if this ministry is really the ministry of Christ Jesus, you would expect me to be doing the same kind of thing that Jesus does. And I come to you frequently, and I say, "Do you remember what we talked about the other day?" Well, "Or do you remember what you told me, this encounter that you had with another person, do you realize that, that other person had motives that were not obvious? And that, if that happens to you in the future, you might want to deal with it in such and such a way, it's more efficient, you'll get better fruit, it glorifies God more if you deal with it this way." That's what Jesus was doing.
So I think Peter didn't get it, I think Peter did not understand that this person was out to trap him, and I don't know whether Peter lost energy or not, that I don't know at this point.
Verse 27, the King James says, Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up, and when thou hast opened up his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money, that take and give unto them for me and thee.
I'm looking at Verse 26, okay, I just looked at that Verse 25 in the Interlinear Text, and this is what the Lord told me, that we have to go back to Verse 25, where the Alternate Translation says, "Do they complete themselves with the energy of their own children, or with the energy of strangers?"
And the Lord told me that the word "stranger'' in the Scripture is a symbol for those who are not the members of the household of God, and if you're not a member of the household of God, you're a member of Satan's household.
The correct translation of Verse 25, that last phrase of Verse 25 is, "Do they complete themselves with the energy of, not their own children, but do they complete themselves with the energy of the children of the kingdom or with the energy of the strangers, which is the serpent's household."
The verse is saying, "Do those who seize the kingdom by force, do they get their energy to seize the kingdom from the household of God or from the household of the Serpent." That's what they're saying, that's what the verse is saying.
And then Verse 26 says, Peter says, "Of strangers." Peter knew that those who tried to complete themselves by seizing the energy, knows that the only way that they can be completed is by the energy of strangers, and then Jesus said to him, "Therefore the children are not enslaved."
Wow, this is very deep brethren. Listen, if you are one of the people who keep the letter of the law, and you try to seize the kingdom by force, the only way that you're going to ascend is by the Serpent's energy, because you cannot get the kingdom of God by force, and if you ascend by the Serpent's energy you will be enslaved by the one who gives you the energy.
Therefore Jesus says, "The true children of the kingdom are not enslaved." Brethren, that one little Verse 26, where Jesus says, Peter says, "Of strangers," and Jesus says, "Then the children are not enslaved," I could preach a whole message on that verse.
It's saying, "If you ascend in the Serpent's...", it's saying, "If you try to take the kingdom without confessing your sins and repenting, you are one of those who are trying to seize the kingdom by force. You're trying to take it without obeying the rules, you're not going through the door, you're not going through Jesus, you're going over the wall, you're a wolf."
You are going to ascend alright, you'll be in the resurrection of the unjust, and you will ascend by the Serpent's energy, and when you get up where you're trying to go, Leviathan's gonna grab you, actually the Primordial Serpent is gonna grab you and marry you, and you will enter into eternal torment.
But the true children of the kingdom, the ones who are confessing their sins and repenting, and ascending, truly ascending by the power of Christ, you're not enslaved by Leviathan, or by the Primordial Serpent.
In Verse 27, Jesus says, "Nevertheless," He's saying to Peter, "I know you are ascending by the power of Christ, I know that you are ascending into the true timeline, but just to make sure, we don't want Leviathan to get you, just to make sure that you're safe and that you continue ascending through the correct channel, let's go fishing for Leviathan, let's boil Satan's sea, let's cook the fish, and let's seal off all possibility of you backsliding."
That's what Verse 27 says. In Verse 27, the word "we should offend," that can be translated "to cause to stumble." And the word "sea," we're translating the word "sea," "Satan."
"Nevertheless, to make sure that Satan doesn't cause them to stumble." Who? The children of the kingdom, the ones who are ascending by the power of Christ, the ones who are not suppose to be enslaved, because they are going up by Jesus' energy.
"Nevertheless, just to make sure, Satan doesn't cause them to stumble, cast a hook into Satan's sea, cast a hook into the sea, and cause Leviathan," (that's my amplification), the principal. I'm translating the word "first" as "principal."
That's what it means if you look it up in the Lexicon. The King James says, the first fish that cometh up, but I'm telling you not the first fish that cometh up, but the first fish, the principal fish.
And here we have a witness to what the Lord told me the other day about the difference between powers and principalities. I felt that the principalities, I told you that the principalities were the, actually the sperm of Jehovah's semen, that had been captured by the earth and manifesting as the principal ones.
Every one of Jehovah's potential sons, every sperm that was captured by the earth, is a potential son, and manifesting today as Leviathan. They're the sperm in the sea. Sperm are fish, and Leviathan is the collective fish, the collective sons of God who became evil. That's who Leviathan is.
So the principalities are the immortals, the spiritual sperm of Jehovah's semen that were captured by the earth and became evil. Those are the principalities, the principal ones, and the powers are the beings of the other planes of consciousness that were formed from the earth and water part of the seminal fluid.
So we see that Jesus is not talking about the first fish to rise up, but He was talking about the first fish. You've heard about the first lady haven't you? You've heard about the first lady, I even heard people say that there's a first dog in the White House, Buddy, well there's a first fish, and her name is Leviathan.
Well, if you can have a first dog, why can't you have a first fish? Wake up, wake up, wake up everybody, wake up world, wake up. There's a principal fish.
So, to make sure that Satan does not cause the children of the kingdom to stumble, the ones who are ascending legally by the power of Christ Jesus, to make sure that Satan doesn't get in there, you see, now why do you think Jesus is telling Peter this? Because this person who keeps the letter of the law and tries to take the kingdom by force made that subtle suggestion to Peter, and he was one of the those that was trying to cause the children to stumble.
So I have to draw the conclusion at this point that Peter didn't get it. He didn't get it, that this one who kept the law, who tries to take this kingdom by force, who had an evil motive towards him, when he said, "Oh I heard you study with the one who can complete you or save you," Peter didn't get it. He said, "Yeah, that's right, I study with the one who fulfills the law."
And Peter didn't know that the motive, the spirit, that spoke that sentence to him, the spirit that asked him that question, even though Peter's ears didn't hear the motive of it, that suggestion went into Peter's heart, and it was intended to take root and grow and, eventually, cause Peter to stumble and bounce out of Jesus' school. And Jesus knew this happened.
So Jesus was waiting for Peter, and He starts by asking Peter a question, and then He teaches him. And He says, "Peter, (in so many words) you were just taken. Satan just spoke to you. She just planted the seed of her vineyard in you."
You know, that's what happened to Noah. Satan planted the seed of her vineyard in him, and he didn't hold the line.
Brethren, I tell you here all the time, this is for you okay, I tell you all the time, you're all suppose to be filters. You're suppose to listen to whatever you listen to, wherever you are, and you're suppose to let through what's true, and you're suppose to block what's not true.
You're not suppose to come here and report everything that you heard somebody else saying without doing anything to dissect it, or analyze it, but just dump it here whole with all of the junk in it. You've all been here for years, you're not suppose to be doing this stuff.
But Peter didn't get it, you see. You didn't get it, you didn't understand what you were doing. Peter didn't get it. Satan planted the seed of her vineyard in him, just like she planted it in Noah.
Now what's the difference between Noah and Peter? Brethren, this is the whole message, this is what it's all about. What happened to Noah? He didn't have a cover, you see, and the seed prospered, and it grew, and it overshadowed the mind of God in him, and it killed him, and all of his descendants.
But Peter had a cover, Peter didn't get it, but Jesus got it. Peter didn't get it, but Jesus got it, that this man or woman, whoever it was, that keeps the letter of the law, that tries to seize the kingdom by force and fails, planted a seed in Peter's mind that would have eventually killed him. But Jesus taught him, you see.
Jesus didn't just root the seed out, He taught him, and in the understanding of the teaching, is the strength to overcome the wiles of the devil. We've got to understand, you see.
It's not enough to say, "Yes Sheila, I'll do whatever you say." I don't want you to say that to me. I just want to hear two things out of you, either you understand it, or you really don't, but you're honestly gonna pray about it and ask the Lord to help you to understand it. I'm not looking for blind obedience, I don't want it, believe me I don't want it.
You've got to become men, you've got to stand on your own feet. I'm just here to guide you, I'm your teacher. You've got work waiting for you, all of you. You have disciples waiting for you. Jesus doesn't waste a second, as soon as you're ready, as soon as you're ready.
So Peter didn't get it. Jesus had to explain it to him. Peter, you didn't get it, why didn't you get it Peter? Why didn't Peter get it? Does anyone know? Why didn't Peter discern the motive of the one who tried to make him stumble. Why?
Because Leviathan was just as powerful in Peter's mind as the one who tried to make him stumble. See, Peter was ascending through the true channel by the power of Christ Jesus, but Leviathan was alive and well in him, and pride clogs up your ears. And discernment is like unto hearing. Peter did not hear the voice who spoke to him.
Do you know that, I can't tell you that I do it 100% of the time, but frequently when I will say something to you like that was Christ, or that was not Christ, you say, "Well how do you know Sheila?" Do you know your voice changes? You have a different voice when Christ speaks through you and when Leviathan speaks through you. You have a different voice.
Now I don't think it's audible, that anyone could hear it with their physical ear, I hear in the spirit. Your voice changes when Christ speaks through you. Peter didn't hear the voice, you see.
Didn't Jesus say something like, "My sheep hear my voice?" The only way you could recognize the voice of Christ is to have Christ, and if Christ is covered over, or if you have Christ, and you're living out of your carnal mind, you don't hear his voice.
Peter was almost knocked out of the race because he didn't hear the voice that spoke to him. He heard the voice of the servant, he heard the voice of the horse, he heard the words, but he did not hear the voice of the one who was speaking to him through that man who kept the letter of the law. He didn't hear the voice.
So Jesus says to him, "Peter, you know, you almost got wiped out here. Now I can't be watching over you for the rest of your life, I'm going to be glorified soon, you're gonna be on your own, so you better take care of that Leviathan in you." That's what Jesus said to him.
Listen, "Nevertheless, to make sure that Satan doesn't cause the children of the kingdom to stumble, and you're one of them, Peter, cast a hook into Satan's sea, and cause Leviathan, the principal fish, to rise up (that's a translation of 'come up'), so that your sins can be carried away. Let your sins be exposed Peter, so that you can hear who's talking to you."
Brethren, you cannot defend yourself if you don't know who's talking to you, you cannot defend yourself if you cannot recognize Satan when she comes as an angel of light. You thank God if God gives you a cover, but you can't be walking around with a cover for the rest of your life. You've got to start doing it yourself.
And I'm telling you openly, I'm not one to put fear in you, I'm telling you the truth, God will provide a cover so long as He determines that you need a cover, but if the day comes that He determines that you don't need a cover anymore, and you haven't accomplished these skills by then, you're gonna be that eagle that's thrown out of the nest.
So once again, you can go the easy way, and you can go the hard way. You can hear this word, and you can ask the Lord to help you to do whatever is necessary to be done to go the easy way.
What's the easy way? That you're listening to me, listening to Christ Jesus speak through me, and you're gonna put it into practice now, so that you don't have to be some baby eagle, scared half to death when he throws you out of the nest.
So Peter, you missed it, you almost died, except I took the bullet for you, so just to make sure that it doesn't happen again, cast a hook into the astral plane, that's Satan's sea, and cause Leviathan, the principal fish, to rise up to your call, to respond to your call, so that you can, so that your sins can be carried away, and when you free yourself from her...
Well, to have your sins carried away, that's a translation of the Greek word translated "to take up," it's a Greek word, I don't know whether it's pronounced "arrow" or, it's like air, "airo," and that's the same word that appears in Mark 16:16, where it says, "They shall take up serpents," it means to carry away sins. It means the forgiveness of sins.
So, put your hook into the astral plane, cause the principal fish to rise up, so that your sins can be carried away, and when you free yourself from Leviathan..., that's a translation of the word "open, "...when you free yourself, you shall discover..., that's a translation of the word "find," ...the Fiery Serpent... That's a translation of the word "mouth.
Brethren, when you get free from Leviathan, you will perceive the Fiery Serpent within yourself. See, first we fight Satan, and then as we become victorious over Satan, we war against Leviathan, and when we reach a certain measure over Leviathan, then we perceive the Fiery Serpent within ourselves.
And the Lord has told us a while back that, that word "mouth" can be a symbol for the word the "Fiery Serpent." The mouth is something that receives, and the Fiery Serpent is our female virginity. She receives either Leviathan or Christ Jesus, the spiritual male organ.
So when you free yourself from Leviathan, you shall discover the Fiery Serpent, and you shall lay hold of her..., that's a translation of the word "to take," to lay hold of. "...and when you lay hold of her, you shall give her to me, so that your personality can be saved." And "saved" is a translation of piece of money, which means it's a silver coin, it means "salvation.
"And when you lay hold of her, you shall give her to me." Well, what does that mean?
Look, brethren, the Fiery Serpent is the spiritual virginity of the personality, we are one. We are the personality and the Fiery Serpent. For us to be saved, for us, the personality to be saved, our virginity must be married to Christ Jesus. Now she's got to be married to somebody. She's either married to Christ Jesus, or she's married to the powers that she creates, which is just another way of saying she's married to herself.
So when Jesus says that you will find the Fiery Serpent and give her to me, that's just one sentence, but what it's talking about is profound. You've got to recognize the Fiery Serpent in yourself. How do you recognize her?
It's all in the mind, brethren. It all has to do with the way that you think and the things that you believe, and in order for you to give your Fiery Serpent to me, you have got to fall out of agreement with the powers in your energy centers. You've got to stop thinking like the powers that are in the Serpent's household.
So Jesus is saying, "When you fall out of agreement with the serpent's mind, and you fall into agreement with my mind, then I'm gonna be able to marry your Fiery Serpent." That's what he meant when He said, "give her to me."
The personality chooses her husband. And if you choose the powers and Leviathan, if you choose the powers and principalities, well you are dead, but you will continue to die. But if you choose Christ Jesus, you will be raised from the dead. And I don't see Jesus forcing anybody.
What I see Him doing is educating people. He's doing two things, He's giving humanity His mind so that we stand a fair chance in the fight. If we don't have the Mind of Christ, we don't even stand a chance.
So He's giving us His mind, or you might say, He's giving us His Spirit, and He's giving us His doctrine. He's giving us the understanding that we need to make the right choice. The mind is the power to make the right choice, and the Doctrine of Christ is the understanding to make the right choice.
And the Lord will help us and support us and assist us so long as we're weak and childish, but at some point He will make a judgment that you have everything that you need to make the right decision, and if you don't make the right decision, when Jesus, not me, I don't do it, when Jesus makes the judgment that you have all the...., you have His mind, you have the strength you need, and you have all of the information that you need to make the right choice, and you don't make the right choice, you go down a path.
He's not rejecting you, you have embarked on a path that will lead you away from Him. That's all that He's doing, giving you His mind and educating you, and then, of course, there's always the sowing and reaping judgment, which sometimes produces repentance.
So that's how we give the Fiery Serpent to Jesus. We have to stop masturbating and join with our husband. What an exciting message.
"And there appeared those who keep correctness of the law, and who try to seize the kingdom by force, and approached Peter, the one who had already received the kingdom, and made a suggestion to him saying, So your master fulfills the law and saves your soul does he?" And Peter missed the whole thing and said, "Yeah, hi guy, nice meeting you, sure that's true, I'm with Jesus, yeah, He does that."
He didn't even know that he got the seed, but Jesus heard it in the spirit, glory to God, and Jesus waited for Peter to come into the household. And I want to tell you, that I don't know what this household is. It may even have been a spiritual communication from Jesus.
Do you know, this word "house," Jesus waited for him to come into the house..., it doesn't have to mean a physical house at all.
Do you know that it could even be that Peter was standing there, and this man was talking to him, and Peter, now I do this, and Peter didn't get it, or maybe he had the slightest feeling in his heart that something was wrong, but he didn't know what was going on, and he had the wherewithal to say, "Lord, help me."
I don't know, I guess they prayed to Elijah in those days, I don't know how it worked. I know that lots of times someone here will pray to the Lord Jesus, and He sends me to tell you what to do. Didn't that happen with you, you didn't know what to teach in your meetings, and didn't I have the word for you? So he does that sometimes.
So maybe Peter was standing right there, doing what I tell you to do all the time saying silently, "Jesus, I think there's something wrong with this guy, but I don't know, I don't get it, you know, would you cover me Lord?" And Jesus who was in the flesh in those days, heard his prayer, and spoke to him in the spirit, and gave him the answer right where he was in that conflict with that man.
You know, this Scripture is not clear, so I want to take the positive aspect. Do you know what I want to believe? And I'm gonna believe it unless the Lord corrects me, because the Scripture doesn't tell you what the end of this whole thing was. And I want to believe that Peter was standing right there and he prayed like I do lots of times when I'm in that kind of a conflict, I'll say, "Lord, what do I say to this guy, what is your message to him?"
It wouldn't even surprise me if the Lord arranged for this man to come to Peter for the specific purpose of saving this man who keeps the letter of the law. You know, I'm getting a revelation of what our God is like. It's taking me twenty years, but I'm getting a revelation that He is a God who loves us, He is a God that will set us up in confrontations which will ultimately result in our coming into the kingdom.
So I'm gonna believe that Jesus arranged this whole thing, and that this man who keeps the letter of the law encountered Peter and Peter wasn't quite sure what was going on, and he prayed silently, you know, "God help me have the right answer, God help me do your will Lord, I don't know what you want me to tell this man, I don't know what this is all about, but help me to say the right thing to him Lord, I don't even know what's going here."
And right while he stood there on that spot, Peter got this revelation, this man is someone who keeps the letter of the law, he's someone who tries to seize the kingdom by force, he's trying to steal your energy by planting a seed in you that will enslave you, but you, Peter, you are a child of the kingdom, and you are ascending in the true timeline, and you are not to be enslaved, not you, and not the one who is Satan's emissary to you.
So, therefore, cast your hook in the sea. Maybe Jesus was telling Peter, "do it for this man."
Brethren, someone who keeps the letter of the law, he was a Jew. Jesus was telling Peter," he's one of the children of the kingdom. He's entitled to ascend by the true timeline, but he's ascending by the stranger's timeline, and he's, therefore, enslaved and an emissary of the Serpent to you.
Therefore cast your hook in the sea of this man, put your Christ mind into the astral plane of this man, who Satan has sent to cause you to stumble, and cause that principal fish to show her ugly face, put a hook in her nose, expose his sin, and forgive his sin."
To carry your sins away is to forgive your sins. Show him Leviathan talking through him, and when he confesses and repents, forgive his sins. And when you free him, Peter, Ohhhh, I think this is really it! When you set him free Peter, when he agrees with you that he has been Satan's emissary, expose the Fiery Serpent, Peter, and let Christ Jesus in you, Peter, join, insert your mind into that man, Peter, and send Christ Jesus in there to join with that Fiery Serpent, and take that Fiery Serpent, take that spiritual virginity for the glory of the kingdom, and save that man.
That is exciting brethren. I really believe that this came forth by revelation, and that this is the truth of the Scripture.
This is the ministry of Christ, brethren, expose their sins, but you have to do it in Christ now. You have to do it in Christ, and how do you do it in Christ? You do it in Christ by shutting your mouth and being determined not to talk, unless it's Christ talking to you. That's how you do it. You've got to be willing to shut your mouth, and not do it, and then, believe me, the Lord wants to move through you more than you want him to move through you, but you have to stop doing it in the flesh, you've got to be quiet.
And look, everybody loves ministry, ministry is exciting, I love ministry. If you make that sacrifice, however long it will take, I can't tell you how long it will take, that you stop ministering to people unless you're sure it's God, eventually you get to the point where almost every word out of my mouth, you give up what you've got, and then there is a wilderness experience, but eventually you'll be ministering out of Christ all the time.
But you have to give up what's of the carnal mind under the influence of the Holy Ghost. You got to give that up to get the greater anointing. I've experienced this kind of ministry, what the Lord just explained here, it even happens here, look it just happened tonight.
I did a basic work up on these verses on Thursday, I had no idea I'd be preaching it tonight. So I really didn't come here fully prepared. As you all know, I was away for the weekend, I just came in, I didn't have any time to prepare any notes, the Lord usually provides us with food, and when I asked Him what to preach, He reminded me of these notes. I really hadn't fully researched them and prayed about it, but He brought forth the whole revelation, as I sat here in front of you.
That's what He wants to do with you, He wants to do it in all of you, but your carnal mind has to be sealed, you see. You've got to get her under your feet, because He won't fight her, you have to fight her, the personality has to fight her. What a glorious word.
Any questions or comments on this? Anyone? Okay.
COMMENT: Are you saying there's two kingdoms, the kingdom of God, and the kingdom of the god of force?
PASTOR VITALE: Yes, I think that's what Jesus is saying here, the kingdom of God, and the kingdom of the god of the forces. Okay, but the god of forces is the Serpent's kingdom.
Yes, you can ascend, look brethren, we need energy to ascend, we cannot ascend without energy, and you're gonna either ascend by the energy of the Serpent or by the energy of the kingdom of God. And there are many in the church today that are ascending by the Serpent's energy and they think it's the Lord.
The most obvious sign of the people, if you're looking for a sign, is that they believe that there is no sign. But to ascend by the true kingdom of God, you not only have to believe that there's sin, you have to confess the sin, you have to have Leviathan exposed in you to ascend by the power of the kingdom.
And the Fiery Serpent, you have to enter into that strong man's house, and you have to bind up that strong man, Leviathan, and you have to spoil his house, you have lay hold of the Fiery Serpent, and separate her from herself and from Leviathan, and Christ Jesus has to join with her.
So there are two timelines, brethren, there are several ways to express it, but there are two time lines, there are two kingdoms. Right now we're living in a divided age, there are two of everything, but it won't always be this way, because it's a perversion.
We're really all one, but we've divided in an ungodly manner, until such time as Jesus reconciles all things and brings forth the regeneration. What a marvelous message. Anybody else?
COMMENT: I just realized tonight that I believed that every word that was written in red which Jesus spoke, that it really was His literal word. I didn't think that it was open to interpretation.
PASTOR VITALE: Well, that's a wonderful breakthrough, and it's interesting because you've known for years, you've been here for years, and we do these Alternate Translations, but you, Satan still had your mind when it came to Jesus' words in red, that you didn't think that was open to interpretation. That's very interesting.
So you see Satan will stop us wherever she can, she'll put up the barrier wherever she can. Isn't that interesting?
Well praise the Lord, I think that probably just about everything that Jesus, that is in red in the Scripture, you see people misunderstand Him, sister, even if He really spoke those words, which I don't know for sure, but it's a good chance that He didn't speak those words, but maybe He did, He was speaking in code, and the people who recorded it, only heard Him on the surface.
COMMENT: There was also something else before, you were talking about Satan's seed, and it made me think of back in the original garden, the weeds, and the different parables of the soil, that it choked up all the seed of God whatever he was planting.
PASTOR VITALE: Yes, exactly.