Double Double, Toil And Trouble Part III
n the Double Double series, we have been examining the Spiritual opposites of the doubled curse, and the doubled blessing. Multiple Scriptural examples exist showing that when one party experiences a doubled blessing, another receives a doubled curse.
For instance, when Israel is punished by the LORD for all her harlotries, the prophet Jeremiahpronounces a double curse upon them:
“Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the Lord, and have walked after other gods….mine eyes are upon all their ways; for they are not hidden from my face, neither is their iniquity hidden from mine eyes…I will recompense their iniquity and their sin, double, because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and abominable things” (Jeremiah 16:11, 17, 18).
Conversely, in a key Messianic prophecy from Isaiah, the LORD promises a healing and redemption which shall restore Israel with a doubled blessing:
“For your shame ye shall have double, and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; everlasting joy shall be unto them” (Isaiah 61:7).
Revealingly, this doubled blessing is found in an epic chapter of Isaiah, and it is connected to the very same passage which JESUS recited in the synagogue:
“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (Isaiah 61:1).
Most believers have difficulty perceiving this doubled blessing occurs in Christ, and coincides with the doubled curse upon those who are apart from Christ – however, the point is, the doubled curse is directly proportionate to the doubled blessing.
This mystical phenomenon is routinely flagged in the text through the vehicle which has been dubbed Twice-Speak, in which key words or phrases are repeated twice, so as to point us to a deeper truth which exists within the Word of God. Further, instances of Twice-Speak are widely found in a symbolic association with iniquity, judgment, or as an indicator of the finite nature of creation.
For example, when the LORD confronts the Apostle Paul in the famous encounter on the road to Damascus, He doubles the pre-conversion name of the former Pharisee:
“And Saul, yet breathing out threatening and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord…as he journeyed, he came near Damascus, and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven.”
“And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” (Acts 1,3,4)
Another excellent manifestation of this formula is found when Christ is predicting how Peter will deny Him before the night is over. Predictably, the Apostle assures the LORD that he will never deny Him. This episode occurs well after Jesus has renamed Simon the Fisherman with the nom de plume of Peter, but the LORD uses the name Simon – and it is doubled:
“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat; But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not. And when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 22:31,32).
In both cases, God uses the name which preceded their salvation identification and, in both cases, He uses it twice. Furthermore, in every case where there is a name change (including that of Saul and Simon), there is no instance in Scripture where He uses the “born again” name (in the above examples, Peter and Paul) in a doubled fashion.
There are many other examples of Twice-Speak, and they are not limited to proper names. Perhaps the classic case is in the well known passage in Revelation dealing with Babylon the Great, where the name itself is not repeated, but the related text plainly demonstrates this Twice-Speak formula:
“And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wrath of her fornication” (Revelation 14:8).
This Twice-Speak phrase is obviously related to thedoubled judgment of Babylon, as the text flatly tells us the entity in question is to experience a multiplied punishment:
“Reward unto her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double” (Revelation 18:6).
This particular judgment is doubled again, with instances of the “is fallen, is fallen” phrase found in two chapters in the Apocalypse (in Revelation 14:8, and 18;2), but it also occurs in both testaments – with the earlier reference found in Isaiah:
“For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth. And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen…And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken into the ground” (Isaiah 21:6,7,9).
There are even doubles within the doubled texts. In the verses just mentioned, there were “a couple of horsemen,” or doubled horsemen – where the precise phrase “a couple of horsemen” occurs twice, so even the two-fold aspect of just one of the components of the doubled judgment is doubled.
There are literally dozens and dozens of additional verses where this unusual messaging methodology occurs, and they are but a part of an even larger phenomena associated with the language of prophetic metaphor – a divinely engineered linguistic form of communication through which the LORD is revealing even more significant truths -- knowledge which relates to things of the Spirit, the Kingdom of God, and the End of the Age.
-- James Lloyd
More of the supernaturally engineered form of communication which is found in the language of the Lord is examined in the James Lloyd book APOCALYPTIC LINGUISTICS: THE LANGUAGE OF PROPHETIC METAPHOR.