To Kill Or Take Captive
ultiple essays published by this ministry have analyzed the two fold nature of the finite existence metaphorically seen as “flesh and blood,” and these two parts, which are scheduled to be “cut off,” are in sharp contrast to the “third part” which is that of the Spirit.
“…in all the [world] saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say The Lord is my God” (Zechariah 13:8. 9).
These “two parts” are imaged throughout the Scriptures utilizing differing similitudes, and the word pictures associated with the two beasts of Revelation – the Antichrist Beast and the False Prophet -- are primary examples of the two parts. Now, in connecting these twin terminals of evil, with the passages which pair Death and Hell, we may also add the enigmatic passage concerning those who kill, and those who take captives:
“If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints” (Revelation 13:9, 10).
These mysterious sayings are tucked in between Revelation’s description of the two beasts, and they also describe the two fold Spiritual powers of “Death” and “Hell” – the two parts which are prophesied to be cast into the lake of fire.
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death” (Revelation 20:14).
For those unfamiliar with the supernatural identifications in these astonishing texts, the Spirit of the LORD is the “third part” – and in Him is LIFEeternal:
“For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself” (John 5:26).
The Antichrist entity, as the opposite of Christ, is Death – and the False Prophet, who seeks to negotiate the middle ground between life and death, is Hell:
“Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem….ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement….” (Isaiah 28:15).
It should be obvious that “Jerusalem,” in the previous text, represents the third part, which is assailed by “death” and “hell.” Thus, when the astounding book of Revelation tells us of two categories – those who kill, and those who take captives, we are seeing yet another set of Spiritual polarities. He that “killeth” is clearly associated with the power known as Death – and when it collides with life, those who wish to steer the conflict into the middle ground will find captivity enters the picture. And there is more.
In previous prophecies, we’ve shown how the two factions imaged in Revelation’s bizarre Trumpet judgments exhibit the identical architecture. The locusts which sting like scorpions are given power to torment, but not to kill:
“And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented….” (Revelation 9:5).
This “torment” evokes the imagery of Hell, as the famed infernal abode is obviously a place of captivity, from which no one can escape:
“And in hell [the rich man] lift up his eyes, being in torments….and besides all this, there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would [escape]…cannot ” (Luke 16:23, 26).
In the other half of the split hemispheres of iniquity, the scorpion stinging locusts which torment are opposed by bizarre lion headed horses, whose rider’s mouths exude fire, smoke and brimstone, with which they kill:
“By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone…” (Revelation 9:18).
Thus we have the Spiritual faction identified with Hell, torment, and captivity which are all associated with the False Prophet, juxtaposed with Death, and the spirit with the power to kill the “third part” – which is related to the Antichrist beast. These are the two evil spiritual halves which Zechariah says will be cut off and die – and both are described as opposing the Saints – who are repeatedly imaged as Jerusalem – and the temple of God.
“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:2).
Therefore, we are not surprised to find both factions mentioned in Christ’s statements concerning the tribulation which will plague “Jerusalem” in the end times:
“And they shall [be killed] by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke 21:24).
-- James Lloyd
James Lloyd has shown the language of prophetic metaphor is essential to understanding end time’s events, as the literalists in the Jewish Supremacist religion are functioning in the Spirit of Antichrist. This truth is articulated in his book APOCALYPTIC LINGUISTICS: The Language Of Prophetic Metaphor.