Double Double, Toil And Trouble Part IV
n our last installment of this series, we noted several Scriptural occurrences of TwiceSpeak – the mystical phenomena in which words or phrases are repeated twice, in order to supernaturally alert the discerning student of Scripture the relevant text addresses the presence of the dual nature which is intrinsic to evil. In perceiving this important truth, we realize that phrases such as Babylon “is fallen, is fallen” (Revelation 14:8), are actually related to the doubled utterance of the leper who cries “unclean, unclean” (Leviticus 13:45).
The doubled wail of those panicked souls pleading “Lord, Lord,” points us to the doubled curse (Jeremiah 16:18) illustrated by the rejection of two factions – those who Christ “never knew” (Matthew 7:23), and those who He knows not because of “whence ye are” (Luke 13:25), or where they have positioned themselves. In the latter case, the horrifying phrase associated with His repudiation is repeated twice (Luke 13:25, 27). In books and broadcasts, this writer has demonstrated there are many, many examples of this form of communication.
The double curse and its opposite polarity, the double blessing, are part of the things we see through a glass darkly; however, we recognize the dual, or divided nature of iniquitous existence is documented throughout the Bible. Anecdotal accounts referencing this symbiotic, two-fold nature of evil exist in literally hundreds of Scripturally recorded interactions.
A good example of this doubled desolation is found in the pernicious pair known as Herod and Herodias. The two are juxtaposed against the singular soul John the Baptist – completing the extraordinary triad of all creation referred to in Zechariah:
“…in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein” (Zechariah 13:8).
Queen Herodias hated John the Baptist because he had reproached her for marrying Herod, when she had been the lawfully wedded wife of his brother. As the divine light in John illuminated the pair’s unholy union, she repeatedly urged Herod to kill John in retribution. Herod, on the other hand, resisted this impulse, for he feared the light which was in John.
This is the identical alignment which emerged when the Jewish nation, represented by the priesthood, sought to persuade Rome, represented by Pontius Pilate, to execute JESUS. Just as Pilate resisted killing Jesus, Herod resisted killing John – until the king was outmaneuvered by Herodias, who used her seductive daughter Salome to extract a promise from Herod to give her anything she desired.
“But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus” (Matthew 27:20).
The veiled component in this supernatural architecture is found in the aforementioned “multitude,” who are in the proverbial “valley of decision” (Joel 3:14), and they are those who may choose life or death. In the case of Herod, we see that, like Pilate, he was coerced into murder because of those around him:
“And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath’s sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her….and he went and beheaded [John] in the prison” (Mark 6:26, 27).
The twin impulses revealed in Herod and Herodiasare examples of the doubled nature of iniquity, where one personality is represented by Death – seen in Herod who kills John -- even as the other personality may be rendered as Hell, seen in Herodias, whose vindictive spirit seeks to cause Death to come forth.
Again, this is identical to Gospel era Judaea and Rome, wherein the Hellish Jewish power of the Christ rejecting priesthood, caused the Deadly power of Rome to extinguish the third party – our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
“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 13:9).
Finally, we recognize the Spirit in the priestly council of the Jews known as the Sanhedrin, which “persuaded the multitude” (Matthew 27:20) to choose Death for Jesus, is the same Spirit of Hell seen in the False Prophet of Revelation, who causes the world to choose the Spirit of Death seen in the Antichrist beast:
“…and [he] causeth the earth and them which dwell therein [the multitude] to worship the first beast whose deadly wound was healed” (Revelation 13:12).
-- James Lloyd
A more extensive treatment of TwiceSpeak, in the context of a prophetic analysis of the two factions which are rejected by Christ at the Reckoning, is found in the James Lloyd book LORD, LORD.