The Gates Of Hell Part II
s demonstrated in the first installment of The Gates Of Hell, we find a Spiritual identification associated with the twin entities the Scriptures identity as Death and Hell, and recognize a connection to the two beasts of Revelation 13 – the Antichrist beast and the False Prophet beast. We also find adjacent threads of support for this truth in Christ’s statement implicating “the gates of hell” as the power which “shall not prevail” against His church.
“Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).
In Part I of this series, I further sought to establish that Jesus specifically utilized the entity translated as “hell” – as opposed to death, or some other related term -- in His identification of the actual threat which was to emerge in opposition to His assembly of followers. Contextually speaking, the “rock,” consisting of the genuine belief that He is indeed the Christ, is the foundational phenomena upon which the LORD says He will build his “church,” and the Gates of Hell shall have no power over those who belong to Him.
At issue is the identification of the “Church” as inhabited by the Spirit of Hell, when Christ said that hideous strength would not prevail again His church (“my church” in the text) – but most “believers” don’t recognize the “Church” we see today, does not consist of the called out ones (the literal meaning of “church”) the LORD was referencing. As a case in point, many are aware this is the very verse which is so hotly disputed, as the “Church,” which developed into Roman Catholicism, interpreted Peter himself as the “rock” upon which Christ was to build His assembly:
“Bless art thou, Simon Barjona [son of Jona]: for flesh and blood hath not revealed [my identity as Christ] unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven…” (Matthew 16:17, 19).
By manufacturing a presumed seniority for the office of Peter as the guardian of the gates of heaven from this passage, the Roman Church fabricated a succession of Peter-like shepherds we know as Popes. This perspective is, of course, the origin of the tradition that has Peter at the pearly gates, and it has become a universal component of popular lore – even being trivialized in countless jokes and fictional storylines.
The subsequent theological monstrosity that became the organized “Church” eventually sought to claim Peter as the first Pope on a posthumous basis and, to this very day, seeks to assert its collective primacy in all things Christian. We don’t find it a coincidence that the Spirit of Hell, which is associated with the False Prophet of Revelation 13, is evidenced in relationship to the very verse in which Jesus characterized the enemy as The Gates Of Hell. In fact, the irony is exquisite as the evil intellect manifested as Hell has actually transformed the key character, Peter, into the one who supposedly stands at the Gates Of Heaven – in a revealing reversal of the sacred truth imparted by Jesus Christ.
This transposition of identity can teach us a great deal, if we have the Spiritual discernment referenced in Scripture:
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned, Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth…” (I Corinthians 2:14, 13).
The Gates Of Hell which are addressed in the present exposition, are connected to man’s prophetic attempts to interpret the Word of the LORD but, like all efforts which mingle flesh and blood desires with the Spiritual life of the LORD, they are fatally flawed. This is the precise role of the Spirit seen in the False Prophet (the second beast of Revelation 13), whocauses “those that dwell on the earth” to follow his teaching. This stands in sharp contrast to the first beast, commonly called the Antichrist beast who, by the very fact that he is Anti Christ, makes him the opposite of Christ, who is the epitome of Life. Thus, Antichrist, as the opposite of Christ in whom is life, is the ultimate manifestation of Death.
Indeed, we all know the verse where Christ declares that He is the LIFE which God will give to those he loves:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
Thus, those who are without Christ are DEAD in their sins, and the New Testament flatly declares they are Antichrist:
“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, thatdenieth the Father and the Son…and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world” (I John 2:22, 4:3)
In the previous verses, John flatly states that anyone who has not Christ is antichrist; but he also states that he who has not Christ, has not life. To not have life is to be dead. In short, Antichrist is Death:
“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (I John 5:12).
Thus, the two beasts in Revelation, the Antichrist beast that is associated with Death, and the False Prophet beast that is associated with Hell – are seen throughout the Scriptures as having a mystical relationship with these two powers – Death and Hell. However, in Revelation we see that it is not Death which lures the Church into perdition, it is the Gates Of Hell which are associated with the False Prophet:
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth [the False Prophet]….saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should….” (Revelation 13:11, 14).
This is the False Prophet, who exists in the Gates of Hell, which shall prevail over the “Church” which is created by the multitude – an assembly which is made in the image of the first beast, an entity which is inhabited by Death, and those who “hath not the Son of God [and] hath not life” (I John 5:12). Thus we may deduce the identities through their characteristics. This may be distilled down to two questions:
Who is it that has not Jesus Christ, and is known for their collective and blasphemous rejection of Him? This is Antichrist.
Who is it that tells us the previously described Antichrist is actually chosen by God, and has life, when in reality that first entity is inhabited by Death? This is the False Prophet. Both go into perdition.
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:14).
But the Gates of Hell will not prevail against the third part – the LIFE of God in Jesus Christ:
“In all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but thethird shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them….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)
-- James Lloyd
The LORD has chosen this ministry to declare things which are destined to be widely rejected by this evil generation – and the sad truth is, those who will not hear us largely consist of the existing “Church” – a group which desperately needs to turn away from the false prophets who continue to deceive them. The fact that we already know vast numbers of believers willnot hear this call does not change our mission. Another look at the False Prophet, and how this Hellish power seduces the multitude (those who dwell on the earth), is found in the James Lloyd 2 hour CD, MAKING THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST.