Prophetic Polarities: Hot, Cold, and Lukewarm Part IV
n the present work, we’re examining the Spiritual dynamic of opposites – and how the roles become reversed to a precise degree – in the realm of the Spirit. Further, in seeking to articulate the knowledge the LORD has granted, we recognize the similitudes seen in Scripture have carried these Spiritual alignments all along. However, the euphemisms for all three factions in this angelic architecture (Hot, Cold, and Lukewarm in Revelation 3:16) do not always appear together in the same texts.
For example, in prior installments of Prophetic Polarities, we’ve equated Hot, Cold, and Lukewarm to Life, Death, and Hell; however, the primary Scriptures wherein we find “Death” and “Hell” placed together, usually don’t include “Life.”
“Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement…we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves” (Isaiah 28:14, 15).
If we look a bit closer, we’ll see the Life is included in the text, utilizing the euphemism of Jerusalem.
“Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall be no more come unto theethe uncircumcised and the unclean” (Isaiah 52:1).
In this verse, the “uncircumcised” would be equivocated with “Death,” as it is the opposite of the term circumcision, which is a sign of the elect of the LORD -- those chosen to be drawn unto Him to receive Life. The “unclean” would be the symbolic equivalent of “Hell,” as touching the “unclean” is associated with defilement, or desolation. Conversely, Jerusalem is “holy,” chosen by the LORD, and filled with His righteous Life.
In prior installments of Prophetic Polarities, we’ve shown that “Hell” is associated with sin, captivity, torment, deception, and the “False Prophet” -- and that Spirit’s role is to deceive the multitude into following the “Antichrist” – who is clearly inhabited by the Spirit of Death. These characteristics, particularly captivity, help to identify the Spiritual factions in any given situation. For example, there are many Scriptural allusions to the Spirit of Hell(found in the False Prophet), which we recognize as consistently associated with captivity. Obviously, Jesus came to set the captives free:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound” (Isaiah 61:1).
If you’re in bondage, or held captive by sin, you’re actually one with Death, for this is the Spirit that ultimately delivers its captives to Death. Thus, the sinwhich is unto death, is directly related to the Spirit of Hell:
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16).
This invisible architecture is manifested in story after story in the Scriptures. Indeed, in every account which features a cycle, or some sequence of activity, we will find the Spiritual factions are always the same – regardless of which century provides the setting. A good example of this is found in the exchange between Jesus and Pontius Pilate. The Roman governor of Judaea, Pilate personifies the Spirit of Death:
“Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?” (John 19:10).
Pontius Pilate, as the Roman governor, would be an uncircumcised Gentile – symbolizing Death, as noted in the previously cited verse from Isaiah, whereas the religious power he interacts with would be the “unclean.”
We note how the two questions Pilate puts forth supernaturally exhibit the characteristics of the twin Spirits Death and Hell. The latter Spirit of Hell is all about Dialogue and discussion, as manifested throughout the sacred texts. In this regard, it’s useful to remember how the serpent Dialogues with Eve in the Garden, just as the Devil attempted to Dialogue with Christ on the pinnacle of the temple.
Thus, when Pilate is surprised that Jesus refuses to enter in to the process now known as the Dialogue To Consensus, the Word of God demonstrates that wicked power of Hell was seeking to draw the LORD away from fulfilling the record that God the Father gave of His Son:
“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7).
Recognizing that Isaiah mentions the LORD not opening his mouth twice, as yet another Spiritual signature of the forces at work (juxtaposed with Christ, the “third part,” as enumerated in Zechariah 13, as He fulfills the prophecy), we see Pilate’s 2nd question relates to the Spirit of Death:
“….I have power to crucify thee…” (John 19:10).
Although the Spirit of Death has the authority to kill, it is consistently reluctant to do so – hence Pilate seeks to find earthly justification for his desire to release Jesus (Luke 16:15). Meanwhile, the Spirit of Hell (read the False Prophet), desires to kill, but does not possess the authority. This False Prophet/Hell/Unclean Spirit was present in the priesthood, which pushed the reluctant Pontius Pilate to kill Christ on their behalf.
“Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death” (John 18:31).
Thus, in this account where the powers converge, all three factions are present, with Christ (Life/Hot/God), Pilate (Death/Cold/Government/Antichrist), and the Jews (Hell/Lukewarm/Religion/False Prophet).
The reader will recall that when Christ finally speaks to Pilate, and tells Him the authority he has was given to him from above, the Lord also provides us with a priceless bit of information concerning the mysterious power of Hell, which was present in the Pharisees.
“Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above:therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin” (John 19:11).
This is a precise parallel of the fact that Christ finds the sin of the Pharisees to be greater than the sin of Pilate/Death, who refused to “pass from death unto life” (John 5:24). Further, the Lord’s repugnancy of the “greater sin” is mirrored in the fact that He would rather see anyone as Hot or Cold – reviling theLukewarm – because that is the Spirit found in Hell, which seeks to deliver Life unto Death.
“For the wages of sin [Hell/Lukewarm/Religion/False Prophet] is death; but the gift of God is eternal lifethrough Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
– James Lloyd