How Jesus became our High Priest

Why was it necessary for Jesus to suffer?  And why was it necessary for Him to remain without sin?  When did He become our high priest?

Tabernacle in heaven

Summary of this article: The main point in the letter to be Hebrews is that Jesus is our high priest, serving in the true tabernacle in heaven.  To become high priest, He first had to suffer, because He learned obedience from what He suffered.  Being made perfect, He offered Himself without blemish to God; one sacrifice for sins for all time.  After His resurrection, Jesus sat down on His Father’s throne.  He then became our high priest, with the inauguration of the new covenant by the cleansing of the things in the heavens by His blood.


Although no other letter in the New Testament explicitly teaches this, the “main point” of the letter to the Hebrews, to which about five chapters are devoted (4:14-10:31), is that Jesus is our high priest in the true tabernacle:

Now the main point in what has been said is this:
we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister in the sanctuary and in the
true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man” (8:1-2).

The previous verse (7:28) identifies this high priest is as the Son of God .

Hebrews is one of the most difficult books in the Bible.  Not only are the concepts complex; the highly symbolic and idiomatic language of the letter makes it even more difficult.

The purpose of this article is to give a simple as possible overview of Hebrews’ teachings of Christ as our high priest.  The relevant material from the letter is grouped into sub-topics, and discussed below in what seems to be a logical sequence.

Unless otherwise indicated, all quotations are from the NASB.

Jesus was perfected through suffering.

As will be shown below, Hebrews uses the phrase “made perfect” for people whose sins have been forgiven (for instance 12:23).  But Hebrews also describes Jesus as “made perfect”.  He was “made perfect” through what He suffered:

2:10 It was fitting for Him (the Father) … in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation (Jesus) through sufferings”.

5:8-9Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered, and having been made perfect” (5:8).

7:28 He was “made perfect forever”.

Because He was made perfect, He was able to offer “Himself without blemish to God” (9:14).

Jesus was fully human

That Jesus was made perfect does not mean that His sins have been forgiven, for He never sinned (4:15).  This concept may be unfamiliar to us because we very often think of Jesus as God, which is not wrong, but we often fail to think of Him as a fully human being that had to learn like any other human being.  Hebrews teaches that Jesus became a human being in every respect: “He had to be made like His brethren in all things” (2:17).  Jesus therefore indeed developed through what He suffered.

Hebrews, similar to the other letters of the New Testament, emphasizes Christ’s death, as we will see below.  But Hebrews put more emphasizes on His life than what other letters do: specifically on His suffering, which also was His temptation:

2:18He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered“.

4:15He was tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin”.


Don’t miss this point: His suffering was His temptation.  He was tempted to prevent or lessen His suffering, for He was able to that (Mt 26:53), but he patiently “endured such hostility by sinners against Himself” (Heb. 12:3).

Through death Jesus made purification of sins.

A question that arises, when reading Hebrews, is how people are saved, for Hebrews seems to say that people are saved through Jesus’ work as our high priest.  But Hebrews also agrees with other letters that “through death Jesus made purification of sins” (1:3).  Each of the verses quoted below refers to both His death and to dealing with sin:

9:26Now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself”.

9:28Christ … offered once to bear the sins of many”.

10:12He … offered one sacrifice for sins for all time”.

13:12Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate”.

If this is so, what is the purpose of Jesus’ role as our high priest, which is so prominent in Hebrews?  The relationship between His death and His work as high priest, in the redemption of the world, is discussed in a separate article.

After His resurrection, Jesus sat down on His Father’s throne.

This is a well-known New Testament teaching, based on Psalm 110:1.  Hebrews often confirms this truth, saying that Jesus, after His resurrection, passed through the heavens (4:14) and “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (1:3, cf. 13; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2).

Jesus became high priest when He sat down on His Father’s throne.

When did Jesus become high priest?  Was He also high priest in Old Testament times?  The following indicates that Jesus’ life and death allowed Him to become high priest:

2:17 Jesus “had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest”.

9:11-12When Christ appeared as a high priest …, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle … through His own blood”.

Jesus therefore became high priest after His death, namely when he “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high”.  These are one and the same event.  To understand Hebrews, one needs to get used to how the writer thinks.  He knew the Old Testament extremely well, and the Old Testament passage that is most quoted in the New Testament is Psalm 110.  Verse 1 of that psalm is interpreted by the New Testament as God saying to Jesus:

Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet”.

Then verse 4 adds

You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek”.

The writer of Hebrews makes the assumption, since verse 1 applies to Jesus, that verse 4 also applies to Jesus.  This is something which the writer of Hebrews often do, namely to link things that are not clearly linked in the original text.  He therefore merges verses 1 and 4 into a single statement, which would mean that He became priest when He sat down on His Father’s throne.

But the writer goes further.  Since Jesus, according to Psalm 110:1, enters God’s immediate presence, and since only the high priest was able to enter into God’s presence (Ex. 25:22), the writer promotes the “priest” in Psalm 110:4 to “high priest” (see quotations above).  This something else that we must learn about the writer of Hebrews: He continuously quotes from the Old Testament, but he does so with significant freedom.  He adds or changes words and phrases to fit the point that he wants to make.  But that is okay.  The Bible is not inspired word for word; the writers are inspired with concepts, and they themselves must find the best possible words to express those concepts.

But it remains symbolic language.  The earthly tabernacle, with all its ceremonies, was only a symbol of reality (8:5; 9:8-9; 10:1).  For that reason, and because his Jewish Christian readers were familiar with the earthly tabernacle, the writer uses the earthly tabernacle with its ceremonies to explain the unseen but real events in heaven, which we only dimly understand.

Christ’s death enabled Him to become our high priest.

Hebrews 9 describes the inauguration of Jesus’s ministry in heaven.  The first 15 verses form a unit.  It starts with a description of the earthly tabernacle with its daily and annual ceremonies (9:1-7).  It then states that these ceremonies are symbols of what happens in heaven (9:8-9), and explains what these symbols meant:

Jesus entering the true tabernacle

When Christ appeared as a high priest …,
He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation;
and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, …
For … how much more will the blood of Christ … cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
” (9:11-12)

In other words, Jesus’s death permitted or qualified Him to commence His work as high priest; His death was a prerequisite for entering the holy place.

Tabernacle in the wilderness

The second unit in Hebrews 9 (verses 16 and following) also starts by describing an aspect of the earthly tabernacle, this time the inauguration of the first covenant.  This ritual was performed by Moses 1500 years before Christ, when he used the blood of animals to clean the tabernacle (9:18-23).  Hebrews then implies that the cleansing of the tabernacle by Moses was a symbol of the cleansing of “the heavenly things themselves”.  The earthly “copies of the things in the heavens” were cleansed by the blood of animals, but the “heavenly things themselves” were cleansed with “better sacrifices” (9:23), namely “the sacrifice of Himself” (9:26).

To conclude then, in both units (9:1-15 and 9:16-24) Christ’s offering of Himself, as symbolized by His blood, enabled Him to commence His ministry on the new covenant in heaven.  This is consistent with the conclusion of the previous section above, namely that Jesus became high priest at his ascension to heaven, when He sat down on His Father’s throne.

Satan expelled from heaven

Hebrews does not explain why the “the heavenly things” had to be cleansed.  As stated above, this is symbolic language, but that does not mean it is meaningless.  It means that it must be interpreted.  It is often said and thought that the blood of Christ satisfies the demands of God’s righteousness.  Such thinking is not accepted here.  According to 2:14 He died to render the devil powerless.  And in Revelation 12 we see that the war in heaven against “the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan” (Rev. 12:9) was brought to an end by Christ’s death. “The heavenly things” were cleansed by expelling Satan from it.  The See War in Heaven and Why Jesus had to die.

NEXT:  Jesus is a better high priest

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Hebrews 1:1:3 – Christ’s message superior to the Old Testament Prophets

Christ’s message is superior to that of the Old Testament prophets because He—the Son of God and Creator of all—is superior to them.

Throughout the letter, the writer contrasts the old with the new and elevates the new above the old.  .  In the first three verses the writer argues that Christ is superior to the Old Testament prophets, for He is God’s Son and God’s spoken word—the exact representation of God’s nature—through whom God made everything and through whom God still holds everything together.   “He who has seen Me has seen the Father”.

But the writer’s real purpose is to show that Christ’s message is superior to that of the Old Testament prophets.  God’s love and mercy for weak sinners are made visible in the person of Christ.  He also revealed how man may be reconciled to God, the resurrection of the body and the certainty of the future judgment of all mankind.  The purest and most extensive body of moral principles on earth are found in Christ’s teachings.

1:1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways 1:2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son
whom He appointed heir of all things,
through whom also He made the world.
3 And He is the radiance of His glory and
the exact representation of His nature,
and upholds all things by the word of His power.
When He had made purification of sins,
He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,


Jesus is superior to the Old Testament Prophets
Old Testament Prophet

This letter to the Hebrews does not have an introduction like we would normally find in other letters.  These first three verses serve as introduction, but also immediately confront the reader with the main theme of this epistle, which is the superiority of Christ.  In these verses the writer argues that Christ is superior to the Old Testament prophets, but his purpose is to show that Christ’s message is superior to the messages of the Old Testament prophets. (Compare 2:1-4)

The Old and the New

Throughout the letter, the writer contrasts the old and the new and he elevates the new over the old.  In the current verses the old is how God revealed Himself through the apostles, and the new is how He revealed Himself through His Son.


God exists outside of our physical limitations of space, matter and time. He cannot be seen by our eyes or measured in our laboratories. He said,

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, … For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

We are not equipped to know anything about God. If God had not spoken, we would have been without knowledge or hope. But we do have hope, for God has spoken. He has spoken through prophets and through His written word. Most importantly, He has spoken through His Son.

Long ago to the fathers in the prophets … in many ways (1:1)

I Am
Moses and the burning bush

The fathers include Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but perhaps also other important figures in Israel’s history.  The prophets Include Moses, who refer to himself as a prophet (Deut. 18:15).  The ways in which God revealed Himself includes visions, dreams, physical appearance, historical events, prophecy, poetry, proverbs, direct communication and impressions.  Elijah once stood upon the mountain before Yahweh, and there was a great and strong wind which rent the mountains, and broke the rocks into in pieces; but Yahweh was not in the wind. Then there was an earthquake; but Yahweh was not in the earthquake.  The earthquake was followed by a fire; but Yahweh was not in the fire.  Yahweh then spoke to Elijah is a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11-12).

In these last days (1:2)

This phrase is most often interpreted as meaning ‘recently’.  However, Jesus said, His disciples believed and the entire New Testament teaches that the Lord is coming soon.  The author of the letter to the Hebrews similarly wrote:

all the more as you see the Day approaching. …  For in just a very little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay” (10:25, 36-37).

It is therefore also possible that the writer’s intention was to say that his generation was the last generation before Christ’s return.  The phrase “last days” is also found elsewhere in the New Testament, where it also implies the last days before Christ’s return:

Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking” (2 Peter 3:3)

’and it shall be in the last days,’ God says, ‘that I will pour forth of My spirit on all mankind’” (Acts 2:17)

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self” (2 Timothy 3:1-2)

Spoken to us in His Son (1:2)

What the writer implies is that, when the Son of God speaks, we better listen, for there is no higher authority.

Tested unto death
Son of God

The title “Son of God” was understood by the Jews to denote equality with God:

Jesus said, “My Father is working until now” (John 5:17).  “For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.” (v18)

John 10 records Jesus saying “I am the Son of God” (v36).  Therefore the Jews wanted to stone Him, saying, “because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God” (v33).

Revelation is gradual. 

At first we discern only the existence of some object – obscure and undefined; then we can trace its outline; then its color, its size, its proportions, its drapery – until it stands before us fully revealed. So it has been with revelation.  There is a great variety of subjects which we now, with the benefit of Christ’s teachings, see clearly, which were very imperfectly understood by the teaching of only the Old Testament prophets. Among them are the following:

(a) The character of God:

No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.” (John 1:18)

Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him” (Mt. 11:27)

(b) How man may be reconciled to God.

But I say to you
Sermon on the Mount

(c) Christ’s moral precepts are superior to those that had gone before him. Prophets had delivered many moral precepts of great importance, but the purest and most extensive body of moral principles on earth are found in Christ’s teachings.

(d) He has given to us the clearest view of the future state. He disclosed many truths of the deepest interest to mankind, which were before only partially revealed.  This includes the certainty of a state of future existence – which the Sadducees previously were able to dispute.  He also revealed the doctrine of the resurrection of the body. The Saviour raised up more than one to show that it was possible; and He was himself raised, to put the whole matter beyond debate.  He revealed the certainty of future judgment – the judgment of all mankind.

Hebrews 1:2-3 presents us with seven facts concerning Jesus the Son, to emphasize His superiority.  He:

  • Is Heir of all things;
  • Made the universe;
  • Is the radiance of God’s glory;
  • Is the exact representation of God’s being;
  • Sustains all things by his powerful word;
  • Provided purification for sin; and
  • Sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven;

Whom He appointed heir of all things (1:2)

God foretold, through Daniel, of a coming world-wide and everlasting kingdom over which a certain human being would rule:

… with the clouds of heaven one like the Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion … that all the peoples … might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion(Daniel 7:13-14).

Jesus often used the title in this passage—”Son of Man“—for Himself.  It is He that will inherit that everlasting dominion.

Through whom also He made the world (1:2)

Creator of the entire universe

He not only made the world; He is the creator of the entire universe.

All things have been created through Him and for Him. (Col. 1:16, cf. John 1:3, 10; 1 Cor. 8:6.)

Genesis 1 teaches that God created by speaking; “God said … and it was so” (Gen. 1:9).  “By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God” (Heb. 11:3).  Therefore John refers to Jesus as “the Word”, that is, He is God’s spoken word:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.  (John 1:1-3)

This is not something which humans are able to understand, simply because we are unable to understand God.

The word translated “world” is aiōn, and properly means “age” – an indefinitely long period of time. But it can also mean the world – the material universe.  The only clear use of the word is in Hebrews 11:3, where it means “worlds”: “By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” In this verse “the worlds” parallels “what is seen”.

He is the radiance of His glory (1:3)

When Moses prayed, “show me Your glory“ (Ex. 33:18), the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed,

The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth” (Ex. 34:6-7)

When he came down from Sinai
Moses face shining

Moses had gone up on Mount Sinai and had stood in God’s presence.  When he came back down, his face shown with the brightness of reflected glory.  Jesus did not have a physical type of radiance, but He is “the light of the world” (John 8:12); God’s love and mercy for weak sinners is made visible in the person of Christ:

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all“ (1 John 1:5).

He is … the exact representation of His (God’s) nature (1:3)

God the Father is all Spirit (John 4:24), meaning He exists beyond the limits of this physical universe. We human beings therefore cannot experience the Father as He truly is.  But Jesus—the Word of God—reveals God. The Son of God bears the exact image of God on himself.  He is the “image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15).  Do you want to know what God is like? Look at Jesus. Do you want to know how God thinks? Listen to Jesus.  He said:

If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” (John 14:7)

But Philip said to Him,

Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” (v8)

Jesus responded,

Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (v9)

We can begin to understand this by drawing an analogy to how we communicate or reveal our thoughts in the physical word.

When we conceive an idea in our mind, nobody can see our thoughts.  They are invisible, yet they certainly exist.

If we want to reveal our invisible thoughts to the world, we must transfer our thoughts into the physical realm for others to receive and understand.  The brain communicates our thoughts to our mouth where it becomes logos: spoken words.  The spoken word leaves our mouth and enters the physical world as sound waves.

The spoken word reveals our thoughts.  When someone hears our spoken word, they come to know something that was previously invisible and unknowable.

Still, the world’s knowledge of our invisible thoughts will be partial at best.  But what if our mind could take on a physical form for all to see?  Then the world could come to a complete and full understand of our invisible nature.  Our entire nature – our thoughts and character and personality – would be on display in a physical form.  We could be fully known.

God with us

Likewise, God the Father reveals Himself to the world via His Son (i.e., the Word).  “’They shall call his name Immanuel,’ which translated means, ‘God with us’” (Mt. 1:23).

The Fathers of the Christian church held that the Son of God, as to his divine as well as his human nature, was “derived” from the Father. Hence, the Nicene creed speaks of him as “begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten not made”. But modern theologians find this is incredible and impossible. They hold that a derived being cannot in any proper sense be “God”.  If there is any attribute which the Scriptures have ascribed to Christ with clearness, it is that He always existed;

When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last” (Rev. 1:17)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

The Bible maintains a clear distinction between God and Jesus, but also says that all the fullness of Deity dwells in Jesus.  How do we reconcile these facts?  For a more detail discussion, see Jesus, Son of God.

He … upholds all things by the word of His power (1:3)

Paul similarly wrote, “In Him all things hold together“ (Col. 1:17). The Lord Jesus commanded the waves and the winds, and they were still (Mt. 8:26-27).  He spoke to diseases and they departed, and to the dead, and they arose.  “Upholds” is present active and means continual action “to carry”.   Jesus carries all things continually.  The universe is maintained and held together by this same Word that brought it into existence.  It is not merely the earth with its rocks, mountains, seas, animals and human beings, but it is the universe – all distant worlds.  He holds up this vast universe so that it does not sink into anarchy or into nothing. There can be no higher idea of omnipotence than to say that he upholds all things by his word.

This is an astounding truth; that all things are held together by somebody who became a human being and still is a human being.  It is difficult to imagine that one human being could say such things of a fellow human being (Jesus).  The Holy Spirit influenced on them must have been strong.

When He had made purification of sins (1:3)

Set apart for holy use

This is a key thought in the New Testament.  Also in Hebrews it is repeatedly stated that “we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (10:10).  “Through His own blood” He obtained “eternal redemption” (9:12).  God sacrificed His Son (the Lamb of God – John 1:29) for the sins of the world.

However, probably most the important principle in Hebrews is that His death is part of a bigger process required for human salvation.  His death enabled Jesus to “become a merciful and faithful high priest … to make propitiation for the sins of the people” (2:17).  “The blood of Christ, who … offered Himself without blemish to God, (will) cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (9:14) through Christ’s work as high priest in “the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands” (9:11).  We also see this principle typified in the old Jewish sacrificial system; the priest not only killed the animals; they always had to do something afterwards with the blood.

When we say that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin, we should not think of this literally.  There is no literal container in heaven with His literal blood.  His blood is a symbol for His death.  Neither are we simply saved by His death; we are saved by His death because he “offered Himself without blemish to God” (9:14).  If He sinned before He died, He would not have been “without blemish”.  We are therefore saved by His perfect life, even when suffering the highest levels of temptation; even unto death.  For a further discussion, see Why Jesus had to die.

He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (1:3)

This is a quotation from Psalm 110.  The concept of “right hand” of God is not a physical location as much as it referred to a position of exaltation and supremacy.  The person that sits at the right hand of a sovereign is the most important person after the sovereign himself.

He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:8-9).


Christene wat deur die Helse Horde gevange gehou word

19c `n Menigte Christene, wat deur die leër gevange gehou was, het agter die voorste afdelings aangeloop. Hulle was almal gewond.  Hulle was bewaak deur kleiner demone van Vrees.  Dit het gelyk asof daar meer gevangenes as demone in die leër was.  Verbasend genoeg het die gevangenes nog hul swaarde en skilde gehad, maar dit nie gebruik nie.  Dit was `n skok om te sien dat so baie gevange gehou kon word deur so min klein duiwel­tjies van Vrees.  As die Christene maar net hul wapens gebruik het, kon hulle hulself maklik bevry het, en waarskynlik groot skade berokken het aan die hele duiwelse horde.  In plaas daarvan het hulle net gedienstig saam gemarsjeer.

20a Bokant die gevangenes was die lug swart van die aasvoëls van Depressie.  Van tyd tot tyd sal `n aasvoël op die skouers van `n gevangene land en op hom opbring.  Die braaksel was veroordeling.  Wanneer braaksel `n gevangene tref, sal hy opstaan en vir `n rukkie `n bietjie reguiter marsjeer, maar sal dan inmekaar sak, selfs swakker as tevore.  Ek het weer gewonder waarom die gevangenes nie sommer die aasvoëls met hul swaarde dood maak nie, wat hulle maklik kon doen.

20b Van tyd tot tyd het van die swakker gevangenes gestruikel en geval.  Sodra hulle die grond tref sal die ander gevangenes hulle begin steek met hul swaarde, en hulle spot terwyl hulle dit doen.  Die aasvoëls kom dan en begin om die gevallenes lewendig op te vreet.  Die ander Christen-gevangenes sal net daar staan en dit goedkeurend betrag, en ook nog van tyd tot tyd die gevallene steek met hul swaarde.

20c Terwyl ek hierna kyk het ek besef dat die gevangenes dink dat die braaksel van veroordeling die waarheid vanaf God is.  Toe besef ek dat hierdie gevangenes dink dat hulle in werklikheid in God se leër marsjeer.  Dit is waarom hulle nie die klein demone van vrees of die aasvoëls dood maak nie – hulle het gedink hulle is bood­skappers vanaf God.  Die donkerte van die wolk van aasvoëls het dit vir die gevangenes so moeilik gemaak om te sien dat hulle naïef alles wat met hulle gebeur aanvaar as vanaf die Here.  Hulle het gemeen dat die mense wat gestruikel het onder God se oordeel was.  Dit is waarom hulle die gevalle mense aangeval het.  Hulle het gedink hulle help God.

21a Die enigste kos wat aan die gevangenes gegee was, was die aasvoëls se braaksel. Diegene wat geweier om die braaksel te eet, het eenvoudig swakker geword totdat hulle geval het.  Diegene wat dit wel geëet het, het vir `n rukkie sterker geword, maar met die krag van die bose.  Hulle het weer swakker word, tensy hulle die water van bitterheid, wat gedurig hulle aangebied was, gedrink het.  Die wat van die bitter water gedrink het, sal dan begin om op die ander op te gooi.  Wanneer `n gevangene dit begin doen, het `n demoon, wat vir `n geleentheid gewag het, op hom geklim en op hom gery tot by een van die voorste divisies.

21b Iets wat selfs aakliger was as die braaksel van die aasvoëls, was die walglike slym wat die duiwels geurineer en ontlas het op die Christene waarop hulle gery het.  Hierdie slym was die hoog­moed, selfsugtige ambisies, ensovoorts, wat die aard was van hul afdeling.  Die slym het die Christene egter soveel beter laat voel as die veroordeling dat hulle maklik geglo het dat die duiwels boodskappers van God was.  Hulle het werklik geglo dat die slym die salwing van die Heilige Gees was.

21c Die bose leër het my met soveel afsku vervul dat ek wou sterf.  Toe hoor ek die stem van die Here met my praat en sê: “Dit is die begin van die vyand se leër van die laaste dae.  Dit is Satan se uiterste misleiding.  Sy uiterste vernietigingsmag word in werking gestel wanneer hy Christene gebruik om mekaar aan te val.  Hy het hierdie leër deur die eeue heen gebruik, maar nog nooit was hy in staat om so baie mense vir sy bose oogmerke te gebruik soos nou nie.  Moenie bang wees nie.  Ek het ook `n leër.  Jy moet nou vasstaan en veg, want daar geen plek meer om weg te kruip vir hierdie oorlog nie.  Jy moet veg vir My koninkryk, vir waarheid, en vir hulle wat mislei is.”

22a Hierdie boodskap vanaf die Here het my so bemoedig dat ek dadelik begin skree het op die Christen-gevangenes dat hulle mislei word.  Ek het gedink hulle sou luister na my.  Toe ek dit doen het dit gelyk asof die hele leër omdraai om na my te kyk.  Die vrees en depressie wat hulle oordek het, het in my rigting begin spoel.  Ek het aanhou skree omdat ek gedink het dat die Christene wakker sou word en besef wat met hulle gebeur, maar in plaas daarvan het baie van hulle hul pyle geneem om my daarmee te skiet.  Die ander het geaarsel asof hulle nie seker was wat om van my te dink nie.  Ek besef toe dat ek dit te vroeg gedoen het, en dat dit `n baie dom fout was.

Die Helse Hordes is op Die Oorlogspad.

Helse Hordes op die Oorlogspad

16a Die demone se leër was geweldig groot.  Dit gestrek het sover as wat ek kon sien.  Dit was in afdelings verdeel, elkeen onder sy eie vaandel.  Die voorste afdelings het marsjeer onder die vaandels van Hoogmoed, Eiegereg­tigheid, Respektabiliteit, Selfsugtige Ambisies, Ongeregtige Oordeel en Jaloesie. Daar was baie ander bose afdelings wat te ver was om te sien, maar dié in die voorhoede van hierdie verskriklike horde uit die hel was die magtigste.  Die leier van hierdie leër was die Beskuldiger van ons Broeders self.

16b Die horde se wapens het ook name gehad.  Hul swaarde word genoem Intimidasie; hul spiese word genoem Verraad; hul pyle word genoem Beskuldiging, Skinder, Laster en Foutsoeke­righeid.  Verkenners en kleiner groepe duiwels, met name soos Verwerping, Bitter­heid, Ongeduld, Onvergewendheid en Wellus, is vooruitgestuur om vir die leër se hoofaanval voor te berei.

Johannes, die Doper

16c Daar was baie minder van hierdie kleiner groepe demone en verkenners, maar hulle was niks swakker as sommige van die groter afdelings wat na hulle gevolg het nie.  Hulle was minder vir strategiese redes.  Net soos Johannes die Doper `n enkele mens was, maar buitengewoon gesalf was om groot getalle mense te doop ter voorbereiding vir die koms van die Here, so het hierdie kleiner groepe demone buitengewone bose magte gehad om die massas te doop.  `n Enkele demoon van Bitterheid kon sy gif op menigtes saai, selfs hele rasse en volke.  `n Wellus-demoon sou homself heg aan `n bepaalde fliek- of musiekster of `n fliek of selfs `n advertensie, en iets uitskiet wat lyk soos vlae elektriese slym wat groot massas mense kon tref en “onsensitief” kon laat.  Hul enigste doel was om voor te berei vir die onheilige hordes wat na hulle gevolg het.

17a Die leër se aanslag was spesifiek teen die Kerk gerig, maar het enig­iemand aangeval wat dit kon.  Ek het geweet hul doel was om `n beweging van God, wat groot getalle mense in die kerk sou inbring, te voorkom.

17b Die belangrikste strategie van hierdie leër was om onmin te saai en om verhouding op alle vlakke te versuur; tussen gemeentes, tussen gemeentes en hul leraars, tussen egpare, tussen kinders en ouers en selfs tussen kinders.  Die verken­ners word uitgestuur om die openinge in hierdie gemeentes, families en individue op te spoor wat uitgebuit en groter gemaak kon word deur Verwerping, Bitterheid, Wellus, ens.  Dan stroom die divisies, wat agter hulle aan kom, deur die openinge en oorweldig hul slagoffers heeltemal.

17c Die skokkendste deel van hierdie visioen was dat die horde nie op perde gery het nie, maar in hoofsaak op Christene!  Die meeste van die Christene was goed geklee, en het vernaam, verfynd en geleerd gelyk, maar daar was ook mense uit elke vlak van die samelewing.  Hierdie mense het Christelike waarhede bely om hul gewetes te sus, maar hul lewens was in ooreenstemming met die magte van die duisternis.  Hoe meer hulle toegegee het aan hierdie magte, hoe groter het die demone, wat aan hul toegeken is, geword en hoe makliker kon die demone hul dade beheer.

18a Die meeste van die gelowiges het meer as een demoon gehad, maar een van hulle was altyd duidelik in beheer.  Die aard van die een wat in beheer was, het bepaal in watter afdeling dit marsjeer.  Al het al die afdelings saam marsjeer, het dit ook gelyk asof die hele leër op die drumpel van chaos was.  Die duiwels van haat het byvoorbeeld die ander duiwels gehaat net soveel as wat hulle die Christene gehaat het.  Die duiwels van jaloesie was almal op mekaar jaloers.  Die enigste manier waarop die leiers van hierdie horde kon voorkom dat die demone teen mekaar veg, was om hul haat en jaloesie te fokus op die Christene waarop hulle gery het.  Daar het egter gereeld gevegte tussen hierdie mense uitgebreek.  Ek het geweet dat dit was hoe sommige van die leërs, wat volgens die Bybel teen Israel opgestaan het, uiteindelik hulself vernietig het.  Toe hul planne teen Israel gefnuik is, was hul woede onbeheerbaar en hulle het eenvoudig teen mekaar begin veg.

18b Ek het opgemerk dat die duiwels bo-op die Christene gery het, en nie binne-in hulle was, soos wat die geval was met die nie-Christene nie.  Dit was duidelik dat die Christene net moes ophou saamstem met hul duiwels om van hulle bevry te word.  Byvoorbeeld, as `n Christen waarop `n demoon van jaloesie gery het, net begin het om die jaloesie te bevraag­teken, dan het die demoon baie vinnig swakker geword.  Wanneer dit gebeur roep die swakker-

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wordende demoon hard uit.  Die leier van die afdeling sal dan al die duiwels rondom die Christen aansê om daardie Christen aan te val totdat die bitterheid, ens. weer in hom opbou.  En as dit nie werk nie, sal die demone begin om Skrifgedeeltes te kwoteer wat verdraai word om die bitterheid, beskuldi­gings ens. te regverdig.

19a Dit was duidelik dat die mag van die duiwels bykans heeltemal op die mag van misleiding gebaseer was, maar hulle het die Christene tot so ʼn mate mislei dat hulle die Christene kon gebruik en die Christene sou dink dat hulle deur God gebruik word.  Dit het gebeur omdat amper almal vaandels van eiegeregtigheid gedra het sodat die mar­sjeerders nie eens die vaandels kon sien wat die ware aard van die afdelings aandui nie.

19b Toe ek na die agterhoede van die leër kyk, het ek die gevolg van die Be­skul­diger self gesien.  Ek het sy strategie begin verstaan en ek was verstom oor hoe eenvoudig dit was.  Hy het geweet dat `n verdeelde huis nie kan staan nie, en hierdie leër verteenwoordig `n poging om soveel verdeeld­heid in die kerk te saai dat die kerk heetemal die genade sal verbeur.  Dit was duidelik dat die enigste manier waarop hy dit kon bereik was deur om Christene te gebruik om teen hul eie broers te veg.  Dit is waarom bykans almal in die voorste linies Christene was, of dan ten minste belydende Christene.  Elke tree wat hierdie misleide gelowi­ges geneem het in gehoorsaamheid aan die Beskuldiger, het sy mag oor hulle versterk.  Dit het sy selfvertroue en die selfvertroue van sy bevelvoerders laat toeneem en die leër laat vorder en vorentoe marsjeer.  Dit was duidelik dat die mag van die leër daarvan afhang dat hierdie Christene saamgaan met die werkswyse van die bose.


Die “Beskuldiger van ons Broeders” (16a) is die slang van ouds, wat ook duiwel en Satan genoem word (Op. 12:9-10).  Sy strategie is om mense, wat voorgee Christene te wees, maar lewe ooreenkomstig die beginsels van die magte van die duisternis, te gebruik om orals verdeeldheid te saai.  Satan het verreweg die grootste deel van die Christendom onder sy beheer.

Volgende: Christene wat deur die Helse Horde gevange gehou word