Good Morning from England! As God gives it to me I give it to you. Here's today's long and short of it. BE BLESSED! PK x

A CONVERSATION WITH GOD~
THE SNAKE ON THE POLE

What’s the matter, is God too puny to heal without doctors anymore?

What’s the matter with Him then? Is His arm too short that He cannot save?

God asks you the same questions in His Word.

Isaiah 50:1b-2~
“Behold, you were sold for your iniquities, and for your transgressions your mother was sent away.
Why was there no man when I came?
When I called, why was there none to answer?
Is my hand too short to save?
Or have I no power to deliver?”

My friends, He is our Creator. We were sold to satan because of our sins and trespasses. Not a single one of us was left. There was no man who could free. There was no man who could save. Not one single soul has the power to create life, and not a single soul has the power to save life. Only God has this power. Only God. So why do we look to man for everything? Tell me please. Why do we look to man?

We were all bound. Every single one of us. I was, you were, the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, the preacher, the teacher, and the doctor. When God called, there was none to answer. We were all hiding from Him, just like Adam and Eve. We were bound, and we could not break free.

You know what they say, “Like father, like son.”

Since we were all children of satan, we were all just like him. In one short word: unrighteous.

Romans 5:12~
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned.”

So, why do we look to man? Tell me please. Why do we look to man?

I hit the pause button and said to the Lord Jesus, “Your arm’s not too short, Lord. Your arm’s not too short to save.”

And He answered immediately, “I want you to tell them like it is, Paula. I want you to tell them my arm’s not too short. Speak. Speak my Word.”

Speak the Truth in the face of the Lie. Speak the Truth. That’s what He meant.

I wrote His Words down as I often do, and I spoke again. “I think I’ll go in the kitchen and wash up those dishes.” I wanted to take a moment and meditate on this. I wanted to meditate on what He’d asked me to do.

A few minutes later, there I was, my hands in a sinkful of soapy water, as I pondered God’s words in my heart . My thoughts turned to doctors. Unexpectedly, a symbol stood before my eyes. I recognised it. The symbol of medicine for thousands of years. The symbol used by pharmacies all over the world. The symbol that’s a familiar sight on ambulances. The symbol we have taken for granted, so that when we look at it we don’t really see it at all. 

The symbol I saw was that of pole with a snake. A snake. Big as life, in all of it’s ugliness. (Don’t go telling me that a snake is beautiful. It’s not. They are cursed. Forever.) But the snake I saw was a snake wrapped around the pole. I’d never thought of that before. I’d never really seen this symbol as it really is. At that moment, I did, and a part of me froze. My heart. And that’s saying alot on a day as hot as this.

I could feel the anger rising like bile from deep within me. I almost shouted my question, “Is that a snake wrapped AROUND the pole, Lord?” I asked.

He remained silent.

“Did I see that right? AROUND the pole? I’m seeing it AROUND the pole.That really,really upsets me!” I exclaimed.

Tearing those bright yellow gloves off my hands I said, “That’s it! I’m going to go check this out. If I’m seeing it right, that’s the biggest insult I can imagine.”

It’s blasphemy, plain and simple.

“He shall have a mouth boasting great things...and it shall cause craft to prosper in it’s hand.” (Daniel 8:25)

Craft. Witchcraft. Black Art.

Great things. Blasphemy.

But the blasphemy is not against me or you. It’s against Jesus.

I had to get to the bottom of this then and there. So I headed straight to the laptop.

Why hadn’t I seen it before? My eyes and ears had been closed. By choice. But they weren’t anymore. They weren’t anymore, and they wouldn’t be again. Not about this.

And there it was in living colour. That symbol of medicine. Every bit as ugly as when the Lord showed it to me, and even worse than I thought.

Not only is the snake wrapped around the pole but the thing has wings.

That’s right. The snake on the pole has wings.

Am I angry? You bet. But, not at you. Not in the least. The anger that’s boiling in me is anger at sin, and intense sorrow that satan has crept in and fed us a lie, and we have believed it. We bought it hook, line and sinker. We’ve been fish just waiting to be caught, and that net of deceit has closed around us without us even putting up a fight. 
I want you to see now what I see and hear what I hear. I want you to see what I see and hear what I hear. That’s what God wants, and He chose me to show you two things: the lie. Complete with all it’s ugly parts. And the truth. In all it’s beauty. 

The lie binds. The truth frees. It’s that simple.

Jesus makes this clear. “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

So what is the lie and what is the truth?

Here’s the thing about a lie. Every lie has an excuse to go with it. They are fondly called explanations, but they are really excuses. Anything so you and I will buy it. You know how it goes, “Promise them anything, just don’t give it to them.”

What’s the story then, or rather the “excuse” behind this snake around the pole emblem? 

Well, I made a discovery. There’s several versions or excuses behind this emblem. This is satan’s way of saying, “If you don’t like one, maybe you’ll like another.” He likes to give a choice too, but it’s not an “either or" choice between good and evil, it’s a “Choose one of these options.” But be warned. His excuses are all evil. None are good. No, not one. They may look good, or cute, or fun, but none are good, because only God is the giver of good things. Looks are often deceiving.

The symbol of medicine comes from the Ancient Greeks. It is steeped in pagan mythology. 

In the first version, this winged image is a caduceus. (Funny thing, that. The medical symbol is still called cadaceus.) 

What about the pole? It’s a staff the Greeks, who had a whole slew of gods (just like the world today), believed was the staff their Olympian god Hermes carried. Hermes, it was said, was a messenger between the gods and humans, and a guide.

A guide to where? The underworld.

You heard me right. The underworld. 

Hermes was also the patron of travellers. (Hey, our world’s got them too. Patrons, I mean. Look in the Catholic religion and you’ll find plenty of patrons.)

Doctors had so far to travel in Ancient Greece. In those days, doctors made house calls, and they did so by foot. So the story is that Hermes was given this staff by Apollo, the Greek god of healing.

In the next version of this story, Hermes received the staff from Zeus, also called the King of the gods. This particular staff was said to be entwined with two white ribbons.

Let me stop here for a moment. All this talk about a staff entwined with two white ribbons reminds me of yet another pole. On the first day of May, something happens. It’s innocently called a dance. On that day,Chris and I were in the big city of Nuneaton, amidst it’s brighter lights, when here came a line of excited school girls being led by two adults. At the very front of the group of giggling girls walked a man carrying an elaborately decorated pole. At the top of the pole streamed long white ribbons. We stopped as their procession passed in front of us. As they passed, Chris remarked, “Oh, it’s May Day. Looks like they’ll be dancing around the Maypole in the town square.”

While they dance, the long white ribbons wind themselves slowly around the pole, much like the two snakes on that medical symbol. It’s a pagan ritual. It takes place every year around the world on May Day. Celebration of the snake and the pole. Even my mother used to do it when she was a girl. 

Hold on, and I’ll explain what the pole and the snake mean later on. The Lord showed me, so I will show you.

Now, back to the myth of Hermes and the pole he carried. Funny enough, his pole was wrapped in two white ribbons. Sounds innocent enough. Ribbons are harmless, right? Not these ribbons. These ribbons don’t stay ribbons.

These ribbons on Hermes pole were replaced by two serpents. Go figure. The explanation given was that Hermes used the pole to separate two fighting snakes, who then wrapped themselves around the pole and remained there in perfect harmony.

Snakes? Two? Perfectly balanced and at peace? Wrapped in togetherness around a pole? United? You got it. At least according to the Greeks. They always regarded snakes as sacred. It was believed that their shedding of skin symbolised rebirth and life renewal. They used them in their healing rituals in honour of Asclepius. 

Who? I’m getting there.

Asclepius is the one the Greeks called the demigod of medicine. Oddly enough, his father was said to be a god (Apollo), and his mother, human.

See any part that is vaguely familiar yet? 

According to Greek mythology, Asclepius was able to restore the health of the sick and to bring the dead back to life. 

But the story doesn’t end there. This son was killed. Zeus killed him with a thunderbolt. What was Asclepius’s crime? He was judged to have disrupted the “natural order” of the world by reviving the dead. Then, the story concludes with Zeus placing Asclepius among the stars as the constellation Ophinchus, or “the serpent bearer.” 

The “art” of medicine. Yes, it’s an art, not a science. 

Some time ago while studying the Word of God I happened upon the Greek word, pharmaken. Sound familiar? It means: drug, medicine, and poison. Today’s pharmacy derives it’s name from this Greek root word, and it all boils down to one thing, worship of the creature not the Creator. 

The worship of man. Man’s reliance on man instead of God. God did not create medical arts or pharmacies. Why would God create something that man will depend on instead of Him, and worship instead of Him? Rather, this art was created by men who did not want to serve God or acknowledge God in any way. Pagan worshippers. Way back in Ancient Egypt we can trace it’s roots. But, you’ll notice that every nationality has it’s medicine men, and it all involves pagan worship, same as ours. Some may protest, “our medicine today does not involve pagan worship. We live in an enlightened age.” The Greeks thought the same. But yes,my friend, it does. Today’s world is all about pagan worship.

I hear all the time, “The doctor said it so it must be true.” 

And how about this one, “God only chooses to work through doctors these days.” 

Again I say, Not one single soul has the power to create life, and not a single soul has the power to save life. Only God. Only God has this power. Only God. So why do we look to man for everything? Tell me please. Why do we look to man? Why do we treat man as if he was god? Is God so puny that He cannot heal? Is His arm so short that He cannot save? 

Wait just a minute. Has anyone ever spent much time looking to God? Tell me, how many millions have died because their trust has been upon man and drugs instead of God?

Come on now. Be honest with yourself. Look closely at medicine, and what do you see? That snake on the pole. Medicine men have always carried some form of pole. Doesn’t matter if they are Egyptian, or native American, or African. Find one and he’ll have some kind of pole, and no doubt, a snake(or two) won’t be far away.

So there we have it. The Art of medicine so many place their faith in. Craft.

Put the two together and what do they spell? W-i-t-c-h-c-r-a-f-t. 

Is this a shock? It sure was to me. This is why satan is called “crafty.” He dupes and tricks us until we’re been lulled to sleep by his poisonous lullabye. But God gave me a wakeup call, and now I’m giving one to you.

We have exchanged the created for the Creator. We have replaced the truth with the lie.

“For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became as fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 1:21-24)

What have we done? We have exchanged the truth for the lie. We have been worshipping the created. In our world, the lie is bigger than ever. It’s grown longer than poor Pinocchio’s nose.It’s the kingdom of man, my friend. The Antichrist. The unbelieving world. It’s the choice of believing in the created things- things we can see and touch- rather than the Creator.

There. I’ve said it. The Antichrist. The worship of man instead of God.

It is as God has said about this Antichrist,”he shall cast truth to the ground...and [he] causes craft to prosper (flourish) in his hand...” 

“He” causes craft to prosper. “He”, meaning man. 

2 Thessalonians describes this prospering craft as lying signs.

Lying signs and wonders. The things in the natural being regarded as supernatural. The world sold out to the lie, and turning their backs on the truth. How hard satan has been working to include the Church in this great End Time delusion. Can you see why God warns us to get out of the world?

Now I’ll show you the real pole and snake and where they come from. I’ll show you what God has shown me.

Satan was the original pole dancer. This tree or pole with the snake wrapped around it was a symbol of satan’s triumph over the crown of God’s creation: man.

It shouted out man’s rebellion against God. Call it satan’s victory dance over the God who threw him out of heaven after he rebelled.

After all, Adam and Eve did sin by eating from a tree, and he had tempted them through a serpent. The tree then became cursed, along with man and the earth. Man’s wrong choice placed him, along with the world God had made for him, right where satan wanted him--under his feet.

And that settled that. Or so satan thought. He saw no way even God could change it. Wasn’t the power all his now? He told Jesus as much in Luke 4:6,
“And the devil said to Him (Jesus), I will give you all this domain and it’s glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whoever I wish. Therefore, if you worship me, it shall all be yours.”

Yet, God had said He would triumph. In the very beginning, immediately after man sinned, God had spoken these prophetic words,
“Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals. You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. and I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will bruise his heel.”

God’s words were a double prophecy both to satan and to the serpent. From that day on the devil has been known as the serpent, and is proud of it.

Furthermore, he and his children have been the enemies of God and his children. Maybe you’ve noticed that they still are. There is the natural enmity God predicted centuries before.

Satan’s kids have worshipped the serpent, the image of him, and the pole, the image of rebellion entwined together ever since. These two images were carried across the world from the tower of Babel (in the post-flood rebellion) when God changed the languages so that people would scatter and populate the earth as He had commanded.

But God, who’s foolishness is wiser than man’s wisdom, determined that sin began on a tree, so sin must end on a tree. The tree was the symbol of the curse, and the snake? The symbol of sin.

“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Jesus came by choice because He loved us. The Father gave Him to us, but our Prince of life became that snake on the tree in order to break the power of sin over us, the crown of His creation.
“Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes we are healed.” (I Peter 2:24)

Because He loved us so much, Christ Jesus came in order to become that curse so that we might be blessed.
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, becoming the curse for us, for as it is written, cursed is everyone hanging upon a tree, so that the blessing of Abraham might come on (us) the Gentiles through Jesus Christ...” (Galatians 3:13-14a)

There are over 93 healing promises in the Bible. The moment Jesus died on that cross, and the Father God raised Him back up, each one of those 93 promises became ours.

Jesus died so that we might live. The richness of the abundant life in Him starts now, the very instant you believe, and continues forever.

And here’s another big piece of the truth. This is what Jesus did to that snake,
“And having spoiled principalities and powers (satanic), He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15)

God has done it. He took that tree, the symbol of man’s shame and turned into triumph over satan. He triumphed over satan, his curse, man’s sin and the death it brought. And He did it for us.

Open your spiritual eyes, the eyes that were closed the moment Adam ate from that tree, and see the truth of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus. I did, and I am swinging free.

God is not too puny to heal. His arm is not too short to save. If this was true, the cross of Christ Jesus would be powerless. The lie says Jesus is powerless. The Word of God, that same gospel that freed me from demons, raised me up out of a wheelchair, and broke every chain that bound me says He is not powerless. I’m telling you He is not powerless. God’s power is greater than all, and He has a long arm. But first, there are three things you must do.

Choose, turn and believe. Turn from belief in the puny, short arm of the medical arts of man, that snake around the pole, to belief in the power of the Living God, the God who became the snake on the pole to give you back all that Adam’s choice cost you: God’s blessing, and every thing that goes with it. Jesus is the Power who broke the power. 

Choose, turn and believe. Believe the truth, and reject the lie. All God said is true. In Jesus’ own words, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” Remove those snakes from your life through the power of His Word. Break the power of that snake on the pole and swing free, but not on the tree, on Jesus.