Spiritual Authority & Satan’s Wheels of Destruction


by John and Ruth Greene

“Come, let us bow down and bend low, let us kneel before YHWH our Maker.” – Psalm 95:6, ISR98

Sanctified disciples that seek the Will of YHWH are His spiritual cedars, members of a larger body of the Messiah that YHWH unites, set apart through His Holy Spirit from the ends of the earth. With new technologies, His people aren’t required to be united through location alone. Disciples have the ability to join together in spiritual power through communication and encouragement across the globe.

These strong towering “cedars of Lebanon” reside in the wilderness and on the mountains of the world, supported by Elohim of Hosts. They depend on Him for sustenance and no one else. Physical cedars of Lebanon are tall, up to 131 feet (40 meters), with a diameter up to 36 feet (11 meters) and lush foliage. (1 Kings 4:33; Ezekiel 17:23, 31:3) Cedars of Lebanon can have a long life of a thousand years, are strong and flexible, as well as having a deep root system when healthy. Any structure built of these cedars is resistant from decay and pests. Solomon used the timber of cedars for the construction of the Temple in Jerusalem. (1 Kings 5:6; 2 Samuel 7:2) In the same way, a strong cedar is likened to a strong, sanctified disciple that does not give in to the storms of life. (Hebrews 5:12-6:1)

“I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree…” – Isaiah 41:19, NKJV

“The trees of YAHWEH are satisfied, the cedars of Lebanon that He planted” – Psalm 104:16, HRB

“The righteous shall flourish as the palm tree; he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those planted in the house of YAHWEH, in the courts of our Elohim, shall flourish. They shall bear fruit in old age; they shall be fat and fresh, to declare that YAHWEH is upright, my Rock! And in Him is no evil.” – Psalm 92:12-15, HRB

Strong cedars are men as YHWH created them to be, rooted in His Will, sons that are made in His image and that have acted on His Will. They trust YHWH alone. They seek Him alone. They are not interested in their own glory and profit beyond YHWH’s abundant sufficiency. (“Hardened Hearts: Strengthening the Brotherhood in Messiah“; “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“)

“…for you are all sons of YAHWEH through faith in Messiah Yahshua [Jesus]. For as many as were baptized into Messiah, you put on Messiah. There cannot be Jew nor Aramean, there is no slave nor freeman, there is no male and female; for you are all one (echad), united in Messiah Yahshua. And if you are of Messiah, then you are seeds of Abraham, even heirs according to the promise.” – Galatians 3:26-29, HRB

A Vision of Cedars

Not all of these cedars remain in Elohim’s Will. In this first scene of the vision, I stand along a circular encampment of these stripped cedars that are rooted in a vast desert, a sea of mankind that extends as far as the eye can see.- JG*

walking into the desertIn that desert stand circles of tall cedars, stripped bare to the trunks, cut off from YHWH and planted in the sands of mankind as temples of Satan alongside the rulers of man, rooted in a kind of demonic machine that moves in company with other circles of other self-glorified cedars that are much the same. They stand among the spiritual pillars of other religions and faiths that elevate themselves above the sea of mankind. In essence, these corrupted cedars have become organized as leaders of men as temples of Satan that serve his ends. These cedars will meet their final end in the lake of fire. They have failed to heed the words of their Master. (Matthew 15:14, 23:8; Revelation 19:20, 20:15; “Tribulation of Israel: The Great Escape“; “Delusion & the Tightening Noose of the Beast System“)

“I will prepare destroyers against you, everyone with his weapons; they shall cut down your choice cedars and cast them into the fire” – Jeremiah 22:7, NKJV


“And call no one your father on earth, for One is your Father, the One in Heaven. Nor be called master, for One is your Master, the Messiah.” – Matthew 23:9-10, HRB

false-templeThese cedars have forsaken the covenant of YHWH, and worshiped other gods and served them. They have abandoned the spiritual authority that YHWH has made them accountable for in favor of another where they may elevate themselves. They do not seek after YHWH, His Son or His Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit] They corrupt themselves with another gospel. They seek after themselves. (Ezekiel 34:1-31) They look to the spiritual hierarchy that exists on earth as their significance, listening to that ‘gospel’ over the Message that Elohim has given them in His Word, the Bible. They seek after the approval of men, fables, traditions, distortions and reasoning grounded in earthly wisdom. They teach these same words of man. These cedars have claimed to have trust in the Almighty, but their thoughts and actions have proved otherwise. They have laid claim to the Messiah, but have abandoned His Words for their own brand of faith. They misuse the Heavenly Father to create their own authority. Many others have mocked spiritual authority by clinging to the milk of Christianity, never fully realizing the faith they claim to hold. (“Financial Usury & Bible Truth: Lending, Giving & Borrowing“; “Video – A Lifestyle of Mammon“;”Do You Live a Lifestyle of Greed?“; “Consenting to Fables of Men“)

Why are these men important? All men are all important to YHWH, Elohim of Hosts. He seeks after them and prays that they will hear and come to Him so that they might be saved and not destroyed by His fiery wrath that must come. Within the family unit, all men and single women hold the power of spiritual authority in their immediate family. This authority is what Satan seeks to destroy, reducing them to his darkness, with the intent of establishing a reprobate mind that will never return to YHWH. Satan often uses men and women against each other to quickly ensnare his victims of spiritual warfare. Satan uses leaders that are seen as pillars of politics and society to oppress, distract and deceive for their own ends as well. As I have said, many of these pillars of Satan are the men that proclaim a false gospel to the world that entraps many more. (“Truth About YHWH’s Wrath“)

I see from above, as if atop a nearby hill, above the desert looking down on the circles of cedars. – JG*

They are circles of men that stand imprisoned in the sands of mankind, firmly rooted and unable or unwilling to separate from the system they are grounded in. They have given themselves over to a reprobate mind. They claim truth as their own and demand that others take notice. These stripped cedars that rise from the desert, the sea of mankind, are not everyday men in their own eyes, but men that have elevated themselves to positions of importance through media and religion, to have men follow after them, to reap a harvest through the promotion of a false gospel of Messiah, an antichrist-antimessiah (1 John 2:18-19, 22-23) movement against the Word of the Almighty, Father YHWH. These false teachers may even elevate themselves to the position of ‘Christ,’ claiming the ‘Spirit of God,’ or the ‘Holy Spirit,’ rests only on them. Separately and together, they operate within a circle of other men much like themselves. They are bound, firmly entrenched in another way of life apart from the Father. (Revelation 13:1, 21:1) To the spiritually immature, they appear to be majestic like gods, as mouthpieces of YHWH. (“Life: Are You Building on Sand?“; “The Reality of the Antichrist“; “Truth About the Modern Concept of Pastor“; “Beware of False Teachers & Disciples“)

Satan strips these cedars bare and plants them in his own system as his slaves. The hearts of the ensnared men are fused by the harshest of elements and turned to stone. Like the king they serve, they will ultimately be destroyed as part of this system that embodies the massive sea of mankind through the ages. They are uprooted from YHWH and hold reprobate hearts. They are uprooted, imprisoned by their own dark thinking that they have learned from the system of Satan, a kingdom of dark elements that grinds away the spiritual substance of the enslaved, both small and great. (“Are You In Danger of a Reprobate Mind? Sexual Sin and YHWH“; “The Road to Enslavement“)

The Fight for Spiritual Authority

bad-drugSatan seeks to dissolve spiritual authority appointed to us by Messiah and to replace that authority with ambition and craving of the flesh. Satan and the dark kingdom seeks to uproot your authority as a disciple, as a spiritual leader, to imprison you in his system, to slowly dissolve your spirit, your life, your spiritual substance, slowly and painfully, full of strife, confusion and want. He replaces YHWH’s Spirit with his own counterfeit spirit. He wants you to lay in darkness, ground down, broken, bruised and ultimately destroyed by his system. Satan’s wheels of destruction are the system that seeks to destroy every man and the spiritual authority he holds by breaking up each and every man, woman and child into the dust of the desert, into the oblivion of the sands of mankind that wrestle against Elohim. (“The Role of Authority in Your Life“; “The Real Meaning of Romans 13“; “Disciple: The Bible & Higher Authority“; “YHWH’s Revolution“)

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide in the shade of the Almighty. I will say to YAHWEH: My Refuge and my Fortress, my Elohim; I will trust in Him. For He delivers you from the fowlers snare, from destruction’s plague. With His feathers He will cover you, and under His wings you shall seek refuge; His truth is a shield and buckler. You shall not fear the terror of night, nor of the arrow that flies by day; of the plague that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction laying waste at noon.” – Psalm 91:1-6, HRB

Disciples are not to have a spirit of false leadership, lording it over others. Based on the words of Yahshua [Jesus] (Matthew 23:8-12; Mark 9:33-35; Luke 22:24-26) disciples are all equals as brothers. In Mark 9 and Luke 22, the Disciples had debated who was better, but had acted carnally in their ambition. So, the whole of the gathering of Messiah are brothers in the faith. (“YHWH’s Prayer Shawl of Protection“; “Leadership & Highly Effective People“; “Trust YHWH, Not World Leaders“)

“But do not you be called Rabboni (my great one) for One is your Great One, the Messiah, and you are all brothers. And call no one your father on earth, for One is your Father, the One in Heaven. Nor be called master, for One is your Master, the Messiah. But he who is greater of you, let him be your servant. And whoever will exalt himself shall be humbled, and whoever will humble himself shall be exalted.” – Matthew 23:8-12, HRB

phariseeA number of preachers and the like seek to elevate themselves through rule and submission in line with religious orders, organizations and fellowships. Some preachers have even claimed that in first century disciples that elders were rulers. They would have you believe that preachers should rule over believers. The English word “authority” comes from an old Latin word which means “the originator” or “the author”. With this in mind, the only authorities in Christianity are Yahshua [Jesus] and his Father, YHWH. Yahshua [Jesus] is our Governor and Sovereign. (Matthew 2:6; “Analyzing the New World Order: Religious Leadership Calls for One World Authority“; “Christians & Leadership Crisis“)

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant whom his Master has set over His household, to give to them the food in season? Blessed is that servant whom his Master shall find so doing when He comes. Truly I say to you, He will set him over all He owns. But if that wicked slave says in his heart, My Master delays to come, and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and to drink with the ones drinking, The master of that slave will come in a day in which he does not expect and in an hour which he does not know, and will cut him in two, and will appoint his portion with the hypocrites. There will be weeping and gnashing of the teeth.” – Matthew 24:45-51, HRB

Bible knowledgeTaken in context, each disciple is the servant in this passage. We don’t confuse spiritual authority with worldly authority, nor do disciples concern themselves with the latest fads in spiritual thought. The study and understanding of the original text of the Bible is the concern of a disciple. All disciples of Messiah are cautioned to manage their conduct through a renewed heart and mind. Those that do not will be cut in two and given a portion with the hypocrites. This is not a portion that you should want. Think of Yahshua’s [Jesus’] many words to the Pharisees when contemplating the meaning of a hypocrite. (“Seeking a New Spirit“; “Which Shepherd Do You Believe?“; “The False Shepherd and the True Shepherd“; “Woes of the Hypocrites“)

“And Yahshua [Jesus] called to them and said to them, ‘You know that the rulers of the gentiles are their masters and their nobles are in authority over them. But it will not be so among you. But whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your servant; Even as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.’” – Matthew 20:25-28, HRB

Yahshua [Jesus] told his disciples that imperious men were to be “put in their place” or made low. If someone makes himself a leader, the others in the body of Messiah were to see that this sort of man was made a servant instead.

“For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Messiah Yahshua [Jesus] the Master, and ourselves your servants for the sake of Yahshua” – 2 Corinthians 4:, HRB

In the gathering of the Messiah, all are spiritual brothers, of equal value and status, regardless of what others may say. Early disciples in the brotherhood that spread the Message were still equal before YHWH and without higher standing. They took it upon themselves or were called by YHWH’s Spirit to bring the brotherhood to action in affairs that needed attention in the body of Messiah, based on their spiritual gifts. They did not hold an enhanced standing through Yahshua [Jesus] or through YHWH. With the gifts that each disciple has, he is to use them to benefit the gathering of the Messiah. (“Disciples: Focused on the Messiah & His Purpose“)

“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” – Romans 12:6-8, NKJV

Trusting, actively involved disciples are spiritual cedars of Lebanon, full of love and respect for the body of the Messiah, not prideful spiritual leaders. As brothers in Messiah, we are each answerable to take hold of YHWH’s truth. This means reading the Bible in context and where questions arise as to understanding, taking those questions back to original text in the Bible. The body of Messiah is to hold one another as equals, as brothers in the Master with YHWH and Yahshua [Jesus] as our perfect examples and leaders. We are not to give one another special preferential or reverential titles that blur this understanding. Based on what the Messiah has told His disciples, anyone that takes such a title or seeks to build himself up should not be elevated, but humbled. We are to look after one another in the spiritual gathering and to handle spiritual authority as that authority has been given. Disciples are to personally pursue the important matters of YHWH (Matthew 6:33) and to work together to break spiritual strongholds in ourselves, the lives of fellow disciples, and to those that are newly willing to submit to His Will. In this way, we carry out the obedience to Messiah that we are to seek until the His Second Coming. Your answerability and authority cannot be fobbed off on someone else. Each is personally answerable for his or her standing with YHWH that involves his or her own salvation. (“Foundation of Salvation“; “YHWH is Your Shield and Salvation“; “Spiritual Disease that Eats at Your Salvation“)

More vital teaching about authority:

Which Shepherd Do You Believe?
Leadership & the Universal Authority of Messiah
The Role of Authority in Your Life
Disciples of Messiah & the Authority of Man
Disciple: The Bible & Higher Authority
Spiritual Authority & Satan’s Wheels of Destruction
Good Shepherd – Bad Shepherd
Consenting to Fables of Men
“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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