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Subdue and Dominion

   And Yahweh blessed them, and Yahweh said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth ,and SUBDUE it: and have DOMINION over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth, Genesis 1:28.
   In this verse there are TWO key words: SUBDUE and DOMINION.
   And we get the importance of these words from reading the next chapter where Yahweh presents to Adam all living creatures to be named:
And out of the ground Yahweh Elohim formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air which He had formed out of the ground, to see what Adam would call them, and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof, Genesis 2:19.
   Nevertheless, what was in the beginning, in Eden, was forfeited by the first Adam because of sin. Now, the last Adam (Yahshua ha Mashiach) has recovered for those who overcome, and DOMINION takes on a new and different character.

Benefits Given to Those Who Overcome
  • To eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of Yahweh, Rev. 2:7;
  • Not be hurt by the second death, Rev. 2:11;
  • To eat of the hidden Manna and be given a white stone and in the stone, a name written which no man knows save he who receives it, Rev. 2:17;
  • To receive power over the nations to rule with a rod of iron, Rev. 2:26;
  • To be clothed in white raiment; his name not blotted out of the Book of Life, but confessed his name before the Father and the angels, Rev. 3:5;
  • To become a pillar in the temple of Yahshua’s El, and receive the Name of His El, and the name of the city of His El, Rev. 3:12; and
  • To be granted to sit with Yahshua in His throne, even as He overcame and is set down with His Father in His throne, Rev. 3:21.
   And the first of these seven promises to them who overcome, to eat of the tree of life, which was in the midst of the paradise of Yahweh and proximate to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which was inthemidstofthegarden,andwaswithheldfromthe first Adam. Why was it withheld? Because Adam made the wrong choice between the two parallel paths: the broad way that leads to death and the narrow way that leads to life; each parallel, one to the other, until a choice is made, one over the other, and the two paths split, each to its eternal destination.

The Dominion Seeker
   Enter the serpent: afterward, to be known severally, as the tempter, the god and the prince of this world and the power of the air, the father of lies, and a murderer from the beginning. He was, and is, “more subtle than any beast of the field” and came, but for one purpose: to steal THE DOMINION, through a lie to accomplish this treachery.
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which Yahweh Elohim had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath Yahweh said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (Genesis 3:1).
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Good News of Messiah, Who is the image of Yahweh, should shine unto them, 2 Corinthians 4:4.
And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If Thou be the Son of Yahweh, command that these stones be made bread. But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of Yahweh. Then the devil taketh Him up into the holy city, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto Him, If thou be the Son of Yahweh, cast Thyself down: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning Thee: and in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone. Yahshua said unto him, It is written again, thou shalt not tempt Yahweh Elohim. Again, the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto Him, All these things will I give Thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Yahshua unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship Yahweh Elohim, and Him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him, Matthew 4:3 - 11.
Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me, John 14:30.
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience, Ephesians 2:2.
   Incidentally, his minions have titles too: spiritual wickedness in high places and the rulers of the darkness of this world:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places, Ephesians 6:12.

Diminion’s Ownership Changed
   And before proceeding further, we note here, that Adam and Eve’s surrender of THE Dominion, affected ecosystems to fall into imbalance. Whereas before, every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree yielding seed, were meat for Adam, but now cursed is the ground. (Gen. 1:29, 3:17).
   We get the picture of this from a reading in Mark, chapter 4:
   A sower goes out to sow seed: some falls by the wayside where the fowls of the air (representative of spiritual wickedness in high places) come and devour; other seeds fall on stony ground (hearts that are hard-shelled against the Truth); still some falls upon thorns and thistles and becomes choked (representing the toil and the labor with which men labor in the sweat of their face): only a little finds its way into good ground, where the yield is mostly divided into parts, 30 or 60 or 100, suggesting that but few will be saved. Whereas before, “every green herb for meat” had been provided every creature under Adam and Eve’s DOMINION; now, divisions were made among every beast of the field, among every fowl of the air, and among every thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:30). Now, a food chain was advanced, with some creatures transformed into carnivores and others, herbivores, which became prey for the carnivores!
   And from that time, until two millennia ago, the tempter, the god and the prince of this world and the power of the air, the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning, “hath blinded men’s minds” so that they “lived, and moved, and had their being” under a curse! (2 Cor. 4:4; Acts 17:28).
   But in the millennial kingdom, “The wolf and the lamb shall feed tighter, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock...and the wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and calf and the young lion and the fatling together and a little child will lead them,” Isaiah 65:24 - 25, Isaiah 11:6 - 8.
   Heretofore, we have subscribed to ha satan, “the father of lies,” among many others, nevertheless, there is one truth credited to him:
   He, Satan
Takes Yahshua up into an exceeding high mountain, and he shews Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time...and says to Him, all these things, all this power will I give to You, and the glory of them; for that is delivered to me, and to whomsoever I will give it. if you will fall down and worship me, all shall be Yours, Matthew 4:8 - 9; Luke 4:5 - 7.
   In this, “For that is delivered to me,” and only in this, the tempter, the god and the prince of this world and the power of the air, the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning spoke the truth. And the reason we know this is true is because all humanity is subdued by:
      • The kingdoms of the world, Matthew 4:8;
      • All this power, Luke 4:6;
      • The glory of them, Mark 4:19;
      • The deceitfulness of riches, 2 Timothy 2:4;
      • The cares and affairs of this life, 1 John 2:16; and
      • The lust of other things entering in as all that is in the world: the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life which parallel forbidden fruit causing many jams and appearing as good, pleasant, and desired to make one wise, Genesis 3:6.
   Six bullet points, conveniently enumerated as the number of man, and presented by the tempter, the god and the prince of this world and the power of the air, the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning who, incidentally, had nothing in Yahshua.
Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me, John 14:30.
   So, here we have Yahshua upon an exceeding high mountain overlooking all the dominion that had been stolen. And try as the tempter did, as the god and the prince of this world and as the power of the air, as the father of lies, as a murderer from the beginning might, however, for forty days tempting Yahshua, he had met One Who would not be subdued because His kingdom was not of this world!
   Yahshua answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, John 18:36a.
   Yahshua simply did not have an itch which the devil could scratch, and neither should we!
   This Last Adam was purposed to recover for all what the sons of Adam had had, which, through disobedience, was SUBDUED by the tempter, the god and the prince of this world and the power of the air, the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning, but that time was, and is not yet! And the proof of this is that presently, the whole creation groans and travails in pain together, waiting for the adoption, for the manifestation of the sons of Yahweh, to be delivered from the bondage of corruption. (Romans 8:22, 23, 19, 21).

   Now, there is a lot said today about INHERIT ANCE, as if already, sons of Adam were ‘living, and moving, and having their being’...
      • a time when Yahshua had already delivered up the Kingdom to Yahweh;
      • a time when Yahshua had already put down all rule and authority and power;
      • a time when Yahshua had already put all things and all enemies, even the last enemy (death), under His feet;
      • a time when all things are SUBDUED unto Him; and
      • that time when the seventh angel has already sounded, and great voices in heaven said, “The Kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Sovereign, and of His anointed; and He shall reign forever and ever. (1 Corinthians 15:24 - 28; Revelation 11:15).
   But look around. We don’t yet “live, and move, and have our being” in that time but rather, among a fallen people and in a fallen world where there is still death, sorrow, and crying, and pain: those consequences which men yielded to, overcome by, and brought into bondage to one who shakes kingdoms, makes the world a wilderness, and who opens not the house of prisoners! (Acts 17:28; 1 Corinthians 15:24 - 28; Revelation 11:15, 21:4; Romans 6:13, 16; 2 Peter 2:19; Isaiah 14:16-17).
Minute Meditations, a daily devotional published by (1)The Hidden Manna (December 2016) and in the January 2017 issue of (2)Turning Points, appeared perspectives by this author and David Jeremiah of the world in which we live. We are living in a world that...
      • rejected its Creator, by diminishing the glory of the uncorruptable Elohim and worshipping the creation more than the Creator (1);
      • hastened the fashion of this world passing away, by, not only, abusing the stewardship, but also abusing the environment instead of responsibly exercising stewardship of its resources (1);
      • Babylonized its core institutions (2);
      • bankrupted its values (2);
      • coarsened its culture, by giving place to diversity and tolerance (1);
      • modified traditional family structures (1);
      • changed the natural use into that which is against nature, through modifying its gender identity (1);
      • pornified its entertainment (2);
      • desensitized respect for human life (1);
      • aborted its babies; (2)
      • euthanized its elderly and disabled (1);
      • terrorized its peoples (1);
      • rekindled its racism (2);
      • overspent its money (2);
      • disparaged its house of worship and turned its eye from the persecution of believers (2); and
      • placed its confidence in the worlds’ princes to resolve issues of grave importance to the survival of the planet and its inhabitants (2).

   Indeed, even though there has already been the death of the Testator; and even though we have an INHERIT ANCE incorruptible, undefiled, and that fades not away, subscribed to in the Book of Life and reserved in Heaven for us, that which is RESERVED is, for now, sealed by that Set-Apart Spirit of promise which is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession ‒...yes, we did say, sealed by that Set-Apart Spirit of promise which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession. (Hebrews 9:16; Revelation 3:5; 1 Peter 1:4; Ephesians 1:13 - 14).
   Yes, it is RESERVED, “To him that overcometh” and affirmed, we say, seven times ‒... corresponding to Yahshua’s revelation to the seven assemblies: “He that overcometh shall inherit all things.” (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7).
   So let’s read the conclusion of the whole matter:
   We spend our time here, as pilgrims sojourning in, and as strangers to, a fallen world and among a fallen people SUBDUED by ha satan but, in this present time, given time to “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling; and to give diligence to make our calling and election as more than conquerors, sure.” (Philippians 2:12; 2 Peter 1:10; Romans 8;37).

-Brother John Reece

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