So I’m watching a favorite movie of mine with my son this past weekend, and with my wheels always spinning, I couldn’t help but make a post out of it. In Matthew 24:40 (and also in Luke) as Jesus is describing some end time signs he says “Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” Now what does this have to do with Superman III and the video that I’ve taken a little liberties with copyright law posted above? In all seriousness, movies can be quoted, so I think it’s legit.
So in the video above, Clark Kent and Superman are both the same person, and although Jesus would say that this is a battle to occur in a field, it happened in a junkyard in the movie. The point is exactly the same though; good must win out over evil, and it’s a battle that happens within.
The first instance of anyone being in a field battling with one another is in the story of Cain and Abel. Genesis 4:8 says, “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.” In that story, Cain won, but in the end, good must win, and this is what Jesus means when he says that two men will once again meet in a field. We aren’t talking about two different men, but rather, we’re talking about our true selves and our alter ego. All of these ideas are animated in stories like Jekyll and Hyde, Superman above, and even in David and Goliath
What about David and Goliath? Young King David also goes out to battle in the book of 1st Samuel and the giant he’s fighting has a significant number surrounding him… 666. If you’ll notice in 1st Samuel 17:4-7, we are told that the Goliath was six cubits high. If we count the number of weapons and armor the giant has we can’t help but see that it’s six also, and then we finally land on the weight of the giants spear, which weights six-hundred shekels. Not everyone may agree that this has any significance, but the point is, we all have a “giant” to defeat, and with the innocence and faith of young king David, we can slay our own personal Goliath.
In the Gospel of Thomas in a part of Logia 11, Jesus is quoted as saying, “On the day when you were one you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?”
In the beginning in Genesis, we were one. As time goes on we begin to lose sight of the kingdom and our natures split up. This happens when we are little babies and this is why Jesus told us we must go back and be “as a little child.” When our natures split, like in Genesis, we became Cain and Abel. Cain wins this battle and thus we fall into the complete illusion that we are a product of the material world we see around us. This is the spiritual death we all have to suffer.
As we go through our lives, the goal is to learn from the world and its trials and joys and sufferings. One day we will hear the call of our higher nature and we will begin our quest for spiritual awakening. Before the complete stripping off of our old selves and before putting on the new as the apostle Paul tells us, we will find ourselves in a field once again, and we will realize that we’ve been living with two identities, both of which we have been giving our power. We will realize that this has been the cause of all our suffering. As it is written, “a Kingdom divided cannot stand.” Somebody’s got to go!
It’s not all that complicated really. The writers of the Bible had a lot of time on their hands and they were spiritual genius’. They hid all kind of secrets that we are all busy trying to understand, but that will never be accomplished with a literal interpretation. The secrets lay within, and when we start trying to dig them up, it’s like we’re “digging up bones” and trying to piece together the picture of what these brilliant men were framing together for us.
There are, in effect, two natures or two different types of perfection in the Bible. One of them is referred to as the Christ, and one of them is referred to as a beast. The one who resides in the Christ mind does not see life with only the five senses, constantly succumbing to vast and varied emotions (water). The Christ nature has perfect love, understanding, peace, faith, hope, etc. This one walks on water (rises above his emotions) and can finally see thru his spiritual senses, which have been trained by the things learned on this journey of descent into the world (Hebrews 5:8).
The other perfect nature is likened to a beast. This one loves the world, has fallen in love with material possessions, does not feel the hurt they cause others, and so on. They have the nature of a lion living in human flesh. They have killed the good within them, silencing their conscience. They have no inner struggle anymore because they have become perfect in the darkness, and are referred to as the anti-christ. So when we once again become two, what will we do? Which one will live and which one will die?
Of course, this is a battle that we are constantly engaged in as we go through life. It’s kind of a big deal and it’s something that does not happen overnight. Jesus said that one of the signs of this would be that there would be no difference between the seasons, which is evidenced in the constantly changing emotions and personalities of those who are suffering the inner tribulation. We might think and feel a little mentally unstable, but as we can see once a true understanding of the scriptures is brought to light, we are only fighting the greatest battle we will ever fight in our life. Each and EVERY time we slay the “giant,” we become stronger, and more on our way to imitating the perfect faith and life style of our Lord.
In the next article we’ll take a look at Solomon who is given the number 666 and also his palace.