Wormwood, the Star of Bitterness
And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter. Revelation 8:10,11
Wormwood is a bitter and noxious plant that grows in desolate places on uncultivated ground, in dry and arid regions normally at the edge of a field. In the book of Revelation wormwood represents Satan's fall from heaven and his effect on mankind poisoning their lives with false and dangerous teaching and causing them to hate one another producing bitterness in their hearts.
Satan is the sower of bad seed and throughout history he has spread his poison in millions of hearts inciting people to hate one another and war with one another. All of mankind has been touched by his vile seed that produces a poisonous root that ultimately when left unattended, will grow into a full blown plant of hatred, capable of the destruction of many souls.
In the parable of the sower it speaks of one who sowed tares among the wheat and when the servants of the owner of the field reported this to their master, he said, "Let them both grow together until the harvest." Tares are those that look like wheat but do not produce fruit, they only use up the ground and at times choke out the wheat. When harvest time comes and the plants reach maturity the tares become evident and are gathered to be burned in the fire.
The devil has sown so much discord among men that at the end of the age that we are now entering, there are literally millions of people divided from one another by race, religion and political preference. The fact of the matter is this: Satan has succeeded in dividing the entire church of the living God and has weakened the body of Christ to the point where it is almost powerless.
When the children of Israel entered Egypt seeking provision in a time of famine and were received by Joseph they prospered there until a new Pharaoh came into power. When Pharaoh became afraid of reprisal from a potential enemy that was rapidly multiplying, he divided them up and appointed cruel taskmasters over them. This demonic tactic is still being used against God's people on a global scale and has succeeded in dividing the entire Body of Christ.
"Divide and Conquer" is a term used to allow those with little power to rule those that have much. Satan has managed to use this technique to his advantage in successfully dividing anyone that is a threat to his mission. From the Garden of Eden up until now the devil has brought about division and conflict literally destroying millions of lives, marriages, ministries and churches, not to mention the thousands of wars and battles fought throughout history.
"Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." Matthew 12:25
Jesus knew well the tactics of the enemy when He was preparing His leadership team that would ultimately be the greatest spiritual fighting force ever assembled in history. The twelve apostles were being trained for battle against an unseen enemy who managed to take out one of their own right in their midst. Judas was seduced to sell out his Lord and allowed the enemies of God to prevail upon them while they slept. This scenario has been played out successfully throughout history because God's people refuse to see the truth and walk in forgiveness.
The twelve represent the government of God, shown by example to us throughout biblical history. The principal is simple, there is strength in numbers. If one can put a thousand to flight, and two, ten thousand, twelve can put one hundred trillion of God's enemy to flight! If we will ever begin to reinstate these biblical principals of leadership in the church we will see the power and glory of God descend upon His body with unprecedented results in all aspects of ministry.
Man has copied the analogy of the sheep being led by a shepherd, and has allowed the concept of a pastor leading the flock instead of a plurality of elders, thus greatly weakening the body and giving opportunity for the devil to enter and destroy the sheep. Jesus established a team of men that lived together in agreement and harmony and taught them the principals of spiritual warfare. Because of their close intimate contact with one another and the Lord Jesus Christ they were enabled to be effective in defeating the schemes of the devil and in the near future become the pillars of protection for the church.
"Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. "For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock." "Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. "Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears." Acts 20:28-31
It is relatively easy for Satan to deceive one man, but to try and trick twelve, well, that's another story. God's eternal plan for His church is for twelve men to stand in warfare for the protection and subsequent well being of the entire flock and to be led by the Chief Shepherd, Jesus. By placing a single man alone in the headship of Jesus as Senior Pastor, allows the entrance of the powers of darkness to deceive and ultimately destroy the church, or at least stop its forward motion.
Jesus never intended for one man to lead His church and that's why He trained twelve as an example for us to follow. The Apostle Paul knew full well the advantages of having a plurality of leaders in regards to warfare. In Acts 19:1-7 Paul lays hands on twelve disciples to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, in Titus 1:5 he instructs Titus to appoint elders in every city, not a single pastor, but a group of spirit filled warriors! Throughout the Word of God the example of the twelve is used to establish a "Divine Government". From the twelve tribes to the "New Jerusalem" coming down from heaven in Revelation 21:1-21.
The main point of this message is to redirect the Body of Christ back to its original design, thus removing division, denominationalism and sectarianism and destroying the stronghold that demonic principalities have on the church. Once the true "Headship of Jesus" is established and the "Divine Government" is realigned, the Body of Christ can begin to obey the commands of Christ and function properly in regards to it's mission of reaping the "Global Harvest" of the end times.
"Divine Government" operates like an offensive line would on a football team, the plays come from the quarterback, Jesus, and the lineman provide protection and block the defense in order to give the entire body freedom to win the race that is set before them, "The Great Commission." God intended us to have an offensive line of protection against the powers of darkness in order for the entire "Body of Christ" to function properly in peace, provision and power.
When the Lord Jesus realigns His church according to His divine plan we will begin to make the transition from man-made religion to the powerful "Warrior Bride" that will ultimately rule and reign with Him for all eternity. The "Church of the Living God" will reign supreme throughout the earth making known the truth of the true gospel of Jesus Christ and will ultimately subdue the powers of darkness and render powerless the"Star of Bitterness!"
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. Revelation 21:10-14