THE TEMPTATION OF EVE,
AND THE DECEPTION
OF THE NATIONS
THE CORRUPTION OF AMERICA/
THE CORRUPTION OF THE KINGDOM
A revealing account exposing Satan and his works,
in the nations and in the church.
On September 3, 2003, I received the following very brief e-mail from a man in response to a writing I had sent out:
Very insightful Peace be Unto you and to you Peace Be!
Gary, have you written anything on Duet: 22:5 Does this apply today ???
“A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to Yahweh your God.”
When I responded to this, I found that a great river was within me that burst open and flowed out. My answer to Brother Gordon was much longer than I could have ever suspected; and even when I finished writing him, I knew that there remained a great deal more. I had much more to learn, and as has been the case so many times before, I continued to write myself into truth, wonderful and highly revealing truth, much needed truth, for the Remnant, for the church, and for America.
This writing will begin by providing the response that was sent per Brother Gordon’s simple question. But keep in mind, the truths presented in that response were only an introduction, only a beginning, to all the amazing things that were to be seen, preparing the way for the even more compelling and revealing truths to follow. If you at any time quit reading in this first section, or even the second, you will miss the most important examinations that more completely relate to the titles of this writing. The section titled “An Historical Account Of America’s Demise,” which concentrates on history, is supreme in value. So keep reading.
The response to Brother Gordon was somewhat lengthy, and it will be preserved in its original state. Thus, this first section will be longer than the others. We will begin with the response.
Dear Bro. Gordon,
Thank you for writing. While my response to your question was initially going to be very brief, you can see that it has opened up a deluge that cannot easily be stopped. For this I am actually exceedingly grateful to Yahweh, and hope you will be as well.
The only place where I have used Deut. 22:5 is within the writing Coverings. And yes indeed I believe it applies today. The laws of Yahweh are His ways. You will find that these two words are repeatedly united together – His laws and His ways. However, it is the gray areas where it is more difficult to know the mind of Yahweh on this passage. Probably the biggest issue would be women wearing pants.
I look at the origin, the root, of things, of words, to try to understand them – their meaning, their significance, their relevance, their implication. For example, many Christians freely use the phrase – “screwed up.” But even though this is a generally accepted and widely used phrase today, one should ask the question – What is its origin? This is not hard to find out, for even today most people know precisely what the word “screw” means in slang. In fact, the Oxford Dictionary records that this has been a slang word for casual intercourse going all the way back to the 1700’s. Similarly, there is another vulgar phrase which is socially less acceptable, but nonetheless takes on the identical structure and meaning, and that is “f _ _ _ ed up.” So why would anyone making a claim to righteousness say “screwed up”? Therefore, before you use a word or phrase, always ask yourself the question – What is the origin of this word or this phrase? What am I participating in?
Another example of this is “rock and roll,” or “let’s rock and roll.” Where did this phrase come from? It too is a phrase that relates to intercourse. Coming out of the black rhythm and blues, it was a metaphor for sexual relations, usually understood to be outside the bonds of marriage. And has one asked the origin of “it sucks”? I think you know where this too comes from, once again being an aberrant sexual activity.
So again, one should always seek the root of a word before using it. Why do people say “shoot”? Obviously because it is a “cute” way of saying something that sounds like another four letter word used in vulgar language meaning dung. This too is confirmed in the Oxford Dictionary, which says that “shoot” is “An arbitrary alteration of s _ _ t.” So without being vulgar, one eludes to the vulgar, which is really the same, even if it is widely accepted. Or why do people mindlessly say – “Oh my gosh”? Again, isn’t it quite clear what is actually being said here is – “Oh my God” – but with the “cute” no, no at the end – “shhh” – or, “Go-shh.” Again, dictionaries support that “gosh” is a euphemistic alteration of “God.”
Why do we use seemingly meaningless or slang words? The test should always be that one ask what a word means, what is its origin. Then we would know what we would really be saying, what we would truly be participating in, what we are truly becoming a part of, and then choose not to do so. Yahshua clearly warned – “And I say to you, that every careless word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36). Using slang is a careless and even senseless use of words, and one would be wise to realize that they will be held accountable for Yahshua’s warning here concerning what comes out of their mouth and should select their words wisely and discreetly. Yahshua also said – “Not what enters into the mouth defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man” (Matthew 15:11). Furthermore, we read in Ephesians 5:4 – “there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or course jesting, which are not fitting….”
Thus, in the same regard as words and phrases, and to the same valued benefit, we must ask ourselves – What is the origin of modern-day pants on women? By discovering this origin, once again we will find out what their true message really is, that in which women are truly participating and promoting.
The donning of pants by women, particularly in America, originated in World War II when the men went to war and the women took their places in the work force. It became very common at that time for the women working in the factories and entering into the military to wear baggy pants. But it is also true that many, many of the ills of modern America originated at that time, which were especially deleterious to the family. (May I suggest you watch the video titled America Goes To War [or, America At War], volumes 1 and 2, narrated by Eric Sevareid, which provide a reasonable and graphic account of this.)
Before the war, there were well established courting traditions for the girl and the boy that were followed; but the war dramatically changed that, throwing the children into undisciplined mixed relationships that led to unwholesome influences and promiscuity.
Before the war, there were basically two family divisions – children and adults. But the war and prosperity created a third group – teenagers. In fact, the word “teenager” was coined immediately after WW II by the advertising industry in order to profit from this new and highly vulnerable and easily influenced group. And by the way, advertising is a major, major detrimental driving force in society today.
During the war, fathers went to war and mothers went to work, leaving the younger children in inadequate daycare facilities and the “teenagers” to “hang out” together. The absence of the mother from the home, along with the demise of many established morals at that time, opened the door for the downfall of American family values. The entrance of band music and radio and records in the post-depression era provided the ill environment to hasten this demise. After the war, the mother was encouraged to come back home; even the government ran ads encouraging this. But, Pandora’s box had been opened and two-thirds of the women simply relocated in the work force.
Thus, it is clear that the origin or roots of women wearing pants came from this period in which a world war resulted in the rapid destruction of the home, and the moral values of this nation quickly unraveled. Pants on women are a link, even a legal stronghold of the enemy, to the ill demise of the family; and even as there are words and phrases that we should not use based upon their origin, so the origin of pants on women tells us that they are wrong and possess a corrupting and destructive force and message.
Man is blind to the ills of his actions, often calling evil good and good evil. When we look at the origins, the roots, of pants on a woman, we see the destruction of morals and the family, conflict, the woman replacing the man, and the great loss of the stabilizing mother in the home. There is an old phrase that is decidedly muddled today – that the man wears the pants in the family. Not so today. We do not realize how much what we do muddies truth and threatens moral values, from which we have drifted so very far since World War II. Without a doubt, World War II with its traumatic social effects, was the undoing of the traditional American family.
So, what do we need today? Do we need all women going back to modest dresses? Absolutely so; we need to go back and fix what was undone by the war. One can seek to establish a godly family today and even have some degree of success, but in order to have a lasting success, the source, the origin, of the problem must be corrected; otherwise, there are related social and even spiritual forces at work that remain unchecked. The woman must step out of the man’s place, and the two lynchpins that were removed must be returned – (1) the woman must leave the man’s workplace and return to the family, and (2) the woman must cease wearing the man’s clothing, the man’s pants. Until these two vital spiritual strongholds are regained, the social and spiritual forces that were unleashed against the home in World War II will continue to prevail.
What would happen to society if all women started dressing modestly in dresses and returned to the home? Certainly, there would be some ridiculing participants; there always are. But one could be well assured that social ills would take a dramatic downturn and the family would be much restored. Is all society going to do this? Not as it is now; but, why wait for others? Why let others dictate our actions? Just because others do wrong, does not mean that we have to continue to follow. By conforming to others, we simply continue to be a part of the problem and not the solution.
I love seeing the rare glimpse of a woman in public modestly and simply dressed, and they generally have children with them. It is so very refreshing! Yes, the world might disdain or shun this, but when is it that we are to dress the way the world wishes or even leads? Look at what happened to the family when women entered the man’s workplace and started following in the ways of the world – there was moral failure and the destruction of the family.
The church today is so worldly, it is no wonder that it too has all the ills that it does. Because it is worldly, it has not been able to deliver mankind from its devastating ills, but as we see concerning the working woman and women wearing pants, has in fact even joined the world and even defends their worldliness. Because of blindness and vanity and the powerful force and influence of the world, the last thing most women want to do is to look “old fashioned.” Yet, it is the putting off of these “old fashioned” values that has gotten society in so much trouble in the first place, and they wonder why the children do the things they do today? The reality is, we will never have the one, without the other – renewed morals, without modest dress; a stable family, without the mother at home.
Let us now look at this matter of worldliness, which is in fact the core problem of the church. We will begin by what I believe is an example of the church’s compromise in women’s dress.
In 1 Peter 3:3 we find the word “adornment” (NAS) or “adorning” (KJ) being used – “And let not your adornment be ….” What is most interesting about this is that the Greek word used here is the word “kosmos.” The word “kosmos” is used 185 times in the Scriptures; and most strikingly, in every instance but this one it is consistently translated “world,” which is what “kosmos” means. So, by what right did the translators have to make this one exception and change it here in 1 Peter 3:3? It seems evident that it is a simple reflection on the base nature of man to follow after the ways of the world.
The Greek word “kosmos” is actually the last word in that sentence, not towards the beginning as one would expect from our given translations. Thus, translating this sentence more literally, we find that it says the following. We must add the two verses immediately prior in order to appreciate the first word; so, starting in verse 1 we read – “In the same way (as in submitting to human institutions and servants to their masters), you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.” Now for verse 3:
“Accordingly, let it be not the external braiding of hair and putting on gold or putting on garments of the world (kosmos) ….”
Here you see that the word “kosmos,” or world, applied to the clothing – worldly clothing. But, if you wanted to move this word “kosmos” toward the first of the sentence, it would thus read:
“Accordingly, let it be not of the world: braiding of hair and putting on gold or putting on garments …,” all three then being of the world.
Either way, what this passage in fact instructs is a warning against being worldly in one’s dress, specifically with respect to women. And this message is not without support, for Peter’s instructions here are equally stated by Paul, even repeating the identical three areas – “Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments” (1 Timothy 2:9).
It is quite evident both from the Scriptures and from what we witness today, that women have the far greater temptation and propensity to follow the world in its vanity. In fact, it is highly significant and revealing that all the scriptures that deal with dress or modest dress are exclusively directed to women. Women have their makeup, sensual and alluring dress, and by far lead the way in jewelry. It is equally striking that it was Eve to whom the serpent presented himself, and women should be quite aware of their propensity to vanity and take conscious and, if necessary, seemingly extreme measures to resist this temptation.
Men are not as vain in their appearance as women, and when the woman enters into the man’s workplace, they are more vulnerable to the influences of the world. That is one reason why the place of the woman is in the home – being “workers at home” (Titus 2:5). It is a protection for her and a great asset to the family. Even consider what women did with the man’s pants. Men have worn pants for centuries with modesty; but when women donned them, they were used to become sensual, advertising and drawing attention to their body, and further leading society into moral decay.
In 1 Timothy 2:8-9 we find a revealing contrast. First is the instruction to men, followed by that to women. Note here what those revealing and specific differences are. “Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.” This is good and proper instruction for the man who is directly under Yahshua in headship and is head of his home. Now for the woman, a verse we have just considered. “Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments.” We stop here in this quote so as to emphasize what is thus far written, for if you continue and disregard this portion of the instruction, you miss a MOST important and vital point – putting away worldly adornment and the immodest uncovering or enhancement of this body. But once again, this contrast here between men and women is quite significant and enlightening. While men are urged to prayer without wrath or dissension, women on the other hand are once again urged to avoid vain and worldly adornment.
Let us now examine other important passages that address this problem of worldliness. And it should be noted here with great awareness and weight that each one of these are highly relevant for specifically today.
Most people believe that we are in the last days, and everything indeed indicates this to be true. If so, then what will be one of the problems in the church that must be guarded against? While many end-time teachers concentrate on their doom and gloom predictions and feed on every current event, there is one passage for which none of them seem to be aware or give attention. In the little book of Jude, which prepares the way for the highly prophetic end-time book of Revelation, we read in verses 18-19 “the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.” What were those important words? Here they are – “In the last time there shall be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts. These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly minded, devoid of the Spirit.”
It seems remarkably important that whoever lives in the time in which this warning is fulfilled, should take special precaution to heed its warning to not be “worldly minded.” And with the abundance and ease we have here in America and throughout many places in the world, showing forth the very qualities that were present in Sodom which resulted in their destruction by fire (Ezekiel 16:49), along with the urgency associated with the return of Yahshua, now is the time to examine oneself to consider the extent in which they have succumbed to their own lusts and worldliness, warned against by the apostles. What the apostles spoke then is being reverberated now.
Paul wrote to Timothy, warning – “guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and opposing arguments of what is falsely called ‘knowledge’” (1 Timothy 6:20). And in his next letter to Timothy he reaffirmed – “But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further godlessness” (2 Timothy 2:16).
One of the things I have personally come to thoroughly detest is the ease and licentiousness of Christians who justify their worldliness as being their “Christian liberties” or “liberties in Christ.” They are worldly and do not really know Yahshua or His ways, for if they did they would understand that Yahshua’s grace does not excuse their worldliness, but demands they depart from it. In Titus 2:11-12 we read – “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously, and godly in the present age.” Did this say that the grace of God has come to give you “Christian liberties”? Unquestionably not, but rather to instruct you to deny the ways of the world. Grace is never a license for following worldly desires.
Thus, we read in James 1:27 that which is “pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father,” and that is “to keep oneself unstained by the world”! How many can say in truth they are following this instruction and are unstained, unstained by the world? What do you watch on TV? What entertainment do you pursue? What videos do you watch? What magazines do you read? What is your conversation with others? Do you emulate the world’s speech? Women, what type of clothing do you wear? Do you put on a swim suit or pants or shorts or jewelry? Do you wear makeup?
Regarding makeup, which is addressed in the book Coverings, if you want to know if it too is worldly, the answer is remarkably clear. The items you use to make up your face, or as my sister says “to put on her face,” are called cosmetics. Once again, let us look at the source, the origin, or roots of this word as well. Here again, this will reveal that in which you are participating.
Do you know where the word cosmetics comes from? Are you ready for the answer? It comes from the word “kosmos,” or world, the very thing about which over and over the Scriptures warn, and their instruction and caution is especially relevant in these end times. Quite clearly, wearing cosmetics is indeed wearing the world on your face.
Furthermore, what testimonies do we find in the Scriptures concerning makeup/cosmetics? Applying cosmetics was the final act of Jezebel, just before her fall (literally) and death under Jehu’s chariot – she painted her eyes (2 Kings 9:30). Or there is the example of the prophetic woman who was “worn out by adultery” and equally painted her eyes (Ezekiel 23:40-43). Or, there is the “desolate one” who enlarges her “eyes with paint,” who does so in vain and comes to ruin (Jeremiah 4:30-31). These are the Scripture’s testimonies concerning cosmetics, and these are the examples whom you join when you paint your face as well, when you put “kosmos” on your face.
Why don’t women see these testimonies and turn from this vain worldly practice? Looking at the world today, unquestionably we are matching quite well with the end-time warning from the apostles – being “worldly minded.” There are many lusts in the world, and “believers” go after them with a penchant equal to the unbeliever, whether it be in dress, entertainment, finances, or even the clichés and “in” words and phrases they use. All of these things draw the “believer” into the world and its ways.
While we know that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son for it, this in no wise gives the believer the right to participate in its ways. But rather in marked contrast, we are warned and instructed in the strongest of terms – “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: ‘He jealously desires the spirit which He has made to dwell in us’?” (James 4:4-5). Furthermore we read – “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If any one loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). These are VERY strong and exacting statements! Are you involved in a friendship with the world?
The world can do the things they do; they are the world. We are told – “For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within? But those who are outside, God judges” (1 Corinthians 5:12-13). But that does not mean that we can do what they do. The world can wear their hair and make up their faces the way they want, dress the way they want, wear their jewelry and watch their entertainment as they want, tattoo their bodies the way they want, and speak the way they want, but if we join them in any portion of this, we are committing harlotry with the world and the love of the Father is not in us.
We are to be a holy people, set apart from this world unto Him. We are joined to Yahshua, and when we join the world in their ways, we commit adultery, a most serious and damaging offense! The problem with “believers” is that since Yahweh is slow concerning His judgment, they think that what they are doing is acceptable, and do not want to hear otherwise. They think that as long as they pray, and sing, and that the name of Jesus is on their lips, they can join in with the world and get away with it. While the world leads the way, Christians blindly and even enthusiastically follow, and will even defend their worldliness. But as it is written – “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Or can a man walk on hot coals, and his feet not be scorched?" (Proverbs 6:27-28). So is the one who commits adultery with this world; whoever does so will not go unpunished.
When drawing the line on avoiding worldliness, based on these warnings, including the warning by the apostles concerning these last days, it is much better and safer to draw that line far more conservatively, than to risk seeing how close one can get to it without crossing it. The origin of pants on women is clearly rooted in destruction and the demoralization of the family. They are worldly, along with cosmetics, shorts, swim suits, altering and fashioning one’s hair, and jewelry. By what ease and acceptance do we benefit by aligning ourselves with these things? The problem with “believers” today is that they are worldly, and enjoy being so. This is their “Christian liberty”! But in fact, it is exactly what the Bible identifies it to be – “ADULTERY”! “MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Revelation 17:5).
Allow me to conclude this be sharing a story with you that began my own journey of modest dress. When my oldest daughter, Christi, was twelve or thirteen years of age, one day she came to me at our back driveway at our home in Garland, Texas, where I was washing the car, and shared the most thoughtful insight. She noted that men and women seem to be intent on changing their roles – men shave their faces and look more like women; while on the other hand, women, who as evidenced throughout all of nature are to have a lesser appearance than the man, take on the more prominent appearance by wearing makeup and fixing their hair. Little did I know that that insight would be the beginning of a journey that would set us apart from not only the world, but from the norm of Christianity. Soon after that Christi continued to plant in my heart a seed that would grow in me until it took over me; I would never be the same. She led the family into modest dress, and as it is written in 1 Peter 3:1, the girls won me “without a word” by their behavior. I was forever changed.
Pants on women are equally the practice of role reversal that my daughter was able to see at the age of twelve or thirteen. Advanced by the world, and even by worldly Christianity, undoubtedly this practice is a violation of what is forewarned in Deuteronomy 22:5 – the woman shall not wear man’s clothing. Clearly, as we look back at the destructive results to the family and society when women entered into the man’s workplace to replace him in World War II, and there began wearing his pants that were traditionally reserved for him, as well as simultaneously stepping into his military service, hindsight should warn us of the ill consequences thereof and provoke us to correct those errors. Such should be the value of hindsight. We need to ask ourselves – What are we participating in, what are we truly becoming a part of by the woman continuing to take the place of the man in dress and in the workplace, as well as in government, both in the home and civilly? Years of practicing something does not make it right; in fact, the social hemorrhage we have witnessed during this aberration from traditional American society should clearly tell us that it is in fact entirely wrong!
In the past, social and labor requirements protected the family structure. Jobs were more fitted for the more physical man. But prosperity and World War II changed that, and ever since the family and society have dramatically deteriorated. There is only one solution – to repent and return to that which we have lost, what we have left behind.
This completes the response, and I hope it has caused you to look at some things in a way you have not looked at them before. But as you will now see, what this did was to prime the pump. I assure you, you are getting ready to learn some things that up to now have been totally foreign to you; but, if you will be open to the truth of what Yahweh is doing today before His Son’s return, you will see that they are amazingly revealing and incredibly important, explaining why things have taken place in America the way they have over the last 100 years, and what must be done in order for this nation’s foul course to change. Let us now continue.
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