Wednesday, August 9, 2017

M16 Ministries Checking In August 2017

Some of you may be wondering where M16 Ministries went after we stopped doing Night Strike on the streets of San Francisco. Well, we didn't go away and close our doors. We received new marching orders, back in 2015 (Night Strike Ministry is Coming to an End) from God in the direction we were to pursue.

Since 2013 God has had the ministry slowly re-align into Christian counseling, at In the Potter's Hands with Toni Taigen. In this role, M16 Ministries has been working with some very dark spiritual warfare cases. The ministry gets referrals from other churches and counselors on cases involving survivors of severe trauma, and ritual abuse. What one of my pastoral friends refers as sending me cases "above his pay grade".

As the ministry went into darker waters of spiritual warfare, I became less and less unable to share testimonies. Oh, we've got testimonies, and they're amazing. I just can't publically share them as I could with Night Strike. These are personal testimonies of being healed and delivered from horrific and traumatizing events in peoples lives. Again, these are healings from trauma in trafficking, and ritual abuse (both Christian and Satanic).

Although the ministry is ramping up, I still work 40-50 hours a week in my full-time secular job. In the evening, once I get off work I have about a 20-minute drive to decompress and re-align my thoughts to start counseling with survivors. On the weekends, I do skype calls to clients who are survivors. Because of the workload, I screen a lot of people who come to me for assistance. Sadly, I do turn people away.I have to balance my workload, sanity, sleep, and family life. I can't help everybody.

The ministry has its challenges, because of dealing with the supernatural, the ritually programmed fractured soul (dissociated identity disorder), and occasional possession, I can't share a lot of what I do. The greatest challenge is dealing with the fractured heart where the soul rejects Jesus. In my old deliverance days, this would be called rejection of the Holy Spirit, and the rule of thumb was to send the person away if they denied the Holy Spirit. In healing fractured souls, you receive a lot of people who are rejecting God for not receiving a healing and refusing to call out to Him for help. So you are left with the task of spiritual direction in slowly evangelizing a fractured heart while you ministry pastoral care in healing. Because of the severe brokenness of these hearts and souls, you deal with their constant lie of hopelessness and their constant numbing desire to end it all. The fore front of the battle field in spiritual warfare is hopelessness. And it's in the front pews of every church. It's just not addressed. But in defense of the church, I don't believe the church understands what these people are dealing with in their darkness - on a daily basis.

The ministry is also working with Why Not Now ministries, Mark Neitz of Night Strike, in Cambodia. We're working to equip pastors in healing survivors of trafficking. Hoping to make it out there soon with a counseling team. If you would like to help in financially partnering, click the donate button on our page here.

Well, that's where we've been since we left the streets. I miss street ministry, but I got re-aligned on the battlefield. M16 Ministries didn't go away; we became Ghost Recon so to speak. Not much sleep these days, praying for break through to move full time into counseling. But that paperwork needs to be stamped and cleared by my boss in heaven.

M16 Ministries is still speaking at events and churches, guest on Demonology Today radio show, and I have a new book coming out soon, very excited about this one, A Field Guide to Advance Spiritual Warfare. Stay tuned for news on that!!


Well, that's enough for now. Hope this was beneficial.
Blessings

Rev. Mike


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

First Stages of Connecting with God and Trauma Survivors

Most of my posts have been following the subject matter of connecting with God. Again, this is the learning season I am in right now with God.  The season is how to get fractured souls to connect with God. If you're new to this blog, M16 Ministries works with dark cases of spiritual warfare and survivors of severe trauma. By the time I start to work with survivors, many of them have had their faith brutally challenged and emotionally crushed. When working with these cases, it's a long-term commitment to working with a spiritually afflicted and fractured souls. The starting point in nearly all the cases I have worked with is determining where the soul in front of me is at in their spiritual walk. Having a soul, regardless of being spiritually afflicted, or fractured, must be able to connect with God in some manner to begin the healing process. Many Christians can't fathom the notion that a soul has endured such trauma that it has turned away from God. Some souls that receive lots of prayers and no response in their healing prayer can start to believe God has forsaken them.

This is where we must be careful in ministry, to make sure our efforts are restoring the broken soul and not pushing it further away from God.

In my sessions, I will allow months to years to slowly walk a soul back into connecting with God. A lot of patience is required and a lot of small nudging with spiritual direction. God does not waste time in waiting for the soul to come around. He still brings in healing. The challenge is working with a traumatized soul that rejects God and blames Him for the current state of pain and reliving of trauma. Why won't God simply shut it off? In this question lies the contention with parts in the fractured soul who simply want to blame Jesus and not talk with Him at all. Then there are the other fractured parts in the soul who want to connect with Jesus but are blocked by the internal angry parts who don't. The normal church styles of evangelism are no longer effective in this ministry process.

Ministry is in baby steps. You check in with the soul and see where they're at in the spiritual walk. Many times a soul that rejects God isn't rejecting God. They're rejecting a false doctrine that was forced upon them in their own walk. Many times this false doctrine comes from other well meaning Christians, but the spiritual advice they're offering is more damaging than helpful. This occurs a lot when the well-meaning Christian doesn't understand the depths of the struggle of the person they are offering spiritual advice too. And what comes out is a soul-ish Christian-ese opinion that is nowhere helpful, or worse yet condemning, to the person's current state of trauma. Most survivors tell me they are tired of religion and not Jesus. Religion is the over-zealous Christian offering ungodly, but soul driven, Biblical advice. This is the state of the soul we work with when we're trying to get the religiously battered soul to reconnect with God.

To one who is spiritually traumatized, there are ways to connect or reconnect with God. First of all, you must give yourself lots of patience in this process. There are mental prayer exercises you can do to align faculties, and the parts, that want to connect with God. The first exercise is to practice, what Saint Teresa of Avila, called recollection. This is the process of practicing the presence of God. With multiple parts in your head and some parts are angry at God, this can be difficult and challenging. But the goal of this exercise is to practice throughout the day, to simply think about God.

Maybe you're at work, and going to get some water from the water cooler. Perfect time to check in with God. Maybe visualize Him in your imagination. Because some of the people I work with are ritual abuse survivors, I gave them cards with the picture of Jesus on it. To help them, refocus their imagination on what the true Jesus can look like for meditation. This is called practicing the presence of God. There is no dialogue, no visions, no supernatural going to heaven experiences. It's simply having your parts, who want to connect with God, to simply start the basic steps of mental prayer. It's kind of like learning to dial God's phone number. If you master visualizing Jesus, maybe the next step is to try and talk to Him. The communication will be one-sided and in baby steps. That's okay. Some souls are frustrated that they have been Christian for decades and have never heard from God. Many churches don't equip the saints in mental prayer, and we have to deal with this problem late in the spiritual walk. That's ok. There is no time like the present to start trying to connect with God.

But what if I don't hear God? That's ok! Just relax and take your time with this. I call this priming the pump. Praying to God requires a lot of work on our end, in patience and consistency. Never be frustrated. When you connect with God, listen for the quiet and the peace. This is Psalm 46:10. Be still and know that I am God. Quiet and stillness is typically a very good indicator that your call went through. If some parts don't want to cooperate, just work with the parts who do. It's usually the internal evangelism process that eventually reaches the hurting parts inside.



Well, that's enough for now. Hope this was beneficial.
Blessings

Rev. Mike


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Connecting with God for Survivors of Severe Trauma

This is my equipping session from Remnant on May 13, 2017 for survivors of severe trauma who want to learn to connect with God in mental prayer. Having dissociative identity order (DID) can make it tough to still the mind and be in the presence of God. This is the workshop I gave to the In the Potter's Hands community group on stilling the faculties to listen for God.






If the video is cropped off by the blog you can view it here:

Connecting with God - Youtube

Well, that's enough for now. Hope this was beneficial.
Blessings

Rev. Mike


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Friday, February 3, 2017

A Little Background Before We Dive In

Back in 2007, when God started my spiritual warfare ministry (notice how I phrased that), I had no idea what deliverance ministry was. Long story short (covered in A Field Guide to Spiritual Warfare - the Power to PULL the IMPOSSIBLE from the HEAVENLY REALMS), I found myself several months later on the streets of San Francisco, doing homeless ministry, through Bob Johnson's City Ministries, Night Strike on Friday nights. My very first night on a Night Strike, I was in the Tenderloin with my team, led by husband and wife, Wayne and Diane. Also on our small team were, Matthew (aka Hollywood) whom would stay on with me later as a key Night Strike member, and Mark, who was the youth pastor, from Harvest Christian Church (but has since moved on).

On the streets, we encountered a homeless woman, I handed her some warm soup and started talking with her. I asked her if she would like for me to pray with her. She took a sip of her soup and replied, "Oh, sure. That would be nice."

As I started praying with her, the woman's body started to tremble and shake violently. Her eyes rolled into the back of her head, and she fell to the ground in an unconscious state. Diane, Mark, and I kneeled down next to the woman as she continued to shake on the filthy sidewalk. Diane prayed over her to bind the demonic presence, and the spirit hissed at her. I reached down and touched her ankle to pray with Diane. The spirit growled at me, "You're F-ing burning me! Don't touch me." Diane prayed some more. This was my first night in spiritual warfare training, and I was now knee deep in what the Christians call a deliverance prayer battle. It wasn't taking place on Holy grounds, like in the movies, it was taking place on a dirty, stinking side-walk. I could tell by the look on Mark's face - that this was a FIRST for him as well.

I moved my hand from the woman's ankle and touched her shoulder to pray. The spirit hissed at me again as I touched her, "You're burning me." Diane continued in prayer and tried to reach the tormented soul, but it wouldn't come up. The soul was rejecting the help of the Holy Spirit so stopped praying over the woman and moved on. We saw her an hour later, walking down the street like the event never occurred.

I just wanted to share that testimony, because my baptism into spiritual warfare, was anything but ordinary. Anything I have from my first year on Night Strike was always over the top. People in the church body would always tell me I was heading into deliverance ministry. But most of my experiences were anything but what was written about in popular deliverance books of the time. I never felt I was meant for deliverance ministry, but for something much darker, whatever that ministry was to be. I believe the book, A Field Guide to Spiritual Warfare covered everything I needed to know about deliverance and I moved on to deeper and darker waters not long after I published that book.

Night Strike was a huge training ground for me as well as a great ministry for equipping others. The team members that comprised the Night Strike ministry teams got training that no school of supernatural ministry could ever provide. We dealt with everything from addiction and illnesses, broken bones healed, I think there was even a case of miraculous healing with HIV through prayer. We dealt with our share of demons and satanic angels. It was all over the map.   It was a time and moment, where the Holy Spirit just showed his students everything.  It was an incredible time in my life, that door has opened and long since closed. The Holy Spirit directed me to new areas of ministry during some incredible equipping seasons. In some of these training seasons, I was shown the occult in different parts of the world, and how the local pastors dealt with that in their region. These parts of the world include the countries, of Ethiopia, Guyanna South America, Haiti, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

What I didn't know is that my journey would take me into the controversial areas of Christianity, exorcism. This ministry wasn't an elected choice for me -rather, I ended up here. God places you where he wants you. The Holy Spirit took me to this point in my spiritual life in baby steps. Even though I was protected through His covering and training, I was still exposed to the powers of darkness and what they are capable of doing in sifting a man. I have seen my finances wiped out, my marriage violently shaken to the core, and too many other things to describe. The levels of oppression during attacks are off the chart. Furthermore, during these attacks, God puts a supernatural burden on you to pray for those he assigns to you for help. This is why only those who are delegated by the Holy Spirit should go into this ministry. God assigns it to you. You don't request it. Nor would you want to request it if you knew what was involved. I know there are a few of my Catholic friends have a hard time gripping the notion there are Protestant exorcists. Not all the Catholics, but there are a few. For me, it is difficult as well, explaining, a Pentecostal exorcism, which is not low-level deliverance prayer, is different, from the Roman Catholic Rite of Exorcism. Both deal with higher level demons and satanic angels.

What has significantly changed in my life through these trials has been the ever growing deeper connections with Jesus Christ. Many people ask me about the occult and what I know. It doesn't matter about what you know, it's about WHO YOU KNOW! During the deepest, most horrible sifting and tribulations, can you still connect with Jesus Christ? These battles, no matter how dark, are all about faith and the promises of the one who will deliver you from evil. What is a Pentecostal Exorcist? Someone that connect with God during deep heavy warfare and no matter how bad the attacks (and they're really nasty!), have the faith that there will be victory. When I work with people under attack, the first thing I do is work with them on their interior life and connecting with Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior. A lot of my roots of where I am at now came from the lessons in human compassion I learned on the streets as Night Strike member and then it's leader. Bob Johnson and Mark Neitz sowed a lot into me (prophetic and healing ministry). This was an education I couldn't get from anywhere else. Don't even think I would have gotten a better one if I were sent off to the Vatican for this ministry.

At times I feel like I am a lone sheep dog guarding the flock. This isn't a ministry for those seeking recognition. In the Protestant side of the church, this ministry is ridiculed, partly because there is a huge lacking in practical application warfare in seminary training. This is not part of the piece of paper Ph.D. receives when they graduate Bible college. Exorcism has been severely stigmatized for numerous reasons.,

1. The Western church doesn't believe in the existence of the Biblical angel titled Satan. They believe in the watered down -devil.
2. Satan has infiltrated the consumer market in deliverance material and deceived the church into believing they can battle him with spiritual authority. We are lesser than angels.
3. Exorcism has been stigmatized by the media by insane people grossly hurting or killing those in an exorcism.
4. The Protestant church tends to ridicule exorcism and believes that low-level deliverance is all that is necessary for all spiritual battles.
5. The Western church believes that exorcism solely is a ministry of the Catholic Church (which it pretty much is at this point).
6. Non-Catholic exorcists are entering the ministry who don't belong in it. A certificate on the Internet doesn't hold up against the forces of darkness. Beware of the charlatans!

When is exorcism necessary? Usually when you're dealing with the occult. Usually.  People and children can also be possessed as a chastizement for their generations of lack of respect to God (generational iniquity and occult practices). The focus of this ministry is to bring inner healing to severely demonically afflicted souls. Being oppressed, or having bad luck in finances, or having a dysfunctional family, are NOT the reasons to seek out the ministry of exorcism.

Ok. I meant to focus on talking about Deliverance and D.I.D., but for some reason, in the spirit, it was necessary to give some background of why I say things and where I am coming from. I have seen warfare from different aspects and different levels. I have seen the true evil the enemy is capable of doing to people. Perhaps, the true purpose of this is to give you a feel of when I make comments here, the theology, and practical applications come from the trenches. I also need to mention through the years and seasons, GOD sent me some incredible mentors. I didn't seek them out. The Holy Spirit provided them and placed them into my life.

So next blog entry, I promise, we'll discuss Deliverance and D.I.D. For some reason, I needed to clear the air on where I have been and how I got here.



Well, that's enough for now. Hope this was beneficial.
Blessings

Rev. Mike


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Monday, January 30, 2017

Prophetic Ministry and Fractured Souls

In this installment, I would like to address a situation I have witnessed far too many times now in my counseling sessions with survivors of severe trauma and ritual abuse. Souls that are struggling with Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.), what I refer to as a fractured soul, can have what is called a Christian host. That is a primary presenter, in the multiple identity fabric of consciousness that is saved and has a spiritual life. Because dissociation occurs in children who experience prolonged trauma in their childhood stages of development. Some identities in the system, when the person is an adult, tend to have a Christian host that is seeking healing from Jesus, and deep inside the consciousness of the soul, there are also parts that hate Jesus and want nothing to do with Him. This duplicity exists for two primary reasons, one the child may have called out to Jesus for help when the trauma was occurring and received no help, or two, a false Jesus was involved in ritual abuse trauma. So there are some very angry children parts or identities inside these individuals, that need counseling and spiritual direction, to walk them out of their repetitive cycle of trauma. These souls can be at church on a Sunday morning, trying to praise and worship God, while another tormenting inner struggle is going on for parts being angry at Jesus and wanting to walk out of the church. Some ritual abuse survivors are programmed to vehemently reject any teaching regarding Jesus. Sorry for the long introduction, but I want to paint an initial picture of what I would like to address next - Christians prophesying and doing deliverance on fractured souls.

Let’s address Christians prophesying over fractured souls first. I need to reinforce the fundamental concept here that there are fractured parts of the soul that are angry at Jesus. Jesus can and does heal these parts over a period of time. He walks them out of this torment to heal them. Jesus does not instantaneously heal fractured souls. Why? Because Jesus honors free will of the soul even in a fractured soul. When you accepted Jesus, He wooed you and pursued your heart. This is the same thing he does for fractured souls. When a well-meaning Christian prophesies over a fractured person that Jesus will instantaneously heal them, or bring full healing in a year, this is not from God but from the soul. It aligns biblically, but it is not how Jesus heals. By the way, in my prophetic training, it was taught as a faux pas to tell someone that they would be healed in a certain amount of time. As we work with fractured souls, we would love to know a faster way for healing, but so far, it has always been at the pace Jesus sets. Each session is a supernatural session for counseling where we see healing. However, my worst sessions of counselling are when a D.I.D. soul comes to me and is in torment because of a word prophesied to them at a Sunday evening prophetic meeting or conference. The parts that are angry and pop up in the session are the ones who fear being forcefully removed by Jesus because someone delivered a soul-ish prophetic word of instant miraculous healing. The identity is slowly turning to Jesus but hasn’t decided yet to make Him their Lord and Savior.

And boom!

Now they think Jesus is going to violate their free will. These souls won’t easily release the prophecy and will obsess over it. I have had some souls I worked with who have obsessed, for decades, over untrue prophetic words from famous conference speakers in the prophetic. It’s not the fault of the prophetic minister because they don’t know the person is D.I.D.  If you know someone is struggling with D.I.D., refrain from giving them a prophetic word on healing. This is one way Satan uses the gifts of the church to cause damage on a fractured soul. My prophetic words are simple, Jesus loves the part, and He is proud how strong the parts are. A D.I.D.-der will even push you for a prophetic word. Remember, these soul fractures are still children. They must have proper spiritual direction to learn to hear God for them self. And by that, I mean able to read the word and hear the gentle urges of the Holy Spirit and know the indwelling voice of God. One D.I.D.der I work with has a 5 year Christian host presenter. This individual is in a charismatic church. The 5 year old has mimicked all the fake experiences they have witnessed during church service. It has been a difficult climb up a steep mountain to unteach this person that God is completely experiential in this manner. By this I mean visions and prophetic words from the Holy Spirit constantly. The healing has been hindered because this soul doesn’t understand how to connect with God on the simplest basis. The soul is in a state of fabricating false spiritual experiences.

If you are working with a trauma survivor, avoid the charismatic prophetic words. These are fractured souls of children in an adult and they don’t know how to process bad prophetic words. To them, they think Jesus has forsaken them because they were bad. Which, spins the wheels of healing backwards in ministry session and counseling. I don’t know how many times I have shared this with families I work with of the severely traumatized, and they still don’t get the message. A D.I.D.-der needs to stay in an almost spiritually sterile environment as they heal. Prophesying over an unsaved part puts a mantle on them that they’re not ready for. It sets back the healing. I have had big guns from the prophetic speak over fractured souls, because the fractured person sought it out, or worse yet, their family members did, and we had to work to stabilize the internal damage that was done. I have worked with some individuals who weren’t even saved and families did this to them. I can understand the urgency, but also respect the process that Jesus uses. Jesus is going to heal the fractured soul and make them whole. But they must want it first. Pick up your mat and walk!

When someone, whom you know is D.I.D., asks you to hear from God, direct them to hear from God on their own. When they learn to connect with God they can begin to hear internally, what are spiritual lies from the enemy, and what is truth about them and their healing. The goal is to make the soul better off in their healing. We can't comprehend all the internal dynamics that goes on with D.I.D., but one thing that has surfaced is that the enemy turns prophetic ministry against the healing soul.

That's all for now...

Like's like I will need to discuss deliverance with fractured souls in another segment. There was a lot of information on prophetic ministry alone, right here.

Well, that's enough for now. Hope this was beneficial.
Blessings

Rev. Mike


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Interview with Laura Maxwell on Ritual Abuse

Last November I had the pleasure to be interviewed on Laura Maxwell's radio show - The Supernatural on Eternal Radio.

Laura has an incredible ministry of reaching New Agers and spiritualists with the Gospel. I was interviewed for a Halloween show on the subject of Ritual Abuse and Mind Control. Laura is in Scotland, and it was an honor to be on this show.

Laura did an incredible job of interviewing me on the subject matter. We actually had to do a second recording of the show because my mic wasn't recording. Go figure.

There are audio problems with this youtube file. My mic is a lot louder than Laura's. I will fix the audio levels and re-post. But for now, here is a great primer on ritual abuse and mind control. - Thank you so much, Laura, for having me on. This is valuable information to get out to the public on this subject matter. It's a high-level view of the incredible inner healing and life changing ministry we are doing at In the Potter's Hands.

The interview is posted below, but it can be found on the Laura Maxwell's blog, Healing of PTSD, SRA, DID, and MK Ultra: Michael Norton.



Well, that's enough for now. Hope this was beneficial.
Blessings

Rev. Mike


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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas: Theology of the Virgin Birth of Jesus

I have had the incredible opportunity this year to be a guest on several radio shows. I noticed a trend while doing these radio shows that most people were inquiring more about Jesus and His background than asking me about spiritual warfare questions. Was Jesus God incarnate? The quick answer is yes. And the long answer is I can write volumes on this theology. But if I do that I will put you to sleep, or I will lose you altogether. I had some one-on-one time with Jesus in my car, during my commute, about how to answer this question. Was Jesus God incarnate, or just a man?

As I had this commute conversation with Jesus (called mental prayer), the interior discussion led to wrapping my thoughts around the theology of the virgin birth of Jesus. Now hold on, We'll get through this! What I wanted was the shortest approach to answering if Jesus was God incarnate. Apparently, this was the answer I received during mental prayer. The Virgin Birth is the theology that the Holy Spirit was the divine method of Mary's pregnancy, and no human DNA from an earthly father.  The facts are in the Bible, I will point out a few to put you on the right trail to answer this question for yourself.

First of all, we must examine the history of man to arrive at the conclusion of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. By this I mean we must return to the Garden of Eden, the cradle of creation. In the Garden of Eden, God created man, Adam, and His wife, Eve (Bible Study: Genesis 2). In the Garden of Eden, God provided everything for Adam and Eve, all they had to do was cultivate the food from the plants in the Garden. God commanded that Adam and Eve not eat from a tree in the center of the garden, the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil.

One day in the garden, Satan either possessed a creature called a serpent or appeared as the serpent. We don't know all the facts here. Either way, it was Satan who appeared to Eve and deceived her to eat from the forbidden tree and gain the forbidden knowledge of gods. She was deceived into lusting for this knowledge and power. She ate from the tree (Bible Study: Genesis 3). Her husband Adam then ate from the tree. Both now were in complete rebellion to God for disobeying His command not to eat from the tree. They committed sin. Sin is the deliberate and free will disobeying of God's commands. The devil didn't make them do it. They caved into their own lusts and went against the will of God. Up to this point in history, they were free of sin. This event marked the fall of man. When man sinned, he became cursed. There is a lot that happened in this curse. In Genesis 2, Adam held legal rule over the earth. This legal rule was in place as long as man obeyed God. When Adam and Eve sinned, they surrendered their legal dominion over to Satan. And from there on all mankind was subjugated to Satan. A spiritual, legal transaction happened here. God vowed to restore the legal rule and restore mankind by sending His seed, His offspring, to crush the head (legal rule) of Satan. However, all mankind is born under the curse from the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil. This is called the curse of the original sin (Bible Study: Romans 5;12). It is what makes mankind's natural propensity to lean to do what is evil rather than what is right.

In order to crush Satan's head (headship, rule), the seed of the Heavenly Father would have to come with some legal bloodlines of kings.
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15 And I will put enmity
     Between you and the woman,
     And between your seed and her seed ;
     He shall bruise you on the head,    
    And you shall bruise him on the heel.”     
Genesis 3:15 ( all references are NASB)

The bloodline was established through King David (Bible Study: Jeremiah 33:14-15).  Now we know from the Bible that Jesus' earthly father had the bloodline of King David's son, King Solomon, which carried the legal line of kings to the throne. Jesus' mother, Mary, was a descendant of King David's son, Nathan. Both Joseph (Luke 1:26) and Mary (Luke 3:23-28) were direct descendants of King David.

Now, why couldn't Joseph be the seed of Jesus? There are two reasons, and both are nasty curses. One, all mankind is born under the curse of original sin. Which means if Jesus father was Joseph, his bloodline at conception would be tainted with the curse of the original sin from the fall of the first Adam.

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:23

The seed of Jesus had to come from outside cursed DNA. And the only place to find pure DNA was from the creator Himself. Jesus' DNA had to come from elsewhere. That elsewhere is the Holy Spirit, the one who breathes life into existence. Second, there was another curse, by God, in Joseph's which forbid anyone from his bloodline to ever sit on the throne of David (Bible Study: Jeremiah 22:30). This canceled Joseph's bloodline from fathering kings. However, his bloodline possessed the spiritual headship for carrying on a line of kings. They just couldn't be from his own bloodline. A very interesting conundrum!

The only viable option for bypassing these two curses was for supernatural intervention. We know from Matthew that the conception of Jesus required the miracle from God, and the bloodline of kings from David.

20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 
Matthew  1:20-21

The Gospel of Matthew establishes that Joseph, with the title son of David, was of the direct Davidic lineage to the throne, from King Solomon. This is also established in the genealogy found in the beginning of Matthew 1. The conception of the child in Mary was through the miracle of the Holy Spirit. God became incarnate through the virgin Mary's womb. The miracle child, Jesus is the promise of God,

22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.
Matthew 1:22-25

God's  promise originates back to Genesis 3:15.

Keep in mind that Mary also carried the direct bloodline of King David, through David's son Nathan. But Mary's lineage did not carry the legal headship like Joseph's did. We also know that Mary was a righteous young woman, possibly 14-16 years of age. Her desire for God pre-ordained her for the mission she was about to be drafted in to. She also had to be an exemplary Old testament Saint. She was righteous in the eyes of God and a virgin.

30 The angel (Gabriel) said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”   
Luke 1:30-32

Mary was a virgin and favored in the eyes of the Lord. Joseph, too, was highly favored and righteous.  However, his blood line was tangled with spiritual legalities.  Joseph had two curses against him (original sin and direct curse on his bloodline), and Mary had one (original sin). Joseph couldn't be the earthly father because of his curses. Even if Joseph only had the original curse against him he still couldn't be the father of the redeemer. The redeemer had to have the DNA from outside of mankind (outside of the original curse from the Fall in the Garden of Eden). The bloodline of the first Adam was forever contaminated. Jesus was the second Adam, who bloodline was free from original sin. The Holy Spirit provided the seed into the righteous young woman.

34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. 
Luke 3:34-35

We know that the Holy Spirit breathes life into existence. Mary being a righteous woman submitted to God's will. We know full well the society backlash she perceived would fall upon her, and yet,

 38 And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. 
Luke 3:38

Mary submitted fully to the will of God.

The Holy Spirit has the power to resurrect the dead as well as has the power of all creation. It was in this manner that Jesus, the Redeemer ( a slave trade term meaning to purchase from a slave master) of man, was conceived and born in the womb of Mary. The headship of King David was passed on through Joseph, to his son Jesus Christ. The bloodline of David was passed on to Jesus through His mother, Mary. The prophecy was fulfilled. The second Adam, Jesus came to earth, to live the life that first Adam failed at (Bible Study: Romans 5:12-21). Jesus led a sinless, holy life, which was pre-destined for Him to go to the cross and defeat Satan. At the cross, Jesus crushed the headship and redeemed mankind. In order for Jesus to be the redeemer of mankind He had to come into this world as both God and man. Jesus Christ was the Son of God. A savior is born from the bloodline of kings. The King of kings.

This, in a nutshell, is the background to the theology of the Virgin Birth. You'll notice there is a lot more to this than what I presented. In fact, there are 66 books written on this subject matter. But I tried to condense it all down for you to see here. This is "lite" theology addition. I included Bible references in this on where to go back and read and study. I hope this helps you understand background to the virgin birth and what the theology behind it is. Jesus is the creator of the universe (Bible Study: John 1, Colossians 1:16).

Merry Christmas to All!!!

Blessings

Rev. Michael Norton
M16 Ministries