HOLIEST PLACE UPPER BRAIN (CHERUBIM)
"Why are some parts of the brain called reptilian and mammalian?
Neuroscientist Paul MacLean sees the human brain as really three brains. The first is made up largely of structures at the very top of the spinal stem. Because it resembles in some ways the total brain possessed by reptiles, this part of our brain is called reptilian in MacLean's terminology. Like the entire brain of a lizard or snake, it is mainly devoted to life support, such as the regulation breathing, heartbeat, and muscle movements, and to basic drives such as eating, mating, and self-protection.
While retaining generally the brain abilities of reptiles, mammals add dimensions to living. Their behavior, for example, involves complex emotional responses. They snarl, skulk, cringe, purr, growl, yelp in excitement or fear, nuzzle, teach their young, do tricks for rewards, wag their tails, show affection, and may even look ashamed or guilty when they have done something wrong. Such behavior is linked with a section of the mammalian brain that is not nearly so well developed in reptiles: the limbic system. For this reason, MacLean sees the limbic system as the core of our "second brain." If it does not function properly, he found in experiments with hamsters, the young lose interest in play and mothers stop their maternal behavior. The loss of limbic functions makes mammals behave more like reptiles.
Our third brain, according to MacLean, is composed of the outer bulges of the cerebrum and the overlying cerebral cortex. It is the reasoning brain."
ABC'S OF THE HUMAN MIND (READER'S DIGEST)
In What Court Do Our Thoughts Reside?
Clearing the Mind to
ROM 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed [transfigured] by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The formula for transfiguration is outlined above. The body (outer court) must be submitted to the mind. And then the mind must be renewed. Then, and only then, is the process of transfiguration about to begin. So, how does this process of overcoming death work - for man - since Adam's fall has been fearful of death?
HOW? - BY GETTING RID OF FEAR!
HEB 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
When we reach the point of being able to look death in the face and have no fear of it, then we have broken the bondage that death has had over us and we are free in the Lord - free from death. And part of overcoming the fear of death is letting our mind become saturated in the love that Jesus has for us. For we must reach the point where we know that there is not anything that can separate us from the love of God. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ROM 8 38, 39
You have heard of the phrase of being "trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea". And, we can recall the predicament that Moses and the Hebrews were in when they came out of Egypt. The chariots of Pharaoh were advancing on the west and they were trapped on the east by the sea. And, then Moses stood and used the almond rod given to him by Aaron to part that sea and the Hebrews were able to cross over. The sea then became a friend rather than an enemy as it closed and stopped the pursuing armies. So, in type, we find the lower courts being dissolved behind us and the fiery crystal sea in front of us. Will we be able to use the almond rod of the priesthood to deal with the more exterior courts (as Moses did before Pharaoh's court and magicians) and open the crystal sea so that we may stand in victory over the name and nature of the beast? We must learn the secrets of the almond rod which are specific to each court.
ECC 12:3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,
4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;
5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Up until now, with few exceptions, the resident keeper of the house or vessel body has trembled when facing death. And then the silver umbilical cord is withdrawn so that man's spirit leaves the body and the golden bowl of the throne room of the mind is broken - man goes through death - and the spirit returns to God who gave it. Truly, in this death process, '"fears shall be in the way". But wait ... , for right in the middle of this, there is a glimmer of hope for "the almond tree shall flourish." Can this almond tree be instrumental in helping man overcome his paralyzing fear when he sees the serpent of death raise its head in preparation for injecting its final venom of death?
So now we will begin to trace the path of the rod from the tree of the priesthood through the courts and see how each court must be rolled up behind us so that we may ascend before the throne and truly have the mind of Christ. In the outer court, the roll of the almond is not very obvious, so we will skip that for the time being. In the sanctuary, which is the court of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the role of the almond is very obvious. The scriptures tell us that the candlestick is designed to have 22 almond knops in its main shaft and branches. We know from Psalm 119 that there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. So, it becomes apparent that the candlestick in the sanctuary represents the spoken word which is quickened by the olive oil of the Holy Spirit which illuminates that word.- for letter without Spirit is dead letter.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THERE IS NO OIL IN THE CANDLESTICK?
ISA 3:2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;
3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;
oil = spirit
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almond knops = word no spirit = the letter of the law that killeth
It is clear that the baptism in the Holy Spirit as represented in the sanctuary or mid court is a step up from the letter and ritualism of the law. And while the lamp went out in the physical temple, it is also clear that the light of the olive oil of the spirit went out in the vessel of the high priest named Eli. And, it is a very important lesson that the true tabernacle is the body - and not the silver, gold, brass of the physical tabernacle.
Next, we see the almond rod inside the ark within the third court or the holiest place. Here, it was kept along with the golden pot of manna and the tables of the law. The ark is a higher spiritual plane than the sanctuary - but it is still Aaron's rod that budded. It must be transformed from Aaron's rod to the rod of Melchisedec in order to begin the ascension through the fiery crystal sea. Yes, there is a rod of Melchisedec. We will just simply touch on it here for later reference (see Psalm 110). However, we have skipped over the almond tree in the outer court and while many of our readers have advanced much deeper into the courts, they may have a lingering fear of death residual that is in the outer court and it must be dealt with. What is this fear and how does it concern the almond?
The Lower Brain (Outer Court) is the same type of brain that humans share with reptiles and birds. It consists of the head of the spinal cord and various organs including the amygdala (ah mig' dull uh) which is the Greek word for almond. The amygdala regulates fear.
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