18 ¶ There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: 19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.
I have heard and read commentators who take these verses and liken them to Christ versus Satan, Christ and the church, or exactly literally what they say; the wonder of an eagle in flight, the beauty of a serpent on a rock, the majesty of a mighty ship on the sea, and the intimate beauty of a man with a maid. However, there is one problem with those explanations. That problem is the next verse;
20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
“Such” links verse 20 with the previous verses. So, as it is too hard for the writer to understand the path of an eagle in flight or that of a serpent on a rock, and there is no trail with which to follow a ship on the sea, and the deceit and guile a man uses to deceive and despoil a young woman is full of trickery and craft, such is the way of a wicked woman who does wrong and then claims innocence. How can these things be, it is said? How can they be understood?
Wonderful is amazing and difficult to understand. See Deuteronomy 28:59 and Job 42:3. But we go on because the word “for” continues to link the previous verses.
21 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear: 22 For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat; 23 For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
This section continues with the out of order. A servant who reigns in place of a king is the world turned upside down, as is a fool who is fat and satisfied, an odious woman is one who is despicable as the children of Ammon had made themselves to King David in 1 Chronicles 19:6, and the handmaid who displaces her mistress’ children to be her heir.
But, what can this mean? In the first cases the actions of the eagle, the serpent, the ship, and the man are impossible to predict by the observer. The inclusion of the adulterous woman who hides the evidence of her shame and proclaims her innocence shows that this is about hypocrisy and hidden, secret actions; behavior designed to mislead and deceive.
The parallels go on to express pride and cruelty metaphorically, including the uplifting of those people who are truly unfit to wield power.
“The way of an eagle in the air…” In Mark 4:1-20 Jesus uses the fowls of the air in type to represent Satan snatching the word of God from a person’s heart.
“the way of a serpent upon a rock…” In Genesis 3 we have Satan in the guise of a serpent tricking Eve into being a part of his con job, the shill, so to speak, in his 3 Card Monte game, to try to deceive Adam into disobeying God. But Adam was not deceived and disobeyed willingly. See 1 Timothy 2:14.
“the way of a ship in the midst of the sea…” God threatened to send the Hebrews back to slavery in Egypt by ship to be sold into slavery again if they disobeyed as a metaphor for what did happen, their being captured and carried into many different Gentile nations by force. See Deuteronomy 28:68 and compare that with the methods by which they were scattered abroad. Also, remember that Paul is carried to Rome by two ships of Alexandria, perhaps representing the Christian church being carried to Rome by the two great, false Alexandrian Bible manuscripts, Sinaiticus and Vaticanus. See Acts 27:6 and 28:11.
“the way of a man with a maid…” While Paul wanted to present the church as a chaste virgin to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2) not being tricked out of the simplicity of the gospel of Christ, Satan, as with Eve (2 Corinthians 11:3), like the young man, tricks and uses guile to win the girl’s, or in this place, the church’s affections.
“the way of an adulterous woman…” The “church” of Rome hides its murders, its oppressions, its wicked adulteries with devils, as the whore and mother as well as inheritor of all false religion on earth throughout history (Revelation 17:1-5). Ishtar aka Ashtoreth (1 Kings 11:5), Diana (Acts 19:35), the mother and image of all the variations of the pagan Goddess who reigns over kingdoms from the one holding the statute at New York called the Goddess Liberty Enlightening the World to Amaterasu, the great ancestor of the Japanese emperors, are all part of the same network of the gods/goddesses, the hermaphrodite as the ancient Sumerian gods were, both male and female at once, his Satanic majesty, Lucifer . Just as the Greek historian, Herodotus, informed the world in his The Histories that Baal was the same god as Bel in Babylon who is the same god as Zeus in Greece, all the pagan gods from Virachocha in Peru to Odin in Germany, are manifestations of Satan and many can be found in the Vatican, whose statues have been altered to signify Catholic saints.
In 1976, Pope Paul VI is supposed to have shocked a papal audience by saying, “The smoke of Satan has entered the very sanctuary of St. Peter's Cathedral." The Pope went on to explain that he had knowledge of a midnight hour, Black Satanic Mass having been conducted at the altar of St. Peter's, on the exact spot where the Pope himself regularly says mass.
Archbishop Milingo, a former exorcist and Ugandan born loyal Roman Catholic who has since been excommunicated, had said,
“Now, the third dimension (of evil) is the most dangerous. It is subtle and the most terrible...I could not believe when I discovered this third dimension of evil. The third dimension is people who follow instructions in satanic sects...
Now with this third dimension, I'm sorry to say, our church belongs to it. I'm very sorry, I could not understand myself, and even now I don't understand. But the only consolation I have is that, well, Judas Iscariot was one. Together with Jesus three years, he never changed. Then I understand that the third dimension of evil existed not only now, but it existed even then. Because nothing could change the heart of Judas Iscariot—nothing.”
He also is reported to have said, “The devil in the Catholic Church is so protected now that he is like an animal protected by the government; put on a game preserve that outlaws anyone, especially hunters, from trying to capture or kill it. The devil within the Church today is actually protected by certain Church authorities from the official devil hunter in the Church—the exorcist. So much so that the exorcist today is forbidden to attack the devil. The devil is so protected that the one who is the hunter, the exorcist, is forbidden to do his job.”
Not wonderful by our modern sense of the word but truly amazing. The woman; Ishtar, Diana, Cybele, Aphrodite, Venus, Isis, the Virgin Mary; Mother of God and Queen of heaven as Ishtar was called in ancient Babylon, mixes the symbol of impurity and hypocrisy, leaven (Luke 12:1), into the Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox, represented by three measures of meal and all are corrupted. See Matthew 13:33.
Is it not amazing that the second most important temple in Babylon was called The White House and that Ishtar is the patron goddess of liberty and prostitutes? There are more secrets in these few verses to unlock and those secrets could fill books. I’m sure you can discern more with the help of the Holy Spirit.
As far as the unworthy and unfit reigning, can we even consider electing one of two disciples of the harlot to lead us?