The Book of Ephesians ~ Chapter 4:18 ~ Doctrine of the Blackout of the Soul

Vol. 15 No. 37 – October 2, 2016


 Vs. 18

Here we have a description of the results of having MATAIOTES, a soul devoid of God’s Word.

Eph 4:18, “Being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart.”

Being,” comes after the first phrase and should not be translated here.

“Darkened” is the Verb SKOTOO, σκοτόω that means “to darken or obscurity,” in the Perfect, Passive, Participle, Nominative Plural. It is used here and in Rev 9:2; 16:10. In classical Greek, it also means, “blind or stupefy,” that means to make somebody unable to think clearly because of boredom, laziness, tiredness, etc. The KJV, using the Textus Receptus as a basis, uses the Hellenistic verb SKOTIZO that also means, “to be darkened, or to be blinded.” The Complete Biblical Library notes, “It is used in a figurative sense to describe the mental and spiritual incapacity of perverse people to understand Divine truth, (Romans 1:21; 11:10; Ephesians 4:18). This obtuseness is caused by a deliberate rejection of the truth in favor of an earthly system characterized by immorality and deception. The result is that the ability to discern between truth and error, or good and evil, is lost. People in that condition are not merely in darkness; they are darkness.” (Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary).

Remember that there is no such thing as “darkness.” It is actually the absence light. So “being darkened” means they do not have the light of Jesus Christ in their soul, cf. 1 John 1:5-8.

1 John 1:5-8, “And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

The Intensive Perfect Tense is for completed past action with emphasis on the present state. Because of their rejection of God and His Word in the past they have entered into re-versionism in the past with the result that they have no comprehension of God and His Word in the present.

The Passive Voice says, they receive the action of being without understanding of the things of God due to their previous rejection of His Word and the resultant hardening of their hearts. Due to their own past action of rejection of God and His Word it resulted in ignorance, losing all sensitivity to the spiritual life, and becoming addicted to sensuality and every kind of impurity, vs. 19, as they are led by their emotions rather than their intellect by means of Bible Doctrine.

“Having become Darkened” is linked with “in their understanding,” which is the Dative of HO DIANOIA, διάνοια that means, “mind, understanding, intellect, feelings, or disposition.”  This is the action of “thinking” of the NOUS, the mind. The NT associates it with the internal ability of man to express thoughts, desires, and feelings. It is used here in reference to the mind, NOUS, as the seat of understanding, having discernment, and thinking. Combined with “having become darkened” it means the mentality of their soul is devoid of the mind of Jesus Christ with the result that the light of Jesus Christ is nonexistent mentally or spiritually in their life. This is what we call “black out of the soul” that also leads to “scar tissue,” or “callous” of the soul, as we will see below.

Therefore, “having become darkened in their thinking,” describes the result of MATAIOTES; the opening of the vacuum in your soul that sucks in false doctrines and information where you become devoid of God’s Word in your soul. It means that they have darkness or evil in their thinking, which is the opposite of light and righteousness. There is no objective type thinking, there are no objective type opinions, and there is no dogmatic understanding and reality of God’s Word in the left lobe, NOUS, of the soul. Therefore, they instead have subjectivity, hypersensitivity, guilt reaction to hypersensitivity, and indifference to others. Instead they go all out for those of the world who are messed up and confused people, living inside of Satan’s Cosmic system. This leads us to understand the “Blackout of the Soul,” which I last taught in 2013, when we were in the book of Proverbs.

The Doctrine of the Blackout of the Soul.

Blackout of the soul is the inevitable result of Emotional Revolt of the Soul and locked in negative volition to Bible doctrine. It begins with the creation of a vacuum, MATAIOTES, in the stream of consciousness of the left lobe of the soul. This vacuum creates a system of suction that attracts into the soul the emotional and arrogance complex of sins. The Blackout of the Soul immobilizes previously metabolized Bible doctrine and is the status of the believer with negative volition to Bible doctrine, which results in his involvement with sin and the cosmic system. Therefore, it is the status of the believer who has had negative volition toward Bible doctrine over a prolong period of time, as a results of his involvement with Satan’s cosmic system, Mat 6:22-24; 1 Tim 4:1-2.

1 Tim 4:1-2, “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times (Church Age) some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2by means of the hypocrisy of liars (false teachers of false doctrines) seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron.”

Blackout of the Soul is a result and consequence of loving Satan’s cosmic system, 1 John 2:15.

1 John 2:15, “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

It is the result of negative volition towards the Word of God due to the arrogance complex of sins that leads to negative volition in the form of antagonism toward God’s Word. This believer is preoccupied with self and has a predilection for erroneous human thinking, which conflicts, with Bible doctrine. Therefore, the Blackout of the Soul is that state of reversionism in which the mentality of the soul is directly influenced by Satan and doctrine of demons, plus everything that is anti-God and anti-establishment. It is the direct result of persistent negative volition toward doctrine regardless of how that negative volition is expressed.

When these things occur, the believer cuts himself off from truth and eventually forgets any truth he has learned in the past. Blackout of the Soul immobilizes previously metabolized Bible doctrine. Rejection of the content of Bible doctrine is usually the secondary result of negative volition; the primary reason is preoccupation with self or others.

Mechanics of the Blackout of the Soul is the result of all previous 5 stages of reversionism, as noted above. It is directly related to the opening of MATAITOTES, the vacuum in the left lobe. It results first from the “Reactor Factors” in the life, discouragement, boredom, disillusion, overcome with self-pity, unable to handle loneliness, frustration, plus the mental attitude sins of bitterness, jealousy, vindictiveness, etc. These result in a “Frantic Search for Happiness,” which in turn causes “Emotional Revolt of the Soul,” which in turn emphasizes more “Negative Volition”, which is apathy or indifference to Bible doctrine that takes second or last place in your life. Negative volition is followed by the opening of a vacuum that attacks the NOUS or the left lobe, and as false doctrine and false principles move through this vacuum, the general condition is the Blackout of the Soul. The Blackout of the Soul, then, mechanically is a combination of Reactor Factors, Frantic Search for Happiness, Emotional Revolt, and Permanent Negative Volition toward Bible doctrine, 1 Tim 4:1-2. In addition, the mechanics of Blackout of the Soul includes, “Grieving the Holy Spirit,” Eph 4:30, and/or “Quenching the Holy Spirit,” 1 Thes 5:19.

Blackout of the Soul in the stream of consciousness is described four ways:

  • Darkened in their way of thinking,” Eph 4:17-18. Here we see Blackout of the Soul being the result of the “hardening of their heart.” This is prolonged negative volition in the soul, building up scar tissue that leads to black out of the soul.
  • Walking in darkness,” 1 John 2:11.
  • The darkness has blinded his eyes,” 1 John 2:11.
  • He who walks in darkness does not know where he is going,” John 12:35.

As you know, Satan’s kingdom is one of darkness, Eph 5:11, 6:12; Col 1:13, and since the cosmic system is called a “domain of darkness,” those believers who reside and function in it are said to, “walk in darkness,” this is the basis for the term “Blackout of the Soul,” 1 John 1:6; 2:11.
John 12:35, “Walk while you have the light that darkness may not overtake you. He who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.”

“Walking in darkness” also means this believer is full of human viewpoint, false teaching, and erroneous ideas called “doctrines of darkness,” because Satan’s kingdom is a kingdom of darkness.

Col 1:13, “For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.”

The result is darkness in the soul:

2 Peter 1:9, “For he who lacks these qualities, (virtues of AGAPE love), is blind or short-sighted, (Blackout of the Soul), having forgotten that he has been purified / cleansed from his former sins.”

In addition, in Luke 6:39-45, Blackout of the Soul is seen as being constantly critical of others. All believers in Blackout of the Soul are hypocritical of others and therefore hypocrites.

In 2 Cor 3:14; 4:4; 11:3 the Greek word NOEMA is used in regard to the corrupt thinking of reversionism that leads to the Blackout of the Soul and thus darkness in their thinking. It is used only by Paul in the NT for:

  • The minds of Jews that are hardened by unbelief, 2 Cor 3:14.
  • The minds of the lost that are blinded by Satan, 2 Cor 4:4.
  • The minds of Christians that may be “corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ,” 2 Cor 11:3.
  • The thoughts of Christians that should be brought into the obedience of Christ, 2 Cor 10:5.
  • The “devices,” schemes or plots of Satan by which he takes advantage of people, 2 Cor 2:11.

This type of thinking spreads throughout the soul, leading to Blackout of the Soul. Coexistent with it, is an attack on the right lobe, the heart, (KARDIA), and this attack is called “hardness of heart” or “callous” / “scar tissue” of the soul. When Blackout of the Soul hits the heart, it becomes scar tissue or hardness of the heart. As a result of involvement with the cosmic system, scar tissue builds up on the right lobe of the soul replacing the doctrine that was once there, Eph 4:17-19.

There is another noun for irrational foolish thinking in the Blackout of the Soul, ANOETOS, an Adjective that means, “foolishness or senseless,” in Luke 24:25; Gal 3:1, 3; 1 Tim 6:9; Titus 3:3. The word indicates the type of thinking the believer has at the point of Blackout of the Soul.

The result of Blackout of the Soul is twofold:

  • First, a continuation of reversionism through the practice of reverse process reversionism, 2 Cor 11.
  • Second, Divine discipline that can lead to maximum Divine discipline called, “The Sin Unto Death,” James 5; 1 Cor 11:30; 1 John 5:16.

The solution to the Blackout of the Soul is found in another noun METANOIA that comes from the verb, METANOEO. They are translated “Repentance and repent,” and mean a change of mind. Actually, they are a combination of change of attitude toward Bible doctrine resulting in the intake of doctrine and getting back under the Word. Heb 6; Eph 3:16-21. Technically, then, Blackout of the Soul, while it applies to the left lobe, has an effect upon the right lobe, KARDIA, and the solution is the reversion recovery concept of Rebound and recovery, 1 John 1:9, i.e., repentance. Blackout of the soul demands that if we are to recover the ministry of God the Holy Spirit, it is necessary for us to understand Rebound as the Problem-Solving device for Blackout of the Soul, 1 John 1:6-9.


  • False doctrine, false standards, false criteria, flow from the left lobe or mentality of the soul.
  • The result of flooding the soul with these things is subjectivity, pseudo-sensitivity, hypersensitivity, frustration, unhappiness, etc., and it affects the right lobe with scar tissue or hardness of heart.
  • The Frantic Search for Happiness continues with slavery to the details of life becoming more pronounced.
  • The way of life is a state of apostasy, which combines with scar tissue to produce pathological, neurotic, or psychotic thought, which eventuates in behavior patterns reflecting these things.
  • These things become more pronounced through the various stages of discipline to the reversionist, such as the warning stage, the intensification stage, and they reach their culmination in the sin unto death.
  • The solution to Blackout of the Soul is to change your way of thinking called, “repentance,” from cosmic viewpoint to Divine viewpoint, which begins with Rebounding, 1 John 1:9, and then recovery to take in God’s Word and walk in the light of Jesus Christ once again.

Eph 5:8, “For you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light.”

2 Cor 4:6, “For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

1 Peter 2:9, “But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

Rom 13:12, “The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

Eph 5:13, “But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.”

1 John 2:10, “The one who loves his brother abides in the light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.”

1 Thes 5:5, “For you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness.”

Col 1:12, “Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”


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