Thursday, January 20, 2011

Escaping the Spiders "Web"

I pray that the Spirit of the Lord guard this post against the enemies eyes, that he may be blinded towards the light and the knowledge of the Holy One and His plan for redemption. May the Holy Spirit breathe on this, and on everyone that reads these words, and call out those who are chosen in His body, the Body of Christ. In the Holy name of Jesus I pray.  Amen

What is the Internet? What does it do to us as human beings? Where is it taking the world?

The World Wide "Web"

From the Computing Dictionary:

Internet definition networking
(Note: capital "I"). The Internet is the largest internet (with asmall "i") in the world. It is a three level hierarchy composed of backbone networks, mid-level networks, and stub networks. These include commercial (.com or .co), university (.ac or .edu) and other research networks (.org, .net) and military (.mil) networks and span many different physical networks around the world with various protocols, chiefly the Internet Protocol. Until the advent of the World-Wide Web in 1990, the Internet was almost entirely unknown outside universities and corporate research departments and was accessed mostly via command line interfaces such as telnet and FTP. Since then it has grown to become an almost-ubiquitous aspect of modern information systems, becoming highly commercial and a widely accepted medium for all sort of customer relations such as advertising, brand building, and online sales and services. Its original spirit of cooperation and freedom have, to a great extent, survived this explosive transformation with the result that the vast majority ofinformation available on the Internet is free of charge. While the web (primarily in the form of HTML and HTTP) is the best known aspect of the Internet, there are many other protocols in use, supporting applications such as electronic mail, Usenet, chat, remote login, and file transfer.

The Internet is simply this: knowledge. It is an entirely different world that we choose to delve into every time we turn the computer on and enter "www." into the url box. It is the World Wide Web. That implies a few different things though does it not? A spider makes a web, with the intent of catching its prey, which could be a fly or a small animal. A web is an offensive weapon. It is a trap. I find it interesting that Proverbs states this about a spider:

The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces. (Proverbs 30:28, KJV)

Strangely enough, what are Christians called but kings and priest of the Lord?

And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:10, KJV)

Who is this Spider and what are his intentions for weaving this web of information and knowledge?  Considering the Lord said:

The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:20-21, KJV)

We can therefore judge that Jesus was speaking of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and that is found within us. This Spider is therefore trying to weave his own web within our very souls. Why? This is his way of polluting the kingdom of God, and in a way, learn of the secrets of the kingdom. When we as Christians are not guarded with the armor of light, the protection of the Holy Spirit, this Spider through his own little hierarchical kingdom of minions, is able to slip in unawares. Remember people, we are at war with monsters (literal monsters, yes. Or maybe we can say "Spiders") and we need to know that he is trying to use us against our God, in order to gain victory over Him. This Spider, is Satan himself.

Now what is a website? It is simply apart of the web; a single strand of the entire whole. This is a website, and I am contributing to the expansion of the Internet. You yourself are getting an insight into my soul right now. Did you know that? What are words, especially written words, but the capturing of thoughts that are brought from the unseen world into tangible existence? You cannot see your thoughts, yet when you write them down, you can then see them. What an amazing thing! What a dangerous thing...I believe this is one of the ways or methods that a Christian can use to "take captive ones thoughts" as Paul states:

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5, KJV)

The Internet and Facebook
I just recently saw the movie, "The Social Network", and it was quite a thought-provoking movie. It causes one to contemplate what it is worth to become successful. More importantly, it made me personally question whether it is okay to use something that was founded upon sinful intentions, and sinful means. I of course am speaking of Facebook. Anyone who is reading this right now knows what Facebook is, and if you don't, than you might just live in a cave. It is a popular thing. It is a world wide network that links people together on a single interface, allowing them to showcase themselves to all the world. It is vanity central; it is pride boulevard; it is a gossip factory. It is the Tower of Babel. A tower made up of people's faces, coming together in one voice, and in one accord, with one purpose in mind: to meet each other. It is a cesspool of Sin, where vanity, pride, gossip, lies, gluttony, lasciviousness reign freely. But shall I stop there? No, Facebook itself is not the Tower of Babel, it is simply an entity of the tower itself, perhaps a wing, or a level. What else has literally brought all people together, connecting the world onto one grid of space, but the Internet?

The Internet is truly the Tower of Babel recreated, in a digital world. If you truly understand the nature of atoms and their relationship to matter, you will note that the physical world is nothing more than a digital image, a digital sphere in itself. There is something more real out there than we are, and it lives in a different dimension, one that we cannot see. Remember, the Internet runs over airwaves on an electric grid, and who controls the air?

Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (Ephesians 2:2, KJV)

Always remember who the god of this world is: Satan. Beelzebub is one of Satan's names in the Bible. It is popularly translated as "Lord of the Flies" but should be translated more literally as "Lord of things that FLY". He controls the air. Have you ever wondered who controls the Internet? Think hard on this; what did the Internet do to us as a people, as a species? It has changed the way we communicate, the way we interact, and I believe there is a demonic or satanic purpose behind it. 

The Inter"net"
Once again, just like the world wide "web", the Inter"net" implies that it is catching something. The purpose of a net in the scriptures is to gather fish, which represents men:

Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done , they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake . And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came , and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink . When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying , Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished , and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken : And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to lan

d, they forsook all, and followed him. (Luke 5:4-11, KJV)

The other day, after I watched "The Social Network", my Dad, brother and I got into a conversation concerning this very subject. We were puzzled as to what the meaning and purpose of the Internet was. A whole lot of good I believe has come out of from the Internet, for my family in particular. It has led to the discovery of SO MUCH information that we would have otherwise perhaps never come across without it. But (and that is a big BUT), it has led to a whole lot of evil in our lives as well (I will hit on this subject in particular sometime soon, but I have not been led to share my testimony concerning this just yet).

What is it that Jesus was saying to Peter, James and John? By forsaking all things and following Christ, they have left their nets and their ships behind. So how can they possibly catch men? It is, of course, in the spiritual sense that they will gather men into Christ. But Jesus uses these men to gather others into the kingdom of his Father. Therefore, in a spiritual way, Christ has become the true fisherman, and we have become His net. We are His tool in gathering others into His body. The net is only dropped where the fisherman wills it to be dropped. Before, the apostles were trying to fish on their own, and they were casting their nets without the guidance of the Lord. But at the word of our God, Jesus, they threw their nets on the other side, where he told them to throw it, and caught so many fish the boat and the net could even handle it. What a wonderful thing to be caught in the net of the Lord! 

Now I lead you back to the Inter"net". First of all, we know that Satan is the god, (little g) of this world, and the Prince of the air (Beelzebub). Thus, the one who controls the "net"is Satan. Who did you think controls it? God? Well if the Lord controls it and sanctioned pornography to be placed on the web than I think something is wrong. No, the Devil himself controls it, and there is a specific purpose behind this creation of his (and yes I know the Lord has ALL things in control, and ALL things work according to His purpose). 

When Paul states that we need to take captive our thoughts, there was a specific purpose for that. 
Your thoughts dwell within the realm of the soul. Remember, your physical body is simply a suit, your true body is the thing inside of you; that is your true being, your soul. When you fantasize or think sinful thoughts, you are coming into contact with something most of us just simply do not understand, which is demonic spiritual forces. And I mean every sinful thought has demonic influence behind it. So when you speak something out of your mouth, or write something down, it is the transference of your soul into the physical realm. If you speak out sinful thoughts, your Spirit is convoluted with demonic forces. What does this have to do with Satan and the Internet? Well, if the Internet is, in a very real sense, a digital Tower of Babel, what other goal could Satan have than to capture every thought of the human race? When Paul commands followers of Christ to take captive their thoughts, Satan certainly saw those words, and seized the opportunity himself. He is taking captive the thoughts of humanity as a whole! By gathering the thoughts and knowledge of all humans, he is catching humanity in a net. But why? I believe the simple answer is this: control and espionage. I will first touch on control.

On Facebook
The intent behind Facebook is to display your persona on the Internet for the world to see. Truly, we are displaying our souls in a digital framework, are we not? Do not forget, that every word spoken out your mouth leads to a conclusion; read the entirety of Proverbs and you will get what I am saying. Our basis of communication and expression has been morphed and manipulated by the Internet, especially by sites like MySpace and Facebook, not to mention Google (that will have to be saved for different post as well). Facebook in particular opens us up to demonic influence through the communicative evolution it has started. Because we sit at home on our computers and are able to look at people and say things to them without them seeing us physically, we feel more freedom to say things that we would never say in person. Posting "status's" of your life. What's the status? How stupid. How vain to think that people want to know something about us. How vain we are that we post pictures of ourselves and wish for people to look at us and desire to be our friends. What happened to the day when we sat down and talked with one another face to face? What ever happened to conversation? People say that it still exists, it has just been placed in a different medium, like the telephone, and now Facebook. 

The World is a Much Smaller Place
Think what the Internet has done to us...think of what technology as a whole has done to us. Certainly it has made the world a smaller place, a less mysterious place. If I have a family member that lives half-way across the world, and I lived in the 1700's, then that would seem like a literal world away. But, in the age of Skype and Facebook, it is like they are right in the room with me. The world is truly a smaller place! More importantly though, the world is becoming one. The "Inter"net also implies interconnectedness. Think of a net once again...a net has links of strings or ropes, that are connected together and each serve an overall purpose in gathering in, or catching more fish, and holding them in. We are all becoming a part of Satan's "net", and quickly it is making us one. By becoming one net, the lord of darkness is able to control us easier. Especially when we are addicted to such technology. Have you noticed something about our culture, especially that of the America, where people are now literally addicted to their phones, computers, ipads, ipods, etc...? There is a reason for this: first of all, mind control. When you control what people are looking at, and it is filtered through a net, the Inter"net", you don't have to worry about them acting out of order. But more importantly when you have them addicted to anything, especially knowledge or "news", then he is able to enter our souls through any addiction and can implant anything he wills. But how does a Christian work through all this?

Finding Our Way Through the "Web"
Now on the point of Satan's form of espionage against the kingdom of Heaven, we are led back to the Spider and its web trying to weave deception and lies in the souls of Christians themselves; how do we combat this? If Satan is trying gain the thoughts of all humans, he does not necessarily have to concern himself with those who are in his side already. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. This is what Satan has done with those who are born again. He is especially trying to gain the thoughts of Christians, so as to learn the secrets of the kingdom of God! That means we have a responsibility as Christians to have discernment on what, and what not to reveal on such a public device. I present to you a few Proverbs from Solomon, the last being the most important:

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. The blessings of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow to it. It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom. (Proverbs 10:19-23, KJV)

A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. (Proverbs 11:13, KJV)

Most, if not all people who have experienced the Internet have been caught already, in some form or another, in the web of lies and deceit it presents. But Christians, who are born again and have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, are to have wisdom concerning these things. Therefore, we are to not reveal every thought that comes out of our mouths, or else we be seen in God's eyes as a talebearer, unworthy to be trusted with information. There are many, many people who peek into sites, and may gain wisdom from certain information that I, or fellow brothers and sisters in Christ may present, but there are also many lurkers who seek to destroy the kingdom of God. Have you ever wondered why the Lord states:

Give not that which is holy unto dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. (Matthew 7:6, KJV)

A young babe in Christ the other day was experiencing such an incident where he felt that the Lord was saying to him, "do not cast pearls to swine, for you are then feeding the devil". How brilliant young Christians can be! We are certainly feeding the dogs and pigs (devils) by casting wisdom to them. By revealing to the enemy the secrets of the Lord, you are then allowing him to make his next move against the kingdom of God, and against you yourself. Think of that. 
We as Christians must be more careful. I am as guilty as anyone when it comes to the improper use of the Internet. You are seeing a soul who has once been caught in it, and is now freed from the "net" or "web" the Spider (Satan) has weaved for me, and that is only by the Power of the Holy Spirit! Thank You Jesus! I have a Facebook account, and I have gossiped on it, to my shame. I have a Facebook account, and I have had pride and vanity in wanting people to see my page, to my shame. Shall I get rid of it? I don't know, if the Lord leads me to then yes, of course I will. Shall I never, ever get on the Internet, or ever post on this blog again? If the Lord leads me to then yes, of course I will. But, at the moment, I believe the Lord is calling for us to save those who are caught in the "net" or "web" right now. We live in this world, yet we are not of this world. I quote Andrew Murray, that brilliant Christian man:

"When the Lord Jesus was here upon earth, what was it that distinguished His disciples from other people? He took them away from their fish-nets, and from their homes, and He gathered them about Himself, and they knew Jesus."

I wish to gather people away from the net of the world, and have them gathered unto Christ Jesus himself! I wish to see them saved! This blog is perhaps my way of entering the "net" to bring many of you who are addicted or caught in it, out of it! I can only pray in the name of Jesus that His will be done, and that at least one would be saved. We can no longer feed the Spider by getting caught in it ourselves, and tossing him wisdom that he thrives off of. We must have discernment. Remember, we are kings and priests, and the spider desires to hear the secrets of the King himself!

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and as harmless as doves. (Matthew 10:16, KJV)

Be Blessed in Christ Jesus!

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Dance of Moloch (Part 1): The Physically Aborted

I will return to "The Blistered Man" series when I feel led by the Lord to post another article on it, but for now the Lord has been pressing upon me to write on this related subject.

At the end of my last post, the Lord revealed to me what may perhaps be a common metaphor to many, but was quite uncommon to me.  It is from that metaphor that I wish to base the following post(s?) off of.

To set the entire tone of this series, I wish to include a writing that I put together about a year and a half ago. It will also be the basis of these posts.

The Dance of Moloch
The law of nature is, in a rightful sense, repetition. In the spring the orchards grow from small acorns, the flowers blossom from unsuspecting seedlings into a beautiful tapestry that designs the landscape of the forests and the fields. The seasons wear on, summer and fall pass, and winter comes and transforms the scene into a world of gray, and the process is repeated with a new generation of things to come. It is rhythm. This is the nature of all things mortal: to live and to die, but also, to birth new life. In the world of the immortals death is seized from the equation. Though, the undying things follow natural tendencies as well. God himself has his own nature, of love, righteousness, and justice. He also shares the characteristics of living, and breeding new life with the mortal realm, as shown in everything that is seen in and around the world itself. The Fallen, those immortal beings who rebelled against God’s nature, have features of their own. They are living; yet they seek the opposite of God’s natural essence. As God searches out life in a dead world, they pursue and search out death, and seek to destroy new life before it takes its first gasp of earthly air. Thus, is the war of good and evil, the war between God’s nature and the nature of the Fallen.

Seeing as Adam ate the apple in the beginning and rejected the nature of God, humans had selected to follow the unnatural nature of the Fallen. From that point on, God sought to restore the balance in the world. The balance assembled on Calvary, and the symbol of the death of Sin is certainly a balanced, symmetrical one. As this balance was refurbished and cured, the Fallen, who had roamed freely on the earth before it, had fled into hiding, yet their presence had not faded.

The Fallen, or the demons, had roamed liberally on the earth before the thunderclap of the nails being driven into Christ’s hands and feet was heard. They were worshipped and served by many of the ancients of the world. The most perverse and arguably evil of the ancient empires is that of Carthage.
The Carthaginians worshipped a truly evil demon, one known as Moloch. The worship of that demon is the perfect showcase of his predisposition, as G.K. Chesterton puts it in the Everlasting Man,

“Moloch was not a myth; or at any rate his meal was not a myth. These highly civilized people really met together to invoke the blessing of heaven on their empire by throwing hundreds of their infants into a large furnace. We can only realize the combination by imagining a number of Manchester merchants with chimneypot hats and mutton-chops whiskers, going to church every Sunday at eleven o’clock to see a baby roasted alive.”

By his nature, Moloch, who demanded children as sacrifice, had devoured his own children of Carthage, just as the mythological god, called Saturn, devoured his.

The point is this, that Moloch’s spirit is alive in the modern world, just as he was alive in the ancient world. He is a spirit whose appetite for the blood of the youthful is never quenched. He now resembles that of a vampire, who prowls through the night, seeking to suck the blood from those who are defenseless: children. Moloch has found his new home; it is that of the United State of America. As the balance was set back in place by Christ, Moloch was forced to change his ways, even his name. Over the centuries of existence he has been called many things aside from Moloch, one could call him Lucifer, Satan, the Devil, Baal, Beelzebub, and yes, Moloch. But his new name is more frightening than all the former combined: Choice. (Note: Moloch is not Satan, he is subservient to Him, yet all demons fall under the same authority, and that is Satan himself)

As is the unnatural nature of the Beast to turn things holy upside down, he has convinced the foolish man and woman that the gift of free will, is also the gift of free murder, or in this case abortion, and taking that gift without consequence. But the law of nature calls for a reaction to any action. It could also be said that when a choice is made, a particular path is chosen as well. The choice to abort a child is not so much on the path to murder, as it is on the path to sacrifice. Abortion is the sacrifice of a child to the god of all things dark and terrible, Moloch, and the United States is his greatest follower of the modern world.

The law of God, or the nature of God states, thou shall not murder, or thou shall not abort. The unnatural law of Moloch could be stated, as thou shall abort all things living. The rhythm of any nature is like a dance, and the spirit of Moloch waltz’s freely around the land of liberty, eating his children at will. America’s law legalizes that which is not legal; right’s that, which is wrong; sacrifices the living to the dead, and calls it choice. Just as Moloch was behind Carthage, he roams behind the Statue of Liberty, who has sacrificed her children to him, and he is ready to feast on her walking corpse. The modern world, especially America, tangos with the Devil and thinks the stage is on the clouds of heaven, when really they dance on the flames of hell.

Physical vs. Spiritual Abortion
This is an excerpt from my last post:

"Those yet to be born must be cared for in different sense in comparison to a baby who must be       nurtured. A baby must literally be nurtured and raised from its birth (and that happens after baptism, or   the breaking of the blister). One who has simply been convicted, but has not been baptized, is like a baby  still in the womb. We must be careful to not harm that baby. These are delicate fetus's we are dealing with. Knowing that the new believers are to be born, we must be sure that we do not cause a miscarriage. Moreover, we must be sure that we do not abort any of these unborn babies, for the warning is stern for those who cause them to fall away from the Lord. He states this concerning them: 

But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. (Matthew 18:6, NIV)"

We tend to focus so much on the physicality of death itself, and oftentimes we forget the spiritual implications behind the violent occurrence. An abortion is not a clean and easy process. It is a traumatic experience for the women who go through it. In most cases, the physical manifestation of something, especially that of death, is simply an after-effect of a particular cause in the spiritual realm. What I mean is simply this: that when something big happens in the physical world, than something even greater happened in the spiritual world. With that thought in mind, I direct you to this recent article:

The article describes the discontent of certain "spiritual leaders" in the "church", over the abortion rate in New York. There are many physical abortions going on as we speak, and I pray against them right now in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. More importantly though, there are even more "spiritual deaths" occurring as we speak. What do I mean by this? I am speaking of those who have been on the cusp of believing, and those who have believed, yet have not been baptized. What holds them back from being born into the Kingdom of Heaven? Abortions or Miscarriages. Not merely physical, but spiritual abortions that are occurring daily. 41% of all births in New York Cities births result in abortions. And what does this Archbishop, Timothy Dolan say in response to this?

"Dolan said the practice is unlikely to end but that it was important 'to tell people what is happening." 

I pray for this man. I see NO faith in that statement. The practice is unlikely to end? I worship a God that makes the impossible, possible! I shoot BIG with God, and I pray that the heinous act of sacrificial offerings to the Devil will cease! And by the right hand of the Almighty God it will. Sooner than we think. Yet there is an aspect to this abortion rate that many will not see, because it is not happening in physically seen world, it is happening in dimensions that we cannot see. When things like this take place, it has a direct connection to the state of the Church. In a way, it is the revelation of what is happening in the spiritual world. 
Physically Aborted Babies
Many, too many, would be Christians, are being aborted while still in the womb. I speak spiritually as well as physically. Hitting first on the physical abortions in this post; I have heard it from some "denominations" that babies that are aborted go to Hell. I completely disagree with this. First off, I quote the Law, and the Lord's words to Israel concerning their children:

Moreover, your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it. (Deuteronomy 1:39, KJV)

What an amazing picture of aborted babies today! We have said that these children should be a prey, have we not? Yet, what does the Lord say here? The children of Israel had no knowledge of good and evil, therefore they are not condemned under the Law. Is this not the very tree that Adam ate from? Is not the knowledge of good and evil, evil itself? Yet these children had not come to that age of accountability, which I believe is up to the discretion of the Father. Many will disagree with me on this point. But it is at this point that I stay. For what the Lord says to the older generation right after is quite revealing, in the symbolic sense:

But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea. (Deuteronomy 1:40, KJV)

We, who have tasted the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and we who wish to become part of the Kingdom of Heaven, must first turn from sin (turn ye) and take up our cross (the journey), which will lead to the world's rejection of us (the wilderness), and finally we must be washed in the Blood of the Lamb, which is Baptism (The Red Sea) in order to enter Heaven (the Promised Land).

Do Aborted Babies Go to Heaven?
There have been many books written on Heaven, but a few of them have particularly effected my family and I. 6 Big, Big, Big Angels and Heaven is For Real, are two miraculously anointed books that I certainly recommend reading. In both books there is confirmation from these two young children, Victoria and Colton, who had near-death experiences and visions of Heaven, that aborted and miscarried babies go to Heaven. 

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4, KJV)

These scriptures were written long ago for us now. We must look at them with spiritual eyes, through the lens of the Spirit. I could present many things that perhaps show the opposite side like:

For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me (Psalm 51:5, NLV)

Christ Himself, though sanctified the womb:

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14, NIV) 

I have hope that those children who never had the chance to glorify God in Christ, are glorifying him in Heaven right now, by growing in His sight. These children had a specific purpose to fulfill in God's eternal plan. But Satan has tried to destroy that plan by ridding these children the opportunity to fulfill their purposes. Yet God turns all things around for good. Even when a child is conceived in Sin, the Lord takes that child to His eternal abode. So those who support abortion when a child is conceived in rape or out of wed-lock or infidelity, I use the example of David and Bathsheba, against that thought:

Then his servants said to him, "What is this thing that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while it was alive; but when the child died, you arose and ate food." He said, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, 'Who knows whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?' But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me." (2 Samuel 12:21-23, NKJV)

If we believe that King David's son went to Hell, why would David say that he himself will go to him? No! He will go to his son in Heaven! Because that is where he went, Praise God! 

What a wonderful thing Jesus did for us, and what a wonderful thing He wished for us to become: children! Why children? First off, by saying little children, especially the unborn, go to Hell, do we not make our Lord out to be a liar? 
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14, NIV)

The Kingdom of Heaven is reserved for those who are "like" little children. If we are to be like little children, that is an implicatory statement which supposes that little children have something that we older folk do not have. What is that? Innocence. They are guilty in Adam, but they have not made the choice themselves to eat of the tree, for they do not yet have the knowledge to do so...yet. But Christ is clear on this:

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3, KJV)

Aside from many other aspects of being a child, like obedience and lack of worry, the largest point is their lack of the knowledge of Good and Evil. They have not eaten of the tree, for they have never had the opportunity to do so even. 

So those children sacrificed to Moloch do not face the same end as the "god" they are being sacrificed to will face. This is the physical side of abortions, which has a less gloomy outlook in comparison to those who are spiritually aborted. Even so the Dance of Moloch continues throughout the land, and the unstoppable rhythm of death keeps moving, seemingly impossible to stop.

Never forget though, that through our Lord Jesus, all things are possible. Never forget that. 

More on that in the next post, God Willing!

Blessings in Christ Jesus!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Blistered Man (Part 3): The Lens of the Spirit

If you have not yet read part 1 or 2 of this series, I recommend checking those preceding articles before continuing on with this present post.

This is a Sermon that my brother and I listened to just the other day. It is by Pastor Alan Redpath, and it is titled "Chosen to be Holy". To have a greater understanding of this post, it would be necessary for you to listen to this message, as much of what is said here will be borrowed from Redpath's message, and placed into the context of the Blistered Man. I have posted the 1st part of 5 parts.

 The Telescopic View of Christ
**Keep in mind now, this is simply a metaphor for the journey a Christian takes towards salvation. It does not mean this is how it is for every Christian; it was not this way for me even in every aspect, but it is an illustration of the steps we take towards salvation in Jesus Christ. 

In the last post, the Lord led me to the metaphor of the magnifying glass, and its particular characteristic of concentrating light into one area, long enough for it to burn. At this point, I wish to talk about another aspect of the magnifying glass, which is the most obvious characteristic of the tool itself, which is its ability to magnify. Now, keeping the magnifying glass in mind, I want to turn your attention another tool that has a similar capability: the telescope. A telescope magnifies a large object, which is far away. To our eyes it is small, but in reality it is incredibly large. The telescope brings the object closer to us, and allows us to see it in a more detailed way. From the perspective of the world, Jesus Christ may seem far, far away, but the Holy Spirit acts as a telescope for the Church, and brings that very object, the object of our Holiness, who dwells at the right hand of the Father in Heaven, directly into our line of vision.
Paul prays for the church of Ephesus in the same manner, that they may receive the Spirit:
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Ephesians 1:17-13, NIV)

So this telescopic view of Jesus Christ at first, is then made more intimate when we see and recognize ourselves as being apart of His body through the lens of the Spirit.  Is this not what Paul was speaking of to the Corinthians? He mysteriously states:

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (1 Corinthians 13:12, KJV)
Before we are convicted by the Spirit to come unto the cross and Christ, and even for a short period of time after for many (if not most), we recognize the distance between He and us. This chasm between the Lord and His creation is caused by Sin. We are looking through the armor of darkness, the flesh, unto Christ, and without the light of the Spirit, the armor of light, we can have no knowledge of our position with Him. 
Already There
Now I pray the Lord allows you to recognize this and understand it with spiritual eyes. When the Lord Jesus is brought into a closer view, a revelation must occur for every believer, and that revelation is this:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did
predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30, KJV)

As the Spirit shows us Christ through the lens of the telescope, we are led to the discovery that we are apart of His body. In a literal sense, we were always there! The journey of a Christian is simply the journey back to the One who created him. Sinful nature separated us from the body, or rather, we experienced an amnesiac effect with the knowledge of being apart of the body at one time. By the death and resurrection of Christ, we are brought to the state of glorification, in His body.

To illustrate the ability for God to predestine those whom he has chosen I refer you to a few verses:
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5, KJV)
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:4-6, KJV)
We were chosen in Christ, before the foundations of the world were laid. Imagine that for just a second, and think hard on it for a long moment. So when Christ was formed in the womb, we, spiritually speaking, were formed with Him. When Christ died, His body was put to death, meaning we, who are His body, were put to death with Him. When His body was laid in the tomb, we being His body, were put into the tomb. Most importantly, when His body was raised from the grave and ascended into Heaven, we ourselves were resurrected with Him! 
After we have a recognition of being apart of the body from afar, we are then allowed, by the Spirit of God, to examine ourselves in a more stringent, closer way. Once we know we are apart of the body, the next step is allowing the Spirit to reveal to us where we are exactly in the body. By identifying where we are in the body, we are able to understand our purpose in Christ. 
Our purpose is specific, not random. Our purpose is revealed, not left to be undefined. The Spirit is who reveals this purpose to us. Yet, the body of Christ is very large, it is not like our own bodies. It is a spiritual body, which exist simultaneously in the physical and the spiritual realm. So we, being physically small, make up only a small part of the body of Christ, spiritually. In the relation to a a blister placed onto you, or is it formed from your very body? The skin was already there to be burnt. It is the outside source, the Holy Spirit, that convicts and burns the heart, that which was already there. So we can see that when we are blistered by the Spirit, we are brought to the revelation that we were already apart of the body of Christ long ago!
The Magnification of the Spirit
The next step in the Spirit's work is to then take the  telescopic viewpoint we had of Christ, and make it a magnified viewpoint. By taking the magnifying glass, the Lord reveals to us our specific place in Him. Before we only saw Him from a distance, now we see ourselves dwelling in Him, and He in us. What a change in perspective this is! This is what the Spirit reveals to those who are truly apart of His body. When looking through the telescopic lens, you then see yourself in Christ, which in turn means the Father sees Christ in you. Thus, now instead of seeing Christ Himself from afar off, you are now recognizably apart of that very body, allowing for a closer examination and more intimacy with God. 
What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? (Job 7:18-19)
What is this great mystery? Certainly man is blessed amongst all created things! But it is not enough to simply look unto Christ, and see Him as being God though. The Holy Spirit, speaking through James is clear on this matter:
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (James 2:19, KJV)
What then is the remedy for this predicament mankind finds himself in? The demons see Jesus, and know His standing in the universe. We, as believers, also see this same position that Christ has taken. Where is the difference between mankind and the fallen ones (demons)? Through the crucifixion of the flesh, we are made new by the Spirit. The demons have no flesh to be crucified, they are spiritual beings in themselves, therefore, they have no opportunity to be renewed. They have made an eternal choice. We have been gifted with the choice to die with Christ, or to live with Satan. To die with Christ means to live eternally; to live with Satan means to die forever. So therefore, the demons are only allowed a viewpoint of Christ from a distance. We are afforded the blessing, through His death and resurrection, to become apart of Christ Himself! (Someday I will post on the possible origin of Demons, but that will be for another day).  Once we see ourselves in Him, we will then say with Job, "What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him?" Yet, the Lord does magnify those who are found in His Son. What a humbling thought this is, to have our purpose revealed to us, not as strangers, but as intimate Sons and Daughters of the Most High God. 
There are many implications that follow this revelation and I wish to dwell on a few of them for a moment.

Magnified to Burn
When the Lord magnifies us in His body through His spirit, we are then brought to a viewpoint which allows us to know ourselves better in Him. We see this by the Spirit, our place in the Body that is, but we are then led towards the burning aspect of the blister. When we discover our designated place on the body, the Holy Spirit than burns us with the light and life of He who saved us, Jesus Christ. This relates to the "reality of perception" and the "paradox of the light" spoken of in the previous post. One is brought to a place where they dwell completely in the light and glory of God, and we are then burnt with conviction, by the concentration of that glory through the magnification lens of the Spirit of God. In a way, we found ourselves to be "in the right place, at the right time".  But that would imply that we did something on our part...this is not true. We did nothing. He did everything. It is He, by His Spirit, who reveals all, and accomplishes all. He shows us our sin; then He uncovers the mystery of our position in the body of Christ by the death, burial and resurrection of our God; and then He convicts us to be baptized in order to take our position in that very body. Only through baptism can we be functional in the body of Christ. For we are born into that body, spiritually speaking. Only through conviction can we be lead to baptism though. Again, the conviction of the Holy Spirit is what leads to the blistering of the flesh, and the blistering of the flesh is what leads to the breaking of the old skin, and the manifestation of the new skin (the spirit) on the outside, all which is accomplished through baptism. I post the entire 12th chapter of 1 Corinthians so that we can measure all this with the Word of God. 
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. (1 Corinthians 12:1-31, KJV)
An Active Member
Now we truly discover the truth about what a true Christian is. It is not just recognizing your position in Christ, but recognizing and becoming an active member of the body itself. 
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:20-26, KJV)
What else does a blister do, but irritate, and in more ways than one, simply cause distraction and discomfort for the entire body? As Paul, by the Spirit said, one part of the body effects the entire body itself.  If there is a blister on your finger, will you not use caution when using your entire hand, so as to not hurt the blister? 
Let us apply this to the body of Christ on two levels. First, we must be careful not to harm new believers. Those yet to be born must be cared for in different sense in comparison to a baby who must be nurtured. A baby must literally be nurtured and raised from its birth (and that happens after baptism, or the breaking of the blister). One who has simply been convicted, but has not been baptized, is like a baby still in the womb. We must be careful to not harm that baby. These are delicate fetus's we are dealing with. Knowing that the new believers are to be born, we must be sure that we do not cause a miscarriage. Moreover, we must be sure that we do not abort any of these unborn babies, for the warning is stern for those who cause them to fall away from the Lord. He states this concerning them:

But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. (Matthew 18:6, NIV)
Secondly, we must say this concerning those unborn babies, or those unbroken blisters: you were meant to be born; you were meant to be broken. There is no doubt that the sinful flesh is cause for irritation, which is why all those who are a burden to the body of Christ, by still dwelling in the flesh, must throw off the armor of darkness, and put on the armor of light in its stead. By staying in the womb, and not being born into the body, you will become a still-born baby, instead of a new-born baby. If you are on the cusp of being baptized, or you feel that you are being convicted to commit your life to Jesus Christ, I urge you to commit your life now, this very moment. Time is to short. The body must be ready for combat! Do not hinder the body any longer. Be born. Be saved! 
More to come in the next post, God willing!
Blessings in Christ Jesus