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Edition 381: September 5th 2017.
War of the Worlds!
►At the time of writing hurricane Irma is now a cat 5 and is heading towards Florida, USA. The name “Irma” means “world” or “universal!” Do you see the title of this edition? Coincidence?
Is your heart full of the world? If so, be careful, a war of the worlds is about to break out and just may give you a bit more than a heart attack!
Worlds at war defined:
The earth is not the world. The earth was created by God. The world was created by Adam. The world is Adam’s proud product. In a sense Adam (mankind) and his world rides the earth like cowboy riders of the storm... all the way to doom!
The original word used in the Bible for “world” is “kosmos.” It has three applications: ●The material world. ●The inhabitants of the world (unsaved). ●The affairs of the world-system.
1 Corinthians 2:12 and 1 Corinthians 3:19 speak of the “spirit of the world” and the “wisdom of the world.” Other verses speak of the “nature of the world”, the “corruption in the world”, its “defilements, lusts and pride”.
There is a clear and planned, organised system behind the world, with its own mind, morality and value-system. This world system is “evil.” It is “hostile to God.” It “hates Yeshua.” It “knows not God.” It “cannot receive the Spirit of God.” Friendship with it makes you an “enemy of God.” It is “dark.”
The world consists of all that is sinful, evil and wrong. But it also consists of politics, education, science, medicine, technology, literature, art, law, commerce and industry, entertainment and much more that is of human good, or apparently neutral.
Ephesians 6:12 “...We wrestle against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age (world)...”
Mankind is inextricably linked by birth to the blood of Adam, which is in a sense, the blood of the world. There is only one way out of the world, which is not by rocket ship. It is by death!
All who are born of Adam and still outside of the cross, trend away from God! This is because of the power of Adam and his god, Satan, in their blood.
1 John 5:19 “The whole world lies under the power of the evil one.”
The world hates the word and is making war with all that is of God. This has been a long-enduring war, but is intensifying now. Note in the verse above the term, “The power of the evil one.” It is this driving satanic power that is now worsening fast.
Everything of the world is under judgment. Not just its sin.
John 12:31 “Now is the judgement of the world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.”
The world has no future except to be destroyed and re-constituted by our Lord, and for our Lord, in the Millennium.
We are not called to make the world a better place, although our very presence does shed light in the world. We are called out of the world. We are called to holiness which means “separation!”
Separation to God is always active. It is separation away from the world and its god and his power. We are called out of the world, even by name! The root word for church is ekklesia. “Ek” means to “come clean out away from!” Does that describe you?
We are required to be other-worldly and detached. That does not mean that we have nothing to do with the things of the world. It means there must be an invisible break, a barrier and a separation between it and us.
We are in Messiah. That means we are not in the world, just as He is not. We are in the world now physically, but not “of it” in any way. (John 17:16)
Once we have “tasted of the powers of the age to come” we will be free from the consuming power of the world. (Hebrews 6:5)
John 15:19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own, but because you are not of the world; I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
1 John 4:5 “They are of the world and therefore speak of the world, and the world hears them.”
James 4:4 “Whoever wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
Have you burned your bridges to the world, or are you going back? Does the world hate you? Does the world think of you as its friend?
Winning the war by dying:
The world’s light is really darkness! We, as Christians are its only true light which shines relative to our separation from the world. The closer we get to the world, the less we shine and see, because darkness envelops us, and God blinds us more and more.
1 John 5:4 “Whatever (whoever) is born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.” (“Whatever,” in this verse also includes the things which we sanctify.)
Galatians 6:14 “I have been crucified to the world and the world has been crucified to me.”
The world really hates us as true Christians because it can’t get at us. To really get to us it must go through the great barrier of separation – the cross. We are on the far side of the cross! In a sense, we are untouchable by the devil and his world!
If you are applying the cross to your life, you will be crucified (dead) to the world. But there is a wonderful duality here. The world will also think of you – “You’re dead meat to me. I can’t use you for anything”.
This is when the world loses its grip on you and you overcome it.
The world wars against us as believers. We have been given “weapons of warfare” and “defences” against the devil’s weapons and the power of God. (2 Corinthians 10:4) We must use these gifts of the Spirit, or remain defeated.
Most of us were raised by the world. We now need to kill the world for ourselves and let it see us dead to it! We kill the world as we die on the cross, which is now the barrier between it and us! – What wonder!
Imagine winning a war by dying on a cross, being raised to new life and then taking up our own cross, defeating the world as we go forward in it!
We die to the world to be free of the world. We die to self to be free of Adam’s cursed call to “eat” the fruit of the world. We are to die to the world, which raised us, which is what now raises us above it!
When you are dead or at least indifferent to the world and its ways and attractions, you are on the right track. Even at this late stage in the prophetic future of the world, you can and must get on that track and begin your own momentous journey away from the world towards glory.
The world goes to war with us, but it is blind to the great barrier – the cross before it. The world is blind to the great impassable gulf between it and us and it will fall into that fiery ditch! (Luke 16:26)
When you stand separated and apart from the world and its ways, you are seen by them as a rebel, or an enemy. The unsaved will think you are odd and strange, but some will see something mysterious and extremely attractive in you.
These ones are your witnessing targets.
Unfortunately too many Christians fear the world’s displeasure and are afraid to let go of it. It will also not let go of you!
Galatians 1:10 “...Do I still seek to please men? If I still sought to please men, I would not be a servant of Messiah.”
John 12:43 “They loved the praise of men rather than the praise of God.”
Beware; the world is good at re-converting Christians who have thrown aside the power of the cross!
The fruits of the world and the word:
So why then does the world hate righteousness, holiness and its adherents? It’s so that the fruit of their god, Satan, which is sin and evil can flourish. You see, sin grows and produces its fruit only in one type of ground. That is “ground” devoid of the cross of Calvary!
The fruits of worldliness, no matter how good, are a poisoned apple!
Both the kingdom of the world and the kingdom of God produce fruit. One is rotten fruit, exceedingly destructive and hell-bound, the other is pure, holy and eternally enduring.
The fruits of the Spirit are well known to us, but these break down into many more, which are all being eroded and destroyed now.
The world celebrates the destruction of restraint in society and the advance of sin and evil. They deplore the advance of holiness, finesse, sophistication, morality, integrity, ethics, godly character, and virtue.
Modern unsaved man can never know himself. He cannot know what sin is because the “light” of darkness being emitted from the world keeps him blind and ignorant. Only in God’s light do you get sight of sin and the power to defeat it.
The sinful fruit of the world is a product of its root. The decay can’t be stopped. Judgement is the only answer for the root and fruit of the world!
Isaiah 13:11 “I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.”
Isaiah 24:4-6 “The earth mourns and fades away; the world languishes and fades away. The haughty people of the earth languish. The earth is defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth. The inhabitants of the earth are burned and few are left.”
The futile, impossible war:
You can’t go back and undo the results of WW11. You can’t undo the Holocaust, or D-Day, or V-Day (The victory of the allies.) You can’t undo the defeat of the Nazi’s.
In fact you can’t undo anything in history. Or can you?
You can’t undo the victory of the cross of Calvary. You can’t go back and undo the resurrection and the ascension. You can’t undo the once-off payment of the cross for sin. You can’t undo the power of the cross now available to Christians.
If you could, you would have to go back not 2000 years, but to a time before the creation of the world. (Revelation 13:8, 1 Peter 1:20)
You see, in God’s entire scheme of things, the Lamb was slain before the foundation of the earth! That’s when the victory was achieved!
Likewise, we were chosen before the foundation of the world.
So for Satan to win or defeat the living God and His ways and word, he would have to go back to the foundation of all things and change the outcome back there. Satan and his host can’t do that. The victory is signed, sealed and delivered. It is untouchable.
Amazingly, this glorious victory cancels out our history of sin! Have you ever wished that you didn’t do something that was a real abomination? Now, in and through the cross you can wind the clock back and undo all sin. You can “redeem the time” (Ephesians 5:16) But the world can’t do that.
Sorry world, you can’t be saved. Your doom has already occurred in God’s scheme of things. You are done. It’s over and it’s finished. Victory has already been declared! D-Day (the cross) has already produced V-Day – the greatest eternal victory.
World, you can war against us all you like, the worst you can do is kill the flesh, which in itself would be delivering instant eternal victory to all who have the imprints of the cross on their lives now.
But listen world; what you can do is go to war with yourselves. You can fight and kill as many of your own as you like. That will only increase your guilt! As I look into God’s prophetic book, I see that is just what you will do!
Talk about a futile war! Fighting a war that you lost a quintillion years ago, is not very clever! And then fighting a war against yourselves is the ultimate civil war!
What futility to go into a war, blind and with military advisers, demonic commanders that are liars, thieves and murderers!
The world’s war is for peace. It is to get rid of opposition to itself! It thinks that will bring peace!
The world’s time is running out fast – very fast. It may run out in months, or in 2018!
The war will intensify simply because of Revelation 12:12 “Satan knows he has little time left.”
***World peace has one major obstacle to it and that is world peace. World peace Adam’s way is cursed and doomed. God’s way for peace will come about – His way – in the Millennium.
They say and sing: “We can change the world and make it a better place.” No you can’t. It has already been made a better place. It has already been made new, holy and righteous. It is already a world of peace, formed on the destruction of this present world kingdom.
God’s kingdom is already here and is in our hearts by the new-birth.
The people of the world can’t see that they are subjects of their king of pride, in his defeated and doomed kingdom.
Job 41:34 “He (Satan) is king over all the children of pride.”
Please understand that the fruit of pride is always spiritual blindness!
It’s just the final manifestation of God’s kingdom that awaits us, and the final manifestation of the world’s eternal judgement. But it is already a done deal. It’s absolutely impossible for the final victory of God’s kingdom not to come about.
World peace the world’s way is cursed peace! This is also why the unsaved of the world can never really find true inner peace. You may find some sort of peace, but it’s empty and essentially cursed by the blood of Adam.
Even if you get to be very successful in life, at the end of your cursed-road, you run into God and then your eyes are opened to your pride-filled, self-led journey and your final end – hell.
When you find ultimate success in the world, you eat it, hug it, live it, embrace it and draw it close. But it’s all cursed, which eventually manifests itself at the Great White Throne judgement.
Many people think success is just over the horizon, so they struggle all their lives up the steep hill. When they get to the top, they find their rainbow-pot, but it’s full of poisoned apples – all cursed.
Here’s the better choice when you go up that steep hill: “I found Your word and I ate it.” (Jeremiah 15:16) As you devour God’s word your eyes open and wisdom floods in, like magnificent fruits.
You see, Satan loves you, sin loves you. The curse of Adam loves you, because you have fed it. Sin now feeds you, and loves you, and you love it because it’s so attractive. It makes you feel good, but then it burns you bad and then sends you to hell!
Then you see that Satan didn’t love you. He just pretended to love you so that he could entrap you and keep you away from the true God.
The people of the world blame God, His word and His people for standing in their way of world - peace.
***The sin-nature always blames the holy-nature for obstructing it.
The language of the world’s agenda is group speak, crowd psychology, and confirmation bias. They all draw from the cursed waters of the sin nature and speak the same thing.
To be at peace, the unsaved must remove the cross and any thoughts of coming judgement. They do not know the word of the Lord: “For judgement I have come.” (John 9:39)
If you get rid of judgement you have anarchy, and a world where anything goes. The problem is that “anything” has a name. It is Satan, and his fruit is always everything sinful and evil.
To produce a new world of peace, you have to reduce virtues and values to the lowest common denominator. Satan is the god of “low!”
The final move of Satan in setting up his new-world (with the aid of the mass-media) will be to remove the cross, kill God’s word and then kill God’s people and then kill God. Talk about a big OOPS! The truth will always be the exact opposite of the “god of low.” We follow the One True God, who sits on High!
You are of immense value to our Lord and His kingdom. Stand securely in these dangerous days. Embrace the cross of Messiah and take up your own cross daily. Draw near to our great God. Seek to know Him more deeply every day.
To truly love our Lord means to love people enough to show them their doom in this world, and how to get out without ever smelling the smoke of hell.
I took these two pictures in the Limpopo region of giant baobab trees. I removed the colour from the background image and added texture. The framed picture is the original.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!