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Edition 427: July 24th 2018
Revelation 22:11 “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still. He who is filthy, let him be filthy still. He who is righteous, let him be righteous still. He, who is holy, let him holy still.”
The unrighteous, filthy world is racing to its, doom. The kingdom of God is growing in godliness and glory. There is an impassable gulf between the two; it is a fast rising fence of separation.
These end time pressures will neutralise many, destroy many or shape many. Keep the fence high!
But, before we talk about the rising fence, let’s have a good look at the astounding fence itself!
The miracle, true fence:
The cross of Calvary is filled with drama, depth, messages and miracles.
It is the miracle, pinnacle of the fence!
●Crucify: Strong’s G4717 - “Stauroo.” (Also G4957). Meanings: Impale or fence off. The original term comes from driving pales into the ground to fence-off an area. This is the origin of the word, ‘Palisade.’ It corresponds with the Latin, “vallum” which means to set a wall, fence or fortification.
So, here within the meaning of this word alone, we see a wondrous miracle-message of note!
“Crucify” means, to ‘impale’ and fence-off. The fence is a barricade or fortification. It is the eternal, great ‘No-Entry’ sign. The cross is the ultimate implement of separation.
Beloved brethren, this is the real story of the cross of Calvary. Those who contain the work of the cross in their hearts by the new-birth are eternally separated from the world, sin and Satan.
If you are a true believer, you too have been crucified! “I’ve been crucified with Messiah.” (Galatians 2:20) The separating work and power of Messiah’s cross is in you!
●Holy: Strong’s H6944 – “Qodesh”. Meanings: Apartness, separateness, sacredness of God.
●Unholy: Strong’s H2455 - “Chol.” Meanings: Commonness, profane, wicked.
●Sanctify and saint: Strong’s H6942 – “Qadash” Meanings: To be set apart, consecrated, hallowed.
On the right side of the fence, which is the cross, we have: Fence-off, fortify, apartness, sacredness, separation, holiness and similar. On the wrong side of the fence we have: Unholiness, commonness, togetherness, mixing together, wickedness and similar.
Separate and apart:
It is the world and its inner-voice, the mass-media, driven by Satan, which tries to keep believers, apart from the fence, keeping us apart from Satan in them!
The mass-media are the perpetrators of deadly apartheid. Satan desires to keep us apart from God. It is the word of our Lord instructing us to be separate from the world.
We must understand that both God and Satan are on the move. The result is that the fence between them is rising ever higher. These things are not static, especially in this time period.
As the things of the devil worsen and intensify, they are causing the fence of separation to rise ever higher. They now have much more to dethrone, before they can come to God and experience all that He has for them in the kingdom.
The horror of the fence is that there are few on the right side and many on the wrong side. There is a narrow, constrained path leading to the good side.
The fence of holiness is the triumphant fence of victory separating two kingdoms forever.
Today, the beauty of holiness shines brightly and strongly because of the thick, encroaching darkness all around us. The contrast is becoming so vivid and clear.
Tragically, much of the church today does not have the slightest idea what holiness is!
It’s a heavy burden obeying the word of the Lord when you are obeying the word of the world! But when you yield willingly to our Lord, His “burden is light” and it soon becomes a burden obeying the world and its masses charging down the road to hell.
A holy conundrum:
“Come out and be separate says the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 6:17)
“Become all things to all people.” (1 Corinthians 9:22)
The two verses above appear to be contradictions. They are not. We can become all things to all people from a position of separation. Becoming all things to all is in the context of winning them to Messiah and not participating in any sin.
What we will or won’t do or be involved in, is a sign of our growth in the Lord, and a sign to the lost.
Sometimes there is grace in yielding (not compromising). But there is always grace in being a nice person, although there are times when a severe approach is needed.
Yes we must be separate and apart from the world. We must tailor-make our approach to unbelievers, but within the confines of holiness.
Be careful of the comfort of hell! That means we are to be careful of getting too close to unbelievers who are really looking for acceptance, assurance, approval and comfort in and of their evil lifestyles.
Being separate does not mean going and living in a cave. It does not mean giving up your job. It’s an internal separation, although there may be things at certain times where physical separation is required.
You are still to be the best you can in what you are called to.
This means that we must be led by the Spirit in all these things.
Sitting silently like a half-baked blockhead on the fence:
1 Kings 18:21 “Elijah came to the people and said, ‘how long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him.’ But the people answered him not a word.’”
What a great verse (above) identifying the double-minded, unstable in all their ways! (James 1:8)
Hebrews 12:26-28 “...He has promised saying, ‘yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven...so that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace and serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”
As God shakes everything that can be shaken, all those sitting on the fence will be shaken off by the earthquakes of judgement. They will land in a deep valley. It’s called the “valley of decision.” It is filled with multitudes. (Joel 3:14)
The fence cannot be breached with philosophy, intellect, theology, legalism or religious works. It can only be breached by the supernatural resurrection power of God. Your gateway is the cross.
The smart and sensible thing to do when you have fallen off the fence into a valley of mud is get up, clean yourself off, throw aside your past ways and go through the nearby, narrow gate, with single-minded determination. The cross is the way into glory!
If you have fallen off the fence into the mire of the pigsty, do have a look over the fence to the other side. Do you see your Father there preparing a party for you? And He will clean you up too if you go back to Him, Mr. Prodigal, Welcome home, buddy!
Psalm 118:19 “Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them and praise the Lord.”
The deeper you go into worldliness, the closer you get to the heart of Satan himself, and that always has nasty fruits with it, and much devastation.
I recall once doing a photographic feature down a gold mine 3 kilometres deep. As we descended, the air pressure increased, and it got hotter and hotter. That’s the idea of approaching hell.
The rising fence or wall has much writing on it. Have you seen the billboards, placards and banners on the fence? Did you see the sign: “The days of Noah and Lot” Or the sign: “Devil’s playground that way” Or the sign: “Your days are numbered.”
On one side of the fence we see degeneration of character and a fall in virtues and values with arising evil, and wickedness. We see a world going crazy with hatred for everything and everyone on the other side of the fence – where God and His people are.
Rather than repent, the world is justifying and neutralising sin. It is trying to breach the fence from their side.
Proverbs 17:15 “He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.”
Psalm 55:19 “...Because they do not change, therefore they do not fear God.”
Satan comes to kill, steel, destroy, lie, deceive, confuse, bring darkness, dark light, error, and more.
Buy flaming gold and anoint your eyes:
Revelation 3:18 “I counsel you to buy from Me, gold refined in fire, that you may be rich...and anoint your eyes with eye salve that you may see.”
The verse above is from the letter to the lukewarm, fence-sitting church of Laodicea, which God spits out. They are spiritually blind. Note that spiritual eyes are aligned with the eternal rewards, here compared to “refined gold!”
Gold is refined by a fire of judgment upon all impurities!
Your eyes are like a gateway into your soul. You must guard the gate!
There are too many forbidden things we can see too easily with our eyes! In this context, sight, imagination and thinking are closely related. They lead to actions.
Psalm 101:2-3 “I will behave wisely. I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.”
And a few verses further on, here is the Lord’s response: “My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land. He, who walks in a perfect way, will serve Me.” (Psalm 101:6)
Psalm 119:37-38 “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things and revive me in Your way. Establish Your word to Your servant, who is devoted to fearing You.”
The Bible tells us where to look:
Luke 21:28 “When these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws nigh.”
We are to look up, to look to eternity, to look to what we can’t yet see. But as we do, we must also look back to where we have come from, and what we have achieved as believers. We are always to look to our solid foundation, and our Lord impaled on the fence.
We are to look up with great expectation and hope, and backwards with thankfulness. We are to eagerly wait for our Lord. Even all creation is “eagerly waiting.” (Romans 8:19)
Don’t look over the fence! Be careful what your eyes see and ears hear in these days. It gives you leprosy rather than fine gold!
God lights up where He wants you to walk, so you can see the way ahead. If you won’t walk in His path, He switches the light off and you must say, “Hello darkness, my old friend.”
Don’t look over the fence so that you can go back to the other side! Remember Lot’s wife.
Mind your mind:
The Bible speaks of end-time “corrupt minds, destitute of the truth.” (1 Timothy 6:5) That’s the way it works! Truth is the anchor of your soul.
Thank God for your guilty conscience. Without it, you blunder on into ever worsening sin. The secular psychologist gets you to ignore your guilty conscience, saying that your sin is not sin, but a church-created obstacle to your behaviour being fully expressed.
The mass-media gets you to deny your guilty conscience, because it says sin is normal and everyone is like that.
Today, there is little hatred for sin, but fast rising hatred for all forms of godly authority, and anything that identifies and condemns sin.
Mankind always needs an authority to turn to for support. When God and His word are rejected, people are automatically filled with illegitimate authorities like those of their culture, traditions, peers, friends, majority views, media, celebrities, sportsmen and the like. These then, become the unwritten law and standard.
People go from being a friend of the world, to loving the world, to praising the wickedness of the world, to welcoming Satan. Switch on CNN anytime to see biblical truth before your eyes: “Those that forsake the word of God praise the wicked.” (Proverbs 28:4)
As you accept and normalise sin, the more your conscience is seared and your mind darkened.
In fact, with a “seared conscience,” (1 Timothy 4:2) you can’t identify sin anymore. A terrible reversal then takes place, orchestrated by Satan, and you love or “praise” sin and evil.
There is pleasure in sin, says the Bible, but it is only for a season. (Hebrews 11:25) Then you need more sin. You are now on a slippery slope downhill! Or you can go God’s way, which is the path of life, with fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore! (Psalm 16:11)
Satan’s big thing is “Do what you will.” But when that is combined with blindness to sin, and the loss of inner restraint from rejecting God’s ways, and searing your conscience – you are in great trouble – hindered of many demons.
Spiritual sight and thinking is absolutely indispensible in these days. You need it now!
The Christian who has rejected the gifts of the Spirit is in danger. They do not have the gift of discernment of spirits. How can they be safe, when you are partially blind?
2 Corinthians 10:4-6 “The weapons of our warfare and not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds and casting down every high thing, exalting itself against the knowledge of God.”
If the light of the church is getting dimmer, you can be sure that the world is getting even darker fast. It has no light of its own. The world’s light is “great darkness.” (Luke11:35)
You must be growing in the Lord all the time. Part of that includes the knowledge of hell, which is vital for your spiritual value system and balance.
Israel and the rising fence:
The world hates and rejects all the major tenets of scripture, especially relating to God’s plan and purpose for Israel. Like stuck, scratched, records they spew out their anti-Israel rubbish all the time.
This fence is rising. We have those who are with our Lord and His plans on one side, and the world and a lot of the compromised church, on the other.
The parable of the prodigal son applies to backsliders. But it applies so excellently to Israel as well.
Malachi 3:17-18 “They (Israel) shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, on the day that I make them My jewels. I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him. Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and who does not.”
At this stage, Israel is largely blind to the real fence between them and the world! It is the crucified Messiah – God of glory, raised and with healing and forgiveness in His “wings.”
How to secure your fence:
Why is it that so many people can’t get into the kingdom of God even though they want to, and why is it that so many make it in, and then just can’t go any further?
Here are some basic principles needed to secure your growth and prevent your fence from falling. Please note the all important words:
Psalm 119:63 “I am a companion of all those who fear You and keep Your precepts.”
Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from your word.”
Psalm 119:155 “Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek Your statutes.”
Psalm 95:8 “Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion and as in the day of trial.”
Luke 8:18 “Take heed how you hear.”
Psalm 145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.”
Putting these points together we come up with this:
●We must actively fear the Lord. We must seek and keep His word. ●We must ask Him to open our spiritual eyes. ●We must maintain a soft heart before our Lord and to His word. ●We must cultivate discipline in our hearing and obeying His word. ●We must call on and study in all truth.
We are to have strong secure fences between us and false doctrine, and false prophets in the church. We are to keep them out. We are to break down all fences and barriers between all true churches of the living God.
The true Christian must have a fortified, strong, rising fence and watchman at the gate.
Pray for the strength of your fence. Know that the devil’s strategy is to divide and conquer! Satan gets through breaches and breaks in your fence.
Support and sympathy for Satan’s strategy, is the objective of the mass-media. Keep your fence between you and media very high and secure!
The issues these days are really coming into focus and people are becoming more polarised. It’s not so much an East / West or liberal /conservative issue, but a God, Satan issue, which few can see.
Please take note again of our introductory verse. Note that the things on the world’s side of the fence will get worse and worse.
Things on God’s side of the fence and in your own life can potentially get better and better in the face of the world’s worse and worse!
The path of the righteous is like the shining sun that shines ever brighter unto the coming Day. (Proverbs 4:18)
Here are the last words of King David before he died:
“The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me, that when one rules righteously, ruling in the fear of God, He dawns on them like morning light, when the sun rises on a cloudless morning, when the tender grass springs out of the earth, shining clearly after rain. Truly my house stands with God...” (2 Samuel 23:2-5 Amp.) See also: Job 11:17, Job 17:9, Psalm 97:11, and Proverbs 15:24.
I took the buffalo picture in KwaZulu-Natal and the baobab tree near the Limpopo River.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!