Edition 54. 29th September 2010
In this edition:
●Deadly spiritual blindness
●The so-called peace process and talks relating to Israel dividing the land and the city of Jerusalem may break down soon over the settlements issue. There are new war drums beating in the background. Either way, we need to look for a peace treaty to be signed. this may come through these current negotiations or in an attempt to end a war not yet on the go. It is the signing of a seven-year peace treaty that kicks off the tribulation period. It will most probably happen on a feast of trumpets.
Deadly spiritual blindness:
If ever there is a time and a desperate need for pure spiritual insight it is right now as the Spirit of the living God is being poured out. At the same time the deadly spirit of Satan is also intensifying. Spiritual blindness and deception, which go hand in hand, have deadly, eternal consequences!
We are in an environment of intensifying spiritual conflict. if you are blind and in a war, you're in trouble.
As the coming of our great Lord and King gets nearer, all of His attributes get nearer and everything He has laid up for us gets closer. As the coming of the antichrist nears, the more he will deceive people including Christians who are not well armed and prepared! He comes in camouflage, as an angel of light, but with him comes hell eternal.
If you don't have spiritual light and insight you won't even see your own need for light. You will carry on into oblivion.
Have you ever wondered why some people just can't see what you see? You can explain spiritual things till you're blue in the face and they just can't see. There's nothing wrong with their intelligence, they're just blind to many things of God.
The main reason many can't see or understand is because they are not born of God in the first place. The new birth is the starting gate.
John 3:3 "I say to you, unless one is born again you cannot see the kingdom of God."
Acts 9:18 "Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales and he received his sight at once and he arose and was baptised." This verse relates to Paul receiving his natural sight after being struck blind, but it most certainly also relates to spiritual sight. Note that as He "saw" he was obedient and went to be baptised right away.
After salvation and adult baptism comes a whole new world of following our Lord as we are led by His spirit.
The following verses of scripture may shock you, but they come straight out of the Bible and give us great insights into spiritual blindness.
What the Bible says:
These verses fly in the face of modern thinking. They relate to everyone, great, small, wise and idiot. After reading these amazing and shocking verses of scripture you may want to blame God. Let me tell you that's not a good idea. it will be much better to look into your own heart first. There, if God permits, you will see the problem.
You see, very few people will admit it, but they have actually set themselves up as God's judge. They have exalted themselves and their own opinions above God.
John 9: 39 "For judgement I have come into this world, that those that do not see may see and that those that see may be made blind."
2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 "...They did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved and for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie."
Matthew 6:23 "If your eye is bad your whole body will be full of darkness, if then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness."
John 3:19-21 "This is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light. He who does the truth comes to the light."
Romans 1:21 "Although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened ."
Isaiah 44:18 "They do not know nor understand, for He has shut their eyes so that they can't see and shut and darkened their hearts so that they can't understand."
The above verses will come as a shock to many. It is God himself who blinds the minds. He is in the blinding business! If you don't believe me read those verses again. But there is a very obvious reason why this is the case. Its because of the rebellion of people to God. They have turned from God. They want no part in God's Kingdom. They love themselves, the world system and all its evils. In rejecting God and His word they are exalting themselves and replacing all the ways of God with their own ways.
Self righteousness, self dependence, or pride is the big problem. Trusting in yourself and your own good works rather than the saving grace of the living God is the reason God will hide His Face, His Kingdom and His ways from you. God then comes in and makes sure that you will not see, by blinding your eyes.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 "Our gospel is hidden to them that are lost in whom the god of this world has blinded the eyes of them who believe not."
Now, in this verse (above) it teaches that Satan "the god of this world" has blinded the eyes of unbelievers. It's not a contradiction. Of course Satan would not want anyone to see into God's glorious kingdom or to see his own workings for that matter.
Spiritual blindness is a monumental problem because you will not see that there is a war on the go. You won't see demonic forces at work in the world. How can you defeat an enemy that you don't know exists or can't see?
God will also not not let unbelievers with hard hearts participate in, or even see His Kingdom as well.
What incredible difficulty for unbelievers to see and understand spiritual truth. Both God and the devil have darkened their hearts and understanding.
Blind teachers and preachers:
Matthew 15:14 "Leave them alone, they are blind leaders of the blind, and if the blind leads the blind they will both fall into the ditch."
There are many preachers today who are no more than wolves in sheep's clothing. They are spiritually dead and blind themselves. I continue to be more and more shocked by some of the trash and garbage I see and hear today being presented as gospel truth! It's not so much what they are preaching but what they are not! A great many have great words but with no transforming power. The one big thing that is missing from the modern gospel is the cross. If your church is not teaching and preaching the application of the cross run away from it fast. They are poisonous vipers! (See edition on the centrality of the cross)
They preach in the energy of the flesh and not in the energy of the Spirit and they can't see the difference!
Revelation 3:16-17 "Because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out my mouth. Because you say I'm rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing, and you don't know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, naked and blind."
Today we have many liberal churches and ministries proclaiming a message of tolerance to many evils in the name of relevance. They say that the gospel needs to be relevant to today's world. They say that today the world accepts abortion, homosexuality and many other such things, therefore we need to accommodate and tolerate them. What they actually mean is accept the evil. You see, homosexuals don't really want equal rights only, they actually want us to become like them! These churches and their leaders who are accepting of all things modern have become God's judge. They have locked Him up, shut Him up. They have put Him under their feet...or so they think! They have a very big nasty surprise coming!
Isaiah 5:21 "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness...Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight."
The above verse speaks of those who neutralise all things. They make absolutes variable and grey out truth. Note that these people have sight alright but it is their own sight springing from their dark hearts.
Spiritual darkness in the pulpit is the reason for 30,000 existing, different so-called Christian denominations! What a failure!
Without clear spiritual insight from the church leadership especially the prophets the world will be led into confusion, deception and moral morass. Isn't it amazing that the people of Noah's day could see him building a big boat. They heard his warnings, but they carried on their lives as normal. Their self-opinion blinded them to the soon coming judgement.
A very good way to ensure continued spiritual blindness in your life is to cling to religious traditions.
Mark 7:13 "You make the word of God of no effect through your traditions which you handed down."
Mark 7:7 "Their heart is far from Me and in vain they worship Me teaching as commandmensts the doctrines of men."
Colossians 2:8 "Beware lest anyone cheat you you through empty philosophy and empty deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of this world and not according to Christ."
God does not honour the traditions of man! He honours the traditions and convocations that are exclusively of His word. The occult practices of Christmas, Easter and many others rooted in Babylon and Egypt and adopted by the Catholic church and fed through to Christendom at large, need to be completely expelled from the lives of the God- seeking believer. They need to be replaced with the Feasts of the Lord, Passover, and Shabbat.
Israel's blindness and coming clear sight:
Isaiah 29:10 "For the Lord has poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep and has closed your eyes..."
The rebellion of Israel to God has repeatedly led them into trouble. On their rejection of the Messiah they were again led into trouble. As a response to their refusal, God blinded them and scattered them into many nations, but preserved their identity because He was not finished with them.
Romans 11:25 For I would not have you to be ignorant of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own eyes; that blindness in part has happened to Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in."
Isaiah 42:16 "I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known; I will make darkness light before them."
We are now on the threshold of the recognition of the Messiah by the Jews. They were brought back to their land largely in blindness, but now the veil is starting to lift. It's still early days, and exciting days at that!
The tragedy is that the veil of darkness and blindness is descending on much of the church as they reject God's plan for the Jews, the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem.
Our Lord will complete His work with the Jews, which He started thousands of years ago. His favour will soon swing to them big time! Much of the church won't like this out of pure jealousy!
Romans 11:21-22 "For if God did not spare the natural branches (Jews), He may not spare you (church) either...if you don't continue in His goodness you also will be cut off."
Don't underestimate this!! It's very serious business. What these verses in Romans 11 teach is that God will restore Israel and at the same time cut off much of the church that comes against this new work of God. If your church teaches replacement theology (that God has replaced Israel with the church and has no future plan for them) get out of that church! The church that comes against, or is silent on what God is doing with Israel and the Jews is in mortal danger. The Spirit of the living God has left them, leaving them dead to Him and alive to deception.
I've said before and I'll say it again; one of the big dividing issues between the true church and the false counterfeit church is the whole issue of Israel, the Jews and Jerusalem. It is a rising fence which you can't sit on. You must be one side or the other. One side will lead to glory and the other to hell. (There's obviously a lot more to this, some of which I've dealt with in many other editions.)
John 8:12 "I am the light of the world. He that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
Good eye sight sees the full range of the spectrum colours. As God opens our eyes more and more to His glory we can know and anticipate many great things to come. Personally, I have a very rich, vivid imagination. But the Bible teaches that no human can even begin to imagine the glory that has been laid up for us. Wow, how about that!
The entire universe will be our domain...can you imagine that?
Spiritual sight only comes by and in humility before God and His word. Perhaps the most powerful verse in the Bible is this: James 4:6 "God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud." How can you do or know anything of God if He is resisting you? Alternatively, if He is giving you grace, you are safe, but it only comes in humility. A few verses before this one we get the incredible discourse on friendship with the world. Verse 4 "Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity to God. Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." So we really need the Grace of God that comes through our humility before Him so that we can even see what the world is, so that we can break free from its dominance.
The big cause of spiritual blindness is pride and self righteousness or trust in self. The big answer is humility before God and His word. The big answer is to have a broken soft, open heart before out great King and His word. Humility before God will allow Him to open your eyes and see the full spectrum of what we need know so that we can do His will and fulfil His plan for our lives.
In many ways humility is similar to taking up your cross daily. It is the work of the cross applied to our lives that brings deliverance from the world, self and the demonic. As I take up my cross and die daily, it is I that is decreasing and Him who is increasing. If its not I that live but Christ who lives in me, He has perfect sight into everything!
There is of course another very important aspect to spiritual insight and this relates to the coming of our Lord. Today there is a huge amount of confusion and controversy around this subject. Confusion, my friends, does not come from God. Note that the following verse relating to the coming of our Lord for the church says that we are not in darkness!
Today we are in desperate need of people with prophetic vision and insight.
1Thessalonians 5:4 " You brethren are not in darkness that the Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all children of light."
The effects of spiritual sight:
John 16:13 "When He the spirit of truth has come, He will show you things to come"
Isaiah 33:3 "Call on Me and I will show great and mighty things which you do not know."
Job 15:8 "Have you heard of the secret council of God? or do you limit your wisdom to yourself."
Job 42:5 "I have heard of You by the hearing of my ear, but now my (spiritual) eye sees You, therefore I abhor myself and repent in dust in ashes."
Those who have and are applying humility and the cross into their lives get the grace of spiritual sight. The paradox is that as I yield to God I rise in authority. Humility before God does not make you a door mat it makes you a powerful friend of the living God. This brings authority, understanding and real wisdom into your life.
The road to spiritual insight is the road of truth, which ends in the knowledge of God, discernment, understanding and wisdom. This is the place of deep peace!
Spiritual blindness originates in pride / self will / self trust / self assurance. Spiritual sight originates in humility, cross bearing, brokenness and surrender to God and His word.
The fruit of seeing, knowing God and being known by Him is deep joy, rest, fulfilment and peace that surpasses understanding. Its available, in fact it's promised to you if you chose to go His way. It's the opposite of the fruits of the Christ-less world which are stress, worry, and depression.
James 3:17 "The wisdom that is from above is first pure then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits without partiality and without hypocrisy."
What an incredible tragedy it will be for many who will stand before God and be cast into in hell, only to find out that God had an amazing, wonderful plan and purpose for their lives all along and they ignored Him rather to go with the flow of the world and its ways! They decided to be independent of God and self sufficient! They stole their lives from God.
Perhaps the biggest tragedy of all is that everyone will have their eyes opened to all things by God in the future. For many it will be too late.
As kids we used to go to a railway track and put ours ears on the track. You could feel and hear a train approaching long before you saw it. Spiritual insight gives a new exciting larger dimension to life.
Psalm 119:18 "Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from your word."
Psalm 119:105 "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
Psalm 119:130 "The entrance of your word gives light and understanding"
Psalm119:165 "Great peace have they that love your word and nothing causes them to stumble."
Heaven or hell:
Young woman, without our Lord at the helm of your life you may as well be blindfolded. Your life will be a directionless frustrating mess and ending in eternal hell. There is none so blind as those that will not see, goes the cliché, but in truth there is none so blind as those who can't see! If you come to our great King in humble surrender, that blindfold will be vapourised!
"Now we see through a glass darkly but then face to face, now I know in part but then I will know just as I am known" Dear old lady, very soon your old eyes will look into the eyes of the King of King and Lord of Lords; the one who has the power to give you glorious pure sight. When you look into our Messiah's eyes will it be with confidence as a beloved daughter?
Here is one of my own paintings. This is a collage, mixed media creation in which I've hidden many symbols. In the top left is the Hebrew letter Chet and in middle right the Hebrew letter Shin. There various menorahs olive leaves, pieces of the dead sea scrolls, a shofar blower and more.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!