Edition 132: August 11th 2012
In the world but not of it!
News events and commentary:
My comment begins with ***
●Iran’s Khamenei: “Time for a new world order.” (1st September 2012) At the Non-Aligned Summit in Iran a few days ago, he said that the time has come for a new Islamic New World Order without Israel. This new world would not be run on Western principles, he said. He blamed the Western world for supporting Israel, who “does not have the right to exist” “Global management must create a beautiful new era of peace for humanity.”
***Part of the thesis of my book, The Coming Holocaust, deals with exactly these issues.
●An EU study group is putting forward plans to reform Europe into a 10-nation confederacy. The group first met on the 19th June this year and are ready to the the initiative further. This could be the first step to the fulfilment of the 10-nation kingdom in the area of the ancient Roman Empire prophesied in Revelation 17:12
Announcement: We are now on the verge of the celebrating of the last three of the seven feats of the Lord. “Trumpets” is next on the 18th September. As such, Lord willing the next few editions will be on the feasts. I’ll start the series with Pentecost. There is so much incredible revelation in this feast...you will be amazed. I’ll post it in the next few days, before getting to Trumpets.
In the world but not of it!
John 17:16 “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”
This edition has much to do with edition 96 entitled, “Holiness”...which is my favourite. It has much to do with “being holy”
A lot of this edition will be somewhat of a hazy mystery to many, but hang in there...it’s very important.
Firstly very few Christians even know what the world is. Chatting to one some time ago, he said “O it’s this round thing that we all live on.” No it’s not, that’s called the earth!
The world is ‘adorning’ of the earth with its social, political, economic systems. It includes everything man-made.
It’s this world system that the Bible calls “evil” and tells us to “come out of.” The entire world system and its people are in the most horrific position imaginable and they’re completely blind to their state
John 14:17 “The world cannot receive the Spirit of truth because it neither sees Him nor knows Him.”
So, we’re in the world but not of it, but where is the cross-over point into the realm of danger?
Being in the world and of it is the problem.
The first thing we need is to be able to see the world system with our spiritual eyes. As we do this we see the evil power behind it too.
Galatians 6:14 “I’ve been crucified to the world and the world to me.”
Galatians 2:20 "I've been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.”
These two verses above are the key to victory. The cross applied into our lives puts a gulf of separation between the cross bearer and the world. This is exactly why the world can’t see the spirit of Satan behind the world as its evil power.
The Bible spells out an incredible warning.
Philippians 3:18 “Many walk of whom I have told you often and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ.”
These people are not enemies of Christ, many of them are your nice garden variety Christian, but they’re enemies of the cross. The cross gives us power to walk free from worldliness, from the power of the flesh and the demonic.
The Bible warns of “another Jesus” out there. (2 Corinthians 11:14) These same people are the enemies of cross of Christ. The Bible describes these same people in yet another verse in 2 Timothy 3:5 “These have a form of godliness, but deny its power (the cross) from such turn away.”
Let’s just put these together for a clear picture:
They are “enemies of the cross of Christ, they have “another Jesus” and “deny the power of the cross.”
Again let me stress that these are your average Christian in these days.
Yes you can remove the cross and trust in yourself. The world will then be your great friend, but you will become a victim of Satan’s slaughter down the road.
How do we know when we’re in the world and not of it?
Firstly we will love and accept Gods word on the situation. In fact that is a real key to know if you’re moving forward with our Lord. Here are two powerful verses in this regard:
1 John 5:4 “Whoever is born of God overcomes the world.”
John 15:19 “If you were of the world, the world would love you. Yet because you are not of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
These two verses are profound indeed. Let me ask you this on a personal level. Do you secretly love the world? Are you overcoming the world?
Excellence in the world:
God has placed us in this world for a purpose. If you are a human being, you were born with a purpose and plan made in heaven long before the foundation of this earth.
We are in the world and should be a testimony of excellence in all things that God has calle us to do and be. Being the best at what you are is right. The biblical Christian uses excellence as a testimony and not for self-indulgence and love of worldliness.
If the cross is doing its work of separation in you, you will be safe and not cross over into the spirit of the world.
We must remember that world does not see the things of the spirit, so sometimes pure material or physical excellence is a powerful testimony to the unsaved world.
Here’s a case in point:
Have a look at the following website of a wonderful Messianic ministry up in the mountains and forests. Everything about this ministry is based on excellence. It’s a powerful testimony. Many people who’ve been there have never left. Many have remarked about the spiritual presence on the properties and been deeply influenced as a result.
This is one of the best testimonies I know of doing things in the world well, but not being of the world. Have a look at the photographs of some of the bases, the businesses, restaurants and ministries.
The power of the media:
Psalm 33:10-12 "The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.
The verse above is a gigantic slap in the face to the world’s media. Imagine spending your life working for the god of this world only to be told that all your life’s efforts amount to “nothing”
The power of media and world opinion has created the “Days of Noah” The media has lulled the world to sleep in spiritual terms. It has blinded the eyes of them that believe not!
The media has created its own world apart from God and under the spirit of the devil.
The idea that this world is a playground instead of a battleground is now accepted by the vast majority of Christians...they are drunk on entertainment, celebrity, fun and games and everything me-centred.
Many believers have the world’s media as their god. They have the media as their gospel; they have the media as their leader. That’s no joke. This is one of the greatest tragedies of our time. Your favourite new reporter on CNN or Sky or any other channel, radio, magazine or the like, are responsible for sending more people to hell than Marx, Lenin, Mussolini, Stalin, and others.
Most Christians are blind to the power and influence of the modern media in their lives.
John 18:37 “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
Conflict of worlds and words:
As we move forward to the great climax of the ages, the conflict will intensify. The devil and his world will again try to destroy the Jewish people who have the salvation of God in them in embryonic form at this stage. Satan will try his best to prevent this new birth into glory!
By the way, when the Jews begin to get saved in large numbers, it is not the Gentile church that will come to Judaism, and it is not the Jews who become Catholics and Calvinists, it is the Jews who come to the cross of Calvary!!
Zechariah 12:10 “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and supplication; and they look upon Me whom they have pierced...”
The word of the world will again come heavily against the word of God. It has to because it is written!
People who avoid end-time teaching are in love with the world. Bible prophecy shakes every single stronghold of this world to the ground
James 4:4 “Friendship with the world is enmity with God. Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
Today we’re in an intensifying conflict in the spirit realm. It is manifesting in a conflict of worlds and words. The word of the world is at enmity with the word of God.
It really is your heart that’s the subject of attack.
The following lists of verses speak volumes relating to our walk in and through the world. Note the consistency flowing through them.
If you do nothing but get the truth of these verses in your hearts and minds, you will have achieved much with our Lord.
If you take just these few verses and seriously pray them into the essence of your life they will become real and alive for you.
Mark 4:19 “The cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the desire for things, enter in and choke the word and it becomes unfruitful.”
Romans 12:2 “Be not conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Colossians 3:2 “Set your mind on things above and not on things on the earth.”
Galatians 1:4 “He gave Himself for our sins that He might deliver us from this present evil age.”
1 John 2:15 “Do not love the world or the things of the world, for the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but of the world.”
1 John 5:19 “We know that we are of God and the whole world lies under the power of the wicked one.”
1 Corinthians 2:12 “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God.”
1 Corinthians 3:19 “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.”
2 Corinthians 4:4 “The god of this world has blinded the minds of them who believe not, lest the light of the glory of Christ should shine in on them.”
The gods of this world:
There is only one true and living God. He is not the god of this world now, but will be in the Millennium. Right now the world’s chief god is Satan himself. He has and still does manifests in many illegitimate gods.
Some of these are: Aphrodite, Apollo, Allah, Buddha, Baal, Dagon, Eos, Helios, Iris, Isis, Ishtar, Janus, Jupiter, Krishna, Mars, Mitrea, Mithras, Neptune, Osiris, Ostara, Pan, Ra, Rama, Shiva, Sol, Thor, Venus, Vishnu, Vulcan, Zeus
There’s a huge amount of other gods and deities worshipped by many indigenous tribes. There are also many modern gods like sport, computer games and the like, which don’t generally fit the bill, but are worshipped just as gods.
There are many similar characteristics in all these gods, which is not surprising since they’re all of their father the devil.
The main characteristic is that they all demand obedience and worship based on law and works. In other words, you have to do many works to please their angry god and keep a host of laws.
Law and works is the opposite of faith and grace, which is the way of our Lord.
Every one of these and all other false gods believe in salvation by good works.
The great tragedy is that many Christians also believe in salvation by works. They believe in Jesus, but also believe in the legitimacy of all other religions. I’ve said many times that if that were possible the cross of Christ would have been of no effect.
Do you want peace in your life? You won’t get it with fame or fortune. You can’t buy it. The great secret to oceans of peace is holiness.
Holiness means separation and being apart. As far as the world goes, holiness means being separate from the spirit of the world and many of its ways.
Holiness is the place of safety, satisfaction, rest and peace in this evil world.
The two verses below have been great favourites of mine. They reveal the end of the world, the idol of untold billions
Jeremiah 4:26 “I beheld and indeed the fruitful field was a wilderness and all its cities were broken down at the presence of the Lord, by His fierce anger.”
Hebrews 13:14 “For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.”
The Spirit of revelation:
Do you want to be right with God? There are essentially two main issues from which all others spring. They are, being right in doctrine and being right in heart. We must seek our Lord’s truth with a broken soft heart before Him.
False doctrine or even an over-balance in doctrine always leads to wrong living and actions.
It is the spirit of revelation that we need to see all these things. The spirit of revelation will also show the enemy lurking in the shadows.
If you don’t have real solid teaching in your life on the world, the flesh and the demonic you will not be able to be an overcoming believer. You will always have a secret love for the world and you will always be dominated by self indulgence and a degree of the demonic.
If you set out on a journey it’s wise to consider how you will get there and what the destination is. As believers our destination is obviously heaven. The journey is the way of a broken heart before our Lord, the way of pure Biblical truth and the way of personal holiness.
As we walk through this dangerous world of satanic minefields, God will give us eyes to see and ears to hear.
Revelation 12:9 “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world, he was cast to the earth and his angles with him.”
Revelation 12:12 “Therefore rejoice O heavens and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea for devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that his time is short.”
We are right on the verge of great and terrible times. We are on the verge of a great battle in the spirit realm that will manifest in the natural. We are right at the doorstep of some of the most earth-shaking events ever.
Psalm 78:19 “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?”
Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”
Shalom and grow in grace!