Edition 23. December 26th 2009
In this edition:
●The power of the media
The incredible power of the media
For the purpose of this article media is: TV, radio, print media, advertising, movies, social media, music and the Internet.
It influences everyone with few exceptions and is a major tool of both evil and good. Media has within it the power to lead untold millions to hell and to be a tool in the hand of our Lord for His purposes.
The media is essentially responsible for the shaping of the world through manipulation by the god of this world, Satan himself.
The world has drifted so far from God's ways in recent times its really shocking. 2 Timothy 3:1-4 prophecies this: "In the last days there will be perilous times for men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of Godliness, but denying its power, and from such turn away."
The incredible thing about the above passage is that every single word of that discourse perfectly fits almost every movie, soap opera, and bit of entertainment today. The tragedy is that the verse actually refers to so-called Christians and not the world at large. It's those that have a form of Godliness, but deny its power. What a clear description of non spirit-filled, worldly church goers today!
In the tribulation period, and yes professing Christians who aren't born again, will be here on earth, that's for sure, a group of young, single, Jewish men (only) will lead a world revival to rival them all. These young virgin-guys will follow the Lord blindly, they'll be those that speak only truth and they'll be pure and holy, without fault!! You can read about them in Revelation 14: 1-5, with a further description identifying them in Revelation 7:1-10
"What" you say, "you mean God will use a bunch of 'pure' young Jew boys, who don't even know what's on at the movies, and not us!" "Don't you know, we celebrate Chrissmiss and Easter!" "We're worldly wise, we know all about the Hollywood celebrities and we know who's having sex with who on TV". "We keep up with the world, after church we go to the movies and watch and listen carefully to the foul language and blasphemy, (and then proclaim it good) we've even just seen the Michael movie!"
Dear Jewish reader, you need to know that no matter what the media says God is about to use you in a very powerful way. Right now as we speak, God is secretly raising up what will be a spiritual super-army. Yes that's right. People don't know that God has groups of people around who are already separated to Him in holiness...waiting. Now, its a secret hidden work, but these will burst onto the world stage soon.
The world's media has created a world perfectly in line with the character of its god, but it has also created a world of compromised self-orientated Christians who are essentially no different to the world. The reason is simply because they've never learnt what it is to be "crucified to the world." They've never even been taught it!
Today we're in a global wave of self indulgence, self absorbed pleasures, self seeking, greed and violence which has been propagated and disseminated by the mass media. There was a day not long ago when the media had some self-control in it as a result of strong Christian influences, now that's all gone, and the media is completely released from Godly influence. It now manifests the power behind it.
"Self seekers" are told in Romans 2:8 that they "won't obey truth, but will obey unrighteousness and will receive indignation, wrath, tribulation and anguish"
Daniel 12:4 -9 "Shut up these words and seal the book until the time of the end, many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall increase...These words are sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, made white and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly and none of them shall understand, but the wise will understand"
We are now in this time of an explosion of knowledge and information like never before, thanks to the various media. But note in the above verse that only one type of person really understands things and these are the wise (obviously, wise from God's point of view) The wicked are specifically told that they shall not understand what's going on. They will not see what is of God and what isn't. They will be unable to see the ever widening impassable gulf between the kingdom of this world and the Kingdom of God as they head for hell.
Media is all about mind control and its been overwhelmingly successful. Actually, to be more accurate, the spiritual power behind media is all about mind control. Most people are completely blinded to the presence of a big spiritual force, the devil himself lurking behind the media, intent on control.
Satan wants control. If he can get your mind, he's got access right into your heart and he's got you! You see, its not so much that the media has destroyed the morality of the world, its Satan behind the media at work. Its essentially a spiritual issue.
What the world is and how it works:
Its very important to understand what the world is and how it all works. God did not create the world. He created the earth. The world can be defined as the socio-political, economic, order residing upon the earth. It's like the adornment of the earth, which is all headed for destruction, to be replaced with the true new world order, soon!
Masquerading behind the world system is its power, Satan himself. He is the master of deception and camouflage.
The Bible uses the original Greek word 'kosmokratos' to describe Satan in the world. This word means 'world power'. There is another interesting Greek word, it is 'Hupokrites'. This word comes from ancient Greek theatre and is the name for the person who would come onto the stage to introduce the next act. If a tragedy he would wear an 'angry' mask. If the next act was to be a comedy, he would wear a smiley mask. We still have these associated with theatre today. This is the origin of the word hypocrite as well, but the word actually means 'the one behind the mask is not the same as the mask he portrays.
This is the big key to identifying the very nature of the world system. Satan is the deceiving, two-faced 'hupokrite' hiding behind masks of good and evil.
Satan comes as an angel of light. The world's media is blind to this and in fact blind to his existence and presence right in their own hearts.
Satan as the god of this world has a loud booming voice and its the media. The mass media is his voice pushing you always to conform to his ways. He wants to neutralise you as a believer and suck you into his world. He wants your mind and your thinking to be filled with his garbage. He wants you to be neutral to all the evils of the world. He does it gradually, bit by bit and he's very successful at it!
Here is a collection of powerful verses of scripture that speak absolute volumes:
2 Corinthians 4:4 "The god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of them that believe not"
2 Corinthians 6:17 "Come out from among them (the worldly) and be separate says the Lord and be removed from the unclean"
James 4:4 "Friendship with the world is enmity with God, whoever then wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God"
1John 2:15 "Do not love the world nor the things of the world, if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him"
1 John 4:4 "You are of God little children and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world."
1 John 5: 4 "Whatever is born of God overcomes the world and this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith"
1 John 5:19 "We know that we are of God and the whole world lies under the power of the wicked one."
How then can all of this be reconciled with John 3:16, which says that "God loves the world"? Good question, lets have a look at what this portion of scripture really says!
John 3:16-19 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life...He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, and this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their works are evil."
Can you see it? Its conditional. God's act of love for the people of the world was the coming of The Light and the cross of Calvary. Reject it and you're in trouble. Outside of the cross, the world is doomed.
If you just take John 3:16 on its own, you're taking it out of its context which gives it a different (wrong) meaning. God does not love the world, in the sense of acceptance. His love was and is the offer of salvation. Read it again and re-read the verses just above it!
The gods of the media world:
The god of this world has created many gods in his image that are blindly worshipped today, even by the majority of Christians. The world of celebrity is a world of gods created by the media and its god, but devoid of truth, holiness and godliness except for a few who've been wonderfully saved.
Today many blind, deceived Christians worship the world of celebrity in a shocking way. Because of the status and fame behind celebrities, ignorant believers accept, receive and worship them as gods. Yes they are gods, but gods of evil, especially the Hollywood types.
What does it mean to be separate from the world (2 Corinthians 6: 17) ?
Obviously this doesn't mean physical separation like living as a pauper in a monastery. Although it often can involve physical separation for a time. Our Lord often went off alone into the desert for a time. Paul the apostle spent 14 years almost alone in the desert before his ministry really started.
It most certainly does mean physical separation from the evils of the world, unless of course you're going into some of those places for ministry purposes or something like that.
It doesn't mean living in poverty. God wants His people to be successful in what he has called them to do! This may involve being successful in business or with money, but being inwardly separate from the world in heart.
I does mean getting out of the unwinnable race to keep up with the Joneses, which the media constantly drives us to be participants in.
Separation from the world is essentially a heart issue. We are in the world but not of it and that's the key...being not of it!
Neither you, I, nor anyone can ever be separate from the world unless you can see it and the power behind it.
How to get victory over the world:
Galatians 6:14 "The world has been crucified to me and I to the world" This is THE answer. Its the cross. The application of the power of the cross breaks the power of the world and sets us free from its grip. Its the application of the cross and its power that gives us eyes to see the great gulf between the kingdom of the world and the kingdom of God. Its the application of the cross that gives us the power to move forward in new resurrection life.
Oh, and let me throw this in for good measure. The application of the cross into your life will make you strange in the world's sight! It will hate you as a result!
Romans 12:1 "Be not conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" This portion of scripture relates to an ongoing work after salvation, but it doesn't happen automatically. its an ongoing discipline that only comes by your choice. The word 'renew' should actually be translated 'exchange" Its an exchange of my old way of thinking for His.
Colossians 3:2 "Set your mind on things above and not on things on this earth." I've heard so many say things like: "He's so heavenly minded, he's no earthly good." Actually according to this verse, the truth is the opposite. You will be no good in God's hands unless you are heavenly minded!
To really be able to see the world and its power, you need to be a believer made and constructed God's way. He has set up the way to build your life. It involves going through three transitions. 1) The new birth, as a deliberate decisive act. 2) Adult water baptism, which is not infant sprinkling. That is a Babylonian occult practice introduced by the Catholic church. The original word baptism (baptismo) means to be immersed. It is used also in reference to burial. You immerse a dead person completely into the grave. There is not one single example of infant sprinkling anywhere in the Bible, while there are dozens showing adult baptism. Adult baptism is a type of dying to the world and being raised up into new resurrection life. 3) Baptism in the spirit as a deliberate act of choice in obedience to the Word. This immersion in the Spirit obviously gives us greater clarity of Spiritual sight.
These are like the three legs of a tripod. If one or more is missing it wont be long before you fall on your head. Its also the reason why so many Christians are so defeated by the world...they're incomplete in their very foundational make up.
Israel and the media:
The media has played a massive role in deceiving the whole world. The Satanic powers of the world media have portrayed the Palestinians as the rightful owners of the land. They are seen in the eyes of the world as poor victims of an evil aggressor. According to the devil, they are fighting for their land. The truth is the exact opposite. I'm not going to go into this subject here because I have covered it in many previous editions. The bottom line though is that God's truth will endure and the Jews will stand in their own land (all of it) and the Palestinians together with the armies of the world will be destroyed! How about that for a turn of events!
The world's "roadmap to peace is actually Satan's roadmap to false peace and will end in world war.
Its sort of enlightened self interest to go with the winning side you know!
Israel went from the Godliness to bondage and captivity and will finally return to Godliness. The world, with many religious types in tow, is now in the death throws of bondage and captivity to an empire of evil, destined for hell.
As far as Israel and the Palestinians are concerned, a pretty good rule of thumb is to take what the media says, reject it and apply the opposite! Put that in your pipe and smoke it CNN.
I've been involved in the media world all my adult life. I worked for top newspapers around the world covering everything from wars and conflicts to fashion and entertainment and just about everything in between. I've been shot at, shot and hit once, thrown in jails, dined with presidents and celebrities and lived in the fast lane with front row seats to the extremes of life. I was involved in the music world for years as well. I've also been involved in Christian documentary work, magazine work and the advertising industry. Today, I still have contacts with some generals and leaders of the armed forces of a few countries and keep a keen eye on the news, but only as it relates to prophecy or the Bible in some way.
In many respects I was really privileged to have my finger on the pulse beat of the world system and have been through more experiences than ten lifetimes. I've seen the extremes of the good, bad and ugly close up.
There did come a time when my Lord led me to step out of the news media world and separate myself to Him in a deeper way. This was in 1980, some four years after salvation. I then went into full- time Bible college. I've studied the Bible thoroughly and deeply since then and read it through cover to cover three times. I'm constantly amazed at just how inexhaustible it is. It always speaks freshly and gives new insights. It really is alive!
1980 was a monumental year for me. It marked the last time I went to a movie. I also broke completely from the entertainment and music world, which I was very much involved in. 1980 also marked the start of years of regular fasting in my pursuit of our Lord and His ways.
Now what I see more clearly than anything is that the hand of our great Messiah was at work leading me in all this time. He has given me eyes to see the power behind the world and its voice - the media, which I was so much a part of. I see so clearly how easy it is to influence people with words and images.
It was no accident that I spent my life in the media world. I see now that this has been the purpose and call of God as it all comes to His conclusion.
I can testify to the fact that standing separate from the world and its ways brings untold peace, satisfaction, rest and joy. Oh and did I mention it also makes you an oddball, but a glorious one! On the other hand being a Christian in love with the world brings stress, torment, unhappiness and slavery.
These are not fancy words to impress. They are real, so very real! I saw it just yesterday, as I met with an ex-girl friend, who is a half-baked believer, on the verge of suicide. She is one with the world and its ways and lives under a dark cloud of heavy stress.
An address to the critics:
I fully realise that there are many people who wont receive this message, but my responsibility isn't to people but to my God. In the soon-coming tribulation period, true believers will be removed and untold masses of professing non -born again Christians will be left. Many of them will get saved in the tribulation period. Many of those will be martyred. Many of the half-baked Christians anchored to the world will become the actual murderers and persecutors of those that wont serve the god of the world. There will of course be an easy way to escape martyrdom and that's to simply go with the flow of this evil world, of course at immeasurable cost.
The media has been extremely effective in neutralising untold masses of Christians. Spineless pastors and deceived teachers are too chicken to stand against the world system these days. Many don't even know that they need to.
The days are becoming fiercely dangerous, deception and compromise with the world is everywhere, even in the midst of much of the church. Today believers really need some solid determination and spiritual guts to stand against the things of evil and to stand for the TRUTH.
I know that there are many who will grab the essence of this message and move forward with our wonderful Lord, but many won't because of their enslavement to the world through it's media and its god.
Galatians 4:16 "Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?"
Thankfully there is a growing number of believers who can see the division between the world and the Kingdom of God and have separated themselves in growing holiness to our Lord. It is these that God will use.
The media will be used significantly in the coming of the antichrist and the setting up of world control by the new world order. It will play a pivotal role in all these things. The media will be the main force of manipulation, in the soon coming tribulation period. It will be involved in every single area.
Complete control is the desire of the devil. He is already well on his way to achieving this. The answer is to question things. Controllers don't like being questioned because it undermines their control, but this is what you need to do with almost everything media related. Question what the media says, don't accept it all blindly like an idiot. Don't be an average dumb sheep swallowing all the traditions of the world, question them all, from a Biblical perspective.
Today the world worships "ME NOW". If it feels right do it now! That's the way of the modern world, thanks to media and its god. Me now is actually the cry of Satanism, but the media has subtly infused it into the thinking of many Christians.
It takes a brave person to reject the influence of the media. In this day and age, it seems that the accepted, average thing to do is to become a Christian and add Jesus to all the idols of modern life. Just conform to the ordinary and average and don't rock any boats of traditional modern worldly thinking.
You can't add Yeshua / Jesus to a life filled with idolatry. if you try, it will be another Jesus that you have. If you don't stand for the pure truth, you'll fall for everything.
I vividly recall being shattered after reading a book by Watchman Nee, many years ago called "The normal Christian Life" It was so shocking to me because it presented a picture of normality that was a million miles from anything we have today. Thank you so much for that, Watchman! (By the way, you can read some wonderful quotes from him in edition 17)
You see, today. the normal Christian is filled with a mix of Christianity, paganism, devil worship, the occult and anything else the world says is acceptable.
There are huge pressures starting to intensify now, designed by the devil in disguise, to drag down believers and keep billions imprisoned to him.
Colossians 2:8 "Beware, lest anyone take you captive, through philosophy and deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ." If this was written today here is what it would say:
My version "Beware lest anyone take you captive through the deceit of the world's media, according to its movies, TV, entertainment and traditions, which are according to basic principles of the world and not according to Christ."
The huge problem is that few can even see the devil behind the world. If you can't see the problem how can you fix it?
Let me close with a radical statement. If you want to be a successful believer in this day, you need to be able to see through the smokescreen of the media to the power behind it and be removed from its influence! And likewise you need have spiritual eyes to see and know our Great King and Lord and His ways.
There is no substitute for the most powerful and glorious media work the world has ever had...The Bible itself. In these dangerous days it is needed more than anything else. Reading and studying the Bible may seem old fashioned today, but it will fashion you well and prepare you for these days and for eternity. The cost of Bible-ignorance is far too high to contemplate.
Psalm 16:8 -11 "I have set the Lord always before me, because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved...You will show me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of Joy"
Heaven or hell:
Adriana, you've reached the pinnacle of your modelling career, in fact I've heard you being called a super-model. Well done, my friend! You know, I was also involved in your fashion world many years ago, I know it well. Let me give you some news: You're not going to stay so pretty for ever, but you are going to live forever. I see you're wearing a cross around your neck now. Interesting isn't it. Hey, you sultry-eyed Brazilian beauty, that little cross can't save you. I do know that you love our Lord, but have you actually made Him the Lord of your life yet? I would love to see you in heaven, I think we will meet again there!
Hi Anthony, its been a long time since we first met and had lunch together. You've had many amazing roles. You starred in The Ten Commandments, Jesus of Nazareth, you played one of the popes and the uncle of Mohammed. But, Zorba, did you make Yeshua/ Jesus your Lord before you died at 86? You now know that Oscar can't save you. Fame, fortune and being a nice guy won't get you to heaven. In fact there'll be many "great" people at the Great White Thorne Judgement. They all go to hell for rejecting the free gift of salvation. It would really be great if you're not at that Great White Throne event! I have a sneaking feeling that you are in heaven. We'll find out soon won't we.
In closing here is a Gustave Dore woodcut impression of Lucifer being cast down to the world, where he became its deceptive god (and still is). This is one of a series titled 'paradise lost'. (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!