Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sharpen Your Sword

Scripture:  Revelation 2 v 12 - 16: "And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.  But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth."

It is my understanding that the seven churches Jesus wrote to in Revelations:  Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea, were a prophecy on church history through the ages.  He commended the good they were doing and warned against the evils that were manifesting in them.

There are messages in each church type that also apply to the church today, and we need to understand the implications in order to overcome them.  In Pergamos, Jesus said that that was where Satan's seat was, meaning that there were very negative influences in that place holding people in high authority in great bondage.

This is true in many cities around the world today; in corrupt politicians, Intelligence agencies gone rogue, in churches full of secular power, in brotherhoods, cults, covens and schools.  Satan has people under His power everywhere like ISIS militants, Boko Haram terrorists who are out of control psychopaths targeting mainly Christian believers.  The spirit of Antichrist is gaining strength through Hollywood, cults, governments, music, anarchy, and financial bondage like massive debt.

The on-going financial crisis centres around national indebtedness to banks.  Ordinary citizens are indebted through home loans, overdrafts and credit cards.  We are heading into a cashless society which the Antichrist will control.  Those in debt will be in severe trouble when this happens.  In South Africa there is a huge divide between the rich and the poor.  Over a quarter of the population have no jobs and its growing.  Our financial credit rating is one notch above junk status with a negative outlook.  The rulers of our land seem not to care.  There is much talk of State Capture by very wealthy people, but its more like our nation is being held captive by the Antichrist.

Spiritually the world is in a big mess with churches watering down the power of the Gospel to mere story telling.  Many churches have compromised with Satan to join the Interfaith movement.  Jesus hates this strange fire and will fight against it with a double edged sword out of His mouth.  He has always defeated Satan by quoting scripture.  We need to sharpen our swords, our knowledge of the Bible, until we are competent to boldly proclaim truth to the Devil's lies.

When bullets are flying we will not have time to go hunting for an appropriate verse to apply to the situation.  We need to be ready to fight these battles in the now.  It is not something you can put off.  Spiritually, this planet is a war zone which very few people understand.  They go through severe trauma because of the lack of information.  God said in Hosea, My people perish for lack of knowledge.  

The sins of the world open the doors to trouble.  Racism is a big issue bringing many tragedies with it.  Xenophobia is a worldwide curse that brings trauma, death, segregation and loss.  There are 25 million children around the world being used as sex slaves.  The powerless churches, weak through false doctrines, have no answers.

The Word of God has been removed from schools, and in South Africa, Christian schools must open their doors to all religions.  It's one small step away from Interfaith.  All ways lead to God to which Jesus responded in John 14 v 6: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."  This should be our response too!  We are witnesses to Jesus and should have a word in season for those who oppose truth.

Jesus hates the doctrine of Balac who laid a stumbling block against Israel, when he paid Balaam the prophet to prophesy against Israel so they could be defeated in battle.  This is still happening today by many nations with a high Islamic population, who deny Israel's right to exist.  Jesus is going to send a double edged sword in judgment, and I see the horrors of Syria and the trauma of the millions of migrants as a judgment for thousands of years of evil treatment against Israel.  

God's judgment is coming against the nations that oppose Israel and His blessing is reserved for those governments that are loyal to her.  You cannot be a Christian and hate Israel.  Christians are the Body of Christ, the Bridegroom, and Israel is His Bride. John 3 v 29; Revelation 21 v 9 - 12.  We must love her as He does.

The only force that will disrupt the Antichrist is the full power of the Holy Spirit through committed Christians which makes us the Devil's main target.  He is still holding Israel hostage until Jesus rescues her at the time of Armageddon.  We need to check our familiar church to make sure we are fulfilling the commands of God on a daily basis, and our swords are sharp enough to withstand any attack.  

It is time to put an end to religiosity, tradition, ecclesiastical garments and headware (all Babylonian priesthood clothing), doctrines of man, and get real with a Holy God who will back up those who refuse to compromise.  Remember in Daniel, the three men who refused to bow to an idol and faced death, Shadrach, Meshech and Abednego.  When they were thrown into a fiery oven, Jesus pitched up in the flames and not one burn or even the smell of smoke was upon them.  It converted king Nebuchadnezzar.  Let us have this kind of faith in these last days.

Sharpen your sword!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your love for mankind is without end, but You will not permit sin in Heaven.  Give us understanding of the times we are living in, and the need to keep our swords sharp.  Do not let us become dull and rusty, but motivate us to do the uttermost for Your Glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.