Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Upside Down

Scripture: Psalms 146 v 8 - 10: "The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:
 9  The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.
 10  The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD."

Acts 17 v 6 - 7: "And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;
 7  Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus."

When we speak of the world in Biblical terms it does not refer to this planet, Earth, but to a system run from behind the scenes by an arch-fiend called Satan, or the Devil, aka the great red Dragon or the Serpent.

The people of the world are those who have not been born again, and translated out of darkness into the Light of Jesus.  Jesus says that these end times before He returns are like the days of Lot and Noah ie very evil.

We see this evil daily on social media, news broadcasts, newspaper headlines and with our own eyes.  The world seems filled with madness, warlike politicians, corrupt governments, huge fraudulent ponzi schemes, sexual scandals amongst priests and counsellors and senators and famous icons.  

The rise of militant religions, anarchy, communism, socialism which are all causing chaos in economies, nations, trade, and in poor communities struggling to survive on next to nothing.  God sees this as evil and says in His Word He will turn them upside down.

In contrast, in Acts 17, we see the worldly people complaining that Christians are turning the world upside down.  Christians are proclaiming Jesus and that He will soon return.  He certainly turned Israel upside down 2000 years ago until they crucified Him to try put an end to it!

1 Corinthians 2 v 7 - 9: "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
 8  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
 9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

Here we see God's wisdom and mysteries were ordained BEFORE the world came into being, and the world leaders, and the satanic hierarchy, never knew or they would never have crucified Jesus!  Why not? Because they never knew He would rise from the dead and become the firstfruits or prototype for a new creation, born again Christians.

These New Creations have the ability to turn this world upside down!   They do, and some are bold enough to go forth and be the "no longer human" beings that can do exploits in the name of Jesus Christ.

Mark 16 v 16 - 18: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
 17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
 18  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

From these verses we see that the unbelieving world shall be damned.  They will go into damnation, the cursed place, Hell.  Jesus said this just before He left Earth.

Believers will cast out demons, speak with tongues of men and angels, handle serpents without being bitten, poison shall not kill them, they will heal the sick.  How many reading these words can testify to the truth of these words?

It takes faith in Jesus - real faith - to walk as He walked and talk as He talked.  Just this morning a few of us were lifted up in prayer to feel His glory around us and to receive great encouragement from Him.  We were enabled to lift up a brother far away through prayer who is going through a very hard time.  We were assured by Jesus that the need had been met.

During this time of worship we were given a portion of scripture that resulted in great praise - Revelation 19 v 7 - 13: "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
 8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 
 9  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
 10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
 11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
 12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
 13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God."

Jesus is coming soon and the world will be turned upside down for sure as the righteous rejoice and the unsaved, wicked try to hide under rocks to shield themselves from His holiness and power.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, Hallelujah Jesus is coming back again and we must be ready.  We must gather in those on the outside who do not know, who are busy with worldly things, and share the truth with them because soon it will be too late.  Let us turn the world upside down and shake them loose of their chains to be free to live forever with God in Heaven.  In Jesus' name. Amen.