Another scene from the show we were watching about the bombing at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia (Manhunt: Deadly Games on Netflix). The man being quoted below is head of a local militia who had befriended the bombing suspect who was on the run and hiding in the hills of the small town. This man was helping him when the FBI came to him with information that the bombing suspect was not what he had made himself out to be. After he finally believed what they shared and showed him they went to the base of the hill where they entered into the FBI’s temporary base camp and he said:
“You know I used to imagine exactly this,” he said pointing to the FBI’s base camp, “the enemy would come in exactly like this, like an invasion, build a base, oppress a people, and I would recognize him right away for who he was. I’d be able to fight him with this,” he lifts the gun slung across his chest. Then he stammers through the next sentence, shocked and surprised both by his own blindness and the cunningness of the real enemy, “I…just thought…it would be…so clear.”
Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Here is one more excerpt from the pulpit here in the States last week that was already shared in the previous post, and then we will move forward. It should be made clear that this is one of very many voices speaking such things. This person is not unique or different in what they are saying. It is all over this nation, and the comments are more of the same.
Again, this is being spoken as a so-called word of God:
…I am also taking the wealth of the wicked and transferring it to the saints of the Most High. I did not cause you to be poor. I take pleasure in the prosperity of My servant. Land, titles, deeds, money, businesses, wealth and inventions are now being released unto the saints of the Most High. For what I am going to do will not be a cheap move, but it will be the riches of glory to be displayed in the earth for what I am going to accomplish, says God. What I am going to do will be like an explosion of My power and My glory in the earth. […] I am now releasing in every nation My presence and My glory to reform the Kingdom of Jesus Christ…
This so-called word of God is telling those who are listening that God is now releasing in every nation His presence and His glory to reform the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
The word reform means: make changes in something (typically a social, political, or economic institution or practice) in order to improve it.
So this person speaking is saying God thinks the Kingdom needs to be reformed. This Kingdom that Jesus said is not of this world (John 18:36); this Kingdom that does not come with external signs to be observed or with visible display, but is a Kingdom that is within you (Luke 17:20-21); this Kingdom that consists not of external things but of righteousness, peace, and joy. This Kingdom which is Christ in us, the hope of glory. This so-called word of God says His Kingdom needs improving. It’s blasphemous. The excitable and responsive crowd was just like those Paul wrote to in 2 Corinthians 11:4 For [you seem readily to endure it] if a man comes and preaches another Jesus than the One we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the [Spirit] you [once] received or a different gospel from the one you [then] received and welcomed; you tolerate [all that] well enough!
When Moses was delayed in his returning from Mount Sanai the people asked Aaron, make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him (Exodus 32:1) The modern day golden calf is not so blatant in its idolatry, for the people of to-day have erected a new golden calf of self and of man and claim it is the will of God.
Later in 2 Corinthians Paul adds this:
For such men are false apostles [spurious, counterfeits], deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles (special messengers) of Christ (the Messiah).
And it is no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light;
So it is not surprising if his servants also masquerade as ministers of righteousness. [But] their end will correspond with their deeds. 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15
Maybe we feel like the man in the Netflix show. We thought we’d be able to recognize the enemy for what he was and thought it would be so clear. Brothers and sisters, it is not so clear. Deception is meant to do just that…deceive.
What came to me in the last couple of days is from the letter to the Hebrews. This letter was written to the Hebrew Christians who were in danger of going back to the old way of worshipping and having fellowship with God. This letter was written a very short time before the Temple was leveled to the ground. This letter was an edification, an encouragement, a reminder of Christ being our High Priest of the better things that have come, and it was a warning!
This letter’s edification, encouragement, reminder and warning has been mercifully saved for us and they echo into our present day by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The verses I am about to share come immediately before Hebrews chapter 11. Have you read it recently? With all it says in regards to what the saints of old endured? I love how the Amplified Classic puts verse one: Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
Faith = Assurance. Hope. Proof. Conviction. Reality.
Not revealed to the senses.
A people enamored with their golden calf of self and of man and claiming it is the will of God are a people in need of assurance and proof revealed to their senses. This makes them a people without faith.
Brothers and sisters, if I go on this will be twice as long as it already is, and there is enough here for now. This must continue tomorrow, Lord willing.