Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Dream word : PROTECT Joshua 15:11 The west border was the coastline of the Great Sea. This is the boundary of the children of Judah all around according to their families. NKJV Borders and boundaries, the Beast and the rise of Babel’s tower I have lived through the age when an iron curtain melted in the bonfire heat of economic woe and human discontent with the then Stalinist status quo. I have seen the long walls of China begin to crumble and the shorted one in Berlin pulled down long ago. I have seen the great European plan of borderless countries allowing the free flow of labor to become a conduit of economic migration and with it, the spread of a multitude of culture eating cancers. I have seen the skylines changed. Colors, shapes, certainties, languages all became corrupt or enhanced, depending on your point of observation. My friends, the fact is that so many boundaries and borders are now gone and it seems with them, true freedom has been replaced with frustration and fear. I wonder if the only thing that has kept the peace thus far has been maybe government forced ignorance of any true national identity. Truly the 21st century has seen the rise of many a sky ‘shard’ing tower, but I wonder if at the center of all this homosapien homogenization, of all this sky reaching has simply been a heaven grasping Babel? In a similar way, through the removal of boundaries, religion is also being made ready to be forced onto an homogenized whole. It seems there shall be no borders or boundaries allowed here either. Indeed, all who commit to them are become the hissing ‘ists’ of the modern pluralist disdain, especially for Bible believing Christians who are becoming: Biblicists, fundamentalists, and in the mind of some, even terrorists. Are you shocked? Listen, just last week (2014) a Christian Evangelist was turned away from the gate of a US air force base and was not even allowed to leave his literature for the attention of the chaplains. He was told to leave as someone had reported the presence of a possible terrorist at the gate. It was supposed to have been him. Look now. Look! As the old whore rises, all the ‘ists’ will be decapitated. From property lines to family lines, from homeland securities to Biblical acceptability’s, borders are intended to be barriers of self-protection within the freedom of allocated lots. There function is to keep the good in and the bad out, and even to keep the bad of themselves from spreading out to to the good of others. Yet, from the crime of Crimea to the democratic choice of Scotland, borders and national boundaries continue to be claimed and contested, confused and confounded. Gender, sexuality, morality, family, finance, and a ten thousand more entities besides have been allocated Biblical boundaries, and these boundaries have long since been brought down, destabilized and destroyed. The end of all these things sometimes looks like anarchy, but behind the anarchical mess sits a smiling woman, her legs astride the beast, as she walks it across the waters of a world of man-made simpletons. Yes, anarchy may seem like a side effect of boundary dissolution and some might say even the end game of a borderless world, however, do not be deceived. The end game is control. Total control to establish a rebel world. The reclaiming of lost land is an individual concern for the Christian and it is a matter of practical faith. So, it is for you Christian to know the boundaries of God in your life and in your family’s. It is for you Christian to patrol these same boundaries and enforce their borders. That unity we so desire in the church will come with the arrival of the King, so, until then, stop forcing it, but rather, see the many statements of Biblical practice as staves of protection, yes, see even separation now as a very present gift from God, as a protection, as being totally purposeful. Beware especially then the rush of sameness founded on the removal of God ordained boundaries. In this way, being separate from sameness is not spiritual fascism, apartheid, old sectarianism or even Victorian nationalism. No, this is Biblical border-ism and this is Biblical boundary-ism, and it keeps out the beast and the hoar who rides upon it. Be separate from sin an especially from any spiritual entity that allows and therefore promotes it. Finally tonight, as a test of our lost boundaries why not go ask a Christian to tell you the ten commandments. Indeed, as a test of your own lost boundaries, why not recall them for yourself tonight. No, I did not think you could. Look: get the walls rebuilt! Look: get the borders back up! Look: re-establish all your boundaries! If there is still time O church of the living God, then let the spiritual border wars begin. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Listen: Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication." So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. Revelation 17:1-6 NKJV Pray: Father, all our walls are broken down and the enemy is within our gates, in our living room and even in our beds. Grant me direction and courage to establish all Your boundaries and claim all that is mine, all that is ours in the might name of Jesus. Grant us then, the strength of Caleb and the courage of Joshua, in all repentance and in all pursuance, in Jesus name we ask it. Amen.