THE REVOLUTION IS ON! - Blog 105
Spiritual Warfare & The Book of Revelation
Discovery Within The Churches
The Book of Revelation is a book about Spirit vs spirit warfare at the highest levels ending in a state in which the whole earth has undergone a complete exorcism of evil and is filled with the richness of God's magnificence in the saturation of all things with infinite (eternal) life.
This is the mission of Jesus and those children who have joined him in bearing the image and likeness of God in the earth. It involves little people taking on a gargantuan task which requires at every step of the way infusions of wisdom and power that stream to them in unified congruence with the all powerful provisions of God Himself channeling through them like a pure stream.
One day Jesus told an illustrative story and it was all about being able to finish what it is you have started.
It is told within the context of us being willing to take up our cross and follow him.
The cross was a familiar symbol to the Jews as it was a favorite punishment the Romans used on Zealots participating in insurrections against Roman rule. In simple form, Jesus was telling them,
“If you aren't willing to go the distance, don't start.”
But there is more to the wisdom in the parable than that because the Son of God is saying to us if you have a job to do or a battle to fight, make sure in advance you have what you need to finish before you engage the project. If you don't, you've lost before you've even begun.
It's like being in a race that will require ten gallons of gas and you only having five gallons in your tank. You aren’t going to reach the finish line.
As the Book of Revelation opens, we see Jesus putting the ‘ekklesia’ (churches) through a discovery process. There is a task at hand which involves the cleansing of the heavens and preparation of the earth for the real Jerusalem which is the heavenly one, a spiritual and supernatural one, and not an earthly city.
But in order to start the project and prosecute the war to a point of triumph and to finish it, Jesus is first assessing the materials at hand;
For which one of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost in order to know if you have everything you need to finish the job before you start it? You do this so it doesn't happen that after you've laid the foundation (beginning the project), you are not able to finish it and all those watching closely, begin to mock, considering the man to be of trifling consequence, saying, 'This man began to build and was incapable of finishing?
Or, what king going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and examine in counsel whether he is able with his ten thousand to match in military campaign one that is coming against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other one is still a great distance away he sends ambassadors desiring conditions of peace.
With the same thought in mind, whoever of you that doesn't leave all he currently has behind him cannot be my disciple. Salt is a good thing, but if the salt loses its saltiness, what can you do to re-flavor it? It's not fit to season the earth and it's no longer even fit to suppress the dung hill.
If there are ears on the side of your head you better listen to what I am saying (Luke 14:29-35).
The examination of the hearts of those comprising church (ekklesia – the echo of the image of God) in Revelation is this very thing.
Do we have in the hearts of those invited what it will take to go all the way and finish what we've started?
The foundation was laid by Jesus Christ and the apostles and prophets of the early called ones he had chosen. But does the heart exist within professed followers of Jesus today to take this baby to the end? Somewhere there will be some who will possess it.
Will you be one of the ‘someone’s’? So far in history, the answer seems to be no. We started the journey but we are still wandering around in the wilderness waiting for unbelief to die out.
Nothing sufficient of heart has appeared yet in enough significant quantity and so the Seven Spirits of God who are before His throne, continue their search under the directive hand of the King of all kings, and the Lord of all lords.
He who is the Head of all principality and power keeps knocking on doors to see who will share the communion meal with him in the true meaning for which it was meant, a commitment to the exchange and mutual sacrifice of each life.
Who's going all the way?
That is the question at every celebration of the Last Supper as the meal of communion is a covenant meal in which the heart is examined carefully as to the “remembrance” of our Lord Jesus Christ, what he has done, and our alignment with the vision of his throne.
In it we are affirming the very nature of the Covenant that his body is given for us and our body is given for him, that his blood is given for us and that our blood is given for him.
We examine ourselves and then we eat.
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