Saturday, September 6, 2014

Prophetic Reality

For that which is seen is temporary, but that which is unseen is eternal

       When one has a destiny rooted in prophetic significance, your reality must necessarily be greater than that of your opposition.  We live in a world where there are many beliefs, ideas, and opinions about everything from the origins of humanity to the existence of aliens.  A turn of the dial on the radio will expose one to people who can regale you with all sorts of experiences supernaturally and otherwise which shape their view of the world.  In our media dominated world, we are saturated with various news items of this war, this disaster, this environmental problem and on and on.  We are literally if one consumes the daily news always on the verge of disaster.  But when one has a destiny of prophetic significance, it is not you who revolves around the world, but it is the world and history which revolves around you.  One need only read my previous post about Joseph, Moses, Elijah, Jesus, even the apostles to understand this.
            In each of those posts those men had to confront in an all imposing reality of the civilization in which they were situated.  Moses had to demonstrate to Pharaoh that his reality of the God he served was greater than the spiritual reality of the Egyptians.  Elijah had to demonstrate that his reality was greater than the prevailing reality of Ahab and Jezebel and the gods they served.  In terms of those things spiritual Jesus always demonstrated that his reality was dominant.  In one particular instance Jesus demonstrates this reality in another way. 
In Matthew 17: 24-27 it states, “After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”
 What should be considered from this passage is that the disciples and Jesus were confronted with a very real reality of their day and that was the paying of taxes.  For whatever reason, they apparently did not have the tax money readily available on their persons.  If a typical person was approached with this dilemma in his everyday life, he may have left what he was doing to go find work or some means to meet the obligation.  Jesus being in the thick of his call did not even fathom stopping what he was doing to meet a real world obligation, but instead used the power of the kingdom of heaven to exert dominant influence over the kingdom of men and showcase that his prophetic reality was greater than their material reality.  
            In one account in the book of Joshua, Joshua and the Israelites display their greater reality in a fight against five kings in the land of Canaan in which they were in the process of taking possession.  The backdrop of the story begins in Joshua 9 where Joshua and the Israelites were in the process of fighting the Canaanites and the people of Gibeon had heard what they had done to Jericho and Ai.  They deceived Joshua and the rulers into making a covenant to not destroy them and when the five kings of the Amorites and the king of Jerusalem heard about what Gibeon had done, they conspired to attack the Gibeonites who then petitioned Joshua to save and help them. 
It was in the midst of the battle that the book of Joshua records, “Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun stand still over Gibeon; and Moon in the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped till the people had revenge upon their enemies.” (Joshua 10:12,13).  Here, it is seen that when one has a prophetic destiny that even the natural order of things is a candidate for subservience to the prophetic call.  Joshua prophetically spoke and the Lord in keeping with prophetic speaking backed Joshua’s speaking with his power and delivered a great triumph on behalf of Israel that day.
            History has a way of repeating itself and that is no less true today.  What happened in the time of Moses and the time of Elijah will once more happen during this present time of the Gentiles.  A deliverance must be effected and a confrontation of the spirit behind the collusion of optical illusion of this world system must be addressed; and as in the Wizard of Oz, the wizard behind the curtain must be revealed for who he truly is.  There must once again be a demonstration of the greater Reality. Thus, as is stated in 2 Corinthians 4:18 “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

1 comment:

  1. I have very little to add to your fine essay today. However, I would like to say that it is becoming clearer and clearer to me that there is a "remnant" being "called" out of the masses of peoples in America. This "remnant" or "the chosen ones" mentioned by the Christ at Matthew 24:22 will survive the foretold "great tribulation". How? Psalm 91 provides the prophetic protection plan detailed by the Most High. Clearly the implication is that during the "great tribulation" the vast majority of peoples on earth will die. What are your thoughts on this subject?