Friday, January 24th, 2014
Acting School (Part 24)
If Jesus Won...
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Ephesians 6:13 (NKJV)
I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven.
Matthew 16:18-19 (NKJV)
If Jesus already won the war against Satan, why do we still have to fight?
Maybe because God 'Desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth' (1 Timothy 2:4). Maybe because if Jesus came back right now to claim the land He owns, millions would die who might have been saved.
Maybe because God is waiting on actors, models and talent for Christ to stand up as His concluding witnesses in Earth's trial--before His final verdict is issued. Whoa! That's a heavy message and a major role. Could it be true?
Consider the evidence mentioned by Jesus in His pre-trial summaries. Much of it has already been presented in Earth's courtroom:* 1) Wars and rumors of wars rage like never before--by means of ceaseless media coverage; 2) False prophets reap false profits in grand stand shows worldwide. 3) Famines and earthquakes grow in intensity. (See the articles below for an evidentiary list.* Better yet, re-read Bible prophesies.)
Perhaps the most significant evidence presented to date in Earth's concluding trial is the reassembly of Israel as a nation in 1948. This unprecedented miracle was foretold by God. But it followed two thousand years of enemy occupation, while the children of Israel fled to live across the globe.
The likelihood of God's prophesy being fulfilled seemed a physical impossibility. Since then, the survival and prosperity of this small nation is a continuing miracle. Because the countries surrounding it are larger, more populous, more powerful and have vowed its utter destruction.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: know your role in this dramatic trial. You are His final witnesses by means of a communication technology only recently developed by the enemy--but now used by God for His purposes. As an army, you are the communication task force: His advance guard sent out to spread the Truth to a bewildered population. If you don't do your job, millions might perish.
Yes, Jesus won the war. But the enemy still occupies the land: an enemy who threatens and roars, deafening the ears and blinding the eyes of those who are vulnerable to his tactics--tactics that include charm, fear, manipulation and intimidation.
But you aren't vulnerable. You are strong in the Lord. You are protected, and you must walk forward like Daniel into the lion's den of entertainment. Because for this purpose you were made. And for this moment in time, our Lord has leashed the lions. You will not be harmed that many might be saved.
To Be Continued...
* Many Bible scholars have analyzed Earth's passing years as relative to the end-time prophesies mentioned in the Bible, including the Books of Daniel, Revelation and the Gospels. Consider two articles:
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Acting School series.