And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
Romans 13:11-12 (NKJV)
The popular MATRIX movie franchise based its storyline on a world much like ours--where people led seemingly normal lives. In reality though, they survived in a trance-like sleep--their physical bodies controlled by evil machines. The earth was a wasteland, and the peoples' lives were only simulated dreams. To awaken from the dream revealed the terrible truth of dark dominion and slavery.
What if our own world isn't as it seems? What if this Satan-controlled planet is merely a vast anteroom? What if walking through a doorway called death is the only way to reveal the reality of our lives? Since Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden, only a small number of men were deemed worthy by God. In fact, God washed the whole world once and started over with Noah.
Later, the Lord chose Abraham as the man on whom to build the nation of Israel. Still, only a portion of His beloved Jews walked in the true purpose of their lives. As God says, 'All day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and contrary people' (Romans 10:21).
But God promised never to flood the earth again. So He sent His Son to awaken us, heal us, teach us, and guide us to the true life. It's called the Kingdom of God, and we find it in our hearts and in Heaven. Jesus paid our admittance to this holy kingdom when He defeated Satan. There's just one catch: we have to wake up. Once awakening, we must follow our King to find the door to His Kingdom.
'He says: 'Awake, you who sleep. Arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light' ' (Ephesians 5:14). 'Therefore, let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober' (1 Thessalonians 5:6). Let us put on the armor of light to awaken our brothers and sisters that they may also live in reality and joy--in this body called the temple of God, in this anteroom called earth, and finally in our real homes called Heaven and the New Earth.