According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection.
I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your Word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
Since the children of Israel refused to face the giants in the Promised Land, God exiled them from it for 40 years. The number 40 is significant to God. It represents a period of testing or judgment.*
Consider a parallel: It involves Hollywood, Adam She (AMTC's President) and a dream.
On November 1, 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) voted out The Hays Code.** Adopted in 1930, The Hays Code became a moral compass for movies. Its first line read: 'If motion pictures present stories that will affect lives for the better, they can become the most powerful force for the improvement of mankind.' Its principles included: 'The sympathy of the audience should never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin.'
Hollywood replaced The Hays Code with the first draft of the film rating system we use today. Basically, God was rejected, and Christians did nothing about it. Many stayed home and huddled in scorn. Others agreed with media's new 'freedom' policy. The result? For 40 years, bad grew bolder with unchallenged impunity.
Few of God's performers ventured within its borders. Most disdained mainstream media, and mainstream media disdained them. In their absence, sanctioned sin reigned and rained. Dams broke, and the entertainment industry became a screaming torrent. It circled the earth like a worldwide web--sweeping away the innocence of millions.
On October 19, 2008, Adam She had a dream. In it, he met the Person of God and surrendered. 40 years had passed since the rejection of The Hays Code--and a new movement began: Actors, models and talent reported for duty.
Today, God invites His chosen people back to the land of promises. He gives them favor, and His stars rise. Although my come-to-Jesus meeting began AMTC's transformation, Adam's dream sealed the deal. God had an amazing plan. Adam had an amazing dream, and 40 years of exile are over.
Today, actors, models and talent for Christ shine in brilliance. They form an army of love. Through Jesus, it's a light brigade.
Yes, the darkened stage of media grew massively large from 1968 - 2008, but that's all right--even good. Because Light shines best in darkness. And the Light grows. For God's chosen people, a 40-year delay has passed. A new day has dawned, and it's a beautiful Son-rise to witness.
To Be Continued...
* Significance of the number forty: http://www.ecclesia.org/truth/40.html
** The Hays Code: http://www.artsreformation.com/a001/hays-code.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Field of Dreams series.