“ANOMALIES”March 25, 2008
Hebrews 11:3 “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made by things which do appear.”
Yesterday I saw a documentary on the mysterious happenings that transpire in the Brermda Triangle. A plethura of unexplainable events have taken place over the years; many of which have resulted in boats, planes, and people vanishing without explanation. One survivor told about how he was flying from the Bahamas to Florida when suddenly these bizarre cloud patterns appeared. Two clouds seemed to form “anvils” and eventually he found himself in a “tunnel” with a far off opening of blue sky. He flew toward the opening and, as he exited the tunnel, his wing tips “scraped something.” He then found himself in an unexplainable fog with all of his instruments going nutty and contrails forming at the wing tips. He continued to fly straight for some time until, quite unexplainably, the fog vanished and he was over a very sunny Miami. ( Although Miami was over a hundred miles from where he had planned to be.)
Such reports which would suggest that our understanding of the world around us isn’t as comprehensive as we would like to think. While a majority of seemingly unnatural occurrances have logical explanations, there are always those which are “simply unexplainable” like the pilot mentioned above. (He flew in this region routinely) The Bermuda Triangle is one of three areas on the earth which, for some unexplainable reason, have bizarre magnetic activity. The area is further complicated by unpredictable meteorological changes which can catch people off guard. Nonetheless, the mystery remains as neither side of this arguement can offer a difinative explanation for everything that transpires in this region.
I placed the two opening passages in here because, in the days to come, we can expect to witness events and hear explanations which would seem to discredit the word of God and the faith of Jesus Christ. The enemy has been trying this ever since he told Eve “Ye shall not surely die” We will have to hold fast the profession of our faith, despite the appearance of overwhelming evidence pointing to an alternate embodiment of truth. Today things are continuing to run in a somewhat predictable fashion. We should be using this time to draw closer to Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to prepare us for whatever we may have to face in the future. The previous post dealt with the sheer awesomeness of God who has always been and created all that is. This post will focus on keeping the faith; even when CNNs Wolf Blitzer is reporting that extra-terrestrials have landed on the white house lawn.
This following post is from Peters site and this is the third time in which I have linked to it. I’m compelled to mention it again because the need for spiritual preparation is far greater than what most of us realize. While it focuses on persecution, many of the precepts can apply to the dangers of deception as well. Preparation for both is imperative.
Hebrews 3:12 “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.”
I know that this has been a common theme as of late, but the danger of deception is on my heart more intensively than words can express. Many saints are living carelessly and seem unconcerned about the hour of temptation that will come upon all the world. These deceptions will have both supernatural fireworks and logical explanations; all of which will serve to obscure the truth. For example, the existance of extra-terrestrials seems logical because conventional wisdom asks “how can we be the only inhabitants in this vast universe?” An incident of disclosure would be a supernaturally generated event containing a believable (but erroneous) explanation. On the other hand, the truth that God has no beginning or ending and created every star in every galaxy, seems physically impossible. Here’s a question to think on. If God is real (and he most definately is real) what’s the difference between speaking one star into existance and speaking two-hundred-million-trillion into existance?
Without a doubt many of the coming illusions will have a “christian-sounding facade” but will somehow deny that Jesus Christ is God manifest in flesh. This has been taking place for generations; even since the first century, but is intensifying in these final moments of the age. Such deceptions will sidetrack the faith of many as II Thessalonians 2:3 plays out. Those following a way that seems right, but is erroneous, will perceive the true saints as being unreasonable, cold-hearted, narrow-minded, old fashioned, out of touch, and my personal favorite: “mentally unstable.” (Much learning doth make thee mad.) In short, the whole world is going to think that we’re nutty because we keep the testimony of Jesus Christ when all of the evidence seems, in their eyes, to be to the contrary.
This theme has been coverd a number of times in various posts. Yet as I watched the documentary yesterday, I was reminded of how easily deception can take hold and how manifestations; supernatural or otherwise, can lead people to the exact wrong conclusions. An anomaly can appear as one thing and be something quite different. For example, many of the reports concerning alien abduction experiences; I believe to be authentic, however, the beings who are doing the abducting are “not” extra-terrestrials. (Even though it seems like a logical explanation) I recently heard of a man who awakened in his bed to find himself surrounded by greys. He began to float upwards as to be taken into a ship when he called upon the name of Jesus. In a moment, the greys vanished and he was back in his bed. When confronted by something out of the ordinary, this man knew who to turn to.
When I was an unsaved, know-it-all teenager, I had a fascination with unexplainable phenomenon. Aliens, haunted spaces, suprnatural phenomenon; new-age ponderings; anything of a mysterious nature stoked my formative imagination. There is a “fatal attraction” to all things mysterious and in the final moments of the age Hollywood has tapped into this fascination with devastating results. Supernatural power that’s not of God dominates nearly every venue of theatrical entertainment for the purpose of preparing the population to embrace the coming “big lie.” If one does a mental tallying of the motion pictures that come out and the programming offered on various networks, the percentage of them which have a supernatural theme apart from the God who created the heavens and the earth is astonishing.
In the early years, motion pictures like “The Wizard of Oz” introduced the concept of “the good witch” and started the ball rolling. The 1977 release of Star Wars opened the flood gates and stirred the imaginations of millions, including mine, with the concept of a universal “force” featuring good and dark sides which can be tapped into. Shortly thereafter, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was released and the image of young Barry standing in the open door with an ominous looking orange-ish sky overhead was etched into our memory. The fascination with aliens, witchcraft, new-age concepts and the like has been gaining momentum ever since and one day soon, the whole world will wonder after a beast. The big lie, will take on a form that will, not only “fit” the present situation, it will be so believable that only those who are born of the Spirit will be able to stand.
Matthew 24:24 “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
Most of us know this verse well, and we should really ponder what Jesus was telling us when he made this statement. None of us can be too careful, and for those who consistantly refuse to obey the gospel, a strong delusion will carry them away. A falsehood that will appear warm, fuzzy, and logical but will lead to destruction. My prayer is that every saint would draw close to the Lord Jesus and be atuned to the leading of the Holy Spirit. We must not harbor any love for the temporal or allow any doubt to creep into our hearts as they can spell disaster. (This is why I linked to Richard Wurmbrand again. I only hope that Peter doesn’t delete the post.) This cannot be stressed enough which is why ” another post” on this topic has emerged. Well, I’ll close for now and leave off with a warning that Jesus gave us concerning the times in which we live.
Matthew 24:4 “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.”
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