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Startling, but Exciting Revelations about the World we Live in. Part Six of Six (Final): Dispensation of Grace
by Jack Vorster
3/11/2011 / Christian Living
While the human race goes about its business of living on this planet (beset by the curse it has to endure) invisible forces of good and evil are at work. As already covered in previous PARTS of this article, the focus of both is on the minds of men. Evil wants to kill and destroy while good attempts to protect as many as possible.
However, as a consequence of the curse instituted in the Garden of Eden, it has to be understood that the spiritual forces of good can only afford protection to the extent that they are permitted. Those who have been saved (please see my article "For those who want to understand but don't quite get it.") form the key when it comes to the protection of those who are prime targets for destruction. If it weren't for their prayers many millions more in this world would now be in their graves.
Understand this, if you are rebellious in your attitude towards the Truth, then you are open game to Satan and his hordes of subordinate spiritual agents. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: " (1Peter 5:8)
The elements of the weather and other so-called "natural disasters" play a huge role in taking care of wicked (unsaved) people en masse, such as with tsunamis, floods, earthquakes etc. This does not mean that the lives of Christians who happen to be caught up in those disasters are not also lost. The whole purpose of salvation through Jesus Christ is to be saved from eternal damnation while still alive on this Earth. Death for a Christian on Earth means Life for eternity. Death for an unbeliever on Earth means Death for eternity. "And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." (Romans 13:11)
And so, damnation is also nearer than we think.
Now the big question is, if Satan has been defeated, then why is he still around and allowed freedom to devour, to steal, to kill and to destroy? After all, he is the author of sin and the resultant curse upon the world. Has he stolen and devoured your peace, your well-made plans and your finances lately? Has he destroyed and killed your marriage and the life of a loved one through disease or an unnatural tragedy?
Why must we still be vigilant? Why is he still around?
Imagine the world's most dangerous criminal being brought to trial, convicted, and sentenced in a most unusual way. In laying down the sentence, the judge states: "You have been found guilty of the most heinous crimes imaginable, committed all over the world, leaving people of all walks of life devastated by your cruel and heartless actions against them. This day you are being judged once and for all. Every person in the world can claim victory over you this day because of this judgment. And I decree that insufficient justice will be served by banishing you to jail for life at this point in time. Therefore, you and your gang of thieves, robbers and murderers will remain free to roam the streets of the world where you will be recognized by all and despised by all. This day's judgment will follow you wherever you go. I herewith, by the power of this judgment, grant authority to all the peoples of the world to make war against you and to overcome you when they see you or sense your presence in their midst. This judgment gives power to all to do so. You will flee from all those who resist you. Those who innocently, through ignorance, fall prey to you will be given an opportunity to get their revenge. Those who willingly choose to side with you will eventually join you to banishment for eternity."
Are you beginning to get the picture?
Satan is destined for hell permanently. But God allows him to prevail for now as a form of judgment upon those who wish to use their freedom of choice to remain in wickedness.
Imagine being forced to drive through dangerous, hostile guerrilla territory, knowing that only by reaching your destination will you be safe. The continued presence of spiritual danger and the consequences of its influence drive us towards the Cross, where we find safety for the present as well as for eternity. This recognition has been placed deep within all of us. That's why even unbelievers suddenly turn to God in prayer when faced with danger.
Now this is important to know. If God had removed Satan along with all his spiritual cohorts after the harm was done in the Garden of Eden, the fallen, built-in sinful nature of all human beings would have continued (by reason of freedom of choice) unabated and without the resultant judgement given to the hand of Satan.
It is that judgement and the love of God that drives us to the safety of God's Kingdom. "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist." (Col 1:13-17)
Nothing that God has ever created has been permanently destroyed. All the elements are still there but in a converted form. And all people who have "died' since Adam still exist. They are either in Heaven or in Hell. "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11)
Satan has been defeated once and for all. We now benefit from that defeat and we simply have to remind him of it and he'll flee from us. "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)
Victory on the Cross attained for us has made it possible for us, in turn, to walk in victory through life. "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." (John 8:36)
We are living In God's Dispensation of Grace, which means He wishes everyone to be redeemed and reconciled to Him. But He will not force us against the free will He has given to everyone. Look at it this way. Experts place an estimate of 200 million that have died in the Noahic flood, with only eight people left to continue. If God did not love the man that He had made in His image so much, there would not have been a Dispensation of Grace, which means not a single human being would still be living on this Earth today. God would simply have lifted His hand of protection and let Satan take all of us or He would have annihilated us Himself like He did in the Noahic flood.
Our lives are lived under God's Grace, but while we live we are subject to the influence of spiritual forces at play, which could abruptly end our ability to make a choice. We are told, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." (Eph. 2:8). It takes faith to be saved, which, together with Grace, is a gift, and we need to use it in order to pass from life unto life, while we still have time.
It is only the presence of the Holy Spirit within the spirits of men already born again through Jesus Christ that prevents total chaos on the earth.
I personally find myself having to pose the question, "Would the world be in such turmoil if the truth had been known and accepted by all?" What do you think? Are you, yourself, beginning to see the light? Is your own attitude towards life beginning to take a turn? Are you able to take what you've read so far and run with it?
Once you are locked in to position on that Cross you will enjoy privileges and advantages you've never had before. "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)
If you know you are driving through dangerous territory in life, know that there will be serious consequences in the form of judgment - meaning loss and tragedy for you and your family. So take up those wings offered to you and soar above it all and be set free indeed.
Now retired, Jack Vorster has a background in marketing in the field of newspaper advertising. As a result of a life-changing experience he turned his attention to the study of the human make-up and the realities connected to human behaviour based on the Word of God.
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