It is time for the watch dogs of the church to warn the people when the enemy approaches or is already in the camp. One such enemy is the worldly and evil influences all around us. Then way to combat this enemy is by feeding on spiritual food and not feeding on carnal stuff.
This very important issue needs to be addressed in the body of Christ. It may well be the reason the church does not look like our mirror--the Word of God. This issue plus the proper presentation of the Gospel could make a world of difference.
We’ll start with the flying scroll in Zech: 5:1-4: Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll. And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it. I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.
I believe the flying scroll is referring to pictures and sound flying through the air waves. That would have started with radio and then the cinema and now TV and computers. The scroll comes into people’s houses and for those who do not truly worship God it will become a curse.
It becomes a curse because it starts out not too bad, but gradually the content has become more and more ungodly. Those who are not doers of the Word will not listen to God’s admonitions and will therefore feed on this folly and be destroyed. The purpose of this warning is to make all those who confess to be worshippers of God more aware of their daily choices in this evil world.
5-11: Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth. And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? And he said unto me, to build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.
So according to this dialogue, the flying scroll will be the devil’s means of corrupting the whole world and soon or eventually wickedness will come to its fullness and the end will be the wedding feast for those who are ready and the wrath of God for those who participate in wickedness.
The true Gospel is about Jesus fixing everything that Adam and Eve messed up. They made a wrong choice that opened the door to a ton of negative influences and experiences. Jesus always made right choices and He has opened the door to a positive future and has shut the door to the negative forces for those who make the right choice—to believe in and follow Him.
Adam and Eve gave power to the devil and their carnal nature by listening or hearkening to them. Jesus put the flesh and the devil in their place by listening only to God. God told Adam and Eve to choose righteousness, but they chose their own selfish desires instead, thus bringing selfishness into the world. Selfishness is behind all the suffering and bloodshed that goes on here. Jesus denied self and chose to commit the supreme act of agape love in that He shed his own innocent bloodshed for the world--thus making atonement.
Salvation works for those who repent of their ways and receive God as their Father--caregiver and authority figure--and Jesus as their Lord and Savior--providing them with wisdom, power, and grace.
God’s ultimate purpose in saving man was to restore him to spiritual life. Love is eternal. Selfishness is deadly. To be spiritually alive is to have God (love) in your spirit. To have eternal life is to receive Jesus (love) and walk by His Spirit and not by the spirit that Adam and Eve chose. Rom: 8:19: For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
The truly saved have covenanted with God to trust and obey Him. God’s purpose was to reconcile mankind back to Him. Adam and Eve died spiritually when they listened to Satan instead of Him. Satan became their father. The proper presentation of the gospel will make these things clear because modern understanding had evolved into the idea that God was basically trying to make a way for sinners to go to heaven. Because of that erroneous idea, grace has been exalted above righteousness and truth. To get back to basics we must understand that God wants to be our Father--the one we listen to—the one we heed.
Prov: 4:23: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Gal: 6:7-8: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Eph: 2:2-6: Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Eph: 4:17-24: This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Jas: 1:21-24: Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
I Pet: 1:13-16: Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
I Jn: 2:15-17: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
I Jn: 5:18-21: We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.