"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent." (Isaiah 5: 20-23)
Wow, what a hard two weeks of summer camp! I just can't wait to discard this dirty battle gear! I’m looking forward to diving into a nice warm bath and eating a couple homemade chocolate cookies with a big warm glass of milk. Then, hitting the sack.
Besides, I really need the sleep before I start working on my next Sunday's Bible class study on the book of Ephesians. This sixth chapter looks to be very interesting. Being college Bible students, these students of mine are as sharp as tacks. They really hold my feet to the fire, the Bible fire that is.
Nonetheless, I must have really been tired. For I had no more hit the sack, till I was out like a light. Not only that but I must have instantly dropped off into another of my weird dream world nightmares.
Suddenly, seemingly coming out of nowhere, was this strangely dressed character. He was dressed from head to toe in the most outlandish looking clothing, looking as if he had come straight out of a first century Bible setting.
His actions were so uncanny, so weird. He just sat at the foot of my bed, as if in some sort of trance. His eyes seemed to be fixed on my open bedroom window.
I just couldn't help asking for some kind of explanation for his being in my bedroom. "Who are you, may I ask, dressed in all that medieval looking garb? Are you some kind of reincarnated first century soldier?"
Not receiving any kind of comeback from him, I suddenly found myself being taken by the hand. Defying gravity, out the window we went, this strange looking character and myself, beginning the most bizarre flight into space. And after a short flight through the clouds, we hovered over an apparently long-forgotten village. An ancient dilapidated village apparently holding to the remains of a once elaborate fortress.
As we landed, I was quick to ask what had happened. "Was it due to a long time of physical neglect?"
This time he did converse back. Thank goodness for that, I thought.
"No, my son, it was actually a result of war," was my strange flying friend’s response.
Then as we landed, we immediately observed a rather large army of people. There were people of all ages and from all demographics, dressed in full battle gear.
Each uniform displayed a rather odd service patch, which apparently identified their particular army. The patch inscription bore the letters "S.G." with the corresponding inscription of "Spirit Guard."
What was so weird about these soldiers was that obviously they all were sitting around reading Scripture and praying. Not at all the sight you would expect to see from a group of battle hardened combatants.
However, the peculiar looking uniform patches then prompted my next question. "OK Sir, since you seem to have all the answers, who are these soldiers fighting against? I see no surrounding enemy."
Without hesitation my new-found friend reached in his tunic pocket. Pulling out a small Bible New Testament he began to read from the sixth chapter of the book of Ephesians.
After which he continued to give his explanation of that particular Scripture.
"The reason for not seeing the enemy of these Spirit Guard soldiers, is that they are fighting a spiritual war. It's a kingdom of darkness, fighting the Spirit of light in a war of supernatural proportions with no visible rationale." (Ephesians 6:12)
"And if you could only see this battle taking place, you would see a war of good versus evil. A supernatural unseen war, as the believer’s enemies are the demonic host of Satan, assembled for unseen mortal combat. And the greater the conflict, the greater the dark, satanic manifestation."
"So then how can these soldiers fight, not being able to see the enemy?" I responded in disbelief.
"Again, the essence of this spiritual war is just that, spiritual. Evil is an unseen force that manifests in the physical world as well as the spiritual.. Evil is obsessed with destroying the principles of God, and in doing so, destroying His people as well. However, in the end, good will prevail over evil. The light of the Scriptures, the light of God's love and the light of God's eternal plans will win out over evil, over the darkness."(Isaiah 22:17-19
"We may not see this war, but we know it's here, and has been here down through the ages. However, God's word tells us we can overcome such an unseen war." Again, taking out his New Testament, he read. (I Cor 10:13)
"Now I ask you. Simply consider your own situation. Consider the effect of this inherited evil. Are we not still in an unseen battle, a battle of good versus evil? "
"Just look at your neighborhood, look around your public square, and sad to say, look around today's churches. And do not forget today's commercial news media outlets such as the TV, the radio, the newspaper and the internet."
"And what's so hard about this unseen battle is that society is now calling evil good and good evil. (Isaiah 5:20) All one needs to do is simply tune in the prime time family TV sitcoms. These family hour sitcoms of the past have grossly changed from "G" to "PG" or even "R" rated."
"These sitcom episode script writers have apparently changed light to darkness and have given the sweet dialogs a very bitter taste by writing such suggestive scripts." (Isaiah 5:20)
"And now society has selfishly changed to a me, myself, and I mentality, as the populace has possibly become near-sighted, only seeing what is right in their own sight. (Isaiah 5:21) Not to mention, the excuse of drowning one troubles with booze." (Isaiah 5:22)
"And America's long time "Innocent until proving guilty" has surely been reversed as money seems to now buy just about anything." (Isaiah 5:23)
"However, God is still in control of this great universe of ours, including America. (Daniel 2:19-23) So we need to be aware. Is America now in great danger or on the verge of being hurled away? (Isaiah 22:17) Is America about to be thrown to the wolves, so to speak? (Isaiah 22:18) And will this diverse action actually start with our public officials?" (Isaiah 22:19)
"Do you not remember the scene, with the soldiers? Some were sitting around reading Scripture to each other, while others seemed to be deep in prayer. Well, that's what it took for them to win the battles.(Ephesians 6:10-11) And that's what it will take with your generation, much prayer and supplication."(Ephesians 6:18)
"Yes, I do understand as a matter of fact, being a Bible teacher. The entire sight was rather peculiar. But your Scripture reading, along with your personal commentary, was very helpful," I responded.
"And now, Sir, if I may call you Sir, I think I've figured it all out. You may not be a reincarnated Bible figure, wearing all that ancient battle garb, but you were certainly sent to straighten me out and to get me to thinking. And that you did."
"Sir, sir, where are you? Where did you go? And where in the name of common sense did the scene and all the soldiers go? And why am I just lying here in my bed, soaking wet with sweat?"
After that came the conclusion to my dream. As I looked around my room I saw an old Bible, just lying there on my bedside table in plain view. Not just any old Bible, but my dear old preacher daddy's Bible. And you guessed it. It was open to the sixth chapter of Ephesians, with some of the verses marked by Dad's hand written notes.
How in heavens name did his old Bible get here, for it was buried with him, as he moved on into glory land?
Nonetheless, miracles never seem to cease. I get it now, I just can't wait till Sunday. This will be the best show-n-tell my students have ever experienced.
Oh yes, did I forgot to mention that I was teaching a Sunday morning Bible class at church? Do I now have the right tools of the trade down pat! You bet I do.
And back to sleep I go. Amen!
I trust you will enjoy this fictional dream, a nice modern day parable which is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. So what is the underlying message? God's eternal message to complete and equip His body, the church, to withstand and give protection, against whom (Eph 6:10-12) and with what? (Ephesians 6:13-20)
"Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love." (Eph. 6:23-24)
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