Events are escalating in the earth. Here in America brooding clouds of violence and civil war are gathering. The religious, fatalistic mindset says that such things are inevitable and must come to pass. There may be some truth in this, but we don’t realize how much can be avoided, and even that which must come to pass, can be cut short in righteousness.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said things like turn the other cheek, and do not resist him who is evil. “If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.” From these passages, and others like them, many Christians assume a mindset of passivity in all areas of conflict. This is a false concept. Others claim we must defend ourselves against those who would kill us and our families. Such mindsets encourage “arming up and being ready.” This too is a false concept. The truth is that when Jesus spoke the related passages, He was revealing the need to move into a higher realm. When Christians attempt to walk in Jesus’ commandments in the soul realm, trying to adhere to His exact words, it is a fruitless endeavor. The Scriptures are not a guide book. The Scriptures are a revelation of Jesus Christ. To understand the Scriptures, we must abide in the realm in which they are revealed. We must learn to walk in the realm of spirit.
Some might say, “But Jesus said such and such PLAIN AS DAY.” Yes, He did. One might then incredulously ask, “Roger, are you saying we ignore His exact words?” I’m saying that when we receive Christ’s words on a soulish level, we never receive their actual intent. The entire religious realm creates its doctrines over what they think Jesus “actually said.” We cannot understand the intent of Christ’s words unless we abide in the realm in which He spoke them.
Jesus said in Mat. 24:
21 “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.
22 “Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
Now, this is not a theological debate. Every passage of Scripture has a present fulfillment. In the realm of spirit every moment is “now.” The tides of tribulation and sorrow and chaos are being multiplied. At this moment in time it is impossible to relate properly to what is happening in the world from the soul realm. Human emotions are being played like a fiddle. The forces of evil are such that it is impossible to remain objective. This is one reason why such polarization is going on now. Everyone has an opinion. Many people have very strong, violent opinions. There is no “opinion” that is right before God. It was stated that things are not as inevitable as they may seem. God has entrusted a great deal of responsibility and initiative to His sons. This goes beyond just praying and interceding, although both are worthy endeavors. There must be sons who can rise up out of the soul realm and stand in the realm of spirit, and judge the righteous judgment. There must be the watchmen who can discern the spiritual forces of evil and stand against them. Rev. 12 speaks of there being war in the heavens. The book of Daniel gives us insight into how Daniel’s intercession was heard but it took 21 days before Michael, the angel, could come to give him understanding. Michael said he was opposed by the prince of the kingdom of Persia. We understand the “prince of Persia” to be a satanic force that stood against God’s purposes. These are spirit realm realities being conveyed with earthly language.
The book of Daniel is a mystical book. It speaks of the saints of God prevailing and taking possession of the kingdom. Our interpretation of the conflicts in Daniel must exceed literal nations warring against one another. The saints of God are not to be passive bystanders. We are to be participators. BUT, we are to be participators in the realm where we have the leverage and God’s purposes are clear. This brings us back to the Sermon on the Mount. We must be able to stand in the Spirit in complete objectivity. If we attempt to judge and evaluate from a soulish perspective, we cut ourselves off from ministering effectively in the realm of spirit. To “turn the other cheek” means to be completely objective. We are not moved by what appears against us. We don’t automatically take a position of laying down before anyone, and neither do we automatically take a defensive position. In the realm of spirit, we have the capacity to relate and react according to God. It is the mind of Christ that gives us objectivity. There are no correct “sides” in the conflicts going on in America, or the world, for that matter. There is only the kingdom of God to be ministered. If we are moved in our emotions by any given situation, we will never be a channel of God’s purposes.
How could Jesus one moment forgive the woman caught in the act of adultery, and the next moment call the Pharisees a brood of vipers, and sons of the devil? He could do so because He stood outside the emotional soul realm and judged objectively by the mind of the Spirit. Do you believe there are things that God hates? The Scriptures say that there are. For example, Heb. 1:9 says that God loves righteousness and hates lawlessness. Only in the Spirit can we hate as He hates and love as He loves. Only in the Spirit can we know the difference.
30 “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.
31 “Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord GOD.
By these passages we see that God searches for those who will be channels of His grace. Christianity has a lot of eager-beaver “prophets” today proclaiming all manner of judgment against one thing or another. But God looks for those who can stand in the objectivity of the Spirit and discern God’s heart on its highest level. Pouring out His indignation and consuming with the fire of His wrath, bringing the behavior of others back upon their own heads is a manifestation of God’s heart. But looking higher we see that the desire to show mercy is greater. Do we see? The purposes of God are multifaceted, and only the objective mind of the Spirit, free of soulish emotion, can discern those purposes. Now, suppose it is God’s highest purpose to tear down and destroy? Let’s read from Jer. 1.
9 Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
10 “See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, To pluck up and to break down, To destroy and to overthrow, To build and to plant.”
Jeremiah was appointed to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, AND to build and to plant. How can we know the difference? It will never be from using the Scriptures as a guide book. We will know because we discern the mind of the Lord by standing in the realm where it can be discerned.
There is a great need right now. Jesus spoke of an hour “when unless those days were cut short, no flesh would remain alive.” It is in the heart of the Adamic man to destroy himself, and the satanic forces are glad to hurry it along. But there is a way that all things can be cut short in righteousness. Much of the violence and destruction coming our way need not happen. It can be prevented by those who stand in the gap and judge the righteous judgment. It can be prevented by saints who know the heart of the Lord and create His highest purposes by the prophetic word they speak. Ultimately, those who would walk as sons must be walk with the mind of the Lord. They will make the difference.