The Midst Of The Twister: Spiritual Storms In The Scriptures
s this writer has sought to elucidate some of the principles of what may be called supernatural physics in recent times, I continue to address what we've learned so far. At the top of the list is how passages in prophecy, which are often trivialized, frequently turn out to be much deeper and far more profound than most realize.
Perhaps the classic example of this is found in the Revelation, where Jesus tells a specific group of believers that He would rather see a fixed position, embracing hot or cold, rather than their current condition, which He characterizes as lukewarm:
"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: but I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth" (Revelation 3:15,16).
Most believers see this in simplistic terms, as a call towards fervency in the faith. The common thought is that this statement addresses the end time's lack of fidelity to the Gospel; and even though just about every Christian church has likely cited this passage, we see virtually no impact of this admonition in our time.
I've learned that sometimes we look at verses like these too closely, and we should also, on occasion, step back a bit, and try to see the big picture. As Christ's imagery includes the response of "spewing" (a word which actually connotes projectile vomiting) the lukewarm out of his "mouth" (a Spiritual metaphor if there ever was one), we tend to visualize this in liquid terms.
However, if we look at hot and cold in terms of an adjacent imagery seen as the "winds" of heaven (as seen in Revelation 7 and many other passages), most of us know that when a hot wind collides with cold air, the result is hardly the passively imaged lukewarm, but the far more violent tempest. In modern parlance, when hot collides with cold, the result is frequently a twister.
Instead of the inert, non-combative apathy, which most would characterize as lukewarm, the allegorical picture of the hot-cold conflict is one of devastating destruction, as anyone who has ever seen a twister can testify. The fact is, such storms can cut a swath through anything with unmatched violence, leaving in its wake unspeakable death and disaster.
The point is, the word-picture "lukewarm," is only used to describe the attempted mingling of the hot versus cold paradigm; however the preponderance of Scriptural evidence demonstrates the collision of the two polarities imaged as hot and cold, is anything but calm.
In another example, when Jesus told us He came not to bring peace, but a power which would bring about a Spiritual convulsion, He characterized it as having the impact of a weapon of warfare – in other words, a sword:
"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword" (Matthew 10:34).
Obviously, this is another of those verses previously described, in which a superficial reading hardly does justice to the process the LORD is describing. The problem in understanding such statements is always ourperception – and this is because we live in the sensory here and now, and the effort to recognize the Spiritual currents that Christ is describing is an ongoing struggle – i.e. the very lack of "peace" mentioned in the referenced text.
Throughout the Scriptures, we find illustrative phrases which tell us we are "wrestling" with wicked principalities (Ephesians 6:12), we are "contending" with evil (Jude 1:3), and we are at "war" with rebellious Spiritual powers (II Corinthians 10:3).
Conversely, the imagery associated with a lackadaisical, non-zealous tolerance of the leaven, which has slowly crept in to the foxholes where the fight was formerly raging, is indicative of the aforementioned church of Laodicea, which is now the very epitome of the term lukewarm. This is revealing on multiple levels, for the New Testament is clearly telling us that if the fire of truth is still burning, it's likely found in a place of controversy.
Let's look at another metaphor to illustrate the idea that tumult commonly accompanies the truth. WhenJesus first arrived in the world, and announced that He had come to spark life into the body described as the "lost sheep of Israel," John the Baptist described Christ in downright volatile terms. Just as Jesus used the hot versus cold allegory in Revelation, John also used the metaphoric "hot," therein said to be fiery, as part of the vigorous imagery of a harvest which Christ would inaugurate:
"He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with FIRE: Whose fan [the large fork used to separate the wheat from the waste] is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor [sweep away the residue], and gather his wheat into the garner [barn]; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire" (Matthew 3:11,12).
There is nothing passive, or easy going about this process, for the harvest required a strenuous tossing of the harvested crop into the air, using the "fan" (a winnowing fork-like instrument), in order to separate the wheat from the chaff (the waste which was to be burned). We note that in this analogy, there is no in between, for at the end of the day, what's left is either wheat, safely tucked away in the master's "barn," or the waste which is burned up with a fire which burns forever.
In the physical realm, any meteorologist can tell you when a hot wind clashes with cold atmospheric air, a storm emerges when the air currents begin to spin. In the realm of weather, mankind subsequently experiences tropical storms, raging seas, and even the enormous disturbances known as hurricanes. In the celestial, whether the LORD uses the collision of light with darkness, or hot with cold as the allegorical figure of speech, the result is an explosive clash which occurs in a Spiritual place known as "the valley of decision" (Joel 3:14).
These unseen polarities of righteousness and iniquity will invariably create a Spiritual storm, and when the currents begin to collide, it is significant that such things occur when the righteousness of the LORD is on the offensive, and moving against the darkness.
Few stop to realize that when the LORD saw the evil which had become so deeply ingrained in the time ofNoah, the Scriptures show the ultimate storm occurred in the great flood as a direct result of God intervening in the affairs of this world. The cataclysm which fell on all the world did not occur until the LORD initiated the disaster, through the presence of Noah, "a preacher of righteousness" (II Peter 2:5).
It is not coincidental that the fire of God only fell on Sodom and Gomorrah after the righteous angels of God were inserted into the wicked city, in order to rescue Lot and his family. The record indicates the two cities were destroyed, as a direct corollary to the preservation of Lot (Zechariah 13:8).
Even though just about everyone has heard about the massive plagues which struck Egypt in the Passover epoch, few of us stop to think the disaster only began when God had inserted His light into the dark empire through the righteous vessel of Moses. The resulting tribulation not only decimated Egypt, the Scriptures describe weather and atmospheric conditions running so completely amok that the watery depths of the Red Sea were parted – allowing the chosen of the LORD to be preserved, even as the evil was destroyed:
"And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided" (Eoxdus 14:21).
A very few are aware of the ancient Egyptian inscription which says their beloved Pharaoh died in what was then referred to as a "whirlpool," but the physical manifestation of the violent vortex in the waters of the Red Sea are actually symptomatic of the collision of light with darkness so very long ago.
The Scriptures actually speak of the instrument triggering the Spiritual storms which wrought such havoc in each of these accounts, and it is the light of God. The New Testament reveals that darkness stews in its desolation, but then it is the light of God which will ultimately initialize the collision of good and evil:
"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light" (Ephesians 5:13).
This amazing verse tells us that, in the eternal circuits of the heavens, the Spiritual darkness is confronted by the light, and the light of the LORD pierces the darkness, and creates the cataclysm which reveals what part is light, and what part is darkness.
Those who are filled with the genuine light of God will realize the examples I've cited, concerning Noah and Lot, were the exact same examples Jesus used to describe the forthcoming reckoning in these end times, where an allegorical pair are subject to the tribulational cycle, but one is taken away and destroyed, while the one, walking in the light, is preserved:
"But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be…Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded: But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all" (Matthew 24:37, Luke 17:28).
The fact that it is the light which ignites the clash with the darkness is confirmed in the book of Hebrews. Ironically, the passage is descriptive of the catastrophe which was sparked by the preacher of righteousness, Noah:
"…moved with fear [Noah] prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world…." (Hebrews 11:7).
This verse confirms that the Spiritual storm occurs when darkness has overtaken everything, and then God inserts His light through the agency of a righteous Remnant, which is inhabited by His fiery truth. In a direct parallel, the iniquity of our time has now overcome the world, and evil is consolidating its grip on everything – and that includes the church.
The Remnant scheduled for preservation, was prefigured by Noah calling people to repent, or Mosesleading the chosen out into the wilderness (to say nothing of Lot leaving Sodom); and the emergence of that light has triggered the countdown to the global "twister" that is forming even now.
The majority of "believers," fervently claiming they are to be taken away to heaven in the "rapture," are instead about to be taken away to the grave – for as the text says, those who were taken "knew not until the flood came, and took them all away" (Matthew 24:39).
Those who remain, and are preserved, are the evidence that the light is here to "reprove..the unfruitful works of darkness" (Ephesians 5:11), a darkness which now inhabits the so called church – and the beginning of the forthcoming celestial conflict has been generating Spiritual sparks for some time now.
When the storm explodes in our world, and those who are convinced of their right standing with God find themselves in the midst of the twister, they will suddenly realize the faith they thought they were standing on is actually the lukewarm, and they will be astonished to find they've been living in Laodicea all along:
"Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt: And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames" (Isaiah 13:8).
As the tribulational cycle explodes upon this wicked generation, those who live and breathe in the light of God will be unmoved, but those who have been unable to come fully into the light will be trapped in the tempest – the metaphoric lukewarm described in Revelation.
In the midst of the twister that is now approaching, we find the truth, the lie, and the much larger place in the middle -- where we find various combinations of the two, in the Spiritual center where those who spin the truth are destined to be lost.
-- James Lloyd
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