The Gravity Well
ver the years I've noticed a rather mystical pattern
that periodically seems to occur. In our semi-regular trips to town, we
drive down a miles-long two lane country road that is quite remote. We're
commonly all alone on these wide open spaces for miles, but then the
phenomena I'm describing begins to take shape. We'll see, for example, a
bicyclist coming in the other direction. Then we'll notice another vehicle
coming some distance behind the bicycle rider.
Invariably, the other vehicle will meet us at
precisely the same point the bicyclist does -- causing a rather
dangerous confluence of events as the road is quite narrow. Mind you,
there's plenty of room for two vehicles, and plenty of room for one
vehicle and one bicyclist, but when all three converge at precisely the
same point, things rather suddenly get ominous.
I called this phenomena the "chaos factor" for awhile,
but my wife Susan, ever the science minded geologist, dubbed it "the
gravity well." There are many variations on a theme, such as an
object on the road instead of a bicyclist, a pedestrian instead of another
vehicle, but the net effect is always the same: multiple objects, some in
motion, and some not, converging together as if they were drawn to
the point of convergent proximity.
The same thing is happening in the realm of the
spirit. As one involved in a revolutionary prophecy ministry, I seem
to draw opposition like a magnet. Looking back, it seems like I've gone
from one battle to the next, and many times these conflicts have ended up
in rather acrimonious conflict. These battles are over a variety of
issues, including spiritual purity, misbehaviour by
"Christian" leaders, or some other form of devious activity on the part of
our various opponents. Long time associates of our ministry are aware of
most of these conflicts.
For some time, I periodically heeded my numerous
critics and, not wanting to assume I'm blameless, re-examined myself --
wondering if it wasn't my own fiery, somewhat combative nature that was
causing the conflicts. There have been many occasions in which I've longed
for the seeming calm of no conflict with those around us.
I've finally come to realize that if this were to
occur, something will have changed to my eternal detriment. In short, the
spiritual dynamic the LORD has unleashed in our midst is what is
driving the conflict.
Jesus Christ was asked about His mission. Having
spoken so gently with such phrases as "I am the good shepherd" (John
10:11), and "suffer the little children" (Mark 10:14), many expected Him
to maintain that accommodating tone in His ministry. Yet Jesus tells us
"Think not that I am come to send
peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword" (Matthew 10:34).
Furthermore, as Christ moved through the Judean landscape, He kept
encountering evil spirits. As it is completely inconsistent with the
New Testament to think that these recurring spiritual collisions were
simple random occurrences, we can only conclude that Jesus Christ, in His
explosive manifestation of the only begotten Son of God, actually
drew the evil spirits to Him.
The Cry Of It
When we look at these spiritual
dynamics, we also see the process works in reverse. A careful analysis of numerous scriptural episodes
points us to some rather interesting conclusions in terms of just how the
powers of the heavens collide. For instance, the Sodom and Gomorrah
account provides a look at how the evil spiritual power that was vested in
that unholy dominion actually drew the judgment of God upon
As the LORD arrived in the form of 3 men before
Abraham, we learn that "the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great"
(Genesis 18:20) -- indicating the tremendous evil that had gripped the
cities of the plain had actually caused Him to come down to destroy the
place. The text plainly indicates that He had come to determine if "the
cry" of this grievous sin, which He says "is come unto me" (Genesis
18:21), was genuine.
In short, the evil power has announced itself, and the
righteousness of the LORD has been drawn to the locale where the sin has
institutionalized itself, and the natural consequence is one of judgment
A similar form of the same principle is found in the
Exodus account. In this example, as the children of Israel were
continually oppressed by the collective evil that had enslaved them in
Egypt, once again, "the cry" of it had reached His heavenly abode. In
fact, even the language is similar to the Sodom and Gomorrah example in
that the LORD says to Moses "I am come down" (Exodus 3:8) in
response to "the cry" that He has heard "by reason of [the
Israelite's] taskmasters" (Exodus 3:7).
In the case of the Israelite bondage in Egypt, the evil
that had consolidated its power in the ancient state had generated an
anguish on the part of the Israelites -- who, in turn, had given voice to
"the cry" that brought the LORD to destroy the Pharaoh and
his host. Similarly, in Sodom and Gomorrah, the Word of God tells us that
Lot was "vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked" (II Peter 2:7)
-- a spiritual collision that was very likely the catalyst that beckoned
the LORD to come to Sodom in the first place.
Referring to Lot, the Apostle Peter tells us
that the incredible evil that had grown to wholesale proportions in Sodom
"vexed his righteous soul." This provides us with an
interesting description of the spiritual dynamic
that will ultimately draw the wrath of God upon all evil.
Yet another example is seen in Ezekiel where we
see the amazing account of the writer with the inkhorn. In this
illustrative account, we learn the Babylonian religion has completely
penetrated the temple worship in Jerusalem.
Here we see worship of the Sun
(Ezekiel 8:16), women weeping for Tammuz (the Babylonian version of the Saviour, seen in Ezekiel 8:14) ), and the
star seed religion of the
Nephilim. All of these elements were epitomized by the introduction of the
demonic spirits associated with the six pointed star, which had enveloped the house of
the LORD (see the image of jealousy in Ezekiel 8:5 & Amos 5:26).
This incredible evil had flowered since the days of
Solomon when he turned to the star gods worshiped by his wives, but in
Ezekiel we find the catalyst that brings it all down. In this story, we're
going to see the LORD destroy everything and everyone in a fiery judgment
-- but first he determines to preserve His remnant.
The LORD tells the angelic host that is led by the
"writer with the inkhorn" to place a mark of preservation on "the
foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the
abominations that be done in the midst thereof" (Ezekiel 9:4). Thus we see
the key principles that flow out of the well of judgment, and the
spiritual powers I'm seeking to describe.
The anguish of spirit that is generated from a
righteous remnant amidst a flood of evil is the ignition of the judgment.
This is "the cry of it" that brought the wrath of God down
upon the powerful iniquity that had become so entrenched in Jerusalem.
As we continue to probe the mystical phenomena we've
dubbed "the gravity well," I've sought to show how spiritual power seems
to draw its opposite. I've also looked at several accounts in which
the scriptures describe this gravity-like pull of spiritual energy that
draws evil towards judgment through a process the text refers to as "the
cry of it" (Genesis 18:21).
Although there are many examples of the "cry" of evil
as well as the "cry" of righteousness (particularly when the latter is
being oppressed, or vexed, with the wickedness of the world), we have a superb
example of this mystical phenomena in the book of Revelation. In
chapter 6, as the seals of the writing denoting the ownership of man have
progressively opened, we encounter "the souls of them that
were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held"
This is a particularly interesting account for, in
addition to "the cry of it," these verses also contain the key element of
the "soul." It may be pointed out that this was also present in the
account of Sodom and Gomorrah wherein we saw how the "soul" of Lot
was "vexed" through the wholesale violation of the laws of God (II Peter
2:8). We linked this vexation to "the cry of it" that called out to God.
In the case of these "souls" of the end-times martyrs
who have been overwhelmed with the iniquity of the last generation, we
read the following:
"And they cried with a loud voice,
saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge
our blood on them that dwell on the earth?" (Revelation 6:10).
Although these verses describe the apparently
disembodied spirits ("souls" in the KJV) of the murdered saints, they are
able to cry out to God in some form of existence that is clearly
beyond our present understanding of consciousness. Incidentally, the
seeming agitation implied by the fact that they they are crying out for
justice and vengeance is mitigated by the next verse where
"...it was said unto them, that they should rest
yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their
brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled"
In short, even though these precious souls are
apparently "vexed," they are quieted with the righteous peace of God, and
the assurance their deaths will not go un-avenged.
Perhaps the ultimate example of this glimpse into the
unseen place of what Paul called "the higher powers" (Romans 13:1),
is in the divine presence of Jesus Christ Himself. As the LORD
contemplated His forthcoming death in order that all who are in Him might
live, John provides us with enough detail to see all the same elements
"And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come,
that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but
if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit."
"Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I
say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this
hour. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this
world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will
draw all men unto me" (John 12:23,24,27,31)
Here is the Spirit of God that cries out to all who
will hear. He is the source of the "powers of the heavens," or that
which we call the "gravity well," the fountainhead of all life and love.
This wondrous power, this amazing invisible spiritual attraction, draws
everyone and everything towards Him.
It is found in His purity and His righteousness, and
this divine life-force is a person, and He has a name: Jesus
September 26 2005 -- James Lloyd
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