“Where there is no vision, the people
perish.”Pr. 29:18.Put another way, “Where the vision is not from God, the people perish,”or, “Where the vision is wrong, the people
perish.”Jesus Christ warned that in the
end of the world, there will be so much deception “… that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”Mt. 24:24.Imagine a huge group of people marching over a cliff in the dark.After a while, everyone is gone.But when you look closely, you find a few
fingertips clinging to the edge.That’s
the elect of God.
Very few churches have the
vision that this church has and sometimes it seems that we are so totally
outnumbered that perhaps we might be wrong. It is good to re-examine our focus to see if
we are off-course.
The leadership of this
church was involved for years in a deliverance ministry that believed in
casting out of devils and warring against the demonic kingdom.We have been rejected, castigated,
criticized, ostracized and isolated by other churches and Christians from the
very start.I recall being kicked out of
a pastors’ organization for believing that Christians can have demons and that
Satan is a real and living entity.We
were denied radio air time when the Christian station found out that we believed
in casting out devils.
Last night and this morning,
God had me thinking about where we are in our walk with Him.It led me to digging out a book that I had
not read for many years.It was entitled
The Spirit of Knowledge and Revelation, written by Watchman Nee.This is what he said:
kingdom is in direct opposition to Hades. The Lord Jesus declares that the
kingdom is the casting out of devils – that is to say, that by the energy of
the Spirit of God there is the casting out of demons.This is an accurate explanation of the
kingdom.There is one basic lack to be
found in today’s Bible commentaries, in that their authors usually forget about
Hades.The church in its position, work,
thought, and speech has generally forgotten her enemy Satan.Know we not that God has chosen the church to
resist Satan and to bring in His kingdomn?For let us take note that the very first time the New Testament mentions
the church it also mentions Hades (see Matt.16).
Consequently, the preaching of the
gospel of the kingdom of the heavens is nothing less than to declare that God
who rules in heaven today shall tomorrow rule the earth.by casting out
completely the prince of today’s world with all his followers and evil spirits
so that the new man (Christ and His church) shall reign instead.
The gospel of the kingdom of the
heavens is thus directed against the powers of darkness.So that when the Lord Jesus first proclaimed
this gospel, all His works dealt with the powers of darkness: “To this end was
the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (1
Whoever dares to testify that “Christ
alone is King; Satan is not” is really preaching the gospel of the kingdom of
Today’s need is for Christians who know
the time. God is looking for a people who sympathize with Him and work with Him
in concluding this age and ushering in the next.If Christians view as their greatest
responsibility on earth the saving of people for their souls, then they have
failed to accomplish the highest will of God.They ought to realize that they have a responsibility even greater than
the saving of souls: that they are to bring this age to an end and bring in the
of God.Their highest responsibility is to witness
the destruction of God’s archenemy Satan and all his powers of darkness.They ought to view this as the chief
objective of all their works.
are in total agreement with Watchman Nee and right or wrong, that is the vision
of this church.The final outcome will
be decided in the days to come as we approach the end of the world.As for this church, we will fight on and
prepare ourselves for the final battles ahead.