The Alarm is Sounding Part III: Joel 2:1
Written by Dr. Christi Butler / Oct. 2015
In Part I and II of this lesson I was talking about the fact that the Bible teaches that there are two kingdoms with two visions. The Kingdom of Darkness, which is ruled by Satan, has a vision to lead everyone in the world towards deception and away from Christ. The Kingdom of Light, which is ruled by Jesus, has a vision for the salvation, healing, and redemption of the people of the earth.
These two kingdoms presently exist in the world and the people who have citizenship in these kingdoms have been growing to maturity while living along side one another. In the book of Matthew, chapter 13 verses 24-30, Jesus told the following parable: “Another parable He put forth to them, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”
So, this is what the church needs to understand; the Lord is allowing good and evil to grow together in the earth until the time of judgment and both good and evil are in the process of coming to full maturity in the earth. The citizens of God’s kingdom are being transformed into the full measure of the stature of Christ. They are becoming the fully mature sons and daughters of God. The church is becoming the glorious bride without spot or wrinkle that Jesus Christ is coming back for.
On the other hand, the Kingdom of Darkness is also maturing. Wickedness is rising up until the cup of abominations is full. However, whenever the enemy comes in, like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against that wickedness in the earth (Is. 59:19). The glory that is being released to the church in these times is a response to evil in the earth. God never leaves His children in the earth without the grace and the equipment they need to deal with the present threat of darkness. God has fully anointed and fully equipped believers with all the authority and weaponry they need to deal with every work of evil. Praise God!
The call of God to the church in this hour is “overcome.” The last message that Jesus Christ left with the church through the Apostle John was this: The believer is called to overcome wickedness wherever it manifests, whether in the church or in the world (read Revelation 2 and 3). Seven times in seven letters, Jesus repeated this same message and gave promises for the overcomers. If Jesus felt the need to repeat this message seven times, in seven different ways, then this message is certainly something we need to take note of. Believers need to be taught to have a mindset that is focused on overcoming no matter what difficulties they encounter. Leaders in the church do a great disservice to the body of Christ when they do not teach people about the reality of the spiritual warfare that exists on this earth.
There are two kingdoms and these kingdoms are at war. Therefore, all believers are called to endure hardship as good soldiers (2 Tim. 2:3). They should not become offended with God when difficulties occur. Rather, believers should respond to difficulties by rejoicing in hope because the Lord has already told us that in the end, Jesus wins the war (read Revelation 19:11-16).
In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul writes about the struggle that all of creation has been enduring as God works out His redemptive plan. Romans 8:20-25 says, 20 “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.”
Paul is teaching that Earth itself is travailing in labor as it nears the time of Christ’s return. A woman in labor experiences an increase of intense pain and pressure before she is able to fully bring forth her child. In much the same way, the sons and daughters of God are spiritually coming to full maturity. The time of their birth is at hand, but at the same time travail, warfare, and difficulty may be occurring in the earth because Satan wishes to stop God’s plans at all costs.
I bring this up because I want believers to be mentally prepared to fight the good fight of faith and to continue standing in faith no matter what events transpire in the earth. The word of the Lord is “overcome.”
To listen to the complete audio message related to these blog post look up “The Day of the Lord Joel 2:1” on youtube and look for the Living Flame picture. Blessings to you in the Name of Jesus.