Twilight Zone

Some time ago on American TV a programme was very popular that in later years invaded, British TV. It was a programme that had some what of a cult following, a strange programme looking at issues in quite different ways. It created stranger looking creations, dealt with science on the edge of discovery and took it into fiction. Change, altered egos, altered physical forms as well as altered science. Not that I followed it but it was interesting and intriguing along with disturbing, it was in the ‘Twilight Zone’ where things were not as they seemed, in-between stages where things became de-stabilised, not belonging to the past or present, an altered reality.

Well it seems that you and I are those beings who have “…tasted of an age to come…”,  we are to bring the order of God to our world (heaven coming to earth, the coming of the Kingdom of Goimagesd)  we too have been called to reside as “citizens” of another reality.   We diligently bring about the realm of God in our lives and our surroundings only to realise we belong to another place… How on earth do we deal with that condition to be people of the “not yet”, the “coming age”, people of a Twilight Zone that is still seen dimly and yet has clear principles. Ways of life, life giving ways that have been explained to us by the life of Jesus, how to conduct your self, what should fill our hearts and minds, our response to being loved first, what is our response, having been shown generosity, grace, mercy.

This Twilight Zone you could call a time of transition, my questions is does it ever change? Is this way of living a way of continual living until Father Son and Spirit receive their goal in calling creation forth. A world filled with many sons, a world where Christ will fill all, where G O D’s first cause, G O D ’s ultimate aim comes to fulfilment and full-ment. Until then we are to be in contact transition, constant progression, constant change, in an in-between state in the Twilight Zone…

What is your Twilight Zone like? What does your zone make you feel like I wonder?  imagine if you can young Samuel’s experience as he grows to be a prophet of God, seeking to faithfully serve God with many challenges around him, I am now learning to hear God, I do understand God’s ways, reaching and trying to know the inner workings, dealings of God, how does the kingdom work, what are lt’s secrets the order of God, works.

He had to deal with
The perplexing paradox of Eli
The incredible patience of God with a corrupt priesthood
Everything in Samuel wanting to responding to Eli’s righteous exhortations, whereas nothing in him corresponded to Hophni or Phinehas’s lifestyle
The challenges of maintaining sensitivity to the voice of God
His deepening pain over what he was hearing from God and what he saw in the nation
The growing awareness that God would not allow this situation for ever
The in the grief knowing that God would remove Eli, as well as his sons
He did not try to do God’s job, but held to the function God had given Samuel to serve Eli and the Lord in the temple
There is no reference to Samuel’s involvement with the loss of the arc of the Lord to the Philistine, nor its return to Israel. But his opening words show he was ready for that moment, he recognised the signal from heaven to initiate dramatic change in the nation.

1 Samuel 7:3 (NLB)
“if you are really serious about wanting to return to the Lord, get rid of your following gods and your images of Ashteroth. determine to obey only the Lord; then he will rescue you from the Philistine’s”

Despite the spiritual darkness of his time, and joined as he was to the failing Eli, Samuel was some one  whose heart burned with passion for God. He kept faith in the covenant promises with and covenant purpose of God to his generation. He was sustained by a continuing prophetic revelation of God which kept the flame licked and burning in his heart

1 Samuel 3: 21-4:1
“on the Lord appeared again at Shiloh, because the Lord revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord. Thus the word of Samuel came to all Israel”

If God had not had a word for Samuel, Samuel would not have had a word for Israel. What a fundamental lesson, but a fundamental insight that first the prophet requires a word, a voice, is sounded and only then when it has had its internal implication to that vessel the word should be spoken fourth. We must recognise the difference between the prophet, prophesying the word of the Lord situation and a person preaching the Word of God to a congregation. Although at times the prophetic may be in the preached word, is not always so.

When the prophetic word comes –

It provokes change in attitude or action, as does revelation. that is, its first sound is to the hearer to say I cannot stay as I am. Every utterance prophetically says I cannot stay where I am, I cannot stay as I am, it brings the power to transformation every twilight zone living.

It focuses the purpose of God so that you do not fall victim to forces that would love you to be deviated from the divine purpose

It carries with it was the essential to your establishing the gains already made, while propelling you forward to secure new gains. This is painted in a wonderful picture of Nehemiah’s urge to the people to carry a sword and a trowel, to protect themselves and what they have accomplished while they’re working to add whatever building.

It comes with passionate conviction and deep certainty of the prophet can say ‘this is the voice of God’, which enables the prophet to remain at rest above whatever appears to contradict the word he has become.

So today, in our generation we continue to see and have seen incredible changes, advances and threats in the world around us. In the West terrorism threats, in Africa in some nations dreadful medical threats, in many parts of the world economic threats along with advances like never before technology, medical, understanding, the accessibility to all knowledge to every person on a small mobile telephone. There is incredible progress  in the realm of the spirit, in Revelation, in demonstration we are overwhelmed hourly by what God is explaining of this God given life, a life turned towards humanity. We are seeing incredible blessings in lives being set free, healing, deliverances, recognition of callings, restoration of the church, times of refreshing-revival reported from around the world. This is twilight zone…

While we are excited by Gods workings, we remain unimpressed with the calibre of Christianity inside the very communities experiencing these blessing listed above. Often, a person’s experience of the spirit is not balanced by the understanding of the life in the spirit-the experience of power is not matched by the needful perception of purpose.

Utilise our operation within the Twilight zone, we pray fervently, we teach faithfully that the eyes of people’s understanding might be opened (Eph 1:18.19, Col 1:28)
Col 2:1-3
“…and for this purpose also why labour, striving according to Gods power, which mightily works within me. For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf… that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love…that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is Christ himself, in whom are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge…”

Our inability not to remain within the prophetic passion for God’s purpose has given us “Christianity of the trivial” out of the zone. Our faith has deteriorated into a competitive scramble of small-minded egotists trying to relate or gain a few more to their cause, as opposed to working in harmony to advance the kingdom, discipling God’s people and pursuing unity in the bonds of peace.

Our cry from within the twilight zone is that in every place people will rise as  prophets with this passion
Luke refers to Samuel in this fashion Acts 3:24-25
“all the prophets were spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days. It is you who are the sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with your forefathers saying to Abraham ‘ and in your seed all the families of you shall be blessed’”images-2

As you live in your twilight zone heralding in a new order, enlarging your taste of the age to come, being the exact representation of God as God’s ambassador may you remember you are in the line of ‘sons of the prophets, and of the covenant’ therefore listen as a son, live in your daily life as ‘sons of the prophets of the covenant’, and finally discover again with a passion what the ‘sons of the prophets’ said and saw, live your Twilight Zone as an adventure.

High Level Activity

Recently while I was flying high over the Brazilian terrain, a land that I am not  familiar with, a land I am visiting, a country that is different and where the people are so wonderful.  Their expressive nature, the overt hand gestures, the shoulder shrugs.   All in the name of communication.   Their tactile nature across to neighbours and people they meet for the first time, the communication so warm, gushing across tables in eating places imageswith people they don’t know.   Conversations that spread from table to table, words that are contagious so to speak that commence with three people in a Restaurant but that quickly catches another table of strangers causing them to be occupied and connected.    Every one has a value, they are drawn into the conversation, quick eye contact is embraced and before you know it your part of the conversation, instant deep friends.

I only outline this to say I am so aware of the need to communicate, to be able to understand.   Here I am miles high and here I am miles away from being able to communicate, eye contact and touch, yes but I lack words, language.   Language our words are so necessary and important.   I’m travelling in a foreign land and it is really foreign.   I don’t have the words.

It is like being closed in a world of guessing because I did not  have the  words, for example, as I stood in the airport the departure gate had movement so I stood in the line ready to board,  not understanding, a word of the announcements.   Then only to realise that the delayed screen indicated that it was the wrong flight I was just about to step onto.   Having stepped out of the line  thinking I will watch the screen, I noticed 15 mins later the line commenced to open again, the people began to board, but no screen announcement of the flight number, what do I do?   The announcer declares in her best Portuguese what’s going on, but I don’t have the words so I take the plunge.   Just as I am about to get on, not ever did the screen announce the flight number, not ever did I hear any English through the speakers, I looked to the one standing next to me and I tried hard to see his ticket.   Then I do see it and with a sigh of relief he had the same numbers on it as I did.

On the plane I  am greeted by some one else  sitting in my allocated seat, they speak, “I don’t understand”, so they motion they have changed seat and I can have his?    I don’t have words.

Words, language is so important, in our hour it is so necessary we  discover language, the right language in our day.  Language to communicate, to make ourselves known and to be known.   To avoid being present with no voice, to have words to outline the picture of the future we are to embrace and to make known to humanity all around.

You see God has a language, a full language, a language that transcends all boundaries, Gods language is Jesus.  As spoken in Hebrews, God spoke in these last days in his Son, a Sonship language, a language of original source.    A language in which none of us will feel the lack of words.

The Christ is not only Gods language but he is Gods thought about you, how God sees you, how God has us in mind.   The ultimate of God is Christ, and you and I are his body, wow what words, what a thought.

The world is waiting for a plain speaking people that will communicate with words and a life style that are the extension of our words, lives that are words.   Words written, read by all mankind this is who I am, a communication, God words to a world that is longing to have seen and heard.

You and I become words in every situation, to every culture with a deep sense of Gods love and plan for creation. Let us ensure our words are compassionate which constantly widens in scope, a heart that is constantly expanding and learning, learning to exclude fewer and fewer people.   Allow my words to be translated into movement, preventing us from becoming passive, accepting of wrongs, injustices, oppression, these life words give rise to energetic action for change, first in me then on behalf of others who are in captivity or under any form of oppression.