Weekly Message: Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021
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Dr. David Fritsche
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The Christian church has always had a fascination with the book of Revelation and I have long shared that interest. Yet, after coming home from Bible College and presenting my charts and diagrams, I gave up on trying to interpret it, after a retired little old Baptist minister, who set in the church my Dad pastored, took me to task and systematically destroyed my concepts.
I shall ever be indebted to him for revealing my presumption and ignorance. He was right and I was way over my head, parroting stuff I had heard and gathered from other prophetic ministers. And if I was wrong, then so also were those from whom I gathering the charts and diagrams and concepts.
I have not tried to interpret that book from then until now. I have long wished that others would have followed me and stopped with their fear-based panorama and confusion, but alas, I do not rule the world of theology and everyone has a right to their own opinions.
That has been my stance up until now, and so, with great fear and trepidation, I again enter the world of the book of Revelation and take from it the principles of the eternal conflict between good and evil and the world of spiritual warfare.
Somewhere, just ahead of us, and surrounding us, preceding us and moving in the stealth of our spiritual blindness, is an arena of reality that exists but is not visible to us. The powers of angelic hosts and dark creatures of evil are there, engaged in the battle for our mind, for our behavior, for our imaginations, for our will.
In the case of that which is evil, it is the predator and we are the prey. It is not that we are powerless but that we are naïve and conditioned to believe in the physical world of reality and ignore any other dimensions of reality as though they do not exist.
It is this naivety that prompts prophetic ministries to attempt to see the book of Revelation as allegorical, figurative, and representative rather than as the actual existence of the powers of hell, attempting to kill and to destroy humanity. This presumptive mistake of context leaves them searching for figures, icons, representations and shadows of wonder to apply to the here and now, to contrived orders of dispensations and to mysteries to be solved.
So., I go back to the little church in Bloomington, California and the night that the little retired Baptist preacher took me apart and I will start with his question to me and go on from there.
He asked, “Who wrote the book of Revelation and where was he?”
I answered, “It was written by John and he was on the Isle of Patmos.” Then he asked, “Would you read what John said about where he was?” So, I turned, and I read, -
Revelation 1: 9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
The old man smiled and asked, in almost a whisper, “Yes, he was on the Isle of Patmos, but where else was he. What else does he say about his location?”
I paused for a moment, uncertain as to his question and what he was getting at. Then it hit me and I answered, “Oh, he was in the Spirit….”
“Ah, yes,” he responded, “He was not in an allegory, or in a representative dream, but in the world of the spirit. He was seeing things that are actually there in that arena of reality. He was privileged, for a short period of time, to see past the physical reality in which we all live and see into the reality of a dimension of reality that we affirm exists, but which we cannot see.”
“What he saw is real. It does not represent something; it is what he saw. Why does everyone want to make what he saw into a newspaper article, a nation, a person, a….” and he trailed off. I got the point.
It is from this perspective that I offer this massage.
Exploring Spiritual Reality
I look back with thanksgiving to the time I spent with the old Baptist preacher. He destroyed my theories, but he set me free to explore a new reality. I am grateful for his care for me and his straightforwardness.
Here is the picture -
And God stepped to the planet, the same planet that He had thrown Satan and his demon hoards to, after their fall. In His curse of Satan, he had determined to grind him to dust and isolated him from the heavens and stripped him of his power. (Ezekiel 28:13-end.)
And so, he was there, the snake of destruction, crawling on the planet and devastating the earth with earthquakes, floods, and great destruction. In his anger and rage, he ravaged it and turned it upside down, destroying its life forms, its vegetation and its ecology.
But then came God, clothed in purpose and with the plan, determined from the foundation of the earth. This planet would not be void, it would not be a waste, it would bring forth the wonder of the eternal purpose of the Creator God. And so, it was, that He come to the sin ravaged earth, intent on putting it back together and to make it a crown jewel of creation in glory and beauty.
And so it was, that He made the earth new, with waters, and vegetation and animals of all kinds, and then finally He prepared a garden and knelt down and picked up a handful of dust. And in the garden was the snake, the dark angel of death and destruction, watching to see what this Creator might be up to.
And the Creator took the dust of the earth, molded it into a shape and breathed into it the breath of life. And this new creature, man, became a living soul. And God walked with him and gave him a counterpart to complete him and communed with them as a friend. And Satan saw all this and his anger and rebellion was again kindled and he determined to destroy man and to not allow him to rule the planet that was his – his to ravage and to kill and to destroy. He would find a way to short circuit these humans and to remain the god of this earth. His loss of access to the universe and his curse by the Creator would not stop him/ He would continue to rage and to destroy until man was destroyed and thus the plan of God.
So, God bless man, both male and female, and made a covenant with them and blessed them and release them to exercise their will and to join with Him redeeming the planet from Satan’s destruction. And they walked with God and talked with Him and the ate of the abundance of the earth and all was well.
But conflict was brewing and it would last for hundreds, even thousands of years, and in the end, Satan would be destroyed and the Earth would be redeemed by the sacrifice of the redeemer and the participation of His saints.
Revelation 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
For hundreds of years, we have looked for the man who would be the beast, the Anti-Christ, who would gobble up power and rule the world. It seems to me possible, that we have the wrong focus and have constructed something that may have been going on right under our noses without detection.
If the little Baptist preacher who confronted me with my teachings, is right, then the Beast is not a person, is not allegory, not a representation, but is a spirit and as such searches for those he can influence and manipulate and has been doing so for a long, long time. He seeks those who can become drunk on power and who want to rule the earth and who will do his bidding by wrestling the rulership of the planet away from a redeemed human family and the Christ who indwells them.
If that is possible and if that is the case, then we wait in vain for the man beast who will place his mark on our hands and foreheads, while the spirit beast works through many vehicles and many administrations and many times in history.
Years ago, there was another retired minister who attended the church that Dad pastored. He seemed sad and most often depressed. He did not seem open to my advances to help, so one day after service I found his wife visiting away from him with some other ladies and as she broke away from the group, I asked he about my observations. She admitted that he was despondent and that he considered himself a failure. Then she explained. He had been a prophecy preacher with all the charts and diagrams and had named three different world dictators as the Beast in Revelations 13. After the first one died, he recalculated and then named his second beast, but alas, as time moved on, he also died, and both had not obtained rulership of the earth. Finally; he spent much time and effort and discovered his errors in calculations and named his third Anti-Christ. When this one also died, he became depressed and embarrassed and quit the ministry. “It is really hard when you lose three Anti-Christs,” she said.
So, I ask, is it possible that he may have been at least partially right and that the real Beast, the Anti-Christ is a spirit and manifests at various times in various individuals who cooperated with his influence and rise to power with the intent of ruling the world? Have there been people who have desired to and have tried to rule the world?
1 John 2:22 - Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
1 John 4:3 - And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
2 John 1:7 - For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
There are at least 7 rulers post Christ and the Book of Revelation, who wanted to rule the world:
Alexander the Great
And there are probably more who operated in and by the same spirit, attempting to gain power and to rule over the whole world. The will to power, absent delegated responsibility is a dangerous thing. Lord Acton warned us that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely.
It is for that reason that the fathers of our nation were committed to the concept that the power to live our own lives, not be taken from the people, and that government would only have the power that the people would delegate to them temporarily. They also structured our government with a separation of powers so that no person or branch of government would hold all power.
A Solemn Warning
Today, as I write this, January 1st, 2021, the dark clouds of the Anti-Christ spirit hang heavy on our world. Arising in Europe is a group with grand words and promising presentations, promising to solve all the world’s problems.
The characteristics of the Beast in Revelation 13 are:
Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them
And he doeth great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven
And deceived them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast.
And he caused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads.
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
As I stumbled onto the documents and presentations of this European group, I immediately though or of the Communist Manifesto and Karl Marx and Frederic Engels. What I was reading was expressed in flowery language and in kind terms with bright future predictions, but it was in reality a simple rephrasing of the Communist Manifesto. It seeks to control the world’s economy, to provide central planning for production, consumption, of the monetary system and reaches as far as the elimination of private property, which was the chief goal of Communism.
Hear is the ultimate attempt to usurp the power of the individual and to bring the rights of the individual to naught in favor of a massive dream to centralize all things.
Let me not tell you something and ask for you to believe me. Look for yourself and ask the Spirit of God to guide you through the elaborate presentation to the foundational objective of this plan.
The plan is to replace individual rights with world wide ownership of all thing. The inevitable consequence of this is the removal of individual private property and in its place, have a shared use of all property administered for our benefit by the central seat of power. Sounds nice, but it has already been tried in so many nations and all with the same result. It does not work!
While pundits argue about the finer details and propose, that it failed because it was not done right, the fact is, it failed. It failed because it does not take account of human nature and of the need to own the means of production and to own the rewards of the sale and trade of that production. Self interest is the basis of all human decisions and without a reward for those decisions, no decisions are made.
The historic Judeo-Christian world view embraces the imperfections of humanity and yet works quite well. It works for those who work it but does not reward those who do not. Herein is freedom. One is free if they are not restricted by the rule and tyranny of those who want to control the personal rights of the individual. In this world view, the rights of the individual and the corresponding responsibilities are foundational.
Whenever that individual self interest is removed, then so is the motivation to produce. The wise parent raises their child, incrementally giving them responsibility for their own life and decisions until it is an adult and totally free to live their own lives. It is those responsible people who continue to be productive and who produce more than they consume and provide a basis for the free market.
Without free people and a free market there is no motivation to work, which is the basis of human productivity.
Remove private property and the entire economic motivation and the system it supports, collapses. No system of government will work when there is not a personal motivation to work. It is the individual and their need to achieve and to grow and to create and to own that is the basis for a healthy economy. Success comes from the bottom up not from the top down. Government does not create a successful person, family or community, the free market of individuals does.
So why has the United States of America become the shining star of success and achievement in human history? It is precisely because of the principles it is founded on – the free market and the power of the individual. Remove those principles and you are at war with human nature and the God who made it.
A Great War Coming (or maybe, already here!)
If the little old retired Baptist Preacher was right, then the war is here and has always been here. It is the war between good and evil, right and wrong and it is seen by us only when its spiritual core is revealed in our natural world. That is, armed conflict, if this is true, is an expression of a spiritual conflict. It is the manipulation of people to fight physically for the rights that they feel are essential to life. Yet, that fight always involves governments and the interests of the government as an entity in and of itself.
In a sense, the conflicts of government only reveal the prevailing threat to the people it governs, if it is representing the people. All too often, governments are not representative of the people of their needs and presume nation interests that are not in the interest of the people.
But the war we are speaking of here is a war of spiritual values, of spiritual forces, of demonic hoards, of the age-old battle for control of the planet. Our world view holds that if government is supportive of the people and is representative of the rights of the individual, then that government exists to protect the people and their property. The opposing world view is that government exists to control all things because people are too stupid to govern themselves.
And so, it is the conflict of those two views of reality and of government that motivates conflict and eventuates in armed battle.
And behind the natural elements of those conflicting views, stands the powers of hell and the powers of heaven. The invisible influences the visible and the spiritual is expressed in those who are in tune with it.
As we move through the next couple of decades, we as a nation are going to do battle over what world-view we will embrace and on which side of the fence we stand. We will embrace the pressing philosophies of communism or socialism and its spiritual influence or we will stand against it. There is no middle ground. There is no road to compromise. The concepts are like oil and water – the do not mix.
The very fabric of our social history and conscience is being torn and even our elections are in question. Will we survive or will we become a part of the promised utopia of the left? That is the war that is being fought.
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