Continued 4 Interpretation: Message of the Reels By
Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D.,

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Conclusion
   
...cleansing of the spirit man through prayer

The connection between the two visions under interpretation is twofold.

Firstly, they both yield light upon the fact that destiny is a central idea running throughout the entirety of Scripture. The prophetic parts of the Bible confirm that the end of all things is finished. Can we be sure of this? Yes, we can. Events have been predicted beforehand and have come to pass exactly as prophesied even though there are millennia separating the prophecy from its fulfillment. In addition, the Spirit expressly declares in the written Word that all things were ordained to happen before the foundation of the world. You and I are not accidents, and there is no such thing as luck.

If everything is predestined, we can infer that in the creation, God purposed every born-again Christian to a place of service in His Kingdom. Our job is to discover it. Due to sin, issues did not turn out like God wanted, but notwithstanding the perversity of the outcomes, He ordained that the mistakes of sin would accomplish His objectives and glorify Himself. Destiny has not been denied. Note that sin does not glorify God, but His mercy in forgiveness and healing does. (T)he law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound [Romans 5:20].

Secondly, both visions together form a mental schema depicting the interconnection between the physical world and the spiritual realm. The Message vision represents the spirit realm while The Reels denotes the physical. It was noted that the circumstances of people who were caught in the tribulation in the first vision, reflected their choice not to stop off at the Way Station. The lesson learned from the two visions is, as goes the spirit of man, so goes his destiny.

 

We noted that the Way Station corresponds to the Scriptural meaning of sanctification, a spiritual matter and very important. God will not fellowship with sin, so He has set up a method of cleansing whereby we can communicate and stay connected with Him. The scenario at the Way Station clearly illustrates the process of sanctification, i.e., cleansing of the spirit man through prayer. Cleansing is vital for all people not just those whose lives are cumbered with gross wickedness.

Although God chooses not to be seen with the natural physical eyes, He sometimes reveals Himself by opening the spiritual eyes of people who report what they experience. Too many people have testimonies about visiting the spirit realm for it to be discounted as fantasy. Hence, God must have a reveal codes key to expose the supernatural domain in order to confirm a truth or divulge His plans.

The reels in the first vision symbolize God’s grace before judgment. Without water, there would be no life; therefore, the rain of reels characterizes God’s willingness to help people attain to eternal life by warning them they are at risk for judgment. God is love and wants people to avoid entrapment in the greatly prophesied coming judgment. The purpose of the reels, consequently, was to entice people to introspection and make any necessary adjustments to avoid being trapped in the tribulation.

People who take notice now of the course they are following have time to switch tracks and get on the proper course leading to their intended destiny. To ignore the proliferating grace signs is to wind up in the earth’s cleansing. The scene that showed people scorning their reels and paying no attention to them is reminiscent of the words of Jesus who said:

The Deluge by John Martin , 1834
Matthew 24:37-39
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking , marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
 

In the days of Noah, people were oblivious to the fact that a flood was coming even though the Bible says that Noah preached to people to get right with God for 120 years. He was called a preacher of righteousness [2 Peter 2:5]. Talk about the longsuffering of God! Note that although they were warned by the eye gate in seeing a huge ship being built, and the ear gate in hearing the publicized destiny for the wages of unrighteousness, the flood came upon them unexpectedly because they did not heed the sounded alarm similarly to the people in the vision who spurned their reels.

In the latter day as in the former day, people will be going about business as usual without suspecting that a host of the populace will disappear in the twinkling of an eye [1 Corinthians 15:52]. Then it will be too late as it was in the days of Noah. The door to the ark was open until God shut and sealed it after the eight of them entered into it. Anyone could have gone in with Noah and his family. In like manner, the doorway in front of Jeannette had no door signifying that anyone at this time can enter into the secret place of sanctifying prayer to get on course with God. But, there is coming a moment in time when the event of the rapture will occur, and there will be time no more for escape. When the trumpet blows, it is too late.

The Message vision is a picture of the sanctification process, a requirement to reach perfection. Hence, it is the means of spiritual growth. The Bible informs us that the perfection we are in route toward is to be conformed to the image of God’s Son. Each person’s course is unique and the territory dissimilar because of biological individuality and environmental constraints, but the goal is the same – to become fully functioning mature believers exemplifying the nature of God. When this happens, we reflect the glory of God in performing His will.

Romans 8:29-30
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.


The Reels vision shows that this planet is destined for cleansing. We know from prophecy that before Jesus sets up His millennial Kingdom, the earth will be cleansed. God will not use anything even remotely connected to satan’s cosmic system for His earthly reign. This is inferred from the clear statements that believers are not to love the world nor its accouterments.

1 John 2:15
15 Love not the world , neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

In concert with John, Paul says that if we are risen with Christ, and we are, then we ought to set (our) affection on things above, not on things on the earth [Colossians 3:1-3]. These and other Scripture explain that God is not happy with the way things are on earth. Hence, He says that whosoever will be a friend of the world is (His) enemy… [James 4:4].

 
Epilogue
  Friendship implies socializing activity hence fellowship. Most people have many acquaintances during a lifetime, but few friends with whom they fellowship. As believers, we should fellowship with other believers [2 Corinthians 6:14]. We are to love all people even as God does including our enemies because they need saving, but we do not fellowship with everyone. Fellowship is communing and happily participating in other’s blessings as well as sharing their misfortunes. The bottom line in friendship denotes admixture – the mingling of principles, beliefs, and standards. Mixing worldly modalities with godly ones destroys purity and holiness that God requires. …As he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (life style and activity); Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy [1 Peter 1:15-16]. John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than  this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
 

My spirit-led aim in this Interpretation has been to show that the church has a destiny with danger and it is coming on strong. In flirting with the world, she is becoming transformed from the protected Philadelphian evangelical model that has evangelized the world since the Reformation through her divinely endowed open door mandate [Revelation 3:10], to the promiscuous flirtatious lukewarm Laodiceans [Revelation 3:16-18] of whom Christ had nothing good to say. Although engineered by sincerity and a desire to evangelize people, I submit that the inroads of the ‘New Theology for a New World’ is causing the church to emulate methods and techniques devised by human wisdom, and in doing so, Christians are biting into the fruit of deception, which will propel them into the tribulational era.

Early on in this document, I spoke about the subtle deception of integrating psychological counseling into church programs. I felt compelled to use the area of psychology as a platform to explain the hazards of commingling worldly tactics with Biblical processes to improve upon the gospel’s power to deliver people from satanic bondages. As a former insider in this sector having received my Ph.D. in it, I know its stealth and cunning. At best, any gains through admixture are energy of the flesh works, and at worst, it disguises the necessary requirements for the regenerative experience.

To worsen things, the use of psychological measurements such as interest and personality inventories, which supposedly identify strengths and giftings, has had little or no research to justify their use in screening applicants for work whether in secular businesses or religious ministry. Sadly, some people who have felt called to the mission field have been denied opportunity to fulfill this calling because testing instruments flagged them as risky applicants. Yes, they are used widely by churches, seminaries, Bible colleges, and mission agencies as diagnostic tools to aid in job placement when their reliability is low and their validity, which measures the integrity of an instrument, is questionable. Let me give you an example.

As stated, the validity of a test measures its worth, how well it actually measures what it is suppose to measure. In the case of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a personality test that has been around since the 1940s and one of the most widely used worldwide, the evidence to support its use in any environment let alone the church is nonexistent. The following is an appraisal of the MBTI by the National Research Council. 6

 
  The evidence summarized in this section raises questions about the validity of the MBTI. However, many users of the instrument have claimed that its value lies not in its diagnostic accuracy, which is problematic, but in its probative guidance. Respondents often emphasize the increased sensitivity gained from the discussions generated by MBTI feedback. It would seem that such gains could contribute to enhanced performance. Unfortunately, neither the gains in sensitivity nor the impact of those gains on performance have been documented by research. Nor has the instrument been validated in a long-term study of successful and unsuccessful careers. Lacking such evidence, it is a curiosity why the instrument is used so widely, particularly in large organizations.7

The MBTI became popular at the start of psychological counseling, a sub-field of psychology. It came in vogue without its effectiveness being researched first, which is the usual way for consumer products to come on line. It became popular because it does not demote people; it pigeonholes them and gives them a handle that they can hold on to in trying to cope with life. The problem is that in stereotyping individuals the inventories infer that particular individuals are unsuited for certain things, and hence limit their options. This is especially serious for believers whom the Lord can groom for whatever He wants them to do.

The enterprise of inventorying people to help them find themselves supervenes the Bible’s role in guidance through life’s journey. It translates to the same consequential end of many other marketed programs in the church. A bad harvest will follow because consumer Christianity is driving the church into the Laodicean aura. In emulating and promoting worldly devices in church planning and programs, it is denying the sufficiency of the Holy Spirit’s guidance and His role in gifting individuals [Hebrews 2:4], and in so doing, is rejecting the love of the truth. Since Jesus is the truth, and Jesus is the Word, friendship with the world is denial of God’s way of doing things. He has said,

Isaiah 55:8-9
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
 

Integration of worldly processes to inspire people to Christianity is not God’s way. Why do we need to use inventories and psychological tests that have no validity or reliability for screening people who want to be missionaries or who want to work in Christian organizations when we have the Holy Spirit’s guidance? Could mammon be the root of the proliferation of integration? Programs, seminars, conferences, concerts, and testing costs money and the promoters of such stand to make plenty of it. All of the paraphernalia associated with these events and activities generates tens of millions of dollars. Is this why Jesus counseled the Laodiceans who …were rich, and increased with goods, and had need of nothing, to buy of Him gold tried in the fire…[Revelation 3:17,18]?

This is the sad part. In selling out to unproven techniques and worldly ways, the church is signing on to being participant to the endtime judgment with the world.

2 Thessalonians 2:6-12
6 And now ye know what withholdeth (restrains) that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth (restrains) will let (restrain), until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth , that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.


The above passage tells us why a large percentage of the populace of earth will be judged. Believers will be judged right alongside unbelievers if they love not the truth. Anyone denying the sufficiency of the Word does not wholly love it. Integrating humanly engineered devices into church functions and curriculum, is slandering the capability of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to meet men’s needs. To add to the affront, verse 12 above says that these people have pleasure in acquiescing to unrighteousness. They enjoy mixing with the world. To imply that God’s Holy Spirit and His Word is not enough to carry His children through this wicked world is not right, and if it is not right, it is unright-eous.

Throughout this Interpretation, the Holy Spirit has impressed me to show in a cursory manner how the world and the church are merging and few people are noticing. Can anyone disagree with me that the world is becoming more spiritual and the church is becoming more secular? For instance, Christian music now saturates the secular music industry, while gimmicks and marketing stratagems cover the Christian waterfront. Christian distinctives have faded and Christians enjoy it. Because the lines are blurred, people can feel spiritual without having to change their life style.

The Message of The Reels was given by God to awaken church members regarding this dilemma, as well as to show concerned believers the way out of this predicament so that they would not be a victim to the strong delusion God is going to send to the church [v.11] in consequence to her indifference.

Jeremiah 18:15
15 Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they [the false prophets] have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up;

Why is God going to send a strong delusion to blind the minds of people so that they believe a lie?

Jeremiah 18:12
12 And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.

In the days of Noah, because the imaginations of everyone’s hearts were only evil continually [Genesis 6:5], God cleansed earth with a flood. In the days of Jeremiah when everyone walked after the imagination of his evil heart and did that which was right in his own eyes, God destroyed His own nation, Israel. Today, God’s people seem to be following the same treacherous path to tribulation and destruction.

The name of the last day church, Laodicea, means ‘the people speak out.’ The conflating of ‘laos’ (people) and ‘dicea’ (to speak) connotes that people have taken charge of their own worship and are doing their own thing out the imaginations of their own hearts. Is that the meaning of ‘user-friendly’ churches? Given that these churches offer a variety of modalities to present the gospel of Jesus, is it the real Jesus or ‘another Jesus’ they are promoting [2 Corinthians 11:4]?

Dear reader, these are serious matters, which I find hard to bring forth. The Holy Spirit has had to constrain me to put some of these things on the table so that believers can look over their reels and see if adjustments are needed. There are a number of things I fully intended to leave out of this Interpretation. And, indeed, for lack of space, I have not mentioned a number of other spheres of compromise that the church has made with the world. I would much rather help people develop their spirits so they can walk a strait and narrow path. I desire that people course through this maze of humanistic confusion without fear and filled with joy, for it can be done. My conscience, however, enjoins me to speak to the deceptions creeping into the church.

I have tried hard throughout this work to speak the truth in love [Ephesians 4:15]. Maintaining a balance between truth and love is often not easy. Nonetheless, truth cannot be watered down, even though it sometimes hurts. The Laodicean fabric is fast taking over the church and people need warning. The further adrift into apostasy, the greater is the need for strong medicine. Medicine is often unpalatable, yet without it, barring a miracle, the course of sickness will eventually kill the body.

Love for the brethren demands that error be pointed out, for truth does not rest on sentimentality. To ignore the obvious or refuse to sound an alarm in a fire is not acting for the good of another and does not qualify as love. Hence, when a person sees danger, that one must warn, encourage, and teach within the guidelines of Scripture and leading of the Holy Spirit. Not to do so, according to Apostle John, is wrong [2 John 1:11].

Can anything be done to stop the inroads? I think not because the end is already finished. The die is cast and from prophecy, we know what it is. All we can do now is keep looking up and expect a quick departure. Keep a clean slate and visit the Way Station regularly. Earth’s destiny is soon to be accomplished, and God’s predestined glory is about to fill the earth. Believers having ears to hear will hear [Revelation 3:13], and those having eyes to see will anoint them with eyesalve and perceive [Revelation 3:18]. Rejoice dear one because our redemption draws near.

Luke 21:28
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

In sum, the set time for everything to terminate is decreed, and the ends are ordained. Our destinies are finished even at this very hour. So, I beseech you to check up and see if you are on your charted course because we are heading for the midnight hour. May this be your day to rechart your course, for now is an acceptable time. There may be no tomorrow because remember that when the trumpet blows, IT IS TOO LATE.

 
2 Corinthians 6:2
 
For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation (deliverance) have I succoured (helped) thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
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