Sunday, March 24, 2013

Escaping the Matrix

We are really not of this world, but are spiritual beings.  Our physical body is the vehicle by which we function in this 4 dimensional world.  Who we are is our soul and spirit and only a portion of our higher self actually resides in our physical bodies.  This concept was recently popularized in the movie “The Matrix” where there was a holographic construct that people were plugged into and thought was real.  In the movie, Neo’s first step in escaping the Matrix was the realization of what it was and that there “is no spoon!”  It looks like the spoon is there but it is an illusion.  Once he detached from what he thought was real, he could see beyond the artificial construct to see the reality behind the holographic world.

I find it interesting that the Bible instructs us to the do same thing.  We are to recognize that this world is an illusion and is temporary.  It will dissolve in the coming judgment with fire.  Those who cling to the physical world will dissolve along with it.  The real world is the spiritual world outside of our physical dimensions.  It is only through your spiritual connection to God that you will come through the fire of judgment into God’s Kingdom.

Some Christian denominations refer to this as the rapture or catching away of God’s people.  It is meeting the messiah in the air to come into the restored Kingdom of God.  There is a notion that heaven is above everything so we meet the messiah in the air on our way there.  However, the heavenly realm may actually be dimensions hidden to us behind and alongside our own.  In Hebrew, the word for wind is ruach which is the same word used for spirit.  This may be implying that we transition into the heavenly dimensions by our spiritual connections to God which is accomplished by repentance and faith in Him.  It requires being filled by God’s Holy Spirit (ruach) which resides in us and in all the dimensions since God is everywhere.  This spiritual connection is what allows us to transition into the heavenly dimensions while our current dimensions dissolve in God’s judgment.

Christians often argue and debate the timing of this transition.  As with most things in prophecy, we don’t see the fulfillment clearly until it is either happening or has already been fulfilled.  I have heard convincing arguments for all of the various rapture timing theories.  After much thought, I concluded that I am just going to watch bible prophecy unfold and see how God actually does it.  In the meantime, what is important is the spiritual preparation.  We must know God which implies a personal relationship with Him and His words in the Bible.  We must connect with God’s spirit through repentance and obedience to Him and then love God with all our hearts and soul. 

During the soon coming transition, we have to realize that this world is an illusion and will dissolve with only spiritual things remaining.  We have to detach from the material and attach to the spiritual.  It is only our relationship with God that allows us to escape the Matrix instead of dissolving along with it.  Remember, “There is no spoon”!  There is only God!

Zephaniah 1:18 “Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them on the day of the Lord’s wrath; and all the earth will be devoured in the fire of His jealousy, for He will make a complete end, indeed a terrifying one, of all the inhabitants of the earth.” (NASB)

Zephaniah 3:8 ““Therefore wait for Me,” declares the Lord, “For the day when I rise up as a witness.  Indeed, My decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out on them My indignation, all My burning anger; for all the earth will be devoured by the fire of My zeal.” (NASB)

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