Block and Tackle

The divine history is the kernel within the shell of human history. We must know both. We must know the human history so that we know where we are today and we must know the divine history so that we know where we need to be today. (Paraphrase of Ed’s intro to message four.)

In the Bible, in the Minor Prophets, and in Joel, we see God’s chastisement on Israel, done through the three “craftsmen.” We see God’s punishment over these craftsmen because of their excessive treatment of Israel, and we see the coming in of the the fourth craftsmen, the best, wonderful, awesome, lovable Craftsman Jesus Christ who, as a stone cut without hands, will come with His “mighty ones” to crush the aggregate of human government and set up the millennial kingdom for the ultimate and corporate manifestation of Christ.

So what is the human history that is revealed to us? Well, in Daniel we see the great human image and Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Babylon, with Nebuchadnezzar was the head of gold, the first craftsman was Medo-Persia, the second Greece, the third the Roman Empire. Each of course corresponds to the different parts of the human image ending with the restored Roman Empire as the ten toes. So, where are we? Not exactly at the ten toes, but if we open any international newspaper we would realize that the appearance of the toes is being set up and more than likely to happen in our lifetime.

Oh Lord! Knowing this to be the case, where do we need to be in the divine history?

We need to see that today we, the believers in Christ, are in the Body of Christ; we all are members of the Body of Christ, which is the organism of the Triune God; as members of the Body, we should aspire to be the overcomers, the mighty ones (Joel 3:11), who will return with Christ to deal with Antichrist at the battle of Armageddon and who will be Christ’s co-kings in the millennium.

Of course, the first thing to pop into my head was, great, overcomer, mighty one, I’m done for. But Ed’s thought was this: BLOCK AND TACKLE!
The number one (American) football team’s coach was asked abut his strategy, and he didn’t say anything about trick plays and such, but he said two words: Block and Tackle. When they are on offense, they block, on defense they tackle (or vice versa because football is a mystery to me). And even though all the opposition knew what they were doing, he publicized it avidly, the teams knew what was coming, they were powerless to stop them!

SAINTS!! Satan knows what’s coming, he knows you are going to call, but he is powerless to stop you!! Saints, remember, block and tackle!

Right now, knowing where we are in human history, knowing where we should be in the divine history, we need to be those retreating to the high tower of our spirit through the daily, hourly, habitual, life practices. Pray-reading, praying unceasingly, fanning our spirit into flame, prophesying, and most importantly, CALLING!

We need to “Oh, Lord Jesus” our way into the Kingdom.