In 1517, the Lord triggered The Reformation through Martin Luther who boldly nailed his 95 Theses on the Church door at Wittenberg. God shook the entire secular and religious world by confronting His Church, which had degenerated into the corrupt, self-exalting, “jealous-of” nature of Satan, “the father of the lie,” operating according to his opportunistic ways of propaganda, intimidation, control, usury, and murder.
Shortly after the year 17 A.D., Jesus Himself became a confrontational Reformer:
And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple…and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business [e.g. opportunism].” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal [e.g. jealousy] for Your house will consume me [lit. put an end to me]” (John 2:15-17).
Some years ago, the Lord revealed to Bob that a cycle of reformation has repeated through history in 500-year increments: around 517 A.D., and 1017 A.D., and even through the generations of Israel before the time of Christ! Many contemporary believers recognize these same “world forces of darkness… spiritual forces of wickedness” (Eph. 6:12-13) operating in and through the worldwide church today in the ongoing “custody battle” over humanity that the envious false-father wages against our true Father.
As we enter 2017, the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation, you and I must be “rooted and grounded in love [lit. Agape]” (Eph. 3:17), that is, mentored and matured in the jealous-for love of Father, Son, and Spirit fixed upon us “in Christ” our Rock. In 1529, twelve turbulent years after The Reformation began, Luther wrote his hymn A Mighty Fortress is our God from personal experience in this cosmic custody battle:
“For still our ancient foe [“the father of the lie”; serpent in Eden], doth seek to work us woe [restless, envious scheming]; his craft and power are great [fission power through deception, propaganda, counterfeits, con-fusion], and armed with cruel hate [unbridled wrath], on earth is not his equal [i.e.ac though this created archangel is fallen, he remains a super-being]. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right man on our side [jealous-for us], the man of God’s own choosing [the one and only incorruptible, proactive Man]. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus it is He [the God-Man Nucleus of the fusion of the Trinity and mankind].”
In reciprocal jealousy-for God who mercifully set us free “in Christ Jesus” and consumed with zeal for our Triune-Creator to be correctly perceived, known, and received in the world through His reformed (re-gene-rated) church, like Luther, together we must courageously stand fast against the onslaught of these forces of fission, con-fusion, and darkness.