“And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads” ….“These are they which were not DEFILED WITH WOMEN; for they are virgins….” Rev. 14:1-5.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE DEFILED, continued
So to be defiled in one’s mind means to shift away from true allegiance to the Christ of God. Once you start interjecting extra Biblical themes into your belief and practices, you are already defiled no matter who so much as introduces it.
Is this not the perfect picture of what is happening today in the Church? Have we not left our lover – Christ Jesus and are chasing after other ‘gods’ and ‘masters’ by our ways of life? Are we not having more of the tradition of the world in the Church and less of our supposed ‘heavenly conversation’? What proof do we have of a heavenly community on earth today?
We have followed the world like the Israelites of old. But the Lord says, the 144,000 follow(ed) the lamb ‘withersoever He goeth’ (v. 4). That means they kept their faith and the teachings of Christ only (3John 9).
When God remembered the days and the effect of the initial intimacy between Him and the Israelites within the covenant He said, “I remember the affection of your youth, the love of your BRIDAL DAYS, you followed me through the wilderness, …Israel was sacred (holy) to Yahweh,” Jer. 2:2-3 JB.
These same people that were so holy and had followed God all along in their initial zeal and love eventually got corrupted with the system of other nations around them. They lost out to human tradition instead of the guiding light of God’s Spirit.
Now before you pride yourself of the power you are manifesting and the glory you seem to be enjoying in your religious kingdom, hear the Word of the Lord to a Church that has the testimony of Christ confirmed on her and that was not lacking in any Spiritual gift (1Cor. 1:7).
“I am anxious for you with deep concern of God Himself – anxious that your love would be for Christ alone just as a pure maiden preserves her love for one man only, for the one who will be her husband. But I AM FRIGHTENED, fearing that in some way, you will be led away from your pure and simple devotion to our Lord, just as Eve was deceived by Satan … you seem to be gullible; you believe whatever anyone tells you; even if he is preaching about another Jesus than the one we preach, or a different spirit than the Holy Spirit you received, or shows you a different way to be saved. You swallow it all,” 2Cor. 11:2-4 TLB.
Can you see that the same spirit can work in the midst of those you may call spiritual giants? Don’t be deceived my brother in the Lord. Not all messengers are of God, and the prevailing system of things around us can deceive us.
Come to think of it, Demas, a one time coworker of Apostle Paul forsook him for the world. “For Demas has deserted me for love of this present world…,” 2Tim. 4:10. But can we not imagine that Demas was spirit filled? Yet he got defiled.
And so the Word of God says, “You are like an unfaithful wife who loves her husband’s enemies – Don’t you realize that making friends with God’s enemies – the evil pleasures of this world – makes you an enemy of God? I say it again that if your aim is to enjoy the evil pleasure of this unsaved world, you cannot also be a friend of God, or what do you think the Scriptures means when it says that the Holy Spirit whom God has placed within us watches over us with tender jealousy?” James 4:4-5 TLB.
So what constitutes the pleasure of this world that can defile us, making it impossible for us to be single minded unto Christ? Again we read, “Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you; for when you love these things you show that you do not really love God. For all these worldly things, these evil desires – the craze for sex, the ambition to buy everything that appeals to you, and the pride that comes from wealth and importance – these are not from God, they are from this evil world…,” 1John 2:15-16 TLB.
Remember, wealth itself is not evil but the love of wealth. And with that you can do anything just to have wealth. Can you see anything from the above passage? Are you sure you are not defiled by your friendship with the world?
We are saying these 144,000 are not defiled by women, religious systems of this world, but rather are single eyed unto the Lord.
Next will be THE CHECKLIST OF FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD.
To be continued…