As I think about ASULON, I find myself looking at a panorama of things, but most of all, that of war. It begins with showing us how a young man has been trained in warfare, then moves on to his internal conflict at suddenly being thrust into royalty. We learn about the war that is going on in Daniel's heart, first over the loss of his father and his hatred of Sargon, then over his love for Rachel. We learn of the wars that have encompassed the earth for many millenniums. The most important part of this is the spiritual war that we have been in, one that all of must deal with on a daily basis. From the war in the heavens to the wars over the souls of mankind, spiritual warfare has forever been hanging over us. It covers us like a fog that we can't get away from, but can't clearly see. In ASULON: SWORD OF FIRE we get a chance to see spiritual warfare a bit more clearly than we normally would.
Make no mistake, we are at war, all of us. We must choose sides, yet because this spiritual war is invisible to the natural eye, many do not realize that they are in a war and have already chosen the wrong side. They do not realize the danger they are in. They do not understand that God's wrath will one day come down upon them. We who have chosen the side of God pray that their eyes would be opened and that they would change sides. Perhaps you are thinking I am not talking about ASULON. In some ways you may be right, yet I am convinced that this aspect of this story is the most powerful point being made. William McGrath makes this point rather well by showing all the other things going on, by giving color and substance to our internal struggles and our external wars. In doing so he creates a backdrop upon which, if one looks closely, they will see that this spiritual battleground takes place alongside the natural one. Since we cannot see the spiritual one we focus on the natural battleground. This I think, is part of the enemy's ploy. It's how he keeps our eyes blinded to the truth. Yet the light of God pierces through these dark places and reveals His Truth to any who are willing to listen.
Many would say that God is unjust because of this. Nothing could be further from the truth. When God took on the form of man and as that man, Jesus, died for our sins, He died for all of our sins. Even the sins of those not believing were paid for, so that when they came to believe Christ would not have to die again. I am reminded of these verse, "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." (Heb 6:4-6) The blood of Jesus is precious and was shed for all at one place and time for all people in all places in all times. This the enemy would have us not see, for in seeing this truth we would run to the cross and accept this forgiveness from the Almighty. So it is that the enemy blinds the eyes of those who are not spiritually awakened that they may remain forever in darkness. Yet if Jesus lives in us then we are the Light of the world even as He was the Light of the world, for it is His light that shines in us. This light pierces the darkness and overthrows every shadow in its path. Therefore we must live as children of light that the world might come to know Him who has died for them. This is our battle, our war, in which God has declared that by His Spirit we should be victorious to His glory for the sake of the world that is dying. We are their hope, not because there is anything in us worthy of hope, except that our Lord lives in us and He is the Hope of Glory.
Whether Asulon rises or falls depends upon whether God's people follow or reject the ways of the Lord. In this story we find mirrored ourselves. For if we wish our nation to stand, then we must first follow the ways of our Lord and teach them to our children. We must fight for these rights among the spiritual battleground in our land, for it is written, " If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2Ch 7:14) The battleground is here, in our hearts. The Word of God that we have is our "Sword of Fire". May we wield it to His glory.
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