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I apologize for not being more active, but not having other reviewers or books to review, it's been a little difficult. However I want to let you know about this wonderful DVD "God's Not Dead." Working at the library I found it on our shelves and took it home. When I brought it back I raved about it. I wanted to take it out again, but it seems word gets around. It's always on hold for someone else. That's great.

The opening scene is in a freshman college philosophy class. The professor states he is an atheist, and asks that if everyone will sign a paper with 3 little words on it he can dispense of the dust and get to the subject. Those 3 words are "God Is Dead." One student cannot sign that. He is given 3 chances to argue the case of the existence of God before the class.

Fueled by hate on one side and a determined love of God on the other this is not your simple movie. The poor kid researches and goes off on a journey of his own to state his case. The end is nothing short of amazing. I guess telling people stuff like this is one of the reasons I can't get a hold of it a second time. It's really that good.

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May our Lord be with you now and always. Remember, God is in control, even when things look like they're crashing all around you. David

Thursday, June 11, 2009

ANGEL OF WRATH, by Bill Myers

Thursday - Batwings, here we come. In ANGEL OF WRATH, by Bill Myers we are actually shown this creature. It is described, generally speaking, as a creature having a large wingspan. It differs in different parts of the book. The drawing on the cover I think depicts what the author was trying to get across, a creature with wings like a bat. He describes it in one place as having wings that were strong and leathery, like a bat's wings. If you're paying attention to detail, however, you will notice that the body of the creature represents that of a man, although it has large, iron-hard, taloned claws. In other words it is a monstrosity, and not a creation of God. This is a body that demons have created to be their host.

The thing I find interesting is that, unlike other depictions of demons with bat-like wings, the Angel of Wrath has wings that at first appear as a dark cloud or mist. Even when trying to strike it you seem to go right through it. Yet, at the same time this mist has the capability of reaching out and causing physical harm. So, unlike past authors, Bill Myers has created a monster that appears as a vapor or something, while at the same time giving it the power to inflict bodily harm. Not only can it inflict bodily harm, but it can cause emotional distress and spiritual anxiety. In one sense you might say it is vampiric, in that it feasts on the fears and doubts it creates in others.

This beast is only a host, however. We are given it's name, and whether by choice or accident, the name of this beast is Legion. In Scripture (Mark 5:9 and Luke 8:30) the demons within a possessed man identifies itself as Legion. In the account in Mark when Legion was released from the man it entered into a herd of 2000 pigs. This would mean there were at least 2000 demons living in this man. Also in that account notice how the man couldn't be bound with chains or anything. Yet Jesus comes up to him and commands the demons to leave. One of the things I like about this work is that while we are shown what Satan and his demons can do, we are also shone that he only has power when we give it to him. Satan's power over all humanity was crushed by Jesus' death on the cross. The problem is, whenever we voice doubt or give credit to Satan or the demons we give him power over us that he doesn't have, nor is rightfully his. In Christ we have been set free. The serpent's head has been placed beneath the foot of Jesus, and although it caused the Son of God pain, He crushed it's head. (Genesus 3:15)

Today the battle continues, but for those who put their faith and trust in Jesus, the outcome has already been decided. That's why the Angel of Wrath cannot stand the prayers, the praises, the songs nor the worship of God's people. For when this happens God is present and Satan's weaknesses are made known. As darkness is drven away by light so also are the demons sent to flight in the presence of the Light of the World. In the Gospel of John the writer says that Jesus is the Light of the world, but in Matthew, Jesus speaking of those who would follow Him said, "You are the light of the world." Know therefore that if you let Christ reign in you His Light shall bring about the victory.

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.

On Saturday, June 13th check out Laura's site for an interview with Bill Myers.

And don't forget to visit Bill Myer's site here.

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cathikin said...

I like the way you dealt with Legion today. While I was reading the book I thought about how many people do things that open them up to demonic influence, giving permission more or less for the demons to act. Probably it is most true with teenagers. They are so willing and eager to experiment with danger. This creature represents just what can happen when we mess with supernatural things.

David said...

It's not just opening yourself up to the occult. Satan would leap for joy if we limited ourselves in that way. Whenever we choose wrongly (most of the time on purpose) we give place to the devil. Remember, we were created by God, deceived by Satan and bought back by the blood of Jesus. So if we harbor bitterness, then we give Satan a place in us where he has no business, the same is true with anger, addictions, attitudes, lack of faith, unforgiveness (a big one) and more. Scripture says, "The little foxes spoil the vine." Let us beware of the little foxes that attempt to invade our lives. Keep them out and keep pure by the blood of the Lamb, through humility, prayer and repentance.

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