31a. Appendix Part Five


Part Five

Main Events of Part Five:

  1. Men of the village meet with Rendezvous
  2. Fisher returns alone to village
  3. He and Sandy are bound and led to Bamah
  4. They escape and return to village
  5. They battle demons, come face to face with the Evil Man, and are rescued by people from Rendezvous and by angelic beings

Scripture References:

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.7? ‘You shall have no other gods before Me. Deuteronomy 5: 6 – 7

Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. ?15? “And if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24: 14 – 15

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. ?13? Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. ?14? Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, ?15? and having shod  your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; ?16? in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. ?17? And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6: 12 – 17

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it. ?19? “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16: 18 – 19

Think about this:

The men of the village have witnessed first-hand the power of God and are ready to hear more. The Rendezvous team is ready and willing to accept them as brothers, and make plans to return to their families and hopefully, Fisher and Sandy the next morning. Fisher meanwhile, has gone back alone, anxious to rescue his bride. He finds her, only to be taken captive and led to the town center, where we learn that the two men supposedly killed by the demon warriors actually escaped and are now inciting the village to sacrifice Fisher and Sandy in place of Lisa.

How does fear play a role in the unfolding events we see at the village? Where does fear come from?

Sandy manages to cut through her bonds, and leaps over a bridge with a final word to Fisher to “Trust me.” He obeys, and leaps after her, in spite of the fact that he can’t swim, and that his hands are still tied behind him. She helps him to safety, then they must decide whether to return to the trail or to the village people who had just condoned their sacrifice. The decision is made easier when they see smoke coming from the village, indications that they are already under attack.

Outnumbered and nearly overwhelmed, they battle together against a demonic army, until Fisher is called out by the Evil Man himself. He and Sandy may leave unharmed, he is told, but leave the villagers to their fate. He refuses the offer, but just before the Evil Man can unleash his fury, the entire village comes out to face him, secure now in the knowledge that they too are covered by the blood of Christ. The situation only gets worse for the Evil Man and his followers, as once again the power of God is revealed.

When Jesus tells Peter that the “gates of Hell” shall not prevail against His church, do you see the church as being in an offensive or a defensive mode? In other words, who is attacking whom? If you are a Christian, do you see yourself safely sheltered within a fortress or on a battlefield, armored and equipped for battle?

Have you known people who have given up the journey because of failed perceptions of Who God really is? How can you help them back to the Way? Are you one of those, in fact, who has fallen victim to the enemy’s deceits? Turn to God’s truth, then show the enemy who he really is: a defeated and condemned rebel, destined for everlasting punishment.

May God bless you and the path He has set you upon. May you walk each day, confident of His love and care. May we meet one day, if not along the trail, then at the end of the journey.

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