Looking Back to the Future

On the morning that I had the experience of hearing the word about looking in the mirror to see what is coming I also had my weekly leader’s prayer meeting with other city-church leaders. On the way there I heard on the radio about an accident which took the life of a fellow minister. All the details did not come out immediately but this was a pastor, and husband, and father of thirteen. It was sudden and tragic as he was riding his motor cycle. In fact the details of the accident were not known to me until after I had written the earlier portion of this piece, but the similarities to what the Lord had said to me on that same morning are so close as to be sobering.

As he was riding his motor cycle down the highway, a drunk driver overtook him and ran into him causing him to go out of control killing him almost instantly. Had he seen the person over taking him in his rear view mirror all that would have been necessary to avert the accident would have been for him to change lanes and get out of the way of the vehicle which was overtaking him. While I am in no way implying that the Lord had anything to do with this tragic event, I am saying that the message is so similar to the word I received on that same morning that I cannot ignore the application.

When I was sitting on that log and heard the warning about not allowing myself to be attacked from behind, my first thought after I heard these words was of the brazen laver in the tabernacle of Moses. The brazen laver was where the priests would go to wash themselves from all the blood and dirt that would get on them in the course of ministering to the Lord. The brazen laver was made from the mirrors the women donated (Ex 38:8)! The laver was a representation of the Messiah to come. The symbolism in this for us is quite striking. The laver, representing Christ, was filled with pure water and, as the Priests would wash, it would be refreshed until they were clean. This was symbolic of the exhortation to us to be “washed in the water of the Word” (Eph 5:26 ). Interestingly they would know when they were done washing when they could see their reflection in the mirrors, for us this would represent that we could see our reflection in Christ.

1 Cor 13:12-13: “It is the same with us. Now we see God as if we are looking at a reflection in a mirror. But then, in the future, we will see him right before our eyes. Now I know only a part, but at that time I will know fully, as God has known me.” (ERV)

Most people will associate a mirror with vanity – “mirror mirror on the wall, whose the fairest one of all”? But we are to think of it as a part of our purification process, and “pursue – holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Heb 12:14).

Eph 4:17-18: “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart…” (KJV)

The Lord is giving us fair warning about the days ahead because he cares for us. Those who want to know what is coming will need to purify their hearts. Those who will do this will use the mirror to reflect the glory of Christ in them as salt and light, those who walk in vain glory will be in danger of being overtaken by those things which are about to come. If we will be cleansed by the washing of the Word, and walk in humility, looking into the reflection of Christ for clarification on things which are to come, we may only need to change lanes in order to be protected from all which the enemy is preparing. We are not to look back at the things we have done (Phil 3:13), but look forward with a mind toward what may be coming up behind. View the future with a mind toward the past, keeping a pure heart and clean hands (Ps 24:3-5).

There may be some wisdom for us in the words of the statesman Edmund Burke, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” We can learn from the past while preparing to see the Lord, let his glory identify the threats of the enemy, prepare ourselves as we can, and change lanes when necessary.

Eph 5:26: “that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” (NKJV)

I have an addendum to add to this article. I had the opportunity to share this message with a renowned Greek economist. I was particularly interested in his insight because of the connection here to Greece as well as to economic events. I found his input enlightening and confirming.. Upon hearing about this word, he immediately said he agreed with the conclusion and gave me a verse to back it up. He said he had been reading Zechariah 9:13 which says that the sons of Zion defeat the sons of Greece. He said he was wounded in his Greek pride to know that the Greeks had lost a battle to the Israelites. But in checking history he found that there was no record of these two nations ever having fought. Upon more reflection he realized that this verse was speaking of the sons of faith defeating the sons of intellect. And so it is with looking into the mirror to see what is coming, it is those who will prepare and act in faith, not through human intellect, who will be prepared for what is coming and have victory over it.

Zech 9:13, “For I have bent Judah, My bow, Fitted the bow with Ephraim, And raised up your sons, O Zion, Against your sons, O Greece, And made you like the sword of a mighty man.”

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