Bill Winston - The Mystery of Meditation - Part 2
In Psalm 102, this is a scripture that we use for this year's basically a word that God had given for this year's ministry. He said in Psalm 102 in verse 13, for thou shall arise and have mercy upon Zion. Zion symbolizes the church. For the time to favor her yea, the set time is come. Say set time. Okay. A set time is as time that has been already programmed. It's a time already programmed. God spoke about Israel. That Israel was going to be in bondage for 400 years. He spoke that over in Genesis chapter 15. This was hundreds of years before this happened. In other words, God's spoken to Abraham said Israel is going to be in bondage, your seed is going to be in bondage for 400 years. Then at that point, I'm going to bring them out.
And so here we see that there is a set time for something to happen. Something that has already been programmed, no devil, no government, no man or woman, nobody can stop it from coming to pass. It kind of reminds me of having a child, a baby, a woman in labor. Now there is nothing that you can do to stop labor. You know, you may be able to induce it from now and then, but you can't stop it when it's time for that baby to come out, that baby's coming out of there. So my point to you is, is it's a time that set that happens that God has something to do with that is regulated by him that nothing stop it. So it's a, pre-programmed moment or time. Now in this, he says in verse 16 and when the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory. Alright now, first we want to talk about this whole idea of vengeance and what it is.
Now, let's go down in Psalm chapter 103 and look at verse 1, bless the Lord, Oh my soul. And all that is within me bless his Holy name. Bless the Lord of my soul and forget not all his benefits who forgives all thine what? Iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases. Who redeem our life from destruction, who crowns thee with loving kindness and tender mercies. Lord have mercy. Who satisfies that mouth with good things, so that thy youth is renewed like the Eagle. I received that. The Lord executed righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. Now this word judgment here is justice. The Lord executed righteousness and justice for all that are oppressed.
Now, justice is extremely important to God. And in fact it is the heart of God. The enemy, if you can destroy justice in somebody's life or in the system or in a nation, he can crush the hope and the faith of the human heart and perpetuate every manner of evil. If the enemy can destroy justice in a system or a nation, he can crush the hope and faith in the human heart and perpetuate all manner of evil. The Bible talks about that. And over these four weeks, we're going to talk about that. But justice is one of the major or main conditions through which heaven's economy is going to manifest, justice. Now, if you remember our scripture that was quoted by Dr. Martin Luther King and it's found over in Amos. And in Amos chapter 5 verse 24, but let judgment run down as waters and righteousness as a mighty stream. Now he preached that, let justice run down as waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Now why did he preach that? Because he was talking about injustice that's in our society. And over in the living Bible, English Bible, it says, let justice roll down like a river and righteousness like an Everest flowing stream. So now this whole idea or theme of justice is important. If you go to Washington and Supreme court building, you'll see that there are some scales and on these scales with symbolized justice or the legal part of things, then one has to balance out the other. Over in Isaiah and Isaiah chapter 43 in verse 25, I even, I am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for my own sake. And I will not remember thy sins. I will not remember thy sins. In other words, God is saying, Hey, I'm going to blot out your transgressions for my own sake. Now this is a prophetic word that is spoken by Isaiah for the time that Jesus will come. He's saying I'm going to blot out your transgressions for my own sake. And I will not remember your sin.
Now, up until this time in the Old Testament, that God had some people who were in the earth of his people and because of their sins, he introduced a priesthood and he raised up a priest who could come into the Holy of Holies and actually that person could do a sacrifice that would cause something called atonement. Atonement is the covering of sin so that God could continue to bless Israel their sins would be covered, but not in the New Testament. We have a word called remission and remission is sending away. Now he said, here, I'm going to blot out your transgressions. So blot means wipe it out. I don't know whether you've ever used anything like spot remover. And you take that spot remove, and you put it on that spot, and that spot disappears. The first thing you say is where did that spot go? It went somewhere. It's just gone. Well, the same thing about blotting out our sins. He didn't take his sins and put them in the past. Your sins are not in your history. You don't have it.
Now this is very important for you to figure out. That's the new thing. He remits it, it's sent away. Never to be seen again. It's not in your past. Alright, but anyway, praise God. All right. So This is now an idea of justice. It's something now that God is a key to this vengeance and recompense teaching that, that I'm now going to unfold to you. Let's go to Matthew's gospel in chapter 12. Look what it says here in verse 25, and Jesus knew their thoughts. And he said it to them, every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. And if Satan cast out satan, he's divided against himself, how then shall his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
Say kingdom of God. Or else, how can one enter into a strong man's house and spoil his goods except he first do what to the strong man? Bind the strong man. And then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me. And he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Ooh boy. All right, Jesus came preaching the gospel of the kingdom. He did not come preaching religion. He said, I am come that they might have what? Life. And have it how? More abundantly. Now, religion was here when he got here. He wasn't interested in that, but he was preaching something that was on a higher level that talked about a new kingdom. And there was a kingdom in the earth that was operating now that was dominating this earth called the kingdom of darkness. Satan was the ruler, a puppet master over that kingdom.
Now Jesus comes preaching another kingdom, but he says, or how else can one enter into a strong man's house and spoil his goods except he first bind the strong man. Could you just write down a scripture reference please? Luke 11 and chapter and verses 21 and 22. He said, but verse 22 says, but when a stronger than he shall come upon him and overcome him he take it from him, all his armor wherein he trusted and divided his spoils. Satan had everybody locked up. Even the ones that didn't know they were locked up. He was controlling the masses. He would set up people on certain kingdoms, the kingdom of media, the kingdom of the arts and entertainment, the kingdom of education. And he would work his will in those kingdoms. Jesus came from a new kingdom or the same kingdom that was in the garden that Adam lost. And he was re-introducing that kingdom and says, wait a minute, I'm coming with another kingdom that's gonna rule over everything. You with me?
So now he talks about binding the strong man, a strong man is the one behind that kingdom of darkness that keeping it in place. So he is getting people now to stop focusing in on people as their problem, because the tendency is to blame other folk. But in this Jesus, Paul talks about a revelation. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and rulers of the darkness of this world, Ephesians chapter 6 verse 12. So we don't wrestle against it. We don't wrestle against people. People are not your problem. Your problem is the devil. Say amen to that. A couple of places that I'd like to show you, put something right there, please. And let's go over to Acts, Acts chapter 10, Acts chapter 10. And I want to start reading at verse 38, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of people. Doesn't say anything about people. Said they were all oppressed by who? The devil. For God was with him.
Let's go over to Revelation, please. And let's go over to Revelations chapter 12, Revelation chapter 12. Are you there? Say praise the Lord. All right, look what it says in verse 9. Now the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the devil and Satan, which deceiveth how much of the world? Now, how much of the world then was not deceived? None. Everybody was deceived in the world. You're in the world, but not what? Of the word. Okay. Let's go to first John, first John is just before Revelation. Then first John, and first John chapter 4. Let me know when you get to first John chapter 4. Hello? I said chapter 4. Yes, no, I meant chapter 5. Chapter 5, please. Thank you. You're there? Look at verse 19. And we know that we are of God and the whole world lie in what? Wickedness.
I'll give you another translation. The whole world is under the control of the evil one. So the devil is controlling. Alright, now I want to establish that first. One more scripture, Isaiah chapter 14, please. I want you to be convinced that people are not your problem, because as long as you think people are your problem, you are in trouble. I said, as long as you think people are your problem, you are in trouble. I didn't get a lot of amens on that, but you better say amen. Look what it says here in verse 12. This is Isaiah chapter 14 and verse 12. How art thou fallen from heaven O Lucifer. Oh, there's Lucifer again. Some of the morning how art thou cut down to the ground, which did weaken nations.
Now Lucifer was Satan's name as he was the arch angel that covered the throne of God in heaven. But he rebelled against God and got thrown out. Verse 13, for thou has said in my heart, I will ascend into heaven. I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will sit upon the Mount of the congregation in the sides of the North. I will ascend above the Heights of the clouds. Look at all those eyes. I will be like the most high God. There's always I with Lucifer. It's about me. Verse 15. When people are dealing with Lucifer, that's what they feel. It's about them. Verse 15, yet thou shall be brought down to hell to the side of the pit. And they that see these shall narrowly look upon thee and consider these saying, is this the man that made the earth to tremble that did shake kingdoms that made the world as a what? Wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof? That open not the house of his prisoners? Wow. Is this the man? I mean, that's what you're going to say when thing's all over. You're going to see him. Are you following what I'm saying? Y'all got that didn't you? You gonna wonder is this the man? You mean he's the one that destroyed our cities? A whole city. This man here?
Now, you got to picture. So, now what we've got to do is pull back from people. I'm about to say something. When we went over in Ghana, just recently, they took us during the daytime to the coast of the areas that we were the sea coast and this, we visited a castle called El Nino Castle, and it's in Ghana, West Africa. And we saw where they actually kept the slaves before they shipped them out over to the U.S., over to Europe, over to the Caribbean, and so forth. Slaves. They showed us everything. They showed us how to kept them in chains. They showed us so forth and so on what happened to them when they rebelled so forth, took us up and this castle had an underground part, then it had other parts on top. They showed us where they kept the men, showed us where they kept the women and so forth. And I understand they would lock them up there, and there were no windows or anything like that.
So it was hot in there and they had one on window in the door and so forth. They kept all these people in there and, and so forth. Now understand there were no bathrooms. So they had to go to the bathroom right there in the place. And they had to sleep on the floor and so forth and so on. Now you could imagine the smell that's coming out of this place. Women, same thing, women's minstrel, all that they were sleeping in. But also he said, look right on the top of that on the next floor is a church. Now he is down here, this inhumane treatment. And up here we're having services. Got it? What's wrong with that picture? Now only thing I'm trying to point out to you now after they took us on the, they came back, they said, Hey guys, we have taken you on this tour. The reason for this tour is not to make anyone angry, for the reason for this tour is to make it so we see what happen so it will never happen again.
My point to you is, is that I saw that. Now, what could make a person have that kind of treatment on that floor and then have services right on top of that and it never bothered them? Come on. Now we're talking about justice because I just took you through that in this, you must remember who the culprit is. The devil is the engineer of every robbery in your life. Every shame that you have suffered. I'm just trying to get you to see, if you're not saved you don't know this. If you're not saved you are fighting a natural battle and guarantee you just have to fight it again and fight it again. But if you can get the strong man.