‘a spirit of divine wind’

 

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Banzai charge” (or “banzai attack“) (バンザイ突撃 – Banzai totsugeki) was a name applied during World War II by the Allied forces to human wave-style attacks mounted by infantry forces of the Imperial Japanese Army. These attacks were usually launched as a suicide attack to avoid surrender and perceived dishonor or as a final attempt at maximizing the odds of success in the face of usually numerically superior Allied forces.

Gyokusai (玉砕), literally “shattered jewel” is a Japanese euphemism for suicide attack, or suicide (seppuku) in the face of defeat. It is based on a quote of the 7th century Classical Chinese text Book of Northern Qi, 大丈夫寧可玉砕何能瓦全 “a great man should die as a shattered jewel rather than live as an intact tile.”   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banzai

 

The Kamikaze- 神風, common translation: “divine wind”

The Kamikaze were suicide attacks by military aviators from the Empire of Japan against Allied naval vessels in the closing stages of the Pacific campaign of World War II, designed to destroy as many warships as possible.

Kamikaze pilots would attempt to intentionally crash their aircraft – often laden with explosives, bombs, torpedoes and full fuel tanks – into Allied ships. The aircraft’s normal functions, to deliver torpedoes or bombs or shoot down other aircraft, were put aside, and the planes were converted to what were essentially manned missiles, in a desperate attempt to reap the benefits of greatly increased accuracy and payload over that of normal bombs. The goal of crippling as many Allied capital ships as possible was considered critical enough to warrant the sacrifice of aviators and aircraft. Wikipedia.org/wiki/kamikaze

When one considers the ‘Banzai and Kamikaze’ we learn that the giving of ones life for a particular cause is nothing new and has been a way of showing commitment to a cause for hundreds of years. 

Like the Banzai and Kamikaze we see a similar “wind” a blowing in the homicide bombers of our day, except the attack is not intended against ones military foe but the destruction of innocent life.

  

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The explosive belt usually consists of several cylinders filled with explosive (de facto pipe bombs), or in more sophisticated versions with plates of explosive. The explosive is surrounded by a fragmentation jacket that produces the shrapnel responsible for most of the bomb’s lethality, effectively making the jacket a crude body-worn claymore mine. Once the vest is detonated, the explosion resembles an omni-directional shotgun blast. The most dangerous and the most widely used shrapnel are steel balls 3-7 mm in diameter. Other shrapnel material can be anything of suitable size and hardness, most often nails, screws, nuts, and thick wire. Shrapnel is responsible for about 90% of all casualties caused by this kind of device. Wikipedia.org/wiki/suicidebomber

A suicide bomber is a type of terrorist – specifically, a terrorist who is willing to sacrifice his or her own life in order to kill other people. Those who indorse and promote the action of the suicide bomber often refer to the terrorist as a martyr while those who vehemently oppose such heinous acts against innocent life refer to them as homicide-bombers… due to their felonious nature.

There are three kinds of homicide—Bouvier.

  1. 1] justifiable, as when the killing is performed in the exercise of a right or performance of a duty;
  2. 2] excusable, as when done, although not as duty or right, yet without culpable or criminal intent;
  3. 3] felonious, or involving what the law terms malice; the latter may be either manslaughter or murder.

For many it is hard to lay hold to this degree of commitment… that one would willingly lay down his life for the cause. For the Banzai or the Kamikaze it is this line of thinking that results in the individual dying as a shattered jewel instead of succumbing to dishonor, defeat and disgrace. For the radical Muslim and Hindu it is fueled by different reasons… it is blatant opposition to The Christ, Yeshua ha Mashiach. They can not attack Him so their anger and aggression is meeted out against His body…the true church… ‘a divine wind of destruction’.

For our Lord predicted that this wind would blow and warned His disciples not to be surprised when they felt its breeze….

“These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them.”

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.  And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake:”

Yet there is  another spirit of commitment where the individual in not the instrument of destruction but the recipient of such. It is this spirit of commitment that is found in the believer of Christ…. not to be confused with the member of a church. There are many in America that are members of churches and may even be faithful in their attendance, but do not possess such commitment. This type of commitment can only be fueled by a Divine Spirit and that the Spirit of God… except a man be born again.

 

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Since the first of this year, there has been a vehement spirit of  persecution that is waxing stronger against the body of Christ throughout all of India, but the center of the hot-bead is in the Orissa area.

The persecution is being wrought at the hands of radical Hindus that are forcing Christians to become Hindu or die. Numbers as high as 50,000 are homeless with 30,000 that have sought refuge in the forest to escape death. Churches and homes of Christians have been destroyed and all of this simply for professing the name of Christ.

Does it seem strange to any of the readers that this viscous opposition is being perpetrated by ‘religion’? It should not as it were the religious leaders of our Lord’s day that sought Him out in the Garden of Gethsemane.

This ‘religious wind of opposition’ that is blowing across India can be  likened to that perpetrated by the radical Muslim homicide bomber of our day, for it is this same malicious and heinous attack not only against the innocent, but operates under the guise of religion. It really does not matter if it is at the hand of radical Islam or the Hindu, the killing of the Christian is “divine” in its nature.

This fact that this vehement wind is raging against The Christ and His body is a testimony to the day in which we we are living, and is a testimony that the greatest enemy of our Lord is still religion.

For the believer that has found him or herself in the crucible of persecution by this divine wind can also take strength in the fact, “that  the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”

As this wind blows harder it will be imperative that the the believer wax stronger. Words that shall encourage us in this stead…

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

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1 Comment

  1. Brother Malachi, that picture of that poor dead girl speaks a million words. The enemy wants to kill believers! He uses those whose minds he can bend and sends them to persecute those who belong to Christ. Every one who carries the light of truth within them is a reminder to the enemy of his defeat. Jesus told us that we would suffer for his name. Other countries are standing the test and dying for their faith. America is so busy taking God out of everything from schools and government that people can’t see that this wind of evil is blowing our way seeking to take away our freedom of worship. This blasphemy is filling homes and is starting to infiltrate churches!

    I believe that the anit-christ is alive and that he is preparing his entrance. For those who understand that the days are getting shorter, know that we must prepare our hearts as our Lord will be back soon.


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