Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire: An Olympic Spotlight on Spiritual Warfare

A friend of mine recently gave me a book to read, “Josephus: The Complete Works.”

Josephus was possibly the greatest historian of all time. Not only did he chronicle history that happened before his time, he documented historical events at which he was actually present, such as 70 A.D. Roman siege of Jerusalem. Josephus’ account of one particular event during that siege leaped off the page at me because it reminded me of a similar event in the Bible. Here is Josephus’ account:

Besides these, a few days after that feast, on the twenty-first day of the month Artemisius [Jyar], a certain prodigious and incredible phenomenon appeared; I suppose the account of it would seem to be a fable, were it not related by those that saw it, and were not the events that followed it of so considerable a nature as to deserve such signals; for, before sunsetting, chariots and troops of soldiers in their armor were seen running about among the clouds, and surrounding of cities. ~ Page 890

As a result of the Roman siege of Jerusalem, the Jewish Temple was burned and destroyed, the Jewish nation was annihilated, and the surviving Jewish people were scattered worldwide. Because the destruction of the Temple, and the scattering of the Jewish people worldwide are the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, their profound nature cannot be overstated. This is why Josephus mentions that these events are “of so considerable a nature as to deserve such signals.” Now let’s look at the “signals” themselves.

The “signals” were the appearance of spiritual forces in the form of chariots and troops. Because of the profound nature of what was occurring, God explicitly showed the spiritual warfare behind the events unfolding in Jerusalem. This warfare is always taking place in world events, and in the events of our lives, but God does not always make it visible. Another time when he did make it visible is recorded in the Bible book of 2 Kings. This is the account I was reminded of as I read Josephus’ account of the chariots and troops over Jerusalem:

Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel…Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.

When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked.

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. ~ 2 Kings 6:8-17

God had blessed Elisha with the spiritual eyesight to see the Godly forces on his side. However, the servant could not see them. Elisha prayed to the Lord for spiritual eyesight for the servant, and God granted his request. The horses and chariots of fire were not fleshly and material. They were spiritual. They were as real as anything in our physical world, but they were not from our physical world, nor were they bound by it. We are bound by three spatial dimensions (that we know of) and one time dimension. Spiritual forces are not. There are spiritual forces of God, and spiritual forces of Satan. These spiritual forces are the true power and influence in our world.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against…the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ~ Ephesians 6:12-13

The Bible’s accuracy in telling historical events is unparalleled (not to mention its 100% accuracy rate in FOREtelling history through prophecy– no other religious book on earth even attempts this, much less gets it right 100% of the time). All history supports the Bible 100%. But in Josephus’ writings, the Bible’s accounts of spiritual events are supported as well. The Bible is always proven true.

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Incidentally, the movie “Chariots of Fire” gets its name from the Bible verse I mentioned above, 2 Kings 6:17.

The two main characters in the film, Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, were actual runners for Great Britain in the 1924 Olympics. Liddell was a devout Christian, and Abrahams was Jewish. Liddell ended up being a missionary in China after the Olympics.

As I watched the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics last night, I noticed that they chose to mock the “Chariots of Fire” movie and its real-life story, rather than honor it. As the orchestra played the theme song from “Chariots of Fire,” the comedic character “Mr. Bean” was shown playing the keyboard in the orchestra and making a mockery of the song with his antics. Then, Mr. Bean is shown running on the beach in the famous scene from the movie. Had Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams been followers of a certain other religion that does not react kindly to being mocked, I believe the organizers of the show would have paid profound respect to the story, and would not have dared to mock it.

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    • Thanks for the comment. The appearing of the “sign of the Son of Man” mentioned in Matthew 24:30-31 is accompanied by other occurrences that clearly did not happen in AD 70.

      “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn [did all the nations of the earth mourn in 70 AD? No]. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory [was the Son of Man seen coming on clouds of the sky with power and great glory in 70 AD? No]. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” [did Jesus send his angels to gather his elect from the four winds in 70 AD? No. To the contrary, the nation of Israel was annihilated in 70 AD, and God’s chosen people, the Jews, were scattered into a worldwide diaspora, not gathered.]” ~ Jesus Christ, Matthew 24:30-31.

      Furthermore, at the 2nd coming of the Messiah, God saves Israel and the Jews– he does not allow Israel to be annihilated and the Jews to be scattered into a 2,000 year worldwide diaspora as they were in 70 AD.

      Then the LORD will appear over them [2nd coming of Messiah]; his arrow will flash like lightning… [sounds like maybe the Sign of the Son of Man to me] and the LORD Almighty will shield them [Israel, the Jews]. The LORD their God will save them on that day [“save them,” not annihilate their nation and scatter them worldwide] as the flock of his people. They [the Jews] will sparkle in his land [Israel] like jewels in a crown. ~ Zechariah 9:14-17

      What happened to Israel and the Jews in 70 AD is the antithesis of what the Bible says will happen at the 2nd coming.

  1. If you simply live by the scriptures given by Yah, you will see that all of the world’s religion’s are set up to lead people astray; away from the actual Creator. Years ago I would have been as shocked as you if anybody mocked the film or its theme. However, now I know that there are forces at work that we have been totally oblivious about. One truth leads to another just like Isaiah said- line upon line, precept upon precept. Some clues that things are not right even with the beloved movie Chariots of Fire that every Christian Generation Xer grew up watching…

    1. ANYTHING Hollywood glorifies and makes money from is suspect.
    2. Eric Liddell is praised for not running on the Sunday because he believes it to be the Sabbath. Ridiculous – any Bible scholar worth their salt knows that the Sabbath is the seventh day according to the scriptures. If you are a Bible scholar led by the set apart Spirit you will also question the calendar on which everyone bases their seventh days when it comes to keeping Sabbath.
    3. Anyone who has read about imprisoned fallen angelics (what they looked like, their physical abilities) in the scriptures and book of Enoch and is a student of ancient history including Greek and Roman will know that we humans are not on this planet by ourselves. I know it sounds crazy, but Eric Liddell showed some resemblance to the fallen angelics that dwell among us awaiting final judgement. Reread the account of his race when he fell down and caught up to everyone and won the race; it was recorded as almost “miraculous.” Since these fallen ones are controlling the world’s society, they will work to make their own look good. Yes, I know that his life is well documented and photographed (even with baby pics), but there are some strange activities and deceptions that have been occuring on the earth for a long time.

    …And if it were possible they would deceive the very elect!

    • Katrina,

      I never said I was “shocked” at the fact that Chariots of Fire was mocked. In fact, I am shocked whenever anything remotely Christian is NOT mocked by our media.

      While it is true that more than 99% of what Hollywood makes is demonic and garbage, it cannot be accurately stated that “anything Hollywood glorifies and makes money from is suspect.” God uses all things for good (Romans 8:28), so once in a while, a movie like The Passion of the Christ comes out. Furthermore, the fact that Chariots of Fire was mocked on international TV hardly makes it eligible to be called “glorified” by Hollywood. The fact that it was mocked supports the premise that it was indeed a movie overtly honoring God.

      You say that “if you are a Bible scholar led by the set apart Spirit you will also question the calendar on which everyone bases their seventh days when it comes to keeping the sabath.” To that I say, “if you are a true disciple led by the set apart Spirit you will question people who place more importance on which day of the week Eric Liddell chose to honor YHVH than the fact that Eric Liddell risked his life as a missionary (dying at just 43 years of age) for YHVH in a far away and dangerous country like China when he could have chosen to stay safely and comfortably in the West.” Not only do I respect Eric Liddell for not wanting to run on Sunday, I respect store owners who stay closed on Sunday, and I long for the days when more people in the West had this kind of respect for YHVH. I don’t care if someone wants to honor God on Tuesday or Thursday either.

      Finally, Eric Liddell was 5’8″ tall– hardly worthy of being considered a giant (nephilim). (However, Osama Bin Laden was 6’5″ tall, and John Kerry is 6’4″ tall– now we’re talking!) And if I am to believe Eric Liddell’s miracle was demonic, am I to believe that Moses’ miracle of parting the Red Sea was demonic? How about the walls of Jericho falling? How about Israel being regathered as a nation in 1948? God works by the miracle, so I hardly believe that pointing out a miraculous finish by Liddell points to demonic activity– quite the contrary. Furthermore, the fact that Eric Liddell was mocked on international TV during the 2012 Summer Olympics is the opposite of “they will work to make their own look good.” They made him look quite bad. This gives me confidence that he was a Godly man.

      Thank you for your comments. God bless.

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