Kim Jong il’s Laptop is Broken
Vol: 123 Issue: 20 Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Kim Jong Il, when he was alive, was one of the most dangerous men on the planet. A complete lunatic in possession of nuclear weapons, nobody was sure what the erratic little dictator might do next, but whatever it was, somebody always died when he did it.
As dangerous and as high-profile as the crazy little dictator was, you’d think that US intelligence would know his every move, what he ate for breakfast, what he read for entertainment, where he was at any given moment, and if not his state of mind, certainly one would expect that we knew his state of health.
Kim Jong il died on a train on Saturday morning at about 8:30. US intelligence learned of his death on Monday, when everybody else did, and the same way that everybody else did. They saw it on TV.
Nowhere was the power of propaganda more on display than in North Korea following the news that the “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il was dead.
The Dear Leader was responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of his countrymen. The country he presided over for seventeen years is a horror story of misery, repression, torture, starvation and deprivation.
But when his people heard the news, instead of cheering and dancing in the streets, there was an outpouring of genuine grief and sorrow.
Women gathered at the memorial to Kim’s father, Kim Il Sung, the “Great Leader” who, although no less repressive than his son, is revered by North Koreans as a god.
“It is the second dynastic succession in the history of communist North Korea, after founding leader Kim Il-Sung died in 1994 — sparking similar scenes of organized hysteria.”
“They are not even trying to wipe away tears and are convulsing with pain and despair caused by the loss,” KCNA said Monday of the country’s impoverished citizens, adding the population of 24 million was in “indescribable sorrow”.
The state TV showed ruling party members in one North Korean county crying out loud, banging tables and sobbing. “I can’t believe it. How can he go like this? What are we supposed to do?” said one distraught cadre, Kang Tae-Ho.
World reaction to the news was no less interesting. The Speaker of Iran’s parliament, Ali Larijani, offered actual condolences to the North Koreans, saying:
“I was much saddened when I was informed of the passing of Mr. Kim Jong Il, the great leader of the friendly nation of North Korea. On behalf of myself and my colleagues in parliament, I would like to express my sympathy.”
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was far less sympathetic in his official comments:
“Kim Jong Il will be remembered as the leader of a totalitarian regime who violated the basic rights of the North Korean people for nearly two decades. We hope his passing brings positive change allowing the people of North Korea to emerge from six decades of isolation, oppression and misery.”
North Korea’s patron and protector, the People’s Republic of China, was “distressed” by the news:
“We were distressed to learn of the unfortunate passing of the senior-most North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, and we express our deep grief about this and extend our condolences to the people of North Korea. Kim Jong Il is a great leader of the North Korean people.”
But it was Republican ‘maverick’ Senator John McCain who best summed up the true global reaction to the death of the tiny terror of the East, saying,
“I can only express satisfaction that the Dear Leader is joining the likes of Gadhafi, bin Laden, Hitler and Stalin in a warm corner of hell.”
To which we would like to add our own hearty “amen”!
As a Christian, I have absolutely no fear of being dead. (I am here referring to physical death). But getting that way gives cause for pause.
I can think of very few ways to shuffle off this mortal coil that don’t involve some measure of discomfort, not to mention fear.
We’re born into this world in much the same way — it is a God-given blessing that we are incapable of remembering the experience.
At the moment of death, as our physical eyes close, our spiritual eyes open. The best illustration I’ve ever seen of how this works is this diagram drawn by Clarence Larkin, explaining the threefold nature of man.
Note the outer ring of the diagram, labeled the carnal body, or soma. This is the physical part — the part that dies. The body is an input device, similar in function to the keyboard and mouse on a computer.
It receives sensory input through the ability to see, hear, smell, taste and touch.
This is what physical life is. It is the ability to see, hear, smell, taste and touch, and through those sensory inputs, we find the enjoyment of life.
Everything a natural man knows, feels or experiences comes to him through one of these sensory gates.
The next ring of the diagram is the one Larkin labels the soul, or the psyche.
Larkin also labels it ‘natural’ — for the ‘natural man.’ All human beings have souls, which consist of the mind, will and emotions.
Taken together, they make up that part that distinguishes you from all other human beings. Your soul is what makes you you — my soul is what makes me me.
It is the part that owns all the rest of your existence. You have a body, but that body is not you — it is your possession. Your soul is you.
When you die, your soul leaves your body, which is then discarded as an empty shell. Your soul no longer receives input from the five sensory gates, but it continues to exist.
One way to illustrate this is by looking at “cloud” computing — the next wave of data processing. In cloud computing, one’s data is located online instead of on one’s computer. This protects it from crashes, infections, etc., and makes it possible to access your data from any computer.
In pure cloud computing, even the operating system is located online. So everything about your computer that makes your computer yours is not on your computer at all.
Your physical computer still sits on your desk and you still use it to input your data, but the data is stored in the ‘cloud’. So if your computer dies tomorrow, your data doesn’t die with it.
Your data was never actually part of your computer — and so it exists independently of it in the cloud.
Suppose your desktop were to burn out tomorrow. Your computer is dead, beyond repair, and fit for the junk pile. So you go buy a laptop to access your data in the cloud and “Bingo!” — your new laptop is suddenly your old desktop, but with a brand-new “body.”
Staying with the analogy for a few more lines, let’s pretend that the old desktop is the diagram’s outer ring, or soma, and that the new laptop is the inner ring, or spirit (pnuema).
Larkin labels the spirit as the source of inner insights, common sense, our faculties, faith, hope, reverence, prayer, worship, etc. The Bible tells us that all men have an eternal spirit, but that the natural man’s spirit is ‘dead’ until quickened, like a laptop before you turn it on.
In the very center of the center of the inner ring is the “throne room” of your life. The natural man seats himself there. When he dies, his carnal inputs cease to function and his soul turns inward to the spirit for input.
Since the spirit of the natural man has not been ‘quickened’ or made alive by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, he looks inward to discover the devil is at the keyboard supplying the input.
When a born-again, Blood-bought, regenerated Christian dies, his soul also begins to receive input through his spirit instead of his five physical sensory gates.
Note again that the body is in the outer ring and it is the sensory gate that feeds the soul. The spirit is in the center and it is the sensory gate through which the Holy Spirit communicates with us.
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” (Romans 8:16)
When we die, the soul and spirit separate from the body and the body’s sensory input. The Bible tells us that our soul doesn’t sleep, but remains conscious; Paul tells us that;
“Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (for we walk by faith and not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (2nd Corinthians 5:6-8)
I want you to see all that this teaches.
The first is the most obvious since it is most often-quoted; ‘absent from the body, present with the Lord’ — but I want you to see the Bigger Picture as well.
While present in the body, we are absent from the Lord. For the most part, our sensory inputs are limited to the five gates of the carnal body.
Most of us are spiritually blind. We hear the phrase often enough. Think of what it means. It refers to the sensory input we get from the center of our being, from the center of Larkin’s inner circle, where our spirit is.
At the center of the natural man, his spirit is dark. It is totally blind to the things of God. The natural man can be spiritual; the world is filled with spiritual people who are in communication with the spirit world. But they are not in communication with the Spirit of God.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1st Corinthians 2:14)
The natural man can thrash about trying to make a spiritual connection, but he is just thrashing about blindly hoping to latch on to any spiritual passers-by.
Understand the function of your spirit. It is your sensory input to the things of the spirit. The quickened, or regenerated spirit is in contact and communion with the Spirit of God.
Absent the body, the spirit becomes the eyes and ears of the soul.
When we die, the body’s sensory gates close, but the spirit’s sensory gates swing wide-open. We (that is, the soul, the part that makes you ‘you’) remain aware of what is going on. So when you die, the spirit functions much as the body did, as the primary sensory gateway into the soul.
We are half blind in this world. Our souls only know what they can learn from the sensory input of our carnal, physical bodies. Our spirits are capable of just enough faith to invite the Holy Spirit in, which then quickens us and opens up our spiritual ‘eyes’.
When we get our resurrection bodies, we will receive sensory input from both sides. Both the physical and the spiritual. The reason that at the Rapture, the dead in Christ rise first, is that they’ve been waiting, half-blind, for theirs.
Right now, Paul says, “we see through a glass darkly. . but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1st Corinthians 13:12)
Imagine at the Rapture, when we who are alive and remain suddenly start getting unrestricted sensory input from both our resurrection bodies and our eyes-wide open quickened spirits! It is a spectacular thought.
Back to the less-spectacular thought of the soul who dies without the quickening of the Spirit. His soul has lost its physical sensory input. His spirit is dark, dead, and incapable of getting any spiritual input. But at the Great White Throne, that soul will also receive a resurrection body.
Remember the function of the body and spirit. They are the gateways to the soul.
That lost soul will have his physical sensory input restored to him just before being cast alive into the Lake of Fire. There, he will be deprived of spiritual comfort, since his spirit is dead, but his resurrection body will be eternally alive.
With that in mind, everybody you meet today, the folks at work, the people at the gym, the clerk at the store, the kid that delivers your paper . . . everybody has an eternal destiny.
They will either spend it in unimaginable joy and peace in the Presence of the Lord and Savior, or they will spend it in unimaginable horror, with Satan at the keyboard controlling their input for eternity.
And his soul, the part that makes him who he is, will spend eternity thinking about how he blew his chance to escape his fate while his spirit aches to see the God he rejected.
For those of us that know the truth, that is an awesome thing to contemplate. It rekindles a sense of urgency for the lost. We are the watchmen on the wall.
It is incumbent upon each of us to be prepared, “and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1 Peter 3:15)
The Omega Letter exists — not necessarily to preach to the lost — but rather to equip the saved with the knowledge they need to “stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)
The information in your Omega Letter is not for entertainment. We don’t sensationalize events to sell subscriptions. Our goal is to equip the one-on-one evangelist to meet the challenges facing each of us as the clock runs down.
Because for all you know, you might be his only chance to escape that fate.