Illusions of power, control and authority last as long as they are not challenged. People are mesmerized by the illusion until the Lord releases someone To break the spell off the people so they can see. Illusions blind people to truth, no wonder Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:4 “The god of this age has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News.” There is a crack in the illusion and with a couple more hits the illusion is going to break and people are going to see clearly the good news.
This idea is not new biblically. 1 Kings 18 tells how Israel was under the illusion of Baal being a living god who spoke and answered them when the prayed. They even had 450 prophets (mouthpieces) of Baal telling them what “Baal was saying.” But when Elijah showed up and cracked the illusion by telling them to call on Baal, so they could see which god would answer by fire, this is what happened. “Then they took the ox which was given them and they prepared it and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon saying, “O Baal, answer us.” But there was no voice and no one answered. And they leaped about the altar which they made.” No voice, no one answered. The illusion was cracking. The people were wondering, but not yet believing.
Elijah now gets his turn to pray and here is what happened, “Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.” Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.” The illusion that once had the nation believing a lie was now shattered and it was obvious to all who was God.
My friends the illusion, the spell, the lies we have been under are cracking and people are starting to see, but there is an event coming that is going to shatter the illusion and people are going to know the truth that will set them free. Baal and Jezebel are spirits of illusion and they are about to be overthrown by the God of Elijah who answers by fire. The showdown has begun, the cracks are there and the shattering is about to happen.