“Since its founding, the people of Forttopia considered themselves a sovereign nation. Then, suddenly, they were overwhelmed, and defeated…” –Cyril T. Jermin. My thanks to you, Elder Brother in the LORD, for speaking such edifying truth to me, and inspiring this writing.
It came to pass, that in the year in which men first took steps upon the surface of the Moon, the LORD saw fit to establish one of a countless number of nations founded upon the Earth, that its inhabitants would worship and glorify Him. Its large population nestled within mountains completely shrouded from view, for all its realm was brought to being by the LORD within the guise and form of a child. Where the child’s eyes fell, there did the gaze of the nation fall. What the child conceived in this thought, the nation also pondered. Where his stone heart experienced any emotion, the entire nation braced itself as that emotion washed over them in a flood.
The LORD created this nation, as all others He had made, to glorify Himself; and it assuredly would. For by its obedience and servitude to Him, it would bring Him glory by the way in which the nation used its gifts to that cause and was blessed by Him, while by its disobedience and rebellion it would bring Him glory in the way it would be utterly destroyed, as an example to every other nation, everywhere. In no conceivable ending of this nation would the LORD not point to it and say, “…that all may know that I am the LORD,” whether through its submission and service to Him, or its rebellion and service to itself.
This nation, called Forttopia, was and remains comprised of one central metropolis, girded about and supplied continuously by outlying cities that are in allegiance with it. The Metropolis was named in that realm for the child in whom it was made, Steven I, who was to be Steward over the nation in service of the One True King, the Son of God; but once the child grew in awareness, that which inhabits all humanity, sin, entered the water supply of the nation and, just as in all humanity, utterly corrupted every inhabitant from the Steward down. What was worse, it also thoroughly separated the child from the God who made him and doomed him to the undying wrath of the LORD’s judgment. Steven I kept the title of his stewardship, but by the corruption of sin, which could not be prevented by any force the nations can muster, (thanks to the first such nation of humanity’s founding, known as Adam,) the Steward and his entire realm were subverted by the deadly parasite that is the first child of sin; pride.
In this manner was the Metropolis renamed Pride, after the parasite which claimed the Steward and later every inhabitant within the walls. Its infection and resultant blinding influence spread unchecked, placing its numerous outlying cities in utter bondage through power of its corruption.
Greatest among those who contributed to Pride’s growth were cities which began as one name before taking on another once the parasite took hold. The Submitted Will, which was to be kept clean and be the habitation of the Spirit of the LORD, became the palace of the Steward in his corruption and called itself Free Will, and forsook all truth of being bondservant to the King. The city of Anger, a common, natural occurrence within the nations of humanity, grew powerful and became divided into three brethren cities, and through Pride became flooded with the self righteousness pouring from the palace gates, becoming known as Malice, Vengeance, and Wrath. The city of Interdependence was claimed by the parasite and went mad, denied its purpose and begat by Pride’s influence Greed, Lust, the shining city of Entitlement, and the host of sub-districts patrolled by their powerful armies, all named from the world without while feeding the insatiable drives of their inhabitants. In this manner, all the cities about Pride were subverted and twisted into self serving forms of themselves.
Were it not for the mountains which sheltered Forttopia, constructed from the prayers of the nations of the child’s forebears, their full submission to the LORD that made them, and all the suffering they bore for standing in the world as God’s children, Forttopia would have immediately joined the nations numbered greater than the stars; those which forsook the Absolute Truth of why they were created. It would have succumbed immediately to the blindness of Pride’s more metastasized stages; that which makes the nation utterly forget that it is from birth doomed to fall under the wrath of the LORD, who is holy and righteous and will not abide sin, and can only be saved by *Him*, that their life is not their own and it would fully account for its disobedience before the LORD once the heart of the child inevitably stopped beating, and its last breath was taken.
In spite of this, Pride began to issue edicts to govern the nation, and the Steward signed off on them, for the parasite made him blind to only that which Pride wanted him to see, and he was bound by those edicts, having no power to overcome the seductive euphoria of all which Pride fed him from the surrounding cities. The Steward, like the stewards of countless other nations, gave only lip service to the LORD his King, and was blind to the state of his rebellion, as Lust satisfied his flesh, and he found that he wielded self righteous vengeance and wrath with skill. So it was that when Pride issued the edict that it was not sin to obey some parts of the will of the LORD while ignoring others, Steven I only slightly flinched. And when Pride declared itself its own Sovereign Nation under God, and that God would understand his choice to do things in the way of Forttopia rather than of the King who created it, Steven I squelched the fear that he was now in rebellion with the LORD by not seeking the truth and denying any stirring to seek His face, receive the truth, and be subject to it. Pride went on whispering shameless lies to him, chief among them the one that declared that he was fine just as he is, and need submit nothing of himself to be saved.
That the majority of nations are made utterly blind to the truth escapes them even as it escaped Forttopia's Steward, for by the power of its euphoric infusion into the host pride preys upon, that host does not acknowledge that pride is a cancer, but buys the lie that it is a virtue, and thus are unaware that pride’s sole purpose is to bring that nation under the Second Death… that of being finally stripped of all blindness, forced to do what it refused in life and acknowledge all that God is as the Source of all life and worthy only of our abject worship and praise, while being denied that very Source by His judgment for refusing to acknowledge Him correctly when we yet walked the Earth. This state of unimaginable suffering and torment, called Hell, was made for Lucifer the Accuser, who was the first victim of pride, and all those who rebelled with him and followed him into madness. There demon and human alike will endure the suffering of all who do not receive the Grace to acknowledge and obey the LORD before they breathe their last.
And that suffering will have no end.
It so happened, by the design and will of the LORD God *only* and through merit neither of Forttopia nor its Steward, that the nation of Forttopia was visited by the only thing that could save it; The Perfect Grace and Mercy of the LORD.
The Mercy, the act of not receiving the death that the nation was doomed to and fully deserved because its Steward was made from birth nothing more than a wretched sinner, was brought about by the Grace…
The mightiest, most loving of all graces, for which was paid the highest of all prices…
The Grace, the act of receiving salvation and forgiveness that Steven I in no way deserved nor could ever earn through any work or effort of his own, was brought about by the innocent Blood of the very King who created all things with His Father, who loved the Steward and his befouled nation so much that He would not only put down His mantle of Kingship and become a child in flesh as the Steward, but would be crushed, tortured, and crucified on a Roman cross for him, whereby His act of love would purchase Steven I from the judgment of the Second Death and make him an adopted child of the Father.
So it came to pass, while Pride held dominion over the nation of Forttopia as it rested secure in its blind journey toward the eternal Judgment and Wrath of the LORD, that the Grace and Mercy of the Most High God fell upon the Steward, who had become a man and now had children of his own, and in his growing fear of failing them realized he did not know the Truth and would account for both not seeking it and not having delivered it to his children as it was delivered to him.
When it fell upon Steven I, his blindness was lifted, and the throne of the King which he occupied was discovered to be covered all about by the many tentacles of Pride, which had entered his own flesh and dwelt in every portion of his life, even behind doors he thought were shut, within rooms he never knew existed. The tentacles not only kept him blind, they fed him with the perverted strength of the surrounding cities, and bore crushing weight about his chest which he did not notice, as his heart was made entirely of stone. Now that the Grace of the LORD fell upon him, that heart was turned finally to one of flesh, and the eyes of Steven I befell the state of himself and all the nation of Forttopia he was made Steward over, and from the polished reflective surfaces of that which he dared call Free Will, Steven I saw himself with eyes free from the blindness of Pride, and wept.
And his weeping has not stopped, nor will it all the days of his life.
So it was that Pride did not anticipate the freeing of the Steward, who by Grace had the Dark Armor of lies, crafted by the city of Despair, replaced by the whole Armor of the LORD, which at once freed him from every caressing, poisonous tentacle leaching his spirit and feeding him sweet, deadly delusion.
The Spirit of the LORD then went out from the Steward and overwhelmed the armies who dwelt there, and they were worsted by the miracle of the LORD's salvation. The lie of Free Will was removed, and Pride for all its perceived might was brought low and broken, and the palace of the Steward was thus made Submitted Will forever.
Those few that remain of those forces which were corrupted by Pride and yet live, (and they are many, for the life of Forttopia while its heart yet beats is their life and will only fall once the body Forttopia inhabits returns to the dust,) were seized by panic and outrage, and fled from before the face of the Spirit of the LORD to the crevices below the mountains where the nation was founded. There they lie in wait, and at such times as the Steward fails in the vigilance he is called upon to exercise; to watch upon the walls and destroy without mercy the cloying, begging, twisted creatures that were fed by Pride and thus were cast out and seek re-entry in relentless desperation, they mass together and return to places they once knew, and by the same Grace and Mercy, the Steward is forgiven for the failure to fight, and supplies him strength to make war upon them and destroy all those he finds by the weapon the LORD supplies him, even the women and children, and their corpses are cast over the reclaimed walls in ruthless message to those that dwell without. These same yet return and hurl themselves, still hopelessly blind, at the gates of Forttopia, for their blindness has stolen all truth and its hearing from them entirely, and though they ask continually from outside why even those who appear innocuous among them may not return, they fail to comprehend that the King Himself has already answered them in His Word, and in their futile cries hear nothing He has said:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” Matthew 7:21-23
“Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” –John 10:25-30
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
“Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we you an hungered, and fed you? or thirsty, and gave you drink? When saw we you a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothed you? Or when saw we you sick, or in prison, and came to you? And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me.
“Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungered, and you gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and you took me not in: naked, and you clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and you visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we you an hungered, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to you? Then shall he answer them, saying, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” –Matthew 25:31-46
Many who now read of the Subjugation of Forttopia will find it foolishness and regret the time they spent reading it; to whom I say "go in peace, and don't die." If you are among those who are aware of their Stewardship and are given the Grace and Mercy of the LORD, I implore you to fully acknowledge the King and yield to Him the throne of your life now, while the false illusion of Free Will yet exists and it would glorify the LORD to believe in Him, having not seen Him. I implore you to submit your life, destroy your pride, and receive the Savior as your own, to read his Word and own it for yourself, and join me in my fight to the death, for *we* are the blinded enemy, and it is we who must come before the LORD and die to Him, that our souls may live.