The Rise of “Master Chief”
“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.”
John 1:4 NLT
This was the beginning of an era of freedom, the dawning of a new age for humanity around the year 4 AD when Jesus “the Word” was born in Bethlehem to the Virgin Mary and Joseph in heart of Israel, in the midst of a world full of darkness and turmoil. For hundreds of years since the exile of Israel and Daniel’s vision of a future forerunning “Master Chief”, “one like the son of Man” a Messiah the world had only known powerful conquerors, evil emperors and tyrannical rule. Israel was a nation that had been decimated and fought over by foreign armies led by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, Darius of Persia, Alexander of Greece and finally the full power of Rome itself. The universe was in chaos and humanity was in desperate need of a Saviour who could usher in light, hope and push back the darkness.
In Halo we see the unleashing of Master Chief from his holding tank when humanity on board the spaceship “The Pillar of Autumn” is besieged by an enemy alien faction called “The Covenant”. The attack is initiated by “The Covenant” against humanity because they are getting too close the atmosphere of Halo which controls the entire universe. What follows is a battle for dominion over the secrets behind the power of Halo. Master Chief along with his digital computer AI assistant Cortana escape the enemy assault in a spacepod and crash land on Halo as the only survivors on the ground. Their next mission is to rescue their captured Captain Keyes who has fallen into enemy hands both the Covenant and the Flood hold him and it is up to the “Master Chief” to free him.
Like Master Chief in Halo, Jesus must also complete his quest to seize the keys held captive by death and arise to bring life to mankind. From the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden to the Serpent all the way to the birth of Christ humanity has only known bondage, greatly suffered, and has struggled to enter into freedom. Even those who found peace with heaven and entered into covenant with God were still captives caught between Hades and Heaven waiting to be liberated so they could receive their full reward.
Battle of Covenants
In 1931 near the end of his life an amazing man who walked in divine healing and had great connection to the “Master Chief” saw a vision. Here are the details:
I can see as my spirit discerns the future and reaches out to touch the heart of mankind and the desire of God, that there is coming from heaven a new manifestation of the Holy Spirit in power, and that new manifestation will be in sweetness, in love, in tenderness, and in the power of the Spirit, beyond anything your heart or mind ever saw. The very lightning of God will flash through men’s souls. The sons of God will meet the sons of darkness and prevail.
– John G. Lake
Make no mistake folks there is a glowing and glorious covenant that has been made between God and humanity, between the “Master Chief” and his people that is available to us. This same covenant was offered at Mount Sinai to the people of God through Moses but the people refused the offer Moses made to Israel and ultimately not only rejected Moses but God as well. Rather than speak face to face with their Creator in the unseen world Israel chose to revel instead in a different covenant…a covenant of idolatry, immorality and debauchery at the foot of the mountain worshipping gods they could see and control. However history would prove whether Moses and the faithful few who followed his example in maintaining covenant with God or the unfaithful who indulged in revelry and worshipped idols would endure to the end. At the end of all things it was Moses and the Levitical Priesthood who would remain standing. Thankfully the “Master Chief” brought about a new covenant and opportunity for the people of God to become a kingdom of priests.
“You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them…But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.”
Every single day we breathe, live and exist in this world we like Master Chief live in the midst of an all out war between two covenants. The covenant of idolatry (anything that stands in the way and takes priority over our communion with God) and the superior covenant (covenant with Christ).
The Key Over the Flood
After Master Chief infiltrates the enemy spaceship “Truth and Reconciliation” and frees Captain Keyes from the clutches of “The Covenant” circumstances separate Master Chief from Keyes and the rest of the troopers for a brief time. Cortana and Master Chief delve deep into the secrets of Halo’s database and to their horror discover that Keyes and his men are in deep trouble because “The Covenant” have accidently awakened a sleeping giant…a terrible and parasitic alien race called “The Flood” which are capable of spreading itself by overwhelming and infesting other life-forms. Keyes falls victim to the Flood and it is up to Master Chief to go through hell to bring him back in one form or another.
“If you are going through hell…keep going.”
Master Chief stands at the mouth of hell fighting the Flood & the Covenant simultaneously in order to bring Captain Keyes back and to destroy Halo so the Flood cannot spread to other galaxies. In similar fashion Jesus in the gospels travels to the coast of Caesarea Philippi (known in the ancient world as the gate to hades) and asks his disciples a question while standing at the gate to hell…
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
The keys of the kingdom of heaven which is the revelation of the strength and power of the “Master Chief” & “Christ” is the key to victory over the “Flood”.
Ultimately Master Chief is able to find Captain Keyes even though Keyes’ physical body was no more and taken over by the “Flood” his mind and spirit did not bend and the neurological info in Keyes’ brain is retrieved by Master Chief and used to help destroy Halo and eliminate the Flood.
Victory is achieved!
Psalm 25:14 “Halo Phrased”
“The “Master Chief” confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
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