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PALL OF SMOKE AND DIAMOND OF JOY
of Contrasts, Complementarity and Beauty
Rev. Dr. Robert E. Donaldson
Published by World Wide Web Witness Inc.
ISBN 0 9578816 5 7
Of course, you may say that red is too emphatic, frighteningly bold, colourful, impactive and so on. But then, when you compare it with the blood which it so readily symbolises, and the anger it so often typifies, the errors that such ink so frequently exposes, it does not seem, for a little while, a bad choice.
This volume as the title suggests, is dealing with events and interviews with destiny, as man progresses in his decline, advances in his regress, moves to the culmination of his crisis, and the acme of his tragedy, which nevertheless exposes the wonder of the diamond, its multi-faceted beauty, its crisp clean lines, its fine light-expounding surfaces, its deep inner depths of light, its protection from defacement, its littleness so often, and its eloquence, with much work in a little, to show so much.
Moreover it has come to speak where it does not act, by association, and to declare what it does not say, by typifying it, from weddings to engagements, from love to light.
The pall of smoke on the other hand is beyond question, the most amazing contribution VISUALLY of our generation, that is, my own, which stretches
What more ? It has included this movement from Communism to communalism (The Frantic Millenium and the Peace of Truth Ch. 7), or the god of the community, also, as we see so strikingly illustrated in Chapter One! Man is thus simply worshipping himself, in this sense, that he presumes to attribute to himself things available only from God, and whatever religion or irreligion he may mouth, it makes but little difference to the point at issue, when this is done. When you start using the bank of a millionaire, and his signature, or funds, for your own affairs, it is theft. It is chastenable, as an offence, foolish as a presumption, and disaster is its sure result. Further, it is silly, for whatever GROUNDS he may have had for his funds, the THIEF has none!
It is merely a case of using what someone else made. As to the thief, his worthiness for the imposture is not only zero, but a minus quantity, for if you do this, what results: you add to your subtraction from another’s possessions, the sheer audacity of heart to do it.
As this volume progresses,
we shall follow this duality, the brilliant wonder of the inordinately clear
God (see Ezekiel Ch. 1 or I Timothy 6:16, with John 1:1-14, Proverbs 8:8),
with his incisive depictions, directions, doctrines, programs and power,
on the one hand. On the other, we shall see in fateful contrast the obscure
and in terms of precision and brightness, rather featureless and preposterous
proposals and impositions of man, as the day comes close when Christ, the
Judge, returns, and all is put in place, like a craftsman, returning to his
workshop, after an explosion.
This explosion of human power, made the more possible
But as to these tremors, as of the demented: That is often. Increasingly, it is now. If it is not yet rigor mortis, it is a fit on the way.
This disease, this spiritual pathology, it is not an intellectual thing per se, for it is perfectly compatible with excellent intellectual work. As happens in so many other diseases, it is in CERTAIN places and SOME times that you see it, and not until near the end, that its effects work throughout the co-ordinated structure of the body, to the most painfully obvious motions of approaching death. It is so in this spiritual phase too (Ephesians 4:17-19).
You see it in debate, in deliberate
obscurations, in muddle from fusty fidgets and musty devices, as the truth
is avoided. Increasingly, we shall be seeing it on the corporate scale, in
the ‘community’ level, that grand pretence which shrouds its pall of pretended
unity, like some maternity outfit, over divided mankind, shrouding the nations.
We shall also see it among the individuals of our race.
With these two features in mind, the brilliance of creation, but far more, of the Creator, of His redemption and its power amidst these ruinous times, and the fogs of contemporary follies, notably that pillar of smoke, that column of vapour which Joel predicted as one of the striking features of the days as the Age approaches its end, the mushroom cloud, which like the return of Israel to Jerusalem’s domain, speaks so pointedly of the book of history for our Age, nearing its end: we proceed in this volume, to review and consider, to watch and relay the word of God to the scene.
In the past 7 decades of the author, it has been a wonder, something for the blind to see, the deaf to hear, in both these dimensions, namely the clarity of perspective and the confusion of the foolish fighting, as it most often is; for the war that counts is this: that for Christ (Ephesians 6).
This: It is not to wound the body, but to heal the spirit, to balm the heart, to arouse the mind to reality, and to bring the soul of a man, woman or child to the only God there is, by the only provision He has made, in Christ, while there is time. Like a doctor in a jungle situation, whose medicines are opposed by the witch doctor, so is the gospel opposed, often not directly, but by clamps and conditions, by indirections and impositions, as Chapter 1 of this volume, strikingly exemplifies.
It is not desired by millions. The cost of health is too high; the ease of indulgence is too much, and the temporary profits in the contemporary world are too mind boggling; or the heart will know no ruler, though it was made for One, and the refusal without doubt will always bring in others so far beneath the Lord in wisdom, power and love, that the substitution is like that of a smoker, determined to invade his/her lungs with the noxious fumes of death, to escape the realities of the present (cf. Isaiah 26:12-14, John 8:21-36).
They are, however, not escapable; for the only escape is Christ (Hebrews 2:1-3, Isaiah 66:19), not from reality but from unreality; and it is available with that unfathomable love and unqualified power which raised Him from the dead, and with which He will return in a little, for the time is near, when the preliminaries are all done.
If you like, it is an operation which is about to take place. The preliminaries are as we have seen in the last few volumes, again and again, considering the word of God and the works of history, in all but innumerable dimensions and details, almost done. These preliminaries themselves can be harrowing to many.
However, the operation itself, the judgment on the operational Prince of this World, on his henchmen to come, and partly present already, on his aspirations and confusions, his arrogance and his hardness of heart, and that of those like him, who follow him, and later the final judgment: this is an operation of which Nuremberg gives some scent. It is rather stronger than that of soap, perhaps more reminiscent of that of Dettol, of heavy antiseptic. It comes when battle is done, and truth is to be exposed.
But always, without cessation, let us emphasise this: that judgment is a choice you can make. Salvation is not within your power of choice (John 15:1-4, Romans 9:16), but it is in the inclination of God towards you (I Timothy 2:1-6, Colossians 1:19-22), so that by humbling yourself in repentance, and placing yourself in His hands as the One who died for your sins, and is ready to remove them, for His love is to all, and His payment to those who are to be paid for: you come to Him (II Cor. 5:17-21, Romans 10:9, John 6:47-54, 10:9,27-28).
You do not have to be good
to come; if you were good, you could not come, for this is for sinners only
(Luke 13:1-3, Barbs, Arrows and Balms, Appendix II). You simply need to come to the
Lord your Creator, Redeemer, in repentance, and putting your trust in Him,
believe Him and follow Him, and finding in Him the promises of God, use them,
and seeing in Him, the Shepherd, find rest in Him; and being then sent, work
for Him. Who better than God ? Who less than any preposterous pretender,
such as the prince of this world, whose judgment … lingers not!
Is liberty taking wings, to fly
Or is she to be SENT flying in S.A. ?
THE VERY LARGE BILL THAT MUST BE PAID FOR
Chapter 2In Form, Information, in Christ
Comfort for the Confronted
Flight to Freedom -
or From It ?
Excursion into the Allegorical
Chapter 4Precious Stones
Built by Blood and Covered
Caught in the Cross-Fire
March 9, 01
NOT LORDLY, NOT LIFELESS, BUT VIGOROUS AND VITAL
Liberty in the Lord
VIRTUE: The Singing Diamond
Timothy and the Euphrates - Oh! and Revelation 16
News 147 - SBS TV Tuesday March 13, 01
THE DIADEM ... THE FOOT AND MOUTH
AND THE IRONY OF THE CONTRAST
WHOSE FOOT ? WHOSE MOUTH ?
LIBERTY, LICENCE AND THUNDER
The World in Pieces, Taken in Bits and Seen in Structure
The Intense Ground of Rejoicing in Light
Inherent in the Appalling
Pall of Smoke
parallel to John 16:20
and Evocative for Today