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PUTTING THE RUN ON KANGAROOS
Humint, Humarus, Humaruhr, Humaruin
Signs of the Times
From World Trade Centre (economic version)
to World Trade Centre (religious version)
Advertiser, Sept. 24, 01
BBC News Sept. 25, 01
But really, one has no great antipathy to kangaroos! Recently in the Flinders Ranges, we saw two sparring, and although one seemed to be putting on a complete comic cartoon boxing roll of its little forearms, in a travesty of triumph over a beaten opponent, the hypothesis that it was only scratching was fortified by the fact that we saw another doing something similar, without a beaten opponent! Alas, it was hilarious almost beyond thought!
They can be majestic, stately - like one I saw some half century ago, when hunting rabbits. Its red-brown coat has never been forgotten. Such a creature could not be touched. Its seven foot high stature, as one would estimate, its air of delicate innocence plus grace and stature was a joy to behold.
No! It is only a figure, as a symbol that is their use here. We looked at them on another occasion in Acme, Alpha and Omega: Jesus Christ Ch. 3, and while this has some similarities to that, it has its own distinctive.
Now we are considering the developments immediately following the destruction of the World Trade Centre, the religious and human significance, and the Biblical perspective on these almost programmatic seeming changes. They fit with the Spirit of the Age like hand in glove, well-chosen by an expert fitter.
Let us be introduced now to the various humarus. These are a sort of hop-about human kind of creature which is quite notorious. It is of course an acronym for human rule, cut to humaru, and this has a striking resemblance, allowing for a modern-type reduction of letters, to kangaroo. Humaru, the human rule, it is not wrong at all, in the sense of having bridges, roads, defence forces and legislation for order. It is when it becomes a regime to rule religion, hearts, minds, spirits and so forth, that it becomes more like the exotically humorous, but grave and deadly time of Nebuchadnezzar who had that list of musical instruments, the lyre, the harp and the rest which, on being sounded, were to lead to bowing to an idolatrous statue of gold. The taste of Nebuchadnezzar on that occasion was almost literally execrable. He had had a dream which the prophet Daniel interpreted, by the express power of God, when threatened with the rest of the 'wise men' of Babylon with death if he did not both find the king's dream without being told it, AND the interpretation. It was quite a test, and one which required the supernatural for the performance.
frankly confessed that the God of his fathers, Maker of heaven and earth,
had revealed it in kindness to him. It distinguished Him from all the gods
which in the Hebrew term often used for them, are literally breaths, vapours,
vanities: nothings. He was proceeding from mere religiosity, from the domain
of human culture at work in creating suitable goddies for the nations and
their devotees, inscriptions of the human spirit for its comfort, consolation
or aggression, to direct its dynamics by some sort of authority or power,
often to depravities unutterable: from this religious ruin to reality.
He was moving from what we have termed religion to
from culture-creations to the Creator*1A.
He moved from the natural to the supernatural, properly so-called, since
He who is above all and created all, is assuredly above 'nature', a sobriquet
GOD and NOT-GOD, a PEOPLE and a NOT-PEOPLE
Beyond the thoughts of men is the thought of God who has Himself given us our deputed power to think (cf. Isaiah 55:7-9). Past the creations of man in the realm of religion, the godlets and what the Bible calls 'vanities', and sometimes 'lying vanities' (Jonah 2:8, Psalm 31:6), is the truth. When Jesus the Christ declared, "I am the way, the life and the truth," He was incorporating this simple dictum: I AM THE TRUTH. When He said, "Before Abraham was, I am," He was incorporating the statement that beyond the mere vagaries and developments of time is the Eternal One, and it is He. I AM is the sobriquet FROM God FOR God (Exodus 3:14).
What do we read after this, His declaration of John 8:58 ? This, that they took up stones with which to stone Christ, since, as they expressed their ground of rejection and reason for desiring His death, a little later when He had stated this, "I and My Father are ONE":
Moses does this in a word both inspired and inspiring. It is also intensely humorous in that sobering way which sometimes stirs us human beings into a far greater awareness of gravity and depravity. Thus in Deuteronomy 32:21 you get one of the great statements in the Bible, intensely revelatory of God and of man, and the latter from the truth as God Himself provides it. It is not self-analysis but divine analysis of man and his plight, in God's sight.
Thus, having spoken of the coming follies in the Jewish people, now so accurately duplicated in spirit at least by the Gentile ones who have both followed their national demise and paralleled their errors upon their return to their land as predicted in Ezekiel 36ff. (cf. SMR Appendix A and The Biblical Workman Chs. 1 and 3), God proceeded to characterise their fall.
Let us hear it, for the words themselves are most instructive, even in their form, in this case.
You HAVE, and have SEEN the power and presence of God, He declared to them in review of their compulsive seeming forgetfulness of His reality.
"As an eagle stirs up its nest,
Hovers over its young,
Spreading out its wings,, taking them up,
Carrying them on its wings,
So the LORD alone led him,
And there was no foreign god with him.
He made him ride in the heights of the earth..."
Such had been the experience of Israel when brought out of that slave-pen Egypt, where their vitalities had been summoned into slavery, and their surging desires cruelly beaten into work without dignity, while their children began to be slaughtered in the Pharaoh program or pogrom, for keeping their population in check. Miracles had become almost a way of life as God protected and directed them from Egypt, despite the most imperial power of its leaders and their war-machine, and after their escape, leading them through the desert, feeding and watering the massive multitude, to the promised land (where of course they were actually afraid to enter, despite these preliminaries! as seen in Numbers 13-14).
We need not despise them. How many Gentiles are drawn to Christ and are afraid to enter into His kingdom, warding Him off, ignoring His preachers, avoiding the reason for the faith, not wanting to hear the exclusive validity associated with the truth in Christ Jesus (cf. SMR Chs. 1-3, TMR Chs. 5, 7), not desiring the Gospel or anything else from the absolute God of truth and King of Eternity.
Many fear that it will be too tough, too hard on their desires, on their self-indulgence, on their incomes, every penny of which may be designated for pleasure or self-directed purpose, or that they will find it too galling after a time, or too boring or anything else at all.
Nevertheless, parallel or not, this happened; and alas the parallel is a powerful one.
Now in Deuteronomy 32, we see Moses telling them of things to come (just as Christ, the Son of the house told in His day, the nature of the coming Age and of its END - Matthew 24, cf. Hebrews 3:1-6). YOU, God is telling them, have stirred Me to jealousy (a divine concern and grief at your foolish impurity in speaking as if I were your God while you turn to mere confusion and nullity and regard this as if it were a god, or even GOD!). You have stirred GOD in this way by what is NOT-GOD.
These are the two categories: of course GOD singular and none like Him, but viewed for contrast purposes as in His being, GOD, it is He, ONE ONLY and revealed by His word, through His Spirit (cf. Psalm 119, Isaiah 34:16). Against and instead of this, they turned to the other possibility for worship, and there is at this level only one of these, though their forms may be in the millions: they turned to NOT-GOD. What a trade-in, what a fiasco!
It is a nothing, a vanity, a breath, a thing of the mind with no correlative in fact. It is therefore a fiction, a lie, all of this.
Thus, said the Lord, I shall move you to jealousy with what is a NOT-PEOPLE. The hyphen again appears, and with it the sense of the roaring humour in that magnificent blend of gravity and mirth, grimness and gaunt realism. Like a surgeon's scalpel, it cuts to the heart, and it needed to do so, for it is better to be cut open when there is appendicitis threatening peritonitis, than to be intact and dead.
This meant that those who really had no history of the divine comradeship, no knowledge of God, who were merely national rubbishes, people filled with idols and without the law of God, whose hearts did not turn to God: such a PEOPLE as this would be allowed to OVERCOME Israel and humiliate it, take it over, yes even devastate this people delivered from Egypt by divine power of the most magnificent clarity. So would their pretensions of natural greatness be humbled, for there was exactly NOTHING great in them, but GOD. It is true that since He MADE them, the presence of GOD WITH THEM (like Immanuel, God with us) made for a magnificent ensemble. Here was what God made proceeding for what it was made!
There is a joy and delight in this, like a sports car plus a driver suitable, skimming like a breeze, scudding like a cloud. However it is the driver who is the main attraction.
It is God who matters, not matter, not man. It is, in the case of man, the most important matter that he see his GOD over the car and move with Him, thatbeing saved, he is saved by, for and to the LORD! He cannot be invented and He must be followed. A mental guide does not remove the peril of the mountain. It is the actual one who is vital.
When man does not do this, he is involved in vanity, nothings, worshipping what is not there, a delusion, a lie, a mood of the heart. It is not that there is no vying spirit (cf. The Kingdom of Heaven Ch. 8) only too glad to advance this delusive conclusion of man, and to bring man to the grave, that fitting conclusion for the abuse of life! It is true that he loves to imitate God and to try to seduce from God to himself (cf. I Peter 5:8-10, Isaiah 14:13ff., Revelation 12, with the preliminary protocols of Genesis 3:1-7). Fancy having a theological conversation with a serpent when God had made ALL the creatures subject to man... What a captain, to listen to the directions of the crew! Florence L. Barclay brings this out with some wit, in her fascinating novel, .... The Following of the Star.
Eve however did this and Adam too fell. Man has tended ever since to do it, to listen to what is NOT-GOD and to designate it now this way, now that, but in any case to FOLLOW IT! It is a species of spiritual madness, and it is not without mental involvement either! Thus the divine expostulations expose this:
"They sacrificed to demons, not to God,
To gods they did not know,
To new gods, new arrivals,
That your fathers did not fear.
Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful,
And have forgotten the God who fathered you."
So in Hosea 9:7, we learn of such falsity, when forwarded by the false religionists, "The spiritual man is insane!"
is now time to realise this, that the term 'idols' in Deuteronomy 32:21
is really lbh
o - hbl,
the root. It is translated 'idols' at times, but it is this same vanity,
breath, nothingness, futility concept. THAT is how the idols are to be
conceived. Nothings, NOT-GOD in the presence of GOD, and hence a mere breath,
a movement of air, a vain and foolish contrivance, a woeful contrivance,
much ado, literally, about NOTHING.
Man Masquerading as Master
This then is the misalliance of man. It is common and it hops about, taking various forms. In the Flinders Ranges one may see hundreds of the wallabies, or diminutive kangaroos. So in this world in its spaces, we see vanities hopping about, almost innumerable. Human rule gone mad, seeking not to bring order, not to ensure justice, but taking on the prerogatives of GOD, when it is NOT-GOD, this is the way. It has been considered before in the listing of Daniel (cf. Biblical Blessings Chs. 1 and 6), who showed in advance the series of kingdoms to come, from Babylon through Media-Persia, to Macedonia with the one who led it, who was in fact Alexander the Great, to Rome (see on Daniel the prophet also Ancient Words: Modern Deeds Ch. 10).
This went on, with the fall of many to Muhammad with the violence approach often used in the heartland of faith, making a positive mockery of God in this way, as if choice not being relevant, evil was His responsibility, not that of man (cf. SMR pp. 65ff.) . Pippin, however, in his Frankish dominion, which developed with various permutations and combinations into the Holy Roman Empire, via Charlemagne in due course, had an illegitimate son, Charles Martel. This warrior king stopped the thrust of Islam, at the battle of Tours and Poitiers in 732 A.D..
In due course, Rome and this Empire became more and more melded, they continued to be close, and the infamous Holy Roman Empire, spewing out in due course both false doctrine and heartless persecution, proceeded on its tyrannous way. Hence two nothings, Roman imperialism in church dress, and Muslim subjugation in religious rites, arose and the world suffered much then and does now.
The two have hundreds of millions of those who profess submission to pope or prophet, as the case may be, and the murders of both have been international and excruciating, in the Inquisition and more lately, in the World Trade Centre, multiple assassination project, directed to civilians in the name of this ferocious disfaith (SMR 172, 774, 999-1002C).
To be sure it is quite right not to BLAME those who, having failed to perceive, as bin Laden does not, the violence provisions in the Koran, do not intend violence just because they are Muslim. That would indeed merely aggravate the follies wrought and being wrought. It would be an even worse error, however, to pretend that just as pope REQUIRES utter submission (cf. SMR p. 1059), so that men may be saved, to himself as pontiff with whatever new ideas he may have from time to time, and being satisfied they are divine, promulgates, as they did the Inquisitions, so the Koran legislates for violence. This we have seen in detail on various occasions, but conveniently, it may be seen in Ch. 3 above, Barbs, Arrows and Barbs 30. For further references see *1 below.
came in somewhat later, with its thrilling idea, to the deluded, to get
rid of God altogether. They could hardly do more violence than pope or
Koran-led regimes have often done, and here it was a new NOTHING, a new
LYING VANITY, which was NOT-GOD. It even took action, telling God to get
out, bag and baggage, and bashing up people at prayer meetings, hacking
them up, sending them to Siberia to give cheap labour for the State while
they died in anguish slowly, it showed its inhuman teeth, as fierce as
any, and serving a false God, the theory of necessary development, a new
tribute to the NOTHING, the VANITY of NATURE GODS, in their modern form,
organic evolutionism. It is not at all strange that Marx was so fascinated
with this delusive and anti-scientific doctrine (cf. SMR pp. 925-926,
614, Beauty of Holiness
Ch. 4, Stepping Out for Christ Ch. 2, 10, Wake Up World, Your Creator is Coming … Chs. 4 , 6, TMR Chs. 1, 8), and these two false gods combined to bring us the Cold War.
That it did not work any more than the all might of Allah got what it was set to get, or now gets it in the Middle East; and this followed from the first. It was irrational, anti-evidential and invalid from the start (cf. Ch. 3 above, Barbs, Arrows and Barbs 30). That is normal with what is NOT-GOD. It was a new form. Its god really was developmental delusion, such that this was its first principle: things, if they come slowly enough, do not really have a cause; and where what you cannot get, you invent, ignore and then use what you imagine. It was as childish as all the others, but such nullification of mind in the very process of appealing to logic, it is not a personal failing; for when delusion occurs, the sky is the limit! Man loses rationality in the scramble for lying vanities, to be epitomised as in II Thess. 2. Indeed, he even denies any base for truth while blasting it from the towers of delusion, with all the imprudent disregard of invalidity of a sleepy doormouse at the well-known Hatter’s Tea Party. If that folly was delicious mirth, this is disastrous disregard.
However we are now ahead of our development; so we shall for the moment proceed more slowly, before arriving at the end, as the entire human race is to do in due course; but not without a scenario, for it is all programmed. It is not programmed by a NO-PROGRAMMER, but by God, who invented the DNA and the laws that limit Nature, which it did not invent, cannot invent, but simply exhibits and performs.
Thus we have come to three major HUMARUS (acronym for human rule, here plural, with the sense of absolute, or virtually so): human, and inhumane rules, which have sought to be in the place of God, verbally or implicitly, and acted as if they were. Their deeds are many and without admirable consideration for mankind! They are rough and ready, but not ready for God.
HUMINT was 'human intelligence' work and still may be so used, the personal side of spy and counter-spy work; but this 'rule', it is the boss! However the LORD does not think so, resulting in humiliations that have come, do come and will do so. Empires lie strewn on the field of history in close accord with divine predictions, and the case is not quite closed yet (cf. SMR pp. 712ff.)!
MANY other HUMARUS seek to establish themselves, as in Africa with Idi Amin in his day, and in the Empires, those ruthless ruling empires of Daniel's list, leading up to the time of the Prince of Peace, who instead of demeaning flesh for His rule, gave His own. This was liberality and it was love and it is utterly different from the rest. It is also GOD and not NOT-GOD, which is the reason why failing to realise the deity of Christ leaves you in the NOT-GOD camp, since this is the prince God sent, the Father having given the Son, the Speaker the Word, the Sender the Sent (Isaiah 48:16, John 3:16).
It is fascinating however to note of the ROMAN EMPIRE - with its religious offshoot, Romanism, which sought some kind of wedding with Christianity with horrendous results to blood and flesh, and its political establishment of many centuries, the Holy Roman Empire, and its revivals in form as under Napoleon and Hitler, in the European Common Market and now the European Union: that this has continued just as predicted, partly strong and partly broken (see above references to Daniel esp. 2:42, and Biblical Indexes).
is this strange continuity, this combination of splendour and weakness,
toughness and brokenness, which is the forecast area and arena for the
final HUMARU, or political-religious absolutism,the "beast" as the Bible
indites and indicts it, whose human pinnacle or peak is to grasp at the
skies for the name of GOD for itself. It is not so yet, but this is the
prescription delivered to history, since Daniel this is that amazingly
implemented since its inception as the fourth of his predicted empires
in Daniel 2 and 7.
HUMARUS, HUMARUHRS AND HUMARUIN
The Deadly Home Run to Ruin
We have on former occasions considered various persons and forces, such as imaginary bureaucrat or ideologue, manufacturing PLANS for mankind, or man-unkind, as is now more apt for the rush of new anti-moralities which surge like sickening breakers on a lonely shore.
This we considered in such sites as:
Light of Dawn Ch. 2 esp. pp. 54ff.,
Barbs, Arrows and Balms 18 and
Divine Agenda Ch. 7 (in imaginary soliloquies); with
The Kingdom of Heaven Ch. 3,
Ancient Words : Modern Deeds Ch. 1,
Repent or Perish Ch. 5,
Acme, Alpha and Omega: Jesus Christ Ch. 9, and
News, Facts and Forecasts 13 (News 121).
Now we look at the world as it forms in its cultural occlusions and confusions. Light is denied. What is the darkness coming ? As Christ put it: "If the light which is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness!" (Matthew 6:23). Further, He exhorted: "Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you: he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become children of light."
Again, "the night is coming when no man can work" (John 9:4), and "the prince of this world is coming, and has nothing in Me" (John 14:30, emphasis added).
You see it again there, that 'nothing'. What is a nothing, a vanity, a deceit, an illusion, has NOTHING in the heart of God. Of course, the prince of this world, like the Inquisition and the Jihad movements are not in themselves nothing; it is just that their basis is nothing, their way is darkness since it is not of the light, not following where it leads, taking what is written in the Book of the Lord (Isaiah 34:16) but rejecting the Son or His teaching; and they are apt to make a pawn for the hearts of men. These, they are not nothing, and their hands follow to the level of lakes of blood, which are not nothing. Their lead is nothing but darkness, their LORD is not Christ alone (Luke 14:27ff.), their hope is nothing but judgment (John 12:48-50, 9:38-41).
The fact remains however that the basis is NOTHING: it is illicit, invalid, unreal, a fiction, and even though the prince of this world and ultimately Satan is well pleased with religions of force, when he can force his delusive desires into the mêlée, yet it is all a void of virtue. A lying deceit, a woeful vanity, it is an emptiness that yields a hollow sound, signifying nothing but misused power, beguiled and gulled hearts in the realms of darkness bound to thatnowhere sound which, though it is not apt for man, being doom, is yet all too actual a place. It is NOWHERE fit for the loving heart of man in the image of his creator, and its end is hell.
This fact is worth a moment's attention before we look at our humarus developments further.
One notices that the MOSLEM people in the USA are reassured. They are citizens, and said President Bush, their beliefs were good. Are they ? Does a Christian call good what is evil ? Is the denial of Christ and His entire mission, through lying vanities, concoctions of the mind of a man after the events who simply dismisses their key and character, which occurred in Muhammad, to be called 'good' ? Is it a good thing then to reject Jesus as the Son of the living God ? Is it good to have the jihad movement in the sacred 'scriptures' which Moslems elevate, the Koran, as shown, the frequent site of exhortations to rule in religion by force*1! Is this 'good' ? It is certainly anti-democratic and anti-christian, and as noted, makes God responsible for evil, is contrary to evidence, without evidence, anti-verified and indistinguishable from the thoughts of a man. It is discounted as irrational in SMR as we have noted, and does not stand (cf. Errors and Ch. 3 above).
Now President Bush may be pleased to feel that he MEANT merely that as far as peace was concerned, and as far as these people were concerned, that they meant no evil, and that in THIS sense it was good. This however is NOT at all what he is reported*2 as SAYING.
Not only so, the Prayer Service which he attended specifically included representatives of Judaism, Islam and Romanism, and they all prayed to 'God', whereas the force-gods are a nullity, biblically. Mixing vanities with virtue, imaginations with reality, truth with error, the word of man and the word of God, stirring gently and vitamising is an assault on the integrity of God, lèse-majesté of spectacular proportions.
Further, the BIBLE NEVER requires force in the domain of religion and faith! God did not make man NOT in His image, but IN IT; and man is to respond. Yet in responding, he endorses mostly evil, so that mostly evil religions arise and men falling for them, fall.
This Prayer Service in turn is merely one of the numerous confused efforts to amalgamate all faiths so popular from Auguste Comte till the present, to Bishop Swing, to the Temple of Understanding in its various forms, bodies and stresses especially from the interfaith activities in 1893 in Chicago, moving on to the 1960 specific Temple name given, interestingly enough, in a New York situation! and before that from Babylon onwards!
This inclusivism, decadence from the declarations of deity, subjugation of the king to citizens, of reality to revelations in the minds of men, is not unlike what happened at Calvary, where the same spirit of finding out together, sharing thought together, meeting problems together, rather than being instructed by God Himself by His own power and presence, definitive and demonstrated, was to be found. NOT what was written, but what was found to be in the mind of the religionists of the day, THIS ruled, and it killed. Various components of multi-faith moments and methods still kill: their book is thus, and their deeds are thus, however many do not conform to the text.
Moreover, God does not mix either with the serendipitous serenades of escapism any more than with the aggressive violences that would invade faith with plastic concepts from the mind of man. What is NOT-GOD is His special detestation when it is imposed on His word, its worship included in His: as we have seen from His own lips, in Deuteronomy. If it were otherwise, it would be clear that it was not God, but a mere component, which, being mixed lost little by being mixed more.
Various modes of interspersing the word of God with other things, are to be found, and history abounds with them. It is like getting your homework from School or College, and interspersing ‘not’ here and there, or ‘may’ for ‘must’. There is almost no limit to what may be found by man, to confound the clear declarations of deity. Yet it is not these which are confounded in themselves, but man in his results of such religious rioting.
Such species of spirituality are seen in the Tender Times for Timely Truths Ch. 9, News Facts and Forecasts 13, The Ptter-Patter of Prophetic Feet Ch. 1, Divine Agenda Ch. 7, Stepping Out for Christ Ch. 1, Ch. 5, in SMR pp. 732Bff., 743ff., 750Bff., 683ff., 699ff. and numerous other places on this site. It is that natural result of unnatural religion, perversely substituted for spiritual truth, and pursued with the energy of vanity, the dynamic of delusion, with the fanaticism, developing like a fever, spurred by disillusion and the strength of fear, flaming and flaring to the universal skies, as the world grows starkly unmanageable by man.
Still recalcitrant to any idea of being managed by the Gospel of Grace in the Lordship of its Author, incarnate as Jesus Christ, who came and did as specified for His identification, this world is therefore one open to disaster till the time comes that UNLESS those days were shortened, NO FLESH COULD BE SPARED. Not man alone, but God has further things to say, in deeds (cf. Revelation 6, 16, 22:18ff.), in fulfilment of His word.
The world of unbelief, seeking pleasant and peaceable combinations of God and NOT-GOD, concerns itself with itself, and not with its Maker. In this, it is alone; but the results do not leave it alone. They may astonish some, but long has been the patience of God. His word caresses the world; but the world still holds itself aloof. The Gospel careers on its appointed course till, this done, the Age ends.
is not alone; but the world is increasingly so, by inveterate 'choice'.
read in similar vein of intolerance of truth and disjunction from deity,
that the Victorian Parliament has received recommendation that it
should recognise other 'faiths', substituting for Christian prayer (the
Lord's prayer), by rotating prayers from various religions. Thus,
with State Governor and a State Minister back of it, there is the suggestion
that this should include Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist and Christian prayer.
This merely means that in a State first with a Constitution explicitly
stating that Christianity was the preferred religion, in a nation founded
by a country explicitly stating that Christianity WAS its religion, and
Protestant at that, not some synthesis, there is now a movement to syncretism
and that deliciously ridiculous 'treatment of religion' like some architectural
Let us cite a small section here from It Bubbles, It Howls, He Calls ... Ch. 11:
Such things as this HAVE TO BE, because it is so written. When the Second Beast has all the authority of the first (purely secular) one, in Rev. 13, we cannot fail to notice that it is DRESSED as a lamb, but speaks as a dragon. In Revelation the Lamb is always Christ, except here, where it is a religious fashion parade, using the form but dismissing the formula (of actual, predicted and verified incarnation).In this movement towards 'inter-faith' action, we have then the delirium rather than merely a dilemma, that the God in view a) is objectively there b) is sensed but incapable of rational depiction c) has a Son/does not have a Son d) is love and appeals to man/is force and directs man e) is really nature in its best clothes/is Creator of nature f) is infallibly revealed by His Son without addition, according to the Bible/is horrendously misrepresented by the Bible and g) wants world rule in His name by ferocious means from men/states, My kingdom is not of this world.
As always, the supreme irony in this matter is simple: GOD tells His enemies JUST what and often just HOW they are doing to do it. It looks so cheap, like shiny pants, then simply to DO it, like a religious robot.
That however, is how it is! Members of this whole contrary and often quite contradictory assemblage of spiritual stooges to be, if they shall fall for it, are numerous: they are said to include, in prospect, Jews, Christians (of some unknown or developing viral variety ?), Buddhists, Muslims, Taoists, Indigenous Peoples, Sikhs and so on. People without God, people who make one of their founder who declines for his part to have one, people with one innovative one, with many, with world rule in the eye, who think the world stinks ... all are there, swinging along.
How impressive! It is like having the louts, the bullies, the delinquents and the scholars in a school, all assembled in the prefect's room, to make daily decisions. If it were done solemnly enough, the school might even last several weeks.
This may be felt convenient for a State.
It might appear convenient to have various 'powers' working against terrorism, and hence not to ruffle the feathers of any national bird or national component, by such things as the truth. That, however, immediately distances ANY nation who does it, from the TRUTH, and since Jesus the Christ is the TRUTH, then from Him. This leads such peoples into increasing confrontation with God, just as into increasing proximity to the new Superpower, spirituous rather than spiritual, a sort of non-sublime nescience, which being void, is only to ready to be filled by its appointed incumbent, that elixir of atrocity, before the coming in power of the Lord with His people (I Thess. 1).
GOD, who is not going away, having already done so, and being rather about to RETURN in the Person of His Son, has long awaited this climax, depicted it and given the enemy every advantage, while to His own people, every comfort and confirmation, as verifications come like monsoon winds with rain.
Hence the real conflict looms; and the current war on terrorism is rather like a transition, as various nations sell their interest, such as it may be, in Christ, in favour of a god who both does and does not have a Son, both wants to surge by force through disciples into this world, and wants this world left to its prince till the time comes, and who both is and is not, has spoken definitively and has not, demands a world and insists His kingdom is not of this world: a mess of contradiction coming from convenience.
In fact, convenience often does this to the truth, and it mangled the bodily form of Christ when the priestly party, under the High Priest, Caiaphas, went on to the concept that it was EXPEDIENT that one Man should die for the people. It was more secure, they felt, who in 40 more years were to be utterly wiped out as a city, by Rome, for their ... enlightened self-interest!
To this stage, for simplicity, we give a name: it is HUMARUHRS. It is you see a development from HUMARUS. The second term one recalls, means Human Rule, here in the plural. The first one means Human Rule through Human Religions. In this case, the moral and ethical, and to some extent the dogmatic part is made for convenience, impossible marriages of convenience becoming the order of the day, so that any one religion becomes pulped, thus making all the better chip-board for various shapes, and much more manipulable. As a concession, at earlier stages, you can have intact various 'forms' and these are seen as avenues to one self-contradictory or unknown core.
The US contemporary trend to amalgamate in prayer with Muslims and so on, is merely one manifestation of such a dynamic, and the earlier references above, give many more.
Naturally such an unstable and obviously corrupt approach, using reason to invent the wholly irrational, and making worship for what are wholly contrary concepts, without too much care about God Himself, who is as He is and not as He is made (when the latter, it is of course by definition, an idol) … will have results.
Moreover, as normal for unstable things, it will not stand. It will be displaced.
Biblically we see how the Second Beast, the religious innovator, in Revelation 13, stirs up support for the first beast, so that religion is in the service of the beast, the NOT-GOD usurper who is at it again, like a dog scratching, who really needs flea powder. In this case, it is however to become strictly forbidden to have it.
The next stage and indeed the final one is quite simple. The representative in charge, call him Commissar, Secretary, President, what you will, will realise that it is not power or process, it is not idol or agent, it is not cosmic or stellar, but it is HIMSELF who is God. Taking the bow or not, he will show to himself this status. Stalin came near, so did Mao. This one will be so enthralled with the various philosophies and religions of the past, that possibly an ardent devotee of evolutionism, he will imagine that gods get made by some means or other (a sort of latent natural god-making power, based on the usual foundation, nothing), and declare that HE IS IT (II Thess. 2:4-10).
This is the stage of HUMARUIN, or Human Rule INTERNALISED. Leaving pope long before (as in SMR pp. 955-956, Beauty of Holiness Ch. 4 and The Pitter-Patter of Prophetic Feet Ch. 1), it out-popes popery. No more symbols and syncretisms: HE HIMSELF shows to himself that he is God. The harlot is by then no more (Rev. 17:16) as we have traced more than once. Concessions need not be made. The intoxication is superb. Like an actress in front of a mirror, he disports himself (II Thess. 2:4), and like a playwright before an appalling performance on the first night, he is fired to ruin by his stupendous glamour of deceit, when it is exposed to the Truth (Revelation 19), the word of God coming to displace this blatant tool of Satan (Revelation 13:2,6,11).
Indeed, in the last named chapter, in The Pitter-Patter of Prophetic Feet, we see this result as above, but from a different preliminary presentation:
As Rome has played, in Biblical terms, the harlot, so others have the self-same idea. They will go even further, if it be possible, until the man of sin as in II Thess. declares not the RELIGIONS OF MAN, or the major religions of man, or the distillate (in flat self-contradiction) of the religions of man, or the rights of a committee determining from time to time what are the acceptable religions of man, or what is the formal and official version, even, of the RELIGION OF MAN, but HIMSELF to be GOD! There now, there is a unity, its main defect being that it is divorced from unity with the TRUTH. However, since that was long ago abandoned by this world, it has appeal. It will be a climax PAST BABYLON; for Babylon has a mistress, the harlot, and she being dumped: so what then do we find ?
It is this. The kings having been completed in their sevenfold integumental, integral relationship to the beast (Revelation 17:9-11), the BEAST ITSELF BECOMES the FINAL ONE, the eighth.
From Beauty of Holiness Ch. 4, we gain another approach to the same end, and now both of these may be synthesised with our current look at contemporary movements on terrorism, the latter being a further impetus now attested, in the SAME direction, with much acceleration.
What then - Communism ? too reductionistic, too blatant, making truth in its alleged absence, and making hey while the gloom grows; Romanism, too repressive, too unbased, too unsound, too unspiritual, and yet chained and shackled by SOME sort of acknowledgment at least of some scriptural matters.
This combination, found excellent for earlier spiritual sedition, is too crimping for the final flurry of the evil one himself. He wants more spiritual lebensraum than that! As Revelation 17:3,16, predicts, the 'harlot' of Revelation 17 is tossed off her formerly prominent position of collusion with this-worldly powers, riding the beast (cf. SMR pp. 903ff., 957, 965).
As seen in the references in the first paragraph of this Section,Thus "religion" is currently being "taken care of"; and all this of course massively supported over decades, is leading on to the subversion of the facade of Christianity, as distinct from the Christian Church itself, which, whether in China or Australia, continues fearless and constant, despite the damaging declines, knowing full well that the prince of this world has NOTHING in Christ (John 14:30).
Bishop Swing's desperate endeavours in his world religion unification schemes, or schema, plus the UN sponsored endeavours to have acceptable religious interchange, with the long standing corrosive forces within the WCC, in the general environment of the various denominational failings becoming commonplace (cf. Stepping Out for Christ): these things move like a vast mowing machine amid the crops, mowing down the standing corn (see for more detail, Epilogue to Wake Up World! Your Creator is Coming..., News Facts and Forecasts Ch. 13 - News 121, With Heart and Soul, Mind and Strength Ch. 11, Galloping Events
History thus follows the divine predictions in Revelation, and is moving its foot harder on the accelerator, for after all, with Israel back in its land (cf. Answers to Questions Ch. 5), the time is "near" (Luke 21:24-28), so that action is CALLED FOR.
So we proceed from HUMARU to HUMARUHR, with manipulated religions for State purposes. This situation is 'bombed' by its ludicrous irrationality, so that its instability yields at length, the apotheosis of man, not the Creator as man, and this fetishistic fiasco shows himself that he is God, shortly before being destroyed by the same (II Thess. 2:8, I Thess. 1). The same ironies appear as in Ezekiel 28:9. They are time-consuming and they are consumed.
The same paraphernalia of pride-puffed pretension - just as Rome is to go IN ONE HOUR - is gone, this time in a moment. The 'Ruhr' having been bombed as in World War II - that is, in our symbolism, the syncretism, the combinations of religions wrought to the utter abomination of God, since it is rank unbelief and implicit mockery, the new look, man as God from below, looking up, comes with all its Satanic aspiration. It comes however to its end at the hand of God as man, God looking down, at the Second Coming of the Son of God who in love, not shove, has provided a ransom.
There is no ransom however for what is seeking its destruction, like a child in tantrums throwing the antibiotic out the window. Far less is there such a thing for what has sought to remove the entire SUPPLY!
it goes, and terrorism, by stiffening the desire for stability, security
and co-operation by highly diverse groups and nations, is already showing
its power not to prevail, for it cannot do that, but to incite that form
of spurious unity which leads to the end of the Play. The puppets will
soon be laid down; but these ? they are not puppets of cloth, but flesh,
and their puppetries are not made of programs on pieces of material, but
sinful collusion with the prince of darkness, the god of this world, who
WANTS this world. It is however only when you WANT the Maker of it, that
you can have anything. The world itself is on notice (II Peter 3) to go,
but before this, its ingredients will be exposed, so exposed that mere
death would seem preferable (Isaiah 66:24).
A Spiritual Potpourri Ch. 15, End-note 1, Spiritual Refreshings for the Digital Millenium Ch. 13, End-note 1 - cf. SMR 252Jff., 208.
See Ch. 3 above, and references to SMR therein. Cf. SMR pp. 1032-1088H.
reported words of bin Laden are of interest here, as an illustration of
what is undoubtedly to be found in the Koran. This is taken from what is
presented as a World Islamic Front declaration. The red sections are coloured
for reference, and not because different in the original.
Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders
World Islamic Front Statement
23 February 1998
Shaykh Usamah Bin-Muhammad Bin-Ladin
Ayman al-Zawahiri, amir of the Jihad Group in Egypt
Abu-Yasir Rifa'i Ahmad Taha, Egyptian Islamic Group
Shaykh Mir Hamzah, secretary of the Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Pakistan
Fazlul Rahman, amir of the Jihad Movement in Bangladesh
Praise be to God, who revealed the Book, controls the clouds, defeats factionalism, and says in His Book: "But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)"; and peace be upon our Prophet, Muhammad Bin-'Abdallah, who said: I have been sent with the sword between my hands to ensure that no one but God is worshipped, God who put my livelihood under the shadow of my spear and who inflicts humiliation and scorn on those who disobey my orders.
The Arabian Peninsula has never -- since God made it flat, created its desert, and encircled it with seas -- been stormed by any forces like the crusader armies spreading in it like locusts, eating its riches and wiping out its plantations. All this is happening at a time in which nations are attacking Muslims like people fighting over a plate of food.
In the light of the grave situation and the lack of support, we and you
are obliged to discuss current events, and we should all agree on how to settle the matter.
No one argues today about three facts that are known to everyone; we will list them, in order to remind everyone:
First, for over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people,
terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples.
If some people have in the past argued about the fact of the occupation, all the people of the Peninsula have now acknowledged it. The best proof of this is the Americans' continuing aggression against the Iraqi people using the Peninsula as a staging post, even though all its rulers are against their territories being used to that end, but they are helpless.
Second, despite the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the crusader-Zionist alliance, and despite the huge number of those killed, which has exceeded 1 million... despite all this, the Americans are once against trying to repeat the horrific massacres, as though they are not content with the protracted blockade imposed after the ferocious war or the fragmentation and devastation.
So here they come to annihilate what is left of this people and to humiliate their Muslim neighbors.
Third, if the Americans' aims behind these wars are religious and economic, the aim is also to serve the Jews' petty state and divert attention from its occupation of Jerusalem and murder of Muslims there.
The best proof of this is their eagerness to destroy Iraq, the strongest neighboring Arab state, and their endeavor to fragment all the states of the region such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Sudan into paper statelets and through their disunion and weakness to guarantee Israel's survival and the continuation of the brutal crusade occupation of the Peninsula.
All these crimes and sins committed by the Americans are a clear declaration of war on God, his messenger, and Muslims. And ulema have throughout Islamic history unanimously agreed that the jihad is an individual duty if the enemy destroys the Muslim countries. This was revealed by Imam Bin-Qadamah in "Al- Mughni," Imam al-Kisa'i in "Al-Bada'i," al-Qurtubi in his interpretation, and the shaykh of al-Islam in his books, where he said: "As for the fighting to repulse [an enemy], it is aimed at defending sanctity and religion, and it is a duty as agreed [by the ulema]. Nothing is more sacred than belief except repulsing an enemy who is attacking religion and life."
On that basis, and in compliance with God's order, we issue the
following fatwa to all Muslims:
The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies -- civilians and military -- is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it [EMPHASIS ADDED], in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty God, "and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together," and "fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God."
This is in addition to the words of Almighty God: "And why should ye not fight in the cause of God and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)? -- women and children, whose cry is: 'Our Lord, rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from thee one who will help!'"
We -- with God's help -- call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on Satan's U.S. troops and the devil's supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson.
Almighty God said: "O ye who believe, give your response to God and His Apostle, when He calleth you to that which will give you life. And know that God cometh between a man and his heart, and that it is He to whom ye shall all be gathered."
Almighty God also says: "O ye who believe, what is the matter with you, that when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of God, ye cling so heavily to the earth! Do ye prefer the life of this world to the hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place; but Him ye would not harm in the least. For God hath power over all things."
Almighty God also says: "So lose no heart, nor fall into despair. For ye
must gain mastery if ye are true in faith."
END of the bin Laden material.
The first red section is from the Koran, Surah 9:5. The second appears to be from 2:191. See SMR pp. 1080ff. and Ch. 3 above for more of this aggressive and ruthless militarism in the name and for the sake of religious force on people's minds and spirits
(cf. SMR pp. 50ff., 91 in the context of pp. 829ff., 987ff., 1080ff., 1186Aff., and note Koran, Surahs 3:148, 160, 4:76, 8:36-41, 9:5, 9:27-31, 9:77-46, 47:3-10, 48:22 in the above contexts).Since it is without foundation, it is an evil practice to the uttermost, violence which is vile; and just as one of the suicide pilots-in-training appeared over time to another trainee pilot, to be in a trance (The Advertiser, Sept. 24, p. 5), indeed one who was to destroy people in the United States, so can a trance of the spirit captivate, so that many fall. Thus do they come to call evil good and good evil, so inheriting the rebuke of Isaiah 9:20-23. Alas, it is they who fall before they fell others.
The value of this discharge from bin Laden is its utterly violent disposition, its irrationalist fury and its distortion of facts. This is revelatory of the pathology of the case, a religious one, a spiritual one, smouldering in revolt against the Lord.
He states, no one can deny three things. This author can only deny such absurdities.
over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam
in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches,
dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people,
terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples."
FACT: The USA has been helping a battered and usurped people, the Jews, from predatory neighbours, many explicitly and statedly bent on destroying them as a people, removing their identity and their liberty if not their lives. This Hitler Part II act is not the same as humiliating people, unless it be humiliating to be prevented from looting and removing a people from its land of some millenias' occupation. Moreover, this is their only land, whereas the Muslims have vast tracts of land, and Jordan in particular has taken over most the Palestine promised to the Jews in the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and in the international agreement following World War I.
The 'occupation' of the lands of Islam is not clear. The USA helped to abort a USA, French and Israeli attack on the Suez Canal area in 1956. Is that the same as occupying it ?
It has delivered Saudi Arabia and Kuwait from a Moslem incursion, they being Moslem. Is that occupying, when they were not even allowed liberty, while liberating, in the field of religion on the field! Is this seizing ? Are we to have a whole new vocabulary ?
If the USA has prevented some Moslem States from making Israel a second Auschwitz, is that inhumane!
2) "despite the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the crusader-Zionist alliance, and despite the huge number of those killed, which has exceeded 1 million... despite all this, the Americans are once against trying to repeat the horrific massacres, as though they are not content with the protracted blockade imposed after the ferocious war or the fragmentation and devastation.
"So here they come to annihilate what is left of this people and to humiliate their Muslim neighbors."
The Iraq problem of Saddam Hussein trying to take a sovereign nation because it was his will, and continuing to avow active war, and to pursue it on Israel, is not the same as aggression on the part of those who in a massive combination of concerned nations, prevented this naked aggression from an unelected ruler. His mass weapons of destruction including biological warfare of the most inhumane character have been removed, reduced or rendered as far as possible inactive. Tyrants of whatever religion have been treated similarly in both World War I and World War II, and indeed humiliated; but that has been the result for force without right.
The US has in fact sought to reduce the Zionist holdings, to compromise their integrity for some years, and although this has not always been so, it has not taken any noticeable action to seek to restore to the Jews, that small piece of this earth apportioned to them, but merely to make it relatively secure from the continued violence of MANY Arab and Muslim nations which have come as an unruly gang to subdue this small nation, without pity, without cause and without result.
This is as predicted, and when God made the lands, He made ownership. In the Bible this has been apportioned to Israel as shown in Galloping Events Ch. 4. The efforts of many to dispossess them now, having crucified Christ as a nation and having suffered for it as predicted (Zechariah 11-13, Leviticus 26, Deuteronomy 32, Luke 19:42ff.), they are back as predicted (SM. Appendix A). Efforts to dislodge them have failed as predicted (Zechariah 12), for this definable epoch, and are causing havoc to the perpetrators as predicted.
Almighty God is alien to Allah and Allah is a vanity, just one of many. Like the rest, his words have no more effect than those of Baal with Elijah (I Kings 18, the famous Mt Carmel experience, which was physical as well as spiritual!).
You CANNOT win against the actual God. The Koran has to face its failure. No amount of cruelty and ruthlessness, alien to the love of God as to His power, will ever win in the end. God's word always wins for the simple reason that the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ being God, has power. He suffered His Son to suffer as a sacrifice for sin by explicit and pre-announced plan (Isaiah 53, Psalm 2, 22 cf. Joyful Jottings 21, 25), and does not withhold His people from suffering as they present lives with the tang of Christ, and the Gospel of grace.
This is the real challenge and fills up by the power of God, what is lacking in contemporary accounts of His love and patience (Colossians 1:24). Christian life is a continually renewable resource and the love of God never wears thin.
Meanwhile, the historical topography, all the pattern of events as predicted is now in place for the return of this King, Christ, who predicted just such false prophets as Muhammad, and just such vile violence (John 16:2, Matthew 24:24). Indeed, it had to grow worse and worse, the plenitude of false prophets, false christs, false teachings, evil deeds and ways, violence and disorder (Matthew 24:7-12, II Timothy 3:13), reaching to a virtual crescendo (Matthew 24:12-24), with judgments and violence of flesh mixed in a profound illustration of evil, and forewarning of coming judgment not for time, but for eternity (John 3:19,36).
It is sad in the extreme to see courage misplaced and the name of God misused as in this ferocious document of bin Laden, nearer to the Koran than to peace or truth.
3) "Third, if the Americans' aims behind these wars are religious and economic, the aim is also to serve the Jews' petty state and divert attention from its occupation of Jerusalem and murder of Muslims there.
"The best proof of this is their eagerness to destroy Iraq, the strongest neighboring Arab state, and their endeavor to fragment all the states of the region such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Sudan into paper statelets and through their disunion and weakness to guarantee Israel's survival ..."
The eagerness of the US to destroy Iraq is not noticeable. She let her off the destruction so easily available, in conformity with the apparent wishes of her partners in the Gulf War, allowing Saddam Hussein to escape, by one reported view, with many tanks, scurrying northwards. This nation has exercised amazing restraint in the cat and mouse antics of the dictator when they sought to arrest the re-assemblage of weapons of mass destruction, lest they with others should allow the imperious imperialism of the dictator to extend.
The efforts of the USA for Israel have been real, but latterly very limited. For years now she has been more interested in peace than in property, despite the miniscule Israeli allocation, seeming to blame the Jews at least in part, repeatedly, as they suffer that sort of cowardly and unmanly assault on their women and children which is put forth in the name of the Koran, a truly militant book, though not all seem to realise this.
The presence of a book to support violence, aggression, intolerance, ceaseless demands without right or realisation, does nothing to enhance the book or the demands. It is book imperialism, and the book did not make the world, nor does it own it; but it is God whose book works in all things and at all times, and in the Middle East. Of God one might expect such a thing! One finds it with prime superabundance! It is HE who is LORD: as the people of Israel realised when the Lord acted in their day through Elijah. The too it was against their own sins and their own judgments, but in mitigating and in intervening. "THE LORD, HE IS GOD!" they cried. It was not the gods of Syria or Lebanon, of Egypt or elsewhere.
The case has not changed; but the witness is now not merely Israel, but the world!
It is God, and not the USA which is protecting Israel. For years now Israel has had but little help from the USA, which as noted elsewhere on this site, may be one reason for therecent suffering of that great nation.
At the time of the writing of The Pitter-Patter of Prophetic Feet, Ch. 4, this had become so marked and seemingly one-sided to Israel's DETRIMENT, that the author voiced the thought that USA might suffer for her apparently increased degree of indifference to Jewish suffering. IF it had happened in the US, would they be so quiet about it ? Now it HAS! Far from true is any thought of USA invasion; rather the countering of tyrants who, without regard to their VAST lands, VAST wealth and VAST numerical superiority, insist on dispossessing Israel, as if Hitler had passed on his hatred of their race.
God is not of this mind. It is His land. He has secured it. To fight here will prove a "burdensome stone" as predicted (Zech. 12), and it is useless to blame a peace-loving nation for its efforts to prevent a second holocaust by an inflamed enemy who not once, but often has sought what is hard to differentiate from genocide.
Is the hyena to complain when the lion roars ? But the lion ? It is God who has this place. It is not He, but the USA, which has let Israel down to a remarkable extent now for years, and even in the Gulf War, kept very close to the immediate mission of protecting some Islamic States from others. He has however done all which He has said, and this has included the repetitive martial tensions in the area, prior to the large return in Israel to Christ the LORD, the slain Messiah (Zech. 12:1-9, followed by 12:10 cf. Ezekiel 36-39).
What then of this declaration attributed to bin Laden ? Thus this mixture of inflammatory statement and irrational philosophy has only one merit, that it does cite and expose the Koran, however briefly, and the book indeed is in close accord with such militancy, which should not mar the earth, let alone in God's own name!
For him as for any other, one can only grieve, for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all who hold down the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:19), and repentance and faith in the only Saviour the world has EVER had or will EVER have, is not only an option, but a necessity. Sin is without cover otherwise in the eyes of the pure and holy God who is in heaven, and covers the earth with His glory. This is an incinerative situation (Matthew 13:40-43). It is necessary to repent (Luke 13:1-3). Trust in one's own works is as useless as trusting in Iraq, or Syria or the USA. NOTHING but God shall be glorified in that day, and foolish indeed is he who trusts in the words of a vanity, when the truth alone is valid, alone could be true, and is verified continually (cf. SMR pp. 50ff., 65ff. 829ff., 987ff., 1080ff., 1186Aff.).
That which is NOT-GOD has the contempt of He who IS God, and in the end, He is on record as to how He will deliver Israel, NOT because it is superior (Deuteronomy 7:7-8, Amos 9:7-15, Romans 11, Ezekiel 36:22), but because He has promised, because His faithfulness does not change, and He fulfils His word. Indeed, as far as the nation of Israel is concerned, in the very midst of war, He will bring many back to the place where bin Laden, all Romanists, Muslims, Communists and other unbelievers in Him, must come for pardon, if pardon for sin there is at all to be (John 6:51ff., Luke 13:3ff., Acts 4:11-12).
Him who has stated His mind irrefutably, offering pardon ONLY and
ALTOGETHER by grace as a GIFT (Romans 3:23ff., 4:25-5:1, 6:23, Ephesians
2:1-12), all must come, whether Jew or Arab, whether Afghan or Taliban,
imported or deported, assembled or dispersed. To the LORD Jesus Christ,
all must also come, or suffer the penalty of eternal loss, not to be compared
with YET more acres in deprived Israel, existing now in its menaced slither
of residual territory, having giving much taken in war, back to Arabs and
others in Islam, in peace.
Many of these however, are currently still not satisfied. Satisfied ? What demands are these to despoil a people and remove a land, their only land, apportioned by God, from them ? Is it geogrpahical genocide, or indeed, total genocide that is in view! Is it adding one sheep to 99 to make 100, and leaving none for Israel ? God is not mocked, as doubtless will shortly be seen. His word is perfectly clear both on the geography and the morals of the matter. HE disciplined, and does not leave to the nations, whether this one or that, these or those, the decision on this matter.
Yet the grief is great, not only for unbelieving Jews, but Arabs, for terrorists, who so tear up their own lives in unworthy objectives, without warrant or right, truth or divine concurrence. The word of God is wholly other to such conduct.
ALL the world is not enough to pay for a lost soul; and what is sought is merely destruction of a people, in whole or in part, by a massive, well endowed and heavily landed oppression.
While the world therefore pays in the aggression and counter-aggression sought by the USA and others who, for all their faults have sought to some extent for justice and peace, the deeds of the whole are His. HE IS THE LORD, Maker, Creator, Sole Saviour, Only Redeemer, Master of History. He owns it and will bring to account those who seek to usurp what HE has appointed. THIS He has said.
good place to look is in Deuteronomy 32:31-43, which follows.
"How could one chase a thousand,*2
And two put ten thousand to flight,
Unless their Rock had sold them,
And the Lord had surrendered them?
"For their rock is not like our Rock,
Even our enemies themselves being judges.
"For their vine is of the vine of Sodom
And of the fields of Gomorrah;
Their grapes are grapes of gall,
Their clusters are bitter.
"Their wine is the poison of serpents,
And the cruel venom of cobras.
"Is this not laid up in store with Me,
Sealed up among My treasures?
"Vengeance is Mine, and recompense;
Their foot shall slip in due time;
For the day of their calamity is at hand,
And the things to come hasten upon them.
“For the Lord will judge His people
And have compassion on His servants,
When He sees that their power is gone,
And there is no one remaining, bond or free.
He will say:‘Where are their gods,“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people;
The rock in which they sought refuge?
Who ate the fat of their sacrifices,
And drank the wine of their drink offering?
Let them rise and help you,
And be your refuge.
‘Now see that I, even I, am He,
And there is no God besides Me;
I kill and I make alive;
I wound and I heal;
Nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.
For I raise My hand to heaven, And say,"As I live forever,
If I whet My glittering sword,
And My hand takes hold on judgment,
I will render vengeance to My enemies,
And repay those who hate Me.
'I will make My arrows drunk with blood,
And My sword shall devour flesh,
With the blood of the slain and the captives,
From the heads of the leaders of the enemy.' "
For He will avenge the blood of His servants,
And render vengeance to His adversaries;
He will provide atonement for His land and His people.”
First however let us note not merely the irrationalist confusion of melding prayer to a 'being' who has contradictory and grossly discordant things attributed to 'him' by the various parties to the prayer, something which, as we go on to show, is intrinsically unstable and moves readily to the predicted next step.
We should observe also that this is strictly forbidden in the Bible, for God is reasonable, and so we read in II Thess. 3:2: "that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men, for not all have faith."
As Paul declares, in sin people hold down the truth, like a wrestler, though they do not succeed of course, except in gaining a sort of trance like dissonance which aborts reason, without gaining more than confusion (Romans 1:17ff.). It is not merely insulting to the actual God, dismissive of His revelation by allowing the propriety of seeking Him in some way you do not adopt, for which reason does not because it cannot stand, and daring in this, that you join in addressing Him in ways He deplores utterly, that is, using His name jointly with that of another contradistinct from Himself, and by no means the same (II Cor. 11, I Cor. 6:14, Ephesians 4, Exodus 20:3,7, John 14:6). It is worse even than this.
is not only irrational, since God is as He is demonstrably shown Himself
to be in the Bible, but it is disloyal, since to place His name with another
is certainly to use it in vain (Exodus 20:7); and indeed not for nothing
is the rule and law clear, in Colossians 3:17: "And
whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him."
Since the NOT-GOD other option as noted in Deuteronomy is PRECISELY applied to all that is not the Biblically revealed God, it is just this that is vanity.
It is this which GOD STATES moves Him with outraged zeal! Is this the path of blessing or of hissing, therefore ?
It is against reason, against revelation and against orders so to do. When therefore this is a movement seeking no doubt, a broader social base of unity in this terrorist campaign in the USA, a movement of joint prayers with Judaism, Romanism, Islam and Christianity, it is simply a stage towards what we term the HUMARUHR, the syncretism of religion prior to the official rules that bring all to the ONE State object, an image and an idol, a convenience and a ploy, a Satanic thing as Biblically depicted in Revelation 13. See The Kingdom of Heaven Ch. 7 on the concept of purity of worship, of prayer and spiritual separation from what offends God.
This trend, then, being noted, we observe amplifications of it, in this same terrorist affair, already.
Thus British officials are moving to various Middle Eastern territories in order to enlist Islamic support for the anti-terrorist campaign, assuring them that it is not anti-Islamic. There is nothing wrong in this, provided that it is not done as occurred in the US, at the expense of loyalty to the actual God, as if the Islamic Koran material should be shown respect. It is NOT the work of the State to give for the countrymen and women, a disposition to accept or revere ANY god who happens to be popular in some place or other. That is BETRAYAL if there is a Protestant nation, as England still reputedly is. It is also a betrayal of all Christians. IF there is no intention of using force on Islamic countries, then it is ESSENTIAL to avoid stating or implying that this is because the KORAN does not prescribe it. It could only be because the people do not want to deploy it.
The European Union is also active with a swiftly sent embassage to the Middle East and allied places, with a view using its good offices to prevent an Islamic split, per se. Again, if the method is to make clear the target, the reason and the desired result, to prevent this mass murder religious crusade of some, then there is nothing wrong in that. It is merely the case that IF there is the sort of reassurance that is reported in the USA, and it would be entirely easy to act in that way, saying, there is nothing but good in your teachings and so on, when these decry Christ and instigate violence: then there is indeed error.
At this stage, then, these two further actions from Britain and the European Union, both, merely show the vulnerability, the tragic readiness that earlier events over many years in unification programs for religion have pursued as a target, for compromise with Christ. WHY ? It would be in order to ease tensions and assist more heartfelt co-operation on the practical issues at hand.
would it then be like ? It would be like selling the family silver in order
to prevent offence on the part of the new maid, who did not like washing
dishes. A dishwasher could have been better!
To sell off Christ in implication, as if the nation were at best agnostic, this is the position which is seen working in the USA, as already in the declaration of the Prince of Wales in England, and the movement of the Church of England to Rome, and in Australia via its Primate, to a non-Christian posture.
to God in other ways, is the message there, come some other way, if you
will. What of the Anglican Primate: We must no longer present ONE CHRIST,
the ONE WAY to God, was his stress! (cf. Tender Times for Timely
Truths Ch. 7). Why, this appears an advance
even on Corinth (II Cor.11), for they at least, though appalling utterly
to Paul, were bent on a NEW JESUS: the current ecclesiastical move just
noted is broader in appearance, even than that; and as to that at the apostle's
day, it was depicted in terms of the subtly persuasive work of none other