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THE AGE IS AGEING
Last Week-End Feb 2002
So seemed to come the ideas of ex-President Clinton, fresh from strange revelations to the Senate, of which he once made an interesting remark. Soon, he was reported to say, they could no more stir with interest in the matters of his life.
Now he, however, is
stirring with interest in the matters of
Why ? On a world tour in
which his flat lecture fee has been thought to be some $300,000, according to The
The really interesting
thing about the report of his sentiments on
You might as well say, where in FACT, Communism rules, with its hideous irrational, wholly anti-verified rules of thumb about human society, its absolutist tyranny over the human spirit with its dispirited movements of spirit about no spirit, its utter follies about the insignificance of the individual, in terms of the private thoughts, later publicised, of an individual, called Marx, and so forth (see Index Communism)... YOU MIGHT AS WELL SAY THAT STARS ARE NOT SIDEREAL.
You might, to follow
To join together in the
interests of that wonder child of the twenty first century, UNITY
(and see what the 20th century did with it*1), delightful! How wonderful:
NOT perhaps for those who
being harried, even sought to the death by a godless, reason-defying, debased
dereliction of humanity, substituting man for god and nothing for God, one
showing it in ways anything but nothing, in incarcerations innumerable,
affronts unthinkable, abuses to arouse pity, enhance concern to the uttermost!
Not for those who sought a better life in an off-shore
The world has tended to
view it, this
In Truman's day,
It is normally called rubbish, for these things DO get together in one grimy, debased, disintegrating, increasingly meaningless offal of the universe. Their oneness in the end is undeniable, given time.
However pepper has a certain je ne sais quoi, grapes in their juices (some of us prefer non-intoxication as a plank) can have certain savours, dances, musics, topics, tomes, themes and approaches, perspectives and visions, arts and architecture... these have variety! Oh for a world with ONLY glass and steel office buildings ? Not really. They have their point of course, but so does the Gothic, the Corinthian, the Georgian, the Cape Cod ... It depends on the purpose of the structure, on the vision back of it, the imagination in it, the functionality, its spirit, for whom it functions and on many other things, does it not!
The need for unity is really, in this sort of setting, just the obverse of the need for disunity. It is just a question of UNITY WITH WHAT, and DISUNITY FROM WHOM!
The unity of the flesh with its philosophies (which amusingly NEVER agree, and love to show this of one another over the centuries), lusts and glamour, pride and potions, luxuries and lotions, dreams and desolations (well, look at that 20th century, in fact look just here) is that great dream which Satan instilled at the first, Babel exemplified (Genesis 11), Babylon lusted for, Alexander died for (being the Great), at a very young age, vacating the international togetherness so recently created by his exploits in the guise of a dead body and a spirit re-consigned to God who made it. This is the unity which Rome loved, both in the Empire and the oddly named Holy Roman Empire, which Hitler yearned to achieve (with suitable divisions and diversifications within, special reference: Aryans), Communism toasts and Satan boasts. It never comes. It can't do so. Godless, it is a dream without legs.
Man without God has only one unity, deception. Since he is NOT without God but has only the capacity to deceive himself, in his birth without his permission, death without his consent, accident without his knowledge, events beyond his control, equipment without his comprehension (notably his spirit which many do not even KNOW about, though using it continually*2) , it is a pathetic delusion, but strong enough for a speedy walk into the various oblivious, traumas and confusions which often pass for politics, education and vision.
As he tries harder and harder with the power gained from ever increasingly knowledge of techniques and decreasing wisdom on their deployment, harder than nails, more diffuse than mist, man is drawing ever nearer to the end of his insurgent radical liberties, which always stop, since they have to stop, at his self. It is given, a datum.
He serves himself, without God, without His society, without even the choice of himself, and he serves with his visions (the willing directors), his lusts and his cunning, his capabilities and his yearnings, his burnings, strivings and turnings, his confusions, the product of drunkenness of the soul (cf. Ephesians 4:17-19, Romans 1). He lusts for power, for prestige, for being better, and is worse.
As all this progresses
(even if mathematically, the spiritual direction is regress),
It wants all to be one under IT (him, the pope). The world loves to have the sacred symbols so long as they are irrational and absurd, or merely optional, but it will NOT be told. Hence Revelation 17-18 has to happen (cf. SMR pp. 946ff., Beauty of Holiness Ch. 4, Pitter Patter of Prophetic Feet Ch. 1, Biblical Blessings Ch. 2). Of course the beast will buck her Romanist, regal highness, when the time comes. That is written. It will be. Many may secretly or openly want to have it the other way around, and for a time in the Middle Ages of such gaunt and haunting deafness to humanity and glorification of man, they moved that way, soon even to the point of allowing him to use the name of God for himself! (cf. SMR pp. 1032ff.).
It looked as if it might go that way. However it did not. The deception is not sufficiently subtle, and too obviously partial. Not all like miracles without performance, ceremony without licence or lordliness without authority. They have a taste for something else.
What precisely ? Certainly they want deception, or they would not have ceased to follow God! (cf. Romans 1). Yet it must be something which at least puts forth a presence, an aura, a mirage of being ALL for ALL. It must seek to unite the rich and the poor, the free and the bound, the wise and the foolish with some wonder of MAN's ACHIEVEMENT, bare, ultimate man, worshipping himself. In the end, the crass clownishness of it all will become apparent as
the "man of sin",
that ultimate of oneness, perhaps epitomising man in himself through various marvellous devices (as in Revelation -15),
that prestige product,
the ultimate prelate,
shows himself that he is god!
It is a true case of eating the fruit of your own doings (as in that glorious exposition of exposure in Proverbs 1), and that is the end. Thinking to be wise, they become so foolish that their very children could correct them (cf. I Corinthians 1:18-25, Romans 1:20-22). Of course it cannot last, and so in their white heat of delusion, the emblem is destroyed, the enmity is exposed, the delusions decimated and the whole political cancer of man in spiritual madness seeking to overcome and deny God is brought to its funeral (Revelation 19:19ff., II Thessalonians 2:4ff.). Who will attend such a funeral, voluntarily, for who by then will not have felt something of its mad lust for power, place and profusion of mankind, in the interests of rebellion against truth, as if it could make it, without its aid!
then, is the end of the line for bringing in a magnificent human unity - it is
so profitable - so that in black and white, black becomes white. (But of
course, it doesn't really, as
However, to keep to the
week-end's news, Hilary Clinton has done rather better in
Visiting the pizza place
ruin, that bizarre bazaar of Arab terrorism, she condoled. Looking at the
numerous such cases, as reported to her by the Major, she was roused. Arafat is
responsible! that was her reported dictum. THIS, she is stated to have
asserted, is TERRORISM. She evinced empathy from
Although of course, the News commented that she seemed to have lost her empathy for the Palestinians (and in saying this, they were far more restrained than is the common glut of news oblivion to the actual issues), the fact is deeper.
Actually, it is the
Palestinian Occupying Body which is in view, not the
What a baby is this! The world seems to want it dead at any cost. Born in a day (May 1948), this new nation, this antique renovated, this exiled restored, this dumped people brought back, this Israel is pursued by the world to the point, that though to be sure, the nation is ITSELF still asking for (and duly getting) trouble - because of its rejection of the Lord who made man, who came as predicted in their own book, which duly and truly indicated the place, time and nature of His advent in the form of man thousands of years ahead of His coming (cf. SMR Ch. 9, incl. pp. 886ff.) - nevertheless the thing appears obsessive.
It is not its decline from
God which the world finds unacceptable; rather it appears its origin as a
people BECAUSE of Him! Their history is all sketched out in the Bible, which is
old, very old, and new very new, and it is embarrassing to the secular man to
be thus confronted with a people not merely a show-case for God (as they once
were, Isaiah 43:21), but an object lesson in His discipline. With this world,
all this does not go. It is not progressing in the current of regress, but
denoting rather a reality to which its ear is shut. Not so many show the
empathy of the
Also contributing to such an end, has been to its harassment, through Russian money, before that that economy itself ignominiously collapsed in the early 1990's, and the rising tide of Islamic money, with jihad consciousness and not merely land-grabbing desire. Yes, and it has continued to live, this Israel, this site of God's ancient call, this place of His incarnation, of the Lord's crucifixion, this site of His power on earth, under the assaults of emotional hatred, born not least of its religious past and clearly prophetically fulfilling present.
It could not be; yet it is. It is that which is above all, to this world, unacceptable.
It could not continue, yet it does. That makes the solecism the more flagrant!
THAT is the ultimate
Chs. 4 and 6).
It is even so with
In fact, it is so common to
act as if PRAYER is the ultimate last resort, instead of the means of
procedure. It is said, An army marches on its stomach, but Hudson Taylor
of China Inland Mission fame said rather, Proceed on your knees. That is
the march that makes it in the end. Prayer that comes from one abiding in the
word of God, and with that in him, is what prevails (John 15:7). God is pledged
to do what He says; an He does (Joel 2:11, Isaiah 44:24ff., Amos 3:7). For the
With Heart and Soul, Mind and Strength Chs. 6 and 7).
As to Israel, just like its deliverer of old, Media and Persia, predicted as to the very name of the king, Cyrus, who would send the Jews back from their captivity in Babylon, and that freely, she does not know the Lord (cf. Isaiah 44:28 - 45:4*6).
Cyrus was USED glorify God as the text cited in *6 shows, though he himself did not actually personally know God. The state of Israel is likewise glorifying God, though it does not know Him, having broken the only cable which is authorised and able to carry the knowledge of God to the heart, the Lord Jesus Christ, sent to earth for the connection, raised from the dead to confirm it and operate it, eternal in the celestial blessedness as God, available in the terrestrial trials, as man from God, dynamic in bringing repentant man, through faith to God (I Peter 3:18).
Again, of old, when Assyria was seeking to intimidate Israel with false gods, victorious accounts of triumphs, the talk was mere verbal squawk, a squabble of words, with an arrogant high-handedness, which the Lord does not admire. To be sure, in those days, long before Judah fell to Babylon, there had been sin enough in the land; but they had a reforming and zealous king, Hezekiah, a man of mercy and strength, prayer and faith, who took the bombastic and seditious, intimidatory words of the ambassadors of Assyria to God, and got an answer which preceded the fabulous destruction of the pride of Assyria, its host, and the return of its king, Sennacherib, to his land to be killed by his sons.
What was the divine answer at that time ? It was given through the prophet Isaiah as follows (in part, 37:22-38):
"Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying,
“Thus says the Lord God of
‘Because you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of
Assyria, this is the word which the Lord has spoken concerning him:
“The virgin, the daughter of
Has despised you, laughed you to scorn;
The daughter of Jerusalem
Has shaken her head behind your back!
“Whom have you reproached and blasphemed?
Against whom have you raised your voice,
And lifted up your eyes on high?
Against the Holy One of
"By your servants you have reproached the Lord,
And said, ‘By the multitude of my chariots
I have come up to the height of the mountains,
To the limits of Lebanon;
I will cut down its tall cedars
And its choice cypress trees;
I will enter its farthest height,
To its fruitful forest.
I have dug and drunk water,
And with the soles of my feet I have dried up
All the brooks of defence.’
“Did you not hear long ago
How I made it,
From ancient times that I formed it?
Now I have brought it to pass,
That you should be
For crushing fortified cities into heaps of ruins.
Therefore their inhabitants had little power;
They were dismayed and confounded;
They were as the grass of the field
And the green herb,
As the grass on the housetops
And grain blighted before it is grown.
“But I know your dwelling place,
Your going out and your coming in,
And your rage against Me.
Because your rage against Me and your tumult
Have come up to My ears,
Therefore I will put My hook in your nose
And My bridle in your lips,
And I will turn you back
By the way which you came.” ’
“This shall be a sign to you:
"You shall eat this year such as grows of itself,
And the second year what springs from the same;
Also in the third year sow and reap,
Plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them.
And the remnant who have escaped of the house of
Shall again take root downward,
And bear fruit upward.
"For out of
shall go a remnant, Jerusalem
And those who escape from
. Mount Zion
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
“Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of
‘He shall not come into this city,
Nor shoot an arrow there,
Nor come before it with shield,
Nor build a siege mound against it.
By the way that he came,
By the same shall he return;
And he shall not come into this city,’
Says the Lord.
‘For I will defend this city, to save it
For My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’ ”
"Then the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses - all dead. So Sennacherib king of
Assyriadeparted and went away, returned home, and remained at . Now it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword; and they escaped into the Nineveh . Then Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place." landof Ararat
answer for a lively
That was one deliverance.
The next one of current interest to us, was from consignment to
Who sent them ? It was the
long predicted Cyrus (Isaiah 45). Even Cyrus, however, that mighty king who
By divine arrangement, long
cited in scripture, detailed in Isaiah 45 for example, despite his
ignorance, he was used to work the restoration promised to the people of God.
God undertook to bring him to power, to make great his power and then to use
him to restore the captive people to their land. Named long before
Josephus affirms that he even saw the prophecy concerning himself in Isaiah 44:28 (Antiquities xi-xii), and that this stirred him in his action to restore the Jews.
In any case, what a type of
Christ he was, in this, despite his amazing deficiency, as stated in the
prophecy of Isaiah 45, that he did not know God (cf. Biblical Blessings Ch.1 ). Consider the parallel, partial though it
be: Cyrus was sent for a purpose, he executed it, it was expected of him, he
reversed the former practice of inhumane depopulation, with frank favour and
brought a people back to the true God, although only in his case, by
facilitating, indeed authorising their return, and that of many of the temple
artefacts. Nor did he make provision for
But what of his role as
forecast by Isaiah ?
True to prediction, he not only failed to know God, but in fact, attributed his triumphant work to the primary Babylonian god, Marduk, thus fulfilling this amazing duality: he served God with the Jewish restoration as predicted, and did not know God in the process, as predicted. Of interest in this, is the fact that his trend, though mistaken in identification, appears to have been towards monotheism in the midst of the degenerating Babylonian plurality of gods. In a profusion of asymmetry, he declares in the cylinder,
"Marduk ... sought a righteous prince, after his own heart, whom he took by the hand, Cyrus, king of Anshan, he called by name, to lordship over the whole world he appointed him ..."
This is a precision performance of the prophecy. It was a deliverance leading to the authorised rebuilding of the temple itself!
Thus a far vaster conflict, a more potent mockery, a more shocking devastation, a literal incineration in many respects was yet to await the restored nation following this action. Is it surprising that it came, after they despatched their own Messiah. The fact that this was predicted (Psalm 22, Isaiah 39:7, 52-53, Psalm 2 cf. Joyful Jottings 21-25), in no way diminished the guilt or eroded the result, as foreseen in Deuteronomy 32, Daniel 9, Zechariah 11. Demolished as Christ predicted and Daniel attested, was their beloved city (a destruction wrought in A.D. 70 by the Romans, Titus and Vespasian).
As if this were not enough:
for long they were exiled from the site. For long many other peoples inhabited
it. What had been the devastation of
The predictions however did
not stop there; nor did the Jews.
God however is faithful, punctilious with precision, abundant in mercy, wholly reliable. Again, the scripture forecast their return, again the restoration was to come (cf. Isaiah , 42, 49, 66, Ezekiel 36-37). This prediction of their resettlement, in shame at their offences, but expressly glorifying God in His faithfulness (SMR Appendix A, It Bubbles, It Howls, He Calls ... Ch. 10, The Biblical Workman Ch. 1, With Heart and Soul, Mind and Strength Chs. 5, 6, 10, for example), it has happened.
Our generation has beheld
it! It has gripped the headlines, overturned the forecasts of man, made vain
the splendour of human wisdom, vexed the knowledgeable and inserted into
history, bypassed the treachery of the treacherous, attesting as proclaimed in
advance by Ezekiel, the sovereignty of God in mercy, as also so markedly, after
much forbearance for very long, in judgment.
“Therefore say to the house of
‘Thus says the Lord God:
“I do not do this for your sake, O house of
, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Israel
"Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations.
"Not for your sake do I do this,” says the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of
"Thus says the Lord God:
'On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it. (Bold added.)
"Thus says the Lord God:
'I will also let the house of
inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock. Like a flock offered as holy sacrifices, like the flock at Israel on its feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.’ ” Jerusalem
One will note in the bold type above, the dire, divine determination for the performance of the prophetic promises, in the very midst and face of the vulgar, promiscuous and alien ambitions of this world. It is purposed. It will be done. Nothing will deter Him, divert or overturn His will in this thing. "I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it."
Now let us pass on to the parallel, the dramatic allegory in the ensuing Ch. 37.
In Ezekiel 37's famous dry bones re-assemblage, representing the dispersed Israel, assembled from distant places throughout the world, by the word of God (37:7-8), we observe that God in turn speaks a second time (37:9-11), when they are back from their so long exile, like skeletons erect. Of the second command, we find it written that it is to imbue with His Spirit; and it is then that there is announcement made that this is the everlasting covenant to which, exiled in discipline from the land chosen for them, and formerly inhabited, they will come. At first unclean, though bearing His name, they are at the appropriate time, to be sprinkled with clean water. When cleansed, they are a testimony to the eternal purposes of God. The millenium will come in its time (37:24ff.), and the nations will no more afflict.
The vast proclamation is now
under way. They are back. Their victories of Zechariah's prediction (
Now, pending this next
event, they look more and more like a terminally ill patient, where only a
miracle, this time once more, from God can deliver them. It was worse before
they were back! The next step is duly forecast and will truly soon come. In its
coming, there is a tempestuous collision of forces forecast in Ezekiel 38-39,
Micah 7:15ff., Joel 2-3, Deuteronomy 32, one reflected in Romans 11 (cf. The
Biblical Workman Chs. 1
and 3). The end of the
matter, however, is sweet.
Let us hear 37:21-28 (bold added):
“Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God:
“Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.
"They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
“David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever. Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify
, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” Israel
however return to the present instructive fact that
History has gaped and gazed in amazement; but it need not be amazed. God is always like that.
But what of
The detail of that is covered in SMR Ch. 9. Now that this people is back, it has been used once more, in a new way, to show the power of the Lord, precisely as predicted.
Our current point, however is simply that following its quite miraculous 'birth' in 1948, it has existed despite the international squadrons of major powers, like Russia, despite major menaces like those of Saddam Hussein, despite repeated massive assaults from Islamic powers, and despite major betrayals, like that of Britain, in view of the Balfour Declaration (though for a time Britain was indeed a friend to her), major vacillations like that of the US, so strong at times, so weak at others and paying very possibly a September 11 penalty for her unfeeling attitude to TERRORISM being practised against Israel - for that with many other things, but that not least (cf. Genesis 12:3).
After many trials, in this
20th-21st century drama, indeed saga, following its return, as a nation present
in its place,
Thus Hilary Clinton's simple affirmations of EMPATHY when visiting the pizza place that was, and yet is, and is not (was operative, is ruined but is speaking in her ruins), of some SOLIDARITY with a nation suffering devastating and horrendous things from terrorism, in that her own nation has so suffered and is still much menaced (the newly discovered tunnel near the US embassy in Rome is meaningful enough even for the blind - hatred is inventive of destruction): this is not for nothing.
It means that in the
It is ludicrous: a nation
promised a place gets a mere fraction of it; the people who are of the
same religion in the main, as are the Palestinians, these will NOT, repeat NOT, take them. Meanwhile,
Thus hardening occurs, as
multiple murders tend to create a hardening. It is not amazing when thousands
of citizens are ruthlessly defamed and destroyed, maimed and mangled, that
there is a certain restraint in
Let us pursue this picture of the two countries COMPARATIVELY. If then the USA finds it necessary to grind Afghanistan to seek out the culprits and reduce the severity of the attacks by aggressive demolition of the power base from which it comes, is it so surprising that Israel, with the enemy reposing in its very midst, and seeking, if you want to make some sort of a comparison, to annex Texas and the White House, along with say, the Pentagon, and to rule jointly in Washington, yes and perhaps Colorado too, should show a certain negativity to the people responsible ?
This tiny nation,
Israel is a proverbial case, because of the triumphant Exodus, the prophetic perfections, the imperial time, the grandeur of her temple, the magnificence of the wisdom accorded her; and because, no less, of the flamboyant rebelliousness, the rampant hypocrisy (shown in Isaiah 1, as in Matthew 23) which made of her power, a puny thing, of her hope, a destruction, and of her grandeur, a mockery. Rebelliousness ? you may ask. Yes, against the Lord (Zechariah 11:9-13).
Now England herself has had
a grand day of Empire, with much testimony to Christ mixed with other and less
worthy elements, and it has fallen into something like spiritual receivership,
Charles talking grandly of Islam, as Ahaz in Israel's days of yore, talked of
Syrian gods, and received the deserts of his folly, and his nation with him!
while the voice of the national Church of England and royalty in diverse ways,
of other religions or
However it has some slurry
as well. WHAT is evil ? what is that to be opposed, the butt
of the war ? Is it vile and violent use of force on what is innocent of offence justifying it ? Yes, that is an example of evil; but it is not its heart or its source. Worshipping false gods is insufferable lèse-majesté and confusion, and God will not tolerate it, nor suffer man to perform thus with impunity.
The nations who have
specialised in it, have suffered, often poverty, war and follies innumerable,
right down to such details as temple prostitution of young girls, all in the
best of causes and the most sacred of enactments. The new nations which arise,
they fall as they fold their spiritual hands and aggregate with the world, its
ways, its witness, its religions, and now the USA joins England in desecrating
what is sacred at the highest governmental level, and moving on the path of
multiple religious secretions, instead of clear and pure waters from the
eternal springs of the living God.
And hewn themselves cisterns - broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Is he a homeborn slave?
Why is he plundered?
The young lions roared at him, and growled;
They made his land waste;
His cities are burned, without inhabitant.
Also the people of Noph and Tahpanhes
Have broken the crown of your head.
"Have you not brought this on yourself,
In that you have forsaken the Lord your God
When He led you in the way?
And now why take the road to
To drink the waters of Sihor?
Or why take the road to
To drink the waters of the River?
Your own wickedness will correct you,
And your backslidings will rebuke you.
"Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing
That you have forsaken the Lord your God,
And the fear of Me is not in you,”
Says the Lord God of hosts.
“For of old I have broken your yoke and burst your bonds;
And you said, ‘I will not transgress,’
When on every high hill and under every green tree
You lay down, playing the harlot.
Yet I had planted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality.
How then have you turned before Me
Into the degenerate plant of an alien vine?"
is necessary, not self-affirmation. The
Is equity acceptance of fraud ? Is solace for all at the governmental level of concern, the same thing precisely as commendation of stark enmity with Christ, as good! or the affirmation of forces of good as those incorporating the frankest enemies Christ has ever had, the false prophets concerning the multitude of which warnings all but innumerable have come from the Book of the Lord ? (cf. Matthew 24:24, Revelation 16, II Peter 2, I Timothy 4, II Timothy 3...).
At least, President Bush
talks still well of protecting Formosa, that is Taiwan of today,
but will it be ?
It is clear that not all think alike.
It is clear that evil is being re-defined. Past and present Presidents differ ... in emphasis.
How evil is profit (cf. The Kingdom of Heaven Ch. 6)? Is it the summum bonum ? Is its loss evil ? Are share-holders some sort of gods to be served with religious intensity and exemplary fervour ? Or is it merely the result of prudence and mercy, not the directive of dynamisms ? To ask is to answer, but many ask only their cupidity.
How bad is repression of the most acute and rampant character against Christians in China as seen often enough*8 before on this site ? and how thorough is the assault on even the poor Falun Gong, who want something spiritual, however vague it may be!
The forces of good,
including idolatrous, or atheist, or nebulous nations, are to combine against
the forces of bad, idolatrous, vicious nations ? Fine. God is forgotten. Truth
is left fallen in the street (Isaiah 59:14). It is déjà vu. It is Israel
all over again, in her days before the fall. It is what Paul said in Romans 11,
in speaking of Israel and of the Gentile nations then arising, and to arise, to
find the Gospel and then to flirt with folly again, as did Israel:
"And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches.
"But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, 'Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.'
"Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear.
"For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.
"Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
"For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
'The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.' "
Consult for various aspects of the process and its cause, ends, beginnings, spirit, the following.
The Frantic Millenium and the Peace
of Faith (FM) Ch. 2 (actual and commonly suggested ...
antidotes); 11 - twigs and towers;
Acme, Alpha and Omega: Jesus Christ Ch. 9 - glamour, stammer, hammer ... flitter and glitter;
Spiritual Refreshings for the Digital Millenium Ch. 3 (the soporific self, and the unity glide, under the sedation of sin),
Repent or Perish Ch. 5 inventions in mind, gender,
(spiritual - political - economic surrealism, and reality, and various modes of escape from efficacious unity, where it belongs), and with this,
It Bubbles, It Howls, He
Chs. 10, 11, 5, 4,
Pall of Smoke, Diamond of Light Ch. 1,
With Heart and Soul, Mind and Strength Ch. 11, Beauty of Holiness Ch. 5, Scoop of the Universe 42, Things Old and New Ch. 10 and Epilogue, More Marvels Ch. 10 (spiritual);
SMR pp. 348ff., It Bubbles, It Howls, He
Calls Ch. 9,
Tender Times for Timely Truths Chs. 6, 10,
A Spiritual Potpourri Chs. 1-3, 5, 6, 9 ,
Spiritual Refreshings for the Digital Millenium Chs. 3, 10, 13, LIT 5,
Ancient Words, Modern Deeds Chs. 6, 7, 8, 9,
Barbs, Arrows and Balms Ch. 16,
Divine Agenda Chs. 1, 4,
Things Old and New Ch. 9, BAB Appendix I, JJ 2, TBW Appendix 2,
Benevolent Brightness of Brothy Bane 82,
SMR Chs. 1, 3, 10 incl. pp. 999ff..
Cf. More Marvels Ch. 4.
Cf. Lord of Life Ch. 3, pp. 68ff..
says the LORD to His anointed,
To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held -
To subdue nations before him
And loose the armour of kings,
To open before him the double doors,
So that the gates will not be shut:
I will go before you
And make the crooked places straight;
I will break in pieces the gates of bronze
And cut the bars of iron.
give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden riches of secret places,
That you may know that I, the LORD,
Who call you by your name
Am the God of Israel.
My servant's sake,
And Israel My elect,
I have even called you by your name;
I have named you though you have not known Me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other;
There is no God besides Me.
gird you, though you have not known Me,
That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting
That there is none besides Me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other..."
It is of course true that England is not of this type, and has not been, in its last few hundred years of comparative glory. It has been more of a hybrid. While the elected people rule, and legislate without being bound to follow the Bible, there is on the other hand a series of laws which make it impossible for a Roman Catholic to be on the throne, for example, and at the coronation, a Bible is taken as representing the necessary wisdom. The Church is established, and of course in this situation that is exceedingly dangerous, and wholly unbiblical, since there is no guarantee, to say no more, that the people are all Christians, so that the wheels of government may as well act towards crushing as implementing what the Bible requires, for the Church.
One has only to hear what the laws nowadays are doing, or the lore becoming, in many respects, to see that this is precisely what often happens (cf. The Other News 13). The joining with the EU has meant, as we saw in Wake Up World... Ch. 3 , that perversity become mandatorily acceptable in the army, and so on. You cannot serve two masters as Christ declared (Matthew 6:24). The result is a disservice to the one and an affront to the other, at times in spirit, at times in devastating breaches. The confusion may even be thought of as 'politics' today, since it is so common; but it is more than this. It is double standards where only a single will do, and the result is enervation of vision, debilitation of vitality, degradation of life.
In the case of the USA, there is even less resemblance to theocracy. However the underlying point, past all the reference to worship of God and happiness in the US Constitution, is simple. "Righteousness exalts a nation," (Proverbs 14:34). Where the opposite becomes entrenched, like rats in the basements of some New York buildings, showing their age as the Age progresses, there is an erosion, sometimes of explosive force in the last stages, and towers, invisible towers of uprightness fall. "Sin," the Bible continues, "is a reproach to any people." Look at Proverbs 1 and consider. Recalcitrance is not helped by a routine of righteousness in a former generation, by comparison. It has its own taste, testimony, fruit and finale.
The trend is world-wide,
though some being nearer at the first, to Biblical standards, have further to
fall; and the result can be sharp, unexpected but not undeserved. Calling on
the mercy of God is not some religious exercise of purgative psychological
functionality; it is a dire necessity. (Cf. Joyful Jottings
See for example, SMR p. 684; Scoop of the Universe 37, Benevolent Goodness or Brothy Bane 69, Spiritual Refreshings for the Digital Millenium Chs. 3 and 4
(News 97 and 98) and
With Heart and Soul, Mind and Strength Ch. 2 (News 150). Also see Indexes.