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Flood of Blood,
the Theme of Death and the Tang of Truth
Time Magazine September
The Advertiser, even date
(cf. Companion theme - News 74)
Talk ... ?
There we read of cutting off the hands of a 13 year old girl with grisly determination and apparent indifference, making the 'class' she is somehow construed to inhere in, the ground of her partial destruction, while the non-surgical practice of dismemberment, to help people see the resistance is a good thing ? goes on as if man had taken leave not only of his senses, but of his life.
It is these things which are seen, not the causeless upward thrust without a force and concept sufficient: what we see and what the scientific laws note, is the opposite. Organic evolution is as dead in the vital concourse of life as in the world of logic (cf. Repent or Perish Ch.7, That Magnificent Rock, Chs.1,8, A Spiritual Potpourri Chs. 1-9, The Shadow of a Mighty Rock -SMR, pp. 251ff., and Ch.2). It is constant and mounting, as man without God is like a chassis without a motor, and what a proud one! Where there is neither understanding nor maintenance on the ordered basis of the Creator, then downward is the motion of the wisdom of man, and his capacity to control his earth, this also! The physical side is merely an illustration. Design without upthrust in an impactive environment not adjusted to the case: it suffers loss.
Pride ? Its end is in only one direction! When as now, the pride of race becomes the direct opposite of the wisdom of performance, with sheer folly in Communism, Nazism and the various religions of violence, offering force for faith: then the case is grave (cf. human racism, SMR pp. 1008ff.). When, however, the race in its inhumane humanism and unideal anti-idealisms conspires as if demented, against God by supplanting His wisdom with its own, His laws with its own, His requirements with an impudence of irrationality almost without parallel, though certainly with a past: then one might expect that the end is near.
The more man thinks without wisdom, like an erratic 'teenager lacking balance and depth, as if maturity were merely an extension, not a completion, then the more his prodigious capacities vex his untutored soul, his illiterate spirit and his destiny: the first two the consequence of wilfulness, the later unmanoeuvrable for all his efforts! And this nearness to the end, it of course is precisely what the Bible has to say of the Age which reaches that precise and multiple series of variables which ours displays, at the level of our ... special current performance! (Cf. SMR Chs. 8-9 in detail, from the Bible, where all this is expounded point by point, pattern by pattern, and development by development, in the predictive contexts.) Accordingly, the time of His return is assuredly drawing near (Luke 21:28).
Force without wisdom, faith without works, push without intelligence, thrust without truth, these things construct as little now as they have done throughout all history. They have an end.
But WHY so much bloodshed ? WHAT is the explanation of this ? HAS NOT MAN since Woodrow Wilson propounded his Yankee idealism, proceeded with his European Unity, with his internationalism in the United Nations, his desire for peace and nice things for mankind ?
By talk, yes.
And since the Atlantic Charter of the Allies in World War II with all the wonderful freedoms and liberties to be obtained, has he yet learned to control his spirit, to direct his thoughts ?
As a race, he sinks further in disgrace.
The degrees of apparent hypocrisy have perhaps grown, that may be so. The methods of annihilation and wounding may have become more varied: this is so, but advance in wisdom and truth ? The difficulty is this: without Christ, who is it (I Corinthians 1:30), wisdom itself: there is nowhere to go. THAT, of course, is exactly where the caravansary of man is going: and getting there fast. As we have seen, in the philosophy of Paul Davies (That Magnificent Rock, Ch.7), 'nothing' as an operative principle has with an ultra Alice in Wonderland verve and flair, become a real thing, seriously discussed in terms of origins! Nowhere to go to certainly fits in parallel with nowhere to come from. However it does not work that way: neither retrospectively nor prospectively. Things require causes as we have repeatedly at length found. If the beginning is vulgarly vitiated, removed, in thought and theory, it is not so in fact; nor is then the end is not so amenable in history as the beginning in fantasy. Fantasy does not stop history from happening, any more than it enables it. The end ? It is coming very fast: but here is the point.
It is coming as PREDICTED ... in the matter of multiplied DEATH amidst a warring, reviling,
blundering shamelessness. It is a disease of
spirit and it reeks to heaven. Its arrival is a judgment and its exercise
is another. Let us look at the spiritual survey.
Here we see some of the spiritual side of things. It is easy when one has a body to begin to become preoccupied with its wants and feelings. God, however, who is a Spirit, is not inactive! His DONATION of eternal life is a completed work for those who receive it (John 6:51ff., 10:9,27-28, Romans 3:25, 8:29ff., 5:1-11, I Thessalonians 5:9-10). What is not yet complete is the work of judgment (cf. John 5:23ff.).
In Revelation 6 we see certain phases of this judicial aspect of
human life on this earth. The symbol of SEALS BEING OPENED is used, as if
documents were at length allowed to become active. It is as if a launch were
at last ready. Alas, this launch is no more beneficial to the unrepentant
than was the atomic bomb to the pleasantness of Japan!
In all this, it is a very substantial parallel to the words of Christ in Matthew 24 where the phases to the end, and the situation would become so grave that the end would have to be grasped by Himself, the Lord, by His coming, lest none could survive in its flagrant evils and calamities (Matthew 24:22)
3. Then a BLACK horse appears, amidst vast deficiencies
of food: famine careers in lusty force. This is fulfilled in momentous profusion,
and was already being fulfilled when SMR was being written some years ago
(SMR p. 650). Now it mounts.
As we saw, the greenhouse effect is expanding the mosquito boundaries; while the folly of man is increasing their opportunities and reducing his preventive measures in many ways (op.cit. 74, *1).
Our present point, having provided something of the context, is
to note just this:
DEATH AND BLOODSHED,
AMID THE AMAZING DISPERSION OF PEACE
AS IF IT WERE BLOWN AWAY BY A TORNADO:
THIS IS THE PREDICTED SITUATION.
This is also the actual situation. The complex of events in which this was to happen, is that in which it happens.
THAT in brief is the
story of the case. In the word of God, what is to happen, whether
it be creation in kinds that do not elevate themselves with magical
potencies into higher conceptions, grander things, but stay within limits,
this is the observation, the attestation of the MODE, the METHOD and the
RESULTS; or whether it be disposition of history, in its kinds and developments,
its details and its procedures:
what is SAID, is what OCCURS.
On the other hand, in the fairyland realm of imaginitis
(inflammation of the imagination) called organic evolution, or secular philosophy:
what is to happen, whether as in Darwin's nonsense decried on many evolutionary
sides for its grandiose dreams and minimal attainments, or the other wild
thoughts that come only to go, or as in the political version called communism:
what is to happen, DOES NOT OCCUR. What is SAID is not what is SEEN.
THIS TOO IS NOT WITHOUT A CAUSE.
As Solomon declared, The curse causeless shall not come (Proverbs 26:2). The curse came at first, and the aggravations accrue. What then is this situation ? It is what is observable.
But let us return from the cause-effect relationships, to the practical
issue of BLOOD, of bloodthirstiness, of painting the earth with the departing
forms of man, bloodying the soil, butchered the corpses, death like a game,
like a car downhill without brakes, and in this case, perhaps also without
"Where is boasting then ?" (emphasis added).
This is the way of the 'god of forces' noted in the references above (see 707ff.); and it is this not least which is Biblically predicted for the 'big time' in the pre-judgment acute phases of human history, as there shown. Indeed we have even had a Prime Minister of our own, making massive changes in undertakings on the explicit ground that what ? this, that the circumstances have changed! So honour leaps from the 4th floor and blood is seen below.
In fact, these driving drivels and dynamic rancours make the Gentile
world of today so like that of Israel in the days of Isaiah, that the likeness
is almost comic (cf. Isaiah 1). It is like two twins!
Yet the comedy is bathed in blood; and the bathing is not in pools, but on earth. Each was multiply warned; and each multiply declined to listen.
The earth however is the Lord's, and He shows this by making WHAT
HE SAYS, WHAT WE FIND. The organic mysticism produces this: WHAT IT SAYS,
WE DO NOT FIND. It is a little late in the day for party tricks; it is time
to return to the facts, to the faith, to the Lord who made us, and to His
word which directs things the way they are to go, with mercy and judgment.
That is the way it is.