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The Shape of Things: A Biblical Perspective
As I write these thoughts, the world is in a place of turmoil as deep and troubling as any I've seen in my lifetime.
For a host of reasons in our country (economic debt, scandal, political control of our lives, social tension, political dishonesty and mismanagement) we are in a place of national disillusionment.
No solutions seem to be in sight and the political climate and “leadership” in D.C. is pathetic.
Nothing they seem to do makes a bit of sense and it’s as though they are trying to destroy our nation as it has been.
The America I grew up in has changed immensely and not for the better.
It is as though common sense and a concern for future generations has taken a permanent vacation.
Couple that with things we see happening globally and the picture becomes darker.
Fundamentalist Islam is taking ground exponentially, and their recruitment is swelling their numbers by the day.
It’s enough to cause a person to become despondent, if not for some biblical perspective.
More on that in a bit and I hope to put events in context as I see them.
The last two weeks have been bazaar, to say the least, from a policy level.
First, our President, and seemingly every cabinet level department, cannot seem to bring themselves to admit the obvious.
There is a neo-Islamization taking place in the middle-east (and elsewhere) but the administration would rather play semantics than to identify the people and the religious ideology that drives them.
In fact, we were told of the things the crusaders did in the name of Jesus, seemingly,
in an attempt to deflect attention to what is plainly obvious to any thinking person.
I don’t know anyone who would excuse much of what they did, but we can at least agree it was an answer to
repel a threat of a caliphate taking shape in the known world at that time.
Not much has changed as that still is the stated objective of the new proponents of this 21stcentury jihad.
This mentality and worldview leads to silly and inexplicable conclusions like “jobs” and “lack of opportunity”
as what largely contributes to violence, terrorism and radicalization (Hat tip to Ms. Harf.)
It would be funny if not for the fact that it reflects our policy and helps our enemies gather numbers relatively unchallenged. I can’t help but think how the Islamists in ISIS must chuckle when they see the hand wringing
at the State Department and White House over how to classify them.
It seems the only people who can actually identify them as Muslims, are fellow Muslims. Story after story shows that upwardly mobile people are flocking to these fundamentalist groups from 9/11 onward.
Then there is Iran and our seeming obsession to get a deal, any deal, with regards to their nuclear program.
We aren’t the first to try this, and Iran has always used such “negotiations” to strengthen their position and ramp up their war machine while dragging out their negotiations and demands, as they did with Europe during the last administration.
For the record, this is the same Iran who has been conducting war games in the gulf.
This apocalyptic regime constructed and then bombed a life size replica of an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.
Meanwhile, back home, they are burning US and Israeli flags and effigies of POTUS while yelling “death to America.”
Charming! And we have our politicians negotiating with people who would have us dead, if they had the means.
In an ironic twist, POTUS, his advisers, cabinet secretaries and defenders are apoplectic that
PM Netanyahu would dare to speak about the evil that is Iran.
It seems as though we have fallen down a rabbit hole, or slipped into an alternate dimension.
Our foreign policy looks like a skit on SNL, but is actually real life and it's deadly.
So, as I considered how things had become so upside down,
I felt the Lord reveal to me what should be obvious. I was looking at this all wrong.
The current state of things is not political. It is not economic or based on societal matters.
It is not about one political party or particular ideologies.
For that matter, it is not religious, though all of the above are elements that contribute to our collective mess.
The problem, as it may appear, is really not a problem, but a matter of timing.
The answer to all of this can be found in a biblical understanding of eschatology.
The study of end times and end things.
To some, that may sound oversimplified but here is why I believe this and this is very general.
The church, for the most part, ignores such things and doesn’t look at scripture as being
predictive about world events here and now.
As I see it, when we consider the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39 and its participants, the only thing that the nations who come against Israel have in common is they are partially, if not totally, dominated by Islam.
The world being in a state of trouble and dismay is exactly what Jesus describes in Luke 21 and Matthew 24
(Luke 21:25, in particular, calls it “distress of the nations with perplexity”)
which I see all around us. The condition of the church and its having lost its dependence and promotion of
the Word of God is right in line with the warnings of the Apostles in passages too numerous to count.
In most of the world, solutions to all the crisis are never discussed.
But why? Simply put, because nobody dares point out the looming chaos that could happen at any time.
The bible doesn’t say things will continue forever here on earth. In fact, the opposite is true!
God said that He would put an end to it all and judge unrepentant man in the process.
Then He promised He would begin again with a new heaven and new earth.
1Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.
Also there was no more sea.
2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying,
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them,
and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes;
there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5 Then He who sat on the throne said,
“Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me,
“Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
6 And He said to me,
“It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.
7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things,
and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral,
sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake
which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
So it's simple (at least to my mind.) Things here will progress until they cannot continue any longer.
At a time known only to God, He will return and start the process of changing everything in ways the human mind can only imagine. Changes that scripture said are matters of when, not if.
Meanwhile, we are to grow in His grace and knowledge and proclaim the good news of Jesus.
As we wait for His return as Paul tells us in I Thessalonians:
“To wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead,
even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”