How Does God Protect Us? (‘The Smiths of Zechariah,’ by Martin Selbrede)

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“And the Lord showed me four carpenters… these are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it.”  –Zechariah 1: 20, 21

How does God protect us from the dark? By giving light. How does God protect us from lies? By the truth.

In this essay, Chalcedon Vice President Martin Selbrede turns to the prophecy of Zechariah to shed light on the shameful, stressful age in which we live.

It’s a little long, but stay with it: Martin makes some points we need to hear. His “smiths” are the “carpenters” of the King James Version. God knows His people are surrounded by enemies, and He will do something about it. And because we are His people, His servants, there is a role for us to play.

Carpenters aren’t soldiers. Soldiers knock things down, but carpenters build. They will build Christ’s Kingdom on the earth; and not with bombs and bullets, but with truth.

But of course exposing humanistic fallacies to the light of absolute truth is more destructive to them than any bomb can be.

One comment on “How Does God Protect Us? (‘The Smiths of Zechariah,’ by Martin Selbrede)”

  1. I read this article on Monday when I received my “Arise & Build” Chalcedon newsletter – very good, as always, from Martin Selbrede. The article with it by Mark Rushdoony “Are You Pessimistic About The Future” is good also. R.J. Rushdoony taught about the Predestination of all things by our Sovereign God, and how Time is moving from the Future to the Past, not the other way around. This revelation changed my whole way of thinking. Now I am an optimistic about the Future. Maybe that is what the Apostle Paul saw and heard when he was taken up to the Third Heaven, the world being transformed into the Kingdom of Christ, and was told he could not speak of it.

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