God Sets Them Up and Sets Them Down

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As I press on in my study of Daniel, added by R.J. Rushdoony’s Thy Kingdom Come, I recall that I asked, the other day, “Is there a spiritual world that impinges on our world and can make its effects felt?”

The answer is “yes.”

God taught King Nebuchadnezzar, “… the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men and giveth it to whomsoever He will, and setteth up over it the basest of men” (Daniel 4:17).

God decides who’s king and who isn’t, and how long the king gets to be a king.

Because the spiritual world and our world are connected; and God is the connection.

Consider blessings and curses. They originate with God, in what we would call the spiritual realm, and are manifested in our world, here on earth: because God rules over both realms and to Him–and not to us!–the worlds are one and the same. Again, God Himself is the connection. He is Lord over both realms.

All this stupid, crazy stuff that’s going on in our world today–we can’t see how, but it is all part of God’s purpose. All this stupid, crazy stuff originates with fools in rebellion against Him and against His created order. It all fails, and will continually fail.

God took away Nebuchadnezzar’s reason, reduced him to an animal existence: so  that Nebuchadnezzar would learn to understand that God gave him his kingdom and God took it away: God rules in the kingdom of men–our world–and gives it to whomsoever He will. It took Nebuchadnezzar several years of living like a beast to learn that lesson; but learn it he did. Others never learn, and eventually God removes them.

The spiritual world is intimately connected with ours: the Bible says so.

But it’s something we forget a lot. To our cost.

9 comments on “God Sets Them Up and Sets Them Down

  1. It always brings to my mind Isaiah 45:7. I have heard so many people say things that indicate that God is surprised about, disappointed with, etc. but this cannot be true, because He knows the end from the beginning. He knew before He created the earth exactly what would happen with His creatures, yet He said it is all good. We simply do not have the mental capacity or the spirit to understand. That is why faith is so important.

  2. True. That is why Abraham is called the “father of faith”. When he was too old to father children, he chose to believe God. When he was commanded to sacrifice Isaac, he believed God’s promise.

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