‘The Great Reset’–Old Testament-Style

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The king of Tyre thought he was hot stuff. When Judah smashed by the Babylonians, the way was clear for Tyre to grow even more reach and powerful than it was already. But hear what God said to him, through the prophet Ezekiel:

Will thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.  –Ezekiel 28:9

In every age there’s a fool, or a nation of fools, or a whole international fraternity of fools aspiring to rule the world. True to God’s word, the Babylonians came and conquered Tyre, and killed the king. By and by, Alexander the Great totally destroyed it. (The Tyre on the map today is not on the site of the original. It is Tyre 2.0.)

Today we don’t have to get by with one measly king of Tyre. We’ve got politicians, political parties, Big Tech oligarchs, brain-deprived celebrities, academics and other “educational” parasites… all in bed together, all determined to control our lives–for our own good, of course!–and to see just how rich and fat they can get before they explode.

What will these say to the man who comes along and cuts them down? What will they say to the God that judges them?

Listen to their speeches; read their stupid manifestos. They are every bit as self-deluded as the king of Tyre. “Using technology wisely–” as if they knew how to do anything wisely!–“we can direct the course of human evolution,” blah-blah-blah. Ain’t no god, they say, but you’ve got as good as–us! We can be your gods!

I’m pretty sure this is how you get erased from history.

A Meditation: Prophets

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My Bible reading has brought me again to the prophecies of Jeremiah and Ezekiel: and the word that God delivers through them, as usual, has very badly scared me.

God is going to lower the boom on Israel, on Judah, and on Jerusalem. He is going to pour out His wrath on them; and these, His prophets, deliver the warning of impending destruction and call for national repentance. And of course they don’t repent, and God wipes them off the map.

When I read these writings, I can’t help feeling that the prophets are also talking about my country, in my time. America. And other countries that have rejected or bastardized their Christian heritage. All of us. Those warnings apply to us.

So, yeah, I’m scared. Is it too late for us to repent? Too late to turn aside God’s wrath? Have we as a nation allowed one too many abortions, one too many Drag Queen Story Hours, one too many mutilations of children to “reassign their gender,” one too many preachers silenced for preaching God’s word, one too many mockeries of marriage, one too many pagan idols carried into our churches… Can we allow those things, and still escape judgment? Have we already run out of time? Has our punishment actually begun?

What can we do but pray?

O Lord our God! Remember that these things are done against our will, without our consent, and over our objections! Remember that we have tried to stop them, but have not the power to do so. Remember, Lord, and deliver us out of the hands of those who do those wicked and ungodly things, and refuse to repent, refuse to change their ways. In Jesus’ name, O God, deliver us. Amen.

 

‘Fallacies of Pop Christianity’ (2013)

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It’s the nature of vacuums to be filled, one way or another. The vacuum created by churches’ failure to teach the Bible has been filled by, among other things, something we might call “pop Christianity.”

Fallacies of Pop Christianity

Is it any better than New Age drivel, atheism, or out-and-out paganism? Didn’t Israel, in the Old Testament, try to get by with pop Judaism? And how did that turn out for them?

How God Dealt with the King of Assyria

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In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib the king of Assyria invaded Judah with his army–an army that had conquered everyone who had ever dared to stand against it. The history is told in the Bible, in three places–2 Kings 18 and 19, 2 Chronicles 32, and Isaiah 36 and 37.

God said He would fight for Jerusalem and send the Assyrians back the way they came. As for the army,

“And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand (185,000): and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses” (2 Kings 19:35). And after Sennacherib returned to Assyria, two of his sons assassinated him.

But before the smiting, Sennacherib sent one of his servants to Jerusalem to demand its surrender–and to mock Hezekiah for trusting in God. This fool, Rabshakeh, equated God Almighty with the imaginary little false gods of the pagan cities and nations, which could not protect their people from Assyria.

Today the Far Left has seized control of our government and many of our business and social institutions, and is demanding the surrender of the rest. They, like Sennacherib and his servants, are convinced that God cannot deliver His people out of their hands.

They would be very well-advised to repent, to turn from their evil ways, and humble themselves before the Lord. But don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen. These are The Smartest People In The World: they don’t humble themselves for anybody. Nor will they repent.

Reputable Bible Scholars Inc. assure us that the destruction of Sennacherib’s army never happened, Jewish scribes just made it up, we can be sure of that because the Assyrians never put up a monument to their catastrophe in Judah… blah-blah-blah. Sweet are the words of fools in the ears of other fools.

 

‘Imprecatory Psalms’

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David Chilton wrote this for Chalcedon in 1997.

What are “imprecatory Psalms,” and why are they in the Bible?

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These psalms are prayers that call down curses on the wicked and unrighteous, and there are actually quite a few of them to be found throughout the Bible, not just in the Book of Psalms. Chilton doesn’t even mention Psalm 109, the most brass-knuckled of them all (“Let his days be few; and let another take his office”).

Yeahbut, yeahbut! What about loving your enemies? Well, what kind of love is it to let the wicked prosper? Pray for their repentance, pray for their conversion. However unlikely that might ever be. But God forbid that they should accomplish their designs. Sometimes they do; but that’s God’s department, not ours.

Mr. Chilton explains just what these prayers are supposed to do. I often resort to Psalm 94 (“O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth…”)–and it’s not because I like to see the wicked winning.

At this low point in our country’s history, we need to be praying hard, praying unceasingly. May the righteous Lord avenge the crimes committed against our country.

Avenge Us, O Lord

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Not too long ago, I cited this parable of the widow and the unjust judge, found in Luke 18:2-8. It seems particularly applicable just now. Here it is, from the King James Version.

“There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: and there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man, yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

“And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”

We, the American people, Christians and others, have had a colossal crime committed against us–and our courts refuse to hear the evidence. Every worldly institution in which we trusted, in which we hoped for justice, has failed us. They liked The Swamp and they wanted it back.

We have nothing left but our prayers, and the judge of all the earth who hears them.

In Jesus’ name, O God, avenge us. And put things right again: because we can’t, but you can. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

‘Babbling About Babel’ (2018)

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Even a fool, King Solomon said, might pass for wise, if he can only keep his mouth shut.

But what we have here is a whole posse of fools displaying their ignorance not just by prattling away about things they know nothing about, but going on to make a documentary about it.

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It’s astounding that so many people could be so wrong, all at once. What if someone assembled a whole production company to make a documentary about Abraham Lincoln leading America through World War II? Heaven knows what these films cost.

Well, our apparent ignorance of the Bible does go far to explain the way our country has wound up.

Two Parables, One Lesson–for Today

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What shall we do? Politics and churches, popes and premiers, courts and commentators–the crazies have taken over, and all our worldly institutions–in which we put our trust–have failed us.

Our Lord Jesus Christ has two parables we need to hear.

Luke 18: 2-8–An unjust judge who fears neither God nor man is troubled by a widow woman who comes to him again and again, seeking justice. “Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continued coming she weary me” (v. 5). And Jesus asks His audience, “And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them?”

Luke 11: 5-8–A man is wakened by a knock on his door at midnight. It’s his neighbor, needing to borrow bread so he can feed a friend who has just come to him. The man in bed doesn’t want to get out of bed; but, “I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth” (v.8).

The lesson in both parables is the same, and speaks to us today:

Keep praying!

For one thing, it keeps up our connection to God–and we need that connection. For another, it states our faith in God, that He hears and answers prayers (which is what Humanist Manifesto II explicitly denies: they don’t want you praying). And for a third, God already knows what He is going to do and when He is going to do it, but we are His children by adoption and He will feel for us, He will care for us, He will know when the time has come to give us any particular blessing.

And it may be that, like the unjust judge and the man who’d already gone to bed, God will decide to give us what we need rather than be “troubled” by us forever.

Keep praying. We need deliverance out of the hands of wicked and ungodly rulers. It is in God’s power to grant us that deliverance. No evil empire ever rose without His decision not to stop it, because He respects our free will; and no evil empire ever lasted a minute longer than He decreed. As mighty as they are, He can throw them down in an instant. Ask the Assyrians.

Though He bear long with us… keep praying. He is God, the judge of all the earth. Keep praying.

‘The Anti-Bible Magic Trick’ (2016)

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We’ve all run into this exercise in double-think: A. There is no God; and B. I hate Him.

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Or its corollary: A. The Bible is totally fiction and nothing in it ever really happened. B. I hate God for wiping out the Canaanites!

Of course the purpose of all this posturing is to gain control over other people’s lives. Leftists want to be as gods.

And they demand a lot more from us than the real God ever does.

Did Rachel Steal Her Father’s… Gods?

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Once upon a time in the Ancient Near East–going way, way back–people used to use human skulls or mummified heads as objects of worship. The Gauls in Western Europe did the same, and the ancient Irish might have. The picture above shows how these skulls were preserved and decorated.

In Genesis 31, as Jacob finally terminates his long servitude to Laban, his wife Rachel, unbeknownst to him, steals her father’s “gods.” The Hebrew word in the Bible is teraphim–an ancient word whose meaning has grown obscure over the centuries. It might be pagan idols. It might mean images of God Himself–which of course you’re not supposed to have, but there’s some evidence that Israelites sometimes broke the law in that regard. It might refer to some kind of wartime or political trophy.

Teraphim were often made of gold or silver, so they’d be valuable objects. They must have come in many sizes. The ones Rachel stole were small enough to be hidden in a rolled-up camel blanket. In I Samuel, when Saul tries to have David murdered in his bed, David’s wife Michal fools the assassins by hiding a teraphim under the covers and saying it’s David. (David, of course, came hundreds of years after Jacob: whatever they did with teraphim, it was a persistent custom.) And the “image” in Chapter 18 of Judges was made out of a woman’s life savings in silver.

We don’t believe in idols nowadays. We have Smartphones. We wouldn’t dream of worshiping idols. We have celebrities.

It shouldn’t surprise us when the Bible shows that God’s people, just like everybody else, have a perpetual temptation to worship other gods than God, even the work of their own hands, the creations of their own minds.

I wonder what He sees in us.

But He sent His only begotten Son to be our savior, so He must see what we can’t see.