Thursday, March 22, 2012

Woe To You Says The Lion

Woe to them that are at ease in Zion,...Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall; That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David; That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
Amos 6:1a, 3-6

Israel, the Northern Kingdom was spiritually in a mess.  Their leaders were corrupt.  Justice had been perverted and cut off.  The majority were living in careless luxury while the poor and disadvantaged were exploited.  To make things worse, their worship was tainted with worldliness as they lived in reckless indifference towards God.  In this horrid state of affairs, God, in mercy, sends Amos who greatly hampers their irresponsible living with a call to repentance and warnings of impending judgement.  Amos, the LORD's voice to a complacent "church", was desperately trying to get them to hear the warnings and respond appropriately.  Their response, according to the warnings woe of chapter six, was unreflective of the seriousness of the situation they would soon face--total dispersion by the hands of the Assyrians.  A dispersion that has lasted until this generation's regathering.  It is this regathering to the land of Israel that reminds us to be equally reflective as this world is in dire straits with the soon coming Tribulation.

The first problem Amos addresses in this chapter is their careless, worldly living.  Remember, he is addressing a group that sees themselves as the chosen of God.  However, were they "chosen" to be at ease in this world to the point that you could not tell them from the world?  Is this not the same today?  The majority of folks in most churches will tell you that they feel that this is the generation when the LORD will return.  Yet, their lives do not seem to exhibit any conviction in respect to their belief.  They amble on as if we have ten million years while the message of salvation is ignored or not given.  If Jesus is coming soon, who is warning those who are unprepared?  Are we at ease in "Zion"?  

Verse three also is telling, and it directly relates to statements that Jesus made about believers in the last day. It says, "Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near..."  Because they were insensitive to the LORD's spirit and message for the hour, they were claiming that the Day of the Lord's judgment by Assyria far off.  Jesus addressed this very same sentiment in Matthew 24.  Read carefully the warning of our Lord and compare it to the same idea shared by Amos:  
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Matthew 24:45-51

This text from Matthew is directly addressing the end of this age.  Jesus warns with a woe similar to Amos that many will still put the coming of the LORD far off even though the warnings are all around them.  Rather than being sober, vigilant, and ever looking for that blessed hope--the rapture--they are caught up in worldly affairs.  This is the Lion of Judah's woe!  Does it apply to you?  If so, make correction as Jesus Christ is soon to come!  

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Order From Chaos? The Big Bang

And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
Revelation 18:1-4

Most know that the Big Bang Theory is the current model of cosmological origins which many espouse.  While this author does not agree with this theory, the theory does hold that a singularity exploded, cooled, and gave rise to all order from random chaos.  Order from chaos!  This is the very heart of the Hegelian Dialectic.  However, in the dialectic, the chaos is not random but purposeful.  Before I go on, theories come and go but the Word of God stands forever.  It seems that God spoke, BANG, and all there is came into being with a preset order from the Divine mind.  Trust the Word--it will never let you down!

God's word hints to us that a big bang is coming to society.  It will involve three spheres specifically, the political, the economic, and the religious/spiritual.  All three are seen together in the above verses, but these verses are the end of the big bang and not the beginning.  Revelation 18 prophecies the destruction of a one world economic system.  The system is destroyed as its capital, mystery Babylon, is destroyed.  In the prior chapter we see the one world religious system--the whore of Babylon--destroyed by the very men that brought her to power and used the chaos to wage war on the truth in Christ.  Finally, Revelation 19 shows the demise of the one world government leader that arose to power during this "big bang". The Antichrist and the False Prophet are then thrown alive into the lake of fire as Christ returns to reclaim the world He purchased for by His atoning blood.  All three changes lasted only about 7years!  And yet the WORD of GOD continues. Trust the Word--it will never let you down!

Sometime in the very near future, the true father of the Hegelian Dialectic, Satan himself, will ignite the fuse that brings chaos to the earth as a whole.  From the ashes of this mess will come the rise of his false messiah and a one world system of futility.  Already preparations are being made and voices are calling for a united world.  Some want to see nationalism destroyed and the earth governed as a single body of government.  Others are clamoring for a joint worldwide economy with a single currency.  Many are feverishly working on an ecumenical movement that seeks unity of religion with no absolute truth.  The fuse is in place, and the enemy is awaiting one thing--permission from God.  God is the one allowing the big bang.  He is simply giving man what he wants, a society that does not have the LORD at its ruler.  However, in only a few short years, this godless unity of commerce, government, and Christless religion nearly destroys the world.  At that moment Christ returns!  He is the WORD of GOD--you can trust Him!  He will never let you down.  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1).

Only one piece of the World Trade Center of New York City still stands.  It is a cross that was found standing in the wreckage.  Like so many agree, this seems to be a prophetic message to America.  The nation was dedicated to God at the very site of the world trade center on April 30th, 1789.  This was the date of the First Inauguration of a US President.  After his swearing in, George Washington and the Congress went to the very place of Ground Zero and prayed for the blessings of God in Christ for America.  The nation was dedicated to God that day.  The destruction of 9/11 reminds us that strength, might, and power come from the LORD.  When America took a hit to its economy and defense on that day--only the cross was left standing.  Trust the Cross of the WORD of GOD, Jesus Christ--it will still be standing when this world dissolves in fervent heat!

There is a big bang coming that will result in the rise of a one world system,  but it is a short lived blast.  There is another Kingdom whose King is eternal, and His Kingdom endures forever.  It is not founded on order from chaos as was Satan's kingdom.  It is order from an Old Rugged Cross.  It is God who is allowing the shaking!  Only those who are holding onto Jesus will be left standing!  Jesus Christ is Soon2Come and His Kingdom cannot be shaken!  Trust the Word--HE will never let you down!

And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire. 
Hebrews 12:27-29