Scriptspot weaves together a tapestry of current issues, biblical thought, language, and images. I have based it on the firm belief that we each matter and can affect the world around us by paying humble attention to God, to our nation, to those whose lives touch ours.
Something’s up. We all feel it; we’re edgy and anxious, or we’re bent over with our hands over
our ears and our heads in the sand, trying to sing “LA, LA, LA, LA…”. Either
way, we’re all a little grouchy. “Something wicked this way comes” and we can
Let’s shake the sand out of our ears and stare this down.
Everyone has always had his share of hideous things to deal with; those things
always hit hard and are largely unexpected. Usually, though, the nasties are
timed so that they don’t happen to everyone all at once. Someone’s always
around whose house hasn’t been ripped out by a tornado, or whose mother isn’t
Right now, however, the monsters appear to be gathering for
a major assault. On all of us. At once.I can hear them breathing:
·Moral bearings are almost gone. See the Ten
Commandments and do your own comparison.
·Children, for several generations now, have been badly educated, but well-indoctrinated. Check the stats.
·Churches spend very little time teaching the
Bible.Christianity is under
·Governments are almost indistinguishable from
the special interests that pull their strings, and those governments are out to
wrest all dignity and opportunity from their citizens. Watch the news.
·Current economic theory is self-destructing.
Keep your eye on Europe and China. It’s not just here. Keynes is failing
everywhere, but Keynes is the basket carrying most of our chickens. Ditto.
·Family structure is dissolving. Any teacher can
fill you in on that one.
·Natural disasters are on the rise…. I could go
on and on and so could you. So, what’s my point?
Well, I’d be out back right now, digging a deep head-hole,
if it weren’t for one thing: I know it’s all under righteous control. God knew
before he created the universe what the nature of man would do to this world.
He knew how little attention we’d pay to His rules for living well here, and His
plan takes it all into account, weaving our reality into His decision to
demonstrate to the angels His infinite justice and mercy.
I do find it totally disconcerting to watch everything I’ve
ever valued denigrated and destroyed in the public square – not just by
societal renegades, but by the top echelons of government, by those who speak
from the pulpit, by those who teach our children.
I’m stunned to hear the communism I grew up fearing (and
rightfully so – communist regimes murdered over 100 million people in the last
century) being touted in our schools as the world’s best hope. I’m appalled
that sexual behaviors that used to be treated as scandalous are now not only
commonplace, but demanded, taught in our schools, lauded and praised. My social
security isn’t, and Obamacare makes me, at my age, very vulnerable. Every time
I think I can’t be shocked any more, some new aberration raises its ugly head.
True, evil has existed since Satan handed God his “I wills,”
and Satan has been the ruler of this world since Eve handed Adam the apple. But
evil is now bubbling up out of the ground like tar oozing, hot and smelly,
between our toes, and it’s coming at us from all angles – just as God’s Word
said it would.
You see, we know from Scripture that this was coming, and we
can tell from Scripture that we’re getting close.
·Israel is back in its land, part of it -- a
miracle in and of itself.
·The nations that prophecy lists as attacking
Israel are aligning against her.
·The societal conditions predicted are developing
·The one-world government central to the
Tribulation is well on its way, taught in our schools, bally-hooed by those in
the highest levels of government, finance, and academia.
·The technologies necessary for prophecies to
come true (the Mark of the Beast, for instance) are all in place. Revelation
and Ezekiel actually make sense now.
·All manner of natural disasters are happening
with increasing frequency and intensity, just as the warnings tell us they will.
And all this is as God planned it. I suppose it’s possible
that the upheaval is just another in a long line of patterned civilizational
shifts that occur about every 500 years. Could be. But I doubt it. Israel is
If this is the real thing and not false labor then it’s time
to get our spiritual houses in order. Those who belong to Christ will miss the
worst of the coming horrors. God can’t finish His dealings with Israel as long
as the preserving presence of God the Holy Spirit exists on Earth in the bodies
and souls of those who believe in Christ as God and the man died for their salvation. The Church – all true
Christians together – must be removed before the last chapter begins.
And gladly we’ll go, the sooner the better – for us. For
those of you reading this who don’t count yourselves as His, please pay attention
relationship with God is not just a parlor game, a hobby; you have yours and I
have mine – it’s all just pretend anyway, so who cares? No, this is for real. There are only two choices –
heaven or hell and for the near future, hell will be here. There’s not even any
oblivion to count on. That’s the bad news.
good news is that a ticket out of here – and hell – is available with your name
on it. The only requirement is that you believe, accept, agree that Jesus
Christ was exactly who He said He was, and that while He was on the cross He
paid the penalty for all your imperfections. You see, ALL have sinned and come
short of the glory of God. No one gets to heaven on his own steam. No one.
There are no alternate routes.
So, what think ye of Christ? Sometimes an ego can be so huge,
or is hardened by such a layer of scars, that it allows no room for the One Who
offers a glorious eternity. I pray – literally – that isn’t true of any of you.
For those of us who already hold tickets – we must learn to
watch the unfolding events with God in our hearts – all of Him saturating our
thinking. We’ll need to remember His love, justice, righteousness, His
omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence. We can’t forget His veracity, His
faithfulness, His sovereignty, nor the fact that He is eternal life. He is capable of protecting us, rescuing us, and
since we are in union with His Son, and our sins have been forgiven, He is more
than willing to do so. We will need to remind each other that He delivers us
everyday, we just don’t often see it happen. He will rescue again and again,
even as our world collapses around us.