Looking Down

At human eye level, their differences seem quite evident. The purposeful stride and single eye contrast with the erratic amble and blank expression. Those of one group are articulate, often in the imperative mood. The others mumble incoherent, confused thoughts. Finery bedecks the well heeled and groomed fortunate sons. The unkempt have nots are swaddled in discarded garments, ripped and torn.

Glancing down from an high urban window, the up close and personal aspects of people begin to dissipate from our senses. Faces scrubbed or dirty, both demonstrative at lower levels, become commonly inscrutable disks of flesh. Authoritative and subjugated voices are rendered indistinct as they waft upward. They blend with the noise of vehicles, construction, destruction and their respective engines into a predictable urban hum.

Carefully coordinated apparel as well as glaring mismatches are turned to dull shades of gray and brown as increasing altitude removes color from our earthly spectacle. When we see them from low flying aircraft, the movements of our fellow creatures become as the business of insects. Whether they are aimlessly wandering or intently traveling in a linear fashion, it seems of little import.

An astronaut sees only the breathtaking beauty of the Earth. He knows that his loved ones and billions of others are crawling below, but he cannot discern their presence by sense. The lovely spheroid which he orbits would itself become a circle, then a speck, then a point, could he or we venture further into the heavens.

The Infinite Majesty humbles Himself to look upon the whole universe, though our little corner of it seems so vast to us. Yet, He is fully near to each of us. He holds our hearts and the whole world in the palm of His hand. He knows our inward judgments of our neighbors. He sees if those thoughts are compassionate or disdainful, actively charitable or complacently insensitive.

Having seen our world from something akin to His vantage point, we are instantly returned to the level of the dust from which we came.

Unpublished meditation written March 29, A.D. 1993. Minor revisions, August 29, A.D. 2020

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Why I Love America

The achievement of the American dream can be compared to the ascent of the beautiful common girl Hadassah to become Queen Esther of the mighty Persian Empire over two millennia ago. But attaining prosperity is not the essence of the similarity. Nor is the admirable bravery displayed by that young woman, even though our Clara Barton or our Harriet Tubman were of the same courageous spirit.

The most striking similarity lies in Heaven’s unmistakable, beneficent, and precise intervention in America’s affairs.

Esther’s people, already in diaspora, faced an implacable enemy named Haman. He was a favorite of the ethically malleable Persian court, bent on the destruction of the Jews. A wicked manipulator, Haman implemented a plan by which he hoped to commit genocide while exalting himself in the eyes of the Persian king. But the manipulator himself “got played.”

The Old Testament book bearing Esther’s name records the divine orchestration of all the circumstances and events, down to the smallest details, which foiled Haman’s plan. From the previous uncovering by Esther’s cousin and guardian Mordecai of two would be assassins of King Ahasuerus, to the petulance of Esther’s royal predecessor, to the answered prayers of Esther and her people, to the perfectly timed and poetic justice meted out to Haman, to the way a day intended to be one of merciless murder and pillage was turned into a festival observed to this day (Purim), we behold the heavenly Conductor’s invisible baton rendering for us an exquisite symphony of providential deliverance.

In their noble founding document, the signers of America’s Declaration of Independence, men for whom the book of Esther would have been a familiar resource of spiritual comfort, confessed their “…firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.” And the story of America is strewn with instances of unmistakable, beneficent, and precise intervention from on high.

The settlers of two of the earliest American colonies likely would have not survived without the help Heaven sent them in the persons of Tisquantum (Squanto) in Massachusetts and Pocahontas in Virginia. In A.D. 1746, a French armada sent to destroy the colonial American coast-land was itself destroyed by a freak storm so powerful that the windows in a church (where Americans were gathered to petition Heaven for deliverance) fell off.

One of the most amazing instances involves Revolutionary War traitor Benedict Arnold and how his plot was exposed. General George Washington had this to say about that crucial discovery: “…the providential train of circumstances which led to it affords the most convincing proof that the Liberties of America are the object of divine Protection.”

So the annals of America and its heroes are like the Bible’s account of that Hebrew heroine of antiquity and her nation. America appears to be a favorite of Heaven’s righteous and merciful court. This great nation, recognizing divine supremacy, has been a servant of Heaven. It remains to this day a conduit through which superlative blessings come to the rest of the world, in whose eyes America remains a great beacon of hope.

If Heaven favors our country, how can my affections be contrary? I love America because by Heaven’s grace she has defeated many wicked “Hamans” and survived many efforts to destroy her. I am persuaded that America the beautiful will continue to do so.

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Another Dialog

Scrabble™ is a great game. One of the best Scrabble™ hosting sites provides a chat utility which players can use while they enjoy tiling (That’s Scrabblese for placing letters on the board).

When yours truly KG2 started a game with a player hereunder designated RLS – Real Live Skeptic – s/he started a conversation. Here it is…

RLS – have you read the Bible?

KG2 – Frequently, you?

RLS – yes
RLS – according to the Bible how old is the earth?

KG2 – approximately 6000 years

RLS – so what about dinosaurs?

KG2 – What about those extinct animals?

RLS – please just answer

KG2 – I’ll be happy to answer if you tell what about them you want me to address. ☺

RLS – just answer please
RLS – i asked you first

KG2 – They are extinct animals
KG2 – Like the dodo

RLS – millions of years old

KG2 – Please make your question more specific

RLS – millions and millions of years old
RLS – there goes your theory

KG2 – How do you know that? Were you there to observe then? How can soft tissue be found in dinosaur fossils?

RLS – the Earth is billions of years old
RLS – i have just proved the bible wrong

KG2 – Again…how do you know that? Science works by observation. No one was there to observe the origin of the cosmos.

RLS – the discussion is over
RLS – i win
RLS – next

KG2 – lol

RLS – so easy as well

KG2 You seem to have a strong desire to fight against what you consider fantasy. Do you also joust against the tooth fairy?

RLS – i just like proving llonies wrong
RLS – loonies

KG2 – What creationist works have you read?

RLS – all of them

KG2 – For example

RLS – yes

KG2 – So, no examples of creationist works you have read? What about open mindedness?

RLS – the bible is a collection of stories lifted from much older religions
RLS – youve been conned

KG2 – Bare assertions which I suspect you have been told and never investigated the veracity of.

RLS – way off

RLS – ive proved you wrong and youre getting upset

KG2 – If there really were a global flood, as the Bible describes, what would we expect to see

RLS – that is a normal reaction

KG2 – Lol, you have made assertions but not proven anything but your own arrogance.

RLS – the bible and your religion are utter nonsense
RLS – i think you already know that

KG2 – Wow, what powerful cogent argument, lol

RLS – nobody could really be that dumb
RLS – american?
RLS – tough question eh
RLS – lol
RLS – so what is your gods name?

KG2 – My ‘finger’ notes have a website, there’s an e-mail link there you can use to discuss further if you wish, as well as various writings of mine; several on this topic and related ones.

RLS – so what is your gods name?
RLS – not interested
RLS – so what is your gods name?
RLS – so what is your gods name?
RLS – you dont know?
RLS – ha ha ah
RLS – there are thousands of so called gods and you dont know the name of your one
RLS – ha ha a

KG2 – You should write me and we can really discuss.

RLS – comical
RLS – what is your gods name?

KG2 – Jumping to conclusions, making accusations, revealing your arrogance…wow

RLS – no answer?
RLS – as i thought
RLS – you haven’t got a clue

KG2 – I will pray for you
KG2 – That’s my answer. ☺

RLS – ill will pray to satan for you
RLS – lol
RLS – prick

KG2 – So that is your god’s name?
KG2 – Taken from the book of the true and living God, YHWH…El Shaddai…the Lord Jesus Christ.
KG2 – Wow, now that you’ve called me a prick I’m really moved to reconsider my entire world view and belief system.

RLS – you been soundly beaten, so please…f*** off

KG2 – Heavenly Father, please have mercy on the person behind the handle [redacted]. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Online Scrabble™ site system message – “Not sent: you are in [redacted]’s noplay list.

Fellow Christian reading this, should the Lord brings “RLS” to mind,  join me in praying that He would break through this soul’s deep darkness by the power of the Gospel…

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Egalitarianism Examined

“We are all equal.” “Equality for all.” “Equal under the law.” Similar phrases and expressions abound. Here are a few dictionary definitions of EGALITARIANISM:

I. belief in the equality of all people, especially in political, social, or economic life.

II. active promotion of this belief.

III. the doctrine that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities

Let’s analyze the concept. Clearly, there are many ways in which people are NOT equal. If one person’s skin is color A and his neighbor’s skin is color B, they are not equal as to skin tone. So it is with stature, eye shape, hair type, and other externals; so it is with human nature’s broad emotional and intellectual spectrum. Individuals have different faces and personalities. We see families sharing traits that differ from the common traits of other families. Each nation has its ethos. It’s beautiful!

So, per their Declaration of Independence, in what sense did America’s founders affirm equality? It was rooted in their persuasion that every human being has the transcendent, spiritual dignity of bearing the image of God. They wrote “…all men are CREATED equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”

Yes, they believed in equality so understood. But they did NOT believe that we are all equal in the way that all the cookies made from the same batch of dough and cut with the same cookie cutter are equal, or in the way that every doll head or every automobile fender coming off the same manufacturing assembly line are equal.

Other factors further the inequality of us who have that one essential equality (the image of God). Chief among those factors is what might be called our micro-society of origin, i.e. our relationship with parents and family and the core beliefs and ethics we acquire there. Following hard upon that, and with it forming what is commonly called culture, are basic literacy and the degree and well rounded-ness of our advanced learning or lack thereof.

And yes, privilege is a factor as well. It’s not a dirty word. Remember the tenth of the Ten Commandments? Covetousness is the word for the sin that breaks it. Coveting is the dirty word. Contentment without complacency or laziness is a good thing. Envy, devouring the hearts of those whom it possesses, is the evil “green eyed monster.”

That cookie cutter take on equality which hates the privilege or advantages of others (real or perceived) is actually dehumanizing. It is adopted consciously or unconsciously by those disposed perpetually to regard themselves as victims of outside forces. It is seized upon by totalitarian regimes which treat their subjects as boys of past generations treated their little plastic toy soldiers; all set up in neat little rows.

In such oppressive societies, individuality is suppressed for the sake of the all consuming collective. State ownership of all property and resources, wealth redistribution, and the bizarre idea that people “deserve” what they have not earned are hallmark ideas of that kind of thinking.

Think about it: If you do a day’s work for an employer, yes, you deserve a day’s pay. But what else do you deserve, strictly speaking? Benefactors might volunteer their help in your time of need, but who is obligated to help you, and why? Does the world owe you anything? Is what you want equal (excuse the pun) to what you deserve?

Remember the flippant response of the stingy person to whom a want has been made known by their hopeful neighbor: “People in hell want ice water!” Nasty way to refuse a favor, but there’s truth in it. Those divinely condemned to hell, who had lived uncharitably on earth, don’t deserve ice water though they desperately want it…

The truth is diametrically opposed to all soul crushing, man made doctrines of equality. Our only equality inheres in and is limited to our common bearing of the spiritual image of our invisible Creator. Those treasuring this foundational truth regard themselves not as victims, but as “little creators,” able to do wondrous things with whatever abilities, talents, gifts, and lot in life the big Creator has assigned them as is His divinely sovereign right. The diligent care for property which results from private ownership of it, productivity and the creation of wealth (which can be intelligently directed into works of genuine charity), and the incentive to achieve and to be rewarded according to effort and merit are hallmarks of this kind of thinking.

So what will it be? Do you want to be a cookie cutter commie comrade? Do you want to count yourself as a penny stamped with the image of Caesar, your “equality” tantamount to having the same trivial value as all the other like coin of his transient realm?

Or do you want to recognize yourself as unique, one of many flowers planted by the primeval Gardener of Eden, with a personalized set of qualities all your own distinguishing you from the other flowers, every one of which is adorned with a nuanced reflection of the incomprehensibly rich majesty of the eternal King?

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Synonymous or Antonymous?

God made man LIKE God, i.e. in His image. The wicked tempter told Eve that she and Adam could become AS God.

AS and LIKE – two similar words, big contextual difference in meaning! God had created beings (humans) resembling Himself to the greatest extent that a creature can be like the uncreated Eternal One.

From the moment God gave them the breath of life, our first parents had been welcomed into the communion of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit which had no beginning. That flawless first pair were made perfectly upright and holy like God and given mighty gifts of mind and body.

God gave them dominion over the world; they were to rule the lower creation as His “vice-regents.” So they already had resplendent majesty, lawful authority, great power, a thrilling destiny, and unbounded liberty under their loving Sovereign. In other words, they already were LIKE God!

The devil’s lie cast aspersions on God’s character and maligned God’s wonderfully magnanimous purposes for humanity, the apple of His eye. That ancient serpent told Eve that God was “holding out on them,” and that therefore humanity should take control and usurp God’s rightful place…be our own gods…supplant Him AS God.

All the vain superstition and idolatry that has defiled the world since then is but the tragic, self-projecting playing out of what happens when God’s image bearers believe that primeval falsehood.

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On Streets: Dusty Gravel or Shining Gold?

“Many roads lead to God.” So goes a shorthand version of the popular concept that so long as you are sincere in your beliefs, the content of your belief matters little. That might sound fine and noble. But consider the men who flew airplanes into buildings on 9/11/01, killing thousands. They were quite sincere in their beliefs.

Not only everyone outside of the community associated with the religion those men professed, but most within that community condemn what they did, assuring outsiders that such evil violence is not in accord with their religion’s actual values.

But wait a minute…to be consistent, we must say that their sincerity triumphs over their savagery, right? Their road led to God, right? After all their very dying words sincerely and passionately invoked the greatness of their deity. They were utterly persuaded that the road they chose even led to a special, martyrs reward.

The fact is, ALL roads do lead to the one true and living God. Those terrorists and every other human being has a court date with the Creator and Judge of all. Every one of us will appear before Him. The important question is what happens when you arrive? How will you be received?

Enter a second popular concept, that a divine smile and a welcome into heaven is the next step when a person dies, pretty much automatically. You hear this expressed at funerals: “S/he is in a better place.” How do you know that? Might it not be a worse place? “S/he is no longer suffering.” Perhaps the person’s suffering is now worse. Are the 9/11 murderers in a better place or a worse place?

Which leads us to a third common and popular idea, kind of an add-on to the second one. “OK, there must some kind of hell, purgatory, or divine condemnation…but it is only for the most notorious wicked.”

Even if that were the case, are you confident in yourself that the absolutely pure and holy God will not count you among them? “Well…yes!” you say. “I’ve never shot or stabbed someone to death, I’ve been strictly faithful to my spouse all my life, I’ve never robbed a bank and never told a lie that really hurt anybody.”

Jesus said wicked hatred in the heart is like actual, physical murder…that lustful ogling is adultery in the heart. In fact, failure to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength and our neighbor as ourselves, 24/7, makes us a putrid stench in the divine nostrils.

So your road, be it that of the 9/11 bombers or that of a boy scout, is a road to God and your final judgment. Thankfully Jesus is THE way to come to God without fear about how you will fare when you arrive. Every day of your earthly existence is another time of God’s mercy. Each day offers another exit ramp from your own way and an entry ramp onto the highway of the King of kings and Lord of Lords…the only road that leads to God and your eternal gain and joy, not your eternal loss and sorrow.

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Complexion Disconnection

It has become almost second nature for us to use colors to categorize ourselves. Is that a good thing? Let’s think about it.

Identifying people as black, brown, red, white, or yellow, in the opinion of yours truly, is not only unhelpful, but in itself both lazy and divisive. Here’s the rationale for that opinion in a nutshell. It might be a big nut but brevity is at least the target…

Each of us has a national heritage. In the majority of cases Americans are of mixed national heritage. But black, brown, red, white, and yellow are not the names of nations.

Nor are continents identical with nations. All of the Earth’s continents are inhabited (in Antarctica’s case, visited ) by multiple nations. So using the ethnic identification formula: [continent hyphen American] is no better than the use of the color names.

So yours truly is determined (knowing his own frailty of mind and purpose) to refrain henceforth as much as possible from using the names of colors or the above formula to refer to people. And he asks you to join this peaceful “terminology revolution” by which we just might take some strides toward amity and mutual understanding.

When there is a legitimate need to refer to someone’s ethnicity, let’s use national terms, not the colors. In the case of first generation immigrants who become naturalized citizens, it is reasonable to designate them [nation hyphen American].

But from the second generation onward, their descendants are simply Americans. And let’s immediately abandon the terms African-American, Asian-American, and European-American. Let’s get really radical!

Finally, we humans find conceited arrogance to be what we might we call a stench of the soul. Pride stinks, just as the Bible teaches. A thankful and happy recognition of our natural gifts and talents is sometimes called pride; and there we have another misnomer.

That is not what is meant here. Like that personal sense of accomplishment we enjoy when God gives us perseverance and strength to complete a job or project, the thankful recognition of national accomplishments and heroes is not bad.

So if you are offended on the personal level by malodorous pride – by the snotty, raised eyebrow attitude of the one who looks down his nose at others, ask yourself: is that kind of pride on the level of one’s national heritage any better?

What individual human being is without sin? Only One, Who walked in perfect love. What nation on Earth has an immaculate history of neighborly love to other nations? What kindred or tribe has a record unblemished by warfare, bigotry, and hatred? None, and on the last day every soul of every nation will face that one crucified, buried, risen, ascended Man as his or her Judge.

“For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.” — the LORD Jesus Christ, per the gospel of John

Let’s aim for greater purity and precision in our speech, and for humility on both the personal and national levels.

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Will the Real Poison Please Stand Up

America must get more in touch with its MASCULINE side. So called emotional reasoning with its visceral hysteria is the real toxicity, so evident in government in our time.

Away with the soft, effeminate soy boys and the destroyers of women’s athletics. Bring back the days when men were gallant and women were ladylike…the days when (as my soldier friend Liam G. put it) ships were wood and men were iron.

Chivalry is not dead, only dormant in this present unisex darkness. Let us awaken it in ourselves, men, and lead the way back to a more enlightened cultural norm, typified by the once ubiquitous axiom “ladies first.”

Vive la difference! Let mothers, wives, and sisters be cherished and protected. Let fathers, husbands, and brothers be protectors and defenders, symbolically displaying that role by doffing hats, standing when a lady enters a room, and opening doors for them.

Each sex (and there are only two) gains greater depth of identity and finds a delightful wonder in the mystique of the other as they both embrace the creation pattern – the denial of which is the real sexism.

By the way, portraits or visual depictions of Christ of any kind are all pure fiction and can be dangerous stumbling blocks. It is extremely unlikely that Jesus had long hair at all, let alone a hairdo resembling that of an actress who just got out of the make-up room.

He labored with His hands as a carpenter when there were no power tools or air conditioners. And only a powerful male physique could have endured the preliminary tortures and final grisly execution by crucifixion which the Son of God endured.

He endured it because He is the self sacrificing, divine Bridegroom of His precious bride the Church. In unfathomable love, He suffered to save the men and women who are members of that church, and who both possess the unspeakably glorious dignity of being made in the image of God.

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Unparalleled Infant Rescuer

Listen to the experts! Listen to the experts! What about listening to those who have breadth of knowledge and who are well rounded in wisdom? Maybe someone like this guy:

“And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men–than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was in all the surrounding nations.” (Kings 4:29-31)

Even one with a glowing testimony like that is not omniscient like God. The full spectrum of knowledge is too long and too rich in complexity for the finite human mind. Yet no discipline, no area of expertise can be rightly understood in isolation.

Rather, the more one gathers from the sum of all human knowledge, the greater his effectiveness in his area of expertise will be. When an expert focuses exclusively on his particular point on the spectrum, he risks getting out of touch with the whole…thus becoming less like Solomon. And the more narrow the focus of expertise, the greater that risk becomes.

Illustration: Jones is an experienced mechanic with a working knowledge of just about all things automobile. He works at a mom and pop garage. He can diagnose and repair just about anything on just about any make and model car.

Smith works at a huge car dealership’s service department. His job is rotating tires. He does it all day every day. He’s got it down to a science. He can rotate your tires as fast as an entire pit crew at the Daytona 500. He will need to get some serious cross training before he can repair a transmission, but he’s an expert at tire rotation!

Solomon’s knowledge was more like that of Jones. It was holistic. We read that “…he spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five. Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish.” (1 Kings 4:32,33)

So in addition to handing down the stunningly wise judgment recorded at 1 Kings 3:16-26, in addition to causing another head of state to faint with amazement upon arrival to his courtroom (2 Chronicles 9), King David’s son was a songwriter, a proverbialist, a botanist, and a zoologist – including the under disciplines of ornithology, herpetology, and ichthyology.

If you consider his Biblical proverbs (less than one thousand of his three are found in the 30 chapters of that Bible book) along with the book of Ecclesiastes, Psalms 72 and 127 (other canonical Psalms might be Solomonic as well) you will see that his knowledge and wisdom was even more vast.

“And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon” (1 Kings 4:34). If Solomon were here and ASKED me to wear a mask, I probably would comply. But would his majesty have COMMANDED it? He was a wise king, not a tyrant.

This all leads us to the One Whose wisdom far exceeds even Solomon. Yes, you know Who…He just popped into your mind, didn’t He? Hear His own words, spoken as only the Son of God can speak, as He refers to Himself and his generation:

“The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.” (Luke 11:31)

All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden – wrapped up in – Christ (Colossians 2:3). When one goes beyond acquaintance with Him and gains saving knowledge of Jesus, in fact becoming united to the living Christ, this is written about such a one: “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption…” (1 Corinthians 1:30)

This is God’s free gift. Whether you are an expert or not, it’s time for you to wise up and receive it.

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Study, don’t gaze

Centuries before the Roman regime existed, through the prophet Daniel, God told us what would happen during the times of its Caesars (these kings):

“…in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” (Daniel 2:44)

Jesus indeed set up that everlasting kingdom. His “Palm Sunday” triumphal entry was indeed triumphant, for He was about to triumph through His cross. So after He rose from the dead, He said “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18). Then He ascended, the everlasting gates were lifted up to receive the conquering Lord of glory (see Psalm 24:7-10), and He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

There He is RIGHT NOW, ruling and reigning over the Messianic kingdom He set up 2,000 years ago! That kingdom has been growing like the mustard seed in His parable (see Matthew 13:31ff) ever since.

Back then, the kingdom was handful of disciples at the geographic center of the inhabited world. That was the mustard seed. Now it exists in every nation, birds nesting in it…some clean birds, some unclean. Like an anvil, that kingdom has worn out many a hammer that has banged on it (hat tip to Reformer Theodore Beza for that analogy), but it endures and continues to grow to this day by the power of the Gospel…the power of God unto salvation.

The apostle Peter wrote that we should not only be looking for, but hastening the coming day of God (2 Peter 3:12). Are we the people of God doing that, or are we sitting on a metaphorical hilltop, AWOL from the King’s battles? Are we the church militant or the church milk toast?

With all this in mind, let’s get busy working with Him to advance His kingdom. Read and believe Acts 1:7, stop speculating about what Jesus Himself said is not for us to know, and take comfort in this:

“…Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.” (1 Corinthians 15:24-26)

Since death is the LAST enemy to go down, the clear implication is that many other enemies must precede it.

Billions on Earth today are under the darkness of false religious systems, philosophies, wicked regimes…all these are enemies yet to be destroyed, just like all the enemies the King and His faithful ones have already crushed. There’s a lot of work to be done, more battles to fight. We are not commanded to put on the whole armor of God in vain. We are the Lord’s army against His enemies. We are called to obey Ephesians 5:11.

Let’s keep doing so until, as Isaiah (11:9) and Habakkuk (2:14) foresaw “…the earth is filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”

Beloved, let’s stop trying to treat the Bible like a Ouija board or a crystal ball. Knowing what God says about “the occult,” what do you suppose He thinks about people trying to use His holy word in the way superstitious people use those vain and foolish things?

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