Thursday, October 19, 2023
Oh the Rage of Nations and People!
Oh the Rage of Nations and People!
by David Brenneman
"Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!” He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them. Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying, “But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.” “I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession. ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.’” Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. Worship the Lord with reverence And rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!" Psalm 2.
It's funny, really, that news outlets think that they are reporting something new concerning the Middle East. Think that they understand and are going to educate you on what's REALLY going on over there.
My Dear Reader, what's happening and has always been happening with regards to Israel has been foretold in the Bible long before any of us were ever thought to be born.
The whole inclusiveness environment that's permeating the global culture...is nothing short of people taking their stand against the word of God. Battle lines are showing themselves ever more clearly each day. The fears of many for generations are being realized or we see the very foundation of them happening before our eyes.
"And he *said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy. Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying." Revelation 22:10-15.
Jesus spoke these final words to the last book of the Bible. Jesus said and did everything that He came to accomplish and did it...would you honestly believe that He wouldn't keep His promise of returning?
People around us spiritually raise either holy hands to worship Jesus or they spiritually raise a fist at God in anger. Somewhere in-between are some who are undecided...and those undecided are among the reasons why Jesus hasn't returned yet.
Jesus said through Paul, that in these times in which we find ourselves: "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also." 2 Timothy 3:1-9.
If He claimed, thousands of years before living, to live, die, arise from the dead, exactly as He said He would...you can surely guarantee He is going to return.
Oh the rage that we see...the willingness to embrace the darkness of sin. Perverting justice. Twisted minds that are trying to even convince themselves and others that God made a mistake in creating them. That it's on them to "correct" it through surgery and medication. The rage of world religions that seek to murder any who do come to Christ for salvation.
"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20.
We see it happening right now in our world. People taking a stand against their Creator. It does not matter at all if anyone says that they do not believe these words of Jesus in His Word...they will accept His rule and authority at some point in their future.
My Dear Reader...fear not what is going on around you in this world. Those who are in Christ are safe in Christ. The Bible says of Jesus: “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!" in Luke 12:4-5.
Me? I find all this exciting. Should anything happen to me...my next thoughts will be had in the presence of my Savior. I know where I am going after I die. Do you?
You, my Dear Friend, can know today that you are saved. You can be secure in the hands of Jesus. Read on...Jesus said that the message of the Gospel would be easy enough that a child could understand it.
"But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:8-13 NASB.
As quickly as people rage, they do so in futility. There's no success in all human history to be found in warring with the Creator of the Universe.
There's no greater love to be found than in the arms of Jesus Christ.
There's a peace to be had that's only found after you come to Christ for salvation. Nothing in this world compares to it.
Read the rest of the book of Revelation. You think people are crazy with anger and outbursts now? During the known judgments of God people are going to go off the charts with rage and anger in ways nobody has seen yet.
The good news is that those who are saved in Christ will never see those days.
Jesus is getting ready to stand up and call for those who are saved to come home.
Will you be one of them?
All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.