As I sit at my desk this morning, having read just a little of the news, I am saddened by the path this once great nation is taking, and not only the nation but the church, also.
This nation is on the path that other nations have taken before us, to its own destruction. America has always been somewhat resilient when crisis has come upon her. Even the division that brought about the Civil War, a crisis that seemed as though it would completely destroy this nation, was, through God, held together.
However, that was a time when most people in America believed in God and most attended church and had great respect and reverence for the sacred. If you have read much about the time of the Civil War, you will find that men and women in both the north and the south prayed to God. Even though there was division, God heard the prayers of His people and kept this nation from falling.
However, the division today is much more serious than in the days before and after the Civil War. In modern culture God is being blasphemed and cursed every day. More and more swearing and cursing, crude and disgusting verbiage is spewing forth, not just from the average unlearned and ignorant populous, but from our politicians and those who are to be examples to their constituents and, more importantly, to our young people.
Today, profanity flows from the mouths of our youth like someone who has a serious stomach virus and can’t keep anything down. How did we arrive at this place?
When I was a child, my dad told me that men should respect women and never curse in front of them. I was told this was extremely disrespectful, and I grew up with that stamped in my mind. Yet, today, not only do men curse but unashamedly use egregious language and spew it out for the whole world to hear.
What has happened to our once moral nation? What has brought about such a perverted and decadent society? And a more pertinent question is: How long can this society last before it self-destructs?While “In God We Trust” is still stamped on our coins and we still sing the song, “God Bless America,” this nation has, for the most part, rejected God. They have rejected the God that made America a land of freedom, prosperity, and peace. And as God has been cast aside and humanism and atheism has become the norm, God’s blessings are gradually being replaced with chaos, confusion, fear, and uncertainty. Violent gangs roam the streets of most major cities in this nation.
The flood of drugs into our country has destroyed and is destroying the lives of millions, not only of the addicted but their families and friends as well. Because of man’s rejection of God’s definition of marriage, millions of children are raised in one parent homes where the positive influence of both parents, the masculine and the feminine, is missing. As resilient as America has always been, there is a point at which she will be unable to raise herself from her bed of filthiness and debauchery, for God’s judgment has fallen upon her.
A wise man once wrote, “It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom” (Prov. 10:23) Do we not see the “fool”, not just demonstrating, but sporting their mischief by destroying property, fighting against police, and even attacking one another? Groups like Antifa, who enjoy causing a ruckus by disguising themselves and wreaking havoc and destruction in America’s cities, are fools according to scripture. When members are asked what their purpose is, most cannot give a descent answer. More often they expose their ignorance by stumbling around trying to come up with a reasonable answer.
So, what is their purpose? Why are they out on the streets demonstrating? Many, and probably most, don’t even know themselves. Where does all this come from? Fundamentally, it comes from this nation’s rejection of God and His ways.
However, for those who call themselves “Christians”, we must begin to seek God to find His will for His church. Men have many ideas and thoughts of how to deal with the problems facing this nation, but the only One Who truly has the answer is God. As Christians, we are engaged in a spiritual war and the present battle is becoming increasingly hostile.
The “politically correct” crowd will turn their anger toward Christians before this all ends (although some Christians are already being attacked). Churches are being forced to accept things that God says is an abomination. One church in Malmo, Sweden, has a new altar piece intended to celebrate and indorse inclusiveness with a painting that replaces Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden “with gay couples in suggestive poses, while depicting the serpent tempting them as a transgender woman” (Right Country – Infowars). For those who want to read the article, it is here: https://www.rightcountry.com/what-church-unveils-altarpiece-of-paradise-featuring-gay-couples-and-transgender-serpent/
While this is in Sweden, the path America is on will soon find itself with the same or similar blasphemous portraits.
As Christians, we must realize that we are not fighting against flesh and blood but “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12).
It is true that it is flesh and blood that is engaged in the evil activities that plague our nation, but there are evil spirits which are influencing and, in some cases, possessing these people. When all reason and common sense is thrown out and truth is cast into the streets (Isa. 59:14), and when evil is called “good” and good “evil” (Isa. 5:20), we can be certain that there are evil spirits at work.
The Apostle Peter informed us that our “adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8). And he tells us in faith, to resist him. Jesus, in His death and resurrection, has given His followers power over the powers of the devil and the devil’s host of evil spirits. (I wrote about the power of the blood in the December issue of “The Testimony of Truth,” which is where our authority and power lies.) But to know this wonderful truth is not enough. The truth is only effective when we apply it to our lives. We MUST recognize that we are in a war with evil spirits not merely flesh and blood. Flesh and blood battles are fought with guns, tanks, and other war-machines, but spiritual battles are fought only through spiritual means. Those means are discovered and apprehended through prayer and in God’s word.
One of the signs of the last days is that evil will increase worldwide.
In Revelation 9, Jesus revealed to John that the bottomless pit would be opened, and from that pit would come: first smoke, which is to blind men to truth and to suffocate any spiritual life or conscientiousness in them. This is what we see today. When man can actually believe that we can decide our sex, he is totally blind and void of any conscience. God created us male and female and yet today we are being told that you don’t have to be what God created you to be.
You can change your gender and be whatever you want to be. What foolishness!! And yet, some actually believe this garbage. They have thrown truth into the streets and are building upon sand.
From this pit recorded in Revelation 9, there come scorpions like locust. A single scorpion is not too serious for most of us, but here the scorpions come as locusts do, by the millions. In the east of Palestine, when locusts would come they would destroy everything. They not only destroy the crops but trees, and have been known to eat the varnish from furniture in homes. They don’t destroy merely because they are hungry but they seem set on destruction. Read what Kitto’s Encylopedia has to say about the locust of the east. “Locusts seem to devour not so much from a ravenous appetite as from a rage for destroying. Destruction, therefore, and not food, is the chief impulse of their devastations, and in this consists their utility; they are, in fact, omnivorous. The most poisonous plants are indifferent to them; they will prey even upon the crowfoot, whose causticity burns even the hides of beasts. They simply consume everything, without predilection-vegetable matter, linens, woolens, silk, leather, etc.; and Pliny does not exaggerate when he says, fores quoque tectorum – 'even the doors of houses’ – for they have been known to consume the very varnish of furniture.
They reduce everything indiscriminately to shreds, which become manure" (Kitto's Encyclopedia ii. 263). (from Barnes' Notes, Electronic Database Copyright © 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
I believe this gives us a more vivid picture of the spiritual purpose of the scorpions as they come forth from the bottomless pit. We are in a spiritual battle, and it is time for the church to put on the whole armor of God so we can stand firm against the onslaught of the enemy.
While the future of America is unknown, the future of the church is known. God will bring His church through the Great Tribulation and He will be victorious in the end.
However, there will be a tremendous spiritual battle before Jesus returns and we need to begin to prepare ourselves for that battle by learning how to war against the evil forces that are growing in our world. Jesus said, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy.”
While the world plays the “Fool” let us who are spiritually minded, stand firm on God’s holy word and exercise ourselves in spiritual things so we will be built up in God’s truth.
Bro. Alfred King