Over the past 2 days, I’ve posted a little about history and a little about the Bible, and today I thought I’d conclude with a little about the future. Yes, If you’re sharp you will notice that I’ve ripped off a line from history, only when Senator Ervin used it on national TV in 1973, it was, “I’d like to talk today a little about history, a little about the Bible and little about the law…” Today, I’ll leave the law for the lawyers and take a look at the future instead.
Yesterday I wrote of the lessons we can learn from Revelation, and today I’ll elaborate a bit on them.
First, Revelation demonstrates that there is a pattern to the history of this age, that is the age of the church. The pattern is probably familiar to most, and it goes something like this: Our Lord sends His church into the world to proclaim the Gospel, to save the lost and to build His Kingdom, the church. The Enenmy does not take this assault lightly. It is of vital importance for every Christian to understand the nature of the Gospel; that it is an assault upon the very gates of Hell itself.
The Enenmy returns fire.
He returns fire through the manipulation of the world we live in, it’s governments, its institutions, cultures and traditions. He uses its religions, its politics, its social trends, for all of these are in opposition to God. Often we look upon these things and say that they are good… and often they actually are good. But at their core, they are in opposition to God and His purpose, for they tend to come between Man and God in that they give Man the idea that we do not need God, or that we are His equals.
We are counter attacked with the lure of riches, the attraction of sex and addiction while our “leaders” wring their hands trying to justify the unjustifiable and make excuses for the inexcusable, and the press loyally reports that all is well, unless a Christian speaks up. They find ways to excuse a terrorist bombing while condemning a Christian speaking out about the slaughter of the unborn. They tell us that same-sex marriage is natural and normal and must be tolerated while they are intolerant of any other point of view, and they bow to the sensibilities of Islam while saying that separation of church and state requires Christians to shut up.
Yes, you can find all of this in Revelation, and you can find all of this in the past; over and over again!
Here’s an interesting study if you have the stomach: Check our the way top Progressives (including some in the FDR Administration) gushed over the wonders being worked by the National Socialists in Germany in the 1930’s in New Republic magazine. If you follow the trail, you’ll find out that when the horrors of the Holocaust became known they changed their name from “Progressives” to “Liberal”. The point is that many of our leading citizens, many of the smartest and best educated among us, embraced evil and tried to sell it as something we should copy, and millions bought in. Things are not always what they appear to be.
The 1930’s were the culminating years of the Progressive Age, both in America and Europe. That might surprise many Americans today, particularly if they stumble onto the historical fact that Progressivism, which came out of America, was the foundation premise of Fascism. Progressivism, under whatever name is used, is the fundamental premise of our government now. Things are not always what they appear to be!
The current American Administration ran for office promising national health care, economic justice, a leveling of the playing field, workers’ rights, and a transformation of our country. FDR ran on similar themes in 1932, including universal workers pensions, minimum wages and the eight-hour work day. Check your history! Mussolini and Hitler ran on the same platform. Things are not always what they appear to be!
No, I’m not saying that the current Administration is Hitler. I’m saying that they share a philosophy of government and social policy. They also have differences; they don’t share every view, thank God. First and foremost, they share a view that the State is supreme. If the State is supreme, where does that leave God? Less than supreme. Things are not always what they appear to be!
OK, you should be getting the idea by now about how history and the lessons of Revelation come together to aid our understanding of the present and future To understand the present and future, you need to view our times through the lenses of history and the Bible. More than anything else, the book of Revelation can teach us that:
In this world, things are not always what they appear to be!