You know them, and I know them. The laundry list of technical jargon that 99.9% of people scroll or skip through to use whatever technical device they need or want. They usually come with your “optional” software updates. They come with most apps. They come with loans and appliances you buy. The User Agreement/Terms and Conditions/End User License Agreement (EULA)/etc. are the stock and trade of corporations seeking to cover their own hindquarters. The rub is that it’s only truly optional if you agree to their terms and conditions. Then you can use their product. If you don’t, well, tough luck. Better find another program or system to use.
Now for most things we want, we can certainly ‘not agree’ and move on with life if the terms and agreements seem overtly Orwellian. The loss of privacy, loss of ownership, 24/7 surveillance, geotracking (even if you opt-out), merchandising/selling your personal data, biotech tracing, arbitration clauses, etc., are often couched in such legalese that people either don’t understand or don’t want to think about it. You really just want to listen to this new song or play this new app, so you hit agree, give up a little more of your freedom, and go about your day.
However, there are things most people need and consider ‘essential’ and end up agreeing to regardless of how they really feel about it. Even if doing so makes you feel like you need a shower afterward. The last days are kind of like that… in that, we are increasingly placed in this either/or scenario. Either you get on board with the current antichrist-zeitgeist (anti-Christian, anti-Semitism, anti-conservative, pro-Humanist, pro-Hedonist, etc.), or you are increasingly shut out from the public arena of ideas.
Recently, Mike Lindell (My Pillow CEO) came out with his Absolute Proof video that I watched and found compelling. Clearly, anyone with a couple of brain cells could see that the 78-year-old dementia Democrat candidate stole the election. Well, he didn’t, but his comrades in the deep state, the permanent D.C. political establishment, the Democrat Party, and our new social media overlords did. Somehow, the man who couldn’t fill a high school basketball gymnasium, couldn’t string two sentences together coherently, and couldn’t keep his foot out of his mouth (or his nose out of girls’ hair) suddenly won more votes than any previous president, ever.
This got me thinking back on the election and everything since that has ensued, and I realized I was angry. I wasn’t throwing things around or shaking my fist at the TV angry, but the kind of anger that lies just beneath the subconscious. I found myself reflecting on it one night, and I asked God why. Why Biden? Why let Trump go when he’s clearly been good for the nation, good for the Christian, and good for Israel? Why let the Democrats get away with such a brazen theft of the American population’s will? Why did Mike Pence all of a sudden lose his backbone?
The response I got back was immediate.
Just to clarify, this is not a “thus sayeth the Lord” moment. It was just a distinct impression I got that was both clear and concise.
If not now, when?
What happens when 2024 rolls around and the Democrats put up an even more egregious attempt to overthrow the election? We know they aren’t going to quit until they can permanently seal our nation into a one-party system.
Indeed. Why delay.
I think our deliverance is going to come a lot sooner than many think.
For all the good things Trump did, there were also missteps, one of which was listening to theologians and preachers who either don’t understand Bible prophecy or purposely confuse it. An example of this prophetic malfeasance, mostly by conservatives in the religious spectrum, is that somehow the US is going to come out on top in the end.
The Bible does not say that, anywhere. In fact, there is no mention of any nation that even remotely resembles the United States in Scripture.
Many of these prophetically-confused religious leaders come from either the post-millennialist camp (who believe the Church is responsible for Jesus’ return), or the Amillennial/Preterist camps (who believe we are the kingdom). They believe (as many did) that they should fight for the revival of this nation. Nothing wrong with revival. We are to occupy until He comes.
There are two streams of thought going on in my head right now regarding where we are as a nation. In one stream, I realize I have to live in this nation, whatever it becomes. Do I want to live under an increasingly socialist/communist regime that persecutes Christians and increasingly promotes an Anti-God agenda? No. I want to live under the constraints of a Constitutional Republic (like many of you). So we work, vote, and promote systems that enable that while avoiding or boycotting things that work against it.
The other stream recognizes that God’s word comes true no matter what I think. God’s will is laid out in the pages of the Bible, and it states the what, when, how, and why things happen. Some people chose to eisegete (add into) the text what they want to happen. However, we are called to exegete (take from) the text what it says using a literal, grammatical, and historical interpretation.
The Bible clearly states that, as the end times draw closer, things will go from bad to worse. In fact, things will get so bad that Christ Himself has to return to make things right. Humans can’t do it, no matter how well-intentioned.
As for the Republican squishes who either openly turned on Trump (and the American people) or simply rolled over and showed their bellies, they did so because they think life will go on. They think by allowing the Democrats to get away with the most egregious voter fraud in our nation’s history this time, they will survive to fight another day. Little do they know, there will never be another Republican victory moving forward. Never.
And I’m ok with that now.
Because I had to get my priorities realigned and realize my political alliances are not with the Democrats or the Republicans. I’m a Monarchist. My allegiance is to Christ the King. He will come back and fix all this; I don’t need to allow anger to fester in my heart like a disease. I am not even supposed to plant roots in this life. My (our) home is a heavenly one. Our reality is an eternal reality.
“Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:17-21).
Our time here on earth is fleeting at best. We are like blades of grass, here one day and gone the next (Psalm 103:14-16). And while we have to live here for the balance of time remaining in my life or until the Lord comes for us at the Pre-Tribulation catching up, I will try my best to make do with what the Lord has entrusted to me. That’s all I can do. That’s all any of us can do.
Yes, things are so upside down, topsy-turvy these days that I would not be surprised one bit if the Democrats came out with their 2024 campaign slogan next year promoting –
War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength
Truly, it wouldn’t surprise me or you because Romans 1 clearly lays out that those who reject Christ are increasingly given over to a debased mind. They are quickly losing their ability to reason or even think straight. Biden is a perfect example of this. [By the way, I know plenty of 78-year-olds and older who are clear-headed and of sound mind.] Joe Biden’s problem is that he spent so much of his life lying and flip-flopping, he doesn’t know what he believes anymore. He just spends his day being led by the hand to sign blank papers and read off Teleprompters. He’s been double-minded for so long, he has lost his ability to reason (James 1:8). He is not alone either; I think most of Washington D.C. is filled with people who have long since lost touch with reality.
And that is ok.
My hope is not in D.C.
My hope is in Christ.
As should yours be.
My freedoms may dwindle.
However, my freedom is in Christ.
We are freed from the bondage of sin and death. No one can take that from you or me. We can’t even do it to ourselves. Because when you are born again (John 3:16), you are permanently changed. You go from being spiritually dead to spiritually alive. And because you can’t do that by your own power, it has to be by the power of Christ and His shed blood that redeems you 100%. He didn’t pay for some of your sins; He paid for ALL of your sins, even the ones you haven’t committed yet.
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-3). (emphasis mine)
Furthermore, once you are born again, God seals you with His Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:11-14, 4:30). You can’t unseal yourself any more than you could seal yourself by your own works. Our salvation is not dependent upon our works- it’s not our good deeds, our tithes, our baptism, our church attendance, etc. Our salvation lay squarely in the faultless sacrifice of God’s own Son at Mt. Calvary, perfectly fulfilling the Law’s demand, and taking God’s full wrath upon Himself on our behalf.
Therefore, don’t let this world ruin your thinking or your attitude. Don’t worry that the world is increasingly shutting us out of the public arena. Jesus tells us that even though we have little strength, the door will remain open (Rev. 3:8-10). Satan knows he can’t steal our salvation, but he loves to crush our hope and spirit. He loves to cause us to be depressed, angry, or anxious. Don’t let him. Ephesians 6 gives us the tools to fight the fiery darts of the enemy. The days may turn sour in the here and now, but just remember we have far better days ahead.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 2:16-18).