2 Chr. 7:14 π Isa. 14:13-14 π Ezek. 28:16-17 π Mt. 24:9 π Mt. 24:13 π Lk. 17:1 π Jn. 1:3 π Jn. 4:24 π Acts 17:6 π 1 Cor. 2:8 π 1 Cor. 7:7 π 1 Cor. 10:13 π 1 Cor. 15:22-26 π 2 Cor. 3:17; 2nd π Gal. 5:13 π Gal. 5:22-23 π Phlp. 2:6 π Phlp. 3:20 π Phlp. 4:7 π Col. 1:16-17 π 1 Ths. 4:16-17 π 2 Ths. 2:3-4 π 2 Tim. 3:12 π Heb. 2:10 π 1 Pet. 4:10 π Rev. 12:11 π Rev. 13:4 π Rev. 13:7 π Rev. 13:8 π Rev. 13:11 π Rev. 20:10
Believe it or not, Barry Goldwater's 1964 acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in San Francisco contains a fabulous grasp of the overarching motivation that drives the conservative movement in America. He said:
"Those who seek to live your lives for you, to take your liberties in return for relieving you of yours, those who elevate the state and downgrade the citizen must see ultimately a world in which earthly power can be substituted for divine will, and this nation was founded upon the rejection of that notion and upon the acceptance of God as the author of freedom." (as quoted by Wynton C. Hall in an interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online, May 23, 2007)
Wittingly or not, the framers of the Constitution set this country on a collision course with destiny. The story starts a long time ago in a completely different kind of place. In a place we can only call eternity (some sci-fiers have come up with "outside the time-space continuum"), before the world was founded (anyone else see the inherent contradictions in terms yet? Don't worry, there is sure to be more and, as far as I can tell, they cannot be fully explained, stated or understood any better than this!), a cherub (specialized angelic being) decided he needed a promotion. Apparently this being was involved in some form of commerce (trading) and he became filled with violence within. He became aware that he was beautiful and became convinced that he should be on equal terms with God. ( Ezek. 28:16-17 , Isa. 14:13-14; top ) And this is the origins of the being the Bible most often calls Satan. He is also often referred to as the devil or the deceiver.
About 700 years after this information was recorded, Paul wrote, "Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day [the Day of Christ's return] will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." ( 2 Ths. 2:3-4; top ) In seven hundred years, God's description of this being hadn't changed much.
Now, almost two thousand years later, the conservative movement in America stands at a crossroads - a crossroads it would seem was better understood by Goldwater than many Republican leaders today. Let us examine Goldwater's statement in greater depth:
"Those who seek to live your lives for you." There is a significant number of wealthy elitists who, being freed from the necessity of doing anything useful (like earning a living), feel compelled or entitled or empowered to foist their own views, opinions and agendas upon society, the nation and even the world. Too many of these, it would seem, have no real or satisfying lives of their own so they must derive their sense of personal worth from how they spend their money and interfere in the lives of others. Modern politicians, forced into ever-greater dependence upon large donations so that they might remain in political office, unfortunately enable the rich elitists to inflict their agendas upon too many segments of society, law and government. Many of these elitists' agendas are only fronts for the devil who still wants to be like the Most High God.
"Those who seek to take your liberties in return for relieving you of yours." This, in a word, is age-old hypocrisy. The elitists fully expect you to relinquish liberties (given to us by our Creator whom genuine believers know as Father) that they themselves (the elitists) would never dream of relinquishing. While they might not be willing to fight and die for those liberties, too many will certainly not hesitate to manipulate laws and enforcement officials into positions that accomplish the killing or at least imprisonment of any who would dare to stand up against their "wiser" agendas for mankind - agendas which "coincidentally" set the stage for the prince of darkness to rule uncontested. Like Robespierre, these elitists seem oblivious to the fact that they will be the most likely candidates for the second line at the guillotine.
"Those who elevate the state and downgrade the citizen." The philosophies of socialism and individualism stand in opposition. Under socialism, the wealth and the means of producing it belong to society and not to the individual. A man's home is no longer his personal, inviolable, impregnable castle, but rather, it is now under the controls and manipulations of those who only have to drive past and look at it. A man's resources must be submitted to the central government so that the elitists (who control too many politicians by hidden strings) can conduct lucrative undertakings like wars - wars which the man would probably not condone or support if he knew what the war was really about or what it is really supposed to achieve. Too often, wars of the last century have been about bringing one side or the other or both under the control of elitist agendas, using either force (to punish or replace disobedient or uncooperative governments) or over-expenditure (which leaves a nation bankrupted and vulnerable to the source they borrowed the capital to conduct war). Again, all this plays into the hands of Satan who requires systems, institutions and hierarchies to wield his weapons of fear, intimidation, oppression and control to accomplish his objective of being like the Most High God.
Individualism stems from the fact that God calls and equips each one as He wills. ( 1 Cor. 7:7 , 1 Pet. 4:10 , etc.) But this individuality must be carefully guarded or it will become the very means of our destruction. Paul wrote, "For you, brethren, have been called to liberty - only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." ( Gal. 5:13 ) As America has devolved from the righteous, good and selfless standards that attend the Spirit of liberty (the Spirit of God - 2 Cor. 3:17; top ) and squandered her liberties on "me" and "mine," God has slowly and step-by-step withdrawn Himself and His protections away from America. Thus all these pleas for God to "bless America" receive as much of His attention as we give to His requirement that we truly repent and obey Him. So long as we waste our liberty on carnal (fleshly, selfish) pursuits, there is no obedience on our part which He can bless!
"These must see ultimately a world in which earthly power can be substituted for divine will." If it were simply a question of men ruling other men and we didn't know where allowing deceived men with dangerous agendas and philosophies to wield power takes us, it would be one thing. But because we do know that men exercising earthly power with no real connection with God and no real concern about following His ways results in the devil being able to take them and the people under them wherever he wants to go (a direction always filled with violence, destruction and devastation), it is another thing entirely. Hitler's Third Reich's agendas and objectives present what may be the clearest example (but by no means the only one - the Soviet Union has many similarities too) of what Satan's end-time government (and it will be his - Rev. 13:4; top ) will look and be like and what it will ultimately do. There will certainly be variations on the theme and technological innovations and sophistications that were unavailable then will offer greater population controls - but the foreshadowing pictures are quite accurate enough. The devil's hatred for Christ and God and His true followers is the driving force behind centralized global government.
"This nation was founded upon the rejection of that notion and upon the acceptance of God as the author of that freedom." When the framers of the U.S. Constitution created a government with such a strong tie to God (who is a spiritual being - Jn. 4:24 , 2 Cor. 3:17; top ), they also linked this country and its people to the spiritual war between God and Satan. They built this country with one foot in the realms of the Spirit and the other in the realm of the flesh, that of earthly power which can be controlled by Satan if he can deceive enough people to step into his cleverly devised traps and schemes.
This explains why there are, simultaneously, influences in the founding of our country that clearly point toward God's hand, men's hands and the hand of the devil. It explains why our history has moments when many have cried out to God and prayed earnestly for God's will to be done - and America has enjoyed its shining moments and times of greatness. But our history also holds dark secrets of slaughters and deceit and Machiavellian manipulation - sins which many Americans don't know about or don't want to know about. And our entire culture is poisoned with the greedy, self-absorption and filthy mass-media output that affluence and technology have made possible. And the unseen hand of the devil diverts men toward destruction even as the hand of God leads, guides and protects those followers of His who are on the road to eternal life. This also is why the U.S., as a nation, "looks like a lamb but speaks like a dragon." ( Rev. 13:11; top ) And this is why democracy, a form of government in which it is very easy to control the population (especially when the people are neither godly nor unified nor alert nor even aware of the danger of being controlled by an earthly power which readily lends itself to deadly spiritual forces - forces the people often deny as even existing!), may very well be the means by which Satan gains control of the whole world.
The conservative party in America must come to terms with the inevitable fact that the freedoms Americans have enjoyed for generations will be taken from them in one way or another. The Revelation tells us that the end-time government, which will have "authority over every tribe, tongue and nation" will "make war with the saints and overcome them." ( Rev. 13:7 ) Jesus, in the same way, said, "You will be hated by all nations for My name's sake." ( Mt. 24:9; top ) Whatever America's role is in end-time prophecy (and indeed America may very well be one of the horns of the second beast of Revelation 13), we cannot hope for her to be a nation that seeks God's will even while she expresses the devil's hatred and fury toward God's followers and kills those who truly love, honor and serve Him.
Make no mistake - the Revelation tells us how we overcome the devil quite plainly. "And they overcame him [the devil] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death." ( Rev. 12:11 ) And Jesus said, "He who endures to the end shall be saved." ( Mt. 24:13 ) While we do not know how much we will have to endure, we can know with certainty it will be no more than what we will be able to bear. No matter what comes our way, He will always be there to show us the way to overcome the temptation to quit, to deny Him, to betray Him (or one another), to take the "easy" way out of the situation. ( 1 Cor. 10:13; top ) This is the only way we will be able to endure the dark times that are coming upon this country and this world.
The conservative party has to come to terms with the fact that all their political activism will not change anything except for the worse. All earthly (fleshly) power can do from this point on is make matters worse. God's remedy is the same as it was so long ago:
"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." ( 2 Chr. 7:14 )
And those who routinely live out of their citizenship which is from heaven ( Phlp. 3:20 ), they will not be too surprised or overwhelmed when their civil liberties, their earthly properties or even their temporal lives are take from them. These clearly recognize that Satan's kingdom always relies on power flowing from the top down through groups of people - but the kingdom of Christ is always about changing one life at a time (achieving eternal objectives that also have temporal repercussions) from the inside out. This is how the original believers turned their world upside down within a generation - Acts 17:6 ) These true citizens of heaven will know that evil must come and they will pity the person through whom they come. ( Lk. 17:1 ) They will know persecution must come to all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus. ( 2 Tim. 3:12 ) But the fruit of the Spirit ( Gal. 5:22-23 ) and the peace that surpasses all human understanding ( Phlp. 4:7; top ) will attend them as they overcome. Their "land" - not their nation - will be healed (restored to healthy, vibrant, abundant life from above) even as their nation demonstrates the devil's utter inability to ever beneficially wield power and authority and produce results which belong only to God who alone wields creative power and ability to empower life, love and liberty.
In the end, the devil and his angels and all humans who followed his ways will experience the second death, the eternal lake of fire. ( Rev. 20:10 ) In the end, it will be proven that Satan - who was not part of the creation sequence and equation as Christ was ( Jn. 1:3 , Heb. 2:10 ), who is not part of the "glue" which holds all things together ( Col. 1:16-17 ), and who, if he witnessed the event, certainly did not grasp the significances of the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world (compare Rev. 13:8 , 1 Cor. 2:8 ) - is not only completely incapable of ruling in such a way so as to bring forth the beneficial life of God, his acts as a world leader will rightly earn him his eternal destiny in lonely fiery torment. Satan's rebellious attempt to take his place beside God, his attempt to grasp equality with God (see Phlp. 2:6; top ), will unquestionably end in failure and eternal punishment.
When the conservative party in this country - and indeed all parties political or otherwise - recognize the inability of physical earthly power to overcome the strengths ranged against them, those elect of God will shake off all deceptions and cry out for the one and only solution to this world's problems - the return of the true King, Christ Jesus. The Spirit and the Bride will one day cry out in unison and unity, "Come, Lord Jesus!" And in the midst of these cries He will return to rescue and recover His own and draw all things to Himself. ( 1 Ths. 4:16-17 , 1 Cor. 15:22-26; top )
It will happen. It is inevitable.
Let he who has ears hear.
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