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20 November 19

You may stand in the holiest of holies: you may have dedicated your life on climbing the academic and ecclesial pole to become an archbishop, a moderator, a cardinal. You may consider your word feared. You may consider you can proclaim anything, as you stand in the seat of Peter. you can embrace those who are like you, and who hate the gospel.

Such people should fear. The heirarchies they have made will not last, for the church is not its leaders, it is not owned by a trust, nor is it a democracy. It is the kingdom of God, ruled by a righteous monarch, who is Christ.

And he allowed the temple to fall.

Matthew 23:37-24:14

37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! 38 See, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

24 Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. 2 But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ’, and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then many will fall away[a] and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

One of the temptations at this time is to despair. To give up because evil is everywhere. We should instead rejoice. It is not our job to convert the nations. It is our job to proclaim the gospel to the whole world.

For Christ has already conquered Satan and Hell. He is giving us time to repent, for the very world we live in will pass away.