As we locally move into a mandatory panic over a virus, I had a correction or five, and I want to mention John's comment that his kids were going out to get food and they had more deaths that week in his little county that we had in our nation. Things could be bad. Really bad. .
So if you will bear with a shorter introduction, it is worth considering this: all nations will bow the knee. To Christ. I can't find anything about empires. I can find a lot about every tribe and tongue and nation. Some of the preaching is to the Nation of Israel, talking about a restoration, when we will give up our ideologies and idols as a child abandons his toys for something better.
And we will not be bowing to the spirit of this age, but to Christ.
20 “Assemble yourselves and come;
draw near together,
you survivors of the nations!
They have no knowledge
who carry about their wooden idols,
and keep on praying to a god
that cannot save.
21 Declare and present your case;
let them take counsel together!
Who told this long ago?
Who declared it of old?
Was it not I, the Lord?
And there is no other god besides me,
a righteous God and a Saviour;
there is none besides me.
22 “Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
23 By myself I have sworn;
from my mouth has gone out in righteousness
a word that shall not return:
‘To me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear allegiance.’
24 “Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me,
are righteousness and strength;
to him shall come and be ashamed
all who were incensed against him.
25 In the Lord all the offspring of Israel
shall be justified and shall glory.”
15 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished.
2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. 3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
“Great and amazing are your deeds,
O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!
4 Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
In this time I am beginning to understand better why prudence and wisdom are needed. We are dealing with a group of people who are becoming more irrational by the day. The rage and want control. The prudent, discreet, and wise thing would be to leave them alone.
But we no longer have that option, for they won't leave us alone. The situation in Melbourne is now Auckland without the cops beating people up (yet). You can't leave.
And our church wants to plant multiple congregations, and empower fellow churches to divide and spread, across that place. For it is far better to bend the knee now willingly than find yourself on your knees before a righteous judge. He will show that you have not kept your own standards, and correct them on how they were not his.
Let the elite rage. We are not of this world, and death has no hold on us. The virus matters less than the despair fear of the virus causes. So do not be craven. Stand up, and praise God.