20 November 2020

This is a time of crisis. It may be the beginning of a conflict, long brewing, between those who consider the end justifies the means and thosw who say the means lead to an end. Those who want to make us better, and something inhuman.

But the press seems to only talk about these things. They do not see the big picture. They forget that this generation has a place of witness. Yes, things are getting dark, but we need to take courage.For truth will sneak out.

To speak the truth is now a revolutionary act. To correct sin is deemed hate, and to care for the same sinner, helping him reform, is banned. Some would argue we cannot pray for deliverance from our sins.

For they want us in a hell of our own making. Standing against that kind of evil hurts.

There are two reasons my reality seems significantly different to that of many others.

First, I am convinced that the current spate of lockdowns are too tight, too damaging, too poorly targeted and too fearful. And they have lasted far, far too long.

I can support reasonable measures here and there. However, putting everyone out of work for six months or more, making people wear masks on the street and closing beaches reeks of madness.

These policies are hugely popular. A family member defended the outdoor mask policy by saying, it will make people remember there’s a pandemic on.

Forcing everyone to wear a pink tutu would achieve the same but no one’s suggested it yet.

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I wish I were helped to keep my sanity in these trying times.

I have cut the MSM to basically zero (I can’t escape them by virtue of my job, but other than that, they’re dead to me). I pray and try to keep serene.

But I think I should be helped. And I am not.

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We want, in this season, a church of our design, for this generation. I belong to a church that is building places right now -- even though we have many old buidlings ruined. Because we need a place to worship. because we need our own platforms: the public places we have hired are being shut from us.

But the passage today is more about something greater. The Spirit of God is with the people of God, who meet in the name of Christ. But David was given a prophecy here which does not apply to Solomon and his temple. That fell. But the church of Christ is a living temple, and that will never be destroyed, for it is made up of generation upon generation of people save d by the blood of Christ.

1 Chronicles 17:1-15

17 Now when David lived in his house, David said to Nathan the prophet, “Behold, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.” 2 And Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.”

3 But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, 4 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in. 5 For I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up Israel to this day, but I have gone from tent to tent and from dwelling to dwelling. 6 In all places where I have moved with all Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ 7 Now, therefore, thus shall you say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be prince over my people Israel, 8 and I have been with you wherever you have gone and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 9 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall waste them no more, as formerly, 10 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will subdue all your enemies. Moreover, I declare to you that the Lord will build you a house. 11 When your days are fulfilled to walk with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you, 14 but I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.’” 15 In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.

Revelation 22:1-9

22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

6 And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

7 “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, 9 but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”

This is the end we are promised. We will be not be shriven, we will be healted. Our informites, our broken spirit, will be returned. The nations will have their elect healed, and all history will be acknowledged.

Our fruits will be overturned by the love we will find in Christ.

And nothing will be left of the evil which has done us wrong.

Christ will be glorified. May it be his name that we bear.