One of the the things that is a pattern is that those who become powerful, rich, successful stop ascribing this to the mercy and goodness of God and start thinking this is their doing. This is seen in their actions and words: they lose sensitivity and they become tone deaf.
So it is with nations. A nation is bought to success because of the evil elsewhere, and then thinks that regardless of what they do, the blessings of God will remain with them.
But that is not the case. God has a point where he raises another nation, for our iniquity has reached an end game.
We will see the fall of the global rainbow. Not sure when, but probably in my lifetime, and I’m on the back nine. We will see the nations realize that they cannot rely on the promises of social welfare.
We will see people return to hearth and home. And cleave to God.
The state will be seen as a necessary evil.
12 When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes. 13 For he says:
“By the strength of my hand I have done it,
and by my wisdom, for I have understanding;
I remove the boundaries of peoples,
and plunder their treasures;
like a bull I bring down those who sit on thrones.
14 My hand has found like a nest
the wealth of the peoples;
and as one gathers eggs that have been forsaken,
so I have gathered all the earth;
and there was none that moved a wing
or opened the mouth or chirped.”
15 Shall the axe boast over him who hews with it,
or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it?
As if a rod should wield him who lifts it,
or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!
16 Therefore the Lord God of hosts
will send wasting sickness among his stout warriors,
and under his glory a burning will be kindled,
like the burning of fire.
17 The light of Israel will become a fire,
and his Holy One a flame,
and it will burn and devour
his thorns and briers in one day.
18 The glory of his forest and of his fruitful land
the Lord will destroy, both soul and body,
and it will be as when a sick man wastes away.
19 The remnant of the trees of his forest will be so few
that a child can write them down.
20 In that day the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more lean on him who struck them, but will lean on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
25 Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? 26 And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? 27 But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.” 28 So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from? But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know. 29 I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.” 30 So they were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31 Yet many of the people believed in him. They said, “When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?”
32 The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him. 33 Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little longer, and then I am going to him who sent me. 34 You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come.” 35 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36 What does he mean by saying, ‘You will seek me and you will not find me’, and, ‘Where I am you cannot come’?”
The current world wants our hearts cold and us divided. We are to hate and fear those who do not follow the guidelines, break the rules, because we are told to fear a virus. We have lost our empathy for the fallen.
This is leading too many people to retreat from this world, because it is fallen.
It’s not a coincidence that upon my repentance, I wanted to escape from the cities and go into the woods. Perhaps the cities were of God during the Byzantine era, but I don’t need to tell you how they are now. My current life is essentially about creating a little bubble of monasticism in my mother’s living room where I can pray and fast while keeping away from worldly temptations. It’s getting to the point where even a weekly visit to the supermarket is chafing to me because of having to endure the extreme secularity of public spaces.
Sticking our head out of the trenches is difficult. There are those who want us to be enslaved to their fear and hate, and not act so we never offend the roving social media hate packs.
But Christ did that. He taught openly. He proclaimed his resurrection before it came. Though the authorities sent troops to arrest him.
At this time we need to preach the love of God. For nothing else will drive out fear, the fuel of the woke.
For they know no one loves them.