On our journey toward eternity, we often pass through the valley of “Raging Heathens.”
Ps 2:1-3 “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed (Jesus), [saying], 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”
Their whole premise is a lie. Joh 3:19 says, “. . . men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
No one in heaven or on earth is forced to worship the God of all creation. The people of God and His anointed, Jesus Christ, do NOT have the nations in bondage. They are entirely free to do as they please, and that they do in abundance. Praising God, glorifying His name, is entirely voluntary – those individuals who respond to God’s call joyfully come to salvation. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God” Eph 2:8.
The New Living Bible expresses the heathen’s contempt for God succinctly, “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” Today we are hearing such foolishness as, “Christians are domestic terrorists,” and “insurrectionists.” What foolishness. Whether they like it or not, the United States of America was founded on Biblical principles.
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams, October 13, 1789.
“Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.” –James Madison
Thomas Jefferson is often portrayed as irreligious, bordering on atheisms. Yet, he claimed: “[C]an the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”
The “Raging Heathen” doesn’t only manifest himself in the United States; he is “raging” against all that is called God around the world. The evidence is Jerusalem. God says in 2Ch 6:6,“I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.” Unwittingly, unreasonably, illogically, all the world is against Israel and the Jews. The tiny city of Jerusalem is a thorn in the side of the heathen world. They rage against such a tiny place. Jerusalem’s only true significance is that it is the place on earth where God has chosen to placed His name – and the devil hates it. That tiny thorn so irritates Satan.
In Eph 6:12 Paul explains, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].”
The issue is simply that the mere presence of Godfearing men and women in society threaten the advancement of darkness around the world and restrains the ever increasing wickedness of governments. Evil spirits in high places will do all they can to delay the eventual and inevitable judgment coming upon them from the one and only God of time and eternity. God has given them and their affiliates here on earth enough rope to hang themselves. They have gladly and willingly taken it. That rope is two ended and is called FREEDOM, or Free Will. One end of the rope leads to eternity in the heavenlies with God. The other end falls off into the pits of hell. What is scaring the evil spirits is the frightening sound of approaching hoofbeats as Christ nears riding His white steed (Rev 19) to bring judgment upon them and all the world.
Ro 1:18-32 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools . . . 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient . . . 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
What are they fearful of? Why do the “Heathen Rage?” Cause their judgment is rapidly approaching!
Ps 2:4-5, “ [T]he one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. Then in anger he rebukes them, terrifying them with his fierce fury” NLB.
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