In the opening chapter of our collective story, while man still walked with YHVH in His garden, the serpent beguiled our progenitors into abandoning their inheritance, and taking up a dark path away from their creator using the very words of YHVH Himself. In the wilderness, while our Lord hungered, the accuser of the brethren sought to tempt Him using, again, the words of the Most High.
A man much wiser than myself once said, “there is nothing new under the sun.” Likewise, there is nothing new in the serpent’s approach to turning men towards accomplishing his aims. He works by twisting pliable minds around the truths of God until the lies he devises have been cast like shadows over our understanding. He preys upon our reliance on YHVH, as a lion preys upon the young, and weak. He strives to separate us from the source of our substance, until the solid ground of truth has been replaced by the shifting sand of subjective belief.
It’s not often that we cast a second glance at the ground upon which we stand, much less make a concerted effort to study out that which holds up our inner world. On what have we built our homes? This is a question that many of us unfortunately don’t ask often enough.
I’ve laid that out in an effort to highlight a danger that I see as a very real possibility in our collective future. To make use of a boxing analogy, I believe it’s going to come as a 1, 2 punch, and it has the potential to catch a lot of people off guard. I’ll do my best to direct attention to where I think the blows will be delivered from.
Having exposure to American Christianity from inside the church, I’m concerned with how Genesis 12:3 is manifested in the culture. There is a blind devotion, and fanaticism to this idea that leaves no question in my mind it is driven more by superstitious adherence to an “off limits” tradition, than by any discerned truth regarding the matter. Now I’m sure this will get me labeled as anti-Semitic, but it’s a subject that needs to be talked about.
My next concern stems from a increasingly popular view that our next President here in the US has been divinely appointed. I don’t necessarily have an objection to that in principle, but my caution with this, again, comes from how it could manifest in those who believe it. It’s like anything else that gets attributed to God, it has the potential to evoke fanatical adherence, especially so if it can facilitate a catharsis. Considering the enormous amount of resentment, and animosity that is bubbling up towards Islam in the West, I think this is an appropriate concern.
Given the situation we find ourselves in at the moment, I see the perfect storm of a new “holy war” forming on the horizon, and it’s got me very worried. Besides the obvious threat of death, and destruction that comes with war in general, I see an even greater danger here.
I opened my post with an emphasis on how Satan has consistently used scripture as a platform to try and manipulate man, so lets go full circle with that.
The enemy has clearly known the sequence of events which lead to the salvation of Israel, and the establishment of messianic rule, at least since the prophesies of Ezekiel were recorded in chapters 36 through 39 more than 2500 years ago. Is it possible that Satan has positioned world events in order to manipulate followers of Jesus Christ into fighting a war that looks the part of Armageddon/Gog Magog? Could all of this be part of a grander scheme by the deceiver to set the stage for a great deception to roll out without suspicion, or resistance?
Again, I understand that the premise behind this question brings the desecration of some “sacred cows,” but I’m wholly unapologetic for wanting to bring attention to this potentiality. I’d rather be an object of scorn, than a stumbling block.
May the Father of Lights illuminate the days ahead of us all, and be the firm ground upon which our faith is built. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.