Is this Hollywood's warning to the United States perhaps?
I recently remembered the content of the film V For Vendetta, and realized that it deserved a mention here given all of our other looks at Hollywood's mass conditioning projects.
In my research, I stumbled upon the following video that uses that film for inspiration:
V's Message For The U.S.A (direct link for those who can't view embedded video)
I have to admit that after seeing that, this was the first time it dawned on me that perhaps this growing sentiment of social unrest precipitated by political corruption is exactly what Satan wants. It was also the first time I had viewed a film related to this "the-people-need-to-rise-up" meme that left me feeling a bit uncomfortable. I'm sure that had to do with some of the comments that elevated the individual to the status of demi-god, or master of his/her own destiny, with absolutely no mention of God. Makes sense.
Still, this short video got me thinking about this entire debate and the current political climate in this country in a way I hadn't thought about it to this point. In a sense, things are going according to the pre-determined script so to speak. The question is whether or not the good Lord has decided to allow Satan's plans to come to fruition this time around; whether or not the time of Daniel's 70th Week is at hand. I believe that it is.
Actually, we know that it is because of the multitude of signs all around us to suggest that logical conclusion. In addition, we know that this is also what Satan wants (political and social unrest in as many different places around the world as possible) because he needs a world in disarray and disorder before the Antichrist can rise to power and establish a New World Order (a.k.a. the prophesied One World Government) to fulfill his own misguided prophecy involving "order out of chaos", right?
I guess my point to all of this is that for anyone who thinks that Christians have no business reporting on and writing about such things ("Why spend so much time trying to expose the enemy?" they ask) I would counter that this is precisely one function (notice I said it's only "one function") of an end times prophetic ministry.
By shining the light of truth on the darkness of deceit wherever it may be found, perhaps we can expose the real truth of reality to people, and stimulate them enough to want to wake up, seek more truth, and make a decision for Jesus Christ before it's too late since they now know that prophecy is unfolding all around them at a quickening pace. At the same time, it's important to balance all of this with sound doctrine and a sound spirit.
What do I mean by that? That we need to rest in the Lord and cling to His Word more than ever before. You know, if I'm being completely transparent here, then you need to know that lately I've been changing my tune a bit on all of this. Let me explain.
Yes, I want to point to all the chaos and deception that exists and use it to prove to the skeptics (as well as to the Christians who don't study prophecy) that they can trust the Bible and it's prophecies about these last days and what's coming. There's always been a small part of me that wants to stand up for truth and justice and defend and protect my family especially when things get rough (assuming we're still here). I don't think there's anything wrong with that. That's what a Christian, man, husband, father, citizen is supposed to do. Right?
However, where I've been "changing my tune a bit on all of this" is in regards to what our response should be in the face of such tribulation. I'd say I'm a little conflicted at the moment. Sure, I recognize the need to stand up for righteousness and truth especially when tyranny runs rampant, but to what end? There seems to be an extremely fine line and a delicate balancing act that one needs to maintain. I was thrilled to see that New Wineskins had something to say about this very same subject the other day (proof that the Holy Spirit is preparing the Bride?), and I strongly encourage you all to read it. I don't think either of us is suggesting that faith and waiting on the Lord means you become irresponsible and physically inactive and/or unresponsive in the face of pure evil. But again, it also doesn't mean you take full control of matters into your own hands either, leaving God completely on the sidelines. There just seems to be a balancing act that's required of us here.
Of course, prayer and repentance is key. I long to be like the famous men and women of the Bible who were such prayer warriors in the sense that they knew exactly how to pray, when, and for how long in the face of uncertain odds. I'm not saying I don't employ those tactics each and every day myself already, but I have to admit that I've always felt like I could learn how to "pray better" so that I can utilize that spiritual weapon properly. Does that make sense?
I think ultraguy nailed it when he wrote the following:
In a well-known passage with particular meaning for me (Isaiah 40:31) we read, in the ESV: “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
In Psalm 37:9, we’re advised: “For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.” and later in that chapter, in verse 34, “Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.”
And in Psalm 27:14, we’re told, “Wait for the Lord ; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!“ It’s a command, stated twice for emphasis.
One of the usages I find most germane, but also difficult in the current political climate of growing distrust in secular government and elected leaders is found in Proverbs 20:22: “Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; wait for the Lord , and he will deliver you.”
It’s tough because, for those who are God-centered (and even for many who aren’t but who have an innate, God-given sense of justice they ache to see fulfilled) there’s this tension between waiting (and trusting) that God’s justice will prevail in His time and His way… and taking action to hurry it along. Am I being called, we might ask ourselves, like the founders of this country sensed they were, to loose the chains of tyranny and protest in the streets… or does God have greater things in store for which we ought rather to pray and wait with eager, even joyful expectation?
It’s a balancing act as old as humanity. The Bible is filled with men (and women) who got impatient and ended up mucking things up both for themselves and for those around them. In fact that impatience seems characteristic of the big men (and some women) in the Bible, both good and bad: Adam, Abraham, David, etc.
When the source of injustice and tyranny seems to increasingly personify evil itself, the waiting for God to act gets even harder, even as it becomes more essential. Yet we must. Even when things slide over into outright blasphemy.
There are some good follow-up comments from people to that column there. Some mentioned World War II, and ultraguy was quick to point out the role that fervent prayer played during those tumultuous times.
I think that's the point for us here today. There seems to be this growing shout from the Holy Spirit to learn how to put on the whole armor of God properly, to learn what the spiritual weapons of warfare are, and to learn how to use them properly because in the days and weeks ahead it may be all we have to rely on. That can't be a coincidence. I, for one, am listening and will respond in obedience.
It will be interesting to see how the Lord works this one out within my own life. I mean, I keep thinking about that famous joke, which really isn't all that funny come to think of it. It's about a guy who’s stuck on his roof during a major flood in his town. He prays for God to deliver him. A few minutes later, someone shows up in a life boat and asks if he wants to come on board. The man says no because he’s waiting for God to save him and he continues to pray. The water rises. A few minutes later, a helicopter comes by and offers to pluck him off the roof. The man declines, saying he’s waiting for God to save him. The water rises. As he proceeds to say another prayer the water rises to the point where it overtakes him and he drowns! When he arrives in Heaven he asks God why he didn’t answer his prayers and save him from dying in the flood. God asks him why he never accepted the answer to his prayers in the form of the life boat or the helicopter!
See, there's the delicate balancing act along this fine line I mentioned between trusting the Lord and taking matters into your own hands. How appropriate is that in this day and age? All food for thought and I'm sure we'll be revisiting this topic once more very soon. Still, I can shake one verse in particular!
Proverbs 20:22 -- "Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee."
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