The Perfect Cure for Politics Is in the Works!
"There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last." On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him, "Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You." And He said to them, "Go, tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.' "Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, 'Blessed is He who Comes in the name of the LORD!'"
Surveys and polls are consistent each time the issue is brought up -- how do people feel about elected officials, particularly the ones at city, state, and federal levels? The responses are primarily negative with a variety of reasons given for those responses.
Topping the list is something called credibility and the fact that politicians are often careless with excessive motion of lips and tongue as they make wild promises which they have no intention of keeping. If each of us had a dollar for each time these characters preached about getting more jobs in the territory they claim to represent there would be no need for anyone having a job -- we'd all be on the gravy train!
And you know, do you not, who is primarily responsible for a tax load that now requires the average citizen to work almost 6 months out of the year to meet all local, state, federal, and "hidden" taxes before getting income which that citizen can claim as his/her own to take home. It can be documented that the date each year upon which the citizen finally begins to take money home after all taxes are paid keeps advancing toward December rather than backing up toward January!
Thirdly, as details (which they like to keep concealed as much as possible) of their salaries and extremely lush "perks" become more known, citizens are quick to recognize there is a vast chasm between what us citizens receive by way of monetary benefits, health care, retirement, etc. as opposed to what the politicians receive -- and they still make the outrageous claim that they represent us and our interests -- yea, sure! At the federal level this is really a wild and crazy situation -- could we stand the shock if we really knew the whole truth about what these people have done and voted for themselves???
By now you should get the picture. To really get an accurate picture of today's political scene, one needs to do a thorough examination of the prophets who lived in the centuries preceding the birth of Jesus. You will discover that far too often those who governed were corrupted and abused their power and privileges excessively at the expense of the citizens. In their ignorance and blindness the leaders (political and religious) ignored the clarion call to repent which God graphically issued through His prophets.
It is not really all that different today except for the fact that our culture simply has more sophisticated and faster ways to express its rebellion against a holy God and that with frequent sanction from elected officials. Occupying the position of first place in our offences is a gigantic pool of blood -- shocking and overwhelming evidence of our willful participation in the violent murders of over 42 million unborn innocent children over a 30 year period in a nation in which people (both elected officials and private citizens) get bent out of shape if someone attempts to legally challenge the use of the phrase, "…one nation under God!" Now then, pause for about 60 or 70 seconds and watch our little number cruncher and see what happens -- the numbers just keep increasing because no one in government has enough guts to aggressively press for legislation which will put an end to this madness! And these same people are too blind and deadened in conscience to realize that the God Whom we claim to trust (inscription on coin and currency in the U.S.) is ultimately going to respond to this blood letting after appeals to repent have been exhausted!
Unborn Babies Killed
since Roe vs. Wade
But hold on -- there's great news. The perfect cure for politics is on the calendar! No, I'm not deceiving you nor building up a false hope, and I'm not living in a dream world either. It's a fact -- it really is going to happen, and what a surprise it is going to be -- politics as we presently have to experience that extremely nauseating spectacle will be forever eliminated!
You may ask, "How can that be?" Actually it's very simple -- Jesus Christ, the living Son of God, is slated to return to this planet at some future point in time and among the most surprised of all people will be those who hold some kind of political power (president, senator, congressman, governor, city mayor, king, prime minister, 2-bit dictator, or whatever) over masses of people! Think of it for a moment -- the power and control which these people have so enjoyed is suddenly taken from them -- it will be
Picture something with which we are all very familiar -- the garbage can -- it's going to be as though all politics (the human forms of attempting to rule or govern, as the case may be) will be thrown into the garbage can!
The statement which best sums it all up is found in the book of Revelation:
Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!"
Revelation 11:15 NKJV
Other details about this earth shaking event are found in such places as:
Isaiah's prophecy --
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Isaiah 9:6,7 NKJV
The Psalm 2 description of world rulers and their stupidity in thinking they don't have to mind the mighty Creator of this universe -- note how God eventually deals with this situation:
Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, "Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us." He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure: "Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ' 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.'" Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
Psalm 2 NKJV
The apostle Paul's description of the moment when Jesus comes to deal with widespread human rebellion:
….since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.
2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 NKJV
Jude gives a precise description of a future judgment initiated by Jesus Christ and no human rebel is outside the scope of this one, including governing powers:
Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him."
Jude 14,15 NKJV
There will be a point in all this unfolding drama in which the light seems to be turned on and for the first time there is the awful realization that Jesus Christ is indeed returning with the result that powerful rulers and others are overwhelmed by fear -- just as various forms of lowlife under a rotten log scramble for some dark hole in which to hide when they are exposed to bright sunlight at the moment the log has been rolled over, so these will do in similar fashion:
And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"
Revelation 6:15-17 NKJV
However, there will be a final climactic moment when a very outstanding, powerful and influential world leader (commonly referred to as the Antichrist) will succeed in rallying some of the national leaders and their armies in a massive attempt to repel the return of Jesus Christ Who holds the title of King of kings and Lord of lords -- sort of like a mosquito trying to stop an African bull elephant's charge:
And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.
Revelation 19:19-21 NKJV
For the comfort and ongoing encouragement of those true followers of Jesus Christ, Peter says it in a most excellent fashion. After detailing some facts of the coming judgment by fire as opposed to the world wide judgment by a flood at the time of Noah, Peter then declares:
Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which those who are untaught and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, since you know these things beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
2 Peter 3:11-18 NKJV
Remember, the politicians and present day church leaders WILL NOT usher in this glorious environment, but Jesus Christ will. By the way, this also means the elimination of all false religions and practices of the same as well -- among some of the "big" names in religion this would include Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism -- it's not just politicians who are in for a big surprise, huh? How very encouraging in this matter are the words of Paul in his letter to the Philippians:
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV
Limited as we are, we can still get a bit of a handle on the exciting possibilities -- just pondering over that fact that all elected or self established officials will be totally removed from office is an exhilerating thought in itself -- here are some things to bear in mind:
- Jesus Christ will be totally in charge -- no petty "politics as usual" will take place in His administration!
- True justice and honesty are the high standards of His administration with no exceptions! Something unheard of these days!
- Perfection will be the hallmark of all activity that has to do with the lives and circumstances of all citizens on planet earth -- review again the statement previously mentioned in Revelation 11:15.
- There will be a major shift of desire on the part of the people as stated by both Isaiah and Micah -- they actually will want to go to Jerusalem to be instructed in the ways of God (See Isaiah 2 & Micah 4). Politicians these days provide no solid evidence that they are vitally interested in what God desires for our nation -- that is, because He is God Almighty Who holds individuals and nations accountable for their actions, just what is it precisely that He expects from us by way of response and performance!
However, until that glorious moment arrives, be sure to give thanks for that living hope we have in the Lord Jesus Christ:
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
Titus 2:11-14 NKJV
Be sure to faithfully sound the warning:
"Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins."
"When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you shall surely die!' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul."
Isaiah 58:1; Ezekiel 33:8,9 NKJV
And be sure to pray:
It is time for You to act, O LORD, For they have regarded Your law as void. Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold! Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way.
Psalm 119:126-128 NKJV
January 10, 2003
Clayton D. Harriger
Elder in Full Connection
Western PA Annual Conference
The United Methodist Church
and presently pastor of
Gipsy Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
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