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The Australian, March 14, 2002


One can imagine a think-tank in hell.

Ah ha! they say, let us consider how to demolish, devastate or mitigate the power of America.

First, get a lot of neo-evangelicals ready - prepare through diverse false prophets. Then to these add all the lack-lustre compromisers and various sects which can be made accessible to this sort of thing, and to this, the nationalists, internationalists and various oddities of one kind and another. Nationalists add zip to the program as patriotic, internationalists add scope, as far-reaching. It is a blend.

Then, seeing the patriotic fervour, and the desire to DO SOMETHING to this world, in a sort of welling up of the old social gospel fervour, but this time, a we'll put the world right dynamic, USE it, channel it, direct it.

But how ?

Too simple, says a deep voice. He proceeds to orate as follows.

Look! I've often said this of my old firms. Direct their tendencies, seem to agree, attribute your thoughts to them, and they'll love you - just a pleasant form of manipulation, but a lot of that sort of person does not know what he wants, so it helps to get them where they are needed, if you follow me ?

Now, as I've said before, but you don't seem to listen to me, get a US President who will be activistic. Have him stung with outrage, and then with patriotism, and so have him see more and more what the world REALLY NEEDS in terms of US power. Let him be drawn through neo-evangelical stances into some sort of inter-faith dialogue or at least compromising alliance with some false religion in our power, and then, with the zest up and the keenness on edge, let him imagine he can run this world, and so get so deeply involved in so many places simultaneously that frankly he is now your man!

How would this be ? asks a smouldering voice at the back.

Don't you see ? asks the former entrepreneur, his eyes aflame, and indeed a sort of malingering dull fire can be seen in them. He enunciates his position clearly, and we can listen to it now.

WHEN this activistic President of the USA becomes so far extended in his many international enterprises that he CANNOT act in the complex context to which his zeal has led him, EXCEPT with his allies, then his allies can begin to dictate. You need to play the man, the nation. Get them roused and what can they not do ? When it is obvious that they cannot, will they admit it ? If not, then compromise becomes their second name, and all sorts of things go by the board, such as any kind of fidelity to God. When this is done, their power is done likewise.
What precisely can be done to manipulate the nation, then: elucidate! shouted a roused devil.
His eyes had a dull lustre like that of lead when the light of the furnace glows on it. The provocateur, our former entrepreneur looked dimly upon him. A certain seething of spirit appeared to take control of him; but he seemed to shake this off in the interest of his urging, and proceeded to orate. He then replied.
For one thing, they can dictate a much lower profile for the US towards Israel, before the take-over, that is. WE need that in order to defile their pride, and remove ALL thought that God REALLY can direct history from thousands of years before with that effortless ease which makes it come to Zechariah and then to pass as if time were a mere piece of divinely movable furniture. THIS is my interest.

THAT, it WILL be great. Personally, I agree with the Islamic assessment, that the return of Israel to its land is THE CATASTROPHE, and am appalled by all the seedy, silly failure to remove Israel from it,  despite the best intentions of our troops.

The word of God! If, you know, there is one thing I want, it is to dent it. SO Israel goes. This is the first benefit of having an over-extended, super-activistic US President. That in itself is perfectly glorious. Without divine power to aid them, they are OUT. It is always best to breed confusion. Anyway, our rebellion against God MUST be forwarded in all sensible ways, and boy did we give them hell when they followed the teaching of Balaam! Try again, that's what I say. To be sure, they still got to the promised land despite all that, at the time, but it was a set-back, and a masterly one. If you don't lay your chips on the table, what is the good of you. So we are, I take it, in favour of the over-extended US President concept, plus the alliance with false religions concept. For me, for my own part, falsity is truly delightful. To lie is not to die! Well then, that is point one, and with it, point 2.

Then, with all the fuss about the EVIL AXIS and so on, that we are now hearing - for it begins to appear we may be able to USE this President though I am sure that is the last thing he would actually want - we can create more muddle on the earth. Smoke screens are always valuable when you are the weaker party. So what ? Now that we have heard of the fight against evil, so that the 'GOOD' becomes Islamic as well as 'Christian', and 'good teaching' is to be found in its book as well as the Bible, yes it is even characterisable in this way by a PRESIDENT of what was often thought of as a Christian country, we are nearly in the box seat.

You go too fast for me! came a weary voice. What's all this about evil and good ? The eye of the speaker dimmed for a moment, and then as if a surge of volcanic fire scorched even his own internal being, he swayed momentarily before proceeding, the light of his eyes being a sort of sally of darkness visible, black light illuminated by sheer heat - infra-red, it is possible.

Don't you yet see, dull spirit! he cried, a sulphurous flame enveloping him in a malodorous sheet.
Then eyes suddenly black as pitch, but rimmed with a deep red, he proceeded.

The statement of the US President not so long ago was this, that it is a war on EVIL. What is implied ? That the warriors are on the side of GOOD! Why else would they achieve a fight in the name of opposing evil ? Right ? Then Bush has said that the Koran is a matter of good teaching. Right ? What does that mean if it is evil ? How can good teaching be evil. How could it be good if it denies, as it does, the deity of Christ and his atonement, unless this is either wrong or optional ? Now you CANNOT please God without faith, as we know all too well. So this means that this is offensive to God. It is compromising to His name. Worse for Him, it is MIXING His name with what opposes His whole gospel, and then calling this good, and the combination a fight against evil. It is not only in implication, it is in explanation, and he has made it. Whatever he means to do is not here the point; it is what he has done and said.
This mixing is forbidden by God, who permits worship of only One, and INSISTS that EVERYTHING for the Christian be done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:17 - you know, whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ).  Presidents may LOOK AFTER  all the citizens, but when it comes to announcements about the nature of religion, and what is good and bad, they do not cease to be Christians - if such they be - by becoming President. THAT would in itself be political idolatry, putting supreme power into the hands of the nation, to the detriment of the One who puts you there (you know, the case of Sennacherib and the riot act which God had read to Him ? No ? It is in Isaiah 37:21ff.).

Thus, you see, all this alliance of religion and action with Islamic people as such in the name of war on evil and so forth, it is a forbidden mixture and so nothing to do with God.

It is rather delicious you know, for it is a mere provocation to Him, as I myself so well have learned.

At this point, he casts a look down to the lower dias where the devil is listening in with some interest, rather like a saint's eyes aloft, but in reverse. Some sort of communication seems to be made with the depths below and some kind of force seems to be received by the speaker from that infernal source. The orator then continued to address the denizens of hell.
It is something like the action  in the days of Balaam, when Israel offended against God. Weaken their connection by lust or idolatry, anything will do, and they are putty. They say, If God is for you, who can be against you, but when God is against what you are doing, look out! It is never good to under-estimate the opposition!
God does not honour false alliances, you know, the pure and the impure, the truth and the idol (as in Zephaniah 1, and notoriously in II Chronicles 19), so you have a spoke in the works there, grit in the gizzards of the US operation, and on the other hand, the US will feel such a need of HELP that it will bend and bend, until its present degree of compromise will look like a pure mountain stream by compromise.

The formula you want ? Yes here it is: scorch into action, incite to over-extension, endorse false alliances in any biblical terms, surge in with religious compromise for power and unity, always a good lurk, then appeal to pride, cover up the facts, and induce knee bending in the right direction. When they move further from God, they are nearer to us, and we can intervene better and better, until the whole thing is so confused they will  all do almost anything. If they do, what can the Lord do ? Anyway, it is worth a try.

Frankly, joint rebels, we are near the final thrust of this infernal inferno in which we are placed, and if we do not act now, the end is likely to be unrefined if you follow me.

Now listen and listen good, as the Americans sometimes put it.

This this new 'good' that they define so vaguely, and this new 'evil' that they so promisingly make so promiscuous, a sort of cleft in the rock, a specialisation which omits a vast haul of stuff that is completely illicit from their viewpoint NOW (but just wait! just wait!), this is going to lead to confusion of terms and tasks. When the going gets tough as it will, then a massive sweep to pragmatic unity will come, to safe face and get victory over something somehow, and then the way is open.

Thus our force of confusion comes to bear, then there is the way for the throne. You see, the lack of definition, the sweeping ignoring of their basic beliefs and issues (IF they still have such things there), the false combination, the illicit definitions, these things are the very stuff of weakness. Compromising partnerships lead to compromised partners. Thus the way to a new ... shall we say tolerance and breadth of outlook will come, and the combination of religious latitude will soon lead to a loss of independence. Then we can dictate. OUR inclusive religion, satisfactory to all parties, with a touch of human swagger, pride of achievement and desperation, all nicely stirred while the mixture heats, this will come to seem right and good, an  advance step. All sorts of face-savers will of course be brought out (I do it my way through Christ, they their way, but it is all the same God - you know the sort of stuff), but the end is the same. God is compromised, is to be defined in terms of redemption and not-redemption, the cross and not the cross, sending His only begotten Son into the world, and not doing so: a total  calamity of confusion, but good for us!

When this is done, we get our man, and the simplest thing is to make them worship themselves while seeming to worship something higher. One policy is to get our chap to go into the temple and show himself, as in some sort of mannequin parade, that he is GOD! Delightful really. It plays to humanism, secularism, mysticism, philosophy, convenience and all the rest. Besides this is precisely what God forecasts will happen in II Thessalonians 2. Nice of Him to show us the way.

Now WHEN our guy does this, we use his place to dictate - you know, like Mugabe, but in our case, it will not be whites, but God who is on the execution list. We TRANSFER their thoughts to us, and the battle's on. After all, get the human heart and you can go a long way.

It is so simple that a galah could fly through its hoops. JOIN what is unequal; SEEK what is ill-defined; OVER-EXTEND in compromising partnerships; then BEND to meet the requirements of the partners when things get too much; then learn to COMPROMISE as an art, then bend till they bow, and bowing find ... why they are worshipping our lord here below!


It is time to leave our imaginary think tank, with all its lurid flames. Let us return to The Australian.
Greg Sheridan has often been unusual and sometimes valuable in his work, one finds. This time, once again, his thoughts are not the normal left-tending, radical lostness.

Evaluating the cold war, the 1989-2001 period as the next phase, and the post September 11, 2001 as the third, he considers the first a success, the second somewhat vague and directionless, and the third as potentially having the globally demanding quality of the Cold War. He notes the simple possibility of an atomic bomb being exploded from a ship in the New York Harbour to ensure we do not imagine the thing is simple, over or safe. In 2004, he considers it will still be going, this third phase, this next war.

However, while there has certainly been some sort of victory in the Cold War, in that Russia collapsed and sought assistance, there is far from an assured result. Thus Russia still has much atomic equipment, is closing assiduously all independent news outlets, quietly, firmly, is far from agreeing with Bush on the new situation requiring a substitute for the arms control agreement of the past, and much of its material appears missing, well able to have been sold by impoverished Russian laboratories - a fact well attested, this poverty - to money providers, who want the arms. Where all the plutonium is - this is not known. It may some day be discovered ...

Thus the fact that the assailant has dropped the gun does not mean that someone in the background may not pick up another. There are plenty around in that nation. Since a few only could destroy the practical power of a nation, is that war really won ?

Then again, in the process of the Cold War, the US in Vietnam seemed to follow a containment of Communism policy, much criticised, not a defeat of the nation approach. This helped defeat (as it really was, Cold War 'victory' or not) of the US, with the pleasure of a Peace Prize for the Secretary of State, Kissinger, and a pull-out which allowed the domino theory to fall into place. Thus, in this 'victory', Cambodia contributed its millions of deaths at the hands of wild, disoriented Communists, and Vietnam lost its liberty, such as it had, to fallen ideologists, whose value to the freedom of the individual is near to zero. That is a strange 'victory'.

With such conflicting aims,  confused endeavours, the US got used to defeat, while plausibly talking of victory.

This is helping the mentality envisaged in our 'think tank' imagined above. The alliance with Islam in not a little, is meaning that the explicit, religious enemies of God are now in the cockpit with the US. Strange war, when the enemy is helping fly the craft. To be sure it is a RELIGIOUS enemy of truth, of Christ, of verification and logic (cf. More MarvelsCh. 4), but it is a RELIGIOUS word which has gone with this military alliance, and thus it is two-dimensional. What is its third dimension, this alliance ? It is this. There is a mutual regard and so in co-operation, the weakness of either can infect the other. Thus the slipping of bin Laden away (IF this has happened) would have been far less likely if the rigour of the US procedures had themselves been followed, without 'allowance' for other forces to operate on the field at this sensitive level! That in itself could  lead to enormous cost, since the fanaticism is a way of life, though its end is death.

Thus we are well on the way to a new form of PRACTICALLY EXPRESSED world religious alliance, which independently of all this, is being and has been sought in very numerous ways for well over the last half century, with assiduity, continuity and dynamic thrust*1. It has been using Liberalism to undermine faith, to give some laggers a chance to seem Christian while irrationally denying it - the old 'out' to have your cake and eat it - neo-orthodoxy to confuse the issue by definitional innovation, neo-evangelicalism, to cover the cost by using forms without appropriate action to go with it. This in part is exhibited in the vast, and base betrayal of the Protestant liberty, so costly to obtain from Rome in the Reformation days, on the part of so many such as occurred with the Graham thrust to such practical synthesis in evangelism (cf. A Question of Gifts Sections VI and VII, The Kingdom of Heaven Ch. 7).

That however is merely one illustration. The insistence that the Bible is being followed while its words are simply not implemented, and obviously contradicted is so common in increasing denominations, quite apart from Rome, that the insidious and serpentine moves of yesterday are becoming the all but jovial self-assurance of today.

At the same time, explicit unification of all  religion*2is on the agenda as another element in the disjoining of faith from the word of God and the word of God from man, especially as far as possible, from what calls itself Christian. This has the delightful (from the think tank point of view) result that the actual Christians, who accept the word of God as the Bible so rigorously insists and with such logical triumph (cf. SMR and TMR), these become small enough to be attacked without too much loss.

They then become the 'heretics' (very much the same sort of ploy as was used for centuries by Rome, as in the Inquisition q.v.), and can be 'dealt' with, while the game goes on, and good is called evil more and more. You get it in China just the same, so that the STATE is the only good, though how anything could be 'good' when there is no moral standard but the turmoils of matter, is never clear. If everything merely happens, how could anything happen to be good, of sound kind and true, worthy of acceptance apart from all human endeavour, and directive in kind.

If you HAPPEN to think otherwise, this is a happening, no more. If that is so, GOOD cannot exist.  On the other hand, of course, if all was a mere happening, then your happening to THINK ANYTHING is a happening, and has nothing to do with what is actually the case. It is a mere whirring of the meaningless. Dictation and oppression in the name of this illusory and self-contradictory 'good' then remains ... just that. We are dealing with arrogant or imperially imposed dictatorship precisely as from the days of Genghis Khan, or back further, of the Roman Empire and the like.

THIS HOWEVER IS A MODEL. How could it be 'shameful' to happen to disagree with the happenings in the meaningless minds of people who happen to rule ? ONLY if they had the truth. HOW could they have the truth, if there is no absolute truth, but only interaction ? SINCE on that basis, there is none, how could anyone in theory or practice ever criticise anything ? On what basis ? It is mere preference, and this is mere power politics, the crass result of centuries of drifting from the truth, until the meaningless is master, and matter talks big, and cannot even master itself (cf. SMR pp. 925ff., Barbs, Arrows and Balms 30).

With these political, ideological and religious movements, each playing its part in loosening any grip on reality, logic or reason, on God or truth, while new groups are continually added to the cause, as people now here, now there compromise for lust or fear, for delusion or control, for whatever cause indeed, the Biblical picture is being presented with its normal precision. We are on the way to Revelation 13 and 17, to the self-congratulatory ONE WORLD with is ONE WAY invented by itself from the profundity of its confusion, the desires of its pagan mind and the hopes of its disillusioned fixations, coming like rigor mortis to its demented drives.

It might have seemed impossible to some; but the 20th Century has shown case after case, phase after phase of this craze. It has been exemplified first in Russia, then in China, it has been applied in Cambodia, it is heavy in Iran, Iraq and North Korea, it seethes in the Middle East. To be sure, in some of these cases, Islam is not yet finally mixed, but the battle-field approach is a dynamic to make that more inclusive.

Already, however, it is heavily divided in belief systems. Indeed, this severage is so also in practical approach. Thus the MILITANT MOSLEM is theoretically becoming 'evil' and the PEACEFUL MOSLEM is being a partner. The Koran however is less divided on the topic! (More Marvels op. cit.). Islam's near envelopment of Europe in the 8th century A.D. was not any accident! Nor were its methods ... (cf. esp. SMR pp. 1186Aff., 50).

Thus there is a double division in Islam here, incresingly exacerbating the rational weakness and revelatory non-fulfilments, the logical impasse and the ethical barriers in the demeaning of women, as if even in heaven, it takes several to sate (cf. More Marvels op.cit.).

Meanwhile, a fascinating development is this word from Abdullah of Jordan, concerning the movement out of all the 1967 achievements of Israel (of course that would be half of Jerusalem), and the UN seems much in accord. In Zechariah 14, as the return of the Lord as in 14:5 is near, there is reference to a Jerusalem cut in two, only one half to the Jew. It happened in 1948, and if it recurs, it would be a masterly programmatic development in prophetic terms.

This prophecy, fulfilled over half a century ago,  this division of Jerusalem, with half to Israel, was in force from the first onset: this occurred over the head of the UN, the world representative as it presents itself, being the assembly of nations, itself verbally assailing Israel's place, with Jerusalem denied to Israel;  and the regional nations of Islam the others. Israel prevailed over both together! The half of Jerusalem specified by Zechariah, in Jewish hands, this was one reuslt. If however it happens again, this division of Jerusalem,  this would be a singular reinforcement of the concept. In either case, it is close. This advanced episode has happened, and may recur.

WHAT precisely is close ? What precisely Christ said in Luke 21:24 when the topic was divinely broached. Jerusalem has not only been liberated from being 'trodden down by the Gentiles', in part these 54 years (a sufficient time to characterise the phenomenon, the first time in some 19 centuries, as required for the end in Zech. 12:6 likewise), and in whole some 35 years; but then not this alone, but virtually all the other signals are flapping on their nautical reminder vessels (as shown in SMR Ch. 8 and Answers to Questions Ch. 5).

As to the end of the Age however, let us hear the very words of Jesus Christ: "Now when these things begin to happen, look up an lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."

It is when they BEGIN to happen that this is the case. NOW, this phase may be past, for it is nearly COMPLETE, the array of end-time conditions preceding what He said,  was to come.

What is this which is to occur, when all the preliminaries are finished ? You find it in great detail in Matthew 24 in a somewhat parallel passage, in verses 36-51. There is to be an evacuation, not of the English this time from Dunkirk, in what appeared a frank miracle, but of the Christians from this world (vv. 29-31). This step as in Luke 21: watch, He says, and "pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all theses things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man" (Luke 21:36). That becomes the judgment itself.

Thus comes a time of judgment as shown in Matthew 25:31-46. It is very clear. The unbelievers will be judged for all they failed to do, being self-righteous without Christ, and hence assessable by perfection. The believers, the sheep will be congratulated for what they did right, being covered by His sacrifice. Of course, as in Romans 8, believers have the Spirit of God in their hearts, and this gives power to overcome, not to perfection, but characterisably. Hence there is a categorical difference, as when athletes train, and have their heart in it. IN this case, however, God Himself is in them also, "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27).

Think upon these things.

Remember too these words, spoken to each person in this world, for the young are young, and the old have been young, so that the thing is impactive one way or the other.

But while you think, remember your sins, and seek the Lord, for He will abundantly pardon the seeking heart, the repentant soul (Isaiah 55:6), the believing and contrite spirit (Isaiah 66:2, Psalm 51), which comes to put its trust in Him, only Saviour and sufficient sacrifice.

"Rejoice, O young man, in your youth,
And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth;
Walk in the ways of your heart,
And in the sight of your eyes;
But know that for all these
God will bring you into judgment.

"Therefore remove sorrow from your heart,
And put away evil from your flesh,
For childhood and youth are vanity."

Indeed, it is timely to reflect as does Ecclesiastes Chapter 12, on the demise of spontaneity into the realm of judgment; but with this remember, mercy smiles in the face of judgment (James 2:13, or 'triumphs over judgment').
"Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,
Before the difficult days come,
And the years draw near when you say,
'I have no pleasure in them':

"While the sun and the light,
The moon and the stars,
Are not darkened,
And the clouds do not return after the rain;
In the day when the keepers of the house tremble,
And the strong men bow down;
When the grinders cease because they are few,
And those that look through the windows grow dim;
When the doors are shut in the streets,
And the sound of grinding is low;
When one rises up at the sound of a bird,
And all the daughters of music are brought low;
Also they are afraid of height,
And of terrors in the way;
When the almond tree blossoms,
The grasshopper is a burden,
And desire fails.

"For man goes to his eternal home,
And the mourners go about the streets.
Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed,
Or the golden bowl is broken,
Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain,
Or the wheel broken at the well.

"Then the dust will return to the earth as it was,
And the spirit will return to God who gave it.

ď 'Vanity of vanities,' says the Preacher,

All is vanity.'

"And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright - words of truth.
The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:

"Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is manís all.
For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil."

Ecclesiastes is a word of great penetration, laughing at the sophisticated follies, 'vanities' of this world and its baying and saying, measuring its pretensions and committing them to the grave. The follies of this world proceed, but  the spirit of man must go back to God who made him. (On this book of the Bible, see Barbs, Arrows and Balms 31...) First it happens individually, then it comes en bloc, at the Lord's return and the judgment which follows His rule on this earth (cf. Revelation 20:11ff., cf. Matthew 25:31ff., John 5:19-23,27, Acts 17:31).

What then do you want ?  God. He is available. Man and this world as your summit and peace, or more egregious still, yourself, your 'insights' ? Without God they are less than rubbish, being more assuming in their self-elevation, more ludicrous if possible in their presumption. Truth is not available except from the source beyond limit and sin, and this is only God. Spoil the lens and you spoil the light in its impact. In any case, the lens is not the light. The light which is attested, invested and never rationally contested is the Lord Jesus Christ (cf. SMR Chs. 1,6,10, Barbs, Arrows and Balms 6 -7, Appendix IV, Biblical Blessings Appendix IV, Repent or Perish Chs.  2,  7). God has acted. Have you reacted ? or responded ?

The irresponsible response is not to respond.


See Acme, Alpha and Omega Ch. 9, News,  Facts and Forecasts  8, 14 15, Repent or Perish Ch. 5, Spiritual Refreshings Ch. 3.

*2 As for * 1 above, together with Benevolent Brightness ... 87, News, Facts and Forecasts 13.