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The Celestial and the Terrestrial

News of Heaven and Earth

A Christian Review
of recent and not so recent events
in terms of News from the secular press
with Appendix on U.N. trends

Rev. Dr. Robert Donaldson

Published by World Wide Web Witness Inc. JUNE 1997
ISBN 0 9586992 8 3

The introduction may look cool, but the earth is not.

Events on this earth have been engulfing civilisation in a way which is just, often atrocious, for many confusing, and accurately predicted as penalty for unbelief in the Lord Jesus Christ who did all, offered all, sacrificed all, that this prodigious celestial action, wrought and taught on earth, might become a pronouncement, a payment and a delight for many. Most do not want the only sinless Saviour the world has known, the only One authenticated by reason and revelation, history and life.

It is like a cancer operation: the results of not having it can be atrocious: but then, as the French put it, what would you ? That is the nature of cancer.

This is the nature of sin, and the world, as shown in the 18 news items considered with the eye of faith, with the relish of reason and in the light of revelation. Often these items represent earthly symptoms of spiritual sickness, earthly blindness to spiritual dimensions, earthly folly before celestial wisdom. It is well to reflect on the topsy-turvey character of much, and to see the image when it is not inverted!

These items, often of crucial significance, may be followed in order from the Contents page. This lists the 26 Report-Reviews, and the 3 Appendices.

It is my hope that those reading these pages will become as interested in things celestial as their own origin from that source makes right; as understanding of things on earth as the needs of that planet requires in the Lord, and know the Lord Jesus Christ, without whom there is quite simply, no light.

At no time would I rather have lived on earth than this - unless perhaps when Christ was actually here, but then I may soon see Him returning, which has its own intrinsic delight. It is a time of fulfilled prophecy, of desolation for all philosophy which accordingly has modishly invented anti-philosophy in understandable disgust, for all evolution, which writhes and squirms like angry worms trying to turn, but finding it scarcely in their nature; for all political philosophy which has its works to attest where it has come from; as also do the millions of squandered bodies and agonised minds it has afflicted.

The hope that Zechariah spoke of, and Marx abused -"Turn to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double to you ... and the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of His people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon His land", is available to all who are the Israel of God, the called New Covenant people to whom those who believe in the Old Covenant will assuredly be added, with specifications of their own as all God has said is fulfilled: though with no other status than this: CHRISTIANS.

That hope ? As Isaiah put it, "There shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people: to it shall the Gentiles seek, and His resting place shall be glorious" (11:10). "A light to the Gentiles" (49:6) is He, and as Isaiah again says in 62:1, 65:10-13, it is in terms of the Messiah, the Christ crucified at the time of death Daniel predicted, it is to Him, the Lord Jesus Christ to whom all must come in one way, whatever may be their background.

This is a time for turning and returning to the Lord, for nations to do so, for individuals, for families; a time for Christian families to solemnly affirm their covenant obligations in the Lord, with their children - their prayers guaranteed access, with their lives, their works and their words. It is a time of delight in the Lord (Isaiah 58:10-14, Psalm 37:1-7), in which His day of rest is the time for devotion and mercy, as He has provided. It is a time for love and unity amidst the people of the Lord, in massive co-operation without the Judas-look ecumenism which starts without foundation and is to end without glory.

It is a time to seek for the lost with a compassion born of love, and to love one's enemies with a magnanimity born of Him who cried, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." It is a day in which to forget vengeance, to abhor iniquity, to compromise in nothing, and to overflow with grace. It is a day in which virtue must once again be prized, and gracious acts in a gracious spirit must be conjoined with fire in the heart, the word of God that animated Jeremiah, and boldness in the faith. It is a day for repentance, national and personal, and for seeking the Lord for:-

"You shall seek Me, and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, says the Lord" (Jeremiah 29:13-14). God is no respecter of persons, and to one and to all He so declares. "Seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you."

To the Christian who is one indeed, not in name only, who knows Romans 6 and I John 3, neither sunk in sin nor sunk in pride, there is this message: "Behold I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it: for you have a little strength, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name" - Revelation 3:8. To the seeker who has not found, this comes: "I am the door, by Me if any man enter, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture" - John 10:9.

If you do not want to enter, yours is the cancer; if you do, then enter! There is no such shepherd as this One! He is worthy by virtue of creation and redemption; and if the latter be stringently limited, yet sure it is that if you enter that door, it is yours; and if you do not receive Him, there is no cover for you. God however knows His own, and these only He has covered, though His offer is as sincere as the beauty of the rose, as wide as the ocean and as deep as space (I John 1:9-2:2, Colossians 1:19-23, Romans 8:32, John 10:26, 8:44, Isaiah 53:5 - those whose iniquities He bore, are those 'healed' by His stripes: are you ?).

Indeed, all this He has created, and a clean heart, it is this which He only can create. Why be polluted ? Come to Him!

My father in law had for many years, indeed till he passed from this world, in large and conspicuous writing on one of his farm buildings, clearly visible from the road, the first words from this verse:

"Seek the Lord, while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon."

What more unrighteous than this, to doubt Him in His salvation, to ignore Him in His prodigy, His offer, or not to follow Him in His way - that highway of holiness in which the wayfaring men, though they be fools, shall not err! (Isaiah 35:8, Luke 14:27-33). What more delightful than that: "He delights in mercy" (Micah 7:18-19)!

You may care, after seeing the 20 News Items, to ponder:

1) Appendix 1, on international prospects and progressions towards the end appointed ...

2) Appendix 2, an illuminating and scripturally based parallel from ancient times, that focusses the real plight of the earth in which we live ...

3) Appendix 3, dealing with Magical Naturalism as:

The Extrapolation of What does not Exist, or if you prefer:
The Magnification of What is not There. 

Here we consider the Vacant House of Naturalism, that Other House, the Devils to Fill it ... and The Advent of Holy Housing.

To that, let this be added:

He who is "the first and the last" (Isaiah 44:6), that One God who, in the love of the Father has provided the Son for a path of peace for man (Isaiah 48:16, Colossians 1:19-23), unveils these words (Revelation 5:12):

"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing." Amen. With the Father, He abides, "the first and the last" - Revelation 2:8; and from their throne proceeds "a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal". And what is cited ? This: "For Thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." So is His gift available to all who come to Him as He is, in terms of His Gospel as it is, has been and will be (Galatians 3; 5; Romans 3,5,8, Revelation 14:3).