The Rebel’s Spirit of Invincibility

“I wish there were no need for this book. But someone burned down the Victoria Islamic Center in Victoria, Texas, hours after the announcement of the Trump administration’s Muslim ban.” so is the opening line in ANTIFA: The Anti-Fasist Handbook – [Copyright © 2017 by Mark Bray]

With Bray’s book used to help justify the movement, ANTIFA has become what Antony Muller calls, “anti-capitalists”, “militant protesters that use violence” and have shown “fascism characterizes their own”. (LINK) Attorney General William Barr said of them, “There are some groups that don’t have a particular ideology, other than anarchy and there’s some groups that want to bring about civil war” (LINK)

The reason for the post is that events in Portland and other major cities: (ie) attacks on federal courthouses and the headquarters of a police union, hurl rocks and bottles at cops, riots and burnings, with national troops being called out, can make one wonder what is going on in this country.  Clearly there are groups that would like to see the United States fall into its next civil war.

Is this the start of a civil war?  Is this the beginning of the end for the United States?

I believe Scripture helps answer these concerns.

Many know of the passage: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars” in Matt 24:6 and start pointing to it as a sign when war is in the air. However, Christ clearly adds this in Matt. 24:6b:

“..See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet”.

The history of man is essentially the history of war. So just because words of war are in the media, Jesus says, don’t be alarmed. This is how it has always been. Look at the words of the Psalmist:

 Psalm 2:1 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?

Noting only the last 200 years, a period that society calls “enlightened,” “educated,” and “civil,” and beyond the antiquated beliefs of the past, history is still that of war. World War I was supposed to be the war to end all wars. About 20 million people were killed. But soon after, came World War II, which claimed 60 million lives.  More wars have followed with over 40 political assassinations, over 50 personal revolts, and more than 170 social revolutions, either political, economical, racial, or religious.

The Psalmist helps us understand more about rage to war. He says that all of this hate comes from a rebellion against God:

Psalm 2:2,3 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”

The Anointed is Jesus the “Christ” or “Anointed One”. The goal of all rebellion is Lordship. The ANTIFA youth want to be the lords of the land NOW and not wait until they are older and wiser. The phrase in the passage, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” is like saying “We are in bondage here under this system and its leaders.  We need to break the “chains” of bondage and “fetters” and become our own lords.” This picture we saw on display in part of Seattle called “CHOP”.

But the unrest will not stop if ANTIFA were to get its way in their lordship aspirations. The problem for them is that there is a greater Sovereign Lord that remains unthroned. The Sovereign Lordship of Creator God, Yahweh, is the real problem with all rebels. Those that do not submit to the Great God of Heaven will live a life of endless rage, anger, and hate not just with other men, but with God Himself. The Psalmist gives God’s thoughts on the rebels.

Psalm 2: 4  He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.

It’s easy to become euphoric after a battle victory.  But God is not impressed with your win. Nations show their might with a great military of warships and planes and after destroying their enemy think of themselves as invincible. 

“Who can stand this might?” they may say. 

God is not impressed and chuckles.  

Maybe a terrorist group with bombs strapped to them hit the mark and kills 2000 enemies. 

“Were we not clever? We outsmarted them. Who can make plans like us?” 

God only smiles at their wit. 

ANTIFA may claim: 

“The protest is growing. “Last night we had 600 and tonight we have over 1000! We are on our way to a revolution!” 

But God is not impressed.

This has been going on from the beginning of time.

No kingdom and no army of the people endures forever. In fact, Scripture says that God Himself places our leaders in their place. (Rom. 13:1) This means that rebels are at times used by God to replace Kings and leaders. So God knew before a rebel planned what would happen in the attack. With the euphoric spirit of invincibility, the winning warriors look for other kingdoms they can lord-over and force into submission. Other lords may fall, but the Great Lord of Heaven will remain.

Psalm 2: 5-6  Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”

The reason God laughs is that His Son is in control of all things. All the scheming and plotting to control the world is rather funny to God as he sees mankind’s movements on earth as grasshoppers. (Isaiah 40:22) God calmly tells the Son with no regard to the armed forces:

“Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” (Psa. 2:8,9)

Here is the point I would like to leave with you.

The world and its leaders have always raged at others, and will always fight over how to run things best in hopes of making this fallen world a better place. Yet the more things change the more they stay the same. (Eccl. 1:9) My advice is not to be too caught up in building a better world but rather expanding the Kingdom of God. This fallen world will not be fixed by a change in leadership. Problems will not cease to exist because of a new and better plan. It is very easy for us to be caught up in change with great hopes for tomorrow. However, in the end, all world systems are history because of who sits on the throne.

The Psalm ends this way:

10  Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.

11  Serve the LORD with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.

12  Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Kiss the Son, or love the Son. Now that would end all rebellion.


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