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Choose Your Ruts Wisely…

Back in the day when there were few paved roads and thin tires on vehicles, it often happened in the climates subject to freezing and thawing that ruts would form on the dirt roads during the wet, muddy season. During the winter months these ruts would freeze into deep tracks that were impossible to deviate from without great difficulty and/or damage to your vehicle.

An observation of this reality was posted on a road sign placed where each passing driver that arrived at this spot would have to choose to go to the right or to the left. The sign simply said,

“Choose your ruts wisely,

you will be in them for the next 200 miles.”

In the previous post, it was observed that like this rule of the road, we all have a normalcy bias that makes it difficult for us to even accept a challenge to our mindset. In fact, the further down the road that we go with an idea of what is normal, the more difficult it is for us to go back and choose a different path.

With this reality before us, I will readily admit that now that I am in my 7th decade of life, it is very hard to accept deviations from my perception of what is normal. It is therefore necessary for me to simply ask the Lord to make me more teachable and to never become a slave to my normalcy biases. I would invite the reader to do likewise…

Charles Ryrie, author of the Ryrie Study Bible and many commentaries on the Scriptures wrote the following in the forward to Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s book, “In The Footsteps of the Messiah”. This is in regard to eschatology or the study of biblical prophecy. He writes:

“Eschatology seems to suffer at the hands of both its friends and foes. Those who play it down usually avoid assigning specific meaning to prophetic texts. Those who play it up, often assign too much.”

So, the challenge is to use caution when studying Biblical prophecy. Like all scripture we must understand the context of the passage before making too much of it or too little of it when applying it to current events. So my approach here is to speak more broadly of current events and more specifically when dealing with what it appears that Scripture actually teaches.

What In The World…????

In the previous post (click here to refer to it in a new window), I made reference to ‘the plan’ that psalm 2 alludes to. There were four points given that common reason would state are basic requirements for such a plan to exist. Here is the first of those requirements:

“It would have to have a great deal of centralized planning that would transcend many generations of adherents of ‘the plan’.” This points to a basic truth revealed in scriptures regarding the world order in which we live. The Greek language calls it the ‘kosmos’. (see for example Matthew 16:26)

In the Greek worldview, there was a pantheon of supernatural beings or gods that shaped the world and ordered its events. Accordingly, mankind was responsible to these gods and it was necessary to supplicate them by various means. This usually involved some form of sacrifice, both personal and corporate.

The point being that there is a universal recognition that there are supernatural beings that transcend generations of men. For the pagan mindset, there exists a pantheon of gods whose favor must be sought and gained. The Scriptures teach a very different story regarding the supernatural.

In the book of Genesis, the creation of the world and mankind is described as having taken place in six, literal 24 hour days. At the end of that creation, there was no evidence of death, no evidence of ‘survival of the fittest’, no evidence of a transition from primordial slime to intelligent creatures with the capacity to build great kingdoms. In fact, everything created had the appearance of age and perfection. Such was the case that when God, the creator rested from His works, He declared it all to be ‘very good’. (Genesis 1:31)

Yet when we look at the world order or kosmos today, we see that while there are elements of goodness in it, generally speaking, the world is in a state of decline and decreasing order. Even scientists, that generally disdain the supernatural, recognize this principle and label this encroaching chaos (of closed systems) as following the first law of thermodynamics or ‘entropy‘….So, what happened?

The End Game

According to the Scriptures, the man and woman that God created and gave charge over His creation stopped listening to God and started listening to God’s creation. When they did this, the authority over God’s creation was forfeited and given to the creature that deceived them.

We recognize this deceiver as Lucifer, son of the morning… a kind of super angel that God had created.(Isaiah 14:12) His plan was to snatch dominion over the earth from God by deceiving the man into thinking that God’s character was not good. (Genesis 3:1-7)

Having accomplished this goal, Lucifer was cursed by God with the declaration that God would raise up a redeemer from among the children of men to crush Satan’s head, even though Satan would be allowed to bruise the Redeemer’s heel. (Genesis 3:15). In addition, the goodness of creation was ruined as this curse was extended to mankind (Romans 8:22,23). A mortal existence of pain and suffering has been the result. (Genesis 3:16-19)

With this as background (a reminder to many readers…thank you for your patience), we see that ‘the plan’ to rule the world is a plan for Satan to deceive countless generations of mankind into worshipping the creature rather than the creator. (Romans 1:25). Satan made this goal clear when he came to tempt the Redeemer in the desert:

“And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.””

Matthew 4:9 NKJV

This is the goal of His central plan throughout the ages. It shines a light onto what is happening in our world today. Keep in mind that the operating principle of Satan is deception and that we, as natural creatures, have lost our connection with God. Without that connection, we are that much more easily deceived and manipulated into doing Satan’s will. He does this by subtly making us believe that we are following our own will and desire.

Time to Step On the Brakes…
“It has been said that the only unchanging things are death and taxes, but given recent events and the new ways that they have found to tax and kill us, we may have to rethink even this”…….A. H.

This is where our rut of normalcy bias will take us down the road of no return. We need to stop and consider what the devil has deceived us into thinking is normal. He wants to keep us ignorant of the real danger until it is too late.

A local pastor recently gave an insightful quip, saying: “It has been said that the only unchanging things are death and taxes, but given recent events and the new ways that they have found to tax and kill us, we may have to rethink even this”. So, change is inevitable and we need to be willing to consider it.

This brings us to our current events. What is currently being revealed in our world are ‘the depths of Satan’ that we ‘normies’ can scarcely imagine. We are discovering that to an astounding degree, our world is run by Satanists. By this, I don’t mean that many of those in power are merely influenced by Satan due to ignorance. I mean that it is being revealed that many, if not most of those who are given political power, are literally worshippers of Satan with all that it implies.

They have infiltrated every sector of society and largely operated in the shadows. However, as their schemes are being exposed, their tyrannical tactics are becoming more brazen, even threatening the world civilization to the point of near extinction. (if you don’t believe that this is happening, just wait…). This is often the only way to explain the seemingly irrational decisions and authoritarian mandates being applied on a global scale.

Divine Halitosis…

This exposure is happening because God is still on the throne and He is still operating as a restraining influence. He uses men and women who still possess a fear of God as instruments to expose and fight against such evil. Although we cannot know all that is happening behind the scenes, we can be assured that as long as God’s church is still present on the earth, the restraining power of His Holy Spirit is still active.

“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains [will do so] until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.”

2 Thessalonians 2:7-8 NKJV

God has revealed that there is a time coming, sooner than our normalcy bias would have us to believe, when evil will no longer be restrained. The Holy Spirit will be removed from the earth along with the church that He indwells. (1 Thessalonians 4:17) This will be followed by a demonic globalist hell that will engulf the earth for seven years* before the Lord destroys them that destroy the earth. (Revelation 11:18)

That is some bad breath that you will definitely want to avoid…As we consider God’s plan in the next few posts, it may be necessary for you to step on the brakes and back up out of your current rut.

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*Daniel 9:27 reveals a ‘prophetic week’ of years. i.e. as there are seven days in a week, so there are seven years in this prophetic week. The nightmarish character of this week is revealed in other scriptures.

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