The nature of fear

In the previous entry I made the claim that the anti-Christ of the Bible can only refer to the Roman church, specifically its system of worship. The Reformers were all of one accord in regards to this question and there was no doubt in their minds, collectively, regarding the interpretation of Daniel 7. In this entry, I want to make it clear why this knowledge, while valuable, cannot be the focus of the Christian’s spiritual walk. It’s extremely important to know this truth, but it must be tucked away in the recesses of the mind, lest it take the place of Jesus as the focus of our worship. It is extremely likely that the study of the conspiracy will become much like an idol, in that the student spends all his time on YouTube instead of having his head buried in the Bible.

I was personally affected by this behavior, and still am to a small degree, but even in that condition God called me forth and bestowed this clarity of thought which the various conspiracies I was studying could not even come close to emulating. This article by the Post-modern pastor also helped me wake up further and realize my grave mistake. Anything I do, anything I write, must begin and end with Jesus. The importance of understanding the prophecies of the Bible lies in first understanding the reason for the prophecies. Even if I could understand every single prophecy, including the revelation of the date of Christ’s second coming, it would be of no worth as far as my salvation is concerned. Having knowledge has no bearing on the status of the soul with God.

This brings me to the topic of this entry, which is fear. I alluded to fear in the previous post as well, by reminding my dear readers that the enemy is using fear to herd us into the “Christian” ecumenical world religion. This fear is characterized by uncertainty about the future, to the point of not even trusting relatives and friends. I often peruse the discussion sections of various online news outlets, and the general consensus on the right-leaning blogs is that the good Christians are loaded for bear, just waiting for the system to collapse. I often ask some of the more fervent Christian brothers (and sometimes sisters) if they would really take the life of another human being, seeing how Jesus told us to turn the other cheek when an evil person attacks/persecutes us. The consensus is that yes, the good Christian is prepared to take a life, if it’s done in self-defense. This general sentiment leaves me utterly speechless, but I understand its provenance.

You see friends, fear makes us think, say, and do some pretty outlandish things. This is why fear is one of the greatest tools of Satan, second only to deception. The prophet Isaiah spoke to king Ahaz at one point, regarding Ahaz’s own fear:

“For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 8:11-14)

Ahaz even had a good reason to be afraid, yet God sends him a fairly strong rebuke. God is saying that we should not be afraid of the conspiracies in this world, rather let God be our fear. The next verse is somewhat puzzling in this context because God is also our sanctuary. God should be the object of our fear, but not in the way we fear the world. God is the only one who can affect history and He is the Judge at the end of this age. God is merely allowing these horrible things to happen in the world, for a time, until all people decide to choose a side. For those who fear God alone, He is the sanctuary from the world, the windbreak in the midst of the tempest. For those who sanctify God, fear of His judgment is only the natural consequence.

So brothers and sisters, please do not be discouraged by the happenings in this world. Please don’t think that God has forgotten us, that He doesn’t exist, or worse, that He is a tyrant who enjoys our torture. He is hoping that all of us turn from our own way and follow His Way, and walk through His Gate. He is there for you as a sanctuary in the time of the worst trouble. Even worse trouble is coming to this world, and we will need His protection even more in the coming years. It is easy to see how one would despair and quake with fright if God is not the first priority in one’s life. Yet He promised us that He will deliver His remnant, and that our reward is forthcoming. We live in interesting times indeed.

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