Rage and Vain Things
I’m starting today in Psalm 2, verses 1 through 5. “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed, saying, ‘Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.’ He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure.”
As Solomon once noted, “there is nothing new under the sun.” Still today, the heathen RAGE. In fact, they are raging more intensely than I’ve ever witnessed in my entire life, and it’s growing worse every day. And the people IMAGINE a vain thing. Note here that the HEATHEN rage, and the PEOPLE imagine a vain thing. Who are the “heathen?” Obviously, this speaks of the ungodly — the God-haters. And who are the “people?” I believe this refers to those who consider themselves God’s people, those who honor Him with their lips, but whose hearts are far from Him.
Some time ago, I spoke about the word “Imagine,” the root word of which is “Image.” When we IMAGINE, with our own simple human minds, we create an image in our minds, and it should be noted that all sin flows from the heart and then begins in the mind. This is why Paul told the Corinthians that we are to “CAST DOWN imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” In other words, when those thoughts that are contrary to God’s will enter our minds, we are to take them captive — and make the conscious decision to turn away and choose instead to follow the commands of Christ. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
The problem with the wild imaginations of the heathen is that instead of taking every thought captive to Christ, they break the second commandment, essentially creating for themselves “graven images,” “engraved,” if you will, in their minds. They are SO ENGRAVED, in fact, that they form their worldviews, and now today, even their perceived personal identities. Thus we have people “identifying” as “transgender,” for example.
They have IMAGINED vain things, created false gods and ideologies which they now worship, instead of God; believing lies instead of truth. Identifying as “homosexual” or “transgender” or “pro-choice” or “democrat” or “republican” IS their god. As the Scripture says, “they take counsel together,” UNITED against the Lord and His anointed, saying, “Let us break their bands asunder and cast away their cords from us.” This is the demonic theology of secular humanism and “moral relativism.” “If it feels good, do it.” “What might be right for you may not be right for me.” “That’s fine if that’s what YOU believe, but it’s not what I believe, and that’s fine.” There is no moral compass, no absolute truth.
But this is all vanity. The “heathen” RAGE, while the “people” IMAGINE a VAIN thing. Have you noticed the utter impotence of the Establishment, Institutional “churches?” While the heathen rage, the church people, with no courageous, Godly shepherds to lead, teach and train them up, are left to their own devices, and because they are biblically illiterate, they imagine vain things.
And what IS a “vain thing?” According to the dictionary, “vain” or “vanity” means: “excessively proud of or concerned about one’s own appearance, qualities, achivements, etc.” And “PRIDE in, or concern about one’s appearance or qualities.” And “vain” and “vanity” have other, equally important definitions as well, including: “ineffectual or unsuccessful, …futile.” And “without real significance, value or importance; baseless or worthless.”
Salt that has lost its savor, good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled on by men… those heathen that rage against God and against His anointed are prideful, narcissistic, self centered, “entitled,” and the ideologies they IMAGINE are ineffectual, unsuccessful, futile, baseless and worthless. And today, we have more “church people” than ever, being wooed along just the same as the God-haters, and they are embracing the same vain imaginations.
Today, vain, evil and useless ideologies have taken root, setting themselves against God and His anointed… and the church people are going along with it. The kings and rulers of the earth take counsel together, against the Lord. The “powers that be” behind the social revolution taking place mysteriously behind the scenes are part of this too. And they all believe they can “break the bands of the Lord and His anointed asunder and cast away their cords.” Not gonna happen. Because their rage is in vain. Yet they still continue to rage. Because it’s all they know.
Recently, I spoke on the topic of “hypocrisy.” I talked about the origin of the word “Hypocrite,” and explained that the literal definition of “hypocrite” is “an actor or performer.” I gave several examples of the hypocrisy of our Hollywood heroes — actors, entertainers, performers — those who are the primary players in the forming of the worldviews of our young people. Indeed, it seems, ALL the people, young and old, God-haters and “church people” alike, take their cues from cultural trends. Those trends are molded and set by celebrities, performers and entertainers, and their fervent advocates among leaders in government, the mainstream press, and the public educational systems. They are all working hand-in-hand, setting themselves against the Lord.
It’s not my intention to propogate a “conspiracy theory” here. But it’s not a conspiracy theory if it’s true. I believe that God recently opened my eyes and revealed something to me that is very important and very real. It explains why so many of our young people — and even so many of our adults — are turning their backs on God and choosing to embrace lies.
First, let me go back to the words of Moses in Deuteronomy 11. He said: “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you rise up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates…” Moses was speaking here of God’s Commandments. He went on to say, “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse…the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God…the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you by following other gods, which you have not known.”
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