Freedom and oppression are opposites. Civil liberties and government control are opposites. Government can and does overtly create fears and then promise deliverance of those fears. Government makes promises of deliverance but at the cost of freedom. The taking away of freedoms are made to be acceptable for the deliverance promised. These fears take many forms but will all concern the general wellbeing of the individual, his family, his nation or the planet. The promise of a better life is a great encouragement for giving a little here and a little there of liberty. In time the government controls the individual. Life is livable but only as long as you do the government’s bidding. This power of the government over the individual is escalating in our time. Fears of financial ruin, fears of food supply, fears of environment, fears of war, all kinds of fears have been put upon the people. Government promises of deliverance of these fears (which will never fully come) brings bondage, control; loss of liberty. The temptations are great.
TRUE LIBERTY AND THE ABSOLUTE
Civil liberties are secondary to another type of liberty, that of the heart and mind. This is true liberty and is based on truth. Truth and fear are enemies. Truth is real and brings deliverance from bondage, fear is mostly imaginary and brings bondage.
There is an absolute truth. God and his word are both absolute. There is no wavering with God, he cannot lie, he’s not indifferent or lackadaisical (Ps 119:89, Mal 3:6, Jms 1:17). Government is all of this that God is not and cannot bring peace of heart. An earthly government will never bring its suggestion of Utopia.
OUR EXAMPLE OF LIBERTY
We know from Hebrews that Jesus is our High Priest. Not after the Aaronic priesthood of Aaron who was the first high priest of Israel. The Aaronic high priest after giving a blood sacrifice for himself went into the Holy of Holies once a year and offered intercession for the sins of Israel. But Jesus, after a different priesthood, that of Melchisedec, offered his own blood once for the sins of the whole world. Hebrews 4:14-15 reads,
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
We see here that our high priest was tempted just as we are in all points, He can relate to all our temptations. He’s been there. When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness with turning stone into bread, Jesus said, “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (from Deuteronomy 8:3) In the devil’s second temptation Jesus answered with, “It is written….”. The same with the third temptation, Jesus said, “It is written….”. This then, as our example shows us, is the way we should resist all evil temptations, with the word of God. Sounds simple, but the hard part is we need to recognize evil temptations and know the word of God. Satan is the greatest of deceivers and only God’s word can expose his lies and defeat him.
The scripture says that after Satan’s temptations that he “departed from him for a season”. Jesus’ next temptations in the Gospels came from the Pharisees, Sadducees, Lawyers, Herodians and Scribes; the religious and political leaders of his time. These were the advocates and minions of Satan through which he continued his temptations.
Jesus had peace even though he was confronted with such earthly authorities. He had peace because he knew God’s word and the power behind that word. He knew the truth (“…thy word is truth”) and this truth made him free from the attacks of the devil. Knowing God’s truth made him free from the troubles and temptations of this world. He was free from the political, religious, legal and scholarly authorities that would have consumed him everyday. He didn’t get caught up in their political correctness, their sanctimonious accusations and their hypocritical ways. This is the peace of mind that we all need.
When God creates something, when he makes something, who can undo it? Can anyone, even Satan, undo what God has made? If God gives you truth, can it be taken away? When God gives me truth that truth gives me freedom over any lies against that
truth. God’s truth makes me free. He creates a freedom in me that brings peace. Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Jn 8:32) (The scripture says the truth will “make” me free not “set” me free as is so often misquoted. When I am made free that’s a creation within me and not just a change in position.)
God in his scripture says there is a world system coming on this earth. This system, called the beast in Revelation 13:1, is a governmental system to be headed by a man also called a beast (Rev 13:11) or the anti-Christ (1 Jn 2:18) or the man of sin (Thes 2:3). It will be a system deadly to many of God’s people (Rev 6:11). This government system will have a religious system called the great whore (Rev 17:1, 19:2) and “MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHERS OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Rev 17:5). This religious system is headed by the “false prophet” (Rev 19:20, 20:10) to back up the beast system and make it look like it’s best for mankind’s welfare. This beast system will bring out a mark for mankind to have without which it will not be possible to “…buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Rev 13:17) Today evil men are working to bring this to pass. Men in high places, men of influence, men of corrupt minds, sold out to bringing world dominion to a reality. God said it will happen, so it will happen. The only thing keeping this from being a reality now is God’s righteousness in his people, Christian ethics. It will come in the fulness of God’s timing. Surely you can see this evil in our education system and in the entertainment industry and in the news media and in governments policies. Compare the morals of just a few years ago with today and see how rapidly things are decaying. From lying and whoremongering in the US presidency to filthy predators in high religious authorities to teenage pornography on TV, all should show us the signs of the times. When true fear and honor of God and his righteousness is sufficiently suppressed so as to overshadow basic Christian values then Satan can finish his plan. Satan is at war with God and the earth is his battlefield and people are his pawns. He wants to rule over God’s creation and be like the Most High (Isa 14:14). There will be a world government, God says so (Rev 13:16). There will be a great battle at Armageddon, God says so (Rev 16:16). Jesus will return and defeat the beast’s armies, God says so (Rev 19:19-21).
One world government conspiracy advocates are continually put down as alarmist and fanatics. Some are. What is mostly overlooked though is the fact that this is not man’s efforts to control the world but Satan’s efforts to control and rule over God’s creation. It looks like the U.S., Britain, China, Russia and other nations are going full bore toward bringing in this end time. The time is near. Satan has his final effort ready to spring on mankind. The end of this present age is almost upon us.
Just as Satan’s plan will come to pass and fulfill prophecy, so is God’s plan to be fulfilled. Hard times are coming to this earth. God’s people are in the earth and will experience these hard times. (There is no fairy tale “rapture”.) Persecution will grow, temptation to compromise with Satan’s ways will become stronger. We can’t become complacent and think that because we are Christian Satan can’t touch our physical universe. God has provided us weapons to withstand the wiles of the devil which he gives us in Ephesians, chapter six. These weapons are rooted and grounded in the word of God. Look at the Laodicean church (the last of he church age) in Revelation, chapter three and see how Christians are being deceived into complacency. [See LAST OF THE CHURCH AGE April, 2009 in this blog for more on the Laodicean church.] We have to make an effort to be the overcomers that God wants for all seven stages of Christian growth (Rev 2:7,:11, :17, :26, 3:5, :12, :21).
Satan of course doesn’t win this earthly battle. The end of his ungodly system comes at Armageddon when the King of Righteousness returns and destroys the armies of the beast and reigns on earth for 1000 years. Then will come Satan’s final effort and his complete and eternal end in the lake of fire where the beast and false prophet are (Rev 20:10).
AND THAT’S NOT ALL
Also the manifestation of the sons of God (Rom 8:19), also called God’s army, will come to pass before Armageddon. When the elect of God’s people will rise up and proclaim God’s salvation with great power and authority and multitudes will turn to God. For more on this glorious time see Ezekiel, chapter thirty seven; Joel, the whole book; Wayne Hancock’s Immortalityroad.wordpress.com and numerous mentions in this blog.
Present politics are removing more and more freedoms of the individual and putting control in the hands of government. This is fulfilling Satan’s plan (Lk 4:5,6). Civil liberties will be taken away, but real liberty and deliverance is in God’s word established in our hearts
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherein Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Gal 5:1)
True liberty, true peace, is grounded in knowing and doing the truth. That truth was manifested in Christ Jesus 2000 years ago and still is as he manifests himself is his brothers and sisters. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life”. In Revelation 19:13 he is called “the word of God”. It is all wrapped up in him.
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Cor 3:17)
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (Jn 8:36)
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:7)
Jesus read from Isaiah 61:1.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.