The People Imagine a Vain Thing…

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.(Psalm 2:1-3)

The Psalmist looks ahead to a tumultuous time when  “Nations are in an uproar and the people imagine a vain thing”. Indeed we are living in a time when the nations are in turmoil, raging like the sea, even as Jesus warned us that they would in the last days,

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring,  Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.(Luke 21:25-27)

The sinful restlessness of the nations of the world is likened to the sea. This puts an eschatological light on the stories of Jesus calming the sea and walking on the waters!The Psalmist in another place proclaims, “The floods have lifted up their voice, O Lord, but the voice of the Lord is more than the sound of many waters…”(see Psalm 93).

But another aspect of the end times is brought out in the second Psalm, for the people of the nations are bewitched by a “vain Imagination”.  Just what is this seducing and entrapping “vain imagination” ? The out working of the vain imagination is pervasive today, it’s manifestations are many,  but there is one vain imagination that the people have been trapped into believing. I believe it is referenced in verse 2- 3 of our Psalm.

The Kings of the earth and their Rulers take counsel together against the Lord and His Christ saying, Let us break their bands asunder and cast away their cords far from us.

The vain Imagination is shared particularly by the “Kings of the earth and their rulers”, who have all taken their counsel together, against “the Lord and His Christ”. Where did this counsel take place? The counsel against the Lord and His Christ takes place constantly at the level of our higher educational institutions, Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Princetown and  the rest of the topmost Universities of the world, almost without exception.

All for the most part are atheistic in their outlook, and work to strip their students of any vestiges of true christian faith.Their ambivalence to Christianity ranges from mild to vehement. The same atheistic, multicultural, psychological, leftist economical, anti christian, anti western, perspective is inculcated in their students regardless of where they are located. The Universities are almost generic in their atheistic worldview.

Thus the Kings of the earth and their rulers, who include not merely the political, but almost all of the truly influential, the opinion shapers, educational, legal and medical leaders, the philosophers, thinkers, and religious heads, have been steeped in an anti-christian outlook.

The Vain Imagination is that they can strip the world of Christ, and the religion of Christ, then go onto build a bold new world without God. A civil society, even more “compassionate” than the ones that emerged out of a christian consensus will supposedly replace the outdated former Judeo Christian world which brought such benefit to so many.

In spite of evidence to the contrary, that the christian model of marriage is the greatest guarantor of societal stability, The “Kings and Rulers” have systematically destroyed marriage in our society, by the passage of “no fault divorce laws”, the promotion of pornography, the homo-sexualization of society, and the legal destruction of the traditional safe guards of the family.

Of course the mainstream church has gleefully led the way, as though sexual perversion was some kind of “civil right” that they are championing.

The idea that guides much of what passes for, international studies, immigration policy and even the foreign policy of the US and other western nations is another ‘vain imagination’,  called “multiculturalism” which teaches us to naively assume that all cultures were created equal. There are many people in education, law and high political positions who actually believe this!

That is why Islam is studiously avoided as being the cause of so many billions of dollars of new security measures around the world. It isn’t the Amish or Methodists that we think of when we hear as yet another atrocity in the name of religion. There have been more than 15,000 major acts of terrorism in the world since 9-11, and yet none of our leaders would even propose lessening the waves of Muslim integration into the west.

Evidently , “the people Imagine a vain thing”, and will pay any price in blood and treasure to maintain these delusions.

Really multiculturalism is a way to deny and cancel out the incredible disparity in civilisations between the Christian West and the rest of the world. Christianity has so benefitted and elevated those civilisations which have  embraced it at any time, that even after leaving it for the most part, the traces of christianity cause the West to excel to an embarrassing degree.

This is why assimilable immigration has been foisted to a suicidal degree on the western world. Our leaders are the chief proponents of the vain imagination of multiculturalism. They would dismantle anything distinctly christian that remains in German,Dutch, French, British and American culture, and create a ‘brave new godless world”.  The Psalm tells us that they do this with their eyes wide open, and in the face of God.

The final expression of the Vain Imagination of the whole world will be the worship of the Anti-Christ, “Who is Like the Beast? Who is able to make war with Him?” .

They want to believe that man can do it better, that Christianity is outdated, and that we don’t have to listen  or obey God. They don’t want to consider themselves as sinners , in need of redemption, its too humbling! Judgment before a Holy God scares them, the churches even deny it now, so why should anyone believe it? They don’t want to believe that Islam is a murderous cult that is sworn to the annihilation of civilisation! So they cling to the vain imagination, they end up hating the truth and being damned…

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  (2 Thess 2:7-12)

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5 Responses to The People Imagine a Vain Thing…

  1. Evie says:

    A very perceptive article and true.
    Yes, the vain imaginations of today’s leaders have blinded the people’s eyes, but even the unbelievers fear for the future as the scriptures you quote indicate – the nations are in an uproar, with hearts failing them because of fear.
    If only people would trust in Jesus, instead of turning to the entertainment that is served up in our churches to ease their fears.

  2. mike norred says:

    I once was afraid. No more. I read the Book. I know the ending and it will be glorious and everlasting. Praise His Holy Name.

  3. Jared says:

    Thank you, Pastor Bill, for writing about this. Just yesterday I was considering this verse in relation to the protesters on Wall Street. They’re all looking for something to fill their longing for peace and security. They think that if they break the bands of the financial authorities (who, in a sense, were put in power by God) then they will find the peace and security they long for. However, they will only drive themselves further into depravity and toward destruction just like the Arab activists. The only change of authority that will ever bring peace and security to this fallen world is when the Lord Jesus returns and establishes His Kingdom.

  4. Jared says:

    Once again, the Word of God proves true. The whole world cheered America as our fearless leader sent forces to Libya to throw out the only person who made any effort to resist militant Islam. Gadhafi was by no means a nice or diplomatic man, but he had enough sense to know that militant Islam and Sharia were deadly for peace in the region. Now, the citizens of the world have gotten what they wanted, a Libya without Gadhafi, and the new interim leader has instituted Sharia. Get ready for the real bloodbath to begin in Libya.

  5. Isaac says:

    Hi Pastor Bill! Thank you for this article and the sermon on repentance from 2 Corinthians 4. You’re so right about the deceptions that are taught at our universities. Here at Iowa State I’m confronted with them every day. (evolution and the homosexual lifestyle are heavily embraced here) I have to maintain reading the Word which is the only source of truth. (“See to it that no one takes you captive through hallow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, rather than on Christ.” – Colossians 2:8) Also, listening to your sermons and Brannon Howse’s radio program are very encouraging.

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