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)