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.(Psalm 2:1-4)
Like most civilized people, I have been reeling from the world events of the previous week or so, especially Sept 11, 2011. I have not been surprised in any way at the attacks on our embassies, although it is shocking to me that those who swore to “defend the constitution of our nation from enemies both here and abroad” could be so utterly derelict in their responsibility.
Rather than being surprised, I have been reeling because of the hideous spectacle of murderous hatred put on display in the streets of Cairo, Libya, and now rapidly spreading around the world.
Each of the sickening ingredients of all that is humanly fallen and twisted by sin are there for all of the world to see; the baying Muslim mob, the perfidy of the Libyan “security detail”, the bloody handprints of a betrayed ambassador being drug out of a burning “safe house” that he might be “cell phone” pictured in his final agony, as he is dragged by the bloodthirsty, hateful crowds.
Such utter hatred and contempt for another human being is actually hard on the soul to witness. Behold the “Muslim Street”!
Adding insult to painful injury, this Ambassador of a rapidly falling superpower was violated by his murderers in the most appalling and degrading way. Through cell phone, internet and instantaneous communications, the sane and civilized world has just been traumatized.
The Heathen are raging, as the Psalmist foretold. The nations are going turbulent, they are becoming visibly restless, as Jesus told us they would in the days leading up to His coming back to set up His Kingdom.
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 Psalm tells us why the “heathen rage”. It comes down to two things, 1) a vain thing that they imagine, and 2) the leaders, the so-called “kings of the earth and their rulers”.
The nations of the middle east are inflamed, for the leaders that once suppressed them, and somewhat kept this rage under control, were removed for the most part, by the movement known as the “Arab Spring”. Those former leaders, the Shah of Iran, Sadam Hussein, Hosni Mubarak, Moamir Gaddafi, and the currently besieged Bashir al Assad of Syria all had this in common, they were nominal Muslims, they ran their nations as secular states. They were despots, not western liberals. They ran their countries with secret police, torture and oppression, especially towards those aspiring Jihadists.
These tyrants knew who they were dealing with in their volatile populations, and did what they had to, to maintain power.
You could say that with the events that commenced early in 2011, the cork has come out of the bottle, and the pent-up murderous hatred, envy, and frustration, (all fermented by Islam), is erupting on the world. That is what we saw in Benghazi,Libya and in other cities where there is a concentration of Muslims.
The new “leaders” of the Muslim world manipulate their restive populations, just what the old ones did. They lie to the people, stir them up into murderous rages to use them as a club on the West.
The whole “Movie” issue recently was a patently obvious farce.But Islam has rendered the “Muslim Street” easily impassioned, senseless, and emotionally unstable as we see time and again. These people have a bad conscience, and thus are extremely vulnerable groundless to rumor or inuendo tha confirms their insecurities.
This doesn’t end well, so everybody had better get right with God, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Psalmist speaks of the people being captured by a “vain Imagination”.
In the case of the Muslim world, the “vain Imagination” is manifold. The scholar, Bernard Lewis wrote an insightful book called “What Went Wrong?”, which teaches that the Islamic world is in crisis, because they were supposed to have conquered the world by now, and were destined to be the masters of the infidels.
From its inception, storming out of the Arabian peninsula, Islam enjoyed centuries of stunning successes in conquering, and subjugating and even extinguishing many Peoples, until about the 17th century. Europe bypassed the Muslim in every area; science, technology, wealth, civilization, and culture leaving the Arab Muslim world in stagnant decline.
The ultimate humiliation, for the Muslim world, is its inability to remove Israel, the nation which came again into being in 1948, in fulfillment of the words of the Hebrew Prophets and the apostles of the New Testament. The Arabs call it “al Naqba”, the catastrophe!
Perhaps for the muslim world , “the vain Imagination” is that Islam can again take her rightful pre-eminence in the world, if she can just “wipe Israel” off of the map. After all, to Islam, Israel has only been able to continue its existence through the intervention of the western world, from which she re-emerged. the USA in particular is the reason they believe Israel has survived.
To the Muslim world, it seems obvious, that though we in the west have the power in terms of military might, we don’t have the will to crush them. They see that because we in the west seem to have lost our Christian faith and thus our civilizational confidence, the time seems right for them to make a move.
Islam feels that it is her time, not realizing that she is rushing towards her own judgment at the hands of the God of Israel whom she despises.
So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction. Therefore thus saith the Lord; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the Lord of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.(Zechariah 1:14-16)