Once again we have ….
* A gentile world leader worshipped as God…Augustus Caesar recieved the title “Divine Emporer”, “Bringer of the golden age”, Saviour of the World. Caesar’s edicts were called “gospels” and his messengers were called evangelists.
And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?…And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear.(Revelation 13:4,8-9)
There are many current manifestations of this outright worship of Government or of Government leaders. The world is again ready to herald a humanistic “Saviour” as evidenced in the messianic adulation seen around America’s president.(I am not saying I think he is the Antichrist, but certainly he is a portent).
Barak Hussein Obama was recently blasphemously lauded as “Our Lord and Saviour” by Jamie Fox, at a BET Music awards ceremony, to great applause. Millions of confessing christians threw their religion out the window to give him a second term, knowing his support for homosexuality, and abortion, as well as his hostility towards Israel.
* Israel back in the land, but trampled underfoot by pagan world power. All of the prophecies of both the first and second coming of the Messiah, presuppose him to come to Israel, in the Holy Land.
Israel had been released from the Babylonian captivity some 500 years before Jesus came to her, and in our own time, Israel has returned from worldwide dispersion which occurred over two thousand years, becoming a nation again in May 1948.
This return to the Holy Land, has precipitated a world-wide crisis, because the existence of Israel is an affront to the religion of Islam.In God’s wisdom he put the most easily accessible crude oil which the modern world utterly depends upon, underneath the feet of the guardians of the most radical sect of Islam on earth, for the Saudi’s are the protectors of Wahhabism!
*The powerful gentile leader numbers the people for the purposes of taxation and control. So too shall the coming antichrist who precedes the parousia of our Lord and Saviour.
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.(Luke 2:1-3)
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(Revelation 13:16-18)
* The Spiritual leadership of God’s take God’s people into deep decline. The High Priests in the time of Christ’s coming were utterly corrupt in doctrine and in life. They were Sadducees who denied the resurrection, life after death, miracles or any supernatural events, much like our modern liberal theologians.
There was a conservative reaction to the increasing worldliness of God’s people, called Pharisaism. But by the time of Christ they had devolved into a legalistic sect, preaching salvation by separation, and as Jesus warned them, it was permeated with Hypocrisy.
Consequently very few were watching and ready when Christ came to Israel.“He came unto his own, and his own received him not”.
Who was ready?
A devout priest and his wife, living holy lives in a time of priestly corruption, Zechariah and Elizabeth. Simeon and Anna, servants of God, who lived lives of prayer, and waiting in the temple. Mary, the pious village girl who put herself at God’s disposal. Lowly Shepherds in the fields at night.
There were foreigners also, the Persian Magi, who were students of the school of the prophet Daniel.
* The Messiah came at night…..“The Shepherds watched their flocks by night…”
Yes I am allegorizing here, but fittingly so. The Messiah came in the world’s blackest night. Darkness had utterly descended upon the world, morally, and spiritually.
The only true religion on the face of the earth, that of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses, and of the prophets, lay obscured underneath the heavy “bushel basket” of the cults Sadduceeism and Phariseeism.The temple of God on earth had come under the control of corrupt idolaters.
The whole known world was in the iron like grip of utter pagans, for the future seemed to belong to the idolatrous power , the Romans.
So it seems now. The world is plunging into a “post christian” darkness. Random violence, homosexuality, Leftist, communistic politics seems to be prevailing. The Judeo Christian west, exhausted by two world wars, no longer believes in the civilization that came out of the Christianized greco-roman world.
Truly te Kings of the earth and their rulers have taken counsel against the Lord and His Christ!
The Muslim world, like a mad jackal smells the blood and is riled to new heighths in it’s Jihad against the weakened west.
Yet there are still “Shepherds watching their flocks at night”, there are yet those few who are waiting, and those few “Wise men” who pore over the prophecies. What Am I saying? Jesus is coming everybody, prepare to meet thy King!