Saturday, November 03, 2012
Foregone But Maybe
There's a perfect prophetic 'tense' in Scripture which goes like this:
Something is going to happen in 'the future' that is so certain to take place that it is spoken of
as if it has already come to pass-the return of Christ to judge the nations and rule the world from Jerusalem
is the best example I can think of-all through the Bible it is stated as having happened.
Of course, 'future and past' are relative only to OUR point on the timeline-God standing outside of time sees the entire thing from one end to the other; eventually (another word trapped in entropy) God will bring all that He desires into Eternity.
Back to now-all elements of the (political) storm seem to be pointing to a Romney victory next week...but not so fast, Sam.
Sometimes God acts to confound the wisdom of man-and He may not be done yet with Barack Obama.
(God might do it to see how many Christians get mad at Him instead of accepting whatever He sends our way.)
I listened to a great sermon by John MacArthur last night about prideful 'world leaders'. He used as text Daniel chapter four, when Nebuchadnezzar, King of the entire known world, has Daniel interpret his dream of a great tree which is chopped down. The long/short of it is that Nebuchadnezzar was the tree, and he would lose his kingdom for a time because of his pride.
A year later the king was humbled with a madness that made him like a beast of the field, a condition which lasted seven years until his reason returned. With his reinstatement Nebuchadnezzar made a proclamation throughout his kingdom which Daniel records in chapter four.
Just in case it's not on your reading program today, here's the pull quote from the humbled king:
37“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride.” Daniel 4:37