IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: WHY DO THE HEATHEN RAGE? PT2
COMPILED EDITED BY:-
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
Today I want to talk for a little while about all this terrorists madness that we see on every land. Its not just here in our country Nigeria where as I am writing this piece the TERRORISTS controlled government of Mohamadu buhari is on rampage with his islamic jihadists controlled military, police force, navy, airforce and other military and para-military Security agencies ably joined by his FULANI HERDSMEN TERRORISTS, BOKOHARAM ISWAP and several other islamic militia groups intimidating, Killing, Kidnapping, raping and carrying out all sorts of unimaginable attrocities against the Nigerian Christians and non muslims population, but there’s an ever growing pattern of terrorist bombings and killings around the world. And according to Gods Word its not going to get better but worse, that is, until He say’s enough is enough.
2Timothy 3:1& 13 says “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
let us be reminded that God said it would be this way in the last days. God is not surprised at all that these ungodly terrorists are doing what they are doing, in fact it should in one way of looking at it be a reminder to us that are saved that God is allowing this ungodliness to run its course, it’ll not always be this way.
Have you ever wondered—”why do the terrorists rage and murder?
Lets keep in mind that the people that do these ungodly killings are religious people, they reject our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Osama Bin laden said that Jesus couldn’t save any body, these poor deceived people think that if people don’t believe as they do that the only remedy is to destroy them. Little do they know that they’re on a sure road that will destroy them all, and their surely going to be destroyed.
Have you noticed how that the Russian leader is siding with Iran? That also is fore told in the Bible, read Ezk. 38:-39: and you find that “GOG” is the leader of a great army and that God puts hooks in their jaws and brings them into the hills of Israel for destruction. That takes place in the middle of the 7 year Tribulation, so dear heart let’s not fret too much because God is simply putting the players in place, it has to be this way, there in EZK. 38- 39 God is the One that does the destroying not any army of man, He destroys 5/6th of that crowed, I believe the reason that He don’t go ahead and destroy them all at that time is so there’ll be a small remnant left 1/6, of the enemies of Gods people to go back to what’s left of their countries to spread the word that there is a God of Israel after all.
According to Acts 4:25, 26, David is the author of this Psalm. Chapter 2 is what we refer to as a Messianic Psalm, meaning that it refers to and speaks of Christ, the Messiah. Here in these 12 verses, David describes the rebellion of nations and the coming of Christ to establish his kingdom. And when you read this passage, you cannot help but realize that it speaks of the day in which we live–a time of rebellion against God and His people. The nations of the world have turned against Him. They seek to free themselves from His rule.
People often think that if they can just get away from God and remove any reminders of Him they’ll be free. They join together in one voice and say, Let us break their bands and cast away their cords from us (vs. 3).
Listen, the only real freedom is found in Jesus Christ: In John 8:36, the Word of God declares, If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. How sad, the only One who can truly free them is the same One they reject.
Today a person would have to be asleep to not notice that there exists an evil, driving force behind the on going effort to remove any reminders that America were once a Christian nation, founded upon Christian principles. We are witnessing the erosion of those values and traditions right before our very eyes.
Some elements of American society are waging a war against Christianity and the freedom of Christians to be involved in public life.
Think that’s overblown rhetoric? Consider this….
An Alabama Supreme Court justice is drummed out of office for refusing to remove a statue that commemorates the sources of American law — including the Ten Commandments — from the rotunda of the state judicial center.
1 “Why do the nations rage,And the people plot a vain thing?2 The kings of the earth set themselves,And the rulers take counsel together,Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,3 “Let us break Their bonds in piecesAnd cast away Their cords from us.”4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;The Lord shall hold them in derision.5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,And distress them in His deep displeasure:6 “Yet I have set My KingOn My holy hill of Zion.”7 “I will declare the decree:The Lord has said to Me,‘You are My Son,Today I have begotten You.8 Ask of Me, and I will give YouThe nations for Your inheritance,And the ends of the earth for Your possession.9 You shall break them with a rod of iron;You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ”10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings;Be instructed, you judges of the earth.11 Serve the Lord with fear,And rejoice with trembling.12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,And you perish in the way,When His wrath is kindled but a little.Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
OBSERVE, dear friends, the wonderful contrast between the violent excitement of the enemies of the Lord, and the sublime serenity of God himself. He is not disturbed though the heathen so furiously rage, and their kings and mighty ones set themselves in battle array. He smiles at them: he hath them in derision. You and I are often downcast and depressed, and our forebodings are dark and dismal, but God sits in his eternal peacefulness, and serenely overrules tumult and rebellion. The Lord reigneth, and his throne is not moved, nor his rest broken, whatever may be the noise and turmoil down below.
Notice the sublimity of this divine calm. While the heathen and their princes are plotting and planning how to break his bands asunder, and cast his cords from them, he has already defeated their devices, and he says to them, “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.” “You will not have my Son to reign over you, but nevertheless he reigns. While you have been raging I have crowned him. Your imaginations are indeed vain, for I have forestalled you, and established him upon his throne. Hear him as he proclaims my decree, and asserts his filial sovereignty.” God is ever beforehand with his adversaries: they find their scheming frustrated, and their craft baffled, even before they have begun to execute their plans. By God’s decree the ever blessed Son of the Highest is placed in power, and exalted to his throne. The rulers cannot snatch from his hand the sceptre, nor dash from his head the crown: Jesus reigns and must reign till all enemies are put under his feet. God has set him firmly upon Zion’s sacred hill, and raging nations cannot cast him down: the very idea of their so doing excites the derision of Jehovah, he disturbs not his great soul because of their blustering. As if it were a banquet rather than a conflict, the Lord God, as himself a king, speaks to the King’s Son, even to his Anointed on his right hand, and having owned his royal rank, confers upon him the highest honours. At great feasts many a monarch has been known to say to his favourite, “Ask what I shall give thee, and nothing shall be denied thee this day.” Even thus doth the
great Father say to his glorious Son the Prince of Peace, “Ask of me, and I will give thee the heathen, thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth, thy possession.” He bids him open his mouth wide, and request a boundless dominion. He will give him distant nations, yea, and the whole round earth to be his kingdom. There is an air of regal festivity and peaceful joy about all this which strangely contrasts with the uproar of the adversaries. Brethren, I wish we could enter in some measure into this sublime quiet. We may well be confident since God is so. If the Captain be assured of victory it behoves the common soldier to be bravely hopeful. The battle is the Lord’s, and since he is the Lord God omnipotent, fear about the issue of the conflict is foolish and wicked. All events are in his hand— his hand who can dash whole worlds to dust, or make them when it please him. What can stand against the almighty will? Who shall say unto Jehovah, “What doest thou?” In this eternal all-sufficiency is our rest, and we may therefore cease from anxiety. Stand thou still, my weary brother, and see the salvation of God. Put not forth thy timorous hand to stay the trembling ark, but know that Jehovah can protect his own. Lay thy Martha cares aside: sit at thy Saviour’s feet, and listen to his voice. He will tell thee that God reigneth yet, and that his anointed shall reign also. Things are not as they seem: all is well when all looks ill. If the heavens are clouded the sun is not put out: if the evening hath darkened, even to midnight, yet the morning cometh: to the moment shall it break, nor can all the powers of darkness hinder the dawning day. Jehovah’s fixed decrees remain engraved as in eternal brass, nor can the craft of hell efface a single line nor stay the execution of a single purpose. Despite all opposition the sacred purpose will blossom into the actual providence, and the providence will ripen into salvation. God’s plan will be carried out without failure in any point, and there is no cause for alarm.
*”Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”— Psalms 2. 8, 9.
If we were more calm and restful we should do our work better, for do we not gather both wisdom and courage when we abide in quietness and confidence? The joy of the Lord is the strength of his saints. The assurance of faith, if we were filled with it, would make us go forth “fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.” Alas, our short-sighted fretfulness, our anxious mistrust, and our timorous suspicion cause us needless distress, weaken us for service, and expose us to the assaults of our adversaries. Without the preparation of the gospel of peace our feet are unshod, and we are unfit for the heavenly pilgrimage. Grovelling here below among the troubles of the hour, the most of Christians are a timorous folk, and act like the tribe of Reuben in the day of Barak’s battle, to whom Deborah cried, “Why abodest thou among the sheep-folds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks?” O ye who lie among the pots, and do servile work in abject fear, arise to a braver spirit. Up ye to the everlasting hills and breathe a purer air: gird yourselves with the belt of confidence in God, and you shall be “strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.” May God grant that the subject of this morning may help us out of the depressing influences which surround us, and raise us into fellowship with the calm in which Jehovah sits smiling, and out of which he saith, “Yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion.”
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