Geopolitics: Biblical assessment of Russian threat

The Australian news reported a high level assessment that “we do not see Russia … as posing a military threat to Australia.” (Date: 29/1/18).

There are big parts to this here: Russia’s military and Australia’s place. These geopolitical questions must be addressed from a Biblical perspective.

The first issue is about Russia’s rise in the coming years. This is clearly laid out in many Scriptures, such as Ezekiel 38, 39; Daniel 8 and Daniel 11:30-45. From this we would have to conclude that Russia is certainly a military threat.

From our Australian Biblical geopolitical view, we only have to look at the ultimate aim of the Russian power to ascertain Russia’s military threat level: “But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.” (Daniel 11:44).

The next step that follows is to see what the Russian threat is actually designed against. This is identified in Daniel 11:31, which lists three things:

1. The sanctuary of strength being polluted.
2. The taking away of the daily sacrifice.
3. Placing an abomination that maketh desolate.

The sanctuary of strength deals with two areas: Christianity and where its “home base” is. This indicates that Christianity in the USA is the target.

10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.
12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.
(Daniel 8:10-12).

The “stars” indicate both Christian leaders as well as a symbol for some of the states in the United States.

The daily sacrifice means the practice of Christianity, the use and understanding of Scripture:

4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.
(Psalm 56:4, 5).

As Christians, we are priests to God, offering up the daily sacrifice: “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” (Hebrews 13:15). Proverbs 30 indicates that the proper name of God is found in the Scripture, yet there is a lot of attack on this by production of new and varying Bibles and alterations to the names of God (e.g. by Hebrew roots).

This then leads to the abomination that maketh desolate. This is the argument that Protestantism is not the inheritor of the Eastern Orthodox truth. The abomination says we must turn aside from the Protestant truth back to Eastern Orthodoxy. In reality, Protestantism is the true child of Eastern Orthodoxy, because (among other things) that is where the Protestant New Testament was taken from.

So we can certainly conclude that Russia would be a military threat to many nations. We can also see an associated ideological and religious conflict against Bible-believing Protestant Christianity (particularly in America) by Russian propaganda.

There is a geopolitical conflict at play. It would be naive and incorrect to deny Russia’s ability and power in this conflict. If anything, this is a time for Australians to turn to Biblical Christianity.

4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.
13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.
14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.
21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
(Isaiah 42:4, 12-14, 21).

The Princes

“Rightwise”, a book by Matthew Verschuur, is available here: http://goo.gl/t2qZc6

This book is about the ideological struggle for the correct form of the right (perhaps it could be termed the ctrl-right as a Christian polemic to the alt-right).

Rightwise describes a conflict between “the wise” and the Eastern Antichrist.

Focus is ultimately put on the struggle between God with His angels and human followers versus the devil and his works.

This manifests very much as a war among the gods, which is to say, both that the angels are deployed and devils at work, and that whatever princes, whether spiritual or human, they fighting along a course which has been determined by God.

In Daniel chapter eight the prophecy describes the rise of Eastern Antichrist. This prophecy has three time periods which it has outworked. First was with Antiochus Epiphanes. Second was with Islam and the Turks. And third is at hand, which is Gog, the Russian leader.

Now, if people are to walk by sight, they would think that all the rise and might of Gog in Daniel eight is a hopeless situation. If you didn’t believe in Bible prophecy, you wouldn’t be sure what was going to happen. That’s like the old fears about Communism, Germany, The Bomb, Y2K or the global warming beat up.

But the way to look at situations is not by looking at what is seen (empiricism), nor what is reasonable (rationalism), but to look spiritually. Start from the Word and let the Spirit guide you.

15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
(2 Kings 6:15–17).

We are to look at things not seen. Yes, there are devils and hordes of evil men. But the greater one is in us, and the fiery hosts of angels with us.

God knows everything and is determining everything. Our battle is spiritual, not merely carnal. You can’t defeat Satan merely with martial arts or gunfire.

So then, the wise know this. We are in a transcendent war where we stand, speaking the words of God and act in the authority of the name of Jesus Christ.

That’s how strange events happen, that’s how mighty armies can be thwarted.

35 ¶ And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
(2 Kings 19:35).

But you will notice that Hezekiah didn’t just pray, he prepared Jerusalem for the siege. The real battle is about spiritual princes, such as Michael versus the prince Gog (Eastern Antichrist). However, this battle is not based on dualism, because God in control. Also, the battle between angels and devils still requires the movement of men and deployment of arms. But wars are not won by mere forces, they are won because things that happen are happening because they were “set” to happen just as the Bible promised.

The antichristian spirit in the East

The Eastern Orthodox Church kept itself much purer than the gradual corruptions and decline of the Western Roman Church in the Middle Ages. From this source, then, the true Protestants were able to draw upon copies of Scripture in Greek which did not suffer from the corruptions that appeared in the Latin.

We may point to some great figures and missionaries in the Eastern Church, some of which are very famous, such as George who slew a dragon (a large reptile, a dinosaur).

One interesting concept in the Orthodox tradition is the role of the Emperor/Tsar, who is both a national and religious leader. This has also been understood by some English-speaking Protestants, though not all.

Now, the question must be raised about whether an antichristian spirit could arise from Eastern Orthodox quarters. After all, the Apostle John, living in the Greek part of the Roman Empire, did warn of the spirit of antichrist.

So then, while we are all acutely aware of Western Antichrists past, present and future, we should also see how it is possible that out of a claimed Byzantine tradition, an antichristian operation can arise.

We are told in the Book of Daniel that one day the Archangel Michael is going to stand up for the godly people. It says, at Daniel 12:1, that there will be a time of trouble.

There has been an attack on the Bible and its promises very much in the West, but should we also expect an attack from an Eastern figure on the promises and certainty of Protestant copies of Scripture that would attempt to contradict Ezekiel 39:8?

“Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord God; this is the day whereof I have spoken.”

ADDRESSING THE CULTURE ISSUES — PART THREE

A certain Pentecostal leader in Victoria, who claims to be an apostle, recently wrote that Australia was largely Christian. He wasn’t speaking by faith, he wasn’t making a declaration … he actually thinks that most citizens are actually Christian.

On the other hand, Greg Sheridan, a conservative journalist, has written, “The Christian churches now need to reconceive of themselves as representing a distinct and not all that big minority (of practising Christians). They should conduct themselves as a self-confident minority, seeking to win conversion through example and persuasion”. Indeed, Mr Sheridan knows that Christianity is near extinct, but instead of actually fighting to win, he thinks it should fight to survive. That’s probably why Mr Sheridan has decided that he would “win” if he joined the side promoting same sex marriage, rather than to come along side with Pastor Margaret Court’s stand against it.

This new conservatism is completely weak and misguided, which is exactly why there is a Right resurgence and reactionary movements like the Alt-Right.

In Part One of this series, we looked at the call for Roman Catholics who not only stand up for good values, but who must come out into proper Protestant Christianity. In Part Two we looked at different approaches by believing Protestants. They have said, “We need a new Reformation.” I remember getting goosebumps when Ken Ham declared that uncompromisingly in Sydney years ago. Pentecostals, Fundamentalists, Presbyterians and any other believer need to stop compromising with the world, we need to seek a mass movement and outpouring of the Spirit on a ground level while also believing for doctrinal unity in the Church and Christian leadership at a top political level.

Jesus has placed ministry offices in the Church, “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-16).

This requires outpouring of the Spirit, because there is no way that we can get our doctrine right and get into proper unity without Him.

I believe doctrinal unity of the believers is possible. I believe it is promised. I believe that we should let God do the work in us that are able to have it. But barely any Christian seems to believe that. Doctrinal unity is based upon the Word and Spirit, not on a sword or compromise.

As for the outpouring of the Spirit, then all Pentecostals who profess to believe that (many worldly and compromised Pentecostals are ineligible) should see that there is a positive future for believers prior to the return of Christ in the rapture, not one of near defeat.

“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” (Matthew 24:45, 46).

Notice that the promise of this passage is that the Christian is to be in leadership, the Christian is to be able to convert nations and systematically be reaching the normal person.

People have talked about supporting some secular ruler whom they like, whether Trump or Putin or any other hero of the Alt-Right. But if we are to have such heroes, they must be Christian in the true sense, and most importantly, it is foolish to try to get a Christian leader in without having a change in the culture. Constantine was able to come into power as a Christian ruler because there was a strong (albeit persecuted) Christian movement among the normal people.

We have the essence of correct culture being afforded to us, in the remnants of the ideology from Britain and America. Now the Christians in Australia need to assert genuine Christianity and reactivate what now is in pieces into a coherent whole, an Australian Christian culture.

Not yet her day. How long “not yet?”
There comes the flush of violet!
And heavenward faces, all aflame
With sanguine imminence of morn,
Wait but the sun-kiss to proclaim
The Day of the Dominion born.
Prelusive baptism!—ere the natal hour
Named with the name and prophecy of power.
(The Dominion, J. B. Stephens).

SOURCE: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/greg-sheridan/christian-churches-drifting-too-far-from-the-marketplace-of-ideas/news-story/e641fab1f62b1a63b08cc1ec75634af5

ADDRESSING THE CULTURE ISSUES — PART TWO

All Christians and so-called Christians are well aware of the state of current society. This problem is well known across the board, to conservatives (Catholic and Protestant) and to a variety of more right wing Protestant fundamentalists and so on.

Greg Sheridan, a thoughtful journalist at the left end of the scale of the Christian right has pointed out that, “In these [past] 120 years no victory was ever more than a temporary slowdown in secularism. While there seemed to be many tactical wins, the war was lost.”

That’s pure pessimism. His solution? He writes that Christians should, “reconfigure themselves as a bold, vigorous, self-confidant minority, determined to security their minority rights and to have their say on life and its purpose, come hell or high water.” It sounds good, until the hypocritical reality is revealed that Mr Sheridan went so far away from the traditional Christian view as to support same-sex marriage. It seemed that he was not content to even fight for a losing position with “minority rights”, but has fully pledged himself to the idea that “the war was lost”.

I was at a meeting with Christians in mid-2017 where they claimed that Mr Sheridan was a Christian journalist. Let me say that if this is the state of Christian thought, then Christianity needs a major shakeup.

For years a variety of Fundamentalists, Presbyterians and Pentecostals have been calling for a shakeup. They have prayed for revival and from time to time been involved in various meetings or events designed to promote a reinvigoration in the Church or in an evangelistic sense. It has not seemed to have got far.
These people have pined for the good old days and some future time of glory. Great conversions, they claim, are happening in Asia, Africa and South America … but not here. Now, is that really even true?

If the good old days were so good, they were not good enough to stop the decline we see now. If the far off future is good, then we should see steps toward it now. If all of these things are happening in foreign lands, then where is the evidence?

What is the real nature and calibre of Christianity in China? If there was spiritual revival in Kenya, wouldn’t we actually find missionaries coming forth? How much of what is going on in Argentina is actually for real and not being manufactured?

One missionary I saw online (who is too afraid to identify himself) claimed that he was having great impact with the Copts or whoever else in the Middle East. I don’t doubt there are believers in foreign parts, but I know nothing of any of their success. Surely this is not because of some worldwide media conspiracy.
But what does the Scripture and the Holy Ghost say to and for us today?

“ARISE, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” (Isaiah 60:1-3).

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ADDRESSING THE CULTURE ISSUES — PART ONE

Greg Sheridan, a Roman Catholic journalist who belongs to the political Centre Left (he would probably say “conservative”), has written bemoaning the state of Christianity in Australia.
He writes about the “new religion of aggressive secularism”, the demise of church attendance and the capitulation of Christianity in the face of all social issues.

First we need to identify the Biblical reality. We are told in the Historicist interpretation of Daniel that in these days the transgressors are to come to the full (see Daniel 8:23). We are shown in Revelation chapter 3 that many attending church would be lukewarm.

There are two “Christian” stories about why this is happening. One is the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox story, which is incorrect. It says that the Protestant Reformation opened up society to eventually have the French Revolution and the demise of it we see today. The other story, which is correct, is that the Enlightenment brought in a new era in prophetic history. The war against religion was first a punishment on Roman Catholicism, and as Roman Catholics have joined up with the French and now EU/UN secular powers, there has been a steady move to the political Left in the West. The full manifestation of the French Revolution finally arrived in Western English-speaking nations in the 1960s.

Interestingly, even though Roman Catholicism, in trying to hold to its traditions and Right-wing views, even linking up with Fascism and Nazism, eventually changed in the 1960s to become the champion of the then USSR, and bringing in tremendous compromises and further errors through the Vatican II Council. The problem is that lots of Protestants, in allowing in the world into their churches, have been aligning some way with Roman Catholicism, particularly with the Left-wing (i.e. Liberal, Modernist) forms of it.

Greg Sheridan says that Australia’s churches are in crisis and need a new approach to relevant to a post-Christian society. Honestly, Mr Sheridan’s suggestion and appeal is completely misguided. A Christian would look to the Bible and to the Spirit of God. We should not react or do things based on anything other than what is truth and spiritual. Of course, if Mr Sheridan meant that Christians should repent and everyone convert to Protestantism, that would be good, but obviously he is not meaning that at all.

Surrender! That’s what Mr Sheridan seems to be advocating. That’s exactly what he has been doing in his active support for same-sex marriage when the remaining faithful resisted it.
“In these [past] 120 years no victory was ever more than a temporary slowdown in secularism. While there seemed to be many tactical wins, the war was lost,” Mr Sheridan wrote. If the war is lost, then all is lost.

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9).

So then the answers are not with the Roman Catholics. The Catholic Left is part of the problem. The conservative Catholics are not able to address the problem. The best Catholics, of the SSPX and traditional variety, while at least taking a stand, are still in a system they need to exit.

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4).

This Secularism, Modernism and Liberalism is a plague. God calls any of His people among the Roman Catholics to come out.

SOURCE: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/greg-sheridan/christian-churches-drifting-too-far-from-the-marketplace-of-ideas/news-story/e641fab1f62b1a63b08cc1ec75634af5

Dugin claims to be Christian

Russian political scientist, Alexandr Dugin, claims to be Christian. He claims to be a restorer of Russian Orthodoxy.

This is an overt rejection of Protestantism, and worse, falsely accuses Protestantism as being the root and creator of modernism and liberalism.

“And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.” (Daniel 11:31)

This is the pollution of the sanctuary of strength (i.e. America). Further, the daily sacrifice of Protestant practice, Protestant prayer and most importantly Protestant Bible reading, is being replaced by something else in this philosophy.

The Protestant religion is one which says that everyone, every nation, should become Protestant. The extension of the Kingdom of God in this way is good. Dugin’s beliefs are not in any way representative of true Christianity.

31 October 2017

On 31 October 2017 we had two important anniversaries.

First, we had 500 years since the Reformation, which began with Martin Luther nailing his ideas to a church door in Saxony. For 500 years Protestantism has accomplished much good.

Second, we had 100 years since the crucial Battle of Beersheba. For centuries Islam had been in power in the Middle East. The British forces were trying to defeat the Turks, and could not. Then General Allenby came up with a plan which consisted of using the Light Horse to flank Beersheba. The Australian Light Horse were ordered by Lieutenant General Sir Harry Chauvel to charge Beersheba after riding through the desert for two days. This charge was very successful, and with the fall of Beersheba, the Turks began to roll back, and were defeated, until eventually Jerusalem and then Damascus were captured. And so the First World War brought about the end of the Ottoman Empire.

Da 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
Da 12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
Da 12:13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

From when the Islamic religion first launched out on its world conquest in 632 AD to the fall of the Turkish Sultanate in 1922 was exactly 1290 years. The six day war with the capture of Jerusalem by the Jews was 1335 years after 632 AD.

The Reformation is about the authority of Scripture and the Battle of Beersheba is about God’s divine providence and the events which take place to fulfil Bible prophecies.

Conservatives who are wrong on Islam

There are Conservatives who are against Islam. That’s great. But some are against in wrong ways. We will go through some of these wrong approaches.

The first way that some Conservatives are wrong about the Muslim religion is that they want to deny it is a religion. They want to deny this because the Australian Constitution says that laws cannot be made about religions, and if Islam is not a religion, it can be banned. However, that is a weak way of dealing with enemy ideas, because it would require the use of deception and would mean that Christianity could not deal with Islam head to head.

The second way that some Conservatives are wrong about Islam is that they say it is a political ideology, whereas they imply Christianity is not. This is untrue. Those who say that Australia is secular and therefore the Government has no right to impose religion are wrong. Those who say that Islam is bad because it wants to establish itself by changing our way of life, and change our culture, are both hypocritical and in denial. Hypocritical because secularism is an ideology which stems from Enlightenment philosophy which certainly has every intention of influencing thought. And denial, because Christianity as both the manifest history and the avowed aim to change our way of life and our culture. True Christianity manifests very much through a political ideology.

So, we need to go beyond Conservatism. Conservatism is trying to hold on to the past, but is relenting to changes to traditions at a slow pace. Conservatism is too weak to deal with Islam, it would reject it, but does not go far enough in action against Islam with a more powerful idea. The most powerful idea that can destroy another wrong idea is Christianity.

Ac 19:18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
Ac 19:19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
Ac 19:20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

Christianity demands more than Conservatism would. In the scenario above, the new Christians destroyed their evil books. They weren’t engaged in half measures. The Gospel to any person does not coexist with Islam. The Gospel drive in the nation cannot share the glory with other ideologies.

Today’s Conservatives are starting to sound like they are half-Marxist. It’s time to be 100% Christian.