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A Dizzy State Of Affairs

For various reasons some Christians say we shouldn't be overly concerned with unsettling world events because God has all things under control, and that He does.  Besides God being supreme over all things, have you considered how His having control is practically worked out in unsettling world events?


Isaiah 19:14 reads; "The Lord has poured into them (Egyptians) a spirit of dizziness; they make Egypt stagger in all she does; as a drunkard staggers around in his vomit".  Note that it's God who pours out this spirit of dizziness.  It's God who causes Egyptians to stagger like drunken sailors.   


"I will make boys their officials, mere children will govern them". (Isaiah 3:4)  Note that it's God who placed immature leaders into positions of authority in Israel.  Their childishness is seen in Isaiah 22:3.  "All your leaders have fled "  Israeli leaders jumped their sinking ship to save their own necks. 


"I will make it a wasteland; neither pruned nor cultivated  I will command the clouds not to rain upon it". (Isaiah 5:6)  Note that it's God who causes these ecological disasters.     


A serious study of the Bible will show you that God causes all kinds of ecological, economic, military, governmental, and other disasters.  He does so to implement His will in judgment.  Of course, this isn't visible to the naked eye of the Biblically illiterate.  They view these unsettling events in terms of climate change, a down turn in the economy, terrorism, poor leadership, and more.   


On a daily basis we see reports of unsettling events in Syria, Egypt, and elsewhere.  The western world isn't exempt from such troubles.  The United States government is presently disabled, fumbling around in a state of paralysis.  Other nations are experiencing a light headed bout of dizziness as they attempt to deal with their troubles.  As it was in Old Testament days, so it is today.  God Almighty is causing unsettling events to accomplish His will in judgment.       


When Jesus told us that satan is the prince of this world, (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11) He gave us a bit of a clue to how unsettling world events shows that God is in control.  Satan assigns demonic "principalities and powers" over specific regions and nations as the Apostle Paul puts it in Ephesians 6:12.  This tells us that the real fight isn't taking place in the hallowed halls of Washington, but in the spirit world that permeates those so-called hallowed halls. 


It's a Biblical fact that God is in control of all things.  In part, this is realized when He hands a society bent on sin over to the sins of their choice. (Romans 1:24 27)  By so doing, God steps back from that society which allows the satanic forces assigned to that society to move in and have their way.  By stepping back, God sets in motion the unsettling and dizzying demonic events as a form of judgment.    


Revelation 6:1 and 2 says. "I watched as the Lamb (Jesus) opened the seventh seal.  Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, 'Come'!  I looked and there before me was a white horse!  Its rider held a bow and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conquer bent on conquest".  Note that this evil conqueror, who many see as the anti-Christ, can do absolutely nothing but wait until he is given permission to "come".  Only after hearing the word "come" from the lips of the living creature can he escape his pen and cause havoc on the earth.  God is certainly in control, even in control of the anti-Christ.  I warn you ahead of time; when Jesus says "come" to evil spirits, take cover.  A spirit of dizzy drunkenness is only the beginning of the unsettling events to come. 


I remind you of what Jesus soberly told those who followed Him in Luke 12:56.  "Hypocrites!  You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky.  How is it that you don't know how to interpret the present times"?  It's clear that Jesus wants our eyes of understanding opened to what's going on around us, both in the physical world and in the spiritual world.  We can't hide our heads in the sand of ignorance, indifference, or a new age positive thinking philosophy that believes good thoughts will make it all disappear.  It won't disappear until the Lord Jesus Christ is finished working behind the scene of the affairs of men and nations to accomplish His will.  Therefore, to my American friends, know that the present distressful deadlock in Washington is more than a matter of misguided leaders.  It's an act of God. 


One of the last unsettling events foretold in Scripture that demonstrates God being in total control is seen in Isaiah 13:13.  "I will make the heavens tremble, the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the Lord Almighty "  Beyond this most unsettling universal event that brings deadly dizziness lies a new heaven and a new earth where only blessed events will reign supreme.  Just remember what Jesus said.  When you begin to see thee major unsettling events take place, know that the Kingdom of God is at hand. (Luke 21:31) 


Yes, God is in control because He is actively involved in the affairs of men and nations to accomplish His will.  You can count on that.

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