“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”
– William Shakespeare
Modern life has its ways of reminding us that we are not here forever – whether traveling in a big spam can at 33,000 feet over the earth’s surface, talking on our cell phone and failing to look before stepping out to cross a busy city street, or gulping two newly prescribed medicine tablets which instead result in a fatal allergic reaction. And of course various parts of our body can fail catastrophically at the most inconvenient times.
You get the idea. We’re not here forever. So why do we ignore this fact?
I can tell you with absolute certainty that the earth will continue to spin on its axis and orbit the sun just as it does today if Barack Obama gets whacked in the head by a golfing buddy not watching his follow through swing, or Warren Buffett or George Soros decide to take their next payout in gold coins and die underneath the weight of the pile.
You can listen to Steve Jobs. He was a bit more vocal about it than most.
God had already told us as much. We just seem not to pay much attention these days:
“For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away” (1 Peter 1:24 KJV).
Yet should we assume that because life in the here and now lacks permanence, the eternal does not exist? The apostle Peter continues, “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you” (1 Peter 1:25).
Failing to discern the eternal seems to me very much like stepping out onto a busy street and being hit by a car: Just because you didn’t see the car doesn’t mean it wasn’t there. And whether we are talking about a car that appeared “out of nowhere,” a missile at 33,000 feet, or an eternal being who steps out into our path as we go about our business on this transient earth, we will still feel the effects of the encounter.
The biggest war taking place today is between the natural and the supernatural. The natural world has decided that the supernatural doesn’t exist. This has no effect upon the supernatural realm, but it has a great deal of effect upon this world and the people who inhabit it.
God tells us plainly that not all his created intelligences beyond the realm of the natural world still serve him today. Some have united against him under the leadership of the most powerful created intelligence in the universe. The present natural world gives no thought to this. To them it is foolishness. Their biggest threat is the portion of humanity that disagrees with them about the solutions to the world’s problems. Somehow, the “final solution” is never quite final, regardless of to whom it is applied.
The natural world will not be able to defeat this coming ruler. Nor will they want to, at least in the beginning. He is to have his chance to fix the world without God’s intervention. The horrific results of his partnership with mankind’s self-anointed elites will stand for all of eternity as a testimony to the utter folly of a creation that usurped God’s leadership role in the universe.
This is the generation that gets to watch it happen.
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