I have been struggling to come to grips with the way I have been feeling over the on-going destruction of the United States. Like most people on my side of the divide, I have been lamenting the governments’ refusal to enforce the law or to charge and prosecute the subversives within the government. Then, last night, it struck me: I have been looking to the Beast to deliver us. I cannot tell you how strongly this revelation has affected me, but I will try to explain it.
First of all, Scripture foretold that this would happen, and that it would be a pattern. The struggle between Esau and Jacob dates back to the time when Jacob stole Esau’s blessing and Isaiah replaced the blessing of his first born which rightfully belonged to Esau with this:
39 Then Isaac his father answered and said to him,
“Behold, away from the fertility of the earth shall be your dwelling,
And away from the dew of heaven from above.
40 “By your sword you shall live,
And your brother you shall serve;
But it shall come about when you become restless,
That you will break his yoke from your neck.”
41 So Esau bore a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”
Let me explain how I see and understand this passage (as it relates to the current events of our world).
First, we need to realize that Esau did not follow after the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He and his descendants (both physical and Spiritual) have always focused on the material things of this world, not of the spiritual things of YHWH’s Kingdom. For this reason, and because of the lingering animosity toward Jacob for stealing his blessing and being placed under Jacob’s rule as a result, the descendants of Esau have always been at odds with the descendants of Jacob (i.e. all of Israel). But there is more.
Isaac took Esau away from dwelling in the fertility of the earth. I cannot help but wonder if this is why those who oppose God’s people tend to live in cities? I also wonder if this is the reason these same people have such an ideological fascination with the land. When you look to the spiritual descendants of Esau, you will find they cannot grow, but they hold a romantic fondness for farming. Mind you, they do not seek to grow, they just seem jealous of those who can. At least, this is a feeling I get when I read this passage.
I also know that, because they reject God, the descendants of Esau have had the blessings of the Lord withheld from them. This is important because, among the long list that is included in those blessings is the ability to see with Spiritual eyes. And, if one cannot see with Spiritual eyes, one cannot see Truth. The only thing Spiritually blind people can see is themselves.
Then Isaac tells Esau that he and his descendants will live by the sword. This means they will live by force. This does not necessarily mean by actual swords (i.e. weapons). It can include any type of force. If a person forces their will upon another — to me — this would be living by the sword.
Then Isaac tells Esau that he and his descendants will serve Jacob and his descendants. This has lead to centuries of fuming animosity between these two family lines that drives many of the events that affect our current events, today.
Finally, Isaac tells Esau that there will come a time when Jacob’s descendants will cease to do its job. When that happens, Esau’s descendants will shake off the rule of Jacob’s descendants, setting them free to exact whatever revenge against Jacob’s descendants that they may seek. To me, this is a prophetic warning connected to 2 Thessalonians 2. When God’s people cease to be the Light they are meant to be in this world, then those who dwell in the darkness will no longer be restrained and they will be set free to destroy.
With this in mind, I then heard this verse in my head:
2 Then Jesus *said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.
To me, this verse is crystal clear: if I wish to be His disciple, I am not to seek to force my will upon others — no mater what! This means that I should not be seeking to use force against the people currently seeking the destruction of the United States. Now, I understand that the sword belongs to the civil authorities (Romans 13:3-6). But I also realize that passage is often misunderstood. The reality is simple: if God’s People were to stay committed to making disciples out of the nations, then evil would never be able to shake off the yoke of Jacob. However, as soon as people fall away from sound doctrine and true faith, then they will cease to make disciples of the nations and Esau will be set free to seek his revenge.
It was with all of this running through my head that I then heard this:
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
This was when I realized that, by looking to the government to ‘fix’ the mess of this world, I was looking to the Beast to deliver me. How this rent my heart. I am supposed to place all my faith and trust in the Lord. I am to look to Him and Him alone for my provision and salvation. I know this, so how could I have become so blind to the sin I had been committing by looking to the government for relief instead of trusting in the Lord to take care of me? No more!
Lord, forgive me! I have sinned against you. I beg your forgiveness. I will not look to government to deliver me, nor will I fear the future any longer. I will work to keep my eyes focused on You and You alone, and to trust that You have me firmly in Your hand. Eve if they destroy my body, I will trust that you will save my soul — but I must obey, and that means I must place all my faith and trust in you and not in the Beast.