Rev. Anthony Martlew L Th.
"Danger - Demolition
This is a Hard Hat Area"
No doubt you have walked down a street and seen such a sign. Sometimes there is a convenient viewing area for the inquisitive passers-by to stop and view the activity on the other side of the barrier.
Your memories come flooding back, of course. It was the parish church of St. Michael. As a youngster you attended the services with your parents. You also call to mind some of the social events in the church hall. As your mind reflects upon these things, you suddenly realise that those days have gone for ever, your parents have died, and the vicar (what was his name?)
As you view the building site, with mechanical diggers and lorries off-loading materials, you wonder what they are going to put up in its place.
Your attention is directed to the notice board,
"Acquired for clients,
Soon to be erected on this site, a 21-storey office block, incorporating a night club. massage parlour, casino and cinema."
Then follow the architect's name, surveyors and main contractors.
Maybe you have guessed by now what all this is leading up to. Yes, you are quite right. This is my roundabout way of saying that all the foregoing is a picture of what is happening to the nation today.
Our leaders, both spiritual and secular, are the appointed demolition contractors. All that made our nation what it was in the past, is being pulled down brick by brick, soon to be replaced by a multi -storey, multi-function, faceless monstrosity Whereas the previous building was dedicated to the glory of God, and those who used it were familiar with, and understood its fundamental purpose, those soon to inhabit the new building know nothing of these things.
The new structure is dedicated to mammon throughout, the staff will be thinking of nothing but quicker profits.Those who frequent its other functions will only be interested in the pursuit of pleasure. Where is the soul in such a structure?
What is so desperately needed there is another kind of profit - a prophet! Our leaders have pulled down the old structure and informed us that it is time to move on, and leave the old ideas and standards behind. "Cool Britannia" waives the rules! Our spiritual leaders have joined with those destroyers of our history, and denigrated the truth of Scripture.
I am reminded of the first verse of Psalm 127:
" Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain."
The new buildings and city that are being erected around us, most certainly are not being built by the Lord. I will not bring to your attention all that is wrong with this nation, for I have mentioned such things so many times. It is important, however, that we give this matter some thought from a global viewpoint.
It is very evident when we examine Scripture, that the Lord's Hand is to be seen in all the events of history. Man, in his ignorance, assumes that things merely happen by chance, whether they be wars, or movements of peoples from one side of the globe to the other. However, this is not so haphazard as they imagine.
Almighty God has been intervening in the affairs of nations from the earliest times. Our firstglimpse of this is seen in Genesis 10:32:
"These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood."
Then, some 900 years later, we learn:
"When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel." - (Deuteronomy 32:8)
Confirmation that all the movements of nations were in the Sovereign Will of Almighty God, and not by mere chance, is given in Deuteronomy 30:20:
"That thou mayest love the Lord thy God and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them."
Finally,the New Testament confirms all this early activity in Acts 17:26:
"And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;"
These texts demonstrate that the Lord is very much involved in the activities, movements and destinies of nations, with particular reference to Israel.
Many other texts also provide evidence that Jehovah has time and time again, throughout history, used individuals for His mighty purposes. Often, such men have evil intent, such as Balaam and Judas Iscariot, and the Holy Spirit directs them to perform some act which will ultimately be to God's glory.
It has been necessary in this article to highlight some of these events, in order to understand what is happening to our nation today.
Scripture reveals that, prior to the Lord's return, there will be many signs in the earth and in the heavens - (Matthew 24, Luke 21 and others).
The disintegration of our history and culture is an integral part of the events for the last days. Whilst it is painful and distressing to watch helplessly as our Royal house comes under attack and our Established Church crumbles, nevertheless, it is in the Plan and Purpose of Almighty God that it should be so.
Whatever your personal feelings may be, concerning the destructive nature of our temporal and spiritual leaders, they have been placed in their positions of authority by the Sovereign Will of Almighty God. They are carrying out their task of demolition in ignorance that they are fulfilling their appointed destinies, which nothing can alter.
In order that the stage may be set for the new age to follow, all that has gone before must be cleared away. We may grieve as these things come to pass, but rest assured that what the Lord has planned for the future will be a thousand times better than what came before.
"For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, 0 God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him." - (Isaiah 64:4)
The demolition of the present order of things is taking place so that God the Father ...
"shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began." - (Acts 3:20, 21)
The coming again of Jesus, the Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, will be a time of "restitution of all things".
Remember that at the beginning of this article, we noted that "hard hats" must be worn. Believers at this time need the hard hat that is the "helmet of salvation" for their complete protection, as Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:17:
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
Forget the old order, which is now passing away, for at our Lord's coming, all things will be restored to their former glory,as it was when Adam and Eve knew it before their disobedience. The soil, the rivers, and the sea, which we have polluted with our toxic rubbish, will be pure, and living waters shall go out from Jerusalem. (Zechariah 14:8)
"And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be."
Fear not and grieve not for the old world, for the best is yet to come!
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