Day 240: Praise Arrest
Psalm 76:10 (AV) — 10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.
Our nation and the world are experiencing great civil unrest. The seas are raging and roaring against authority. And it's just beginning. The world is attempting to throw off the shackles of "the man" when in reality, it's not "the man" that they are rebelling against. It's God's authority of righteousness. (See Romans 13:1-6) So let the seas rage. We know the One who can still the violence of the sea.
Isaiah 17:12 (AV) — 12 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
Psalm 89:9 (AV) — 9 Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.
The current civil unrest is just a tropical depression. We haven't reached the category five hurricane levels yet. The nations are in turmoil because at this very moment, Satan is working in their hearts, and man is blindly, but proudly fighting against his Maker.
Ephesians 2:2 (AV) — 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
The children of disobedience are kicking and screaming and fighting their way to the top of the food chain. They want their piece of the pie, but what they need is God's peace in Christ. So they are going to rage, and they are going to fight, and the Man of Sin will come forward and rouse them to a fever pitch of hatred and murder and violence.
The world is crying for social justice, and God's going to give it to them. Justice for all. We don't get the option to cast the stone when we are sinners ourselves. That's the entire purpose of Christ's first coming: to take our judgment upon Him and pay our sin debt. Refusing that offer leaves the world exposed to the righteous judgment of God. Here's some irony, the verse social justice warriors throw at Christians will be used against them:
Matthew 7:1–3 (AV) — 1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
But we can praise God for this reality: God's going to arrest them. Ironic, huh? "The remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain." They're fighting police officers and authority, but let's see them try and stop the momentum and force with which Christ returns to this earth. Their only hope is to lay down their arms against God and yield to Jesus. The alternative is this: after the arrest comes the arraignment, after the arraignment comes the judgment, and after the judgment comes eternal punishment. It is not what God wants, but it is what the raging nations beg for when they refuse Christ's yoke. God will cause even the wrath of man to praise Him. How so? Because man's feeble rage exalts the reality of God's righteous judgment. The creature in sin cannot point his bony finger at the spotless Lamb of God and accuse Him of unrighteousness.
Revelation 19:11–21 (AV) — 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. 19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.