(FROM TRUMPET, P.O. BOX 141, RONDEBOSCH 7701, SOUTH AFRICA)
HOORAH!!! We are famous. We are the only city in the world that has run out of water. I heard it on television so it must be true.
Our dams are dry, or dangerously shallow. Whilst elsewhere floods, storms and other moods of nature are creating havoc, our little corner of the wide, wide world is turning to dust. I have lived a long time and I can’t remember ever experiencing any like it before.
Something is fundamentally wrong with our world!
This beautiful planet that has given us life is a living organism, it is not a dead matter. Death cannot sustain life. Like a human body its welfare is maintained by predestined laws which govern it existence. It is a fundamental unit of the total creation, of which mankind is a part. And, since man is made in the image of God, we may logically assume that the earth was made ready to host and house and facilitate and encompass the totality of his way of life.
The problem, as I see it is that we have ignored, like stubborn mules, the fact that in our beginning, God created our heaven and earth. He created all things in keeping with the pattern of divine order. He did it without consulting us, but since we were created in His image it follows that the total plan of life was interwoven with the nature, image and character of our Creator.
Surely it makes sense then that any attempt to intervene and break up that relationship, is bound to come from an unfriendly and alien source and influence that is not part of the original creation and should be rejected, and neutralized with every means.
Compromise like freedom of choice between the creative laws and alternatives are out of the question. There can be no quibble with words. What starts with little questions posed with a joke and a giggle like Satan used on Eve, end in tragedy: Genesis gives us the edited version of what transpired in Adam’s “Garden” whereas Ezekiel 28 has much more information about the Eden incident and deserves a careful study.
When he appeared in the “garden” it was no wriggling snake that seduced the glorious beautiful Eve, but the subtle deceiver in all his cunning and disguise. He got it right with Eve and later Adam, but when he tried it on Jesus in the wilderness, he was summarily exposed and rejected, and our Lord is our example.
The earth is agonizing as any living organism does when stressed. The laws of life are not subject to amendment nor are the consequences of their violation. The physical upheavals being witnessed everywhere is evidence of that. The chaotic madness imposed upon us by systems and persons who, if they were insane there would have at least be excuse for their actions.
Instead, with conscious awareness they are dismantling, piece by piece the magnificence and order of our Glorious Creator. They frolic with destiny and trifle with nature. In the name of “progress” they are dragging our civilization into the bowels of hell from whence they come.
Drought is one of God’s most powerful tools. Nothing can live without water. He used it in the lifetime of Elijah and will use it rather than weapons to enforce obedience once His Kingdom is come.
The whole world is now aware of our dilemma. Three of our four seasons come and go year by year without fail, only our winter rain has forsaken us. Our dry dams cry out in vain to our blue skies who mischievously smile back from their heights with dry sunny grins.
Like most of you, I too am a praying man. We know that prayer is not merely talking in the dark. It is a serious matter. It is the vehicle by which we enter into realms that are supra-human. There, “deep calleth unto deep.”
Isaiah 6 gives us a vivid inside view of the awesome presence whom we address when we call upon the Living God. If we saw what Isaiah saw, well, read for yourself. It helps us to understand why Jesus taught us to start our prayers with: “Hollowed” be Thy Name”.
I do not play religious games with pour God. He doesn’t trifle in make-belief and “clever” prayers. You get in line or you get out. “It is fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.”
Many centuries ago Moses achieved a remarkable and historic reversal of divine determination. He successfully persuaded God to spare the nation of Israel, after the God of Israel had sentenced the nation to death, and to be replaced by Moses offspring. Rebellious and idolatrous, almost from their conception, the people seemed wholly incapable of the task required of them.
Then came the remarkable appeal for their pardon. Perhaps the fact that it came from Moses, the leader of the nation, the pardon was granted. God never makes mistakes, and the new lease of life granted to these rebels never changed them by one iota. Again and again we read of their conduct. Overlooking for the present their biblical rebellious exploits, let’s consider some recent examples.
At the end of the Nineteenth century they sold themselves to the financiers to twice attack a tiny brother God-fearing people, to steal from them control of their land and the wealth in its soil. They established concentration camps where women, children and the aged, died of hunger and disease. In addition, their houses were burnt to the ground, their livestock slaughtered, their food-producing farmland despoiled.
Despite the gallantry of this same ill-used folk, in 1914, the Afrikaner fought side by side with their former enemy in defence of their blood-soaked empire. Throughout World War 2, the Afrikaner once again allied themselves with England’s war campaign.
When it was over these people whom Moses spared with his prayer rewarded them by pressing them into submission to a hotchpotch of African barbarians. To date, tens of thousands of their food-producing, Christian farmer were slaughtered in unspeakable circumstances. Their land is stolen and where there used to be beauty and order what remains is ruin, rape and chaos.
The war South Africans helped them to win, when picked apart and analysed reveals more and more the sinister motives of their leadership.
Germany had no wish to war with England. The British had no reason for interfering in the matter of Poland, which was none of their business. The Poles were slaughtering Germans and Hitler rightly put an end to it. Why start a world war on that account?
Once it was on, it was Germany who attempted to end it, sending Rudolph Hess to reason to the British, then they put him in prison and many years later murdered him and made a clumsy attempt to claim his death was suicide. Ironically Hess’ mission took place around the time the British people were praying for peace.
Together with their murderous brothers from the USA and their unspeakable Soviet Russian allies from the east, they devastated the beautiful German nation crafted under the leadership of Adolf Hitler.
Their bombers brought firestorms to towns and cities alike reducing everything to cinders and heaps of bodies.
The irony of all this is that now, after their glut of slaughter and destruction they have at last turned upon themselves. They are now in the process of self-destruction, bastardizing every segment of their own race and society.
Moses’ mistake, understandable as the nation’s leader, can be pardoned but it cannot undo the damage wrought by his blood-thirsty brethren.
That said we do not overlook the good things and people who have left their impact upon the pages of history.
But we mention these massive crimes in the shadow of the grief that has overtaken our nation including the present disaster that is upon us. The remedy we know is to repent of our errors and turn back to our God. Someday our redeemer will find us again and common sense will prevail.