The previous issue of Straightway presented three articles dealing with the strangeness from which God has delivered us—the strangeness of the world and its culture as well as the growing strangeness of the institutional church’s Neo-Christianity of today. This issue of Straightway will continue with two additional burdens concerning the strangeness of our times.
John the Baptist was prophesied by Malachi to be a forerunner of the first coming of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. His appointment of life was brief, dying before reaching the age of thirty-one. Nevertheless, within the six months of his public ministry, he fulfilled all that God appointed for him as this forerunner. Likewise, the Bible reveals that a forerunner will precede the public second coming of Christ. In addition to Malachi’s mentioning of Elijah, Revelation 11 speaks of another prophet, possibly Moses or Enoch (like Elijah, the only other man that has not seen death yet).
Satan (whose name was Lucifer before he fell) is clearly mentioned in Isaiah 14 and in Ezekiel 28. Being created an archangel very close to the Son of God, he was viewed as the “son of the morning.” It may be that the three named angels in Scripture—Gabriel, Lucifer, and Michael—were created specifically to assist the Trinity: Gabriel for the Father, Lucifer for the Son, and Michael for the Holy Spirit. Gabriel is seen announcing the Word of God (to Daniel, Zacharias, and Mary). Michael is seen in battle (Dan. 10:13; Jude 9; Rev. 12:7).
Revelation 2 and 3 speak about an angel (a messenger) to each particular church or church age. Will there be a group of men who will be raised up by God in the End Time, before the Rapture, to be stars in Christ’s right hand, who will make ready (as John was to do) a people prepared for the secret coming of the Lord? Likewise, in imitation to Christ, the Devil may have his forerunners before Christ’s secret second coming. These demonic messengers in Satan’s hand will be forerunners of the coming of Antichrist.
Genesis 6 speaks of the offspring from the sons of God marrying the daughters of men. Their children became men of renown, or (Heb.) “men of the name.” They were notorious, well-known men in their day. In the days of Moses similar men arose. These included Korah, Dathan, Abiram, and another 250 princes of the assembly who were “famous in the congregation, men of renown,” or “men of the name” (Num. 16:1, 2).
It seems that in the End Time there will be demonically gifted men to arise to prepare the world for the coming of the Antichrist. The preceding generation to the Antichrist will be the critical generation. This is the time when all the plans of the dragon will be set in place for the appearance of this beast to rise up out of the sea of humanity. He will be a man of renown. The apostle Paul declares him to be “the man of sin,” or sin’s man, and “the son of perdition.” He will be the culmination of the mystery of iniquity, or as John the Beloved candidly declares, he will be anti-Christ. He will rise to project himself both against Messiah and as a substitute of Messiah. It seems that Israel, the Jews, will accept him as Messiah as he rises in world notoriety. Only when he projects himself into the holy of holies of the temple will they realize he is not the Messiah. Messiah, being of the tribe of Judah, would never take on the duties of the tribe of Levi.
We are witnessing a unique hour filled with the rising of “men of the name,” or “men of renown.” These men are strangers arising to lead and rule this strange land, this growing world system. In contrast, note God’s warning to the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 17:15:
Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother (emphasis added).
The Coming of Strangers to Rule
The biblical Christian should be shocked at how the previous President of the United States was elected and how his two administrations promoted much against the Constitution of the United States and against God. The shocking victory of Donald Trump in 2016 seemed to be a providential reprieve in some areas. However, in the past year we have seen the powers of darkness rising among many “strangers” taking their place both in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. From whence came they? What is their background? Why have we not heard of these strangers before? While some may be more seasoned in contemporary political correctness, others are clearly neophytes to politics. Nevertheless, they are all strangers to the United States’ founding principles, its Constitution, and its history. They are strangers with a voice empowered by the dragon, both men and women of “renown” promoted by the media. They have taken a demonic hold upon the land and have intensified the strangeness of this land. As America embraces these strangers of rulership, stranger ways, stranger teachings, and stranger living will become the norm of our increasingly strange land.
Like our nation, our world is embracing a realm of new strange leadership. They are strangers to truth, to righteousness, to morals, and to honorable governance of the people. Truly a new breed of leaders, now in a deeper league with the Devil, have made their debut from the kingdom of darkness in most recent years. They are a new lineage of leadership far beyond the old liberals in politics. They have aggressively, boldly, and recklessly taken hold of nations, leading us and our children into a power of evil that will be the final devouring of the strange land. Pernicious laws of irreversible defiance against God are passed so quickly that we have little time to regroup our hearts from the previous laws passed. The words of Isaiah 1:7 reveal our time:
Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
The Powers of Rock and Roll: Increasing the Strangeness
Since World War II, our beloved country and its national thinking have radically changed. In the 1950s and 60s, the rise of rock ‘n’ roll brought great changes to the fabric of American society. The voice of this music became the new lawmakers of America. Its various leaders were the pied pipers of the baby-boomer generation. This new generation was determined never to go to war again, never to live under rationing, and refusing to live with the simple things of life. The rock ‘n’ roll of that generation fed a subtle growing rebellion in them.
Three major events of 1961 marked this generation. The first was the inauguration of John F. Kennedy, America’s youngest president. They saw him as a King Arthur (along with his beautiful wife) who would bring a utopian Camelot for the youth of our nation and the world. That year also marked the construction of the Berlin Wall by the Soviet Communists to keep the people of the communist bloc from trying to escape their oppression. The third event of 1961 was the first eruption of race riots in the United States. Thousands of stores were burnt and looted while the police looked on. These riots are an insight that amidst the hope in Kennedy, our nation was beginning to rip apart.
Coming out of all this, the rock ‘n’ roll poet-philosophers began to write about the crumbling and desolation of Western civilization. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and others realized that rock ‘n’ roll music was not simply to have a visceral effect on the generation in America. There was also a possibility to use the power of their music (which initially promoted fornication) to reshape the philosophy of an entire generation of youth. With such a manipulative weapon, these powers of darkness opened up a strange land that has continued to become stranger.
In 1964 the Beatles debuted in America. Though already known throughout Europe as the number one rock ‘n’ roll group, they came as unknowns to America. Instead of sporting leather jackets, thick sideburns, and long hair as they appeared in Europe, Brian Epstein (their sodomite manager) had them change their image so that America would accept them. He cleaned them up, gave them a haircut, got rid of the mutton chops, and put suits on them (though they looked a size too small) with high-heeled shoes. He convinced them initially to not make too much movement on stage (to contrast with Elvis Presley). Their music was simple and somewhat innocent, singing songs of only wanting to hold the hands of the daughters of America.
However, from 1964 to 1966 their image began to change as this group started bringing drugs into their music—“Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” This latter recording was said to have contributed to an increase of at least twenty percent of drug use in America. The Beatles embraced the hippie movement’s look and philosophy as well.
By 1968-70 America entered another dimension in its music. Rock musicians enamored with the Eastern religions introduced these philosophies to Western civilization through their mutating music. The strange land became even stranger. Chaos, confusion, wretchedness, and debauchery abounded in the culture of their music. By the 1970s even the occult was introduced to America’s young people. When the Beatles disbanded in 1970, ten percent of all rock music was on the theme of religion; themes of “Jesus,” lords, spirits, and gods of the Eastern religions were being openly popularized.
In 1971 (after the disbanding of the Beatles) John Lennon and his “strange” wife Yoko Ono sat down at an upright Steinway piano in their home in England and began to write a song that would reach to the ends of the earth. With a very simple melody and accompaniment, he gave it the one-word title “Imagine.” Lennon became the philosopher-poet of a hope for what he sought for everyone in a new world order. Although many individuals have written about utopias, how is one to interpret this word utopia? The Greek origin of this word allows for two understandings. First, it could be understood as “good+place,” suggesting a place of perfection. Or, secondly, it could be understood as “no+place,” or a nonexistent place.
Although Lennon did not use the word utopia, his simple phrases suggest he longed for such a place. One’s imagination is called upon to conceive the hope of such a future existence by asking, can you imagine a time when there are no countries, no religions, no heaven, no hell, no possessions, nothing to live or die for, only an existential world where all is one?
Although Sir Thomas More coined the word utopia, its concept goes all the way back to Plato’s Republic, three hundred years before Christ. Plato’s work seems to be the blueprint that the strangers in leadership today are using to bring about such a hope in America. Lennon’s song is its simplistic presentation. He reduced what could be three hundred pages of philosophy down to a few phrases that enraptured a world of hedonism (the doctrine of living for pleasure and the pursuit of happiness).
How may this utopia come? It must come without religious faith. It must come without national pride or sovereignty of nations. It must come when there is nothing any longer to fight for, where there is no longer any private property, where everything is community, where the world is one government. The chorus of Lennon’s song declares,
You may say that I’m a dreamer;
But I’m not the only one.
And some day I hope you’ll join us;
And the world will be as one.
Until two years ago John Lennon was given the singular credit for writing this song. Since then, Yoko Ono has wedged her way into being credited as its co-author, in order to gain more money from its copyright usage rights.
It is interesting to note that in every world-utopian scheme—from Karl Marx to the lyrical rhetoric of a Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, or Alexandria Cortez—never are the words of the rising common man heard. It is always the rhetoric from the wealthy ones. At his death in 1974, John Lennon’s estate had amassed a value of over $250 million while his song longed for a day of no possessions. It is also interesting to note that the World Council of Churches has repeatedly asked Yoko Ono to permit them to use “Imagine” as their theme song, but changing one phrase, “and no religion” to “and one religion.” Yoko Ono has not only repeatedly denied permission but has also denounced them for even trying or desiring to change the lyrics from “no religion.”
The Rise of the Strangers Leading the Strange Land
The strangers now emerging within the governmental leaderships of the world are aggressively pressing for one theme: a new world order to arise out of the present chaos. An exhausted 4,500-year-old world system now seeks a completely new order. All is ripe for this transition in the earth. There must be only one government! There must be one-world police force, one-world court, one-world banking and currency, all directed by a singular world elite. This unified elite believe that all wealth (except their own) must be redistributed equally to all others. To accomplish their one-world religion, Christianity must be eliminated. These elite even believe that at least a third of the world’s population (two to three billion) must die in the next twenty-five years to successfully usher in their one-world rulership.
Yet, in almost every world-utopian scheme, there is a chasm between the lyrical rhetoric meant to ensnare the masses and the personal lifestyles of the expositors of such a utopia. We see such hypocrisy in Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Cortez, the Muslim women who condemn America, as well as Hillary Clinton, the patroness of liberalism. These all make their millions of dollars scheming off the poverty of others through the American government. The strangers and haters of God that have made their way into the governmental leadership are now rapidly vocalizing the global cry, “There must be a new world order!”
A few years ago, the director of the UN World Health Organization, Brock Chisholm, made the following statement:
To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism, and religious dogmas.
This is a strange saying in our strange land. The strangers ruling the strange land today are deepening the world-order agenda. Perhaps today’s President, balking at this New World Order, is helping to reveal their vast corruption that is partly manifested by their intense efforts to overthrow him and his agenda.
Oh, these are strange sayings and strange workings in a strange land ruled by strangers! These rulers have now taken over to deepen this world-order agenda. But how can they accomplish this desire? Through socialism? Through dictatorship? Amidst the varying approaches, all are at least unified in the pursuit of a new world order soon.
We must remember that all the extreme political ideologies of the world come from the privileged classes. These individuals determine how the poor should live, while they themselves never will endure such poverty. Socialism is a creature of the aristocracy; Communism is the brainchild of German-Jewish intellectuals. Such grand ideas do not come from the slums; they come from idealists and dreamers. The poor and beaten down in Africa, in Asia, in Latin America do not have time to think about idealistic theories.
When the poor are seen rising up, it is instigated by the upper-class elite. Strangers such as the wealthy George Soros are behind the scenes. The migrations in Europe, Africa, and Latin America are all connected to wealthy social reformers. Perhaps the most highly placed players are centered in the banking corporate foundations of big money, and their principal goal is to gain control of all the world’s money. In turn, this power enables their control over appointments of politicians and their policies.
The New World Order and the New Age Movement
The New World Order’s spiritual dimension is found in the New Age movement. Tal Brooke, a prominent author for the New Age movement, drew his book title When the World Will Be As One: The Coming New World Order from a phrase in John Lennon’s song “Imagine.” For a number of years, Brooke studied as a disciple of the Hindu holy man Sai Baba (Hinduism is heavily involved in the new age as well as the new world order). Brooke declares that a group of men called “ascended masters” who are possessed by powerful spirits will arise to become the controlling minds of the New World Order. Brooke further states the following:
One of the dangers of the New Age movement is that it is the perfect creed for globalism. It can syncretize with any faith except Christianity. It does not use the language of judgment or sin but speaks in sweeping terms about sacredness of nature, the spark of divinity in the human race. It issues positive language and idealizes human potential. It is utterly post-modern and outwardly far more attractive to post-Christian baby boomers than the outmoded church. It is up-to-date, vogue, and politically correct. It could also undergird the planetary faith or spawn something else that will be such as Gaia. In brief, the New Age movement and its progeny Gaia are spiritually correct for a new world order. Christianity is not. A generic spirituality is necessary to fuse diverse, even hostile, cultures and faiths into a unity. To fit the world together, religious boundaries must be eliminated [emphasis added].
Gaia is the personification of the Earth and one of the Greek primordial deities. Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life, the primal Mother Earth goddess. The clamor for climate control to combat global warming is to protect Mother Earth. She must be cared for; she must be enabled to continue to do what she needs to do.
Various groups and beliefs fall under the New Age movement’s assistance in this New World Order. The group of paganism includes polytheism, pantheism, panentheism. Animism is the belief that all living entities—plants, animals, humans—possess a spirit. And finally, the wicca group worships the mother earth goddess through her professed occult powers.
The New Age movement seeks to spiritually contribute to this New World Order. Within this strange land, the End Time is witnessing strangers trying to overthrow the existing world order and its God-centered roots. To achieve their goal, a new-age world religion must emerge. This pursuit has become paramount to the new strange rulers of our strange land. They are aggressively pressing this parallel thought of human potential.
Included in their world religion is the promotion of self-esteem. However, in their context, self-esteem is the potential of man to control the invisible powers of Gaia in order to become a greater ruler, a greater leader in civilization. (The Harry Potter books, which have made their pauper author J. K. Rowling a billionaire, came at the right time and were couched in the fictional story of a boy and two close friends who were seeking their human potential.)
To the Christian it should be clear that occult demonic powers lead back to that of the Devil himself. Satan is the adversary, the accuser, Abaddon, the destroyer, the destructive one (or, bringer into a wasteland). Hitler and his Nazi empire were a miniature of this occult pursuit. More and more books are revealing the intensity and depth of the darkness of the occult forces that the leaders of Nazi Germany under Hitler were deeply involved in. These men were demonic leaders, strange leaders. Such strangeness in our strange land will become predominant in the days ahead. Though sin brings strangeness, sin in and of itself does not have the accompanying power of the Devil. Only certain sins of humanity invite the Devil’s assistance. Idolatry and witchcraft are two examples. When Satan deepens sin in humanity, strangeness in the land and its leaders increases and can take over a nation.
The esoteric author Alice Bailey (1880–1949) was probably the first to use the term New Age; she also inculcated the phrase “the Christ” in speaking of her perverted view of His imparting cosmic energy into humanity. In her work Problems of Humanity (1944) she stated the following:
The kingdom of God will inaugurate a world which will be one in which it will be realized that politically speaking, humanity as a whole is of far greater importance than any one nation. It will be a new world order, built upon different principles to those in the past, and one in which men will carry the spiritual vision into their national governments, into their economic planning, and into all measures taken to bring about security and right human relations.
This author is only one of many strange voices to have arisen in our land. The intensity of such demonic voices is only ever increasing.
For decades another movement in our strange land has been feverishly seeking for democracy to replace America’s Republic. Now the establishment press is pressing for a democratic socialism. Included in its agenda is the seizure of personal guns, even though our Constitution allows for personal gun possession fearing the rise of a dictatorial government. These new political and media leaders are strangers to the Republic. They are making marked strides toward greater control of all land as well as control of the birth and abortion of children. In their intense hatred for innocent lives, they even seek the abortion of a child outside the womb. In their insanity they strangely reason the expenditure of the elderly, aborting lives that no longer benefit society. Additionally, they sympathize with the Muslims’ brutal killings of Christians around the world, their burning of churches, and now their takeover of cities, courts, schools, and textbooks in America.
The strangers to the strange land are now becoming the very rulers of the strange land. These rulers include sodomites given to “strange flesh” (Jude 7) who bring with them transgenders, who blaspheme God by insanely denouncing their sovereignly appointed gender by the Creator. Their dark wisdom is filled with perversion, corruption, confusion, hatred against God, and an abhorrence of the Christ of God.
Yes, our country is desolate, our cities are burned with fire, and the controlling evil passions of these strangers have become the new breed of terrorism. These strangers are devouring our land in our very presence. With such an increase of strangers now ruling the strange land, fear and timidity are intensified. Oh, dear reader, we are being overthrown by strangers to our Constitution, to our Republic, to our Christian way of life, and to our very God!
The Final Stranger to the Strange Land
But the strangest of the strangers in this strange land is coming—
And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory (Dan. 11:36–39).
We know this strange god will be Satan, the dragon who will give the power to the beast (Revelation 13), the strange man of sin, the son of perdition (2 Thess. 2:3), who will come to rule the world. He will come as Antichrist, intensely against the Christ, and to boldly take the place of Christ.
These coming days of the strangest of rulers are going to be the most difficult to face. By the time these men and women have reached their pinnacle of ruling power, they have already been consumed and obsessed in their evils wrought by the strange land. Every generational leader becomes stranger; in turn, they make the strange land even stranger.
Nevertheless, it should be acknowledged again that this is the generation God has appointed us to live in. Our appointed season of history is the End Time of the last days. In contrast to Lot who volitionally chose to live in Sodom, we did not choose to live in this generation. Yet we find ourselves in the same described moral and spiritual darkness and filth of Lot’s Sodom.
We may wonder why God placed 2 Peter 2:6–9 in the New Testament in light of Lot’s life as seen in Genesis 19. In 2 Peter chapter 2, the Holy Spirit speaks of Lot as a righteous man living in a wrong place yet a place that he chose. Although we have not chosen to live in this hour of history, the Lord included this passage in Peter’s words about End-time apostasy to warn us to be discerning of our powerful times.
Second Peter 2:7 declares, “And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked.” Only just Lot was vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked. The word vexed means “to tire down with toil, to be exhausted with labor,” therefore signifying “to afflict, to oppress, or to beat down.” This Greek present passive participle indicates a continuous action of vexing that constantly came upon Lot day by day from the wickedness of Sodom. The words “filthy conversation” reveal an insolent disregard of decency; there was continual wanton and shameless conduct among the inhabitants of the city. They truly were rebels against nature and conscience.
Second Peter 2:8 continues, “For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.” Again, we repeat that Lot chose to dwell among the people of Sodom. The recollection of this sad mistake must have added bitterness to the daily distress caused by the sin of his sodomite neighbors. God only knows the motive of his moving there. Was it a choice of his own? Was it because of his wife or his children? Did his family press to get to the big city with all of its provisions of life? Nevertheless, it seems that he carried deep regret for his choice, though still remaining there.
Our situation as to why we are here is different from Lot’s. We have not chosen to live in this worldwide strange land. We cannot get away from the filthy living found all around us. About the only place of refuge is our homes. Yet will there be days ahead that such “strange flesh” will be forced upon our children and homes? It was the constancy in seeing and hearing all of the city’s deep sins, day in and day out, that brought this vexing upon Lot’s soul.
Nevertheless, amidst the great continuous vexing and tormenting of our souls in the End Time, 2 Peter 2:9 includes the great truth that God is able “to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” This passage affirms that God cares for His dear people in this last and desperate hour! He knows the righteous, and He knows how to deliver them! We need to pray (according to the Model Prayer of the Lord) for God to “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” He can save us from being exposed to temptation, when He knows that the temptation is too great for us; He can deliver us out of the midst of temptation! We may be left alone, like Elijah of old, in a tumult of corruption and rebellion, but the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers. We must look to Him to keep ourselves pure and by His grace try to lead a godly life in an ungodly world.
As our duties bring us into the common market of life, it is vexingly obvious that the strange is getting stranger, the music is getting stranger, the hideous attire of people is getting stranger, and the talk is getting stranger. The open indignities are becoming more grievous. Through such an open deplorable public environment that boldly flaunts its sins in present society, the Devil may try to draw from one’s memory of past sins to defile him or her once again. We know that God has both forgiven and delivered his people from such sins, but the flashbacks may become the avenues through which the temptations arise.
Even today’s workforce is becoming more difficult to be a part of, or even to some, intolerable to the soul because of its temptations and defilements. There is little regard or respect for God; and more and more, there is no consciousness of God in the living. Such dark powers becoming more prevalent and more permissible should cause us to increase our prayers and cries to heaven, “Lord, how long?” We did not choose this generation; God appointed us for this hour.
The words in 2 Peter 2 are crucial truths for us today. If Lot had not been a righteous man, he would not have known this vexing of soul. This is the reason carnal, fleshly professing Christians find no vexation in the worldliness they have settled into. If professing Christians have no vexation of soul today, it is evident they are not saved and not delivered from this world. Familiarity with the world finally brings tolerance of the world. One of the reasons we live in a house is to separate us and our family from the world, to keep our children from seeing it. The safest place is the home. But thank God for the promise of verse 9: “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations”!
May God help us as we see the strangers pervading Washington with voices and lifestyles representing perversions of strange flesh, powers of socialism, and hatred of our Constitution and national legacy. “The powers that be” are rising to rule with greater strangeness in the strange land. The Rapture has not taken place yet, so we must trust God to enable us to overcome here until He takes us out. It may be that the Rapture will occur when there is no other way for God to deliver us in this present trial. For this season of prayer, “Dear Lord, as we witness in our country a new breed of leadership leading us into a deeper strangeness within the strange land, enable us to overcome through the blood of the Lamb and the testimony of His Word. Amen.”