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Sunday 31 July 2022

Formless and Void - The Real Great Reset

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Why does God judge? For several reasons: it is rational and just. Wickedness needs to be dealt with. Because God honours his word; that which he promises to do he will do, and he has promised vengeance on evil. It is because God is love and love must hate evil. But it is also what is good for people, society and the world. Judgement is a reset, it clears the land for renewal. 

Isaiah 24 tells us this: 

"1 Behold, the Lord will empty the earth and make it desolate,
    and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.
2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;
    as with the slave, so with his master;
    as with the maid, so with her mistress;
as with the buyer, so with the seller;
    as with the lender, so with the borrower;
    as with the creditor, so with the debtor.
3 The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered;
    for the Lord has spoken this word.
4 The earth mourns and withers;
    the world languishes and withers;
    the highest people of the earth languish.
5 The earth lies defiled
    under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed the laws,
    violated the statutes,
    broken the everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore a curse devours the earth,
    and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;
therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,
    and few men are left.
7 The wine mourns,
    the vine languishes,
    all the merry-hearted sigh.
8 The mirth of the tambourines is stilled,
    the noise of the jubilant has ceased,
    the mirth of the lyre is stilled.
9 No more do they drink wine with singing;
    strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
10 The wasted city is broken down;
    every house is shut up so that none can enter.
11 There is an outcry in the streets for lack of wine;
    all joy has grown dark;
    the gladness of the earth is banished.
12 Desolation is left in the city;
    the gates are battered into ruins.
13 For thus it shall be in the midst of the earth
    among the nations,
as when an olive tree is beaten,
    as at the gleaning when the grape harvest is done.
14 They lift up their voices, they sing for joy;
    over the majesty of the Lord they shout from the west.
15 Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord;
    in the coastlands of the sea, give glory to the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
16 From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise,
    of glory to the Righteous One.
But I say, “I waste away,
    I waste away. Woe is me!
For the traitors have betrayed,
    with betrayal the traitors have betrayed.”
17 Terror and the pit and the snare
    are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth!
18 He who flees at the sound of the terror
    shall fall into the pit,
and he who climbs out of the pit
    shall be caught in the snare.
For the windows of heaven are opened,
    and the foundations of the earth tremble.
19 The earth is utterly broken,
    the earth is split apart,
    the earth is violently shaken.
20 The earth staggers like a drunken man;
    it sways like a hut;
its transgression lies heavy upon it,
    and it falls, and will not rise again.
21 On that day the Lord will punish
    the host of heaven, in heaven,
    and the kings of the earth, on the earth.
22 They will be gathered together
    as prisoners in a pit;
they will be shut up in a prison,
    and after many days they will be punished.
23 Then the moon will be confounded
    and the sun ashamed,
for the Lord of hosts reigns
    on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
and his glory will be before his elders."

God has made an everlasting covenant with mankind: we get to enjoy the earth, the land, the whole of creation, as Iong as we honour the king. Blaspheme the king and judgement is guaranteed. God took Israel off the land and let it rest for seventy years, he gave the land rest (2 Chron. 36:21). God took out the Canaanites, Amorites, Rephaim and more because of their evil. God makes the land formless and Void, or empty and desolate to clear it of the evil committed upon it. When the Bible says the rocks and trees cry out, there is a spiritual sense in which this must be true. 

This judgement often comes when man peaks in his ability, power and achievements and therefore, also his pride. Just when man thinks he is all powerful God's judgement comes and resets things. Humbling man again. 

God will one day do this to the whole earth. He will wipe the slate clean and start afresh, a new heaven and a new earth. Until this time we will experience this in smaller, but still monumental ways. The earth is giving every sign of a time of judgement coming. Collapse is coming, the earth is staggering like a drunk man. At least Western society is. The leaders of the world are being revealed more and more as corrupt. This can only go on so long. 

God will only permit so much, and then he resets. It is vital for mankind to remember that we are not in charge and we must be on the right side of the one who is. The kingdom of man stands at the and of grace and mercy of the King of Kings. But society has forgotten this. 

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