“All politics formed against Christ and His Gospel end at last in the destruction of those who contrived it.” -George Whitefield
It has always been a wonder to me what it is that people magnify when it comes to rulers that are not ruled by God. They magnify the deeds of the wicked rather than magnifying the Lord in keeping His commandments by establishing His judgments within the gate (Deuteronomy 4; Proverbs 28:4; Amos 5:15).
Of course, when the Church fails to obey the Lord in all things, they then fall prey to those who mean to rule over them as a chastisement and if refused, a judgment (Deuteronomy 28:15).
One thing that we know ALL know, regardless if one wants to admit to it or not, is that we all reap what we sow no matter who we are. No one is exempt (Hebrews 9:27). The Word of God is clear in this matter:
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” -Galatians 6:7
This, of course, applies to the presidents, senators, congressmen, justices, police, tax collectors, priests, the rich and the poor, etc…
For we know that the Lord will by “no means clear the guilty” (Exodus 34:7).
There are some among the above mentioned, no doubt, that feel that they are demi-gods, where they live arbitrarily and without consequence, that think that they are above the law. This is delusional as well as it is temporal (Psalm 94:7) because the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob sees all things, at all times, in all places and is the judge of every individual who has ever come upon the face of this earth (Proverbs 15:3; Hebrews 4:13).
“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, thereof the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” -Ecclesiastes 8:11
Friends, I am here to tell you and the present day tyrants (Sinners who refuse to repent-Matthew 3:2) that there is a day of recompense. Look to the tyrants of the past.
It is to be remembered in all of this that it is NOT the Lord’s good pleasure that the wicked perish (Ezekiel 18:23), but all men are responsible for the choices that they make (Deuteronomy 30:19).
What was the recompense of those who wanted to test the Living God? What was their end? When the Lord said, “touch not mine anointed,” did He really mean it?
Ask those that did not take heed to His warnings…
Let’s see if you knew this history, the very history that modern day revisionists and tyrants would rather that you didn’t know.
What was the end of Pontius Pilate, who added insult to injury when washing his hands in the face of the people, as if to suggest that he was innocent of crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 27:24)?
Pontius Pilate handed Christ to be scourged and crucified at the demand of the Jews. Pilate fell under misfortunes in the reign of Caligula (A.D. 37–41), was exiled to Gaul and eventually committed suicide there in Vienne.
What was the end of Herod Antipas and Herodias who were responsible for the imprisonment and execution of John the Baptist? (Herod himself attempted to plot the death of Christ.) In the summer of A.D. 39, Antipas’ money and territory were turned over to Agrippa, while he and his wife were exiled, and Antipas died miserably.
What of Josephus’ Account of King Agrippa-Heord Death who persecuted the Jerusalem Church, having James son of Zebedee killed and imprisoning Peter (Acts 12:3-19)?
The account of King Agrippa’s death is told by Flavius Josephus:
“Now when Agrippa had reigned three years over all Judea, he came to the city Caesarea […] There he exhibited shows in honor of the emperor […] On the second day of the festival, Herod put on a garment made wholly of silver, and of a truly wonderful contexture, and came into the theater early in the morning; at which time the silver of his garment was illuminated by the fresh reflection of the sun’s rays upon it. It shone out after a surprising manner, and was so resplendent as to spread a horror over those that looked intently upon him. At that moment, his flatterers cried out […] that he was a god; and they added, ‘Be thou merciful to us; for although we have hitherto reverenced thee only as a man, yet shall we henceforth own thee as superior to mortal nature.’
Upon this the king did neither rebuke them, nor reject their impious flattery. But as he presently afterward looked up, he saw an owl sitting on a certain rope over his head, and immediately understood that this bird was the messenger of ill tidings, as it had once been the messenger of good tidings to him; and he fell into the deepest sorrow. A severe pain also arose in his belly, and began in a most violent manner. He therefore looked upon his friends, and said, ‘I, whom you call a god, am commanded presently to depart this life; while Providence thus reproves the lying words you just now said to me; and I, who was by you called immortal, am immediately to be hurried away by death. But I am bound to accept of what Providence allots, as it pleases God; for we have by no means lived ill, but in a splendid and happy manner.’
After he said this, his pain was become violent. Accordingly he was carried into the palace, and the rumor went abroad that he would certainly die in a little time. But the multitude presently sat in sackcloth, with their wives and children, after the law of their country, and besought God for the king’s recovery. All places were also full of mourning and lamentation. Now the king rested in a high chamber, and as he saw them below lying prostrate on the ground, he could not himself forbear weeping. And when he had been quite worn out by the pain in his belly for five days, he departed this life, being in the fifty-fourth year of his age, and in the seventh year of his reign.” (Flavius Josephus, Jewish Antiquities 19.343-350).
The vain Senate of Rome, after being proposed to have Christ adored as God, rejected Him. Being content to have the emperor reign over them rather than the meek King of Glory, the Son of God, they were scourged and trapped for their unjust refusing. For, as they preferred the emperor and rejected Christ, so the just permission of God stirred up their own emperors against them in such sort, that the senators themselves were almost destroyed, and the whole city most horribly afflicted for the space of almost 300 years.
The Jews, who heard and rejected Christ, were destroyed by Titus and Vespasian, his father, in A.D. 70, about 40 years after the passion of the Christ, to the number of 1,100,00 – beside those Vespasian slew in the subduing of Galilee.
What of those who wanted to test their steel, per say, against the Living God and His anointed?
Maxentine built a false bridge to drown Constantine, but was drowned himself.
Sultan Bajazet was carried by Tamerlane in an iron cage that he intended for Tamerlane.
Maximinus put out the eyes of thousands of Christians. Soon after, a fearful disease of the eyes broke out among his people, of which he himself died in great agony.
Valens caused about 80 Christians to be sent to sea in a ship and burned alive. He was defeated by the Goths and fled to a cottage, where he was burned alive.
Alexander VI was poisoned by wine he had prepared for another.
Henry III of France was stabbed in the same chamber where he had helped to contrive the cruel massacre of French Protestants.
Marie Antoinette, riding to Notre Dame Cathedral for her wedding, bade the soldiers command all beggars, cripples and ragged people to leave the line of the procession. She could not endure the sight of these miserable ones. Soon after, bound in the executioner’s cart, she was riding toward the place of execution amid crowds who gazed on her with hearts as cold as ice and hard as granite.
When Foulon was asked how the starving populace was to live, he said, “Let them eat grass.” Afterward, the mob, maddened with rage, caught him in the streets of Paris, hung him, stuck his head upon a pike and filled his mouth with grass (Galatians 6:7).
“The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure… Psalm 2:2-5
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.” -Psalm 2:9-12
It would serve us ALL well to learn the lessons before rather the after as to how His Word applies to all of us.
Napoleon Bonaparte said, “The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.” (Psalm 2:5)
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