Apr. 22, 2019

Crumbled Have Spires!

Contemplating the collapse through burning of the Notre Dame steeple has me wondering if it’s the Lord’s signal that the end has come to the “Christo-Babylonian” hegemony over the true saints of God. This heralds the time of the defeat of all falsehood and wickedness, and there will be no turning back. 

God has made it clear even from of old that He does hot dwell in temples made by men’s hands. This emphasis on real estate and structure is no longer being given a pass. Much is about to change inwardly and externally in the church(es) and in the world - after a time of turmoil and tribulation and testing. The false will be replaced by the true, although many lies will be spread to make it seem as if the exact opposite is happening. 

The false is being revealed and supplanted by the true in Christ Jesus alone! Nothing will stop this process. Men may try to rebuild these structures and even try to shore up the false constructs religious hierarchies have spun into the minds and hearts of men, but it will be to no avail and an exercise in futility. They will continue to attempt to put out fires with a water pick, but to no avail, and attempt to get the buy in of devotees to support the work as well.

What will now be seen is the toppling in domino like effect of every physical structure and construct of mind that has tried to supplant the simple truth of Christ and the Lord’s plan for Humankind since the beginning. 

Simultaneously, all that is IN Him is being now revealed, revived, resurrected, and restored.

2 Peter 3:7-13. “But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.”

The following hymn is one that deeply expresses these truths and has been a favorite since childhood for this writer:

 "Built on the Rock the Church Doth Stand"

 by Nicolai F.S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872

Translated by Carl Doving, 1867-1937

1. Built on the Rock the Church doth stand, Even when steeples are falling; Crumbled have spires in every land, Bells still are chiming and calling, Calling the young and old to rest, But above all the soul distrest, Longing for rest everlasting.

2. Surely in temples made with hands, God, the Most High, is not dwelling; High above earth His temple stands, All earthly temples excelling. Yet He whom heavens cannot contain Chose to abide on earth with men, Built in our bodies His temple.

3. We are God's house of living stones, Builded for His habitation; He through baptismal grace us owns, Heirs of His wondrous salvation. Were we but two His name to tell, Yet He would deign with us to dwell, With all His grace and His favor.

4. Now we may gather with our King, E'en in the lowliest dwelling; Praises to Him we there may bring, His wondrous mercy forthtelling. Jesus His grace to us accords; Spirit and life are all His words; His truth doth hallow the temple.

5. Still we our earthly temples rear, That we may herald His praises; They are the homes where He draws near And little children embraces. Beautiful things in them are said; God there with us His covenant made, Making us heirs of His kingdom.

6. Here stands the font before our eyes Telling how God did receive us; The altar recalls Christ's sacrifice And what His table doth give us; Here sounds the Word that doth proclaim Christ yesterday, today, the same, Yea, and for aye our Redeemer.

7. Grant then, O God, where'er men roam, That, when the church-bells are ringing, Many in saving faith may come Where Christ His message is bringing: I know Mine own, Mine own know Me; Ye, not the world, My face shall see. My peace I leave with you. Amen.

(Beginning verse 5, it seems to lapse back into the idea of "brick and mortars" - and that may not be problematic if we see them as the place where the living tabernacles converge together. Yet it seems that throughout history, man’s tendency toward idolatry always lends itself to the shift in emphasis from the spiritual to a temporal reality.)

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