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TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN: PART III — POWER GIVEN IS RARELY RETURNED

HISTORY HAS SHOWN THAT TO RECOUP THE POWER GIVEN, SOMEONE HAS TO DIE!

“Because ye have said, ‘We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.  Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.  And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.  From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.’”[1]

“But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, ‘Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.’”

The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.  And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.  Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.”

“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.  And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”

WITH THE RECENT SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE REACTION OF THE PRESS, we are seeing how much power and authority and influence the worldwide media has over people.  We have seen how the media’s stirring of the fires of hysteria over the COVID-19 virus has literally brought life as we know it to a standstill.  We have seen the media’s hyping of the spread of Coronavirus cause nation after nation, region after region, city after city, and locale after locale go on some sort of restriction and public safety lock-down.  It was recently aired that nearly three billion people and every major religion of the world has been affected by the Coronavirus scare and fear of its spread.  What does this power, given to the mainstream media organizations of the literal entire world, mean for the rest of society?

HATH A NATION CHANGED THEIR GODS, WHICH ARE YET NO GODS? As was mentioned in a previous treatise, the United States of America turned her back on the GOD of Heaven decades ago.  While, once, we were a nation that – at the very least – respected GOD, we have become a nation that has done much to denigrate GOD in the eyes of the people of the USA.  While there are still upwards of 80% of the population of the USA that state and testify to belief in GOD, we are still seeing not only the rise of sins being accepted and embraced in society, but also being accepted and embraced in most mainline Christian denominations in the USA.  Homosexuality is now embraced and accepted as natural, normal, and healthy by most American church denominations.  Cohabitation between men and women before marriage is also being accepted in many American Churches.  Divorce rates are actually higher among Christians than out in secular society.  Christians also are having their babies murdered while still inside the womb.  Suicide is also on the rise in Christianity, as well as in American society at large, with pastors now giving in to ending their lives.  Why do we see this and many more societal ills growing, not only in the US population at large, but also inside the Church of Jesus Christ in the United States of America?  The simple fact of the matter is that we have, as a nation, turned our back on GOD.  We have ushered GOD and the worship of, prayer to, and reading of his written Word away from our public schools and state universities.  For nearly sixty years, administration-led prayer and Bible reading in public schools have been against the law.  The same is said for the vast majority of state Universities and public colleges in the USA.  If GOD and his written Word are taught in public schools and state universities, they are done so as literature or as part of a general, overall religion course.  As the Book of Jeremiah states clearly, we have changed our GOD for gods that offer nothing…

“‘Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.  Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate,’ saith the LORD.  ‘For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.  Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled?  The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.  Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head.  Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?  And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river?  Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee,’ saith the Lord GOD of hosts.”

This, friends, is exactly what the United States of America has done with regards to GOD.  We have replaced GOD with the false god of self.  Here are the tragic and calamitous results…

The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.  The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.  Higgaion. Selah.  The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

“And when they shall say unto you, ‘Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter:’ should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.  And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.  And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.”

WE HAVE GIVEN POWER TO FALSE PROPHETS — Because we have rejected the GOD of the Bible, we have turned our source of truth and influence to false prophets.  Those false prophets are in the form of the American Mainstream Media…yea, the worldwide and international media, if we are to be honest.  And how have we given them this power?  We have done so by simply believing much of what is published, aired, presented, and released to the public.  Again, it is the fear of the COVID-19/Coronavirus that has caused governmental lock-downs, April 30th Federal Guidelines for restricting the spread of the Coronavirus, social gatherings and sports events cancellations and postponements, schools canceling in-person classes for the school year and going entirely online, and shelter-in-place rules and regulations.   And the media is still sparking, still adding fuel to the fire, of these fears by their continued reporting of the partial truths concerning those who have died form the COVID-19 infections. How is it that the media has this hegemonic control over our lives?

The simple fact of the matter is that we, as the public and population of the world, have given it to them.  Having left GOD behind, and not giving credence to the Bible, GOD’s Holy Word, we now seek for pied pipers in television, newspapers, radio, and the Internet get our truth and information.  And yet, where is the standard for journalistic integrity?  Who sets the rules for media honesty?  What, really, is the standard that sets the modern press apart from Soviet-style and Nazi-fashioned propaganda?  After all, if GOD is no longer revered by neither society at large, or its media outlets, who, then sets the example of what it means to be a true and honest reporter, or be an organization that honors journalistic integrity?  Can we not see how we have given power to the media?  Can we not see how the media exerts her authority and her influence, with nobody, really, to step in and stop the madness?

EVEN THE CHURCH IS SILENCED.  In the United States of America, we see this Amendment to the Constitution…

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”[source]

In this First Amendment, we see that no law can be made to prohibit the free exercise of a religion, nor to prohibit the right of people to peaceably assemble.  Yet, how many churches in the US of A have willingly and almost gleefully closed their doors to in-house attendance, and live-streaming services online?  How many churches have given into the fear of the Coronavirus, and closed their doors to anyone wanting to peaceably gather and freely exercise their religion and religious practices?  It is understood that we do need to take the Coronavirus seriously, and do all we can to stop the spread of COVID-19; but is not GOD greater than a virus?  Did not GOD have this written in his Holy Word…?

“And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, ‘I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.’”

“Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.”

“And shall say unto them, ‘Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them…’”

“‘And the LORD shall give them up before your face, that ye may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you.  Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.’  And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, ‘Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.  And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.’”

And yet, despite these promises – and the multitude of similar promises in the Bible – church pastors and leaders are encouraging their people to stay home and not come to church.  Why?  It is simply because of the fear of a virus.  And who has spread this fear?  It has been and is the mainstream media.  It’s almost as if, friends, the church is complicit and an accessory in the spread of this fear.  This is the power we have given to the mainstream media and international press.

POWER AND AUTHORITY ONCE GIVEN IS NOT RETURNED WITHOUT GREAT BLOODSHED! Friends, this is simply the truth of Historical Record.  How many times in history has a population been given the power of government in its hands, only for that government later, to be usurped by a person to whom the people give the power? We have both Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome as glaring examples.  The Greek City-States were based upon the government by the people in the form of democracy, yet within a span of a few centuries, the Greek City-States had given their authority and power to one man, Alexander the Great.  The Roman Republic started out in similar fashion, giving much power to the people. Yet by 27BC – just a few centuries after Rome’s founding, and even fewer centuries after overthrowing her royalty – Rome’s power of government had been bequeathed into the hands of one man.  The bloodshed and wars and battles and loss of life both to wrest that government away from, and to gain that power into, the hands of those singular men still stand today as horrific examples as to the colossal difficulty it is to wrest power away from those to whom it is given.

From Ancient Rome, right up to today, we have seen every form of petty ruler, president, consul, prime minister, chancellor, and elected leader be given power only for that person to turn and either abuse the power given, or seek greater power…and such power only ends up being given away after someone dies.  In World War Two, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Hideki Tojo gave up their power only after fifty million had died in the worst war in history to date.  Ivan Lenin and Josef Stalin gained and held onto power only after nearly one hundred million Russians had perished.  The various Caesars of Rome literally fought over their imperial power for the near entirety of the existence of the Roman Empire.

So, too, it will be with the mainstream media.  The organizations that hold on to the power that they’ve been given will not give it up their power without a herculean effort and colossal struggle.  We see nuclear power still in the hands of the nations that created it, or were given it.  Though nuclear weapons haven’t been used since August 9th, 1945, nuclear power is still being used as a form of energy in the countries that possess the technology.  Further, just because nuclear weapons haven’t been used in nearly eighty years, it doesn’t mean that they won’t be used in the future.  Power given is rarely returned without colossal struggle, horrific bloodshed, and a herculean effort.

THE BOTTOM LINE: TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH WILL BE REQUIRED!   The LORD Jesus the Messiah, the Savior of the World, puts it best…

“And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

Friends, this Scripture isn’t just for the leaders of the free world nor the presidents and CEOs of those media conglomerates: this Scripture is for us, who’ve given such power and authority to these leaders and media magnates.  We have given them the power to do as they have done, and when all is said and done, we will be held in greater account.  Why?  It’s simply because we knew better, but did next to nothing to stop or hinder the power being given over.  It’ll be because we have made these media magnates petty kings, false prophets, and broken idols.  The power was in our hands to give it to whom we wished, and we fumbled that power completely away.

CONCLUSION:  THERE’S STILL A WAY!  Here is the remedy for the failure of our judgment in giving such power away to those who’ve abused it…

“From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, ‘The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy’?  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, ‘God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.’  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Yes, friends, it really is that simple.  If we will return to the LORD, he will help us, keep us, restore us.  We may have to work in the coming days, but GOD has promised to be with us, if we turn to him!  Let’s turn to him today!

PRAYER — Heavenly Father, we admit to you our sins.  We confess that we have replaced you with the false prophets of this world.  Would you help us, O LORD, to repent of this sin of idolatry, and return unto you? Would you save us, O LORD, forgive us, help us, redeem us, and heal our land?  Would you remind us, O LORD, that when we give authority and power to you to deal with us, that you do so lovingly?  We love you, today, O LORD, and we pray these things in the Matchless Name of our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen!

THE LAST WORD — “And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.  And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:  If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.” (Deuteronomy xxx. 8–10)

NOTES — 1. All Scripture is taken from THE AUTHORIZED KING JAMES VERSION OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE.  London, England, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK).  Initial publication, 1611 AD.

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Eugene Quintus Whipplewart

Written by Eugene Quintus Whipplewart

Simply One Transient Beggar just passin' through on His Way Home, trying to let other Beggars and Transients know where to find the Living Bread and Water of Life...

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