Rule #221 of living on the mountain: Jesus is worth the wait
It is Sunday morning. Upon stepping outside the cabin, the moist morning air is cool, even on covered arms. Upon one deep breath, it is apparent that an odor of mildew is mixed with the living green aroma. Between the canopy of leaves overhead can be seen a blue sky. Dry weather is welcome for a few days. Birds are chirping and cawing on the backdrop of constant flowing water over the stones of the creek. Two new flowers have bloomed overnight: a wild sunflower stands tall across the road from the cabin and a deep yellow coneflower has shot up. The small stones and sand of the road crunch underfoot, but when the walker halts, crunching can still be heard. Deer must be close. After many prayers it seems the peace of God has come to rest on this mountain hollow.
In the book of Daniel, chapter 11, a heavenly being gave Daniel a good deal of prophecy concerning nations surrounding Jerusalem and the children of Israel. The heavenly being began by telling his support of Darius the Mede, a ruler whom Daniel served in Babylon.
Then the narrative rapidly progressed through the king of Greece (likely Alexander), his four generals, a certain king of the North (likely Antiochus Epiphanes), the spirits that influence the kings, and a final king who at this point remains nameless. The final king takes all the lands around Jerusalem except some areas now in the land of Jordan. The tale of the final king continued:
“But he will gain control over the hidden treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and Ethiopians will follow at his heels. But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him, and he will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many. He will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas and the beautiful Holy Mountain; yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.”
This, then, is the pattern of tyrannical, demon-powered world leaders: take power, worship idols, attack neighbors, attack more lands, take wealth, trust no one, enslave many, increase the idol worship, be paranoid, show off wealth, never be satisfied, and finally: die lonely and alone.
He will come to a chaotic bloody end. It was the same with Antiochus, with Nero, with Hitler. That’s not only a sad way to live and die as a ruler, but terrible for all those in his path. For mankind, it is all pointless violence. No doubt the dark spiritual realm thrives.
Thank God we look forward to living in the kingdom of Jesus. The Bible is true. It is not an allegory of good vs evil. Jesus the Messiah will return as king on earth. He will make a path of destruction against all evil, at the beginning of His reign and then the peace will begin.
It will be worth the wait.
It must be my autistic stubbornness, but I am absolutely obsessed with discovering who is God, who is Jesus and what is the Holy Spirit.
This idea of Jesus returning is the most preposterous thing to believe and it is the most life changing truth in any human life. The only evidence we have of the truth of Jesus’ words are the hearts of human beings changed permanently by love, peace and joy.
When we mow the grass, we have short grass to prove that we did it. When we accept Jesus as our savior, the proof is in our hearts. There must be a way to scientifically prove this spiritual change! But what would we measure?
Perhaps the words, “Wait on the Lord” apply to me here… perhaps.