Class Notes: 12/9/2020
Smyrna, the pivot for SPQR, and The Doctrine of Historical Trends part 2
John 3:19-20; "This is the condemnation, that the truth has come into the world, and people loved the lie rather than the truth, because their deeds were evil.
20 "because everyone who does evil hates the truth, and does not come to the truth for fear that their evil deeds will be exposed.
Jer 17:9 (NET) The human mind is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it?
Eccles 8:8; No man has authority to control the wind, the weather or the climate, or authority over the day of death; there is no discharge in the midst of a battle, and evil people will not be rescued by their evil deeds.,, they sow the wind And they will reap the whirlwind. Hosea 8:7a;
Eccles 8:11; Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil.
John Adams said that our Constitution was made only for a moral religious people it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. This means that if democrats take over tyranny will be necessary because the Constitution is totally inadequate to control democrats.
Last time we started a study on Smyrna, the base of the pivot power for the first gentile client nation SPQR. This took us to a study of the doctrine of historical trends.
When we left off we had noted that the pattern of historical disaster begins with moral and immoral degeneracy, advances to economic depression and pandemic and ends in military disaster. God uses the most evil nation to administer the fifth cycle of discipline to a degenerate client nation. In the case of the USA that nation is likely China.
The active arrogance of evil one destroys the passive arrogance of evil two. Evil one is always attracted to evil two and works to destroy it. We see this with Antifa and BLM.
Individual subjectivity destroys national objectivity. Arrogant people create arrogant nations. Arrogant people or arrogant nations never see their own hypocrisy they only see other's hypocrisy. Jealous people and envious nations never see their own sins and production of evil, only the sins and evil of others.
This is why Jesus taught the doctrine of perpetual warfare until He returns. Matt 24:6-9; The only way to prevent war is to be so well prepared that no one will attack. When a nation has maximum subjectivity, God will destroy that nation, not directly, but through the function of declining historical trends.
Arrogance creates a demand for power that always exceeds the need for power. There are more people with old sin natures than there are slots for power to be exercised. There are millions of people without power who want power to go with their cosmic one arrogance.
The laws of divine establishment that define legitimate authority and power in the civil realm determine the actual need for power. Arrogance is unhinged from divine establishment so it demands power that it can never properly use.
The first authority in life is parental. Eph 6:1-4; The way a person responds to or reacts to parental authority determines the pattern for their life. Very few people ever recover from total rebellion against their parents. If they don't find some other form of legitimate authority to submit to under enforced humility they almost always self destruct.
God's omniscience issues the exactly correct parents for each child. God's Word of truth is God's authority for the believer's spiritual life. The pastor is the authority for the communication of God's Word of truth and for the supervision of the administration of the local assembly of believers.
Arrogant demand for power is the product of the motivational evil of cosmic one and /or the functional evil of cosmic two.
Legitimate power always functions within the context of legitimate authority that God delegates through the laws of divine establishment, That is how God defines legitimate authority for personal, social, economic, professional, national and spiritual life.
Evil and its destructive power exist to the extent that cosmic arrogance exceeds the restraints that those who have legitimate power and authority are willing to impose. Arrogance breaks down the will of those who wield legitimate authority to do the right thing.
This principle is true in a sports where the referee loses control of the game; or in a nation where bad decisions from a position of weakness on the part of evil government leaders fails to protect the freedom, privacy, property and life of its citizens; or in a local church where the congregation is to be protected by enforcing privacy for the communication of Bible doctrine; or in a home where parents refuse or neglect to assert control over their children.
Since we are the products of our own free volition rather than our environment, the motivational and functional evil of the cosmic system can only be restrained through enforced and genuine humility.
Historical trends are related to the conflict between objective reality in God's spiritual power system) and subjective reality (in satan's cosmic system).
Believers are not only the products of their own decisions (not their environment), but the nation in which they reside is affected by their good or bad decisions.
Good decisions result in life in God's spiritual power system; bad decisions result in life in the cosmic system. It's how the balance between these two is determined at any given time in history that the current historical trend is established.
Arrogant people, groups, and nations never recognize the consequences of their own bad decisions because they are deceived satan's cosmic system. Rev 12:9; John 8:44-45;
Arrogance includes jealousy, envy, bitterness, hatred, anger, vindictiveness, implacability, self-pity, and guilt complexes developed from public lies. Decisions made with these mental attitudes accumulate and produce a national historical downtrend.
Preoccupation with self to the exclusion of objective reality is the greatest blindness problem in life and the major reason for criminality.
This kind of "progressivism" is actually regressive and never works because there can be no progress in innovation without truth or a legitimate system. Innovation without truth is historically disastrous, while innovation without a system is destructive.
Innovation without a system includes modern art, religious cults, leftist political ideas, Keynesian economic innovations that ignore the basic truths of supply and demand, transgender "fashion", and everything from gnosticism to socialism, and communism.
Jesus describes this in Mark 7:1-9;
Paul says that this is what the Jews when they superimposed their oral traditions over God's Word of truth. Rom 10:2-3;
In the military innovation that ignores basic strategy and tactics causes defeat. People are so arrogant that they think they can innovate without learning the basic truths that are required as the basis of any innovation that works.
Innovation that is imposed on others without their consent runs the gamut from personal arrogance to collective tyranny.
This is and continues to be the leftist's evil regressive fascist response to the China virus. It is also how they think they won the latest election even though we will soon see that they actually didn't win because they violated the Constitution with their evil regressive innovation.
God is using what appears to be a loss to reveal the demonic democrat's duplicity and deceit and He is turning the curse into a blessing because in the process their evil deeds have been exposed so the voting systems in the country can be fixed so elections can't be stolen in the future. 2Cor 13:8; Psa 68:19-20; James 1:20; We just need to wait patiently and watch. Exod 14:14;
Historically, innovation based on truth is the basis of progress, solutions that work, and the historical up trends to national prosperity. Innovation based on a false premise is the source of retrogressive downtrends of history leading to disaster and destruction of the client nation.
Redistribution of wealth, the welfare state, socialism, and communism are innovations that result in disaster. Revolution and terrorism are disasters that result from innovation without truth.
Innovation is often related to progress, but it is never any real progress unless innovation is related to truth or a system. You must learn basic doctrine before you innovate or make multiple applications of doctrine. Innovation without truth is actually misapplication of doctrine without cognizance of doctrine.
True innovation is the application of doctrine to experience, while false innovation is the believer's false application to life from residence in the cosmic system. Cosmic innovation results in great weakness.
All true spiritual innovation has its base of operation in the function of the royal priesthood and its application in the function of the royal ambassadorship.
Too often history is the story of how the weak control the strong. Weak, insecure, thoughtless, arrogant people often control policy, procedures and people in social life, culture, business, professional life, marriage, government, and churches.
Through arrogance, self-centeredness, and preoccupation with self, the weak in society control and manipulate the strong.
This is why peons and scum are possessive of and often control nice people. This is why irrational self-righteous crusaders often dominate in politics and government administration.
This is how a power mad and irresponsible press can dominate and destroy great leaders or potentially great leaders. This is how a junta can make bad decisions and start an international conflict.
Man's strength lies in the non-meritorious use of his volition, not in his human ability. With his volition, the believer can make right decisions relating to God's power and Bible doctrine, but he can also make wrong decisions based on subjectivity and human arrogance, and thereby succumb to the satanic propaganda of the cosmic system.
Choosing to believe satan's propaganda whether in religion, philosophy, psychology, sociology, political science, or any other academic subject related to human viewpoint results in choosing the thinking and environment of the cosmic system.
This doesn't imply that all of these academic subjects are all satanic viewpoint, but without a basis in Bible doctrine it is. Such a choice thereafter limits the use of one's free will to making only bad decisions until one runs out of bad decisions, closing the door to all options in life that leads to the termination of physical life under the sin unto death.
By choosing divine truth in its three categories (the laws of divine establishment, the Gospel, and Bible doctrine), decisions result in both residence and function in God's spiritual power system, where the filling of the Spirit produces the power, and where enforced and genuine humility produce the ability to learn for greater options in life, plus personal blessing and glorification of Christ.
Man must inevitably choose something greater than himself by which to live. He must choose greater wisdom, power and ability. There are only two power systems available from which to choose: God's spiritual power system and satan's cosmic system.
If man must live by his wits, he must live by his volition. Non-meritorious use of free volition, links up with grace and the protocol plan of God, resulting in historical blessing by association.
Too often history is the narrative of man's weakness and not his strength. Inside the God's spiritual power system the battle is the Lord's and you win; inside the cosmic system the battle is yours and you lose.
There are no winners in the cosmic system, just different categories of losers. There are no losers in God's spiritual power system, just different categories of winners.
There would be no human history without man's wrong decisions, and wrong decisions are made every day in the cosmic system. This is a part of the great conflict between the arrogance of the cosmic system and the enforced and genuine humility inside of God's spiritual power system.
Weakness becomes strength by choosing for the God's plan rather than your own plan, while strength becomes weakness by choosing for satan's cosmic system. Zech 4:6;
Once Adam ate from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, history became a matter of self-determination. Now bad decisions made from a position of weakness plague the human race.
Free volition is the issue in human life so by making good decisions you open options for greater decisions and blessing and by making bad decisions, future options are limited.
The historical trends of the Church Age are related to the believer's choice of options. Believers choosing for God's spiritual power system and producing a large pivot of mature believers means blessing, but believers choosing for the cosmic system means disaster compounded by more disaster.
Man is free, but he is also weak. Therefore, he must use his volition to identify with a power system that is greater than he is so that his weakness can be transformed into strength. 2Cor 12:9; This system is God's spiritual power system, conversely, satan's cosmic system turns strength into weakness. James 4:6a;
Inside God's spiritual power system men's lives are changed by truth and grace orientation. Inside satan's cosmic system men's lives are changed by arrogant lies and evil motivation.
Under the principle of liberty, people must have freedom to succeed or fail. Therefore, true freedom does not create equality of result it creates of both failure and success. On the other hand, socialist tyranny creates universal failure as its "equality."
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