The Fire from Within
The Reason behind Britain's Fiery Riots
Saturday, August 13, 2011
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A week of riots and looting in England is but the symptom of something much more ominous and threatening. Like a volcano preparing to erupt, Britain's immoral society is a Sodom and Gomorrah waiting to happen!
This is Paul Billington bringing you this week's edition of the Bible in the News, and it is just because Britain's sick society has rejected the Bible - the word of the Lord - that it is experiencing the disintegration of its social fabric.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has spoken about the moral decay of British society, but neither he nor his fellow-parliamentarians will dare to identify the root cause of it in public. And for all its opinion-forming exhortations the media will not do so either. It would not be - what they call - "politically correct."
The fact is that we are witnessing that moral break-down of society that leads to the end of an age or civilisation. The New Testament tells us of it as it came to pass in the First Century. It came to pass in the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. At the close of the 18th century European Christendom fell apart in the wake of the French Revolution and the subsequent Napoleonic wars. Today we are seeing the approaching end of what Jesus called "the times of the Gentiles" (Luke 21:24).
Just consider the language used by the apostle Peter as he predicted the approaching fall of the Jewish world that came in AD 70. Of the political heavens and earth (rulers and ruled society) of that time he wrote:
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?"
It should not escape our notice that the events in England this last week came in the very year that the nation celebrates the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible. What respect does the rising generation have for the Book that made Britain great? As the prophet Jeremiah wrote just before the Babylonian destruction of the kingdom of Judah: "Lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?" When the moral and spiritual foundations of a society are abandoned, that society will collapse.
We have shown on previous occasions, and in articles in the Bible Magazine, how that the ancient sea-power of Tyre foreshadowed the British seaborne Empire in many ways. The prophecies about Tyre (Tyrus) find an echo in Britain - but in this connection note the words of Ezekiel 28:18.
"Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee."
As with Tyre of ancient times, Britain has a greater responsibility than most nations because of the close relationship she has had with the Bible and with Israel. As we have said on other occasions, Britain must expect consequences to result from her rejection of the Bible, and because of her attitudes toward the nation of Israel.
This is not to say that other nations who have had the Bible in their midst are not responsible. It will be seen that several of these English-speaking nations have already experienced earthquakes, tornadoes, and other severe weather phenomenon.
In Psalm 9:17 we read this:
"The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God."
What is needed today is a recognition of the truth of the Bible. This is something that we can do as individuals. Not only so, but we can do what we can to influence those among whom we dwell. The words of Peter recorded in Acts chapter two are words that we can use, as in all seriousness we tell our contemporaries:
"Save yourselves from this untoward generation."
Join us for more Bible in the News next week, God willing.
Printed: Saturday, August 13, 2011
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