In the United States of America it’s been 400 years since pilgrims settled in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts. Our country has experienced many changes over these centuries. The changes that support our constitution have been helpful and those that don’t have been destructive. There is a strategic movement not only in America but across our world to restrict freedom and suppress truth in order to keep people from coming to know God. It is wise to be aware of it, especially if you follow Jesus, so that despite increasing opposition, you can continue to reach people with his love and salvation.
The United States of America was founded on a representative, democratic, three-branch government for the people, by the people, and of the people. It promotes all people’s God-given rights to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. Among other civil rights, it provides for freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, the right to assemble, and the right to petition and vote.
For decades this foundation of American government has been under attack behind the scenes by globalist groups like the Council for Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. You don’t have to research very far to realize that these organizations and their international counterparts have wielded strategic influence over political, military, education, media, commerce, and banking policy in an effort to establish socialism and a one-world totalitarian government. Judge Advocate General of the US Navy, Admiral Chester Ward who was a CFR member for 16 years before resigning in disgust, stated, “The main purpose of the Council on Foreign Relations is promoting the disarmament of U.S. sovereignty and national independence and submergence into an all powerful, one world government.”
It’s no wonder America has seen the changes we have just in 2020. Crises don’t always occur by chance. Sometimes they are planned and many times they are taken advantage of to further a globalist agenda. The extreme control measures, exaggerated threat, and sensationalized news coverage of COVID-19, the unchecked violent looting and rioting in numerous cities, the attack on law enforcement, the toppling of historical statues, the censorship and manipulation of information by technology and media companies, and the change in how election ballots are distributed and accepted, aren’t random events. They are intentional and strategic in overthrowing America as advocated by Marxist, Saul Alinsky, in his 1971 book, Rules for Radicals. Christian author, Larry Taunton, wrote an insightful essay and gave a keynote address which analyzes Alinsky’s rules and relates them to recent events in America and the western world. Taunton paraphrases Alinsky’s rules as:
- Divide and conquer
- Create scapegoats
- Create chaos
- Make it a movement
- Political trash talk
- “The thing is never the thing”
- Seize power
- Create a police force and military in line with your philosophy
- Suppress dissent with force and threats
- Burn books, eliminate and censor free speech
- Create a sense of on-going and imminent threat from an exaggerated, fictitious enemy
- Rig elections-do whatever you must to get the votes.
Taunton warns that the goal of these practices is to use cynicism, disillusionment, and bullying to silence and destroy patriotism, heroes, values, and faith, because these are obstacles to fully implementing their ideology.
What’s important to realize is that the socialist/Marxist/communist revolution seeking to dominate America and the world actually reaches beyond politics. Alinsky made an unusual, yet telling, dedication in his book, “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.” Apparently Alinsky admired the angel, Lucifer, for his rebellion against God. Opposition to God is a tenet of Marxism where the state replaces God as provider, protector and sustainer as it pursues a man-made, material utopia. Karl Marx actively rebelled against God. He wrote, “I long to take vengeance on the One Who rules from above. The idea of God is the keynote of a perverted civilization. It must be destroyed.” Also, “The first requisite of the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.” What we see played out on the world stage is a actually a spiritual battle waged by Lucifer, who is Satan, to keep people from coming to know and worship God. The apostle Paul wrote, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:10-12).
Satan wants to be God and be worshiped himself (Isaiah 14:12-20; Ezekiel 28:1-19; 1 Timothy 3:6). He relentlessly seeks to remove any reference in society to the one and only true God. Through clever deception he manipulates people to exalt himself and perpetuate his temporary rule as the prince of darkness in this world. But Jesus, God the Son, is the light of the world and has crushed the strangle grip that Satan, sin, and death had. Anyone who trusts and obeys Jesus can experience victory over Satan, sin, and death. Yet until Jesus returns to earth to consummate his righteous kingdom, Satan will continue to steal, kill, and destroy as he tries to convince people to reject Jesus and worship him.
So where does that leave you and me? With such mighty forces at play is there any hope for us today? Yes. God has placed you at this point in history, and given you the opportunity and responsibility to use your time, talents, and treasure for good. You have the free will to do what is right. The problem is all too often you choose your own way or Satan’s way instead of God’s way. You need God’s help. He is calling you to be with him, to be like him, and to do what he does. In Jesus He has given you everything you need to do that now and forever.
Be aware of the times. In current events we see signs of the end of this age as prophesied in the Bible. Jesus predicted that false Christs and false prophets will arise and deceive many. Christians will be hated and killed. There will be wars, rumors of wars and conflicts between nations. Famines, pestilences and earthquakes will occur. Lawlessness, immorality, and a lack of love will abound. We will see these signs increase in frequency and magnitude since Jesus compared these to birth pains before his joyous re-entrance to the world as conquering King (Matthew 24). The Bible also predicts a temporary peace in Israel and a rebuilding of the temple. There will be a world government and commerce ruled by an Antichrist as well (Revelation 13:1-17; Daniel 2:41-43, 7:16-25).
When Jesus does return he will destroy the Antichrist’s ill-gotten reign and throw him and false prophet into an eternal lake of fire and torment. Jesus will establish righteousness, renew heaven and earth, reward believers, judge unbelievers, and vanquish Satan and death (Daniel 2:44, 7:26-27; Revelation 19-21). Until then do not worry. Jesus told his followers, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). God is in control. If you are a Christian, your mission is to joyfully put on the armor of God and use the love, power, and authority God has given you in Jesus to proclaim the truth, to serve, to act justly and mercifully, and to teach others to trust and obey Jesus. If you aren’t a Christian, don’t be deceived any longer. Turn from your way of life and accept a new and better life in Jesus which far surpasses any other ideology or pursuit this world offers.
Note: You might find this video analysis helpful also, “How the Marxist Agenda is Taking Over America Today: Curtis Bowers”