The World Turned Upside Down

“These are the times that try men’s souls,” so wrote Thomas Paine in his paper called “The Crisis” on Dec 23 1776. Indeed, history may be repeating its self in the sense that we find ourselves in a national crisis once again.

Have you been praying about the atrocities occurring daily in Washington DC under the guise of helping the people? Daily we hear of evil being promoted in the name of good and good being punished as if it were evil. It seems that many who are representing the population and reporting to the people can no longer judge what is right and wrong. This is a place of judgment that Isaiah wrote about, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!” (Is. 5:20, 21, 23).

Part of the process of “righting the wrong” is to reveal the deceit. We are deep into this process, so don’t lose heart, but have hope in the Lord because things will be turned around.

In the fall of 1781 as the British troops marched before the Americans and laid their weapons at their feet in surrender the military band played a tune called “The world turned upside down.” This was after the battle of Yorktown which generally marks the end of the American War for Independence. And so the world had been turned upside down! Nothing like the American Revolutionary War had ever happened in the course of the entire world. These events set in motion the release of freedom to more people then had ever experienced the blessings of liberty in the history of the world. Today these values are under attack like no other time since the founding of this nation.
There was another time in history that similar words were used to describe a different season. It was in the mid-first century in Thessalonica, a city in Greece. The apostles Paul and Silas had come there after being chased out of Philippi because they hurt the enterprise of some men in the psychic and slavery business. The presentation of Jesus Christ as the anointed one and savior set many free from spiritual bondage in Thessalonica. But those who refused to believe the presentation of the good news became enraged at the liberty being demonstrated through those who believed. They reacted with the same intolerance we are witnessing today: Acts 17:6-7, “But when they did not find them [Paul & Silas], they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.”

It appears that the worst thing you can do to a non-believer in a position of authority is set people free. That is “turning their world upside down”. And it seems they will not stand for that.

Today things are upside down again, but from the standpoint of righteousness expressed. The majority in power in Washington and in the media seem hell bent to bring the population into bondage. But take heart, because there is no wisdom or understanding or counsel that will stand against the Lord. The battle is the Lord’s and we are His. So stand fast with Him as He continues to shake the kingdoms of this world and keep your trust and investments in that Kingdom which cannot be shaken.

Heb 12:28-29: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.”

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