Two items in the news this week reminded me of mankind’s vain search for a “new age” and the reality of Bible prophecy. The first item is Madonna’s 30-country tour promoting world peace in the context of moral license (See Psalm 2). Opening in Israel, she told the crowd, “You can’t be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world. If we can all rise above our egos and our titles and the names of our countries and our religions, and treat everyone around us with dignity and respect, then we are on the road to peace. If there is peace here in the Middle East, there can be peace in the world” (“Blood, Guts and Guns,” AFP, May 31, 2012). Madonna and the other movers and shakers of the pop culture want to thumb their noses at Almighty God and His laws and yet bring peace and harmony to the earth, but it is a pipe dream. The Bible says there is no peace for the wicked. The recently divorced Madonna can’t even have peace in her own most intimate relationships. There will not be peace on earth until the Prince of Peace comes to establish His rule with a rod of iron. The second item is the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London. This 35-story tower, which is both a sculpture and a tourist attraction, was built as a center-piece of the upcoming summer Olympics. The fact that inspiration for the structure was found in the Tower of Babel (“Londoners’ Olympic Anger,” Bangkok Post, June 3, 2012) reminds us of the Bible’s prophecy that the Mystery Babylon of the end times is the culmination of the ancient rebellion against Almighty God and His Word that began on the plains of Shinar 5,000 years ago (Genesis 11). At the heart of the Babylonian world system is the rejection of the Creator God and the installation of man as his own god. This rebellion is evident in the modern pop culture which has “ME” at its center. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves...” (2 Tim. 3:1-2). God’s people are strangers and pilgrims in this present world, and we must emulate the wise believers at Thessalonica who “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven” (1 Thess. 1:9-10).
(Friday Church News Notes, June 8, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
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