Red Rider (Armageddon)

Red Rider
The Road To Armageddon Revisited

Robert Wurtz II

When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Revelation 6:3–4 NKJV)

Only God knows what events He had in mind when He inspired these verses. Nevertheless, with each passing day, the thirst for violence among the masses is growing. This is exactly what we should expect. Scripture teaches us clearly that human nature has been corrupted with the nature of Satan — who was himself filled with violence and subsequently cast out of Heaven (Ezekiel 28:16). The Psalmist gives precious insight into why God banished Satan and his followers in Psalm 11:5: “The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.” The great Old Testament scholars Keil and Delitzsch pass this comment, “He hates him with all the energy of His perfectly and essentially holy nature) the evil-doer and him that delights in the violence of the strong towards the weak. And the more intense this hatred, the more fearful will be the judgments in which it bursts forth.

Satan infected the human race with his violent evil nature when he beguiled Eve in the Garden and Adam took of the Tree. By one man Sin entered the world and death by Sin. The first evidence of this was Cain killing his brother Abel in cold blood. By the time we get to Genesis 6 the whole earth is filled with violence. People had become worse than animals viewing their neighbor as their next victim. The animal stalks his food for prey, but the violent terrorize for sport. Therefore we look for the day when violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise. The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light; but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended. (Isaiah 60:18–20 ESV) 

Even a Prophet of Their Own

Is God the only one to explain the violence of fallen man? After years of studying human behavior In the early 1900s, Sigmund Freud put forward what many believed was a new theory about human nature. Through his experiments in Psychoanalysis, he discovered  that human beings have aggressive, violent and sexual forces that are lying just below man’s consciousness — waiting to be unleashed. Through his examination of dreams and free association, he came to believe that man was a violent creature. These findings were so pointed that they led him to dislike human beings. In fact, he wrote:

“Men are not gentle creatures, who want to be loved, who at the most can defend themselves if they are attacked; they are, on the contrary, creatures among whose instinctual endowments is to be reckoned a powerful share of aggressiveness. As a result, their neighbor is for them not only a potential helper or sexual object, but also someone who tempts them to satisfy their aggressiveness on him, to exploit his capacity for work without compensation, to use him sexually without his consent, to seize his possessions, to humiliate him, to cause him pain, to torture and to kill him. Homo homini lupus [man is wolf to man]. Who in the face of all his experience of life and of history, will have the courage to dispute this assertion? As a rule this cruel aggressiveness waits for some provocation or puts itself at the service of some other purpose, whose goal might also have been reached by milder measures. In circumstances that are favorable to it, when the mental counter-forces which ordinarily inhibit it are out of action, it also manifests itself spontaneously and reveals man as a savage beast to whom consideration towards his own kind is something alien.” (Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents, trans. and ed., James Strachey; New York: W. W. Norton, 1961, p. 58)

Nevertheless, Jesus had a more succinct description of man in his fallen state, You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. (John 8:44) John elaborates on this fact in 1 John 3 when he writes, “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

(1 John 3:8 NKJV) and again, “In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.” (1 John 3:10 NKJV) This is the real situation fallen man must reckon with. The so-called primitive aggressive forces under the surface that Sigmund Freud discovered are actually the spirit of Satan himself that now works in the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:1-3). In fact, he was so convinced of this diabolic nature that he was not surprised by the blood bath of WWI and WWII. He said we ought to have expected it based on his findings in Psychoanalysis.  

A Temporary “Fix”

In ancient times governments often controlled the people with an iron fist. This is how they kept the peace. They would smash oppositions and uprisings. God gave governments the awesome responsibility to maintain order in society. In Paul’s words, “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.” (Romans 13:3–4 NKJV) Consider the fact that the original recipients of this letter had been under Caligula (37- 40CE), Claudius (41 – 54CE), and presently Nero. These leaders were deadly men. Nevertheless, a bad government is better than none. We have learned this dreadful lesson in modern times more than once.  

In the early 1900s, democratic governments sought for a way to control what they called ” the dangerous crowd. ” That is, people that assemble to act violently and destructively — putting the stability and safety of the whole society at risk. Again, totalitarian governments rule with an iron fist typically, and squash such uprisings by force. But how can these people be dealt with in democratic governments where the people have the right to assemble, right to protest, etc. when they get out of control? Hence, a slogan came to be used that we must “make the world safe for democracy.” How would they do it? 

A strategy was devised that would channel man’s aggressiveness towards something non-destructive. Many inventions were being developed; manufacturing techniques were improving; and money was made available through fractional lending. So, we entered the era of consumptionism. People spent their energy working to buy the latest clothes, the newest car, the larger home and the coolest gadgets. Many people find their identity in this “competition.” Instead of fighting one another in the streets, the masses head to work each day having beaten their swords into plowshares. Instead to castles they buy large homes. In place of tanks and artillery batteries they employ SUV’s and ATV’s. Rather than dress blues they don the finest designer clothing. Here we find their rank, weaponry, and the spoils of war. Status is the goal of life. How does it work? Exalt yourself by the things you possess. 

From a Biblical standpoint, the powers exploited are the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. Why? To keep man happy and docile. By creating an atmosphere of “discontentment” people would work their whole lives chasing the wind — burning off all that aggressive and violent energy. In other words, this served to keep people from rioting in the streets. This is an oversimplification of the subject, but we must digress.

The First Box of Cigars

Edward Bernays was front and center in this process. He is the father of public relations and to a large degree popular culture (POP Culture). His uncle was Sigmund Freud. Bernays sent Freud a box of Havanna cigars in exchange for a copy of his book on Psychoanalysis. He then employed Freud’s findings to help corporations transform our culture from “needs” based to “desires” based. People began buying products they did not need. The poor began behaving like the wealthy. This worked for the government, because they were working to “make the world safe for democracy.” People were too busy to riot and vandalize.

The Failure of Selfish Discontent

For nearly a hundred years this man made scheme has been somewhat effective. We have had wars to contend with, but our streets have been relatively calm (with the exception of a few race riots over the years). However, when the economy plunged in 2008 and the handheld device became the primary focus of young peoples’ lives, the door started coming open again. Few young people aspire to the things their parents and grandparents did. Their values are different. The crowd is growing more and more dangerous everyday. Therefore, I came up with some statements to describe this phenomena:

Worldliness + dis-contentment = docile

Worldliness + contentment = a dangerous crowd

Godliness + contentment = mega profit

When Edward Bernays worked to help manufacture a state of discontentment within society, it only served as a temporary distraction. In fact, it only ever worked on people who bought into the system and were willing and able to put forth the efforts to experience it. That leaves out a great many people in the 21st century. Theirs is a mind of worldliness + contentment, a dangerous combination. That is not to say that worldliness + discontentment is the right thing. It is not. It is simply what has been used to a decent effect for controlling mass violence within society. 

What do you do with people who only seem to care about having food and a phone? Their identity is made up not in the things they possess materially or the achievements they make, in reality, but in the status they achieve virtually. Nobody has the answer. This is why we are setting atop a powder keg right now. People are casting off all restraint. The liberals are succeeding in undoing over 2000 years of Christian influence — leaving society to the full fury of what Sigmund Freud called “aggressive, violent and sexual forces that are lying just below man’s consciousness — waiting to be unleashed.” They wanted free from the constraints of God’s laws and they are getting what they asked for. Now they will shudder in fear to go out of their houses at night. This is the consequence of lawlessness. The house of cards is coming down. Perhaps we should start answering the haters of God as did the prophet Micaiah when he replied, “You’ll see how when the day comes that you run away to hide yourself in a closet!” (1 Kings 22:25)

The Constantinian Theorem

The Constantinian Theorem
Robert Wurtz II

Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. (I Peter 2:11-12)

Sometimes when we read verses such as these, we view them through the lens of the type of Christianity we have come to know in our own personal experience. If this is true, we have no idea of what Peter is talking about. Peter was writing to people who had had a profound New Birth experience. Men like himself, Simon the Zealot, Paul the Apostle and Stephen. Peter, Simon and Paul were either killers or potential killers — turned compassionate men of God. Peter once tried to take off the High Priest’s servants head with a sword; Simon the Zealot was a murderous freedom fighter; and Paul the Apostle had sanctioned the death of countless men and women. However, when they were truly (and I mean absolutely truly) born again, the love of God was poured out into their heart by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5) and they beat their swords into plowshares. Selah. 

There is something very violent in the heart of fallen man. Abel experienced it. In fact, within the first six chapters of Genesis the entire world had become filled with violence. God had to annihilate it. The hateful, murderous spirit of Satan entered the human race — and the earth has drank in an ocean of human blood ever since. Many measures have been taken by God to restrain this violent spirit in man. The time would fail to discuss all of them. In fact, even Sigmund Freud discovered this. He knew man was an aggressive and violent creature deep down inside. Man has also tried his hand at restraining these forces. The whole of our Western economy began as an attempt to “control the dangerous crowd.” Consumptionism served to forestall an eventual total breakdown of society. The world has been drifting towards Genesis 6 once again; threatening to melt-down into a merciless, mindless, violent expression of diabolic chaos.

The Only Hope

However, there has always been a hope. A hope that shames all other attempts to correct the consequences of the fall of man. That hope, is the New Birth. The Saints, having been born from above, made into the likeness of Jesus Christ, traverse this present evil world. It is The Church (emphasis on The) that heralds the message of Hope; that is, The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Fallen man can be transformed by the Holy Spirit into a new race of men — after the image of God. This is God’s will. He created us in His image and He is determined for us to have it. But the choice is ours.

The Church was born in this reality. Their world was filled with violence just like everyone else’s. In fact, the Jews were hoping to crush Rome and exalt Jesus as the Messiah that would rule from Jerusalem with a rod of iron. However, many who followed Him were confused and disillusioned when they found out He was not going to war with Rome after a carnal warfare. Their faith was sifted. They wavered. They denied Him. In fact, I submit that while they were following Him during His earthly ministry, nearly half the teachings He taught them went in one ear and out the other. He said so many things that were contrary to the aims of The Jewish Freedom Movement, that it is impossible that they could have rightly understood Him. They believed He was going to overthrow Rome by violence; and He taught a message of love, compassion and peace. The only way we could comprehend this is to imagine Osama Bin Ladin teaching his armies to put up their guns, stop killing and dismembering folks — and start loving them from a pure heart. Could you imagine the strange looks he would have received from his fanatical Jihadist followers? I’m sure Jesus got some similar ones.

Peter writes his first epistle in around 63 AD. This is seven years before the First Jewish Revolt. The storm was gathering. The Christians could hear the chatter. The Zealots were preaching a message of rebellion — the opposite of what Jesus preached. The Zealots radical arm known as the Sacarii were assassinating people. In fact, Rome was getting fed up. War was about to break out. The drums were beating (as it were). In the midst of this Peter states, Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. (I Peter 2:11-12) 

What is he talking about? He is referring to men who lived and died like Stephen in Acts 7. He refused to get in the flesh, even though they were mercilessly stoning him to death. Jesus Christ was set forth evidently among those who stoned him. Paul was one who observed this event. Having beheld such an awesome example of Jesus — he glorified God on the day of his visitation. This was how the Church was founded. This is what turned the world upside down. From Domition in the first century Rome to Diocletion in the late third century Rome, countless Christians loved not their lives unto the death. Their blood was spilled as if it were water. 

The Rise of Constantinianism

It is impossible to express how radically the visible church changed after Constantine came to power, ended the persecutions, and made Christianity the official religion of Rome. Therefore, Constantinianism has been defined as “the shift of ecclesial identity that occurred in the fourth century church when it became an imperial power, instead of a church identified with the martyrdom of Jesus and his followers. The result was to place the locus of the church’s action in the political and military realm rather than in the kingdom of God.” (Wiki) This marked the beginning of what we commonly call “Christendom” and witnessed the joining of church and state. From this time, Christian ethics no longer centered in Church worship or Jesus’ example and teachings. Dissenters and rivals became civil threats (Arians, Donatists, Copts, etc.) and missions were performed by conquest. 

A cursory read of history will show that the visible church failed miserably at representing Jesus Christ once book of Acts style evangelism ended. People were “born a Christian”; as opposed to “born again Christians.” When a person professes Christ and has not been born again, they still have their carnal mind and their sinful nature. I have said it before and I say it again now, this makes the person the most dangerous people on earth. They believe they are saved and are still in the carnal mind. What could be more dangerous? They profess Christ and are devoid of His Spirit, His compassion, love, peace, etc. They believe they are God’s people and that their beliefs are God-pleasing. I suggest this is how multitudes have fought in bloody battles under the banner of Christianity during the Middle Ages. This is also how Christian on Christian violence was perpetrated during the Reformation years. Could a person be full of the Holy Spirit as was Stephen and turn around and drown a fellow believer or behead them? I trow not.  

Violence = Christianity – New Birth (V=C-NB) 

 The basis of my “Constantinian Theorum” is that “violence increases proportionally to a deemphasis on New Birth.” Proving this theorem is not an exercise carried out on a chalk board or laboratory; but by examining a constant in history that where New Birth is not preached, violence became an accepted means of dealing with people who were considered a threat to the accepted definition of Christianity. In fact, it is shocking how many people today, after over 100 years of decisional regeneration (sinners prayer, sawdust trail, pledge card), name the name of Christ and are little different in disposition than was Peter before his change came. 

It’s almost like we are back in Matthew 5 and the Disciples are looking at Jesus all crazy as He says things like:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 

If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 

And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 

Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 

For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5)

Jesus was the express image of the person of God and these teachings in Matthew 5 and elsewhere are fundamental to understanding a true Christian’s disposition. Decisional regeneration will not yield a person that walks in the reality of those things written above. They are foolishness to them and they will seek to explain them away. Only a saint or an aspiring saint will agree with what Jesus has said here. Only New Birth can take us there. Otherwise, the world races as fast as the unlocked wheels of time will take her towards Armageddon.