Songs of Victory
From Paradise Restored, by David Chilton. Page 8-10.
The Psalms: Our Hymnbook of Dominion
There is a very important connection between the Church’s worldview and the Church’s hymns. If your heart and mouth are filled with songs of victory, you will tend to have an eschatology of dominion; if, instead, your songs are fearful, expressing a longing for escape — or if they are weak, childish ditties –your worldview and expectations will be escapist and childish.
Historically, the basic hymnbook for the Church has been the Book of Psalms. The largest book of the Bible is the Book of Psalms, and God providentially placed it right in the middle of the Bible, so that we couldn’t miss it! Yet how many churches use the Psalms in musical worship? It is noteworthy that the Church’s abandonment of dominion eschatology coincided with the Church’s abandonment of the Psalms.
The Psalms are inescapably Kingdom-oriented. They are full of conquest, victory, and the dominion of the saints. They re- mind us constantly of the warfare between God and Satan, they incessantly call us to do battle against the forces of evil, and they promise us that we shall inherit the earth. When the Church sang the Psalms — not just little snatches of them, but comprehensively, through the whole Psalter — she was strong, healthy, aggressive, and could not be stopped. That is why the devil has sought to keep us from singing the Psalms, to rob us of our inheritance. If we are to recapture the eschatology of do- minion, we must reform the Church; and a crucial aspect of that reformation should be a return to the singing of Psalms. Listen to the historic hymns of the victorious Church:
All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations will worship before Thee. (Ps. 22:27)
For evildoers will be cut off,
But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the earth.
Yet a little while, and the wicked man will be no more;
And you will look carefully for his place, and he will not be.
But the meek will inherit the earth,
And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
Come, behold the works of the LORD,
Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.
Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth. (Ps. 46:8-10)
o clap your hands, all peoples;
Shout to God with the voice of joy.
For the LORD Most High is to be feared,
A great King over all the earth.
He subdues peoples under us,
And nations under our feet. (Ps. 47:1-3)
All the earth will worship Thee,
And will sing praises to Thee;
They will sing praises to Thy name. (Ps. 66:4)
He will rule from sea to sea,
And from the River to the ends of the earth.
The nomads of the desert will bow before Him;
And His enemies will lick the dust.
The kings of Tarshish and of the islands will bring presents;
The kings of Sheba and Seba will offer gifts.
All kings will bow down before Him;
All nations will serve Him. (Ps. 72:8-11)
All nations whom Thou hast made
shall come and worship before Thee, O LORD;
And they shall glorify Thy name. (Ps. 86:9)
All the kings of the earth will give thanks to Thee, O LORD,
When they have heard the words of Thy mouth.
And they will sing of the ways of the LORD;
For great is the glory of the LORD. (Ps. 138:4-5)
Let the godly ones exult in glory;
Let them sing for joy on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
To execute vengeance on the nations,
And punishment on the peoples;
To bind their kings with chains,
And their nobles with fetters of iron;
To execute on them the judgment written;
This is an honor for all His godly ones.
Praise the LORD! (Ps. 149:5-9)
When God’s people understand that THEY rule,
and the ENEMIES kneel,
THEN things will change.
I am confident that the Official Religious types will never lead their people to victory.
Not locally, not culturally, not ever.
“They never taught that kind of thing in seminary.”
To crush, rule, and drive out the wicked, you need to submit to God’s Law.
Today’s Christians won’t do this. Not for any reason.
No faith, no sacrifice, no repentance… no victory.
But tomorrow’s Christians, sick of defeat after defeat, and visibly impoverished and enslaved, will humble themselves before God.
They will take the self-maledictory oath – “May God destroy me, if I do not obey Him and put His will above mine!” — and strive to learn and obey His will.
(What did you think the Lord’s Supper was, when you take HIS flesh and HIS blood? Violate your oath, despise your Lord, and it will be YOUR flesh and YOUR blood that will be torn apart and scattered on the ground!)
And God will grant that people great victory over their – and HIS – enemies.
Over and over again.
So, we will need leaders from other sources, if we want to gain the victory, in time and on earth.
Could be businessmen.
Could be ex-officers and NCOs.
Could be skilled tradesmen.
It could even be geeks who who their Bible, and know their social media.
But God demands that the work get done.
Therefore, IT WILL GET DONE.
Or without us.
Covenantal Lawsuits, Divine Victories
From The Days of Vengeance, by David Chilton
Revelation and the Covenant
The Book of Revelation is part of the Bible. At first glance this may not seem to be a brilliant insight, but it is a point that is both crucially important and almost universally neglected in the actual practice of exposition. For as soon as we recognize that Revelation is a Biblical document, we are forced to ask a central question: What sort of book is the Bible? And the answer is this: The Bible is a book (The Book) about the Covenant. The Bible is not an Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge. Nor is it a collection of Moral Tales, or a series of personal-psychology studies of Great Heroes of Long Ago. The Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself, the story of His coming to us in the Mediator, the Lord Jesus Christ; and it is the story of the Church’s relationship to Him through the Covenant He has established with her.
The Covenant is the meaning of Biblical history (Biblical history is not primarily adventure stories). The Covenant is the meaning of Biblical law (the Bible is not primarily a political treatise about how to set up a Christian Republic). And the Covenant is the meaning of Biblical prophecy as well (thus, Biblical prophecy is not “prediction” in the occult sense of Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, and Jean Dixon). To a man, the prophets were God’s legal emissaries to Israel and the nations, acting as prosecuting attorneys bringing what has become known among recent scholars as the “Covenant Lawsuit.”
That Biblical prophecy is not simply “prediction” is indicated, for example, by God’s statement through Jeremiah:
At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to uproot, to pull down, or to destroy it; if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it.
Or at another moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to build up or to plant it; if it does evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will repent of the good with which I had promised to bless it. (Jer. 18:7-10)
The purpose of prophecy is not “prediction,” but evaluation of man’s ethical response to God’s Word of command and promise. This is why Jonah’s prophecy about Nineveh did not “come true”: Nineveh repented of its wickedness, and the calamity was averted.
When men uphold the Covenant, the legal agreement between God and all men, they are blessed: themselves, their families, and their societies and nations.
When men defy the Covenant, they receive curse after curse, damnation after defeat.
For themselves, their families, and their societies and nations.
Despite the multitude of differences in the body of Christ there seems to be a universal agreement that a liberating forgiveness is an essential part of the gospel. The nature of that freedom in contemporary Christianity has tended to emphasize the inward, psychological freedom we have in Christ, but this inward reality is never without an outward manifestation. Forgiveness changes the believer, and his inward regeneration produces an outward dynamic that cannot be limited to the individual.
God’s forgiveness is not a change of sentiment or attitude. It is a judicial, a legal, act. It means that God’s indictment of man, His judgment of death on him, has been dropped. Man is no longer liable for this death penalty because it was paid in full by Christ on the cross.
Forgiveness by God does not change man’s nature, but his relationship to God’s justice. He is no longer a condemned man, living on death row. Forgiveness gives man a future orientation, because he is freed from sin and death to a new life.
The unregenerate have no such freedom, because they seek not freedom from sin but in sin. They desire freedom from the consequences of their sin, but not from sin itself. Throughout history, paganism has had little to do with changing the individual or even worshipping a superior being, but rather with satiating the anger of the gods. Sacrifices were typically a bargaining chip: “I have given you this, please let me go my way unmolested!”How Liberty is a Result of the Gospel by Mark R. Rushdoony
God is not in the slightest interested in our shabby attempts to bribe our way out of our well-deserved destruction. In time and on earth, as well as in the coming hell and lake of fire.
God rightfully demands repentance, that we acknowledge that we have done evil in His sight, and that we turn away from this evil.
And it is God’s Covenant that defines what “repentance” “evil” and “good”.
Not the smooth, self-serving words of our intellectuals, politicians, and media personalities.
To be forgiven, we must acknowledge the Law we have violated, admit our guilt, and turn to Christ for salvation and forgiveness, That we are healed by His stripes.
Nothing else will cut it.