Del Tackett

by Del Tackett


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7 Threats: (#4) The Consolidation of Massive Earthly Power

One of the most fascinating aspects of God’s nature is that He delegates authority and power. We see this from the very beginning of creation when He grants to plants and animals and human beings the authority and responsibility to reproduce, to be fruitful, to multiply and fill the earth. He even delegates to man the privilege to ask God’s Hand to move, such that if he does not ask, he will not have, as Jesus said. Even the inanimate creation has been delegated the power to operate according to the capabilities God has granted them. Electrons orbit, heat transfers, Earth rotates, gravity pulls, clouds rain, tides ebb and flow. The whole of creation has been equipped, empowered and delegated authority and responsibility granted by God to fulfill its divine purposes.

I have increasingly come to believe that this is the modus operandi of God because it is a deep reflection of his true love and grace, seeking the fruitfulness of His creatures, fruit that, in turn, brings glory to God.

But, alas, in a fallen world, true love and delegation of authority is not always executed with righteousness. Electrons and tides obey God, but man does not. One of the most consistent acts of evil is when man defies God and consolidates power to himself well beyond what God had designed. Saul did so and lost his throne; Nebuchadnezzar boasted of his excessive power and found himself in a pasture eating grass like a cow; Uzziah tried to assume authority beyond his bounds and ended up with leprosy. 

Here we have the contrast of God’s nature and Satan’s purposes: God delegates authority down to the lowest level so that the smallest creature might flourish and bring Him glory; Satan consolidates power at the top and makes dependents, destroying their incentive and ability to bring forth fruit and therefore destroying the glory due God. 

The latter has been the history of nation-states and the dustbin is littered with their tragic failures. Nevertheless, sinful man persists in his folly.

If we look at America, the Founders were deeply concerned with this propensity and acted objectively to prevent it. They created a Constitution that gave limited power to the Federal Government declaring all other power was to be retained by the people and the states. They wrote a Bill of Rights to reinforce the Federal boundaries. Their intent was that the people and the states would be the balance of power that would keep it in check.

If the Founders were to drop in on us today, they would be dumb-struck. 

I have written before about the rise of the Federal Beast and the call for a Balance of Powers Act to reign in its insatiable lust for ever more power and control.

But we face a more terrible beast today, one that has multiple horns. It is a confederation of not only the power of the Federal State, but it is joined by the power of academia, media, entertainment and labor. All of these are now united by a new worldview that stands opposed to the biblical worldview. Never before have we seen the unified power of technology giants that hold such pervasive and invasive control over the individual’s life and financial well-being. Never before have we seen the ubiquitous presence of media and entertainment whose living screens permeate our hearts and minds for hours and hours each day with a high definition of sight and sound in which the mind can no longer discern what is real and what is fake. 

This is a fearsome beast. And, if we now add the rise of the false ethic of malevolent compassion, which feigns a kind heart, but inwardly and demonically seeks to destroy the fruitfulness of people and the glory due to God, we have the Harlot riding the Beast, to borrow imagery from Revelation. I am not implying anything eschatological by that, just to point out the seriousness of the threats before us. With the perversion of the female’s drive for grace and compassion, now unbridled by truth and wisdom and righteousness, she leads us with an unholy ethic that is backed by the power of a demonic worldview written upon the heart of each of these horns.

Ah, but remember, dear Remnant... we remain here for a purpose. This is not a time to cower nor have a melting heart. It is not the time to wring our hands nor faint with fear or hopelessness. This is a time for us to return to our first love and to engage with significant relationships those who providentially live near us—“in the hope that God will grant them repentance and they will come to their senses and escape the trap of the devil who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:14-16)

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  • Kim Pasby

    Kim Pasby

    Amen! Thank you for such encouragement!
  • Michael Phelps

    Michael Phelps

    Thank you for sharing this! After reading (too many) news articles that confirm what you write about, I do find myself with a 'off with their heads' attitude, but seconds later, in the quietest of voices possible, I hear the Spirit remind me of your last paragraph and I pray for their repentance. Your article is a GREAT reminder of that!
  • Sean ORourke

    Sean ORourke

    Your content is so well spoken, concise, and packed with content. In my opinion it’s the best. I run a website called ithasbeenwritten.com and i do that as an effort to put out all the best stuff in one place. I have to fight the urge to add every one of your videos to it! Still many of them are there and i’m so grateful you’re doing what you’re doing. Please keep up all the awesome work!!! It’s great stuff!
  • Alan Barbee

    Alan Barbee

    Thanks for bringing light and perspective to all that is so chaotic in the news - reassuring that God’s presence & sovereign providence guides the remnant for His glory.
  • David Nusbickel

    David Nusbickel

    During The Truth Project training you emphasized that those opposing anything that honors GOD are just exhibiting that they are 'prisoners of war'; we should view them in POW garb, although they are oblivious to their chains. May GOD grant them repentance that their knees are bowed in reverence, not regretful submission for judgment. Although despair arises with the parade of unrighteous and self-righteous displayed before us as Earthly powers arise, I take great comfort in Simon Peter's advice to his contemporaries that faced real persecutions. We are far from facing any "fiery ordeals," though our suffering will increase as the days approach. And the most sobering thought reveals our mission - to engage. "For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner? Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right." (1Pet 4:17-19 NASB)
  • James  Culp

    James Culp

    As usual Dr. Tackett you are right on course. As I was reading your article one particular statement literally leaped off the page. To quote you; One of the most consistent acts of evil is when man defies God and consolidates power to himself well beyond what God had designed. I am not to surprised about this happening in the ranks of the worldly systems, but it is becoming very prominent within a lot of mainline religious institutions. This idea of accept and tolerate is nothing more than man trying to alter God's unalterable truth to fit man's self-centered desires. Man in his perverted ambition thinks that the more academic intellectual knowledge he acquires, by developing technology to the point of artificial intelligence, man thinks he can alter God's truth. Praise be to God that God's truth has never changed and it will never change.

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