2010 – A Raging River Headed For The Falls

I agree with Peter Marshall’s essay below, that we will need to cling to the Rock as the waters of this insane world and government attempt to wash us away and out to sea.

The Solid Rock

By Peter Marshall


The first stanza of William Butler Yeats’ great 1919 poem “The Second Coming” bears repeating on this New Year’s Eve, as we await the soon-coming of 2010:  

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre 

the falcon cannot hear the falconer;     

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; 

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, 

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere 

the ceremony of innocence is drowned; 

The best lack all conviction, while the worst 

Are full of passionate intensity.”

These words ring even more true today than they did when Yeats first wrote them, following the blood bath of World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. The “falcon” — a bird of prey — cannot hear the “falconer” – the one who is supposed to control him. This I interpret to mean that those who kill and destroy are out of control. America as we have known it in decades past does indeed seem to be “falling apart.” The “center” — the voice of moderation and sensibility — is not “holding.” Increasingly, whether we think of the irresponsible financial bailouts and stimulus spending of the Obama Administration, accomplished with the connivance of a Congress that ignores the will of the people and seemingly cares only about lavishly wasting taxpayer money on its own pet home district projects, or the foisting on the American people (with the cooperation of an amoral judicial system) of an immoral and unwanted homosexual marriage, the public is being stampeded by the immorality of extremists. 

‘Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world” — one thinks of global terrorism, the Somali pirates hijacking ships on a regular basis, suicide bombings in Iraq and  narco-terrorism in Mexico almost on a daily basis — the list goes on and on. 

“Everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned.” I was told recently about babies being openly hawked for sale with alarming frequency in some countries, and we hear constantly now about the international sex trade — a major component of which is the kidnapping and selling into slavery of children. Innocence is being destroyed. 

“The best lack all conviction.” We are suffering from a lack of passionately committed conservative leadership. Many of our leaders who are otherwise qualified morally (and perhaps even spiritually) lack the fire of inspiration to lead a renewal and revival movement that would bring the nation back to its founding values. Meanwhile, “the worst are full of passionate intensity.” How true that is! We have an Administration staffed in many of its top leadership positions with people that are passionately Marxist in their worldview, determinedly pursuing their socialistic agenda to expand government takeover and control of the greatest free enterprise system in world history. And we are all well aware of the passion with which the homosexual lobby advances their agenda.

Where then, is our security to come from as we enter the New Year? 

Years and years ago, I used to take groups from our little church on Cape Cod up into the wilds of Maine on four or five day canoe trips down the St. Croix or the Machias rivers. None of the tame and placid Allagash or Kennebeck rivers for us! Much of the fun of those trips was navigating the white water rapids that were fairly frequent in both rivers. Of course, there were spills occasionally. If you failed to skirt a boulder and got hung up on it sideways, your canoe’s upriver gunwale would go under, the onrushing river would quickly fill it, and you and your partner would be in the river. The gear was always tightly lashed into the bottom of the canoe, so you tried to grab the paddles and any other loose items that might float downstream, while at the same time hanging on to the canoe and staying anchored to the boulder. Trying to do all that at once was a neat trick, but you quickly learned that that rock was your stability and security. You stayed anchored to it while you and your partner figured out how to get the canoe to shore, so you could empty out the water, collect everything and resume your trip downriver. 

In the turbulence of that river, the rocks and boulders around which the river rushed in its wild passage to the sea were the only stability and security. 

That’s the way it seems to be, as 2009 fades into 2010. The world rushes madly on, in its immorality and terrorism and governmental self-destruction, and we must learn to cling to our God as a rock. 

On the day that God delivered David from the hand of Saul, he wrote Psalm 18. Verse 2 says: “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” And verse 31: “For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God.”

And Psalm 62:2: “He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.”

The Lord God stands outside the spinning craziness of our fallen world. He is outside of both space and time, for He created both space and time. He is the Everlasting Rock, solid and immovable throughout all eternity. To put it in terms of the rapids and the boulders again, He is the immovable and solid Rock, around which the fallen world rushes on toward Judgment Day. 

When we feel as if we are being swept downstream by the rush of events in our lives, when we feel as if our future financial security is being washed downriver by the insane fiscal policies of our government or our corporation, then we must hang on to the Rock that is our God.

Jesus Himself expresses this in Luke 6:47-48: “Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.”

Come to Jesus in 2010, hear His words, and do them. Jesus is our Rock, and we must determine that as we move into an extremely unstable New Year we will cling to Him and stay anchored to Him at all costs. Only in this way can we remain calm and secure in the midst of whatever turbulence may occur in our lives. 

It is my belief that in the days to come we will have to develop a greater dependency upon the Lord Jesus than most of us Christians have been used to. 

But, not only is the Lord our Rock and our stability, He also has power over the turbulence and the storms of our lives — He is able to still them with a word. In the Gospel of Matthew (verses 24-27) the story is told of the disciples caught out on the Sea of Galilee in a nasty storm, and their boat was taking on water. Jesus was asleep in the stern. “And they went and woke him, saying, ‘Save us, Lord; we are perishing.’ And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.”

The clear message here is that when the storms of life become too much for us and we cry out to Jesus, He will undertake for us, calming things down and bringing us out into peace.

Hymnwriter Edward Mote, brought up in total ignorance of God’s existence in the streets of London by pub-owning parents who neglected him, came to understand this well: Let the second and third stanzas of his famous 1834 hymn “The Solid Rock” buttress our faith as we turn the page of our lives into 2010

“When darkness veils His lovely face, 

I rest on His unchanging grace; 

In every high and stormy gale

My anchor holds within the veil. 

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; 

All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, and blood

Support me in the whelming flood; 

When all around my soul gives way, 

He then is all my Hope and Stay.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; 

All other ground is sinking sand.”


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2 responses to “2010 – A Raging River Headed For The Falls

  1. How can we not heed these warnings in America at this very moment?

    Almighty God is warning America. We need to humble ourselves, get on our knees and repent.

    God will destroy this Country and any Country that rebukes Him and righteous authority that He set’s up for the blessings of it’s citizens.

    Almighty God has been rejected by America—- now America has been uncovered to it’s enemies and rejected by the power of Almighty God.

    There is danger coming to America.

    Get right with God the Savior Jesus the Christ. Get right because there is no savior from men, there is only God the Savior who makes and breaks nation’s, kindgoms, and empires.

    God will be glorified by a people who repent and bring forth a sincere reverence.

    America does not fear God, but it will.

    Get right with Christ, the coming King and the inevitable Judge of all.

  2. There is no doubt in my mind that, because of America’s sinful ways… her pride and arrogance, plus her lack, of repentance, that God has allowed blinders to come upon many American’s eyes; much the same way that Israel was blinded by God when she refused to accept the Savior God sent her.
    These blinders results in stupid decisions and causes people to resort to their own defective judgment and reasoning, because The Holy Spirit is not present, nor is He asked to be a part of America’s decision making process. Hence we permit stupid things to happen in our government…overlook stupid judgments..and become the proud recipients of a would be ‘monarch’ who could care less about the people he was ‘elected’ to serve. He has an assignment, from the pit of hell, and will likely be the tablesetter for the Anti-Christ, (whose identity will be revealed after the Church has been raptured). The plan is a ONE-WORLD GOVERNMENT, headed by the Anti-Christ, and Satan, himself, will be the guiding force (and voice) of the Anti-Christ, at mid-tribulation.
    In the meantime, our President will continue his
    meaningless rheteric (and it will sound good to those whom are blinded) but like ‘clashing symbols to those who know God and who are saved.
    2010 will be the year, I feel, that our President will hasten his socialistic program in order to completely eliminate the one thing that mostly stands in the way of his being king over America, and that is our U.S. Constitution and our Bill of Rights. This is a stumbling block for him and the Illuminatti, whom he serves. Why? Because God is right at the core of our beliefs and the laws our Forefathers came up with. God is not even mentioned in the ten nation European charter.

    America is making decisions now that, 200 years ago, our Forefathers would have found
    Our Forefathers would never have permitted a non-citizen of the United States to have even run for President, much less ‘qualify’ and permitted to run and, even our own Supreme Court fell asleep
    and did not challenge this man’s place of birth.
    The fact that our President had another birth certificate made showing he was born in Hawaii was even slid over in spite of the fact that there were pictures of Obama being held by his (now disceased) Grandmother with Obama’s real birth certificate in her other hand. The Certificate clearly showed that Kenya was Obama’s birthsite, and that is where his Grandmother said he was born as well; however, Obama’s ‘cover up squad’ quickly made this picture ‘unavailable’ shortly after he was elected because this is the kind of stuff one must cover up to sell the deceptive image that must be marketed to properly deceive his constituency.
    Our President will have an antithesis factor, very shortly, I feel, (perhaps this very month), in which he will create a state of national emergency and elimitate our basic freedoms so that he can ‘run like a bull in a china shop,’ unapposed.
    The antithesis factor can be anything at all that disturbs the status quo and normal comfort level of the people of the United States; it can be: an orchestrated militant Muslim attack. Do we really know for sure, if he will stand for America in a pinch, or will he help create jihad in America? He’s in a position much like the wolf who was put in charge of the chicken coop.
    The antithesis factor can be an orchestrated economic collapse whereby the milita would have to step in to keep peace….prevent looting of stores, etc…have enforced curfews…give up firmarms, etc.,
    Alien and sedition laws would also be enacted and enforced and there goes freedom of speech out the window.
    Since our President is not a Christian, abolishing
    preaching (particularly over the internet) will happen as there is already a big attempt at abolishing religious programs on t.v., particularly on Sundays.
    Our President, because of his impatience, will hasten his program & will come to a poiont where he won’t care about hiding his deception
    from America any longer.
    I feel it puts him (as it would anyone)under immense pressure to wear two masks all the time.
    The blinders will soon come off America’s eyes and they will, corporately, see what evil they have
    In spite of what the evil-doers believe, say, and do, however…GOD IS IN CONTROL!!!
    The Illuminatti, headed by Satan, The Anti-Christ, The False Prophet…AND our ‘elected leader’s have their 15 minutes of fame: the 7 yr. tribulation period;AND, when Jesus returns with His Church at The Second Coming to the Mount of Olives, 200 million militants from Europe, Asia, and the far East..along with every world leader who forced Israel to give up her land for ‘peace and security,’ will be cast into hell by God, and hell will be their everlasting home throughout all eternity! (Revelation 19 and 20 confirms this, as well as Matthew 25: 31-41, which is known as the sheep and goat judgment.)
    It’s ironic how the cards play out. Right now, we’re the sheep[it would appear] being led to our destruction. In just a short period of time, the table is reversed, by our Lord, Savior, and KING, and , and the sheep rule, and the goats (our deceptive world leaders), end up in the bed they made for themselves in hell. ,Like Lucifer, our world leaders, because of the lust of the flesh, the pride of life, and the striving for POWER…will succumb to the same eternal destiny as God promises all evil doers! (Read Psalm 2!)
    America needs to choose whom they will serve, now, and also repent for the foolish things we’ve allowed to happen in our government We could have had a great nation while longer but we chose to have a socialist government be our ‘god,’ instead of God…and that was s HUGE mistake!

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