But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
-1 John 2:18
This is my hour. Do you not know Death when you see it?
–The Return of the King, The Siege of Gondor
The confirmation of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh is wonderful news. God has broken through, as He said He would. He has kept His promise and is casting the crowns of the rulers of darkness down to the dust. The light on the hill has not been snuffed out. God has honoured the prayers of the righteous around the world and in the United States, the voices clamouring for the rights of the unborn to be vindicated. Judgment Day is assuredly coming.
But the battle is not over yet, and the darkness is often greatest before the dawn. Christ went through the crucifixion before He was glorified in the resurrection. One day He will sit on the throne of glory in Jerusalem, but on Good Friday the King of the Jews was nailed to a cross like a common criminal. The Church as the mystical Body of Christ must also pass through its crucifixion period before Her glorious resurrection.
…we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
Even as the Church shines, it shines in the darkness. Antichrist is coming, and there will be struggles throughout the earth. Even if one posits that he will not have a global empire (as I myself do), this does not entail that nations that resist him will be entirely safe.
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
In the borders of the Anglophone countries there are plenty of people who will violently oppose the Gospel, and times of economic and political uncertainty can drive formerly restrained people to desperate measures. The task ahead of the Church is to continue proclaiming the Gospel, including the message that Jesus the King will one day return and pour out the wrath of God on the wicked inhabitants of the earth. They will not want to hear this message – but those who repent before that time will be spared God’s wrath, even if they are not spared the Devil’s persecution.
God will vindicate the words of His faithful followers – but those who refuse to hear will be taken by diabolical deception; they will believe the lie. We must preach the Truth in faith that there are still those who will receive Him. To those that do, God will grant the right to become children of God.
We have seen the work of lies in the UK and USA, and it is natural that two countries that bequeathed the common law and liberty to the world should become targets of corruption. As we give thanks to God for this breakthrough in appointing an originalist Justice, let us reflect on the need to resist falsehood in all its forms. The truth will pierce the darkness like a blade and the world will be divided.
Postscript: this post by no means endorses all judgments or opinions voiced by Associate Justice Kavanaugh, but it does take the line that abortion is a species of murder and no court of law has the moral authority to declare murder acceptable. Nor does this post advocate that the kingdoms of this world are the Kingdom of our God and His Christ – but they will be one day, when Christ returns and the times of the Gentiles cease. Then the Church will reign with Christ over the Gentiles and they will confess that He has loved His Bride.