"behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, says Jehovah, and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, MY SERVANT, and will bring them against this land, and against its inhabitants, and against all these nations all around. And I will completely destroy them, and make them a waste, and a hissing, and perpetual ruins... And now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, MY SERVANT. And I have also given him the beasts of the field to serve him." (Jer25:9, 27:6)
When God destroyed the earth with the flood, how did He do it? When the "fountains of the great deep" (Ge7:11) sprang up, how was that accomplished? With what tools? Those who understand astronomical dynamics suggest that the flood happened when celestial bodies came within close enough distances to earth for their gravitationsl forces to cause earthquakes, tectonic upheavals and great tidal waves. The flood was not -just- 'rain'. The water was also "going out and coming back" (Ge8:3) as tides are known to do. When did God 'arrange' for those celestial events?
As God "fought for Israel" at Joshua's 'long day' (Josh10:14,42), when Israel was whoopin' their enemies; when did He 'arrange' for the celestial events that day?
When Elijah was running from Jezebel, God sent ravens (His servants) with food to feed him as he was hiding at the Brook Cherith. How did He do that? God says,
When Daniel was thrown to the lions, Daniel proclaimed,
But these things, mentioned thus far, are either inanimate objects, or of the animal kingdom, to whom neither right nor wrong are present. Objects have no consciousness to -do- anything on their own, because they are not possessed of free will nor self-animation. And animals do not 'choose' various behavior for any sort of 'moral' reasons. Animals are neither "good" nor "bad". They behave according to nature. So, does God use anything 'evil' as His tools?
There was the case where Ahab, due to his rebellion against God, needed to be killed in battle. But 'how' to get him to go into battle, and thus be killed? Many angels/spirits were gathered around God's throne, and He poses the question to them, and they, various ones, give this opinion or that idea. And finally an "evil spirit" comes forward. How do we know it was 'evil'? Because he offers to go and "be a spirit of falsehood in the mouth of all the" false prophets. (1Ki22:22) A righteous angel would not be engaged in falsehood or lies. Jesus said that satan was the "father of" lies. (Jn8:44) So, the lying spirit (God's servant) gets the job done.
There is that other one, likely the most 'famous' case in all of Scripture, found in the book of Job. God and the devil have this conversation. God challenges Satan regarding how "good" Job is, and satan whines back at God about 'how easy' Job has things in life. So God gives satan permission to "test"Job with adversity.
But what about evil people? If the righteous serve God, and the wicked rebel, surely God will not use the wicked for His own purposes as tools? God will not enlist the services of the wicked to accomplish His will?
Notice in the opening Scripture -who- God is calling His "servant". Nebuchadnezzar. Was Nebuchadnezzar a good church-going Christian? No. It was he who threw Ananaiah, Mishael and Azariah into the fiery furnace for refusing to bow to his great image. (Dan3) And God's title of "My servant" was also before he converted and acknowledged the Most High. (Dan4) Israel was in deep apostasy and needed discipline. And since Babylon was one of the world's great powers of that day, God having "preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings" (Ac17:26), and Paul tells us that "there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are ordained by God" (Rom13:1); God used one of those world powers, that He had ordained to exist during that time, even though steeped in idolatry of its own, to discipline His own erring people, Israel.
In like manner, those who have been around this ministry for any length of time, know how we make the observation that Jesus Christ "does NOT BELONG" in the pagan winter fertility festivities, labelled by Babylon of Rome as "christ-mass". The "mass" is paganism in worship to the sun, which Rome some time back usurped around and added Christian labels, and deceived many into thinking to be the celebration of Jesus' birth. But it is not. And so, considering how most who consider themselves to be "christian" insist on "putting Christ -back- into" the season... how can the wrong be corrected? That which calls itself "church" certainly isn't doing it!
Well, of all the strangest turns of events, the -world- is doing it! As the world gravitates more and more to the 'political correctness' of not having ONE EXCLUSIVE religion, and many of New Age and various other pagan beliefs do away with Jesus Christ from public discourse, they are making it 'politically incorrect' to have greetings like Merry Christmas, but instead wish each other "season's greetings" or "happy holidays", and such things. You see? Voila! Where "Christ" has no place in pagan festivities, the world is removing Him. What the church refuses to do, the pagan world (God's 'servant') is doing.
Certainly, this does not mean that the world's paganism is, thus, suddenly "less pagan". No, indeed not! They are just as pagan as they ever were, and on their way to the Lake of Fire, except they repent and receive Jesus Christ in Saving Faith. But the blasphemy that has been perpetrated upon that Blessed Name of Jesus Christ (Ro2:24), in the world, because of the 'church', has become 'less'. Yes, they are still worshiping their strange gods. But they are also 'directly' -blaspheming- Jesus Christ, by name, less. And as such, if there are degrees of punishment (Lk12:47-48), the pagans will be deserving of less judgment than those calling themselves "christian'.
What about idolatry? Many in our western ("christian") societies look at eastern idolatry as "culture" and "art"; that is, those shrines and statues to the Buddha's and other various gods. How many are the explorers who go searching, and when they find statues, will collect them and enshrine them in museums for all to see and be in awe of.
New Years Day Public TV had an episode on its "In Search of Myths & Heroes" program. In this particular program the explorer/reporter was travelling to Tibet in search of the original "Shangri La". After much travelling, and interacting with many different tribes of people along the way, they finally reached what was presumed to be the ruins of the location from which the original lore of "Shangri La" originated. Even though ruined, one could tell that at one time, according to ancient oriental standards, it had been quite a place. But the place was in ruins. In one 'room' was found the bones of the ancient king and his royal family.
In another large room were other ruins...the smashed remains of all the Buddhas that at one time had adorned all the vast system of shelves. How were they destroyed? Mao's "cultural revolution" of the 1960s.
What is one of Communism's prime tenets? Atheism. There is NO GOD. Mao's cultural revolution was wide-sweeping, killing anybody who was in anyway religious, the free thinkers and philosophers; and idols and books to all these things were destroyed.
What did God say about idolatry?
Typically, our western culture looks at Mao's reign of terror as a 'bad' thing. But look!! He did at Shangri La (and a lot of other places) what God had told Israel to do where they lived. Mao's "cultural revolution", in that it destroyed much idolatry, was a "good" thing. In that case, Mao, God's 'servant'. But what about how China persecutes Biblical Christians? Christians are imprisoned and killed. Isn't that "bad"? What did Jesus say...
But eventually, they will come after the die-hards who cling to God's Word, and will refuse to bow to the one-world religion and its anti-christ leader. What then? Does the Believer need to worry?
Well, if God can use the world against satan to remove Christ's name from the pagan winter festivities, and used an avowed atheist to destroy much idolatry, can He not take care of His own Children? What is the meaning of...