Over the past two months, I have been asked a number of fascinating questions about Israel, Iran, The Twelfth Imam, The Joshua Fund, and the WikiLeaks controversy as I have spoken in 12 cities across the United States, as well as at the European Union Parliament in Brussels.
Some of the questions I have answered this week include:
- How can I be praying for the work of The Joshua Fund right now?
- Will the Twelfth Imam also be the Anti-Christ?
- When will the sequel to The Twelfth Imam be released?
Here’s another one.
QUESTION: “Joel, do you believe that Luke 12:2-3 could be referring to all the documents released through WikiLeaks?” This was an intriguing question that a reader of my books asked me last week, while I was doing a Q&A session at First Baptist Church of Naples.
ROSENBERG: At first glance, the question seemed humorous to the audience and to me. After all, the notion that release of some 250,000 sensitive and classified U.S. government cables and related documents — exposing U.S. diplomatic, intelligence and security secrets — might have been foretold by Bible prophecy is not one I had heard raised before. But in fairness to the gentlemen who was asking the question, I opened to the passage in question and read Luke 12:2-3.
“[T]here is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.”
Hmm. Very interesting, isn’t it?
Now, don’t get me wrong. What the 39-year old Australian-born activist/anarchist leader of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has done is absolutely unconscionable. It is also quite possibly criminal. Assange was arrested in Britain on suspected rape charges. If those charges are true, he should be extradited to Sweden (where the alleged sexual crimes took place), prosecuted and convicted as soon as possible. Simultaneously, I believe Assange has put U.S. interests and national security at risk and should be aggressively prosecuted for this as well.
The Chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee this week wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal arguing that Assange has “intentionally harmed the U.S. government.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) further noted, “the release of these documents damages our national interests and puts innocent lives at risk. He should be vigorously prosecuted for espionage. The law Mr. Assange continues to violate is the Espionage Act of 1917. That law makes it a felony for an unauthorized person to possess or transmit “information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation.” If Sen. Feinstein’s argument is accurate, then Assange should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Meanwhile, the U.S. government should do everything in its legal power to prevent the further release of classified information. After all, American officials should be able to communicate in private to one another. The effective development and implentation of our foreign policy and national security policy depends on secure, secret communications available only to those with proper security clearances, and none others.
That said, it is worth noting the prophecy found in Luke chapter 12, that all secrets will eventually become known. This seems to be coming true more today than ever before. In today’s Information Age, there is an insatiable thirst for new information throughout our culture and around the world. Countless media outlets determined to uncover, report new, interesting, and previously secret information. This is certainly true of the mainstream media. It is also true of countless bloggers, YouTubers, Facebook-ers, Twitter-ers, and millions of other “unofficial” reporters of what they see and hear. It is, therefore, increasingly unlikely that a person’s secrets can hold for long. This should sober us to live holy and pure lives, should it not? Because if we are engaged in activities we don’t want others to know about, we are kidding ourselves. Secrets don’t hold for long in the Information Age we now live in.
What’s more, Luke 12 is also true in the sense that everything we have ever said and done is already known by the Lord, who sees and hears and knows all things. And the Bible teaches that if we have not been forgiven every unfair, unkind, untoward, or unrighteous thing we have ever said or done, then all of our secrets will be laid bare on Judgment Day. We will not only be exposed, but we will be held accountable for every willful and careless statement and action. That is bad news, sobering if not frightening.
The good news — especially worth discussing during the Christmas season — is that the Bible also teaches that God loves us with an “everlasting love.” He has a wonderful plan and purpose for our lives. He does not want to judge us. He prefers to save us, forgive us, transform us. He wants to be the God of second chances in our lives, if we will but let Him. The Scriptures tell us that if we personally receive Jesus Christ to come into our lives and be our Messiah, Lord and Savior — if we bow our knee before Him and chose to love Him and follow Him and serve Him forever — then He promises to forgive us and adopt us into His family and give us both eternal life as well as an “abundant” life here on earth, one that is full and meaningful and pleasing to Him. Amazing, but true — Jesus Christ promises to forgive us of all of our sins, past, present and future. Now that is good news.
- John 1:12 — “But as many as received Him [Jesus Christ], to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His Name.”
- 1 John 1:9 — “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Not some unrighteousness. Not most unrighteousness. The Bible says Jesus Christ will forgive us from “all” unrighteousness — if we receive Him, if we confess our sins, if we place our faith in Him to save us and depend on His death and resurrection as the once-for-all sacrifice and payment for our sins.
- Psalm 103:11-13 — “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.”
- Isaiah 43:25 — “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”
- Acts 2:37-39 — “Now when they heard this [gospel message], they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brethren, what shall we do?’ Peter said to them, ‘Repent [turn around], and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.'”
- Why not give your life fully to Him today?
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