Conspiracies - Who Cares?
“Do not say, A conspiracy! to everything of which this people
says, A conspiracy! And do not fear their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify
Jehovah of Hosts Himself, and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your
dread. And He shall be a sanctuary for you, but for a stone of stumbling,
and for a rock of falling to both the houses of Israel, for a trap and
for a snare to the people of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble
and fall and be broken, and be snared, and be taken” (Isaiah 8:12-15
From time to time, we hear of various persons or groups conspiring
to take over the world, plotting against Christians, seeking to
diminish the population of the earth, and so on. Nominal Christian
circles are rife with such rumors and theories. I'm thankful for
such occasions because they provoke me to delve into yet other
areas of knowledge and adventure concerning the Lord and His ways
In pondering these things and asking the Lord to direct
us, I began to see so many "conspiracies" in the Scriptures and
particularly how the Lord dealt with them and counseled us by the
Scriptures to respond. For example, the Pharisees came to Jesus,
advising Him to flee because Herod would kill Him. A purported conspiracy.
What was the Lord's answer? "Go tell that fox, Behold, I cast out
devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall
be perfected. Nevertheless I must walk today and tomorrow, and the
day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem."
(He knew the sovereignty of God as should we as we grow in Him).
The conspiratorialists came with their fear mongering (and
the danger seems to have been true, considering that Jesus told them
to Herod). What was the Lord's reaction? It was not to give glory,
no, not for one moment, to those in power who would exercise evil.
He neither condemned nor resisted Herod, and He did not try to
warn others against him.
No, He immediately focused those concerned on Himself
and on what He was doing, what the Father was doing by Him. He
completely ignored what Herod was doing. What He was saying in effect
Herod does is not the issue; what God does is" and, "Fear
not Herod, nor man but God." He had said, "Fear not those who
can kill the body and not the soul but fear the One Who can destroy
both body and soul in hell." And a point to be made, of which
one may take note: In the end, was He slain by Herod? No...He was slain
by those who preached conspiracy. Who indeed is the enemy?
And what did Jesus have to say about the incident wherein Pilate
mingled the blood of some Galileans with their sacrifices? Did
He say, "He must be stopped?" or, "Watch out for Pilate?" Or did
He hand out videos on the secret machinations and inside information
of Pilate and his cohorts? No, He said, "Watch out for sin; sin
is the issue; the enemy is within; repent, otherwise you shall
all likewise perish."
Conspiratorialists put the onus and emphasis on others, on externals,
on dangers, on men, rather than on sin within themselves or others.
Repentance, faith and obedience to God are the true and sole ways
of deliverance. Where can one run WITH his sin from judgment,
seeing it is God Who ordains all powers who "bear not the sword
Paul says that those who resist rulers, resist the ordinance
of God and thus receive to themselves judgment. When did Jesus
and His disciples ever resist or teach to resist the secular authorities,
even if they were as pagan and ruthless as were the Romans? And
what man (ruler or otherwise) or army of men can do harm to the
one who obeys and believes God, having repented? And if he is delivered,
is it because he can save himself? Can he "trust in the arm of
flesh," or can he "lean unto his own understanding" and deliver
himself? No, salvation is of the Lord; He is Savior, and He alone.
What about Herod's conspiracy to slay the newborn King of Israel?
It was prophesied by Jeremiah that children would die but that
the One Whose life was sought for destruction would be delivered.
God warned Joseph of the danger and they fled to safety. Could
He not have warned and\or saved them all so that none perished?
Of course. But that was not the will of God. In His sovereignty,
"Rachel had to weep for her children" at the time, for a time,
that the Scriptures might be fulfilled. So then there are "conspiracies"
which are inescapable if God so chooses, and utterly impotent if
God so chooses. It isn't ours to fear nor to get caught up in these
This is not to say that there may not be a time of flight or to
hide away, bewaring of dangers from which God would deliver us,
even as with Jacob from Esau, Moses from Egypt, Joseph and Mary
from Herod, David from Saul, Paul leaving Jerusalem, to give a few
examples. These events are all examples of conspiracies. To everything
there is a time and season. And in none of these cases was there
defiance, condemnation, resistance of authority nor onus placed
Also note that these particular sets of circumstances
were at the onset of preparation of those souls for future fulfilment,
even rulership of one form or another. Take for example the circumstances
concerning David and Saul. Speak of a conspiracy! Here we have
a king and an entire army at his disposal, determinedly seeking
to destroy a poor and innocent yet believing man, with a rag tag band
of social misfits and rejects. David and his companions were on the
run, living in the wilderness, in caves, having to avoid even the
general populace lest it should deliver him over to Saul. And why
was all this "conspiracy" happening? To prepare David to replace
What about the conspiracy that fell upon Joseph? Does it get any
worse than that? Abruptly separated from family, by family, without
warning, very life hanging in the balance, defenseless, begging
and pleading ignored, with no apparent deliverer, sold into slavery,
all hope of reunion with loved ones lost, in the end left in an
Egyptian prison. Result: victory within and without; a savior raised
up; the conspirators subject to the victim, all entirely the will
of God Who meant it for good.
Are conspiratorialists unwittingly short circuiting potential "Joseph
victories"? Are they proposing to preserve the flesh? Certainly!
And all in the Name of Christ Who died on the cross to deliver
us from the flesh.
In other words, these false prophets deny the
Lord's already finished work on the cross and\or the necessity
of its application to themselves and ourselves. What would have
happened had Peter succeeded in his words to the Lord, saying, "Be
it far from You, Lord: this shall not be to You"? Isn't that what
conspiratorialists are in part saying? That we should not suffer,
that we should live to hide and\or to escape carnal suffering? But
what did Jesus have to say to Peter? That he was savoring the things
not of God but of men, that such thinking and attitude was satanic,
contrary to the ways and purposes of God.
And what about this reaction to a conspiracy, required of the people
of Judah, God's people, by God Himself? Jeremiah, by the Lord,
instructs all of Judah to submit to Nebuchadnezzar, the "conspirator,"
Jeremiah thus becoming a conspirator himself, against his own people
yet, in the eyes of the Jews.
In submitting to, rather than "reproving"
and "exposing" the "works of darkness," the "Illuminati" of the
day, (as conspiratorialists propose they ought to do out of Christian
duty), the Jews' lives would be spared! Those who resisted would
be destroyed, not according to men but by the will of God. Are
not those who walk in fear and resistance of the powers that be
(and none can have power unless granted from above, as Jesus declared
to Pilate) destroying themselves even as they run about?
And what are they doing? Do they know? Besides trying to save themselves,
do they think they can scare people into the Kingdom of God? Is
that how God converts sinners? Men enter into the Kingdom by faith
in God, not fear of man, through "much tribulation" and suffering,
Fear of man brings a snare; faith in God
brings salvation. It isn't a matter of, "Watch out; if you don't
repent, the devil is gonna get you," but "Repent; God loves you;
the Kingdom of Heaven is upon you; have courage: man can do nothing
to you outside the will of God; He is in charge; He is in control;
the Kingdom of God reigns over all; JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!" Without
faith it is impossible to please God but "the wicked flee when no
man pursues" and the "fearful...shall have their part in the lake
which burns with fire and brimstone..."
But these people consumed with the preaching of conspiracies seek
their own glory, for one thing. They love to promote themselves,
getting attention with sensationalism, impressing others with
knowledge so-called. Conspiratorialists unwittingly give glory
to Satan, to evil, to powerful men and not to God.
In the sight of men maybe, but utterly impotent to God. Once when
Elisha and his servant were surrounded by a large, hostile army
complete with horses and chariots, the servant was afraid. After all,
speak of a living, present conspiracy in full bloom!
What was Elisha's
reply to him? "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than
they that be with them." He then prayed that his servant's eyes
be opened and when they were, he saw that "the mountain was full
of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha." Rather than
entertain his unbelieving companion's fears, Elisha prayed that
his eyes be opened. (II Kings 6)
Psalm 2 also describes a conspiracy: "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."
But then the psalmist goes on to say
that "He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have
them in derision." As for those that are His, ought they to quake
and tremble at the conspiracies, given they are real (how much
less the imagined ones which they often are)?
Of and to them (the
saints, the corporate body of Christ) it is said, "You shall break
them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter's
vessel." Of and to them, I say, because His sons are in Him and
He in them. His heritage is ours; we reign with Him, in Him, by
Him. It is that heritage of the saints, granted by our Elder Brother
Who is not ashamed to call us His brethren, members in particular
of His body.
What are conspiracies, even if real, but the works of men? And of
these it is written, "Concerning the works of men, by the Word
of Thy lips, I have kept myself from the paths of the destroyer"
Indeed, "the wicked flee when no man pursues" (Proverbs 28:1)
but "the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits"
"If God be for us, who can be against us?" asks Paul. The psalmist
declares, "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him: fret
not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of
the man who brings wicked devices to pass...for evildoers shall
be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit
the earth" (Psalm 37:7,9) and, "The Lord is on my side; I will
not fear: what can man do to me? (Psalm 118:6).
It goes on to
say, "It is better to trust in the Lord than to
put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than
to put confidence in princes" (verses 8 and 9). Are we not putting
confidence in men and princes, having fear, reverence, respect (whatever you
wish to call it) when we dwell on alleged conspiracies
and all their morbid details? The psalmist also writes, "The Lord
is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the
strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1).
Let us take one brief look at a reversal of a conspiracy situation.
We have a people (the children of Israel) who are enslaved by
a tyrannical nation (Egypt). In the eyes of man, this is the successful
fulfilment of a conspiracy. Now consider that Moses and his brother,
in the power of God, with but two staves, marched into Egypt, and
delivered an entire nation out of the oppressive hand of the power
of that day.
Initially, Moses too was afraid to go to do the job
but God promised to be with him. How puny and powerless is the
greatest strength of man! And also consider: Did Moses have to
know all the details about Egypt? Did he need secret intelligence
and a strategy? He didn't even know that "all those men who sought
his life were dead" (Exodus 4:19). Nor would it have mattered one
whit had they still been alive.
And another point, a very important one: As with Joseph, wherein
a conspiracy successfully practiced on him turned out to be the
very will of God for the good of His people, so with Moses and
the children of Israel. In this conspiracy of the Egyptians to
exploit the Hebrews for their own gain, the Lord had determined
and ordained to form a nation. He had made a promise to Jacob centuries
earlier in these words: "I am God, the God of your father: fear
not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of you a great
nation: I will go down with you into Egypt; and I will also surely
bring you up again..." (Gen. 46:3,4)
My, my! So God even ordains conspiracies and enters into them with
us, only to prosper and to make us what He purposes us to be!
No, it is for the wicked to dwell on conspiracies and to flee them,
not knowing or acknowledging that the Lord REIGNS SUPREME OVER
ALL THINGS, BOTH GOOD AND EVIL. And it is for the righteous to
walk by faith, to give thanks and to praise the Lord of lords,
the King of kings (including conspiring ones) Who does all things
well and for His glory! Praise the Lord!