Isaiah 40:18 – To Whom Will You Liken God?

A full page ad in our complimentary copy of The Epoch Times caught my eye.  The top half displayed the name Shen Yun and a beautiful Chinese dancer in mid-leap.  The text below the fold said: “China Before Communism.”  It went on to mysteriously say:

China was once called “Land of the Divine.”  There was a time when divine beings walked upon the earth, leaving behind wisdom that gave birth to everything from medical innovations to opera, dance, architecture, and even martial arts… A splendid culture flourished in China for 5,000 years.

Upon seeing this, along with the additional ad copy, I was somewhat suspicious.  Given the infiltration of the Chinese Communist Party into all strata of American life, this seemed all too convenient.  “A Divine Culture – Lost.”  Darkness Spreads from China.”  Hope and Renewal.”  Was this a means of presenting the soft and cuddly side of China to counter what many of us see as a threat to our democracy?

Maybe not.  Shen Yun is apparently the official movement of the Falun Dafa, that we may know better as Falun Gong, a dissident, non-Christian group in China that the CCP has persecuted for not toeing the party line.  (  Shen Yun means “Divine Grace.”  The inspiration of Falun Gong and this dance company appears to be Buddhist and Taoist spirituality that has been lost under the tyranny of communism.

Because there are seemingly layers upon layers of intrigue that are deeply ingrained in China, what we see on the surface may or may not be innocuous.  I have no information that Shen Yun has ties of any kind to the CCP.  I hope it doesn’t.  However, even if this theater group isn’t tainted by the devious machinations of those in China who wish to conquer America, there does remain a deeper, darker force behind it.

To understand this, we have to revisit the ad text from above:

There was a time when divine beings walked upon the earth, leaving behind wisdom that gave birth to everything from… 

Seeing this immediately brought to mind the two spiritual rebellions against God that I’ve written of extensively.  The first was the fall of the sons of God (bene Elohim) that we see in Genesis 6:1-4.  The second occurs following the Tower of Babel fiasco in Genesis 11 when God placed His divine sons over the nations into which He had scattered mankind.  All these mighty princes in the heavenlies subsequently chose to oppose God by setting themselves up as gods over their respective nations (Deuteronomy 32:8 – ESV).

This second rebellion provides the basis for this description that Shen Yun gives us.  If you’re familiar with the pseudepigraphal book of 1 Enoch, you know that it expands on these demonic rebellions.  (A pseudepigraphal book is one that uses a famous person’s name as its author but wasn’t actually written by that person.  Thus 1 Enoch wasn’t written by the Biblical Enoch we know from Genesis 5:24, i.e. the first man Raptured.  It was written somewhere in the roughly 500 years during the 2nd Temple Period between the book of Malachi and the destruction of that temple in 70 AD.)

What this ad copy outlines is actually a form of the truth.  The spiritual rebellions against God brought forth the divine beings referenced.  As 1 Enoch tells us, they gave mankind many secrets of heaven exactly as stated:

… everything from medical innovations to opera, dance, architecture, and even martial arts… 

This was not altruistic on the part of these divine rebels.  They also imparted to man the means of making war and of making forbidden love.  Their intent wasn’t to enrich humanity, rather it was to pervert and destroy it.  What they gave to men was the hidden wisdom of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17).  What did God warn if Adam and Eve ate of that tree?  “You shall surely die.”  The divine beings exalted by Shen Yun desired to destroy what God had made good; their purpose was to either make men completely depraved, to kill off humanity, or to alter our genetic makeup so that man was no longer fully human.

The bottom line on the Shen Yun production is that whether it’s secretly associated with the CCP or not, there is a more ancient agenda: It is to lead people away from the One true God by glorifying other gods.

But what does the Bible have to say about this?  Let’s look at several verses.  First, consider what Isaiah 40:18-20 conveys:

To whom then will you liken God,

    or what likeness compare with him?

An idol! A craftsman casts it,

    and a goldsmith overlays it with gold

    and casts for it silver chains.

He who is too impoverished for an offering

    chooses wood that will not rot;

he seeks out a skillful craftsman

    to set up an idol that will not move.

It is to the spiritual rebels that idols are made.  But God points out that they are useless.

Isaiah 40:21-23 goes on to make the comparison:

Do you not know? Do you not hear?

    Has it not been told you from the beginning?

    Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,

    and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;

who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,

    and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;

who brings princes to nothing,

    and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.

It was Yahweh who created the heavens and the earth.  He is the architect and builder of all that exists.  Those who oppose Him, whether divine princes of the spiritual realm or kings upon the earth; they have no power and will come to nothing.

The prophet exalts the Mighty One of heaven in Isaiah 40:28:

Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

    the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He does not faint or grow weary;

    his understanding is unsearchable.

It is He whom we must worship, not because He has attempted to bribe mankind or curry their favor.  No, it is because He is above all these pretenders to the throne and He is worthy.

Should man glorify other gods in any way?  Absolutely not!  It is only in God alone and through Him that we have life.  Isaiah 40:31 encourages us:

… but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;

    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;

they shall run and not be weary;

    they shall walk and not faint.

In these dark days when Satan and the rebellious host of heaven are contending for the souls of men, what should we do in response?

Wait for the Lord.  When we do that, He will renew us and see us through until He brings us home.

One Response to “Isaiah 40:18 – To Whom Will You Liken God?”

  1. Reply Amy Swift

    Interesting Gary! Thank you for pointing all of this out. Recently I have met a Christian who is familiar with China as he and his Christian father worked there for some long length of time. I hope the opportunity arises where I can ask him about this.

    I personally thought the dancers and the show were elegant from what I saw on the Epoch Times page. If the timing were right I would loved to see the show however it is not.

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