Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Whether you agree with it or not, the truth of the Word says that the loving Father chastises his children. The church used to agree with this statement, and only seems to have turned away from the wisdom of it after the advent of modern psychology, which taught parents that their children knew what they needed and should be gently guided through life rather than instructed in righteousness and 'chastened betimes' to save his soul. Now we are so preoccupied by the idea of damaging someone's self-esteem, we never correct. Even our judicial system is a joke. Because of budget cuts, and overcrowding as a result of our lack of morality in putting to death child murderers and the sexually depraved, criminals are being freed in California (I am not picking on one state- they are just the only ones being honest about it).
This news should not be a surprise, though, in a nation where 'freedom' has become about fulfilling the lusts of our flesh regardless of the effect it has on others. What surprises me are the number of people calling for prayers for our nation and our president. Why?!?! Or have they not read the scriptures, which clearly tell us that if He has sent judgment on a nation to try and turn them away from their sin, he will not hear their prayers until they have turned away form those sins?
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; THEN will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
He also warns the prophet Jeremiah not to pray for a nation that is in rebellion, because he will not listen!
"Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble." Jeremiah 11:14
We are facing our judgment for what we have done, and no amount of praying or patriotism or wishing is going to do anything to stop the scourging of the Father until the people realize what they are doing and STOP! That does not mean that we should stop praying altogether, but if you are praying for mercy on America you are not being heard.
Every time we as a nation receive discipline, our answer is to increase our rebellion, which only brings more judgment! In a horrible news story this week, a mother was found to have eaten parts of her newborn baby. The discovery of this scene has reportedly severely impacted those officials who had to collect evidence. Everyone asks the 'unanswerable' question of why, but they do not really look for that answer in the place it can be found. Rather than turn to the Father for guidance, they have likely already declared it a result of post-partum depression and placed the woman on anti-depressant (if not anti-psychotic) drugs. Some even utter that all-too-familiar phrase 'How could God let this happen?' I can give you a few answers right from God himself:
"And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God...
But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee...And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee...The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, and toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates."
In fact, if you read through Deuteronomy 28, it reads like a laundry list of our news headlines for the past 50 years, and the future doesn't look very promising! Well, those words were written for Israel and not us, right? First, Hebrews clearly says that we have become part of Israel by our grafting in to the olive tree. Secondly, if you want more proof, how about other books of prophecy that we believe are playing out before our very eyes?
"And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them." Jeremiah 19:9
"They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their portions...When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound. For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him." Hosea 5:7, 13-14
This warning in Hosea speaks of the tribe of Ephraim, and while I'm not going to get into the whole two-house theology, it is true that Ephraim is a type of the church by representing the adopted gentile sons. And doesn't it sound just like America to find ourselves in sickness, and rather than try to figure out where that sickness came from, we run looking for a cure-all to get rid of it. If we don't know why something happens, how can we prevent it from happening again?
What are we under judgment for? To start with, we have turned away from the commandments of Yah. People are living sinful, decadent lives and still claiming to be christians. So we're guilty of sin and blasphemy. We made the last election about securing our way of life (money) rather than about protecting life (so there, too- why are we surprised at a news story about a mother killing her child when it happens thousands of times every day?). We are murderous and without natural affections. We have turned our backs on Israel, our 'mother' nation, and even taken up collections to help the Palestinians fight the Jews in our churches!!!!!!! But my personal opinion on when we crossed the point of no return was when Obama, who represents us, stood up and summarily declared that America is not a christian nation. The favor we received in the past, our very establishment as a country, were based on obedience to the Word of the L-rd. We have now forsaken our first love and turned to idols.
It should be no surprise that a self-declared godless nation turns to depravity. Without truth, good and evil become ambiguous terms. The Chinese have begun to make a soup from fetus parts. This 'delicacy' is reported to have many health benefits, and sells for $40 a serving.
(If you are fasting for Tisha B'Av, this is not only something else to mourn over, but something that should help you lose your appetite). Within this article is reference to another scriptural instance of eating children (2 Kings 6). What is the ultimate outcome in that book of history? Captivity. Why is America absent from prophecy? Some speculate that we are too far away to be present for the 'final showdown' except by military presence. Others feel we may be the New Babylon spoken of. I believe we are absent because we will not be a sovereign nation in the end! We have been disciplined repeatedly, and rather than learn from it, we have set our hearts against the Father. We have declared we do not know Him, and thereby sealed our fate.
Don't waste time praying for this country. Rather, heed the warning we have been given:
"Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Revelation 18:4