The form of government my country was founded upon is almost gone, being replaced by another I hardly know nor care to. There is no comparison. One who has tasted individual freedom can never enjoy the oppression that slavery brings. I can only bear witness to the difference. Why has my country changed course? I would sum it up in one word: adultery.
Adultery is the turning away from the spouse you vowed to love to embrace the arms of another. To the betrayed, it feels like a stab to the heart.(1) We know adultery occurs between individuals. But did you know it can also occur between a nation and her God. This is another form of adultery, though spiritual, not physical. It goes by another name: idolatry.
Israel was such a nation; and the consequences of her betrayal are well documented for all the world to see. God Himself had entered into a covenant with her. And as remarkable as marriage between a man and wife can be, Israel’s covenant was astounding in that the husband in this case is also her Creator: divinity embracing humanity out of pure love. But with such privilege came responsibility: Israel had been warned: her obedience would bring blessing, her disobedience, curses.(2) The choice was hers. Humans who marry may at times behave in undignified ways toward each other, fostering conditions whereby one spouse chooses to remain embittered or resentful of the other. Then, rather than dealing constructively with spousal shortcomings, this party entertains thoughts of jumping ship. But for Israel, this is not the case. Her Husband is perfect and His love toward her is unconditional in that He is always focused on her well-being.
However, unconditional love does not equate to unconditional favor. Favor is dependent upon obedience. For a time Israel remained faithful to her God, observing His moral and ethical laws.(3) But eventually she gave way to temptation, enticed by the gods of other nations who became her lovers. We know from scripture that Israel was guilty of breaking her vow to remain faithful. And because of it, she suffered predetermined horrendous consequences - curses;(4) each curse (or judgment) more severe than the one preceding it. Starvation in the city led even to cannibalism. Her final judgment was exile from her promised land, taken captive by foreign kings who ruled over her with severity. Even after she left, harsh treatment by her lovers brought her renewed opportunity to repent and return to her Husband/God.(5) Still, she refused. Finally her God, who chose her as first among nations in that she received divine laws of governance to both abide by and teach to other nations, gave her up to her own waywardness, allowing the Gentiles to take the lead. Instead of her ruling over all others in a just and loving manner, other nations would lord it over her with their man-made oppressive laws until He would once again bring Israel back to Himself. This will occur in the final end of days whereby she will be reinstated into the lead position.(6)
It should be noted, however, that even though God judged Israel collectively as a Nation, there were always individual Jews who never bowed the knee to other gods. It should also be noted that there will always be a Jewish remnant that serves Him and Him alone.(7)
During the last Diasporas, the period of time when the Jews were removed from their land and scattered throughout the world - 70 A.D. to 1948 A.D. - one Gentile nation after another gained the ascendancy. When my parents were young adults here in America, the British Empire reigned supreme. And the Jews continued to be lorded over. But very few Americans of that era grasped the enormity of the situation happening to the Jews of Europe in the 1930s and 40s. The unimaginable descended upon them in what became known as the holocaust, a systemic Nazi government attempt to utterly annihilate all Jewish men, women and children (and those who aided them), not even wanting them as slaves. As the world looked away, six of 13 million Jews perished from the earth.(8) There was, however, Someone of note watching; One who could intervene, but chose not to; at least, that is, until His purpose was accomplished. Only then did He say, “ENOUGH!” sending Help on the way.(9)
Wasn’t it enough that He had removed them from their land of promise and slaughtered those who refused to be taken captive? Did He have to further reduce them to dehumanizing, barbaric conditions elsewhere? After such loss, many Jews no longer believed in Him, refusing to be comforted. Many non-Jews didn’t blame them. Only a remnant of European Jews refused to allow a root of bitterness to take hold. But even so, could any good possibly come from such unspeakable suffering? Yes, something good did occur. And no, He had not forgotten His chosen ones.(10) They were not annihilated. And soon afterward, because of it, Israel pushed to regain her homeland, lost over 2,000 years ago. When photographs of the living dead flashed across TV screens around the world, shock, then sympathy prevailed upon the hearts of those in position of power to pressure Britain to relinquish rule over Israel. Soon after, the United Nations granted Israel her independence on May 14, 1948, confirming the prophecy of Isaiah 66:8:
“Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things?
Can a land be born in one day?
Can a nation be brought forth all at once?” (NAS*)
Miraculously, by God’s grace, she had reclaimed much of her land.
During this time, it was my country, America, the United States that was gaining supremacy. Being young and energetic, she dared to be different from the other Gentile nations that ruled before her. With the underpinnings of Jewish roots principles, in addition to New Testament teachings (considered Christian doctrine,(11)) America’s new constitution would be founded. And although she was never promised the land of Israel, she received many blessings in her own land for embracing Israel’s God and eventually befriending the Jewish people.(12)
Many pioneers knew prior to America’s inception what had happened to Israel and why, having familiarized themselves with the scriptures. They learned about Israel’s God - this so-called God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob(13)- while still in the womb of Britain, the leading nation. They had been taught the moral and ethical laws derived in part by certain books in the Old Testament: the Torah.(14) These they took with them to the new land when fearing their homeland was trampling their religious freedoms underfoot. And in response, the God of Israel that they, too, embraced, blessed them as a nation and built a hedge of protection around them. Downtrodden peoples, seeking refuge from their homelands, risked their lives to come to America’s shores; while American citizens were free to leave and return at will, unhampered and unmolested by their own governing authorities.
But now in the 21st century, her fame is dwindling and hatred of her is mounting. Faithful America, like Israel, always had a choice. But now the America who embraced Israel’s God and adhered to His standard based upon the laws of Moses, including the Ten Commandments,(15) has also, like Israel, left her first love and joined herself to others, leaving her Lover to grieve. Because of it, things here have drastically changed. The blessings of obedience are disappearing and the hedge of protection is being removed. Judgment knocked once at our door in 2001 and will be back to knock again. America can still repent, but the further she strays, the more difficult it will be to regain lost ground. The intensity of the resistance by those leaders unwilling to turn back is almost insurmountable at this point in time.
Our nation was conceived on Judeo-Christian principles from the one and only God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. There is good reason that the Old Testament mentions these three names together. God’s everlasting covenant to Abraham and his descendants did not include Abraham’s first son, Ishmael. That’s because Ishmael was the seed of Abraham through his concubine, Hagar, an Egyptian, woman, not through his wife, Sarah. For it was to Abraham and Sarah that God has promised a son through whom He would establish His everlasting covenant. The physical union between Abraham and Hagar came about because both Abraham and Sarah, lost faith that Sarah could conceive the child God had promised. After all, Sarah was past the childbearing age.
To be true, Abraham was called by God to be a father of many nations, not only Israel. But the following should also be noted:
“And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!” But God said, “No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation, But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this season next year.” [Genesis 17:4-5]
Oh how Abraham loved Ishmael! For we read that God blessed Ishmael even though he was not the seed of promise because he was Abraham’s son:
“… God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed because of the lad and your maid; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for through Isaac your descendants shall be named. And of the son of the maid I will make a nation also, because he is your descendant.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba. … the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter with you, Hagar? Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him. … God was with the lad, and he grew; and he lived in the wilderness and became an archer. He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.” [Genesis 21:12-21]
I personally had a very difficult time comprehending how Abraham could send Ishmael and his mother away with only enough bread and water to last a few days. It seems so cruel to do so for a son you say you love. Abraham was wealthy, yet chose not to provide for Ishmael’s survival. (It may be that Abraham was told to do so by God so that credit for Ishmael’s survival and prosperity would rest solely with Him.) But regardless of how it transpired, I do believe that Abraham sent him away with a broken heart knowing it was his mistake that caused such hardship; knowing his son would be growing up without his natural father. But being a man of faith, he also knew, (by this time having miraculously obtained Isaac, the son of promise), that God would watch over Ishmael and fulfill His word concerning him.. Ishmael did thrive, and his twelve sons became princes in the new nation Ishmael founded.
So you see, the God of Abraham blessed Ishmael. But the seed of promise was through Abraham and Sarah. It would be from the descendants of Isaac through Isaac’s son Jacob that the Messiah would come, not the descendants of Ishmael, or even Esau, Jacob’s twin brother. Esau chose instead to live a life of rebellion rather than obedience, having no regard for this birthright as the first-born son. But God loves their descendants, the Arabs and the Edomites(16), just as He does all Gentiles. Yes, it is true, God entrusted His Torah to a very select group. But they were to impart this knowledge and make known His deeds and tell of His glory to all the nations.(17) Unfortunately, they failed in their mission. When their Messiah did appear on earth, His ministry began and ended solely with the Israelites with some exceptions. But after the death of Messiah on the cross, God commanded the apostle Paul to now preach the gospel to the Gentiles. All were now welcome to come to a saving knowledge of Him under the new covenant of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It was, however, conditional. They had to embrace the Son of the Jewish God to which their own scriptures testify.(18) Jesus was this Son of God come in the flesh – the promised Messiah.
Most Jews today do not believe that Jesus is their Messiah. America, albeit a melting pot of various nationalities, was officially considered Christian regarding religion rather than Judeo-Christian because her many religious denominations accepted Jesus as the promised Messiah. America’s Christian leanings have, however, erupted into numerous schisms over time. Although I do not endorse much of what Tim McHyde writes in his book, Escape All These Things, he does write concisely and emphatically about the predominant problem among Christians – the problem of disunity among them over minor and sometimes major doctrine and why he believes this is so. But severe judgment is not coming upon our nation because of our numerous divisions. Severe judgment is coming upon us because we the people have turned our back on the public endorsement of the one and only God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and have now publicly endorsed all faiths? We, who were faithful to the One God Almighty and His only Son, Jesus, have now embraced the arms of many gods.(19) We have committed adultery, (idolatry in spiritual terms.)
In the 1600s, American colonies were Anglican, Puritan, Dutch Reformed, Quaker, etc. They were not Muslim or Buddhist or Hindu. Those religions were considered foreign to the pioneers. Why? Because those religions endorsed other gods. Many of the Muslims who first came to our colonial shores were slaves from Africa. They were not permitted by their masters here in America to practice their religion publicly, although some may have permitted private worship.(20) Muslims from the Ottoman Empire began migrating to the United States in 1840. And the first American mosque was founded in 1915. There were only 20 mosques here before 1960. But today there are approximately 1,209. The Arab Muslims are descendants of Abraham and they do believe in one god. But this god is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Why do they come here? For greater career opportunity and monetary gain, but most do not wish to assimilate into our culture and believe in our God, nor do they wish to remain in the background privately worshipping their god. And thus, we now have a nation divided. Many Muslim extremists are pushing their religious agenda into the public arena and endorsing Sharia law that runs contrary to ours. But their religion cannot publicly co-exist with the Christian religion, for the teachings of foreign religions that worship Allah and other gods are diametrically opposed to the teachings of God Almighty.
So you see, prior to the 1960s, our nation displayed a Christian face. For while it is true, we are a multicultural nation, we were not always religiously pluralistic. This is a heresy many Americans have bought into. Those in America who believed in foreign gods were more or less ostracized from public office or leadership in community affairs unless they assimilated into American culture and adhered at least outwardly to Christian values. But today our government is enforcing religious pluralism upon all, and those who object are the ones being marginalized and turned away from public office or leadership in the community: mainly the Torah-observant Jews and the Bible-believing Christians.
But you justifiably argue that even our constitution flatly states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”(21)
“The Senators and Representatives before-mentioned … both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”(22)
So how dare I say that we were not religiously pluralistic as a nation? I say it because our constitution only works under a Judeo-Christian standard of conduct. We adhered to the Ten Commandments, the first of which is I am the Lord, thy God. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. All religions do not meet this criterion. It is not the constitution that is infallible; but the laws of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob by which we are to interpret it. Without such a standard, the constitution can be interpreted in any number of ways, far removed from its original intent, which we are now witnessing on a grand scale.
Our government is not to dictate which religion we must believe in, but this principle only works when it conforms to the moral tenets of the Ten Commandments. Why else did we allow copies of these two stone tablets to be displayed in our classrooms and other public buildings prior to the 1980s. It was because the religions we publicly endorsed met the first commandment requirement.
When we as a nation strayed from our roots, we were in essence deserting our first love and embracing the love of another. How did we stray from our roots? Many of us started allowing foreigners who believed in other gods to enter our country in greater and greater numbers. Then many of us became enticed by their culture and allowed our sons and our daughters to intermarry with them. And soon some of us began to worship at their altars, embracing their gods. God still loves us. But like a wayward child, we have lost favor in His eyes. He is letting us go our own way knowing the path we choose will lead to self-destruction. Sadly, for many, the conditions necessary to qualify for eternal life will not be met. He doesn’t want to let us go. He has to. He gave us free will. The perfect Gentleman that He is, He will never force us to love Him. But He will continue to warn us to repent and turn back before it’s too late.
We were one nation with one standard under one constitution. And because of it, our nation had remained whole and intact and strong. We were collectively one nation under God even though each individual did not inwardly embrace this standard or belief. Our religions under the God Almighty taught us that we were made in His image; and therefore we could look to Him for comfort, fairness, and help in time of trouble. If taken to court, we believed the truth would prevail and set us free. We were, for the most part, treated innocent unless proven guilty, not the other way around.
America was once the envy of the world. But not any more! As we spiral downward, hated by other nations for our hypocrisy, Germany and the European Union are rising. Yet, incredibly, some still believe America is better than it ever was. You say, “We have removed the restraints, and are now free to be whatever we want to be. We’re diverse, and moving toward multiculturalism and religious pluralism that benefits all.” Does it?
The problem is not that we are multiculturalistic. The problem is that we are no longer peoples of different cultures assimilating into one national moral standard based on Exodus 20. America can learn from Solomon, king of Israel, the danger of publicly endorsing foreign gods. You say, “Solomon! What does he have to do with America?” Solomon prayed thus for the foreigner in his land,
“Also concerning the foreigner who is not of Your people Israel, when he comes from a far country for Your name’s sake … when he comes and prays toward this house, …” [1 Kings 8:41-42].
The foreigner came because he had heard of the great things Israel’s God was doing for His people, and wanted this blessing for himself. And so he prayed to Israel’s God. The same was true for America. The foreigner came because he had heard of the great land of opportunity, and he wanted to be a part of America and her God. Solomon had been warned.
“But if you or your sons indeed turn away from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them…” (1 Kings 9: 6-7)
Unfortunately, even King Solomon, the wisest man on earth, turned away from His God. For we read,
“Now King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh … For when Solomon
was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the Lord
his God, as the heart of David his father had been.” (1 Kings 11:1-4)
His disobedience to his God led to his nation being divided and eventually overtaken by another nation. It did not have to end that way. Neither does ours.
Israel had one official standard for the native Jew and the Gentile. America used to do the same. When immigrants came to this country, they learned our ways and our laws. They assimilated into our culture. They learned English. They did not attempt to change the laws to that of the country from which they came. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. And our country is fragmenting.
Our leadership’s disobedience to our God is now dividing our nation, putting it in danger of destruction. Foreign gods cannot co-exist with God Almighty upon which this nation was founded. One must acquiesce to the other in the public arena. A nation must present itself as a unified whole with a public face that acts with one moral code. Israel faced this same dilemma.
[Exodus 12:49] “The same law shall apply to the native as to the stranger who sojourns among you.” “’If an alien sojourns among you and observes the Passover to the Lord, according to the statute of the Passover and according to its ordinance, so he shall do; you shall have one statute, both for the alien and for the native of the land.’”
[Leviticus 24:10-16] “Now the son of an Israelite woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the sons of Israel; and the Israelite woman’s son and a man of Israel struggled with each other in the camp. The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name and cursed. So they brought him to Moses… They put him in custody so that the command of the Lord might be made clear to them. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Bring the one who has cursed outside the camp, and let all who heard him lay their hands on his head; then let all the congregation stone him… the alien as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.’”
[Numbers 15:15-16] “’As for the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the alien who sojourns with you, a perpetual statute throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the alien be before the Lord. There is to be one law and one ordinance for you and for the alien who sojourns with you.’”
I do not bring this point up in hopes that our country will begin meting out the death penalty for blasphemy. Blasphemy here in America is not considered a criminal offense. But we did consider such disobedience morally offensive. In the 1950s, publicly - and even privately – using the name of God in vain or blaspheming the name of Jesus still brought consequences for those who spoke in such a way. Children had their mouths washed out with soap. Parents took away privileges. Why? Because such speech was still considered sin. And few did it publicly for fear of being socially ostracized from their families or communities.
Yes, it is true that American leadership did not regard blacks as being equal with whites, or women as equal to men when it came to position in life, but neither did the God of the Bible. However, contrary to what some believe, the God of the Bible did confer unconditional love and honor upon all of mankind, including blacks, women and children. Read the biblical book of Job, chapter 31, to catch the serving attitude of this rich, Caucasian male under God’s authority with authority over his wife and slaves. Notice his fear of God reflected in his consideration of them. No haughty, self-serving spirit took hold of him. He held himself accountable to neither provoke those under him to anger nor to help create an atmosphere that would cause others to fester with bitterness and thought of rebellion in their souls. He knew not only that they were responsible for their actions, but that he, too, was responsible for his. Yes, there are always two sides of a coin with God between the sides.
Slaves of the bible, by the way, were not free human beings kidnapped off the streets for no other reason than to bring income to the kidnappers. Fathers of households who incurred debt they could no longer repay sold their daughters, sons, or themselves into slavery as a means of repaying their debt. If the husband died, the wife and her children might be forced into slavery as their only solution to mounting debt. But kidnapping was a serious crime punishable by death.(23) America finally adopted an anti-slavery stance with the passage of the thirteenth amendment.(24) We went even further; we did away with the debtors’ prison.
Why only one moral code in the public arena? Because morality and immorality cannot coexist. By denying the one, you are in essence espousing the other. There is no neutral ground. Both cannot exist in public schools, in places of employment, in the marketplace, in church, in sports arenas or civic centers. One must concede to the other.
By removing displays of the Ten Commandments and refusing to teach them as our national moral code, our leaders are, by default, endorsing the ten anti-commandments. “You shall not commit adultery” gives way to innumerable exceptions to keeping your marriage vow. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods” gives way to vague reasons why it’s ok for those in power to take someone’s private land for public (or even private) use without their consent and/or without adequate compensation leading to oppression, expropriating from the citizens what is not rightfully theirs. By not believing you are to honor your father and your mother, you soon find yourself humbling and debasing them in their declining years. The end can now justify the means with the result that we as a nation continue to slide further and further into lawlessness.
We must return to the one God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and abide by Judeo-Christian morals and ethics if this country of ours is to survive. But should those in our country who believe in other gods as noted above be forced into Christian conversion? No! Absolutely not! We cannot change the heart of man. Only God can. But we as Christians should continue to gently nudge them by our example and speak the truth to them in love. We want them to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, it is they who must publicly assimilate into our Christian culture, not we into theirs. In the public arena, we should not be celebrating their festivals and religious holidays. Our nation as a whole should only officially recognize and celebrate Christian holidays like Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. The airwaves should display the same. We should not publicly be taught the Muslim religion or see Muslims praying publicly on the White House lawn. For Muslims, their Sharia law is not to be practiced here. In this country, honor killing is murder, and rape victims are not treated like perpetrators. We may tolerate what they do in their private lives here just like Christians in Muslim or Buddhist nations are tolerated – simply because we are all human.
Now that the Muslims are among us, this is our opportunity to win them to the saving knowledge of Jesus. This is our opportunity to show them our love. But this should never be the time or place to indoctrinate our school children to Muslim belief as a viable option. That viable option belongs elsewhere.
Nationally we have never celebrated the Jewish feasts. Why is that? Christmas and Easter are not mentioned anywhere in the Bible. Many believe we just adopted pagan holidays. Others believe we wanted the best of both worlds, combining paganism with Christianity. Still others say pagans took Christianity and watered it down into pagan ritual. Nevertheless, Christmas as the birth of Jesus Christ and Easter as the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and Sunday as our Sabbath rest was what we publicly celebrated. Even though we do not know the actual day of Jesus’ birth, even though we chose a day different from the biblically mandated day of rest, and even though we did not adopt Jewish feast days in our church services, our God did bless us as a nation. Why would He when such practices run contrary to his mandates for the Jews? Could it be that when God turned from Israel to the Gentiles, He allowed some of our Jewish roots to remain hidden from us historically - I believe this occurred during the reign of Charlemagne. But now, a few thousand years later, during the birth pangs of the end of days, we are witnessing unprecedented numbers of Jews turning to Jesus as their Messiah and reintroducing His feasts and true Sabbath day of rest to their fellow American Christians. The Bible does prophesy that there will come a day when all Israel will be saved.(25) They will dwell in their land, rebuild their temple, and publicly celebrate their feasts, inviting all nations to come and do likewise.
America is not situated in the land of Israel. We are not the promised inherited land. We need not be ashamed that we do not ritualistically observe Old Testament ceremonial law at this point in time. But we do need to read the Old Testament and know and believe everything in it and to whom it points. We should be ashamed for allowing symbols of Santa Claus and the Easter bunny and witches and goblins to supplant who it is we publicly celebrate, teaching our children lies, going from religious to secular make-believe hog-wash. Jews have their own issues to deal with in terms of repentance and turning back to their God. We gentiles have plenty of our own. No one need point fingers.
The form of government my country is becoming will lead to tyranny of the masses by the few who lean on their own human understanding rather than the Standard. Oppression and enslavement awaits many who were once wise, but are now fools. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. But most of us here no longer fear Him.
“Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive with them.” [Proverbs 28:4]
And so our country is continuously in strife with evil overcoming good.
If we do not turn back, our nation will hasten a time worse than anything known to man: a time frame of three-and-one-half years known as the Great Tribulation. Without the Godly Standard we once had, upon which all nations took note, chaos and lawlessness await all upon the earth. Already, nations are looking for one man to unite the world and bring peace, believing that the masses are followers in need of a strong leader who alone can give direction and make decisions. The elites will attempt a one-world government, and the man they give allegiance to will come to believe he is the promised Messiah. But this is a deception. He will not be the Christ, but the antichrist; opposing everything Christ did and is.
The United States of America, because of her adultery, will suffer predetermined horrendous consequences - each curse (or judgment) more severe than the one preceding it, eventually ending in her being invaded. She needs to repent! Will she, like Israel, still continue in her rebellious ways? Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, who has the largest Messianic congregation in America, has authored a new book entitled, The Harbinger (released 2012). It’s not a perfect book, but he does give prophetic insight into the similarities between Israel and America, warning us of God’s judgments coming upon our land unless we turn back to Him. Will we heed his warning?
I speak to this nation on behalf of My God. He is speaking to His bride who has gone astray. But even though God may judge America collectively as a Nation, there will always be individuals, both Jew and Gentile, who will never bow the knee to other gods, but will serve their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and Him alone. These will obtain mercy and favor all the days of their obedient lives. You could be one of them.
Lastly, I offer you hope. We as individuals are never truly without hope. Even with such devastation, and the ushering in of the Great Tribulation, God still has a plan for good. Should our hope for our nation be lost, we still have the most blessed hope of all - that of His prophesied soon return – His second coming. Although the Great Tribulation must take place, He will defeat the antichrist and usher in His glorious Kingdom on earth. Only then, during this thousand-year reign, will many of us see the sole Global Master Plan that only He is capable of producing.
But until then, born-again Christians in America need to realize they have dual citizenship. While it is our obligation to continue to bring attention to our country’s declining moral standard in hopes our nation’s leadership will turn back to our God, our primary citizenship is in heaven. We are to bear witness to the truth in our sphere of influence, to bear testimony to our God, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to practice His kingdom principles where possible. But if our leaders continue to turn to other gods, then we shall triumphantly identify with being ambassadors to America while representing the heavenly kingdom of Jesus.
* Bible quotes used throughout are from the New American Standard (NAS).
(1) “…not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit.” [Malachi 2:15]
(2) Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Exodus 34:11-16.
(3) Leviticus, Chapters 18 through 20; Levitics 26:1-13.
(4) Leviticus 26:14-46.
(5) “… in all the nations where the Lord your God has banished you… and you return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul… then the Lord your God will restore you from captivity and have compassion on you…” [Deut. 30:1-9]
(6) Romans, Chapter 11
(7) Romans 11:4-5,7.
(8) Luke 23:28-29 referring to Jewish descendants.
(9) Allmighty God (Yahweh) sent the United States into the war to defeat Hitler.
(10) “… when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, nor will I so abhor them as to destroy them, breaking My covenant with them; for I am the Lord their God.” [Leviticus 26:44]
(11) Christianity sprang up during the time of the Roman Empire. Christians believe Jesus, a Jew, was who He claimed to be, the Messiah, the Son of God. After the Romans crucified him, He rose again from the dead and ascended into heaven. His 12 apostles preached the good news to the Jews, while the apostle Paul, a youngster at the time of Jesus’ death and resurrection, preached the gospel to the Gentiles. It was in Antioch that these believers first became known as Christians.
(12) Some Americans did participate in anti-Semitism.
(13) “God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” occurs approximately 27 times throughout scripture. See Exodus 3:16; Deut. 6:10 & 29:13 & 30:20; Mark 12:26; Matt. 22:32; Luke 13:28 & 20:37; and Acts 7:32 & 3:13.
(14) The first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus and Deuteronomy.
(15) Exodus 20:1-17.
(16) The Arabs, some of whom are Muslims, are descendants of Ishmael; the Edomites are the descendants of Esau.
(17) Psalm 96; Psalm 83:18; Psalm 108:3; Psalm 105:1; Matt. 23:15.
(18) Psalm 2:7-8, Psalm 2:12, Proverbs 3:4; Isaiah 52:13-15; Isaiah 53:1ff.
(19) “You shall make no covenant with them or with their gods. They shall not live in your land, because they will make you sin against Me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.” [Exodus 23:32-33]
(20) (en wikipedia.org)
(21) Civil Liberties and the Constitution by Lucius J. Barker and Twiley W. Barker, Jr., Sixth edition, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 07632, Copyright 1990., pg. 672.
(23) Exodus 21:16; Deut. 24:7; 1 Titus 1:10.
(24) Amendment XIII  Section 1. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
(25) Romans, Chapter 11, especially 11:26-29.
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