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Is the Measure of America's Iniquity Full?
by Clifford Tate 
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Independence or Bondage?

Another 4th of July has come and gone and many Americans celebrated that day with food, family, friends and fireworks. How does the Lord see the condition of Americans today? Are the celebrations in America evidence of true independence? Do our celebrations cover our spiritual eyes even more leading to more bondage? This country is very careful to call to the mat Russia, China, Iran, and other countries on their nuclear arms positions as well as human rights issues. These countries governments (which are without Christ) should be held accountable for those things, as well as many others, but what does America's face look like in the sight of Almighty God.

The Lord has revealed to us in times past from the Old Testament that He is very long suffering and patient before He renders to a nation, a country, a state, a community, a family, or an individual the just wrath due for their iniquity. Many times generations ignored God and His revelation of His nature and character and His hand of deliverance. This nation now has for many generations ignored God and actually reviled Him and collectively decided to exclude Him from the moral and ethical decisions that confront this nation everyday.

America is responsible for sending countless amounts of moral filth all around the world in the movies and television shows that are produced in this nation. Can God continually be mocked and He not respond with indignation? When Christ cleansed the Temple of the money changers and those who bought and sold merchandise there, He was not acting with hate but on the contrary with righteous indignation because His Temple was being defiled. America is being defiled in every city. Cities such as Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami to name just a few of the larger ones have become a haven for the devil to carry out all sorts of his mind controlling enslaving practices. The local politicians elected to office in cities like these (also small towns) are bound to continue these practices established by the devil through others before them or they won't get elected. Gambling, prostitution, illegal drugs, and bountiful access to the legal drug of choice in America alcohol must not be restricted by some sort of get tough policy or your political career and maybe even your life will be short.

It's strange to listen to many Americans talk about love for family and country, when what the majority of Americans are doing to their families and to this country is the exact opposite of real love (God's Love). This younger generation has learned from the baby boomer and the generation that followed them how to get, get, and get some more. Anything goes in the process of getting. I listened to a panel discussion with blacks in business, politics, and corporate America. They were discussing the differences between new younger black leaders like a Barrack Obama vs. those of the past such as Andrew Young. Many made the observation that the issue most important to the so called younger black leaders and blacks in general was no longer race but economics (money).

We have become a nation that has drifted and is drifting further and further from the precepts of the Word of God to a mind set whether black, white, red or yellow of anything is OK if it satisfies the Godless majority and is able to produce financial benefits for most Americans. Right vs Wrong is all relative and not universal. The Word of God does not and must not govern our decisions, but is looked upon now by the majority of Americans as outdated. It is said and believed by many that God's Word is not in tune with the times of today. Our challenges are far greater and more complex than those that the Bible characters faced. Subsequently we must not confine ourselves or limit ourselves to believing that there is only one truth. Truth must be considered to be relative and that what is true for some may not be true for others. We all can create our own form of truth that satisfies our own unique conditions or circumstances.

Here is a quote from Paul J. Bucknell Author of (Biblical Foundations for Freedom): “Think of our modern society today. God has been stripped from people's thinking. They might be religious or even evangelical, but rarely is there a real fear of God. God at one point had shaped the people's perspectives. The changed people changed the laws and expectation of society's behavior. Today the culture is less and less affected by God. The people might be religious but not at all affected by God's presence. They are not even aware of Him. God in His grace will meet us in judgment to call us back to Himself. A good fear of God would call us back without judgment, but it seems we have an insufficient amount of that.”

For example, free love still has not been stopped by the rise in sexually transmitted diseases, even the kind now that will kill you HIV and AIDS has not stopped the increase in those participating in sexual perversion. Homosexuality is thought of today by Americans as an alternative lifestyle. As if it is a lifestyle that can be chosen as we chose what pattern of wallpaper we want in our homes.

I can feel and since the anger rising up in the Lord as it did with His ancient people Israel when He compared them to a grape vineyard that He planted expecting to harvest good grapes and instead He received bad or rotten grapes. America has turned into the most violent nation on the planet. America acts as if it is some big tough bully on the block and it can go anywhere it wants and do any thing in and to other countries it wants to without the fear of retribution. I tell you that the cup of iniquity is almost completely full and when it is completely full, this nation will receive the righteous wrath of God that will either totally humble the entire nation or completely obliterate it as the past four world empires suffered at the hand of Almighty God. God has not abdicated His throne and said to America now you can sit in my seat to rule and judge all the nations of the earth.

Isaiah 66:1-4 Thus says the Lord: Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. What kind of house would you build for Me? And what kind can be My resting-place? For all these things My hand has made, and so all these things have come into being [by and for Me], says the Lord. But this is the man to whom I will look and have regard: he who is humble and of a broken or wounded spirit, and who trembles at My word and reveres My commands. [The acts of the hypocrite's worship are as abominable to God as if they were offered to idols.] He who kills an ox [then] will be as guilty as if he slew and sacrificed a man; he who sacrifices a lamb or a kid, as if he broke a dog's neck and sacrificed him; he who offers a cereal offering, as if he offered swine's blood; he who burns incense [to God], as if he blessed an idol. [Such people] have chosen their own ways, and they delight in their abominations; So I also will choose their delusions and mockings, their calamities and afflictions, and I will bring their fears upon them--because when I called, no one answered; when I spoke, they did not listen or obey. But they did what was evil in My sight and chose that in which I did not delight. (Quick Amplified Bible)

When the United Nations voted that the US should not invade Iraq, did the leaders of this country listen or even respect their vote, No! The US invaded any way because it sees itself as its own God. We now see what a terrible decision it turned into, there were no weapons of mass destruction found anywhere in the country. Thousands of innocent lives have been ruined because of that arrogant, short cited, and personal choice made by our leaders. The individual Americans see themselves the same way, as their own God. Many of the things in the Bible that God condemns are practiced boldly and regularly by most Americans. Sadly the visible church in America cannot shed any light because their behavior and conduct is so hypocritical and phony that the populaces ridicules the visible church. This country has placed itself in bondage and it is enslaved by its many ungodly and profane appetites.

What will the Lords judgment be ? I believe we are receiving His judgment at the present moment. The natural disasters, fires, uncontrollable murder rates, STD's rampant all over the country, national debt, loss of natural resources, being hated around the world, and many more things. More natural disasters are on the horizon, for example, a large major devastating earthquake, or another terrorist attack that will be a form of chemical warfare. This nation is ripe like an apple for the Lords Judgment and many will try to explain away these potential forms of judgment in order to continue down this greedy capitalistic sewer pipe that has been created.

The America that the Lord allowed to be founded began turning into rotten grapes early on when slavery was not only allowed but it was promoted and supported by those in the south as well as the north. This country was built into the super power that it is today on the backs of African slaves. Any company or business knows that cheap or free labor is the quickest way to prosper and to prosper abundantly. When the measure of iniquity against the Ammorites and other nations became full God through the children of Israel totally wiped them out including women and children.

Deuteronomy 2:34 At the same time we took all his cities and utterly destroyed every city--men, women, and children. We left none to remain. (Quick Amplified Bible)

Think of the judgment rendered upon Sodom and Gomorrah, all the inhabitants were totally destroyed including the women and children. This may sound harsh but it is fact as to what God has already done. All the enemies of Israel were utterly and totally destroyed. These no longer exist today. God is holy and He will not sit idly by and watch as He is being mocked and belittled on the earth. He must take vengeance upon His enemies because of His character.

Isaiah 59:18 According as their deeds deserve, so will He repay wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; on the foreign islands and coast lands He will make compensation. (Quick Amplified Bible)

There are many men and women in this nation that love the Lord Jesus Christ, however, this collective nation does not and it is leaving an inheritance of wrath and judgment to its children. All of those out there who truly love Christ pray with passion and tears for this country to turn around before the cup of iniquity is full and even over flowing.

Sincerely in Christ,

Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author, Silent Assassins of the Soul (not yet published; coming soon)

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