Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hearing from God part 5 (Introduction)
I have been writing about the Lord's call on my life to prepare..... or basically to open myself up to allow Him to prepare me so that in my life I will be preparing the way of the Lord in His Second coming. I have referred to a magnificent book that studies the book of Malachi which is about how very far Judah had turned away from God... Even the priests were self seeking.. saving the best of the sacrifices for themselves and offering God the lame and sick of the flock. IN the arrogance of the people they had forgotten the attributes of God... They actually gave him little mind at all, forgot his tender mercies, never thanked Him, and especially forgot that he is a just God of judgment. God tells us in His word that all will be judged... but before that judgment day, there is another judgment.. "The Bible is clear that God is the Judge of all nations but just because He hasn’t judged a nation doesn’t mean that He won’t. Clearly, God is over all the earth and this includes all nations as Psalm 82:9 says “O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!” Eventually “He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter chiefs over the wide earth” (Psalm 110:6)." I am borrowing from the website here. Continuing"
Reasons God Judges Nations
We surely know that God abhors violence and so we know that abortion will bring God’s judgment upon a nation but what are some of the other things that happen where God will surely judge a nation? Isaiah 2:6-12 clearly reveals what constitutes reasonable grounds for God bringing judgment on a nation:
“For you have rejected your people, the house of Jacob, because they are full of things from the east and of fortune-tellers like the Philistines… Their land is filled with silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures… their land is filled with horses, and there is no end to their chariots… Their land is filled with idols; they bow down to the work of their hands… The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled… For the Lord of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low.”
Notice that the land is full of horses and chariots which today might be cars and truck. The land is full of fortune-tellers today which are an abomination to God. They have their own idols and these idols might not be carved images but they are idols nonetheless. These idols might be money, positions of power, family, status, music, Hollywood, the Internet, and most of all, our own selves. These nations that God judges are also full of people who are full of pride and instead of humbling themselves, they are proud and lofty. Does this nation sound familiar? God has promised to judge nations such as these.
What did God do to these nations that did such things? He “scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries. In accordance with their ways and their deeds I judged them” (Exodus 36:19). Could this happen to America? Yes! It might be a financial captivity because the U.S. is already in such heavy indebtedness to other nations that we are really “slave to the borrower” (Prov 22:7). This judgment could be where “people will die of the plague or perish by famine [and/or] fall by the sword [and be] scatter[ed] to the winds and [be] pursue[d] with drawn sword”(Ezekiel 5:12) and He may “hand them over to their enemies” (Ezekiel 39:23)."
I borrowed this because it is said so well and I am hoping that the message is apparent... God judges the nations individually based on how they respond to Him.. and we can clearly see the US like Judah in Malachi has turned its back on God in government, in education, the media, the military, in the law of the land, broken God given covenants like marriage, the corruption that is deemed alright like the killing of the unborn for profit. I could go on and on... but the outcome is the same ... the question is what would a biblical judgment on the U.S. look like? How could we tell if God is going to judge America or if He already is?
As I write this the most catastrophic hurricane ever recorded is bearing down on our neighbor Mexico... any day our 17 trillion dollar debt could catapult us into a financial collapse far worse than the great depression... and at that time people were much more self sufficient than we in this generation. Yes, I believe that over the past 60 years (since prayer was removed from schools and then Roe vs Wade) I have been seeing God's hand of protection slowly being lifted finger by finger giving us over to ourselves and look at the mess we've made of it...
The good news (and praise God His gospel is full of Good news...)but if you are a child of God He has a plan for His own to keep them.. go with them and ... for we, none of us truly know what will be, but with God we are safe in the cleft of the rock whatever may come. But what about our neighbors, our unsaved family members. coworkers, the grocery checkout lady,.. people we see each week and know well enough to nod hello.Do we really care enough about them to speak Truth to them... to open the door of opportunity to ask them about their faith and plant a seed at least?
This has been a long introduction for today's post .. but now I need to go to my own prayer hour .. Be back soon !