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American Idols

American Idols (3)

The following is part one of a new eBook which will be published on 8/15/14. American Idols, the Final Call?

 

And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.  (Acts 2:17)

Dreams can be SO real. At least this one was. I remember running through a town in the middle of the night; a sleepy little town of about two thousand (which included dogs and cats). I recognized the town as one we had lived in some twelve years earlier.

I shouted, “Tear down your idols, tear down your idols!” I was like a mad man. Like a man rushing into a burning apartment building with only one thought; rescue the residents from the tormenting flames.

“Tear down your idols, tear down your idols!”

People were yelling at me as I ran, wondering why I was acting so bizarre, so intense. I shouted, “First Samuel three twelve”, and kept running.

“Tear down your idols, tear down your idols! First Samuel three twelve!”

And then I awoke.

Here’s the passage I was referring to:

In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.(1 Samuel 3:12)

The complete paragraph, from the Message Bible, reads:

God said to Samuel, “Listen carefully. I’m getting ready to do something in Israel that is going to shake everyone up and get their attention. The time has come for me to bring down on Eli’s family everything I warned him of, every last word of it. I’m letting him know that the time’s up. I’m bringing judgment on his family for good. He knew what was going on, that his sons were desecrating God’s name and God’s place, and he did nothing to stop them. This is my sentence on the family of Eli: The evil of Eli’s family can never be wiped out by sacrifice or offering.” (1 Samuel 3:11-14 MSG)

I had not been thinking about idols, Samuel, Eli, or anything else from that “neck of the woods”. But the dream sure got my attention.

A number of people in the Bible were given dreams which God used to speak to his people, and to nations. Joel prophesied, and Peter quoted:

And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. (Joel 2:28)

“…your old men shall dream dreams…” At sixty, I guess I fall into that category.

Here are a few examples of God-given dreams.

Daniel interpreted two of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams. Jacob’s son, Joseph, was referred to as “the dreamer” by his older brothers. Jacob himself was known to receive a message from God from a dream.

God used dreams to warn  people: Abimelech, Laban, Esau, an unnamed baker, and of course, Egypt’s Pharaoh.

King Solomon had a visitation from God, as God appeared to him in a dream. Mary’s husband, Joseph, was warned in a dream, as well as were the Magi. Pilate’s wife tried to persuade her husband to release Jesus; saying she had “suffered many things in a dream because” of him.

Dreams. Specifically, God-given dreams.

I believe my dream is a warning for America; but not just a warning for Hollywood or Wall Street. It’s also a warning to the Church. Much of the American Church seems preoccupied with the ways of the world. A growing, one-sided love affair has the Church courting the world’s acceptance. Seeker-friendly services are used to promote church growth; while society does all it can to exterminate Christianity as if it were the Black Plague.

Time will reveal whether I’m right or wrong, but it’s really not too hard to see. Just look around. The United States of America is in a condition of decline and decay. It is not the great nation it once was. It is no longer the “city set on a hill”.

Wars and rumors of war, the national debt, liberalism, conservatism, religious cults and sects, promiscuity, selfishness, and the like. What a mess. Issues such as “gay” marriage, abortion, the legalization of marijuana, and illegal aliens have polarized this nation like never before.

Where is the greatness of America these days?

Drunk with Power

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A long time ago there was a king. A king who was drunk with power.

But one night he had a strange visitation from God.

It changed everything.

“Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, opposite the lamp-stand. And the king saw the hand as it wrote.” (Daniel 5:5 ESV)

Opposite the lamp-stand.

The lamp-stand is the source of light for the room. It also can represent the source of revelation, or knowledge of the Holy One, for a group of people or society as a whole.

In the Book of Revelation, the Church is the lamp-stand.

I find this passage very intriguing. I believe it speaks prophetically to our day and age; to the nation we all know as the United States of America. At the very least, it should speak to our nation’s leaders – political, civic, and spiritual.

King Belshazzar was so full of himself he couldn’t see anything or anyone else. In his eyes he was all knowing and all powerful. One night he “made a great feast for a thousand of his lords and drank wine in front of the thousand.

“Belshazzar, when he tasted the wine, commanded that the vessels of gold and of silver that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem be brought, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them. Then they brought in the golden vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. They drank wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.” (Daniel 5:1-4 ESV)

I’m not going to try and get you to believe King Belshazzar was responsible for all of Babylon’s wickedness. It simply isn’t so. However, as the ruler of the Babylonian Empire, Belshazzar was the one God would hold accountable.

That’s how it is with leaders.

That’s how it is with President Obama. But more about him later.

Belshazzar was drunk. Drunk with power and with the fruit of the vine. In front of his thousand lords he began to mock the God of Jerusalem; the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. As he led his sycophants in praise to the gods of the land, the God of Abraham sent him a message.

In fact, it would be the king’s last.

Notice where the message was written. On the wall, opposite the lamp-stand.

I remind you of the lamp-stand’s purpose.

Throughout the centuries, God has had various “lamp-stands” through which he would speak.

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” (Hebrews 1:1-3 ESV)

Jesus, a Lamp-stand to reveal the will and nature of the Father. The Church, the Body of Christ, is also referred to as “the light of the world”.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16 ESV)

As the hand suddenly appeared before Belshazzar, the particular wall on which the message was written had great significance.

The wall opposite the light.

Belshazzar stood for everything that opposed the one true God. He was the leader of a kingdom that had openly opposed Israel, and the God of Israel. Yes, God had used Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar’s grandfather, to bring correction to His people. But Belshazzar went beyond the intent of the Lord, and helped lead his nation in ways completely contrary to the revealed will of God.

And the writing appeared, with its meaning interpreted by the prophet Daniel.

“Then Daniel answered and said before the king, “Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another. Nevertheless, I will read the writing to the king and make known to him the interpretation. O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father kingship and greatness and glory and majesty. And because of the greatness that he gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whom he would, he killed, and whom he would, he kept alive; whom he would, he raised up, and whom he would, he humbled. But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him. He was driven from among the children of mankind, and his mind was made like that of a beast, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. He was fed grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, until he knew that the Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind and sets over it whom he will. And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.

“Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed. And this is the writing that was inscribed: Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin. This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.””(Daniel 5:17-23 ESV)

The king’s opposition to light, God’s revelation about Himself AND about mankind, ultimately judged the king and brought down his kingdom.

That night.

In this great nation called the United States of America, there are a lot of men and women who openly and vehemently oppose God’s light. It’s not a new thing; no, not at all.

But the blatant defiance and utter disregard toward anything remotely “Christian” is no longer tolerable by God. It has far surpassed the evils of Sodom and Gomorrah. How can I say that, since I didn’t live back then?

Mankind is judged by what they do with the revelation they have. Sodom and Gomorrah had some revelation, enough to bring God’s judgment.

But America, that “city on a hill” (as described by Puritan John Winthrop in 1630) has done everything within its power to snuff out the light of God.

And no other nation, ever, has had so much “revelation”, so much light. Churches on every corner, books and bibles available to anyone and everyone. Leaders are sworn in to office with the Word of God.

It appears the leadership of this once great land is drunk with power. They have called for the treasures of the Christian Church to be paraded in front of all while they mock and demean the ones they oppose.

President Barack Obama, and his administration of thousands, will soon see the handwriting on the wall. Their opposition to the lamp-stand has been noted by God. They are responsible; they will be held accountable.

As prayer can avert judgment, it is not an automatic fix. Daniel was a praying man in the Babylonian kingdom. But Daniel could not change the heart of the leaders.

The arrogance of the nation’s leaders has called for judgment. The public mockery of all things holy has demanded judgment.

God will remember mercy in judgment; but mercy will not alleviate true justice.

As the hand wrote those infamous words on the wall opposing the light, so shall the Lord reveal His final message to America’s leaders.

May America have time to hear and repent.

Belshazzar didn’t.

Hypocrisy

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Does the number 23 billion mean anything to you? How about the number 487 million?

The first number is the amount of money this nation gave to other nations last year, in the name of humanitarian aid.

The second number is the amount of tax dollars given to Planned Parenthood last year to fund abortions.

On one hand, our nation’s leaders appear to be so concerned for the humanitarian needs of other nations. They’re quick to promise money, billions of dollars, to help the victims of natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, just an observation. Though I do wonder how how we can afford it.

On the other hand, this great caring nation spends, every three years, many tax payer’s dollars to rip a million living babies from the “safety” of their mommy’s womb.

What’s wrong with this picture?

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. The king’s favor is toward a wise servant, but his wrath is against him who causes shame.” (Proverbs 14:34-35 NKJV)

The king’s favor, or grace, is toward people whose wisdom comes from the Lord. People who seek to do the right thing, say the right thing, and live the way the righteous king would live, are recipients of God’s grace and favor much like Noah. And in Noah’s day, sin prevailed over righteousness so God had to destroy the earth. Civilization couldn’t be trusted to govern themselves any longer so God’s wrath was poured out.

“As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be…”

Society is quickly moving to that same place; they are losing sight of what is right and what is wrong. How can they know since they keep voting God out of their lives?

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20 ESV)

Hypocrisy is alive and well throughout our nation. Any moral compass we once had has lost its magnetic signal. No longer is it possible to lock in on “true north”. Society is continually adding its own version of “north” into the mix, making their humanistic desires seem logically and gratifyingly wonderful. “If it feels good, do it.”

And as long as people step farther and farther away from God’s way of doing things, our society will continue to dig its own grave. If righteousness isn’t important any longer, this nation is doomed. It will go the way of Sodom and Gomorrah, since it is so insistent on promoting that sort of “anything goes” lifestyle.

“Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day – just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.” (Jude 1:5-7 ESV)

Notice the phrase “likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued UNNATURAL desires…”

America’s obsession with humanitarian aid is a symptom of its humanistic philosophy. “Man can take care of everything. We can police every nation, send aid for every need, and bring peace and safety to our world. Who needs God?”

We want to stop the killing in Iraq, China, and other places around the world. Again, a great idea!

Yet we won’t protect the lives of over 333,000 babies a year. In fact, our tax dollars are used to fund their demise.

Our nation spends millions of dollars annually trying to protect a bat or some kind of bird, but won’t spend a single dime protecting the pre born.

Kind of makes you go “hmmm”, doesn’t it?

By the way, August 19, 2014 is World Humanitarian Day. World Humanitarian Day is a global celebration of people helping people.

Just in case you’re interested.

Does The Word “Repent” Scare You?

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I am amazed. All these years I assumed a certain thing was true, only to finally realize I was wrong. And all I needed to do was read the scripture as though I’d never read it before.

I’m referring to Jonah. You know, the book called Jonah? Yeah, the big fish dude.

I’ll tell you what I just noticed in a few moments, but first I’ll lay the foundation for this post.

What do you think of when you see the word: “repent”?

Oh, man! You probably think I’ve flipped, but nothing could be farther from the truth.

What thoughts run through your mind at the sound of that word? Do you have flashbacks from childhood days? Do scenes of a wild, red faced preacher running back and forth across the platform at church play across your mind; making you want to hide under a table?

Does the word “repent” scare you? Actually, there’s nothing to be afraid of.

“Repent and believe the Gospel”. A courageous message of compassion and hope; not one of doom, judgment, and catastrophe.

It’s the message Noah proclaimed, being a preacher of righteousness.

The prophets of old cried, “Repent!” The powerful word God used to call nations to his feet; the place of hope, fulfilled purpose, and renewed vision.

A word that satan fears; almost as much as the Name of Jesus.

It’s a word that demands an immediate response; though many times the response is heartbreaking. It’s a command that leaves no room for negotiation. It’s a message declaring, “There’s still time to turn around”, but it’s been misunderstood, misused, and misjudged.

Repent.

It’s the message of John the Baptist, which drew multitudes away from their cities, homes and places of business, out into the hot, windy wilderness.

The word Peter preached in power to multitudes on the day of Pentecost, whereby thousands were ushered into the kingdom of God.

The ministry Jesus said was his Father’s business.

And the message of Jonah.

The word means to turn around. Change one’s attitude, action, and allegiance. What’s so scary about that? Why is that threatening? What’s really wrong with the word?

Repent.

It’s a message whose time has come. A declaration America desperately needs to hear, but one it hates to face.

The ones who dare proclaim it are dubbed fanatical and foolish. God calls them faithful.

All of Heaven supports this message of compassion and hope. The Spirit is wooing and the angels are waiting for our response to the word “repent.”

It can cause a riot to break out, or righteousness to flow like a mighty stream.

It separates the believer from the unbeliever, the Christian from the casual observer.

It’s a matter of life and death.

Jonah (finally) preached to the people of Nineveh.

“So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.” (Jonah 3:5 NKJV) In other words, they repented.

From the greatest to the least. From those with the most to those with nothing.

Here’s what I “saw” for the first time: THEN word about what was happening throughout the city came to the ears of the king. And HE repented!

For years I assumed the king heard first, then issued his proclamation. But, actually, he found out FROM the people.

There is hope for America. There is hope for our families. There is hope for you and I.

Repent is a word of compassion and hope. It’s a word with a future. It is a word for everyone, not just the people we don’t agree with. It’s a word whose time has come; from the greatest to the least. It’s a private, personal word that can affect the whole of society.

You may like the word, or you may hate it. You can lash out at the messenger or look into the mirror and examine what you see. Regardless, the word won’t allow you to remain the same.

Repent. Jonah carried the word to that great city. It changed Nineveh.

What word are you carrying? What word are you believing?

“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15 ESV)

Don’t be scared. Repent.

The Pen and The Phone

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This morning I was sitting in the neighborhood cafeteria, waiting for some friends to arrive; ink pen in my pocket and phone in my hand. While I waited I watched a little bit of MSNBC, something I don’t do very often.

The topic of conversation was President Obama’s new phrase, “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone. That’s all I need. I’ll sign orders and rally support.” The commentator explained the president was talking about the tools he can use if Congress doesn’t give him what he wants.

“These are the only tools I need”, said the president.

That’s an amazing statement, and though it’s true, it’s an example of a major issue that’s destroying this once great nation.

And in case you’re preparing for an all out “bash the President” blog, just cool your jets; it isn’t going to happen. It’s not his fault! Nor is it Bush’s fault! It’s America’s fault!

There was a time God used a pen to convey his message to his people, and take the necessary action. It was what the people called for, loud and clear, by their actions. The people practically mandated him to act; and finally, reluctantly, he did.

“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; with the point of a diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of your altars.” (Jeremiah 17:1 NKJV)

The mighty, diamond tipped pen was an instrument used to proclaim the nation’s long overdue judgment. They had given themselves over to idolatry, worshipping anything and everything except Jehovah God! Their favorite thing to worship was their own wisdom, cunning, self-importance, and the great name they’d made for themselves. “Who needs God?”, they’d ask, mockingly. “We can write our own marvelous future. We don’t need someone like him to foul up our success!”

God’s reply, with pen in hand, was:

Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited.” (Jeremiah 17:5-6 NKJV)

Like a shrub in the desert. Is that today’s America? Even when good comes, the shrub won’t see it. Is that what we have to look forward to?

America, as a nation, has placed itself under the “cursed” heading; the dubious reward for trusting in, and only in, self. America as a nation has allowed its “heart” to depart from the Lord.

Even our nation’s currency has lost its value as a result of its departure from God. The loss is two-fold: the money isn’t backed by a gold standard, nor is the slogan “In God We Trust” meaningful any longer.

But America keeps on flaunting its arrogance and pride before its Creator!

The President has a pen and a phone, which he uses. But that won’t bring about the real change this country needs.

God has used his pen, but offers us his phone.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:6-8 NKJV)

He calls to us, you and I; to whoever will dare listen and believe. A promise of water, fruitfulness, and total blessing belongs to those who will trust in the Lord.

His promise to a nation. His promise to America.

May we humbly respond, using the Lord’s private line to acknowledge our need for him.

He’d rather not have to use his pen.

Shame On Us

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Shame: a feeling of responsibility for wrongdoing.

Have you noticed? There doesn’t seem to be much shame in America these days.

Oh, there’s plenty of shameful things happening, but shame just can’t be found.

Why? Why is shame so hard to find?

Is it because people don’t know they’re doing wrong? Maybe in some cases. After all, the last couple of generations have allowed this country’s moral standards to drop so low, almost anything is acceptable.

To a large number of people, it’s quite alright to kill babies, as long as they’re killed while still in their mother’s womb.

Where’s the shame?

Handwriting on the Wall

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The handwriting is on the wall.

And the hand that wrote, “mene, mene, tekel, upharsin”, is the same hand that has drawn a line in the sand of our society.

God had a message for the Babylonian King Belshazzar (Daniel, chapter 5). As the prophet of God interpreted the Divine word, the king was left with no doubt to its meaning. But did it bother him? No! Instead of repenting, he proudly told Daniel about the great position he was promoting him to. The king missed the point completely! The handwriting didn’t change the king, so instead, it testified against him.

Belshazzar had witnessed examples of humility in the past; even his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar humbled himself and acknowledged the Most High God as the Ultimate Ruler. He knew of godly men; men such as Daniel. He had ample time to turn from his wicked ways and to humble himself before the Mighty God of Israel. But he was above such acts of contrition. He was so full of himself, there was only one thing that could conquer his ugly pride; and that was death.

He wouldn’t listen to the prophet; he refused to acknowledge his arrogant pride, so God let the king’s hourglass run out of sand.

Now a line has been drawn in our society’s sandy foundation! God is saying to this nation, “enough is enough!”

The line represents the end of His “tolerance.”

You may say, “But I thought God was slow to anger, and not willing that anyone perish”.

He IS slow to anger. He IS NOT willing that anyone perish. But what else can He do?

America must repent of its pride and arrogance. God RESISTS (fights against) the proud, but comes to the aid of the humble.

American political and civic leaders, from President Barak Obama to the mayor of Hicksville, USA; you must humble yourselves before God. Humility before fellow Americans is a good place to begin.

American spiritual leaders, whether a mighty Apostle who carries a Divine “touch”, or the pastor of a church with only two people; you ALL must recognize the line in the sand.

This society has become intoxicated with self! As Belshazzar shamelessly used the vessels of gold, which were once dedicated to the work of God, to feed the immoral cravings of himself and his guests, so America shamelessly mocks God, His people, His work, and His institution, the church. This society is consumed with eliminating all traces, even the minutest sign, of God.

Many churches have fallen prey to the spirit of the age; re-create God into the image of fallen, sinful man. Market God as One Who cares for people, but doesn’t care what they do or believe. Anything goes with a loving God. But that lie will soon require payment in full. The wages of sin is death. Period. And it is not negotiable.

Yes, the line has been drawn by the finger of God. See it in the sand; the sand America has chosen to use as its societal foundation. They hear the words of Jesus, along with the leaders of other religions, and mix them all together. For diversity’s sake, of course. Then, they choose the parts of each religion they like, understand, are more comfortable with, and throw the rest away.

And then they wonder why their life, and their nation, is falling apart!

The line has been drawn. Belshazzar, will you heed the warning? Merry men and women intoxicated with power and pride, will you acknowledge your inadequacies and bankrupt morals? Will you realize, before it’s too late, there’s only one way for this nation, this society, to recover?

Americans of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and race: your hope doesn’t depend on who wins an election, or who has the majority in Congress.

Continue to step up to the line and challenge God if you’d like. But don’t be deceived. God is not mocked. Nor will He compromise His character and integrity because someone said He isn’t real.

Wake up America. Put down the cup, Belshazzar. Rend your heart, oh merry ones, and not your garments.

The handwriting’s on the wall; a line’s been drawn in the sand.

The Finger of God has written, “It’s time.”


“And you his (Nebuchadnezzar’s) [grand]son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.

“Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed. And this is the writing that was inscribed: Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin. This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians…

“That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed…” (Daniel 5:22-31 ESV)

Why America Is Falling Apart At The Seams

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I have a strong feeling some people will not agree with my conclusion, my answer to the above statement. Oh well. I’m prepared for that. So for those who disagree slightly, or vehemently, feel free to post your comments.

I believe something I’d rather not believe: The United States of America has seen its best days. I believe the reason lies primarily in two verses: one in Genesis and the other in Galatians.

“I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”(Genesis 12:3 ESV)

“And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” (Galatians 3:29 ESV)

I DO believe in a final awakening, revival, or whatever you’d like to call it. I believe the Church will see its best, and most fruitful, season very soon. Things are accelerating in the spirit realm. The Holy Spirit is moving among every denomination, every people group, and every nation. Prophetic voices are being raised up to help prepare the saints to do the necessary work of the Kingdom.

Spiritual attacks are on the rise. The enemy isn’t prophetic, as he doesn’t have “revelation knowledge”; after all, he is darkness. I do believe, though, he can witness “troop movement” and get the idea something’s building. So, troubles, snares, and all manner of attacks have been mounted against God’s Army. But hallelujah, the weapons of our warfare are mighty and powerful for recognizing and neutralizing the enemy’s assault!

Yes, the Church’s finest hour is being staged. The God Who orchestrated Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, Jesus’ birth and life of ministry, the gathering in Jerusalem for the Spirit’s Outpouring; that same God is about to manifest Himself to this world in such a way it will separate believers from unbelievers, righteous from religious, and the Kingdom of Light from the kingdom of darkness. Kingdom against kingdom. It will be like an earthquake in the spirit realm. Make certain you are pursuing God. Prepare your hearts to hear His voice. Respond very quickly to His slightest prompts, and join with others for the Glory of God!

We are right at the threshold of the greatest, most intense, spiritual battle man has ever witnessed. My opinion. But it’s also my opinion America has seen its greatest glory and has declined as a world super power. Its borders are vulnerable, its systems corrupt, its wisdom utter foolishness, and America is beyond repair. There is not enough time left “in the day” to raise it back to where it was.

As for the two verses mentioned earlier, the idea is this: as people treat Abraham and his family, that’s how they and their family will be treated. Now people have used the Genesis scripture to circulate the idea God was only referring to Abraham’s family through Jacob, or Israel. And while it certainly pertains to Israel, it actually applies to an even larger group. What group?

The Christians. The Body of Christ. The Church.

Note the Galatians scripture. “If you are Christ’s, you are Abraham’s…and heirs with Abraham as well as Jesus.”

Think about the cultural, spiritual shift over the last 20-30 years. Society used to use Judeo-Christian principles in establishing and upholding laws. Now days, those values are perceived as outdated and too restrictive for “enlightened” mankind, and more of a nuisance than a help. Every religious group has the privilege and Constitutional right to act in any way and say anything, in the name of diversity. Every group except Christians.

America is saying, loud and clear, “Christians, shut up! We don’t care to hear your worthless chatter any longer. You’re a bunch of hypocrites, anyway!” That is the prevailing spirit of America.

If you’ll study Galatians three, you find God made His promises to Abraham and his seed (descendants). The promises of blessing and cursing applied to Abraham, Abraham’s kids, their kids, AND their SPIRITUAL family!

America has listened to the god of this world for so long, the spirit of antichrist has infiltrated our society, daily pronouncing “curses” on the church. The political system, the laws and enforcement of those laws, and the interpretation of our Constitution have undermined this country’s world influence and eroded the foundation that once made it strong. The world’s system is “anti-Christ” and would like nothing better than to see the church fail. Unfortunately, America has adopted the world’s spirit.

Now the curse of the devil cannot override God’s blessing on His people. For as one sows, they also reap. However, those curses are killing the country.

We continue to pray, as Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (ESV) Our focus in prayer? The leaders, truth, all people to be saved.

So, why is America’s influence fading rapidly? Why is it falling apart at the seams? Because America has chosen to curse the Body of Christ, the Seed of Abraham.

And NO ONE can get by with that for very long!

Agree, disagree? Tell me why, and let’s discuss it. Thanks.

Will We Let Him Gather Our Children?

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How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me (Matthew 23:37 NLT)

Those were Jesus’ words to the city of Jerusalem. You know what? I think He could be saying the same thing to our cities. But will we listen?

Ever since Cain slew his brother Abel, The Lord has grieved over each and every person slain. As He did with Cain, so He does today. You see, whether or not we can tell if someone is about to “break”, God knows. He knew Cain was at that point and tried to get him to yield his hurt, anger, jealousy; all the inner things that were driving him to kill his brother, to the Lord. Cain wouldn’t listen and killed his brother.

There comes a time after people continually reject the promptings and warnings of God, that they become powerless against the spirit of death and murder, the devil. He is the thief who only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. And he has “caused” many people to rise up and murder many innocent children down through the years.

I am convinced The Lord tried to keep this horrifying scene from happening. He’s been trying for years to touch America’s children with the life that only comes from Him. But America seems to keep turning a deaf ear to His voice, rejecting Jesus on every turn. So our children are kept from being “gathered” by The Lord and they grow up without a real moral bearing. They know nothing of hearing God’s voice or even see the value of life. Yes, they grow up and can only hear one voice clearly; the voice of death and destruction. (Paid any attention to the video games out these days? Rated “T” for Teen and “M” for Mature)

My heart breaks for the parents, siblings, and loved ones of the victims in today’s massacre. But there is a heart breaking beyond our comprehension. The heart of Jesus.

I believe He is still trying to gather our children. He is still desiring to reveal His love to this generation.

Maybe we ought to “let Him”?

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