Repeating Israel's Mistakes by Pastor Riley


Repeating Israel’s Mistakes…..
                                                                                                                                                By Pastor F. M. Riley
                                                                                                                                 May 14, 2013

     ”And in that day did the Lord God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:
     And behold, joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die.
     And it was revealed in mine ears by the Lord of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord God of hosts,” Isaiah 22:12-14.  

Introduction

     To the best of my knowledge there have only been two nations and peoples in the entire history of mankind who have made a Covenant with the Lord God of Heaven.  
     The first nation who made a Covenant with God was the nation and people of Israel.   In their case, God set forth the Covenant with all of its terms and conditions, and the Jewish people “with one voice” agreed to keep it, Exodus 24:3.       
     The only other nation and people in all of human history who made a Covenant with the Lord God were the first American colonists who came to this country on the Mayflower, fleeing from religious persecution and oppression in Europe. These colonists arrived in this “new world” in 1620.    Before any of them left the ship to set foot on this new land, they earnestly prayed and drew up what is today known as The Mayflower Compact.   This was a voluntary act on the part of those colonists aboard the Mayflower.   The Lord God did not ask or command them to draw up the Mayflower Compact.  Rather, they drew it up out of their own free will to expresss their gratitude to the Lord God for bringing them safely to this “new land,” and because they loved and feared the Lord, and desired His guidance, protection, and blessings upon them as they sought a “new beginning” in this new land.  Those people were the beginning of America!  The love for God and faith of those early colonists was later set forth in America’s Declaration of Independence and Constitution.   Thus America was bound to God by a Covenant drawn up by its founding fathers.      
      So the only two nations and peoples in all the history of humanity who have ever made a Covenant with God are the Jewish people and the American people.   This fact is highly significant in view of the spiritual truth of God’s Word.  Centuries ago King Solomon, the wisest man who had ever lived up to that time, wrote, “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for He hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.  Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay,” Ecclesiastes 5:5-6.  Wow!  Then when a nation and people, or even an individual, who have known the Lord God intimately, turn away from Him and go “whoring” after other gods, what should be expected except very certain judgment?   Let’s see…..
  
The Apostasy of Israel

     Before the Jewish people had even been delivered from the land of Egypt, they were already murmuring and complaining against Moses, God’s appointed leader for them.   Their entire history up to the time of King David is one of walking with the Lord for a season, then falling away, repenting under the chastening hand of God, and again walking with the Lord for a season, and then again falling away, repenting, and being restored to God’s favor.  This cycle went on and on and on for centuries.  The Lord God was merciful and longsuffering with them, and continued across the centuries, always bringing them back to Himself.   But even God will not put up with such wicked apostasy indefinitely.
     After the death of King Solomon the nation of Israel split into two separate nations.   The northern kingdom, made up of ten tribes, called themselves Israel.  The southern kingdom, with only two tribes,  
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became known as Judah.   Idolatry was immediately introduced into the northern kingdom by wicked king Jereboam, 1 Kings 12:25-33.  However, this departure from the God of Israel did not remain solely in the northern kingdom, but gradually spread throughout all the tribes of Israel.  Just as the Scripture warns, “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” 1 Corinthians 5:6.   Idolatry and apostasy spread in spite of the Lord God mercifully raising up true “men of God” as prophets and sending them to both kingdoms of the Jews to warn the Jewish people over and over again that their apostasy would bring upon them the sure judgment of God, Jeremiah 7:13; 7:25-26; 25:4-7;  26:4-6; 29;19; 35:14-15; 44:4.  There was always a small “remnant” of the Jews who gave heed to the prophets, but as a people and nation the Jews ignored the warnings given by the prophets and went ever deeper into sin and farther away from the God of Israel.  Finally, there came a time when the Lord God decided He had been patient long enough, 2 Chronicles 36:11-16.. The Lord God became so angry over their wickedness and rebellion against Him that He instructed the prophet Jeremiah to not even pray for them any longer.  Read it for yourself in Jeremiah 7:16, 11:14, and 14:11-12.
     First, the northern kingdom of Israel was invaded and destroyed by the Assyrian armies, and thousands of the Jewish people were carried off to Assyria as captives and slaves.   There is no record in God’s Word of any “remnant”  of the northen kingdom returning from their Assyrian captivity.   Instead, those Jews who had been taken captive to Assyria were eventually scattered into all the nations of the world.    
     The southern kingdom of Judah didn’t learn a thing from seeing the northern kingdom destroyed and carried off into captivity.   Rather, the people of Judah went even deeper into sin and apostasy than the northern kingdom of Israel had gone.  Read it for yourself in Ezekiel 16. 
     Zedekiah eventually became ruler over Judah, and during his reign the Lord God  brought His wrath  down upon Judah, just as He had upon Israel a hundred years earlier.   
     “And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by His messengers, rising up quickly, and sending because He had compassion on His people, and on His dwelling place.
     But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised His words, and misused His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy,” 2 Chronicles 36:15-16. 
     King Zedekiah ruled for 11 years before the Lord God brought the armies of Babylon down against Judah, defeating and killing thousands of the people of Judah, destroying the Jewish Temple and the city of Jerusalem, and carrying away more thousands of Jews as captives back into the land of Babylon.   Significantly, “11” is the Bible number always associated with “judgment” throughout the Scriptures.  Apostasy is a SIN against the Lord God who created mankind, and SIN always comes with terrible consequences, Romans 6:23.
      The Lord God mercifully raised up a “remnant” from Judah, who after 70 years captivity in Babylon, were allowed to return to their land and reestablish their nation.   But yet as a people they refused to learn from what had happened to them, and again turned away from the Lord.   This time the Lord God raised up the Roman Empire to enslave and oppress them.   After rejecting and crucifying the Lord God sent to them, in 70 A.D. their beloved city and Temple was destroyed yet again and the surviving Jews were scattered into all the nations of the world.   But even this judgment upon them appeared to do nothing but harden their wicked hearts against God.   For the past 2,000 years they have suffered bitterly as a people at the hands of those who hate them.  But have they yet learned the great spiritual truths that the Lord God has for them?   Apparently not!
      Some of their most bitter suffering occurred under the oppressive regime of Adolph Hitler and his Nazi henchmen in the 1930’s and early 40’s.  This did result in the determination of the Jewish people to reestablish a nation of their own in their own ancient homeland, which became a reality in 1948.  Yet to this day there has been no true repentance and reconciliation with the God of Israel on the part of the Jewish people.   As a people they have no idea of the terrible price they are yet going to have to pay for their disobedience and obstinacy against the Lord God. 

Ignoring the Example
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      God’s judgments upon the nation and people of Israel should have served as a glaring example for all the Gentile nations of the earth to learn from.  This should have been especially true for the United States of America.   After all, those who claim to be “Christian believers” in this country supposedly love and serve and worship the same Judeo-Christian God of the Jews .    But did the American people learn anything from Israel’s example?
      Today there are millions of “professing Christians” in nations all over the world.   But nowhere in the world is Christianity as a movement still more dominant than in the United States of America.   This nation was founded by the early Christian colonists upon the foundation of Bible believing Christianity.   Because Christian principles were incorporated into every facet of our national  life and existence, this nation prospered as no nation before it in all of human history.   The Lord God raised up true Christian leaders in the beginning of this nation to lead us to victory in our war of independence, then again gave us victory after victory in each of the wars which followed.   In each of these wars the Christian people in this country prayed earnestly for the God of Heaven to have mercy on our nation and people and give us victory, and God heard their prayers and answered them.  
      Surely after over 200 hundred years of seeing the hand of God working on behalf of this nation, the American people should have learned something.   But as a nation and people they obviously haven’t!   Instead, as the population increased so did their turning away from the Lord God, departing into  wickedness and rebellion against God.   And just as the Lord God had done with His own ancient chosen people, the Lord God began mercifully sending upon this American nation a whole series of warnings and judgments.
America’s descent into Apostasy

     The “Roaring Twenties”…..It was following the first World War when the wicked Darwinian theory of evolution was introduced into the classrooms of the American schools.  If the wicked want to put something over, then they invaribly go after the children and youth!   The so-called “scientific world” endorsed and publicly promoted the theory of evolution, for it was the best thing they had ever found to explain away [in their own depraved minds] the existence of God and set them “free” from the moral restraints imposed on them by the Judeo-Christian Bible.  They were, and still are today too stupid, to see and realize that while they claim to be “free” from the moral restraints of God’s Word, they are enslaved by their own wicked lusts and passions, 2 Peter 2:18-19.   The American public eagerly swallowed the theory and “the roaring twenties” began.
     The “dough boys” returning home from the first World War brought with them the sins they had picked up in the whore houses of Paris, France and other European cities.  The dresses of the American women went from ankle length to thigh high and “the flapper girls” of the roaring twenties were suddenly setting the “style” for American women.  Carefully study Isaiah 47:1-3 and Revelation 18:3 if you want to know the real origin of these wicked practices.       
     Prohibition…..A federal law was passed by the Washington politicians imposing “prohibition” on the entire nation.   What many even today do not realize is that “prohibition” was promoted by the Sicilian gangsters who had come to this country, in conspiracy with the politicians, so that the gangsters could make millions of dollars in illegal “bootlegging” profits during the time prohibition lasted.  Then when prohibition was ended “by popular demand of the people,” which the gangsters and politicans knew in advance would inevitably happen, more millions of dollars of taxes would pour into the treasury of the government by “legalizing” the alcoholic beverage industry as a “respectable” industry in the midst of a “Christian” nation..  Sic!  The plan of the Sicilian gangsters, in cahoots with the politicians, worked so well that many of the American people to this day still do not realize how they were duped into establishing an industry in this country which no truly “Christian” nation and people should want.  
     God’s Answer…..God’s answer to this apostasy was surely The Great Depression which came upon America at the end of the “roaring twenties” in 1929.   The Great Depression lasted 12 years until the United States entered the Second World War in 1941.  Significantly “12” is the Bible number for “authority; especially the Divine Authority of God.” Only after America entered the Second World
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War did the American economy really begin to recover and the lives and times of the American people began to improve.  Did the American people learn anything from these warnings and trials sent by our gracious God?  Apparently not much!
A Brief period of God’s mercy

     The 1940’s and 1950’s were good years for America and its people.   In the aftermath of the Great Depression and an even more horrendous war, the churches were filled with people; many of whom were loving and serving the Lord. This caused them to be a “happy people” during those years. The gospel of Christ was being preached in the pulpits of the churches and on nearly every radio station in America and on some of the new TV stations which came on the air in the 50’s, and hundreds of people were being saved.  Revival meetings were held during those years when dozens and even hundreds of people came to the Lord.   I can personally remember when a true gospel preacher could be found on nearly any radio station daily, proclaiming the gospel of Christ Jesus.   Times were good and life was worth living.  Sadly…..

The Dog returns to its Vomit

      But then the “sinful sixties” arrived with a bang.   It appears that Satan just couldn’t stand for this nation and people to be turning back to the Lord.   How best could Satan defeat the work of God that was being carried out all over this country?   By attacking and capturing the minds of  the children and youth!  
      God kicked out of the classrooms of America…..One of the first significant departures from “the faith” in this country was brought about by the wicked old atheist woman, Madalyn Murray O’Hair. She filed a lawsuit in the early 60’s, which was approved by the unbelieving morally bankrupt justices on the Supreme Court “legally” removing Bible reading and prayer from the classrooms of America.  Of course, their decision did not keep the wicked theory of evolution from being taught to the impressionable young minds of the children, drilling into their young minds the Satanic lie that there is no God and that mankind is nothing more than a higher form of ANIMAL. Today we have a whole generation of people in this country who were taught in the classrooms of America that they are nothing but animals, and who now behave like animals, fighting, stealing, robbing, destroying, kidnapping, raping, and callously murdering their fellow Americans daily in the streets of this country.
No reader needs to even bother writing to tell me that there is no connction.  Teach a human being that they are just another “animal,” and soon they will be conducting themselves like animals.  What has been produced since prayer and Bible reading were kicked out of the American classrooms has been a generation who has no “moral compass” to guide them in their daily lives, so they have descended and continue to descend ever deeper into wickedness and depravity. 
     Oh, but let’s not forget that sin always has consequences.   Wicked old unbelieving Madalyn Murray O’Hair didn’t really understand that in introducing her lawsuit, she was taking on “God Almighty.” Even while she was fighting against God, the Lord God of Heaven graciously saved her son, who, the last time I heard, was a devoted Christian man, having totally repudiated the “godless atheism” of his unbelieving, Christ rejecting, mother.   Sadly, that young man was given a real cross to bear for his Lord and His God.  Some of the acquaintances of the O’Hair family several years later kidnapped and abused and brutally murdered Madalyn O’Hair, actually decapitating her body by cutting it into several pieces before burying the pieces.   Folks, it is still true that “the wages of sin is death,” Romans 6:23, and “…whatsoever a man [or a woman, or a nation] soweth, that shall he also reap,” Galatians 6:7-8.  
     The Devil’s Music…..Also in the “sinful sixties” the “rock and roll” perversion of music came to prominence, and right along with it the introduction of the drug culture.   Prior to the sixties there was a growing illegal drug problem, but it was mostly confined to the houses of prostitution in such centers of sin as Las Vegas, Atlantic City and San Franciso.  The introduction of “rock and roll” brought with it the “hippy” generation proclaiming their concept of “free love,”  taking the drug culture right out of the whore houses of America and bringing it to “main street” U.S.A.  Remember the now infamous
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“Woodstock”  gathering of young people in a cow pasture, who spent several days playing “rock and roll” music, engaging in their concept of “free love,” [whoring with one another], and smoking pot and doing drugs.  Today this is regarded by many as a great historic event.  There was nothing “historic” or “great” about it!   It was nothing but a gathering of rebels against God, and it sowed the seeds of even more Satanic rebellion in America.  It was also during the “sinful sixties” that the infamous Beatles came to America with their “sheep dog” haircuts and their “effeminate” mannerisms.   Soon thousands of young boys and even some grown men were wearing their hair long and imitating the mannerisms of women. Many men seemed to have  forgotten that 1 Corinthians 11:14 was in the Bible, and many today still conveniently ignore it! What could possibly come out of such behavior other than a mushrooming of homosexuality?  Did it happen?   Every honest reader KNOWS the answer!  This almost total change in the conduct of men can be traced right back to “rock and roll” music and the arrival of the Beatles on the shores of America.   Coincidence?  Not hardly! 
     The Devil’s Dues…..Read John 10:9-10.  Some readers will remember that it was during the “sinful sixties” that President Kennedy was assassinated, apparently by the decision of the world planning liberals who felt he stood in the way of imposing a Socialist-marxist government upon the American people.   Any reader who has seriously studied the evolution of human government across the centuries knows that Socialism MUST be imposed on the nations of the whole world, before it can be replaced by a one-world super strong central government [dictatorship].  Socialism-marxism has always been a total failure, and once imposed on all the nations of the world, the world planners know that the people will ultimately rise up and demand that it be replaced with a strong central government.  This will play right into the hands of the New World Order people and the anti-christ.  Hello!  
     The Slaughter of the Innocents…..As bad as the sixties were, the worst was still yet to come…..   In 1973 the Supreme Court of the United States handed down their infamous decision in the case of Roe vs Wade.   This decision “legalized” the cold blooded, pre-meditated, murder of the innocent unborn, removing the sanctity of intimacy between a legally married man and woman, and turning sexual intercourse into “sexual recreation” between any man and any woman, or any couple regardless of their sexual gender, who decide to “do it like dogs.”   Since that wicked decision “legalizing” the murder of the innocent unborn was handed down, there has been somewhere between 55 and 65 million innocent unborn babies callously murdered by their own biological parents in this country.
     Sadly, since this country was looked up to by the other nations of the world as setting the moral standards for the whole world, the callous murder of the innocent unborn was soon “legalized” by most of the nations of the world. Billions of innocent unborn babies have been callously murdered all over the world since 1973, thanks to other nations being “infected” by America’s own moral decline.   Enough innocent blood has been shed since that wicked decision, to fill every street in every city, town, and village in America with the blood of the innocent unborn.  
     If our readers really want to know what God thinks about the shedding of innocent blood, look up the term in your Concordance and read every reference to it in the Bible.  It is the same heinous crime that ancient Israel was committing in the days of Jeremiah, just before the righteous judgment of God  came upon that nation.   Read 2 Kings 21:16, 24:3-4, Psalm 106:37-38, Isaiah 59:1-8, Jeremiah 2:34, 19:1-4, and 22:17.  These inspired Scriptures reveal it to be a heinous crime that the Lord God is not overlooking and will ultimately bring terrible judgment upon this country for allowing it to go on.
     The rise and “legalization” of Perversion…..It was in 1978 that the Supreme Court of this country once again handed down a decision “legalizing” homosexuality.  Prior to that time the open proclamation and practice of homosexuality had been a violation of the Law in most states in America.  But suddenly it became “legal.”   Hundreds and eventually thousands of men begin to “come out of the closet” and declare themselves to be “homosexuals,” demanding that their lifestyle be accepted as   “respectable” by the public since the U.S. government had declared it to be “legal.”   What the Supreme Court did in their wicked decision in 1978 was throw the doors wide open to all kinds of sexual perversion, abuse, and wickedness by the so-called “gay” crowd.   Passing a law which violates the Laws of Almighty God clearly set forth in God’s inspired Word does not change or do away with the Laws of God!  Romans 3:4 is still in the Bible, and those believers who truly love and fear the Lord will keep right on honoring God by observing the truths set forth in His Word.
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     Remember 1 Corinthians 5:6?   The little trickle which began in 1978 giving the “gays” a right to establish their own “gay” clubs on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, has now become a raging torrent giving them the “legal” right to marry one another.   Homosexual men marrying men cannot produce a child!   Neither can Lesbian women marrying women produce a child.   Any reader with sense above a goose knows that such perverted marriages would ultimately lead to an end to procreation, to the family and home, and ultimately to the extermination of the whole human race if allowed to continue.   The Lord God of Heaven will have the final say in this matter, whether the “gays” and the courts like it or not.   Someday soon, the morally bankrupt “Supreme Court” and the “gays” are going to learn that there is a court far more “Supreme” than any court on this earth, and every Christ rejecter and Scripture corrupter is going to have their day in His Court whether they presently believe it or not, Romans 14:11-12; Philippians 2:10-11; Revelation 20:11-15.  The decision handed down by the Lord God of Heaven is what will stand whether some like it or not.   This truth can be engraved in stone, for it will endure when all of the wicked edicts of men have been flushed down the toilet of depraved human history.  Selah! 
     I have neither the time nor the space to go on listing every warning and judgment that has come on America because of America’s departure from the Judeo-Christian God of the Bible.  Many such warnings and judgments have occurred in the past few years and many such are still continuing to occur today.   Only two more are even worth mentioning…..
     [1]   9-1-1….September 11, 2001.  The whole nation watched in awe via TV as the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center came crashing to the ground with the loss of over 3,000 lives.   Was the Lord God trying to tell America something?   You figure it out!
     [2]   In 2008 the citizens of this country elected as their President and leader a man, who, according to the Constitution of the United States of America is not even legally qualified to serve as President of this country.   He is a foreign usurper, who had the gall to “con” his way into office, but the American people made the choice to be “willingly blind,” to his qualifications, and elected him anyway, and then four years later re-elected him.   Galatians 6:7-8 and Psalm 9:17 are still in the Bible!       
    Why should I continue to list the sins and iniquities which are taking America farther and farther away from God with every passing day?   Every honest reader knows that what I have written is truth and well illustrates the path America as a nation and people are walking today is not the path of God’s righteousness and holiness.  An unjust accusation?   Let’s see…..

Isaiah 22:12-14

     Many of our readers have by now read Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s books comparing the downfall of ancient Israel to the similar path taken by modern America.   The similarity is striking and undeniable by anyone wanting to deal honestly with the truth.  Both before and since the tragedy of the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York, our government and nation has responded to the judgments of God in exactly the same manner that ancient Israel responded to them.  
      In seriously studying the Book of Isaiah again, I recently came to this passage which I used for the text verses for this Bible study.   Now I want to share with our readers what these Scriptures are actually and literally saying, and then make a comparison.
     [1]   A Call to Repentance…..In the first eleven verses of Isaiah 22, the Lord God rehearsed the events that had happened to Jerusalem because of their sin and disobedience against the Lord.   Then in verse 12 the Lord God reminded them, “And in that day did the Lord God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth,” 22:12.   In other words the Lord God pleaded with the Jewish people and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to REPENT of their sins and their going away from God and to return to Him for forgiveness and blessing. 
      Folks, the Lord God is not in the damning and destroying business.   He came to save and to give life to all who will believe on Him, and He never brings judgment upon any people without first warning them and giving them an opportunity to repent and get things right with Him.  This truth can be seen over and over again throughout the Scriptures.   So when the Assyrian armies came up against Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord God called upon the Jewish people to weep and mourn over their sin,
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and to dress themselves appropriately in sackcloth as a sign of their repentance and seeking the Lord.   A “remnant” did!   Most of the people did not!   Because of the “remnant” the Lord God delivered the city of Jerusalem out of the hands of the Assyrians.   Turn to those passages in your Bible and read it for yourselves, 2 Kings 18; Isaiah 20.  
     [2]   The Response of the Jewish people…..The actual and literal response of the Jewish people in and around Jerusalem to the Lord God’s call to repentance is stated in 22:13, “And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die.”   This response was one of mockery of God’s prophets whom the Lord God sent to warn the people and call them to repentance before Him.   Instead of repenting, the people went right on “living the good life,” eating and drinking and “living it up” as if there was no tomorrow to face, and actually boasting of their lack of the fear of God with no thought of eternity. 
     [3]   The Response of the Lord God to the people’s Attitude…..In the very next verse the Lord God speaks to Isaiah giving to him what he was to tell the people, “And it was revealed in Mine ears by the Lord of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till you die, saith the Lord God of hosts,” 22:14.  
     Folks, here is one of several Scriptures scattered through the Bible which plainly teaches that God’s patience with wicked mankind is not infinite, and that God sometimes does give up the souls of the wicked.   See and compare Genesis 6:3, Isaiah 3:8-11; Matthew 12:31-32; Romans 1:24-32 and other similar Scriptures.   If the sin of an individual or a nation and people is such that the Lord God Himself has said that it will never “be purged,” that individual or that nation is as sure for destruction and damnation in the fires of hell as if they were already there.   Think about it! 
     Now how do these Scriptures spoken to and about the Jewish people so many centuries ago compare to modern America today?   I’m so glad you asked…..

     The Frightening Comparison to Modern America…..Folks, America is under siege!  Satan has hated this nation from the day the Mayflower sailed to these shores nearly 400 years ago and made a Covenant to love and serve the God of the Bible who created us all.  
     [1]   Over these past 63 years since 1950, Satan has come against this nation with every kind of wickedness that the Lord God would permit him to use.   Instead of rejecting those wickednesses, America as a nation and people have embraced them.   This has brought the righteous and well deserved judgment of God upon this country time after time, as a plea from the Lord God for America to return to its Christian roots has been ignored by the American people.   This has been God’s calling to America “to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth.”    
     [2]   The response of America as a nation and a people has been to keep right on “living the good life,” partying, eating and drinking, mocking God’s messengers and God’s message, and “rationalizing” the warnings of the Lord God.   Just as ancient Israel did, modern Mr. & Mrs. America callously excuse their fleshly lusts and ungodliness by saying, “We all have to die sometime, so let’s just indulge and enjoy ourselves while we are here.” But the worst hasn’t come yet!  
      These same wicked, unbelieving, Christ rejecting American people are just ready to follow their foreign usurper in literal bloody persecution of “those that  are good,” 2 Timothy 3:3.  We who are truly “born-again” evangelical, fundamental, Bible believing Christians have already been labeled as “domestic terrorists” for believing that the Bible is literally true, and trying to share the truths of it with others.  Right now as I write, several states have already passed laws making it a “hate crime” to speak out against homosexuality, and especially against homosexual marriage.   Yes, RIGHT NOW in some states a true believer can be arrested and imprisoned for simply exercising the “freedom of speech” and “freedom of religion” guaranteed to American citizens by the Constitution of these United States of America.   But that still isn’t the extent of it!   RIGHT NOW there are those politicians in Washington who want to make it a Federal crime to criticize the government in any way, and especially the government endorsement of “legalized abortion” and “homosexuality.”  
      Just like ancient Israel, this is America’s response to God’s call for America to repent as a nation and a people and turn back to God!   And the Lord God is watching and listening…..

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     [3]   Do we have any real Scriptural reason to believe that God’s response to America’a rejection of His call for this nation to repent with “weeping” and “mourning” and by putting on “sackcloth” and earnestly praying for His mercy will be any different than His response to ancient Israel?   Hello!
     Folks, when [not if] the Lord God refuses to overlook and forgive the sins of the people of America, this nation will go to hellfire and eternal damnation for certain, just as ancient Israel did.   I am, without apology to anyone, a true believer who believes that America as a nation and people have already sinned away their “day of grace,” and are as certain for destruction and damnation as if they were already in hell.  Yes, the Lord God is graciously still saving a few individuals here and there, [last minute saints] but those who are anticipating a great nation wide revival which will turn this whole nation “back to God” are doing so based on their own “wishful thinking” and not on any Scriptural evidence.   I fully expect the righteous and well deserved fiery judgment of God to come upon this wicked nation at any minute of any day now.   I suggest that our readers carefully study Isaiah 18 and Isaiah 24 in relation to America’s swiftly approaching day of judgment.   I highly suspect that the same day the resurrection and rapture of the Lord’s New Covenant believers out of “this present evil world,” occurs, this entire nation will be destroyed and cease to be a nation forever, Galatians 1:4.

Conclusion

     Is it just “coincidence” that America as a nation and a people have repeated and continue to repeat  the exact same scenario set forth by ancient Israel in Isaiah 22:12-14?   I think not!  
     Folks, we are swiftly running out of time!   If any reader does not truly “know the Lord” in an intimate, “born-again” relationship, then you are not ready to meet the Lord when He come to resurrect and rapture His people to glory.   Seek the Lord as your own personal Savior now!  Today!   Tomorrow may be just one day too late!   2 Corinthians 6:1-2.  
     I urge any reader who needs spiritual help to contact me at once.   By God’s grace I know that I know that I know I have been saved and am ready to meet my Lord.   It would be my blessing to counsel any reader, pray with them, study with them, and help them to find salvation and assurance in Christ Jesus our Savior and Lord.   Read 1 John 5:13, believe it, and act upon it.   I want to meet you in Heaven when our Lord comes for His people, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18..  Please don’t disappoint me!       
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