Guest Essay by Don McAlvany
The Bible has much to say about how the God of the Bible raises up nations when they honor, please, and obey Him and live by the principles He laid out in the Bible (which describes America in our first 180 years or so), and how He turns His back on or punishes nations that turn away from Him and embrace evil. The Old Testament books of Jeremiah and Isaiah (and others) describe in great detail the Lord’s warnings to Israel and other nations that rebelled against Him and pursued evil—how He withdrew His blessing from them and brought hard times, calamities, and pain—often in the form of drought and famine, floods, conquest by foreign enemies, and by allowing evil, wicked rulers (such as we see in America today) to come to power over the people.
Indeed, the Bible shows in a number of Old Testament passages that the Lord sometimes punishes a wicked nation by giving it the evil rulers it deserves—rulers who take the people’s freedom and good life from them—such as we see happening in America today. So many of these passages, though written for a people of a much earlier day, sound like they were written for America in 2016. When a people turns away from God, as America has by and large done in our day, it can no longer even tell the difference between good and evil, let alone oppose that evil.
Why else would Americans twice elect a man who is against everything America ever stood for and who has embraced and promotes the communist, Muslim, and homosexual philosophies and agenda? Why else would Americans remain silent over the killing of 60 million babies and the marketing of baby body parts by the leaders of the American abortion movement? Why else would Americans remain silent when the Supreme Court legalized homosexual marriage and our president and the whole LGTB movement is now campaigning against traditional values and for homosexuality?
Why else would Americans remain silent when public prayer, Bible reading, or any mention of Jesus outside of the confines of a church is being made illegal? Why else would Americans remain silent as their rulers destroy their borders and give a free pass to tens of millions of illegals—including over a million Muslims? It is because a nation that has forgotten God can no longer tell the difference between good or evil; the people will no longer fight for the good or actively oppose the evil. And, that is America today.
But, it has all happened to nations before—nations that rose and then fell into oblivion—nations that forgot God or turned (or rebelled) against Him. Things did not go well for those nations or peoples—especially when they had formerly been followers of the God of the Bible and turned away from Him. As Psalm 2:1, 2, 4 says: “Why do the nations conspire and the people plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Anointed One…. The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. Then He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath.”
Psalm 9: 5, 15-17 says: “You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked: you have blotted out their name for ever and ever…. The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden. The Lord is known by his justice: the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands. The wicked return to the grave, all the nations that forget God.” Psalm 110: 5, 6 says: “The Lord is at your right hand; He will crush the kings on His day of wrath. He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.” Jeremiah 1:16 says: “I will pronounce judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me.”
A close friend and subscriber recently pointed out a number of passages in the Old Testament books of Isaiah and Jeremiah that were describing Israel, and warning the nation, which had turned its back on the Lord (between 580 and 700BC)—but which sound very much like America in our day. Isaiah 1:21-23 says: “See how the faithful city has become a harlot! She was once full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her—but now murderers! Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water. Your rulers are rebels, companions of thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts….” Isaiah 3:8, 9 says: “Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling, their words and deeds are against the Lord, defying His glorious presence. The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.”
Isaiah 5:4-6 says: “What more could have been done for my vineyard [Israel] than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it only yield bad? Now I will tell you what I am going to do to my vineyard. I will take away its hedge and it will be destroyed; I will break down its wall and it will be trampled. I will make it a wasteland neither pruned nor cultivated, and briers and thorns will grow there. I will command the clouds not to rain on
Isaiah 5:12b-14 says: “… they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord, no respect for the work of His hands. Therefore my people will go into exile for lack of understanding, their men of rank will die of hunger and their masses will be parched with thirst. Therefore, the grave enlarges its appetite and opens its mouth without limit; into it will descend their nobles and masses, with all their brawlers and revelers. So, man will be brought low and mankind humbled; the eyes of the arrogant humbled.”
Isaiah 5:20-23 says: “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. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. Woe to those who acquit the guilty for a bribe but deny justice to the innocent.”
Jeremiah 5: 21, 23-28 says: “Hear this you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear…. But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned aside and gone away. They do not say to themselves, ‘let us fear the Lord our God … who gives autumn and spring rains and assures us of regular harvest.’ Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good. Among my people are wicked men … their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit.”
Psalm 11:9 says: “The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.” 2 Thessalonians 2:11 says: “For this reason, God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”
For those with eyes to see and ears to hear, it seems to this writer that these verses (written over 2,500 hundred years ago about Israel), also describe America, Europe, and most Western countries in our day. And without a great awakening and turning back to the God of the Bible, who in the past blessed America and made it the greatest nation in history, we will lose our freedom and way of life to the political left and evil leaders like Obama and Hillary Clinton; to the global socialists; and to the rising hordes of Muslims. (Read and study the Old Testament books of Isaiah and Jeremiah if you want to get some Biblical perspective on our present day decline.) The foundations in America (and the West) have been crumbling (as Curtis Bowers points out in his two Agenda films—to be discussed in MIA next month) for over 60 years.
But 2016 is perhaps the most critical year in US history—it is the time when we may well pass the point of no return. However, it could turn around if tens of millions of Christians would do what 2 Chronicles 7:14 says: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” That seems to this writer to be the only hope for a free America beyond 2016. Of course, the fact that there is hope at all is a reflection of the season. Without Jesus Christ, mankind would have no hope. With Him—one man who died poor, alone, despised, and rejected 2,000 years ago—we now have hope for eternity. In Christ, the odds are not the story. Those who put faith in Him have 100 percent assurance of the Spirit’s continuous presence with them here on earth and life forevermore in the presence of God, no matter how bleak things may look—or get—now. So, in that light, please accept this writer’s wishes for God’s peace to be upon you and yours this Christmas season. And that is the bottom line!
The original of this article, was published by the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, in their circular newsletter dated December 2015.
Don McAlvany is the editor of the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, a monthly geopolitical/financial intelligence newsletter.
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