That state of America today: The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
The vast majority of religious leaders focus on the individual person and his or her salvation – the core of the gospel. But the Bible makes clear that nations as well as people and people groups are going to be judged.
The “Mercy of God” is in Judging Men & Nations
That is not an oxymoron. It is God’s mercy that men and nations face judgment now. It may be that it saves them from a more disastrous fate after death. Also, judgment interrupts the evil that is being poured on a luckless citizenry. The tsunami in Indonesia in 2005 is just such an example of the mercy of God.
Indonesia is now and was then the center of sexual abuse of children. The behavior of foreign visitors is extreme. It is not uncommon for adult males to buy an infant, rape it and toss it dying in the trash. The tsunami interrupted that practice, at least for a while. Jeffery Epstein had a profitable business using little girls for his clients, both males and females. Many nervous people are wondering if their name will come up. Of course the charges must be proven; wealthy men attract people who need campaign money so merely being ‘on a list’ means very little. But it is God’s mercy that Epstein was caught.
Try to think of all the judgment raining down on the world today as God’s mercy to bring people, such as the citizens of communist nations, out of their political prisons.
Goat Nations – Who are they?
God disciplines all nations in His own time. This takes generations so in our lifetimes we do not see all of this in one sweep. We must observe and record history correctly to understand the process. It does repeat itself; only the names change.
God unravels Nations after 70 years
China, Soviet Union, North Korea, Venezuela. The entire Continent of Africa is on death watch from locusts after decades of evil leaders, murder, rape, enslavement, followed by rampant disease. All have started to come apart.
The most obvious under judgment is China. The Communist Party took over China in 1939 and right on cue, 2019, the communist party is facing enemies on every hand. Tibet and Mongolia have never acquiesced to their masters. Hong Kong was originally a free city. Now their youth say “enough” and the Pacific Rim nations are not happy with their imperialist land grabs, and then, as the coup de grace, the Virus. It began with the Tienanmen Square uprising in June 1989, and the rumble has been growing like an earthquake.
Then there was the next warning shot across the bow – the earthquake of 2008, right before the Beijing Olympics. Hong Kong parents now wonder who will take care of them in their old age with the rebels being carted off to jail, probably to a death sentence. Where will they go?
The Chinese Communist Party is so arrogant they actually passed a law (2020) in Beijing giving themselves the authority to arrest citizens of other lands, inside those nations! If they try this in America, the gun toting Yanks will greet them with a rifle, that old standby of the western plains. It won’t be pretty.
Weather Events & Signs in the Heavens
The Chinese take earthquakes as a warning from God. And yes, they do believe in a Most High God. I would ask little children in China, “What is God’s name?” and they would promptly and proudly tell me Shang Di. It is a good description of the Creator God of the whole world. The fact that Westerners call God something else can be expected because modern languages are so different. They can refer to the same one, if it is not associated with an idol.
Falun Gong, a popular spiritual group, shows all the marks of having been started by God. It is based on faith, it develops the inner man, it is widly opposed to Communists’ atheistic demands, and it has no marks of Western history or religious doctrine which taints pure Christianity. God said he wants “truth in the inward parts.” That sounds like Falun Gong. God says He must be “worshiped in spirit and in truth.” That sounds like Falun Gong. It has no idols. That is definitely a Godly beginning.
The Gradually Fading Soviet Union
The Soviet Union began in 1919 and sure enough, 70 years later, 1989 it all comes crashing down. The nation of Israel was taken to Babylon in bondage for 70 years. God says his people are judged first, then the foreign nations, those who do not support the Most High God being the Goat Nations. You can always tell when a nation is going down hill; it spends all its treasure on armaments and not on those best investments which could develop the nation – on the citizens.
When President Ronald Reagan met with Chairman Gorbachev in Iceland, He pushed the idea of a Star Wars technology as national defense, which was way beyond the resources of the Soviets. They had no more ability to fund another military product or process. Peace resulted.
Men & Nations are Accountable
The Bible makes it clear that all men have an innate knowledge of God. Each human being receives a measure of faith. That is, faith enough to believe that God is who He is, not necessarily enough faith to know the whole plan of God. This is why we who know Him better are called to bring enlightenment to the nations.
Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
The End is Near
Nations, the Greek word is ethnos, are not expected to follow the religious laws, but the moral laws. These are spelled out clearly in the 10 Commandments and the Law of Noah, where the price for murder is equal, death for death. He said at the End of Time no one would have an excuse. There would be the knowledge of the gospel of the Kingdom in every nation – and then the end would come. We are looking at that end right now.
Today that kind of information about God is cast abroad like so many seeds using the internet and television. The demand that English be the required language used in every airport on the planet allows God the entry of the knowledge of the English Bible into every nation.
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come
Did God send Covid-19, Hunan Flu?
No, but He certainly saw how to use a sloppy virology lab to produce a crisis so big the Always-Perfect, Never-make-a-mistake Presumption of the ruling Chinese dictatorship could be exposed. And that is His method every time. He takes what people are doing – their evil – and expands it to the point where they are left floundering and without answers. Iran has been going downhill for decades. Now Iran is trying to prop up Venezuela, once the queen of South America.
Italy, always struggling with poor government, became buddy-buddy with China and for their friendship were the primary victims of the Hunan Flu. Italy is the center of the Roman Catholic Church and now that denomination must face its centuries of sexual license and sin, to the point of possible bankruptcy. Yes, even human institutions such as NGOs get their day in God’s ultimate court.
Evil Creates its Own Demise
BTW, God also takes what good men do and expands that. But what generates headlines is evil being judged falsely which looks like the devil is winning.
Goat Nations on Display
The goat nations are joining their weakened forces. Russia has a decreasing birth rate, as does North Korea. Citizens who have no faith in their government will not support it with children, because they believe, rightly so, that there is nothing for future generations to inherit – no jobs, no land, no peace, only the faint hope they can emigrate to another place. Wealthy Chinese women sneak into San Francisco to give birth to children who can claim American citizenship. What individual people do in the face of evil leaders is quite predictable. They make plans for their children to prosper in the face of overwhelming odds.
In Zimbabwe, God did not murder the white farmers, but after the reformers drove the land owners away and divided up the property among the rebels, the nation was left with no one who knew how to farm, and they starved.
God pays people and nations with their own coin.
That is the typical way that God uses the situation to bring down his Merciful-Judgment on both nations and individuals. Be sure, says God, your sin will find you out. That means, your own sin will expose you and bring you down. A nation’s sin will find it and bring it down as well. America is learning that abortion is a sin punishable by death, and facing rioters in the streets. No nation is left without discipline.
Here is God’s promise to nations. Psalm 2 King James Version (KJV)
2 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. 10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
God promised a few years back to take down the sex trade industry and look now at Jeffrey Epstein’s passenger list to see where this is going. God promised in Genesis 12 to punish all of God’s enemies who touched his people.
Genesis 12:3 King James Version (KJV) 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
That may be you.
God says he controls the weather – earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, famine, and drought. That may be your state?
2 Kings 8:1 Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the Lord hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.
Isaiah 29:6 Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.
Disobedience has a price.
Deuteronomy 28:22 The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
It is July 4, 2020, the anniversary of the proclamation that we were a free people and determined to keep it so – free from tyrants within and without.
Is that true today? Only you can decide.
How to pray for America
Ask God to do for America what He promised. He said, Luke 12:2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
Dear Lord, Jesus, God above – release all the hidden evil in my nation, my state, my area, that leaders will bring to justice the benefits for the good and reward for evil as well. Thank you for your promises because we know You keep them.
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