Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Imminent Danger

They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.
Lamentations 4:5

What a dreaded and fearful sight!  Jeremiah the prophet, a failure by today's standards in that he won very few to his "mega-church movement", was forced to watch his beloved nation fall under the mighty hand of God's wrath for their sin.  Had they only heard his Holy Spirit inspired warnings!  The story may have been much different.  Now, as the scripture above says, those who were brought up in a prosperous land were made to embrace dunghills.  This verse is a tell.  It shows God's hand and the last great sign before the imminent danger of judgment--prosperity.

What do Sodom and Gomorrah, Noah's day, Judah, and Mystery Babylon all have in common as far as judgment is concerned?  They were all in times of prosperity just prior to their individual judgment.   Ezekiel comments on Sodom and says that there was abundance of bread (prosperity) and idleness in the land (shaqat--peace; a false sense that all was OK in the land due to the abundance even while the land was a moral cesspool--Ezekiel 16:49).  Jesus mentioned that it was a time of prosperity as well in Sodom.  He then parallels Noah's day as a time of prosperity too in Luke 17:26-27.  "They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;..."  There was plenty to go around so why focus on such "negative" messages?  Why harp on topics such as judgment or accountability? The above scripture from Lamentations also speaks of prosperity when it says that they who were brought up in scarlet in Jerusalem were later seen digging in the trash.  Finally, read Revelation 18 for a description of the state of Mystery Babylon just before its demise. 

Jeremiah relates a very disconcerting fact about those who suffered through the destruction of Judah in chapter 44 of his work.  Those who had fled to Egypt from the sword of the Babylonian's immediately fell back into gross sin and idolatry.  The prophet was frantic as he tried to reason with them.  He knew that their sin had brought this on them, but they only remembered the false sense of security that prosperity without morality brought them just before the decimation of their homeland.  Fathom the words of their flagrant rebellion against God, "But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil (Jeremiah 44:17)."  In short, we will follow our own ways and our own idols because we had plenty when we did things our way!

It seems that the same spirit of deception is rampant in America that was prevalent in all of the places named above.  Many are there who support candidates simply because of the promise of great economic bounty for the land, yet those candidates also promote murder (aka. abortion), homosexuality, pedophilia, pornography, and every other godless way while working tirelessly to remove anything associated with God from the public arena.  Have they forgotten the words of scripture?  "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34).  Do you know where I learned that scripture?  It was in the front of a Bible that was given to my dad when he was in the US Air Force in the late 1950s.  Just today I saw the pictures of a chapel on a camp in Afghanistan where a cross had to be removed from site.  However, in the same camp a homosexual pride flag was blatantly flown.  How much have things changed in one generation?  Such a duality!  Why is it that those who are so near to the ax laid at the base of the tree can't see the impending disaster?  

Solomon wrote that there is nothing new under the sun.  This message came about while I was researching for a study of 2 Peter.  Last week, a church member mentioned that much of what I said at a Wednesday night study sounded like a book he was reading called America's Last Call by David Wilkerson written in 1998.  Of all of his works, I had never read that one, but when the member let me borrow it, I could not put it down.  Much of what I said above was revealed in that book and could serve as a brief synopsis.  Earlier today, a friend's Facebook posting of Galatians 6:7-8 led me to write out what I have spent a few weeks studying. We are too focused on the temporal, material "blessings" in America.  However, we desperately need to be concerned about the gross and rampant sin that is infesting each and every part of our society.  The problem is that too many see their "things" and reason that God is blessing.   Many feel that there are just too many praying believers in America for God to judge.  This is the same attitude that was prevalent in Judah before the Babylonians came.  They even had the temple as assurance.  God, however, had warned them not to trust in a building as assurance but to trust in His word.  

There is a tipping point.  A point where the sin of the Amorites reaches its fill (Genesis 15:16).  A place where God even tells His servants to stop their intercession as He will hear it no more as He told Jeremiah.  "
Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble (Jeremiah 11:14)."  God told Isaiah that Judah had crossed a line where He would no longer purge the land of its sin until all were destroyed (Isaiah 22:14).  He also shared that same message with Ezekiel  about Jerusalem.  "In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee (Ezekiel 24:13)."  There is a time of accountability for the shedding of innocent blood!  God have mercy.  Have we crossed that line?  Only God knows, yet the writing seems to be on the wall.  Interesting!  What was going on in Babylon the night the hand appeared and God pronounced sudden judgment?  All of the inhabitants of Babylon was partying and celebrating their prosperity.  They were oblivious to the Medo-Persian Army crawling under their walls until it was too late.

Stay focused on Christ and winning the lost.  They are the only treasures you can take to heaven with you.  Remember, Jesus Christ is Soon2Come!  

1 comment:

  1. Standing on the promises of God...
    “As the mountains are around Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from henceforth even forever.” Psalm 125:2-------------------