November 4, 2008: The Day America’s Death Warrant Was Signed (Part 2)

If my revelation that America’s death warrant has already been signed by the Judge, then why should we even care about our national sins? After all, the nation will perish no matter what we attempt, right? So why not just give up and move to Australia or Brazil?

In his day, the prophet, Jeremiah, was torn by the same revelations that we American Christians now face. Not only that, his commitment to the Lord was pushed to its limits by the adverse conditions he struggled through. He was not allowed to marry, to attend feasts, to go to the Temple or to proclaim his own prophecies. Cruel beatings, imprisonment and extreme persecution marked the last twenty years of his prophetic ministry to Judah.

But yet, Jeremiah faithfully prophesied over and over again that Jerusalem (the chosen City of God with its holy Temple) and Judah could save itself only by surrendering to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.

Let’s place Jeremiah’s prophetic words into a more modern context. What if David Ben-Gurion (Israel’s first prime minister) had traveled to his native Poland and Germany in 1939? What if after talking with the Nazi leaders, he declared, “We Jews can trust Hitler. Don’t worry about being relocated to Auschwitz, Belzec and Treblinka. These camps will be safe havens for us Jews,” what would Polish and German Jews have thought of Ben-Gurion?

Certainly not much, considering Hitler’s many writings on the Jewish problem and his Final Solution comments. And Nebuchadnezzar, like Hitler, was a cruel despot who saw nothing wrong with slaughtering innocent people if it benefitted his empire agenda.

So, you can imagine the horrors the Jews felt when Jeremiah spoke his “Thus says the Lord of Hosts” messages about surrendering to the cruel Babylonian army. They considered his words as acts of treason.

But even after Jeremiah definitely knew the Lord was determined to destroy Jerusalem and Judah, he continued to plead for the Jews to repent. Why? What did it matter? After all, the Lord was going to destroy Jerusalem and Judah anyway, right?

At one time I will suddenly speak concerning a nation or kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it; and if [the people of] that nation concerning which I have spoken turn from their evil, I will relent and reverse My decision concerning the evil that I thought to do to them. (Jeremiah 18: 7-8 AMP)

Jeremiah knew God’s heart. He understood God is first and foremost a Redeemer who loves people and that His deepest desire is for people to turn away from sin and walk in His ways. In addition, Jeremiah most likely studied the words of Joel who prophesied about the day of the Lord, but also declared hope for nations who had received a death warrant notice from God:

Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness; and He revokes His sentence of evil [when His conditions are met.] Who knows but what He will turn, revoke your sentence [of evil], and leave a blessing behind Him [giving you the means with which to serve Him], even a cereal or meal offering and a drink offering for the Lord, your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion; set apart a fast [a day of restraint and humility]; call a solemn assembly. (Joel 2:13-15 AMP)

So, Jeremiah held onto hope that the people of Judah would repent and return to God with all their hearts. Then, if they met the conditions of genuine repentance, maybe God would revoke the death warrant pronounced against Judah.

But Judah’s heart was hardened. The nation no longer trusted God to be their Savior and only a few people believed the words of Jeremiah. Thus only a few people surrendered to the Babylonians and were saved. The rest were either slaughtered or taken to Babylonia.

What about America? Can our nation possibly repent enough so that the death warrant against America may be removed by God?

Yes, but it would have to be a Nineveh type of extreme repentance whereby the highest leaders down to the least among us would have to repent and humble ourselves before God. You see, our nation has a high level of accountability before God. Our money is stamped with the words: “In God We Trust.” Our pledge to the flag states, “One nation under God.” Our leaders place their hands on Bibles when they are sworn into office.  Plus, America has received countless warnings from men of God about divine judgments, but these men have been rebuked and ignored.

So, America has absolutely no excuse before the throne of God. We are guilty!

Although it is possible America could repent enough to please God, I hold no hope that this will ever happen.  Instead, I believe we Christians need to:

strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus…(Hebrews 12: 1-2 AMP)

We Christians need to prepare ourselves for the dark days lying ahead so that we can be the Body of Christ reaching out to our neighbors, family and friends.

What do we need to do?

(Continued in Part 3)

Click on following link for earlier article: Part 1.

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14 responses to “November 4, 2008: The Day America’s Death Warrant Was Signed (Part 2)

  1. Solveig Engh

    I’m not sure I’m in total agreement here, but I do agree that God will do whatever is necessary to “advance His plans.” His kingdom–not Americacan well-being– is the promise. Like most Americn citizens, I love my country and want to see it prosper into eternity. Nevertheless, God’s Kingdom is above all other kingdoms–and the more we desire God’s kingdom, the more beneficial we are to our earthly country.

  2. Solveig,

    I totally agree with you. Whatever will befall our nation will be about His kingdom plans and not necessarily our comfort. But God did say in Jeremiah and Joel that if a nation meets His requirements, He will relent of the evil that will befall that nation.

    It’s interesting to note that only Nineveh, a pagan nation, changed its heart so completely that God relented of the destruction intended for it. Yet, about a hundred years later, Nineveh was totally destroyed anyway. So, in effect, Nineveh’s good deeds only stayed the execution of judgment on the nation.

    And this may be the best we can hope for our nation, too.

  3. Thanks, as always, for teaching, Larry. I know that He wanted me to know these things or He wouldn’t have led me to you.

  4. Debbie,

    Thanks. We serve a great God who knows the answers before things happen. We just need to listen and follow His directions.

  5. Solveig,

    “I’m not sure I’m in total agreement here…”

    Solveig’s words troubled me in much the same way that the Holy Spirit convicts me when I have sinned. Thus, I rewrote the last third of this post.

    Thank you, Solveig. God bless you.

  6. Solveig Engh

    I’m amazed that you would change a post because of my comment. But I do think you’ve stated it more clearly, and I understand where you’re coming from. Nevertheless, I want to hold out more hope for the future. I’m not willing to believe we’ve passed the point of no-return. I’m still believing for a return to God–from the highest to those not so high.

    After that? Well, there was a great revival in Josiah’s time–before a great falling away. There have been great moves of God many times in history before times of great persecution. (China would be one example. Many came to Christ in China shortly before WWII and the advent of communism. The people who came to God during that time became the seed bed for the home church of today.)

    But I personally don’t have insight into what would happen in America after a great revival–so I just can’t speculate. God isn’t taking me there. However, that doesn’t mean you or others shouldn’t share your hearts on the subject. I always appreciate your insights.

  7. Solveig,

    Thanks for your insight. But the Lord really worked on my heart yesterday after I read your comments. When you talk about prophetic insight, you really can’t argue about it because I cannot defend myself until something does or does not happen.

  8. Solveig,

    The Businessmen’s Revival of 1857 caused businessmen in all of the major cities of the U.S. to attend prayers meetings almost everyday. This revival continued into the Civil War, especially in the Southern armies. It’s estimated that 150,000 southern soldiers were converted and a total of 6% of the nation as a whole was saved.

    But yet, the Civil War was not averted. 650,000 Americans lost their lives and the Southern economy and way of life was destroyed for decades.

    How did the Businessmen’s Revival come about? A bad economy spurred one man to hold a prayer meeting. Just one man lit the spark.

    O Lord light a spark in another Jeremiah Lanphier today so that a revival of prayer will break out once again in America.

  9. Solveig Engh

    Concerning prophetic insight: Yes–that’s the way it is. We can’t drum up a message, and we can’t ignore one or turn it off. We just have to live with them as they come. I’m also remembering Jonah’s prophetic word–it didn’t come to pass, but it did change hearts.

    Concerning prayer and its impact on history: This is our desperate need. I believe many people who haven’t prayed a great deal in the past for our nation are beginning to pray–but I also think we’ve lost our way and are having a hard time finding it again. Our prayer is often programmed rather than a cry from the heart. Perhaps I just speak for myself, but I see my prayer is often less than it should be–even when I put in the time. I can only ask God to help me pray as He would have me pray, to change my heart, to give me a desire to seek Him anew…the list could go on.

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