The First and Second of Many Omens

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Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s slice interestingly comes from:   Isiah 9:10    — Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;  12  The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.  13  For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.  14  Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.  15  The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.  16  For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.  17  Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

This is, of course, a revelation of God’s judgment against ancient Israel when it was due them. Perhaps it is also an omen, or harbinger, or precursor to the United States of America. Let’s check further to find that perhaps it will uncover the mysteries of such as the attack of  9/11, the war in Iraq, the crash of Wall Street and many other happenstances. If this is correct the message is critical. It may be a directive to turn back to the One who greatly hallowed this nation. Are these nine omens, or fore-warnings, to convict us of our blindness to God’s ways toward which we have traveled in recent years? These omen all began with two and a half thousand year old ancient mysteries. Mysteries that may hold America’s future.

At that time  Israel, would hear from God through prophets who received impartations to deliver to God’s people. The seal, or sign of authenticity, was a message that came through a dream, an utterance or a sign that did perfectly fit, at an appointed time for the correction needed to save them from a calamity. Scripture shows time and again how often they would not want to hear the message and therefore did not follow God’s advice. They preferred to hear pleasant messages. Therefore they had no idea what was coming and thought it would all go on as it always had. This was because they had forgotten all as it was in the beginning as a nation that had been called by God by covenant. This covenant, however, did have a condition. This condition is what they now forgot; and their blessings would be replaced by calamities.

They began to forget their God and their land became covered with altars to foreign Gods. They took upon themselves the acts of the false gods they began to serve. They, for instance, offered up their little children  as sacrifices. Yes, they killed their own children on the altars of Baal and Molech, their newly discovered gods. The hedge of protection that God had placed around them He removed in 732BCAmerica, America; are you listening now. Unless you comprehend what happened then you will not  understand what is happening to us now.

Just as Israel was unique among nations in that it was conceived and dedicated at it’s foundation for the purpose of God; so was America.

Proverbs 14:34   Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.  35  The king’s favor is toward a wise servant, but his wrath is against him who causes shame. In the case of ancient Israel there was always an obtuse side to the coin. If they stopped following Him, and turned against Him , their blessings would be superseded with curses.

Has America turned away from God? I believe it has turned and is continuing to turn further each day. Oh, but, Bro. Dick we don’t offer our children on an altar to Baal or Molech. Oh, no! What do we call abortion?….. a woman’s right. I ask….. if God sent a message today to America to mend it’s ways and return to His ways, would we listen?  Israel did not even though it grew louder and louder, they deafened their ears to those voices. Let me remind you that nine omens, or harbingers of  judgment were sent to Israel. It is all happening again in the same configuration.

The nine warnings to Israel are now happening to America, now, as I speak. The future of our nation is hanging on these omens.  Oh, Bro. Dick, I don’t understand all of this. You don’t have to….. it will all be revealed.  It is all in God’s perfect timing. Israel’s enemies were allowed to invade their land and inflict chaos and devastation upon them. This did indeed traumatize the entire nation; but, but, on a limited scale.  The adversaries would strike and withdraw, strike and withdraw. This was God’s way of forewarning of something much greater. But, there was a breach in their wall of protection. This breach of their supposed strength was a first omen, or harbinger. The words of their prophets, the concern in their hearts, and scripture itself was not sufficient to cause them to realize that the pride of the strength of their great nation was causing them to cross the line with God Himself. Every passing year without breach created an illusion of their invincibility. After all…. they were the mightiest of all nations, and they knew it !! My friends, America has just that kind of illusion right now. We have been the mightiest nation on the globe for so long that we think we are invincible. Our walls were breached on September 11th of 2001, but, we have built a higher tower; we have reinforced our walls.  Ha! That is the repeating of the ancient mistake.

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The First and Second of Many Omen

Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s slice interestingly comes from:

Isiah 9:10   — Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together; 12 The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. 13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts. 14 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day. 15 The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. 16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed. 17 Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

This is, of course, a revelation of God’s judgment against ancient Israel when it was due them. Perhaps it is also an omen, or harbinger, or precursor to the United States of America. Let’s check further to find that perhaps it will uncover the mysteries of such as the attack of 9/11, the war in Iraq, the crash of Wall Street and many other happenstances. If this is correct the message is critical. It may be a directive to turn back to the One who greatly hallowed this nation. Are these nine omens, or forewarnings, to convict us of our blindness to God’s ways toward which we have travelled in recent years?

These omen all began with two and a half thousand year old ancient mysteries. Mysteries that may hold America’s future. Would you believe that it all begins with seals as used in ancient times to affix a mark of authenticity or ratification of important documents, decrees, or communications of kings and rulers.

At that time Israel, would hear from God through prophets who received impartations to deliver to God’s people. The seal, or sign of authenticity, was a message that came through a dream, an utterance or a sign that did perfectly fit, at an appointed time for the correction needed to save them from a calamity.

Scripture shows time and again how often they would not want to hear the message and therefore did not follow God’s advice. They preferred to hear pleasant messages. Therefore they had no idea what was coming and thought it would all go on as it always had. This was because they had forgotten all as it was in the beginning as a nation that had been called by God by covenant. This covenant, however, did have a condition. This condition is what they now forgot; and their blessings would be replaced by calamities.

They began to forget their God and their land became covered with altars to foreign Gods. They took upon themselves the acts of the false gods they began to serve. They, for instance, offered up their little children as sacrifices. Yes, they killed their own children on the altars of Baal and Molech, their newly discovered gods.

All that had been their knowledge of what was right was turned upside down. Their true God’s name was eradicated from the public square. He was gracious and forgiving, calling them to return. But the nation became deaf to his calling.

The hedge of protection that God had placed around them He removed in 732BC

America…. America…. are you listening now. Unless you comprehend what happened then you will not understand what is happening to us now. Just as Israel was unique among nations in that it was conceived and dedicated at it’s foundation for the purpose of God; so was America.

Our founding fathers dedicated this country to God and saw it as a pledge believing that if we followed the ways of God, America would become blessed, prosperous and powerful enough to become a vessel of restoration and light to the rest of the world. And that which they predicted did come true. America did become the most blessed nation on this earth.

Proverbs 14:34   Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.  35 The king’s favor is toward a wise servant, but his wrath is against him who causes shame.

In the case of ancient Israel there was always an obtuse side to the coin. If they stopped following Him, and turned against Him , their blessings would be superseded with curses.

America seems to believe that because other nations are doing even more evil than we; with beheadings, eradicating those who worship other than their god, down-trodding of the female race, etc.; that we should be excused. Let me remind you of “Because to whom much is given much is required.

I ask, has America turned away from God? I believe it has turned and is continuing to turn further each day.

Oh, but, Bro. Dick we don’t offer our children on an altar to Baal or Molech. Oh, no! What do we call abortion?….. a woman’s right.

I ask….. if God sent a message today to America to mend it’s ways and return to His ways, would we listen? Israel did not even though it grew louder and louder, they deafened their ears to those voices.

Is America about to enter a new stage? What new stage, Bro. Dick? I’m speaking of the removal of the nation’s hedge of protection. Let me remind you that nine omens, or harbingers of judgment were sent to Israel. It is all happening again in the same configuration. The nine warnings to Israel are now happening to America, now, as I speak. The future of our nation is hanging on these omens.

Oh, Bro. Dick, I don’t understand all of this. You don’t have to….. it will all be revealed. It is all in God’s perfect timing.

Earlier I mentioned God having removed the hedge of protection from Israel in the year 732BC. Yes, God did remove His hedge of protection from them because there was no other way to get their attention, ‘tho He tried mightily. So, Israel’s enemies were allowed to invade their land and inflict chaos and devastation upon them. This did indeed traumatize the entire nation; but, but, on a limited scale. The adversaries would strike and withdraw, strike and withdraw. This was God’s way of forewarning of something much greater. God allowed them a restrained assault as a sounding of an alarm. You see, Israel thought that their walls of defense were invincible. But, there was a breach in their wall of protection. This breach of their supposed strength was a first omen, or harbinger.

But…. did they take heed to this warning. No! they did not. They were so proud of their capable defenses that they took time to re-inforce the breach of their walled fortification. The words of their prophets, the concern in their hearts, and scripture itself was not sufficient to cause them to realize that the pride of the strength of their great nation was causing them to cross the line with God Himself. Every passing year without breach created an illusion of their invincibility. After all…. they were the mightiest of all nations, and they knew it !!

My friends, America has just that kind of illusion right now. We have been the mightiest nation on the globe for so long that we think we are invincible. Our walls were breached on September 11th of 2001, but, we have built a higher tower; we have reinforced our walls. Ha! That is the repeating of the ancient mistake. And the Word says…. And the Word says…. Pride cometh before a great fall.”

Yes, the reminder of the first and the second attack on the towers are heart-wrenching and sorrowful.  How could God allow such to happen, some are saying. Because, God is trying to get our attention.

The voices of their prophets, the words of their Scriptures, and an uneasy feeling in their hearts were all warning signs. But they had departed from God. They were a nation of power of their own, sufficient to protect themselves. They had crossed the line into a new and dangerous era that no political or military power would be strong enough to protect them from further breaching; only a return to God could intervene.

Hear ye, hear ye! Our beloved America has been the most blessed nation on this earth since it’s founding. It’s founders declared it would be and it has been. These same founders stated, “But, if America turned away from God, it’s protection would be removed.”

Friends, there are many, many, many, many prophets of today that are preaching, yelling, teaching, begging America to open it’s eyes. No… open it’s ears. God is speaking to us today through them and they are trying to get our attention. But… we don’t seem to want to believe in that “weird” stuff they are espousing. No, no, no, give me more of the easy to swallow, sweet tasting, pleasant to the ear messages I come to church to make me feel good.

Oh, but, Bro. Dick; God didn’t cause the 9/11 disaster, evil men did. READ-YOUR-BIBLE. Over and over God has had to allow evil to occur to try to get the attention of those He loves so much that He would give up His son to save them.

When this catastrophe occurred to Israel both the moral and the immoral were affected by it. Both suffered and perished the same; not as a matter of judgment but of mourning. And so it was on 9/11. It affected both the nation and the individuals. Much was the same during the civil war. I believe it was Abraham Lincoln that said that the calamity was not on any individual, although hundreds of thousands died; but on a nation as a whole.” I believe it was the same thoughts of Isaiah and Jeremiah and all the other prophets that wept for the people of their nations.

You cried when you saw the spectacle of 9/11? Think of the tears our Lord and Saviour must have shed to see this happening to those suffering in the 9/11 towers. Those that he loved so much he took the beatings for their sins.

Some had the audacity to ask, ‘Where was God when this happened?” He was there then and He is still there healing the broken hearted and comforting those who lost parents, spouses, children, etc. He was with and still is with those whose lives were spared due to events, details, and assistance that saved them. For them this was not a day of calamity but a day of relief.

To those who received such relief in ancient Israel life seemed to appear to return to normal. And so it was after 9/11. It seemed and it seems now that the hedge of protection is back in place. And…. to a degree and for a time. But the vulnerability remains. As time passed we began to go back to living a life of complacency, as though the nation and its individual lives are immune to such recurrence. It seems to be just a lethal misapprehension

I would now like to direct our attention to the second Omen… namely terrorism. Ah, now there is a word that gets our attention. Just what is terrorism? According to the dictionary it is, ‘The threatening of wicked men, or evil apprehended from them.”

So then, who were the wicked men who threatened ancient Israel? They were the Assyrians from the mountains of Mesopotamia. At the dawn of the first millennium BC they began to surge to dominance with ability to march into country after country until most of the Middle East was under their rule. Their plan of attack was…. you guessed it…. terrorism! They organized it, improved it, perfected it; used it to mutilate their opponents. They became masters of terror, that loomed over Israel Then, in 732BC the nation’s hedge of protection was removed.

KJV Isiah 10:5-7    O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. 6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. 7 Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.

Yes, the Assyrians were the epitome of evil, but God was against them, not for them. The prophecy continues:

KJV Isiah 10:12-14   Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks. 13 For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man: 14 And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.

The Lord would bring the Assyrians into judgment and their kingdom would cease to exist. But for the duration of Israel’s apostasy they were permitted to breach Israel’s defenses. Terrorism, an applied science of intimidation, unfortunately, was an ugly contribution they gave the world.

You might say that those who plotted out the 9/11 were the spiritual offspring of the Assyrians. What a link in the joining of America and ancient Israel. Both were children of the Middle East.

Oddly enough, the language spoken by the Assyrians is now extinct, but the nearest tongue spoken today is…. Arabic, the language of “al Qaeda and the 9/11 extremist. The same dialogue patterns was used to plan the attacks upon ancient Israel, two and a half thousand years ago and America in 2001.

It is, seemingly, a replay in this modern era.

Just as the Assyrian invasion would draw Israel into a military engagement and its final struggle, so did the 9/11 invasion draw America into a war in Iraq and in Afghanistan. The first was, of course the 9/11 attack, but, there was another. In 2003 our troupes entered the city of Mosul, in Iraq. Interesting point…. There rest two mounds of earth, in Mosul. Hidden in the mounds are the remains of a once great civilization. The ruins are all that is left of the ancient city of Nineveh, which was the final resting place of the Assyrian empire. My, friends Assyria is…. Iraq. It is the same land.

Our troops are walking the same land that the Assyrians walked, and those watching them walk are flesh and blood descendants of the ancient Assyrians. And now America seems to be drawn into conflict with the land of Assyria, which is now Iraq.

Back to Israel’s faults. They did discover that the endangerment they faced could not be overcome by their thick walls or their great weaponry. You see, the danger was not outside their gates but inside. The nation had turned from God and lost His covering. There was no safety other than their return to God.

The same symptom that heralded judgment of ancient Israel two and a half thousand years ago seemingly is reappearing in this modern world; no less frightening.

KJV   Isiah 9:8     The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel. 9 And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart, 10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.

Oh, my heavens! What arrogance! Their might could not reverse the attacks, but now they are sure that their might, because of their ability to rebuild even stronger will be their salvation from more disaster. They did not listen to the alarm given them. So, they missed the warning. They refuse to humble themselves to God and seek the re-establishment of His hedge of protection. Instead they will again depend on their own strength.

America are you listening. America are you listening. Evidently we are not. We have fallen into the same trap. We have re-built, an even bigger symbol of our strength, a newer, better, tower. We have answered God with the same comment We will rebuild. Even to the replacement of the sycamore tree in the same area. America, America, you are shaking your fist at God.

How about this little bit of info. When George Washington dedicated this land to God, he was standing in the exact same spot where we are rebuilding a bigger and better tower. It was then, and is now, a sign of a nation that has fallen away from it’s God and are presently ignoring the first and second omen, or warnings, or harbinger. There were nine such harbingers then and I believe we will see more delivered. Will we listen? Or will we continue shaking our fist a our God.

We have thus far examined the first two omens; The Breach and The Terrorist. As I can prepare the next message of this series, perhaps for next Sunday, we should be examining the third, The Fallen Bricks.

But for now I’d like to talk about Why we Christians are losing the war on culture. We are losing the culture war and the cost is our children. From the time our children go to school till they die their beliefs are assaulted. They are told that the Bible is wrong. They are told that there is nothing wrong with gay marriage, evolution is the process of creation and a host of other issues that affect our faith. As these children grow the seeds of doubt are planted in their hearts and through the process of becoming educated those seeds grow and eventually, by the time our children leave for college, the statistics show that the weeds have overrun the garden and they will have departed from the faith, with few returning.

Such essential virtues as honor, duty, loyalty, obedience, sacrifice, and chastity have gone by the wayside. In their place, we have substituted indulgence, greed, personal convenience and comfort, and self-gratification.

And a society that abandons God and His laws, that rejects moral absolutes, and that is willing to sacrifice its families on the altar of convenience, careers, and self, is a society whose gates are broken down. I am not speaking of the un-Godly members of our nation. I’m talking to us. Yes, you and me. We are a society known as His Church. Any General, no matter how great must have his troops; his body of men. We are General Jesus’ body. And we have been too long AWOL.

Bro. Dick, “Is there anything we can do about it-anything that will really make a difference?” Prepare for battle. Put on your breast plate of righteousness, your helmet of salvation, gird yourselves with your girdle of truth, and sharpen your sword, the Word of God, His word, the Holy Bible. Like Nehemiah, we ought to respond to our national calamity:

1) He grieved and mourned; I quote, “For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven”;

2) He cared enough to get involved, and was willing to pay a price for that involvement…

3) He was willing to take bold, courageous stands in defense of righteousness, and in opposition to sin. In a day when tolerance is the supreme virtue, we desperately need men and women of conviction who will stand for what is right, regardless of what it may cost. Not just in Congress, or Senate, or Government, but in churches, in the streets, in the ball parks, at meetings, and also being disciples of Christ at our job.

4) Nehemiah humbled himself and prayed. He knew that the task to which he was called was far bigger than himself, and that he could not possibly succeed without divine intervention and enabling.

The solutions are not going to be found in better schools, more policemen, tighter gun control laws, or better government. Yes, most definitely, we must be involved with all of these things as the Christians that we are. But, the battle we are fighting is not a physical one, but a spiritual one.

We are witnessing the clash between two kingdoms …. the Kingdom of God, and the kingdom of Satan. It is a battle for the hearts and souls of men. Our only hope lies in God. That is why prayer is so vital.

God’s Word promises that if those of us who are His people will humble ourselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways, He will hear from heaven and will forgive our sin and will heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

I believe the key word here is “humble ourselves.” I recall, as a boy of about 5 years old, that every certain day of the week all church bells rang out at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. No matter what they were doing, they humbled themselves to go to the church of their choice for prayer for World War !!. They did not get dressed…. They went with their work clothe, house dresses and aprons still on. Did it pay off. You betcha! Nary a bomb reached our shores. Big events in large auditoriums look great but they don’t look very humble.

We need to pray for our nation and for its leaders. We need to pray over and stand up to godless tyranny and immorality from whatever quarter it comes. We need to pray strenuously against wicked public policy that is harming our fellow countrymen and pushing America to the point of no return. Above all, we must collectively do what Nehemiah led the people of Jerusalem to do in 445 B.C. (see Nehemiah 8): humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, turn from our wicked ways, then rise from our knees and faces to defend our families and work to repair and rebuild the spiritual and moral walls of our nation – even as the assaults against faith in God, family, and freedom continue to increase. Ultimately, Nehemiah and the people of Jerusalem prevailed because God was with them. That people, once captives in Babylon, rebuilt their nation, which became the birthplace our Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah of prophecy and Liberator of our souls. If they could rebuild their nation by prayer, so can we.

So, since the clock is grinning at my lack of time remaining let me end with a prayer. In fact, I will read verses right out of King James….

Daniel 9:5-6 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: 6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

So       until next Sunday             same time             same station….

Please be at the National Day of Prayer on our courthouse steps this coming May xx. This could begin something more often then as a county one day a year to come together to ask forgiveness and mend our ways.

America Bless God             and             God will Bless America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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