THE TWO PRACTICES THAT DEPOSE NATIONS

God tells us that two practices, when corporately embraced under the umbrella of government, will determine the fall of nations.
  • The first is persecution of the Jews which may threaten their survival as a unique and separate people-group.
  • The second is the sacrifice of children / corporately sanctioned murder
A third practice that impacts the health of culture and has ended in major corrections via judgment is the worship of demons via false religions.  But that would be a blog for a different time. 

It seems no coincidence that on Christmas Eve, at this most holy time of celebration, elected officials, working in secrecy behind closed doors, and shutting their ears to every competing viewpoint, are working toward giving the United States a first provision for government sponsored abortion.

If state sponsored murder of the unborn becomes a reality every person of faith will be called to the point of momentous moral decisions that will have eternal ramifications for each individual.

We are now living in what is called the Church Age which is the time period after the resurrection in which we look back at the cross. The Church Age ends as Revelation events begin to unfold. As these last days tick off the last hours over a seven year period, a remnant of Jews will take a primary and crucial role in God's predetermined history for mankind. The Remnant of Israel; Revelation 7: 4-9 and Revelation 14:1-5.

Because they feature so much in God's plan, God has always protected and sustained the Jewish people, often beleaguered and without nation status, as a people set aside for Himself. Satan hates all mankind, but he especially hates the Jews from whom Christ was born and from whom we can today hold the Holy Scriptures in our hands and read words more powerful than any on earth. The survival of the Jews, as an intact people group, is a miracle not to be ignored.

God delivered a warning to every person and nation inclined to lift a hand against the Jews. And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed (Genesis 12: 3). The king of Moab asked the seer Balaam to curse the Hebrew people camped on his land. Three times Balaam was induced with ever greater promises of riches and honor and three times Balaam refused. In regard to the Hebrew people he delivered this pronouncement: Blessed is everyone who blesses you, and cursed is everyone who curses you (Numbers 24: 9b). For insight about curses read Numbers Chapters 22, 23, 24.

In the book of Isaiah we have a prophecy / a picture of Jesus as a little child. Read Isaiah 7: 10-16. He will eat curds and honey at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good (Isaiah 7: 15). This wonderful prophecy of the divine and coming King is juxtaposed with the evil rule of an earthly king; Ahaz, king of Judah. Read 2nd Chronicles 28.

During the time of the divided kingdom the prophet Isaiah was sent by God to confront king Ahaz. Ahaz had entered into an unholy alliance with a pagan kingdom in order to defend himself against the equally evil king of Israel who had made a similar alliance with another pagan nation.

What was in danger of happening from God's perspective? In the aftermath of this conflict between brother kingdoms, the Davidic kingdom, inherited by king Solomon and destined to thrive in a "new (yet future) Jerusalem" could be lost.

As Judah and Israel prepare to fight one another, the Jewish people are under threat that they will be assimilated into these pagan cultures to which they were allied. But Satan and his demons, working diabolically in the fabric of politics will NOT have its way. God is faithful to his covenants. God will not allow His remnant, set aside for holy purposes past, present, and future to be lost in the crush of nations. The Jews will maintain their identity as a unique and inspiring people group and no force of hell will succeed in wiping them out.

Filled with fear and dread, knowing that his is the weaker alliance, Ahaz is issued an invitation. He is told to pray and ask God for a sign. But Ahaz will not risk such vulnerability. He is set on a course of action and will not be proven wrong. What if the sign God gives is not what he wants to hear? In refusing to risk he rejects the call of his conscience to repent and ask forgiveness, seeking God's will and even God's protection.

I cannot but draw a parallel between our current government power-brokers and Ahaz

Do we have enough laws? I believe so! Do we have too many ill informed politicians jumping through hoops to the beat of special interests, betraying their sworn covenant to every American they represent? Yes we do! Blind, unwilling to risk honesty, determined not to weigh the measure of their own actions they cling to the masthead of a sinking ship whose many weaknesses they helped create. Holding on to false imagery is a sin, both a personal and corporate trap. In the end the historical record will speak.

Of Ahaz, in the end, his life was considered a curse.

Then the Lord spoke again to Ahaz, saying, "Ask for a sign for yourself from the Lord your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven" (Isaiah 7: 10, 11). Make it one or the other; claim life or death, light or darkness. This choice fueled by will, satanically influenced, angelically protected; this moment of accountability arrives at every doorstep many times over in the course of a life.

This challenge by Isaiah  (Isaiah 7: 10, 11) is the very last opportunity God affords King Ahaz to reverse his plans.  God now removes his hand of blessing from Ahaz. There will be no more chances.  Like many people he is spiritually deaf and blind; unaware that a predetermined time has been set that will snatch him from life as he knows it; the final consequence coming at the end of a long road. 

This is how it happened.  Jehovah God told Isaiah: go out to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub. The boys name means; a remnant will survive. Isaiah sends Ahaz a message to meet him outside the city gates away from the trappings of kingship in circumstances he is more likely to feel Godly conviction. 

The great prophet, often an irritant to Ahaz, introduces his son. This is my son, A Remnant Will Survive; the name itself being the kernel of the message God desires Ahaz to grasp. It is God and not man that determines the fate of nations. Though you, Ahaz, are an earthly king you will not consign my people to annihilation. The Hebrew people are my much beloved remnant, instruments of divine fulfillment, partakers of my covenant.
In the midst of delivering this prophetic warning that Ahaz will be utterly destroyed if he doesn't repent and reverse his plans, Isaiah gives us a poignant image of the Messiah as a toddler. And later, seeking understanding for this prophecy, Isaiah will be inspired by the Holy Spirit to write Isaiah chapter 53 and Isaiah 9: 6, 7 which reads:

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God. There shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore.

So... what was the grievous sin of Ahaz that defined his rule and stripped him personally of power? Moreover, he burned incense in the valley of the Ben-hinnom and burned his sons in fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had driven out before the sons of Israel. He sacrificed and burned incense on the high places, on the hills and under every green tree (2nd Chronicles 28: 3, 4).

His personal sins were pervasive and, as is true with all evil people, he wanted his perversions condoned as normal. Under his kingship the government sanctioned the sacrifice of innocent, helpless children to a horrid, painful death in homage to a satanic system of belief which masqueraded as something else.

The demonic power behind this same system of belief is alive and thriving today; embodied in the practice of abortion. Moreover, though Ahaz himself was a Jew, his rule threatened the survival of the Jewish people from whom the Messiah would be born.  It is via faithful Jews by whose efforts we have the scriptures today and through whom Revelation events will be profoundly influenced.

In the vile atmosphere of pagan practices and worship there was a corporate stripping away of Jehovah-God's presence from Hebrew life which desensitized moral and ethical standards. Under Ahaz's rule the two reasons (practices) by which nations are deposed occurred.
  • The threat of assimilation by pagan nations / equates to persecution of the Jews
  • Corporate Baby killing
The message to Ahaz went like this. For before the Child (Jesus) knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread of will be deserted (forsaken) (Isaiah 7: 16). And also written during the reign of Ahaz: Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5: 20).

Ahaz compromised his principals to the extent that in the end he had none. He was so disrespected by his own people that he was denied burial in the Royal cemetery. Read 2nd Chronicles 28: 27.

Proof that children can overcome horrible parentage is found in the life of Ahaz's son, Hezekiah who followed his father as king at the age of twenty five. For a bit of encouragement read 2nd Chronicles, Chapter 29. Hezekiah's mother was Abijah, daughter of Zechariah. As Ahaz was murdering his own sons we can only imagine what brave and desperate lengths Abijah went to protect her baby. Certainly she prayed and begged Jehovah-God for help. God responded and Abijah somehow managed to shield little Hezekiah from such a horrible fate until he was beyond the age deemed an acceptable sacrifice to the demon entity that demanded the cruel and tragic death of babies and children; innocents utterly helpless to defend themselves.

God always holds out to us the gift of hope. Hope realized comes through intimacy with Him, which in turn comes by repentance. ...if My people, who are called by My name, humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2nd Chronicles 7: 14).
 
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  1. I just read "PRETRIB RAPTURE DISHONESTY" while visiting Googleland. Pardon me if I am a little beside myself! Gloria

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