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The Battle Hymn of the Republic and The Harbinger
About 150 years ago, Julia Ward Howe wrote a patriotic and prophetic song the Battle Hymn of the Republic regarding the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to wreak judgment upon America. Then recently in 2012, Rabbi Pastor Jonathan Cahn, in his New York Times best seller book The Harbinger, wrote also of the coming judgment upon America similar to that of ancient Israel more than 2500 years ago. We will look into both the song and the book to learn of why America is under judgment and why God will deal so harshly with America.
The Once Great- America the Beautiful
Not too long ago within the past 70 years since WWII, America was the greatest nation that ever graced this earth. America was an agricultural, economic, commercial, financial, and industrial Superpower! America was a nation greatly blessed by God, a Christian nation that stood out like ‘a city set on a hill’ Mt5:14, with all her glory and majesty shining brightly in every direction! America was the richest nation in the world, had the greatest economy, the strongest military, the financial capitol of the world, a world-class industrial nation, with many people seeking to immigrate to America for a better life in ‘the land of golden opportunity and of freedom’. America was rich in its soil and natural resources, gold and silver, and other precious minerals. America was a Creditor nation, financing the growth of many other nations. There was No Nation Ever Like America. Patriotic songs such as America, the Beautiful, and God Bless America, so well epitomized her greatness, her beauty, her prosperity, and the richness of her land. Ps33:12 states ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance’. This was all so very true for the once great, America, the Beautiful!
In all of recorded history, there has never been a nation like America, so blessed and so greatly endowed by God. America was settled by a people seeking religious and political freedom from the oppressive religious and feudal systems of old Europe. Later people from other lands came to America for the economic opportunities she afforded. People found God in America and the freedom to worship Him. America is blessed with many natural resources, water, and food. America is secured from invasion by two large oceans, the Pacific and the Atlantic on either side protecting her, and friendly neighbors Canada to the North, and Mexico to the South. Like ancient Israel, America was also a nation founded under God as evident in her historical documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Before the 1776 revolutionary war, in defiance to King George III of England, the slogan ‘No king but Jesus’ was coined. Jesus used to be ‘Lord of America’, but not anymore. God warned King Solomon in a dream, ‘If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble them-selves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land ..But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments ..and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them..’ 2Ch7:14,19. Like ancient Israel, these verses ring equally true for America. Our foundational roots are now being plucked up because of our leaders! God was once the God of America, but not any longer!
Why Is America Under Judgment?
America has rejected God and is no longer a Christian nation. America is now a diverse and divided nation of people, cultures, and religions. The US Gov’t and many of its leaders are obviously anti-God, anti-Bible, and anti-Christ. They have expelled God out of our culture by removing prayer and the Bible from our schools, governments, military, and public places. They have removed the 10 commandments from our courthouses and some have sought to remove God from the Pledge of Allegiance. Many large cities, like Chicago, Detroit, Camden, East St. Louis, New Orleans and Oakland are now infested with youth gangs, drugs and crime. Homosexuality is legal and widespread due to the removal of sodomy laws in all states in 2003. Pornography is rife and ubiquitous.
The United States of Sodom and Gomorrah
Recently in his 2013 inaugural speech, the US president spoke of advancing ‘gay rights’ in America. Gay rights are now permeating our entire society- in our government, our military, our schools, our churches, and now even in the Boy Scouts of America. Some church denominations, such as the Episcopal churches have allowed gay ministers, and conduct gay marriages. The National Cathedral in Wash. D.C. is a good example! Already 21 of 50 states allow for same sex marriages or civil unions!
Though America has changed, GOD WILL NEVER CHANGE Mal 3:6! As God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for the practice of sodomy, He will surely do the same to America. Ge19:24,25 state ‘Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire.. out of heaven; and he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground’. Here is the background of the Battle Hymn that speaks of the soon demise of the American Republic:
The Battle Hymn of the Republic- a Prophetic Hymn of the End of America
The Battle Hymn of the Republic written 150 years ago, is not only a patriotic, but a prophetic hymn of what will happen to America. The words were written by Julia Ward Howe, a poet and a seer in 1861 during the American Civil War, while visiting the Union Army camp on the Potomac River near Wash. D.C. It was sung to a very catchy tune she heard the soldiers singing about ‘John Brown’s Body’. Brown was hung, being an abolitionist who led an insurrection to free the slaves. Early one morning she was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic. It was more than an inspiration, as the Holy Spirit dictated her every word. Howe said she could hardly write it down fast enough, “I scrawled the verses almost without looking at the paper.”
In 1861 at the time of the writing of of this hymn, the survival of the American Republic was in question. America, as a Nation, was in grave danger of splitting and dissolving. The Union Army had suffered a number of military setbacks and needed inspiration for their fighting. It was then the darkest hour of the young American Republic! The hymn was quickly adopted by the North, as a rallying song of Divine guidance and support for their cause against slavery and for justice! It soon became a very popular patriotic song especially with the Union Army- ♫ ‘Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His Truth Is Marching On.’ ♫
The Battle Hymn of the Republic is an Apocalyptic hymn with a millennial meaning attached to it. It spoke of seeing the Glory of the Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ Mt24:30. It told of the coming judgment upon the American Republic. Why was it called The Battle Hymn of the Republic? Who was fighting who? The hymn was a song of an America divided, in a bitter war over the issue of slavery; North against South, Brothers fighting against Brothers, killing and destroying each other! It spoke of God’s final righteous anger and vengeance upon a wicked and unrighteous people, the haters of Truth and of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ will wield His terrible swift sword of judgment against the evils of men. Re19:15 states ‘And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God’, and Je25:30; ‘He will thunder from His holy dwelling and roar mightily against His land. He will shout like those who tread the grapes, shout against all who live on earth’.
America’s day of judgment is soon coming, as God’s Truth is marching on. Jesus warned ‘Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:5. This prophetic song is all about Jesus Christ, about His fierce judgment upon endtime America, about Jesus’ 2nd Coming, and about His Glory and Praise! The refrain ‘Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!’ speaks of Jesus Christ returning triumphantly to earth, judging everyone with His Truth!
♫ Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored,
He has loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword
His truth is marching on.
♫ I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps
His day is marching on.
♫ I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnish`d rows of steel,
As ye deal with My contemners, So with you My grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel
Since God is marching on.
♫ He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.
♫ In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
♫ He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honor to the brave;
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of wrong His slave,
Our God is marching on.
♫ Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His Truth is marching on. ♫
A Further Biblical Interpretation of the Battle Hymn of the Republic
The Battle Hymn of the Republic speaks of the end of the American Republic. America’s days are numbered. God has weighed America in the balances, and it is found wanting Da5:27. Jesus is returning visibly in great glory Mt24:30, to deal out His great anger and wrath on a corrupt, immoral, ungrateful, and an unrighteous nation and people- the despisers of His Truth, and the despisers of Him (My contemners). Ps24:8 states ‘Who is this KING of GLORY? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle’. Jesus came to save the world Jn3:16, but America, a once favored nation, has rejected and forsaken Him. Jesus, the Word of God, will judge and smite America and also the rest of the world with His terrible sharp and swift sword Re19:13,15.
Jesus is: ‘the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel’. This is a prophecy God gave Adam in the Garden of Eden, that Jesus would crush Satan’s head with His heel Ge3:15, and Satan will be defeated Re20:2. The battle trumpet will sound, and we will all then appear before Christ’s judgment seat 2Co5:10. Jesus died for our sins to make us holy Ro5:8. Finally, as the glory of the morning breaks out over the mountains Joel2:20, so will the glory of Jesus Christ be at His coming.
The day will come when Jesus will be on His Throne and the world will be His footstool Ac7:49! The Bible declares ‘Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth’ Ps96:11-13. In short, this apocalyptic hymn is about the 2nd coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, about His righteous judgment upon America, the end of the present world, and about Jesus returning to establish His own kingdom and His Truth on the earth!
The Harbinger Speaks- Warning and Judgment to America
In his intriguing book, The Harbinger, a New York Times best seller, prophet and watch- man Pastor Rabbi Jonathan Cahn parallels ancient Israel’s downfall and severe judgment by God, as soon to befall America, a nation whose leaders and people have turn their backs on God. Cahn cites what the prophet Isaiah wrote of Israel’s arrogance and defiance when God dealt with them, when the Assyrians invaded them in 723 BC. Instead of repenting for their national sins of idolatry and immorality, and seeking God’s forgiveness and help in rebuilding their land, the Israelites were determined to rebuild a better and stronger nation, albeit without God’s help! In revealing Israel’s pride and defiant attitude, Is9:10 states ‘The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars’. Israel stated they will rebuild a stronger and better nation but without the need of God and to repent! Cahn likened America today to ancient Israel. After the 911 terrorist attacks and the fall of the World Trade Center twin towers in New York City on Sep. 11, 2001, America did not repent for long, but instead America continued to rebel against God, expelling Him from its schools, government, states, military, culture, political and public life, even to this day!
Strangely, right after the 911 attack, and over the years, two national leaders and Pres. Obama in 2009, quoted the similar words of Isaiah as in Is9:10. They all said ‘WE WILL REBUILD’ not knowing how prophetic their words were, as in the Old Testament. Like ancient Israel, the leaders said America will rebuild and become stronger and greater, but not acknowledging God’s judgment and chastisement! Like fallen Israel, America was equally as arrogant with a defiant spirit, and is heading for a great fall!
Recently, Rabbi Cahn gave the keynote address at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast in Wash. D.C. Rabbi Cahn told the vast audience that there is a greater power than that of the President or the Congress of the United States. It is ALMIGHTY GOD, and unless we acknowledge God and return to Him, God will destroy America like He did ancient Israel. But ironically on that Same Day, in sharp contrast to Cahn calling America to repentance, Pres. Obama in his 2nd inaugural speech said he would be advancing ‘gay rights’ in America.
On page 206 The Harbinger, Cahn stated that the Saint Paul’s Chapel was where America was first consecrated and dedicated to God on Apr. 30, 1789 in NEW YORK CITY. Coincidentally and strangely, it was also the exact location as ‘GROUND ZERO’ of the 911 terrorist attack 212 years later, the church owning the large property then! At a memorial service for the many 911 victims, on Sep. 14, 2001 at Saint Paul’s Chapel, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, which speaks of God’s judgment, was sung there! The ground of America’s Consecration to God had become the ground of the Destruction of America’s Financial and Economic power- the collapse of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center!
Pr 14:34 declares ‘Righteousness exalteth a NATION: but sin is a reproach to any people’. Financially, America is now the WORLD’S GREATEST DEBTOR NATION; is BROKE and also BROKEN! America is now under God’s judgment, and unless she repents, the American Republic will soon collapse dismally, for her arrogance, immorality, and the sins of her leaders and people!
The Exceptionality of Superstorm Sandy
Hurricane Sandy was an exceptional tropical storm in many ways and respects. As she moved north across Jamaica and Cuba and into the Bahamas, Sandy was truly a late season hurricane with the hurricane season officially ending on Nov 30. Generally, late season developing hurricanes are not so intense in size and wind speeds, and they tend to dissipate more quickly as they head north into cooler waters. Only warm tropical waters can sustain the integrity of a strong hurricane, so it was just ‘a surprising coincidence’ that the 27C or 80F degrees warm water needed in the Gulf Stream was found so far north off the New Jersey coastline to sustain Sandy’s strength. It was unusual for Hurricane Sandy to have kept her integrity as a tropical system, but she did. Sandy, as she approached closer to the US coastline became a unique and unusual hybrid storm, and as a result was renamed Superstorm Sandy, a ‘freak storm’ with a small tropical hurricane morphed into a much larger developing winter low over the East Coast, intensified by warm moist air moving in from the south!
Superstorm Sandy was unusually large in size, with its 90 mph destructive winds, and widespread heavy rains extending 1000 miles across, and affecting 21 of the 48 contiguous states! Sandy also produced heavy early snowfall, as much as 3 ft along her western periphery over the Appalachians, and the Great Lakes region. Sandy had an extremely low central pressure of about 943 mb near Atlantic City, which is unusually low for that region. Generally speaking, the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm winds are! Long open ocean swells generated by Superstorm Sandy’s strong easterly winds, produced unusually high surf and storm surges over a large area from Cape Cod through RI, CT, NY, NJ, MD, VA, and the NC shorelines, and brought much salt water flooding far inland over low-lying areas. A full moon also caused tides to be 20% higher than normal, and thus emphasizing the already very destructive storm surges much further inland! Record storm surges up to 15 feet were recorded along exposed shorelines! Many homes were damaged or destroyed, either by the wave action along the coasts, heavy rain flooding, strong winds, falling trees, or by fires caused by downed power lines and broken natural gas lines. Roadways, subway stations, and rail tunnels were flooded with brackish water and rendered unusable in New York, in a transportation system used by 8.5 million people daily. Fire destroyed 110 homes in a borough of Queens in New York, and lower Manhattan lost power and was darkened for several days.
The resulting brackish salt water far inland is very corrosive to cars and to all electrical equipment of the transportation and subway systems. Normally flood damages are not covered by insurance, so later there will be a big battle with the now beleaguered property/casualty insurance industry whether a shoreline property was wind damaged or flood damaged by the ocean waves. The 1938 New England Hurricane over Long Island and at Bridgeport and Providence had many similarities to Superstorm Sandy, both being very intense in a blocking High pattern, hooking northwestward into the south coastal region of New England. Many people drowned or were shot by police and National Guardsmen while looting stores during the Great Depression. Nearly 1000 people lost their lives in that storm.
Bottomline, Superstorm Sandy was an unusually severe, large, and late hurricane season, ‘freak monster’ storm, impacting close to 100 million people in 40% of the states in the US. So far, over 115 people were reported dead in the US, and about 70 elsewhere. About 20,000 flights were cancelled, surface transportation grounded to a halt with flooded roadways and tunnels, and power outages to over 8 million households or about 25 million people. Many cities were shutdown with people unable to get to work, and schools closed! Thousands were trapped in floodwaters unable to travel or stuck without elevator service, and many suffered in the cold weather without heat and power. A severe gasoline shortage developed due to short supplies or pumps being inoperative, with cars lined up for miles and hours. In some places, there were looting and rioting among the desperate people. Many people were hungry without food and water.
The misery, mess, and devastation are heartbreaking. Presently, over 30,000 people are now without housing, and there is a great need for someplace for them to stay! The problems caused by Superstorm Sandy will last for many months, even as Hurricane Katrina did so in New Orleans in 2005! Businesses in retail sales, restaurants, shops, hotels, tourism, and entertainment will suffer great losses. Insurance companies will also be hard hit! And for the US Federal Reserve Bank to step in now will require the printing of even more money, further exacerbating our over $16 trillion national debt, a problem that Congress could never control! Though many people will be needed for cleanup in the aftermath of this storm, unemployment will also soar. Superstorm Sandy was truly a monster storm visiting destruction upon America, spoiling everything in her deadly path. Thus far, Sandy may prove to be the costliest storm ever in America with damages amounting to over $100 billion when all the numbers are finally tallied.
The Spiritual Significance of Superstorm Sandy- God’s Judgment Upon America
Proverbs 14:34 states ‘Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people’. That Superstorm Sandy was a unique hybrid and exceptional storm is well accepted in scientific circles. But while some scientists claim that it was a storm caused by global warming due to the excessive burning of fossil fuel, it does not explain why Superstorm Sandy happened just then in late October; where it would strike, and why it became such an intense and huge storm, instead of just weakening! There is a more spiritual and supernatural reason for Superstorm Sandy- God’s wrath upon our land, for it is God who controls the weather, the tides, the moon, the stars, and holds the whole world in His hands.
In the Bible, about 4000 years ago, God made a covenant with Abraham, and told him that He would make Abraham a great nation, and would ‘bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee..’ Ge12:2,3. God revealed Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Ex3:15, De6:10. God later changed Jacob’s name to Israel, meaning ‘a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed’ Ge32:28. Since there is no nation called Abraham or Isaac, Israel is that nation that God said He would make great, and bless those that bless her, and curse him that curse her. It is established that blessing comes to a nation who supports Israel, and curses to those who reject Israel. The Bible is very clear on this matter! Israel will always prevail over her many enemies, for God will always fight for Israel Zech14:3!
Superstorm Sandy- America’s Curse for the Rejection of Israel
America is under God’s curse because of our leadership’s rejecting Israel! In order to stop Iran’s development of their nuclear weapons, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently sought the political support of America in drawing a ‘harder red line’ against Iran, to halt their plans for further nuclear development! Pres. Obama not only refused to do so, but also snubbed Netanyahu who wanted to meet with him while visiting the United Nations in New York on 27 Sep 2012. To further exacerbate the issue, Obama had authorized $1.5 billion financial aid to Egypt, who recently threatened to march on and take Jerusalem. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi both had called for the annihilation of Israel. Because of America’s disdain for Israel, our lack of support of Israel, and our support of her enemies, America has incurred the wrath of God, and God created a very special storm, Superstorm Sandy, to chasten and humble us! Significantly also, Sandy was spawned in the Caribbean during the 3rd presidential debate on 22 Oct 2012, while the two leaders discussed US policies toward Israel and Iran!
Superstorm Sandy- the Handwriting of God
Much like the mysterious handwriting on the wall during the days of the prophet Daniel, Superstorm Sandy had the signature of God written all over her. America was ‘weighed in the balances and found wanting’ Da5:22! God spoke from heaven and delivered a very powerful message for America- His displeasure with our treatment of Israel. It is the finger of God that had brought judgment to America in a superstorm of His own making- to chasten and punish us for not heeding His warnings about Israel, and for forsaking Him and rejecting His ways. There has never been such a cataclysmic storm of such apocalyptic proportions in America as Superstorm Sandy, so widespread in destruction, affecting over a third of the states in the US. But God specially concocted a special storm to show His disdain for our mistreatment of Israel. Besides lives lost, the economic damage to America will run in the billions of dollars to many states already hard pressed financially, and some may never recover! (Please see blogs America in Decline and Under God’s Judgment and Israel’s Role in the Endtimes).
Jeremiah- a Prophet of Judgment to America
God used His servants the prophets to declare His judgment upon the people. Amos3:7 declares ‘Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets’. A prophet represents God, and brings God’s message to the people. A prophet urges people to repent, to turn to God, and calls people to holiness and righteousness. A true prophet is often despised and people feel they can do without him. Jeremiah was such a prophet. Before Jeremiah was born, God called and sanctified him to be a prophet to the nations of the world Je1:5. A study of the book of Jeremiah reveals the judgment and destruction not only upon the land of Judah, but against ‘all the nations‘ including America Je25:13. Jeremiah also said the judgment is ’for the latter days’ Je23:20. We are certainly living in the last days. God put His words in Jeremiah’s mouth Je1:9. ‘And I will bring upon that land all my words which I have pronounced.. all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations’ Je25:13. Jeremiah spoke of judgment and desolation ‘..the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant’ Je4:7.
God’s Judgment By Hurricanes- the FURY OF GOD
Jeremiah spoke of a ‘CONTINUING WHIRLWIND’- a hurricane to visit our lands. Je30:23 states ‘Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in Fury, a Continuing Whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked’. Je25:32 says ‘Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised upfrom the coasts of the earth’. Jer23:19,20 state ‘Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in Fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the LORD shall not return , until he has executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly’. Here we are told that God is angry against the wicked, and with the nations, and He will send a grievous continuing whirlwind to chasten us; that we should consider this PERFECTLY in the last days! We are living in the last days before Jesus returns. Superstorm Sandy was such a storm that the prophet Jeremiah warned about! But there will be more to come as America and the world plunge into greater wickedness and debauchery!
Past Rejection of Israel and Past Judgment
Israel is God’s prophetic time clock. Significant events in Israel tell us how close we are to the end of this age. Here are a few more scriptures regarding God’s attitude toward His chosen nation Israel. Earlier it was stated that there is a curse on any nation that comes against Israel. Israel is the apple of God’s eye! Zec2:8 states ‘..he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye’. Ps121:4 states ‘He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep’. Ps122:6 tells ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee’. God will defend, deliver, and preserve Jerusalem Is31:5. In his book, ‘Eye to Eye – Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel (see video)’, William Koenig documented that whenever the US applied major pressure on Israel to divide her land, major catastrophes would occur within days to our shores. In 2004, major pressure by Pres. George W. Bush to divide Israel’s covenant land, and to advocate the eviction of the Jews from the West Bank and Gaza settlements ignited an extraordinary chain of events, culminating in the powerful devastation of Florida by four hurricanes. Four powerful hurricanes slammed into the state of Florida. First it was Hurricane Charley, then Frances, then Ivan, and then Hurricane Jeanne. In Sep 2005, Hurricane Katrina, a then category 3 storm of about 120 mph with stronger gusts, caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas; mainly due to high storm surges. It also leveled the city of New Orleans, causing over 1800 deaths. It was then the costliest natural disaster recorded in the US at around $80 billion. Koenig conjectured that the destruction by Hurricane Katrina was caused by the US administration trying to force then Israel prime minister Ariel Sharon to vacate the West Bank settlement in Israel. In 2002, Pres. Bush was the first president to explicitly call for an independent Palestinian State, an affront to God’s word, and a betrayal to Israel’s integrity!
America’s Disastrous Gulf Oil Spill of 2010
On Apr 19, 2010 Israel celebrated its INDEPENDENCE DAY. Also that same day, Pres. Obama announced that the US will no longer automatically exercise veto powers whenever any ANTI-ISRAEL resolution arises for a vote in the UN Security Council. This was a major US policy shift against Israel’s 62 years existence. The next day, on Apr 20, 2010, a fiery explosion on the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 people and caused a mega oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 40 miles off Louisiana. It took over 75 days to contain the problematic massive oil spill, striking the Louisiana coasts and West Florida coast. According to Pres. Obama, the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill then was the greatest environmental disaster America had ever faced, costing over $20 billion in damages. The BP ‘busted pipeline’ a mile beneath the ocean, caused considerable damage to the ecosystem, environment, and our economy. Much wildlife was killed, including birds, mammals like sea otters and whales, fish, shrimp, crabs, etc. The oil spill and the chemical dispersants used polluted the ocean and affected our entire food chain. Pristine beaches were spoiled, and the nearby marshes polluted. There was a great loss of jobs and income among oil workers, fishermen, shrimpers, cannery workers, truckers; in restaurants, tourism, shops, hotels, shippers; creating a recession there. Property values fell sharply and business slowed by 80% in some areas. Also since becoming president in 2009, Obama has distanced, isolated, and marginalized Israel, and has publicly humiliated Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu. He has also encouraged and supported Israel’s enemies!
In conclusion, no man or nation is greater than God Almighty, who sees and controls the affairs of all mankind. Superstorm Sandy was not just a coincidence of nature or of global warming, but a direct consequence of an angry God against America for rejecting the nation of Israel- for rejecting Him and for forsaking His ways. Superstorm Sandy was just a warning of more evil to come to America unless we repent! America is truly in decline, and under God’s judgment. Our only hope is to REPENT of our sins, RETURN to God, and REMAIN with God Ez3:17-21. Otherwise, like past great nations, America will be just a footnote in the history of mankind!
America in Decline and Under God’s Judgment Part II Conclusion
As some of us enjoyed the 4th of July Independence Day with its picnics, barbeques, and fireworks, a good part of the America is suffering with wildfires, power outages including our nation’s Capitol, heat waves, and misery.
Deuteronomy chapter 28- God’s Warning of National Curses
These are the curses Moses wrote about should the nation of Israel disobey God’s Word: ‘But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee’ De28:15. They shall be cursed in the city, in the field, in their food supplies, and not be fruitful. Nothing would go right with them. There would be troubles, and rebukes in all that they do, and they will be destroyed and perish quickly because of their wickedness of forsaking God. The Lord would bring pestilence and consume them off the land. He would smite them with a consumption and sickness; with the sword, with blasting and mildew. Thy heaven shall be brass and the earth shall be iron; their prayers will not be answered and God will not help them. Drought and dust will set in when the rain ceases. The Lord will allow their enemies to overcome them. They will be in deep confusion, madness, blinded, and not prosper. They shall be oppressed and spoiled. Their wives shall be abused by other men; homes stolen from them. They shall plant a vineyard, but will not enjoy the fruits of their labor. The locusts or others shall consume them. Others shall also take and consume their cattle and sheep. Their sons and daughters shall also go into captivity. They shall be an oppressed and desolate people, be taken into captivity and scattered, and become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword of a once great nation! They shall need to borrow and no longer be the head, but the tail v44. All these curses came upon Israel and will also come upon America!
America, Once the Beautiful is now America the Broken
Perhaps the song America the Beautiful should have been our national anthem, the words being so beautiful. This is the 1st verse:
‘O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties. Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea’.
But this is no longer true! Why is America in such a terrible financial, economical, and moral shape? Our productivity has fallen sharply and many factories are shuttered; the national housing market has collapsed; personal debt is at record levels; banking and corporate failures rife. Over 46 million people are receiving food stamps and over 53% of our college graduates today are either unemployed or under-employed, some with loans exceeding a $100,000. Because of the present recession, over 25 million adults are living at home with their aging parents. Many cities today are now blighted, with increasing street gangs and crime, such as Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland, Kansas City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Newark, Washington D.C, Baltimore, and Oakland. In Detroit, a 3-br home can be purchased for below $10,000. Many municipalities are also running out of money and in sharp deficit. Corporate and personal bankruptcies continue to skyrocket. Since 2008 the housing market has crashed with over 4 million homes foreclosed. Latest gov’t statistics report an 8.2% unemployment rate, but using a former method of calculation, it should be more like 15%. California recently announced a $16 billion deficit for FY2012, revised upward from an earlier $9 billion. The US national debts stand at nearly $16 trillion, while back in 2008 it was less than $10 trillion. America has fought two costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wasting vast amounts of money. These no-win wars have saddled America with huge unrepayable debt. Daily, the US Gov’t spends over $4 billion more than what it receives, with annual deficits nearly $1.5 trillion over the past three years. Today for every dollar America spends, nearly 50 cents is borrowed money with interest added on daily. Presently there is a record heat wave hovering across the US with over 2000 records broken so far this year. Severe thunderstorms have struck the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic states causing fallen trees and power outages affecting 4 million people. Wildfires have also broken out in many places, such that in Colorado Springs over 350 homes have been destroyed so far. Texas is experiencing its worst drought in history, with a once 6000-acre lake completely dried up. America appears forsaken by God and is no longer blessed, with all of her myriad social, economical, financial, and spiritual problems, and making the curses spoken by Moses in Deuteronomy 28 ring very true.
America Under Judgment- Obama Nation
A nation is only as great as its leaders. Pr29:2 states ‘When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn’. If the leaders are righteous, that nation will be blessed. If the leaders are corrupt and evil, that nation will be brought down low. This is also true for any organization, such as a church, a school system, and society in general. This is God’s spiritual principle- do good, live; do evil, perish! The Bible reveals many of God’s judgments on mankind due to violence and corruption. In May 2012 Pres. Obama announced his support of gay marriages. Earlier he declared that he would not defend the federal law passed by Congress in 1996 against gay marriages, DOMA (Defense of the Marriage Act) in federal courts. He also removed the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ rule for the military. Obama said his views have evolved through the influence of his friends and family, such that he now approves of gay marriages. While Obama claims to be a Christian, he has openly praised the Koran and mocked the Holy Bible. Conservative author David Barton’s wrote that Obama is the most biblically hostile president ever in America: http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=106938
In 2008 it was shown that Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright was very harsh against white America, even calling for God to damn her. Before his inauguration, Obama in his travels abroad stated that America is no longer a Christian nation; neither a Muslim nor a Jewish nation. Also Pres. Obama has been soft in his support of the traditional National Day of Prayer began in 1952 by Pres. Truman, not holding a White House ceremony generally in May for this occasion, like his predecessor George W. Bush. But he has recently invited a LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transexuals) coalition to the White House on June 15, 2012, attended by 20 groups to advance their cause. In America, June is Gay Pride month. The Pentagon recently announced they would allow the US military to celebrate it for the first time ever. America is challenging and provoking God, and under her present immoral leadership is quickly becoming like Sodom and Gomorrah!
America’s Freedom at Stake- More Obama Nation; More Judgment Coming
Someone said ‘Today, freedom is taken away by a stroke of a pen; tomorrow, it will be at the end of a gun barrel’. The freedom that we long enjoyed is being eroded by new laws and actions by Congress and the Gov’t. This year the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) was enacted which allows the military to imprison anyone without an arrest warrant, without issuing Miranda rights, without telling you why you are being seized and allowing you access to an attorney; against your constitutional rights, etc., all in the name of fighting terrorism. On March 16, 2012 Pres. Obama issued an executive order called the NDRP (National Defense Resources Preparedness) that allows the Gov’t in a national emergency to confiscate anything that they deemed necessary- food, oil, water, etc. It has recently been revealed that the NSA (National Security Agency) is building a super-spy data center in Utah by Sep 2013, to capture all forms of personal electronic communications, including the contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches; all sorts of personal data trails. The use of spy drones with very powerful cameras in America’s skies is also increasing. It is a ‘total information awareness’ program and a huge invasion of our personal privacy. America’s freedom of information, of privacy, of speech, of religion, of movement, and of property are now at great risk- taken away by a stroke of a pen today, and later by a gun barrel. This is the prelude to the full establishment of the Antichrist system that the Bible revealed in chapter 13 of the book of Revelation. What will happen to America? Obama and many of our leaders today are archetypes of the coming Antichrist 1Jn2:18. Their decisions to support same sex marriage will turn America into a Sodom and Gomorrah and make America ripe for God’s judgment. America is on a fast track to destruction. She has become morally corrupt with sexual perversions, and is financially bankrupt! Every major institution today now suffers malaise- marriages, families, churches, schools, etc. Because we have rejected God and have forsaken His ways as written in the Holy Bible, God will also forsake us! America is certainly in decline and under God’s judgment!
America In Decline and Under God’s Judgment
As we in America celebrate the 4th of July, our Independence Day and our freedom, we need to also understand that America is in decline economically, financially, morally, and spiritually, and is under God’s judgment.
Why Is America Under Judgment?
Have you ever wondered why things are going so bad in America; why we are so broken spiritually and financially? In all of recorded history, there has never been a nation so blessed by God like America. The Bible states ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance’ Ps33:12. This scripture certainly once rang very true for America. America was settled by people seeking religious and political freedom from the oppressive religious, monarchial, and feudal systems of old Europe. Later people from other lands came to America for the economic opportunities she afforded. People found God in America and the freedom to worship Him. America is blessed with many natural resources, food and security- with two large protective oceans on both sides, and friendly neighbors to the north and south. America was a nation under God as evident in our historical documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Before the 1776 revolutionary war, in defiance to King George III of England, the slogan ‘No king but Jesus’ was coined in America. But things have changed. Jesus used to be Lord of America, but not anymore. God spoke to King Solomon in a dream, ‘If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.. But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments.. and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them..’ 2Ch7:14,19. While these scriptures referred to the nation of Israel, they are also applicable to backslidden America, as we will see below.
America has rejected God and forsaken His ways, and is no longer a Christian nation. She has become a diverse nation of cultures and religions, with many false gods- hedonism, money and corruption. The US Gov’t and Congress have deliberately shown their disdain for God. Over the past 50 years the Christian biblical influence in America’s culture has greatly waned, almost to the extent of extinction. America has become increasing anti-God. We have kicked God out by removing prayers and the Bible from our public schools; some sought to remove God from our Pledge of Allegiance and from our coinage. We have removed the 10 Commandments from the US courthouses. Since 1973, nearly 50 million babies have been killed in legalized abortion. Pornography runs rampant. Homosexuality is widespread due to the removal of sodomy laws against it. Six states have already passed laws allowing same-sex marriages, and 11 states have accepted civil unions, including Hawaii. Some denominations, such as the Evangelical Lutheran, Episcopal, Presbyterian, and the UCC churches, have allowed for some gay ministers to conduct gay marriages. God does not change Mal3:6. As God had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for the practice of sodomy, He will surely do the same to America. Pr14:34 states ‘Righteousness exalteth a nation: but a sin is a reproach to any people’.
America’s Deliberate War Against God and the Holy Bible
If the above was not bad enough, it appears that America and her liberal leaders are also in a deliberate war against God, fighting against the godly principles that once made us the greatest nation on earth. By their actions, America is warring against and provoking God. Prayers of invocation in the name of Jesus Christ during official assemblies have been challenged, discouraged, and in some places disallowed. America’s apparent war against God can readily be seen recently in the US military and other Gov’t agencies, where military chaplains are forbidden to invoke the name of Jesus, crosses removed in chapels and places of worship, and attempted restrictions of Bibles in military hospitals, all backed by our present administration. The same is also happening at the state level, where in Hawaii and elsewhere, invocations in the name of Jesus have been disallowed in the legislatures. Anti-Christian sentiments are rising such that soon there will be laws enacted that will prohibit us from expressing our faith. Ps2:1,2,4 state ‘Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed.. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision (contempt)’. From these verses we see that our gov’t leaders- the president, congressmen, and justices are openly warring against God, and His anointed, Jesus Christ. They will not succeed, but be held in contempt by God. They will be judged severely, but they will also bring down God’s judgment and destruction upon America.
America Weighed in God’s Balance and Found Wanting Dan5:27; National Righteousness and National Sins
The Bible has much to say about national righteousness and national sins. Simply, if we follow after righteousness, we will live; if not, we will all perish. The Bible is replete with many examples of kingdoms and nations falling since the time of Adam. Beginning with the great flood in Noah’s day when all but eight people perished, the fall of the tower of Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah due to gross perversion and homosexuality, the 40 years wandering of the children of Israel because of unbelief, to the breaking up of Israel into two kingdoms because of Solomon’s sins of idolatry, to the going into separate captivity of both Israel and Judah for wickedness and idolatry, to the destruction of Jerusalem because of the killing of Jesus and the prophets Mt23:37,38, God will also severely judge America for her sins of corruption and idolatry. Ps33:12 states ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD..’, but Ps9:17 states ‘The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God’. If we, the people, collectively fear and obey God, then God will bless us as a nation. But if not, then our nation would be cursed and be turned into hell. Jesus said ‘.. except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:3,5!
Deuteronomy chapter 28- God’s Conditional Blessings
Deuteronomy chapter 28 details God’s blessings and curses upon Israel that are also applicable to America. We will look at where America is heading for in light of these scriptures. Moses wrote ‘And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God’ vs1,2. Moses said ‘Blessed will they be in the city and in the field; the ground would be fruitful, and also the cattle and the sheep, the wheat and the grains’; everything they do will be blessed, including ‘their coming in and their going out’. He said that God will fight against their enemies who attack them, and will scatter them in seven directions. Their land will be blessed and their storehouses will be full. They will be a holy people, separated unto God by keeping His commandments, and walking in His ways. The world would acknowledge that God is for them, and thus shall be afraid of them. They shall be prosperous, and shall have rain in due season. They shall lend unto many nations, and not borrow v12! The Lord thy God shall make them the head and not the tail; above and not beneath if they obey Him and not depart from His words, and go after other gods vs13,14. This certainly once described America, but sadly this is not so today!