America Cut Off from God?
Before he became President of the United States, then-Senator Barack Obama gave a policy address in which he stated: “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation—at least not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, and a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers” (June 26, 2006).
Many—even most—Americans no longer turn to the God of the Bible in times of crisis and tragedy. Instead, they wonder: “Where was God when 20 children died in the Newtown massacre?” “Where was God during the Columbine school shooting more than a decade ago?” “Where is God when one mass murder after another takes place?”
America seems to be a very different nation than it once was. Once the “arsenal of democracy” and the world’s biggest creditor nation, it is now a debtor nation questioning the long-held values that formed the entire “American way of life.”
Does God have anything to do with the plunge in America’s international power and prestige? What about the remarkable changes in weather patterns—including increasingly serious crop losses and the specter of food rationing? What about the growing drought in America’s Midwest and Southwest that has become so severe that the government is being forced to dynamite portions of the Mississippi River because the water level has become so low that massive barges containing millions of tons of grains and other food stuffs are often unable to navigate this vital waterway? What about the increasing strain on medical facilities—especially with the threat of prophesied disease epidemics on the horizon? What about the record number of massive earthquakes coming closer and closer to America’sshores?
The secular news analysts view all of these growing threats as random, disconnected events with no overall connection. But those of you who truly believe the Bible should realize the real meaning of all these events. You should “connect the dots.” You should realize that as Bible-rejecting judges and legislatures “legalize” even the abominable practice of “men marrying men,” something awful is beginning to overtake the American nation. For a former Bible-believing nation should know better.
How many realize that the American and British-descended peoples have a special responsibility? We are the ones—far more than any other nations—that have translated, published and distributed hundreds of millions of Bibles around the world. We are the people whom the Creator has formerly blessed by granting us the richest parts of the earth, by blessing us with “blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb. The blessings of your father have excelled the blessings of my ancestors, up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. They shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers” (Genesis 49:25–26).
Increasingly, as we turn away from the God of the Bible, the Eternal God will “shake” our nations until our teeth rattle! For we in America—along with the British-descended nations—really are the descendants of the so-called “Lost Ten Tribes of Israel.” And the God who gives us life and breath has predicted these exact events to come on us unless we repent. In an awesome prophecy referring to our time, Almighty God first promised to bless our peoples in every way if we would choose to “observe carefully” all His commandments (Deuteronomy 28:1). He then promised to set us “high above all nations of the earth.” He promised, “You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail” (vv. 12–13). These awesome blessings have come upon the American and British-descended peoples because of our father Abraham’s obedience to God’s commandments, statutes and laws (Genesis 26:3–5).
How were the peoples of England—a comparatively small nation living on an island—even remotely able to gain control over vast nations and continents all over the world? For, at one time, they controlled the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa—and major colonies such as India, Burma and many parts of Africa and the Middle East. Did this all “just happen”? Or was it because Almighty God intervened to keep His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and bless their descendants with such great power even at the time of the end? For God allowed us, together, to win World War I, World War II, the first Gulf War and many other conflicts.
As we have turned away from God and His laws, our victories became more and more difficult, our national prestige in world affairs became less and less and we are no longer the “head and not the tail” as we once were. Now, instead of being the world’s biggest “lender” nation, the United States has become the world’s biggest “borrower.” We have forgotten God’s warning: “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7). More than most of you can even begin to imagine, America will soon become the “servant” of other nations—and it is going to be awful!
As we increasingly despise God’s statutes, He will appoint “terror” and “wasting disease” over us, and slowly but surely “break the pride of your power” (Leviticus 26:16, 19–20). This is now beginning to happen before our very eyes! For the Eternal God clearly stated in one of His statutes, which a majority of modern Americans certainly does despise: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22). Also, in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul was inspired to validate and even magnify this statute of God when he described the so-called “great” philosophers: “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Romans 1:26–28).
Has our so-called “progressive” society progressed so much that—as Paul stated—it does “not like to retain God in their knowledge”? Exactly!
So what lies ahead for you and for all of your loved ones—if we do not truly repent and begin to seek the true God—the God of the Bible? After describing the awesome blessings upon our people listed in Deuteronomy 28:1–14, the great God describes exactly what will happen if we continue to turn our backs on our Creator: “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: ‘Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country. Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out’” (Deuteronomy 28:15–19).
Could this be an inspired description of the increasing slaughter of young people in places like Newtown, Connecticut? Could this be a description of the massive drought occurring in the American Midwest and Southwest? Could this be a description of the coming disease epidemics—epidemics so severe that they will simply overwhelm our medical system? Could this all lead to the total military and financial collapse of America, as Almighty God sends His “rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me”? (v. 20).
God help us to wake up!
For there is still time for millions of our peoples to come to their senses and to be willing to “connect the dots”—and to seek and to obey the God of the Bible. Will you be one who is willing to do this?
As the news commentators and so-called “analysts” describe so many of the events around us, they utterly fail to “connect the dots.” Regarding school shootings, they talk about having more policeman around the schools. They talk about arming the teachers. They talk about having better classes in civics or human relations. But they do not allow themselves to address the actual cause of the problem! In our modern society, we nearly always talk about the symptoms of the horrible things that happen, but we are seemingly blinded from understanding the root cause.
Why? Most people do not like to hear the cause. The truth goes against their modern “progressive” ideology. For it involves a willingness to obey the God of the Bible in a way very few religious leaders are themselves willing to admit or to do! Why are so many so blinded? “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be” (Romans 8:7).
There is plainly a growing antagonism in the minds and hearts of hundreds of millions of “modern” individuals—understandably disappointed or disillusioned by various false religions and ideologies—that has turned them against even considering the possibility that a real God exists and has the authorityto tell us what to do! Put simply, most people are not willing to humbly “listen” to their Creator or His inspired word, the Holy Bible.
Yet the very prophecies that I just cited in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28—and literally scores of other prophecies in your Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments—clearly indicate that people will suffer because they are not willing to obey their Creator! It almost sounds too simple to be true. But, my friends, it is absolutely true—and this truth will soon affect your life as our modern society turns further and further away from God.
When young people—and, indeed, people of all ages—are not taught to properly reverence the Creator God and obey the Ten Commandments as a way of life, their moral and social values will naturally tend to deteriorate more and more with each passing decade. The family increasingly breaks apart and breaks down. Violence and crime become more common. Even people’s willingness to work together for the common good begins to fall apart—just exactly as we today see in the parliaments of Europe and in the U.S. Congress as political leaders seem totally unable to cooperate with one another to come up with sensible solutions to lead our peoples to peace and prosperity.
Again, why? Because the vast majority of people today are cut off from God! They have banished God from their schools, from the public square and—whether you are willing to admit it or not—have even banished the true God and His inspired word from the very churches themselves that profess to be “Christian”! What does it mean to be “Christian”? Christ Himself taught: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4). Yet many do not like to admit that when He taught this, the “New Testament” was not yet in existence! Jesus was stating plainly that the “Old Testament” was also the word of God to be obeyed! Jesus Christ came to “magnify the law, and make it honourable” (Isaiah 42:21, KJV).
However, most professing ministers of Jesus Christ have “twisted” His words in a remarkable way so that they are not willing to admit that when Jesus “magnified” the law He did not “do away” with it! When one “magnifies” a thing, one sees it as bigger and more clear—like putting a magnifying glass on a snowflake to show it in all of its variety and beauty. Yet ministers today often teach that Jesus, or later the Apostle Paul—or someone, anyone—“did away” with God’s law! They seem frantic in their desire to somehow come up with a God who demands no obedience to His law! Yet the Jesus Christ of the Bible told His followers again and again—in many different ways—that “if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” And then He began to name some of the Ten Commandments (Matthew 19:17–19).
When Jesus “magnified” the commandments in the Sermon on the Mount, He stated: “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19). To what commandments was He referring? In magnifying the Ten Commandments, Jesus stated: “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27–28). Jesus was clearly talking about one of the Ten Commandments—the one against committing adultery. So, did He “do away” with that commandment? Obviously not! For He made it even more binding by saying that if a man even “looks at a woman to lust for her” he has already committed adultery with her in his heart! How clear!
Today’s “learned” theologians constantly imply that the Apostle Paul somehow “did away” with God’s law. But Paul did no such thing! Rather, he wrote: “Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters” (1 Corinthians 7:19).
Yes, “keeping the commandments of God” is what really matters—to individuals and to society as a whole. If we would genuinely repent and be willing to let the God of the Bible into our churches, our schools and our entire society, we would begin to teach children from their very youth an entire way of life based on the Ten Commandments—which describe how to love God and how to love neighbor.
If we would do this, so many other actions—providing more policemen at school, putting hundreds of thousands of men and women in prisons at the expense of billions of our tax dollars, and all the other “stupid stuff” we have to do because we break our Creator’s laws—would be totally unnecessary. For your own Bible clearly explains, from beginning to end, that those people and those societies willing to obey the Ten Commandments of God are blessed. After explaining the commandments about adultery and murder (James 2:11), the Apostle James goes on to instruct Christians: “So speak and so do as those who will judged by the law of liberty” (v. 12). Yes, the Ten Commandments, if observed, would indeed give us “liberty” from crime, violence, rape, mistreatment of women and children, war, graft and greed—and from enormous sums spent on imprisoning criminals!
God has revealed through inspired Scripture that, when the entire world starts keeping the Ten Commandments upon Christ’s return, peace and blessings will permeate the earth. The prophet Micah describes this soon-coming era: “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it. Many nations shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and rebuke strong nations afar off; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken” (Micah 4:1–4).
Notice that peace will be the result of the law going out from Zion, and that everyone affected by this prophecy shall “sit under his vine and under his fig tree.” For prosperity and individual freedom and peace of mind will certainly be the prevailing way of life—all based on God’s spiritual law, which tells us how to love God and how to love our neighbor.
In describing this coming time of Christ’s rule—a time governed by obedience to the Ten Commandments—God describes the blessings people will receive as they are released from captivity: “Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs” (Isaiah 61:7). Yes, God wants all human beings to experience “everlasting joy”—but we must be willing to learn the way to that joy. That way is not according to “human reason” and human vanity, but rather is based on a willingness to obey the way of life outlined clearly by our Creator in His inspired word.
Again, most people today do not like this. For they have been “blinded” by the invisible power of Satan the Devil, who—as your Bible clearly states again and again—“deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). However, hundreds of thousands of you reading this article may be willing to become un-deceived. May God help us to sincerely “listen” and to seek the God of the Bible and be willing to do what He says. This, my friends, is the ultimate reality!
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God inspired the Apostle James to tell us, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22). May God help you to be a “doer” of His inspired word, and so have your mind opened to the real meaning of life, the meaning of all these prophetic events beginning to occur around us and the way by which you may fulfill God’s purpose and have your part in Jesus Christ’s soon-coming world government. “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:10–11).