For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in all unrighteousness. [Romans 1:18]*
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, will inherit the kingdom of God. [1 Corinthians 6:9-10]
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! [Isaiah 5:20-21]
When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people, who are called by My Name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. [2 Chronicles 7:13-14]
Is it a coincidence that since early June of this year, when Barack Obama, using the bully pulpit of his office, announced his support for the legitimization of homosexual relationships, along with his repeated courting of the Moslem world and his jilting of Israel, over half of the nation has been experiencing the worst drought since the dust bowl days of the 1930s?
While there are those who insist that God does not judge nations for their sins in this economy of grace, I would disagree.
Consider the history of Great Britain for example. That country led the world in foreign mission enterprises from the seventeenth century until the end of the nineteenth century. By the end of the nineteenth century, the saying was that the sun never set on the British Empire. Now the British Empire is relegated to one main island [Great Britain] the surrounding smaller islands [such as the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Man, and the Orkneys off the coast of Scotland], and six counties of the Emerald Isle [Ulster].
The downfall of the British Empire began with the Armistice ending WWI. Because the Ottoman Empire ruling Turkey had sided with the Austrio-Hungarian Empire and Germany, it lost much of its territory. Syria and Lebanon became French Protectorates, while the countries now known as Israel and Jordan became British Protectorates.
During the war, the British military had a munitions problem. They could not manufacture gunpowder because the acetone required for the process was unavailable. Chaim Weizmann had developed a process for manufacturing acetone through a bacterial fermentation process. When asked to name his reward, he requested a homeland for the Jewish people—specifically, their ancient homeland of Israel. The Balfour Declaration was issued by the British government in 1917 in support of this request.
History shows that subsequent to its issuance of the Balfour Declaration, the British government then reneged on the agreement. It severely limited the number of Jewish people allowed to resettle in Israel. The British military stationed in Israel provided only token protection to the Jewish population against Moslem depredations.
When the British Mandate ended following WWII, the British opposed the partitioning of the Protectorate into Jordan and Israel, but abstained from using its Security Council veto in the UN. In a move which can only be described as treachery on a level with the betrayal of the colonial forces to the British by Benedict Arnold, the British government began supplying armaments and British military advisors to the Arab League immediately following WWII. At the same time, the British military was doing everything in its power, including a naval blockade to prevent the Israaelis from arming themselves—even though the Arab League had announced its intention to exterminate the Jewish people when the British Mandate ended.
In short, the British government embarked on a policy which sought to allow the Arabs to finish what Hitler had started—the extermination of the Jewish people.
But the British government had forgotten the promise of God made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob almost four millennia ago: I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. [Genesis 12:3] Almost 2,500 years ago God spoke again concerning the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you [“you” being ethnic Israel—the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob]; for he who touches you [to inflict harm] touches the apple of His eye.” [Zechariah 2:8]
Given the British government’s duplicity and treachery in forgetting its promises to Chaim Weizmann and in setting aside the Balfour Declaration, and it’s complicity with the Hitler regime, it should not be a surprise that immediately following WWII, the British Empire began to erode. In 1947, India and Pakistan established their independence from British rule. In the two decades that followed, every colony with the exceptions of Australia and New Zealand had established their independence from the British Empire and withdrawn any allegiance to the crown.
What does this mean for the United States? In 1947, when the UN voted that a re-established nation of Israel would be recognized, the US ambassador to the UN cast the deciding vote in the Security Council. In the wars for survival fought in 1948-49, 1956, 1967, and 1973, the US was the only ally the Israelis could depend on for consistent support.
Following the election of Jimmy Carter as president in 1976, the US changed course in its policies toward Israel. No longer did our government honor its commitments to the only democracy in the Middle East. Instead, any aid to Israel would come, not with strings, but with millstones attached. In a move reminiscent of Neville Chamberlain quailing before Hitler and appeasing him by giving away something that was not his to give [the Sudetenland], Carter summoned the leader of Egypt [Anwar Sadat] and the leader of Israel [Menachem Begin] to Camp David and basically bullied Israel into giving the Sinai peninsula back to Egypt—in essence rewarding Egypt for attacking Israel and punishing Israel for defending itself against outside aggressors.
During the Reagan and George H.W. Bush terms, Israel was allowed to remain at peace.
However, since Bill Clinton took office in January, 1993, relations between the US and Israel have deteriorated, owing in large part to the US continually bullying Israel into granting more territory back to the aggressors.
Shortly after George W. Bush forced the Israelis to relinquish their settlements in Gaza, the US was hit with the worst hurricane [Katrina] it had ever experienced.
Since January, 2009, the US has been saddled with the worst president in its history as a nation. A president who has no loyalty to any principle or person except himself. That president is seeking, by any means possible, to force Israel into surrendering its ancient capital to the Arabs, along with the Golan Heights. In other words, the current president is demanding that Israel surrender all territories gained in 1967 when it was ruthlessly attacked by Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq. And even with Iran threatening nuclear annihilation against Israel, the current president does nothing but threaten Israel for even thinking about a possible pre-emptive strike against the Iranian nuclear weapon production facilities.
It is an interesting correlation that, as this once-great nation turns its back on Israel, at the same time it is embracing sexual perversion in a mad gavotte backwards towards the cliff of its own destruction.
As long as Christians sit idly by and make such inane and preposterous statements that we have an obligation to obey the president, even when such obedience goes against the clear teaching of Scripture, then the judgment of God is not long in coming. According to Scripture, judgment will first fall upon the household of God, as He cleans out the refuse of posers and pretenders who profess to be Christians, but have never truly been converted. [1 Peter 4:17-18]
Christ stated that with the greater knowledge of God’s grace in the Gospel, there is a greater accountability before God for rejecting that grace. Indeed, because the perverts in Sodom and Gomorrah had a lesser knowledge of God, they will receive some leniency in the final judgment. [Matthew 10:15; 11:23-24]
This means that the homosexual crowd cannot credibly lay claim to an antinomian theology, asserting the lie that they cannot help their behavior because “God made them that way,” and that they can be followers of Christ while maintaining a lifestyle which Scripture refers to as “an abomination.” [Leviticus 18:22; 20:13]
Yet scripture shows that society will continue its infatuation with moral decay and corruption. [Matthew 24:37-39] This is contrary to the assertions of the covenant theologians/reconstructionists/dominionists who believe that the world can be made morally better and must be before Christ will decide to return. All I can say is if the reconstructionist/dominionist crowd is making the world morally better through their efforts, I have yet to see any proof of it.
While the times and seasons are known only to God the Father as to when Jesus will return [Matthew 24:36; Acts 1:6-7], we are promised that the time will come when those who practice and advocate for iniquity will be eternally vanquished and banished from the presence of God.
We pray for the promised return, but also pray for a season of grace if even only one more soul might be saved. At the same time, we pray that the Holy Spirit would move in the hearts of the citizens of this once great nation, regenerating them and moving them to repentance.
*Unless noted otherwise, all Bible references are from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.