Categories
Prophecy Saving America Year of the Lord's Favor

Lamentations: Are We Good Students of History? Part 1

Lamentations

A Note: I feel the growing compulsion to speak out about this, given the timing of events that are coming to pass now. In 2003 the Lord spoke to me about what would happen when One World Trade Center was rebuilt. You can read about it here.

Nothing Lasts Forever

Anyone who is a good student of history knows that no nation lasts forever.

It doesn’t take a prophet, a dream or a vision to foretell that America will not last. It will come to an end. Of this, I am 100% sure. Perhaps the Lord will not tarry much longer and it will end with the return of Jesus, but even then it will become the United States of Jesus.

Regardless of how America comes to its end, it will most definitely end. At least it will end how we think of it now.

Change is inevitable. What is interesting is just how bad we as humans are to adapting to it. One would think that we have ample practice adapting to change. There are four seasons a year, unless you live in Texas. We have two. Hot, and something other than hot, but I digress. We are used to change. Each new day we are older than the day before, but therein lies our problem.

Most of the change we experience is so gradual, we don’t notice it. I looked in the mirror this morning and I saw gray hair. I don’t know how it happened, because yesterday I looked and I swore I was 19.

Coping

We can deal with gradual change. The big changes are hard for us. New jobs, new towns, new friends, new babies, new spouses, new divorces: these are radical life changes and they each come with multi-billion dollar industries to help us cope with them.

Because we don’t cope well.

How many of you have moved to a new town with all the anticipation and hope that can bring, only to feel horribly lonely your first night in a new place. It is funny how unsettling some of life’s greatest opportunities can be, let alone those we have forced upon us.

Imagine, for a moment, what it must have been like to be the citizens of Jerusalem and Judah in the days after they were carried away to Babylon. This was not a change they chose for themselves. It was not a change anyone would have chosen, and it certainly wasn’t the gradual type.

No Excuses

Their nation had ended; their way of life forever altered. They never saw it coming, but they had no excuses.

Jeremiah wrote to them in chapter 29 of his prophecy. He told them this:

4This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 7Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” 8Yes, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. 9They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,” declares the Lord.

10This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:4-11

That last part many of you probably know by heart, but this is its context. God was offering hope to those who had been forcibly and irrevocably removed from their beautiful home. But their home was no longer beautiful. Jerusalem was on fire as they left. Parents, children, aunts, uncles, friends and co-workers lay behind, burning in Jerusalem’s fire.

Now that I have painted the gravest of pictures for you, let me leave you in suspense on why it should matter to you today. I’ll talk more about that in part 2.

Categories
Current Events Saving America

Pompeii: A Warning To Us Today

Pompeii

This year a movie will be released about the ancient city of Pompeii. From the previews, it looks to be an epic thriller cataloguing the devastation and destruction that instantly enveloped a beautiful Italian city. But I doubt the movie will tell the entire story.

And Pompeii’s story is one we desperately need to know today.

Instantly Entombed

If you are familiar with Pompeii, it is probably because you have seen the images of the body cavities that were instantly and perfectly preserved by the hot ash that fell from Mount Vesuvius when it erupted in 79 AD. The body cavities were formed when hot ash enveloped people trying to escape the destruction. They huddled together, mostly in fetal positions and often with loved ones and children, as the ash covered them. The heat of the ash killed them and eventually decomposed their bodies, leaving behind an empty cavity in the ash. When the cavities were discovered, they were filled with plaster so that we could see what they looked like after everything was excavated. They are striking, terrifying and sobering reminder of what “mother nature” can unleash upon her inhabitants in an instant.

But that is not the entire story of Pompeii. Not by a long shot.

Sexual Depravity

In a Roman world caught up with sexual immorality, Pompeii was the beacon, shining its light to lead the way. The Roman world was filled with promiscuity, divorce, homosexual acts with minors, orgies and every other imaginable debauchery, but Pompeii was the city to rule them all for sex.

From 79 to 1599 AD the city lay forgotten. For all that time humanity only had the writings of Pliny the Younger to attest to its existence. But when Pompeii was discovered in 1599, its discoverer walked away from it. Domenico Fontana was so shocked by what he saw, he didn’t believe it was fit to release upon the world. He wasn’t shocked by any body cavities he found, but the images he saw on the walls of Pompeii’s perfectly preserved buildings.

Pompeii was the manufacturer of pornographic pleasures unlike any time in Western history until…now. The artifacts and perfectly preserved fresco paintings in Pompeii rival and even surpass any Eastern notions of sexual depravity preserved through history. Pompeii was apparently the Western world’s play place for sex. The level of depravity they lived under was perfectly preserved by Vesuvius’ eruption for all the world to see today.

The Judgment of God

And that begs the question, why did the eruption so quickly and completely envelope Vesuvius?
Sometimes it is difficult, and even ridiculously vain, to try and uncover the judgment of God from events that it simply doesn’t exist in. Some things happen and the Lord doesn’t give an explanation of why. Thornton Wilder wrote The Bridge of San Luis Rey about just that. We must not seek to find the judgment of God when it is not there.

But Pompeii’s situation screams for attention to be paid to it. Pompeii was more than a few people who died on a bridge—it was a city wholly devoted to one thing: sexual immorality. There are far too many biblical passages to list that show God’s hatred for sexual immorality (Ephesians 5, 1 Thessalonians 4, Galatians 5, Romans 1, Revelation 2-3, etc.). And it is not that sexual sin makes you any more a sinner than any other kind of sin. The devastating problem with sexual sin is that it defiles us more than anything else we can engage in.

18Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Defiling And Destructive

Sexual sin defiles us like nothing else. It wreaks havoc on our tender souls and puts a wedge between us and God. That wedge is not because God is angrier at us, but that we are less apt to run back to God for forgiveness. It causes us, like Adam, to run and hide from God instead of run to Him for forgiveness. It warps our view of God faster than anything else.

When God judges, He does so for two reasons. He proclaims judgment against those who fight against His people, as is clearly evident in the book of Revelation, and He also proclaims judgment against the sin waging war within His people to purify them. At times that sin becomes so grievous that He actually removes people from planet earth just to rid the earth of their sin. God refused to give the promised land of Israel to Abraham and his descendants until the sin of the Amorites had reached its full measure (Genesis 15:16).

In Pompeii’s case, it stands as a warning to all on the earth who would seek to walk in such a level of depravity. It is hard to look at Pompeii and not see the judgment of God. The problem with that is that it is always easier with hindsight. We today are at a loss to see our own depravity in the same way the Pompeiians were even up to the point of their demise.

A Warning To Heed

As this movie comes out this year, will America choose to see itself as a depraved nation in need of God’s mercy, forgiveness and grace, or will we continue to harden our hearts against our maker. Will we choose to submit to Him, or will we continue to redefine what God calls good and bad to suit our whims?

Now is the time to open our eyes and see our moment of visitation before it is too late. Please, America, wake up and return to your God.

Categories
Saving America Year of the Lord's Favor

God’s Judgment Against America

APTOPIX Sept 11 Construction Glance

In 2003 when the Lord spoke to me about the rebuilt One World Trade Center, He said, “That building will be a sign and a seal of My judgment against America.” That statement shook me then and it shakes me now.

Many people are offended today to hear that God would judge America. I have been called a heretic, among other things. But does God judge us? If so, what does that look like and why?

God’s Judgment

First, does God judge us? The answer to that is yes and no. Personally, if we are truly followers of Jesus, there is no condemnation in Him (Romans 8:1). Even though we are no longer condemned personally, God will still deal with our sins to purge us of any wicked way. He can do that gently or harshly, depending on our willingness to submit. Even if God uses harsh methods to purge us of sin, we receive no judgment–Jesus has born the judgment for that sin on the cross. God is not angry at us, but like a good Father, will discipline us to lead us into righteousness. We will certainly stand judgment before God one day, but if we believe in Jesus, it will be a glorious day. In that day, Jesus will stand up in our place and declare that ALL our sins have been paid for by His perfect blood.

But what about America? America has not walked down the isle of a church to accept Jesus. It can’t. America is not a person, it is a nation. Really, America is an idea. Throughout history, arbitrary borders drawn on maps have changed many, many times. The only thing that makes America what it is, is the shared patriotism we have. The shared history. The shared destiny.

America cannot stand judgment before God one day. Jesus cannot wash away an idea’s sins. Our arbitrary borders along a map cannot be cleansed by the Lamb’s blood. No, America, and all nations for that matter, must stand judgment before God in their hour of existence. God is not out to destroy our land–the land will persist. But what makes America America is at stake right now. That idea that makes us who we are as a nation can evaporate in an instant.

And I’m afraid to say that if we do not change, it most certainly will.

The Solution

When God spoke to me that He would judge America, I had a foreboding sense of losing our sovereignty. There is no other way to see it. When God has judged nations in the past, most notably those in scripture, it is always a nation’s right to sovereignly govern themselves that God removes. Look at God’s judgments over Israel, Judah, Babylon, Assyria, Persia, Greece, etc.

Sometimes the judgments are temporary. Sometimes they are light. Sometimes they are complete, eradicating nations from history. The Lord spoke to me of what is coming to America back in 2003. What is absolutely sobering about that word is that One World Trade Center will be done in early 2014. The timing of what God showed me back then is almost complete.

I believe that the solution is repentance. 2 Chronicles 7:14 makes that very clear. “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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Repentance by God’s people on behalf of the nation will cause God to turn away from His anger over shared national sin. Our personal sins are covered by Jesus’ blood, but not our national sins. They will be judged in the here and now unless God’s people cry out and plead for His mercy. But if we do that–if we plead for God’s mercy–He will give it to us.

If you would like more information about what God spoke to me, I wrote a book, The Year of the Lord’s Favor, about that. I have also started a prayer initiative, 7:14 Prayer for America, to help believers cry out for our nation. I encourage you to read the book and participate in the prayer initiative.

Categories
Saving America Year of the Lord's Favor

What Will It Take?

01-Front-Cover-2402014 has begun. That is monumental to me. Why? Because 2013 was so sobering to me.

I had a dream in 2001, two days before the attacks of 9/11, where an angel escorted me around New York City. He showed me the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. I saw them in their beautiful glory and I told the angel I longed to visit them someday to gaze out over the city from their observation deck. As soon as I said that, the angel pointed to the buildings again. This time they collapsed straight into the ground. Thousands of terrified people ran past us, their faces in anguish. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

Two days later I still couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The attacks of that day were sobering to the nation. They were sobering to me. I asked the Lord over and over again what it meant. Why did He show me those events two days in advance? What purpose did He have in doing so?

My answer came a year and a half later. The Lord spoke to me in another dream. He showed me the building that would replace the Twin Towers. I can say today that the building He showed me is exactly what is there today. I have twice stood at the base of that building, looking up. The first time was in a dream in March of 2003. The second time was in May of 2013, standing there in person. I stood in the same spot. The Lord had shown me the building ten years in advance. But for what?

In that dream, the Lord spoke to me. After the dream was over, I heard the voice of the Lord say, “That building will be a sign and a seal of My judgment against America.”

I wrote about those two dreams and what the Lord spoke to me in my book, The Year of the Lord’s Favor. I encourage you to read it today. The message the Lord has for us right now is crucial for us to understand.

That is why the advent of 2014 is so important to me. “That building,” One World Trade Center, formerly known as “Freedom Tower,” will be finished very soon this year. The Lord spoke to me in 2003 that when One World Trade Center was complete, it would stand as a sign and seal of His judgment against America.

This is a year that has dramatic consequences for our nation. I am burdened to pray for and awaken this nation, and its church, to seek God’s face. It will take His people following His command in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

The Lord longs to save America from judgment, but He is not intimidated not to. He will bring judgment on this nation to purify it. He longs for a pure and spotless bride to come forth from America, so He will chasten us. He will revive us, even if it takes the pressure of His judgment.

But He longs to meet us in peace. He longs to meet us in the tranquility of His loving presence. What will it take for that to happen? It will take God’s people quickly returning to Him with everything they have. It will take an attitude of repentance.

It will take a willingness to admit that we have sinned and that we need God, and God alone to heal us.
And if we do that, He will. What will it take to save America? It will take a church willing to humble itself and ask this nation and our God for forgiveness. Forgiveness for altering the gospel. Forgiveness for living like the world. Forgiveness for giving license to this nation to heap up sin in the name of Christianity.

We can save this nation, but we must act quickly.