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Lamentations: Are We Good Students of History? Part 4 of 4

Lamentations

This is the conclusion of a four part series. You can read parts one, two and three here.

The Good News

I’ve spent three articles talking about the similarities between Jeremiah’s Lamentations over Jerusalem and where it looks like America is headed right now. They lacked foresight, insight and any other kind of sight to see the very real, and very sad conclusion to their own state of affairs. I’ve also probably totally bummed you out with such a negative tone, so I wanted to conclude this four part series with some good news.

Jeremiah wrote his lamentations over Jerusalem first and foremost because he genuinely ached for her. The great city that he had been raised in was gone. The glory that had once been God’s literal resting place on earth was now reduced to rubble. He was heartbroken. But more than that, he wanted others who followed God in the future to avoid such a fate.

Jeremiah wasn’t writing his lamentation mainly to the Israelites of his day, but mainly to us. To every god-fearing people after him. It is a testimony of what will happen to a nation, any nation, who sheds innocent blood and perverts justice. Israel had many other covenants before God that all other nations do not, but the thing in common that we share is the thing God will judge any nation for. And that means that if we will heed Jeremiah’s warning, we can avoid his fate.

Jerusalem sits as a warning to us today. One we can learn from. One we can grow from. I pray we will listen.

Hope For Today

We have hope today. We have time, but only a little. We are in a rare window of opportunity where I believe the Lord is offering us a chance to wholeheartedly return to Him.

2 Chronicles 7:14 was written specifically to Israel for their time of trouble, but I believe that God would apply it to us today as well. The difference is that 2 Chronicles 7:14 was written to national Israel. Today, God’s people, the church, can claim it over our nation.

I believe that if we have a national church repentance in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14, then God will bless our entire nation on His people’s behalf. Let’s read that passage:

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.

2 Chronicles 7:14

This was the promise that if Jerusalem had invoked in time, it would have avoided Jeremiah’s lamentations. We are at that point today. We need not enlist politicians to change our laws. We do not need homosexuality to end. Ending abortion will not stop the tide that is rolling.

What we need is nation-wide repentance from God’s people, the church. When we engage in that, we will see things change. When the church repents of our wickedness and returns to the Lord in humility, He will heal our entire nation on our behalf. Our politics. Our finances. Our morals.

I am all for enlisting politicians, ending abortion and seeking an end to societal acceptance of sinful lifestyles, but I have little faith that any of it will take root without a heart-level change. I believe that heart-level change begins with the church.

When God’s people seriously come before Him in humility, amazing things happen. Awakenings have rocked nations. Revivals have healed generations. We need that here. America needs awakening. We need revival.

The 7:14 Prayer

Would you join me, and many others, in praying twice a day for our nation. I believe that small, heartfelt prayers can change a nation. Watch this video and join the Facebook page. Would you help by enlisting others to help.

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Our good news is that we don’t have to be like Jerusalem. We can be like America. Our history is not written yet. Our fate is not yet sealed. Join with me and pray for our nation. Engage your pastors, leaders, Bible study friends and relatives to pray for our nation.

Your voice matters. Your prayers matter. It’s not too late. Start today, and don’t give up until God breaks in and heals our land!

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Lamentations: Are We Good Students of History? Part 3

Lamentations

This is part 3 of a 4 part series. Click for the first or second post to read the whole article.

Foresight

Jeremiah is speaking from hindsight of the fall of Jerusalem. He is writing it so that his people, and us now, may have foresight. He laments over Jerusalem so that no man or woman may endure such hardships again.

In America, Jeremiah’s lamentations have gone largely unnoticed. We are as foolish and blind as Jerusalem. We speak of cities like New York and Washington D.C. with all the same language they described Jerusalem. Then, in a moment, it was all gone.

Can it happen here?

Nothing lasts forever. Nothing.

I don’t know what our time is. I don’t know what our fate is. I do know that America will not last forever, so it would be wise to consider the words of the One who sustains us through His providence.

Nations that pervert justice through bribes will not stand (Deuteronomy 16:19). Nations who shed innocent blood will not stand (Ezekiel 22:13). These commandments were to Israel, but they are true for all nations under the sun. The Lord has tarried with the United States for a long time since abortion became the norm and bribes began flowing freely in Washington.

But we are much smarter than those who came before us. Our bribery is seldom overt. Our murder is concealed by voices that cannot cry for help. Our injustice at the expense of those we never meet. Our wars only with those too powerless to resist.

As Jeremiah said of Jerusalem after it was too late, we too have foolishly not considered our future. Whether we face the fate of our nation, or just the fate of all those that breath, one day we will meet our maker. We would do well to consider that future meeting. Will we meet Him face to face, or will we be condemned immediately by the lack of our names in His book?

It is easy to forget our eternity in light of our present. The struggles, temptations, joys and successes of everyday life dull our senses that speak to something larger than life. Life has a way of lulling us to sleep long before sleep takes away life.

Jeremiah offers his lamentation that we may weep for our cities before we see them burned. He pleads with us to seek corporate repentance and forgiveness long before blood is shed. He cries out that sovereignty is but a lease that can be revoked in an instant.

America, will you weep for your sin or weep for your burning? To be sure, the Lord is gracious, and He will be gracious in both, but only one spares life, property, family and the happiness we feel so entitled to.

Now Is The Time

America, will we lament our sins and gain wisdom, or will we lament our fall and gain sorrow?

America, will we return to the Lord, or will we have Him return to us?

In 2003, the Lord showed me in a dream that when One World Trade Center was completed, in that hour God spoke, “That building will be a sign and seal of My judgment against America.” We are upon that hour. The building is almost complete. As in the days of Judah, judgment was made sure long before it was enacted. I do not know if God will carry out His judgment immediately or if He will tarry, but I do know that when the building is announced complete, our fate is sealed.

Lament with me now for our sin, before we lament our cities. Weep with me now for our abandonment of God before we weep because of His return.

The same will be for us today. God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He is filled with mercy, and even in the hour of our judgment we may still petition Him and He may relent. There is no judgment so established in the heart of God that the cries of earnest repentance of His people cannot acquit. Today, we have the honor to petition. Tomorrow, we may have the urgency to recant our ways.

I plead with you, America, lament now that which you will never miss before you weep for that which you may never regain.

Now that I have spent considerable time giving you the downer news, next time I’ll share the great hope we have.

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Lamentations: Are We Good Students of History? Part 2

Lamentations

This is a continuation from Part 1, here.

When Jeremiah wrote to tell the exiles in Babylon to plant gardens and settle down, I’m sure it was a bittersweet word for anyone there who would listen. The Jews were having such a hard time coping with their unpleasant and radical change that they had raised up for themselves prophets to foretell of their immediate return to Israel.

This is a continuation from my previous article, here, where we read Jeremiah 29:4-11. Jeremiah made it clear that anyone who told the exiles they would return soon was lying. They did not speak for God. This was the exiles lot in life, but they had not been abandoned by God.

We should carefully consider our future. Like I said in my last article, nothing lasts. No nation has persisted in perpetuity. They all rise, prosper and fall. How long they last is dependent entirely on the providence of God. He has clearly laid out how to extend that providence, but few nations have heeded such advice.

We have seen America go from a nation keenly aware of that providence to one tone deaf to its tune. Consider what George Washington said on our nation’s birthday:

Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station; it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own; nor those of my fellow-citizens at large, less than either. No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency. And in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their United Government, the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities, from which the event has resulted, cannot be compared with the means by which most Governments have been established, without some return of pious gratitude along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage. These reflections, arising out of the present crisis, have forced themselves too strongly on my mind to be suppressed. You will join with me I trust in thinking, that there are none under the influence of which, the proceedings of a new and free Government can more auspiciously commence.

Today, we have no notion of what Washington speaks of. This Almighty that he invokes is no longer welcome in our pastimes, schools, public squares or entertainment. He is an outsider. To quote Jesus, our nation has made God to be, “a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed” (Matthew 25:24).

We have chosen for ourselves to ignore the hand of providence that would sustain us, and instead choose to believe that we, unlike all other nations in history, are invincible. We are a foolish lot, no different now than any who have gone before us.

Hindsight

Jeremiah said this of his people in his lamentations over his beautiful home, Jerusalem:

7In the days of her affliction and wandering

Jerusalem remembers all the treasures

that were hers in days of old.

When her people fell into enemy hands,

there was no one to help her.

Her enemies looked at her

and laughed at her destruction.

8Jerusalem has sinned greatly

and so has become unclean.

All who honored her despise her,

for they have all seen her naked;

she herself groans

and turns away.

9Her filthiness clung to her skirts;

she did not consider her future.

Her fall was astounding;

there was none to comfort her.

“Look, Lord, on my affliction,

for the enemy has triumphed.”

Lamentations 1:7-9

Jerusalem had sinned. That may sound odd, because we think of sin coming from people, not cities or nations. What Jeremiah is speaking of here is the corporate adherence to sin. This was not the sin of one leader, one key person, but the sin of an entire city and nation bent on refusing the wisdom of God. Jerusalem’s sin was the collective sin of her people.

Foresight

Verse nine is particularly chilling. “She did not consider her future.” How true of America today. Right now we see nations burning. As I write this, Kieve, Ukraine and much of Venezuela is burning. Nations are falling around us, but we do not consider our ways. A nation so prosperous cannot conceive of such problems coming here.

But come they will, because we are not the first nation and we won’t be the last nation. We are but one of many thousands of sovereign peoples adrift on the sea of history.

The question is, will we choose now to live with foresight, or will painful hindsight beset us like every other nation that has fallen?

But I’ll save that for next time.

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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.

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Podcast 003: Why I Wrote The Year of the Lord’s Favor?

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This is episode 3 of my podcast where I discuss why I wrote the Year of the Lord’s Favor? Sound off in the comments below with any questions or comments. You can purchase the book here.