Zeal of The Sons of Zeruiah, Grace and Mercy of King David

Zeal of The Sons of Zeruiah, Grace and Mercy of King David

Hidden in the stories of King David and his triumphs, victories and setbacks are the stories of the three sons Zeruiah. Who are these three men and why are they important to the Davidic Kingdom? What, if any parallels exist between then and some of Jesus’ disciples? What can we learn from their lives?

“The three sons of Zeruiah were: Joab, Abishai, and Asahel. Now Asahel was fleet-footed as a wild gazelle.” 2 Samuel 2:18

Obviously, these men were important because a whole verse mentions them, and describes one of them, Asahel as swift-footed as a gazelle. Who was Zeruiah? Zeruiah was one of David’s sisters the other being Abigail. Most likely Zeruiah was older than David, because we see these three helping David in his hidden years and in the early years of his reign. Nevertheless, they were part of his family, which is important in how he deals with them.

The sons of Zeruiah were zealous to serve their king. Perhaps it was family loyalty or tribal duty, all being of the tribe of Judah, but whatever the case we find them always popping up to do the kings bidding as valiant, mighty men. However, we also see that unlike their uncle they lack necessary qualities all leaders, especially ‘new covenant’ leaders, need, mainy grace and mercy, or at least discerning when to demonstrate such, especially to the enemy.

What follows the verse above is Asahel’s pursuit of one of Saul’s generals who was of the tribe of Benjamin, by the name of Abner. Eventually after Asahel catches up to Abner he is warned to turn back, but without heeding Abner’s advice he succumbs to Abner’s knife, and death. Zealous for David and the kingdom but had he turned back as the story unfolds, he would have eventually gained a loyal ally. What ensued was Joab and Abishai avenging their brothers death by murdering Abner. David mourned Abner’s death. David is innocent of Abner’s death.

2 Samuel 3:28 “I and my Kingdom ae innocent before the Lord forever of the blood of Abner, son of Ner.”

2 Samuel 3:39 “And I am weak today, though anointed king; and these men, the sons of Zeruiah are too difficult for mean. May the Lord repay the evil doer according to his evil.”

Joab and Abishai wanted to avenge their brother’s death at all cost. Likewise they wanted to serve David well. Joab was the first to enter the Jebusite stronghold we know as Jerusalem and became the first in command of David’s army. Later, when David mourns Absalom’s death it is Joab who encourages David to go to his servants who had stood with him while he was on the run from Absalom. It is Abishai who wants to kill Shimai who cursed David when they were leaving Jerusalem from Absalom, and layer still wants to kill Shimai when he comes and repents before David.

2 Samuel 19:22 “ What have I to do with you O sons of Zeruiah, that you should this day be an adversary to me? Should any man in Israel be put to death today? For do I not know that I am king over Israel today?”

David demonstrated started grace and mercy to his enemies time and time again. On the day he regained his kingdom David does not see the point in any more death. There is a time for punishment, discipline and there is also a time for grace and mercy. Their are other examples but I want to look at Jesus and his disciples.

In Luke chapter nine beginning in verse 51 James and John aka “the sons of thunder” want to call fire down on some Samaritans simply because they did not receive Jesus. Jesus tells them that they do not know what ‘spirit they are of. It is interesting the same John the beloved who ‘leaned on Jesus’ at the Last Supper and his brother who was one of the first martyrs in the early church, are here being told ‘you don’t know what spirit you are of. Later, Peter is rebuke by Jesus and He tells the spirit behind certain statements to ‘get behind Him.’ Perhaps on those days Jesus was, at least as a man wearied like David by those closest to Him.

Maybe we are like the sons of Zeruiah and the sons of Thunder or Peter. We are close to Jesus, and we sit at His feet and we want to please Him, but we are so quick to call fire down on someone who cuts us off on the highway, or we want to take revenge for those who wrong us, instead of showing grace and mercy and letting the Lord dispense justice on our behalf. We should all appreciate the zeal with which Davids commanders, and likewise Jesus’ disciples show in serving and wanting only the best for the king and the kingdom. Yet we need to be like David and Jesus and gain discernment when to dispense mercy and grace. After all didn’t God the Father do that for us?

There are times we need to step out and not let others step on us or run over us. We need to speak up and speak out, but at the end of the day we are just vessels and must be led by the ‘Spirit’ which requires first being born again and filled with the ‘Spirit of God.” This is the kingdom of God and David first demonstrated that there are times where one should just smile and say not today. I am going to act with grace, and show the love of Jesus. Let us temper that zeal towards the enemy, that is the spirit behind whatever we face. Grace and Blessings to you!

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Purim: Retribution For The House of Saul

Purim: Retribution For The House of Saul

The Jewish celebration of Purim is recounted in the book of Esther, and tells how an orphaned Jewish girl living in exile with her people rose to be the most powerful women in the Persian kingdom. It also tells Hadasa as was her Jewish name, was able to save her people from total extinction. I summarized these events in my previous blog. Purim is the plural of “Pur” meaning lot in the sense that something has been crushed or destroyed. It was begun by Mordecai to commemorate the defeat of Haman’s plan to destroy the Jewish people. It began on the fourteenth day of the twelfth month.

You may be asking what any of this has to do with The House of Saul, and better yet just what is the House of Saul. The House of Saul is simply the ruling or royal house and line began by Israel’s first king, Saul, of the tribe of Benjamin, Saul was killed in battle as well as his son Jonathan, resulting in a 7 year civil war between Israel and Judah, with David assuming the throne as the anointed king by Samuel the prophet. Unfortunately for David only the tribe of Judah followed him, the remaining 11 following Ishbosheth, son of Saul. David ruled Judah from Hebron for seven years.

The civil war between the House of Saul and House of David can be found in II Samuel chapters two thru four. If you recall, David was anointed king by Samuel but Saul remained king until his death. That brings up to speed regarding the House of Saul. Thus, there were only two actual rulers from the House of Saul. But, all of that is simply mentioned to reDavid was the king anointed by God, as God had chosen him. Saul and his family was rejected by God for disobedience.

I Samuel 15: 26 “ But Samuel said to Saul, ‘ I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.” verse 28 “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to your neighbor who is better than you.”

Verse 29, “And the Glory Of Israel will not change His mind; For He is not a man that He should change His mind.” (NASB)

Thus, Samuel sought and found David and anointed him king, but it would be quite some time before he became king and then even longer before he ruled all of Israel. But, what happened that caused God to tear the kingdom of Israel from Saul? Why not just remove him as ruler and let the line continue through one of his sons? God had already chosen another as Saul was the people’s choice. He was from the tribe of Benjamin, not Judah.

We find the answer to this in I Samuel 15 verses 1-9. Samuel gave Saul strict orders to ‘listen to the words of the Lord,’! The Lord said he would ‘punish Amalek for what they did to Israel when they came out of Israel. Saul was charged with wiping the Amalekites out. He was to destroy all, including the oxen and sheep. So Saul’s orders were to not leave anyone or anything alive. However, he ‘captured’ Agag, king of the Amalekites, alive, and kept the best of the sheep. In essence by keeping the king alive and the ‘best’ of the sheep he disobeyed the Lord. Partial obedience is still disobedience.

Saul was rebuked by Samuel and thus by his disobedience he forfeited the kingdom. Samuel killed king Agag, yet somehow he had descendants to survive until the time of Queen Esther and the Persians. The Book of Esther chapter 3 verse 1 tells us that Haman wa sthe son of Hammedatha the Agagite, Sources confirm that Haman was an Amalekite, and descendant of king Agag. Perhaps there were some Amalekites away that day, we don’t know. What we do know is that Haman was an Amalekite, who were fierce enemies of Israel. We also know that Moredai, and thus Esther, since they were cousins, were of the tribe of Benjamin and descendants of Kish. Saul is not mentioned in Esther 2:5 it says, Shimei, son of Kish. Again sources confirm Mordecai was of the house of Saul.

Perhaps the text doesn’t mention Saul, since he was not thought of in good light after his disobedience and corresponding fall. Nevertheless, they were Benjaminites of the royal family of Saul, Is this a mere coincidence? I doubt it, further even though God tore the kingdom fromm Saul’s family, He still is a gracious God full of mercy and compassion. We see that here as he places the most unlikely person in the only place to save her people from their most famous enemy. It seems that even though Saul acted wickedly and prove unworthy to shepherd God’s people, God used descendants of his family to save all of Israel, in exile and in their land.

The fact that God would go to these lengths to set the right person in for the right time just to point out and see the demise of the most notorious enemies of all of the Jews up until that time proves His compassion, love, and goodness over His people. God rejoice over His people. He is for them. Even when we fail, and He must discipline us He is waiting as a good good Father for us to be restored. That is the message of the cross. Still, so many can’t get past the angry, mad God syndrome. He is angry at our sin, and hates it when we are disobedient, and yield to our flesh or the ways of the enemy. When we return He is overjoyed and delighted to see us restored. God was delighted to see children of Saul’s family over 400 years later have the opportunity to bring justice and defeat the evil plans to destroy the Jews.

As we move closer and closer to the return of Jesus remember that God is rejoicing over us and delights in us, and we are part of the plan to defeat all of His enemies. We are here to advance a kingdom greater than Saul’s or even David’s or any that has ever or will exist. Nothing can stand against the kingdom of darkness.

Esther 4:14 “ who knows whether you have obtained royalty (or come into the kingdom for such a time as this.” NASB

We are in the kingdom of God for such a time as to see all of The ‘Haman’s’ of this world’s plans come to nought. !!!!!

Purim: A Time To Fast and Pray For The United States

Purim: A Time To Fast and Pray For The United States

The Jewish feast of Purim will be celebrated this year on Wednesday, March 20- Thursday March 21. I felt like this would be an appropriate time to ponde and glean some practical aspects. I feel especially compelled for as many as can and will, if led by God to do some fasting for The United States as Esther did for her people. The story of Purim and Esther or Hadassah as was her Hebraic name can be found in the Old Testament Book by the same name.

The story goes as Esther becomes Queen of Persia, her Uncle Mordecai, who raised her and was like her father would not bow to one of the leading princes in the Persian kingdom. His name was Haman, the Agagite. He was an enemy of the Jews, and because of Mordecai, he, along with others, compelled the king to issue an edict that on a certain day all Jews would be wiped out. This was not the first and certainly not the last attempt to annihilate all Jews. The story takes an unexpected twist when Mordecai learns of the fate of his people and later Esther forces Mordecai to tell her. Esther, on pangs of death goes before the king to entreat on behalf of her people.

Esther calls for a banquet for her, the king, and Haman only. In the meantime she has asked for as many of her people as can to fast for 3 days and nights, not drinking or eating. This was a fast for her favor so that when she went before the king she would not lose her life but rather have the scepter extended to her, so that she can explain to him the plot to wipe out her people. The king had issued the edict but was unaware that his own queen was Jewish and that the plot was just that, a plot to bring genocide on a whole race just because one of its members would not bow to another man of higher rank.

The story concludes with Esther getting her banquet with the king and Haman and eventually revealing Haman’s plot. The king is infuriated and orders Haman to be hung on the same gallows that Haman had built for Mordecai the Jew. What an irony. There is so much packed in this short book of just 10 chapters. The name of God is never mentioned. However it speaks volumes and has so many parallels to Jesus as the king and approaching Him. How God loves His people and wants to do good, and much more.

I would like to call attention to the fast that Esther calls for. Haman is often attributed as Satan or our enemies, or even that which which opposes God and the Kingdom of God. Esther represents all who are desperate and need to come before the throne of God in desperation, risking everything for a miracle or a breakthrough. Esther intercedes for her people as no one else could. She was in the highest position, yet to approach the king uninvited, even in her high station, meant certain death, unless the scepter was extended, meaning it was ok to approach.

The United States is in a crisis of all sorts. Never in my life has evil ran so rampant. When Congress can’t repriman one of its own for Anti-Semitic remarks, and has to try to include every possible minority group for fear of offending someone, it has gone too far. Anti-semitism does not include Asians, Hispanics or the LGBTQ community. With abortion moving to infanticide being acceptable, and recreational pot smoking legal in more and more states, and now its hard to know who is male or female without offending someone we are in dire straits.

Evil has now become the new good in the United States. Never has a president received so much opposition even from the very ones he has helped. Christians are still afforded many freedoms and worship of God has been allowed back in the White House. Yet, many stil condemn the man that is helping our nation be greater than it was. I don’t always agree with everything our president says and does, but I still support him. Nevertheless, whether you like him or not we are commanded in the Bible to pray for all of our leaders. The nation is divided on so many fronts and worse the church is even further divided.

Satan has seemingly piecemealed all aspects of society and the church. Regardless of party affiliation, religion or other creed or belief we need to find common ground. The United States is faced with a generation that is more digitally connected than any before it, yet at the same time is moving further away from basica moral and ethical standards long held by most Western and eastern cultures. It is as if ‘anything goes’.

We need to see radical change and a radical turnaround.

It’s time to come before the King of Kings and make our petitions known for The US to turn from evil and turn back to the standards set forth in the Word of God. It is time to pray and fast for a nation that once was known for being ‘godly’. Things have never been this bad. We know that there is a great divide in all of the world between evil and good. The gray areas of what is good or right and what is not are now becoming more black and white. The lines are drawn. What will prevail?

It’s up to us the church to fast and pray and that others will join in. We want another Great Awakening but it will not happen unless we let go of somethings, like food, or television or facebook, etc. for s period of time and seek heaven and cry out for the US. Pray for hearts and minds to be convicted and to turn from evil and towards the one true God. Pray for racial reconciliation on all levels. Pray for the truth and righteousness and justice from the throne of god to prevail.

Esther 4:14 “For if you remain silent at this time relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews (US emphasis mine) from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have obtained royalty for such a time as this?’’ Nasb

We were born in this time and in this place. God has brought us to this time and this point in time to stand in the gap and make up the hedge. Purim is derived from the word ‘Pur’ which means to cast lots. It seems the enemy has cast lots on The US and has sought its destruction. Will you not take time and seek heaven on behalf of The US?

The Sudden Surge Of Anti-Semitism And The Church

The Sudden Surge Of Anti-Semitism And The Church

We have seen a sudden surge in anti-semitism in the last few years all over the earth but especially in Europe, and in the United Nations. Recently in the United States there has been a marked a lot of attention to anti Jewish and anti-Israel speech, and acts of terror, like the bombing of the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa.

I am not certain if there is an actual rise in anti-semitism overal, but rather more focus and attention has brought it to light. Regardless despite the thrust to be more ‘tolerant’ by most of society of other religious groups and ethnicities the Jewish people are still targeted as the single most hated group in all of the world for all times.

We have seen the United Nations pass resolution after resolution against Israel, while ignoring many terror states like Iran, and overlooking the fact than when attacked by Gaza for example Israel only reacted in defense. This all happening despite the fact that less than a generation ago we saw a near annihilation of Jews throughout Europe in World War II. This is known as the Holocaust, where over 6 million Jews perished at the hands of The Nazi party led by Adolf Hitler, among others.

Sadly, the church mostly sat by and did nothing or said nothing for fear of retribution. Those that did help or speak out were usually killed along side of Jews. We see examples in The Hiding Place, and in the lives of leaders like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Throughout history there has always been those that hated Israel and the Jews. Most of us know of Haman’s plot in the book of Esther, and then Antiochus Epiphanes and the attempt to make the Jews Greek and do away with all of their cultural identity.

BUt, the church has not had a good track record either. Many of the early church fathers, i.e. John Chrysostom, Augustine, and later Martin Luther were very much anti-semitic. This is where the term ‘replacement theology’ comes in. That basically teaches that God is through with Israel, and the church has replaced Israel. While I believe that the Bible teaches that all must come to the Father through Jesus and that includes the Jewish people. The promises that God made are still valid and that in the last days we will see a mighty revival in Israel and among Jewish people world-wide.

Isaiah 49:16 “Behold I have inscribed you on my hands”

Isaiah 49:15 “ Can a nursing mother forget her child..”?

All of the promises God made to Abraham for his descendants regarding the land are forever, eternal. There will be a nation of Israel in the Millennial Kingdom. Jews have to come to Messiah Jesus to be saved but God has a plan for hem as a nation. Remember He is their promised Messiah first, and even though they, for the most part, rejected Him, He is their savior, their king. They are looking for one to sit on the throne of David.

Why has Satan tried so hard to wipe out Jews and to stop Israel from being back in the land? It has everything to do with His return.

Matthew 23:37-39 “ Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem you who kill the prophets, and stones those sent to her, how often I have longed to gather your children as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling! 38-look your house is left to you desolate. 39- For I tell you that you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Berean Study Bible)

Here Jesus quotes Psalm 118:26. One of the three requirements for Jesus to come back to the earth is for His people, the Jews, Israeli’s to cry out, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of The Lord.” Will this happen during the tribulation or at the end, is not clear, but when Jesus said ‘you won’t see me again until… well that’s what he meant. He specifically wa talking about Jerusalem.

So, the enemy has tried for 1000’s of years to stop Jewish people as a people because the Messiah had to come through them. Further, he is trying to wipe them out so that no one will be in Jerusalem to cry out Psalm 118:26. Satan has pulled out all of the stops to try to prevent God’s plans for man’s redemption to come and for God to establish His Kingdom forever, first with the reign of His son, who is a Jewish king, from reigning with His ‘bride’ for 1,000 years, and then the eternal kingdom.

Racism is not new and will not be 100% wiped until Jesus establishes His rule here, and likewise anti-semitic hate of Israel and all Jews will not go away until then. But the church or Ekklesia at large must take a stand and stand with Israel, and all Jews everywhere. Currently there is a war in Eastern Ukraine where Russia has invaded and their are pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine fighting for Russia. The sad part is I have met Jews who have had to flee from the war. They say, ‘the hunters are coming’ referencing Jeremiah 16:16 where God promised to send fishers to fish the Jews out of the land of the North away from the Hunters. This is being fulfilled as I write. I’ve been and seen it, and the hunters came in 1942 when Hitler’s forces slaughtered more than 32,000 Jews near Kive in one day.

The time is near for the fulfilling of many prophecies regarding Jews returning to the land. The window may soon close and the ‘hunters’ will arise all over. When we see synagogues bombed in The United States it should not just concern us, but rally us that not only is there hate, but it’s an all out assault against any and all Jews. Many jewish people choose to remain here in The US, especially in New York for various reasons. They feel safer and feel like they have a better life here.

Regardless, we the church must pray for as many as will to return home to their land. Most Christians who don’t see any urgency in Jews returning have not been taught or simply don’t understand what the scriptures say. Many Jews do not see the scriptures as relevant either.

In his book, Our Hands are Stained With Blood, Michael Brown details the poor history the church has had relevant to the Jews. It is a must read. The church has done much better in the past 30-40 years, but I am afraid that a lot of what we see is merely an infatuation, rather than genuine love for The Jewish people. There is not real revelation of God’s heart. That is what is need, and that is what I pray that the church will get.

Pray against a spirit of hate and racism, especially anti-semitism, regarding Jews. Pray that more will understand God’s plan for them to return to the home of their ancestors, Israel, and pray that they will meet their Messiah, Jesus the Christ.

Atlanta, Super Bowl Weekend, And Modern Slavery

Atlanta, Super Bowl Weekend, And Modern Slavery

One of the largest and most widely celebrated major sports events in the United States and perhaps the world will take place this coming Sunday in Atlanta, Ga. At the same time one of the often overlooked and forgotten horrors of society worldwide will be bringing millions of dollars just in Atlanta. In 2014-15 Atlanta was ranked number one in the United States in human trafficking, in terms of money made, and also number of victims. This is due in large part to the large number of conventions and events that Atlanta attracts.

Why would this event in this city be of utmost importance to me? Obviously as a born again Christian I believe that it is wrong for humans to be forced to do anything against their will, especially to take woman and children and force them to commit sex acts against their will. Further the pornography industry has grown to alarming rate due to the internet. People involved in this industry usually are trapped for various reasons, including the promise to make big sums of money.

Likewise, prostitution is also considered by many a form of ‘slavery’ even though the women are paid, and often call it a career, they are trapped because they feel they can’t do anything else. Not to mention the shame and guilt that is heaped on by those that are over them and the mind games. According to the ministry Exodus Cry, “ Prostitution is primarily the lack of a choice among the most marginalized, defenseless, and vulnerable people in the world.” In other words those that are marginalized or defenseless and vulnerable are not really given a choice. The same could be said I think, for many caught up in the drug trade.

The fact is whether one is paid like a prostitute or forced to perform sex acts they are trapped and usually feel there is no other choice, or no real way out. Human trafficking is a highly organized and lucrative business generating over 150 billion USD annually and 2/3 of that from prostitution says the Exodus Cry website. What is a good definition of human trafficking? The most widely accepted definition which was adopted by the UN General ASsembly and accepted by 150 nations is known as the Palermo Protocol.

It defines Human Trafficking

“The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”

There are some key words to ponder. Exploitation, abduction, and coercion are what really stick out for me. I think that is true for all forms of trafficking including pornograpic videos and images and yes, even strip bars as well. These women and sometimes men are being exploited even though they will often say, ‘I gotta make a buck”.

So, what is the big deal about the Super Bowl? We know that Atlanta is already one of the largest markets for human trafficking and sex slavery in the world. We also know that as much as people like sports and watching a ‘good game of football’, it is a lot more than just that. It is a big, big party where billions of dollars will be made from gambling and betting, not to mention the gains of the city of Atlanta, hotels, restaurants, and not to mention all of the parties that will be going on during the game. Many will buy snacks, party food, finger food, drinks, and all sorts of party favors. So, the Super Bowl is big business.

There is that hidden or forgotten business of men’s souls that will be overlooked. The real losers in this weekend’s events will be the victims who will be forced, coerced, extorted and held into all sorts of acts of bondage, mostly against their will. Fortunately there are a lot of prayer groups coming together for a concerted effort to cancel the enemy’s plans.

Does the Bible describe the events I have discussed? Does it speak of a system where men trade various things of this world including the souls of men? Yes, it most certainly does and I will look at that.

Revelation 18 talks about the coming fall of the ‘Babylon System’ or the world’s way to do things, Revelation 18:2 (ESV) and he (the angel) called out with a mighty voice , “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place for demons, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast. 3- For all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”

I wrote about the ‘kings of the earth’ in a previous article. But, clearly the rulers of nations and business, and media, and arts, sports are following after the Babylon system and have perverted so many things that God called good. There is nothing wrong with merchants profiting and making a living from selling honest goods and services. What is wrong is when they build their empire and never help anyone out or still never pay fair prices or wages or tip the scales unjustly. There are many good and honest people in all spheres of society, but there are so many built on indecency, dishonesty, and various forms of sordid gain. But our focus here is on something else that is being traded.

Vers 11-13 “ And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her (Babylon). Since no one buys their cargo anymore, cargo of gold,silver jewels, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, all kinds of scented wood, bronze, iron, and marble cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, oil,flour wheat, cattle and sheep, horses, and chariots, and slaves, that is human souls.” ESV

Yes, slaves and human souls are mentioned as being traded as part of the world system. I am not talking just about slavery as people working in fields or building pharaoh’s buildings. No we are talking about women and children and sometimes men trapped as sex slaves. So what can be done? Laws exist or are being passed and introduced to limit, alter, or in many countries end sex slavery. Israel, one of the worst offenders, recently passed new legislation limiting prostitution or redefining it. Sweden has one of the harshest laws against prostitution. Many nations are now adopting similar laws to the ‘Swedish model”.

Passing laws is good but they must be enforced. Likewise what is to be done to the children and women who come out of a life of ‘sex slavery’? They are often very fragile and are not trusting of most people. Especially men. Then there are the pimps or slave masters themselves. Many of them are also trapped in a system. We need to pray for the souls of those in bondage and those forcing the bomdage. Pray for their salvation and for the fire of the Holy Spirit to burn in their lives. Pray that they are discipled in the truth of God’s word.

Jesus read Isaiah 61 in the synagogue, saying “the Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, to bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and opening up of prison to those that are bound.”

Isaiah 1:17 learn to do right, seek justice. Defend the oppressed…….

There are many verses about justice, but these are just a few. There are many ministries that focus on “human trafficking”. A few are Exodus Cry, Out of Darkness, CBN, The Hand of Hope, There are many but as you look for one to support prayerfully or financially or just for information be sure to check various sources. The key is we all need to become ABOLITIONISTS to END SEX Slavery not just in America but worldwide.

Isaiah 16:4b “ when the oppressor is no more, and destruction is ceased, and he who tramples underfoot has vanished from the land, 5- then a throne will be established in steadfast love, and on it will sit in faithfulness in the tent of David one who judges and seeks justice and is swift to do righteousness.”

Jesus will establish His throne in Jerusalem and not only rule but judge and bring justice and righteousness. We pray in agreement for justice and righteousness to be established in these situations to end human trafficking in Atlanta and all over the world.

New York: Where Baal and Molech Want Your Children

New York: Where Baal and Molech Want Your Children

The above sign appears at the arrival gate when one enters the state of New York and New York City at JFK airport. Unfortunately, that welcome mat is no longer a guarantee to thousands of unborn children. Yes children! A woman can now carry a baby full-term and still have a ‘legal’ abortion performed. This was signed into law under the disguise of ‘only for women whose lives are at risk.’ Studies show that less than 1% of all abortions performed are the result of the woman’s live being at risk.

What is really at risk here? According to Governor Cuomo and the Democratically controlled legislature of New York, ‘we are afraid that Roe v. Wade will be overturned and we are guaranteeing women’s reproductive rights at the state level.” When Gov. Cuomo spoke about the new law he, along with other lawmakers stood at a blue podium with the caption Reproductive Justice No Time To Wait. Wow, talk about an irony. What kind of justice are they referring to?

Aside from the various Bible verses there is enough proof that life begins at conception. Further, why would a woman carry a baby full term and decide to not have it? Obviously there are cases of rape, incest, and the mother’s life risk that are often considered. However, overall there are always many waiting to adopt. There are always people who want to have children and yet can’t and desire to adopt and are required to go through so many various hoops in order to finally get a child to raise as their own. Worse is the fact that a woman can have a one night stand and turn up pregnant only to walk into a doctor’s office and get an abortion under the cover of ‘women’s reproductive health.’

I am more than sympathetic to those who have been raped and abused. It is most unfortunate. Most of the abortions performed in the United States are not due to rape or incest nor the risk of the life of the mother. All that to say, what is really going on? What has New York just done? The state of New York operates a website for child abuse and protective services. If someone suspects or knows of a child being abused they are supposed to report it. Also, there is a list at their website that details who is ‘required’ by law to report child abuse. Among those listed are physicians, nurses, the coroner, medical examiner, and other health care officials.

The same health care officials who are required by law to report the abuse of a child, are possibly the same ones who will be killing or murdering many unborn healthy children. Where is the justice in that? 5 minutes maybe 10 can mean the difference in what is a crime in New York. Worse is the fact that the lawmakers are praising this. Where is the justice?

I worked in healthcare for nearly 3 decades and came in contact with many situations and have a full appreciation of the matters at hand.

I understand that many in all levels of society do not have a Biblical worldview. Others meanwhile, do have a Biblical worldview but they have erroneous teaching are worse have been convinced by bad medical claims that it is not murder, or it is a ‘woman’s right to choose’. Yes there is a choice. What about the choice of the unborn.

So what does the Creator have to say about all of this? I have previously written about Molech in Amos 5, and the Children of Israel passing their children through the ‘fire’ or offering their children to this false god.

Consider the following verses:

Jeremiah 32:35, “they built the high places of Baal that are in the valley of Ben-hinnom to cause their sons and daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I had not commanded them nor had it entered My mind that they should do this abomination to cause Judah to sin.”

Leviticus 18:21, “ you shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of the Lord your God; I am the Lord.”

I can hear some people saying ‘well that is Old Testament!’ Remember the Old has not passed away and further Jesus took the commandments higher. The Old points to the New. We are quick to say ‘thou shalt not murder.’ That is part of the Old Testament which we as New Testament believers are under but Jesus gave us power to live it out and if we sin then we have the blood of Jesus as our sacrifice and we can repent and be forgiven. Wow, God is good.

But we see that God strictly forbade His people to act as the other people around them in allowing or causing their children to ‘pass through the fire’ in being offered to Molech. The god Molech was made by man’s hands of metal, probably bronze, and in its belly a fire was lit and later children were placed in there above the coals and left in there to be basically burned alive, thus the term ‘pass through the fire.’

In 2 Kings 3:27 the king of Moab saw that the battle was turning against him and ‘he took his oldest son, who was to reign in his place, and offered him as a burnt offering on the wall. You see, it is the heathen, or pagan peoples who offered their children to false gods.

Psalm 106:35, “ but they mingled with the nations and learned their practices, 36- and served their idols, which became a snare to them. 37- they even sacrificed their sons and daughters to the demons.” (NASB)

God had forbidden Israel to offer their children to false gods or demons, yet as we read they mingled with the other nations and took up their practices. This is what happens when we allow the world to ‘mingle’ with the Church and we adopt their practices instead of keeping Jesus’ teachings and further teaching and discipling the nations as we were commanded by Jesus. Thus in America and in any nation where abortion or any form of child sacrifice exists we have come to allow our children to be offered to false gods. I’m sure many are offended and many see what I am teaching as too extreme. Unfortunately, we can’t cover it up or disguise it any longer.

What are we to do then? First we must pray and intercede for the United States as a nation, and then for all states. We need to pray for the Supreme Court in possibly overturning Roe v. Wade. When this happens and legislation is in turn sent to the states to pass we must pray that each state is ready to pass legislation making abortion illegal. I’m sure that there will be as I believe there should be few if any exceptions. Such as, rape, or incest or the mother’s life. There will need to be education, science, medical and other. We must pray for people’s hearts to be turned back to The Father through Jesus as that is really the only way.

Lord help us! Lord forgive us!

Has God Forsaken America Or

Has God Forsaken America Or

Has America Forgotten God?

It doesn’t take a prophet to look around and see that the current ‘spiritual’ status of the United States is nearly bankrupt. The state of society in every corner has fallen to its worst level in it’s nearly 243 year history. The same could be said of the ‘spiritual’ climate in Europe. The United States has seen a rapid decline in church attendance, and an increase in drug addiction and drug-related crimes, pornagraphy, human trafficking, murder, idolatry, and ‘all manner of evil.’ The state of the schools is at an all time low as we see more and more government mandated teaching that clearly violates God’s Holy Word. The children, youth and young adults are seeking answers and they are getting them from the wrong sources.

We so often hear so many speaking about God’s judgment coming to America, while others speak of a great revival and harvest of souls for the kingdom of God. Who can really know what to make of it? How are we supposed to really know what God is up to? How did all of this happen and is there any real hope for America or any nation that has turned down the path of destruction?

In Deuteronomy chapter 28 God tells how He would bless the Israelites if they obeyed His commands, and at the same time what curses would come in them if they rebelled and did not obey His voice, and turned away from His statutes, precepts, and ordinances. In the book of Judges we see the pattern of the people rebelling and turning away from God, and then God allowing the nations around them to overtake them and conquer them, and the Israelites would remain subject to them until they would cried out, and God would hear their cry and send a deliverer, or Judge. The people would follow God and His teachings for awhile only to turn away again.

By the time the Prophet Jeremiah came on the scene Israel had taken a king, divided into two separate nations, Israel, or the Northern Kingdom, and Judah, or the Southern Kingdom. The Northern Kingdom had been overrun, defeated and saw many of its people assimilate into the Assyrian Empire. While Judah had mostly “good or Godly” kings, the few evil ones were really, really evil. They were the one who ‘killed the prophets’ as Jerusalem was part of that kingdom. Eventually they wouldn’t receive the prophets messages and were carried away to Babylon to be ruled by Babylon and later Persia. This is where the First Temple destruction occurred and then later the return to rebuild The Temple and Jerusalem after 70 years.

So, the question I originally asked about America requires an Answer. Has God gone so far that God has turned His back on her, or has America just thumbed its nose at God and He finally has had enough? I recently was awakened early one morning and was lead to Jeremiah 18:15, which reads,

“but My people have forsaken Me; they make offerings to false gods; they made them stumble in their ways, in the ancient roads, and to walk into side roads, not the highway”

American Has Stumbled Off Of The Path

 

I believe that America has gotten off of the path it started on, not for good but for evil. Some would see the path that America is on now as a ‘good path’. It is obvious that a generation rose up and trampled on The Ten Commandments, and prayer, not just in school, but in any ‘public’ arena, and have abandoned the Word of God. I have a picture of one of the first Continental Congresses and the attendants knelt in prayer. This is how our forefathers founded our country, on their knees, praying to God for direction. Through time, the nations from where immigrants came from brought their cultures and cuisines as well as their religions. We gladly welcomed them but instead of the church demonstrating the gospel to them and reaching out to the nations coming here we allowed their false religions to become mainstream, affecting so much of our culture at large. Often this has caused Christians to lose their first amendment rights but other faiths are given a higher place of respect. We are no longer given respect to practice and follow the teachings of Jesus.

I often hear people say, “America is no longer a Christian nation”! I think only God can answer that but I believe God has and always has had a remnant who will not forsake His word. Certainly there has been a shift as I mentioned at the beginning and the pendulum has swung far to the left, or far away from God. But is there hope?

Jeremiah 18:12 (NASB) But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.” (ESV)

Like Israel of old it seems we live in a day where each one follows his or her own plans. Further, the problem is worse in the church. How can those outside of the church follow and live according to the “Word of God” if they don’t see it modeled by those who claim to be followers of Jesus and the one true and living God? How can we expect the world or society to know God if we don’t ‘know’ Him and His ways? We have to spend time in the word, pray and worship in order to ‘know’ Him and what He is saying and how we can be light in the areas where we walk.

The Potter And The Clay

Perhaps God will deal with America like the Potter dealt with the clay in Jeremiah 18!

Jeremiah 18:7 “At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to uproot, to pull it down, or destroy it; 8- if that nation turns from its evil I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it.”

God does not desire to destroy or wipe out any nation, but those that do not ‘turn or repent’ from evil will certainly eventually feel destruction at the hand of God. So, when we hear someone speaking of coming destruction to America or any other nation, we must remember there is always hope, if that nation repents and turns toward following God. We all know and can probably recite 2 Chronicles 7:14. It speaks of God’s people humbling themselves, and praying and seeking God’s face and turning from their wicked ways. Who is it that turns? God’s people. The nation is following after the devices of their hearts because the ‘people of God’ are not praying, seeking, turning, etc. It starts with God’s people. If we do those things, then He will hear and forgive and ‘heal the land’.

The land must be healed. Yes, the land can be broken, because the evil is spilled on the land and the land cries out for healing. This is why the Southern Kingdom was sent away to Babylon so that the land could ‘have a rest from all of the evil, and heal.” Also, so that God could reform and reshape His people and put a hunger in them to serve Him in their own land.

Jeremiah 18:9-10 “ or at another moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to build it up or to plant it; if it does evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will think better of the good with which I had promised to bless it.” (NASB)

God Established America

 

It was God that truly established America as a beacon of religious freedom for those seeking such in England and all of Europe. The early settlers sought to reach the Native Americans but that had tragic disappointments. America has seen at least two Great Awakenings and many local and regional revivals. Missionaries were sent out to Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world from America, Great Britain, and other nations. Jesus’ church was strong, vibrant and was helping shape the United States at all levels of society.

Unfortunately, America and many other once strong Christian nations have ‘not obeyed God’s voice and have done “evil” in His sight.’ Nevertheless as God built up America and now she has turned away, causing leaders to speak of coming judgment, He can also ‘relent’ concerning the calamities. The storms we see in greater magnitude may or may not be associated with His judgment, but they should serve as a wake up call. Further, before God judges or turns America or any nation over to wrath He will most assuredly judge the church for not doing it’s part to cry out in repentance. 1 Peter 4:17 says that ‘judgment must begin in the house of God, and if it begins with us what will be the end of them that ‘obey not’ the gospel of God?’ God will judge the nations, but first we, the people of God are judged. God is telling the church in America to turn back.

What Is The Final Word

The answer is No! That God has not forgotten America, even though it looks as if America as gone down a different path than it started. He is not willing that anyone should perish, but have everlasting life, through His Son Jesus. The answer is Revival, Reform, Reconciliation, and Awakening .Prayer for America and the nations that have turned away is needed. Pray for the ‘church’ to wake up! Pray for a harvest of souls and then for those to disciple new followers of Jesus. Pray For awakening and harvest in every corner of society, and of course speak up. We all have a voice and we need to quit turning our face away as if it doesn’t matter.

Thank You Lord for mercy and grace.