As Israel, So Goes the USA
SO CRIES THE HEART
CHAPLAIN, I AM CONCERNED THAT THE USA IS ON THE SWAMP SIDE OF HISTORY. AN OBSERVING ONE NEEDING INSIGHT AND IS CRYING OUT!!!
OBSERVING ONE, YOU ARE VERY OBSERVANT INDEED. I am also crying out to intercessors to report for duty. Are we not hearing the sound of the trumpet? See I THESS 4: Especially VV 16 & 17. I became quite exercised as I was reading the Chronological NIV for January and February 2016 and realized that here is a great parallel between what the Hebrews were experiencing and what the USA is also experiencing as recorded in Exodus 15 THRU 34 and THE BOOKS OF LEVITICUS AND NUMBERS.
The Hebrews were camped at Mount Sinai. Moses had received from God the stone tablets with the ten commandments written on them by the very finger of God. The congregation, even after agreeing to accept everything the Lord commanded, turned their backs on Moses and upon God Himself. Apparently being impatient with Moses as their leader (Moses had gone up the mountain and was slow to return) they insisted that Aaron, the anointed priest make them a golden calf which they would (could) see, touch and “worship” as a god, i.e., they would be in control (be the government that could be controlled by them; same as the USA, a government of, by, and for the people,)
Neither God nor Moses would be in command. Aaron, the priest, saw that the people liked the calf he had made at their insistence. See Ex. 1-6.Aaron then announced a feast to the Lord for the next day. The people sacrificed (barbecued?) “burnt” offerings and “fellowship” offerings, which they ate, then they drank and indulged in revelry, probably an orgy. This open rebellion (wicked sinfulness) made God angry enough to declare that He would destroy them, but Moses interceded and God relented. CAN YOU BEGIN TO SEE THE NEED FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE USA (and the rest of the world) to repent of wicked and open rebellion AGAINST GOD, AND THEN MORE AND MORE INSISTING THAT OUR GOVERNMENT LISTEN TO OUR DESIRES (godlessness: think abortion, same sex marriage, etc., etc., etc)?Well, that is the way the USA is organized, a government of, by and for the people.
INSTEAD OF FROM GOD DOWN TO THE PEOPLE, IT IS FROM THE PEOPLE UP TO THE GOVERNMENT THEN EVEN TO DECIDE IF, WHEN AND HOW WE WILL ACCEPT GOD. Even Aaron alibied his part in the sinfulness. See EX. 32. 21-24. What about God’s present ministers? Moses saw how people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and to become a laughingstock to their enemies. He rallied the Levites and told them to kill even their own brothers, friends and neighbors. 3000 people died that day. Moses interceded again and God told him to go lead the people and MY angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for ME to punish, I will punish them for their sin.” And the Lord struck the people with the plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made. See EX. 32. 30-35, NIV. That is when I became more exercised about my own sinfulness and wept in repentance and concern for the USA.
Two of Aaron’s sons decided to offer unauthorized fire to the Lord and fire came from the altar and consumed them. “Aaron remained silent.” See Lev. 10. 1-3, NIV. Interestingly, the priests were not to drink wine in the meeting tent or they would die. See Lev. 10. 8-11, NIV. (koff, koff.)
GOING ON TO THE PROMISED LAND, GOD’S ANGER WAS KINDLED AGAIN, Even after all the miraculous–ness of the Lord, there was still rebellion and refusal to believe HIM God SAID, AND HE SAID THE CHILDREN WOULD BE PUNISHED FOR THE SINS OF THEIR FATHERS EVEN TO THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATIONS. NEXT THE SPIES THAT GAVE A BAD REPORT ABOUT THE NEW LAND DIED OF THE PLAGUE. SEE NUM. 14. 36-38, NIV. THE ARMY WAS BEATEN BY AMELKITES AND CAANANITES, VV 44, 45. ONE PROBLEM AFTER ANOTHER AS THEY PASSED THROUGH DIFFERENT TRIBES.
I BEGAN TO SEE THE FUTILITY OF REBELLION AS PEOPLE REFUSE TO BELIEVE GOD. THE JUDGEMENTS OF GOD ARE FAST AND FURIOUS. SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD, I RECKON…. THE GREATEST SINS WERE IDOLATRY AND IMMORALLITY. WHEN I Think THAT I CAN MAKE MY OWN GOD, OR BE MY OWN GOD AS ONE PSYCHOLOGY TEACHER ONCE TOLD A CLASS. “I DON’T NEED ONE”, HE SAID.
MULTIPLIED THOUSANDS DIED IN THE DESERT AND ON THE JOURNEY. They turned to immorality and disbelief in GOD to being their own god. They set out to DO away with anything that would remind them of the one true GOD. USA, take notice. It is not the immorality of those governing, but the problem is the people who vote them into office. SO, WHERE IS ELOHIM (FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT)? MINISTERS OF GOD ARE BEING TOLD TO NEVER MENTION THEM. THE USA’S GOVERNING BODIES ARE DOING WHAT THE MAN (MANKIND) OF SIN IS PROPHESIED TO DO. SEE MAT. 24.
RX FOR SAVING THE USA FROM THE WAGES OF SIN: GOD TOLD SOLOMON THAT ONLY HIS OWN REDEEMED PEOPLE, THE CHURCH, COULD SAVE US. II CHRON. 7. 14.
THAT IS WHY I CALL THE INTERCESSORS TO DUTY. WHEN THE PRIESTS (MINISTERS) WEEP BETWEEN THE PORCH, WHERE THE WORD OF GOD IS TAUGHT AND THE ALTAR, WHERE IT IS PROCLAIMED AND HONORED, THE LORD HAS PROMISED TO REVIVE THE LAND (Joel 2. 17, 18). MINISTERS, CALL THE INTERCESSORS TO DUTY, CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS, REPORT TO DUTY. I MOURN FOR THE USA AND THE RECALCITRANT BODY OF CHRIST. IS HIS BRIDE READY FOR HIS RETURN? CRY OUT, OH CRY OUT CHURCH. JOIN US AND REPENT AND PETITION THE LORD FOR FORGIVENESS AND REVIVAL FOR THE USA.
LYN BARNES, DMin, MDiv, MSSM, BS, USACHSCH, CGSC, CH(LTC)USA Ret
MINISTER OF GOD AND APPRENTICE OF CHRIST FOR 60 YEARS