What America Can Learn from Prophecy

November 1st, 2011

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To us, it seems that we are in a time of unprecedented uncertainty and chaos.  With seemingly no end to the economic financial instability in sight.  Acrimony and  division characterize our government.  People protesting with no purpose other than to foster dissension.

This is a dark time for the U.S.   It is a new experience for us, but it is not something that the world has not seen before.  This is a repeat of what has come before.

What will the outcome be?  As a wise man once said, “Those who refuse to learn from history are destined to repeat it. 

Is there any difference between what we are seeing in the U.S. today and the culture of Germany in the 1930’s before Hitler took complete power?  Is there a difference between  America’s current social revolution and the overwhelming desire to take what others have and make them pay than the upheaval with Lenin in Russia in the 1920’s following the philosophies of Marx? 

Is there a difference?  I say no.

And how did that work out for those countries?

If we don’t learn from history, we will repeat it.

But this phenomenon predates the last century.  This is the story of human history. 

The story of the nation of Israel, God’s chosen people, can be seen as the human condition encapsulated.   Their story has been repeated throughout the nations and through all the centuries.

They had golden years with men and kings who stood for what was right.  However, they had many more where the abandon the covenant God made with them and followed the practices of the heathen nations around them.

When justice and right is abandoned, eventually a nation will fall.  Their story is our story.

The Jewish people were given the Law, not only the spiritual and religious law, but civil and community laws as well.

But they abandoned it.  Not only did they abandon God, but they abandoned their civil justice.    The courts were corrupt.  The youth were out of control.  The two kingdoms, Israel and Judah, had lost their moral compass.

Into this, Isaiah, a prophet born into an aristocratic family, stepped up and stood against the tide.  He spoke out against the prevailing culture of the day and decried the wrongs he saw. 

What  sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them
  with ropes made of lies,
  who drag wickedness behind them like a cart!
They even mock God and say,
  Hurry up and do something!
  We want to see what you can do.
Let the Holy One of israel carry out his plan,
  for we want to know what it is.

What sorrow for those who say
  that evil is good and good is evil,
that dark is light and light is dark,
  that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.
What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes
  and think themselves so clever.
What sorrow for those who are heroes at drinking wine
  and boast about all the alchohol they can hold.
They take bribes to let the wicked go free,
  and they punish the innocent.
Isaiah 5:18-23

They thought they could do what they wanted without repercussions.  They said, “Who is to say what is wrong?  If it makes me happy (in the moment,) why shouldn’t I do it? ”

They said, “My truth is what I decide it to be.”

Doesn’t this sound familiar?

But Isaiah warned against the coming day when God’s patience would wear out and judgement would be released.

Therefore, just as fire licks up stubble
  and dry grass shrivels in the flame,
so their roots will rot
  and their flowers wither.
For they have rejected the law of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies;
  they have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
That is why the Lord’s anger burns against his people,
  and why he has raised his fist to crush them.
Isaiah 5:24-25

But they ignored his warnings

The outcome for Israel was one of complete destruction.  They were invaded by Assyria, and the ten northern tribes were lost and dispersed to this day.

What will the outcome be for us?  We will stop the insanity or will we take the easy path and go along will the tide.

Will we listen?

Will you listen?

Will you be the change where you are? 

Will you stand for what is right and speak out against wrong:  both wrong actions and wrong words.

Will we listen?

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