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“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Monday, December 10, 2012

The end of the final empire

The Lord did so much for Israel, but eventually had to give them up. Their experience in the wilderness, the high, safe standard the Lord Jesus strove to get them to. But, their continual resistance to the Lord’s statutes led to an ultimate cutting off of thousands, and only two Israelite adults, out of approximately a million adults who left Egypt, went in to the land they had all left slavery for.

A similar account can be said of the antediluvians. “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh.” (Gen. 6:3). Humanism had so completely replaced the true religion of faith, which Adam and Seth and Enos had passed down, that only eight survived the cutting off of the world-wide flood.

Today, we see an exact repeat of both histories. Protestantism and a Protestant government of Republicanism have spread out, bringing civil rights and peace to the world. The Lord pushed back the rapid advance of satanic domination over the earth through papal armies.

While the church dwelled in the North American wilderness the Lord watched over her and covered her with His cloud by day and fire by night. “Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruits of His increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the LORD.” (Jer. 2:3). He fought for their badly out-numbered revolutionary armies under General Washington who was shot twice and somehow never was touched. Our God also protected the young republic during the second revolutionary war of 1812.

Concerning His deliverance from their captivity by papal Rome, the Lord says to Protestantism in America and to His bestowal of spiritual and temporal wealth and power upon them, “Thus saith the Lord GOD unto [Protestant Americans]; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was [a Briton], and thy mother [a Pope].
And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.
None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.
And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.
I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou wast naked and bare.
Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread My skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest Mine.
Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil.
I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers’ skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk.
I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck.
And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.
Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom.
And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through My comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD.” (Eze. 16:3-14).

But, for Israel, time after time, they left the holiness of the Law of God for the thrills of the one-world false religion that dismissed conviction and repentance and offered sexual perversion and foolishness in their place. Each revival was followed by deeper apostasies. At long last, they were given up by God. First, He rejected the northern tribes who originally had rejoiced in Jehovah’s love for all the abundance of His earthly blessings, but later indulged in the one-world religion; and later, the God of Israel had to reject the southern tribes who copied all the perversity of the northern tribes, but originally had enforced God’s laws and rejoiced with David in God’s character and His holiness.

The Israelites all had been the apple of His eye, the object of His supreme regard. In better days, God had honored these prayers:
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.” (Psa. 122:6,7).

“LORD, remember David, and all his afflictions:
How he sware unto the LORD, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;
Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;
I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,
Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.
We will go into His tabernacles: we will worship at His footstool.
Arise, O LORD, into Thy rest; Thou, and the ark of Thy strength.
Let Thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let Thy saints shout for joy.
For Thy servant David’s sake turn not away the face of Thine anointed.
The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; He will not turn from it; of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.
If thy children will keep My covenant and My testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon Thy throne for evermore.
For the LORD hath chosen Zion; He hath desired it for His habitation.
This is My rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for Mine anointed.
His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.” (Psa. 132:1-18).

But without a determination to learn of Jehovah and heed His serious and fearful repenting and warnings, only a slide into the unsanctified traditions of the heathen nations could and did result. The apostasy of Ham, Cush, and Nimrod eventually neutralized all the power of Noah’s strong government of righteousness. The apostasy of Hophni and Phineas in the days before Samuel destroyed the revival of Moses and the judges. The apostasy of Solomon and Jeroboam wasted all the advancement of Samuel and David. The work of Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem undid all that Ezra and Nehemiah had spent their lives’ strength for in establishing righteousness―righteousness, the only true foundation for continued greatness and existence as a society.

And so for Protestantism, Luther and his fellow 16th century Reformers founded and built the walls of Jerusalem, only for it to lose its power and inspiration after the Reformers and their generation died. The Lord raised up the Wesleys in the 18th century and reestablished His people on the original foundation of the Reformers, adding the new light of sanctification to their message of justification. But even that great Methodist revival ended in fanaticism and legalism. Despite the uphill battle to rejuvenate the old reformed denominations Methodism took root, only to die later just as the Reformation churches had. But the time of the end arrived in 1844 and all the reformed faiths must be forced to face the original foundation of the Reformation based on the law and the gospel, “whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.” (Eze. 2:5).

But, they would not hear it, and ever since then the hordes of satanic influence have poisoned them and then taken them into darkness and torment. (Rev. 8:7-9:21). Throughout the six trumpets leading up to the Day of Atonement, the denominations have resisted the Lord’s lifeline contained in the Spirit of Prophecy, and they have sunken deeper into politics and spiritualism, and have been smitten by increasing vanity and vexation of spirit. Although holy individuals are still among them, the Protestant organizations are fully dead and are committed to the evil work of uniting church and state and forcing the secular, atheistic, hedonist world to convert or die. Christ has cut these religionists off, and they wander in darkness.

“But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.” (Jude 10-13).

If they hadn’t gone a whoring after the falsehood that the Old Testament was only for the Jews instead of good for all time for all people, the Protestants would know that the Lord calls out to them:
“Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after Me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.
Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruits of His increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the LORD.
Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel:
Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in Me, that they are gone far from Me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?
Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?
And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled My land, and made Mine heritage an abomination.
The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew Me not: the pastors also transgressed against Me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.
Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the LORD, and with your children’s children will I plead.
For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing.
Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but My people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.
Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD.
For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.…
Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when He led thee by the way?
And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river?
Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that My fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.
Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto Me?
For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before Me, saith the Lord GOD.
How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;
A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.
Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.
As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets,
Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.
But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.
Wherefore will ye plead with Me? ye all have transgressed against Me, saith the LORD.…
O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say My people, We are lords; we will come no more unto Thee?
Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet My people have forgotten Me days without number.
Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways.
Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.
Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely His anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned.…
Yea, thou shalt go forth from Him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the LORD hath rejected thy confidences, and thou shalt not prosper in them.” (Jer. 2:2-13, 17-29,31-35,37).

Americans little realize that their nation’s foreign policy, as chief aggressor and oppressor of the world, will soon bring that same destructive military power within its own borders, crawling on its own land. Martial law, no freedoms, totalitarian government and religion will lay Protestant America waste and “burn her with fire.” (Rev. 17:16).

She did it to herself. All the statutes and commandments the Lord gave His Reformation Protestants, she despised. The gospel covenant, her birthright, she sold for worldly honor, for self-sufficiency, for pretentious religion and self-righteousness, for fashion and appetite. The Protestants are mired in television and shut up on fiction and unbelief. They have served another master and their Lord is bringing in an earthly power to take them away from the Constitution and religion of freedom that they have spurned.

“Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years.
In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods,
And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.
And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.
And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree:
And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger:
For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.
Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep My commandments and My statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by My servants the prophets.
Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God.
And they rejected His statutes, and His covenant that He made with their fathers, and His testimonies which He testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them.
And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger.
Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of His sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.
Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.
And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until He had cast them out of His sight.
For He rent Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from following the LORD, and made them sin a great sin.
For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them;
Until the LORD removed Israel out of His sight, as He had said by all His servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.” (2Ki. 17:5-23).

The Lord had made it abundantly clear and put it in writing what would happen to His favored people if they were to follow Satan. “Ye shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:
(For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)
That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.
For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.
Therefore shall ye keep Mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.” (Lev. 18:26-30).

But, Americans are copying the customs of the devil, both within and without the church. The shaking of churched and unchurched Protestants will be a terrible ordeal, nevertheless it must take place. To Christian America, the God they forsook, says, “How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah [which He burned up with Sodom]? how shall I set thee as Zeboim [which He burned up with Gomorrah]? Mine heart is turned within Me, My repentings are kindled together.” (Hos. 11:8). But, He finally says, “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.” (Matt. 23:38).

Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.” (Rev. 18:2-8).

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