These two sayings go together.
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.” (Psa. 53:1).
“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” (Jer. 17:5).
Then there is a third verse as their corollary.
“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure.” (Psa. 2:4,5).
The Lord blesses and the Lord takes away. He sets up nations and empires and puts them down again. All this because, once He has blessed them due to their obedience to His commandments, they listen to the tempter, and take the credit for all of God’s gifts and achievements.
When they were small in their own eyes, they were happy to know that the God of heaven loved to provide for them. They saw His loving-kindness and mercy on their grievous weakness and corruption. They saw the excellence in modesty and humility and temperance. Self-centeredness was warred against. Their hearts were subdued and their families were more or less calmed by mutual grace. Fathers and mothers gave honor to one another “as being heirs together of the grace of life.” The tribe or village was “of one mind, having compassion one of another,” loving “as brethren, … pitiful, … courteous: not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that …. thereunto [they were] called, that [they] should inherit a blessing.” (1Pet. 3:7-9).
Then, the arch-destroyer leads the prosperous nation to stop thanking God for all of His mercies. Before long, a generation arises that never knew the former holy, humble fathers. The blessings of God continue to roll in because He loves to send His sunshine and rain upon all. But, He not only loves to be merciful, He also loves to be just. He loves to see judgment in the earth, and He knows that His blessings will be counted as the product of that foolish generation’s great wisdom and innate worthiness.
Even if they don’t say there is no God of heaven, they still believe it. Their sterile, lawless lives demonstrate their rank unbelief which rises before God as an unsavory sacrifice to themselves. Therefore He lets His gift-giving abound so that that generation may know that they are but men. They become drunk with success and materialism, and imperialistic dreams take possession of them; they live in a stupor as the luxuries and wealth flow in from the world around them, which they have enslaved.
“Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.” (Jer. 25:27).
The fear of God is forever stricken from their minds. As Nineveh humbled itself before God at the preaching of the prophet Jonah, but which a century later had to be totally annihilated for its mad aggression against God and man, each nation that has followed the same course has been destroyed.
We see this in the Persian and Greek empires. Yet, because they refrained from taking the glory of God to the fullest extent, an extreme such as Babylon
did, “they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.” (Dan. 7:12). But Babylon
, because it so allowed Satan to control it and to fully instill in it rebellion against God and oppression of the world, was so totally destroyed that nothing was left of it, forever. This is a message for our generation.
“Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
For I will rise up against them, saith the LORD
of hosts, and cut off from Babylon
the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the LORD
I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts.
The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
That I will break the Assyrian in My land, and upon My mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.” (Isa. 14:21-25).
“This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.” (Zeph. 2:1).
, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom
It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.” (Isa. 13:19-22).
Satan is again let loose and on the rampage, as he did through Babylon
. This is why Babylon
is seen in prophecy at the very end of time, making a stand against Christ when He returns. Mysterious and wicked, “BABYLON
THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND ABOMINATIONS OF
” (Rev. 17:5) has returned and has taken the whole world into its snare.
Multitudes are deceived with regard to Babylon
’s intentions. Its terrorism mimics the past marauding of the Assyrians and Chaldeans.
“Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.
For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs.
They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.
Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.
They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.
And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it.” (Hab. 1:5-10).
“This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and His hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?” (Isa. 14:26,27).
“Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against His people, and He hath stretched forth His hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still.
And He will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly:
None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:
Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses’ hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind:
Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.
And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.” (Isa. 5:25-30).
Why this plague? “Because they despised My judgments, and because their soul abhorred My statutes.” (Lev. 26:43).
“Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and He shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until He have destroyed thee.” (Deut. 28:47,48).
“I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men.” (Deut. 32:26). “And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass.” (Lev.26:19). “The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until He have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.” (Deut. 28:21).
“And shall consume the glory of His forest, and of His fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standardbearer fainteth.
And the rest of the trees of His forest shall be few, that a child may write them.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.
For though thy people Israel
be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.
For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.” (Isa.10:18-23).
“For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and His hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?...
Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.
And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant.
Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke, and none shall be alone in his appointed times.” (Isa. 14:27-31).
“And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when He held up His right hand and His left hand unto heaven, and sware by Him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when He shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” (Dan. 12:7).
Just exactly as the prophets cried out concerning the coming desolating powers of multiple empires robbing the earth of faith and godliness—Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome, we have seen a replica desolating power, “that bitter and hasty nation,” taking control of humanity, dismantling constitutional democratic principles and eroding the restrictions and the freedoms of the U.S. Bill of Rights. Satan has made war against God’s people ever since the days when the Lord freed him to do so in 1849 which began the 5th and 6th trumpets. When the Protestant peoples fully rejected the Bible, then it could be said of them, “They despised My judgments, and…their soul abhorred My statutes.” Because they rejected the biblical truth that Jesus was coming in judgment in 1844, then Satan was permitted to destroy their beautiful and holy construct, the United States Constitution.
Now this nation no longer bears the peaceful “two horns like a lamb” (Rev. 13:11), our Republicanism and Protestantism. Rather, we are fully owned and operated by Babylon
, and it is now happening as was formerly spoken of us, “he spake as a dragon”—that is,
“the Devil, and Satan
.” (Rev. 13:11;12:9). The wars and rumor of wars will continue into a deafening crescendo. That crescendo will be the roaring drunkenness of despotic perdition of a unified mankind.
“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?” (Jer. 2:21). We willingly abandoned the Law of God, why should we merit the wonderful Constitution He gave our honorable forefathers?
Atheism and secularism have taken this whole world into its delusion. Even the best of the human race are captivated. We are drunken with our past successes and filled with ambitions and lusts for the future. Therefore, God has allowed us to repudiate the covenant He gave this world in Protestantism and Republican Democracy. Through a series of world wars and more recent “emergencies,” all of which have been choreographed by the Chaldeans and carried out by Babylonians that have permeated the highest levels of our government and military, denominations and financial organizations, media and science, the Protestant peoples to whom God gave this land of milk and honey are quickly giving up their land and freedoms. God is scattering the power of His holy people.
They have sold their soul. They have denied the holy message from heaven, codified in the holy Bible, written by holy men of God moved by the Holy Ghost and preserved by others who laid down their lives so that we can have it. When He said that we are corrupted by sin, the past two or three generations have bitten into the ancient lie that says that we are basically good. When He has proven Himself as Creator of nature, these generations have disallowed God and His existence, especially so have these latest generations.
Far, far from the God of their forefathers have they fallen away. Who are we now to claim, “God bless America”? The message to both Protestant Evangelicals and boastful American skeptics alike, is, “For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before Me, saith the Lord GOD
.” (Jer. 2:22).
They have been drinking wildly at the wine of Babylon
, and are daring God to overthrow them. “Babylon
is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods He hath broken unto the ground.” (Isa. 21:9). “And Babylon
, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom
.” (Isa. 13:19).
“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (1Thess. 5:2,3).
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” (2Pet. 3:3-10).
“Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
Turn you at My reproof: behold, I will pour out My Spirit unto you, I will make known My words unto you.
Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out My hand, and no man regarded;
But ye have set at nought all My counsel, and would none of My reproof:
I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
Then shall they call upon Me, but I will not answer; they shall seek Me early, but they shall not find Me:
For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
They would none of My counsel: they despised all My reproof.
Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
But whoso hearkeneth unto Me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” (Prov. 1:20-33).
“For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride.
And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath the LORD pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God?
Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken Me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken Me, and have not kept My law;
and ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto Me:
Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour.” (Jer. 16:9-13).
The trials of the children of Israel, and their attitude just before the first coming of Christ, illustrate the position of the people of God in their experience before the second coming of Christ.-- R. and H., 1890, No. 7
Satan's snares are laid for us as verily as they were laid for the children of Israel just prior to their entrance into the land of Canaan. We are repeating the history of that people.--T., No. 31, p. 156.
Satan's snares are laid for us as verily as they were laid for the children of Israel just prior to their entrance into the land of Canaan. We are repeating the history of that people. Lightness, vanity, love of ease and pleasure, selfishness, and impurity are increasing among us. There is need now of men who are firm and fearless in declaring the whole counsel of God; men who will not sleep as do others, but watch and be sober. Knowing as I do the great lack of holiness and power with our ministers, I am deeply pained to see the efforts for self-exaltation. If they could but see Jesus as He is, and themselves as they are, so weak, so inefficient, so unlike their Master, they would say: If my name may be written in the obscurest part of the book of life, it is enough for me, so unworthy am I of His notice.
Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 160.
“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
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
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.”
“With whom the LORD had made a covenant, and charged them, saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them:
But the LORD
, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt
with great power and a stretched out arm, Him shall ye fear, and Him shall ye worship, and to Him shall ye do sacrifice.
And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the commandment, which He wrote for you, ye shall observe to do for evermore; and ye shall not fear other gods.
And the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not forget; neither shall ye fear other gods.
But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and He shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.
Howbeit they did not hearken, but they did after their former manner.” (2Ki. 17:6-23,35-40).
The Lord has almost fully accomplished to scatter the power of His holy people. To completed that scattering or shaking, all we need now is one more 911 and Waco; and it is just around the corner.