“Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer,
and He that formed Thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things;
that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by Myself;
that frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth
wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish… That saith to the deep,
Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers.” (Isa. 44:24,25,27). “And the sixth angel
poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was
dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” (Rev. 16:12).
Both of these prophecies
looked forward to the destruction of Babylon. The first from Isaiah spoke primarily
of the literal Babylon of Nebuchadnezzar. The second primarily spoke of the
final spiritual Babylon that existed as the “holy” Church of Rome throughout
the Dark Ages and was slain by the Reformation’s sword of the Spirit. Both
would see their occultic, counterfeit river of life on fire, and their deluded rejoicing
and foolish minds dried up. In both cases, Babylon would receive perpetual war
from heaven until it would finally succumb to their complete death by the “KING
OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Rev. 19:16).
“And Joshua discomfited
Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. And the LORD said unto Moses,
Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for
I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And Moses
built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi: for he said, Because
the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to
generation.” (Ex. 17:13-16). Likewise would the Lord have perpetual warfare against Satan and his earthly organization to corrupt the earth with its abominations.
But, Israel didn’t bring an
end to those proponents of wicked spiritualism in the holy land.
“Neither did Manasseh drive
out the inhabitants of Bethshean and her towns, nor Taanach and her towns, nor
the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and her
towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns: but the Canaanites would
dwell in that land.
And it came to pass, when
Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly
drive them out.
Neither did Ephraim drive out
the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among
Neither did Zebulun drive out
the inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the Canaanites
dwelt among them, and became tributaries.
Neither did Asher drive out
the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of
Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob:
But the Asherites dwelt among
the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: for they did not drive them out.
Neither did Naphtali drive
out the inhabitants of Bethshemesh, nor the inhabitants of Bethanath; but he
dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: nevertheless the
inhabitants of Bethshemesh and of Bethanath became tributaries unto them.
And the Amorites forced the
children of Dan into the mountain: for they would not suffer them to come down
to the valley:
But the Amorites would dwell
in mount Heres in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim: yet the hand of the house of Joseph
prevailed, so that they became tributaries.
And the coast of the Amorites
was from the going up to Akrabbim, from the rock, and upward.
And an angel of the LORD came
up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have
brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will
never break My covenant with you.
And ye shall make no league
with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye
have not obeyed My voice: why have ye done this?
Wherefore I also said, I will
not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides,
and their gods shall be a snare unto you
Accordingly, today we see that the
papacy has recently risen up from its deathbed. Obviously, as the ancient
children of Israel ceased from destroying the Canaanites from God’s earthly sanctuary
after Joshua died, likewise did the Protestants, after the Reformers died,
cease to expose all the wickedness and evil errors of the papacy, instead of continuing to remove those
errors from Protestantism. And as a result of not finishing the work of
destroying the Canaanites and the Lord’s warning of the ultimate corruption of
Israel by the Canaanites, so has Protestantism been corrupted by the revival of
“And also all that generation
were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after
them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which He had done for Israel.
And the children of Israel
did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:
And they forsook the LORD God
of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed
other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed
themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.
And they forsook the LORD,
and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
And the anger of the LORD was
hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that
spoiled them, and He sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so
that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.
Whithersoever they went out,
the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as
the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed….
And the anger of the LORD was
hot against Israel; and He said, Because that this people hath transgressed My
covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto My voice;
I also will not henceforth
drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died:
That through them I may prove
Israel, whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk therein, as their
fathers did keep it, or not.
Therefore the LORD left those
nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered He them into the
hand of Joshua.” (Jdg. 2:10-15,20-23).
“Now these are the nations
which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not
known all the wars of Canaan;
Only that the generations of
the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as
before knew nothing thereof;
Namely, five lords of the
Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that
dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baalhermon unto the entering in of Hamath.
And they were to prove Israel
by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the LORD,
which He commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.
And the children of Israel
dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and
Hivites, and Jebusites:
And they took their daughters
to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their
And the children of Israel did
evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim
and the groves.” (Jdg. 3:1-7).
Babylon is alive again, and is
about to subjugate America and the world that America has protected from the absolute
despotism of Rome. And the subjugation must be our due punishment because we have ceased to
represent the God who gave us our high place in the world. “Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of
the land. For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north,
saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at
the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round
about, and against all the cities of Judah. And I will utter My judgments
against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken Me, and have
burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.” (Jer.
Today we see a group of
insurgents that commit the most grisly, barbaric, extreme murders. They are
wild; they are uncontrollable; they are unstoppable. They were al-Qaeda; now
they are ISIS. They look Muslim, but the Muslims don’t claim them. Just who are
they? Who is inspiring them? Who do they work for? They are the resurrected Beast
of the Dark Ages. Why are they knocking at our door? Because we have failed
make perpetual war against this modern Amalek, and to be sober and vigilant against
our own individual decline into moral depravity.
Studying the Spirit of
Prophecy and searching our hearts for sin was to be our work during this
investigative judgment. We were to watch for the signs of Christ’s coming, but
that shouldn’t have superseded the afflicting of our souls. For, even watching
the movements of terrorism can become our chief focus instead of this heart-work
of searching our souls and crying to the Lord for more conviction of sin.
If we would not search our
souls for a true, valid, genuine union with Christ in light of the laws and
statutes of Jehovah (which was the requirement of ancient Israel on the Day of
Atonement, lest the Lord should cut them off), then we would be cut off from
God during this investigative judgment. And being cut off is exactly what
explains the sudden emergence of danger all around the world.
“Ah Lord GOD! behold, Thou
hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm,
and there is nothing too hard for Thee:
Thou shewest lovingkindness
unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of
their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is His
Great in counsel, and mighty
in work: for Thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give
every one according to His ways, and according to the fruit of His doings:
Which hast set signs and
wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel, and among
other men; and hast made Thee a name, as at this day;
And hast brought forth Thy
people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a
strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with great terror;
And hast given them this
land, which Thou didst swear to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with
milk and honey;
And they came in, and
possessed it; but they obeyed not Thy voice, neither walked in Thy Law; they
have done nothing of all that Thou commandedst them to do: therefore Thou hast
caused all this evil to come upon them:
Behold the mounts, they are
come unto the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the
Chaldeans, that fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and
of the pestilence: and what Thou hast spoken is come to pass; and, behold, Thou
seest it.” (Jer. 32:17-24).
Protestantism was given
isolation in this New Continent for a refuge apart from the populated,
polluted, pagan, and persecuting Old World. This land of milk and honey was a
most wonderful gift from God. But, what have we done in America? We have served
the god of this world in the Lord’s land of promise. We have not loved the Lord with all of our heart,
mind, and strength. Therefore Providence has “caused all this evil to come upon [us].”
“Behold the mounts, they are
come unto the [Protestantism] to take it; and the [United States] is given into
the hand of the [Jesuit CIA], that fight against it.” Like the Hebrews of the
Old Testament for their disregard of the laws of God and uniting in pagan
worship, the Protestants are soon to be taken away for the exact same reason.
Long have they been corrupted by the errors of Rome, which they never reliquished.
“And it shall be, as with the
people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with
the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with
the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver
of usury to him. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for
the LORD hath spoken this word. The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world
languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The
earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have
transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance [H2706 “set times”], broken [H6565
“disannulled”] the everlasting covenant.” (Isa. 24:2-5).
“And he shall speak great
words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High,
and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until
a time and times and the dividing of time.” (Dan. 7:25). The church of God would
change His times and laws. The very church of God did the work of Antichrist for so long that
the church became Antichrist. Haven’t we done the same today? Hasn’t Protestantism
abrogated and disannulled the Reformation? Haven’t they returned to Rome, the Antichrist?
Isn’t Protestant America speaking like the dragon (Rev. 13:11)? Are we not
repeating the history of the church’s falling away of the 2nd and 3rd
“And it waxed great, even to
the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the
ground, and stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified himself even to the Prince of
the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of His
sanctuary was cast down.” (Dan. 8:10,11). Finally, the apostolic church
completely apostatized. “And an host
was given him against the daily
sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground;
and it practised, and prospered.” (Dan. 8:12). This prophecy so faithfully
articulated the failings of Israel because the multitudes of the church would do the same as Israel. The
church departed so widely from the first love and principles of the apostles
that they cut themselves off from heaven. (Revelation 2:4,5). They became a
beast as Satan increasingly entered into their thinking. Hasn’t Protestantism
done the same? Is their brother, Adventism, doing the same? Hasn’t the first
beast from the Dark Ages returned to life and power? Isn’t it parading its
powers and re-speaking its former boasts against God and its threats against
Protestantism has abandoned
its original laws given to the Reformers—the statutes and doctrines of righteousness
by faith and God’s Law. Haven’t we Protestants done as the parable described? “His
citizens hated Him, and sent a message after Him, saying, We will not have this
Man to reign over us.” (Luke 19:14). We have abrogated His authority to condemn
our sins and us. We claim to be all holy. And we are the holy people, but only
by the unmerited mercy of God. Yet, without the slightest conscience for
disclaiming loyalty to the Law of God, we presumptuously hold onto His gracious
promises: “God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our
Lord Jesus Christ” (1Thess. 5:9); “There is therefore now no condemnation to
them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the
Spirit.” (Rom. 8:1). How dare we claim these precious promises while refusing
His condemnation for our sins, His loving threatenings, His fatherly hot wrath
It’s true of Jehovah: “Thou
shewest lovingkindness unto thousands….” (Jer. 32:18). But Protestants exclude
the rest of the verse, “… and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the
bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of
hosts, is His name.” (Jer. 32:18). “And the LORD passed by before [Moses], and proclaimed,
The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in
goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and
transgression and sin…” (Ex. 34:6,7). Jehovah is a gracious God, but He will
only accept genuine, heart-service from those who accept His precious convictions of sin
along with His wonderful provisions and protection. As He continued, “…and that will by no
means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children,
and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.”
The most heinous crime before
Christ is to pretend to serve Him while really following Satan in his rebellion against reproof and correction, and serving this
destroyer of Christ’s Father and His Father’s kingdom of purity and righteousness. Everyone in His church who
fails His tests of loyalty to Him, He will jealously punish for their deceit and then
give them to the master they have really loved. “Thou shalt not bow down
thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God,
visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth
generation of them that hate Me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that
love Me, and keep My commandments.” (Ex. 20:5,6). Grace and Law. We hear it
coming out of His mouth again and again. Grace and Law. No Law, no grace; hearing our Father’s Law is the
condition for His grace. “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear Him.” (Ps. 103:13).
We didn’t like the
conditional grace of the Lord that was contingent upon our submitting to His
righteousness. Repeating the song ad nauseam, “Grace, grace, God’s grace….”, we
deceived ourselves and each other into believing that grace was all that the
Lord wanted in His covenant. We quoted a misunderstood verse, “I will have
mercy, and not sacrifice.” (Matt 9:13). Jesus didn’t mean “not sacrifice” as in
no self-sacrifice, no self-denial, no abstinence and crucifixion of self. If that had
been His definition of “not sacrifice”, then He would have contradicted His own
words and example when He said, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and
take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matt. 16:24), and “I have a baptism to be
baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!” (Luke 12:50).
No, when Jesus said, “I will not have sacrifice”, He meant that He would refuse
the great, ostentatious formality into which the animal sacrifices had degraded.
By the word “sacrifice” He spoke against righteousness by their great works and
sacraments; He spoke of no more service with great hypocrisy; He meant no more pretense in
serving God. False worship is all about substituting our own great acts in
order to evade God’s conviction and repentance. It’s a work of replacing the
Spirit’s sharp, pointed wounds to my conscience, with my shallow, surface
self-affliction. And that kind of ceremonious worship and service all sprung
from heathen worship. The pagan world never humbled itself before the God of
Israel because Satan would not let them submit themselves to the truths God
gave to His people.
We need to be humiliated. But we
cannot humble ourselves. Only God can humble us; and He will humble us through trouble. That
trouble can come through the bright light of His truth enlightening our sinfulness.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt
you in due time…. The God of all grace...hath called us unto His eternal
glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while.” (1Pet. 5:6,10).
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” (Jas.
4:10). “And therefore will the LORD wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and
therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is
a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for Him.” (Isa. 30:18).
But, if we won’t go to His
truth just as we are, then He can still humble us and save us through the much greater
trouble that His enemy will bring to us. Thus, through the warfare of God,
which is His strange act, the new master we have chosen gives us double the
trouble that we would have received under our gracious Father if we had chosen
to walk in His light. Jehovah takes no delight in seeing the suffering of His
children, but He does delight when He sees them admit that they chose the
suffering and then they seek Him with their whole heart. He sings over them and rejoices like the Father did when He received His humbled, prodigal son.
the tail end of His threats to Israel’s disobedience, He said that if they confess “that I
also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of
their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then
accept of the punishment of their iniquity….” (Lev. 26:41). Jesus made these
requirements very clear to the children of Israel; and He changeth not, as we
love to sing. Once again, His people today have lusted for grace without Law and
condemnation. Protestantism and Adventism have not surrendered to His justice
and His offense toward our sinfulness. If we have, then we would love the
Spirit of Prophecy.
“For they being ignorant of
God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have
not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” (Rom. 10:3). Our focus
has been on this world, and we didn’t allow Him to correct us. We, Protestant
America, didn’t love Him with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Our
highest priority was making a living, getting ahead in this world, getting a
good job, “making it big”, accumulating wealth and the American dream. And now
Protestantism is busy grabbing all the left-over easy oil and natural resources
in the world. We have not used the blessing of God and His land flowing with
milk and honey to distribute His wealth to the world, and thus be exalted in
the earth because we exalted the world. What we have done in terms of God’s
command to distribute our wealth to the world has been only eye-service and
half-hearted. All of our efforts in that enterprise have been done by the
life-work of a few outspoken people, not by a unified nation, rejoicing to give
from our hearts.
So, if we won’t of ourselves
distribute to the world the Lord’s wealth then He knows someone who will force
us to distribute—Babylon. And it will be very deflating of our ego. We would
not police our own morality, so the Lord will raise up the kings of the earth
to police us and to redistribute our wealth.
Shouldn’t we have expected
“For if we would judge
ourselves, we should not be judged.” (1Cor. 11:31).
“For they [Israel,
Christianity, Protestantism, Adventism] are a nation void of counsel, neither
is there any understanding in them.
O that they were wise, that
they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
How should one chase a
thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them,
and the LORD had shut them up?
For their rock is not as our
Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.” (Deut. 32:28-31). If His last
days people had remained repentant before His Law, the Lord would have sent His
convicting Comforter to correct and instruct them.
But instead He must send a whip
and a rod. Because Israel wouldn’t judge themselves and self-correct, the Lord
took the work of judgment and correction and gave it to a powerful enemy.
“But the Chaldeans’ army
pursued after them, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho: and when
they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to
Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he gave judgment upon him.” (Jer. 39:5
The Jews wouldn’t examine
themselves in the light of the Law, and afflict their souls before the Lord for
repentance and renunciation of sin. They preferred to do the pagan celebration
worship; that is, to dance and sing, “Grace, grace, God’s grace….” They
preferred the devil’s cheap emotional religion instead of the Saviour’s
convicting, redemptive religion. They preferred to be in and out of faith and up
and down in victory over their sins. Surrender to the mighty hand of God and
His righteousness would have fixed all these problems. But, they would not
suffer the humiliation before the Law of God, the Bible, and the voice of prophets.
Therefore, the Lord would humble them. Will we, the modern day Jews, humble
ourselves before the Spirit of Prophecy? Or, must we be humbled by the enemy?
Remember that the new master
we have chosen who will judge us in the Lord’s place will do so without any
mercy, because we would not grant the Lord to judge us through His Law and Spirit.
“All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, We offend
not, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even
the LORD, the hope of their fathers.” (Jer. 50:7). The apostate Jews’ lives
were made “for a prey.” (Jer. 21:9). In the end, it would be said that they
received “received of the LORD’s hand double for all [their] sins.” (Isa. 40:2).
It took 600 years, but they finally surrendered to Christ’s warfare against
their disobedience to His Father’s will. The nation knew what it meant to “have
suffered a while.” (1Pet. 5:10). Then His Father sent Him. The Jews would be
humbled and enabled to send the message to the world of the Messiah who had
loved them and had died to save not only them, but the whole world.
This is the essence of sacred
history. God has a people who He had gotten to know. He needs them to go out
into the world to find the rest of His children sprinkled everywhere. He
purifies them with His laws and makes them holy, happy, and the example of
everyone “whom the King delighteth to honour.” (Est. 6:9). But, their love for
Him cools, they flock to the immorality and wickedness of His enemy, and He
rightfully shows them the insults with which they repaid Him. Generations
later, their children’s children see the error of their ways and return their
honor and reverence to the Lord their God.
Will Protestant America learn
from this? Surely, the Protestants know their Bibles. Every man his own priest,
right?! Sola Scriptura, right? No. Most Protestants haven’t learned from sacred
history because they haven’t known the essence of Bible sacred history. “And
the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed,
which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and
he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed.” (Isa. 29:11). They don’t understand the
main theme of the Bible, that God has children―whoever will obey Him. “If ye
endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom
the Father chasteneth not?” (Heb. 12:7). If they don’t
want to obey Him as their God and Master, it is because they are serving
another god and master. That is the common theme. If they refuse to obey, they
reap His punishment and He hands them over to their real master. If they then turn
and choose to obey their Creator, they reap His blessing and His everlasting
Spirit of life. Will they choose death or life? Simple decision, isn’t it? If it
is so simple, then why do we keep choosing death? Because we keep refusing to
look at His Law, His scriptures, and the plan for His new kingdom.
“What is written in the law?
how readest thou?” (Luke 10:26).
“For what saith the
scripture?” (Rom. 4:3).
“Do ye not therefore err,
because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?” (Mark 12:24).
The Bible, our only safeguard against the great adversary, has once again been
discredited by his men, and we are believing his every word. Therefore, the
unavoidable punishment must come. Isis, the Jesuits, the Inquisitions of the
Dark Ages, another Hitler Germany, must bear sway in America and reign over the
“Therefore hath the curse
devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the
inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
The new wine mourneth, the
vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.
The mirth of tabrets ceaseth,
the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.
They shall not drink wine
with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.
The city of confusion is
broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
There is a crying for wine in
the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.
In the city is left
desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction….
From the uttermost part of
the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My
leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt
treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.
Fear, and the pit, and the
snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.
And it shall come to pass,
that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he
that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the
windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.
The earth is utterly broken
down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
The earth shall reel to and
fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression
thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.
And it shall come to pass in
that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on
high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
And they shall be gathered
together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the
prison.” (Isa. 24:6-12,16-22).
“Judgment also will I lay to
the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the
refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
And your covenant with death
shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the
overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
From the time that it goeth
forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and
by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
For the bed is shorter than
that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he
can wrap himself in it.
For the LORD shall rise up as
in mount Perazim, He shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that He may do His
work, His strange work; and bring to pass His act, His strange act.
Now therefore be ye not
mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of
hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.” (Isa. 28:17-22).
“Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the
city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices.
Yet I will distress Ariel,
and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto Me as Ariel.
And I will camp against thee
round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise
forts against thee.
And thou shalt be brought
down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the
dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the
ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.
Moreover the multitude of thy
strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones
shall be as chaff that passeth away: yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly.
Thou shalt be visited of the
LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm
and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.
And the multitude of all the
nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her
munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision.
It shall even be as when an
hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is
empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he
awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the
multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.
Stay yourselves, and wonder;
cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not
with strong drink.
For the LORD hath poured out
upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and
your rulers, the seers hath
And the vision of all is
become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one
that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it
And the book is delivered to
him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not
Wherefore the Lord said,
Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth, and with their lips do
honour Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me
is taught by the precept of men:
Therefore, behold, I will
proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a
wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of
their prudent men shall be hid.
Woe unto them that seek deep
to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they
say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
Surely your turning of things
upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of
him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that
framed it, He had no understanding?
Is it not yet a very little
while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful
field shall be esteemed as a forest?” (Isa. 29:1-17).
Our exceeding national debt
and exceeding gluttony must cause our economy to collapse. We must be punished.
We must be visited with the judgments of the Lord.
“Thou shalt be visited of the
LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm
and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.” (Isa. 29:6) “Moreover the
multitude of thy strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the
terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away: yea, it shall be at an
instant suddenly.” (Isa. 29:5).
“Then the LORD will make thy
plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long
continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.” (Deut. 28:59). In
the tribulation, and in the magnificence of the extremity from the Lord, many
will see the mighty hand of God. They will believe and humble themselves before
their God. “They shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their
fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against Me, and that also
they have walked contrary unto Me; and that I also have walked contrary unto
them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their
uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of
their iniquity” (Lev. 26:40,41), then He will mollify their hearts with His Spirit and heal their lives with His truth.