December 2012 Yavoh

The election is over and the United States is in deep trouble. We are no longer “United;” instead we are “Divided.” Our division runs deep – deeper than people realize. The division in America is not just along racial lines or conservatives versus liberals. It is more than union members versus business owners; or, those who receive government benefits versus those who pay the taxes. It’s not about the economics of bloated entitlement programs and massive government debt. There is a deep unseen division in America that goes beyond the visible elements for polling data.

Before we identify what is the deeper source of division in America, consider these words spoken by the Messiah.

And if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. MARK 3:24-25

The country called “The United States of America” is in the process of collapse. We, the citizens and the government of the country are tearing it down and stripping it like looters going through a shopping mall. The only question is how long can it teeter back and forth before it is shattered into pieces.

We have seen the steady demise of our country for some time. The giant foundation of our country has been chipped away and eroded throughout my generation. Historically, no democracy has survived more than 400 years. They all come apart when the last generation discovers that they can vote themselves anything they want. They eventually vote themselves into bankruptcy and out of existence. The United States are there now.

Since the election, citizens in various states have begun petitioning the White House to secede from the union of the states. As of middle November, hundreds of thousands of citizens from all 50 states have signed the petition. The number is growing daily.

Our country was founded on the principles of God and belief in God. Our founding fathers looked beyond just themselves and trusted God to preserve and protect them. But today, the majority of our country and our leaders share nothing of that faith with the founding fathers. The document written by the founding fathers – the Constitution – is no longer followed in its intent or purposes. Instead, the words are ignored or twisted to support distorted social agendas and different ideologies.

The petition in part reads: “We petition the Obama administration to: Peacefully grant the State of [individual states are listed] to withdraw from the United States of America and create it own NEW government.”

It goes on to say: “As the Founding Fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776: ‘When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.’”

I don’t think this petition will be honored nor change anything in the foreseeable future. But, I do believe it reflects how deep the division is in our country. The “deeper” division in our country, the one that is the most serious, is between those who hold to the righteousness of a Holy God and those who hold a belief in God as “offensive” and “repressive.” Based on the election results the values of God, the same values that formed this country to begin with, are no longer shared by a majority of the citizens. During the Democratic convention, there was open debate about removing “God” from the platform for the entire party. Why don’t they want “God” mentioned in the platform or the public area? It is simple, the values of God pertain to things like the sexual behavior and the definition of marriage. God stands for righteousness and personal responsibility, but a majority of Americans now stand for “social justice” and “equal rights,” dismissing the righteousness of God. As a result, blasphemy and open scorn of anything to do with God is vogue and public entertainment. What is amazing is that Jews and Catholics voted for the Democrats and President Obama. Apparently, their faith in God did not influence their vote.

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. PROV 14:34

Let me share an observation. I think that those petitioning the White House are now embarrassed by their own nation.

While I agree with the reasons for the division previously cited, I think there is an even more insidious reason for our division that goes beyond discounting God and Godly values.

Division is coming to the United States because we are bringing division to the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem.

The Scriptures have warned that anyone trying to disturb Jerusalem in any way would suffer harm. This has been the history of world empires such as the Greeks, Romans, European Crusaders, Muslims, Turks, and the British. All have attempted to own or control Jerusalem to their own harm.

And it will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. ZEC 12:3

Since 1993, the United States has been deeply involved in the Middle East Peace and Security agreement between the Palestinians and Israel. Beginning with President Clinton and continuing to President Obama today, the United States has sought a “two-state solution” for the conflict in the Middle East. In May of 2011 near the Feast of Weeks, President Obama proclaimed that the borders for the two states should be based on the 1967 borders (essentially the 1949 armistice borders). This was devastating to Israel and glee to the Palestinians. If implemented, it puts the old city of Jerusalem and the temple mount in the Palestinian zone.

It is dividing the land of Israel that the prophet Joel states is the reason why there is going to be a Day of the Lord (final judgment).

I will gather all the nations, and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land. JOE 3:2

The division of the United States can be directly linked to policies that have been used against Israel. This month of November 2012, the Palestinians are petitioning the United Nations General Assembly based on President Obama’s declaration in May of 2011. The date of the vote is scheduled for November 29 (the anniversary of the UN petition to establish a Jewish homeland in 1948). This is the marker of the final generation for many students of prophecy. The coincidence of this date and its historical meaning is as significant as 9/11 is to Americans.

There are many in this country who saw the airplane strikes on 9/11 as a warning of judgment on America. We saw our enemies striking us. Jonathan Cahn’s book The Harbinger succinctly makes that argument. There are now many who see our newly elected President as another judgment from God. God judged Israel this way in the past; He gave them bad kings who did more harm than their enemies could do. I believe God showed us what our President would do to us and to Israel in his previous term and now in 2012 we have voted for him again.

Oh by the way, there are now reports that Obama is considering how to run for President in 2016 and beyond. He is only getting started.

Based on the promise of God to Abraham and his descendants, we know that what is done to Israel will be done to us. As we have threatened and brought Israel to a crisis of division, so it is happening to us. If we act as tyrants against Israel then we will suffer under a tyrant ourselves.

This all comes with all the world sensing ominous changes on the horizon. For those of us looking for the signs of the end and the Master’s soon return, the election of President Barack Obama is thematically consistent with the coming Great Tribulation. Disaster is right before us. Even the government and press are referring to the economic negotiation at the end of this year as the “fiscal cliff.” I sincerely believe that it is highly probable that this country will go over that cliff to economic disaster. That is how divided we are.

What most people, even Godly people cannot see is the profound prophetic implication of how God can judge us with our own President. The prophet Daniel said it well. It is God who determines the king/ruler of every nation. The heart of the king or ruler is in the hand of God. God determines who the ruler of each land will be.

Daniel answered and said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. And it is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men, and knowledge to men of understanding. It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.” DAN 2:20-22

So powerful is the ominous future for the United States and Israel because of our President’s new term that many have begun to prognosticate our immediate future. According to them, many more changes are coming. I am only going to share a few of their thoughts and projections. It is clear that the United States established in 1776 is going away. This isn’t even like the country of my youth anymore.

1. Expect the federal government to increase the roles of the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to vastly increase the use of surveillance equipment. Cameras in all public areas and unmanned drones will become a daily part of life in our cities. Checkpoints will begin to be installed.

2. Expect secret arrests and prolonged detentions without due process of law to begin for US citizens. These persons will be consider “domestic terrorists” who were plotting to do future harm to the federal government, even though none was done.

3. Expect the federal government and the mass media to begin a propaganda campaign against conservative citizens who are preparing for future disasters defining them as domestic terrorists. They will characterize those who believe in the end of the ages and the return of Messiah as “dangerous” and “zombies.”

4. Expect the stock market to get very volatile with significant investment losses. Expect food prices to rise dramatically. But expect an energy boom for oil and natural gas and massive government control.

5. Expect to hear of more about GMO foods and government corruption to keep the truth from consumers.

6. Expect Obamacare to become a nightmare for senior citizens.

7. Expect gun sales to increase and the federal government to take steps to outlaw assault weapons that have high capacity magazines.

8. Expect First Amendment rights such as freedom of speech, the right to assemble, and religious freedom to erode by government regulation.

9. Expect the President to circumvent the Congress and the Courts by Presidential decree.

10. Expect more layoffs and unemployment to increase as companies shut down.

11. Expect more citizens to become unruly and protests against the government to begin.

12. Expect to hear of more turmoil with the White House and the administration. Expect to hear calls for impeachment matched with President Obama running for a third term in 2016.

13. Expect to hear rumors and talk of the United States being broken up into regions with multiple states banding together in secession from the federal government.

Whether these things do occur or not is secondary for the moment. What is significant is the “division” of the United States is beginning to develop a life of its own. There is almost a sense of inevitability to this path by many who did not vote for President Obama.

For those of us who have studied the Scriptures, seeking to understand end-time events, one particular prophecy has stood out for those of us in America. America is a very young nation as compared to the rest of the world and world history. Since WWII, America has skyrocketed to a superpower. The belief has always been that if we are at the end times, then there must be something in the prophecies that addresses America’s part in that world. This is why many prophecy students see striking parallels between ancient Babylon and modern America. Besides, end-time prophecy itself speaks of another Babylon at the end of the ages. This is found both in the ancient prophecies of Jeremiah concerning ancient Babylon and the book of Revelation that is well after the ancient Babylon.

Just for clarification, ancient Babylon was a very rich but short-lived city-state that took the Jews captive for 70 years. The prophets Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel were involved in that captivity. Jeremiah prophesied about the 70 year captivity in Babylon and both Ezekiel and Daniel were enslaved in Babylon. They are also the same prophets who speak to the end times: Jeremiah speaks of the greater exodus from the nations, Ezekiel speaks of Israel being gathered from nations and the restoration of the two houses of Israel, and Daniel speaks of the final years of the world including the Great Tribulation and rise of the antimessiah. But in the midst of this is “Mystery Babylon” that plays a key role in God’s judgments upon the world at the end of the ages. It is the book of Revelation that echoes and pulls the prophecies of these three into the end times.

Let’s examine what Jeremiah said about Babylon.

Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I am going to arouse against Babylon and against the inhabitants of Leb-kamai the spirit of a destroyer. And I shall dispatch foreigners to Babylon that they may winnow her and may devastate her land; for on every side they will be opposed to her in the day of her calamity. Let not him who bends his bow bend it, nor let him rise up in his scale-armor; so do not spare her young men; devote all her army to destruction. And they will fall down slain in the land of the Chaldeans, and pierced through in their streets.” JER 51:1-4

Ancient Babylon was overwhelmingly pillaged by the Medes and Persians. Their destruction was rapid and decisive.

For neither Israel nor Judah has been forsaken by his God, the Lord of hosts, although their land is full of guilt before the Holy One of Israel. Flee from the midst of Babylon, and each of you save his life! Do not be destroyed in her punishment, for this is the Lord's time of vengeance; He is going to render recompense to her. Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of the Lord, intoxicating all the earth. The nations have drunk of her wine; therefore the nations are going mad. Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken; wail over her! Bring balm for her pain; Perhaps she may be healed. We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed; forsake her and let us each go to his own country, for her judgment has reached to heaven and towers up to the very skies. The Lord has brought about our vindication; come and let us recount in Zion the work of the Lord our God! JER 51:5-10

The warning of sudden destruction and the need to escape is repeated in the book of Revelation for the end times. But Revelation details the modern Babylon. As you review this detail it begins to focus on a city.

And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! And she has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.” And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Pay her back even as she has paid, and give back to her double according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her. To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as a queen and I am not a widow, and will never see mourning.’ For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong. And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’” And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more; cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze and iron and marble, and cinnamon and spice and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargoes of horses and chariots and slaves and human lives. And the fruit you long for has gone from you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and men will no longer find them. The merchants of these things, who became rich from her, will stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning, saying, “Woe, woe, the great city, she who was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls; for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!” And every shipmaster and every passenger and sailor, and as many as make their living by the sea, stood at a distance, and were crying out as they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What city is like the great city?’ And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!’ Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her.” REV 18:2-20

In these modern times there is one nation and one city that meets the definition of Mystery Babylon. It is the United States and New York City. Isn’t it fascinating that we are also on the brink of a military conflict with the ancient Medes and Persians (modern day Iran)?

The call to come out of her, My people seems to fit the call of a greater exodus where the remnant believers leave the cities and escape to the wilderness of the peoples. This seems to also fit the red/blue map of division in the most recent election. The President and the Democratic party is predominately in the major cities whereas the Republicans and others are located in all of the rural communities. I am not saying the Republicans are favored by God over the Democrats but the Democrats themselves have taken a position separating themselves from God. But let us look back again to the words of Jeremiah. They seem to speak again of the whole nation.

Come forth from her midst, My people, and each of you save yourselves from the fierce anger of the Lord. Now lest your heart grow faint, and you be afraid at the report that will be heard in the land – For the report will come one year, and after that another report in another year, and violence will be in the land with ruler against ruler – Therefore behold, days are coming when I shall punish the idols of Babylon; and her whole land will be put to shame, and all her slain will fall in her midst. JER 51:45-47

If the United States does begin to crumble within because of the deep division we now see, then
there will be hostilities and it will be more than just citizens petitioning for secession. It will pit cities, counties and states against one another.

“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “When I shall punish her idols, and the mortally wounded will groan throughout her land. Though Babylon should ascend to the heavens, and though she should fortify her lofty stronghold, from Me destroyers will come to her,” declares the Lord. The sound of an outcry from Babylon, and of great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans! [Americans?] For the Lord is going to destroy Babylon, And He will make her loud noise vanish from her. And their waves will roar like many waters; the tumult of their voices sounds forth. For the destroyer is coming against her, against Babylon, and her mighty men will be captured, their bows are shattered; for the Lord is a God of recompense, He will fully repay. And I shall make her princes and her wise men drunk, her governors, her prefects, and her mighty men, that they may sleep a perpetual sleep and not wake up,” declares the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts. Thus says the Lord of hosts, “The broad wall of Babylon will be completely razed, and her high gates will be set on fire; so the peoples will toil for nothing, and the nations become exhausted only for fire.” JER 51:52-58

For the sake of discussion, let us say that the United States is on the brink of destruction and God’s judgment. Let us also say that the proper interpretation of Babylon is in fact America. The destruction described in the Scripture is eerily close to what many are fearing for our country right now.

Before the children of Israel began the exodus and their journey to the promised land, they moaned and cried about how life in Egypt had changed. The new Pharaoh didn’t remember Joseph anymore. Life became hard and cruel in Egypt. So it seems to be in our days now. We are anticipating another exodus to the promised land soon. We too find ourselves crying and moaning for what we see our country has become. This is not a good place for us anymore. Many want to leave Egypt (America). Our President doesn’t seem to remember or understand the America we grew up in since he didn’t grow up here and he does not value the faith of the founding fathers. He has other ideas that are strange to us and contrary to our values.

Is this the time when God calls us out from that Egypt, from that Babylon at the end of the ages? Is this the time when God pours out great judgments on those who are opposed to Him? Are we on the brink of the Great Tribulation and the Greater Exodus?

I don’t for certain at this moment know the answer to those questions even though everything is trending that way. But I do know that before the Great Tribulation and Greater Exodus can begin God’s people have got to get sick of this rotten, no good world and be willing to get up and walk away from it for the kingdom. They must be willing to walk away from their homes in Egypt and Babylon and prefer a tent in the camp of the righteous. Being disgusted with this world is just as important to that decision to leave as is the hope and joy of the kingdom to come. This, coupled with God’s call to come up out, is essential to living in the days of the Great Tribulation.

I encourage every one of you to watch carefully how this year ends and how the new year unfolds. Watch for cataclysmic events to involve Israel, the dividing of the land of Israel, and an altar to be built on the temple mount. Watch for a new Pope and a new leader to emerge in Europe. Watch for a vortex of judgment to begin churning right here in the United States.

We will know by the end of February 2013 if all hell is about to break loose and the rest of world will be subject to the returning Holy God. In the meantime, we should remain sober and humble ourselves before the Lord.

Getting out of Babylon is part of the Greater Exodus. We cannot remain in the cities. We must escape to the wilderness of the peoples (where the people are not) where God will protect and provide for us.

If the signs of the Abomination of Desolation do occur, then we will leave during the Feast of Unleavened Bread eating the “bread of haste.” In the meantime, I trust that you are preparing. We will not be leaving our country; our country left us first.