Tuesday, April 26, 2011
America In Crisis Part Nine
- Long ago Jesus and his disciples shared a private moment in the area around the temple. His disciples in a moment of national and religious pride began to point out the various buildings associated with the temple. They were warmed in their hearts by not only the beauty of the temple, but also by all that it represented. To every Jew where ever he might be found the temple was recognized as the place where God dwelt, and was an outward sign to the world that they were his chosen people.
In the midst of their joy the master told them there was another day coming. This time is referred to in the scriptures as the time of Jacobs’s trouble, or the tribulation. The bible and Jesus had many things to say about those days but I should like to focus on just one today. The Prophet Isaiah spoke of days of darkness and despair that come upon a nation that chooses to turn from God.
Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark. 21 They will go from one place to another, weary and hungry. And because they are hungry, they will rage and curse their king and their God. They will look up to heaven 22 and down at the earth, but wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair. They will be thrown out into the darkness. (Isaiah 8:20-22 NLT)
Their comes time in a nation when its people and leaders have gone to far. God told Moses to tell the people of Israel and to prophesy to the Egyptians that he was bringing a ninth plague on Egypt.
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Lift your hand toward heaven, and the land of Egypt will be covered with a darkness so thick you can feel it.” 22 So Moses lifted his hand to the sky, and a deep darkness covered the entire land of Egypt for three days. 23 During all that time the people could not see each other, and no one moved. But there was light as usual where the people of Israel lived. (Exodus 10:21-23 NLT)
This speaks of a nation being turned over completely to hell. I fear that if our people and our nation do not turn back to God in repentance, that very soon we shall see this judgment come upon our people and our land. The prophet Isaiah spoke of several things, which we can begin to see coming to pass in this generation.
Isaiah said to look to God for words of instruction but the wicked who hardened their hearts against the lord can see only dark. They will go from place to place hungry and weary. They will instead of turning from their wicked ways will rage and curse the Lord. How many people today are angry at God for all the trouble and despair seen in our nation today. Yet because they love the darkness they are blind to the truth and cannot see.
They will look up to heaven and down to the earth, but because their hearts are full of evil, they will only be able to see trouble, anguish, and deep despair. God brought a curse on the land so dark that the people could feel the darkness. Yet in Goshen where the Israelites dwelt there was light in all their dwellings. No matter how dark things may get the true believer in Jesus Christ shall have within their hearts the light of the glory of God. This light shall sustain them in the times of darkness and despair.