Thursday, June 21, 2012
America In Crisis Part Four
As we move into a new decade America and the world are faced with the most challenging decisions in our history. Some time ago I began to seek the face of God for an answer to a question. How can we know when God begins to bring judgment on a nation? I felt that the Lord had laid it on my heart that an examination of how he brought judgments on nations before, would give me the insight that I was looking for. Specifically I felt led to examine the judgment he brought on the nation of Egypt during the time of the exodus, and there I would find my answer.
Let there be no misunderstanding the heart of God is one of love and compassion. God is slow to wrath and is loath to bring judgment on either an individual or a nation. Yet there comes a time in a nations life when through willful transgression of his laws and commandments that nations come under the judgment of God. God in ancient Egypt poured out ten plagues on Egypt and a close examination of these plagues will give us a clear understanding of events in our world today.
1 [a]Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go back to Pharaoh and announce to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so they can worship me. 2 If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs across your entire land. 3 The Nile River will swarm with frogs. They will come up out of the river and into your palace, even into your bedroom and onto your bed! They will enter the houses of your officials and your people. They will even jump into your ovens and your kneading bowls. 4 Frogs will jump on you, your people, and all your officials.’” (Exodus 8: 1-4 NLT)
In the second plague God brought on Egypt he caused a great swarm of frogs to cover the land. These frogs completely covered the land of Egypt. There was nowhere anyone could go to escape them. They affected everyone’s home and place of business. Even their bedrooms, kneading bowls, and ovens were covered with them. When a society gives itself over to the pursuit of pleasure it has come under judgment. As we demonstrated in our last devotion sin produces a craving for more sin. It is a never-ending cycle. Sin produces an itch that cannot be scratched. The first plague produced the second.
A plague of frogs speaks of an increase in the power and influence of the demonic within a society. In his Revelation John shows us the correlation of frogs and the demonic.
And I saw three evil[b] spirits that looked like frogs leap from the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. 14 They are demonic spirits who work miracles and go out to all the rulers of the world to gather them for battle against the Lord on that great judgment day of God the Almighty (Revelation 16:13-14 NLT)
These evil spirits that John describes here had the appearance of frogs. When a people turn their back on God a plague of evil is released in the land. A spiritual climate that stands in opposition to God consumes the people and its leadership. Frogs were and are a symbol of not just the demonic but demonic principalities of darkness. As already shown these frogs were everywhere in Egypt and so likewise a nation that turns its back on God will see the rise of the demonic influence cover the land.
We have now seen three things that indicate America is suffering the judgment of God in the land. Our people and our leaders have challenged the Lord, as did Pharaoh of ancient Egypt. We have pursed a course of abandonment to our passions, and thirdly as a result seen an increase in the power of the demonic in the land. Before it is everlastingly to late it is my prayer that our nation shall turn to God in repentance. There is much more to say that shall demonstrate the great peril in which this nation has placed itself.