As a veteran of the United States military, an American citizen who has voted in every presidential election since 1960, and a servant of the Most High God for even longer, it distresses me to say this;

The Lord is withdrawing His favor from the United States.

Our Holy God is righteous. That means that He only does good and hates sin. His judgments and justice are always fair. While all humans not covered by the atoning blood of the Lord Jesus will face the judgment of God, there is no afterlife for nations. Therefore, nations are rewarded and punished in this world, not the next.

Here are two simple statements from the Lord Jehovah, the Creator of all things:

“So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood, it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but only by the blood of him that shed it.” – Numbers 35:33
The land can only be cleansed by the blood of those who shed the innocent blood. This is a frightening principle for a nation that has shed the blood of fifty or sixty million innocent souls through abortion.

“And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.” – Leviticus 18:25
Leviticus chapter eighteen is difficult to read. It is a litany of sexual sin; incest, adultery, rape, homosexuality, bestiality. The result of this iniquity is the land will vomit or spew (Leviticus 18:28) the inhabitants out of that land.

In His unparalleled righteousness, the judge of all things cannot turn a blind eye to the iniquity found in the United States. But the Lord offers hope to those who honor Him. Here are some examples.

In chapters eight and nine of Ezekiel, the prophet foretold how the wickedness of Israel was so bad that the presence of the Lord was going to depart from the Temple in Jerusalem. The Lord would instruct six “men” with swords to come to the city. He would instruct one “man” to go through the city and “set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” (Ezekiel 9:4) Then the Lord would instruct the six men with swords to utterly slay everyone that did not have the mark on their foreheads.

This is a prophecy regarding the coming destruction of Jerusalem and the utter carnage that occurred at the hands of the Babylonian army. But it offers hope to those who sigh and cry over what is going on around them.

The Apostle Peter wrote about how Lot was distressed about what was going on around him in Sodom and Gomorrah, and how the Lord was able to deliver him and his family. (II Peter 2:6-9)

Again in the Book of Malachi, the Lord spoke against the people who said that there was no use in serving the Lord. They said the proud were blessed, the wicked were raised up, and those that tempted the Lord were spared. This sounds like the evening news today.

“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.” – Malachi 3:16
So, as Christians that fear the Lord speak with sadness about the wickedness we see around us, the Lord hears, and places our names in a Book of Remembrance. The Lord God sees and hears.

When the Pilgrims came to America in the early 1600’s, many of them gathered in “covenant communities.” These were communities that made a covenant with God. They were spared from attacks by the Indians, and their crops flourished. Others, delighted in free land and greedy for gain, went their own way and ignored the blessing of the Lord. They were subject to Indian attack, failure of crops, and “pestilence.”

In these times of great wickedness, the Lord has not forgotten us. He offers us hope. He is able to deliver us from the turmoil around and about us. Pray for this blessing of hope.

“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” – John 16:24
Praise His name, for the Lord is worthy of all praise!

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