Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A NATION UNDER JUDGMENT? 9 SIGNS

When a nation is under judgment, Deuteronomy 28 spells out how one can tell. Let's take nine headlines from the past few weeks and link them up to the different curses of Deuteronomy 28.

1. From Alan Caruba: U.S. is Going Bankrupt One City at a Time

V. 16: Cursed shalt thou be in the city . . .

Meaning: Your cities will fail.

Caruba writes: Time to start watching U.S. cities go bankrupt. Prior to Detroit, there was Stockton, California, and, according to Stephen Moore, now the chief economist with the Heritage Foundation, there are more than sixty of the largest cities that “are plagued with the same kinds of retirement legacy costs that sent Detroit in Chapter 9 bankruptcy” last year.

“Keep an eye on ‘too big to fail’ cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York,” he warned. Among the twenty cities he listed in an August 2013 Newsmax article, he cited Compton and Oakland, CA, Harrisburg, PA, and Providence, RI. What these and other cities have in common is that “the vast majority are located in states with forced unions, non-right-to-work states.”

FLASHBACK TO JULY 22, 2013: DETROIT - A WARNING SIGN FOR AMERICA?

2. From Drudge: 80% of trillion-dollar farm bill is for food stamps.

V. 17: Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.

Meaning: people will go hungry and can't feed themselves. This mega-farm bill is admitting just that - that under President Obama, millions of Americans are struggling more to buy groceries to feed themselves and their families than at any other time in our history. Food stamp use has risen dramatically since he took office, and it is a sign of judgment.

3. From Natural News: Western drought leads to smallest cattle herd in 61 years

V. 18: Cursed shall be . . . the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Meaning: Your cattle and your sheep, your livestock, won't increase; in fact, they will decrease. There will be means beyond your control that take a toll on your herds.

4. From ZeroHedge: Germany's Angela Merkel said to be "furious" at Victoria Nuland's "F-- the EU" remark

From Debka: Obama may be in two minds over Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian peace mission

V. 19: Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

Meaning: David Wilkerson has explained this verse to mean that a nation that is under judgment will have its foreign policy in disarray; we won't have our act together. I wrote about this in more detail in December.

IS KHOBRAGADE A SIGN OF JUDGMENT?

5. From Newsmax: Food Prices Set to Soar Due to California Drought

V. 23-24: And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

Meaning: No rain. Drought. What little rain falls won't be enough.  Food supplies are impacted.  People will go hungry.

6. From The Daily Caller: Obama split 500,000 American families to legalize illegals before 2012 election

V. 30: Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof.

Meaning: In a nation under judgment, the divorce rate will be high. Broken families will increase. People will try to build a family and have a home, but it won't happen; their efforts will be thwarted. These things happen anyway, BUT in a nation under judgment, these statistics will notice dramatic increases AND will often be quite newsworthy, as the title in the above article notes.

7. From Miami Herald: Stink bugs pose continuing threat to crops

V. 38: Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.

Meaning: Not just locusts, but bugs, insects, will destroy your crops. It may be nationwide, or just regional. As noted in the DOUBLE PLAGUES series that I have been writing, Jehovah rallied insects to come against Pharaoh in several of the plagues.

8. From Dave Manuel: U.S. National Debt Clock February 2014

V. 44. He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him . . .

Meaning: Major debt problems, and in the case of the U.S., we can assuredly use the adjective "massive." Dave Manuel's Debt Clock speaks for itself.

9. From JPost: Tehran sending ‘message’ as warships approach US; supreme leader Ali Khamenei says "Washington has ‘controlling, meddlesome attitude’ toward us."

From Times of Israel: Iranian TV airs simulated bombing of Tel Aviv, US aircraft carrier

V. 49: The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;

Meaning: Foreign nations will come up against you militarily in ways you did not expect.

Heaven help the Israelis if they had parked a couple of their ships right off America's coast as a "message," or worse, televised a simulation of an attack against Iran. So far, though, no tweets from an indignant Susan Rice, or a demands for an apology from ANY White House official. One almost gets the feeling that it's, "Look at those Iranians, they're such kidders!"

Occasionally, someone will say to me: "Why do you write about judgment? How can you say we are a nation under judgment? After all, God loves America, and we have done more for the Gospel than any other nation, so why would He judge us? We are good people, so what would he judge us for? I just don't see it."

I've even had a deacon of a Pentecostal church say that to me.

As for "why" do I write about judgment? Short answer: Because the Bible assures us that at some point we will be held accountable for our sins, our actions, and our decisions. As a watchman on the wall, if I can point out how current events are lining up with Scripture, my hope is that those who have eyes to see and ears to hear will understand where we are as a nation as a whole in relation to God's Word. I think it is clear that this nation, as a whole, particularly because President Obama insists that certain behaviors are not sins, will not turn to God, but I believe there is still hope on an individual basis. It is my belief that when we refuse to accept the idea of judgment, we also refuse to believe we could be truly held accountable for the things we say and do.

As for "why" would God judge America? Well . . . I've already covered that (as has John McTernan) in some of my past posts.

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NEWS LINKS:

A BIBLE PROMISE: 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

ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Mystery continues as to what is killing the starfish along the West Coast; deaths are fast and horrific

APOSTASY - NEW AGE BELIEFS IN THE CHURCH: The Circle Makers

BENGHAZI: Mark Steyn: 'Nero Fiddled While Rome Burned -- Hillary Flew While Benghazi Burned'

BENGHAZI: Inhofe doubles down on claim Benghazi cover-up is worse than Watergate

EARTHQUAKES: Investment Watch reporting that 14 nations will be practicing for a 9.0 eq on March 7.
(GG note: It was March 7, 2009, David Wilkerson gave his URGENT WARNING. Am I saying this is "it"? No, just noticing the coincidence of the same date.)

ECONOMY: October 2015: The End of the Swipe-and-Sign Credit Card

FUKUSHIMA: Michio Kaku Said Evacuation of Fukushima Crew Would Be A Sign Of The End Of Humanity

IRAN: Iran claims Israel building Third Temple, John McTernan

IRAN: Is President Obama Quietly Courting a Coalition with Iran?

ISRAEL: Experiencing unprecedented drought conditions

LGBT: Missouri governor has pen and phone too, now faces impeachment

NEW JERSEY; Newark-Star regrets endorsing Christie: ". . . we didn't know his crew was crazy enough to put people's lives at risk in Fort Lee as a means to pressure the mayor. . . We didn't know he would use Hurricane Sandy aid as a political slush fund."

OBAMA'S MILITARY: Marine Corps leaders have ordered the independent Marine Corps Times newspaper removed from its prominent newsstand location at base exchange stores worldwide and placed instead in areas away from checkout lines, where it is harder to find and fewer copies are available.

OBAMA'S MONKEY GOD POCKET CHARM: Man in India with 14 inch TAIL worshipped as a reincarnation of Hanuman

OBAMACARE: ACA is officially no longer a law, it is Obama's plaything

OBAMACARE: Laszewski: Is Obamacare Unraveling?

OBAMACARE: The Walking Deadbeats

OBAMACARE: ACA taxes certain gym memberships for tanning beds, even if the tanning beds are not used

SUSPICIOUS OBSERVERS: Storms, sun, c(lie)mate #4

WINTER: Parts of Louisiana setting records for frozen precipitation

WINTER STORM PAX: No end in sight! Snow set to hit the South AGAIN as big freeze goes on in the North East