As I write this we are in the middle of the coronavirus shutdown of the world. I was original led to republish my Olivet Discourse series which ended yesterday. However, for me at this time is still a few days away.
The Lord led me to read Isaiah. As I did so I was awed and amazed.
Isaiah 1:2 Listen, O heavens! Pay attention, earth!
This is what the Lord says:
“The children I raised and cared for have rebelled against me. 3 Even an ox knows its owner, and a donkey recognizes its master’s care— but Israel doesn’t know its master. My people don’t recognize my care for them.” 4 Oh, what a sinful nation they are— loaded down with a burden of guilt. They are evil people, corrupt children who have rejected the Lord. They have despised the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. 5 Why do you continue to invite punishment? Must you rebel forever? Your head is injured, and your heart is sick. 6 You are battered from head to foot— covered with bruises, welts, and infected wounds— without any soothing ointments or bandages. 7 Your country lies in ruins, and your towns are burned. Foreigners plunder your fields before your eyes and destroy everything they see. 8 Beautiful Jerusalem stands abandoned like a watchman’s shelter in a vineyard, like a lean-to in a cucumber field after the harvest, like a helpless city under siege. 9 If the Lord of Heaven’s Armies had not spared a few of us we would have been wiped out like Sodom, destroyed like Gomorrah. 10 Listen to the Lord, you leaders of “Sodom.” Listen to the law of our God, people of “Gomorrah.” 11“What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?” says the Lord. “I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened cattle. I get no pleasure from the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. 12 When you come to worship me, who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony? 13 Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts; the incense of your offerings disgusts me! As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath and your special days for fasting— they are all sinful and false. I want no more of your pious meetings. 14 I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals. They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them! 15 When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims. 16 Wash yourselves and be clean! Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways. 17 Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. 18 “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool. 19 If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat. 20 But if you turn away and refuse to listen, you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies. I, the Lord, have spoken!” (NLT)
Now there will be those out there that say: “What does this have to do with me? This is about ancient Israel. That is true. However, God does this to us in the future to apply to how we interact with him.
So looking at it in that light. I will try and show you how this is relevant now. First off looking at the United States of America. As I have discuss in the past this nation is the second nation on earth to be created with the blessing of God. We were created a nation for Christians. Yes, the constitution does say all religions are welcome and allowed, but that in itself is a Christian ideal. Most who do not know Christianity do not realize this very fact, but that is another topic altogether.
So let us look at verses 2 and 3 with the U.S. in this light:
“The children I raised and cared for have rebelled against me. 3 Even an ox knows its owner, and a donkey recognizes its master’s care— but the Untied States doesn’t know its master.”
The very fact that those reading this are scoffing and laughing at me at this moment just verified my wording of this verse. Thank you for the validation. For you have just shown that you do not acknowledge God as your master. Nor does most in the world at this time.
God is no longer honored, respected or even acknowledged by most in the U.S. or the world. Those that do still do not truly know God as their “master.” God who is the creator of this world, of this solar system, of this galaxy, of this universe. Who, deserves to be known as not only our “master,” but our Creator.
“My people don’t recognize my care for them.” The United States is the envy of the world. To the point that thousand rush our boarders illegally. To the point that they are so envious that that seek our destruction. Either through violence or laws that tear apart our financial stability. However, many within this nation wish to rip it apart and crush it under laws that are design to place us perpetually under lockdown as we are right now. Removing cars and trucks from the roads and forcing us into trains. To keep the airlines closed. Why do they do this? Because they know they are right and they know best for everyone. Why? Because they seek to rule and control. They see themselves as a form of god. Desiring to have their names go down throughout history. Why? Because they do not know or recognize God as their Creator, nor His Son, Jesus Christ as our eternal King. Nor see His care for us, which is the reason why this nation is so great. Purely due to His grace and blessings upon this nation. However, it must be added that this statement is aimed at those that acknowledge God and His Son. In other words, those that say they are “Christian” and mayhaps even Jewish. It is those that mouth the words of a faith, when in reality they do not truly practice their faith. As will be shown in these verse. Being religious does not mean you are practicing true faith or a belief in God, or His Son. This is the problem. This is one reason we are experiencing this plague. And yes I used the word “plague.”
Plague – to cause worry, pain, or difficulty to someone or something over a period of time (Cambridge Dictionary)
4 Oh, what a sinful nation they are— loaded down with a burden of guilt. They are evil people, corrupt children who have rejected the Lord. They have despised the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.
Does this verse not describe the United States today? Do not most reject God? Do they strive to remove God and Jesus from the public view? Do not most live their lives in some form of sin or sins?
Evil – morally bad, cruel, or very unpleasant (Cambridge Dictionary)
Corrupt – to make someone or something become dishonest or immoral (Cambridge Dictionary)
This sentence does fit the behavior and actions of the people of the United States. So these verses do apply to this nation and should be acknowledged and listened to.
5 Why do you continue to invite punishment? Must you rebel forever? Your head is injured, and your heart is sick. 6 You are battered from head to foot— covered with bruises, welts, and infected wounds— without any soothing ointments or bandages. 7 Your country lies in ruins, and your towns are burned. Foreigners plunder your fields before your eyes and destroy everything they see.
How do these verse apply to the United States? First off let us go to the King James:
5 Why should ye be stricken anymore? Ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. (KJV)
6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. (KJV)
7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. (KJV)
Stricken – (nakah) smite – to affect mentally or morally with a sudden pang (Dictionary.com)
Faint – (davvay) – (davah) – to be ill, unwell
Soundness – (methom) – the fact of being in good condition
Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
Thousands if not millions of businesses closed even before this plague hit this nation. Look to Detroit, entire blocks of empty and abandoned homes to the point that they appear to be burned out and in some cases actually are. Millions have crossed our boarders illegally and run to sanctuary cities and states or the hide in the rural towns removing our language and replacing it with theirs. Many break our laws even further, Killing, raping, stealing. This is the United States today.
9 Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah. (KJV)
10 Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. (KJV)
So if the previous verses show that this can also be applied to the United States. Then the warning should be listened to as well. NOTE: I know I did not include verse 8 for this verse deals with Jerusalem and is of the past and not required here unless you live in Israel itself.
First and most important here is that those within Israel then and the United States now are compared to Sodom and Gomorrah. Living in and for sin and not for God and His laws, which are given within the Bible.
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. (KJV)
First off I need to make this perfectly clear. This is pointed at the nation as a whole. Not each and every individual. When the United States was young most went to church and worshipped God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. When this was pointed toward Israel the Jewish people within the nation had turned away from God and were not attending synagogue as they should. That is how the United States is today. Hardly any attend church and even those that do there is a question mark about them. So the sacrifice given unto God from the entire nation is what God is referring to here.
12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? (KJV)
13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting (KJV)
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. (KJV)
15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. (KJV)
God did not see the sacrifices coming from Israel as voluntary any longer. The ones He loved the most were the ones that were voluntary. Now all he was given were the mandatory ones. The rituals. These were not savory to Him. All that were left were sin offerings. Constantly and never ending sin upon sin. God became discussed by the smell. That is how he sees it coming from America today.
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; (KJV)
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.(KJV)
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.(KJV)
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:(KJV)
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.(KJV)
As always God offers a way to forgiveness. But it is up to the nation as a whole to do these things and if they refuse they shall suffer. Did Israel repent? Did they return to God?
As history has shown us they did not. Do I expect those within the United States to listen? Will they repent? Some will, most will not, not until it is too late.
We are in the last days. The fact that the world is within a plague is testament of this truth. Will the world listen? Will they repent? Per the Scriptures, no they will not. Not until it is too late.