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The West, Be Warned


I believe Scripture teaches that God causes nations, states, provinces, or cities, to rise to success and fall in judgment.  Amos 1:3 to 2:5 gives examples of such nations.  The Old Testament shows that God caused Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome, to rise and to fall.  So I ask, "does the God of the Bible still cause nations to rise and fall"?      


Concerning Israel, Hosea 2:8 - 10 reads, "she (Israel) has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on her the silver and gold which they used for Baal.  Therefore, I will take away my grain when it ripens, and my new wine when it is ready. I will take back my wool and my linen intended to cover her nakedness I will expose her lewdness "   


Romans 15:4 states that what was written in the Old Testament was written for our instruction.  The book of Romans was written to Gentiles, so even though Hosea's prophetic message was directed to Israel, Gentile nations should learn from this prophetic passage.  Let's compare Israel of old with the western world of today.


Under King David and King Solomon Israel was at the height of her greatness because she acknowledged the Lord God in her midst.  Like Israel, western nations have experienced greatness for the same reason.  Biblical thought has been fundamental in government, law, education, and finance. 


In Hosea's day, Israel no longer acknowledged that it was God who provided her with grain, new wine, oil, silver, gold, wool, and linen.  Like Israel, we in the west no longer acknowledge that what we have, and who we have become, is God's blessing.  We no longer even acknowledge His existence.  Last year President Obama refused to speak in a Catholic university until a cross was removed from his presence.  In recent times I've heard some Americans claim that "America is great because of American ingenuity".  That's not entirely true.  America has been great because of God's blessing, due to her acknowledgment of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ in American society.       


Note that God "lavished" Israel with silver and gold.  The Israeli economy could not be matched.  The same has been true for the western economies in times past. 


Israel paganized herself by using God's blessings in the worship of Baal.  We've paganized ourselves by our addiction to the religion of hedonism.  We've taken God's material blessings, claimed them as our own, and have used them as objects of worship that feed our addiction to self.


Hosea 2:9 states what came next for Israel, and what comes next for us.  God took from Israel "His grain when it ripened and His new wine when it was ready".  Note that it was "His grain and His wine", not Israel's, as Israel  claimed.  When Israel's economy was ripe for harvest in the next business cycle, she lost it all.  We can expect the same, and to be honest, I think the collapse might be underway. 


God told Israel that He would take away the wool and linen that covered her shameful nakedness.  He would expose Israel for who she had become, and she was no longer a pretty sight.  Her economy was a mess.  Her military might was in shambles. She was a defenseless prey for her enemies who eventually annihilated her.  Israel was far from perfect, but when she acknowledged her Lord, her sins were obscured.  She was respected and her influence extended far and wide. 


Western nations have never been perfect either.  We've committed many atrocities against God and humanity, but when we have acknowledged the Lord, our sins haven't brought us disrepute.  You might say that the Lord's llinen covered  them over.  That's no longer the case.  We're being exposed for who we have become, and that's not a pretty sight either.  We've got a debt ridden economy that is suffocating us, and all the while the left and the right are spewing out nastiness to one another across the air-waves and internet for all to see and hear.  We're claiming victory as we pull out of Afghanistan, but the lifeless boots on the ground tell a different story.  In the meantime, we're losing the influence we once had to Russia, China, and other traditional foes.  Once respected, we're now seen as an exporter of financial disaster and who knows what else.    


Does God cause nations to rise and fall today?  You bet He does.  Could He be dismantling our western economies right now?   I think so.  Is there time for us to repent?  I really don't know.  What I do know is that God gives nations ample warning before He pronounces judgment, and we've had ample warning over the last few decades.  The prophetic principle is clear.  When a nation rejects the prophetic warnings, sooner or later, God will pronounce judgment.  Once judgment is pronounced, that's it.  There's no turning back.  The fall begins, and there's nothing we can do to stop it.    


God warned nations in Old Testament times, first through the prophetic message, and then through natural disasters, economic collapses, and military defeats.  We've heard the prophetic warnings and we're experiencing the rest.  Even though our nations fall, the Lord Jesus will never forsake those who are really His.  It won't be easy; the Christian life never is, but His presence, grace, and strength, will cause us to stand amongst the ruins.  Also, God may cause a nation to fall, but individuals within that fallen nation can always find personal salvation.    


Study the books of Amos and Hosea for yourself and see what our Lord says to you about our western nations.




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