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If America Were Under God’s Judgment, What Would that Look Like?

If our country were under God’s judgment because of decades of butchering of innocent babies, the approval of hetero, homo, bi, and trans – sexual promiscuity, and the distortion of the image of God through extreme tattooing, acceptance of transgenderism what would that look like? Perhaps we would see plagues of disease such as AIDS, herpes, gonorrhea, hepatitis, infertility, depression, suicide?

If our country were under God’s judgment because of our refusal to nurture our bodies according to God’s standards by overeating and gluttony, drugs, the eating of unclean animals, overdosing on sugar and not resting on the Sabbath and  feast days, what would it look like? Perhaps we would see cancer, swine flu, worms, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, ulcers, nervous breakdowns, going postal, mental disease, depression, obesity, psychosis, murder, and suicide?

If our country were under God’s judgment because of blood we have shed, the sexual filth we produce and distribute through movies and porn, our exploitation of children workers from other lands, and of the very land we live on, what would that look like? Perhaps we would see mass shootings in schools and in restaurants and in outdoor concerts? Perhaps  we would also see massive devastation of property (and life) from forest fires, floods, earthquakes, devastating tornadoes, and multiple hurricanes.

Perhaps this is what God already told us in Deut 28:22-68 (see below) – Our prayers go out to those individuals ravished by these many tragedies – yet we need to wake from our slumber – all of these things are the harvest of what we, as a nation, have sown for many decades. These judgments are not about the specific individuals – rather, these are about what we the USA have done.

So long as we continue to blame everyone else, we will not heal. We must take responsibility and we must repent, just as the Prophet Daniel repented for his people:

“We have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. “O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. “To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. “We have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets…therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against Him. “As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; yet we have not made our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth. (Dan 9:5, 8-11, 13)

There is hope. We simply need to turn to God:

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2Chr 7:14)

Deut 28:22-68: A list of the many plagues facing us today

“The LORD will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching, and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish. “And your heavens which are over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you shall be iron. “The LORD will change the rain of your land to powder and dust; from the heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed. “The LORD will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them; and you shall become troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth. “Your carcasses shall be food for all the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and no one shall frighten them away. “The LORD will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with tumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed. “The LORD will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart. “And you shall grope at noonday, as a blind man gropes in darkness; you shall not prosper in your ways; you shall be only oppressed and plundered continually, and no one shall save you. “You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall lie with her; you shall build a house, but you shall not dwell in it; you shall plant a vineyard, but shall not gather its grapes. “Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you shall not eat of it; your donkey shall be violently taken away from before you, and shall not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have no one to rescue them. “Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look and fail with longing for them all day long; and there shall be no strength in your hand. “A nation whom you have not known shall eat the fruit of your land and the produce of your labor, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually. “So you shall be driven mad because of the sight which your eyes see. “The LORD will strike you in the knees and on the legs with severe boils which cannot be healed, and from the sole of your foot to the top of your head. “The LORD will bring you and the king whom you set over you to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods–wood and stone. “And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword among all nations where the LORD will drive you. “You shall carry much seed out to the field but gather little in, for the locust shall consume it. “You shall plant vineyards and tend them, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them. “You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olives shall drop off. “You shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity. “Locusts shall consume all your trees and the produce of your land. “The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. “He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail. “Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. “And they shall be upon you for a sign and a wonder, and on your descendants forever. “Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, “therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you. “The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand, “a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young. “And they shall eat the increase of your livestock and the produce of your land, until you are destroyed; they shall not leave you grain or new wine or oil, or the increase of your cattle or the offspring of your flocks, until they have destroyed you. “They shall besiege you at all your gates until your high and fortified walls, in which you trust, come down throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you at all your gates throughout all your land which the LORD your God has given you. “You shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and your daughters whom the LORD your God has given you, in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you. “The sensitive and very refined man among you will be hostile toward his brother, toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the rest of his children whom he leaves behind, “so that he will not give any of them the flesh of his children whom he will eat, because he has nothing left in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates. “The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because of her delicateness and sensitivity, will refuse to the husband of her bosom, and to her son and her daughter, “her placenta which comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears; for she will eat them secretly for lack of everything in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates. “If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD, “then the LORD will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues–great and prolonged plagues–and serious and prolonged sicknesses. “Moreover He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. “Also every sickness and every plague, which is not written in this Book of the Law, will the LORD bring upon you until you are destroyed. “You shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven in multitude, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God. “And it shall be, that just as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good and multiply you, so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you and bring you to nothing; and you shall be plucked from off the land which you go to possess. “Then the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known–wood and stone. “And among those nations you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place; but there the LORD will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and anguish of soul. “Your life shall hang in doubt before you; you shall fear day and night, and have no assurance of life. “In the morning you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were evening!’ And at evening you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were morning!’ because of the fear which terrifies your heart, and because of the sight which your eyes see. “And the LORD will take you back to Egypt in ships, by the way of which I said to you, ‘You shall never see it again.’ And there you shall be offered for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.”

Who is Left Behind? Understanding the Order of the Final Gathering (Rapture)

Who is Left Behind? Understanding the Order of the Final Gathering (Rapture)

The 1970’s Christian movie “A Thief in the Night” portrayed a woman waking up to a news report of millions missing. She then discovered that her husband was one of those taken. This concept is taken from the words of Jesus:

“I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left. Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.” (Luke v17:34-36)

The question obviously is whether the people taken are taken to be the with the Lord or are they taken for judgment. Clearly, the movie “A Thief in the Night” interpreted those taken as Christians. Yet when the disciples asked Jesus where were those people taken he does not say to heaven or to His side.
And they answered and said to Him, “Where, Lord?” So He said to them, “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.” (Luke 17:37)

The disciples were asking where one of the people (in bed, grinding, in the field) would be taken and Jesus answered where the body is there the eagles will be gathered. The place where the eagles (Greek: “aetos” meaning “eagle”, “vulture” “bird of prey”) will be gathered is a reference to the invitation the birds to come and enjoy the feast of those slain in the battle of the great day of the Lord.

“And as for you, son of man, thus says the Lord GOD, ‘Speak to every sort of bird and to every beast of the field: “Assemble yourselves and come; Gather together from all sides to My sacrificial meal Which I am sacrificing for you, A great sacrificial meal on the mountains of Israel, That you may eat flesh and drink blood. You shall eat the flesh of the mighty, Drink the blood of the princes of the earth, Of rams and lambs, Of goats and bulls, All of them fatlings of Bashan. You shall eat fat till you are full, And drink blood till you are drunk, At My sacrificial meal Which I am sacrificing for you. You shall be filled at My table With horses and riders, With mighty men And with all the men of war,” says the Lord GOD. (Ezek 39:17-20)

This same feast is mentioned in Rev 19:17-18

Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, “that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”(Rev 19:17-18)

Thus, Jesus’ answer that they will be taken to where the eagles are tells us that they are not the righteous but rather the wicked and they are taken away for judgment. They are not taken to be with the Lord as the movie “A Thief in the Night” would have us believe.

This agrees with what Jesus said in Matthew 24:39 concerning the evil people who were taken in the flood: “and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matt 24:39) Noah and his family were hidden away safely whereas the wicked, outside the ark, were carried away by the flood to destruction.

The idea of the wicked taken away and the righteous left is also taught in the Hebrew Bible where the righteous are not removed from the land but the wicked are removed.

The righteous shall inherit the land, And dwell in it forever. (Ps 37:29)
The righteous will never be removed, But the wicked will not inhabit the earth. (Prov 10:30)

The challenge of putting all of this together lies in the statement that Jesus will return on the clouds and then send out his angels to gather his elect and then if two are in the field and one is taken, it would seem the one taken must the good guy. However, if we understand there to be three classes of people, then things line up better. Those individuals are:

  1. The elect (Commonwealth Israel = followers of Christ)
  2. Those who took the mark of the beast (Hybrids/Rephaim cf. Isaiah 26:19, Rev 14:9-10)
  3. Those who were righteous but didn’t know it – they don’t take the mark or follow beast but they don’t necessarily seem to be followers of Christ either. (Matthew 25:37)

With these elements in mind, we can construct a likely outline for Jesus’ return and the gathering of the wheat and tares.

Rapture / Gathering Scenario

  1. Jesus returns in flame and fire
  2. Resurrection: Your dead shall live; Together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; For your dew is like the dew of herbs, (Isaiah 26:19)
  3. Mark of the Beast Recipients Rephaim Hybrids fall – “And the earth shall cast out [tapil תַּפִּֽיל] the dead [rephaim רְפָאִ֥ים]” (Isa 26:19)
  4. Jesus sends his angels to gather his elect who will receive new bodies (I Cor 15:51-52)
  5. Resurrected and gathered believers are hidden away for a brief period (Isaiah 26:20)
  6. The tares (Rephaim/hybrids/mark of the beast recipients) are gathered (Matt 13:41)
  7. Two will be grinding, one taken – where? (Luke 17:34-36)
  8. To where the eagles/vultures are – great feast of the Lord, Mat 24:37, Rev 19:17, Ezek 39:17-20
  9. The non-elect righteous are left to inherit the earth as mortals (Matt 25:34; Ps 37:29; Pr 10:30)
    a. To have children, build houses, etc. (Isaiah 65:20-23)

In conclusion, we see that the ones taken from the bed, mill, and field, are not the righteous, but the wicked who have taken the mark of the beast. They are removed to destruction where the birds will eat their flesh. The righteous who didn’t know it will inherit the earth as flesh and blood and have children. The elect (commonwealth of Israel) are gathered by the angels and are transformed in a flash into their new bodies and become rulers with Christ during the thousand-year rule.