Taking America’s Temperature: Gay Activists Visiting White House Take Photos Flipping Off Reagan Portrait

If your child is looking ill, you most likely reach for the thermometer to qualify just how sick he or she is. If the temperature is only slightly elevated, then a little rest might suffice. However, if it is too high then a rush to the emergency room is needed.  A recent article on the Blaze is essentially giving us the temperature of America – and America is very ill. It is reported that “an attaché of important gay people from Philadelphia made a trip to Washington D.C. as invited guests of President Barack

Shameful Actions by Gay Activists in the White House

Shameful Actions by Gay Activists in the White House

Obama for the White House’s first-ever gay pride reception….some of them took advantage of photo opportunities to give the late President Ronald Reagan the middle finger.” I would argue that America’s temperature is not just slightly elevated, but is well over 105 degrees thereby deeming our temp in the critical-life threatening category.

A nation and even politicians will always have detractors, so I am not concerned that some people may not like certain presidents. However, I am very concerned that a gay activist party was actually held in the White House. That means that our highest leader, has completely sanctioned and endorsed such blatant sin.  I can only wonder how much more God will put up with such rebellion.

I am teaching through the book of Ezekiel  and quite frankly, the parallels between Judah and the US are scary. God lays all of Judah’s sins on the line for all to see. Idolatry, sexual perversion (including bestiality c.f. Ezek 23:20)  and abortion were rampant. Do we not also see such things happening right here in America, where we have enjoyed tremendous blessings? “For the LORD has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His special treasure.” (Ps 135:4 NKJV) If God was willing to chastise the people that he loved and had elected to be a special treasure above all the nations of the earth, what will He do to America, a nation that He has not specifically chosen? Here is what He says concerning his elect, Israel, His chosen people:

And He said to me, “Have you seen [this,] O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger. Indeed they put the branch to their nose. “Therefore I also will act in fury. My eye will not spare nor will I have pity; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.” (Ezek 8:17-18 NKJV)

 


I encourage you to read the book of Ezekiel for you will not see a vindictive, wrathful God who can hardly wait to zap people that get out of line. Rather, you will see God’s heart on His sleeve. The people that He had chosen to be a special treasure to Himself, a prized possession, a lover, a friend, had turned their backs on the very one who had brought them to the land and had filled it with blessings. “He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them; and He brought you out of Egypt with His Presence, with His mighty power,” (Deut 4:37 NKJV) They were cheating on the one that loved them more than any other. God states “I was crushed by their adulterous heart which has departed from Me, and by their eyes which play the harlot after their idols…”  (Ezek 6:9 NKJV) God had done so much for them, like a lover who had crossed high mountains and fought savage beasts to be with the one he loves only to find that after the honeymoon, his cherished wife is enamored with another and no matter how many times he has tried to reconcile the cheating, she continues and even worsens. Yet, because she has a multitude of lovers, many children are borne to her and as a result, she kills them because they are inconvenient. This is what happened in the days of Judah – and it wasn’t just one group of people on the fringe, but from the highest leaders down to the average inhabitant, all had acted wickedly. “because of all the evil of the children of Israel and the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke Me to anger–they, their kings, their princes, their priests, their prophets, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And they have turned to Me the back, and not the face; though I taught them, rising up early and teaching [them,] yet they have not listened to receive instruction. (Jer 32:32-33 NKJV)

As if their adultery and idolatry were not enough, they even murdered their children: “they built the high places of Baal which [are] in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through [the fire] to Molech, which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.’ (Jer 32:35 NKJV)

God took the murder of these children very personally by pointing out that the children were in fact His children. “Moreover you took your sons and your daughters, whom you bore to Me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. [Were] your [acts] of harlotry a small matter, that you have slain My children and offered them up to them by causing them to pass through [the fire?]” (Ezek 16:21 NKJV)

We would like to imagine that American is more civilized than Judah because we don’t have shrines on every high hill nor do we sacrifice our children to Molech by burning them. Yet, all of these things and more happen right here in America and have been occurring for decades. I suspect that the time of America’s fall is near. America is the leading exporter of pornography. America is murdering approximately 800,000  to upwards of 1.2 million babies per year. Think about that – the ancient Judeans would have blushed to consider such a staggering number! That would have likely exceeded the total population of the entire country! America has murdered over 50 million babies since 1973. We are many times over more wicked than the nation of Judah. If God did not spare His elect, what will he do to us?

Will the end of America come like Sodom and Gomorrah? San Francisco has legalized public nudity and the city is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world.Public Nudity in San Francisco

Provoking God with Public Nudity in San Francisco?

“The expressions on their faces give them away. They parade their sin around like Sodom; they don’t even try to hide it. How horrible it will be for them, because they have brought disaster on themselves!” (Isa 3:9 ISV)

The writing is on the wall for all to see: America is filled with idolatry, sexual perversion, murder of the unborn and open and blatant homosexuality endorsed by the highest leader of the land. Just like Judah, the message is clear: “Then it was so, after all your wickedness–‘Woe, woe to you!’ says the Lord GOD– “[that] you also built for yourself a shrine, and made a high place for yourself in every street. “You built your high places at the head of every road, and made your beauty to be abhorred. You offered yourself to everyone who passed by, and multiplied your acts of harlotry. (Ezek 16:23-25 NKJV).

America has a fatally-serious temperature. In fact, I believe that America will not recover from this yet there is hope for the individual. I believe the corruption has spread to every fiber of our society so much so that we are rarely shocked by what is happening. We do not see evil for what it is any more. Our response, ought to be to tell people the bad news and the good news. The bad news is that our society is evil through and through and that personal repentance is necessary. The good news is that God will forgive all who call upon him in truth. America will not, in my opinion, recover from this illness, but each person can still be made whole by coming to the Creator and asking for forgiveness.

Tell them, “As certainly as I’m alive and living,” declares the Lord God, “I receive no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Instead, my pleasure is that the wicked repent from their behavior and live. Turn back! Turn back, all of you, from your wicked behavior!”? (Ezek 33:11 ISV)

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The Prophet Ezekiel

 

Ever wondered what the book of the prophet Ezekiel holds for us today? Ezekiel received some incredible visions from God that tell us a great deal about who God is, who Satan is, the advent of World War III and conditions in the millennium and beyond

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Has God Said to Not Pray for America?

We are told in in I Thessalonians to “pray without ceasing” yet there are times when we are to cease from praying for certain people under certain circumstances. Three times in the book of Jeremiah God told Jeremiah to not pray for the people:

  • Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; for I will not hear you. (Jeremiah 7:16)
  • So do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will not hear them in the time that they cry out to Me because of their trouble. (Jeremiah 11:14)
  • Then the LORD said to me, “Do not pray for this people, for their good. (Jeremiah 14:11)

We might think that this was awfully cruel on God’s part – after all, what if they had wanted to repent? However, when we consider what they were doing then things come into focus:

Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? (Jeremiah 7:17)
The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven. And they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger. (Jeremiah 7:18)

Ancient Abortion - Burning Image of Molech with baby

Lest we think that God destroyed them for merely making some cakes…and because the God of Israel is some kind of I-am-insecure-in-my-godhood kind of God consider the atrocities that they were doing in relation to this queen of heaven and the other gods that they were worshiping:

 

And they have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind. (Jeremiah 7:31)

Because the people have forsaken me and have profaned this place by making offerings in it to other gods whom neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah have known; and because they have filled this place with the blood of innocents, and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into my mind- (Jeremiah 19:4, 5)

God was patient with Judah giving them time to repent of their actions. He sent them prophets telling them to change their ways. Though there were brief moments of repentance, the nation continued in its rebellion and thirst for blood.

So, if that is what God did with His own people Israel, whom He had chosen to be the recipients of the Oracles of God, then what should we expect here in America where we have aborted millions and millions of babies? Do we really think that God is just going to pass us by? The question I wrestle with is how should I pray for America? When I see all of the disasters happening how should I pray? Can I really pray for mercy when we kill our own young in the womb! In the ancient world unwanted babies were given to false gods to be burned, something, we tell ourselves that we would never do. And yet, are we not

Baby at eight weeks

committing an even worse atrocity? We have gone far beyond what the ancients were doing …we have mastered the practice by making it respectable, and “about choice” – it has become convenient. Still, there is a precious life in the womb made in God’s image. We don’t burn the baby outside of the womb in the burning hot arms of Molech while the drums are beating but in the tranquility of a nice sterile operating room with a nurse telling the woman that it is OK because it is her body and she has the right to choose – all the while the baby

Baby Aborted in Second Trimester

inside her is being either sucked apart, pulled apart of burned with a saline solution! God cares about the preborn and to date there have been over 50 million according to Answers.com! “Abortion statistics are never specific, as the procedure is protected under the right to privacy laws. However, it has been estimated that 3,000 are done daily. If you multiply that by the number of years that aborion has been legal, you get a large number. If you’re curious, I guess you could multiply 3,000 x (years abortions has been legal) x 365 (to show the daysin those years) + 3,000 x a few days (for Leap Days).  If you’re not satisfied with this answer (I’m not), check this out. The Alan Gutmacher Institute, a leading proponent of abortion on demand, claims that there have been more than 50 million abortions in the U.S. since Roe Vs. Wade.”

So, the question remains: what is God going to do about America? Is our former righteousness sufficient? I think not. Even Israel and Judah’s elect status was not enough to save them from judgment. I believe that America will be judged in the very near future and it has perhaps already begun. People may still repent and be saved but I believe that the age of God’s blessing in America is at an end. If we look back to the days of Jeremiah, we might say that the Babylonians have already begun marching and will be here soon. Now is the time to get right with your Creator.

 

 

The Battle in the Spiritual Realm

This is a list of the verses that speak of the current and future battle that is raging in the spiritual dimension.

The Wicked One

  • But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked [“the wicked one” rasha רָשָֽׁע], (Isaiah 11:4).
  • The LORD has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked [“the wicked one” rasha רָ֝שָׁ֗ע] for the day of doom, (Proverbs 16:4).

The Defeat of the Host / Principalities

  • For the indignation of the LORD [is] against all nations, And [His] fury against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to the slaughter. Also their slain shall be thrown out; Their stench shall rise from their corpses, And the mountains shall be melted with their blood. All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; All their host shall fall down As the leaf falls from the vine, And as [fruit] falling from a fig tree. “For My sword shall be bathed in heaven; Indeed it shall come down on Edom, And on the people of My curse, for judgment, (Isaiah 34:2-5).
  • But the LORD [is] the true God; He [is] the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth will tremble, And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation. Thus you shall say to them: “The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under these heavens,” (Jeremiah 10:10-11).
  • Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him,’ (Daniel 7:27).

The LORD [will be] awesome to them, For He will reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth, (Zephaniah 2:11a).

  • Then [comes] the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy [that] will be destroyed [is] death, (1 Corinthians 15:24-26).
  • For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light, (2 Corinthians 11:13-14).
  • Far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come, (Ephesians 1:21).
  • and to make all see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly [places,] (Ephesians 3:9-10).
  • For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him, (Colossians 1:16).
  • Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it, (Colossians 2:15).
  • who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him, (1 Peter 3:22).
  • And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs [coming] out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, [which] go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty, (Revelation 16:13-14).
  • The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those [who are] with Him [are] called, chosen, and faithful,” (Revelation 17:12-14).

The Principalities and the Host on High Cast into the Pit

  • He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is [the] Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while, (Revelation 20:2-3).
  • It shall come to pass in that day [That] the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones, And on the earth the kings of the earth. They will be gathered together, [As] prisoners are gathered in the pit, And will be shut up in the prison; After many days they will be punished, (Isaiah 24:21-22).