Breaking Reliances

I just read a fascinating post on the Scottish Warriors For Christ blog entitled Jehovah Rides Upon A Swift Cloud. The author, going by the name “appolus”, posed an intriguing idea, one that I find has great merit.

With all the turmoil going on in the Middle East, the Israeli’s are facing an uncertain future. They have relied upon their peace treaty with Egypt to help keep things relatively stable in the region for many years, but now the treaty appears to be on very shaky ground. Appolus’ thought is that this is God’s way of breaking Israel’s reliance on Egypt. He (God) is the only one who can save them, not a peace treaty with a country whose future leadership will most likely be the Muslim Brotherhood, a group not known for civility or peace, especially when it comes to Israel.

I will take this a step further and say that God is also breaking their reliance on their closest ally, the United States. This is evidenced by the current U.S. administration’s apparent disdain of Israel including the most recent decision to “rebuke” Israel by supporting a U.N. Security Council statement, that reaffirms it “does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity.” It is no secret that President Obama holds contempt for Israel. This was made apparent in his infamous meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu in March 2010. So, it should come as no surprise to Israel that the U.S. will most likely cut its ties and support should they suddenly find themselves in a situation needing America’s help.

Should these two events take place, the breaking of the peace treaty with Egypt and the abandonment of U.S. support, Israel will be stranded in the midst of wolves with no hope of rescue. Like Appolus said, this could be what God intends, so that Israel will no longer have anyone to rely upon but Him. Perhaps then they will finally turn to Him for their salvation through Jesus Christ.

The author of this article also suggests that the United States is in a similar situation and already is being judged. I have to agree. As a Christian nation, we have placed our faith in our country, its military might and wealth, to be our salvation and have removed our trust in God. “In God We Trust” is printed on our money, but it’s the money we have put our trust in, not God. Our military is one of the strongest in the world, yet it can’t protect us from enemies we can’t see, like economic disaster, hunger, and disease.

As He’s doing with Israel, breaking her reliance on Egypt and the U.S., God is also doing the same to us. He is breaking our reliance on America’s wealth, and I believe he will break our reliance on our military as well. How will He do it? That remains to be seen. But even now, the U.S. dollar is in decline and the United States is in deep, deep financial trouble. Unfriendly foreign countries hold our debt and will not hesitate to call in that debt when they feel the time is right, and it will be to our demise. Our money is going to be stripped away, and only God will be left.

As Appolus said in his article, many Christians in America have united nationalism with faith, believing that it is our “Godly foundations”, the Constitution, and our founding fathers’ vision for America that will guarantee the continuation of our heritage. Perhaps the only thing that should be taken as truth from the idol worship of our nationalism is the single phrase in the Declaration of Independence that states “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,” and memorize it until it is firmly embedded in the depths of our hearts that our protection comes from God and no other.

I don’t pretend to know all there is when it comes to current events and Bible prophecy. What I do know is that God can raise up and destroy any country He so chooses. I think He is bringing judgment on America now, and it is only a matter of time before complete destruction comes upon it.

The tragedy is that so many who call themselves Christians, and even those who don’t, have their heads buried so deeply in the sand that they can’t see the warning signs all around them. They believe in the infallibility of the United States and its military, but they can’t, or refuse, to see what is happening in the world around them. They have put their faith in America’s wealth and strength for their protection, but those very things will be yanked right out from under them, and then what will they do? To whom will they turn when their sense of security and peace no longer exist?

The decline of the dollar and the chaos in the Middle East should be a wake up call not only to Christians, but to the rest of the U.S. as well. We should be reassessing what it is that we are putting our faith in. Is it God or is it the almighty dollar? Is it God, or is it military might? Those things will fail. Only God will remain.

7 thoughts on “Breaking Reliances

  1. dontbefooled666 February 18, 2011 / 1:01 PM

    Have you heard the latest broadcast by Nathan Leal (Watchman’s Cry?). I heard it yesterday. After reading your post, I think that you either heard it too–or it confirms what you are saying. Here is a link:
    [audio src="http://www.watchmanscry.com/audio/Nathan_021511.mp3" /]

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  2. Nina Stone February 18, 2011 / 1:41 PM

    No, I haven’t but I just clicked on the link to listen. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

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  3. John Scotus February 19, 2011 / 8:48 PM

    The point about Israel and Egypt is interesting. I am sure that Art Katz would agree, if he were still alive.
    Regarding America, for too long Americans have tried to worship both God and Mammon, but they can’t do both. I personally do not believe that America will be destroyed–it is much stronger, more resilient, and more God-fearing than most people give it credit for. However, I do not see the hard times ending anytime soon, and think that they will get much worse before they get better.
    Many Americans will think it is the end, but only because they have had so much for so long. Yet, I believe not only that God answers prayer and blesses those who serve him, but that God keeps those prayers and blessings for future generations. Despite all of the problems, God is with America, and the problems America is facing are for good and not for ill.

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  4. Nina Stone February 19, 2011 / 9:49 PM

    Hi John, thanks for commenting on this. Like you, I think things are going to get much worse before they get better. Of course, I have no idea how this will all play out, but I think that MUCH effective fervent prayer can make a difference.

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  5. dontbefooled666 February 20, 2011 / 12:26 AM

    Wow. I couldn’t disagree more, John–at least with a couple of your statements:

    “America is . . . more God-fearing than most people give it credit for”
    “Despite all of the problems, God is with America”

    If America is God-fearing, than those of us who are had better fall on our faces in prayer and repentance, and turn from all our wickedness!!

    It is HIS people that God calls on to repent–not the whole nation. I firmly believe that God is no longer ‘with America’, but has removed His hand of protection. If I am right (that He has), it is not because of the sins of those who are NOT His, but because of the unrighteousness and apathy of those who are!

    If we are God-fearing, then those who are had better rise up and be ‘salt’ and ‘light’ as God called us to be! No more political correctness! No more compromise! No more partnership with idol worshippers! No more tolerance of homosexuality and the ‘right to choose/murder’!

    If you fear God, it is time to repent of lukewarmness, looking the other way, tolerating sin, enabling evil. It is time to begin speaking truth to the lost, the dying, and the spiritually blind.

    God IS a God of goodness, love, mercy and forgiveness–but how can He be good, loving, and merciful if He does not judge sin? (If a father had two sons, one righteous and one evil, and did not discipline the evil son, could he be called a good father?) Those who sin, who cause harm to others, must be brought to judgment–or to repentance. This does not happen when people, speaking as God’s children, tell people that everything is ok, that God no longer judges sin, or that the wicked are not sinning!

    And how can the wicked ever come to repentance if the ‘righteous’ are too proud and blind to repent of their own sins? How can the wicked repent if they behave themselves as well as (or better than) the righteous?

    Rather than uphold the standards of God before the world, we have become like the world and have adopted their standards. American Christians no longer judge sin by God’s righteous standards, but rather by what the American culture calls good! Black is called white . . . ugliness is called beauty . . . and evil is called good.

    Woe to Christians when ‘everyone thinks well of them’. We Americans not only have to choose between worshiping God or money–but also between accurately portraying God or being thought well of!

    Yet most people who read my comment will think me too harsh, too intolerant, etc. And they would judge themselves to be righteous. But here are two things to consider:

    “But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.” I Corinthians 11:31-32

    “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.” Revelation 3:15-19

    American ‘Christians’, by and large, are spiritually afflicted, spiritually miserable, spiritually destitute, spiritually blind, and spiritually naked. Compare them with Believers in countries where there is persecution. Where persecution exists, people don’t call themselves Christians who are not. And those who are, display the character and likeness of Christ.

    Rest assured, God DOES judge the wicked, and He disciplines His sons.

    There are two ways to understand this verse:
    “But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. ”

    1. When we judge ourselves, we believe we are righteous, even when we are not (as illustrated by the verse–above–from Revelation).
    2. If we will rightly judge ourselves, and repent, we will not come under God’s judgment.

    America IS under God’s judgment. Great hardships, and persecution, are going to come to Americans–and this is going to happen because of the sins of the Christians in America!!

    We, who say we are His children, must rightly judge ourselves, by God’s standards rather than our own, and repent. THEN we can be confident, as the righteous have always understood, that God is able to shelter and protect us, if He chooses.

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  6. John Scotus February 20, 2011 / 1:47 PM

    God calls on all people to repent. Look it up–it’s true.
    Beyond this, while your description of the church in the US may have some valid points.
    However, you sure have a powerful hate going on. Are you sure that God shares your piety and love of the law?
    In my experience in being in difficult places–seeing loved ones declared hopeless by doctors, being deported, living in the Gobi Desert with no money, no hope of financial assistance from abroad or anywhere else, being hungry, homeless, and scared, living under daily threats, etc. (these are all true things, mind you–I’m NOT making things up), God always rescued me and my family–not because we were perfect, and not because we were without sin (actually, I’m a pretty rotten person), but because of His grace. You need to give God–and grace–a LOT more credit, and lay off the judgment. After all, you should judge people as you would want to be judged, and God will return to you judgment in like manner–this is in the Bible too. You can look it up.

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  7. dontbefooled666 February 20, 2011 / 10:16 PM

    There’s a big difference between how God judges people, and how He judges nations. I think there are plenty of people who are doing a fine job of sharing about God’s grace, kindness, love, and mercy. I believe in it too. I probably wouldn’t even still be alive, if not for it. What seems to be neglected these days, is to call sin for what it is–and to convey to people that God demands righteousness!

    Anyone who has been schooled in ‘tolerance’, through today’s culture, is not going to be able to accept the duality of God’s nature. He is a God of love, AND a God of judgment. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

    How can people come to a place of repentance if there is no sin? Meaning–if everything is ok, then how can it be said that anyone is a sinner? Yet we are ALL sinners! But Christians today seem to no longer be able to discern what sin is.

    Do I love the law? Not for the sake of law, not for the futile exercise of trying to gain redemption by following it. But, the law is good. The law gives us a glimpse into the holy nature of God. It shows us why we can all be called sinners. It shows us our need for Jesus. It gives us a foundation for a civil society. It gives us guidelines for acceptable behavior, and a means of establishing justice for everyone.

    A powerful hate–yes! I hate sin, but I too am a sinner. I hate deceit, but I find myself not being 100% truthful, though I strive to be. I hate what our culture has become. I hate that evil is called good. I hate the murder of the innocent unborn. I hate injustice. I hate that there are people that spend their lives trying to deceive, exploit, and defraud others. I hate that we can’t all just live quiet, peaceable lives. I hate greed. I hate arrogance. I hate that others suffer and lack, because of the greedy, the exploiters, and the arrogant.

    But, most of all, I hate the one who glories in all of the sin, the evil, and the misery, and brought it into this world! I hate the one who opposes God and His plan, and destroys His creation! I hate Satan!

    Yes. I ‘have a powerful hate going on’. I’m sorry if, because of the way I express it, I made you feel it was directed at you.

    These days, evil abounds. I would love to feel peaceable, and not be angered or grieved by what I see–but I DO see, and what I see I cannot deny.

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