Reflections on the Word

September 8, 2011

By: Bruce Johnson

Pastor Ready Creek Baptist Church

How she sits alone, the city once crowded with people! She who was great among the nations has become like a widow. The princess among the provinces has been put to forced labor. She weeps aloud during the night, with tears on her cheeks. There is no one to offer her comfort, not one from all her lovers. All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies. Judah has gone into exile following affliction and harsh slavery; she lives among the nations but finds no place to rest. All her pursuers have overtaken her in narrow places. The roads to Zion mourn, for no one comes to the appointed festivals. All her gates are deserted; her priests groan, her young women grieve, and she herself is bitter. Her adversaries have become her masters; her enemies are at ease, for the LORD has made her suffer because of her many transgressions. Her children have gone away as captives before the adversary.  (Lamentations 1:1-5)

Following the book of Jeremiah is Lamentations in which Jeremiah tells the grieving story of Jerusalem’s demise. The LXX have the following words as an introduction: “And it came to pass after Israel had been carried captive, and Jerusalem was become desolate, that Jeremiah sat weeping, and lamented with this lamentation over Jerusalem.”   (LXX is the abbreviation for Septuagint which an Old Testament manuscript written in Greek.) Jeremiah had warned Jerusalem from God of the coming destruction even when the people had refused to listen. Yet he didn’t gloat over being right but wept bitterly when it happened even as Jesus wept over that same city’s destruction due to Israel not receiving Him.

The reason that God lifted His ever protective hand and allowed the destruction of His beloved city is in the 5th verse above, the LORD has made her suffer because of her many transgressions. This coming Sunday we remember 9/11, the terrible events that happened on September 11, 2001 when the twin towers in New York and the Pentagon were attacked by hijacked aircraft manned by Muslim terrorists and thousands of people were murdered by followers of an evil god. Our heavenly Father allowed this to happen perhaps for the same reason that Jerusalem was allowed to be conquered, because of the sins of our nation.

Ann Graham Lotz, when asked where was God, she said that He was a gentleman and wouldn’t go where He wasn’t wanted as prayer in schools had been forbidden and in many other ways, He wasn’t desired. A friend of mine, a retired captain from the NY police department who was on duty on 9/11 and watched the towers collapse, said that God was there when the towers collapsed straight down instead of tipping because had the latter happened perhaps millions would have died instead of thousands.

But at the remembrance on Sunday, the mayor of NY is not allowing any prayer or clergy or first responders, unless he changes because of a massive appeal, to be presented him on Thursday. There are still many attempts by many of our nation’s leaders to keep our heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ out of public life. This is especially true as they are bowing to evil Islam who has gained so much clout due to our leaders in high places. Since January there have been 77 disasters and FEMA hasn’t any money to help the suffering as the nation is broke. What more will happen with what is scheduled to happen even this month? Pray, prepare for disaster and be sure you are right with the Father. Let the latter be first, but be ready.


THE GATHERING OF THE NATIONS

September 5, 2011

By John L Fisk

The UN is being staged for a vote to effectively by-pass Israel in the forming of a Palestinian state.   The UN resolution will form a UN state by fiat, declaring Judah and Samira and Gaza the Palestinian state.  The ultimate plan includes unilaterally splitting Jerusalem, Israel’s capital in two.   One half of this city would then become the capital of the Palestinian state.    There are about 140 nations on board for the upcoming vote at the UN.   The whole event seems to be a fulfillment of the scripture, “He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar, and will whistle to them from the ends of the earth;  Surely they shall come with speed, swiftly.”   Isaiah 5:26 NKJV.  It is incredible to me that the nations of the world would choose to pick a fight with Yehovah.   But, this is just what they seem ready to do.    The United States for its part is expected to veto the resolution in the event it comes to the Security Council.   But, the Obama administration has been using the upcoming veto to twist Israel’s arm into capitulation on many diplomatic issues.  The most recent was an attempt to extract an apology from Israel to Turkey concerning the infamous flotilla that came from Turkey which saw the loss of life.  The truth is Israel was being ask to apologize for defending itself.   There is no doubt that the President of the United States would love to vote yes on this resolution but it is politically not expedient.  On the other hand, the banner that Yehovah is raising in Israel is compelling and the nations are being called by Yehovah Himself.   Don’t be surprised if the United States does NOT veto this resolution.    Come Soon,  Lord Jesus.


WHERE IS THE UNITED STATES?

September 1, 2011

By John L. Fisk

When talking about the culmination of the ages and the return of Yeshua, the question is often asked, “ Where in this biblical prophetic declaration is the United States?   After all, if the end of the age is near, do you not think that the United States would be mentioned, even allegorically?”

Yes, I would unless… and I hesitate to consider — the unless.

The last three years I have seen the Unites States brought to the edge of disaster.   Economic, military, social and moral disaster all coming together as a destructive force leading the United States to position of  insignificance on the world scene.  The abandonment of Yehovah and the profaning of His name are actions which are  bringing the United States to this state of insignificance.     Yehovah is Just and His Judgment will not be stayed forever.   The United States has not repented of its abandonment of righteousness, but has fallen into  a deep abyss by evidence of new laws which codify everything from same sex marriage, to abortion and an economic disaster is knocking at our gates as a besieging army.   We as a nation have come to a point in which there is no turning back.  There are only two choices:  enter into His judgment or be destroyed by His judgment.      The United States has reached that point.     This ignition point has caused many  to say, “My God would not do such a thing as judge a nation.  My God is love and judgment is not in Him.”   I say to you: you do not know God.    God has certainly left our schools, courts and market places and He has sent strange people with strange gods into these places where He once was.   Our God does judge His people when they reject Him and profane His name.   Stay tuned for the rest of the story.