Three Tragic Verses – One Unavoidable Conclusion. The U. S. will not help Israel at a critical time and …

Three Tragic Verses – One Unavoidable Conclusion.

When presented with the facts, no matter how much we don’t like what they say – sometimes the conclusion is unavoidable.

One unavoidable conclusion:

The U. S. will not help Israel at a critical time – and we will be part of ushering in “The End”.

Three tragically depressing verses from the Bible are these –

 Three Tragic Verses - One Unavoidable Conclusion. The U. S. will not help Israel at a critical time and ...

Eze 22:30 “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.

Zec 12:3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.

Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

Eze 22:30 “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.
#1 of the three tragic verses

The verse from Ezekiel is – in one sense – about the sins of Israel at that time.  However, in another sense – it’s also prophesy.  About the sins of the world.  About the time when God will decide that enough is enough, and He will usher in the End Times.

To put it into a bit more context, here’s the last two paragraphs of the section that contains this verse –

Jerusalem’s Sins

Eze 22:23 Again the word of the LORD came to me: 24 “Son of man, say to the land, ‘You are a land that has had no rain or showers in the day of wrath.’ 25 There is a conspiracy of her princes within her like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they devour people, take treasures and precious things and make many widows within her. 26 Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. 27 Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain. 28 Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says’—when the LORD has not spoken. 29 The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the alien, denying them justice.

Eze 22:30 “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. 31 So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.”


As I was writing, it occurred to me that many people have trouble with the Old Testament being viewed as prophesy.  They say it was for that time.  For those people.  So it has nothing to do with us.  The first two things are true – it was for those people at that time.  And yet, those who would claim it has no value to us are forgetting something.  Or maybe someone.  In any case, they’re forgetting the past. 

There was this man – George Santayana.  Maybe you remember, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”  Or maybe you remember it as, “Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.”  The real quote was, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Somehow, condemned seems really appropriate for our current discussion.  Something along the lines of those who don’t learn from the Old Testament are condemned to repeat it.  In the Old Testament days, they certainly didn’t learn – and they certainly repeated their errors over and over. 

Guess what?  We haven’t learned either.  And we repeat the same errors.  Over and over.  One of the things to remember is from when God first called Abram.  You may remember, that’s when Abraham was still called Abram.  Later, as part of the fulfillment of God’s promise, He changed Abram’s name to Abraham.

The Call of Abram

Ge 12:1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.

Ge 12:2 “I will make you into a great nation
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.

Ge 12:3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”

Remember, Abraham’s descendants were the Israelites.  The Hebrew people.  Jewish people.  As in modern-day Israel.  And God promises to bless everyone on earth through the.  Unless, as it says, we curse Israel.

Question – will we learn not to curse Israel and the Jewish people?
Answer – it appears that the answer is a resounding, No!


Back to the original topic – the first of the three tragic verses.

That first paragraph very much describes the world today.  Including this country.

Eze 22:23 Again the word of the LORD came to me: 24 “Son of man, say to the land, ‘You are a land that has had no rain or showers in the day of wrath.’

To give you an idea of what rain meant to the people of that time, here’s something from Jeremiah –

Jer 14:22 Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain?
Do the skies themselves send down showers?
No, it is you, O LORD our God.
Therefore our hope is in you,
for you are the one who does all this.

Before we look deeper into “rain”, we need to look at a different translation of this verse.  No pun intended, but the 1984 NIV transnational above waters it down too much.  Here’s the 2010 translation from the NIV:

Eze 22:24  “Son of man, say to her, ‘In the day of indignation, you are a land that has not been cleansed, upon which no rain has fallen.’”

This is interesting, since we see something beyond just the idea of rain.  This one says “cleansed”.  It really is more appropriate, since the original Hebrew word is this:

2891 טָהֵר [taher /taw·hare/] v. A primitive root; TWOT 792; GK 3197; 94 occurrences; AV translates as “clean” 80 times, “purify” six times, “purge” five times, “pure” twice, and “purifier” once. 1 to be clean, be pure. 1A (Qal). 1A1 to be clean (physically—of disease). 1A2 to be clean ceremonially. 1A3 to purify, be clean morally, made clean. 1B (Piel). 1B1 to cleanse, purify. 1B1A physically. 1B1B ceremonially. 1B1C morally. 1B2 to pronounce clean. 1B3 to perform the ceremony of cleansing. 1C (Pual) to be cleansed, be pronounced clean. 1D (Hithpael). 1D1 to purify oneself. 1D1A ceremonially. 1D1B morally. 1D2 to present oneself for purification.  [1]Strong, J. (1995). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Woodside Bible Fellowship.

Now we can see the importance of the word cleansed, as opposed to just rain.  It had the concept of rain being a method of cleansing the land – in a ceremonial way.  It was a cleansing from God.  A gift.  Without it, the land and everything that came from the land would be ceremonially unclean.

Now, for those that realize we (Christians) are no longer under the old Jewish law, and ceremonial cleansing, as a matter of law, isn’t required any longer.  However, there is a very real sense in which this cleansing is important.  Even today.

With no rain, like what happens here where I live in southern California, things die.  Plants.  This year, even large trees.  And animals.

But in other parts of the country, and the world, there’s too much water.  Yes, there is rain.  But it’s hardly cleansing.  In fact, it overwhelms the capabilities of water treatment plants and things like that.  We end up with mud, debris, toxic chemicals and even human waste contaminating the water systems and the land.  And so, even when the rain does come, it’s not the cleansing kind of rain that God provided in the Old Testament.

In the Old Testament days, rain was refreshing.   It was water that was needed for life.  And it was from God.  But now, things have gotten so bad that we often don’t get the cleansing kind of rain.  Back then, no rain was a sign of judgement.  Of course, these days, we think we know better.  That no rain and / or too much rain is because humans have caused global warming.  But do we really?  Or is that just something we’re told to make us feel better – and to forget that God exists and that He is important?  Are we just ignoring the possibility that global warming isn’t simply because we did things we shouldn’t have?  That maybe the laws of nature were set up by God as a warning that when we do those things, it will affect the cleansing rain?

I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.

Eze 22:25 There is a conspiracy of her princes within her like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they devour people, take treasures and precious things and make many widows within her.

The princes – seems like the equivalent today would be either our political leaders, or maybe the heads of large industries.  Something like that.  But these days, is there anything to distinguish the two?  With all the campaigning going on every year for the elections in November, it should be pretty clear that in spite of all the claims that politicians are for “the people” and will go against “wall street” – it has been exactly the opposite for a long time now.  And it shows no sign of changing any time soon.  And so the rich get richer (both the politicians and the wall street types) while the poor get poorer – the rest of us.  And I mean that in terms of both money and our relationship with God.

I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.

Eze 22:26 Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things;

Speaking of God – just look at all the political people who say things like “God bless America”.  Who noticeably go to church.  Who try to get what’s known as the “evangelical” vote.  And proclaim the name of God for all sorts of things.  Unfortunately, many of those things – like killing unborn babies just because they would be inconvenient – are totally against God’s Word.  Talk about profaning His holy things.  And does anyone in the church speak out about this?  Denounce the person who does these things?  Or is God looking around for one good person to stand in the gap – and finding no one?

I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.

they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean;

During a Bible Study one night, someone talked about our country losing its moral center.  That sums it up quite nicely.  More and more, there’s no distinction between right and wrong.  Whatever is right for someone – that’s right.  More worrisome is that what’s right for the minority of people who pervert God’s teaching is becoming law.  And those who want to keep God’s Word in their lives are judged as wrong.  In effect, we’re going beyond an inability to even see what’s holy – and getting to a point of condemning what’s holy.

 I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.

and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.

Back to the political side of things.  But also to the other people that our society increasingly puts up as role models – movie stars, musicians, people who live lifestyles that are nothing like what God asks from us (and are actually very much different from most of the people in the country).  Even though we don’t live like them, we are being told to be “inclusive”, “tolerant” and other politically correct words – and let people do whatever they want.  There’s a difference between welcoming all people as Jesus did, with the goal of teaching them God’s truth – and what we’re doing now by declaring that their way is right, and that we have to bend to it and it’s illegal to try to convert them to Jesus.  For more on “tolerance”, please see The problem of tolerance and The problem of Coexist – and – Love your enemy.

I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.

Eze 22:27 Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain.

Now we’re still in the territory of the politicians, the corporate leaders, the others that we put on pedestals and say we should all be like them – but even more into the more widely known “church” leaders.  Rather than speaking out against where we’re going, it seems too many are either silent – or worse yet courting them.  Where’s the outcry?  I used to watch Fox News, the only conservative news channel in the country, and they don’t have these kinds of people on the air.  Where are they?  Notice – I used to watch Fox News.  It got so bad, I couldn’t even stand to have the sound on when I wasn’t actually watching.

I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.

Eze 22:28 Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says’—when the LORD has not spoken.

And it continues.  We’re told that this is the new way.  That we’re more intelligent – more open – more inclusive – more tolerant – we know better than to believe that God could possibly mean what the Bible says.  Seriously?  It’s not our rules.

It seems we’ve taken to heart the words of atheists, humanists, and others that complain our view of Heaven is too restrictive – who say that everyone should be allowed into Heaven.  There’s at least two problems with that view though.  One – it’s NOT our rules.  It’s God who says who gets into Heaven and who doesn’t.  Who are we – especially as Christians who should know better – who are we to change God’s rules?  And worse yet – for even people who aren’t Christians – people who believe Heaven will be a better place – how can one possibly come up with that idea if we think everyone is going to Heaven without some major changes in our hearts, minds, morals, attitudes, Etc?  If nothing changes – then nothing changes and Heaven will be just like earth!  Not what I’m looking forward to.

I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.

Eze 22:29 The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the alien, denying them justice.

Here’s another one that we’ve gone even beyond the warning.  We don’t just oppress the poor, the needy, the aliens – we oppress even each other.  Even one Christian against another Christian.  We’ve gone way beyond what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians –

1Co 6:1 If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? 2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! 4 Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church! 5 I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? 6 But instead, one brother goes to law against another—and this in front of unbelievers!

1Co 6:7 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8 Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers.

1Co 6:9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Sometimes I wonder – forget about believing these verses – how many Christians even know about these verses?

I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.

A Wake Up Call For America …

That was a lot of Ezekiel.
Before getting to Revelation, let’s look at the conclusion – which at least one person thinks is avoidable.  And I’m sure he’s not alone.

I read this book – A Wake Up Call for America: America Has Lost Her Way … But There Is Still Hope!  by Ron Cantor.

In the book – obviously – he believes that there is a role to play for America in support of Israel.  The problem is – the Bible says very much the opposite.

And that’s what got me started down the road to writing this.
There’s a problem with the whole premise of the book.
And that’s more than a little surprising, given that it’s written by a Messianic Jew.
Someone who, I would have thought, would know better.

You see – there’s that second tragic verse.

#2 of the three tragic verses
Jerusalem’s Enemies to Be Destroyed


Zec 12:3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.
Zec 12:1 This is the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: 2 “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. 3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. 4 On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,” declares the LORD. “I will keep a watchful eye over the house of Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. 5 Then the leaders of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the LORD Almighty is their God.’

Zec 12:6 “On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume right and left all the surrounding peoples, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place.

In our arrogance, we choose to listen to the people I wrote about above – the ones who say what we want to hear rather than the things we need to hear – who say the things we want to be true rather than the things that really are true.  We choose to believe that the words of God’s prophets mean nothing to us – or maybe we don’t even know these words anymore, because no one teaches them.

I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.

But the words very clearly say – Zec 12:3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. That’s pretty clear.  All the nations of the earth.  By definition – that absolutely must include us.  By “us” – I mean the United States.  If you’re living in another country (other than Israel itself) – trust me – it applies to your country as well.  It’s all nations of the earth.  No other way to read it.

For any given instance when it appears that “The End” is now – of course, maybe it isn’t.  Maybe “The End” will be postponed.  Maybe for a long time.  “The End” has been predicted for 2,000 years.  And it still hasn’t come.  But that doesn’t mean it won’t.

Mt 25:1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
Mt 25:6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
Mt 25:7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
Mt 25:9 “ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
Mt 25:10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
Mt 25:11 “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’
Mt 25:12 “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’
Mt 25:13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

The time will come.
“The End” will come.
This country will not have a role to play in preventing it.
No country will have a role to play in preventing it.

Remember this from Genesis

Ge 12:1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.
Ge 12:2 “I will make you into a great nation
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
Ge 12:3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”

When the time comes that all countries are against Israel – God will curse all of us.

“Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

Just in case you still don’t believe what you’ve read – here’s one more thing.

#3 of the three tragic verses

After the first three verses of Revelation, where Jesus gives messages to hope to each of the seven churches – messages of hope to each one of us – then we get to the third verse at the top of this discussion –

The Throne in Heaven

Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

Clearly – this IS going to happen.  If you claim to be a Christian and don’t believe this – you’d better do some very serious soul-searching.  Because if you don’t believe this – you just called Jesus a liar.

Following that – we read –

Rev 5:1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Conclusion

And with that – Armageddon begins.

“The End”.

And if the U. S. even exists at that time – there’s nothing we can do to prevent it.
Well, nothing we’re going to do.
The U.S. will not help Israel at a critical time.
Nothing to even slow it down.
The U.S. will not help Israel at a critical time.
Will Smith is not going to show up with Jeff Goldblum and friends to save the earth.
The X-Men will not be brought back to save the day.
The U.S. will not help Israel at a critical time.

Life as we know it – is about to end.

The Kingdom of God is about to be ushered in – after all the devastation.

And if you think it’s going to be just like life is today – as I said – think again.  It’s not.  It will be better.  So if you love this life – you’re not gonna like Heaven without some very major adjustments.  Adjustments in yourself – not adjustments to what God said Heaven is going to be.

Finally – some good news.

Some good news.  This is about God after all.  Fire and Brimstone is nice to scare people.  But who really commits to God out of fear?  What happens when the fear is gone?  What happens when the fear of this life is so bad that the fear of God is perceived as nothing?

You see – this also happens –

Rev 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Rev 21:5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Rev 21:6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

Life – as it was meant to be.

Life – the way we should want it to be.

Life – as it will be for us if it’s what we’ve desired.

Is this what you desire?

Footnotes

Footnotes
1Strong, J. (1995). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Woodside Bible Fellowship.

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