I am continually amazed and in awe of God's Word. I would like to show in this post something very peculiar about America's ultimate demise; when she is overthrown and made wholly desolate. As I've stated many times, it will be a day like no other. At midday the sun will go dark over America.(Amos 8:9, Isaiah 13:10, Joel 2:10, Lamentation 2:1) Whatever is big enough and frightening enough to blot out the sun must surely exist today somewhere in space and be on the way here. It's at that time, when that "cloud" passes between us and the sun, that this certain coalition of nations will leave their base and head our way. (Jeremiah 6:4, 15:8) We're told they will arrive by early evening.(Isaiah 21:4, Isaiah 17:14)
Now let me ask you, how does the enemy coalition know when to strike? How do they know when this great atmospheric "cloud" will cover America? I had always thought, well they must see it coming. Certainly the space technology of the leading nations must be advanced enough to see it coming and know when it will pass. And I don't doubt this may be the case. It's certainly possible those things are in play. But the Bible says nothing about this. However, it does tell us how they know.
Can I tell you plainly, folks, that they find out about this "cloud" because it's written in the Word of God? The very Light that exposes the "thief" for God's people (1 Thessalonians 5:4-5) also informs that great heathen military coalition when to strike.
2 "Lift up a banner on the high mountain, Raise your voice to them; Wave your hand, that they may enter the gates of the nobles.
3 I have commanded My sanctified ones; I have also called My mighty ones for My anger--Those who rejoice in My exaltation."
Look at this amazing detail we're given here. Start with verse 3. He says "I've commanded my sanctified ones." He's not talking about the heathen nations yet. Sanctified here means clean, holy, set apart. The heathen are not God's holy ones. The heathen nations do not care about or rejoice in Jehovah's exaltation. No, he's saying, I've commanded my holy ones, my mighty champions, to do my work...for the day of my anger. I have called and appointed them for the work at hand. And what is that work?
Now look at verse 2. Lift up a banner on a high mountain. Mountains in the Bible usually refer to nations. And what nation is higher, or more exalted, than America? It says "raise your voice to them" from this high mountain. Shout out a loud message to the heathen. Shout and wave your hands, that the enemy may enter the gates of the nobles (America). He's saying, give them the signal. Tell them about the most opportune time to strike. And it's evident this message is being given from the very nation that is to be struck.
Is this wrong? Should this message be kept secret? No, for we know that God will do nothing unless he reveals his secrets to his prophets. (Amos 3:7) And we know that the watchman is allowed to declare what he sees regarding Babylon. (Isaiah 21:6) And that which he sees is from looking intently at the Word of God, with great care. (Isaiah 21:7) And furthermore he's instructed to make the vision plain, and write it down, that they may make haste who read it. (Habakkuk 2:2)
27 Set up a banner in the land, Blow the trumpet among the nations! Prepare the nations against her, Call the kingdoms together against her: Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz. Appoint a general against her; Cause the horses to come up like the bristling locusts.
28 Prepare against her the nations, With the kings of the Medes, Its governors and all its rulers, All the land of his dominion.
Jeremiah confirms this. Like Isaiah, he says, set up a banner in the land. Blow the trumpet. The trumpet here is being used as an instrument of warning and alarm. Just as the watchman would wake up the city in the middle of the night, warning them of an impending attack. Jeremiah says, Wake up the nations! Prepare the nations against her. This banner is the same as Isaiah's. That banner is found in the truth of God's Word, which informs us of things to come.
11 The burden against Dumah. He calls to me out of Seir, "Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?"
12 The watchman said, "The morning comes, and also the night. If you will inquire, inquire; Return! Come back!"
Obadiah 1:1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom (We have heard a report from the LORD, And a messenger has been sent among the nations, [saying], "Arise, and let us rise up against her for battle"):It's evident from these passages that the purpose of the watchman is exactly what you would expect of a watchman. To inform the nation, well in advance, when danger is approaching. "There's still time. Come back as often as you like." And how does the watchman know? He listened for the time to come. (Isaiah 42:23) And he not only watches for the nation to which the attack is coming, but that "report from the Lord" also goes out to the heathen nations. But is this possible? Is it really the Lord who stirs up the nations for the day of doom?
Isaiah 5:26 He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar, And will whistle to them from the end of the earth; Surely they shall come with speed, swiftly.Well, who is this "He"? Look at the previous verse: "Therefore the anger of the LORD is aroused against His people;..." And again we read of a weapon so devastating in the latter days that it can kill ten thousand people at once; being wielded by only two men. And how is all this possible against God's people? Because God has surrendered his people to the enemy.
Deuteronomy 32:30 How could one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their Rock had sold them, And the LORD had surrendered them?I realize God's people struggle with this message because it's not about the goodness and mercy of God. The message they've heard all their lives and to which they're accustomed. But let me tell you, the leaders of these heathen nations coming to utterly destroy America are doing God's will. And even they know God's people are deserving of just such a judgment:
Jeremiah 50:7 All who found them have devoured them; And their adversaries said, 'We have not offended, Because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, The LORD, the hope of their fathers.'These heathen nations coming to destroy America say, Look, we're not doing anything wrong. The people have sinned against their God. They are deserving of this.
But God's people protest, "LORD! What about your grace and mercy? Aren't we in your age of grace? Isn't it enough that we tell people about your love and forgiveness? Certainly the Lord won't ever remove his lovingkindness and mercy from us!!" You only think this because you don't know about the judgment and righteousness of Jehovah. (Jeremiah 9:24)
Jeremiah 16:5 For thus says the LORD: "Do not enter the house of mourning, nor go to lament or bemoan them; for I have taken away My peace from this people," says the LORD, "lovingkindness and mercies.
Let me ask you, brothers and sisters, what do you think the world thinks of us? More importantly, what do you think they think about our God, after observing our lives and our conversation?
The door of the age of grace is quickly closing. When that next door opens, the great scroll of judgment will go out throughout all the earth. (Zechariah 5) But we know that judgment begins with us. (1 Peter 4:17) Today the Lord pleads with his people, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. (James 5) Now is the time to wake up. Now is the time to put off all besetting sins. Now is the time to do those things that please the Father.
33 "And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 "Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 'for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
36 'I [was] naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'
37 "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed [You], or thirsty and give [You] drink?
38 'When did we see You a stranger and take [You] in, or naked and clothe [You]?
39 'Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'
40 "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did [it] to one of the least of these My brethren, you did [it] to Me.'