Monday, January 19, 2015
A SABBATH YEAR, THE SUPREME COURT AND A HERETICAL FILM - A RECIPE FOR AMERICAN DISASTER
In the fall of this year, according to the Jewish calendar, we will enter into what is known as a Sabbath year. A Sabbath year, according to the Bible, is a year of economic and agricultural rest for God's people and takes place every seventh year, just as the Sabbath day is the seventh day. Since America was founded by men and women looking for a place to worship God in a Biblical fashion and since this nation was dedicated to God at it's inception, America, in many ways becomes a type of Israel. For the sake of time and space, I will not outline the similarities, but, if you have not read the Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn, I suggest you get a copy and read it, especially before Summer. Another amazing book by Cahn is The Mystery Of The Shemitah, in it Rabbi Cahn shows how America has been adversely affected by the last two Sabbath years, 2001 and 2008. It would be foolish and unethical of me to rewrite Cahn's book in this space, but here is a link to a YouTube video of Cahn, explaining the concepts in his book. Jonathan Cahn video. To learn more about Rabbi Cahn's first book and to find a link to his groundbreaking speech at the President's Inaugural Prayer Breakfast please click here!
If America is affected by the Sabbath year principle, and I believe it is, we will be in for a very rough time the last quarter of 2015. I believe this for a number of reasons which I will present below.
Romans chapter 1 deals with the inherent knowledge of God that all people are born with and can determine by looking at the world around them and understanding that a creation requires a creator. Atheistic philosophy has led to theories of spontaneous life and evolutionary progression from chaos and simplicity to order and complexity. All known scientific law repudiates the idea of progressing from chaos to order, all sociological study debunks the idea that mankind will choose order and benevolence over greed and not one shred of archaeological evidence supports the idea of one creature transforming into another kind over millions of years. In fact, the fossil record, to the shame of evolutionists, shows animals reproducing exclusively after their own kind, just as described in the Genesis account. Here is fun video you can watch demonstrating this fact. Evolution is Stupid
Romans chapter one also gives a dire warning about turning away from God's natural order. Rom 1:19-32 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;
and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,
slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. I believe that this passage, very accurately describes life in America today. Because society has denied the evidence of God's existence, it has by default replaced Biblical truth with a neo-religious system that elevates man and nature to supremacy and kicks God out of the education system, replacing Him with a system that is contrary to true scientific study and common sense. This system is called Humanism and ultimately pits man against God.
Notice in the above passage, one of the results of rejecting the knowledge of God is sexual immorality becoming prevalent in society, specifically homosexuality, which completely denies God's order and design. A society that falls so apostate as to embrace same sex practices is doomed to fall under what international known Bible scholar Chuck Missler refers to as "God's abandonment judgement." I would have to agree with Mr. Missler on this point. Any nation, or person for that matter, that rejects God will be rejected by God as well: Jeremiah 15:6 You have rejected me, declares the LORD; you keep going backward, so I have stretched out my hand against you and destroyed you— I am weary of relenting. God spoke this to his beloved Israel, whom he refers to as the apple of His eye. How much more can we, as a nation, expect this response from God as we reject Him in every conceivable manner? Also - 1Samuel 15:26 And Samuel said to Saul, "I will not return with you. For you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel." This is not just a national rejection, but something that happens on an individual basis as well, here, King Saul Ben Kish, who was hand chosen by God to rule over Israel, is rejected by God for purposely disobeying the Word of God.
I have established this criteria as the specific criteria outlined in scripture that prompts God to remove His blessing and protection over a nation. To this point, this is the year that the U.S. Supreme court will rule, once and for all, on the issue of same sex marriage. As of now, this is a state by state issue, with, at the time of this writing, 36 states recognizing same sex marriage. Many states have attempted to pass legislation protecting the Biblical definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, but federal appeals courts have consistently struck down most of those laws, thwarting the will of the people. This summer, the Supreme court will rule on whether or not the constitution grants the right of same sex marriage. Should the Court rule that same sex marriage is a protected right under the constitution, all states, regardless of their choice, will be forced to license and accept same sex marriage, thereby granting national endorsement of something God has expressly forbidden. This can be seen as nothing more than outright rebellion against God and His natural order at a national level. This single act by the Supreme Court of the United States of America will practically beg God to abandon America and place us under His judgement.
I have very little hope that the Court will rule with God on this issue, as, thus far, rulings of this magnitude tend to go toward Satan's agenda for mankind, rather than God's. Roe v Wade and the abolishing of the Defense of Marriage Act are two examples of the evil ruling that can be expected from the highest court in the land.
Concerning the Church, a film is being released in coming weeks, that I believe will tear many churches apart. The film is called Pass the Light and shows a very negative stereotype of conservative Christians while upholding a social Gospel of "God loves and accepts everyone". This is a blatant Emerging Church message, the very thing we could expect from heretics like Mark Driscoll, who is currently Oprah Winfery's latest media darling. The film is about an 18 year old boy who goes up against conservative Christian values (depicted as a ridiculous stereotype, making lunatics like Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church seem to be the norm) and brings a message of acceptance of all people, regardless of their behavior or lifestyle. Of course, a major plot line deals with the "loving" relationship between two men, and their rejection by Evangelical Christianity. There is no talk of holiness or repentance, no mention of God's standards or man's separation from God due to sin, only a message of tolerance and acceptance of all lifestyle choices. The movie stresses the idea that "God loves everyone", and yes, John 3:16 acknowledges that, but God does not accept everyone's lifestyle choices, but calls all men to repentance, and clearly the Bible, over and over again, calls men and women to holiness and the pursuit of righteousness. Jesus, himself, has commanded us to "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness..."
What makes this film so spiritually dangerous is that it is being marketed as a faith based film directed at young people which means it will attempt to use faulty reasoning to convince the next generation that the Bible really teaches tolerance as the highest virtue. Unless these young people have been equipped with the ability to understand who God is and what the Bible teaches about holiness and purity, entire youth groups will be indoctrinated with the Satanic philosophy of "do as thou wilt is the whole of the law." Many uneducated church goers will be tricked into buying into the message of this film and churches around the country will see turmoil and inner strife such as has never been seen before. Even the Pope is calling for acceptance of Gays, which is in direct opposition of Roman Catholic doctrine.
The Supreme Court will most likely rule in favor of same sex marriage, Pass the Light will undoubtedly cause a major rift in American evangelicalism, leading many to embrace sin in the name of God. This, coupled with the fact tha we are entering the same spiritual time frame that led to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the two greatest stock market crashes in American history, the Sabbath year, does not bode well for America. This September, we will enter into the third Sabbath year since 9/11/2001. We were attacked by the enemies of God in September 2001, the stock market had it's single largest crash in history 7 days later and 7 years later, to the day on the Hebrew calendar, the stock market again, had it's largest crash in American history. This is hard to call a coincidence. This September may be an historically bad month for America, not only in light of what I have shared in this blog, but also for a multitude of other spiritual, economic, political and sociological reasons that would be impossible to describe in this format. The information is out there, start in the Bible and then compare what the Bible teaches to today's headlines and see if you do not see a pattern that leads to America's judgment.
All is not hopeless, we know how the story ends, and we know that God is ultimately in control. Our job is to honor God, strive for holiness and love one another. I spoke quite a bit against homosexuality and same sex marriage, but the judgment is against the behavior, not the person. God does indeed love everyone and we are called to love sinners into the kingdom. The sin that sends people to hell is disbelief, all other sins are forgivable. The danger is excusing and tolerating sin when Jesus clearly taught the concept of "go and sin no more." We are to offer God's love and forgiveness without losing sight of His righteous requirements. Love without the message of sin's consequences is no more virtuous than moral legalism without the message of love and forgiveness. Both ultimately push people away from God's truth.
Pray that you are the difference and ask that God would transform you into the image of Christ.