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You donít have to tell me. I know that America didnít exist in 935 B.C., but she sure was described. In the chapter of Isaiah that weíre going to look at today heís talking to and about Israel. But when we look at the circumstances that are described it could just as easily be America 2006.
On March 3, 2006, as I was driving to Eureka from Augusta, I had what I call a life-changing meeting with God. We have most of our serious conversations while Iím driving. I guess thatís the only time He can catch me where Iím not doing something else and can really take the time to listen to Him.
Iím convinced, after this meeting that this nation of America is collapsing in on itself. Itís imploding. And the church has let it happen! Donít get me wrong, I love this country, and Iíve served her in different capacities for most of my adult life. Iíd still fight for her, but sheís sick. And Iím not at all sure that sheís going to recover.
I also believe that Godís sick and tired of preachers that ignore the facts and keep teaching that everythingís just hunky dory as long as we keep sending money into their coffers. The Bride of Jesus, in America has fallen in love with the world. Weíre seeing the prophecy in 2 Tim 4:3 come to pass in the church. The teachers with itching ears are alive and well in the American church today. We will no longer listen to sound doctrine. Weíve gotten to the point that God has to fit into our little box. And even worse, Heís got to obey us by waiting on our every want, normally without even a please of thank you.
Listen to what the prophet Isaiah has to say in the 3rd chapter of the book of Isaiah.
1 For behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff [every kind of prop], the whole stay of bread and the whole stay of water.
2 The mighty man and the man of war, the judge and the [professional] prophet, the one who foretells by divination and the old man.
3 The captain of 50 and the man of rank, the counselor and the expert craftsman and the skilled enchanter.
4 And I will make boys their princes, and with childishness shall they rule over them [with outrage instead of justice].
5 And the people shall be oppressed, each one by another, and each one by his neighbor; the child shall behave himself proudly and with insolence against the old man, and the lowborn against the honorable [person of rank].
6 When a man shall take hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying, ďYou have a robe, you shall be our judge and ruler, and this heap of ruins shall be under your controlĒ.
7 In that day he will answer, saying, ďI will not be a healer and one who binds up: I am not a physician. For in my house is neither bread nor clothing: you shall not make me judge and ruler of the people.Ē
8 For Jerusalem is ruined and Judah is fallen, because their speech and their deeds are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory and defy His glorious presenceĒ.
In these verses we see Isaiah prophesying Israel being under siege, her leaders destroyed. Heís denouncing the sins of the affluent upper class, telling them that Godís going to take away their leadership.
The referral to the stay and the staff means that Heís going to take away everything that theyíre depending on as a nation. Then He goes on to list
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