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Summary: A sermon examining what happened to the nation of Isreal every time they walked away from God and answering the question will the same fate befall America because she is walking away from Him also.

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Will America Be Judged Series 1

The Call of the Watchman

Ezekiel 3:4-21

4Then He said to me: “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak My words to them. 5For you are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech or difficult language but to the house of Israel. 6‹You are› not ‹being sent› to many peoples of unintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. No doubt, if I sent you to them, they would listen to you. 7But the house of Israel will not want to listen to you because they do not want to listen to Me. For the whole house of Israel is hardheaded and hardhearted. 8Look, I have made your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. 9I have made your forehead like a diamond, harder than flint. Don’t be afraid of them or discouraged by ‹the look on› their faces, even though they are a rebellious house.”

10Next He said to me: “Son of man, listen carefully to all My words that I speak to you and take ‹them› to heart. 11Go to your people, the exiles, and speak to them. Tell them: This is what the Lord GOD says, whether they listen or refuse ‹to listen›.”

12The Spirit then lifted me up, and I heard a great rumbling sound behind me—praise the glory of the LORD in His place!— 13with the sound of the living creatures’ wings brushing against each other and the sound of the wheels beside them, a great rumbling sound. 14So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away. I left in bitterness and in an angry spirit, and the LORD’s hand was on me powerfully. 15I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who were living by the Chebar Canal, and I sat there stunned for seven days. 16Now at the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me: 17“Son of man, I have made you a watchman over the house of Israel. When you hear a word from My mouth, give them a warning from Me. 18If I say to the wicked person: You will surely die, but you do not warn him—you don’t speak out to warn him about his wicked way in order to save his life—that wicked person will die for his iniquity. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood. 19But if you warn a wicked person and he does not turn from his wickedness or his wicked way, he will die for his iniquity, but you will have saved your life. 20Now if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and practices iniquity, and I put a stumbling block in front of him, he will die. If you did not warn him, he will die because of his sin and the righteous acts he did will not be remembered. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood. 21But if you warn the righteous person that he should not sin, and he does not sin, he will indeed live because he listened to ‹your› warning, and you will have saved your life.”

Prayer

Have you been watching the news lately? I know everything that they report is sad, horrible or terrible. But we need to be watching to see what is happening in the world around us. We are bogged down in two wars one in Afghanistan and the other in Iraq. We can not seem to get a handle on the situation in either country. The people just don’t seem to want peace they hate us even as they praised us from throwing out oppressive regimes. What is wrong why are we having difficulty in these two small nations. Here is the greatest and strongest nation on the planet and we are being beaten to our knees. The people of our nation are beginning to lose confidence in the ability of our military to handle the situation. More and more are calling for bringing our troops home before anymore dies. We can’t handle death in war. We have forgotten that people die in war, the innocent, the enemy and even our troops some must die that is the nature of the beast. But Satan says no that is not right you should be able to fight a war and only the enemy should die. We have smart weapons therefore we should be able to only kill the enemy. In world war one and world war two we understood that to conquer evil some had to die but today we don’t have the courage and fortitude to stand before evil and take it on head to head. Our military is losing because we tie its hands and not let it fight.


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