The one who has defied the God of heaven and Lord of heaven’s armies.

Scripture:
“Whom have you been defying and ridiculing? Against whom did you raise your voice? At whom did you look with such haughty eyes? It was the Holy One of Israel! By your messengers you have defied the Lord. – Isaiah 37:23-24a

Observation:
The king of Assyria had come to conquer the lower kingdom as he had done to the upper kingdom, but through his vanity and arrogance, he defied the Lord of heaven’s armies. He thought he was just taunting Hezekiah king of Judah, but he chose to confront the God of heaven instead. His arrogance, resulting from the destruction of other nations as God designed and planned, led him to believe that he’d just cake walk over Judah also. He was wrong. The Lord answered the proud king with the loss of 185,000 troops in one night. He left defeated and returned to his kingdom just as the Lord had said.

Application:
As much as it pains me to say this, the coming destruction in America has been planned long ago by the God of heaven and Lord of its armies. Before the world was formed, he knew that America had to go the way of the world and turn against the very Creator that founded this nation and blessed this nation. How sad! We cannot really blame the tyrant in office now because he was placed there by the Almighty. If you doubt me, then read and know your scripture before spewing hatred at me. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. (Romans 13:1b) 

We, as disciples of Jesus, need to pray for our leadership despite their efforts to destroy our nation and enslave us to their whims. Again read your Bible and know it, for it says, I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior (1 Tim 2:1-3) It seems contrary to human nature to pray for someone and to give thanks to God for those who would rather have you enslaved and mistreated even for your faith, but Paul notes that it pleases God for us to do so.

It is not for us to bring down judgment upon those who defy the living God and go against his Word, for that judgment is reserved for the LORD alone! Those who encourage evil and punish good will answer to the LORD for their defiance and arrogance, just as Sennacherib did. The defiant one will have his day before the Almighty. We can stand up to his wickedness and speak the truth in love and defend ourselves against injustice and tyranny, but we must still do as the LORD commands. His ways are Truth and Righteousness despite what we think or feel. We have to learn to do as Moses instructed and to stand still and see the salvation of the LORD. For the LORD knows how to deliver his people from the day of judgment. Remember Noah, Lot, and Moses with nation of Israel.

Judgment is coming to America, but the LORD will take care of his own. We may endure hard times and even more horrific times following that, yet the LORD will be our Redeemer and Savior. There is no god like our God Jehovah!

Prayer:
Father, thank you for loving us and saving us. We are mere mortals, rebellious mortals at birth, but you chose to love us anyway. You loved us enough to come down to earth and be one of us for a short span of time and give yourself for us. While we were yet sinners, you died for us. Through your love, you gave us eternal life in Jesus. Just as doom and apparent gloom loomed on the horizon for Judah, so does it here in my nation of America. You spared your people from an invading army much greater than them, but we face the enemy from within and who was put in power by you! However, we will intercede for him and give you thanks for him despite his evil. We wanted to live quiet and peaceful lives in our land, but the appointed authority has chosen to listen to the evil one and to be his son. Now, we begin to suffer for our faith in you and be tormented for the truth. I know the worst is yet to come, and the beginnings are only mere birth pangs. Protect us Father from the coming destruction and tribulation. Just as you shielded Israel in the days of Pharaoh and Moses, please spare your people during the coming plagues of wrath. If we die for your kingdom’ sake, then we know that we are done with sin and will receive our reward in glory from you. May your glory be lifted high and proclaimed among the nations again as it was in days of old. Your will be done, not ours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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