The naysayers speak up again and again.

Scripture:
Azariah son of Hoshaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the other proud men said to Jeremiah, “You lie! The Lord our God hasn’t forbidden us to go to Egypt! Baruch son of Neriah has convinced you to say this, because he wants us to stay here and be killed by the Babylonians or be carried off into exile.” – Jeremiah 43:2-3

Observation:
Judah and Jerusalem had fallen into the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar and was destroyed. Jeremiah received a message from the LORD to tell the people of Judah to surrender to the Babylonian king and live. The people refused to listen to the message, and then they decided to flee the nation and hide out in the land of Egypt. The LORD then told Jeremiah to tell the Jews that any of them that went to live in Egypt to escape the exile would die there and never return to Judah. They didn’t listen to that message either and even accused Jeremiah of being a liar and listening to his servant, who they supposed wanted them all to be killed by the invaders or carried off into exile.

Application:
The LORD has given other messengers and myself message after message to this nation to turn from our evil ways and return to the LORD. Our national leaders defied the words of the LORD on September 11, 2001 and have continued to rebel against him and his message of repentance ever since. The LORD will only contend with mankind for so long, as he said of the world before the great flood. Sin continues to mount in our nation with people worshiping every idol of fame, fashion, and fortune. They prostitute themselves to money, megalomania, and might. America can survive and endure the coming tribulation, but only if she returns to the LORD her God. To continue refusing God’s laws and mercies is to sign and hand deliver one’s death notice.

America, God still calls to us today to turn from our wicked ways, pray to heaven, turn our hearts back to him, and obey him. When we do these things, then and only then will God hear us from heaven, forgive our sins as a nation, and heal our land. However, you have chosen to continue to run from God and rebel against him. Thus, he has declared that this once proud virgin daughter that he raised up as a city on a hill to be light in the darkness and declare his greatness will be no longer a world stage player, will no longer be a land flowing with milk and honey for famine is coming, will no longer be a blessed nation but will experience the hand of God’s judgment on a nation and brought low because of her pride, and will no longer enjoy protection and covering from the shadow of the Almighty!

Now is the acceptable time and today is the day of Salvation! Turn to God the Father and be free in the name of Jesus, God the Son, so that you may experience his comfort and love through God the Holy Spirit. To refuse the LORD’s provision is to write your own death certificate. There is hope in the LORD Jesus the Anointed One and in no other! Hear the word of the LORD and cease your wickedness and give your heart back to the LORD.

Prayer:
Father, thank you for letting me be like John the Baptist, a lone voice crying in the wilderness to make straight the way of the LORD and to repent for your kingdom is at hand. My people have long refused to hear you and obey your word. They thumb their noses collectively at you and continue to violate your standard and not love you or their neighbors. They have trampled upon the sanctity of your holy day of rest. Your word no longer carries any weight with them until the day they experience your judgment on this nation. On that day they will flood the houses of “worship” as they did on 9-11-2001 like roaches flooding a spill of sugar or food. They will hover over the churches like vultures to a carcass, yet they will not have the love of God in them. They will run to places they deem as shelter but will only serve as snares and traps for their enemies to lay waste to them. I trust in you alone LORD and live to love you. May your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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