Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning [with] his anger, and the burden [thereof is] heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:
And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and [there shall be] a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing [them] to err.
Ye shall have a song, as in the night [when] a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.
And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of [his] anger, and [with] the flame of a devouring fire, [with] scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.
Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.
America is going to be destroyed by fire! Sudden destruction is coming and few will escape. Unexpectedly, and in one hour, a hydrogen holocaust will engulf America-and this nation will be no more.
It is because America has sinned against the greatest light. Other nations are just as sinful, but none are as flooded with Gospel light as ours. God is going to judge America for its violence, its crimes, its flaunting of homosexuality and sadomasochism, its corruption, its drunkness and drug abuse, its form of godliness without power, its lukewarmness toward Christ, its rampant divorce and adultery, its lewd pornography, its child molestation, its cheating, its robbing, its dirty movies, and its occult practices.
In one hour it will all be over. To the natural mind it is insanity to come against a prosperous, powerful nation nation and cry out, "It's all over! Judgment is at the door! Our days are numbered!" The church is asleep, the congregations are at ease, and the shepherds slumber. How will they scoff and laugh at this message. Theologians will reject it because they can't fit it into their doctrine. The pillow prophets of peace and prosperity will publicly denounce it.
I no longer care. God has made my face like flint and put steel in my backbone. I am blowing the Lord's trumpet with all my might. Let the whole world and all the church call me crazy, but I must blow the trumpet and awaken God's people. Believe it or not, America is about to be shaken and set aside by swift and horrible judgments. Many other praying believers who have been shut in with God are hearing the very same message-"Judgment is at the door! Prepare, awaken!"
Ever since this message came to me, I I have been searching God's Word from cover to cover. No prophecy is valid unless it is positively confirmed by God's holy Word. I discovered in the Word, God's pattern of judgment. Although it is true He will never again destroy the earth by flood, He does use fire. All the prophets predicted judgment by fire on nations and peoples who forsook God and became hopelessly wicked. Their prophecies were dual, directed to their generation in which they prophesied and also to future generations who committed the same crimes against God. Prophecies against Babylon and Israel were fulfilled to the letter. But many of these prophecies also refer to the "latter days," to those who live at the end of the ages. Paul said, "Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come" (1 Corinthians 10:11).
Perhaps only the overcomers will accept and hear the sound of this trumpet blast, but I proceed with these warnings because God called me to be a watchman. I hear the Word of God to Ezekiel ringing in my ears, "Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts and set him as their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blows the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood will be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet. and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me" (Ezekiel 33:2-7)
America is Modern Babylon
I believe modern Babylon is present-day America, including its corrupt society and its whorish church system. No other nation on earth fits the description in Revelation 18 but America, the world's biggest fornicator with the merchants of all nations. Ancient Babylon was long destroyed when John received this vision. John saw fiery destruction coming in one hour. "Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come" (Revelation 18:8-10).
Just as Israel was called the city of God, America is referred to as Babylon, that mighty city. It is a people, a land. In one hour it is going to be wiped out and consumed by fire. Judgment will fall upon the major cities, the towns, with fire consuming what was once a prosperous, thriving, safe and tranquil land. "And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more. And the good things thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. For in one hour so great riches is come to nothing" (Revelation 18:11, 14, 17).
The great eagle with great wings is about to fall from its lofty position on the highest branch of all nations. The vine that was planted "in a land of traffic, in a city of merchants, by great waters" is about to die. "It was planted in a good soil by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might bear fruit, that it might be a good vine" (Ezekiel 17:8).
God's prophetic word from Ezekiel to Israel is also God's word for America: "Thus saith the Lord God; Shall it prosper? Shall he not pull the roots thereof, ... that it wither? It shall wither in all the leaves of her spring, even without great power or many people to pluck it up by the roots thereof ... Shall it not utterly wither, when the east wind toucheth it?" (Ezekiel 17:9-10).
Oh, what horrible and swift judgments are just ahead, very imminent, upon this nation that has cast aside holiness and repentance. I hear the prophets crying out, "She was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them" (Ezekiel 19:12).
It is a day of vengeance and judgment against sin. The Lord has promised to judge His people who "hath done despite to the grace of God." "For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, the Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebrews 10:30-31).
Sudden Destruction Prophesied
We have been clearly warned of sudden destruction falling upon us. The prophets have all warned of a consuming fire of judgment upon a last-day people who boasted she sat as a queen in prosperity and was beyond the possibility of destruction. Isaiah warned, "For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust" (Isaiah 26:5).
Joshua prophesied of a people who in latter times would quickly perish from off the land. 2When ye have transgressed the covenant of the Lord your God, which he commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the land which he hath given unto you" (Joshua 23:16). This is a principle of judgment throughout God's Word.
The prophet Zephaniah sounded a trumpet about a coming day of darkness, gloom, and devouring fire. His dual prophecy spoke of "a speedy riddance" of the whole land. "Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land" (Zephaniah 1:18). Every prophet seems pressed by the suddenness and quickness of God's devouring, melting fire falling on those who are under divine judgment.
John saw in a vision the destruction of one-third of the earth's population by fire and brimstone. The enemy would have an exceeding great army and armaments which would spew "out of their mouths fire, smoke and brimstone 8Revelation 9:16-17)-which I take to mean nuclear missiles.
As a result of this fiery "issue," one third of mankind is destroyed. "By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths" (Revelation 9:17).
Woe to you that are at ease in Zion. He warned you that all lukewarm believers would be spewed out of His mouth. You spoke the word of faith, creating for yourselves riches, increase of goods, and you spent your faith in providing for all your selfish needs. Now you can say you have need of nothing. You are "clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls" (Revelation 18:16).
In one hour it will all be gone! The stock market will burn-with all the buildings, the investments. The skyscrapers will melt; the fire of divine vengeance will turn cities into polluted wildernesses. Our government, our transportation system, our food supplies, our communications network (radio, television)-all will be lost in one hour! Read it-it's all there! "And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller;as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word. The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as a shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done (Isaiah 24:2,3,10,13). Isaiah is clearly speaking about these latter days.
I believe MOses saw our day and prophesied by the Spirit that God would devour in the latter days with burning heat. His prophecy is a chilling reminder of what is coming. He said, "For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn into the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. I will heap mischief upon them; I will spend my arrows upon them. They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust (Deuteronomy 32:22-24). Could the arrows he saw be missiles? Is it the Russian beast that sinks her teeth into "a nation void of counsel" (Deuteronomy 32:28)? Hear this plea, "O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!" (Deuteronomy 32:29). The entire vision describes what will befall in the latter days. These are those latter days, and we are the seed of Israel.
How could we have missed the prophet Joel's warnings all these years? He clearly predicted blood, fire and pillars of smoke on the earth, ascending into the heavens-before the great and the terrible day of the Lord. "And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come" (Joel 2:30-31).
What a wonder in the heavens, as from the earth huge mushroom-type pillars of smoke arise. And also, how true that on that blood, fire and smoke day, all in this land who have called on Christ's name in fullness will be glorified. "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call" (Joel 2:32).
Paul spoke of a day of fiery vengeance coming on those who flaunt sin. "For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries" (Hebrews 10:26-27)
Think of the "lady in the harbor"-the Statue of Liberty. Isaiah warned of sudden destruction upon a proud lady. "And thou saidst, I shall be a lady forever: so that thou didst not lay these things to heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it. Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children: but these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments. For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none beside me, Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth; and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know" (Isaiah 47:7-11).
Isaiah said, "A curse has devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left" (Isaiah 24:6). Not a flood this time, but a devouring fire. "And the people shall be as the burning of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire. The sinners in Zion are afraid: fearfulness hath surprised thy hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?" (Isaiah 33:12, 14).
Isaiah saw the Lord coming in a chariot of fire to execute judgment, and many will be slain. "For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many" (isaiah 66:15-16).
What a horrific description of a hydrogen holocaust Isaiah gives. "The foundations of the earth do shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed ..." (Isaiah 24:18-20, 23).
A Sudden Dissolving - A Meltdown
Make no mistake about it, God's clearly warns a great dissolving will happen. I believe it is imminent. It is not incidental that Paul spoke of the "dissolving" of the physical body. "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens" (2 Corinthians 5:1). Peter warned "Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with intense heat" (2 Peter 3:11-12). David prophesied, "The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them" (Psalm 75:3,8)
God will "melt" America, just as He promised to do to Israel. "As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you. Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the Lord have poured out my fury upon you" (Ezekiel 22:20-22).
America's cup of iniquity is full; the bear has prepared and is set to act-it is now only a matter of time. From over the North Pole the deadly missiles will come. Fear and some kind of supernatural impulse will cause the enemy to make the first strike. "For the spoilers shall come unto her from the north, saith the Lord" (Jeremiah 51:48). They themselves will be terrorized by the destruction and havoc they unleashed upon the earth. "The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth. He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the Lord hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the strong hold thereof (Isaiah 23:9,11).
Zechariah spoke of a day when God would "gather all nations against Jerusalem t battle ... and the Lord shall fight against those nations (Zechariah 14:2-3). America will never fight against Israel, nor will we protect her. God will protect Israel and send fire on us! If you cannot believe that fiery judgment is near, you must believe it is inevitable. Zephaniah proved it: "Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy" (Zephaniah 3:8).
The prophet Isaiah puts it all beyond argument. If you believe God's Word is truth, then you must believe He is going to utterly empty and spoil any land that God judges. He wrote, "The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled; for the Lord hath spoken this word" (Isaiah 24:3).
Our Great Armaments Will Be Worthless
"Behold, I will bring ... all evil that I have pronounced ... because they hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words" (Jeremiah 19:15). Jeremiah gathered all the elders of Israel and took them into the valley of the son of Hinnom. There he broke an earthen pot into many pieces and prophesied to them these words, "Thus saith the Lord ... I will bring evil upon this place, such as all who hear, their ears shall tingle" (Jeremiah 19:3).
The prophet told them incredible things, things that seemed so unlikely. It was a time of great peace and prosperity; yet an approaching day of slaughter, of horrible plagues, and a day that God was going to shiver to pieces their nation, their cities, just like the vessel he smashed into many pieces (Jeremiah 19:6-11). They were warned God would make useless their weapons of war; that all their armaments could not save them from God's wrath (Jeremiah 21:4). God said to them "I myself will fight against you!" (Jeremiah 21:5).
That is an out right warning to America. Our huge stockpile of weapons are but so many sticks and stones-useless against what God has planned against us. What was said of ancient Babylon will be said of modern Babylon, "The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwelling places; her bars are broken" (Jeremiah 51:30). This is why there will be no retaliatory strikes from this nation or its allies; because of the suddenness and finality of it all, we will "forbear to fight," and our missiles will remain in their hold. Our might will fail us in the hour of judgment. Our allies will "become as women" and surrender immediately.
God is going to shake all that can be shaken. He is going to shiver into pieces all we once held sacred and dear to us. He is going to judge this nation with such severity, it will cause the ears of all nations to tingle. The nations of the world will hiss at us with astonishment. "And I will make this city (land) desolate, and an hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of all the plagues thereof" (Jeremiah 19:8). God Himself will fight against this nation, and whereas He once desired for us only good, now He will plan for us only evil because of the hardness of our hearts. "Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the Lord" (Jeremiah 51:53).
Our wound, like Israel's, is incurable now. "For thus saith the Lord, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is serious ... thou hast no healing medicines" (Jeremiah 30:12-13). No astrologer, no prognosticator can stop the judgment coming. They may mock and sneer; but they, too, will burn. "Thou art wearied in the multitudes of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it" (Isaiah 47:13-14).
Before the great holocaust there will be smaller holocausts-the oil fields of the middle east will be ablaze, and the smoke will rise night and day as a warning of the greater holocaust yet t come. There will be bombs falling on oil fields, on shipping docks and storage thanks. There will be panic among all oil producers, and shippers, and upon all nations dependent on that oil.
Soon, very soon, an economic nightmare will explode into reality. What frightful news it will be! "O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness" (Jeremiah 51:13). America is about to face a time of mass hysteria, as banks close and financial institutions crumble and our economy spins totally out of control. Gold and silver will also lose their value. "They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in a day of the wrath of the Lord: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumbling block of their iniquity" (Ezekiel 7:19). The chaos that is coming cannot be stopped by our government. Ezekiel warned "The hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them" (Ezekiel 7:27). These prophecies once again reveal God's judgmental decrees to wicked nations.
Scoff if you choose, but the underlying fears about a collapse will soon become a tragic reality. Numerous cracks will appear in our fragile prosperity, and soon even the most pessimistic will know in their hearts that a total collapse is certain. Senators and congressmen will sit in stunned silence as they realize no one can stop the tailspin into chaos. Business, political and economic leaders will be terrorized by its suddenness and its far-reaching effect. "Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it" (Ezekiel 14:13). The great holocaust follows an economic collapse in America. The enemy will make its move when we are weak and helpless.
America Will not Repent
Jeremiah delivered a dual prophecy out od a potter's house. It was directed to ancient Israel, but also to Israel the church. His message is again being sounded by the Holy Spirit and will soon be fulfilled in our day. "O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it" (Jeremiah 18:6-7).
God claims the right to pluck up, pull down, and destroy at an instant a nation, a congregation, a ministry that becomes marred and useless to Him. God made this nation a beautiful vessel in His hand over two hundred years ago. He set it in a good land and blessed its founding fathers. But evil has become so great, disobedience so widespread, God has declared, "I will pluck it up, pull it down, destroy it, as it seemeth good to me." "And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build it and to plant it. If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith i said I would benefit them" (Jeremiah 18:9-10).
This nation has not repented but rather, has turned its back on the Word of the Lord, and now God will do what He said He will do. Only a remnant now follows the Lord with all their hearts, living in holy surrender and full communion with Him. There has been no deep heart repentance. We have leaders who are thought of as "Christians" who publicly confess they don't even know what it means to be born again. Only lip service is given to God and the popular evangelical Christianity of this hour is nothing but political and lukewarm, at its best. This nation, its government, its churches, give the Lord Jesus mere acknowledgement but not heart repentance. We have great moral indignation against poverty, abortion, crime, injustice, and that is commendable-but we have not enthroned Jesus Christ as Lord and King in our hearts. Millions claim to be christians, yet only a very small number are entering the straight gate. If God favors America with more time and prosperity, it will only increase the wickedness and rebellion, making judgment even more certain. "Let favor be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord. Lord, when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them" (Isaiah 26:10-11).
God promised to preserve America only if turned from its evil. At the very moment of true repentance and turning from evil, He promised to change His mind and hold back judgment. Yet, nothing is clearer in all the Word of God than His threat against a corrupt nation, "to scatter that nation as with an east wind before the enemy; and I will shew them my back, and not my face, in the day of their downfall" (Jeremiah 18:17).
I see almighty God even now slowly turning Hid back on this nation! America is on the verge of committing the unpardonable sin by resisting the Holy Ghost. Soon, there will be repentance only for individuals, but not the nation. What more could He have done for America? Could He have been any more patient than He has been? "What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? (Isaiah 5:4). "I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts" (Isaiah 65:2).
The unthinkable is going to happen to America and parts of Canada, and few will believe it. The prophets of peace and prosperity will reply, "God has promised to keep us from the day of wrath, because we have kept the word of His patience" (Revelation 3:10). This nation has not kept God's word, nor has the church. Like in the church of Sardis, there are only a few who have not defiled their garments and who walk with Christ in robes of white. It is said, "No plague shall come nigh thy dwelling" (Psalm 91:10). But disobedience and rebellion abort the promises of safety and protection. (See Hebrews10:26-27).
Don't listen to the prophets of peace and prosperity. They are deceived. They have not heard the true Word of God.They are not of the spirit of Elijah, Isaiah, ezekiel and Jeremiah. They have not been weeping and travailing over the sins of the nation and God's people. God truly has devised a plan, a frightful series of calamities against this nation; and His final appeal is going forth, a final call to return and forsake all evil doing. "Thus shall Babylon sink and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her" (Jeremiah 51:64).
Ezekiel was lifted by the Holy Spirit and taken to the Lord's house where he saw twenty-five spiritual leaders, princes, who sat about mocking the warnings of impending doom and making plans to build and prosper. The Lord said to Ezekiel, "Son of man, these are the men that plan mischief, and give wicked counsel to this people. They say, Judgment is not near; let us build houses" (Ezekiel 11:1-3).
The warnings of Ezekiel and the hardness of the people's heart produced a boastful cynicism. Listen to their fatalistic attitude, "This city is the caldron, and we be the flesh" 8Ezekiel 11:3). In other words, "If fire is coming, we choose to live it up to the end and stew in our own juices!" This is the attitude of the gay community now; it is the attitude of the rich, lukewarm church; it is the attitude of millions of Americans who have heard dire warnings for so long they no longer are moved by them. We have had "hurricane" parties where drunken Americans refused to evacuate Gulf Coast islands, but preferred to party in the storm. Many died, mocking the fury of the hurricane and God Himself.
What we see in America today is one great holocaust party, with millions drunk, high, shaking their fists at God, daring Him to send the bombs. They bellow out their curses, saying, "The Lord hath forsaken the earth, and the Lord seeth not" (Ezekiel 9:9).
America Parties on the Brink of Judgment
Thousands of Christians have already seen the handwriting on the wall. What do sin-bound people do just prior to judgment? Like Belshazzar, they party while the enemy gathers at the gate. A Christian rock group yelled into a microphone, "Come, let's party for Jesus." And it is party time for multitudes of God's people. With the sword of judgment hanging overhead, they say by their actions, "It is hopeless anyhow. We will have a fling! We will not resist our lusts anymore. We will do as we please."
Adultery, fornication, divorce, remarriage-this is God's people doing as they please. This is the last-day Israel following in the steps of Judah and Jerusalem. God can hardly believe it. He said:, "Ask ye now among the heathen, who hath heard such things: the virgin od Israel hath done a very horrible thing" (Jeremiah 18:13)
God's people are doing a very horrible thing that not even the heathen would do. They don't forsake their gods; but "my people hath forgotten me, they have worshipped vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, in a way not exalted" (Jeremiah 18:15 Spurrel).
How horrible, saith the Lord. The people of God stumbling blindly, forsaking the old paths of holiness, setting their hearts on success, prosperity, and all kinds of other vanities. Is it not true, the Christian path for most today is not the exalted way?
No wonder God is now showing us His back and not His face! We are forgetting Him! Hear it and weep, O church of God-"My people have forgotten me days without number (Jeremiah 2:32). only a church that has forgotten God, only a church bound by lust could become so immoral and lax. Only a hopeless people could give themselves over to such wickedness. These are those who, being reproved, hardened their hearts. And a hard and hopeless heart loses all fear of God, death, or judgment.
Who Will Listen?
We don't like to hear these words. They are too hard, too incredible, too much to comprehend. How can this nation, now so proud, powerful and prosperous, suddenly fall and becoma a place of slaughter and plagues? Who wants to believe it? Who is close enough to God to hear the sounding of His trumpet? Certainly not the false prophets like Pashur; the chief leader in the house of the Lord. He slapped Jeremiah's face and threw him in jail for prophesing such doom and gloom. The religious leaders, priests and prophets were all telling the people that good days were ahead, a time of national glory, success, peace and endless prosperity. And they borrowed their soothing messages from one another, encouraging others with their lies. They went about prophesying their nation and people would not suffer destruction. "Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come uno us; for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves. and your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it" (Isaiah 28:15-18) Jeremiah thundered at them, "Thou shalt die, ... and all thy friends, to whom thou hast prophesied lies" (Jeremiah 20:6).
God's word of judgment has never been heard or accepted by the church or its leaders. Elijah stood alone for God before 400 prophets of Baal. Jeremiah stoos alone before the entire religious systems of Judah and Israel. The greatest enemies to his message were the leaders in God's house.
Why does God make trumpet calls and warns of impending judgment? First, to awaken His true bride; and second, to justify His wrath upon the lukewarm and the sinners who reject. It has been prophesied that at midnight a cry will be made and the wise virgins will hear aand prepare. Paul warned, "And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light." (Romans 13:11-12).
God is Separating His Remnant
I see something happening in America that I have not seen in my lifetime. There is a supernatural, quiet purging and separation going on.
The covetous Christians are flocking to hear their pillow prophets predicting endless prosperity and peace; and they sweetly prophesy nothing but good things to come. Jeremiah said, "They have belied the Lord, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword or famine: And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall be done unto them" (Jeremiah 5:12,13). These are those who are buying, selling, eating and drinking, as if judgment was a figment of the imagination. They are lounging on beds of ease; they sense no danger; they are fast asleep and slumbering on the brink of a holocaust. They wink at sin and refuse to renounce wickedness in the Lord's house. They are blinded and deceived and don't know it! They reject the warning of Isaiah, "Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth" (Isaiah 28:22).
But the overcomers are coming out into a place of holiness, intercessory prayer, and separation from all that is of this world. They have turned to the Lord with all their hearts, having renounced all hidden works of darkness; they are being purged and purified; they are hearing the sounds of the gathering storm; and they have been warned to get their houses in order, for their Redeemer is coming to Zion! They have made Christ their hiding place. "And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place., as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land" (Isaiah)32:2). For a small moment He must leave us to the melting elements, but soon after, will gather us to Himself. "For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee; neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee" (Isaiah 54:7,8,10).
The bride of Christ is preparing herself! The true body of Christ on earth is coming together in the Spirit, and we are beginning to recognize the bridewood by the fruits of righteousness. The bride of Christ will stand before the impending holocaust with great peace. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee" (Isaiah 26:3).
God is saying, "Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast . For behold, the Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain" (Isaiah 26:20,21). This does not mean we quit evangelizing. Never! It means we do it with our soul hidden in Him, protected by a wall of fire.
Let the pillow prophets smile condescendingly at out holy rage and our urgent cries of judgment. Not one of them can hinder God's plan to chastise this godless nation. The time is soon coming that not even the prayers of a Moses or a Samuel can change God's mind. "Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have his His face from you, that He will not hear" (Isaiah 59:2). God said, "Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth. Thou hast forsaken me, saith the Lord, thou art gone backwards: therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary with repenting. And I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land; I will bereave them of children, I will destroy my people, since they return not from their ways ... for a fire is kindled in mine anger, which shall burn upon you" (Jeremiah 15:1,6,7,14).
Even with such dire predictions of what was about to happen, Jeremiah offered them a last chance. "Therefore thus saith the Lord, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shall stand before Me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth ... I will be with thee to save and deliver thee, and I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked" (Jeremiah 15:19-21).
This trumpet call is not the wild rantings of a few fanatics and date-setting doom-sayers. This same prophecy has been heard and is being preached by growing numbers of devout, praying, interceding men and women of God. God's Word declares, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He reveals His secret unto His servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). Also, "The Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy? (Amos 3:8).
Shall We Hide or Evangelize?
God does not need America to evangelize the world. We have failed in this mission. Our nation still spends more money each year for dog food than for missions. There will be one last great ingathering, and it is even now happening. The Gospel will be published to all the world by a great army of witnesses indigenous to every nation on earth. It is the Lord's last harvest. Even now the Spirit of God is raising up a thriving body of witnesses in China, South America and Africa will be covered with powerful witnesses from their own lands. Mexico and South America are open to the Gospel and young evangelists are being raised up. They will not need mission boards, ordinations, large amounts of money and fancy equipment. They will live on pennies, as the early disciples did; and in a short time they will cover the earth with the Gospel. And they will point to God's fiery judgment on this careless, rich, modern Babylon as a sign the end is near. Even then, the wicked will not repent, according to John's Revelation.
Excerpt from the book "SET THE TRUMPET TO THY MOUTH"
by David Wilkerson