On August 3 2016, I received the following word from God for the United States of America.
“Thus says the Lord, My hand of vengeance is upon this land. My hand is upon the church and my hand is upon the fields. Your harvests will fail. My hand is in this election. I will accomplish My will for My glory. I will not be mocked – whatsoever a nation sows, so shall it reap.
The US has sown destruction – it has sown violence – debauchery – lasciviousness – and sin. It will reap that reward. I am the Lord, I will not be mocked. My name wil be exalted in all the Land.
America will crumble. It is my will. I will establish it.”
Then today, August 19 2016, while I was praying for our nation, the Lord led me to Psalm 124. I could not remember what it said and I felt the Lord prompting me to end my prayer time and read it and meditate on it. So I did.
I was puzzled by the following words in verse 1.
“If it had not been the LORD who was on our side…” (Psalm 124:1)
I had just been praying about mercy during judgment and this verse seems to indicate that God is on our side and protects us. I knew this could not be what God was showing me, so I read on. It was then that God, in His infinite mercy to the feeble minded, gave instruction through the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
I summarized Psalm 124 as I see it applying to the U.S. and how it relates to judgment, which was the subject of my prayer. When a people reject the Lord, He gives them up (Romans 1:18–32). He makes them available to the enemy and allows the following things to happen:
- A people to rise up against them (Psalm 124:2)
- A people to have their anger kindled towards them (Psalm 124:3)
- Judgment to come by being overwhelmed through natural and man-made calamity (Psalm 124:4-5)
- They are ensnared by a trap laid by the enemy (Psalm 124:7)
- They do not escape the trap (Psalm 124:7)
- They are given as prey to the teeth of the enemy (Psalm 124:6 and 124:3a)
- They are swallowed whole…while alive…and they will go down the throat and into the stomach of the enemy kicking and screaming in hopelessness (Psalm 124:3a)
All of this paints a scenario that is being played out before us as the United States has rejected the Lord. He has allowed our enemies to rise up in fierce anger (think of the hatred towards us in the Islamic world). God has darkened our understanding (as He promised in Romans 1:21). Our wisdom as a nation, which can only come from the Lord, has departed from us. This causes our leaders to make unwise decisions (such as the Iranian Nuclear Deal). Without this wisdom, this Word from the Lord, we perish as a people (Proverbs 29:18; Hosea 4:6).
It’s important to remember the sequence here:
- A nation forgets God
- An enemy is raised up
- A trap is set
- The nation who has forgotten God flies blindly into the trap and is ensnared. There is no escape.
- The fowler (the enemy) comes at some point in the future…not necessarily on the day the trap is laid…and seizes their prey…and completely devours that nation.
- That nation is swept away by the flood of God’s judgment. It is swallowed alive and whole.
- It’s destruction is certain.
We must remember the last verse: “Our HELP is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 124:8)
Unless THIS nation heeds the advice of this last verse, our enemies, which are numerous and increasing in number day by day, will swallow us whole. This is our only hope. The only hope for escape from the trap set by the enemy is nation-wide repentance, remembering the Lord our God and trusting in Him.
It’s hard to remember Him when our lives are so filled with stuff and things and events that distract us. The enemy has made sure we are distracted. He’s put a desire in our heart to do ANYTHING…but pray and seek God. We’ve set up so many idols in our lives, even things that seem worthy of pursuit (such as our kids extracurricular activities), that we’ve barely ten minutes a day for the Lord, on a good day.
Ten minutes, or less, for the Lord in a 1,440 minute day is pure idolatry. We’ve convinced ourselves that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30) – but that’s a lie…and we know it.
Jesus said: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21; Luke 12:34. What is your treasure? Where is it hidden? Is it your kid’s sports? Is it your “girls/guys night out?” What is it that keeps YOU from giving the Lord more than .7% of your time when you claim to love Him with the whole of your being?
Until we, as a church and a nation remember that God is on the side of those who diligently seek Him, we will fall prey to the trap set by the enemy and our enemies. This starts with each and every one of us making a commitment to say “ENOUGH!” I will no longer rob God of my time. I will destroy the idols I worship and take down the “high places.”
Pastors, listen to me. You are so very quick to warn your congregations about robbing God of treasure. STOP! What you need to be doing is warning EVERY INDIVIDUAL (Colossians 1:28) to stop robbing God of TIME. It seems to me that as long as the treasure keeps coming in, you believe all is okay. I rebuke that thinking in the name of the Lord. Do you not realize that if the spirit of a man is aligned with God and that man gives Him his time…that treasure follows? How blind are we to put the cart before the horse?
Give me one hundred men that don’t rob God of their time over one hundred that don’t rob God of their treasure…ANY DAY…and TWICE on Sunday. With one hundred giving men I can build a building and put some nice programs in place. With one hundred praying men God can change a nation.
Say NO to the idols that rob you of time with your Lord.
Author: Nelson Lee
Nelson W. Lee is an author, evangelist, pastor and teacher. He is the founding pastor of Agape Home Fellowship, a network of house churches linked together through common leadership and technology. His ministry focuses on the areas of Church Revitalization and Revival. He has a heart for seeing men and women of faith “Be the Church” and feels this can be best accomplished through the close community of New Testament style house-churches. For over 20 years, he has focused on revitalizing the church and trying to restore it to its New Testament roots and foundations. He is an avid student of Church History and Systematic Theology and has written numerous discipleship courses, church history articles and guides.
He is married with three children and is a member of the United States Air Force. He has served his country for over 29 years and is currently a meteorologist and flight superintendent. When he is not in uniform, ministering or studying, he can be found spending time with his family or working in his garden.
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