Yesterday, I received the following word of warning in an email from Z3 contributor Casey Toda.
Two nights ago, while I was washing dishes. I heard very clearly:
“The greatest shaking that has ever occurred in your nation will commence now.”
I honestly am not sure if it was The Lord or one of His angels who spoke this but I heard it very clearly. I asked for scripture and God told me to read Isaiah chapters 8-10 and Jeremiah chapters 19-21. I did not know what was in these chapters, but they parallel and confirm what I had heard.
As Casey was told, the prophet Isaiah warned Israel about destruction coming upon them because they refused to trust in God.
5 Again the Lord spoke to me further, saying,
6 “Inasmuch as these people have rejected the gently flowing waters of Shiloh and rejoice in Rezin and the son of Remaliah;
7 “Now therefore, behold, the Lord is about to bring on them the strong and abundant waters of the Euphrates,
even the king of Assyria and all his glory; and it will rise up over all its channels and go over all its banks.
8 “Then it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and pass through, it will reach even to the neck; and the spread of its wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel. (Isaiah 8:5-8)
The northern kingdom of Samaria was allied with King Rezin of Syria (Isaiah 8:4 and 8:6). Samaria refused to trust in God, “the waters of Shiloh that go softly.”Instead, they trusted in King Rezin to protect them from the Assyrians. Because of this, God sent the Assyrians to overflow their land like a flood (Isaiah 8:6-7). Afterwards, the king of Assyria also invaded Judah (Isaiah 8:8). This was partially fulfilled about three years later when Assyria destroyed Rezin, King of Syria (2 Kings 16:5-18 and 2 Chronicles 28:20-25); then more completely fulfilled with Israel some eighteen years afterward when the ten tribes were taken captive (2 Kings 17).
Instead of repenting from their sins, the Israelites defied the judgments of God by saying they would rebuild their cities with stronger material, large hewn stones and cedars that are stronger than sycamores, which grew abundantly in the low lands of Judea, but weren’t considered good building material compared to cedars (1 Kings 10:27; 2 Chronicles 1:15; 9:27). King Rezin of Syria was destroyed by his enemies (2 Kings 16:5-18).
8 The Lord sends a message against Jacob, and it falls on Israel.
9 And all the people know it, that is, Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, asserting in pride and in arrogance of heart:
10 “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with smooth stones; the sycamores have been cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.”
11 Therefore Yahweh raises against them adversaries from Rezin and spurs their enemies on,
12 The Arameans on the east and the Philistines on the west; and they devour Israel with gaping jaws. In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away and His hand is still stretched out.
13 Yet the people do not turn back to Him who struck them, nor do they seek the Lord of hosts.
14 So the Lord cuts off head and tail from Israel, both palm branch and bulrush in a single day. (Isaiah 9:8-14)
In his book “The Harbinger,” Rabbi Jonathan Cahn shared how the leaders of the United States proclaimed the exact same words of defiance spoken by the the leaders of ancient Israel after we were attacked on September 11 2001. The following is a quote from Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle spoken before Congress the very next day, September 12 2001:
“I know that there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation, but there is a passage in the Bible from Isaiah that I think speaks to all of us at times like this… ‘The bricks have fallen down, But we will rebuild with dressed stone; The fig trees have been felled, But we will replace them with cedars.’ (Source: Washington File, “Senate Majority Leader Daschle Expresses Sorrow“)
Our leaders were defiant then and appear to be just as defiant today. This past Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, so the NFL conducted a brief memorial service at stadiums throughout America prior to the start of every game. However, they were careful to omit any mention of God from their memorials. After all, someone might get offended. So they offered up a moment of silence instead.
Does this sound like a nation that has turned back to God? Not hardly. We are more devoted to the god of political correctness today than ever.
Why should we expect God to deal with us differently than He dealt with Israel? Are we hoping God will change His ways? His anger remained strong against Israel because the punishment did not bring them to repentance, so more punishment was required (Isaiah 5:25, 9:12, 9:17, 9:21 and 10:4). The prophet Jeremiah warned Israel how God would deal with their defiance:
15 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Behold, I am about to bring on this city and all its towns the entire calamity that I have declared against it, because they have stiffened their necks so as not to heed My words.” (Jeremiah 29:15)
The good news for ancient Israel was a righteous remnant escaped destruction and truly relied on Yahweh. Even though many were destroyed, righteousness was restored to their land in the end.
20 Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel.
21 A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.
22 For though your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea, only a remnant within them will return; a destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness. (Isaiah 10:20-22)
Just like Israel, I believe righteousness will ultimately prevail in America. The only question is, who and what will remain to be part of it?
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is an author, business owner, husband and father of two children. His vision is to broadcast the good news of Jesus Christ through blog sites and other media outlets.
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