The Harbinger


This is a post from the new book, The Harbinger.” I recommend everyone read it, there could be no greater truth today.

“They
had no idea what was coming. They thought it would all go on as it
always had, as if it would never change. They had no idea what was about
to happen or what it was all leading to. Everything they had ever
known, up to that point, their entire world, would vanish.” “Who?” “An
ancient people…an ancient kingdom. Israel, the northern kingdom, eighth
century B.C. They should have known. It was all there from the
beginning, but they forgot.” “Forgot what?” “Their purpose, their
foundation, that which made them unique. No other nation had been called
into being for the will of God or dedicated to His purposes from
conception. No other people had been given a covenant. But the covenant
had a condition. If they followed the ways of God, they would become the
most blessed of nations. But if they fell away and turned against His
ways, then their blessings would be removed and replaced by calamity, as
they did, and as it was.” “But why would they turn away if they were
given so much?” “It’s a mystery,” said the prophet, “a kind of spiritual
amnesia. When it began, they were still using God’s name, but with less
and less meaning behind it. Then they started merging Him, confusing
Him with the gods of the nations. And then they began turning against
Him—subtly at first, then outright, then brazenly—driving Him out of
their national life and bringing in idols to fill the void. The land
became covered with idols and altars to foreign gods. They rejected
their covenant, abandoned their standards, and exchanged the values they
had always lived by for those they had never known—spirituality for
sensuality, holiness for profanity, and righteousness for self-interest.
They cut themselves off from the faith on which their nation had been
established and became strangers to God. And as for their most innocent,
their little children, they offered them up as sacrifices.”
“Literally?” I asked. “They literally killed their own children?” “On
the altars of Baal and Molech, their newfound gods. That’s how far they
descended. Everything was now upside down. What they had once known as
right, they now saw as outdated, intolerant, and immoral. And what they
had once known as immoral, they now championed and celebrated as sacred.
They had transformed themselves into the enemies of the God Him—subtly
at first, then outright, then brazenly—driving Him out of their national
life and bringing in idols to fill the void. The land became covered
with idols and altars to foreign gods. They rejected their covenant,
abandoned their standards, and exchanged the values they had always
lived by for those they had never known—spirituality for sensuality,
holiness for profanity, and righteousness for self-interest. They cut
themselves off from the faith on which their nation had been established
and became strangers to God. And as for their most innocent, their
little children, they offered them up as sacrifices.” “Literally?” I
asked. “They literally killed their own children?” “On the altars of
Baal and Molech, their newfound gods. That’s how far they descended.
Everything was now upside down. What they had once known as right, they
now saw as outdated, intolerant, and immoral. And what they had once
known as immoral, they now championed and celebrated as sacred. They had
transformed themselves into the enemies of the God they had once
worshiped and the faith they had once followed, until the very mention
of His name was banned from their public squares. And yet in spite of
all this, He was merciful and called to them, again and again.” “Through
the prophets?” “Through the prophets—Elijah, Elisha, Hosea, and Amos,
pleading with them, warning them, calling them to return. But they
rejected the call and declared war on those who remained faithful. They
branded them as troublemakers, irritants, dangerous, and, finally,
enemies of the state. They were marginalized, vilified, persecuted, and
even hunted down. So the nation grew deaf to the call of those trying to
save them from judgment. The alarm would have to grow louder and the
warnings more severe.” “More severe?” “They would enter a new stage. The
words of the prophets would now be joined to the sound of calamity. God
would remove the hedge.” “Remove what hedge?” I asked. “The hedge He
had placed around them, the hedge of protection, of national security
that had kept them safe up to that point. As long as it was in place,
they were safe. No enemy kingdom, no empire, no power on earth could
touch them. But once it was removed, everything changed. Their enemies
could now enter, breach their land, and enter their gates. It was a new
phase, much more dangerous than before. Thus began the days of
calamities and shakings…the days of final warning.” “And when did this
all happen? When was this hedge removed?” “732 B.C.” “Maybe I’m missing
something,” I said. “But what does all this, what happened two and a
half thousand years ago, have to do with anything…with now? What does it
have to do with why you’re here and why I’m listening to all this? When
we first met, you said it wasn’t about an ancient nation. But so far
all you’ve talked about is an ancient nation.” “I said, ‘Not for an
ancient nation.’ That’s different.” “But why are you talking about an
ancient nation?”

“Because
unless you understand what happened then, you’ll never understand
what’s happening now.” “Now? So it’s some kind of key?” “A key for the
appointed time, for the word to be given and for the message to go
forth, but not for an ancient nation.” “Then for what…for what nation?”
He was silent. I asked him again, “Then for what nation?” It was only
then that he voiced it. “America,” he said. “Now for America.” With
that, he got up from the bench and walked over toward the water. I
couldn’t let it go at that. I followed him there. “All this has to do
with America?” “Yes.” “So it’s the appointed time for America? For a
mystery to be revealed and a message to be given to America?” “Yes.”
“But what does America have to do with ancient Israel?” “Israel was
unique among nations in that it was conceived and dedicated at its
foundation for the purposes of God.” “OK…” “But there was one other—a
civilization also conceived and dedicated to the will of God from its
conception…America. In fact, those who laid its foundations…” “The
Founding Fathers.” “No, long before the Founding Fathers. Those who laid
America’s foundations saw it as a new Israel, an Israel of the New
World. And as with ancient Israel, they saw it as in covenant with God.”
“Meaning?” “Meaning its rise or fall would be dependent on its
relationship with God. If it followed His ways, America would become the
most blessed, prosperous, and powerful nation on earth. From the very
beginning they foretold it. And what they foretold would come true.
America would rise to heights no other nation had ever known. Not that
it was ever without fault or sin, but it would aspire to fulfill its
calling.” “What calling?” “To be a vessel of redemption, an instrument
of God’s purposes, a light to the world. It would give refuge to the
world’s poor and needy, and hope to its oppressed. It would stand
against tyranny. It would fight, more than once, against the dark
movements of the modern world that threatened to engulf the earth. It
would liberate millions. And, as much as it fulfilled its calling or
aspired to, it would become the most blessed, the most prosperous, the
most powerful, and the most revered nation on the earth—just as its
founders had prophesied.” “But there’s a but coming, isn’t there?”
“Yes,” he replied. “There was always another side to the covenant. If
ancient Israel fell away from God and turned against His ways, its
blessings would be removed and replaced with curses.” “But wasn’t Israel
surrounded by nations far worse,” I asked, “with no concept of God or
moral code? So why

would
Israel be judged?” “Because to whom much is given, much is required.
And no nation had ever been given so much. None had been so spiritually
blessed. So the standards were higher, the stakes greater, and the
judgment, when it came, more severe.” “And America…” I said. “And
America has done much good. And there’s no shortage of nations far
exceeding any of its faults or sins. But no nation in the modern world
has ever been given so much. None has been so blessed. To whom much is
given, much is required. If a nation so blessed by God should turn away
from Him, what then?” “Its blessings will be replaced with curses?”
“Yes.” “And has America turned away from God?” I asked. “It has turned,
and is turning.” “How?” “In the same way Israel turned. It started with a
spiritual complacency, then spiritual confusion, then the merging of
God with idols, and then, ultimately, the rejection of His ways. Just as
with ancient Israel, America began ruling God out of its life, turning,
step by step, against His ways, at first subtly, and then, more and
more, brazenly.” “When?” I asked. “When did it start?” “There’s no one
simple answer. In America’s greatest moments there was always sin, and
in its worst moments, greatness. But there are critical junctures. In
the middle of the twentieth century America began officially removing
God from its national life. It abolished prayer and Scripture in its
public schools. As ancient Israel had removed the Ten Commandments from
its national consciousness, so America did likewise, removing the Ten
Commandments from public view, banning it from its public squares, and
taking it down, by government decree, from its walls. As it was in
ancient Israel, so too in America, God was progressively driven out of
the nation’s public life. The very mention of the name God or Jesus in
any relevant context became more and more taboo and unwelcome unless for
the purpose of mockery and attack. That which had once been revered as
sacred was now increasingly treated as profanity. And as God was driven
out, idols were brought in to replace Him.” “But Americans don’t worship
idols.” “No,” said the prophet, “they just don’t call them idols. As
God was expunged from American life, idols came in to fill the
void—idols of sensuality, idols of greed, of money, success, comfort,
materialism, pleasure, sexual immorality, self-worship, self-obsession.
The sacred increasingly disappeared, and the profane took its place. It
was another kind of spiritual amnesia; the nation forgot its
foundations, its purpose, and its calling. The standards and values it
had long upheld were now abandoned. What it had once known as immoral,
it now accepted. Its culture was increasingly corrupted by the corrosion
of sexual immorality, growing continuously more crude and vulgar. A
wave of pornography began penetrating its media. The same nation that
had once been dedicated to spreading God’s light to the nations now
filled the world with the pornographic and the obscene.”

“Some
would call it tolerance,” I said. “Yes,” he replied, “the same
tolerance that overtook ancient Israel…a tolerance for everything
opposed to God, a growing tolerance for immorality and a growing
intolerance for the pure—a tolerance that mocked, marginalized, and
condemned those who remained faithful to the values now being discarded.
Innocence was ridiculed and virtue was vilified. Children were taught
of sexual immorality in public schools while the Word of God was banned.
It was a tolerance that put the profane on public display and removed
nativity scenes from public sight…contraband, as if somehow they had
become a threat—a strangely intolerant tolerance.” “But still,” I
countered, “how does all that compare to what happened in ancient
Israel? America doesn’t offer its children on altars of sacrifice?”
“Does it not?” he said. “Ten years after removing prayer and Scripture
from its public schools, the nation legalized the killing of its unborn.
The blood of the innocent now stained its collective hands. Israel had

sacrificed
thousands on the altars of Baal and Molech. But by the dawn of the
twenty-first century, America had sacrificed millions. For its
thousands, judgment came upon Israel. What then of America?” “So what
are you saying? He didn’t respond. “Is America in danger of judgment?” I
asked. Again he was silent. “Tell me…is America in danger of judgment?”
“Are you sure you want to know the answer?” “I’m sure.” “The answer to
your question is yes…Yes. America is in danger of judgment.” I didn’t
respond immediately. I was trying to come up with a defense. Finally I
said, “It can’t be as bad as it was in ancient Israel. They came against
the prophets. But if God sent a message today to America, calling it
back, people would listen.” “Would they?” “They wouldn’t?” “No.”

“How
do you know?” “Because they’ve deafened their ears to those voices. So
as with ancient Israel, the alarm would have to grow louder and the
calling more severe.” “Which means what?” “Which means that America
would enter a new stage.” “Of what?” “Of what happened to Israel,” he
answered. “The hedge?” “The removal of the nation’s hedge of
protection.” “And what would it mean if something like that would
happen?” There was a long pause before he answered that. “It already
has.” “What do you mean?” “America’s hedge has already been removed, and
the Nine Harbingers have been manifested.” “The Nine Harbingers?” “The
Nine Harbingers that manifested in ancient Israel in the nation’s last
days. Each one was a sign.

Each
one was a warning of judgment…of their end…the Nine Harbingers of
judgment.” “I don’t understand.” “It’s all happening again according to
the same pattern, according to the judgment of ancient Israel. The Nine
Harbingers that appeared in the last days of ancient Israel are now
appearing in America.” “Appearing in America?” “Each one manifesting on
American soil. Each one containing a prophetic message. And upon these,
the future of the nation hangs.” “I don’t understand…” “You don’t have
to understand. It will all be
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