Volume 41, Issue 1 ________________________________Bible Prophecy Ministry

"The Prodigal Nation"
Its Now or Never:
A Reflection on September 11th

Amercia, Amerca, God shed his Grace on thee! And such has been the good fortune of my beloved homeland for so many years. Surely God blessed America from its birth, and granted his grace unto millions because the foundation that our fore-fathers built this new nation upon in 1776 was built fore-square upon the eternal bedrock of Christian principles. While many generations of Americans have benefited from that foundational heritage, and often without realizing it, the truth of the matter is that America has gradually over the last few decades become bereft of its original foundation.

Accordingly, as a result of its abandonment of the building blocks of Christian precepts, America has traveled down the pathway of Prodigalism. We have experienced the self-love, arrogant, materialistic, and pleasure-seeking expressiveness of generations produced through the societal mechanisms of religious humanism. Just like the Prodigal Son, America has pursued a cultural lifestyle of high-mindedness. Tuphoo is the word used in II Timothy 3:4 to denote the status of a society that has becomes puffed-up with pride and inflated with self-conceit. This condition results in haughtiness, and soon culminates in the perplexing paradox of one that is, “ever learning, but being unable to discern the truth” about the things of God. (verse 7)

Consequently, America today has but a mere formality of Godliness, and in reality it isn't even plugged into the power supply of God and the truth of his Word. Therefore America finds itself groping about in the darkness of this world, blinded to the many landmines planted within its pathway by the forces of evil. In fact, America, you have become altogether confounded as to just who God really is. America has refashioned, and remodeled its conceptions of God into a new suprasonic-tolerant, charming deity that is completely harmonious with a vast variety of characteristics and traits. America, you could well heed the history lesson of Israel.

Malachi 3:6-7 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

Whereas in the days following the September assault on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, America felt the necessity to call out to God, but ironically America's sudden new and urgent need for God, found our country discovering a whole host of diverse and strange Gods, all of whom were more than ready to make us feel better about ourselves, and the world. In the ensuing days after the terrible evil attack on America, we found that the diversity, and tolerance in God had filtered through to all mankind and unified people into a nobility of the human spirit and oneness which crossed all the spectrums of universal religion. We discovered that God has many names, and that there are many ways to approach him. What a wonderful concept! God can now be sort of like going through a buffet line! If you don't like the one you have, just try another brand! It makes me wonder why Israel was directed by Jehovah in the following manner:

Exodus 20:3 “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” And why did Yahweh direct the children of Israel thusly?

Deuteronomy 6:14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel) sounds a little like the jealous type, does he not? The God that spoke with the fathers and prophets of Israel, and called himself 'I AM” issued warnings to his people if they courted any other Gods.

Isn't it wonderful America that the Gods that you turned to on September 12th weren't so intolerant? And wasn't it nice of your Christian leaders to be so considerate to include all of the other gods in the prayers for you during your time of stress? America really came together under one big “Godly umbrella”, and so now we can all work together for the peaceful good of humanity. God Bless America! All Gods! Allah can bless America, Buddha can bless America, Brahma can bless America, Il-yah can bless America. On and on the god-list goes. It seems that America is in store for a lot of blessings from a lot of Gods. But I keep hearing an echo from the God that our forefathers knew, and the God that revealed himself unto Israel through his word.

Deuteronomy 8:19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I (Jehovah-Yahweh) testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.

Deuteronomy 32:16 They (Israel) provoked him (Yahweh) to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.

Jehovah warned Israel over and over that he was a jealous God. ( Exodus 20:5, Exodus 34:14, Deut. 5:9, II Deut. 6:15 ).

In all sincerity America, I really don't think that the God of this former Christian country will accommodate all these other gods in America, any more than he permitted Israel to worship and serve other gods either. So America, why are ye so compelled today to look to all these other Gods?

After so many decades of dismantling all resemblance of an association with the one true God of the Bible, America has willingly opened the door to facilitation with other gods. Could it be that America now needs to recognize all these other gods in order to not feel so isolated from the world? Could it be that America is duly concerned about all the hatred that is directed toward it by the countries round about that serve the other gods? America, since September 11th, has reached out to the gods of every nation, and gone to exasperating measures to express to the peoples that serve all these gods that America is a land that tolerates all gods, and wishes to be all inclusive and never disparage any god.

The biggest concern in America since the rude awakening that it received from the terrorist attacks has been; “Why do they hate us so much”? What have we ever done to them to “cause” them to hate us this much? Well, the answer to these questions came hurtling back into our face from the enemy. America, even though you say you are a fair and tolerant nation, you are still clinging to that obsolete unjust Christian concept of favoritism to the Satanist Zionist State of Israel, and therefore you are being intolerant of Allah and the gods of your fellow man!

Well, America, I am sure that you have learned that if there is ever going to be any peace and security for you in this new world, then there must be an equitable resolution reached between Israel and the Muslim world. Futhermore it is incumbent upon you America to be a fair administrator of the Peace Process. You can't side with the God of Israel and act as a balanced sponsor for World Peace. America, you do not even support Biblical precepts for your own people, so why do you continue to reflect a Biblical policy towards the international relationship you have with Israel? Your leaders have stated that the Bible is irrelevant in matters concerning the Middle East Peace Process. So why do you persistently support Israel? Do you still have an affinity or preference for your old God that blinds you to the reality of other gods?

There exists two "competing geo-political theories about the reason why the September 11th attacks upon the United States might have been perpetrated on it by the Islamic extremists. One theory would suggest that it may have been carried out because of our nations traditional association, or relationship with the God of Christianity, thereby tending to skew America's political and diplomatic thinking in its relationship pertaining to the modern state of Israel. Added to that is the second theory which suggests that they hate us, and refer to us as the Great Satan because of who we are.

The Israeli-Christian connection theory is being suggested by many Europeans leaders, who maintain the hope that the time has finally come for America to utilize this occasion to modernize her relationship with Israel by discontinuing its antiquated Judeo-Christian traditions as a base for its foreign policy concerns in the Middle East, and follow the European model of global diplomatic pragmatism. Europe abandoned all Biblical affiliation with Israel several decades heretofore.

If freedom and democracy and "political intrusions into the Middle East" were the reasons, then Britain, France and Italy would have earned greater hatred than the U.S. because Britain and France have been imperialistic in the Mid-east, but terrorists don't hate them because the Europeans haven't consistently been friends of Israel. Being a friend of Israel on a religious basis is tantamount to being an enemy of Islam, and thus an enemy of the Arab-Muslim world. Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu subscribes to the Great Satan theory. According to this theory, they hate the U.S. not only because of our friendship with Israel, but also because of American capitalism, materialism, religion and culture.

Perhaps we can gain even more insight into Osama bin Laden's antipathy toward America by reading his chilling words in a 1998 interview: "Every Muslim, the minute he can start differentiating, carries hate towards Americans, Jews and Christians”. This is part of our Islamic ideology. Sadly, among Muslim extremists, he's not alone in that sentiment. Saddam Hussein, the Palestinians dancing in the streets, and other Islamic radicals in numerous countries are of the same mind. The fundamentalist clerics have instilled within the fabric of the followers of Allah that death must be inflicted upon all infidels. An infidel is anybody that refutes the teachings of Allah. For this reason fanatical Muslims are defiant in their ravings of “death to America, and death to Israel”! Over the last few weeks, I have watched as many Muslim scholars and clerics have appeared on American television, radio, and in public meetings, to assure the American people that Islam itself does not teach its adherents to behave in a violent manner. Consensus among the Muslim scholars and clerics that have been addressing the American people, and indeed the world, is that the religion of Islam also worships the very same God as the Christian or Jew. Many Christian ministers, Jewish rabbis, and even news reporters today are also echoing the above inter-religious sentiment. The overall basis for their harmony rest upon two religious premises:

(1) that the religion of Islam and the teachings of the Quran, and the prophet that started Islam, Muhammad, do not teach the things that the terrorists cells are doing and … (2) that Allah is the same god as the Hebrew-Christian God Yahweh-Jehovah. So since September 11th America has been confronted by a deistic dilemma. At least the Prodigal Son knew where to go to find his father. But unfortunately, America in the ensuing days since sustaining a nationally alarming emergency type spiritual wake-up call can't even determine the pathway back to God. Malachi's heart-penetrating question for Israel is all too appropriate for America today.

“Wherein shall we return”?

America has not only forgotten the God of its forefathers, but it is altogether uncertain about whether or not God may have changed with the changing times. America's deistic aberration is rooted in the fact that America does not possess a relationship with the one true God. How else to explain why America can tolerate new gods today?

It is my assertion in this article to charge America not only with the sin of forgetting God, but spending several decades of ignoring the beckoning call from God to repent, and then today during its time of great national anxiety it is turning to facillitation with false gods. America is positioned squarely in the final phase of Gods righteous evaluation. America is guilty of abusing and ignoring the prophet Jeremiah's warning!

Jeremiah 2:11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods?

America in its zeal to ease national fears and reestablish a sense of continued stability and security for its people has exchanged its God for those gods which are indeed not gods at all. America, you are flirting with a jealous God who will not abide your new infatuation with other gods.

Psalms 81:8-9 Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me; There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.

Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 44:8 Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any

Deuteronomy 8:19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.

Deuteronomy 32:16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.

A quick review of history reveals that Israel lost its precious heritage of the Promised Land because of its national sins, its failure to keep Gods statutes, and because of its incorporation into its national body an association with strange gods! Israel did not repent of its sin, failed to sustain Gods laws and ordinances, and therefore gradually fell into idolatry. God pled with his people:

II Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I (God) hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Allah cannot heal America's land! Buddha cannot heal our land, and all the strange gods of pleasure, humanism, realism, and the host of heaven cannot heal America's thirst for safety in these times of testing. Today while America embarks upon its new war on Terror, it seeks to accommodate the gods of its coalition of allies, granting these strange gods a tremendous inroad within American culture. America has unsuspectingly walked into a spiritual snare of climactic proportions. America is now spending its last dividend of Godly patience, and shall in the days soon to come find itself framed by God Almighty for judgment. Jeremiah 18:11-12 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I (God) “frame” evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good. But America has said, as Israel once said: “we will walk after our own devices, and we will accommodate the gods of our neighbors and friends.

While students of Bible prophecy and eschatological writers ponder over the role America will play in end-time events, it usually is concluded that America will become a subservient or secondary role player in the events depicted during Israel's time or trouble. The desire of the United States to create a coalition with the very same Arab nations who are attempting to eliminate Israel and who call the Christians “infidels” is unconscionable. We must understand that we can't appease radical Islam. It appears at this time in history that America has a greater fear and concern about terrorism on its own soil and the availability of Middle East oil, than it does about the supernatural consequences of directly opposing against God's covenant land and His people. But then, America doesn't know God anymore. On October 2, President Bush stated that America has always envisioned a Palestinian state as the most practical means to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma.

America's success in the War on Terror will be dependent upon its position regarding Israel and how the Lord subsequently responds. The war that has begun in the Middle East is intensifying. The Islamic Empire makes little effort to hide their goal of eliminating the Christians and then finally the Jews. The descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all those saved by the Cross of our Savior Jesus Christ have been labeled as the “infidels”, and their targets for terror. It is my firm conviction that America has entered into a long dark cloudy tunnel that will take America into a new world order that is ripe and ready for yet another new God. The Bible also talks about a global religious system it calls the harlot church. As fast as you can say, one world religion, faiths that long seemed to have irreconcilable differences are scrapping their principles and joining together for social and political reasons. (Revelation 17:4-6) Sadly, America is parading right down the path to the world religious system of the Antichrist!

America, after emerging out from the other side of your dark cloudy tunnel of “War against Terrorism”, you will find that your affinity for other gods has lead you into a snare! The day is coming when the great God “Jehovah” will inquire of you:

Deuteronomy 32:36-37 For the LORD shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left. And he shall say, Where are their gods, their Rock in whom they trusted? Whom do ye trust America for your salvation? Whom is the rock of your hope and security? Is your God above all others?

These questions should be of the uppermost importance in the minds of all Americans as our country tackles an enemy that is beyond our scope of diagnosis. The battle may be lost even before we begin to pursue the fight. In the aftermath of America's soul-searching, and trying to analyze why such an evil event happened to America, some of our reputable religious leaders pointed the blame squarely at the sinful characteristics within our society. I would beg to differ. “I lay the blame squarely upon the people of God”. We have known God, and yet we have diminished our God in our land. So, it is time to repent America! It is time to humbly ask God for forgiveness and seek only him and it has likely become now or never!

Darrell G. Young

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