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America in Decline - Judgment of Abandonment

by Steve Wittmann, Th.M.

 


 

America in Decline - Judgment of Abandonment



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Where is America?

Why is America missing from end-time prophecy?

  • In end-time prophecy, the greatest nation on Earth, the United States of America is conspicuously missing. Where is America?
  • Has America fallen under a judgment called abandonment?
  • The answer may lie in Romans Chapter One.



Rom 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

Rom 1:19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.

Rom 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

Rom 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Rom 1:22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,

Rom 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

Rom 1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.

Rom 1:25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

Rom 1:26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,

Rom 1:27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

Rom 1:28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,

Rom 1:29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,

Rom 1:30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,

Rom 1:31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;

Rom 1:32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.


God’s Primary Jealousy

God’s primary jealousy is His role as Creator. Not to be confused with redemption. To understand redemption you have to have the word of God, but the creation testifies of itself.

  • Exo 34:14 For ye shall not worship strange gods, for the Lord God, a jealous name, is a jealous God;
  • Psa 19:1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.



The Creation Testifies Unto Itself

Rom 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

  • What does “invisible” mean?
    • Is a beautiful sunset invisible?
    • Is a majestic mountain range invisible?
    • Thoughts, ideas, and intelligence are invisible.
  • Does creation has physical properties? (ie: height, width, length, mass)
  • Can creation can be examined, measured, and weighed?
  • What is are the physical properties of information?



Information is Not Physical

If information has no physical properties, how can the environment have an effect upon it? How can information evolve?

  • Ideas, language, communication, mathematics, and information are the products of intelligent thought and cannot occur by accident.
  • Information cannot exist apart from intelligent thought.



Defining Information

What is information?

  • A Method of communication – a means of expressing and sharing ideas and thoughts
  • A method of giving instructions & guidance
  • A language that has no physical properties such as weight, mass, or volume.
  • As a language, information is proof of intelligent thought and cannot exist as an accident of randomness.

Science has discovered that DNA is a digital language made up of protein pairs that function as 1s and 0s do in binary computer languages.


DNA – Creation’s Testimony

  • Of hundreds of known amino acids, only twenty are utilized in living systems in the construction of proteins.
  • DNA is like a master blueprint.
  • RNA is like a backup file.
  • Proteins are the workhorses.



DNA – A Digital Code

  • Proteins can only be paired with the proper pairing partner, preventing errors.
  • Each protein pair contains polarity.

Proteins are arranged in groups of polarized pairs each holding a copy of the RNA information. These groups store the information in a way that is similar to the way binary code stores digital information in computers.


DNA – Digital Information

The building blocks of all life are a digital language containing digital information, yet evolutionists would have you believe this complex language of digital information happened by accident.

While evolutionists argue the existence of God, their own beliefs have replaced God with chaos or entropy, meaning disorder, and in their own way, they have simply replaced the one true God with a false god.


The Abandonment Judgment

The judgment of abandonment is a specific judgment that is poured out on a nation that fails to acknowledge God as Creator. Notice that this is a judgment of a nation, also sometimes called a people, but not a judgment of an individual.

  • The Abandonment Judgment is clearly seen in Hosea 4:6-7.
    • Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
    • Hos 4:7 The more they multiplied, the more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame.


God Gave Them Over

God gave them over:

  • Rom 1:24 “God gave them over to the lusts in their hearts”
  • Rom 1:26 “God gave them over to degrading passions”
  • Rom 1:28 “God gave them over to a depraved mind”


This is God’s response. He gave them over or abandoned them, buy why? What condition warrants the abandonment judgment?


The Public Condoning of Sin

Rom 1:32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. (NASB)

Rom 1:32 In short, though knowing full well the sentence which God pronounces against actions such as theirs, as things which deserve death, they not only practice them, but even encourage and applaud others who do them. (Weymouth NT - 1912)

It’s not sin alone that justifies this judgment, but rather it’s a people or a nation that gives its approval and even encourages the sin.

So how does a nation or a people condone sin? In America, it’s done by passing laws declaring sin legal and acceptable.


America is Condoning Sin – Evolution

  • Evolution – Denies God as the Creator
    • Evolution is taught in public schools as fact.
    • Teaching creation in public schools was outlawed in 1963.



America is Condoning Sin – Abortion

  • Legalized abortion – Publically Condones Murder
    • According to the book of Enoch, abortion was taught to man by the fallen angel Kasdeja who revealed heaven’s forbidden knowledge by teaching man how to “smite the embryo in the womb.”
    • When God breathed the breath of life into man in Gen 2:7, some theologians interpret the verse in the plural as in “the breath of lives” meaning that God, the Creator, breathed the spirits of all men into Adam, the first man. This offers insight into Jeremiah 1:5 which says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you;” and Eph 1:4 "just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world." The smiting of the embryo in the womb is killing a life already created and known to God which is exactly what God’s word says the evil one will do in John 10:10 when he comes to kill, steal, and destroy.
    • Approximately 56.4 million abortions have been performed in the US since becoming legal 40 years ago in 1973.
    • The number of American babies killed by abortion each year is roughly equal to the number of U.S. military deaths that have occurred in all of the wars that the United States has ever been involved in combined.
    • Planned Parenthood performs more than 300,000 abortions every single year.
    • Planned Parenthood received more than 540 million dollars in taxpayer-funded government health services grants for fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.



America is Condoning Sin - Drugs

  • Legalized drugs usage (ie: Medical Marijuana) – Condones Sorcery
  • As of June 2014, 23 states plus the District of Columbia have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana.
  • An additional three states have legislation pending.
  • Psychotropic drugs fall under the sorcery leg of witchcraft and the spirit of pharmakia, which is the root word from which we get pharmacy.



America is Condoning Sin – Same-Sex Marriage

  • Legalized Same-Sex Marriage – Perverts God’s Marriage Covenant
    • Nineteen US states have laws supporting same-sex marriage
    • Thirty-one US states have laws banning same-sex-marriage
    • Twelve US states with same-sex marriage bans are in court on appeals of rulings overturning the bans.



America is Condoning Sin – Breaking the Marriage Covenant

  • Divorce is the breaking of the Marriage Covenant – Acceptance of divorce in America condones the breaking of covenant.
  • Actual divorce rates in the US are known and reported figures are subject to the interpreter of the data. Most analysts will agree that the divorce rate in the US is somewhere around 50%.



Separation of Church and State

In 1902, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury Baptists.

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man & his god, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;" thus building a wall of eternal separation between Church & State.” (See full text at: http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpost.html )


1 st Court Challenge

In 1853, a political reform group quotes Jefferson’s letter and petitions Congress to separate Christian principles from government. They wanted “separation of church and state” by expelling chaplains from Congress and the military.

Congress debated the issue for nearly a year and on March 27, 1854 issued a report that read:

“Had the people (the Founding Fathers], during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that revolution would have been strangled in its cradle. At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged, but not anyone sect [denomination}.... That was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.”

Two months later in May of 1854, the judiciary committee released the following statement:

“The great, vital, and conservative element in our system [the thing that holds our system together] is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”


2 nd Court Challenge

During the 1870s, 1880s and 1890s, a second group, again quoting Jefferson’s letter, attempted to challenge specific Christian principles in government before the Supreme Court, but the Supreme Court remained firm in their allowance of Christian principles in government.


50 Years Later…

Then in 1947, in Emerson vs. the United States, the court, instead of quoting Jefferson’s full letter, the court only quoted the eight words, “a wall of separation between church and state,” and began declaring this was the founding fathers will that – the First Amendment has erected “a wall of separation between church and state: That wall must be kept high and impregnable.”

This ruling laid the foundation for the 1962 case Engle vs. Vitale in which the court completely separated education from Christian principles by ruling against prayer in public schools.


America Rules Against God

Another 1962 court ruling redefined the word “church” when used in context with separation of church and state from “a federally established denomination” to “a religious activity in public.”

In 1963 the courts outlawed Bible reading and teaching in public schools.


Current Events Rejecting God & Condoning Sin

Walls are built a brick at a time and while adding a single brick appears insignificant, before long there is an impregnable wall of separation between the nation and God.


Air Force Allows Airmen to Omit “God” from Oath

  • Air Force allows Airmen to omit “God” from oath.
  • US Air Force Oath of Enlistment

    "I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."
  • Legal letter to the Air Force, “The Establishment Clause specifically prohibits the government from requiring a non-believer to take an oath that affirms the existence of God.” – Monica Miller, Attorney Appignani Legal Center



EBT Welfare Buys Marijuana

“HHS has no authority to prescribe policies and practices for the states to implement in order to prohibit the use of TANF benefit cards at marijuana stores.” – HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, July 31, 2014


God is Just

2Th 1:6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you.

Psa 25:8 God is fair and just; He corrects the misdirected, Sends them in the right direction. - (The Message)

God is a just God. He will not judge one people one way and a different people a different way. His judgment will be the same. God has already demonstrated His judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah, which was total destruction. God will not look at America and treat her differently for the same sins.

Speaking of his late wife Ruth, Rev Billy Graham said, "When she (Ruth) finished a section (of a book) describing the terrible downward spiral of our nation’s moral standards and the idolatry of worshiping false gods such as technology and sex, she startled me by exclaiming, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Graham went on to say "Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone—except God. Yet the farther we get from God, the more the world spirals out of control. My heart aches for America and its deceived people."

In America today, activists have decided that any mention of God in public somehow threatens the rights of religious minorities. Now, it’s no longer freedom of religion, now it is freedom from religion - they claim they have a right to be free from any mention of religion.


Israel — America’s Saving Grace

Why hasn’t God already judged America? Many theologians believe it is because of God’s covenant with Abraham in Genesis 12:3.

Gen 12:3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."


State of the Union

Is the abandonment judgment the reason America is not seen in end-time prophecy? If one considers the qualifications for this judgment, America is more than qualified.

  • America has rejected God as Creator giving credit of the creation that testifies of itself, to blind chance and accident.
  • America has removed God from schools by banning prayer and the teaching of His word.
  • America publically condones and financially supports the murder of innocent life.
  • America is publically condoning drug use, a form of witchcraft.
  • America is perverting God’s marriage covenant by publically condoning same-sex marriage.
  • America publically condones the breaking of the marriage covenant.
  • Brick-by-brick, America continues building a wall of separation between this nation and its Creator.
  • Should America’s support for Israel ever falter, this nation may come under fullness of the judgment of abandonment.


Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

Hos 4:7 The more they multiplied, the more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame.


Tremble for Your Country

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” — Thomas Jefferson






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