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How Does God See Nations?
Dr. Allen Barber
January 23, 2012

 
12 Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, 13 "Son of man, if a country sins against Me by committing unfaithfulness, and I stretch out My hand against it, destroy its supply of bread, send famine against it and cut off from it both man and beast, 14 even though these three men, Noah, Daniel and Job were in its midst, by their own righteousness they could only deliver themselves," declares the Lord GOD. 15 "If I were to cause wild beasts to pass through the land and they depopulated it, and it became desolate so that no one would pass through it because of the beasts, 16 though these three men were in its midst, as I live," declares the Lord GOD, "they could not deliver either their sons or their daughters. They alone would be delivered, but the country would be desolate. 17 "Or if I should bring a sword on that country and say, 'Let the sword pass through the country and cut off man and beast from it,' 18 even though these three men were in its midst, as I live," declares the Lord GOD, "they could not deliver either their sons or their daughters, but they alone would be delivered. 19 "Or if I should send a plague against that country and pour out My wrath in blood on it to cut off man and beast from it, 20 even though Noah, Daniel and Job were in its midst, as I live," declares the Lord GOD, "they could not deliver either their son or their daughter. They would deliver only themselves by their righteousness." 

21 For thus says the Lord GOD, "How much more when I send My four severe judgments against Jerusalem: sword, famine, wild beasts and plague to cut off man and beast from it! 22 "Yet, behold, survivors will be left in it who will be brought out, both sons and daughters. Behold, they are going to come forth to you and you will see their conduct and actions; then you will be comforted for the calamity which I have brought against Jerusalem for everything which I have brought upon it. 23 "Then they will comfort you when you see their conduct and actions, for you will know that I have not done in vain whatever I did to it," declares the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 14:12-23 NASB

 This is an interesting passage that is addressed to the nations and not just to ancient Israel for notice in Verse 13 the prophet speaking as God's mouthpiece says, "if a country sins against Me by committing unfaithfulness..."  It is a warning from God of impending judgment upon the sinful unfaithful nation. No other nation  on the face of the earth since the inception of the Church in the first Century A.D. has ever been called a Christian nation except the United States. When Great Britain was a colonial world power, Christianity had great influence among the government and people. In fact, Britain sent missionaries to America to convert the new nation to Christianity. However, Great Britain was never called a Christian nation. The early colonists in America were Christians. 

Some have tried to use the 1892 case before the Supreme Court - Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, 143 U.S. 226 (1892) that the justices issued an opinion that the United States was a Christian nation. However, a close study of the case reveals that not to be true. David Barton and others are guilty of splicing together certain comments by the justices to make it appear the Supreme Court declared America a Christian nation.Actually, Holy Trinity vs. United States involved a debate on Immigration Law. That the justices inserted some comments about religion in their decisions is referred to as dictum having no precedential value, that is, they did not set a precedent for future rulings regarding the Christianity of America. I mention this for the purpose of establishing the truth that no Supreme Court has ever declared America a Christian nation. America was looked upon by the nations of the world as a Christian nation because of the strong Christian faith of the people and the many Christian churches that graced its land. In addition, the Bible was revered by society as the moral code of the land. Moreover, America sent more Christian missionaries to the nations than any other country. Sadly, that has all changed.  Today, America is looked upon as an immoral nation beset with public nudity, abundant pornography and militant homosexuality. Even the Muslim imams condemn America for its gross immorality in comparison to Sharia Law. 

Because the founders of our nation and the majority of the people were Christians between 1776-1789 when the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written and became the law of the land, it was understood throughout American history that America was predominantly Christian. This was also true until the 1960's when liberal judges began to dominate the courts, particularly the Supreme Court. The Bible has much to say about the importance of what we say to include both people and nations as a whole, that is, we are held accountable by our words as well as our actions. Jesus spoke several times about the impact our words have on others as well as ourselves. The Bible also is clear that the name of God is to be revered and held in the highest esteem. In fact, the prophet Ezekiel reminds Israel that God did not choose their nation as well as the promise to restore them after a series of severe judgments because they were more special than any other people, but because of His great name's sake. The name of God - the Lord Jesus Christ - has been invested in America since its founding. Therefore, we have a great responsibility to uphold that name in all of its holiness and righteousness. When a nation obviously has the blessing and favor of God upon it and becomes unfaithful and turns away from Him as America has done (just because we have thousands of so-called Christian churches in the United States does not mean we are Christian in orthodoxy and lifestyle), then God will judge that nation as Ezekiel's prophecy predicts. 

Notice that God speaking through Ezekiel says that even though Noah, Daniel and Job were to be in the midst of Israel, God would not spare the nation from judgment - only their righteousness would deliver them. Why did God choose these three men?  The Bible says Noah alone found grace in the eyes of God in a very wicked world that He destroyed with a flood. Daniel was a man who was greatly loved of God because of his personal devotion to God and His covenant during the first diaspora of Israel. God told Satan that there was no one like Job who was blameless and upright, fearing God and turning from evil. It is not certain when Job lived, but most commentators believe he lived during the patriarchal period. Therefore, these three men represent the true overcomers of all ages that live holy and righteous lives in the midst of gross wickedness and sin, that is, in a time when it is not popular to be a fanatic for God. 

Christians in America today are known more for their compromise than for their steadfast genuine devotion to God and holiness. In fact, holiness is mocked and ridiculed in today's society even among so-called Christian circles. 

There are many Christians including clerics who cling to the false belief that because America is a so-called Christian nation evidenced by the many edifices and places of worship, that God will not judge or destroy the nation.  However, what does the passage above say? Only the truly righteous in a nation will deliver themselves when God judges and destroys the land for turning its back upon Him. In my new book on Bible prophecy, I discuss the righteousnesses (plural) versus the righteousness (singular) of the saints in determining who will be raised and raptured in the First Resurrection on the Posttrib Day of the Lord. 

As I have written many times, unless America genuinely repents from the top down, God is not going to spare this nation from severe judgment. Our national and personal sins are plethora and deserving of the wrath of God. God is loving, merciful and full of grace, but He also is a God of judgment when His love and mercy is spurned. 

God is going to judge America and it will be severe with much wailing and gnashing of teeth. When I do not know, but it is coming as surely as day gives way to night. 

I receive emails that criticize me for always harping on judgment and being negative and isn't it ironic that truth is considered negative by liberal compromising Christians. My spiritual gifts are prophet - teacher and until the Lord tells me to stop warning of judgment, I will continue to do so. His judgment is because of His mercy and love knowing that continuing in gross sin will eventually destroy the nation. America has been on a steady downward spiritual spiral for over a generation and it is becoming worse.  I also receive some emails that are critical of my continuous teaching on the Second Coming. For example, "Are you still teaching that Second Coming stuff?"  I just have one answer for them:

3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4 and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation." 5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, 6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. 7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 

2 Peter 3:3-7

If Noah, Daniel and Job lived in America today, they would not spare the nation from judgment.