Part 2: God warned ancient Israel before its destruction!

“America is uniquely paralleled to ancient Israel in many ways. From its very conception it was built upon a biblical foundation and dedicated for God’s purposes, as was Israel…. Now, as with ancient Israel, it is falling away from that foundation.”

— Jonathan Cahn

America Uniquely Parallels Ancient Israel! (Part 2)

DID YOU KNOW?

  • God gives adequate warning before releasing judgment upon a nation.

There is an ancient pattern of judgment that God uses when a nation becomes deaf to his call for repentance. “Repentance” means to sincerely turn away from focus on self, which has taken control of the mind and heart, and to turn toward God with an attitude of humility.

A nation that has been founded on the Word of God will receive a series of warnings (“harbingers”) before judgment finally falls upon that nation’s deaf ears. Because God does not want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9), he gives grace to the nation at first. Then a template begins to emerge, which becomes more severe in pattern and progression as the warnings are ignored.

God’s promise of protection from threats to Israel’s security and existence is recorded in Leviticus 26:3-11, but it begins with a condition:

 “‘If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands … [THEN]  I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove wild beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you….  I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you.  You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new.  I will put my dwelling place [the temple] among you, and I will not abhor you.’”

The Lord God reminds the Israelites of what he did for their ancestors:

Lev. 13 “‘ I AM the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.’”

Then he lays out the consequences of disobedience

14 “‘But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands, and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, then I will do this to you: I will bring on you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and sap your strength. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it. I will set my face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies …

18 “‘If after all this you will not listen to me I will break down your stubborn pride … your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of your land yield their fruit….

21 “‘If you remain hostile toward me and refuse to listen to me, I will multiply your afflictions seven times over, as your sins deserve.

23 “‘If in spite of these things you do not accept my correction but continue to be hostile toward me, I myself will be hostile toward you …And I will bring the sword on you … I will send a plague among you, and you will be given into enemy hands. When I cut off your supply of bread … You will eat, but you will not be satisfied.

27 “‘If in spite of this you still do not listen to me but continue to be hostile toward me, then in my anger I will be hostile toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over….  I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars and pile your dead bodies on the lifeless forms of your idols, and I will abhor you. I will turn your cities into ruins and lay waste your sanctuaries, and I will take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings.  I myself will lay waste the land, so that your enemies who live there will be appalled.’”

  •  God issued warnings of impending judgment to ancient Israel (the northern kingdom) by supernaturally “speaking” to the nation, collectively, through his chosen prophets.

 “‘If after all this you will not listen to me (Leviticus 26:33)  I will scatter you among the nations and will draw out my sword and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie in ruins.36As for those of you who are left, I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leaf will put them to flight…. you will not be able to stand before your enemies. 38 You will perish among the nations; the land of your enemies will devour you. 39 Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their ancestors’ sins they will waste away.’”

Verse 39 speaks to “those who are left” — The Lord God has ALWAYS left a remnant of Jacob’s direct descendants in the promised land. But the majority of the 10 tribes who lived in the northern kingdom, after the promised land was divided in two (931 BC; read about it in 1 Kings 11-14), were carried off to Assyria in 732 BC and their descendants were scattered among the nations.

After the kingdom of Israel was destroyed, only the kingdom of JUDAH (the Jews) remained, along with the First Temple built by David’s fourth son, Solomon. And the prophets kept reminding the Jews of God’s promise about repentance:

Lev. 26:40 “‘But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors—their unfaithfulness and their hostility toward me, 41 which made me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies—then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin, 42 I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.’”

However, the Jews DID NOT confess their sins and repent. THEREFORE, the Lord God brought King Nebuchadnezzar against them, and the majority of citizens who inhabited the southern kingdom were carried off into captivity in Babylon for 70 years (as foretold by the prophet Jeremiah). In addition to the destruction of their capital city, Jerusalem, King Solomon’s Temple was also destroyed.

In the aftermath of the temple’s destruction, the Lord God sent a prophetic message of hope through the prophet Isaiah to the Jews:

“‘Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali [the northern kingdom], but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations… 

The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned….
6 For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given [JESUS CHRIST!],
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.’” (Isaiah 9:1-7)

 God promised that a Savior who would appear in Galilee to reign over David’s kingdom [his descendants] and restore justice and righteousness forever!

BUT THE JEWS (collectively) BECAME EVEN MORE DEFIANT! And they said “with pride and arrogance of heart:

“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.” (Isaiah 9:10)

So they DID rebuild the temple — with quarried stone in place of bricks reinforced with straw, and with strong wood from cedars rather than from fig trees. Eventually King Herod took over the project and increased the Second Temple’s magnificence! … But in 70AD, that temple was also destroyed and once again, the Jews were scattered among the nations.

However,  they were regathered after World War II and returned to their homeland in 1948 — just as the prophet Ezekiel foretold! (Ezekiel 37)

AND, DID YOU KNOW?

  •  God has been issuing warnings of impending judgment on America through messages spoken and written by a modern-day Jewish rabbi.  (We’ll be meeting him in the next post.)

Sources: The Harbinger Companion and Bible Study by Jonathan Cahn; Front Line / Charisma House Book Group; 2013); The NIV Study Bible; Zondervan; 1984); christianity.about.com; BibleStudyTools.com; BibleGateway.com

Coming Next: Did You Know? … America has been receiving judgment warnings from God!

Part 1: America Uniquely Parallels Ancient Israel!

“America is uniquely paralleled to ancient Israel in many ways. From its very conception it was built upon a biblical foundation and dedicated for God’s purposes, as was Israel…. Now, as with ancient Israel, it is falling away from that foundation.”

— Jonathan Cahn

DID YOU KNOW?

America Uniquely Parallels Ancient Israel!

  • Ancient Israel was conceived through a promise.

The Lord God, creator of the universe and planet Earth, called a man named Abram (a.k.a. Abraham), nearly 4,000 years ago, to travel to a place called “Canaan.” That ancient land is currently hotly contested real estate in the Middle East.

Supernaturally, God vowed to make Abram’s descendants into a great nation, which was odd because he and his wife were well beyond child-bearing age. When God did not make good on his promise immediately, Abram’s wife Sarai brought her Egyptian handmaiden to him and convinced him to have intercourse with her. Sarai figured that her husband had “misunderstood the message” and that they should take matters into their own hands!

Sarai’s maid, Hagar, conceived and gave birth to Abram’s firstborn son, Ishmael. (You can read about that in the family record book, which we know today as The Torah, or “the Old Testament” in The Bible — Genesis 12-16.) Ishmael’s descendants are modern-day Arabs, who for millennia have conjoined with other ethnic peoples from around the world.

After Ishmael was born, the Lord appeared to Abram again with a disturbing message. The Lord changed Abram’s name to Abraham, and he promised that ABRAHAM would be “a father of many nations.” Then the Lord God made a covenant with ABRAHAM and gave to him and his “descendants after him” the “whole land of Canaan as an everlasting possession.”

The Lord changed Sarai’s name to Sarah and said, “I will surely give you a son by her … she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her” (Gen. 17:16). God told ABRAHAM and SARAH to name their son Isaac. Then he promised: “I will establish my covenant with him [ISAAC] as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.” As for ISHMAEL, “He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. BUT my covenant I will establish with ISAAC” (Gen. 17:20-21).

A meticulous record was kept of Isaac’s family tree — not so for Ishmael. The Torah bears witness to Isaac’s direct descendants who were promised the whole land of Canaan — the promised land — as an everlasting possession. Genesis 24 document’s Isaac’s supernatural connection with  and marriage to an extended family member named Rebekah, who bore twin sons named Esau (the firstborn) and Jacob — who would be given the promised birthright to the land of Canaan and the Abrahamic covenant. Later in the family history, there was bad blood between the descendants of Esau (a.k.a Edom)  and the descendants of Jacob (renamed ISRAEL), which can still be observed within the makeup of the current Middle East.

  • Ancient Israel agreed to a covenant with the Lord God after he rescued them from bondage in Egypt.

The twelve sons on Jacob (Israel) — known as the 12 tribes of Israel — were held as slaves in Egypt after Joseph died. (Read his story in Gen. 37 through 50.) The Israelites (also called Hebrews) were led out of Egypt by another direct descendant of Jacob, named Moses. (Read that documented account in Exodus 1 through 14.)

BECAUSE OF DISOBEDIENCE ISSUES, the Hebrews, were sentenced to 40 years of complete dependence on the God who had brought them out of bondage. Then, before they were allowed to enter the promised land, the Lord God laid down laws for their security and protection.

He foretold BLESSINGS if they obeyed the set laws and CURSES if they refused to obey the laws. (Read the entire covenant in Deuteronomy 28.)

The blessings included:

  1. People, livestock and crops will multiply.
  2. Bountiful rain and plenty of good food.
  3. Enemies will be defeated.
  4. Prosperity in the promised land.
  5. “You will lend to many nations but borrow from none.”
  6. “The Lord will establish you as his holy [set apart] people.”
  7. You will be a godly example to other nations.

The curses included:

  1. Confusion and rebuke in response to every action.
  2. Scorching heat, drought, blight and wasting disease.
  3. Dust and powder from the skies instead of rain.
  4. Attacks from birds of the air and beasts of the earth.
  5. “You will be unsuccessful in everything that you do.”
  6. “All the nations will ask: ‘Why has the Lord done this to the land?'”
  7. Scattering of the previously blessed population into other nations. (Happened 3 times — (1) 10 of the 12 tribes were scattered among the nations and did not return after Assyria destroyed the northern kingdom of Israel and its capitol Samaria on the 9th of Av, 722 BC; (2) The First Temple was destroyed and “Jews” (mostly from Judah and Benjamin) were taken into bondage in Babylon for 70 years on the 9th of Av, 586 BC; (3) The Second Temple — rebuilt after the Jews were allowed to return to their capitol Jerusalem — was destroyed and the Jews scattered among the nations in 70 AD. The Jews returned to part of their promised land in 1948, but their temple has not yet been rebuilt.)
  • The Jews were dispersed throughout the nations following the destruction of Jerusalem and their Second Temple UNTIL 1948, when a small percentage of them were supernaturally re-gathered and Israel was declared a nation once again!

AND, DID YOU KNOW?

The Pilgrims and Puritans left Europe to establish a new world where they could practice their biblical faith freely. They worked hard to build a civilization founded on biblical principles and dedicated to God’s purposes. They identified with the people of the Bible and the covenant given to the ancient Hebrews.

  • The Pilgrim’s celebration of Thanksgiving was modeled after the Old Testament Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot, in Hebrew).
  • Their first laws, established to legislate the New England colonies, were influenced by the Hebrew scriptures, and America’s first universities were established to train ministers to spread God’s Word.
  • More than one hundred years later, the first official seal of the United States was proposed, which depicted the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. It read, “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” The motto acknowledged the Lord God of the Jews as America’s ultimate king. The argument against tyranny was followed by the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War and a brand new republic, which expected to reap the blessings of liberty “for all.”
  • American founders referenced the Bible more than all Enlightened authors combined.
  • As America has sought to fulfill the vision that A NATION WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD WILL BE BLESSED (Psalm 33:12), America has been blessed more than any other nation in the world!
  • “Historians have traditionally divided American Jewish immigration into three periods: Sephardic, German, and Eastern European…. The first group of Sephardic settlers arrived in New Amsterdam in 1654 from Brazil…. While the Ashkenazim outnumbered the Sephardim by 1730, the character of the American Jewish community remained Sephardic through the American Revolution. Colonial American synagogues adhered to Sephardic ritual customs and administered all aspects of Jewish religious life…. Synagogues established rules of order so that services and meetings proceeded with the proper amount of deference and decorum….German Jews began to come to America in significant numbers in the 1840s. Jews left Germany because of persecution, restrictive laws, economic hardship, and the failure of movements–widely supported by German Jews –advocating revolution and reform there. They looked to America as an antidote to these ills–a place of economic and social opportunity. Some 250,000 German-speaking Jews came to America by the outbreak of World War I…. in 1924, over 2 million Jews from Russia, Austria-Hungary, and Romania came to America. Once again, the character of American Jewry was transformed, as the Eastern Europeans became the majority…. Eastern Europeans brought with them unprecedented support for Jewish nationalism…. Large-scale Jewish immigration to the United States ended in 1924. Still, the contemporary American Jewish community remains very much a product of these founding groups.” (Source: My Jewish Learning —  http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/jewish-immigration-to-america-three-waves/

“… in the face of increasing legal repression and physical violence, many Jews fled Germany. Until October 1941, German policy officially encouraged Jewish emigration. Gradually, however, the Nazis sought to deprive Jews fleeing Germany of their property by levying an increasingly heavy emigration tax and by restricting the amount of money that could be transferred abroad from German banks. In January 1933 there were some 523,000 Jews in Germany.” (Source: Holocaust Encyclopedia — http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005468)

  • In the 20th century, the United States became the world’s most powerful nation, both militarily and economically.

Sources: The Harbinger Companion and Bible Study by Jonathan Cahn; Front Line / Charisma House Book Group; 2013); The NIV STudy Bible; Zondervan; 1984)

 

Coming Next: Did You Know? … Ancient Israel was given  numerous supernatural warnings before God’s judgment fell!