An Open Letter to the President of the United States:
Dear Mr. Obama:
I know how to solve the nation’s problems…. Or at least how to start. Do you want to end mass shootings? Do what I say below. Do like the King of Nineveh did when Jonah preached – he publically repented! He put on the clothing of a poor person (sackcloth) and threw dust and ashes on himself to show his genuine humility. Do that – while you publically repent of our nation’s evil disregard of the Lord and His Word – and it will go a long, long way to healing this nation.
Mr. President, this nation’s hedge of protection is down. That’s why Orlando happened – we are at risk of attack from our enemies. And look at what ONE GUY can do! Trying to get the guns out of the hands of American citizens is not the answer. People can kill people without guns – restricting guns will not work. By the way – what stopped this evil agent of Satan? SWAT teams! Armed with lots of guns! As they always do! And when he saw he was outnumbered – THAT’S when he killed himself – with a gun!
Look – even when evil King Ahab repented, God responded positively! Repent publicly, and I guarantee that the Lord will answer very positively for our nation – before it’s too late!
Praying for you to do the right thing! Anytime, Sir! Lead the way!
June 18, 2016
The following was written and first posted in response to San Bernardino (whenever that was):
The Nation of Laodicea
I was reflecting, in the summer of 2015, about how much Abba Father has blessed and cursed the Jewish people, from Biblical times to the present. I was discussing the Shemitah, and the fact that it was the Jewish year 5775, a seventh Shemitah. Starting in September 2015, we would start the Year of Jubilee, 5776. I wrote this, about the Father and His dealings with His Chosen People: “When Yahweh established the nation of Israel as His people and desired to rule them as a theocracy (where He is the king), He set up two time frames:
“One was the week: there were six days of Creation, then Elohim rested, so His people were to honor Him by not working on every seventh day, the only day of the week to have a name in the Scriptures, the Sabbath.
“Working on the Sabbath was supposed to be a capital offense, deserving of death by those who violated it. The real message Yahweh wanted His people to get, however, was the idea it was He who supplied all their needs, not just their needs every seventh day.
“Faith meant to rely on Him and trust Him – and show that they loved Him by obeying His Law. That’s still a New Testament principle: Jesus said ‘ “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” ‘
“But there was a second cycle of seven: seven years, or a week of years.
“They were supposed to rest from planting crops every seventh year – for the same reason as the weekly Sabbath: to show the world that they relied completely on Yahweh for everything. The seventh year also meant a release of debts – a way of recycling the economy every seventh year. The Hebrew word for’ “release” ‘is Shemitah. Property was to revert back to its original owner; debts were released, and those who had been blessed with riches and abundance were to give to the poor people of the land.
“The Israelites did practice the Shemitah… at least for a time. Despite the hideous sin committed by God’s people in the Promised Land in the Book of Judges, they at least kept the Shemitahs, apparently. We know because, at the very end of the Book of Second Chronicles, we’re told by the writer that the people of Israel were going into exile in Babylon because they had to let the land catch up on its rest. They had violated the Shemitah for 490 years, which meant 70 Shemitahs, which is how many years they were in Babylon.
“Jerusalem fell and the Temple was destroyed (for the first time) in 586 BC. 490 years earlier puts us into the reign of King Saul – the earthly ruler Yahweh reluctantly gave them when they begged Samuel for a king “just like the other nations.” Samuel, the last Judge, didn’t want to do it, but Yahweh told him to proceed.
“The rest is (mostly not good) history… So what does all of this mean for today?
” It means, dear friend, that Elohim’s cycle of years still continues today! Modern Jews, even liberal Jews, recognize the Shemitah. For most today, its meaning is only symbolic. But Yahweh knows exactly what He’s doing. Just like in the old days, Abba Father is in control of all things. And one of the key manifestations is Yahweh continuing to deal with His people in judgment and in blessing. He still has blessed His people in Shemitah years, despite their continued disobedience.”
Then, I related Israel to the United States of America…
“And speaking of continued disobedience… The USA was a nation dedicated to Yahweh from the beginning We have been blessed by Him in our history, but we have also suffered judgment when we disobeyed. All of America’s 20th Century woes are connected very strongly to the Shemitah – again, Shemitahs were a time of blessing for the faithful, and a time of judgment for the unfaithful – whether that be the people of Yahweh, Israel, or the people of the nation He has especially blessed to be His servant nation in modern times, us – the United States of America.
“How is America Yahweh’s nation?
“1) We have been a “shining city on a hill”, a connection made by the Puritan John Winthrop in a sermon as early in our history as 1630.
“2) We were dedicated to Yahweh at the inauguration of George Washington on April 30, 1789.
“He declared, ‘ “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.” ‘
“As our nation was dedicated, our first President declared a curse – a warning of judgment against this nation if its people turned away from the moral laws ordained in the Scriptures.
“Sadly, that day has come. It’s been coming for a long time now;
“3) It was a nation that recognized Yahweh as the One who controls our destiny by none other than that great American free-thinker, Benjamin Franklin.
‘When the Constitutional Convention in 1787 was at an impasse, and it looked like it would never be, he gave a speech in which he proposed the appointment of “a chaplain to this Convention, whose duty it shall be uniformly to assemble with us, and introduce the business of each day by and address to the Creator of the universe, and the Governor of all nations…’
“Ever since, our Federal legislative houses have always opened in prayer.
4) America has been the source of missionary work all over the world for at least the last 150 years
More Christian missionaries have gone out to more nations to more people all over the world than any other nation even comes close to.
If the gospel needs to be preached to the ends of the Earth before Jesus returns, missionaries from and supported by the American people have certainly hastened His coming.
5) America has been the greatest friend and defender of the reborn nation of Israel.
America has played a key role in protecting Israel.
Yahweh has blessed us abundantly for that.
How does the Shemitah manifest Yahweh’s Providence?
- The Shemitah can be a blessing or a curse, depending on whether the people have been faithful or disobedient.
- Yahweh often blesses His people, the Jews, in the national life of a nation.
December 5, 2015: The same things that happened to ancient Israel have happened/ are happening to the US. We as a nation have turned away from the One who established us as the Greatest Nation on Earth. Because we have turned away from Him, He has removed the “Hedge of Protection” He had set up as a blessing for us. But, just as He removed the “Hedge’ from around Israel, so that they were eventually removed from the Land by the Assyrians in 722 BC, He has removed the “Hedge” from around us. And just as He removed the “Hedge” from around ancient Judah, so that He allowed Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians to wipe out the Temple and the City of Jerusalem in 586 BC, so He has taken our “American Hedge” away. It happened in a controlled way with the attack on 9/11 – it is happening on a larger scale as I write this.
In other words – we have no right to expect the blessing of the Lord on our nation; we can expect continued judgment.
Why? It’s actually been a long time in coming. We came out of World War II as the most powerful and influential nation on the planet. We suffered during the war, to be sure, but far less than any of the other participating nations. We were in control – but not for long. While we were blessed with great riches and abundance, we failed to be thankful to Yahweh our Provider. We turned away from Him, acting like we could do it – be a great nation – on our own. The culture began to ignore Him more and more. We listened to the Progressives, who looked to a future without “religion” or faith in “God”. Evolution was becoming universally accepted as the way things came into being. “God” was looked at as a remnant of past, more primitive civilizations. The American Dream became a kind of self-sufficiency in all things, in the physical world AND the spiritual world. The Fifties may have been a time of a superficially conservative culture, but the heart of what had always made America great was being cut out – our faith as individuals in Abba Father.
Despite the false images put out about the ‘50’s being a time when we were moving closer to Elohim, the exact opposite was true. It’s not an anomaly that Playboy Magazine debuted in the ‘50’s. It was not “bucking the trend” when the Supreme Court officially threw prayer out of public schools in the “Engle v. Vitale” case in 1962 – that WAS the trend. It was not antagonistic to the way the culture was going when the Supreme Court finished the job of officially expelling Yahweh with the “Abington v. Schemmp” decision to say that “School-sponsored Bible reading before class is unconstitutional” – that, again, was in lock-step with the cultural flow (the Zeitgeist).
And our national move away from our Creator only accelerated – the Sexual Revolution, the rise of the use of psycho-active drugs, the open embracing of the Satanic creed of “Do What Thou Wilt.” The year of 1973 opened with the next Supreme Court aggression against the sanctity of life – the Roe v. Wade decision, which officially struck down all American laws that protected the unborn. We continued down slippery slopes like the coarsening of the nation’s speech, the open attacks on the family unit, the continued Balkanization of our citizens into “groups”, destroying our sense of unity. We’ve now started to declare that things which were called sin in the past no longer are. “God” – the REAL God, Elohim, Yahweh, Abba Father, or His Son, Yeshua ha Mashiach – has been marginalized out of our culture completely. Not that He’s not invoked – as all politicians do, including the president – but, for most of them, it’s empty of meaning. As Yahweh said in Isaiah 29: 13 – “…this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me,” Yeshua quoted the same verse in Matthew 15, as He rebuked the “religionists” of Israel in His day:
“‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
When most modern people talk about “God”, think of that verse.
So – do we now understand the foolishness of the New York Daily News when they wrote (in a snarky rebuke of Republicans) –
“God isn’t fixing this. As latest batch of innocent Americans are left lying in pools of blood, cowards who could truly end gun scourge continue to hide behind meaningless platitudes,” reads the New York Daily News’ headline. The article associated with the headline opens with “Pray they wake up,” adding “GOP” presidential contenders were conspicuously silent on the issue of gun control” in the wake of the massacre.”
I should hope so! Being “for gun control” is far more useless than just about anything else involved here. There are pretty stringent gun control laws in California – would any of those laws have stopped these murderers? You know what DID stop these murderers? SWAT teams – with guns! (And, by the way, NY Daily News, I agree with you that ALL those people who you say should be executed – except Wayne Lapierre – need to have justice done in their cases by executing them. Some of them are, thankfully, already dead. But there is no reason why ANY of those who are still alive should be. The only thing any of them regrets is that they didn’t murder MORE people in their rampages. Gun control doesn’t help. The strictest gun laws in the nation are in Chicago – do any of these laws prevent tonight’s murders from occurring? I would say a sad, no.
So, if “being for gun control” won’t help (and it won’t – it never has… France’s strict gun control laws not only didn’t stop the Parisian ISIS murderers, they may have allowed MORE innocent people to die because nobody was shooting back until it was much too late), what will?
Remember that “Hedge of Protection”? It’s not protecting us at all right now. What will help is getting it back.
Read the book of Jonah (and BELIEVE the book of Jonah)! In Jonah, the disobedient, hateful prophet finally does what Yahweh asked him to do: go to the capital of Assyria – the city of Nineveh – and preach that Yahweh’s judgment is about to fall on them. So Jonah goes around for three days, preaching doom and destruction to this particularly wicked group of Gentiles, then goes out of town to watch Yahweh fulfill His promise.
But, to Jonah’s chagrin, nothing happens.
Well – something happened, but it wasn’t doom and destruction. It was BLESSING!
What? Why had Yahweh promised to judge these uncircumcised Gentiles with a well-deserved reputation for nastiness, then not do it?
Because they repented… so Yahweh relented – that’s why.
Led by their king (take note, Mr. Obama!), they agreed with Yahweh that they were, indeed, sinners. The king humbled himself – tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes – confessed his sins, and begged Yahweh for mercy. The rest of the population followed him – they genuinely repented! They promised to honor Yahweh, the Elohim (“God”) of Israel.
Let’s not be like Jonah, who, instead of being joyful that hundreds of thousands of people in Nineveh were NOT destroyed, was angry at Yahweh. That same Elohim is waiting for us, here in the US, to do the same thing – repent and ask Him for forgiveness. HE WILL ANSWER, if we do it with sincere hearts. THAT is the only way this nation will move forward.
There’s a Renewed Covenant parallel – the letter to the church of Laodicea in the Book of the Revelation, Chapter 3. The Apostle John records seven letters to seven churches in Asia Minor (modern Turkey). This is the last letter of the seven – and it is a church that is the saddest case. It is a church that IS no church – just a group of unbelievers who THINK they’re OK. Yeshua says they are like the lukewarm water that fed the city of Laodicea – it actually made our Lord throw up! They were, literally, sickening to Him. Look how He describes them:
“For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” They see themselves as rich and successful, – and smarter than everybody else, just like many Americans. But the truth is they are exactly the opposite of those things – yes, including the statement about being smart. The Scriptures would use the word, “Foolish”.
Look what Yeshua then says: “I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.” Notice that last word – repent! They need to agree with Abba Father that they are sinners, destitute of anything they could give Yahweh that’s worth anything. They need to open their eyes to His truth and turn to Him as the source of their true riches.
Notice what Yeshua says next: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.” He is not in this church; He is outside of it, because He has no relationship with anyone on the inside. He stands, in a similar way, outside of our nation. There are still genuine believers here, but they are getting fewer and fewer. It will take a great revival – the nation HAS to turn back to our Creator, humbly ask for forgiveness, and “turn from our wicked ways.” It can happen – here’s praying that it will.
My thoughts and prayers are, indeed with the families of those murdered in San Bernardino. More gun laws will not accomplish anything… but a national repentance and turning from evil WILL. The president needs to pick up some sack-cloth in Paris. He can use some coal ashes to throw over his head – the symbolism of THAT would be rich, indeed! Any time, Sir! Lead the way!