"There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire..." Deuteronomy 18:10 Though I've written on this passage many times, I always focused on the next verses which are the go-to verses strongly forbidding involvement in the occult. I didn't stress the beginning because I didn't think it was applicable today. But oh, is it ever! What is making one's son or daughter pass through the fire? Where does that practice come from? God had strictly forbidden the Israelites from involvement with any of the gods of the countries surrounding them. In fact, the verse above begins this way: "When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations." Deuteronomy 18:9 But the Israelites disobeyed. They began following after the gods of the surrounding countries - in this case the god Molech who demanded child sacrifice. The image of Moloch was a human-like figure of forged metal with a bull's head and outstretched arms ready to receive the infant. It was heated red hot, ready to receive the children destined for sacrifice who were placed on the arms of Molech and were then dropped into flames beneath. As these sacrifices were being conducted drums were beaten loudly so the people wouldn't hear the screams of the infant. A couple would sacrifice their firstborn, believing that Molech would ensure financial prosperity for the family and future children. Israel erected such a statue in Jerusalem, in the Hinnom Valley, which Jesus Christ later referred to as "gehenna," translated as, and a picture of, hell. This passage in Deuteronomy is the passage in which the Lord absolutely forbids all occult involvement and it goes on to specify many types of occult activities such as witchcraft, fortune-telling, etc. It's interesting that the Lord would place this prohibition of causing a child to "pass through the fire" as the first one mentioned. He goes on to say that anyone who partakes in any of these activities is an abomination to God; not that the occult activity is an abomination, but it's so grievous that the person committing it is an abomination to God. In other places in Scripture the Lord reveals that the curse upon those who do these things is so severe that it actually goes down to the third and fourth generation of anyone who sins in this way. I never understood why the Lord placed that first prohibition at the head of the list, thinking no one practices that anymore, no one sacrifices their children in these days. But oh… Abortion is the sacrifice today. In abortion the child is murdered. In one type of abortion, the child is murdered before birth by filling the amniotic sac with a saline solution that literally burns the child alive! What judgment America is bringing upon herself! Back when Israel was sacrificing their children - they lost their land, their Temple, their country, and were dispersed throughout the world. The nation of Israel was destroyed. The Lord reveals why: "But they set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to defile it. And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I did not command them, nor did it come into my mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin." Jeremiah 32:34-35 Abortion may be the last straw in America's defiance, bringing the judgment that will destroy this country. God didn't spare Israel, and he won't spare America. God sent a warning judgment on America on September 11, 2001. He toppled the symbol of the American gods of finance, pride, and defiance. But the warning was soon forgotten. When the state of New York passed a law allowing the murder of the preborn infant up till the day of birth - New York celebrated by lighting up the new One World Trade Center. In lighting up One World Trade Center New York was deliberately sticking its finger in God's eye ...the God who toppled the towers. They came down. But defiance continues all the more boasting itself. What will this deliberate out-and-out defiance of Almighty God bring? "...none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand." Daniel 12:10 The wise ...see and recognize the judgment coming.