Final Call To Repentance
God has used Israel to teach us many lessons. For example consider the following: "Hear, O Israel: You are to cross over the Jordan today, and go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven..." Deuteronomy 9:1 First of all, the basis of the argument has to rest on one principle, and that is that the earth belongs to God who made it. This alone should silence all claims and all arguments. "The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. For he has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters." Psalm 24:1-2 But we know that unbelievers care not who God is nor that all belongs to him. So they will cry "foul" if there seems to be some unfairness in who sits on what land and who doesn't. Could there be unfairness with God? --Of course not. And this message today isn't purposed to debate this issue, we're returning to the basic principle that the earth belongs to the God who made it, and he settles it according to his own wisdom. In this passage in Deuteronomy, God has brought the Israelites to the borders of the land he is about to give to them, and he's telling them to go in and take it. But he also tells WHY the occupants of the land are going to be dispossessed: "...it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out from before you." Deuteronomy 9:4 To say the occupants of the land of Canaan were wicked is putting it mildly. First of all, they were of the families of the Anakim; the Anakim were the giants, those whose DNA was corrupted. There was no evil these tribes were not guilty of. This was a land taken by Satan, and Satan had put the worst of the worst in the land of Canaan. So God was bringing HIS people to the borders of this land, and giving them instruction before going in to take the land and totally dispossess the occupants. In the very chapter describing the covenant, God reveals to Abraham the extent of the land he will be giving to the Israelites, and naming the corrupt tribes who were presently occupying that land. God said to Abraham: "To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates, — the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.” Genesis 15:18-21 But at the time of the promise to Abraham, the wickedness of the occupants of the land had not yet reached its full, so God had been waiting for their iniquity to be complete: vs 16: "But in the fourth generation they (the descendants of Abraham) shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.” And so we see that there comes a time when a nation becomes so wicked, so polluted, that God will drive them out and destroy them. Was it not so when God drove out the natives of the land now called America? The natives of this land were idolatrous peoples. They worshiped false gods with similar practices to the ancient peoples of Canaan, posting totem poles to their family gods and carrying out all sorts of occult practices with rites and rituals and shamans (witchcraft.) God brought Christians from Europe to this land, and the natives were dispossessed. In the land of Israel today, the same story continues. Israel is accused of occupying land that "belongs" to the "Palestinians," when the truth is just the opposite. That land was given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in an everlasting covenant, and the principle that it is an everlasting covenant is repeated throughout the Bible. "Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, ALL the land of Canaan, as an EVERLASTING possession; and I will be their God.” Genesis 17:8 Today, the present occupiers of much of that land are a people who worship a false god called Allah the moon god, a people vile and vicious, a people of carnage and destruction. God is in the process of restoring Israel to the land given to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and to their descendants the Jews, and he will most definitely drive out the Muslim peoples of the moon god. When God establishes a covenant and calls it "an everlasting" covenant, you can be sure that it truly IS everlasting. The Israelites were driven out of their land long ago because they had rebelled against God. He had sent prophets to them for many years warning them to turn from their rebellion; but they didn't, and after many, many warnings and pleadings, they were driven out of their land. That was a judgment that came upon them for their sin. But ownership of the land was never an issue, it was COVENANTED to the descendants of Jacob FOREVER. And now that the judgment pronounced upon Israel has run its course, God is bringing them back to their land. What is so fearful is that America has become wicked, and her doom is unmistakably near, we can actually see it coming. There is no evil America isn't delighted in. God has sent men to warn them, several men of God who have brought their message to the American people, speaking on radio, television to the people of America, posting on the internet, writing books and taking every opportunity to appeal to America, pleading with them to come to repentance. But America has nothing but scorn for these men, and America is nearing her judgment. Even now, believers are seeing the developing forces of judgment being set up to bring her downfall. When God is finished with this last window of mercy, judgment will come. And if there will be no hope for America, still there IS hope for individuals. Even as judgment falls, the opportunity remains for individuals to realize their sin and turn to God for forgiveness. In fact, the greatest revivals often occur during a time of judgment, because the peoples are often shaken into seriousness when they face terrible suffering and loss. Here's a call to individuals today: don't wait until you're in so much pain that you begin to take God seriously. He has sent his servants to warn this country and this country has refused them. Judgment is coming swiftly, but there is still time for YOU to repent. Repent, therefore, before the door is closed and you're locked into the great Tribulation that is looming even now. You don't have to go down with the masses. God is still holding out his hand of mercy to you. Repent, therefore, and be saved.