when the bow tie becomes a symbol of hate

Photo is one of the numerous pictures of murder Dyllann Roof’s web site http://lastrhodesian.com/.

I have intentionally given some time for the political dust to settle surrounding the horrific events of Emmanuel AME in Charleston, SC before posting these opinions. As I listened to the political pundits begin to dissect the events after Dyllann Roof was arrested, I was taken aback by where they laid the blame.

Following his brutal savagery at the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, there was a national fire storm lead by Walmart to remove the confederate flag from their store. These actions were quickly followed by Amazon, Sears,  EBay, Etsy, Target, Spencer Gifts, and others, as if an inanimate object of fabric, fashioned in a banner, and hung on a stick is the crux of the matter.

The thought process that is spreading like wildfire, is that the confederate flag is a symbol of hate and that Dyllann’s obsession with the confederacy is what wrought him to commit such a grievous act. So if we can remove the confederate flag from our society, it will give no one else the reason to hate and commit such a heinous act. If any one reading this post has a ounce of common sense, they would realize this thought process is ludicrous. There are hundreds of thousands that are engaged in the historical accounts of the Confederacy and many that even participate in Civil War reenactments, yet would never engage in such atrocities that happened in Charleston.

The problem with the pundits in our society, is that they don’t understand what hate is and where it originates. For the answer, one only need to turn to the Architect’s blue-print for life.

In the Matthew’s account of the gospel, the religious folk of Jesus’ day came and asked Him why His disciples did not was their hands when they ate bread?, to which Jesus responded…

“Hear, and understand: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man…  Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with un-washen hands defileth not a man.

The content of a person’s heart is what dictates their actions. Whether it is an act of love or hate, it originate in the heart, and manifest itself through the acts of the individual. What determines the content of ones heart, is not a flag that flies in their yard or the images on the cloths they wear, it has to do with the resident spirit in an individual’s heart and that is either a spirit of Christ or Satan.

Consider the words of Jesus when the religious leaders sought to kill Him.. “you do the works of your father the devil”. Herein lies the problem, the society does not want to acknowledge the spiritual conflict, so they cannot discern the sign of the times


Confusion of faces:

A man in Louisiana is asking for an explanation from Walmart after his request for a Confederate flag cake at one of its bakeries was rejected, but a design with the ISIS flag was accepted.

Chuck Netzhammer said he ordered the image of the Confederate flag on a cake with the words, "Heritage Not Hate," on Thursday at a Walmart in Slidell, Louisiana. But the bakery denied his request, he said. At some point later, he ordered the image of the ISIS flag that represents the terrorist group.

"I went back yesterday and managed to get an ISIS battleflag printed. ISIS happens to be somebody who we’re fighting against right now who are killing our men and boys overseas and are beheading Christians," Netzhammer said.

A spokesman for Walmart told ABC News, "An associate in a local store did not know what the design meant and made a mistake. The cake should not have been made and we apologize."

"That’s an ISIS battleflag cake that anybody can go buy at Walmart," Netzhammer explains in a video posted on YouTube showing the sheetcake. "But you can’t buy a Confederate flag toy, with like, say, a ‘Dukes of Hazzards’ car."

Netzhammer, 48, of Pearl River, Louisiana, told ABC News, “I’m not doing this out of hate for Walmart. They are choosing what’s offensive or not. If a Muslim walked in a Walmart and saw pork, they would think that’s offensive.”

Netzhammer, who is unemployed and previously worked as a car and heavy equipment mechanic, said, “I am your everyday Joe.”

Last week, companies like Walmart, Amazon, Etsy and eBay announced that they were banning sales of Confederate flag merchandise in the wake of the shooting death of nine African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, allegedly by a racist gunman who was seen in photos wearing the flag.

"We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer," Walmart said in a statement last week as it announced the ban. "We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the Confederate flag from our assortment — whether in our stores or on our web site."  abcnews.go.com


Does anyone think Walmart is sorry that they made a cake with the ISIS battle flag, but would not do the same for the confederate flag, or that their ignorance was what brought to light this revelation of hypocrisy?

When chaos and spiritual ignorance rules the thought process of a society, this foolishness will abound, for chaos manifest ignorance and ignorance propagates the fruit of confusion.

Consider the Gold Gym tank top shirt Dyllann Roof is wearing in the above photo. What if Planet Fitness began a movement to shut down any and everything associated with Gold’s Gym due to accusations that Gold’s Gym has fostered a spirit of hate and drove Dyllann to commit this violent act of murder? Sound utterly ridiculous?… one would be correct.

What will be next, a shirt donning an image of Malik Zulu Shabazz, national chairman of the radical New Black Panther Party, or maybe the infamous Louis Farrakhan? Mr. Farrakhan thinks the debate ought not be over the Confederate, but the American flag. He thinks the American flag should be abolished as it is a symbol of hatred and oppression.

 

At the Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC on Wednesday, Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam stated in his speech – “I don’t know what the hell the fight is about over the Confederate flag. We need to put the American flag down. Because we’ve caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag,” comments that were meant with cheers and applause. He added, “Who are we fighting today? It’s the people that carry the American flag.”

Audio of Louis Farrakhan speaking before the Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC on 6/24/15

From this photo, one might construe that ‘bow ties’ are a symbol of hatred and oppression? There is a petition to have Walmart remove them from their shelves.

All of this verbiage surrounding the flags is nothing more than spiritual smoke and mirrors, a precursor to the Word of God. With each day America finds it to be quite offensive… “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”.

What is one to do? Dwell in the secrete place of the Most High, abide under the shadow of the Almighty. You will find Him a refuge, a fortress, a God in whom you can trust. His name is Yeshua ha Mashiach.

brother malachi

America, a nation headed for overthrow

What does a nation in bondage look like?

Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.  For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.  The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. 
The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. 
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. 
The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. 
From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.  He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.  An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. 
Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

A nation that was once blessed of the LORD, but she has since forgotten Him, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which they were obligated to do.

 
A nation that has eaten and is full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;  A nation whose herds and flocks, silver and gold, and all that she has, has been multiplied;

Then her heart was lifted up, and she forgot the LORD her God, which brought her forth into a prosperous land, from a house of bondage; 
She was led of the LORD, time and time again through periods of great uncertainty and chaos; He walked with her through the wilderness and carried her when she could not go in her own strength, that he might prove unto her, to do unto her good at thy latter end.

But she said in her heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. She would do well to remember the LORD her God: for it is he that giveth her power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto her fathers, as it is this day. 

And it shall be, when she forgets the LORD her God, and walks after other gods, and serve them, and worships them, The LORD testifies against her, that in that day she shall surely perish.  As the nations which the LORD destroyed before her face, so shall she perish; because she would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD her God.

When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting. By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

A nation ready for the overthrow, and may God have mercy on America!

brother malachi

“it is the voice of a god, and not of man”

photo- supreme court ruling on homosexual marriage. a.abcnews.com

Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Rom 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Rom 1:24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Rom 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Rom 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Rom 1:27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Rom 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Rom 1:29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Rom 1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31  Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.


His eternal power and Godhead has been revealed to America, so that we are without excuse.

Our willful rebellion against God has left us a nation that has conjured up vain imaginations of who God is and what He thinks,thereby making decisions that are foolish and contrary to the clear teaching of His word.

For this cause God has turned our nation over to a reprobate mind. A nation that is imprisoned by our vain and evil thoughts. Minds and actions that have succumb to every kind of wickedness, sin, deception, malicious behavior, a nation that has positioned itself as a hater of God.

A nation that has heard of God’s pending judgment, yet chooses to  shake its fist in the face of God, not only by participation of the wickedness, but by proliferation of the same through it’s laws is very unwise. For by the blessing of the upright the city is exalted; but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. America has made herself ready for “the overthrow”.

photo- news.com.au

For the highest court in the land, to know what God’s word says and diametrically oppose it, is not only the epitome of rebellion, but is willfully choosing to place it’s people under God’s reprehensible judgment.  

Act 12:21  And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.
Act 12:22  And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.
Act 12:23  And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

It is appointed unto man once to die… then the judgment!

Oh LORD, forgive us of our sin.

brother malachi

the vision of malachi

Blood Moon- 10.08.2014

A prophetic view from a word from malachi-

The vision of Malachi, which he saw concerning America in the days of Bush (the elder), Clinton, Bush (the younger), and Obama, presidents of the United States of America. 
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 
The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but America doth not know, my people doth not consider. 
Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. 
Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. 
From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. 
Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. 
And this United States is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. 
Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah. 
Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. 
To what purpose is your worship unto me? saith the LORD: I loathe your Easter and Christmas cantatas; and I delight not in your vacation Bible school. 
When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? 
Don’t come to Sunday morning worship services, Sunday school or mid-week Bible studies; it is iniquity, even the revival meetings. They are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. 
And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. 
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 
Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 
But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. 
How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers. 
Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water: 
Thy government officials are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them. 
Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: 
And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: 
And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. 
America shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness. 
And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed. 
For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen. 
For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water. 
And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

I pray America will repent, if there is any healing in her bruise and if not, may God will have mercy on her.

brother malachi

the sign of Jonah…

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We have all heard the ole’ adage “seeing is believing”, but I have not found that to be true when it comes to the spiritual realm.

In the Gospel of Matthew 12:22-24, one is brought unto Jesus who was possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and He healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

Matthew goes on and states “all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.” Now ‘all the people’ and the ‘Pharisees’ saw the same event, but their take on what had just happened before their very eyes was quite different.

Following this miraculous event of the man possessed with the devil, the religious folk make the following request…

 

Mat 12:38  Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
Mat 12:39  But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
Mat 12:40  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Mat 12:41  The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
Mat 12:42  The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

 
In essence the religious folk were thinking, if they could see a mighty work from Jesus, it would assure them of who He said He was, but Jesus told them to be looking for THE SIGN of the prophet Jonah. Now no speculation is needed as to what the sign was? “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”.

So how did the religious leaders handle ‘this sign of Jonah’…?

Resurrection Sunday-

Mat 28:11  Now when they (the followers of Christ) were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
Mat 28:12  And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
Mat 28:13  Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
Mat 28:14  And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

The events of the resurrection were met with the same willful spiritual ignorance as when the man was brought unto Him that was possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and He healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. Even though the sign was openly manifest, the religious folk could NOT comprehend.

Some time later the Pharisees and Sadducees prompted Jesus again that He might show them a sign. Again Jesus responds that the only sign that will be given is THE SIGN of the prophet Jonah.

Mat 16:1  The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.
Mat 16:2  He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
Mat 16:3  And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
Mat 16:4  A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.

Now it would be easy for one to think that Jesus was referring to the “three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”.

I beg to differ. I think there is another sign associated with Jonah that can only be gleaned when one studies the actual account of Jonah being sent of God to that great and wicked city of Nineveh.

If you are familiar with the story you remember that Jonah did not go at first, when he was instructed of God to preach the pending judgment of Nineveh, he instead went to Joppa and boarded a ship headed to Tarshish.  It was along this journey that Jonah was introduced to the great fish and spent three days and three nights in its belly before being regurgitated back to life.

Now when he finally arrives at Nineveh after his intended cruise to Tarshish, he begins a three day journey preaching the pending judgment of God upon the city in forty days. Now there is not one mention in the scripture of any mighty work that Jonah did other than to preach the message that God had sent him to preach.

So what other sign of Jonah would have manifested itself in Nineveh? Simply the fact my friend, that when Nineveh heard of God’s most certain judgment, they BELIEVED and repented and turned from their wickedness. They simply believed that Jonah was a prophet of God, and the word of God spoken by Jonah was TRUE!

With regard to the religious leaders of Jesus’ day, they heard, yet their minds were immersed in a spiritual stupor and refused to believe. The Messiah was standing before their very eyes, having proved His validity with undeniable signs and wonders, but they did not believe, that the prophecy might be fulfilled… “he hath blinded their eyes and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart and be converted”.

It is my opinion that if you do not desire the later sign, you can not and would not believe the former.

My friend, do you know Him? Have you ever heard of Him? There is no other name given under heaven, whereby men may be saved.

brother malachi

discerning the signs of the time

Mat 16:1  The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.
Mat 16:2  He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
Mat 16:3  And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
Mat 16:4  A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.


The very Son of God stood before the religious folk of His day and they could not perceive who He was, though He had wrought such mighty works. I fear the same spiritual blindness is about the religious folk of this day.

We learn from history that after the preaching of Jonah, came the prophecy of Nahum. Some 148 years after Nineveh’s repentance God meted out His judgment upon a wicked nation/people.


Nah 1:1  The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

Nah 1:2  God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
Nah 1:3  The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
Nah 1:4  He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.
Nah 1:5  The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.
Nah 1:6  Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.
Nah 1:7  The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
Nah 1:8  But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.


Nah 1:9  What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.
Nah 1:10  For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.
Nah 1:11  There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.
Nah 1:12  Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.
Nah 1:13  For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.
Nah 1:14  And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.
Nah 1:15  Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.


The sign of Jonah is sounding forth this day… he who has ears to hear, let him hear what the spirit saith.

Proverbs 22:3

"A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished."

brother malachi

America the beautiful?

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O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.
America! America!
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for glorious tale
Of liberating strife,
When valiantly for man’s avail
Men lavish precious life.
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

Yesterday while attending the Sunday worship service and recognizing  Memorial Day, we sang the 1904 rendition of ‘America The Beautiful’. While we were singing, the Spirit posed this question to me… what is “beautiful about America”, at least from God’s perspective?

God exhorted Moses in the record of Deuteronomy to consider the people (nation) that experiences the blessing of God and then  in turn  forgets Him. Prayerfully consider below.

Deu 8:1  All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.
Deu 8:2  And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
Deu 8:3  And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
Deu 8:4  Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.
Deu 8:5  Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
Deu 8:6  Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.
Deu 8:7  For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
Deu 8:8  A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;
Deu 8:9  A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.
Deu 8:10  When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.
Deu 8:11  Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
Deu 8:12  Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;
Deu 8:13  And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;
Deu 8:14  Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
Deu 8:15  Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;
Deu 8:16  Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
Deu 8:17  And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
Deu 8:18  But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Deu 8:19  And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
Deu 8:20  As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God.


Imagine a people (nation) that experiences the mercies and grace of God, only to forget and turn away…

It happened with the great city of Nineveh. In 760BC, the prophet Jonah was sent to Nineveh to predict God’s judgment upon a wicked and vile nation. By the grace of God, Nineveh repented of her sin in sackcloth and ashes and was spared the pending judgment.

Approximately 148 years later Nahum the Elkoshite, was sent to Nineveh with the burden from the LORD. They had returned to their wickedness and now was considered of the LORD to have no healing in their bruise 3:19… in the common day vernacular, the disease in their body was so graphic that it can not be cured. It is like going to the doctor and him/her telling you there is nothing we can do for you… you are going to die!

Nah 3:1  Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not;
Nah 3:2  The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots.
Nah 3:3  The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:
Nah 3:4  Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.
Nah 3:5  Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.
Nah 3:6  And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.
Nah 3:7  And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?
Nah 3:8  Art thou better than populous No, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?
Nah 3:9  Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.
Nah 3:10  Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.
Nah 3:11  Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.
Nah 3:12  All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.
Nah 3:13  Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.
Nah 3:14  Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln.
Nah 3:15  There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.
Nah 3:16  Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away.
Nah 3:17  Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.
Nah 3:18  Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.
Nah 3:19  There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?


One can only wonder if that is where America is in this day we are living?

There is a reason for prayer. Consider  Daniel’s Prayer (Daniel Chapter 9:3-19)….

Dan 9:3  And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
Dan 9:4  And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
Dan 9:5  We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
Dan 9:6  Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
Dan 9:7  O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
Dan 9:8  O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.
Dan 9:9  To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;
Dan 9:10  Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
Dan 9:11  Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
Dan 9:12  And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.
Dan 9:13  As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
Dan 9:14  Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.
Dan 9:15  And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
Dan 9:16  O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
Dan 9:17  Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.
Dan 9:18  O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
Dan 9:19  O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.

a·pos·ta·sy

əˈpästəsē / noun- the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief.

May God have mercy on America.

brother malachi

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