Victory or Defeat?
“But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things. And the anger of the Lord burned against the people of Israel.” -Josh 1:1 (ESV)
I don’t claim to be fortune teller and I don’t claim to be a prophet but I do know what it says in God’s word – the Bible. In these last days before the Lord’s return, there are certainly to be wars that will engulf the whole world including the US. According to Bible Prophecy, wars are here now and will only increase in frequency and intensity in the days ahead. They will be dreadful and terrible wars never seen before claiming many lives. America, a once Godly nation, will not be exempt from these wars. Based on America’s rapid decline in societal and moral Biblical standards in past decades and how things are progressing now, how well do you think we will do against our enemies if war/s broke out or we were attacked? We did pretty good in WWI and WWII – America prevailed but since then not so good – namely the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict. But why?
Before we get to this let me describe what happened in an account written down for us in the Old Testament – namely the book of Joshua, Chapter 7. The Israelites had been successful in their victories for the previous seven years just recently defeating Jericho for their entrance in the promised land of Canaan. They were instructed by God not to take any of the spoils of Jericho for themselves, instead all the gold, silver, bronze and iron were to be holy before the Lord and were to be brought into the Lord’s treasury – Josh 6:19. One person disobeyed these instructions (or ban) and it’s this violation or sin we want to talk about today.
Israel was Defeated by Ai
Joshua and the Israelites were to conquer the town of Ai next and the scouts said they would only need 3000 men to defeat them. So they went up against Ai and were attacked and some killed by the Ai army. They were chased out of town, if you will. As a result of this defeat, the hearts of the Israelites melted and became as water. Once Joshua heard this he was distraught, tore his clothes and fell down before the Ark and complained to the Lord. The Lord said, Get up, you have sin in your camp.
The Lord said that Israel had sinned: “…and they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings” -Josh 7:11 (ESV).
“Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.” -Josh 7:12 (KJV)
As the verse above states Israel would no longer prevail against their enemies until things were made right. There was sin in their camp! You can read what was done to remedy the situation in the rest of the chapter. Today, we want to focus on the sin of rebellion, of disobedience, of clear rejection of God’s commands, decree, and position they were to take concerning Jericho.
For this rebellion of God’s word, Israel would not have God with them, protecting them from their enemies until their sin was discovered, acknowledged and confessed. God would not protect them in future conflicts – that was significant!
America Has Much Sin in Its Camp – They Have Transgressed MANY of the Lord’s Covenants, Laws and Traditions
Let’s bring this down home to America in the here and now. America has been blessed mightily by God since its beginning. For the past many decades we have turned away from God and allowed the sins of rejection, rebellion, idolatry, wickedness, evil, fornication to take root in our camp. We have shunned God and have welcomed evil.
Abortion still takes place even with our new president. Porn is still going strong. Idolatry widely practiced. Rejection of God and His Son is still gaining national traction as I write this. We have much, much sin in our camp – yes, here in America. We have moved the boundary stones (Prov 22:28; Job 24:1-12) of God’s tradition of marriage out of His alignment. We have welcomed and embraced sexual immorality on a national level. We have also infected our military with gross and immoral sexual sins. We have shed high-level military conservative leaders. Therefore, we have degraded our fighting capability by our sin and rebellion of God’s ways. Our military is sickly and weak and even some top generals have said we would have a tough time against our enemies (here and here). Most of our military machinery is broken with little funds to repair. America is not ready for a fight. America does not have God on our side anymore!
So let me ask you how well do you think we will fare in the next war we are involved in? I think, without God with us – before, behind and on our flanks, we will fail! And fail big time! We have sinned before Him with little or no national repentance. Even now with our new president and his new cabinet, only after just 3 weeks have mega problems developing. Protests, riots, etc plague our nation now. Why? No God. No God is voiced, or proclaimed from the White House. The optics of sitting in an [evil] ecumenical church service or surrounded by false teachers/preachers of the Gospel doesn’t get it!
America Needs to Repent, Get the Sin Out and Get Back to Almighty God
America needs to return to God and it must start with our Joshua! Our President must lead this nation back to God now – in prayer, in confession of sin and in repentance (2 Chron 7:14). If this doesn’t happen America will be beaten and perhaps destroyed the next time our enemies come against us. Folks, this is Biblical fact and we must come to grips with it. Almighty God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8). He will do in the future what He’s done in the past (Ecc 1:9).
“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. ” -Psa 9:17 (KJV)
It’s time for this nation including all of us Christians and our Christian churches to get right with God. Confess our sin, repent of it by amending our ways. Turn away from worldly entanglements, cares, concerns and focus on God and His Son Yeshua HaMashiach – Jesus Christ. If we keep going down the same wide road of Godlessness dressed in the optics of Godliness, we will face the consequences and friends the outcomes may be horrific and startling. God is our Protector, God is our Lord, God is our refuge and we must acknowledge Him in our land and before the nations. We must get the sin out of our land. Amen and amen.
-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman
GLORY TO GOD!