Message 20 - By Jerry D. Green

Dear America,

I’m writing this letter to let you know my concern for you. You are the land of my nativity and the land I love, but I must tell you, you are not the land I once knew. A Christian man from Australia once asked me, “Why is America so blessed while all the nations to our south are so impoverished?” I told him those nations were settled by men looking for “gold” while America was settled by men looking for “God.” The first settlers to come to America were men and women desiring freedom to worship God according the dictates of their own heart, free from religious and secular tyranny. That man knew exactly what I meant by “God,” and rejoiced in it, but today I would have to be much more specific. Today I would have to say the “God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ,” for the vast majority of Americans today, even those who claim to be Christians, do not know God, nor who He is. Former President Jimmy Carter is a typical example. He proudly relates back to a summit meeting, where the President of Egypt (a Muslim), said of the Prime Minister of Israel (a Jew), and of himself (a professed Christian), that we all worship the same god. President Carter was so impressed with these “inspired” words, he felt to share them with the whole world. But what god inspired those words? There is something inherently wrong with this statement that any true Christian should know; and it is this. There is more than one god, howbeit, there is only one true God. The Apostle Paul speaks of the one true God as the “…God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ…” and of the other god as “…the god of this world….” For those who may not know, that other god, the god of this world, is “…that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which DECEIVETH the whole world…. He is “…the god of this world (and the father of all false gods, who) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of (Jesus, the) Christ, who is the image of (the true and living) God, should shine unto them. And “…if our gospel (the true gospel of Jesus Christ) be hid, it is hid to them that are lost” (Revelation 12:9; II Corinthians 4:3-4). We should use these scriptures as a kind of spiritual litmus test of our Christian experience.

Oh America! What a sad day. You are today as Israel was in the days of Elijah. For the most part, you don’t even know who God is. In the name of freedom, which is only of the true and living God, you have stretched forth your arms to the huddled masses; only to receive any and every false God that would oppress and/or stamp out the freedom to worship the true and living God as we would please.  In so doing, we have filled our borders with worshipers of other gods which are all, of “…the god of this world…, who will soon, completely destroy this precious freedom we have to worship the true and living God as we please. America, you do not know the true and living God.  I sat grieved as I watched the service in our national cathedral, a few days after 9/11, as ministers (who professed to be Christian) shared the pulpit with ministers of Islam and other sects, as they praised and extolled Allah, and other gods, as the same God they worshiped. Oh America, “…How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD (Jehovah) be God, follow him: but if Baal (or Allah, or any other so called god, or gods, of ten thousand times ten thousand names, be God), then follow…” them (I Kings 18:21).

Unbeknown to those who are spiritually blind, Satan’s “…power (or powers) of the air… (i.e., …the power [or powers] of darkness…”) are frantically at work today in all those who are of the world, throughout the whole earth.  No, this is not a misprint.  There is a difference between the world and the earth). For Satan, who is “…the prince of the power of the air…, “…knoweth… he hath but a short time” (Ephesians 2:2; Colossians 1:13; Revelation 12:12). These spiritual powers of darkness are referred to in the book of Revelation as “…the beast…. And “…the beast, and the kings of the earth (‘…the earthy…’ [all those who are of the world]); and their armies (are), gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse (Jesus, the Christ), and against His army” (His true and faithful people; His true Church; Revelation 19:19). This scripture tells us exactly what the spiritual warfare we are seeing is all about.  It is today, as it has been for all time, against God and His truth; the truth of God as it is in Jesus, the Christ.  It is Him, Jesus, the Christ and His name, that Satan would like so very much to obliterate from the face of the earth, but that will never totally happen; because the very next verse (Revelation 19:20) tells us the end of the matter. “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him (the beast), with which he DECEIVED them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image (everything that is of the spirit of the world; the beast). These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone “But praise be to God, He is still on the throne.”

Oh America! How many things have transpired in the last few decades to bring down your greatness. You have banned the true God, and His Son, Jesus, the Christ of God from your schools. The devil’s workers have used your wonderful freedoms to promote everything but the truth of God and of Jesus Christ. I could hardly believe my ears last night as I heard on a news program that the name of Jesus Christ, the only hope we have of you retaining the title of “Christian” nation, had been beeped out on a program carried by one of the major national TV networks; lest it should offend someone.  Well, I must tell you that I was offended “because” it was beeped out. And so much more so, what about God, and His only begotten of a fleshly body Son, Jesus the Christ, who suffered and died that your citizens might be saved from a devil’s hell. Do you think, or even care, that perhaps “they” might be offended as well. God says, “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among MY PEOPLE” (II Chronicles 7:13). Why would God do such a thing? It never happened until His people first turned away from Him. This happened time and again to Israel of old, but God was always merciful when Israel repented and met His requirements. And what were His requirements? The very next verse gives the answer. “If MY PEOPLE, … (who) …are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (II Chronicles 7:14). Joel cried out in his day, “That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten” (Joel 1:4). The land would be stripped bare, but the word of exhortation (the answer to the problem) was, “Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God. Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD” (Joel 1:13-14). Chapter 2 seems to be, not only to those of Joel’s day, but, the church of these last days. Please remember that the natural before Calvary often pertains to the spiritual after Calvary. That is to say: natural Zion (Mt. Zion) and natural Israel of that day, now pertains to the church, the spiritual Zion, “…the (spiritual) Israel of God” (Romans 9:6; Galatians 6:16). The palmerworm, the locust, the cankerworm and the caterpillar all represent spiritual, demonic, principalities and powers that have come to strip the church spiritually; just as the natural insects stripped the natural crops of natural Israel. Sadly enough, they have done a good job. The church of America has become so much like the world around it that it has lost all of its influence on those outside its immediate domain and most on those within. Instead of the church influencing the world, the world has influenced the church. Because of this, America, your land has become home to more wickedness than could ever have been imagined by your founders. The enemy’s of men’s souls have perverted your wonderful freedom to be a license to indulge in every kind of sinful, wickedness and uncleanness. Modern thinking seems to be, “It’s not sin if its legal.” Why do your entertainment industries have to rate their programming.  If something is not appropriate for children then it’s not appropriate for adults either. This double standard only tells children that all of the filthy, lustful, sinful things that adults watch after they are sent to bed is OK once they are older; then, they too can indulge in all of the sinful things their parents do. The bumper stickers say, “don’t drink and drive” or “drink responsibly,” but I say, “don’t drink at all.” Nevertheless, all of these things are a part of God’s “…great army….  The judgments of God are being brought upon us because of the tolerance (indifference), and permissiveness of the church itself (Romans 1:18-32).  This, however, is just the beginning.

The progression is this. First, God gives “…up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves” (Romans 1:24). Secondly, “…God… (gives) them up unto vile affections: for even… (the men and the) women did change the natural use into that which is against nature” (Romans 1:26). And thirdly, “…even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do (all) those things which are not convenient” (not fit; Romans 1:28).  All of these things are in the world, and all of these things happened to natural Israel, but as all of us well know, these things have also filled your churches, America.

So what is the answer? It’s the same today as it was in Joel’s day. “Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your HEART, and not your garments, and turn unto (Me,) the LORD your God: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth Him of the evil (which He has sent upon you). Who knoweth if He will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind…; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and GIVE NOT thine heritage to REPROACH, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is… (your) …God?  Then will the LORD be jealous for His land, and pity His people. Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto His people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a REPROACH among the heathen” (Joel 2:12-19).

I’m praying for you America, that all of your citizens who “…are called by… (the name of the true and living God; the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ) …shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek… (His) …face, and turn from their wicked ways; (for) then (and only then) will… (He) …hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (which, for this message, is America; II Chronicles 7:14). May God save you America, through a great revival of His church.  

This message was originally written in the 1990’s.  Sadly, I do not believe America can be saved today as a nation.  There is still hope for the individual however, if he, or she, will turn to the Lord and call unto Him in repentance, and believe the gospel, He will yet save you.  I must, however, warn against procrastination.  The time of great tribulation is at the very door:

Matthew 24:21-34

21  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

22  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

23  Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

25  Behold, I have told you before.

26  Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

27  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

28  For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

32  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

33  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

34  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

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