Christians (and non-Christians alike) are becoming aware that something epic is going on in the world and the newly “woke” Christians (for lack of a better term) are tragically falling hook, line and sinker for the political “right” Nationalist narrative. As I reflected on this, I was reminded of the spies that Moses sent to search out the land of Canaan. Remember the story? I’ll include highlights for those who may not.
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them. …
And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, “…see the land, what it is, and the people that dwells therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many; And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds; And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. … So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob…
And they returned from searching of the land after forty days… and showed them the fruit of the land. And they told him, and said,
“We came unto the land which you sent us, and surely it flows with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless the people are strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan”
And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said,
“Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.”
But the men that went up with him said,
“We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.”
And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying,
“The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eats up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.“
(Numbers 13:1-3, 13:17-21, 13:25-29, 13:30-33)
God had brought His people out of the land of Egypt with great miraculous signs and led them to the land He had promised to give them, but giants lived there. (Isn’t that just like God? I could go on a tangent here but I’ll try and stay on track…)
Only two of the spies came back saying that, through God, they could conquer and possess the land. Those two also saw the giants but knew that giants were nothing in comparison to God’s great power. But the evil report of the 10 discouraged the people producing a rebellion that prevented an entire generation from taking possession of Canaan. Their faith and confidence in God was utterly shaken.
What was God’s response? He was so angry about their lack of confidence in His promise that He planned to utterly destroy them with a plague, but Moses argued for the people and God relented, causing that generation to continue wandering in the desert and only Caleb and his descendants to possess the land. (Num 14:22-24)
Instead of believing in the power of God, the people believed the ten spies. This story is usually referenced to illustrate walking by faith and not by sight, and that’s relevant here, but what I want to focus on is how the majority can be wrong and that leaders can bring a wrong, faithless report.
There are leaders in our churches and all over the internet today, teaching that God’s wrath is being poured out on the physical Nation of America, viewing America as a representation of the body of Christ.
Now, even though it’s coming out that most of America’s leaders who claimed to be Christian were Freemasons, and that while America is believed to have been established on Christian principles, we’re learning that the originators were more likely Deists, America has still been known by the world to be predominantly Christian. That, of course, is changing in our time. Many people in America have turned their backs on God and that certainly has its own judgment. Jesus told his disciples that there would be a great turning away just prior to His return. But the idea that America is representative of God’s Church, and that its imminent fall is Gods judgment against the spiritual body of Christ can be traced to the physicalized teaching of Freemasonic / Zionist Dispensationalism. Tragically, this is the predominant teaching coming from the “corporate church”; the majority; the 10 spies.
David Wilkerson (who was a Freemason) famously prophesied the same thing in 1985, and today, Zionist operated CBN insists that a “Nation Pledged to God Can Save a World or Lose It.” By presenting America as having an ‘Explicit Covenant with God’, they are twisting scripture, creating a physical lens through which to view the New Covenant in Christ.
Let’s look at this more closely.
The New Testament clearly teaches us that under the New Covenant, God no longer judges (nor blesses) nations (ie. Israel).
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. – Rom 5:9
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus, who delivered us from the wrath to come. – 1 Thess 1:10
For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Thess 5:9
God poured ALL HIS WRATH out on His beloved Son– in order that those who believe in Him would NEVER incur His wrath.
The corporate church is correctly teaching that we are under the New Covenant of Christ’s Blood, but through the leaven of Dispensationalism, Old Covenant physicalized teachings of nationalism are being mixed in, missing the fact that when the New Covenant was instituted, the Old was rendered obsolete.
In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. – Heb 8:13
…Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy – Luke 12:1b
From the day of Jesus’ resurrection, the gospel went to all nations. Since then, there have been only two groups of people in God’s eyes; His Church – and The World. PERIOD.
But, wait a minute, you say, the New Testament does talk about judgment and wrath. Yes, it does. We need to consider that in light of two things:
- Who is New Testament scripture referring to?
- The difference between the consequential and forsaking wrath of God.
It’s hard to argue that America isn’t suffering some sort of wrath today. It seems like we’re seeing Romans chapter 1:18-32 playing out right before out before our eyes.
But the passage in Romans is not talking about nations. Paul used personal pronouns “they, themselves”. He is warning of the ensuing judgment/forsaking wrath that individuals; unbelievers will suffer in the world. And, yes, those individuals are largely responsible for God’s consequential wrath on our nation.
But modern day would-be-prophets are wrongly declaring that God’s forsaking wrath is being poured out on America-aka His church. But wait a minute – Doesn’t it say that “Judgment begins at the house of God”?
“For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” – 1 Peter 4:17
What Peter is declaring, and many other passages in the New Testament support this, is that during the Church Age, God’s judgment is primarily purposed for the maturation / perfecting of individual believers.
God’s intentions are to purify those who are in Christ and present them to His Son before He judges those individuals who have rejected Him (Rev 20:11–15) after the Church Age. But there is no mention here of God judging nations.
There are no passages stating that nations will be judged by God during the present church age. None. God judged nations under the Old Covenant and He will judge them in the future. But the focus of God’s eternal plan is His Church; and the importance of physical nations pale in comparison.
Who are the individuals that God’s forsaking Wrath is being poured out on in Romans chapter 1?
Where the would-be-prophets might appear to have it right, (and here’s where it gets tricky) is that many individuals who are responsible for the consequential wrath of God being poured out on our nation are occupying church pews on Sunday mornings. Scripture twisting has led countless people to believe in either a hyper-grace or prosperity versions of the gospel that lacks repentance and submission to His Lordship, or a works-based one that diminishes the all-sufficiency of Christ’s atonement. As a tragic result, many who think they’re saved today are not, because they have followed a different gospel which, according to scripture, is no gospel at all.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. – Gal 1:6-7
On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ – Matt 7:22
It is true that the evil days that are upon us are because of man’s sin, and horribly, many who believe they are in Christ but are not and still remain in that sin. Brothers and sisters, these unfortunate souls are not the church.
Trickier yet, the physicalized nationalism of Dispensationalism has worked its way into the minds and hearts of even true believers. Remember God’s letter to the church at Thyatira? God commended the church for their service, faith, patience and works, but the people had allowed Jezebel to teach and seduce God’s servants. Jezebel is traditionally pictured as a sexual, controlling woman, or the spirit of witchcraft (originating in the story of the wife of King Ahab, in 1 Kings 16:31). Jezebel is a high ranking, evil spirit, who, according to Rev 2:20, caused God’s servants to commit fornication and eat things served to idols. The spiritual significance of immorality and eating the fruit of idol worship is a study in itself, but it can be symbolically seen as God’s true people who are allowing false teachings.
Nationalism brings its own judgment. By encouraging believers to trust in the arm of flesh for deliverance, it deprives them of walking in the supernatural fullness of God (Eph 3:19). And with Dispensationalism’s post-millennial 1000-year earthly reign, it is setting believers up for the greatest deception of all time.
I’m devastated about what’s happening to our beautiful country! But it’s also important to keep in mind that scripture tells us these days (and all trials) are brought upon us and upon the earth for our perfecting and in order for His glory to be revealed. – Ezek 38:16
“Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” – Luke 21:28
Are hard times and persecution coming? I think the writing is on the wall. But is it God’s wrath being poured out on his children, those for whom Jesus for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame? – Heb 12:2 Those who are His royal priesthood… the light of the world in which we shine like stars? – Matt 15:14, Phillipians 2:15 We find no support for that view in New Testament scripture.
But the subject of coming persecution brings up more questions for the 10 spies of our time. All I hear is fear and more fear from these people! All I see is people talking about giants instead of our King! The Bible contains at least 365 verses warning us not to fear. And what a contrast all that fear is to the joyful response to trials found in the New Testament!
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds” – James 1:2
Where is faith and hope in the Word of God?
Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” – Luke 18:8b
Where is the joy?
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. – John 16:33
To conclude, I’ll leave you with some Greek lexicon support.
- Judge (krino) or a derivative is used 182 times in the New Testament. In no instance does this word refer to judging nations in the Church Age.
- Nations (ethnos) with 168 occurrences, is never used in the New Testament in the context of judgment.
- Repentance (metanoia) is never used to speak of nations. In other words, no nation during the Church Age is ever called to repent—whereas individuals are.