Folks! America has ALWAYS been vulnerable to the evil of this world! But through most of it's life as a free country that was based on Biblical law and principle - a country that was willing to support Israel and a country free enough & willing to produce Bibles, preachers & missionaries publish His words across the nation and out into the world, America has been protected from this evil by God Himself.
America has always appeared to be immune from the major disasters, war and destruction involving huge numbers of people and large masses of property that always seemed to happen to 'other' countries in the world - "never to us".
Unfortunately over the years, because of this
successful yet spoiled lifestyle as a nation that God describes as supposing
that gain is godliness I Timothy 6:5,
America has developed such a pride to the point that it now seems Pride
goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs
16:18. Because thou sayest, I am
rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not
that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
3:17. America has become a nation
with such riches that the word of God has become choked to the point that
most spiritually grown fruit can not even come to perfection as it is preached
in Luke 8:14
I fear America has gone about it's life as a nation the same way as the Israelites. In early America, Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. God truly blessed early America and has protected this country for many years - years when we were always so vulnerable to destruction and terrorism within our free and trusting society based on Biblical liberty. But as time has gone by for America, They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: How quickly Americans have forgotten the true God with the actual words of God published and preached freely in this country. We are now living in the "type" of verse 14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. Psalm 106:12-14
As Christian Beleivers, we know we should desire God's ways and not our own. We know we should be looking to go down HIS paths, not ours. It seems that today, only a few are asking, "What are God's ways? Where are God's ways? Where is His path? How do we see to travel down His path?" (I believe more will be asking that soon - as more of our vulnerability produces more terrorism and fear in our country.)
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light
unto my path.
The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
Sound good? Of course! Makes sense to us, amen!
But then people run across this verse: All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. Psalm 25:10 And this one: John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. People get confused - so then they just go their own ways.
Question: What ARE God's ways?
Answer: God's words! God's written words!
God's "ways" are shown to us by God's "words" given to us by "Jesus Christ" - John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me - through the "Holy Spirit!" John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 16:13,14 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
God reminds us in Isaiah 55:8,9 that my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
God also reminds us in Romans 11:33 that His ways are past us finding out on our own! O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! We need to be shown by God Himself. II Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. We must trust - have faith - believe His words to be His words and He will guide us with HIS words - His light - down His path. (not OUR words down OUR path!)
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. I Corinthians 2:9-14
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.
This verse has almost totally disappeared from America! With Jehudi's penknife (Jeremiah 36:23), this verse has been taken out from every English translation on the market since 1800. God has the verse preserved for us today in the KJV1611 in spite of the wretched, disgusting, miserable, rotten, apostate work of apostate Fundamentalists who talk about "the historic fundamentals of the faith" along with all of their scholarship hooey!
Laying aside all of the "more accurate versions" which "better bring out the meaning of the original," depositing all "readable translations" that "preserve the essential fundamental doctrines of the faith," and dumping all "qualified, recognized, Fundamentalist scholars," let us look at the rarest thing on earth today: THE HOLY BIBLE.
This is all summed up in one word: "STUDY."
And yes, I have even found the materials of a few people who took dividing to heart, but who wrongly divided it!
A simple presentation is as follows:
Because they are of their father, the devil and that has been his plan all along!
See The Ecumenical Movement to see America's self designed response to create a new WAY that they ignorantly & blindly believe is the true way TO God, BY God and FOR God. Unfortunately for them, For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. Isaiah 55:8,9.
Right Division is an absolute essential for understanding the word of truth and the words of truth, and without study, such a thing is an impossibility!
The results of this wrongly dividing is profane
and vain babblings which we are to shun!
Why? For they will increase unto more ungodliness ... But
shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
Ah, but there are even more warnings which we should take heed!
I Timothy 1:4 - Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
I Timothy 1:6,7 - From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
I Timothy 6:4-5 - He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
"Canker" is like a CANCER. To grow corrupt; to decay, or waste away
by means of any noxious cause
It "eats you up" - it destroys you!
James 5:1-3 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.).
Hymenaeus and Philetus represent the teaching called "A-MILLENNIALISM" which is taught in OUR SUNDAY VISITOR, an official Roman Catholic publication. If the Catholics teach it, then everyone eventually learns it that way because on that wide worlds path, ALL roads lead to Rome. The teaching is simple: the FIRST resurrection of Revelation 20:4-5 is not in the future; it is in the past.
Since, obviously, several million bodies did not come up in the past, the resurrection has to be allegorized; it is to be Spiritualized. "THE FIRST RESURRECTION" is spiritual. This leaves only one resurrection with a general, final, "last judgment" ahead. It also forces the allegorizer to spiritualize the "a thousand years" that separate these resurrections (Rev. 20:1-6), and thus places CHRISTIANS ON THRONES NOW (SPIRITUALLY), REIGNING NOW (SPIRITUALLY). Thus, the Vatican wants to rule physically!
In the Bible, such people are turned over to Satan "for
the destruction of the flesh" I
Timothy 1:20 Of whom is Hymenaeus
and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not
I Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.) because they "overthrow the faith of some" (v. 18).
The first resurrection of Revelation 20:2-5
is a physical resurrection and it is future, and it is NOT the second resurrection
(which is also future - Revelation 20:11-15).
You do know that there are actually seven resurrections, don't you?
Now THAT is rightly dividing the word of truth! (Matthew
27:52; Romans 1:4; Ephesians 2:1-6; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Matthew 24:31;
Ezekiel 37; Revelation 20:12).
And all America would have to do would be to rightly divide that King
Such a simple solution to a serious problem!