Will the armies of Allah be the rod of God’s wrath against America?
Historically and legally, there are three ways in which the political control of land is acquired or transferred: conquest, purchase, or settlement. Sovereign control is transferred when one nation settles the land (America’s westward expansion), buys it (Louisiana purchase), or wins it in war (southwestern United States).
However, the Scriptures make it clear that nations can morally forfeit the right to maintain sovereign control over their own territory through savagery, superstition, and sexual debauchery. When a nation indulges in such practices long enough, God intervenes in judgement, usually by bringing a stronger nation in to transfer control of the land through conquest.
In the ancient tradition of the Hebrews, God declared to Abraham that the land of Canaan would one day belong to his descendants. But the transfer of land to his heirs could not happen for 400 years, for one simple reason: “[T]he iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete” (Gen. 15:16).
The Amorites, or Canaanite peoples, practiced one moral abomination after another, whether incest, adultery, sexual immorality, homosexuality, bestiality or child sacrifice, and God finally said “Enough!”
By the time he brought Joshua and the warriors of the nascent nation of Israel to the borders of Canaan, he had already been patient with the native tribes for 400 years, waiting for them to come to the place of repentance for their socially and spiritually degrading practices.
His patience was not rewarded, and finally the day came when their sin had reached its full measure. The slop bucket was full, and it was time to empty it out. Israel under Joshua was God’s custodian to empty the bucket and start over.
God explained that because of the “abomination(s)” of the indigenous Canaanite tribes, the land had become unclean and “vomited out its inhabitants (Lev. 18:25),” as if the soil itself had been made physically sick through moral toxicity. Time eventually ran out for the Canaanites, because they filled up the full measure of their iniquity.
God warned the ancient nation of Israel not to lapse into the abominable practices of the native peoples “lest the land vomit you out...as it vomited out the nation that was before you” (Lev. 18:28). Israel could suffer the same fate for the same reasons.
America in 2014 is as guilty of “abominations” as the people of Canaan. We have the blood of 56 million babies on our hands through abortion. We have normalized sexual immorality, adultery, and homosexuality, all horrors in the eyes of God, and are witnessing a surge in incest, pedophilia, bestiality and even necrophilia in our midst.
We have welcomed the worship of pagan gods into our land, and have insisted that our people adjust to their traditions, beliefs and practices rather than the other way round. The slop bucket is filling up.
The key to our national security is not a bigger military but repentance. It is our sin which has made us vulnerable, because through it we are forfeiting any claim on God’s protection for our land. Only our repentance can make us strong again.
We can empty the slop bucket through repentance or the day will come when God will empty it for us.
And perhaps the pagan armies of Allah will be the rod of God’s wrath on the United States today, as the pagan armies of ancient Babylon were the rod of his wrath in the days of Ezekiel.
Thomas Jefferson wrote at the time of the Founding, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” It is long past time for all of us to tremble once again.