Connecting the Dots — Ancient prophecy gives warning and hope to nation that presents man’s precepts as God’s – by Bill Wilson, KIN Senior Analyst – www.watch.org
An ancient prophecy of Isaiah appears to be a type and shadow of today’s America that gives both warning to those who do not follow God and hope to the remnant that stays faithful. Writing more than 2,700 years ago, the prophet Isaiah used the example of Ariel, another name for Jerusalem, to identify the cause and effect of a nation adopting man’s version of righteousness and wisdom and presenting it as if it were God’s.
The prophecy describes the actions of a nation nearly identical to that of the United States where emergent church and political leaders have twisted the word of God and are teaching the doctrines of man as if they were God’s.
Isaiah 29:10-13 (NKJV) says that the leaders have entered a deep spiritual sleep and the Lord "has closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers has he covered. … And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, ‘Read this, I pray thee’: and he says, ‘I cannot; for it is sealed’; and the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, ‘Read this, I pray thee’: and he says, ‘I am not learned.’ Wherefore the Lord said, ‘For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men."
As politicians use the words of God to justify killing the preborn and give special rights to homosexuals — and the people are going along with it — these are times where God’s word appears sealed.
And when highly touted church leaders are preaching a watered-down gospel where there is no sin and God’s commandments are mixed with other religions to find common ground for the common good, God’s word is sealed to those who seek to promote their own concepts as God’s.
The Lord says in Isaiah 29:3, "And I will camp against thee around about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee." Is this not what has happened to America?
Islam has laid siege to our children and our finances. Russia and its allies are raising forts against us. Our enemies are camped around us.
But the Lord promises the faithful, "Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people … for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid … And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness … They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine."
Ephesians 6:19 tells us how to be instruments of God in this day: "that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel."