The Harbinger captured the attention of more than 1 million people this year with its prophetic warning to America. But the book's ongoing implications should be the real concern behind this profound revelation.
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What happens when a nation ignores God's warnings and the call to return to Him? What happens to nations that actually return to God?
Regardless of how much the world mocks Christians for believing that God's Word is absolute truth, there are biblical principles and patterns concerning the judgment or redemption of nations--and this revelation holds profound meaning for America.
I wrote about these principles in The Harbinger, a prophetic wake-up call for America released in January 2012 that has since sold more than 1 million copies. The message has obviously resonated with people from all walks of life (it spent the entire year on the New York Times best-seller list), yet there is far more to this continuing story.
It begins more than 2,700 years ago, when God repeatedly called ancient Israel to return to Him after the people He birthed opted to turn away from their God. The very words of the Torah, spoken through Moses to their ancestors in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28, were His first call and His foretelling future calamity if they failed to repent. When the people of Israel's northern kingdom ignored those words, God sent His prophets to confront them face-to-face with their transgressions.
Even then the people and their leaders refused to listen, hardening their hearts to His message and persecuting the messengers. God finally allowed Israel's enemies to breach His protective hedge around the nation. Though the subsequent damage was significant, it was limited--proving that even in judgment God was calling the nation to wake up, turn from its self-destructive course and be reconciled to Him.
Israel's defiant answer to God's final call is found in Isaiah 9:10: "The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars." Despite being in ruins, Israel vowed to rebuild itself stronger than ever--and without God.
Verse 11 describes the beginning of the tragic consequences of that defiance, the nation's progression to judgment: "Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and spur his enemies on."
The answer continues in the verses that follow: "And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still. ... The land is burned up. ... What will you do in the day of punishment, and in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help?" (Is. 9:12, 19; 10:3).
Thus, Isaiah 9:10 leads to a prophecy of national destruction, fulfilled when the Assyrians returned, laid siege for three years and destroyed the northern kingdom in 722 B.C., and exiled its people.
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SOURCE: Charisma News