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Characteristics of A Nation in the Woe of God

Israel was chosen by God after all the nations of the world betrayed Him. All the known nations of the world went after other gods. Moses speaks about this when he states,

Remember the days of old;
    consider the years of many generations;
ask your father, and he will show you,
    your elders, and they will tell you.
When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,
    when he divided mankind,
he fixed the borders of the peoples
    according to the number of the sons of God. 

Deuteronomy 32:7-8 (ESV)

This is an insight into what took place back during the times of the Tower of Babel. This was God divorcing the nations and placing them under the control of gods; I am not sure if each nation had a god or if there were gods assigned per region, but we are talking about multiple gods spread around the entire world. Those gods also betrayed God and they made themselves the focus of the nation’s worship. In his article “I Dare you not to be Bored with the Bible” Dr. Heiser helps us understand this portion of humanity’s history,

Deuteronomy 32:8 is a textbook example of how later scribes sometimes changed the biblical text in a misguided attempt to “protect” God’s reputation. Other parts of Deuteronomy were also changed by scribes (e.g., 32:43). When you line up the Dead Sea Scroll reading with the Masoretic Text—the traditional Hebrew text most English translations are based upon—you can see that the original was altered.

Notice that Deuteronomy 32:43 in the Dead Sea Scrolls has three poetic pairings. Since it’s a poetic section, symmetry is not only important, it’s expected. The Masoretic Text reading has removed or altered parts of two of the pairings. The first, as in Deuteronomy 32:8, eliminates references to other divine beings (“sons of God” in 32:8; “heavenly ones” and “gods” in 32:43). At some point, a scribe thought this reference to other gods was theologically offensive. The first line of the final pairing was removed because someone hating God was also offensive.

God, of course, doesn’t need to be protected by a zealous scribe or anyone else. Israel’s doctrine was that Yahweh was unique and above all other divine beings (Pss 29:189:5–7). In a severe judgment, the nations at Babel were disinherited by Yahweh and given over to the administration of other gods (Deut 4:19–2032:8), whose actions would be judged by the God of Israel (Psa 82:16). This paved the way for God to create a new people, Israel, in the very next chapter of Genesis. And ironically, it was through Abraham’s seed that the disinherited nations would be reclaimed (Gen 12:1–3).[1]

Israel was supposed to be the source of blessing to the entire world. In Genesis 12:1-4 God tells Abraham,“Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (English Standard Version) 

Sadly, Israel also betrayed God. If you continue to read Deuteronomy 32 Moses tells the entire story. Prophet Zephaniah describes perfectly the moral and spiritual condition of a nation that has turned its back on God. This was the condition of Israel as she was betraying God, and this was her condition that led to God also divorcing Israel. This is also the condition of many cities and nations around the world today. 

Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled,
    the oppressing city!
She listens to no voice;
    she accepts no correction.
She does not trust in the Lord;
    she does not draw near to her God.

Her officials within her
    are roaring lions;
her judges are evening wolves
    that leave nothing till the morning.
Her prophets are fickle, treacherous men;
her priests profane what is holy;
    they do violence to the law.

Zephaniah 3:1-4 (ESV)

Characteristics of A Nation in the Woe of God

  1. Filled with people who are rebellious against God.
  2. Filled with corruption.   
  3. Filled with oppressors. 
  4. Filled with people who do not listen to God.
  5. Filled with people who do not accept correction.
  6. Filled with people who do not trust God.
  7. Filled with people who Do not seek God; people who do not see a need to have a relationship with him.
  8. Filled with corrupt politicians. 
  9. Filled with a corrupt judicial system; a system that shows favoritism.
  10. Filled with indecisive, weak, and unfaithful prophets. 
  11. Filled with blasphemous and violent priests.

The Lord is showing me that this is the condition of the USA today. It is not the only nation with these characteristics but is the most influential one. I want to make clear that God did not and will not give up on Israel and, God did not and will not give up on the nations. There is a remanent, chosen people that God will rescue from Israel and all the nations of the world. The Great Commission commissions the church to “Go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19). However, we can’t ignore the warnings; we can’t ignore that there will be a judgment coming. Being a Jew or from any nation does not give you an automatic ticket to heaven, some are condemned to the Lake of Fire. 

For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. Jude 1:4 (NIV)

Beloved, every nation in the world has betrayed God that is including Israel and, yes, the United States of America. Every nation is in the woe of God; the world is not going to get any better; nobody will change the world; the world is destined to the terrifying judgment and wrath of God. But God has provided a rescue mission through his Son Jesus Christ. 

If these words are touching your heart; if you feel His love; if you find yourself in tears you may be one of the elects. No matter where you are from, no matter how poor or rich your family is, no matter your education, no matter the shame of your past, no matter your failures, no matter if you live in the ghettoes of the world or palaces. God is calling and choosing you for this amazing redemption. 

If that, is you, I am witting this prayer for you to read out loud. The prayer will not save you; the prayer reflects what God already did in your heart. If that is you, write to me, and I will disciple you personally; we will use technology to do so, FaceTime, Zoom, etc. 

“Jesus, I repent of my sins. I thank you for your mercy, and for choosing me for this precious gift of salvation. Help me to grow, I want to be a disciple and learn all your ways. Change me, transform me, and deliver me from all the areas in my life where I have been bound by demonic forces. Holy Spirit guide me into all truth and make me free… In Jesus’ name… Amen!” 

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, believing with all your heart, please send me a message, and let’s start the discipleship process. 

[1] This article is excerpted from Dr. Heiser’s book I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible.

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