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When Iniquity Is Full

But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. (Genesis 15:16)

After calling Abraham from Ur of the Chaldees, God promised to give the land of the Amorites (Canaan) to his descendants. Abraham asked for assurance which God gave by devouring Abraham’s sacrifice in a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp (Genesis 15:8-17).  The Lord explained that the growing nation of Israel would prosper for 400 years, though in cruel bondage in Egypt (Genesis 15:13-15).  God promised to also judge and punish Egypt for her cruelty to Abraham’s seed. (Genesis 15:14; Proverbs 14:31,32).

Everything belongs to God, even animals and land on which men dwell. (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 50:10-12).  The land of God’s promise to Abraham’s descendants was occupied by seven nations who would be destroyed for their hateful iniquity. (Deuteronomy 7:1-10; Acts 13:17-19).  By metonymy the Amorites are put for those seven nations in Genesis 15:16.  The sins of the Amorites had not yet become so great that God would destroy them from off His land.  The Lord’s longsuffering and unwillingness to destroy the righteous with the wicked (Genesis 18:23) allowed these nations to continue to exist for a few more centuries.  In Abraham’s lifetime God would judge other wicked people such as those of the cities of the plain (Genesis 18:16-23; 19:24,25).  Lot’s family was warned to flee Sodom lest they be consumed in the iniquity of the city (Genesis 19:15).  Every nation will answer to God who also grants it power to exist.  There is no power but of God (John 19:11; Romans 13:1).

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. The king’s favor is toward a wise ser vant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame (Proverbs 14:34-35).

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God (Psalm 9:17).

 Some have questioned how a good God could order the nations of Canaan to be destroyed and the land given to Israel.  The answer is that wickedness had become so entrenched in them, that God’s mercy and longsuffering had been expended.  He executed judgment upon them. Israel was only given the land on this condition.  God is a merciful, longsuffering Savior, but one day He will also be judge, jury, and executioner of unrepentant sinners.

The point at which iniquity so saturates a nation that God judges and destroys it is determined in the longsuffering but just heart of God.  He is the judge of all (Hebrews 12:23), including nations (Psalms 67:4; 82:8).

Once in the days of Noah, God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  After much striving with man to repent, He destroyed the world with a flood (Genesis 6:5-8; 1 Peter 3:19-21).  After the flood, Noah and his family were given the earth to populate and possess.  He was not unrighteous to give Noah’s faithful family what He had taken from Adam’s unfaithful sons.  The wicked and slothful one-talent-man had his talent taken and given to another (Matthew 25:28).  The fleshly nation of Israel had God’s name taken away and His name given to righteous men of the nations (Isaiah 65:15; Acts 11:26).  Many examples of this just judgment of God are found throughout the Scriptures.

Are you living faithfully before God?  Are you contributing righteousness that calls and (for a time) grants sinners time to repent and turn to God?  Sin matters. Immorality or iniquity in society matter also.  When iniquity is full, God is just in His judgment and we can be assured His mercy has been sufficiently applied.  Are you living to fill up the cup of wrath or helping family, friends and your world drink of the Lord’s mercy?      HJS

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Is There Prophecy In The Bible Concerning The Beginning And End Of The United States of America?

The short answer to this question is “no”.  Yet, one would be best to study the Scripture personally and comb through it again and again to see that there is no direct reference to the U.S.  The Bible is a finite book, therefore if one would read and study all of it, one would be able to know what is in it as well as what is not.  When a matter not revealed in the Bible is taught, it is merely the fantasy of men and not to be feared.  However when men speculate on things not found in Scripture it is a very perilous practice.

 

What should one do when one is disturbed by men predicting or teaching anything?  Like the Bereans we ought to search the Scriptures to see if it is so (Acts 17:11).  There have always been those who have taught things that the Bible and God’s word never authorized.  The serpent lied in the garden of Eden, saying Eve could disobey God and not fear death (Genesis 3:4-6).  Hananiah the prophet, died the same year he prophesied that the Babylonian captivity would end after two years.  He spoke what God had never authorized (Jeremiah 28).  The Lord warned Israel not to fear nor listen to prophets who spoke things that He never said would come to pass (Deuteronomy 18 :18-22). However the Bible does provide us all things necessary for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

 

Without question principles of the Bible and religions of forefather were the basis of the formation of our nation.  Coinage, founding documents and principles reveal a trust in God’s existence and providence.  While founding fathers referenced the Bible again and again, the Bible does not address the founding nor a demise of the United States of America.

 

The Bible does address matters that pertain to every country including our own. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).  Many nations are mentioned and direct prophesies are made concerning them, such as Israel, Judah, Assyria, Babylon, The Roman Empire and so on.  They have come and gone, showing that God rules in the kingdoms of men (Daniel 4:17,25,32; 5:21).  Jehovah is indeed, the “King of Nations” (Jeremiah 10:7).  But there is not one prophecy directed specifically toward the United States, nor any modern kingdom since the Roman Empire.

 

We should have a concern for the nation we have been blessed with by God. We should protect and work to keep it in a position of blessing.  Of greater importance to each individual should be his own soul and practice of God’s righteousness (Matthew 6:33).  Ignorance of the soul, righteousness and judgment will not save a man from his own sins. (Romans 1:16,17; 10:1-3). There is a greater law by which all of every nation shall be judged (John 12:48). HJS

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