(By Ricky Scaparo) Jeremiah 2:4-8 – Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: “What injustice have your fathers found in Me, That they have gone far from Me, Have followed idols, And have become idolaters? Neither did they say, ‘Where is the Lord, Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, Through a land of deserts and pits, Through a land of drought and the shadow of death, Through a land that no one crossed And where no one dwelt?’ I brought you into a bountiful country, To eat its fruit and its goodness. But when you entered, you defiled My land And made My heritage an abomination. The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’ And those who handle the law did not know Me; The rulers also transgressed against Me; The prophets prophesied by Baal, And walked after things that do not profit.
For the next few moments, I want to share with you an interesting parallel that I am clearly seeing unfold in America that was taking place in the time of Jeremiah the prophet’s day that resulted in the judgment of God coming upon the Nation. There were five things that were taking place in the nation that was revealed to the prophet concerning the Land.
1 – The people turned from God to Idols – The first thing we see in the passage above is that the people quickly turned from the one true God. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to foreign gods and began to worship them instead. America is not the same Country it was even fifty years ago. There was a time prayer, and Bible reading was normal in public schools, and there was such a fear and reverence of God from his people. However, just as In Jeremiah’s day, there were many false gods that were worshiped such as Asherah, Baal, Molech, Ashtaroth and the list goes on. Today in America we are considered a “Melting Pot” of all kinds of religions that bring with them their gods. Unfortunately, all the other false gods are welcomed, but the one true God is being pushed out. As a result, the people’s hearts have waxed cold, and the fear of God is vanishing among his people. This will certainly have consequences that will follow, and I believe we have already seen taken place. You see in Jeremiah Chapter One he tells us that as a result of this the Nation’s fortified walls and gates that protect it will become breached, and her enemies will be given access to destroy that Nation. I believe the beginning of this breach for America was September 11, 2001, When the Nation was breached by one the worse terror attacks ever on us soil. Also as a result of the abandonment of the true God we are seeing a huge increase of idolatry to fill the gap. A recent article by Michael Snyder really highlighted this as he talked about Witchcraft, Islam And Humanism that are filling the spiritual void left by the dying Church resulting in a dramatic spiritual paradigm shift is taking place in the western world.
Deuteronomy 28:52 – “They shall besiege you at all your gates until your high and fortified walls, in which you trust, come down throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you at all your gates throughout all your land which the Lord your God has given you. Leviticus 26: 17 – I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies.
Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you.
2 – You defiled My land And made My heritage an abomination. – When people begin to lose their fear of God and turn to idolatry, they will ultimately find themselves embracing practices that are considered an abomination to the Lord. This is exactly what was happening in Jeremiah’s day.
Jeremiah 2:11-13 – Has a nation changed its gods, Which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory
For what does not profit. Be astonished, O heavens, at this, And be horribly afraid; Be very desolate,” says the Lord. “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Today we are seeing God’s people embrace, condone and approve of all kinds of practices and lifestyles that were and still are considered to be an abomination according to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. It’s one thing when the world is walking in darkness and is ignorant to the truth, but it’s a different story when those who call themselves believers and disciples of the Lord are presenting a false witness and leading others astray. We are called to be a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,- Romans 2:19. Remember King Solomon, the wisest man in the entire Bible? He made a crucial mistake when he embraced over a thousand wives with their own gods. As a result of this, it turned his heart from the true God and resulted in confusion and apathy. I’m afraid that we see the land defiled with the shedding of innocent blood and sexual perversions and abominations that have brought a spirit of confusion upon the Nation just as in the day of Jeremiah.
Deuteronomy 28:20 – “The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me.
3 – The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’ And those who handle the law did not know Me – As I stated above it’s one thing for the world to be bound by darkness and blinded by Satan but what happens when the Pastors who are supposed to be leading their flocks have no relationship with God and are ignorant of God’s word? For example, how can a pastor of a church stand behind the pulpit and endorse and promote a politician who condones and leads the Nation in abortion? How do we see Church after Church from different denominations across America embracing a sin that is called an abomination from the Word of God? Recently I reported a story where, Despite the fact that the Bible defines sex outside of marriage as “Fornication” and “Sin”, Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan, a married mother of three and associate pastor for ministry with families at Union Church of Hinsdale in Illinois, says single Christians can have sex as long as it’s “mutually pleasurable and affirming.” Where are the leaders that are calling for prayer, fasting, and repentance? They are almost dinosaurs today. There is still a remnant that is searching for the shepherds that will lead their flocks with a heart after the Lord and are standing for righteousness in this hour.
4 – The rulers also transgressed against Me – Now we shift from the Church for a moment to the leaders of the Nation. From the Congress to the President we see more corruption in leadership than at any time in my lifetime. I could spend a long time giving example after example of transgressions coming from our Nation’s leadership ranging from Abortion to forcing laws to accept abominations in public schools and even the worship and embrace of false gods. This reminds me of the examples in the Word of God. During the time of Elijah, he dealt with the wicked leadership of King Ahab and Jezebel. Moses dealt with Pharoah; John dealt with Herod, and the list goes on. When the rulers of the nations became wicked, it paved the way for the prophets of the Lord to rise up and bring swift correction. This leads us to the final point.
5 – The prophets prophesied by Baal – We live in a time today where it seems like everyone is a “Prophet.” But when one examines the work of a prophet it may not be the case. I recently wrote an article about this you may want to check out. When the people turn from God and begin to embrace idolatry they will begin to despise correction and truth. This was the case in Isaiah’s day when he said:
Isaiah 30:9-11 – That this is a rebellious people, Lying children, Children who will not hear the law of the Lord;
Who say to the seers, “Do not see,” And to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us right things; Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits. Get out of the way, Turn aside from the path, Cause the Holy One of Israel To cease from before us.”
Sadly in the time of Jeremiah the true prophets of God became the minority and not the majority. This caused a massive increase of “False Prophets” that rose up and deceived the people. These prophets were following the god of Baal and not the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Such was the case in the time of Elijah. The real prophets were being persecuted by the leadership of Ahab and Jezebel forcing them into hiding while the False Prophets were thriving and eating from the table of Jezebel. Elijah, the true prophet of God, confronted the wicked leaders and resulted in a confrontation at Mount Carmel. Then there is the story of the prophet of Micaiah who was kept in a prison during the reign of Jehoshaphat. During a time of war with Syria the King consulted with the false prophets whether he should go to battle or not?
1 Kings 22: 6-7 – Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall I go against Ramoth Gilead to fight, or shall I refrain?” So they said, “Go up, for the Lord will deliver it into the hand of the king.” And Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not still a prophet of the Lord here, that we may inquire of Him?”
The response of the false prophets was good and not negative however the king then decided to enquire of the true prophet of God that was in prison and eating at the table with the other “prophets.” – 8 So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the Lord; but I hate him because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.” Notice the King hated the true prophet of God because he always spoke “Negative” and what the King didn’t want to hear. So the King was told to gather the men and go to the dungeon and bring up the Prophet. As the men came up with Micaiah, they warned him to agree with all the other prophets and say something “Good” and not “Evil.” However, the prophet feared God more than man and gave the King the true Word from the Lord!
19 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left. 20 And the Lord said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner. 21 Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ 22 The Lord said to him, ‘In what way?’ So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the Lord said, ‘You shall persuade him, and also prevail. Go out and do so.’ 23 Therefore look! The Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours, and the Lord has declared disaster against you.”
It’s time for the true prophets of God to come out of hiding and declare “Thus sayeth the Lord” without the fear of man! It’s time for the prophets to stop eating at the table of Jezebel and start eating at the table of the Lord. America is filled with the prophets of Baal in Churches, Christian television and on the Internet. They are giving the people smooth things and never speak anything negative or anything that makes the people uncomfortable. it’s time repent, restore and rebuild!