I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. Revelation 13:11.
One nation, and only one, meets the specifications of this prophecy; it points unmistakably to the United States of America.
Here is a striking figure of the rise and growth of our own nation. And the lamb-like horns, emblems or innocence and gentleness, well represent the character of our government, as expressed in its two fundamental principles, Republicanism and Protestantism.
The Lord has done more for the United States than for any other country upon which the sun shines. Here He provided an asylum for His people, where they could worship Him according to the dictates of conscience. Here Christianity has progressed in its purity. The life-giving doctrine of the one Mediator between God and man has been freely taught. God designed that this country should ever remain free for all people to worship Him in accordance with the dictates of conscience. He designed that its civil institutions, in their expansive productions, should represent the freedom of gospel privileges.
But the enemy of all righteousness has designs upon God’s purpose for this country. He will bring in enterprises that will lead men to forget that there is a God. Worldliness and covetousness, which is idolatry, will prevail through the working of the archdeceiver, till the law of God, in all its bearings, shall be made void.
I have been shown that Satan is stealing a march upon us. The law of God, through the agency of Satan, is to be made void. In our land of boasted freedom, religious liberty will come to an end.
When our nation, in its legislative councils, shall enact laws to bind the consciences of men in regard to their religious privileges, enforcing Sunday observance, and bringing oppressive power to bear against those who keep the seventh-day Sabbath, the law of God will, to all intents and purposes, be made void in our land; and national apostasy will be followed by national ruin.
Maranatha p. 193
—–please pray for my daughter and her children. also pray for Tim that the Lord would heal him and the he will have the desire to go back to his wife who misses him very much. and pray that I can get the roof fixed before et he next rain storm hits. God is so good all the time. pray for Sherri who I met last week at grief recovery she lost her husband 7 months ago and is in so much pain of losing him. M
—–update—Thank you to everyone who is praying and thinking of Jerry. . . . He is amazed at how many people think of him and pray for him. He was doing pretty good yesterday. The doctor said they will be doing another blood culture in a few days to see if the antibiotics are working. . . . He has a way to go and is weak but getting great care. Lesley
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When great earthquakes, tsunamis, fire, flood, hurricanes, or tornadoes strike, how often we hear people call it an “act of God.” How sad that we are accusing the wrong source. The book of Job forever answers the question as to the true source of disasters. Satan is “the prince of the power of the air.” Eph 2:2 Jesus often called him the “prince of this world.” He rebuked the Pharisees when they were falsely accusing Him, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 12:31; 8:44 Here is the answer: The devil is a liar. He takes the blame away from himself by accusing God of these things.
Because of the evil one’s lies, so many have a distorted view of their Great Creator and Redeemer. They think He is severe and angry with us continually. They picture Him as looking down upon the earth and watching for reasons punish us, to destroy us, to make us miserable. He is not like that at all. He assures us, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” Jer 29:11; Isa 49:15,16
“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Ps 103:8-12 “God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) Eph 2:4 “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16,17
May we see God as He really is—loving and kind, just and fair, the Giver of all true happiness and goodness. May we never accuse Him for what the devil does. May we respond to His great heart of love and serve Him gladly through all our days is my prayer.