The nation was in deep trouble.
She had strayed far away from her amazing beginning. Almighty God had given her a prescribed territory and miraculously defeated her enemies.
Through the God anointed leadership of Moses, Joshua, Prophet Samuel, and King David the infant nation had been delivered from 400 years of slavery to becoming a powerful and prosperous nation that was the envy of the Queen of Sheba.
Those days were long past.
- Her economy was in trouble from three and half years of drought.
- The king was a weak leader given to fits of self-pity.
- The king and the queen were idol worshipers leading the nation away from Almighty God.
- The culture was in a moral free-fall.
- Marriage was dishonored and same sex relationships were common and accepted.
- Violence was on the rise and surrounding nations, that were part of super-powers, were threatening.
Suddenly, a bold and fearless prophet, under the calling of Almighty God, stepped onto the scene.
His name was Elijah and he was despised by the king and the queen. They also feared him. They hated him for his bold preaching of repentance, renouncing their idols, and seeking reconciliation with the Living God.
The nation of Israel was in a major spiritual crisis that led them into the moral depravity.
They were serving three primary deities.
King Ahab was a worshiper of Baal and led the nation to worship his favorite idol.
The name “Baal” means master or lord. He was the primary deity, called “lord of heaven and earth” and “rider of the clouds.” He controlled the weather and was the god of fertility.
His image was a very powerful warrior, symbolized as a bull. Sacrifices and offerings were made to Baal to bring bountiful harvests and an increase in calving.
In other words, Baal was the god of prosperity.
The second idol of their culture was Asherah, the wife of Baal.
Queen Jezebel was the priestess of Asherah, the goddess of fertility. She was very sensuous with many temple prostitutes, both female and male, encouraging a promiscuous lifestyle, for greater fertility and prosperity.
The third idol of Israel was Moloch – also spelled Molech – meaning the king or the lord.
The idol had the head of a bull with a human body. Its arms were outstretched as if holding something. Indeed, those arms held the lives of children.
Moloch was made so he could hold a fire inside and he was hungry for child sacrifice.
Families would bring their children and place them in the arms of Moloch to appease the anger of the idol and to gain his favor.
Israel’s worship of Baal led them to the worship Asherah and the embracing of her sensuous culture. The worship Asherah in turn led them to worship of Moloch and the sacrifice of their children.
When the prophet Elijah first stepped onto the scene he announced a drought was about to take place for three and one-half years.
At the end of those years the prophet called the king, the people of Israel, and the prophets of Baal to meet him on the infamous Mount Carmel.
When everyone arrived, Elijah boldly proclaimed, “How long will you halt between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him. But if Baal be god then follow him.”
The people remained silent.
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Then he challenged the prophets of Baal. “Let’s build two altars; one to Baal and one to Almighty God. You prepare a sacrifice to your god but put no fire on it. I will build a sacrifice to Almighty God and put no fire on it. The God who answers by fire, He will be God!”
The prophets of Baal accepted the challenge.
They called on their god from morning to evening. There was no answer. They cut themselves in sacrifice to Baal and cried out but there was no answer.
At the time evening sacrifice, Elijah rebuilt the altar of Almighty God. He prepared the sacrifice and soaked it with water, until the trench around the altar was filled to over flowing.
He prayed an earnest prayer of just sixty-five words. Fire fell from Heaven and consumed the sacrifice.
Almighty God had shown Himself to be the one true living God.
People living in America desperately need to know the one true Living God!
The United States of America is the second nation in all human history to be founded in covenant with Almighty God.
Some have questioned that truth.
Others have openly debunked it and advocated, were they merely deists using Christian rhetoric.
Look at some of the words of The Mayflower Compact.
“In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten… by the grace of God… having undertaken for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith and honor of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God, and of one another, covenant and combine ourselves into a civil body politic…”
Now look at some of the words from The Declaration of Independence:
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions… And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
John Adams, the second President of the United States, one of the signers of The Declaration of Independence wrote these words to Thomas Jefferson, the author of The Declaration of Independence.
“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” (Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson)
These men knew exactly what they were doing, in establishing a new nation, in covenant with Almighty God.
The colonies and the United States received the favor of Almighty God for establishing this nation in covenant with him.
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The colonists living in the Plymouth Settlement enjoyed over fifty years of peace with the Native Americans.
They signed a treaty with Chief Massasoit and the Wampanoag Indians that remained in harmony and peace for those years, until warriors from other Indian nations broke the treaty.
The favor of God was greatly revealed throughout the War of Independence as miracle after miracle brought victory to the Revolutionary Army over the most power army and navy in the world, at that time.
God made the United States the most prosperous nation on the earth with the greatest liberty known to mankind.
These men and women were not perfect. Mistakes were made, some of them huge mistakes, like the slavery issue.
But, as men and women humbled themselves to Almighty God, revival after revival came and those mistakes were corrected.
The philosophy of the Enlightenment was transported across the Atlantic Ocean and fully embraced by many of the education centers of America.
Progressive ideology began to infiltrate center of higher learning, the hearts and minds of philosophers and political leaders.
It began to influence our government and the judicial systems.
The Supreme Court removed public prayer from the schools of America, June 25, 1963.
That was quickly followed by an 8 to 1 decision of the same court removing Bible reading from the public schools.
Curiously, not a single Christian organization filed a brief in favor of supporting school prayer and Bible reading, so the case went virtually uncontested.
A decade later, January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court made a ruling that legalized abortion.
June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.
As our progressive leaders have removed God from the public arena they have instituted moral changes that Almighty God calls an abomination.
America Has Embraced These Three Ancient Idols
America has embraced the same three idols Israel had embraced.
1. The god of prosperity
The god of prosperity has dominated our culture.
We worship financial prosperity above all else.
The passion for prosperity has led the wife and mothers out of the home into the work force to sustain a higher standard of living.
This has opened the door feminism and the worship of feminine deity; giving way the goddess of fertility, the sex goddess.
2. The goddess of sex
As America has given herself to the worship of prosperity and the goddess of sex, she has embraced the worship Moloch by legalizing the sacrifice of our pre-born children so it would not interrupt our pursuit of prosperity and pleasure.
3. The god of abortion
America is at the same place as Israel. “How long will you halt between two opinions? If Baal – prosperity be god, serve him.
If the Lord Jesus Christ be God, then serve Him.”
The only hope for the church in America is to rebuild the altar of the Living God. Then place ourselves upon it, as a living sacrifice, so His holy fire can consume our lives.
Then the nation will know, “The Lord, He is God!”
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