When the Boughs Break

From this site: https://www.icr.org/article/12849/When+the+Boughs+Break

July 4, 2021
When the Boughs Break
“When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favor.” (Isaiah 27:11)

Like a mighty tree towering over the forest, God raises up a mighty nation from time to time, with a great leader, to accomplish some purpose in the divine plan. He “hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation” (Acts 17:26).

But when that nation and its leaders become proud, and its people become lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, it becomes like a tree whose branches wither and whose core becomes riddled with insect-caused decay. Finally, the boughs break, the kingdom will fall, and down will come that nation, its leaders and all!

That happened even to God’s chosen nation, Israel, though only for a time, since God’s promises cannot fail. One after another, the mighty nations that God used to chastise His wayward people—Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Rome, etc.—have in turn been judged for their own rebellion against the God who “made them” and “formed them.” God has warned that “the wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17).

Is that about to happen to our beloved USA as well? The signs of self-seeking power and pride among our leaders and moral decay and spiritual rebellion among our people are widespread and growing worse. Our prayer should be that of the ancient prophet. “O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years,…in wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:2). “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” (Psalm 85:6). HMM

8 thoughts on “When the Boughs Break

  1. I agree that the U.S. is in a great spiritual dive, straight down. We need to occupy until He returns but it is hard not to be discouraged at times. I have read the end of the book and Jesus is triumphant, but the getting to the end may prove to be even more difficult as more turn to their own wicked ways.

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  2. Interestingly, unless Daniel’s “ships of Kittim” (or in the NIV, “the ships of the western coastlands” [Daniel 11:30]) refers to the Americas, there is no reference to the western hemisphere in the Bible. This suggests that the Americas will have little to do with world events at the end of the age. Even now, China is initiating a digital currency, that once in effect, will likely become the world’s reserve currency, displacing the US dollar. Habakkuk’s prayer is mine, also, “In wrath, remember mercy.”

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