Know the Future? What should you do for Love of Country?
“From my Cold dead hands,” Charleston Heston once famously said. Many Americans feel the same way and see America as “The Last Best Hope of man on Earth,” just like Ronald Reagan. For Christians who believe the Bible and are patriots, there is more to be considered than raw courage and seemingly righteous determination. What do you do when you know the future is not going to happen exactly as you would like?
I was recently thinking about Jeremiah the prophet. He was a patriot and loved his country. He also knew what God was going to do to it for disobedience. Most of the prophets in his day were false and prophesied what they deeply from the heart wanted to happen. How do you tell your King and the people you love that your nation will be destroyed? How do you say but if you give yourself up God will allow you to stay in the land and not destroy it? What should American Christians who understand last day prophecies do in light of what we know will happen? Will you be believed? Remember the Prophet Hananiah, who right in the face of Jeremiah prophesied a good future for the Jewish nation?
(Jeremiah chapter 28)
Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet, which was of Gibeon, spoke unto me in the house of YHVH, in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying,
2 This speaks YHVH of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.
3 Within two full years will I bring again into this place all the vessels of YHVH'S house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon:
4 And I will bring again to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah, that went into Babylon, says YHVH: for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.
5 Then the prophet Jeremiah said unto the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests, and in the presence of all the people that stood in the house of YHVH,
6 Even the prophet Jeremiah said, Amen: YHVH do so:
If you are king, whom do you believe? One seems to bring wonderful news and the word spoken by Jeremiah seemed all gloom and doom as shown in Chapter 14, below.
8 O the hope of Israel, the savior thereof in time of trouble, why should you be as a stranger in the land, and as a traveling man that turns aside to tarry for a night?
9 Why should you be as a man astonished, as a mighty man that cannot save? Yet you, O YHVH, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name; leave us not.
10 ¶ Thus says YHVH unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore YHVH doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.
11 Then said YHVH unto me, Pray not for this people for their good.
12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.
13 Then said I, Ah, YHVH GOD! Behold, the prophets say unto them, ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.
14 Then YHVH said unto me, the prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
15 Therefore thus says YHVH concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; by sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.
16 And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them.