Immediately after Isaiah’s prophecy see Isaiah 40:1-2, another prophecy was issued in verse three. It was foretold that in the future a man would arrive encouraging the Jews to prepare the way of the Lord. His name was John the Baptist. Through his prophecy the Jews were given specific instructions. “Make straight in the desert a highway for our God,” Isaiah 40:3. That statement served as a map for the future. Allowing the Jews to identify with that statement because they have had a history of God requiring service from them. But this time, way in the future, they would be asked to serve the cause of Christ, after embracing him as their Messianic Savior. On all fronts, most Jews have rejected that prophecy from Isaiah. By refusing to embrace Jesus as the atonement for their personal and collective sins as a nation. And thus, unable to serve the cause of Jesus. The Gospel of John sums up their reaction this way. “He came unto his own, and his own received him not, John 1:11. An unfortunate and horrible declaration for any person or nation to have to bear. Don’t let it be said about you, as a modern day Jew or Gentile or for the nation that you reside in.
Jesus himself had this reaction to the whole Jewish affair. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that killed the prophets, and stoned them, who were sent to you.” Despite their behavior Jesus pitied them by saying, “How often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” Matthew 23:37. Because of their rejection once again, the double punishment from Isaiah 40:2, seems to continue.
This time Jesus declares, “See your house is left desolate!” Matthew 23:38. There is no greater tragedy for a nation or an individual than to be deserted by God. And every such tragedy has great consequences. And it’s playing out on the world stage today. And even more so for those Jews, who will have to experience Israel once again as a ravaged land. A highway not made straight for prosperity from both the spiritual and mundane perspective.
History moves on with the torch being passed onto Christians. When Jesus said, “For I say unto you, you shall not see me henceforth, till you shall say blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord,” Matthew 23:39.That statement is his personal announcement concerning his second advent to our earth. The teaching here is far more complex because it sets the stage for our Christian responsibility. Which returns us to the book of Isaiah because the Jews failed to make straight in the desert the highway for our God. The world is a desert; despite her varied appearances that suggest to most, that it’s not so. The question that must be answered, are we Christians within the United States willing to prepare the way for our God?
Think in these terms from Isaiah 40:4. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain, and the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it,” Isaiah 40:4-5. Meaning God will end this blemish upon his creation with or without the involvement of Christian America. All flesh will see the glory of the LORD. With its accompanying consequences. Stepping up for God, has its own special blessings. God would rather that it be that way, as opposed to the consequences for taking the path of the Jews.
Consequences must be understood in terms of righteousness as spelled out through out the Bible. And it will play out in catastrophic ways for Israel, and the world community of nations. No nation, or its people will be exempt from all its accompanying consequences for failed acts of righteousness.
Christendom needs to know the varied and complex mixtures of Judaism, Christianity and Islam as world forces. Those three religions at this particular time in our history will determine the worlds future. All other history on our modern world stage is just peripheral history which represents fall out from what’s really going on between Jews, Christians and Muslims.
These history makers are really irrelevant noise makers. That infamous peacemaking quartet made up of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia. And the, emerging power house from the East, China. Because nation states, and their diplomats have self serving agendas, that aren’t even close to God’s preordained agenda for successful diplomacy. They simply do not understand this 21st century paradigm. Especially as it relates to the Middle East and its Islamic problem. Because their diplomacy is absent the only solution, bless Israel!
That’s what the Middle East peeace negotiations must be about. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, must insist that peace must be about finding ways to bless Israel. And President Donald Trump, must use his bully pulpit to reaffirm that message. God gave the United States that responsibility through the prophet Jeremiah. God did not call that declaration pulpit bullying, but used the expression, “hammer of the earth,” Jeremiah 50:23. The United States is God’s hammer of the earth making wrongs right. As God’s daughter of Babylon, perhaps she will fare better than did Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian empire.
The United States, was chosen by God to assume responsibility for Israel’s failures. And was designated by divine selection to be His, “battle-ax and weapons of war.” For with you, I will break the nations in pieces; with you I will destroy kingdoms,” Jeremiah 51:20. Who has broken more kingdoms of evil than the United States? Answer none! But in her second most important task, the United States may fail. Which is to broker peace for Israel, through the formula God provided. Her first task of importance is recorded in Revelation 14:6, recorded as, “…, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth. To every nation, tribe, tongue and people.” The perfect formula for peace between the Palestinians and Israel.
Perhaps the United States is the worlds second most hated nation in the world, after Israel. If the United States fails Israel. The worlds hatred for the United States will be released, when God releases his vengeance through the evils of Islam. It could be said that God has a shared grudge against Israel and the United States. That grudge has been inflicted upon Israel a number of times, but nevertheless she’ll endure another severe beating before she returns to that Hen forever, who had promised to take Israel under Her wings for enduring protection. This time Israel will not refuse. Ending centuries of suffering for the worlds most punished people.Â Which one would think, would have caught the attention of the nations. That it’s not wise to get on the bad side of God. Which is especially true for the United States because she had a spiritual birth, as the bearer of responsibility to make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
God has been merciful to the United States punishing her in ways not noticeable by most. But not seriously enough, to put her statehood in danger. That’s about to change for several reasons, but primarily for not standing with Israel against the Arab/Persian/Muslim world.
God has provided his hammer of the earth; His battle-ax with superior weapons to destroy her multiple adversaries. Her most powerful weapon is contained in the words of Genesis 12:3, ‘bless Israel.’ Starting with her war for independence against Great Britain and ending with with the second world war. Including her war with herself that ended the barbarianism of slavery. And some other skirmishers along the way, like the destruction of the iron curtain. But its mostly been down hill adventures since then, as the United States lost its God given and directed spiritual responsibilities. Today the United States is so far removed from that spiritual responsibility that it seems inevitable that the following will be her fate. For thus says the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, “They shall hold the bow and the lance. They are cruel and shall not show mercy. Their voice shall roar like the sea. They shall ride on horses, set in array like a man for battle. Against you, daughter of Babylon, modern day America.” Jeremiah 50:42.