Journal of James Hartline

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Prophetic Insights For The Last Days -- Remembering Jonah: How America's Pastors Have Run From Confronting Evil

In The Classroom Of James Hartline
March 20, 2007

- Prophetic Insights For The Last Days -

Remembering Jonah:
How America's Pastors Have Run From Confronting Evil
Caused The American Church To Be Thrown
Into The Coming Catastrophic Storm
Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah, the son of Amittai, saying,
"Arise, go to Nineveh, the great city, and cry against it; for its wickedness
has come up before me." But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish
from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found
a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thererof, and went down to it,
to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
Jonah 1:1-3

But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty
tempest in the sea, so that the ship was likely to be broken. Then the mariners
were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth wares that were
in the ship into the sea, to lighten it.
Jonah 1:4-5a

But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship;
and he lay, and was fast asleep.
Jonah 1:5b

Over the last several years I have had dozens of prophetic dreams from the Lord where He has shown me great disasters occurring in various locations in the United States. In many of these dreams, I have learned of dark spiritual forces that operate in the unseen world. There is a spiritual realm where demonic beings plot and plan to harm humanity by accessing spiritual breaches created by corrupt human beings. In fact, God is very clear about the existence of such places and our relationship to them. Remember, in Paul's letter to the Ephesians, the apostle documents such places:

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Ephesians 6:12

If God is so concerned with our earthly affairs and the decisions we are making, then shouldn't we also be as concerned? It has never been the will of God that we allow evil to prevail. In fact, the Bible says that Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil: "But when people keep up sinning, it shows they belong to the Devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy these works of the Devil." 1 John 3:8. It is not God's will either, that we end up being controlled or destroyed by evil governmental or political leaders. Considering that millions of Christian leaders in America pray, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven," how have we ended up with so many anti-christian bureaucrats controlling this nation?

God describes the Christian Church with many dynamic definitions and concepts. We are the Body of Christ. We are the Bride of Christ. We are the Warriors for Christ upon this earth. We are heaven's ambassadors. We are also His flock. As His flock, we are assigned shepherds. The assignments of the shepherds, also known as pastors, are wide and varied. Most importantly, the pastors are the guardians of the flocks of Christ. If there are wolves or evil agendas coming against the church, it is the responsibility of the pastors to stand up and confront these evil threats. The Bible describes false shepherds as those who see evil coming and they retreat, leaving their vulnerable flocks to be devoured by the wolves:

"He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep,
sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees,
and the wolf snatches them and scatters them."
John 10:12

There is overwhelming evidence that the American Church is being devoured by wolves. The Reverend Ted Haggard is the perfect example of a pastor, engulfed in perversion, who allowed his flock to be devoured by a world looking to destroy the effectiveness of those representing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Who is responsible for addressing the corruptive political forces that are demoralizing this nation? Who does God appoint as His representatives with the responsibility of standing up against those who are driving God's purposes from the public square? I think the Bible gives us some very clear and effective answers to these questions. Let us take a journey back in time to visit the story of the Prophet Jonah and we will find a most interesting comparison to God's dealings with the ancient City of Nineveh and our own distressing political situations in America.

We need to look no further then the Biblical account of Jonah to find an example which perfectly describes the current display by America's pastors and their epidemic apathy towards the sin in this nation. Like Jonah, American pastors have been given a prophetic assignment. They have accepted and professed God as the Lord Most High. With that assignment comes marching orders. God told Jonah: "Arise, go to Nineveh, the great city, and cry against it; for its wickedness has come up before me." God has not changed, nor have His commands. Like Jonah of old, pastors today have been commanded by God to go speak out against the wickedness in their respective communities.

One of the clearest examples of the gross apathy of today's pastoral leaders towards our many cultural problems was seen in 2004 during the battle to save the Mt. Soledad Cross. The ACLU and their anti-christian attorney had been seeking to tear this cross down for nearly two decades. Mission Valley Christian Fellowship, a large homeless church in San Diego, California, held a rally the night before the November 1, 2004 election to save the cross that sits atop this famous veteran's war memorial. Despite sending out thousands of invitations to the 1,700 pastors in San Diego, only four pastors showed up for the rally (

Recently, I personally sent out thousands of requests to local Christians to stand with me at a board meeting of the San Diego Unified School District in the hopes of stopping a local elementary school from marching young minors in the annual pornographic gay pride parade ( Dozens of local pastors were among the recipients of my request. It was a heartbreaking time when no local pastors showed up at the meeting to speak up for protecting the kids. I think there is no greater sign in America that we are in the Laodicean Church period. I really don't know how San Diego pastors sleep at night as they collect their big paychecks while they do nothing about the sexualization of children in the San Diego Gay Pride Parade and Festival.

- Coping With Pastoral Abandonment -

When I was a little boy, I was one of the most perplexing students that my teachers had ever come across. So perplexing, in fact, that my parents were repeatedly called in for parent-teacher conferences. My brother, who preceded me by one year, was a straight-A student. Additionally, he was rewarded with those same A's for conduct and citizenship. My sister who was a year younger than me, did just as well as my brother. This is why my teachers had such a hard time figuring me out. Oh, I got the good grades, just like my siblings, but my conduct and citizenship received the annual "F" because I was always fighting or getting in trouble. My parents always told my teachers that they had no idea why my behavior was so different from that of my brother and sister. Eventually, the truth came out, and school leaders learned that my mom had been abusing and beating me everyday, which inturn triggered my outbursts at school.

Eventually, juvenile authorities in Carson City, Nevada placed me in a group children's home to get me away from my abusive mother. During my stay at the children's home I began to runaway and steal. This led to my placement in the Nevada Youth Training Center. While there, my family simply moved to another state. They never said they were abandoning me. They just left and moved away. In my greatest hour of need, those who should have cared about my young and troubled life simply abandoned me. I learned at a very young age to readily identify abandonment.

My memories of having a family that abandoned me in my most dire moment has given me an easily identifiable example of today's church leaders who are abandoning our grievously troubled culture. In epidemic fashion, our pastors have left far too few Christians to take on the evil people who are destroying our nation. These pastors will not make waves. They will not engage the moral conflicts being ignited by radical pro-homosexual and pro-abortion activists. America is drowning in a cesspool of immorality and the thousands of well-paid pastors in America will not throw us any life preservers. I know this abandonment well. God experienced abandonment as well, when He commanded Jonah to go and speak out against the wickedness of Nineveh. Jonah simply moved away from God's assignment and basically told God, "Love the title, but not the trouble. See you later."

Today's pastors are well aware of the great wickedness that has swept across America like a violent and evil wind storm. These pastors have accepted payment from their churches to be spokesmen for the cause of Christ. Pastors have nice homes, nice cars, vacations, paid medical bills, all the result of accepting paid positions with their respective churches. God says, "Okay, now that you have been paid, go speak to the wicked culture what My word says." Instead of following the Lord's commandment to go and make public stands for righteousness, the pastors in America simply refuse to say anything. They won't go to their respective city councils. They won't go to their local school boards. They won't go to the street corner, nor to the train or bus stations. No, these pastors are far too busy to be bothered with that. What was Jonah's response to the Lord's commandment to go and speak out in Nineveh against that city's great wickedness?

But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord,
and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish:
so he paid the fare thererof, and went down to it,
to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
Jonah 1:1-3

There is no doubt that we Christians are suffering because the pastors will not speak out against the moral rot that is destroying our nation. We are being broken because the pastors in this nation are too busy to go to their respective city and government officials and speak out against the immorality that is destroying our nation. We Christians are being beaten down while our pastors have their nice cars, their nice homes and their lovely vacations. Our nation is burning under the tyranny of a vocal and aggressive anti-christian army. It is easy for these pastors to speak of such dire matters in the comfort of their congregations where there is no opposition. Such opposition would not be tolerated in most churches. In fact, in most congregations if you demand that your pastor go and speak out at the local city council, he would probably instruct you to leave the church. Recently, I was actually threatened by one San Diego ministry leader because I was exposing the financial corruption at one large East San Diego County Church.

Look at what happened when Jonah ran from the Lord and His order to go to Nineveh:

But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty
tempest in the sea, so that the ship was likely to be broken. Then the mariners
were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth wares that were
in the ship into the sea, to lighten it.
Jonah 1:4-5a

We know that we are never going to return to the self-confident days of pre-911. Nothing will ever be the same again. We are in the last days and these are dark days. Yet, by the complacent attitudes of most Christians, you would never think that we are in such dire straits. From one end of this nation to the other, coast to coast, state by state, radical homosexual activists are engaged in a relentless war to seize the minds of this nation's children. The response of most pastors to this national nightmare: they have banned any mention from their pulpits of the issue of homosexuality or the gay agenda's war against our children. This year, nearly two million babies will be butchered in the wombs of American women. The response of most pastors: they have banned from the pulpit any mention of abortion or Planned Parenthood's vile corporate agenda. On issue after issue, the pastors in this nation have waved a putrid white flag that offers up no resistance to the forces of evil that have made America the world's largest exporter of perversion, pornography and child abuse. Recently, a group of pastors did find the time, however, to speak out against global warming (

In one dream that I had about five years ago, I saw a terrible storm strike the place where I was speaking. Everything was destroyed. Outside of the destroyed building I was standing and encouraging a steady stream of men who were coming out of the rubble. Not to belabor all of the details of this dream, I will say that I know that this dream represents a terrible thing that is coming upon the church. I know some of us will survive the catastrophe. But it will be a time of great hardship. We must take heed from the story of Jonah and how God dealt with this prophet's refusal to follow through with his assignment:

"Now the Lord prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah.
And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights."
Jonah 1:17

None of us have wanted our churches to go through distress. We all want prosperity and expanded ministries, great Christian schools and preaching halls. But the pastors have given God no choice. They will not comply with God's simple demands to go out and speak to the ungodliness that is destroying our nation. So, like Jonah, we are about to see the great humiliation of the American Church. We will suffer. We will be swallowed up in the belly of a great beast. It is not want any of us have wanted. None of us want to suffer needless pain. But the pastors will not listen. And thus, we all are going to suffer for it.

What Do We Do Now?

The Bible says that when Jonah got fed up with being in the belly of that tortuous fish, he finally humbled himself and cried out to God:

Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish's belly,
and said, "I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord,
and He heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I and thou heardest my voice."
Jonah 1:1-2

Eventually, Jonah obeyed and went to Nineveh. As a result of Jonah's fine preaching, Nineveh humbled itself and mass repentence for its great sins occurred. The sins of Nineveh were horrific. Mass killers, abortion, sexual immorality, rampant crime and child abuse were all public practices of the Assyrian culture. Nineveh was Assyria's capitol. Imagine combining the evil of Jeffrey Dahmer with the Taliban, NAMBLA's pedophilia and San Francisco's homosexual agenda, and you would have a semblance of Nineveh's cultural profile. Despite the hopeless carnality that controlled the minds of Nineveh's citizens, the annointing that God had placed upon Jonah was strong enough to bring the entire city to repentance. This is exactly what God is asking of the pastors in America. God wants the pastors of America to rise up and make a public and united call to this nation to repent.

Will the pastors of America heed the demands of God? We can only pray they do. But should the pastors continue to refuse, then we must prepare for the hard times to come. We who know the will of God for this nation must move ever closer to God. We must hear from the Lord in this dark hour. When the storm comes we must be prepared to suffer. We must also believe that God will humble these pastors, and in the midst of the suffering, they will come to God and finally agree to stand in the public square and cry out against America's great evil leaders and their sins. Remember Jonah. Remember Jonah. Remember Jonah.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Prophetic Insights For The Last Days: The Sleep Of Death - How The Lukewarm American Church Will Be Destroyed If It Doesn't Wake Up

In The Classroom Of James Hartline
Prophetic Insights For The Last Days
March 12, 2007

The Sleep of Death:
How The Lukewarm American Church
Will Be Destroyed If It Doesn't Wake Up

"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,
I will spew thee out of My mouth. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:
be zealous therefore and repent."
Revelation 3:16,20

I have authored hundreds of Bible studies and other related writings all with one goal in mind: to inform Christians about the troubles in our culture and hopefully motivate them to do something about it. The work of being a Christian activist is really a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it is gratifying to know that I am doing what God has commanded me to do. However, on the other hand it is a painful calling. When Jesus proclaimed, "Many are called but few are chosen," I don't think most believers fully appreciate His words or the high cost that must be paid by those who are called to stand in the gap for Christ in our culture.

With so many threats regularly launched against me by my opponents, as well as the great physical pain and exhaustion that comes with my assignment, it is a particularly painful blow to my spirit when so many church leaders close their ears to my cries for help in this battle to save our nation. I have cried out against the abuse of our youth by homosexual and lesbian activists, and rarely do the pastors ever respond. For many years now, I have regularly gone to the San Diego City Council to represent God's people by speaking out on issues of moral significance. I send thousands of emails out requesting that Christians stand with me during these city council meetings. Rarely, do I get more than ten people who will stand with me on issues like child abuse and pornography. There is nothing that has troubled my spirit more than the recurrent apathy that seems to have a death grip on the American Christian church. Why is this? What has created the soil from which this root of oblivious apathy has sprung up in western Christianity?

The prophet Isaiah provides a keen answer to this tragic mindset:

"For the Lord has poured over you a spirit of deep sleep,
He has shut your eyes, the prophets;
And He has covered your heads, the seers."
Isaiah 29:10

Why would the Lord do such a thing? Why would He pour out such a spirit of blindness and apathy over our leadership? Look how Isaiah answers this perplexing dilemma:

"Then the Lord said, 'Because this people draw near with their words
And honor Me with their lip service,
But they remove their hearts far from Me,
And their reverence for Me consists of traditions learned by memory and repetition.' "
Isaiah 29:13

Why is this so important to me? Why am I so concerned with the superficiality of church leaders and the apathy of those that follow their instructions? Because I have a love for my fellow Christians that will not allow me to give them over to the coming destruction of our culture. You see, there is not a day that goes by that I do not feel the devil's breath being exhaled into his unholy plans for this nation. In hundreds of dreams from the Lord over the last eight years, God has permitted me to see satan's blueprints for this country and the church. Satan has an unholy scheme for this nation and he is hatching it. It is coming. It is something so terrible and so vile, that it causes me to freeze in a consuming contemplation over our future.

The other day as I was praying and fasting, I asked the Lord, "Am I on the right course Lord, for hardly anyone will listen to me?" That night, God revealed to me through a dream, "Stay the course, you are doing what I have required of you." There was some solice for me in God's response. However, there was little comfort for me with the awareness that the American Christian church is, in reality, comatose. Truly, the American church as created its own "separation of church and state" mindset, where the pastors don't mess with the culture and they don't encourage their followers to make waves either. As a result, we are completely vulnerable to the impending catastrophes that are sure to come.

- A Prophetic Revelation Of The Coming Catastrophe -

Nearly three years ago, I received a prophetic dream from the Lord that has troubled me ever since. It was a vision of something terrible that is gathering energy in America. For all general purposes, what I saw was the construction of an evil, anti-christ system being built while the church sat idly by watching. Let me describe this dream for you:

-- I could see inside of a gigantic construction project. It was the largest structure I have ever seen, more massive than a football stadium. At the peripheral of the structure, lining the outer walls, were bleachers on which individuals were just sitting and watching the structure as it was being constructed. All of sudden I heard a voice shout, "Show me how it works." Then all of the exits and entrances to the structure were closed with no escape. The spectators began to panic and run around looking for a way of escape. Out of nowhere came these horrible gigantic guards who began to round up all of the spectators who had been sitting and watching the construction of this gigantic structure. The spectators were forced to get in a line. Each one of spectators was brought before a judgment table and asked by the judge to give an account for themselves. None could give any justifiable explanation for their passivity and their inaction over the building of this gigantic structure. It then appeared that each spectator was judged and found guilty. --

I have spent the last three years seeking God for an answer to this vision. It has been a great burden upon my mind and upon my soul as to what I saw in that dream. I have asked God many times, "Who were these spectators?" "Why were they so passive, so apathetic, so uninvolved while this structure was being built?" And I have asked God many times, "What is this gigantic structure?" As time has gone on, God has given me answers in varying degrees of revelation. The answers are as troubling for me as was the vision.

The "Too Comfortable" Church

For the past six years, I have been actively fighting to save the City of San Diego from its own corruption and moral pollution. I have exposed corrupt politicians who falsely claim to be Christians just to win the Christian vote. I have fought with our city government to shut down pornographic businesses located right across from elementary schools. And I have stood against radical homosexual activists who are seducing our young kids into sexual anarchy. Yet, the most difficult aspect in these battles has not been the wicked forces which are seeking to destroy our city. The hardest part has been the extreme apathy of pastors and those who follow their example. I believe that the spectators which I saw in the vision are the apathetic Christians and pastors who refuse to engage the culture and the moral catastrophes that are routinely being launched in America. One of the clearest signs that this is true can be seen while reading the various ministry lists within most churches. One look at most church websites and you will find almost no evidence for local evangelism or local missionary training programs.

While advocates for homosexuality are on an insidious march, pulpits throughout America are deadly silent on the matter. While nearly two million babies will be aborted this year, most church websites are completely void of any mention of the abortion issue. Most studies reveal that over 1/3 of all pastors are struggling with pornography. Yet, there is almost no mention on any church website of this moral debacle. I believe this terrible display of silence and apathy was manifested in the vision God gave to me. He showed me that these were the spectators who were sitting and silently watching the construction of this gigantic anti-christ system.

Literally, the comatose Christian church in the United States has sat idly by while our nation has been completely overrun with evil. We have sat by and watched as this anti-christ system has been constructed without any interference. How is this possbile? How can we have 90% of this nation claiming to be Christian, yet, our country has been completely polluted by the greatest moral rot in the history of humanity?

Applying sound theological standards, the Bible astutely calls the person who is lukewarm in their Christianity to be in great sin. Read what Jesus said to the Apostle John when speaking of the lukewarm church in Laodicea:

"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,
I will spew thee out of My mouth. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:
be zealous therefore and repent."
Revelation 3:16,20

This is truly a profound matter according to the Lord. Think about this: Jesus, the Master, is telling the lukewarm Christian to repent. How do we define this state of lukewarmness: the condition of the soul wretchedly fluctuating between torpor and a fervour of love. The implication of being in a state of torpor is very serious. Torpor means to be apathetic or in a state of hibernation. If we can consider what this means for an active Devil and his evil minions, then we can certainly begin to understand why God considers the Chrisitan who is lukewarm to be in great sin. Diruna torpor is when creatures 'deep sleep' for only part of a day. Examples of Diruna torpor are bats, the California pocket mouse and the dormouse who 'sleep' (are dormant) during the daytime but are active at night. I know alot of Christians who are like this: they are dormant when it comes to making a stand in the culture for our values, but they are extremely active when promoting their favorite sports teams and movies. One of the most horrific fruits from this travesty of torpor Christianity was seen in the recent 2006 elections, when millions of Christians helped to reelect pro-abortion, pro-homosexual Governor Arnold Schwarznegger, yet they refused to vote for Prop. 85, the Parental Notification Initiative.

Look at what Jesus said about the Laodicean Church:

"Because thou sayest, "I am rich, and increased with goods,
and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou are wretched,
and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked."
Revelation 3:17

The Coming Church Catastrophe

I believe that the dream I had of the gigantic structure being built was a prophetic vision of a coming catastrophe for the American church. The Christians were mere spectators while that structure was being built. I believe that the structure being built was the current anti-christian system that has taken over major parts of this nation. It has consumed the political system. It has taken over the educational system. And it is being weaved into the church as well. Eventually, it will be fully activated and there will be nowhere for us to turn when it comes after us. It will be triggered in a moment, and like Nazi Germany, it will begin to terrorize God's people in ways that we cannot even fathom.

The Apostle Paul warns the church at Thessalonica about this terrible time. He identifies the circumstances that would be pervasive leading up to this evil period. Read what Paul says and tremble:

"For when they shall say, 'Peace and safety; then sudden destruction
cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child;
and they shall not escape.' "
1 Thessalonians 5:3

This is why Jesus considers it such a sin to be in this passive and apathetic state. When Christ has appointed us to be warriors on His behalf, God considers it to be a most foul thing for Christians to be appeasers with the ungodly culture. All of the modern day American church that is preaching a rancid gospel where we avoid all trouble, is the opposite of everything that Christ and the Apostles Paul and John preached. Instead of attacking the devil and his works, the "can't we all just get along" crowd is holding cute seminars on diet, marriage and wealth building.

Paul goes on to emphatically demand that the Thessalonians stay on the alert. He commands this young church to stay awake so that they would not be caught up in the Day of the Lord and all of its implied disasters:

"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you
as a thief. You are all the children of light, and the children of the day:
We are not of the night, nor of the darkness.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-5

Oh, how the Lord warned me in the vision of the Christians who were nothing more than mere spectators during the construction of this anti-christ system. Is it not so in today's world? Isn't the church nothing more than spectators in this ungodly world? It just seems that the church is watching the world become darker and darker, as if they are watching a movie, a video, like the Left Behind series. Who is leading the multitude of Christians to act this way? If there is someone in our church who is commiting adultery or reading pornography, would we not confront them and demand that they repent? Yet, the pastors in America, for the most part, are leading their flocks to look at the corruption in the government and the perversion in the culture and do nothing more then sit on their hands and remain silent.

Is this how the Apostle Paul instructed us to conduct ourselves. I say, "No!" Look at what the Apostle Paul said regarding our attitude and mental alertness:

"Therefore, let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober."
1 Thessalonians 5:6

I believe if the Apostle Paul were alive today, he would be the first one to stand with me at the San Diego City Council or the school board when I ask Christians and their pastors to stand with me to fight the gross immorality and child abuse that is rampant in our culture. Yet, I can tell you, that there are pastors in San Diego who have actually threatened me for my constant petitions to get their church members involved in my various civic protests. There are even pastors in San Diego who have used their pulpits to mock me and fight against me in the battle that God has called me to.

It is extremely important to take a closer look at the word watch that the Apostle Paul uses in 1 Thessalonians 5:6. Look at how this word is defined:

Watch - Greek (gregoreou)
1) to watch
2) metaph. give strict attention to, be cautious, active
a) to take heed lest through remission and indolence some destructive calamity suddenly overtake one
a) to arouse from sleep, to awake
b) to arouse from the sleep of death, to recall the dead to life
c) to cause to rise from a seat or bed etc.

I have spent many hours crying out to God that He would somehow move to awaken the church before it is too late. I can see the coming disaster. I have seen the coming storm. No matter how unjust the pastors have treated me, I cannot give up. No matter how I have been tormented by the apathy of most Christians, I cannot leave the course that God has set before me. I cannot bear the thought of quitting on God. Nor, can I wish or desire that any of my brothers and sisters go through the terror that the devil is seeking to unleash upon our nation.

Oh, Christian will you wake up? I am begging you to wake up. Do not think that you are going to avoid the catastrophes that are rapidly approaching. They are coming. I have seen them in my dreams. I have seen them in my visions. They are coming.

We will now come to a most serious question in this study: Is God willing to intervene? I know He is. Why does the Lord show me the coming disasters? Does it really matter who He shows divine things to? God shows His dreams and visions to whomever He wishes. I just happen to be one of many who are recepients of God's flowing Spirit and revelations.

Hopefully, after reading this Bible study, you the Christian reader will take a more intimate look at 2 Chronicles 7:14:

"If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves,
and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

Amazingly, the grace of God is even extended to the unbelieving nation. If they will repent, then God will relent and withhold His promised judgment. Remember the story of the Prophet Jonah and the city of Nineveh? God told Jonah, "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me." Like many of today's church leaders, Jonah did not want to speak out against the evil of Nineveh. In fact, Jonah ran from his assignment, just like many today are doing. After repenting of his own disobedience to God, Jonah finally obeyed and went to Nineveh where he cried out against the sin of that vile city. Heeding Jonah's warning of impending judgment, Nineveh humbled itself and repented:

"And Jonah began to enter into the city, a day's journey, and he cried, and said,
'Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown.' So the people of Nineveh
believed God and repented, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth,
from the greatest of them even to the least of them."
If we could find a city today that looked like Nineveh we would find a city replete with the terrorism of al-qaeda and the sexual immorality of San Francisco--combined! That is how evil Nineveh was. Yet, they repented after hearing the preaching of Jonah. And look at the merciful response of God to Nineveh's humility and repentance:

"And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way;
And God repented of the evil, that He said that He would do unto them,
and He did not do it."

If Nineveh can do it, can't we in America? I pray so. I pray so. Will the American church rise up and take the mantle of Jonah? Will the American Christian, from San Diego to San Francisco, from New York to Miami, rise up and cry out like Jonah did? Or will we continue to remain neutral and spiritually neutered? Will we remain silent until God's judgment is unleashed? Hopefully, those that read this Bible study will be provoked to move from the status of spectator to that of active leader in our battle to save this nation.

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