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I emphatically state that the nation Israel was God’s chosen people; but more than that, they are an example to the rest of the nation’s of the world.  Both a blessing and a curse, a blessing for those who do God’s will, and a curse against ANY nation (including Israel) that does not.

In the last part of Dueteronomy, God appears to Moses in the tabernacle set up in the midst of Israel’s camp.  Moses has just instructed the Priest’s (Levi) to read at the end of every 7 years, in the Temple, the Law of the Lord.  He states:

[Deuteronomy 31:11] – “When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.

{31:12} Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that [is] within thy gates,  that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of  this law:

{31:13} And [that] their children, which have not known [any thing,] may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.”

However, the Lord God then immediately calls Moses into the Tabernacle and speaks to Moses, words that I am sure he had no idea were coming:

[Dueteronomy 31:16] – ” And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go [to be] among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.

{31:17} Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day. Are not these evils come upon us, because our God [is] not among us?

{31:18} And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.

{31:19} Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of  Israel.
{31:20} For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.

{31:21} And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their  imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I sware.

Moses, awe-struck (I am sure) about God saying the Israelites WILL (not May) go whoring after the god’s of the land he will bring them into (Israel), then states to the Priests:

[Deuteronomy 31:26] – “Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.

{31:27} For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?

{31:28} Gather unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their  ears, and call heaven and earth to record against them.

{31:29} For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt [yourselves,] and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the  LORD, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.”

So, these verse’s prove beyond any doubt, that the Lord does the following things:

a.  Blesses nation’s that follow HIM.

b.  Curses nations that once followed Him and turned away to the evil ways of those around them.

c.  Is no respector of people when judgement is decreed.

d.  Has used Israel as an example for all nations to look upon and learn from.

We in the United States should stop fooling ourselves into believing that we are a nation under God’s divine providence.  It may have been that way at one time (though I would dispute that), but I would argue there is no appreciable difference between our actions and the actions of all “empires” of the past.  If WE do something evil, it is rationalized away.  If the “Bad” nation(s) do something, it is like they are Satan himself.

As Christian’s, we hold to one thing and one thing only – God and Jesus Christ.  We are to be SUBJECT to the nation, but only in it’s laws that relate to this earth (“Give unto Caeser”).

When we begin equating

the U.S. = God,

or the XXXX party = God,

or that our Military = God,

or that the XXXXXX faith = God,

then you have gone a whoring after the god’s of this world.

Remember the word’s of God to Moses, and Moses to the Priest’s concerning the coming days, and remember always, that as Christians (not (c)hristians), we are but sojourners (visitors) passing through this land, and be IN the world and not OF the world…

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