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Why the West is in Decline

Demise of Britain, fall of America. As they turn their backs on GOD, why is the West in decline?

The decline in Britain: Crime and raw sewage on the rise are marks of the fall of a once-great nation. The British flag for this summer’s Olympic gear has been changed so dramatically — warped for dramatic effect I’d say — that it is unrecognisable. Is this distortion of the flag symbolic the decline in Britain?

A broken bridge in Baltimore, America — the day after it turns its back on Israel — doesn’t seem like a coincidence to me. Drug addiction destroys the youth in inner cities. Gun crime is rife (no pun intended). Illegal immigration is running in the millions. What can salvage the American dream now?

The conditions and situations in the nations of UK and USA are only examples of what is effecting the Western nations across Europe and around the world. 

Why is the West in decline?

There are no coincidences 

As the leading nations in the West have turned their backs on GOD, they have made bad decision after bad decision, which in turn has removed GOD’s blessing over them. I believe there is a direct correlation between relationship and blessing, as the LORD seeks to cover and support us as individuals and nations, but He has given us the freedom to choose whether we walk with Him or not. When we choose not, we suffer some horrendous consequences.

As though ignoring GOD isn’t enough, most recently, a vote taken in the UN revealed nation after nation turning its back on Israel: GOD’s beloved and our older brother. The Western nations turning their backs on the Israeli government, which is fighting against Hamas for the nation’s survival — and that of the West I’d say — will bring decay to those nations who turn against Israel.

Of course it is important to distinguish between GOD’s identity and Israel’s. Israel is not the same as the LORD GOD. But in rejecting GOD, we lose His protection. And in rejecting Israel, we reap GOD’s curse.

I will bless those who bless you…

GOD promised Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you… Unequivocally it is the nation of Israel who are Abraham’s descendants and “the Apple of GOD’s eye”. (Zechariah 2:8)

“And I will curse him who curses you.” (Genesis 12:3)

Hamas has cursed Israel, seeking to destroy the people and the nation. And although the life of Gazans was difficult until October 7th 2023, afterward it became far worse.

Israel will survive

The Psalms say over and over again how GOD has protected and defended Israel, even though at times He has chastened the nation (Psalm 118). And although He has sometimes used nations to punish Israel, those same nations were then punished themselves, if they revelled in their crushing of Israel (Zechariah 1:15).

Believers called to bless Israel

We must learn from the mistakes of others if we are to thrive as the Church. Befriending our Jewish neighbours is a start. Blessing Israel, encouraging the people and the nation to know their Messiah has come and His name is Yeshua, is another way to interact. A third is to defend Israel’s political right to exist, just as GOD has done throughout the centuries.

Those of Jewish heritage who know Yeshua are to be embraced by the Church, and vice versa. This is conveyed in Ephesians 2: “Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace” (v 11-14)

We must pray for all of our nations and especially for Israel

Psalm 122:6 calls us to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”.

We must all grow in our relationship with the LORD. We must all grow toward ‘our older brother’ Israel. We are called to accept Israel as GOD’s first love and likewise recognise GOD loves for us as His children, and therefore as Israel’s brothers and sisters.

Father bring revival to the West, I pray in Jesus’ name. 

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GOD'S STORY

GOD’s STORY part 22 TIME

I’m exploring Genesis to learn GOD’s point of view. I’m looking now at Time: When did Time start? Could there be a day without a night… Three days before the sun and moon were created GOD created days one, two and three. But how could the beginning of Time be before the separation of Day from Night?

And what is Time to GOD? Is it significant?

Today I’m drawing attention to the day that GOD brought forth the sun, moon and stars… It is the forth day. Is this the beginning of Time? Or did each day mark Time and hence was the beginning of Time at the marking of the first day?

Genesis 1:14-19

“Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”

Seasons, days, and years are marked during the forth day.

Is seems the creation of sun and moon coincided with the rotation of the earth, provoking the change in seasons. Did rotation begin at the marking of the first day then or not until the end of the forth?

When Time began

Why — or is it How — could GOD consider the conclusion of a day without the sun and moon being created first? Why did He wait until the forth day before creating sun and moon? 

Perhaps GOD considers activity the marking of a day. Since He is light, a day didn’t require to be surrounded by a night in order to mark a day. It was GOD’s choice to end a day at the close of a particular activity. And yet, along the way, He decided to set markers, light sources: the sun and the mood, which would define day and night. I wonder, was this designed in anticipation of mankind and their needs?

Take nothing for granted

I’m asking these questions because I seek to take nothing for granted. GOD made the stars, He was before the beginning, He has always been and will always be. And yet, I discover GOD: His nature, His character, His creation, little by little, thought by thought. I learn and grow according to the depth of my search and when I discover more of GOD, I am thrilled and grateful.

“And GOD saw that it was good”

Isn’t that superb!

What is Time to GOD?

This morning I’ve been reading Ezekiel 36. In this chapter GOD promises He will again restore Israel 

“….Because they say to you, ‘You devour men and bereave your nation of children,’ therefore you shall no more bereave your nation anymore,” says the LORD GOD. “Nor will I let you hear the taunts of the nations anymore…..” (Ezekiel 36:13-15)

I focus on the word “anymore”, which occurs several times in the chapter. In the context, this can mean, ‘not to be repeated’ or it can mean ‘permanently’. Taking the second meaning, it is Time-related in that GOD is saying no more will this occur ‘until the end of Time’.


But we know that the cycle of Israel’s rejection / acceptance is exactly that, cyclical. Anti-Semitism rises and falls with the ages. This passage may be referring only to what follows for Israel after the End of the Age… When Jesus has returned for the second time and is reigning and ruling on the earth.

But I take another view: for GOD, Time is insignificant. He is outside of Time. For Him, permanence is the ultimate. Time is, in one sense, irrelevant, because while something is in existence, it is always in existence. And so, “never again” doesn’t necessarily mean “not anymore” but rather for GOD the ultimate is “never again” and “not anymore”. 

We see time as finite. GOD sees Time as infinite. If we lived our lives according to His thinking, we’d never need to panic about lateness… or perhaps we’d never get anything accomplished (LOL).

Summary

Looking at Time from GOD’s perspective is food for thought. 

The most important concept to grasp is that generally speaking, GOD doesn’t view things the same way that we do. And as we grow more into His likeness through Jesus, we can capture His way of thinking and live more in harmony with Him, through the power and presence of Holy Spirit in our lives.


GOD’s Story

Here at Preparing the Bride, I’m telling GOD’S STORY. Presumptuous?! Not when simply looking at scripture, because scripture is the unfolding of God’s story to those who read it.

Larus Press with the blog stream Preparing the Bride is all about enabling us to be ready for Jesus’ return, preparing also for all He has in store for us in the meantime.

How do we prepare as the Bride of Christ? One aspect is to learn GOD’S STORY. Piece by piece, and peace by peace, we learn to walk as He has walked. And we learn His perspective. In this case, Time is marked by GOD and so He was before Time was. If Time ever comes to an end, GOD will continue after. This I find comforting and encouraging…. The maker of Heaven and Earth created them for His delight, as an expression of Himself and of His creativity. 

GOD saw that it was good. Hallelujah!

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Reflections and Poetry

To be or Not to be Evangelical: response to a borrowed post

Recently, I was sent an excellent, thought-provoking post from Brian Stiller, a fellow Canadian and faithful follower of Jesus. It raises some of the issues surrounding the term Evangelical.

At the heart of Sabbath Rest Ministries is a love for Jew and Gentile — followers of Yeshua and those who are not, but who seek Truth to marry history with theology.

Here is the post

To be or Not to be Evangelical

Here is my response

Dear Brian,

This is an important post. I’m glad you’ve written it.

The problem with “Evangelical” is not political although that off-shoot has arisen because of a weakness in Evangelicalism in its own right.
There are many good things. But it has a root problem and that is anti-semitism. Luther, as you rightly point out, has a piece of Evangelicalism in his teaching; however, his teaching is also tainted with anti-semitism. But that is only half the issue addressed. The other half is that the root of Protestantism is still based on Rome, when it divided the Gentile church from its Hebraic roots.
I truly believe the LORD is not happy with anything that removes His roots from any practice.
And so, in order to be truly Evangelical, we need to address the Sabbath, the Feasts, all orchestrated by GOD – Yehovah Himself – long before even the Jews had a nation or the Hebrews a family.
The root problem with Christianity is that its roots are twisted. We need to straighten them by following Jesus, including his Hebraic roots. He came not to replace but to fulfil the Law. It is not legalism to follow GOD’s calendar, it is integral to following Jesus. If being Evangelical could include that, then the label must remain. If it cannot, then following Jesus needs to have a new label which will include re-aligning with GOD’s calendar.
Although in Canada, anti-semitism and replacement theology are not obvious, they are in the UK where I currently live. I believe we need a clean sweep of our practices to embrace the roots that Jesus and the Apostles encouraged.
Keep writing Brian. It’s good stuff.
God bless, Shalom and in His love,
Sarah