“Then the Lord said to me,
“Those prophets are prophesying lies while claiming my authority!
I did not send them. I did not commission them. I did not speak to them.
They are prophesying to these people false visions, worthless predictions,
and the delusions of their own mind.” (Jeremiah 14:14, NET)
I (Bruce) am part of a family that has a long naval history. As a former naval and merchant marine officer, and having spent a number of years training nuclear sailors, I’m about as patriotic as one can be. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I also have dual citizenship. One temporal, of this earth; the other eternal, of heaven.
Over the years I’ve often wondered about America’s future. The Bible is not just a story of past events, but it also contains the prophecies of man’s future. As a student of the Bible, God’s definitive Word to us, I find no mention of or reference to America. What is to happen to our country in the years ahead?
I’ve recently been reading in the Old Testament, the book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah’s task as a prophet was to declare the coming judgment of God on the nation of Judah. The Israelites of Judah had turned from God and were no longer following Him. They were doing their own thing, satisfying the desires of their sinful hearts in disobedience.
Then I read the words above, spoken by God to Jeremiah: “Those prophets are prophesying lies while claiming my authority….” I’ve heard some church leaders teach there is no sin, there is no hell, etc., all with “God’s authority.” I wonder, what would America be like today if all of our church leaders were teaching Biblical truth?
I fear America will someday see a judgment similar to that experienced by Judah if we do not turn from our sinful ways and begin to once again become true followers of Christ. Jeremiah told the Israelites what they needed to do and those words are just as applicable today: “You will … find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13, ESV). Then, and only then, will we have a future filled with hope according to his plan to prosper us and not harm us (Jer. 29:11 NET). 🤠 🤗