Full text of Netanyahu's U.N. Speech ~ Sean Osborne

Full text of Netanyahu's U.N. Speech


September 29, 2009: Here is the text of the speech delivered to the United nations General Assembly by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu five days ago. I know this has been posted by others and there are numerous video links available. However, I believe this speech will prove to have enormous historical value, even if only for the relative short-term. I have highlighted portions of the text which I believe reveal the underlying resolve of this Israeli leader to do what is necessary to prevent another holocaust of the Jews from occurring at the hands of a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic of Iran or the Arab nations. For this reason alone I decided this transcript must be a part of the Eschatology Today account of these "last days" prior to the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

"Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Nearly 62 years ago, the United Nations recognized the right of the Jews, an ancient people 3,500 years-old, to a state of their own in their ancestral homeland. I stand here today as the Prime Minister of Israel, the Jewish state, and I speak to you on behalf of my country and my people.

The United Nations was founded after the carnage of World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust. It was charged with preventing the recurrence of such horrendous events. Nothing has undermined that central mission more than the systematic assault on the truth.

Yesterday the President of Iran stood at this very podium, spewing his latest anti-Semitic rants. Just a few days earlier, he again claimed that the Holocaust is a lie.

Last month, I went to a villa in a suburb of Berlin called Wannsee. There, on January 20, 1942, after a hearty meal, senior Nazi officials met and decided how to exterminate the Jewish people. The detailed minutes of that meeting have been preserved by successive German governments.

Here is a copy of those minutes, in which the Nazis issued precise instructions on how to carry out the extermination of the Jews.

Is this a lie?

A day before I was in Wannsee, I was given in Berlin the original construction plans for the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Those plans are signed by Hitler’s deputy, Heinrich Himmler himself. Here is a copy of the plans for Auschwitz-Birkenau, where one million Jews were murdered. Is this too a lie?

This June, President Obama visited the Buchenwald concentration camp. Did President Obama pay tribute to a lie? And what of the Auschwitz survivors whose arms still bear the tattooed numbers branded on them by the Nazis? Are those tattoos a lie?

One-third of all Jews perished in the conflagration. Nearly every Jewish family was affected, including my own. My wife's grandparents, her father’s two sisters and three brothers, and all the aunts, uncles and cousins were all murdered by the Nazis. Is that also a lie? Yesterday, the man who calls the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium. To those who refused to come here and to those who left this room in protest, I commend you. You stood up for moral clarity and you brought honor to your countries.

But to those who gave this Holocaust-denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere: Have you no shame? Have you no decency? A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies that the murder of six million Jews took place and pledges to wipe out the Jewish state. What a disgrace! What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations!

Perhaps some of you think that this man and his odious regime threaten only the Jews. You're wrong. History has shown us time and again that what starts with attacks on the Jews eventually ends up engulfing many others.

This Iranian regime is fueled by an extreme fundamentalism that burst onto the world scene three decades ago after lying dormant for centuries.

In the past thirty years, this fanaticism has swept the globe with a murderous violence and cold-blooded impartiality in its choice of victims. It has callously slaughtered Moslems and Christians, Jews and Hindus, and many others. Though it is comprised of different offshoots, the adherents of this unforgiving creed seek to return humanity to medieval times. Wherever they can, they impose a backward regimented society where women, minorities, gays or anyone not deemed to be a true believer is brutally subjugated.

The struggle against this fanaticism does not pit faith against faith nor civilization against civilization. It pits civilization against barbarism, the 21st century against the 9th century, those who sanctify life against those who glorify death. The primitivism of the 9th century ought to be no match for the progress of the 21st century. The allure of freedom, the power of technology, the reach of communications should surely win the day.

Ultimately, the past cannot triumph over the future. And the future offers all nations magnificent bounties of hope. The pace of progress is growing exponentially. It took us centuries to get from the printing press to the telephone, decades to get from the telephone to the personal computer, and only a few years to get from the personal computer to the internet.

What seemed impossible a few years ago is already outdated, and we can scarcely fathom the changes that are yet to come. We will crack the genetic code. We will cure the incurable. We will lengthen our lives. We will find a cheap alternative to fossil fuels and clean up the planet.

I am proud that my country Israel is at the forefront of these advances – by leading innovations in science and technology, medicine and biology, agriculture and water, energy and the environment. These innovations the world over offer humanity a sunlit future of unimagined promise.

But if the most primitive fanaticism can acquire the most deadly weapons, the march of history could be reversed for a time. And like the belated victory over the Nazis, the forces of progress and freedom will prevail only after a horrific toll of blood and fortune has been exacted from mankind.

That is why the greatest threat facing the world today is the marriage between religious fanaticism and the weapons of mass destruction, and the most urgent challenge facing this body is to prevent the tyrants of Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Are the member states of the United Nations up to that challenge? Will the international community confront a despotism that terrorizes its own people as they bravely stand up for freedom?

Will it take action against the dictators who stole an election in broad daylight and gunned down Iranian protesters who died in the streets choking in their own blood? Will the international community thwart the world's most pernicious sponsors and practitioners of terrorism? Above all, will the international community stop the terrorist regime of Iran from developing atomic weapons, thereby endangering the peace of the entire world?

The people of Iran are courageously standing up to this regime. People of goodwill around the world stand with them, as do the thousands who have been protesting outside this hall. Will the United Nations stand by their side?

Ladies and Gentlemen, the jury is still out on the United Nations, and recent signs are not encouraging. Rather than condemning the terrorists and their Iranian patrons, some here have condemned their victims. That is exactly what a recent UN report on Gaza did, falsely equating the terrorists with those they targeted.

For eight long years, Hamas fired from Gaza thousands of missiles, mortars and rockets on nearby Israeli cities. Year after year, as these missiles were deliberately hurled at our civilians, not a single UN resolution was passed condemning those criminal attacks.

We heard nothing – absolutely nothing – from the UN Human Rights Council, a misnamed institution if there ever was one. In 2005, hoping to advance peace, Israel unilaterally withdrew from every inch of Gaza. It dismantled 21 settlements and uprooted over 8,000 Israelis. We didn't get peace. Instead we got an Iranian backed terror base fifty miles from Tel Aviv. Life in Israeli towns and cities next to Gaza became a nightmare.

You see, the Hamas rocket attacks not only continued, they increased tenfold. Again, the UN was silent. Finally, after eight years of this unremitting assault, Israel was finally forced to respond. But how should we have responded? Well, there is only one example in history of thousands of rockets being fired on a country's civilian population. It happened when the Nazis rocketed British cities during World War II.

During that war, the allies leveled German cities, causing hundreds of thousands of casualties. Israel chose to respond differently. Faced with an enemy committing a double war crime of firing on civilians while hiding behind civilians – Israel sought to conduct surgical strikes against the rocket launchers.

That was no easy task because the terrorists were firing missiles from homes and schools, using mosques as weapons depots and ferreting explosives in ambulances. Israel, by contrast, tried to minimize casualties by urging Palestinian civilians to vacate the targeted areas. We dropped countless flyers over their homes, sent thousands of text messages and called thousands of cell phones asking people to leave.

Never has a country gone to such extraordinary lengths to remove the enemy's civilian population from harm's way. Yet faced with such a clear case of aggressor and victim, who did the UN Human Rights Council decide to condemn? Israel. A democracy legitimately defending itself against terror is morally hanged, drawn and quartered, and given an unfair trial to boot.

By these twisted standards, the UN Human Rights Council would have dragged Roosevelt and Churchill to the dock as war criminals. What a perversion of truth! What a perversion of justice!Delegates of the United Nations, will you accept this farce? Because if you do, the United Nations would revert to its darkest days, when the worst violators of human rights sat in judgment against the law-abiding democracies, when Zionism was equated with racism and when an automatic majority could declare that the earth is flat.

If this body does not reject this report, it would send a message to terrorists everywhere: Terror pays; if you launch your attacks from densely populated areas, you will win immunity. And in condemning Israel, this body would also deal a mortal blow to peace. Here's why. When Israel left Gaza, many hoped that the missile attacks would stop. Others believed that at the very least, Israel would have international legitimacy to exercise its right of self-defense.

What legitimacy? What self-defense?

The same UN that cheered Israel as it left Gaza and promised to back our right of self-defense now accuses us –my people, my country - of war crimes? And for what? For acting responsibly in self-defense. What a travesty!

Israel justly defended itself against terror. This biased and unjust report is a clear-cut test for all governments. Will you stand with Israel or will you stand with the terrorists? We must know the answer to that question now. Now and not later. Because if Israel is again asked to take more risks for peace, we must know today that you will stand with us tomorrow. Only if we have the confidence that we can defend ourselves can we take further risks for peace.

Ladies and Gentlemen, all of Israel wants peace. Any time an Arab leader genuinely wanted peace with us, we made peace.

We made peace with Egypt led by Anwar Sadat. We made peace with Jordan led by King Hussein. And if the Palestinians truly want peace, I and my government, and the people of Israel, will make peace. But we want a genuine peace, a defensible peace, a permanent peace. In 1947, this body voted to establish two states for two peoples – a Jewish state and an Arab state.

The Jews accepted that resolution. The Arabs rejected it. We ask the Palestinians to finally do what they have refused to do for 62 years: Say yes to a Jewish state. Just as we are asked to recognize a nation-state for the Palestinian people, the Palestinians must be asked to recognize the nation state of the Jewish people. The Jewish people are not foreign conquerors in the Land of Israel. This is the land of our forefathers.

Inscribed on the walls outside this building is the great Biblical vision of peace: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation. They shall learn war no more." These words were spoken by the Jewish prophet Isaiah 2,800 years ago as he walked in my country, in my city - in the hills of Judea and in the streets of Jerusalem. We are not strangers to this land. It is our homeland.

As deeply connected as we are to this land, we recognize that the Palestinians also live there and want a home of their own. We want to live side by side with them, two free peoples living in peace, prosperity and dignity. But we must have security. The Palestinians should have all the powers to govern themselves except those handful of powers that could endanger Israel.

That is why a Palestinian state must be effectively demilitarized. We don't want another Gaza, another Iranian backed terror base abutting Jerusalem and perched on the hills a few kilometers from Tel Aviv.

We want peace.

I believe such a peace can be achieved. But only if we roll back the forces of terror, led by Iran, that seek to destroy peace, eliminate Israel and overthrow the world order. The question facing the international community is whether it is prepared to confront those forces or accommodate them.

Over seventy years ago, Winston Churchill lamented what he called the "confirmed unteachability of mankind," the unfortunate habit of civilized societies to sleep until danger nearly overtakes them.

Churchill bemoaned what he called the "want of foresight, the unwillingness to act when action will be simple and effective, the lack of clear thinking, the confusion of counsel until emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong.”

I speak here today in the hope that Churchill's assessment of the "unteachability of mankind" is for once proven wrong. I speak here today in the hope that we can learn from history -- that we can prevent danger in time.

In the spirit of the timeless words spoken to Joshua over 3,000 years ago, let us be strong and of good courage. Let us confront this peril, secure our future and, God willing, forge an enduring peace for generations to come."

Chuck Smith: The Christian Family One: Man's life exists on two planes - horizontal and vertical


Most of us desire to live a well-balanced life.


To this end it is important to realize that a man's life exists on two planes - horizontal and vertical. 


On the horizontal plane we relate to one another. On the vertical plane we relate to God. These two planes are on a fixed, center axis.

Often we find that our horizontal plane is out of kilter, we have had a fight with our friend, and we seek to correct this plane of our life. We find ourselves unbalanced - so we try to rearrange or adjust our interpersonal relationships in order to reach an equilibrium.



It seems we're always trying to get our lives back in balance. The difficulty seems to lie in the fact that as soon as we get one problem solved, two more arise. It seems impossible to maintain right relationships with everyone.

For instance, things may be going great at the job, but the situation at home is miserable. So we work on the home situation and get things smoothed out there, but then everything starts falling apart on the job. We find ourselves constantly struggling to reach and maintain this horizontal balance.



In reality, the answer to a well-balanced life doesn't lie in correcting the horizontal plane.
 The answer lies in correcting the vertical plane of our lives.


A right relationship with God will affect every other relationship we have and, thus, bring the horizontal plane into balance. Jesus said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).

The weakness of psychology is that the psychologist that is seeking to help you with your interpersonal problems, often deal only with symptoms. The heart of the problem lies in your relationship with God, and, until this is right, nothing else can be right.


By turning to the Word of God, we find that to have a right relationship with God we must have a wholehearted commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In the Bible we also find that to have a right relationship with one another we must live in obedience to God's ordained principles. 



The Word teaches us the specific principles, ordained by God, that bring us love and harmony in the
family.


This brief study of Colossians 3 and Ephesians 6 focuses on the important principles for strengthening family relationships, with suggestions for practical application. 



May these studies encourage you in the further study of God's Word
where the commands of God and the promises of His many blessings are found.

We sell salvation ~ Bill Kellar




In our narcissistic, "What's in it for me?" culture, we have learned how to market salvation to the masses like we do cell phones, cars, and hamburgers.

In our zeal to win people for Christ, we have been very careful to focus on the benefits of salvation, making sure people understood all the reasons why this is a good choice, while being too afraid to tell them the WHOLE plan of salvation.

We sell salvation just like the late-night infomercials sell weight-loss pills, whipping people into an emotional frenzy by hyping all the benefits of getting saved, but never explaining to them the FULL COST of getting saved. The "fine print" in the salvation message is not what we get but what we GIVE!

I am saddened when I hear people share the Gospel, giving people an invitation to know Christ, but never really explain what a person is actually doing. Please don't misunderstand me, I am grateful for everyone who shares the Gospel, gives people the opportunity to come to know Christ as their Savior, but my point today is that we MUST tell them the complete truth about what they are doing.

When a person makes the decision to accept Christ into their heart and life by faith, they are surrendering their life to Him. It is called giving your heart and life to Jesus because that is exactly what you are doing. From that moment on, your life no longer belongs to you, it belongs to Jesus. 


That is the critical part of the salvation message so many fail to tell people.


We are quick to point out that if you accept Jesus you will have the assurance of everlasting life with God your Creator. That is true. It is our faith in Christ, the One who died for our sins that allows us to be reconciled with a Holy God and know that when our brief journey through life is over we will be with Him for all eternity.

We also make sure people understand the tremendous benefits of being saved.

At that moment, the Holy Sprit indwells a Believer to supply them with the power of Almighty God. By accepting Christ as your Savior you have peace and joy in your life that is impossible to know otherwise. You come to realize that your life has meaning and purpose and experience the abundance of this life that Jesus promised. All of these things are true and need to be pointed out.

It is easy to see why people would want to be saved. Most people on the planet can accept that there is a Supreme Being or God out there. It is not hard for anyone who is honest to admit they have sinned, so asking for your sins to be forgiven makes sense.

Even the heathen with the hardest heart will admit that one day he will die.

Everyone knows that is a day each one of us will face. So, accepting Jesus by faith to have the assurance that when this life is over you will go to Heaven and not Hell is a logical choice to make. To also have the Holy Spirit living within you, know a special peace and joy, have a purpose in life and experience its abundance, all makes the decision to accept Christ very attractive and really something only a foolish person would turn down.

So people make that eternal choice to accept Jesus by faith and nothing really changes.

They wake up the next morning in the same bed, the same house. They have the same family and friends. They go to the same school and have the same job. They have all the same problems they did the night before, and maybe even a few new ones. They do all the same things.

Even though the Bible proclaims that they are "Born again," that they are a "New creature in Christ," that the "Old has passed away," their real, practical, day-to-day lives have not changed. This is why so many people who accept Christ are truly saved, but they never grow in their new faith and many of them see very little change in their life from BS (before being saved), to AS (after being saved).

The reason is when they got saved, what was left out or never really explained to them was the complete story of accepting Christ as their Savior.

The part of the salvation experience that is often left out and never properly explained to people is the fact that when you accept Christ into your heart and life by faith you are giving your life to Him. It is an act of sacrifice and surrender, two words that most people want no part of.That is why this most critical element of what it means to be saved is never really spoken about.

The bottom line is, when you get saved you are surrendering your life to Jesus Christ. Your life no longer belongs to you, it belongs to the Lord. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice when He literally gave His life in payment for your sins, and when you get saved, you are making a sacrifice of your life to Him.

This is so important since it goes to the very core of what being a Christian, a follower of Christ, is all about. We have sacrificed, surrendered our life to Jesus. Our life is no longer our own but now belongs to Him. All we do, where we go, everything regarding our life is now in the Lord's control. When you get saved, you are literally giving Him your life.

That is why so many who know Christ live without His peace, without His joy, without any real purpose, without the victory, because they have refused to fully surrender their lives to Him. That is why most of the false religions of the world are so popular. You simply accept their false teachings but you can still live your life anyway you want to. When you become a follower of Jesus, your very life now belongs to Him.

I love you and care about you so much. That is why even though Liveprayer reaches a massive audience each day through the Internet and on TV/radio and we have people accepting Christ as their Savior every single day, we do our very best to first make sure they understand that in asking Jesus into their heart and life by faith they are literally surrendering their life to Him, that their life now belongs to Jesus.

We send them a booklet that helps guide them in the basics of their new faith, things like reading the Bible and praying every day. We do our best to work with local churches to get people plugged in so they can be properly discipled and start to grow in their new faith.

When a person is saved, there is a supernatural change that happens to them spiritually.

It is now critical for that person to understand that their life will never be the same again, that they are different now, and to help them begin the process of transforming their mind and day-to-day life to be a true follower of Christ
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That doesn't happen overnight, but over time.

It is that process of sanctification, or becoming more like Christ, that begins at the moment a person is saved and continues to their very last breath. It is vital that each person who knows Christ is not only being discipled by someone more mature in the faith at all times, but that they are giving of themselves to disciple someone who is younger in the faith at all times. We can only grow in our faith as we are helped along by those who are more mature, and we have that same responsibility to help those who are younger in the faith grow in their relationship with the Lord.

I will be praying for you today.

Praying that as you share the Gospel with people like our Lord has commanded all of His children to do, that you will clearly highlight the benefits of being saved, but not leave out the fact that being saved also includes surrendering our very lives to the Lord.

We are actually cheating people by NOT telling them the whole story, since our purpose in life, the fullness of our peace and joy in knowing Christ, the true abundance of this life, can never be fully experienced unless we have unconditionally surrendered our life to Christ.

Getting saved is not just about what we get, but it is also about what we GIVE-our life to Jesus Christ!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

When you choose to take a life in Abortion~ Kay Arthur

Sacrificing Our Children-Then and Now


#Note: This first appeared in Today's "Last Call" Devotionals but was so powerful we felt it ought to be posted here as well-MjS



Do you realize that when you choose to take a life in abortion, that when you choose to, to offer that baby, so to speak, that’s in your womb as a sacrifice to your own desires, and have the baby put to death

that you are inviting death, that you are bringing judgment upon the land?

Beloved, you can’t do that and get away with it.

It’s a lie. It’s a deception if you think you can.


O Precious One, did my words just literally stab you?
Did they stab you because you’ve had an abortion,
because you’ve murdered a child?

And we can’t say that abortion is anything else than having a child put to death.
 
That’s all it is.

It is murder.
 
And if it stabs your heart, I just want you to know that before I go on, there is forgiveness with God. You can hear truth. For me to lie to you, and tell you that it is something else would be to deceive you. It would lead to your shame. It would lead to your judgment.

If we recognize our sin, if we confess our sin, if we return to God then His arms are open wide to heal us, and He will do that. But I cannot keep silent about abortion when it is going against what God has ordained, when it is taking a life.

Now I’m not going to be teaching on abortion today, but I’m going to show you, in a sense, how the children of Israel were sacrificing their children to false gods, and what the consequences of that was. We are looking at Jeremiah chapter 7, 8 and 9.

We’re looking at his message to the people. And the message is this, do not be deceived. Don’t be deceived. You’ve got to understand that God is a God of lovingkindness. He is a God of justice. He is a God of righteousness, and He has to act according to who He is.

Don’t trust in deceptive words and think, “„[Oh] …the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD..” (Jeremiah 7:4) And that you can get away with it. You cannot get away with it. And if you name yourself “Christian,” and you are living in continual overt sin, when you are disobeying God, you need to examine yourself to see if you’re really a child of God. Don’t be deceived. Don’t be deceived. Now you say, “But my friends are telling me.” Do you know what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15? [Don’t be deceived, evil companions corrupt good morals.] (PARAPHRSE 1 Corinthians 15:33) Don’t be deceived. You go to the Word of God, and you see what the Word of God has to say.

Well in Jeremiah chapter 7, I stopped at verse 32. He’s talking about how He’s going to have to judge them, how He’s going to put His wrath on them. And then He says, in verse 31, He says “„[You] have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn [your] sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, and it [didn’t] come into My mind..” (Jeremiah 7:31)

It didn’t come into My mind. It would never come into My mind that man, that I have created, as Genesis 9 says, in My image (See Genesis 9:6) should ever be put to death, should ever be murdered. I didn’t come into My mind. It says “„Therefore, behold, days are coming,. declares the LORD, „when it will no longer be called Topheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of…Slaughter; for they will bury in Topheth because there is no other place..” (Jeremiah 7:32)

Now what’s going on? Let’s just stop and think about it. I wrote a novel, a historical novel. It’s really a true story in novel form. And in that novel, I bring out this child sacrifice that Israel got involved in. They were worshiping these false gods. And the false gods said, “Okay, if you want a fertile land then you give me the son of the child of your womb. You want more children, you give me the firstborn.”

The firstborn belonged to the Lord.

But what they were doing is they were taking their firstborn, and they were sacrificing it. And what you see is ancient drawings of what this is like. And you see a ramp going up, and at the end of that ramp was the god. And the god sometimes is just an open mouth, and there’s a fire inside. And the person comes and, and brings their child by the hand as a sacrifice to this god. A god that is no god, a god that can’t do anything, a god that had to be constructed with their hands, a god that is a figment of their imagination, a god that can’t do anything about their fertility or infertility because he’s a creation of man.

So they take that child by the hand. They put the hand of the child in the priests’ hand, the priest of Baal. He takes the child by the hand, leads the child up the ramp, and throws the child into the fire. This is Topheth. This is the valley of Hinnom. It means “a place of fire, a place of burning” where they are offering their children.

And my contention is this, that when you and I turn from a true knowledge of God, a true understanding of His Word, and we’re going to see that they had the law, but they didn’t pay attention to it. But when we turn from that, we turn into deception. We turn to idols. We deny the reality of one God, one absolute sovereign, One who is righteous, One who is just, One who is lovingkindness. We deny that.

And so we turn from the knowledge of God, and we exchange truth for a lie as Romans 1 says. (See Romans 1:25) We serve the creature more than the Creator. We bow down to statues, and false ideas, and that, and we worship them. We give obedience to them. And when we do that’s idolatry. And idolatry leads to immorality, and immorality leads to perversion, homosexuality, lesbianism, the man leaving the natural use of the woman, men with men and women with women. And that leads to a reprobate, a depraved mind that there’s no right, there’s no wrong, there’s no absolutes. You can read about it in Romans chapter 1. (See Romans 1:24-28)

And so when they do this, see it is logical that you’d get rid of this thing that’s in your abdomen, that’s an inconvenience to you, or an inconvenience to your partner, or an inconvenience to your husband. So you just go and offer your child. So He says, “okay, I’m gonna turn it even from a valley of burning, that’s where Gehenna comes from. It was where the trash and the refuse were cast out, and where the fire was going all the time. I’m gonna turn it to a valley of Slaughter. It’s not gonna be just burning. It is going to be blood, blood all over the place.”

Listen to what He says. Verse 33 of chapter 7 of Jeremiah. “The dead bodies of [these] people will be food for the birds of the sky and…the beasts of the earth; and no one will frighten them away..” (Jeremiah 7:33) Their bodies are gonna be strewn all over this valley of Hinnom, this valley now of Slaughter. And the animals will come in and tear and eat the flesh. The hyenas will sit there and eat the flesh. The birds of the air will come down and be on their bodies. And you will see the vultures having their pick and filling their beaks. He says this is what’s going to happen. And who’s going to do it? God is going to do it. God is. He says, “„Then I will make to cease from the cities of Judah…from the streets of Jerusalem the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom…the voice of the bride; for the land will become a ruin..” (Jeremiah 7:34)

Now listen to me very carefully.

When we go after deception what happens is it ruins a land. It ruins a people. It ruins lives. You can just see what’s happening in the United States of America. Families are ruined. I mean the traditional family, the model of the wife taking care of the home, and the children, and the husband. She’s out now having a career. The kids are being raised by someone that’s not their mother. And you say, “Their grandmother can do it.” You know what? God didn’t ordain for grandmothers to raise the children of their children. The parents are supposed to raise the children. We’re all askew. And because we’re askew we have a lot of people that are suffering.

The voice of joy is going to be gone. The voice of laughter is going to be gone. It says in chapter 8, verse 1, “„At that time,. declares the LORD [God], „they will bring out the bones of the kings of Judah…the bones of [the] princes, and the bones of the priests and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem from their graves..” They’ll go, and they’ll dig out the bones and, “„They will spread them [in the valley]…..” (Jeremiah 8:1-2)

Now listen, to a Jew a bone, a piece of that person’s body is very very precious. The enemy will lay them out. They worship the sun. They worship the moon. They worship the host of heaven. The Jews have worshiped the same thing. They’ve been deceived. They haven’t believed that God is God, and they’ve followed the gods of the cultures around them. And it says, these gods “„…which they have served…which they have gone after…which they have sought…which they have worshiped. They will not be gathered…,.” the bones, “„…or buried; they will be as dung on the face of the ground. And death will be chosen rather than life by all the remnant that remains…..” (Jeremiah 8:2-3)

Isn’t that awful! They would choose death instead of life. Why? Because they were deceived. Don’t be deceived. Listen to this message and come right back.

Welcome back, Beloved. You know this is not easy to listen to, is it? I know it’s not easy, but I want you to know it is so essential. It is so absolutely vital. We’ve got to deal with reality. We’ve got to deal with sin. We’ve got to call sin sin. It’s not an issue. It’s not your little problem. And we all have little problems. It is a sin. And sins can be forgiven. And you can be set free from sin. And that’s what’s so great about it. That’s what God is all about. Well all those bones are laid out, but there’s gonna be a remnant. Everybody’s not gonna be killed. And in verse 3 of Jeremiah 8 it says, “„And death will be chosen rather than life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family, that remains in…the places [in] which I have driven them,. declares the LORD….”And so what are you gonna say to those people that did not die? “„You shall say to them, “Thus says the LORD, „Do men fall and not get up again…?.”.” They don’t lay there unless they’re dead. They try to get up. It says, “„“…Does one turn away [from God] and not repent?..”

You see the message of Jeremiah is, you have forsaken Me. Return to Me. I will heal you. I will forgive you. I will restore you. I will restrain My hand of judgment. He says, “„Why then has this people, Jerusalem, turned away in continual apostasy…?.” (Jeremiah 8:3-5) I keep tapping you on the shoulder. I keep speaking to you. I keep shouting to you. You should return. But why do you walk in continual apostasy? Apostasy means that you once held something true, and now you’re turning away from it and acting like it’s not true. Well, you may hold something as true, then you turn away from it and you act like it’s not true. But all of a sudden you come to your senses, duh! It is true, and so you return. But they’re not returning. Now why are they not returning?

Remember our subject this week is deception. What is it like? Where does it lead? Why the deception? And so then He says, “„Why then has this people, Jerusalem, turned away…,.” and you want to mark it. Remember we’re marking “return,” “turn away”. “„…In continual apostasy? They hold fast to deceit, they refuse…..” (Jeremiah 8:5) They dig in their heels. I’m not going to do it. I am not going to do it. And enfolding their arms, and digging in their heels, and holding on, they’re going to destroy themselves. He says, “„I have listened and [I have] heard…..” And you know what? “„…They have spoken what is not right; no man repented of his wickedness, saying “What have I done…?”.” He says, “„…Everyone turned to his [horse, to his] course, like a horse charging to battle..” (Jeremiah 8:6) They just got on the horse and they just ran this horrible, horrible course. He says, look, “„[Even the stork]…..” Have you ever seen a stork? They’re very interesting. They don’t have babies in their mouths, by the way, no little
and the turtledove and the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration…..” They know hey, it’s time to go. He says, “„…But My people do not know the ordinance of the LORD..” (Jeremiah 8:7) These people are holding fast to deceit. You go back to chapter 7, in verse 3 and verse 8, they are trusting in deceptive words. Now they don’t know God. They don’t know the ordinance of God.

And listen to me, the ordinance of God is the Word of God. It’s the way of God. It’s the law of God. It’s the commandments of God. And if you don’t know the ordinance of God, and you don’t understand who God is then you think, “Okay, I’ve done it. I’ve made my bed. I’ve got to lie in it. I’ll be miserable for the rest of my life because I had an abortion I will always think of myself as a murderer. My life is ruined. I can never get over it. I will remember the baby I killed all the days of my life.”

You can get over it. And I don’t mean that to sound cruel, but I’m saying that this is what Christianity is all about. This is what God is all about. It’s about forgiveness of sins. It’s about a new life, a new start. It’s about [forgetting those things that are behind and pressing forward to the things that are ahead.] (PARAPHRASE, Philippians 3:13)

But you don’t know it because you don’t know the ordinance of God. You’re running by what your heart feels. You’re running by what your mind thinks; and you’re mind isn’t thinking straight. It’s not thinking according to the Word, the ordinance of God. All the way through the Scriptures God is presented as the Redeemer, as the Forgiver, as the Restorer, as the One who is “hesed,” who is lovingkindness. He says “„How can you say, “We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us…?”.” (Jeremiah 8:8) They think they’ve got it made ’cause they’ve got the temple of the Lord, and hey, they’ve got the law of the Lord. They’ve got the scroll. They’ve got the inside stuff. They’ve got the record of God speaking to Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all these men. They’ve got it. So they think, “Hey, I’m wise. I own the Bible. I’ve read it once or twice. Well, maybe not all the way through, but you know, don’t talk to me about reading it daily. I’ve read it, you know. It’s okay.” He says “„How can you say, “We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us.? …behold, the lying pen of the scribes has made it into a lie..” (Jeremiah 8:8) The scribes were the ones that copied the law. The scribes were the ones that were like the lawyers that would debate the situation according to what they knew of the Word of God ’cause people didn’t have their own copy of the Word of God. So it says, “„….Behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD…..” He says, “„…[so] what kind of wisdom do they have?.” (Jeremiah 8:9) See, when you’re deceived, you think you’re wise, and you don’t know how stupid you are. You don’t know how deceived you are. It says, so this is what I’m gonna do. “„…[I’m gonna] give [your] wives to others, [I’m gonna give] their fields to new owners; because [even] from the least [of them in Jerusalem, in Judah] to the greatest [of them] everyone is greedy for gain…..” (Jeremiah 8:10)

It’s all about me. It’s all about having more. It’s just give me, give me, give me. And when you look at the United States of America no nation could have more than America. And even the poorest of the poor aren’t poor like the people in other countries. It says, “„…[Everyone practices deceit] everyone is greedy for gain; from the prophet…,.” the one that’s supposed to be the spokesman from God, “„…even to the priest…,.” the one that’s supposed to serve in the temple, “„…[they] practices deceit. They heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially, saying, “Peace, peace” [when] there is no peace..” (Jeremiah 8:10-11)

False prophets are going around saying, “Hey, God’s not gonna judge us.” What is he doing? He’s deceiving them. And in his deceit here are people that are broken. Broken and they can’t be healed because he’s saying “Peace, peace” and there can’t be peace without righteousness.

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