Intercessor

When a person violates the laws of human government, on occasion they will need someone to represent them in a court of justice. This person will act on their behalf to represent them before a judge or jury. The idea here is that this individual will intercede on behalf of the one accused, in order to bring the two together.

When God looked at our condition from heaven, His heart was broken. He saw our great suffering and the evil that destroys human life—every day. The compassion of the Lord, compelled Him to act on our behalf and send to us, an intercessor, who could help. The prophet Isaiah writes in chapter 59, that God saw that there was no man who could intercede on our behalf. Because all men are sinners themselves, no man could act as our Savior. In order for any one of us to be saved, we would need a perfect man, who is himself—without sin. Since this would never be possible for us, God sent a man who is perfect in every regard; One who could intercede for us and bring every person who believed, back to God

The Lord sees that there is no “intercessor” for man, so He sends His Messiah.

Isaiah 59:16a He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.

New Testament Fulfillment:

1 Timothy 2:3-6 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time…

Matthew 9:36 But when He saw the multitudes, Jesus was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 1:40-42 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.

The compassion of God

Isaiah 59:15-16 is a verse from the Old Testament that really gives us tremendous insight into the mind and heart of God. Looking from heaven at the plight of man; God sees what great suffering is taking place on the earth because of sin. From Adam onward, all men are born with a tendency towards evil, continually. The world which exists today has become a place of unimaginable evil, suffering, and death.

In response to our suffering, The Lord sent His Son, to redeem and restore mankind back to their original perfection. He gave us the opportunity to decide whether or not we will become a part of this wonderful new world that God is preparing. Each one of us make a decision, every day, whether or not we will believe-in and serve Jesus. God always considers our indecision as a decision. Those who have not received Jesus as their Savior are understood by God as standing against Him.

Matthew 12:30 (Jesus Speaking) Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me. (NLT)

Since most of the people on the earth chose not to submit their lives to God, and live according to the dictates of their own heart, this world suffers greatly under the effects of their selfishness. We cannot blame God for the hurt and pain which exists in this world that is caused by the evil and selfish actions of men and woman. It is not the Lord’s fault that people hurt, kill, and take advantage of others. It is not His will that we live in a world that is dominate by selfishness and greed.

God has a plan that is in-effect, today; to bring an end to all of our suffering. When Jesus returns to earth as it’s rightful ruler; evil, pain, suffering, and death will come to an end. No longer will anyone hurt or take advantage of any other person. Jesus will make certain that everything that occurs on the earth is equitable, fair, and just.

The presence of evil

The abiding question: “If God exists, why does He permit evil in the world?,” is obvious. This is the world that we have chosen for ourselves. In the beginning, the earth was a place of sublime perfection. Evil did not exist and man lived upon this planet in peace and absolute Joy. This was until, man decided that He would no longer have God as the ruler of his life. From the moment that Adam determined to disobey God and experience the knowledge of good and evil; he has chosen evil over good, ever since.

The Lord has given us a period of time during our life, to make our own decisions about what we will believe, and how we will live. There is a time in which God will bring all the acts of men, under His complete rulership. Those who have submitted themselves to God’s chosen King; Jesus Christ, will rule and reign with Him. Those who have refused to obey the gospel and receive Jesus as their King, will be excluded from all of the good things that God has planned for this earth and all human beings.[1]

A person who possesses true wisdom, will hear these principles and conform themselves into what God has commanded. A truly intelligent person will understand that God is abundant in love, exercising great kindness and mercy. He is also just and He will punish all sin and rebellion.[2] We know these things are true because He has declared these standards to us throughout 3,500 years of scripture, which He has preserved for us to the present day.

A secondary answer to the question of evil’s presence in this world, is the fact that satan is described as a “ruler” of this world. He draws all those who will not receive Jesus, to receive him instead. Those who are not serving Jesus, are described by God as serving the devil.

For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 44 (NLT)

Jesus said that satan is “the ruler” of this world:

John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.

Paul said that satan is the “god of this age”:

2 Corinthians 4:4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

For specific details regarding who has dominion over the earth, see the chapter: The Right to Rule.

When Jesus died and was raised to life on the third day, He won the right to redeem the earth and be her rightful ruler. This rulership will not take place until after the seven-year tribulation, when Jesus returns with His church. At that time, the Lord will set up a kingdom of righteousness on the whole earth—for one thousand years. Until that time, satan has been permitted a limited rulership. When we see suffering and evil we should remember that it is the devil who is responsible for much of the catastrophes and suffering that people experience on the earth. Those who are not in a personal relationship with God, remain under the control of the devil, and they are guaranteed no protection by God.

John 8:42-44 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.

Only those who have come into the family of God, through a new relationship with Jesus Christ, are guaranteed protection by God against the devil. Though the Lord does allow satan some limited access into the lives of those who love God, He will not allow satan to destroy anyone who has given their entire heart to Jesus.

1 John 5:18-19 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. 19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one…

If you would like to see what the earth will be like when the Lord rules over the lives of men, see the chapter in this book: Establish a Kingdom. When Jesus rules the world from Jerusalem, the earth will be at peace, and no one will hurt or kill. This will be an absolute dominion in which no opposition to Jesus’ righteous authority will be permitted. The Lord will rule under a Theocracy, where co-rulership is determined by the faithfulness of those who have served Jesus, before the Rapture occurs. people who have been faithful over a little, during the time preceding Jesus’ return to earth, will be given greater authority during the Millennium, when His kingdom begins.

And he said to him, “Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’ Luke 19:17

This kingdom will restore the earth to its former glory of complete righteousness, where there will be no suffering, pain, or death.

See the following chapters for further clarification on these issues:

Jesus’ Return
Coming to Rule
All Judgment is His
A New Heaven and Earth

Isaiah 59:16a, the subject of this chapter, describes the Messiah as an “Intercessor.”

He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor…

An intercessor is a person who intervenes on behalf of another, especially by prayers.[3] Someone who is both qualified to act in this capacity as well as willing to do so. Jesus was qualified to intercede on behalf of all human beings by His fulfillment of all of the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah. Because Jesus is both God and a perfect man, He has the capacity to understand our struggles as human beings, as well as, God’s absolute requirement for moral perfection. Jesus is able to bring God and man together in peace.

According to Isaiah’s prophecy, the Lord of heaven noted that there was no one to intercede on man’s behalf. No one to show him how to come to God. There was no one qualified to heal the unbridgeable gap between the two, because of man’s sin. It is the sin of man that makes it impossible for him to approach God. Unless this intercessor could remedy the sin issue, there could be no possibility of bringing the two together.

God dwells in light—unapproachable (1 Timothy 6:16). His perfection and righteousness would consume any person who has sin remaining within. The intercessor must be without sin and able to take the place of the guilty sinner and pay the penalty that is due for their sin. This intercessor must be able to bear all of the sins of all people—remove them, and thereby make reconciliation possible.

Only God could necessitate the removal of our sin, but He could not accomplish this for us as God, only. In order for this intercessor to be successful, God would have to take the form of a man and become the second Adam.[4] His Eternal and perfect nature—dwelling within the flesh of a human being who had never sinned; this was the only suitable solution for one who would be our intercessor.

All of the Old Testament prophecies that concern the Messiah, describe how this impossible task could be accomplished.

When we consider the qualifications required for any one person to be the Messiah, all candidates are eliminated except one. Only Jesus fulfilled every demand of the strict and Holy law of God. This is why we cannot accept any other person, church, or religious principle, to act as our intercessor. No one other than Jesus has met the requirements that God has established.

“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” —1 Timothy 2:5

The great love and compassion of our God is illustrated, as He is seen gazing into our lives to observe that we are without anyone to help us. The Lord cares for you and I so deeply, that He could not sit idly by and fail to do what was necessary to rescue us from our hopeless situation. Those who see God as angry and vindictive, seeking to send us to hell, have not understood that He has done everything that is possible to ensure that no person would ever have to suffer judgement for their sins. God sent His only Son to take the penalty that we deserve and remove our failures from our record. If we will only come to Him and receive His forgiveness, we can enter a new life of amazing blessing and peace.

The Messiah, who is portrayed in these many predictions from the Old Testament, reveals a humble, loving Savior; who was willing to give up His life so that all of us could live forever. By allowing Jesus, as our intercessor, to bring us to God by His sacrifice; we can enjoy our lives as they were meant to be lived.

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Isaiah further defines the role of the intercessor in this second section of this chapter: The continuing role of the Messiah is to make intercession by prayers for those who come to Him in faith and are saved.

Isaiah 53:12e Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

John 17:9 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.

John 17:12-21 “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”

Hebrews 7:24-25 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Ever-living to intercede

As Jesus is fulfilling all of the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah, even while dying on the Cross, He is interceding on behalf of those who are responsible for His death.

Before Jesus went to the Cross, in John Chapter 17, we see the true “Lord’s Prayer.”

Jesus standing before the Father, praying for people who have come to Him by faith; believing in His death as the payment for their sins. Jesus is also praying for all those who will believe in Him by the testimony of men who wrote and recorded the New Testament accounts of who Jesus is and what He has done.

Finally, Paul described Jesus in a new role as our High Priest, who ever lives to make intercession for us. Jesus’ continuing ministry, since His resurrection, is to pray and intercede for those who have come to Him for their salvation. A knowledge of these truths should be a great source of comfort, knowing that at this moment, Jesus is in heaven praying for each one of us.

Whatever it is that you may be going through in your life right now, Jesus is aware of your situation, and He is praying for you. If you are suffering and wondering why the Lord has not rescued you from your trouble, have you considered that He is praying for you?

It is a truth that is often displayed throughout the Bible, that the Lord is more interested in our character than our comfort. Just as any loving father will make the life of his child difficult sometimes, to teach important principles and develop character; so also does our Father in heaven. God allows suffering in the lives of people who have come into a personal relationship with Him—by Jesus Christ, for a good purpose.

The person who has not come into a parent/child relationship with God, by the work of Jesus Christ, is not under His discipline. In fact, the Bible makes it clear that there is no protection—promised by God for anyone who refuses to come to Him by Jesus’ sacrifice. God is under absolutely no obligation whatsoever, to rescue a person who has stubbornly refused to receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. The truth is—all those outside of God’s family belong to the family of satan. The devil can do nearly anything he desires to a person who is not under the protection of God’s covenant, in Jesus Christ.

1 John 5:19 We know that we (believers in Jesus) are of God, and the (rest of) the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

Why bad things happen:

Often, people who do not understand God, question how He can allow so much suffering in the world, or permit natural disasters and accidents to take so many lives. What we should consider is that most of the world has rejected God and His claim upon their lives. When bad things happen to people and they blame God, they really should blame themselves.

When a nation forgets God

One of the stunning developments that has gone largely unnoticed in the secular world, is the massive movement away from faith in God and the Bible. Today, the United States, is no longer a nation that contains a majority of people who believe in and follow Jesus Christ. After decades of secular humanism in our colleges and universities, the resulting graduates who now permeate American society, no longer have the Christian faith of our forefathers.

This is seen most clearly in the rapid changes that have taken place in America, since 1962.

In a secular society where the citizens of a nation do not believe in God, the arguments for gay marriage are perfectly legitimate. If, however, a nation is founded upon the belief that God has called its people to honor Him and live according to a righteous standard that is different from the rest of the world, the union of marriage with same sex persons should not occur.

The Constitution of the United States guarantees freedom for all people, irrespective of who a person is or what they believe. The Constitution does not provide protection for perversion or those who act in ways that are in opposition to the laws of nature.

Notice the specific language of the opening text from the Declaration of Independence:

“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

In this one sentence, the founding fathers forcefully declared why they must separate themselves from Great Britain.

“The Laws of Nature, and Natures God”.

These 8 words expressed a complete manner of Law and of life.

This statement in our founding document declares an agenda, a wide spread movement, that has specific beliefs. The source for this statement was “Blackstone’s Commentary on the Law.” Blackstone’s Commentary was the law book used for many years before the American Revolution took place. Blackstone’s was the primary text book in law schools, all over the world, until 1920. Bar exams were taken from this book. The Supreme court has quoted from Blackstone’s several times in its opinions. Blackstone’s Commentary on the Law was considered as the final authority regarding all issued of human law.

Blackstone’s gives us the meaning of these 8 words that we find in the Declaration of Independence:

“Man considered as a creature, must necessarily be subject to the laws of his Creator, for he is entirely and dependent being.

And consequently, as a man depends absolutely upon his maker for everything, it is necessary that in all points conform to his makers will, this will of his maker is called the Law of Nature.

This law of nature being co-equal with mankind and dictated by God Himself, is of course superior to any other. It is binding to all the globe, all countries and at all times. No human laws are of any validity if contrary to this. This then is the Law of Nature, it is the law of God expressed through His creation.

“If our reason were always clear and perfect, the task would be pleasant and easy. We would need no other guide but the law of nature. Every man now finds the contrary in his own experience, we find that our reason is corrupt and our understanding is full of ignorance and error. This has given manifold occasion for the benign interposition of divine providence which has been pleased at sundry times and diverse manners to discover and enforce His laws by an immediate and direct revelation. The Doctrines thus delivered, we call the revealed or the divine law and they are to be found only in the Holy Scriptures.”

The Scriptures are the laws of the God who created Nature. The men who framed the Constitution of the United States, took their direction for the laws of America, from these basic principles.

Upon these two foundations: The laws of nature and the law of revelation, depend all of human laws. This is to say, no human laws can be allowed to contradict the laws of nature.[5]

This means that the framers of the Constitution and the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, believed that all of our laws in the United States of America came from God and from His Word, as found in the Bible. The Founders of the United States of America believed That man does not have the right, nor the capacity to institute any other laws outside of God’s law.

This legal phrase in Blackstone’s commentary on the law (the laws of nature’s God), explains the entire thought process behind why the United States of America was founded from the beginning.

A secular nation?

It is a common error amongst those who are uniformed, that the United States was founded as a secular nation. In fact, when we examine the hundreds of thousands of founding documents for the nation, we find that the entire purpose for our break with Britain, was to become a Christian nation, under the God of the Bible.

King George III, of Britain had declared, that when he spoke; it was with the voice of God. It was with this belief that he felt that Britain had the right to dictate to the people of the new land of America, that their obedience was to the king of England and his laws, only.

The motto of the American Revolution declared that they would have “No King but King Jesus.” Benjamin Franklin frequently stated during the revolution against Britain: “Rebellion to Tyrants, is Obedience to God.”

The entire purpose of our war with Britain and the seeking our independence, was to secure laws for our nation, based upon the laws of God, and to exist as people who are governed according to the dictates of the Bible. Notice the specific text in the introduction to the Declaration of Independence:

“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, 1. the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that 2. all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 3. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That 4. whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

1. The basis of law for the United States is “the laws of nature and nature’s God.”

2. These laws are created for all men, and come to us from God as our Creator.

3. In order to institute these laws that come from God, government is established.

4. When any government becomes destructive in not following the laws of God, the people have the right to abolish that government and start a new government.

The purpose of this Declaration of Independence was necessitated because of the actions of the king of England, who said that he was acting in the place of God and had the right to institute laws himself. The war that took place between the newly formed nation of America, and Britain, was to establish a new government, based upon the laws of God and not those of a king, nor any man.

The framers of the Declaration of Independence stated that our rights, which would be a part of the new nation that they were founding, came to all men, by their “Creator.” Further stating, these rights are “self-evident.” These men believed that the God of the Bible exists, and that He is the source of all creation. They believed that the entitlement of liberty and freedom from government oppression and tyranny, were rights bestowed to the citizens of America—by God. They declared that this fact is self-evident, meaning that God’s existence and His intention to make men free is clear, obvious, and manifested by the existence of the universe itself. It was because they believed in the God of the Bible, that they took the laws of America from the laws of nature and nature’s God.

It really could not be any clearer than has already been stated in the most famous of all American founding documents; The Declaration of Independence. The Founding Fathers were primarily Christian men, who believed in God and were seeking to found a nation that could enjoy the freedoms that God intended for all people. For this reason, the laws which make up the Constitution, came from the basic principles of God’s law, as found in the Bible. If we examine the laws that God has declared for mankind, we see that the laws of the United States, closely parallel what God has ordained for all people.

There are thousands of other documents from the founding father’s that further define the purpose for our nation’s original purpose. The opening words of the Declaration of Independence is the most familiar language that many people have seen for themselves. If we just read the text of this document and let their words define for themselves; the purpose for this declaration, it is clear that the United States of America was founded upon Christian principles, with its laws coming from the Bible, the laws of God.

“I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as satisfied that it is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament.”[6]

—Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

“In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.”[7]

—John Quincy Adams, Signer of the Declaration of Independence

The United States was founded upon the belief that God has called us as a nation, and that our liberty was given to us from God. If we remove our conviction that God is the source of our nation, and begin to act in ways that are contrary to His laws, we will experience His wrath.

[C]an the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? – that they are not to be violated but with His wrath?[8] —Thomas Jefferson

To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys. All efforts made to destroy the foundations of our Holy Religion ultimately tend to the subversion also of our political freedom and happiness. In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation… in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom… Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government – and all the blessings which flow from them – must fall with them.[9] —Jedidiah Morse

“If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”[10] —Ronald Reagan

The Bible is clear that no nation exists apart from the sovereignty of God and no people may remain free unless they believe—in and honor God.

…The Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men.’ —Daniel 4:17

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. —Romans 13:1

When Israel abandoned God, over the process of 490 years, they slowly saw the effects of their abandonment in their nation. The enemies of Israel began to attack their cities. The financial prosperity of the nation declined. Lawlessness increased and people began to do what was right in their own eyes, rather than what God said was right.

As a result, the nation began to decline and eventually God removed His total protection of the nation; resulting in Israel and Judah being taken captive by their enemies.

In 605 B.C., the Babylonians defeated the Egyptians during the Battle of Carchemish. This military conquest ended the domination of Palestine by Neco, Pharaoh of Egypt. This event was controlled by the Lord as a part of His sovereign power over the governments of men.

Judah, in her abandonment of God, was ready for judgement. Through the prophet Jeremiah, we see that God had prepared king Nebuchadnezzar as His instrument—to exact judgment against His people.

And afterward,” says the LORD, “I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, his servants and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence and the sword and the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those who seek their life; and he shall strike them with the edge of the sword. He shall not spare them, or have pity or mercy.” ’ —Jeremiah 21:7

When God calls a nation into existence, He also controls whether or not they remain in existence. Just as Israel abandoned God and eventually lost their nation, so also will the United States lose its right to exist if she abandons God.

Our abandonment of God as a nation and people, began in 1962 when prayer in school came under criticism.[11]

1962: The end of school prayer: In Engle v. Vitale, the the Supreme Court reinterpreted the First Amendment’s protection of religion as a right of free exercise, because of complaints from parents. The following is the prayer that parents objected to:

“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen.”[12]

1962: A change in national abortion law is advocated by the American Law Institute.

1963: The national debt for the United States is $306 Million dollars, the GDP is $645 million. In 2015, the national debt will grow to over 18 Trillion dollars.

1963: A Lower court rules that the Bible is no longer allowed in public schools. In Abington v. Schempp, the court determined that no school board or state law had the right to require students to read Bible scriptures at the start of the school day.

1963: The Supreme court rules that prayer is not allowed in school. Madalyn Murray O’Hair founds “The American Atheists.” In Murray v. Curlett, the Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in favor of abolishing school prayer and Bible reading in public schools.

1965: Homosexual activists picket the White House and Pentagon. In San Francisco, gay activists conduct the first gay, drag, ball. The first gay community center opens in San Francisco.

1965: Griswold v. Connecticut; the U.S. Supreme Court established that the U.S. Constitution guaranteed homosexuals the right to privacy though this right is not explicitly stated in the Constitution.

1966: Time Magazine declares that “God is Dead.”

1967: The first gay campus group is formed at Columbia College in New York City.

1967: The Summer of Love begins in San Francisco. One hundred thousand young people celebrate free love with no regard for the consequences.

1967: The addition of sociology and social psychology curriculum is placed into public schools.

1969: A Gallup poll reveals that 68% of Americans believe that premarital sex is wrong and 21% said that it is not. In 2009, forty years later, 32% stated that premarital sex was wrong and 60% declared that it is socially acceptable.

1972: The topic of abortion is discussed on the sitcom, Maude; Beatrice Arthur has an abortion.

1973: Feminist leader Gloria Steinem declares, “By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God.”

1973: In the Supreme Court decision; Roe v. Wade, abortion becomes legal in all states.

1976: Parents and spouses are no longer included in the decision to have a baby aborted. Any teenager may have an abortion, without the knowledge or approval of their parents. A wife may abort her baby, without her husbands approval.

1976: The Hyde Amendment prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortions.

1977: The Hyde Amendment is amended due to objections from the ACLU, to include pregnancies that were the result of rape or incest.

1980: In Stone v. Graham, the Ten Commandments are no longer allowed in any state or federal building.

1981: Arkansas passes a law requiring that Creation must be taught alongside Evolution in public schools. The Supreme Court determines that this law is unconstitutional. Evolution only is taught in public schools.

1984: The first domestic partner law is enacted in Berkeley, California.

1986: California grants the first lesbian couple, joint adoption rights.

1986: All restrictions on abortion are removed in a majority decision: Thornburg v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

We kill millions of unborn children each year for the sake of convenience or as an irresponsible form of birth control.[13] Only one in ten of all abortions performed world-wide are done to save the life of the mother or in the case of a rape.[14] The other nine children are murdered for the sake of convenience, because of the selfishness and sinful acts of human beings.

1987: The Gay and Lesbian Caucus of the National Education Association is established.

1987: The life of Jesus Christ is mocked in the movie: “The Last Temptation of Christ.” Martin Scorsese received an Oscar nomination for Best Director.

1989: Seinfeld airs for the first time on NBC. This television production has a dramatic impact on American culture. The primary theme of Seinfeld, defines human life as meaningless or irrational. The characters on Seinfeld have little regard for issues of morality.

1989: Denmark is the first country to legalize same-sex marriage.

1991: The first lesbian kiss is seen on network television.

1992: The Supreme Court rules that a graduation prayer violates the “Establishment Clause” of the Constitution.

“O God, we are grateful for the learning which we have celebrated on this joyous commencement … we give thanks to you, Lord, for keeping us alive, sustaining us and allowing us to reach this special, happy occasion.”

1993: The first laws are enacted that protect LGBT students in public schools.

1994: The first school prom for gays is held in Los Angeles.

1995: National Police in Manila, Philippines, discover a plot by Ramzi Yousef to blow up a dozen U.S. airliners while they were flying over the Pacific.

1995: April 19, Timothy McVeigh, kills 168 people and wounds 680 by use of a domestic terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.

1997: Ellen DeGeneres “comes out” publicly as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She later appears on the cover of Time magazine.

1997: Bill Clinton is the first U.S. President to address a gay organization during the Human Rights Campaign.

1997: New Hampshire and Maine enact gay rights laws.

1998: Will and Grace Premiers on NBC, which features a homosexual with frequent references to gay sex.

1998: Usama Bin Laden issues a “fatwa,” commanding every Muslim to kill Americans, both military and civilian, wherever they can be found in the world.

1998: America’s President, Bill Clinton, has sex in the oval office with Monica Lewinski. Many other affairs are discovered, yet he leaves office with a 65% approval rating.

1999: April 20, Columbine High School Massacre. Two high-school seniors, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, kill 12 students, 1 teacher, and themselves. 21 are injured.

2000: Vermont passes HB847, legalizing Civil Unions for same-sex couples.

2000: AL Qaeda uses a motorboat in Yemen, filled with explosives, to blow a hole in the side of the U.S.S. Cole, killing seventeen American sailors.

2000: George W. Bush is elected the forty-third President of the United States and takes office in January 2001.

2001: Al Qaeda terrorists, attack the Twin Towers in New York City, killing 2,977 Americans by hijacking four fully fueled jetliners. The United States government launches the “War on Terror.”

2003: Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court voids state sod­omy laws, by extension, and invalidates sodomy laws in thirteen other states; making same-sex activity legal in every U.S. state and territory.

2003: Renee Doyle, President of “”EdWatch,” The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that “religious traditionalists are mentally disturbed.”

2005: Hurricane Katrina kills 1,833 people in one of the most deadly storms in U.S. History.

2006: Richard Dawkins, “Atheist with a mission,” attacks Christianity in his book “The God Delusion.”

2008: Barack Hussein Obama is elected the first black President of the United States. He was the most liberal member of Congress in the history of the United States.

2008: The National debt of the United States is $10 billion, 25 million, the GDP is $14 billion, 843 million.

2009: A Gallop poll reveals just 32% say premarital sex is wrong and 60 percent say that sexual relationships between consenting adults—married or not, is acceptable.

2009: Newsweek magazine announced:“The Decline and Fall of Christian America” on its cover. Newsweek, April 14, “The End of Christian America.”

2009: A Rasmussen report describes 88% of Americans as believers in the person known in history as Jesus Christ. 82% percent believe Jesus Christ was the Son of God who came to earth and died for our sins. 79% percent of Americans believe that Jesus rose from the dead. Despite claims to follow Christ, Christians do not go to the voting booths and support the issues that those who believe the Bible, should endorse.

2010: A record 44.7 million people receive food stamps.

2011: National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy reports that 80% percent of evangelical Christians from the age of twenty to twenty-nine, have had premarital sex.

2012: Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden endorses same-sex marriage in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press.

2012: Barack Obama becomes the first president in United States history to openly support all forms of homosexuality, gay rights, gay adoptions, and civil unions.

2012: Democrats remove God from their Party platform as well as all references to God during the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

2012: July 20, a mass shooting by James Holmes, occurred inside the Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others.

2012: Hurricane Sandy is the second most costly storm in U.S. History, at 68 billion dollars, 285 people died.

2012: December 14, Adam Lanza kills 20 school children and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut in the deadliest school shooting in U.S. History.

2014: The national debt grew beyond $18 trillion on December 15, 2014. The Nations’ debt now greater than the economic output of the entire country.

2015: June 26, The Supreme Court of the United States makes same sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

2105: October 1, Christopher Harper-Mercer, a 26-year-old who was enrolled at the school, fatally shot an assistant professor and 9 students in a classroom; 9 others were also injured. After the shooter was wounded, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. This was the deadliest in Oregon’s modern history.

2015: December 2, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a married couple living in the city of Redlands killed 16 people and seriously injured 19 in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. Farook was an American-born U.S. citizen, Malik was a Pakistani-born lawful permanent resident of the United States.

2015: June 28, The national debt of the United States is 18 Trillion 284 billion. The GDP is 16.77 Trillion.

In the year 2015, there were 325 deaths by mass shooting.


[15]Source: Gun Violence Archives

Notice the increasing natural disasters, national debt, and attacks by enemies—foreign and domestic, as America’s morality, corruption, and disregard for God, increases.

Why would we expect God to protect our nation from terrorists when we have repeatedly stated that we don’t want Him in our public schools, our government, and our personal lives? Our children cannot pray in school. The Ten Commandments have been systematically removed from all government buildings. We kill millions of unborn children each year for the sake of convenience. We accept that people may live perverse lifestyles that deteriorate and diminish the institution of marriage, which was created by God, in order to be tolerant and politically correct. We say nothing, do nothing, because we don’t want to be seen as hateful or prejudiced.

The Parallel Between Israel and America

There is a stunning similarity between the birth of Israel as a nation and the birth of the United States. It is certain that had the United States not come into being and become a strong supporter of Israel before 1948, Israel would not have been able to come back into their own land and become a nation once again—after 2,000 years.

Israel and the United States were set apart by the Lord to be His special people. Israel was chosen the be the line of descendants that would bring the Messiah into the world. America was chosen by God to be the people who would spread the good news of the Messiah’s arrival and offer of salvation to all people.

It is interesting that after the death of king David, the nation of Israel was split into two nations; Israel in the south, and Judah in the north, including the city of Jerusalem.

After only 200 years, the nation of Israel was divided and fell to foreign enemies.

Judah followed 290 years later, when Nebuchadnezzar took the nation captive.

The United States is following the precise same course of Israel, and we have only been in existence for 240 years.

40 is the number of judgement.

6 is the number of man, incomplete, lacking

40 X 6 = 240

The United States in entering its 240th year as a nation

Can the United States be exempt from God’s judgment as we have now continued in the same direction that Israel and Judah have followed?

With the recent Supreme Court decision to make gay marriage the law of the land, it is certain that America’s future is on course for destruction. God is the author of marriage. As such, only He has the right to set the boundaries for marriage, not the governments of men.

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. —Genesis 2:21

God created and ordained marriage between a man and a woman. Man and human society may have changed over the years, but God has not changed. When man alters God’s law and allows that which He has defined as an “abomination,” there will be consequences.

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. —Leviticus 18:22

An intercessor is needed

Would God allow a nation that He called into existence, to be exempt from His judgement—if that nation abandons Him? As America has determined that God is no longer a part of our nation’s conscience, will He continue to allow our country to exist as a free and prosperous people? As we have endorsed and allowed the corrupt social morals that He has said His people should not participate in, will He continue to protect us from foreign enemies?

Israel was called into existence under similar circumstances to those of the United States. She was protected and prospered because her people loved and honored God. When the nation abandoned the Lord, He gave the nation and people of Israel over to their enemies. The Lord removed His hand of protection, and caused the nation to suffer economic collapse, and brought in a foreign nation to take away their freedom and their country.

When President Barack Obama endorsed the gay agenda and the Supreme Court of the United States declared that gay marriage is the law of the land, our fate was sealed.

Our nation and people have entered into a perilous time of history. If we do not return to God, it is certain that we will cease to exist as a nation. We need an intercessor. Someone who will bring us—as a nation—to the very throne of God and seek Him on our behalf. We need national repentance from our sins as a nation and a return to the ideals of righteousness. When any nations turns from God and begins to live according to the dictates of their own heart, it is just a matter of time before that nation collapses. If we examine the early history of America, we see that our nation came into existence because our people wanted to worship God without interference from government. We wanted to live with the ability to build lives and prosper, without the tyranny of a king. The men who are responsible for the beginning of this nation understood that God had allowed us to exist and would continue to bless our nation, only if we continued to honor the Lord. This was true of Israel, and it is true of every nation that has existed on the earth.

The Timing of These Events

We might also consider that for the first time in the history of the United States, our president has all but abandoned Israel. It is uncertain whether president Obama would come to the defense of Israel should an attack be launched against this tiny country.

The leaders of the Muslim nations that want Israel wiped off the face of the earth, know that our president is militarily weak and will not stand with Israel in the event of a crisis. Whether or not this is actually true, it is important to realize that in the minds of Arab leaders who want to destroy Israel, they believe that this is true.

The book of Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39, describe a time when the nations that surround Israel will have a thought that they may have success in taking Israel by military force. Ezekiel describes a supernatural event by God that will destroy these invading armies. At that moment, Israel will understand that God has intervened for their nation, much as He has in times past—during the taking of Israel back as their country in 1948, and again during the capture of Jerusalem as their capital, in 1967.

God is speaking to us once again; the time to return to Him, is now. If we continue to choose our own way and maintain the cause of the perverse, the godless, and the corrupt, we will no longer have a nation of liberty.

Just as they have chosen their own ways, And their soul delights in their abominations, So will I choose their delusions, And bring their fears on them; Because, when I called, no one answered, When I spoke they did not hear; But they did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight. —Isaiah 66:3-4

Jesus is praying for our nation everyday. He has sent His Holy Spirit into the world to convict it of its need to turn to God. Fewer and fewer people are listening every year. The Day of the Lord is near, and then all that the Lord has written concerning the return of Jesus to the earth, will begin.

Praying for His murderers

Isaiah states that the Messiah will intercede for those who will put Him to death. The people who stood nearby to witness the death of Jesus were awestruck by the manner in which He died. He did not act as other men do when they are being executed for crimes they have committed. Jesus showed amazing love and compassion for the very men who were subjecting Him to excruciating pain and suffering. It was almost as if Jesus wanted to get up from the cross to show the man who was driving the nails into His hands, how to properly get the job done.

They hauled the large burley man, trembling, to the judgment seat of Jesus…

Oh great Lord of the universe, behold the man who made the nails that pierced your hands and feet…

The master rose up slowly, gently, as His eyes like fire and His beard as white as wool shone in the heavens…

Jesus laid His mighty nail-scarred hand upon the shoulder of the man so full of shame; his guilt-ridden head he could not lift, before the great King..

Jesus begins to speak… You made the nails that they pierced me with?

The man replies: Yes Great King.

The broken man could barely lift his eyes to meet Jesus’ gaze. Oh Lord, please forgive me, I didn’t understand what I was doing. I see now that you are the Lord, and I am sincerely sorry for what I did to You.

With all the love that brought Jesus to earth for the very purpose of dying for the sins of the world, He looked back intently at a truly repentant soul…

They were good nails, my friend, You are forgiven.[16]

As His tormentors carried out their work of making His death certain, Jesus was praying for them.

Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, were all in agreement in how, when, and by what method; the Messiah would die for the sins of the world. The people who put Jesus to death were not only guilty of a lifetime of personal sins against God; they were now adding the most hideous crime: murdering the Son of God. As Jesus is suffering unimaginable pain, His thoughts run to the men causing His torment. Jesus thinks-not of retribution or malice—but compassion, love, and concern. These men were exercising their own free will in choosing to kill Jesus. Whether by order of the Roman Government, pressure by the Jewish authorities, or by personal hatred of Jesus’ as he was suffering before them; they heaped their sins high. Even while being tormented by these men; Jesus was not willing that any of these men who punished Him, should perish, eternally.

Unbelievably, Jesus asks the Father not to hold these sins of murder and torture against those who were killing Him. Jesus was reminding the Father that this death that He was dying, was for the very men who were putting Him to death. Father, forgive them, were the words Jesus spoke. The Lord understood that most of what we do against God is in ignorance. If we truly understood who Jesus is and what He has done for us, many of us would fall before Him in great adoration and honor. It is because we are ignorant of God and His plans and purposes for this world, that we ignore Him, often blaspheme Him, and even worse—reject Him in our life. It is my hope that this book might serve as a help to those who were not aware of who Jesus is, and what He has done. I have often prayed for those who may discover the Lord and be saved, as I was writing the words of this testimony about Jesus’ life. If you find the Lord as a result of this work, would you please send me an email and let me know?

robertcliftonrobinson@gmail.com

Isaiah writes that the Messiah would pray for His executioners. We find in the testimony of those who recorded the words of the New Testament, that this is exactly what Jesus did. He loved the men who were killing Him, and He gladly died a horrible death so that they might have the opportunity to obtain the forgiveness of their sins, and eternal life.

He loves you just as dearly. I pray that you will come to know who Jesus is, and find the purpose for which God created you: to know Him personally and have fellowship with Him forever. Remember to pray daily for our nation.


[1] Matthew 25:34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Matthew 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
[2] 2 Timothy 4:1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:
[3] Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2013
[4] 1Corinthians 15:21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
1Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
1Corinthians 15:45-47 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.
[5] Because the acts committed between same sex couples are not natural (for the purpose of their bodies), according the what God defines as “Natural,” our nation should not endorse the marriage of same-sex couples.
[6] Benjamin Rush, Letters of Benjamin Rush, L. H. Butterfield, editor (Princeton, New Jersey: American Philosophical Society, 1951), Vol. I, p. 475, to Elias Boudinot on July 9, 1788. Signer of the Declaration of Independence; surgeon general of the continental army; ratifier of the u. s. constitution; “father of american medicine”; treasurer of the u. s. mint; “father of public schools under the constitution”
[7] John Quincy Adams, An Oration Delivered Before the Inhabitants of the Town of Newburyport at Their Request on the Sixty-First Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1837 (Newburyport: Charles Whipple, 1837), pp. 5-6
[8] Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (Philadelphia: Matthew Carey, 1794), Query XVIII, pp. 236-237
[9] Jedidiah Morse, A Sermon, Exhibiting the Present Dangers and Consequent Duties of the Citizens of the United States of America, Delivered at Charlestown, April 25, 1799, The Day of the National Fast (MA: Printed by Samuel Etheridge, 1799), p. 9
[10] Ronald Reagan, “Remarks at a Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast in Dallas, Texas,” The American Presidency Project, August 23, 1984 (at: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=40282)
[11] List based in part from the work of David Fiorazo, (2013-11-11). ERADICATE – Blotting Out God in America (Kindle Locations 6075-6078). LIFE SENTENCE Publishing. Kindle Edition.
[12] Engel v Vitale
[13] A 2004 study by the Guttmacher Institute reported that women listed the following amongst their reasons for choosing to have an abortion:
74% Having a baby would dramatically change my life
73% Cannot afford a baby now
48% Do not want to be a single mother or having relationship problems
38% Have completed my childbearing
32% Not ready for a(nother) child
25% Do not want people to know I had sex or got pregnant
22% Do not feel mature enough to raise a(nother) child
14% Husband or partner wants me to have an abortion
13% Possible problems affecting the health of the fetus
12% Concerns about my health
6% Parents want me to have an abortion
1% Was a victim of rape
less than 0.5% Became pregnant as a result of incest.
[14] A detailed study from 27 different nations, including the United States:
25.9% Want to postpone childbearing.
21.3% Cannot afford a baby
14.1% Has relationship problem or partner does not want pregnancy
12.2% Too young; parent(s) or other(s) object to pregnancy
10.8% Having a child will disrupt education or job
7.9% Want no (more) children
3.3% Risk to fetal health
2.8% Risk to maternal health
2.1% Other
Total: 98.3% of all abortions are for convenience or as a method of birth control.
1.Bankole, Akinrinola; Singh, Susheela; Haas, Taylor (1998). “Reasons Why Women Have Induced Abortions: Evidence from 27 Countries”. International Family Planning Perspectives 24 (3): 117–27, 152.
2.Finer, Lawrence B.; Frohwirth, Lori F.; Dauphinee, Lindsay A.; Singh, Susheela; Moore, Ann M. (September 2005). “Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives”. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 37 (3): 110–8.
[15] Source:http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/query/2bde9dc6-f32c-46b2-b091-cefb1073fae5/map
[16] Author unknown. This story came from my notes over the past 35 years. A large part of the story was written and paraphrased by myself. If you know the author of this wonderful story, please email me at 365Prophecies@gmail.com so that I may give proper attribution to the original writer.