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“Crossing the Line”
by Art Sadlier   
March 1st, 2009


God chose the nation of Israel to glorify His name, to be loved of God, to receive and transmit truth to the world and to be the vehicle through whom the Saviour would come into the world. Times, almost without number Israel sinned, disobeyed God and worshipped idols. Times without number God pardoned Israel and restored her. Israel responded by sinning more and more.

There came a day when Israel crossed the line of God’s mercy and grace and patience. As the poem says, “There is a line that crosses every path, the hidden boundary between God’s patience and His wrath”. Unknown, unseen and unheard, the day came when Israel stepped over that line.

The Lord said to Jeremiah, “Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee” Jer.7:16. The line was crossed, again the Lord spoke to Jeremiah, ....”Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth” Jer. 15:1. “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” Jer. 8:20.  Too Late!

“They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented; neither shall they be buried; but they shall be as dung of the earth: and they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their carcasses shall be meat for the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth. For thus saith the LORD, enter not into the house of mourning, to lament nor bemoan them: for I have taken away my peace from this people, saith the LORD, even loving-kindness and mercies”  Jer. 16: 4,5 This is not the line of chastening, this is the line of judgment, the line of abandonment, God would yet bless Israel, but not this generation. upon the face559 neither go50022617

There is an unmistakable parallel ......between Israel of that hour and our society today. I believe America (and Canada) has crossed the line of God’s mercy. Our government run educational institutions have declared for a generation that God did not create the heaven and earth and that God does not exist. Fifty million babies created in the image of God have been murdered in their mother’s wombs with our society’s approval. Heterosexual immorality, homosexuality, child pornography and every conceivable perversion has filled our society. The word of God is rejected and disobeyed at every turn.

For twenty years America has given Israel billions of dollars and in return has demanded that Israel give up the land God has promised them. For twenty years God has been sending warnings of Judgment to America each time new pressure has been put on Israel.  The warnings have come in the form of storms, floods, fires, earthquakes and hurricanes. Each warning has been totally ignored. I suspect that the time of warnings is now past, and what we are seeing in the financial meltdown is a not a warning but perhaps the beginning of the judgment of God on America.  There are many who believe that America will not come out of this crisis, and I think they could be right. There are signs that the US dollar could collapse leaving America to become a third world country overnight, we are living a day when unusual things happen.

The new administration is continuing the betrayal of Israel; they are turning against Israel altogether. America has announced a contribution of nearly one billion dollars to rebuild Israel’s enemies in Gaza. Some democrats are saying, the world is against Israel, and because America supports Israel the world is against America the answer is to stop supporting Israel.   

When God gives an individual or a nation up, he gives them up to their own way, they cross the line of God's mercy resulting in judicial blindness. It seems to me that some of the things that are happening in America today can only be attributed to blindness of heart.

God alone knows who has crossed the line of His patience and mercy, we cannot make that determination. We can, however, when we compare what we see happening with what we read in God s word, have great reason to fear for our contemporaries.


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