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Time Off

Due to illness and the Christmas season I will not be posting for a while.

I have been asked about my hosting company.  I employ GoDaddy and find them both reasonable and helpful  when I hit a snag.

Eutychus

Three Great Stories

Three of the greatest and best known stories in the Bible are in the Book of Daniel:  Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego in the fiery furnace, the handwriting on the wall at Belshazzar’s feast, and Daniel in the den of Lions.  Daniel was a Jewish youth of noble birth carried off during the first captivity of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon around 605 B.C.  Because of his gifts he became a member of the Royal Court and an adviser to the King.  When Babylon was captured by the Medes and the Persians he took on a similar role with Darius the Mede.

Nebuchadnezzar made a gold monument 90 feet tall and 9 feet across and ordered all to bow down before it.  The Hebrew youth refused so the King had them thrown into a fiery furnace.  They not only did not die there, there was a 4th figure in with them which may have been an Old Testament appearance of Christ.  They came out not even singed or smelling of smoke.   The King was humbled.

We have been in a fiery furnace as it were for the 8 years of Obama who advocated a weaker America, weaker military and a nation watered down through open borders and large numbers from the Middle East.  Hillary would have done the same.  We have been given another chance by a leader of a different ilk all together.  I have said if one wanted a successful Presidency, watch Barack Obama and do the opposite.  That is what Donald Trump is doing–not by watching Obama but by his good instincts and understanding of our Heritage.

We get our expression of “The Handwriting’s on the Wall” from the next story.  Nebuchadnezzar’s successor, Belshazzar, throws a banquet and has the cups stolen from the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and begins to toast their false gods with the goblets.  Suddenly a hand appears and writes on the wall of the palace:  MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN.  Terrified the King brings in his astrologers and wise men who cannot interpret it.  Someone remembered Daniel who interpreted the dreams of the King’s father, Nebuchadnezzar.  Daniel tells Belshazzar the words mean your kingdom is coming to an end, you are found wanting on the scales of life, and your kingdom will be divided among the Medes and the Persians.  That very night Belshazzar is killed and Darius the Mede takes over his kingdom.

The handwriting was on the wall for our nation had Hillary been elected.  But we have been spared by God.  Let us learn from this and move forward together.

Daniel becomes an adviser to Darius and is so successful he is named leader of all the princes.  They become jealous and convince the King to sign a document that anyone who prays to anyone but Darius  will be thrown into the Lions’ den.  Daniel refuses and Darius regrets signing the decree.  Daniel is thrown into the den and God closes the Lions’ mouths.  The next day the King visits the den and is delighted to see Daniel alive.  He has the princes who urged the decree and their families thrown into the Lions’ den.  The mouths of the Lions are not closed.

There is a legendary story about Dr. Charles Stanley of First Baptist Church, Atlanta.  Early in his ministry he ran counter to some of his elders, one of whom socked him on TV one evening as Dr. Stanley delivered the message.  Naturally this was devastating and Charles Stanley prayed over what to do.  As he prayed on older woman came by his office and handed him a package.  She asked that he ponder over it.  He sort of brushed the package aside and continued his seeking Godly counsel.

Then he spotted the package again and decided to unwrap it.  It was Daniel in the den of Lions.  He reflected on it and then saw it.  Daniel was paying no mind to the Lions beside him;  he was looking up to heaven.  Dr. Stanley then knew what he must do:  Look up and ignore the Lions roaring around him.  Forty years later he is still there and that elder has gone the way of the princes who sought to destroy Daniel.

Lions have been roaring about us from ISIS to transgender bathrooms and most anything in between.   Leadership matters and God has smiled on us again.  Let us thank Him and pray for Donald Trump every day.  His tasks are great and he is already making a difference.

I close with thanks to our veterans as we remember 75 years ago today was the attack on Pearl Harbor.  One of those veterans is my father, a WWII marine still living at age 93.   God saw us through that and trust He will do so again in our circumstances today.

Eutychus

 

 

 

Don’t Cry For Hillary

Sean Hannity lists three reasons Hillary lost.  First, Barack Obama’s failed policies which she vowed to continue. Second, she is a bad candidate who, like Tom Dewey in 1948, hardly bothered to campaign.  Third, Donald Trump had a message for the working poor, the Forgotten Man.

Noemie Emery of The Weekly Standard makes some similar points in the 11/28 issue.  She notes there were good stories about how Bill and Hill lost track of their home base   There was also the usual tripe from the Left–she lost because she is a woman and we are a sexist nation.  Rubbish!  We will have a woman President one day and I hope she is Republican.

Hillary also lost because she sold her office as Secretary of State and lied about it and many other things.  She also ran as a woman with the entitlement to the Office.   She should have run as Jack Kennedy did in 1960, not as the first Catholic, but asking for a fair chance to run regardless of religion.  But Hillary is no Jack Kennedy.

Some are asking what they should tell their daughters.  The smart answer is the country goes on and we will get on with our lives.  Too many are telling them the country is not ready for a woman President.  That is not the case.  Hillary was simply the wrong woman.  Do not cry for Hillary.

Let us pray for Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

Eutychus

Is Donald Trump Like Any Other President?

Nearly every evening a Presidential historian or another expert offers opinion on which Chief Executive Donald Trump most closely resembles.  Some say Ike as he had no government experience either.  But he held together the most complex group of nations ever assembled to win WWII.  Others say Truman as his win over Dewey was such an upset.  Like Hillary, Thomas Dewey hardly bothered to campaign while Harry Truman whistle stopped his way over the country.  Donald was like Harry as he criss-crossed the country to roaring crowds.

The 1980 election also comes to mind where people were afraid to tell Pollsters they were voting for Ronald Reagan as he we so maligned by the media.  Like Brexit people were skittish about sharing their real feelings.

Trump is like Grover Cleveland in little government experience.  But Cleveland was governor of New York for two years.  The most common name mentioned is Andrew Jackson, “Old Hickory,” as he too was a populist–that is for the common man.  But really there is none like Donald Trump in terms of no experience at all in holding public office.

How is the President-Elect doing?  I would say in terms of the way his current choices are driving the Left mad (they are always mad) he is doing very well.  He has offered 21 names for the Supreme Court.  Our favorite is Diane Sykes of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit and former member of the WI Supreme Court.  But Conservatives in the know have said grace over all these names.  Even George Will, so against Trump that he said he hoped the GOP lost big, has said he is delighted with these names and the Court should now have a Conservative bent for 25-30 years more.

This will be a short piece today as we celebrate Thanksgiving–a uniquely American holiday;  and well it might be as we are blessed as no People ever.  In our giving Thanks let us be grateful to God for the election and what we were spared.  And let us pray for Donald Trump every day–for wisdom and strength.

It is said that gratitude is the mother of all virtues.  Certainly there is no such thing as vital Christian experience without it.  Need of Christ, salvation in Christ, gratitude toward Christ–these three phases are, as it were, the stethoscope where we can hear the very heartbeat of the Gospel.

Voltaire voiced in the 18th century:  “Ere the beginning of 19th century, Christianity will have disappeared from the earth.  But now Voltaire is an afterthought known to scholars and Christianity touches every nation in the world.  For eight years we had an Administration which tried to divorce us from our Judao-Christian roots.  But they will soon be gone, and God continues to shine upon our nation.  Let us humbly bow before Him and have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.

Eutychus

The Forgotten Man

John McNaughton’s painting, The Forgotten Man, has become a symbol of Donald Trump’s stunning upset in the election on Tuesday.  The picture portrays a crest fallen man on a park bench with President’s standing behind him. Barack Obama stands beside the man with arms folded in arrogant indifference just as the President is in life.  Some of the Presidents behind Obama have arms raised in a plea that he take notice.  Others impassively look at the forgotten man on the bench.  The painting captures how things have changed with the Democrats no longer the Party of the working poor.  This is one of the reasons for Trump’s appeal to MI, WI, and PA and Reagan Democrats who have been largely left out since the Gipper left the White House.

One of Donald Trump’s last rallies (and those rallies were phenomenal in numbers and in spirit everywhere the President Elect went) was in Sterling Heights, MI.  Mr. Trump emphasized the forgotten man who would not be forgotten in his Administration.  During the campaign he also spoke of Brexit from last June when the Brits voted out of the European Union in a summer referendum.  He said everywhere freedom loving people want their country back including in our nation.  His election proved the point.

Steve Hilton was an adviser to former Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Cameron.  He also likened the Trump campaign to the British vote to exit the EU (Brexit).  He has appeared on Sean Hannity on FOX and other places to make this case–both before and after November 8.

The Forgotten Man makes me think of the 17th century French scholar, Marc Antoine Muretus.  He was a fugitive from his native land living in Lombardy, Italy.  Dressed in the vagabond rags of a refugee, he fell ill.  His physicians discussed his case in Latin, not thinking that this bedraggled man could understand the language of the scholars. Faciamus experimentum in anima vili, they said, “Let us try an experiment with this worthless creature.”  To their amazement the “worthless creature” spoke to them in Latin:  Vilem animam appellas pro qua Christus non dedignatus est mori?–“Will you call worthless one for whom Christ did not disdain to die?”

Christ died for all of us.  We all have value including The Forgotten Man.  The Democrats have become the Party of the rich and powerful and see the common man as someone to experiment with through such things as Obamacare and open borders.  None of this effects them as they are far removed from the consequences.  Donald Trump took note of this and began to speak of these things in a non P.C. manner.   It won him millions of votes as people saw a difference between the billionaire who speaks their language and the wealthy status quo candidate, Hillary Clinton, who, in an unguarded moment called them “Deplorables.”

Perhaps Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, said it best:  “Donald Trump heard a voice that others missed.”  This was the Forgotten Man, a man Hillary called “Deplorable.”  That man, that voice rose up and was heard.  Now Mr. Trump is on his way to the White House and Mrs. Clinton is on her way home.

I suggested in these posts that we read II Kings 19 each day to see how God can bring down the powerful as he did the Assyrians who threatened Judah centuries ago.  God has done it again.  Now I urge us to pray every day for Donald Trump and the team he is putting together.   Every President has a big job.   Barack Obama has left such a mess that the President Elect has an even more enormous task.

When a King stoops down to pick up a trifle it is no longer a trifle.  It has value.  When Christ came and lived among us and died for us and rose again, we have value–everyone of us.  We are not trifles.  And He hears our prayers.  Let us lift them up for our new leader.   None of us are The Forgotten Man nor the Forgotten Woman in His Eyes.  Praise be to God!

Eutychus

Living Under Tension

Harry Emerson Fosdick was one of the greatest preachers of the 20th Century.  He was born in Buffalo, New York in 1878.  He died in 1969.  For many years he served the renowned Riverside Church in New York City–made that by his ministry as he was the first pastor of the then new church financed by J.D. Rockefeller.   Fosdick tended to be on the liberal side theologically but, unlike the Left of today, he was a bright and thoughtful man.

He published a volume of 25 of his sermons in 1941 with the title “Living Under Tension.”  It was the eve of our entering WWII and war was already raging in Europe.  Those were discouraging days (as are ours) but Fosdick called for optimism in the midst of trial.  I borrow his title and some of his thoughts for this post.

I personally own Edward Creasy’s classic volume Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World, From Marathon to Waterloo. Published in 1851 he includes the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and the victory of the Americans over Burgoyne at Saratoga in 1877 during the Revolutionary War.  If it were written today he would probably include the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg in our Civil War and the 1942 Battle of Midway when the Japanese Navy suffered their first defeat of WWII.

Fosdick notes that there are decisive babies born at the time of major conflict and that those babies are more important than transient battles.  For example, in 1814 Russian and Austrian troops invaded Italy to avenge their losses to Napoleon.  At the battle for Piacenza they murdered women and children.   One woman hid in the belfry of a church with a baby nursing at her breast.  That baby grew up to be Verdi, the great composer.  I own a collection of his works and still listen to Rigoletto, Aida, La Traviata. Il Travatore.  But even specialists no longer remember the battle for Piacenza.  But we know Verdi.

In 1809 Napoleon was dominating Europe and the news.  But some important things were happening that were not in the news.  That year Abraham Lincoln, William Gladstone, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Oliver Wendell Holmes and Cyrus McCormick, the inventor of the harvester were born.  At the least we can say the world was not as hopeless as it looked and a case can be made that those babies were far more decisive than Napoleon’s battles.

Barack Obama is President of the United States.  Hillary Clinton wants the job.  I wonder what babies are being born this year who will make a difference whereas these two only make mischief.

Harry Kemp wrote a poem called “The Conquerors” that includes these lines:

“I saw the conquerors riding by with cruel lips and faces wan;  Musing on kingdoms sacked and burned, There rode the Mongol Genghis Khan;

And Alexander, like a god,  Who wrought to weld the world in one;  And Caesar with his laurel and wreath;  And like a thing from Hell the Hun;

And leading like a star, the van,  Heedless of upstretched arm and groan,  Inscrutable Napoleon went,  Dreaming of empire, and alone. . .

Then all they perished from the earth,  As fleeting shadows from a glass,  And, conquering down the centuries,  Came Christ the Swordless on an ass.”

Polycarp was an early leader of the Christian Church.  He personally knew some of the disciples who knew Jesus.  He was born in 69 A.D. and was martyred for his faith in Smyrna by the Roman proconsul, Lucius Statius Quadratus in 155.  The Christians in Smyrna wrote thus of his death:  “Statius Quadratus being proconsul, but Jesus Christ being King forever.”

I hope we will all vote and vote smart in these days of “Living Under Tension.”  But let us also take the longer view. Doubtless God is doing things of which we are unaware and that do not make the news.  He is still in charge and will one day wrap up history and the Omnipotent will reign forever!  Praise the Lord!

Eutychus

 

The Potter & the Clay

The Book of Jeremiah contains more words than any other in the Bible.  Jeremiah is the second of the Great Prophets.  The Word of the Lord came to him while he was still young (Jeremiah 1:6) during the the thirteenth year of reign of King Josiah of Judah (626 B.C.).  God’s Chosen are threatened by King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians to whom they fell in 586 B.C.  Jeremiah pleads with his People to repent but they refuse.  In fact, in Jeremiah 18:12 they openly tell Jeremiah not to waste his breath as they plan to continue in their evil ways.  They believe that, as The Chosen, God will protect them no matter what they do.  They should have known better as they had seen their northern brethren in Israel fall to Assyria in 723 B.C.

Jeremiah had been led of God to the shops where jars are made of clay.  A potter working at his wheel saw a jar go bad so he smashed it and started over.  God is the Potter and His People the clay in His Hands.  He tells Jeremiah He is the Potter who raised up a nation to be His own.   But like the clay of the jar that went bad so God’s Chosen have gone on the wrong road.  God is willing to given them a second chance if they will turn from evil.  The Prophet brings this message and it is rejected.  This sets Judah up for their fall (Jeremiah 18:1-17).

I believe there is every evidence that we Americans are a Second Chosen People.  I do not know how else one explains the remarkable progress and influence of our Nation over the last 200 plus years.  I also think there is little doubt we are going the way of the First Chosen in turning our back on God.  That is one of the reasons the Tea Party rose up in remarkable fashion after the election of Barack Obama, the weakest and most dangerous President of modern time.  It is also part of the reason for the rise of Donald Trump–a non-P.C. candidate.   People have had enough and they are rising up.  But are there enough of them to swing the election away from a congenital liar?

Bill and Hillary Clinton may be the most corrupt politicians in our history.  The very fact that we allowed Bill Clinton to stay in office despite lying under oath and his ill-treatment of women is an example of nation without soul or principle.   The fact that the biggest liar since Satan may win the Presidency further illustrates our decline.  As Newt Gingrich has said–the Clintons have the opposite of the Midas touch;  all they touch turns not to gold but ash.

We have been given another chance as James Comey revisits the e-mail scandal.   Some speculate he is doing this out of shame as he knows Hillary should have been indicted.  Others think that there are wiki-leaks coming which will demonstrate that Clinton should be in jail rather than leading the race for the Oval Office and Comey is seeking to get ahead of this.

What will be our response?   Will we say with Joshua, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:25)  Or will we follow the ugly response to Jeremiah, “Don’t waste your breath.  We will continue to live as we want to, following our own evil desires.”  (Jeremiah 18:12)

People remain the same as they were in the day of Joshua and Jeremiah.  And the Second Chosen can fall in 2016 A.D. just as surely as did the First in 586 B.C.   Let it not happen on our watch.  God help us!

Eutychus

 

 

Hillary, Gore & Liberal Hypocrisy

The Far Left has gone into a wild frenzy over Donald Trump’s announcement that he will wait until after the election to judge if it was conducted fairly.  Somehow the Donkeys feel that when a Republican calls for a fair election it amounts to some sort of rebellion.

Doubtless Democrats will be poll watching.  Republicans should have been in 1960 when Richard Nixon was probably elected but for ballot stuffing in Chicago by Mayor Richard Daley and in Lyndon Johnson’s Texas–famous for dead people voting which has now spread to the Midwest.  Neither Kennedy nor native Texan Johnson were particularly popular in the Lone Star State.

As Newt Gingrich points out, if the Left and the media (they are one and the same) were really concerned about corruption in our politics, they would take note of Hillary’s taking millions from foreign governments in exchange for access.  Instead they pretend to be aghast that Donald Trump is skeptical about whether this election will be fair. What hypocrisy!  What staged outrage!

In 2000 Al Gore quite properly asked for a FL recount.  He had every right to do so.  But when the Supreme Court said “Enough!” that did not end it for the Left.  Even in 2002 Hillary Clinton was still saying George W. Bush was a selected rather than an elected President.  Many Democrats still say that election was rigged.  Secretary of State, John Kerry, continues to believe he won OH in 2004 but was cheated out of the state’s being in his column.  Clinton made much in the debate that Donald employs the word “rigged.”   In fact, Democrats still employ the term for past elections and have done so since well before Trump entered the political arena.

The Left and the Mainstream Media (one and the same) have not covered the fact that senior State Department officials sought to have the FBI change the classification of Hillary’s e-mails to cover up her lies and misconduct. Have you seen many stories about this in the old line Press?   Neither have I.  But they are certainly on Donald Trump for failing to raise his hand that he will accept the results of the election without making sure it is legitimate.

There have not been any complaints from the Left, so concerned about fairness, that the Press spent 23 minutes on allegations against Donald Trump and less than 60 seconds on the damaging revelations from Wikileaks about Hillary Clinton.  Some major media outlets gave no time to Wikileaks.  Instead, like Hillary, they are all over Russia for their part in hacking.  They have no problem (in fact they are proud of it) with old line journalists’ contributions going 96% to Hillary.  They no longer make any pretense of objectivity.  Thomas Jefferson warned about a Free Press no longer being free.  We are at that point and beginning to resemble the old Soviet Union and their state run Press.

Perhaps most troubling was no outcry from the Media and the Left when a hidden camera revealed Democrat operatives scheming about mass voter fraud.  They are too busy being stunned that Donald Trump wants a fair election.

In one video a Democrat operative describes about plans for WI with cars coming in with WI plates rather than buses as this type of fraud is harder to detect.  These drivers are not from WI but that matters not when one is trying to steal an election.

Another clip features Robert Creamer, high level Democrat consultant, who visited the Obama White House 342 times and who is working closely with the WI fraudsters.  They are busy registering voters who do not live in the Badger State. There is more than one Democrat organization busy on this.

In another video, Creamer describes how the Donkeys AND the Clinton Campaign funded paid agitators to show up at Trump rallies to start trouble.   In some cases, two individuals on the Creamer team staged a fight between each other to make it appear that Trump supporters were beating up innocents.   They are hardly innocent.  Some of these individuals are homeless and mentally deranged–just right to be Democrat operatives.

When Donald Trump brought this out in the third debate, Hillary could not debunk it anymore than Bill could debunk the blue dress.   Instead she said we should be concerned about the Russians interfering in our elections through hacking.  Trump noted that this was an amazing pivot.  He might have been well advised to stay on these videos more than he did.  Hopefully there will be many ads spelling this out and soon as millions are already voting and more soon will be.

I appeal again to Newt Gingrich in closing.  He notes that in light of a Republican Establishment who conspires against Trump as they fear him as much as Democrats, a Justice Department corrupted by Obama and Bill and Hillary, a Media Elite that Wikileaks exposes as tied to the Donkeys and Hillary, new evidence of voter fraud and fake fights to make a Trump rally look like a brawl, it is not dangerous to democracy for Donald Trump to keep his eye on the election process.  It would be dangerous for him not to do so.

As we reflect on all this I call us again to appeal to The Almighty who can overcome for us just as He did for the Children of Israel in II Kings 19 and many other places.  Let us ask God to thwart the fraud and cheating, to confuse evil and to overcome for us.  I believe we are a Second Chosen People given a Promised Land.  Let us not throw that Land away.  Let us pray and fight for it.  Our grandchildren and their children will thank us just as we still thank The Greatest Generation.

Eutychus

 

 

Hillary’s Dream For America

Bernie Sanders constantly badgered Hillary Clinton to release transcripts of her speeches to bankers and special interests.  He instinctively knew that she had a private and public set of values.  Now that transcripts of her speeches have been revealed he must feel both vindicated and betrayed.  Sadly it is doubtful he will withdraw his endorsement of the lying and betraying Hillary Clinton.

In one speech that became public in the last debate she described how politicians often have both a private and public position on an issue.  She attempted to say she drew inspiration from our greatest President, Abraham Lincoln, for this view.  Donald Trump reminded us of Lloyd Bentsen’s telling Dan Quayle during the Vice-Presidential debate in 1988 that he was no Jack Kennedy.  Clinton is no Lincoln.

But the most devastating secret speech revealed thus far was to Brazilian bankers in 2013 for which Hillary earned 225,000 dollars.  She said her dream was for a hemispheric common market with open borders for North and South America.  This is not a mere hope or a wish.  This is her dream.

Newt Gingrich asks us to consider the implications of this dream.  This is not simply a plan to open our land to Canada and Mexico but to Central and South America as well.  Thus, all the people in the hemisphere can live and work in the United States if they choose to do so.

The combined population of North America outside the United States (Canada and Mexico) is 210 million.  There are 42 million people in the seven countries from Guatemala to Panama.  These include some of the most violent places on earth.  There are 442 million people in South America which is 130 million more than the entire population of the United States.

How many of these 685 million people would like to live and work in the United States?  There are food riots in Argentina and we saw what happened during the recent Olympics in Brazil.   What would this to do our housing, our schools, our roads, our wages?  We are already becoming Third World in many of the measures of a nation.  The welfare costs to the states and the federal government would bankrupt the country.  Donald Trump and others point out that we are almost there already.

But it is not simply jobs and the economy that Hillary’s dream would destroy.  We would have no capacity to stop terrorists such as ISIS, Al Qaeda and others from freely making their way here from any one of two dozen countries. Mexican heroin and Columbian cocaine and the violent gangs who sell them would have free access to the United States.  One of the most violent and vicious is the MS-13 from El Salvador.  Too many such gang members are already here.  Barbarians like these entering the Empire from porous borders are part of what destroyed Rome.

Hillary’s dream is a nightmare for most Americans.  If she is elected President it could become reality as she would simply follow Barack Obama’s policies of deliberate non-enforcement of our immigration laws.  There would be no check on Clinton’s power to open our borders which would mean the destruction of the American dream if not of the land itself.

If Chris Wallace of FOX does not bring Hillary’s dream to light in the third debate, Donald Trump must bring it up himself.  Millions are not aware of Clinton’s 2013 speech to the Brazilian bankers.  This is a perfect fit for Trump’s plans to close the Mexican border.

But, let us not despair in the face of evil.  I rather believe that God is not in a panic nor is He ever taken by surprise. It is comforting to know that He is ultimately still in charge   As I recommended in the last post I urge the reading of II Kings 19 especially verses 14-37.  God’s Chosen are threatened by the great Assyrian Empire and their King Sennacherib.  Judah has a godly King named Hezekiah who takes Assyria’s threats in prayer before God.  God answers and destroys the Assyrian army.  God can again bring low the proud and the evil agenda of Hillary Clinton. Let us pray He will do so for the sake of the Second Chosen Nation, America, and America’s children and grandchildren.  Amen!

Eutychus

 

Ancient Assyria & Our 2016 Election

The mighty Assyrian Empire dominated the biblical world from the 9th to the 7th centuries B.C.  They were most dominant from  725 to 635.  Interestingly enough between 800 and 745 B.C. they were led by less aggressive Kings. Jonah, the reluctant prophet, came to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, during this period–some time between 785 and 775 B.C.  This was not Billy Graham saying, “Thus saith the Lord;” rather Jonah’s message was, “Repent, and I hope you don’t.”

In a miracle that exceeds that of the Great Fish that swallowed Jonah, the Ninevites listened and repented.  They were granted an extension of power until they fell to the Babylonians in 612 B.C.  This angered Jonah a great deal, but it is one of the most fascinating stories of the Old Testament.

The Assyrian and the other great Mesopotamian Empires threatened the small state of Palestine.  Most of the Kings of Israel and Judah were evil men.  But occasionally there was a Godly King like Hezekiah who reigned over Judah from 715-686 B.C.  Into Hezekiah’s world came King Sennacherib who ruled Assyria from 705-681 B.C.  The King and People of Judah were quaking at the size and strength of the Assyrian Army.  But Hezekiah was a man of God and knew where to go for help.  In one of the great prayers in all the Bible (II Kings 19:15-19) Hezekiah calls upon God for deliverance.  And God heard and answered in a miraculous way.

In II Kings 19:35-36 we read that an angel of the Lord passed through the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 troops. So Sennacherib, King of Assyria, departed for Nineveh, never to return to Jerusalem.  In 681 B.C. he was in the temple worshiping his god, Nisroch and his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with a sword and fled. Their brother, Esarhaddon, then reigned over the Assyrian Empire.

What might we learn from this fascinating biblical account?  To begin with, like Assyria after the death of Sennacherib, we are a declining power.  We face major threats from Russia, China, Iran and terrorists from all over the Middle East.  Rather than fighting this we have a President in Barack Obama who fears standing up to enemies which simply emboldens our foes.  Rather than isolating terrorists who wish to come here from the Middle East, Obama is welcoming unvetted Syrian refugees.  Some may be fine but there are almost bound to be ISIS agents among them.  Hillary Clinton wishes to follow Obama’s lead and even to increase their number.  In fact, in recently released speeches to Wall Street, she is calling for a North America without borders.

In short, our nation is threatened from abroad and at home.  Abraham Lincoln said that if we lose our freedom it will be by way of home grown despots.  Such is what we face with the Democrat nominee and with the 44th President. Donald Trump is all that stands in the way of a Hillary Presidency.  So what are too many Republicans doing in face of this? Calling for Trump to step aside at the 11th hour.  Why?  Because of some lewd comments made over a decade ago.

I wonder how many of these gutless GOP leaders called for Bill Clinton to step down over Monica and his abuse of other women.   Clinton was impeached but all knew he would not be convicted.  Give it to the Democrats–they do stand with their own come what may.  And how many Republican leaders stand with Trump in the face of Benghazi, lies about classified e-mails, and a private server which put Americans everywhere at risk?  Far too few GOP leaders are for Donald Trump.  It seems not to matter that he knows how to create an atmosphere for more jobs, that he is right on the Supreme Court and in his call to rebuild our crumbling military.

There is another lesson from King Hezekiah, Judah and Assyria.  Hezekiah knew where to go for help.  Do we?  Our coins say, “In God We Trust.”  Do we trust Him?  In the face of long odds and desertion by his Party,  will we pray for deliverance from God Almighty.  Donald Trump was not our first choice but he alone stands between us and the disaster of a follower of Barack taking over and bringing her in name only husband along with her.

On October 27, 1964 Ronald Reagan delivered his “A Time for Choosing” speech.  It was life changing for a nation in need following Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter.  Two years later Reagan was Governor of CA and sixteen years later a great President at a time our nation was also in decline following the disaster of Jimmy Carter.  Among the things Ronald Reagan said were “Nothing lasts longer than a temporary government program,” and “Man is not free unless government is limited.”

Are you praying for our nation as Hezekiah prayed for his?  The human race remains largely the same as it was 2900 years ago when Assyria was the mightiest Empire of the day.   Assyria is long gone but Judah remains in the state of modern Israel.  Why?  Because they turned to God as His Chosen.  Will we do the same as His Second Chosen?  I hope so.

Eutychus