Separated from God :: By Randy Nettles

I believe we (Americans) are living in the equivalent of the times of ancient Judah when Manasseh came into power. Judah had previously enjoyed prosperity and relative peace during the righteous reign of their former king, Hezekiah. Now, I am not comparing Donald Trump to Hezekiah, as I do not consider Trump to be a particularly righteous person. However, he did what was right in regards to the betterment of his own people (Make America Great Again), as did King Hezekiah.

On the other hand, Manasseh did what was right in his own eyes and did not care how it affected the people in a harmful way. “Manasseh did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel” (2 Kings 21:1).

Manasseh worshipped idols and the false god Baal instead of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He believed in human (children) sacrifice, as did the heathens in the land of Canaan, for he murdered his own son by making him pass through the fire. Manasseh was an occultist, as he dealt with spirits and wizards. “He wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger” (2 Kings 21:6).

King Manasseh also shed very much innocent blood, as he killed and persecuted anybody who opposed him, be it prophets, priests, or princes. The Bible says he filled Jerusalem from one end to another with this blood. Likewise, I am not comparing the evilness of Manasseh to Joe Biden, as Biden is a mere pawn under the control of evil men, powers, and principalities. However, Biden and his administration (as well as the media, big tech., academia, and billionaire progressive elites) are doing what is right in their own eyes with no regard for the American people and our way of life. They are only interested in their goal of accomplishing a one-world government, currency, and religion. These progressive/socialist Democrats copy Manasseh’s evil policy of child sacrifice by passing laws such as Roe vs. Wade, making it legal to abort (murder) unborn babies (up to the time of birth).

Yes, America has shed much innocent blood since 1973, from one end of America to the other.

As I wrote about in “The Fullness of Sins – Part VI,” if you average the three kingdoms of Israel’s (12 united tribes of Israel, 10 tribes of Israel, and the kingdom of Judah) existence, you get 225 years. They had a total of 44 monarchs (43 kings and 1 queen) including Saul, David, and Solomon. In comparison, America has been a nation for 245 years and has had 45 different presidents (Grover Cleveland was elected to two non-consecutive terms).

Manasseh worshipped idols instead of the living God as the New World Order elitists worship the false idols of power, money, sex, and control of the masses. Most of them are either atheists or occultists who worship the false god, Lucifer. Manasseh provoked the Lord to anger by not obeying God’s statutes and commandments, just as the current president of the U.S. and his administration are doing. For Manasseh’s and Judah’s evil actions, God declared, through his prophets, that He would destroy the kingdom of Judah. Will God judge America in a similar manner for our fullness of sins?

“The office of prophet was instituted during the days of Samuel, the last of the judges. Prophets stood with the priests as God’s special representatives. The prophet’s role was to speak for God, confronting the people and their leaders with God’s commands and promises. Because of this confrontational stance and the continuing tendency of people to disobey God, true prophets usually were not very popular. But though their message often went unheeded, they faithfully and forcefully proclaimed the truth.

The book of Isaiah is the first of the writings of the Prophets in the Bible; and Isaiah, the author, is generally considered to be the greatest prophet. He was probably reared in an aristocratic home and was married to a prophetess. In the beginning of his ministry, he was well liked. But, like most prophets, he soon became unpopular because his messages were so difficult to hear. He called the Jewish people to turn from their lives of sin and warned them of God’s judgment and punishment. Isaiah had an active ministry for 60 years (740 BC – 680 BC) before he was executed during Manasseh’s reign (according to tradition). As God’s special messenger to Judah, Isaiah prophesied during the reigns of several of its rulers, including Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, and Manasseh.” {1}

Although Isaiah chapter 59 was written for the kingdom of Judah in regard to their rulers’ (kings, princes, priests, administrative assistants/elders, judges) great sins against their own citizens, Isaiah’s words are just as relevant to our present time here in America and the rest of the world. We are now facing the same tyranny, persecutions, restrictions, censorship, lawlessness, corruption, and evil (against God and humanity) as the ancient Israelites did under their governmental system.

If you feel as I do, that there is no true justice administered these days (or it is prejudiced in favor of one side) for those who are guilty of crimes, falsehoods, slanders, and fake news, then read and meditate on Isaiah 59. God is not mocked. He will repay in His own time, for He is the ultimate judge and jury.

Isaiah 59

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.

For your hands are defiled with blood,
And your fingers with iniquity;
Your lips have spoken lies,
Your tongue has muttered perversity.

 No one calls for justice,
Nor does any plead for truth.
They trust in empty words and speak lies;
They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.
 They hatch vipers’ eggs and weave the spider’s web;
He who eats of their eggs dies,
And from that which is crushed a viper breaks out.

Their webs will not become garments,
Nor will they cover themselves with their works;
Their works are works of iniquity,
And the act of violence is in their hands.
 Their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed innocent blood;
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
Wasting and destruction are in their paths.
 The way of peace they have not known,
And there is no justice in their ways;
They have made themselves crooked paths;
Whoever takes that way shall not know peace.

Sin Confessed

Therefore justice is far from us,
Nor does righteousness overtake us;
We look for light, but there is darkness!
For brightness, but we walk in blackness!
 We grope for the wall like the blind,
And we grope as if we had no eyes;
We stumble at noonday as at twilight;
We are as dead men in desolate places.
We all growl like bears,
And moan sadly like doves;
We look for justice, but there is none;
For salvation, but it is far from us.

For our transgressions are multiplied before You,
And our sins testify against us;
For our transgressions are with us,
And as for our iniquities, we know them:
In transgressing and lying against the Lord,
And departing from our God,
Speaking oppression and revolt,
Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

Justice is turned back,
And righteousness stands afar off;
For truth is fallen in the street,
And equity cannot enter.
 So truth fails,
And he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.

The Redeemer of Zion

Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him
That there was no justice.
 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.
For He put on righteousness as a breastplate,
And a helmet of salvation on His head;
He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing,
And was clad with zeal as a cloak.

According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay,
Fury to His adversaries,
Recompense to His enemies;
The coastlands He will fully repay.
 So shall they fear
The name of the Lord from the west,
And His glory from the rising of the sun;
When the enemy comes in like a flood,
The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.

The Redeemer will come to Zion,
And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,
Says the Lord.”

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Randy Nettles

End notes: {1} Life Application Study Bible – Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. pg. 1310