Editor's Note: This is part one of a two-part series.
Two hundred thirty-two years ago, in the first ever presidential inauguration, our nation's first President addressed a jubilant multitude and a nation that was united and shared values and a common hope in America's future. In that first ever presidential address, George Washington gave the newborn nation a prophetic warning. He said, “The propitious smiles of heaven, cannot be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal Rules of Order and right that heaven itself has ordained.” In other words, if America follows the ways of God, His eternal rules of ordering right, the blessings of God would remain upon it. But if America should ever depart from the ways of God, that his blessings would be removed from the land.
And now, another presidential inauguration has taken place and the nation's capital city named after that first president, has become a military zone. For the first time in American history, a presidential inauguration is devoid of people instead of a jubilant crowd. Twenty-five thousand American troops stood guard over the National Mall in which flags stood in for the missing people. And barbed wire surrounds the halls of American government. There is no war, there is no overt threat from beyond its borders. Rather, the threat comes from within division infects the land, as does a plague that has kept its citizens masked and locked in their houses as the nation's functioning has been – in large part, paralyzed.
For months, America's cities have seen protests and riots and doors and windows shuttered and buildings set on fire, and the nation's most revered edifice of government, the Capitol Building, taken over by an angry mob, with the nation's leaders fleeing for safety. The prophetic warning that was given on that day of that first inauguration, the smiles of heaven, are being removed from the land.
The question must be asked: Have we disregarded the eternal Rules of Order and right that heaven has ordained America, as did ancient Israel? We have driven him out of our public squares, out of the schools of our children, out of our culture, out of our lives, and as did ancient Israel, in place of his absence. We have let in other gods and serve them. We have rejected His ways and embraced the ways of immorality. We have called evil, good, and good evil. And as did ancient Israel, we have lifted up the most innocent among us, our babies, and shed their blood. Israel sacrifices thousands of its children, we have sacrificed millions of unborn children, who are not here today because we took their lives and their silent screams ascend to heaven, and their blood is on our hands. We pass down rulings from Washington D.C., that war against the eternal laws of heaven, on human life, human nature, gender, and marriage. We have indoctrinated our children against the ways of God. We have done as we were warned not to do – and then we wonder why the blessings of heaven are being removed from our land.
When judgment came to ancient Israel, it manifested in the form of an enemy attack, a strike on the land, a wakeup call. He came to America on September 11, 2001. Then it came to the very place where George Washington stood and prayed on the day of America's first presidential inauguration. The biblical template of national judgment, then ordains, a period of years in which the nation is given the chance to return to God, or else head to judgment. In the case of ancient Jerusalem, from that first enemy strike to the year when the greater shakings began, was 19 years. From the strike on American soil in 2001, to the 19th year brings us to the year 2020 – the year when the great shakings began.
The danger that this window of time is drawing to an end is now upon us. We stand in a most critical moment. Mr. President, you have called for unity and peace. But how can a nation have unity and peace when it has turned against the God who brought it into existence? And it has turned the nation that once led its schoolchildren in prayer, and taught them of his word, now declares such prayers and teachings to be forbidden, and now instructs its children against the ways of God. How can that nation have unity and peace? How can we have unity and peace in America, if we have no unity and peace with God? We are a house divided against itself, and a house divided against itself cannot stand.