In Proverbs 6, the Lord points out seven sins that He especially hates. The sin of shedding innocent blood is on the list. The practice of shedding the innocent blood—the blood of infants—became a shameful part of Israel’s Old Testament history. In their spiritual compromise and idolatry, they began to worship Molech, the detestable idol of the Ammonites. The worship of this false god involved offering infant children in the fire as a sacrifice.

 God cites this sin as one of the main reasons the nation of Judah was destroyed by Babylon in 586 BC. The Bible tells us, “Surely at the command of the LORD it (destruction) came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh (the king who led them into evil and idolatry), according to all that he had done, and also for the innocent blood which he shed, for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; and the LORD would not forgive” (2 Kings 24:3-4).

"When a once God-fearing nation chooses what the Lord hates, that nation is ripe for judgment."

PROVOKING GOD

God is extremely patient and very slow to anger. His great patience, however, is not without limitations. As man celebrates blatant and heinous sin, God’s heart grieves … and His anger burns. When we rejoice in the things He clearly hates, we set ourselves on a path of irreversible destruction. Manasseh’s grandson, Josiah, tried to use his reign to bring Judah back to God. His efforts were commendable, but they could not erase the innocent blood that had been shed. Judah was destined for judgment because of that terrible sin.

WHAT ABOUT AMERICA

Bible scholars have wondered why America is not mentioned in Bible prophecy. Think about it: the most powerful nation in the world for the last one hundred years is never even referenced concerning end times. How can that be? Perhaps divine judgment can explain our absence. Remember what the Lord said, “And from everyone who has been given much shall much be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more” (Luke 12:48).

We have been blessed abundantly in America. But like the people of Judah, we have turned our backs on God and have chosen to go our way instead of His way. That decision comes with consequences, dire consequences. When a once God-fearing nation chooses what the Lord hates, that nation is ripe for judgment.

May you and I wake up and smell the coffee. Judgment is rightfully coming to America. Our job as Christians is to warn as many as we can and let them know that there is still time to flee from the wrath that is to come. The Lord will not forgive the sins of the nation (He didn’t with Judah), but He will forgive the sins of any repentant sinners.

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