sermon: Israel's Immigration Problem
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 25-Sep-14; Sermon #1233B; 88 minutes
The explosion of knowledge taking place has an enervating and wearying effect. While the world's never-ending news is distracting us, Satan has another scheme operating, diluting Israel's integrity and power by the illegal immigration schemes devised by liberal 'progressive' and 'humanistic' mindsets. Foreigners that European countries invited in to help with the labor shortage brought in the radical Islamic culture, destabilizing the host culture. Economically, the alien has enslaved modern Israel by becoming the lender, putting an iron yoke around the necks of the people in the host nations, as described by the curses in Deuteronomy 28. The Tower of Babel provides a record of what happens when people mass together, combining their skills for an evil purpose. God set the Israelitish people in the choice parts of the world, giving them instructions to dress and keep it, giving the Gentiles other portions of the world, distributing the population in an orderly manner. If things continue the way they are, Americans will be prisoners in their own homes, as Gideon was in the face of the Midianites. A precursor already took place in Paris, with the Muslims rioting in France in 2005. ISIS is on our doorstep, attempting to make America a Muslim nation under Sharia law. There is a spirit, steeped in abject hatred for the 'host' country, influencing the Jihadist mind. The Muslims know who they are; secular Americans (who have glommed onto multi-culturalism) do not have a clue.
Please turn in your Bibles to Matthew 24.
Matthew 24:36-39 “But of that day and hour no one knows, no, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
We learn from that scripture that there is no precise revelation of time for His return. We will go all the way back to Genesis 6, and we are going to return right to the days of Noah.
Genesis 6:5-6 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. [That is incredible, where you have a whole earth full of people and every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.] And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
One more scripture, this is in the book of Daniel. Certainly chapter 6, verses 5-6 of the book of Genesis gives us another indication of the tenor of the times, and we can connect that verse of course to what we just read in Matthew 24, showing us that it is going to be as it was in the days of Noah.
Please turn to Daniel 12, the context is the time of the end.
Daniel 12:4 “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end [describing the time of the end ]; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
Now, from this verse we get two more factors present at the time of the end, knowledge, but not godly knowledge, increases by leaps and bounds resulting in sending people scurrying across the face of the earth, and making rapid worldwide communication an easy occurrence. These three verse put together describe a worldwide environment ready-made for creating a great deal of news that we hear reported each and every day.
I personally heard Mr. Armstrong say, either during a radio broadcast or when he spoke at the Feast of Tabernacles, that times and events were getting close to that time when Christ would actually return. But he said, when we get closer and closer to that time that events are going to happen so rapidly, “it will make your head spin.”
We know that is not going to literately occur, he is talking figuratively, that we are going to be impressed in some way for good or evil, by the amount of news that is going to be impacting on our minds, and we will either take advantage of it or it is going to so imbue us with fear, or worry, or desperation, or whatever it may be, we will give up. I know already just by talking to people in the church, that they are growing weary of what is going on and hearing it constantly almost every day.
I never disbelieved that statement that Herbert Armstrong made, but neither did I understand what he stated about the events happening so fast. I believe that now I get it. News has always been occurring, twenty-four hours a day. But now because of the increase in knowledge, especially in the areas of electronic communication and rapid transportation, we are also now hearing of it twenty-four hours a day. That is a huge change.
The airwaves are jammed with information that is taking place, creating news all around the world. It used to be when I was a boy we heard news about Pittsburgh and that is as far as we ever went. Once in a while Allegheny County was included within that, or sometimes even the state of Pennsylvania, but never worldwide. Now every day.
I remember when we went to Los Angeles (I went to Ambassador College there), they had two all-day-all-the-time, twenty-four hour news stations, KFWB and KNX. You had your choice; you could listen to either one. One of these stations are going out of business because competition has driven one of them off to the side. At any rate that was quite to me unique, coming from a small city like Pittsburgh.
Now there is never a break in news from Europe, from the Mid-East, Africa, Australia, Canada, Russia, China, India, and on and on it goes, including our own local areas. There is almost palpable power that is working against us here, listening to the drumbeat of news, and brethren that can wear one out.
Satan is really clever. I am finding that while all of these big things are going on, he is quietly working on another less obvious means that will work more slowly, but just as certainly, to destroy this nation from within, much like an unseen cancer.
In a much quieter time, the very first of God's festivals that Evelyn and I and our family of four daughters that we had at the time, observed, was the Feast of Trumpets in 1959, which we kept in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the second floor of a rented meeting room in an Eagles lodge. This service today is our 55th Feast of Trumpets. Interestingly, Alison was born exactly five weeks to the day from that Feast of Trumpets, becoming our fifth daughter. Richard was born seven years later, after Alison, two months almost to the day again before the first Day of Unleavened Bread, and Sharon, four years after that, again two months almost to the day, before another Feast of Trumpets.
I can mark these occasions in my mind because, they are significant occasions to the Ritenbaugh family involving birth. Trumpets is named Rosh Hashana in the Hebrew language; it marks the birth of a new civil year on the Hebrew calendar. Rosh Hashana literately means, “the head of the year.” Even as the new year begins, one of this nation’s current problems is one that has been growing steadily in intensity in the past decades and shows no signs of abating, despite the fact that media attention has diminished somewhat, that is in regard to it, because even more intense national problems are rising.
The more intense problems involve ISIS, what is underway in the Middle East. The problem that I am referencing has been around for so long I believe we can call it a chronic one. It is a domestic problem, one that has serious potential to further deteriorate this nation if God's instructions regarding what to do about it are not followed.
At this point in time I have no confidence whatever that His instructions are going to be followed. The elite leadership of this nation, guided by their humanistic mindset, is solidly in favor of doing what they have publicly stated for the last twenty or thirty years from time to time, that they are fully in favor of. If they are able to continue implementing their plan it will be slowly devastating to this nation’s unity.
If they choose to follow God's counsel in His Word, I can foresee a rapidly escalating, very violent, bloody period of time within our borders, in fact within all of Israel. Notice I said all of Israel. I did this because all Israel has this same basic problem that the United States has. I am referencing the Israelitish nations located in Europe, most specifically the United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway, and in addition to them the Judeans, located in the Middle East. Sweden and Finland do not seem to be affected nearly as much as the others.
I am speaking of a problem Israel had to deal with in its ancient past too, and that is a major reason why there is clear instruction in God's Word as to how we are to deal with it.
Today almost all of the Israelitish nations have an immigration problem. There is an additional problem here. Immigration appears on the surface to be a problem, but here is the kicker: immigration leads to a much more serious problem. In fact, it clears the way and makes possible this much more serious problem.
I have read that conservatively, the United States has at least five million illegal Mexican immigrants that have stolen their way across the border in order to provide for themselves at American expense, a better way of life than available in Mexico and other Latin American nations.
There are other pundits who say it is not five million, it is more like between eleven and twelve million that are already here. I find in my own thoughts that I can be sympathetic with them regarding their desire to live a better life and are even willing to risk their lives by means of making the efforts needed to get here. But it breaks American laws to do this and far worse than this, it also breaks God's laws to do what they are doing by stealing their way into another country.
God's law would also apply to any other nation on the earth. It is not just the Israelitish nations. But every nation on earth has the right to defend themselves for what is happening here in the United States of America. It is not because they are just coming into the country. It is because of the way this particular kind of invasion is working.
It is sin to do this, and as we learn from God's Word, sin never produces a good lasting result. Most of these illegals in the United States live in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas. In the last six months or so, fifty-seven thousand children under the age of eighteen have come across the border and the overwhelming majority of them without their parents.
A small number of those youngsters are now housed here in North Carolina, and to the best of my knowledge, South Carolina has refused the United States government any access to any place in South Carolina to bring them.
I mentioned earlier that all of the Israelitish nations have this problem, but the immigration problem in Europe is different from that which we have here in at least three ways. First, those Israelite nations invited the foreigner to come. They open the door to them by inviting them to come in order to solve internal labor shortages.
Second, perhaps worse, is that they invited Muslim people, who brought with them entirely different cultural concepts, including a religion in outright conflict against elements of Christianity.
Third, there is the Israeli Jews problem with the Palestinians that is somewhat different than either of the first two, that is, Europe and United States, and it may serve as a model for what might be the future of the rest of Israel, because as you well know there has been almost constant tense, stressful turmoil there for close to eighty years.
It has been going on since before Israel got its independence in 1947 or 48. Eighty years of the kind of turmoil that may lie ahead of us here, because of what these people are allowing to occur.
Please turn to Deuteronomy 28. These are the blessings and cursings and we are going to read between verses 43 and 48.
Deuteronomy 28:43-48 “The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail. Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. And they shall be upon you for a sign and a wonder, and on your descendants forever. Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things. Therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of all things: and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you.”
That is not fun to read, but it is happening, and we are just seeing the beginning of it, but it is growing. I perceive that the overall absolutely worst effect of this prophecy would be for a land invasion by an army destroying and terrifying as it advances across the nation. But in these modern times the invasion has already occurred but it has not been made by military units, but economically.
Now you can see there exists an economic aspect to this prophecy through the mention of lending that is in verse 44. The Chinese and others are buying our debts, buying our treasury bonds, and of course when they buy them, money flows from the sale of those bonds, so that kind of puts off what is at the door here for a while, and with the bonds, they are gaining access because we owe them for that stuff.
They are gaining access to this nation’s business properties and natural assets, like land in huge acreages is being transferred over to people like the Chinese, but not just the Chinese only. They are the most obvious that are involved in what is happening to this nation because of our misspending of the tremendous wealth that God gave this nation, and because while we are misspending the money, we have also been breaking His commandments.
Aided by the ease of transportation and electronic inventions, cultural invasions have been underway for decades, Now people are streaming across the borders, not just in America, but in Europe as well, and they are bringing their cultures with them and steadfastly, and in fact, angrily refusing to be absorbed into the culture of the host nation.
A little later I will just briefly tell you what the Mexicans are doing, because they are beginning to act just like the Muslims. They are learning from them, and any feelings of friendship that they had toward the United States are slowly eroding away.
Genesis 11:1-8 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly,” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar, and they said, “Come let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all of the earth, and they ceased building the city.
I think that the inference in this paragraph is clear. God confused the languages and scattered the people, because they had already proved Him by this massing of the populations, what they would produce would not be good, either for mankind nor for His purpose. I believe that He knew full well even before the populations were increasing and the people were combining their talents that He would have to do this.
The question then is: why did He allow it to develop this far? The answer is that He wanted the record of what happened to be written so that it could be passed on to future generations, so they would see the wisdom of God in every major step that He took as well as the commands that He gave.
Therefore, He took action to slow things down, but at the same time He also had Moses record what occurred, and what God said, so that there is a record for you and me. So it is a record for all of our fellow Israelites, so it is a record for anybody who reads the Bible, what happens when people mass together in one area and all have one language. Were they producing anything that was good and right? The answer is of course no, not at all.
From here we see that foundation, but we are going to go to the book of Deuteronomy again, this time in chapter 32. This was written within the last thirty days of Moses’ life. This was written just before the Israelites left the desert—wilderness—and crossed over the Jordan River and went into the land that God had promised them. So you might say, here is Moses’ final message from God to the Israelites, before they went into the land. There was something that He wanted to remind the Israelites, and there is something here that He wants you and I to understand, too.
Deuteronomy 32:7-9 “Remember the days of old [talking here about Genesis 10-11], Consider the years of many generations. Ask your father, and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you. When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations [ not just Israel], when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the children of Israel, for the Lord's portion is His people; Jacob is the place of His inheritance.”
This was recorded so that you will understand, first of all, how God in this instance favored Israel. He set the land aside as to where He wanted the Israelitish people. You almost say that with what was left over He gave to the Gentile nations so that they could have land too.
What do we learn from this? If you look upon God as being the sovereign ruler of everything that is, you are going to have to come to the conclusion that God put each and every nation where He wanted them to be. Implied in this is they were supposed to stay there and take care of that land, to develop it, develop its resources, and so forth, even as He did with Israel.
Israel is simply the most obvious, but He implies the same thing for these nations, and He put all of them in places where they could easily become prosperous, because He controls the weather—He sends the rain, He sends the snow. He takes care of things. He knows where all the minerals are and everything. Every nation had the ability to become prosperous.
We will go back to the New Testament and the apostle Paul. Something that he came across in Acts 17, we learned from Deuteronomy 32. That the scattering of the people according to their language was not done randomly. It was directed in an orderly fashion by the creator Himself so populations would be distributed in conformity with His purpose.
Acts 17:22-28 Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the one whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’”
This not only confirms that the movements of populations was done in an orderly fashion, as God directed them, He also determined when they would rise to power and fall from that power. It is God who clearly sets the times and seasons as Ecclesiastes 3 shows. Thus there would be opportunities for voluntary interactions between the various families of people, thus giving God opportunities for making judgments and adjustments, and ensuring that a true history would be written as evidence against us. Not just the church, I mean all of mankind. It is there, it is in the Book, which they disrespect very highly.
Notice that He also set the bounds of their habitations, and that is clearly stating that God, in His overall purpose, generally desired the nations’ populations to remain within those boundaries. Individuals would certainly pass beyond them in order to do business or to explore, but when masses like an army did, trouble always resulted.
Back in thought now to the United States of America. We are going to go to Deuteronomy 17, and we are going to jump forward in time through the centuries, right up to present. Again we are back to the last thirty days of Moses’ life and the final things that he wrote to these people.
Deuteronomy 17:14-15 “When you come to the land in which the Lord your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,’ you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.”
I sincerely believe with all of my heart, God gave us this land, He gave the United Kingdom their land, He gave the Dutch their land, the French their land, the Belgian’s their land, and on and on it goes. It was not just Canaan that He gave to Israel.
I will confess to you that I do not believe that Barack Obama is an Israelite, whether his birth certificate identifying him as an American is valid or not. The history of his life is so checkered with strange and unusual happenings, and recently, just within the past month, another thing turned up. His mother’s passport records do not claim him as a child when she was traveling out of Hawaii with him.
Why is he not listed with her, when all the stories he has told show that he was with her at that time? It is just another thing that pops up. There is so many events, like large amounts of money appearing virtually out of nowhere enabling him to be afforded the opportunity to attend very expensive American universities like Harvard, Pepperdine, and Columbia. Multitudes of lies have been found by researchers and broadly published with almost no one in power doing anything about taking action regarding this.
In other words, in his young formative years he spent almost his entire life outside of America being raised by Muslim people. For eighteen years he attended a so-called Christian church being taught spiritual things by an outright radical leftist, and added to those truly unusual elements, his record while in office does not convince me that he thinks like an American. To me he thinks like someone raised in a Gentile culture and schooled to at least dislike America and its systems.
I think that every one of us can understand that his election violates this Old Covenant law, which the overwhelming majority of the Christian world believes is dead anyway, and buried and can be ignored, because its importance to Israelitish nations is of no concern. They think that the Old Covenant is done away with. No it is not! We are to live by every Word of God.
The Old Covenant is part of the Word of God! How do you think the Russians would feel if an American was put into their highest office? I do not think that they would like that. We have a general principle here. You are to be ruled by one of your own. That is a godly principle.
These same people who think that the Ten Commandments and the Old Covenant is done away, also do not believe that any part of Israel outside of the Jews even exists. This nation, along with those Israelites in Europe, are paying the penalties for this.
We Israelites have short memories and closed minds, besides, regarding our heritage because we have rejected God. It is just like He has wiped it right out of our minds, so that we do not even know who we are. That will become important in just a little bit.
Turn to the book of Judges in chapter 2. We will get a little bit of background. You understand the time element here. The Israelites are now in the land, Joshua is dead and he was replaced in the highest office in Israel by a series of judges. That is why the book is named Judges.
Judges 2:8-15 Now Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died when he was one hundred and ten years old. And they buried him within the border of his inheritance at Timnath Heres, in the mountains of Ephraim, on the north side of Mount Gaash. When all that generation [meaning that generation that came into the land with Joshua] had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel. Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals; and they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked the Lord to anger. They forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel. So He delivered them into the hands of plunderers who despoiled them, and He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies. Wherever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for calamity, as the Lord had said, and as the Lord had sworn to them. And they were greatly distressed.
Let us get the picture here. Do you know what was happening? Outsiders of the Gentile nations were streaming in across the borders into Israel, and the Israelites allowed it to happen. They did nothing, they did not have leadership like Joshua anymore. Caleb was also dead and others with famous names of that time who certainly knew God and knew what His will was regarding the land, and cohabiting as it were with these people that were on their borders, and they would have done something, but they did not.
Judges 6:1-11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord. So the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian for seven years, and the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of the Midianites, the children of Israel [notice how oppressed they are in their own nation] made for themselves the dens, the caves [they got pushed out of their own homes], and the strongholds which are in the mountains. So it was, whenever Israel had sown, Midianites would come up; also Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them. Then they would encamp against them and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor donkey. For they would come up with their livestock and their tents, coming in as numerous as locusts; both they and their camels were without number; and they would enter the land to destroy it. So Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord. And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried out to the Lord because of the Midianites, that the Lord sent a prophet to the children of Israel, who said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I brought you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of bondage; and I delivered you out of the hand the Egyptians and out the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you and gave you their land. Also I said to you, “I am the Lord your God; do not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.” But you have not obeyed My voice.’” Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites.
Gideon was inside the winepress reaping the produce. He was hiding in order to make sure the Midianites did not get it.
I will forecast, that if things continue as they are, this is the internal disaster that Israel is facing, I am not saying it is going to take place next year or the year after that or within the next five years. However patient or impatient God is, He is going to control it, but we are heading in the direction that exactly mirrors what happened here in the book of Judges. That is why there is instruction in the Book about what to do so that we are not without a witness from God, commanding us, when this happens, this is what you do to overcome the problem.
Can you imagine Gideon hiding what he was reaping? Just like God said, it was like a bunch of locusts in the land, taking away its wealth for themselves, and the Israelites were hiding.
What we see here in this situation is it outlines the precursor that sets the situation up. In 2005 a very large number of Muslims rioted over some perceived insult in many parts of France, much as the blacks rioted in Ferguson, Missouri in this past month. However, the size and scope of the French riots, that is the Muslims rioting in France, makes the Ferguson riots seem almost like child's play by comparison.
Do not forget, France is an Israelitish nation. This is already happening in Israel. It has not reached here yet, but it has already happened, not just in France, but other nations in Europe as well. During that, literately thousands of automobiles in France were overturned and set on fire, Molotov cocktails were thrown at armed policemen, business buildings by the scores were burned all over France, including in Paris, and meanwhile the police did little other than attempting to keep the riots contained within Muslims areas.
Since then, the Muslims have blown up a loaded bus killing a number of Englishmen in London, a train was bombed in Spain, and now ISIS representatives are openly threatening by predicting in messages aimed at the United States of America, that they will be here. They are here is what they are saying, and what they are accomplishing in Europe, is going to be worked and accomplished in America. Their aim is to make America a Muslim nation.
If you think they are not accomplishing this in Europe, I think you need to think again. Muslim conclaves in places like Paris, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Brussels, and other major cities are officially labeled as no-go areas for all ethnic Europeans, including armed policemen. Do you know, do you understand what this means in practical operation? It means that within those areas, French law and French government, or Dutch law and Dutch government, or Belgian law and Belgian government, no longer has authority! Only sharia law is practiced in those areas.
I have already seen photographs on the Internet of areas of Detroit and New York City, where at prayer times entire blocks of streets are closed off in order to allow the Muslims to throw down their carpet, or pad, in order to make obligatory prayers at the obligatory times.
What we are looking at with these realities taking place in our time, what is happening is further advanced in Europe than it is here, but it is happening in Israelitish nations and the radical Muslims are announcing it to us by a news casts, and the Mexican invaders are now being similarly quoted.
There is a spirit abroad that is filling the Jihadist mind with concepts of conquest, and that spirit is rubbing off on those Muslims of less violent temperament so that to me this is a sure statement. Listen carefully to what I am going to say. The Muslims are certain about who they are and the goals of conquest that they have in mind. The Israelitish people have no clear-cut mindset, they do not have any idea who they are or what they should defend. As a people we are wandering in self-centered aimlessness as the culture rots away and is being devoured by people who have violent purposes in mind to take our homeland away.
A Flemish journalist and commentator named Paul Beliën, writing from Brussels during the time of the riots in France, made this observation about the Muslims, “It is not anger that is driving the insurgents to take it out on the secularized welfare states of old Europe, it is hatred. Not caused by injustice suffered, but stemming from a sense of superiority. The youth do not blame the French, they despise them.”
Beliën's commentary went on, again quoting. “Look at what a typical radical Muslim leader, the leader of the Brussels Based European league has to say, ‘We reject integration which leads to assimilation. I do not believe in a host country. We are at home here, and whatever we consider our culture also belongs to our chosen country,’ and in my country Belgium, not the country of the Westerners, they are already claiming victory.”
It is because of the attitudes that the people have. The Westerners look like they are going to take it. I will make it clear, what was his country, it was Belgium, and they are making it Muslim.
Here is a comment from an unnamed German Muslim regarding this exact same subject. “Germany is an Islamic country. Islam is in the home; Islam is in the schools. Germans will be outnumbered. We Muslims will say what we want, we will live as we want. It is outrageous that the Germans demand that we speak their language. Our children will have our language, our laws, our culture.”
What is literally happening in the present world scene, within both Europe and United States, is that Muslims do not want to be assimilated. They want to dominate and take over the entire nation.
The Mexicans are moving in that direction. I had a little taste of that the last stint that we were in the Los Angeles area and I was pastoring the church in Glendale and also in North Hollywood, but there were times when I would be out on the freeway during the day going to visit people. I was on the Ventura freeway, and going through Burbank, and the Los Angeles River is on one side of me. Most of you who have been there understand that the Los Angeles river is pretty much paved in with concrete, both sides as well as the bottom. They do that in order to keep the banks from eroding when they really do get a rain, and so it keeps the water channeled in the direction that they want it to flow.
What I see in Burbank, in big letters written on the side of the Los Angeles River, where everyone going north on the Ventura freeway could see it, it says, “La Rosa is here.” This was 1987 and l988. La Rosa is Hispanic, because it includes parts of Spain as well, and their idea is to keep people of Mexican heritage in the United States with their minds focused on Mexico, not the United States, Mexico.
This is because the Mexicans already believe that California is theirs, Arizona is theirs, New Mexico is theirs, and Texas is theirs by right, and that is the direction that they are moving. They do not want to assimilate, they do not want to be Americans, they want that land back. There is one thing that is setting them apart.
That attitude is growing. Do you think that it was strange that blacks suddenly demanded to be called African Americans? Did you notice which word came first? African. It was because the leader of groups of those people wanted the blacks to think first of Africa. They are doing that, just a little thing we might say, in order to put the idea in people’s minds that they are African first and American second.
Can you begin to see what is working? This is what Satan is doing. He is attempting to turn this nation upside down in regard to its loyalties, in regard to its culture, where there is consistent tension between the families of people that are living in this nation. It used to be when immigrants came here they wanted to be Americans. So they got here and they began immediately to learn the language, to send their children to our schools, and they wanted to have a background for understanding what made America tick, because they wanted to be a part of it. That spirit is gone, and now the spirit is let us divide it and take it for our own.
This is why it so important, what I said to you before. The Muslims know who they are, and they are pushing in that direction. The Americans are all caught up in entertainment, clothing, fashion, or whatever, in arguments between the liberals and the conservatives, and so forth, and nobody is acting really in defense of the nation itself, and its culture. In fact I do not think we ever will because those people in power are overwhelmingly secularist. They do not think of God.
What are the alternatives to this situation? I am talking about the Israelitish nations. Right now there are three. First, we can let the present practice continue, and Israel will disappear in the dustbin of history as a nation conquered from within by multiculturalism. Second, we can drive out and destroy the incorrigible elements who will not be assimilated. Three, we can welcome and assimilate those who want to remain here in peace and adopt our culture.
The Jews in the present-day nation of Israel present us with a very clear example of how well their policies over the past eighty years have worked. They have not worked, have they? One of the major differences today was also a major difference anciently. Besides the political differences between the two, there still exists a major religious difference. Israel is engulfed on every border that touches on another nation, by a Muslim neighbor, either Shiite or Sunni.
Now anciently, the god of Israel's neighbors was Baal. Today the god of their neighbor is Allah. Does God say anything in His Word about nations who will not allow themselves to be assimilated within Israel? He definitely does. Please turn back to the book of Exodus once again. The time setting here is still on Mt Sinai.
Exodus 23:20-22 “Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him. But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.”
This charge is given immediately after the covenant was made at Mt. Sinai. God promises that He would be an enemy to Israel's enemy.
Exodus 23:23 “For My Angel will go before you and bring you into the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites and the Hivites and the Jebusites; and I will cut them off.”
In this verse He clearly names who was then occupying the land. It is very clear that our Creator, the very one who set the boundaries of all nations on earth in relation to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, He had determined to give the land that others were occupying through the legitimate heirs, the Israelites. Notice the terms that God lays down. Verse 24.
Exodus 23:24-26 “You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their works; but you shall utterly overthrow them and completely break down their sacred pillars. So you shall serve the Lord your God and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.”
What Israel would face were nations of people with whom they were to attempt no accommodation whatever, no assimilation because those peoples’ cultures and most particularly their religions, were totally incompatible with God and the Israelites. These cultures were corrupt almost beyond imagination, especially sexually. Do you know what was going on there?
Ezekiel 20:29-31 “Then I said to them, ‘What is this high place to which you go?’ So its name is called Bamah to this day,”’ Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Are you defiling yourselves in the manner of your fathers, and committing harlotry according to their abominations? For when you offer your gifts and make your sons pass through the fire [they were doing child sacrifices], you defile yourselves with all your idols, even to this day. So shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live,” says the Lord God, “I will not be inquired of by you.”
God specifically mentions the sons that they offered to their idols, that is to the Amorites and so forth, idols. But there was another practice going on that is equally disgusting, if not more disgusting. When a woman had a baby, boy or girl, but most often it happens to girls because they wanted to be blessed by Baal, they either sold or they gave the child to the temple priest, and that girl or that boy was raised to be a prostitute.
The local whore house, brethren, was the local temple. That is how filthy-minded these people were, and why God said, wipe them out, do not have a thing to do with them.
Exodus 23:27-29 “I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite from before you. I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you.”
These are stiff warnings, and at the same time, wonderful promises were given, one of which was that they did not have to do everything in chasing these people out of the land immediately, but they still had to discipline themselves to stick with the plan, and God would be with them all the entire way.
Exodus 23:31 “And I will set your bounds from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River. For I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you. You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.”
God was laying out their responsibilities to work here. There were to be no deals, no covenants, absolute zero tolerance of their religion and the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and the Jebusites we will see in verse 33.
Exodus 23:33 “They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against Me. For if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.”
In plain language, God said, “Clean them out of the land. They are so filthy, corrupt in their character, there is no changing them.” You know the history. Israel did not do it, and Israel became like them. Please turn to Deuteronomy 7, back to Moses’ last month of his life. He is repeating something to them.
Deuteronomy 7:1-5 “When the Lord your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you, and when the Lord your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them. Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly. But thus you shall deal with them: you shall destroy their altars, and break down their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images, and burn their carved images with fire.”
The context here is forty years after Exodus 23, and they are one month or so away from actually entering the Land and nothing has changed in the forty years in regard to God's mind. “Get rid of them,” God said.
The first thing that we have to consider is the alternative to what appears to be a brutal solution to prevent what God could clearly foresee when Israel entered the Land. If Israel did not follow what He said, the Israelites would become corrupted and destroyed from within by the people that they failed to drive out. That is exactly what happened.
The corrupters would be like a cancer, working out a sight within a human body. Worse yet, the Europeans have invited the disease in to be a work force. They absolutely will not assimilate, and now the Europeans are bit by bit losing their grip on their own homeland. Be awake, because the direction that things are moving in this nation is similar, even to the work force component. The business man may say, “Well would you not rather hire somebody who will work for six dollars an hour than an American who is going to demand nine dollars an hour?”
That is one of the components that is working here, and people in high places want this. One party, they what the voters; the other party, they want the workers who will work for cheaper prices. To the modern politically correct liberals, the things that we just read from God's Word makes it sound as if Israel was being ordered by God to be racist, exclusivist, xenophobes. However, be patient because we have not read everything that is in the Book.
In an Israelitish society operating by God's laws, aliens, or the Gentiles as we might call them, was openly welcome to live in Israel, and to be treated with all of the dignity and respect of a homeborn Israelite. They were to have access to all rights, all privileges, and responsibilities that fell to the Israelitish people. But Israel was forbidden to be multicultural. In case you have not gotten it, I will tell you right now: it is multiculturalism that is the problem. It is not race, it is the culture that is the problem.
Being multiracial or multicultural are not similar at all. We will begin in the book of Exodus chapter 12. You cannot get any earlier in the history of Israel than Exodus 12.
Exodus 12:48-49 “And when a stranger dwells with you and wants to keep the Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as a native of the land. For no uncircumcised person shall eat it. One law shall be for the native born and for the stranger who dwells among you.”
To God it makes no difference what the person’s race is, what his culture is makes all the difference in the world. Can you see? Are you beginning to see, that if the alien, if the stranger, regardless of his race, whether he is black or yellow or whatever, if he becomes an Israelite he is welcome there regardless of his race.
One law means the same rights, privileges that were given to Israelites were also given to the alien.
Exodus 22:21 “You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
Leviticus 24:22 “You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from your own country; for I am the Lord your God.”
Absolute equality, regardless of race.
Deuteronomy 10:16-19 “Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer. For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
Leviticus 19:9-10 “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger; I am the Lord your God.”
You see what He is telling you there? The stranger was welcome to Israel's welfare system. There was one catch, they had to work for it, but they were welcome to it, they were not denied. If they wanted to work, they had access to the welfare system.
Leviticus 17:8-9 “Also you shall say to them: ‘Whatever man of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell among you, who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice, and does not bring it to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, to offer it to the Lord, that man shall be cut off from among his people.’”
You see what He is saying there? The stranger, the alien, had direct access to God through the Tabernacle just like the Israelites did. Except he had to do it lawfully, that is to be expected. If he did it lawfully, he was not turned away.
You can begin to see a balance between what God says in one place, on one hand, and what He says in another. The mass killings that he ordered the Israelites to do were not done because they were Gentiles. They were done because they would not accept God as their God. That is what it comes down to. Because of that, God says you cannot assimilate them, they either worship Me and My way, or they are going to be killed. They would not assimilate with them the way God wanted it to be done.
You can also look in Leviticus 16:29. You will find there that they are mentioned regarding fasting on the day of Atonement. In addition, I did not go into this, they were allowed to set up a business, if there was an alien who is an entrepreneur, he was allowed to set up a business in Israelitish countries and make money off the Israelites, but he had to keep the Sabbath.
Are you getting the point? As long as the stranger would assimilate with Israel on God's terms, they were open to everything.
A culture consists of the training, development, and refining of the mind, morals, and tastes of a people. It thus exhibits the conduct, attitude, and the way of life the citizenship demonstrates, and it is in those exhibitions that the problems exist. In a multicultural society, it is described as being similar to a mixed salad in which the fruits and vegetables are all dumped into a bowl and they are mixed together, but the fruit and vegetables do not disappear. They are clearly seen because they stand out individually in relation to each other.
What is a melting pot? Everything is blended into one, completely assimilated, and that was the original idea. That those who immigrate here would be assimilated in the melting pot and they would become Americans, and they would demonstrate the Israelitish culture in their lives.
The church is to be the prime example of a melting pot. God is not against the alien in any way, shape, or form, but everybody in the church has to be assimilated in one culture, and that is God’s way.
John 17:20-23 [Jesus said] “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me, I have given to them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”
The church is a melting pot culture, and that does not just happen, it is made to occur. All the different parts of the citizenry blend into a smooth mixture, disappear, and become one, and this defines exactly what God desires in the church. So the Israelitish people have three alternatives at this time.
First, roll over and simply accept their lot. Second, the government must respond in the behalf of the nation, and restrict the invaders’ civil liberties harshly and rapidly, and take all necessary action to forcibly imprison them or deport them. Third, the people, the man on the street, could take things into their own hands through vigilantism, and harass them right out of the nation or even right out of existence. That one, might be very frightening and bloody, but it also might be very effective.