“Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” Matt. 21:43.
“The kingdom of God shall be taken from you…But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee…The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low. He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head and thou shalt be the tail… For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies…shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.” (Deut. 28:15,43,44; Luke 19:43-44).
“…and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof…For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in… But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God…”(Rom. 11:25; 1Pet. 2:9,10).
The Lord God promised Israel as a nation two things: Blessings and curses. His blessings are stated in Deuteronomy 28, as summed up in verses 1, 12 and 13. “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth…The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and do them.”
Israel has been and is the tail among nations and will be until the fullness of the Gentiles is come. I understand these blessings and curses were spoken to the Hebrews. I, also, believe the principles behind them are applicable to any nation that claims God as their God.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men…he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.” Ps. 33:12-15.
I speak, specifically, as an American to my fellow countrymen, but not to the exclusion of any other nation. We have been under the Lord God’s blessings as a nation for over two hundred years. We have enjoyed being the head and not the tail in power, riches and freedom. If He didn’t excuse Israel’s sin, how can we think He will excuse our sin. It is our sin of pride and arrogance that causes the division, hatred, confusion and immorality in our nation. It’s not the President’s fault, or our government but each individual, including the fore said. Our own curses have come upon us.
As Daniel sought the Lord in prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes, in chapter 9, for the people of Israel, may we pray for the people of our nation. As he prayed and made confession, and said,
“O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: Neither have we hearkened unto they servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land…As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth…O, Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God…”
Returning to the blessedness of God can happen.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2Chron. 7:14.
The head or the tail, which will it be?