Has America Crossed the Line of No Return?
There is a path that an individual or a nation can take, which leads beyond the point from which he or it can turn back, whether it be on the road of good or of evil. There are many scriptures which bear this thought out.
Ezekiel 28:18, "Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thy iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee."
Isaiah14:12-15, "How art thou fallen 0 Heylel (bright one), son of the morning (Venus or morning star)! How art thou cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations. For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."
These two scriptures represent the most classic example of a being who passed the point of no return. In reading this account in Ezekiel 28, we see the passage begins with the Lord speaking to a man named Cyrus, who was here described as the prince of Persia, then he shifts to address the past experience of his king, the King of Persia, who obviously is Satan himself. As an object lesson, this man is being told of the fate of his King, Satan; how he destroyed all the sanctuaries, which a loving and merciful God had provided, and what his end would be.
God is longsuffering, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy, and I am sure He has always been this way. We must understand, then, that if God casts someone into hell, then there was absolutely no other way out. It is like casting trash into the trash can and then into the dump. This saves the whole house from becoming a dump. That being had deliberately overcome every sanctuary or barrier that God had put in his way. Hell, therefore, is the extreme of Gods mercy.
1st Timothy 5:6, "But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth."
This scripture speaks of a general rule, with particular reference to a woman who defiles her body with sensual pleasure. It suggests that there is a degree to which this sort of thing could be carried, to where the soul would be lost before death.
There is another scripture which speaks of the sudden destruction of the stubborn:
Proverbs 29:1, "He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that WITHOUT REMEDY."
The words, "WITHOUT REMEDY," add a certain amount of fatality to the utterance and elevate it to the status of a legal pronouncement, as a judge would pronounce against a condemned criminal.
We are dealing with this subject,
Ezekiel 29:14-15, "And I will bring again the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Patros, into the land of their habitation; and they shall be there a base kingdom. It shall be the basest of the kingdoms; neither shall it exalt itself any more over the nations; for I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations."
Way down there in time, 589 years before Jesus, God pronounced by His prophet that Egypt would never rule over the nations of the world anymore as it did in the time of the Pharaohs, and that it would be the basest kingdom of all the kingdoms of the earth. Today, we see this still holding true, because the word of God works on the natural plane, as well as on the spiritual.