By Merrill Olson
The prophet warns: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Is. 5:20).
This sounds like present day America even though it was written to the nation of Judah who would eventually fall to God’s judgment under Babylonian captivity. After Israel, the northern kingdom, was taken into Assyrian captivity in 722 B.C., Judah continued to follow the footsteps of sin as Israel.
Therefore, Isaiah warned Judah that judgment was coming not by Assyria but by Babylon, even though it had not yet risen to power. Eventually, Nebuchadnezzar, the king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire (ruled 605-562 B.C.), would capture Jerusalem, destroy the Temple, and carry the people of Judah into captivity in Babylon.
In the context of Isaiah 5:20, the prophet pronounces six indictments introduced by “Woe.” Each of them is much like God would pronounce upon America as He looks at it today. They are: (1) Woe to materialists (5:8-10); (2) Woe to the drunkards (5:11-12); (3) Woe to those who blaspheme God because of their sin and challenge Him (5:18-19); (4) Woe to those who call evil good and good evil (5:20); (5) Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes (5:21); (6) Woe to the drunken bribe takers (5:22-23).
Each one of these denunciations by a holy God fits well into the slide of America into debauchery from its American Christian heritage. It is a heritage that was built upon the pillars of Christianity. Jedediah Morse, an educator and geographer, said in 1799: “Whenever the pillars of Christianity should be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them.” Are they falling? What do you think?
Once again, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness.” In Judah’s day, there were those who led others astray by their own perverted values. Think of people today who are led astray by the godless morals and thinking of many politicians, educators, preachers (2 Cor. 11:13-15), TV personalities and secular media, movie producers, focus groups including religious, etc. You name them! It is not that difficult. Many sins forbidden in Scripture are held up as being “good.” “Darkness” is portrayed as “light” and socially and politically correct.
Tragically, many are portraying Islam as “good” and “Christianity” as “evil.” There is a push today to denounce the name “Jesus” from being mentioned in the public square. Same sex marriage is considered “good.” Millions of babies are still being murdered in their mothers’ wombs as abortion remains legal and this “evil” is considered as “good.”
Is there any hope for America? The only one is if masses turn to Jesus in repentance, but Bible prophecy does not foresee that. What is prophesied is that Jesus will return and the whole world will bow to Him whether they want to or not (Phil. 2:9-11).
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