The Lord has blessed us with another year. This can be a year of grief or it can be a year of greatness. So far we have had both. The stock market in America had taken a nose dive. There has been an increase in Islamic extremist attacks worldwide. Our navy personal has been photographed and dispersed as propaganda in Iran which is against international law and at the same time that we gave them over 1 billion dollars to use as they see fit. One good thing that happened is that 5 Americans held captive in Iran were released in a prisoner swap.

So what is in store for us the rest of the year? The choice is up to us. If we would only recognize the giver of blessings is not our governments but is the G-d of creation, the G-d of control, the G-d of compassion. To deny him and his place of authority and supremacy is to spell the doom of that nation.

Moses teaches all of us the promise of G-d. After the people of Israel had wandered in the wilderness and a whole generation died off; they had come to the Jordan river ready to enter into their promised land. (Which by the way is still Israel’s promised land this promise has never been rescinded by G-d). Before they go to cross the Jordan Moses gathers the people together to hear his message his plea to them.

His message was a message of choice. That the Jewish people had a choice to make. He said that he laid before the a message of life or death a message of blessing or cursing. The blessing of God and the giving of life would come if they continued to choose to follow G-d and his words. But if they choose to turn from G-d and choose the ways of the world they would eventually feel the rejection of G-d and the curse of his judgments. And history will speak to the keeping of this promise.

But this choice is not only a one time choice for Israel many hundreds of years ago but is a choice that G-d still gives to us all and to all nations. The choice is simple. Choose to follow G-d and his word and his will and be blessed as a nation or choose to do your own thing and reject G-d’s word and his teachings and be prepared to receive the cursing of G-d’s judgment.

Again history will attest to this promise. Look at the falling in American society. Ungodliness increases year upon year as more and more we as a nation reject G-d. Atheism is the fastest growing religious group in America today. Next to them is Islam. America is in trouble and unless we as a nation heed Isaiah’s warning and repent and come to G-d we are looking at a disastrous future ahead. It may take a few years but it will come if we do not repent as a nation and return to G-d.  We need to heed G-d’s words which says: Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people. Also G-d says: the nation that forgets G-d shall perish.

So good year or bad year is up to us. The choice is ours. Let us pray that we would all choose life. Amen!

This week our President and his main negotiators have been boasting a new Iran nuclear agreement that is supposed to stop Iran”s nuclear production by at least a year. Now as our leadership began these negotiations months ago, they said at that time that Iran could have enough enriched uranium for a bomb in a couple of months; this is the President’s Redline, 2 months. That was months ago. Now we are told that the final agreement has until June, almost 3 months away, to be finalized. Well just do the math. By then Iran will already have nuclear bomb capabilities.

After June, Iran will just be going through the motions to get the devastating sanctions off of their backs. All of this enriched bomb grade uranium will be shipped to Russia sometime before the end of negotiations in June. Then Iran will be willing to curb back their uranium enrichment because they have already crossed the Red Line that Israel had warned about. With Russian help they will have at least 1 bomb ready sometime this year, though you will never know it.

In June we would have to deal with verifying what Iran is doing to be in compliance with the treaty. After many years of centrifuge building and uranium enrichment how well has Iran kept its promises regarding it nuclear facilities? Never! Do we really expect them to do so now? They will hide what needs to be hidden from the nuclear inspectors to keep up Iran’s appearance of compliance so that the sanctions will not continue; thus giving them even more funding toward their ultimate goal, the destruction of Israel.

Iran has been continuing to build and create centrifuges under extreme sanctions for years do you really think that they care now whether the sanctions are removed or not? They have already said that they would continue their manufacture of enriched uranium no matter what happens, so who are we fooling?

What we have done either knowingly or inadvertently is opened Pandora’s Box. It will never be closed again. And what will come out will not be pretty. The cat has been let out of the bag and there is no way of getting him back in.

Are our leaders that naive in what they are doing or do they just think we the people are so naive that we will just believe what they say? If we believe that this agreement will in any way hinder Iran’s goal of a nuclear bomb and the destruction of Israel, then maybe we are that naive!

It seems like the rate of our leadership’s desertion of Israel is going at a breakneck pace. Our justice department has just ordered the release of Israel’s nuclear capability strategies from 1987 at the FOIA (Freedom Of Information Act) request of a journalist known for his anti Israel leanings. Talk about deserting our friends & allies. Let’s just throw Israel under the bus. This information has been refused until now, right after Netanyahu’s re-election and statement about the 2 state peace initiative. Talk about payback.Our leadership lost in it’s attempt to bring about regime change in Israel and now Israel is being punished.

Our leadership is so concentrated on getting a nuclear treaty deal worked out with Iran, Israel”s enemy, that they have now given in to allow Iranian centrifuges to be left in their underground enclosure thus taking the chance of Israel’s destruction of these types of centrifuges unlikely. Thus leaving Israel with  no way of protecting itself from the production of adequate amounts of nuclear bomb grade uranium.

We are finding our leadership cursing Israel and God’s curse will follow. If you don’t believe me then believe history. All nations who have gone against Israel have lost their position of world leadership. Ask Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, The United Kingdom, Germany, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and if we don’t change our direction the United States of America.

It is God who raises nations and God who brings nations down. America was raised up by God a beacon of hope but God will also bring us down as we continue to rebel, and forsake the Lord and his people. This will be the Real Payback!

Daniel spent hours praying for Israel and its sinfulness as we should pray for America and our sinfulness. Lord forgive us as a nation we repent of our national sins as we repent of our personal sins. Lord have mercy on all those who love you and serve you. We pray for our leadership. We pray for their true salvation. We pray for our leaders that they will turn again to you in prayer as our forefathers did regularly. Lord we lift you up in praise, honor and glory! Amen!