Lights Out?

“Seek Jehovah while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to Jehovah, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”  Isaiah 55:6-7


In Montana, Kalispell is one of the big cities, but in the scope of the nation, it is but a small quiet town.  Having lived in Orlando, Phoenix, Chicago and even a bit of time in Toledo, there is no comparison.  Driving the other night between two small Montana towns, the realization of the scope of potential trouble on the horizon, thinking of how America is so backslidden before God, my spirit was deeply troubled.


Imagine for a moment, if you will, your respective city.  Whether it be a small town on the plains of America, a big hustling urban center of a major city, a medium sized city or even the rural countryside, miles away from the nearest gas station, if the lights went out.  As we were driving between the small city of Kalispell to the very small town of Bigfork, the glistening lights of rural houses and the glimmering of communities approaching against the black night sky was a reminder that we were surrounded by people, who were getting ready for bed in the late evening. What if as we were driving suddenly and without warning all of the lights went out? 


What if the dark black sky of night soon became even darker and our headlights on our car became more powerful as they cut through more darkness, without the aid of the light from rural homes we were passing?  This thought was pondered and glancing at my fuel gauge, it was noted that the tank was nearly full.  What would be done, what would happen if such a scenario as North Korea has been threatening, an EMP weapon had just been deployed, even a thousand miles to the east, with the effects now covering the great state of Montana? 


What could be done?  How would one even know soon enough what had happened?  Certainly the emergency broadcast system should be working, but could we count on the government to deploy the message of what exactly happened soon enough?  Would we know right away the truth, or simply be told that there is a temporarily blackout?  Could the government be trusted?  At that moment, the moment the lights went out, those who would act immediately would gain very much, than those who waited and acted afterwards. 


How would someone even rush to the grocery store, assuming they had some cash on them, not just a plastic credit card, to fill up carts of food?  Wouldn’t they have locked their doors, no power, no way to effectively ring up the food?  Certainly they would not be privy to knowing what had happened, assuming it was just a power outage, but by time the general populace found out, would not the doors of the grocery store be ripped off and the shelves bare?  With nearly a full tank of gas, our range would be around 250 miles, shouldn’t we have had some gas cans with extra gas to extend that to 500?  Not that 500 miles in Montana will get you very far. 


If at least we had a 500 mile range we could make a run for Canada.  Would the borders even be opened?  They have no power, how will they scan the passports?  Certainly the Canadian government would know what had happened, even if it was not publicly spoken about yet, perhaps they have a contingency plan to lock all of their borders to keep out a potential unknown enemy.  This would certainly seem sensible.  How would one know just what had happened soon enough?


Certainly a blackout could be caused for many different reasons, perhaps a cyber attack on our electrical infrastructure that could be repaired soon, a major earthquake that may not have even been felt in the local area or some other reason, but time would be of essence.  A nighttime blackout would be the best scenario and give those who happened to be up, quite an edge.  Without cell phones working, many would simply sleep through the first few hours.  For a daytime blackout those who live in major metropolitan areas would find there travel home to be quite difficult as the traffic lights would not work, causing traffic jams that only, as of yet, Hollywood has made up with their scenarios in movies.  Either way, once the population learned that this was not a short term event, but an EMP had knocked out the majority of the power to the United States, chaos as has never been seen before would ensue.


My heart has been troubled by the great sinful behavior of our nation.  Is it not becoming more apparent that we have the wounds of Judgment by God Almighty?  Does not the party today for tomorrow we die attitude of this country (Is. 22:13) strike fear in the hearts of men who otherwise fear Him who created them?  Will God simply take notice of what our nation has done to other nations, creating poverty, death and war throughout the world?  Will God ignore the fact that America has murdered over 50 million babies?  Will He who created the heavens and the earth, not take note that we continue to promote sexual immoralities to a level that has not been seen on the face of this once great land until now?  Will He hold our nation accountable for blaspheming His Word and calling ourselves a Christian nation, despite the fact that we walk contrary to Him?  Given these thoughts, my heart ponders whether or not our success in North Korea is guaranteed.


Did not our government administration give North Korea the technology?  Has there not been talk about the “Phoenix” and how out of the ashes of America the new world order will arise?  Why, with the recent major uptick in military spending has our government ignored the threats of an EMP or even a super-EMP weapon from North Korea, even as other countries have testified before Congress that they believe North Korea might be in possession of a super-EMP weapon.  A space based weapon in the hands of North Korea?


The same government, ours, who denied that North Korea had the technology for a three stage fuel system to launch a medium to long range ICBM, is also the same government who didn’t, at least publicly, foresee that North Korea would also have been able to create a miniaturized hydrogen bomb, capable of being placed on top of an ICBM.  Do we really trust in aid from our enemies, Russia and China, in reaching a diplomatic solution regarding North Korea?  Would it not benefit them if North Korea did the job they can’t do without receiving the recompense for their deed?  Why did the House disband the EMP Commission recently?  If we can upgrade our electrical system to become EMP proof for $400 billion, then why are we not actively pursuing it as we continue to taunt and threaten North Korea?  If we are going to show them the fire and fury of the United States, as the world has never seen, then why are we giving them so long to prepare for a conflict?  Why are we allowing them time to continue to create more ready to fire missiles, increasing the odds that an EMP will hit the mainland, as well as hydrogen bombs?  Does North Korea not understand that we would absolutely cause mass death and destruction on their country?  Would they not then prepare to launch as many missiles into the sky before they are unable to do so?  Questions, questions, then comes my very troubling thought on my heart regarding this ordeal.


Can we be assured of success, despite our obvious military superiority, against North Korea?  With being so backslidden against our Creator, with walking contrary to His ways, should we even risk such a battle?  While we certainly could wipe them out, they have the potential to do much damage and kill most Americans, through an EMP attack, plus whatever cities might be hit by incoming nuclear missiles.  Do not Americans realize that our missile defense system is not as accurate as they want us to believe?  Can a nation such as us, who does so much evil within and outside our borders, continue to flex our muscles, rebel against our Creator and assume that we will be successful in our endeavors? 


“For though you had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans who fight against you, and there remained only wounded men among them, they would rise up, each man in his tent, and burn this city with fire.”  Jeremiah 37:10


Looking over comments that people leave regarding North Korea, one voice is pushed to the top.  That voice is that we are going to wipe them out, we are going to destroy them.  Those who speak of such things, speak as ignorant ones, not knowing the capabilities of what is indeed a rogue regime, but not another Libya or Syria.  North Korea has been preparing for years and years, both with the aid of Russian scientists and at the border of their ally, China.  Let’s not forget history and why Americans did not win the war against North Korea, they had an endless supply of Chinese solders. 


Perhaps our country has technology that is not known to the populace.  We might pull it off, without any major problems.  Indeed we might go in and bomb them out, ending the supposed threat, one that is often instigated by our policies.  One might question if we didn’t have such measures against North Korea, whether or not this would even be an issue.  Maybe this is just another rumor of war (Matt. 24:6), one that will never come into action.  Just as we have went years and years with such threats, albeit less than today, more years will come and go.  If we were to take such military actions, if such an endeavor is launched against this rogue nation, a nation whom is God fearing, one who holds His Words in reverence, one who does not walk contrary, then we could simply say “may God be with us”.  Let us not say that and walk contrary to Him.


“And the Philistine said to David, Am I a dog, that you are coming to me with sticks? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.  And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the field!  Then David said to the Philistine, You are coming to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I am coming to you in the name of Jehovah of Hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, whom you have reproached.  This day Jehovah will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the heavens and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  Then all this assembly shall know that Jehovah does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is Jehovah’s, and He has given you into our hands.”  1st Samuel 17:43-47


Oh…but you say, look at how evil the regime of North Korea is.  Certainly God would want us to destroy a nation that kills and maims their citizens.  Certainly God would be on our side as they have gulags throughout the country, propaganda and strict governmental controls, fear in the hearts of all of their citizens.  Have they murdered as many innocent as us?  Have they oppressed as many people as our fiscal and military policies throughout the world have oppressed?  Do they claim to be a Christian people doing these things or do they simply refuse to acknowledge God?  Which is worse, to claim to be a Christian nation and walk contrary to Him or to claim to be an atheist nation?  Certainly the first, as we blaspheme God before the nations by calling upon Him and then pushing poverty, death and destruction unto millions and millions of the unfortunate ones, victims of our empire. 


Israel was warned:


“If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and do them, then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.  Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing; you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.  I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and no one shall make you afraid; I will rid the land of evil beasts, and the sword shall not go through your land.  You shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you.  Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you.  For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and establish My covenant with you.  You shall eat the old harvest, and clear out the old because of the new.  I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you.  I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.  I am Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves; I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you walk upright.  But if you do not obey Me, and do not do all these commandments, and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not do all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause pining away of soul. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.  I will set My face against you, and you shall be smitten by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you.  And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will chastise you seven times more for your sins.  I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.  And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.  And if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring upon you seven times more plagues, according to your sins.  I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number; and your highways shall be desolate.  And if by these things you do not let yourselves be corrected by Me, but walk contrary to Me,  then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins.  And I will bring a sword against you that shall execute the vengeance of the covenant; when you are gathered together within your cities I will send pestilence among you; and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.  And when I have cut off your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall bring back your bread by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied.  And after all this, if you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to Me, then I also will walk contrary to you in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.  And you shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters.  And I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars, and cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols; and My soul shall abhor you.  And I will lay your cities waste and bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not smell your soothing aromas.  I will bring the land to desolation, and your enemies who dwell in it shall be astonished at it.  I will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you; your land shall be desolate and your cities waste.”  Leviticus 26:3-33


Yet you say that we are a moral nation, one who does not deserve the punishment from God Almighty?  Consider and consider diligently the ways of our nation.  If such a scenario unfolded, if in but a moment, the lights went out in this country, how would you fare?  Would our government who, unlike other governments of the nations, such as South Korea and Russia, who have a full fledge plan in place to shelter millions and millions of people in the event of a nuclear attack, come to our aid?  Where is your local nuclear shelter for the people in your city?  Those who live in Seoul know, those who live in Moscow know, where or where is yours? 


If our nation is so moral, then would not there be a system of equitable groceries distributed to each family, according to the amount of supplies and need?  Would not the government be providing truck loads of food to cities across the country to continue feeding the public?  While we do have some warehouses with food, we could not deal with such a large event.  Would the grocery stores doors be ripped off and the shelves emptied or people calmly picking up food, leaving some behind for the next family to also be able to eat?  Wouldn’t at that moment you see your fears, that it is each man for themselves, violence, blood shed and murder would be rampant, the police overwhelmed and unable to protect, themselves stuck in traffic jams, running out of gas and simply too busy?  Would your fellow moral citizens allow you to eat as well? 


When night came, would the street remain quite and peaceful or a certain fear overtake your family as you have to push the couch near the front door to barricade it from the bands of thieves and murderers who suddenly walk the streets, with little or no fear of the overwhelmed police?  Just how well would our supposed God fearing society look in your eyes at that moment?  Where are those morals you talk about?  Where are those of this supposed Christian nation to provide aid? 


Are the works of allowing sodomite marriage in this country moral before an Almighty God (1st Cor. 6:9-10)?  Are the policies of pushing transgender rights throughout this country not contrary to His Word (Duet. 22:5)?  Do even states, like Montana, who are pushing for birth certificates to no longer simply state male or female, all with the beckoning and cheering on of the ACLU, have a fear of their Creator who created them male and female (Gen. 5:2)?  Does our rampage against innocent countries for fiscal dominance, policies that most Americans can not even comprehend, that has lead to death, destruction and absolute poverty for millions and millions around the globe align with bringing the hope of Christ to nations who are ravaged?  Is not already the fruit of our deeds being realized with the ever increasing debt of both our personal household and nation, as well as the catastrophes that have been decimating our nation? 


You say that we are a moral society, then go for a walk through the South Side of Chicago.  You say that we are a moral society than take a drive through inner Detroit on a Friday night.  You say that we are a moral society than quit walking pass your fellow man sitting on the sidewalk in pure poverty.  You say that we are a moral society than quit defying your Creator, by walking contrary to Him.  You say that we are a moral society, then ask those unfortunate ones of nations who will tell you otherwise.  You say that we are a moral society, then if the lights went out in this country, you should have nothing to fear.


Yet understand this and understand this well.  While it is not for man to know the future, and while we can simply state something as a scenario of an EMP attack from North Korea, understand that eventually a time will come when those who have refused to repent will be Left Behind.  Those who refuse to repent and believe the Gospel, to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, will be left destitute.  Then even a scenario as is outlayed here, will not even be in comparison to what God’s Word has outlayed in the Holy Scriptures, one that is certain to come to pass, for the Most High God has spoken it.  Why or why should we take and defy our Creator and walk contrary to Him?


“I, Jehovah, have spoken it; it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not hold back, nor will I spare, nor will I have compassion; according to your ways and according to your deeds they will judge you, declares the Lord Jehovah.”  Ezekiel 24:14


Why as a nation should we call ourselves good, yet we have both hands on the plow to do evil?  Why should we assume that our nation is under the blessing of Him, when we refuse to repent of our wickedness?  Consider diligently, for the time is come, indeed it will come, as a thief in the night, and then what will you do o man?  Who will you go to, who will you turn to for your aid?  Turn now to your Creator (Ez. 33:11), seek God while he may be found (Is. 55:6).  Comprehend His works (Job 37:14), understand His free gift (Jn. 3:16) and repent and believe into Jesus Christ, that you might be Saved.  I fear greatly for this country, not because of threats from abroad, not because of a potential economic crisis, but because our nation no longer fears God, our nation walk contrary to Him.  What makes me fear most of all is that we call upon His name while our hearts are far from Him (Is. 29:13).  That should make you tremble.  Then again, if it is as you say, that we are a moral nation who would never come under the Judgment of an Almighty God, for you say our deeds are righteous and we walk accordingly, then I suppose if the lights go out we shall see how moral and God fearing of a society we really are.


“Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin with cart ropes; who say, Let Him hurry and hasten His work, so that we may see it; and let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, so that we may know it!  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!  Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and understanding in their own sight!”  Isaiah 5:18-21


“Both hands are on evil, to do it well. Both the ruler and the judge ask for a bribe. And the great one speaks the lust of his soul; and they weave it together.”  Micah 7:3


“For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.”  1st Corinthians 5:2


“The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their own power; and my people love to have it so, and what will you do in the end?”  Jeremiah 5:31


“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has established a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has appointed. He has given assurance of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.”  Acts 17:30-31


For those of you who can hear, seek God while He may be found.  Put your faith in trust in Him, knowing that He certainly is able to deliver those who are His, in Christ, throughout whatever trials and tribulations might come upon the world. 


“For the Lord Jehovah will help Me; therefore I have not been ashamed. Therefore I have set My face like flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.  He is near who justifies Me; who will contend with Me? Let us stand together; who is the master of My judgment? Let him come near Me.  Behold, the Lord Jehovah will help Me; who is he who shall condemn Me? Lo, they all shall wear out like a garment; the moth shall eat them.  Who among you fears Jehovah? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of Jehovah and rest on his God.”  Isaiah 50:7-10