BIBLICAL WIKILEAKS (1): Exposing Ancient Israel’s Corruption (Listen Up, America)

         The Old Testament Scriptures have a lot in common with WikiLeaks: There is no holding back on revealing ancient Israel’s corruption and eventual destruction.

         The same will happen for each of us on an individual basis at the Judgment. All of our sin and corruption will be revealed. We will be judged accordingly. Unless, of course, our hard drives have been wiped clean by the Blood of Jesus through real repentance.

         Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. [Hebrews 13:12-13]

THIS PRESENT DARKNESS

         We live in an age in which the general level of corruption has gained Biblical proportions. Christians have long predicted this would happen. Yet now that is has, many people have become apathetic and indifferent toward it, and feel powerless to do anything about it. The same thing happened to ancient Israel.

         How does a nation go from being the specially chosen people of God in whom He entrusted His pure Word, manifested His holy presence, and loved with all His heart, to a nation so corrupt it actually murdered Him? That’s pretty much Mount Everest on the corruption scale. But as I’ve said so many times before, this is not an indictment of the ancient Hebrew people, but an indictment of the entire human race. It was the Lord who decided to choose a people. But in seeing what His own people did we should also see what any nation would do. We should also see, then, what has happened to America.

         Ancient Israel got into trouble every time it turned away from God. Every time the nation as a whole began slacking off and dishonoring their unique spiritual heritage—essentially becoming like any other godless nation on the planet—it not only descended into a pit of depravity, its depravity actually exceeded the depravity of the pagan nations surrounding it.

         We recall several intervals when corruption went off the scale. These were times when the heart of the nation had so turned away from their loving Father that they no longer wanted Him around. If you think it hurts to be rejected by someone here and there imagine how the Lord must have felt when He was rejected by His own people in whom He had invested His entire heart and life, and long centuries of care and protection. One of these intervals in which Israel took a giant leap downward—insisting nonsensically on jumping into a deep pit of slime as it were—is recorded in the first book of Samuel:

         The LORD said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them. Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day—in that they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also.” [1Samuel 8:7-8]

         Samuel felt rejected because the nation refused to hear him, but the Lord said no, it is not you, it is Me. They are not listening to you for one reason: You work for Me. They don’t want Me…

         So how did Israel become the most corrupt nation? And how can anyone say such a thing? There were obviously some really bad nations at that time engaging in all manner of ungodly and immoral practices. I will answer with Scripture:

         “THE LAND OF ZEBULUN AND THE LAND OF NAPHTALI, BY THE WAY OF THE SEA, BEYOND THE JORDAN, GALILEE OF THE GENTILES—THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT, AND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED.” From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” [Matthew 4:15-17]

         We know from the Biblical record and extensive historical research what had happened to this land so many centuries before and exactly how the people therein arrived at a state of complete darkness, spiritual death, and in great need of repentance and restoration to the Lord God. The Northern Kingdom of Israel bit the dust long before the Southern Kingdom of Judah. But Judah had its own moment of utter darkness and absolute corruption, right before it ceased to exist forever:

         “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know—this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.” [Acts 2:22-23]

         The Northern Kingdom had essentially only rejected the Lord. The Southern Kingdom murdered Him. Was the destruction of Jerusalem forty years later the Lord’s retribution against a vile, corrupt people? Or was it actually the case that when Judah rejected its long-awaited Messiah it actually rejected every means of its own life and protection? Unlike every other nation, ancient Israel was entirely dependent upon the blessings, protection, and grace of God. It could not exist for long without Him, except in a grossly corrupt form. What more could the Lord God have done to showcase this fact and take responsibility for His wayward, corrupt people but actually show up among them as one of them in a final loving effort to get them back on the right path for their own good?

         Can you imagine some good people showing up at a man’s home when times are bad and he needs some help and they shower him with love and groceries and some money to help him pay some bills to get him back on his feet and he turns to them with rage and demand they get their sorry backsides the hell away from him and never come back? And every time someone else tries to help he does the same thing? We all know what will become of this man. His final end will not be because of outward judgment but because of inward hardheartedness, rebellion, and stupidity.

         America has a corruption problem because far too many of the people in positions of authority have become corrupt. This has become obvious but nothing changes. Americans keep voting corrupt people into office. Until recently most Americans either didn’t care or were too willingly ignorant to know. But this is changing. Light is starting to shine…

         Part of the proof we have that the OT Scriptures are for real is that no nation writes such an incriminating history of itself. History is always written by the victors and by those with alternative agendas, and is thus skewed. This is not the case with the history of the ancient Hebrews. It is all exposed and it is all true.

THE FAITHFUL REMNANT       

         Intermixed with all the corruption in ancient Israel, however, is a crimson stream of repentance and righteousness, and an ongoing longing by an everlasting Remnant to do right by God. This Remnant remained viable until the first century when Messiah arrived. Though He was rejected by what was left of the nation as a whole and certainly by the entire religious establishment, there were thousands and perhaps hundreds of thousands of Jews in the first century who recognized their Lord and Savior and embraced the Messiah wholeheartedly. They no longer identified with the corrupt outward nation. For those, their lives were saved. YHWH-Salvation saved them. They repented as per John the Immerser’s instructions, as per the Lord’s commands, and as per Peter’s demands on The Day of Pentecost. This believing Remnant of Jews became the very people that continued bringing forth salvation into the world.

         “…For salvation is from the Jews.” [John 4:22] [1]

         In those times long before this when the ancient nation of Israel had turned back to God, the course of the nation was righted, corruption was exposed and eliminated, the guilty parties either repented or were removed from power, and the Lord was once again in the right place in order to care for His people. This is the Lord’s heart. That He often had to use outside people is only a testimony to the fact that a corrupt elite in power will NEVER correct itself.

         In ancient Israel, it was the anointed judges and prophets who were used of God as a corrective force, whose voices could only be silenced by death. Most of these did die and were silenced. The corrupt elite were not only slowly destroying their own nation, they were destroying their very souls.

         In America at this time corruption at very high levels is being exposed. Much of this is unprecedented. But it will do no good whatsoever if the corruption never registers with the majority of the people. It could be the case and is in part probably the case that at least half of America is also corrupt and is therefore compromised from doing anything about the corrupt people in power. Much of America is simply blind and unaware of the facts. Many simply do not care. For all the proper percentages of the population and whatnot, a study of ancient Israel will give much perspective.

         As I said in a recent post, America is doomed without a Great Awakening. The Good News is that an Awakening has begun, as I have been saying all along from the beginning of this blog five and a half years ago and over six years ago when I received the revelation. The first Great Awakening that began in 1734 was designed in part to create a nation. Perhaps the oncoming Great Awakening is designed to save the nation. But nations can never be saved unless individual citizens are saved and salvation can never come without true heart-rending repentance, a turning away from sin and false gods, a complete repudiation of systemic corruption, and an absolute turning toward and acceptance of the Lord Jesus, the sacrifice He made on our behalf, and His full authority and dominion.

         The outward nation of ancient Israel was destroyed forever almost two-thousand years ago. The eternal Kingdom of the Lord Jesus began then, and it was composed entirely of Jews and those of Hebrew extraction for the first seven to ten years of its existence. That’s right—the Community of the Lord Jesus, His Qahal, His Ekklesia, was founded by a Jew and consisted only of descendants of Isaac in its initial years.

         The ancient nation of Israel was essentially born again.

         Perhaps America can be born again also.

         © 2016 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved. [To Be Continued.]

         Real Christianity—The Nature of the Church


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Posted on October 30, 2016, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I’m still wondering if this “great awakening” you’ve spoken of, will not come on the heels of a national crisis? That much I feel is at the very door, as we speak. As it often happens, in the lives of ordinary men and women, it takes a spiritual crisis to open their eyes, hearts and spirits to the Lord Jesus Christ; that is to say, when they have reached their proverbial bottom.

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    • Thank you Scarlett. The crisis is here. In full swing.

      Blessings to you.

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      • Without a doubt, one of them is anyway. Waiting with baited breath to see what’s going to happen next, but still knowing that nothing happens without God’s say so and permission.
        That said, I would, like most Christians, welcome a great revival and awakening. I could use some good company in this neck of the desert.

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  2. Amen. You’ve said it perfectly.

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  3. “Biblical Wikileaks”: I love it! It’s perfect! Perfect timing!

    The great evidence for the corruption of Israel and the corruption of the Temple priests and scribes: the life and death of John the Baptist. John the Baptist lived on the other side of the Jordan River; John the Baptist died at the Machaerus Fortress on the other side of the Jordan River (in present day Jordan).

    Reminds me of Hebrews 13: 13: “Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.”

    Josephus on John the Baptist
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/josephus-on-john-the-baptist/

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    • Thanks Tim. The Lord is GOOD. His Light forever shines on darkness whether the darkness acknowledges it or not.

      The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. [John 1:5]

      He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. [John 1:10-11]

      As we watch so many people going through their own prescribed motions during this particular season with no acknowledgement of the Lord Jesus whatsoever, as if He didn’t exist or does not see them, it again shows what humanity is capable of and how stupid people can be. Light is shining on some really dirty deeds and most are seeing for the first time what really goes on behind the scenes. Still, they obfuscate, they deny, they spin, they lie all the more, they blame everyone but themselves. There will come a time when every detail will be exposed and it will be impossible to lie or deny any further.

      When real Christians first come to the Lord at the beginning of their born again experience, it involves seeing for the first time what they really are in the eyes of God. They see all their sin. They are broken by the truth and this is all a necessary part of real repentance. It is not possible for the Lord Jesus to wash away our sin unless we see our sin and acknowledge it, and do whatever it takes to be rid of it. Real repentance also involves the complete understanding of and seeing the reason for the Lord’s great suffering and death on our behalf and what it took for Him to set us free from the power of sin and to remove the conglomerate of sin upon us. He became sin on our behalf. If that doesn’t drive a person to their knees in repentance…

      When people refuse to acknowledge their sin it is impossible for their sin to be removed, but many are shown their sins—the Light is without doubt upon them—but they refuse to repent. We are all guilty. It is just that some respond properly and some do not. We must be greatly thankful for the honest historical accounts of Scripture and all the people who assisted the Lord in bringing forth their existence, in order to see the reality of mankind’s spiritual condition devoid of the usual ever-present spin.

      Thus, the “Biblical WikiLeaks” are the accounts of what happens when the Lord’s Light shines upon humanity, and when God writes the accounts and not humanity. These Scriptures shine a light on all of us.

      “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” [John 3:17-21]

      Blessings to you Tim. Happy trails.

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  4. Thank you for your continued strong voice.
    My concern always seems to be for the “remnant”.

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    • Thank you Gary. The Lord has always maintained a strong viable witness in the world though it has always been a minority in relation to the majority. Sometimes it came down to a single individual, such as was the case with Noah and Abraham. How often we see this Remnant doing it’s best to speak up for the truth and for the Lord while the majority fights it and attempts to eliminate it. We see the powerful unrelenting witness especially in the lives of the OT prophets who never backed down.

      The Remnant is composed of those who have joined the Lord 100% as opposed to everyone else who has not. It is known by many names. Some use the term, “The Church within the Church,” for example. However, it seems most Christians in America are either faking it, are outside, or are milling around the outer walls as far away as they can get from New Testament reality. No one knows hearts but the Lord Jesus. Yet, there is no doubt there are two different kinds of Christians in the world. There are those who are with the Lord Jesus 100% and there are those who are not regardless of what they may appear to be from without. Each of us choose the camp we want. I call these two groups Real Christians and Unreal Christians.

      For example, in Acts 6 and 7 when Stephen was in the process of giving one of the greatest messages of all time, at the beginning, there were undoubtedly some believers in the vicinity who told themselves in secret they would never do what Stephen was doing. They knew what would happen to him and it was something they wanted no part of. But Stephen went ahead, powerfully anointed, being a great witness among the Remnant, speaking forth as the prophets of old against great religious corruption. They killed him, but his powerful witness and eloquent words live on to this very day. The silent ones around him too fearful to speak are unknown. Their words are not recorded for history because they never spoke.

      Unreal Christianity has cornered the market in America and the results are obvious to those with eyes to see and ears to hear. The Great Awakening will be as great a witness against its darkness, if not more so, than the darkness of unbelievers. The Lord, who spoke fearlessly and a million times more powerfully than Stephen, put it this way in response to the corrupt chief priests and elders:

      “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went. The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.” [Matthew 21:28-32]

      Be blessed Gary. Thanks again.

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