Weather forecasters have said that the recent snow and rain we have been getting is helping to reduce drought conditions that have plagued much of the country. Much needed moisture is being put back into the soil because the rain and the melt from snow.
Here are links to two weather videos about this:
This is the good news I have been waiting for.
On July 19, 2012 I published a post entitled, "We Should Pray for Rain". Here is a link to that post:
While we can see prophetic events happening, and drought conditions can be part of the prophesied punishment of the United States for its sins, we should not rejoice when we see disaster or harm come upon our country. Rather, we should pray for God to bless our nation and protect it.
"He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished" (Proverbs 17:5).
"Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
The snow that has been hitting the Midwest and large portions of the United States can certainly be a hardship, but the moisture it puts in the soil can help alleviate the drought, help our crops, and help our economy, which is in need of some help right now. It can delay any economic collapse to give us time to get the Ezekiel warning message out to all Americans and other English-speaking nations, to tell them their sins and give them the warning so they know what they are doing wrong and that they need to repent or face the punishment of the great tribulation.
"Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins" (Isaiah 58:1).
"Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter" (Proverbs 24:11).
"Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: when I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand" (Ezekiel 3:17-18).
"For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be" (Matthew 24:21).
"Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it" (Jeremiah 30:7).
But what about this verse? "Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; for I will not hear you" (Jeremiah 7:16). See also Jeremiah 11:14, 14:11-12.
In my opinion, the time has not yet come when the principle of not praying for our nations applies. Why? Because the warning message has not gone out to everyone who will go through the tribulation. We have not finished the work as God has commanded. As I have often said, many Americans, Britons, Canadians, and Australians do not know that what they are doing is wrong. Many practicing Catholics use statues and holy pictures in worship and do not understand that God forbids such use of images. Catholics and Protestants do not understand that the seventh day Sabbath and the annual feasts and holy days should still be observed. They need a warning so they have a chance to repent before it is too late.
Now, once the warning goes out to everyone, and all those about to go through the tribulation have heard the warning from the Church, then if they do not repent, yes, I think Jeremiah 7:16, 11:14, and 14:11-12 may apply. But that time has not come.
Their blood is still hanging over our heads till we get the warning out to everyone, or until we can say we have done everything we possibly could do, gone all out to the max, to get that warning out.
Until then, we should pray for the good of our nation and our economy and not rejoice when we see disasters occur because we see prophecy being fulfilled.
So though I sympathize with those for whom the snow and rain is a hardship, I rejoice that God is giving us the moisture we need for our food crops. And I thank Him.
Here are links to related chapters or sections in Preaching the Gospel:
CHAPTER 3 - THE EZEKIEL WARNING