By Joseph Diop
Copyright © 2017 by Joseph Diop
“Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The Watchman replies, ‘The morning is coming, and also the night. If ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come’” (Isaiah 21:11-12).
You might have been better able to handle it if he had said something like, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” the opening line from the famous novel, A Tale of Two Cities, written by Charles Dickens in the 19th century. So, please allow me to paraphrase. We would say, “Watchman, is that a riddle?” The Watchman would say, “It is, of a sort. But, also it is a grand and dreadful reality. If you have questions, then come. Make your heart right. Put on a spirit that is meek and quiet. Then, I will answer your questions.”
So, what do you want to hear first, the good news or the bad news? I think, let us deal with the bad news first and get that out of the way. Then, we will give the happier news, and so end on a good note. Until now, I have skirted my Watchman’s treasure of prophetic information, in favor of a more contemporary flavor of ministry. Today however, I will introduce just a bit of the “real prophecy in real time,” which constitutes the better part of my insight. Here it comes.
America is that “Babylon” of Revelation, the melting pot of the nations. “E pluribus Unum” is our motto, “Out of many one.” As such, we are heir to everything scripture has to say about Babylon. And, brothers and sisters, it ain’t good. Let me just begin with this word from Revelation 18.
18 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities… 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
Because I don’t believe in trying to reinvent the wheel, I am going to point you to a book by a Christian brother, Bob Fraley, entitled, The Last Days in America, available on Amazon. That book will lay out all the prophetic scriptures, which shall prove conclusively that America is indeed that Babylon of scripture. As Babylon, America’s days are numbered. God declares that he will deal with the head of this New World Order by making an example out of America. He will utterly destroy it. Even as we speak, it is being systematically dismantled, and readied for the hammer. America has no future. Look deeper into scripture. See what is in store for Babylon in Jeremiah chapters 50 – 52. Like they say at the poker table, “Read ‘em, and weep!” Our enemies have been holding meetings for years on how to supplant and replace the dollar as the world’s main currency. And, it is they who shall invade and occupy what is left of America, after they have nuked all the major population centers. Yes. Russia, China, and Japan shall lead a coalition of about eight nations that shall execute the wrath of God Almighty upon this country. And, America will be helpless to repel them, because God himself has decreed our destruction. So, if you are planning to retire and live off your 401K for perpetuity, then think again. God says, “For I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee” (Jeremiah 48:28).
Now, that we have gotten that out of the way, let us move on to the good news. The very best news is reserved for God’s holy remnant (Isaiah 6:13) — that very small group of his servants, who have been enduring suffering, tribulation, and shame, while others have had a much more easy go of it. There is a divine fairness doctrine at play in life, after all. God always reserves for himself a remnant. And, for that remnant, while others are going through tribulation, they shall finally enjoy prosperity, peace, and power. Here, we require a bridge to properly associate the misfortunes of the masses with the happiness of the remnant.
12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spoke, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not. 13 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, my servants [holy remnant] shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed: 14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit (Isaiah 65:12-14, brackets mine).
So, in the time of the suffering of the masses, we have the eating, drinking, rejoicing, and singing of God’s remnant. So, the question is therefore, “Can you find yourself in that number???” Or, if not at least, can you find yourself into the broader number of all those who have salvation in Jesus Christ. Because for Christians at large, the really good news never passes away. And that is: When we die, we are going to go home to be with the Lord in heaven. And, it simply doesn’t matter what are the circumstances of our departure – old age, car accident, bodily disease, natural disaster, or nuclear war. It simply makes no difference at all. For the true Christian, the scripture teaches, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” (2Cor 5:6,8). And, “For we know that if the earthly tent [our physical body] which is our house is torn down [through death], we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2Cor 5:1 AMP). And again, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, ‘Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth. Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them’” (Rev 14:13).
Watchmen were ordained by God to issue warnings, but it’s too late for that now. I was issuing warnings to entire mega-churches full of believers and to whole city-wide gatherings of Christians over thirty (30) years ago. Now it’s: “Great Tribulation dead ahead! Brace for impact!!” All you can do at this point is prepare to ride out the Great Tribulation from whichever level of Jacob’s Ladder you are already poised upon. And, there is no pre-tribulation rapture. That’s an urban myth – an easy escapism for easy-believism. So, the really good news is that if you know the Lord Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you’re home free. The news can never be really bad. For all and any bad news is immediately preempted by your good news – the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God’s grace and peace to you throughout all affairs of this present world. Selah. Maranatha. Amen.