I’ve just begun reading the new book Revelation 18 and the Fate of America by Dr. James F. Gauss, and so far it’s a good read, filled with lots of Biblical and U.S. history. Scanning ahead I see some areas of discussion within the text that other authors who have written about America as Babylon have not covered. On the one hand, Dr. Gauss would seem to be missing huge portions of the prophetic word about end times Babylon America by ignoring Old Testament prophecies, yet what is covered looks interesting, and already upon completion of my Chapter One reading I’ve had to “stop reading and start typing” for this urgent and most timely word needs to go out to the readers of this blog.
Most of you are aware of the “seventy years” prophecy of Jeremiah [25:12] and hopefully you are convinced that the prophecy will find dual fulfillment with America, the daughter of Babylon. Essentially, what this entails is that America will have a seventy year reign as the world superpower, and I speculated back in 2012 that the seventy year countdown could not have begun any earlier than late 1943 (when the tide of World War II began to turn toward the Allies) or any later than mid-1948 (the establishment of Israel as a nation). Furthermore, I’ve often discussed that seventy 360-day prophetic years is almost exactly sixty-nine Gregorian (current calendar) years. Therefore, we’re looking at the fall of America from late 2012 through approximately mid-2018. Although one could argue that the nation took a major spiritual fall* with the re-election of B.H. Obama in late 2012 as de facto king of Babylon (Biblically, twice equals “confirmation”), for a variety of Scriptural reasons I’m focused on late 2015 through late 2017 for the catastrophic physical fall.
Here is the key verse under discussion; Jeremiah 25:12-
“And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.“
Clearly, the ancient Babylonian empire under Belshazzar, which fell to the Medes and Persians in 539 BC, was never made “perpetual desolations”, and after precisely seventy years of captivity the Hebrew exiles were allowed by Cyrus to return to Jerusalem (Daniel 9 refers to Jeremiah’s seventy year prophecy). Now, back to Dr. Gauss’ book. Chapter One is entitled “Trial By Fire” by Dr. Peter Marshall and is a word-for-word transcript of the famous sermon delivered in New Orleans, Louisiana on 11 March, 1944, exactly 70 years ago Tuesday. This sermon has been available on audio in the recent past from Peter Marshall Ministries, but upon the death of Peter Marshall Jr. at the age of 70 just three and one half years ago the ministry, sadly, seems to have become inactive. For those interested, I did locate some nice books about, and audio sermons by, Rev. Peter Marshall (Sr.) on Amazon.
As far as I know this particular sermon is found in print solely within this referenced book and in a fine Lamplighter Magazine issue from March of 2007. I am here linking the publicly-available pdf file of this article-
As a quick recap, the Prophet Elijah was incensed by the mixing of Baal worship with the worship of Jehovah God in the northern territory of Israel and took on 450 prophets of Baal in front of the citizenry, forcing the people of Israel to choose sides. This occurred during the time of King Ahab and Jezebel.
Please read pages 3 through 7 for the sermon itself and Dr. David R. Reagan’s response on page 8. And here is Dr. Reagan on Mount Carmel repeating the beginning portion of Rev. Marshall’s sermon-
At 4:09 you will hear the dramatic call for a prophet in the mold of Elijah to stand up in America.
Below I will select only a few pertinent quotes from Rev. Peter Marshall’s profound and powerful sermon of 11 March, 1944 (bold emphasis C.M.)-
“If the Lord be God, follow him, but if Baal, then follow him” [I Kings 18:21]
The setting of the text was one of the most dramatic in the Old Testament. The leaders of the nation, including the king, had come together to make a great decision. It was a national emergency, something had to be done. Elijah the prophet had called them to meet on Mount Carmel to settle no less a question than whom they should worship. It was a day of choice, a day of destiny. William Penn said that ‘Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.” Here then was an ancient Hebrew prophet facing the very same issue, and making his people face it with him . . .
. . . The true God and His holy law had been written into the nation’s constitution. The Ten Commandments had been to them a Bill of Rights and a Declaration of Dependence. The leaders of the young nation had taken God as their King and Sovereign . . . They had been taught that obedience to the laws of God was the only foundation for national greatness, liberty and security . . .
. . . As long as the nation could recognize God as Supreme, it could stand. But something had been happening in the national light. The faith and the vision of the founding fathers had faded. Moral decay had set in. There was confusion in the minds of the people. They were beginning to forget the principles that had made them a nation. They had begun to love things more than principles . . .
. . . Materialism had a god. His name was Baal. He offered to his devotees things that human instincts craved. He was a god of the flesh . . . It was worship and indulgence expressed in lust and adorned in selfishness. It had no inhibitions at all . . .
. . . They took a little of Jehovah and a little of Baal. They became by degrees more and more broadminded. Was it not a free country? Who wanted to be old fashioned? . . .
. . . So, morality became a relative thing. The old absolutes were regarded as far too intolerant. The national moral standards were lowered . . .
. . . Elijah saw the danger. He saw what would happen to the nation when its moral fiber was weakened. He knew the end of confusion and indecision. He believed with all his heart, that national ruin and disaster were inevitable if the nation preempted Jehovah and departed from its charter and constitution.
Sisters and brothers, we were warned a generation ago by this servant of God, that we were sliding into Baal worship of materialism and sensuality. Now, those seventy years later, we’re getting very close to the catastrophic destruction of America, but before this event the nation’s end times Elijah will be standing up, a man described primarily in Isaiah and Jeremiah. Will we recognize him? In order that we do recognize him we must heed the words at the beginning of the sermon, which were based completely on what Elijah of old presented to the people of Israel. You can rest assured that America’s Elijah will call to repentance those people who say they follow the One True God. You must pick sides now. There can be no more fence sitting. If you will follow God, follow him 100%, and if you choose instead to follow Baal, go ahead and do so but no longer pretend to be a Christian. There is no place for lukewarmness, as you can surely grasp from the hard-hitting words of our Savior Jesus Christ to today’s Church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:16-
“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.“
Time to be hot or cold. It is a certainty that this trial by fire is coming soon. The question is “will it purify or consume you?” The fire of tribulation purifies the remnant and consumes the chaff.
How did the Prophet Daniel respond to his own reading of the seventy years prophecy of Jeremiah? See Daniel 9:1 to 3 (bold emphasis C.M.)-
1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;
2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
Knowing that America’s seventy years has nearly run the course, perhaps we should react in like manner, in sackcloth and ashes.
Repent now, for our Messiah’s return is near at hand,
Gauss, Dr. James F., 2013, Revelation 18 and the Fate of America- Create Space IPP, USA, 400p.
I Kings 18 (in part)-
17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.
19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.
20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:
24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.
26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.
27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.
28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down.
31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said,Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
38 Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.
40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
Rev. Peter Marshall Sr. was a very interesting and passionate man of God, who near the end of his life served as U.S. Senate Chaplain. A native of Scotland, he passed away in his late 40′s. Here is a short biography-
I find it intriguing that, as a boy, I had a neighbor named Peter Marshall.
*America’s spiritual fall began decades ago, but in recent years it seems to be increasing exponentially, at least in the eyes of this watchman . . . also it is imperative to note that although America will have a catastrophic physical fall which will be obvious, there will be more than one physical fall all told . . .