The Scripture Of Truth
Dr. Joe Temple

The Scripture Of Truth

Open your Bibles, please, to the book of Daniel, chapter 10, the paragraph which begins with verse 10:

Daniel 10:

10And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.
11And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.
12Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
13But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
14Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.
15And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb.
16And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength.
17For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me.
18Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me,
19And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.
20Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.
21But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

Daniel 11:

1Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.

Noted In The Scripture Of Truth

We stop our reading there because the first verse of chapter 11, as we have pointed out to you, should be the last verse of chapter 10. We would like to call to your attention particularly a statement in verse 21 of chapter 10:

Daniel 10:

21But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

I would like for us to pinpoint our thinking on the phrase, “the scripture of truth.”

Shall we bow our heads together for prayer: Our Father, we are grateful for the Word of God. We are grateful for the privilege of being able to read it. We are grateful, our Father, for the privilege of expressing what we believe to be the meaning of this passage of Scripture without fear of man, without being hindered in any fashion. We do ask that Thou would enlighten our minds that we may be able to understand this particular portion of the Word of God. And then as we understand it in related truth, we pray that Thou would enable us to incorporate these things into our lives. For we pray in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen

We have pointed out to you when we began our study of what we said was the last vision of the book of Daniel, that it is discussed in chapters 10, 11, and 12; these three chapters should be considered as a unit. We said that chapter 10 represents the introduction, chapter 11 represents the vision proper, and chapter 12 represents what we might refer to as an appendix to the vision.

In relation to this section of the book of Daniel, we said that it is unique in that it discusses not only the vision in question, but it presents to us some truths which we find nowhere else in the Word of God save as we relate other Scripture to the Scriptures contained in this particular portion.

And so before beginning a discussion of the vision itself, by way of introduction we have spoken concerning these extra things. We have been thinking with you about the ministry of angels, and the manner in which angels carry on their warfare in the heavens in the interest of believers as Satan attempts to interrupt all the efforts of God in behalf of men.

We want now to think with you about the phrase which we emphasized, “the scripture of truth.” It presents to us another truth which would be passed over rather hurriedly if one did not relate this particular statement to other portions of the Word of God.

God's Records About Men And About Nations

The phrase, “the scripture of truth,” suggests to us that God keeps very meticulous records about men and about nations. Sometimes we refer to the Book which I hold in my hand as the Book of God. When we do, some of us assume that there is no other book in which God is interested.

Books In Which God Is Interested

let us say, so there will be no misunderstanding about the fact that this Book which we call the Bible is God's final revelation to man, that nothing more will be added to it; nothing more can be added to it that will increase its value in any way whatsoever. But if we say that this is the only book in which God is interested, we are not being as accurate as we might be because the Bible teaches very definitely that there are at least six books in which God is interested—at least six books in which God keeps the record of things that are happening and from which He reveals things to men. Of course the revelation is consistent with the Word of God.

I would like to suggest that we recognize very definitely these different books to which God refers in the Scriptures. We won't have time to think about them in detail, but I would like to mention them to you by way of refreshing the minds of those of you who already know this truth, and by way of laying a foundation for what we want to say in relation to this “scripture of truth.”

The Book Of The Living

The first book to which I would like to call your attention we might refer to as “the book of the living” because that is the term which God uses in His Word in connection with it. Turn with me to Psalm 69. You will recognize this as a Psalm of David when he was crying out to God for deliverance, when he was asking that God might deal with his enemies; his enemies were not only personal enemies, but they were the enemies of God and they were the enemies of truth. Among the things which he said about them is this statement in verse 28 which is related to the subject under discussion:

Psalm 69:

28Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

You will notice the phrase in the first part of that verse, “the book of the living.” David was praying that God might cause these enemies to be blotted out of the book of the living.

Turn with me, please, to Revelation, chapter 22, because “the book of the living” is the Old Testament designation for this book. The New Testament designation is similar and yet somewhat different. In Revelation we have this warning presented:

Revelation 22:

19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Removing Names From The Book Of The Living

Notice the phrase, “the book of life.” “The book of life” in the New Testament is the same as “the book of the living” in the Old Testament. What is that book? Suffice it to say briefly, it is the book in which the name of every person is written down when he is born into the world. As long as his name is in “the book of the living,” he lives. But when God orders his name taken out of “the book of the living,” he dies physically. Names are taken out of “the book of the living” for any number of reasons.

Here in the book of Revelation we are told that God will take the names of men out of the book of the living if they dare to add to the book of Revelation or take away from the book of Revelation. I Corinthians, chapter 11, tells us that men's names are taken out of the book of the living when they participate in the observance of the Lord's Supper in an unworthy manner. The Apostle John tells us in the first epistle that when God has decided to blot an individual's name out of the book of the living, there is no use to pray for a healing of his body. God has ordained that he shall die a physical death.

The Lamb's Book Of Life

Turn, please, to Revelation, chapter 21, as I remind you that we must be very careful in the consideration of our terms and in their use. Never at any time should “the book of the living” or “the book of life” be confused with “the Lamb's Book of Life.” It is possible for you to have your name written in the “book of the living” and not have it written in “the Lamb's Book of Life.” That is what David was saying in Psalm 69 when he said, “Lord, blot their name out of the book of the living, and let them not be written with the righteous.” Had their names been written with the righteous, they would have been written in “the Lamb's Book of Life.” There are many references to “the Lamb's Book of Life,” but we draw your attention to one of them in Revelation, chapter 21, verse 27:

Revelation 21:

27And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Lamb's Book Of Life Records The Saved

When an individual receives the Lord Jesus Christ as his own personal Savior, his name is written in “the Lamb's Book of Life.” Were we to pursue what the Word of God has to say about “the Lamb's Book of Life,” we would find that though an individual's name may be taken out of “the book of the living,” it can never be taken out of “the Lamb's Book of Life.”

When you are studying “the Lamb's Book of Life,” you will find that sometimes it, too, is referred to as “the book of life.” But there will be no confusion if you will let the context in which you find the passage of Scripture regulate whether it is speaking of “the book of the living” or of “the Lamb's Book of Life.”

A Book Of Remembrance

Turn with me, please, to the book of Malachi, and notice with me what is recorded in chapter 3, beginning with verse 16:

Malachi 3:

16Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.
17And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

Notice in verse 16 the phrase, “a book of remembrance.” The book of remembrance is the book that God keeps—the record that God keeps in Heaven—relative to the activities of those who own His name. It has always been a very interesting thought to me that when believers gather together to think upon the name of the Lord, it is written down in the book of remembrance.

We don't' keep any records here at Abilene Bible Church because we believe that records are man-made, and we believe it is possible for folk to get so involved in the glory of numbers that they forget the glory of the Lord. And we don't call you up on Monday morning and ask you why you weren't out to church on Sunday night. That is between you and the Lord, for it is the privilege of God's children to assemble themselves together in these days just before the coming of the Lord. But we would like to remind you that though we don't keep any kind of record, in Heaven they do. They write down in the book of remembrance the times when folk gather together to think upon the Lord, for it is a precious thing in the sight of God. I believe that the book of remembrance is one of the books that are going to be opened at the Judgment Seat of Christ, when believers are judged for their works. And I believe that it will remain a point of reference as believers are rewarded for the works which they have done in the name of the Lord. The Bible says that a cup of cold water given in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ will not be forgotten. I believe that whenever an act similar to that is performed by a child of God, though it may be forgotten by him and by the people to whom it is administered, it is never forgotten in Heaven because it is written down in the book of remembrance.

Many things we could say about this book, but we pass on, asking you to turn to Psalm 139. Here we have presented to us another book which God has in his library of books and one in which He is vitally interested. Psalm 139 discusses the watchcare of God over every individual from the time of conception until the time of birth. Even while the bones of the babe are being formed in the womb of the mother, God is watching over it, and God is instilling in that babe that which will result in the kind of life that will be lived after the child is born. In verse 13, we read:

Psalm 139:

13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

The Amplified version of the Old Testament suggests a translation of verse 16 that will be a little more clear:

Psalm 139:

16Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

What does that mean? Put very simply, it means that God writes down in His book His plan for you even before you are born. For that reason, I refer to this book as “the book of God's plan.” In “the book of God's plan” is written not only His plan and His purpose for you, but the number of days that He has allotted to you for you to accomplish the particular thing that He has in mind for you. Somebody says, “My, that sounds terribly fatalistic, doesn't it? That sounds as though we have no choice in the matter at all.” If you follow through what the Bible has to say about the book of God's plan, you will find that it is a very precious truth in the Word of God. It will provide an incentive for you to seek the mind of God in relation to the will that He has for your life, in relation to the plan that He has in mind.

Importance Of Finding God's Plan

For I believe from the very bottom of my heart, and I believe I can prove it from the Scripture, that God has a plan for every single individual who is born into the world. I believe that he equips him in relation to that plan. And I believe that the individual who does not find what God's plan is for his life will never know usefulness in its fullest reality. You may be used, you may be effective, and you may be able to do some worthy task. But you will never find God's best unless you find out what God's plan is for your life.

In “the book of God's plan” is written down a plan for every individual. The plan that God had for the Lord Jesus Christ was written down in this very book. That is the reason He said in Psalm 40, “Lo, in the volume of the book it is written of me, lo, I come to do thy will, O God.” The volume of the book, or the roll of the book, more accurately, was “the book of God's plan” to which we have just referred.

Books At The Great White Throne Judgment

Turn, please, to the last book of the New Testament again, and notice in Revelation, chapter 20, the paragraph which begins with verse 11. This that we are about to read is a description of what is commonly referred to as the Great White Throne . It is the last judgment of the unsaved. Please understand that there will be no Christians here—only people who have never been born again:

Revelation 20:

11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

If you were listening as we read this passage of Scripture, you noticed that there were at least three books instrumental in the last great judgment. I say at least three; perhaps there were more because, in all probability, there were more than one volume of some of these books. There was “the Book of Life,” which the context indicates here is “the Lamb's Book of Life.” It was there at the Great White Throne Judgment so that if any argument at all were brought up concerning a person's being sentenced to eternal doom, “the Lamb's Book of Life” could be opened, and it could be seen by all concerned that there was no name for the individual in question.

Books Of Works

In addition to “the Lamb's Book of Life,” it is recorded that the books of works were opened. The books of works are those books, more than one volume, in which the deeds of every unsaved person are recorded. Someone says, “But why? I thought you don't go to Hell because you are bad. I thought you go to Hell because you have rejected the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior.” You are right about part of that. The reason you go to Hell is because you refuse to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. But unsaved people are judged for their works as well, for the degree of punishment in Hell is determined by the things that are written in “the books of works.” I have heard individuals say to people who have not committed their lives to Jesus Christ, “If you are not going to be a Christian, do anything you want to do. Just pull the stopper out, and go the limit. It doesn't matter. You're not a Christian.” But it does matter.

Degrees Of Punishment In Hell

I don't know that it is good to be in Hell at all, but I will say this on the authority of the Word of God; If you insist on going to Hell, it would be logical for you to pick the coolest place in Hell you possibly could pick. And if you are going to go to Hell, remember this: the degree of punishment in Hell will be based upon the works that are written in “the books of works.” Just as certainly as there are degrees of reward in Heaven, there are degrees of punishment in Hell.

The Book Of Destiny

The last book that I believe will be opened at the Great White Throne Judgment is the one that we began to think about in the very beginning of our comments—the book which Daniel refers to as “the scripture of truth.” The angel said to Daniel, “I want to show you what is noted in the scripture of truth.” Let's look at that phrase for a moment and see to what book it could possibly refer.

Basic Meaning Of “Scripture of Truth”

The first thing I would like to call to your attention is the word scripture . The word scripture as you see it there in verse 21 comes from the Hebrew word kaw-thawb , and it refers to that which is written or that which is registered or that which is recorded. So we know immediately that we are talking about some volume in which there are recorded certain things.

The word noted is used in the Scripture here and nowhere else. It comes from the Hebrew word naw-sham , and it means “that which is recorded for future reference.”

And then if you will look at the word truth , for we are looking at the entire phrase, “the scripture of truth,” we would suggest to you that the word truth is from the Hebrew word eh-meth , and it refers to stability, to certainty, to assurance of performance.

So if we were to give a very literal translation of verse 21, we might translate it this way: “I will show you what is recorded in the record of things which are already established and yet to come to pass. I will show you what is recorded in the record of things which are already established but which are shortly to come to pass.” That is the reason I refer to this book as “the book of destiny.”

Information Deals With Nations

I would like to suggest to you that this book is different from all the others, for all the other books at which we have been looking up to this point have dealt with individuals. This book deals with the nations of the world. If we were to take the time to read chapter 11, we would discover that when the angel begins to show Daniel what is recorded in the scripture of truth, he begins to show Daniel some information about the nations of the world.

I would like for us to think for a few moments about “the scripture of truth,” or “the book of destiny,” and recognize what God's Word has to say about what is recorded in the book of destiny as far as the nations of the world are concerned.

A Promise Concerning All Nations

Turn with me, please, to the book of Genesis, and notice in chapter 12 a few verses of Scripture which are commonly referred to as the Abrahamic Covenant because it was a covenant which God made with Abraham. A brief glance reveals that it deals not only with Abraham; it deals with the nation of Israel, and not only with the nation of Israel, but with the nations of the world as well.

Genesis 12:

1Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Think clearly as I ask you to turn to the book of Deuteronomy and to read in chapter 32 what we have just read in Genesis, chapter 12. God said to Abraham, “I am going to make out of thee a great nation.” He did; that was the nation of Israel. And then He said, “I am going to consider all the nations of the world in relation to this one. As nations bless this nation, they shall be blessed. As nations persecute this nation, they shall be persecuted. As this nation discharges its proper responsibility, all the nations of the world will be blessed.” God wrote this down in “the book of destiny.” It is in force now, and it will be in force when the Lord Jesus Christ returns. Many of the problems we are facing today, we are facing because we have tried to thwart what God wrote down in “the book of destiny.”

In chapter 32 of the book of Deuteronomy we read from verse 7:

Deuteronomy 32:

7Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.
8When the most high divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.

God's Purpose In The Location Of Israel

He set the boundaries of the nations of the world according to the number of children of Israel. And where did He place the boundaries of the nations of Israel? In the very midst of the earth, geographically speaking. And He arranged all the other nations in their proper boundaries around the nation of Israel. Chapter 17 of the Acts of the Apostles reminds us of the reason for that—that the entire world might have the opportunity of knowing the truth related to God. God placed the nation of Israel in that advantageous place for that purpose. She failed, as we all know, and the world is in darkness today. But at the end of this age, she is going to make up for what she has failed in doing. In a period of time known as the Tribulation , which is to begin on this earth after the Lord Jesus Christ takes the Church out of the world, there will be a time of trial such as the world has never seen. But there will also be a time of revival such as the world has never seen because the Jews will evangelize the entire world in three and one half years so that some from every tribe and nation and tongue will be able to stand around the Throne of Grace, the Throne of Glory, and sing songs of praise to Jesus Christ.

Some Causes Of World Problems Today

In “the book of destiny,” then, was written the location of the nation. Many of the problems that we are facing in our world today are because the Jew is out of place; the world will never be right until the Jew gets back in place. Many of the problems that we are facing in our world today, we are facing because man either in ignorance or in deliberate rebellion has broken down the natural geographic boundaries of the nation which God has set up, and has scattered around the world people who should have been left in the place where God put them

The racial problems we have today are not due to anything other than what our forefathers did in breaking down boundaries God had set up. We are reaping the harvest of their disobedience, and believe me, it is not going to be any better. It is going to be worse because we are reaping the harvest of what we have sown.

The Days Of Nations

Turn with me, please, to chapter 15 of the book of Genesis as I remind you that in “the scripture of truth,” not only are the locations of nations devised by God, but the days of nations are decreed as well. God is dealing with Abraham in relation to what we have just referred to as the Abrahamic Covenant , or more particularly, part of the Abrahamic Covenant, the Palestinian Covenant . God promised to Abraham and his descendants the land of Palestine. At the moment when the promise was given, the land was occupied by Amorites. Abraham said in so many words, if we may attempt to reconstruct that conversation, “God, You gave me the land of Palestine. When am I going to inherit it? Next week?” God said, “No, Abraham, you never will inherit it; your descendants will.”

The Length Of Time For The Amorites

In verse 13 we read, “Your descendants are not going to inherit the land until four hundred years from now.” Abraham said, “But God, that doesn't seem right. You gave it to me. Why can't I move into it right away?” God answered in verse 16, “The reason you cannot move into it right away is that the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. The Amorites have four hundred years yet to live in that land, and you nor anyone else can take it away from them until I am ready for you to inhabit it.” Sure enough, when the days decreed for the Amorites were fulfilled, then Israel was able to inhabit the land of Palestine.

Numbering The Days Of Babylon

You will remember from our study of the book of Daniel that the nation of Israel was taken into Babylonian captivity. God decreed in “the scripture of truth” that they would spend seventy years in Babylon. Some of the false prophets said, “That can't be. This is a good king. He'll let us go back home before the seventy years are over.” Jeremiah wrote them a letter and said, “You'd better stay right where you are. You'd better build your houses and you'd better start your businesses because God has decreed seventy years, and nothing is going to change that decree.”

Daniel was studying the book of Jeremiah. He was reading right along that very line, you will remember. In chapter 9 of the book of Daniel, he was praying about the number of years that were decreed upon his people. The angel that came with the interpretation said to Daniel, “You shouldn't be thinking in terms of seventy years. That period of time is nearly gone. Not seventy years is decreed upon thy people, but four hundred years are decreed upon thy people. Think in terms of four hundred and ninety years.” This we pointed out to you when we were studying chapter 9 of the book of Daniel. Almost all of that period of time has elapsed. God has stopped the clock after four hundred and eighty three years, seven years yet remain for the nation of Israel as a nation.

Times Of The Gentiles

The Lord Jesus Christ said that the nation of Israel would be scattered to the four corners of the world until the times of the Gentiles should be fulfilled. Men have made a great many efforts to give the land of Palestine back to the Jews, and it is true that they are in that immediate area as a nation. It is true that millions of them are there. But I want to tell you that neither the United Nations, the President, nor any other potentate will be able to give the land of Palestine back to the Jews until God's time period is over. God has ordained how long the times of the Gentiles will be, and it will be that long as far as God is concerned.

Nation's Rulers Are Recorded

Turn with me, please, to Isaiah, chapter 44, as I remind you that not only are the locations of nations written down in “the scripture of truth,” not only are the days of nations written down in “the scripture of truth,” but the rulers of the nations are written down as well. Yes, on the authority of this passage of Scripture to which I am asking you to turn, Isaiah, chapter 44, I am going to say something to you that you may not be willing to accept at the moment. But think about it, and I believe that you will be able to reason that it is true. I believe that God has written down in “the scripture of truth” when it is that the various leaders are going to rise and fall.

In Isaiah, chapter 44, beginning with verse 28, we read concerning the leader of the nation of Persia:

Isaiah 44:

28That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.

Isaiah 45:

1Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
2I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:
3And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

If God had appeared on the scene after the dissolution of the Babylonian Empire and had said, “I want to tell you the name of the ruler of the Persian Empire; his name is Cyrus,” nobody would have been surprised. Everybody knew what his name was. But God wrote this down through Isaiah two hundred years before Cyrus was ever born, and He called him by name. He said, “Cyrus is going to be my servant.”

Anointed To Fulfill God's Purpose

From time to time we speak of individuals in what we deem a complimentary manner, and say that individual is God's man for this hour. Well, we need to be careful how we use those terms. It does not necessarily follow that God's man is a good man. It does not necessarily follow that God's man is a righteous man. Cyrus was one of the most evil rulers this world has ever known, but God said, “He is my anointed;” God said, “He is my shephard;” God said, “He is my servant.” And I say to you, though indeed you may contradict me, that I believe Hitler was God's man. I believe Khrushchev was God's man. And even though I do not like to refer to politics in the pulpit, I believe what I believe, and although I was in thorough disagreement with Lyndon B. Johnson in what he was doing to this country, I believe he was God's man for the hour. I believe he was there because he was fulfilling the purpose of God. I believe that our nation, as much as I love it and as grateful as I am for a place in it, is due for the chastening of God, and that God could not have chosen a better servant that He chose to give us the chastening that we need.

That is exactly what we are talking about when we say that the rulers of the nations are decreed by God. He steps up one and He takes down another; and men may as well recognize that fact.

The Place Of Nations In World History

The next passage of Scripture, and the last that I would like for us to notice, is found in Psalm 75. Let me remind you—in addition to what I have said—that the place of nations in world history is written down in the scripture of truth—that the place of nations in world history is decreed in the book of God's destiny. In Psalm 75, notice verse 6, please:

Psalm 75:

6For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
7But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

All too often we give this passage of scripture a simple spiritual application and let it refer to the appointments or disappointments of ordinary individuals. We would remind you that this passage of Scripture refers to the nations of the world. God brings some up, and He brings others down. One who should know said that history will verify that the life of the great nations in the past has run approximately two hundred years. This same authority reminds us that the United States is nearly to the end of its two hundred year period.

I believe as I am standing here that God raised up the United States for a purpose. Two hundred years is nearly gone, and I believe that unless something is done, God is going to set aside the United States of America. I believe that if the Lord Jesus Christ tarries, He is going to manifest his interest in some other group, some other nation, some other people. You say, “Well, if all of this is written in ‘the book of decrees,' if all of this is written in ‘the book of destinies,' what can we do about it?” It would seem terribly hopeless were we not given some encouragement in the Word of God.

Encouragement From God's Word

I take great courage when I read the book of Jonah. If you haven't read it in some time, sit down and read it. Read it all the way through before you stop. Your heart will be encouraged. You will be encouraged from a personal standpoint because Jonah is typical of the man who runs away from God, yet God won't let him get away, but brings him back to Himself. And your heart will be encouraged by what is written concerning the city of Nineveh.

In “the book of destiny,” it was written down that Nineveh would be destroyed within forty days from the time she got the warning. Jonah was selected out of many people to go to Nineveh to bear that message. Jonah, unwilling servant that he was, walked through the straits of that great metropolis—it was a large city; it took three days for Jonah to walk through it—from one end of it to the other, and he cried out, “Your doom is sealed. Judgment is going to fall. There's not going to be anything left of this city in forty days.” Well, it sounded final. It sounded hopeless. But do you remember what is recorded in the book of Jonah? The king of Nineveh called his leaders together and sent out a message to all the people, “Let's put on sackcloth. Let's put ashes on our heads. Let's get down on our knees before God. Let's repent.”

The advisors of the king said, “What good will it do? The man has already said that the city is going to be destroyed.” The king said, “I don't know whether it will do any good or not, but maybe, just maybe, God will have mercy. It is not going to hurt us to repent. It is not going to hurt us to get right. It is not going to hurt us to change things. And maybe, just maybe, who knows, God will have mercy.” Those were the words of the king. And they repented, and God had mercy, and the city of Nineveh was spared and given an extension of days.

Spared Only Through God's Mercy

And I say to you, with deep feeling, that if enough people in America who love this country and who love God would don their sackcloth and ashes, figuratively at least, and would cry out to God—who knows; who knows—maybe God will have mercy and the nation will be spared. But mark what I tell you; Write me down as a calamity howler if you want to, write me down as an extremist if you want to, write me down as a disloyal citizen if you want to, but mark what I tell you: If God does not show us mercy, our days are numbered and our doom is sealed.

Shall we bow our heads together for prayer. Grant, our Father, we ask Thee, an understanding of Thy wisdom. Grant, our Father, we ask Thee, an understanding of the plain truth of Thy Word, and make us willing to study the Book as Daniel studied the book of Jeremiah to know what time it was; give us understanding of the Book that we may know Thy dealing with us. And as the men of Issachar of another day were complimented by Thee because they were men who had an understanding of the times and knew what to do (I Chronicles 12:32), we pray that Thou wilt give us an understanding of the times and make us a people who are willing to cry out for mercy for this beloved country of ours. For we pray in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.


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