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America & Nineveh

Updated on August 7, 2019
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Dr. David Thiessen is an educator, writer, pastor, and speaker. He has authored several books on a variety of topics including Archaeology

Evil does not win

The inspiration for this article comes from Dr. Michael Brown’s piece titled “Is America too sick to recover?” and you can read his very good article at this link. I am not going to dissect his work and provide our own perspective.

Instead, I am going to answer the question and use the ancient city of Nineveh in Jonah’s time. Evil did not win out in Jonah’s time and it can still be defeated in today’s America if certain aspects of its daily life are changed.

Nineveh and America

Nineveh was part of the Assyrian empire and the city ruled a vast territory ruled. Their reputation was not favorable as its kings ruled with tyranny and violence. While it had accomplished people, poor residents, a king and everything in between, the evil it did was not enough to disqualify it from God’s grace.

We do not know what exactly transpired in the daily life of the residents but we can be sure that the people of Nineveh lived as Americans live today without the conveniences of modern technological advancements.

America is ruled by a great city as well, Washington D.C. and the city oversees a vast territory that may dwarf the Assyrian empire. The city and the country have the poor, the accomplished and the powerful.

America’s reputation is not as bad as Nineveh’s was but it is getting there. The sin and evil accepted and practiced in America is about the same as what was practiced in Nineveh.

We know this because God sent a prophet to warn Nineveh of a coming judgment if they did not repent and change their ways.

Is America too sick to recover

Despite the embracing of certain sins and evils by different groups and levels of American society, there is still some good news. Washington, DC and the country have not reached the point of no return. That point is given to us in Genesis 6

5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (NASB)

Thankfully, even though Dr. Brown mentions a lot of disturbing news and events, America has not reached the point that where every person in the country thinks only of evil. The country has not reached the point of no return and should not yet face the punishment the pre-flood society received.

The country, like Nineveh of old, still is not disqualified from God’s grace. Yet to receive a pardon from God, all the people from the president on down to the lowest levels of society need to do what the citizens of Nineveh did.

They need to honestly and sincerely repent, Jonah 3 records this act:

5 Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. 6 When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the [b]ashes. 7 He issued a proclamation and it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water. 8 But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let [c]men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in [d]his hands. 9 Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish.” (NASB)

There were no exceptions including the animals of the land. They too had to be covered in sackcloth and ashes if Nineveh had any hope of being spared God’s judgment.

Like that great city, America also has a chance to be spared, but unlike Nineveh, America may have more than 40 days to act.

God uses people

Many believers like to simply pray and send the task that God wants them to do back to him. They hear the need yet after a few brief words, walk away from those in need. It is a sad thing to see take place and even worse to experience.

Yet God uses his people to fulfill his will on this planet. As the Bible has shown us, these people are not perfect. Their flaws sometimes are great, yet God still chooses to use them. Because there are people in America, and the rest of the nations of the world where ‘they do not know their right hand from their left.’

God has compassion for everyone of this world yet he chooses to use people to bring that compassion to their neighbors, their communities, their cities and so on. Jonah was sent to Nineveh

The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.” (Jonah 1: 1-2 NASB)

The word of the Lord has come to many American people. They received it through the commands and instructions found in the Bible. The need in America is great yet these people act like the unrepentant Jonah of chapter 1 and not like the humble Jonah of chapter 3.

What should believers do

For America and the other nations of the world, believers need to pray and seek God. Humbling themselves and putting their own personal agendas and objectives aside and seek what God wants done.

They will need to do some spiritual warfare so that they do not get misled by demons masquerading as angels of light but pray and act they must. Time is running out for America and the nations of the world.

The promise for America and all nations of the world is found in 2 Chronicles chapter 7 verse 14

and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Even Christians have to put aside any evil they are doing to help heal their country. Today’s Christians are called by Jesus’ name making this verse very applicable to their lives.. The key is that they have to view their lives and actions from God’s perspective not their own or their neighbors’.

Some final words

The answer to the Dr. Brown’s question is a very solid yes. America can be saved but it takes God’s people moving as God wants under his direction to accomplish the task. America and the majority of countries around the world are not disqualified from receiving the grace and redemption from God that Nineveh received.

But the people of America and those other countries cannot delay. God gave Nineveh 40 days, we do not know how much time America has before it is too late. But the day is coming.


© 2019 David Thiessen

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