In those days the Lord began to cut off portions from Israel; and Hazael defeated them throughout the territory of Israel…. – 2 Kings 10:32
The phrase “In those days” almost seems to indicate that the destruction of Israel (the northern 10 tribes) occurred instantaneously, but this was not the case. The fall of Israel began when Jeroboam became king and it continued until their eventual defeat and assimilation into the Assyrian Empire about 250 years later. In fact, their physical destruction was preceded by their spiritual degradation, a story line that has been repeated throughout the annals of history.
Many believe Rome fell due to a lack of moral conscience. Indeed, America’s own moral underpinnings seem to crumble a little more everyday and that erosion is coupled with a waning global influence. This did not happen overnight. With each moral defeat, the U.S. influence diminishes, its “size” reduces, its witness dies, and the fault probably lies, at least in part, at the feet of a “sleeping” Church.
When is revival needed? When carelessness and unconcern keep the people asleep. – Billy Sunday
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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