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Genesis 15: 13&16 TLB Then Jehovah told Abram, “Your descendants will be oppressed as slaves in a foreign land for 400 years…After four generations they will return here to this land; for the wickedness of the Amorite nations living here now will not be ready for punishment until then.”



In the Genesis passage above Abraham is told that the inhabitants of the land of promise would not be cast out until their sin had reached a certain level. God had set a limit to their sin; when it reached that threshold he would allow the descendants of Abraham to dispossess them and take their land.


God used the army of Israel as his weapon against the Amorites.

Joshua 24:8 TLB Finally I brought you into the land of the Amorites on the other side of the Jordan; and they fought against you, but I destroyed them and gave you their land.

Israel was only the weapon wielded by the hand of God.

“God did the destroying; Israel was merely the instrument. The judgment was from God. This does not mean that Israel’s motive was always holy. At times it was not. But the just purposes of God were being carried out, even if Israel at times had wrong motives.” John Piper

In fact, God warned Israel against thinking proudly about their conquest.

Deuteronomy 9 4-6 TLB “Then, when the Lord has done this for you, don’t say to yourselves, ‘The Lord has helped us because we are so good!’ No, it is because of the wickedness of the other nations that he is doing it. It is not at all because you are such fine, upright people that the Lord will drive them out from before you! I say it again, it is only because of the wickedness of the other nations, and because of his promises to your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that he will do it. I say it yet again: Jehovah your God is not giving you this good land because you are good, for you are not—you are a wicked, stubborn people



God uses nations as his weapons against other sinning nations. Usually the motives of the nations he is using is not good.

Later, when Israel had sinned to the point of judgment, God used the Babylonians and the Assyrians against Israel in the same way He used Israel against the Amorites.

Isaiah 10: 6-7 TLB Assyria is the whip of my anger; his military strength is my weapon upon this godless nation, doomed and damned; he will enslave them and plunder them and trample them like dirt beneath his feet. But the king of Assyria will not know that it is I who sent him. He will merely think he is attacking my people as part of his plan to conquer the world.

God will use even a wicked nation to punish another nation but then he will also punish the nation He has used as His weapon. See the Book of Habakkuk.




Zechariah 1: 18-21 KJV Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns.

And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.

And the Lord shewed me four carpenters.

Then said I, What come these to do? And he spake, saying, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head: but these are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it.

For every horn (nation) that beat down Israel there was a carpenter (military leader) to beat the horn down.

QUESTION Who will be the final carpenter who will bring to an end the kingdoms of this world?

ANSWER Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon?


God has used the nations to scatter Israel but not forever. We are now in the period of time called “The Times of the Gentiles”; when it is over God will again give Jerusalem to the Jews.

Luke 21:24 TLB They will be brutally killed by enemy weapons, or sent away as exiles and captives to all the nations of the world; and Jerusalem shall be conquered and trampled down by the Gentiles until the period of Gentile triumph ends in God’s good time.


When the Times of the Gentiles is over God will gather all nations to the valley of Armageddon to be punished for the mistreatment of His people.

Joel 3: 12&13 Let the nations stir themselves up

and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;

for there I will sit to judge

all the surrounding nations.

Put in the sickle,

for the harvest is ripe.

Go in, tread,

for the winepress is full.

The vats overflow,

for their evil is great.


See my article “The Secret of Armageddon…” here: /prophecy/2013/04/the-secret-of-armageddon-in-the-name-of-a-harlots-son-2447102.html


There is a similar phrase found in Romans 11: 25 NIV “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,”

The Fullness of the Gentiles is not the same as The Times of the Gentiles.


When the Gentiles have had their full time and number in the Church which the Jews in their time and number had before them, then the Jews will  again be “grafted into their own olive tree,” and one Church of Jew and Gentile together shall possess and rule the earth.



The Amorites would not be punished for 400 years but meanwhile God was incubating a nation in the womb of Egypt. God brought this nation out of Egypt to dispossess the Amorites. In the same way God is incubating a people in the womb of this world who will dispossess the rulers of this world and rule and reign with Christ. Jews and Gentiles will make up this coming Reign of the Servant Kings. When the full number of Gentiles have been added the end will come. One day the last Gentile will get saved and it will be over.


What limits will God not allow without punishment? The scriptures are too numerous to list but in summary: God will punish a nation that allows the killing of babies, the destruction of the family, ( a family is one man and one woman married for life and their children) and widespread sexual perversion. God will punish any nation or people who allow these things.




America will be punished, it is not a question of if but when. All the murdered babies will be avenged. Judgment could be postponed if we had a massive revival, but not stopped.

2 Kings 24:2-4 NASB The Lord sent against him bands of Chaldeans, bands of Arameans, bands of Moabites, and bands of Ammonites. So He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord which He had spoken through His servants the prophets. Surely at the command of the Lord it came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, and also for the innocent blood which he shed, for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; and the Lord would not forgive.

When sexual perversion, adultery, widespread divorce, greed, oppression, and abortions have reached their limit, judgment will come, just as it did on the Amorites.


God will allow the arch deceiver to come to power and the terrible tribulation will come.

Daniel 8:23 And at the latter end of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their limit, a king of bold face, one who understands riddles, shall arise.

Daniel looks beyond Antiochus, to the closing times of the Christian era.

2 Thessalonians 2: 1 And now, what about the coming again of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to meet him?…3 that day will not come until two things happen: first, there will be a time of great rebellion against God, and then the man of rebellion will come—the son of hell…7 As for the work this man of rebellion and hell will do when he comes, it is already going on, but he himself will not come until the one who is holding him back steps out of the way. 8 Then this wicked one will appear, He will completely fool those who are on their way to hell because they have said no to the Truth; they have refused to believe it and love it and let it save them,… 11 so God will allow them to believe lies with all their hearts, 12 and all of them will be justly judged for believing falsehood, refusing the Truth, and enjoying their sins.




 I have included a video about the cycles of nations from birth to destruction. You will notice that each cycle takes less time as you near the end.

QUESTION: If you had a pond with pond lilies that doubled in size every day, and it took 30 days to fill the pond, how many days would it take to fill it half full?

ANSWER: Most people say 15 days but the correct answer is 29 days. If they double in size everyday, then the pond would be half full on the 29th day and be full on the 30th.

THE POINT: We could run out of time a lot faster than we think.

This is the meaning of Revelation 1:1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass”

The word translated “shortly” is a word that means: “when it starts it will happen all of a sudden”.


Just as Israel dispossessed the Amorites so the saints will dispossess the fallen angels and the kings of the earth. This will happen “when the earth is ripe for judgment”.


Isaiah 24:21 On that day the LORD will punish

the host of heaven, in heaven,

and the kings of the earth, on the earth.

1 Corinthians 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

Revelation 2: 26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Daniel 7:9 I beheld till the thrones (rulers of this world) were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

Revelation 20:4 TLB Then I saw thrones, and sitting on them were those who had been given the right to judge.



Revelation 14 TLB an angel came from the temple and called out… “Begin to use the sickle, for the time has come for you to reap; the harvest is ripe on the earth”…Use your sickle now to cut off the clusters of grapes from the vines of the earth, for they are fully ripe for judgment.” So the angel swung his sickle on the earth and loaded the grapes into the great winepress of God’s wrath. And the grapes were trodden in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out in a stream 200 miles long and as high as a horse’s bridle.

Mike Clinton, Hiawassee Ga. Jan. 20, 2014


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    • Russ Rock

      Michael…. I appreciate your work and enjoy reading your posts. I am always glad when I read the words from a fellow brother in Christ when those words raise up the sovereignty of God. The problem God addressed about the Israelite’s becoming proud about their conquests is something very common today. I feel really uncomfortable when I hear fellow Christians talk about ‘Claiming’ something from God. “Claiming” the promises sounds similar to rejoicing over the victory as if we had done something from our own righteousness. I feel much more comfortable with approaching the Lord with a request instead of a demand. If your will be done or if it is part of your plan for me …. may it be done, sounds much more agreeable than using a catch phrase (Claiming) that carries with it the tone of ….. “You promised it and I WANT IT!” This is the impression I got from reading your article. I know there are other topics involved in your article that are just as valid a point of praise or concern but this is what I walked away with. God is doing the work and if He uses us as the tool, than praise Him for it. Again thanks for the article. Good job.

      • Mike Clinton

        Thanks Russ Rock! I think of what J. Vernon McGee said about this. When Ruth just “happened” to end up in the field of Boaz the whole line of the Messiah was at stake on that “chance” meeting, but McGee said he didn’t think the angels were leaning over the bannisters in heaven holding their breaths in suspense.

    • JustAComment

      What is most alarming of the American situation is being a nation rooted in Christianity. The Lord has judged peoples for their sin, and, when that time arrived, fiercely so, directly from His hand, as with Sodom and Gomorrah, or using the likes of Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, etc. Then, as you point out, the Lord punished the punisher nations for their sin and evil. These nations were not Godly nations in the first place, that is, having much knowledge of the true God. But, in the post-Christian era, there are national histories fully aware of the gospel: we have God’s complete revelation in the Bible. There’s no pleading ignorance, being the barbarians without God’s word in these modern times. Especially America, there’s the principle to consider, “to whom much is given, much will be required,”

      Luke 12

      46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
      47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
      48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

      God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, long before there was any knowledge of our Lord Jesus, still, destroyed outright. What is the judgement going to be for a nation that turns to evil, with full knowledge of and in the face of the Lord?

      Something to consider, and most by hedonistic people who look forward to the future, with pride of life and national pride, perhaps should consider if there is a future, in the first place, for how very far downhill we’ve slidden from having any claim to being a God honoring people.

      Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

      Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

      • oladyinashu

        Thank you for using a KJV Bible. It is the only true words of God. It is the only Word that has been purified in a furnace of earth…purified seven time..”THOU shalt keep them oh LORD…THOU shalt PRESERVE them from this generation even forever.”

        So thank you for quoting Gods PURE WORD.
        Honestly, when I see that the article has used ‘another translation’…I cant even stand to read it.

        Jesus said ‘ And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him; for they know not the voice of strangers.’. ..all those other ‘bibles’ are very strange to me. People ARE destroyed for lack of knowledge. Don’t they understand that it is written that way on purpose? Jesus is the WORD made flesh…the very DNA of Gods Book..” Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me) to do thy will, O God.”…… Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
        For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

        A little long winded for a pat on the back, I know…well anyway..Thanks. Carry on.

    • Anonymous

      it is jews who push pornography,abortion, gay marriage, Hollywood, atheism, usuary which has destroyed world economy etc etc. so why do they get rewarded with a kingdom? when do they get punished??? instead this anti-Christ nation is worshipped by the very xtians it despises and hopes to annihilate.
      on Rev 2:9 and “Israel”? you are mislead

      • Mike Clinton

        Anonymous, I agree with almost everything you said so how am I misled? You haven’t read my other posts on the Jews.

        When will they be punished? Well, it started about 2,000 years ago and continues to this day.

        1 Thessalonians 2: 14-16 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.

        They still have a future because of God’s faithfulness, not theirs.

        Romans 11: 28-29 Now many of the Jews are enemies of the Gospel. They hate it. But this has been a benefit to you, for it has resulted in God’s giving his gifts to you Gentiles. Yet the Jews are still beloved of God because of his promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn; he will never go back on his promises.

        One day they will accept Christ.

        Romans 11: 25-27 I want you to know about this truth from God, dear brothers, so that you will not feel proud and start bragging. Yes, it is true that some of the Jews have set themselves against the Gospel now, but this will last only until all of you Gentiles have come to Christ—those of you who will. And then all Israel will be saved.

        Do you remember what the prophets said about this? “There shall come out of Zion a Deliverer, and he shall turn the Jews from all ungodliness. At that time I will take away their sins, just as I promised.”

    • Anonymous

      America, throw off the YOKE of Israel.
      America is like MASTER-BLASTER in “Thunderdome”. The dwarf Israel controlling the retarded giant:
      “christian-zionism” is today’s JUDAS ISCARIOT .
      America & Christians have been YOKED by those who crucified Our Lord.
      In the bible the Jews BRAG about how they parasitically controlled Egypt AND Babylon. The bible clearly tells how Abraham twice “pimped” his own wife for monetary gain from Kings of GOOD character. Then ignorant people say one is wrong to talk about Jews controlling things. TRY READING THE BIBLE, the jews BRAG about it, insinuating themselves into positions of power is part of their culture.
      The Jews want to rebuild their “temple” so they can return to ANIMAL/BLOOD sacrifices, where they smear the blood of the animal all over (the bible describes in detail how they should rub blood all over themselves) and burn the corpse for a “PLEASING ODOR onto “their” lord”. The first 9 chapters of Leviticus involve detailed instructions for sacrificing live animals to their god. The Jews worship a WAR god. The CRUCIFIXTION of JESUS CHRIST was the FINAL sacrifice. Or don’t any of you EVER read the Bible?
      Isreal worships a WAR god. Christians have no business supporting or associating with WAR god worshipers. The only Jews Christians should embrace are those Jews who see the LIGHT and convert. WAR god followers do not embrace PEACE.
      “Judeo-Christian” is an OXYMORON. WAR-God vs PEACE-God. The Old Testament followers worship a WAR GOD and spend their lives hating, reliving every imagined slight, and dreaming of VENGENCE ….. “NEVER FORGIVE and NEVER FORGET” …. they still go on about Egypt and Babylon after MILLENIA. New Testament followers (are supposed to) worship a loving, forgiving God, and to CLOSE the Old Testament, as it has been FULLFILLED by the Crucifixion of Jesus. If you are following the OLD Testament you ARE NOT and CANNOT be a CHRISTian.
      “ANTI-Christ” does not get any greater then to CRUCIFY HIM. There is a MYTH that attempts to shift blame for the crucifixion onto Rome but the Priests sending SAUL of TARSUS and others to HUNT His followers right after the crucifixion PROVES that that is a lie. The Priests also instigated POGROMS against the early Christians. Judaism IS the ANTI-CHRIST.
      “christian-zionism” is the modern day JUDAS ISCARIOT, attacking CHRISTianity while feigning to BE Christian. Kissing Christ on the cheek for the Temple Priests.
      Jews, even to this day, refuse to set aside 2,000 years of venomous hatred for Our Savior.

      “My opinion of Christian Zionists? They’re scum. But don’t tell them that. We need all the useful idiots we can get right now.” — Benyamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister

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