[E]xamine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)
President Trump, America’s King Cyrus?
In Part 2, I began a biblical examination of President Trump’s inaugural speech. For everyone who looks to Yahweh1 as their sovereign and thus His Word as their authority, I cannot imagine they don’t already view his speech in a completely different light:
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. (Isaiah 8:20)
There was no mention of Yahweh’s law in Trump’s speech. This alone speaks volumes as to Trump’s intentions for America. Consider the following telling statement from then Congressman Mike Pence:
The Constitution and the Declaration should be on a president’s mind all the time, as the prism through which the light of all question of governance passes.2
Not the light of God’s Word but the alleged light of the Constitution—the Constitution that established a government of, by, and for the people.3 In other words, a secular government4 like in Habakkuk 1, in which authority and alleged justice originates with itself. This is the government that’s cursed by God in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. Is it any wonder today’s America finds herself on the brink of destruction?
On the other hand, Deuteronomy 28:1-14 depicts a nation blessed by God for having established government of, by, and for Him—a nation above all other nations and first in a great number of blessed areas. A nation like early Colonial America that became a light to the rest of the world:
Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as Yahweh my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as Yahweh our God is in all things that we call upon him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? (Deuteronomy 4:5-8)
Contrasted with America’s former greatness, today’s America finds herself first in reported rapes, murders and total crimes, first with the highest incarceration rate and prison population, first in divorce rate, first in illegal and legal drug use, first in pornography distribution, first in national debt, and worst of all, first in infanticides (wrongly termed “abortions”5). These are not firsts the rest world wants imported to their shores.
These firsts represent just a small sampling of the abominable firsts America is presently reaping as a result of the wind sown by the 18th-century founding fathers:
[B]ecause they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law … they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind…. (Hosea 8:1,7)
This is a whirlwind that will continue to intensify until repented of.
As we return to examining Trump’s inaugural speech, do not overlook that Trump intends to use this “wind” to allegedly return America to her former greatness. This is tantamount to throwing a drowning man an anchor instead of life preserver.
Letting Trump speak for himself
Donald Trump: “The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.”
Allegiance to all Americans: Without a superseding declaration of allegiance to Yahweh as his sovereign, Trump’s declaration of allegiance puts him at the beck and call of the people’s will—but, of course, only as Trump interprets the people’s will and only the people he chooses to interpret. In other words, Trump’s allegiance to Americans is, at best, arbitrary, as it always is when not working from an immutable standard.
In this instance, it’s the people’s will as determined by the President, or in some overriding instances as determined by Congress or the Supreme Court, all of which represent We the Peopleism—aka, man doing what is right in his own eyes.6
DT: “For many decades we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own. And we’ve spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon. One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world.”
America’s wealth spread across the world: All of the above abuses are more consequences of the whirlwind today’s America is reaping.
To employ the genesis of America’s woes as the solution is folly, if not insanity. It’s what’s depicted in Isaiah 5:207 as calling evil good and good evil. Isaiah 5:248 describes this transposition as the consequence of casting aside Yahweh’s law and despising His word as society’s standard. I submit to you that this is precisely what Trump is doing or he would have acknowledged Yahweh’s moral law as America’s ethical standard for government and society somewhere in his speech.
DT: “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.”
America first: I appreciate Trump’s America-first sentiments. Nevertheless, it needs to be understood that if America would only put God first, “America first” would take care of itself.
God first requires America be governed by His law, including the First Commandment as our foundational border, immigration, and international trade law.9 As such, America would be blessed for her obedience to the First Commandment in all of these crucial areas of national and international commerce.
The same holds true with liberty. Liberty was formally lost in America when the 18th-century Enlightenment founders made it a goal (almost a god10) instead of a corollary of implementing Yahweh’s perfect law of liberty11 as the supreme law of the land.12
What we have today in America is comparable to what the Prophet Jeremiah confronted in his day:
For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them … from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. (Jeremiah 6:13-14)
Today’s mantra is “Liberty, liberty!” when there is no liberty. Patrick Henry, who refused to attend the Constitutional Convention as one of Virginia’s delegates (declaring “I smelt a rat!”), understood the framers’ specious claim to liberty. Convinced the Constitution would fail to secure and protect liberty, Patrick Henry voiced his concerns to the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788:
…I say our privileges and rights are in danger. …the new form of Government … will … effectually … oppress and ruin the people…. In some parts of the plan before you, the great rights of freemen are endangered, in other parts, absolutely taken away…. There will be no checks, no real balances, in this Government: What can avail your specious imaginary balances, your rope-dancing, chain-rattling, ridiculous ideal checks and contrivances? …And yet who knows the dangers that this new system may produce: they are out of the sight of the common people: They cannot foresee latent consequences…. I see great jeopardy in this new Government.13
In contrast to the federalists’ failed predictions, this and nearly everything the anti-federalists forecast about the Constitution (even with the addition of the Bill of Rights) has come true. The constitutional framers could not provide their fellow Americans with liberty (nor can their disciples today) for the simple reason that blind leaders cannot lead other blind men to safety, any more than slaves can confer freedom on fellow slaves:
[I]f the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. (Matthew 5:14)
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption…. (2 Peter 2:19)
The answer to this self-imposed delusion is provided by Jeremiah two verses later:
Thus saith Yahweh, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls…. (Jeremiah 6:16)
Put succinctly, put God first (which requires establishing His moral law as the standard for government and society) and both America first and liberty will take care of themselves as natural corollaries.
DT: “America will start winning again, winning like never before.”
Winning: Only our Creator determines what constitutes greatness and thus winning.
There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 16:25)
I’m confident that many of the things Trump intends to do for America will look like winning, especially when juxtaposed with the last eight years of the Obama administration. However, in the end, America will, in fact, lose, regardless what Trump does (short of repentance). America will continue to be cursed per Deuteronomy 28:15-68. How do I know this? Because:
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)
It was inevitable from the inception of the secular Constitution14 that America would someday find herself teetering on the precipice. Even with any reprieve Trump might provide, America will find herself there again. Without Yahweh’s law as America’s supreme law, Trump’s intentions for America, as well-intended as they may be, are just more of the same.
He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination. (Proverbs 28:9)
Consequently, America will not win but instead lose under Trump’s presidency because God is always true to His word.
Stay tuned for Part 4.
Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 1 (blog article)
Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 2 (blog article)
Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 1 (audio sermon)
Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 2 (audio sermon)
1. YHWH, the English transliteration of the Tetragrammaton, is most often pronounced Yahweh. It is the principal Hebrew name of the God of the Bible and was inspired to appear nearly 7,000 times in the Old Testament. Regrettably, it was deleted by the English translators. In obedience to the Third Commandment and the many Scriptures that charge us to proclaim, swear by, praise, extol, call upon, bless, glorify, and hold fast to His name, we have chosen to memorialize His name here in this document and in our lives. For a more thorough explanation concerning important reasons for using the sacred name of God, see “The Third Commandment.”
2. Republican Representative Mike Pence, Speech at Hillsdale College, “The Presidency and the Constitution,” quoted in Imprimis, October 2010, Volume 39, Number 10, https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/the-presidency-and-the-constitution/.
3. Chapter 3: “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH,” of Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.
4. What makes a government secular is its rejection of Yahweh as its sovereign and thus His law as supreme. See blog series “Ten Reasons Why Romans 13 is Not About Secular Government.”
5. The battle against this atrocity begins with identifying it correctly. By calling it “abortion,” we’ve acquiesced to the opposition’s terminology. Look up “abortion” and “miscarriage” in any dictionary. A miscarriage is an abortion. What doctors (and parents) do to infants in the womb is infanticide. Had Roe v. Wade been waged over infanticide rather than abortion, it would have never made it to the court room. In fact, by employing the word “abortion,” Roe v. Wade was won before it ever got to court.
The Greek word brephos employed in the New Testament for infants already born is the same word used for infants in the womb (Luke 2:12 and Luke 1:41), without specifying the precise moment they became a brephos. Our only option is to then to accept that they became such at conception. Thus, intentionally killing a brephos at any point is “brephocide” or, more properly, infanticide.
6. “In those days … every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25)
7. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)
8. “Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of Yahweh of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 5:24)
Caveat: Mr. Ferrara aggressively promotes Catholicism as the answer to America’s woes.
11. Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:44-45; and James 2:12
13. Patrick Henry, Ralph Ketcham, ed., “Speeches of Patrick Henry (June 5 and 7, 1788),” The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates (New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2003, 2nd ed.) pp. 200-08.