While I was thinking and blogging yesterday about the Amish barn star phenomenon I was also considering the related trend of flag-themed Americana. It became obvious that a separate post was really called for.
Is your God American? While most would deny it, many sure do act that way. This post is about the American flag and Christian patriotic duty. What does the American flag really mean? What is our patriotic duty as Christians? Does patriotism equate to godliness? These are important questions, particularly on the brink of America's fall.
I care what's right and wrong because of the work of the Lord Y'shua in my heart and mind. I know many others care, too. We know what things are true and can discern right from wrong only because of the work of the holy spirit and the revelation of the written word of God. This revelation must be our guide, revelation from the Lord about who He is and what pleases Him. What I write here about America applies in principle to every other country, fellow saint.
Like the Amish barn star (see previous post), the American flag and flag themed items fall into the category of idols. The idolatry is not only dependent upon what you may or may not think about the items. Some things are idols by their very nature. Few saints want to serve idols but most are unable and, really, unwilling to recognize them. You may think this is kind of harsh, but speaking the truth in love is necessary. Open your eyes. If you are convicted, simply repent. The Lord is merciful but judgment is near, my friend.
Pledging allegiance to a flag, no matter what kind of imagery it bears, is pledging allegiance to whatever entity the flag symbolizes. A flag is itself an idol.
Consider whether these words could be spoken by any saint without compromising the key relationship of subjection to the Lord Y'shua. "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
While making such a pledge seems noble to some, whatever comforting bond of unity, common sense of duty and the binding of a community together under one banner with its associated lofty ideals do not justify idolatry. Indeed, even the making of pledges is prohibited in the New Testament, as believers are to swear no oath.
"But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation."
According to what I've come to understand, the flag of this country and every other country whose flag I have particularly discerned is designed in such a way that the second of the ten commandments (Exodus 20) is broken. I'll share what the elements of the flag really mean, shortly. The symbolic imagery represented on the flags is actually occult. What is truly symbolized is forbidden to be represented in media by the sovereign Lord God for our protection. Breaking the commandments is not good.
You might consider me unpatriotic, but anti-patriotic would be more accurate. I used to be quite patriotic in my younger days and can remember really finding that sort of pride appealing. However, I was led to repent of my nationalistic "tendencies" some years ago, convicted by the holy spirit that such was a conflict of interest. Think about that. When presented personally with the choice of whether to serve Him or country going forward, I wisely let country go. Think about the compromise made when one country goes to war against another and a saint kills another person, even another saint, perhaps. This compromise is "justified" and excused in the name of nationalism. Again, think about it. If patriotism equates to godliness, Hitler and Stalin must be seen in a different light.
In writing this some might feel like I'm dishonoring the sacrifice of all those who gave their lives for this country, and are now risking their lives for it. This is not about dishonoring anyone, but honoring the Lord God, to whom we owe everything. That's all. You may think me ungrateful for those who have earned my freedom. I am not ungrateful. I am rightfully grateful to the One who truly makes men free, and am testifying to you right now that unless you too can honestly declare the same, you are not yet truly free!
2) Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
3) To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
(For more insight into the matter of your freedom, I highly recommend this recent post by Joseph Herrin. The Rat Race of the Religious System)
To those of you with one eye on the constitution, amendments or so called rights assigned by the state, I implore you to put both eyes instead on the Lord Y'shua - and keep them there. When you see through His eyes, you will know true freedom. That freedom is purchased with righteous blood.
What then is our patriotic duty? I know of no suggestion of duty in the Bible particular to the protection of or advancement of the interests of one country over another. (Israel, according to what must yet be fulfilled, is something of a special case, which I won't go into here.) Quite simply, our duty is only to the Lord God, to love and obey Him with nothing standing between us. It is written, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." (Psalm 33:12) We are directed to pray for those appointed positions of civil authority over us. (Romans 13) Beyond that, the simple rule is love your neighbor as yourself. That's your civic duty, and your patriotic duty. This is in line with the first commandment, to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
Seek the Lord as to what constitutes idols in your life and what competes for His attention and affection. If you're still binding your heart and soul to America (which is a national facet of Babylon as many a saint will attest), when it falls, your failure to repent is going to cost you plenty. If you survive what's coming, the chains of bondage will still need to be broken. Why not just allow the chains, if any exist, to be broken off now. This may be a key to your survival and the survival of others whose lives depend on you. You may find this writing offensive. I hope not, but I'm far more concerned about not offending the Lord before whom you and I will stand and give account.
What does the American flag symbolize? You may suspect by familiarity with this blog that I'm about to tell you that it really signifies the union of the heavenly sons of god with the daughters of men. Well - I am - because it does.
The flag is decorated with stars and stripes in red white and blue. I've already addressed these elements in this blog and there's little new to be introduced. The same symbol language applies with these elements and their combinations.
White signifies divinity and blue with the white, heaven. Stars signify angels. The field of white stars on the blue field is called a constellation and it represents the angels in heaven. When such is represented contrary to the second commandment the angels are necessarily fallen angels, the heavenly sons of god referred to in Genesis 6.
As I mentioned here, What does Obama's logo really mean?, the red represents earthly Adamic mankind, because the word for Adam means "red earth." The white still signifies divinity. The alternating red and white stripes signify the deified Adamic man, not smoothly blended as pink in color but distinctly banded, unmixed like iron and clay.
42) As the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of pottery, so some of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be brittle.
43) And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery.
The two numbers primarily featured are 13 and 9. The 50 stars are the Jubilee number, and a counterfeited Jubilee is a secondary theme. Thirteen is a number most commonly identified with rebellion and the Beast. Nine is the single digit number that signifies the triple helix DNA transformation that is integral with the mark of the Beast. The number 666 (Revelation 13) resolves to 9 via the occult function of summing the digits. 6+6+6=18 then 1+8=9.
There are 13 stripes, about which the current Wikipedia entry states that they: "represent the original thirteen colonies that rebelled against the British monarchy and became the first states in the Union." There's your rebellion, which fits with the biblical type. The Number Thirteen signifies the Beast and those who have received the mark of the Beast. The familiar "Betsy Ross" version has 13 stars in a circle, which, by the way, is the female symbol alongside the square or rectangular male symbolic shape.
The "G-spec" or government specification for the dimensional ratio of hoist to fly (height or width to length) is 1:1.9 which officially introduces the number 9. There are also 9 rows of stars in the blue field. The field is referred to specifically as the "union."
The 9 rows of stars in the union sends a clear enough message, which affirms the testimony of the 13 bands of alternating red and white. There's the flag known as Old Glory. It really does glorify the deceiver, signifying the union of the heavenly sons of god with the daughters of men. It represents the united states, the union of the heavenly and the earthly states into hybrid beast offspring!
Think about why flags are hoisted aloft on poles. They mark the god of the flag's domain, where the wind that signifies the breath, life and spirit animates the waving and flowing fabric.
When you see such as this scene with a flag decor adorning the New York Stock Exchange temple, don't think it's somehow unnatural. When you see military symbols such as this one used by the Army, think Revelation 19.
19) And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20) And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21) And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
If that makes you cry, it probably should. Help us Lord, to cleave only to you. You alone are worthy. Draw us near. Heal us as our eyes open and we repent of the idols we have received unto ourselves. In Y'shua's holy name I pray. God, bless America and every nation as we make you our only Lord and God in humble subjection.