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5/9/2013 10:41:00 AM

To the editor:

In light of the terrorism that is now in our land, the extreme weather, and many other issues so many people are dealing with, in light of our nation's leaders' responses to these matters, the old prophet's words said long ago seem relevant... The Lord has spoken out against that braggart Israel, and the people of Israel and Samaria will soon discover it. In their pride and arrogance they say, "Our land lies in ruins now, but we will rebuild it better than before. We will replace the broken bricks with cut stone, the fallen sycamore trees with cedars."

The LORD will reply to their bragging by bringing Rezin's enemies, the Assyrians, against them along with Arameans from the east and Philistines from the west. With bared fangs, they will devour Israel. But even then the LORD's anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike. For after all this punishment, the people will still not repent and turn to the LORD Almighty. Therefore, in a single day, the LORD will destroy both the head and the tail, the palm branch and the reed.

The leaders of Israel are the head, and the lying prophets are the tail. For the leaders of the people have led them down the path of destruction.

Change a few names and we have a message for America today. It is our choice to respond to the shakings and wake up calls in humility, repentance and return to the Lord or not.

Marlo Pranke

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