“Open your mouth for the dumb and the cause of all such as are appointed for destruction” (Proverbs 31:8).
The dumb speaks of those who have no voice. I say to you, the unborn in their mothers’ wombs are the dumb. They have no voice, and in America, they have no rights. And those whose mothers have an appointment with an abortion clinic, “are appointed to destruction.” There is a mark on the calendar, but it's not the day of their birth—It's their appointment with the doctor of death.
The Bible says: “Open your mouth! Speak out! Stand up for those who have no voice!” That little baby in his mother's womb has no voice and no ability to speak up for himself. God said: “Take up their cause and open your mouth!” There is a cause—a righteous cause!
David was a young shepherd boy when we are introduced to him. He had seven older brothers, strong men who served in Israel's army. One day, his father sent him to visit his brothers and bring back news of how they were. When he got to the Army camp, he found all the men hiding in their tents, quaking with fear because of the great Philistine giant Goliath. He had been threatening and taunting Israel for 40 days, and not one in all of his Israel was brave enough to face him, including King Saul. When his brothers saw him, they mocked him: “With whom have you left those few sheep?”
But David said: “Is there not a cause? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine who defies the Army of the living God!” He rose up in righteous indignation: “There is a cause! Stand up and face this giant! He's not only making you look like a bunch of cowards — he is defying the living God!” He told Saul: “Let not any man's heart fail because of this giant. Thy servant will go out and fight him!” David was not afraid to fight the giant, because he knew there was a righteous cause, and he faced him in the name of the LORD (1Samuel 17:17-32). When you stand up for a righteous cause on God's behalf, you need not be afraid: “The righteous are as bold as a lion!” (Proverbs 28:1). Stand up and do not be afraid! God is with you, and you speak in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, to defend His Word.
Those who support abortion are defying the living God, who commanded: “Thou shall not murder!” (Exodus 20:13). While the original English Bible says, “kill,” in Hebrew, there are about six words translated kill, and they have different meanings. For instance, to kill an animal for Temple sacrifice is not murder. To go to war against those who want to kill you is not murder. The Bible says, “There is a time of peace, and there is a time of war” (Ecc.3:8). And there is a time to stand up for this righteous cause. Those who choose and provide abortion are defying the living God, the Creator of life. And those who fail to speak up against them, God will also judge.
Old Testament Child Sacrifice
Child sacrifice was prevalent in ancient times, and God hated it and called it an abomination. He commanded His people many times: “Thou shall not offer your seed to pass through the fire to Molech” (Leviticus18:21, Deut.12:31). Molech was the god of the Ammonites, a.k.a. Chemosh to the Moabites. A brass statue with the face of a calf, his arms extended out as though he were going to embrace those who came near. The cavity in his belly was filled with fire which heated the brass extremely hot. As sacrifice to this god, babies were passed through the fire onto its burning arms as the fire rose up. Drums were beat loudly to drown out their screams. All the pagan nations of Canaan practiced this horrific worship. When Israel entered into the Promised Land from the wilderness, God commanded them to destroy all these nations, and this is one of the reasons why. We cringe at the thought of such barbarous acts, but killing a baby in its mother's womb is just as barbarous, heinous, and wicked. It is infanticide. The difference is, they killed the babies after they were born. Today they kill babies while they are still in the presumed safety of their mothers’ wombs.
Partial-birth abortion is a gruesome procedure which occurs in a woman's last trimester, when a baby is viable outside the womb. Guided by ultrasound, the abortionist grabs the baby’s leg with forceps and pulls it out into the birth canal. With his hands he delivers the baby's entire body except for the head. If the head was delivered, it would be a person, and would constitute murder. He then jams scissors into the base of the baby’s skull. The scissors are then opened to enlarge the hole. The scissors are removed, and a suction catheter is inserted. The baby’s brains are sucked out, causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed. It is now known that these babies feel pain. This monstrous procedure is legal in cases where “the mother's health is at risk.” But this is deceptive, because the baby could be quickly delivered by cesarean section. Abortionists don’t want you to know this can actually put the mother's health at greater risk.
God commanded Israel there was to be no child sacrifice, and any who did such were to be stoned to death. It was abhorrent, abominable, and would cause His Name to be profaned. Not only were those who committed these atrocities to be put to death, but He said that He would judge those who failed to execute punishment upon them: “And if the people of the land do anyways hide their eyes from the man when he gives of his seed to Molech, and kills him not: Then will I set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off” (Lev.20:1-5).
If the people of America hide their eyes — look the other way and say, “It's up to the courts, it's up to the judges to do something,” we will have the blood of these innocents on our hands. It's up to us —“We the people”—We elect our congressman, senators, and president, who appoint and approve the federal judges to the Supreme Court, and who allocate our tax dollars to fund the foundation that is not only performing the atrocity of partial-birth abortion, but is mendaciously selling baby body parts, a federal felony, and a gross sin against our Creator.
“Pro-Choice Is A Euphemism
“Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils. And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood” (Psalm 106:37-38).
Since 1973, America has been polluted with the blood of 60 million innocent babies under the banner “Pro-Choice—a woman's right to choose what she does with her body.” She has the right to choose what she does with her own body, but God says she doesn’t have the right to kill the body of a baby in her womb. She is responsible for the life in her, and no one has the right to take life, but the One who gave it, the Creator.
Make no mistake: The only choice she has is between having a living baby or a dead baby, but either way, she's going to have a baby!
When Christians vote for candidates who are pro-abortion, they support abortion! And they will answer to God. Politicians call themselves “pro-choice,” but the truth is, that’s a euphemism for “pro-death.” But you’ll never see a politician, or anyone, use this term. “Pro-Choice” sounds positive and understanding of women's rights, and no politician wants to tell a woman, “You don't have the right to: (fill in the blank)”! Don’t tell a woman she can’t do something, even if it’s killing her unborn baby. Politicians are intimidated by the Women’s Rights agenda and will kowtow to their demands, even when it goes against their consciences. They try to ease them by claiming to be pro-choice. Have you ever heard a politician say, or seen a placard saying, “Pro-Abortion”? Doesn’t this say something? If it’s not wrong, call it by its name!
Ancient Hebrew was a pictorial language, and its alephbet consisted of 22 pictures which evolved into letters. Most Hebrew words have a three-letter root, all consonants, as the vowels were not written. When we know their pictures, another layer of meaning is revealed. The word for womb is rechem. Its three-letter root is R-CH-M. In Hebrew: resh-chet-mem. Their word pictures are:
resh—A picture of a person’s head. It means person.
chet—A picture of a fence. It means to surround, to protect.
mem—A picture of water. It means water.
rechem—a person surrounded and protected by water. Isn’t this beautiful? But there’s more: It’s also the Hebrew word for compassion—mercy. When God wanted to illustrate mercy and compassion, He used the word for womb! Nothing is more definitive of protective love than a baby in its mother’s womb! That is, until abortion came into the picture!
A Parable of the Aborted
There is a prophecy spoken by the prophet Ezekiel that showed Israel her pathetic spiritual condition, but when we examine its imagery, we see it literally describes and speaks to an unwanted baby:
“As for your birth, in the day you were born, your navel was not cut, neither were you washed in water to supple thee. You were not salted at all, nor swaddled at all. No eye pitied you to do any of these unto you, to have compassion upon you. But you were cast out in the open field to the loathing of your person, in the day you were born. And when I passed by you, and saw you polluted in your own blood, I said unto you when you were in your blood, Live; yea, I said unto you when you were in your blood, Live” (Ezekiel 16:1-6).
This child was unwanted and abandoned immediately after birth. There was no gentle cutting of its umbilical cord by a loving father, and no gentle washing by a loving nurse. In those days, and in some Middle Eastern countries still today, a baby’s skin was carefully wiped with salt, as salt is an antiseptic, and they had no modern medicines to remove bacteria and germs.
This child was not swaddled—No one wrapped it in a warm fleecy blanket, placed it on its mother's breast and said, “Here's your little boy—your little girl.” Swaddling a baby is still practiced in Italy, and is becoming popular in America. There are videos on YouTube demonstrating how it's done. The baby is snuggly wrapped with its arms to its side, because swaddling makes a baby feel safe and eases the only fear a newborn has—the fear of falling.
None of this was done for this baby, but it was cast into the field, in the land of death, to die in its own blood. We hear stories all the time of newborns being thrown away, stuffed in trash bags, thrown into dumpsters, flushed down the toilet, their umbilical cords still attached. Worst of all, are the garbage bags labeled “hazardous waste” filled with aborted babies and baby parts, some ripped from the warm safety and comfort of their mothers’ wombs by scissors and forceps; others suctioned out by a machine, dismembering and crunching their little bones.
The young mother-to-be is told that it’s not really a baby—“It’s just a blob of tissue — a wad of flesh.” Except now their body parts are being sold as human organs to bio labs. How can they be both? If they're human body parts, then it's a baby, and if it's a baby, then it is infanticide.
God said: “But when I saw you, abandoned, unwanted, and left to die in your own blood, I said, Live! I said, Live!” This is doubled for emphasis! God’s intention is for life! God is not pro-death!—He is pro-life!
David wrote: “Thy hands have made me and fashioned me” (Ps.119:73). He said: “You have possessed my reins.” This refers to the innermost part of a human, the soul and spirit. Even in the womb, God knows the spirit of the child. It is not a blob of tissue to Him.
“You have covered me in my mother's womb. I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are your works…. My substance (skeleton) was not hidden from you when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought (intricately designed as in the complexity of DNA that carries the genetic code for each one of the 60 trillion cells that make up a human)…. Your eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect, and in your book all my members were written, when as yet there was none of them”(Psalm 139:13-16).
God anointed King David to speak as an unborn baby in his mother’s womb, so we could hear his voice. Now we must speak for the millions who have been cruelly aborted, and those who will be, unless we “open our mouths for the voiceless who are appointed to destruction.”This is a righteous cause!
“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3).
We are in a Noahic parallel: The earth is filled with violence, chaos, and great troubles, both natural and man-made (Genesis 6:12-13). Apostle Paul said that these things would increase and intensify as birth pangs upon a woman in labor (1Thess.5:3). While there are many variables that feed into these conditions, a major cause is the lack of the fear of God. This is a direct result of the spirit of godlessness that has infiltrated our society since World War II. The 1950s was a time of blessings and prosperity. The emphasis in America was God, country, and family.
Will Will Kill!
On Friday, June 26, 2015, the final stone in the foundation of marriage in America was removed by the Supreme Court. This is not about equality for all people. This is the redefining of marriage, which authority is not governed by human law. The Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being. Marriage is not an institution created by man. Marriage was God's idea. He created the blueprint for marriage, and He is on record that it is between “one man and one woman.” When He created woman from man, He personally brought her to the man. God never brings a man to a man or a woman to a woman. He said:
The Wiseman said, “The curse causeless shall not come.” Many problems and negative outcomes we experience are often self-invited. Self is a powerful motivator, and when a leader is motivated by self-will, it is especially tragic, because the consequences will be suffered by many others within his sphere of authority.
Israel's Exodus from Egypt was so monumental, God gave them a new calendar to mark the occasion, and the first feast day on the calendar was Nisan 10. On this day every house selected a perfect, year-old male lamb to be offered on Passover four days later. Fast-forward 4000 years to Nisan 10 in Jesus’ day. While all over Jerusalem families chose their lambs, Jesus was being led into the city on a donkey with multitudes waving palm branches, rejoicing: “Hosanna to the Son of David!” They did not realize God was choosing His final Lamb on that Palm Sunday. The next four days developed into the most notorious conspiracy the world has ever known.
There were many players on that stage of infamy: the religious council with the high priest, false witnesses, Pilate, Herod, soldiers, and Judas. Each had a significant part in condemning the Son of God, much of which was necessary to fulfill the protocol of offering the Passover Lamb. A question often asked: Who was responsible for crucifying Jesus?
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