Baal was the primary god of the Canaanite people and interestingly was believed to be a god of fertility… yet child sacrifice was used in order to achieve that fertility (that seems to me to define insanity).
And the Israelite people were often ensnared in these practices… turning from the living God… to a god made out of wood and stone… we read of that in Psalm 106:35-38… But they mingled with the nations And learned their practices, And served their idols, Which became a snare to them.
They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons,
And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and their daughters,
Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with the blood. This was and is evil.
I believe that there is a mighty link between the United States of America and Ancient Israel. Because America was founded by the Puritans after the pattern of Israel, in the Bible. John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and chief figure among the Puritan founders of New England… said that if we follow God, “we shall be as a city on a hill” and shall be the most blessed people. And that is undeniable.
But, he also followed that statement with a warning… if America should turn away from the God of its foundation, and to other gods, gods of lust and profit… then we shall receive the same judgments as Ancient Israel.
I believe that a person would be hard pressed to find someone in modern-day USA who would admit to worshipping idols and false gods… but if you are a student of the Word of God… you will have to conclude that America is filled with false gods.
I believe that the unholy, spirit of Baal has been embraced by this land. In fact in 2016, the Arch of Baal was brought into New York City… the arch was symbolic of the way worshippers would go to worship this false deity.
Since 1973, in America, over 60 million unborn babies have been murdered inside their mother’s womb. This is what evil looks like- 60 million and counting… 3000 murders a day… every single day of every single year, since 1973.
And now… this evil has taken on an even more extreme practice. In January 2019, New York State’s Governor Cuomo signed into law the Reproductive Health Act (talk about an oxymoron)… this “law” allows for the mother to murder her child even while she is having contractions to deliver the child. Evil.
God tells us… the LORD God, in speaking to Jeremiah the prophet in Jeremiah 1:5 said… Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations. God knows these unborn children and they are in His loving presence. But the mother’s and fathers will live with the guilt and shame of their actions for the rest of their lives, unless they are freed from that guilt and shame through the forgiveness of Jesus.
We live in dramatic and fearful times… when a nation that once feared God in reverence… is now at war against Him and His Word… the Holy Scriptures.
How are the followers of Jesus, the people of God to live in this day… when the spirit of Baal abounds? We must live in the spirit and power of that Old Testament Prophet Elijah… bold… uncompromising… on fire for the gospel.
Jesus said in Revelation 22:12… Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. And I believe He is even now saddling His horse, so to speak to return… to destroy evil… So we must be about His saving work of making disciples… bringing people to the foot of the cross… to repent and accept forgiveness.