Blessings & Cursings
By George Kirkpatrick

Vital Words to the Body of Christ

Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of the Kingdom

Vital Words to the Body of Christ 
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give

Many today believe only in a "goody, goody" God. All good comes from God and all hindrances comes from satan. They give God no credit for the correction that He is trying to bring in their lives. In their way of thinking, God is so good and satan is so mean. They willfully overlook the scripture, [see "Pulling the Lions Teeth" by G. Kirkpatrick]

"Behold the goodness and severity of God..." Romans 11:22a

The word severity is the Greek word APOTOMIA. APO means "away" and TOME means "to cut." So the word severity means "to cut away." God needs to cut away all those things in our lives that are not pleasing in His sight.

In Deuteronomy 28, God spoke of blessings and cursings. The word blessing means "prosperity." God will bring prosperity upon those who follow all His commandments. This does not necessarily mean to prosper financially, but rather, to be prosperous in our walk with God. The only way to receive His blessing is to be obedient to all His commandments.

He then pronounces His cursings. Unfortunately, the only understanding we have of cursings comes from the satanic realm, when an evil person uses curses to bring harm upon someone. But the word curse, as used in Deuteronomy 28, means "the absence or reversal of a blessing, falling from our rightful state, and being lowered into a lesser state." It is the opposite of sacred and means "to be separated." In other words, we are no longer in a place where God can bless us because we have separated ourselves from God through disobedience to His Word.

In the first thirteen verses of Deuteronomy 28, there are 32 promised blessings given to us if we follow all God's commandments. God begins His promised blessings in verse one:

"And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:" Deuteronomy 28:1

God fulfilled this promise in the United States as long as this nation was a Godly nation. God continued His glorious promises:

"And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God." Deuteronomy 28:2

We do not need to seek God for these blessings, for they are automatic if we are obedient to His Word. As God declared, these blessings will overtake us if we hearken unto His voice. God continues with the glorious promises of His blessings:

"Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and He shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." Deuteronomy 28:3-8

God's hand will move to accomplish all these blessings in our lives so that He may establish unto Himself an holy people in the earth. This He has promised if we keep His commandments and walk in His ways:

"The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto Himself, as He hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in His ways." Deuteronomy 28:9

God has made this glorious promise to all those who adhere to His Word, His way, and His will. A further promise given to us is:

"And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee." Deuteronomy 28:10

The word afraid means "to inspire reverence or Godly fear or awe." People will know we belong to God by the way we talk, and by the way we live, and they will be afraid to harm us, because of what God will do unto them. God's Word warns:

"Saying, Touch not Mine anointed, and do My prophets no harm." I Chronicles 16:22

God is establishing His people in the earth so He can pour out all His blessings upon them. These blessed ones have kept all His commandments and have destroyed all the idols in their lives.

Idols in the Bible were made of wood, stone, brass, gold, and silver. These were referred to as molten or graven images. A molten image is anything made from materials that must be heated and then shaped. These could be cars, boats, airplanes, bowling balls, etc. Graven images are carved, mostly from wood. In our day, these images could also be houses, golf clubs, baseball bats, hockey sticks, etc. It's anything we have made a god out of.

There is another group of idols called teraphims. The word teraphim is the Hebrew word TERAPHIYM and means "a family idol or images." Teraphims are household gods which include anything that takes our time and our money. Teraphims are those things around the house that tie us to the world --- such as TV, stereos, video recorders, etc. Teraphims are the objects that keep us tied to the worl and take our hearts away from God. Our God is a jealous God. As God's Word proclaims:

". . . For the Lord whose name is JEALOUS is a Jealous God." Exodus 34:14

God continues His wonderful promises:

". . . the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

The Lord shall open unto thee His good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in His season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow." Deuteronomy 28:11-12

When this nation was on the gold standard and feared God, it had no debt. The people prospered and were happy. Today the exact opposite is true.

"And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only; and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:" Deuteronomy 28:13

As long as we do God's will and His ways, He will make us the head and not the tail. When we live the overcoming life, God reveals His blessings to us, but He also gives us a warning:

"And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them." Deuteronomy 28:14

It only took fourteen verses to explain our blessings when we are obedient to God and observe and do all His commands. It took fifty-four verses to proclaim His cursings that will come upon us if we do not hearken unto the voice (not Moses' law) of the Lord our God;

"But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:

Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field." Deuteronomy 28:15-16

God begins to announce His curses upon a wicked sinful nation and people. We wonder why our cities have become murder capitals, and lawlessness is out of control; why crime in our major cities increases every year; why rape, bank robberies, and burglaries are at an all time high. Cities such as Detroit, Michigan; Miami, Florida; Washington D.C., and New York City have areas that are totally given over to the criminal elements. The curse on our cities is because we have not heeded God's commandments. Cities have become armed camps, ready to explode in violence. Teen gangs and organized crime are out of control. Today, 95% of crime is drug related. Brutal crimes, such as beating the old, and child abuse are unparalleled in our time. Sexual abuse of children is rampant, not only in the cities but in the suburbs and countryside.

When man forsakes the ways of God, as this nation has, and depends on his old beast nature, then the curses of God becomes evident in their lives.

As Moses described, we will be cursed in the field. God has cursed this nation's agriculture practices.

"Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store." Deuteronomy 28:17

People no longer preserve food. They depend totally upon the grocery stores. Many do not know how to plant, harvest, and can their food. When God breaks the food chain, these will have no place to turn.

"Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep." Deuteronomy 28:18

God is going to curse everything this nation depends on to maintain its way of life. God promises that He will "send upon thee cursing, vexation (confusion) and rebuke in all that thou setteth thine hand to do." And as Moses explains, "All these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee."

"Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out." Deuteronomy 28:19

God promised that those who refused to follow His voice would be cursed in the city, in the field (cultivated land), in their basket (the gathering of food), cursed in their store (kneading troughs, food preparation), fruit of their body (children), fruit of their land, increase kine (cattle), also the flocks of sheep (sheep and goats).

God promised those who do not keep His commandments will live in a lower realm in every aspect of their lives, without His blessings. God has promised He would curse everything man has put his hand to do.

God also promises the children of disobedience that they will be cursed when they come in, and cursed when they go out. Every aspect of their lives and all the activities they partake of will be cursed, which is the reversal of a blessing. They will have fallen from the place of God's wonderful blessings to being separated from Him.

When one becomes sensual in their thinking, they accept the cursings that God brings. They believe that living on this lower realm is the normal way of life, and they can expect nothing else. When someone accepts this as fact, they have fallen into disease. Sickness will begin to overtake their bodies. Every disease known to man is listed in Deuteronomy 28.

"The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken Me." Deuteronomy 28:20

The first disease listed is vexation. This is the Hebrew word MEHUWMAH and means "confusion, disturbance, mental turmoil, and trouble." All this confusion and mental turmoil is not what God promised His people. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul reveals:

"For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints." I Corinthians 14:33

If God is not the author of man's confusion and mental turmoil, then who is? When we are in confusion and mental turmoil, we are not listening to the voice of our God, but listening to the voice of confusion. In ages past we would have said these people were vexed. When they put themselves in this place, they open themselves up to demonic activity.

The second disease is rebuke. This is the Hebrew word MIGERETH and means "frustration caused by a fruitless conclusion of an activity." When they are unable to accomplish or finish a task, they end up frustrated and defeated, falling into self-condemnation. Self-condemnation leads to failed marriages, loss of employment, and friends. Many people will draw into themselves and become reclusive and morose. This is when the spirit of suicide enters into a person's mind.

The next disease is pestilence.

"The Lord shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until He have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it." Deuteronomy 28:21

The word pestilence is the Hebrew word DEBER and means "sickness and plagues that cause death." Examples of pestilence are the Bubonic Plague, which destroyed thousands in Europe; syphilis and gonorrhea plagues, which are sexual transmitted diseases; the Cholera Epidemic, which arose early in this century; and Legionaries Disease, which recently surfaced as a killer. Then we have Aids which is also sexually transmitted. Just recently, the threat of new diseases have surfaced, such as Mad Cow Disease and the Bird Flu which could kill millions.

Diseases are ever present for those who do not follow God's Word. Many wonder why they are always sick, never able to rise above their sickened state.

"The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish." Deuteronomy 28:22

The next curse God will put on those who refuse to follow His commandments is consumption. This is the Hebrew word SHACHEPHETH and means "a disease that causes the body to waste away." This is God's promise of Aids, Cancer, Leprosy, Tuberculosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Lupus, and Parkinson's Disease --- to list a few. All these ultimately cause death.

Then comes inflammation and fever. These are the Hebrew words GADDACHATH and DALLEGETH which means "a disease that produces a fever" such as Scarlet Fever, Yellow Fever, Measles, Malaria, Rheumatic Fever, and Diphtheria. Although some of the fever diseases do not cause death, they incapacitate the victim.

The seventh is extreme burning. This is the Hebrew word CHARCHUR and means "disfigurement." The diseases that disfigure the body include Smallpox, Chicken Pox, Measles, Polio, Palsy, Venereal diseases, Muscular Dystrophy, and Multiple Sclerosis.

Moses continues his declaration of what those who do not follow His Word can expect:

". . . and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish." Deuteronomy 28:22c

Next is the sword. The sword is always the symbol of war. Throughout history, when a nation or a people turned their backs on God, He would raise up enemies against that nation and people. These enemies can be real or imagined. The result is the same - - - war!

God next pronounced the curse of blasting and mildew. These curses have to do with agriculture. The word blasting is the Hebrew word SHADPITAH. Blasting is a blight upon crops. It is a type of locust that destroys everything in its path. Today, the list of crop destroying insects is at an all-time high. Science proclaims they have lost the battle with these insects. Yet, we continue to pour billions of dollars of man-made poisons on the life-bearing and life-giving soil to no avail.

Along with blasting, God also adds mildew. Mildew is the Hebrew word YERAQOWN and means "paleness and loss of vibrancy." In crops, this is recognized as weak, watery, unhealthy plants caused by drought, infertility, and insects. Because of the use of chemicals, the plant no longer has the ability to receive nutrition from the soil as God intended.

Man is no longer being nourished from the life giving earth. The soil is only used as a holding agent and is nourished by chemicals applied in huge doses as plant stimulants. The plants seem to grow, but the nutritional value is practically nil. The medical profession has proclaimed that we are starving on full stomachs because our food has no nutritional value.

The weak, watery, unhealthy plants we are growing are giving a smorgasbord to the destroying insects. The heavy applications of pesticides destroy the good insects that God created to keep the destroying insects under control. (God created one insect in ten to destroy the weak, watery plants, but the use of chemical pesticides has destroyed these nine good insects.) Also the use of chemicals has destroyed the birds that help control insects, and today even whole bee colonies are in extreme danger, which could be devastating to food production. The farmers spray their crops with poisons that befuddle the bee's minds, so when they go out to gather nectar, and to pollinate the plants, the can not find their way back to the hives. Whole colonies have come up missing.

The god of greed has blinded the eyes of those who have the responsibility over the soil. Our bodies are made up of the same elements that are in the soil. This is because God created us from the earth. He gave us herbs to maintain our bodies. As long as the soil is healthy, our bodies will be healthy. But when the health of the soil is depleted, our health is severely affected. It all reverts back to the violation of God's commandments. Man believes himself to be god and he has the right to violate God's order. Therefore the blessings of God have been removed, and we witness the result.

We have God's word, when we violate His proper order, especially in agriculture, then these curses will automatically pursue us until we perish off the land.

God continues His promise of curses:

"And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron." Deuteronomy 28:23

The heavens over their head would be brass. The word brass means "heat and rainlessness." Many parts of our nation and the world have suffered heat and drought --- some for five years or longer. The water table has dropped dramatically in the West, Midwest, and the South. Crop failures are rampant. The food supply of corn, wheat, and many of the world's staple crops have dropped to an all-time low, with less than a thirty day supply. There is already famine in many parts of the world. Countries that, in the past were crop exporting nations, are suffering starvation because they have turned their backs on God.

Moses records, "...the earth under thee shall be iron..." We have witnessed this curse in the past few generations. Agriculturists have turned from tried and true agricultural practices such as crop rotation, to heavy application of chemicals in fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. The soil has lost its pliability. The soil structure has been altered and the bio life destroyed. In the last 40 years, larger equipment has had to be used in plowing because the earth is like iron. To prepare seed beds, special heavier equipment must be used which further compacts the soils and ruins soil structure.

This need for heavier, more expensive equipment has added to the production cost of producing crops, and only the extra large companies can afford this equipment. This has forced the family owned farm out of business. All this is part of God's curse, because the farmer violated God's Word.

One may ask, "Why are these curses upon agriculture?" God reveals the answer. God foretold we are to keep all His commandments. One of the main commandments man has violated over the centuries is letting the land rest one year in seven. Moses recorded:

"But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed: for it is a year of rest unto the land." Leviticus 25:4 & 5

Man has violated this and other commandments concerning God's land. Man acts as if he owns the land, instead of being a caretaker of the land. This is why God has pronounced curses upon these care takers, who have violated His Word. Moses continues:

"The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed." Deuteronomy 28:24

Moses stated, "The rain of thy land will be powder and dust." This describes the curse of drought. When the land dries up, the top soil blows away, the land becomes unfertile, and crops are unable to grow.

God has made us a promise:

"Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit." Leviticus 26:4

But when we violate God's commandments concerning the use of His earth, the curse is applied, and we can no longer partake of the goodness and mercy of God. When the food producing ability of the earth fails, the result is famine.

This nation, along with many other nations, is suffering drought and famine. You would think the people would turn again to God, but many times they go the other way.

Let us continue the curses this nation can expect, since it has turned their backs upon God:

"The Lord shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth." Deuteronomy 28:25

God reveals this nation will be smitten before their enemies. We shall go out one way against them, and flee seven ways. Since the end of World War II, this nation has not come out victorious in any conflict. It backed out of Korea, crawled out of Viet Nam, ran out of Beirut, failed at the Bay of Pigs, and cowered in holes while Iran held this government's officials for 444 days. Since World War II, this nation has truly fled before its enemies seven ways.

Now this nation is involved in two more wars it cannot win. This nation has spent billions of dollars, and will again end up as failures. God continues to announce His curses upon this nation, and its people.

"The Lord will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed." Deuteronomy 28:27

The word botch is the Hebrew word SHEKIN and means "boils and inflamed spots." Boils can be caused by germs, dirt, or diet. It is one of the curses from God that comes upon us because we have violated His commandments and His Word.

The next disease is emerods. Emerods are hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are generally caused by too much sitting, straining the body, or lifting heavy loads the body was not designed to lift. These are extremes of God's intended use of the body. When proper judgment is not used, and there is not a balance of activity and rest, many times hemorrhoids are the result. God has given us commandments on how we are to use the body. When we violate these commandments, then we suffer disease.

Another disease is the scab. This is the Hebrew word GARAB and means "to scratch." Scabs are skin diseases that affect the body from head to foot --- from dandruff to athletes feet. Incurable skin diseases are prevalent throughout the earth today. Another incurable disease is eczema. Many who suffer this disease spend their whole lives searching for a cure. These may cause burning or extreme itching. People spend millions each year trying to control skin diseases that are part of the curse of the scab.

The next curse is the itch. This is the Hebrew word CHEREC and means "an eruptive disease." There are many forms of skin diseases caused by these parasitic insects --- scurvy and hives are but two. These diseases have plagued mankind from the beginning, and are very much a part of the curse realm. All because man will not obey the commandments of God!

The only cure for these diseases is to break the curse. To do this, this nation and its people need to turn back to God with their whole heart.

The list of God's curses upon this nation continues:

"The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:" Deuteronomy 28:28

Then comes madness. This is the Hebrew word SHIGGAOWN and means "insanity caused by mental stress." Today mental institutions are full. Psychologists and psychiatrists are paid high prices to deal with mental stress. Although these professions never healed anyone, they formulate a way the person can live in his or her stressful situation. They show them avenues of accepting the problem, and living with the problem, instead of solving the problem. These avenues are developed so the mentally ill can cope with the stress that is of their own making, because they have violated the commandments of God.

Next is blindness. This is the Hebrew word AVVERETH and means "astonishment." The word astonishment means "confusion of mind from fear and surprise at unexpected events." Today the people are filled with fear - - - fear of a terrorist attack, fear of the government, and fear of economic collapse. Every news media teaches fear. We are informed by the writings of Paul:

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." II timothy 1:7

Fear is a spirit. It does not come from God. When fear comes, we lose our sound mind. When we do not follow the Lord's commandments, we give place to the spirit of fear. Fear has gripped our nation and the world. Three generations of children have grown up with the threat of nuclear annihilation hanging over their heads, not knowing where to turn. As we come to the end of the age, we are informed by the words of Jesus:

"Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." Luke 2:26

Another blindness that has come upon the people is spiritual blindness. This again has caused confusion and loss of hope for the future.

Moses continues to expose those who have lost their faith in God:

"And thou shalt grope at noon day, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee." Deuteronomy 28:29

The only way to deal with this confusion and fear is to return to our faith in God.

Moses continues his revelation of those who have turned their backs upon God:

"Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof." Deuteronomy 28:30

Today adultery is rampant in this nation. Cheating on your husband or wife has become stylish. People brag about their fornication and adulterous activities. These are sins against God's holy marriage vows, and a sin against their own bodies. Paul declared to the Corinthians:

"Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body." I Corinthians 6:18

Adultery and fornication spreads venereal diseases, breaks up marriages, leaves children with one parent, and brings distrust - - - all because people can no longer control their passions.

Moses continues:

". . . thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein:" Deuteronomy 28:30

Today the mortgage melt down has caused hundreds of thousands of homes to be repossessed. People are homeless, living in cars, and on the streets. Why! It is because they have forsaken their God. Moses continues:

". . . shall plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof." Deuteronomy 28:30

Again this comes back to agriculture. Thousands of farmers have lost their farms, because of bad management and forsaking their God.

"Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them." Deuteronomy 28:31

Sheriff and courthouse sales have become commonplace where farms and operating equipment have been sold at public auctions. Truly, the farmer's goods were taken away violently. No resistance could be mustered because of debt. How far have we fallen, having forsaken the commandments of God.

Jesus proclaimed to John on the Isle of Patmos:

". . . And shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth." Revelation 11:18

God's curse is upon all those who have violated His Word on how they are to care for the earth.

God continues His curses upon those who abuse the earth:

"Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them." Deuteronomy 28:39

All the spraying of poisons upon the land and the food we eat has only increased the amount of destroying insects. The farmers go broke trying to keep up with all the new ways of protecting their crops and the equipment needed to farm this new way. No till agriculture has pervaded the land to where it is no longer necessary to plow the land. They just spray the previous crop and knife in the new crop, while the old crop dies. What a shame! They do this, and still call themselves farmers (caretakers of the land). They should be called miners. Miners take and put nothing back, and this is what farming has become.

Moses continues with God's pronounced curses:

"Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thine hand." Deuteronomy 28:32

The home has further been invaded by rock and roll, acid rock, heavy metal, and other satanic forms of godless activities. The children are allowed to display godless, satanic images in their rooms. These satanic images are portrayed on the children's walls in the form of star posters of this perversion.

Many of these children go into witchcraft and crime to support their new found lifestyle. They become a thorn in the parent's soul.

Moses continues to speak about the family:

"Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity." Deuteronomy 28:41

The American family is no longer a blissful unit. Rather it is a battleground between the parents and children; even in their preteen years. Since the childrens' rights movement in the early "80's", sex education in the public school system, coupled with the access to drugs and alcohol, coupled with the fact that the rod of correction has been taken from the parent's hand by the government, where if the family corrects their children, they can be taken away by such agencies as the Department of Human Services or Children Services. Truly, the parents can no longer enjoy their children. The children have gone into captivity --- captivity to drugs and alcohol, and satanic music. Suicides are at an all time high with teens, and even with preteens.

This is because we have forsaken God and His commandments. He is no longer the head of the home. The American home has been rocked to the foundation. Divorce is over 50% and the number of unmarried living together has never been higher. Will we not turn back to God?

"Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field and shalt gather in little, for the locust shall consume it." Deuteronomy 28:38

The germination rate of chemically grown seed is much lower. More seed must be sown to produce the same crop.

Knowing the end from the beginning, God knew the whole world would get caught up in this chemical hell that we live in today. As we witness our hospitals full of children with cancer and other diseases, we need to learn that we have violated God's commandments and have destroyed the life giving quality of His earth.

Moses continues:

"The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low:" Deuteronomy 28:43

The word stranger is GER and means "alien or sojourner." This refers to those who are not native to a nation, yet nonetheless enjoy all the rights of those born in that nation.

Many who are not natural citizens have been brought to the United States for various reasons such as refugees from the Korean, Viet Nam, Cambodian, and Laotian Wars; the Cuban boat lift; as well as the illegal aliens from south of our borders which number in the millions. Large corporations like their being here because of the cheap labor they provide. And even some churches claim they have a right to be here, and they protect their presence.

The strangest of all strangers who have invaded this land is Barack Hussein Obama. The Constitution of the United States declares very clearly that the President of the United States must be born in the United States. But overwhelming evidence proves Obama was born in Kenya Africa. His African grandmother testified to this fact. When Obama was six years old, his mother remarried an Indonesian by the name of Soetoro, and Obama entered an Indonesian school by the name of Barry Soetoro. He became an Indonesian citizen. His mother then moved him to Hawaii, and used the birth certificate of his sister, changing the name to appear that Obama was born in Hawaii. Politicians and the American people ignored these facts, and elected him as President of the United States. The Supreme Court failed to hear the facts presented to them, and swore him in as President.

As Moses predicted, ". . . the stranger within thee shall get up above thee very high. . ." This has truly happened in the United States. 

As Moses related, ". . . and thou shall come down very low. . ." Obama plans to cut programs to help the poor and infirmed.

God will set His hand against a nation who rejects His counsel. He will bring cursing and vexation to that nation. This nation has become a system of confusion. This describes the workings of our Senate, House of Representatives, and Supreme Court. They have become a system of confusion and compromise. Every decision they make is against God. The end result of their actions will be anguish and torment. God's judgment hand is set against this nation because it has violated His commandments, and His curses are ever present.

Moses again reveals what the United States can expect:

"Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded thee:

Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things." Deuteronomy 28:45 &47

One may ask, "Will our disease problems get better? Does medical science have the answers? Can this nation work their way out of their financial mess? Can the industrial community survive? And can the American home return as the foundational structure of the nation? The answer becomes very plain - - - not as long as this nation and its people violate God's Word and His commandments.

God has given us, His Body, the key in His Word as to how we can break the chain of sickness, disease, and decay. We can reverse the curse in our own lives if we hear His voice and turn from our evil ways and become a praise unto God in the earth. Then, and only then, can we expect the blessings of God to begin to flow to us.

Will this nation turn back to God to reverse the curses God has placed upon this nation? This author thinks not. It has gone to far. When a disaster happens such as 911 the churches are full and every one is repentant, but they soon go back to grabbing the dollar, and living their perverted way of life.

God has made us a promise:

"Then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance." Deuteronomy 28:59

The word wonderful means "to be beyond one's power, and difficult to understand." The phrase sore sickness is the Hebrew word RA and means "malady, anxiety, calamity, grief." This is commonly recognized as depression. Manic depression is rampant. Depression is being in the lowest parts of the earth. Depression causes us to sink into melancholy that totally saps our strength and dims our outlook, causing us to slide into a state of hopelessness. Depression is the opposite of the joy of the Lord, and we fall into a lower state of existence because we have not followed the commandments of God. Depression leads to suicide, which is the murder of one's self. If people would only learn, God is the answer to all their problems. But they want to do what they want to do, with no interference from God. God continues His promise:

"Moreover He will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee. Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the Lord bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed." Deuteronomy 28:60-61

God has promised those who will not serve Him will suffer all the plagues mentioned in all these curses. But He goes further: every sickness and plague not mentioned in these curses will come upon this people until they are totally destroyed.

Another curse God has pronounced upon this nation is the curse in its finances.

"He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail." Deuteronomy 28:44

Moses declared they shall lend to thee and thou shalt not lend to him. He shall be the head and thou shalt be the tail. In less than thirty years, this nation went from the richest, to the greatest debtor nation on earth. In the recent past we loaned and gave away multi-billions of dollars and did not need to borrow. Today, we still give much away, but this nation is borrowing billions of dollars each year to finance its debt. Truly, it has become the tail and not the head. This nation's debt is more than eleven trillion dollars, and growing daily. The Fed cannot print money fast enough to keep up with the nation's debt.

Discontent has grown in the cities. Seeking for the American way of life, they have become disillusioned because of the lack of jobs and the high cost of living, and have suffered a meager existence in the cities. Many of these have bound themselves in cultic groups, arming themselves to overthrow the government so they may have a better way of life. Many of these groups have mafia connections and are armed and financed by these connections. Many are being trained in terrorist activities.

Every aspect of life is plagued by these curses: our personal health, the agriculture community that produces our food, industry that maintains this way of life, the financial structure of the nation, and the family unit itself - - - all are cursed with a curse.

But those who are keeping God's commandments and following His Word are not allowing fear to reign in their lives. They are not astonished at what is coming upon the earth. They have understanding of the coming events that are foretold in God's Word.

God's people have nothing to fear. God has promised to care for His people in the most difficult of times. So if we follow His Word, we can rejoice, and never be afraid. Praise the Lord!

Related Books by George Kirkpatrick

Where are you in the Kingdom?                 Salvation
God's Continuing Baptism                         Water Baptism                
Power From On High                               The Holy Spirit cleansing in our lives
God's Progressive Gift                                Progressing through the fruit of the Spirit
Teach Us To Pray    (Audio)
How Are We To Walk    (Audio)
Trees Planted by the Living Waters            Walking into righteousness
Return The King to His Throne                   Put off everything more important than God
God's Character, Nature & Personality     Put on Christ
The Overcoming Sons of God                   Only The Overcomers will inherit all things          
The Overcomers  Inherit ALL Things    (Audio) 
Becoming The Word                                 Don't just mouth it, Act upon it                        
The Meat of the Word    (Audio)
The Pure Word of God, Part One  (Audio)
      The Pure Word of God, Part Two  (Audio)
Baptized in God's Word
Baptized In The Red Sea    (Audio)
God's Young Men                                        Goals to become the sons of God
Choosing Godly Mates    (Audio)
The Whole Duty of Man