By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Blast of God refers to His wrath and fury towards a sin-laden people who relish in their ungodly deeds with no fear of God; nor the consequences for remaining in such a plight.
A dictionary describes blast as having effect with sudden violence, plague, calamity, or influence which destroys or causes to fail; to visit with a curse; or ruin. The blowing of the breath of God is expressive of the manifestation of God's power.
Scripture reveals: I smote (struck) you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labors of your hands; yet you turned not to me, saith the Lord (Haggai 2:17).
A Bible commentary noted: Their fields and vineyards were consumed with burning winds, for their sins, by way of chastisement and correction; however, they did not consider their ways as the cause of such, nor repent of them.
There are many lands today suffering a similar fate but do not consider it as an act of God. There is no corrective measure being taken towards a return to God; nor a withdrawal of sinful ways that are being allowed to reign in the land, neither is there any shame or remorse.
Scripture reveals: I had planted you a noble vine, wholly a right seed, how then are you turned into a degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me (Jeremiah 2:21)? Can a maid (virgin) forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number (Jeremiah 2:32).
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not all ashamed, neither could they blush (even know how): therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit (punish) them they shall be cast down (a blast of God), saith the Lord (Jeremiah 6:15).
A Bible commentary noted: The people's stubborn refusal to walk in the traditional ways of true righteousness is often mentioned by Jeremiah. Moving in their own paths and following their own way would only lead to their destruction.
There is a feasting on immorality, with little shame or reproach, that will only hasten a blast of God to materialize; as a corrective measure towards repentance, such as sudden havoc, plague, or calamity.
Sin is no longer concealed, or kept in the closet, but openly proclaimed as an acceptable lifestyle, even though it is condemned in God's Word. Scripture tells us that the wrath of God (a blast of God) is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (or suppress) the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).
A Bible commentary noted: Since sin personally offends God no one should be surprised that sin makes God angry. Ungodliness is failure in the religious realm. Unrighteousness is failure in the moral sphere or injustice toward man.
In the Battle Hymn of the Republic are found these words: My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He has loosed the lightning of his terrible swift sword: His truth is marching on.
Scripture reveals: Whereby the world that then was (Pre-flood days of Noah), being overflowed with water perished: The heavens and the earth, which are now (to the present day), by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against (until) the day of judgment and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:6-7).
Therefore, seeing you know these things before (before hand), beware lest you, also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever (2 Peter 3:17-18).
Scripture reveals: By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils (anger) are they consumed (Job 4:9). A Bible commentary revealed: This denotes the sudden destruction of wicked men by the power of God, stirred up by the wrath and indignation, because their sins; who when he blows a blast on their persons, and substance, they perish at once.
There is an inroad to immorality that has been laid, in many once godly nations; with acceptance becoming more prominent, as powerful forces continue to enhance its concept. The moral compass of yesteryear has been dealt a severe blow, now hardly recognizable, with the age of accountability being cast aside.
Scripture reveals: The Lord shall smite you with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting (scorching), and with mildew; and they shall pursue you until you perish (Deuteronomy 28:22).
Three groups of punishment for disobedience are prescribed: Internal calamities, such as death, despair, disease, and decline; eternal judgments such as defeat before the enemy; and the transmission of judgment to future generations.
We are seeing devastation in many lands; a world-wide pandemic, and many other occurrences that lays the land barren as a result; yet there is little, or no, attributing it towards a blast of God!
A godly nation does not allow legal abortion of countless millions of babies still in their mother's womb. A godly nation does not allow Sodom and Gomorrah to rise again with homosexuality flourishing and no longer a reproach. A godly nation does not condone same sex marriage when God's Word clearly establishes marriage as being the union of one man and one woman.
A godly nation does not allow the God-ordained sex of a person to be questioned or tampered with. A godly nation does not allow pornography to damage and destroy countless millions of lives by making it appear socially accepted.
A godly nation does not disseminate ungodliness to other nations. Is the blast of God (that of His wrath) not justified to nations/individuals who are being unfaithful to Him, and selling their souls to the devil?
The prophet Isaiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, concerning the helping hand of God, said: You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge in a storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible (or tyranny and violence of the wicked) is as a storm against the wall (Isaiah 25:4).
This speaks of those who had been terrible to God's people; who beat them as against a wall, yet God strengthened His people, made them stand firm, as a wall, and unmovable. We are seeing devastation in many lands; due to a blast of God (His wrath) being unleashed; but on the other hand, God's mighty arm reaches out to protect and shield those who look to Him.
The Song of Moses reveals God's caring and protective hand towards His people: Your right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: Your right hand, O Lord, has dashed to pieces the enemy. And in the greatness of your excellence you have overthrown them that rose up against you: You sent forth your wrath (a blast of God), which consumed them as stubble.
With the blast of his nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as a heap, and the depths were congealed (become firm) in the heart of the sea (Exodus 15:6-8). I wonder how many nations today; who once enjoyed God's protective hand, now feel a blast of God, for having withdrawn from their former allegiance to Him?
A great need today is based on 2 Chronicles 7:14 - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. This reflects the mercy of God towards a repentant people.
Scripture reveals that rejection of God's mercy and continuation in sinful ways can lead to a blast of God: If you turn away, and forsake my statues and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; then will I pluck them up by the roots of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified (set apart) for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all nations (2 Chronicles 7:19-20).
We are told of Nineveh, a exceedingly great city of three days's journey, with approximately 120,000 inhabitants; which revealed God's care, and mercy, towards all. In this case God sent a reluctant messenger named Jonah to pronounce His judgment: Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown (destroyed).
Scripture reveals the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth (a sign of repentance), from the greatest of them to the least of them (Jonah 3:5). God saw their works, that they turned from evil way; and God repented (relented) of the evil, that he had said that he would do to them; and he did it not (Jonah 3:10).
A Bible commentary noted: God did not change in His attitude toward the Ninevites; rather, they changed in their attitude toward Him. On the basis of that change, God could deal with them in grace, rather than in judgment (a blast of God) as their failure to repent would have necessitated.
Is is not God's desire than any individual on planet earth perish! Scripture reveals: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), that whosoever believes in him, should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
He that believes on the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides (remains) on him (John 3:36). Will one accept the mercy of God, through His Son, or a blast of God (that of His wrath) because of being so hard-hearted that one cannot receive mercy extended?
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