By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Judgment of God is administrated as a deterrent from continuation of ungodly avenues that separates one from God; with such action invoked on many once godly nations who have yielded over to ungodly influences that promote a withdrawal from God.
A history of ancient Israel, revealed in God's Word, is the story of a succession of judgments upon His covenant nation when they flouted His will. Scripture reveals: For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen (or nations): as you have done, it shall be done to you: Your reward (or reprisal) shall return upon your own head (Obadiah 15).
Be not deceived: God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7). A Bible commentary noted: To disobey God's commands and then escape divine punishment would be to outwit God, thus making a mockery of Him and His Word.
Many once godly nations have flaunted God's Word through acceptance of ungodly ways; attempting to make a mockery of God's Word. His Word still stands, as when first proclaimed, and one day the judgment of God will come to those who are disobedience to His Word.
Scripture reveals such a day to execute judgment upon all, and to convince (or convict) all that are ungodly among them of their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and all their harsh speeches (or harsh things) which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; having men's persons in admiration because of advantage (or flattering people to gain advantage) (Jude 1:14-16). Ungodly repeatedly describes the actions and attitudes of those who are denounced. We are seeing devastation and destruction affecting many nations; the allowance of such, possibly being token judgments from God!
Many nations do not recognize God; but rather worship gods made with men's hands. The Apostle Paul attempted to correct that mistake on Mars' Hill, in the city of Athens.
Scripture reveals the words of Apostle Paul: God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands; neither is worshiped with men's hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he gives to all live, and breath, and all things; and has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation (Acts 17:24-26).
No nation on earth is excluded from the phrase "One Blood of All Nations; yet many refuse to accept the God of all Creation, and His Holy Word!
The Apostle Peter exposed those who with deceptive words attempted to make mockery of God's Word, revealing there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily (or secretly) shall bring in damnable (or destructive) heresies, even denying the Lord that brought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction (or the judgment of God).
And many shall follow their pernicious (or destructive) ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with deceptive words make merchandise (or exploit) you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not (or has not been idle), and their damnation (or destruction) slumbers not (2 Peter 2:1-3).
A Bible Commentary noted: They will experience destruction because they themselves will be deceived by their own teaching and continue to reject the way of truth!
A Sunday school commentary noted: In speaking concerning Jerusalem, the prophet Jeremiah, cried out: Wash (or cleanse) your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your vain thoughts lodge within you (Jeremiah 4:14)?
The need for cleansing from wickedness can arise from many sources: Absorbing immoral movies and television; carelessly surfing the Internet; listening to malicious talk; ignoring the Word of God; giving into a materialistic worldview. Will we allow the sanctifying Scriptures and the purifying blood of Christ to cleanse the heart and mind; or will we persist in sin-filled thinking and experience the judgment of God?
The prophet Isaiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, said that which could readily be applied to once godly nations today who have succumb to the wickedness of this world: I have spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, which walked in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts (or ways) (Isaiah 65:2).
Isaiah pronounced the judgment of God: I will number you to the sword, and you shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not hear; but did evil before my eyes, and did choose that where I delighted not (Isaiah 65:12).
To blow down to the slaughter is to be obligated to submit to the conqueror. In our present day many are bowing down to the conqueror; the ungodliness that is flourishing in many lands, that has grown in proportion greater than the Pre-flood days of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Babylon which was the hold of every foul Spirit. Is time not ripe towards the judgment of God being unleashed?
A Sunday School commentary noted: God, having power and authority to create, also has power and authority to destroy that which He creates. This was shown by the Flood in the days of Noah. When humans become so evil, that every thought and imagination of the human mind and heart was only evil continually, God decided to destroy from the earth the humans He had created.
To give live and take away life are both within God's authority. No nation can continue to ignore God and sin freely without suffering the consequences of that lifestyle. No matter how blessed a nation has been, if it forsakes God, it faces his great displeasure and judgment.
A promise was given to King Solomon regarding the people of Israel which is applicable to all who will call on the Lord in repentance and faith:
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 (2 Chronicles 7:14).
This is a high expression of God's loving readiness to hear the prayers of a repentant people. Yet it is a conditional Word from God; answered if one humbles themselves, which is difficult for a arrogant people who no longer have the love of God instilled in them; pray, which is a form of humbling oneself; seek my face, or return to God wholeheartedly and without reservation; and last but of extreme importance, turn from your wicked ways without which the judgment of God will be executed!
When God sent the prophet Jonah to pronounce the judgment of God on Nineveh; there was a Nineveh type repentance, that should be an example to all once godly nations. Scripture reveals: As Jonah begin to enter into the city, a day's journey, he cried out: Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
The people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth (a sign of repentance), from the greatest of them, even to the least of them (Jonah 3:4-5). Change of heart often beings with the leadership of a nation; then works downward towards others.
The people of Nineveh turned every one (from the greatest to the least) from the violence that was in their hands, creating a godly environment that altered the judgment of God. Scripture reveals: God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented (or 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 His ultimate intention toward the Ninevites; rather, they changed their attitude toward Him. On the basis of that change, God could deal with them in grace, rather than the judgment of God that their failure to repent would have necessitated.
An example is given what happens when godly leadership is vacant. When Moses went to the mountain of God to receive God's Word; his leadership was no longer felt. The people soon returned to their idolatrous ways; creating a golden calf (a byproduct of the land they had been brought out of) to worship instead of God.
God said to Moses, Go, get you down: for my people, which you brought out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves (Exodus 32:7). The judgment of God fail on all who choose not to be on the Lord's side.
There is an influx of ungodliness that has not gone unnoticed by God: The killing of the unborn; allowing Sodom and Gomorrah to rise again through homosexuality, same sex marriage, and a transgender movement that is devastating to the natural order of things established by God.
There is an avalanche of pornography that has infiltrated the land, polluting the mind, advancing an ungodly culture that tears at the seams of a once godly nation, unraveling a pollution that goes far beyond man's imagination, with morals and decency being tossed aside.
This ungodliness is as tentacles reaching into the far corners of the world without remorse or shame; being indoctrinated towards the youth of the land, at a tender young age, towards acceptability rather than the Word of God (which calls such an abomination) being instilled.
Scripture tells us: The wrath 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: Ungodliness is failure in the religious realm. Unrighteousness is failure in the moral sphere or injustice toward man.
The judgment of God may be seen in many forms; with one being the redrawing His blessings from those who have allowed ungodliness to reign in the land! A Nineveh type repentance is needed in many once godly nations which have allowed the evilness of man to flourish, rather than be dealt with!
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