RIPPLE EFFECT

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Ripple effect is to flow in an irregular pattern which may be noticeable and disturbing to those affected; of a pandemic nature by affecting a high proportion of the population.

Scripture reveals such happenings in the past, present, and future of mankind.  One such notificationNation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in various places (Matthew 24:7-8).

Peace is taken away from the earth with constant wars and threat of wars.  Famines and pestilences have a devastating effect on mankind with a ripple effect of fear because of the severity of such.  Scripture reveals:  There shall be on earth distress of nations, with perplexity; men's hearts failing them for fear, and from looking after those things which are coming on the earth (Luke 21:25-26). 


Ripple Effect - Notice Taken until Intensity Subsides

A ripple effect can initially have a small start but then increase in intensity as it grips the heart of manIt may momentarily draw one nearer to God until its intensity subsides.  While in the military, I was ordered to Vietnam which temporarily drew me nearer to the God of my youth, until I departed. 

When I laid on a operating table, in a foreign land, from a stab wound in my side, it again temporarily drew me nearer to the God of my youth until the threat subsided.  Thank God, that later in life I dedicated my life to the Lord; who now resides deep, no longer is attributed to circumstances but a continual communion with Him.

A Divine Assurance

God has given assurance, through the blessed name of Jesus, as my Lord and Savior, that if I continue in His Spirit, every wall shall protect, every mountain shall collapse, and there would be nothing I shall not afford in Jesus' name of life.

That assurance came on 7th of May in 1978.  There has been a ripple effect of such assurances; seeing me through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, mentioned in the 23rd Psalm, many times since that eventual day of prophecy given almost 42 years ago.  I thank God for a daily freshness of His Spirit, communion with a heavenly Father, and loving Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ!

Lord Looks from Heaven

A ripple effect of troublesome times often draws one to the Lord of their salvation.  Scripture reveals that if you draw near to God, he will draw near to you (James 5:8).  However, a different avenue was taken by many in the prophet Isaiah's day.

In speaking the Word of the Lord, he said:  This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their heart is far from me, in vain they worship me (Isaiah 29:13).  There was an ongoing flirtation with God that had not gone unnoticed.  Scripture reveals that the Lord looks from heaven; he beholds all the sons of men, he considers all their ways (Psalm 33:13-14).

Abominations being Committed

The prophet Ezekiel, referred to as the son of man, was shown abominations being committed, which was of a ripple effect nature, as he was shown one abomination after another.  He was shown the elders of the house of Israel, in the room of their idols committing abomination, saying:  The Lord sees us not (Ezekiel 8:12).

Even the house of God was being polluted, as the ripple effect of those days continued to be revealed to the prophet:  Ezekiel was brought to the inner court of the Lord's house, between the porch and the altar, where about 25 men, with the backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east, were worshipping the sun toward the east.

The Lord asked Ezekiel:  Is it a trivial thing that they commit the abominations which they commit here?  I will deal in fury: my eyes shall not spare, neither will I have pity (Ezekiel 8:16-17).

Were They Ashamed

The prophet Jeremiah was asked of the Lord:  Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?  No, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: Therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit they shall they be cast down, saith the Lord (Jeremiah 6:15).

A ripple effect of ungodliness was flowing forth; but before God's judgmental stroke he attempted to warn them:  Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls.  But they said, We will not walk therein (Jeremiah 6:16).

A Bible commentary noted: The people's stubborn refusal to walk in the traditional ways of true righteousness was noted as they moved in their own paths and followed their own ways.

Forthcoming Calamity

The ripple effect of forsaking the warnings of God continued:  I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet.  But they said, We will not hearken which resulted in:  Therefore hear, you nations, I will bring calamity upon you, even the fruit of your thoughts, because you have not hearkened to my words, nor to my law, but rejected it (Jeremiah 6:17-19).

We are seeing devastating results of the ripple effect of God's judgmental strokes being unleashed; as man continues to walk in his own ungodly ways, in direct opposition to God's Word, as in Jeremiah's day!

God's Judgmental Stroke

Many once godly nations have walked away from the God of their youth; walking in the outlandish ways of the ungodliness of man.  They are forsaking the old paths (the ways of true righteousness) and allowing new inventive ways of ungodliness to flow with no reproach, nor condemnation. 

God has spoken through His prophets throughout time; to bring the people who had forsaken Him and His ways, back to Him again.  But when failure to hear "What Thus Saith the Lord" did not come to fruition; a judgmental stroke to awaken them was forthcoming. 

Ears Shall Tingle

In the prophet Samuel's day, the Word of the Lord came to him saying:  I will do a thing in Israel; at which both the ears of everyone that hears it shall tingle (1 Samuel 3:11).  It would bring a ripple effect that would get the attention of all who fell under its umbrella.

This ripple effect would fall due to abominations being committed by the two sons of Eli the priest; his allowing such to take place, though being warned of God against its continuation.  God always attempts to get the ear of the people before His judgmental stroke is unleashed; but in this case their ears were closed to His corrective Word.

A Bible commentary noted:  The tingle of the ears was the fact that they would be struck with terror and amazement, stunned, knowing not what to think or say, like persons surprised with a violent clap of thunder.

Ripple Effect in One Day

When God's judgmental stoke came against the house of Eli; a ripple effect came forth in one day:  The taking of the ark of God, slaying of Eli's two sons, with Eli upon hearing the news fell over backwards breaking his neck. 

Eli's daughter-in-law, upon hearing the news went into labor, bringing forth a son, and called him Ichabod, saying: The glory is departed from Israel for the ark of God is taken; and then died, with all of Israel struck with astonishment upon hearing these tragic events.

Whole Nation Affected

The Book of Psalms reveals God delivered his strength into captivity and his glory into the enemy's hand (Psalm 78:61); in reference to the ark that was taken in the day of Eli, the priest.

A ripple effect of events took place leaving a whole nation affected.  We are seeing the disastrous results of famine, pestilences, with a withdrawal from God in these latter days that should awaken one to the consequences for allowing ungodliness to fester and nourish.

Laws and rulings are made to accommodate rather than a withdrawal.  Some voices are crying out in protest; but there is also a blindness and silence towards such.  Biblical examples of God's judgmental strokes towards the unrepentant in heart are readily identifiable: but man continues his ill-conceived deeds, despite such warnings.

A History of Looking to God

When a nation has a history of looking to God for its strength and guidance; it is sad to see that influence dissipating, with an ungodly influence overriding it.  Ungodliness has a ripple effect as it continues to unfold it clutches of evilness, with an appetite towards such.

Scripture reveals in the last days perilous times shall come:  Men shall being lovers of their own selves, covetous, proud, unthankful, unholy.  Despisers of those that are good, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

Such traits have a ripple effect in that when godliness is withdrawn from the heart of man,  enters in with a dominion effect of continuation.  Scripture reveals:  The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).  Though Christ the ripple effect of the sinful, inherited nature of man, can be defeated!

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