By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
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 notification: Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers (or various) places (Matthew 24:7).
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: Men's hearts failing them for fear, and from looking after those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken (Luke 21:26).
A ripple effect can initially have a small start but then increase in intensity as it grips the heart of man. It 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.
God has given me 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!
A ripple effect of troublesome times often draws one to the Lord of their salvation. Scripture reveals: Draw nigh (or near) to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you doubleminded (James 5:8). However, a different avenue was taken by many in the prophet Isaiah's day.
In speaking the Word of the Lord, Isaiah said: This people draws near to me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me; but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men (Isaiah 29:13). The prophet condemned his own people for honoring God with their mouth and lips but not their heart.
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. Scripture reveals: Son of man, have you seen what the ancients (or elders) of the house of Israel in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery (or room of his idols)? For they said, The Lord sees us not: the Lord has forsaken the earth (or land) (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, and between the porch and the altar, were about 25 men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the sun toward the east (Ezekiel 8:16).
The Lord asked Ezekiel: Have you see this, O Son of man? Is it a light (or trivial) thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? Therefore will I deal in fury: my eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them (Ezekiel 8:17-18).
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 (or punish) them 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 often mentioned by Jeremiah. Moving in their own paths and following their own way could lead only to Judah's destruction.
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 (Jeremiah 6:17). Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring calamity upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened to my words, nor to my law, but rejected it (Jeremiah 6:19).
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!
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.
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.
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 falling 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.
Scripture reveals that 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, many record breaking disasters; along with a withdrawal from God, in these latter days that should awaken the people to the consequences for allowing ungodliness to fester and nourish.
However, laws and rulings are made to accommodate rather than a withdrawal. Some voices are crying out in protest; but far too few with blindness and silence by many. 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.
When a nation has a history of looking to God for its strength and guidance; it is sad to see a withdrawal, with 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: For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (or without self-control), despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady (or reckless), high-minded, 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, ungodliness and the sinful nature of man enters in. 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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