Shall reap the whirlwind category opens the door for the fierceness of God’s wrath for nations who have drifted away or have no allegiance to Almighty God! There is an influx of ungodliness, chaos, and destruction that could readily be associated with lack of acknowledgement or withdrawal of such a commitment.
The Prophet Hosea uttered this significant prophecy: They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind; it has no stalk, the bud shall yield no meal, if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up (Hosea 8:7). Samaria would be swept away in the judgment of God and what remained would fall into the hands of strangers (the enemy) to whom God would deliver them. The whirlwind of God’s wrath would be raised up against them like a vehement storm of wind.
We are seeing an avalanche of ungodliness as man continues to chart a course towards a sinful nature condemned in God’s Word. Apostle Paul wrote: The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and the unrighteousness of men, who hold (suppress) the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).
It was noted that ungodliness is failure in the religious realm and unrighteousness is failure in the moral sphere or injustice of man. You shall reap the whirlwind is to make an allowance for such through continued walking away from the Unadulterated (Pure) Word of God. There is a movement towards acceptance of traits that existed in the pre-Flood days of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Babylon the hold of every foul spirit!
Scripture reveals: Your fear (terror) comes as desolation (a storm), and your destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish comes upon you (Proverbs 1:27). It was noted that this indicates the calamity that will be an occasion for fear; through famine and pestilence that would lay all waste, it shall be as the sword of an enemy without and famine within.
We are witnessing the potential of war from without and within; with the greater threat from within! We are seeing a crumbling of society, with an ongoing culture war; with biblical convictions being tossed aside, opening the door for “shall reap the whirlwind" category unless repentance comes forth!
The Apostle Paul wrote: Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles (schemes) of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand in the evil day (which we are in), and having done all to stand. The whole armor of God consists of: Truth, Righteousness, Gospel of peace, Shield of faith, Helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God!
It was noted that the spiritual battle Christians are engaged in exists from now until Jesus’ return; no quarter given by the enemy, no ceasefire, no temporary truce, no cessation of hostilities. Those words ring loud and clear in a “shall reap the whirlwind” category; as we see some who have chosen to alter their spiritual course, defecting to the enemy of one’s soul, rather than fight the good fight of faith!
Jesus said: He that shall endure to the end the same shall be saved (Matthew 24:13). There is a never-ending struggle towards the soul of man as opposing forces of evil attempt to undermine the Word of God, to appease the fleshly side of man, with ungodly lifestyles openly proclaimed with pride!
Scripture reveals: As the whirlwind passes, so is the wicked no more; but the righteous is an everlasting foundation (Proverbs 10:25). It was noted that those who seem to be in power and authority will one day be no more. As the whirlwind, which digs up the earth, makes a circle and buries itself in it; so the wicked dig a pit for others and fall into it themselves!
The righteous are of a firm and stable foundation; rooted and grounded in God’s Word. Shall reap the whirlwind will not be a factor concerning the righteous; while the wicked shall reap the whirlwind, that of God’s judgment!
God’s Word does not bear out that every living being will be saved; through God made a provision for such. Scripture reveals: 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believes on the Son has everlasting life; and he that believes on him is not condemned; but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16-18). Apostle Paul wrote: Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12)!
The Prophet Nahum, in speaking the words of the Lord, said: The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not acquit the wicked; the Lord has his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet (Nahum 1:3). It was noted that the Lord is slow to anger reveals ample opportunity for repentance!
However, he is able to execute His wrath (shall reap the whirlwind category), and by no means will allow the guilty to go free and unpunished; through he moves slowly, in the execution of His judgments, if repentance does not come forth, will be fully accomplished! Scripture reveals: For our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). His wrath is compared to a whirlwind, a storm, which is executed upon man.
Shall reap the whirlwind category will have a devastating effect on those who have not the benefit of a Savior! The sinfulness of man has evolved to a state of relaxation in that it is being promoted, to young and old alike, as pleasurable and to be received by all. Many nations have gone adrift in laxity towards adhering to the Word of God; availing themselves to reap the whirlwind category.
Judah having departed from the worship of God to pagan religious practices suffered such a fate. The Prophet Zechariah, in speaking the words of the Lord, noted: But I (God) scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned; for they laid the pleasant land desolate (Zechariah 7:14).
It was noted that scattering them, with a whirlwind, denotes the fierceness of God’s wrath, and the strength of His fury. The land of Judah was destitute of inhabitants, with only a few remaining, after the Jews were carried captive to Babylon. The pleasant land was the land of Canaan, a land flowing with milk and honey; the glory of all lands, for its great fruitfulness.
God’s Word reveals the consequences for having walked away from Him, by those who were once planted, having been entrenched in His Word; then departing with a failure to return, thus coming to the “shall reap the whirlwind” category! There is a possibility, even probability, of the same happening to nations who have withdrawn from their former commitment to God!
Many are standing on the threshold of God’s imminent wrath, reaping the whirlwind, rather than His continued blessings. As ungodliness continues to overpower, with its destructive nature, with the people of the land relishing ungodliness rather than rejecting it, will it not induce God’s judgmental stroke towards a return to Him?
Is the profit of a financial gain not allurement towards endorsing ungodly lifestyles? Has the entertainment industry not benefited from promoting a perverted lifestyle? Has the lack of moral conscience not placed many on the plate of acceptance? Is so, shall reap the whirlwind category not be elevated after all efforts towards repentance are exhausted?
Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, a young evangelist: Evil men, and seducers shall wax (grow) worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13). Preach the word; be instant (ready) in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
For the time will come (and now is) when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts (desires) shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears (hearing) from the truth, and shall be turned into fables (that which is fictitious). Watch in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of your ministry (2 Timothy 4:2-5).
Is there a dereliction of duty, in the promulgation of the truths of God’s Word as many attempt to blend in with the cultural drift of today? It was noted that the things which will destroy us are: Politics without principle; Pleasure without conscience; Wealth without work; Knowledge without character; Business without morality; Science without humanity; and Worship without sacrifice.
Jesus said: Wherefore by their fruits (lifestyle) you shall know them (Matthew 7:20). Whether one shall reap the whirlwind, or the blessings of God, vastly depends on the fruit one bears; whether it is Christlike or consumption of worldly influence so much on display in the culture of today!
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