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Synopsis of: Why Should God Judge Our Nation
Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite. We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the Word of God.
ROM 1:20 :18 “God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness”
• Thessalonians 5:1-3 But of the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that I write to you. For you yourselves know accurately that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night. For when they shall say, ‘Peace and safety,’ then sudden destruction comes on them, as travail upon a woman with child. And they shall not escape. 1
Now get hold of this….. or as Christ would have said, Truly, Truly…. The results of judgment are not the cause of judgment. The Body of Messiah, that’s us, becomes less effective as intercessors by…. mistaking the results for the cause of judgment. This limits us to treating the symptoms and not providing the cure. Here are some results of God’s judgment which we might mistake for the cause:
• Romans 1:18-32 Paul says that one of the ways God judges is to remove His restraining grace, giving people over to what they really desire, allowing society to implode as God removes His protection. Note especially v.24 – Therefore God also gave them up [ surrendered them] to uncleanness through the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves.; v.26a – For this cause, God gave them up to dishonorable affections; v.28b – God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do the things not right;
• Hosea 4:6b Again, God threatens to remove Himself from society. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being priest to Me. Since you have forgotten the Law of your God, I will also forget your sons, even I.
• 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 Here, Paul says that because people do not accept His sacrificial love [Gk. agape], God sends deceptive practices for them to believe falsehoods. Because they did not receive the love of the truth, so that they might be saved, for this cause God shall send them strong delusion [Gk. deceptive activities/practices] , that they should believe a lie…..
The increase of sin in nations is often a result of God’s judgment – His removing of His restraining grace, allowing them to mediate sinfulness as their law. But, Bro. Dick, what is the cause…? It is what it has always been, down through history, in nation after nation, empire after empire. God describes the cause as not believing what He has promised to His people, leading to nations poking Him in the eye by doing what?… by stripping Israel; yes, stripping, that is plundering Israel.
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