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It is still hard for me to wrap my mind around the idea that God is a God of judgment.  After all, my relationship with Him has been as a child with a patient, loving, merciful father.  He protects me, and provides for me.  He is my constant companion and friend.  Yet, the Scriptures admonish us not to present Him as being only a God of Love.  In His own words, He is a God of love and judgment.

To His friends, He demonstrates love, patience, goodness, peace, kindness and gentleness.  But to His enemies, He is a consuming fire.  Upon His enemies, He visits judgment.

None of us is born an enemy of God.  We choose to be His enemies, by setting our minds and hearts in opposition to Him, and in opposition to truth.  It is our own attitudes and actions that separate us from God.  Yet, even then, He holds out His arms to us in forgiveness and reconciliation.  But when we continue to reject Him, and live in opposition to Him, we invite judgment upon ourselves.

When people say things like the things I am about to say, many people close their hearts and make accusations about the speaker’s motives and character.  You can say what you want about me.  I have never been popular, so it really doesn’t matter.  But, in the hopes that you won’t close your heart, but will listen and understand the message I hope to convey, I will take a little time to qualify my comments.

Sometimes it is really easy for me to look at people and feel they are deserving of judgment.  Some people are so vile and corrupt . . . others are so evil, that it seems they really merit judgment–and soon!  I can feel this way about people I spend time around, or the culture that surrounds me.

However, I have no intimate understanding of people in other places or cultures.  I have no opinion as to whether their lifestyles merit judgment, because I have no idea how they live.  So, when I question whether God is judging a nation somewhere, it is not because I feel they should be judged.  I really have no opinion in the matter, because I am not acquainted with them.

It has really caught my attention, over the last couple of years, that Indonesia is suffering one catastrophe after another.  They are constantly being hit with earthquakes–the most recent being a 7.7 magnitude quake a couple of days ago.  And I have thought–could God’s judgment be upon Indonesia?  And I have wondered–don’t they have a large Islamic population?

If they do, and if they are suffering God’s judgment–could it be because of their practice of Islam?

Islam worships a false god–an idol.  Allah is a false god.  He is not the same being as the Jews and Christians worship (Jehovah, The Creator).  God’s first commandment for His people is that they have no other gods before Him.  Could it be that it is His first rule because it is the one that matters to Him the most?

Allah is not just a false god, he is a false god that claims he is the God of gods–the supreme God!!  This is a case of stealing the identity of the Most High God and destroying His reputation by the abominable things that the imposter says and does!  Islam is an abomination!

Could it be that the practice of this abomination, and the worship of this imposter (Allah), is enough to make God angry enough to pour out judgment–desolation?–on those nations that practice it?

Today, Indonesia was hit with a tsunami and a volcanic eruption–within hours of each other!  Tsunamis scour the ground and sweep away everything in their path.  Is this not desolation?  Volcanoes can scour the ground with an eruption of hot gases, or cover the ground with ash, lava, or mudslides, obliterating everything in the eruption’s path.  Is this not desolation?

Indonesia--volcanic eruption 10/10

Indonesia--volcanic eruption 10/10

And yes, as it turns out, Indonesia does have a large Islamic population–the largest in the world!  Over 170 million, according to adherents.com.

Right behind them, in second place, is Pakistan, with 136 million Muslims.  What has been happening in Pakistan lately?  Massive flooding, destruction of roads, buildings, farmlands and homes.  Millions whose homes were damaged or destroyed are struggling financially as they try to rebuild.  The national economy, must be virtually destroyed–before the floods it was built on billions of dollars of international loans.  Almost 6 million acres of farmland were damaged (farming is the basis of Pakistan’s economy).  Is this not desolation?

 

Pakistan--2010 flood victims

Pakistan--2010 flood victims

Pakistan--flooding 2010

Pakistan--flooding 2010

I am not certain that any of these events are God’s judgment–but I think they could be.

Let me list the top 10 countries in regards to Muslim population:

  1. Indonesia
  2. Pakistan
  3. Bangladesh
  4. India
  5. Turkey
  6. Iran
  7. Egypt
  8. Nigeria
  9. China

IF the events in Indonesia and Pakistan are God’s judgments on nations that practice Islam, then my own (human) prediction/opinion  is that Bangladesh and India might be next in line for major catastrophes.

Let me remind you again of God’s promise, in case you are living in one of these nations:

“If my people, which are called by my name (Christians and descendents of Jacob/Israel), 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

It doesn’t seem like God would suspend judgment upon a country if only His people there repent, but there is precedent for this.  We know that when Abraham plead with God for mercy on the righteous people in Sodom, that God was willing to spare all the extremely wicked, vile inhabitants of the city if there were just ten righteous among them.

“Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”

The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?  Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge  of all the earth do right?”

The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?”

“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”

Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”

He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”

Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”

He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”

Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”

He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”

Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”

He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”  When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.”  Genesis 18:20-33

I also am reminded of Elijah’s showdown with the prophets of Baal.  The reason it comes to mind is that there seemed to be a question, among God’s people, as to who was really God–so Elijah put them to the test.  I think we face a similar situation today.

My opinion is that if God is visiting  judgment upon a country, and His people there would repent, and humble themselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from THEIR wicked ways–people would be watching.  It would be a showdown, of sorts.  And I believe, as He did before Elijah and the prohets of Baal, that God would show Himself to be God by (forgiving His people and) healing their land.

“Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

But the people said nothing.

Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. Get two bulls for us. Let them choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”

Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”

Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.” So they took the bull given them and prepared it.

Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “O Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.”  So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which was in ruins. Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Your name shall be Israel.” With the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs of seed. He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.”

“Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.

“Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”

Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.”   I Kings 18:21-40

More than anything, I think this is the fundamental issue between Judeo-Christian western civilization and Islam:

Our gods are not the same!  Allah is not Jehovah!

If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Allah is God, follow him!

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(cont’d from: We Are Living In Revelation)

Believer-there will be nowhere to run, no place to hide.

We have been living in the ‘Dispensation of Grace’.  It is coming to a close.  Meanwhile, we have moved into the Dispensation of Revelation.  It is God’s will and time to reveal, uncover, disclose, and make manifest, the works of darkness.

Persecution will come to Christians, no matter what we do because ‘everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.’  True Christians embody truth and light.  Jesus was the first light, and this was said because of Him:  ‘ . . . Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.’

The majority of mankind still prefers darkness and evil to light and truth.  Therefore, they will do all that they can to extinguish light and truth–and this means ridding the world of Christians.

In the days and months ahead, satan will grow increasingly angry with Christians.  Consider: his time is short and he is so close to seeing the fulfillment of what he has been planning for thousands of years!  For him, everything is riding on this.  He really believes he can do a better job of running things on Earth than God does.  He will do anything to have the opportunity to prove it.

That’s all well and good . . .  completely understandable–but the ‘pawns’ in this game he is trying to engage God in, are the lives and souls of billions of people! This is a gross injustice!  Anyone with a conscience, who knows the truth (this should describe all Christians), cannot just sit by while billions of people are led to destruction!  We have a moral obligation to share the truth with everyone.

We can’t stop the game, and we can’t make anyone’s decision for them.  All we can (and must) do is to lay the facts before them and let them decide.  The game must be played fairly!  Granted, most people will turn their back on truth and life.  That is their choice.  But they at least deserve the opportunity to make an informed choice!

Our ‘intrusion’ into satan’s plan will  throw him into a panic.  After all, God (in His mercy towards mankind) is allowing satan only a brief time to prove his point and the clock is ticking!

(Lest you think we are bringing trouble upon ourselves, what would you recommend Christians do differently and still remain true to the will of God?)

In case I need to remind you–when you chose to become a Christian, you enlisted in God’s army.  You chose the side of good, in the ongoing war of evil vs. good.  You have already enlisted!

If you thought you were just signing up for God’s ‘reserves’ and would never be called up, I’m sorry.  You were misinformed.  This is a voluntary army–100%!–but EVERYONE in this army must fight!

If you have woken up to find that you are on the wrong side, walk away.  No one is keeping you here.

If you know you are on the right side, but are afraid to fight, it’s understandable.  We are all human, and we all have a basic instinct for self preservation.  Jesus had to face the same inner battle, in the Garden of Gethsemane, before He submitted to His arrest and crucifixion.  You see, He was a human being, with human instincts– and He had free will too.  What temptation He must have faced, to just walk away and save Himself!  He fought his inner battle to the point of sweating blood!

When Peter, a ‘co-conspirator’ with Jesus, faced his choice, he chose to lie to save himself.  Three times he lied–to the point of even denying that he knew Jesus!!  Just a few hours earlier, he had been so sure of his loyalty that he had promised Jesus that even if everyone else deserted Him, he never would.  I’m sure he surprised himself when he realized what he had done–because he underestimated his basic human survival instinct. (This is one example of what the Bible calls ‘the flesh’.  As Christians, we are not to live by our natural instincts and primal desires, but by God’s Spirit in us, we are to overcome them.)

All that to say:  if you’re afraid, you’re in good company.  But you’ll have to move beyond that, because a choice awaits you.  You aren’t judged for how you feel, or what you are tempted with–you are judged by the decision you end up making.

Trying to ‘play it cool’ , keeping your Christianity hidden, or not living or speaking in a way that’s consistent with God’s Word, is compromise!  This battle is much bigger than you.  Your compromise will change virtually nothing, in the grand scheme of things–but it will profoundly change you!

If you are afraid for your safety, pray to God to keep you safe!  God can hide you in plain sight!  He can hold your enemies at bay!

Jesus disappeared into a crowd. Daniel spent the night in a den of hungry lions.  Paul and Silas were released from jail by an earthquake.  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego survived being thrown into an roiling furnace!  Elijah was provided a hiding place, by God, so that he could rest awhile (not dwell there!), and ravens brought  food to him!

Angels led Lot and his family to safety, just as God rained judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah.  God gave Noah instructions and time to build an ark for his salvation.  Paul was bitten by a venomous snake and merely shook it off–this was right after he survived a shipwreck!

God led the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea on dry ground–then He brought the waters down on top of their pursuers.  He fed them, every day, in the wilderness, for forty years!  Their shoes lasted through forty years of walking!  In a dry and barren desert, He had already stored up water for them–in a rock!!  These are just some of the stories that are in the Bible.  (I wonder how many more have not been told?!)

And, when all is said and done, if you do face death as a Christian–remember that all things work together for good for those that love God!  God told King Hezekiah to get his affairs in order, because he was going to die.  He wept, and plead with God for his life, and God granted him another fifteen years.  However, in that time he became foolish and prideful.  Decisions that he made then brought serious trouble to his family later.  (He himself would have endured God’s wrath, but he repented in time.)

At the end of his life, God tested him to see what was in his heart, and I don’t believe He found the same zeal and devotion that he had fifteen years earlier.  God was giving him the opportunity to make a peaceful exit–to die with honor at the zenith of his spiritual life.   God was protecting Hezekiah and his family by allowing Hezekiah to die–but Hezekiah clung to his will, rather than submitting to God’s.

There comes a time for each of us to depart.  God determines the best time. We should trust Him.  He knows what lies ahead, and what He may be sparing us from.

Dying as a martyr is a special honor in God’s kingdom.   It is usually a choice.  I believe that, to even be faced with that ‘opportunity’ means:

1.  that God trusts that you will remain faithful until the end.  (Remember, He has promised He will not lose you.  If you are truly one of His children, He will not allow you to be placed in a situation, at the end of your life, that would cause you to deny Him and spend eternity apart from Him.) Any of His children, whom He allows to face martyrdom, He has already strengthened enough to endure it, or He will supernaturally strengthen them through those final hours.

or

2.  you have ‘played Christian’ for so long that you have convinced yourself you are one–but you aren’t.  In that final hour you will either seek Him with your whole heart, or you will deny Him.  But, either way, He will reveal your heart to you.

Believer–God has a job for you to do!  About face!

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