16 February 2010
Yahweh, the God of Israel, the Creator of the universe, Creator of mankind, is also the Judge of mankind (see Revelation 20:11‑15 among many others). All throughout the Old Testament, we see God again and again bringing His judgment against Israel, as well as other nations.
Why did God bring judgment against Israel so often? Because “they are a people holy to Yahweh their God. Yahweh their God has chosen them out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession.” (Deuteronomy 7:6) And as God said through the prophet Amos: “O people of Israel, you only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins.” (Amos 3:2) It’s because God loves us and cares about us so much that He disciplines and punishes us. (Hebrews 12:5‑11)
How does God bring judgment upon a nation? There are times when He brings judgment sovereignly without using people, like the Flood (Genesis 7), fire from the sky falling on Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19), drought and famine (1 Kings 18:1‑5), attacks from animals (Numbers 21:6), and plagues (2 Samuel 24:15). And of course, in the Last Days, God will bring severe natural disasters as the final judgment on mankind (well, just read the whole book of Revelation!).
From what we see in the Bible, God often brings His judgment through other people. If there is still hope that people will repent, God’s judgments are not for their destruction, but to turn them from the evil path they are on, and back to God. If lesser judgments don’t work, God uses more severe judgments. One of the most common ones is bringing an attack from another people or nation. As you read through the Old Testament, you can see that God used a variety of peoples and nations to bring judgment against Israel:
The God of Israel is a loving and compassionate God who does not delight in afflicting mankind. (Lamentations 3:31‑33) When He delays His judgment, it’s not because He is slow in keeping His promises, but He is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:4‑10) But once the sins of the Amorites had reached its full measure, there was no remedy left except total destruction. God gave Israel these instructions through Moses:
When Yahweh your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations — the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you — and when Yahweh your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. For you are a people holy to Yahweh your God. Yahweh your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession. (Deuteronomy 7:1‑2,6)In the same way that God has used nations against nations and peoples against peoples to bring His judgment all throughout history, I think it is quite likely that God is going to use Islam to bring judgment against the West. Besides its original application, could this passage also apply to the West in our days?
With your wisdom and understanding you have amassed great wealth — gold and silver for your treasuries. Yes, your wisdom has made you very rich, and your riches have made you very proud. Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Yahweh says: Because you think you are as wise as a god, I will now bring against you a foreign army, the terror of the nations. They will draw their swords against your marvelous wisdom and defile your splendor! They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die in the heart of the sea, pierced with many wounds. Will you then boast, “I am a god!” to those who kill you? To them you will be no god but merely a man! You will die like an outcast at the hands of foreigners. I, the Sovereign Yahweh, have spoken! (Ezekiel 28:4‑10)For the most part, the Muslims view the West as immoral, decadent, greedy, materialistic, selfish, ungodly, and more. And for the most part, they are absolutely right. That IS what we have become in the West. And Hollywood does an efficient job of exporting this moral sewage around the entire world. We should not be defending our immorality as “freedom”. “For you have been called to live in freedom. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13)
Instead of feeling justified in our Western culture, we should be hanging our heads in shame and acknowledging to the Muslims that they are correct in their assessment. Our unrighteousness makes the Muslims look righteous (although, as we found in a previous article, true righteousness only comes through Yeshua).
So, I do believe with all of my heart that God is going to bring more and more judgment against the West, and that a good portion of it will end up being at the hands of Islam. But does that mean that the Muslims will remain guiltless and unpunished? No way! God used Babylon as His tool to bring judgment against Israel, but then he punished Babylon too:
And now Yahweh of Heaven’s Armies says: Because you have not listened to Me, I will gather together all the armies of the north under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, whom I have appointed as My deputy. I will bring them all against this land and its people and against the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and contempt and a ruin forever. I will take away the sound of happy singing and laughter. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will no longer be heard. Millstones will fall silent, and the lights in your homes will go out. This entire land will become a desolate wasteland. Israel and her neighboring lands will serve the king of Babylon for seventy years. Then, after the seventy years of captivity are over, I will punish the king of Babylon and his people for their sins, says Yahweh.I will make the country of the Babylonians a wasteland forever. I will bring upon them all the terrors I have promised in this book — all the penalties announced by Jeremiah against the nations. Many nations and great kings will enslave the Babylonians, just as they enslaved my people. I will punish them in proportion to the suffering they cause My people. (Jeremiah 25:8‑14; see also the entire chapter of Jeremiah 51.)Wow! The pagan, ruthless nation of Babylon, God calls His “deputy”, to bring judgment against His people. But he also promises to bring judgment on the Babylonians for all of the misery they brought, “in proportion to the suffering they caused My people.”
In the same way, I believe that God is going to use Islam to bring God’s judgment to the West, and indeed, the entire world. But Islam will not go unpunished, but in the end will also be judged “in proportion to the suffering they caused.” The book of Revelation clearly documents the final destruction that will be brought upon the world-wide end-time kingdom of the Antichrist and his followers. At that time, the sins of mankind will have reached their full measure, and the only course left will be total destruction with no mercy. Yeshua said that when He returns at the end, the conditions on the earth will be as they were in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37). Here’s what the Bible said about the days of Noah:
Yahweh saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. Yahweh was grieved that He had made man on the earth, and His heart was filled with pain. So Yahweh said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth — men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air — for I am grieved that I have made them.” (Genesis 6:5‑7)After God destroyed all of mankind (except for Noah and his family), God promised mankind that He would never destroy the earth again with a flood (Genesis 9:12‑17). No, the next time God destroys the earth and wipes out mankind because of their incurable evil, it will be by fire, not water:
Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, “What happened to the promise that Yeshua is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”Perhaps the idea of God using Islam to bring judgment against the West is shocking to you. Yet if you look around, you can see that the plan is already well advanced.
They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of His command, and He brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. Then He used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.
But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to Yahweh, and a thousand years is like a day. Yahweh isn’t really being slow about His promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But the day of Yahweh will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.
Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, He will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth He has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.
And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in His sight. And remember, Yahweh’s patience gives people time to be saved. (2 Peter 3:3‑15a)
Yahweh replied, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it. I am raising up the Babylonians [or in our day, the Muslims], a cruel and violent people. They will march across the world and conquer other lands. They are notorious for their cruelty and do whatever they like. Their horses are swifter than cheetahs and fiercer than wolves at dusk. Their charioteers charge from far away. Like eagles, they swoop down to devour their prey.
“On they come, all bent on violence. Their hordes advance like a desert wind, sweeping captives ahead of them like sand. They scoff at kings and princes and scorn all their fortresses. They simply pile ramps of earth against their walls and capture them! They sweep past like the wind and are gone. But they are deeply guilty, for their own strength is their god.” (Habakkuk 1:5‑11)
I have written more on this theme in Crucified Again — Tingling Ears