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The Daily Jot
Daily reporting and analysis of current events from a biblical and prophetic perspective.
Thursday, March 17 2011
The realities of our prophetic times and the nature of God
With political disruption, wars and rumors of wars and calamity boiling over around the world, some have expressed anger that anyone would even remotely suggest that a just God would allow innocent people to perish in Japan as part of His judgment for that nation, or any other for that matter, coming against Israel. I have been asked by a handful if I really believe that is even possible. I must say emphatically that yes, I do believe it is possible. Throughout the Bible, the Lord has dealt with nations and individuals who have treated His people in various ways. Egypt and the plagues are one example. The Babylonian captivity is another. The Philistines and others of that ilk represent even harsher treatment.
Rome treated the Jews harshly--so much so that they rebelled in Jerusalem in 70 AD and the city was all but destroyed and so were those Jewish people, down to the very last stand at Masada. And where is Rome today? Adolf Hitler embarked on a massive effort to exterminate the Jews. His empire crumbled around him and is no more. In fact, his efforts invoked enough worldwide sympathy that the United Nations established overnight modern Israel, seeming to fulfill many prophecies like the one in Jeremiah 29:14, "...I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord, and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive."
We know the prophecies and the declarations by the Lord about his people. We have clear examples from both the Bible and from modern times regarding nations and peoples and their disposition in treatment of the Lord's chosen. The scriptures are clear that those who come against Israel, and the scriptures are speaking of nations, will be cut in pieces. Therefore, a nation's proclivity toward Israel is a factor in its prophetic present and future. And nations are comprised of people, both innocent and not, both believers and not. Do you not see that all Americans suffer the consequences of national leadership?--Even those who voted for something different.
God is in control of all things, the Creator of all things; there is His perfect will and permissible will. He will allow things to happen, and He will make things happen. Isaiah 57:1 says, "The righteous perish, and no may lays it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come." The modern Christian teachings that God would not allow a terrible thing to happen to innocent people is man defining the nature of God. Man's ways, however, are not God's ways. We must understand and trust in that we serve a just and righteous God as defined on His terms, not ours. These are prophetic times and God's not playing human-defined games.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Word of Life Ministry