We are being judged

I read Isaiah chapters 3 and 4 this morning 26/4/2021 as part of my daily devotions where the Lord is pronouncing judgement on Judah and Jerusalem for their unfaithfulness. In these chapters Isaiah pronounces the Lord’s judgement on Judah and describes what will befall them.

I am not a prophet I don’t subscribe   to current events eschatology or try and line ends times prophecy up with current events in the world. I would not dare attempt to prove we are in the last days.

Firstly, as I have said in a previous blog entry the alarm over the announcement, and hysteria, of the Great Reset is simply one of many world resets. These resets have occurred throughout history where a political power rises up, and more or less takes over the world or directs it in a certain direction. I don’t think as many do that we are in the last days as yet. To repeat myself ad nauseum, every generation has looked at their current situation and proclaimed the end to be nigh… and, they were wrong! What I do see is a pattern of Judgement on the world by our Lord God.

For each epoch of time where a world leader or a world power has risen up, there has been a decline in morality and a denial of basic common-sense truths. Some might call this decline spiritual as well as moral and I think that is true, however when we review how God’s common grace over the world functions, we can note that God not only gives us life, but that he provides us with provisions such as food, shelter, rain and what ever other commodity one may care to mention. Everything humanity has is God’s common grace provision for our care and comfort for which we should be thankful for.

It’s not like God suddenly throws a tantrum every now and then because we ungrateful minions who have forgotten to pay tribute to God. If the bible is accurate in any sense   its that our track record is consistently abysmal; like 95% of the time and the other 5% is questionable. My point is that we are under continual judgement as a species.

It seems however that every now and then we hit a new low and God allows a reset. It’s not the case that our sin has necessarily gotten worse, sin can’t get any worse than what it is. When God allows a reset by way of a new world order or other disaster it’s  to remind us  that God is Lord of all.

That raises the question does the bible speak of only one new world order before the great tribulation and does it only speak of one great tribulation for that matter? Anyone who has even a basic knowledge of history and a nonce of critical thinking and a fair understanding of scripture would say no.

Throughout recorded history there has been numerous world orders, numerous oppressions of human freedom that I could accurately describe as tribulations, these are not a singular event. They can’t be because that would make the bible incorrect. Our problem is that we view history with blinkers on we think that the past can’t be any worse than it is now. There have been times even in recent history where things have been much worse than they are at present. In fact, according to statistics the world has less poverty, more food and our children have never had it so good. This is God’s provision.

So, God is still be gracious. But! Now look at the current narratives that dominate the social and political realm. We have Woke, BLM, cancel culture, LBGTQ and last but most important of all the politically correct madness surrounding genderism, nonbinary politics and everything related to it. Presently a majority of millennials think socialism is a good think and critical race theory is true. It’s time for a reset!

If anyone thinks this latest reset is a human innovation, that it is the work of the devil or that only evil men could contrive such a plot, read Isaiah chapter 3 and 4.

 When God pronounces judgement, it may often involve destruction but it also involves God removing His restraints over evil. It is almost like God is saying, “you want evil? I’ll give you evil! But the point of judgement is not necessarily destruction. Judgement is more about bringing people to repentance than it is about destruction; but, if people don’t repent, destruction follows.

 Isaiah: 3:1-3 says, For behold, the Lord GOD of armies is going to remove from Jerusalem and Judah Both supply and support, the entire supply of bread And the entire supply of water; Isa 3:2  The mighty man and the warrior, The judge and the prophet, The diviner and the elder, Isa 3:3  The captain of fifty and the esteemed person, The counselor and the expert artisan, And the skillful enchanter.

In their place  the Lord pronounces in Isaiah 3:4-7 And I will make mere boys their leaders, And mischievous children will rule over them, Isa 3:5  And the people will be oppressed, Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor; The youth will assault the elder, And the contemptible person will assault the one honored. Isa 3:6  When a man lays hold of his brother in his father’s house, saying, “You have a cloak, you shall be our ruler! And these ruins will be under your authority,” Isa 3:7  He will protest on that day, saying, “I will not be your healer, For in my house there is neither bread nor cloak; You should not appoint me ruler of the people.” 

Isaiah 3: 8-26 says why  they are being judged and what will befall  them.  8 And I will make mere boys their leaders, And mischievous children will rule over them, Isa 3:5  And the people will be oppressed, Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor; The youth will assault the elder, And the contemptible person will assault the one honored. Isa 3:6  When a man lays hold of his brother in his father’s house, saying, “You have a cloak, you shall be our ruler! And these ruins will be under your authority,” Isa 3:7  He will protest on that day, saying, “I will not be your healer, For in my house there is neither bread nor cloak; You should not appoint me ruler of the people.” 

But God does not leave them desolate he says what will happen to the repentant because they glorified God in Isaiah chapter 4. 4:1  For seven women will take hold of one man on that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our disgrace!” Isa 4:2  On that day the Branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the beauty of the survivors of Israel. Isa 4:3  And it will come about that the one who is left in Zion and remains behind in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem. Isa 4:4  When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning, Isa 4:5  then the LORD will create over the entire area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy. Isa 4:6  And there will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain. 

This is both terrifying and beautiful at the same time. it is the mirror image of what is happening today. God allows evil so that people will repent of their sin. ON a personal level God calls all people everywhere to repentance. Even those of us who know the Lord through Jesus Christ as our saviour go through times of tribulation because we get slack and lazy or we let some sin creep into our lives and God uses evil as a reminder to turn us back towards him. God doesn’t reward us as a treat when we repent. As it points out in Isaiah chapter 4, we aren’t the focus, God is. God will be glorified by our repentance. God will be glorified by our purification. Through repentance God gives us refuge.

If I have to draw a parallel it is the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ who cleanses us of all sin and gives salvation to all who repent and believe. However, belief is not mere intellectual assent. Isaiah shows us that repentance requires action. Our shelter as Christians is not material, it is the promise of new life and our shelter is the promise eternal life and heaven.

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