Chapter-5.1   Nine Signs We Are Under Judgment

5.1  The Slaughter of Our Children
 
Before entering into the remainder of this book, I would preface my comments by sharing a few thoughts. First, my goal here is to simply share some of the Bible verses and themes that I have come upon in my reading that have led me to believe we in America are under judgment. But while this may be my conclusion, I respect the fact that you might form a different opinion. I am NOT writing these things to personally find fault with anyone! Nor am I writing these things to point a finger of blame! We are all in this together – I have been convicted on many of these points, and where I have been convicted, I have simply asked the Lord’s forgiveness, and sought ways to change my own behavior. If you are convicted on any of these points, I invite you to join me on the path of ‘the forgiven’, which leads to redemption, by simply acknowledging to the Lord your transgressions and in humble contrition seeking to change your life!

Regardless of your perspective after reading these things, I wish to thank you for your time and consideration!

9 Major Signs (directly from the Bible) That We Are Under Divine Judgment:

  1. The Slaughter of Our Children 
  2. The Destruction of The Whirlwind
  3. The Sword Has Come
  4. The Outsourcing of Our Jobs
  5. Our Growing National Debt
  6. Could This Be Global Warming
  7. The Rash of New Diseases
  8. The Restlessness of Our Culture
  9. The Long List of Women Abusers

We shall see in subsequent chapters how each of these signs has ties to the fact that we as people are so addicted to pleasure (the very things that God created us to enjoy) that in our extreme measures to have our pleasures on our time schedule rather than his, we have greatly offended him in our pursuits.

1. The Slaughter of Our Children

As I mentioned in the introduction, the following Old Testament passage definitely speaks to any and all countries; not just the nation of Israel (to whom much of the Old Testament is addressed). This includes America.

Ezekiel 14:12-21 (NIV – Bible Gateway):

The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, if a country sins against me by being unfaithful and I stretch out my hand against it to cut off its food supply and send famine upon it and kill its people and their animals, even if these three men—Noah, Daniel and Job —were in it, they could save only themselves by their righteousness, declares the Sovereign Lord. “Or if I send wild beasts through that country and they leave it childless and it becomes desolate so that no one can pass through it because of the beasts, as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, even if these three men were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved, but the land would be desolate. “Or if I bring a sword against that country and say, ‘Let the sword pass throughout the land,’ and I kill its people and their animals, as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, even if these three men were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved. “Or if I send a plague into that land and pour out my wrath on it through bloodshed, killing its people and their animals, as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, even if Noah, Daniel and Job were in it, they could save neither son nor daughter. They would save only themselves by their righteousness. “For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: How much worse will it be when I send against Jerusalem my four dreadful judgments —sword and famine and wild beasts and plague —to kill its men and their animals! *1*.

What does this passage say to you?

To me it says that what is going on in our schools is not just a ‘gun control’ thing, or a ‘mental illness thing’ but a ‘God thing’.

But, if it is a ‘God thing’ what might have provoked him to the point of this kind of response?

Since Columbine [1999], according to The Hill (March 21, 2018), there have been an average of 10 School Shootings per year, leaving 187,000 students at 200 schools that have experienced gun violence. *2*. According to The Daily Beast, 375 students have been killed or injured. *3*.

It’s like someone turned on a switch and these Shootings have become a regular part of our social routine!

I believe, as with any complex issue there are often as many contributing factors as there are sides to the story. And in a world governed by the polarizing forces of perception and logic, we frequently mistake paradigm for reality and activity for solution. It was into this realm that Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” *4*.

My fear here is that we might finally settle on some form of ‘gun control’ legislation (which might really be appropriate) and mistake such action for solution, and thus miss the deeper more compelling issues.

Dwayne Spradlin in his September 2012 article in the Harvard Business Review, entitled, Are We Solving The Right Problem? Indicates that we need to ask the right questions so we can solve the right problems. *5*.

The much loved twenty-third Psalm has a unique phrase in it that has often captured my attention (the second half of verse 3): “He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” *6*.  Perhaps we should be asking, “Are we somehow walking down some evil path that has stirred up the Lord’s anger?”

There are a few concepts that I believe might shed some light on what might be the answer to this question.

The first is the notion that in the spiritual realm, we reap what we sow. Galatians 6:7-8 (NIV – Bible Gateway) says: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” *7*

The second is a proverb ascribed to Julius Caesar, “Experience is the best teacher.” *8*

I have observed that God’s favorite teaching tool is allowing us to experience something first hand.

Since we chose in Adam the tree of ‘the knowledge of good and evil’ instead of the ‘tree of life’ his way of imparting the knowledge of evil to us is through our tasting evil first hand. *9*

In this same context if he wants us to know how he feels about something, he often allows us to experience such feelings.

The third concept is that our bodies were created to be the Temple of the Holy Spirit. In other words, God created us that he might dwell in us. I know that this concept sounds far-fetched and frightening to many people. But be assured, he will ONLY TAKE UP RESIDENCE, if we invite him in. In this sphere, he does NOT impose his will upon us. Let’s see some supporting verses:

Ephesians 2:22 (NIV – Bible Gateway):

And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. *10*

Ephesians 3:17 (NIV – Bible Gateway):

“…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” *11*

Revelation 3:20 (NIV – Bible Gateway):

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” *12*

A leader of the Christian Faith from Greece in the early 1900s very effectively describes the things people stuff in their hearts when Christ does not have a place in their lives: “When people are empty of Christ, a thousand and one other things come and fill them up: jealousies, hatreds, boredom, melancholy, resentment, a worldly outlook, worldly pleasures. Try to fill your soul with Christ so that it’s not empty.” ~St. Porphyrios *13*

The fourth concept is found in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17: “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” *14*

The fifth concept that I believe brings it all together is that babies in the womb are people, not just ‘fetuses’ as seen in the following verses:

Psalm 139:13-16

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” *15*

Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” *16*

A strong theme in the Bible is that the life of a person is ‘in their blood’. *17*. Since mothers and the babies they carry often have different blood types, then the babies they carry are not just an extension of themselves — but they are a different person.

The verse regarding Jeremiah, to me, clearly indicates that there is a knowing of Jeremiah that is reserved for people, and this knowing takes place in the womb, thus establishing that the life in the womb is fully human! And very sacred!

Since 1973, when the ‘Roe vs. Wade’ decision by the Supreme Court, ‘legalized abortion’, 60,546,649 abortions (at the time of this writing) have been performed in America. *18*

Proportionally, thank God, the number of deaths in our schools has been miniscule by comparison, but I would submit that the horror we feel at the death of our students is the same horror that God feels at the death of the infants that we have corporately allowed through abortion. And if God is ‘shouting to us in our pain’ (the pain we feel from every school shooting), I fear what might come upon us if we ignore his warning shots across the bow of our ship.

After reading these things do you see the connections I see in these Bible themes? Might one of the major contributing factors to school shootings be that we have crossed a line in our policies regarding ‘abortions’ and that in the process we are destroying the very sacred infants he has created to be his ‘Temple’ and as a result of our actions he is bringing ‘destruction’ upon us where it hurts most?

Did you happen to catch the tone of the opening statement in the key-note verses from Ezekiel 14:13:

“…if a country sins against me by being unfaithful and I stretch out my hand against it…” *1*

Notice that there are no qualifying elements in the phrase ‘a country that sins against me’.  This statement does not exclude from accountability those nations comprised of people who did not, or do not, feel like being accountable to God.  Nor does it say, ‘and I stretch out my hand against it only if the people are willing for me to do so…’ It is a statement beaming with authority, “…if a country sins against me by being unfaithful and I stretch out my hand against it…” 

AMERICA WHERE ARE YOU?

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REFERENCES
 

*1* Ezekiel 14:12-21 (NIV – Bible Gateway) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Ezekiel%2014:12-21&version=NIV

*2*. The Hill / 3-21-18 / http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/379541-analysis-more-than-187000-students-have-experienced-gun?amp

*3*. The Daily Beast / 3 Months Ago – May 2018 / https://www.thedailybeast.com/over-187000-students-have-experienced-school-shootings-since-columbine-report

*4*. John 8:32 (KJV – Bible Gateway) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%208:32&version=KJV

*5*. Dwayne Spradlin / September 2012 / Harvard Business Review / Are We Solving The Right Problem?

https://hbr.org/2012/09/are-you-solving-the-right-problem

*6*. Psalm 23:3 – (KJV – Bible Gateway) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%2023:3&version=KJV

*7*. Galatians 6:7-8 (NIV – Bible Gateway) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Galatians%206:7-8&version=NIV

*8*. Phrases-org – https://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/21/messages/1174.html

*9*. Genesis 3:1-24 (NIV – Bible Gateway) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Genesis%203:1-24&version=NIV

*10*. Ephesians 2:22 (NIV – Bible Gateway) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Ephesians%202:22&version=NIV

*11*. Ephesians 3:17 (NIV – Bible Gateway) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Ephesians%203:17&version=NIV

*12*. Revelation 3:20 (NIV – Bible Gateway) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Revelation%203:20&version=NIV

*13*. Wisdom Of The Holy Fathers / Facebook / June 4, 2018, 8:40pm — https://m.facebook.com/WisdomoftheHolyFathers/photos/a.277316649270282.1073741828.277018509300096/638513476483929/?type=3&theater

*14*. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NIV – Bible Gateway) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=1%20Corinthians%203:16-17&version=NIV

*15*. Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV – Bible Gateway) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%20139:13-16&version=NIV

*16*. Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV – Bible Gateway) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Jeremiah%201:5&version=NIV

*17*. Leviticus 17:11 (NIV – Bible Gateway) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Leviticus%2017:11&version=NIV

*18*. Number Of Abortions – http://www.numberofabortions.com/

 

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