Divine Judgement

While I sat at breakfast with a find in New Delhi a few years ago the table we were sitting at began to shake, at first I looked at him wondering if he were jiggling the table with a nervous tap on the table leg, but I immediately noticed the ceiling lamps beginning to sway back and forth. The man at the table across from us had eyes that widened more and more as we all realized we were experiencing a not insignificant earthquake. About the time particles began to filter down from the ceiling above it stopped. Had it lasted only a few seconds more I’m sure we would have all been heading out the door, but as it was it was a conversation between all the patrons. But we found out as the day went on that this really was a significant earthquake centered over 700 miles away in the mountains of Pakistan.

While the US and many other nations immediately went into action sending humanitarian aid to the displaced peoples there was a significant news item reported in the Indian paper that never was reported in the western new – that the epicenter of the earthquake was under the center for Islamist terrorist training camps. It was reported in the following days that over seventeen terrorist training camps were destroyed some buried under hundreds of feet of rocks too deep to ever dig out. I saved a political cartoon from the Hindustani Times that showed a terrorist, face covered in a scarf, tossing away his assault rifle with the caption “I’m giving up Terrorism, you cannot fight with Mother Nature”.

Another time I was at lunch in Rome having been invited to attend meetings between Charismatic Non-denominational Christians and Charismatic Roman Catholics. The US had shortly before set off Operation Iraqi Freedom and one of the folks across the table asked my opinion of the “invasion”. I only stated something I had read – that a few days into the invasion there arose such a huge sand storm that the advance coalition forces was halted. Those opposed to the military action the US and its coalition had taken were reporting that Allah had stopped the infidels in their tracks. However, when the advance began again after three days it was revealed that coalition forces had been halted by the storm just before entering into a mine field that was miles wide and deep. Once this was revealed to the coalition forces they were able to easily continue their advance by just driving around the exposed mines and letting the mine crew remove the mines after they were on their way. While this was not widely reported as one of the reasons the forces were able to advance on Bagdad with such speed, the unexpected speed at which they reached Bagdad was.

I only shared this story in response to the question of what I felt about the invasion, not giving an opinion – simply implying that there had been divine intervention. One French pastor began yelling at me across the table that “God would not do that” (I hadn’t said that He had) “But God loved everyone so he would make sure casualties were equal on each side”! I didn’t try to argue with his logic but left it to others at the table from Europe and the South Pacific.

I’ve heard some “politically correct” explanations for divine judgment over the years that don’t seem to jive with examples form scripture. Certainly God’s judgment is first and foremost to change the hearts to people to turn back to Him. I believe we and in a season like that here in America right now. But there is a judgment which is much harsher which can stop the advance of death by the hands of man. There are many examples of this in scripture when God’s people cried out and the enemies of His people were stopped, turned or even killed – (1 Sam 5:6,7; 2 Sam 5:23-25; 1 Kings 20:28-30; 2 Kings 7:6, 7; Acts 12:22-24).

Some believe that God almighty placed within the earth itself a limit of the evil it can withstand before it responds – Lev 18:28 so that the land will not spew you out, should you defile it, as it has spewed out the nation which has been before you.

Lev 20:22 ‘You are therefore to keep all My statutes and all My ordinances and do them, so that the land to which I am bringing you to live will not spew you out.

Does this mean that God chooses sides? Not by any means

Josh 5:13b -14a “Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the Lord.” Josh 5:13-14

Joshua stepped up to him and said, “Whose side are you on — ours or our enemies’?”

14 Josh 5:13b, 14a “ Joshua stepped up to him and said, ‘Whose side are you on — ours or our enemies’? He said, ‘Neither. I’m commander of God’s army. I’ve just arrived.’ Joshua fell, face to the ground, and worshiped”. (from THE MESSAGE)

I am reminded of Abraham Lincoln’s words when asked if he thought God was on his side – “My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side…”

God cannot do evil or wrong, but the earth does at times seem to wealth in on the affairs of mankind. After the earthquake I mentioned earlier the terrorist attacks into Afghanistan and India were effected for months, perhaps longer. Who many lives were spared because of this or the storm in the Iraqi Desert? The reason these things came to me was that I just heard on the news last night that the because the recent flooding in the mountains of Pakistan has taken out so many bridges and roads that the Taliban has almost completely been hindered from crossing into Afghanistan to carry our terrorist attacks. I wonder?

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

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