Habakkuk 2:2, Then the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run.”
7, “Will not your creditors rise up suddenly, And those who collect from you awaken? Indeed, you will become plunder for them.”
9, “Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house To put his nest on high, To be delivered from the hand of calamity!”
Revelation 18:2-3, And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.”
At the end of World War I, Germany’s infrastructure, government, and properties were intact, untouched by the cataclysm. At the end of World War II, her infrastructure was nearly extinct, imperiled by Allied bombing and Hitler’s mad demand that it be destroyed.
Perhaps the difference between the two wars lies in the respective moralities of the German governments. Stories of atrocities by the Boche in World War I had been circulated but afterwards usually proved unfounded. Few believed the stories of Nazi atrocities in death camps based on similar stories of World War I. With the Allied liberation, however, Nazi depravities shook the world.
Only four percent of Americans in European POW camps died. But 27 percent of American POWs in Japanese camps died – the number in the River Kwai camps was higher. Could God have visited Japan with a national calamity as punishment for her inexcusable barbarity towards captive peoples?
Or consider the collapse of Communism in 1989. It began to unravel in Eastern Europe after nearly forty-five years of Marxist-Leninism lies, deceptions, and failures. The Berlin Wall came down, Stalinist dictators fell, and fledgling democracies flourished. Anyone who believes in God’s providence has to conclude that God judged and condemned an ideology determined to uproot and trash God.
The words of George Mason of Virginia, spoken at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 may well be true: “By an inevitable chain of causes and effects providence punishes national sins, by national calamities.”
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
You may juggle human laws, you may fool with human courts, but there is a judgment to come, and from it there is no appeal. – Gifford
The nature of all men is so formed that they see and discriminate in the affairs of others,
much better than in their own. – Terence
But those who chose to reject God during their lifetime on earth will be separated from him for eternity. This is not God’s desire, but man’s own choice. God holds every man accountable for his rejection of Christ. – Billy Graham
Be very sure of this, people never reject the Bible because they cannot understand it. They understand it only too well; they understand that it condemns their own behavior; they understand that it witnesses against their own sins, and summons them to judgment. – J.C. Ryle