Judgment on the Land

People talk about judgment on the Land and mention 2 Chron 7:14 as the way prevent this judgment and to restore a nation,

First of all it needs to be pointed out that judgment is just an evaluation. What is carried out is the sentence resulting from that judgment.  In a sense it is a reward for behaviour in accordance with the principles of Gal. 6:7-8 (you reap what you sow).

In Leviticus 26:14-39 is the statement of what happens to a people who rejects God. Remember, God deals with people and not with inanimate objects such as land and its boundaries, The Land boundary is really not important as God deals with people and their geographical authority so that judgment may end up only on a certain ethnic group, clan or family.

The next restatement of these judgments is in Nahum near the end of Israel as a Biblical nation. When God reminds them of these punishments to show that He is just in destroy the Nation of Israel as they have not kept His Laws.

The List in Nahum is more complete so I give it.

Judgment in Nahum (Final Warning)

Tempest (storm)

1:3

Drought

1:4

Earthquake and fire

1:5

Volcanoes?  (There is a long chain of dormant volcanoes on the east coast of Australia)

1:6

Flood

1:8

Death of the people (diseases and other causes)

1:15

Diseases in the crop

2:2

Invasion

 `2:4

Destruction of the nation as a political power

23:6

Wealth removed

2:9

Pleasure removed

2:11

A place of evil

3:1

They will be mocked and derided

3:8

No strength to stop invaders

3:12

Land desolate, people removed from their land and it will cease to exist as a nation

3:18

 

 Some of the judgments are mentioned in the book of Revelation and are more severe as they refer to the whole world.

While the warning was to Israel the principles applies to any ‘nation’, group of peoples, tribe, clan or similar.

If you do not follow God as a ‘nation’, and not just individually, then these disasters will happen to you.  Satan will rule the ‘nation’  and you will be rewarded by Him (destroyed).  Those who follow God will be protected and have their needs met (Mat 6:33) while all around them are being judged.

Remember it is needs met and not luxuries or desires for things you do not need.

How do you stop these disasters happening to your ‘nation’?

God’s solution is found in2 Chron 7: 14 And the promise of repentance is found in Acts 3:19.

2 Chron 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

Who do the warnings apply too?

These warnings were given to the nation of Israel which ignored them and were destroyed as a political and Biblical spiritual power. We are under a New Testament so who does this warning and promise apply to now??

God does not recognise nations but only the two spiritual kingdom, those of God and Satan.  Satan setup the nations for control purposes so he can use them for his purposes and control them easier.  Satan is called the one who ‘weakens’ (causes discomfort) to the nations so any nations ruled by him will have a bad time and will never have God’s peace and only Satan’s discomfort.

God does not need to set up nations to make it easier to control them.  God does not have a kingdom on earth, only people who serve Him. So when He talks about His people He can only be referring the Body (of His followers) and to no one else!

He cannot be referring Satan’s kingdom (the world) as He cannot bless that or any one following the principles of the world, who say they are part of His Body but are not following The Will of Jesus. He can only bless His followers as Gal 6:7-8 prevents him blessing evil (so that people do not reap what they sow) and by this contravene the principle in Gal 6:7-8.

God does not recognise denominations or similar. He only recognises two classes of people: those that follow Him and those that don’t follow Him.

So who does God spare from these judgments?

Those who repent and become His followers (who make a salvation decision and follow through with it).

Those of His followers who repent of their wrong ways and now follow Him!

They will go through it and may be affected by them but are not under them.

For God to Bless His people they must obey Him, This means not doing what Satan wants them to do and this is necessary for God to stop the punishments on the peoples of the Land.

According as leaders repent will be the halting or lessening of the Judgment sentences on their people.

If the family head and their family repent they will be spared

If the local church assembly repents they will be spared

If the country leaders repent and the people repent with them then the country will be spared and so on.

The more of God’s people that repents the more of the area around them will be blessed by God and be spared judgment. God may still judge individual people in the area but the area generally will be spared.

No group is too small for God to bless. The only requirement is that they are His People. People who humble their self to seek God in all they do and seek His Face (His Will) in all they do.

The rulers who repent have been given an area of earthly authority to rule (as spiritual authority alone belongs to Jesus 1 Pet 2:25) and because of their godliness will influence all they have been given earthly authority over.

When these warnings were given to Israel, the political rulers were also the religious leaders. So God was referring to a structure where political and religious leaders were the same. We do not have this situation now as many political leaders are Godless and it is obvious they will not lead the repentance necessary to restore the Land.  Only when Jesus returns to earth to rule will political and spiritual leadership be one and the same.

Now you know why we are to pray for leaders of nations so that they will be godly, lead the people in righteousness (as their example as well of this)  and through this righteous leading preserve the land from Judgment.

Looking at all the current political leaders I would say we are doomed and the Tribulation will  be a natural Consequence of the lifestyle and leadership of the current leaders of the world’s people!

As you do what God tells you too you will be where he wants you to be and will be able to protect and provide for you (Mat 6:33).   Salvation is individual so is His protection and provision for those who seek to develop the relationship they have with Him and who seek to obey His Will in all they do.

God also looks at the corporate level and as each part of the  Body does what it is suppose to do the subgroup of the party they are in are blessed and through this bless the Body as a whole.

So what are you to do as a leader of a group? You lead by example and serve those you lead to be used by God to help develop the people into what Jesus wants them to be.

You are to ensure Gods’ law are applied to whatever you have legal responsibility for  so that in all your decision making His principles are in the Land and Satan cannot obtain a foothold.

Looking at the Lawmakers of today once again I say that mankind is doomed and the Tribulation must occur as a natural consequence ( Gal 6:7-8) of the way the nations of the earth are governed.

The Tribulation does not occur because God is punishing the earth. The Tribulation occurs as a natural consequence of how leaders have ruled the earth (unknowingly under the direction of Satan) and a natural consequence of the principle in Gal 6:7-8.

In the book of Revelation you will note that these judgments are applied now to the whole earth and not just to groups of people.

The judgments in the book of Revelation are a natural consequence of evil and will occur when evil is fulfilled and judgment must occur and not be delayed anymore through God’s compassion preventing it as He gives people time to repent.

Note:

This was written years ago and many of the final judgments on a land are occurring now which shows how close we are to the rapture.

Neville Salvetti