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DISASTER, EVIL, AND THE

GOD OF THE SCRIPTURES



IF GOD IS GOOD

AND GOD IS ALL POWERFUL

HOW COME THERE IS DISASTER

AND EVIL IN THE WORLD?

Disaster, Evil, and the God of the Scriptures
Genesis 1 and 2 – God created the world perfect. It was to run in a way to be perfectly compatible for the habitation of the God-created humanity.
That world was a positive environment without anything in it that was antagonistic to the well-being of human beings. There was no death, no dangerous storms, no tsunamis, no earthquakes, no dangerous animals, etc.
That positive environment in every way promoted and assisted in the promotion of an environment of perfect happiness and the satisfaction of mankind. The environment and the animals fully cooperated with Adam and Eve.
Genesis 2:9 / 2:19-20
Genesis 2:25, 31 “Good” and “very good” = “good” can mean both moral good and that which is complete for its intended purpose.

Moral good cannot be the meaning here – what could be “moral” or ethical about

beasts and plants? It means “complete for its intended purpose” (Robert Dean www.deanbible.com) – like a house after construction. If it is a well constructed house that has been built according to plan then the work is good – but this does not mean moral. If the builder says “It is a good job” obviously does not mean morally good – it means has been done and is complete for its purpose.
Allen P. Ross: “That which is good is harmonious with the divine will; that which is evil conflicts with the divine will” (Genesis, p. 67).
If God created everything good then “God is not the author of evil. If God created evil, then God would be both good and evil. And if God were both good and evil there would be no hope for the triumph of good, which the Bible promises” (John MacArthur, The Origin of Evil” on www.ondoctrine.com).
Habakkuk 1:13 (NASB) Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You can not look on wickedness with favor.
Psalms 5:4 (NASB) For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil dwells with You.

Genesis 3:1-7 – (the test for human beings) The Scripture teaches that the perfection that God created was marred by a single event that shook the created universe – the sin of Adam and Eve when they acted independent of God and, in their divinely-given free will, made a choice to rebel against the will and Word of God.
God created free will in both angels and men. None of us were created to be robots or some lower creature that simply acts on instinct. We can think freely and choose freely. This is true both before and after the fall of man. The only true test of freedom is to have the opportunity of choosing the opposite of what we are told.
Adam and Eve were told not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The tree was the test, the opportunity to make a correct choice. Instead they chose to rebel and act independent of God’s Word.
Before the creation of the world as we now know it, Satan decided to rebel. In the Garden of Eden he tempted Eve and Adam followed Eve, but they operated in their own free will. To disobey God is evil. The source of evil – both moral and that which does not accomplish its divine purpose – lies outside of God. And evil always has consequences that are defined by God. And neither Satan, nor Adam, or Eve wanted the consequences!

The consequences of both these rebellions against a loving and all-powerful God are what we are still living with in the world today.


Genesis 3:14-19
Romans 8:19-22 (NASB) 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
Two types of evil:


  1. Moral evil which comes from fallen human beings (murder, thievery, suicide, preoccupation with self, [sin]), religion [man by man’s effort seeking the approval of God], legalism, giving to “good” causes, social action, one-world government, [human good], etc.) and all death (Romans 5:12). It is disorder on the moral world. It is a failure to conform to the righteous character and will of God. It is man trying to solve his problems by human solutions (those independent of God’s solutions: HVP thinking is evil). Man’s nature was corrupted by sin. God gives people over to what they want – Romans 1:18-22. People who are in rebellion against God explain the evil acts of men.




  1. Natural evil (or physical evil) which comes from the consequences of a fallen environment (earthquakes, hurricanes, mud slides, etc.). It is disorder in the natural world. Since these go against the welfare of humanity and thus do not conform to the original intent of God for creation, it is also called evil. A fallen creation explains disasters, decay, and death – all effects of evil.

(Ref. Unger’s Bible Dictionary)


Neither man nor nature is any longer what God created it to be. It is not fulfilling His intended purpose – it is a world of men in rebellion and the world (both nature and the world of humanity) itself is suffering the consequences.
Accidents, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, untimely death, or any such disasters are not “natural” – they are unnatural. This includes germs and viruses, sickness, and injury – and even pain in childbirth. Poisonous snakes and carnivorous animals and, yes, mosquitoes are included! All these are off the standard of God’s intent and thus natural evil.
Where does the fault lie? Not with God, but with rebellious angels and men. But like Adam in Genesis 3:12, we place the blame in wrong places:
Genesis 3:12 (NASB) The man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate."
Or we simply deny any such good and all-powerful God exists!
Non-believers will usually raise a question about suffering and evil at times of either personal loss through death of a family member or friend or at times of large disasters like those in Burma and China in recent years.
Because we all have a conscience that has some remnants of the knowledge of sin (Romans 2:14-15), we sense that the world should not contain such evil. This is why the question is raised – it is raised because of the God-implanted consciousness that there is a standard of right and wrong and we know that things in the world are wrong. Even though fallen in sin and spiritually dead, human beings still retain the ability to know – at some level – right from wrong. The image of God in us has been defaced but not decimated by sin.
But since non-believers have no understanding of Scripture, they ask the wrong question. And because they ask the wrong question they come up with the wrong answer.
The wrong question throws the problem of evil in the face of believers by asking something like this:
“If God is good and God is all-powerful (omnipotent) how can there be evil in the world? Since there is evil, there must be no God. Or if there is a god of some kind, it is different than that which you claim from Scripture.”
Or the statement goes like this:
“Since there is evil, and if God is good, then He must not be all-powerful because He does not stop it. A good and all-powerful God would not do that. Or if God is all-powerful and He does not stop it, then He must not be good because He allows this to happen when he could stop it.”
By saying this people try to show that biblical Christianity is illogical and therefore cannot be true in its other teachings. They want to reject the God of the Bible because if He is what it says He is then they are accountable to Him – and they do not want to be accountable!

First we have to recognize the assumption: they assume the world should not contain evil. In a world that rejects ultimate and absolute truth, the assumption itself demonstrates the logical fallacy of their arguments. Who are they to say it is evil (wrong) for these people to die? On what do they base the assumption that there should not be such suffering and evil? For something to be wrong there must be a standard by which to measure. What is that standard and where did it come from?


Evolution? Evolution says suffering and death is not evil, but rather is a positive good for the survival of the species. Everything is running on random chance. Death is completely “natural” and we should rejoice that mankind is improving! The less well adapted are being eliminated!
Many evolutionary environmentalists claim that there are entirely too many people on the earth. They should be rejoicing in the deaths of so many people in Burma or China. They should not try to rescue people because the greater the number of deaths the better for the environment!
Or maybe the New-Ager should rejoice that “Mother-earth” is solving the problem of over-population and human-caused environmental problems! Or maybe you can think there is some impersonal cosmic power out there but it is not a personal, knowable almighty God. Maybe it’s just “the force” of Stephen Speilberg!
Naturalism?: (Atheism) Naturalism claims that nothing is greater than or transcends the natural world. Therefore there really is no “good” or “evil” since such ideas transcend the natural world. Anything called “good’ or “evil” is just subjective. What one person thinks is good or evil is just are correct as one who believes the opposite. There really is no good or evil at all.
The unbeliever’s answer to why there is suffering and death is worse by far than the Biblical answer. We say suffering and death is abnormal and will come to an end. They say suffering and death is normal and will go on forever.
Luke 13:1-5 – another common misunderstanding is that bad things should only happen to those we think are bad in comparison to ourselves.

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In this passage Jesus points out God uses suffering and death to help people think about eternal things, spiritual things. The great reality is that there is a heaven and a hell. Eternal life is required to enter heaven and that life is received as a free gift. Eternal separation from God in hell is the other great, but often dismissed, reality. The consequence of not having eternal life is ultimately the eternal Lake of Fire:



Revelation 20:15 (NASB) And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
KEY: The most important thing in our existence is the spiritual not the physical. This truth matters more than anything in this life.
God allows disasters in the course of history as the consequences of both the human and angelic rebellion are being worked out to their final resolution; yet, the good that can come - and the good God desires – is for people to change their minds (to repent) about their need for eternal life, their need to believe in Christ alone.
This is indeed the goodness of God expressing itself in the midst of rebellion with all its sad consequences.
Remember: eternity is a long time to be wrong!
Romans 5:8 is what God did to solve the [problem man created:
Romans 5:8 (NASB) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. {He paid the full penalty for sin thus satisfying the righteousness of God. We receive eternal life by believing in Jesus alone for that life}.
All men will eventually die because of the effect of Adam’s sin and every person needs to receive eternal life!
People die every day – the only reason such disasters as Burma and China make the news is because of the numbers of people who suddenly died.
Christianity teaches that there should not be evil, but there is evil because of the actions of men and angels. And one day the problem of death and suffering and evil will be resolved. But it will be all in God’s due time.
Revelation 21:3-4 (NASB) 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away."
God did not cause evil – but He allows it to happen for a time. Good can come from evil if people respond by believing in Christ.
When death ever happens – whether to your friend or family or by the millions – God is in control but that does not mean He is directly controlling each and every event in either natural or human evil. The consequences of rebellion are being allowed to continue. Human beings are allowed by God to choose wickedness and evil but God does not cause it nor does He approve of it. But, God does use evil to bring about His purposes. He can bring good out of evil.

He is giving opportunity to those still alive to recognize their need of eternal life and by believing in Christ to receive it as a free gift.


But there is another aspect to the truth about God: sometimes He sends judgment. Sometimes He does send a specific judgment or judgments just as He will in the coming seven-year Tribulation.
First remember: God always gives grace before judgment!
There have been times in the past when God has sent great judgment because of sin and rebellion. God’s judgment on evil is not evil but rather the consequences of man’s evil.
Genesis 6:5-7 - The flood came in Genesis 7.
Genesis 19 – the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The nation of Israel saw many such acts of God in her history.
And more is yet to come in the tribulation - Revelation 9:20-21 – the stubbornness of human beings!
2 Peter 3:3-9 – God will put an end to it in His time. Now is the day of grace.
perish”  to die physically from these judgments. The result is, of course, to be eternally separated from God in the eternal lake of fire. Man’s problem is that he wants freedom of choice without any consequences!
In the original good environment was the actual presence of God – Genesis 3:8
The divine ideal is for God to dwell with men like he did partially at Sinai, Tabernacle and Temple - but again fully in the Millennium and on into eternity
Revelation 21:3 (NASB) And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,
Revelation 22:3-5 (NASB) 3 There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; 4 they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. 5 And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.
What once was will be again and evil will be totally defeated and all will forever be in harmony with the divine will.
IT WILL BE RESOLVED – REVELATION 21:1-9 – no evil of any kind
Revelation 21:1-9 (NASB) 1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." 5 And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He said*, "Write, for these words are faithful and true." 6 Then He said to me, "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. 7 "He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 8 "But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." 9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, "Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb."
Where will you be for all eternity? Have you considered your family and friends?

COMMAND



ANGELS

MAN =


Freedom of

CHOICE



CONSEQUENCES:

SPIRITUAL DEATH

PHYSICAL DEATH

NATURE PARTIALLY ANTAGONISTIC

LAKE OF FIRE FOR ETERNITY


EVIL


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THE CROSS OF CHRIST MAKES POSSIBLE

THE END OF ALL CONSEQUENCES!


  1. ETERNAL LIFE WHEN YOU BELIEVE (SOLVES PROBLEM OF SPIRITUAL DEATH)




  1. RESURRECTION AND A NEW ETERNAL BODY (SOLVES THE PROBLEM OF PHYSICAL DEATH)




  1. A NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH (SOLVES THE PROBLEM OF PARTIALLY ANTAGONISTIC NATURE)




  1. A LIFE WITH GOD FOREVER IN HEAVEN AND ON THE NEW EARTH (SOLVES THE PROBLEM OF THE LAKE OF FIRE AS A DWELLING PLACE)




  1. GOD WILL FULLY AND FINALLY PUT AN END TO ALL EVIL AND ALL WILL BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS PERFECT WILL.


Acts 16:31 They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved
John 5:24 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

The Fived Cycles of Divine Discipline
A STUDY OF LEVITICUS 26:14-42
Romans 15:4 (NASB) For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
The things written in the Old Testament – including the many warnings – are to instruct us who are living in the church age. This study is of one of the warning sections of the Bible given to the nation of Israel. As a nation, they passed through these five cycles of national discipline. From this we want to learn a lesson about the discipline that is coming on America.
When people go swimming in the ocean, various flags are used to either give the “all clear” (green) or to give various levels of warning (yellow, red, double red). If God were to post a warning flag over this nation, I wonder which one it would be:

flag warning system

For the safety of this nation we should “observe” the warning signs and then obey God’s Word!


Just as God promised blessings in His covenant relationship to Israel, so also there were chastenings for violation of the covenant. They are found in various Scriptures:
The Covenant Chastenings
Chastening Amos 4 Leviticus 26 Deuteronomy 28 1 Kings 8
Hunger/famine 6 26, 29 17, 48 37
Drought 7-8 19 22-24, 48 35
Blight/mildew 9 20 18, 22, 30, 39-40 37
Locusts 9 --- 38, 42 37
Plagues 10 16, 25 21-22, 27, 35, 59-61 37
Military defeat 10 17, 25, 33, 36-39 25-26, 49-52 33
Devastation 11 31-35 23-28 ---

The Bible Knowledge Commentary Old Testament, Walvood and Zuck, p. 1436
The blessings and warnings all have to do with the health, prosperity, security, greatness, and survival of the nation of Israel. Whether they experienced blessing or chastisement depended on their faithfulness to God and His covenant with them.
Help and ideas for this portion of the study from: Dr. Robert Dean, Dr, Charlie Clough, Dr. Tommy Ice, Warren Doud, and Gene Cunningham.
I have heard that the Jews read these “curses” found in Deuteronomy 28 every year in the synagogue in a low tone of voice. In this chapter of sixty-eight verses, fourteen are blessings and fifty-four are curses! Curses outnumbering blessings almost at a four-to-one ratio!
The history of Israel as a nation has been a steady cycle of the divine discipline and, to some extent, recovery from discipline after chastisement. The history of Israel is best studied in the light of these blessings and cycles of discipline. The captivity of the Northern Kingdom of Israel by the Assyrians, and the captivity of the Southern Kingdom (Judah) by Babylon – which we have been studying – shows the nation in the fifth cycle of discipline.

In this is also seen that Israel has yet to pass through their worst time of divine judgment in the coming Tribulation period. But yet, as we will see, they will come to the place of blessing because of the faithfulness of God to His covenant with Abraham.


God chastens other nations also and the Bible has many such examples. From the cycles seen in reference to Israel, we can see the warning signs to America.

The more a nation moves away from the truth of God’s Word, the more they will fall into judgment. This is especially true of a nation – like America – that was founded as a Christian nation and one that has been the leading nation in evangelism and the teaching of the Scriptures.


The greater the light, the greater the accountability and the greater the chastening!
“The five ‘cycles’ of discipline refer to five levels or increments of chastisement which God brings on a nation which steadfastly refuses to repent of its immorality and (then) live according to God’s plan. When a nation at first very subtly begins to drift away from the Lord, (it is) indicated by (1) the laxness in morality in many of its citizens and (2) an indifference to the Word of God…” (www.gracenotes.com Warren Doud “Chastisement.”)
The five cycles of discipline are clearly outlined in Leviticus 26.
“If you will not listen to Me,” or something similar, introduces each of the five sections. It is followed by the “I wills” which announce divine discipline on the nation of Israel.
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  1. The First Cycle – Leviticus 26:14-17




  1. Verses 14-15: The reason for the cycles of discipline is given: commandments, statutes, ordinances, cover all of the national legislation God had given at Sinai. Israel had entered into the agreement with God that they would obey.




  1. Verses 16-17: five forms of discipline in the first cycle are listed:


1. Health Issues:


    • Unspecified “terror” – causing a loss of inner peace and uncertainty in the nation

    • “consumption” - Health problems with diseases such as cancer, HIV AIDS, STD’s, tuberculosis, flesh eating bacteria, and other such serious attacks on a person’s health.




    • “fever that shall waste away the eyes and cause the soul to pine away”: various sickness that lead to mental depression, emotional instability, and a negative attitude toward life.

2. Economic Recession:
“sow your seed uselessly”





  • The result of reduced farm production would be increasingly higher food prices causes the common people to struggle to provide for their families.




  • “your enemies shall eat it up”: The “enemies” in agriculture would be anything that reduces production




  • In the modern world, the “seed” would also be investment capitol and the “crop” would be fair and reasonable profits.




  • The enemies could be: excessive taxation, greed and corporate corruption, excessive demands of labor unions, burdensome government regulations, etc.


3. Defeat on the battlefield:
Verse 17: “struck down before your enemies”


  • the military loses it effectiveness – poor leadership, immorality and homosexuality among the troops, cowardice, insufficient funding, having to be in too many places at once, lack of political will to fight, etc.




  • “stuck down”: defeat in battle would also include self-defeat that comes from a lack of the political will to win and leaving before the job is finished (Korea, Vietnam, and now being considered in Iraq), etc.




  • Various wars, border disputes, illegal immigration that is uncontrolled, terrorism in unexpected places, etc.


4. Arrogance by those in authority:
“those who hate you shall rule over you”


  • The rich and the powerful consider themselves smarter than anyone else and that they know what is best in spite of the will of the people. They “look down” on the common folks for a variety of self-focused reasons.




  • Such people do not respect such things as our Constitution, the wisdom of the Founding Fathers of America, or our Christian heritage.




  • Unelected judges rule and make law from the bench (judicial activism)




  • Educators and politicians think they know what is best for the education of children and will ignore and/or oppose parents and Christian leaders who seek to have a voice in education – no Bible allowed!




  • National leaders will serve themselves and seek only to increase their power and control over others through whatever means possible (including such things as “earmarks” and “entitlements”).


5. Flight from reality into fantasy:
“you shall flee when no one is pursuing you”


  • God’s Word defines reality. Anything contrary to God’s Word is human fantasy: “We can solve our problems on our own.” This is a flight from reality.




  • People reject God’s Word as the solution for every issue in life and run into the fantasy world of Human Viewpoint Thinking.




  • People fear things that are not real (global cooling, global warming, over-population, “planet in crises” as well as personal issues, etc.)

  • Mental confusion in discerning right from wrong, truth from error. Morality and immorality can reverse places – right becomes wrong and wrong become right.




  • Romans 1:28 (NASB) And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper




  • Spiritual delusion, false religions, occult seduction become common including Wicca and witchcraft, rejection of Bible Doctrine even by believers, emotionalism replaces learning




  • Increasing mental issues from fear, victimization, addictions, laziness, irresponsibility, and (get this) popularity – the false philosophies of psychology and psychotherapy with their mind-altering “meds” become wide spread


Verse 18: the people have an opportunity to change the way they are thinking and respond to God’s Word
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  1. The Second Cycle – Leviticus 26:18-20


Verse 17: the “seven times principle”: increasing intensification of the previous cycle as well as something additional.


    1. loss of national prestige

“break down your pride of power”





  • the international influence of the nation is lost


2. Difficulty in farming and food production
“your sky like iron and your earth like bronze”


  • the land and the environment work against the farmer




  • drought results in famine




  • in the modern world, the business climate becomes more and more difficult and less productive

“your strength shall be spent uselessly”


  • increased work but less return in spendable wages







  • Haggai 1:6 (NASB) "You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes."

“your land shall not yield its produce and the trees shall not yield their fruit”




  • this would also mean by analogy that the products made from raw materials become more and more expensive – gas, electricity, water, building materials, vehicles, etc.




  • the economy begins to slip into deep recession and flirts with depression. Poverty spreads among the so-called “middle-class.”




  • Increasingly bad decisions are being made by national leaders: lack of concern for the environment, over-concern for the environment (modern environmentalism), international trade, government spending, taxation, production (food to fuel!), regulations, the U.N. and globalism, etc.




  • More and more personal freedoms are lost due to bad decisions on the part of political leaders (seat belts, smoking, land use, gun ownership, “hate speech” etc.)


Verse 21: the people once again have an opportunity to change the way they are thinking and respond to God’s Word.
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  1. The third cycle – Leviticus 26:21-22




    1. The animals in the environment encroach on society

“let loose among you the beasts of the field”



  • attacks from wild animals increase




  • Revelation 6:8 (NASB) I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.




  • modern nature-worship (environmentalism) placing animals on the same level or over humanity (the result of evolutionary thinking)




    1. The “animals” in society: the wild animal as a metaphor




  • Increased criminality




  • Education turning “beastly” and turning children from God, church, and family




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    1. the loss of children

“bereave you of your children”




  • abortion (4,000 per day; 115,00 around the world daily)




  • loss from the family and church by the “animals” in society




  • murder due to crime




    1. loss of commerce

“your roads lie deserted”




  • reduced population




  • fear keeps people out of business areas




  • environmentalism is shutting down many businesses and business areas (e.g. preventing oil production)


Verse 23: The people are given an opportunity to change the way they are thinking and respond to God’s Word.
Does it not seem as if America might also be in this third cycle?



  1. The Fourth Cycle – Leviticus 26: 23-26

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    1. War and civil unrest (but not a total defeat of the nation)

“bring upon you a sword”




  • Enemy attacks – nations and acts of terrorism




  • Social unrest, violence, and civil war




  • Possibly an increase in murders




    1. Disease and epidemics

“I will send pestilence”




  • In ancient times when people were attacked in the countryside they retreated to the walled cities for protection




  • Even today when things go bad people still often come to cities to find help and work




  • Various diseases spread easily among a dense population; unsanitary conditions add to the difficulty, lack of clean water, rodent increase, etc.




  • Hospitals and other social logistical system become overtaxed and unable to care for the people




  • Such conditions make it easier for people to “be delivered into enemy hands” individually or in groups




    1. Famine and food rationing

“you will eat and not be satisfied”

  • Normally one oven bakes bread for one family. However, the most basic of foods is in such short supply that ten families come together to try to pool their resources and there is not enough. Starvation becomes a real event.


Verse 27: The people and the nation are on the very brink of total destruction, yet God still gives them a chance to change their mind and respond to God’s Word.
It seems as if America is moving toward this dangerous next cycle. There are warning signs on the horizon if we will but see them for what they are.

  1. The Fifth Cycle – Leviticus 26:27-39 mcj02932160000[1]

“you shall eat the flesh of you sons and the flesh of your daughters shall you eat”





    1. Cannibalism




  • The people are little above the level of brute animals. There is little or no moral restraint of any kind left, there is a complete breakdown in the social order into anarchy.




  • Cannibalism has often been known to happen in such extreme circumstances (see 2 Kings 6:29 for an example). It did with the nation of Israel in the final siege by Babylon.


2. God does no longer give an opportunity to survive as a nation
Verse 30 “My soul shall abhor you”

Verse 31 “I will not smell your soothing aromas”




  • The false worship is shown to be what it is and God will completely overturn such lies as the people discover there self-made gods do not solve their problems




  • God will no longer give an opportunity for the people and the nation to survive




    1. Destruction of the nation

“enemies settle in it”



  • The country is so devastated that the enemy is amazed when they move into the conquered territory


4. Deportation and scattering of the people

“I will scatter you among the nations”




  • The survivors are simple assimilated into other cultures

“I will draw out a sword after you”




  • Some may go as prisoners and slaves




  • Many have to flee in utter terror as the enemy tries to kill them without mercy

For Israel, this final stage was fulfilled in 70 AD. It will happen again in the Tribulation period. Finally, however, the nation will repent of their sin of the rejection of the Messiah with the crucifixion of Christ and He will return and set up the long awaited promised Messianic Kingdom. See Leviticus 26:40-42 (iniquity singular – the rejection of the Messiah). See also Zechariah 12:10 and Matthew 23:37-39.


The only hope for America is to reject the downward spiral away from God and His Word and return to our foundations. In Matthew 11:20-24 Christ uses two Jewish cities that had seen Christ’s ministry and rejected Him. They stand for the entire nation. Note specifically what it says about even such a wicked city as Sodom:

20 Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent. 21 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 "Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. 23 "And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. mcj04349120000[1]mcj04339170000[1]



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