ABOUT JESUS - Steve Sweetman
Judgment Looks Like
For numerous reasons many
Christians avoid the prophetic books of the Old Testament.
By so doing they fail to understand and recognize what God's
judgment on a nation looks like. So,
when judgment appears on the horizon, they're pathetically unprepared for
the rough road ahead. Isaiah 3
gives us a glimpse of what God's judgment can look like.
Although the specific nation in question is Israel, I believe the judgments seen in Isaiah 3 are applicable to any nation
that rejects God.
Isaiah 3:1 to 3 states
that God will disrupt a nation's food and water supply.
When agricultural and economic failures plunge a nation into
recession or depression, whether it's seemingly due to supply and demand
disruptions, global upheavals, or climate change, God's hand of judgment
is behind the fallen economy.
Isaiah 3:1 to 3 also
states that God will remove the effectiveness of the warrior, the judge,
the craftsman, the wise man, and the prophet, from an ungodly nation.
When a nation's military, judicial system, manufacturing sector,
and religious institutions, fall into disrepair and becomes ineffective,
God's judgment has infiltrated the nation's infrastructure.
Isaiah 3:4 states that
God installs youths as national officials.
Children rule the nation. The
installation of incompetent childish politicians is one way God brings a
nation down to its knees in judgment.
Isaiah 3:5 states that
God causes the citizens of a nation to oppose one another.
Men fight against their fellow man while neighbours are caught in
conflict with one another. When
racial, social, economic, and religious unrest divide a nation, that
divided nation will soon fall by the hand of God's judgment.
Isaiah 3:6 and 7 states
that an ungodly nation won't be able to conscript quality people to lead
it. When individuals are asked
"to take charge of this heap of ruins"(NIV) they will answer by
saying "I have no remedy" (NIV). God's
judgment is clearly seen when no one with sufficient intelligence and
quality character traits can be found to lead a nation out of its ruins.
The Apostle Paul, in
Romans 1:24 says that God will hand a society over to the immoral sins it
chooses to embrace. The
particular sin he points out is homosexuality.
Isaiah 3:9 tells us that God will hand a nation over to such
immorality. This is seen when
its citizens "parade" (NIV) around in their sin, just as "
The New Living
Translation of Isaiah 3:12 is notable in light of our present electoral
season. "Childish leaders
oppress my people and women rule over them." In
context, "my people" refers to the nation of
Isaiah 3:13 and 14 states
that the Lord will take His seat in His court and enter into judgment.
I suggest that you carefully read all of Isaiah 3 for yourself.
Don't take my word on this. You
might well disagree with me on this issue, and that's fine.
Just ask yourself if the judgments you see in Isaiah 3 have any
relevance for the western world nations today.
Has God Almighty sat down in His courtroom to judge the nations of
the western world? From my
vantage point, I believe He has. What
I see transpiring in the western world today looks very much like the
judgments I see in Isaiah 3.