When God Judges Nations – Part 1

 In God's Justice

DG Blog #23

8/7/20

In my first blog in March, Are We Witnessing the End Times? I wrote this:

Are we experiencing this pandemic for the simple reason that we live in a fallen world filled with sickness and disease or is there a spiritual component behind it? Could it be that God is judging the world through this coronavirus and media bias? Many don’t like to hear this and I get it. It seems indefensible to a world that would ridicule God for doing such a thing. It is one of those “uncomfortable” parts in the Bible we mostly ignore—the subject of God’s judgment upon the nations in the end-times.

Two weeks ago we saw how God sent Jonah to warn the citizens of Nineveh to repent or receive God’s judgment for their wicked deeds. Is this something God only did in the Old Testament or is he the same God yesterday, today, and forever? The answer is that God’s attributes never change—period. He is just as unchangeable in his attribute of justice as he is in his attribute of mercy. Both operate tandemly and are never in conflict with the other.

In the earliest days of the New Testament church, forty years after Christ was crucified, God sent the Roman army in 70 A.D. to destroy Jerusalem and the temple. The prophet Daniel, and Jesus, both predicted this because people refused to recognize the time of Christ’s visitation (Luke 19:44). It was God’s divine plan of justice and retribution; something repeated throughout history and will continue to the end of time when Jesus returns. Consider God’s heart and unchangeable attributes of justice and mercy in the following scriptures:

“If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil [as Nineveh had done], then I will relent [i.e., back down] and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.” –Jeremiah 18:7-11

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  –2 Chronicles 7:14

God, the judge of the earth, says he will destroy the nation that turns from him, and do well to that nation that repents and turns back to him. He will forgive the “sin” of that nation and heal their land. Two things stand out. One, God does not refer to a nation’s “sins” as in the plural sense, though there are many, but he refers to the nation’s “sin” as in a singular sense. What singular sin does a nation commit against God when it gives birth to multiple “sins?” It is the sin of rebellion. Complete, total, raging rebellion against the sovereign rule of God.

“Why do the nations [rage] and the people plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord [the Father] and against his Anointed One [Jesus]. ‘Let us break their (the Trinity) chains,’ they say, ‘and throw off their [iron bands].'”[1]  –Psalm 2:1-3

Rebellion and rage against God is the sin of pride and self-dependence—relying solely upon human reasoning and intellect (i.e., secular humanism). Left to this deception, such a nation will deteriorate into confusion, corruption, and do only what is right in their own eyes (i.e., relativism). Complete anarchy ensues, ultimately requiring the inescapable justice of God.

Because God is just and merciful, he will hold off long enough to provide the opportunity for a nation to repent (Jeremiah 18:7-11; 2 Chronicles 7:14). If they do not, and their time is up, he will raise up another nation (or nations) to judge them.

No nation is immune to the justice of God. Not even America. Given all that has happened in 2020 alone, does it not make one question if our time as a great nation, founded under God, is closing in on the end of the runway of our existence? Like the Jews, when they crucified Jesus, are we only a generation away from our judgment as a nation? Is it possible that God has heard enough of the outcry of innocent blood from the ground demanding justice, and sees our nation unwilling to repent of its sin of pride and self-dependence?

In 30 A.D., Jesus Christ, the legitimate King of the Jews, was rejected amidst shouts that cried out to Pilate, “His blood be upon our heads and upon our children’s heads!” Forty years later, they got their wish.

Grace and Peace!

[1] Brackets replacing other words for better clarification.

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