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captivity

He who has an ear, let him hear.

If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed.

This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. (Revelation 13:9-10 NIV)

To understand prophecy, we must know Bible history. When the Lord’s chosen people sinned by committing idolatry they sealed their fate.  In Deuteronomy 28, they heard God pledge what would happen: “The LORD will cause you to be defeated by your enemies” (28:25). “The LORD will drive you and the king you set over you to a nation unknown to you or your fathers” (28:36). “The LORD will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth,… a nation whose language you will not understand, a fierce looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young” (28:49-50). “Then the LORD will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other” (28:64).

All the nations will ask: “Why has the LORD done this to this land? Why this fierce, burning anger?” And the answer will be: “It is because this people abandoned the covenant of the LORD, the God of their fathers,… Therefore the LORD’s anger burned against this land, so that he brought on it all the curses written in this book. In furious anger and in great wrath the LORD uprooted them from their land and thrust them into another land, as it is now” (29:24-25, 27-28).

If the Lord called Assyria to capture then scatter ten of Israel’s tribes, and if He sent Babylon to carry away Judah, then, centuries later, used Roman soldiers as his instruments to banish Jews from their land, then what will happen to the idolatrous West? If we escape the sword, we will be uprooted and thrust into another land. This is basic prophecy regarding the last days, supported by the word of the prophets.

Someone has to alert God’s people to what’s coming. If the Lord is sending the destroyer, do not think your guns will save. To live, submit to the Father’s will.

Knowing from Scripture that we’ll be carried away, what manner of Christian ought we to be? We should be counted among the wise: “Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered… Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time” (Daniel 11:33, 35).

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Dressed to go out

Dressed to go out.

“However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands… The LORD will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him. The LORD will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess. The LORD will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, with blight and mildew, which will plague you until you perish. (Deuteronomy 28:15a, 20-24 NIV)

While Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the the World Health Organization (WHO) stated today (Monday, October 13th) that the Ebola outbreak is “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times”, Americans are hearing that we need not be overly concerned.

Serious doubts about controlling Ebola surfaced yesterday when it was reported that a Dallas, Texas, nurse has become the first on American soil to contract the virus. Not to worry. According to Dr. Thomas Friedan, Director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it was a “protocol breach” on the part of the unidentified nurse. She had contact with Thomas Duncan, the Ebola-infected patient who has since died. Of course, no one knows what her protocol breach was.

The Word of God gives the clearest insight into what is happening: The Lord is doing what he promised he would do. When his people ceased to obey he said he would strike the land with a curse. Confusion reigns because God said he would send it –and rebuke also.

We are under a curse because we are corrupt and flaunt our sin. Where is the fear of God? So the vile and wicked will contract wasting diseases until they all perish. If Dr. Friedan and his associates, or even his superiors, think they can control God’s curse, they are wrong! They probably ignore Scripture’s warning, the same way Mr. Duncan was ignored as he crossed our nation’s borders.  We all neglect God’s Word to our own peril.

God’s people need not worry or surrender to fear. We have an Advocate who sits at the Father’s right hand. We can come boldly before Jesus’ throne of grace seeking help in our time of trouble.

In these Last Days, Solomon’s prayer is critical for the saints to learn:

“When famine or plague comes to the land, or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers, or when enemies besiege them in any of their cities, whatever disaster or disease may come, and when a prayer or plea is made by any of your people Israel–each one aware of his afflictions and pains, and spreading out his hands toward this temple–then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive, and deal with each man according to all he does, since you know his heart (for you alone know the hearts of men), so that they will fear you and walk in your ways all the time they live in the land you gave our fathers.” (2 Chron. 6:28-31 NIV)

Might Ebola be the big one that some predict? Whether it is or not, God will be feared or humanity will pay the price.

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