CONCERNING GOD’S JUDGMENTS
BY: ROBERT D. TORANGO
SEPTEMBER 23, 2005
It seems to be on everyone’s minds today. Is God judging America with the destructive power of the rash of hurricanes that have hit the gulf coast in the last month or so. First, Katrina and now Rita, bearing down on the Houston and surrounding area may give some the idea that God is surely bringing these storms to cause men to repent and to turn toward the Lord. I have heard it said that there has been some prophecies concerning the tragedy of New Orleans as the judgment of God against that city’s evil ways. In the prior months of this year, hurricanes also wreaked havoc on Florida, especially the Palm Beach and Miami area, but also causing wide spread damage across the state. Some in the Body of Christ have chosen to call these storms the just recompense of the evil ways of the sinners that seem to have grabbed God’s attention in such a way that He has chosen to call down judgment upon these certain areas, to prove that they must all repent and come to the Lord. But, I would like to make a clear statement of these events, and then let you decide what to think about such happenings and the reason for them taking place.
First, let me say that I do believe in the judgments of God. But, I do not think that events such as hurricanes, or tornadoes, or house fires, or floods and such are necessarily the judgments of God against a world full of sinners. The simple fact of the matter is this: hurricanes have always found their way to the gulf coast of America, throughout the history of the world. It is a natural ecological trait, and is not out of the ordinary at all for the Southeastern part of our coast to have destructive weather. Due to some of the global weather changes that have transpired over the last hundred years, there may be a slight spike of the numbers of hurricanes that have hit recently, but when one views the overall historical patterns of hurricanes hitting the United States, it is not an aberration of events. Given this fact, it is even more clear to me that nothing has changed from today in the Body of Christ than has been seen within it for the last 2,000 years. Men and women have consistently jumped on such events to prophecy of certain doom upon the world at large by a vengeful and hateful God. Historically, these two events have always been intrinsically joined together, a natural disaster and then a prophecy of doom and judgment. Disasters of any sort are not the sign that we are to look to – a sign that Christ is about to appear in His saints. Disasters and events of destruction are not the methods that God is going to use to bring the world to Him. Listen to what Jesus said to His disciples when they asked when the sign of the end of the age would be.
3 And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when Shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world (age)?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (KJV)
In the following verses, Jesus makes it plain that wars and rumors of wars, pestilence, earthquakes, famines, nation rising against nation, kingdoms against kingdoms, none of these things are the sign of the end of the world. In fact, when taken in the proper context of what the disciples first asked Jesus, none of the 24th chapter of Matthew are to be signs of the end of the cosmos, or the external, natural world. All of this was regarding the age or time that the disciples lived in.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. (KJV)
To me, it is ludicrous for anyone to look at the storms approaching the coastal region of the United States and try to represent it as a certain judgment of God against the sinners living in those areas. What about the rest of the country that doesn’t seem to be as evil as the city of New Orleans? Such as Nashville, TN or Cleveland, TN, both cities that represent major institutions of religious publishing and denominational headquarters? We who live in the Nashville area are paying a cost of the destruction of the coastal regions of Louisiana and Mississippi, in the cost of our fuel and building supplies. Are we being judged also, without ever attending a single Mardi Gras? Or, now we see God’s supposed judgment bearing down on Houston, TX. I don’t believe that Houston is identified throughout the world as a degenerate city. It is actually a normal metropolitan area, without any striking persona of being overtly evil enough to incur God’s wrath. The truth is that if natural events are the enactment of God’s judgment on a country, then we are all being judged today, since the whole United States and also the world itself is feeling the pain of the disastrous hurricanes that have hit this year. In today’s economy, no one is unaffected by such events.
It seems to me that we should understand that in a natural world there is going to be natural disasters, having nothing to do with God’s wrath on mankind. If I go out and drive my car to town and get a flat tire, I can look at that event one of two ways. Either the Lord is mad at me for my evil ways and He made me have a flat to get me to repent, or I can understand that when we drive on tires made of permeable rubber, we are going to occasionally hit a sharp object in the road and the natural result from that is a flat tire. As far as I know, God hasn’t handed out eternally inflated tires to the saints of God and stuck the sinners with some bald tires, but we all drive on the same tires and stuff happens to them, nothing more and nothing less. Some of us live in certain locations that see more naturally destructive weather patterns than other areas. The dear folks in certain areas of Oklahoma and Kansas live in a natural phenomena called “tornado alley”, because of the frequency of tornado’s being formed. Well, we all know that those Oklahoma people are such great sinners that God just has to judge them each year with a certain amount of tornado’s just to get them to listen to Him. Ridiculous, to make such a statement, right? Isn’t that the same way some are looking at the hurricanes hitting our coast? I pray we can come to our senses and know that none of this is what we need to be looking for as a verification that God is about to do something in this country.
The only sign that is given to us is the sign of the coming of the son of man, which is the rising of the Christ in the overcoming sons of God. The true sign of the coming of the Lord is not the natural calamities of this world, but sons of God raising up in the power of the indwelling Christ, for this will turn the world to God by a full manifestation of God’s glory and salvation.
38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be threedays and three nights in the heart of the earth. (KJV)
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (KJV)
34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and risingagain of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (KJV)
1 Cor. 1:22-24
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. (KJV)
Love and Blessings In Christ,
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