5 Signs of God’s Judgment

I am compelled to write this note because many among us are confused between the signs of God’s judgment and signs of our Lord Jesus’ return. The difference is the difference between “repentance” and “retreat”. One speaks to “personal edification” and the other speaks to “personal escape.”

Jesus told us to “occupy until I come” (Luke 19:13). It means to be busy, to be occupied doing something, to do business till I come, to work hard till I come and to give His kingdom, His gospel and His mandate (Matthew 28:17-20) full attention until He comes.

Beloved, our precious brothers and sisters can talk all they want about the last days, the end times, the soon return of Christ, and spend their lives calculating dates until they are blue in the face, but if we do not take advantage of the opportunities that God gives us, to serve Him at home, at work, in church, in our community and to equip believers, to save the lost, to participate in the marketplace of ideas and to take a Christian stand in the public square, then we will have failed Him, our children and our grandchildren. Those who do lots of work and lots of talk but produce no fruit for the kingdom – they will see their works turn into smoldering ashes. This need not be.

Jesus said, “Occupy Till I come.” He didn’t say calculate days, talk to each other, hold hands, sing songs, fight among yourselves or ghettoize our beliefs until I come or don’t spend more than 60 minutes on Sunday in church until I come, he didn’t say debate the finer issues of theology until I come, He didn’t say take pride in debating each other over styles of worship until I come, but He said, “Occupy till I come.”

The Bible tells us that there are at least five progressive stages of judgment in a humanistic nation. Each stage serves as a warning to the people to return to the sanity of righteous obe­dience to God’s Word.

First, there will be an increase in natural catastrophes (Isaiah 1:5-9).

Whenever judgment befalls a nation, dramatic shifts in weather patterns, geological instability, a decline in agricultural pro­ductivity, public health crisis and hygiene, and other “natural” phe­nomena inevitably occur. Rebellious nations invite plagues, famines, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, catastrophic storms, epidemics, drought, floods, typhoons, hurricanes, and tornadoes.

Righteous nations, on the other hand, rebuff such judgment. A nation reaps what it sows.

Second, water will be added to the wine (Isaiah 1:22).

Whenever judgment befalls a nation, a noticeable decline in the quality of products inevitably occurs. Rebellious nations occa­sion shoddy workmanship, sloppy craftsmanship, and slovenly construction. They are rife with unprofessionalism, slothfulness, discourtesy, sluggardly conduct, extortion, profit­eering, false advertising, shams, cons, Ponzi schemes, scams and wanton waste. Hu­manistic nations are thus constantly forced to deal with such things as trade deficits, declining industry, plummeting market shares, massive recalls, import quotas, and massive unemployment.

Righteous nations, on the other hand, rebuff such judgment. A nation reaps what it sows.

Third, the silver becomes dross (Isaiah 1:22).

Whenever judgment befalls a nation, chronic financial crises inevitably oc­cur. Rebellious nations engage in currency devaluation, infla­tion, deficit spending, and fiat leveraging. Humanistic nations are thus constantly forced to deal with accelerating bankruptcy rates, runaway cost of living increases, unstable exchange ratios, debased currencies, wage and price controls, exorbitant taxa­tion, and money that is not worth the paper it is printed on.

Righteous nations, on the other hand, rebuff such judgment. A nation reaps what it sows.

Fourth, there is an exchange in leadership (Isaiah 3:1-5).

Whenever judgment befalls a nation good leaders give way to bad leaders who give way to even worse leaders. Rebellious nations are an easy target for conspiracy, collusion, corruption, covetous­ness, and contamination. They seem to breed demagogic, xeno­phobic, and messianic opportunists who rise to power and prominence. Humanistic nations are thus constantly forced to deal with government scandals, cover-ups, bribes, evasions, in­vestigations, revelations, and resignations.

Righteous nations, on the other hand, rebuff such judgment. A nation reaps what it sows.

Fifth, the people are taken captive (Isaiah 5:13-15).

When judgment befalls a nation, and it fails to repent during the course of the first four warning stages, it will finally be dragged off into exile. Rebellious nations are weak and gullible in the face of in­toxicating philosophies, exotic delicacies, and titillating ideolo­gies. They are lured away from their citadels of strength by the beguiling angels of alien light. Humanistic nations are thus con­stantly forced to deal with the corrosive incursions of anarchism, totalitarianism, socialism, antinomianism, existentialism, nihilism, and hedonism.

Righteous nations, on the other hand, rebuff such judgment. A nation reaps what it sows.

It doesn’t take an expert in sociology, theology, eschatology, or futurology to see that our nation is now undergoing very real and substantial judgment. All five stages of Biblical judgment are everywhere apparent.

Bow down before God, ask Him to forgive you and repent from any sinful behavior. He said (2 Chronicles 7:14) that when we do this that “He will heal our land.”

You are loved.

His servant, your friend,