If God is love, why will He punish humanity by sending the frightful plagues depicted so vividly in the Book of Revelation?
Many believe that the plagues of Egypt and the seven last plagues constitute the one great exception to the statement: “God is love.”
A common idea is that God is about to close probation, that the time of salvation will soon be over and that no people can be saved thereafter. Then, according to this conception, a God of Wrath will glut his rage and revengeful passion by pouring out vials of torture upon defenseless, helpless humans. A doomed humanity will suffer the most excruciating pains imaginable.
This is a pagan conception of a god capable of all the base passions of degraded men. This concept is not true!
It is time we understand exactly how rotten the human race has become. The nations are filled with robbery, rape and murder. Two thirds of our women are fornicators, and over 95% of our men. Drunkenness and prostitution fill the land.
Atheistic communists have enslaved millions from the cradle to an untimely grave; wealthy capitalists have famished the laborer while the laborers steal from one another.
Whole nations have tortured captive races, roasted their victims alive, gassed millions scientifically. Religious hatred smolders in many lands, awaiting the hour of outright persecution. This is the world we live in today, a world of scientific progress but in a state of moral decay!
How would you deal with such a wretched lot of human beings? How merciful would you be to those who have enslaved others? How would you teach them all a lesson they would never forget? How would you correct the nations till they finally have their bellies full of their carnal, murderous ways? Think about it, will mankind correct himself?
Now let’s understand what God will do about it!
Notice Jeremiah 25:31: “A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Eternal hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Eternal.”
Did you notice that God will plead with lost sinners? Probation will not be closed! God will send Jesus Christ to plead with all flesh to bring them to salvation. He has sent His prophets and ministers to warn the nations of the impending troubles ahead.
In His controversy with the nations, God pleads with humanity because He loves the human family. “God is love” (I John 4:16). But there is only one kind of pleading which human beings seem to understand permanently, physical force.
Do you realize that for nearly 6,000 long years God has already pleaded with the human family thru preaching, by the spoken and written word?
God in person spoke to Adam, the first man. On the very first day after Adam’s creation, that very first Sabbath day “the Eternal God commanded the man, saying: “that the wages of transgressing God’s eternal laws is death, but that God’s gift was eternal life! Yes, God preached the way of eternal life to the first man. But God made the man a free moral agent. God, sovereign Ruler of the universe, deliberately ruled that man must choose. God commanded Israel: “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose
But God commanded them to choose life and blessings! God’s laws are love. They are the way to peace, happiness, joy blessings, and God’s free gift of eternal life. But God allows man to reject this way, and to choose curses and death. In no other way can God’s great purpose here below be worked out!
God pleaded with the world thru Noah, but the world scoffed and jeered and chose the fate of drowning! God sent His prophets but the people stoned and killed them.
God sent His own Son, Jesus Christ who spoke God’s Message of Good News, of hope, of eternal life. They rejected His Message and put the Son of God to death. They martyred His apostles and true ministers of the first and second centuries. Then they turned to fables and deception, while appropriating the name of Christ and proclaiming to the world that Jesus was the Christ (Matt. 24:5; II Tim. 4:4)!
Men have proved they will not (except for the very few) voluntarily respond to God’s pleading thru words! God will not cannot -- without defeating His own purpose remove the prerogative of free moral agency from man. He will not force men into right ways. But now God will plead in a stronger language than soft words. He will plead with humanity to turn to the right ways in the one language carnal humans seem willing to heed, physical punishment!
As any wise and loving father punishes his children for their own good when they refuse to respond to verbal admonition, so an all-loving God will now plead with rebellious humanity with physical force, with plagues!
That time is at hand possibly coming within the next few years! After the first six plagues, plagues, administered with increasing severity, shall come the seven last plagues plagues of horrible sores, of blood instead of water to drink, of intense heat from the sun to scorch men, of quakes and terrifying hailstones (Rev. 16).
He will give the world a taste of its own ways, a lesson it will never forget. It will be for our own good and for the salvation of the nations.
We read in Hebrews 12:5-6: “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaks unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.”
The plagues are a manifestation of God’s love! He desires that all nations might come to a knowledge of salvation. He will plead with the world to accept the way to peace which the nations have not known.
When God says He will plead with the nations in the only language they understand physical force -- He isn’t fooling! He means what He says! It happened once before, and it will happen again! Understand this! These former plagues fell on Egypt (Ex. Chapter 7 to 12).The last plagues fall on Babylon. You will find this recorded in Revelation, chapters 15 & 16.
The plagues on Egypt were real. The seven last plagues will be equally real. Israel, in the days of Moses, dwelt in Egypt. God pleaded with the Egyptians to let His people go. He finally delivered the children of Israel after sending ten plagues on Egypt. The purpose for delivering Israel was to make the Old Covenant.
Now notice the remarkable parallel. Israel, today, is in Babylon.” God says: “Come out of her (Babylon), my people” God is speaking to His people Israel, “that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities” (Rev. 18:4).This is repeated in Isaiah 47:1, 6 and 48:20. Remember that the Jews went into Babylon.
Observe what will happen at the coming Exodus: “As I live, saith the Eternal God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, (the last plagues), will I rule over you; and I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein you are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. “And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Eternal God. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against Me; and ye shall know that I am the Eternal” (Ezk. 20:33-38).
God will again send His plagues to cause the nations to release His people Israel. He will punish the rebellious in Israel and bring the remainder into the new covenant relationship, described in Jeremiah 31:31-34. “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.”
These prophecies are, however, meaningless unless we understand who “Babylon” and “Israel” are today.
In the book of Daniel we have pictured in chapters 2 and 7 the succession of Gentile governments from that day until now. The entire system is pictured as a great image in chapter 2; and as four wild beasts in chapter 7.
The first of the Gentile governments, beginning in Daniel’s time, was Babylon. Thereafter came the vast empire of the Medes and Persians, followed by Alexander’s Greco-Macedonian Empire and its four major divisions. Next came the Roman Empire which lasted until the traditional fall in 476 A.D. That Roman Empire has been revived six successive times, beginning in 554 under Justinian.
God names this whole system after the original Babylon, from which it descended. “And upon her forehead was a name written Mystery, Babylon, the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus” (Rev. 17:2, 4-6). She is the 21st century daughter of Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon (Isa. 47:1-5).
This great system is the source of false doctrine which has made the people of all nations spiritually drunk until they cannot discern truth from error. That is why it will take the supernatural power of God, sending physical plagues to bring the people to their senses! They will understand in no other way
Now that we have identified the modern Babylon soon to rise up once again as a “United States of Europe” as the continuous system of Gentile world governments, we need to understand who Israel is.
Biblical prophecy has probably meant little to you if you have not understood who Israel is. You probably have missed the astounding significance that the prophesied catastrophes mentioned throughout the Bible are destined to befall our people American and Great Britain and the democracies of northwestern Europe!
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“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and form Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands throughout the Near East and Africa and the islands or coastlands of the sea.”
“And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. The envy also of Ephraim (Great Britain) shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah (the Jews) shall be cut off. Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. It shall be “like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt” (Isa. 11:11-16).
This second exodus will take place only after we have been scattered as captives among the Gentiles, after the coming revival of the Roman Empire in Europe, modern Babylon turns upon us and destroys us because of our sins! Our captors will be no more willing to let our people go than the Egyptians were. God will therefore plague our captors until we are freed!
Here is the prophet Jeremiah’s description of the coming exodus: “Behold I will bring them” notice that God brings His people back; it is not an armed rebellion of Jews against Arabs in Palestine “I will bring them back from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn” (Jer.31:8-9). This is not a description of the Zionist movement.
The exodus from Egypt was merely a type of the coming exodus. Here are God’s own words: “Therefore will I cast you out of this land” out of America and the British Commonwealth “into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour.” Our people will be serving the Gentiles and their idols as slaves in a different land. This is speaking of the revival of modern Babylon which shall conquer us, a religio-political revival of the Roman Empire (Isa. 47:1-6).
“Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Eternal, that it shall no more be said, the Eternal liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, the Eternal lives, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither He had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers” (Jer. 16:13-15).
There is another exodus coming! The first exodus will be all but forgotten. Its plagues will not compare with the terrible punishments which God will visit on this world. The Egyptians have forgotten the lesson their ancestors once learned. But in the coming exodus the Gentiles will never forget. The plagues which God shall send will burn into their minds this all-important lesson. They will remember for all time that the Eternal God of Heaven rules over the nations and that His ways alone lead to peace and happiness and eternal life.
America and Great Britain today are in “Babylon” the Babylonish system -- which has deceived the whole world. And because we are not willing to amend our ways and turn in full repentance to our God, He will cause us to be taken as slaves to the literal place over which modern Babylon rules politically and religiously. That is the only way in which we will learn just how wrong the Babylonish civilization in which we now live really is!
Once we learn our lesson, in captivity, God will send His Son to deliver us and to give the Gentiles a taste of their own ways. This time of God’s intervention in world affairs is called the “Day of the Lord.” It is a time of punishment! God is a God of justice as well as of mercy. He will punish the world exactly as one nation has been punishing another.
As this modern Babylon has treated us, so will he treat this Babylonish system. As they will torture us, so will He them with catastrophic punishments of nature, the seven last plagues! “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her” (Rev. 18:8).
The prophet Zephaniah vividly describes this city Babylon which rules over the nations today: “She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Eternal; she drew not near to her God, her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have gone violence to the law” (Zeph. 3:2-4).
Notice what happens to this Babylon: “The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Eternal: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced (defended) city, and against the high towers. And I, says God, will bring distress upon men that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Eternal: and their blood shall be poured out as the dust and their flesh as the dung” God punished them as they punished their starving slaves.
“Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy: for He shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land. Seek ye the Eternal all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Eternal’s anger” (Zeph. 1:14-18; 2:3).
Yes, there is a way of escape “seek the Eternal while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near: let the wicked forsake His way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: let him return unto the Eternal, and he will have mercy upon him” (Isa. 55:6-7).
Turn now to the 48th chapter of Isaiah. Here is God speaking: “Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel” America and Great Britain, listen! “All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear. Thus saith the Eternal, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Eternal thy God which teaches thee to profit, which leads thee by the way that thou should go. O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:” keeping God’s commandments is the way to peace, but our people think they know a better way.
“Thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before Me.” But because our people refuse to keep God’s laws, He says: “Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans,” we must be in Babylon, not in our own lands, because we flee from our captors. “With the voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth: say ye, the Eternal hath redeemed his servant Jacob. And they thirsted not when He led them through the deserts: He caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: He clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out” (Isa. 48:12-14, 17-21).
This is not referring to the exodus under Moses; this is the coming exodus under Jesus Christ!
God never sends destruction without first sending a warning of impending danger. What you are now reading is that WARNING!
The great denominations refuse to warn the people! The prophet Jeremiah was inspired to write: “My people hath been lost sheep; their shepherds have caused them to go astray” (Jer. 50:16). The shepherds or pastors, the churches of this world have been responsible for not instructing the people to obey God, neither have they given the people warning of the consequences of sin and our national calamity soon to come!
Continuing God’s warning: “Thus saith the Eternal of hosts; the children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together: and all that took them captives held them fast; they refused to let them go. Their Redeemer is strong; the Eternal of host is His name: He shall thoroughly plead their cause, that He may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon” (vs. 33-34).
America and Britain are to be conquered! But our God will plead our cause, once we repent. He will punish our captors as they punished us. The only pleading they will understand is the physical punishment of the plagues of God the seven last plagues! Horrible sores, plagues of blood, intense heat of the sun, blinding darkness, thunder and lightning, devastating earthquakes and terrifying hailstones (Rev. 16).
These are all just punishments: “For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink” (Rev. 16:6).
Now I want you to notice another part of this warning. These terrible plagues will also come upon us unless we forsake this Babylonish system now! Here is the Lord’s warning through the apostle Paul: “Wherefore come out from among them” those who have been deceived by this Babylonish system or civilization “and be ye separate saith the Lord” (II Corth. 6:17).
Just as national Israel fled the physical confines of Babylon, so God commands us today to flee the customs and practices of this all-engulfing Babylonish society in which we live, and obey God instead.
Here is what will happen to those who refuse to separate themselves from the false customs of this age and come under God’s protection: “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth, saying fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of his judgment is come. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
Whoever follows this foul, rotten system that permeates the world, “shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation: and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb (Christ). Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Rev. 14:6-12).
Notice, God’s wrath is unmixed, undiluted, full strength!! God must reveal to the world just how much He hates sin. Only those who patiently endure and keep the commandment will escape.
Repentance is one of the most difficult acts which a human being must perform! Now is the time to repent and to receive God’s protection. You have just read what God warns, will happen if you refuse to repent! Remember, most people will not repent when the plagues come! We read that they still “blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds” (Rev. 16:11).
Do you want to be among these? God says you will be among these if you don’t’ “come out of her” the customs of this Babylonish system “that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev 18:4).
God commands this Church to say to you: “As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his ways and live: turn ye, turn ye, from your evil ways; for why will ye die. O house of Israel?” (Ezk. 33:11.)
These words are God’s final appeal before He sends physical force to punish us. And if we still don’t repent while in captivity, then He will send the seven last plagues, sores, blood instead of water to drink, scorching from the sun’s heat, intense darkness, lightning, earthquakes and hailstones until all the wicked are destroyed!
God means business! He warned the Egyptians. They refused to listen. The plagues came! God means what He says today! He is warning our people now.
Are we going to refuse to listen? Then God will send the plagues, far worse punishments than He visited upon the Egyptians until we learn that His ways are right!