June 29, 2010
by Toni Wilkerson
It would be correct to conclude that the severity of Yahweh’s judgments reveals the seriousness of the offences that catalyze them. In the previous post (click here to view it) we find that the oil catastrophe’s connection to the Obama administration’s recent declaration reflects Yahweh’s judgment on the US.
On April 19, 2010 Israel celebrated its Independence Day. This is the time when Israelis observe the prophetic fulfillment of the Jews’ return to the land along with the celebration of the National re-birth of the state of Israel. On the same day FOX News reported that the UN along with the Obama Administration declared they will no longer automatically support Israel in UN Security Council decisions. This was an unprecedented move for the US. Fox: Live Shots reports that this move would be the “end to the US’ use of its veto power in the United Nations Security Council when certain anti-Israel resolutions are introduced for a vote.”
Now take a moment and try to imagine what the state of Israel, and its relations to the world, would be today if the US did not veto any of the anti-Israel resolutions introduced in the UN … Could we now be headed in the direction of what you just imagined? …Selah!
On the following day of this declaration the Deep Water Horizon exploded causing the worst natural disaster in US history. The US and the world are still suffering from this catastrophe. A total estimate of 111 million gallons of oil, per day, are still spilling over into the Gulf waters. The shorelines of at least four states have been oiled. Oil is literally raining on top of the citizens of River Ridge, Louisiana. Flames are now coming out of the plume of the spill; which causes alarm of an explosion for some people. Our economy is in danger. And our ecosystem is being choked to death. The list goes on and on and is getting worse each day. There seems to be no solution in sight.
As I stated in the opening of this post, “the severity of Yahweh’s judgments reveals the seriousness of the offences that catalyze them.” Therefore, if we look at the severity of what is taking place in the Gulf waters we will see that this move by the Obama administration is a grave offence! Yahweh gave no maybes when He said that He will bless those that bless Israel and He will curse those that curse him (Gen 12:1-3).
The body of Christ is coming together to pray for the oil catastrophe, the effects it has on the US and the world, and the families who are grieving for lost loved ones. This is good and is needed. But, let us not forget another important aspect of this situation.
“…the judgments of Yahweh are true and righteous altogether.” Psa 19:9
“…when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.” Isa 26:9
“Let Mount Zion be glad! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of Your judgments!” Psa 48:11
A proper response to Yahweh’s judgments is to give thanks. I’m not saying that the effects of this oil spill is what we give thanks for. It is the fact that Yahweh judges rightly that should be the cause of our gratitude. His judgments are His righteous rulings. Let us proclaim to Him that He is just and right when He judges. Let us pray for mercy in this time of judgment. And let us pray that “the inhabitants of the world [will] learn righteousness” as a result of this great judgment (Isa 26:9).
“Zion hears and is glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoice, because of Your judgments, O Yahweh.” Psa 97:8