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God’s Four Sore Judgments

This prophecy, first published in August 1994 (10/v.13/94/No.166) in “The Preacher” bulletin series, revised in May 2018, with tenses largely retained, is being trumpeted afresh in obedience to the Master.  Then, one often got called “prophet of doom” because what one saw coming and severally tearfully warned about did not seem to agree with the general peace and merriments of that time.  The days of which the original message and others like it warned, seem to have come upon us suddenly, but there is a yet gleaming hope, even though we seem to have gone through the first two judgments, and in the bloody twilight of the approaching third, with the fourth no far away.
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1. A Basket of Judgments

 

There are four separate but related kinds of judgment that God sends upon ungodly and wicked peoples, and a fifth which is the combination of all four. Usually, these judgments are sent consecutively, one after the other; or they might come as a simultaneous package: one instant basket of all terrible four.

 

In Jeremiah 27:13, God warned that He would bring three of those judgments on the nation that would refuse to serve King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, in disobedience to Prophet Jeremiah’s advice.  Also, as punishment for David’s stubborn census-sin, God offered him a choice of any one of three of those four judgments (1 Chronicles 21:9-12).  In Ezekiel 14:12-21, all four are spelt out clearly, in their order:famine, beast, sword, pestilence.  God calls them “my four sore judgments” (v.21).  Whenever God is forced to dispatch these judgements, even the presence of great and holy men is a helpless national shield.

2. Famine

Prophets are sometimes like weather-forecasters looking across the horizon to warn of approaching storms.  Sometimes their voice is heeded, as did the people of Nineveh to Jonah’s alarm (Jonah 3:4,5,10); sometimes their voice is ignored by blind intellectuals and proud priests, to the detriment of all.  Prophet Ezekiel was such a voice to his nation.

12 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,

13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will sendfamine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it:

14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD (Ezekiel 14:12-14).

In Ezekiel 14: 12-14, God announces that if a nation sinned against Him grievously, the first step He would take against those impenitent people is to cut off their lines of food supply and bring famine upon them, such acute famine as would “cut off” or destroy man and beast.  In other words, when God sends this famine upon a people, it is a sign that they have not only trespassed, but have done so “grievously.”  It is also a warning of worse that could follow – the other three.
According the Prophet Ezekiel, this famine would be so uniquely intense that it would result in deaths, to say nothing of the other attendant social and political upheavals from protracted hopeless hunger. The famine could be brought about by a diplomatic breach between the guilty nation and its trading partners, especially those who supply its food.  It could come about through unfavourable government policies or other disasters.  The soil could suddenly turn barren, stubbornly unresponsive to the best of fertilizers or other expert agricultural aids.  The heavens themselves could join the alliance against that land and withhold rain.  It would be such a hard time that even tender mothers would boil their hungry babies for breakfast (2 Kings 6:25-30) or pawn them in the marketplace for a meal.  Those who have no baby of their own to fry, will abduct others’ children for a fee, or ritualise them to gods that they hope will give them food and wealth.  Survival of the fittest.  It will be one widespread season of sadness and hopeless hunger.  The economists have finer names for this famine: recession, depression, slump, etc.
If the pains, the hardship, the socio-political chaos resulting from this economic strangulation does not bring that people to repentance, then God will be forced to send the next judgement: beasts.

This prophecy, first published in August 1994 (10/v.13/94/No.166) in “The Preacher” bulletin series, revised in May 2018, with tenses largely retained, is being trumpeted afresh in obedience to the Master.  Then, one often got called “prophet of doom” because what one saw coming and severally tearfully warned about did not seem to agree with the general peace and merriments of that time.  The days of which the original message and others like it warned, seem to have come upon us suddenly, but there is a yet gleaming hope, even though we seem to have gone through the first two judgments, and in the bloody twilight of the approaching third, with the fourth no far away.

From The Preacher’s diary,

May 5, 1994.

Revised edition: May 5, 2018.

 

 

The Preacher Retreat Lagos

 

DATE: Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June, 2018

 

VENUE: Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries, Prayer City, KM12 Lagos Ibadan Expressway Ibafo, Nigeria.

 

In self-preparation for the retreat, participants are expected to study the book of Acts and to fast daily from Monday, June 11th to the end of the retreat.

Accommodation and feeding (once daily) will be free. Camp dismisses on Sunday morning with Holy Communion.

Pre-registration by sms or e-mail is required not later than June 14th, 2018: Send full name and location, declaring intention to attend the retreat to phone number/email below. We expect you.

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