How Do the 3 Punishments God Used Against Sinful Israel Relate to Us, Today?

I am still in the book of Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) and reading about the prophecies God told Jeremiah to relate to the people. There is a constant theme in these prophecies, which we see throughout the Tanakh, regarding God’s threat to punish Israel (Northern and Southern kingdoms) if they fail to repent, and it is composed of three horrors:

  • sword
  • famine
  • plague

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These were the most horrible things that could happen to the people in those days, and I believe that these punishments will still be coming to us, but not necessarily in the same way they did back then.

As I have been posting since November of 2020, I believe the current administration is part of the punishment America is going to suffer for the sinfulness of our nation over the past (nearly) 70 years.

During this time period, we have constantly rejected God: first by kicking him out of our schools, then our courts, condoning abortion (which is tantamount to child sacrifice), and condoning homosexuality not just as a normal part of our society, but as a good thing, encouraging children who haven’t even developed hormones to mutilate themselves with sex-change operations! Drag Queens reading to little children, the church hiding sexual molestation by the priesthood, and evangelists being found guilty of extortion, sexual misdeeds, etc.

When God punished the ancient Israelites, he sent the sword, which was in the form of the Philistines, Assyrians, and Babylonians, not to mention Pharaoh, now and then. He also withheld the rains and caused a famine. The sieges that the “sword” brought, along with the famine, led to death, and with no place to bury the bodies that eventually caused pestilence, disease, and that led to plague.

“So, nu? That’s how God punished sinful nations way back then, so what does this have to do with us now?”

Plenty!

Haven’t we been suffering from a worldwide pandemic? People have been suffering and dying from a virus that has been barely contained, even though it has been around for over 18 months. Wouldn’t you call that a plague?

“Well, OK, there’s a plague, but what about famine? There’s no famine here.”

Isn’t there? What is a famine? Isn’t it a severe lack of something, usually something necessary? In the ancient days, they were an agrarian society, so the famine they suffered was the loss of their crops, which represented more than just a lack of food- it meant financial ruin. Well, right now don’t we have a business famine? Hasn’t the financial strength of America been devastated by this pandemic? Don’t we have a famine of workers?

In the past 7 months, Donna and I have traveled to a few different places just here in Florida, and everywhere we have been, there are Help Wanted signs all over. And where are the workers? They are at home enjoying government handouts that will, sooner or later, need to be financed. And where will that financing come from? Heck, the government can print as much money as it wants to, but anyone with even a basic understanding of economics will realize that the more money in circulation, the less value it has. That is called a recession.

Trillions of dollars have been given to people who aren’t working, which means employers aren’t collecting taxes to support the new cash outlay. And with lockdowns and reduced capacity requirements, as well as the fear the media and government have created, no one is going out to buy anything, which means reduced tax income for the government.

Sooner or later, taxes will be required to pay for this deficit, and that’s when the fecal matter will hit the air circulation unit for all Americans!

“OK, OK, so I get it- famine and plague, but there’s no sword. America is still the most powerful country in the world.

Are we?

According to the report titled State of U.S. Science and Engineering 2020 (https://ncses.nsf.gov/pubs/nsb20201/u-s-and-global-education#k-12-mathematics-and-science), the US standing (measured against 8th-grade students worldwide) in science and math is 7th in the world.

For Science and Engineering degrees issued between 2000 and 2016, the US barely made any progress, whereas the number of S&E degrees issued in China has nearly doubled over the past 10 years.

As far as technology, cybersecurity, agrarian science, and medical advancements, Israel is a recognized world leader, leaving America in its dust!

The “sword” today is not some warring country, it is education and technology! Cyberattacks, such as hacking into banks, the stealing of military secrets, and even interfering with a country’s elections- THAT’S the sword being brought against us today!

You don’t have to tie torches to foxes’ tails and release them into the fields anymore (that’s from Samson, in case you forgot): No! All you have to do today is start a rumor about a computer virus and the world comes to a halt.

We shouldn’t worry about a military attack because we can be destroyed from the inside-out through the “Cloud”.

And it is happening, right now.

So, do you see what I mean? God hasn’t changed his tactics, just his methods. America, as well as other countries, is being punished for our rejection of God and refusal to adhere to his codes of ethics and social interactions. We have become as sexually perverse, as selfish, as godless, and as sinful as the worst societies we read about in the Bible.

And the other shoe hasn’t even dropped yet.

So, what can we do? Well, I for one don’t see things changing for a while, so my recommendation is to make sure that YOU are right with God. You will get dirty, just as the righteous in the ancient days suffered along with the unrighteous, but God promised those who remained faithful that they will survive.

And we can always look forward to being in God’s presence, forever, when this is all over.

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That’s it for today and hopefully, I will be able to give a more “upbeat” message next time. But, when it comes down to it, I calls ’em as I sees ’em.

L’hitraot and Baruch HaShem!

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