SELF-DEFENCE AND RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM
God Almighty said in the last days, (which we are in), iniquity shall abound. All forms of wickedness are going on, under the cover of religious extremism. Rape, child rape, burning people alive, etc, are going on in the guise of fighting for God. These religious hypocrites are not aware that the Almighty, creator of the heavens and earth is a consuming fire. God is not mocked, whatsoever a man sows that shall he reap. God-fearing people and people of good will, should rise up and defend themselves, against these wicked people and barbarians. The law anywhere permits self-defence. Nobody has the monopoly of violence!
Southern Kaduna Massacre
The leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan in Kaduna State, of Nigeria, has disclosed that a total of 808 people were killed in 53 villages, across the four Local Government Areas, in the state ridden by crisis. Giving a statistics of the killings and destruction in a statement in Kafanchan, the church leaders said 57 people were injured while farm produce worth billions were also destroyed. A total of 1,422 houses and 16 churches, were burnt during the raids by Fulani herdsmen.
“The herdsmen and their supporters turned the towns into killing fields and killed mostly women, children, and the elderly, who couldn’t run for cover. “The level of barbarity was such that, pregnant women got their wombs blown out and massacred before their children. And these innocent children were not spared either. “This level of viciousness was never witnessed even in the brutal tyranny and regime of Adolf Hitler. What is most intriguing, is the level of sophistication of weapons like AK 47, machine guns, and many other deadly instruments of death, which were freely used.
“The viciousness of these self styled Jihadists, sends shivers into the spines of our traumatized people. In the Godogodo and Pasakori attacks for example, the military merely watched and supervised the burning of our homes. When the youths mobilized to repel the attackers, the soldiers deliberately blocked them from entering the town.” The statement was signed by the Vicar General of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Ibrahim Yakubu; Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okolo, Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Aaron Tanko Rev. Fr. Williams Abba and President, Laity Council, Mr. Joseph Bayei (KSJ).
Both Federal and Kaduna Governments; disguised Islamic regimes, condoned the genocide and wanton destruction of properties running into billions. This was so because the attackers were predominantly Muslims; while the victims were predominantly Christians. It was long after the mayhem, which included burning alive of human beings, did the Nigerian Government instruct security agents to move in. This has always been the trend, on massacres in other Northern parts of Nigeria, against Christian Southerners, living in the north. It has been going on since time immemorial.
On assumption of office in 2015, the Governor of Kaduna State, El-Rufai, embarked on divisive policies against Christians in the State. For instance, he said people should obtain licenses before preaching. There was serious attempts to restrict Christians from attending evening fellowships on Fridays. Muslims were instigated to attack Christians having gathering on Fridays.
The last straw that broke the camel’s back, was the huge amount of money he gave to Fulani herdsmen, in the heat of the genocide in Southern Kaduna. Shortly after that, the disguised herdsmen and their hirelings, regrouped with newly acquired sophisticated weapons, and mowed down defenseless people like animals with impunity.
God Almighty will judge you El-Rufai. What is the connection between the sponsorship of genocide and the huge money you gave to Fulani men? Your obnoxious policies against Christians, and inciting statements don’t help matters. You instigated the mayhem in Southern Kaduna. It is hypocritical for you to turn around, to talk about peaceful coexistence. The wicked are like the troubled sea that has no rest. It cast out mire and dirt. There is no peace said my God unto the wicked. What are you doing to bring those sponsored murderers to justice? Nothing. Peace without justice won’t work. If somebody escapes the judgement of men, he can’t escape the judgement of God. The series of earth tremors that struck the state in recent times, should be enough indication, that God is not happy with the sponsored genocide going on in Southern Kaduna. They shouldn’t wait for earthquake to strick in that place, before they put an end to man’s inhumanity to man in the area.
Those who actually aid and abate religious killings are left off the hook. They have become sacred cows, as they belong to same religion with those at the helm of affairs. They are doing everything possible to subjugate Christianity in Nigeria. They should later realize that the more they suppress Christians, the more they are waxing strong. Canal weapons are for defensive purposes. Our offensive weapons of warfare are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. The LORD has the might, to remove anybody from whatever position, whoever he may think he is.
We welcome the announcement, that United Nations has resolved to investigate Southern Kaduna killings, of December 2016 in Nigeria. Let it be a thorough one; which should includes the inaction and hypocrisy, of those at the helm of affairs. The participants, principal actors, and sponsors should all be apprehended, and charged to courts of competent jurisdiction. Principal actors and sponsors, should face charges in international courts. Some of them are more wicked and destructive than Charles Taylor of Liberia, who has been jailed for more than a half century by International Criminal Court (ICC). Laurent Gbagbo of Cote De Voire, is currently facing charges of crimes against humanity in Hague.
Northern elites sponsor and incite violence in the country: riots, Fulani Boko Haram herdsmen, name them. Deadly religious sects; like Maitasine were sponsored. Boko Haram started as a group of political thugs recruited and armed, by the former governor of Borno State, during electioneering campaign. After using them to rig himself into power as Governor, he neglected them. He used and dumped them. They were then vulnerable to all kings of vices. Before you know it they have become involved in arms struggle and insurgency. Activities of elites in the North should be thoroughly invested and dealt with, if there should be lasting peace in Nigeria.
Now, in its most frightening pace, the recurrent crisis between some Fulani herdsmen and indigenous crop farmers, in many areas of the North-central geo political zone of the country, has continued to take its toll and shows little signs of abating. The incessant exchange of violence, has claimed more than 4000 lives with, thousands of persons displaced across the states of, Nasarawa, Benue, Plateau and Kwara.
In the early hours of Wednesday February 24, 2016, rural dwellers in five villages of Aila, Ugboju, Akwu, Odugbeho and Enogaje of Agatu Local Government Area in Benue State, an area that has common borders with Nasarawa State, were awakened by sound of gun shots and flicks of machetes, as suspected Fulani militias swept into the area unleashing an orgy of violence.
The unfortunate incident left more than 300 dead, among which were more women and children because of their vulnerability. The displaced communities have been scattered with many seeking refuge in various Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps scattered across Benue and Nasarawa States.
In combating this ugly menace of violent attacks, on innocent villagers by people suspected to be pastoralists of Fulani origin, a lot remains to be done on the part of the federal government. Leading in the unfortunate denial game is the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, who said with a note of sarcasm in Minna, Niger State recently that he needed to be shown the grave “where 300 people were buried” while he was on a visit to Makurdi, the capital town of Benue State. The massacre in Agatu happened over a hundred kilometers away, from Makurdi where IG Arase visited.
“The Police Chief’s counter claims that not up to 300 lives were lost in the massacre, against Agatu people is unfortunate and a sort of indication that the police appears to playmaking sides. His assertion was very unbecoming of a security chief, with the responsibility of safe-guarding the lives of every Nigerian. What any right thinking person expects from Mr. Arase at this point, is to assuage those who are hurt and show confidence in protecting the lives of citizens. No one expects the police to stoop to such denial games,”
There was the attack on the convoy of former Senate President David Mark, who went on an assessment tour of the area. Agatu Local Government is one of the nine local governments that Senator Mark represents at the National Assembly. Reports had it that suspected Fulani herdsmen attempted to disrupt the tour at Akwu, but for the prompt intervention by security agents attached to his convoy.
Senator Mark, apparently irked by the extent of devastation visited on Agatu land, decried the action of the marauders and promised that perpetrators must be made to answer for their crimes against humanity. “This violence on our people is unacceptable, and we call for immediate cessation of hostilities and violence. I have gone and assessed the level of destruction, and what I saw was very shocking. This is a clear violence targeted at my people, and this must stop forth with.
“I will ensure that the appropriate authorities know the details of this carnage, and evolve ways to prevent further escalation. “This devastation must not be allowed to continue even, as I appeal to Agatu people to remain peaceful, and law-abiding, and go about their duties without fear,” the former Senate president implored. At a stage in the killings in Benue and Nasarawa States, God intervened in spectacular ways. He released a mighty thunder that killed hundreds of cows in Bunue State. Later, He let go of thunder that killed 21 cows in Nasarawa State.
Self-Defence Against Barbarians
The law anywhere permits self–defence, even in the bible. If someone comes to kill you, and you are able to overpower him; in the process he is injured or killed, the law allows it. God empowered Mordecai and others to defend themselves against their enemies, who conspired to kill them. Their enemies were slaughtered all over the place, on the day they designated to kill the people of God. Their was a reversal of slaughter!
People should wake up to defend themselves against sponsored barbarians, and wicked people, who are brainwashed to think they have monopoly of violence. Though, our defensive weapons may be physical; our offensive weapons of warfare are mighty through God, to the pulling down of strongholds. Almighty God we serve has the power to deal with anybody; or remove him from whatever position. The LORD reigns in the kingdoms of men.
Many have the erroneous impression that godly people are meant to be defenceless: and should allow themselves to be brutally murdered, by wicked and vicious people like animals. That somebody is righteous or God-fearing, doesn’t make him to be as harmless as a domestic animal; willing to be slaughtered at any time. Almighty God never created us to be so.
Down through the ages, the LORD raised people who fought and defended themselves against their enemies. Moses, Joshua and David were among them. They were warriors for God. Remember that Jesus the son of David, and his army will fight against army of enemies of God; and destroy them completely. Two-edged sword will proceed out of his mouth, to devour his enemies.
“Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east. And the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south” –Zech. 14:3-4.
In that day, the least in the Lord’s army shall be as strong as king David, the man of war. And the house of David shall be as angel of the Lord before them. And this shall be the plague where with the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem. Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongues shall consume away in their mouth.
Eventually, his empire or kingdom will be an everlasting one. God Himself is mighty in battles. He kills and makes alive.
Children of God serve in the Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air force, Police, etc. They fight in battle fields, and engage in combat operations. If somebody abuses you, you can ignore him. If he slaps you, you can even endure it for him. But, when he wants to kill you, you have to defend yourself. Nobody has the monopoly of violence!
We ministers of the gospel, are not contending or competing with any religion. We carry out the great assignment God has committed into our hands. The gospel shall be preached to all nations; then the end shall come. We reach out to millions of people effectively. And we don’t use violence, or coercion to achieve our aims. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”—2 Corinthians 10:4-5.
A man and his wife were sent to a community on missionary work unarmed. The community then was full of evils, ranging from criminal activities to worship of idols. Eventually, Jehovah used them to virtually rid the place of all forms of criminality and diabolism, without any physical fight or use of weapons. Our weapons of spiritual warfare are not canal. Ritual murders, which is closely associated with idolatry, was rampant there. Robbers, rapists, and other workers of iniquities, were having field day. Eventually, the LORD used them to transform the place. Today, people move about the community free from any form of molestation, or attack.
Those ministers of God went to dwell there unarmed. They went with essential household utensils, and property. They were like lambs in the midst of devouring lions. But, Almighty God was with them, to protect, provide and deliver them.
The very first day of their coming, was noticed by a notorious native doctor, holding the area to ransom. This evil genius was a patron to robbers, ritual killers, and other evil men. He prepared so-called charms of invincibility for them. That night, he made spirited efforts to afflict husband and wife with terrible diseases while fast asleep. God rebuffed all his diabolical attacks. This evil genius saw the servants of God as rivals in that area; a formidable challenge to his self-imposed authority. He continued in his diabolical activities, and campaign of calumny against the missionaries, without success.
As time went on, the LORD began to cut him short. One day, while he sat in his inner shrine, making invocations to place curses on the couple, he suddenly became blind in his two eyes. All efforts to restore his sight proved abortive. As time went on he came to terms with his disability.
Meanwhile, the missionaries swung into action, preaching and praying for people. They took the area by storm, like John the Baptist. People were turning away from their evil ways, to serve the living God. Of course, robbers and murderers, were not left out in the repentance. Idol worshipers voluntarily gave up their: idols, shrines, charms, etc, for destruction. God was manifesting himself in that place, to destroy the works of the devils, and to bless the inhabitants.
Then, the now blind native doctor humbled himself before God. He traced and went to the missionaries, for counseling and prayers. They spent time to preach and admonish him, to repent and serve the living God only. He obliged. He was prayed for. Miraculously, he became healed of his blindness.
Today, God is using him greatly in the community and beyond; to turn many from darkness into the marvelous light. The LORD used him to demystify and clear the evil forest there. Also the ‘evil river’ has be sanitized. The so-called river goddess, has been chased away through intercessory prayers.
The community is now wearing a new look, to the glory of God. Shrines and idols are virtually non –existent in that place. Young and old people are embracing the gospel. The old conservative ones, are dying off. Peace is reigning in that land. The couple ‘conquered’ the land without any physical weapon. He (Spirit of God) in us is greater than he (the devil) in the world.
Man With Double-Barrel Gun
A man happened to complete the building of his house. He put everything in place: got the house well furnished and fenced. Then, he parked in. Little did he know he would have encounters with robbers. That would culminate into his defending himself, by mowing down several of them.
He put security men at the entrance gate. Initially, he was living happily with members of his family. This man had one nagging problem; the incessant and coordinated raids of his house, by robbers at regular intervals. On each operation, the thieves would cart away huge some of money, and valuables running into millions with impunity. Of course, they would brutalize his family members, and blood flowing freely. He was warned his family would be wiped out, should he not keep enough money for them on each raid. The man complained to law enforcement agents about hid ordeal. But, they did little to help him out. Meanwhile, the raids continued.
But one day, he took a bold decision to defend himself. He reasoned that if the situation continued unchecked, he was a matter of time for him loose his live and those of his family. He went and bought a double-barrel gun, with the cartridges as bullets. The man waited patiently, for the hoodlums to pay their unsolicited visits. Then, they showed up one night. When they wanted to climb his wall to jump into his compound, he warned them in a loud voice from his upstairs. He said he wouldn’t take it lightly with them any longer, as he didn’t owe them.
They arrogantly ignored the warning, and began jumping in through the fence. As they were jumping down into his compound, he fired his gun and sprayed them with cartridges, which made mince meat of quite a number of them. Their dead bodies litter the compound. The survivors fled. Early in the morning, he phoned Police and informed them he was coming to the station. The brave man loaded the dead bodies in his van, and drove to Police Station.
When he arrived, he reported himself to the Police, with his double-barrel gun dangling on his back with it belt. He explained everything to them. Crowd gathered to peep at the dead bodies. The law enforcement officers, identified some of the corpses as those of wanted criminals. Actually, they were convinced the man acted on self-defence; which is entrenched in any good law of the land. The man was told to go his way, but to be reporting weekly to the Police Station. After sometime, the matter was closed. People lauded the man for his gallantry. From that day till date, no miscreants have ventured into his house for any criminal act. The law anywhere supports self-defence.
Mordecai The Great Warrior.
There was a time God Almighty raised Esther and Mordecai her uncle, to defend the people of God from the wicked. In their land of captivity, the devil perfected a plan to use a man called Haman and others to annihilate the Jews. But, Jehovah reversed the planned killings. In that appointed day, enemies of God were slaughtered all over the place by the Jews.
The omnipotent, omniscience, as well as omnipresent God, knew ahead of time of the conspiracy. Therefore, He prepared the ground to counter it. When the enemy shall come like a flood, the spirit of God shall raise a standard against them. The LORD made it possible for Esther the Jew, to marry King Ahasuerous of the Persian Empire,
God used the marriage to draw the attention to the planned massacre of the Jews by Haman, his assistant to the king. Haman the Agagite hated the people of God, and planned to wipe them out. He schemed for it. When the people of God learnt of the conspiracy, they fasted and prayed unto God, the owner of the whole universe. Then, Esther went to the king and got the evil plan reversed on their enemies. The scripture says, he that digs a pit shall fall into it.
Eventually King Ahasuerous said to the Jews, “Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their lives, to destroy, to slay and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.”—Esther 3:11.
Haman planned to hang Mordecai. He prepared a gallow for him. The king saved Mordecai; and ordered that Haman himself to be hanged there. Days before then, God stirred the king to inquire from Haman what should be done to whom the king desired to be honoured?
“So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delights to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself? And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delights to honour, Let the royal apparel be brought which the king uses to wear, and the horse that the king rides upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head:
“And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delights to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honour. Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sits at the king’s gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken”—Esther 6:6-10. He obeyed.
The day Haman appointed to commit genocide against God’s people, turned out to be a day of vengeance against his own people. “Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king’s commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them, (though it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them;). Then, the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would unto those that hated them”—Esther 9:1&5. And the people of God defended themselves against their enemies.
Our God is slow to anger, nut mighty in power. He won’t allow the guilty to unpunished. When the arrogance and wickedness of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon became much, the LORD sent Daniel to warn him. God told him if he refused to change, he would be given the heart of animal; would be driven from men; and lived with animals in the bush for seven years.
He refused to change after one year. Then, God drove him out of his palace, to mingle with animals inside the bush. He was eating grass with other beasts of the field for seven years. Of course, his body structure transformed to that of animal. At the end of the seven years, his understanding returned to him. He realized God reigns in the kingdom of men. Eyes of the LORD go to and fro the earth; to pay everyone according to his deeds. Nebuchadnezzar was fortunate to be restored to his kingdom. He would have gone the way of many other tyrants and dictators!
Jehovah has the power to remove anybody from whatever position at any time. In the case of King Nebuchadnezzar, God humbled him by removing him temporarily from his exulted position. He departed from his empire for several years. Then, he realized that God is greater than all.
Similar thing happened to King Manasseh of Judah. He was a very wicked ruler. He shed much innocent blood from one end of Jerusalem to another. Of course, he rebuffed all counsels from God and men to change. “Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him: and he was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God”—2Chronicles: 33: 11-13.
Manasseh was forced out of the comfort of his kingdom to a foreign land for a longtime. In his affliction, he humbled himself before the creator of the universe who restored him in his kingdom. Same way, God deals with tyrants and other murderous rulers. God has kicked out many of them from their high positions. Only few could come back. A lot of them have died suddenly; they die through protracted and mysterious sicknesses. They behave as if they are not accountable to anybody especially their creator.
I have seen God deal with the high and low in the society, including rulers. When their “cups” become full before the Almighty, He will visit their iniquities. When God was sending Jeremiah to warn nations, He said, “is not my word like as a fire, and a hammer that breaks the rock to pieces?”
The LORD’s Battle
It happened that two neighbouring communities had age long land dispute. It has claimed hundreds of lives and property worth millions. One of the communities, was predominantly pagans or idol worshippers. The other community was mostly God-fearing people, who didn’t serve idols. The idolatrous community was always out for a show of force. They were obsessed with the urge to be attacking and killing people. Before going out for destruction, they would consult their idols or gods for powers.
These pagans committed a lot of atrocities which include : murder arson and rape. They were rampaging the villages; and annexing their lands. The God-fearing community people were in a dilemma: whether to take up arms and fight or not. Consulting oracles or acquiring charms to help them in battles, was not in consideration as God-fearing people.. They trusted in Almighty God. Meanwhile, the rampaging pagans were having field day, in their wanton destruction of lives and property; as well as looting. The people cried unto God for help.
The law-enforcement agents were not helping matters. They seemed to condoning the nefarious activities of these wicked people. Moreover, some prominent persons in that idolatrous community are top Government functionaries.
But, one day, something spectacular happened in the battlefield. God intervened. He instructed one Reverend Minister to gather the people to admonish and pray for them. He instructed the Minister to tell the people, to do away with any form of idols or charms among them; that He the LORD had come down to defend them. He further told him to anoint all those who were getting prepared to defend themselves. He obeyed.
Soon, the invaders came vandalizing as usual with impunity. Before then, the God-fearing villagers had concluded their prayers and anointing session. Their warriors came out against the invaders, and God really helped them. They killed a lot of the vandals, while the rest fled. They must have been wondering why their charms and gods failed them. “They failed to realize that God said, those that trust in idols shall be disappointed and ashamed”—Isaiah 45:16. And they never invaded the community again.
Time has come for the true worshipers to worship God in spirit and in truth: whether in Jerusalem, or on the mountains. God seeks genuine worship. There will be no religious sects, or church denominations, in the kingdom of God. No religious hypocrite will enter there. Only those who love God, and have truly repented will inhabit the place.
Nowadays, many religious sects, terror groups, religious extremists, name them, commit all manner of atrocities and heinous crimes, in the name of religion. They are desperate to preserve their sects from possible extinction. Therefore, they force people against their will, under the threat of death, to belong to their murderous and sinful religion.
How can they kill, rape, burn people alive, as well as other despicable acts, then claim to be working or fighting for the LORD? They impregnate girls and married women. The creator of the whole universe is a holy God. Those engaged in all these abominable acts are very far from Him. They are being used by the devils to wreck havoc in the society. They are heading to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire, unless they repent and make restitutions now.
The truth is that those who indulge in rape and other wicked acts, are diabolical and fetish. They carry out instructions given to them by their juju priests, marabouts, or other agents of Satan, to commit such abominable acts, in order to reactivate the powers of charms given to them. Some of the so-called charms or amulets are said to have power of invincibility. They seem to forget God looks down on the people of the earth, to pay everyone according to his deeds. Anything idol or charm, must fail; it is a matter of time.
At God’s appointed time, He will knock off those evil powers from the persons. Then, they will become disappointed and ashamed. They are all agents of the devils. Some human beings have descended so low, as to have intercourse with little children; as young as 8 years of age. Abomination. Pedophiles (child rapists), are religious hypocrites. Unless they repent, they will have their part in that lake that burns with fire and brimstone.
Religious extremism, can never save anybody from the wrath of God. There are two main categories of religions: true religions that are of God, and false religions that originated from Satan the devil. Take for instance, a true religion like Judaism. It started with the Jews. It existed centuries before the advent of Christianity. A lot of people of people worship the one and only Almighty God. They include: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, holy prophets, saints, etc. Of course, they were not idol worshipers; neither did they seek for charms, or evil powers from devils. They have inherited everlasting lives. And they were righteous people, who reverenced God while living on earth.
On the other hand, false or satanic religions are closely related to violence and heinous crimes. The practitioners are brainwashed to destroy lives and property. All secret societies, false religions, and their likes, are all of the devils. Satan is using them, to perpetrate evils and wickedness in the world. You shall know them by their fruits. All murderers and rapists hiding under religion, are messengers of Satan. “Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (homosexuals), nor abusers of themselves with mankind (Sodomites)”—1 Corinthians 6:9.
Many wrongly think that if at all God exists, He is very far from the earth; and hardly interferes with the affairs of human beings. God Almighty is very much active, and involved in activities going on the world. For the fact that He doesn’t usually strike people down, immediately they commit abominable acts, doesn’t mean He has forgotten. The LORD has a time frame of visiting atrocities of people.
When somebody is engaging in one evil other, and getting away with; it is because his iniquity is not yet full before the LORD. His “cup” is not yet full. By the time his iniquity becomes full, God will deal a deadly blow to him. There was a time the LORD told Abraham, He intended to destroy some people in the land of Canaan. However, He wouldn’t destroy them at that particular time, because their iniquities were not full before Him.
For years, those ungodly and wicked people, continued in their: murders, rape, idol worship, and all worth not. Initially, it looked as if nobody could challenge them. But, at God’s appointed time, He nearly wiped them out! Behold the goodness and severity of God. Unto those who disobey severity. Unto those who obey goodness, if they shall continue in His goodness, lest they shall be cut off.
Jehovah is a consuming fire. He is slow to anger; but mighty in power. He won’t allow the guilty to go unpunished. The LORD usually give people enough time to change before dealing with them. When sending Jeremiah to warn the nations, God said to him, “Is not my word like as a fire? said the LORD; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Wherefore thus said the LORD God of hosts, Because you speak this word, behold, I will make my words in your mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.”—Jeremiah 23:29 & 5:14.
Idolatrous and ungodly nations are more prone to natural disasters like: typhoon, tornado, and earthquakes. God uses those afflictions, to cut nations and their inhabitants short for forsaking Him. Of course, He has power and control over natural disasters.
False indoctrination and false teachers, are wrecking havoc in the world. They teach that if people kill, and commit all manner of evils for the sake of their religion, when they die in the process, they will go to paradise and marry many virgins. The truth is that when they die in their wickedness, they will automatically go to hell. There, they will search for virgins to marry, but won’t see any; instead, will face everlasting punishment.
The LORD said, “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. He who holds captives, shall himself go into captivity.
“He who is often advised and hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed and without remedy. Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days. He who lives by the sword shall perish by the sword. He that lives by violence shall die by violence. He who sheds blood shall have his own blood shed by man for in the image of God created man.”
Today is the day of repentance and turnaround. Tomorrow may be too late. For the LORD has designated a day in which to judge everybody, and pay him according to his deeds. Those who obey Him will go in for everlasting life. While those who disobey will suffer everlasting punishment. He said, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”– Revelation 22:11-12.