“Now when Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose from among the congregation and took a javelin in his hand; and he went after the man of Israel into the tent and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her body. So the plague was stopped among the children of Israel. And those who died in the plague were twenty-four thousand. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned back My wrath from the children of Israel, because he was zealous with My zeal among them, so that I did not consume the children of Israel in My zeal. Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give to him My covenant of peace,'” (Numbers 25:7-12).
Oh, if only there were today more servants of the Lord like Phinehas ‘to turn back’ the wrath and judgments of God that will surely come upon our generation and our nations because of our abominations and willful rebellion against God and the laws He gave us for our ultimate blessing and well-being!
Nations that have increasingly veered into a rebellion against God Himself have legalized – or are on the point of legalizing – what His Word calls abominations deserving of His wrath and fierce judgments like those meted out to Sodom and Gomorrah, and on all previous empires and societies that descended into these ways.
There is an enormous need for courageous men and women of the caliber of Phinehas to stand in the gap before God, to assuage Him and so cause Him to hold back His otherwise sure-coming verdict.
There are grave words indeed concerning these awesome matters:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man — and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them, (Romans 1:18-32).
Now let’s say, for argument’s sake, that all these commandments are old-fashioned and inapplicable to, or inappropriate for, our modern societies. And let’s say that, concerning our Supreme Court judges or laws enacted by our legislators and governments, we cannot only discard these abominations, but can in fact render them legal. Where will this then end? Then any sexual perversion – all mentioned here – if aggressively defended by enough people will be able one day to be legalized.
What this means is that there is no objective standard of behavior. Anything goes, as long as enough people rebel against any person or law outside themselves, be it God or His commandments. I am certain that we shall soon discover, as did Sodom and Gomorrah and the eventually corrupted empires of Rome and Greece, that there is A GOD IN HEAVEN who, unless we heartily repent before that judgment falls, will judge His creatures and creation for rebelling against Him and trespassing His laws.
But where are God’s servants who, like the prophets of old, would dare stand between God and men and, in no uncertain terms, face off against men and women to warn them of the dire consequences of their sinful and rebellious ways?
As God laments:
For the day of vengeance is in My heart, and the year of My redeemed has come. I looked, but there was no one to help, and I wondered that there was no one to uphold; therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me; and My own fury, it sustained Me. I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, made them drunk in My fury, and brought down their strength to the earth, (Isaiah 63:4-6).
No wonder Dr Billy Graham once said: “If God does not judge this present world He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”!
Jan Willem van der Hoeven, Director
International Christian Zionist Center
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