Read Ezekiel 7
Focus on verse 3
Back in the early day’s of motion pictures the story always ended the same way. As the final scene began to fade the words “The End” would appear to indicate to the viewers that the movie was over. Currently movie producers still communicate that the story is over, however it is now typically done simply by rolling the credits.
In today’s reading the chapter begins with the Lord saying to Israel, “Now the end is upon you, and I will send my anger upon you; I will judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations.” (v. 3) God is very clear in the following verse regarding why it is that He is allowing this calamity to take place. “Then you will know that I am the Lord.” (v. 4b)
The rest of the chapter is quite graphic in detail about both the detestable practices that Israel had chosen to become involved with, as well as the consequences that would be executed upon those who participated in these activities. It is not an encouraging reading, and I could not help making comparisons to the behavior of people in our own current American culture. America was once considered a “Christian” nation whose population for the most part adhered to what is known as a Judaeo-Christian based moral system. The majority of the population at very least respected those who chose to attempt to live in obedience to God. As I look around at the culture we currently live in – it has some striking resemblances to the activities of ancient Israel in Ezekiel’s day. These were activities that God was condemning as detestable practices, for which He was at that time about to call down judgment upon.
Now, I realize that America is not ancient Israel, but there do seem to be many similarities in the direction in which we are traveling. If God saw fit to judge His own people in ancient Israel, I’m not certain we can assume that He will simply overlook what is going on here. I have heard it said that if we choose not to learn from history – we make the choice to repeat it.
One of the greatest issues of concern in the coming election next November is the issue of immigration and the infiltration of IS terrorists among Islamic refugees that are seeking asylum. I find it interesting that it was the Babylonians that God used to judge ancient Israel. Granted, Islamic refugees come to America from many different parts or the Middle East, but I suspect it is no coincidence that it is in the nation of Iraq – which is same geographical location of ancient Babylon – where IS is attempting to set up the capital of their Caliphate. If God used the Babylonians to judge His people back in Ezekiel’s day, it would be predictably consistent if He chose to use the “Babylonians” to judge His people in America today? Some of the parallels are really quite striking. While it may seem a little far-fetched, it is not outside of the realm of possibility for this generation to witness the collapse of America. It is also not outside the realm of possibility that Ezekiel’s message to Israel is just as applicable today as it was in Israel a couple of millenniums ago. Unfortunately it may also be possible that God’s people in America today are ignoring the message, just as the people of Israel did. If this is so, one can only hope that perhaps by some miracle of God’s grace that He will see fit to awaken His people to repent and return before the credits begin to roll.