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Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the people of Japan who have been devastated by the terrible earthquake(s), tsunami(s), and now face the grim prospect of a nuclear meltdown. Our horror as we watch these scenes can only be exceeded by that of those who have lived through them. At time such as this our minds turn to God.  Does He have a role in it? Apparently, He has a role to play, but we have been so mistaken as to what that role is.

Listen carefully as Jesus talks about disasters that occurred in His day, He asks, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish” (Luke 13:4, NIV).

Disasters occur because God is not there to  protect; He has been pushed out, and we have the Biblical data to prove it. God does not kill, but sinners perish. The Japanese people are not more or less guilty than the rest of the world. In their disaster we see a picture of our own fate, unless we repent.

Here are just a few statements by Ellen G. White that seemed appropriate for us to think about at this time:

“John [the Revelator] was a witness of the terrible scenes that will take place as signs of Christ’s coming. He saw armies mustering for battle, and men’s hearts failing them for fear. He saw the earth move out of its place, the mountains carried into the midst of the sea, the waves thereof roaring and troubled. He saw the vials of God’s wrath opened, and pestilence, famine, and death come upon the inhabitants of the earth.

“Already the restraining Spirit of God is being withdrawn from the world. Hurricanes, storms, tempests, fire and flood, disasters by sea and land follow each other in quick succession. Science seeks to explain all these. The signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God, are attributed to any other than the true cause. Men cannot discern the sentinel angels restraining the four winds that they shall not blow until the servants of God are sealed, but, when God shall bid His angels loose the winds, there will be such a scene of strife as no pen can picture” (Ms. 84, undated)

“Already sprinklings from the vials of God’s wrath have been let fall upon land and sea, affecting the elements of the air. The cause[s] of these unusual conditions are being search for, but in vain.

“God has not restrained the powers of darkness. . . .These things are the result of drops from the vials of God’s wrath being sprinkled on the earth” (Ms. 24, 1/1891)

“The enemy has worked, and he is working still. He is come down in great power, and the Spirit of God is being withdrawn from the earth. God has withdrawn His hand. We have only to look at the Johnstown [Pennsylvania] flood. He did not prevent the devil from wiping that whole city out of existence. And these very things will increase until the very close of this earth’s history” (Ms. 5, 6/19/1889).

“The vials of God’s wrath and the sprinkling of them are already coming. . . . You hear of calamities by land and sea, and they are constantly increasing. What is the matter? –the Spirit of God is taken away from those who have the lives of men in their hands, and Satan is coming in to control them” (Ms. 1, 2/1/1890).

“Satan has charged God with Satanic attributes” (Ms. 39, 10/9/1894).

“When God’s restraining hand is removed, the destroyer begins his work. . . . The Lord puts constraint upon His own attributes. Omnipotence is exerted over Omnipotence Himself. . . . Ere long there will be a sudden change in God’s dealings. . . . God’s Spirit will not always strive with men” (Ms. 127, 11/22/1897).

 

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God Does Not Kill

There are those who ask: If God does not kill, why does so much Scripture say He does kill? We ignore clear statements of Scripture by saying He does not kill.

That’s a fair question and one that deserves a clear answer.

Meantime remember, You ignore clear statements of Scripture every day by saying there is no eternally burning hell. What do you say to those who challenge you on this point? Only this: We know where the other Scriptures are located. And this is the same response that I now make to those who question me about whether or not God destroys. We know where the other Scriptures are located. (Shouldn’t you be looking into this?)

Now back to our question: How can we say God doesn’t kill in the face of so much Scripture saying He does kill?

First, there is the reason offered in the book Light Through the Darkness. God wants the world to know that He is in charge of His universe. Otherwise it brings His omnipotence into question. God would rather be understood to kill than to allow any of His helpless children to think that he cannot care for them in any situation. He can care for them. In any situation. The enemy is a defeated foe.

Second, it was the custom when Scripture was written to give credit for anything and everything taking place in the king’s realm to the king. Scripture merely follows that tradition. When God allowed ancient Israel to take up the sword, it was difficult thereafter to convince them He had no need for their arms. Israel never grew out of that behavior, until finally they took the life of His precious Son. How could they do that and anticipate no sense of guilt? Because they were steeped in the idea that killing was a good thing. After all, God did it too.

But I stand speechless and in awe of the third reason.

God is the great Blame-taker of the universe, and He doesn’t change. We know He took our guilt upon His broad shoulders, and He took it all the way to Calvary.

Now it appears that He takes the blame for everything else occurring in His realm too. All the blood and war and gore. It seems that is His nature, to take the blame. This wonderful God, whom we will live with throughout eternity, naturally assumes the blame when anything goes wrong around Him. For God, surely “The buck stops here.” He gave freedom of choice to His children, and He assumes the blame whenever that choice goes wrong. Hallelujah! What a Savior.

If that doesn’t give us pause and call forth more love than we ever thought we could give, then we had better check our humanity.

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