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In last week’s blog, we re-visited the warning that judgment is coming. In that article, we looked at God’s judgment upon people who did not glorify Him nor give thanks and therefore became “futile in their speculations,” “their foolish heart was darkened,” and “they became fools,” although they thought they were wise (Romans 1:21-23).1 Thus, they engage in a long list of debased, sinful activities. This is where we find ourselves today in the United States.

In this article, I would like to return to the subject of His coming judgment. However, this time, I want to look at a Scripture which says when a nation does things that are abhorrent, the Lord punishes it, and the land itself vomits out the inhabitants.

“You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. And you shall not lie with any animal and so make yourself unclean with it, neither shall any woman give herself to an animal to lie with it: it is perversion. Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean, and the land became unclean, so that I punished its iniquity, and the land vomited out its inhabitants” (Leviticus 18:21–25).

Molech. The Lord commanded Israel not to offer their children to this god, who was not a god at all. It was and is a demon. As Paul wrote, “What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons” (1 Corinthians 10:19–20).

Why did people make offerings to gods in those ancient days? The offerers desired something, and those desires were quite understandable. Better crops. Rain. Fertility for people and animals, with successful births. Military victory. Protection from attacks from other countries. The problem is not these desires; the problem is in whom they trusted to fulfill them.

Nations around the world, including the United States, are, as I write this, also making offerings to this “god.” They are sacrificing their children to Molech. I have no reason to think that this ancient demon that desires the deaths of children is no longer operative. Why do people offer their babies to a demon today? The reasons are different, but the motivation remains the same. Both then and now, the offerers want something for themselves. Today, they are matters of much less consequence: Potential poverty. A woman without a husband cannot afford to raise a child and work at the same time. Inconvenience. The “parents,” probably unmarried, do not want to be saddled with the results of a one-night stand and the resulting paternity issues. The “father” will have to pay child support. One or both may have been drunk and not thinking clearly. The protection failed. It was a mistake. Kill the kid. Obviously, trust in God, the provider to all, even the unjust (Matthew 5:45), is not even considered. No, the answer is to trust in something else; something evil. As Michael Card sang in Spirit of the Age:

(A voice is heard) of weeping and of wailing.

History speaks of it on every page

Of innocent and helpless little babies,

Offerings to the spirit of the age.

While you have read this, more than one baby has been murdered. In the United States, sixty-one million innocent babies’ lives have been sacrificed since Roe vs. Wade. The Lord is not ignorant of this slaughter. The land has become unclean. He will vomit out the inhabitants.

However, we must not ignore the other reason the Lord gave for uncleanness in the land in Leviticus 18:21–25. Men lying with men as with a woman. With animals. He called it a perversion.

How is this vomiting accomplished? I do not know. I can only speculate. I wonder about horrific hurricanes, storms, floods, and earthquakes. Crazy, murderous violence. However, I do not know. What I do know is that this promise is not directed to Israel or Judah only. It is directed to all nations.

But let us remember Nineveh. The Lord is merciful. Please pray for your country and mine that our respective peoples will repent of these horrors and come to the Lord.

 

1All Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

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