A person responds to David Wilkerson’s article, “The Towers Have Fallen — But We Missed the Message”, sent out to those on our distribution list, but not available from our website, for copyright reasons (however, you can still read the article at http://www.timessquarechurch.org/wtc/01-nl14.html if you wish). In that article, the author presents the case of America being judged for her sins in the events of the September 11th tragedies. The person responds:
“If God wants to judge an evil nation, do you really think he needs to use fanatic Islamic terrorists?
“I am sure we Americans have doors open to the enemy which gave the devil legal rights to attack. That does not mean the attack came from God.
“If this were from God, why were no pornographic printers, sex shops, drug barons, abortion clinics, etc. Blown up?
“The main prophetic voices in America do not agree with this viewpoint.”
My response is as follows. And it is largely based on a passage of Scripture found in Ezekiel 39, verses 23-24.
“And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword. According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.” (Ezekiel 39:23-24)
The first question the reader asks is, essentially, “Can or would God use fanatic terrorists (evildoers) to judge a nation like the USA or any other nation for that matter?” Clearly, from this passage of Scripture, we see that the answer is yes, for it reads, “… and I [God] gave them into the hand of their enemies.” Strictly speaking, of course, God does not “need” to do things this way. He could, if he wanted to, rain “fire and brimstone” from heaven as he did in the case of Soddom and Gomorrah. No human agent was involved in this case. However, God does not always choose to do things this way. In fact, Scripture seems to support that God will choose first to send enemies rather than bring about a strictly divine judgment of this sort. Remember, the divine judgment on Soddom and Gomorrah was final. The judgment that the United States has succumbed to was not final, but was with more mercy than one would probably care to admit.
The second point the reader mentions is, essentially that, yes, the USA may have opened doors to allow the devil to attack, but we should not say that God actually did. Unfortunately, Scripture makes little or even no distinction between the “devil” doing it, and “God” doing it, in cases like these. First, as we see in verse 23 above, God *gave* them into the hand of their enemies. That is an active, and not passive, role that God played. He *willfully* did it. Secondly, verse 24 says (and this is God speaking), “According to their uncleanness and according to their transgression have *I done* unto them.” This is a very active role that God is playing, even though it is true, he “used” (so-to-speak) enemies to accomplish this act of divine judgment.
The third point the reader makes is, “If this were from God, why were no pornographic printers, sex shops, drug barons, abortions clinics, etc. Blown up?” My response to that is as follows:
First, God did not decide to step in and do what we should have been doing all along, which is to clean up our act. It is our responsibility, not God’s, to close down the abortion clinics, and to pass laws that make sex shops illegal, and whatnot. We did not do that, though we had the time to do it. This is not where the heart of the problem lies. The problems lies in the hearts of men and women who are just too lazy, and too sleepy, to want to make a difference. The problem lies at a national — global even — level, and not at a smaller, private level (of abortion clinics and whatnot).
Throughout Scripture, and especially the books of 1 and 2 Kings, we see that God blessed the kings that destroyed the false idols of the land. He blessed them indeed! But when they did not listen and heed His voice, he sent an evil force against the nation, not to remove the idols, but to get them where it really hurt — their temple was burned with fire! This was not a bad place, but a good place that received the judgment!
The Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre were not bad places in and of themselves. They were very good places. However (and this is just my personal opinion so please don’t quote me on this), I believe they had become corrupt in God’s sight in the same manner that the temple had become corrupt. You say, “How?” Well, how much money that passed through the World Trade Center every day went to fund abortions as well as morally degrading television and the building of empires that lured people away from service to God and instead put them in the service of the devil? My hunch is that the amount of money would be quite high which did not honor God — well over 80 or 90% I would say (and I am being very generous here).
I am basing this number on the average number of people that I myself come across in the business world that could be said to truly do business from a truly Christian perspective, putting God and others ahead of themselves. I do not find more than 5%, at the very most, doing this in North America. I’m almost 40 years old. I’ve lived. The 80-90% number of ‘non-compliance’ to God’s rules is indeed a generous one, I am very certain.
The fourth point mentioned by the reader is, “The main prophetic voices in America do not agree with this viewpoint.” My general response to this is that we must be very careful not to base our understanding of what is right and wrong on what the preachers say (including myself, of course). The one to listen to is God. That is why we each need to understand his word and study it diligently. We are making a serious mistake if we leave that into the hands of the preachers for them to merely ‘pass on’ the message to us. Many of them are not even saved! Thus it is that their whole perspective is filtered through the lens of humanism (a man-centered ideal) rather than theism (a God centered ideal). I think I have that right, anyway!
A case in point is the prophet Micaiah mentioned in 1 Kings 22. This man stood apart from about 400 other men who also called themselves “prophets” but preached a different message (1 Kings 22:6). The bottom line is that God’s word is what counts, not man’s opinions. Though 400 preachers say that God is not judging America, I will gladly preach a different tune. And I believe that Scripture backs me up on this quite strongly.
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