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Mon, Jan 30 2012 - 01:54 PM

281 POLITICS.

 Zechariah 14:17 And it shall
be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth
unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be
no rain.

God does control
our governments. It may not seem like it, at times, but He does it His way.

1Samuel 8:7 And the LORD said unto Samuel,
Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they
have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over
them.

1Samuel 8:9 Now therefore hearken unto their
voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the
king that shall reign over them.

1Samuel 9:17And when Samuel saw Saul,
the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall
reign over my people.

The people
rejected God and wanted a king, like the nations around them. God sent Samuel
to warn them what their king would do to them but they still wanted a king.

God picked Saul
to be king of His people and Saul ended up turning from God and hurting His
people.

God is just about
done working with this people in this way. When Jesus comes back and sits on
His throne in Jerusalem, every nation will have to send a representative once a year to
appear before Him to give Him whatever He decides the nations must give Him.
Any nation that does not send a representative once a year will receive no rain
on their land.

Let’s look at
what that will mean for that nation.

Rain cleans the
air and makes it healthier to breathe so sickness would follow a drought. Also,
there would be no food for the people and their animals so there would be death
by starvation. Dirt would change to dust and would blow away with the wind. It
would get into everything and irritate people’s eyes and skin.

Those nation’s
governments would use their power to take what they needed from the people to
avoid the hardships but the ordinary citizen would suffer. The governments
would have to watch (or ignore) their citizens suffer. The poorest would be the
first to hurt and the worst.

Does this sound
familiar yet? God does it this way because He made us responsible for each
other and will give everyone a chance to change; even a hostile and wicked
dictatorial regime.

As long as the
people did not ask God for help, they would go on suffering. This suffering
could go on until they were all dead, if they choose it. Those outside that
nation that tried to help those people might find themselves working against
God’s plan and prolonging their suffering.

Now, I know that
you think this is unfair of God but let’s remember that this life is only short
and eternity is forever. Let’s look at another ruler and his subject in
scriptures.

Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which
was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

Luke 16:20And there was a certain
beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

Luke 16:21And desiring to be fed with
the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and
licked his sores.

Lazarus only
wanted what the rich man discarded but his health deteriorated and he got sores
on his body. This must have been very painful and it still does not say that he
received anything from the rich man even though he went by him every day at his
own gate.

Luke 16:22And it came to pass, that
the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich
man also died, and was buried;

Luke 16:23And in hell he lift up his
eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

 Poor Lazarus died but, and it might have been
much later, so did the rich man. Then God’s judgment for their lives was made
obvious. Lazarus found himself in Abraham’s bosom; a virtual paradise, and the
rich man found himself in hell.

Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham,
have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in
water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

Luke 16:25But Abraham said, Son,
remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise
Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

The rolls were
now reversed and the rich man asked for Lazarus’ help but it was denied him. He
was getting what he gave.

We look at politicians
and rich people and desire what they have. We even would like to force them to
give their wealth and power to us but then we would be just like them.

Our, and other,
governments were put there by God and, if they weren’t, He will remove them. If
we interfere with His order of doing things can we expect to find ourselves
rewarded in eternity?

Jesus is and will
be king and those here now are placed in their positions of authority by God’s
knowledge and doing; our orders are to obey our politicians and support and
pray for them.

Hebrews 13:17Obey them that have the rule
over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that
must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is
unprofitable for you.

Luke 6:28Bless them that curse you,
and pray for them which despitefully use you.

Now that you know
the responsibility and reward that is in store for our politicians, let’s have
mercy on them and be a little kinder. Let’s do what God wants US to do and let
them do what THEY are supposed to do.

God’s promises
might take a while to be acted on but He will keep His word.

Romans 12:19Dearly beloved, avenge not
yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written,
Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

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