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*Part 4 of 4*
*BY S. Lee Homoki *
*
(13) Widespread crime and violence (Ezek. 7:11,23-24; Hos. 7: I; Isa.
1:21). Death, mischief, destruction and fear stalked the streets of the
ancient world. It spreads like a disease. Do you remember when you could
go for a leisurely walk down the street, park or mall? Do you remember
when we could leave our car or house unlocked? Is there a lesson here
that our modern society needs to learn?
(14) Complete moral and spiritual breakdown in all segments of society
(Hos. 4:2; Ezek. 22:1-12, 24-31; Jer. 7:8-10). Israel's character,
justice, honor, and righteousness are gone. The foundations of Israel's
society and nation are gone. Corruption, like leaven, infuses the whole
nation from top to bottom. No one is exempt; even the most impeccable
failed to keep the conditional clauses of the covenants (2 Kgs. 17:15;
18:12; Isa. 24:5-6; Jer. 34: 18-20). The nation of Israel had been given
specific guidelines for the operation of the Kingdom. These guidelines
are called the Covenants; they had two divisions - unconditional clauses
and conditional clauses. In the conditional clauses, God said in effect,
"If you will do this, then I will do this. " This is illustrated in
Deuteronomy 27, 28 and 30:1-6. The history of Israel is replete with
examples of Israel's circular obedience and disobedience. The
Tribulation Period represents the final stage in Israel's disobedience
and judgment (Lev. 26).
(15) Fallen into pride (Jer. 13:17; Ezek.16:49; Isa. 2:9-17). The proud
heart will not bend even when it knows the consequences of its
disobedience. God's Word is proven to be true - "Pride goeth before
destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall" (Prov.16:18) .
(16) Neglected evangelism (Isa. 43:1-28; 56:3-8 with Mk.11: 17-18).
Israel had been given the custodianship of the truth that would set men
free - not just the Israelite, but all men. The nation of Israel was
elected of God to be a "kingdom of priests" (Rev. 1:6; 5:10; 20:6) to
the whole world. However, Jesus said that the appointed place and people
for the worship of God had deteriorated into a "den of thieves. " In
Matthew 23:37 He laments, "0 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the
prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I
have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her
chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" Evangelism was the thing
closest to the heart of God. He said He was "not willing that any should
perish."
(17) Turned to the cults and the occult (Isa. 2:6; 2 Kgs. 17:17). This
was strictly forbidden and was a manifestation of the depth of Israel's
departure into spiritual darkness.
Does this partial list of Israel's sins bother you? It bothers me! I am
deeply concerned. These are the sins that provoked God to wrath! One
day, and I don't believe it will be in the too distant future, Israel
and the whole world will be placed into the "winepress of God~' wrath"
(Rev. 14:I 9-20; 19:15) during the Tribulation! All the references in
this study are in some way, either directly or indirectly, connected by
context with the "Time of Jacob s trouble. " God will use this strong
disciplinary action to cleanse Israel for their future role in Christ's
Kingdom.
Somewhere near the middle of the "week" /seven years of Tribulation,
Israel "will look upon Him Whom they have pierced" God has promised that
"Before they call, I will answer" (Isa. 65:24; 58:8-9). Praise the Lord!
The Apostle Paul says at that time, " ... all Israel will be saved"
(Rom. 11:25-26)!
*
*Conclusion *
*
Only a blind man would fail to recognize that this list of Israel's sins
paints an accurate picture of the sins of the world we live in today -
2005! Question: If God has and will judge Israel for their sin, wiII He
dismiss the sins of this Christ-rejecting world? I guarantee you, He
will not. If they do not repent, they "shall likewise perish" (Lk. 13:3-5).

* Prayer for America *
*"Heavenly Father, thank you for my country, the United States of
America, the only country in the world founded upon religious freedom
and your Word. Thank you for our founding fathers, Lord, who looked to
you for guidance to develop the kind of government that would be
pleasing to you. We need your wisdom to safeguard our freedom. May the
light of your word run swiftly throughout our country, and your love
burn brightly in our land. Give us a rebirth of freedom, in the name of
the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen."
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*The tribulation is Coming! *
*Part 3 of 4*
*BY S. Lee Homoki *
*

(4) Trusted in foreign alliances (Jer. 2:17-19; Hos. 8:8-10).
(5) Depended upon man (Jer. 17:5-9). Reasons 3 & 4 are very similar.
They teach that the unregenerate man or carnal man, whether he be Jew or
Gentile, wiII always seek the solution to his problems and the very
meaning of life, independent of God. This proves once again that, "There
is a way that seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways
of death " (Prov. 16:25). The heart of man is incurably diseased and
hopelessly corrupt (Jer. 17:9).
(6) Turned to idolatry (Isa. 2:8,20; Jer. 17:1-4). Israel's gods of
stone , wood, precious metals or mammon were a poor substitute for
Jehovah God, maker and ruler of Heaven and earth. The Psalmist has
rightly said of Israel and their gods, "Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of men's hands. They have mouths but they speak not: eyes have
they but they see not: they have ears, but they hear not: noses have
they but they smell not: they have hands, but they handle not: feet have
they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They
that made them are like unto them; so is everyone that trusteth in them"
(Ps. 115:4-8).
(7) Relied upon human viewpoint (Jer. 17:9-11). Having, departed from
the wisdom and strength of the Word of God, the Israelites, like today's
Modernist, were left to stand upon the shifting, sinking sands of
emotionalism and subjective thinking. They trusted their "vain
imaginations" for direction. The wisdom of this world had turned them
into fools!
(8) Followed a faulty value system (Isa. 2:7-8) Isral was entrapped by
the kind of thinking and living that sacrificed the eternal for the
temporal. Their priorities were all wrong. (God's commandment, "Thou
shalt love the Lord thy (God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy might" (Deut. 6:5) had been set on the back shelf.
Israel was content to pay Iip service to God, while their hearts were
moving farther and farther from Him (Isa. 29:13). The mistake Israel
made was to think that they needed something more than the Word of God.
It may be their thinking was like that of modern man who believes that
his security or success depends on having more money, more possessions,
or more goverment control etc., etc. The Apostle Paul would have
reminded them, as he does us, that in alI things Christ must have the
"preeminence" (Co!. 1:18).
(9) Hardened their heart (Jer. 19:15; Hos. 5:4; Ezek. 3:7). Like the
hands of a working man, the hearts of the rebellous Israelites grew
calloused with the passing of time. They hardened their hearts as in the
days of the "provocation in the wilderness" (Heb. 3:8) until they were
"past feeling" for God. God gave them up (Acts 13:46; 18:6; 28:8,28),
even as He gave up the Gentiles, because unbelief, too, had hardened
their hearts (Rom. 1:24,26, 28).
(10) Succumbed to drunkenness and drug addiction (Jer. 13:13; Isa.
28:1,7), Drunkeness proved to be the perverter of all moral conduct and
character for Israel. Recently, while preaching in a federal prison, the
warden told me, in a private conversation, that most of the incarcerated
men would not have been there had there not been involvement with either
drugs or alcohol.
(11) Apostasy in the pulpit (Jer.23:9-40; 2 Chron. 15:3; Isa. 56:9-12;
Lam. 4:13-14). The profane prophets and priests taught what the people
wanted to hear, not what the people needed to hear. The people needed
truth and compassion to bind up their wounds and make them strong; but
the pagan pastors of Israel destroyed and scattered the flock "by their
lies and by their lightness. " These ancient theological liberals, like
their modern counterparts, taught the lying imaginations of their own
heart and not the council "out of the mouth of the Lord" For these, God
reserves His worst condemnation (Hos. 4:9).
(12) Corrupt political leadership (Isa. 3:12-15; 9:16; Ezek. 22:67).
Israel was dead at the top. If the head is corrupt, then the body
becomes corrupt Everything rises or falls on the quality of leadership!
A tried and true principle - then and now! It is true in all walks of
life - business, home, sports, etc. It is certainly true in politics and
government. As goes the national leadership, so goes the nation.
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*The tribulation is Coming! *
*Part 2 of 5*
*BY S. Lee Homoki *
*Because They Have Sinned Against The Lord *
*
Our text (Zeph. 1: 14-17) tells us plainly that Israel "sinned against
the Lord." It is not that the nations and peoples of the world have not
sinned; of course they have and they are accountable to God {Ps. 9:17;
Provo 14:34). Sin is man's worst blunder. Sin must be punished no matter
where it is found (Gal. 6:7-8). It is entirely possible that God's
judgment of the awful, wicked conditions of today's world will prove to
be the final setting of the stage for the Tribulation Period - the "Time
of Jacob's trouble." However, the specific, pointed, simple reason for
the Tribulation Period is that Israel, as God's chosen vessel for the
execution of His plan, had sinned.
The "fire God's jea/ousy," spoken of in our text (vs. 18), is Israel's
"baptism of fire" (Mal. 3:2-1; 4:1; Mt. 3:11- 12). (God uses this fiery
baptism to cleanse the land of sinners and to prepare the way for the
Lord Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.
Many people speak about the "baptism of fire" as though it were some
spiritual experience to be desired for themselves and others. Well,
nothing could be further from the truth! The "baptism of fire" is
associated with judgment and is a synonym for the Tribulation Period! It
would be foolish for one to pray, "0 God! Baptize me with the Holy Ghost
and fire" - he had better hope that God doesn't answer that prayer! A
little time spent running Bible references to the "Day of the Lord" will
manifestly prove just how terrible this "Time of Jacob's Trouble" really
is and how desirable it would be to avoid it.
*
*What Was Israel's Sin? *
*
Israel's sin - how sad! Herein, as we have said, lies the reason for the
Tribulation. It will not suffice to say simply that Israel sinned. What
we need to do is to see and learn what the sins are, for which cause
there must be a Tribulation. At the same time, this is no time for us to
be pointing an accusing finger at Israel, when many of these same sins
have been amplified in the professing church today. As I see it, there
are several sins that bring the judgment of God.
Israel had:
(1) Rejected the Word of God (Jer. 13:10; Zech. 7:4-14). One of the most
damaging indictments against Israel is that they were "destroyed for
lack of knowledge" (Hos. 4:6). Knowledge must come before application.
You can't use what you don't know! This principle is so basic. In fact,
I considered it so important that when I began this evangelistic and
literature ministry 25 years ago, I named it "Bible Doctrines To Live
By. " Knowledge of the Word of God is the foundation upon which we build
the structure of our lives and ministry. Israel had rich blessings at
their disposal. God had said, "What advantage then hath the Jew? or what
profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that
unto them were committed the oracles of God" (Rom 3:2). More than
anything, Israel's neglect and refusal of Bible doctrine is at the heart
of their trials and tribulations. The knowledge and application of the
Word of God would have strengthened and stabilized the nation.
(2) Abandoned the Lord (Jer. 35:13-15; 2 Kgs. 17:13-23). If a person
rejects the Word of God, as surely as night follows day, rejection of
God will follow!
(3) Deserted the Sabbath (Ezek. 20:12-24; 22:8,26; 23:38). The seventh
day, like the seventh year, taught a lesson in grace; namely, that God
rested from the work of creation on the seventh day, and, thus, hallowed
the Sabbath day/year. The intent of the Sabbath is that the believer
should rest his soul entirely on the completed work of God. The reason
we do not set aside the seventh day or year in this Dispensation of
Grace is because God's plan was for man to rest the eternal welfare of
his soul entirely in the redemptive work that Christ finished on the
cross (Rom. 10:4). For the Grace believer in this dispensation, every
day is a Sabbath! The rejection of the Sabbath was tantamount to the
Jew's saying, "Please God, we'd rather do it ourselves, " or "We reject
Christ!" or "We reject grace!"
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*The tribulation is Coming! *
*Part 1 of 5*
*BY S. Lee Homoki *
*
Text: Zephaniah 1:14-17
War! War! And more war! The storm clouds of war hang heavy over many
other parts of our world today. The prospect of having "peace on earth"
seems to be an impossible dream. Since September 11, 2001, the
terrorists continue to lurk in the shadows awaiting another opportunity
to strike. Each day's news brings an update of their damnable design to
plant the seeds of fear in the hearts of men setting the stage for the
time when "the powers of Heaven shall be shaken, "and men's "hearts will
fail them for fear. "Warning! The Tribulation is coming!
Regardless of the outcome of this current reign of terror, we know,
according to Bible prophecy, war will eventually encompass the entire
Middle East and the whole world. I speak, of course, concerning the
Tribulation and the great culminating battle of Daniel's "Seventieth
Week" (Dan. 9:24-27) - the Battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16:16).
If your thinking is along the same lines as mine, then you will be
asking, "Why? Why? Why must there be bloodshed and war? Why must there
be a Tribulation Period and a Battle of Armageddon? Why is the world in
such a mess? How did it get that way?"
*
*It's A Long Story! *
*
It didn't happen overnight. Nor can all the blame or responsibility be
placed upon one person or nation. However, if we view the world's
history through Bible spectacles with the understanding that a major
part of history and the role for world peace lies directly in the hands
of God's chosen people Israel, then we know the why of the coming
Tribulation Period. The fact is: It is impossible to understand history
or where the future will take us by ignoring God's dealings with Israel.
Israel was the "apple of God's eye" (Deut. 32:10). They were the "head"
nation (Deut. 28:13), and as such, they were God's "witnesses" (Isa.
43:10). They dominated the Gentile world. They were the "kingdom of
priests. " We can say with certainty, "The ball is in their court, "
concerning the outcome of world history. Israel had a chance to impact
the world for God's glory, but little by little they abdicated their
responsibility and privileged position in the world because of their sin
and unbelief (Rom. 3:1-2; 9:3-4). Gradually the "chosen people" became
"not my people" (Hos.1:9).
Please note their steady decline:
(1) Israel's military superiority was lost with the blinding
of Samson (Jud. 16:21).
(2) Israel's political superiority was lost with the blinding
of King Zedekiah (Ezek.
21:25 with Jer. 52:I I).
(3) Israel's spiritual superiority was lost with the blinding
of Barjesus (Acts 13:4-13).
At that time Paul declared, " ... we **turn to the Gentiles"
(vs. 46). Gradually, **
the Gentiles' domination over Israel was complete. This
"Times of the
Gentiles" (Lk. 21:24) will continue until the end of the
Tribulation and Christ's return
to establish His Kingdom. Then, regenerate Israel will be
restored to a place of power
and glory (Isa. 2:15; Mic. 4:1-7).


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