Can a nation live in sin away from God and there be no repercussions? Will God turn a blind eye to a people who choose wickedness over righteousness? Scripture teaches us most certainly not, and since God is merciful and hoping none will perish He states He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. (Ezekiel 18:32)……. (Ecclesiastes 5:4)
God lamented greatly in telling Israel that they were in need of repenting for their transgressions, and His message is no different over the land to any one of us today! (Ezekiel 18:26-32). When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal? Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.
Some years back there was a billboard sign which spoke in jest yet there was truth in its message which read “This is God, Don’t make me come down there”. Scripture says us the day will come when He will leave His place and come down to earth to punish for the iniquity people have decided to live by. It is not a joke that God wants us to love and fear Him. He tells His people to not live by the world’s standards and even to hide themselves as He comes to punish the ungodly. (Isaiah 26:20-21) Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain……… (Revelation 18:4).
Out of love God even gives us examples of previous events so we learn not to live as some did and tells us what happened so we do not repeat others wrong actions.(2 Peter 2:4-6). So when we see the sign of the times given us of how it will be before Christs return as man will make laws to accommodate the immorality of same sex marriage or as spoken of by the prophet Daniel in a vision given him that the most high of the land will even change laws……. But in the end the kingdom of God will be given to His saints! (Daniel 7:22-28).