~Ezra 9: 1-6~
The city on the hill has grown darkened. Its lamp has grown dim, its glory is fading, for God is not mocked. No nation can war against the very source of its blessings and expect its blessings to remain. And, as it was with ancient Israel, the city on the hill now stands in the shadow of judgment.
How does judgment come to a nation? After defying all of God's calls and warnings, the nation of Israel would experience something unprecedented. It was the opening stage of national judgment. God removed one of Israel's blessings. Years before its destruction he allowed it's hedge of protection to be lifted up. He allowed an enemy to make a strike on the land. It was a wake up call. To avert national destruction, to wake them up. Nothing elese would reach them. The strike was limited and temporary. The nation was now given a period of time to turn back to God or enter into judgment. The first opening Biblical sign of national judgment is this: the initial removal of the nation's hedge of protection.
|Harbinger #6 - the sycamore at |
|The Chapel at Ground Zero, which averted destruction|
because of the sycamore.
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