Os Guinness said, “The generation that fails to read the signs of the times may be required to read the handwriting on the wall.”
In The Last Day Of Pompeii, by Edward Bulwer Lytton, Glaucus, the Greek, is talking with a Roman friend, Sallust.
“There is no wisdom like that which says ‘enjoy,’ said Sallust. “We are like malefactors, and intoxicate ourselves with wine and myrrh, as we stand on the brink of death, but if we did not do so, the abyss would look very disagreeable. I own that I was inclined to be gloomy until I took so heartily to drinking – that is a new life, my Glaucus.”
“Yes, and it brings us next morning to a new death,” he replied.
Psalm 78:50 declares, “He made a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, but gave their life over to the plague.”
The words “He made a path for His anger,” literally mean “weighed a way,” implying that God, in punishing the Egyptians so severely, did nothing but what was just and equitable, when weighed in the balance of right.
We read again, in Psalm 136:15, that God “overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea.”
The Hebrew means He “shaked off.” The word is applicable to a tree shaking off its foliage.
The same word is used in Exodus 14:27, “So the Lord overthrew [shook off] the Egyptians in the midst of the Red Sea.” He shook them off, as if He would no longer protect them, leaving them to perish.
Thus we see the severity of God’s judgment when He judges.
In the early years of the United States, a series of earthquakes hit New England, causing a religious panic. Immediately, people fled to the churches. However, no real evidence was seen for repentance, just an alleviating of their fears. Soon, they returned to their evil ways, though they had witnessed the greatness of His power.
“He who spits at Heaven spits in his own face” (Old Spanish proverb).
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center