When does God say enough, that “My longsuffering and patience has ended. It is time for judgement to begin.” We find a precedent for this in 2 Kings 21:6ff. Manasseh, the king of Judah and son of Hezekiah, did “evil in the sight of the Lord” (21:2). Not only did he sin according to the “abominations of the nations the Lord had cast out” (21:2) but he also “made his son pass through the fire, practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and consulted spiritists and mediums” (21:6). He even set a carved image of Asherah that he had made in the house of the Lord (21:7). Was there no limit to the extent of Manasseh’s evil? “Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another” (21:16).
Legalized, government sanctioned abortions that have shed the blood of over 62 million innocent children in the US alone would surpass the numbers that even Manasseh committed. If these children had been birthed and then euthanized, we would be using terms such as genocide.
Notice the correlation in Manasseh’s life, between his involvement in the occult and complete disregard for the sanctity of human life. The practices of the occult has become big business, grossing over $2 billion per year in the US. Witchcraft and paganism are on the rise, especially among millennials.
Even though Manasseh returned to the Lord, it was only after being severely inflicted by the king of Assyria (taken with hooks, bronze fetters and carried off to Babylon that he repented – 2 Chronicle 33-11-17), Yet judgement came upon Judah “to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh … and also because of the innocent blood that he had shed, for he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, which the Lord would not pardon” (2 Kings 24: 3-4). What will it take for our countries to return to the Lord? How much longer can God’s hand be restrained?
“How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 6:10)?
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