An Evil Generation

Do you live in an ‘evil’ generation? Or are you surrounded by nice people who live nice lives doing nice things?

How are we to evaluate the society in which we live? How do we know if we are living among evil people? The citizens of Sodom felt pretty happy with themselves, while God was standing just a few miles away ready to destroy them and their city forever. How do we know the same is not true for our cities and generation?

The Bible describes an Evil Generation, and so I want to discuss that description with you. But first, let me answer the question of how you can properly evaluate your own society.

Evaluating Society

I suggest that there are two ways to accurately evaluate the society in which you live. The first way is to have a revelation of God. The second way is to compare your society with what God says in His word. Both of these ways involve the external reference point of God.

If you try to evaluate things from your own senses you are up against the fact that your own way will seem right in your eyes. You are also up against the factor of a seared conscience that no longer feels pangs at doing what is wrong. So an external reference point is needed. That reference point should not be someone or something that is evil but something of the highest moral standing. So we refer to God.

Seeing God

A consistent experience in Bible history is that people who saw God instantly saw how defiled and unworthy they and their society were. So, one good way to properly evaluate your society is to “see God”.

“I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye sees you. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5,6

“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. …… Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” Isaiah 6:1,5

“When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Luke 5:8

If we could get people to see the Lord then they would have a far higher consciousness of the evil within their society. More people would repent of their thoughts, actions and way of life.

God’s Description of an Evil Generation

The Bible gives us various references to evil generations. We have the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. We have the churches Jesus rebuked in the Book of Revelation. We have the Canaanite nations which were destroyed because of their evil ways. Jesus described those who were “goats” and would go in to eternal punishment.

In the book of Proverbs, written by King Solomon, we have four verses which specifically describe an evil generation. This does not mean a particular generation in history, but a sub-group within societies.

Proverbs 30:11-14

There is a generation that curse their father, And bless not their mother.

There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, And yet are not washed from their filthiness.

There is a generation, oh how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.

There is a generation whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

Unpacking the Evil Generation

Let’s break down and review this list of evils which make a culture, nation or people evil. There are four separate references to “generation” and there are four different qualities which are identified as the characteristics of an evil generation.

As we investigate them, consider how many of them are part of the culture and society in which you live.

Independent and Rebellious

Those who curse the father and do not bless their mother are those who are individualistic. They are people who value their independence and individuality over their place in their family lineage. They do not see themselves as the product of generational grace, but they are determined to be their own person and do their own thing. They are happy to rebel against the wishes of their parents if they have to, so they can achieve whatever it is that they see as valuable.

Note that this kind of independence brings a curse on the earth. The prophet Malachi prophesied God’s intention to send someone to turn the hearts of fathers to their sons and sons to their fathers. If this was not achieved there would be curse on the earth.

“And he will turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:6

Self-Righteous

Those who are pure in their own eyes even though they have not properly dealt with their sins are those who are self-righteous. They are people who reject God’s standards of behaviour and who then justify themselves based on their own opinions. They are people who assert their own goodness, when they are just as human as everyone else.

These are people who “do what is right in their own eyes”, thinking their way is right, since every man’s way is right in his own eyes.

These are people who are deluded and deceived, like the Laodicean church, described in Revelation 3.

“Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” Revelation 3:17

The Proud

Those who have “lofty eyes” are those who are proud. They look down on others. They think highly of themselves. They do not look to the needs or concerns of others, since they are only interested in their own affairs.

They will not condescend to be entangled with others, and they are looking for their own advancement, not their service of others.

The Oppressors

Those who devour the needy and the poor are the violent oppressors. They exploit others, and target the helpless and defenceless. They are cruel and permanently set upon taking advantage of others. They do not care who they destroy and what harm that cause, as long as they get their own ends.

Your Culture

How does your community and culture rate against those descriptors? Do you live among people who are Independent and Rebellious, Self-Righteous, Proud or Oppressive?

What about you as a person? Which one of those descriptions could be pinned on you?

A Good Generation

If the things Solomon listed represent an evil generation then we can invert them to describe a good generation. Maybe in doing this we will get a good description of you and the society in which you live. Hmmmm ??

The opposite of the independent and rebellious, self-righteous, proud and oppressive would be….
The Submissive, Repentant, Humble and Generous!

Now that’s a pretty good society in which to live, don’t you think?

When you look at your political leaders, popular heroes, business leaders, social influencers, sports and entertainment stars and public identities, do they tend to display the qualities of an evil generation or a godly generation?

I pray that you be part of a godly generation and become part of the process to transform your community into a blessed place to raise your grandchildren.

The Crash of 2008 part three

I have described in the two earlier posts on this topic that we are living in historic time as we undergo what could be one of the most dramatic crashes of history. Crashes aren’t new, but that doesn’t make them easy to endure.

I have also pointed out that human greed, Mammon worship, sin and the actions of high power players will bring problems to our lives and nations. God has His way, despite the activities of men. And that is what brings us to this posting. Here I want to discuss what God is doing.

What is God Doing?

Since God has claim upon our lives and the right to direct and interfere with the affairs of human existence it is to be expected that He will step in and deal with nations as He has done in the past.

The global flood of Noah’s day and the destruction of the lush and sought after region of Sodom and Gomorrah are two of the more striking examples of God dealing with mankind on a large scale. Add to that the total destruction of various nations, such as Moab or prosperous cities, such a Nineveh and Babylon, and you get the idea that God has a track record of dealing with mankind.

Prophetic Messages

There have been prophetic messages which have been passed around. Some well known and many unknown people have sensed that God is at work and has a plan in all that is going on.

Various prophecies indicate that God knew all about this financial upheaval before it happened and that He is willing to care for and protect His people in through it.

Sharon Stone Prophecy of Mid 2008

I cannot vouch for the quality of some information passed to me. I pass on the prophecy from Sharon Stone because it seems to come with solid endorsement.

Dr. Sharon Stone gave a prophecy in Glasgow, Scotland in the summer of 2008. In it she said, “September is a turning point and a sign of the times. A USA world bank’s shares are in trouble.” Note that Lehman Brothers filed bankruptcy, September 15, 2008. “I see government in the USA bailing out mortgage giants.” There was a Federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, September 7, 2008.

“I see a European airline failing with no notice.” British owned XL Airlines filed bankruptcy, September 12, 2008.

“I see the eyes of the world looking to see, ‘Who is this coming out of Alaska?’” Sarah Palin was announced as McCain’s running mate, August 29, 2008, and she had centre stage during September 2008.

“And I see smoke coming from the Chunnel.” (the tunnel under the English Channel) Fire in a freight train started on September 11, 2008.

So far so good. After an impressive start like that one tends to pay attention. She goes on, “As I see these things, I hear the encouragement of God to His Isaacs in the earth who sow in the times of famine and reap 100 fold in the year. September will convince you that you must connect to His economic system.”

“Your storehouse is not an earthly bank. Hold on and I will bail you out of your mortgage issues. Am I not better to you than any government? I will not leave you stranded on foreign soil, and I will carry you above the circumstances better than any plane or jet. And your hope is not an Alaskan saviour, but Me.”

Cindy Jacobs

Cindy Jacobs is relied upon as someone who hears from God. She had her own sense of financial issues needing to be dealt with. She explains, “During a January (2008) worship service, the Lord spoke to me, ‘Cindy, the strongman over America doesn’t live in Washington D.C.—the strongman lives in New York City! Call together my people to pray for the economy.’

This emphasis on New York points to Wall Street as having more authority in the nation than the elected governments.

Australian Perspective

I have spoken to several people who have received dreams or impressions about what is happening. Two different people have now told me of seeing dreams of a terrible storm or whirlwind devastating Australia while they were perfectly safe in the eye of the storm.

Back in August 2007 I was told of a prophetic word that “A Storm is Coming”. Since then I have heard of multiple extensions on that theme.

What is important in the things being heard by Australians is the emphasis being put on God’s jealousy for the nation and His wish that Australia would acknowledge Him. It seems that God is allowing devastation to humble the Australians who are living as if they can make their own rules.

The warnings go to the effect that if the leaders and people of Australia try to find a solution that ignores God then God will hit them with yet another wave, overturning the plans. If they continue to resist Him then He will continue to humble the nation until there is nothing left.

What to Do

I have some suggestions about what people can do to brace themselves for what might be a protracted and difficult season. There is plenty of hope for God’s people, so I am not recommending dire steps. In the next and probably final post on this topic I’ll pass on my recommendations to you.