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Part I

Knowledge Not Automatic
Commandment Not Too Hard

Part III

God Punishes His People
Why Doesn't God Cast Them Away?
"Sealed Up Treasures"
God's Declaration

Part II

The Song of Moses
The Rock
Jacob His Heritage
A Desert Land
An Eagle Stirreth Up Her Nest
Jeshurun Waxed Fat
Moved Me to Jealousy

Part IV

Ezekiel 38:18-23
The Song of the Lamb
Overcoming the Beast and Image
"It Is Your Life"

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Part III

God Punishes His People

    The lesson of the "Song of Moses" is that God punishes His people when they turn their backs on Him. Not only does He punish His people, but also He punishes the enemies of His people. Let us consider the first punishment.

"For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

"I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.

"They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.

"The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs."  
Deuteronomy 32:22-25


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Parable of the
Rich Man and Lazarus

This is illustrated in the story of the rich man and Lazarus.  We see the once "rich man"   Israel being placed in a very distressing situation for all their sins and unfaithfulness.

    Paul mentions the same lesson in Romans 10:19-21:

"But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.

"But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.

"But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people."

    God loved them, but they did not show love in return.


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The Destruction

The terror and punishment of the Lord followed them in their unfaithfulness.

We remember the overthrow of Jerusalem. There was starvation in the city. The Jews would torture one another if they thought they were hiding food anywhere.

It was so bad that some cases were reported of them eating their own children.

No, the punishment was not just some poetic words. It was real.


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Why Doesn’t God Cast Them
Away as His People?

    The question may arise: Why doesn’t God cast Israel away? He could have done that very easily. The answer is given in Deuteronomy 32:26, 27:

"I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:

"Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and lest they should say, Our hand is high, and the Lord hath not done all this."

    Just as Moses prayed when God wanted to destroy this people, what would the enemies of Israel say.

"For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth?" Exodus 32:12

    If their enemies could exalt over Israel, in another sense they could exalt over God. So God chose another method. He decided to punish His people for their sins, but later receive them into favor. That is something many people in Christendom do not understand.
    The lesson here is just as it is recorded in
Deuteronomy 32:36:

"For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left."

    The Lord begins His judgment with His people first. The Christian world has indeed seen the affliction of the children of Israel and has concluded they have been cast off forever. That is a big mistake.

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The Church Persecuting Jews

In that the churches have been large contributors to Israel’s sufferings through the centuries, it seems to escape them that the Lord is now going to punish the enemies of His people Israel: both natural Israel after the flesh and spiritual Israel after the spirit.

This brings us to the next part of our lesson, the punishment of the enemies of God’s people.

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"Sealed up Among My Treasures"

"For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.

"For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter:

"Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.

"Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?"
Deuteronomy 32:31-34

    Here we come to the enemies of Israel, both natural and spiritual. The rock of the enemies is not our Rock. The rock of our enemies is their great institutions and great monetary resources.
    They trust in the power they have leveraged in the nations, the great numbers of followers, all the pomp and glory that has been attained by consorting with the world. By changing the glorious Gospel of Christ into a narrow salvation that fails to reach earth’s billions but promises heaven to its very own supporters, they have succeeded in convincing the multitudes within their vaunted walls that heaven is theirs by merely naming the name of Christ.

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Study the history of the vine of "Sodom" and of the fields of "Gomorrah" and see how they persecuted natural Israel even into our own era in the Nazi-Fascist alliance of church and state.

See how they persecuted the true spiritual Israelites, forcing them to seek refuge in these United States.

    The wine of our enemies is the "poison of dragons and the cruel venom of asps." While preaching God’s love, they have been most unloving and uncharitable. Before you are the open pages of history.
    So offensive has been their history that in our time they are seeking to revise it and make it something that it was not. That is the new look. The name for it is revisionism, the ability to rewrite history to make it read the way you would like it to read.
    No matter how they fool the people, God doesn’t read history as men write it, but as it actually happened. Therefore, God has stored up a treasury of vengeance. Because God does not punish people on the spot for their sins, we may get the idea that He isn’t going to punish them at all. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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God’s Declaration

"See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

"For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.

"If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.

"I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy."
Deuteronomy 32:39-42

    Who are His enemies? His enemies are those who oppose His people, both natural and true spiritual Israel. All righteous blood that has been poured out from Jesus' time until now must be accounted for. Not one drop of righteous blood will pass unnoticed and unrequited.
    God did not punish all sins as quickly as they were committed. I am sure, if He had, it would have been a great deterrent to sin. Because sins can be committed with seeming impunity for days, months, years and centuries, the wicked have been emboldened into thinking they are free from all punishment.
    That is the great deception of sin. They don’t realize it is sin now and pay later, and pay they will as surely as the sun will rise. God allows sins against His people to accumulate. In Matthew 23:35, 36 we read:

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The Slaying of Righteous Abel

"That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

"Verily I say unto you, all these things shall come upon this generation."

    At the end of this age we find the same principle applies. God will require of this generation all the righteous blood shed throughout the Gospel age both for His spiritual Israel and natural Israel.
    There is no doubt that this delay in judgment has strengthened the wickedness of people and nations. They seemingly got away with terrible sins. God is handling the sins against the righteous just the way our nation is handling the national debt, by dumping the debt on our children. God will visit the children of this generation with judgment.
    In God’s case it is an act of kindness to allow the previous generations to live and continue the population growth. If God punished people summarily for all sins committed against the righteous, earth’s population would be much smaller.
    God’s treasury of judgment has been kept in store until these last days. He has promised with an oath, and that calls extravagant attention to it, that once His hand lays hold on His sword, it will not be stayed until He has visited punishment for those for whom it is intended. Deuteronomy 32:41-43 reads:

"I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.

"I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy.

"Praise His people ye nations: [margin reading] for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people."


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