Habakkuk 2:1-20 I will stand on the ramparts and learn what the Lord is saying to us. The Lord says: Write this down and make it clear for all to see; The revelation awaits the appointed time, it speaks of the time of the end and will not prove false. Though it delays, wait for it, it will surely come before too long.
The reckless will lack an assured future, while the righteous will live by being faithful.
As for the person who is proud, arrogant and treacherous; they will not win in the end, because they are as greedy as the grave. The nations and peoples follow in this error, but surely they will face ridicule and those who have ill-gotten gains will be scorned. Their debtors will suddenly rise up and the creditors will become victims, instead.
Those who have shed blood and inflicted violence to cities and have plundered nations, now; the rest of the world will plunder you.
Woe betide those who seek unjust gain, their schemes will bring dishonour and put their lives at risk.
Woe betide those who build their lives on crime and lies. Those nations labour for a pittance and their peoples exhaust themselves for nothing.
Woe betide those who make others drink the outpouring of God’s wrath, they will be filled with shame when it is their turn to face judgement.
Woe to those who seek guidance from idols or divinators, they are useless and of no value.
The Lord is in His Holy Temple, let all the earth be silent in His presence. Reference: REB, NIV. Some verses abridged.
Bible prophecy does tell us what will happen ‘at the appointed time’. James 5:7-11
The proud and arrogant peoples will be brought low. Psalm 5:5-6 While the godless face insecurity, those who discern the end times and understand the prophetic Word, will maintain their faith and live in quiet trust for a blessed future. Isaiah 30:15, Prov. 3:5
The ‘cup of God’s wrath’, is symbolic of His anger. Jeremiah 25:15-38 In Noah’s day, God’s wrath came as a flood, but now we are told: the earth is reserved for burning…2 Peter 3:5-7 and in Deut. 32:22 & 34-35 I have sealed up in My storehouse, a fire, set ablaze by My anger, waiting the Day of punishment and vengeance. Psalm 50:3-6
It will be poured out upon all the world, Isaiah 2:12-21, Rev. 6:12-17, but especially onto the Middle East region. Psalm 83:1-8, Ezekiel 30:1-5, as the great and terrible Day of the Lord’s vengeance and wrath, a C.M.E. sunstrike, that will be a world changing event. Huge numbers will be killed, Jeremiah 9:22, Isaiah 66:16 and as the survivors recover, they will form a One World government. Daniel 7:23-24, Rev 17:12
Meanwhile, those who have kept their faith and trust in the Lord, Jer. 7:7-8, will be motivated to emigrate to the Holy Land, where they will settle and live peacefully. Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 107 Those who follow their own lusts and desires will ‘lack an assured future’, that is they may survive the forthcoming fire judgement, but must face the Great Tribulation. On the other hand, the righteous will live under the care and protection of the Lord. Amos 9:13-15, Isaiah 24:4, Jer. 33:12-13, Col. 1:11-12 The Shekinah Glory will return to the new Temple, in Jerusalem. Ezekiel 43:2 Then, after all that is prophesied, has taken place: Jesus will Return to reign for 1000 years. <