Friday, June 17, 2011

Fifth course of judgment

I hear about the ‘5th course of judgment’ a lot but don’t understand what that is all about.  Could you help me?

The five courses of Israel's judgment are the five levels of punishment that God put on them when they made the Mosaic Law covenant with him at Mt. Sinai.

Those five courses are found in Leviticus 26 (and Deuteronomy 28), and are laid out like this:

God lays out how he will bless them if they keep his covenant...perfectly! Leviticus 26:1-13

But, he lays out how he will curse them if they don't!

Leviticus 26:14-17
But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.  And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.

This is the first course of judgment!

The second course is found in…

Leviticus 26:18-20
And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.  And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.

The third course is found in…

Leviticus 26: 21-22
And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.  I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number ; and your high ways shall be desolate.

The fourth course is found in…

Leviticus 26: 23-26
And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me; Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.  And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.  And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.

And lastly, the fifth course of judgment (the one that the nation of Israel is in right now!!!) is found in…

Leviticus26: 27-39
And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me; Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.  And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.  And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.  And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.  And I will bring the land into desolation : and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it.  And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.  Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies ' land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths.  As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest ; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it.  And upon them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies ; and the sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as fleeing from a sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth.  And they shall fall one upon another, as it were before a sword, when none pursueth : and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies.  And ye shall perish among the heathen, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.  And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies' lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers.

So you see (1) the fact that Israel (that is, God’s true Israel--not the current geographical Israel), is scattered among the heathen and (2)  that heathen are currently in their geographical homeland are proof that [God's true] Israel is still under those five courses of judgment today! 

Hopefully this helps...Maranatha!

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