The title of this post comes from Habakkuk 2:8. I woke up very early this morning looking right into Habakkuk 2. For me, this is a warning to nations like the United States, the Corrupted Elite of Society, Idolaters, Thieves, Crooks, and to those who enjoy tormenting others.
Habakkuk Waits for God’s Response
I will stand at my guard post and station myself on the lookout tower.
I will watch to see what He will say to me and what I should reply about my complaint.
God’s Second Answer
2 The Lord answered me: Write down this vision;
clearly inscribe it on tablets so one may easily read it.
3 For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it testifies about the end and will not lie.
Though it delays, wait for it, since it will certainly come and not be late.
4 Look, his ego is inflated; he is without integrity. But the righteous one will live by his faith.
5 Moreover, wine betrays; an arrogant man is never at rest.
He enlarges his appetite like Sheol, and like Death he is never satisfied.
He gathers all the nations to himself; he collects all the peoples for himself.
The Five Woe Oracles
6 Won’t all of these take up a taunt against him, with mockery and riddles about him?
They will say: Woe to him who amasses what is not his—
how much longer?— and loads himself with goods taken in pledge.
7 Won’t your creditors suddenly arise, and those who disturb you wake up?
Then you will become spoil for them.
8 Since you have plundered many nations, all the peoples who remain will plunder you— because of human bloodshed and violence against lands, cities, and all who live in them.
9 Woe to him who dishonestly makes wealth for his house to place his nest on high,
to escape from the reach of disaster!
10 You have planned shame for your house by wiping out many peoples
and sinning against your own self.
11 For the stones will cry out from the wall, and the rafters will answer them
from the woodwork.
12 Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and founds a town with injustice!
13 Is it not from the Lord of Hosts that the peoples labor only to fuel the fire
and countries exhaust themselves for nothing?
14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord’s glory,
as the waters cover the sea.
15 Woe to him who gives his neighbors drink, pouring out your wrath
and even making them drunk, in order to look at their nakedness!
16 You will be filled with disgrace instead of glory.
You also—drink, and expose your uncircumcision! The cup in the Lord’s right hand
will come around to you, and utter disgrace will cover your glory.
17 For your violence against Lebanon will overwhelm you;
the destruction of animals will terrify you because of your human bloodshed and violence against lands, cities, and all who live in them.
18 What use is a carved idol after its craftsman carves it?
It is only a cast image, a teacher of lies. For the one who crafts its shape trusts in it
and makes idols that cannot speak.
19 Woe to him who says to wood: Wake up! or to mute stone: Come alive!
Can it teach? Look! It may be plated with gold and silver,
yet there is no breath in it at all.
20 But the Lord is in His holy temple; let everyone on earth
be silent in His presence.
Luke 9:24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it.
Luke 17:33 Whoever tries to make his life secure will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
Matthew 16:25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.
And Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came to Him to show Him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said unto them, “See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down.”
3 And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of Thy coming and of the end of the world?”
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, “Take heed that no man deceive you;
5 for many shall come in My name, saying, ‘I am Christ,’ and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that ye be not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted and shall kill you, and ye shall be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.
10 And then shall many lose faith and shall betray one another and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.
15 “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoso readeth, let him understand),
16 then let them that be in Judea flee unto the mountains.
17 Let him that is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house;
18 neither let him that is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day.
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And unless those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved; but for the elect’s sake, those days shall be shortened.
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, ‘Lo, here is Christ,’ or ‘there,’ believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false christs and false prophets and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Therefore, if they shall say unto you, ‘Behold, He is in the desert!’ go not forth; or ‘Behold, He is in the secret chambers!’ believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east and shineth even unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.
28 For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken,
30 and then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and with great glory.
31 And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
32 “Now learn a parable of the fig tree: When his branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh.
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour, knoweth no man, no, not the angels of Heaven, but My Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark
39 and knew not until the flood came and took them all away, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken and the other left.
42 “Watch therefore, for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched and would not have suffered his house to be broken into.
44 Therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh.
45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant whom his lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, that he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But if that evil servant shall say in his heart, ‘My lord delayeth his coming,’
49 and shall begin to smite his fellow servants and to eat and drink with the drunken,
50 the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 and shall cut him asunder and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“To God Be The Glory”