Gene Benjamin II
Our Daily Drink 7-16-10
Our Scripture for today comes from Habakkuk 2, beginning with verses 1-3, “I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected. 2Then Yahweh answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. 3For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.” At first, you would believe that Habakkuk believes he is personally in trouble with Yahweh, waiting for a rebuke from the Master. But look what our marvelous King does, He just goes right ahead and gives Habakkuk a command to write the vision that he’s about to receive! I can relate to Habakkuk, I sometimes feel like I’m expecting Yahweh to rebuke me, but He just says write what I’m showing you, Gene! Yes Sir, right away Sir. I most often don’t like what I’m told to write about. It doesn’t seem to be the happy Gospel that I get to write about. Too much doom and gloom even for me, but Yahweh just wants humans to repent and turn to Him. I’m getting that message, I hope I’m relaying that message. The state of our eternal soul depends on our repentance. So what does Yahweh want Habakkuk and Gen to write? Oh boy, hold on to your soul again.
Here’s the vision that Yahweh had for Habakkuk and for us today, which neither Habakkuk nor we need to tarry long to receive, beginning in verse 4, “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.” Immediately, we see someone has a soul issue, a serious problem with Yahweh. Notice that it is not the just man walking by faith, it’s the proud man that has a soul problem. Notice that pride is the root of all this man’s troubles, though Yahweh delineates a few outward expressions of this proud heart, starting in verse 5, “Indeed, because he transgresses by wine, He is a proud man, And he does not stay at home. Because he enlarges his desire as hell, And he is like death, and cannot be satisfied, He gathers to himself all nations And heaps up for himself all peoples.” Notice what pride has led this man into, drinking, not staying at home when he should stay home, desires that cannot be satisfied in this world. This is a man of untold greed and lust, always wanting more, using his influence to draw whole nations and peoples to himself, for himself. Wow, now that sounds like some of those rich globalist folks we here about, skulking around in dark meeting rooms, pushing agendas that enlarge themselves, but impoverish the common man.
Yahweh is not done talking about this guy, look at verses 6-8, “Will not all these (common people) take up a proverb against him (the proud man), and a taunting riddle against him, and say, ‘Woe to him who increases what is not his—how long? And to him who loads himself with many pledges’? 7Will not your creditors rise up suddenly? Will they not awaken who oppress you? And you will become their booty. 8Because you have plundered many nations, All the remnant of the people shall plunder you, because of men’s blood and the violence of the land and the city, And of all who dwell in it.” It’s hard to imagine a proud man that has several trillions of dollars in his bank account owing anyone in this world anything. I guess it’s possible, just not very probable. So who could an ultra-wealthy globalist owe money or anything else to? Well, there is only two other choices, Satan or Yahweh. These guys have sold their souls to the Devil for sure, but Who ultimately holds their receivables in His hands? Is the Devil going to get to call in his credit slips against these guys? It doesn’t look like it. Yahweh allows the “remnant of the people” to plunder the rich globalists someday. And that of course begs the question, how long will these guys get to plunder the common man of faith? Doesn’t that sound like a familiar question? You’re right, Habakkuk and the Revelator are tracking on the same thought here. Listen to the opening of the fifth seal in Revelation 6:9-11, “When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of Yahweh and for the testimony which they held. 10And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Master, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.” This is amazing stuff, folks, I never knew Habakkuk was speaking of the end times. We know Yahweh owes no man anything, but even the ultra-rich globalist owes Yahweh his very soul.
Habakkuk continues the rebuke in verses 9-12, “Woe to him who covets evil gain for his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of disaster! 10You give shameful counsel to your house, Cutting off many peoples, and sin against your soul. 11For the stone will cry out from the wall, and the beam from the timbers will answer it. 12“Woe to him who builds a town with bloodshed, who establishes a city by iniquity!” Notice that it is not wrong to have good profitable gain for your house, only evil gain. You have to step on people to make evil gain, and then you are sinning against your own soul to get the gain. You lose the eternal to gain the temporary. Not wise. Don’t many people believe they can buy their way out of a disaster? I believe the Scripture is pretty clear that money will not do you any good in the end-time disasters coming upon our world. Ezekiel weighed in on this idea also in 7:19, “They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be like refuse; their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of Yahweh; they will not satisfy their souls, nor fill their stomachs, because it became their stumbling block of iniquity.” Money can buy you a lot of stuff, but it will not buy you forgiveness, salvation, redemption, or deliverance on that Great Day of Yahweh.
Read the rest of Habakkuk 2, Yahweh makes it very clear that this plundering of the people, stepping on them to make evil gain for your own household, is violence in the land and in the city. He does not like it and He will soon stop it. Apostle Paul, in quoting from Deuteronomy 32:35, makes it clear that Yahweh gets the last word, heed his warning in Romans 12:19, “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says Yahweh.” Here’s how Moses said it in Deut. 32:35, “Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things to come hasten upon them.” We don’t have to go to war against the globalists, Yahweh has them in his sites. We win in the end, whether or not we are martyred or not, makes no difference, we get the Kingdom of Yahweh, they don’t. Let Yahweh do his part, let’s do our part and make disciples and call people to repentance.
Zechariah 14:8, “And in that day it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the western sea; in both summer and winter it shall occur.”