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   But it shall come to pass that all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. Yahweh shall send upon you cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that you set your hand to do, until you be destroyed, and until you perish quickly because of the wickedness of your doings, whereby you have forsaken Me.
Yahweh shall make the pestilence cleave to you, until He has consumed you. Yahweh shall smite you with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue you until you perish.
   And your heaven that is over your head shall be brass, and the earth that is under you shall be iron. Yahweh shall make the rain of your land powder and dust.
Yahweh shall smite you with the sore of Egypt, and with hemorrhoids, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof you can not be healed. Yahweh shall smite you with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart. Yahweh shall smite you with a painful sore that cannot be healed, from the sole of your foot unto the top of your head and you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword.
   The stranger that is among you shall get up above you very high, and you shall come down very low. All these curses shall be upon you, and shall pursue you, and overtake you, till you be destroyed.
   Because you served not Yahweh with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, therefore shall you serve your enemies which Yahweh shall send against you, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things. And he shall put a yoke of iron upon your neck, until he has destroyed you. Yahweh shall bring a nation against you from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies; a nation whose tongue you shall not understand; a nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor show favor to the young. And he shall besiege you in all your gates, until your high and fenced walls come down, wherein you trusted, throughout all your land and he shall besiege you in all your gates throughout all your land.
   Then Yahweh will make your plagues wonderful … even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance. Also every sickness, and every plague, so Yahweh will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nothing.
   And Yahweh shall scatter you among all people, and among these nations shall you find no ease, neither shall the sole of your foot have rest. And your life shall hang in doubt before you, and you shall fear day and night, and shall have none assurance of your life.

Applicable Today? Why, Yes!
   This is a digest of curses from 54 verses of Deuteronomy, Chapter 28 … pronounced upon a once peculiar people but remarkably applicable to the world’s peoples today.
   The world is in transition. Since before 9/11 even, nations and kingdoms had been disturbed and disrupted by anarchy and terrorism which had made refugees of those indigenous who had survived these troubles, propelling their lives into chaos and in the pronouncement of the author of the TORAH, “and your life shall hang in doubt before you, and you shall fear day and night, and shall have none assurance of your life” (Deut. 28:66).
   This assertion, in fact, is becoming the experience of peoples everywhere as the world is transitioning from an uneasy stability to all its foundations – traditional family structure, religion and morality, education, industrial and commercial and personal economies – reeling out of course and decidedly setting a Spiritual people in a minority, their ability to endure tribulation to its end determined by their resolve to continue steadfastly and earnestly, with vigilance and diligence, contend for the primitive faith delivered them while some among them, thought established, strengthened, and settled in this faith, are giving place to this prophetic fulfilling of falling away.
   And this erosion away of some, of the foundation, the ground and pillar of their faith; this removing of those who can be shaken, while unsettling, is arousing in those which cannot be shaken, to remain fully persuaded, staggering not through unbelief but rather, reaching forth, pressing toward, and apprehending even now, in this present perilous time and for the joy that is set before them … though seen afar off, the exceeding great and precious promise of that which others’ ears have not heard; that which others’ eyes have not seen; that which has not entered into other’s hearts: the incorruptible, undefiled inheritance of the Kingdom of Yahweh in which there shall be no more death; neither sorrow; nor crying (for Yahweh shall wipe away all tears from their eyes); neither shall there be any more pain (Rev. 21:4).
   Yes, like Abraham, the father of their faith – though they should die in the faith of their father Abraham and like him, confess themselves but strangers and pilgrims on the earth – they nourish through their obedience to Yahweh’s Commandments (all of Them) the promise of becoming heirs, and more so, joint-heirs with their Messiah of the Commonwealth of Israel and the Covenants of Promise. And even if their many adversaries should war against them, seeking to distract and draw away; seeking to entice and tempt; seeking to beset and overcome, and make them to become spiritual refugees without certain dwelling places, their constancy in faith in the face of climate change, COVID-19, immigration concerns, hyperinflation and other perils, proves them unmovable and unblameable and hence, unreproveable and unrebukable.

Peace and Safety, Then Sudden Destruction
   The peoples of the world are duped into believing that what is reported to them to have occurred in Noah’s time, will never be repeated – that somehow, the political messiahs whom they acknowledge and trust, will be able to prevent through mitigation protocols and diplomacy a second cataclysm of global proportions. But their confidence is misplaced. For while the peoples of the world – lulled into thinking and believing that “things” will get better – are looking to their political messiahs to resolve the infirmities, necessities, and distresses already felt by hundreds of millions, these in secret and clandestine convocations are preparing such agendas that will elevate them into positions of power that further subjugate a plebiscite to their will and to their pleasure.
   Nevertheless, such pursuits shall be short-lived. For this they willingly are ignorant of: that by the Word of Yahweh the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water, being overflowed with water, then perished. And the earth which is now, by the Same Word, is kept in store, reserved to fire against the great and notable day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:5-7).
   Quite, will man’s efforts become futile to save the planet by addressing climate change that is, reportedly, heating up the earth, creating wildfires and droughts; earthquakes in diverse places; hurricanes and cyclones that produce torrential rains that cause massive flooding, and as deadly as droughts upon agriculture; raising sea levels that are, apparently, set in defiance to Yahweh’s setting its boundaries; and the secondary effects of destroying a peoples’ infrastructures of transit mobility, communication networks, electric power, and safe drinking water and, moreover, intensifying food insecurity among peoples all over the earth.
   The earth has been, and is but accelerating on a collision course with the Almighty One, the Elohim of vengeance and recompense Who shall surely requite and manifest. Whose Word shall stand: the creatures’ or the Creator’s (Jer. 44:28)?

So, What Must We Do?
   What believers in every age have always done:
      • repent and confess our iniquities,transgressions and sins, and those of our nation … that perhaps we might be pardoned through His Grace and Mercy;
      • lean not to our own understanding; trust and acknowledge Yahweh in all our ways;
      • give attendance to reading, exhortation, and wholesome words and sound doctrine meditating therein, that our profiting might appear to all;
      • count all things temporal but loss and an equitable exchange for growth in the grace and the knowledge of our Master and Savior, Yahshua Messiah;
      • abstain from appearance of all evil, including fellowship with them that walk disorderly;
      • watch and pray that we might in the face of trouble, have the answer of a good conscience void of offense toward man and Yahweh; • watch and pray, resisting the adversary lest we should enter into temptation and fall into sin;
      • watch and pray for the world’s leaders, that the Goodness of Yahweh will lead them to repentance and an acknowledgment of Truth to the end we might live quiet and peaceable lives with all righteousness and honesty;
      • continue steadfastly in, and earnestly contend for the primitive faith of Abraham … both willing and doing of Yahweh’s Good Pleasure, confident that He shall direct our steps.

   Having done all these things to stand, we will be able to stand in the evil day and receive of the Master Yahshua, Discerner of every thought and intent of every man’s heart, and to Whom all judgment which is according to Truth, has been committed, and become therewith empowered to withstand such things and be accounted worthy to escape (even death is an escape) all these things which are coming upon the earth. Indeed, when a man’s ways please Yahweh, He is able even to make him at peace with his enemies.

-Elder John W. Reece

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