The Bible is very plain about the judgment that all lost souls face in the afterlife. The wicked also face the possibility of suffering God’s vengeance in the material world. There are times when God decides He has enough of someone’s misdeeds, and He decides to take action.
King Nebuchadnezzar was cursed by the Lord because he boasted about his achievements. The Bible records in Daniel 4:30 that the king spoke with great pride saying:
“Is not this great Babylon that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” (As soon as the words left his mouth, he became insane and lived like an animal for seven years.)
Herod Antipas, the Roman-appointed ruler of Galilee, was also judged by God for pride. In the Good News Bible, Acts 12:21-23 states:
“On a chosen day Herod put on his royal robes, sat on this throne, and made a speech to the people. ‘It isn’t a man speaking, but a god!” they shouted. At once the angel of the Lord struck Herod down, because he did not give honor to God. He was eaten by worms and died.”
The music world has had many singers who reached demigod status. A very high percentage of them have suffered early deaths. A study by Sydney University found that Pop and Rock stars die up to 25 years younger than the average person. People with lofty titles like:
“The King of Rock & Roll” (Elvis Presley), “The King of Pop” (Michael Jackson), “The Queen of Psychedelic Soul” (Janis Joplin), and “The Voice” (Whitney Houston) have all come to an untimely and tragic end.
There are many reasons why I think that Barack Obama should be suffering from God’s natural judgment. History is one indicator. Of the nineteen U.S. presidents who have been elected to a second term, only seven avoided a troubled or failed second term. Because pride and arrogance naturally build up with every administration, it’s easy to see why the last six presidents with two terms have suffered from this curse:
George W Bush: The housing bubble burst on his watch. The financial crisis was caused by loose economic policy that resulted from people being approved for loans that they were unqualified to pay back. The meltdown in 2008 almost destroyed the economy. The Bush administration added $4 trillion to the nation debt.
Bill Clinton: Special investigator Kenneth Starr uncovered Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton denied the allegations in a televised appearance on January 26, 1998, but was later forced to recant. The Republican-controlled House impeached him but he was saved by all of the Democrats in the Senate voting for an acquittal.
Ronald Reagan: The Iran-Contra affair was a major distraction during Reagan’s second term. The administration sold weapons to Iran to gain the freedom of hostages held in Lebanon, illegally diverting the profits to the Contras, a rebel force fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. Lt. Col. Oliver North and retired naval officer John Poindexter were both convicted of obstructing Congress. Reagan’s knowledge of the arms deals remains a mystery.
Richard Nixon: Five members of Nixon’s Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP) were arrested for breaking into the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate complex. Nixon became implicated in the break-in by ordering a cover-up. He became the first president to resign when it became clear he faced impeachment.
Lyndon Johnson: The Vietnam War conflict started during the Kennedy administration. Johnson presided over a major escalation of fighting, sending an additional 35,000 troops to Vietnam each month. After the North Vietnamese launched their deadly Tet offensive, confidence in the campaign quickly collapsed. Johnson chose not to run again after being confronted with protestors who would often chant the line, “Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids have you killed today?”
Dwight Eisenhower: During the height of the Cold War, a U-2 spy plane operated by the CIA was shot down by the Soviet military. Eisenhower denied the plane was in Soviet airspace, but Kremlin leader Nikita Khrushchev proved Eisenhower to be a liar by parading pilot Francis Gary Powers before the media. Khrushchev compounded Eisenhower’s embarrassment by walking out of the U.S.-Soviet peace talks. His chief of staff became embroiled in a bribery scandal before being forced to resign.
Over recent years, I’ve noticed that the judgment of sin has largely dried up. King Herod was struck down for allowing people to compare himself to God. Today, we have people who claim to be God.
Kayne West—the obnoxious rapper—is one of the worst of these offenders. He has repeatedly portrayed himself as some type of deity. In 2013, West released the song titled “I Am a God,” and he has given himself the title Yeezus. He has preformed blasphemous acts on stage with a mock Jesus. West sees the fake Jesus and comments:
“White Jesus, is that you?” After West spews out a load profanity, the mock Jesus ignores this offense, instead telling the audience to see the light in Kanye — as if West is some kind of saviour.
If these deeds aren’t bad enough, Kanye West now has his own version of the Holy Scriptures for sale. His version has the name for God replaced by his own: “In the beginning Kanye created the heaven and the earth… And Kanye said, “Let there be light: and there was light.”
The only explanation I can think of for why calamity has not struck Kanye West, Barack Obama, and dozens of people of their caliber is because God is storing up wrath for the Tribulation hour. Sin has become so pervasive. God has given up on the judgment of individuals. We are in the calm of a storm that will judge all of humanity. For Rapture Ready believers, this is another indication that we are living in the last of the last-days.
“But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to every man according to his deeds: to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to every man who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 2:6-10).