Are We Fighting Against The Will Of God?

Q. Re: The Holocaust. Since the holocaust, the tribulation, etc., are a judgment from God for rejecting Him, does helping the Jews, such as what happened in WWII and will happen in the tribulation, constitute fighting against the will of God – God’s will apparently being that they suffer under that judgment?

A. In Ezekiel 33:11 The Lord said, “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.”

I don’t believe it’s ever God’s will that people suffer. The Jews brought their suffering upon themselves. They could have prevented it by recognizing their Messiah when He came and they could put an end to it by recognizing Him now. As we saw in Leviticus 26 God warned them repeatedly of the consequences of their behavior. Even after they had put Him to death, Jesus waited around for 40 days giving them one final chance to change their minds, having provided the unmistakable sign of the prophet Jonah (Matt. 12:38-40). When they didn’t respond He went back to Heaven to wait for them, something else the prophets had foretold (Hosea 5:15).

Having broken their covenant with Him they had put themselves outside of His protection and were fair game for the enemy’s mischief. It’s the same with all of humanity. By our behavior we separate ourselves from God and by our refusal to change we stay that way.

Therefore the Bible never counsels us to leave suffering people alone. On the contrary we’re blessed for helping others, even if they brought their troubles on themselves. It’s one of the ways God shows His love to them, always leaving the door open for their return.

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