Romans 1:18-19 KJV “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.”
People know that God exist. Yet they choose to hold the truth in unrighteousness. They play dumb and use every excuse in the book to not serve Him. But there is no excuse because God has made Himself plain to us all. He’s made Himself, “MANIFEST IN THEM,” the Bible says. That means God has revealed Himself, “IN,” our minds. In Moses’ day when the third of the 10 plagues was being poured out on Egypt even Pharaoh’s magicians/witches/wizards had to exclaim, “This is the finger of God.” God made Himself known or, “manifest IN them,” as well:
Exodus 8:18-19 KJV “And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast. Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, THIS IS THE FINGER OF GOD: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said.”
The same goes on today; God makes Himself known one way or another to people yet their hearts become hardened toward God just like Pharaoh. We know how the story ended for Pharaoh, his army, and the Egyptians. News flash: GOD HAS NOT CHANGED.
GOD STILL HANDS DOWN CURSES
If you think God is only in the, “Blessings,” business you don’t know God, think again! God also hands down curses to the wicked; to those who would harm His people:
Revelation 11:3-6 NLT “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will be clothed in burlap and will prophesy during those 1,260 days.”  These two prophets are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of all the earth.  IF ANYONE TRIES TO HARM THEM, FIRE FLASHES FROM THEIR MOUTHS AND CONSUMES THEIR ENEMIES. This is how ANYONE WHO TRIES TO HARM THEM MUST DIE.  They have power to shut the sky so that no rain will fall for as long as they prophesy. And they have the power to turn the rivers and oceans into blood, and to STRIKE THE EARTH WITH EVERY KIND OF PLAGUE AS OFTEN AS THEY WISH.”
In these last days God gives His people power to prophesy. He knew there would be those who would try to stop (harm) them. So God gives His witnesses authority to pronounce fiery judgment (curses) on those who would harm them. And this is how they must die. While they are prophesying God’s people also have power to strike the earth with plagues (curses) as often as they wish! God gives His people the same authority to strike the earth with calamities that he gave to Elijah and Moses. 😱 This is written. You just read it. If you know God this really shouldn’t shock you, or what you’re about to read next. Remember, GOD DOESN’T CHANGE:
Jeremiah 11:18-23 NIV “Because the Lord revealed their plot to me, I knew it, for at that time he showed me what they were doing.  I had been like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter; I did not realize that they had plotted against me, saying, “Let us destroy the tree and its fruit; let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name be remembered no more.”  But you, Lord Almighty, who judge righteously and test the heart and mind, LET ME SEE YOUR VENGEANCE ON THEM, for to you I have committed my cause.  Therefore this is what the Lord says about the people of Anathoth who are threatening to kill you, saying, “Do not prophesy in the name of the Lord or you will die by our hands”—  therefore this is what THE LORD ALMIGHTY SAYS: “I WILL PUNISH THEM. Their young men will die by the sword, their sons and daughters by famine.  Not even a remnant will be left to them, because I will bring disaster on the people of Anathoth in the year of their punishment.”
God told Jeremiah that his prayer of vengeance and curses against his enemies would be answered:
Jeremiah 18:19-23 NIV “Listen to me, Lord; hear what my accusers are saying!  Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember that I stood before you and spoke in their behalf to turn your wrath away from them.  So give their children over to famine; hand them over to the power of the sword. Let their wives be made childless and widows; let their men be put to death, their young men slain by the sword in battle.  Let a cry be heard from their houses when you suddenly bring invaders against them, for they have dug a pit to capture me and have hidden snares for my feet.  But YOU, LORD, KNOW ALL THEIR PLOTS TO KILL ME. Do not forgive their crimes or blot out their sins from your sight. Let them be overthrown before you; deal with them in the time of your anger.”
What? Prophets of God pray prayers like that? Yes. Are you puzzled about this? If so you’ve been believing wrong things about God. Maybe you’ve been listening to those false preachers who speak only about, “BLESSINGS,” and, “PROSPERITY,” all the time. God is not contradicting Himself when He says to pray for and love your enemies. If you paid close attention to what you just read you would have seen that Jeremiah did just that. He said he prayed for his enemies asking God to turn His wrath away from them. (Jeremiah 18:20) Yet they were still slandering Him and trying to kill Him. Why? For speaking God’s truth. They rewarded his good with evil. God’s curse is on anyone who does this! God’s own written word says so. So Jeremiah’s prayers that switched from mercy to vengeance was in perfect harmony with God’s will. And this is why God honored his prayer:
1 John 5:14 KJV “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, IF WE ASK ANYTHING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, HE HEARETH US:”
Proverbs 17:13 KJV “Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.”
This is God’s curse on the evildoer’s entire household!
DAVID PRAYED THE SAME WAY
Psalm 109:1-31 KJV “Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;  For THE MOUTH OF THE WICKED and THE MOUTH OF THE DECEITFUL ARE OPENED AGAINST ME: they have spoken AGAINST ME WITH A LYING TONGUE.  They compassed me about also with WORDS OF HATRED; and fought against me without a cause.  FOR MY LOVE THEY ARE MY ADVERSARIES [evil for good]: but I give myself unto prayer.  And THEY HAVE REWARDED ME EVIL FOR GOOD, and HATRED FOR MY LOVE.  Set thou a wicked man over him: and LET SATAN STAND AT HIS RIGHT HAND.😱  When he shall be judged, LET HIM BE CONDEMNED: and let his prayer become sin.  Let his days be few; and let another take his office.  Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.  Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.  Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.  Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.  Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.  Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the Lord; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.  Let them be before the Lord continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.  Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but PERSECUTED THE POOR AND NEEDY man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.  AS HE LOVED CURSING, SO LET IT COME UNTO HIM: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.  As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.  Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.  Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the Lord, and of them that speak evil against my soul.  But do thou for me, O God the Lord, for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.  For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.  I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust.  My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.  I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.  Help me, O Lord my God: O save me according to thy mercy:  That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, Lord, hast done it.  Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.  Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.  I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.  For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.”
There you have it again. David prayed for vengeance on his enemies just like Jeremiah did. And God honored David’s prayer as well. Did you notice the common threads in David’s and Jeremiah’s lives? They both had enemies who were slandering them. These enemies were constantly trying to kill them. These enemies rewarded them with evil for good. David and Jeremiah were innocent. They had done these folks no wrong. They both were men of prayer. They both praised God and spoke the truth about Him. They were both hated for speaking God’s truth. They were both righteous.
If you read God’s law He gave through Moses you will find the very same curses that David and Jeremiah prayed about. These are the same curses that God wrote He would bring on anyone who flagrantly broke His laws, just like David and Jeremiah’s enemies had done. David and Jeremiah knew God. Hence they knew that what they were praying for (vengeance and curses on their and God’s enemies) was in perfect harmony with God’s will. It’s no different today. Remember, GOD DOESN’T CHANGE.
HE REALLY DOESN’T CHANGE
There are some who will say, “Well, I hear what you’re saying, but you gotta understand that’s how God dealt with people in the old testament under the law. Now that Jesus has come in the New Testament we are all under God’s grace.” I would respond to that with some New Testament passages below that shows God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8):
2 Timothy 4:14 KJV “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the LORD REWARD HIM ACCORDING TO HIS WORKS.”
Paul did not pray that the Lord would forgive Alexander, but that the Lord would reward him according to his own evil works.
Revelation 6:9-11 KJV “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar THE SOULS OF THEM THAT WERE SLAIN FOR THE WORD OF GOD, and for the testimony which they held:  And THEY CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE, saying, HOW LONG, O LORD, holy and true, DOST THOU NOT JUDGE AND AVENGE OUR BLOOD ON THEM THAT DWELL ON THE EARTH?  And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”
These souls that are under God’s altar in heaven are those who have been killed for speaking the word of God. They pray to God with a loud voice asking him, ‘How long will it be before you avenge our blood Lord?’ And he tells them to wait just a little while longer. God doesn’t rebuke them and say, “You know it’s wrong to pray for vengeance.”
Acts 5:1-11 NIV “Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property.  With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.  Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?  Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”  When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died [a curse]. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened.  Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.  About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.  Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?” “Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”  Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”  At that moment she fell down at his feet and died [a curse]. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband.  Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.”
Acts 12:21-23 NIV “On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people.  They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.”  Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and HE WAS EATEN BY WORMS AND DIED [a curse].”
Acts 13:6-12 KJV “And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, THEY FOUND A CERTAIN SORCERER, A FALSE PROPHET, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus:  Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.  But ELYMAS THE SORCERER (for so is his name by interpretation) WITHSTOOD THEM, SEEKING TO TURN AWAY THE DEPUTY FROM THE FAITH.  Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,  And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?  And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and THOU SHALT BE BLIND [a curse], not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.  Then the deputy, when he saw what was done.” believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.”
Revelation 2:20-23 NIV “Nevertheless, I have this against you: YOU TOLERATE THAT WOMAN JEZEBEL, WHO CALLS HERSELF A PROPHET. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.  I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.  So I WILL CAST HER ON A BED OF SUFFERING [a curse], and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely [a curse], unless they repent of her ways.  I will strike her children dead [a curse]. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I WILL REPAY EACH OF YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR DEEDS.”
So much for, ‘God only dealt with people that way in the Old Testament.’
In conclusion, God is not some big mamsy-pamsy God in the sky that does nothing when the wicked come against Him and His people. He has a great day appointed to deal with all evil. But even until then there are many who are under His curse, and are feeling it. The only way out is repentance.
Hopefully the scriptures in this article helped those who truly believe in God understand why sometimes we feel like praying the same way David and Jeremiah did. No, we’re not doing or thinking wrong for praying and feeling these ways if our lives fit the same circumstances as David’s and Jeremiah’s. Are we innocent? Do we praise the Lord? Do we speak the truth? Have we done good to our enemies? Even prayed for the well being of those who persecute us? And besides all this are they still returning evil for good? Are our enemies slandering us? Are our enemies still trying to kill us, etcetera, just like David’s and Jeremiah’s? If the answer is, “Yes,” to all these questions then you too have the right to pray as they did. But if we are just as wicked as our enemies, and are going around throwing around curses like a witch, God will not hear these prayers. He will bring our wickedness on our own heads! Remember:
Proverbs 17:13 GW “Whoever pays back evil for good–evil will never leave his home.”
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