The sale of enslaved people can be traced back to antiquity. Many would say that slavery is nothing new but nations that held the children of Israel captive often face significant consequences. As a result, enslaving the chosen people was not to be taken lightly. Has that changed? According to Joel 3, no, it has not. It is now time for the nations involved in Israel’s final enslavement to reap what they have sown and prepare for their own captivity. Revelation 13:10 tells us that, “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity. He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” Yet, there are those who are in denial concerning the judgment that is to come upon the nations of the world involved in the sub-Saharan and transatlantic slave trade.
Two major religions played a significant role in the trafficking of people from the African continent. Historical records show that Islam and Christianity were instrumental in the enslavement of men women and children. Initially, the Arabs controlled the sub-Saharan slave trade but during the Age of Exploration, european Christians eagerly participated and took slavery to a whole new level. Let’s also read this verse from Deuteronomy 30:7, “Also the Most High will put all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.” Based on this passage, all (not some) of the curses that were placed on the Israelites would be placed on those who hate them and persecuted them. So, the curse would be reversed.
Messiah is the hope of our salvation. For believers, yes, our spiritual condition is secure in Him. But consider what the disciples and apostles went through after His death, burial, and resurrection. They experienced persecution, trials, and tribulation. So, when we see this verse telling us that the curses that were on the nation of Israel would come upon those who hated and persecuted them, we are talking about consequences for previous actions and Christians played a major part in that. Their descendants are still alive and well today and they will face the consequences of the sins of their fathers. Case in point, David committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed. He repented, fasted, and prayed but he still had to deal with the consequences of his actions. As a result, he lost four sons. They did not commit the act, but they paid a price for it.
A major reason for them reaping the full extent of the curse is because they refuse to repent or try to make the wrong right. The nations involved in Israel’s captivity justify their actions and that is why they will be judged by the Most High himself. Joel 3 is one of the references for that judgment. Some participated in our enslavement a little while others made it so horrific, they are now ashamed to even talk about it or let the truth be known. However. America documented what they did and their defense of it. We find such account in a book called, A History and Defense of African Slavery written by William B. Trotter in 1861. It documents, in detail, why the enslavement and brutal mistreatment of our people was justified in this nation. Most of what he [Trotter] wrote is the prevailing thought of the descendants of those who was putting this in practice in his day. They’re using the same playbook now. They believe their cause is right. They believe that they were making the world a better place by kidnapping our people and forcing them into slavery.
The half has not been told about all of the atrocities and that’s why we have to keep bringing these things out. They are fighting really hard to keep it hidden and we have to fight just as hard to bring the truth to light. The house of cards will come crumbling down. It is beyond wicked for these people to use scripture to justify what they did. Let’s reference a few scriptures:
- Exodus 21:16
- Exodus 23:9
- Leviticus 19:33
- Leviticus 19:34
Again, we’re talking about the nations that will be judged. We want to look at the history they’ve covered up about themselves because we want to know who they really are. We’ll look at the affliction and oppression they caused and how it fulfills Bible prophecy, and then we’ll talk about the curses they’re going to face – to include their own captivity. In this blog, we’re covering America’s part. We will cover the other countries – including Arab – in future blogs. Learn more when you view the accompanying video, Time for the Nations to Reap #1 | Prepare for Your Captivity.