How long, O Lord,
shall I cry out
And you not listen,
Shall I shout to You, "Violence!"
And You not save?
Why do You (Lord) look upon wrong?-
Raiding and violence are before me,
Strife continues and contention goes on.
That is why decision fails
And justice never emerges;
For the villain hedges in the just man –
Habakkuk 1:4 Therefore judgment emerges deformed…
1:13 Why do You (Lord)
And stand idly by?
I will stand on my
Take up my station at the post,
And wait to see what He will say to me,
What He will reply to my complaint?
Indeed, what will He reply? The same question has been asked by many other prophets and people as well. Why is evil allowed to dominate the good? God answers:
Write the prophecy down,
Inscribe it clearly on tablets,
So that it can be read easily
For there is yet a prophecy for a set term
A truthful witness for a time that will come.
Even if it tarries,
wait for it still;
For it will surely come without delay:
Lo, His spirit within him is puffed up, not upright.
But the righteous man shall live by his faith and in
His faithfulness is rewarded with life.
The treacherous, arrogant man
Who has made his maw as wide as Sheol,
Who is as insatiable as Death,
Who has harvested all the nations
And gathered in all the peoples!
Surely all these (all the peoples) shall pronounce a satire against him,
A pointed epigram concerning him.
They shall say:
Ah, you who pile up what is not yours –
How much longer? –
And make ever heavier your load of indebtedness!
Right suddenly shall your creditors arise,…
You shall be sated with shame
Rather than glory:
The answer to "Why allow evil to triumph?" is that those who live by faith are rewarded with infinity and those who choose evil also choose extinction. In addition, the prophet is told that justice will be achieved at the end of The Age, after the full harvest is reaped. Everything has its season, "even if it tarries, wait for it still." "Write down this prophecy, it will be a truthful witness for a time that will come." That time is now almost upon us. The prophecy will be fulfilled and thus it will be a "truthful witness" to God’s foreknowledge. Lets look at part of this passage from another source the Septuagint.
And the Lord answered me
and said. Write the vision,
Septuagint and that plainly on a tablet, that he that reads it may run.
For the vision is yet for a (set) time, and it shall shoot forth
at the end, and not in vain: though he should tarry wait for
him; for he shall surely come, and will not tarry.
I think the true flavor of this passage is caught in the Septuagint. The 'vision' is for a set time 'at the end' of the Age at which time it will 'shoot forth' by means of the interpretation of prophecy by the final prophet 'in whose heart God has placed understanding'. This prophet must 'read' this prophecy from the already existing prophecy writings of the Olden Prophets, which has been sealed by God up until that set time. This final prophet must 'read on the run' for presumably he is busy with other activities.
In 4Ezra God answers similarly this same question of why:
Ezra 4:27 …this
age is full of infirmities and sadness. For the evil has
been sown but the harvest of it is not yet come.
"Everything has its season", the "sun is made to shine on the good and the evil."
The Urantia Book teaches us also that potential evil is inherent in creatures that are both imperfect and have free will. Causes are allowed to have their true effects no matter how awful the results may be. If it weren’t so we would be hapless spectators in a show and not true participants in the creative process. In order for the universe to succeed, it must be allowed to fail. Also, consider what the angel who reveals to Ezra says next:
There is a sea set in a wide
so that it is broad and vast,
but it has an entrance set in a narrow place,
so that it is like a river.
If anyone, then, wishes to reach the sea, to look
at it or navigate it, how can he come to the
broad part unless he passes through the narrow part?…
4Ezra 7:11 When Adam transgressed
my statutes, what had been made was judged.
And so the entrances of this world were made
narrow and sorrowful and toilsome; they are few
4Ezra 7:12 and evil, full of dangers and involved in great hardships.
4Ezra 7:16 …And why have you not considered in your
what is to come, rather just what is now present.
This is very similar to the
statement in the Urantia Book that the biggest deprivation of our world is the
partial loss of the biologic uplift program of Adam and Eve. (This program was
designed to augment the natural evolution of the human species so as to provide
for increased creativity and increased capacity for spiritual experience and
spiritual qualities of character.) This loss of 'biological uplift' has
resulted in a humanity that still has deep roots in the "animal
tendencies" of evolutionary origin. We are full of fear and worry and
negativity. Disorders such as anxiety syndrome, depression, various phobias and
compulsions are strongly hereditary. The neurological wiring and chemistry in
these conditions has a biologic-genetic substrate and can be treated by
medications, which alter this chemistry. Our
fearful natures are the single largest impediment to happiness and spiritual
growth. And where fear leaves off, pride takes over. Together, pride and
fear conspire to usurp the divine potentials within. In verse 7:16, God reminds
us to think of "what is to come," as well as what is now, to obtain
proper balance of outlook.
Consider the following from John Hogue’s, Millennium Prophecy.
The Inner Workings of Man
Prophecy The new humanity will have an ecology in which nature is
Pg. 298 not to be conquered, but lived and loved…the new man is an
absolute necessity. The old is dead or dying…cannot survive long.
And if we cannot produce a new human being, then humanity will
disappear from the Earth.
OSHO (l986) (John Hogue)
to now man has survived without transformation because there was
no urgency for change…but I still hope that the danger of global death
will be the shock that awakens humanity.
OSHO (l987) (John Hogue)
Pg. 305 There’s a Sufi metaphor about identification. Misery doesn’t come
to us; we unconsciously seek it out and hold on to it, like flinging our
arms around a pillar. As we squeeze tighter we yell, "Oh if I could only be
rid of this misery and pain!" This misunderstanding is our choice.
As American mystic Adi DaShentosa ouce remarked, we "do"we misery,
"do"expectation. Hell is not a place we "do" it. We "do"
predictability. We make prophecy work because we are so damned
predictable…we have repeated again and again the behaviors that
make it easy for our seers to prophesy unto us doomsday…there is a
need for a global awareness of how, from the moment we emerge
from the womb, we are programmed to imprint concepts that are totally
divorced from our deepest natural understanding. (John Hogue)
Our minds are
so polluted with garbage and fears that have been
passed on from generation to generation, that we have forgotten who
we are. Our spiritual path is not complex, it is quite simple. It is not
easy; it is not a romantic sacrifice to look at oneself, to be able to
celebrate life. Yet with this comes a sense of joy, a sense of being,
and a connection with the flow of the universe.
Good Horse Nation (l985), Visayan Medicine Man (John Hogue)
and patterns are keeping you in a straitjacket. Freed from
these you will come into contact with your inner being; with the one
who doesn’t see any limitations, who sees only possibilities.
Ambres (l986) (John Hogue)
from many different traditions say that America is
destined to become the seat of the next spiritual evolution…one of
America’s greatest attributes is its ability to give social and religious
experiments a chance.
(John Hogue, Millennium Prophecy)
the Sioux medicine man Good Horse Nation says,
must wake up. To do that, America will have to suffer a most
difficult weaning – from what is false or destructive about the
American Dream. (John Hogue)
peculiar generation now exists on this earth, which does not
carry an inner urge for growth but only death for the whole race.
And when we wake up we will realize that these bereft beings are running the political and financial centers of the world. And that no mere human effort will be able to correct this problem. This is why divine intervention will be needed; otherwise everyone and everything would be destroyed. Hyperbole? No, simple and honest logic. If nations had nuclear weapons when Rome fell – none of us would be here today to discuss this problem. Do we really think that when things start to turn sour for our world that force will not be seen as the answer. Does anyone really believe that thousands of nuclear weapons will never be used? Mankind has never invented a weapon that he has not subsequently used. Does anyone look upon the world scene and not see the progressive danger that we are entering? China and Russia are building up their military (with our money and technology) and staking out their territories. America suddenly is the bully of the world, using its military might in an aggressive, self-serving way rather than as a defensive stronghold of peace. We have lost all respect and goodwill in the eyes of the world’s nations. They will accept our money, but no longer look up to us as a moral force in the world. And yet America notices nothing, as long as the stock market stays up and the material goods keep flowing. We have ceased to use our minds and think for ourselves, our opinions are those of the last newspaper article we have read. We take our media and information sources at face value, without question. When the "wagging heads" of the experts wag so do ours – glassy-eyed, inured, and asleep. The prophets have said, "our people are stupid." We only see what we want to see. Where is the thirst for truth? Prophets pull no punches; they live and die for the truth and only truth. Our own leaders prepare before us the rudiments for the destruction of an entire world. What does God say about America’s world leadership of weapons technology sale, and exportation to an entire world? When did it become acceptable to export destruction so that our richest people can become richer? Is it acceptable? What do we do? What do we say? The answer is a resounding nothing. History and God will hold America accountable for the deaths of tens or hundreds of million lives. But as long as we still have our cozy lives and our wants fulfilled – we see nothing. And so, not until our toys and possessions are taken away from us will anybody notice that there are a lot of bully’s that have moved onto the block. Then will America cry and then will America open her glazed-over eyes. And so, we will finally realize, that which we have had ample opportunity to understand; Man needs God to guide his steps! By himself he is a miserable and obvious failure.
The Inner Workings of Man
Now, returning to the underpinnings of the animalistic, negative aspects of human nature, the Adamic inheritance would have greatly improved our fearful nature and our spiritual receptivity. Fear is loud static to a mind that needs to tune into the wavelengths of God and Eternity. And since hatred is merely the shadow of fear, it has had fertile soil in which to grow. Man’s external world is a reflection of his internal world. The inner world creates the outer, just as M.C. Escher’s picture of two hands drawing themselves from out of the plane of the paper nicely illustrates. The causes for our problems are inside and invisible to the eye, but are very real nevertheless. And so the higher the hill that our will must climb to get beyond negative factors of nature and nurture, the less probable statistically, that we will succeed. On the environment side of the equation, childhood upbringing is also very important. And yet if we truly desire, God tells us that there is nothing that can ultimately keep us from finding Him. Rather, these physical and environmental factors can only delay the eventual success. God is a Father and as all good fathers, he requires only that we do our best. Ultimately, this planet’s handicaps will be overcome and our material, social, and spiritual milieu will be attuned and harmonized, providing conditions that will sustain optimal and balanced human development. Nevertheless, our failings and weaknesses also work to our good for "all things work to the good of those who love God." And we can all bear witness to this when we look back on our hardest experiences and see the deep changes that they have wrought within. We are smelted, purified, and refined in the flames of affliction; flames that are appeased and regulated by the wisdom and mercy of God. And the wide sea, still not visible, is just beyond the great rapids directly ahead. Habakkuk tells us further –
God is coming from
The Holy One from Mount Paran.
His majesty covers the skies,
His splendor fills the earth:
It is a brilliant light
Which gives off rays on every side –
And therein His glory is enveloped…
You make the earth burst into streams,
The mountains rock at the sight of You
Sun and moon stand still on high.
You come forth to deliver Your people,
To deliver Your anointed.
Teman is in the mountains of Jordan, just South of Bozrah mentioned previously. "God" here, is Melchizedek, note the brilliant light he radiates and that "he covers the skies." How could his "majesty cover the skies?" He has come to deliver His people – those who love God. The messianic setting is indicated by the "earth bursting into streams," the "mountains rock," and "the sun and moon stand still on high." The streams could issue forth as a result of the tectonic activity that "rocks the mountains." For the "sun and moon to stand still" earth would have to stop spinning on its axis or undergo a shift of the polar axis. Are these literal or figurative prophecies or both?
3:17 Though the fig tree
does not bud
And no yield is on the vine,
Though the olive crop has failed,
And the fields produce no grain
And no cattle in the pen.
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord.
Exalt in God who delivers me.
My impression of the above is that
there is severe drought in the trial period. Crops fail and cattle die. Drought
has played a consistent role in the Bible, signifying God’s displeasure. Joseph
foretells a drought and stores up food for Egypt in advance. Elijah prophesies
drought in connection with God’s displeasure toward the Israelites. There is
now a severe drought developing in the Middle East, China, and even parts of
America. If my timetable is correct, this drought should become progressively
worse and play an enlarging role in the increase of famine and disease, as well
as worsening political hostilities and war in the Middle East, which will
conclude with "all the nations" coming against Modern Israel. Drought
will not improve until Melchizedek arrives and "streams
burst forth" from the earth. Lack of water leads to physical
death, just as lack of spiritual influx leads to soul death. Water and spirit
are therefore tightly linked to one another symbolically.
Spiritual disease has physical effects on our environment. Our seemingly separated universe of matter, mind and spirit is unified and integrated on higher levels of reality not visibly apparent in the material plane. The American Indians and many other indigenous people already possess and use this wisdom that is so neglected by "modern man."
Now, a final thought on the existence of evil and we move on to Ezekiel (600 B.C.), the next prophet in our chronologic line.
Emily Dickinson All circumstances are
Poem #820 In which His face is set –
All latitudes exist for His
Sufficient Continent –
The Light His Action, and The Dark
The Leisure of His Will –
In Him existence serve or set
A Force illegible.
The idea of evil as the "leisure of God’s Will" captures evil’s evanescence and ultimate unreality; as a shadow cast by God’s grandeur. However, ultimate unreality does not affect transient, time-space, temporal impact. Pain and suffering are real to us, even if washed clean by the tides of eternity.