from Contempt 2).
HOW OUR LORD IS TAUNTING
CONTEMPT: RISKING LIVES TO EXTRACT OIL.
Every day, thousands of men knowingly risk their lives to extract oil. This contempt for human life is an offence before God. As to the social inequality that oil promotes throughout the world, it swells the coffers of the greedy few over the deprived masses. But such organizations of industry and commerce are among the "houses" destined for demolition by the curse from Almighty God sent against lawbreakers. For they are among those "stealing" according to one side of the "flying scroll" described in the prophecy of Zechariah 5:1-4.
Unlike our need for water, no one
has need for oil to sustain life, so there are no legitimate
grounds for risking life and limb in the perilous pursuit of oil extraction at
sea. To be free of any bloodguilt, David poured out to Jehovah the water brought
to him, for those three men had risked their very lives to obtain it! This principle is for all mankind, a living example, that we must never put our
lives or the lives of others at risk for fear of offending Almighty God our
Creator. With reference to those who show contempt for the Law of God, such as
those who died in the Piper Alpha oil platform fire: For having ignored
this truth and contemptuously risking their lives they "will have to learn
the truth through torments after death". (2 Esdras 9:7
CONTEMPT: RISKING LIVES IN AIR AND SPACE
The Bradford City football stadium fire, also in 1985, was evidence of the indignation of God against the riotous behaviour and idol worship that these types of gatherings promote. The Mexico City earthquake of 1985 revealed the anger of God against the excessive wickedness of that city, especially in their worship of false gods. This disaster served as an indicator of the work being carried out by The Christ Michael, "whom the Most High has held in readiness through many ages" to deliver people of God. (2 Esdras 13:26 NEB) (Rev 11:13).
Through Ezra the angel of God spoke of the last days of this "Esau" age: "Keep a careful count yourself... When the world becomes the scene of earthquakes, insurrections, plots among the nations, unstable government, and panic among rulers, then you will recognize these as the events which the Most High has foretold since first the world beganů their beginning is marked by portents and miracles, their end by manifestations of power." (From 2 Esdras 9:1-6 NEB).