Does God punish nations today for their mistreatment of Israel?
I've spent many years studying what the Bible has to say about God and the weather. God has always spoken through signs of nature. Throughout history, God has used signs of nature in two primary ways.
First, God has used signs of nature to emphasis the importance of great events. For example, when He put a special light in the heavens when Jesus was born. Another is when God caused an earthquake and three hours of darkness when Jesus was crucified.
God uses signs of nature more frequently in another way. Now more often, God uses signs of nature as remedial judgments to call nations to repentance. Both the Bible and history attest to the fact that God has a pattern for working with nations. The Bible teaches beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is the one that raises up nations, He is the one who sets their boundaries, and He is the one who gives them purpose.
When a nation begins to rebel against God, the first thing He will do is raise up prophetic voices to call the nation to repentance. If the nation refuses to repent, then God sends remedial judgments in many forms until because of a lack of repentance the wound becomes incurable. When the wound becomes incurable, God then moves a nation from judgment to destruction.
A new factor that I believe is producing remedial judgments upon the United States is our mistreatment of Israel which began in the early 90's. We have failed to realize that since 1991 many of the judgments that we have experienced have been related to our mistreatment of the nation of Israel.
The Bible says two very important things about this. In Genesis 12:3 God declares, "I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you." That is part of the Abrahamic Covenant. It's an eternal covenant God made with Abraham. He's saying He's going to bless those who bless the Jews and is going to curse those who curse the Jews. Zechariah 2:8 warns, "For the Lord said, 'He who touches Israel touches the apple of my eye.'" Those are very serious statements and history attests to the truth of it.
I could go all the rest of the day giving you historical examples, but I'll give you three.
The first is Spain. In the 15th century Spain was the greatest power in the world. In 1492, the same year that Columbus discovered America, Queen Isabella ordered that every Jew in Spain convert to Christianity overnight or be expelled. Over 250,000 were expelled overnight. In a matter of years the Spanish Empire was in ashes and has never existed as anything since then.
Secondly, in addition to that, is the Nazi government. Hitler was well on his way to conquering all of Europe when he launched the Holocaust, and within a matter of years his Third Reich was in ashes.
The third example is Britain and the great blockade. The British were blessed, oh, they were blessed in the 19th Century! God showered His blessing upon the British. They sent out missionaries all over the world. They wrote hymns. They translated the Gospel into different languages, and God greatly blessed them. They came into the 20th Century blessed with evangelical leadership, even in the government, which is the reason they issued the Balfour Declaration in November of 1917 saying they were going to make Palestine a homeland for the Jewish people.
But, suddenly, the British turned against the Jews. In 1922 they announced they were going to give two-thirds of Palestine to the Arabs to create the modern day state of Jordan. Then, when the holocaust broke out in the late 30's, they did something inconceivable. The British blockaded Israel and refused to allow any Jews of Europe to come home to Israel. They turned the ships back and sent the Jews back to the ovens because they would not allow any Jews to come from Europe into Israel. At the end of World War II they sided with the Arabs. Today, the British Empire is simply a memory.
In the next segment of this "God, Judgment and the Weather" series, we'll look at various political actions the United States took against Israel and how each time a natural disaster simultaneously hit the country.