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Dear Reader,

I am a born American and I have every love for my country and its people. I have wept over the stupendous events of the recent (Sep. 11, 01) terrorist atrocities in my country. I am most sensitive to what has transpired. However, being in full belief that this occurrance is just the beginning of such evils, it becomes my quest to inform some who do not understand why God permits these things to happen. If God's laws are abused and disobeyed by His subjects, it is natural law that such horrors will occur. Why? Because of man's inhumanity to man and disregard for the laws of the universe.

Where two or more persons accrue having the power of choice, laws, rules and regulations are of absolute necessity, and therefore violation of those laws, rules and regulations must of necessity have consequences. Some, even those who do not believe it possible to obey God's commands, would say that I am stating the obvious. This is a serious contradiction of the truth of the matter.

The same conditions God prescribed for the Israelites are in principle applicable to the entire world. Those principles and the penalty for violation of them are as follows:

"But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you TERROR, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.

And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass; And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits. And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins. I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your highways shall be desolate. And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me; Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.

And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied. And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me; Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat. [Recall that this was fulfilled in the Ezekiel 9 destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, and Ellen White says that this Ezekiel 9 debacle will be fulfilled again].

And I will destroy you high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you. And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours. And I will bring the land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it. And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste." Leviticus 26:14-33.

Read the remainder of the chapter for additional consequences of refusal to reform.

Ron Beaulieu