The Book of Habakkuk
The Bible has a very little information about the prophet Habakkuk. Nothing was mentioned about his place of origin nor the time he wrote the book bearing his name. He is mentioned only twice in the Bible and only in his book, Hab 1:1 and Hab 3:1. His prophecy is also very short, in the form of his prayer of complaints to God and God replying to him in prophecies about the Babylonians.
Others say that since his prophecy is all about the rise and fall of Babylon, then he might have lived close to the fall of the House of Judah under the hands of king Nebuchadnezzar in 587 BC. During those times, Judah was in severe spiritual decay. After the death of righteous King Josiah, his son Jehoahaz, only twenty three years old succeeded him as king. Unlike his father, he did evil in the eyes of the Lord (2 Kings 23:31-32). His reign was short, only three months as Pharaoh Neco of Egypt deposed him and put his brother, Eliakim as king (2 Kings 23:33-37). He was 25 years old when he became king and like his brother, he also did evil in the sight of God. He reigned eleven years before Judah fell at the hands of the Babylonians. God punished Judah because of their spiritual corruption all the way from the king to the common people. Everybody forgot to obey God. Obviously, long before the fall, Habakkuk have been aware of the eminent fall of Jerusalem under the Babylonian's unrelenting siege. Habakkuk's first complaint of God abandoning them is evident in his opening verses.
God's answer was direct. God said He was raising up the Babylonians to power to sweep through the whole land as a punishment against His own people. Their power will be awesome that Judah will be unable to defend themselves. Gone are the days that Israel can win any wars even with a little power.
Habakkuk's second complaint and God's revelation about the last days
Habakkuk prayed his second complaint asking why is He tolerating the treacherous and why is He silent while the wicked men swallow up those more righteous than themselves?
Habakkuk was describing the Jews as more righteous than the Babylonians probably because they believe in the true God. But this reasoning does not sound right with God. Those who know the truth and yet do not believe are actually worse than the pagans.
This time, God's answer is a long one. He is not only giving this answer to Habakkuk but also to all the people of all generations, even to the last days (Hab 2:3). God was telling Habakkuk that His vengeance shall come against the invaders. God was actually giving prophecies about His Second Coming when people's labour will be only be fuel for the fire (Hab 3:13, also Jer 51:58) and about the Millennium, when earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Hab 2:14, also Isa 11:9). What God is actually saying is there will be a time when God shall punish the nations who dealt tragedies to His own people. God is also saying that His revelation are sure to happen, that Babylon shall rise again doing the same thing at the close of time. By then she will meet her end.
Among the prophecies is the rise of the Antichrist.
The future Babylonian king will actually be the coming Antichrist who will rule the world.
The five woes against the Antichrist and the evil people of the last days
God was telling Habakkuk that those who sins and captured nations to become wealthy shall also be plundered.
Here the future ruler will gain power by ruining many peoples' lives. Read also Isa 10:13-14.
Many people say the Antichrist will rule like a sheep to many to win support. However, that is partly true. He will not hesitate to adopt a iron hand policy in order to unite the world. The Antichrist will rule with violence along with his ten governors but the Lord's power will consume all their gain. Read Who Are the Ten Horns of the Beast? - Part 1 and Part 2 for the coming world government.
This is not about wine. It is about being intoxicated by false beliefs. This is Antichrist and the false prophets indoctrinating people away from the Truth. The Bible calls this as spiritual drunkenness (Isa 28:7; 29:9).
This is idolatry at its worst in the last days, our time. This all about the people worshipping idols not only common in the ancient but also in the last days. Due to increase of materialism, technological advances combined with decreasing knowledge of God, more idols these days have appeared more than before. Read Modern Idolatry to learn more.
Habakkuk's praise and
Plagues and pestilence are also mentioned many times in the Book of Revelation. These also happened to Egypt as Moses pleaded to Pharaoh to release the Israelites. Read also The Last Days Exodus to learn more. This confirms the covenant as prophesied in Daniel 9:27 that history will repeat itself. The rest of his prayer described the Lord's Second Coming to be very terrible that mountains crumble and hills collapse (Hab 3:6). The earth is also split to create rivers to flood the plains along with tidal waves or tsunamis for the coastlands (Hab 3:9-10, 15).
Habakkuk humbled himself
Let us be like Habakkuk who found answers to his complaints and humbly accepted God's answer. We may not know all what God has prepared for us. But knowing that our wisdom is limited, let us just accept that sometimes we are not immune to misery. Have faith that God's love and strength are always available if we are humble enough to seek Him. But first we must be a believer in Christ Jesus.
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