Imagine living in a time when medical facilities weren’t even a concept. Imagine living during a time where a police force didn’t even exist. Imagine the culture you lived in was that you have as many kids as possible and hopefully none of them were girls, or at least just a few girls, like Jacob who had twelve boys. Imagine raising a large family of twelve, but knowledge of bacteria and viruses was still thousands of years away in the future.
The only thing that was important was the worship of Jehovah, the God of Love and Justice.
So imagine taking a day off from your work of hard labor in the farm and the wife busy preparing meals for the children and breast feeding the recently born infant.
The whole family is excited. This day has been a long time in the coming. Winter was long and hard but spring was finally here. So you pack the whole family in the wagon and head on out to the meadow. The flowers were blooming, the animals were out and the weather was perfect.
So you lay down the blanket, the wife and your baby lay on it, the teenage boys are climbing some trees, and your little twin girls are chasing butterflies.
After a couple of hours of relaxing and taking deep breaths of fresh air, you and your wife are feeling this sense of deep satisfaction as you see your little twin girls hugging each other out in the middle of a big patch of petunias.
Then something unbelievable happens, ---you see them fall down. Both you and your wife run to see what happened. You get there and you pick up one daughter and she is not breathing. You pick up the other daughter and she is not breathing. You look across the meadow and you see your boys all falling down one by one. So your wife stays with your daughters and you run to your sons and you check on one and he is dead, so you run to the next son and he’s dead, and finally after checking each son, you are without words as all of them have stopped breathing.
One by one all twelve of your children are dead including the infant. You load up all the kids on the wagon and hurry home. As you approach your home you notice your neighbors screaming and yelling. As you get closer to your home you see neighbor after neighbor crying hysterically and holding their dead child, or dead wife, or dead husband.
What is going on?
There is no TV, no internet, and no radio, to report what is going on. All you have is prayer to the God of Love and Justice.
Town after town the same thing is happening, Children, Mothers, Fathers, grandparents have died for some unknown reason. No one has any idea why this has happened.
Finally after several weeks of traveling from one place to another;
the Reason for all the Deaths is finally revealed.
And the culprit who is Responsible is finally exposed”
1 Chronicles 21:12,13
“This is what Jehovah says: Take your choice: 12 three years of famine, three months of fleeing from your enemies while your enemies’ sword overtakes you, or three days of Jehovah’s sword, that is, plague in the land, bringing disaster in every part of Israel. Decide now
David said to Gad. “I’d rather fall into the hands of the Jehovah
So Jehovah sent a plague throughout Israel, and seventy thousand Israelites fell dead.
This is what it would be like to live under Jehovah’s Theocratic Rule!
The King Takes a Census and Jehovah gets so mad at this stupid adulterous king that he decides to kill 70,000 innocent children, mothers, fathers, and grandparents, who had nothing whatsoever to do with a census count.
This is what life would be like, living under Jehovah's Theocratic Rule?