The Fall Of Babylon:
Whoever found them devoured them; their enemies said, ‘We are not guilty, for they sinned against the Lord, their verdant pasture, the Lord , the hope of their ancestors.’ (Jeremiah 50:7)
True they were used by God who is sovereign to punish God’s people- however, they sinned when doing so. God allowed a foreign enemy nation to be his instrument of discipline to remove his own rebellious children from their land yet guilt stains were all over the hands of Babylon also-
There are times where someone may justify personal revenge or doing wrong to others justifiable because they are “bad people” themselves yet see how God dealt with Babylon as a result
For I will stir up and bring against Babylon an alliance of great nations from the land of the north. They will take up their positions against her, and from the north she will be captured. Their arrows will be like skilled warriors who do not return empty-handed. So Babylonia will be plundered; all who plunder her will have their fill,” declares the Lord. “Because you rejoice and are glad, you who pillage my inheritance, because you frolic like a heifer threshing grain and neigh like stallions, your mother will be greatly ashamed; she who gave you birth will be disgraced. She will be the least of the nations— a wilderness, a dry land, a desert. Because of the Lord’s anger she will not be inhabited but will be completely desolate. All who pass Babylon will be appalled; they will scoff because of all her wounds. “Take up your positions around Babylon, all you who draw the bow. Shoot at her! Spare no arrows, for she has sinned against the Lord. Shout against her on every side! She surrenders, her towers fall, her walls are torn down. Since this is the vengeance of the Lord, take vengeance on her; do to her as she has done to others.
Jeremiah 50:9-15 –
Looky there- “Take vengeance on her as she has done to others”
Personal vengeance even if God may be using it does not leave a guilty party doing it justified, as the Apostle Paul says later in the New Testament
Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!
Romans 3:7-8 –
The Apostle Paul is saying that some sinners may make the argument that God may gain glory inspite of their sin so why does he then condemn them under his wrath- Paul says, “Their condemnation is just” and that that should not be a personal excuse to refuse to repent of sin and turn to Jesus Christ.
The nation of Assyria’s case, who took captive the northern tribe of Israel – the case was he grew arrogant and thought she was an instrument of wrath on her own accord and power,
Yet how does God prophesy against this?
For he says: “‘By the strength of my hand I have done this, and by my wisdom, because I have understanding. I removed the boundaries of nations, I plundered their treasures; like a mighty one I subdued their kings. As one reaches into a nest, so my hand reached for the wealth of the nations; as people gather abandoned eggs, so I gathered all the countries; not one flapped a wing, or opened its mouth to chirp.’” Does the ax raise itself above the person who swings it, or the saw boast against the one who uses it? As if a rod were to wield the person who lifts it up, or a club brandish the one who is not wood! Therefore, the Lord, the Lord Almighty, will send a wasting disease upon his sturdy warriors; under his pomp a fire will be kindled like a blazing flame.
Yet God has an ax for those who do such things and fail to bow and repent of their own sin
The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
God may be allowing some people to in their blindness and schemes yes be a rod to chasten a backslidden Christian even, sure God can use even a non Christian person, governing body or people to become a rod for his own yet make no mistake that God will call every soul before him on trial at judgement and Only He will be exalted as Just Judge on that day- so it is wise to submit to The Lordship of Christ when he has this option available before he grows impatient and it is too late to make that decision.
God in his longsuffering patience is holding out on many giving them time to respond but wont forever.