"This is the verdict of God, the Master: With the whole earth
applauding, I’ll demolish you. Since you danced in the streets,
thinking it was so wonderful when Israel’s inheritance was demolished,
I’ll give you the same treatment: demolition. Mount Seir
demolished—yes, every square inch of Edom. Then they’ll realize that I
am God!" Ezekiel 35:14-15 (TM)
In his book, People of the Lie, M. Scott Peck examines the nature of evil. It’s a brilliant study in the nature of evil in everyday "normal" people. One of Peck’s observations is that the only thing evil will respond to is an overwhelming show of force.
On a national and international scale, corporate evil has the same dark nature. When a nation does evil, the only thing that it will respond to is force. In the last century, we saw what happened when Chamberlain attempted to negotiate diplomatically with the evil of the Nazis regime. The only thing that could stop the Third Reich was was the force of the Allies washing up with the Normandy tide.
It was no different when God declared his judgment on the evil that was happening in and around Israel during Ezekiel’s day. When it became clear that evil was rampant and the people refused to repent, the only thing that the nations would respond to was disaster.