We have a standing rule to govern ourselves in this matter. It is this: when the same sins are found in one nation that have brought down the wrath of God on another nation, it is an evident sign of judgment at the door. For God is unchangeable, just, and holy and will not favor in one people what He has punished in another, nor will He bless in one age what He has cursed in another. It was on this very ground that the apostle warned the Corinthians by the example of the Israelites whose sins had ruined them in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted (1 Corinthians 10:6). It was as if he should say, ‘Look on those dead bodies which are, as it were, cast up on the scripture-shore for a warning to you. Do not follow the same course, or you will meet the same curse.’

~John Flavel , Preparation for Suffering, Chapter 3