What a month it’s been!
Hurricane Harvey devastated large portions of Texas and Louisiana, and now Irma is getting ready to pummel Florida, after battering the Caribbean (now Hurricane Jose is up to a Category 4, following right behind Irma, but hopefully turning out to sea). In addition to that, wildfires (which haven’t received nearly as much coverage) are burning at record rates across the west, from California to Oregon and Montana, have burned over 1.4 MILLION Acres!
In addition to this, information you may not have heard about is the drought in Africa, devastating floods in Asia, mudslides in South America, extreme heat waves in Europe…
There are 3 main responses to these events:
- Nothing to see here. The person who takes this approach says it’s the same as it’s always been, nothing new, we just have technology to know about it now and see it 24/7 on our t.v.’s. This person will continue on his/her merry way…as long as nothing happens near them.
- Climate Change is happening quickly! This person looks at these events and says, ‘See?! We’ve been saying for years that mankind has changed our climate and now we’ve finally seeing it! What we need to do is get rid of all greenhouse gases, and stop giving people the choice–everyone must join this!’ That person looks for the governments of the world to unite and require the people of the world to ‘get in line’ because the ‘only hope’ is a man-made solution.
- God is behind this. This person sees the ‘shaking of the earth, the heavens and the climate and sees God behind it…maybe in judgment, maybe in love…but He’s definitely doing something.
If #3 were the case, and it was on a global scale, as we’ve been seeing, we’d expect to see something in the Scriptures to back that up.
“Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 5 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. 8 But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.” (Matthew 24:4-8)
Beginning? More to come? Whoa!
“And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.” 10 Then he added, “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.
12 “But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers. 13 But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.[c] 14 So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, 15 for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you! 16 Even those closest to you—your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends—will betray you. They will even kill some of you. 17 And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish! 19 By standing firm, you will win your souls.
20 “And when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that the time of its destruction has arrived. 21 Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. Those in Jerusalem must get out, and those out in the country should not return to the city. 22 For those will be days of God’s vengeance, and the prophetic words of the Scriptures will be fulfilled. 23 How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days. For there will be disaster in the land and great anger against this people. 24 They will be killed by the sword or sent away as captives to all the nations of the world. And Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the period of the Gentiles comes to an end.
25 “And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. 26 People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then everyone will see the Son of Man[e] coming on a cloud with power and great glory.[f] 28 So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”
Wars…rumors of wars…earthquakes…famines…plagues…strange signs in the heavens…roaring seas, strange tides…
Now, again…some will say ‘those things have always been here…nothing is new here’.
“Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”
5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. 7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.
8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” (2 Peter 3:3-9)
…and THIS is the point!
It is my conviction that God is using all of these events–in unison–to bring us to humble ourselves and repent!
He is extending his hand of love to us, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance and LIFE, in Jesus!
We have taken Him for granted, then ignored Him, then claimed He was dead, then defied Him…our nations are like the people in Babel (Genesis 11), thinking we have all the answers, ourselves. ‘We don’t need God, we don’t want God. We can do it ourselves’ has been the mindset of our age.
I believe that this has caused Him to remove His hand of protection, and we’re reaping what we’ve sown.
Will it get worse?
I hope not…but I think so.
For those of you who are skeptical, let me ask you: What would it take for you to pay attention? What would have to happen in order for you to think ‘there may be something to this’?
Earthquakes in unusual places? Something happen to our water sources? Military actions? Terrorism?
Wouldn’t it be better now to humble ourselves and repent?
After all, what are we resisting?
The loving care and direction of God our Creator! Life…to the Full, in Jesus the Christ!
I continually pray for protection. I pray that God moves these storms and intervenes to break them up. I pray that the calamities cease. Yet, I also pray that my friends and neighbors, my countrymen and the citizens of this world will repent of their stubborn pride, their sin, and receive forgiveness and LIFE, through Jesus!
If you’re already a believer, join me in praying for that, and make sure that you are repenting of your own stubbornness, pride, sin…and that you are loving Him and worshiping Him and seeking Him more…as I am!
God wants to love us…let’s let Him!