“A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished” (Proverbs 22:3).
Last Wednesday night at 2:30 a.m. in the Ozarks of Missouri, I was stirred awake by a loud crack of thunder. Looking out from our bedroom window, I could see the rain was moving sideways. I ran and turned on the TV to see that our area was under a tornado warning. My heart raced realizing that I had slept through any warnings that might have been given.
The next morning talking with other local friends we all asked the same question, “Did you hear the sirens?”
In the Ozarks, in tornado alley, we take this time of season seriously.
Two years ago this May…
On May 22, 2011, I stood outside getting ready to go to a friend’s house for dinner and said, “I better call my parents and ask if it’s okay for the kids to stay at their house, just in case.”
The reason? My parents have a storm shelter and the clouds in the sky to the west of us looked very OMINOUS. It was 4:30 in the afternoon when I dropped off our three kids and headed to our friend’s house.
We were all eating and talking when I quickly glanced at the radar on my phone and my friend saw my countenance! “Something wrong?”
“You should see the radar,” I replied. “It looks TERRIBLE, and man, it’s right on top of Joplin!”
My friends’ wife hurried and turned on the TV in the other room, and all of our phones were buzzing with text: “Home depot in Joplin got hit, Walmart too!” It was very sobering and all of our “watching and praying” eyes were lifted-up. We all prayed and then my wife and I made a mad dash toward my parent’s house to be near our kids.
In the next few hours after having watched the storm lift and pass over our area, we would learn that one of the deadliest storms in recent American history had just taken place and many lives were lost and countless others would NEVER be the same.
Many stories came forth from those who heard the warnings and believed them, and ran for shelter, but at the same time there are stories of those who turned a deaf ear, “Heard them all my life,” they said and just kept grilling burgers. “I heard the sirens, but they go off a lot around here this time of year.”
And of course we also heard the devastating stories of those who even heard the warnings but were not in a “safe place” to weather the storm and lost their lives. Some were even snatched out of loved ones arms. It was gut wrenching and I pray as you continue to read that this disaster can be used as a major wake-up call to those who have been blinded to something even more ominous!
You see, many people died, but some were prepared to die. They had taken shelter from an eternal storm by placing their faith in Jesus Christ and even though their carnal man perished, they did NOT truly die. For in an instant, the moment their bodies were struck by that devastating F5 tornado, because they belong to God, their souls were transported into the very Presence of Almighty God, to an eternal home and destiny which they would now in no way would want to come back from.
On the other hand, there are those who were not prepared for that tornado or more important─for that which comes after. The Bible says it is appointed unto all people to die and then at the Great White Throne judgment they will stand before God as Judge.
During this horrendous tornado, a local doctor reported hearing people, “wail and scream” inside the twister and how it haunted him. But what is even more daunting is that there are those who are even now wailing and screaming from a storm that will NEVER STOP because after being propelled through that tornado, out of a Home Depot or Walmart, they arrived in hell. After the 1000-year Millennium they will stand in God’s courtroom, stand before Him because they refused to believe in Him and refused to take shelter in Him. They will hear a terrible decree, “Depart from Me I know You Not.”
Those who rejected the free gift of salvation offered through Jesus Christ are now in HELL with NO HOPE, no chance to escape. They will stand before the Lord at the Great White Throne judgment and sentenced to an eternity in the lake of fire.
But if you are reading this you still have hope.
Yet, here is the deal: There is a storm brewing of biblical proportions and it’s even at the door.
You have to have eyes to see and you have to have ears to hear.
The radar is screaming for you to: PLEASE TAKE SHELTER.
In God’s Word He foretold of a time such as this, and said when you see certain things, to “take shelter!” What are those certain things? Here are just a few:
1. Israel is being pressured on every side to “divide their land.”
2. When love waxes cold, when the love of pleasure is greater than love for God.
3. When children are rebellious to parents.
4.When global economies shake, when knowledge increases and people travel rapidly “to and fro.”
For thousands of years, mankind traveled by horse but in the last century we’ve seen travel go to where you can ship anything worldwide in three days (Federal Express). You can talk instantaneously to others anywhere via text, instant messenger, and email. Just as Daniel forewarned: When you see these things, it’s like an ominous storm warning shouting something very terrifying: “The Day of the Lord is at hand.”
“Look! The Lord’s anger bursts out like a storm, a whirlwind that swirls down on the heads of the wicked. The anger of the Lord will not diminish until it has finished all he has planned. In the days to come you will understand all this very clearly” (Jeremiah 23:19-20).
We are approaching a time of God’s undeniable wrath being poured out upon this place we’ve called home and He in mercy is warning all who will listen.
Look with open eyes and pay attention. Governments are advocating the killing of babies that survive abortion, after the fact! Now that is criminal enough in light of the fact that it pulls our heartstrings with, “That is a baby!” But also remember, these lives are God’s handiwork which is being destroyed─murdered. He authored those lives. To kill those babies is to point your finger in God’s chest saying, “Not your will God, but ours be done.”
The current Gosnell abortion trial is a mockery to a Holy God of how ridiculously insensitive the world has become to the slaughter of life. Ray Comfort’s 180Movie (linked below) should be shown in every assembly in this nation, and on that issue alone there should be a clarion call to prayer and intercession for the deepest of repentance.
I suggest for everyone to read the book of Habakkuk and realize God is no respecter of persons and the very thing He allowed to happen to Israel is playing out right before our eyes─as evil and wicked people are reaping a perilous harvest. I tremble in what I’m seeing take place and how rapidly it’s all happening.
Do you not pay attention to those who are planning YOUR VERY OWN DESTRUCTION?
The Jihadists─the Muslim Brotherhood, are screaming, “Americans MUST die.” Even now these enemies are working around the clock to see that this is accomplished through their planning of tremendous violence, and demanding Sharia law (slavery).
We have entire nations to reference for what looks like the ravages of radical Islamists, demanding submission as they train little kids to strap bombs to them selves and walk into crowds and blow themselves up. Even now they are planning massive attacks on the place we have called home (USA). They do this believing they are under a “divine” mandate to usher in their messiah by way of “chaos.”
These radicals have erected training facilities all over the United States and yet most people are sleeping right through it: “Eating, drinking and being merry,” NOT paying attention to the fact that governments are enabling this ascension by providing billions of dollars, F16s and high-powered weapons with no background checks required. Handing out visas and free entrance into this country via special exemptions. In relation to a stormy night, your TV should be blaring with a: BREAKING ALERT.
“As it was in the days of Noah” and “as it was in the days of Lot so shall it be.”
An NBA player comes out of the “closet” and is esteemed as a public hero and interviewed. “What was the response to the ESPN analyst who took a “homophobic” stance that you can’t be gay and also say that you are a “Christian? The analyst was ridiculed!
Presidents and celebrities jumped on the bandwagon, gloating how “times have evolved” into an age of tolerance and acceptance.
The kicker of these so-called “gay Christians” is that they are the only group claiming to follow Christ and continue to hang onto their sin. There is no other group who claims proudly to be an adulterous Christian, a fornicating Christian, a lying Christian, a gambling Christian, or a murdering Christian. They all would add the word “repentant;” a “repentant” adulterer, a “repentant” fornicator, etc.
Every true born-again believer does wrestle with their carnal sin-nature having to take up their own cross dying daily to self, but would never subscribe to hanging onto sin─which caused Jesus to die on the cross. If the Holy Spirit is living in a person, that person will be at war with the sin nature. The Spirit of God would be pruning, rooting out and tearing down everything exalting itself against the knowledge of God. Christian means to be (“Christ like”).
To say being a gay is “Christ like” is tragically trendy and becoming politically correct, BUT the Bible is the only measure and it still says that it’s an abomination (perversion) to the very purpose for which man was created. We ALL were born wrong the first time, we all have a sin nature and that is why Jesus said we must be “born again!”
Yet, godless lawlessness is screaming:
“TURN OFF THE LIGHT!”
Alarmingly, the Pentagon has issued a warning that any one sharing the gospel in military service could face court martial. Sadly, many churches don’t need to be, they have taken the gospel out all by themselves, choosing to appease mankind with soothsaying messages of peace and safety at a time when there will be no peace and there will be no safety apart from the gospel.
There is a STORM-WARNING, but we’re having a picnic anyway?
So many pulpits have tickling ears at a time when pastors should be in the deepest travail crying out for people to, “Make ready!”
To me it would be like someone watching the news and hearing that an F5 Tornado or hurricane, volcano or earthquake is getting ready to happen but instead of crying out they are planning a picnic. Seriously, get a picture of that: You are sitting in your house, The TV blares a siren, “A SEVERE WEATHER REPORT.” A tornado warning has been spotted on the ground and it’s headed right toward your town, but at the same time you’re getting a call from a local pastor or church member talking about having a picnic as if all is well when you know its not.
The prophet Jeremiah showed us that there is a dividing line drawn — that God becomes very angry with those who claim to speak for Him and yet aren’t sharing what He would be saying!
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; they speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord. They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The Lord has said, “You shall have peace”; and to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, “No evil shall come upon you.” (Jeremiah 23:16-17)
That is happening all over this planet. And it’s being done “in Jesus’ Name.” Pulpits are using the spotlight given them NOT to point to the only hope for such a stormy time but rather using Jesus’ Name to spotlight themselves to make money and build buildings and ministries that are going to be consumed by fire?
I’m convinced there would be a tremendous harvest in churches if pastors would repent and start preaching the true gospel to their “seeker friendly” attendees who’ve been falsely led through a, “repeat after me” mantra instead of being told they need to “repent or perish.” But sadly they plagiarize from the latest “trendy best seller” to fleece their way up the blasphemous chain of “churchianity,” instead of getting on their faces before a Holy God and saying, “What do you want to say today?” That should be a warning to us all, to be about our Father’s business.
Not to earn salvation but because of what Jesus already accomplished on our behalf. To be a true follower of Jesus Christ in this stormy hour is growing in cost. Hatred is boiling. We (true Christians) are becoming the scourge of the earth. You can plan for your best life now if you want to, but based on God’s holy Word, I read that this planet is way more like the Titanic and we are commissioned to get people to life boats, not build a better world but help rescue those who are His. I have said this before but I will say it again. “As it was in the days of Noah.” Noah did NOT change his world, he didn’t win his culture and he didn’t try to be culturally relevant. He just faithfully believed God and built an ark for the saving of souls.
Please hear the heart of this message. It is not to condemn, but to stir an urgency to sound the alarm to your friends and family while there is still time.
The storm clouds are ominous, I tell you.
Are you prepared? Have you taken shelter?
Hate has replaced love. The love of self has replaced God. “Whatever makes you feel good, just do it.” Run up credit cards, who cares that the debtor is enslaved to the lender? Even now our nation in America is selling its individual citizens into debt slavery by destroying our national sovereignty through spending not billions but trillions — and yet the masses of kool-aid drinkers are trusting that these blind “leaders” (guides) know where they are going?
We have a president who has told Israel to give up land for peace, referring to the 1967 borders as the starting point of negotiations striving for a “two state solution.” The New pope agrees and he too is making a push for PEACE. He is asking for all faiths to unite so we can all COEXIST. Yet, war is growing more and more imminent in the Middle East. Iran is approaching the “red line” and Syria has begun using chemical weapons. This world is growing darker and darker.
PLEASE TAKE SHELTER!
In Joplin, the warnings went out and many heard and believed. They ran and hid in a safe place.
That is what I’m about to ask you to do.
You see, you can scoff at what I’m saying and say: “I’ve heard this all my life,” and as one lady testified in Joplin, “I’ve heard tornado warnings all my life.”
They mocked Noah.
Thousands of people mocked Noah to their very end, and you can too! You can mock the warnings of this time. You can say, “Ah, the government will ‘fix it’ or ‘we’ve seen this before.’”
OR you can take a serious and sober look at all the many things that have taken place in recent days, months and years and say, “Maybe I need to wake-up” to what is happening and TAKE SHELTER.
Did you know what a Tsunami was seven, eight or even ten years ago, before the Asian Pacific Tsunami in which over 250,000 people died? And YET that storm will pale in comparison to a time that the Bible says, “Unless God shortens the days no flesh will survive.”
What must you do to be safe from the wrath to come? What is the wrath to come?
When I turn on my TV and a storm warning has been issued, there will be a scrolling message that tells me what to expect: Strong winds in excess of 100 mph, golf ball sized hail, dangerous lightning.
What can you expect? What should be scrolling at the bottom of your monitorright now?
1. Ninety to, one hundred pound, hailstones (Revelation 16:16-20).
2. A great earthquake, leaving NO ISLANDS on earth also, taking down every mountain on earth.
3. 1/3 of the earth is burned up, 1/3 of trees, and all the grass (Revelation 8:7).
4. 1/3 of the sea is turned into blood (Revelation 8:8-9).
5. The Abyss (bottomless pit) opens and locust-like scorpion creatures arise (Revelation 9:2-3).
6. Evil angels released to kill 1/3 of mankind (Revelation 9).
7. Painful sores break out on people that have taken the Mark of the Beast (Revelation 16).
8. The sun will scorch people with fire (Revelation 16).
And even worse: That which will never end: Lost souls being cast into a lake of fire.
Stop and think.
Knowing the terror of the Lord, I beg.
Right now if a tornado warning was sounding and you “believed it” you would run to shelter.
How can we do that in relation to the choice we must make in this life: “Repent or Perish?”
Get on your knees and confess your faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Believe that He is your only hope, that He is your Lord and Savior and confess that publicly, following Him. He is your storm shelter and He will be your refuge.
If you do that, I have great news:
You will NOT die but you will have everlasting life.
Will you hurry up and “Take Shelter?” Do you hear the sirens?