What does it all mean? In the U.S., a total solar eclipse coast to coast, monstrous hurricanes, two great hurricanes in less than three weeks, 17 million U.S. citizens under a hurricane warning, millions fleeing, towns and cities under water, widespread destruction more costly than ever, fifty-two inches of rain, one-thousand year flood, dams on the verge of breaking, a new U.S. lake the size of Lake Michigan, dozens of people killed, hundreds of people injured, thousands of animals drowned, thousands of acres of crops destroyed, store shelves empty, ships from foreign countries delivering fuel to Florida, an earthquake swarm in Yellowstone National Park and another earthquake swarm in Idaho.
What does it all mean? Flooding in Asia that impacted more than 40 million people, two powerful solar flares several times the size of planet earth on the same day, islands that may no longer be inhabitable, a once in a century earthquake off the coast of Mexico and a hurricane striking that same nation one day later, an upcoming once-in-the-history-of-the-world wonder in the heavens, Jerusalem under siege, a wild man testing hydrogen bombs and threatening to nuke the U.S.; Russia and Iran moving troops to mountains of Israel.
Are these birth pangs? You know, indications that the day of the Lord is at hand; signs that the Tribulation period is drawing near. Is God reminding the world of a future time when people will faint, be sorrowful, be in travail and be amazed; a future time when God’s wrath and fierce anger will be poured out to make areas desolate and punish the world for sin (Isaiah 13:6-11)?
Is the time of Jacob’s trouble near? You know, that great day when God will break the Gentile yoke off Israel’s neck so the Jews can possess all of the land that He gave to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants forever (Jeremiah 30:1-9; Gen. 17:7-8).
Is God shaking the heavens and the earth? You know, in times past He shook the earth, but in the future He won’t shake the heavens and the earth (Heb. 12:26; also see Hag. 2:6-7, 21-22). Dr. J. Vernon McGee wrote, “God is going to shake everything to let all His created universe know that there are some things which are unshakeable, and one of those things is living faith in Jesus Christ. He is the Rock that we rest upon, and He cannot be shaken (Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, Vol. V; pg. 609).
Do you think that is impossible? Do you know that some experts said the winds of hurricanes Harvey and Irma shook the trees so hard and the waves crashed on the beaches so hard that they caused the ground to shake enough for seismometers to pick up the vibrations?
Is it the fulfillment of Daniel 9:26? You know, the end thereof shall be with a flood. It seems more likely that God is referring to a flood of overwhelming disasters, wars, problems, etc., but God is not opposed to saying things like this.
Is it the fulfillment of Luke 21:25? You know, Jesus was talking about His Second Coming when He said, “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars (perhaps an eclipse, or solar flares, or the alignment of constellations such as is in the Revelation 12 sign); and upon the earth distress of nations (perhaps North Korea, Islamic terrorism or economic problems); with perplexity (perhaps not knowing what to do about North Korea, Islamic terrorism, etc.); the sea and the waves roaring” (perhaps strong winds, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc.).
Is God warning the nations to repent? You know, God told King Solomon, “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (II Chron. 7:13-14).
If God is warning nations to repent it is grace. It means He wants people to give up their sins and be saved before He deals more harshly with the wickedness on earth.
He wants people to acknowledge Jesus and be saved so they can go in the Rapture and not be left behind to enter the Tribulation period.
The world doesn’t have to have hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and the like. God will stop those things if people will repent, pray, abandon their sins and trust in Jesus.
He sent the Great Flood, shut the door on the Ark, drowned Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea and more. What the U.S. has experienced is nothing compared to what He can do.
The world is accountable to God for what is going on. His judgment doesn’t have to fall, at least not right now. Repenting and acknowledging Jesus will stop it. Continuing in wickedness and rebellion will make it worse.
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Daymond & Rachel Duck