Praying for Hurricane Victims – But it’s not the Apocalypse

I am humbled by the sheer power of the nature God created. We are but sticks in the wind compared to these disasters striking across the world right now. Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Urma, wildfires, earthquakes, wars, and rumors of wars…Man believes he is at the top of the pecking order in this world, yet we are reduced to refugees when faced with the awesome power of wind, and water.

So what can we do in the face of such absolute power? Pray!

As people of Faith, we must pray. Pray that the people in harm’s way find strength, comfort, and providence. That humanity will come together as one unifying force, reaching out to each other in good will and supporting one another. That there is no boundary between colors, faiths, nationalities, orientations. When we see people in need, we must most of all pray that we can, in our own hearts, be convicted to act and give ourselves to their aid.

Pray that there is no boundary between colors, faiths, nationalities, orientations. When we see people in need, we must most of all pray that we can, in our own hearts, be convicted to act and give ourselves to their aid.

All people were created in God’s image, not half the country, not just our country, not just our nationality, or our denomination.All people were created in God’s image. Pray that you feel that spirit of Unity in your soul and reach out to those in need.

Concerning the Apocalypse

I remember (young guy here…only 40) when President Obama was first elected. I literally knew young people who were in tears they, had been so convinced that he was either the Antichrist or the forerunner of the Antichrist. That’s just silly, and pathetic.

But we thrive on being scared – Hollywood can make the most gruesome horror movies and people go watch them just to be scared. People fly all over the world taking extreme risks for the adrenaline rush of being scared.

9842_700x

So no surprise the news and talk channels are full of people talking about God’s wrath – Hurricane Harvey and Urma are God unleashing fury on a non-repentant people. There was an earthquake in Mexico, North Korea is about to unleash nuclear fury, and there are hurricanes roaring…

And I bet, in the next five years, every natural disaster will have Kirk Cameron on TV talking about the end times, and God’s judgment on people, after all, you don’t want to be Left Behind… And you know, maybe it is…but I have to ask, are you serious? If this was a sign that Jesus is coming tonight (and I hope He is!), then why didn’t get come at all the last major disasters?

And you know, maybe it is…but I have to ask, are you serious? If this was a sign that Jesus is coming tonight (and I hope He is!), then why didn’t get come at all the last major disasters?

Don’t forget the 230,000 that died in Haiti in 2010 after a major earthquake and tsunami. Or the 88,000 killed in the Chinese earthquake of 2008. Or the 2004 earthquake of Sumatra, killing upwards of 275,000 people.

There was the 2003 earthquake in Iran that killed 43,000. In 1976, China endured a monster catastrophe from an earthquake that has an unknown death toll, but estimates hover around 650,000 people lost.

Are these all modern phenomena, pointing to the every approaching return of God that signals, to some, the Great Tribulation, or is this mother nature playing out as she always has?

Jesus answered, “Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error]. For many will come in My name [misusing it, and appropriating the strength of the name which belongs to Me], saying, ‘I am the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed),’ and they will mislead many. You will continually hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end [of the age]. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish and the time of unprecedented trouble] – Matthew 24:4-8, AMP

We can certainly say, we have false teachers today. We wars, rumors (North Korea?) of war, earthquakes in diverse (numerous) places, plagues, famines, etc, etc. So is this the end?

Notice here that Jesus said in the midst of all this, “See that you are not frightened, those those things must take place…” And He also said, “…all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs…”

This isn’t the apocalypse or the end of all things. Should we be frightened by them? Not in the sense that we usually think of, yet they should always and forever be signs to us that life is precious and fickle. That we should love God and our fellow man relentlessly, every day. We don’t know when one of these events will strike where you and I live.

But don’t huddle and scare your family, and children with the promise that every earthquake is a sure sign Jesus is coming tonight – giving them heart palpitations thinking about the candy bar they ate without asking permission – wondering if they’ll end up in Hell at any moment for it!

The end will come, but it is not for us to know the hour or the day. Our job is to pray and aid those in need, love people as Christ commanded (love God and Man are the two most important commandments) and pray that each sign you see is another reason to get closer to your Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!

God bless you all.

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s