For those of you who might be wondering why devastating earthquakes, tsunamis, Tornadoes, Hurricanes and other natural disasters will, and are, taking so many lives, and bringing with them tragic suffering, remember these things:
First, we are entering what Jesus called the “birth pains” that will signal His return. The hope that Jesus return gives us will sustain us through these difficult times.
Second, there is a reason for these events that will ultimately save millions for eternity. God tells us in His Word that these natural disasters, global financial upheaval, and other tragedies are His final attempt to wake people from their complacency and show them that they too have a need for a higher power. Those who choose not to think about what happens after death, might suddenly start thinking about it. In some cases those Sunday school lessons we learned when we were children make a little more sense, and decades later a person might open their Bible and find Christ in those pages before the chaos of the end-times takes his life while he’s unprepared. When were speaking in terms of eternity, I think you’ll agree that one soul means a lot. We should all be praying for a revival like this world has never seen.
Our Lord and Savior wants all of us to go to heaven to live out eternity with Him, but he also gave us free will (would you really want to live life without that?). He’s also given us thousands of years of evidence for His existence, and many chances to find Him, spread the gospel, and bring as many to Christ as we can in our life time. Yet, God weeps at the vast numbers who have ignored His message of love and salvation, and chosen, instead, to follow doctrines of men, and worship creation rather than the Creator. It is for this reason that He is desperately trying to get our attention, before it’s too late to avoid an eternity of torment just because we stubbornly and pridefully refused the simple gift of life God offers to every one of us. All He asks of us is that we believe in Him and love Him with all our heart. If you think of it, He asks no more than we expect of our spouses and our children. Search the scriptures and I promise that you will find the clarity and hope you’re looking for.
Read these Bible verses to gain further understanding of God’s purpose for our current tumultuous times and then keep reading, starting with the New Testament:
Matthew 24:7; Luke 21:25-26; Revelation 6:12; 11:13; 16:18