Thoughts about the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
I was so struck today at all the incredible pictures and videos from the devastation coming out of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami! I sense in my heart and spirit that we must be further into the birth pangs than many think. Looking at the pain and suffering on the faces of the Japanese is deeply profound! I cannot foresee years and years more of this type of destruction. As of this moment, the media is announcing 1000 dead but if you see the devastation it must be much more.
Just days before His death Jesus told His closest disciples what the “end of the age” would look like. Some have suggested He was predicting the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Roman Empire in AD 70. I disagree. Would not Jesus’ last words on earth have a much broader ramification than an event 40 years later?
“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name… Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.” (Matt 24: 7-9, 12-13)
I cannot foresee such tragedy being played out on a global stage for the next 50 years. I cannot foresee this type of weekly or monthly eruptions throughout the earth just simply going “on and on”.
I think God is seriously wrapping things up in “this present age” so that He can transition the whole earth into the “age to come”. The prophet Daniel wrote 2,500 years ago that “in the end of time” the whole earth would experience a time of tribulation and distress such as had never occurred on the earth.
“And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time…” (Daniel 12:1)
My daughter was told on her Facebook blog that “Jesus would never bless a storm” — meaning, I guess, that the devil is in control of all storms, earthquakes and wars, etc. Well, that is simply not the whole truth! That old paradigm will not serve the church during the Last Days.
The whole truth of Jesus is found in the book of Revelation, where we see Him as the Lamb of God, “standing, as if slain”, breaking open the seven seals of the scroll that was in the Father’s right hand. (Rev 4-5)
When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth. (Rev 6: 7-8)
When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, destruction and suffering and death came upon this earth.
I am not saying that this earthquake in Japan and recently in New Zealand (both the largest earthquakes in either countries’ history) is the breaking of the seals, but they are the intensifying “birth pangs” that are setting the stage for the whole world to transition into the age to come and for heaven to come to earth! (Rev 21-22)
Let us not be offended by Jesus as He takes on the role of Judge and opens the sealed scroll. We must stay near to His heart in these “beginning of birth pang” days so that when the Great Tribulation comes we will be men and women of insight and give hope and strength to many.
Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand. (Daniel 12:10)
Christ wanted us to “read the signs”.
“Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?” (Mtt 16:3)
> There are signs right now beinmg played out in the Middle east and North Africa. (read Daniel 2 “clay and iron feet and toes”)
> There are signs right now in Israel being a nation once again after a nearly 2000 year absence.
> There are signs right now that the Gospel is being spread to all the nations of the whole world as a witness BEFORE the end. (Mtt 24:14)
Yours for the soon coming King,