The Shock Wave That Rocked the World
"Men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken."
-Luke 21:26, emphasis added
On December 26, 2004, while sitting at my computer waiting for a document to print, steady news bulletins began to hit the Google News screen-
· A rare earthquake has just occurred in the Indian Ocean . . .
· Some people may have died . . .
· Reports of a gigantic tsunami are coming in from all over Southeast Asia . . .
· The death toll is rising dramatically . . .
· Damage is unbelievable! Catastrophic! . . .
On and on the news bulletins flashed. It quickly became evident that the greatest natural disaster of this generation had just occurred! The enormity of that event actually made our whole planet vibrate. Later, one commentator reported that the earth even wobbled on its axis and the regional map of south Asia was permanently altered. The island of Sumatra moved 100 feet. It was as if time stood still for three microseconds. The impact of the 500 mile-per-hour waves was equal to one million atom bombs.
As devastating as that earthquake was, it is as nothing compared to the power and judgment God will unleash on earth during the Great Tribulation. It is no wonder that men's hearts will fail them from fear in anticipation of what is yet to come!
If you are a born-again Christian, you can rejoice because you no longer need to fear the future. The writer of Hebrews says that to those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation (Hebrews 9:28). When Christ returns again, it will be to take His children home with Him. At that point our salvation will be complete because we will be with Him at last!
By the way, did you happen to catch that those who were online that December 26th were able to view the quake and tsunami within minutes of it striking? Seismic stations picked up the magnitude of the event, and news stations spread the word electronically at the speed of light—which is more remarkable evidence that "knowledge shall increase" in the last days.
As fascinating as mankind's rapid increase in knowledge can be, that is not God's priority for His children in end times. Rather, we are to increase and abound in love to one another . . . so that He may establish [our]hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13). We need to continually make sure that our priorities are the same as God's!
Are you ready to meet Jesus Christ? Is He your safe haven from the ominous "things which are coming on the earth"?
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