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Signs of the times
To the Editor:
I was thinking about this when I came across an article by Lisa Hix entitled "2010 Year in Review Natural Disasters." She can be accessed on Twitter. I would like to focus on one - floods.
The greatest flood (2010) was in Pakistan where one fifth of the land area was destroyed. News reported numerous floods in other nations and even in regions of our USA.
I am surprised that no one that I know has brought up the great flood of Noah's day. God sent that flood for three reasons - violence, an obsession with sex and the fact that all the thoughts (imaginations, KJV) were only evil all the time. After the flood, God made a covenant with Noah and all creation, that he would never again send a world-wide flood. The rainbow is a sign. But all these major floods (not world-wide) - are they a warning from God?
(Part of that covenant was the command that murderers should suffer the same fate as their victims - because men - and women - are made in the image of God, but I think there was another reason, to reduce and control the violence that existed before the flood.)
Down to our day. Not only are there national and ethnic wars, but murderers are killing members of their own family and close friends. TV programs and movies are filled with violence and sex. In fact, there are some who believe that is their objective - to make money? If so, that is an indication of where the general population is. It seems that with the programmers, the news media and general public the thoughts (imaginations) are all about sex and violence.
Jesus said that at his future coming, it would be like the days of Noah, before the flood.
The Jewish leaders asked Jesus for a miraculous sign to prove that he was their Messiah. One of his answers was, you know that a red sky at night is an indication of a fair day tomorrow, and red sky in the morning is an indication of a lowery day, but do you not see the signs of the times? (This is my loose rendition.)
II Chronicles 7:14 is the most referred to verse in the Bible, when prayer for our nation is involved. Many know it by heart (among Christians). I'd like to quote it (from the NIV).
". . . if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
What did God mean when he said he would heal their land? The answer is right in the verse before it (vs. 13) which is a part of this whole thought.
"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people etc. . . .
The Scriptures boldly proclaim that God controls the weather and the forces of nature. If God's people would fulfill his requirements - humble themselves, pray, seek him and repent - he would take away his climate and weather catastrophes and plagues. This was to the nation, Israel. Is it a principle that applies to us? It is interesting that with two or three meetings of global warming leaders, the local temperature was a record low. Could it be that God is revealing the foolishness of man's wisdom?
Vs. 13 mentions drought, not floods. There has been a great drought in Russia which resulted in a great fire, which destroyed so much of the wheat crop that the government curtailed all exports of wheat from the country.
Not only floods and drought, but great earthquakes - Haiti, Chile and China - volcanoes, aids, thick blankets of snow in D.C. which shut down government activities; what do you make of it all? It seems that God is warning us, getting ready to intervene with his judgment, which will be impartial. Are you ready? Jesus said, he who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Signs of the time?
Fred W. Colby