Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Another Quake Hits Haiti

"New 6.1-quake hits Haiti, people flee into the streets"

In one of the worst natural disasters in recent history, with an estimated 200,000 people dead in Haiti with another 1.5 million rendered homeless - this series of earthquakes in the region are showing no signs of slowing down.

Also in the region just this morning:

4.9 Mexico
5.8 Cuba region (opps, just realized this one was a carry over from yesterday)

And further south:

5.2 Argentina
4.4 Argentina

There was also a 4.5 quake in Iran this morning. Already we see five large earthquakes as I type this and its not yet 8:00 am on the east coast of America. I have to wonder what else will happen during the remainder of this day.

I'm no expert on earthquakes by any means, but the trend is undeniable, especially in the Caribbean region and Central and South America where the recent cluster has been observed.


Several more general ideas come to mind this morning.

FIrst - I find it interesting (again) that our generation is the first generation in history that can effectively track the signs that we have been given to watch. Because of instant world-wide news availability, anyone with interest can track the various signs. In 1890, for instance, we would have no awareness of these earthquakes or the subsequent famine and disease which inevitably hits the regions. Same for the other signs, whether warfare, rumors of war, the rise of the EU, pestilences, etc etc etc.

This even includes the capability of the entire world to witness the deaths and resurrection of the two witnesses as seen in Revelation 11. This would have been impossible in any previous generation,.

Second - although prophecy watchers have been following the earthquake story for decades, as a result of the epic earthquake which caused "The Tsunami" a few years ago, instantly killing a similar number to the quake in Haiti, earthquakes have been very much in the public eye.

Third - these recent signs should serve as a "wake-up" call for an unbelieving world. Perhaps it will trigger an interest in biblical prophecy for some. Perhaps it will create an interest in prophecy for a skeptical Christian. As I mention in the book "Signs of the Coming Christ", immediately following 911, I received many calls and emails from folks who had previously scoffed at prophecy. Perhaps these obvious "signs" coming from earthquakes will do the same.

I can't help but think that the "birth pain" contractions are rapidly speeding up - and speeding up just as we watch the Middle-East on the brink of exploding and all of the other signs marching along towards the Tribulation.

It is time to be ready. More prayer. More time with God. More witnessing about the truth of Jesus. And more looking up.

Jesus will be coming for His Bride soon. The signs are abundant. I believe we are just on the brink of seeing John 14 fulfilled - that scripture that is completely consistent with the same message given in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-52:

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.
I am going there to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me
that you also may be where I am."
(John 14:1-3).

The ultimate goal. To be with Jesus in that special place that He has prepared for His Bride (New Jerusalem). We'll be there soon. We already have a vivid description of that place - given to us in Revelation 21 and 22. Just a tiny glimpse of what awaits us.

As we read in the last book of Revelation, just following the description of our "real" home, we see the following words which ring in my ears every day:

"He who testifies to these things says, 'Yes, I am coming soon.'"

"Amen, Come, Lord Jesus"

(Revelation 22:20)

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