This morning I sadly watched the news reports of Hurricane Maria, a powerful Category 5 hurricane, about to hit Puerto Rico bringing 150 plus MPH winds and rain to an already devastated island. Last night I watched the reports of an earthquake over 7 points on the Richter Scale hitting Mexico City, killing hundreds. Just last week, our area of Florida narrowly missed the brunt of Hurricane Irma, with other areas being hit full on. We also watch news reports of riots and unrest in the streets of our cities while death and destruction advances all over the world. Could this be the end of the world? Is this what Jesus was speaking of in His Matthew 24 teaching?
All over Social Media some are proclaiming that the end of the world, and even the rapture will take place this coming Saturday, September 23, 2017. It seems that the Charismatic prophets are really busy these days pronouncing judgment on the United States, and the world. Some are applying teaching from Jewish Rabbis to their prophetic unctions. What about all of this? You may be asking, "Larry, What do you think about all of this stuff?" Well, maybe you haven't asked me, but here's my take on it anyway!
First, may I begin with a true word of prophesy, "However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows!" (Mt. 24:36) I suggest that you read the chapter in context to understand what "these things" are that Jesus speaks of. Yet, here Jesus absolutely debunks the doom and gloom prophets of today!
I also find it interesting that on this morning's news reports from Puerto Rico, it was stated that Maria is the first Cat. 5 hurricane to hit the island since the 1930's. Certainly, this is a terrible thing going on there right now. However, it's not the first Cat. 5 storm to hit them. I think the report said that the last one was in 1934. The world didn't end in 1934! Can you see where I'm coming from. We've always had hurricanes, earthquakes and unrest! This human suffering is nothing new to mankind. It's always existed and it always will.
People ask me, "Then why all of the natural disasters now?" My answer is simple....We live on an old, dying, wearing out planet! A few years ago, Corinne and I had the privilege to visit a Creation Museum in Texas. In their exhibits they had a display of what the earth's atmosphere must have been like in Adam's day. It was highly charged with oxygen. As a result, people, animals and plants lived a long time as they were breathing such pure oxygenated air. Have you ever wondered why the Old Testament Saints lived so many years? I'm certain that you realize that we don't breath such pure air these days! How about Global Warming? That's not a debate for this blog post, however, the earth is currently getting warmer. It has before, and there have also been Ice Ages. The waters of the Gulf of Mexico are currently in the 90's. This is prime hurricane producing water. Weather runs in cycles. Relax.... the earth will one day cool down again, and that will bring with it other problems. Romans 8:22, "For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time." So you see, all of God's creation has been and always will be "groaning as in the pains of childbirth," awaiting the fullness of God's plan for mankind...which of course became evident at the cross.
Friends, may I suggest that we all take a deep breath and relax! Let's focus on the wonderful revelations that God is showing us these days.... revelations of peace, hope and joy; revelations detailing Kingdom life within the fullness of the New Covenant. Yes, bad things are happening all around us. However, the Good News is that Christ lives within us and He is leading us forward in the midst of it all! Today would be a good day to tell someone that God loves them, and then tell them about His plan for their life! Yep, it would really be a good day to do that!
Grace and peace!