Jesus took the punishment for our sins on the cross. I tried my hand at Bible art work this Sunday. My goal was to leave an image of what Christ did on our behalf. I portrayed Christ taking the wrath of God and changing it to the people’s blessing. It was multi faceted. It showed the doctrine of the “Shepherd and His Flock”. Tricia said it looked like Folk Art. I guess that’s a start in the right direction.
Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami
Before reading my commentary, I ask that you would take a moment and pray for the Japanese people. They are a wonderful people with an ancient and glorious culture. The nation was the 3rd greatest economic power in the world. But because of this horrifying natural disaster, much of their nation lies in ruin, and the dead are innumerable.
Please take a moment and ask God’s mercy, peace, and comfort for Japan.
Then ask the Lord what HE would have you to do to help these people. If you have the means, go and serve your fellow man. I am praying for the opportunity.
THE POINT OF THIS BLOG ENTRY
I have heard mention several times by scoffers on CNN and the like, how believers of the Bible are quoting “earthquakes in divers places”, and how stupid we must be for believing such things. This upsets me that the liberal God haters should use a time of tragedy to bash another man’s faith. But I could not help but thinking of the following scripture: 2 Peter 3:3-4 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? …all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
You read so many times, that there are “no more earthquakes than there used to be”, that you almost believe it. So I decided to do some fact finding. I got my facts from the USGS website.I pasted the web link below.
One thing I learned is that records for earthquakes begin in 1900, so accurate numbers prior won’t be found. But what I did find was staggering. If I read correctly, the death figures do not include the residual deaths due to tsunami, etc. simply earthquakes.
1980 – 1989 saw 58,880 total deaths due to earthquake. AVG 5888 deaths yearly.
1990 – 1999 saw 114,646 total deaths due to earthquake. AVG 11,465 deaths yearly.
2000 – 2009 saw 471,015 total deaths due to earthquake. AVG 47,101 deaths yearly.
2010 – 2011 (not including current Japan quake) saw 226,922 deaths due to earthquake. AVG 113,461 yearly.
It’s scary to think what the toll may be by 2019. Based upon death tolls, there has been an astronomic increase of earthquake ramifications. You can also see the number reflected in the number of 8+ magnitude quakes. The average of 8+ quakes has truly increased with the number spiking ever higher in the past decade. Numbers don’t lie, but men sure do.
GOD IS TRUE BUT ALL MEN ARE LIARS
God’s Word is always true, even when men don’t believe it. The scripture says in Matthew 24:7b …there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
There will be an increase in earthquakes in divers places. In just recent years there have been devastating quakes in Sumatra, Indonesia, Chile, Samoan Islands, Kuril Islands, China, Haiti, and now Japan. In 2010 we had significant quakes on our own continent: The Pacific Coast, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Missouri, and Maine. When does the big one hit us?
Jesus tells us that “the rain falls on the just and the unjust”. That is to say, bad things happen to ALL people. The teaching of scripture also is that our world is “devolving” not evolving. We are actually on a dying planet, not one getting better. Therefore we should be expecting cataclysm on a Biblical scale.The Bible says that when these things begin to unfold, it’s gonna start happening fast.
Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
For those of you buying into global warming, I’ll give you some Bible to think on. 2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
THE GOOD PART
John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
If you find yourself mustering up any faith that the Bible Prophecy may be true, please ask God to reveal himself to you. Trust in Christ. It is the only hope for your soul.