Two thousand years ago, when the disciples of the Lord Jesus asked Him what would be the sign of the end of the world, the Lord Jesus answered, “And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:6–8).
Nowadays, both natural and man-made disasters occur frequently all around the world. They spread over more and more regions and grow more and more ferocious. Earthquakes, floods, droughts, famines, and plagues can be seen everywhere; violence, racial conflicts, and terrorist attacks frequently take place; the situation of every country is in turmoil and wars continue…. The Lord Jesus’ prophecies about the end of the world have been fulfilled one after another.
According to the news:
Since June of 2019, in many countries in South Asia, floods, landslides and mudslides caused by heavy rains had caused hundreds of deaths in three South Asian countries, India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
H1N1 influenza in India killed 226 people in the first half of 2019.
By June of 2019 lychee-linked brain fever had killed 103 children.
From September 2019 to January 7, 2020, the Australian bush fire burned more than 8.4 million hectares of land, covering an area of more than 2.3 Taiwan, killing 25 people (including 3 firework volunteers), 6 missing and over 2,500 homes have been burned. Four of the six Australian states had been affected, with the East Coast being the most severe. New South Wales had 148 fires and 60 of them had not been brought under control.
The “Fall Armyworm” disaster that endangered Africa had now spread to Asia, especially China’s provinces such as Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hunan, Hainan, Fujian, Zhejiang, Hubei, Jiangxi, and Sichuan. By severe infestation, a large number of crops were harmed.
New coronavirus pneumonia first appeared in Wuhan City, China. From the early December of 2019 to January 22, 2020, 17 deaths, 444 cases of new viral pneumonia were reported in Hubei Province. The pneumonia epidemic in Wuhan spread rapidly in the mainland. In the early morning of the 23rd, Wuhan officially announced that the city would be closed from 10:00. According to the latest news, the outbreak of the new crown virus from Wuhan had claimed 170 lives, and more than 7,700 people had been infected by the virus. Meanwhile, at least 1 confirmed case was found for the first time in India.
(Part of the news above is cited from the Internet media.)
Apart from various frequent disasters and the turbulent international situation, there also appeared unusual celestial events: From April 2014 to September 2015, four consecutive blood moons appeared in the sky, accompanied with the rare phenomenon of the sun becoming black, which was unprecedented in history. Most Bible expositors agreed it boded a most significant event of the world to take place.
Faced with various frequent natural and man-made disasters and rare astronomical phenomena, many people see the fulfillment of the Bible prophecies. The alarm of the last days has struck, and the Lord should have come. Although man can improve their material life through technology, yet when faced with the disasters, man is overwhelmed with fear and worries. They can’t find out any effective measures to resist the strike of the disaster, but only suffer it helplessly or be destroyed by it. In the face of the irresistible disasters today, man has to give serious consideration to the fate and destination of mankind. However, with mere fear towards the befalling of the disasters, man has no idea where these disasters come from and who is in command. Why are there so many disasters for people in the last days? What course should mankind take?
To understand these questions, we might as well look back to the time of Noah’s ark. The Bible says, “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked on the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way on the earth. And God said to Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth” (Genesis 6:11–13). At that time, mankind was corrupted to a point. No one listened to God’s words, much less did anyone worship God. Mankind advocated wickedness, followed the worldly trend, and lived amid evil and licentiousness concerning themselves with eating, drinking, and the pursuit of pleasure, enjoying the pleasure of sin. Their wickedness was unbearable for God to witness and infuriated God’s righteous and unoffendable disposition. Thus, God had His plan of destroying the world with a flood. But God cared about mankind’s ignorance and pitifulness, so He still gave man chances to repent. God commanded Noah to build an ark and spread the gospel. Noah preached for 120 years, yet no one believed God’s words, much less did anyone come before God to confess and repent. Then God’s wrath came upon man. After the flood, only Noah’s family of eight survived; others were all swamped and destroyed by the flood. Also it’s known to us all that God razed Sodom with the fire of brimstone. Sodom brimmed with sin and murder then. Not only did people in the city not accept God’s warnings, they also did not fear God’s punishment. To the contrary, they scorned God’s existence, were hostile toward His coming, and harmed His messengers and all righteous people. Their conduct had reached the level of opposition and uproar against God. As for such an evil city, God no longer extended mercy, but directly used the fire to totally destroy them and make them cease to exist. From this, we see in God’s disposition, there are not only lovingkindness and mercy, but also righteousness, majesty, and wrath. God is very principled in actions. He will bestow mercy and tolerance upon those listening to His words and obeying Him, and make them live in His care and protection. Instead, to those who don’t believe God’s words but reject God’s calling and salvation, and who even oppose Him and are stubbornly against Him, God will cast out His anger fiercely to the extent that such mankind disappears before God’s eyes. It is just as God says, “The mercy and tolerance of God do indeed exist, but God’s holiness and righteousness when He unleashes His wrath also show man the side of God that brooks no offense. When man is fully capable of obeying the commands of God and acts in accordance with God’s requirements, God is abundant in His mercy toward man; when man has been filled with corruption, hatred and enmity for Him, God is profoundly angry. To what extent is He profoundly angry? His wrath will last until God no longer sees man’s resistance and evil deeds, until they are no longer before His eyes. Only then will God’s anger disappear.”
Nowadays, this mankind has far surpassed people in the time of Noah in the extent of their evil and corruption. And their evil deeds are no different from those of people in Sodom. The world trends are getting more evil: Homosexuality is legalized; pornography, gambling, and narcotics are widespread; divorce rate and crime rate remain high; men all advocate evil, confusing right and wrong. No one stresses conscience and sense anymore. No one thirsts for the truth, or yearns for the appearance of the true light, much less takes the initiative to seek for the arrival of God. More and more people treat God’s previous work and word as just myths and legends. Men have no desire at all to seek the existence of God. Toward such evil mankind who is irredeemably corrupted and who hates the truth and God, what is the attitude of God?
God says, “The disaster originates with Me and is of course orchestrated by Me. If you cannot appear as good in My eyes, then you will not escape suffering the disaster.” “When God lets loose His great wrath, the whole world will experience all sorts of disasters as a result, like a volcano exploding. Standing on high in the sky, it can be seen that on the earth, every manner of calamity approaches all of mankind, closer by the day. Looking down from on high, the earth presents a variety of scenes like those that precede an earthquake. Liquid fire rushes unchecked, lava flows freely, mountains shift, and a cold light glitters over all. The entire world has sunk into fire. This is the scene of God unleashing His wrath, and it is the time of His judgment. All those who are of flesh and blood will be unable to escape.” From God’s words, we know that in the last days all kinds of disasters come down upon mankind, such as flood, hail, drought, earthquake, famine, plague, and war. God does this firstly to punish and destroy the wicked among men and to demolish all unrighteous things, and meanwhile to warn and admonish man. God speaks to mankind through various disasters to urge them to reflect, in hope that man could be like the people of Nineveh, abandoning the violence in their hands and turning away from their evil ways, seeking God’s footprints,and coming back before God to confess their sins, repent, and gain the salvation from God. This is a kind of means for God to save people and regain people. Which is just as Almighty God says, “Today, not only am I descending upon the nation of the great red dragon, I am also turning My face toward the entire universe, so that the whole empyrean is quaking. Is there a single place that does not undergo My judgment? Is there a single place that does not exist under the scourges that I hurl down? Everywhere I go I have scattered ‘seeds of disaster’ of all kinds. This is one of the ways in which I work, and is without doubt an act of salvation for man, and what I extend to him is still a kind of love. I wish to make even more people come to know Me, be able to see Me, and in this way come to revere God whom they have not seen for so many years but who, today, is real.”
How then can we find the footprints of God and gain His salvation? The Lord Jesus said: “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (John 16:12–13). “He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). It also says in the Bible, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17). From these verses, we can see that in the last days, the Lord will come to express more truth, telling us all the truth that we did not understand before. He will do the work of judgment beginning with God’s house, through which He judges and purifies us.
It says in Revelation, “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 2:7). “If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). So, if we want to find God’s footprints, we must listen to God’s voice carefully. Once we hear someone preach that the Lord has already come, expressing the truth to do the work of judgment beginning with God’s house, we should take the initiative to seek and investigate it. Only by doing so can we welcome the Lord and gain the end-time salvation of the Lord.
Source: Walk in the Light
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