Home | Archives | Guest Book | Links | churches of Christ | Contact Us
Plan of Salvation
 | Correspondence Course | Daily Bible Reading | Store | World Evangelism
Gospel Gazette Online logo

Serving an international
readership with the
Old Jerusalem Gospel
via the Internet.

Vol.  10  No. 6 June 2008  Page 9
powered by FreeFind
Current Issue: Go to Page 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20

Ernest Underwood

A Moment of Reflection

Earthquakes, Floods,
Storms, Droughts and Pestilence

By Ernest S. Underwood

    It seems of late that about every week or so the news media reports about an earthquake, a flood, a violent storm (cyclone, tornado, hurricane, etc.), droughts, pestilence of some kind and a variety of other types of natural calamities. Add to this the different political and military skirmishes and wars, and one has the makings for those of the premillennial persuasion to get all gushy and excited and start proclaiming loud and long, “The Second Coming of the Lord is just around the corner.” They love this stuff. They delight in going to the Old Testament prophets and finding everything from fast sport cars to space shuttles, and a whole lot of other such stuff. Their special delight, though, is to find passages that refer to the first coming of the Messiah, the Christ, and then applying them to the Second Coming. They even invent a third coming.

    However, didn’t Jesus warn in Matthew 24: 6-7, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.” The premillennial “pastor” or “reverend” will, in mighty and forceful tones, with all of the sincerity that he or she can muster, proclaim that these verses apply to today and these passages teach that the Lord’s Second Coming is imminent. Completely ignoring the apostle Paul’s instructions to “rightly divide” the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15), they ignore verse 34 of Matthew 24 where Jesus plainly stated, “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.” Do they really suppose and believe that “this generation” is talking about a time two thousand plus years in the future from the time He made this statement?

    Sometimes, however, we may be so intent in showing that such calamities do not indicate the Second Coming of the Lord that we may not see some message in them intended for us. It is a well-known biblical fact that God used such occurrences in the Old Testament to give Israel, and later during the divided kingdom, both Israel and Judah, a wake-up call. Time and time again, He warned these two nations to forsake their “spiritual adultery” with the gods of the nations around them and to turn back to Him. He brought upon them earthquakes, drought, pestilence and the sword (a warring nation). He also withheld the rain, the dew as well as the fruitfulness of their herds and flocks. It is also a biblical fact that these nations paid no attention to His warning, and as a result, they were taken into captivity as punishment for their idolatry and unfaithfulness.

    What about us—America? Further, what about those who are Christians, members of the church of Christ? It takes but causal observation to note that the United States of America has become morally rotten to the core. Open sin abounds, and those who practice every abominable thing seem to be proud of the fact that they do such things. Like those in the days of Jeremiah the prophet, many Americans seem to have lost the ability to blush. In the religious world, charlatans are spewing their venom on the radio and television, and in their cathedrals, and the people love to hear what tickles their ears. Even in the church of Christ, there are those who are so enamored with the “goings-on” of the denominational world that they have ceased from trying to convert such people from the error of their way to true Christianity, and have joined ranks with them in rebellion to the God who gave His Son for them.

    A question that we all would do well to consider is: Are the present day calamities that are taking place around our globe a wake-up call from God? Mind you, I am not declaring that they are, but I am declaring that God has used such in times past, and that He still can do so even without involving any miraculous activity. Whether He is using these things for this purpose, we should recognize that He is the Almighty, He is in total control, and He expects and demands of those who want to please Him to obey Him. He plainly tells us, “when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power”  (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)

    Are we heeding the warning that God has given in His Word? If He is warning us through some of the ways of nature, are we listening?

Current Issue: Go to Page 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20