WHY NATURAL DISASTERS?

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Why “natural” disasters? That’s a good question!  If you are an atheist, you will have your scientifically based answers. The bulk of mankind often calls these events, “mother-nature”!

In the highest selling book ever written, the Holy Bible, a man after God’s own heart, (Acts.13:22) David, king of Israel  had this to say; Whatsoever the LORD pleased,that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. He caused the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he makes lightnings for the rain; he brings the wind out of his treasuries. (Psalm.135:6-7)

Mankind will not accept the truth of his own creator, let alone this truth of his astonishing power, and yet paradoxically, he, mankind will pray to images of imagined gods, made with man’s hands, and “think” they will be saved by them?

The one true God revealed himself through his Son, whom he sent to earth some 2-thousand years ago, who also revealed the Father, even as the Father revealed him. (John.5:37)

This same LORD reveals all necessary knowledge to all whom the Father draws to him. (John.6:44)

And there is a God in heaven which reveals secrets…(Daniel.2:28) The answers to all mankind’s perplexing questions, who he is, how he came to be, his supreme purpose for existence, and what is the way to achieve that awesome purpose God opens and alleges in His coded book! .

The Holy Scriptures tell us that man is ever-learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth! (II Timothy.3:7)

That is the reason he will continue to blindly stumble from one disaster to another, economically, politically, militarily, educationally, and scientifically, because he knows not the way that leads to the answers and truth of all these most intriguing questions.

The Lord God tells us through his apostle Paul in I Timothy 6:20; to avoid profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so-called! Not that we are discounting all science, because real-science proves that there is a design to everything, which now, and for some years, many “Nano-scientists” have come to this understanding, calling it “Intelligent Design”! Man’s education systems of our nations have rejected this truth in favour of the “theory” of evolution!!!

Typically, at every turn, mankind rejects the knowledge of the truth, preferring idiotic theories of men, and shuts himself out from the door of all wisdom, knowledge and understanding of an all-powerful, all knowing, all seeing and glorious Creator God!

So-called “Christendom”, commonly known as “Christianity” today, does not accept the fact that it is the LORD God that controls, orders and sustains all things in heaven and in earth, (Hebrews.1:1-3.) neither do they know the purpose of the LORD God!

Those who do know, believe, the scriptures which tell us of the heavenly signs, the sun and the moon being darkened, and the stars falling from heaven, and the powers of the heavens being shaken! In conjunction with these mighty powers being unleashed,    terrifying mankind in through these mighty signs of “nature” being controlled. We know that the awesome revelation of the Son of man, (Jesus Christ) coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory will end man-kinds age, (aeion) and usher in the kingdom of God!!! (Matthew.24:27-30.) The use of the elements of nature are a very real proof of the existence and power of the LORD God for any with eyes to see.

The heavenly signs, cloaked in prophecy are a sure proof of the power, the LORD God has over all things in heaven and in earth, the weather, the rain, the lightning, storms, earthquakes, Tsunami’s, which God often uses to demonstrate his power over his physical creation!

Let’s now retrieve additional information of the tremendous power God has exercised at various times, and again, we will quote from ancient scriptural texts, given that we are preaching here to those who DO accept that there is a God who does all these things.

For skeptics, atheists, and all false scientists, who don’t want to know, or accept truth, God has many things to say to you, but, this is written for those who know in their heart that there is an almighty, ALL-POWERFUL God, and are seeking him.

To go back to a time approximately 3,900-4,000 years ago at the time of the patriarch Abraham, when he was visited of the LORD in the plains of Mamre, (Genesis.18) near Hebron where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Jacob were buried. At that time, 2-cities called Sodom and Gommorrah were about to be destroyed by God, because of the filthy practice of the sodomites; Of course, we know that Abraham pleaded with God to let his nephew Lot be spared, and the LORD patiently heard him, sending angels to take Lot and his family out of Sodom. A tremendous encouragement for God’s people in these end days!

In Genesis 19:13 the angels were warning Lot to remove quickly out of Sodom because they were about to destroy it! But how were they going to do this? Let’s take up the story here in Genesis 19: where special protection is given to Lot because of Abraham.

“The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gommorrah brimstone from heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: And he looked toward Sodom and Gommorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. Genesis.19:23-25,27-28. (Emphasis mine)

These verses reveal the power the LORD has to pour down fiery stones from heaven; The word Brimstone indicates sulphuric lime as if from a kiln! This is one of only 2-instances we will list in this article because of space and time.

The next instance we will mention here, is of God’s miraculous power being exercised over nature, again in Genesis, and this time we’re going further back in time sequence to chapter 7; And here we see a far greater destruction being carried out over the entire global environment for sinning mankind again! Let’s begin in Genesis.6:5-8;

“And God saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repents me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. The apostle Peter had said Noah was a preacher of righteousness, (II Peter.2:5) and in Genesis.6:8-9;  Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD, and was a just man, perfect in his generations, (had not intermingled with the pagans of his time) and walked with his God!

So, Noah was instructed to prepare an Ark to the saving of his family, (Hebrews.11:7; I Peter.3:20.) which took around 100-years, (Genesis.5:32; 7:6,11.) and this was a mighty work, and God exercised great patience, given the fact that he wanted “to destroy man whom he had created” We won’t go into the details of this momentous building project at this time, but the fact that this Great-Deluge reveals the supreme power and authority God alone possesses, and wields according to his own will, we must either accept these verses as truth, or reject them as just some fairy-tale of men! If you choose the latter, God has many challenges to the anti-God delusionist, as laid down in his word! God willing, we may have time to present at least one such challenge later in this article, time and space permitting.

Continuing here in Genesis.7:1; (1st line) And the LORD said unto Noah,…….Vs.4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

Going down to Vs’s.11-12 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep (great oceans) broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain (torrents) was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. Presumably, God caused a great earthquake, or earthquakes,  to separate the tectonic plates, or some other method of breaking and elevating the ocean bottoms, to allow the great depths to be unleashed, and perhaps a great tidal wave or tidal waves was released during this campaign of earthly destruction. Speculation notwithstanding, the fact that the scripture categorically states that the great deeps were broken up, makes it plain that it was more than just rain. Even  though the magnitude of  this rain would have been incredibly significant, we are given the additional information that the great deeps were broken up!

Continuing in Genesis 7:19-21, 24. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills that were under the whole heaven were covered Fifteen cubits (approx’ 22.5 feet) upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth, and every man: And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

God made sure that no living thing could have survived the deluge on earth, but Noah and his family, and all the animals God had him preserve in the ark.  And the flood waters covered the entire earth, and all it’s high mountains! The fact that there was tidal action on the earth, we see in V.5 of Gen.8; showed that God was in total control of the entire heavenly ordinances, and beginning now in Genesis 8; we continue to marvel at the stupendous power God exercised here!

Genesis 8:1-5 And God remembered Noah and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, (to drive the waters back) and the waters assuaged; The fountains also of the deep, and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; And the waters returned from off  the earth continually. This indicates tidal actions “And the waters decreased continually,” or “and the waters were going and returning from off the earth”, as the thought of the Hebrew text shows.

The magnitude of the geological work done through the flood is clear to all who allow the truth of the scriptures. The ebb and flow of the waters in their twice daily currents of high and low tides would have done enormous geological damage and destruction. Think on the  Grand Canyon, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon this is one of the greatest examples of the devastation cause by the deluge.

The fact that a loving Creator does not create corruption, but beauty and perfection, shows the disgust of the LORD God when he 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.6:13)

Mankind not only shuns vast myriads of knowledge, but the wisdom of God for his own foolishness, as God taught through another servant, the apostle Paul, who taught that God said he would destroy the wisdom of the wise…has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world! (I Corinthians.1:18-21)  Around the same time, the apostle Peter, another servant of God said, under God’s inspiration in II Peter.3:5-6; For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed, perished, being flooded with water.

The old earth was destroyed, and completely reformed by this enormous power of almighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of peace, who continues forever, has also reserved the same heavens and earth unto fiery judgement and perdition of ungodly men,  (II Peter.3:7) just as he did in the world-wide catastrophe of Noah ‘s age!

Why are we witnessing Tsunami’s and earthquakes all over the earth? God warned this would come to pass, as we read in Matthew.24:37-39;

But as the days of Noah were, so also will be the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days of the flood, they were eating an drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the son of man be.

In this same 24th chapter of Matthew,  Christ warned of  signs that would precede his coming; Verses 7; “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. This will be a time of great distress for all nations, but especially, the Israelitish nations that over-spread the earth, and were sifted as corn is sifted through all the nations! (Amos.9:9)

God is working out his mighty purpose here on earth, of which we are the specially privileged and profound benefactors!

For you who do not believe, and have read thus far, take up the challenge of God, He challenges any to disprove him in many places, including Isaiah.40:12,15, 17, 21, 22, 26;

Who has measured the waters (oceans) in the hollow of his hand, measured heaven with a span, (hand width) and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Behold the nations are as a drop of a bucket…All nations before him are as nothing.., have you not known, have you not heard. Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,…Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain. He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth useless. Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things, who brings out their host by number; (Knows their number) He calls them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and the strength of his power.

God’s called out people in this age according to his purpose need to watch all these things, and believe! The Word of God reveals from heaven his mighty power, and we who do believe God know that 2-more catastrophe’s that are coming. The first to punish all Israelitish nations, wherever they have been scattered, in every nation, especially those of the withe western nations, then, a final grand smash finale at the close of mans reign on earth, called the wrath of Almighty God.

These are not “cunningly devised fables” of men, but were made known to his people in prophetic writings, coded for those given eyes to see, and ears to hear, so that they may be saved!Look at it in your own Bibles, don’t believe anyone’s word, but prove it for yourselves! (I Thessalonians. 5:21)

Finally here, let’s be reminded what the chief apostle of Jesus Christ said in relation to this: For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye-witnesses of his majesty. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time (ancient times) by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (II Pet.1:16, 19-20)

Don’t discount any of the above,read carefully proving everything, and look also at what King David, the king of Israel wrote under God’s inspiration. See the 18th Psalm, verse 6-15;