With the times being as they are… the devastation from the earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and ChristChurch, New Zealand – which almost pale now in comparison to the utter and complete devastation from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan… our understanding from the Book of Revelation of the tribulation period seems a little less hard to imagine, doesn’t it? Thanks in large part to the eyewitness videos streaming in from all over Japan. The poor Japanese people! One minute they are going about their lives as they always have in peace and safety and the next minute their homes, office buildings, cars and even their lives are swept away. And to compound their misery, many are being exposed to deadly radiation poisoning with no way to escape.
Now magnify the destruction encompassing the small island of Japan to a global disaster. Hard to envision? Well, that’s what awaits mankind during the tribulation period. Unimaginable death and destruction on a global scale. God has been very patient, loving and kind for a very long time with prideful, unrepentant mankind because He wants that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9), but with the removal of the church at the rapture (I Thes. 4:16, 17), the Age of Grace is also removed and mankind must face the vengeful side of God that people have long chosen to ignore.
God is warning us through natural disasters that our time is short and He is returning very soon. Jesus and the Apostle Paul both warned that in the last days, the world would be like a woman in labor. As the delivery approaches, her contractions gets more frequent and severe. (Matt. 24:8; I Thes. 5:3) Certainly, that would describe our world today. God is warning us to re-examine ourselves and make sure we are truly in the faith. (2 Cor. 13:5) And then, if we love others, we’ll warn them too to get right with God. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15)
When you hear some say “we cannot know the day or the hour…” that does not refer to the believer who cannot know, but to unbelievers. God has given His children an understanding of scripture (2 Peter 1:21) so that we would not be in darkness like the world, but will know precisely what time it is on His prophetic time clock. And while God’s prophetic time clock had stopped ticking when Jesus went to the cross about 2,000 years ago, it started ticking again in 1948 when the Jews were back in their land as a sovereign nation… just as the prophets predicted they would be!
What a thrilling time to be a Christian right now watching prophecy unfold!! While on the other hand, what a frightening time for those who are watching these tragedies unfold who are not Christians and who have absolutely no idea what the future holds. It’s up to us to tell them.