I begin the New Year challenging all professing Christians and preachers to make this the year any that are guilty stop trying as Israel’s false prophets of old to sugar coat the unusual weather patterns, related disasters and other calamities as simply the unexpected activities of so-called “mother nature” as though you know nothing of what has been foretold about these latter days in God’s Word (Jeremiah 23:16-22; Luke 21:11, 25-26). Since He is ultimately in absolute, sovereign control of His creation right down to the smallest particles (Psalm 147:15-18; Colossians 1:15-17), those saved by grace through faith in Christ are to tell the truth that He has permitted all calamities He has not directly caused in accord with His purposes!
Our mission is not to be God’s public relations spokespersons attempting to spin disaster and calamity in such a way that His benevolent image is not harmed, but we are charged to preach the Gospel of and give witness to Jesus Christ; preaching “the word…in season and out of season,” (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 1:8, 2:38-40; 2 Timothy 4:1-2, NKJV). Truly, even in the day of persecution, we are to stand ready to witness Christ (Luke 21:12-19)! Led by the Holy Spirit in compassionate service to survivors yet, with wisdom and full knowledge, we use the disasters and calamities of this world to do what the Lord Himself did, warn that unless they repent (Psalm 39) they shall “all likewise perish,” (Luke 13:1-9, NKJV).
As the Lord has led, I have reposted this edited 2011 blog that continues to be very relevant in light of the recent violent storms and other calamities that have hit and those yet to come upon our nation. The only way anyone can posit that our nation could somehow be exempt from the judgment of God is to foolishly insist America is dearer to the heart of God than Israel; the people of His ancient love (Jeremiah 31:1-14)! Scripture is clear: if God has judged Israel for its sins as He has in various ways as promised over 3,500 years, there is no escape for any other sinful nation including ours since He is immutable (Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Jeremiah 25:15-33, 30:23-24)!
Therefore, let every soul in our nation and the world know and understand that it is God, the living God that is active in the disasters and calamities of His creation going forward whether those who profess to be His people tell the truth about it or not--woe to the preachers of “peace and safety” apart from the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3, NKJV)! Indeed, it is soon to become very obvious to all that the mighty power of God is at work in the disasters, calamities and painful events occurring in the earth and universe (Revelation 8-9, 10:5-11:14, 16:1-12). And again, what does God desire before He finally pours out the fullness of His wrath on this world (Revelation 11:15-19, 16:17-21)? Repentance from sin and a turning in faith to His Son, Jesus Christ for salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:4-11)!
Originally Posted August 28, 2011
What are the odds of an earthquake and hurricane hitting the East coast of our nation within the same week? The odds had been very slim indeed! Yet, I get the impression while everyone agrees the experience of our nation’s East coast this past week is a strange set of circumstances, the attitude is we successfully endured another couple of natural events by “mother nature.” Rather than so-called “mother nature,” may I proclaim for the record, the never changing God who created and controls His creation as evidenced in His Word is dealing with and speaking to our nation--if we will hear it (Isaiah 45:7; Lamentations 3:38; Amos 3:6).
In these and the other major calamities that have struck our nation this year so far, He has only sought to get our attention and bring us to repentance. If He had wanted to severely judge us, there would have been greater destruction and loss of life. Is that extreme? So be it! In The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics, I warn that God’s attitude toward rebellion against Him is displayed in His dealings with Israel found in the Bible. He has not changed! You cannot have the blatant wickedness--which includes the destruction of the family as God designed it--that we have going on in our nation and expect Him to be silent indefinitely. Unbelievers from whatever motives can attempt to push the reality of the living God to the side if they choose, but that does not cause Him to cease to exist (2 Timothy 2:13).
My heart goes out to those who have lost family members and/or experienced property loss or displacement of any kind this past week. But it is not the prideful boast of American resilience God wants to hear at this hour. It is the humble repentance in all brokenness of a nation that “gets it.” This was the Lord’s purpose in sending calamity after calamity upon Israel; for He wills to save not destroy. However, when the people’s hearts are so proud and stubborn that they will not be humbled, then the Most High must deal with them severely which is exactly the scenario presented in Amos chapter four.1
Please, my nation, I hurt for us. Let us turn to the God of the Bible and His Son Jesus Christ in all repentance to obey the Word as it is written and not as we corrupt it to have our way. Our way has put us on a collision course meeting with the never changing God. If you doubt that is not a good thing, the example of Israel in the Bible and history is God’s witness.
1 You can hear a sample and obtain a copy of a message entitled, When A Sinful Nation Meets God! from Amos 4:6-13 in the Strong Man
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