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NATURAL DISASTERS


 

We have learned very clearly that there will be natural disasters during the time of Jacob's trouble, which occur because of breaking the covenant between God and Israel. We also know that the day of the Lord is a time of great trouble to punish the gentile nations. There are a lot of natural disasters leading up to these times, and there is a reason for these disasters.

 

Christ predicted troubles leading up to the time of the end. These troubles include war, famine, and earthquakes.

 

Mat 24:6  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.

Mat 24:7  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.

Mat 24:8  All these are the beginning of sorrows.

 

The sorrows are Jacob's trouble, and the day of the Lord.

 

Jer 13:11  For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me,' says the LORD, 'that they may become My people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear.'

 

Jer 13:21  What will you say when He punishes you? For you have taught them To be chieftains, to be head over you. Will not pangs seize you, Like a woman in labor?

 

Isa 13:6  Wail, for the day of the LORD is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty.

Isa 13:7  Therefore all hands will be limp, Every man's heart will melt,

Isa 13:8  And they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; They will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; They will be amazed at one another; Their faces will be like flames.

 

When God originally created the heavens and earth and all that is in them: He created everything ‘very good.’

 

Gen 1:31  Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

 

All mankind has rejected God and have chosen the way of good and evil. They have chosen to decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong. God is not often in their thoughts.

 

Gen 3:22  Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever"

 

Psa 10:4  The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.

 

The land is created good, but the people in the land are evil. Sexual sins are rife in the world. God hates these sins and cast out the people who were committing them.

 

Lev 20:23  And you shall not walk in the statutes of the nation which I am casting out before you; for they commit all these things, and therefore I abhor them.

 

Sins of a nation defile the land.

 

Lev 18:26  You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations, either any of your own nation or any stranger who dwells among you

Lev 18:27  (for all these abominations the men of the land have done, who were before you, and thus the land is defiled),

 

The land eventually spews out the sinners.

 

Lev 18:28  lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you.

 

Job 38 is a chapter which gives me goosebumps, as God describes His creation. The original creation includes the shaking out of evil. This has happened to the original creation before Adam: it happened at Noah's flood: It happened to the Egyptians at the Red Sea. It will happen again.  

 

Job 38:12  "Have you commanded the morning since your days began, And caused the dawn to know its place,

Job 38:13  That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?

 

God's very creation waits to be delivered from the bondage of corruption.

 

Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

Rom 8:20  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;

Rom 8:21  because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

 

The complete creation of God loves righteousness, but is affected by sin.

 

Rev 5:13  And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!"

 

Isa 24:20  The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, And shall totter like a hut; Its transgression shall be heavy upon it, And it will fall, and not rise again.

 

No scripture in the bible is easier to understand than this one.

 

Psa 107:33  He turns rivers into a wilderness, And the watersprings into dry ground;

Psa 107:34  A fruitful land into barrenness, For the wickedness of those who dwell in it.

 

God's complete creation is affected by sin, which it cannot bear. Adam's sin caused thorns and weeds to grow. The nations, including Israel have sinned greatly, and are getting worse. The earth has already started spewing out gentile nations. Israel will be first to be completely punished, but the punishment of the gentile nations has begun, and will culminate in the worst time in human history.

 

The Tsunami which killed 250,000 people on boxing day 2004 is an example of the earth spewing out people from the land.

 

As sin increases in the world: natural disasters will also increase. These are drought, flood, fire, earthquakes, volcanoes, tidal waves, cyclones, twisters, electric storms, heatwaves, freezing weather, insect plagues. Wars and famines and plagues will also abound.

 

This beautiful earth, which was created good by God, especially for good people, cannot bear the amount of sin, which now abounds in it. This earth is beginning to spew people out of their land. The creation of God eagerly awaits the manifestation of the sons of God.

 

Just as the land is on the verge of spewing people out of it by natural disasters; so it will welcome righteous people and eventually blossom as the rose.

 

Lev 26:4  then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

 

Isa 35:1  The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;

 

God has planned for natural disasters to punish sinners. God has often used disasters of nature against sinners. Earthquakes, floods, drought, locust plagues etc.  

 

Job 38:22  "Have you entered the treasury of snow, Or have you seen the treasury of hail,

Job 38:23  Which I have reserved for the time of trouble, For the day of battle and war?

 

Natural disasters will increase as sin increases: God has created all things good, but sin has affected the whole creation. The universe is in a state of decay, and the earth is slowly heading the same way; this is due to sin. The evil that is in this world will come to the fore as natural disasters increase.

 

Let’s have a closer look at the following verses.

 

Creation waits for the appearing of the sons of God. Creation is waiting for righteousness.

 

Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

 

God's very creation is subject to vanity [moral depravity.]

 

Rom 8:20  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;

 

Creation will be delivered from corruption.

 

Rom 8:21  because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

 

God's creation is spoken of as a living thing.

 

Rom 8:22  For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

 

What a dire warning for mankind: God's creation cannot bear sin, but complete destruction will not occur because of righteous people. ‘Curse’ is ‘utter destruction.’

 

Mal 4:5  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.

Mal 4:6  And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.

 

Mar 13:20  And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.

 

These beautiful scriptures will eventually apply to the universe.

 

2Pe 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

 

Psa 107:35  He turns a wilderness into pools of water, And dry land into watersprings.

Psa 107:36  There He makes the hungry dwell, That they may establish a city for a dwelling place,

Psa 107:37  And sow fields and plant vineyards, That they may yield a fruitful harvest.

Psa 107:38  He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly; And He does not let their cattle decrease.