Many people have made many statements regarding hurricane Harvey. Some say it’s God’s punishment on the left, on the right, on President Trump, on Christians, on Muslims…or is it? Maybe God is taking our collective cheeks in his hands and saying, “Look at ME. I am in control. You have no power against me.”
26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
Well, God made a promise not to flood the entire earth again but he didn’t promise he wouldn’t flood some places on the earth. But just as in the days of Noah, we were all going about our business, quarreling and bickering about nonsense. I really don’t think Harvey is a punishment as much as a wake up call. The entire country is asking for prayers and calling on the Lord for safety and protection. People from all walks of life, religions, and political persuasions are setting aside their differences to help others in desperate need of rescuing. When I remember the devastation of Katrina and how there was no help coming for them, I wanted to scream out, “They’re dying!! Help them!!” But nobody came. When I see the preparation, organization, security, and good will surrounding Harvey, it warms my heart knowing that no one will die because nobody cared. Mistakes will happen as we are all human but the effort is incredible. I so wish it didn’t take a catastrophic flood to bring people to a place that we should already be.
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]
Another take on Harvey and all the political and cultural unrest of these days is that some people say it is coming time for the Rapture.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
The Bible doesn’t use the word “rapture” but it does describe the event. Some say the prophecies have been fulfilled ~ most have been, but the Temple in Jerusalem has to be rebuilt. This may be figuratively speaking or physically speaking. But I guess if Extreme Makeover Home Edition can build a new house with all the extras in 7 days, a Temple can be built in less time, depending on how many contractors are working on it.
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
I have always looked at this passage and wondered how a loving God could just throw all these people into hell. My heart ached for them. It was unfathomable to me. But God is perfect and just. He doesn’t want anyone to suffer in hell. His heart aches, too. Looking at the changes in our society of late, it makes me wonder if God is already separating the sheep from the goats. People who are against God are meaner and more full of hate than ever before while the world supports and exalts them.