Commentary By: Gordon King
Biblical prophecy tells us that in the end times there will be natural disasters. There will be earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other catastrophic events. These events will usher in the last seven years before the return of Jesus Christ to set up His kingdom here on earth.
The earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that we now see happening in the world today represent what Jesus told us about on the Mount of Olives in His teaching known as the “Olivet Discourse”.
“3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 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. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Although Jesus did not tell us of all the natural disasters which will take place before His return, I believe that there are many more. Such as volcanic eruptions, severe weather, droughts, large hail stones and meteors strikes. We have already seen many of these take place. They are all part of the scenario leading to famines and pestilence. They go hand in hand so to speak.
False Christs we have seen and will probably see more. Wars and rumors of wars are at an all time high! Nation is rising against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. If you don’t believe me than just take a look at the Middle East, parts of Europe, and Asia. Most of the Middle Eastern nations are at each others throat. ISIS is running amok all around the globe. Iran threatens Israel and most of the Western world, and is now aiding Yemeni rebels, and I believe is attempting to control passage into the Red Sea. Russia is at war with Ukraine, in alliance with Iran, and is a threat to Israel and the Western world. China, Vietnam, and Japan are in dispute over islands in the South China Sea. North Korea is threatening South Korea and the United States. On, and on, and on it goes!
But as Jesus said, these are just the “beginning of sorrows”. I believe that we will see an increase in of all of the above before the beginning of the “Seven Year Tribulation Period”. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and severe storms will increase in frequency and intensity, as will wars, chaos and deception.
Most of the world is sleeping, not aware of why all these things are occurring. Oblivious to the fact that Jesus Christ is returning soon! Ignorant and blinded to the truth that Jesus Christ is God, and that He is the only way to heaven and eternal life!
Disastrous earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are signs and warning calls for all of us to awake from our slumber. To give vision and truth that Jesus Christ is God. To bring people to their knees in repentance and acceptance. These are only the beginning, the beginning of much more disaster, chaos, and confusion. The beginning of a great deception upon the world.
Many will say that if Jesus Christ is God, if there is a God, then why would He allow all of this death and destruction? Well, God is righteous, holy and just. He is pure love. Sin cannot be in the presence of the Lord. The world has turned in rebellion against God, turned to sin, wickedness, evil and hatred. It has accepted and follow the ruler of this world, Satan. Father God is patient and has given the world two thousand years since the crucifixion of His Son Jesus Christ, to accept and believe. To repent and follow the truth. Yet most of the world will not do it. Instead, they choose to follow the father of all lies, Lucifer. God is speaking to the world, giving warning after warning. He has given us His word and tells us what is coming, He tells us what will happen if we choose to rebel. He has given us a choice, it’s our choice to make. We have been warned!
Most of the world follows false gods and idols. Worships what is evil and satanic. Many are deceived and blinded to the truth. They are led to believe lies. They have set their hearts in stone. Just as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, the world will be judged. As in the days of Noah, evil ruled the day, sin was an everyday part of life, and God judged them! God was no different then as He is now, He is the same God. God will judge the wicked again. As individual people we will be judged, as nations we are being judged! This is a historical truth, and the truth of God.
We are being warned! Jesus Christ is God and He is coming soon! Sooner than most of the world thinks or wishes to believe.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!