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Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Fires – Is the End Coming?

September 11, 2017
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A partially collapsed hotel in Mexico on Friday. photo credit: Felix Marquez/Associated Press

It is not that the Middle East is quiet. It is just that this hemisphere is going through a wild period.

The real news is the actions of Mother Nature.

Hurricanes produce high winds. When they take place along coastlines, they produce huge floods. Islands in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Florida are in harm’s way. They are in the middle of one of the biggest hurricanes on record. Its name is Irma. Two weeks ago Hurricane Harvey engulfed Texas.

Better early warning systems moved most people out of danger. The damage in property continues to grow and will be immense.

In Southwest Mexico, an earthquake flattened buildings and killed people.

In the Northwest of the United States, wildfires destroyed thousands of acres of forest.

Signs

Is this a sign that the end is coming or that people are very strange. A wild fire in the west.

 

What do these events have in common? Most people will say “nothing.” They believe these events just remind people that nature can humble people. And scare them as well.

Start with the total eclipse of the sun that took place a few weeks ago. No one got hurt. But was it a sign? If it was a sign, what did it mean? Hurricanes, earthquakes, and fire are symbols of destruction. In short, are they signs of the end of the world?

All these recent events have explanations. That does not stop people from reading omens into them. A psychologist said, “We are all much more superstitious than we recognize. It takes a lot of logical thinking not to believe that this part of the world is not being somehow persecuted.”

Religions may view these events as prophecies. One observer noted that the solar eclipse occurred on the 21st. Hurricane Harvey showed up on the 25th and started flooding on the 26. Look up Luke 21: 25-26 in the Bible.

Luke 21: 25-26 says, “There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the seas. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming in the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”

 A professor of science and religion speaks. He said it is easy to see the effects of hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires on buildings and property. But the effects on people can be far greater. People who are too poor or too scared to rebuild may not recover.

Another expert disagrees. He says that to pretend the event is such a great tragedy is to say that we cannot do anything. We can affect the outcome of the event.

It is true that recent events are testing many people.

Source: The New York Times September 8, 2017

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