Big number. Much devastation. Many deaths.
Note your reaction. This is very telling.
For most of us, yes well - what else, is that all you've got.
Note how dull we are to all of this. Why is that?
Because the devastation in these last days has been so large and so frequent that a massive number of tornadoes, reeking havoc across the mainland of the U.S., is barely worth note.
Why is it, that unless something hurts us personally we couldn't care less?
At church yesterday I saw all of the smiles and the nice pleasant people. However there were so many others there that are living in devastation, fear and terror.
Why the disconnect? Because we need to weep with those who weep and rejoice with those that rejoice. To do that we need to slow down and ask questions. Deeper, more penetrating questions.
Enough of that side bar.
I encourage you to listen to John Muncy's series on Israel and America.
Interesting that over the last 20 years, there has been an astronomically improbable, consistent correlation between America interfering in God's plans for Israel and horrific "natural disasters".
Netanyahu to meet with Obama
Netanyahu wants to go to war with Iran. This may start World War 3. Obama knows that if Israel attacks Iran, that Syria, Lebanon and maybe Jordan and Egypt (Psalms 83, Isaiah 17, Obadiah, Jeremiah 49), Russia and China will attack Israel and America could be drawn in.
Russia warns Israel not to go to war with Iran
Putin to resume Russian leadership post
Russia and China back Iran
We know that when the nuclear exchanges commence:
Isaiah 24:20 (NASB)
The earth reels to and fro like a drunkard
And it totters like a shack,
For its transgression is heavy upon it,
And it will fall, never to rise again.
Obama's message has been consistent, we need to wait until the sanctions and diplomacy are exhausted.
Reasonable statement. Trying to avoid WW3. Seems logical. We should say, thanks for this leadership and discretion, except one thing, we're talking about Israel.
Genesis 12:1-3 (NASB)
Now the LORD said to Abram,
“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
2 And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
3 And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
I encourage you to listen to the March 4th message, from J D Farag at Calvary Chapel Kanoehe:
J D Farag
Interesting that the last 5 months have been relatively quiet. There were a frenzy of world events leading up to the U.N. vote in September (at the time of Rosh Hoshana) and then it got quiet.
Matthew 24:4-8 (NASB)
And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
Now the contractions are restarting.
It seem obvious now that God has been preparing for the end. He's ready to step in and bring us home. He's ready to fulfill the prophecies.
Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and all the other Islamic countries are ready to wipe Israel out. Israel is ready to preemptively intervene.
One country is stopping the whole thing. One country is restaining. Why? Because the Restrainer is here.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-8(NASB)
Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. 5 Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? 6 And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;
One lynch pin and the whole thing comes apart. Once America stops restraining - boom!
The good news is that we have helped Israel and have supported her. The bad news, now we find ourselves at odds with her, for all seemingly good reasons. Stopping WW3, seems like a great idea, but it is another Tower of Babel notion. Meaning, we think we can make great decisions without God. Disasterous.
The problem - we're in the way of God's plan.
I expect 70+ tornadoes will go down as one of the least of America's issues in 2012.
Luke 21:28 (KJV)
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
When you see these things beginning to happen...your redemption is getting close.
Meaning, there's not much time between the beginning of all of this and the end.