November 15, 2017
8For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains. Mark 13:8
A visit to a website, earthquakestoday.info/ revealed that in the last seven days there have been 95 earthquakes around the world of 4.5 magnitude or greater. Most are in the ocean, but the lands affected include countries on four continents. Earthquakes happened below and above the equator and in both hemispheres, i.e. “various places”. The world is shaking with great regularity. Earthquaketrack.com indicated that eleven more happened in the two hours before I finished this meditation, though most of them of smaller force.
As for famines, a NY Times article headline reads, “Why 20 Million People Are on Brink of Famine in a ‘World of Plenty’. The columnist’s answer is hard to accept, but easy to understand: “Each country facing famine is in war, or in the case of Somalia, recovering from decades of conflict.” Jesus predicted both together: nation against nation and famine.
Paul described a geological world that illustrates the spiritual world: “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.” Rom. 8:22. God cursed both humans and the earth we inhabit because of sin. Ever since, and seemingly at a quicker pace today, there have been cultural quakes that have shaken the foundations of our society and jarred our institutions from their long established foundations. There is a famine of God’s Word in lands where once the Church of God flourished. The signs of the end are certainly clear today, perhaps more clear than ever before.
Another sign of the end time that Christ predicted is that His Gospel would reach throughout the world. Unlike it has ever been before, it is being translated, spoken, written, and otherwise communicated globally. That does not mean that all will receive it. Rather the divisions will deepen between those who accept it and those who adamantly reject the Gospel and persecute those who believe it.
None of this should alarm or surprise us. Jesus gave signs so that we would not wonder what’s going on—world events are going as planned. All the earth will end and He will return to take His people home forever. Of course, we do not know when, or if we will be alive on this earth when He returns, but we are ready. Christ’s shed blood has cleansed us of our sin and He has given us the robe of righteousness. Though the whole world will be in upheaval geologically, morally, and spiritually, we will trust in the Lord, and rejoice with the Psalmist: “He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. Psalm 62:6
Keep Calm, Christ Cares for His people.