Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, ( Strongs 3061. says loimos, loy-mos’; a plague (lit. disease, figuratively a pest pestilence.) and earthquakes, (Seismos – Strongs 4578. seismos, sice-mos’; a commotion, i.e. (of the air) a gale, (of the ground) an earthquake:–earthquake, tempest in divers or in various places.) Seismos also refers to volcanic activity.
So let us take a look at how we are going today in light of this prophecy by Jesus. Let’s take Australia over the last couple of years, most of us should know about local affairs. Our soldiers have been fighting in East Timor, in Iraq, in Afghanistan and our Police were in the Pacific Islands. We have suffered through the worst drought in living memory, up until just over a year ago, and are still feeling its effects in much of south eastern NSW and Victoria. A few months ago, the worst bush fires in living memory swept through Victoria with huge loss of life and property. A few months ago, the worst floods in living memory hit Queensland, over two thirds of Queensland was under water. A few of months ago, Western Australia recorded massive numbers of mini quakes hitting the wheat belt belt area. Hundreds of earthquake tremors rock tiny WA town : thewest.com.au It was one of three that rocked the nation in 24 hours, the largest of which occurred off Broome measuring 5.1 and the smallest at 4.6 shaking much of Melbourne. The worst flu epidemic to hit Australia, the current “Swine Flu” is the worst in most peoples memory, spreading four times faster than any other flu, and with more complications and deaths on a ratio basis. How are we doing so far? I may have missed some you can think of.
This is just in Australia, and compared to some countries, we are the lucky ones. We still have plenty to eat, no one is fighting us in our own land yet. As a nation we have survived the droughts, the fires, the storms and earthquakes with relatively little loss of life and property when compared to some countries. Next time I will look at he rest of the world and see how they are faring.
1 Th 5:3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
1 Th 5:4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.