If the Tsunami disaster had not occurred last year I believe Hurricane Katrina would be the disaster story of the year. As you have seen on T.V. and read in the newspapers this Hurricane brought a much greater disaster to us then we could have possibly imagined. So far the world has been able to work together to help the victims of the Tsunami and now those effected by Hurricane Katrina. There will come a day though, and I believe it is not far off, where so many disasters will happen all at once that the world (including the U.S) will not be able to rally as we have with the Tsunami and now a category 5 hurricane.
The Scripture is very clear about this, these events will increase as we get ready for Christ’s return (Matthew 24) There is no doubt that we have had wars and disasters for centuries now, but as the end nears, these events will increase in number and frequency Jesus likens these events to that of a mother ready to give birth. The closer to the birth the more the contractions. Therefore the closer to His return the more the frequent contractions of wars and disasters. And since these events (wars, disasters) are becoming more frequent and worse, you need to take careful note as a Christian, and perhaps make new plans accordingly.
Time is nearing the end, every day is one day closer to it, therefore I suggest you make the most out of every opportunity you have to share Christ with other right now. He has put each of you in communities who need Christ and you are His elected ambassadors to them. Pray and think about how you might rearrange your present priorities. Perhaps you need to put off you plans for a secure retirement and work tirelessly for the salvation of others.
Can such a disaster ever hit Bakersfield? You bet it could; we live in earthquake country and a nice 9.0 could rock our city and set our oil fields afire. So make the most of your time, while you have it (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:11; Colossians 4:5-6).
Matthew 24 3-8 3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 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.
Matthew 24: 3-39 32 “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; 33so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. 34 “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. 36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Matthew 28:19-20 19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 2 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
2 Corinthians 5: 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Colossians 4:5-6 5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.