25 … and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Luke 21
All the upheaval going on in the world and how people react makes it easy to do a “sign of the times” or “end times” post like this one. From disease epidemics to earthquakes to severe and extreme weather, many people on planet Earth are distressed and perplexed for the very reasons Jesus prophesied they would be in the Luke scripture above. And I’m not even including the “wars and rumors of wars” part of his prophecy.
Large earthquakes are increasing rapidly worldwide, Eastern Europe has been going through a period of heavy flooding, landslides and mudslides in parts of Asia resulting from flooding, ongoing wildfires sparked by lightning in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. made worse by droughts, and the list goes on and on. Bulgarians are blaming their flooding on the U.S.’s HAARP system while scientists think extreme weather upticks are due to global warming mixed with atmospheric waves. Nevertheless, they’re all perplexed and seem to be driven by a sense of hopelessness.
The real truth is that these are just the “beginning of sorrows” Jesus spoke about. Earthquakes and storms are necessary for life to thrive and be preserved on Earth when they occur mildly, but when they occur with high intensity and frequency, it can most likely be attributed to human sin. And by sin, I don’t mean carbon emissions since climate change/global warming is just a fairy tale conjured up by the NWO. Until people realize the sinful causes (most of them won’t), the distress and perplexity will continue in their lives.
I find it interesting that as hatred for Jews and Christians has grown over the past several years, so has the intensity of natural disasters. Coincidence? I think not. But in the midst of all the predictions of troubles Jesus spoke of, he also gave the solution to the end times blues–drawing closer to him. Toward the end of Luke 21, he instructs us to guard our hearts from sin and the cares of this life as we put out spiritual BOLOs (Be On the Look Out) of what happens around us in the world while we intensify our prayer life. All of these things, of course, being done in faith and love of and toward the Lord “that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man,” (Luke 21:36).
Harry A. Gaylord