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CLARITY – 7-6-19 The Big One


A Biblical Response to Current Events -7-6-19

The Big One

What’s Happening: “Just when you thought it was safe to go outside…  There was a 7.1 magnitude earthquake at 8:19pm Friday in the same area of California as the 6.4 magnitude quake that struck Thursday. Although there were predictions and warnings of smaller quakes almost certainly to follow Thursday’s quake, few seismologists called for a larger one…making Thursday’s temblor really a pre-quake. As in the quake Thursday, there were minor damages, even some fires and power outages, but no major injuries. Still, it was the largest in twenty years ( ‘There are significant reports of structure fires, mostly as a result of gas leaks or gas line breaks throughout the city’ (Ridgecrest, CA) said Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Office of Emergency Services; still, there was ‘nothing but minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, by the grace of God,’ Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin reported.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Are they over now?”

Biblical Response:  “Probably not. I mean, we’re here, aren’t we? Seriously, this is not ‘the big one.’ These, however, may be the quakes spoken of in the Gospels (Matt. 24:7; Mark 13:8; Lk. 21:11), and preceding the end…but probably not. The other qualifications just don’t seem to be happening (read the above and surrounding scriptures). Do I know when the end is coming? Nope, but I know when it’s not. The Scripture says that the Gospel must be preached everywhere first (Mark 13:10)…we’re shy of that. I’ve got a friend of mine that works at Wycliffe Bible Translators and he tells me that they still have plenty to do.”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in the end…and we believe no one really knows when it will be (Acts 1:7). This impending doom, and not knowing when it will happen may give us the impetus for evangelism (2 Pet. 3:9). ” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us be warned by these events, and roll up our sleeves and get to work; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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