Isaiah 29:6… “Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire” (KJV).
Are these great storms, earthquakes, fiery blasts, and tornadoes God’s attention-getters? Will our nation learn that God can and does speak through these tragedies? The past years have not been good years. Peace has been taken away, and fear has replaced faith. Our nation responds with help and compassion, but it is not enough. With every tragedy, we are bombarded with “preparedness” messages, but very little is heard about “spiritual preparedness,” which is the key to the safety of all nations.
Earthquakes in the Bible are connected with visitations from God, although not all earthquakes are from God; most are caused by the movements of the earth’s crust. Amos 1:1 and Zechariah 14:5 speak of the great earthquake in the days of King Uzziah. Josephus tells us that this quake happened because Uzziah usurped the priest’s office (2 Chronicles 26:16-21). God used a disaster to send a message of warning. In Exodus 19:18, Mount Sinai quaked at the presence of God prior to His giving of the Ten Commandments. King David refers to this in Psalm 68:8. In 1 Kings 19:11-12, Elijah heard the wind, saw the fire, and felt the earthquakes before he heard the still small voice of God. In Numbers 16:31, Korah and his companions were lost when a fissure in the ground suddenly appeared where they were standing. They had provoked the Lord when they criticized Moses. Job 9:6 teaches that God shakes the earth when people contend with Him and appear before him with a lifestyle that God abhors.
In Psalm 18:7, the earth quaked when God came to save David from one of his distresses. In Matthew 27:54, the earth shook when Jesus was on the cross giving his life for us. In Matthew 28:2, the earth quaked when the resurrection of Jesus took place. In Matthew 24:7, earthquakes are the signs of the beginning of sorrows, great financial woes when governments are not able to financially bear the cost of these disasters. In Revelation 6:12, 8:5, 11:13, and 16:18, earthquakes are connected with judgments and dealings of God. Today, are the nations of the earth listening to what God may be saying through the disasters we continue to see around the world?
Acts 16:22-40 tells the message of Paul and Silas and the earthquake. Paul and Silas were singing and praising God, “and the prisoners heard them” (v. 25, KJV). Where there is worship, there are listeners. The earthquake hit suddenly, and it shook foundations and loosed the chains which bound the prisoners. You can be sure that God’s Spirit was at work here. Something supernatural was going on. Before the night was over, there were converts to Christ. Hebrews 12:25-29… “Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven” (v. 26, KJV). In the time of God’s judgment, only the kingdom of God will stand.
Some of the earthquakes and storms that hit the world are actually visitations from God, but the world does not listen. Look for more severe things to happen. Be prepared spiritually. Protection comes when you fear the Lord. If you are listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit, tragedy will not take you by surprise. When you pray, pray your love for God, and pray your passion for souls.
Pastor George Belobaba
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