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“Signs of the Times”
by Art Sadlier   
December 12th, 2010

The signs of our Lord’s soon coming are everywhere. Jesus said to the religious leaders of His day, “O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” He had come as the scriptures had foretold but they had missed the signs to their everlasting destruction.

In Matthew 24, this same Jesus gave the signs that would precede His second coming. In verses 5 to 7 Jesus gave a list of signs that would precede His coming. In verse 8, He stated that these were the beginning signs. Those signs have been coming to pass in an intense way in the year 2010.

Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides, and droughts killed at least a quarter million people in 2010 - the deadliest year in more than a generation. More people were killed worldwide by natural disasters this year than have been killed in terrorism attacks in the past 40 years combined.

This year there has been a steady stream of disasters. The term '100-year event' really lost its meaning in 2010. The Haitian earthquake killed in excess of 220,000. In Chile in February an earthquake killed 1,000 people. Through mid-December there have been 20 earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or higher. In Pakistan flooding inundated 62,000 square miles of land. That storm killed 17,000 people.  Flooding alone this year killed more than 6,300 people in 59 nations through September, according to the World Health Organization. Some blame global warming, but that doesn’t negate what has happened.

Super typhoon Megi with winds of more than 200 mph devastated the Philippines and parts of China. This week in Europe, snow and cold has virtually shut down the airports. Northern Australia had the wettest May-October on record, while the south-western part of that country had its driest spell on record. And, parts of the Amazon River basin struck by drought hit their lowest water levels in recorded history. A volcano in Iceland paralyzed air traffic for days in Europe, disrupting travel for more than 7 million people. Other volcanoes in the Congo, Guatemala, Ecuador, the Philippines and Indonesia sent people scurrying for safety. New York City had a rare tornado. A nearly 2-pound hailstone that was 8 inches in diameter fell in South Dakota in July to set a U.S. record. The storm that produced it was one of seven declared disasters for that state this year.

In a 24-hour period in October, Indonesia had a deadly magnitude 7.7 earthquake, a tsunami that killed more than 500 people, and a volcano that caused more than 390,000 people to flee. That's after flooding, landslides and more quakes killed hundreds earlier in the year. In the US, FEMA declared a record number of major disasters, 79 as of Dec. 14. The associated press compiled a list of day-by-day disasters in 2010 that runs 64 printed pages long.

There were also man-made technological catastrophes. BP's oil well disaster caused 172 million gallons to gush into the Gulf of Mexico. Mining disasters - men trapped deep in the earth - caused dozens of deaths in tragic collapses in West Virginia, China and New Zealand.

The words of Jesus ring in our ears, “O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” Noah warned the world for 120 years of the coming judgment of God. I can hear the men of his day, “Noah you have been saying that for over a hundred years and nothing has happened, why don’t you give it up.” My friend, Christ is coming! When the rain started to fall it was forever too late for the men of Noah’s day. Are you ready for the trumpet to sound?



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