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“Earth - Man's Home”
by Art Sadlier   
March 1st, 2010

Scripture tells us that God created earth as a beautiful home for man.  We also know that when man sinned the earth was cursed. (Genesis 3:19, Romans 8:19-23)  God does not intend that man should go on in his sin and enjoy the blessing of God on his life.

For man to enjoy the blessing of God he must repent and turn from his sin. The curse of God is upon men who do not repent.

There is a principle in scripture which tells us that God sends all kinds of disasters and difficulties upon men to warn them to repent. A classic text in this regard is Amos 4:10 “I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt:  your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet ye have not returned unto me, saith the Lord.”

Further examples in scripture of this principle are the flood and the fire that fell on Sodom. I believe that today such things as hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes are further warnings of God to our generation to repent. I do not necessarily believe that those who come directly under such disasters are necessarily more sinful than others around them. The message to all men is to repent.

These things have always been in the world since the fall of man. Jesus warned that in the last days these things would greatly increase in intensity and frequency.

In Matthew 24:3 the Disciples asked the Lord a question, “What shall be the sign of thy coming and the end of the age (world).”

Jesus listed signs which would precede His return to the earth. The signs were in two categories; the first category was called the beginning signs. Concerning the beginning signs we read, “and there shall be famines, and pestilence, and earthquakes in divers (various) places.” The clear implication is, when you see these things multiplying and happening in an unusual way, wake up, the Day of the Lord is at hand.

They tell us that there are now a million earthquakes a year, many of them quite small, however the USGS recorded 112 major earthquakes in a recent span of five days.

More recently we have seen the devastating earthquake in Haiti as well as a heavy earthquake in Japan. On February 28, 2010 there was a major earthquake in Chile.

Weather-related disasters and earthquakes made 2008 the second most costly year for insurers after 2005, when Hurricane Katrina struck the United States, according to a leading insurer. Losses in 2008 were around $160 billion (US); it was surpassed only by 2005, when Katrina contributed to losses of $220 billion (US).

The world around us may be oblivious to these things, but as believers we can interpret what they mean.  “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.  Ye are all the children of the light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.”  1 Thess. 5:4, 5.  God has a purpose in revealing prophecy to us; we must not miss that purpose!  Here is a major purpose!  “When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

 Someday soon Christ will return to the earth and the pristine world that God created and intended for man will be restored.

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