Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Is a Judgment from the Lord, and More Is Coming

In the previous post A Basket of Summer Fruit for the Season of the End, I showed from the Scriptures (Amos chapter 8) that the solar eclipse would be a sign from the Lord God that America's sins will no longer be overlooked, but instead punished. In short, we have come under judgment. 

"Then ADONAI said to me, 'The end has come for my people, I will never again overlook their offenses.' 

'When that time comes,' says Adonai ELOHIM, 'I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.'" – Amos 8:2,9 Complete Jewish Bible

I also said, with much trepidation, that timing elements expressed in Amos 8 suggested an imminent catastrophic event. Last week, when Hurricane Harvey was still gathering speed in the Gulf of Mexico, I knew it would be the first judgment after the eclipse because of the following verse in Amos, which comes immediately before the verse about the solar eclipse:

"Won't the land tremble for this, and everyone mourn, who lives in the land? It will all rise, just like the Nile, be in turmoil and subside, like the Nile in Egypt." - Amos 8:8, Complete Jewish Bible

Since ancient times, the Nile River in Egypt has flooded every year due to enormous seasonal rains in the Ethiopian highlands. This verse in Amos literally describes a massive flood, like the annual cycle of the Nile River, that causes devastation. It will all rise, be in turmoil and then subside.

Well, Hurricane Harvey has already broken all US records for tropical cyclone rainfall and flooding and caused an estimated $70 to $90 billion in damage. And it's not over yet. I pray for the people in south Texas who are suffering. I also pray that people in America receive the intended message from the Lord: Repent, turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and grieve for the sins and abominations committed in our land, because the time to do so is short.

More is coming. God is a God of order. He is fulfilling the prophecy in Amos 8 and following its pattern. The next event, I believe, will be this one:

"'When that time comes, the songs in the temple will be wailings,' says Adonai ELOHIM. 'There will be many dead bodies; everywhere silence will reign.'" - Amos 8:3

This event will cause many to die, and people will mourn and look on in stunned silence. I don't know exactly what the event will be, but that's not the point. The point is everyone needs to internalize God's message of judgment and repent and humble themselves before Him. Because, again according to Amos 8, the time is coming when it will only get harder to hear and respond to the true words of the Lord: 

"'The time is coming,' says Adonai ELOHIM, 'when I will send famine over the land, not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of ADONAI. People will stagger from sea to sea and from north to east, running back and forth, seeking the word of ADONAI; but they will not find it.'" – Amos 8:11-12

Please open your hearts and receive God's message in this time of judgment.

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