SHOCK AND AWE
Freelance writer Lupie Riley faithwriters.com
I hear the deep rumble in the distance from ominous, dark storm clouds. It's time to run for the safety of my shelter as fierce winds move in and begin to roar like a raging lion. These are familiar words to thousand that barely escaped with their lives from recent tornadoes that devastated towns and robbed it's people of all their homes, possessions and in some cases the lives of their loved ones. How should we interpret these events? Is it the beginning of the end that the scriptures talk about? Has God lifted his hand of blessing and protection from this nations people that's turned its back on Him? With their fists raised to the heaven's they declare "I'll make my own rules, we don't need you anymore. We'll decide whether we want to kill the innocent, watch porn and rape our children, engage in sexual deviations, change the order of marriage and do our drugs ." These are age old sins that God's people engaged in back in early history that brought down judgment on their nation. God withdrew his blessing and allowed them to continue in their sin but not without warning through his prophets.
Will God bring on shock and awe to awaken this nation to its senses and bring them back to a moral code that thousand lost their lives for its preservation that was founded on Christian principles and freedom? One of those early prophets was Haggai that warned the Israelites of impending doom if they did not change their ways. Haggai 2:6-7 For the Lord of Hosts says, 'In just a little while I will begin to shake the heavens and earth--and the oceans too, and the dry land--I will shake all nations, and the Desire of All Nations shall come to this Temple and I will fill this place with my glory," says the Lord of Hosts. America is ripe for judgment if it continues its decent into total degradation. The worst is yet to come. Math. 24:21-22 " For there will be persecution such as the world has never before seen in all its history and will never see again. In fact, unless those days are shortened all mankind will perish. But they will be shortened for the sake of God's chosen people."
America's people have been programmed since grade school to leave God behind through evolution and currently the addiction to numerous tech toys, legalization of drugs, movies and video games. All have contributed to the spiraling decent into a moral void and destruction of a once powerful nation founded on Judeo Christian values. As the prophets of old cried out their warnings is our nations people going to be like those spoken of in Rev. 16:8-11 "Then the fourth angel poured out his flask upon the sun, causing it to scorch all men with its fire. Everyone was burned by this blast of heat and they cursed the name of God who sent the plaques--they did not change their mind and attitude to give him glory. Then the fifth angle poured out his flask upon the throne of the Creature from the sea and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. And his subjects gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pains and sores but they refused to repent of their evil deeds."
There are many voices out there sending out the warnings. Are you listening? Will you change your ways so destruction will not fall on our nation and its people? Or will you shake your fists at the heavens and curse His name. The choice is yours to make.
Rom. 3:22 "Now God says he will accept and acquit us--declare us "not guilty"--if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like."