A typhoon just leveled the Philippines. It is reported to be the worst natural disaster (typhoon) in history.
In 2005 Katrina pretty much destroyed New Orleans and its surrounding area. People were evacuated to places of safety because we knew for days the path it would take. Elder people in nursing homes were bussed out to other facilities far, far away; families traveled to their sonís, daughterís or parentís homes in other states or just to distant motels. Lives were saved because they heeded the warnings; lives were lost because they refused to believe it could be that bad or perhaps had no place to go. Katrina earned the reputation of being one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the United States history. That means there were four other deadly hurricanes. The recent typhoon in the Philippines supposedly trumped them all.
I just read where the thousand or so residents of Tulang Diyot Island in a Cebu town (never heard of this place before in my life) survived typhoon Yolanda because they vacated their homes which were completely demolished during the typhoon. They did this on the strong orders of Mayor Alfredo Arquillano. Now they are being advised not to return to their island. They will have to relocate where they can still be farmers and fishermen or learn new skills, but hey, they are still alive because they were well informed and reacted.
There have been other stories of hurricanes, tsunamis and floods in recorded history. People were saved because rescuers arrived in boats, and helicopters to search for survivors. People were salvaged from roof tops of buildings several stories high or pulled off of floating debris used as life preservers.
Now letís go back a few years. No, go back further. You still havenít gone back far enough. Keep going. Go back before people wrote things down, before there were periodicals, journalists etc. Go back to a simpler time when the population was smaller. There are millions of people on the earth right now, go back to a time when there were fewer societies. Picture it, no inhabitants in Europe, South American, North America, Australia, China, and Russia (or whatever itís called now.) Keep going. Are you there yet?
Go back to the cradle of life. Yes, there was a cradle, the earth didnít just populate overnight. Right now every so many years the populace doubles, triples etc. and the inhabitants spread out looking for more room, more personal space but right now weíre going backwards to almost the very beginning. I think weíre there now; that only corner of the earth where life exists or existed.
Now that weíre there do you feel rain? The earth is starting to get wet. The grass is bending. Little rivulets are branching out and forming ponds. The rain, now a downpour, keeps on coming accompanied by thunder and lightning. Days are blending into weeks. The water is washing down the mountain sides and flowing into primitive homes. There is nowhere to get away from the deluge, no distant relatives to move in with, no tree tall enough or no mountain high enough for protection. No boats to sail out on, no helicopters to come airlift people from high rises. People are treading water now screaming till their lungs are filled with fluid. Other people are hanging onto drifting wood till theyíre too weak to hold on anymore. The monsoon keeps coming.
Wait, okay, itís stopped now. But that doesnít help anyone, no relief is in sight. There is no place that is dry. The immense flood just sits on terrain too soaked to absorb any more moisture. No oneís feet can touch the ground. Fish are nibbling on them. There is no Coast Guard; yet. Everyone and everything is dying from aspirated water, fatigue and hypothermia.
Everyone perished except a few people on a boat, Iím sorry, Ark. They had heeded the warning. They survived what was really the worst natural disaster in human history. As the story was later recorded there were no other survivors.
What, you donít believe there was a flood that covered the earth and killed everyone? I know the recent floods donít compare to the Genesis account because people were rescued. But just imagine a land, culture, society that didnít have the technology we enjoy today. Parts of the Philippines were pretty much wiped out; visualize how many more lives would have been lost without the rest of the worldís assistance. In Genesis there was no one else to help. No one. And if massively fatal floods can happen today on our densely populated globe why not thousands of years ago when we were a young race just crawling out of the cradle? Just imagineÖ..
Now just imagine if the biblical predictions for a future cataclysmic disaster are possible. God promised he wouldnít use a flood again to destroy mankind but fire is still an option. One person heeded Godís warning in that long ago time and saved his family; will the earthís present populace pay attention to the warning signs? We are cable of totally annihilating the planet with horrific force. Do you really think thousands of years ago the bible writers could foresee nuclear weapons without divine insight? Or we could meet the end by natureís use of meteorites or comets, hey, presumably it happened before. But donít get discouraged I can almost imagine I hear angelsí wings as they hover above ready to airlift us to safety or lower us toÖjust imagine.
Gen. 7: 13-24
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