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Future of Tsunamis in the Indian Ocean during the next Century



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I heard lately on CNN that there was another large earthquake in Indonesia. It was along the same fault line that caused the December 26th tsunami in 2004 that left 297,248 people dead or missing and presumed dead. That Christmas surprise was recorded nearly worldwide and killed more people than any other tsunami in recorded history, according to a tsunami database that contains data back to 2000 B.C. The three major earthquakes in Indonesia in the last week are indicating a major disaster is on the horizon according to an international team of earthquake specialists on CNN.com. They state that Indonesia faces another potential "giant" quake in the near future; it's either sooner or later. One earthquake-chasing scientist believes it to be sooner rather than later.

Earthquakes and tsunamis make me think about Scripture, because Jesus says in Luke 21:11, "There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven," before the end of the world. "But this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come," remarks Jesus in Mark 13:8.

War, famine, destruction, great persecution, betrayal, murder, armies, vengeance, great disaster, great anger, strange signs, nations in turmoil, roaring seas, strange tides, and signs in the heavens are just a few of the end times events outlined in Luke 21, a whole chapter spoken by Jesus concerning end times. Sounds like a laundry list of bad crap, but honestly when I hear of more war, famine, and earthquakes, I will oft times remark with a tune, "It's the end of the world as we know it" a la R.E.M. with Michael Stipe at the helm. If you're not familiar with the song released by R.E.M. on their Document album in 1987, the chorus goes like this, "It's the end of the world as we know it. It's the end of the world as we know it. It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine." The closer I have gotten with the Lord, the more I've wondered just why R.E.M. would feel fine? Aren't they headed for destruction?! Or do they know the LORD?

Whether it's actually the end of the world next week, next month, or in a thousand years is not the point. The point is really whether you and Michael Stipe will feel fine or not. Jesus ends the discussion with His disciples in Luke 21 saying, "everyone will see the Son of Man [Jesus] returning on a cloud with power and great glory. So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!" Basically Jesus is saying, if you are His disciple, you should be like Mike; the end of the world may be here, but you feel fine! Things may be crumbling around you, people are fleeing, disaster abounds, death is commonplace, but Jesus says, "Stand and look up, for your salvation is near!" Keep your head held high and eyes on Him. Nevermind the circumstances, watch for your Savior. Rejoice that this current time of sadness and death is coming to a close, because you know where you are going! It's the end of the world as we know it, but we feel fine!

Jesus also addresses those who hope He's not coming back for a thousand years. If your heart is dulled by partying, drunkenness, and worrying about your life, you may be caught unaware! Keep alert at all times. In Luke 12, He relates it to a master on a trip who leaves his servants in charge. Jesus says, "But what if the servant thinks, My master won't be back for a while,' and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful." Banishment is serious stuff that won't leave you feeling fine. Jesus, the Master, will return and no one, not even the angels, knows when that day is! So if on that day, you want to stand and look up, for your salvation is near; follow Jesus with your life everyday, become His disciple!

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