A Crusader’s View – 3.02.10
Posted: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 9:05 pm
By: Jeremy Thayer, Guest Columnist
Hello once again! After a week long hiatus I am ready once again to give my honest opinions and my sometimes dissenting interjections. However this week, with a heavy heart I must break from convention and overrule the subject given to me.
Before I begin, I must tell you that I do not approach this self-picked subject with an attitude of pride or a spirit of “holier-than-thou.”
I have dropped the ball many, many times in my life so I am certainly not finger pointing.
Especially when the finger of judgment should probably be waved in my face.
To begin, I was shocked beyond belief on Saturday night to learn that there had been a massive magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile with (at the time of this writing) over 700 dead and over 2 million people displaced. On the same day, a magnitude 4.4 earthquake in Oklahoma left minor damage.
Just last month, as you probably already know, there was a magnitude 7 in Haiti leaving the entire country in “third-world” devastation with an estimate of 220,000 people dead.
As I write this, Japan braces for a would-be devastating tsunami caused by the Chilean earthquake.
Many fear that this could become another Indian Ocean-like tsunami, which killed over 150,000 in 11 countries on Dec 26, 2004.
Whether or not this happens will become fully known by the time of this column’s publication.
Our recent past headlines have been emblazoned with scripts like: Outdated Levee systems causing massive flooding in the gulf; California wildfires cause the loss of thousands of homes; Terrifying hurricanes; School and military shootings; global economic fears and on and on.
We open our papers, log on to our computers, and flip through our channels only to find a daily barrage of violence, pestilence and destruction.
People obsess over the latest technology from Japan, while they forget the “low-tech” virtues of kindness, honesty and love for their neighbor.
All happening while our natural forces are seemingly incrementally uniting to fight against us.
Many in this today’s world of chaos and worry would blame these natural events and their un-natural violent aftermath on the guise of “man-made global warming.”
I personally believe, along with an increasing number in the scientific community, that “global warming” is the biggest sham since “Al Capone’s vaults.”
But, to look at all of this logically, if the peddled wares of Al Gore are wrong (along with those pesky Mayans and their silly calendar), then what is causing all of this bedlam on planet Earth in such a short span of time?
Why are we continually hearing and seeing videos about the latest massive destruction to hit or violent act to take place?
Could it be something we have never thought of? Or perhaps something many in this day and age would hardly ever consider.
In the Bible, (yes I did say that dreaded ‘B’ word.) In the bible, the word “earthquakes” (plural, not singular) is only listed three times.
All of which as listed in the KJV are written in red (Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8, Luke 21:11) because they were spoken by Jesus directly.
The three references are also speaking about the “end time” period before Christ’s second coming.
Listed in these ancient passages of scripture, it is written about this predicted time of “earthquakes” that there would also be “famines, pestilences, troubles, fearful sights, and sorrows.”
Looking at the ravages of Haiti, Iraq, The Sudan or the resent past blight of New Orleans tells me that this could be related to today.
To further elaborate on these three chapters, they also tell of a time when “many shall be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.”
Looking at today’s politically correct, sue your neighbor, get them before they get you brand of America on the horizon, it is easy to tell that this too could be related to today.
Also they tell us, “the love of many shall wax cold,” “Men’s hearts failing them for fear” and “false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”
People all around us are becoming dependent on anti-depressants, because they cannot cope with reality.
People are increasingly dependent on drugs and alcohol because they have nothing that gives them joy and peace in their lives.
I’m talking about the major increase in just the last 20 years! Why? Because today, people’s hearts are failing and turning cold from fears and past hurts.
Not to mention the impact of the false prophet thing. How many proven liars can you find today in Washington?
In that respect, case dismissed.
To get on my soapbox for a moment I must ask you, how many major things have to happen before you consider that maybe there’s some truth to that ole’ Holy Bible?
Could it be that all of these recent (within 20 years) catastrophes happening throughout the world at a “beyond chance” alarming rate along with moral and spiritual decay of the masses could have already been predicted and written about over 2000 years ago?
Sadly, many today would say “No,” because they didn’t read it on Facebook or Twitter.
In closing, what I am trying to say is this – too many people in 2010 upon hearing the name of Jesus or the word “Bible” immediately tune out or look for avenues to discount or refute.
All I am asking is please do not be so quick to reject something that has stood the test of time through wars, famines and depressions.
You might just learn something that will change your life forever, especially more than what you can get from some ex-hippie on Oprah or bearded dork on YouTube.
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