Last week it was first an earthquake, and then Hurricane Irene rampaging first the Bahamas and then most of the East Coast. New Jersey, upstate New York, Connecticut, and Vermont appeared to catch it the worst in the form of unprecedented flooding. This week it is "Tropical Storm Lee" bringing torrential rains to New Orleans. Texas which could badly use significant parts of that downpour continues under its unprecedented drought.
Although I am not a "Tea Party" aficionado, I had to sympathize with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann taking the public media ridicule she did for saying she thought the earthquake and the then hurricane could be "signs from God." I know many people, most of whom are much more intelligent than the scoffers, who believe likewise. I'm saddened that Michele Bachmann didn't stick to her guns on this one. We were warned that it would be very difficult to be a Christian in the last days. This type of ridicule for expressing for what even the insurance industry used to call "an Act of God" is "Exhibit A" that we may well be close to there.
The New Agers will no doubt be blaming all on "global warming" or "Gaia is angry." A couple of summers ago I went to the zoo with two friends on an "adult night." The gift shop was open and this book caught my eyes:
The Seventh Day Adventists had "mark of the Beast" teachings that I cannot accept. But this book has a strong imprint of a possible "Mark of the Beast" campaign. The campaign is for both Earth Worship ("Goddess Gaia", "Pachamama") and self-worship. The "third angel" warning of Revelation 13 contained prophecies of an angel flying over preaching "the everlasting gospel." These days the apostates and New Agers (often they are one and the same) preaching an "ever-changing gospel." The warning sounded was to "fear God and give glory to him for the hour of His judgment is come. Worship God who created the heavens, the earth, the seas, and the fountains of water."
Earth worship and self-worship is so very clearly where this is headed with dire warnings that if we do not "worship Gaia", "she" will destroy us. I think we'd better worry instead about giving glory to our real Creator and Protector, the Lord of Hosts, who thought enough about our welfare to send his only begotten Son to redeem us from the clearly prophesied wrath to come.
With that being said, my prayers are with our southern state friends who are suffering in some areas from excessive moisture and other places from insufficient rain. Let's pray to the only one who can change the direction, as Elijah was the only one who stood before the pagan hordes in King Ahab and Queen Jezebel's day and obtained God's recognition. Let's be part of "seven thousand men I have reserved to myself, all of which have not bowed the knee to Baal and every mouth which hath not kissed him," instead of those who then placed themselves in the path of the divine wrath which thereafter came upon the false prophets of Baal.
Too many of us our bowing our knees to the image of the Earth, the modern day image now popular with those who would deny our Creator and our Salvation. Let's make sure we are not in their number, unpopular as the media might now make Faith to be!
Stay safe and stay tuned! My prayers today are especially for those plagued whether by flood or by drought in the Gulf Coast states of the USA.