We are heading into prime hurricane season here close to the Gulf Coast. Although the season has been fairly quiet, just as predicted by experts, I fear we are about due for a big one. The Tropical Prediction Center in Coral Gables, Florida has a hard task in which to perform when it comes to hurricanes. On one hand, if it issues an evacuation recommendation for an area, and a huge storm does not materialize, it is accused by the Media as "crying wolf". On the other hand, if it does not issue an evacuation recommendation for an area and a killer hurricane does make landfall, it is criticized for being incompetent. Why would it ever issue an evacuation in the first place? The reason is simple: To remove people from harm's way.
When the Church is Raptured by Jesus, it will be one mass evacuation! God loves His people so much that He wants to remove us from what is to come, namely the seven-year Tribulation. Some people don't believe that the Rapture will occur before the Tribulation. In fact, some people don't believe in the Rapture at all. But I do believe it will happen, and more importantly, I believe it will happen before literally "all hell breaks loose" on the earth. The Bible speaks of a terrible time that is coming like man has never experienced before. But my belief is that Christians will not have to suffer through this unparalleled time. It is hard to imagine anything more devastating than Hurricane Andrew or Katrina. But those will seem like tiny rain showers compared to the "storms" of the Tribulation. Looking back, would you ignore those evacuation orders? God is sounding His warnings loudly and clearly. Will you ignore Him?
I Thessalonians 1:10 says, "And to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come."
Father, please help us all to heed Your warnings. Direct us to bring Your Good News of Salvation to everyone. In Jesus name, Amen.