Dear beloved: In light of the recent earthquake in Haiti and other natural disasters around the world, what are we here in America to think about it all in relation to prophecy of upcoming calamity in this land? Jesus addressed that situation in Luke 13:1 Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.v2 And He answered and said to them,"Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered this fate? v3 I tell you no, but unless you repent, you will likewise perish." v4"Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower of Siloam fell and killed them, were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? v5 I tell you no, but unless you repent you will all likewise perish." People meet tragic fates every day, and some we would declare deserved their fate and others we argue with God for taking them too soon.
We can always question God with the why's, what if's, and what about's. God, why did some get pulled out of the rubble and others perish? God why did our young lady from Norton who was in Haiti escape unharmed, yet other ophanages and their staff were damaged or killed? Ultimately, we have to let go of the questioning and accept that God is God and we are not, that He is sovereign and He knows the appointed day of each person here on this earth to breathe their last breath. Isaiah 45:9 Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker- an earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, What are you doing? Or the thing you are making say, He has no hands? v10 Woe to him who says to a father, What are you begetting? Or to a woman, what are you giving birth? v11 Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: "Ask Me about the things to come concerning My sons, and you shall commit to Me the work of My hands. v12 It is I who made the earth and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands, and I ordained all their host....v23 " I have sworn by Myself, the word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness and will not turn back, That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance. v24 They will say of Me, 'Only of the Lord are righteousness and strength.' Many will come to Him, and all who were angry at Him will be put to shame."
The prophets of the New Testament and of the present era are given as guides for the body of Christ. They are given the same mandate as the Old Testament prophets. Deut. 18:18 "I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymenlike you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. v19 "And it shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him." Paul then declared in the book of Ephesians 4:11 And He(Jesus) gave some as apostles, snd some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, v12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; v13 until we all attain to the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ... So prophecy is given for our benefit to prepare us, to equip us, to bring us in alignment with the fulness of Christ, and yes, sometimes prophecy is given to encourage us to repent in the face of impending disaster. God is such a loving God He wants all His children to be ready, every second of every day, no matter what the situation or circumstance. Keep your lamp full of oil and keep it lit and be ready. Matthew 25:12 (to the virgins)Jesus anwered them, " Truly I say to you, I do not know you, v13 Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day or the hour." Be ready, beloved. God bless you, in Christ, Jim