ICE QUAKES!

Good morning, blog readers, from sunny and cold Iowa where. on my drive to church, the temp was zero!

As many of you know by now, I have been following earthquakes around the world for some time (this is my 15th year), mainly because of something Jesus said to His disciples, in Luke 21:11, in regards to “the signs of the times” leading up to His return: “And there will be great earthquakes and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.”

So far, over the last three years, there has been only one “great” (8.0+) earthquake around the world in each of those years.

But, today, I saw something on the USGS “Earthquake List,” I had never seen before: a 2.6 “ice quake” 39km NNE of Whittier, Alaska!

I had no idea what this was, so I decided to ask my “friend,” Cortana, “What is an ice quake?.” And, amazingly, she told me an ice quake was “a violent shaking or series of abrupt movements that occur when an ice field or other expanse of ice fractures as a result of lateral pressure.” Wow! I learned something new!

Despite the lack of great earthquakes around the world, the coronavirus certainly qualifies as a plague and famine may be coming to countries like Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, China, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Jordan, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Pakistan, some of whom have declared national emergencies as a result of the huge swarms of locusts which have invaded their countries and threaten their crops and food supplies.

Oh, by the way, in yesterday’s blog, “Who Brings the Locusts?,” I wrote about the biblical account of the ten plagues the Lord brought upon Pharaoh and the Egyptians, one of which was a plague of locusts from Exodus 10, for not letting His people, the Jews, go. This morning, the Jerusalem Post ran a similar story using some of the same Scriptures I did!

Lord willing, should the Lord tarry, I will share more of what God is doing prophetically to get our attention. Oftentimes, you will here me say, “Stay tuned!” And, the best way you can stay tuned is to believe in Jesus as your Savior and Lord and let the indwelling Holy Spirit teach you the whole counsel of God, including prophecy, to get you excited about Jesus’ coming and the urgency of telling others about Him until He comes or calls us home.

Blessings, Doug (2/20/20)

WHO BRINGS THE LOCUSTS?

Good morning, blog readers, from partly cloudy/sunny and cold Iowa where the temp, on my way to work, was 10 degrees above zero!

This morning, I read the following headline from CBN News: “What Allowed Locusts to Multiply by the Millions?”

The article states: “The plague of locusts that is marching through Africa is also invading other continents as well. While billions of locusts are ravaging East Africa and devastating crops, massive groups of the insects are also swarming through the Middle East.”

So, where did they come from? Here’s what CBN News’ Senior International Correspondent George Thomas said: “Off the coast of Yemen and Oman there is a desert region with no water and last year they got hit by torrential rainfall, then two cyclones hit that very region. This is very unusual and those conditions gave rise and allowed these locusts to multiply by the millions.”

It is interesting to note, the first mention of “locusts” in the Bible is in Exodus 10:1-20 where they are mentioned as one of the ten plagues the Lord would bring upon Pharaoh and the Egyptians for not letting His people (the Israelites/Jews), go from their slavery in Egypt.

We read, in verses 3 and 4 where the Lord said to Pharaoh through Moses and Aaron, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me. For if you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory.”

And, when Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites go, we read, in verse 13, “So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord directed an east wind on the land all that day and night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.” You can read the rest of the story in verses 14-20.

The last time “locusts” are mentioned in the Bible is in Revelation 9:1-12 which is taking place during the so-called “Tribulation” when the Lord is pouring out His wrath and judgment upon the earth before He returns to reign as King. In the first three verses, we read: “Then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth (possibly Satan); and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him. He opened the bottomless pit, and smoke went up out of the pit, like smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as scorpions of the earth have power.” You can read the rest of the story in verses 4-12.

And so, we see in both the first and last Scripture, the Lord used and will use locusts as a form of His judgment upon the earth.

Could it be we are beginning to see the signs of His judgments upon the earth? As I have said before, if you read Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21, you might just think, like me, that we are.

So, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, keep watching, waiting, working and witnessing for Jesus until He comes. And, if you are not a believer in Jesus, then agree with God you are a sinner who needs a Savior and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, His death, burial and resurrection, to save you from your sins and an eternity in hell and give you eternal life with Him in heaven.

Blessings, Doug (2/19/20)

THINGS ARE HEATING UP!

Good morning, blog readers, from sunny Iowa where yesterday we got another 2-3 inches of a heavy, wet snow! But, today, the sun is shining brightly and all is well with the world, but not really.

Here are two of today’s headlines which could be harbingers of things to come:

  1. January 2020 was the Earth’s warmest on record, again.
  2. Airstrikes destroy IRGC Quds Force HQ, warehouse at Damascus airport.

In the first article, Eleanor Imster writes in the February 15th Earth/Sky News: “January 2020 was the planet’s hottest January in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880. According to the NOAA data, the average global land and ocean surface temperature last month was 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit (1.14 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average. January 2020 marked the 44th consecutive January and the 421st consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century range.”

Yes, dear ones, things are heating up around the world, but nothing like what is to come based on Revelation 16:8, 9 where we read: “The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory.”

What a sad commentary, as those on the earth will know that it is God Who is bringing this “scorching heat” and, instead of turning to Him in faith, they blaspheme His Name.

In the second article, Seth Frantzman writes in yesterday’s Jerusalem Post: “Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps sites at Damascus International Airport were heavily damaged to airstrikes which appear to have hit warehouses, a shelter, headquarters and infrastructure. Syria media blamed Israel and said that Syrian defenses had intercepted ‘hostile targets.'”

Again, we read in Isaiah 17:1, in the oracle concerning Damascus: “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city and will become a fallen ruin.”

What a blessing to know the Word of God and His prophetic word which, in the Isaiah 17:1 passage, was written some 2,700 years ago and may be fulfilled in our lifetime.

As things continue to heat up physically and spiritually, “let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:2, 3).”

I don’t know about you, but I often grow weary and begin to lose heart with the way the world, country and even Christians are going. And so, I need to remind myself, and perhaps you, daily to keep my (our) focus on Jesus and His coming while watching, waiting, working and witnessing for Him until He comes or calls us home.

Blessings, Doug (2/18/20)

THE BEAST!

Good morning, blog readers, from cloudy Iowa where, yesterday on my walk around the neighborhood, I saw a majestic eagle perched in a tree overlooking the Mississippi River!

This headline from Fox News caught my attention this morning: “Trump, Melania rev up Daytona 500 with historic lap in presidential limo, ‘the Beast.'”

In the article, Stephen Sorace writes: “President Trump revved up NASCAR’s Daytona 500 on Sunday, becoming the second-ever president to deliver the Great American Race’s iconic, ‘Gentlemen, start your engines!’ and the first of any president to take a lap in the armored presidential limo, dubbed ‘The Beast.'”

Did you know that the presidential limo was first named “The Beast” when George W. Bush was president in 2001? What is interesting about this name is that the Antichrist is also called “the beast” in Revelation 11:7 and 13:1-13.

And, while Christians have been guessing at the identity of the Antichrist for years, I do not believe we will know who he is because he will not become known until after the Rapture, according to what Paul wrote in II Thessalonians 2:1-4:

“Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him (the Rapture), that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness (the Antichrist) is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as God.”

And so, we are not to waste our time trying to guess the identity of the Antichrist, but to heed these words from Paul from Ephesians 5:15, 16: “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men (women) but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil” and, I might add, getting more evil all the time.

Dear ones, these are indeed exciting and scary times in which we live with the possibility of the Lord’s imminent return and threats of war and viruses all around us. But, regardless of what may come our way, we are not to be afraid, but to “make the most of our time” by watching, waiting, working and witnessing for Jesus until He comes or calls us home.

Blessings, Doug (2/17/20)

PORT ALBERNI!

Good morning, blog readers, from mostly sunny Iowa where on our way to church this morning, my wife and I saw another spectacular sunrise! Thank You, Jesus!

Now, if you’re like me, you probably have never heard of Port Alberni before. It’s a city of 17,678 where, you guessed it, there was a “minor” (2.5) earthquake last Monday which I just found this morning. And, it’s also right on Vancouver Island!

And, just in, there was a “moderate” (5.5) earthquake 52 km W of Bandar ‘Abbas, Iran. Iran seems to be in the news a lot these days and will be, that is, until her army is destroyed by the Lord in the Battle of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39).

Not much else to report other than for those who are unbelievers, that God loves you and wants you to spend eternity with Him in heaven through faith in His Son, Jesus, His death, burial and resurrection.

And, for the believers in the Lord Jesus, may He bless you with great faith, grace, joy and thanksgiving as you worship Him this morning to the glory of God!

Love in Jesus, Doug (2/16/20)

What's with the PLAGUE?

Good morning, blog readers, from cloudy Iowa where, on my way to the office, the temp was 23 degrees above zero, some 31 degrees warmer than yesterday at the same time! Thank You, Lord, for getting us through the cold and bringing us warmer temperatures!

In the Book of Ezekiel, the Lord gives the prophet some strong words regarding the judgments He would bring upon His people, the Jews, for their idolatry. Sadly, in Chapter 10, God’s glory left the temple in Jerusalem. Note: His glory will not return until the Lord Jesus Christ returns to the earth to set up His kingdom and rebuild the temple, as prophesied by Ezekiel 43.

In Chapter 11:8, God would judge the evil rulers with “the sword.” In Chapter 13:13, He would judge the false prophets with “a violent wind, a flooding rain and hailstones.” In Chapter 14:8, He would judge the idolatrous elders by “condemning them and cutting them off from among His people.” And, in Chapter 14:21, the Lord said that He would send His “four severe judgments against Jerusalem: sword, famine, wild beasts and plague to cut off man and beast from it.”

Hmmm! The sword (war), violent winds, flooding rains, hailstones, famine, wild beasts and plague! Have you seen or heard of any of these of late? I’d say: “All of them!”

Yes, dear ones, Jesus is coming again! He came the first time to die on the cross to save us from our sins and an eternity in hell. And, I am so thankful He did and look forward to His second coming when I will not only get a new, glorified body like His, but also, more importantly, an eternity with Him in heaven. I can’t wait; but, wait I must!

So, I hope and pray you will join me, as we continue to watch, wait, work and witness for Jesus until He comes.

Blessings, Doug (2/15/20)

BELLA BELLA!

Good morning, blog readers, from cold Iowa where the temperature in the garage was 10 degrees above zero, the ride to work eight degrees below zero and there was a lot of steam rising off of the Mississippi River!

I haven’t said much about earthquakes in the Vancouver Island region for quite some time but, this morning, there was a “light” (4.6) quake 206 km WSW of Bella Bella, British Columbia (population 1,095) which is about 100 miles north of Vancouver Island.

I didn’t know this, but, according to my research, “Bella” is a Hebrew baby name meaning “devoted to God!”

And, oh that we were all “devoted to God.” That reminds me of Zechariah 14 where we read of a future day when the Lord will destroy His enemies and set up His kingdom on earth. And, in verses 20 and 21, we read, “In that day there will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “HOLY TO THE LORD.” And the cooking pots in the Lord’s house will be like the bowls before the altar. Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the Lord of hosts; and all who sacrifice will come and take them and boil in them. And there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts in that day.”

I’m not Jewish and I don’t understand what all of that means, but as a believer in and follower of the Lord, I believe I will be with Him on earth when all of this chapter is fulfilled. And, I can’t wait. But, wait I must. So, as always, let us continue to watch, wait, work and witness for the Lord until He comes.

Blessings, Doug (2/14/20)