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Today's headlines tell us that there was a big quake off the Solomons and another off the coast of the USA.
These come in the wake of the Kaikoura quake and aftershocks and a myriad of other shakes around NZ over the past year or two.
Should we be worried?
Are we seeing a portent of worse to come as the Pacific rim starts to become far more active than it has been in a long time?
Might we be well advised to expect a lot more quakes and "events" before things start quieting down?
And where are those of a religious persuasion? Why aren't they reminding us of the writings of the good book?
Luke 21:11 "There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven".
OMG... have we been so focused on the plague of recent quakes that we have forgotten the Chelyabinsk meteor already?
Of course Matthew 24:7 adds more weight in saying: "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places".
Isn't the USA now at war with a range of nations (in the banner of "The War Against Terror") and aren't we being warned that Putin is gearing up for conflict?
Then there's 2 Timothy 3:1-5 and its warnings: "But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power".
OMG! Bishop Brian Tamaki, Tom Cruise and his Scientologists, "kids these days", modern politicians... it all fits... right?
Again, 2 Timothy 3:1 says: "But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty".
Well yeah! We all experience times of difficulty these days don't we?
But... just when it would appear that "the end" must surely be upon us (given all these biblical predictions that are coming to pass) -- some relief:
Matthew 24:44 says "Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect" so, as long as we're expecting "the end", it will not come.
Phew, that's a relief eh?
Hmmm... I wonder what Nostradamus has to say -- apparently he was into this fortune-telling business as well :-)
I might remind everyone of the best philosophy: Live every day as if it was your last; because one day you will be right.
Enjoy your weekend everyone.
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