Recently, all major news medias have been reporting the great disasters in many countries. On Sep. 4, Japan was hit by Typhoon Jebi which was Japan’s strongest storm in the past 25 years. The typhoon caused Kansai International Airport located on the man-made island in Osaka Bay to be almost entirely submerged by water. The airport’s one only bridge used to connect the airport to the mainland was damaged by a freighter, which interrupted the traffic and stranded about 3000 passengers in the first and second terminal buildings. The airport was entirely closed at 3 p.m.. What’s more, the typhoon blew down houses, took roofs off houses, and turned over cars. In the Kansai region, Japan, the traffic was disrupted, airplanes were grounded, and the Shinkansen services were canceled, so that people could only stay at home with nowhere to go.
Apart from the disaster happening in Japan, recently, continuing storms occurred in Guangdong and Taiwan. At the same time, Hawaii, USA also suffered Hurricane Lane, the strongest hurricane on record, and meanwhile, Korea, Japan, and Australia all experienced the record-breaking hot weather.
In recent months, disasters all over the world are far more serious and frequent than ever, which are all rare in history. Facing this, we cannot but think: Though disasters have been happening, why they become greater and greater, more and more frequent, and influence wider and wider area? When so many disasters spring up, what exactly is?
Matthew 24 records: “And as he sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3). Thesaid: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21). From the Lord Jesus’ words, it can be seen that in the last days, the time when the Lord Jesus comes, there will be great disasters, which have never appeared before. Let’s look at recent years, especially the last few months, no matter typhoons, droughts, or floods, they are all rare and great disasters of all time and happen more and more frequently. This has precisely fulfilled the prophecy of the Lord Jesus.
In the last days, God allows disasters to come upon humans, which contains God’s earnest intention. The Lord Jesus has already secretly come down to China, and the incarnate Almighty God is exactly the returned Lord Jesus. Almighty God has expressed millions of words and done the work of judgment beginning from the house of God. Those who trulyin various religions and denominations all accept Almighty God’s salvation of the last days. Through reading God’s word, they are able to distinguish between beauty and ugliness, justice and evil, so they begin to abandon Satan and return to God. At the same time, when they experience God’s word, their corrupt disposition has also been purified gradually.
However, some people love comfortable life, and some still rush around for their promotion and higher salaries, pursuing wealth and position; they all can’t come before God. It is the first time and also the last God does the work of salvation in the last days. God doesn’t have the heart to see the destruction of these people, so He uses disasters to awaken their heart and to let them return before God. Just as God’s word says: “The disaster originates with Me and is of course orchestrated by Me. If you cannot appear as good in My eyes, then you will not escape suffering the disaster” (“You Ought to Prepare a Sufficiency of Good Deeds for Your Destination”). “Today, not only am I descending upon the nation of the great red dragon, I am also turning My face toward the entire universe, so that the whole empyrean is quaking. Is there a single place that does not undergo My judgment? Is there a single place that does not exist under the scourges that I hurl down? Everywhere I go I have scattered seeds of disaster of all kinds. This is one of the ways in which I work, and is without doubt an act of salvation for man, and what I extend to him is still a kind of love. I wish to make even more people come to know Me, be able to see Me, and in this way come to revere God whom they have not seen for so many years but who, today, is real” (“The Tenth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe).
In God’s words, we can know disaster is a means of God saving humans, which contains a lot of God’s will. One aspect is that God uses disaster to remind us humans so that we can awaken and return to God to receive His protection. God’s word says: “God created this world, He created this mankind, and moreover He was the architect of ancient Greek culture and human civilization. Only God consoles this mankind, and only God cares for this mankind night and day. Human development and progress is inseparable from the sovereignty of God, and the history and future of mankind are inextricable from the designs of God. If you are a true Christian, then you will surely believe that the rise and fall of any country or nation occurs according to the designs of God. God alone knows the fate of a country or nation, and God alone controls the course of this mankind. If mankind wishes to have a good fate, if a country wishes to have a good fate, then man must bow down to God in worship, repent and confess before God, or else the fate and destination of man will unavoidably end in catastrophe” (“God Presides Over the Fate of All Mankind”). Whatever way God does work in, it is all salvation to man. God hopes more people can hear His voice and come before Him. And only through worshiping God can we humans have a good fate.
For those who have come before God, disasters are perfection. God uses disasters to test the chosen people’s faith in and loyalty to God. No matter what unfortunate things the chosen of God encounter in disasters, if they can live by God’s word, obey Him, stand testimonies for Him, and not lose faith in Him, then they are a group of overcomers perfected by God in disasters. They will have God’s care and protection because of their true obedience to God. On the contrary, in disasters, if God’s chosen people don’t have trueand can’t stand testimonies for Him, they will be revealed and eliminated by His work. God uses disasters to save those who can and perfect those who love the truth and pursue the truth. Meanwhile, God also uses disasters to destroy all evil forces and evildoers that are against God. In the end, all kinds of people will be classed according to their kind. This precisely reveals God’s wisdom, almightiness, and righteous disposition.