|Sink hole in Houston from Hurricane Harvey|
Then a few days later on September 11, 2017, Hurricane Irma slammed Florida, after devastating the Caribbean islands. The Florida Keys were hit the worst, but many other areas were affected terribly across the state, including Jacksonville, which saw record flooding.
Then right on the heels of Irma came Hurricane Maria on September 26, 2017, causing "apocalyptic" destruction in Puerto Rico, as well as Caribbean islands that had recently been hit so hard by Irma. In fact, FEMA reported that there were 10,000 federal workers in Puerto Rico at the time Maria hit the island, and they had been there to bring emergency relief to the other US territories like the Virgin Islands that had been devastated by Hurricane Irma. And the morgues in the hospitals there were filling to capacity. The damage to Puerto Rico is estimated to be in the billions of dollars. Some estimates says it will cost $30 billion, while others place the cost between 45 and 90 billion dollars!
In fact, it has been estimated that all these hurricanes are going to cost the United States $200 billion, which could set the economy back decades. All this is happening to a nation that is already trillions of dollars in debt! Every time another disaster happens, the federal government promises to give billions of dollars to aid the recovery. But money cannot get us out of this one. Where is that money going to come from? This country does not have it, so is the government going to produce it out of thin air? Will they print more money? Some trust in horses and some in chariots, but we trust in the Lord our God.
In the midst of all these hurricanes, on September 19, 2017, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Central Mexico, leaving 300 people dead and thousands homeless. That quake came more than one week after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake struck off the southern coast of the country, killing at least 90 people. Meanwhile, as Mexico recovers from all this, they are nervously watching a very active volcano called Popocatepetl that is spewing out smoke and ashes near Mexico City.
Jesus said, "All these are the beginning of birth pains." (Mat 24:8, NIV). He also said, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains." (Mk 13:8, NIV)
It should be obvious to anyone who is watching that the birth pains that precede the return of Christ are becoming more intense and coming closer together. When a pregnant woman's contractions suddenly get more intense and more frequent, that is called transition. That means we have turned a corner and transitioned into a new period. When that happens to a woman in labor, she knows she is very close to giving birth. She does not expect it to get any easier, but rather for the contractions to intensify even more, and happen even closer together until she brings forth the child.
Therefore, with all the devastating events happening in this part of the world lately (especially the US) at such a rapid-fire pace, it can leave you breathless, wondering what is going to happen next. It should signal to everyone who is watching that we are in a new phase, and it will only intensify from here on out. It will only get worse and the disasters will come more frequently until the Lord comes back in power and glory.
The message for us all at this time is this: Repent for the kingdom of God is near.
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Author's note: You must take responsibility for your own actions. Nobody knows the day or the hour, and in no way am I date setting. This is only to provide you with information, so that you can make your own decisions, for which you will be accountable to God.
I also encourage you to read Urgent End Time Warning from the Lord, Prophetic End Time Warnings from Little Children, America’s Destruction is at Hand, Word of Warning for America, The Coming Wrath of God, Rapture Revelation Given to Sister Claire Andoun, Rapture Revelation to Angelica Zambrano, Rapture Revelation to James Agboola, Rapture Revelation to Angelica Zambrano, Grieve and Lament for the Church, Sequence of Signs Preceding the Coming of Christ, Peace, Safety, and the Thief in the Night, and The Timing of the Rapture. You may also visit our Signs of the Times Directory, and access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.
Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus. Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?
“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15). He preached that we must repent and believe.
Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International. He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.