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Christians begin proclaiming the End Times due to Japan tsunami and earthquake

the second comingAs expected after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Christian fundamentalists are lining up to proclaim that we are in the end times.

Earlier today, the Christian Broadcasting Network's Gordon Robertson remarked that "the time of redemption is nigh" and that "the earth is in birthing pangs for the coming Messiah."

Tim LaHaye, author of the Left Behind Series, was in Hawaii to address a 2-day prophecy conference. "'Left Behind' author sees Bible all over disaster," screams a headline at WorldNet Daily. The WND article goes on to say,

"The Bible tells us in Matthew 24 that one of the signs of the last days – one of the birth pangs to occur – is an increase in earthquake activity and intensity," LaHaye told WND. "We're seeing that happen here. It's not just earthquakes, but hurricanes and all kinds of natural disasters."

Indiana pastor Paul Begley whose ministry appears to be focused almost exclusively on the end times, recited his dead birds and dead fish rant, and then went on to say that the tsunami in Japan is fulfillment of biblical prophecy. "Amen!! The Lord is going to break all 7 seals, and it has begun!!" enthusiastically remarked one of his viewers.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/LadyFriendLove LadyFriend

    I for one am SHOCKED! SHOCKED I tell you!!

    • http://www.goddiscussion.com admin

      I am personally waiting for them to blame it on gay people.

      Deborah

      • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

        Nah, they've blamed the gays so much now, that they will start blaming the atheists next.

      • http://www.twitter.com/LadyFriendLove LadyFriend

        I would be willing to bet that t hey already have. On the other hand…YAY!!!!!! It means that Jesus is on his way back to save us (and slaughter everyone else)!!! YAY??

  • john

    he is going to look a little silly if we are all still here this time next year.
    i recommend a closer study of the basics of plate tectonics and meteorology

    • http://www.twitter.com/LadyFriendLove LadyFriend

      No worries….they will adjust the date as always. They've been doing it for millenia.

  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    You know these people are so ignorant that they don't even know that the earth has done this for millions of years, esp when it is in a period of change. They also don't realize that it is not Global Warming, but rather Climate Change. Such things are to be expected during such a change at greater frequency, even stronger, and even in areas where such things haven't been for a while. The New Madrid fault, near where I am, is expected to go off again in the near future and be just as strong as it was when it went off two or three hundred years ago. It was felt up into Canada, over to the East coast, the South east, and clear over into the West. It's a freaking huge fault. This went on when the continents shifted from one large land mass to eventually what we see today. It's STILL happening.

    • http://www.twitter.com/LadyFriendLove LadyFriend

      This is a super simplistic comment, but I went to the rally to regain sanity this year and one of my absolute favorite signs of the day was:
      "I believe in global warming…even when it's cold outside"

      Not funny, but illustrates the point succinctly.

      • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

        I agree. Here is more info about earthquakes than you might want to know, but it shows the actual frequency of earthquakes, of which 8.0+ they say happens about once a year, which we just had:
        http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqarchives/year/eqstats.php

        The site even shows whether or not earthquakes are happening more often. In reality we have several little quakes all over the world and due to better technology what seems like more is not in reality. Keep in mind, that this is because the earth is constantly "busting a move" and reforming itself- even with volcanic eruptions. The underground volcanoes in Colorado (ie Yellowstone's geysers) are expected to have a big one causing the skies to get awfully dark pretty much all over the U.S. This is not Biblical prophesy, but earth science, specifically how it is ever changing and reforming. Which of course would bring us eventually to evolution and this 8th great extinction that is being talked about. This is something that an educated person would expect, but hopefully we are the ones who evolve and not become extinct.

  • themanofearth

    Took'em long enough.

  • Pam

    I feel compelled to write this in response to those proclaiming the earthquake in Japan as well as other “natural” disasters as God’s judgement on sin. I ask that you study scripture and our New Covenant with God through Jesus Christ to back these things up. Please open your heart, wipe out “tradition” and let the Holy Spirit Himself, operating from a position of Love guide your heart in these things.

    First, I would like us to take a really good look at the New Covenant that God has made with mankind through Jesus Christ’s shed blood for ALL of mankind. Jesus forever changed the way God relates to us. Sure, there are scriptural examples of God’s catastrophic judgment on sin in the Old Covenant (Testament). But God’s greatest act of judgment was when He placed ALL of His wrath for our sins upon Jesus. This forever satisfied God’s wrath. Since that time, God hasn’t been judging our sins but is now in the business of reconciliation. ( 2 Cor. 5:19)

    There is a “day of judgment” coming at the end of the age and His wrath is reserved for that time. (Matt 10:15, 11:22, 11:24, 12:36, Mark 6:22, 2Pet. 2:9, 3:7, 1John 4:17, Jude 1:6, 1:14-15) We also see reference to the Judgment Seat of Christ (Rom 14:10, 2Cor. 5:10) and, of course, all the end of the age references to the judgments of Revelation.

    Jesus Himself said He was not sent to bring peace on the earth among people. The peace that the angels of Luke 2:13-14 were praising God for was peace BETWEEN God and man. They were announcing the end of God’s war on sin. Peace now reigns between God and man.
    Prior to Jesus’ coming, there was wrath from God against mankind for his sins. It wasn’t total wrath. Even in the Old Testament, we see God’s mercy and grace. Yet the Old Testament Law was a ministry of wrath (Rom. 4:15 with 2 Cor. 3:7 and 9), and people’s sins were held against them. But when Jesus came, God quit holding people’s sins against them. In John 12:47 He says “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.”

    Rom 2:4 says “the GOODNESS of God leads you to repentance”. Its the goodness and the love of God that brings one to the place of wanting a true relationship with Him, not the fear of judgment or hell. As far as God’s correction to believers, 2Timothy 3:16 says that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

    2 Cor. 5:19 (AMP) “It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).”

    The word “reconciliation” is talking about making peace. God was no longer holding us accountable. Instead, He imputed our sins to Jesus, making Jesus accountable for our sins. Jesus became what we were so we could become what He was—the righteousness of God. Jesus was like a lightning rod that drew all the judgment of God unto Himself. He not only bore our sins; He actually became sin (2 Cor. 5:21 KJV) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

    God the Father forsook Jesus so you and I would never be forsaken. All that you and I would have suffered, through billions of years in eternity—the grief, the pain and, worst of all, the complete separation from the presence of God—Jesus experienced. And He experienced all of this for us. When we say God is judging our sins as individuals or corporately as a nation, we are voiding what Jesus did. That would be “double jeopardy.” I personally believe this doctrine to be an offense to the Cross of Christ.

    We live in a corrupted world where bad things happen, but God isn’t the cause of them. If He were, why would He stop at New Orleans or Haiti or Japan? Natural disasters are just that. NATURAL. Don’t forget that natural disasters also occur on a regular basis in places of the world were there are no people. Surely all of us deserve the judgment of God. But, praise God, don’t get what we deserve because Jesus took it ALL on the Cross. It is FINISHED!

    I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying and I’ve even said it myself in the past, “If God doesn’t judge America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” Now I say, “If God judges America, He will have to apologize to Jesus.”

    • http://www.goddiscussion.com admin

      Thanks for your comments, Pam!

      It is refreshing to see theological commentary where natural disasters are recognized for what they are. Much of what you wrote is a new perspective, at least for me, about what the bible means, and I appreciate your spending the time to share your views and insight.

      Deborah

  • Anonymous

    If we think we are christians, we all need to ask ourselves: Do I really know God? What makes me a Christian? What kind of faith do I have–living or dead faith? The following link shall wake up the dead faith:

    http://wordofgod.ws/prophecy/earthquake-wakes-up-the-dead-faith-prophecy-to-the-christians/

  • kate

    It is the end times. We are in it. Yes Japan was a sign and there are more to come. We need to realize this. I was just talking the other day to my husband and before i read all this stuff on the net knew it was a sign the end of the church age not the end of the world. I've been having intense feelings of doom for the better part of a year now not for myself alone but for most of the human race. Pray for salvation and commit to God

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