Dr. Richard Ing
March 10, 2005
I watched in horror, my eyes
glued to the television set, as a documentary on the December 26 Indonesian
tsunami unfolded a week after that terrible event. The Pacific
Center in Hawaii had received an extraordinary seismic
reading that morning. Somewhere in the Indian Ocean there was a tremendous earthquake that
exceeded 7.8 on the Richter Scale. There
was no way to confirm the reading and the scientists at the center suspected
that it could be far bigger. It
was. It reached 9.0 + on the Richter
Scale! The scientists frantically
e-mailed, FAXed and called as many people and agencies as they could. Sadly, they had little information on how to
reach all the countries possibly involved.
After all, only Australia
were part of the early warning system.
Such an earthquake could
possibly produce an enormous tsunami that could devastate any area fronting the
ocean. The scientists sat at their desks
watching their computer monitors and seismographs. They could only wait.
The next scene was in Thailand where
the water had receded far out to sea and fish were flopping on the ocean
floor. Children about ten years old
gleefully ran to grab whatever fish they could find. On shore, many on-lookers gathered to watch
the strange sight. They had come from
neighboring homes, hotels and workplaces.
Suddenly, a thundering roar
was heard and the children looked up towards the sound. A huge wave about thirty feet high came
speeding towards them. White foam
engulfed everything in its path. The
children were frozen in place. I watched
with trembling heart as the waves completely swallowed them up. People on shore began screaming and running
in a panic. But it was too late! The pounding waters were traveling at 65
miles per hour. It quickly overwhelmed
everything in its path. The waters went
inland for a mile and a half at some places.
When the waters rushed back into the ocean, it sucked every loose thing
into the ocean. Thousands upon thousands
of people were killed - either drowned, pummeled into unconsciousness and
eventual death, or crushed. A few survivors
crawled to shore, naked and bruised. The
force of the receding waters ripped clothes off and pounded bodies against
rocks and reefs like a giant tumbler. In
the aftermath, over 150,000 people were confirmed dead, thousands more were
missing. Some survived by hanging on to
trees and some made it through because they either fled to upper floors of
buildings or were hotel guests in upper rooms.
Interestingly, very few dead animals were found. One tourist reported that the elephant he was
riding suddenly broke away in a panic, and headed for the hills. Other elephants followed suit. Dogs and cats ran alongside towards higher
ground. Did the animals have a sixth
sense? How could they have discerned
The documentary flashed back
to the Pacific Early Warning System office, where the few scientists were
shaking their heads in disbelief. The
destruction was worse than even they could ever imagine. During an interview with reporters, they
explained that they had done everything they could think of to warn the
different countries in the area, but their hands were tied because they didn’t
have enough phone numbers or names of proper people to call.
Weeks later, the Pacific
Early Warning System was sued on ground that they were remiss in their duty to
warn the countries involved. As an
attorney, I knew that the law suit would fail because the Pacific Early Warning
System had no legal duty or responsibility to warn countries that were not part
of the System. But did they have a moral
responsibility? Could foresight and
concern have averted some of the deaths and destruction? Could they not have collected in advance
phone numbers, e-mail addresses and contacts in countries not in the System,
just in case? After all, most of these
countries were poor and could not afford to join the System. Wouldn’t it have been an easy thing to
do? True, there was no legal duty or
responsibility based on contract and regulations established by member
countries, but was there a moral obligation that transcended contractual or
legal responsibility? Was there a
concern for non-member countries that transcended legal or contractual
Indeed, the attorney who
brought the law suit later stated that he was doing it to make the richer
countries more aware of the need to help poorer countries and not disregard and
allow them to be destroyed by a tsunami just because they didn’t have the money
to join the Early Warning System. The
Pacific Early Warning System is now working with non-member countries to
collect donations to help extend the system or to at least have a way to
contact non-member countries.
Unfortunately, the cows had already run out of the barn.
A week before sharing the
above message, Jo-Jo (one of our members) received two visions from God. The second was a repeat of the first. Jo-Jo saw two huge tsunamis rushing to the
shore. There were many dead bodies
already in the ocean. Many men and women
were scrambling up huge sand dunes to escape the tsunamis, but kept slipping
down the sides of the dunes. It was too
late! In the far distance were high
mountains. She didn’t tell us about her
visions until after my message.
THE TWO TSUNAMIS
There are two great tsunamis
about to hit the world. The Bible says
that a great revival is coming before the end of the world. Mt. 24:14-21.
Verse 14 says, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in
all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” In the parable of the wheat and the
tares, Jesus said,
“… the harvest is the end
of the world; and the reapers are the angels.” In Revelation
14:6, the apostle John said, “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of
heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the
earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” This verse is found just before tribulation
and the end of the age. But revival is
not the coming tsunami.
The first tsunami is the
abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet. Jesus says in Matthew 24:15-20:
ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel
the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand): Then
let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the
housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return
back to take his clothes. And woe unto
them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the
winter, neither on the sabbath day: (
ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
What is the abomination of
desolation spoke of by Daniel the prophet?
Let us go to the Book of Daniel for the answer.
he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily
sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily
sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground;
and it practiced, and prospered. Then I
heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which
spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the
transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be
trodden under foot? And he said unto me,
Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary and the host
be trodden under foot. Da. 8:11-14.
after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself:
and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the
sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the
war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for
one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the
oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it
desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon
the desolate. Da. 9:26-27.
arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength,
and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination
that maketh desolate. Da. 11:31.
from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination
that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety
days. Da. 12:11.
The body of Christ is the
primary target of the first tsunami.
Soon, the Church of Jesus Christ is going to be destroyed and the daily
sacrifice and oblation taken away. All
worship to Jesus is going to be stopped and the churches or places of worship
will be made desolate. Satan’s one-world
government and one-world religion is going to persecute all true
Christians. Daniel 8:13-14 says, “Then I heard one saint speaking,
and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be
the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation,
to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and
three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary and the host be trodden under
foot.” Two thousand and three
hundred days is equal to 6-1/3 years. My
guess is that the abomination of desolation will last 6-1/3 years from start to
Da. 12:11 says, “And from
the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that
shall maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety
days. Once the church is destroyed,
it will remain desolate for the last 3-½ years before the end of the age and
throughout the remainder of tribulation.
Most Bible scholars believe
that the total period of tribulation will be for seven years. Da. 9:27 says, “And he shall confirm the
covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause
the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of
abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that
determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”
“One week” is seven days or seven years figuratively in Bible
During times of persecution,
the heart of each supposed Christian shall be exposed. Those who are false Christians will renounce
the faith and fall away to save themselves from physical death. 2 Th. 2:3.
Those who hold on to their patience and faith will be confirmed. The “midst of the week” speaks of 3-½ days or 3-½ years. Therefore, the abomination of desolation will
be completed in the middle of tribulation; that is, 3-½ years before the
end. The word “consummation” means “the
end.” Therefore, the sanctuary or
churches (buildings) will be totally desolate from the middle of the
tribulation period until the end of the age.
God has already laid down a
plan for the Church’s future. It is not
a plan that we want. But, we cannot
reject it, for it is God’s gift to the Church.
It is a plan that God knows is necessary. He knows that our hearts are hard and we are
stiff-necked and stubborn. He knows that
the finest moments in Church history have come during times of extreme
persecution. That is when the cream
rises to the top, when the heat of persecution will cause the dross in our
hearts to appear and be scraped off by the Holy Spirit. Yes, some will run away and refused to be
purified; but a remnant of overcomers will come to the forefront after much
suffering. God’s true church will make
its appearance and through much pain and travail, will birth the man-child army
that will win the final battle against Satan and his kingdom. Rev. 12:1-5; Rev. 19:14. God knows that true hearts will emerge and
will follow the Lord wherever He goes.
Many will lay their lives down for the sake of the Gospel and for the
name of the Lord. Rev. 12:17; Rev.
6:9-11; Rev. 11:1-11. Satan will think
that he has won, but God is going to have his mature sons and daughters. The Lord is going to have His perfect Church
without spot, wrinkle or blemish or any such thing - the Bride of Christ. It will be the finest moment for God’s
people. God wants to birth something
great and no birth comes without pain.
Satan’s beast is going to war
against the saints and overcome them (Rev. 13:7; Da. 7:21,25), but in the end,
the people of God shall win. “(U)ntil
the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most
High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.” Da. 7:22.
“And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under
the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose
kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.”
The terrible persecution
against Christians in China
is only a micro-cosm of things to come.
Christians were arrested, beaten, tortured and killed by the hundreds of
thousands in China
for the last fifty years. Many were
incarcerated for 20 and 30 years and even for life. But through it all, the Church prospered,
miracles were experienced and the Church grew at an incredible rate. Today, there may be 100 million Christians in
China. Like it or not, persecution helps spread the
gospel faster than peace.
In his book entitled Jesus
in Beijing, David Aikman interviewed some of the saints who had spent over
20 years in prison for preaching the gospel.
Although they were not directly involved in evangelizing the masses
(because they were in prison), they became heroes of God and examples to
all. They were the “uncles” of the
underground movement and a great inspiration to the young Christians that
spread the gospel to all parts of China.
Wang Mingdao spent 35 years
in prison. When asked why he so boldly
preached the gospel despite much persecution and danger, he said, “I prefer to
be attacked by men than to call forth the wrath of God.” Another famous Christian, Allan Yuan, spent 22
years in prison at hard labor. When he
was released, many foreigners came to visit him. They spoke of the great persecutions in
sorrowful terms, but Brother Yuan said to them, “There is a saying that persecution
is the growing pain of the church. It is
good for the church.”
Samuel Lamb, another
Christian who spent many years in prison said, “The more persecution, the more
the church grows.”
REVIVAL COMES WITH
When we pray fervently to God
to bring about great worldwide revival, we are also praying for
persecution. Great worldwide revival
will come because of great worldwide persecution. We have not seen anything yet! So - get ready for both! Do not assume that revival will come easily
and without a price. The last and
greatest revival of all time will come with the greatest persecutions of all
time! When we see persecution coming,
rejoice! Our redemption draweth
nigh! Persecution is God’s strategy to
perfect the saints and the Church. Instead of rejecting His plan, let us embrace
it! The finest moment the Church has
ever attained is awaiting us!
THE SECOND TSUNAMI
The second tsunami will not
only involve the Church; it will engulf the entire world and everyone remaining
in it will be overrun by the power and ferocity of it. The wrath of God and judgment is coming! Great and incredible suffering and
destruction is coming to the world! The
first tsunami will seemingly destroy the church, but out of the disaster shall
come a pure people. Many will fall and
only a few will overcome the events and trials about to come upon the church;
but God has always preserved a true remnant for Himself.
After God deals with His
Church, the second tsunami will hit the world and God will deal with every
living creature and all unbelievers.
When the tsunamis that hit
the Indian Ocean rim countries, several
different types of people were exposed.
As the ocean receded, it became a time of wonder, of speculation and
enticement - the calm before the storm.
The children and others who ran gleefully along the ocean floor to grab
helpless wriggling fish represent many Christians and unbelievers who only see
the material things of the world and are blinded to the danger and destruction
about to take their lives. By the time
they hear the roar and look up, the tsunami will tower over them. It will be much too late to save oneself.
The second group of people
had a choice: run to high ground or watch with curiosity along the shore
line. Unlike the elephants and other
animals, they had no innate instinct or discernment of coming danger and
devastation. Instead of running for high
ground, they ran towards the danger, expecting to be spectators to some
interesting event. Some Christian are
like that too. They go to church week
after week but are only spectators looking for entertainment. They nod in agreement when the preacher talks
about overcoming the world and the tribulation to come, but never really fathom
the seriousness of it all. They are
devoid of any survival instinct and are caught up in the crowd of at the
seashore, unaware, uninformed, ignorant, oblivious, unconscious, foolish, and
about to perish. When the tsunami hits,
they will be crushed.
Some of the victims of the
tsunami could have survived, but they foolishly left their safe havens to dip
into the dangerous ocean or prance along the seashore. They had no idea. Most of those that survived were either in
apartments located on the upper floors of a hotel or in the mountains far from
the ocean. A few survived by clinging on
to anything that was strong enough not to be swept away.
In the coming tsunami, those
who have learned to lean on Jesus Christ, our high tower, will make it
through. Others who have spent time in
prayer and fellowship with the Lord and who have laboriously climbed to high
ground, even to the Mount
Zion, will escape the
wrath to come. These are Christians who
discern something dangerous and whose survival instincts have pushed them to
climb the steep path into God’s presence.
They are those who have felt the call to move on in Christ, to abandon
the things of the flesh and who have made the choice to leave the comforts and
enticements of the world and pay the price to draw closer to God.
THE PACIFIC EARLY WARNING CENTER
As I pondered the December 26
tsunami disaster scenes, God impressed on me that we, the faithful and true,
are God’s Early Warning Center
- not only for the Pacific, but for the entire world. In their day, Elijah, then John the Baptist,
were chosen to be God’s early warning system to Israel. “The voice of him that crieth in the
wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a
highway for our God.” Is. 40:4. It was John the Baptist who fulfilled this
prophesy before Jesus began His ministry.
When asked “Who art thou?” John answered, “I am the voice of
one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the
prophet Esaias.” Jn. 1:23; Mt. 3:3;
Mk. 1:3; Lk. 3:4. Jesus, Himself, said
of John the Baptist,
what went ye out for to see? A man
clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in king’s
houses. But what went ye out for to
see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and
more than a prophet. For this is he, of
whom it is written, Behold I send my messenger before thy face, which shall
prepare thy way before thee. Mt.
11:8-10; Lk. 7:24.
John the Baptist was filled
with the spirit of Elijah, called to prepare the way of the Lord, to preach
repentance, for the kingdom
of God is at hand. Mt. 3:2.
Jesus confirmed that John was the one who had come to warn the people in
the spirit of Elijah (Esaias or Elias).
Mt. 11:14. “And if ye will
receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.”
Before Jesus comes the second
time, He will first send the spirit of Elijah one more time to warn the world
and to prepare the way for the second coming of the Lord. Mal. 4:5-6.
Who is God’s Early Warning System?
It is you and me, the Church. We
have been called to blow the trumpet.
Those with the spirit of Elijah can sense the coming tsunamis and will
run to the Lord, our high tower. Unlike
the elephants and other animals who simply ran away, they will warn
others. They will not flee because they
don’t have to. They have reached the
high ground already. Some are still in
the process, but they will make it to high ground if they endure until the end.
God is calling the Elijahs of
our day. We have been called to warn the
world! If you have the spirit of Elijah
in you, you cannot help but scream from the rooftops - Repent! For the kingdom of God
is at hand!