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TSUNAMI

 

By Dr. Richard Ing

 

March 10, 2005

 

TSUNAMI COMING!

 

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 Early Warning 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 and Indonesia 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 danger? 

 
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 obligation?

 
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. 

 
VISIONS

 
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:

 
When 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:  ( Underling mine)

 

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. 

            Yea, 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.

 

            And 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.

 

            And 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.

 

            And 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 finish. 


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 language. 

 
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’S PLAN

 
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.”  Da. 7:27.

 
PERSECUTION COMING

 
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 PERSECUTION

 
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,

 
But 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!


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