The earth shook and people died. Officials blamed some young people for angering the mountain gods by stripping naked at the top. It seems most people who heard the news assumed that the earthquake was nothing more than a coincidence, and that associating it with the reaction of a god was nothing more than mythology.
However, mankind seems intent on angering the true and living God of all creation. The warning has already been declared in writing for all to read – if people continue to disobey the instructions and commands, if they rebel against His right to rule, and if they deny that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only way to eternal life, God will speak to them in His anger (Psalm 2:5).
It doesn’t matter if all the nations of the world take their stand to defy God, the day is coming when He will laugh at them, He will scoff, and He will terrify them. His patience has limits. When the line has been crossed, the defiant will perish (Psalm 2:12).
The days are coming when people will say to the mountains, “Fall on us,” and the hills, “Cover us” (Luke 23:30). This is what they will say when an angry God laughs at them. If the words of Jesus are not enough, the warning is repeated in the Book of Revelation, chapter 6: 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they were saying to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?
Those who turn from their sinful deeds before that great day, and repent, confessing their rebellion, and commit to serve God, the King of kings and Lord of all, will be forgiven their sin and will live in the presence of God forever. Those who remain unrepentant to death or until Christ appears again will be judged according to their deeds. The judgment will not be about weighing the good deeds against the bad, but the judgment will be based upon whether the salvation Christ offers was accepted. All of us have sinned at least once, and all of us since Adam have been born with a sin-nature. Therefore the judgment will rest solely on whether your sins have been forgiven by Christ and the subsequent transaction whereby you entered the Kingdom of God.
If you are not living in the Kingdom of God, you have been warned to make the transaction before it is too late. Judgment is definitely coming, and the more people rebel against His instructions for life, the closer that judgment is. Please be ready.
A sobering reminder in a world that seems to think that “I” is the center of the universe and all else revolves around their comfort and concerns. Thanks.