The three magnitude six plus earthquakes that consecutively hit Regions 11 and 12 (notably centered in Tulunan and Makilala towns) have a divine message that requires serious and meticulous discernment from the people.
I do not mean to disturb and strike unwanted fear into the hearts of our readers.
I mean to convey an understanding of the current geological occurrences inasmuch as these have been prophesied in the Scriptures.
Whether one believes it or not, these destructive movements under the earth’s surface – commonly called earthquakes because there are trembles being felt underneath – are getting stronger in their intensity and wider in magnitude.
We do not need to be scientifically grounded in order to form a credible belief. The fact that physical structures – houses, office and school buildings and other vertical forms – are being collapsed to the ground whenever a tremblor hits an area is a testimony that the bible prophesies are coming true to form.
Add to this the number of fatalities and injured.
As written in the book of Matthew, chapter 24:6-8 and echoed in Mark 13:7-8): “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”
Jesus made the above revelation to His disciples when asked about His second coming and the end of the age.
I am sounding the alarm bells. I am ventilating my Christian faith because I am hoping readers who have an otherwise take on the destructive tremblors that occurred in a spate of two weeks and a couple of days one after the other will seek the face of God rather than rationalize the woeful situations based on human thoughts.
Earthquakes cannot be prevented by any human intelligence and state of the art equipment, nor can they be predicted when and where they will occur.
Thus, we are left at the mercy of the Divine Providence, our Creator and Maker, our amazing and most omnipotent God who said: “This generation will pass away, but My Words will never pass away.”
In Hosea 4:6, the Bible says: “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.”
When you see (and curiously wonder at) the helplessness of local government units in coping with the havoc wrought by the earthquakes, you can immediately conclude God’s omniscience is reflected accurately on the Bible prophecies.
What else can we do in these tragic circumstances?
They are so tragic that this corner finds it queer that some of the victims cry for help from government authorities for material assistance rather than first cry for salvation and divine intervention.
What can man do really?
It might be timely and worthwhile to recall how Sodom and Gomorrah were brought to ruins by the Lord.
Not that I am comparing the sinful era of S & G to the contemporary setting here in the affected areas of Mindanao. Much as I want to veer away from the inevitable comparison, it cannot be helped because the lethal, consecutive and destructive earthshaking events are not man-made but are the handiwork of Nature.
Nature is God, isn’t it?
Maybe, there is a great, felt need for all of us to seek God first.
As written in Matthew 6:33, the Scriptures say: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added on to you.”
In closing may I inject this relevant statement of Henry Ford: “I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So, what is there to worry about.”
There is hope because God indeed is in control. (Email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.) GOD BLESS THE PHILIPPINES!