The Signs of NatureWe are told to watch for earthquakes, famine, pestilence, and signs in the heavens (see Matt. 24:7 and Luke 21: 11).This is the least-respected category of signs for several reasons. For one thing, many people simply shrug their shoulders and say, “There have always been natural calamities, so what else is new?” Note that Jesus says these signs will be like “birth pangs” (Matt. 24:8) - that is, they will increase in frequency and intensity as the time draws near for His return. In other words, there will be more intense earthquakes and more frequent ones. That is exactly what is happening today.Another reason these signs are given little respect is because most Christians are so rationalistic that they do not really believe in the supernatural, and they therefore find it difficult to believe that God speaks to the world through signs of nature. Yet, the Bible teaches this principle from start to finish.God dealt with the world's sin through a great flood in the days of Noah (Gen. 6). He called the nation of Judah to repentance through a terrible locust invasion (Joel 1). In like manner, He called for the nation of Israel to repent by sending drought, windstorms, mildew, locusts, famine, and pestilence (Amos 4:6-10). The prophet Haggai pointed to a drought as evidence that God was calling the people to get their priorities in order (Hag. 1:10-11)The New Testament begins with a special light in the heavens marking the birth of the Messiah (Matt. 2:2). On the day that Jesus was crucified, there was three hours of darkness and an earthquake (Matt. 27:45-51). When Jesus returns, the earth will experience the greatest earthquake in its history as every mountain is lowered, every valley is raised, and every island is moved (Rev. 16:17-21).God has always spoken through signs of nature, and He continues to do so today. We had better pay close attention to them.
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