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Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the people of Japan who have been devastated by the terrible earthquake(s), tsunami(s), and now face the grim prospect of a nuclear meltdown. Our horror as we watch these scenes can only be exceeded by that of those who have lived through them. At time such as this our minds turn to God.  Does He have a role in it? Apparently, He has a role to play, but we have been so mistaken as to what that role is.

Listen carefully as Jesus talks about disasters that occurred in His day, He asks, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish” (Luke 13:4, NIV).

Disasters occur because God is not there to  protect; He has been pushed out, and we have the Biblical data to prove it. God does not kill, but sinners perish. The Japanese people are not more or less guilty than the rest of the world. In their disaster we see a picture of our own fate, unless we repent.

Here are just a few statements by Ellen G. White that seemed appropriate for us to think about at this time:

“John [the Revelator] was a witness of the terrible scenes that will take place as signs of Christ’s coming. He saw armies mustering for battle, and men’s hearts failing them for fear. He saw the earth move out of its place, the mountains carried into the midst of the sea, the waves thereof roaring and troubled. He saw the vials of God’s wrath opened, and pestilence, famine, and death come upon the inhabitants of the earth.

“Already the restraining Spirit of God is being withdrawn from the world. Hurricanes, storms, tempests, fire and flood, disasters by sea and land follow each other in quick succession. Science seeks to explain all these. The signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God, are attributed to any other than the true cause. Men cannot discern the sentinel angels restraining the four winds that they shall not blow until the servants of God are sealed, but, when God shall bid His angels loose the winds, there will be such a scene of strife as no pen can picture” (Ms. 84, undated)

“Already sprinklings from the vials of God’s wrath have been let fall upon land and sea, affecting the elements of the air. The cause[s] of these unusual conditions are being search for, but in vain.

“God has not restrained the powers of darkness. . . .These things are the result of drops from the vials of God’s wrath being sprinkled on the earth” (Ms. 24, 1/1891)

“The enemy has worked, and he is working still. He is come down in great power, and the Spirit of God is being withdrawn from the earth. God has withdrawn His hand. We have only to look at the Johnstown [Pennsylvania] flood. He did not prevent the devil from wiping that whole city out of existence. And these very things will increase until the very close of this earth’s history” (Ms. 5, 6/19/1889).

“The vials of God’s wrath and the sprinkling of them are already coming. . . . You hear of calamities by land and sea, and they are constantly increasing. What is the matter? –the Spirit of God is taken away from those who have the lives of men in their hands, and Satan is coming in to control them” (Ms. 1, 2/1/1890).

“Satan has charged God with Satanic attributes” (Ms. 39, 10/9/1894).

“When God’s restraining hand is removed, the destroyer begins his work. . . . The Lord puts constraint upon His own attributes. Omnipotence is exerted over Omnipotence Himself. . . . Ere long there will be a sudden change in God’s dealings. . . . God’s Spirit will not always strive with men” (Ms. 127, 11/22/1897).

 

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