The Salvation Message in the Age of disasters
Recently, unheard-of disasters have been rampant. Climate change caused by global warming and unpredictable disasters that occur consequently are being reported through various mass media outlets every day. Furthermore, earthquakes are occurring more frequently and causing greater damages than ever before.
According to a detailed report by the mass media, in Africa where the average annual low temperature used to be over 10°C [50°F], some people froze to death because the temperature dropped to below zero celsius [32°F]. On the contrary, Siberia, the frozen land, suffered from a record-breaking heat wave which caused multiple deaths. When people on one side of the earth were suffering from an unprecedented drought, those on the other side of the earth suffered from heavy rainfalls; torrential rains poured down even in dry desert areas, and many people died from floods. Antarctic glaciers and Mt. Kilimanjaro’s ice cap and the Himalayan glaciers are melting at a rapid and alarming rate, and island countries in the South Pacific are being submerged due to rising sea levels and most of the residents have moved to nearby countries. The world is now being driven into such abnormal situations.
God has already prophesied and warned of disasters occurring in this age, through the Bible. Let’s take a look at the related Bible prophecies, which give us insight into how to discern the present time, one after another.
Eze 7:3-10 “. . . This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Disaster! An unheard of disaster is coming. The end has come! The end has come! It has roused itself against you. It has come! Doom has come upon you—you who dwell in the land. The time has come, the day is near; there is panic, not joy, upon the mountains. I am about to pour out my wrath on you and spend my anger against you; I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices.”
According to God’s prophetic warnings, unheard-of and unprecedented disasters are now rampant all around us. Then, what causes of these disasters? The Bible says that all these disasters pour down upon earth because people ignore the everlasting covenant.
Isa 24:1-6 “See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; he will ruin its face and scatter its inhabitants—it will be the same for priest as for people, for master as for servant . . . The earth will be completely laid waste and totally plundered. The LORD has spoken this word. The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish. The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.”
God says that the earth will be laid waste and devastated because its inhabitants have disobeyed His laws and broken His covenant. This generation is rushing into the situation prophesied. Considering the ongoing problems such as the extinction of many species of life caused by climate change and natural disasters and the rapid desertification because of drought and famine, we cannot help but pay closer attention to the prophecies of the Bible. Since God punishes people who do not keep the everlasting covenant, if we keep the everlasting covenant, we will surely be able to escape the last disasters, don’t we? Then, what is the everlasting covenant by which we can escape last disasters? Let us find out what the everlasting covenant is written in Hebrews.
Heb 13:20 “May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep.”
As it reads, the “blood” of the eternal covenant, the everlasting covenant must be established by Jesus’ blood. In other words, the covenant Jesus established with His blood is the everlasting covenant. What does the Bible call the covenant established by Jesus’ blood? It is only the New Covenant Passover.
Lk 22:15, 20 “And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. . . In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”
The Passover of the New covenant is the everlasting covenant. It is the only way to escape the last disasters. When we look at the origin of the Passover, we can find out the promise of God which says those who keep the Passover will be protected from the disasters.
Ex 12:11-13 “This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover. On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn—both men and animals—and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.”
Now is the age of disasters. The unheard-of disasters have been rampant throughout the world. However, we do not need to fear those disasters anymore because God is protecting us when we receive His sign by keeping the Passover. Nowadays, World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) keeps the Passover according to the teachings of the Bible. Please come to WMSCOG and keep the Passover and be protected from the last disasters with us.