6th December 2016
The Lord gave me the following phrase last night – ‘Cataclysm looms’.
That’s two posts in a row now that well… lets face it… are not particularly cheerful ones. To be told that ‘devastation’ and ‘cataclysm’ are on their way and will shortly arrive is unlikely to make anyone’s heart fill with joy and peace, including mine. I’ll cover that aspect further on in this post, because it is something that troubles some christians as well as many non-christians.
A ‘cataclysm’ by the way is a momentous and violent event marked by overwhelming upheaval which is often coupled with demolition and destruction.’ The far-reaching changes caused by a cataclysm can never be undone. We mostly associate the word with natural events, but it also can be applied to huge social and political upheaval. For example, World War II was a cataclysmic event that brought huge and very wide-spread social and political upheaval to many countries. It was accompanied by demolition and destruction on a grand scale, and the political and social landscape of Europe after the war ended up entirely different to what it had been prior to that war.
One could probably also apply the word ‘cataclysmic’ to the French Revolution, which ultimately spanned a period of 10 years (from 1789 to 1799) and is considered by modern historians to be one of the most significant events in human history. There was much social upheaval and political turmoil associated with this event, and ultimately it unleashed a wave of global conflicts that extended from the Caribbean to the Middle East.
The word ‘looms’ further emphasises this ‘hugeness’. When something ‘looms before you’, it means that something comes into your view that is of great and portentous size. However its finer details are still indistinct eg. the mountainous island loomed on the horizon.
This post follows on from my previous post on the 17th November, titled ‘Devastation”.
As yet, I don’t have any real idea of the nature of this ‘cataclysm’. All I can tell you is that it will be huge in scale, and will most likely affect many countries, perhaps not all of them immediately. A ‘cataclysm’ is also ‘something’ that causes a very large number of separate, distinct and more localized individual ‘catastrophes’ or ‘disasters’ of diverse types to occur as a consequence.
Lately, numerous disasters in many places around the world have each played their own individual part- both small and large – in reducing global food supply. Those things have till now been largely the ‘birth-pangs’ referred to in Matthew 24 verses 7 and 8 which read: “The nations and kingdoms of the earth will rise against each other, and there will be famines and earthquakes in many places. But all this will be only the beginning of the horrors to come.”
As any reader can see, there’s nothing at all cheerful to be found in that short bible passage either.
As if to give emphasis to the food shortage aspect, I ‘co-incidentally’ came across an article published in the New Zealand Herald in the late afternoon of the 6th December, the same date as this post. That article gave details of so-called ‘dead zones’ that now exist in various oceans around the world, and discussed in particular the very recent discovery of “A huge, mysterious ‘dead zone’ – 60,000 sq km devoid of oxygen and life – in the Indian Ocean to the west of Australia.”
Such areas of ocean are more technically referred to as ‘hypoxic zones’, where the amount of dissolved oxygen has sunk so low, it is impossible for animal life whose continued existence depends on the oxygen they can extract from the water; to survive.
Oceanic ‘dead zones’ are not so unusual, according to this article I found on the National Ocean Service operated by NOAA. To quote from this article:
“Hypoxic zones can occur naturally, but scientists are concerned about the areas created or enhanced by human activity. There are many physical, chemical, and biological factors that combine to create dead zones, but nutrient pollution is the primary cause of those zones created by humans. Excess nutrients that run off land or are piped as waste-water into rivers and coasts can stimulate an overgrowth of algae, which then sinks and decomposes in the water. The decomposition process consumes oxygen and depletes the supply available to healthy marine life…”
…Dead zones occur in many areas of the country, particularly along the East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Great Lakes, but there is no part of the country or the world that is immune. The second largest dead zone in the world is located in the U.S., in the northern Gulf of Mexico.”
So why does the Lord tell seers and prophets such gloomy stuff? To many, it just doesn’t fit with a belief that God is ‘love’.
I’ll attempt a real-life illustration. I live in an area that is close to the ocean. If the authorities told me that a huge tidal wave was headed in my direction, of such size that it will sweep my house away along with everything I own, I would – initially – not be in the least bit over-joyed to hear this. But… (hopefully), I’d snap out of that state pretty quickly. In fact I’d be grateful that this early warning of the event means I’ve got sufficient time to gather together a few of my more precious personal items, along with a food and water supply, work out where I and my family will go to, check that my immediate neighbours were also informed, and maybe even make sure that my house and contents insurance is up-to-date.
That’s the point I’m making. God tells seers and prophets these kind of unpleasant uncomfortable things before they happen, so that both themselves and those they have a responsibility to tell, have adequate time to prepare for them..
These days though, most simply don’t want to hear about such things, for all kinds of reasons which I won’t go into.
One other point I believe I should make is that the passage in Matthew 24 I referred to earlier is simply stating that the things it mentions will occur. God is not the one causing them to happen, they are nothing more than the consequences that will arise as a result of bad, evil, or reckless decisions made by men. You can’t for example, blame God for the atmospheric pollution now clearly evident in some major cities of the world.
For the time being I will not be making any more postings to this blog. The Lord will of course continue to speak individually to those who will listen to Him and who will as well do what HE tells them to do.
Isaiah 55:6 “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”