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Volcanic ash restrictions paralyse Europe as the heavens and the earth are shaken

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Isaiah 13 [13] Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. [14] And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.

Luke 21 [10] Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: [11] And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. [12] But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you , delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. [13] And it shall turn to you for a testimony. [14] Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: [15] For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. [16] And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. [17] And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. [18] But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

Eyjafjallajokul (pronounced ay-yah-FYAH-lah-yer-kuhl) erupted in April for the first time in nearly two centuries. During its last eruption, starting in 1821, its emissions rumbled on for two years...There are fewer sights more fearful than the eruption of a volcano ... The April 14 eruption at Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano forced most countries in northern Europe to shut their airspace between April 15-20, grounding more than 100,000 flights and an estimated 10 million travellers worldwide. The shutdown cost airlines more than $2 billion, and carriers complained about what they described as arbitrary closures. British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh called the latest disruptions "a gross overreaction to a very minor risk."

"Overreaction" is a polite cover for an emotion rooted in "fear" - an intense trepidation concerning the unknown ...but the word of God is familiar with these fearful phenomena described as what Christians are to expect as a sign of things to come. The Bible gives several assurances not to fear...and I wrote a blog - Truths to defeat pessimism - helping us to live above apocalyptic and other sources of unfounded pessimism and receive all times with joy. But there are some issues:

1. Christians over the years have deluged their thinking with secular fantasy instead of the undiluted word and can no more come to accept the reality of the end-times...a real time leading to the return of our Lord. Most Christians do not have a sense of end-times even when the signs are so clear. Our brains are already programmed to reject apocalyptic implications of recent happenings.

2. The associated events make the end-times so horrible in an era of frivolity, ease and fun unlike that of the early Christians who looked forward to these times. The nearness to eternal joys in God's heaven excites a people confident and looking forward to going there. For those distant from eternal assurances, only a nervous fear of denial of present thrills persists.

3. Saints in the early centuries of Christianity believed the end-times would usher the golden age in which God manifests wonders never been seen before...Today many who think like this are seen as"escapist" nuts...even especially by other "easier to live with" Christians afraid to be called "nuts".

4. The predictions of "Persecution of the saints" and "Hatred of the faithful" disturbs many making plans to market mega-churches, pseudofaith social centers and new business ventures. See my article on "The filth of the world".

5. Every Christian perhaps like early saints should be saying "Maranatha ... Come Lord". The top priority on every mind, editorial, post etc . should be "How ready am I for His return?" instead of the risky current pastime of trifling with and stretching interpretation of scripture to resolve perceived ambiguities. I find a new penchant for circuitous debates and unending commentaries on marriage, choice and now (who knows)perhaps racial harmony. Distractions over matters God has already interpreted Himself clearly and also at a time when we need comprehensive self-scans on if we are on the "narrow" path...rather than broadening the all-comers runway on which one can land the Concorde.

What if the eruptions continue for months and years? The last one in 1821 did. God has many triggers to wake us up and/or shut down all we hold most dear and refuse to count as loss. How ready are we for the Saviour's return? If we are unprepared we are lucky to be nervous and fearful only if this leads us to reconsider our ways...and make necessary amendments.

Haggai 2[5] According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not. [6] For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land ; [7] And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. [8] The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.

Exodus 19[16] And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. [17] And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. [18] And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. [19] And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. [20] And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up. [21] And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish. [22] And let the priests also, which come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves, lest the LORD break forth upon them.

God uses signs and wonders to compel a hard, sophisticated and cultured people admit that He is indeed incomparable.

Exodus 8[19] Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said

1. God is getting the attention of the saints who left Egypt but Egypt has not left them ... especially in the Western axis of enlightenment...he concludes "let the priests sanctify themselves" ... Enough of humanism and populist is time to come out.
2. God is fiercely angry with the Gospel of Greed and the hoarding, squandering and worship of that which belongs to Him...He is thundering as He shakes " the silver is mine and the Gold is mine."
3. God is getting the attention of the world perhaps in the language they understand - a shaking that freezes commerce and travel ...even as "every man turns to his own people and flees to his own land"...His fierce anger with a people that have put Him aside can no more be contained.

Why is God using these extreme measures? Perhaps the time is short and a loving father wants all His children back Do not harden your hearts ...rededicate your life to Jesus now.

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