Today another sinkhole has opened in China. In the original article linked above, I noted that the Chinese have been fearing the sudden outbreak of sinkhole activity lately but today's article states that there have been 35 since April. That is a high amount of activity if you ask me.
In other interesting underground news, a pipeline unexpectedly broke in Salt Lake City, Utah, spilling 500 barrels into a protected creek and water system. Officials are perplexed as to the reason the pipe broke. The oil is still leaking and the main concern at this point is to prevent the oil from reaching Great Salt Lake.
And just today, another mine collapse kills one, this time in Ukraine. In America, the disasters have a human toll behind them. As Tom O'Connor writes for the Kansas City.Com, "Amid the horrific scenes of the BP oil spill, we should not neglect the fact that 11 workers died on the rig when it exploded April 20. Nor should we neglect the daily carnage that workers suffer on the job in America. It's been a very bad couple of months for worker safety: Seven dead in Washington following the explosion of the Tesoro refinery. Six dead in Connecticut in the Kleen Energy power plant explosion. Twenty-nine dead in West Virginia's Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. And 11 dead in the Gulf of Mexico oil rig collapse."
Isaiah said that the "earth is also defiled under its inhabitants" and we see from recent events how deeply we have defiled it, with our sin and with our waste. And even as I write this, a 7.5 earthquake happened yesterday in Indonesia, and was followed up by another one off Japan, a 6.1 magnitude. Volcano Katla in Iceland, a potentially disruptive volcano, which has historically erupted following the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull (which first erupted April 14). Katla awoke suddenly yesterday and has evidenced 11 earthquakes in 24 hours. Katla is ten times more powerful than Eyja and has the potential to cause tremendous climate change, as in, winter all year long for years at a time.
What exactly is going on, only God knows. We do know what he has shared with us from His word, in His grace and in His mercy, to warn us in advance: things will get a lot worse. Things won't work any more, and I'm not talking about man-made things like pipes and sewers and electricity etc; I am saying that the sun won't work. The Earth won't work. The moon won't work. The oceans will fail. These things will happen, and can only be caused by the supernatural power of God Himself. It happened before, Joshua saw that the earth stood still and the moon stood still. And God will do it again, cause changes in the earth and the other planetary bodies that only He can do. Has that change begun? Is the earth cracking? Isaiah prophesies that IT WILL crack entirely open.
Isaiah 24 speaks to the earth's reeling and cracking in several places. The 24th chapter speaks to "The Last Times of the World in General, and of Judah and the Church in Particular:"
Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty and makes it waste, Distorts its surface, And scatters abroad its inhabitants. (Is 24:1)The earth will crack up. Has that cracking begun? In my opinion, yes. However, as a saved Christian, that question for me is academic one. I am secure in the knowledge of His mercy and saving grace, extended to me through His Son. No man comes to the Father except by Jesus, and I have entered that door. He received me and I am still on my knees in gratitude. At the appropriate moment, He is coming to gather His own to His bosom so that we may be where he is, always and forevermore. That is known in the bible as the rapture and it is found in the books of 1 Cor. 15:35-53 and in 1 Thes. 4:16-18. I do not have to worry about being on a planet that is cracking up, reeling to and fro like a drunkard. You don't have to worry, either, if you acknowledge that you are a sinner, and turn away from your sins to Jesus as your Savior and Lord! Go through that door, prayer is the beginning. He is waiting with open arms!
The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, Because they have transgressed the laws, Changed the ordinance, Broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, (Is 24:5-6)
And the foundations of the earth are shaken. The earth is violently broken, The earth is split open, The earth is shaken exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, And shall totter like a hut; (Isaiah 18b-20)