When God speaks a name twice

Blessed, not oppressed, by the times

Iceland's Most Feared Volcano Ready To Erupt
"An Icelandic stratovolcano, one the country’s most active, could erupt at any time according to a leading geophysicist. University of Iceland geophysicist Pall Einarsson said Wednesday that measurement instruments have shown “unusual” magma movements around the Hekla volcano in recent days. According to Ríkisútvarpið RUV – The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service - the GPS movements around Hekla in the past few days are real. Civil disaster authorities and local emergency authorities in the country also were notified Wednesday of the possibility of an eruption." Irish Weather online has the story, plus more about Hekla.
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You notice Eyja, Katla, and Hekla in the lower center of the country. The scale of miles shows the three volcanoes between 15 and 30 miles apart from each other, roughly.

You might remember Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland's volcano that erupted between March-May 2010, disrupting the globe's air commerce and causing travel chaos and revenue loss. At that time, all the airlines estimated their losses at $1.7billion. These natural disasters are costing the world billions and billions of dollars. It isn't just the money loss, but time lost, transport of goods lost, employment lost. Time Magazine did a recent article on natural disaster sticker shock, "What extreme weather costs the US". They wrote that "a study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research estimates that the bottom-line cost of all the meteorological craziness is a staggering $485 billion per year in the U.S. alone, as much as 3.4% of the country's GDP."

In May 2011, Bloomberg Business News wrote, "Lloyd's of London, the world's largest insurance market, has estimated net claims of $3.8 billion before tax from this year's Japan and New Zealand earthquakes and Australian floods." Two billion of that was the Japan quake and tsunami alone. Can the world keep paying for disaster cleanup and reconstruction? No. Especially since they will keep occurring and on consistently larger scales. Just as one day we hear of Mount Soputan in Indonesia erupting this week, with Chile's Puyehue still erupting, Nabro in Eritrea which never erupted suddenly going off, and now a resumption of Iceland's volcanoes showing magma on the move is too much to keep up with. And three US nuke plants in trouble simultaneously - check physicist Michio Kaku's essay on that one. No, we cannot afford the continual shaking of the world from below, surface and above. But neither can we ignore the spiritual shaking.

That is what this is all about, shaking un-believers from their stance that this is all natural. It isn't  of course. They are birth pangs, getting ready to ramp up into labor, which will result in a bloody mess that will finally produce a clean and pure Kingdom.

I'm sad at the process that will mean death and hell for many people caught in these disasters, but I am also thrilled at His power. He put us here at this time for a reason. Every believer has a purpose and aside from the common purpose of making disciples that applies to all of us, we each have a unique purpose to accomplish His will. Is it to ring the warning bell as a watchman? It it to exude peace in uncertain times? Is it to go on mission to Muslim nations? Is it to be a steady church-goer and encourage the body? Pray for His will to be revealed in your life. He has one and after the Apostles founding the church, this age is unique in all the church age! Feel blessed by the times, not oppressed.

How thrilling to watch the pages of the bible rip open each day as His words become alive in the world. We are living in biblical times as surely as the Israelites who saw the Red Sea parting, or who saw the Walls of Jericho fall down or who helped construct Solomon's temple, or who saw Lazarus emerge from the tomb or who went on mission with Peter Paul and witnessed miraculous healing. I am in awe of the promises that are written coming true before my eyes. Each day brings miracles in themselves and I glory in Him who has the entire world in His hands, and in which, someone, somewhere may finally turn from their sin and say, this is not all a coincidence. Jesus, I believe."

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  1. Hi Elizabeth, did you see the news reports about the duststorm in Arizona? I know it isn't really a huge disaster but the pictures are epic.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/its-called-a-haboob-howling-winds-drive-massive-dust-storm-across-phoenix/

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  2. Hi Anonymous,

    Yes, I saw that yesterday and I've been researching to see the frequency of whether that is a common phenomenon or not. I've posted photos before of the dust storms that swallow whole cities, but they are in Saudi or Dubai or places like that! It's really weird to see ones like that occurring in the US!!

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  3. There was also just an earthquake off the coast of New Zealand and a tsunami warning there. Busy couple of days, eh??!

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/07/06/tsunami-warning-for-kermadec-islands-after-powerful-earthquake/

    These are most definitely thrilling times. I'm so blessed to be present for them, and so glad that Jesus saved me. These pangs are the worst we can expect to endure as Christians, and I am so amazed regularly now at the news and its prophetic implications!

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  4. Never mind-- just saw that the tsunmai warning is still in place, but it will not reach the land. No danger!

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  5. "someone, somewhere may finally turn from their sin and say, this is not all a coincidence. Jesus, I believe."

    Apart from the fact that this all points to the soon end of current human history and the coming reign of King Jesus this is the most exciting to me!

    I get joy when I think about the revival that will take place during the tribulation but am I right in thinking there will be one? I know many will harden their hearts towards God but I know of the 144,000 and well, then there's the judgements themselves and the rapture that I believe will wake people up. Thanks so much :)

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  6. Hi Anonymous,

    Yes, there will be multitudes saved during the Tribulation. When the Rapture happens, all the true believers will be gone, and the Holy Spirit's indwelling presence will be gone too. He will revert to His ministry in the Old Testament times (since the 7-year tribulation is actually called "The Time of Jacob's Trouble" and concerns the Jews) it makes sense the Spirit's ministry also reverts to 'coming upon' but not indwelling.

    However, the act of the Rapture will awaken many fence-sitters whose hearts were not closed to the Gospel but who hadn't made a decision yet. There will be many saved, I surmise, simply because the Rapture is a sign.

    Then the LORD will supernaturally seal 144,000 Jews for evangelistic work, and many will be saved from that. (Rev 7:9-17).

    And of course we also know that a remnant will be saved, the Jews who were directed by Jesus in Mt 24 to flee to the wilderness (Petra) will be preserved throughout the Tribulation. Petra is said to hold as many as 2 million, but no one knows the number of Jews who eventually claim Jesus as savior, but it WILL be a remnant, some number being preserved and saved.

    As far as a "revival" as we usually think of it, I don't think so. I believe many will be saved, but just as soon as they are saved they will be hunted and martyred. There will likely be laws against gathering in numbers, in building churches, in meeting in public. Because Rev 13:15-17 shows that those who refuse to worship the Beast and won't take the mark will be excluded from the economy, likely sparking a large underground in commerce just so they can stay alive long enough to get food and trade some goods. It will be furtive, individual, and death comes quickly to most who believe. It won't be the joyous, sweeping, gathering of multitudes that we usually think of as revival. That happens in heaven! (Rev 7:10)

    You can see the noose tightening even now. In Muslim countries the permit to build a church is often denied, gatherings of more than two or three Christians in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, are forbidden. Churches are burned and pastors killed with regularity. Think of how much *more* difficult it will be when the earth is given over to satan AND the Holy Spirit doesn't restrain!

    Multitudes of believing martyrs, yes. Revival, no. At least not as we define it these days.

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  7. Hello Elizabeth, the analogy of the kingdom of God with the comparrison of birth is right, even with it becoming a bloody mess. The blood that will be poured out will be great. I dont wanna make this a blood thing but it is all about the blood. The reason for the blood is because someone (Satan) involing himself in matters (Creation)(Was not meant for mankind to have the knowledge of Evil) that did not concern him. This is what made this a blood thing because CHRIST!! THE LORD JESUS blood had to be shed for the forgivness of our sins. Yes the kingdom of God analogy with the birth pains and with the blood I like it. Blood so much to be shed by this 4th and final beast even by this 8th and final king. Even for they shall be given blood to drink because of all the blood that they have shed upon the earth.

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