In my opinion, they have been given a sign of what is to come and they should know that each time God does something and you return to the way it was, each time you harden your heart toward what He can do. I heard when in Cebu Philippines from Bishop Ben Tagud right after I had taught in the bible school, “students he said, God has given us a sign or a warning that we need to return back to him. Bishop Tagud quoted this scripture and then sang a chorus on that same scripture. He said that God was showing them that if we would do what the scripture says He will heal our land”. Bishop Tagud is exactly right, God gave a warning to His people to turn to Him. Many people lost their lives both saved and unsaved, and it is the latter that really bothers me. Did they surrender their hearts to the Lord? Did they speak the name of Jesus with their last breath? We don’t know but this we do know, God is not playing, He is in this for your soul.
I had many people tell me when I was in the Philippines this past November of how thankful they were that God rescued them, to which I would ask them “do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? The problem for me was when they answered God rescued me and that was enough. For all of you to know, that is not enough and unless you have that one on one relationship with Him you have nothing. God gave those who do not know Him another opportunity to receive him and if they turn away their heart will become even harder and maybe the next time it is too late. Maybe the next time the trumpet sounds and Christ returns. When that trumpet sounds time is no more as we know it and there are no second chances or third chances. As Jesus said on the cross, “It is Finished”. (John 19:30)
Those who were given another chance no matter what the circumstance, a car accident, a severe sickness, a typhoon, an earthquake, this could be your last chance to receive Jesus before He returns, only God knows. The importance to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior is never so prevalent as it is right now. I am certain from the things I read in the bible that “No one knows the day or the hour” and surely God cannot allow what is going on in our world today to continue. People turning from Him left and right with no real justification as to why other than they believe in what they see and not in what they don’t see.
People, I have no idea how much time we have left on this earth, but I think it would be better to have pain and suffering in my life and when I die go to heaven than it would to have perfect health and everything I ever wanted and die and never know Jesus as my savior. Jesus came and died just for you so that you can have eternal life free from pain and suffering. God loves you more than you will ever know and if you don’t know how much that is, just look at how much He loves Jesus. There is no time like right now to look to heaven and say in your heart Father forgive me. Come into my life and take control. I accept you as my Lord and Savior. In the Name of Jesus, Amen. "But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mark 13:32) Do you really want to take that chance of not knowing Jesus has your Lord and Savior? The choice is yours and I pray you make the right one!