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Animals Know It – People Know It

by Don McGee

Oh, one more thing…

     In some circles there is substantial debate regarding the ability of animals to sense coming disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and storms.  Though some have seen what they call clear evidence of this, it is not easy to prove because it is very difficult to conduct controlled tests that combine natural disasters and atypical behavior in livestock, wildlife or pets prior to a special event.

     Humans, however, are at times definitely able to sense impending anomalies.  It may be that anxiety sometimes allows for a heightened sense of perception as is the case when a person enters a dangerous situation.  It could also be the result of experience.  Some call it premonition, others call it instinct and still others describe it as the voice that speaks without using words.

     What is interesting, though, is that it happens.  And it is not only happening world wide right now, but the tension surrounding it is without doubt deepening.  It seems to be like an increasing tautness in a guitar string that is being tightened beyond its limits.

     A few days ago a man said to Valerie and me during a discussion of the Wuhan virus situation, that the people with whom he works are becoming more tense and irritable these days.  They want answers for the fear and anxiety they have, and at times they cannot even put it all into words.

     He has told them what is going on from the spiritual perspective, but nobody wants to hear that.  In fact, they become angry and impulsive when they hear what God has said about the way life would be in the season of Jesus’ return for His church.  So now he simply remains silent.

     Being silent in such a situation seems to be what Jesus meant about shaking the dust off your shoes and not casting your pearls before hogs.

    Eight years ago the matter of people sensing some kind of forboding event that seems to be imminent was addressed in the closing words of the CSM Newsletter of April 2012 regarding the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of Titanic.  In the years since then people’s general uneasiness regarding the approach of such a calamitous event has not dimenished.  In fact, it has increased substantially.

     There have been plateaus where the voice with no words has been suppressed by pleasant events, yet anxiety has been ever present.  It seems that in the dark and quiet of the night even some Christians feel the heavy presence of a dark pall being drawn over their souls. They often become fearful and anxious and are thus robbed of peace and restful sleep.

     This is unfortunate because this should not be the case for Christians.  We not only have the promise that the One who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4), but Christians also have both peace with God (Romans 5:1) and the peace of God (Phil 4:7).  The difference between the two is vast but that subject is for another time.

     The issue addressed today is the fact that people seem to know something is imminent, and they seem to know that whatever it is, it is not good.  And this is causing them to become increasingly nervous and often bad-tempered.

     And it is more than the Wuhan virus pandemic.  ISIS, the growing economic power China has over the U.S., the resurgence of militant Russia, political and social hatred, the U.S. government’s increasing suppression of the Constitution and the list could go on.  These things are having a cumulative effect upon people that is troubling.

     I haven’t done the work needed to measure such an anxiety curve, and I don’t sense that such a curve is necessarily exponential.  But this I do know:  what we are seeing is much more than a herd of cattle bunching up prior to a thunderstorm!

     God is using this situation to show the world – including the U.S. – that He does have a point at which He will remove His hand from human affairs.  To be blunt, God is showing us clearly that He is not beyond allowing our beloved country to be touched where it hurts.

     The oligarchal leadership that ramped up in the days of FDR’s administration was rooted in materialism, political power over and control of people and their lives, estrangement from God and hyper pride in self.  Our country has since delighted in this self-destructive dance away from God; it could be that now, however, the piper must be paid.

     What the majority in our country cannot bring themselves to understand is that it is actually these things – including, of course, the Chinese virus – that has gotten us into this most unstable and unsustainable situation.  And because we choose to not accept this truth there is, therefore, no massive public outcry for a change in the moral direction of our leadership and of our people.

     When the cold war allegedly ended in the early 1990s some people thought that finally our country would be in a position of relative security.  Well, that kind of thinking didn’t last long.  It was was shot-through with rising Islamicism, its attack on 9-11 and the soaring national debt fueled by the drive toward socialism.  Further, no nation that is so totally immersed in the cesspool of depravity – as is ours – is actually secure from any threat; especially threats that exploit a nation’s godless collective choices.

     People fear something is coming but they don’t know what.  That should not surprise anyone because a society that does not really believe in God naturally does not believe God; thus there is no remorse for its sins.  Basically it does not identify what is happening as His call to repentance.

     The general sense of people’s fear of the unknown has never really gone away.  It has always been alive and well like a dormant pathogen lurking under the thin façade of narcissism, materialism and hedonism.

     Nationally we refuse to repent for our judicially-endorced, sewer-level moral depravity.  We choose, rather, to not only further estrange ourselves from God but to contemptuously throw our horrendous sins in His face.

     Our arrogance has caused us to laugh in the face of God even as He issues graphic warnings regarding the consequences of our sin.  The following is the warning God sent to Judah and Jerusalem through the prophet Isaiah 2700 years ago.

     These words from Isaiah 2:11-22 were for the immediate application to God’s own people.  It is, however, very clear that the judgment principle contained therein applies to the entire world including our beloved country.  Note carefully some of the terms used.  The emphasis is  mine.

11 The pride of mankind will be humbled,
and human loftiness will be brought low;
the Lord alone will be exalted on that day.

12 For a day belonging to the Lord of Armies is coming
against all that is proud and lofty,
against all that is lifted up—it will be humbled—
13 against all the cedars of Lebanon,
lofty and lifted up,
against all the oaks of Bashan,
14 against all the high mountains,
against all the lofty hills,
15 against every high tower,
against every fortified wall,
16 against every ship of Tarshish,
and against every splendid sea vessel.
17 The pride of mankind will be brought low,
and human loftiness will be humbled;
the Lord alone will be exalted on that day.
18 The worthless idols will vanish completely.

19 People will go into caves in the rocks
and holes in the ground,
away from the terror of the Lord
and from his majestic splendor,
when he rises to terrify the earth.
20 On that day people will throw
their worthless idols of silver and gold,
which they made to worship,
to the moles and the bats.
21 They will go into the caves of the rocks
and the crevices in the cliffs,
away from the terror of the Lord
and from his majestic splendor,
when he rises to terrify the earth.
22 Put no more trust in a mere human,
who has only the breath in his nostrils.
What is he really worth?

(CSB)

So judgement came to God’s beloved people for their sin just as the prophet foretold.

     Hiding from something by going into holes, caves, crevices…?  Does this remind you of anything?

Perhaps the impending doom that is being sensed by so many people today is similar to that which the citizens of Judah might have felt just before everything came apart all those centuries ago.  Superficial things are somewhat different now, but as was said above even today we have our own kind of caves and holes into which we have retreated.

     Yeah, people with any degree of discernment, even some of those who know nothing about God and what He has said, seem to believe that something is about to happen; just as animals sometimes know.

     To most people the “something” is unknown.  But Christians know exactly where this is going.  This is about the imminent removal of the church at what is commonly referred to as the rapture.  The day cannot be known, but the season seems to be obvious.

     Christians also know that our population’s current uneasiness points to the fact that we may see very troubling times even prior to the removal of the church.  Troubling times that might be far worse than the Wuhan virus pandemic.

     All unbelievers from elitist social-climbers to uncouth brutes laugh and mock at such a thought as they presently hunker down in their holes and caves.  It is true that some holes and caves are rustic while others are equipped with $24,000 refrigerators filled with expensive ice cream, but in their sin and rejection of the truth the  people therein are all the same.

     If a catastrophic event happens basic commodities will suddenly become much more valuable than money and expensive toys.  Been seeing anything lately about restrictions on food purchases?  Tried to order food from survival food companies?  Heard anything about meat processing plants reducing output?  I wonder – has Spam ever been hoarded?

     Living in a mansion that quickly becomes hot, humid and dirty with the only fresh water being that in a toilet tank will shake an elitist to the core.  Further, armed thugs who come knocking will do what they want with their victims and with their victim’s possessions.

     Since many such potential victims are too refined and socially correct to have a weapon they know how to use, I suppose they will simply have to fall on their faces begging for mercy which will not be forthcoming.  Or perhaps they will show the thugs their credentials and official pedigrees.  I’m sure that will protect them.

     It should be our prayer that something like this will not be required to bring our country to her knees in repentance, but we have no guarantee that it won’t.  Then again, we have no guarantee that such an event will even be successful in bringing us to repentance.

     We know that the church will not go through any aspect of the tribulation, but we don’t know if we will experience tribulation in our country prior to the rapture.  Christians in other countries are certainly experiencing it.

     But there is one thing that is for certain:  there will be horrific tribulation in this country post-rapture.

I wonder what people might do with something like a 9.0 earthquake that is concurrent with the sudden and unexplained disappearance of multitudes.  No electricity, no highways, no airports, no fuel pipelines, no police and fire protection, no weapons, no hired help that has weapons, no civil authority, no water.

     This will not be a pleasant time for those left behind.  Comparitively speaking the Wuhan virus situation is a walk in the park.  People will see a depth of horror that is unprecedented in the history of humanity with multitudes not only suffering and dying terrible deaths but losing their souls in the process.

     Why must it happen this way?  Because when humanity dismisses God, He does its bidding.  That is, He takes His people and leaves.

     A person unknown to me personally once said, “Rejoice, church.  The world is rapidly becoming gloriously dark!”

 

Don McGee resides in Amite, Louisiana and is a retired minister of the Gospel.  He has been a student of Bible Prophecy for many years.




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