I attach a few slides of the December 26, 2004 Indonesia 9.0 massive earthquake, which triggered a 40-foot Tidal Wave that slammed into villages and seaside resorts across southern and southeast Asia, killing so far 150,000 in 11 countries. Please look at the slides and notice what God has to say about Tidal Waves. If there was ever a time when we needed to be familiar with what has been written for our benefit in The Great Controversy, it is now:
1. The tidal wave “at least 23,000 times as strong as the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima . . . The 9.0 quake caused a seismic shift so intense, it shook the planet like a bell being rung, wobbling the Earth on its axis and permanently altering the map, moving some islands in the region more than 20 meters.”
2. The killer wave moved at the incredible speed of 500 miles per hour and caught everyone by surprise.
3. Compare the tall buildings along the Indonesia coast with the Tidal Wave. The people in the cars driving along the seacoast did not even realize the 40-foot killer wave which found itself just a few hundred feet off the coast. You should be able to view the slide better if you adjust your screen to 200%.
4. Notice how far back the tide receded before coming back to destroy.
5. People were caught completely by surprise.
6. Notice the man on top of the blue truck in the photo. If you look carefully you will also notice a man with a young boy on his shoulders.
“Satan delights in war . . . for he can thus divert the minds of the people from the work of preparation to stand in the day of God.
“He has studied the secrets of the laboratories of nature, and he uses all his power to control the elements as far as God allows. When he was suffered to afflict Job, how quickly flocks and herds, servants, houses, children, were swept away, one trouble succeeding another as in a moment. It is God that shields His creatures and hedges them in from the power of the destroyer. But the Christian world have shown contempt for the law of Jehovah; and the Lord will do just what He has declared that He would—He will withdraw His blessings from the earth and remove His protecting care from those who are rebelling against His law and teaching and forcing others to do the same. Satan has control of all whom God does not especially guard. He will favor and prosper some in order to further his own designs, and he will bring trouble upon others and lead men to believe that it is God who is afflicting them . . . .
“He will bring disease and disaster, until populous cities are reduced to ruin and desolation. Even now he is at work. In accidents and calamities by sea and by land, in great conflagrations [fires], in fierce tornadoes and terrific hailstorms, in tempests, floods, cyclones, tidal waves, and earthquakes, in every place and in a thousand forms, Satan is exercising his power. He sweeps away the ripening harvest, and famine and distress follow. He imparts to the air a deadly taint, and thousands perish by the pestilence. These visitations are to become more and more frequent and disastrous. Destruction will be upon both man and beast. . . .
“It will be declared that men are offending God by the violation of the Sunday sabbath; that this sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly enforced; and that those who present the claims of the fourth commandment, thus destroying reverence for Sunday, are troublers of the people, preventing their restoration to divine favor and temporal prosperity.”
-Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, pages 589, 590
A few months ago I mailed you my Newsletter dated May 30, 2004, regarding the Jubilee year which commences on September 29, 2009. In my Newsletter I quoted pages 34, 35, 285 and 286 of Early Writings, wherein Mrs. White prophesied: “Then commenced the jubilee, when the land should rest. I saw the pious slave rise in victory and triumph, and shake off the chains that bound him, while his wicked master was in confusion and knew not what to do; for the wicked could not understand the words of the voice of God. Soon appeared the great white cloud, upon which sat the Son of man.”
As I stated in my Newsletter, I believe that soon the seventh and last pope will be elected and come on the scene. According to John “he must continue a short space” (Revelation 17:10); the short space being the 42 months of persecution mentioned in Revelation 13:5, the “final fulfillment” of which takes place ONLY AFTER the papal wound is healed in Revelation 13:3. About the same time that the pope is elected, the United Nations, led by the United States, will invade Iran as it happened with Iraq in fulfillment of Daniel 8. THEN, AND ONLY THEN, will we be sure that the “last end of the indignation” (Daniel 8:19) has commenced.
“In the last days Satan will appear as an angel of light, with great power and heavenly glory, and claim to be the Lord of the whole earth. He will declare that the Sabbath has been changed from the seventh to the first day of the week; and as lord of the first day of the week he will present this spurious sabbath as a test of loyalty to him. Then will take place the final fulfillment of the Revelator's prophecy. ‘And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.’[Revelation 13:4-18 quoted]’ ”
-Ellen G. White, Manuscript Releases, Volume 19, page 282 [Manuscript 153, 1902].
May God help us to prioritize our lives in 2005, in order to spend more time with Him and His Word, and be prepared for what is NOW beginning to break upon the world as an overwhelming surprise, is my prayer.