Tornados and the Second Coming of Christ

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As I write this brief entry the death toll in the recent Tornado blast that ripped through the suburbs of Oklahoma City has climbed to 91 people, 20 of whom were children. Even here, in the relatively quiet town of Bellingham, Washington, the grief of the families ravaged by this event is palpable. The pictures are heart-wrenching and the testimonies of survivors takes your legs out from under you. Words don’t come easy, mostly sighs.

In the wake of such disaster my heart, perhaps like yours, has run to a glorious — and incredibly practical — future promise. In the face of unspeakable tragedy like the Tornado in Oklahoma, I’m reminded that God has spoken. And he’s promised to one day make all things new. What we have hints and foretastes of today, he will bring to consummation. The apostle John pulls back the veil, if you will, and tells us a bit of what that Day will include — and what it won’t:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true” (Rev. 21:1-5). 

O, how I long for his appearing! There is coming a Day when tornados and grief and sorrow and death will be no more. Tears wiped away and mourning turned to joy for God’s people. Yes, all things new!

The One who sits on the throne says, “Surely I am coming soon” (Rev. 22:20). And so I plead, even through tears, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”

[Update: As of May 23 the death toll has been revised down to 24 people, including nine children.]

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3 Responses to Tornados and the Second Coming of Christ

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  2. Blessings,
    This is an awesome post. It is truly tough, but we must stand firm in the storm on the cornerstone of our faith. We know God is in control of all things for He is Creator of all things. Romans 8:28 says; And God causes all things to work together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. We can learn more in Romans Chapter 3-5. As the Apostle Paul spoke to the Roman people he made it clear that we are to rejoice during tragedy because it’s an opportunity for our endurance/character to grow. I encourage you to read those chapters.

    It is truly amazing how God allows these things to happen, however, it is for His glory and the benefit of others that they may be drawn closer by the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s like this, a tragedy occurs and people come together. And it is like God is saying why weren’t you doing this before this tragedy? Sometimes God gets our attention in extreme measures. But we must be confident that no matter the outcome, it is His will. Many blessings to you and yours.

  3. mardorbar says:

    As a child, I lived in Kansas for some years,, in the “tornado belt.” While there, we had many close calls and twice were flooded out of our apartment due to flash flooding from bad storms. We seemed to always be in fear of a tornado and it scared me no end. I am so sad for all the children. As a parent———–no greater grief.
    Marlene A.

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