Violence: An End-Times Volcano
By Terry James (Reprinted from Rapture Ready):
While Iceland spews its lava, abrasive gases, and ash and the Santiaguito volcano in Guatemala belches massive amounts of the same, a volcano of another sort seems to signal prophecy spoken by the greatest of all prophets. Human violence--as dangerous if not more so than that of the geophysical kind--is erupting.
The war on terror declared by President George W. Bush following the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. put the spotlight on human violence spawned by Islamic fanatics. Rumors of war in the Middle East and elsewhere continue to occupy the fears of the world diplomatic community. North Korea's flashing its nuclear threat, Iran's not-so-veiled striving to achieve status as a nuclear power player--all attest to the violence around this fallen sphere.
Mankind has always been violent--since the fall in the Garden of Eden that soon brought Cain to kill Abel. However, there is building violence of a sort that bubbles from the very core of the cesspool of societal abscess that has developed because of man's moving ever farther away from God. It is happening on a global scale, whether considering rage in Greece because of economic upheaval or atrocities by Muslim terrorists perpetrating genocide in Afghanistan and other places. But, it is the violence boiling in American city streets that I would like to consider for the moment.
Gang violence has become so deadly in Chicago that authorities want military used to deal with the escalating dangers posed to the general public.
CHICAGO--Two lawmakers who believe violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the Illinois National Guard must be called in to help made a public plea to Gov. Pat Quinn to deploy troops. A recent surge in violent crime, including a night last week that saw seven people killed and eighteen wounded--mostly by gunfire--prompted the request from Chicago Democratic Reps. John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford. They were joined by Willie Williams, whose son was shot and killed in 2006. Chicago has had 113 homicide victims so far this year, Fritchey said. "As we speak, National Guard members are working side-by-side with our troops to fight a war halfway around the world," he said during a news conference in downtown Chicago. "The unfortunate reality is that we have another war that is just as deadly that is taking place right in our backyard." ("Chicago Lawmakers: Call In the National Guard," Associated Press, 4/26/10).
Growing violence within our nation genuinely threatens stability to the point that the U.S. military is considered as being necessary to deal with the problem. Yet the mainstream media tries to make Americans believe that the peaceful, patriotic TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party efforts to urge lawmakers toward fiscal sanity is the real public enemy number one. They broadcast and print incessantly that these are dangerous and disruptive to the national tranquility.
Reprobate (upside-down) thinking pervades our lawmakers and their sycophantic news and entertainment media propagandists. Left-leaning political ideology, rather than reason and constitutional law, rules the day. Violence spawned by the lawlessness that is determined to force those who work to produce income to give to a welfare culture full of people who can but won't work rages in our streets, and grows by the day.
Dr. Randall Price, who is expert on recent Ararat expeditions--and has been personally involved in some of them--believes the findings announced this past week about the locating of Noah's Ark to be not legitimate. However, perhaps the very fact that there has been created great interest that the Ark might have been found at the 13,000-foot level of Mt. Ararat might be a wake-up call the Lord of heaven wants the world to hear. That this generation is in the time Jesus said would be like the days of Noah at the time of His second coming just might be that message.
Jesus said: "And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all." (Lk 17: 26-27)
When we look how it was in the "days of Noah," we immediately discover the matter that made the Lord have to destroy all people upon the earth with the exception of Noah and his seven family members: "The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.... And God said unto Noah, 'The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth'" (Gen. 6: 11, 13).
Volcanic-like violence rumbles in the hearts of mankind. Most all signals of the Tribulation and Christ's coming again to rule and reign on planet Earth are manifest in the news headlines of our time. Christ's shout--"Come up here!" (Rev. 4: 1)--can happen at any moment!