And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
I have had several questions about what is going on around us. One friend wrote that it looks like with a possible war in the Middle East, an approaching hurricane, unusual earthquakes, and other strange events that God may be trying to get our attention. Others were saying things like, "I don't want Him to come now! I haven't lived my life as I wish." Fear seems to be an increasing emotion around the world. The point is that the sea is roaring as the scripture above warned, but these are minor events compared to what is in store.
So why are people so stressed out? Last month I shared that the scientific community is very concerned about some unusual solar activity. Some seem to think that large solar waves could knock out the electric grid across the US or in other countries. There is a lot of online chatter about the nearing comet, Elenin. The talk speculates that this comet could trigger many quakes and other disasters as it aligns with the Sun, Venus, and the Earth on the 21-22 of September. Several are scared about earthquakes. The quake today in Mineral, Virginia was much stronger that the small temblors that this region normally experiences. Also, the quake that struck Colorado was another unusual quake. It was much more powerful than the normal small quakes for this area. Many others are concerned with the approach of Hurricane Irene. There are many worries for those looking for them.
All of this shows a general unrest in people. Notice again the verses above. Just before it mentions the sea roaring, it says that the nations of the Earth are in distress. That is easy to see today. Many seem to sense a war between Israel and Islam soon. After addressing the roaring sea, Luke went on to say that men's hearts were failing them for fear. The idea of a distressed sea is in between nations and individual men. This is not the seas of water specifically and only. The sea is also a biblical symbol for humanity. Luke is alluding to the unsettled feeling that will come on men as the end draws near. The sea of worries will become stormier to the place that men's hearts will begin to fail.
There are so many other worries that could be added. Droughts, floods, crop loss, political unrest; the list gets longer and longer. There is much to worry about, unless you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Then the emotion may be one of anticipation.
For a believer, this is not a time to become overwhelmed, but a time to witness, share, and wait in expectancy for the return of Jesus. This is the time the prophets longed to see. The day the saints of all ages prayed for. The day when Jesus Christ returns and straightens out this mess of a world. What a glorious day!
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.