Is this in Bible prophecy?
By Jason Talley
I’m sure by now all of you have heard about the devastating tornados that hit Oklahoma on Monday. An article from the New York Times said,
At the end of the day on Monday, on the last week of the school year, students at Plaza Towers Elementary in the blue-collar suburb of Moore OK were zipping their backpacks.
A fifth-grade class had just finished watching a movie about a boy who survives a crash-landing in the Canadian wilderness. Then the sirens started to wail.
Claire Gossett’s teacher hurried the class into the hallway, then into a bathroom as a tornado that was more than a mile wide drew closer. Claire, 11, crammed into a stall with six other girls. They held onto each other. The sirens wailed two, three, four times.
Echo Mackey, crouched in a hallway with her son, Logan, recalled, “I heard someone say, ‘It’s about to hit us,’ and then the power went out.”
The mountain of rubble that was once Plaza Towers Elementary School has become the emotional and physical focal point of one of the most destructive tornadoes to strike Oklahoma. Although the casualty toll fluctuated wildly early on, officials said on Tuesday that at least 24 people had died, including 9 children, 7 of them at Plaza Towers.
Is this in Bible prophecy?
Matthew 24:6-8 says,
And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Later in the chapter Jesus said,
“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:32-34)
So, Jesus says there are going to be some general signs and that the generation that sees these things come to pass, that generation will not pass until all things are fulfilled.
So were the tornados that we saw on Monday a part of this prophecy?
I believe we can say with certainty that that is not the case. Haven’t there always been tornados? Haven’t there always been earthquakes? What about wars and rumors of wars? Of course.
What can we be sure of?
Matthew 24:15-16; 21 says,
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains . . . For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Jesus gives us two events that we can say are only one-time occurrences that we can drive a stake in the ground and say, “Okay, the generation that sees these two things come to pass will not decease until all things are fulfilled.” They are:
1. Abomination of Desolation.
2. Jews in Judea having to flee.
And what is so amazing about this is the two subjects of conflict in the Middle East right now are:
1. The status of the Temple Mount (where the Abomination of Desolation will occur).
2. The status of the final borders of Israel (includes the area of Judea).
Many people will try and peg natural disasters on prophecies of the second coming – we simply can not do this. Everything must be backed up by scripture. If it’s not in the Bible, don’t believe it.
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