Three of my recent articles were written in response to a post Andrew Strom made on his blog about hurricane Isaac. He has now closed that topic with the following statement:
“It is not a “prophecy” as such. It is simply a WARNING pointing to the amazing parallels and their MEANING.
Does God send judgements upon the earth today? The book of Revelation makes it clear that HE DOES. In fact, He does so more in the Last Days than EVER BEFORE. But I see this as a “sign” and a warning – more than anything else.”
Here are my thoughts on these claims:
1) “Amazing parallels and their MEANING”?
Amazing that a hurricane arrives in hurricane season? A low-grade hurricane that was soon downgraded to a tropical storm when it reached land? A hurricane that apparently had no effect on the event about which God was supposedly sending his warning? The only “amazing parallels” were those assumed when it was thought the storm might cause more trouble than it actually did.
2) “Does God send judgements upon the earth today?”
If He so chooses – but surely they would not be as ineffective as “hurricane Isaac”.
3) “Revelation makes it clear that HE DOES”
To me the book of Revelation makes it clear that HE WILL, as far as I can see the events described in Revelation regarding God’s judgement are still future. Also scripture gives another view of God’s judgement that is usually overlooked. I’ve mentioned it before. It is a type of judgement relevant to the issue here, in which claims have been made that God was “warning” New Orleans because of its promotion of homosexuality. I have previously pointed out that increased tolerance and promotion of homosexuality IS God’s judgement on society (one example of it). This is spelled out clearly in Romans 1 where several times it refers to God’s wrath being demonstrated by Him giving people over to their sin.
Relevant excerpts from Romans 1:
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness”
“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another”
“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”
“Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind to do what ought not to be done.”
MY advice to all of us regarding matters like this Isaac “warning”:
1) Stop presenting speculation as if it is a valid revelation of God and His actions.
2) Be honest enough to admit when you have misrepresented a situation when subsequent circumstances show that is the case.
3) Apologise to those who have potentially been misled.
4) Confess your error to God and repent.