>Earthquake

>This morning I was lying awake in bed after the alarm went off about 4:35, when I felt myself rocking. I thought my husband had come quietly into the room and was bumping the mattress to wake me without making noise that might disturb our sleeping puppy. But when I looked up, he wasn’t there. I felt a bit nauseated and wondered if I was experiencing some type of anxiety.

Turns out there was a 5.4 earthquake this morning in Illinois. It was centered near West Salem, IL, but felt as far away as Des Moines. We live between those two points.

The only other Midwestern earthquake of this magnitude was one of equal intensity that occurred in 1968. Californians may be accustomed to the occassional tremor, but it is a rare and disquieting experience for Midwesterners.

It reminds me of our Lord’s warnings that the end times will be characterized by war, pestilence, famine, and “earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8, Luke 21:11).

Today is one day closer to the final day of the Lord. I rejoice; not because I look forward to the tribulation and apostasy that will plague the church in those final days, but because Christ’s return will bring about the consummation of His Kingdom. The power of sin will be vanquished and the effects of sin will be eradicated. This old cosmos will be rolled up like a tattered scroll and the new heavens and earth will be unfurled like a glorious banner. The souls of all believers from all times and places will be reunited with their glorified bodies and we will join the heavenly chorus in proclaiming, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

Maranatha; come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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