Those of us in Virginia are expecting the outer bands of Hurricane Florence to reach us this evening, and when it starts to rain, we will get rain all the way through until Tuesday! The ground is already saturated with water from the very wet summer we have had here. This hurricane will only make matters worse, and cause a lot of flooding.
Hopefully, enough advance warning has been given to those living on the coast of the Carolina's so that they find a safe place to be for the next few days. We pray that lives will be spared from the devastation of this storm, even as the hurricane takes it's toll in terms of the usual widespread property damage. Homes can be replaced, but the lives of people can't be.
One of the great Tribulation plagues mentioned in the Bible, and predicted by Jesus Himself, is found in Luke 21:25, which reads: "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on earth distress of nations, with perplexity--the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear". Jesus could be referring here to either a hurricane (or typhoon)--or He could be referring to a gigantic tidal wave caused by either an earthquake or asteroid strike out at sea.
As bad as these hurricanes are, they are just the effects of nature. But what is described in Luke 21:25 goes beyond mere natural disasters--it is the direct judgment of God on the earth. We can be grateful, even in the midst of these awful storms, that we are not living in the Tribulation period, and suffering from the wrath of Almighty God. Let us focus, for the next few days, on the grace of God and the promise of His presence to carry us through the storm.