Joseph L’Heureux, Lay Minister
“Repent, the kingdom of heaven is near.” [Matthew 3:2-4:17]
These were the words of Jesus and John the Baptist announcing the Kingdom of God.
“I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things.” [John 3:11-12]
These were Jesus’ words to Nicodemus, a teacher of Israel when he was explaining that “you must be born again to see the Kingdom of God in their midst.”
He also said, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going, so it is with everyone born of the spirit.” [John 3:8]
In my last column “Good Friday, mankind’s conception” I tried to warn us of an impending disaster, but through a glitch in my computer, or the Internet, the column came out incomplete. I had written of how a TV program, not a religious program, had pointed out the book of Revelation or the Apocalypse. Their main points were the disasters happening around the globe, earthquakes, plagues, droughts, floods, terrorists, fires, and a main point was the seas turning blood red. [Revelation 8-9, Exodus 7:17-20]
Their point was that the seas turning to blood was happening on the coast of 50 different countries around the globe at this time. I know this to be true, since I personally saw the Miramichi River, in N.B., turn blood red back in 1985.
Also at the time it was reported in the news that this was also happening on the west coast. A recent TV program also reported how millions of fish were also dying at this time from this same phenomena.
Again, this is coinciding with the Israelite’s Exodus, in chapter 7:17-18. We are presently seeing an exodus out of Syria as we have seen in numerous countries these past 30 years.
Yes, God is calling you, us, His people into the Kingdom of God through these disasters. He cannot seem to get our attention any other way.
Yes, Fort McMurray is a disaster but also a miracle, the work of the Kingdom of God. Twenty-four hundred homes and structures destroyed and not one life lost in the fire. Eighty-thousand people plus driven or evacuated from their homes and only one accident causing death.
Is God giving us time to repent and change? Yes!
I believe He is pleading for us to return to Him with sorrowful hearts, to faithfulness and service.
“I have withheld the rain…I caused it to rain on one city, and withheld it on another.” [Amos 4:7]
“The casting of fires upon the earth is part of the book of revelation” as well. [Revelation 8:7]
The book of Isaiah tells us, “I am the Lord, there is no other, there is no God beside me, I form the light and create darkness, I the Lord do all this things.” [Isaiah 45:7]
Sounds harsh, doesn’t it? But our God is a jealous God and desires only our fellowship and well being. What Father doesn’t discipline His children?
There is good news in all this. Look at the generosity of the people who come to the aid of the fire victims, donating millions for their recovery, again the kingdom at work.
The other good news is that the Kingdom of God is near, and can be found and entered by those who seek it.
Mother Mary for the past 35 years through apparitions in Medjugorje, Croatia, has been calling us to prayer and fasting knowing what is in store for us all. Over 30 million people have responded to that call. That is a very small number when you consider the world’s population.
Those who have responded have found the Kingdom of God through the rosary, others the Holy Scriptures, speaking in tongues or a return to the church of their choice.
Prosperous Alberta has suffered three major disasters in the past six years plus a major collapse in the price of oil. We should by now recognize our shortcomings.