by: Michael Silla
The Most Destructive Tsunami In History
December 26, 2004 at 7:58 AM
A nine magnitude earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra caused the earth to wobble and shorten the day by 3 microseconds. The resulting tsunami killed more than 225,000 people on the coasts of Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Madagascar, and Africa, leaving millions homeless, without food and water. Afterward, many died from hunger, exposure, and disease.
Within hours, killer waves, one after another, slammed the coastline, snatching people out to sea, drowning them in homes or on beaches. No preference for race, religion, rich, or poor.
Tsunami means “harbor wave,” as it is not noticed in the deep ocean as it is a wave one to three feet high traveling at 500 mph. It slows to 50 mph in shallow water but grows to a height of ten to one-hundred feet with the 3rd thru 8th wave being the worst.
7 Warning Signs Of A Tsunami
- Animals Run to High Ground
- Ocean Recedes or Rises
- Listen to Those Who Have Knowledge
- Sounds Like a Freight Train
- See the 1st Huge Wave Coming at 50 MPH
- The 1st Wave Recedes
1st Warning - Time to run to higher ground
An earthquake is the 1st natural warning of a tsunami, but many were too far away to feel the quake.
Many are too far away from Jesus and His word. They do not feel the shaking from the preaching of the gospel warning us of the coming judgment.
Others hear, but reject the gospel of Jesus and fail to run to the high ground of righteousness. They die in their sins and spend eternity in the lake of fire. Mt 25:41
When they heard Peter preaching, they were pricked (Shaken) in the heart, saying, “What shall we do?" Repent from your sins, get baptized and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Save yourselves from this wicked generation. Three-thousand were saved that day. Ac 2:37-41
Second Warning -More Time to save yourself
Animals run to high ground. Few unfenced animals were killed in the tsunami. Some people saved themselves by following the animals to high ground.
Like the eight souls that entered the ark in Noah’s day, many are entering the kingdom of God after hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
As the ark lifted them above the judgment of the flood, so are many today running to the high ground of righteousness and saving themselves from the coming judgment.
The people of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. The queen of Sheba will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and a greater than Solomon is here. Mt 12:41
Third Warning - Five Minutes to run to higher ground
The ocean recedes or swells rapidly up to five minutes before the 1st huge wave hits, at speeds up to 50 mph.
Many, lingering to view the exposed sea’s floor, lost their lives. Many today are going to view the open unrestrained lives immoral people are living in the USA. These immoral people are receding more and more from God’s moral standards and exposing their filthy acts publicly.
The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. Rev 17:15
Fourth Warning - Last chance to run to higher ground
Listen to those who have knowledge of what is going to happen.
One man led a whole village to higher ground when he saw the waters receding and warned the people. Another man received a phone call from a relative experiencing the disaster. As he ran to the higher ground, he tried in vain to warn others. They did not listen and died when the first wave hit.
Rom 1:6 - The Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes. I Cor 1:21 - It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. Luke 16:31 - If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they hear even if one rose from the dead.
Fifth Warning -Too late to run to higher ground
All who heard the noise from the first wave said, “It sounds like a freight train.” But it was too late for those still on low ground to run. The tsunami killed all on the low ground regardless of religion, (Jew, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, etc.), poor, rich, race, or famous.
Mt 24:31 - Jesus shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet. They shall gather together his elect from all ends of the earth. 2 Peter 3:10 - Christ shall come as a thief in the night. The heavens shall burn with a great noise, and the earth shall melt with fervent heat.
Sixth Warning -No Time to run to higher ground
Many watched the changing ocean until they saw the huge wave at 50 mph. Then they realized death and destruction were coming, but it was too late to run to higher ground.
Mt 24:30 - All the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Rv 1:7 - He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. All the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him.
Mt 24:37, Lk 17:28 - As in the days of Noah and Lot so shall the coming of the Son of Man be. They ate, drank, bought, sold, planted, built, and married, till the flood or brimstone took them all away. They rejected the righteous preaching of Noah and thought Lot was joking.
Seventh Warning - 1st Wave Recedes
The first wave recedes. Another may not come for an hour. Many come down from the higher ground. The next waves, of which the 3rd thru 8th can contain the worst wave, come and drown them.
Noah was the 1st wave destroying the world with a flood.
Lot was the second wave destroying Sodom and its surrounding cities with fire and brimstone.
Jesus was the 3rd wave; born of a virgin, preaching repentance for sin, preaching to live right, doing miracles, then dying on the cross, and rising from the dead to cleanse those who believe from sin and reconcile mankind back to God. Jesus pointed the way to the higher ground of right living, treating people, and yourself right.
The next wave is Jesus' 2nd return to judge the world of sin. Jesus will gather those who believe, repent, and live righteous. They shall live with Him forever.
Because Jesus has taken so long to return many come down from the higher ground of righteous living. They ran to higher ground from the warnings of the first waves, but the killer wave will drown them in their sins.
2 Pe 3:4 Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
How to escape the coming eternal judgment
Listen to the warnings:
- Seek the word of God till it shakes you free from the fruit of sin. When they heard Peter preaching, they were pricked (shaken) in the heart and said, “What must we do?”
- Run with those who have chosen the high ground of moral living. Prov 13:20 - He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.
- Do not follow the wicked who publicly promote sin.
- Listen to those who have knowledge of the coming judgment
- Do not put off living for Christ till you hear the trumpet sound and the noise of the heavens and earth burning with fire.
- Do not put off believing in Jesus till you see Him coming in the clouds.
- Do not leave your Christian walk and the high ground of morality because Jesus puts off His coming and nothing seems to be changing in the world. Repent from and confess your sins for Jesus is faithful to forgive and cleanse you from all sin. - 1 Jn 1:9
- Continue in the Apostles doctrine (right living), fellowship, and in unity with higher ground believers, in prayers, and praising Jesus. - Acts 2
- God is not a respecter of persons. All on the low ground, of immorality, will be destroyed. Catholic, Protestant, Jew, Muslim, Atheist, Black, White, rich, poor, or the famous.