Canada Day, July 1st, 2017 – so goes another year. Our little town is overrun with people on this national holiday because we have the best fireworks around and we explode them out over the bay. The echo bouncing off the water and islands combined with just the right amount of night fog sets a beautiful mood for the festivities. For us the fireworks are even more fun because we just walk past the neighbour’s house and we are on the beach with amazing an view.
Canada is a blessed country with great scenery, resources, and people. And if you live in a little seaside town, like Ruth and I, where there is no pollution, no crime (to speak of), no racial tensions, and where everyone knows your name you begin to believe the world is a perfect place.
However, we know it isn’t. The following passage from Revelation opens up a whole new world for us.
6 “Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.
7 The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
8 The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood,
9 a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
10 The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water—
11 the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.
12 The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.
13 As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!” Revelation 8:6-13
I’m not going to get into explaining these trumpets in this post but we can say that these are environmental in nature and, I believe, are building at this present moment. Our world, through a dozen different methods, is having the environment altered and as these changes become worse and worse we will begin to experience plague like conditions. These will then bloom into full catastrophes that will fulfill the Biblical plagues of Revelation and help usher in the second coming of Christ.
Now, this blog is written to encourage you in your Christian walk not scare you or discourage you so I won’t leave us hanging with fears of the coming environmental disasters that are about to befall us. Jesus came to bring us redemption and deliverance. When the disasters fell upon Egypt, God looked after His people and brought them out of captivity and slavery and led them to the promised land.
When the plagues begin to fall, remember that our deliverer is drawing near. We are about to be rescued from a worn out and tired world that is heaving under the weight of pollution, environment destruction, and weather change.
Yes, every Canada day is not going to be like this year but every year is bringing us closer to the return of Jesus. We as Christians have a great deal to celebrate. We may rejoice in the wonderful country we have been given the privilege to live in and we may rejoice in the prosperity and success that living in such a country as Canada brings. But, we are just visitors passing through and our real home is in the world made new.
So let’s not get too comfortable and settled in. The trumpets of Revelation are going to come crashing in and the world as we know it is going to be turned up-side-down. Remember, you are a child of the King, inhabitant of the Age to Come, and redeemed through the grace and love of Jesus Christ.
This summer let’s enjoy the wonders of our nation, but never forget this is not our home.