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Watch out who you’re following! ‘…if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch’. (Mt 15:14)
Jesus said, ‘Come, follow me…’ (Mt 4:19)
by Mike Ratliff
14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. John 1:14-18 (NASB)
In John 1:18 the Apostle tells us that no one has ever seen God, but the Word who became flesh and tabernacled among us, that one, explained him. What got…
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. . . earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Mt 24:7b-8)
And there shall be signs. . .the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
KĪLAUEA VOLCANO RUMBLING AND ON THE MOVE AGAIN!
As I sat at my living room table in Honolulu, it began to shake gently and the flowers and leaves in the pot on the table were shaking, too! It was the 3rd and largest earthquake, a 6.9 yesterday felt throughout the islands, but most severely on the Big Island of Hawaii where a 5.0 and 5.6 of the previous days triggered an eruption from Kilauea volcano. Kilauea is the longest continuously erupting volcano in the world since 1983, over 30 years, and while lava often flows harmlessly to the sea, it is again damaging and destroying communities as it erupts from the Pu’u O’o vent and fissures exacerbated by cracks in the ground from the hundreds of earthquakes in recent days.
The first two photos are my paintings of Kilauea eruptions I did a year apart in 2016 and 2017; the third is the plume of ash after the 5.0 earthquake just before the present eruption took place and began to advance downward along the east rift zone; in the last photo lava moves along a road into the Leilani Estates, where there were many beautiful homes.
It is a most fearful sight to behold Mother Nature at work, though most locals believe it is the awesome power of Madame Pele, the fire goddess who resides in the Halema’uma’u Crater at the summit of Kilauea Volcano. At this moment 1700 displaced people have fled their homes in her path and are in shelters, not knowing if their homes are damaged or destroyed. A mandatory evacuation prohibits them from returning and the toxic sulphuric gases in the air prevent them from doing so. The latest report now shows over 30 homes have been destroyed (edited May 6, 2018).
AMBAE ISLAND IN SOUTH PACIFIC- ANOTHER VOLCANO THREATENS LIFE AND PROPERTY
Evacuation of an entire island! A catastrophic volcano threat is unfolding that is displacing 10,000 islanders on Ambae Island, one of the islands in Vanuatu in the South Pacific. The government there is moving them to two neighboring islands. Thick volcanic ash has destroyed many homes and property.
Mt Io, Miyazaki Prefecture, JAPAN– Japan Meterological reported that Mt Io, an active volcano, spewed its first plume of ash in 250 years. It is on alert status for possible further activity and the area remains in danger status.
EVACUATIONS FROM RECENT FLOODS IN HAWAII
HAWAII Gov. David Ige has requested federal disaster aid for property damage and destruction following an April cataclysmic storm that brought flooding and landslides affecting 532 homes on Kauai and Oahu. The damage was assessed at $20 million. Extensive roadwork on Kauai alone for repairs on a main artery which cut off communities from the rest of the island will cost an additional $35 million. Photos below show landslides and extensive damage and destruction from record-breaking rains and flash flooding, rescues of people and animals, helicopter airlifts of people and supplies. Oahu suffered much flooding of highways and homes and farms.
The last photo shows one of many bison who was rescued in the ocean when his herd from a ranch on Kauai panicked and some were swept away by flood waters.
SHORE EROSION IN HAWAII
The first photo is our shrinking beach- the world famous Waikiki Beach; the next two show how ocean currents and rising sea levels have eaten away the shoreline on Oahu; the last is erosion along a Maui island resort’s beach front.
Not surprisingly in my research I found out that there is shore erosion going on around the world. Please check out ‘SHORE EROSION’ on my TAB BAR for links on stories and photos of shore erosion in Hawaii.
ANOTHER KIND OF EVACUATION- HOMELESS IN HAWAII
Another topic that distresses me is the growing homeless and houseless population on our island. There is limited affordable housing for sale or rent for those who live at near poverty to lower middle income levels. Among the homeless are houseless families whose heads of the households have jobs, but are unable to afford outrageously high rentals or buy ‘affordable’ homes.
Hawaii has the largest homeless population per capita in the U.S. with most living on the island of O’ahu where the capital of Honolulu is located. Authorities have wrung their hands over how to handle ‘sweeping’ these individuals and families from one site to another. Individuals and groups of people move from parks to sidewalks and back to parks or store fronts and businesses areas. Finally, this week the legislature approved funds in the millions of dollars that will be required to provide land and resources to help the homeless. The areas being planned for them will be called ‘ohana’ or ‘family zones’ that will provide shelter, toilet and shower facilities, access to food, health and social services, and will accommodate their many pets. I hope that a good portion of the money allotted for these programs doesn’t go to the ‘experts’ who will drag out their planning sessions and delay the project from becoming a reality in the near future.
What this post has described are some signs of the end times that precede the return of the Lord, a time of God’s dealing with the hearts of people and judging the earth as He did in the days of Noah. It is time to:
‘Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteousness man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.’ (Isaiah 55:6-7)