By Chanda Mwenya
The book of Revelation in the Holy Bible, figuratively illustrate dramatic episodes indicating the begging of the end. In Matthew 24:3 Jesus was asked, “…tell us, what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?” Ingenuously, Jesus told his apostles to look for the following indications:
1. WARS: Matthew 24:6 “…and you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars… for nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom’
Unquestionably, news and rumors of wars make today’s news headlines. The world over many people are been killed in cruel and brainless conflicts, with death toll rising each passing day.
2 FAMINES: Matthew 24:7 “…in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.”
The world is ravaged with poverty, epidemics and undernourished population. With threats of drought and extreme whether patterns the problem may even escalate in the near future.
4. EARTHQUAKES: Scientific records show that, the number and intensity of earthquakes is at a higher level now than any other time in our known human history.
Going to the gospel of Mathew, it seems to me that we have lived the conditions to warrant us see the end of the age as foretold by Jesus. Famine, epidemics, floods, volcanoes and earthquakes, our generation has seen them all. Some brutal wars have being fought in all comers of the globe; in Afghanistan, Sudan, Sierra lione, Liberia, Iraq, Israel, Pakistan, Palestine even in the biblical chosen land of Israel blood has been shed. If these trials and tribulations have not been enough to satisfy the end of time then we should embrace for more ‘Holycausts’.
In any case an earthquake by any magnitude leaves unbearable and devastating results on humanity. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake recorded in Haiti this week has killed thousands of people and destroyed livelihood and hopes of those who survived it.
But, why should tragedies really have to indicate the coming of a righteous Kingdom?
Someone might be saying, ‘thinking like this, is lack of faith and sheer work of the devil himself’. -Hell no. I just find it difficult to understand why in the first place God allows calamities to happen. Scientists are now frustrated and developing a device that can detect occurrences such as earth quakes and one day might try to find a way of stopping them. It only makes me believe that God has already that knowledge and power, but for some reason, He chooses not act, though 1 Peter 5:7 states ‘God hates wickedness and suffering’.
On the contrary there are many untold suffering that God has allowed to happen -including the Holocaust, the Tsunami and the Rwanda genocide to mention but three. I have constantly strived to seek the reason-why. In my quest, I have even attempted reading chapter 11 of the book ‘WHAT DOES THE BIBLE Really TEACH? , by the Watch Tower Bible Society, word by word and read between the lines, and yet don’t really find a satisfactory answer to Why God permits suffering. Do you really know?