From the east and west, north and south, the world is flooding.
God flooded the earth after He commanded that Noah build an ark of protection (Genesis 5 – 10) against the rains for the animals and his family. Then God promised He would never again flood the entire earth (Genesis 9:11), and He sent the rainbow as a sign (Genesis 9:13).
So He will not again flood the entire earth. But just as earthquakes have been promised (Matthew 24:7), so are many diseases and famines. Flooding is creating chaos across the globe.
My beautiful homeland of Canada is encountering floods across thousands of miles, and in particular in the heartlands of Ontario and Quebec, where the country was founded. See this image to the right? This beautiful shoreline is 4 feet higher than usual, and those in Ontario who know me will recognise this as such. It was my former home.
And the feature photo above was taken last week in Gatineau, Quebec.
Why is it flooding? Because it’s raining, obviously. But it is beyond what’s natural. Some put it all down to global warming. Across the country and across the world, flooding abounds. But I believe there is supernatural significance. I believe the LORD is cleansing the earth. Joel and Hosea talk about the early and the latter rain (see also James 5:7). There is teaching about the flow of the river of the Holy Spirit, and that it is like the flow of a natural river (study Ezekiel 47); John 7:38). I believe we are in a time of warning and cleansing. The lands need it, and the people across the globe need it.
God is preparing us for Jesus’ return.
Recently I encouraged us to Be Ready. Like the wise virgins (Matthew 25:1) we need to be ready: to encourage one another, to testify of our hope in Jesus Christ, to be with Jesus upon his return.
The world is experiencing God’s cleansing. He is calling us to testify. My country of Canada has passed many laws in recent times that are ungodly, unhealthy, unhelpful to bringing in the lambs of God to Jesus. My thought is of the recent passing of the legalisation of marijuana as a law that opens the gateway for more and more abuse of the human body, intended to be a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
As we look at the signs of our times, it seems the time is growing very short. Jesus will return. Whether it is tomorrow or a thousand tomorrows from now, we need to be ready for him. We are his bride.
As we experience first hand the signs of our times, let us be prepared for his glorious return, in our witness and our walk, so that we might closely resemble him now, and be ready as his bride, when he comes.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17)