Damage from Hurricane Dennis is estimated to exceed $2 billion dollars. And it could have been worse. On a scale of 1 to 10, with a hurricane like the infamous Ivan of last year being 10, officials said that Dennis was only level 3. But the danger is not over. Already, meteorologists have spotted a tropical depression off the coast of Cuba. If this storm develops into a full-blown hurricane, it will be named Emily, and is expected to cross right below the same path that Dennis has left. In the past 50 years, our world has experienced more devastation from natural disasters than ever before. With the tsunami of December 2004, the rash of hurricanes earlier that year, deadly mudslides and forest fires in California, and the like, the convolutions of nature are escalating rapidly. In the 20th and 21st centuries alone, the number and intensity of earthquakes have far exceeded previous statistics. Seismologists, scientists who study earthquakes, say that the earth is loosening up in preparation for the greatest, most dynamic activity of all. What does this growing commotion in nature mean? Jesus had something to say on this issue in Luke 21:
". . . there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars, and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken."
Maranatha! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!