Living on the Edge
It's 6 a.m. on Saturday, and Professor Kato is
awakened at home by the beeping of
his government-issued pager. He knows he must act fast. The local police
arrived within minutes to transport him with sirens howling and red lights
whirling, to the Meteorological Agency in Otemachi, Tokyo. The five other members
of the Earthquake Assessment Committee had already arrived and were
examining seismograph data,
to inform the Prime Minister of major tremors about to strike the city.
The brakes must be slammed on the bullet express
trains, expressways and factories needed to be shut down, gas and
electricity supplies must be made safe, and the public has to be warned. Hours later, at the Prime Minister's command, thousands of members
of the Self-Defense Forces and volunteer relief workers are put into
action in response to a magnitude 7.2 quake that is about to devastate
This wake-up call for Professor Kato was the
opening scene of a dress-rehearsal that takes place in Tokyo each Sept. 1
-- the anniversary of 1923's Great Kanto Earthquake, a 7.9 magnitude
trembler, that claimed more than 140,000 lives and reduced much of the
capital to burned-out rubble. Scientists are desperately seeking for a system that could give a
24-hour warning of a big earthquake, but that scenario is at present a
chance of one in a million to predict an earthquake. –Neil Verwey / Japan
We have been forewarned of a potentially far
more catastrophic event
for which WE must prepare: Judgment Day! The Final Judgment of EVERY SOUL
that has ever lived which will take place upon the return of the Lord
(Acts 17:30-31). We must be ready! As no one can predict earthquakes, so
can foretell the return of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Prepare
for his coming – live in a state of readiness. ONLY the faithful child of God is TRULY
One BECOMES a child of God when… he places his trust in God (Hebrews 11:6), repents of sin (Acts 17:30-31), confesses Christ (Romans 10:9-10), and is baptized (immersed) into Christ for the
forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).
The child of God REMAINS in a state of readiness by… continuing
to walk in the light of God’s Word, striving to live faithfully before
the Lord each day (1 John 1:7). "For you yourselves know perfectly
that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night" (1
*We might not know the time when Jesus will again return, but
let's be ready when He comes back for His own.
It could be tomorrow! Be
alert and watchful!
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* Adapted from article by Neil Verwey / Japan Mission
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