The Terrors In Our Times: Do They Mean The End Is Near?
by S. Douglass Woodward
June 2, 2011
Growing up in Oklahoma, I’m well acquainted with tornadoes. I’ve seen quite a number with my own eyes and experienced its roar when one flew over my house in the spring of 1970. The twister skipped to and fro throughout our northwest Oklahoma City neighborhood. Some good friends had their house completely destroyed while the houses on either side and across the street completely missed the damage. The capaciousness of that storm is characteristic of many “rope-like” tornadoes. If you are going to be in the midst of such a frightening act of nature, I learned that’s the best type of tornado to experience. There’s a good chance to escape damage and especially death.
Folks in Joplin a couple of weeks ago were no so lucky. While May 21st was a much ballyhooed doomsday that failed to materialize, our friends in that southeastern Missouri town aren’t so sure it wasn’t a day of doom. Saturday May 21st was devastating for most of their community. Viewers of the cable news networks have been stunned again and again observing the unbelievable destruction in the wake of this F5 “wedge-like” tornado packing winds in excess of 200 miles per hour. When you are in the path of a storm like this, that is “rain-wrapped” and a mile-wide, there is no escaping it. You probably can’t see it. The roar is so loud you feel surrounded and lose your sense of direction. You simply can’t avoid the coming storm.
This situation reminded me of the inevitability of the apocalypse I believe is soon to come upon the world. In my new book, Black Sun, Blood Moon: Can We Escape the Cataclysms of the Last Days? I hope to underscore for Christians that the vast fulfillment of prophecy in our day demands we recognize that we have now passed the point of no return. We live in the last days. They won’t go on forever.