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The Tsunami Was Not A Judgment From God
by Don Preston
Hal Lindsay has gone on record as saying that the devastating tsunami that hit Indonesia was a judgment from God because of the horrific evil in those Asian countries. Interestingly, some Islamic clerics have now joined that chorus, and more and more American ministers are also repeating that claim. Personally, I just can't find that to be true.Hal Lindsay has gone on record as saying that the devastating tsunami that hit Indonesia was a judgment from God because of the horrific evil in those Asian countries. Interestingly, some Islamic clerics have now joined that chorus, and more and more American ministers are also repeating that claim. Personally, I just can't find that to be true.Make no mistake, the sex trade in Indonesia is horrible and is destroying countless lives. Pedophilia is rampant, and "tourists" from all over the world travel to those countries to have sex with children. (My personal opinion is that those guilty of this should be imprisoned for life, or perhaps "fixed" so that they cannot repeat their atrocious actions. I have no compassion for this kind of predatory "human.") The authorities are already reporting that slave traders are making repeated attempts to steal orphaned children from the refugee camps. However, while these actions are abhorrent, does that mean that God brought the tsunami as a judgment on those nations? No. Here is why I can't accept that position.
In the Bible, before God ever brought such judgments on a people or nation, He always sent His prophets to warn the guilty of what was coming, and when it was coming. Jonah was sent to Nineveh to warn them that judgment was coming very soon if they did not repent. When Jehovah was going to carry the 10 northern tribes into Assyrian captivity, He sent Isaiah, Micah, Hosea, and Amos to warn them. These prophets were very specific about what was going to happen, who was going to do it, and when. When God was going to take Judah into Babylonian captivity, He sent Jeremiah, Habakkuk and other prophets to say that Babylon was coming, soon. Jeremiah even predicted exactly how long the captivity would last (Jeremiah 25-29). There are many other examples. The point is, that God did not bring judgments on people or nations without sending His prophets.
Amos expressed it like this: "Surely the Lord does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7). This was stated in the context of the impending invasion of Israel by the Assyrians. To put it simply, God would not bring judgments without telling those to be judged what was coming, when it was coming, and why it was coming!
Here is the problem with calling the recent tsunami a judgment from God: There are no inspired living prophets today! The presence of inspired men, prophets, ceased in the first century, with the removal of the Old Covenant world of Israel, and the full establishment of the church of the living Christ. Jehovah said He was going to cause the prophets and evil spirits to cease, and that was to be when 2/3s of Israel perished in judgment (Zechariah 13.8-14.5). This was fulfilled in A.D. 70. There are no living, inspired prophets today!
Most assuredly, there were no prophets in Indonesia, Malaysia, etc. walking the streets warning the people to repent because a tsunami was coming, at a specific time. Retrospective "I told you so's" do not qualify!
As much as we want to see the pedophiles, and slave traders punished, (and they will get their's!), it is inappropriate to suggest that the recent tsunami was a judgment from God.