Over the next week a series of events have been organised for me to preach the Gospel in Papua Indonesia. Please pray that the Lord gives to me the ability to relate to the locals and the words to share the Gospel in a clear and relevant way. Please also pray for one of the local missionaries (Melanie) that has had to return home to Switzerland to be with her mum who has been very unwell.
The Republic’s 17,500 islands (6,000 inhabited) stretch over 9.5 million sq km of the Indian/Pacific Oceans, with 33 provinces, 5 of which have special status. Includes the world’s second-largest rain forest and vast coral reefs.
Rising 2,900 meters (9,600 ft.) above the rainforest in Indonesia’s southern Java, Mount Merapi (the Fire Mountain) is one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes.
As the Fire Mountain showed signs of renewed activity, authorities tried to evacuate local residents. Then, on May 13, 2006, Merapi spewed a gray plume of sulfurous smoke that resembled a flock of sheep leaving the crater. Amazingly, villagers ignored the signs and returned to tending their livestock, apparently forgetting that in 1994 Merapi had killed 60 people. It’s our human tendency to ignore signs.
When the Lord Jesus left the temple at Jerusalem for the last time, His disciples asked what would signal His return to earth (Matthew 24:3). He told them many things to watch for, but warned that people would still be unprepared.
The apostle Peter told us that in the last days scoffers would say of Jesus’ return: “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation” (2 Peter 3:4).
Scoffers are with us today, just as Peter warned. Are you among them? Or are you ready for the Lord Jesus to return? Ignoring these signs is even more dangerous than living in the shadow of the Fire Mountain. To ignore the Bible is to invite disaster.
“Be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44).