We are more aware of and better prepared for tornadoes than ever before. In part, this is because so many have been captured on our phone cameras and aired repeatedly on television. We also have better warning systems and better equipment to predict the development and track the progress of tornadoes. With so many advances, why do some still perish in spite of adequate warning? Perhaps, it is because a warning given and a warning heeded are two different things. History is filled with examples of those who rejected warning to their own tragic demise.

At the coming of the Lord, God’s power will be displayed as never before. The Bible says that “Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire” (2 Th. 1:7). Scripture says, “The heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up” (2 Pet. 3:10). Jesus is coming again. The earth will be destroyed by fire. The warning has sounded. Have you become so accustomed to the warning that it no longer arouses your attention? When the trumpet sounds and Jesus is revealed in the clouds, will you be ready? Or, have you decided to leave the warning unheeded?

No doubt, if given the opportunity, some will try to capture the Lord’s return in a video format. But, there will be no time to broadcast it on the six o’clock news. His coming will be like a thief in the night – unannounced, unexpected, and sudden. There will be no last-minute preparation – just eternity. Only those standing in the grace of God and walking in the light of Christ’s teachings will be ready for His coming.

When told of a tornado headed their way, why do some leave the warning unheeded? More tragic still are those who live in rebellion to God and do not seek refuge in Christ. We may never know why some choose to ignore the warnings of God in His word, but they will have eternity to think about why they did not respond to His love and grace.

— Glen Elliott —