Today’s Scripture: And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. Joel 2:30

For the first time in over 100 years, the mountain was ready to blow. The state had warned people to vacate the area. There was plenty of time and the warning could not have been clearer. But, there were a few residents who refused to budge – one of the most famous of which was Harry Randall Truman. Harry had been through World War 1. In fact, his transport ship had been sunk by a German submarine. Harry was tough as nails and determined that he would not be scared away by some national park volcanologists.

He was the caretaker and owner of the Mt. St. Helen’s lodge at Spirit Lake. When questioned about his choice to wait it out, he said, “I don’t have any idea whether it will blow, but I don’t believe it to the point that I am going to pack up.” Unfortunately, on May 18th, 1980, Truman and his lodge were buried under 150 feet of mud and debris from the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. He is still buried there today.

That fire was just a speck in comparison to one-third of all the world’s trees being set ablaze as predicted in Revelation 8:7-10. Like Harry, many do not believe the impending predictions are literal enough to “pack up” over. Revelation is literal in its description of what is to befall this earth and parallels with the plagues of Egypt which were all literal, not symbolic. I assure you, Pharaoh took those plagues very literally, especially when he lost his first born son (Exodus 9:18-25). It will be real judgment on a real earth by a real God. The time to trust Christ is now. The time to boldly proclaim His message is today. Everything God’s Word has predicted has come to pass – from the time line of the Messiah to the rise and fall of kingdoms, God’s Word holds true.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.