Here, in a short span of time, the world has witnessed two plane crashes in New York state with vastly different outcomes. In that earlier plane crash there was no loss of life. Now we have witnessed another plane crash in which there were no survivors.
What does this signify?
Let’s look at the two separate plane crashes. Flight 1549 at Hudson River had both engines failed during bird impacts. What makes this special? It was a landing in an residential area, it was a plane landing without the assitance of jet-thrust, and it was a landing on water that didn’t result in a roll or sheared wing, allowing the passengers to escape. Statistically, airplanes which lose both engines don’t land in such a perfect fashion, so that’s statistically low. Is it miraculous? There was an intelligence at work in the safe landing, sure (Captain Chesley Sullenberger?). Or was it God directly landing the plane?
Now let’s examine Continental Airlines Flight 3407 over Buffalo. According to the details of the flight, the plane experienced ice on the wings. The controls respond slowly, meaning the pilot can overcorrect or undercorrect much easier, which seems to be the case here. But the pilot lost altitude too fast to correct and the plane flight ended in tragedy. The news on the plane crash in Buffalo says it went into a steep nosedive.
CLARENCE CENTER, New York (CNN) -- A commuter airliner whose crash late Thursday killed 50 people was in such a sharp nosedive when it hurtled into a residential area that only one house was damaged, local authorities said Saturday...
Was there a lack of guiding supernatural intelligence here? I starting thinking, Lord what are You trying to say with these 2 events?
The first plane crash was a parable of God saving a chosen people who are drawn from the waters of humanity. What was depicted in the US Airways crash in the Hudson River was that in a day of judgment, God will deliver His people through it all. They will emerge safely, but will escape with only the clothes on their backs. All possessions of this world will be left behind in a day of calamity, yet there will be great rejoicing that their lives were spared.
In Isaiah 58 the Lord tells His people that if they turn from their wicked ways and do good, their darkness will be as the noonday sun and He will make them like a watered garden. The Lord doesn't say here I will make you like a watered garden and then you will do good, He says if you do good I will make you like a watered garden!
As I thought on this first great sign, and compared it to that which has just occurred in this second plane crash, the following Scripture came to mind
I Peter 4:17-18
For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner who does not turn to God ?
Peter then continues with the thought, “What will be the outcome of those who do not obey the gospel of God? What will become of the godless man and the sinner?” The answer is given in the event now witnessed in Buffalo. Those who do not obey the gospel, the godless and the sinners, will all perish.
Do not think that those involved in the crash in the Hudson River, or those involved in the crash in Buffalo, were any more righteous or unrighteous than other people. Christ expressed the same sentiment when His disciples told Him about a tragedy that occurred in Israel.
Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And He answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered this fate? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."
And He began telling this parable: "A certain man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it, and did not find any. And he said to the vineyard-keeper, 'Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?' And he answered and said to him, 'Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.'"
The parable of the fig tree serves as a parallel lesson to the tragedies Christ had been discussing with His disciples. Trees represent peoples and nations, and God has a right to expect fruit from those whom He has created. The fruit that God seeks is righteousness and justice. God will bear long with a people, but if He continues to come to them year after year, having provided them with every necessary thing to bear this precious fruit, and He finds none, He will in anger ask the question, “For what reason do you even take up space upon the earth if you refuse to bring forth fruit to satisfy Me?”
How can a person or nation expect to escape judgment?
Christ not only spoke of this matter in a parable, He gave His disciples a live demonstration of what He will do to those who do not produce the fruit He seeks.
And on the next day, when they had departed from Bethany, He became hungry. And seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And He answered and said to it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again!" And His disciples were listening... And as they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. And being reminded, Peter said to Him, "Rabbi, behold, the fig tree which You cursed has withered."
Why were both the plane crashes that accured had to be in New York state itself?
The people of America have been prosperous for so long; they have attained the status of the world’s greatest power; they have dictated to the nations what they will do and will not do; they have grown fat with prosperity, ease and abundance, until they have become arrogant even against God. This proud people and nation who has known staggering blessing, wealth, freedom and has had the gospel freely presented to them, have scorned God’s cry for righteousness.
America sits as a proud harlot, clothed in purple and adorned with gold and jewels. She says “I am a queen and I will never know mourning,” but God will not be mocked.
"For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong. And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying,' Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.' And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more; cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze and iron and marble, and cinnamon and spice and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargoes of horses and chariots and slaves and human lives. And the fruit you long for has gone from you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and men will no longer find them. The merchants of these things, who became rich from her, will stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning, saying,' Woe, woe, the great city, she who was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls; for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!' And every shipmaster and every passenger and sailor, and as many as make their living by the sea, stood at a distance, and were crying out as they saw the smoke of her burning, saying,' What city is like the great city?' And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!' Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her."
Because that nation has not produced the fruit God has longed for, He will judge her by removing all the fruit that she desires. The wealth, ease, prosperity and comfort America craves will be stripped from her. No longer will these things be found in the land. Through it all, the righteous will be saved, but the godless man and the sinner will perish.
The Spirit has been testifying through a myriad of signs that judgment is at the door.
Year after year, God has borne patiently with a wicked people / nation that refuses to bear the fruit of righteousness. He has watched as transgression has increased. He has sent forth judgments to provoke people / nation to bring forth the fruit He demands, but some has refused. The judgment will come as swiftly as the crash of the Continental Airlines flight over Buffalo. There was not even time to broadcast a distress call. The last communication was a calm repetition of the air traffic controller’s instruction about which runway to land upon.
After the Hudson River crash, all landing safe measures were controlled and the people have been assured of good safety. Yet in one moment these proved to be false. A gradual descent suddenly became an uncontrollable free fall.
This is what will happen when we refuse God. There will be no actions possible to prevent a devastating crash. The one thing that would have saved the people and the nation has been rejected. Righteousness has been despised.
People of God who find their peace (and put their trust) in God alone and not in their outward circumstances WILL BE SAVED. The view of the green foliage and of the blue water below represents vision for the blessings of God that will come to those who actually survive (in heart) this calamitous "crash."
Oh sure, many do not want to hear about such things, for "Peace and safety!" is all that their itching ears want to hear right now! But the scriptures are clear that sudden destruction will come upon such and these then shall be overwhelmed with fear to the extent that their hearts may even fail them.
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that things like this should overtake you like a thief, for you are all sons of light and sons of day! So let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober -- fully prepared for whatever may come our way. [Quote]
-What the Lord is saying for the church now is turn from your wicked ways such as pointing fingers, speaking wickedness, bickering, & gossip (v. 9), its time to step out in faith and do the good we are called to do such as feed the hungry, satisfy the afflicted soul, loose the bonds of wickedness, and lead people to righteousness and
He will show up!
The Lord is saying if you step out on faith I will show up! If you step out in faith I will make you like a water garden bearing much good fruit. Rivers of living water will flow from you and spring up into life not only for you but for those around you!
IT HAS ALREADY STARTED!!!
"And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. (Mark 16:20)."
The Lord is raising up people everywhere, from every age group, from every background, who are willing to step out on faith! Like the early church, He is confirming the word through accompanying signs!
It's only February but so far this year has been filled with testimony after testimony about how He is using nameless faceless people you never heard of to witness, heal, and deliver! We are living in an amazing time!
DON'T MISS IT!!!
The Lord is moving, don't miss it! Don't let the enemy tell you or use others to tell you that you are being prideful, that you are not good enough, that you're too young or old, or you didn't go to Bible school, etc! They did the same thing to David before he was used by God to slay the giant (1 Samuel 17:28-53)!
"26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, "He who glories, let him glory in the LORD (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)."