(and/or “Another Curtis Story”)
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise (Greek text: “buzzing, whizzing sound”- my note), and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” (2 Pet. 3.10)
I heard it as Mrs. Israel and I were having supper (dinner). At first I thought it was one of the trains that went through town, which passes a few hundred yards from my house. It sounded like a train; but it was too loud for a train engine. The noise seemed to fill the whole sky with a tremendous whizzing, buzzing noise.
It was coming down the railroad tracks for sure. But it was no train. It was an
F4 tornado. The Friona tornado of 1995 caused over $12 million in damage at one feed mill alone, knocked a freight train off its tracks, destroyed an airport, and was strong enough to bounce a railroad boxcar through the Friona cemetery. Like a match box, bouncing across the plains in the West Texas wind, it tumbled through the cemetery, knocking headstones from their designated places. It would take several months to identify and replace the markers to their proper location. Debris from the feed mill was later found as far as 160 miles northeast of Friona, Texas.
I thought the Lord was coming. I thought of the buzzing sound which Peter had described in the above text. I wondered. I felt no earthquake. I did feel the shudder of the house when the twenty inch diameter trunk of my tree came crashing into the roof.
I have studied of the Lord’s return for forty-six years. I still do not understand the magnitude of all that the Bible teaches on this subject. I do know, if one walks down the street and asks a hundred people what they know of the Lord’s return, you will get one hundred different answers. It is a difficult, but interesting biblical subject.
I don’t know if you think about that “buzzing noise” very often. I don’t. I usually think that I will die before the Lord returns. But, beloved Lobos, we should be waiting for Him. (1 Cor. 1.7; Phil. 3.20) We should be looking for Him. (Titus 2.13) We should be ready for Him. (Mt. 24.42-51) We should pray for His coming. (Rev. 22.20)
One thing for sure, Lobos, if we hear that real “buzzing noise”, there will be no doubt of what is happening.
Y’all read ‘em, now, ye hear?!
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