I was contemplating something while sitting in church today. I have hear people say that you can tell we are in the last days because God is send all the calamities. You know, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, drought, disease, and the like. One only need look at Wikipedia to see that people believe God sends/causes natural disasters.
What I was contemplating, however, was whether God specifically causes all the calamities prophesied of in the Bible.
On the one hand, one could say that the prophets foretold of the calamities and God is sending them forth now to fulfil the promises of the prophets.
On the other hand, perhaps our day is an unusual time in the history of humankind (call it global warming if you must), in which we see an abundance of calamities. In that case, maybe the prophets saw the frequency of calamities and prophesied regarding them. Maybe God isn’t sending any of them. Maybe the prophets saw when the second coming of Christ was and noticed it coincided with this unusual amount of calamities, and simply used this period as a benchmark.
And maybe then God isn’t behind any of these calamities. Maybe it’s just the earth responding to whatever environmental changes there are.
It seems odd to me anyhow that God would send calamities just so the prophets wouldn’t be wrong.