The Great Truth - The Coming Display by Ike Reighard

The Great Truth - The Coming Display
Ike Reighard
1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:10
September 11, 1994

Introduction:

September 11, 1994 -- AM Service
Old Harry was a cantankerous sort who had spent his life in the Pacific Northwest around his beloved mountains, which had provided him peace and tranquility. However, they were now showing definite signs that danger and disaster were lying just around the next bend. Even though those in the know had warned old Harry repeatedly that he could lose his life, old Harry would scoff and laugh and wave off his would be rescuers. His rescuers were warning him that even though the high mountain, which had been quiet for 123 years, it was now on the brink of eruption. Yet, old Harry said he knew Mount Saint Helens better than anyone else.

In March 1980, a 4.1 earthquake was registered near Mount Saint Helens in the Southwestern Corner of Washington state. On March 27, the mountain experienced an initial eruption, a warning sign of a potential disaster. Old Harry's response was, "Nobody knows more about this mountain than Harry, and it don't dare blow up on him."

As days turned into weeks, weeks into months, people forgot their initial concerns and went back to business as usual. Old Harry summed it up in National Geographic: "I'm havin' a hell of a time livin' my life alone. I'm king of all I survey. I've got plenty of whiskey; I've got food enough for 15 years; and I'm settin' high on the hog."

Indeed, on May 18, 1980, a Sunday morning, Mount Saint Helens erupted with its full fury. Rock and ash shot upward nearly 14 miles into the atmosphere. The blast incinerated trees and flattened them like dominoes from the crater area. The power expended was over 500 times greater than Hiroshima. The once beautiful landscape was reduced to charred ruin, and old Harry was gone.

Today, we are experiencing the tremors of a coming event. The warnings are evident; the signs are very clear. Jesus is coming back! The ...


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