I read in horror the story of the man swallowed by the earth in Florida. That night I could not sleep for thinking of the absolute terror of his ordeal. It was as if satan had reached his hand up from the depth of hell and purposefully selected this one person out of all the others in that house, to join him in the bowels of hell.
As is my pattern, whenever perplexed about something, I turn to the Word of God. I had to find out if there was any scriptural basis for this completely abnormal occurrence. The word of God tells us repeatedly there is nothing new under the sun. So I reasoned, if it happened once it happened before.
God’s word is true. There is spiritual and scriptural precedent for this occurrence.
In the book of Numbers, in the sixteenth chapter, there was a man named Korah who led a rebellion against Moses a man of God appointed to lead the children of Israel through the wilderness out of Egypt into the land that God had promised to give them. Korah, was a Levite, the tribe specially and specifically chosen, sanctified and appointed by God to provide ministerial service in the sanctuary. Korah accused Moses of leading the children of Israel into the wildness to their death for the purpose of establishing his own private kingdom. Korah refused to follow the leadership of Moses and convinced others to do the same. Moses responded by consulting God. Then he issued an edict to Korah and his followers:
“Even tomorrow the Lord will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.” Numbers 16:5
And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the Lord hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.
If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the Lord hath not sent me.
But if the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the Lord.
And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:
And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation. Numbers 16: 28 – 33
Little is written about the man who perished in Florida. We don’t know his history. Even if we did, it’s not for us to judge. It is not significant.
I’m just saying,…… it happened once, it can happen again and again. Make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
Watch your mouth.
Next time you’re tempted to speak harshly against a man or woman of God, criticize a pastor or a ministerial leader……………………
…………………………..put a sock in it or a piece of candy!!!!!
The life you save just might be your own!
He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes,
Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
1 Chronicles 16: 21-22