My heart is broken over the horrendous tragedy in Las Vegas. I pray for those who lost loved ones and for those who are still fighting for their lives in hospitals. The pain and suffering touches every American. As we respond to this mayhem in various ways, let us give attention to how it follows the trend of recent prophetic anomalies and the probable meaning of them.

Just a couple of weeks ago (scroll down), I posted that three devastating hurricanes, almost simultaneous, a real nuclear threat, and government chaos where signs that God was giving us Americans clear warning. Then, throw in a rare total solar eclipse over the nation in the middle of it all, and it’s rather evident something providential was occurring. I wondered as I wrote that post whether something else was at our heels. The answer came Monday morning.

The worst mass shooting in the history of America is the latest of what we all must recognize as a string of concentrated ominous events that can’t be labeled coincidental or random.

Reports indicate the shooter was not an international terrorist and had no apparent motive. It seems he was driven by an inexplicable evil obsession–like he was a demonic agent. Trying to find a positive spin to all this, almost every reporter speaks of our country’s resilience and how we will overcome. Resilience may help our recovery from each disaster, but it won’t prevent the next one. I believe these crises are glimpses God is giving us of what life will be like if He takes His protective hand off of our nation. He doesn’t cause suffering, but He sometimes allows it for a greater purpose of good. Throughout history, He has taken his hand off of people and nations, and I am convinced He is giving us final opportunity to prevent that happening to America.

Our resilience needs to be in the form of nationwide acknowledgement of His principles and heed to His guidance. I long to hear a news reporter or politician respond to these catastrophes by urging everyone to be remorseful and seek God’s forgiveness for much of the direction our national culture has taken.

I want to be an optimist in my view of just about everything. However, I fully expect to see the next dreadful event in the near future unless we Americans respond to this one with more of a return to God’s ways than just a few days of mournful piety followed by life as usual.

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