||기근, 전염병, 지진
|Famines, Pestilence, Earthquakes, as Man Rebels
by Lester Sumrall
We're fat and happy in the United States today. Spreading the gospel isn't important to us.
Terrible calamities are clutching our neighbors, and we sit and wonder if we can afford a second
new car. In America, the Church sings about Christ's coming and preaches about His return but
lives as if Jesus is never coming back. Famine stalks the earth. Pestilence, in many forms,
desires our young and old. The earthquakes and other natural disasters Jesus spoke of 2,000 years
ago are coming to pass.
We must wake up! As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him
privately. ". . . Tell us," they said, "when will these things be? and what will be the sign of
thy coming, and of the end of the world?" (Matt. 24:3).
"Tell us about the end of the world," they requested. First, He told them that false christs would
come and try to deceive them. Then, he gave them several signs that would take place near the end:
And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things
must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom
against kingdom: and there shall be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places... .
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And
many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.... For there shall arise false Christs,
and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible,
they shall deceive the very elect (Matt. 24:6-7, 1011,24).
Ethnic Wars Around the World
The Holy Spirit said through Jesus that in the last days there would be wars and rumors of wars
that will sweep the earth. It is coming to pass. In this century, more kings - large and small -
have been dethroned than during the rest of human history put together. Why? Because this is the
In a few years, we will see the end of the decade of the nineties. It will also be the end of the
twentieth century and the end of the sixth millennium. The good and the bad are going to come
close together in these last days. The unholy and the holy are going to live next door to each
other. The putrid and the clean are going to rub shoulders together. As Christians, we are not of
this world. We have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus, and we belong to another world. The Lord
told His disciples, . nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom . . (Matt.
What does the word nation mean? It means ethnic. Did you know that every war in the world now is
an ethnic war? Did you know Yugoslavia has been smashed to pieces by a population that says, "I
belong to this tribe; you belong to that tribe; he belongs to the other tribe; let's kill each
other." As a result, they have gone through hell in the past few years, destroying that great
nation and its rich heritage in the process.
What tore the Russian empire to pieces? Ethnic disputes. They said, "We don't belong to you. You
don't belong to us. Your grandpa and my grandpa didn't get along; let's fight."
In Africa, there are dozens and dozens of civil wars going on right now, and though they are all
tribal wars, the continent of Africa is killing itself from within. Millions have died from
starvation because they had to run from the war. They couldn't plant or care for crops. In Rwanda,
the people were on the verge of reaping bumper crops, but rival factions opened fire on each other
and the food wasted.
Famine in Various Places
"There shall be famines ... in divers places" (Matt. 24:7), Jesus explained. Jesus told me that
millions and millions are going to die of hunger on this earth. It's beginning right now in
Ethiopia and in Chad and in different countries.
Once, when I was in Africa, we drove several large trucks into a remote area to feed a group of
refugees who had not had a bite of food in four days. They were eating pieces of bark off trees.
When they saw our group coming through the jungle with trucks loaded high with food, they almost
The Lord said that although there's great hunger in the world, "I don't want my children in the
third world to die hungry. I want them to be fed! I love them as much as you in America."
Then, He said, "My children who cry out to Me in the morning and say, 'Give us this day, our daily
bread,' and by evening, they haven't had a bite - they come back and ask, 'Are you there, God?' "
In Jerusalem, God commissioned me to feed His hungry people around the world. I told him I was
very busy. And He paid no attention to it at all, just told me I had to do it . So I set out to do
The Lord told me the next revival that covers the whole earth will be a feeding revival - a
feeding revival, and a teaching revival, and a demonstrating revival. Believers will call the
people forward, and mighty miracles will take place, just as the Bible says.
When we go to a country, the boat is loaded with food that will be given to pastors from all over
that country. We don't make a distinction between Baptist or Methodist or Presbyterian or
Pentecostal; God loves everybody. We put it on a truck and take it to a church, and the pastor
feeds His people with it. We tell them that the good people in America - by giving five dollars,
ten dollars, and twenty dollars - provided this food for them. And these dear pastors and priests
are so glad that we can feed their people.
A time will come when the churches are going to flow together, not separately with bickering and
fighting. Food will become more important than doctrine.
When you are dying, you don't care which color the life raft is. Dying people don't say, "I'll
take a blue one." They take what they can get. Everyone who names the name of Jesus is part of the
family of God. We must stop building walls around ourselves and start seeking to save the world.
These are the last days. Millions and millions are going to be saved; and we must love everybody.
When China falls on its face, and communism is dead there, do you know what some in the Church
will say? "Well isn't that something, I heard that the Chinese people were dying of hunger. Pass
the mashed potatoes."
For the past few years, I've felt it was only a matter of time before the government in China
collapsed like the former Soviet Union. The situation is perilous, but revival can come to the
Now, in a copyrighted newspaper article, February 6, 1995, comes word from a U.S. Defense
Department study that indeed, China's immediate future is in jeopardy. Longtime leader Deng
Xiaoping is 90 years old and in failing health. His hold has been so strong that there is no clear-
cut successor. The story says in part:
The document presents the nightmare of all China experts: "There is no apparent internal balance
of political forces, and Deng's death will create a political vacuum for both conservatives and
reformers to move in."
The study sees only a 30 percent chance of the country continuing on its present course. The
document, which 13 China experts prepared in August for the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment,
shows little faith in the 'collective leadership' of head of state and party Jiang Zemin, Prime
Minister Li Peng, and Deputy Prime Minister Zhu Rongji.
There are believers and unbelievers alike who need help in that tragic but proud country. Jesus
told us in Matthew 25 that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who help the needy,
and those who shun them. There will be heaven for one, and hell for the other.
Will there be any heaven for you? That rich man in the Bible - it lists just one thing he did
wrong: He didn't feed the poor. The Bible gives six reasons for God's destruction of Sodom, and
one of them was that the people had no compassion for the poor.
Pestilences in Various Places
". . . And there shall be ... pestilences . . ." (Matt. 24:7). What is pestilence? Cancer is a
pestilence, cancer is a cannibal. Cancers eat humans until they die. Our finite minds can't find a
cure for cancer. Pestilence doesn't have to be something from the outside, it can come from
Potentially, the deadliest pestilence in the history of the world is AIDS. People talk of a cure,
hoping this always-fatal killer can be wiped out. But AIDS is a last days' pestilence, and there
won't be a cure for it. Billions of dollars are being spent on research worldwide, but no cure
will be found.
Some countries still have their heads in the sand, hoping that AIDS isn't real and that when they
wake up, it will have all been a bad dream. But many of them won't wake up because this terrible
disease will kill them.
Japan just recently began to study the effects of AIDS on the population in this Asian country. As
of last year, there were a little over 3,000 reported cases of HIV, and under 1,000 cases of full-
blown AIDS. But as widespread testing comes about, those figures will grow at alarming rates.
This pestilence was caused by the sins of mankind. India, in the last year, has been struck by
pneumonic plague and bubonic plague. Medical professionals made slow headway against these
killers. During one two-week stretch, people died every day. The panic caused hundreds of
thousands to flee, thus spreading the plagues to other places.
Officials in Bombay worked desperately to catch and kill the rats that carry disease, but in
India, some Hindus consider rodents to be gods! They won't kill them, and so the deaths of humans
Age itself is a pestilence. It destroys the vital parts of a human until he has no resources left
inside to even overcome a cold. The Bible says the last days will see an increase in this. The
pestilence of various diseases has been happening since the great Flood.
Adam was created to live forever, but his sin derailed those plans. Under the climatic conditions
at the time, Adam lived almost 1,000 years, and then he died. His early descendants had similar
long life spans.
After the Flood, however, life spans immediately dropped to around 250 years, or less. Before the
Book of Genesis ends, the span of a man's lifetime was around 75 years. And so it is today. We
have non-functioning glands in our bodies that apparently had purpose thousands of years ago.
Mankind brought pestilence on himself. An act of sin - basic to all our natures - destroyed our
immune systems to the point that viruses that once took a long time to kill a perfectly-created
human now kill babies when they are only minutes out of the womb.
Have you noticed that influenza outbreaks, even in North America, last longer and longer? Do you
have scores of friends who used to be quite healthy, who now suffer through various viruses for
months at a time? That is an example of the pestilence of the last days manifesting itself in the
Our lakes, streams, and oceans are contaminated, creating breeding grounds for pestilence. That
explains the cancers, viruses, and chronic sickness attacking people today.
A 1994 U.S. News & World Report article pointed to the terrible pollution problems of Chesapeake
Bay in Virginia. Humans are dumping sewage, toxins, oil, and car exhaust into the water. Farming
is also contributing to the problem, with animal manure and dirt finding their way into the bay.
Fish, grasses, trees, and birds are dying there.
Early in Genesis, we see that God appointed someone to tend to the earth. Whom did He appoint? It
wasn't a duck. It wasn't an elephant, or an otter. No, the Almighty chose Adam, a man, to take
care of His creation.
And in only a few thousand years, we've managed to make quite a mess of it. Places like Chesapeake
Bay are reaping the results of our mismanagement, and it will only get worse.
Earthquakes in Various Places
There shall be ... earthquakes, in divers places" (Matt. 24:7), Jesus told His disciples. In this
century, there have been more earthquakes than all the rest of history put together. Earthquakes
have become commonplace, and yet they are increasing in intensity.
Every 10 years, earthquakes double in number, and so it has been for the last 10 decades. During
the latter part of this decade, earthquakes will occur with increasing regularity, creating terror
and panic throughout the world.
Jesus said that was one of the signs of His coming. Indonesia, Japan, Turkey - these are scattered
areas suffering from the effects of earthquakes. The earth is dying, and earthquakes represent the
death rattle in its throat.
Earthquakes suggest that America's shores are not immune to destruction. Since 1987, the U.S.
Geological Survey reports there have been 121,000 earthquakes recorded in southern California.
That is over 100,000 shocks of death in one tiny area of this vast world. The last days are seeing
an enormous increase in terror in the daily lives of ordinary people.
What do you think those people on the California freeways were doing a couple of years ago when
the killer earthquake hit? They were doing the same things you do - worrying about their
children's education, racing to the store to pick up dinner, talking on their car phones. And
then, before they could react at all, whole sections of freeway collapsed on them.
This didn't happen in some faraway country that most of us don't care two hoots about. The news
pictures of this devastating earthquake were so severe, people still talk about them years later.
The monumental job of cleaning up after such a disaster was impressively handled by rescue crews
of all types. Rather than self-congratulations, the people involved in earthquake cleanup go about
their business quietly - and still fearfully. So much for man's ability to control his
Earthquakes Scare Us
Mexico City residents understand earthquakes; they have almost destroyed them. Iran understands
the devastation that earthquakes can cause; Russia has experienced the deadly results of the
earth's fury. All over the face of this earth today, people understand well the reality of
The January 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan, which killed more than 5,000 people, dealt a
devastating blow to this prosperous nation. In spite of all their earthquake drills and building
codes, nothing could stop buildings from toppling and the infrastructure from being ripped apart.
The water-main breaks left firemen standing helpless to snuff out the flames that incinerated the
people - some of whom were still alive - buried in the rubble of their homes. In spite of Japan's
technological superiority, it took days for the government to send help to the desperate survivors
of the quake. Thousands were left homeless and exposed to the harsh winter weather, resulting in a
flu epidemic that brought further suffering.
The earth is shaking. Why? Our Lord is returning soon!
A few years ago, it was predicted that a devastating earthquake would split open at New Madrid,
Missouri - right in the middle of the United States, where life is slow and pleasant!
Seismologists, amateur earthquake-watchers, psychics, and even church leaders put ears to the
ground to hear the rumblings. Hardware stores made a fortune selling disaster-relief supplies. It
was a sight to behold.
But the earthquake didn't happen. What does that tell us? Only God Almighty decides when and where
nature will teach us a lesson.
During a New Madrid earthquake of 1811, it is alleged that the Mississippi River actually flowed
backward for a few hours. There is geological evidence to back this up since it appears that a
depression in the earth filled with water from the Mississippi.
A beautiful plantation in the state of Mississippi, built in 1790, bears a scar from this New
Madrid earthquake that occurred hundreds of miles north. A column on the front of the house had to
be improvised after damage occurred from this distant earthquake, and a huge crack runs the entire
length of one side of the house.
At that time, folks in the middle of the country were convinced the end was near. The New Madrid
earthquake of 1811 is a quiver compared to what's coming.
False Prophets Will Deceive Many
... Many ... shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall
rise, and shall deceive many" (Matt. 24: 10-11).
This prophecy is repeated in 1 Timothy 4: 1, In the latter times some shall depart from the faith,
giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils."
A year ago, CNN devoted a whole hour to a special program called "How to be a Muslim." A whole
hour had to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Muslims can't save anybody. They don't believe in the blood of Jesus. They don't believe Jesus
is the way, the truth, and the light. They don't believe Jesus is the Saviour of the world. They
don't even believe Jesus died on Calvary. They say He sneaked away, and somebody else was killed.
Many Americans, however, are being deceived by the lies of Mohammed and the false teachings of the
Koran. You don't have to listen to Louis Farrakhan or the messages of Malcom X to realize that
theirs is a message of hate. They hate the Jews; they hate the Christians; they hate the whites;
they hate anyone who does not agree with them.
Satanism, another religion based on hate, is growing in this country faster than you can imagine.
Masked today in the philosophies of the New Age movement, its leaders speak of peace,
tranquillity, and comfort.
Large corporations hire New Age consultants to lecture their employees on the latest mind-control
techniques. "Now you breathe like this ... and you put your hands out like this." That is exactly
the way Hindus worship their idol gods and it is just another method of worshipping the devil.
If you question a New Age devotee about his doctrine, by asking: "Do you believe in the
transmigration of souls?" "Oh, yeah, my mother-in-law was a billy goat." "Do you believe there is
a hell?" "Oh, no, no. "Do you believe there is a heaven?" "No, no." "Do you believe Jesus is
Saviour of the world?" "No, no."
But they believe in bowing down to trees. An enlightened nation like America has hundreds of
thousands of people who are following Hinduism - a force of darkness that came from hell to India
and from India to America.
You say "How did it happen?"
At one time these same people were Methodists and Baptists and Presbyterians, but they departed
from the teaching of Scripture. And that falling away gave heed to false teachings like Hinduism.
Millionaires have given everything they own to convert this nation to the New Age. All the way
from the White House to the outhouse, you've got people believing in the New Age. They're high in
politics, and they can block you from doing what God wants you to do.
The Father said in the last days, "I will pour my spirit upon all flesh." And the Holy Ghost said
some people will accept it. Others, though, would rather play with the devil than have a Holy
They're in this country, saying, "No, no. Mary was not a virgin. No, no. Genesis is not like it is
in the Bible. No, no, no." And they're on their way to hell, because they don't believe the Word
You're not going to heaven if you don't believe the Word of God. It doesn't matter who you are.
There are powers that you and I haven't come into yet. Pride keeps us out. If God shows a little
power to people, they start thinking they're big shots. The big shot's name is Jesus, not you or
A lot of evangelists were nothing when they started. Whatever they have to draw big crowds, Jesus
gave it to them. And if they don't live right, they'll fall to the bottom.
Some of my finest pastor friends, whom I dearly love, in the last 10 years have committed adultery
and lost their churches. They were not even middle-aged yet. But they gave way to the lusts of the
If you don't live right, you don't belong to God. The Bible says the pure in heart will see God;
the rest are never going to see God.
False Christs and False Prophets
"For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles, to deceive
even the elect - if that were possible" (Matt. 24:24;NIV).
This verse leads us to another thought: The Antichrist is ready to make his appearance. In fact,
he has been trying to enter the world scene for the last 50 or 60 years, trying to get in.
The Antichrist cannot come, however, until about a hundred million or two hundred million of God's
people go to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Why has the Antichrist been held back? The prayers of God's people won't let him come.
When I first began preaching in 1929, 1 met the many remarkable people of prayer - most of them
were older people. They were prayer warriors, and you could feel the presence of God in their
You may think that America's cities are wicked and violent places, but if God's people weren't
living there, it would be a hundred times worse. Christians are the restraining power against sin.
Our holiness pours itself out to God every day, and our witness and our testimony rises before
God. I believe that is why God keeps slapping the Antichrist back in his place.
How to Live in These Last Days
If you really believe Jesus is coming soon, then you need to live like it. Let me give you some
advice for living in these last days.
1. Read the Book of Revelation, not someone's interpretation of it. God worded this end-time
prophetic word the way He wants it said. It's in the right order God put it.
2. Attend a Bible-believing church. If you stay with the Word and get settled in a good church,
you can avoid being deceived. Christians who wander from church to church get in trouble. They're
like grasshoppers; they don't know where to lie down next.
3. Live pure and simple lives. Get your mind off man-made ideas and the things of this life that
will surely perish. Realize that we are living in the most dramatic moment this world will ever
know. Keep your eyes focused up, for such an hour as you think not, the Son of Man is going to
4. Pray for revival. God told me the greatest revival in all of history would take place in China.
That amazed me, too. He said there were going to be millions and millions of Chinese saved. The
president of the Bible Society told me recently that there are at least 45 million born-again
Christians in China. They are secret believers who worship in the underground church, risking
persecution and harassment for their faith. Many have been killed, some are in jail. But they
refuse to give up; they won't quit.
5 Evangelize your world. Jesus told us to disciple all the world; that's the Great Commission, "Go
into all the world and preach the good news to all creation" (Mark 16:15;NIV).
Are we doing it? Do we have a burden for people everywhere? We should be reaching people for
Jesus. This moment is the only time in history when we have had the facilities in our hands to
reach a total world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
6. Pass the sword to the last generation. Moses, being 120 years old, laid his hand on Joshua and,
the Bible says, the spirit of wisdom came into him. No matter how old you are, God can use you to
fulfill His purposes in these last days. Lay hands on your children and make sure they are firm in
their faith in Christ.
In Acts 2:17, we read, And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of
my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men
shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Young men should see visions and old men
will dream dreams. That means the old men will say, "This is the way it used to be, and this is
the way the Word of God teaches it."
We need the young and the old - if we were all old, we'd dry up; if we were all young, we'd blow
up. But if we work together we'll rise up for Jesus. Our children and our youth must be equipped
to pass on the torch to their generation.
When God said He would pour out His Spirit on all flesh, He is talking about a worldwide revival!
There have been revivals before, but nothing like this one will be.
Revivalist John Wesley only touched two countries: England and the United States. General William
Booth with the Salvation Army only touched one: England. Evangeline, his daughter, went into
France and had some great revivals over there.
I've never touched the world. God has to raise up a kind of a new generation. You are that
generation - the new generation of this final hour.
Now, I have studied all the great revivals of the twentieth century, because I have been involved
in every one of them. But God is going to do something greater than anything He has ever done
Dead religionists will say it's fanaticism. But, God will say, that's My Spirit I'm pouring out.
There's going to be one more mighty thrust from heaven. And I want to be in it! Do you?
My Last Great Labor for the Lord
One night, while on a visit to Jerusalem, the Lord woke me up at ten minutes to midnight. He
said, "I want to talk to you." He said, "It is also midnight in prophetic time." That shook me
clear to my feet.
The Lord said, "I want you to listen to Me." Believe me, He had my attention. Then He said the
strangest thing. "One of My greatest concerns is My own people, part of My church. I don't want
them to suffer death by starvation before I return. Will you feed My people?"
I wanted to say "No," so loud that He could hear it. I don't know anything about feeding anybody.
I'm a preacher, not a fry cook. I had no intention of feeding anybody. But I listened carefully.
"To them it will be an angelic food supply. It will be a miracle to them." I sat there writing it
all down from midnight until five o'clock in the morning.
"Hunger is an agonizing death," He said. "I want you to give to those who are dying. If you will,
I will see that you live happily and victoriously. I will prosper you."
He said, "I have spoken to you in Jerusalem. It is the city where I took bread, blessed it, and
broke it, saying, 'Take and eat. This is My body that is broken for you.' I want you to take the
bread of the Spirit and the bread of the soul, and the bread of the body to the multitudes who are
hungry on this earth."
I asked, "Just what do You mean?" "Never take just bread. Never! Never! Don't merely feed people's
bodies. Take bread to My church and give it to those who are hungry. In the last days, there is
going to be famine such as this world has never seen."
God spoke to me again and said, "Millions of My people who belong to Me get up in the morning and
say, 'Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread.' But when the evening comes, their
bellies are empty." I began to feel their pain.
The Lord asked, "Will you feed My little children?" "Yes," I answered. "You will greatly rejoice,"
I said, "Lord, I am willing to be an instrument. As old as I am, I need no honor from man. I need
no prestige at all. As old as I am, I need no earthly goods of any kind. I can't take a thing of
this earth with me. All I want to do is work for You until You come. I want to bless Your church
and to bless those who are without."
In the years ahead of us there will be famine, and out of the plenty of American Christians there
will flow blessings to the ends of the earth.
In the months after that vision, God began to speak to me about purchasing a large Hercules
aircraft that could be used to transport food directly to those in need. After a series of
miracles, we obtained a C- 130 and began to prepare to feed the hungry.
One of our first trips came right after the Desert Storm War. We flew supplies to the starving
Kurds in Iraq for two months, providing hundreds of thousands of pounds of food.
When we arrived, a thousand people a day were dying of dysentery. We took in water purifiers and a
military field kitchen and began to feed them. Today, many, many Kurds are alive and praising God
because of our C- 130.
As the Bible says, there is famine in many places in our world. Today people in Somalia are dying
again. Americans have already grown cold to the cries coming from Somalia and Ethiopia and other
places in Western Africa.
Albania is desperate, too - and things are very bad in Russia. When we took food into Russia, I
asked one company about meat and they said, "Yes. If you'll send me a check for $80,000, we'll
give you meat." So I sent a check for $80,000 and they gave us $250,000 of the best Danish ham
anybody has ever tasted. The Russians loved it. On every flight, we've taken 10,000 pounds of meat
along with flour and the other supplies.
I believe that the wealthy church in America and churches around the world have been called on to
ensure that Christians worldwide do not go without food. I also believe that great evangelism and
revival will occur if we will show compassion and feed the starving.
The Lord showed me in detail that all over the face of this earth there are the beginnings of
famine. Will you catch this vision? This may be my last great labor. Join me to save millions from
death by starvation. Will you help feed God's people in the difficult days that are just around
the comer? Will you feed Christian children who are asking God to "give us this day, our daily
bread?" What does the Lord say to you? Will you obey?