On Thursday March 10 I was sitting in the Korean immigration office and I looked up as the waiting numbers changed. The number was 211, and I realized that I was holding a ticket that said 311, and the clock next to the number counter on the wall said 411. I got the feeling that I was living on a timeline, and the second 11 was happening while I was waiting for the third 11, and the fourth 11 was the “!!th Hour”. I wondered what this could mean, and talked to Dionne about it when I got home. I knew that the next day was the eleventh, so I waited with interest to see what would happen on that day. That day the Japanese earthquake and tsunami hit. I think that 9/11 was the first 11, this earthquake is the second 11, and we’re waiting for a third, but the fourth will bring us to the time of the end.
Then Dionne noticed that Revelations 11 has an apt description of the Japanese quake: Revelations 11:13 13 At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
Many have emailed and asked us how we are doing here in South Korea in light of the critical situation in Japan. Here’s the latest:
The weather seems to be on our side. Sources say that the low levels of radiation seen so far won’t stay concentrated enough to be a health risk as it spreads over hundreds of miles. I hope it doesn’t get worse. They are also saying that the prevailing winds are all to the East so far, which is true — we started our spring weather pattern only days before the earthquake. The wind usually blows strong and steady from China all through spring, bringing yellow dust from the Gobi desert.
Here are a few articles that are helpful:
Conclusion: “The meteorological conditions in the accident region have so far been mainly off-shore, that is the winds have been dispersing materials introduced into the atmosphere from the accident site toward the open ocean, i.e., toward the northeast and to the east of the NPP at Fukushima. These conditions will fluctuate as weather systems develop and progress in the region over the coming period.”
Conclusion: “So far they have been mainly offshore. That is, the winds have been dispersing materials introduced into the atmosphere to the open ocean. However, meteorological systems develop and progress,” Golnaraghi told Reuters Television. “Winds on Tuesday and Wednesday in the stricken area would mainly blow towards the northeast and east, but on Wednesday if particles are released in the lower levels of the atmosphere, “they will be westerly, they will be toward inland (Japan)”
A helpful weather forecast.
We’ve been praying, of course, and have this strong sense of God’s protection over the land of Korea. He is establishing a beachhead of blessing, grace, and protection over this land so that it can be a blessing to its neighbors. We are praying that the Korean heart is softened to the plight of those around them and that they will extend love and grace to those who have historically been their enemies. There is a chance for real restoration to occur here and the Japanese people won to the Love of the Father.
Certainly pray for Dionne, my son Jonah, and I. Seoul is 760 miles from the reactors as the crow flies. Here in Asia that is viewed as very far away, but as an American it is quite within my accustomed boundaries. It feels a little too close, especially if the situation takes a turn for the worse. So please pray with us for Japan, for the hearts of Koreans, and for safety here in Far East Asia!