The Christmas Tidal Wave


“O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.” – (Is.48:18).

“But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace saith my God, to the wicked.”– (Is.57:20,21).

“And great earthquakes shall be in diver places. And there shall be signs in the sun and in the moon, and in the stars: and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity: the sea and the waves roaring. – (Luke 21:11,25).


   On Christmas day, Dec.25, 2004, AZ. time, there was a massive earthquake under the Indian Ocean which triggered 25 ft. high tidal waves. Bodies washed up on tropical beaches and piled up in hospitals and raised fear of diseases across an eleven nation arc of destruction left by the monster quake and giant tidal waves that have killed 150,000 people so far. Thousands are missing and millions homeless.


   The U.N. says it will be the biggest relief effort in history and also the costliest in history with many billions in damages. Hundreds of thousands have lost everything and face a hazardous future because of polluted drinking water. Thousands died in Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia and eight other nations. The tidal wave raced 3000 miles across the Indian Ocean to Africa. The earthquake sent 500 mph surging waves across the ocean. There was no warning system so it came with sudden destruction. Recovery will take years. Cholera and other epidemics could hit within days.


   One American tourist said “I thought it was the end of the world.” (not quite, but it’s very close). One woman said – “God-God-God- Why, why, why?” another said “The calm sea became a raging monster.”


   Like you all, my sorrow and grief was great, especially for those who awoke in hell except for the children who went to Heaven to be with the Lord Jesus. The answer for this tragedy is found in God’s book of truth – His Bible. You’re a sinner and if you reject the mercy and grace of God in his beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, the wrath of God is upon you. The whole earth is heading into the great tribulation period when the wrath of God is poured out upon a Christ-rejecting world. “He that believeth on the son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” – (Jn.3:36). Time is running out for planet earth’s time of grace in Christ. Do you doubt it? God has killed everyone who ever lived on earth but two. “The wages of sin is death,” all deaths on earth are because of sin.


   God’s Word of Truth has all the answers of life. But you must believe it. We saints of God know in our Spirit that we’re in the end days and the rapture and the tribulation and the second coming of Jesus at Armageddon are soon to come. We can discern the signs of the times. (Is.48:18) tells us that righteousness and sin is the reason for God’s blessings and curses upon a nation. A righteous nation has calm waves and peace and a wicked nation has tidal waves and hurricanes.


   It was not happenstance that this calamity from God happened on Christmas. God’s son, the Savior of the world- whose very name Jesus means saving people from their sins – was born on this day. So you can see the love and mercy of God and also the wrath of God with this calamity on Christmas. Listen to the scripture on that first Christmas day 2000 years ago. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11). If you have not repented of your sins and believed on Christ in your hearts by faith and been saved and born again, then the wrath of God abides upon you.


   (2 Pet.3:6-10) says that the whole world was overflowed with water in the days of Noah, not just part of eleven nations. There already has been an end of the world by water and it will end again by fire.


God gave Noah the rainbow sign

No more water – the fire next time.


“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night: in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great nose, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” – (2 Peter 3:10). This defines a nuclear bomb as the elements, uranium, and plutonium and tritium explode with great heat. Are you listening? He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. God’s longsuffering and mercy is running out, time is short to get saved. Are you saved?


   Even here in our wicked nation, which once was a God-fearing nation, we had four hurricanes in Florida in 2004. God gave U.S. also some of His wrath because of our wicked sinful ways. Soon comes the rapture of the saints and then the great tribulation. “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” – (Mt.24:21). What we’re seeing now is a dress rehearsal, as it will keep getting worse and worse, like a woman in labor pains, the pain will get more and more intense and more and more frequent as the second coming of Christ draws near. “For when they shall say, Peace and safety: then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” – (I Thes.5:3). “How shall we escape , if we neglect so great salvation” – (Heb.2:3).


   Tide not only means the tides of the sea but it means time, a space of time. Like Eastertide (time of Easter) and Christmastide. Are you listening? Christmastide is the time from Christmas Eve till New Years day. I’m writing this sermon on (Dec.28), during the Christmastide, about the Christmas tidal waves. God brought this calamity upon theses wicked 11 nations. It’s called his righteous anger, the only good anger in the Bible. A true Christian is one who is righteously angry at sin, like the Lord Jesus.


   A tidal wave is something overwhelming and it certainly is the word for the people where these tidal waves hit. They were totally overwhelmed with tidal waves. But this is only a foretaste of the tidal waves of plagues that are prophesied to come soon upon this world that will totally overwhelm the whole world. It will be the day of God’s indig-nation upon all nations. Like now, when all the rivers and fountains turn to blood, they will try to give scientific reasons and leave God out. Calling it ‘Acts of God’ is not the politically correct thing to say during this time of wickedness.


   Christmas day points to the first coming of the Savior, the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Now these Christmastide tidal waves point to the second coming of Christ in wrath. Are you born again? Are you saved? Or does the wrath of God still abide upon you because you have rejected the only Savior who can save you from your sins and Hell. You need the ‘wave offering’ of the Old Testament. All the offering pointed to Christ on the cross. They ‘waved’ the offering back and forth and ‘heaved’ it up and down making the sign of the cross.


   To my born again brothers and sisters in Christ I say this. Don’t waver in your faith when you see all these things happening, hold a strong faith and stand on God’s truth. Put your King James Bible down and stand on it – Amen. “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised)” – (Heb.10:23).


The Christmas tidal wave

There is more to come – much more.


Preacher Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla #76