Mr. Truman lived five miles from Mount Saint Helens on the edge of Spirit Lake. Those
knowledgeable about volcanos expected the mountain to erupt at any moment and repeatedly
warned those living in the area of the great danger. Despite the many warnings, Mr. Truman
stayed. Perhaps he felt it would never happen, or if it did happen he would be safe in his home
several miles away.
On Sunday, May 18, 1980, it happened. An unbelievable explosion took place, blowing away
the top 1,300 feet of the mountain. 400 million tons of ash were thrown into the earth's
atmosphere. Trees which towered 150 feet high were blown over like match sticks as far away as
17 miles. Over 200 square miles were devastated. A massive land slide pushed water out of the
lake, causing a 200-foot-high wall of water to crash down through the valley below.
Extremely hot gas, ash, and rock traveled at the speed of 200 miles per hour, destroying
everything in its path. Automobiles miles away were buried, with occupants suffocated by ash.
Two photographers who were as far away as eight miles from the blast were killed. Yakima, a
city 85 miles from the blast had midnight blackness at 9:30 in the morning due to the pillar of
ash which was over 10 miles high.
And yes, Harry Truman was killed and his home destroyed. In fact. neither he, nor his house
were ever found again. For whatever reason, he just would not listen and ignored all the
Let me ask you a question, "Are you ignoring God's warning to you?" The Bible repeatedly
warns us of coming judgment. Like Mr. Truman, many just do not think it is going to happen.
Noah warned the people of his day that judgment was coming, and they laughed at him. They
thought he was just an old fool. Listen to what Jesus Christ said about Noah's day, and how He
likens it to when He will come back as the Son of Man to judge the earth.
"And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did
eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered
into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all." (Luke 17:28-29)
Just like with Mount Saint Helens, warnings were sent out, but the people ignored them. Then
suddenly, without notice, the judgment came. This will be true when Christ comes again in
Now not only will Christ judge the earth, but everyone who has rejected Him as their Savior
will face Him as their Judge. "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the
judgment." (Hebrews 9:27)
Are you putting off preparing for that day? Do you think somehow it will not effect you?
Somehow you will be okay. Like Mr. Truman, it would be very foolish on your part to ignore the
coming judgment. It will come, and it will come suddenly. You could enter eternity today!
Why not open your Bible and see how you can be saved from God's righteous judgment. Just
as God provided the ark for Noah, He has provided a way of escape from coming eternal
judgment for those who respond to His warnings today.
The following few verses from the Bible are printed here to get you started. After reading
them we suggest you read the Gospel of John.
"Thou shalt call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:21
"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in
Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me,
hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."
John 5:24
"Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou
shalt be saved .... "Acts 16:30-31
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: Not
of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

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