Sinkholes threaten Filipinos PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 August 2015 13:05

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… the Lord’s anger burns against his people; his hand is raised and he strikes them down. The mountains shake, and the dead bodies are like refuse in the streets…” (Isaiah 5:25, the Holy Bible).

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SINKHOLES THREATEN MABINAY, NEGROS ORIENTAL RESIDENTS: Are our countrymen from Bgy. Hagtu, Mabinay, Negros Oriental in danger of being swallowed up by the earth through four sinkholes that appeared in a river bed in the locality following an earthquake Wednesday morning? Reports said the sinkholes are getting bigger, largely because of the continuing rains in the area.

Mabinay Mayor Ernesto Uy had been quoted as saying a forced evacuation may have to be resorted to, to prevent unnecessary casualties. And real soon, if I may add, considering that there is no one who can predict whether the sinkholes will grow bigger or not, and therefore become more dangerous for our people.

But, did you know that, in the Bible, there is an account of a sinkhole that buried people who have openly rebelled against their leaders? This account is found in Numbers 16, involving men named Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. These three rebelled against Moses, the man anointed by God to lead the Israelites in escaping from Egypt and in their journey towards the “Promised Land”.

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IN BIBLICAL TIMES, SINKHOLES KILL REBELLIOUS PEOPLE: Because of their rebellious behavior, God became so angry with Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. So, Moses made them line up outside their tent houses, together with their families, and told them that as a punishment to them, God will do something totally new to them.

“… if the Lord brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the realm of the dead, then you will know that these men have treated the Lord with contempt,” Moses declared.

Then, immediately, something terrible happened: “As soon as (Moses) finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households… They went down alive into the realm of the dead, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community…”

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SINKHOLES FROM MAGNITUDE 7 QUAKES POSSIBLE? Lately, the possibility of the ground splitting apart and the earth opening its mouth and swallowing people and households in the Metro Manila area has become very real, with the projected occurrence of a magnitude 7 earthquake from both the West and East Valley Faults which traverse much of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite.

I do not wish to threaten anyone, but studies conducted by reputable international agencies like the Japan International Cooperation Agency show that the happening of the magnitude 7 earthquake could liquefy (or turn into a deadly quicksand) much of western Metro Manila and instantly kill about 30,000 people.

The only way to prepare for this disaster—and all the other disasters we face now in the aftermath of an evil environment and the rise of an evil population—is to listen to God’s Word through His Bible, and obey His commands. If we listen to God and obey Him, He will inspire us to do things that will shield us from death and destruction when calamities strike!

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PLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way), a Bible study and prayer session on radio, airs Mondays to Fridays, 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at DWAD 1098 kHz on the AM band. For replays, go to www.facebook.com/angtangingdaan or www.facebook.com/ANDKNK and scroll for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts. Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com.