At little after 8:00 a.m., mobile phones all over Hawaii began beeping and vibrating with an emergency message: “Emergency Alert. Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” People immediately begin to seek places to hide from the coming destruction. Children are lowered into storm drains to protect them from a nuclear blast. Hotel guests crowd into inner rooms and basements. Of course, the missile alert was a false alarm. But what if it had been real? Would hiding in bathrooms and storm drains have proven adequate shelter? Certainly not.
An inescapable calamity really is coming, but no one knows when. This calamity will bring destruction to the whole world. God provides true protection. “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10). Once that day comes, no alarms will do any good. But safety is available. Earlier in the same letter, Peter writes, “the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment” (2 Peter 2:9). The time to heed the alarm is now. Once the calamity starts, it will be too late.