In Chile and Far Beyond

Rescue from Darkness


In Chile: Rescue operation for 33 miners.
For the world: Matthew 20:28.- "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ramson for many."

In San Jose mine, Copiapo, Chile, 33 miners trapped underground for 69 days, from August 5 to October 13, 2010, were rescue to life by an unprecedented operation of human compassion and ingenuity.

For the first 17 days, amid hope and despair, family members almost came to accept as a fact the lost of their lives under the rocks of the collapsed mine. A small hole drilled beyond the caved in section revealed that they were still alive and waiting to be rescued.

How did they survive on the first days? They limited themselves to two spoonful of tuna, half a cookie and some milk each 48 hours. It took time to drill a 28 inch shaft where a 24 inch capsule designed by Nasa engineers would descend about 2300 feet to carry up each miner to safety and to their family on the surface. The whole rescue operation was counted as a miracle never seen before.

Indeed it is a remarkable parallel between this rescue operation and the Grand Rescue Operation of the human race at the Second Coming of Christ:

1.- The entire human race is trapped on planet earth like being underground. Each person has only a life-time of 80 to 100 years. Without Christ rescue operation, death, eternal death is the end of every human being.

2.- Through the small hole food was sent to the miners to sustain their lives while waiting for the day of the coming rescue. God has sent us the bread of life, Jesus, to prolong our lives even to eternity. In a practical way, the bread of life, Jesus the Savior, is found in the Holy Scripture, the common Bible. An Adventist pastor with the cooperation of the church members in Copiapo took at heart the effort to send 33 Mini-Bibles labeled with each name to the miners down there. The promises of the Bible brought calm and hope to the mind of the miners. Now they believed they will come out alive from that dark hole. One of them, known as Renan said: "The Bible gave me so much faith that I will leave here." From the Bible comes the faith, the certainty that we will leave this dark, chaotic earth alive, when Jesus returns to rescue the waiting believers.

3.- Before the rescue began, rescue workers were sent down to the miners hole to prepare them for the ride up inside the saving capsule. Before the great day of Christ's rescue, angels are flying proclaiming with a loud voice three powerful messages of preparation and warning that they send down here to prepare the world for the Grand Rescue of the Second Coming of Christ. Today's startling events are really the last days' events. Time is of the essence. (Revelation 14: 6-12) "If any man have an ear, let him hear." (Rev. 13:9)

4.- Salvation from death came down to be one savior: the saving capsule coming down for each one of them, one at a time. Salvation from eternal death for the inhabitants of planet earth comes down to One Savior: "Jesus saith... I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

5.- The list with the names of the miners and the order in which each one had to enter the lifting capsule was prepared upward by the operation managers. In general, each miner didn't know when his turn was coming until his name was called for the next one. All miners wanted to be rescued from the dark hole underground, but not all people on earth want to be rescued from this dark, chaotic earth. In the Judgment above, right now, the list is being prepared for those who want to be rescued at Christ Second Coming. It is in the Judgment where all sins and transgressions of God's Law are blotted out, when with confession and repentance and by the grace of God the person is saved by the righteousness of Christ.

6.- The first miner rescued was Florencio Avalos and the last one, the foreman, Luis Urzua, who established the food rationing to survive the long first two weeks. The number 9, Mario Gomez, went down to his knees to thank God, for being rescued to life again. On the Judgment above, the Book of Life is being finished with the names of those to be rescued. Names as Abel, the first martyr of the faith, is expected to be there, and other names as Abraham and David. The rescue operation re-kindled the hope of the miners family. The sister of Mario Sepulveda expressed well the sentiment in joyful words: "The day we have waited for so long has finally arrived." We have to look to the future, looking to the Lord in the sky, surrounded by millions of angels, to repeat the same joy: "And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation." (Isaiah 25:9)

7.- The President of Chile, Sebastian Pinera, came to meet and to embrace the miners as they came out of the capsule. He said: "We made a promise to never surrender and we kept it... We rescue miners with unity, hope and faith." When the last one, Luis Urzua, was rescued, all around the camp celebrated the victory and together sang Chile's national hymn. When the redeemed from earth have the first meeting on the sea of glass to celebrate the victory of redemption: "They sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of the saints." (Rev. 15:3)

8.- The life style of the miners trapped underground changed a little bit in order to survive in the high temperature and humidity of the air inside the mine. They were seen as almost naked walking and moving before the eye of the camera. But on the day of the rescue they had to dress up, to put on their garments. The same is happening to a great number of people on earth; their moral fiber is becoming as filthy rags. It is the robe of Christ righteousness, freely offered by the grace of God to all human beings, that everyone must put on, and wear it as his own, if they want to be taken to the great cloud of the saved with Christ. (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17)

9.- President Sebastian Pinera stayed to be with all the miners once more before departing from the hospital, and to have a pictorial memory of all of them surrounding their president. Christ, the Savior, stayed on and off forty days with the disciples "speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." (Acts 1:3) "And he led them out as far as Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven." (Luke 24: 50, 51) In the eyes of the disciples remained a vivid picture of seeing their Savior slowly ascending from ground into heaven. For them, this was a unique awesome experience, such as seeing with their own eyes their Lord and Savior returning to heaven with a glorified human body. And for the rest of us, the same Jesus says as he said to Thomas: "Because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." (John 20:29) "And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:10, 11) Christ has opened the provision of salvation to all; but the government of God is based on love, justice and free choice.The individual choice between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of iniquity and lawlessness in the world is the one deciding where the choice goes. When Christ finishes the Judgment in heaven, He says: "And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." (Rev. 22:12) Inside the city--Rev. 22:14. Outside the city--Rev. 22:15. Pray that the Holy Spirit guide your mind to accept Jesus saving grace to abide in Him and be ready waiting to be rescued at His coming.


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