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 Article: A Sixth Sense Posted on 1-22-2005
WOTR News Article By now, I'm sure you've heard all sorts of reports about the dreadful Tsunami which ravaged the Indian Ocean region. The facts are horrific: over 150,000 were killed and the area is devastated. But amidst the headlines of tragedy, there was one very interesting element: The animals made it out safely.

According to eyewitnesses, the animals seemed to know that trouble was brewing. They reacted as though they had been warned of the coming disaster. Elephants began shrieking and charged their way to higher ground. Flamingos abandoned their low-lying breeding areas as they fled to safety. Zoo animals realized they couldn't flee so they rushed to their shelters and could not be coaxed to come out. One man said his two dogs would not go for their daily run on the beach, which they were usually very excited about. All of the animals in the area appeared to be aware of the risk and they were so determined to survive that relatively few died.

The question has been raised: How could these wild and domestic animals know that the tsunami was coming and that their lives were in danger? Do animals possess some sort of a sixth sense that humans don't have? Evidently, they sensed this tragedy was on its way, and this is not the first time such a phenomenon has been witnessed. One early example took place in 373 B.C. Historians tell us that flocks of animals, including rats, snakes and weasels, deserted the Greek city of Helice days before an earthquake demolished the town. How is this possible?

Of course scientists are quick to suggest that animals can feel vibrations and hear sounds that we can't. While this may be true to some degree, to me it almost seems that these creatures received a warning from their Creator to flee before the disaster struck. Some people may find this to be a bit far-fetched, but I say this is more reasonable to believe than to think that a rat (and every other animal) felt a vibration days before that no human felt until the earthquake came much later.

Could it be that what these animals heard and felt was the voice of God? I'm not claiming to know, but I am saying this is quite possible. The Bible shows us that the Lord has been known to speak to and direct animals. The book of Jonah describes how God sent a great fish to swallow the stubborn prophet, and after 3 full days "the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land." (Jonah 2:10) A donkey delivered God's message to Balaam after the Lord opened its mouth (Numbers 22:22-40). Then we have the swarms of locusts, frogs, and snakes that God sent as punishment (Exodus 8; Exodus 9; Numbers 21:6).

It seems that animals recognize that God is their Creator. Psalm 104:21 says "The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their food from God." The whole Psalm centers on how God provides for the various creatures of the world and how they depend on Him for life. The Psalmist goes on to say "These all wait for You, That You may give them their food in due season. What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good. You hide Your face, they are troubled; You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the earth." (Psalm 104:27-30)

Does the animal kingdom posses a knowledge and understanding of God that we as a human race have generally lost? I think it's safe to say so. Yes, the Lord can and still does speak to us (and we have been given the Bible as God's written word), but we are much more stubborn than even the donkeys! If the Lord spoke to a human and told them that a disaster was coming, would the rest of the people in his town believe him? The story of Noah shows us the sad reality: only 8 people fled to safety before the waters began to beat against that ark. Yet every animal that God spoke to made its way to the boat long before the flood actually came. And still the people refused to listen, even after they had witnessed the animals reaction to the impending danger!

The worst "disaster" of all time is headed for this planet (1 Peter 3:10), but today we can praise the Lord because He has an ark of safety prepared in Jesus Christ so that we may flee from the wrath to come and help others to do so as well. May we have the same simple and clear understanding of God that the animals seem to have and take heed to His voice of reason. As Christians, we need to have a "sixth sense" that the rest of the world doesn't have, in terms of a knowledge of God and an understanding of His will, which is developed through a connection to Christ through prayer and a dedication to His Word.

It's true that God loves and cares for the animals, but we are the ones who He gave His life for: "Aren't five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God's sight.... Consider the ravens: they don't sow or reap; they don't have a storeroom or a barn; yet God feeds them. Aren't you worth much more than the birds?" (Luke 12:6, 24) We can thank the Lord that even though we are the ones who brought sin into this world (the animals aren't the ones who disobeyed) God still loved this world enough to pay the price for our sins and now He has promised to create this world anew (Revelation 21) in which we will be able to dwell with the animals in safety and harmony (Isaiah 11:6-10). In the meantime, there is a lot we can learn from the animals!

"Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise" (Proverbs 6:6)

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