Indeed we are in the “end times.” I will not even attempt to define what that means other than to say Jesus predicted a worsening of the earth’s stability prior to His coming again. Paul thought this world of ours was groaning for its redemption and I believe he was right. You mentioned the horrific death tolls of this Asian event, but were you also aware that the World Health Organization is predicting a flu pandemic in which 1/3 of the earth’s population could be wiped out? What they are saying about this pandemic, that it is not if, but when it will happen. I would say scripture is unfolding before our eyes. I was just thinking of that old hymn as I finish this post – “Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord – to the cross where thou hast died …” That is the only answer for us. Near his cross and heart is the only place of true peace. Blessings.