It's astonishing how quickly catastrophic destruction can come. Everything can change in a heartbeat.
On August 24, 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius literally blew its top, spewing tons of molten ash, pumice and sulfuric gas miles into the atmosphere. A "firestorm" of poisonous vapors and molten debris engulfed the surrounding area suffocating the inhabitants of the neighboring Roman resort cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae. Tons of falling debris filled the streets until nothing remained to be seen of the once thriving communities.
The passengers on Titanic were some of the richest, most privileged people on the planet living in the lap of luxury on board Titanic on the night of April 14, 1912. Before the sun rose the next day, more than 1500 of them were dead. Their fabulous wealth could not save them.
Early in the morning on Aug 6, 1945, in Hiroshima the atomic bomb instantly killed about 80,000 people, pulverized about five square miles, and wrecked an additional ten square miles of the city, with decreasing damage out to seven or eight miles from the center.
The passengers on the four hijacked flights on 9/11 began the day as usual and before mid-morning were encompassed by sudden destruction.
Dec 26th, 2004 dawned as any other day in the Indian Ocean ... until a magnitude 9.3 earthquake generated a tsunami that killed an estimated 250,000 people by lunchtime in 14 countries. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.
But the Bible warns of a coming time of even more terrible global destruction when wealth, power, position, possessions, prestige, or strength will not matter.
Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand? (Rev 5:15-17)
Only one thing will save anyone then - a living relationship with the King of Kings.
Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth (Rev 3:10)