Signs of the Times Are REAL!
We have been discussing the “signs of the times” as in
the “end of days” or “end times.” I am quite taken with the idea, that the
majority of the world is so willing to turn their backs on God and HIS gift
of eternal life. It has to be the “mother” of oxymorons if there ever has
been a thing. Think on this for a moment: Everyone is so very concerned with
what all is going on in their lives today, so much so, that the average
person could be seen as having telescopes attached to their eyes.
All that they see are their own personal, hopes and
dreams, their own unique little problems and seldom are they willing to take
these telescopes off and see the rest of the world. They are almost never
concerned with anything other than their “stuff” or their pleasures; they
are literally consumed in this. The problems creep in like a slithering
snake, when the wants and desires of one collide with those of another. Then
we hear, “That’s mine” or “You’re in my space” and the worst expression of
all time is the “It’s all about ME!” This is where I have been focusing my
attention, to a degree.
Everyone wants what they want and that’s all that they
want but when they finally get what they want, they decide they want
something more, so the wants just keep growing. The need for cash to acquire
said wants grows as well and now we open up a new field in the world of
satisfying said wants.
The problem is, everyone has some sort of special
desire or want and the world has to be cognizant of this. It matters little
to anyone, just how depraved some of these people are, pedophiles for
instance. The point is that it’s all about a single individual. Again, “It’s
all about ME!” And the problem grows immediately when we consider there are
over 7 billion people on this planet!
Now...looking at this immensely growing problem, there
are questions and as with most problems, very few answers. What is unique is
that each and every person has these telescopes on and every one is paying
severely close attention to their own needs and wants. So I decided to throw
a monkey wrench in the works! I began asking the question, “If life is about
meeting your singular wants and desires, what do you think things will be
like after your dead?”
I always get the look of death for asking such a weird
question and then the usual, “Huh?” Then I am required to ask the question
again, because who in their right mind would think of asking something like
that to begin with. “Why would you ask that? You have nothing better to
think about all day, than death? Wow, get a life,” is the usual second
barrage of statements. Then I say something like:
“Well, everyone wants to be the most gorgeous or
handsome, right? So when you die, that all goes away and horribly at that!
Now they see I am a little serious.
If beauty is the greatest thing wouldn’t their death be
of greater concern to them? I mean, think about the changes going on. And
then ask yourself, why we only get 70-80 years to live? And then what about
growing old, I mean, you never hear of a beauty pageant for the elderly,
This is the point where they get a worried look on
their face and try and slink away unnoticed.
2 Timothy 3.1-7: “This know also, that in the
last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own
selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents,
unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false
accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors,
heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a
form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For
of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women
laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able
to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
We must understand that these are the people of this
world right now! If you don’t recognize them, then you must have your head
in the ground like an ostrich! What is more important, the Bible says the
situation will get worse and worse, but since no one is paying any
attention, how are they going to know this? Remember those telescopes on
If beauty is the greatest thing, you get 20-30 years
with it and then it all goes away. Then you’re an elderly person and the
beauty pageants have stopped. Same thing goes with money! Besides that, when
you die, it all stays right here! The cars, the big house and the big bank
accounts and portfolios, all your clothes and jewelry it is worthless─you no
longer need it!
The problem is, no one is thinking about this! You also
leave that “once” beautiful or handsome body behind and it all goes back
into the ground, just bones. So if you think about it, if you’re willing to
consider a life after death, then what should you concerned you? How about
the condition of your “spirit?” According to the Bible, that is the only
part of you that continues on into eternity!
I don’t think people are running around and saying the
Bible is worthless, without first facing the fact, that the Bible states
there is a God and that there is a life after death! That really is the
“crux of the matter,” here. “Oops...there is a greater authority! I am not
to do things just cause they feel good to me, I’m not supposed to just think
of myself anymore!” Oh Wow! What a concept to consider!
All of a sudden you begin to see those 70-80 years will
just zip on by in no time and what have you accomplished in reality? Oh No!!
Now you’re wondering, if there is a life after death, then where will I be?
Where is all the info on this, “I have a need to know this stuff?” All of a
sudden the world has gone from a great big party place to a dry and
seriously small place, where you get to face these questions. The very
fabric of time changes and now your brain is pumping on all eight cylinders,
the sweating starts along with the clammy hands and the racing of your
Then someone comes along and hands you a Bible, where
all the answers are, but you in all your wisdom and great intellect, YOU
turn it down! That is the dumbest thing in all your life to do, considering
the new questions that are bouncing around inside your head! Jesus Christ
“I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh
unto the Father except through me!”
You have the answers right there in your hand. You have
the opportunity to live on into eternity in happiness and peace, like you
have never known! But you don’t want Jesus Christ? You would rather be, as
the Bible says:
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves,
covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful,
unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers,
incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady,
highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God!”
you want everyone else to be the same as you? Somehow, somewhere along the
way, you think being that kind of a person is the fun thing to be?
“But...I thought it was all about...YOU!”
That just doesn’t make any sense to me! You get to live
on this planet for 70-80 years and that is the only thing you’re concerned
with, your time here and now? You do realize, there is an eternity and the
two choices for your life there is either in heaven or in hell! Seeing you
are only concerned with yourself...don’t you want to go where the love and
peace are where you’re young and vibrant forever more? Did I miss something
Revelation 21.8, emphasis added:
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable,
and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all
liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and
brimstone: which is the second death.”
Knowing this verse and adding it to your life as NOT
saved to Jesus Christ, you choose to die again! A second time! Believe me,
the death in hell never ends, the suffering and pain go on forever and ever
without end! This is exactly the point, why Jesus Christ wants desperately
to save you from. He wants you to join HIM in heaven! Like I said before the
“mother” of oxymorons is alive and well in the world today.
Taking into consideration, of just how close the
Rapture is, it would be the smartest thing in your entire life to
re-consider the Offer or the Gift of Jesus Christ! Once the Rapture or Death
takes place, you have just stepped across the “Dividing Line” and there is
no recourse after that for you.
If you accept
Jesus Christ, you will have heaven for eternity! Deny Jesus Christ and you
will have hell for all eternity! “It's all about ME” has never existed in
the Bible, it's all about Jesus Christ first and then you, but the ultimate
question is only for you to answer! To be continued...!