The Holidays Are Just Ahead :: By Don Twobears

My Friends, the times are sure different than the ones I grew up in, and I am sure there are many that know this as well. I know that in my youth I had great Grandparents, Loving and always doting on us. My Mom and Dad as well did their very best to raise us to be good people, responsible and thoughtful of others. Those of us that have been alive since 1948 know all these things and have experienced some of the greatest times in the History of humanity. After World War 2, the times were alive with inventions, advances in Medicine, and a Respect for each other that has never been known, either before or long after, as in today.

We were innocent and maybe a bit naive, but most of all, we were usually found to be happy. I have relayed many of these things in prior articles, about my past and the things of those times. As a matter of fact, when I got out of the Military and then went to school, I was in my early Thirties. I was going to school to become a Radiologic Technologist. Having said that, I was required to wear the usual “Whites” that were recognized as my being in the Medical Field.

Of course this was in the 70’s, so my “Whites” had Bell-bottom pants, almost a Nero Shirt-Jacket and, of all things, “Stacks” for shoes. Not your typical “Whites” but accepted for the Times. Believe it or not, I resembled Tony Orlando in “Whites,” and it was way too cool to strut down the Hospital Aisles. Yes, my Friends, I was one of those guys that answered the call of a Fad. You should have seen me in the days of the Beatles!

Anyways…things were really good back then; we had fun and enjoyed ourselves, to say the least. We are now coming into the Thanksgiving and then Christmas Holidays once again; and yet, there are so many things missing that I once knew and held dear. The Optimist Christmas Tree Lots with all the Great- smelling Trees, the Christmas Lights everywhere, the Music playing all the time…and best of all, the smells. I remember people were happy, even in the big Cities; the air outside was cold and always biting at one’s nose and ears. And yet, everyone seemed giddy with the Season and smiled one to another.

Today, it is difficult to find a Christmas Tree lot, much less hear the Christmas Music! This time of year seems to bring out all the difficulties Life can Bring, even suicides! Of course we are no longer young people, and these sorts of things are much more apparent to us now. We either hear or read the News of the day; and, sadly, it is filled with despondency, Hate and anger! And I know I am not the only one that sits back and wonders why? The Times have indeed changed, and not for the better!

Today, no one is allowed to have a Christmas Nativity, and the numbers of people in church have dwindled severely. Thanksgiving would be a thing of the past if it were not for those that Love the Lord and wish to offer HIM a heartfelt Thank You! Again, I must say, things have indeed changed. I have a hard time thinking of all the Road Rage, for example, and the sheer hatefulness of others!

Matthew 24:12 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”

This passage is correct in so many ways nowadays; am I not correct? And the Iniquity has spread into so many areas, it’s almost unbelievable! As you are able to see, the End Times are definitely here. I remember as a child, people were able to close their Screen Doors and leave the house. You do that today and everything you own would be gone; there could even be an intruder in your house waiting for you to return. How sad is that?

Yet, as Believers, we know our things in the house are Temporary at best. It is simply evidence of the Times we are living in and the fact that Satan and his followers are so very busy because they know their time is so very short.

Matthew is a book that tells it like it truly is, no holds barred! And then we have people running around saying that God is a God of Love, so no one has anything to worry about. That, to an extent, is true; God Loves all of us, but more than that…God is a Righteous God, a Just God, and HE does not tolerate Sin of any kind. These charlatan Pastors and Priests are not willing to tell everyone the Truth according to the Holy Word of God.

Yours and my Sin is either forgiven by Jesus Christ…or it is not! You follow Jesus Christ…or you are following Satan, which then means you will either go to Heaven to be with the Lord…or you will go to Hell to be with Satan! That is the Truth of the Holy Word of God…something everyone needs to know about.

I am not able to stress that fact enough! And it is also a Fact, according to the Word of God, that FEW will find the “Narrow Gate” that Leads to Heaven for Eternity (Matthew 7:14).

Today, I feel my Mission is to write for the Lord; and I do so as I learn from HIS Holy Word, ever Learning from my Lord. Having said that, I can look around this planet and now understand what that little word FEW…truly means…it means FEW. This world is bankrupt, indecent and Fraudulent in almost every way! Between you and me…I cannot wait for the Lord’s Return in the Rapture of HIS Church. I will be so out of here!

And as yet, we Believers are Like the Apostle Paul. We hunger to be with the Lord. Yet there is much work to be done here before we go…it would appear the “Thorn in Paul” is ours as well…Agree? So as I have stated before…it will NOT get any better…it will get worse for us until the Lord calls us into the Clouds to be with HIM. And to use a Euphemism…“All Hell will break loose!” Although, that Euphemism will become the Absolute Truth, and it will be according to the Holy Word of God. Our job is to bring the Word of God to as many as we are able.

Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Well, my Friends…we have our Marching Papers, Right? That is what we are to be doing as we wait for our Lord’s Return. And that means all of us too!

As this world descends into the abyss, we must be steadfast in Teaching and Preaching the Word of God. I am doing my Part, and I hope and Pray everyone is doing their best for HIM. We believers see the worth of anything in this world…temporary at best. And we need to make the best of the time we have left, because there is a majority of this world that knows nothing of Jesus Christ.

As we move into this Holiday Season, I pray that everyone will remember what they are here for, to Praise and Honor the Lord Jesus Christ. HE has always been the Lord of Lords and King of Kings…as HE shall be forever and ever!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

All Scripture comes from the King James Version of the Bible.