Missing By Miles :: By Edwin Tan


The exhilaration that emanates from a typical soccer match is often not just the case of goals scored, but equally capable of setting off an adrenaline rush are showstoppers like missed chances and sending-offs. Picture a dour game where none of these are present; instead, there’s lots of dribbling around the center half, frequent off-sides, and to make it even more of a drag – almost zero action near the goal mouth! As the game grinds to an inevitable double 0 scoreline at the final whistle, a sigh of relief precedes a yawn that signifies a long-drawn bore.

One thing mirrors the above-said scenario; it has dragged on shortly after the pandemic began and still shows little signs of abating. That natter and chatter about the corona virus vaccine still rages on; nagging questions about whether to take or reject this shot fail to stop popping up. The arguments for this continued debate stem from a somewhat contorted view of the prophetic Word. Proponents stick to the notion that they have to grasp the inevitable. But this myopic appraisal of the prevailing situation only sidetracks the need to focus on the wider picture.

Have these people asked the question, where do they stand where the prophetic hours matter? All this while they are captivated by the intricacies that are tied to the future vaccine. Is that the only matter of prophetic significance? It is as good as they missed the real target, as good as numerous crosses that are not capitalized but instead giving way to mere throw-ins and perfunctory goal kicks! More like something you can doze off to.

There are a host of events that are of equally significant value where the prophetic truth goes. Look at what is speeding up north of the Golan Heights; it could be a matter of time before a very large part of Ezekiel 38 comes to fruition, and the total destruction of Damascus could be headline news that sees the fulfillment of Isaiah 17:1.

What about the heightened lawlessness that is now sweeping across many US cities and making waves in Europe? What is most telling about these riotous trends is the wholesale desecration of historic monuments on the grounds that these depicted exploitation of the have-nots. There is a pinch of truth in this line of argument, except that it is blown out of proportion.

Then there is an area few bother to examine; this concerns designer babies made from human genome manipulation through the indiscriminate use of CRISPR – this Biblically forbidden practice reeks of the mention of the Days of Noah that precede the coming of the Son of Man!

All of the above-mentioned events that herald the 7-year Tribulation are moving at the speed of the Train Grand Vitesse (TGV) if not that of the Shinkansen bullet express. The race for a vaccine might be likened to the pace of a fully laden freight run on Southern Pacific! On this note, the focus is not on the nearness and imminency of the Day of Redemption but, sadly, on the hard moment of truth meant for the Christ-rejecting horde. We, who believe in our sure redemption through the blood of Christ our King, should pay attention to that more-than-split-second moment that spares us from the horrors that come on the world.

Rather than rant and rave about something not meant for believers, let us continue to burn bright for His Kingdom and Glory until that final moment. The Lord always keeps his promises, this especially so in Revelation 3:10-11 : “Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.”

We must hold fast and believe with all our hearts that HE will spare us from all evil. Even if your guess about what would happen was spot on, be rest assured that you will not come close to it.