How many of you have heard the sound of a police siren, only to look in your rear view mirror and see that the wailing siren and flashing lights are meant for you? The seven stages of grief are felt simultaneously in that moment of realization as a cold sweat breaks out on your body. I can describe this because unfortunately, I have experienced it and I will bet that most of you have been in the same situation at least once or twice-ish. (I love the use of “ish”. You can round down any time frame, incorrect scale reading, or mph over the limit. Just add an “ish” and voila – your statement sounds much better!). So you are pulled over to the side of the road, sunken down in your seat and praying with all your might that it’s a case of mistaken identity when, from your peripheral vision, you detect the approach of an officer. After stuttering and “yes, sirring” for what seems an eternity, you hear the words that you hoped you would but weren’t quite convinced you might…..”I’m gonna let you off with just a warning this time.” Talk about relief! I wish I could say I’ve only been in this situation once, but I had quite the lead foot when I was twenty-ish (see how well that “ish” works?). Unfortunately, the scales of justice didn’t often swing in my favor nor should they have. I broke the law, plain and simple, and there were consequences that I had to face as a result of my actions. I have to admit it though, it was a sweet feeling to get a warning when I deserved immediate punishment!
Our Heavenly Father is so loving and His heart is SO big that He persists in reaching out to all mankind, despite their horrible and hateful actions towards each other and Him. I honestly can’t think of one reason why He doesn’t just wipe us all out with the swish of His finger. The news headlines of this past week alone warrant immediate judgment based on God’s standard of perfection. The one and only reason He hasn’t acted is because of His great love for us as evidenced by the actions of His Son, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:8 New International Version (NIV) “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Bible Gateway)
Luke, one of the 12 apostles (meaning he traveled and walked with Jesus during His 3 years of ministry on earth) details a time when all of Jesus’ disciples were asking about end times. They were asking what warnings they might receive. Jesus answered, “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”
10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me.” Luke 21:8-13 (Bible Gateway)
Do you see the heads up that Jesus gave his disciples? Have you read today’s headlines? I see a lot of similarities. How about you? I challenge you, if you don’t already, to read the news (not fashion or entertainment), the real news for the next week and see this prophecy come to life.
Jesus further described additional things to look out for in the same chapter. He said 25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”
Have you seen the light shows that are taking place around the world, the mysterious fireballs, the volcanos no longer dormant, earthquakes, famine, mysterious animal deaths? You would have to be a recluse to miss these signs – these “warnings”. God is delaying the imminent judgement of man for his actions. I am afraid that He won’t delay much longer though. We, as a whole, have climbed to the height of intolerable behavior. There are actions making front page of daily news publications that are so vile and disgusting that it is obvious Satan and his minions are wreaking havoc and pulling puppet strings as they put in place what has already been foretold. Ultimately, there is nothing that can be done to alter The future as promised by God. We can, however, interpret His warnings and make sure that those whose lives we touch are safe and securely held in the hands of our Father where no man can pluck them away. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, “now is the day of salvation.” With the increase in type and frequency of the warnings given by God, if you don’t know Him, and I mean really KNOW Him, now is the day to reach out to Him for salvation. He is waiting for you. He loves you. Romans 6:23 New International Version (NIV) “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” When we should be getting that speeding ticket, God said “No, my child. I love you and I will send my Son to take your penalty”. All you have to do is believe and accept that free gift. Sound easy? It is. You absolutely cannot earn salvation, it’s free to all who ask.
You’ve been warned! There’s a storm coming. Make sure you are safely held in the Hand of the Father!