I wrote the below 2 1/2 years ago and had it posted on my blog. I feel it bears worth repeating because I believe that the message is more urgent than ever. You can write me off as a fanatic, misinformed, lunatic Christian, but I remain just a fool for Christ and I am praying for my friends and family to take heed. I believe things on planet Earth are ramping up quickly. I urge you to pay attention to the times. Bible prophecy is being fulfilled on a regular basis now. Wars are on the increase, world economies are tanking, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters are on the rise as well as new diseases. And one of the greatest tell-tale signs is what is rising in the middle east. The Arab world is coming apart... nation coming against nation, civil unrest, and Israel's enemies want Israel annihilated. All these things have been Biblically foretold eons ago.
If you don't know the Lord Jesus Christ then please, get to know Him. He remains to be the only Way, Truth and Life. If you say you are a Christian, then look into these things with an open heart and mind.
May God give you eyes to see and ears to hear.
Much love to all.
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NOW LEARN THIS LESSON from the fig tree...
"As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." —MATTHEW 24:32-35
"While He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached Him privately and said, "Tell us, when will these things happen? And what is the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?" Then Jesus replied to them: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Messiah,' and they will deceive many. You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these events are the beginning of birth pains." —MATTHEW 24:3-8
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No, no date setting here. We are told that we cannot know the day or the hour but the season is something different. Jesus told us to be watchful. To look and listen to the times.
Back in the 70's and 80's prophecy and end times discussions were all the buzz in Christian circles. The Lord used Hal Lindsey's "Late Great Planet Earth" to draw me to Him. I was fascinated with that book and became very interested in eschatology (the study of the end times, "last things") . The year 2000 and the infamous Y2K came around, I prepared for the worst, then nothing happened. So my eschatology got put on a shelf. I swore to myself that I'd never get hyped up about end times thinking again. Well now I can't help myself. It's all just too obvious to me where things are headed.
[ Added note - July 27, 2011 - Harold Camping came along and said the rapture of the Church would happen back on May 21st, and of course it didn't happen. The only thing that did happen was that the world once again laughed at Christians. Jesus said that no man knows the hour of His return, but to pay attention to the signs of the times. We can recognize the closeness of end times by those things that have been prophesied coming to pass. I believe we are well into those "birth pangs" that Jesus spoke of. ]
Today prophecy is being fulfilled in front of our eyes. One just has to read and watch the mainstream news to see the signs. Global economic chaos, increasing tensions in the middle east, more and more threats of severe storms, earthquakes and signs in the heavens, and growing apostasy. The leaders of the world are all looking for a man to save us and are calling for a unified economic system, a one world government. This isn't fodder from some conspiracy website but it is in fact disclosed in the daily news. Meanwhile it seems that the Church is asleep at the wheel.
Where is the Body of Christ? Where is it's focus? Are we more occupied with church growth and ministries to please every pew sitting individual? Are we looking up? Are we hungering for the Lord and for His promised imminent return? The Church used to be, before it entered into the Laodicean mode.
"Peace and safety" is the mantra people are hungering for but there will not be peace until the Son of Man returns to set all things right. And if the Church doesn't wake up it will be looking for that wrong man as well. "Then He said, "Watch out that you are not deceived. "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am He,' and, 'The time is near.' Don't follow them."" —LUKE 21:8
[ I said before: ] No man knows the hour. The fig tree may be dormant now but summer will come and its leaves will soon appear. [ The fig tree is getting riper by the minute. ]
I'm ready to go Home. How about you?
"Even so, come Lord Jesus!"