"For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
-- Matthew 24: 38-39
Today is Aug. 30, 2019. The sun is shining; there's a gentle breeze blowing the palms and the squirrels are feasting on their Rural King corn. The birds are singing and the flowers have never been more beautiful; the reds and yellows are vivid in their contrasting splendor.
Peace and tranquility are at their best. I have had my coffee, teeth brushed, morning stretches and this recliner never felt better. But there's trouble on the horizon!
Hurricane Dorian is coming. Florida is filling up gas tanks, buying all the bread and milk in the stores and we are checking all our to-do and to-have lists. I'm going to fill up the gas tank on the truck and get a few extra cans of tuna in case Dorian makes it all the way across the state and knocks on our door.
We've lived here for five years and have not (yet) been victims to a hurricane. Down on the coast, about seven miles from here, storm surges have caused flooding a few times but literally no wind to speak of. So far, we've dodged the bullet.
We have been warned! Today is Friday and the storm is not predicted to be here until Sunday night, with the worst to come on Monday. There is plenty of time to prepare or evacuate. People living in tornado or earthquake prone areas do not have the "luxury" of such advanced warning.
The news media is consumed with their alarmist reports and those techniques usually have very little, if any, consequence. Hurricanes are different! We have gone into hurricane hit areas with Disaster Relief, Red Cross and Samaritan's Purse. If you've never seen, first hand, the devastation, you can't get a real picture on a TV screen.
People in the landfall areas lose everything. Lives are changed permanently. We have seen people's entire lives lying in front yards covered with mud. Bibles, family pictures, legal papers and many other personal possessions are destroyed.
Everything in the houses is ruined; the insulation, drywall, appliances, furniture; everything. In many cases, people have no flood insurance and there is no compensation, whatsoever.
We have been warned. Gov. DeSantis is currently warning our twenty-one million residents. Prepare, this is going to be bad!
We have also been warned another storm is coming. Why are so few people listening? Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 24: 2, the temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed. Then in 70 AD, that actually happened. If He knew that would happen, 37 years from His warning, why do we doubt His other predictions will happen?
The Old Testament scriptures have been proven correct numerous times. Christ shed His perfect blood for the remission of sin (Matthew 27: 35); He resurrected from the dead (Matthew 28: 6) and He ascended into Heaven (Acts 1: 10).
The Nation of Israel was scattered over the earth (Ezekiel 36: 19) and was then regathered nineteen hundred years later (Ezekiel 36: 24) in May, 1948. Proof, you want proof? Pay attention!
The storm on the horizon is not a hurricane. We are warned, there will be a rapture (1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17). Then a seven-year period of tribulation will begin Matthew 24: 21 "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."
During that seven-year tribulation, there will be massive loss of life and possibly a nuclear war (Zechariah 14: 12). We are warned, not on the news media or by the government, but by God the Creator that contains all wisdom and knowledge. HE not only knows the future, He controls the future.
Why are we so concerned about a hurricane, but scoff at the certainty of the End of the Age as Jesus told us would definitely happen in Matthew 24 and Luke 21? We are approaching the 2000 year mark since Jesus ascended into Heaven. Is it time for something to happen?
There is a preparation in which mankind can engage to avoid the seven year period of great tribulation. Pay close attention, this is not something to ignore! The Bible teaches, as I understand it, the Church will be taken up before the tribulation. "In all of the scriptures that deal with the Great Tribulation, not one scripture mentions the Church -- the Body of Christ -- as being present during that time, not even the book of Revelation," stated Adrian Rogers.
The Bible that has so accurately foretold the future tells us how to prepare. We are witnessing so many of the end time prophesies happening, right now, before our very eyes, yet the world is paying little attention. Our focus is on hurricanes, global warming, tsunamis, while billions are facing eternity separated from the God of the Bible (Romans 6: 23).
I am not one to stand on the corner in a white robe with a sign, "The End is Near." If it is, however, are we prepared? The solution is actually much simpler than storing up water and candles.
In John 3: 16, Jesus used the word, "whosoever." That's you and me, whosoever believes! Believes what? That Jesus, our Lord, shed His blood for the remission of sin and was resurrected from the dead.
The preparation for eternity is much easier than for any natural disaster.