Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Laugh While You Can!

   The new generation is so wise in their own eyes! After all, they have instant access to nearly all information obtained by man. They laugh at us old school types who believe in God and the Bible. "Myths and fairy tales!" they call it, so sure that what their teachers told them is the absolute truth (even though they taught them there IS no absolute truth).
 Laugh while you can, kids. Have a jolly ol' time at our expense, at Christ's expense, at the Bible's expense. Of course you're so much smarter than us! When we were kids, we didn't have The Daily Show  to tell us what was real. Neither The Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park, nor SNL. So it's no surprise we're not as smart as you are.
   I am a fool for Christ's sake, I admit it! "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness"  says our book you disdain, adding, "there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of his coming?'". So we already knew you would act that way.
   Keep laughing! Here's another good one from Jesus: "Woe unto you that laugh now! for you shall mourn and weep." Laugh while you can, because you will cry like little babies, and there will be none to comfort you. Laugh all you want, but God also says, "I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear comes."
   Christ's enemies laughed as He hung on the cross, sneering, "He saved others, but he can't save himself!" No one was laughing when the Roman guards came by three days later, reporting how He got up & walked out of that sealed tomb.
   Laugh while you can! You have no clue what's coming, and nowhere to hide from it. Tell yourselves you evolved by chance, and there is no Judge to answer to. Laugh at us foolish Christians! Better still, go join ISIS and hunt us down with them. See how many kills you can rack up.
   But I know I and my foolish Christian friends will one day declare exactly what the Prophet Isaiah predicted we'd say: "Lo, this is our God: we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for Him, we wil be glad and rejoice in His salvation."
   Laugh while you can.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How Shall We Escape?

   Two great calamities await the earth. I'm not talking about earthquakes, or epidemics, solar flares, or other Hollywood scenarios. I'm not talking about natural disasters at all. Doomsday preppers build themselves shelters, stock up on food & ammo, train themselves in survival skills. The very wealthiest have built themselves entire underground cities where they suppose they shall be safe from the coming crises. Skeptics wrap themselves in a cloak of denial, mocking the doomsayers and scoffing at prophecies.
   But none of this shall avail: the wisdom of the wise will not deliver them, nor the riches of the wealthy. Strength, courage, ingenuity, perserverance, luck--what shall they profit? "For except those days were shortened there should NO FLESH survive", Christ warned. So what is coming that is nearly universally destructive? Two things.
   The first, is that mankind shall almost unanimously officially enthrone Lucifer as ruler of the world. Yes, he's been running a lot of things behind-the-seens for centuries, but soon man shall welcome and embrace him as their god, and practically hand him the keys to the planet.
"For,behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people" says Isaiah. Adds Joel, "A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness".
   Funny thing about darkness: when you first walk into a dark place, it's almost total blackout. But slowly, your eyes adjust, and after awhile it doesn't seem quite so dark anymore. The level of light hasn't changed, only your perception. Spiritual darkness is the same: the more time you spend in it, the less you notice it. And so people of this generation adore the darkness, imagining it to be pure light.
   When Antichrist arises, he won't have to twist arms to get people to follow him----he will be a Rock Star to them! He'll be a Disney princess! A superhero! That is the first calamity.The second is that God won't tolerate the first.  His wrath, restrained for 2,000 years, will come down with unstoppable force.
   IN the nearly 40 years I've been walking with the Lord, studying His word, I've learned a few things. God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble. All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. There's only one place we will be safe, folks, and that's in Jesus.
"Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, whose heart departeth from the LORD ...Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is."  Jeremiah 17:5,7