“I will sweep away both men and animals; I will sweep away the birds of the air and the fish of the sea. The wicked will have only heaps of rubble when I cut off man from the face of the earth,” declares the LORD. Zeph 1:3
Birds Falling From the Sky, Earth’s Axis Off by 4°… Are We in the End Times?
Dispensationalism, Armageddon, The Rapture, Revelations… so many “theories” and various conclusions can we in any certainty begin to explain the “End Times” enough to say “We are in them”? Since the ascension of Christ, man has been left looking to the sky for His glorious return, and if we are believing as Fundamentalists- this has been going on 1900+ years!
Every man and woman who has felt the touch of the Holy Spirit and has received Christ and His doctrine, goes to bed thinking, “Is tonight THE night? And wakes up thinking, “Is today THE day”? Of course, there are those who have spent their lives studying the Bible, and have unlocked from it the prophetic symbolisms to point us to the end times portraying exactly who, what, when, and where things need to be in order for Christ to return. There are also those spiritualists that proclaim “Come home Lord, anytime ANY where!”
In such a time as these; birds randomly falling out of the sky, the earth’s magnetic field being off by 4°, earthquakes, floods, men with men, women with women… one would estimate that things could NOT keep going on the same for much longer. It is really rather a self-destructive pattern that mankind has gotten himself into. Polluting the earth, killing off babies, same sex unions, murders, vulgarities, fornications… How can mankind survive?
Thomas Jefferson himself was quoted by saying, “Democracy cannot last more than 200 years”.
There is Hope
There is hope for mankind. As much as I would like today’s message to be about the fact that, “There is hope found in Jesus” (a true statement), I am writing today instead to deliver a message that “There is hope in TODAY.” You see, Jesus IS TODAY. Jesus is not yesterday or tomorrow. He is a TODAY-RIGHT-NOW kind of fellow, and it is important to realize that as we believe and trust in Him… all our future (no matter how turbulent it may seem-no matter what time in History we are in) days will be found righteous and Holy, regardless of what we believe in regards to the end times.
Do Not Worry: Taken from Matthew 6:25-34 NIV
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
How long does it take for God to “get things done”? The Bible says to God a day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as a day. Time-to God-is completely irrelative. His message, Christ’s message is: “There is NO time like the present- Today is THE day.”
“Oh Lord-let me do something.” he implored. “Trust me just to do something for you before you come.” – The Rev. Billy Graham
It is a Time to Be Excited!
On page 61 in David Aikman’s book Billy Graham: His Life and Influence, he briefly describes to us a young Billy Graham’s point of view in regards to the return of Christ:
“For Graham the desire to do something really big for God was growing stronger. At a conference in Michigan, Billy was outside one night with his Florida Bible Institute classmate Roy Gustafson and another speaker admiring the celestial phenomenon of the aurora borealis, or northern lights, when they began to speculate on when they thought the Lord might return. Being dispensationalists, they thought the current turmoil in the world indicated that the “end times”-the period just before the return of Christ-might be at hand. That prompted Graham to say, “I want the Lord to come, but I would sure like to do something great for him before he comes.” The men ended their reflections with prayer, but when it was Billy’s turn to pray, the only thing the others heard was a muffled groaning from the ground. Despite the dew and the fact that he was wearing a suit, Graham was spread-eagled on the grass, like a medieval monk, pleading with God to use him even more. “Oh Lord-let me do something.” he implored. “Trust me just to do something for you before you come.”
For those who love the Lord and desire for Him to return, (understanding that with the return of Christ comes a millennial reign and a ruling of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords on this earth) these “end times” prophecies DO NOT and SHOULD NOT scare us. These are EXCITING times! These times, like NONE OTHER IN HISTORY have given us a “time-stop” in Christ TO GET HIS WORK DONE.
Man was NEVER created to “see” death, we were not originally created to die.
What is God Telling You To Do… TODAY?
So far today 1/11/11; I have gone for a run, made homemade peanut butter, wrote this article, taken the children for a walk to the library, instituted a “TV Free” day, and I am still open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in order to guide me for what to do next.
Last night/morning He had me up at 2:59AM to read about all of the recent mass deaths of the fish and the birds. It was an odd thing to wake up to do-but it was encouraging and not discouraging at all. How can I say that? I can say that because, I had the manual-HIS WORD-to go to to get answers and explanations. I simply went to my online Bible (www.bible.cc), typed in the key word search “birds and sky” and was bombarded with all the Biblical verses relating to “birds and sky”. Is there ANY other book in the History of mankind that you can go to for answers on EVERY SUBJECT at ANY PERIOD in History TODAY?! No! (This is how I came to the Zephaniah 1:3 scripture)
Upon googling and reading all of the various articles of birds and fish that have seemed to be ending in untimely deaths since 2011 began, I was grieved. More than once I uttered to myself “Oh, those POOR things.” One article that I came to read had a picture of a dead blackbird, completely covered in blood and appearing rather flattened by gravity. The sight turned my stomach and I felt rather despondent for the poor creatures, then the understanding came to me as to why I felt so sick and repulsed at the sight… Man was NEVER created to “see” death. Originally, death was never a part of the equation for humanity. We were not created to see birds fall from the sky, birds ARE NOT MEANT to fall from the sky, nor are we supposed to see blood spilled in agony. (In Genesis it says that the Lord heard Abel’s blood cry out from the earth: The LORD said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Gen. 4:10) We can be comforted however in scripture:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” John 12:24
Just as Romans 8:28 reminds us that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.” When a living thing dies and death occurs, that life that once lived becomes a seed sown into the ground. From THIS seed… comes MUCH fruit. Death has NO sting any longer.
Not “THE END”, Just the BEGINNING!
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Mark 13:31
Yes, the “end” of this earth is coming, but the good news is God’s Word WILL never leave you or forsake you. The Lord is preparing room for you in Heaven and after THIS earth and THESE Heavens pass away, there will be a glorified life for all of us who believe. We caution those who think to commit suicide as an end of life by informing them that THERE IS NO END-if they choose to commit suicide they will be starting something new… SOMEWHERE else… and it may not be the “adventure” they desire. If you EVER have died, or talk to someone who HAS died, or known someone ON THEIR DEATH bed… you KNOW that there certainly is a life after death!
God Bless you my friends as you continue in a daily journey of faith, be NOT dismayed there is plenty of work left to do!
Jessica Heilman is an author, wife, and mother of 5 who periodically posts excerpts from books that she is currently reading. She blogs daily on life, family, and her walk with Christ in a modern and Biblically-applicable way. She believes that the Bible is timeless, and that it is THE foundational reading for the 21rst Century in regards to wholehearted living. Her mission daily: to do everything she possibly can to hasten the return of Christ.
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