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End Time Ponderings

October 18, 2006

In Revelation 10:1-4 reads:

 “And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:  And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot upon the earth,  And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.  And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.”

It’s one of the most mysterious verses in scripture and many have discussed its meaning over the centuries.  Nobody knows what the thunders uttered and nobody knows why John was allowed to hear them.  John heard something very important concerning our time and wasn’t permitted to tell anyone what it was.  In the two thousand years since that day on the isle of Patmos folks have pondered what the thunders uttered and a few have claimed to know; attributing them to various events of their day.  As for me, I just trust in the Lord; that his perfect will is going to be done in the proper time. 

Each day, we watch events unfold before us and ponder the significance of each one.  There are some who assign a conspiracy theory to every single event that takes place.  I remember when the tsunami hit the Indian Ocean and took so many lives.   Someone on shortwave radio claimed that the Indian Navy had detonated a nuclear device on the Ocean floor, causing the plates to shift.  It sounds rediculous; especially when such events transpire periodically throughout history.  We do know that as the end approaches, geological events will, increase in frequency, and such is happening, but it’s not a part of a conspiracy.   Some folks, on the other hand, are seemingly braindead to the events that are taking place.  They will utter such statements as “we’ve always had wars and rumors of wars” or “I’ve been hearing about this stuff since I was a kid” and my favorite one, “Oh don’t worry, we’re not going to be here.” (sorry pre-tribbers; I couldn’t resist)  And so a persons response to end-time events can range from “knee-jerk” to “whatever.”

It is indeed easy, and even tempting, to apply scriptures to current events.  I imagine that when Adolph Hitler was in power, many pastors were proclaiming that he was the antichrist.  (he was “an” antichrist and a “type” of what’s to come)  Yet he was defeated and history has marched on by the horriffic times of the third reich.  Today, we watch the emerging “global community” the unthinkable violence in our society, (such as the shootings at the amish school) the “numbering” of people using chip implant technology, and we know that the end is at hand.  What makes today different than any other age, is that for the first time ever, the technological ability to number everyone on earth and refuse to allow them access to the economic system without that number, is in place.  It would have been impossible for Hitler to establish such a system, but today it’s not only possible, the world is being prepared to welcome it with open arms. 

In the past, folks would watch events and try to plug them into the prophetic timeline.  Today, events seem to be plugging themselves in as a single world governing body is emerging before us.  When largescale societal collapse takes place and Revelation chapter six is in full gear, those who don’t know Jesus will be in hyper-panic mode.  You can be sure that when a figure comes on the scene, establishes peace, puts the economy back together again, and offers a restoration of the “good life,” folks will be standing in line to fulfill the only requirement that he places upon them.  “Just take this number.  It’ll ensure your safety against identity theft and if something happens to you, we can find you and rescue you.  You’ll be able to buy food and provide for your family.”  And just like that, folks will sell their birthright for a morsel of bread. 

These times are here.  Jesus told us that no man would know the day or the hour of his return, but he gave us ample signs to watch for.  He told us that just as in Noahs day, most would choose to ignore them.  I pray that you would have ears to hear.  I talk to people who don’t claim to have a relationship with Jesus who notice that the world is getting wickeder by the day.  Amazingly they seem to be more aware of it than most christians who supposedly search the scriptures daily.  Please seek the Lord while he may be found.  Just as we don’t know what the seven thunders said, we don’t have all of the answers concerning the current state of affairs.  But a passing glance will tell you that “the end of all things is at hand.”

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