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In Times Like These:

April 17, 2007

Matthew 24:12  “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”

II Timothy 3:3  “Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.”

These verses aren’t often singled out as each are located in passages of scritpure which give us a picture of the last days.  In light of the horrific events which just took place at Virginia Tech, it seemed needful to point them out.  When I was growing up in the seventies, such events were unheard of.  Other than an occasional fight on the playground, very little took place in the way of one person doing harm to another.  Of course, I grew up in a very small town and my experience reflects such.  Still, even the  most troubled district would have not expected someone to just start shooting for no reason.  These incidents seemed to skyrocket in the 1990s and today, its obvious that America is entering a time in which the darkness can be felt. 

When an individual, will enter an assembly of trust and display their darkest secrets, one cannot help but see that we’re in a different era.  The veil of obliviosity is coming down and many will be unprepared for what confronts them.  Earlier this morning a lady, who is a student at Virginia Tech, was testifying about this incident.  She told that, as they were taking a test, they began hearing shots.  At first they thought it to be experiments from the room below them.  That is until hearing what she referred to as “this diabolical laughter.”   These events seem to become increasingly shocking.  Last september, I remember the amish school where several students were sent into eternity when a local resident began shooting.  I also remember the amish comminity doing exactly as we’re told to do in scripture, in forgiving the assailant.  The forgiveness was so complete that the media personel covering the event couldn’t grasp it. 

These events point to some very important truths; truths which were brought to light in the last post.  Tomorrow is a promise to nobody.  None of us have a promise of waking up tomorrow or even seeing the day at hand come to an end.  None of us know when our earthly chronicle will be complete and we’ll leave the realm of the temporal.  There are thirty three students who were planning to continue their education today.  They were pondering their careers, thinking about their boyfriend or girlfriend, making plans for the summer, making plans for days that they would tragically not partake of.  A soul is priceless.  ABSOULTULY priceless!  This needs to be understood by all of us and as in the case with the last post, I’m looking at myself.  We must realize the importance of being about our Fathers business in these final hours. 

The truth of the matter is that when all is said and done, the only thing that really matters is ones standing with God.  Have we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior?  Is he our first love in a time when folks scramble to put God out of their memory?  When we stand before God, (and all of us will) he’s not going to be asking us about our favorite sports team or complimenting us on how nicely we kept our yard.  He’s not going to tell us how nice our church building looked or how well we conformed to the traditions of men which have no scriptural backing, but grant us a seat in the congregation of the accepted.   

Luke 17:26-29   “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;  But that same day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 

This isn’t what I planned on posting about at all.  Yet with the tragedy in Blacksburg still fresh on everyones mind, it needs to be reinforced.   This world is temporal and will eventually melt with a fervent heat.  Each of us has a date when we will depart and none of us know exactly when that day is.  I just went to third shift and, as a result, I’m not at all adjusted.  By the grace of God I returned home this morning but was semi-slumbering behind the wheel.  One little turn or nudge could have put me in the path of an oncoming semi and my blogging would have come to an abrupt halt with no explanation.  One more verse before closing this.

Matthew 16:24-26  “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” 

I apolagize if this post seems harsh or lacking in compassion.  Such is not the intent at all.  I only want to stir up our hearts as time is running out.  Remember the story of Lot?  How the angels warned them to flee the city as judgement was coming?  Something caught my attention a while back concerning this.  It takes place on the morning of their departure and, even with the appearance of the angels, along with the display of Gods power, Lot still doesn’t completely grasp the seriousness of the situation as the next verse shows. 

Genesis 19:16  “And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.”

They “lingered.”  In other words, “they were packing.”  They were sort of getting around, but at a leisurely pace.  Therefore, the angels had to bring them out of the city by the hand.  Like when a child doesn’t want to go somewhere, in which case you have to grab their hand and “bring them along.”  A lot of saints today are believing that these are the end times, but are getting around at a leisurely pace.  The apparent lack of urgency on the part of so many is troubling.  I need to close this up for now.  The post that was almost ready, I’ll try to post it tomorrow or Thursday, Lord willing.  I wish all a great day in the Lord Jesus.  I’ll close with a most fitting verse.

James 4:13-15  “Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow, we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that.”

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4 comments

  1. Ok – this is partly where I do as we’re supposed to do – heap praise on others, not ourselves, and since I know you are a sincerely humble Christian in that you’d not seek this, it’s precisely why I’m going to state publicly that you have an AWESOME testimony and witness to the masses. If your family and friends (particularly those who’re unsaved) see even 1/1000000 of the person you are in sharing your life here in writing, the Lord will use you mightily to enable them to discover the Truth and seek it for themselves. Always remember (as I’m sure you do) that we rarely get to harvest the seeds we plant, (Jesus truly knew what He was doing in using the planting/harvesting analogy as it’s SO appropriate). and most of the time are likely unaware of the dropped seeds from our lives that will all work to eventually bring a person under full conviction by the Holy Spirit. I know I’ve been amazed at some lovely things strangers have shared with me about my life in their eyes recently – shocked almost, but also pleased that the Lord has indeed enabled me to do the one thing I desire to do for Him – reveal Him to others. I’m sure all the visitors to this blog will join me in thanking God for your faithful service and continual sharing of the Word He gives you for each post as I know I’m continually blessed by your writings.

    On the topic of your post today – was listening to the OYB readings for today, and the NT one was:

    Matt 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

    We know He was most likely stating that we need to have a child-like faith when coming to Him, but sadly so many Christians insist on never growing up past that point. They end up acting so fully like children (who have no concept of death thankfully) that they live each day in that manner, totally oblivious to the reality of life. While none of us, Christian or otherwise, can truly connect with our own mortality, Christians are absolutely exhorted to not be so much like the world and a part of it, that we forget to reveal the reality of what comes next to those who need to hear it. In a slightly darker vein, my personal view is that Satan is absolutely out to destroy the children of this generation for whatever purpose – never before has there been such a huge volume of teenage suicides, murders, and deaths through every other mode possible, and I also have noticed how a large number of the under 25s are angry – much of the time they don’t even know about what, but they are ANGRY!! And that sadly is what ends up progressing many times into violence of one form or another, and it’s this angry generation who’re also having children themselves which can only bode poorly for the next generation also :(.

    Like yourself, SO much more yet I could say on the topic, but in fairness to others coming behind me, will leave it at this for now. I’m sure many others will indeed put their own views to this topic. Blessings once more, Romayne (figure anonymity is rude between friends) 🙂


  2. I know it sounds a bit callous, but I wasn’t the least bit surprised when I heard about the shootings last night. I’m tired of hearing ppl stating how “shocked” they are. Yes, it is a horrendous tragedy that occured, however, there’s nothing to be shocked about. It’s only going to get worse. WAKE UP!

    Most agreeable that so many christians are “sleepwalking” through their faith which then brings up the whole, “are you truly saved” pond which we won’t go round again.


  3. Excellent post timbob!
    The time to know the Lord Jesus Christ and be about the Fathers business in now, not tomorrow or the next day. Thank you for stirring our hearts once again.

    Yesterday was a break through day for me on many fronts, realizing the importance of hour in which we live. There is no time to look back with regret, only to the moment we have; and to tomorrow should the Lord grant us another day.

    Souls perish while we slumber and are busy with the cares of life.
    Jesus help us to be awake and on fire with your heart!

    His grace and blessings to you and Timbob, please be careful driving while you’re tired! May angels surround you.

    Susan


  4. What a great post Timbob. YEs I agree with Faithwalk stir us up, I for myself need this a lot!

    And dont sleep and drive !

    Love Andrea



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