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.”