Sign of The Time
As I was driving my son home one cold day in December, just a couple of days before Christmas. I began to think about the comforts so many of us enjoy today and how short the time is that we have here on this earth, even if we live to be a hundred years old.
According to science, scientists think the world is billions of years old which brings me to wonder, if this is true, how is it that man has been so dumb all these years, it has only been the last couple of hundred years that technology has advanced to the degree as we know it today.
The Scripture emphasizes that in the last days knowledge will be increased. It talks about a time that never was before or that ever will be.
Daniel 12:4, Read whole chapter,
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
We need to note, The time Christ walked the face of this earth in a fleshly body and gave himself the supreme sacrifice for our sin will not happen that way again. Yes he is coming back, but his kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. He made that clear when he told Pilate, my kingdom is not of this world. The kingdom Christ was referring to is a spiritual kingdom.
Here are some examples of knowledge being increased: When I think about how short the time has been since the first automobile was invented, the first airplane, the first steam engine, the first computer, the first television, the first electric light, the first microwave, and so many of these have happened so recent, it certainly makes me stop and wonder.
The first powered airplane was in 1903 flown by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk NC. To show how recent this is, in 1903 was the year my father-in-law was born.
Before the first airplane was ever invented, a boy predicted to his school teacher and class mates, that someday men would be flying through the air in machines as big as houses. Only in their wildest imagination could this ever happen, yet today it's a common occurrence. That boy was my grandfather.
Along about 1807 came the invention of the internal combustion engine, but 1886 is probably regarded as the year of the birth of the modern automobile. Here again to show how recent this is, my grandfather owned one of the first automobiles that traveled the roads of Harlan County Ky. To show how crude and slow the first automobiles were, I read an article about the first 200 mile automobile race . Only one car finished the race and it took about 33 hours to complete the race. Compare that to the car we drive today. It is easy to travel 200 miles on some interstate highways in a little less than 3 hours without stopping and without breaking the speed limit. Many of our young folks just take it for granted, thinking this is the way it's always been. I think it's a sign of the times. And of course, at that time, one dollar was worth much more than 10 times that amount now.
Another example is the electric light which we so commonly use today. The inventor Thomas Alva Edison (in the USA) experimented with thousands of different filaments to find just the right materials to glow well and be long-lasting. In 1879, Edison discovered that a carbon filament in an oxygen-free bulb glowed but did not burn up for 40 hours. Edison eventually produced a bulb that could glow for over 1500 hours. To me this is another sign of the times. This event is so recent that my mother shared a story with us which really brings it to reality, and how recent it really is. As she was growing up some folks would either sing or recite this little song. “I'm going down Broadway to see those sight, to see those things they call electric lights, I guess I know what I'm talking about, cause they got em in a bottle and they can't get out”.
Just look at the vast communication we have today: sending messages has gone from pigeon carriers, being trained to carry messages, to instant messaging all over the world by way of telephone, smart phones, and internet, even to the moon. Surely all these things are a sign of the times.
Just think about if for a minute, technology has increased so much that airplanes are now flying faster than the speed of sound and aircraft carriers are large enough for jet airplanes to land on their deck.
Truck's are large enough to haul hundreds of tons. Large buildings are being moved, basically in one piece, from one place to another.
Rockets loaded with enough fuel to launch hundreds of tons and send men to the moon and back.
I admit, knowledge has vastly increased, but some scientist think they are so smart, they want to leave God out of the picture, they don't want to retain God in their knowledge. However, regardless of what they think, you can rest assured that every element that is used in all their inventions and scientific breakthroughs, God created every element from the beginning. Man has only discovered ways to use it or to abuse what is already here.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
You can also rest assured, God will not be mocked. There are millions of things man has not yet discovered and even though the knowledge of the smartest scientist has increased, it is my opinion, their knowledge comparing as a drop of water compared to all the water in the ocean, is probably not a reasonable comparison, of God's creation. God is so great even a drop of water may be giving scientist to much credit.
Here is wisdom, fear God and keep his commandments.
Here is how simple, that all that man thinks he has accomplished can be destroyed in a moments time: if God were to be so minded to simply send a strong ray from the sun and penetrate the magnetic field that he has placed around the earth to protect us, all computers could be instantly eliminated. Or if the magnetic shield around the earth were to be depleted, no longer would we be protected. And of course, almost everything today depends upon computers. If either of these events happen, almost everything we use will be shut down. Power companies will fail to produce electricity. Automobiles are now using computers, air lines use computers, utility companies, hospitals, grocery stores, and the list goes on and on, they all are now depending on computers. Many Doctors offices are now going paperless. Knowledge without wisdom is doomed to failure.
Whether you want to acknowledge the power of God or not, God is in control. He has made a way for us to escape destruction when the time comes for the earth to be destroyed. I may not understand everything concerning what the future holds, and I'm not making a prediction of the end time or how it will be destroyed, but I can tell you how to escape the destruction that is coming. Even if none of thee events happen in our lifetime, you can rest assured we are all leaving this world. For it is appointed to every man once to die and after that the judgement.
Through believing and trusting in Jesus the Christ, the Only Begotten Son Of God, we have a promise of everlasting life. There is no other way to have eternal life except that we believe in the only begotten Son Of God. And this way is so simple that a man though he were a fool should not error in it. And when you pray it is important to understand that God is a Spirit, therefore we must pray with the spirit. Through Jesus we have access to the throne of God.
Be wise, don't be ashamed to accept Christ in your heart today. If you are ashamed of him, he will be ashamed of you when he comes after his Church. Pray this prayer from the depth of your heart: “Lord have mercy on me a sinner” for this is the way of Salvation. Acknowledging that we can't save ourself, it is important that we put our complete trust in him and obey his voice as he speaks to our heart. If we will believe:
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
John ch3 v.1-8
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
May God bless you is my prayer.
Fellowship Christian Church