Understanding the Times
We all need to understand the times. According to Jesus Christ, understanding the times should be as easy as predicting the weather of the day. If it is difficult for us to predict the day's weather then we are no different with small children who have not understood simple science. But is it really easy to predict the times? If it is difficult then there is something wrong with our spiritual maturity. It should not be difficult if we understand the fundamentals by which the present age was founded on.
Understanding the events these days lies primarily on 3 things:
Once we are familiar with the above, understanding the times and the prophecies should be as simple as predicting the day's weather. All these are explained in the book, "The Omega Days."
Let us start with Matt 16:1-4--
So reading the times should be as easy as reading the day’s weather, not tomorrow’s or in many day’s ahead. We don’t need to have sophisticated equipment to predict the day’s weather.
Now, let us examine our "weather" and understand our times. The Lord is doing so many things in our midst without us being aware of the important messages to impart why He is doing these things. Consider the earthquake last Aug 23, 2011 with epicentre in Virginia and felt all over the Eastern coast of the U.S.A. and to as far as Canada. It was only 5.8 in magnitude. Check this link for the newswire. Nobody was so concerned about it. But to me it's disturbing considering the damages to prominent structures.
According to the newswire, the first three are the only damages:
There are so many taller and older building in Washington DC, but why only these three were damaged? Is it because of structural defects? And why an earthquake in the East Coast in the first place? We thought it can only happen along the West Coast, along the Pacific Ring of fire. Even so, the quake was not made strong enough to collapse structures but to bring a message. The first three buildings depicts the very soul of America and the message should touch the heart of every Americans and all nations alike. Consider the structures' significance:
We can see that these structures signify the spirituality, political leadership, and the people of America respectively. The Washington monument, an obelisk, symbolizes the origin of America. Read "The Real Roots of America" for details. God is calling on the religious leaders, the political leaders and the people as a whole to wake up and know the Truth. Turn back to God for healing the nation's ills. America is sick and suffering.
When Jesus Christ breathed His last, there was also an earthquake in Jerusalem. That earthquake parted the curtain of the Holy of Holies in the Holy Temple.
To doubters, it has no significance but to all Bible believing Christians, the earthquake and the parted curtain had a great meaning. God communicates to us through this "minor" disasters. Let us understand the times and the meaning of the signs. The parting of the curtain of the Temple means it was the end of an era of the Holy Temple made of stones. The new temple of God is now in every Christian (1 Cor 6:19). It means a great victory for God. This is the same in today's age. If something unusual happens, let us not ignore but pause and think. Nothing happens unless allowed by God and for a purpose.
We have heard about the downgrading of U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA, the continuing economic hardships, job loses. But there was the victory of eliminating Bib Laden, the world's most wanted man on May 2, 2011. I wonder if any leaders ever gave thanks and praises to God for the successful mission but I am aware, as shown in TV that the Navy Seals team involved in the mission were greatly honoured and praised for their feat. Shortly afterwards, in July 25, a U.S. Chinook helicopter was downed in Afghanistan by Taliban killing some of the members of Navy Seals Team 6. People, including me grieved so much about that. Some say it included some members of the same team that killed Bin Laden. Why? It seemed we have relied only on our strength and not on God. Read "Weapons Or God?" for more details.
Five days after the earthquake, hurricane Irene hit the Caribbean and the East Coast of U.S.A. The worst flood in many centuries put the city of New York and Vermont into a standstill.
Not everyone is convinced that the growing intensity of hurricanes results from global warming. But Tony Barnston, the lead forecaster at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, said there are more factors than just ocean temperature involved in making storms stronger (Source: Yahoo News).
Do we really need more study? The answers are all in the Bible! Jesus Christ is coming soon and He is bringing clear message for all of us.
It looks like the U.S. has been avoided with good news. Why, what is happening to the world’s greatest superpower?
The only answer is: There is something wrong with us. The U.S.A. is one of the chosen nations of God that strayed away from His warnings for disobedience. Read Leviticus 26:14–39. Also read "The Real Roots of America" to understand that the U.S.A. is a chosen nation of God.
I am praying that something good happens in the midst of the miseries because if America suffers, all the world suffers. Finally, remember this promise from God if we seek Him for all our miseries:
Let us hear the clear message from God and let us respond positively. Ask the Lord for healing, let us turn from our wicked ways and seek His face. We have sinned so severely that we deserved no less than the punishment of death both physical and spiritual. But due to His great mercy we are not consumed because great is His faithfulness unto us (Lam 3:22). He does not want us to suffer but our sins made it impossible for Him to work in us for a better lives. If He is not in us, there will be a big void and then disaster sets in and that is what we are experiencing all the time. And yet, He whispers to us through our sufferings so we can have peace and rest.
More than knowing and understanding the times, I rather know and understand one simple thing... to know I have sinned and needs repentance and seek salvation from God. That is the bottom line, no need to be so clever. However, if we want to seek answers why these are happening, check the Scriptures and pray and God answers.
Regardless of all the miseries and misfortunes, this simple Truth will lead us into an everlasting peace and comfort if we respond the right way. Become an obedient Christian and everything will be alright.
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