Thursday, September 01, 2005

Portent of Things to Come? 

Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans bringing destruction of Biblical proportions.

The images of thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children awaiting rescue from the rising waters, without food, water, or basic sanitation are both heartbreaking and frightening.  Roaming bands of armed looters, sniper shots aimed at rescue helicopters, reports of rape and beatings, videos of men and women growing increasingly desperate and increasingly angry can be viewed with indifference only because the events are taking place somewhere else—not in my town.

But what is happening in my town? Gas prices are skyrocketing and it is being blamed on those faraway, surreal events. Gas shortages coupled with the closure of the largest port in the United States could soon result in shortages of fresh fruit and vegetables and who knows what in places as far away as Missouri.

We’ve been sitting here waiting for the other shoe to drop. Take a good look—the same thing could very well be coming to a town near you.  Before it’s over, many of us may be herded into FEMA camps “for our own protection” only to be led to the guillotines reserved for all those who refuse to take “the mark.”

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Mat 24:21)

The residents of New Orleans were warned repeatedly to flee the storm to come, but many doubted the predictions would come true.

How many people today doubt that the Big Trouble spoken of by Jesus may actually come to pass in our lifetime?  

Things are beginning to shape up.  The things predicted so long ago are gradually coming into focus.  Trouble is on the horizon, tribulation just around the corner.  There is only one way to find refuge, and that is to come to Jesus before the levees break and trouble rises like a flood.  Right there where you live.

As the prophet Neil Young once intoned, “Are you ready for the country? Because it’s time to go.”  

But go ye and learn what that meaneth.

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