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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

T'aint Necessarily So

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said “Write for these words are faithful and true.” Revelation 21:5 (New American Standard Bible)

In the movie “Groundhog Day” Bill Murray played Phil, a weatherman whose assignment was to cover the ground hog day celebrations in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Phil completed the first day only to find at midnight the day would begin all over again. Phil was stuck in Punxsutawney doomed to relive the same day over and over again for many years.

Sometimes I tend to feel like Phil the weatherman as it seems each day begins anew yet is filled with the same disorder and confusion as the day before. Will we ever escape this madness? I believe many of us can identify with the frustration of our times and how the Pearls of the Lord are trampled underfoot every day by unbelievers and we are turned on and attacked for our stand in Christ. As we put our faith and hope in the words of Jesus Christ we are encouraged that He will return to end this mess mankind has made of earth. We and the entire earth will be redeemed. As badly as things seem now this is as bad as it will get for us and for unbelievers this is the best it will ever be.

The signs of the time pointing to the end of this dispensation are changing like summer into fall. We see the signs of fall in nature and know harvest is upon us. These changes are easy to follow and understand but in the same way Jesus, in His words, gave us the signs to look for just before he returns (Matthew Chapter 24 & Luke Chapter 21). When we study this we aren’t looking for an exact day or time for that is in the mind of the Trinity alone. But we certainly can behold the season of signs and know that Christ’s return is closer than we can imagine.

If there is one thing God wants us to have its hope in the promises of His words. He knows the wait for us, in human years, is difficult and sometimes discouraging as we only see the world becoming more wicked and chaotic. Looking at the world and seeing God’s big picture tells us that this too shall pass. What a hope that we will not have to continue to see the world descend into deeper skepticism and horror and that Satan and his hoards will be vanquished once and for all through the power of Jesus Christ. What a glorious hope. What we see now t’aint necessarily what we’ll get and thank the Father of Lights for that. Be encouraged for Christ even now is reaching for the handle of the door and when He opens it no man will be able to shut Him out.