Don't Play Russian Roulette With Your Eternity
"Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing him, asked that he would show them a sign from heaven." Matthew 16:1 How ridiculous for them to ask something like this. He had already healed multitudes and opened blind eyes, casted out demons, even raised the dead - yet they asked for another sign! As the Scripture says, they were "testing him." How audacious! How presumptuous! How insulting! And Jesus gave the perfect answer, telling them that they had enough proof to recognize who he is. Who else has ever been able to raise a lame man to his feet, or cast a demon out of someone, restoring him to his right mind? vs 2-3: "He answered and said to them, 'When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times!" But there is more to this. Jesus was saying that they SHOULD know who he is because these religious men have studied the Scriptures, and the Scriptures speak of him in every Book in the Bible. There was no excuse for not recognizing him. "Behold, I come; in the volume of the Book it is written of me." Psalm 40:7 We are in a period of time unlike any other. The Word of God has spoken extensively about how to recognize "the last days." Signs? It's all unfolding exactly as those ancient Scriptures foretold. If people only realized the seriousness of this and the danger they are in if they ignore those Scriptures that are calling out to them, they would quickly repent in sackcloth and ashes. But they don't. They refuse to even look into it. And those who take the Word of God lightly (or who don't take it at all) will settle their own fate as someone who avoided the One who put them on this earth and who gave us all the tools we need to recognize the time. Friends, the end of the age is upon us. The wars, rumors of war, earthquakes, famines, and pestilence - all of which Jesus foretold for "the last days" - are right before our eyes. Scoffers say, "oh there have always been those things on the earth, nothing is different." They don't realize that in saying that, they are actually fulfilling prophecy: "...knowing this first: that SCOFFERS will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.'” 2 Peter 3:3-4 Every century has had its great earthquake or great war or great pestilence (disease). What characterizes THIS generation is that they are ALL happening at the same time. In recent years we saw the four "blood moons," each falling on God's feast days and ONLY on God's feast days, none happening other than that. We saw two total solar eclipses. We saw the Revelation 12 sign in the constellations - these were all like road signs revealing that we are near to the Tribulation. God in his mercy placed those signs early enogh for all the people to be made aware of them and come to repentance. Along with the wars and the rumors of war, the earthquakes, famines, diseases - what more does anyone need in order to believe? Many have forgotten about the signs God put there to signal our attention. But believers haven't forgotten. The earth is filled with violence and the "New World Order" is nearly upon us, the kingdom of the Antichrist taking shape right before our eyes - yet undeniable as all this is, people still ignore it. As was foretold. Jesus said the last days would be "as the days of Noah." Noah's day was a day of sexual perversion and a time of violence. Noah warned of the coming flood while he built that ark, the ark of safety. He told the people the flood was coming, and they scoffed, they laughed at him. They're not laughing anymore; they perished, and they would give anything now to escape hell and have another chance. Eternal regret. How awful. "Then the Lord saw that the WICKEDNESS of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Genesis 6:5 vs 11: "The earth also was CORRUPT before God, and the earth was filled with VIOLENCE." That's what it was like in the days of Noah. That’s exactly what it is like in our generation. The good news is that the Kingdom of God beckons all who will "hear" to come to repentance and find the safety offered at the foot of the Cross. Don't put it off. You may not have another chance. Receive Jesus Christ today. He loves you more than you have any idea. Come to him. Don't play Russian Roulette with your eternity. Don't risk having to spend eternity in regret.