Over the weekend there was a spree of senseless killings, that defy logic. Thirteen people were mercilessly gunned down by a nut job with a death wish. Then there’s the children that were murdered by their own father because of a pending divorce. He turned the gun on himself afterward. Are these actions due to a growing despair that people are feeling that overwhelms them? I think many people have a sense of hopelessness as they watch the economic melt down and the uncertainty of the times we live in. Many people have lost their jobs and foreclosures are almost at record highs. These are strange days…
North Korea launched a rocket over the weekend and most of the world yawned. Don’t we have missiles that can shoot that thing right out of the sky? Why should we care about what the North Koreans are doing? However, pundits like Newt Gingrich, declared recently that just one nuclear bomb detonated 200 miles high, over the central part of the continental United States, would blow us back to the stone age. Nothing would work any more. Cars wouldn’t start, and anything that had electrical components would be ruined forever. Think of our nation coming to a complete standstill. No Internet, television, radio, lighting, in short, all of the conveniences that we have come to take for granted, would be lost in an instant. The trucks that carry food to the markets would be dead in their tracks, their cargo’s rotting in the trailers. Strange days….
Italy is reeling from a 6.5 earthquake that so far has killed over 90 people. It was reported that a scientist who tried to warn about the coming quake, due to his research in measuring gasses and early tremors was silenced by the Mayor of the town that now lies in ruins. Why was he silenced?
On the UFO front, there were a rash of sightings in Southern California, not to mention China – I blogged about this on Friday. They’re not going away are they?
These are strange days. It seems that we are accelerating toward the time of which the Bible calls, the time of Jacob’s trouble. Here’s something to consider. Yesterday was Palm Sunday. This day was celebrated in Christian churches all over the world and in most, palm branches were given out. Most people fail to realize the true significance of the day. We are celebrating the day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem, on a donkey, and the people laid palm branches before him. The true meaning has been lost, however, through the ages. Jesus was fulfilling prophecy that was given hundreds of years earlier by the prophet Daniel. In that book, Daniel is told by an angel the exact time when the Messiah will appear. It is one of the most startling prophetic passages in all of scripture. We are told that from the time when the decree goes forth to rebuild the temple, until Messiah comes it will be so many years. Jesus rides unto Jerusalem on the precise day, fulfilling the prophecy. Later that same day he weeps over Jerusalem and says, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how I would have gathered you as a hen gathers her chicks but you did not know the day of your coming…”
These are strange days. If we read Mathew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 we will see that Jesus gives us the signs that will come before his return. I believe that what is happening in the world today, the economic uncertainty, the rumors of war, earthquakes in various places, famines, pestilence and the senseless killings are signs that we are fast approaching the last days. It is time for many of us to lean on this, “The arm of the Lord is mighty to save… ”
These are strange days indeed…