You’ve Been Warned

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.  While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.  You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.  So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.  For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.  But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.  For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.  He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

–          1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

 

“In A.D. 79, the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were met with swift and terrible destruction. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius was so sudden that the people of the cities were killed while engaged in their everyday lives. Men and women were at the market; rich people luxuriated in lavish baths; slaves toiled. But they died under volcanic ash and super-heated gases. The mountain had given advance warnings. There had been rumblings, and even a plume of smoke days before the eruption. But the people paid no heed.

“The Day of the Lord is mentioned again and again throughout scripture: in Isaiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Zephaniah, Zechariah, Malachi, Acts, 1 and 2 Thessalonians and 2 Peter. It doesn’t refer to a twenty-four-hour period, but to a whole schedule of events. It is a time when God will pour out his wrath on wickedness, ending in judgment. But that time of dark and dreadful destruction is not what He wants for you.

–          Presidential Prayer Team Devotion for 25 January 2018

 

The Sunday school class that I attend is studying the book of Revelation.  We started chapter 16 the other day.  The teacher mentioned that the bowl that dried up the river Euphrates, the sixth bowl, was a preparation for the armies of the kings to the East.  There was a question about how they didn’t understand how a dried river would have that kind of an effect in modern warfare.  Since I served in the Army Corps of Engineers, I gave a brief idea of what the engineers did in wartime.  In short, when it comes to rivers to cross, the infantry steps aside and the engineers lead the way.  With the Euphrates dry, nothing will slow down the armies to the East.

 

That led to a little premature discussion of Armageddon.  Premature in that we had not reached Revelation 16:16, but we were getting close.  The question arose as to who the combatants on either side in this final war would be.

 

That’s when my wife spoke up.  She said that she didn’t know, but she had been informed in a dream that she would go up in the rapture while I stayed behind to fight along side the King of the Angel Armies.

 

There was silence in the classroom.  It probably only lasted fifteen seconds, but it was getting heavy.  To break the silence, I lifted my cane and said that I knew how to use this thing as a weapon.  The class erupted in laughter and comments about “Beware of the Old Man, talking softly, and carrying a Big Stick.”

 

It wasn’t the first time that I revealed that I was thinking of ways to weaponize my cane.  Within the first month of walking with a cane around the church, one of the ruling elders of the church asked what the cane was for.  I replied by flipping the cane over and parrying with the handle in his direction.  I said, “I use the hook end on people who ask dumb questions about my cane.”  I knew beforehand that he had a sense of humor.  He laughed, slapped me on the shoulder, and said that only I would refer to the handle of a cane as the ‘hook end.’

 

If you are interested, I have a slipped disc and the sciatic pain associated with that.  With other issues that have cropped up, I limp, dragging my right foot, but only when I get tired.  The cane helps to mask the limp and in not getting tired in the first place, but I also have less turned up noses at the cane compared to the accusations in question form regarding to, “What’s the limp for?”

 

Nobody would say that!  Yes, they have, when I forget my cane when going to church.  Think Igor (pronounced Eye-Gore) from Young Frankenstein. Or is it Frankensteen?

 

But I digress, as usual.  This is about the end of days.

 

For eight years of the Obama administration, I heard a few people talking about their fear that the end of the world was near.  Now, with the political unrest in our country, it seems that the USA may really be self-destructing.  I read a recent article that Obama was blaming it partially on social media that keeps fanning the flames among extremists for each extreme myopic view, regardless of what side you are on.  Of course, the liberal media is doing something that would never have been done in my childhood, by preaching opinion over stating the facts.  In essence, they are saying that we, the audience, are too stupid to figure out the ramifications of the facts, so they interpret for us (using their slanted point of view, of course).  Do we really know the facts anymore?

 

I cannot remember who said it, maybe Franklin Graham, but some well known preacher said that the USA is not mentioned by name in the Bible.  This great nation of ours can crumble.  The existing powers at that time will fill the void, and there will be a new normal that will be defined.  Within a few generations, the USA will be such a distant memory that people won’t know anything of the principles upon which this great country was founded.  Not saying that will happen.

 

But the end of days of America is written in the Bible.  Read all the Old Testament warnings that God made toward ‘the people of Israel’ and change that to ‘the people of America.’

 

“Forget the Lord, your God, and there will be consequences.”

 

Rather than worrying about disagreement over issues, we need to focus on God, God’s Love, and Repentance.

 

I hope and pray that I have not fanned the flames of hatred in this post.

 

When the hippies were protesting the war in Vietnam, I was in ROTC preparing to go there.  I did not support their protests, but I didn’t want to die in Vietnam either.  The last troops left Vietnam days before I graduated college (well, less than two weeks), but there is one picture from the protests that sums up what I am trying to say.  The back story is that the authorities were afraid of violence, so they had the National Guard stand as a barrier between the authorities and their followers on one side and the hippies on the other side.  One of the female hippies walked up and placed the stem of a flower into the barrel of one of the soldier’s rifles.

 

The photo of the flower sticking out of the barrel became a symbol of the times.  A simple gesture that preached love over war.  Now, the war is a war of words within the government.  We know that we will not be able to come to unity unless we can come to an understanding that the other side is constructed of human beings, with feelings and ideas.  More importantly, the other side – regardless of issue – is made up of souls.  We may think them misguided, but if we don’t see the soul, we can never have a constructive discussion.

 

I have an opinion on most of the important issues of the day, but the only issue that worries me is that God is not part of the discussion on any of the important issues.  God didn’t leave the building, but He cannot be mentioned in Politically Correct circles.

 

That is the only issue that needs to be resolved for our country to survive its personal end times.

 

As for the end times for the World?

 

Pogo said, “We’ve met the enemy, and he is us.”

 

You have been warned.  Are you prepared?

 

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  1. excellent Mark—and I laughed out loud over the Sunday School tale—I can only imagine your most scincere wife sitting there having made her statement as all eyes suddenly zoom in on you…the one left to do battle—as in how are you feeling about that Mark???
    and touche—you get them with the cane—
    a sense of humor —God does enjoy—as well as a man well equiped! Maybe there’s a reason behind ​the annoying sciatica after all….. time will tell.

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  2. Pogo knew what he was talking about 😳

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  3. Love this, and it’s interesting that you mention your cane and its possibilities as a weapon, because one of the comic book characters in my upcoming Christian fiction book has a cane (which he, unfortunately, uses for evil).

    I don’t this world is ready for Armageddon. When I was in Israel, I saw the lush valley in which that battle is to take place. I can’t help wondering what it will look like at that time.

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