Saturday, November 24, 2012

But They Loved the Darkness

"This is the verdict:  Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of the light for fear that his deads will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it my be seen plainly that what he had done had been done through God."  John 3:19-21

When the election outcome was announced, the aboved verses resonated in my heart.  God is setting the stage.  The stage has one that has been in moving in the direction for his Son's return.  It was no surprise at the election outcome.  Although I was hopeful for a different outcome, I knew in my heart that God's plan will stand. 
When I went to bed that night, I opened my bible and I was reading in Ezekiel 22.  God talks about the whitewash prophets with false visions and lying divinations.  The people were one of practicing extortion and committing robbery.  They were oppressing those who were needy and poor.  They did not believe in justice.  God was looking among them to find a man to stand in the gap and pray for this land, but he found none.  So God's judgment was about to happen.  He now has to pour out his wrath.  As I read this passage, I thought about the United States. We have become prideful and full of self.  We are not really interested in justice or helping the poor, but we have become of a nation that seeks our own ways. 
In the morning my daily bible reading was in Matthew 24 where Jesus began talking about the signs of the end of the age.  He tells us be careful not to let anyone deceive you.  We are living in an age where people are spiritually blind.  Obadiah 1:3 says the pride of your heart has deceived you.  We are hearing of wars and rumor of wars.  We are seeing nation rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom.  Famines and earthquakes are becoming more prevalent.  Jesus then tells us that these things will come before the son of Man returns.  He talks about how many will be living.  Many will not be expecting Jesus to return.  People will be living life how they want rather than doing what the master asked them to do. 
Jesus is returning.  We are to live each day as if our master was returning for us.  Some may disagree.  When we expect our Lord to return, then we are living each day being a blessing to others.  We would be treating others with love and respect.  We would be seeking to do good rather than abide in selfishness. We would try to be more like Jesus. 
I truly believe we are living in the end of times.  Take a look at where the center stage is.  It is all pointing to Israel.  Israel one day will stand alone.  Not really alone because God said he is with them.  We are seeing the stage now being set in the middle east for the final fulfillment in the prophecies.  We are living in a time where we will see the Son of Man return in the clouds.  It is truly exciting!

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