Red sky at night, sailor’s delight
Red sky in morning, sailor take warning
Up until the 19th century weather forecasting was pretty much left up to folklore and almanacs. Since then, it has greatly improved with advancements in technology. Weather radar can now detect and track tornadoes, hurricanes, and other major storms. At present, most weather events can be predicted up to five days in advance, some as far as thirty days out, with an average accuracy rate of 80 – 85%.
In light of this, consider the statement of Jesus in Matthew 16:2, “You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.”
Indicators pointing to the imminent return of Jesus Christ are increasing exponentially in quantity and intensity. Just last week two major events occurred: 1) the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to change its policy regarding inclusion of homosexual youth members; and, 2) the statement of Pope Francis regarding the inclusion of atheists and agnostics in heaven. These and other events of seismic proportions are happening all around us, and they tell us that the Coming of the Lord is near, very near!
This Sunday we are beginning a four-part series on End Times Events. The four messages in this series are as follows:
1. The Gathering Storm (June 2nd) – an exposition of Matthew 24 and other Scriptures concerning the major events of the Last Days.
2. The Rapture of the Church (June 9th) – a study of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 on the event the Bible calls the blessed hope.
3. The Coming of That Day (June 16th – a look at 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 which deals primarily with the coming world dictator the Bible calls the Antichrist.
4. The Final Judgments (June 23rd) – a study of the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Great White Throne Judgment.
We do not want to be numbered with those who cannot discern the signs of the time. So let’s be faithful to attend every week to hear each message. As we work through this series, remember the words of this great gospel song:
Signs of the times are everywhere
There's a brand new feeling in the air
Keep your eyes upon the eastern sky
Lift up your head your redemption draweth nigh
Pastor Todd Weston