Knowing Our Time
Economic turmoil in Europe;
devastating earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan, a massive tsunami, sweeping
away everything and anything in its path; the disaster-stricken
Fukushima-Daiichi plant, a nuclear catastrophe in the making, more gripping and
terrifying than before, as radiation seeps into tap water, livestock,
vegetables and even the soil and sea waters off Japan—the world anxiously
wonders what else to expect as the catastrophe unfolds.
Chaos in Africa and the Middle
East, a growing threat of retaliation and terror strikes against the USA and other
Western nations—wars and rumors of war abound.
forces, new economic powers. When
will these nations collide with the Western world? We live in a world with an
acute shortage of oil and other natural resources. How much longer until
nations rise up against nations to control the dwindling resources, especially
oil, in the Middle East? How much longer until
a global war, the final battle by the great rivers of Tigris and Euphrates, is unleashed?
It seems almost that the other
great issues facing the world have since been put aside, forgotten for now.
What about climate change, a dying planet, the melting ice caps, droughts,
famines, pestilences, new diseases and unsustainable population increase?
Forgotten for now, in the face of new and more pressing matters; man has no answer to these problems.
These are the signs of the current
times, the end times, when the hearts of men grow even harder and colder to the
calling of the Lord, and the wrath of God against this wicked and perverse
generation is at hand. This is the time when the end of days, the apocalypse, draws ever closer. The
horses and their riders in the book of Revelations are ready to be unleashed, a
multi-faceted color of white, red, black and pale horses (Rev 6).
Yet, what have we done to equip
ourselves for the day of reckoning? Which treasures have we laid
up in heaven and how many good deeds have we undertaken that will follow us to
God’s righteous judgment? How many souls have we added to God’s fold, how have
we served the Lord, dare we meet our Master?
We are the chosen ones and the
time is at hand to heed the call of our Lord to stand up, bold and brave as
Christian soldiers. Have we hoisted the banner of the Lord as we march and
press on in our spiritual endeavor to save souls and, ultimately, to save
ourselves and our loved ones? Or are we too caught up with our own matters and
worries, forgetting the time that is at hand and the call for us to arise as bold
Just as it was in the days of
Noah, people were eating and drinking, marrying and given into marriage, right
up to the day when Noah entered the ark. These were matters of pleasure,
matters of the flesh, matters of the heart. In short,
matters of the world. These matters had no
place in the spiritual kingdom, which the Lord was to establish. These were
impertinent and inconsequential. The flood came and the flood destroyed them
all (Lk 17: 26–27).
Let us reflect to amend our wrongful ways and steps. We who have been given
this passage into the ark of the last days, the True Jesus Church: do we still
have valid passage to this ark or have we traded our boarding pass for the
matters of the world?
Just as it was in the days of Lot,
people were eating and drinking, buying, selling, planting and building, right
up to the day Lot left Sodom, when fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and
destroyed them all (Lk 17: 28–29). These too are materialistic things, matters of
desire and of vanity. These are matters of the world and have no part with our spiritual salvation,
but concern those who die an eternal death.
Are these, sadly not, the matters of many of us today?
How can these worldly matters help us on the day the Son of Man, our Lord
Jesus, returns with His righteous judgment? Where is
our heart and our focus set in these end times? Have we indeed turned a deaf
ear to these warnings, cold to the Lord’s teachings and love, and stubbornly
refusing to amend our wicked ways as we determine to live in the perishing
world of man?
wife (Lk 17:32). Her ways were still set in Sodom and her eyes lingered only on its
fallen beauty, even as she fled its destruction.
Let us therefore resolve to change our focus to matters that are spiritual and
of the Lord.
We must lose our life in the
world, so that we can gain and preserve our life and destiny, which the Lord
has intended for us in heaven. Book our passage and that of those whom we love
in the ark of the last days, The True Jesus Church. There is simply no other
The world must die, and so must our lives in the world, in exchange for a life
spiritual, everlasting and incorruptible. We die so that we can live. Truly!
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“…nuclear experts plan for the next generation
nuclear power plants, which will avoid the mistakes of Fukushima–Daiichi. In
other related news, countries are now asking whether foodstuff purchased from Japan including
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