"When it is evening you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red; "and in the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times." Matthew 16:2,3
In light of the recent incidents concerning the mysterious deaths of thousands of birds and fish in Arkansas, Louisiana, Maryland and Sweden the Lord spoke to me about the canary in the coal mine.
Years ago the miners would take canaries down in the coal mine with them to warn them of carbon monoxide building up so when the canary would be found dead in his cage the miners would know to escape the impending danger. Today, however, the world doesn't even take notice of the signs of the times, but instead, make light of the things that are coming upon the earth.
God sends prophetic warnings in many ways giving people the choice to repent and be spared, or continue in their rebellion and perish. There are signs and wonders happening all over the world and yet people are not even interested in the coming judgment and subsequent return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Even the church continues in her slumber, her head firmly planted in the sand, not wanting to rock the boat, and yet judgment is at the door!
"For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." Matthew 24:27
SAILORS TAKE WARNING!
"For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the the day that Noah entered the ark, "and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." Matthew 24:38,39
My mother used to say to me, "Red at night, sailors delight, red in the morning, sailors take warning!" Well, it is time for sailors to take warning and pay attention to the sky, because the storm of the Lord is on the horizon.
The signs of the times are upon this generation and it is a time to prepare for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus told the disciples what to look for and it is coming to pass before our very eyes, earthquakes, famines, pestilence and signs in sun and moon and the stars. The UFO sightings that for years have sparked the interest of thousands, I believe are angelic visitations and supernatural phenomenon.
The entire world is being caught up in "Virtual Reality" the age of electronic communication and social networking, and although some of it is good and the Lord uses it, so also, the devil has his hand in drawing men's minds away from the reality of life. Our children are being engulfed in an age of electronic delusion filling their minds with lust and distractions of all kinds. Try and talk to a young person with his i-phone in his hand while he is constantly texting and see if you can get his attention, it is doubtful you will get a response.
The flood is upon us and the sailors of the gospel ship need to batten down the hatches and prepare for the storm. Life as we have known it is changing, terror is everywhere as men's hearts are failing because of what is coming on the earth. It is a time to reap a harvest of souls from the seas of humanity and throw out the life preserver's of the gospel message to all who are drowning in sin!
So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. Revelation 12:15
THE CANARY IS DEAD!
"Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. "So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near- at the doors!" Mark 13:28,29
The canary is dead and the mine is filling with poisonous gas and its time to flee for your life! But no one is concerned, they are too busy, too complacent and too arrogant to think that everything is coming to an end. The gospel of salvation is not preached, people are not getting saved but membership is up and all is well, business as usual. No worries, just right!
But is everything alright? Are these signs that are appearing in the earth to no avail? Is Jesus really coming back or is it just another myth? Well, the answer to all of this is yes, Jesus is about to return for a spotless bride, not an adulteress unconcerned for the will of her Husband and not preparing to meet the love of her life, but instead, in bed with the world!
Several years ago there was a story on the news about a Jewish wedding in Jerusalem. The bride and groom were dancing and the wedding party was having a joyful time on the second floor of a hotel. Suddenly, without warning the floor collapsed and the everyone plummeted to the floor below, some injured seriously and some to their death. I will never forget the look on the bride's face as the floor began to cave in, a look of astonishment and horror and unbelief as she began to fall from what was a place of joy and safety just a few minutes before to total ruin in a matter of seconds.
"Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming- in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning- "lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. "And what I say to you all: Watch!" Mark 13:35-37
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