"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
A common phrase from an ancient rhyme often repeated by mariners and seamen and a favorite saying of my mother was used in past centuries to forecast the weather. The colors of the sky either in morning or at night giving the weather for the proceeding day in preparation for a journey at sea.
Jesus said, in response to the Pharisees when asked if He would show a sign from Heaven, "A wicked and adulterous generationseeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah." The sign of Jonah was to be His death, burial and resurrection proving that He was in fact their Messiah.
In the past few weeks there have been a 5.8 earthquake in Washington, DC, a powerful hurricane shredding the Eastern Seaboard, and wildfires in Texas and people seemed to be more inconvenienced and irritated than concerned that it might be a major sign from Heaven. In 2011 alone there have been ten catastrophic events hit America, more than any time in its history according to the news, but no one seems to notice that the end is near!
THE SKY IS RED AND THREATENING
"But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:37
Noah saw the signs in the sky and heard the voice of God to make preparation for what was about to destroy the world. Building a boat the size of a football field on dry land without a cloud in the sky must have been seen as ludicrous to the audience of mockers come to make sport of the old fool!
I can imagine the devil was there too, speaking in Noah's ear the whole time about this ridiculous scheme to save the people of the earth, but that didn't stop him, he kept right on working knowing that what God had said would surely come to pass. It is no different today, people mock the prophecies of God and make light of His generous warnings and yet no one takes it to heart, nevertheless the storm is still on the horizon.
Many today in the church are saying there is no judgment because Jesus went to the cross, and that prophecy has been done away with since the beginning of the new advent. But one cannot ignore the word of God and the obvious signs that Jesus warned us would come in the last days. There has always been judgment on sin, if that were not the case God would close hell and hang up a sign "Out of business!"
But there were also false prophets among the people as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. II Peter 2:1
THE DAY OF THE LORD
Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder, that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to there own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming?" II Peter 3:1-4
Peter is giving a warning for us not to forget that the day of the Lord is near and this was spoken 2000 years ago. I believe we might be a little closer than they were to the end of all things. This is not a time to fear, but to prepare for what is coming upon the earth.
The church needs to be equipped to handle the influx of desperate people coming for help. These are times of distress with hundreds losing their jobs and their homes and the government is broke, besides its not their job its ours! Benevolence has been lost from the church and instead of outreach, we have reached in, taking and not giving, leaving an apathetic bunch of untrained and lazy pew sitters totally unconcerned with the needs of a lost and dying world!
Now is the time to reach out and help, not only with material goods but with the true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, not just preached, but lived out before a skeptical world turned off by our religious nonsense that we have dumped upon them. TV evangelists and prosperity preachers have made a mockery of the gospel by constantly begging for money and flaunting their opulent lifestyles before the world.
Social service has been given to the government and the church has gone out whoring with the world trying to obtain the lifestyles of the rich and famous while the lost descend into a fiery eternity. The poor, crippled, blind and sick are ignored while the church caters to nice clean middle class tithers. Drug addicts, prostitutes, homosexuals and the dregs of society are rejected and pushed away from their only source of eternal life! May God have mercy!
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. II Peter 3:10
SAILORS TAKE WARNING
Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of the Lord, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? II Peter 3:11,12
We are the sailors and the ship is the church sailing the seas of humanity and God is warning that the end is near and the harvest is white! The sky is red and the storm clouds are gathering and sin has blossomed into a rod of judgment. The time to act is at hand and the world is sinking deeper into depravity, ripe for the Savior's mercy and grace.
Will you hide in the sheep pen or venture out into the storm to save the lost and dying, will you ignore the Holy Spirit's voice or heed the call? Its late and the multitudes are waiting for someone to tell them the good news of the Savior's love. Jesus gave His life so that we would do the same and give our lives for Him.
I am reminded of a church in Germany during World War II situated on the railroad tracks where the Nazi's transported the Jews to the death camp. When the train approached the congregation could hear the cries and screams of those appointed to die and the pastor would say, "Sing a little louder" so that their cries of desperation would be drowned out.
You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and forever. Amen. II Peter 3:17,18