I am NOT a biblical scholar, nor a theologian and God did NOT give me the power to see the future, lol. I do believe that I am one of the biggest sinners that ever walked this earth, that I am VERY far from perfect, and I continue to sin everyday, but also, that Christ forgives me and loves me and I love Him in return. I believe that God communicates with us through His Word, His “revealed” Word (what I call an Ah-Ha moment), in dreams, our pastor and/or church family, and through others around us. I believe that God gifts each of His children in a way to enable us to serve others, to comfort, to bring hope and to love. I believe that as His children we are tasked to share our God-given, life changing, experiences. For me, God will place something on my heart, or nudge, an idea that I MUST share. He is relentless in His nudges until I do so. I can tell you that He “nudged” me this morning and His prompts will not lessen until my thoughts are written and shared. I often thought, why me?, but as I learned about the characters in the Bible, I thought, why not me. Every character in the Bible were sinners, some as big as mine.
I am NOT a “doomsday theorist” nor crazy, although the crazy part could be loosely interpreted, lol. But I am a believer of the Holy Trinity and God’s Word. How can I not be a believer given all the evidence of It’s Truth!?! The Bible is a written account that contains 66 books, written by approximately 40 different writers, over 1600 years, on 3 different continents, in 3 different languages, on many different subjects, yet with one central theme, God’s redemption of man from sin for all by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I think it takes more faith to DISMISS the Bible, than to believe in it’s truth!
I watched a video on bizarre sounds heard throughout the world, I couldn’t help, but be reminded of Christ’s words regarding Signs of the End of the Age, “All those are the beginning of birth pains.” (Matt 24:8) These bizarre sounds, in my mind, are the Earth’s birth pains. Here is one of the videos concerning those sounds,
I thought on this video this morning and these are some of thoughts that went through my head.
As I learn of increased severe weather events; oceans rising; the rise in diseases, i.e., Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, MERSA, plagues (most recently at Yosemite Nat’l Park); antibiotic resistant bacteria and STDs; increase in racial disparity and relations; increased nuclear concerns regarding the Middle East and those same relations with Israel. I’m sure there are more prophesied indications that I cannot name as I’m writing this note.
Many have belief in a “higher power”. Believers in God can read Daniel’s prophecy in the Old Testament; Daniel, Chapters 7, 8, and 9 as well as the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and others. Native Americans believe in The Creator and have several prophesies that give the same message. Below is the video that resonated with me, but there are many others on YouTube, under the search, “Native American Prophecy 2015” worth viewing.
I believe strongly in Christ and The Creator, and as such, I interpreted Genesis 1:28b: “…Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” to mean the same as the NIV Study Bible’s interpretation, “As God’s representatives in the creaturely realm, they are stewards of God’s creatures. They are not to exploit, waste or despoil them, but to care for them and to use them in the service of God and humankind.” There are many more similarities between Native American beliefs and Christ’s teachings. Christ speaks of signs of the end of age and correlates directly with prophecies from the Old Testament.
Many believe in the literal seven day creation as told in Genesis. There is scripture that supports the non-literal belief that has helped me to understand so much more of scripture and particularly Christ’s Word. In 2 Peter 3:8, Peter wrote, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” With this scripture in mind, when Christ said in Mark 13:30, “I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” I can’t help but think that Christ was NOT talking about “generation” as we currently understand it to be; but as a world that can no longer sustain itself, an era or age; thus this generation.
Christ, Himself, has much to say about the end of times that are very relevant to today and current events. Coupled with man’s “stewardship” over the earth and it’s creatures, I can’t help but pay attention to His Words. For example, many theorists and theologians believe that “the abomination that causes desolation” (a term that is referenced frequently in the Bible) is in actuality a nuclear event. Please believe that I am NOT an alarmist, but with this in my mind, I can understand God’s Word from a contemporary perspective. In the book of Daniel, (the OT) the mention of abomination came from Gabriel to Daniel in Daniel 9:27, “…and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until until a complete destruction….” Christ says in Mark 13:14: “When you see the abomination that causes desolation standing where it does not belong – let the reader understand – then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” With the current nuclear agreement with Iran, well, it makes one wonder.
Christ says, “Then he said to them: Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilence in various places, and fearful events and great signs from Heaven.” Luke 21:10. Then Christ says in verses 20 and 21: “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city.” There is more that Christ has to say about end times and it is important to know, “”No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” Mark 13:32-33.
It is now past the dinner hour and I have finished writing, but until I push Post, I am still being “nudged”. I am NOT fearful, afraid or stockpiling food and toilet paper…well, maybe toilet paper and and a little wine. Christ assures me, in His Word, “For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” and “But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life.” Luke 21:15 and 18-19.
I welcome any thoughts, please, and any “Ah-Ha” moments you may have experienced. Thanks for your time. Love to all.