Sunday, September 4, 2011

As a Scientist, I Really Hate to Hear this at Church

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Have you heard that the weather is getting worse?  More Hurricanes, more earthquakes, more flooding? There are more wars, and rumors of war?  What could possibly be happening?

Check the bible, and perhaps the word of 

God has an answer.

Matthew 24:6-8 "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." 

More Wars: Ok, this one is confusing.  There have been many more wars in the last 100 years than the previous 1900 years, and a much higher death rate, but the last 30 years far less death and number of wars. Source Wikipedia.  So, Yes .. but No.

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More Famines: Yes. Way worse, and getting noticeable worse every year, not just the number of dead, but the number of actual famines.  It is possible that we know more now than we did of the ancient world, but statistically, the increase in overwhelming. Source Wikipedia.

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More Pestilences
: NO. We have eliminated many hundreds of plagues in the last century, and the simple addition of washing has changed the face of the globe since the end of the middle ages. This argument normally goes: "the world is smaller now than at anytime in history due to transportation, and we are due for a pandemic. Perhaps, but the bible says NO MAN KNOWS, and we are to look for signs that have actually happened, not ones that might happen.  Plus, the bible tells us that, "Today's worries are enough for today".  Normally AIDS is mentioned as an example of a plague that is God's message to the world, and a sign of the End Times.  It seems to me that we should, however, be worried about the state of Grace and Health of those with aids, and not their sin.  I have recently been acquainted again with Paul's reminder that we are all sinners. Source Wikipedia.

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More Earthquakes
: NO. Certainly we have increased both the technology and the number of locations we measure earthquakes, but according to the  United States Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazards Programs, "earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or greater have remained fairly constant." They tell us that we can expect 17 major earthquakes and 1 great quake every year.  Like pestilences, this is perception fueled by fear, not fact.

So, prophetically speaking, we have not entered the beginning of sorrows.

It is also important to know that the Greek word used in Matthew 24 does not mean the end of the world, but rather, the end of the age, according to BELIEVER'S BIBLE COMMENTARY - WILLIAM MACDONALD.  The Age is the age of the Church.

So why all the noise about the end of times?

1 Thessalonians 5:4-9 (NKJV) "But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.  Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.  But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.  For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,"

This is why.

First, I learned this in church today at Solid Rock Church in NY, "God did not appoint us to wrath."  Even in our present circumstances, if you are in NE United States, and your home was destroyed by earthquake, tornado or Hurricane, God has got you back. 

Second, we are to pay attention, so we will not be surprised. Every generation of the followers of Jesus sees signs in their time, and they pay attention to them, because Jesus said to.  Do not let it bring you to fear.  Do not let it convince you that you know the date.  Do let it bring you and yours, and all those you meet to salvation.

So, I was wrong. This is an Awesome topic to hear in Church.  I would have hated to miss it!!

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